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Review: “Cold,” by John Sweeney

Pros: Came together very well Cons: Starts out a bit confusing; why is Joe so dense about Reilly? Rating: 4 out of 5 John Sweeney’s Cold (A Joe Tiplady Thriller) started out with enough plot threads and parallel subplots that

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Review: “Unholy Code,” Thomas Waite

Pros: High tension and interesting twists Cons: A few awkward bits Rating: 4 out of 5 Thomas Waite’s Unholy Code (A Lana Elkins Thriller) is about terrorism, white supremacy, bigotry, love, and strength. Lana Elkins is the head of a

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Review: “The Killer in Me,” Margot Harrison

Pros: Fascinating Cons: Familiar set-up Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Margot Harrison’s The Killer in Me Nina does everything she can to stay awake–because when she dreams, she sees through the eyes of a serial killer. She convinces her

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Review: “Little Girl Gone,” Gerry Schmitt

Pros: Interesting plot and characters Cons: Some things I wanted more information on Rating: 4 out of 5 In Gerry Schmitt’s Little Girl Gone (An Afton Tangler Thriller), a three-month-old baby goes missing. Afton Tangler is a civilian liaison to

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Review: “The Hatching,” Ezekiel Boone

Pros: Nice creepy thriller Cons: Not visceral enough for horror Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Ezekiel Boone’s The Hatching: A Novel (The Hatching Trilogy) introduces us to a mass hatching of an ancient variety of spider. Whole tides of carnivorous

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Review: “My Girl,” Jack Jordan

Pros: Great characters Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 The early part of Jack Jordan’s My Girl is every bit as depressing as his novel Anything For Her. Paige Dawson is hitting rock bottom. Her husband killed himself. Her

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Review: “Moving In,” Ron Ripley

Pros: Some nice touches that are unusual for the genre Cons: Just little things here and there Rating: 4 out of 5 In Ron Ripley’s Moving In (Moving In Series) (Volume 1), Brian and Jenny have just moved into a

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Review: “A Darker Sky,” Mari Jungstedt, Ruben Eliassen

Pros: Great characters Cons: Some small loose threads Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Mari Jungstedt and Ruben Eliassen’s A Darker Sky (The Canary Island Series), Erika is toward the beginning of a two-month yoga retreat. After going out one

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Review: “Lineage,” Joe Hart

Pros: Fascinating; some interesting twists Cons: Some details that confused me Rating: 4 out of 5 Joe Hart’s Lineage tells the story of young Lance Metzger, whose father viciously abuses both him and his mother. Lance writes poetry to deal

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Review: “Liar Liar,” M.J. Arlidge

Pros: Excellent plotting and interesting characters Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In M.J. Arlidge’s Liar Liar (A Helen Grace Thriller), three buildings across Southampton are set ablaze in one night–one residential home, and two commercial properties. Luke survived

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