Category: Thriller

“Blackout” by Marc Elsberg

“Blackout” by Marc Elsberg

What happens when the lights go out and … they don’t come back on? In “Blackout”, Marc Elsberg explores just that question. Electrical grids have failed all across Europe, no one knows why. As the blackouts consume more and more of Europe, power plants and governments are all scrambling to find a solution. In Italy, Piero Manzano finds an anomaly on a power meter but will anyone believe him, will he be able to find the saboteur, will he come out of this alive?

This book is packed with thrills, largely because it all seems incredibly plausible. I was completely captivated with the scenario laid out in this book. The story never lets up and the characters are great. The author even manages to slip a little bit of romance in between the riots and shortages. This is the author’s debut novel and it was just released in the U.S. this summer. If catastrophe stories are something you like, then you will definitely enjoy this book. I don’t want to give anything away but I do highly recommend this book and hope the author’s subsequent work will be made available soon.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz

“The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz

Jane is on a quest but it’s getting her in big trouble. After her husband’s apparent suicide, Jane is convinced that he was murdered and she begins to research suicides throughout the country. What she learns is that the suicide rate is on the rise and many were people who had no risk of being suicidal. Jane suspects there is a mind-control conspiracy behind all this and when someone enters her home and threatens her 5 year-old son she is convinced that someone with massive resources is trying to silence her. Her search for answers will take her across the country and force her to do things she would never have thought possible. Her FBI career and her life are under threat but Jane is determined to find answers and justice.

This book is thrilling and creepy and scary and just a delicious read. I immediately connected with Jane and was completely swept up in her mission. I really liked how the author was able to add so much depth to her character. She is not just one thing. In this story she is and FBI agent, but she is also a mother, and a concerned citizen. Her ability is balance all the aspects of her life, while at the same time being chased by assassins is remarkable. Of course, I would expect nothing less than a complex character from this author. Along the journey, Jane gets help from a whole cast of other characters, among whom the good guys are as good as the bad guys are bad. This is also one of those books that will make you pause for a moment and consider how close we are to having the type of technology described and whether or not we really want it. This is a big book but it’s worth every minute. There is never a dull moment.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker

“Emma in the Night” by Wendy Walker

Three years ago sisters Emma and Cass disappeared from their home. Now, Cass has returned insisting that Emma must be found. FBI investigator Dr. Abby Winter and Leo Strauss were on the case when the girls originally disappeared and have been called back to lead the search for Emma. Cass has a wild story about the girls being taken in by an older couple and kept on an island. Her mother thinks she has lost her mind, Dr. Winter thinks her story is true but only to a point, Agent Strauss is keeping an open mind and considering all sides.

This is a fascinating twister of a story which relies heavily on the psychology of the people involved to unravel the truth. I immediately liked Cass but as the story moves forward I found her to be a very complicated character. The story line alternates between what’s happening today in terms of the search for Emma, and Cass’s remembering what has happened in the past. The whole story comes out in bits and pieces which kept me reading because I really wanted to know what had actually happened. The ending was a surprise. I found the story to be well written and worth the time. I recommend this one if you like mysteries and psychological twisters.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

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“The Marriage Pact” by Michelle Richmond

“The Marriage Pact” by Michelle Richmond

Marriage can be a lot of things, but none are the kind of thrill ride that Alice and Jake find themselves on when they join the Pact just after the honeymoon. Alice’s client, Finnegan, recommends them for membership in this organization whose mission is to improve marriages. What The Pact is not so up front about is the “the manual” has to be followed strictly and punishment for a violation may be swift and severe. When Jake and Alice start meeting other members they begin to have second thoughts about joining the group. But very soon, they discover that getting out is not an option…

This story had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I loved Jake and Alice right away, both as individuals and as a couple. As they get deeper involved in The Pact their resiliency and love for each other just keeps growing. The Pact tries to control every aspect of the members’ marriages but Alice and Jake are not OK with that and will not allow their brutal system of punishment to break them. I found this story so creative and engaging that I read it in record time. One note of caution: there are a couple of brutally violent scenes in this story that some readers may not be comfortable with. Overall, I loved this story for its great characters and creative story line.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-star-rating  4 stars!!

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“The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware

“The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware

How much damage can a lie do? Can it alter the course of your life? Four women are about to find out. Kate, Thea, Fatima and Isabel met while at boarding school in Salten. Kate’s father was the art master at the school. The girls like to play the Lying Game amongst themselves and they were inseparable. Now grown, some with families, Thea, Fatima and Isabel find themselves being summoned by Kate with the simple message “I need you”. They rush to Salten and there they find out that a body has been found buried in the beach. Unfortunately, they know way too much about it but have maintained their lie for so long that it could destroy their lives if it becomes known.

This psychological thriller was a roller coaster ride of a story. My emotions were all over the place. The characters felt so real it was like I was reading about people I already knew. I found the story to be complex enough to keep me engaged and guessing. The story moves back and forth between things that take place in current time and during the time when the girls were in school, so it has the feel of coming at the mystery from both ends at the same time. I will be adding Ruth Ware to my favorite author list because I enjoyed this one so much. Highly recommend this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“Two Nights” by Kathy Reichs

“Two Nights” by Kathy Reichs

I think this is the first time I’ve said this, but there’s a strong possibility that if you don’t read this book you will regret it. It’s that good. That being said, this not at all what you are used to from Kathy Reichs. This is a stand-alone story and has almost nothing to do with forensics. What this story does do is introduce us to a fabulous new character in the person of Sunday Night. She is former military, former cop, injured on the job, who has become rather reclusive. Then she can’t help but get drawn into the case of a missing teenager who may have kidnapped by a radical religious group after the murders of her mother and brother. Her grandmother enlists Sunday’s help in finding who is responsible for the deaths and whether her granddaughter is still alive. The story will take the reader from South Carolina to Chicago, L.A., Washington D.C., and Louisville, KY as Sunday tries to track down a band of radicals. Along the way she is joined by her brother Gus and encounters an assortment of law enforcement officials. Perhaps the most difficult part of this job for Sunday is that the circumstances she encounters bring up the demons of her past which she would rather keep suppressing but finds that is no longer possible.

Tough is an understatement when describing Sunday Night, she can be as ferocious as a mama bear, cautious almost to the point of paranoia, and as tenacious as a dog with a bone. I loved her! She operates right on the edge of the rules but always on the side of the victim. Her brother Gus is not as fully fleshed out as a character but he serves as a counterbalance to her tendency for knee-jerk reactions and he always has her back. The bad guys in this one are really bad and as a reader I felt that they got what they deserved. I found this book to be well researched and carefully crafted, nothing less than what I am used to from this author. There are plenty of thrills and the story moves along at a pretty rapid pace. Next time I’m in trouble, I’m putting Sunday Night on speed-dial. Don’t let this thriller pass you by!

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“The Devil’s Triangle” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

“The Devil’s Triangle” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are back in this, the fourth installment in the Brit in the FBI series. They and their team are busy setting up their new office space when a call comes in from Kitsune, the world’s greatest thief. This is not the first time they have encountered her but this time she needs their help. After dropping off a stolen item to her client in Venice, she now finds herself being hunted down by the client, and they have kidnapped her husband as leverage. While talking to Nick she also mentions that she may know of a plot to take over the world by manipulating the weather. There is too much at stake for Nick and Mike to say No, and the team heads off to Venice.
“The Devil’s Triangle” is filled with action and thrills from the first moment to the last. These guys just can’t seem to stay away from trouble. But it makes for a very exciting read. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Nick and Mike, and the camaraderie that all of the team members display throughout the story. The good guy characters are very likeable, but I also really enjoyed the bad guys that the authors created. They are intelligent buy highly disturbed criminals and made the story that much more enjoyable. The story line is very creative and takes some great twists along the way. You will definitely want to wear your seatbelt for this thrill ride!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

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“Every Dead Thing” by John Connolly

“Every Dead Thing” by John Connolly

“Every Dead Thing” is the first book in the Charlie Parker series and it is a fabulous debut for this character. Parker is a former NYPD detective who has become a private detective. In this book he is on the trail of missing persons and a serial killer. A rich widow in New York asks him to look for her friend who has gone missing, but is not as simple a case as it at first appears. Following her trail to Virginia, Parker uncovers a pair of serial killers who prey on children and brings their reign of terror to an explosive end. Then he is summoned to Louisiana but a psychic who is having visions of a girl trapped in the swamp. While investigating he must confront his past and what he uncovers will test not only his detective skills but also his loyalty.

I have read one other book in this series and I just love Charlie Parker. He’s a good guy but he plays the edges with finesse. He is surrounded by a motley crew of characters, from assassins to university professors. I found each of the characters to be very realistic and I really enjoyed the way that their stories come out gradually and in a way that feels natural to the story. This story is loaded with thrills and at times may take your breath away. One caution: there is quite a bit of graphic violence, so this would not be a good pick for a younger reader. I loved the way the author weaves the different components of the storyline together to make a seamless whole, and I can’t wait to dig deeper into this series. I highly recommend.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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“The Cleaner” by Mark Dawson – Audiobook Review

“The Cleaner” by Mark Dawson – Audiobook Review

Narrated by David Thorpe

John Milton is a government agent, a cleaner, someone who solves problems. Milton is called in when all else has failed, and his job description includes murder. But Milton has reached the point where his past is haunting him with nightmares, and he wants out, but just walking away in not an option. Then he meets Sharon, a single mother in the East End of London. Sharon has a teenage son who is being wooed by a local gang leader. Milton is determined not to let that happen.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I like the person of John Milton but not his profession. The story is complex with lots of surprises but there is a lot of gang activity and violence and I just find that hard to relate to. I think I was expecting more of a traditional spy story. That being said, I might have to read book 2 so I can find out what becomes of Milton. The narration was excellent and really enjoyable to listen to. Overall, I think the book is well-written and narrated, it just wasn’t quite to my taste.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 3-5-star-rating  3.5 stars!

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“The Brethren” by John Grisham

“The Brethren” by John Grisham

In a Federal prison in Florida sit three former judges, who call themselves “The Brethren”. They run their own little court to settle internal prison disputes, and spend the rest of their time in the law library. Together, they have come up with an extortion scheme to bilk money out of rich guys who don’t want their secrets exposed. Their dead-beat lawyer serves as the courier of the letters that they busily scribble all day. Aaron Lake is a presidential candidate who is sweeping the race. Then his handlers discover a letter written to him by Ricky. They need to know who Ricky is, and they’ve got “The Brethren” in their sights.

I absolutely loved this story. I found “The Brethren” to be a really fun bunch of characters. Their scheming and personalities reminded me of a couple of offbeat uncles I was knew. But “The Brethren” are not the only ones scheming in this story. Aaron Lake’s handlers are doing plenty of their own plotting. At first, the two story lines didn’t seem to have anything to do with each other, but keep reading because the plot becomes very thick. Overall, I found this to be thrilling but also very humorous. I highly recommend!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!

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