Book Review: An Unsettled Grave by Bernard Schaffer (Santero & Rein #2)

An Unsettled Grave by Bernard Schaffer

An Unsettled Grave is the second book in the Santero and Rein crime thriller series by Bernard Schaffer, a full-time police detective and a relatively new author with a very bright future ahead, if I have to judge his writing career based on this book. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but the author reassured me that each book can be read as a standalone, so I picked it up since it’s in my favorite genre. And boy, I was hooked on the story right from the start. We meet young detective Carrie Santero, who has a knack […] Read more »

Book Review: Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen (Even Duncan #24)

Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen

Dark Tribute is the latest novel in the Eve Duncan series by popular romantic suspense author Iris Johansen. I’ve been reading the series faithfully from the very first book, and while my excitement about it has dampened a bit over the years, the books are still engaging and some of my favorites in the genre. Each book focuses on one particular character, and Dark Tribute is no different. Here we have as central role Cara Delaney, beloved ward of Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn. She is also Jock Gavin’s love interest, although so far that love – albeit strongly returned […] Read more »

Book Review: The Good Detective by John McMahon

The Good Detective by John McMahon

I picked up The Good Detective by John McMahon because it’s a new start of a series and it’s published this very month. The story seemed intriguing – a detective tasked to solve a murder when he seems to be the one to have committed the crime? Sign me up. P.T. Marsh has been a rising star on the Mason Falls, Georgia, police department until the year before when his wife and kid had been killed during an accident. Since then, Marsh has been drinking a lot and has been more and more careless with his daily tasks. So much […] Read more »

Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton is a standalone psychological thriller that really made me think and, honestly, left me a bit confused after the last chapter. The story is told from Juliette’s point of view. Juliette is a woman obsessed with one guy: Nate, an aircraft pilot, who has recently dumped her. She is not one to let things go, so the book is literally her scheming to get him back and keep him – forever if possible. Up to a point, I understood this obsession. Nobody likes it when they are dumped, no matter the reason, and many people […] Read more »

Book Review: Run Away by Harlan Coben

Run Away Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is an author I never get disappointed in, and Run Away is a book that, once again, shows that Harlan Coben hasn’t lost his mojo yet. All the standalone Harlan Coben books are edge-of-your-seat action-packed novels mixed with psychological thriller elements, and Run Away is a prime example of this. While the action is a constant in the book, there is so much more to it than that. Usually, his books tackle the issue of a family member (usually the wife) disappearance while the husband is looking for her. This time around, the focus is on wayward children […] Read more »

Book Review: Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

Long Road to Mercy is the first book in the Atlee Pine thriller series by David Baldacci. Atlee is a special agent with the FBI who moved to a remote location in the Grand Canyon wilderness where she lives and works as the sole representative of the FBI. I have read so far almost all the David Baldacci books, and I have to admit that Atlee Pine might just become one of my new favorite series with Atlee being one of my favorite characters created by this author. When she was around 5, she was in her bedroom with her […] Read more »

Book Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

The Suspect is the third Fiona Barton book in the Kate Waters mystery series. I haven’t read the first two books, but I was confident that I could follow the story nevertheless. Kate Waters is a journalist whose son went missing some two years ago in Thailand. So when she hears of a new case involving two missing girls in Thailand, she jumps to the offer to start investigating the case. Alex, Lesley’s daughter, went with her friend, Rosia, to Thailand during summer vacation a few weeks ago. Initially, she kept contacting her folks but lately nothing. Especially strange is […] Read more »

Book Review: Verses for the Dead by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Verses for the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

I’ve been waiting for months for the latest book in the Special Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child author duo. Ever since Relic, I’ve been devouring every single book, and I’m still not sated. If it were up to me, I’d read these books for the next century if I knew they would be still published. I bought Verses for the Dead the very same day it was published, and I finished reading it in just a few hours. Not because it was short, but because it was so engrossing. For the first time ever, Pendergast gets […] Read more »

Book Review: Little Sister by Mark Dawson

Little Sister by Mark Dawson

Mark Dawson has been one of my favorite contemporary spy-thriller authors ever since I’ve first met John Milton, the author’s most favorite character. I’ve been reading the Mark Dawson books ever since without fail. Little Sister is the third book in the Group Fifteen Files novella series which focuses on the same group of undercover assassins that John Milton so much wanted to leave after getting tired of it all. To place the series in the John Milton universe, they take place after John Milton left and before Isabella Rose came into view. In this book, we meet Bjorn Thorsson, who […] Read more »

Book Review: The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott

The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott

The Three Beths is a standalone novel by Jeff Abbott, the author of the popular Sam Capra series. When I got asked to review the book, I picked it up because I love the author’s series, so I knew I’d be in for a good ride. The story follows Mariah Dunning, who has been suffering greatly, along with her father, due to her mom’s disappearance. Not only that, but they also had to deal with the police not believing her dad that he had nothing to do with Beth leaving them. He certainly didn’t kill her. So when Mariah sees her […] Read more »