Tag Archive | suspense

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey–Book Review

 

Declan Gray knows there’s a terrorist attack coming for U.S. soil, but he needs help figuring out the details. Tanner Shaw has just signed on to the FBI as a crisis counselor, and is assigned to work the case with Declan in his partner’s absence. As they work through the case and get closer and closer to getting the bad guys and stopping the attack, Tanner and Declan are pulled closer and closer to each other. But do they both feel the same way about each other? Will they be able to find all the pieces to the puzzle before anybody else dies or will all their work be in vain?

 

Another page-turning suspense from Dani Pettrey, Blind Spot will keep you on the edge of your seat. I love this series, and I can’t wait to read the next one! If you haven’t read any of the Chesapeake Valor Series books, now is the time to start! This is book three in the series, and you’re going to want to read these in order. I haven’t read the first one yet, but this one closely follows the second book, so you may feel like you’re missing a few details if you haven’t read the book before it. I had a hard time putting this one down! You will quickly fall in love with the characters, they are very relatable and each has his or her own flaws which makes them seem more real.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Under Fire by Linda Shenton Matchett–Blog Tour

About the Book

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Book title: Under Fire

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Release date: July 25, 2017

Genre: Mystery

Journalist Ruth Brown’s sister Jane is pronounced dead after a boating accident in April 1942. Because Jane’s body is missing, Ruth is convinced her sister is still alive. During her investigation, Ruth becomes suspicious about Jane’s job. Eventually Ruth follows clues to war-torn London. By the time she uncovers the truth about Jane’s disappearance, she has stumbled on black marketers, resistance fighters and the IRA – all of whom may want her dead.

My Review

Absolutely fabulous! This book sucked me right in. From the very beginning, I was drawn into the story. The characters were very well developed, and I quickly fell in love with Ruth and her passion to find out what happened to her sister. I couldn’t put the book down. I wondered, what’s going to happen next. Each new character she met, I wondered are they really her friend, or are they in on what happened to her sister, Jane? I found myself frequently telling myself, well just one more chapter, and then another and another. I have always been interested in World War II, which is the time period this book is set in. It gave me a different perspective of the war; it was as if you were with Ruth traveling through London and seeing the aftermath and destruction of the War through her reporter eyes.  In short, if you like a good mystery/suspense, READ this! I look forward to reading the rest of this trilogy and more books by Matchett!

 

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

linda-eLinda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. She is author of several romance novellas and novelettes. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about amateur sleuth/war correspondent Ruth Brown, has just been released by eLectio Publishing (electiopublishing.com).

 

Guest Post from Linda Shenton Matchett

Writers are often asked where they get ideas for their stories. Many authors start with a “what if” scenario (e.g. what if the fate of a world lies in the hands of a young man who must return a ring of great power to its place of origin: The Lord of the Rings). Other authors find inspiration in news articles (Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express). I begin my stories by creating the main character.

As a former Human Resources professional, I am fascinated by the history of women’s employment and enjoy reading about those who trail blazed in industries and positions formerly dominated by men. When I was trying to decide what my protagonist should do for a living, I knew she needed a job that allowed her freedom of movement, but nothing seemed to fit until I saw a museum exhibit about women war correspondents. Of the 1,600 journalists who received government accreditation, only 127 were female.

In order to get a sense of what these women experienced (derision, hostility, sexual harassment, and more) I read their memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, and articles. As an accredited correspondent they were supposed to received meals, transport to the front, and transmission of their articles. Many military officers refused to take the women into combat zones, so they had to get there any way they could, such as Martha Gellhorn who stowed away on a hospital ship and hid in the head to reach Normandy and cover D-day. It is my hope that Under Fire honors these brave and tenacious women in some small way.

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Beyond Justice by Cara Putman–Book Review

 

When Hayden McCarthy is given a case with hardly any information, she knows she has her work cut out for her. Her boss is confident that she can win the case, but she can’t seem to get the answers she needs to move forward. As she finally starts gaining momentum, she realizes there is something more to this case than just a wrongful death, but she wants justice for her client. Andrew Wesley is Hayden’s roommate’s cousin and the son of Congressman Wesley. He works with young kids who have recently immigrated to the United States. Their paths begin to cross more frequently as a boy he’s helping ends up being one of the sons of Hayden’s client. Will Hayden be able to find justice before they all end up mixed up in something way over their heads?

 

This was the first book I’ve read of Cara Putman’s and I was not disappointed. It was fantastic! The characters were complex and well developed, they were very likable. From the beginning, I was sucked into the story. There were times where after reading the book, I couldn’t remember if I read it in the story or if it was a news headline. It’s full of twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing until the very end. I loved every minute of it, and can’t wait to read more of Putman’s books! If you too like suspense, you need to read this book!

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**I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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For No Apparent Reason by S. K. Derban–Book Review

for no apparent reasonMy Review

Since she’s been focused on law school, Madison really hasn’t had a lot of time for romance. However, when she finds a returned package on the porch of a man accused of killing his wife, her curiosity is piqued. She takes the package, and finds herself compelled to return it to the rightful owner and prove the innocence of Samuel Livingston. Unknowingly, she has caught the eye of FBI Agent Court Braxton in more than one way. From the moment they met, there seemed to be sparks. Will those sparks turn into more? And more importantly, will they be able to prove Livingston’s innocence before it’s too late?

Full of suspense and romance, this book was amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very relatable, and you will fall in love with each one. I felt as if I was there with the characters as they investigated the case, and I felt their frustrations right along with them. I did not want to put it down. I wanted to know if they’d solve the case, and most importantly what happened to Madison and Court? So if I’ve got your attention, and you want to find out….go, go get your copy now! You won’t be disappointed!

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

skderbanAbout the Author

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, S.K. Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries. 

Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe.  S.K. Derban has smuggled Bibles into China on five separate occasions, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips.  When writing, she relies on all aspects of her life, from a strong faith in the Lord, to her unique combination of professional experience.  The many personal adventures of S.K. Derban are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters.

Invitation-Harbingers Series Cycle 1–Book Review

 

Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky come together to bring you a book like none other. Each author writes from the perspective of a different character through an overarching story of suspense and supernatural circumstances. These four character keep being brought together for some special mission, but they don’t quite know what that mission is strange, unexplainable things keep happening to them. First, there is a strange mystery at a school for gifted students. Then, a house that seems to appear and disappear whenever it wants, animals that just drop dead with no eyes, and finally a strange little girl who seems to be from a completely different planet. What will happen to them? Will they solve the strange  mysteries that unfold?

 

This book was a little different than what I’m used to reading. That being said, I’ve never read a book that was written like this, and I love the idea. When I first started reading, I was a bit confused, because although it is Christian fiction, the very first section seems to dwell on psychic type things and “forces” that to me seemed demonic. (I didn’t get the idea that the author condoned any of that behavior it was just something the characters were fighting.) I kept reading because I wanted to see what happened, and I was pleased to see that throughout the rest of the book it started making more sense as to why that part was necessary. It seems as though something sinister is at work, and these four characters were brought together by God (whether or not they believe in Him or not) to help fight whatever that may be and save people from the effects of each supernatural force. Overall, while it was strange and a bit out of my element, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it if you’re into supernatural suspense. I am looking forward to reading the next installment to see what happens next (coming August 2017 – preorder here).

**I received this book free from the publisher (Bethany House) for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Still Life by Dani Pettrey–Book Review

 

When Avery Tate decides to go to her first gallery opening since being ousted by the photography community, it was only to support her friend, Skylar. However, she soon finds herself thrown into the midst of an investigation to find her friend, Skylar, who is no where to be found, and one of the photographer’s photos had been replaced with an eerie photo of her posing as if she’s dead. As Avery and her friends begin to dig into the case to find her friend, things quickly turn and they find themselves in some very precarious situations. Will they find Skylar? Will they be able to find who photographed her and catch him? Are they too late?

Pettrey will keep you intrigued until the very end. You’ll be guessing the entire time! I was enthralled from the very beginning, and couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t figure out who did it until the very end. This story was very well written. I felt like I was right there with them as they were investigating, finding leads, and falling in love. If you like suspense and a splash of romance, this is a great book for you. While this is the second book in the series, I feel as though it can stand alone because I didn’t feel like I was missing anything too crucial (I haven’t read the first one yet, but now I want to.) So go grab your copy today, you won’t regret it!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble–book review


Since her mother’s blueberry barrens are no longer producing enough fruit to make a living, Kate decides she needs to rent her cottage out. Drake Newham shows up with his nieces and not only wants to rent it, but also needs a nanny. When Kate finds out Drake is in Maine to look into his brother and sister-in-law’s deaths, they decide to team up to get to the bottom of it. However, Kate’s uncle has recently escaped prison and someone may be stalking her. Will they ever find the people responsible for all the threats to Kate and her loved ones?
I always enjoy Colleen Coble’s books, and this was no different. It was packed with suspense and romance. I found myself turning page after page wondering who the stalker was, who really killed Drake’s family, and will they ever catch Uncle Paul? I find myself so engrossed I feel like I’m right there with Kate and Drake, rooting for them. The characters are very relatable. If you love suspense with romance mixed in, you’ll love this book!

Grab your very own copy here, http://amzn.to/2iFQqV2.

**I received this book free from the publishers through the Fiction Guild program for review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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