Missing You by Harlan Coben

Book Description

March 18, 2014
From#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, a heart-pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past…and the lies that bind us together.
It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her.  But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat’s hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

Review –
Fantastic story line on just how uncertain and often dangerous the on-line dating scene can be. I mean, is the profile picture a true likeness of the person or was it photo shopped or stolen from another site and is the bio true or telling just the good points or totally not true at all. So glad I don’t have to worry about this because after reading Mr. Coben’s book I would have deleting my account on any dating site where I was a member.
A fast and great read with  a surprise ending you don’t see coming.  Give it a try.

Outlander (Outlander Series #1) by Diana Gabaldon

Book Description:

Published: June 1, 1991

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

From Publishers Weekly

Absorbing and heartwarming, this first novel lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland, quickening both with realistic characters and a feisty, likable heroine. English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she’s somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank’s evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders’ daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frank and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie. Claire’s resourcefulness and intelligent sensitivity make the love-conquers-all, happily-ever-after ending seem a just reward. Doubleday Book Club main selection, Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review –

Five stars ***** hands down. 

There are really no words to describe this book, for who can resist a man with a Scottish accent and in a kilt no less.  The narrator, Divina Porter, does a magnificent job with the voices and accents of all the characters in the audio version that I purchased from audible.com  and makes the sights and sounds of the past become the present for the time your listening.

I don’t have Showtime so haven’t seen the series but as soon as it is on DVD I’ll be first in line to get a copy and I have already started the second in series, Dragonfly In Amber, which has the same narrator and was surprised where it picked up and can’t wait to see what happens.

If you haven’t read Outlander, don’t be intimidated by the length of the book (800+ pages) or audio (33+ hours) because the journey you will take will be well worth it.



Shifting Skin by Chris Simms

Book Description

August 1, 2014
Second book in the critically-acclaimed DI Spicer series
The Butcher of Belle Vue’ has struck again. Like the first two victims, the third has been partially skinned and dumped on waste ground: muscles, tendons and ligaments exposed to view. Only this time, her face has also been removed.
Jon Spicer and his new partner, Rick Saville, are approached by a woman who insists she heard ‘The Butcher’ claiming his latest victim in the next-door room of a run-down hotel in Belle Vue. But all she has to back up her story is an escort’s business card recovered from the empty room the following morning.
Jon’s investigation takes him into the twilight world of Manchester’s sex workers and the unscrupulous cosmetic surgery industry, eventually forcing him to confront the potential for violence within every man – even within himself.
Review –
The story line is well thought out and easy to follow but there are many twists and turns.  Jon Spicer is a flawed character but you can’t help but like him. Rick Saville, his new partner (who might be a plant) ,I’m a bit unsure of. 
This is a fast read that at times will have ou on the edge of your seat.  Loved this book and will have to find more by this author.