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Let me first say that I’ve been a fan of Lucy Clarke since reading her first novel The Sea Sisters and subsequent Swimming at Night, and a Single Breath. That out of the way, you really do need to add this book to your summer reading list.

As is her trademark, Lucy Clarke centers The Blue around the ocean, breathing life into the colors, sights and smells that allows her readers to feel like they are in the middle of paradise. Along with the paradise though, are tragedy, heartbreak and fear.

Best friends Lana and Kitty leave their homes in England and

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The Forgotten Girl is an enjoyable little mystery.

Imagine having a loved one drop out of your life with zero contact for many years. Now imagine opening the door to find that person standing on your porch, asking you to care of her teenaged daughter, and then disappearing for several days. That’s what happens to Jason Danver, and what has him turning in circles trying to find her.

Some authors struggle with dialogue, that’s not the case with David Bell, in fact every page is filled with dialogue, and I kind of liked it. I


Stephen King calls The Troop “Old-school horror at its best” If that doesn’t get your attention, nothing will.

I loved Nick Cutter's first book THE TROOP, and this one has been just as good. THE DEEP is once again reminiscent of Stephen King's writing and it's well done. This is edge of your seat, cringe-worthy horror, like a train wreck you shouldn't look at but can't help yourself, you can't stop reading. Picture The Abyss, Alien, and The Colony all rolled into a gory little package and that’s what you get with THE DEEP.

Set in the near future a plague is ravaging

“Crash & Burn” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton div Penguin Group Feb 2015)


If I could, I'd give this 10 stars, it's a fast-paced, edge of your seat, keep you guessing, humdinger of a psychological thriller. Every time I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get reading again.

Any book that has “I died once.” as a first line is guaranteed to grab a reader’s attention, and pull them headlong into the story. That’s exactly what happened to me. Crash & Burn is the first book I’ve read by author, Lisa Gardner, and it most certainly won’t be the las

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“Synesthesia / sinəsˈTHēZHə A perceptual condition of mixed sensations: a stimulus in one sensory modality (e.g., hearing) involuntarily elicits a sensation/experience in another modality (e.g. vision). Likewise, perception of a form (e.g., a letter) may induce an unusual perception in the same modality (e.g. a color).”

Color Blind is the first installment of the Jenna Ramey series, following the success of her two previous books, “Chain of Command” and “The Trade.” As with the previous books, Color Blind is a thriller, and firmly p


Andrew Pyper once again proves he is a contender in the horror genre. As a follow up to his best-seller, The Demonologist, Pyper doesn’t let his fans down. Some books start off slow, gradually building momentum as they go along, not The Damned; from the quote by the lead protagonist, Pyper grabs his readers' attention and keeps it until the final page.

Following the horrific death of his twin sister Ashleigh, and narrowly escaping his own death, Danny Orchard realizes there is an afterlife. Having been brought back from death, which is actually the sec


“I want you. I need you. I can make you love me. You drive me insane. I’ll love you as long as you live. I love you to death. You. You. You.”

I've not read a book like this before. It's creepy and haunting and I couldn't get enough of it. This is Caroline Kepnes' first novel and boy can she write.

First and foremost this book is about obsession; man to woman, woman to man, woman to woman, there are three separate subplots that stand alone but are also part of the bigger picture. The protagonist is to put it mildly, bat crap crazy. Once he, Joe, has Guinevere Beck, “Beck


The eleventh book of the Lincoln Rhyme series, “The Skin Collector” comes out swinging. Deaver wastes no time getting his readers attention, when in the first few pages his latest mad man makes an appearance and sets your skin to crawling.

The skin collector, a man named Billy Haven, has taken his cue from the bone collector, another madman who Lincoln Rhyme had the displeasure of dealing with. But the difference is Haven’s specialty is tattooing with poison.

The Skin Collector’s inaugural killing of a young actress takes place in the dank unde


I really enjoyed this read. Although I've read about all of the cases profiled, the way RJ has laid them out makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It's beyond me how a parent could perform such a heinous act on their own flesh and blood.

The book opens with a definition of filicide and the possible causes and segues into the first of ten cases highlighted in the book. What strikes me, and I’m sure all readers will notice, is that statistically speaking more often than not the child’s mother is the one who commits the murder; in fact only


CRADLE TO GRAVE is the first book I’ve read by Eleanor Kuhns, and having read the book I’ll be picking up her two previous novels DEATH OF A DYER and A SIMPLE the latter of which was the winner of the Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.

Cradle to Grave is a good old fashioned mystery in the same vein of Agatha Christie’s famed who-dun-its. Set in a Shaker community in late 1800s readers are once again meet Will Rees, protagonist carried over from Kuhns’ first two novels. Rees and his new wife Lydia receive a letter from a dear f


I have to admit Deborah Brown's Madison Westin series is my guilty pleasure. It's great to see what Madison and her best friend Fabiani, get themselves into. The usual cast of characters from the previous three books, Crazy in Paradise, Deception in Paradise and Trouble in Paradise are present and accounted for and as usual, they don't fail to bring comic relief to the read.

Just when you think it’s time for Madison to have time to enjoy her newest endeavor of restaurateur trouble strikes again, but this time its Fab who’s in th


“Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbo’s one of the few who keeps them there.” -Linwood Barclay

I couldn’t agree more with Linwood Barclay, a celebrated writer in his own right, when he says the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Nesbo has proven a master with his Harry Hole series and once again with his latest stand alone novel The Son.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a die-hard fan of Jo Nesbo and I’ve read probably every book, with the exception of his children’s titles. I wa
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