Lisa Ungers The Stranger Inside

The Stranger Inside

“Justice is not for this plane. Punishment, yes. Consequences, yes.”

Three 12-year-olds go into the woods. Only one comes out. And she will never be the same.

Rain, Tess, and Hank were best friends. Cutting through the woods was what they did. Until the day they weren’t alone and lives would be forever changed.

The points of view were alternated. And I thought they all had valid viewpoints. Remember Dexter? We watched as Rain lived her seemingly normal life. Having put her past trauma in a box with no key. But when another man is killed after being acquitted of his wife’s’ murder, alarm bells go off. Is there someone out there delivering a bit of karmic justice?

Finding the truth will put her in more danger, which she knows, but she can’ t stop. She has to know. And when the memories come back will she be able to handle it?

This was the best kind of thriller. You know just enough to think you have it and then Wham, you know nothing! And it made me think for a long time. What is justice? What is Karma? Do some people simply not deserve to live?

Well Done Ms. Unger, as usual!

NetGalley/ September 17th, 2019 by Park Row

 

 

 

 

 

29 SECONDS by T.M.Logan

 

29 Seconds

Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . . 

Dr. Sarah Haywood has a lot on her plate. A teaching job concentrating on Christoper Marlowe, 2 young children, a husband who has shacked up with another woman, and a boss who can’t seem to keep his hands to himself. Professor Hawthorne is a nightmare of a boss. Always one step ahead of any accusations of impropriety and not afraid to blackmail his female staff into sex for your job scenario.

Sarah is at a loss to figure out a way to keep her job and not have to sleep with her boss. Which is getting more difficult as he is sabotaging her work and reputation. Sarah is at her wit’s end.

A seemingly unrelated incident happens to her early on. She is witness to an attempted kidnapping of a little girl. She never thought that the little girl belonged to a very powerful man who is very grateful to Sarah. In a very secretive meeting, Sarah meets a man with a lot of money and a lot of power, who doesn’t like to owe people. In his mind, Sarah has saved his daughter and now he is in her debt. So he offers her a one time deal.

Will she take it? Would you? One name. Gone Forever. Would you? No chance of blowback. No chance of anyone finding out. Would you?

This was definitely a thriller!  At first, I was a bit upset with Sarah. She was rather all over the place, but I looked at what she was. An educated woman being jerked around by not one but two men. While holding down a full-time job and with 2 children under 10. Being passed over for promotion for not trading sex for favors.

Very Well Done!

NetGalley/ September 10th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD by J.D.Barker

The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller, #3)

A 4MK Thriller

In this last of the 4MK thriller trilogy, Barker ramps up the suspense and twists better than Houdini!

If you haven’t read the first two books, I would suggest you read them. Reading Barker is like trying to solve a Rubick’s Cube blindfolded.

Poor Sam is coming undone. He’s having lapses in his memory. He’s obsessed with the man who killed his wife. Only now Bishop is turning himself in and telling an elaborate tale putting the blame squarely on Sam. It looks convincing to everyone, including his bosses.

With a hospital full of people with a mystery illness that Bishop says is SARS, with Sam and Bishop, accounted for people are still dying. There is no way Bishop is running this alone.

As the FBI and local Metro team up, you really can’t believe a single person in this book. Everyone has dirty little secrets and someone is out to even the score for the awful things that happened in childhood.

This has been one of my favorite horror reads. Gory, full of morally bankrupt adults and torture, I did not do anything until I was finished. And that ending was perfect for the trilogy. I loved every twisty, gory moment!

Job well done!  What’s Next???

NetGalley/August 27th, 2019 by Hampton Creek Press

 

 

 

THE MISSING ONES by EDWIN HILL

The Missing Ones (Hester Thursby Mystery #2)

Edwin Hill, the author of the acclaimed Little Comfort, returns with his next book featuring Harvard librarian Hester Thursby—an intimate, intricate mystery as smart and complex as it is riveting.
After all of the awful things that happened with Hester in Little Comfort, I was hoping she wasn’t going to be jumping into the fray again!
Hester is a librarian. With a side gig finding missing people. But after the last one, she almost died and is now out of that game. We think. Probably not.
Hester and Morgan are caring for four-year-old Kate, the daughter of Morgan’s twin sister, Daphne. Daphne left a post-it saying she would be right back, but that was a long time ago and no one knows where she is.
Meanwhile, on Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, children are missing and mysteriously returned unharmed. We meet Annie, who looks like a homeless drug addict and is holed up in an abandoned Victorian that is now just an eyesore and a place for junkies. 
When Hester receives a text from Daphne, telling her she needs her, Hester is once again lying to Morgan and taking Kate with her to the island. When she gets there she finds a small town with some big-city problems. Like drugs, people with their own agendas, and a missing Daphne and another little boy. Along with the dead body of a dirty cop.
Will she find Daphne and reunite her with her daughter? Can she save all of them?

This was a twisty, suspenseful tale! At times Hester irritates me, but she has reasons for the things she does. We just don’t understand them. Will this be the end of Morgan and Hester? Will Kate be returned to Daphne? Will Hester ever let go of the guilt and fear she is holding on to so tight?  I hope so.

 

Another well-done work by Mr. Hill
August 27th, 2019 by Kensington  NetGalley Reads

BLOG TOUR! The Escape Room by Megan Goldin @St.MartinsPress @megangoldauthor @netgalley

Escape Room cover

“Welcome to the Escape Room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.”

Escape rooms can be really fun and right now they are all over the place and getting pretty creative. The premise is simple enough. A group of people locked in a room. Together they must look at clues that will allow them to escape. The clues are rarely straight forward and more than once will have you backtracking. In the real world, if you run out of time, they just let you out and you can do the walk of shame.

This isn’t that type of story. In this story, four very competitive co-workers are told that on this Friday evening they will be participating in an escape room challenge. None of them wants to do any team-building exercises, but they also want to keep their jobs and the money that goes with those jobs, so they show up in a building that is undergoing construction, waiting for an elevator to take them to the escape room.

Little do they know as the elevator rises to the 70th floor that they are already in the escape room. And for the next few days, all of their dirty little secrets, failings, and crimes come out and they must all deal with their own shameful behaviors. And most importantly, which one of them is a killer?

Netgalley/ July 30th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Synopsis:
In Megan Goldin's unforgettable debut, The Escape Room, four young Wall Street rising
stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal
game of revenge.
Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.
In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game.
They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style—but a life of extreme
luxury always comes at a cost.
Invited to participate in an escape room as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive
co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when
the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary
competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.
Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve
cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they
realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up
the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final
chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?

Author Bio:
MEGAN GOLDIN worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she
covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia.
She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to
Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. THE ESCAPE ROOM is her debut novel.

 

THE DOLL FACTORY by ELIZABETH MACNEAL

The Doll Factory

A beautifully written historical fiction novel. The authors’ descriptive style was so well done I could almost smell the stench of London in 1850. It was not an idealized version of the time nor the place. It was real and raw and sometimes hard to read, and I appreciated that. Life was hard. Things weren’t fair or pretty for the majority of the population.

This is the year of the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. Artists are all vying for their works to be accepted. And it is at this site that two people meet. For one, Iris, it isn’t memorable at all. But for Silas, in his severely messed up head, he has met his soulmate.

Iris and her twin sister Rose are apprenticed to a doll maker, who is also an addict. Iris hates it. She wants to paint. She wants more. And through chance, she is asked to model for an artist. Not only will she have her own bedsit, but she will also be learning to paint.

Down the street, Silas has thought of nothing but Iris. In his sick mind, she loves him as well. Now he is obsessed and is following her waiting for her to come to him and declare her love. When she rebuffs him, things get ugly.

An exceptionally well-written tale!

 

NetGalley/ August 13th, 2019 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books