The Coldest Fear by: Rick Reed

The Coldest FearThe Coldest Fear by Rick Reed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 Stars

A killer who killed as a child that changed his soul piece by piece and became what he hated.

You only know him as a killer as he strikes a mid-west town with a crusesom killing. Not once, but a handful of times. It becomes personal when the killer points the killings to Jack Murphy. The killer daunts him, dares him if you will to come after him. The killer has a past that makes all of his killings personal. He kills to reveal the real person behind the victim. It is vicious and full of rage.

Jack Murphy has a need to right all the wrongs of the world including this killer.

The draw of the book is not the violence (it was violent but it could have been worse) but what is behind the violence. As a Christian, it reminds me of what we are all capable of the evil and the good. The reveal is exciting as well as the ending.

A Special Thank You to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Only Ever You by: Rebecca Drake

Only Ever YouOnly Ever You by Rebecca Drake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lately it was as if all her senses were lost, as if the only things she could taste and feel were fear and longing.

The greatest fear of a child abduction becomes a reality in the Lassiter family. Jill and David Lassiter, a successful family, living the American dream until their daughter is suddenly taken from them. The dream becomes a nightmare when they are accused of their daughter’s disappearance and apparent murder. In order to save herself and her family, Jill takes matters in her own hands. What she uncovers is all that she knows that is true, is now deception and deceit.

Jill & David have a past of great loss and this only leads to more suspicion to the authorities. The abduction becomes personal and deadly. Will Sophie be found in time and will their marriage survive?

A real page turner as you guess the why and the who and still come out a little surprised.

A Special Thank You to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Welcome Back by: Lin Stepp

Welcome BackWelcome Back by Lin Stepp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cowardice can never step free of the past, only bravery can.

With her daughter’s plea to come back home, Lydia is comes back with no expectations to the daughter and husband she left behind. Because of the manipulation and emotional abuse of her mother-in-law, Lydia took her two sons and moved from the clutches of her mother-in-law. Her daughter is now grown up with twin boys of her own and her husband is continuing the family business of farming. Her son’s do not support the ideal of Lydia coming back to the husband that did not stop the abuse of his mother to their family.

A story of pain when living under oppression and picking up the pieces and years later redeeming the time of pain and misunderstanding. Lydia’s husband John must prove himself to his family for not leading and protecting the family that fell under the manipulation of his mother. The relationship between Lydia and her husband had to be rebuilt but I felt that more could have been done to the relationship between mother and daughter. The daughter had chosen to stay with her father and not leave with her mother. There was more to that disconnect that could have upped the narration a bit. It was a good read on the vulnerability of relationships and what needs to be done to repair what has been damaged.

A Special Thank You to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Where I lost Her by: T. Greenwood

Where I Lost HerWhere I Lost Her by T. Greenwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have lost, those irretrievable things? It seems that everything I lose remains lost. For years now, I have had to resign myself to forfeiture. I am always, always, relinquishing things. Whether stupidly squandered or foolishly misplaced, whether abandoned or stolen, so much of what I have loved and wanted.

This is my second novel of Greenwood and I am always captivated with her characters and prose. She writes to make you feel something. Jess and Jake have taken leave of the fast paced life and come back to Jess hometown. Right away there is tension, a past and a marriage crumbling. In the haze of it all, Jess encounters a little girl that is hurt and in the middle of highway. She stops to help her and when she comes distracted, the little girl disappears. This occurrence takes her back to another time and place as she desperately looks to the authorities for help but they do not believe her. She begins to doubt herself and her marriage crumbles even more.

It is a compelling prose as you discover the past that has left Jess vulnerable and her marriage crushed. As she searches for the little girl, she is also in search of redemption. A desire to right what has been wrong.

A Special Thank You to Kensington and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Revenge by: Lisa Jackson

RevengeRevenge by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where Dallas collides with Dynasty. You might relate if you grew up in the 70’s. A family saga in the hands of Jonah McKee. A rancher and land developer in the Northwest of Oregon. Everyone knew who he was and that he would always get his way especially when it came to his 3 children. Somebody like Jonah McKee has more enemies than friends and when he ends up in the bottom of the canyon, his wife knows that was no accident but murder.

The narration is done in 3 parts. How life was like being a child of Jonah McKee and how he manipulated each of his children. Don’t let the title fool you, it is more romance than thriller. I liked it. It was old school. Starting with Max the eldest of Jonah’s children coming to terms with his father’s death and the arrival of old flame Skye.

Jenner the rebel of the Jonah’s children who suddenly finds himself a father. Casey the youngest who is abducted and finds love in the one who rescues her.

All 3 relationships have the romantic tension as they discover love that they never knew existed. The character development made it easy to read and indulge.

A Special Thank You to Kensington Books, Zebra, and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Cruelest Cut by: Rick Reed

The Cruelest CutThe Cruelest Cut by Rick Reed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dr. Lewis and her husband were murder number one, Timmy Ryan, murder number two. And last, the Lamar kids, where their murder The Cruelest Cut refers to Detective Murphy.

A killer out to destroy Detective Murphy- his reputation, the people he loves in a cruel Mother Goose riddle that the killer leaves as his calling card. What do all the victims have in common? What will it take to end? Not only is detective Murphy looking for a sadistic killer, he is fighting political machine that is using the murder to feed its own political agenda. This thriller has everything, local politics vs doing what’s right and the media making its spin for ratings.

Murphy is Clint Eastwood with make my day attitude and not able to have any lasting relationship because his first love is his work. His character was well developed and centered around this thriller. I appreciated that the killings were indeed horrific but not in detail as they happened but the details were in the aftermath and in the investigation. I don’t think I could have read it if it was the more the other way.

The perp which you are introduced pretty early into the thriller but his connection to Murphy is slowly unwrapped closer to the end which makes it the pager turner that it is. It truly is a physiological thriller. I was hooked.

A Special Thank You to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Forgotten Room by: Karen White

The Forgotten RoomThe Forgotten Room by Karen White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 Stars

A tiny thing as a lie could be like a pebble tossed in a pond, its ripples felt for decades. Disappointment and regrets become the destiny for 3 generation of women.

Three women, three different times and a Forgotten Room that ties them all together. It is prose of love lost as each generation is driven to find what bind them together. Olive is determined to bring good to her father’s name after he committed suicide. He built the Pratt mansion and she knows that the Pratt family is to blame. She becomes a maid for the household that her father was employed as an architect to bring justice to her family. She poses as a model for the youngest Pratt son and the two fall in love. Circumstances bring them apart and Olive begins a new relationship under the duress of her mother.

The narration is told in three voices and in three different times. Late 1800 to the 1940’s. Olive as she searches for redemption for her father. Lucy, Olive’s daughter as she searches for who her real father is. Kate the daughter of Lucy is now a doctor in male dominated world of the 1940’s. Her patient holds in his possession a painted picture of her likeness. Who is he and why the strong connection?

The story read well. Each other chapter was in each women’s voice as they discover who they really are and the destiny that was denied and pursued. It was a clean read in the style of Pride and Prejudice.

A Special Thank You to Penguin Group and Netgalley for the ARC the opportunity to post an honest review.

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