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#Trafficked by Sophie Hayes–Review-4 stars

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Trafficked is a disturbing memoir about a young, educated woman who was tricked into a life of prostitution. 

Sophie was brought up in an abusive home. Although, her mother was a loving parent, her father was a tyrant. His emotional and verbal abuse in the home was a constant. Sophie’s issues were mostly with men. It took years to trust Kas, even though, she considered him her best friend. When she finally agreed to join him in Italy for a week, he was ecstatic. So was Sophie. It was in Italy, however, where her relationship with Kas changed forever. Kas had become someone, Sophie didn’t even recognize. He was controlling, cruel, and violent. She was told in no uncertain terms that she’d be working the streets for him. Prostitution was to be her life now.

This book is emotionally raw and disturbing to read, but the message is clear. The need to raise awareness about human trafficking is paramount. Sophie was from a British middle-class home. She was educated, worked, had her own apartment and yet, unbeknownst to her; she was being groomed for a life of prostitution. Kas was her confidant and friend. She had shared information about her life and family with him. She later discovered that the intimate details that she revealed about herself were used to manipulate and control her. She thought Kas loved her. He didn’t. 

Although the book could have been written with less repetition, the story itself is unforgettable.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Sophie Hayes was in her early twenties when she was forced into prostitution in Italy. Following her horrifying ordeal, Sophie is rebuilding her life in London. She is working with the charity STOP THE TRAFFIK and the William Wilberforce Trust to raise awareness of trafficking and to help other women life herself. To date she has worked with Cherie Blair, the Metropolitan Police and the UN.The Sophie Hayes Foundation was set up and inspired by Sophie in January 2012. Since Sophie’s return to the UK she has been relentless in her work in order to make a difference and change perceptions. The mission of the Sophie Hayes Foundation is to raise awareness about, and support survivors of, human trafficking and modern day slavery.For more information please visit:www.sophiehayesfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/SophieHayesFoundationwww.twitter.com/SophieHayesFndn

 

Murder Is Invisible by Giacomo Giammatteo-Review-4.5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Giacomo Giammatteo’s New Crime-Thriller Release-Murder Is Invisible!

 

Nicky Fusco is known to be a brutal and ruthless killer. He also has a kind and compassionate heart and believes in God. Nicky defends the innocent against evil. He has tried, however, to change his ways, because he knows, if he doesn’t, he’ll lose everything. Nicky loves his new life with his wife, Angela, and their daughter Rosa. He doesn’t want to lose them.

When Rosa’s friend is kidnapped, Nicky calls Detective Donavan for assistance. He tries to convince his daughter that the authorities will do everything in their power to find her friend. But after viewing a DVD starring several girls, including Rosa’s friend, as sex slaves, Nicky’s temper flared. He knew right then and there that whoever touched and kidnapped those girls would die. And they would die, the slow, brutal, Nicky Fusco way.

Murder Is Invisible is a compelling crime-thriller. Giacomo Giammatteo is a great storyteller and writer. I’ll look forward to the next book in this series. 

Thank you, Giacomo Giammatteo, for my complimentary copy of Murder Is Invisible.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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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.

Today’s New Releases by Amanda Quick, Mary Kay Andrews & Dean Koontz

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                                 Check out These New Fab Releases

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz

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

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/04/19/the-high-tide-club-by-mary-kay-andrews-review-4-5-stars

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick—4 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/04/30/the-other-lady-vanishes-by-amanda-quick-review-4-stars

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz
https://write-escape.com/2018/04/25/the-crooked-staircase-by-dean-koontz-4-stars

 

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage–Review-4.5 Stars

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Baby Teeth–Coming 7/17/18–A Fascinating and Shocking Novel.

 

Wow, Baby Teeth is one of the darkest, creepiest horror books that I’ve read in a long time. It was a fascinating story, in a shocking-horror-type of way. I couldn’t put the book down, and read it in one sitting. 

 By all outward appearances, Suzette and Alex had it all. They were financially comfortable, had a loving, passionate relationship, and a beautiful daughter.  But, appearances can be deceiving. 

Seven-year-old Hanna was cunning. She knew how to get her way, whether she was at home, in school or just out with Suzette, her mother. Hanna was sweet and loving when she wanted to be. With her mother, however, Hanna was cold, calculating and manipulative. Hanna wanted her father for herself and was determined to do whatever was necessary to make that happen. 

Suzette loved her daughter and wanted only the best for her. And, even though Hanna’s hostile behavior towards her, hurt, she showered Hanna with love. Suzette made mistakes along the way but sincerely tried to give Hanna a better childhood than she had for herself. Alex was oblivious to Hanna’s manipulations. He couldn’t believe that his sweet daughter was capable of the evil deeds being reported to him. Suzette’s life became a hellish power-struggle with her daughter, even dangerous, whenever her husband was not in sight.

Kudos to the author for creating such an unforgettable debut novel. Whether you like the book or not, it’s bound to stir up strong emotions. If you can handle reading about twisted minds, even in a child, then this book might be for you. I rated this book down from 5 stars to 4.5, because Hanna’s behavior to me, seemed too advanced for her age. 

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

~4.5 stars out of 5~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick–Review-4 stars

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New Crime Thriller by Amanda Quick–The Other Lady Vanishes– Coming 5/8/18!

 

The Other Lady Vanishes is the second book in the Burning Cove Series, which takes place during the 1930s in California. 

It was months before Adelaide Blade was able to escape the psychiatric hospital where her narcissistic husband had committed her to. Although Adelaide had taken precautions by relocating and changing her name, she never really felt safe. At least, not until, Jake Truett showed up, in Burning Cove, and came to her rescue. Adelaide knew that her husband would never give up searching for her. He needed to continue pilfering her inheritance. And, for that to happen, she had to be locked-up and drugged. 

For health reasons, Jake Truett was taking a break from his import/export business. So his trip to Burning Cove, California, was in part for his health; but Jake’s primary goal was to find his deceased wife’s diary. Jake knew that if the diary fell into the wrong hands, and made public, her family’s reputation would greatly suffer. Meeting Adelaide in his travels was a definite bonus to his Burning Cove visit.  

There are several interesting characters in this book, along with some surprises and twists. Although I didn’t find the story entirely realistic, I enjoyed it just the same. If you’re looking for a light mystery with a bit of romance, then The Other Lady Vanishes, just might be the book for you.

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss 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)

The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

 

 

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer–Review-5 Shining Stars

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Before I let you go is an incredible story about love and sacrifice, and the inevitable, agonizing heartache that comes, when a person, you love, is addicted to drugs. 

Lexie has been taking care of her sister, Annie, ever since their mother mentally checked-out. When their mother started to participate in life again, she joined a religious cult and, unfortunately, her daughters went with her. Lexie escaped the community, at the age of sixteen, but couldn’t take her sister with her. 

In the cult’s religious community, girls were not allowed to stay in school after the age of fifteen. At sixteen-years-old, they began to learn the duties for being a proper housewife. They were also given a job in the community. Women soon discovered that their thoughts and opinions were best left unsaid. In the home, they had no voice at all, their husband ruled them, along with any children they had. Lexie and Annie learned after experiencing their stepfather’s painful punishments that their mother would not come to their aid. Annie, because of her rebellious nature, suffered the most. Unfortunately, by the time Annie escaped, she was emotionally broken.   

At the age of eighteen, Lexie took on the full responsibility for her sister, Annie. She became Annie’s sole provider and guardian. Lexie did her best, for her sister, but Annie was difficult. She rebelled against anyone who tried to tell her what to do. Unfortunately, Annie ended up succumbing to the ultimate oppressor and crutch, heroin. Before I Let You Go is a must read. This thought-provoking book illuminates for the reader an accurate description of the addict’s cycle of pain and remorse, and the enablers bottomless pit of agonizing grief and guilt. 

Drug addiction touches practically every family in some way, directly or indirectly. And, Kelly Rimmer’s written account of what a tortured addict experiences, as well as the guilt-ridden family members, is spot on.

I loved every page of this superbly written, poignant novel. Every sentence moved the story forward in this book. There are no wasted words, no boring pages, and no fluff. Before I Let You Go is a quality read. This is the first book that I have read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last.

Thank you, Harlequin- Graydon House Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

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

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Bio (from Amazon’s Author page)

If you’d like to hear about my new releases, you can sign up for my mailing list here http://bit.ly/kellyrimmer (just copy and paste that link into your browser). I won’t ever share your email, and I’ll only email you when I release a new book.

I write contemporary women’s fiction. My novels, Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You and A Mother’s Confession have been published by Bookouture. 

You can find some more information about me at http://www.kellyrimmer.com.

 

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