Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Lies We Told

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

Chilling and sinister, just in time
for HALLOWEEN......

Beth and Doug desperately long for a
child, so when they are blessed with
Hannah, it's a dream come true.

By the mid-1980s, they can't ignore the
fact that their beautiful daughter is far
from normal. Her dark, brooding, alarming
behavior makes them anxious in their own home.
The repeated calls from school detailing Hannah's
cruelty towards other students, and flippant,
blatant disrespect for authority, has both of them
constantly on edge as they struggle to maintain
any sense of normalcy. No one can know what
happens behind closed doors. No one can
learn the truth.

When Hannah purposefully hurts the person
most dear to Beth and Doug's heart, they realize
what they've known all along...they are deathly
afraid of their own daughter, and what she is
capable of doing.

Thirty years later, a young woman by the name of
Clara, is frantic when her boyfriend, Luke, vanishes
without a trace, just like his sister, Emily, did years ago.
When she and Luke's best friend begin an investigation
into his disappearance, it opens Clara's eyes to the
lies and deceit she never knew about the man she loves.
Tension mounts as she feels the presence of eyes always
watching her, and a narrow escape from a burning
building intensifies the sense of danger surrounding her.

Two different scenarios, decades apart, yet these two
stories are intricately intertwined with one another
in this scary, psychological thriller that will keep you
guessing.

Expect a sleepless night after reading the eerie
conclusion.








Friday, September 28, 2018

An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

What begins as a relaxing, winter weekend
getaway for a motley group of guests, turns into
a nightmare of murder and mayhem.

Mitchell's Inn is a quaint, picturesque retreat cozily
nestled in the breathtaking Catskills Mountains.
The guests arriving on this particular day are
strangers to one another, but they do have one
thing in common.....they all have closely guarded
secrets.

The powdery, crystalline beauty of falling snow
lulls them into peaceful tranquility until the
the discovery of a dead body suddenly changes everything.

It all starts the first night when a devastatingly beautiful
guest plunges to her death after falling down the
grand staircase. Could it be a tragic accident, or is her rich
boyfriend somehow responsible? After all, they were heard
arguing in the middle of the night. The soft blanket of white
turns into a dangerous sheet of ice, leaving the Inn with
no power and impassable roads. It looks like the dead body
must remain in their midst until the police can arrive. In the
meantime, another guest is found bludgeoned to death, and
then another, until panic sets it and accusations begin to fly.
Who's the next victim?

Agatha Christie fans will immediately see similarities
between her famous "Ten Little Indians" and this
captivating suspense thriller. It's an age-old plot
that stands the test of time. It's up to the reader to decide;
is the perpetrator one of the guests with a mysterious past,
or someone lurking outside, hiding in the ice-encrusted shadows?


The author marvelously creates a foreboding, menacing
atmosphere for impending doom with her vividly written,
descriptive passages, putting  the reader on edge throughout
the book. The frigid, forlorn isolation of the Inn, tucked
away in the desolate mountains, is the perfect setting
for calculated murder.

If you are looking for a good, old-fashioned, chilling
murder mystery, give this one a try. And have fun
deciding who the culprit really is.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ghosted

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Sarah's in love after spending seven, unforgettable days
and nights with a virtual stranger named Eddie. Incredible
as it may seem, this unexpected, whirlwind romance is not
a fling. Sarah knows how lucky she is. It's hard to start
over when you are a soon-to-be, forty-year-old woman
with a dismal, disintegrating marriage. This is her chance
for newfound happiness.

But Eddie doesn't call Sarah after he leaves for a
trip to Spain, even though he professed his love
and vowed to stay in touch. She's confused and
mystified why he hasn't contacted her. Friends
insist she's been "ghosted", tossed carelessly aside
like so many spontaneous relationships that fizzle and die. Yet
Sarah knows their time together was real and lasting. So she
begins her search to find the man she fell madly in love with
after just a few days; the person who magically appeared
to brighten her lonely life.

Sarah goes to great lengths to track Eddie down, exposing her
vulnerability for all the world to see. Finally she deciphers
clues that point to the fact that their chance encounter
wasn't a random meeting at all. These two lovers share a
heartbreaking, dark past that changed their lives forever.
Facing the truth means abandoning the promising future
they thought was destiny.

This romantic mystery is brimming with emotion. Lost souls
wrestle with guilt, obligations, and fear, knowing that the vision
of a new tomorrow can never be. It's a love story filled with
hope, and the belief that forgiveness and reconciliation can
heal old wounds, but only if the heart is willing.

























































Thursday, August 16, 2018

Rush

Rush by Lisa Patton

The campus of Ole Miss is crackling with
excitement and anticipation.

This is RUSH, that glorious time in college when
wide-eyed, eager young girls primp and pray they
will be lucky enough to win a precious bid to one
of the revered sororities at this esteemed university.

Sophisticated Lilith Whitmore (with her designer shoes
and penchant for anything Tiffany), has one goal in mind.
She's determined her lovely daughter secures a bid to the
exclusive Alpha Delta Beta Sorority, no matter what the cost.
As the House Corp President, it's easy to casually intimidate
everyone she meets. Never underestimate Lilith's influential
powers.

The next step is convincing a former acquaintance, Wilda,
to accept a role on the Advisory Board. It's an easy task
that doesn't take much coaxing since Wilda is rattling around
in an empty house waiting for something to make her feel
productive. Their daughters are even going to be cozy freshman
roommates, but it's all part of Lilith's conniving scheme to
make her own dreams come true, and Wilda falls
right into her trap.

A rich cast of characters fill the pages of this
witty, captivating novel. You'll meet the new, hopeful
pledges who are spoiled by the dedicated staff at the Alpha
"House". Catering to the girls living in the luxurious
mansion is all part of the job, but what about their own
needs?

Pledge Cali has the intelligence and drive to
dream big, but laments the fact that someone may uncover
the truth about her drug-addicted mother. And Ellie,
Wilda's daughter, learns that expensive room decor is
no substitute for self-esteem and true friendship.

At the very core of the story is Miss Pearl, housekeeper
extraordinaire,  and devoted confidant to needy, naive
co-eds whom she loves as if they were her own children.
When Pearl dares to pursue a promotion for herself,
she soon finds that old prejudices of race and class still
fill the halls of a place she holds so dear. She's
sacrificed everything in the name of love.....maybe
it's time to put her own wants and rights above all else.

Little does she know, change is coming. A motivated
group of new pledges speak with one voice to better
the lives of those they love and admire; a chance to
break away from out-dated rules and open a dialogue
about equality for all.

This is a tale written by an author who knows first-hand
about the opulence found in Southern sororities. It's a stark
examination of the fragile, sometimes stormy relationship
between mothers and daughters, the secrets wives keep
from their husbands, the feelings of inferiority for not
having a "pedigree", how forgiveness can right so many
wrongs, and the realization that if enough passionate voices
speak, people will listen.

Take a look at Lisa Patton's latest novel, set to be released
on August 21st. Immerse yourself in this poignant story,
written with charm and delightful humor, about the inspirational
awakening of a group of young women who vow to
make a difference in the lives of the forgotten ones.


























































Thursday, July 12, 2018

Something in the Water

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

A couple makes an astonishing discovery beneath the
calm, undisturbed waters of the South Pacific Ocean......

Breathtaking coral gardens, sandy white beaches
glistening in the sun, a velvety, emerald green sea, and lush,
fragrant hibiscus surrounding a peaceful lagoon. This is the
Polynesian island of Bora Bora, said to be the most magical
place in the world. The perfect spot for newlyweds Erin Locke
and Mark Roberts to relax and unwind.

As a filmmaker of documentaries, Erin is on the verge of making a
name for herself. She's all set to interview three individuals about
their recent release from prison, one of whom is a notorious kingpin
of  British crime. A real coup for Erin to land personal time with a known
murderer and money launderer. This could send her career soaring.

Mark is reeling from his recent job loss as an investment banker and
struggling to pay the bills. Jetting to Bora Bora may be impractical, but it's
something he and his new wife deserve. And there's no better place on Earth
for scuba diving than this island paradise to bask in the incredible beauty
of the ocean's treasures. Erin's hesitancy and fear of diving quickly fades.
After all, she'll do anything to make Mark happy.

But it's what they come across while diving in the gloriously quiet
solitude, that turns this trip into a dangerous nightmare of terror. Can
a secret remain between just the two of them, or is someone watching
as they carefully retrieve their find from the depths of darkness?

This fabulous debut novel opens with Erin digging the grave for her
beloved Mark, which will undoubtedly hook readers from the start.
All the dirty details leading up to the grizzly scene are unveiled from
that point on, and it's an action-packed adventure to the end.

Domestic bliss is in jeopardy in this cloak-and-dagger thriller
that Reese Witherspoon's production company has already
acquired for film adaptation.

A must-read for those who love tantalizing suspense.












Friday, June 29, 2018

The Perfect Couple

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

There's nothing like finding a dead body to ruin
a girl's wedding day....

Celeste Otis and Benji Winbury are getting married.
She's the only child of a couple who epitomize devotion
and love. He's the son of a famous, British mystery
writer and a hedge fund owner who rubs elbows
with the elite. Fabulous festivities are underway, when the bride
discovers her deceased maid of honor floating in the tranquil
waters of Nantucket Harbor the morning of the nuptials.
Suddenly, the celebration ends before it begins, with
every family member and guest under suspicion of murder.

Readers are now privy to every juicy detail in the lives
of rich, well-developed characters in the months and days
prior to this tragic event. It's easy to vividly picture them in your mind.
There's Greer, the cool, sophisticated mother of the groom, who watches
her once successful literary career waning away. And Tag, father of the groom,
intent on resurrecting his youth in the shadow of his wealthy wife.
Karen, Celeste's mother, valiantly fights her battle with cancer
while learning a few startling surprises about her seemingly ideal
union. These are just a few of the many people gathered
on the island, replete with flaws and fears, hiding
salacious secrets, telling devious lies, protecting one another,
and praying the past doesn't come back to haunt them.

Elin Hilderbrand fans will enjoy reconnecting with popular
characters from her previous novels in this latest release. References
to succulent foods and tourist attractions will find you
wishing for a trip of your own to the dreamy, magical island of
Nantucket.

Romance meets mystery, and the result is the best beach read
of the summer season.

"Perfect", indeed.......










Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Hal (Harriet) Westaway has nowhere to turn. Frightened and alone, she looks over her shoulder
every minute of every day, fearful that it's just a matter of time before that slimy loan shark
returns with his menacing threats. And there is simply no one left to help her.

When her mother was killed tragically three years ago by a hit-and-run driver, Hal's
life changed dramatically. Survival now falls squarely on her shoulders. She opens her kiosk on the pier every morning to a parade of people who watch intently as she slowly turns over the tarot cards, and interprets their meaning. Nervous customers hang on her every word, believing the cards have the power to shape their lives. It's a skill Hal learned as a child from her mother, and she's quite the expert in the tricks of the trade.

When a mysterious letter arrives informing Hal that she is one of the recipients of her late grandmother's estate, she is puzzled and confused. Surely this is a case of mistaken
identity because her grandparents died over twenty years ago. But there is a flutter of hope
in Hal's heart when she reads the official words on paper; this could be the chance to
escape from her problems and along the way, deceive people she doesn't even know. Just a little white lie, you see, only claiming enough money to get through this incredibly rough patch in her life.

So she sets out on her journey to Trepassen, the massive estate of her "grandmother" to
answer the summons requesting her presence at the reading of the will.  All the while, her mother's words echo in her ears. "Don't fall into the trap of believing your own lies..."

As the story continues, the reader is drawn into Ruth Ware's lair of mystery, a feat she accomplishes
so well. Her impeccably written words describe the doom and gloom behind the crumbling
walls of Trepassen, the baffling questions about her peculiar "relatives", the uneasy feelings
about the old, decrepit housekeeper who whispers dire words of warning, the desperate words
etched into glass long ago in her attic room, and the unsettling feeling that someone is always watching her. The fact is, nothing here is what it appears to be. These ancient grounds hold some very disturbing secrets, indeed.

Immerse yourself in this eerie tale that is reminiscent of the renowned Agatha Christie.
Ghostly, addictive, and thoroughly entertaining, this may be the author's best work yet.