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Review: “The Luminous Dead,” Caitlin Starling

Pros: Intense! Cons: Mild confusion Rating: 5 out of 5 Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead: A Novel is an intense psychological thriller that I couldn’t put down! Gyre is a caver, but she’s lied about how much experience she has.

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Review: “Into the Dark,” J.A. Schneider

Pros: Second half Cons: First half Rating: 3.5 out of 5 J.A. Schneider’s INTO THE DARK is a thriller/mystery about art history teacher Annie Lamb and her psychiatrist husband, Ben. Before Annie married Ben, he was married once before–and his

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Review: “Zero Sum Game,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Adrenaline-packed, high-intrigue, snarky adventure Cons: Didn’t go quite far enough Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s Zero Sum Game (Cas Russell) is a delightfully sardonic thriller with some unusual characters and relationships. Cas Russell is a retrieval artist–people

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Short Take: “The Fading Place,” Mary SanGiovanni

Pros: Tense! Cons: Starts out a little slowly, but it works Rating: 4 out of 5 Mary SanGiovanni’s novella The Fading Place immediately sees Charlie Van Houten carjacked by Simone. Charlie has her baby Hayley in the back seat, and

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Review: “Connections in Death,” J.D. Robb

Pros: Vintage Robb style; wonderfully quotable text Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 My assessments of the “in Death” books by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) tend to range from 3 out of 5 to 5 out of 5; they

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Review: “Killing Spree,” Various Authors

Pros: A great way to find some new authors Cons: Wildly varying quality Rating: 3.5 out of 5 After trying to read a nice bloody serial killer book only to have it turn out to be horrible, I turned to

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Review: “Dark Legion,” Rob Cornell

Pros: Interesting storyline and characters Cons: Damn that one stereotype; too many supernaturals Rating: 3 out of 5 Rob Cornell’s Dark Legion: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (The Lockman Chronicles Book 2) isn’t as good as the previous book, Darker Things,

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Review: “The Shredded Veil Mysteries,” Leah R. Cutter

Pros: Fascinating take on ghosts; creative and original Cons: Needs more worldbuilding; one unsatisfying story Rating: 4 out of 5 Leah R. Cutter’s The Shredded Veil Mysteries is a collection of six ghostly tales. In 2012, the Great Unraveling happened,

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Review: “Darker Things,” Rob Cornell

Pros: Fabulous world-building; intriguing storyline Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Rob Cornell’s Darker Things: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (The Lockman Chronicles Book 1) starts off with a bang. Thirteen-year-old girl Jessie shows up on Craig Lockman’s doorstep. In

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Review: “Posing for Picasso,” Sam Stone

Pros: Keeps the reader guessing! Cons: Slow start Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Sam Stone’s Posing for Picasso is a thriller/horror novel that absolutely delighted me. Painter Avgustin Juniper is accused of killing and mutilating his girlfriend and model, Annabel.

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