A STRANGER ON THE BEACH by MICHELE CAMPBELL

A Stranger on the Beach

Told from two points of view, this thriller actually cost me a fingernail!

Caroline is living the dream. A successful interior designer, who quit to raise her daughter who is now off to college, she is determined to get back in the game and earn her own money. Her husband works long, hard hours in order to provide a lifestyle it would seem they both enjoy.

Staring out the expansive glass windows Caroline spots a man on the beach. Staring at her house. She debates calling the police since he isn’t really doing anything, but at the same time, there have been burglaries lately in this enclave for the rich and famous. Later she will say she wished she had called the police.

Aiden is a bartender in a local bar. Having served time for manslaughter and now determined to show his Chief-of -Police brother that he has changed. He isn’t a teenager anymore and is tired of being treated like trash.

At Caroline’s housewarming party everyone wants to know where Jason is. Even her husbands boss isn’t believing her story of him running late. Later when he shows up with a Russian hussy in tow everything blows up and in front of God and everyone he leaves with the Russian girl and wants a divorce.

Aiden is happy to come to the rescue and Caroline is happy to have him. For a bit.

That is all I’m giving away. Let me just say this was one twisted puzzle that had me speechless for a good hour in the end. What???  I did not see that coming. The pace was perfect. The timing was everything in this wickedly good thriller!

Well Done!

NetGalley/St.Martin’s Press July 23rd, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

a family of strangers by EMILIE RICHARDS

A Family of Strangers

Emotional, Suspenseful, Domestic Drama, and Murder!  Who are these people that Ryan Gracey thought were family?

Ryan has always been told she was a change of life baby. Born prematurely when her mother went to Mexico on a trip and was all of a sudden pregnant. When she came home she had a baby and Ryans older sister was off to college.

In Ryan’s mind, her older sister, Wendy, can do no wrong. She is the perfect daughter, wife, mother and career woman. In Ryan’s mind. But all of that comes into question when in the same week her father has a heart attack, her sister calls begging her to go watch her two little girls and she’ll be home at some point. What? As Ryan drops her own life to go and help her mother and sister, she is finding some strange things at her sister’s home.  Where is Wendy? Who is Wendy?

Could Wendy be the perfect liar as well?  Ryan intends to use her crime podcast contacts to find out the truth. Where is her sister? Heck, who is her sister? It seems as if everyone has a different opinion and when the truth comes to light, it’s explosive!

Well Done!

NetGalley/Mira  June 25th, 2019 by MIRA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR by Kelsey Rae Dimberg

Girl in the Rearview Mirror: A Novel by [Dimberg, Kelsey Rae]

I never meant to lie. That is, I never wanted to.

Philip and Marina Martin. Phoenix royalty. He, the son of a current Senator and She, the director of Phoenix’s Fine Art Museum. Their four-year-old daughter, Amabel completes the beautiful family.

Finn eagerly gives up her office job for a job as Amabel’s nanny. She is a bit impressed with all of the glitz of the family’s lifestyle but more important to her is that she feels included, part of their family.

Much like the movies, it is all just a facade. Behind the doors, you can cut the tension with a butter knife!  When one day a young woman asks Finn to give a message to Philip, a chain of events that will lead to everyone’s secrets, including Finns, coming out of the closet!   Choices will be made and truths open to the hot Phoenix sun.

Political Thriller, Psychological Thriller, this has it all!

NetGalley/ William Morrow June 18, 2019

 

 

 

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The Last House Guest

Since All The Missing Girls, I have been a huge fan of Megan Miranda. Her style of weaving together a tale is a style I enjoy. Puzzles. Her stories are puzzles.

In this tale, the author has taken us to Littleport, Maine. One of those East Coast towns that is full to the brim with tourists in the summer and deserted the rest of the year except for the townies.

You don’t make friends with the outsiders. Ever. But somehow Sadie Loman met Avery Greer and instantly they were friends. For 10 summers. Until the final summer when Sadie is found dead on the beach below the cliffs.

The next year is a blur of Avery avoiding everyone, working on the Loman estate and living in the guest house. But with the upcoming memorial dedication for Sadie, Avery is getting some very strange vibes and she needs to prove the death was not a suicide and that she is innocent.

This was a twisty, puzzling tale of the haves and the have nots. What money can do for you and what it can not.

That said, this was not even close to the other books. It was more rambling and unclear until the last page or so.  I liked the idea of the story more than the story itself.

NetGalley Reviews/ June 18th, 2019 by Simon & Schuster

 

 

 

We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman

Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn is back in another masterful tale. 

A bit of a different take on the well-known tale of a family of four living in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959 and their brutal murders.  Two men were convicted and executed for the crime. Perry Smith and Dick Hickok.  If it sounds familiar, it should. The investigation and outcome became a best seller for Truman Capote as In Cold Blood.

There has always been controversy over Capote’s story of the events. In this telling the author asks us to think about another family murdered in much the same way, and what if there really was the third killer out there? These men have told so many lies, it’s hard to believe what is and isn’t true. The killers are long dead when this arrives at Brigid and Carlo’s door.

A brutal killer has been released from prison. It’s been 30 years and DNA evidence is now on the scene and cold cases are being looked at again and saved DNA is being put in the system. The only thing on this killer’s mind is finding out if it is true that one of the dead killers ratted him out in his final confession to a priest. A priest who Carlo knew well and who unbeknownst to Carlo has given him a letter written by one of the killers before his execution.

Carlo and Brigid may not know they have the confession but our killer is sure of it and sets out to take out anyone in his way to avoid going back to prison. There is no statute of limitations on murder.

Brigid and Carlo are really well-written characters. Brigid, a kick ass and take no names former FBI agent and Carlo, a former priest, who chose love. They are so interesting and they make a great team.

A good series!

NetGalley/: June 4th 2019 by Minotaur Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAST THING SHE REMEMBERS by J.S.MONROE

The Last Thing She Remembers

I can’t remember my name.

On Day One, we meet a young woman. From our point of view, we see someone who has suffered some type of trauma and only knows that her things are gone and she is in the village of Wiltshire, knocking on the door of her own house. She knows it is her house but she can’t fully explain how she knows this and nothing else.

The couple who owns the house is suspicious. The police are suspicious. The entire village is suspicious. And more than one person thinks they know her.

As we learn more about her and the couple who take her in at first, things begin to take an odd turn. The wife up and leaves. The husband is acting very odd. Who do they think she is?

This was a thriller, a mystery, with an ending that was both shocking and satisfying!

Well Done!

NetGalley/  May 28th 2019 by Park Row (first published 2018)