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review 2017-11-14 18:50
Is There A New Killer In Town – Sunset Darkening b Amanda Siegrist @amanda_siegrist
Blue Violet - Abigail Owen

I have another fantastic story to share from Amanda Siegrist, Sunset Darkening.

 

Has the serial killer returned or is there a new murderer in town?

 

Sunset Darkening

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MY REVIEW

 

I love visiting familiar characters and seeing what trouble they can get into now. Amanda Siegrist does not let me down in Sunset Darkening.

 

Lucas works for the Wadena Police Department. He is awakened by a pounding on his door. He is hyper vigilant and answers with a weapon in his hand, only to find…a vulture, Elle Conners. She is an investigative reporter, wanting answers about the Trick Killer, Clarence Owens. The case: Clarence killed three women and Lucas’ sister, Maddie, was almost the fourth. You can see more about Clarence in the first book, Sunrise Awakening.

 

As soon as Lucas laid eyes on Elle, he felt an immediate attraction. But cops and reporters don’t go well together and they come from different worlds. She’s a big city girl with lots of money and he’s a small town cop with small town pay.

 

Does she share the same attraction? She has her own story and even though she wants his, she will not use sex to get the interview. It’s not her style. Hard work, persistence and determination is her motto. Lucas doesn’t know it, but she respects his desire to protect his family, his town.

 

Another murder in Wadena…is Clarence back, or is there a new killer walking among them?

 

It has been three months since Clarence’s escape. He is super intelligent, vanishes into disguises where he looks, acts, and sounds like a different person and they will not see him coming. Lucas is obsessed and hopes it is him. He wants him…and I don’t think he cares if its dead or alive.

 

I love the characters and the story. They are not wusses and stick together.

 

When Elle and Maddie take on a mission of their own…Psycho beware. You cannot hide.

 

Amanda Siegrist is making me wonder how many women will go down, before I have my answer. How does he choose his victims? I have my suspect early on and I’ll be curious to see if I’m right. There’s a niggle of doubt and as I read along.

 

A good bit of misdirection and great suspense coming from it. Amanda Siegrist can sure ramp up the suspense, anticipation, and surprise, leaving me with a fantastic ending and happy ever after.

 

I can’t pinpoint why this doesn’t blow my socks off. I want to be drawn into the killers evil mind, used, abused and beyond disgust, because he is THAT guy. I want to feel their pain, their fears, Lucas’ desire and Elle’s too. Amanda does that, but…Maybe it’s just an off day for me. Why don’t you grab a copy and let me know what you think.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Sunset Darkening by Amanda Siegrist.

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review 2017-11-07 07:03
Crash & Burn - Abigail Roux,J. F. Harding

I read this book when it came out and knew it to be amazing. The audio sure didn't make it any less so.
And Harding's voice/accent for Liam, who played a large role in this one, can only be described as perfection.

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text 2017-11-01 17:30
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Crash & Burn - Abigail Roux,J. F. Harding

“Grady,” Ty said after just two rings. Even though he’d resigned from the Bureau a year ago, he still answered his phone as if he expected someone to be calling him to go kill something.
“Hey, doll,” Zane drawled. “How’s your day going?”
“Pretty good, actually. What’s up?”
“I had a thought.”
“God help us,” Ty said under his breath.

 

 

 

Happy sigh - back with my boys again

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review 2017-10-27 19:11
'The Bone Orchard' it's a lovely ghost story or is that a ghostly love story...
The Bone Orchard - Greg Tremblay,Abigail Roux

I'm not a big fan of ghost stories but given that it's getting to that time of year...Halloween! Folks, it's just a few days away. I decided that it's good to have exceptions to every rule and besides this one's by Abigail Roux and seriously the woman knows how to write a story and Nick J. Russo was the narrator so it had strong possibilities and my guess-timate was correct.

 

At just over 3 hours this works well for an evenings entertainment. I loved this story of good vs evil as US Marsal Ambrose Shaw hunts down 'Missouri' Boone Jennings, there is no limit to what he'll do or sacrifice to catch this man and see him brought to justice. But it's up to Pinkerton Detective Ezra Johns to ensure that Ambrose's sacrifice isn't in vain. Ambrose and Ezra soon find out though that Jennings is an evil that even death can't stop leaving Ambrose and Ezra to spend eternity together...loving each other and keeping justice in the west.

 

'The Bone Orchard' was a fun way to recognize the time of year and Ambrose and Ezra were a pretty spooktacular pairing and while I enjoyed this story from start to finish it was the ending that I enjoyed the most but I'm not going to spoil it for anyone so I'm just going to say that the ending was definitely not what I was expecting and I really like how it brought things full circle. 

 

I really enjoyed this book as an audio story...it just worked for me in way that I'm not sure reading the story would have. Nick J. Russo's voices were very much in tune with how I imagined these characters to sound...especially Ambrose and when that happens it just makes the story experience that much more enjoyable for me. 

 

While I didn't find this to be a 'scary' story, I did find it to be interesting and as always the narration was spot on...taking this from a good story to something that's probably going to become a holiday tradition for me. I mean really cowboys or ghostly cowboys, evil psycho villains, haunted hotels and jail cells all rolled up into a story that's scary enough to be spooky but not enough to keep me up at night is just the type of Halloween story that I enjoy.

 

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An audio book of 'The Bone Orchard' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-10-26 00:33
A quote from The Lion in the Living Room
The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World - Abigail Tucker

The mutual failure to communicate puts indoor cats in a precarious position, since once sealed in our homes they have no way to survive without human patronage. To complicate matters, due to what Bradshaw describes as their “weakness in social skills”, cats are almost impervious to punishment, fixated on food exclusively as a reward, and so are very tough to train. We can’t teach them our ways.

 

Which is where cat-human interaction studies take a fascinating turn: as they so often have in their relationship with humanity, cats take the initiative and tame us. Trapped in a house and with no other recourse, every pet cat sets about the daunting task of bringing its thick-skulled human to heel. Since this chore is well beyond the scope of normal feline (anti-) social life, the cat must more or less start from scratch, performing what amounts to a set of tests on human subjects. Indeed, it turns out that what we think of a cats’ affection or love for us is not only not unconditional, it is actively conditioning. Cats are the experimental architects; we are Pavlov’s dogs.

 

Some of this is obvious and even delightful to cat lovers. “Honeybun is the biggest love-mush,” says an owner quoted in one study. “She demands affection and will actually ‘hit’ people with her paw to get them to pet her or keep petting her.” But we are oblivious to much of the taming process.

 

Many cats somehow figure out, for instance, that humans respond well to sound. Take the pleasing trill of a purr. Among cats, this tonal buzzing in the vocal folds has no fixed significance—it can mean anything from “I am happy” to “I am about to die”. But to humans the sound is welcome and even rather flattering. So within our earshot, many cats apparently rejigger their purposeless purr to include a barely audible,  very annoying, and insistent signal, a cry—usually for food—that resembles a baby’s wail. “The embedding of a cry within a call we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response,” purr researcher Karen McComb has said. She described this “solicitation purr”, which people register subconsciously, as “less harmonic and thus more difficult to habituate to,” and claimed that cats increase the behavior when they realize it gets results.

 

—The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker, p. 131-132

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