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Review: “Don’t Say a Word,” Jennifer Jaynes

Pros: Fascinating to follow along Cons: The surprises aren’t really surprises Rating: 4 out of 5 Jennifer Jaynes’ Don’t Say a Word (Strangers Series) introduces us to twelve-year-old twins Zoe and Carrie. Their parents were killed, and they’ve been taken

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Review: “Play Dead,” Angela Marsons

Pros: I really like Kim as a character; mostly good plotting Cons: Really? We’re still on gender-identity trauma leading to psychopathic behavior? Rating: 2 out of 5 Angela Marsons’ Play Dead (Detective Kim Stone Book 4) focuses on Kim Stone,

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Review: “My New Family,” Alec John Johnson

Pros: Fascinating premise Cons: Clumsy writing Rating: 3 out of 5 In Alec John Johnson’s My New Family a man who loses his family begins to obsess over the family next door. He starts small, watching them from his darkened

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Review: “Mutation,” K.R. Griffiths

Pros: Potentially interesting world Cons: Details that don’t add up Rating: 3 out of 5 In K.R. Griffiths’ Mutation (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 4) (Also available bundled: Wildfire Chronicles: Volumes 1-4), our heroes find an old castle occupied by Darren, a

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Review: “Psychosis,” K.R. Griffiths

Pros: Interesting stuff going on Cons: Jake is over-the-top Rating: 3 out of 5 K.R. Griffiths’ Psychosis (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 3) also available as part of a bundle Wildfire Chronicles: Volumes 1-4, continues our story of the not-quite-zombie apocalypse. Claire–Michael’s

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Review: “Decanting a Murder,” Nadine Nettmann

Pros: A mystery made for wine lovers Cons: Some foolishness and unlikable characters Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Nadine Nettmann’s Decanting a Murder (A Sommelier Mystery), Katie Stillwell is a sommelier who’s just failed her certified sommelier exam. She’s

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Review: “Admiral,” Sean Danker

Pros: Fantastic characters; entertaining and engrossing! Cons: I’d like to know a little more about what happened pre-story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Admiral (An Evagardian Novel), by Sean Danker, gives us thrills and chills with a nice dollop of

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Review: “I Let You Go,” Clare Mackintosh

Pros: Fascinating story with deep characters Cons: This needs trigger warnings; depressing Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Holy hell. Never has a book needed trigger warnings (for me personally, at least) more than Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go. This

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Short Take: “Last Resort”, K.R. Griffiths

Pros: Chilling Cons: Short, and it all seems too one-sided Rating: 3 out of 5 K.R. Griffiths’ Last Resort is a novella that takes place in the world of Griffiths’ Wildfire Chronicles. it’s a short read, but interesting. Shane and

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Review: “Everyone Pays,” Seth Harwood

Pros: Midly interesting plotting Cons: Awkward and stilted narrative and dialogue; female character issues Rating: 2 out of 5 In Seth Harwood’s Everyone Pays homicide officer Clara Donner is on a mission. Bodies are starting to pile up, but they’re

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