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The Surrogate by Louise Jensen–Book Review–5-Stars

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Don’t Miss Louise Jensen’s Latest Thriller, The Surrogate, Coming 9/27/17.
It’s Gripping, Intense and Brilliant. I Loved It!

 

The Surrogate is an intense and cleverly crafted psychological crime thriller. This brilliant novel has so many surprising twists in it that I never saw the final one coming. And, what a twist it was!

Kat desperately wanted to be a mother, but sadly, she couldn’t become pregnant. Her supportive husband, Nick, agreed with Kat, that adoption was probably the best way for them to proceed. But after two failed foreign adoptions, the couple was emotionally spent. Everything was looking hopeless, until Kat’s estranged best-friend, Lisa, showed up and offered to be a surrogate. Kat took her friend’s offer as a positive sign and readily agreed. Nick’s lawyer and friend, Richard, however, didn’t think it was a wise decision at all and strongly counseled the couple against it. But Kat was adamant, and so the surrogacy process began. Kat started to doubt her friend’s integrity, though, after Lisa consistently made excuses as to why Kat couldn’t accompany her to the doctor. Lisa was harboring a dark secret, but then again, so was Kat, and Nick, as well as their lawyer, Richard. What would happen when these dark, ugly secrets came to light? Nothing good, that’s for sure.

The Surrogate is an engrossing and compelling novel. I read the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. It’s intriguing, intense and completely captivating.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer

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Don’t Miss Carol Wyer’s New Exciting Crime Thriller, Coming 9/14/17!

The Missing Girls is the third compelling book, in Carol Wyer’s Detective Robyn Carter Crime Thriller Series.

The storage facility atmosphere became thick, with somber silence, when a trunk, expected to have hidden illegal drugs in it, contained instead, a decomposing body of a sixteen-year-old girl. The deceased, Carrie Smith, had been brutally murdered. When Amber Dalton, another teenage girl was found dead; DI Robyn Carter, was convinced, that it was the work of a serial killer. Her boss, however, didn’t agree with her and ordered Robyn to stay focused on her investigation of Carrie Smith’s murderer. He accused Robyn of wasting valuable resources. When a third girl was reported missing, Robyn was ready to put in for a transfer. But, her deceased fiancee’s daughter, Amelie, a girl whom she adored, kept her rooted to her current precinct. DI Robyn Carter became more focused than ever, though, when a fourth girl, one whom she was acquainted with, went missing. Robyn was determined to put the sick-serial-killer behind bars, before it was too late, for yet, another girl.

The Missing Girls is an engrossing, fast-paced novel. As difficult as it was to read about the victim’s experiences, the author’s sharp and vivid details kept me captivated and glued to my seat. This book is a gripping, police procedural crime thriller, crafted with many clever twists, that kept me guessing until the very end.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Other Girl by Erica Spindler-5 stars-Book Review

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Not To Be Missed, New Release by Erica Spindler, The Other Girl. Highly Recommended!

The Other Girl is a riveting and fast-paced crime-thriller. I loved every page of this engrossing novel. The book came alive for me with its well-developed characters, natural dialogue, and realistic crime scenes. Every sentence moved the story along; there were no boring pages in this superbly crafted novel.

Detective Miranda Rader was a small town Louisiana girl. Although she had once been a wild and rebellious teenager, after spending six months in the court system, Miranda’s attitude changed dramatically. She didn’t want to end up like her loser father, spending more time in jail, than out. As a result, Miranda spent several years studying and perfecting her career in law enforcement. She thought that her past was dead and buried. Miranda, however, was mistaken. After investigating a local college professor’s gruesome murder, Miranda’s past sprang up from the grave in a flash. As more deaths, were discovered, fingers started to point at her; and the investigation got real personal, fast. Either someone was setting her up to take the fall, or she was losing her mind. She no longer knew who she could trust and who she couldn’t. But Miranda had worked too hard to become a respected officer, to go down without a fight. And fight, she would.

Erica Spindler is an outstanding writer. Once I started this book, everything was put on hold for the day, until I finished it. I absolutely loved it! Highly recommended.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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UNRAVELING OLIVER by Liz Nugent–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Liz Nugget’s Brilliant, New, Chilling, Psychological Thriller- Coming 8/22/17
I loved it!

 

Unraveling Oliver is an outstanding, captivating, and unforgettable psychological dark thriller. It’s hard to believe that this book is Liz Nugent’s debut novel. Unraveling Oliver is an intriguing, superbly written and brilliant read.

Oliver Ryan was severely neglected by his father. He was left at a boarding school until his college years. He would watch from the school window the house his father lived in with the family he was supposed to be part of. His father paid for his boarding school, but that was the extent of his care. Oliver would watch his father from the window interact with his half brother, but never him. Did Oliver become evil because of his upbringing or was he born that way?

The book begins with Oliver Ryan beating his wife, Alice, into a coma. Everyone was shocked that a famous writer of children’s books, could be so viciously violent, especially to a person he supposedly loved. Alice was a kind, loyal wife, and a great supporter of Oliver’s writing. She was the illustrator for all of his books.

Every chapter in the book is narrated by either Oliver or a significant person in his life. They tell the story of what he was like as a child, a teen, a husband, and finally a famous author. Oliver’s life literally unravels for the reader. When I read about the treatment, he received from his father as a child; I felt sorry for him. But that changed after high school. When Oliver attended college, he had his first taste of freedom, and he loved it. He learned very quickly that he could use his charismatic charm to his advantage. Except for his father’s approval, Oliver got whatever he wanted. Oliver was a polite; handsome man and was able to use his desirability to manipulate people. In a word, Oliver Ryan was irresistible, and he knew it.

As Oliver’s evil deeds began to add up, he hid his true self. Not even Alice knew who her husband really was. That would all change, though, when his past caught up with him. Don’t miss reading this extraordinary and engrossing book. I highly recommend it.

Thank you, Gallery/Scout Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Review–Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

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Newest Release 8/15/17 by Lisa Scottoline

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Mary DiNuzio was happy to assist a man whom she has known for years, with a legal matter. Simon has been discriminated against and fired from his work. His child was fighting for her life, in the hospital. Simon couldn’t afford to lose his job. However, apparently, his rising medical costs were affecting the company’s insurance rates and bottom line. The company was losing money. So, to address the problem, Simon was let go. Mary DiNunzio was furious over the injustice. She readily agreed to represent Simon. But, since she wasn’t planning on charging a fee, she needed to run it by her partner, Bennie Rosato. After hearing the story, Bennie told Mary to drop the case. There was a conflict of interest, and ethically, it was wrong for Mary to represent Simon. But, Mary DiNuzio couldn’t do that. Simon was practically family. And, if she didn’t help him who would?

Mary and Bennie were not only partners but friends as well. Together they made a fierce legal team, but that was all about to change.

I had a difficult time getting into this book. The first half of the novel was repetitious. The second half, however, was quite interesting; crafted with clever twists, turns, and surprises. If you enjoy legal thrillers, this book is worth checking out.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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