John Puller is back, and this time, it's personal

John Puller is back, and this time, it’s personal

David Baldacci is one of my favourite suspense/thriller writers. I picked up The Forgotten, thinking that I hadn't read it before, but I have. But Baldacci's books are detailed enough to read again without getting bored, so I decided to reread it ...
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Nicholas Sparks tries his hand at Romantic Suspense

Nicholas Sparks tries his hand at Romantic Suspense

Nicholas Sparks is a popular romance author, a genre which I don't often read. In See Me, however, Sparks tries his hands at romantic suspense, which is more in my wheelhouse. It has been an interesting story so well, with the promise of suspense and intrigue to come. ...
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James Patterson's The 17th Suspect—The Women's Murder Club does not disappoint

James Patterson’s The 17th Suspect—The Women’s Murder Club does not disappoint

I am currently reading James Patterson's The 17th Suspect (book #17 in The Women's Murder Club series). I have enjoyed a number of the other books in this series, though I couldn't tell you exactly how many. They are always a good read. Clever, familiar characters with heart, a mystery or trial, several unexpected twists and turns. ...
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Excerpt from The Guest List

Excerpt from The Guest List

I am currently reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley. First off, it is praised repeatedly as being reminiscent of Agatha Christie. It is like Agatha Christie insofar as it is a murder mystery with a closed cast of suspects. The characters all have shameful secrets and, I assume later in the book, will turn out to have more connections than the reader is initially told. ...
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Excerpt from The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Excerpt from The Wrong Side of Goodbye

I am reading one of Michael Connelly's Bosch books this week, The Wrong Side of Goodbye. I haven't seen the TV Bosch, soI don't know how faithful he is to the book series, but the Harry Bosch books are a fun read. In this book, Bosch is trying to unwind a series of family secrets as a private investigator, while he is also on the trail of a serial rapist in his part-time police position ...
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Excerpt from Hatchett

Excerpt from Hatchett

I am reading the Newbery Award-winning Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. I've always liked survival stories, especially when they involve kids/teens. The book is set in Canada, which is an added bonus, and I didn't realize that it is the first in a series (The Brian Saga). Despite the fact that this is an award-winner, I have found the writing to be weak in a few places. The plot and the survival techniques are solid. Pacing is reasonably good. Lots of exciting disasters. All of the basic stuff you look for in a survival novel are here. ...
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Excerpt from The Glass Castle

Excerpt from The Glass Castle

I hadn't heard of Jeannette Walls or The Glass Castle before, but I'm glad I picked it up. It is a memoir of the author's childhood of poverty and neglect and she has some very interesting stories to tell. Her parents preferred to live an itinerant lifestyle, so she lived a lot of different places and did a lot of different things. ...
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Excerpt from The Bitterroots

Excerpt from The Bitterroots

I've read a number of C.J. Box's books, including the Cody Hoyt and Cassie Dewell series. The Bitterroots is a Cassie Dewell book. She is now a private investigator, and she's investigating what appears to be an open and shut rape case. But of course, things are never quite what they seem. ...
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Excerpt from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Excerpt from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Ballad goes back to when President Snow was a boy, assigned to be a mentor to one of the tributes. While he was born into a high-ranking family, they were devastated by the war, and while Panem is being rebuilt, it is still a struggle for them to get enough to eat from day to day. He tries to keep their dire circumstances as secret and his ability to get into university on a scholarship prize hinges on his performance as a mentor. ...
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Excerpt from The Chain

Excerpt from The Chain

I am almost finished reading The Chain by Adrian McKinty. A fascinating read, lots of suspense and thrills! It is not just a kidnap thriller, there is so much more to it. ...
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Excerpt from The Chemist

Excerpt from The Chemist

This isn't my first time reading The Chemist, by Stephanie Meyer, but I don't remember a lot of it from the first time, and I am enjoying it quite a bit. I didn't remember there were so many great tongue-in-cheek comments and dry humour. Alex is a great character and there is a lot of... chemistry... between her and Kevin ...
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Excerpt from The Hate U Give

Excerpt from The Hate U Give

I knew this book was popular as a window into the world of young POC, but I skimmed past it a number of times without picking it up. Why? Honestly, it was the cover. It looks to me like high school chick lit. Relationships, putting on a public face, figuring out who you are. ...
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Excerpt from Unsolved

Excerpt from Unsolved

I am reading a new (to me) James Patterson, Unsolved. The great thing about James Patterson is there is always a new one out! Unsolved is the second in the Invisible series. Emmy Dockery is looking for a serial killer, but no one will even believe that the victims have been murdered. They think that she's gone off the rails. ...
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Excerpt from After Anna

Excerpt from After Anna

I have just started After Anna by Lisa Scottoline. Scottoline writes some amazing plots. In this book, there are two point of views, Maggie's, which is running forward in time from when she meets Anna and Noah's, which is running backward in time from the point at which his verdict will be read. At some point they will intersect, and I will have the full story. Or almost. Maybe. Being able to tell two stories from two different viewpoints and reveal the plot points in just the right order is an amazing talent. ...
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Excerpt from Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Excerpt from Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

I don't often say this, but I loved this book! I had scrolled past Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling more than once, but I'm glad I stopped and looked at it this time. This is a middle school/young adult novel about Aven, a girl born with no arms. Having moved to Arizona halfway through the school year, she has to make new friends. A big challenge after spending her whole life in Kansas, where she grew up with the same kids since kindergarten. ...
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Excerpt from The Burning Maze

Excerpt from The Burning Maze

I am reading The Burning Maze, book #3 of the Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. It's been a few years since I read the Percy Jackson series with my son. I'm not sure which is the last book we read, but I am recognizing a number of the characters and incidents from the original series as I read this one. Rick Riordan is a great storyteller with lots of magic, excitement, and sympathetic characters. I always enjoy his books ...
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Excerpt from An Anonymous Girl

Excerpt from An Anonymous Girl

The other book I am reading right now is Greer Hendricks's and Sarah Pekkanen's An Anonymous Girl. A psychological thriller, Jessica Ferris signs up to participate in a study on ethics and morality, which grows more and more involved and bizarre. Jess is encouraged to share all of her secrets, and she doesn't want to answer all of Dr. Shields' questions, but she needs the money for participating in the study. ...
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Excerpt from Carve the Mark

Excerpt from Carve the Mark

It's been a long time since I read anything by Veronica Roth (author of the Divergent series). Carve the Mark is an engaging sci fi set in a galaxy with magical gifts, various kinds of planets, warring nations, and families fated to conflict with each other. Nice deep characterization, vibrant worlds, and plenty of conflict will keep you turning the pages. ...
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Excerpt from Someone We Know

Excerpt from Someone We Know

I have just finished Someone We Know by Shari Lapena. Lapena does a great job with domestic thrillers. I have previously read A Stranger in the House. Someone We Know explores the idea of what happens when someone close to you is murdered and you realize that the murderer is (most likely) also someone you know. There are plenty of secrets in this neighborhood. A great set-up for a suspenseful story. ...
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Excerpt from Killing Floor

Excerpt from Killing Floor

Killing Floor is Lee Child's first Jack Reacher novel. I'm sure that I have read it before. A couple of points have "rung a bell," but otherwise it has been like reading it for the first time. ...
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