THE RED HUNTER A NOVEL BY LISA UNGER

The Red Hunter: A Novel by [Unger, Lisa]

What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house—one that unbeknownst to her has an ugly history and may hide long-buried secrets.

For Zoey Drake the defining moment of her childhood was the horrific home invasion murder of her parents. Years later, she has embraced the rage that fuels her. Training in the martial arts has made her strong and ready to face the demons from the past—and within.

Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course—because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the very same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the monsters at the door that are the most frightening of all.

Lisa Unger is one of my favorite thriller/crime novelists. Her books are always a hit and this one is no different.

This story is told from almost every character’s own unique point of view. The characters are complex and the plot is as well.

Everyone in this story has secrets. The characters were complex and reading the story had so many layers that unfolded right when they should have. There are some brutal scenes in this book, but it is a crime thriller. There are plenty of despicable characters and many more good, redeemable ones.

All of these people who had no idea about each other came together in the end just perfectly. I read this in an afternoon because I couldn’t put it down. There are so many stories going on at the same time I just kept going and then it ended and I wanted more!

Typical for readers of Lisa’s books. If you haven’t read her, then as Harlan Coben says, “Why Not?”  She is truly brilliant!

xxPatricia

THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS BY SARA BLAEDEL

The Forgotten Girls

In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick—the new commander of the Missing Persons Department—is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed—and hidden—in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.

I am a big fan of Sara Blaedel and her character Det. Louise Rick. She is a smart, no-nonsense easy to like character.

Louise has moved over to the Missing Persons Department now and isn’t sure of this new partner but she has a job to do and she is really good at it. This time the crimes are happening in the forest where she grew up. The place doesn’t hold great memories for her for reasons you will find out. It does give her an edge on finding the killer since she is familiar with the area and the people.

Any time there is a mental institution and a spooky forest I’m happy. The writing is well paced and the suspense builds to an ending no one saw coming! If you like really scary fiction this one is for you. I’m already moving on to her newest book now. The Lost Woman.

About the Author:

Sara Blaedel

Goodreads Author

 

Born

in Copenhagen, Denmark

Website

 

Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-three countries. She lives in Copenhagen, and was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time in 2014. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award.

Sara is one of the writers I would love to be at a party with. Sara, Lisa Unger and Karin Slaughter.  They are all funny women who write crazy scary mystery thrillers!

xx Patricia

What’s on the TBR List for Next Week

Two Nights: A Novel by [Reichs, Kathy]      #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller—featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Product Details Following the incredible success of Sara Blaedel’s #1 international bestsellers The Forgotten Girls and The Killing Forest, Louise Rick–head of the police department’s elite Special Search Agency charged with missing persons cases–returns in Sara’s latest twist-filled suspense novel…

The Red Hunter: A Novel by [Unger, Lisa]   What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

These are the 3 I’m working on this weekend.  Birthday Week was a success. It can be tough competing with Cinco de Mayo ( which I am not sure why we celebrate here) but we got the job done and  one of my favorite writers released her new book yesterday  and I found a gift waiting on Amazon for it! Thank you so much Leanne!

So what is everyone else reading over the week-end? I need to real more YA fiction so if you have some recommendations please share them with me!

 

xx Patricia bookhaul

 

Really, Can You Ever Have Too Many Books? ( The answer is no, shhh)

bookhaul

Yesterday was opening book gifts! There are actually more as some were Kindle editions. But these will keep me out of trouble for a while at least.

After the fiasco at the Phone Store, yesterday was perfect. OU Boy was home and washed my hair so I didn’t get any water in my new eye, which I am calling Drew now. Anyway, this man gives a mean head wash! I was like a cat purring it felt so good! So thanks for that!

We went out to lunch to a new pizza place. It was one of those experiences where you say, Well, we did that. Let’s not do it again. The pizza was really nice, but the televisions were all over but they were all muted so some canned music  could pump over the speakers. Really ticked me off as ESPN was on.

I think someone did some grocery shopping because there is food in the refrigerator. I know it wasn’t me though as I was otherwise engaged. I was reading a book by a self published author because someone asked me to as a favor. I won’t be doing that again.

Today, all my birthday people have left. Here I am all alone, with no supervision. So I am going to pop on my headphones and listen to my fellow Georgia Girl, Karin Slaughter’s book on audio while I try really hard to paint my toenails.

I hope your May is off to a good start. I know all of you gardeners are busy doing gardening things and the farmers are seeing new life born every day now, and I am just thankful that I can just lay around the pool in the sunshine being lazy.

xx Patriciabirthdaystuff

April Reads. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Who Is Rich?   Coming out July 4th of this year. Just a hint, but at the end I didn’t care who Rich was.

 

Leaves of Fire (The Newirth Mythology #2) The second in the series and I am in love with this book! Release date is June 4th

 

Watching the Detectives (The Country Club Murders #5)  Meh…  May 23rd Release

Grief Cottage  Very interesting read!  Release Date is June 6th

The Simplicity of Cider   Ah….   Release Date is May 16th

The Godmothers: Spirited Away   Release Date is May 9th

 

The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice (A Bird Lover's Mystery, #3)  Coming out on May 16th

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth   Release Date is May 9th

These are some of what I’ve read in April. You will have to wait for release day to read what I thought of them. Out of the 24 books I read in April I really only had 2 or 3 that were just Meh…

Now back to our regularly scheduled reading. Other Countries by Jo Bannister.

xx Patricia  vangiegolf

On The Bookshelf This Week!

Shadow Girl (An Afton Tangler Thriller) by [Schmitt, Gerry]  The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that’s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree…

Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can’t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky.

Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again—and succeeds—in a brazen hospital room attack.

The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person—and she’s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage…

Grief Cottage: A Novel by [Godwin, Gail]  The haunting tale of a desolate cottage, and the hair-thin junction between this life and the next, from bestselling National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin.

After his mother’s death, eleven-year-old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it regularly after she’d moved there thirty years ago because it matched the ruin of her own life. Eventually she was inspired to take up painting so she could capture its utter desolation.

The islanders call it “Grief Cottage,” because a boy and his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty years before. Their bodies were never found and the cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is friendly or follows some sinister agenda.

Grief Cottage is the best sort of ghost story, but it is far more than that–an investigation of grief, remorse, and the memories that haunt us. The power and beauty of this artful novel wash over the reader like the waves on a South Carolina beach.

Watch Me Disappear by [Brown, Janelle]   A mother with a troubled past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

“Tantalizing and twisty . . . a spider’s web of a thriller. You won’t be able to put it down.”—Megan Abbott

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.

But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.

Who Is Rich?: A Novel by [Klam, Matthew]  A provocative and hilarious satire of love, sex, money, and politics in our new gilded age—the long-awaited first novel from the the acclaimed author of Sam the Cat

Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a weeklong arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. It’s a place where, every year, students—nature poets and driftwood sculptors, widowed seniors, teenagers away from home for the first time—show up to study with an esteemed faculty made up of prizewinning playwrights, actors, and historians; drunkards and perverts; members of the cultural elite; unknown nobodies, midlist somebodies, and legitimate stars—a place where drum circles happen on the beach at midnight, clothing optional. One of the attendees is a forty-one-year-old painting student named Amy O’Donnell. Amy is a mother of three, unhappily married to a brutish Wall Street titan who runs a multibillion-dollar investment fund and commutes to work via helicopter. Rich and Amy met at the conference a year ago, shared a moment of passion, then spent the winter exchanging inappropriate texts and emails and counting the days until they could see each other again. Now they’re back.

Once more, Rich finds himself, in this seaside paradise, worrying about his family’s nights without him and trying not to think about his book, now out of print, or his future as an illustrator at a glossy magazine about to go under, or his back taxes, or the shameless shenanigans of his colleagues at this summer make-out festival, or his own very real desire for love and human contact. He can’t decide whether Amy is going to rescue or destroy him.

Who Is Rich? is a warped and exhilarating tale of love and adultery, a study in midlife alienation, erotic pleasure, envy, and bitterness in the new gilded age that goes far beyond humor and satire to address deeper questions: of family, monogamy, the intoxicating beauty of children, and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance.

 

These are the books I’m reading this week from Netgalley. I also am getting on that Beta thing Leanne!  Then I get a message from the library that one of my research books is in so it’s going to be a busy week here at the Pirate Nation!

Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?  Let me know and Happy Reading!!

 

 

Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4)

Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4) by [Bryndza, Robert]

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

This is one of my favorite series. Ericka is stepping on toes and pushing hard to get her old job back and maybe find love again. But she is going about it in her usual way of plowing ahead and then asking forgiveness.

On the job, someone is stalking and torturing young women around London and then killing them and dumping the bodies in dumpsters. Ericka has found another victim that matches the MO of this murder and wants in on the case.

Time between killings is getting shorter and while they have a lot of information, the man himself seems to not even exist.

It’s always a nail biting, lip biting  read with this series!  And this latest is no different. Do we even realize that we are putting out all of our plans, and personal information out into the web? Some really good looks at how private our private lives are.

Well done, Mr. Brynzda!

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