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Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Friend RequestFriend Request by Laura Marshall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The description for this one gripped me right away: What would you do if you got a friend request from someone whose been dead for 25 years? No just that – but Louise did something horrible to Maria right before she disappeared, meaning that if Maria didn’t die, she’s probably mad. Really mad.

That’s the super-creepy premise of Friend Request, which is told in two timelines: 1989, when Louise, Maria, and their friends were seniors in high school (or whatever the English equivalent is) and 2016, when Louise gets the request and finds herself invited to a class reunion.

The central mystery of the book was fantastic. I did not figure it out at all – in fact, I had several incorrect theories up until the reveal. I’m not sure how I feel about how it all worked out, but it was a good ending nonetheless. Wrapped up everything nicely.

The only issue was that since one of the storylines is about bad high school behavior – you do get frustrated with the annoyingly bad high school drama. But at least Louise grows and develops by the end of the novel. I mean, it’s not like she can change the past. But there’s a nice dose of comeuppance for the nerds in there in terms of the reunion – I liked that.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was interesting and creepy in a way that kept me turning the pages.

Highly recommended.

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#BlogTour: Innocent Blood by Linda S. Prather


Book Description

Loki Redmond swore she’d never return to the reservation, but two missing hunters and the ancient Choctaw myth of Nalusa Falaya take her and her brother, Dadron, on a dangerous trek through the wilderness.

Meanwhile, her partner Jake Savior, heads to Tunica, Mississippi, to investigate the second mass killing by a Choctaw police officer. 

Are the cases connected?

The only thing they know for sure is innocent blood has been shed, and unless they can find the source more are going to die.

My Review

5/5 stars!

This is the second book in a series, but can be read as a standalone. But it’ll make you want to read the entire series. So be ready for that.

This book has a great mystery – especially for this time of the year: it’s gruesome, creepy and with just enough of a paranormal edge to be believable. This book really doesn’t hold back with the gory details. And I really liked that. The revelations and action come fast and furious, so buckle up!

But the true gold in this book is the characters- hands down. Loki, her brothers, Jake, Grace, I loved them all and I found myself not only reading to find out what was going on with the central mystery, but to find out what was going to happen to the characters. I’m totally ready to read book three in this series just to see what happens with all the couples. They were all lovable, believable and I found myself rooting for each of them.

I also cried during a certain scene with a character. Read it and you’ll know. It’s intense and I took the emotional bait, lol.

Also why I want to read book three: [Minor Spoiler alert!!] Tim and Neta hooked up right? Right?!

I highly recommend this book and am seriously waiting for the next in the series.

About the Author

Linda S. Prather is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of 8 novels including two legal thrillers, a paranormal FBI series, one romance, and her current series involving Loki Redmond, a Choctaw private investigator and Jake Savior, a former police officer. Linda lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and grandchild, along with the “king” of the house, a Shitzu name Popcorn. Her latest release, Innocent Blood is her second in the Loki Redmond/Jake Savior series. In Linda’s own words: “This book is my favorite so far. My grandfather was a full-blooded Native American, and my mother half Native American. Prior to my marriage and children I studied Shamanism and developed a true love for nature. Studying the Choctaw history, customs, myths and religions was fascinating. Taking the facts I learned and weaving them into Loki’s story and her investigation into the disappearance of two hunters on the reservation was an emotional roller coaster for me. I found myself crying quite often.”

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Review: Pretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan

Pretty, Nasty, LovelyPretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is the perfect fall guilty pleasure – a beautiful college campus plagued by secrets, death and drama, all of it surrounding a campus sorority. Plus, that cover is gorgeous, right?!

The story starts with Emma being told to get rid of the body of a stillborn baby born in the sorority house. Then, one of her sisters, Lydia Dakos, commits suicide. It’s almost too much for Emma to bear until it all gets worse: the police seem focused on Emma’s relationship with the dead sister, and Emma’s finding out that Lydia was a lot more complex than anyone realized. The result is one month that will change one campus forever.

I loved how atmospheric and ominous this novel was. It made it perfect for a good, spooky pre-Halloween thriller. The whole time you just feel like you’re walking on a beautiful, fall foliage-covered college campus that is holding dark secrets.

And there are some dark things in this book. These girls are in college, but damn, they have the evil of some seasoned monsters. It’s interesting because it creates an atmosphere of distrust and mystery.

I still had some questions after the book ended, which is why I gave it four stars, not five. Some of the revelations came pretty fast-and-furious toward the end, so maybe I just missed something.

But overall, I really enjoyed this book. Anyone who enjoys a good, dark thriller will find this one enjoyable.

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#BlogTour: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James


I’m so happy to be sharing this awesome book with y’all today. It’s a great suspenseful drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend! Check out the details below!

Book Description

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.
Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?
When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

My Review 

If you’re a fan of “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” or any fun, suspenseful, thrilling dram, “Sister, Psychopath” is for you. This book is like a season of one of those shows in book form. It has a great, delicious balance of suspense, romance and twisted characters to keep anyone interested.

I really was sucked in right away by the concept: how do you navigate the world when you know that your sister, who’s life is interwoven with yours, is a mean, possibly criminal, sociopath? And this book does not disappoint: Chloe is a character, all right. She could give Bond villains a run for their money. 

The others characters are all interesting too: very flawed, but trying to do what’s right. It creates some great tension.
There are probably three or four plots that are woven together through the characters and each of them was pretty good. I didn’t lose interest at all as the book went on, which is a risk when you know the villain from the beginning. But trust me, you’ll want to hold on until the very end for this one. There’s a lot going on here.

I would definitely read more from this author. Maybe we’ll see some characters return? I’d read it!
Author Bio


Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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Review: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite, #5)Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book from the description. Military/conspiracy-type books usually aren’t my things. But I didn’t count on the fact that Robert Dugoni could probably make watching paint dry seem interesting.

This book is a great addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series and makes you impatient for the next installment. I wouldn’t start with this one if you’re interested in the series, but technically it could be read as a standalone.

The novel centers around a hit-and-run which results in the death of a 12-year-old boy. The detectives find overwhelming evidence – hinging on one key piece – that a Naval logistics officer is responsible. But then, suddenly, that evidence goes missing. And Tracy decides she is going to find out why. Meanwhile, Del is mourning his niece, who OD’d on heroin. He becomes determined to avenge her death by taking her supplier off the street. But will that bring him closure?

I love the supporting team in this series. Del, Faz, Kins, etc., they’re so fun and it feels like yo really know them after five books. I’m so glad that they’ve each gotten some time to develop and grow as characters. Plus, this book introduces some new characters which I think will make future appearances as well, which I’m glad about.

The storyline is really, very intriguing. It’s not a traditional military-spy-thriller. It’s a classic Tracy Crosswhite novel, which slowly reveals the answers as you move through the book. I did not guess the ending at all. It was really very good.

I love this series and Dugoni as an author. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries.

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#BlogTour: The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith


I loved the first Jake Boulder book and am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for the Kindred Killers!

About the Book

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common. 

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more? 
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?

My Review

First off, if you have a weak stomach, this may not be the Book for you. The killings in the book are brutal, and the author spares no detail. But for those that love a good thriller, look no further. This book is a great addition to the series and makes me even more excited for it to continue!

I love that Graham Smith spares nothing in his books – no character is safe, no detail is too touchy. It really adds a zing to the plot. You have no idea where it’s going to go. And he really takes you on a journey as Jake battles the killers. And not to give anything away, but this book doesn’t pull punches in this regard.

There’s also great character development in this chapter of the series, witch Jake making some tough decisions and coming to some realizations. I like that, because it makes Jake – who is a lot like a superhero – a little more human. He’s not too perfect after all, you know?

I love this series and it’s characters and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. If you love fast-paced thrillers, check this book out – you won’t be sorry!

About the Author

A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009.
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

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Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She ToldLies She Told by Cate Holahan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is complicated, but worth it. The story-within-a-Story concept creates two worlds and two female leads which will captivate you and keep you flipping pages.

Liza is an author, who is both desperate to have a baby and desperate to write a bestseller, which hasn’t happened since her debut book. But her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, which Liza begins to resent. Meanwhile, her energies are being poured into her next book, which is about Beth, a new mother who catches her husband cheating on her. Shortly after, Beth finds things spiraling out of control. Their stories begin to blur as more is revealed, and both Beth and Liza struggle to hold on to their sanity.

It was a little confusing keeping the two stories straight at first, but after a couple chapters, you get the hang of it. The tension in both stories is exquisite – you can feel the women each becoming more desperate as the stories go on and things explode.

I also liked the two different endings here. I don’t want to spoil anything, but things really in the last chapters could go in any one of four different ways and to see them work out in the directions they do is exciting.

I also like the ambiguity of some of the scenes – did they happen? Or not? Or is Beth crazy? Is Liza forgetting things b cause of her hormones? It’s really suspenseful.

Overall, this was a quick, great read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers.

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