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“The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz

“The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz

A Jane Hawk Novel #3

Looking for non-stop action? Look no further. Reading a Jane Hawk book is like riding a roller-coaster, in a good way. Jane is still hot on the trail of the conspirators who are taking over people’s minds. As she gets closer, the danger begins to spread to those closest to her. But Jane has a way to turn the tables. Armed with the mind control device, Jane uses one of their own against the conspirators and unravels some of their darkest secrets. Meanwhile, those being controlled continue to wreak havoc, and Jane’s son is hidden from view. Can Jane bring these people down, or will they get to her and her loved ones first?

This continues to be a compelling series that feels like it’s all too real. Jane is like a one-man army as she continues to undermine the organization while staying just under their radar. We get to know her son a little more in this book and he is a great kid. As usual, there is a cast of side characters, good and bad, who make Jane’s work possible. I especially enjoyed the Shukla twins in this one. I continue to be surprised by the complexity of the plot in these books. Dean Koontz is a best-selling author for good reason. His stories are carefully crafted and his characters are well-developed and believable. I am a huge fan of this series and can’t wait for book 4 later this year.

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

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“The Unquiet” by John Connolly

“The Unquiet” by John Connolly

Narrated by George Guidall

Book 6 of the Charlie Parker series

In this installment in the series Charlie finds himself involved in a case that centers around child abuse. Someone is stalking Daniel Clay’s daughter and wants information from her about her father that she doesn’t have. Daniel Clay disappeared several years earlier and has been declared dead by the courts. Before he disappeared, there were accusations of child abuse surrounding him and his work as a child therapist. John Merrick’s daughter disappeared at about the same time and he is convinced that Daniel Clay was involved. He was in prison when it happened but now he’s out and he wants revenge. Parker has been hired to scare Merrick off but in the process sets out to find out what really happened to Daniel Clay. He uncovers other children who were abused by “bird-men” and finds a hornet’s nest of evil lurking in the darkness.

If you follow me, you know how much I love this series and this installment continues the greatness that is Charlie Parker. In addition to a great story, we have George Guidall as the narrator, one of my favorites. He always brings a depth and richness to the storytelling that I love every time I listen to one of his narrations. Of course, Lewis and Angel are back, though they didn’t seem to be quite as prominent this time. Rachel didn’t appear nearly enough in this story which I really missed. This is a dark story about child abuse which could be a problem for some readers, so a note of caution there. As always the story is complex and full of twists. There is a host of secondary characters that add to the richness of the story itself. All in all, this is a great book, though it’s not my favorite of the series so far. Readers who love thrillers and mysteries should really enjoy this one and I highly recommend the audiobook version.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

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“Erasing Memory” by Scott Thornley

“Erasing Memory” by Scott Thornley

Book 1 in the MacNeice Mysteries series

MacNeice is a senior police detective in the city of Dundurn, a fictional city in Southern Ontario. While returning one evening from visiting his wife’s grave, he is called to a crime scene. A beautiful young woman who has just graduated from Conservatory, is found dead in a luxurious lake cottage. The crime scene is pristine and the girl has no identification with her. MacNeice and his team have their work cut out for them finding a suspect and a motive. When they find out the girl’s father is a former Romanian microbiologist and investigation turns international and gets really messy.

This is a great beginning to a new series. MacNeice is a top-notch detective with a definite soft-spot. The death of his wife has left him a bit of an emotional mess and I think the author did a really good job of portraying that aspect of him. He has a couple of great characters on his team, Aziz and Verestri, who all work together brilliantly and offset each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I found the storyline fascinating. The manner of death in particular got my attention because of its uniqueness, and I just couldn’t stop until I knew how this had come about and who was responsible. The international intrigue that is brought in through the Romanian connection really amped up the drama of the story. There are fistfights and gunfights and car chases for those who like thrills with their mysteries. I would definitely recommend this book for mystery and thrill lovers.

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

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“Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier

“Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier

Need a little suspense while you’re soaking up the sun this summer? Then take a copy of “Jar of Hearts” in your luggage. Geo is serving a 5-year sentence for the part she played in the murder of her best friend when she was 16. Her former boyfriend is sentenced to life. As her release date approaches, Calvin, the ex-boyfriend, has escaped from prison. And then, two bodies are found in the same location as the original murder victim. Kaiser, the police detective on the case has been in love with Geo since high school, and fears that Calvin may be coming back for her. With her only support coming from her widowed father Geo is trying to put her life back together but can she overcome the memories, and will they locate Calvin before more women have to die?

Do not hesitate to pick up this book. If you like psychological thrillers you will not be disappointed. This is the first book I’ve read from this author but it won’t be the last. This story is complex and twisty is all the right ways. The story is told both in the present and the past through the memories of the characters. The circumstances of the original murder unfold gradually in way that keeps you wondering and wanting more. I also really loved the characters created here. Geo may at first seem predictable but as you follow her you begin to see just how complicated her life has been and how she came to make the choices she did, good and bad. I liked her both as a teenager and as an adult. Kaiser is also a very likeable guy. He’s handsome, devoted to duty, but also a very caring and loyal person. He matures through the story from an awkward teenage boy into a highly respected law enforcement officer and friend. The icing on the cake for me is that the story is set in the Pacific Northwest, my favorite part of the country. I hope you check this one out because it’s worth the hype.

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

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“The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz

“The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz

Book 2 in the Jane Hawk series

Jane is back and in for a whole new set of troubles as she continues to hunt the men responsible for her husband’s suicide. In California, she is trying to make contact with a reporter who she thinks may be sympathetic to her cause. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, a school teacher turns her vehicle into a bomb and drives through the front of a hotel during a banquet that government officials are attending. The investigation is almost immediately taken over by the FBI and the local police chief is pushed aside, but he still has plenty of questions and will keep looking for answers even if he has to do it on his own time. His quest takes him to a tiny resort town in Kentucky where Jane’s leads have also taken her. Together, they discover the “Whispering Room” and continue to make inroads into the organization behind it all.

I just loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to read this one. The third book has also been released recently and I’ve got my copy in hand. This book completely drew me into Jane’s world. Her name and picture are now being broadcast all over the world so she has to become even more conscientious with disguising herself. She is welcome nowhere and can’t be sure of anybody’s loyalty. This installment takes her across the country and back again and she meets up with some very interesting characters. The old man was a particular favorite of mine, proving that being 80 doesn’t mean you’re dead. I liked how the story moved back and forth between Jane and the investigation in Minnesota and then brought the two story lines seamlessly together in the end. Jane is making progress in her investigation. The question is: will she live to see it to the end?

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

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“The Black Angel” by John Connolly

“The Black Angel” by John Connolly

Creepy, creepy, creepy! Charlie Parker finds himself in the midst of a very dark mystery. When a young prostitute goes missing in New York City, Charlie’s friend asks him to help find her. In spite of Rachel’s protests, he can’t turn down his friend. What begins as a simple shakedown ends up having a connection to an artifact from an Eastern European church built from bones, and the slaughter at a French monastery during WW II. The artifact, known as “The Black Angel” is prized by some very evil men who will stop at nothing to retrieve it.

This story seemed to me to have more an evil supernatural edge to it than the previous books. There were some moments that I wasn’t sure I would get through they were creeping me out so much. That being said, Charlie was at his best and his worst in this installment. His relationship with Rachel is deteriorating rapidly because of his work and the conflict shows up in his investigation. I love how John Connolly balances the work and personal aspects of Charlie’s life, and keeps both moving forward as the series continues. That being said, this story ends with his relationship in a cliffhanger moment, which means that I’m going to have to pick up book 7 very soon. This is the 6th book in the series and they just continue to deliver. Some series hit a slump as they go on but I’m not detecting that here. This book definitely lives up to John Connolly’s high standards.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

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“Twisted Prey” by John Sandford

“Twisted Prey” by John Sandford

Be still my soul! Lucas Davenport is back with his 28th case. This time he’s determined to take down a U.S. Senator who he is convinced has tried to assassinate on of her fellow senators from Minnesota. Davenport is now with the U.S. Marshals service and brings a couple of his fellow marshals along to D.C. as backup. Almost immediately, there is an attempt on his life followed by a car accident back home in Minnesota that nearly ends his wife’s life. With the pressure mounting Davenport must quickly unravel this very complex and twisted plot.

A friend turned me on to this series a few years ago and I have been hooked ever since. That being said, I haven’t read one for a while so picking up this book felt like visiting an old friend. Lucas Davenport continues to be charming and thoughtful in his personal life, while also being a hard as nails when it comes to criminals. This story is a very complex knot of politicians, arms manufacturers and ex-military bad guys. And just when you think that progress is being made something happens that sets the investigation back again. All these twists and turns work seamlessly together though to make a really compelling thriller. This is book 28 in the series and one of my favorites so far. I highly recommend!

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

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“Nocturnes” by John Connolly

“Nocturnes” by John Connolly

A collection of short stories including a Charlie Parker novella

Narrated by Jeff Harding

There are a lot of creepy, crawly things happening in this book and the spiders are only one of them. “Nocturnes” is an assortment of John Connolly’s short stories. “The New Daughter” is one I particularly enjoyed. This one was made into a movie which I saw before I read the book. In this one a father and his two children move into an old house, after which the daughter’s behavior starts to change. She becomes fascinated by a mound of dirt on the property but what is it that really has a hold on her? Sidenote: the movie was good also. Of course, my favorite part of the book is the Charlie Parker novella near the end. A photo of a young girl is left in the mailbox of an empty house and sends Parker on the hunt for a child killer who’s a little more than he appears to be.

Finally, I found the narration of this to be quite compelling. Jeff Harding has narrated other books by John Connolly and always does a good job, but for some reason in this one, I found myself listening as much to hear the narrator’s voice as to hear the story. All in all this is a top-notch collection which I highly recommend.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!!

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“Too Close to Breathe” by Olivia Kiernan

“Too Close to Breathe” by Olivia Kiernan

Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan has just returned to duty after nearly being killed in pursuit of a case. Assistant Commissioner Jack Clancy has assigned her team to investigate a presumed suicide. The coroner has an “uneasy feeling” about this case, hence it being assigned to Frankie’s team, but Clancy is still not sure that Frankie is ready to be back on the job. With Detective Baz Harwood as her partner they quickly determine that this is in fact a murder but that’s when the hard part starts. As they delve into the lives of the victim and her husband they quickly uncover multiple affairs, Dark Web activity, and the underbelly of Dublin. But the circumstances of this case are also triggering flashbacks for Frankie and the danger may be all too real.

So let’s start with the plot. These people’s lives are more twisty than a snake but it really makes for a great story. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, you trip over another clue and end up going in a different direction. Characters: Frankie Sheehan is a great character. She’s tough and persistent, as you would expect a detective to be, but she’s much more than that. I think the author did an especially good job with the flashback scenes because they gave you a sense of Frankie as a vulnerable person. I really enjoyed Detective Harwood also. He knows how to push Frankie’s button but he also takes it very seriously when he says he’s got her back. This is the author’s first novel and I think it’s a great debut, definitely worth the read.

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

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Blog Tour Book Review: “Pendle Fire” by Paul Southern

Blog Tour Book Review: “Pendle Fire” by Paul Southern

John Malkin is an overworked social worker. His girlfriend has just become pregnant with their first child but the job stress is starting to come between them. One of John’s cases is Nathan, a young man who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Just as Nathan has landed himself in jail, again, John is asked to investigate two girls who have just reported having been raped by a local police officer. Both Nathan and one of the girls warn him that he is in danger and that a prophecy has named him as the “chosen” one. John knows nothing about this prophecy but strange things are happening and he is determined to get to the bottom of it. Meanwhile, Shaf, a Pakistani police officer in the local force, has rescued the two girls after they were attacked by strange men, but the girls lied and blamed him. His boss has suspended him pending an investigation, but later asks him to conduct a secret investigation for him. There are rumors of local gangs “grooming” girls, and race riots are breaking out all over the region. The police force is stretched to the breaking point and DC Ali thinks someone in the force is involved. All roads seem to lead to the “Hobbledy Man”, but who is he and what does he want?

I couldn’t wait to read this book because I had so enjoyed the author’s first book. I was not disappointed. The story is very intense with a lot of different things happening that seemingly have no connection except for the legend of the “Hobbledy Man”. The narration goes back and forth between John, who’s trying to help the kids, and Shaf, who is trying to clear his name. I really liked both of these characters. John is so well-intentioned but as his paranoia grows his actions become more and more erratic. Shaf is trying to be the kind of person that his father was, but soon finds his principles being tested at every turn. The plot line is many-layered but it all works together really well. There are some very graphic scenes of sex and violence which some readers may not like but they do work within the story. This book has elements of the supernatural, the presence of a very active cult, violent gangs, and issues of race relations. Some of the content is disturbing but overall I found this to be another excellent story from Paul Southern.

Alinefromabook’s rating:   4 stars!!

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