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Review: “The Black: Outbreak,” Paul E. Cooley

Pros: LOTS of tension and action Cons: Want more! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paul E. Cooley’s The Black: Outbreak (book three) follows on the heels of The Black: Arrival (book two) and just The Black (book one). One thing

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Short Take: “The Girl From the Sea”, Shalini Boland

Pros: Really annoying characters Cons: Interesting wrap-up Rating: 3 out of 5 Shalini Boland’s The Girl from the Sea is not the “gripping psychological thriller” it says it is. A young woman washes up on a beach with retrograde amnesia–she

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Short Take: “Die For You,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Quite a few interesting characters Cons: Isabel is stupidly stubborn Rating: 3 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s Die for You follows a writer, Isabel, and the disappearance of her husband, Marcus Raine. However, the farther she heads down that

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Review: “Black Out,” Lisa Unger

Pros: I can follow this one (mostly)! Fascinating characters Cons: PoV does weird stuff Rating: 4 out of 5 I recently read Lisa Unger’s Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth. The tales cavorted through a minefield of lies and deception

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Review: “THEM: Gabby’s Run,” M.D. Massey

Pros: As a short story, it’s good Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 M.D. Massey’s THEM Gabby’s Run: A Them Paranormal Post-Apocalyptic Novel (Volume 4) is ‘volume four’ of the THEM series by publication order, but this short story

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Review: “The Black,” Paul E. Cooley

Pros: Good female character; fascinating backdrop; scary enemy Cons: That good ol’ “Chekhov’s Gun” problem Rating: 4 out of 5 In Paul E. Cooley’s The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller, a team with new and advanced equipment heads off to

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Review: “A Time of Torment,” John Connolly

Pros: Wonderful characters; fascinating locale; I clearly need to read more about Charlie and his… associates Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 John Connolly’s A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller is fantastic. It’s a comparatively long read,

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Review: “Sliver of Truth,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Continues Ridley’s story Cons: Too scattered and confusing; Breaks the fourth wall in odd places Rating: 3 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s Sliver of Truth (Ridley Jones) (also available in a set with three other novels: Four Thrillers by

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Review: “THEM Book Zero: Invasion”, M.D. Massey

Pros: Some interesting new twists Cons: Definitely need to know more! Rating: 3 out of 5 I don’t know why I’m so hooked on zombie fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction right now. I guess I’m going through a phase. As you

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Review: “The River Is Dark”, Joe Hart

Pros: Great plot Cons: Some stereotypes Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Joe Hart’s The River Is Dark (A Liam Dempsey Thriller) definitely makes me want to read more of his work. In this volume, Liam Dempsey, who used to be

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