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The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz–4 stars

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New Dark Thriller From Dean Koontz, Coming 5/8/18!

The Crooked Staircase is a dark, riveting and intense thriller, crafted with numerous twists and surprises. I was delighted to find that even though, I hadn’t read the first two books in the series, the plot was easy to follow. 

Jane Hawk and her five-year-old son, Travis, were in grave danger of being caught, by corrupt government agents. These agents were known as Techno Arcadians. They were capturing and injecting the people on their list, with a mind-altering drug, which not only took away free-will but permanently changed their brain. The Arcadian’s goal was to accomplish World Utopia, through mind-control. Former FBI agent, Jane Hawk, lost her husband, because of these evil-doers, and she was ready to have her revenge. As much as it pained Jane to leave her son with Gavin and Jessie, it was better than giving the Arcadians a chance to kidnap him. But, what if these corrupt men were to find Gavin and Jessie, and therefore, Travis, before Jane could bring them down? 

Like many readers, I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers. I like to know before starting a book if the story ends in one. Be warned. This book does. All and all, though, I found The Crooked Staircase to be an entertaining, dark, creepy, and fast-paced read.

Thank you, Ballantine Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

 

The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen–Review-5 Stars!

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The Girl I Used To Be –Coming 4/24/18

 

The Girl I Used To Be is a brilliant read, addicting, fast-paced, and unputdownable. I was hooked and transported into the story from the very first page. Once I started reading this book, I hated to have any interruptions. I was completely caught up in the story. 

Gemma Brogan worked hard at her real estate business. Her husband, Joe, was a stay at home father for their three-year-old son, Rory. Usually, Gemma didn’t mind being the only one working long hours, but when she noticed that her son, sought out his father, not her, whenever he was sick, or tired; it stung. Gemma didn’t want to say anything to Joe because they had both agreed on the arrangement. Gemma was under the impression, however, that it was only going to be a temporary thing, but Joe showed no interest in ever going back to work. 

When David, a distinguished and handsome man stepped into Gemma’s real estate office, Gemma couldn’t help but notice him. Not that she was interested. She wasn’t. Gemma loved Joe, even though she was irritated with his laziness and the fact that she was missing out on caring for her own son. Gemma was jealous of her husband and didn’t know what to do about it. 

The evening before her conference, Gemma planned to spend her hotel night, taking a relaxing bath, reading her kindle, and getting some much-needed sleep. Instead, she visited the lounge for a bit. When Gemma ran into David, the man who had captured her attention in the office, she was pleasantly surprised. So when he suggested dinner, Gemma readily agreed. What could an innocent dinner hurt? Gemma’s dinner, however, ended up being anything but innocent. In fact, it was the beginning of a never-ending nightmare. Gemma couldn’t sleep, concentrate or eat. She was in a constant state of anxiety. Gemma was about to lose everything, and she didn’t know how to stop her world from crumbling.

I was completely engrossed in this story. What a talented author Mary Torjussen is! I loved every page. This is the second book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be my last. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Other Mother by Carol Goodman-Review-4 stars

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Carol Goodman’s Newest Release-The Other Mother-Coming 3/27/18!

 

The Other Mother is an intense psychological thriller. It’s confusing and disturbing, but fascinating. Nothing in this book is what it appears to be. There are many twists and surprises throughout the novel. All the pieces, though, do come together in the end.

Daphne Marist and Laurel Hobbs met in a support group for women suffering from intrusive thoughts and postpartum psychosis/depression. The two women became fast friends, confiding in one another their deepest thoughts and fears. Laurel encouraged Daphne to sharpen her appearance. Daphne readily agreed and changed her hairstyle, clothes, accessories, and behavior, to match her new, more confident friend, Laurel Hobbs. Their intense friendship, however, crumbled. Did their husbands sabotage it, or did they break it themselves?

When Daphne’s life began to spin out of control, she split from her husband and took infant Chloe with her. Daphne headed for the Catskills where a job awaited her. She started her new life under the assumed name, Laurel Hobbs. It was there, however, where Daphne’s chaotic world turned into a never-ending nightmare. A world where layers of deceit and betrayals were exposed.

The Other Mother is a cleverly crafted thriller, where cunning characters come to life. A word of caution to the reader, Postpartum Psychosis/Depression, Intrusive Thoughts, suicide and Borderline Personality, are addressed in this intriguing, dark novel.

Thank you, William Morrow Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Favorite Thrillers of 2017—Not To Be Missed!

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My Favorite New Release Thrillers of 2017

Don’t Miss These Superbly Written Books!

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews, Here Are The Links:

 

Released-11/7/17—Written In Blood by Layton Green
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/07/written-in-blood-by-layton-green-5-stars-book-review

Released-8/22/17—Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
https://write-escape.com/2017/08/11/unraveling-oliver-by-liz-nugent-book-review

Released-8/22/17—The Other Girl by Erica Spindler
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/02/the-other-girl-by-erica-spindler-5-stars-book-review

Released-05/30/17—Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer
https://write-escape.com/2017/05/16/secrets-of-the-dead-by-carol-wyer

Released-4/18/17—The Secret Room by Sandra Block
https://write-escape.com/2017/04/18/the-secret-room-by-sandra-block/

Released-4/18/17—Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen
https://write-escape.com/2017/04/18/gone-without-a-trace-by-mary-torjussen/

 

 

Favorite Thriller Released in Oct/Nov/Dec 2017-Written In Blood by Layton Green

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Don’t Miss This Outstanding Thriller! Check Out My Review.

Released-11/07/17—Written In Blood by Layton Green-5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/07/written-in-blood-by-layton-green-5-stars-book-review

 

 

A Mind To Kill by John Nicholl-#Review

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A Mind To Kill is an intense, dark, and gritty crime thriller. This engrossing novel is not for the fainthearted or the squeamish.

Rebecca Smith is a troubled and mentally tortured woman. She was only six when a pedophile had abused her. And, now, seventeen years later, Rebecca is obsessed with the idea of ridding the world of as many child molesters as possible. Rebecca has no time for relationships, not even with her parents. Luring and trapping sexual predators has become her passion and her sole purpose in life.

Rebecca works with the West Wales Police Force as their computer expert. DI Gareth Gravel didn’t realize that the twenty-three-year-old woman working in the IT department was the same girl he had failed; the same girl who blamed him for not bringing her abuser to justice. Rebecca felt strongly that the police had not been working hard enough to capture and prosecute these sexual-deviant, predators. So, Rebecca had decided to do their work for them, one scum-ball at a time. Only, Rebecca’s methods were not the police force’s way of doing things; not even close.

A Mind To Kill is a fast-paced and gripping police procedural. The author is a former police officer and child protection social worker. As emotionally difficult this book was to read, I can’t imagine how horrific it was, to actually deal with these predators.

Thank you, John Nicoll, for my complimentary copy of A Mind To Kill.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio

(From Author’s Page on Amazon)
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John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written four dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon international bestseller, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. He reached # 10 of all books on Amazon in Australia in 2016 and has been given three Amazon All-Star awards for being one of the 25 most read authors in the UK. John’s next book, A Cold Cold Heart, will be published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018.

John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or the media, and can be contacted via his author website at http://www.johnnicholl.com. Rights enquiries should be directed to Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss The Wife Between Us, Coming 1/9/18

Synopsis

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.
Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.

My Review

The Wife Between Us is an intense psychological thriller with many twists.
Vanessa had just graduated from college when she met Richard; a man whom she thought was too good to be true. Richard was charismatic, handsome, and wealthy. He was also everything Vanessa thought she wanted in a man. So when Richard started to flirt with her, Vanessa quickly fell for his charms. What Vanessa didn’t know about Richard’s personality, though, was that he was also sneaky, manipulative, and controlling. Richard was sure that Vanessa, would make the perfect wife. She was fun, pretty and needed him. Their marriage and blissful life, however, would not last long. After a new lover entered Richard’s world, their shaky marriage became more than just troubled; it began to disintegrate.

There is much more than just a simple love triangle going on in this novel. Richard and Vanessa are playing devious, cunning games with one another. Betrayal is something that’s never welcomed in a marriage, but then again, neither is violence. Deception and trickery are the main components in this story. The Wife Between Us is a compelling, brilliant read.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Meet The Authors

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Bio
Greer Hendricks spent over two decades as an editor at Simon & Schuster. Prior to her tenure in publishing, she worked at Allure magazine and obtained her master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.

Intense psychological thriller
Brilliant
Twists and surprises
Well written
Slow build and twists
What I thought was happening I found out that I was wrong
I felt bad for Vanessa, Richard a couple of times and even Emma. But, the twist that took me by surprise at the end I never saw coming. Very enjoyable. Twisty psychological thriller.

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Bio
Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally-bestselling author of the novels THE PERFECT NEIGHBORS, THINGS YOU WON’T SAY, CATCHING AIR, THE BEST OF US, THESE GIRLS, SKIPPING A BEAT and THE OPPOSITE OF ME.

Her upcoming novel THE WIFE BETWEEN US is a twisty psychological tale co-authored by Sarah and her former editor Greer Hendricks. It will be released in January 2018.

Sarah is the mother of three boys, which explains why she wrote part of her novel at Chuck E. Cheese. Seriously. Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true.
Please visit http://www.sarahpekkanen.com
Please find Sarah on Facebook, Instagram and twitter @sarahpekkanen!

Written In Blood by Layton Green–5 Stars–Book Review

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Layton Green’s Newest Crime Thriller is Brilliant!

 

Written In Blood— Release Date 11/7/17.
Don’t Miss It. I Loved it!

 

Synopsis

Detective Joe “Preach” Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children.

No sooner does Preach arrive at home in Creekville, North Carolina–a bohemian community near Chapel Hill–than a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: the bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer’s community. As their questions increase, a second body is found, this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed–and that one or both of them may be his next target.

 

My Review

 

Written in Blood is a meticulously crafted perfectly paced crime thriller. The author’s ability to create lifelike characters and authentic crime scenes brought this story alive for me. Once I started reading this book, I was hooked, engrossed and addicted. Written In Blood is brilliant!

Murders were adding up in Creekville, North Carolina. The killer was recreating brutal murder scenes, from books, written by Dostoevsky, Poe and Agatha Christie. But why? Creekville was just a small town where nothing ever happened; at least it was.

Joe Everson aka Preach was once a top-notch detective, but a mental breakdown in Atlanta changed all of that. Preach returned home to Creekville and was hoping to slowly ease his way back into his law enforcement career. Detective Joe Everson, however, would not get his wish. Shortly after the detective returned to his hometown, Creekville had its first murder in a decade. And, since Preach was the only detective with homicide experience, ready or not, he would have to head the investigation. This was no ordinary killer they were looking for. The only connection Preach could find, along with his friend, Ari Hale, a bibliophile, was that each murder scene was precisely recreated from a horror book.

Preach was grateful for Ari Hale’s literary expertise and although he knew that the timing was wrong for a relationship, he could feel a mutual attraction between them, growing. Their relationship, however, no matter how secret they tried to keep it, was noticed, namely by the thugs gunning for Preach. And, the closer Preach and his partner Kirby came to nailing the mastermind, behind the killings, the more dangerous, life became for them, as well as for everyone Preach and Kirby loved and cared for.

Written In Blood is a multi-layered, superbly crafted, compelling thriller. It’s a riveting twisty tale of intrigue, greed, revenge, and self-discovery; with a dash of romance, mixed in. Layton Green is a talented writer. If you haven’t discovered this author’s work yet, I would highly recommend, Written In Blood. The book is extraordinary.

Many thanks to Layton Green, Prometheus Books, and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

 

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Biography

Layton is a bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, including mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the popular Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for an International Thriller Writers award), and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Layton is also the co-editor of International Thrills, the online magazine of ITW (International Thriller Writers).

In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.

Layton lives with his family in North Carolina. You can also visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com).
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5-Star Crime/Thriller WrapUp! /July/Aug/Sept 2017—The Surrogate, The Marriage Pact, The Other Girl, Unraveling Oliver

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Quarterly WrapUp–

Best 5-Star Thrillers–July/Aug/Sept 2017

In Case You Missed These Fabulous 5-Star New Releases-Here Are The Links:

 

9/27/17-The Surrogate by Louise Jensen-5 stars (Thriller)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/13/the-surrogate-by-louise-jensen-book-review-5-stars

8/22/17-The Other Girl by Erica Spindler-5 stars (Thriller)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/02/the-other-girl-by-erica-spindler-5-stars-book-review

8/22/17-Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent-5 stars ( Thriller)
https://write-escape.com/2017/08/11/unraveling-oliver-by-liz-nugent-book-review

7/25/17-The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond- 5 stars (Thriller)
https://write-escape.com/2017/07/19/the-marriage-pact-by-michelle-richmond