Desert Places( Andrew Z Thomas/Luther Kite Series) by Blake Crouch

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Published in hardcover January 2004 by Thomas Dunne Books.

Published in paperback January 2005 by St. Martin’s Press.

Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady’s name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you’ll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. Call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 P.M., the police will receive an anonymous call. I’ll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on your property, how you killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in your house. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.) I strongly advise against going to the police, as I am always watching you.

Andrew Z. Thomas is a successful writer of suspense thrillers, living the dream at his lake house in the piedmont of North Carolina. One afternoon in late spring, he receives a bizarre letter that eventually threatens his career, his sanity, and the lives of everyone he loves. A murderer is designing his future, and for the life of him, Andrew can’t get away.

Review –

Horrifying,violent,gruesome and very hard to put down.

 

Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben

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Published:  September 18, 2012             Series: Mickey Bolitar Novels

This action-packed second book in international bestseller Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar young adult series follows Mickey as he continues to hunt for clues about the Abeona Shelter and the mysterious death of his father—all while trying to navigate the challenges of a new high school.
When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey and his loyal new friends—sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon—find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their classmate Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey need to keep himself and his friends safe from the Butcher of Lodz, but he needs to figure out who shot Rachel—no matter what it takes.
Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, but with danger just seconds away, it is going to take all of his determination and help from his friends to protect the people he loves, even if he does not know who—or what—he is protecting them from.
Review –
This is an excellent follow-up to the first book in the Mickey Bolitar Series and even though it had been awhile since i read it I had no problem picking up the story line when I started this one.  I hate it when a series doesn’t flow with ease and continuity.
This is a great Yound Adult series but could be appreciated by those of any age, in fact, if you’re a fan of Myron Bolitar-this series is for you.
 

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole

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Published : October 12, 2012       Series: The Arcana Chronicles

New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life—until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, killing everyone she loves, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally trust Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions,they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

In Poison Princess, New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces a dark and intriguing world, full of unspeakable danger and irresistible romance.

Review –

I rated this book five stars ***** because the characters were mesmerizing and the chemistry between Evie and Jack was almost combustible. The story itself is a dramatic post-apocalytic  tale involving an ancient prophesy based on Tarot cards and a romance so hot it will burn your fingers turning the pages. Even though it is Young Adult literature, the story will be enjoyed by those of any age.

If you want to start a new series I HIGHLY recommend The Arcana Chronicles.