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Deep Extraction by Diann Mills – Book Review

Book Description:

A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.

A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional—the victim’s wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI’s prime suspects.

Clearing Sally’s name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer—and to each other—the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

Review:

Let me tell you why I wanted to read this book before I tell you what I thought about it.  If you know me at all then you are aware of my sudden cardiac death the week before my 28th birthday.  If you don’t know me then you might want to read a little to catch up.  When I saw that the victim was killed by a someone hacking into his pacemaker and jacking with it.  It immediately peaked my curiosity since I have a defibrillator.  Actually, what the what is what went through my mind.

A Pacemaker Hacker? Is there really such a thing!?

Now, let’s get to my thoughts on this title.

Deep Extraction is the second book in the FBI Task Force series, and here again I have read the series out of order.  I do not know what has gotten into me.  But, I am glad to tel you that the first book in this series is Deadly Encounter and both can stand alone just fine.  You do not have to read these in the correct order.  Just be a rebel, like me. 🙂

I’m a sucker for police-type dramas, books and television, and the more action, details, suspense and twists, the better.  I am also a Christian, so the mention of prayer and God did not affect me at all.  The Christian aspect is minimal.  It is not distracting, in your face or pushy, at all.  It is approached very realistically.  Having a defibrillator (mine has a pacemaker function) and having gone through cancer, I felt I could really relate to this one.

After mentioning all of the above, I am happy to say that this book is all that I have already talked about.  Lots of action! Explosions, gun fights, heroes and heroines.  There are some feelings in this one as well.  It is a very well rounded book!  There are a few things that are a bit predictable; one being the little romance that blossoms.  I like my police-type dramas to be a little more realistic, and most of it is realistic, but in the real world, friends of a murder victim would not be able to be involved in the investigation. But, it was refreshing to read about friends taking a stand for the victims (their friends).  I think they did what many of us would try to do, and that is do whatever they had to do to find the killer.

Diann Mills is one author that I plan to read every book she comes out with.  I like her writing style that much!

Thank you to NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Deep Extraction
FBI Task Force
Diann Mills
Suspense, Christian Fiction, Fiction
Tyndale House Publishers
April 4, 2017
396

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough – Review

Book Description:

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.

David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

In Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.

Review:

Wow! Just WOW!

I’m just dying for someone I know to read this so we can discuss it!

When I agreed to read and review this book for Macmillan/Flatiron Books I had no idea how difficult it was going to be for me to actually write a review.  I didn’t really know what to expect.  I’d never heard of Sarah Pinborough, and now I’m searching for anything and everything she has ever written.  This chick is good!  So, I will apologize now if this seems a bit rambly or repetitive. It is just so, so hard to review this particular book without giving anything away.

Behind Her Eyes completely consumed me.  Gripping is a good word for it!  I love a good page turner, and this is one heck of a page turner.  I carried this book with me every where I went, and I mean every where.  If I had to wait in line at the grocery store, then I had this book in my hands.  I even sent my husband into the post office so I could read a page or two while I waited.

There is a little bit of a supernatural twist to the story, but not so much that I wanted to put the book down.  That just isn’t something I typically read.  Something else that I don’t typically read is love triangle stories.  Behind Her Eyes is written from the viewpoint of Adele and Louise.  It does go back and forth between them, and at times I found myself having to really think about which one was which.  That is the only thing that slowed me down a teensy tiny bit.  It is so well written with twists when you aren’t expecting them, characters that you can’t figure out who to trust, and a deranged mind-blowing ending.  I am not blindsided by book ending very often, but this one got me good!  In fact, one of the hashtags for this book is #WTFending, and I am not a WTF kind of girl, but it is certainly that kind of ending.

I’ve given this book 5 blooms.  I have gone back and forth on whether to give it 4 or 5, but I settled on 5 because it is just so good.  You’ve got to read this!

Many thanks to Macmillan for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, also for introducing me to a new-to-me author.  Thank you to Sarah Pinborough for such gripping novel!

 

Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
Flatiron Books
1/31/2017
Hardcover
320
Macmillan

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If I Run by Terri Blackstock – Book Review

If I Run Book Cover If I Run
Terri Blackstock
Christian Mystery & Suspense
Zondervan
February 16, 2016
ebook
319
BookLook Bloggers/Harper Collins Publishing

Book Description:

Casey knows the truth. But it won’t set her free.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

My Review:

First of all, I need to tell you a couple of things. 1) I am already a fan of Terri Blackstock's work, so I was looking forward to reading this one. 2) This is the first book in the If I Run Series. I was not aware of this when I agreed to read this one. Now I feel like I can tell you exactly what I think about this book.

Let's talk about the main character, Casey Cox.  She is one smart cookie. I think she watches too much Criminal Minds or CSI reruns. For being innocent, she sure knows how to run from the law.

Now, Dylan Roberts is such a good guy who is trying to do the right thing. In my opinion, it looks like they could eventually work on her case together and fall in love in the process. But that is just me hoping for a happy ending in the series, because they never even meet in this book.

If the details of this story were yarn, they would be woven into a beautiful piece of art. Needless to say, it is well-written.  It is written in first-person from the viewpoint of Casey and Dylan. It is a bit unpredictable, and perfectly paced. Blackstock is able to write about faith without being preachy or over the top. This one will be on my Best Reads of 2016 list. 

I do have to tell you that I seriously gasped and almost threw my kindle across the room. Almost. When I agreed to read this book, I had no idea that it was the first in a series. I'll just say this, cliff. hanger. Cliffhanger! I wasn't thrilled, but I will be sending Terri a message to find out when the next in the series will be out.

Thank you to Booklook Bloggers who furnished me with a digital copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd – A Review

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The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd

Book Description:

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

Amelia
Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies
family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby.
She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing
to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.

When the
child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at
her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of
their love for this little one.

Amelia’s detailed plans would
normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s
forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s
strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much
respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own
discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

Review:

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book!

I have been on a historical fiction kick of late, and this might just be the best that I've read in a long time. I would recommend it to everyone!

Sarah E. Ladd was able to write a story with a goulash of genres. First off, it is a historical fiction with a little bit of romance, adventure, suspense, and faith mixed in. The characters were realistic, and most were very likable. Ladd was able to paint very vivid scenes with her words, which made me feel like I could've been there.

Beware, I am still trying to catch up on sleep after reading this book. Once you start, you will not want to put it down. In fact, this is the first in a series to be written by Ms. Ladd, and I cannot wait for the next book to come out.

I was given a copy from Thomas Nelson via booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins – Review

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Book Description:

Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and a legendary ghost in the local cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its people are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it's named-bright and fragrant. But the Amaryllis flower is poison.

In the past three years five unsolved murders have occurred within the town. All the victims were women, and all were killed in similar fashion in their own homes. And just two nights ago-a sixth murder.

Clearly a killer lives among the good citizens of Amaryllis. And now three terrified women are sure they know who he is – someone they love. None is aware of the others' suspicions. And each must make the heartrending choice to bring the killer down. But each woman suspects a different man.

I did my review over at Everybody Needs A Little Romance today.  Go check it out!  Let me know if you would be interested in a book like this!

 

 

 

 

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The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy – Must Read

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The other day I wrote a review for this book over at ENLR and I thought I would share it here as well.  It was a great book!!

Here's part of that review.

Great book! 

I was instantly hooked! 

It is insanely suspenseful!

The Baker’s Wife, Audrey, formerly known as the pastor’s wife, has an accident on the way to the bakery.  It was early in the morning, and dense fog surrounded them as she turned into the intersection and hit something.  As soon as she got out of the car she slips in blood, and then finds that she hit a motor scooter, but not just any motor scooter.  It belongs to Julie, the wife of Sergeant Jack Mansfield, a detective and the member of the church that got Audrey’s husband removed from the pulpit.  They can’t find the rider anywhere, but there’s a lot of blood and Julie Mansfield is missing.

To read the rest of my review of The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy you must go to ENLR.

Let me know if you read this one, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Catching Fire – A Review

Okay, so I did another review.  I am kind of liking this little gig.  🙂

Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and boy is it good.   I haven't found one person that did not like this book.  Seriously! 

I can't say much about it here because McD is reading The Hunger Games right now, and well, if I say something then it will ruin part of the suspense of getting to Catching Fire. 

But if you'd like to read what I had to say about it, click here.  Or Here.  Or even Here.  You might want to read what I said about the first book, The Hunger Games.  And it is Here.  Or Here.  Oh you get the picture! 

Head's up for all of my readers.  I have not announced this on the ENLR blog, so you are reading it here first.  :)  Next week, I will be reviewing Mockingjay, the final book of this series.  At the end of that review will be a codeword.  Get that codeword, enter it in the comments of the appropriate post that (I will mention it again next Sunday), and have the chance to win The Hunger Games trilogy.  Sound like something you'd be interested in?

But for now, go check out my latest review.

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