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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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Today’s New Releases

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In Case You Missed, My Reviews On These Fab. Books Here Are The Links:

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

Before I Knew by Jamie Beck
https://write-escape.com/2017/08/10/before-i-knew-by-jamie-beck-review

You Say It First by Susan Mallery
https://write-escape.com/2017/08/16/book-review-you-say-it-first-by-susan-mallery

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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Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer

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New Unputdownable Crime Thriller by Carol Wyer, Coming 5/30/17!

This is One Book that You’re Not Going to Want to Miss!

 

Secrets of the Dead is a Brilliantly crafted, perfectly paced crime thriller. I loved every page of this riveting novel.

DI Robyn Carter is exhausted, she hasn’t slept in days; neither has her team. There is a serial killer loose in Litchfield England, and the dead bodies are beginning to pile up. Because, of gang war killings in the area, DCI Mulholland can’t authorize more help for Robyn’s team. DI Tom Sherarer should be working with Robyn, but because she has bruised his ego, Tom is blocking Robyn’s progress instead of assisting her. But, DI Robyn Carter is not above breaking a few rules, and if thinking and working outside the box is what it takes to get the job done, then so be it.

Journalist, Amy Walters, named the serial killer, the Lichfield Leopard, and the residents of the town are petrified. Someone is feeding Amy information, but who? The killer always seems to be one step ahead of DI Carter, and the thought of more innocent lives being taken was making Robyn sick. The race to capture the scruffy, wild-eyed, crazed monster was on.

There isn’t a dull page in this book. It’s captivating and unputdownable. The tension, twists and turns, kept me flipping the pages. This is the first book that I have read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last. I love finding new favorite authors, and Carol Wyer is now one of them. I’ll eagerly await for her next book to be published. Don’t miss discovering this author for yourself. Secrets of the Dead gets 5-shining stars from me.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

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

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Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

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Complex, Brilliant and Riveting!

Don’t Miss- Gone Without a Trace-

I Absolutely Loved This Book!

Gone Without A Trace is a fast-paced, psychological thriller. I was intrigued and gripped from the first page until the last.

Hannah couldn’t wait to tell Matt, her great news. She was finally getting the promotion that she’d been aiming for. Everything was fabulous in her world until she got home.

Matt and all of his possessions were gone. Every picture, every suit, every DVD had disappeared. They loved each other. Hannah was sure of it. And, they were getting along well enough, or so she thought. Why would Matt leave and remove every trace of himself, from her life?

Hannah became obsessed with Matt. Her work began to slip, as well as her memory. She was snippy and unprofessional. Thankfully, Hannah had her best friend, Kate, to confide in. How could she tell anybody, that her boyfriend had left her, taking everything he owned, without even saying goodbye? It was humiliating. The life Hannah had so meticulously controlled, was now in shambles. Friends and work associates acted as if, she had lost her mind, and maybe she had. Hannah was having trouble discerning what was real and what was not. One thing Hannah knew, for sure, though, was that someone, was watching her every move, and she was terrified.

Gone Without A Trace is a superbly written, fast-paced thriller. The author’s brilliant plot twists, kept me captivated and flipping the pages, until the end. I found the book to be highly entertaining and impossible to put down.

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

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

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The Secret Room by Sandra Block

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Sandra Block’s Newest Gripping Thriller- The Secret Room- I Loved IT!

The Secret Room is a compelling and brilliantly crafted thriller.
Mysterious deaths were piling up at the Buffalo Correctional Facility, and the common denominator in all of them, was their psychiatrist, Dr. Zoe Goldman.

Dr. Zoe Goldman was a mess. She couldn’t sleep, eat or shut off her mind. She was being called into the Warden’s office on a regular basis. Someone was killing her patients and sending her chilling texts. And, to add to Dr. Goldman’s already over-the-top anxiety, Zoe was keeping a huge secret from, Mike, the man she loved. Zoe suspected the person behind the texts and suspicious deaths, was her very own psychopathic sister, Sophie. And why not? It wasn’t as if Sophie hadn’t killed someone Zoe loved, before.

The Secret Room kept me on edge from the very beginning of the book until the end. It’s a complex thriller with many twists, turns, and surprises. I found the characters fascinating, the dialog natural and the writing superb. I loved it. I was thrilled to add Sandra Block to my list of favorite authors. Now, I can’t wait for her next gripping novel!

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

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

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The Other Twin* by Lesley Hayes

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Newest Captivating Release by Lesley Hayes

Don’t Miss It!

The Other Twin is a superbly written poignant story about love and marriage, its complexities and the ugliness of betrayal.

Verity was a happily married woman until she met a man who made her feel more alive than she had in a very long time. Her admirer was charming, fun, and understanding. He also felt like the twin soul whom Verity had dreamt about since childhood. Verity justified her time with this handsome stranger by convincing herself that he was only a friend. And, she certainly needed more of them! Although Verity told herself, that their luncheons were innocent, she knew deep in her soul, that any meeting with a man, held in secret from her husband, wasn’t innocent at all.

This book captivated me from the first page until the very last. The author brings the reader into the hearts and minds of her characters by describing their thoughts and emotions with razor-sharp acuity. Ms. Hayes, crafts this story, using her expert knowledge of the unhealthy mind. She sheds light on the true nature of her characters, their behaviors, and personality disorders; bringing clarity and understanding to the reader. This along with the author’s elegant writing style makes for a very enjoyable, rich, and enlightening reading experience. I loved it.

This is the second five-star book that I have read by Lesley Hayes, it surely, though, won’t be my last. Don’t miss reading this talented author’s work. Highly recommended.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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