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#Believe Me by J.P. Delaney–Review–4 stars #NetGalley

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New Dark Thriller by J. P. Delaney–Coming 7/24/18!

 

Believe Me, is a dark, creepy, compelling, and complex thriller. 

 Claire wants to make it as a New York City actress. But, apartments in New York are expensive. So Claire accepts a position, as a decoy, for divorce lawyers. Her job is to flirt with straying husbands, and then catch them, on tape, propositioning her for a hook-up. It wasn’t the best of situations, but it enabled her to hone in on her acting skills while getting paid. 

Claire gets her big chance to prove herself as an up-and-coming NYC actress, in a play. She knows that there is an element of danger with accepting this position. It could even cost Claire her life. But, Claire is not about to miss her chance to shine as in actress on stage. 

What Claire is unaware of, is just how convincing, a serial killer can be. And, what the killer doesn’t realize, is the level of expertise, Claire has achieved, as a manipulator, as well as an actress. She not only plays her character, Claire becomes her character. 

Believe Me is an intense, dark, psychological thriller, with twists and surprises, that I never saw coming. Although I was confused, at times, while reading this book, everything tied-up nicely and became clear in the end.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer–Review-4.5 stars #Bookouture #NetGalley

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The Chosen Ones is a compelling, creepy and fast-paced police procedural crime-thriller. 

Murders are beginning to pile up in Colton, England, and DI Robyn Carter and her team have been working overtime to link clues together. There’s a serial killer on the loose, and Robyn’s superior is threatening to pull her off the case. She’s stepping on toes, irritating influential people, and they’re breathing down her boss’s neck. Why is her superior hampering her investigation? Could he be corrupt? 

The murders were all different; each one was as brutal as the one prior: a man hanging like a scarecrow, a screwdriver through the head, and a woman run over several times. Unfortunately, these were not the only deaths; there were more. Robyn knew that she was staring at the work of a cold, methodical serial killer. And if her boss were in any way involved with these killings, then she’d have to bring him down as well.

If you enjoy police procedurals, check-out The Chosen Ones. It’s a cleverly crafted thriller, with realistic characters, an intriguing plot, natural dialogue and lots of surprises. The only thing I didn’t care for was the mild cliff-hanger at the end. It only involves a minor subplot, but still, I like my readings to end with every loose thread tied up.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 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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*Exciting Crime Thriller* Dead Eyed* by Matt Brolly* 5-Stars

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Dead Eyed is a compelling and well-crafted crime thriller that grabbed my attention from the very start. This gripping novel has an authentic feel to it and takes place in England. The characters are realistic, and their dialogue flows. The only thing that pulled me out of the story, was the UK police acronyms. Once I had them deciphered, my attention never strayed. Matt Brolly’s writing is sharp, tight and descriptive, without being wordy. I was surprised to discover that this was his debut novel. Kudos to Mr. Brolly for crafting such an intriguing and fast-paced novel.

Michael Lambert, a former DCI, forced himself out of his depressive state when an old friend, Simon, contacted him. His friend had been sent photos of a gruesome crime scene. They both knew that this was the modus operandi of a serial killer that had terrorized England, eighteen years ago. This cold-blooded monster would meticulously remove his victim’s eyes and carve an inscription into their chests while they were still alive.

Michael’s life and marriage have been in shambles since his daughter died, two years ago, but he needed to pull himself together now. This killer had to be stopped. Why did this serial killer start a murdering spree again after eighteen years? And why did he send crime photos to his friend? These were questions that needed answers and Michael was going to make it his business to find them.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this engrossing crime thriller and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a frightening but riveting novel. I know that I will definitely be reading more from this talented writer.

I received this book from Publishing Push LTD in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*When the Tiger Kills* by Vanessa Prelatte

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When the Tiger Kills, is a well-written, and compelling mystery crime thriller.

Detective Cimarron and Sergeant Melbourne combed the Montpelier, Colorado area for clues to identify the work of a possible serial killer. Deaths that had been once deemed accidents were now being reinvestigated. A man was found stabbed to death, another at the bottom of a cliff and a young woman, has been kidnapped.

The killer has devoted his life to the Norse goddess, Vanadis. His prisoner, Lee, a young woman, is petrified. He’s crazier than she ever thought. The killer has told her that he is carrying out the work of the great goddess, Vanadis. Her spirit has been fractured, and his mission is to find the mortals who have her spirit within them and return that spirit to her.

There are several subplots in this superbly crafted novel that add depth and intrigue to it. I found the description of the scenes to be vivid and the dialog realistic. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime thrillers.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

~ 4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

**Death’s Angel**A Riveting Thriller by George A. Bernstein

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Death’s Angel is a riveting and fast-paced, suspense thriller. Several southern Florida police departments were at their wits end and scrambling for clues. Someone was killing young women, and as the bodies began to pile up, it became evident that the FBI would have to be called in. The police department tried to keep their serial killer suspicions to themselves. It would be Miami’s second serial killer, to prowl their streets within a year, and the last thing anyone wanted was to put the public into a panic. But people had a right to know, especially the killer’s targeted obsession, beautiful young models. It was just about eight months ago when Detective Warner, now deemed a hero, took a bullet in the head, gunning down Miami’s first serial killer, The Baby Butcher. Thank goodness the Detective survived and decided to come back to work.

Detective Al Warner was exhausted. He had been plagued with nightmares ever since he returned to work. Even when he does manage some sleep, the Detective never feels rested. The chief has been after him to see a psychiatrist, but he is too busy for that. Al Warner has a killer to catch.

George Bernstein superbly profiles for the reader, a serial killer. The author demonstrates how the cold-blooded murderer chose his victims, studied them, and then with the flair of a master, manipulated them into trusting him. He knew exactly what to say and promise so that his targeted victims would invite him into their bed. The killer would then be loving and passionate right up until he crushed their larynx.

Death’s Angel drives home just how important it is for a woman to not only pay attention to her surroundings but also her instincts. The book does objectify women, so be warned, it may be offensive.

Death’s Angel is a well-written and intriguing novel. George Bernstein keeps his readers engaged and guessing. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a compelling mystery.

~4 out of 5 stars~