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review 2018-03-19 20:35
Unputdownable! – In The Dark by Chris Patchell @chris_patchell
In the Dark - Chris Patchell
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In the Dark

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MY REVIEW

 

In The Dark by Chris Patchell starts out with terror and a sense of wrongness from the opening pages, but I was hooked by the fabulous cover. I love stories that are filled with suspense and the pacing of In The Dark kept me racing through the pages. Unputdownable!

 

The story is familiar and I love that Chris Patchell is not afraid of killing off characters right and left, making me wonder who will be left standing. The killer is exposed early, but that did nothing to prepare me for the twists and turns, the horrific story of a villain running AMOK, driven, haunted by his past.

 

Even knowing the shit is coming and to say it’s going to hit the fan doesn’t lessen the gut punch, shock and horror of the evil men do to one another.

 

Warning:  Begin early in the morning to avoid the dark shadows and give yourself time to finish. I feel once you get into the gritty, you won’t be able to quit!

 

I won In The Dark by Chris Patchell and the rest is history. She is on my radar and has become a must read author for me.

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review 2018-02-20 16:54
I Love The Villain – Vow of Silence by Chris Patchell @chris_patchell
Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2) - Chris Patchell,Monica Haynes

 

Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2)

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MY REVIEW

 

I love that Vow of Silence by Chris Patchell gets right to the action. We have multiple storylines, threats, and danger. Drug cartels, politics, domestic abuse, kidnapping, lies, secrets, and the past…All have their place in the complex mysteries of the characters lives, filling them with danger and betrayal.

 

I didn’t realize this was Book II of the series, but I don’t feel it harmed my reading in any way, though I do recommend beginning at the beginning. It just made me work harder to try and solve the mystery myself. I read a lot of books like that. Funny thing, I was able to pick up the first book, Deadly Sins, for free from Amazon. YAY!

 

Joe Gaines, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was ready to party without the pregnant wife he left at home. He had some blow, which he did a couple lines while waiting for the hot woman he expected to knock on his casino room door any minute. BUT….she was there for more than a private party.

 

Phoenix Police Detective, David Shaw, was excited to be working such a high profile case. It would be good for his career advancement.

 

Jill Shannon, our main character, has money and connections, soon to be married to a prosecutor and the only son of the former governor. She had left behind a dead husband in Seattle, a police officer shot right in front of her in their own home. I feel there is so much more to her story and I aim to learn about it. Jill is super smart, a whiz with technology.

 

I don’t know why I am so drawn to villains. I love when the villain is so likeable I want to root for them and do, but I am still waiting to ‘hear’ the full story.

 

The characters have many personal, as well as, professional problems. The sad thing is, the kids seem to pay a heavy price, even as their parents struggle to protect them. How many lives will be lost as the the mysteries are solved? I keep trying to anticipate who will live and who will end up dead or locked up as the time to pay the piper comes due. Will ANYONE be happy in the end?

 

I love complex, multiple plots, and characters that sometimes make it hard to distinguish good from bad. After all, let he who is without sin cast the first stone and I don’t see any of these characters able to do so, except the children and we won’t ask that of them.

 

Chris Patchell has a way of piling stories on top of stories, intermingling them in such a way that by adding the bits and pieces  the complete the picture is exposed in a spellbinding way. The mystery compounds, the suspense keeps building and I am so happy to know this is not the end of Jill Shannon’s story.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Vows of Silence by Chris Patchell.

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review 2018-02-09 16:17
Dark Harvest (A Holt Foundation Story Book 2) by Chris Patchell
Dark Harvest (A Holt Foundation Story) (Volume 2) - Chris Patchell,Mark Cooper,Monica Haynes Dark Harvest is the 2nd book in Chris Patchell's Holt Foundation Stories series. The Holt Foundation is a group helping victims and families of people who have been affected by violent crimes. The foundations founder Elizabeth Holt was a victim of a violent crime in her college. Just before her death she created the foundation. Which all comes to light in "In The Dark" book one of the series. You should really read book 1 to get all the backstory to the developments in this book. This book can be read as a stand alone. There are parts that would make more since in you read book 1 though. In this book Marissa and her daughters are still coming to terms with Brooke's kidnapping and the aftermath. But the Holt Foundation also have a new case. Young pregnant women are disappearing. A mid 40's Doctor with early onset Alzheimer's is doing stem cell experiments to cure himself and also selling off the babies of the pregnant moms to fund himself. He is taking the babies by c section of the young women he kidnaps and letting the mother's die. When young and pregnant Becky Kincaid comes up missing from the local baby store the team takes on the case. When Marissa finds out she is pregnant with Seth's Child she goes to a local Women's Clinic to help decide her options. This Women's Clinic is where the mystery starts to unfold. This is not just a mystery but also a romance with some real life stuff thrown in. Marissa and Seth are still exploring their new relationship, but Seth is still carrying a lot of baggage and is still hung up on his dead wife and her death. He also is trying to decide whether to go back to being a cop or staying at the foundation. Brooke is dealing with the PTSD from her kidnapping and not doing a very good job of it. Marissa is in the middle of Brooke and Seth and their problems, but she discovers she has a problem of her own. A Baby! The audiobook is dual narrated by Lisa Stathoplos, Corey Gagne as was book 1. Both of these narrators do a wonderful job with the book. They bring the story and the emotions from the pages to life extremely well. I like they they each have their own chapters. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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review 2018-02-03 20:06
Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2
Vow of Silence (The Jill Shannon Murder Series Book 2) - Chris Patchell,Monica Haynes

Vow of Silence takes place some five years after the events in Deadly Lies. Jill is doing well in her career and is settled down with her husband to be, Conner and her daughter, Lexi. While not exactly likable, Jill is certainly an intriguing character. She's smart, calculating, and has absolutely no compunction about doing whatever it takes to keep her past buried. She also manages to fit herself into any circle with seemingly little effort. Jill Shannon is the perfect example of what we see when a psychopath is finally caught by police and the friends and acquaintances had no idea. I was a bit baffled about the need for so much of the story being devoted to Conner's cartel case, but it does merge with the storyline. Once again, we have not so much a cliffhanger as an open ended conclusion, and I'll be interested to see where Jill's story goes from here. I'm also curious to see if she crosses paths with the determined David Shaw in the future. While this thriller isn't of the heart-racing variety, when you think about the characters and what happens, the idea that one person's machinations can have this kind of impact on so many is definitely chilling.

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review 2018-02-03 15:13
Deadly Lies
Deadly Lies (The Jill Shannon Murder Series, #1) - Chris Patchell

This one is a bit of slow build and took me awhile to get into, but I have to say that the more I learned about the characters and their back story, the more my curiosity was piqued about where the story would go. From the beginning, Jill is not a likable character. She's cold and seems to have little regard for others. Of course, it doesn't take long to figure out that we aren't supposed to like her. I was left with a bit of a head scratch about Alex's jumps in logic in his investigation, but it certainly makes for some rising tension. The story is part vigilante/serial killer thriller and part crime drama, and the conclusion kept me turning pages and was certainly a jaw-dropping, I didn't expect that development. I'll be interested to see where it all goes from here.

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