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The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry – Review by Colleen Noyes

The Perfect ChildThe Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ummm holy crap?! The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry is a book that has it all if you enjoy reading mystery, psychological, thriller type books. When I got this month’s list of “First Reads” I thought why not pick this one and I am so glad I did. The story revolves around Christopher a doctor and his wife Hannah who is a nurse. A happily married couple who seem to have the perfect stable life except their desire to have a child has been impossible. They encounter a young girl Janie, who is admitted to the hospital under unspeakable circumstances and soon take her in. What starts out as their dream coming true, quickly turns into a nightmare that you won’t soon forget.

The characters are written well and you can envision each one. I found myself drawn to Hannah and feeling her frustration at not being heard. I could see the pain on her face, the disappointment of slowly losing her husband to a manipulative child. Often, Christopher made me so angry and I was literally saying “Are you fricking kidding me? What are you blind?” This book was enthralling, frustrating, heartbreaking, and kept me on my toes.
The author pulled out all the stops and even though I knew early on what the “truth” was going to be I still found it to be a wonderful read that had so many twists and turns you didn’t see coming. This was my first read by this author but I can promise it won’t be my last. I appreciated the vivid details that weren’t over done and loved the different points of views. The secondary characters were realistic and strong and the writing style was smooth and easy. This is a book that you will want to read as soon as you can. Please note that there are some things that may be disturbing but if you like psychological type books you will see it for what it is.

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Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes Book 2) by Rowena Holloway

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Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes Book 2) by Rowena Holloway – Author
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Genre – Suspense Thriller
Page count – 350 pages
Publisher – Fractured Press
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If everyone lies, who do you believe?

Journalist Charlotte Ashe unmasks the big lies. But uncovering this lie could endanger the one person she’s trying to save…

Charlotte is determined to expose Tyrone Garner—a former football star turned property developer and everyone’s darling. Everyone is wrong. But to prove he’s a fraud, she needs help.

Tired of her quiet life, Allie is thrilled to engage in a bit of espionage for her best friend Charlotte. Allie’s great with secrets. She’s guarded her own well.

Then the nightmare begins.

And the cracks start to show…

Allie vanishes.

Charlotte is desperate for clues. Is Allie alive or dead? What had she discovered that put her in danger? And how will Charlotte cope with her guilt? The more Charlotte learns about Allie’s secrets, the more she wonders how well she knew her best friend. And then she uncovers a lie so big she questions everything she believes…about Garner, Allie and herself.

Best friends share all their secrets… don’t they?

Less You Know is the second stand-alone thriller in the Ashes to Ashes series by Ned Kelly Award nominated Australian writer Rowena Holloway.

Buy Less You Know today and get lost in a layered, twisty suspense that will keep you guessing until the last page.

~ AMAZON ~

I consider myself a reformed academic who discovered fiction writing was preferable to the real world. My love of suspense fiction is thoroughly indulged through writing novels and short stories about Fractured Families and Killer Secrets. My novels have been nominated for the Ned Kelly Award and semi-finaled in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and my short stories have been included in several anthologies including the Anthology of Award Winning Australian Writing. I also review my favourite books, interview fellow writers, and blogs about books and writing.

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Nite Fire: Chain Reaction (Book 2) by C.L. Schneider

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Nite Fire: Chain Reaction (Book 2) by C.L. Schneider, Fantasy Author
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Genre – Urban Fantasy
Page Count – 405 Pages
Cover Designer – Alan Dingman
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If anyone can tell the difference between monsters and humans, it’s Dahlia Nite. For nearly a century, she’s hunted one to protect the other; safeguarding humanity from the creatures that slip through the torn veil between the worlds—creatures like her. But the lines are blurring. As people begin mutating and combusting on the streets, Dahlia realizes a strange affliction has descended upon Sentinel City. The mysterious ailment strikes all walks of life, from the posh, high-end nightclub district to the homeless community. Its victims, driven to random acts of savagery, are drawing attention too fast to cover up.

Assigned to the case, Dahlia and her human partner, Detective Alex Creed, investigate the deaths. But all they have are questions and bodies, and a public on the verge of panic. Working behind the scenes with her self-appointed sidekick, Casey Evans, Dahlia struggles to discover what, or who, is behind the alarming transformations. As the violence spreads and the mystery unfolds, she wonders: are the victims still human? Were they ever?
Chain Reaction is the second book in the Nite Fire Series.

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C.L. Schneider is an award-winning author of immersive fantasy fiction, including The Crown of Stones Trilogy and Nite Fire. Born in a small Kansas town on the Missouri river, she penned her first novel at age sixteen on a typewriter in her parent’s living room. She currently resides in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley with her husband and two sons.

To learn more about C.L. Schneider, and the worlds she creates, visit clschneiderauthor.com where you can read reviews and excerpts, subscribe to her newsletter, and join her Street Team. An active part of the indie author online community, you can often find her on social media, chatting about the daily ups and downs of a writer’s life.

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Alive (Sundown Series Book 3) by Courtney Konstantin – Review by Emily Walsh

Alive (Sundown Series Book 3)Alive
By: Courtney Konstantin
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alive (Sundown Series Book 3) by Courtney Konstantin was a spine tingling, post-apocalyptic thriller that had me on the edge on my seat.

My first read by this author, I was pulled in by not only the cover but by the raving reviews. This book is part of a series, but you can read this one as a standalone. But I do wish I read the other books first because I believe I missed some character development and background info. But I will be going back and checking them out, because I love the world that this author has created.

I was pulled in right away, and for someone that is picking about their zombie books, I have to say I was impressed and loved every minute of this heart pounding read. I loved the attention to detail and how the author managed to instill fear into me. The suspense was thick and the situations were terrifying. I love the constant surprises and the raw emotions that the characters portrayed as the zombies closed in.

Overall this book will probably give me nightmares, so it gets my super high recommendation and of course, my stamp of approval.

Happy Reading

-Review by @eawalsh

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Killer Lawyer (Jake Wolfe Book 3) by Mark Nolan

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Genre: Thriller
Page Count – 420 pages
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Publisher – Amazon KDP
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No rest for the wicked. Jake Wolfe is a young lawyer who leads a secret life as a government assassin. Trained by the CIA, Jake now wants a new life of peace and quiet, living on a boat and practicing law. But when his city is shocked by a serial killer and he’s framed for the murder of a friend, Jake must race against time to find the killer before he strikes again.

Drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse; at every step Jake and his loved ones are being hunted by the clever, twisted madman. As the city is gripped in fear of the seemingly random shootings that could strike anybody, Jake investigates and uncovers ominous clues until a shocking reversal of fortune changes everything.

With the clock ticking and lives at stake, will Jake be able to find and stop the killer in time, or will he become the next victim?

Buckle up for a wild ride as Jake Wolfe and his exceptionally intelligent dog, Cody, return to action in this page-turning thriller in Mark Nolan’s bestselling series that has earned thousands of 5-star ratings on Amazon and Goodreads.

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Mark Nolan is the author of Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie, the sequel titled Vigilante Assassin, and book 3 in the series: Killer Lawyer. He’s currently writing book 4. Mark also tries to make time every day to answer emails from readers. You can reach him and subscribe to his newsletter at marknolan.com

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes #1) by Rowena Holloway

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Genre: Suspense Thriller
Page Count – 380 pages
Publisher – Fractured Press
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She wouldn’t kill for her career, but she might just die for it.

Charlotte Ashe is desperate to get out of her light-relief gig as TVWE’s ‘weather babe’. When an elite footballer hands her a scoop that could make her career, she never expects it to lead into danger.

Joey Baptiste is on the cusp of greatness, and the edge of despair. Confiding in Charlotte is his last chance at a way out. Instead, it signs his death warrant.

As the mystery around Joey deepens Charlotte is pulled into a dangerous game that threatens her career, her relationship and even her life. With everyone against her who can she can trust? How much she is willing to risk to expose the truth?

Charlotte must untangle the truth behind Joey’s death before her big break becomes her biggest mistake.

Bad Things Happen is the first book in the new adrenaline-charged series by Ned Kelly Award nominated writer Rowena Holloway. This page-turning thriller-with-heart can be read as a stand-alone.

Buy Bad Things Happen today and get lost in this dark mystery where the truth has deadly consequences.

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I consider myself a reformed academic who discovered fiction writing was preferable to the real world. My love of suspense fiction is thoroughly indulged through writing novels and short stories about Fractured Families and Killer Secrets. My novels have been nominated for the Ned Kelly Award and semi-finaled in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and my short stories have been included in several anthologies including the Anthology of Award Winning Australian Writing. I also review my favourite books, interview fellow writers, and blogs about books and writing.

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Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler

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Genre – Thriller & Suspense
Page Count – 275 Pages
Publisher: Power to the Pen
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If any day calls for a soothing glass of wine, it’s today.

One moment, Capitol Hill lobbyist Karina Cardinal is having a heated discussion with Senator Harper, who just torpedoed her latest health care legislation initiative. The next, after a cryptic remark, the senator is dead at her feet. Hours later, she’s still so rattled she wakes to a freezing apartment because she forgot to close her back door. Or did she?

When her boyfriend, FBI cybercrimes expert Mike Finnegan, is suddenly reassigned to work a new case, he’s got bad news and worse news. The bad: the senator’s death was no heart attack—it was assassination by a hacker disabling his pacemaker. Worse: Karina’s a “person of interest.”

Certain that status could change to “suspect” at any moment, Karina begins her own back-channel investigation into who could have wanted the senator dead. Of course, in Washington, that means playing politics and following the money trail. A trail that leads to more murders…and possibly leaving the door open for a killer to change her status to “dead.”

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Ellen Butler is a bestselling author writing critically acclaimed suspense and award-winning historical fiction. Her experiences working at a medical association in Washington, D.C. inspired the Karina Cardinal series. She is a member of Sister’s in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Office of Strategic Services Society.

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Venganza: The Fuentes Legacy by Greta Cribbs – Review by Debi Kircher

Venganza: The Fuentes LegacyVenganza: The Fuentes Legacy by Greta Cribbs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Venganza: The Fuentes Legacy by Greta Cribbs

5 Stars

I was so so so excited when I found this book, I read Primogenito quite a while back and of course loved it as with any book by this author and when I found this one and then realized it was the prequel I was even more thrilled. To write a story that goes back before the brilliance of Primogenito and getting to know these people a little more and understanding how this story started was genius. This author continues to amaze me and I absolutely can not say enough about how much I love her stories and how she forms the storylines.

This one was nothing short of heart breaking and I held my breath a few times and felt some deep rooted anger that had me wanting to crawl into my kindle and show a few people what they could do with their protected secrets!! The emotions that were portrayed in this story made them feel so so real because they weren’t just written they were formed with the greatest care and I felt as close to understanding how these people were feeling as I possibly could.

I just don’t know how to put in words my love for this author’s writing, even if some of the things she writes are so very hard to read she does it in a way that you can tell she thought about her readers as she wrote her words.

I HIGHLY recommend this and every book this author has, I became a forever fan after the first book I read by her and that continues to be the case.

Amazingly Awesome!!

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The Killmores (Killmore #2) by Martha Sweeney – Review by Emily Walsh

The Killmores (Killmore #2)The Killmores
ByMartha Sweeney
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Killmores (Killmore #2) by Martha Sweeney was a action packed, not your normal romance thrill, with a power couple could give Mr. and Mrs Smith a run for their money.

I am in deep with this series, it’s everything I never knew I wanted in a action romance. Both are kickass, both are amazing, and this isn’t a story about the hot action, alpha guy saving the girl. No, no, this story is about a powerhouse couple that work together, fight it out and know how to give and take.

Outside of the nail biting action and heart pounding intense situations, the writing is on point. Everything flowed cohesively, transitions were near seamless and, the detail was rich and drawing. I felt like I was watching a blockbuster action movie instead of reading a book.

Not one for spoilers, I don’t want to say anymore as it will ruin this fan-freaking-tastic book. I will warn you that this is part of a series, and it picks up pretty much were the last leaves off. It has a continuation timeline and plot, so I highly suggest you read the first book, Killmore, as to not get confused.

So if you haven’t guest, I highly, highly recommend you get your hands on this book, this series. Take my stamp of approval that you will be capture by this power couple, their resolved and, the endless thrilling action.

Happy reading

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~ Coming Soon – Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2

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Fatal Legislation: A Novel: Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2 by Ellen Butler Books
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Releases – December 11, 2018
Series Name: Karina Cardinal Mystery
Genre – Thriller & Suspense
Page Count – 275 pages
Cover – RL Sather
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/b…/show/41956272-fatal-legislation

Lawmaking can be a murderous affair.

If any day calls for a soothing glass of wine, it’s today.

One moment, Capitol Hill lobbyist Karina Cardinal is having a heated discussion with Senator Harper, who just torpedoed her latest health care legislation initiative. The next, after a cryptic remark, the senator is dead at her feet. Hours later, she’s still so rattled she wakes to a freezing apartment because she forgot to close her back door. Or did she?

When her boyfriend, FBI cybercrimes expert Mike Finnegan, is suddenly reassigned to work a new case, he’s got bad news and worse news. The bad: the senator’s death was no heart attack—it was assassination by a hacker disabling his pacemaker. Worse: Karina’s a “person of interest”.

Certain that status could change to “suspect” at any moment, Karina begins her own back-channel investigation into who could have wanted the senator dead. Of course, in Washington, that means playing politics and following the money trail. A trail that leads to more murders…and possibly leaving the door open for a killer to change her status to “dead.”

Fans of John Grisham, Melinda Leigh, J.D. Robb will adore this gripping political mystery thriller by Award-Winning Author Ellen Butler.