Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Baby Teeth - Review

Idgie Says:
You know right away that there is something seriously off with Hanna.  She may be mute, but appears to be by choice.  You soon see that while she and her mother fail to communicate on many levels - while Hanna might have given her mother the opportunity to love - this lack of communication has now made her decide Mommy's a detriment instead. 

Mommy and Daddy also have a hidden but strained relationship which doesn't help the situation and Suzette (mommy) seems mentally fragile to start with. 

This book is filled with tension from page 1... and you have no idea who will come out winning in the end.

I will add that the cover is fantastic, it really grabs.


Baby Teeth
A Novel

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summer Thrillers - Available Now!

Slowly We Die
Emelie Schepp

2017 SWEDISH CRIME WRITER OF THE YEAR

AN ACCIDENTAL SLIP OF A BLADE…


A tragic incident on the operating table leaves a patient damaged for life and leads a young surgeon to abandon his profession as a physician… Now, years later, a series of senseless, gruesome murders are rocking the same medical community.

THEN MURDEROUS REVENGE…

The weapon? A surgical scalpel.

But who exactly is preying on these victims? And why? What does this grisly pattern reveal? And who will be the one to stop it?

Special prosecutor Jana Berzelius, who has her own dark secrets to hide, is in charge of the investigation. What she can’t know, until she is finally closing in on the murderer, is just how her own mother’s recent death is intimately connected.

This intricately plotted and relentlessly suspenseful medical thriller keeps everyone guessing until the bitter end.

Mira Books
Harlequin
June 19, 2018

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Hangman
Jack Heath
 
An addictive debut thriller starring an FBI consultant with a peculiar taste for crime and punishment…

A boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a ransom call: pay or else. It’s only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads. Enter Timothy Blake, an FBI consultant with a knack for solving impossible cases but whose expertise comes at a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one, trying to satisfy an urge he fears he can only control for so long.

And this time Blake may have met his match. The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than any he’s faced before. And he’s been assigned a new partner within the Bureau: a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget. Because he has a secret, one so dark he will do anything to keep it hidden.

For fans of Dexter and Hannibal, Hangman introduces a darkly mesmerizing character whose skill at finding criminals comes from a knowledge that can only be learned firsthand.

Hanover Square Press
Harper Collins
June 12, 2018



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Dead If You Don't - Review and Excerpt

Idgie Says:

This is the 5th Peter James novel to cross my desk and he hasn't disappointed yet. 

The excerpt below gives a flavor of the writing and I will warn that there are some fairly uncomfortable scenes in the book of a violent nature.  But it's a fast paced read with several different characters and scenarios, unexpected turns to the story, and a satisfying ending.

As with his other books, there are interesting maps and a glossary, combined with chapters that range from average sized to short stop-offs, that keeps you entertained....if not a little squeamish at times.

Click HERE for excerpt. 

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Dead If You Don’t


A PARENT’S WORST NIGHTMARE IS GRACE’S DEADLIEST CASE . . .

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don’t.

Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He’s beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club’s Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it’s at the stadium where his nightmare begins.

Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay.
Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate. At first it seems a straightforward case of kidnap. But rapidly Grace finds himself entering a dark, criminal underbelly of the city, where the rules are different and nothing is what it seems . . .

Pan Macmillan
July 1, 2018

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Peter James is the international bestselling author of many award-winning novels. His Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, set in Brighton, has been translated into thirty-seven languages with worldwide sales of over eighteen million copies, and has given him eleven consecutive Sunday Times number ones. In 2015 WHSmith customers publicly voted him the Greatest Crime Author of All Time and in 2016 he became the recipient of the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. Peter has also written a short story collection, A Twist of the Knife, and his standalone titles include Perfect People and The House on Cold Hill. He has also co-written a non-fiction account of Brighton’s toughest cases with former detective Graham Bartlett entitled Death Comes Knocking. The Perfect Murder, Dead Simple and Not Dead Enough have all been turned into smash-hit stage plays. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police. Three of his novels have been filmed and before becoming a full-time author he produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and near Brighton in Sussex. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Cabin at the End of the World - Review

Idgie Says:
A tense novel that leaves you on the edge of your seat as it heads toward it's build up.  It's very detail oriented and takes it's time in bringing about what exactly these people want and need from the family, so if you are looking for a quick read, this is not it.  But if you want to dig into the intricacies of their world and practically bounce up and down on your seat, reading as fast as you can to find out what happens, then this is definitely a book for you.


The Cabin at the End of the World
A Novel
Paul Tremblay

9780062679109 | 0062679104
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
Hardcover
June 26, 2018
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
$26.99 USD, $33.50 CAD
288 pages

The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts adds an inventive twist to the home invasion horror story in a heart-palpitating novel of psychological suspense that recalls Stephen King’s Misery, Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood, and Jack Ketchum’s cult hit The Girl Next Door.

Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, None of what’s going to happen is your fault.

Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.

Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.