LADY IN THE LAKE by Laura Lippman

Lady in the Lake

It’s 1964 when Cleo Sherwood disappears. It’s been eight months and no one is looking for her. Cleo was out to find a better life for her and her sons. Cleo wishes Maddie would stop looking for her.

There was a voice for every character. I wasn’t sure at first if Cleo was the Lady in the Lake. New characters kept showing up and got their own chapters. It was confusing.

The story centers around Cleo’s voice and Maddie’s voice. Maddie is married to a rich man. She has a lot of secrets and while she talks a lot to herself, we have no idea what is behind her character.

I got bored about halfway through. There was nothing to like or dislike. It was just boring. And that is not what I would expect from the author. I will definitely be reading more of her.

NetGalley/ July 23rd, 2019 by Faber & Faber

 

GIRL WATCHING YOU by J.A.SCHNEIDER

GIRL WATCHING YOU

A young woman, obsessed by a man she considers a predator, climbs a fire escape and thinks she sees a murder.

Ava Beck is an actress. She’s had a successful television series playing a cop and then she was blacklisted. Now she works in a flower shop in the West Village, lives in a sketchy apartment building, and is divorcing her lawyer husband.

When Ava’s sister died in what her famous actor boyfriend called an accident, Ava knew better. She saw the abuse, she read her sister’s e-mails. The police have called it an accident and Ava is not going to let that go. She files a civil suit and seems unable to move forward.

A lot of people stop at the flower shop and one, in particular, gets Ava’s attention due to the number of women he brings by to buy flowers for. The new one is young. As Ava hands her the bouquet she sees bruises on the girl’s wrists. Believing that Mr. Peter Greer is not only a womanizer but an abuser has her seeing red. That night she climbs the fire escape to peek in the girl’s apartment and sees what she thinks is a man about to kill a woman. And then the man sees her.

The next day the girl is dead, and Ava’s world is turned upside down! Will she end up dead before she can see justice for her sister?

This was a stand-alone book from Schneider. It is full of characters who have secrets. I was questioning everyone’s motive! And I could not have been more shocked finding out who was on the other end of the gun!

Well Done!

June 27, 2019

 

 

THE FAMILY by P.R.BLACK

The Family

Becky was the only survivor of the horrific and ritualistic killing of her entire family. Injured and terrified she saw her opportunity to run and she did. Rescued by a man in the woods.

Adult Becky is doing everything she can to find out who the killer was and why he hasn’t been found. But when her digging starts getting people who help her killed in horrible ways, she doesn’t stop, she just goes harder. Not knowing who to trust may just get her killed herself before she can find out the truth.

This was a very explicit and horrifying read. As a character I didn’t care for Becky. But I did not see that ending!

NetGalley/ May 2nd 2019 by Aria

 

 

 

 

 

LOST LAKE by EMILY LITTLEJOHN

Lost Lake (Detective Gemma Monroe, #3)

Detective Gemma Monroe #3

An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from the author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

Lost Lake. A beautiful hidden gem close to the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. The history of the lake and the history of the town are closely linked. A beautiful place, popular with campers and hikers in the summer. In the winter it’s a very different and unsettling place.

It’s early spring now and Detective Gemma Monroe has responded to a missing person report at the lake.

Two couples have camped overnight and in the morning one of the girls is missing. Sari Chesney is also the assistant curator at the town’s museum and now she and the founding fathers diary are missing. Are the two connected?

When the bodies begin to pile up Gemma isn’t sure who to believe. It seems the tiny town is bursting with secrets and even someone in the department is leaking info to the local paper.

With so many different mysteries to solve, will our Gemma pull through in the end or will this one be the end of her?

I am a fan of the series and this was a really good one with murder, supernatural vibes, and a great group of suspicious characters!

Well Done!

 

Netgalley/November 6th 2018 by Minotaur Books

PIECES OF HER by KARIN SLAUGHTER

Pieces of Her
Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life.

Andrea is 31 and her problem isn’t that she has no choice in her future. The problem is there are so many choices she’s stuck. Stuck living over her mother’s garage working as a 911 dispatcher.

But when Andrea and her mother go out for lunch at the mall, things turn ugly fast. A man with a weapon, heads exploding, Andrea cowering and her mother has turned into some kind of suburban ninja! After that nothing makes any sense to her. Mom won’t stay in the hospital and she is adamant that Andrea move out NOW! Not tomorrow, right this minute. Which of course Andrea does not do. Instead she watches as a man breaks in to her mother’s home and Andrea chooses a course of action that sends her on a road where everything she ever knew about her mother is questioned.

Told from her mother’s point of view in the past and Andrea”s in the present, we discover who and what Laura really is. And along the way there are plenty of twists and turns and What the heck?? moments.

Maybe I should be checking out my own mother?!  Well Done!

 

August 21, 2018

Broken Dolls by Sarah Flint (DC Charlotte Stafford #4)

Broken Dolls (DC Charlotte Stafford #4)

Charlie is back! And this time it is the most vulnerable among us who are being targeted.

A newborn, dead in a dumpster. A young girl dead in an alleyway. Are they connected?

Feeling that time is of the utmost importance she and her boss Hunter, try to track down the baby’s mother and stumble onto a trafficking outfit. Importing young girls and grooming them to be prostitutes. Treated no better than a stray dog.

There are really two tales in play here. One story line is looking at the murders of the prostitutes and the other is the sex crimes. When one of their informants helps them put the pieces together they are sure they have the right people behind bars.

But do they? If something is broken over and over, will it ever be right again? Or will it just continue the pattern of hurt and lies. Can a person be beyond repair?

I always enjoy Charlie and I am hoping for more on Ben in the next one!

Well Done!

Netgalley/Aria  August 07,2018

 

Walking Shadows by Faye Kellerman

Walking Shadows (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #25)

A Decker/Lazarus Novel #25

Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, risk life and limb to solve a pair of brutal murders that may be tied to a crime from more than twenty years ago in this intense and addictive mystery from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.

Peter Decker thought living in the small town of Greenbury, New York would be so much quieter than being with the LAPD. But when the body of Brady Neil, 26, is discovered beaten and his body dumped in the woods it’s going to take everyone in two jurisdictions to figure this one out.

Brady’s father is in prison for robbing a jewelry store and murdering the two owners. Along with his partner, Kyle. While they admit to the robbery they are adamant the owners were alive when they left. With his temporary partner, Lennie Baccus, daughter of the Hamilton police chief who handled the original murders, Decker starts asking a lot of questions.

And his first one is Where is Brady’s best friend Boxer? Heading out to find him, they instead find a blood bath inside the house and Boxer’s mother, confined to a wheelchair, tied up and close to death herself.

With Rina researching the past and present list of characters and Tyler and Kevin digging into what really happened to the Levines long ago and how all of these people fit together, this was like a Rubik’s Cube!

Is there corruption in the Hamilton police force? The more they dig, the twistier it gets.

Big fan of Decker and Lazarus and this was a good one!

August 28th 2018 by William Morrow