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The Persuasion (Eve Duncan, #26) by Iris Johansen

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If you have not figured it out already, Iris Johansen is one of my favorite authors. I find that she writes really good books. This is yet another great Iris Johansen book. Although it is #26 in the Eve Duncan series, Eve Duncan plays a fairly minimal role in the story. The story mainly follows that of Eve Duncan's adopted daughter Jane MacGuire and also that of Seth Caleb, who is Jane's past lover and has mysterious powers of his own (blood and the persuasion). Jane and Seth's relationship has always been that of intense sexual desire and longing for one another. It really reminds me of Eve and Joe's relationship in some ways. 
The persuasion and/or Seth's blood powers have been a mystery and not very understood except for by Seth. Seth has also been a man of mystery with little about him known. We did learn a little bit more about Seth when Jane was having dreams of a girl, who turned out to be Seth's sister Lisa, in Mind Game by Iris Johansen. Persuasi…

Trace of Evil (Natalie Lockhart, #1) by Alice Blanchard

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This was my first Alice Blanchard book and also her first Natalie Lockhart book. The next book in the series is The Wicked Hour, which is available 12/01/2020. Let me start off with why I chose this book to read. I chose it because I like to read mystery, suspense, crime novels, if that is not already obvious by my previously reviewed books. I also am a fan of supernatural books that involve witchcraft, which is what this book sounded like it would be about. 
This book has a few different case going on, the death of Natalie's sister (which is already solved), "the Missing Nine" (which every new office investigates, in this case Natalie), the death of Daisy Buckner (wife of a cop), and then their is the childhood incident involving Natalie that she is still trying to investigate as an adult (she calls the person the Boogeyman). Given that their are so many different cases or investigations going on at any one given point, it can be hard to follow and keep all of the…

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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This book took my quite a long time to complete and several tries. To be honest, I almost gave up on it as I was not very fond of the way it was written, but I finally finished it.

As I mentioned, I was not very fond of how this book was written. The format is done in the format of a letter written by Rowan to a lawyer that she is hoping will take her case. She previously had another lawyer who did not find that it would be helpful for her to tell her whole story, so this time she decided to write to a new lawyer who she was told could help her. The lawyer was known to help those whose case seemed most helpless, which hers was because she was being charged with the murder of one of the children she had been watching. Because it was written as a letter, there are a number of different places through out the story that Rowan is trying to tell where she stops to make a comment about her current situation or what she thinks the lawyer might be thinking or feeling at that time in the…

Cut to the Bone (Agent Sayer Altair, #3) by Elisson Cooper - Releasing July 14, 2020

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Let me just start my review by saying, wow! This was the best Agent Altair book so far and I am so hoping that their is going to be a fourth one. I just hope I don't have to wait until next year for the fourth one if it is coming.
There are a lot of familiar characters that have been in all three of the Agent Altair books: Holt, Tino, Vesper, Nana, and Adi. There is also the return of Max and his FBI dog Kona, who we were all introduced to in the second Agent Altar book, Buried. I was really happy to see Max and Kona return. There is also Jake, who is Agent Altair's husband who passed away four years ago. Agent Altair has been looking into his death since the previous book, Buried, where she learned new information about it.
Cut to to the Bone mentions the first book, Caged, on several occasions. If you have not read Caged or Buried though, I still think you will be able to follow the story fairly easy. But it might not hurt to at least read Caged so you have a better un…

Hindsight (Kendra Michaels, #7) by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

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I love Iris Johansen books, specifically those about Eve Duncan, Catherine Ling, Kendra Michaels, and Margaret Douglas. Hindsight is all about Kendra Michaels with our favorite returning characters: Metcalf, Griffin, Jessie, Olivia, and of course Lynch. The sexual tension between Kendra and Lynch is stronger than ever in this book, which is definitely to be expected.
The story briefly starts out with continuing the story that was left, unfinished when it comes to Brock Limited in Double Blind. But as I said, it is very brief and still leaves you hanging. It starts with Kendra in Afghanistan with Lynch and Jessie trying to take Brock Limited down, but than Kendra is sent back to the States and is manipulated into a case with the FBI and Metcalf and Griffin. Once Kendra starts working on the case with the FBI, Brock Limited is only briefly mentioned here and there throughout the book and still leaves you hanging on what is going to happen next with them. Maybe the next Kendra Mich…

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

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This is not my first Erica Spindler book, but it has been quite a while since I have read one of her books, so I was unsure what to expect. The first chapter, to be quite honest, was hard to swallow due to the nature of that chapter. The first chapter is about Randy when she was a 15 year old girl who is almost raped, not once but twice. The first attempted rape is done in some great detail and I have to say that I was not too fond of this part of the story, specifically the very beginning of the event. The part that I really did not like was where Randy states that she owes Billy Bo something for him providing her with beer and a ride, so she thought she should kiss him and maybe give him some tongue. I don't believe that you owe anyone anything sexual for giving you something, especially if you don't want to. This part really got underneath my skin. Randy did eventually say no once it progressed passed a kiss and did state "no means no", which I did appreciat…

Buried (Agent Sayer Altair, #2) by Ellison Cooper

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Let me first start out by saying that Buried is the second book in the Agent Sayer Altair series and if you have not read the first one, Caged, then you have no worries because you will be able to follow this one fairly easily. Buried brings back some of our favorite characters from Caged, such as Agent Altair (obviously, since she is the main character), Vesper (Altair's dog), Nana (Altair's Grandma), Tito (Altair's neighbor and co-owner of Vesper), Addie (Victim from the Caged book that Altair saves and takes into her home), and Ezra. Ellison Cooper also introduces new characters, which help to create the great story that Ellison Cooper writes. There is Kyle (Sheriff), Cricket (Sheriff's sister who has gone missing many years ago), Max (FBI Agent with FBI dog), and many more. I don't want to give away too much. ;)
I have to say that I was not sure what to expect from the second book in the series. I had previously rated Caged a 3 out of 5 due to the parts t…

The God Game by Danny Tobey

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The God Game reminded me a lot of the movie Ready Player One. The God Game is about a group of teenagers, Kenny, Alex, Vanhi, Charlie, and Peter who start to play the virtual reality game G.O.D. that they found on the dark web. G.O.D. sets each individual on tasks that they must complete, very similar to what other role playing video games have you do to earn prizes, tokens, etc. However, the tasks that G.O.D. asks them to do go from easy to more difficult and darker in nature. The tasks pit them against themselves, each other, and the community.
As I previously mentioned, The God Game reminded me of the movie Ready Player One, so if you liked that movie or the book (which I have not read) than you will most likely like this book. It dives deep in the role playing video game G.O.D. and uses some technical coding language. Although, I struggled a little bit with the coding language, I was still able to follow it. It also takes some time to remember what some of the games names are…

The Witch Elm by Tana French

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Toby is sleeping in his own home when he awakes to a noise in his living room. What is it? He goes to check and finds that he is being robbed by two individuals. He attempts to protect himself when he is knocked out. He is seriously injured. After he is released from the hospital with some serious injuries and long recovery time, he is asked to take care of his Uncle Hugo who is has been diagnosed with a serious illness. Toby goes to Uncle Hugo with his girlfriend Melissa. While they are their and family is visiting two of children discover a body in the witch elm in the backyard of Uncle Hugo's home. Could it be that Toby's robbery of his home is connected to this murder of Dominic, a classmate of Toby's and his family members? Could Toby have killed Dominic back in high school and not remembered it? 

I have to be honest that I was not too fond of this story. I initially picked it up because the back of the book sounded interesting, it had an interesting cover, and a…

Notorious (Max Revere, #1) by Allison Brennan

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Max Revere returns back to her hometown per a request of a friends wife. Max is planning on doing a favor for this individual and look further into her friends suicide. However, Max starts to wonder could this suicide possibly be connected to another case. She has also been asked to look into the case of by his mother and father who spoke to Max about the case when she first landed. 

The story line at times can be hard to follow as there are multiple cases/murders that Max is looking into. There is the death of her friend which was ruled a suicide by local police, there is the case that she was spoken to about at the airport, then there is the murder of her friend when she was in high school at Atherton Prep, and then the murder that occurs as the story continues. It can be hard to keep track of each these until you get to the end of the story. 

There is some good character development, although, I did find it to be a bit slow when it came to Max. I also found that the story devel…

Closer Than You Think by Darren O'Sullivan

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The book starts with a prologue that draws the reader in and creates a fair amount of suspense as it is from the perspective of the Blackout Killer. The prologue describes the Blackout Killer, his thoughts, and one of his murders. The book then goes to start with Chapter one. The move from the prologue to the first chapter is a confusing one. There is no identification that the perspective is changing from that of the Blackout Killers to that of Claire Moore, his one and only survivor. The change between the Blackout Killers perspective and Claire Moore's is one that continues throughout the story. The chapters all identify the current date and location, but do not identify whose perspective that chapter is based off.
Once you read the prologue and move into the first few chapters of the book, it is somewhat disappointing. The prologue was filled with suspense and was fast paced, however, most of the book afterwards is slow moving and really hard to get into. The relationshi…

Something Hidden (Andrew Hunter, #2) by Kerry Wilkinson

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This is the first book that I have read by Kerry Wilkinson, so I was unsure what to expect. The story starts out strong and introduces you very quickly to the background story of what will eventually become the primary case that is being investigated by Andrew Hunter. Andrew is hired pro bono by Fiona Methodist to look into her father's case. Her father is deceased, but she refuses to believe that her father was responsible for the death of two young college students who were witness to a jewelry store robbery.
In addition to Fiona Methodists' case, Andrew is also hired to look into the theft of two highly awarded Bengal cats. This case adds a bit of humor to the overall story, as Andrew does not like cats.
The complicated relationship dynamics that Kerry build into the story help to provide some airiness to what other wise is a sad story, when thinking of Fiona Methodist. There is the complicated and yet romantic relationship between Andrew and his ex-wife Keira, who he…

The Perfect Alibi (Robin Lockwood, #2) by Philip Margolin

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This book is filled with suspense. However, I found that there were too many characters, which made it difficult to keep track of. I also found that having more than two legal cases going on at once was also confusing and it was difficult to figure out how they all tied in to one another until near the end of the book.
I will definitely look for more books by this author because of the suspense that they created. I like a good suspense book.

Rating: 3 out of 5
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A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Not long after, there's another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both rapes—which is seemingly impossible since the man convicted of the first rape was in prison at the time of the second one. Now, the convicted athlete, joined by a new lawyer, is granted a new tri…

Caged (Agent Sayer Altair, #1) by Ellison Cooper

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The same two cops are called to the same location that they had previously been called to and had found nothing suspicious outside so they dismissed it. Now they are wondering if they had missed something. Could it be that something was wrong the first time? A caged girl is found in the home, which is booby trapped. Cops and FBI agents are killed and injured. Is this the work of a serial killer? Is there a connection to the Mayan myth of the hero twins? Could there possibly be a mole in the FBI or even worse?

This the first book in the Agent Sayer Altair series, which currently consists of two books. 
One of the things that I really struggled with was the use of animals in the books. I am a huge animal lover and even though their is no direct cruelty to the animals there is indirect and it was very hard for me to read about. 

The plot is easy to follow and it is filled with lots of twists and turns. I found it quite hard to figure out who the serial killer was and when it was final…

Keep Her Close by M.J. Ford

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This is the first book that I have read by MJ Ford. I found it to took a little bit of time for it to draw me into the story, but once I was drawn in, I was hooked. The slow start is why I am not giving it a four out of five stars. I will be looking into more books by MJ. Ford. 

Rating: 3 out of 5
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It’s six months since DS Josie Masters saved her nephew from the clutches of the killer clown, but she’s still haunted by that terrible night. The Thames Valley police force, however, regard Jo as a hero – much to the jealousy of some of her colleagues. When a young girl goes missing from Jesus College, Jo is assigned to the case, along with new recruit, the handsome DS Pryce. The city of Oxford goes into turmoil when two more girls disappear from Oriel and Somerville, and Josie soon realises that the killer is spelling out her own initials in a deadly game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal – but who is the perpetrator? In a race against time, Jo hunts for the kille…

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

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This is Megan Goldin's debut book and I have to say Wow. It is very well written. It has a ton of twists built into the plot itself. When you finally hit the climax of the book, all you can think is "I didn't see that coming". The characters are well written and it is easy to follow them throughout the story.
I do have to say that when I was first offered a chance to read this book, I was unsure if I wanted too. I am not a big finance person and was concerned that it would be too heavily in finance and hard to understand. However, I did not find this to be the case. Even though the story follows investors and their day to day in their jobs, it is super easy to follow. Megan does not use a ton of finance jargon where you would feel like you would have to look up the word to even know what they were talking about. Even though she does not use a ton finance jargon, she does use some not familiar words where I had to look up what they meant. I am a smart person and…