Watcher in the Woods (Rockton #4) by Kelley Armstrong

Watcher in the Woods (Rockton, #4)

This is the fourth in this series by Kelley Armstrong.

I’m quite sure you won’t find the town of Rockton on any map. And that is by design.

Deep in the Yukon inside Canada, this is a place with secrets. A lot of them. Only one person knows everyone’s back story and that is the Sheriff, who also happens to be the boyfriend of the only detective in town. In the tiny town of 200, there is also a time limit for staying. And rules. Lots of rules. The people who come here are running away from something or someone or they are just straight up criminals who need to disappear for a bit. Governed by the mysterious Council, who decides which people get in and which people need to get out.

In the short year Casey Duncan has been detective here she has seen it all. Murder, arson, love and a place to call home.

When a man claiming to be a US Marshall appears in town wanting one of their residents, but not saying who that is, Casey and the Sheriff are skeptical to say the least. First, he isn’t in the US and second how did he know about this town? It’s not like there are any modern conveniences. No cell phones, no internet, and they aren’t exactly advertising. When the Marshall is killed everyone in town is a suspect. And all they know is that there is a killer among them. But since no one uses their real name it is going to be difficult to narrow the field.

This is such an interesting series. You think you know something, but you are probably wrong. I was. Many times.ย  This book gives us a new character and things could get very interesting with him. I can’t wait to find out how this plays out!

Very Well Done!

Netgalley/ February 12th 2019 by Doubleday Canada

 

 

 

 

 

THE PERFECT LIAR by THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE

The Perfect Liar

Susannah and Max, along with her son are living the dream in a Vermont university town. Max is a well-known ‘artist’ and has secured a position at the university while Susannah is a stay at home mom to a her teen son. She has a lot of very odd behaviors.

They seem perfectly matched and are still in love and passionate. Life is good. Until it isn’t. Finding notes on their front door with cryptic messages has them both shaken. For Max the notes could destroy his career and his marriage. Max has secrets. Lots of secrets.

When the person Max suspected of leaving the notes turns up dead, Susannah tries to run with her son, but her son it turns out is not on her side. Why? Because she has secrets too. And someone knows them. And only when they come out will we find out who the perfect liar is.

The story was told from both points of view as well as past and present. The premise of the story was good. It was a twisty, nasty tale! But I didn’t know or understand the characters well enough to care if any of them got caught or disappeared. They just had no depth to any of them.

Give it a read and see what you think.

Netgalley/ย  January 15th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

 

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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’.ย  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