What The Night Knows by Dean Koontz

In the late summer of a long ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy.

Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, recreating
in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family—his wife and three children—will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer.

As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.

Here is ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.

Review –

Dean Koontz never lets me down and with this book the “creepiness” was over the top.   I loved it and it even gave me nightmares one night and that’s hard to do.

This story takes up twenty years after Darkness Under The Sun, a novella, but you don’t have to read it first.  The author develops the characters in a way that you feel you’ve known them forever and their pain in your pain.  This story is really creepy and made me  more aware of the “creaks” and “pops” of the house while I was reading.  Was the house trying to tell me something?    Like I said, creepy.

 

This was a great book.  Creepy or not, give it a try.

 

The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen

From Booklist

When two Boston nuns are found brutally beaten–one fatally and one with a scintilla of life left in her–it’s up to homicide detective Jane Rizzoli to find the perpetrator. Medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, nicknamed the Queen of the Dead, has the unlucky fortune to discover that the murdered nun, a young woman about to make her final vows, hid untold secrets from the rest of the aging convent. Both fallen Catholics, Rizzoli and Isles seek to reconcile the viciousness of the crimes with the seeming blind faith of the victims. Another dead body turns up, and the investigators must rely on their clinical analysis, lest they be sucked in to the drama unfolding before them. Each woman immerses herself in her work rather than face the outside world; Rizzoli refuses to face the truth of what her future holds, and Isles denies her own loneliness. Woven within the horror of this gruesome story is the old allegory of good versus evil, but by relating it through these two fascinating individuals, Gerritsen avoids cliches. Another captivating, horrific thriller in her extremely popular canon. Mary Frances Wilkens
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
 
 
Review –
This will be short because I have a bad eye and will see a specialist in the morning so with that said…..
I loved this book.  What I thought would be the main focus of the story changed and went into an entirely different direction while keeping all actions connected.   I have read this author before and I love her character development.  This story has it all so if you like a good mystery you should give this book a try,
 
 

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Kyle Kingsbury has everything anyone would like to have. He is handsome, popular, rich and has tons of friends. Well, at least he thinks he does. When he makes a prank on a girl from his school, everything changes. She’s just a freak chick, he thinks, with her weird looks and green hair, and she steps on his way, so he better do something about her. Her name is Kendra and he invites her to the school prom–but he has no intention to take her, of course. It seems Kendra is truly convinced she’s going to the prom with Kyle–and when he shows up with Sloane Hagen, one of the hottest and most popular girls of the school, Kendra is pissed.

But things are about to change. It happens that Kendra is a witch–and she casts a spell on Kyle. Now he’s a beast–with fangs and claws and hair everywhere–, and he has 2 years to find a girl who’s going to truly love him for what he is–and not for what he looks like–, or he’s going to stay as a beast forever. At first, Kyle thinks that’s a big joke–a big bad joke. But when his father–a popular network anchor–takes him to tons of doctors and none of them are capable to figure out what’s going on with him, he starts to believe Kendra was serious about the whole finding true love thing. The problem is: how is he suppose to meet someone and fall in love with the girl–and, well, make her fall in love with him–, when he can barely look at himself on the mirror? He starts to look for girls on dating websites, but it doesn’t seem to work out.

When his dad locks him away, in a big house on Brooklyn with just their maid, so nobody’s ever going to see what Kyle’s became, he starts to believe he’s never going to break the spell. He gets a tutor, Will, a blind guy who is passionate about roses. Kyle falls in love with the roses too, and starts to grow them. He even builds a greenhouse, so he’ll be able to have roses all year. Magda–the maid–and Will become the only family Kyle has–and once he isn’t the same boy anymore, he asks them to start calling him by Adrian.

When a guy breaks into his greenhouse and proposes to bring his own daughter to Adrian, in exchange of no charges and no harm, Adrian doesn’t think twice. He starts to prepare the house to receive Linda, in hopes that she’ll be that girl. The clock is ticking, Adrian is running out of time…

Review –

This is a modern-day re-telling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast and I think the author did a superb job.  If you know the story you know the outcome but placing it in present day with the trials and tribulations of teenagers gives it a life of its own. 

A movie, based on the book ,comes out March 4th and is  on my “to see” list.   Seeing the trailer I can tell they(Hollywood) have  made some big changes.  Kyle isn’t a fury beast with claws and fangs but a boy with a bald head and what looks like some pretty serious tattoos.  I hope the movie sticks pretty close to the book because it’s a real winner. 

If you’re a sucker for a sappy romantic love story, like me, I know you won’t be sorry if you read this one.

***** (Five Stars)

 

 

Deed To Death by D. B. Henson

Product Description

Real estate agent Toni Matthew’s problems begin when her fiancé, Scott, is murdered. Having to bury the man she loves on the very day they planned to be married is almost more than Toni can take. Dealing with her loss becomes even harder when Scott’s estranged brother, Brian, contests the will, threatening to take away her home.

After learning Brian is in deep financial trouble, Toni suspects he may be the one who killed Scott. Determined to find the truth and frustrated with the police, she begins her own investigation. Toni soon realizes she didn’t know her fiancé quite as well as she had thought. Scott had been keeping secrets. Secrets that make Toni the killer’s next target.

Review –

This is the first time I have read this author and I will definitely be reading more because it was a great “who done it” with characters very well-developed, a good story line and twist and turns  you don’t see coming until they are right on you.  I was very sorry when the book came to an end.

If you like crime fiction give this book a try.

  

The Confession by John Grisham

An innocent man is about to be executed.

Only a guilty man can save him.

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.

Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess.

But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

  
Review – I listened to this as an audiobook and it was long, 12 discs long,  I found the first half to be somewhat repetitive and it began to get on my nerves.  One can take legal jargon and processes so long before it becomes boring.  The second half of the book made up for any short comings the first half had and it went full speed ahead.
 This was a very good story but sad.  I could see what was going to happen and I just wanted to say “No, No, No.”, but without the sadness the story would only be half told.
  
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you’re a John Grisham fan give it a try.
 
 

 

Alone by Lisa Gardner

From Booklist

It was bad enough that Catherine Gagnon survived a horrible childhood abduction where for a month she lived in a cave and was the plaything for her sicko abductor. But now, 25 years later, she faces tragedy again as she fights to keep her son, Nathan. One chilly November night, a police sniper kills her husband, Jimmy, in response to her 911 call claiming he was about to hurt Nathan. Jimmy’s death means that his parents, an influential judge and his blue-blooded wife, are more determined than ever to take Nathan from Catherine, whom they see as unfit to mother their only grandchild. True, the birth of Nathan mentally paralyzed Catherine, who could not get past the memories of her abduction and her emotionally absent parents. But is she really the monster the Gagnons and their PI make her out to be? Massachusetts state police special-ops officer Bobby Dodge, the sniper who took out Jimmy, doesn’t think so, and unwittingly falls under the spell of the manipulative widow. A twisted, effective psychological thriller. Mary Frances Wilkens
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
 
  
  
Review –
This story had me from the very beginning.  I tried to read
it in one sitting but finally had to go to bed but finished
it first thing when I woke up.
It was great
Story line was great.
Characters development was great.
Surprise factor was great.
There wasn’t anything I did not like about this book and I will definitely be reading more from this author.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beasts and BFF’s by Shannon Delany

Product Description

This is a short prequel to the “13 to Life” series.

Jessie, Sarah and Amy are out taking a jog through the park.  This is not something Jessie normally does.  They hear something in the bushes and see some sort of beast through the thicket.  They slowly back away from the creature toward the parking lot.   Waiting there is Marvin, Amy’s boyfriend, and Derek who Jessie has a major crush on.  Derek takes off to finish his run and Marvin takes the girls to watch football practice.

Review-

I didn’t find this story entertaining at all and I’m just thankful it was short.   I will NOT be reading the 13 to Life series.

 

Circle of Friends-25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes by Gooseberry Patch

Product Description

Cookies and bars for every sweet tooth! Try Great Pumpkin Cookies, Gran’s White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies or Peanut Butter Blossoms!
 
 
 
 
Review –
  
This book was offered free on Amazon to Kindle owners and I never turn down a free book.
  
I have baked several of the recipes but my favorites are the Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie and  the Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie.   The latter contains almost an entire jar of Nutella and are VERY addictive.
  
If you have an e-reader see if you can locate this book and try the recipes for yourselves and see which ones are your favorites.
 
 

Hide In Plain Sight by Marta Perry

Synopsis

“Please God, if you’re listening, keep Rachel safe.” She couldn’t turn her back on her family in their time of need. So when her sister was injured, financial expert Andrea Hampton traded the big city for Amish country to help turn her grandmother’s house into an inn. But life with the Plain People took a treacherous turn when a string of accidents and pranks threatened her family. Someone didn’t want the secrets the old house harbored to come to light. Trusting anyone-even the handsome carpenter who seemed so genuine-was a battle for Andrea, but her life depended on her ability to find the truth.

Review –

 

This is the first book in the Three Sisters Inn trilogy and I found it to be a nice way to spend an afternoon.

I normally do not read Christian based books because sometimes they tend to be overly Christian, but  Marta Perry combines a Christian foundation with mystery, romance,family and friendship in an entertaining way.

The story takes place in Amish country although most of the characters involved in this story are not Amish but would be referred to as Englishers but  the author’s description of the mansion turned bed and breakfast, the attic full of Amish quilts and the colors used brought the story to life.

I will definitely read the next installments when I find them.

 

Long Lost by Harlan Coben

From Booklist

Myron hasn’t had contact with Teresa Collins in seven years, so he is taken aback by her early-morning phone call from Paris. Her ex-husband, who begged her to meet him there, is missing, and she needs Myron’s help. Before they can launch a search, however, they are taken into custody by the French police; it seems Teresa’s husband has been murdered, and she is the prime suspect. One other unexpected complication: DNA found at the scene of the crime appears to belong to the couple’s daughter, except their daughter has been dead for years. Just when Myron starts making progress on putting the pieces together, he is kidnapped by a covert organization and subjected to intense torture. Myron wakes up in a hospital back in the U.S. in bad mental and physical shape but is immediately sheltered by his loyal staff, including Win, his blueblooded business partner, and Esperanza, a former wrestling star turned lawyer. Their easygoing, humorous camaraderie as well as Coben’s chilling incorporation of modern medical technology and modern interrogation techniques make this novel hard to put down. Coben puts a wicked topical spin on Children of the Corn in an action-packed thriller with a horrific yet credible premise. –Joanne Wilkinson
 
 
 
 
Review –
  
I hated for this book to end, that’s how good it was.  Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors and he never lets me down.
This book has everything- ill fated-romance, foreign intrigue, suspense, Home Land Security issues, murders, torture and tentative resolution.
The next installment of the Myron Bolitar novels, Live Wire, comes out in March and I can’t wait.
  
If you like a book that has it all and is a fast paced read, give this one a try.