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#Consumed by J.R.Ward–Review-4.5 stars–#NetGalley

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Anne Ashburn was not the warm touchy-feely-type of person. She was a focused, strong-willed firefighter; determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. Anne was crushed, however, when she discovered that her dad was not the hero, she’d thought he was. And, her mother, was even more of a doormat than she’d thought. 

Danny McGuire was the love of Anne’s life; not that she wanted him to know that, however. The two of them had a toxic, on again-off again, explosive relationship. Anne was angry and prickly most of the time, and Danny was drowning in guilt. If their relationship were ever to survive, they’d have to become vulnerable and trust one another; something neither of them were good at.  

When a tragic accident occurred, Anne’s life was changed forever. She worked hard, though, at reinventing herself. She had become a fire investigator and an excellent one at that. Anne was never someone to back down on a challenge, even if it was dangerous. And, although she should have been, Anne was not afraid to cross ruthless and influential, evil individuals.  

Wow, what a great start to a new series.  J.R. Ward doesn’t shy away from describing gruesome scenes, and the horrific toll firefighting takes on a person, mentally, physically and emotionally. I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Thank you, Gallery Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

 

 

 

#Murder Is A Promise by Giacomo Giammatteo–Review–5 stars

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Murder Is A Promise is the fifth book in Giacomo Giammatteo’s Friendship and Honor Series. I’ve read and enjoyed the first four books in this series, and the fifth is no exception. Murder is a Promise is a perfectly paced, engrossing, crime police procedural. 

Frankie Donovan, aka, Bugs, is a NYC detective, he’s also best friends with a ruthless killer, Nicky Fusco, the Rat. Since Nicky was released from prison, he’s been earning an honest living and does his best not to murder anyone. But when the Russian mob put a target on Detective Donovan’s back and threatened his family, the Rat reached out to the Italian organized-crime world and asked for help. Asking for assistance, however, from Dominic Mangini, is dangerous business. His favors are never free, and the cost is guaranteed to be something unsavory.  

Detective Donovan and Nicky Fusco have been my favorite characters for some time. I love their easy banter and wise-crack comebacks. Murder Is A Promise is a great read. It’s action-packed, character-driven, and captivating. If you haven’t read books 1– 4 in this series, you’re missing out on some great reads. I recommend you read them all.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights, and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. I’ve had a successful 30 year career as a headhunter, recruiting top talent for some of the world’s best companies–Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and many high-profile start-up companies. 

During that time I’ve completed more than 500 searches, which translates into evaluating, editing, and writing thousands of resumes. I have also interviewed and done reference checks on more than 1,000 candidates. I’ve learned what companies want to see on a resume–and, perhaps more importantly–what they don’t. You’ll find a lot more information in the book and on my website.

Getting back to the bio–when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 45 animals–11 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 5 others, and 26 pigs.

Oh, and one crazy–and very large–wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.

In the evening I help my wife tend to the animals, and at night–late at night–I turn into a writer.

Check out the websites. 

For fiction books go to: http://giacomogiammatteo.com 

Non-fiction books: http://nomistakes.org

Once you get there, take a look around, click some links, and, if you’ve got time, tell me what you think.

Contact me at gg@giacomog.com.

 

 

 

#Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia–Review-4 stars-#NetGalley

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Nineteen-year-old Lucas Blackthorn and his father disappeared in the Minnesota Boundary Waters wilderness, ten-years ago. They were both assumed dead. But when Lucas Blackthorn ransacked a nearby outfitter store, the search for his father resumed. Lucas was sent to a nearby psychiatric hospital. He was mute and unresponsive.

Assistant speech therapist, Maya Stark was assigned to work with Lucas Blackthorn. The staff at the hospital were amazed when Maya received an immediate response from Lucas. It baffled everyone, but Lucas, as to why he would connect with Maya, and no one else. 

Against hospital rules, Maya became emotionally involved with Lucas. She became his ally, and crossed professional lines, risking her job, her heart, and her future. Lucas needed to find his father. Maya did too, but not for the same reason. Maya had her own secrets and agenda. She wanted answers. 

Leave No Trace is a complex and compelling thriller. Although I didn’t find the book entirely realistic, I was engrossed in the story from the first page.

Thank you, Atria Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from Amazon)

Mindy Mejia received her MFA from Hamline University. Her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. The granddaughter of Minnesota farmers, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children. She is the author of Everything You Want Me to Be.

 

The Piranhas by Roberto Saviano–Review-3 stars #NetGalley

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The Piranhas takes place during the twenty-first century in Naples, Italy.

Nicholas has always been fascinated by the organized crime world. His idea of success was to be the head of an organized group. His father wanted him to go to America or England to attend an esteemed school. But, Nicolas, later known as, Maraja, was content in Naples. The gang world was his life. The only thing Nicholas hated, was reporting to someone. His goal was to have his own paranza. 

The Piranhas is a distressing story about teenagers growing up in the organized crime world. The leaders of the crime families were like royalty. The boys idolized them. Witnessing brutal killings, drug deals, and generalized lawlessness was part of their life. 

I had a difficult time getting through this novel. There are a lot of characters in this book. Trying to remember the characters, crime families, and Italian phrases sprinkled throughout the novel was overwhelming. The story, although interesting, is quite disturbing.  

Thank you,  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~3 out of 5 stars~

 

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#Believe Me by J.P. Delaney–Review–4 stars #NetGalley

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New Dark Thriller by J. P. Delaney–Coming 7/24/18!

 

Believe Me, is a dark, creepy, compelling, and complex thriller. 

 Claire wants to make it as a New York City actress. But, apartments in New York are expensive. So Claire accepts a position, as a decoy, for divorce lawyers. Her job is to flirt with straying husbands, and then catch them, on tape, propositioning her for a hook-up. It wasn’t the best of situations, but it enabled her to hone in on her acting skills while getting paid. 

Claire gets her big chance to prove herself as an up-and-coming NYC actress, in a play. She knows that there is an element of danger with accepting this position. It could even cost Claire her life. But, Claire is not about to miss her chance to shine as in actress on stage. 

What Claire is unaware of, is just how convincing, a serial killer can be. And, what the killer doesn’t realize, is the level of expertise, Claire has achieved, as a manipulator, as well as an actress. She not only plays her character, Claire becomes her character. 

Believe Me is an intense, dark, psychological thriller, with twists and surprises, that I never saw coming. Although I was confused, at times, while reading this book, everything tied-up nicely and became clear in the end.

Thank you, Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Today’s New Book Releases— # The Summer Wives, #Somebody’s Daughter & The Subway Girls

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Three New Book Releases To Check Out!

 

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/23/the-summer-wives-by-beatriz-williams-review-5-stars

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/07/02/somebodys-daughter-by-david-bell-review-4-5-stars

The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall—3.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/26/the-subway-girls-by-susie-orman-schnall-smp-netgalley

 

#Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell–Review–4.5 Stars

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Somebody’s Daughter is a well-written crime thriller, crafted with an intriguing plot, realistic dialogue, and interesting characters.  

Nine-year-old, Felicity, has gone missing. Police are gathering evidence, following leads, and interviewing people who might have come in contact with the girl. Unfortunately, the longer that she is missing the graver her case becomes.

Michael and Angela Frazier are a happily married couple. The only wrinkle in their marriage has been their inability to have children. Although it’s not physically impossible for them, it hasn’t happened yet, and the years are beginning to add up. Michael has always had a soft spot for children. He lost his sister when she was very young, and unfortunately, he has never fully healed from it. He blames himself for her death.

Michael is flabbergasted when he opened the door to find Erica, his ex-wife, standing there; panic-stricken. She is barely holding it together. Her daughter has gone missing, and she wants Michael to help find her. When he tries, to convince, Erica, to allow the police to do their job, she informs him that Felicity is his daughter.

Michael feels as if he’s been punched. The hole in his heart from his sister’s death is still raw. Michael can’t allow another child to die if he can help it. And, what if Felicity truly is his child? How would he ever live with himself? So he exits the house with Erica, leaving behind his wife, Angela, confused and alone.

Somebody’s Daughter is a light whodunit mystery. It’s a story that will keep you intrigued, captivated and engrossed until the very end. There are no gruesome, or chilling scenes, in this novel. Although this is the first book that I have read by David Bell, it won’t be my last.

Thank you, Berkley and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

David Bell is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of eight novels from Berkley/Penguin: SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. He is an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky and can be reached through his website http://www.davidbellnovels.com.