Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

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From the publisher: “Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct.

“Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found?

“It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons—because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.”

Can I be honest with you? I was never a fan of Temperance Brennan and the Bones books (or the TV show). I tried, I really did. But I could simply not force myself to be interested in that character. So, when I saw that Kathy Reichs had a standalone novel with a new heroine, I debated whether or not I should bother to read it.

However, I’m glad I picked it up. Sunnie is very different (to me, at least) than Temperance was. I felt much more at ease with these characters than with previous Reichs books that I’ve read. And the story, including both the mystery Sunnie is trying to solve and her own backstory, was intriguing enough to keep me interested, wanting to know if I’d really figured it out or if Reichs had another twist to throw at me.

Two Nights is a great beach read, so grab a copy when it is released on July 11th and head to your favorite chill spot.

Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for the digital copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!! 🙂

The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn

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Esther Larsen is an analyst at a major bank in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her job is to analyze the risks that come with investment banking. After the crash of 2008, Esther began keeping track of the risks banks around the country, even around the world, were taking, and what she sees is more than troubling. Can she get the word out and stop the downfall before it’s too late? Will anyone even listen?

This was one heck of a page-turner, and so realistic that I found it scarier than the average horror story! Not only is it a good story that grabs your attention and refuses to let go, it also makes you stop and think about what is really going on in those huge “too-big-to-fail” banks. Davis Bunn began his career as an economist, so he knows what he’s talking about, which makes this even scarier…

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But it’s not just the subject matter that makes this a great read. Bunn employs his amazing writing skills to create wholly believable, comfortably sympathetic characters, and villains with such realistic motives that you understand why they’re doing what they are, while despising them for even contemplating such a thing. Bravo!

“Ripped from the headlines” doesn’t quite explain Bunn’s latest novel – it’s much more frighteningly prophetic-like than that. Excellent, highly recommended book. Grab it while you can!

Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the free copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

IQ by Joe Ide

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From the publisher: “East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay.

This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes. ”

I enjoy a good mystery, and Joe Ide’s debut novel, IQ, is just that: a decent detective story. I started off laughing about chloroform in the prologue, dove into the bulk of the story believing I knew whodunit, and finished up fairly impressed with the book as a whole. Plot twists, multi-faceted characters, and some pretty philosophical moments make this a good read for lovers of detective stories.

IQ will be available from Mulholland Books on October 18th!

Thanks to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

 

A Time of Torment by John Connolly

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When private investigator Charlie Parker is contacted by recently released hero-turned-inmate, Jerome Burnel, he hears a story that he’s not sure he believes. According to Burnel, he was set up by someone and is still being tormented and hunted by them. When Burnel disappears, Parker dives into the investigation, uncovering strange links to an area in West Virginia known as the Cut. The further he delves, the weirder things get, and the more certain he is that there is something more than just a close-knit family living in the Cut.

John Connolly’s A Time of Torment (Charlie Parker #14) is an intense, sinister ride. This is the first Charlie Parker Thriller that I have read, but I find myself wanting to start the series from the beginning now. Connolly seems to have a unique insight into the mind of a psychotic killer – I don’t know if that is a good thing or not. I really do wonder what he eats before bed to give him the nightmares he must have to come up with some of this stuff! Maybe he should consider changing his diet. Or maybe not, since it does make for a seriously creepy and super interesting story.

If you like your stories weird and wild, grab a copy of A Time of Torment. But be prepared to climb into the mind of some seriously whacked-out characters…

Many thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for the free copy of this ebook for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

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Bibi Blair is a writer – she spends her days creating stories. Yet, when her own story takes an unexpected turn, Bibi refuses to believe that a rare form of brain cancer will defeat her. The night after her diagnosis, she receives a strange visitor to her hospital room and wakes to find a miracle. But things take another wild turn, leaving Bibi on the run, desperate to find a girl named Ashley Bell – for she was told that if she saves Ashley, she’ll save herself.

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If you’ve read Dean Koontz before, you’ll note that Ashley Bell is a relatively typical Koontz-ian tale: a dash of creepy, a splash of darkness, mixed with a drizzle of humanity, in a pool of exciting twists and whaaaaats?, with a golden retriever 🙂 While I wasn’t super keen on the occult aspects, it is significant for me to note that dabbling in the occult is what sparks the trouble for Bibi. Ashley Bell is a fascinating examination of the capacity of the human mind/spirit to both hurt and heal itself, as well as a captivating look at the unlimited power of imagination and storytelling.

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Weird? Yes. This story is creepy cool – there’s no other way for me to put it. But I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend it to my friends.

Thanks to Random House/Bantam Dell Publishing Group and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!