The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

The Fire Witness

Joona Linna Book 3

DI Joona Linna, is sidelined for the moment. On leave while awaiting the outcome of an internal affairs investigation for some thing he did or didn’t do.

So he is free to be sent to observe only in the investigation of a hideous double murder at a youth home for troubled girls.

In my crime group I once asked for recommendations for some Scandi works and I’ve been stuck on them! This one may be my new favorite. These girls are way past troubled. They are downright scary. With one of them being accused of the crimes, the stories of her past begin to come out and a more horrifying tale I can’t think of.

Almost a story inside a story as the police dismiss Flora, a girl trying to pass herself off as a psychic to the police. But is she seeing the ghost of the dead girl or is she having a memory of her own that was too awful to remember?

We learn a lot about Joona’s personal life this time. Interesting fellow. This was a fast paced shocker that made me glad I don’t have any girls!

Good Job on the translations too!

Netgalley/ Knopf Doubleday Publishing November 27, 2018

 

 

 

VENDETTA by IRIS JOHANSEN

Vendetta

Catherine Ling #5

Mortally wounded, Carl Venable, the head of the CIA task force on terrorism, instructs his most trusted fellow terrorism fighter, Brandon to get his daughter Rachel and keep her safe no matter the cost.

The worlds most hated terrorist, Conrad Huber was taken out and his son, Max is looking for revenge. A slow and painful revenge if he can get to Rachel before her friends in and out of the CIA do. At the same time he is planning to ‘change the coast of California forever’.  And when he gives them a small sample they all will have to work together and figure out a way to stop Huber while keeping Rachel alive. But Rachel has her own demons and sins not to mention skills! Who will end their vendetta and who will end their life?

I loved that Cameron was back. He and Catherine have such an intriguing relationship. Between Rachel and Catherine they could probably take down anything!

I have read all of Johansen’s books and the ones with Catherine are my favorite.

5 star read for me.

Netgalley/October 23rd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

UNDER MY SKIN by LISA UNGER

Under My Skin

How do we know the difference between dreams and memories?

Ms. Unger is back with another spot on psychological thriller.

It has now been almost a year since Poppy’s husband Jack was murdered while on an early morning run. His killer has never been found.

Poppy has become a ghost in her own life. Not sure if she is dreaming or remembering what happened in the days after the murder. She’s seeing a therapist but she isn’t telling her everything. She’s popping pills with alcohol to try to sleep but even then she isn’t sure if she is sleeping or dreaming. Did she have a break from reality? Will she ever remember what happened?

Looking at her through my own experience with losing a husband in a second, I can relate to Poppy. And I can tell you this hit very close to home for me. Thinking you see your husband sitting on the sofa or lounging in doorway only to find none of its real.
When strange men start texting her and following her she isn’t quite sure if they are real or if she is really losing her mind. But the one thing you can count on in this story is that nothing is what it looks like and no one is what they say they are.

I love that the author keeps you on your toes with a fast pace and a main character you just want to hold on to and reassure her that it will be okay.

Well Done!

Netgalley/Harlequin Park Row October 2, 2018

 

Coming Soon To A Bookstore Near You

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Can you believe how fast September is flying by? I can thankfully say I have read all 32 of my books for October! And the reviews have been turned in.

These are the first ones of mine coming out the first week of October. The cozies were awesome, the thrillers were thrilling and the time slip one blew me away.

We have a ton of festivals, sick people and severe weather the rest of this week so enjoy your week, stay safe and for heaven’s sake, Read a book!’

xx Patricia

BUTTON MAN BY ANDREW GROSS

Button Man

This new novel is equal parts historical thriller, rich with the detail of a vibrant New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, and family saga, based in part on Andrew Gross’s family history, and will cement his reputation as today’s most atmospheric and original historical thriller writer.

Immigrants in the 20’s and 30’s, the Rabinowitz family was dealt two tragic blows in one day. Those tragic incidents would shape the future of the boys, Morris, Sol and Harry. They were already barely making ends meet and now with the death of their father, dreams must be put on hold as the boys must become wage earners while still children.

Morris, became an apprentice in the garment industry at just 12 years old! Even at 12, he knew his worth. He was a quick learner and didn’t back down to anyone. And this was a problem with the union bosses and mobs controlling every inch of the garment industry and to go up against them was deadly.

While Sol became an accountant, he eventually went into business with Morris. Harry would make a much different choice with his life. To join the mobsters. Harry likes money. And women and the big flashy life of the gangs working for Louis Buchalter.

But who will he stand with when the big boss comes for the garment industry and his brothers. Because Morris isn’t backing down. Ever.

Based on his own family history, Gross tells the story so well. With great historical accuracy and characters that were inspiring.

Netgalley/September 18th 2018 by Minotaur Books

THE OTHER WOMAN by SANDIE JONES

The Other Woman

A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

When Emily meets Adam its instant chemistry and she is sure he is the one. Soon they are living together and then become engaged. All before she meets his mother. Pammie.

There are so many things I could say about all of them but honestly I think you should just read it and come to your own conclusions. Don’t assume you know anything! Because I’m quite sure you don’t. Every one in this book is shady. No one is what or who they seem to be and that ending. What the heck??

I absolutely loved this twist. A most unusual one as I was ready to draw and quarter the person I thought was the evil one! Then, Boom. Nope.

Great job and I highly recommend this one!

Netgalley/St. Martin’s Press August 21, 2018