The Death Factory (Penn Cage #3.5) by Greg Iles

Book Description

March 18, 2014

Death is the end, and if a man doesn’t speak before it silences him, then his deepest secrets go with him.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes an e-original novella featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage, a story of family secrets and justice denied, plus an excerpt from his new novel, Natchez Burning.

When a heart attack sends Penn’s father, Tom Cage, to the ER, Tom begs that his son be brought to his side to hear a dying declaration. But when Penn arrives, Tom denies ever making the request—keeping his secrets for another day.

The emergency hurls Penn back to a chilling case in Houston, where he worked in a DA’s office known as the “death factory,” which sent more killers to death row than any other in America. While Penn cares for his ailing wife, a tormented forensic technician brings him evidence of a crime lab in chaos, throwing past convictions into doubt and begging Penn to prevent an imminent travesty of justice. With the desperation of a man fighting death in his own home, Penn must find a way to bring the machinery of the death factory to a halt.

Review –

I really didn’t care for this novella and I really can’t pinpoint why.  Maybe it was too short, or boring, or disappointed, or all three. Anyway, it was just okay to me.

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The Program (The Program #1) by Suzanne Young

Book Description

April 30, 2013
In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.

Review –
I didn’t particularly like this book when I first started it but the more I read, the deeper I was drawn into the plot and the lives of Sloane, James, and Michael.
It would be a horrible thing to truly have one’s memories erased, not only the bad ones but the good one too.  That’s the goal of THE PROGRAM. James is taken first and after he is returned he doesn’t remember Sloane at all. This causes her anguish which results in her mother turning her in and while at THE PROGRAM Sloane is befriended by Realm, who on the surface seems like a terrific, caring, good-looking guy but she later learns that he AND others are “plants” to keep their eyes on patients in the six-week program. After she is returned and made to go to a NEW school( for those returned ) her meets James and neither remember the other or the love they previously shared. Sloane is warned to stay away from James but something about him calls to her and eventually he feels the same and they realize they had a shared past. At the end of the book they are on the run, heading East where they can seek safety and stay well from the suicide epidemic that is spreading to adults.    Can’t wait to read the next installment.     Great read!
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Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan #7) by Kathy Reichs

Book Description

July 12, 2004
Internationally acclaimed forensic anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs explores the Stockholm syndrome—the psychology of a captive submitting to the ideology of a captor—in this mesmerizing new thriller.Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial.

She should be going over her notes, but instead she’s digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?

Homicide detective Luc Claudel, never Tempe’s greatest fan, believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. The pizza parlor owner found nineteenth-century buttons in the cellar with the skeletons. Claudel takes them as an indicator of the bones’ antiquity.

But something doesn’t make sense. Tempe examines the bones in her lab and establishes approximate age with Carbon-14. Further study of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born. If she’s right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely his case.

Detective Andrew Ryan, meanwhile, is acting mysteriously. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a permanent part of her life? Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and Birdie, her cat.

As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared, never to return…Tempe may be next.

With its powerful mix of nail-biting suspense and cutting-edge forensic science, Monday Mourning is the best yet from this superbly gifted, megastar author who, as New York Newsday says, is “the real thing.”

Review –
I had the audio version  of this book and again I was very disappointed in the narrator.  The characters voices  seemed to run together and her voice tended to get on my nerves.
That being said, I loved the story line and where it went with the surprise twist at the end.  If you like good mysteries with “edge of your seat” thrills, this book is for you, but I recommend getting an actual book (e-book or otherwise) but not the audio version.
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Down On Her Knees (Dare Me #3 or 4) by Christine Bell

Book Description

February 24, 2014

Four lessons, no strings…

Detective Rafe Davenport has always made Courtney DeLollis uneasy. While her instincts whisper, Touch him, her mind says, Run. But since she learned that he’s dominant in the bedroom, she hasn’t been able to forget about it. She should be appalled—she knows all too well what happens when a man has too much control—but a deeper, darker part of her is fascinated…

And so is Rafe. The sexual tension between them is thick enough to touch, and damn, does he want to touch. So he suggests something that will benefit them both. Four scenes—because anything more is a relationship, and Rafe won’t go there ever again. Each scenario is designed to tease and torment. To show Courtney that with every submission comes the reward of scintillating pleasure. But once he has Courtney down on her knees, Rafe realizes that she might be the one woman capable of bringing him to his

Review –

A very sexy erotic romance with a predictable outcome but still a PLEASURE to read or listen to, as was in my case.

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Cold Cold Heart by Karin Slaughter

Book Description:

Published March 23rd 2006 
In the short story Cold Cold Heart audio book, Pam did her role as a loyal, honest wife for twenty years. She and John enjoyed their friends, careers, and a special son. Just like the vows state, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, they lived their lives. All the way up to the day tragedy struck their family. John betrayed his wife in the most public of ways, leaving to a lucrative new life. For the next three years, John becomes richer while Pam not as fortunate becomes poorer. John’s life keeps getting better while Pam’s becomes worse. But then something happens! A reversal of fortune brings them back together, and Pam finally gets the chance for revenge. A revenge that even John could never have dreamed of …
Review –
When their son died John was inconsolable and all of the decisions for burial were left to Pam. Distance between them became greater because  of his grief so Pam suggested he write a book about it. He did and became RICH overnight and left Pam for greener and younger pastures.
Now, out of the blue, he calls her and says he’s dying and wants to see her. She almost doesn’t go. She is very bitter because since he left she has had to struggle for even everyday mundane things. But he sends her a first class ticket and so she goes. He is indeed dying and tells her he wants to be cryogenically  preserved and she can hardly believe her ears. He says he wants her to read his journals and while she doesn’t really want to, she does. While she’s reading, the people from the cryo lab are packing small bags of ice to put around the body when he dies, even his new young wife is helping. Pam can’t believe what she’s reading. It seems that during their entire twenty year marriage he’d been cheating with several different women and she knew he had her read the journals only to hurt her. After belittling her more he dies and the people in lab coats rush in to start packing the body in ice. She asks if she can be left alone with him for a while and they agree. Minutes later she leaves with an ice cooler and flies back to Georgia.  She waits  a few years and flies back to California to the cryo lab and the ice cooler in which is stored his penis and a slice of their wedding cake. Now who has the last laugh!!!!!!!!
This is a very short audio book and I loved it.
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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Book Description

August 1, 2014

“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

Colin’s job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….

Review –

Everyone has been talking about this book being THE READ OF THE SUMMER and after finishing it, I can see why.  

I had the audio version and there were four narrators, each doing a magnificent job. The story is told in a BEFORE and AFTER period of the kidnapping and in the voices of Eve, James, Colin, Mia and Detective Hoffman which makes it seem as if you are listening to a play. The characters are all multi-faceted and not what they seem on the exterior. The author does a superb job tying everything together and supplying a twist at the end that I didn’t I see coming. 

This book will stay with me for a long time and I hope the gossip is true about it being made into a movie.   Can’t wait!!

I rated this book 5 stars *****

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Flesh and Blood (Kay Scarpetta #22) by Patricia Cornwell

Book Description

November 11, 2014

It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.

Review –

What starts out looking like a sniper serial killer evolves into something much more sinister and involves Kay Scarpetta and her niece, Lucy. This is truly an amazing book and keep you captive from the very beginning.  Patricia Cornwell has written another winner ! I had the audio version of the book and I was disappointed by the narrator.  Her voice was nothing special and it needed more life.

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Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

Book Description

January 6, 2015
Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her–until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts . . . and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana–or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first . . .?

Review –
I just finshed reading this book and I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut. I had thought the ending of Book 2 was a cliff hanger but the ending of Book three has it beat. Maybe it’s my fault. I thought this would be the end of the series, The Arcana Chronicles,so I kept telling myself that certain  things had better start happening, like ending the game and finding Evie’s grandmother, but now I see that should have been a clue.  There are too many loose ends to tie up so all can say is : Kresley Cole, you’d better write fast, but in reality I know if will be at least a year before she releases the fourth book. Darn!!!!!!
I rated this book 5 stars *****
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Swamp Bones (Temperance Brennan #16.5) by Kathy Reichs

Book Description

August 12, 2014
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan returns in a chilling eBook original novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs. In the prequel to Reichs’s upcoming thriller Bones Never Lie, Tempe takes a much-needed vacation—but murder follows wherever she goes.

Although a trip to Florida is supposed to be about rest and relaxation, there’s no such thing as a day off for Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has come to visit her friend, a dedicated ornithologist who’s researching the threat that intrusive Burmese pythons pose to indigenous bird species in the Everglades. While sorting through the stomach of an eighteen-foot specimen, they make a disturbing discovery: bones that are unmistakably human. And when Tempe spots the telltale signs of murder by a very different kind of predator, she’s drawn into a case with its roots in the darkest depths of the swamp.

Review –
I had the audio version of this novella and I didn’t care for the narrator but I loved the storyline. I’m a big fan of this series and I’m looking forward  to reading Bones Never Lie.
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Underestimated #1 by Jettie Woodruff

Book Description

December 4, 2013
I set off on my journey in search of a new life, a life where I could be me without the constant scrutiny of my husband, or his cameras. Could changing my identity and erasing my entire existence protect me from the one man I was afraid of? Or was belonging to him my purpose in life?
I didn’t know how to be me without him. How could I move on when I still longed for the things he did? Would I ever be normal?
Review –
Drew bought and paid for Morgan when she was 18 years on and a virgin for the sole purpose of marrying her and treating her like did. He was a real sadist in the bedroom and every other room and Morgan suffered in silence. He controlled her every move and she had no friends. Finally after six years she was able to leave with the help of the cook and took up residence  in a small town in Maine. There she fell in love with the Sheriff, Dawson. She felt safe with him. All was well until she had to make a business related trip back to Las Vegas and one of Drew’s flunkies saw her. Trying to get away she crashed her car and almost died. When she woke up in the hospital she had no memories of her life from 18 forward. Drew moves her back into his mansion and treats her halfway decent although the sex did get a bit rough some times. This went on for months and Drew started to soften toward Morgan but still the sex was kinky and rough. Dawson was in Vegas looking for Ry(the name Morgan used in Maine) and when she saw him all the memories came flooding back and she knew her old life with Drew had been Hell on earth. She goes back to Maine and tries to decide which man she wants(she loves them both) Dawson makes her feel loved and safe and Drew is the opposite side of the coin. Morgan hates to admit it but she likes the kinky things Drew did to her.  This goes on for the longest time with Drew coming to Maine to see her and she going to Vegas to see him. It all comes to a head when she finds out she’s pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is. FINALLY, the baby is born and Drew is the father so she decides to stay with him. Poor Dawson, I felt sorry for him until I learned that while Morgan had been missing her and her best friend in Maine had hooked up. There ends the first book.  What a ride! I enjoyed it but I though it could have been shorter.
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