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review 2017-07-23 00:09
Follow me down to the river...
Follow Me Down: A Novel - Sherri L. Smith

 

 

Book Title:  Follow Me Down

Author:  Sherri Smith

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery

Setting:  Wayoata, North Dakota

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Follow Me Down by The Pretty Reckless  --I kind of think this song with the same name as the book works perfectly, with the screwed up relationships going on in this book, it's a bit eerie.  ♫

 


 

 

 

 

 

That ending had me like…

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Follow Me Down kept me guessing all the way to the end, I thought, for sure, I knew who it was, and then I flip-flopped…again and again.  Right up to that ending.  I believe, that's what makes for a good murder mystery.  I know it does for me.  I haven't been reading this genre for long, but it's one I plan to read more of in the future.

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The writing is little distracting at times, but the mystery and atmosphere of Wayota, ND (made-up place, I believe) more than makes up for it.  Although, my biggest issue is with the blatant OTC drug abuse going on with the MC and the blasé way it was addressed.   That could have been dealt with differently or omitted completely.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  4.2/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total: 4.3/5 STARS

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I would!

 

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review 2017-06-30 21:30
Run
RUN: The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries - Deidra D. S. Green,Lashawone Powell

Title:  Run

Author:  Deidra D. S. Green

Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing Presents

Series:  The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries

Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"RUN: The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries"  by Deidra D. S. Green

 

My Thoughts....

 

OK,  I will say this story continues on from the last series ... 'Fit' moving on into the next series 'Run.' We see that the police are kept busy with Mayven and Major and let's not leave out Mr. Franklin. How this will come out had me shaking my head and say what?  Then someone is down! Dr. Chloe Daniels really lets her feeling out at this point definitely wanting to know who the two ladies are that are visiting Michael. With all that is upon Dr. Daniels I liked how she was still their with her expertise in helping with this crime spree that has reached for and near.  Then as the story continues do we have someone taking a special interest in Anna Black?  I definitely had a wired feeling about that person interest! Then we have another killing ... what is up with another characters of interest Logan and Beth Ann?  As more people have been found killed the story continues on to Grace [Baby Doll Killer] and I can't believe what she is still at wanting and planning to do to her help. However, I think this time Grace has she met her match?  This will be quite a sad read as love ones are being identified however, there is still much work for the police to be done as they are dealing with all of the killings that have gone on.  What happens as Dr. Brookes calls a meeting with the police chief, Dr. Daniels and Addison with information?  However it looks like someone else has gotten and tipped their hand in this matter.  I will stop here and just say you will have to pick up this read to see who that person is and how closely they have worked with this doctor.  This story will have so many twist and turns that the reader will have to keep up.  It will be really something seeing how this author will put all this series all together in the sixth installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries.  Now guess who is going to Florida!!!!! I will say this installment had me a little at a loss because there will so much going on.  In the end will we finally see justice as it deals with  Anna Black, Grace Pembroke Wetherby, Major and Mayven and a few other characters as we get to the end of this long ride?  Well, all I can say is that we will have to pick up this last series 'War' and hopefully  all of our questions will be answered to these well written installments to see how justice will prevail.

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review 2017-06-30 04:25
The Girl On The Train
The Girl on the Train: A Novel - Paula Hawkins

 

 
Title: The Girl On The Train: A Novel
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Girl On The Train: A Novel" by Paula Hawkins

My Thoughts.....

This novel was quite some read that will have so many twist and turns where you will have to keep up to fully understand what in the world is going on. "The Girl On The Train" was one psychological thriller mystery suspenseful read that will keep your attention as you are turning the pages to get to the end to see who was this killer. I found the characters well developed, portrayed and so very interesting that will make one wonder about people you meet and their lives. Wow, what a read that after all is said and done all of this stemming from a train ride and how a lie can really go haywire.

 

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review 2017-06-08 21:44
A awesomely twisted, intensely riveting read
The Weight of Lies - Clara Emily Carpenter

 

 

Book Title:  The Weight of Lies

Author:  Emily Carpenter

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Splash of Romance

Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing

Setting:  Bonny Island, NC

Source:   I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Lies of the Beautiful People by Sixx: A.M.  --Mysteries can be difficult to find the perfect song for, because I don't want to give away anything…so you have to work with what's on the surface, and this song fits with that really well…and with the book in general…it's funny, for over half the book, I didn't think this book was aptly named, but it turns out it really, really is.

 

♫Save yourself from all the lies of the beautiful people
It's time to run from the lies of the beautiful people♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.8/5 STARS

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My Thoughts

 

 

For the first couple chapters I felt like this would be something I wouldn't be able to get into…I soon realized that wasn't to be the case.  The sinister atmosphere, the beautiful backdrop of the island and the ultimately the lies, oh the lies…This book had me like…

 

 

 

This book has a little bit of everything…a splash of romance, mystery, lies, betrayal, poisoning, and even a bit of the fantastical.   It also has a book within a book, but that may be why I had the small deduction in stars.  --Before each new chapter there is a small excerpt from Meg's Mother's book (KITTEN), which seems like it would be a bonus…the only problem was they really confused me.  Although, as the book progresses they did become less confusing and more intriguing.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Book Cover:  3.5/5

Ending:  5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would

 

 

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review 2017-05-13 02:56
Mischief's Mayhem
Mischief's Mayhem: 3rd Installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries (Volume 3) - Deidra D. S. Green

Title:  Mischief's Mayhem

Author:  Deidra D. S. Green

Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing Presents

Series:  The Third Installment in The Chloe Daniels Mysteries

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Mischief's Mayhem" by Deidra D. S. Green

 

My Thoughts....

 

Well as one can see these mysteries .... continue....with Anna Black still in prison ...however will she be able to  go to trial after what has gone on with her?  Continuing on what will we find with Grace Pembroke Wetherby[Baby Doll Killer] still doing her thing time around, however, it looks like she has been caught by none other than ?  Now, in this read we get some new characters...Major and Mayven who are causing havoc across the state lines with their killings. Who are these two and why are they on this killing spree?  Now, I don't want to leave out how hard Dr. Daniels and Detective Phillips are still trying to piece these murders all together, however, it seems like they maybe getting some more help with there cases.  All in all to know what all has gone on in this series  you will have to pick up not only "Mischief's Mayhem" but the other two installments in The Chloe Daniels Mysteries to fully understand what has gone on with each of these very captivating main characters[Anna Black, Grace Pembroke Wetherby and Major & Mayven].  So, I starting my next read of this series....FIT: The 4th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries to get some more of this mystery read.

 

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