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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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Today’s Fab. New Releases! By Kristin Hannah, Lisa Gardner, Susan Meissner & Sandra Owens.

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Check Out These Fantastic New Book Releases!

 

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

 

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah -5 stars-
https://write-escape.com/2018/01/14/the-great-alone-by-kristin-hannah-review-5-stars

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner -5 stars-
https://write-escape.com/2018/01/20/look-for-me-by-lisa-gardner-review-5-stars

As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner- 4 stars-
https://write-escape.com/2018/01/31/as-bright-as-heaven-by-susan-meissner-review-4-stars

Ace of Spades by Sandra Owens- 4 stars-
https://write-escape.com/2018/01/24/ace-of-spades-by-sandra-owens-review-4-stars

 

 

 

 

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/

 

 

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner–#Review–5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Lisa Gardner’s Newest 5-Star Thriller–Coming 2/6/18!

Look For Me is a compelling unputdownable crime thriller.

Sixteen-year-old Roxy was missing. Her entire family was dead. Did she know that her family was about to be murdered when she left the house? Or, did she return and kill them, herself? If Roxy was innocent, why was she hiding?

By-the-book Detective D.D. Warren became irritated when she spotted vigilante leader, Flora Dane, at the crime scene. The detective softened a bit, however, when she discovered that the vigilante leader had valuable information about the case. When the two decided to combine their efforts, the chase was on. Flora Dane and Detective Warren made an unbeatable team. I loved how well they worked together, and the humorous dialogue between them.

If you enjoy riveting police procedurals, you’ll love, Look For Me. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. This fast-paced novel is well-crafted, with realistic dialogue, and a clever plot. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in this series.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)
New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, criminal minds and twisted plots into a streak of bestselling suspense novels. Her 2010 novel, THE NEIGHBOR, won Best Thriller from the International Thriller Writers. Most recently, she was honored with the Silver Bullet Award for her work with at-risk kids and homeless animals. Lisa loves to hike, travel the world, and yes, read, read, read!

Readers are invited to enter the annual “Kill a Friend, Maim a Buddy” Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa’s latest novel. People have nominated themselves, spouses, bosses. It’s cheaper than therapy and twice as much fun! For more details, visit Lisa’s website.

Lisa lives in the mountains of New England with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs. Her latest novel is LOOK FOR ME, where Boston Detective D.D. Warren must join forces with victim-turned-vigilante Flora Dane to find a missing sixteen-year-old girl, who may be the next victim…or the perfect killer.

 

 

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

 

 

01/01/18-Today’s Fab New Releases- # The Wife Between Us and # The English Wife

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Check Out These Brilliant New Thrillers!

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews; The Links Are Below:

 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen—4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/12/12/the-wife-between-us-by-greer-hendricks-sarah-pekkanen-book-review

 

The English Wife by Lauren Willig–4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/12/10/the-english-wife-by-lauren-willig-book-review