I Let You Go by Clare MackIntosh

Book Description:

Published: May 3, 2016

Format: Audio/Audible

On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . .

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

Review –

I was about a third of the way into the book and it’s direction took a complete turn around. What I thought I knew wasn’t at all correct. I loved that the author was able to pull the wool over my eyes with subtle misdirection.

I can’t go into much detail because it would give too much away but after the hit and run, Jenna goes into hiding in a secluded Welsh village, though she thinks of it as “starting over”. She’s a very private person and doesn’t trust men, at all, (we find out why later in the book) She’s a very strong person, she has to be in order to survive her past relationship.

There’s more to this storyline than the hit and run killing of a five-year old boy at Christmas time. It’s also the story of Jenna Gray and her hope for survival and of Ean, a maniacal, egotistical sadist.

You will have to read the book to see how these stories all come together and mesh into a cohesive conclusion.

I loved it!!!!

Five stars.

 

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The Back Road ( DCI Tom Douglas #2) by Rachel Abbott

Book Description:

Published: March 18, 2013

Format: Audio/Audible

One girl is fighting for her life. One village is struggling to hold tight to its secrets.

When a young girl is knocked over and left for dead at the side of the road, the small community of Little Melham goes into shock. Why was Abbie out so late at night, and why wasn’t she missed?

For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night could put her marriage and even the safety of her children in jeopardy. She has to protect her family, no matter what the consequences.

Former DCI Tom Douglas thought that Little Melham would offer a peaceful retreat from the daily trauma of his work for the Met. But as he is drawn into the web of deceit, his every instinct tells him that what happened to Abbie was more than a tragic accident.

Only one person knows the whole story – why Abbie was out that night, and who was driving the car. For that person, the accident spells disaster, and somebody has to pay.

Review –

This book is a sequel to Only the Innocent (which I have not read) finds former Chief Inspector Tom Douglas retired to what should be a quiet life of contemplation in Little Melham. As it turns out, the village proves to be a hive of infidelity and betrayal, of tragic histories and old shames.
One night on a back road, Abbie Campbell, a 14-year-old girl fleeing dark revelations of her own, is struck by a car and left for dead. Tom, a supporting character in this sometimes overwrought tale of modern life, suspects there’s more to the accident than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Tom’s neighbor, Ellie Saunders, discovers that a moment of weakness has left her vulnerable to blackmail. She’s being stalked, and feels threatened even when she’s in her own home. The identity of her stalker is carefully withheld, which makes his constant, watchful presence seem all the more menacing. Abbott builds the tension carefully and cleverly, and releases it at just the right time.
This is  a thoroughly modern novel, in that much of the characters’ cruelty and plotting rely on modern inventions such as mobile phones and the internet. Threatening and misleading texts are sent with remarkable regularity, while other characters are trapped and deceived by online stalkers. 

The mystery of the hit and run is kept secret almost to the end of the novel, and then it come as a complete surprise. There are many complexities in the myriad relationships between the residents of the community that will draw the reader into the story.

There are plenty of twists and turns and red herrings here, enough to keep you guessing right to the end.
I really enjoyed this book and would like to read more in the series but haven’t found any that are free or on audio but I will keep looking.

Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder #5) by Linda Castillo

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Published: June 18, 2013

Format: Audio/OverDrive

A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere.

What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental. But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and two of his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate. He may be the only one who knows what happened that night. Desperate to find out who killed her best friend’s husband and why, Kate begins to suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead is on the trail of a cold blooded killer amid the residents of Painter’s Mill. It is a search that takes her on a chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human heart and makes her question everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born.

Review –

The story opens with a horrible accident. An Amish father and his children, returning home in their horse-drawn buggy, are demolished by a speeding car that flees into the night. A scene that is so harrowingly rendered it’s as if the reader is an eyewitness.

But was it an accident? Or was it a murder of horrific proportions? If so, why? What’s the payoff for killing off a father and his children?  Nothing is apparent and as Kate digs deeper into the family and the community, a community that still resents her departure from the fold, she uncovers dark deeds and motives that defy understanding. She was best friends, as children, with the wife of the murdered family, but did she really know her at all?

Kate’s continuing and growing relationship with FBI agent John Tomasetti only complicates her life (John has bought a farmhouse about 20 minutes from Painter’s Mill and has asked Kate to move in with him) and skews her choices. Choices that could end her career. John’s too.

Excellent story.

The Scars That Define Us (The Devil’s Dust #2) by M.N. Forgy

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Published: October 31, 2014

The Devil’s Dust MC has a list of new threats to the club’s lifestyle. Dani, to prove her loyalty, is trying to embrace a part of herself that she never knew existed until now. A sinful beast lurking beneath her surface has been awakened and is ready to eliminate anyone that stands in its way. Looking at her stained hands, she rinses the blood from them. She resigns herself to innocence lost and welcomes her thirst for more blood.

After a breathtaking turn of events, Shadow is looking at life in a different perspective. Not knowing who he can trust or who he can forgive has left him feeling desolate and alone. As Shadow is laying behind his rifle, he wonders if he can pull the trigger to eliminate the threat. He takes a deep breath and squeezes the trigger, the rifle recoil ignites the fuel that drives him.

Retaliations will be required.

Boundaries will be shattered.

Redemption will be lost.

Betrayal so deep, yet they still yearn for one another. Can Shadow overlook Dani’s transgressions? Can Dani overlook the mistrust that Shadow has placed upon her?

***WARNING***
This novel contains explicit language, sex, drugs, violence, and sexual situations that some might find offensive. This book is intended for adults 18+ years of age.

Review –

 This ijstallmemt of Thr Devil’s Dust series dives right in where we ended in What Doesn’t Destroy Us and  at this point Dani tries to return to the clubhouse to prove her innocence and what ensues is chaos. The story switches between Shadow and Dani’s POV, which I liked. The story immerses you in the Devil’s Dust motor cycle club and the feelings of the members,especially Locks, about Dani.

Dani and Shadow have their work cut out for them as their relationship is in turmoil while dealing with traitors in their midst.  No one is who you expect. While Shadow is nursing his hurt feelings and not trusting Dani, she finds a job as a part-time ballet instructor and even dates and well to do man. When Shadow finds out about this he goes ballistic and kills the man and disposes of the body. He does like wise with Dani’s mother, who is a member of the FBI, when he finds out that she wants Dani to go back to New York with her. 

Dani bonds with some of the girls of the club in a beat down of a man who beat up Bab’s niece and later they are hunted down one by one and badly beaten and Bab’s is a victim of a revenge hit and run and dies. Bull finds out who is responsible and makes a deal saving Dani’s life and letting the other motor cycle club run drugs or guns on their side of town. Shadow kills the man who beat up Dani and drove the car that killed Bab’s. Someone aims a Shadow and Bobby jumps in front of him and dies (or so we think)

Shadow and Dani make up with lot of hot steamy sex and she gets pregnant.

Two years later she’s expecting her second baby, a girl, who they will name Deliah,after Bab’s. Zane is now almost two and the spitting image of his father. Shadow proposes to Dani. End.

The next book will feature Bobby and Jessica (Doc).

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Shooting Stars and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin Mysteries #3) by Nancy Tesler

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Book Description

Publication Date:November 16, 2012

Book Three
Carrie Carlin, divorcée, supermom, biofeedback therapist and sometime solver of murders, mostly by chance is in hot water again. Guy-friend, detective Ted Brodsky, who jokingly nicknames her Curious Georgette, is less than pleased when Carrie seems to be more interested in a homicide investigation on his turf than she is in his matrimonial aspirations.
When a local philanthropist is killed by a hit-and-run biker, the police call the death accidental because no weapon is found at the scene. “Not so,” says the only witness, Franny Gold, the elderly owner of an antique shop near Carrie’s office. Franny insists the biker deliberately aimed for the woman’s head, throwing a “lasso kind of thing” with a metal star-like object attached to it. Now Franny is being stalked. How can Carrie, whose job it is to help people cope with pain and stress, not take the terrified Franny into her home? And how, despite Ted’s displeasure, can she remain uninvolved when she inadvertently learns about the victim’s less-than-virtuous life which included a “Cinderella” step-daughter, a bizarre will, and many lovers, among them a prominent lawyer?
But when Carrie gets clipped on the head by a star-shaped metal “Frisbee” while talking to the victim’s husband, Ted’s patience with her meddling begins to fray. Then Franny’s stalker starts stalking Carrie and a mysterious Japanese gentleman appears with a warning. Carrie’s unquenchable curiosity propels her into a web of Asian mob intrigue, white slavery, and corruption in high places where exploitation and murder are part of the big money game, and a nosy amateur sleuth is an annoying mosquito to be swatted if she gets in the way….
Review –
This is an easy read that it fast paced and takes your mind of more serious things for a while.  I will continue to read this series.