Trespassing by Brandi Reeds ~ #Mystery #BookReview

38261058I could not put this book down! There were so many different directions that the author could take with the plot, and I couldn’t rest until I knew where she was taking me (the reader) on this wild journey.

I’m not going to claim that it was completely believable, and I actually really disliked the ending (I was hoping for something a little crazier), but I really liked this book and would definitely read more by this author. If you like unreliable narrators, you should give this one a try. And, (I hate any kind of spoiler, but I have to share this), the little girl has a naughty imaginary friend who lives in her hair. Gold!!! 5 stars from the critic that lives in my . . . ear? Nose? Shoe? (epic fail on my part)

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Looking Glass by Andrew Mayne ~ #Mystery #BookReview

35157278This book is the second in the Naturalist series. I was in awe of the first book – the main character was delightfully awkward and strange. He’s more comfortable with himself and more mainstream in this book, but still enjoyable.

I really like the dark humor that runs through the pages, lightening the heavy subject matter. The plot was intricate and introduced an interesting twist – it’s not often that a ‘science heavy’ book touches on the supernatural.

Writing, plot, characters, pacing – all deliver! Snappy dialogue and suspense to spare! 5 stars!

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

Courage Quote; “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” ― Anaïs Nin  #courage #quotes

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The Summer Children by Dot Hutchinson ~ Fiction #BookReview

35423609This is the third book in the “Collector’s Trilogy”. Trilogy smilogy, please break the rules and make this a longer series! The first in the series was absolutely fantastic, the second was very good, and I couldn’t put this one down. There was a narrator switch in this book, which I felt worked well to the story’s advantage.

These books are dark and gritty, yet at the same time, there’s a strong underlying theme of hope. Victims persevere, survive, take their lives and their power back, thrive. It’s a great balance that’s almost uplifting despite the thrilling suspense. Both the characters and the plot are enjoyable, You can tell the author is comfortable with what she’s creating, and that she’s having fun. 5 stars!

 

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

VIRGINIA WOOLF quote typed on a vin tage typewriter ...

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A Moment on the Edge ~ #Mystery #Anthology #BookReview

6411705I’m not going to pretend that this was some life changing anthology, every story a priceless gem to learn from and cherish for a lifetime. I will say, however, that despite the less than stellar rating on Goodreads (3.86), this is not an anthology you want to read unless you are looking for more authors to add to your ‘to read’ list.

I think that this anthology is underrated (and under read) because many of the stories (and authors) are older. (I’d hate to think it’s because all the authors are women.) Some readers may consider them out of date. But can you ever really say that Shirley Jackson’s talent for creating suspense and Susan Glaspell’s biting insight are any less enjoyable because their stories were written so long ago? Not in my opinion. Not every story in this anthology is great, but there were many that I enjoyed, and I’m glad I read it. 5 stars!

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

Truths! Cowards don't deserve you!

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The Reunion by Samantha Hayes ~ #Mystery #BookReview

36589926Everybody’s a suspect!

The author did an excellent job of creating enough red herrings that the reader really has no choice but to suspect almost everyone until the author reveals what the reader is dying to know! She also wraps up all the loose ends, which I’ve notice many authors failing to do lately. And the suspense! Like a gourmet meal, this book left me satisfied but still wanting more.

My honest impression of this book is that the author enjoyed writing it. I certainly enjoyed reading it. While a few incredulous readers may find some parts unlikley, it’s fiction, and it kept me guessing the entire way through, which always gets my seal of approval. Another author to add to my list! 5 stars!

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

Hang this beautiful 'Every exit is an entry somewhere else.' inspirational print…

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When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker ~ #Literary #Mystery #BookReview

27401883This story was a bit of a literary mystery. A wife dies, and her husband receives letters from her, pages from the journal she kept during her sickness. He doesn’t know who’s sending the letters, and over the course of receiving them, finds mysterious and sometimes upsetting information in them.

I hate giving spoilers, so I’ll stop the exposition here. Suffice to say, he does a little detective work while also juggling the loss of his wife and the care of his three now mother-less children.

This isn’t my normal type of book, but it was quite nicely done. Fueled by the author’s own experience with cancer, there’s plenty to be learned and enjoyed on these pages. It was a lovely pallet cleanser between darker mysteries. 5 stars!

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