Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan ~ #Mystery #BookReview

36441275This was a fast paced, adrenaline pumping mystery with high stakes. There was a little awkwardness, a sentence here and there that felt like the author was struggling to find her footing, but all in all it was well written, with a well developed protagonist and pacing that left me gasping for breath.

The intricate plot was slyly crafted and the author didn’t shy away from shocking the reader. I can’t say more without giving spoilers, which I detest, so I’ll just say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and wouldn’t mind spending more time with Detective Josie Quinn by reading more books in the series. 5 Stars!


Force of Nature by Jane Harper ~ #Mystery #BookReview

35688002This book is by the same author as The Dry, a book that’s been on my to-read list since before it was released. Sadly, I still haven’t read it. This is the second book in the series (I didn’t know it was a series, either.)

5 women go into the woods, only four come out. I had to read it. I love good hiking horror/mysteries, and have written a half dozen stories in the same vein myself, because as most hikers know, there’s so much that can go wrong, and the woods can be such a wild, unpredictable, and yes, sinister, setting.

I liked the characters. The writing took a few pages to adapt to the almost imperceptible little details of an Australian writer, but after that, I rarely noticed the quirks. The pacing was good, the suspense strong, and the ending unforeseen. Not my favorite book of the year, but still good. 4 stars!

Trespassing by Brandi Reeds ~ #Mystery #BookReview

38261058I could not put this book down! There were so many different directions that the author could take with the plot, and I couldn’t rest until I knew where she was taking me (the reader) on this wild journey.

I’m not going to claim that it was completely believable, and I actually really disliked the ending (I was hoping for something a little crazier), but I really liked this book and would definitely read more by this author. If you like unreliable narrators, you should give this one a try. And, (I hate any kind of spoiler, but I have to share this), the little girl has a naughty imaginary friend who lives in her hair. Gold!!! 5 stars from the critic that lives in my . . . ear? Nose? Shoe? (epic fail on my part)

Looking Glass by Andrew Mayne ~ #Mystery #BookReview

35157278This book is the second in the Naturalist series. I was in awe of the first book – the main character was delightfully awkward and strange. He’s more comfortable with himself and more mainstream in this book, but still enjoyable.

I really like the dark humor that runs through the pages, lightening the heavy subject matter. The plot was intricate and introduced an interesting twist – it’s not often that a ‘science heavy’ book touches on the supernatural.

Writing, plot, characters, pacing – all deliver! Snappy dialogue and suspense to spare! 5 stars!

The Summer Children by Dot Hutchinson ~ Fiction #BookReview

35423609This is the third book in the “Collector’s Trilogy”. Trilogy smilogy, please break the rules and make this a longer series! The first in the series was absolutely fantastic, the second was very good, and I couldn’t put this one down. There was a narrator switch in this book, which I felt worked well to the story’s advantage.

These books are dark and gritty, yet at the same time, there’s a strong underlying theme of hope. Victims persevere, survive, take their lives and their power back, thrive. It’s a great balance that’s almost uplifting despite the thrilling suspense. Both the characters and the plot are enjoyable, You can tell the author is comfortable with what she’s creating, and that she’s having fun. 5 stars!