Review: Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay

I usually do not give away my feelings for a book till the end of my post but I just have to say this one GRRREAT! I read this book in one sitting last night, all night….

“Trust Your Eyes” is a fast pace thriller that will keep a reader wondering till the very last page.  I have always been a fan of Barclay’s writing but this book may be his best yet.  I know for one thing, he has secured me as a fan that will be anxiously awaiting his next release.

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Book Description: Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pours over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen.

Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon—but has not—in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

Thomas’s brother, Ray, takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. When Thomas tells Ray what he has seen, Ray humors him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy.

This book is available at the Bullitt County Public Library and Amazon. (Check your local book store or library for availability.)

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Review: Wrecker Dave Conifer

Wrecker by Dave Conifer

A good thriller and a fast read, definitely an all-niter. Looking for more from this author. Reminiscent of Dean Koontz suspense writing.  Dave Conifer delivers an edge of seat thriller.

Book Discription:   Jane thought a loveless marriage was as bad as it could get.

Steve thought life was perfect with a hired man to do his chores.
They were both wrong.
Jane Havelock is coping a day at a time in a bad marriage when her husband Steve hires handyman Rob Manteo for a never-ending series of odd jobs around the house. At first Jane is repulsed by Manteo, a huge, muscular man with primitive communication skills. But revulsion reluctantly gives way to curiosity and even fascination as loneliness drives her into a precarious friendship with Manteo. He’s morose and mysterious, but there’s definitely more to him than meets the eye.
As her marriage and her husband’s career crumble around her, Jane digs into Manteo’s past and uncovers a horrible secret. She knows now that it was more than chance that brought Manteo into their world, but it may be too late.

Review: His Brother’s Baby by Blanche Marriott

Not normally a romance reader, I have to admit that I was dragging my feet reading this book.  I should have been making time!  The unique approach that Blanche Marriott takes with the old age twins twist is a real refreshing change of pace from that the same old done to death twin switching theme. I love the mystery and romance that is intermingled with the powerful character development of Gabriella and David.

The Rhode Island setting is a perfect blend for the story of these two lovers. The descriptions are vivid and lend quality to the overall story. It is a simple but well written love story.

I found Marriott’s story to be tender and touching with a hint of mystery and suspense.  Settle in for a long night of romance with this one.

Overview: His Brother’s Baby

Illegal cigars. Mistaken identity. Heated passion on a cold stormy night.

David Rutland has spent a lifetime covering for his errant twin brother and making things right. No more. Time for the irresponsible womanizer to grow up and face the music. But David isn’t prepared for his world to be rocked when he meets the beautiful redhead who mistakes him for his missing brother. David doesn’t know what’s worse, deceiving his brother or deceiving this woman he’s waited his entire life to find.

Gabriella Santori knows the meaning of a rock and a hard place. Lured by the big tipping Damien Rutland to save cigar bands for him at the cigar lounge where she works, she eventually realizes he’s up to no good. She decides she’s had enough and arranges a meeting to tell him, but she’s taken back by the difference in him. He’s not the creepy, macho, unnerving customer from the cigar lounge and before she knows it, she’s smitten.

When Gabriella later discovers she’s pregnant and learns that Damien is missing, she enlists David’s help out of desperation. As the family waits for news of Damien’s whereabouts, Gabriella can’t help falling in love with the wrong brother…or is it? Must David forego the love of his life because of his twin’s irresponsibility? And will they ever find his missing brother? …..by Blanche Marriott

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

If you are a fan of the Hunger Games then be prepared for a no “reality show” look at the post-apocalyptic world faced by Penryn.  She is just a young girl searching for her stolen sister and willing to make a deal with even a fallen angel to get her back.  The natural and un-natural perils that Penryn faces are nothing compared to the emotional pain that she has to endure as well.  The depth and detail that the author gives to her character’s histories, and the character makeup themselves, are part of what makes this story so interesting.

The Biblical elements of the book are not overly pushed and is blended well into the storyline with the histories of all the characters.  There is graphic violence and some romance but it is mostly a hard-driving look a survival in an unforgiving world.  I found this book to be very well written.  I was a little hesitant to read another book in a series, since I have a hard time keeping up with all the other series books that I read.  I am so happy that I gave this story a chance.  I found the character of Penryn refreshing and her strength inspiring.  This book is marketed toward teens (contains mature content) but has enough excitement and depth of content that even adult readers will enjoy the story.  I will be following this series.

 

Product description from Amazon:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.  Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.  Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.   Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Iron House by John Hart

From the moment I picked this book up, I did not want to put it down and that is very rare for me to say.  Hart’s new novel is a hard driving thriller from beginning to end.

Michael has come a long way since the Iron House School for Boys.  He has found the love of his life in Elena but getting out of the organized crime business may be harder than he first thought.  Michael also has to consider his brother Julian’s future which is being threatened by the bullies of the past.  Always Julian’s protector, Michael has to ensure his safely, as well as Elena’s, while constantly looking over his shoulder for the next person that may want to put a bullet in his head.  He has to find a way to keep those he loves safe and find a way to a future he may be denied because of a past that won’t let him forget.

The fast paced and edge of seat action keeps this story rolling.  It is not your formatted guy turns good and leaves mob story.  Hart breathes a depth and feeling into his characters that will have the reader cheering and cringing at the same time.  Graphic violence and torture scenes make this an adult read that pulls no punches for those that like the ‘in your face’ kind of novel.

I loved this book.  It is the first John Hart book I have read and it will not be the last.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

It is one of our fears in in our lives today.  An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky and our world as we know it comes crashing to an end.  Ilsa J. Bick takes us on a journey with young Alex and her personal demons as she fights for survival in this dangerously realistic and frightening new novel.

As for the people that survive, it is a question of who can Alex trust and who is infected. Alex puts her guarded trust in Tom, a soldier and a young orphan, Ellie.  Even of them, she is wary and uncertain.

This novel is terrifying both in its future implications for our own society but for personal issues that arise when trust is no longer an option at any cost.  This is not your ordinary end of the world story.  It gives the reader a look into the minds of the survivors and how living after the devastation affects them.  Bick has created deep and well defined characters.

I am not a zombie lover.  I shy away from the dead walking.  I did however, enjoy this book.  I found it had more to offer than your typical “shoot ‘em in the head and run” (don’t forget to double tap) mentality.  I did enjoy this book.  It is violent, gory in parts and thrills around every corner, my kind of book.

About the Author

Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, as well as a film scholar, former Air Force major, and now a full-time author. Her critically acclaimed first YA novel, Draw the Dark, won the 2011 Westchester Fiction Award and was named a Bank Street College 2011 Best Book. Ilsa currently lives with her family and several furry creatures in rural Wisconsin, near a Hebrew cemetery.  One thing she loves about the neighbors: they’re very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon. You can visit her online at http://www.ilsajbick.com.

The Liberation of Crystal Hill by Kevin Gibson

Written in a child-like voice of eleven year old Adam White, Kevin Gibson takes the reader into the very heart of a of a little boy’s fears.  The liberation of the town is only a backdrop to the interpersonal conflicts in the family life of young Adam. This coming-of-age story is complex and well written.

From a town haunted by a cursed ghost, Mayor Crystal, to the corrupt ion of the current residents, this story will take you on a ride into the supernatural that you will enjoy both for the interesting interweaving storylines and the deep and well-developed characters.

The writing is easy to read and understand and I feel this would be a great book for the young adult crowd.  However, it will stand just as strong as a good adult read too.  I only have one drawback; I feel the cover of the book is not as appealing as it could be.  The back especially needs work.  I think a more professional look would get more attention.  Books are often, regretfully, judged by their cover.