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JAR OF HEARTS BY JENNIFER HILLIER

IMG_1227      JAR OF HEARTS BY JENNIFER HILLIER

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier is a mystery/thriller about a group of three friends whose lives all took a different turn one fateful night when they were teenagers. At the age of 16, Angela disappeared without a trace only to be found years later buried in a shallow grave. Georgina, a powerful executive, is accused of participanting in and covering up Angela’s grisly murder with her then high school boyfriend Calvin James, now infamously known as the Sweetbay Strangler. Finally, Kaiser, still secretly in love with Geo, became a police detective who can’t seem to let Angela’s murder go and is obsessed with reapprehending the Sweetbay serial murderer who escaped.

This book was unputdownable! Riveting, shocking, and full of twists and turns that will leave you wishing for more. Well written with believable characters, told from Geo and Kai’s differing perspectives interspersed with flashes from the past teasing out the circumstances leading up to Angela’s murder. I highly recommend this novel to lovers of the thriller genre. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur Books for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: May 20, 2018. Novel Publish Date: June 12, 2018.

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THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY BY RUTH WARE

IMG_1229   THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY BY RUTH WARE

The Death of Mrs. Westaway is about a wealthy family with many hidden secrets.

Hal, alone and on her own, receives a letter out of the blue bequeathing her a family fortune she did not even know existed. Living on a fortune teller’s pay and running from loan sharks, Hal devises a plan to scheme the fortune from the rich snobs who think Hal is a long-lost niece. She’s already a pro at deception, what’s one more scam that could finally turn her life around.

Another great thriller from Ruth Ware! I’ve read all four of Ruth Ware’s novels and this one is by far my favorite. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: May 13, 2018. Novel Publish Date: May 29, 2018.

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AFTER ANNA By LISA SCOTTOLINE

IMG_1193   AFTER ANNA By LISA SCOTTOLINE

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline is a mystery/suspense novel about an uncharacteristic murder in an unlikely scenario. Noah, a doctor, widower and single father, remarries the new love of his life Maggie, who has an estranged grown daughter, Anna, who suddenly turns up in their lives after her biological father is no longer in the picture. What turns from a blissful, uncomplicated life to a disquieting, and suddenly alarming situation when Noah is accused of Anna’s murder. Will Maggie believe and support Noah of his innocence or is there more to the story?

This story was fantastic as are all of Lisa Scottoline’s novels. I particularly enjoy reading books that switch back and forth between the character’s differing perspectives weaving the pieces of the narrative together. It always builds the suspense and makes the unfolding of the mystery that much more gratifying when it’s slowly revealed bit by tantalizing bit. A definite recommended read! I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: March 24, 2018. Novel Publish Date: April 10, 2018

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HOUSE OF SPINES by Michael J Malone

IMG_1192   HOUSE OF SPINES by Michael J Malone

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Ranald McGhie or Ran, grew up with a unstable mother and strict father. At 18, his parents committed suicide leaving him penniless and without kin, that is until an unknown rich great-uncle on his mother’s side left him a vast house as an inheritance. An inheritance that came with stipulations. Ran, following in his mother’s footsteps and already at odds with his own psychosis, becomes even more unhinged by the secrets the house holds. Secrets or ghosts?

This story was excellent! All the facets of a great mystery – suspense, foreboding, intrigue, paranoia. As the suspense built and the story unwound, it just got more and more enthralling. The house had a creepy, ominous feel that left one I’ll at ease and at times, chilled to the bone. I left such an impression on me, I even dreamt about it. A page turner to the very end! I rate this novel 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley, Trafalgar Square Publishing and Orenda Book for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: March 10, 2018. Novel Publish Date: April 1, 2018.

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STRANGERS by Ursula Archer & Arno Strobel

IMG_1104    STRANGERS by Ursula Archer & Arno Strobel

Strangers by Ursula Archer & Arno Strobel is a mesmerizing thriller that uncovers a strange situation of mysterious foul play when a woman does not recognize a man who claims to be her fiancé and is cohabitating in her house contrary to the evidence. Joanna is at a loss and is eventually forced to trust this stranger. Erik is just as confused when the woman he’s been living with for 7 months treats him as if he’s an intruder. The more Erik tries to understand the situation, the more confusing it all becomes. Soon the couple realize they are in mortal danger and must find a solution together in order to survive.

Totally mind-bending and warped with many unexpected twists and turns. A must-read, fast-paced psychological thriller you will not be able to put down. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: December 10, 2017. Novel Publish Date: January 9, 2018.

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THE VISITORS By CATHERINE BURNS

IMG_1011     THE VISITORS By CATHERINE BURNS

The Visitors by Catherine Burns is a mystery/thriller is about two single siblings who have lived together most of their life. Marion is a spinster who has convinced herself that she can’t stay alone and take care of herself and therefore is reliant on her older brother John. John is a loner and spends much of his time in the cellar. Unbeknownst to outsiders is that John has a sadistic side and forces Marion into situations she doesn’t know how to get out of for fear of John’s blistering temper and sometimes menacing hatred toward her. Marion craves any type of affection and puts up with John’s manipulative ways for fear of being alone.

It’s hard to believe Marion is so daft, but rather in denial. She knew about the “Visitors” but chose to push the thoughts from her mind and pretend everything was normal. I suppose it was her way of dealing with the situation and clearly she doesn’t have all her faculties, but has startling moments of clarity and common sense when dealing with John. I like how it switches from past to present so the reader can gain insight into how John became so evil. Pretty good for a debut novel. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed: August 25, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 26, 2017.

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DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

IMG_0959     DEAD WOMAN WALKING By Sharon Bolton

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton is about a woman who witnesses several murders and can identify the murderer; however, the murderer can also identify her. A thrilling cat and mouse game.

Wow! What a riveting thriller from start to finish, uniquely written to keep you enthralled! This story was so suspenseful, I couldn’t put it down. Sharon Bolton is now on my must-read list. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: August 16, 2017. Novel Publish Date: September 5, 2017.

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