Book: A New Leash On Love
Series: Rescue Me #1
Author: Debbie Burns
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 1, 2017
If you open your heart to love
When Craig Williams makes the tough decision to return his daughter’s adorable new puppy to a shelter because of his unfortunate divorce, it’s just another part of putting the pieces of his life back together. Getting grief from the fiery young woman running the shelter is the least of his problems…or so he thinks.
There’s no telling where it might take you
Megan Anderson loves the animals at the no-kill shelter she runs, and seeing puppies and kittens returned breaks her heart. Taking on the problems of a handsome man returning his puppy is something that just fires her up. Been there, done that, got burned. But as Craig and Megan are drawn closer together, they realize that the world isn’t all black and white, and the magic of unconditional love can do anything…
If I have to tell you the biggest winner in this book, it’d have to be the shelter. As an animal lover myself-a huge dog person to be exact- reading about how a shelter works and how the animals and people interact, what goes through the minds of those who work there and how they manage the place, interested me more than the romance itself.
Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t get into the storyline of how Megan and Craig fell in love, I couldn’t even pinpoint when they forged an intimate relationship before taking that big step forwards. It felt as if their bonding took place off the pages and we got the details of what happened after. As interesting and emotional as the shelter storyline was, Megan and Craig’s romance was that passive.
Book: Last Seen
Author: Lucy Clarke
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published: Harper, June 29, 2017
Two boys missing. A seaside community with a dark secret at its heart…
Two little boys go missing out at sea – and only one is brought to shore.
For the boys’ mothers, best friends Sarah and Isla, the tragedy splinters a friendship. And The Sandbank – once an idyllic seaside haven – becomes a place of ghosts.
On the anniversary of the drowning, the other boy is missing. Parents Nick and Sarah try to quell their panic, but the Sandbank hums with tension as decade-old memories rise to the surface.
The truth lies in the past, like broken glass buried in the sand. Someone is hiding something – the question is, what did they see?
As I settle better in my spot where I’ve only just finished this book, I find it hard to describe what it made feel. Anguish? Yes. Thrill of a good mystery? Certainly. And..that’s kinda it. I mean, there are a whole lot of other stops between the two, but mainly-and most honestly- this story sort of unsettled me. Took the balance I imagined of family life, and twisted it into something hurtful. It left a bitter taste on my mind. But is all that bad? No. Not at all.
As a twisted and darker-if that is possible- telling of a psychological thriller, this book was gripping. From the start till the end. It was also gut wrenching, heart breaking because you are faced with a mother’s worst nightmare. No spoilers, from the start we know one of the storytellers, Isla, has lost her son at sea. Her pain was a physical blow every time she took control of the pages. I felt awful, my heart broke for her when she spoke.
Book: Last Seen Alive
Author: Claire Douglas
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published: Penguin, July 13, 2017
She can run
Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.
But she can’t hide
But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening. How alone are they? Why does she feel watched?
Because someone knows her secret
What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? And why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby’s worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive . . . and what he did.
A story of lies and deceit, LAST SEEN ALIVE started with chilling me. And I mean, not being able to read it before bed because it unnerved me. A couple swapped their small apartment for what appeared to be an isolated mansion and then..tension. I’m not one to be scared easily, I watch and enjoy horror movies for crying out loud, but the idea of being so isolated, the feeling of being watched and the helplessness that comes from not being able to make sense of it all really got to me. Being very tired by the time I went to bed aside, I couldn’t face what Libby did at night. Because it can so easily happen to anyone.
Book: The Fourth Monkey
Series: A 4MK Thriller #1
Author: J. D. Barker
Published: HQ, June 27, 2017
See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil… Do No Evil
Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”
For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorised the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realise he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.
As the lead investigator Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.
With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.
A brilliant read. My first ever book by J. D. Barker, a gripping tale of decay of human psyche. A flowing narration, more specifically in the intriguing diary of the killer known as the Four Monkey Killer. I simply couldn’t put this book down, but it also took me a while to finish it because I wanted to savor every last bit of this thriller.
As someone who’s always been interested in getting inside the head of the serial killers, having a clue or two about their motives, pasts and/or whatever that drives them, reading the blurb was enough to get me excited about this. I don’t even know what kind of storytelling I was expecting, but this truly satisfied me to say the least.
Book: Disorderly Conduct
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 29, 2017
You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…
Police academy cadet Charlie Burns can’t believe his luck when the gorgeous blonde he meets in a bar murmurs those magic words: “Nothing serious, ’kay?” Mind-blowing, no-strings sex with Ever Carmichael—it’s the holy grail of hookups for a guy who’s too busy following in his law enforcement family’s footsteps to think about getting serious. Charlie’s all about casual…that is, until Ever calls it quits and his world tilts on its axis.
Ever knows that when you control the relationship game, you can’t get played. But for the first time, she wants more than short-term satisfaction. Step one: end her fling with commitment-phobic Charlie. Step two: sacrifice herself to the ruthless NYC dating scene. Yet everywhere she turns, there’s Charlie, being his ridiculously charming self. No online match or blind date compares to the criminally hot cop-in-training, but they’re over. Aren’t they?
If love is a four-letter-word, why does the idea of Ever seeing someone else tie Charlie up in knots? Now he’s desperate to win her back…and a little date sabotage never hurt anyone, right?