Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain! Every one have all of their goodies ready for tonight? Arthur here is ready and waiting. I read so many horror and thriller books that it was difficult to pick a series, but if I had to, it would be this. J.D.Barker and the 4MK Thriller Series. Seven meets Dexter. I love this series and have read them all more than once. So if you just want to buy a giant bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and turn out the lights, snuggle up with one of these babies and play my favorite game… “Hallo-we-ain’t home”.
Personally, I will be in the gym. Riding bikes with a book. I bought candy. I ate said candy and now I have to go burn off those calories. Be Safe out there and have a wonderful, spooky Halloween.
You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough – with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box. But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly. Now you and your sister must find a way to survive…
It begins with a text. The baby is back. This psychological thriller was full of some very messed up people. From three different viewpoints, telling the past and present.
It’s been 25 years since the police walked into 16 Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, London to find the bodies of the wealthy Lambs along with an unknown man, laid out in the kitchen, an apparent suicide pact. The children are nowhere to be found. Except for a baby, alive and well in the crib upstairs.
The mansion has stood empty all these years. Until the baby turns 25. Libby has no idea what happened to her parents and siblings. Having been adopted into a loving home. She knew that something would happen on her birthday but had no idea it would be the mansion. Now she wants answers. What happened in this house? And where are the children?
I read this shocker straight through. Talk about a horror show! Any thoughts I had about who was who and what happened were blown out of the water quickly with the ending.
Fast-paced and horrific! It was wonderful!
NetGalley/ November 5th, 2019 Atria
Elm Hollow Academy is an all-girls school in a boring town by the coast with a rather dark past. Witch trials in the 17th century and one supposedly hung from a tree on campus. Theories abound about the school and the odd things that happen there.
Violet is sixteen and has already had her fair share of tragedy and loss. She is that character on the fringe. Even she isn’t sure she belongs here. Or anywhere.
The talk of the school when Violet arrives is the mysterious disappearance of Emily Frost. Said disappearance means there is an opening in a study group with their instructor, Annabelle. Mysterious Annabelle. She teaches the girls about the Furies and how they took revenge on the men who wronged them.
Only these girls aren’t taking notes, they are taking action and Violet is drawn into something deadly and it could get her killed. Not knowing who to trust, she trusts herself.
There are plenty of books dealing with angst-ridden teenaged girls at schools. This had less to do with popularity and boys and more to do with witchcraft.
It was really wordy and the middle got a bit old quickly. The end was unexpected and rather disappointing I thought.
NetGalley/ October 8th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
“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
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
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
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