Review: Unwanted (Kristina Ohlsson)

Publication date: 2009
Amazon price: $7.99 USD (Kindle)

Rating: 3.5/5
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Synopsis: In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken. Her distraught mother was left behind at the previous station in what seemed to be a coincidence. The train crew was alerted and kept a watchful eye on the sleeping child. But when the train pulled into Stockholm Central Station, the little girl had vanished. Inspector Alex Recht and his special team of federal investigators, assisted by the investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman, are assigned to what at first appears to be a classic custody fight. But when the child is found dead in the far north of Sweden with the word “unwanted” scribbled on her forehead, the case soon turns into the investigation team’s worst nightmare – the pursuit of a brilliant and ruthless killer.

Trigger warnings for domestic violence, violence against children, sexual abuse of children (mentioned, not graphic)

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Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Stuart Turton)

Publication date: September 2018
Amazon price: $14.99 USD (Kindle)

Rating: 3.5/5
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Synopsis: Not giving one. Don’t read the one on Goodreads. It’s at best confusing and at worst reveals too much.

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Review: The Passage (Justin Cronin)

Publication date: June 2010
Amazon price: $11.99 USD (Kindle)

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads): An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

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Top 5 Books That Made Me Laugh

Everyone needs a good laugh now and then. I read a lot of books about women my age being brutally killed and assaulted, and/or getting cheated on by their perfect husbands. Let me tell you how great that is for my mental health. So, from time to time it’s good to punctuate your reading with something to bring a smile to your face, and that’s … Continue reading Top 5 Books That Made Me Laugh

Review: The Echo Room (Parker Peevyhouse)

Publication date: September 2018
Amazon price: $9.99 USD (Kindle)

Rating: 4.5/5
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): Rett wakes on the floor of a cold, dark room. He doesn’t know how he got there, only that he’s locked in. He’s not alone—a girl named Bryn is trapped in the room with him. When she finds a mysterious bloodstain and decides she doesn’t trust Rett, he tries to escape on his own—

Rett wakes on the floor of the same cold, dark room. He doesn’t trust Bryn, but he’ll have to work with her if he ever hopes to escape. They try to break out of the room—

Rett and Bryn hide in a cold, dark room. Safe from what’s outside.

But they’re not alone.

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Review: Gold Shadow (L.C. Perry)

Publication date: December 2017
Amazon price: 
$0.99 USD (Kindle) (Free on KU)

Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads): In the North American continent, eighteen year old Ebony has been living as a slave for as long as she can remember. The underground cities, the tattoo, the scars and the shackles are a part of the only world she has ever known. She knows that in order to survive, she will have to stay strong. And she will stay strong, cursing those in power, until her very last breath. She waits for a meaningful way to die as she quietly pushes her body to its limit…but that all changes when rebels from the surface drop down right in front of her. 

Now, Ebony is challenged to envision a life beyond slavery as she and the other escapees are thrown into the center of a rebellion against the monarchy. She has to embrace this glimmer towards a real life…this glimmer called freedom. But what can she contribute to a rebellion that is doomed to fail like those before it? How can they stop a corrupt monarchy that has lasted for a century? Among the lower class, those with hope are hard to come by, but Ebony has found refuge with people full of it. And through their strong desire, an idea emerges…one that has never been done before. The princess of the country is coming of age and what better way to send a message to the king and queen than to kidnap their only daughter?

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Review: No Country for Old Men (Cormac McCarthy)

Publication date: 2005
Amazon price: $13.99 USD (Kindle)

Rating: 5/5
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell–can contain.

As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines

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Review: You Were Made for This (Michelle Sacks)

Publication date: June 2018
Amazon price: $13.99 USD (Kindle)

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as a filmmaker. Sometimes they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they’ve built.

When Merry’s childhood friend Frank visits their Swedish paradise, she immediately becomes part of the family. She bonds with Conor. And with Sam. She befriends the neighbors, and even finds herself embracing the domesticity she’s always seemed to scorn.

All their lives, Frank and Merry have been more like sisters than best friends. And that’s why Frank soon sees the things others might miss. Treacherous things, which are almost impossible to believe when looking at this perfect family. But Frank, of all people, knows that the truth is rarely what you want the world to see. Continue reading “Review: You Were Made for This (Michelle Sacks)”