Emotional Reading on a Monday

Some of the things I’m reading.The first one Sing,Unburied,Sing by Jesmyn Ward is making my heart bleed right now. It really is difficult to read about certain times in the history of our nation and this book is one of those. I have a feeling this one is going to be big!

Have yourself a Happy Little Monday!

xx Patricia   dec123

IF I RUN ( If I Run Book 1 ) by Terri Blackstock

If I Run (If I Run, #1)

Casey Cox was only 12 years old when she found her father dead from what the local police called a suicide. Casey and her mother have never believed that. Casey knows what she saw. When her friend Brent, a journalist starts digging, he hits gold but when Casey goes to his house she finds him dead.

She knows if she stays the police will arrest her. Her footprints in Brent’s blood are all over. She knows he was killed because someone found out what he was doing and what he knew. She can’t trust anyone in the police department, so she runs.

Meanwhile Brent’s family has asked his friend, Dylan, to investigate and find Casey. Dylan is a war veteran who is still trying to get a handle on his own PTSD and as he begins the hunt for Casey, he also begins the hunt for the truth. Even he doesn’t believe what the police are saying.

Along this journey, Casey meets some really great people. People who have been through hard times, bad times, and have found comfort and guidance through their faith in God.

This was the first book I have read by this author. It won’t be the last. Very well written and the characters were well rounded.

 

Ill Will by Dan Chaon *Release on March 7th*

Ill Will

Two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of literary suspense from National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon.
“We are always telling a story to ourselves, about ourselves.” This is one of the little mantras Dustin Tillman likes to share with his patients, and it’s meant to be reassuring. But what if that story is a lie?

A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to epitomize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning.

Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients has been plying him with stories of the drowning deaths of a string of drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses his patient’s suggestions that a serial killer is at work as paranoid thinking, but as the two embark on an amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries—and putting his own family in harm’s way.

Not a book I would read again. Very confusing and it just felt like the author took every awful thing that could ever happen to a child and stuck it in.

I really had no love for any of the characters, because we really don’t know any of them. A lot of time I didn’t even know who was speaking. There was definitely no communication between characters.

It took a lot for me to finish this one. I did finish it however and just went “Ew”.

Multiple Trigger Warnings!Child sexual abuse, Satanic Ritual Abuse and more.

Looking For a Little Mystery?

Looking to find some new mysteries? Penguin Random House has some really great ones.These are some of the ones I’ve read. The Girl Before is already being made into a movie and I can see a couple of others maybe going that way also.

I have a reader who loves Stuart Woods, Kim Harrison, Pierce Brown, Anne Rice and Kevin Hearne. He is down in the dumps because there isn’t a new book from these guys right now.  So if you have an author or series to suggest, please do!  He loves Norse mythology and James Patterson, but is kind of over JP for the moment. Thanks in advance for helping!!

Have a lovely Sunday!

xx Patricia

I’m Going To Need More Coffee!

Well this weeks haul of books is pretty diverse and enjoyable so far! This is what I’ll be doing for the next few days. Since my co-troublemakers are out of town for a few days because for us Mardi Gras is in full swing and they would never turn down free booze and King Cake. I guess it will just be me, so if you see that Coffee Fairy, be a love and send her my way!

Enjoy your weekend and read something!

xxPatricia

Unpunished ( A Gardiner and Renner Book) by Lisa Black **Release Day**

Unpunished

Maggie Gardiner, a forensic expert who studies the dead, and Jack Renner, a homicide cop who stalks the living, form an uneasy partnership to solve a series of murders in this powerful new thriller by the bestselling author of That Darkness

It begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines literally. A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn t trust at all . . .
Jack Renner is a killer with a conscience, a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. He has only one problem: Maggie knows his secret. She insists he enforce the law, not subvert it. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer– even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list.”

This had a Dexterish feel to it except Jack is a cop, who has gotten fed up with all of the recycling in and out of jail of killers and just downright bad people. Maggie is a forensics scientist for the Cleveland PD and she knows about Jack and he knows that she knows.

You don’t have to have read the first book, but I would. Maggie is spending a lot of time babysitting and making sure Jack is sticking to their deal and not killing anyone. They have a rather uneasy truce between them. While her ex-husband is slightly suspicious.

They are back working together when a copy editor at the newspaper is found hanging from the walkway dead. The print side of the paper is on a fast downhill slide, as most papers are. This was a very timely story in that regard and I learned quite a bit about the news business, as does Maggie.

When more people start dying, the one thing they have in common is they all work for the paper. It’s up to Jack and Maggie to figure out why and who is behind this.

i really enjoyed this book and you can’t help but like Jack!  Maggie has developed nicely in this book. Bold, more sure of herself. All in all it was a really good thriller and I would highly recommend it.

Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington.  Try it out Here

About the Author:

Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes.
She had her life sorted out just the way she liked it until her husband got fed up with Cleveland snow and moved them to Florida, 1400 miles away from her family and her career. Not that she’s bitter or anything. Now she works as a latent print examiner for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
Lisa has lectured at writer’s conventions and appeared on panels. In her life as a writer she’s a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. In her life as a forensic specialist she’s a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She has had over 741 hours of instruction in forensic topics and has testified in over 50 trials.