A blood-covered woman stumbles into the street in the exact moment Lieutenant Eve Dallas is driving by. While she tries to stop the flow of blood, the woman asks her to help her find her missing granddaughter, Beata, and "let her in", before dying. But the TOD shows the woman died three hours before, and Eve is suddenly developing strange symptoms...She sees and talks to the dead, she speaks Russian and Hungarian, and she knows how to make borscht...It looks like she did let something in and is now sharing her body with a dead Romani woman.
Sure, it was short, yet it packed quite a punch. There was just the right amount of story to keep things interesting, to keep the brain engaged in the investigation, and to keep the tempo up.
The plot picks up where the previous book left off (I thought it was strange we didn't get the epilogue with the picnic at the end of Indulgence), with Eve coming home on the Saturday after interrogating the man who tried to kill her, and straight into the get-together she organized to keep Morris's spirits up. She's giving Father Chale López a lift to his church, when the first victim of the day falls in her lap (figuratively) speaking, and even though it all happens in the matter of a day, it didn't read overcrowded or over-complicated.
It was just right, with the added pinch of paranormal to liven things up just a bit.
Helping solve the murder while on vacation might not be the norm for Lieutenant Eve Dallas, but it's nothing compared to what she must deal with when she returns home. A limo driver shot with a crossbow, a high-class LC stabbed through the heart with an old bayonet, a chef speared with a harpoon...It smells like thrill-killing for the spoiled and the rich, those born with a silver spoon in their mouth...
Disregard for life pisses Eve off, but this time the piss-off factor is off the charts, and she'll do anything to make the killer (or killers) stop.
I'm glad to see that after a few iffy past installments, this series is back on track.
I loved this story; the drama, the danger, the tempo and pace, the intrigue, and the game of cat and mouse the indulgent played with our favorite cop. It was a little sickening, but it still pulled me in right from the start (with that rather innocuous first DB), and made me want to be able to read faster to see what happened next. I liked the fact all the participants knew who the killer was, knew the sickening motive behind the killings, so we were all on the same page during the investigation, trying to find the clues that would make the case stick and put the killer where they belong.
Intense and gripping, filled with drama, rife with twists, with the tempo increasing toward the finish line, this one was one heck of a story.
A compelling multi-layered story of family, LITTLE BROKEN THINGS by talented Nichole Baart —a beautifully written story of secrets of the past, motherhood, and sacrifices. Those desperately trying to protect those secrets.
Triumph over tragedy. Loss, hope, and forgiveness.
Set in Minnesota the Sanford family. Two estranged sisters, Quinn and Nora. They have never been close and Quinn is shocked when she receives a cryptic text message from her older sister Nora.
Nora shows up with a six-year-old girl. Her name is Lucy. (Everlee) She instructs her sister to keep her safe and not mention the child to anyone. Particularly their overbearing mother, Liz.
Quinn is married to an artist. Nora always thought her sister was the perfect one. Quinn was the beauty of the family and JJ was the brains – where did Nora fit in?
Turns out Nora was the whole package: whip-smart and lovely, bighearted and wise. She is hiding a secret. Who is she protecting?
Quinn does not understand where this child came from and why is Nora leaving her in her care? Everyone wants answers.
They must protect the child. Slowly the family mystery is unraveled and the parentage of Lucy.
Told from three POV with highly charged topics. When nothing is as it appears. A family hiding behind a façade.
Haunting and heartbreaking, the painful past is revealed. A tragedy turns into something beautiful, bonding a family from the sins of the past.
Powerful, emotional, and suspenseful. Love and friendship. An inside look at a family. A relationship between a mother and two sisters. The lengths one sister will go to protect the ones she loves.
“Broken things are the loveliest.” —Sara Teasdale
For fans of domestic suspense and authors Amy Hatvany, Karma Brown, Joshilyn Jackson, and Heather Gudenkauf.
“We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.”― Ernest Hemingway
My first book by the author and looking forward to reading more. Would encourage you to read more about the author on her website!
Impressive. Truly, her stories celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and beauty in the midst of brokenness.
A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy.
Gods of War #1 Katherine Garbera Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance Silverhart Publishing October 10, 2017 eBook 179 ARC Review Copy
Kaylee Thomas escaped from Madrid, taking secrets with her that could get her killed. As an cyber operative for Grimaldi Global, Kaylee’s single-minded focus is on tracking down criminals who use the internet to hide their identity. A survivor of cyber bullying, she uses her skills to ensure that no one can hide on the internet.
Mick O’Halloran is a covert ops agent for Grimaldi Global and leader of the Ares team. Saving lives and protecting others is a way of life for him. But babysitting a computer geek sounds like a job better left for the boys back in the office until he meets Kaylee. Sparks fly between them as he takes her into protective custody until the facts she’s uncovered can be verified.
But some secrets can’t stay hidden and when an assassin comes calling Mick and Kaylee go on the hunt for the mole inside their group. It’ll take every bit of her computer savvy and his lethal skills to keep them alive. Releasing the information that Kaylee has uncovered threatens to burn the world down around them.
Dance With The Devil is book one in the Gods of War series by Katherine Garbera. We get a little suspense and romance.
This is my first experience reading Ms. Garbera. I have to say I did like Dance With The Devil, but it felt like it was lacking a little in the suspense and romance department.
I liked Kaylee, Mick, and the covert ops team that Mick runs. Though the characters weren’t overly impressive and all felt a little flat. I didn’t see any depth into them. No background history and very little is talked about their team or the camaraderie. I like to get to know my characters and I didn’t feel like I got that.
As for the romance well they had the lust, but I never felt the romance. Kaylee and Mick are thrown together and act on their attraction and the stress of the situations. They don’t have time to really get to know each other, to get the deep connection, and yet they both see past all the outer stuff and into the heart of one another. I wasn’t buying into their romance. Lust, yes… They had that. Their moments together where oh so steamy and filled with some tension.
As for the plot well I had an idea within the first chapter on who was betraying Kaylee’s team and the covert ops guys; before it was an indication and found out. The story was slow going, though the heat between the couple was their, but things didn’t get exciting until around the last 80% when Kaylee gets herself kidnapped. (Rolls Eyes) She already new that this team member was betraying them, yet she goes off with said person, alone…
Something else that bothered me was in the beginning after Mick and his team pick up Kaylee’s team. Mick clearly didn’t trust Kaylee or her team. He took their electronics away, but something happens and he lets them have it all back, so that they can do their computer thing even though he has a suspicion that someone on the computer geek team is betraying them. (My thought during this scene was the betrayer can make contact and tell the bad guys the plan.) So why do this when he clearly didn’t trust them???
All and all I wasn’t overly impressed. I enjoyed and had a delightful time reading, but I probably won’t be continuing with the series anytime soon. It wasn’t bad. It was just predicable to me and the characters didn’t make an impression.
Rated: 3 Stars
*Disclaimer:I received a complimentary copy provided by Katherine Garbera via RockStarLit with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!
A YA thiller not unlike the books of Nicci French. It was a quick and easy read, but I had a big problem with the believability of the story since everything hinges on the main character getting diaries from a dead person she's not been friends with for ages.
22 feb 2011
Gistermiddag na Het Schervengericht wilde ik even wat luchtigers hebben om te lezen. Ik had Buiten zinnen van Mel Wallis de Vries meegomen uit de bibliotheek omdat er 'jeugdthriller' op stond. Ik dacht; wat is dat nu weer en wat moet ik me daar nu weer van voorstellen. Gisteren dit boek dus maar ter hand genoemen en toen ook maar meteen uitgelezen (het was niet erg dik; zo'n 220 pagina's).
Het begint met de begrafenis van Karlijn, die de weken voor haar dood steeds dezelfde nachtmerrie had over mensen in haar kamer die haar kwamen vermoorden. Karlijns moeder geeft, om onduidelijke redenen, na haar dood de dagboeken aan Eva, die vroeger haar beste vriendin was, maar nu hadden ze geen contact meer. Wanneer zij de dagboeken leest en zelf ook bezoek krijgt van de man in de nacht, gelooft ze niet meer dat Karlijns dood een ongeluk was. Maar is het wel zo veilig om er onderzoek na te doen?
Dit boek werd vergeleken met Nicci French en ook ik vind de gelijkenis treffend. Het had, in een iets andere vorm, met een iets volwassener schrijfstijl inderdaad een boek van het schrijversduo kunnen zijn. Maar dit is een jeugdthriller en dus ook niet bedoeld voor volwassenen. Echt spannend vond ik het niet, het einde zag ik toch wel aankomen en ik vond de personages ook wel weer erg naief (net als bij voorgenoemd schrijversduo). De schrijfstijl was wel erg kinderlijk vond ik, niet echt alsof ik een boek van 15+ aan het lezen was. Het las wel makkelijk, in een paar uurtjes is het boek uit en tijdens het lezen is het best boeiend. Maar een echt spetterend verhaal kon ik het nu ook weer niet noemen en grote verrassingen zaten er voor mij ook niet echt in. Een echt tussendoorboekje, meer kan ik er niet van maken. Volgens mij zijn jeugdthrillers niet echt mijn ding: 2 sterren...
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