Genre: Mystery/Thriller

#BookReview The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark @jclarkab @Sourcebooks @sbkslandmark #TheLiesITell #JulieClark #bookmarkedbylandmark

#BookReview The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark @jclarkab @Sourcebooks @sbkslandmark #TheLiesITell #JulieClark #bookmarkedbylandmark Title: The Lies I Tell

Author: Julie Clark

Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark on Jun. 21, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 320

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Sourcebooks Landmark

Book Rating: 10/10

Two women. Many aliases.

Meg Williams. Maggie Littleton. Melody Wilde. Different names for the same person, depending on the town, depending on the job. She’s a con artist who erases herself to become whoever you need her to be—a college student. A life coach. A real estate agent. Nothing about her is real. She slides alongside you and tells you exactly what you need to hear, and by the time she’s done, you’ve likely lost everything.

Kat Roberts has been waiting ten years for the woman who upended her life to return. And now that she has, Kat is determined to be the one to expose her. But as the two women grow closer, Kat’s long-held assumptions begin to crumble, leaving Kat to wonder who Meg’s true target is.

The Lies I Tell is a twisted domestic thriller that dives deep into the psyches and motivations of two women and their unwavering quest to seek justice for the past and rewrite the future.


Review:

Intricate, chilling, and brilliantly plotted!

The Lies I Tell is a devious, sinister, character-driven thriller that takes you into the lives of Meg Williams and Kat Roberts, two women from completely different backgrounds whose lives become entwined when their need for vengeance and justice against those who hurt, destroyed, and irrevocably changed their lives forever binds them together.

The prose is edgy and tight. The characters are consumed, secretive, and vulnerable. And the plot using flashbacks and alternating points of view builds quickly as it twists, turns, shocks, surprises, and unravels all the personalities, behaviours, relationships, and motivations within it.

Overall, The Lies I Tell, at its core, is a novel about family, secrets, manipulation, friendship, coercion, obsession, cunning behaviour, tragedy, hatred, and revenge. It’s a highly suspenseful, exceptionally clever tale by Clark that highlights everything is not always as it appears and is without a doubt one of the most gripping page-turners I’ve been lucky enough to read this year.

 

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About Julie Clark

Julie Clark is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight. It has earned starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, and the New York Times has called it “thoroughly absorbing”. It’s been named an Indie Next Pick, a Library Reads Pick, and a Best Book of 2020 by Amazon Editors and Apple Books. Her debut, The Ones We Choose, was published in 2018 and has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. She lives in Los Angeles with her two sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control.

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#BookReview The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh @TheRosieWalsh @PGCBooks @MantleBooks #TheLoveofMyLife #RosieWalsh #PGCBooks

#BookReview The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh @TheRosieWalsh @PGCBooks @MantleBooks #TheLoveofMyLife #RosieWalsh #PGCBooks Title: The Love of My Life

Author: Rosie Walsh

Published by: Mantle Books on Mar. 15, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

Source: Publishers Group Canada

Book Rating: 8.5/10

From the New York Times bestselling author of Ghosted comes a love story wrapped in a mystery: an up-all-night page-turner with a dark secret at its core

I have held you at night for ten years and I didn’t even know your name. We have a child together. A dog, a house.

Who are you?

Emma loves her husband Leo and their young daughter Ruby: she’d do anything for them. But almost everything she’s told them about herself is a lie.

And she might just have got away with it, if it weren’t for her husband’s job. Leo is an obituary writer; Emma a well-known marine biologist. When she suffers a serious illness, Leo copes by doing what he knows best – researching and writing about his wife’s life. But as he starts to unravel the truth, he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t really exist. Even her name isn’t real.

When the very darkest moments of Emma’s past finally emerge, she must somehow prove to Leo that she really is the woman he always thought she was . . .

But first, she must tell him about the other love of her life.


Review:

Intricate, heart-wrenching and guileful!

The Love of My Life is a meticulous, character-driven, domestic thriller that immerses you into the lives of married couple Emma and Leo as they grapple with weighty decisions, potentially make unforgivable choices, and unearth devastating secrets that could destroy their lives forever.

The writing is tight and edgy. The characters are complex, secretive, and troubled. And the plot told from dual perspectives builds briskly as it twists, turns, shocks, surprises, and unravels all the behaviours, motivations, personalities, and relationships within it.

The Love of My Life at its core is a novel about love, life, loss, marriage, family, friendship, secrets, parenting, expectations, manipulation, deception, depression, and the powerful bonds that exist between a parent and their child. It’s an emotionally compelling, absorbing tale that highlights just how many secrets people keep even from those closest to them.

 

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About Rosie Walsh

Rosie Walsh is the author of the international bestseller, THE MAN WHO DIDN'T CALL (which was a New York Times bestseller in the US under the title GHOSTED). The book was published in thirty-five languages and has sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her next novel, THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, publishes in the UK and US in Spring 2022, with translations following around the world. THE LOVE OF MY LIFE has already spent several weeks in the top ten bestseller list in Germany after an early release. 

Rosie came to writing after a career in factual television, which took her to some of the remotest places on earth. She wrote her first novel while living in South America, where she met her partner, George. They now live in Devon, UK, with their two young children. 

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#BookReview The Girl They All Forgot by Martin Edwards @medwardsbooks @PPPress #TheGirlTheyAllForgot #LakeDistrictMysteries #MartinEdwards #inkedinpoison

#BookReview The Girl They All Forgot by Martin Edwards @medwardsbooks @PPPress #TheGirlTheyAllForgot #LakeDistrictMysteries #MartinEdwards #inkedinpoison Title: The Girl They All Forgot

Author: Martin Edwards

Series: Lake District Mystery #8

Published by: Poisoned Pen Press on Jun. 7, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Pages: 352

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Poisoned Pen Press

Book Rating: 8/10

Calm waters are often deceptive―and dangerous.

Ramona Smith went missing, presumed murdered twenty-one years ago; her body was never recovered. Gerald Lace, accused, tried, and acquitted of the crime, took his own life shortly thereafter in the lovely-but-lethal waters along the Crooked Shore. In his suicide note, he blamed the police for wrongfully arresting him and ruining his life.

On the twentieth anniversary of his father’s suicide, Darren Lace has drowned himself in the very same spot. His death reopens the original investigation for cold case detective DCI Hannah Scarlett. Desperate to finally find answers, Hannah and her team chase leads as meandering as the shoreline. As the body count rises, old scores threaten to consume those dearest to Hannah. Will she be able to unwind both mysteries before her loved ones become collateral damage?


Review:

Twisty, sinister, and complex!

The Girl They All Forgot is an intense, menacing police procedural that takes us to the Lake District, England, where DCI Hannah Scarlett and her team now find themselves investigating the twenty-one-year-old cold case of a young woman, Ramona Smith, who vanished without a trace one evening, when the son of the man who was originally arrested for the crime, found innocent, and subsequently committed suicide, commits suicide himself in the same place on the twentieth anniversary of his father’s death.

The writing is sharp and tight. The characters are persistent, clever, and flawed. And the plot, including all the subplots, seamlessly intertwine and unravel into a gripping tale full of deception, manipulation, community, abuse, fraud, vengeance, mayhem, and murder.

Overall, The Girl They All Forgot is a surprising, suspenseful, taut eighth novel in this Lake District Mystery series that I thoroughly enjoyed with its intriguing characters, unpredictable storyline, and more than satisfying conclusion.

 

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About Martin Edwards

Winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger – the highest honour in UK crime writing

Martin Edwards was born at Knutsford, Cheshire and educated in Northwich and at Balliol College, Oxford University, taking a first class honours degree in law before qualifying as a solicitor. He published his first legal article at the age of 25 and his first book, about legal aspects of buying a business computer at 27; after thirty years as as an equity partner of his firm, he is now a consultant. He is married to Helena with two children (Jonathan and Catherine) and lives in Lymm. A member of the Murder Squad collective of crime writers, Martin became the longest-serving Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association since its founder John Creasey. In 2015 he was elected eighth President of the Detection Club; his predecessors include G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Agatha Christie. He is Archivist of the CWA and of the Detection Club and consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics.

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#BookReview The Second Cut by Louise Welsh @PGCBooks @canongatebooks #TheSecondCut #LouiseWelsh #TheCuttingRoomSeries #PGCBooks

#BookReview The Second Cut by Louise Welsh @PGCBooks @canongatebooks #TheSecondCut #LouiseWelsh #TheCuttingRoomSeries #PGCBooks Title: The Second Cut

Author: Louise Welsh

Series: The Cutting Room #2

Published by: Canongate Books Ltd on May 3, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 384

Format: Hardcover

Source: Publishers Group Canada

Book Rating: 8/10

Auctioneer Rilke has been trying to stay out of trouble, keeping his life more or less respectable. Business has been slow at Bowery Auctions, so when an old friend, Jojo, gives Rilke a tip-off for a house clearance, life seems to be looking up. The next day Jojo washes up dead.

Jojo liked Grindr hook-ups and recreational drugs – is that the reason the police won’t investigate? And if Rilke doesn’t find out what happened to Jojo, who will?

Thrilling and atmospheric, The Second Cut delves into the dark side of twenty-first century Glasgow. Twenty years on from his appearance in The Cutting Room, Rilke is still walking a moral tightrope between good and bad, saint and sinner.


Review:

Dark, sinister, and seedy!

The Second Cut is a gritty, chilling thriller that takes you back to Glasgow, Scotland, and into the life of middle-aged, gay auctioneer Mr Rilke who, after receiving a business tip for a lucrative house auction from Jojo, a long-time friend who merely hours later turns up dead on the street, finds himself inadvertently mixed up in the disturbing criminal underworld and all the immortality, depravity, manipulation, and violence that is found there.

The prose is raw and tight. The characters are lonely, anxious, and vulnerable. And the plot is an ominous tale full of twists, turns, secrets, deception, corruption, desperation, sexual liaisons, violence, mayhem, and murder.

Overall, The Second Cut is an atmospheric, unsettling, taut novel by Welsh that was shocking, sordid, entertaining, and truly an edgy Tartan Noir.

 

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About Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh is an award-winning author of eight novels. The Cutting Room, her debut novel, won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award and the Saltire First Book of The Year Award. In 2018, she was named the Most Inspiring Saltire First Book Award winner by public vote. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

#BookReview The Sanctuary by Charlotte Duckworth @charduck @Mobius_Books @QuercusBooks #TheSanctuary #CharlotteDuckworth #MobiusBooksUS

#BookReview The Sanctuary by Charlotte Duckworth @charduck @Mobius_Books @QuercusBooks #TheSanctuary #CharlotteDuckworth #MobiusBooksUS Title: The Sanctuary

Author: Charlotte Duckworth

Published by: Quercus on Jun. 7, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

Source: Mobius Books US

Book Rating: 7.5/10

The jawdropping and twisty new thriller from the author of The Perfect Father

Four pregnant women. Three nights of pampering at an exclusive yoga retreat. One too many deadly secrets…

On a remote farm in the deepest Devonshire countryside, four pregnant women arrive at an exclusive yoga retreat for a five-star weekend of prenatal pampering. The location is idyllic.

Their host, Selina, is eager to teach them all she knows about pregnancy and motherhood.  But, like Selina, each of the women has a secret.

And secrets can be deadly . . .


Review:

Taut, pacey, and suspenseful!

The Sanctuary is a compelling, ominous mystery that sweeps you away to a secluded farm in the woods of Devon and into the lives of four pregnant women on a weekend retreat of relaxation, yoga, nature, and nutrition, and four residents/employees as they grapple from the very beginning with creepy pranks, dangerous mishaps, strange personalities, powerful emotions, and long-buried skeletons and secrets that seem to be in abundance.

The prose is clear and precise. The characters are multilayered, secretive, and self-absorbed. And the plot told from multiple perspectives unfolds and unravels quickly into a menacing tale full of jealousy, hatred, deception, manipulation, desperation, obsession, revenge, violence, and murder.

Overall, The Sanctuary is an intense, atmospheric, quick read by Duckworth that I wish had a little tighter ending but was nevertheless intriguing from start to finish.

 

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About Charlotte Duckworth

Charlotte Duckworth is the USA Today bestselling author of The Rival, Unfollow Me, The Perfect Father and The Sanctuary. Her fifth psychological suspense, The Wrong Mother, will be published by Quercus in early 2023.

She started her career working as an interiors and lifestyle journalist, writing for a wide range of consumer magazines and websites.

She also writes contemporary bookclub fiction under the pen name Charlotte Rixon.

Charlotte lives in Surrey with her partner and their daughter.

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#BookReview The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley @lucindariley @panmacmillan @PGCBooks #TheMurdersatFleatHouse #LucindaRiley #PGCBooks

#BookReview The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley @lucindariley @panmacmillan @PGCBooks #TheMurdersatFleatHouse #LucindaRiley #PGCBooks Title: The Murders at Fleat House

Author: Lucinda Riley

Published by: Pan Macmillan on May 26, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 464

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Publishers Group Canada

Book Rating: 9/10

The sudden death of a pupil in Fleat House at St Stephen’s – a small private boarding school in deepest Norfolk – is a shocking event that the headmaster is very keen to call a tragic accident.

But the local police cannot rule out foul play and the case prompts the return of high-flying Detective Inspector Jazmine ‘Jazz’ Hunter to the force. Jazz has her own private reasons for stepping away from her police career in London, but reluctantly agrees to front the investigation as a favour to her old boss.

Reunited with her loyal Sergeant, Alastair Miles, she enters the closed world of the school, and as Jazz begins to probe the circumstances surrounding Charlie Cavendish’s tragic death, events are soon to take another troubling turn.

Charlie is exposed as an arrogant bully and those around him had both motive and opportunity to switch the drugs he took daily to control his epilepsy.

As staff at the school close ranks, the disappearance of young pupil Rory Millar and the death of an elderly Classics Master provide Jazz with important leads, but are destined to complicate the investigation further. As snow covers the landscape and another suspect goes missing, Jazz must also confront her own personal demons . . .

Then a particularly grim discovery at the school makes this the most challenging murder investigation of her career. Because Fleat House hides secrets darker than even Jazz could ever have imagined . . .


Review:

Riveting, meticulous, and unpredictable!

In this latest novel by Riley, The Murders at Fleat House, she transports us to Norfolk, England, home to St. Stephen’s School, an elite boarding school that has all the usual fare, entitled students, unrelenting bullies, ghost stories, favouritism, and a history of scandals, violence, and death that may be about to repeat itself.

The writing is sharp and tight. The characters are vulnerable, troubled, and multilayered. And the plot is a suspenseful, twisty tale filled with manipulation, familial drama, deception, lies, neglect, jealousy, secrets, revelations, vengeance, mayhem, and murder.

The passing of Lucinda Riley in the middle of last year was a tremendous loss for the literary world, and it’s an honour to be able to read anything she wrote. The Murders at Fleat House is not the typical novel we’ve seen from Riley in the past several years as she swept us away into the stories of The Seven Sisters, but it is nevertheless a clever, tortuous, cunning page-turner that kept me guessing from the very first page and ultimately left me surprised, satisfied, and thoroughly entertained.

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About Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and, after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four.

Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and sold thirty million copies worldwide. She is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestseller.Lucinda's Seven Sisters series, which tells the story of adopted sisters and is inspired by the mythology of the famous star cluster, has become a global phenomenon. The series is a number one bestseller across the world and is currently in development with a major TV production company.

Though she brought up her four children mostly in Norfolk in England, in 2015 Lucinda fulfilled her dream of buying a remote farmhouse in West Cork, Ireland, which she always felt was her spiritual home, and indeed this was where her last five books were written. Lucinda was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and died in June 2021

#BookReview Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry @Tamara_Morgan @PPPress #BuriedinaGoodBook #TamaraBerry #BytheBookMysteries #inkedinpoison

#BookReview Buried in a Good Book by Tamara Berry @Tamara_Morgan @PPPress #BuriedinaGoodBook #TamaraBerry #BytheBookMysteries #inkedinpoison Title: Buried in a Good Book

Author: Tamara Berry

Series: By the Book Mysteries #1

Published by: Poisoned Pen Press on May 24, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 312

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Poisoned Pen Press

Book Rating: 8.5/10

A thriller writer who knows way more than anyone should about death and dismemberment

Her young daughter who’s more intrigued by dead bodies than she probably should be

An isolated cabin in the woods that’s probably―definitely―hiding something

The tiny mountain town that seems less than troubled by a sudden abundance of murders

Bestselling thriller writer Tess Harrow is almost at the end of her rope when she arrives with her teenage daughter at her grandfather’s rustic cabin in the woods. She hopes this will be a time for them to heal and bond after Tess’s recent divorce, but they’ve barely made it through the door when an explosion shakes the cabin. Suddenly it’s raining fish guts and…is that a human arm?

Tess was hardly convincing Gertie that a summer without Wi-Fi and running water would be an adventure. Now she’s thrust into a murder investigation, neighbors are saying they’ve spotted Bigfoot in the woods near her cabin, and the local sheriff is the spitting image of her character Detective Gabriel Gonzales―something he’s less than thrilled about. With so much more than her daughter’s summer plans at stake, it’s up to Tess to solve this case before anyone else gets hurt.


Review:

Intricate, fresh, and funny!

Buried in a Good Book is a wacky, mischievous tale that transports you to Okanogan County and into the life of Tess Harrow, a famous mystery writer who, after arriving at her late grandfather’s cabin for some rest and relaxation with her teenage daughter, Gertrude, quickly discovers that facts are sometimes even stranger than fiction when she finds herself smack dab in the middle of a bizarre murder investigation involving flying body parts and fish guts, exotic animals freely roaming in the woods, and a broody sheriff with an uncanny resemblance to Detective Gonzales, the beloved leading man of her successful series.

The prose is sharp and witty. The characters are endearing, unique, and persistent. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel quickly into an exceptionally humorous, thrilling tale filled with family, friendship, secrets, deception, danger, violence, spirited hijinks, hilarious mishaps, and small-town antics.

Overall, Buried in a Good Book is a quirky, clever, edgy mystery that kept me amused and entertained from the very first page. It’s the first novel I’ve read by Berry, but based on this fantastic, creative start to the new By the Book Mysteries series, I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.

 

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About Tamara Berry

Tamara Berry is a part-time author and part-time freelance copywriter/editor. She has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Eastern Washington University. In addition to books, she has mad love for all things TV, movies, and pop culture.

She also writes romances under the pennames Lucy Gilmore and Tamara Morgan.

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#BookReview The Favor by Nora Murphy @MinotaurBooks @StMartinsPress #TheFavorBook #MinotaurBooks #NoraMurphyBooks #FavorForAFriend #MinotaurInfluencers #SMPInfluencers

#BookReview The Favor by Nora Murphy @MinotaurBooks @StMartinsPress #TheFavorBook #MinotaurBooks #NoraMurphyBooks #FavorForAFriend #MinotaurInfluencers #SMPInfluencers Title: The Favor

Author: Nora Murphy

Published by: Minotaur Books on May 31, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 288

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Minotaur Books

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Staying is dangerous. Leaving could be worse.

Leah and McKenna have never met, though they have parallel lives.

They don’t—ever—find themselves in the same train carriage or meet accidentally at the gym or the coffee shop. They don’t—ever—discuss their problems and find common ground. They don’t—ever—acknowledge to each other that although their lives have all the trappings of success, wealth and happiness, they are, in fact, trapped.

Because Leah understands that what’s inside a home can be more dangerous than what’s outside. Driving past McKenna’s house one night, she sees what she knows only too well herself from her own marriage: McKenna’s “perfect” husband is not what he seems. She decides to keep an eye out for McKenna, until one night, she intervenes.

Leah and McKenna have never met. But they will.


Review:

Devious, alluring, and intense!

The Favor is a riveting, character-driven thriller that immerses you into the lives of two strangers, Leah and McKenna, as their eerily similar worlds intersect, unravel, and collide while anxiously surviving day-by-day dangerous, controlling, troubling marriages.

The writing is brisk and precise. The characters are complex, troubled, and resolved. And the plot unravels quickly into an unnerving tale of secrets, power, control, deception, jealousy, obsession, domestic abuse, unlikely friendships, and murder.

Overall, The Favor is an addictive, twisty, brilliant debut by Murphy that delves into all the emotional and psychological damage caused by domestic abuse and highlights just how easily intimidation, manipulation, and dominance can often be masked as love.

 

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About Nora Murphy

NORA MURPHY attended law school in Washington, D.C., then worked as a judicial law clerk before transitioning to private practice. During law school, she participated in two clinics through which she represented and studied the issues facing survivors of intimate partner violence. A practicing attorney, Nora writes as much as she can, usually long before the sunrise or on her phone for brief moments when the inspiration strikes. Nora resides in Maryland with her husband, young son, and five rescue pets. When she’s not working, writing, or chasing her toddler, Nora can be found contemplating her next ice cream run or reading. The Favor is her first novel.

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#BookReview The Unknown Beloved by Amy Harmon @aharmon_author @AmazonPub @ThomasAllenLTD #TheUnknownBeloved #AmyHarmon #LakeUnion

#BookReview The Unknown Beloved by Amy Harmon @aharmon_author @AmazonPub @ThomasAllenLTD #TheUnknownBeloved #AmyHarmon #LakeUnion Title: The Unknown Beloved

Author: Amy Harmon

Published by: Lake Union Publishing on Apr. 19, 2022

Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 414

Format: Paperback

Source: Thomas Allen & Son

Book Rating: 9/10

From the bestselling author of Where the Lost Wander and What the Wind Knows comes the evocative story of two people whose paths collide against the backdrop of mystery, murder, and the Great Depression.

Chicago, 1923: Ten-year-old Dani Flanagan returns home to find police swarming the house, her parents dead. Michael Malone, the young patrolman assigned to the case, discovers there’s more to the situation—and to Dani Flanagan herself—than the authorities care to explore. Malone is told to shut his mouth, and Dani is sent away to live with her spinster aunts in Cleveland.

Fifteen years later, Michael Malone is summoned to Cleveland to investigate a series of murders that have everyone stumped, including his friend and famed Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, now Cleveland’s director of safety. There, in a city caught in the grip of a serial killer, Malone’s and Dani’s paths cross once again.

Malone is drawn to Dani and her affinity for the dead and compassion for the destitute. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that she could help him solve his case. As terror descends on the city and Malone and Dani confront the dark secrets that draw them together, it’s a race to find the killer or risk becoming his next victims.


Review:

Absorbing, intense, and evocative!

The Unknown Beloved is a gripping, suspenseful tale predominantly set in Cleveland in the late 1930s when the city was still feeling the devastating effects of the depression, poverty was still rampant, mobsters were finally getting their comeuppance, and a serial killer, appropriately named “The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run” had Michael Malone pounding the pavement undercover, and using intuition, intelligence, instincts, and the help of the lovely Dani Kos and her special ability to see through touch to try and stop his reign of terror.

The prose is rich and expressive. The characters are complex, flawed, and tenacious. And the plot, including all the subplots, seamlessly intertwine and unravel into an immersive tale of life, loss, duty, deception, manipulation, depravity, violence, murder, magical realism, and the intricacies of policing in the early twentieth century.

I have yet to read a novel by Harmon that I didn’t really enjoy, and The Unknown Beloved is no exception. It’s a tense, taut, riveting tale loosely based on a real-life crime that reminds us that taking down the evil that loves to hide amongst normality has always been a painstakingly dangerous job performed by selfless, often humble, unknown heroes.

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About Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written fourteen novels including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her fantasy novel, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Book of the Year finalist. Her newest release, What the Wind Knows, is an Amazon charts bestseller.

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#BookReview Sinkhole by Davida G. Breier @leekinginc @KayePublicity @unopress #Sinkhole #DavidaGBreier #KayePublicity

#BookReview Sinkhole by Davida G. Breier @leekinginc @KayePublicity @unopress #Sinkhole #DavidaGBreier #KayePublicity Title: Sinkhole

Author: Davida G. Breier

Published by: University of New Orleans Press on May 26, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 263

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Kaye Publicity

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Boiled peanuts, lovebugs, and murder.

Lies from the past and a dangerous present collide when, after fifteen years in exile, Michelle Miller returns to her tiny hometown of Lorida, Florida. With her mother in the hospital, she’s forced to reckon with the broken relationships she left behind: with her family, with friends, and with herself.

As a teenager, Michelle felt isolated and invisible until she met Sissy, a dynamic and wealthy classmate. Their sudden, intense friendship was all-consuming. Punk rocker Morrison later joins their clique, and they become an inseparable trio. They were the perfect high school friends, bound by dysfunction, bad TV, and boredom—until one of them ends up dead.

Confronting the death of her best friend requires Michelle to face her past if she is going to survive. But what if everything she remembers is a lie? Or just as dangerous: What if it isn’t?

An ingenious debut from editor and publisher Davida Breier, Sinkhole is a mesmerizing, darkly comic coming-of-age thriller immersed in 1980s central Florida. A disturbing and skillful exploration of home, friendship, selfhood, and grief set amidst golf courses, mobile homes, and alligators.


Review:

Raw, sinister, and consuming!

Sinkhole is a simmering, character-driven novel that transports you into the life of Michelle Miller who, after fifteen years away, reluctantly heads home to Lorida, Florida, knowing that the past will inevitably collide with the present, long-buried secrets will undoubtedly be unearthed, and a life littered with dysfunction, lies and insecurities will finally be confronted.

The writing is emotive and tight. The characters are flawed, vulnerable, and conflicted. And the plot is an immersive, coming-of-age tale about life, loss, deception, desperation, friendship, familial drama, manipulation, jealousy, obsession, cruelty, callousness, social inequality, and emerging sexuality.

Overall, Sinkhole is an astute, tragic, gritty tale by Breier that does a remarkable job of delving into the complex dynamics between friends and family and highlights just how parasitic and toxic some of those relationships can truly be.

 

This novel is available now.

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Thank you to Kaye Publicity for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Davida G. Breier

Davida G. Breier was born in Miami, FL and spent her formative years in Florida, rural Minnesota, urban New Jersey, and suburban Pennsylvania. She’s worked as a youth sports photographer, TV extra, substitute teacher, jewelry maker, bookseller, and ATM cleaner. Davida discovered the world of zines and independent publishing in 1994 and Baltimore’s City Paper awarded her with “Best Local Zinester” in 2000 and “Best Zine” in 2003. She won the Literary Death Match, Baltimore 3.0 event in 2011. She’s spent the last two decades in various roles within the book industry and currently works for Johns Hopkins University Press. Davida lives in Maryland with her family, a pack of wee rescue dogs, a rescue tortoise, and two companion chickens.

Photo by Richard Montgomery.

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