Category Archives: Mystery/Suspense

Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone

Series: Heirs of Watson Island Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 28, 2014) ISBN: 9781481411226 Source: Personal copy After her mother passes away, Barrie Watson is sent to live with her aunt at to her mother’s childhood home at an old South Carolina plantation. Her mother never shared information about her family; a fire on the […]

Review: Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Age Range: 12 and up Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: EgmontUSA (September 9, 2014) ISBN: 9781606844632 Source: Library copy After her mother passes away, Annabel Lee is summoned from Siam to Philadelphia to live with her father.  Never knowing him growing up, the father/daughter bond has much to be desired.  His physical ailments and secretive line […]

Audiobook Review: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (June 3, 2014) Listening Time:14 hrs and 22 mins Narrator: Will Patton ISBN: 9781442371347 Source: Personal copy Hundreds of unemployed, desperate for job placement, line-up in the predawn hours for a job fair.  A driver in a Mercedes plows through the unknowing crowd, killing eight and wounding fifteen. […]

Review: Hold the Dark by William Giraldi

Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: Liveright (September 8, 2014) ISBN: 9780871406675 Source: Publisher Three children have been abducted by wolves in the small, isolated Alaskan village of Keelut. Medora Stone, the mother of one of the victims, overcome by grief, reaches out to Russell Core, a nature writer with tremendous knowledge of wolves.  Core has his […]

Review: The Secret Place by Tana French

Series: Dublin Murder Squad Hardcover: 464 pages Publisher: Viking Adult (September 2, 2014) ISBN: 9780670026326 Source: Publisher One year ago, a boy was found murdered on the grounds of St. Kilda’s School, a girl’s boarding school outside of Dublin. Until now, little to no evidence existed regarding the killer. The Secret Place is a bulletin […]

Frightful Friday: Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week’s featured title is Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly: Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Grove Press (August 19, 2014) ISBN: 9780802123206 Source: Publisher Natty and Sean Wainwright have been married for years. […]

Frightful Friday: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week’s featured title is Conversion by Katerine Howe: Age Range: 12 and up Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (July 1, 2014) ISBN: 9780399167775 Source: Library copy The seniors at St. Joan’s Academy, […]

Review: The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Orbit; First Edition edition (June 10, 2014) ISBN: 0316278157 Source: Publisher Melanie is a unique girl. She spends most of her day locked in a cell. When she is moved, she is restrained in a wheelchair, her arms and legs shackled to hinder movement. She looks forward to going to “school” […]

Review: The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones

Hardcover: 432 pages Publisher: Mulholland Books (July 1, 2014) ISBN: 9780316254465 Source: Publisher Hannah’s family has been hiding from a horrific monster that has haunted them for generations. The monster is a shape-shifter, able to take on the appearance of another in a matter of moments. Desperate to seek revenge for an act centuries ago, […]

Review: Eyes on You by Kate White

Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Harper (June 24, 2014) ISBN: 9780061576638 Source: Publisher It started with a nasty note on the night of her book launch, followed by her author photo sliced from the jacket of her book. Soon, however, the attacks against television host and, now author, Robin Trainer increased quickly with severity.  After losing […]