Book Review: The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland

Secret Mother by Shalini Bolan

The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland is a standalone psychological thriller that keeps you up reading until you finish the last page. When Tessa Markham arrives home, she finds a little boy in her kitchen asking her if she is his mom. Tessa, who has lost not one but two children in recent years, is standing dumbstruck in front of the boy, not knowing what to make of him and the whole eerie situation. As the questions are bombarding her mind one after another, there is something nagging at the back of Tessa’s mind. The little guy, Harry, reminds her of […] Read more »

Book Review: Recursion by Blake Crouch

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Ever since first picking up the Wayward Pines trilogy, Blake Crouch has been on my radar as one of my favorite mind-bending sci-fi thriller authors. The two new books he has written, Dark Matter in 2018 and Recursion in 2019, prove that he is just getting better and better at creating fantastic, yet utterly believable sci-fi plots that keep you on the edge of your seat. The book’s main protagonist is New York City cop Barry Sutton who literally stumbles into the whole thing by accident when he goes to the scene of a suicide-to be and can’t save the […] Read more »

Book Review: Cleaning the Gold by Lee Child and Karin Slaughter

Cleaning the Gold by Lee Child and Karin Slaughter

Cleaning the Gold is a short novella co-authored by two of my favorite authors: Lee Child and Karin Slaughter. I’ve been waiting for this story ever since I’ve heard it is being written, and my wait panned out. At less than 100 pages, the book is short, indeed. However, it is engaging from the very first page. Basically, the story is about Will Trent going after Jack Reacher based on a cold case, believing that he is a cop killer, Of course, when they finally meet, things take a very different turn. The readers of the Jack Reacher series will […] Read more »

Book Review: Collusion by Newt Gingrich (Collusion #1)

Collusion Newt Gingrich

Ever since I’ve first heard of the book Collusion by Newt Gingrich, I wanted to pick it up. After all, regardless on which side of the fence you are, collusion is one of the biggest topics in the US and around the world (when it comes to US politics) right now. When Brett Garrett flew to a Latin American country to extract a valuable person from kidnappers, little did he know that his act of humanity would cost him big time. It would destroy his career, life, and put him on a path of self-destruction. Now, Brett is a simple […] Read more »

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 »