Posts Tagged ‘suspense’

Bram and Fi are separated and have a birds nest arrangement to make it easier on their children. Bram has kept many things from Fi during their marriage and one of them rips apart his entire life and that of his family.

When Fi comes back from a weekend away with a new beau, she comes home to find a young couple moving into her house, a house they have apparently bought from her (and Bram). The drama continues as she tries to find out what has happened, but Bram has disappeared and slowly, facts come to light that leave her reeling.

This is a really interesting format for a book. The story is basically told via a podcast and a word document, each being the point of view of one of the main characters. It’s very compelling.

The main characters are really well developed and although Bram has many faults, he remains likeable in spite of them. I wanted to not like him, but found that impossible. Fi is not perfect either. They’re human…I guess that explains it for the most part.

The other characters too, are well drawn and along with the plot, they all combine to reel you in and keep you on the hook.

I loved this book. The plot was really interesting and told in an easy, comfortable style. There was a good build up of tension and there was that frisson of fear behind it all, that this could really happen.

Great book. Highly recommend.



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Hannah is a workaholic. She has virtually no life outside of work, but then she doesn’t trust her instincts when it comes to men thanks to her last, disastrous relationship. Her family doesn’t really appreciate the complexities of her job and she never really feels like she measures up for them.

Mason is a firefighter and is captivated by Hannah after a chance meeting. When she walks away from him, he is determined to find her and get to know her better.

This is a lovely romance and oh boy, if you like steam, this book has plenty! There is plenty else to keep you interested though. There is a little suspense thrown in that will keep you guessing a while along with a few other characters varying from the sleazy to the quirky. Mason’s family….5 brothers….hooked me in too.

I loved the whole book from start to finish. I loved the main characters, who were warm and while Mason was quite straightforward, Hannah was quite complex. It made for a good mix. The steam….well yeah, that was pretty darn hot.

As a hot romance, this worked super well, so if this is your genre, this one is absolutely sigh worthy. I definitely recommend it…but find a quiet place where you can read undisturbed.




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Annie Logan is depressed and drinking too much, but then her husband is Chief of Staff to the President and while he lives in Washington DC, Annie lives in their home in Florida.

One night while using her computer, someone grabs control of it remotely and demands Annie use her influence with her husband regarding an Executive Order the President is about to sign. She must try to have it stopped or the Logan’s lives will be ruined.

Yang Lee, a Chinese national, is a master hacker and assassin for hire. He sets in motion a series of events that will leave you reeling, sitting on the edge of your seat as the story unfolds.

This is a riveting story from the start. It’s well told and the characters are well developed and believable. If you don’t think technology is scary now, you will when you read this.

I love a really good thriller and this is a really good one. It didn’t disappoint me in any way and kept me reading till I finished it. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Great plot, builds tension really well and the resolution was completely unexpected.

This is an awesome political thriller….highly recommended.


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Wow! What a fabulous second book in the Murphy Brothers series. If it was truly possible to fall in love with a character, Finn would be that character.

Finn is the quiet brother, the one who never quite fit in. As an adult he is a Professor of Literature at Stanford University, a job he loves, but he has slowly become aware that he wants something more.

When Emmy Warner stumbles into his first class of the semester, it changes everything for him….he cannot get her out of his mind.
He is, though, a consummate professional and a rule follower and he knows that he must move past it.

Emmy, having been through hell and back, just wants a chance to go to university and be a regular student, even If she is a bit older. However, she has become a subject of torture and ridicule for another student.

While Finn tries to ignore his growing feelings for Emmy, she tries to ignore the horror of her fellow student, Shelby, who, for unknown reasons, seems to have it in for her.

When Shelby’s cruelty seems to have no boundaries Finn can no longer deny his feelings and wants to protect Emmy against it all. They break all the rules and finally declare their feelings for each other. For the first time in his life, something is more important to him than rule following. But life still hasn’t finished with the two and when it all comes to a head, the Murphy family gather around them protectively.

I loved the first book in the series, but this one I truly couldn’t put down. The characters were so beautifully real and their pain (and moments of happiness) were palpable. The plot was cleverly constructed so that it was simple enough to be totally believable and yet the underlying motives were complex and suspenseful. The romance…..simply sigh worthy. It made for excellent reading.

The Murphy family quickly works its way into your heart and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. If you want a romance that has everything, I highly recommend this one.


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This is a cracking suspense novel! Lei and her partner Pono stumble on the murder scene of two young girls whilst checking on something routine. As police officers they must hand the scene over to detectives, but Lei wants in on the investigation having arrested one of the girls for possession of weed not long beforehand. Michael Stevens is the lead detective and reluctantly allows her to assist in the investigation having noticed that she uses her initiative to find clues.

When Lei starts receiving notes from a stalker, she is sure that it is somehow connected to the murder.

Lei is a wonderfully complex character and this is exceptionally well developed throughout the story. Tortured by her childhood, she struggles daily to maintain the mental stability to do her job well. In fact, all the main characters are well developed and are easy to relate to. I particularly liked the police counsellor, who unwittingly injects some humour into the story.

This is a tale with all the twists and turns one might expect from a good suspense novel and just when you think it’s safe to go back into the water……it is not.

The plot is intricately woven and the subject matter often brutal, yet Neal writes with sensitivity and integrity. Her writing style is comfortable and makes you feel right at home.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I loved the setting and the local pidgin used in the dialogue made it all very real. It was compelling reading, and read I did to the detriment of my household chores….no apologies for that though, the book was a lot more entertaining and eminently more satisfying.

I’ve read some amazing books lately and this one is right up there with them. If you like a good suspense crime novel, I highly recommend this one.




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Veiled is the story of a young woman’s trip to Saudi Arabia, which goes to hell in a hand basket from the moment she lands. Hailey is arrested by the religious police when she lands in Riyadh and is taken on a journey of horror and fear from that moment on. No spoilers here though.

I stepped out of my comfort zone in reading this Christian Thriller novel, but I was seduced by the blurb and I was not disappointed at all. This is an excellent suspense novel, filled with emotion and fear, and takes you on a journey that will both amaze and horrify you.

I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn’t overly enamoured with the main character, but as she gained inner strength and determination, it was hard not to be right there with her. Your pulse will race as the suspense builds…over and over.

It is a story of pain and fear of the unknown; of capitulation and inner strength, but it is also a story of love, of humanity, and rediscovery of faith.

Though this book may horrify many readers as they uncover this very different culture, the story is told with a good measure of sensitivity and understanding. The suspense is palpable and the outcome not really certain until the end, where it leaves you on a cliffhanger.

Will I read the next book? You betcha!


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Dean Harrison is a high-flying trader and the world is his oyster until the day it all comes crashing down around him. When he drives to Beachy Head to fling himself over, (his charmed life in tatters), he meets an old man who sends him on an unbelievable journey that will open his eyes and change him forever.

This is an oustanding debut novel! It kept me reading well into the night as I could not put it down. It is hard to define this as belonging to any one genre as it is definitely a thriller, a mystery and a suspense novel, but there is also fantasy and romance. However you define it, it most certainly belongs on your reading list.

Lince has an easy writing style that involves you right away and makes you feel right at home. His characters are brilliantly developed and it’s hard not to engage with them all. There was not one part of the book that was predictable, which is why I read it in one sitting – that ‘need to know what happens’ thing kept me glued to my chair and kept me turning pages.

This book has a lot of depth. It is about life, death and fighting for what really matters; about finding – perhaps again – the person you really are and recognising your faults. But it is also about strength, love and appreciation of the wealth that surrounds you. All that is wrapped in a well told story that will thrill and keep you on the edge of your seat.

This is a truly wonderful novel for readers of many genres. It is entertaining, compelling and wonderfully moving. I am definitely looking forward to Mr Lince’s next novel.

Highly recommended!


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