Review of BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage

This book can only be described as weird, but entertaining. Hanna is a child who won’t speak unless she feels like it and who has her father charmed and thinking that she is a perfect angel. Her mother Suzette has tried vainly to enroll her in preschool, but she keeps getting expelled because of her abhorrent behavior. So mom Suzette has to homeschool the little darling who resents her and wants mommy out of the way so it can just be her and her adoring daddy. What a dysfunctional family! The style was also strange, skipping between the point of view of the various characters and letting the reader truly feel the frustration of the mom, the blindness of the dad and the pure evil of Hanna.. As I stated, the book was weird; I read it for the entertainment, but I am not sure that most people would stick with it since the family is so dysfunctional that there is nothing believable about the book.

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Review of THE CROOKED STAIRCASE by Dean Koontz

Available May 1, 2018!  

Jane Hawk continues her quest for revenge for her husband’s death in this third book in the series. This one had a lot more action, but it was also a darker novel, with lots of torture and a theme of bad things coming all the time. The book was hard to put down, but it was also hard to read since there is a threat to her beloved child Travis whom she thinks she has safeguarded. Since the book ends with a cliffhanger, and we know the next book is THE FORBIDDEN DOOR, we know that the quest is not finished, but I was quite dissatisfied with such an ending that made me want to read more right away when the next book isn’t available yet. The Techno Arcadians in this thriller were pure evil and will appeal to hard-core sci-fi fans. Jane’s strength and determination are what is carrying this book and makes it well worth reading.

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Review of BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris

At the beginning, we see Finn and his wife Layla returning from a holiday in France. When Finn stops at a secluded rest stop, Layla disappears. The next time we see Finn, he is engaged to marry Layla’s sister Ellen. Then, his plan to move on with his life is disrupted when he begins to get strange emails and receiving Russian nesting dolls from a set that belonged to Layla. The plot gets twisted from now on, with the book focusing on the past, the present and Layla, who may or may not be out of Finn’s life. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists and the short chapters with a question that segues well into the next chapter and the next time we see Finn. It was annoying that many of the questions left you hanging until close to the end of the book. I did enjoy this tension that was artificially created by the author and the end was one that was satisfactory, the kind that makes you nod and say, “Ah, now I understand all the clues.” Paris does a good job of leading the reader to the desired end, with a lot of drama in the middle.

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Review of OUR LITTLE SECRET by Roz Nay

This is one of the BEST psychological thrillers that I have ever read! It has teens with the regular teenage hang ups who grow up and continue with these hang ups. Angela Petitjean is a teen with a real love interest—HP. And the good news is that HP shares her infatuation. Then, Angela goes to England for eight months of study abroad and everything changes. She meets new people and so does HP. Saskia, a waif from Australia, inserts herself into their lives. Thus the stage is set for a thriller that is non-stop, want to keep reading to the end kind of book. Saskia disappears, but where is she? Who knows anything about her disappearance? HP? Angela? The story is told from the viewpoint of Angela and she leads the reader into the woods and slowly brings you back to the revelation of the truth. This is an extremely well-written novel, with so many twists that you won’t believe it. The premise seems simple, but it isn’t. The solution seems to be a given, but it isn’t. Five stars and waiting for another book by this incredible author!

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Review of EVERYBODY ALWAYS by Bob Goff

I had never read a Bob Goff book before, but this one impressed me so much that I ordered his first one. In a series of humorous anecdotes, the author give practical advice, exhorting the reader to choose to make a difference and to show love to others even when those others are unlovable. His wit is unparalleled, and his advice is sage and timely. We all have the ability to influence others by just showing them the same love that Jesus would do if he were walking on the earth. The author’s premise is simple…Jesus is walking thoughout the earth, in each of us, so He expects us to represent Him accurately to whomever we come into contact with. This is an excellent book to use individually, as a way to grow spiritually. But it would also be excellent to use in a group study, to discuss the ways that we can love “Everybody Always.” I absolutely loved this book!

 

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Review of AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline

Available tomorrow, April 10th, at your favorite bookseller.

Maggie Ippoliti is happily married to doctor Noah Alderman and helping him to raise his son Caleb. Then, she gets the surprise of her life when her daughter Anna, from a previous marriage, contacts her. She travels to Anna’s elite boarding school for a visit and is even more pleasantly surprised when Anna expresses the desire to come live with her and go to a public school. Anna hasn’t seen her mom Maggie since she was a toddler, but the connection now between the two is instant. The book switches back and forth between what is going on in Maggie’s life and what is happening with Noah. Anna ends up dead not long after she comes to live with Maggie and Noah, and Noah is charged with the murder. The pace of the novel is fast and the dialogue and courtroom scenes are realistic. The twists are surprising, and you will find yourself asking, “What just happened here?” The clues are all there, if you read carefully. This is another well-written psychological thriller by a master of the genre!

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Review of THE BAD DAUGHTER by Joy Fielding

THE BAD DAUGHTER is a mystery about a dysfunctional family. Robin has left home and established her own life as a therapist. Melanie has stayed in Red Bluff because she became the caretaker for their mother when she got cancer and she also had an autistic son to care for. Melanie seemed to need whatever little support their father provided for her. Their brother Alec left home and has not returned, even when a home invasion leaves his stepmother dead, his father on the brink of death and his stepsister Cassidy clinging to life. Of course, he has a good reason to be angry with his father since his dad married the woman he was engaged to. Talk about dysfunctional families! Melanie shoots barbed insults at Robin constantly, and it was somewhat irritating that Robin never stood up for herself. As a therapist, Robin should have known that the insults would only escalate until she said something to stop them; instead, Robin continued to retreat and have panic attacks. Although the plot was slow-moving at times, the book kept me interested because I wanted to find out all of the secrets of the family, and they were revealed methodically throughout the book. This book is a mystery in that you don’t find out until the end of the novel who attacked the family and why. There are a lot of suspicions, but I, for one, could not figure it out and was surprised at the end, but in a way that I kind of said to myself, “Oh, yeah, that makes sense!” The novel is well-written, with characters that are appropriately developed and realistic. Some characters are more likable than others, but all are sympathetic characters once their past is revealed. The only character that I really did not understand why he was there other than as a foil was Landon, Melanie’s autistic son who falls under suspicion just because he is a loner. All in all, the book was enjoyable and I look forward to the next twisty mystery from this talented author.

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Review of THE SIXTH DAY by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Available April 10, 2018 from your favorite bookseller, but you can pre-order it now!

This thriller is set in Great Britain where falconer and technology genius Roman Ardelean and his brother Radu have begun their plan to control the internet and the world with their Radulov software and their army of drones. From the beginning of the book, you know who the bad guy is, but you quickly realize that he will not be easy to stop, if it is possible at all. Entwined in the story is the tale of a lost Voynivich manuscript, something that is mysterious and can only be understood by certain people, notably Romanians in this twisted tale. Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are tasked with finding and stopping Ardelean. Add in the fact that he uses his falcons as weapons and his drones as fly in instruments of death, you have enough twists and turns and action to keep you reading long into the night. This was the first book that i have read in the series, but I have now purchased others to read because this was so good! I have a stack of TBR books, but this one moved to the top of my list because of its captivating story that seems all too real and possible…and scary!

 

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Review of JUST BETWEEN US by Rebecca Drake

The premise of this book is that four friends in a regular American neighborhood each have a secret. When assumptions are made, a tale of twisted secrets becomes murder. Alison, Sarah, Julie and Heather meet for coffee and share their daily lives. When one of them notices that Heather is bruised, they all make the assumption that she is being abused and try to do an intervention. Unfortunately, Heather is not the one who dies and the book gets really twisted from there. The book is a real page-turner, but with each chapter dealing with a different character’s point of view, it was a little difficult to keep them straight. In the end, it was an enjoyable read that was thought-provoking and left me with the thought, What would I do?

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Review of PELICAN POINT by Irene Hannon

This is the first Hope Harbor book that I have read and I absolutely loved it! With enough suspense to keep me reading and lots of romance, Irene Hannon’s latest book is a must-read for fans of clean reads. Army doctor Ben Garrison is in Hope Harbor to settle the estate of his beloved grandfather. But a lighthouse becomes an issue because Ben wants to sell it, and the town wants to save it. The editor and owner of the local paper, Marci Weber, decides to launch a campaign to save the lighthouse. She is supposed to be a foe of Ben, but when they are together sparks fly! There is also the sub-plot of a hero who was badly injured in the war and cannot fulfill his dreams to be a good father firefighter, so he is depressed and seems to be beyond the reach of his loving wife Rachel. The storyline is well done and captivating, with realistic characters and conflict that is believable, charming and memorable. Now I need to go back and find the other three books in this series to read!

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