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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