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Viable Hostage

I again had the pleasure of working with Goddess Fish Promotions for this book review. I must honestly admit that I had never heard of Audrey J. Cole before doing this book review, even though it says clear as day that she is a USA Today Best Selling Author. I was excited to get introduced to a new author and well as a story that sounded very intriguing.

Synopsis

Malorie’s best friend is missing, but no one seems concerned about the wayward medical student’s mysterious disappearance—until another student’s partial remains wash ashore a Seattle beach… 

When Malorie witnesses her best friend and roommate leave a campus bar with a mystery date driving a silver Mercedes, she suspects foul play, especially when Lani fails to return home the next day. Both women, med students in their final year at Elliott Bay University, have a lot riding on the line, but due to Lani’s wild past, no one in her family is worried. When Malorie’s fears for her roommate deepen, she turns to her Uncle Wade, a Sergeant at Seattle Homicide. 

Within 48 hours after Lani goes missing, the partial remains of a brutally murdered young woman wash up on Alki Beach, and a human hand is found in a crab pot off Bainbridge Island. When one of the bodies is identified as a pregnant, fourth-year medical student, Wade believes there’s a connection with Lani’s disappearance. And, that they might be looking for a serial killer. 

Malorie suspects Lani’s kidnapper is someone they know, possibly even one of their professors at the university, a prominent Seattle anesthesiologist whose wife is the president of EBU. But when Detective Blake Stephenson discovers evidence that links another suspect to the professor’s Mercedes, he and Wade must act fast to attempt a wild rescue in the middle of Puget Sound.

Review

This book was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Audrey J. Cole’s writing captured me from the first page and held my attention until the last page. I hated that I could not read this book all in one sitting. Every time I had a minute I would pick up this book and ready. Audrey J. Cole also did a fantastic job in keeping you guessing throughout the story. I thought I knew from early on, what was happening, and the ending shocked me! It was not at all what I expected. Audrey J. Cole writes in wonderfully descriptive sentences that leave you wanting to read more. You feel like you are in the story and experiencing what the characters are experiencing. I even found myself imaging that I was one of the characters in this story as that is how real it felt. While I had never heard of Audrey J. Cole before reading this fantastic book, I certainly will not forget her name now, and will for sure be picking up more of her books!!!

Rating

This was for sure a 5 compass + read!!

Excerpt

There was something evil in the way he had looked at her. He was dangerous. Psychotic. Malorie could see it in his eyes. Those cold, dark eyes. He was chasing her.

Malorie ran faster, with so much adrenaline she didn’t feel the ache in her legs or the burn in her lungs as she gasped for air. She could feel him getting closer. Hear the sound of his boots scrape against the pavement behind her. He’s going to kill me.

She felt him close in behind her. A sharp pain ripped through her arm as he grabbed her and drew her close to him with tremendous strength. Malorie opened her mouth to scream as she was awakened by the sound of her alarm.

She wasn’t being chased. She was in Lani’s room. She sat up in her roommate’s bed, sweating through her t-shirt and breathing hard.

She silenced her alarm, flooded simultaneously with relief that it was just a dream and the familiar dread that her best friend was missing and possibly never coming back.

Giveaway!!!!!

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Book Review · Crime Thriller · FIction · Thriller

Lowcountry Incantations

I was so excited when I found out that I had been selected for my first “book tour.” I first “met” C.J. Geisel through Instagram when she was promoting her debut novel “Lowcountry Incantations.” I read the synopsis of the book and I could not wait to read it! Then I found out that she was going a book tour through Goddess Fish Promotions, and I just new I had to sign up. I was so excited when I was chosen to be part of the tour!!! As part of this tour C.J. will be awarding a copy of “Lowcountry Incantations” to a randomly drawn winner (U.S. Only)!!! To enter click the link below!!

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Synopsis

Quinn Riley has the worst luck. First she is laid off from her job and then while she is out hunting for jobs, she gets hit by a car while trying to rescue a dog from the middle of the road. Quinn thinks that she has died. She sees her lifeless body and also a girl in a blue dress. Little does Quinn know she has been in a coma for 2 months. Quinn’s sister Mallory has made plans while Quinn was a coma for her to live with Caleb, a quite attractive stranger, once she is released from the hospital.

Enter Leah Sawyer, a forensic psychologist, who Caleb knows from school. Mallory and Caleb persuade Quinn to allow Leah to help her work through the vision that she had. However before Quinn can get used to the fact that Leah will be helping her, Quinn’s visions become much more vivid. And not only are they vivid, they are also disturbing and show Quinn that girls in a blue dress and what may have happened to her. As the visions come closer and close together and become more and more real, Leah decides that they need the help of Mama Cornelia and her spiritual powers.

Quinn, Caleb, Mallory, Leah and Mama Cornelia dig deeper and deeper into investigating what happened to the girl that Quinn has been seeing in her visions, but as they do, Quinn realizes herself as well as those she love are in danger. Will Quinn and her friends be able to solve what happened to the girl in Quinn’s visions or will the danger of investigating the case become too much for them?

Review

This book was FANTASTIC. The story captured me from the first page and made me feel like I was right there with Quinn and her friends, and everything they were going through. C.J. Geisel’s writing was so descriptive that you could picture exactly what she had written. The story line was great and I could not get enough of this book. I could not put it down and would find myself reading whenever I had a free moment and late into the night. And even though it is finals time in social work school and there are many other things I should be working on, I found that this book captured me so much that I read it in three days!!! I can’t say enough good things about C.J.’s debut book. The only thing that I am sad about is that I have to wait until the next book comes out to see what happens with Quinn, Caleb, Mallory, and Leah.

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Book Review · FIction · Mystery · Thriller

Before We Were Strangers

Brenda Novak is an author I just recently discovered. I can’t remember exactly how it happened, but the next thing I knew I was on her Facebook page and printing out the list of all her books to read. While on the Facebook page it was asked what book of her’s we were reading and I said I had just found the author, and Brenda herself suggest that this should be the book I started with. So, I put it on hold at the library and when it came in I just had to start it right away (even though I was reading other books). And well the rest is history as within about 3 days I was done with the book and looking forward to the next one of her’s that I could read!!

Synopsis

Slone McBride was 5 years old when her mother disappeared. That night, she was awoken by her mother and father arguing. All of a sudden there was a thump and the house went quiet. Slone’s father states that her mother left and that was the end of that…no real police investigation or anything. When Slone turns 18 she leaves small hometown in Texas and moves to New York were she becomes a model. After Slone suffers a huge loss in New York, the loss of Clyde, her family, mentor, friend, she decides that it is time to return to her hometown and really figure out what happened to her mother – once and for all. Once home, Slone starts to dig up the past and she is not sure what will become of her family in Texas when she does.

Review

I am so glad that I was introduced to this author! I loved every minute of this book and could not put it down. It was fast paced and exciting. You never quite knew one minute to the next what might happen. Brenda as a way of capturing you and not letting you go until you have finished the book. I can’t even imagine what Slone was going through. Throughout the book you felt all the emotions that she felt – you were scared when she was, happy when she was and frustrated when things were not going the right way for her! I found myself cheering for her every step of the way that she would finally figure out what happened to her mother all those years ago! If you have not read any of Brenda Novak’s books, you should, and I can’t wait to pick up my next read written by Brenda!!!

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