The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI #6) By Catherine Coulter and J.T.Ellison

The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI, #6)

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against a private French space agency that has the power to end the world as we know it.

Former NASA astronaut, Dr. Nevaeh Patel, was grounded when on a spacewalk off the ISS, her tether snapped and she made contact with the Numen, an alien race that wants her to tell the earth about them. So she does and is grounded for good with a psychiatric report that will keep her grounded. Angry, and frustrated, she finds Galactus, a private space agency owned by the uber rich Jean-Pierre Broussard.

Patel finds that he is also seeking a treasure, the Holy Grail and instantly understands the Numen want her to possess it and quiet the heavens so that they may come to her and teach the world peace and be immortal. But one must be worthy of the stone. An important catch.

While Broussard is off retrieving the Holy Grail, or Heavens Stone, Patel launches a communications satellite. Only this satellite is carrying a nuclear triggered EMP which when triggered will take out all of the satellites and leave the world in chaos.

When Agents Caine and Drummond are brought in they are in a big time crunch. One that may see them be too late to stop the world descending into chaos.

This Brit in the FBI series is one of my favorites. These two put you on the edge of your seat from the beginning and it’s a fast and thrilling ride to the end. I personally lost two fingernails to this book!

Coulter and Ellison can take an idea that is definitely possible and create something that will scare you for many nights to come. That is what I love. This could happen and what if it did? Well I hope that Drummond and Caine and all their cohorts are here for us too!

Another very well done thriller!

Netgalley/ March 26th 2019 by Gallery Books

 

YOU FIT THE PATTERN by JANE HASELDINE

You Fit The Pattern

A Julia Gooden Mystery

Julia is back! Crime writer Julia Gooden has finished her book on her brother’s abduction and murder when he was a child. And she has helped put his killer behind bars. It’s a good story, but her editor wants more emotion and Julia isn’t sure she wants to do that.

She’s not letting that get in the way of investigating other crimes. Someone is abducting women joggers and leaving them dead in empty churches with cryptic drawings in their hands. And all wearing the same dress. The exact dress Julia wore at a police function with her boyfriend Ray Navarro once.

As Julia digs into the case she gets a call from the killer himself. He wants to be famous and he wants her to make him famous by writing his story. He’ll even give her little clues to the next murder. As the case evolves Julia and the police come to understand that this one is personal. That Julia is the intended last victim. But why? And who is this person?

This is one of my favorite series. Julia is no one’s victim and Ray has no intentions of her being one.

There were some really good new characters in this one and a lot of misdirection which had me over thinking everyone.
That’s good!

Well Done! A big thank you to Kensington and the author for a copy.

 March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

BETWEEN THE LIES by MICHELLE ADAMS

Between the Lies

What would you do if you woke up and didn’t know who you were?

Within the first few pages of this thriller you just know it’s going to be good!

Chloe Daniels wakes up in a hospital bed having no idea how she got there, who she is or who these people calling themselves family are. Very scary.

Back in her parents home she struggles to remember what happened to her and as she snatches glimpses of her past she begins to believe her family are telling some pretty bad lies. What was she running from that night her car crashed? Even the police seem suspicious of the circumstances.

When she discovers one of the cruelest lies she has been told, she sets out to find the truth about who she was and who she can trust.

I felt so horrible for Chloe. She honestly had no one in her corner. And what a psychological thriller it was. I had no idea that ending was coming!

Another job well done!

Netgalley/St.Martin’s Griffin  March 05, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PROMISE by TERESA DRISCOLL

The Promise

A secret. A promise made by three 14-year-old girls at boarding school. Buried, but never forgotten. Carol, Beth and Sally have lived with this terrible secret well into their adult lives.

Beth and Sally are still very close but Carol seemed to disappear off the face of the earth after she left school. While saddened by this, Carol seems to want nothing to do with them.

And then the cream-colored envelope appears. The school is being sold and torn down, the nuns reassigned and a long-buried secret is in danger of being dug up.

They set out to find Carol and decide what they should do. And that sets in motion a horrible threat to their very lives and their loved ones lives. But who? Who else knew what happened?

This was told through multiple points of view. There were maybe too many subplots here. In the end, even I was shocked by the biggest secret of all that had been kept!

Throughout the book I kept thinking how things we see at 14 seem so big and life shattering, when just telling the truth would have led them all down very different paths and spared a lot of pain in the end.

Netgalley/February 7th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

 

 

 

 

 

the night olivia fell by Christina McDonald

The Night Olivia Fell

An emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain-dead. And pregnant.

A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies.

Phone calls in the middle of the night are never a good thing. And for Abi Knight the phone call turns out to be the news every parent dreads receiving. Her daughter, Olivia, has been in an accident. She was found at the bottom of a bridge, bruised and broken.

The doctors say she is brain-dead and must remain on life support until her baby is further along. Baby? How could she not know her daughter was pregnant? And why are there bruises on her wrists?

The police may have ruled this an accident but Abi will go to hell and back to find out who did this to her daughter. And in doing so secrets are exposed, lives will never be the same.

Told with Olivia’s voice from the months leading up to her supposed accident and Abi’s voice in current time with some bad past secrets coming to light as well. And when you start spilling secrets, not everyone is on board.

This was one of the most heartbreaking and suspenseful books I’ve read in a while. I kept going back and forth with the characters. None of them were all bad or all good. They were your neighbors and their teenagers, people you’ve known all your life and yet how much do you really know your own family? We think we are protecting them but the secrets and lies always come to light and it always is painful. 

This story will grab your heart and won’t let go until the last page. And even then, I still had hope.

Very Well Done!

Netgalley/February 5th 2019 by Gallery Books

 

THE WINTER SISTER by MEGAN COLLINS

The Winter Sister

In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut, a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister’s unsolved murder.

At 14, Sylvie’s older sister, Persephone sneaks out of their bedroom window to meet a boy. Sylvie saw her sister get into her boyfriend, Ben’s, car. Three days later her dead body is found in the snow. And no one has been charged with her murder.

Her once close bond with her mother disappeared the same day. She crawled into a bottle of Vodka and Sylvie went to live with her aunt.

At age 30, Sylvie has an art degree but is working as a tattoo artist and living with crippling guilt and a lot of questions.

As if getting laid off isn’t enough drama, a phone call from her Aunt Jill puts her right back into her childhood home with a mother now stricken with cancer, but sober. Things are tense. Sylvie is frustrated and haunted by the murder of her sister and no one being held responsible.

Meeting up with Persephone’s old boyfriend at the cancer center shocks her to her core. She has always believed he killed her sister, but now she isn’t so sure.

Digging into the past she will find shocking secrets kept by her mother and her sister. She will come face to face with a killer but she isn’t about to back away from getting answers.

Even after I had my own suspicions about what was going on the writing was just so good I barely came up for air. This story asks the question exactly how well do we know our mothers, our sisters? And how one decision can shape so many lives over so many years.

The writing is so smooth, it carries you right along through the good, the bad and the really ugly. The characters are real and deeply flawed in some cases. As a debut novel, I don’t think you can get much better!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ February 5th 2019 by Touchstone/ Atria Books