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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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Review: “Anything for Her,” Jack Jordan

Pros: Easy to get wrapped up in Cons: So many horrible people! Rating: 4 out of 5 Don’t read Jack Jordan’s Anything for Her if you are already feeling depressed. It’ll just make it worse. This book is filled with

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Review: “Ink and Bone,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Great setting and characters Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s Ink and Bone is a fantastic paranormal thriller tale. Finley, a woman who likes tattoos and fast motorcycles has a gift: she can perceive and speak

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Review: “Kill Cycle,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Fascinating concept Cons: Couldn’t stand Ash’s wife Laura Rating: 4 out of 5 In Ike Hamill’s Kill Cycle, the town of Harrison is slowly dying. Ash has come back to live there after marrying Laura and having two children,

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Review: “The Travelers,” Chris Pavone

Pros: Fantastically screwed-up espionage tale! Cons: Can get confusing! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Chris Pavone’s The Travelers is an espionage tale in which Will Rhodes, a travel writer, is seduced by lovely Elle. She keeps a video of that

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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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