The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Book Description:

Published: March 13, 2018

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police—she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home—Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean—or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

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This novel is not fast-paced or edge of your seat, but chock full of mystery and intrigue with an intricate plot, boasting some HUGE surprises! Such a talented author , I will be reading more from him very soon! Highly recommend to fans of character driven mysteries with some unpredictable twists!

Loved it!

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Find Her (Det. D.D. Warren #8) by Lisa Gardner

Book Description:

Published: February 9, 2016

Format: Audio

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora Dane was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime–a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him–she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

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A kidnapping survivor–turned-vigilante tries to save another young woman while the police do everything they can to save them both.

Flora Dane might look unscathed but she’s permanently scarred from having been abducted while on spring break in Florida seven years earlier by Jacob Ness, a sadistic trucker who held her captive for 472 days, keeping her in a coffin for much of the time when he wasn’t forcing her to have sex with him. Now back in Boston and schooled in self-defense, Flora is obsessed with kidnapped girls and the nature of survival, a topic she touches on a bit more than necessary in the many flashbacks to her time in captivity. The author  must walk a fine line in accurately evoking the horrors of Flora’s past ordeals without slipping into excessive descriptions of violence; she is not entirely successful. When Flora thwarts another kidnapping attempt by killing Devon Goulding, her would-be abductor, Sgt. Detective D.D. Warren’s interest is piqued even though she’s meant to be on restricted duty. Then Flora disappears for real, and Warren, along with Dr. Samuel Keynes, the FBI victim specialist from Flora’s original kidnapping, fears it’s related to the kidnapping three months earlier of Stacey Summers, a case Flora followed closely. Gardner alternates between Warren’s investigation into Flora’s disappearance and Flora’s present-day hell at the hands of a new enemy.

The world of the FBI, the terror of abduction and victim advocates blend into this tense and sometimes hard thriller. The author knows how to invoke  strong emotions, and readers will be forced to deal with tough questions that don’t necessarily have answers.

Five stars !!!!!

One Kick (Kick Lannigan #1) by Chelsea Cain

Book Description:

Published: August 12, 2014

Format: Audio/OverDrive

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

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Chelsea Cain’s new book, One Kick, is the  start of another series that intermingles victimization and romance. But this one is capable of reaching a much broader audience because it is far less gruesome than the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series. True, it’s about pedophilia and child pornography. But the details are not described, except as vague memories that haunt the title character, Kick Lannigan.

When we first meet Kick, she’s only ten years old  and seems to be named Beth. She also seems to be living with her mother and father. But an F.B.I. raid quickly interrupts their quiet domesticity, and it is revealed that “Beth” is a kidnapping victim. Her real name was something else, but her captors have locked her in a basement room and forced her to star in porn films. When Kick (the toughest adult name she can give herself) is twenty-one, and the book’s main action unfolds, she’s told that “the Beth Movies are still the most downloaded child pornography on the Internet.”

Kick bears the burden of having followed the exact instructions of her fake father, Mel, when the F.B.I. raided the house. She went to the computer and nuked Mel’s database, which could have been vitally important to agents trying to crack down on child pornographers and kidnappers.

“All you had to do was nothing,” she is told by John Bishop, an alluringly tough, secretive, so-called former weapons dealer who turns up in Kick’s living room one day and becomes the series’s romantic male lead, partly because he has absolutely no romantic interest in Kick. He just commandeers her because he works for a very rich somebody who wants the kidnappers caught. And Kick has dedicated her life to the same cause.

Kick is a fighter, albeit a wounded one, so she’s drawn to the worst kinds of crises she can face. And her nearest and dearest are in constant jeopardy because of the kind of slime in which she’s chosen to reimmerse herself.

One of the book’s toughest scenes takes Kick to prison, where Mel lies mortally ill and perhaps ready for a confession about a ring of perverts much more savage than he is. Despite everything, he seems really to have loved this girl, and her reactions are no less complicated.

In Heartsick, Gretchen asked: “Do you know what’s more intimate than sex? Violence.” And that book went on to prove her point. One Kick has a similar way of mixing brutality and eroticism, though it is very, very careful not to exploit the pedophilia angle. But Kick becomes curious about Bishop’s effect on women: They flirt with him tirelessly, he pays little attention, and yet Kick finds them with him early in the morning.

The ending was a surprise for me and their was a cliffhanger at the VERY end, leaving room for a sequel,BUT, I looked ahead and found that the second book, Kick Back, was not published . Here’s why:

“Please Note: this novel has no planned publish date.

As per Chelsea’s blog: “Simon and Schuster published ONE KICK. Then, about the time I was supposed to turn in KICK BACK (and after S&S had posted the cover of KICK BACK and started taking pre-orders), my editor left S&S to go to Putnam. And I went with her. These things happen. S&S will not be publishing KICK BACK. Ever. I hope that Putnam will publish KICK BACK one day.”

Evidentially Putnam has decided NOT to published Kick Back or any other books in the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series because it has been YEARS so Ms. Cain has gone on to write YA Graphic Novels that have been published by Marvel but I am not a graphic novel fan.

It is really a shame too because this was a fantastic book and I gave it five stars !!!!!!

 

 

The Roses of May (The Collector #2) by Dot Hutchison

Book Description:

Published: May 23, 2017

Format: Audio

Four months after the explosion at the Garden, a place where young women known as the Butterflies were kept captive, FBI agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez are still entrenched in the aftermath, helping survivors in the process of adjusting to life on the outside. With winter coming to an end, the Butterflies have longer, warmer days of healing ahead. But for the agents, the impending thaw means one gruesome thing: a chilling guarantee that somewhere in the country, another young woman will turn up dead in a church with her throat slit and her body surrounded by flowers.

Priya Sravasti’s sister fell victim to the killer years ago. Now she and her mother move every few months, hoping for a new beginning. But when she ends up in the madman’s crosshairs, the hunt takes on new urgency. Only with Priya’s help can the killer be found—but will her desperate hope for closure compel her to put her very life on the line?

Review –

This is the second in The Collector series and HAS to be read first. 

There are a few characters from the first book, The Butterfly Garden, but also has a whole new serial killer and new female lead.

The book opens and dives right into the story. Taking place a few months where the first novel left off but in an unconventional way.  The Butterflies are awaiting the trial of the Gardener and a few of the girls, unable to handle the trauma of the garden, have completed suicide.   The police officers from the original case are dealing with this and also find themselves being pulled back into a different investigation involving a serial killer who murders girls and adorns them with flowers.  When a sister (Priya) of one of the victims’ finds herself a target, the investigators must use their knowledge of the past and what they learned from the garden to find the perpetrator before he collects another victim.

The Butterfly Garden was the narrative style and told of the creepy events that took place in the garden; I found that this one read more like a police procedural. Instead of being character driven, this one focused more on the police investigation and the officer’s relationships to the victims.

It’s a quick and engaging read. I wanted to know what happened, and I was immediately invested in Priya, who’s both strong and vulnerable, in a way that’s reminiscent of Inara (whom I loved in The Butterfly Garden), but not so similar that it feels like Hutchinson is rehashing the same character again.

Although I loved The Roses of May for what it was, it was completely not what I was expecting. I will definitely read the final book in the series,The Summer Children, due out later this year, but I’m holding back on my expectations.

Second Honeymoon(Honeymoon #2) by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Book Description:

Published: June 24, 2013

A walk down the aisle, a resort hotel, a drink on the beach…for these unlucky couples, the honeymoon’s over.
A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite–and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it’s anyone’s guess which happy couple is next on the list.

FBI Agent John O’Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common.

As wedding hysteria rises to a frightening new level, John and Sarah work ever more closely together in a frantic attempt to decipher the logic behind two rampages. SECOND HONEYMOON is James Patterson’s most mesmerizing, most exciting, and most surprising thriller ever.

Review –

This story dealt with two murder cases, one psycho was killing newly wed couples and the other was killed men all names John O’Hara.

Of course, one of the protagonists in the story is named John O’Hara and we do find out that HE is the one the killer is after but he’s killing others working his way to him. 

The honeymoon killer turns out to be someone not suspected in the least which made for a good twist.

This is a very enjoyable read with lots of action, angst and drama, oh yes, and a bit of romance too.

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Depraved Heart (Kay Scarpetta #23) by Patricia Cornwell

Book Description:

Published: October 27, 2015

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.

As Scarpetta watches she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece, whom she has loved and raised like a daughter. That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn. She doesn’t know whom she can tell – not her FBI husband Benton Wesley or her investigative partner Pete Marino. Not even Lucy.

In this new novel, Cornwell launches these unforgettable characters on an intensely psychological odyssey that includes the mysterious death of a Hollywood mogul’s daughter, aircraft wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a grisly gift left in the back of a crime scene truck, and videos from the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta’s entire world and everyone she loves. The diabolical presence behind what unfolds seems obvious – but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that’s the message they send when they raid Lucy’s estate and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.

In the latest novel in her bestselling series featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell will captivate readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail that she is famous for, proving yet again why she’s the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer.

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I’ve always loved the Kay Scarpetta series and this one has to be my favorite to date. The story takes up two months after the end of the last book, Flesh and Blood, that I read in April.

It gets its’ claws into to you the moment Kay receives the first video link and refuses to let go until the very end.

I had the audio version and I would have listened to it in one sitting but routine day-to-day life has a way of interjecting itself so I think it took me three sittings.

It is complicated, frustrating,convoluted and suspenseful all at the same time and the narrator did a fantastic job. At the end of the book the vicious sociopathic  Carrie Grethen is still on the loose so I’m sure she turn up in a story line again soon and  I can’t wait!!!!

If you are a Patricia Cornwell fan this book is a must read.

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What Doesn’t Destroy Us ( The Devil’s Dust #1) by M.N. Forgy

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Published:June 26, 2014

When Dani’s sheltered life is turned upside down by her mother’s secrets, she finds protection with her estranged outlaw father. Against all warnings, she falls for bad boy biker, Shadow. He is beast and beauty sealed in a leather cut with a gun holster. Can Dani learn to live within the Club rules? Is she more like her father than she could imagine?

Shadow has grown up among drug addicts, whores and murderers. The only family he’s ever trusted has been the Devil’s Dust motorcycle club. He will do anything for a brother; even kill. In fact, killing is so easy, he’s made a career of it. His one regret is not being able to kill his own worthless mother. When Dani shows up with her provocative temper and innocent charm, Shadow begins to question his violent lifestyle. But can he trust her with his demons?
Sex.
Blood.
Betrayal.
Will Dani and Shadow let family ties destroy them?

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I haven’t read very many motor cycle club book, but this one had me hooked from the very beginning.

Dani grew up with a very protective mother and due to circumstances they are forced to seek help from Dani’s father, the President of The Devil’s Dust motor cycle club and she meets Shadow.

Shadow had a very hard childhood and  was adopted into the family of his best friend, Bobby after completing Juvie, and later into the Devil’s Dust MC. He cannot deny the attraction that he feels towards the President’s Daughter, but that could potentially be a death sentence for him because she is clearly hands off. Will he be able to control his desire and stay away from Dani, or is he going to risk it all to be with her.

Well, I won’t give anything away but boys will be boys, and tell them to stay away from a girl is a sure fired way to make him want her more. 

The more Dani is exposed to the motor cycle club members and especially Shadow, she discovers that she  has always had her rebellious tendencies underneath, and that her mother tried to keep her true self from surfacing.

The end of this book is wild and things are going to get bad for Dani because of something her mother does.

Can’t wait to continue this series.

Fantastic!!!!

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Killer Instinct (Killer #1) by S. E. Green

Book Description:

Published: May 6, 2014

She s not evil, but she has certain urges.”

Lane is a typical teenager loving family, good grades, afterschool job at the local animal hospital, martial arts enthusiast but her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick. Why? Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.

And then a young preschool teacher goes missing only to return in parts.

When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for the Decapitator, the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer s identity before she or someone she loves becomes the next victim.

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When I started listening to this book I thought I wasn’t going to like it because it was a bit slow in the beginning, but that didn’t last long. 

To me, Lane walks through life “zombie-like”, not really feeling anything and on top of that she is obsessed with serial killers. She even plants a nanny cam in her mom’s office,(her mom is the FBI’s lead investigator in the Decapitator’s case) and Lane wants to know all the details. When the killer starts to communicate with her and threaten her family the stakes go up.  Lane is determined to find him and killer him herself.

Lane is infatuated with a veterinarian who is 8 years older than she and comes to actually have feelings for his brother,Daniel/Zach, the more she gets to know him. He plans an important part in the end in the huge twist at the end of the story.  I was totally blown away. The author surprised my completely.(I love it when that happens)

I can’t wait to find the next in the series.

Five stars *****

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Target (Renegade #1) by Julia Sykes

Book Description:

Published: June 30, 2015

When Ian saves Lissa from a terrible first date, he discovers that they share a sizzling physical connection. Unwilling to draw the seemingly innocent young woman into his world of violence and espionage, Ian tries to keeps his distance. But when the blonde bombshell asks him to introduce her to BDSM, all bets are off.

Ian vows to protect her from his secret life, but Lissa quickly becomes involved in the danger that surrounds him. What neither of them realize is her secrets might put them both in greater peril than Ian ever imagined.

Review –

I enjoyed reading this free  book but was disappointed that it was so short(103 pages).  I understand the author’s thinking that if you like it enough you’ll be willing to buy the next in the series. But, I don’t know if I want to spend money for a book that is only about a hundred pages long and then have to buy another and another to complete the series.  Instead, why not write one long book and charge a reasonable price? It’s a shame because I really liked the two main characters and their intense chemistry together and a bad guy has turned up that I didn’t expect. That being said, I don’t plan to go any further with this series.

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Re/Claimed (Doms of the FBI #3) by Michele Zurlo

Book Description:

Published: July 20, 2015

Layla’s wicked fantasies had already caused problems that left her with deep emotional scars, so when she got a second chance to live them out, she insisted on strict rules and boundaries.

Dustin agreed to abide by Layla’s rules because that’s the only way he could have her, but after a while, it wasn’t enough. He wanted the whole woman—the impulsive, stubborn parts as well as her sweet, generous side—and so he insists she give him a fair chance to prove he’s worthy of her love. He’s over the moon when she agrees to date him, even if she insists on a vanilla relationship.

Complicating matters is the return of her abusive ex-Master, a kidnapped child, and a human trafficking ring that’s been targeting teens from the community center Layla runs. When the investigation turns up nothing, Layla takes desperate measures that put her and Dustin in danger.

In Re/Claimed (Doms of the FBI 3), Michele Zurlo delivers another hot, heart wrenching, and stunning BDSM romantic suspense tale.

Warnings: D/s, kidnap/breaking-and-entering fantasy play, impact play, bondage, spanking, anal play, electric play, and some seriously sexy kinky footwear.

Review –

I truly love this series.

This book has everything you would expect to find in an erotic romance ….romance, kink, drama, humor and suspense. The sexual chemistry between Layla and Dustin is burning up the pages HOT and when you add in the KINK, smoking HOT! With it’s fantastic story line and well-defined l characters, I couldn’t put it down.

I can’t wait for the next one.

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