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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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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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The Truth We Bury by Barbara Taylor Sissel

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Don’t Miss Barbara Taylor Sissel’s Newest Thriller!

The Truth We Bury, Coming 7/25/17

 

The Truth We Bury is a fascinating, well-written and captivating thriller.
The locals of Wyatt, Tx were in an uproar. One of their own, Becca Westin, had been brutally murdered, and the person of interest, AJ Isley, was nowhere to be found. Shea Gallagher was crushed. She was supposed to be marrying AJ in two weeks. But, after Becca, her bridesmaid, was found stabbed to death in his apartment, how could she possibly go ahead and have a wedding? Although mounting evidence was pointing to AJ as the murderer, Shea still believed her fiancee was innocent.

Lily felt strongly that her son, AJ, would never intentionally hurt a woman, especially, one as sweet as Becca. However, her son had not been himself lately. After fighting in Afghanistan, AJ came home a changed man. He was edgy, unstable, and paranoid. And, although, Lily believed her son to be innocent, she also knew that this was not the first time AJ was a suspect in a homicide investigation.

Lily was racked with guilt. She loved her child as much as any mother would, but her relationship with AJ had never been a close one. Maybe if she had been honest with AJ about her past, his life would be different now. Lily, however, was not the only one who kept secrets. Others were keeping them also, damaging secrets, even more so, than her own.

I recommend reading this engrossing and riveting novel. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

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Don’t Miss This Fascinating New Release Coming 7/25/17.

I Loved It!

 

The Marriage Pact is a fast-paced, riveting psychological thriller.
Alice and Jake were newlyweds, and after receiving encouragement, from influential people, joined the Pact. It was very exciting, cryptic, and new. The Pact was a secret society that followed and enforced a set of rules that guaranteed successful marriages for their members. At first, the Pact sounded wonderful. Alice and Jake were all for having their marriage last forever.

When Vivian had come to their home carrying the Pact contract, Alice and Jake should have escorted her out the door. But since she convinced the couple that there had never been a divorce within the Pact, Alice and Jake signed the papers. It wasn’t until Alice and Jake broke some rules that their torture began, and their life started to spin out of control.

I found the storyline captivating, and although the book is a work of fiction and the punishments over-the-top, parts of the Pact reminded me of various cults. The book is fascinating, the characters complex and likable and the dialogue realistic. The Pact is an entertaining novel, engrossing and thought-provoking. This is the first book that I have read by this talented author, but it will not be my last.

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

~5 out of 5 stars ~Review by Peg Glover

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Bully Boy Blue by John Nicholl

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Bully Boy Blue is an Intense Dark Thriller.

Inspector Michael Conner was more than just a bully and wife-beater; he was a smooth-talking manipulator as well. Michael was relentless in his cruel treatment to his wife. Kathy Conner was once a happy woman with ambitions. But, Michael’s verbal, emotional, and physical abuse had broken her down. She felt alone in the world without support. Michael had convinced her family, friends, and the law officers at the station, that Kathy was not right in the head.

Kathy was beaten down, with no hope. Her calls for help had gone unanswered for a year. And, every time she’d tried to escape, Michael would find her, drag her home, and beat her. Kathy found an inner strength, though, after becoming pregnant for the second time. Kathy was determined not to allow her husband to end this life like he did the first.

Michael had done his best to convince people to ignore his crazy wife’s pleas for help. He underestimated Kathy, though. Thinking that she was brainless, was a big mistake.

This is a well-written dark novella. My emotions were in turmoil from the very first page. Bully Boy Blue is not for the fainthearted, however. It’s graphic, violent, and disturbing. It’s unfortunate, though, that monsters like Michael actually do exist.

Thank you, John Nicholl, for my complimentary copy of Bully Boy Blue.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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