// ARC Review // Beautiful Bad by: Annie Ward

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Beautiful Bad by: Annie Ward
Publish Date March 5, 2019 by Park Row
Thriller/Mystery

Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America.

But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime. Continue reading “// ARC Review // Beautiful Bad by: Annie Ward”

Book Review // Unraveling Oliver by: Liz Nugent

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Unraveling Oliver by: Liz Nugent
Publish Date: August 22, 2017 by Scout Press
Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Mystery

I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life together one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious, and subsequently beats her into a coma.

In the aftermath of such an unthinkable event, as Alice hovers between life and death, the couple’s friends, neighbours, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such a horrific act. As his story unfolds, layers are peeled away to reveal a life of shame, envy, deception, and masterful manipulation.

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Book Review // Nice Try, Afton (The Afton Morrison Series, # 3) by: Brent Jones

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Title: Nice Try, Afton (The Afton Morrison Series, # 3)

Author: Brent Jones

Publish Date: September 17, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller/Suspense

Summary: Is evil a matter of choice, or are we born that way?

After a string of brazen arsons overwhelms Wakefield’s first responders, the town is placed on lockdown, rendering Afton and her companions vulnerable to attack.

In a last-ditch effort to protect her inner circle, Afton attempts to establish an improbable truce with her archnemesis, leading her into a deadly trap more than a decade in the making. Survival will mean choosing to embrace her dark side, once and for all.

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Book Review // The Woman in the Window by: A.J. Finn

Title: The Woman in the Window
Author:
A.J. Finn
Publication Date:
January 2, 2018
Genre:
Thriller/Mystery/Suspense

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Imagine being too afraid to leave your house for one reason, then another reason entirely. A.J. Finn’s debut novel about a woman suffering from Agoraphobia and depression and witnesses a crime in her neighbors house.

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Digital Reads Blog Tour // Book Review // In Servitude by Heleen Kist

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“I struggled to decide what had shocked me more: that Glory had been scheming behind her husband’s back or that she’d confided in our father, and not me.”

Title: In Servitude
Author: Heleen Kist
Publisher: Polock Glenn Publishing
Publication Date: August 31, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller

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Book Review: Go Home, Afton (Book 1) by Brent Jones

Title: Go Home, Afton

Author: Brent Jones

Published: June 25, 2018

Afton Morrison has suppressed some dark and violent impulses her whole life. Her inner voice, now more of less takes the shape of Afton herself sometimes named ‘Animus’ and urges her to kill a known but not convincted sexual predator. Afton works in a library and had dinner every week with her brother. It’s hard to kill someone when you’ve never done so…and when there’s someone in the shadows watching your every move.

As you all know, I just reviewed the first book in the Dexter series so I was real excited when asked to review this book first in its series. Yes, this is almost a female Dexter. There were talks of the next Jessica Jones but since I don’t know anything about that series, I’m going with what I know from Dexter.

This book was so difficult to put down. It’s not a long book, about 140 or so pages, but the story is so compelling. Afton is an amazing character who does indeed struggle with an incident in her past. That doesn’t make her any less of a badass. Animus is her dark passenger but instead of it just being a voice, Afton sees her as almost like an evil twin. Yikes.

The series was written by Brent Jones. I enjoyed how he told this story. It’s told in Afton’s point of view but she’s not struggling to fit into a normal life. The woman retaliates when an idiot kid vandalized the library! That part was so funny. The only complaint is that it left with a cliffhanger and I have to wait for the second book!!

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4 stars. I will say there are mentions of sexual assault and abuse. It’s not overly detailed but it is there. I’m looking forward to the second book in the series.

Current Read: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by: Jeff Lindsey

Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first of an eight book series. It was also the inspiration for TV show Dexter that starred Michael C. Hall.

If you’ve never heard of this series or the show: Dexter is by day a blood analyst working for the Miami Metro Homicide and by night…serial killer.

But he’s a serial killer killing the bad guys. What makes him different? Well, he has a code that was taught to him by his foster father. Dexter has what he calls a Dark Passenger and feels the need to kill.

Rather than get him help, Dexter’s foster father teaches him to channel the need by only killing the guilty.

Dexter does his research before he kills. His first kill in the book is a priest who killed children. Dexter makes them face what they did before he kills them.

I’m binge watching the show and I’m on season 7. I just picked up the first two books. I’m almost halfway through the first book.

So far there are small differences from the book and show.

Dexter makes more of an effort to act normal in the book.

LaGuerta is a detective in the book. I still haven’t met Dokes just yet.

I’ll be sure to update more when I get further in the book.

The book is in Dexter’s point of view. Technically so is the show, but you still have character backstory.

I love the show. I’m not overly fond of seasons 7. To me, the story is kind of weak and things seem to happen in a span of time that sometimes the show just doesn’t explain.

Like Angel having a sister suddenly. Or a year has gone by between seasons. That annoys me sometimes.

Anyway, so far the book is good and I’ll be sure to review it more when I’m done.