In A.D. 922 ibn Fadlan, the representative of the ruler of Bagdad, City of Peace, crosses the CAspain sea and journeys up the valley of the Volga on a mission to the King of Saqaliba. Before he arrives, he meets with Bullwyf, a powerful Viking chieftain who is summoned by his beseigned relatives to the north. Bullwyf must return to Scandinavia and save his country men and family from the monsters of the mist.
Join them on thsi stunning adventure to the mysterious land where the day's length does not equal the night's...where after sunset the sky burns in streaks of color...where Bullwyf and his band of brothers must lock in mortal combat with the dark, hairy brutes who threaten to empty the land...
Book was very nicely done. City girl hides in small Arizona town and falls in love with not only the sheriff, but the whole town. Since I live in Arizona, I really enjoyed reading a lot of the history of the old ways.
Lara is not the same person she was a few months ago. The bright self-assured, confident, take no prisoners Lara has been reduced to a quiet mouse following the death of her Nana, for which Lara blames herself. On top of that, she walks in on the man she loves and has lived with for 2 years, and sees a beautiful woman sitting on Noah's lap kissing him. Feeling that she wasn't good enough for him, she runs....
Months later she bumps into him but she's still refusing to take his calls, declining to walk to him at all. Noah is feeling pretty frustrated and angry that she won't let him explain.
Meanwhile, they don't know they are being stalked by a vicious serial killer... and he decides that Lara and Noah are the perfect victims for him. He wants them to play a game with him.
Noah and Lara find themselves drugged, captured, and left in a huge wooded area. The killer tells them there is only one rule ..... they have 72 hours to run, hide, find a way out before he starts hunting them.
What follows is a harrowing, terrorizing cat and mouse game. Lara is going to have to find the 'old' Lara to survive. And she and Noah are going to have to bury their old feelings and work together if they want to survive.
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, EXPLICIT SEX
I have found that Romantic Suspense is sometimes a hit/miss endeavor. The author balanced the two sides of the coin very well. Both characters have issues and have been damaged in one way or another. Noah is not a super hero by any means, but he is caring and extremely protective of Lara. Suffering from PSTD, he has to learn to lean on her. And Lara has to step up to the plate in order to help Noah.
The human hunting kept me on edge and rapidly turning pages to see what would happen next. I look forward to the next stand-alone book in this series ... THE WATCHER.
Many thanks to the author / St. Martin's Press / Netgalley for the digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
**Please note that this story-line contains violence and some non-consensual sexual activity. This includes reference and some in depth discussion/imagery of battery, under-age sexual references, rape, torture and murder. This is not an exclusive list - You have been warned**
This is basically the story of two sisters vacationing in Italy. The younger sister is murdered, the older is taken by two men. One treats her kindly, under the circumstances, the other is a human monster. The girl is to be trained, to be sold to the highest bidder.
Aimee won't go down without a fight ... and fight she does. But she finds herself attracted somewhat to her captor. Stockholm Syndrome does exist. But is her abductor really who he says he is?
It's a dark read, graphic, violent, and emotional.
Many thanks to the author / Mercy Cortez / Netgalley for the digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
David leaves work early, decides to take a last look at his brand new home before moving in tomorrow. Much to his surprise, his wife, Tara, is there .. and she's not alone.
David is distraught at finding his newly pregnant wife with another man .. a man he knows very well. When Tara leaves, he confronts the man. During a scuffle, David pushes the man off the balcony and watches him fall three stories to his death.
One shove, one push, one accident and life as he and his wife know it is changed forever.
I wouldn't call this a 'gripping' psychological thriller. There are twists and turns, but it is more than a little predictable. It's still an entertaining read. The characters don't come across, to me, as credible. They're either too good to be true or bad in the way of movie bad guys. I was a little disappointed ... but I will surely take a look at whatever book comes next from this author.
I would like to thank the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Under a dark cloud .... jinxed ..... cursed ..... unlucky. We have all heard these expressions, may have even experienced one or two along the way.
Kate Parker has been living .. or afraid of living ... for many years. Her parents died in a car accident on the day of her wedding. A few years later, her husband was murdered by a home invasion gang. Her house has been broken into ... twice. She feels like she's losing her mind and what's worse, she's making a nervous wreck of her young son.
There is so much to this story. The author does a great job presenting the psychological aspects. Kate meets a man who helps her get past her fears, but for someone so afraid of absolutely everything, it was hard to imagine that she would trust a stranger as much as she does.
Jago is a mystery himself. Is this meeting an accident ... coincidence ..... or is there something more sinister at work? Again, the author created a character that came to life under her pen.
All the tension seemed to come very close to the end, and then it felt very rushed. The actual ending was somewhat of a letdown.
This was an okay read to me ... I did want to keep reading to see what happened next .. I knew something was coming ... just not what.
My thanks to NetGalley / Atria Books who furnished a digital copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie are the daughters of former Hollywood actress, Jenna Hughes. Both had followed in their mother's footsteps, however, Cassie really has no acting talent, while Allie is a star.
They both have parts of a new movie, and in trying her hand at screenwriting has changed the very last scene. Cassie takes a smaller part in order to give her sister a bigger part. Unfortunately, the day it was filmed, Allie is a no-show and her body double is shot and nearly killed.
The rest of the book follows Cassie's adventures in looking for her sister. The plot gets a little convoluted, a little confusing.
More murders are committed and they are all related to the movie in one way or another. They are found with grotesque masks mimicking the Kramer sisters.
There are so many suspects, it is only when Jenna Hughes admits to a secret she's carried for more than 20 years does the light start to shine.
The ending is tense and suspenseful .... And not everyone makes it out alive.
The plot was extremely complex and difficult to follow. I didn't care for most of the characters, it even took a while for me to warm up to Cassie.
I've read many of this author's books and been very satisfied. Not so much this one.
Many thanks to the author / Kensington Books Zebra / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
For anyone who has been following the Michael Bennett series, you know what you get. New York City seems to be always besieged with troubles, pitting Bennett right in the middle of everything. His ten kids and his grandfather are the most terrific fictional family I've ever read about.
If you haven't read a Michael Bennett book, please don't start here. Go back to the beginning with Step On A Crack. Trust me ... you will not regret it!
In this outing, someone is trying to systematically level New York City. Gas is piped through the underground and remotely detonated. The entire subway system is shut down.
Drones loaded with explosives fly into the FBI Building and decimate it.
The current Mayor is shot and killed by a robotic device from atop a tall building.
Ted Kaszynski, better known as the Unabomber, contacts the FBI from prison ... he gives them a profile of sorts for the people responsible with a dire warning of his own ... All this destruction is just the beginning and the loss of life will be like nothing ever seen before ..not even the 911 tragedy.
Emily Parker from the FBI joins Bennett in a race to stop these madmen before anymore lives are lost.
Excellent Book! Excellent Series! 5 Stars with no hesitation.
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is up against a serial killer who targets young lovers. Four couples have disappeared, only to turn up dead months afterward. Now a fifth pair is missing, and the mother of the girl is a powerhouse recently named by the president to head his war on drugs. Now Kayis battling political pressure as well as a murderer.
Thirty years ago, 3 teenage girls were found dead at the foot of a waterfall .. all were wearing a white wedding gown, all had a red rose, thorns and all, stuffed down their throat and then strangled. A young man was accused, tried, convicted and is now up for release.
Now it looks like the killing spree has started again. Once more, a young woman is found dead by the waterfalls, almost identical to the earlier killings.
And thus starts the race to find the murderer before another life is lost.
I've liked all of this author's Romantic Suspense books. Yes, there's some romance, but the majority of the book deals with the FBI looking for a killer, a woman who is searching for her birth mother, a journalist looking to make a name for herself covering this case, a sheriff dying from a brain tumor who may have railroaded a man into jail so many years ago.
This book pretty much has it all ... half-truths, all out lies, and lots and lots of old secrets.
Many thanks to NetGalley / Amazon Publishing for furnishing this uncorrected proof in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Lizzy Gardner is back ...sort of. There are so many things going on in her life that it almost made me dizzy reading about them.
First of all, the love of her life, Jared, is in the hospital after being shot on their wedding day. And somewhere along the way, she's picked up her own personal stalker.. one who is hell-bent on taking Lizzy down. And then there is the woman who, after 20 years, decides to get even with all those mean kids in school who teased and tormented her on a daily basis.
If you haven't read any of the series, I strongly recommend them. Lizzy is a great character.. a female PI who is more than human with human failings and flaws ... and she has her own lines that she won't cross.
I was in tears at the end of the book .. you will have to read it to know if they were happy tears or sad tears.