Excerpt from Beautiful Boy

Excerpt from Beautiful Boy

Last week I read Beautiful Boy by David Sheff. This is a tough book, a memoire of his son's addiction too meth. If you have a family member with an addiction, you'll find a friend in Sheff. He puts it all out there, the guilt, the worry and anxiety, imagining what might have happened to him every time he disappeared. He goes through the stages of not knowing, telling himself it wasn't so bad, and then Nic's rapid downward spiral and cycles of recovery and relapse. ...
Excerpt from A Stranger in the House

Excerpt from A Stranger in the House

I am just finishing up with A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena. It's a psychological thriller with three "unreliable" main characters. You know that someone is lying (or everyone is lying) but figuring out what has actually happened is the trick. There are a lot of twists and turns. I'm right at the ending, and I'm not surprised, but it wasn't what I expected! ...
Excerpt from The Fallen

Excerpt from The Fallen

I am reading one of David Baldacci's Amos Decker Series. I've posted about this series before, I think this is the third of them that I have read (though obviously, I am not reading them in order, since this is book #4 in the series.) ...
Apple-achian Treasure and a stack of new releases

Apple-achian Treasure and a stack of new releases

Ready to discover a new treasure this week? Erin is hunting for gold, and you can too. Apple-achian Treasure, Book #8 in the Auntie Clem's Bakery series is now live! Pick up Erin's and Vic's new adventure and some other new releases ...
Excerpt from The President is Missing

Excerpt from The President is Missing

I have put EDS, book #2 of Medical Kidnap Files on sale for $0.99 for Ehlers Danlos Awareness month. If you didn't get a copy or see my article about EDS, have a look. I was surprised to find The President is Missing on my virtual library shelf and ...
Excerpt from The Light Between Oceans

Excerpt from The Light Between Oceans

I am just finishing The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. It has been a very interesting books with some unexpected twists and turns. There is some beautiful language and some very profound quotes. Fate miraculously presents a returning soldier with PTSD and his wife, who has suffered from three miscarriages with an apparently orphaned baby. But… life doesn't actually work that way… ...
A Catastrophic Theft and other March freebies

A Catastrophic Theft and other March freebies

Are you looking for some books to add to your TBR pile? A Catastrophic Theft, book #3 in the Reg Rawlins, Psychic Detective series is free this weekend, Mar 29-31 on Kindle. Keep scrolling down for more! About A Catastrophic Theft Reg has been able to set up a respectable, ...
Excerpt from First Family

Excerpt from First Family

I don't think I've ever been disappointed with a David Baldacci book. My current read, First Family, is part of the King & Maxwell series. Sean King and Michael Maxwell are complex characters, satisfying to read, and this book revolves around the mysterious kidnapping of the First Lady's niece. ...
Books for International Women's Day 2019

Books for International Women’s Day 2019

It's that time of year again! Last year I was doing a book reading with a couple of author friends for International Women's Day, and it was really a lot of fun. Keep reading to discover some other books by or about fascinating women to add to your TBR pile ...

Fiction about Sexual Abuse of Boys/Men

Fiction about Sexual Abuse of Boys/Men

I have had discussions in a couple of writers' communities lately about the topic of the sexual abuse of men and boys, some of the myths that surround it, and giving men/boys "permission" to speak about sexual abuse on an equal footing with women/girls. We've discussed male authors writing about sexual abuse and whether women want to hear from them ...
Excerpt from Deadline

Excerpt from Deadline

This week I am reading Sandra Brown's Deadline. I have previously mentioned Low Pressure here. Sandra Brown's writing is not cookie cutter fiction, she produces thrillers that are fresh and new, with interesting characters and twists. ...
Excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House

Excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House

You may recognize this week's title, as it has also been made into a TV series apparently available on Netflix. The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 gothic horror novel written by Shirley Jackson. It was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written." It is also the story behind the movies "The Haunting." ...
Excerpt from Gray Mountain

Excerpt from Gray Mountain

I am reading a John Grisham novel this week, one of his legal thrillers. I have been disappointed with a couple of Grisham novels lately, but am enjoying Gray Mountain ...
Excerpt from A Great Reckoning

Excerpt from A Great Reckoning

I've read and mentioned a few other Louise Penny books on this blog before. Based in Quebec, the Inspector Gamache series always delves deep into the setting and history, psychology, and the complex relationships between the characters. Gamache has dealt with a lot of betrayal and corruption in his time, and in this volume, he is once again trying to root out the source of the ongoing problems in the Sûreté du Québec and how it is tied into the mysterious map and disappearing villages ...
Excerpt from The Lost City of the Monkey God

Excerpt from The Lost City of the Monkey God

I don't often post about non-fiction books, and I didn't even mean to pick this one up, but it has been a fascinating journey so far. Journalist Douglas Preston takes the reader through the discovery of ancient cities in Honduras using liar in 2012 in The Lost City of the Monkey God. Learn the history of the area, meet colorful characters, and find out what happened after the discovery ...
Excerpt from The Escape Artist

Excerpt from The Escape Artist

Brad Meltzer is a master of the political intrigue thriller. Looking at his Amazon page, he also writes biographies for children that look quite interesting! I am loving Zig in The Escape Artist, underdog, mortician for fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base, still in mourning over the death of his young daughter years before. He is an artist and a someone who believes deeply in making things right. Not a lot of writers can pull off main characters who are broken or depressed, but Meltzer does it well ...
Put a little mystery in your Christmas

Put a little mystery in your Christmas

I thought that Christmas mysteries would be a great topic for today's blog! There are a lot of great ones out there.  I don't have any books that are specifically Christmas mysteries, but both She Wore Mourning and He was Walking Alone are mysteries that take place during the Christmas season, and I have a short Christmas mystery in the Auntie Clem's Bakery series, Dog-Free Dinner.  Here are some others that I have pulled up today ...
Excerpt from Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

Excerpt from Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

I've read a number of Alex Cross books before, and was a little disappointed with Merry Christmas, Alex Cross. Rather than a cohesive plot, it was as if three or four different stories had been stitched together, none of them with anything to do with the others. It is still a thrilling read, just not to James Patterson's usual standards ...
Excerpt from Betrayed

Excerpt from Betrayed

I am currently reading a Lisa Scottoline novel, Betrayed. It is part of the Rosato & DiNunzio series. I'm a sucker for murder mysteries and legal thrillers, and Lisa Scottoline almost always hits it out of the park for me. Betrayed does not disappoint. Scottoline's characters are well-developed and I am eager to find out what sort of scheme it was that the victim was involved in. Hopefully, Judy Carrier will find out that her Aunt Barb's trust was not misplaced ...
Excerpt from Orbs

Excerpt from Orbs

I recently read Orbs, by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, the first book in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi series. There was lots of tension and action for the thriller lover, but if you are someone who expects the science and logic to be sound, you might want to give this one a pass. There are some major failings in both. If you can overlook it to enjoy the action, have at it! ...
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