Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Short story: Grammy's Supper by R.M. Blakeley

Title: Grammy's Supper
Author: R.M. Blakeley

The country is in total lockdown, policed by the military. Because he's sick like the others, his Grammy keeps him locked in an old storage cage in the basement. When he finally gets free, he discovers the twisted truth in plain sight and attempts to flee.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Mother's Day by Patricia MacDonald

Title: Mother's Day
Author: Patricia MacDonald
Pages: 310

Meet Karen.
Married to her childhood sweetheart.
Loving mom of thirteen-year-old Jenny.

It’s Mother’s Day and her perfect day becomes a perfect nightmare.

A woman turns up at her door claiming to be Jenny’s biological mother.

Two days later the woman’s bloody body is found in a dumpster.

And the prime suspect is Karen’s own husband . . .

A seamless blend of high domestic suspense with a shattering final twist.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Shadow House: Anna Downes

Title: The Shadow House
                                      Published: 4/22/2022

Pine Ridge. Create the life you want.

Alex has arrived at Pine Ridge - an ecovillage nestled high in the hills, surrounded by forests. She is determined to to make a fresh start for her and her two children, and this rural community apart from the modern world seems like the perfect place.
Beautiful. Idyllic. Safe.
But then sinister boxes start to arrive, and one by one they chip away at Alex's peace. She starts to hear stories about something awful that happened here years before, stories which sound eerily familiar.
Bones. Doll. Blood.
History looks to be repeating itself. Alex has come here to keep her children safe from harm. But in this little rural paradise, they could be in more danger than ever before.
Extraordinarily tense and deliciously mysterious, Anna Downes's The Shadow House follows one woman's desperate journey to protect her children at any cost, in a remote place where not everything is as it seems.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

NetGalley: And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling

Pages: 320
Author: Joshua Moehling
 I read this book voluntarily; all thoughts and opinions are my own.
They thought he was a helpless old man. They were wrong.

When two teenagers break into a house on a remote lake in search of prescription drugs, what starts as a simple burglary turns into a nightmare for all involved. Emmett Burr has secrets he's been keeping in his basement for more than two decades, and he'll do anything to keep his past from being revealed. As he gets the upper hand on his tormentors, the lines blur between victim, abuser, and protector.

Personal tragedy has sent former police officer Ben Packard back to the small Minnesota town of Sandy Lake in search of a fresh start. Now a sheriff's deputy, Packard is leading the investigation into the missing teens, motivated by a family connection. As clues dry up and time runs out to save them, Packard is forced to reveal his own secrets and dig deep to uncover the dark past of the place he now calls home.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Kindle Unlimited: Snow Creek (Book 1) Gregg Olsen

Pages: 262
Published: 11/18/2019
Author: Gregg Olsen

Footprints were scattered about like fallen leaves. She looked down into the ravine, and once more her lungs filled with fear. A body lay silent and unmoving in the bushes.

When Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend claiming her sister Ida Wheaton has been missing for over a month, Detective Megan Carpenter’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.

Racing over to Ida’s secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, Megan finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened. She can’t help but notice there’s no TV. No video games. Nothing of the outside world. Something about the Wheaton family doesn’t add up and triggers a painful childhood memory for Megan – when one day, in a flash, both her parents were gone.

Then the body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck close to the Wheatons’ home and Megan’s convinced the cases are connected.

If she has any chance of catching the killer, Megan must first unravel the secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community. But Megan has dark secrets of her own…

Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions over thirteen years ago. Can she finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out? And will reliving her own painful story help her solve the complex case unraveling in the hills above Snow Creek before another innocent life is lost?

Look For Me (D.D. Warren #9) Lisa Gardner

Pages: 338
Author: Lisa Gardner

The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Among the Dead by Ryan Colley

 Available via Kindle Unlimited
Title: Among the Dead (part 1)
Author: Ryan Colley
Pages: 276

"My name is Sam. Alice, the love of my life, lives 170 miles away, and she's stopped answering the phone. So, I'm leaving the safety of my home to see if she is OK.

A simple journey. Except the roads are abandoned, the cities are quarantined and London is in a state of evacuation.
I have a plan. Not only do I have a plan, but I've seen enough apocalypse films to prepare. I can be the hero Alice needs. I have to be...

170 miles, over 50 million potential zombies, and Alice won’t pick up the phone... oh yeah, the dead have started walking.

Just another day in England."