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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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Young Adult Book Review: “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

Young Adult Book Review: “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

A superb dystopian story for young and old alike!

Goodreads blurb:

This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

My thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once I had started reading, I could think of nothing else. Jonas is perhaps a little too perfect, but then everyone in this story is. Every aspect of life has been regimented and a rule established to govern it. It sounded like a very predictable and peaceful place, but also the kind of place where people do not think for themselves. For that reason, I could totally sympathize with Jonas’s sense of dissatisfaction. When he is selected to be the Receiver of Memory his world opens up in an alarming way. I found it fascinating to see how he adapted and grew as a person through his training. I think this story points out to the reader the value of the differences between people. I hope that many will read it and take the lesson to heart.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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#Mystery Book Review: “A Killer Closet” by Paula Paul

#Mystery Book Review: “A Killer Closet” by Paula Paul

Paula Paul has once again delivered a top-notch mystery for your reading pleasure! “A Killer Closet” takes place in the present day in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Irene Seligman is an assistant DA in New York who decides to return home to care for her mother, Adelle. Adelle has located a retail space for Irene and they are preparing for the grand opening of their clothing consignment shop. On the morning of the opening, Irene walks into her new store and finds a dead body in the storage closet. The she finds out that the dead woman is someone Adelle knows. What follows is a tricky little mystery that puts Irene and her mother in danger and uncovers some of Santa Fe’s dirty little secrets.

This book is a departure from the author’s Alexandra Gladstone series and introduces us to Irene Seligman for the first time. I liked Irene immediately. She’s made a huge life change by moving back to her childhood home and her relationship with her mother has never been a close one. Now she’s in the middle of a murder mystery and the police think she’s a suspect. With the help of a young man named Angel, Irene will need all her wits and legal skills to unravel this twisted knot. The author has created some unique characters to round out the story; everyone from a local farmer to a high-society, old-money wife to get to the bottom of this mystery. I think mystery lovers will really enjoy this one and I hope this is the beginning of a new series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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#Thriller Book Review: “IQ” by Joe Ide

#Thriller Book Review: “IQ” by Joe Ide

A must-read debut thriller! Joe Ide has knocked it out of the park.

Goodreads blurb:

A resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores.
East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay.

This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.

My thoughts:

I cannot find the words to say how much I enjoyed getting to know Isaiah. The mother in me wants to bring him home and shower him with good food and company. That being said, I was a little out of my element with the book as a whole because of its setting in the hood of LA. This story was so powerful that it brought it to life in my mind. The depths of despair that Isaiah crosses through, and his journey as he brings himself back up to life were very moving. And then, you have the killer dog, the conniving agent, the vicious ex-wife, and the rapper himself. The mystery is perfectly executed and the gradual revealing of what has brought the characters to this point is masterful. I LOVED this story and even found inspiration in it. Hats off to Joe Ide for sharing his marvelous story with us!

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Mulholland Books for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Thriller Book Review: “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen

Thriller Book Review: “The Surgeon” by Tess Gerritsen

Make sure you’re strapped in good before you read this book because it will take you for a wild ride. This is the first book in the Rizzoli and Isles series and it totally blew my mind. Dr. Catherine Cordell, having been brutally raped and narrowly escaping death two years before, is now in Boston and being stalked. Several women have been raped and killed in the same way Dr. Cordell was, but she had killed her attacker before he finished the job. Is this the work of a copycat or did her attacker have a partner the cops never knew about? Detective Thomas Moore is assigned the case along with a team that includes Rizzoli. The perpetrator has been dubbed The Surgeon because of the way he mutilates his victims. Will Moore and Rizzoli find him before he strikes again?

The story is thick with suspense and heart-stopping action which I loved. Moore is a seasoned detective full of sympathy for the victims. Rizzoli is angry and desperate to prove herself to the men on the team. The story is brilliantly crafted with twists and turns you won’t see coming. My only disappointment with this book is that Isles is not in the story. But that just means I’ll have to read the next book in the series. Mystery/Thriller fans should love this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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#Thriller Book Review: “A Time of Torment” by John Connolly

#Thriller Book Review: “A Time of Torment” by John Connolly

This is the latest book in the Charlie Parker series and I loved it. This is the first John Connolly that I’ve read and that made it a little confusing at first because I wasn’t familiar with the back story. Once I got into it though and became familiar with the characters, the story just took off like a shot for me. Charlie and his support crew, Angel and Louis, have been hired by Jerome Burnel, a convicted child pornographer who claims he was innocent. Before Charlie can get started on his case, Jerome disappears. The Cut is a reclusive community in West Virginia. They’ve been there for centuries and are shrouded in mystery. They are suspected of all kinds of illegal acts but law enforcement has never stood up to them, until Sheriff Henkel is elected. When Jerome is linked to the Cut, Charlie and Sheriff Henkel join forces to bring them to justice.

My impressions of this book are all good. I enjoyed how the tension of the story kept growing until the final confrontation. I found Charlie Parker to be a really likable character, in spite of the darker side of his personality. The mysterious community called the Cut was very intriguing and I appreciated how the author gradually reveals the group to the reader. All in all, I found the book to be a very gratifying read that really kept my brain engaged. Best of all, I’ve found a new favorite author. I can’t wait to go back to the beginning with Charlie Parker.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Sci-Fi Book Review: “Paralysis Paradox” by Stewart Sanders

Sci-Fi Book Review: “Paralysis Paradox” by Stewart Sanders

This book has a very interesting plotline. Some form of intelligence is living 4 different lives, at 4 different periods in history, all at the same time. Every time he falls asleep, he wakes up in a different lifeline. The story is told from the perspective of the person the intelligence is occupying in each timeline. This book is first in a series and will leave you with some unanswered questions. I haven’t yet read the subsequent book but I assume there will be answers coming.

My favorite character in the story is the young teenage girl Vicky. I found her to be the easiest to relate too, in part I’m sure because her timeline is the most like the 21st century. I think the author did a really good job of developing all of the characters. At a certain point in the story, the four lives start to bleed into one another which added another layer of depth to the overall plot line. Overall, I found the story to be an enjoyable read and great beginning to what I hope will be an intriguing series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Other Fiction Short-Story Review: “Golden Children” by Avi Lewis Wolfson

Other Fiction Short-Story Review: “Golden Children” by Avi Lewis Wolfson

This is a story about a teacher who is an abuser. The story starts with an incident between the teacher and a special needs student in his class. The reader then gets a view into his marriage where his true feelings towards these children are revealed. The author’s purpose in writing the story is to point out that this type of abuse occurs more often than we think but the children are often unable because of their challenges to report the incidents. That being said, I found the story to be engaging and I was curious throughout to see what the outcome would be. I didn’t particularly like the main character but I don’t think the author wanted him to be liked. There is some graphic violence so this would not be appropriate for younger readers.

Alinefromabook’s rating: NEUTRAL

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Book Review: “Constant Guests” by Patricia Nedelea

Book Review: “Constant Guests” by Patricia Nedelea

Isa has just found out that her parents are not really her parents. Her birth mother has been in a coma for 20 years and has woken up, only to die just as Isa sees her for the first time. Then Isa is attacked in the hospital bathroom by an unknown assailant. When she discovers a picture hidden in her mother’s watch she can no longer resist the urge to find out everything she can about this mysterious woman. Her quest will take her all over Europe, to big cities and small towns, and put her life in danger. Along the way she will uncover deeply guarded secrets and her strength will be tested again and again.

This is a fast-paced book with lots of twists and turns. Isa and Mark are well developed characters, but Isa is not the most likeable person. She’s brash and harsh and doesn’t trust easily but as her story unfolds her personality begins to make sense. Mark, on the other hand, is very likeable. He defends Isa from the first moment he sees her and before the journey is over will put his life on the line for her. I think this book will appeal to young adults but history lovers may also enjoy this book because of the historical context of the story.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “To Catch a Bad Guy” by Marie Astor

Book Review: “To Catch a Bad Guy” by Marie Astor

This is a fun little romance wrapped up in a securities fraud investigation. Janet Maples is a lawyer who has recently been downsized out of the District Attorney’s office. After a few months of unemployment, she accepts an offer to work with her childhood friend Lisa Foley in the legal department of Bostoff Securities. Lisa is more interested in marrying one of the Bostoff heirs than in doing any legal work, but Janet wants to actually be earning her paycheck. Janet thinks it pretty strange that Bostoff has a legal department but sends all the actual legal work out of house to Tom Wyman. When Janet receives notice of an upcoming audit she decides to review the client files to make sure all the paperwork is in order. Meanwhile, Dennis, the IT guy, is trying very hard to cozy up to Janet, but is he attracted to her or is there an ulterior motive. Janet’s loyalties and her heart will both be put to the test before this story is over.

I enjoyed this story, especially the interplay between the main characters. Janel and Lisa are such opposites and yet they have been best friends since childhood. Lisa is forever trying to match Janet up; Janet is forever trying to resist her efforts. I would classify this book as a legal romance with well-drawn characters and a relevant theme.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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