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review 2017-02-17 14:35
The Missing Ones
The Missing Ones: An absolutely gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 1) - Patricia Gibney

They were watching out of the window, watching as the adults buried something underneath the apple tree that grew out of their yard. Suddenly, one of the three young children spoke, their innocent voice breaking the silence, speaking what they all three felt, who would be next?

 

It is now more than thirty years later and the novel begins at Day One of a murder investigation. Susan Sullivan has been found dead at a church by the woman who came to clean it. Susan was supposed to meet someone there but who and what they were meeting over is not given and the detectives assigned to the case are just as lost as I am. It isn’t long before another body is found and this time it is James Brown and he is found hung from an apple tree. Inspector Lottie and her partner Boyd try to find a connection with these two bodies while their Superintendent breathes down their necks. The story starts to get interesting as the pathologist discovers a similarity with the two bodies and I am connecting them to the children staring out the window. Where is this third child and will they be the next victim? As Lottie is working on the case, she realizes they are connected to St. Angela’s, a group home that existed years ago, which is now being redeveloped into a multi-million-dollar project. This information blew the story wide open. Filled with lies, deceits, missing individuals and just a bit of romance, this novel had a full cast of characters who gave Lottie and her department a case they will be talking about for years.

 

I found that I liked the character of Lottie. She was real. There were times when she was over her head and she knew it, she was balancing her career with being a single parent. She was dealing with her relationship with her mother and a relationship with Boyd, which he wanted and I think she wanted to some extent but she knew she had enough to handle at the moment. I liked that she stuck herself out at times, she pushed the envelope when she knew she shouldn’t, and in the back of her mind she was always thinking of her children. I liked that the novel started out strong and it ended strong. I liked how everything was confusing, how there were different stories taking place throughout the novel and how they were all yet connected. I thought it had a climactic ending. It was almost too perfect how it all came together on those last pages. I enjoyed this novel and I am looking forward to reading more about Lottie in her upcoming novels.

I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-13 18:28
The Silent Wife: A gripping emotional page turner with a twist that will take your breath away - Kerry Fisher

Absolutely awesome read! And yes, it's one of those you cannot put down and won't want to put down. The farther I got into the book, the more I was into the book.

The Farinelli's have lived on the same street for years. Their mother, Anna, lives in the childhood home alone. While the oldest brother, Massimo, lives with his second wife of 10 years, Lara, and their child Sandro next door to his youngest brother, Nico. Massimo is divorced from his first wife who did not want children. Nico is currently newly married to his second wife, Maggie, after losing his first wife, Caitlyn, nearly 3 years ago to cancer. Maggie has a son, Sam and Nico has a daughter, Francesco.

The dynamics of this family are so crazy. I'm not going to go into them - I'm not spoiling it for anyone. I will tell you that at one point I did hit the bed and scream "yes, yes, yes" when a certain someone got their comeuppance and I LOVED IT!

I just can say how much I enjoyed this book. I love it when people who are being buttheads get theirs and there are several buttheads in this book. This will definitely be one of my top reads for 2017!

Huge thanks to Bookouture for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-11 04:25
[By B A Paris] The Breakdown: The 2017 g... [By B A Paris] The Breakdown: The 2017 gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors (Paperback)【2017】by B A Paris (Author) [1863] - B A Paris

Cass's life changes overnight when she takes a decision to take a short cut through the woods one rainy evening. There's a car parked in the layby and apart from stopping her car for a few minutes, doesn't get out to help, something she will regret. Shortly afterwards things start to go wrong, forgetting things, mysterious parcels arrive, silent phone calls - she's doubting her own sanity. Wow!! Just loved this from the very first line - what a stomping good read, gripping and menacing, pacey and dark. It was one of those books you just have to read in one sitting, no putting it down apart from the essentials that is! Allow plenty of time because you won't want to leave this story and watch out for your fingernails as you just might bite them off as you feverishly turn the pages! Another wonderful book by this author.

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review 2017-02-02 12:58
DARK HOUSES a gripping detective thrille... DARK HOUSES a gripping detective thriller full of suspense - HELEN H. DURRANT

Three and a half stars
Another case for DCI Stephen Greco and the team. Two young girls have been killed in a particularly cruel and horrible way by someone without an ounce of kindness or goodness. You would not want to come across this particular individual - ever! Greco is still not a people person but is trying his best, both at work and at home. Although this book began with a good pace, it definitely went up a gear or two later as the team began to piece it all together. I found myself racing through the pages in my haste to see who had done it and why. I've enjoyed all this authors' books and this is no exception - perfect for those who enjoy crime/police novels.

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review 2017-01-30 02:47
Bad Little Girl: A gripping psychological thriller with a BRILLIANT twist - Frances Vick

Yowza! I can definitely say that this was an appropriately titled book. This little girl grew up in what I guess would be called a trailer park, if that city had trailers. All her neighbors would congregate in someone's yard every night and drink beer or whatever. In the morning, everyone would wake and find that yard filled with bottles and cans and no one believed in keeping up appearances and cleaning up after themselves.

The little girl wore dirty clothes and shoes too small. One of her teachers took pity on the girl and tried to help her. She took the girl to her house after school and fed her and walked her home. She also tried to talk to the mother saying that someone in the "trailer park" had been abusing her daughter. The mother just laughed and talked about how many stories the daughter made up. The mother talked about how evil the girl was and that the teacher did not really know her. The teacher felt sorry for the little girl and could not believe the mother would take an adult's side over this poor little girl. Big mistake, big, big mistake.

What happens after that - that's where the title comes into being.

This was a great story. How could a little girl be capable of what her mother was accusing her of? There is absolutely no way. However, the farther you read, the more you wonder. Could this small child possess the ability? An entertaining, scary, unbelievable story of a little girl you have to read to believe.

Thanks to Bookouture for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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