Evil at Heart Book Review

Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain

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I fell in love with Archie Sheridan and his obsessive disorder with the Serial Killer Grethen Lowell in Chelsea Cain’s first book Heartsick. Sweet heart, Cain’s second installment was a little less nail-biting but still carried me all the way to the end with its sometimes predictable events. I totally loved the reporter Susan Wards active presence in the second novel. So when Evil at heart came around I was thrilled to have both Archie and Sheridan resuming active roles in Cain’s third installment.

With Evil at Heart the reader continues to follow Detective Archie Sheridan’s dangerous and obsessive ways only this time from inside the walls of a mental ward. He is in hiding. He feels safe here. And he believed Gretchen when she promised she wouldn’t kill (from book two) anymore. Continue reading

Room Book Review

Room by Emma Donaghue

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‘Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. “Was I minus numbers?”‘

Wow! Yep, I’m going to say it again. WOW! This novel was extremely powerful. In fact, it is probably the best book I’ve ever chosen from the Kroger magazine & book rack! Donaghue went above and beyond to show her expertly crafted writing skills and creative magic prose with the  writing of this novel.

Meet Jack. Jack is a brilliant little five year old boy. He loves reading his books, playing games with his Ma, and of course he enjoys watching TV. But Jack is different from any other boy because he has spent his entire life in one tiny room. He shares this room with his Ma and a mysterious man who he calls Old Nick. Room is all he knows other than his Ma. Continue reading

From A Distance Book Review

From A Distance by Tamera Alexander
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Overall Score: 7/10

A Timber Ridge Reflections Book 1Christy Award Winner, Best Historical Romance

Elizabeth Westbrook enters Timber Ridge, Colorado set on taking the perfect picture. One which will help her become an established photojournalist in Washington, D. C. However, Elizabeth is living in 1875, a time in which headstrong, career-minded women were not looked upon too kindly. Knowing this, she withholds telling the fine people of Timber Ridge just what exactly brings her to their small, quaint town.
Finally she finds the perfect scene and takes a picture. She knows this picture is the one. Moments before she can even ponder further into her future standings with her home newspaper she witnesses an event which causes her to lose all she has worked for. And Daniel Ranslett is all to blame.

Daniel offers to make good on a promise to help her find another scene worth capturing even though he doesn’t know that she needs the picture for her job. All he knows is the woman has a passion and a hobby for taking pictures. But Daniel is a gentleman and one who always honors his word.

When Elizabeth happens to take a picture of a scene that might hold the key to solving a murder, she puts herself in danger. Someone else knows that Daniel is always good for his word and requests he repay a debt which will take both Elizabeth and Daniel on a journey; a dangerous journey.

While battling the elements of nature as well as of those non-natures related, they find out just how much their lives are intertwined in ways they never would have imagined.

Although I am not passionate about historical novels, Alexander help my attention in this Christian genre colonial times novel. It was heart-felt and was hard for me to put down at times. The description of not only the inner workings of photography in the 1800’s but also of the ways people lived back then were hands down the best I’ve ever come across.

Alexander created a Elizabeth. She was a head-strong women but was made realistic in that she had her demons in the closet as well as weaknesses that she could do nothing about other. All the characters were well played and the dialog was sensational. Alexander definitely knew how to give the reader the perfect balance of description and conversation.

For the most part I would say this book was perfectly written. The only drawback I felt in the storyline was the threatening manner in which the lead characters were forced to take a journey. It was somewhat confusing exactly why it was so urgent to go on this journey. Perhaps if I were to read it a second time it would make clearer sense for me. Still the story, and the subplots, were excellent and well-crafted.

Overall Score: 7/10

 

 

 

 

I’d Know You Anywhere Book Review

I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
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9/10

Eliza Benedict did not always go by Eliza. She changed her name after she was fifteen, after her abduction. Eliza is a happily, married wife and mother. She doesn’t live in the past. She moved on the…best she could. Still, she can’t help wondering why her abductor, after killing an unsolved number of young girls, let her live. But she was fine without any answers. Like I said, she doesn’t live in her past.

However her past catches up with. Walter Bowman, her abductor, who is about to die for his crimes, sends her a letter after seeing her picture in a magazine article. Now he wants to talk to her and isn’t letting up. What does he want? And is Eliza ready to dive back into the shadows of her past.

What I liked best about this book: Laura Lippman draws the reader in. She writes elegantly while introducing us to people in such amazing ways. She shows the reader just how it would feel to be kidnapped while at the same time how one can grow past those horrors. The characters, for example, her husband and children are given enough voice to not overpower the main storyline while still adding all the crazy chaos of a wife and mother’s life.

Lippman also gives the reader an opportunity to consider the varying sides of the death penalty without being showy or preachy. She writes with an expert speed with her dialog and descriptions. And most important, to me anyway, is that the ending was perfect. This book will not let you down. It will draw you in and hold you there, urging you to turn the next page until the very last.

My Score 9

Still Missing Book Review

STILL MISSING By Chevy Stevens

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Score: 9/10

In one moment, Anne O’Sullivan, a 32-yr old real estate agent, finds her life forever changed when she is abducted from an open house she is hosting. The reader doesn’t come in on this scene. Instead, we get to read as her experience is told to her therapist one session at a time.
Her life before the event was similar to the everyday normalcies of life, sprinkled with shadows of a horrific event in which her father and sister were killed in an automobile accident when she was just a child leaving her mother and herself to continue on with their lives. Continue reading

Devil by J. Paul Stephens

Devil by J. Paul Stephens

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Score 8/10

Magdalene has been single for too long. When she meets James at a party she is both excited and cautious at how forward he is in his conversation. He immediately asks her out again and she accepts. The story thrusts the reader forward through lessons that she has learned.
We soon realize that James is one of those bullies who abuse their women. Magdalene is forced to do some pretty awful things on her birthday when James gives her a ‘gift’.  She suffers through the experience and even dissociates herself from the scene. After the birthday gift is given and James has his way with her yet again, he tells her that he expects her to resign from her nursing position.
James has now taken away from her every aspect including home, family, money, and now job. He owns her and she belongs to him and only him. She is now trapped in a constant state of humiliation and is prepared to die from his abuse.
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What a Weekend!

Some of you may know I’ve struggled to get back into my writing. For like almost four years!!! While my mind continues to drown in words, I’ve not really done a whole lot of getting it out do my head and onto paper/screen. Granted, a few free writing exercises here and there as well as some journaling, but nothing substantial.

Last weekend I attended a creatives conference: screenwriting, poetry, rpg writing, music, film, and novel writing. Oh and podcasting. The weekend was beneficial for me to say the least. I went away with many story ideas, possible money making opportunities, and honed skills. But what about engaging all those skills and that knowledge? I went the whole week after that conference and I didn’t write a thing! Ugh!!! Continue reading

Haunt Season and NaNoWriMo

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Every September and October my bestie and I visit at least one local haunt every weekend and then write a review of that haunt on our site called Locallylouisville. It’s something I look forward to all year long. It also causes me some anxiety because it also reminds me that November is coming up. Which means NaNoWriMo.

I haven’t participated in it for three years. With my co-writer and best friend Will passing away this precious March, it also means that I’ll be feeling his death all over again. He and I were each other’s cheerleaders the entire month, talked through difficult scenes, and worked through character and plot issues. Continue reading