The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls

“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

I have read quite a few early reviews for this book. It looks like one of those that people either love or hate.

The Roanoke family tree has no branches. That should be yur first clue that something is not quite right at the Roanoke house. In the blurb it says ‘an estate in Kansas”, I’ve lived in Kansas. Estate? It sounds more like a House of Horrors. Where are the police in this town? Where are Child Services? Heck, where is any responsible adult?

The only character I felt anything for was Cooper the long ago boyfriend that Lane didn’t bother telling goodbye when she fled. The rest of them had not one redeeming quality. Just bad people doing bad thngs and thinking it’s normal.  It is not.

A dark, and deeply disturbing story of abuse.

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read it. The book is scheduled for a March 2017 release.

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Bone Maker By D.F.Bailey

Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book One

Bone Maker: Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 1 by [Bailey, D. F.]

*** Bone Maker is a Whistler Independent Book Award Finalist ***

A death in the wilderness. A woman mourns alone. A reporter works a single lead. Following a family tragedy that has broken his spirit, crime reporter Will Finch returns to his news desk in San Francisco eager to reboot his career and renew his lease on life.

When he’s assigned to cover the grisly death of a witness to a multi-million dollar bitcoin fraud, Finch discovers some troubling complications: A Mercedes-Benz abandoned in the wilderness. A wounded bear. A cop who rules a remote town with an iron fist. And the witness’s fiancée — a US senator’s daughter — knows there’s something mysterious about her lover’s death. But what?

If you have an appetite for organized crime series, you’ll love this new crime trilogy. Add a slice of noir novels, the juice of steamy PI mysteries, the zest of a financial thriller series. Soon you’ll be stewing in this new technothriller trilogy — and begging for more.

Inspired by true events, Bone Maker is the first thriller in this series of noir crime novels — a crime trilogy that races from coastal Oregon to San Francisco, Moscow, Honolulu and Washington DC. It intersects the worlds of international finance, cryptocurrency software algorithms, and corruption that reaches from the US Senate to Turk Street in the Tenderloin District.

Be sure to read this gripping financial thriller series in order: Bone Maker, Stone Eater, Lone Hunter. All three books are available now.

Will Finch is a reporter. Who has had a really rough patch. Coming back into the office a week early, Will’s boss has just the story to help him ease himself back into the world of Internet Journalism.

Will is a great character. We want him to be okay, to get to the bottom of the man who was supposedly eaten by a bear. In a small town where everyone knows what you’re doing before you finish doing it, it’s hard to know who to trust and what to believe.

Why is the Mercedes not being impounded by the Sheriff? Who is really behind the death of this witness?

This one went round and round and I did not like the Sheriff from the first scene. He felt like a bully. This book was full of plot twists and turns but we wouldn’t expect anything less from D.F.Bailey.

This is Book 1 in the series and the other two are out also. Check him out Here .

Book Review: The Killing Ship by Simon Beaufort

The Killing Ship: An Antarctica Thriller

“A group of scientists in the Antarctic face a desperate battle for survival as they are hunted down by hostile intruders. ”
Having spent the summer conducting fieldwork on stark Livingston Island, marine biologist Andrew Berrister is looking forward to returning to civilization. But his final days in Antarctica take an unexpected turn when it becomes clear that he and his small group of scientists are not alone on the island. Deducing that the intruders are a crew of illegal whalers, the scientists face an increasingly desperate struggle for survival when two members of their shore party disappear and their supplies are deliberately sabotaged.
As Berrister and his remaining companions flee across the treacherous, icy terrain, they are pursued unrelentingly by ruthless killers whose true reasons for being in the Antarctic are darker and more dangerous than the scientists could ever have imagined.

I first saw this book a month or so ago in the Library Journal. I haven’t read a lot of books set in Antarctica and I was curious how this was going to go down on a bunch of icebergs and glaciers and the brutal weather conditions.

Ten days from being collected and going home and things have started to go wrong. Two of the researchers are missing, food and fuel sources have been sabotaged and the remaining group must figure out a way to communicate with their headquarters and hopefully get some help. But the ships that show up aren’t there to help.

They are there to harpoon whales and collect the highly profitable meat sales. Or are they?

One thing I know after reading this book is that I am not going on any ice adventures…ever!  It was a good read, I’m glad to have found it and some new authors!

In the real world there is always some type of research being done in the Antarctic. And after reading this book I have the greatest admiration for them! This is a chilling thriller! And the research in it shows from the first page all the way to the shocking ending!

I would have no problem recommending this book.

WRONG NUMBER by Carys Jones *Release Day*!

Wrong Number

A missing husband. Mysterious calls. And the biggest lie of them all.
Read with caution – you may never want to answer your phone again…

Will and Amanda Thorne are living the dream until, one day, their phone rings. Within 24 hours, Will is missing and Amanda’s world is shattered. Who was on the phone? Where has Will gone?

Amanda is determined to find her husband and is drawn into a world of drug dealers, criminal masterminds and broken promises.

As the truth becomes clearer, she has to face the terrible possibility that she may never have known her husband at all…

So that is the Book Blurb for Wrong Number, which is new out this month.

This book reminded me of the duck swimming placidly on a pond, while underneath the water his little duck feet are churning furiously, I wanted to see more of what was under the water.

After I finished the book I went back and re-read the Blurb.  Mainly because I figured this out after the first wrong number call. And there was just one. Not a string of mysterious calls. While billed as a psychological thriller, I didn’t care enough about the character for it to be thrilling.

It’s very difficult to review this one without telling you the story. As a whole, I didn’t feel it was a waste of my time to read it. I would have liked to have more backstory on the characters since their pasts heavily influenced the plot.

Thank You Netgalley.

Smooth Operator by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall

A Teddy Fay Novel Featuring Stone Barrington

Smooth Operator (Teddy Fay, #1)

Stone’s presence is requested at the White House by President Kate Lee. A matter of urgency and secrecy. Of course, this is Washington D.C.

The House Speaker’s daughter has been kidnapped and the people who have her are threatening to kill her if a certain bill isn’t passed. Stone has the perfect guy for the job. Teddy Fay! Now working out in movie land with Stone’s son, Peter. CIA background scrubbed, new identity and no one has any idea who he really is.

With all of the killing going on my head was spinning. Is it a terrorist act? A home grown conspiracy?
Full of twists and turns all the way to the final page! This time we get to see almost all of our favorite characters. Holly, Kate, Anne, and of course Teddy! All time best bad ass!

I am hoping we see much more of Teddy! He is one of my favorite characters.

Insidious by Catherine Coulter

The FBI team of Dillon and Savich are back!

Insidious (An FBI Thriller Book 20) by [Coulter, Catherine]

Blurb:

Insidious is the twentieth thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter’s FBI series. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy society icon. They soon find out that the danger may be closer than expected.

Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her. After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight. Who’s trying to kill her and why? A member of her rapacious family, or her grandson who’s been missing for ten years and suddenly reappears? Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers to uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a serial killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses. When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than she’d ever want to believe.

Reading one of the FBI Series is like getting two stories for the price of one. Dillon and Savich are working hard to find out exactly who wants Venus dead and why. There is no shortage of dispicable people in her own family and I turned to my friend on Chapter 36 and said “I am saying right now_______ did it”. You sure he says? Yep.

Cam Wittier is one of my favorite characters and this one had me stumped. Let’s just say I was so wrong about both outcomes!

Reading Coulter’s books are always read in one sitting. The characters have become old friends after all these years.

I would always recommend her books!

I FOUND YOU A Novel by Lisa Jewell

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Lisa Jewell is one of those authors who never disappoints. And this is no exception!

Living in Yorkshire, single mom, Alice looks out her window to find a man sitting on the beach staring into the sea. He hasn’t moved. At all. Even when the rain started. He has no idea how he got here or even who he is. But Alice takes him in the same way she takes in homeless dogs. With no husband and 3 kids to care for, she should be a little more cautious bringing strange men into her house, but that’s not Alice.

At the same time 21 year old Lily Monrose has been married to her adoring husband for only a few weeks when he just doesn’t come home one night. Lily knows no one in this foreign place. When she goes to the police she finds out her husband doesn’t exist.

Told from alternating points of view and time, the book is a thrill ride from beginning to end. There were so many twists and turns and odd characters. Most lovable but some not so much.

Will ‘Frank’ get his memory back? Will Lily find her husband? And what connects them all? I must admit I cried like a baby in the end.

I would have no problem recommending this book!  It will be released April of 2017!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Jewell (born 19th July 1968, Middlesex, London) is a popular British author of chick lit fiction. Her books include Ralph’s Party, Thirtynothing and most recently 31 Dream Street. She lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband Jascha and daughters Amelie Mae (born 2003) and Evie Scarlett (born 2007).