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Review: “That Darkness,” Lisa Black

Pros: Makes fiber analysis and fingerprints interesting Cons: The ending and material leading up to it Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Lisa Black’s That Darkness (A Gardiner and Renner Novel) immediately pits Maggie Gardiner (a super-stubborn forensics expert with the

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Review: “Panic”, K.R. Griffiths

Pros: Generically interesting Cons: Nothing terribly new Rating: 3 out of 5 K.R. Griffiths’ Panic (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 1), also available as part of the bundle Wildfire Chronicles: Volumes 1-4, is a not-quite-zombie post-apocalyptic horror bio-thriller. It hit pretty much

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Review: “Uninvited Guests Trilogy”, Victor Dark

Pros: Interesting premise Cons: Things that just don’t add up Rating: 2 out of 5 Victor Dark’s Uninvited Guests Trilogy is a semi-maybe-paranormal thriller that jumps off from the idea that the phenomenon of having someone unknown living in your

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Review: “14th Deadly Sin,” James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Pros: No difficulties jumping right in Cons: Semi-cliffhanger Rating: 4 out of 5 14th Deadly Sin is actually the first “Women’s Murder Club” book I’ve read, written by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. I found it quite easy to jump

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Review: “Invisible,” James Patterson, David Ellis

Pros: Meticulously plotted for the most part Cons: Emmy’s stupidity Rating: 4 out of 5 Invisible is about Emmy Dockery, an FBI research analyst who’s convinced she’s detected a serial killer that everyone else has missed. He covers up his

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Review: “Blood Ghost,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Fascinating monster Cons: Too much intuition; too many convenient dreams Rating: 3 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Blood Ghost is the sequel to The Hunting Tree–but the ‘Hunting Tree’ of the last book isn’t actually in this one. Davey

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Review: “The Hunting Tree,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Fascinating concept Cons: A couple of details Rating: 3 out of 5 I think Ike Hamill has a preoccupation with both the extinction of the human race and the concept of monsters that eat people; I’ve seen both in

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Review: “Migrators,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Hits the spot as a creepy horror tale Cons: A too-sudden development at the end Rating: 4.5 out of 5 In Ike Hamill’s Migrators, Alan, his wife Liz, and their son Joe have moved into a house that has

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Review: “Gretel,” Christopher Coleman

Pros: Fantastic collection of strong female characters Cons: When does this take place? Rating: 4 out of 5 In Christopher Coleman’s Gretel, Gretel’s mother, Anika, is kidnapped by a witch in order to be part of a potion the witch

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Short Take: “Santa Took Them,” William Malmborg

Pros: Fun, frenetic, crazy Cons: Small holes Rating: 4 out of 5 William Malmborg’s Santa Took Them is a fun and frenetic serial killer thriller. Years ago, most of the members of a family were killed, and the number one

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