Posts Tagged ‘thriller’

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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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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Sidney Ryan is an up and coming documentary film maker. When she decides to take on investigating a ten year old murder case, she finds herself mired in mishandled evidence. With the help of various outsiders to the case, she stumbles onto the resolution with explosive consequences.

This is a gripping story which will keep you guessing all the way through the investigation. It is well written and cleverly constructed to keep your interest piqued, and just when you think you have a handle on it…you don’t.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and though the ending blew me away, I found I wanted more. That said, there was no cliffhanger, but I was left with the feeling that it wasn’t over. Will this turn into a series? I’m not sure, but I’ll be there to read the next one if there is. Hell, I’ll read Donlea’s next book period!

A really great read for anyone who doesn’t like predictability. Highly recommended.




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The President’s twin daughters disappear sparking an FBI investigation. Supreme Court Justice Warren Alexander, a former FBI agent, gets involved in the investigation and when his law clerk also disappears, he is convinced the two cases are connected.

The three bodies are all found at Blackhall, the family estate of his son in law, Davis Rideout.

This story has it all; sex, politics, blackmail and murder. It’s a twisty legal thriller, an intriguing murder investigation, and in the background, the dark family history surrounding Blackhall.

It is a gripping tale that will definitely grab you right at the start and hold you enthralled till the end. The characters are well developed and the plot is cleverly constructed, providing plenty of unexpected surprises. The author’s writing style is straight forward and unemotional, totally appropriate to the story, and the scientific details of DNA are clearly explained so as to be understandable even to my unscientific brain.

I loved it! It kept me on the edge of my seat and the journey to the truth excited me every step of the way. It’s a great read in every sense and I highly recommend it.


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This is an amazing thriller written with compassion and integrity. It tells the story of a double murder….a very high profile double murder…and clearly illustrates how the well connected can skew an investigation to suit their needs.

The main character, Michael O’Higgins, is one of the detectives on the case. He is a tortured man, having just come back to work after months of leave following the death of his wife in a tragic accident. His story is the mainstay of the book for me. A veteran of the war in Iraq, he wades through his guilt about his wife’s death with little direction, despite his ongoing therapy. But though his mind is troubled, he has an inner strength that will not give up.

Asha’s husband, Rishi, was murdered in their home, along with her nanny. All Indian nationals, the high profile family is splashed all over the media in the US as well as their homeland and Michael (along with his partner) is pressured to resolve the case quickly.

I loved this book! The characters were exceptionally well developed and the storylines intricately interwoven. It is a carefully crafted tale of one man’s journey from despair to healing; of his determination to do the right thing, whether that appeases the powers that be or not.

It’s gripping, emotional and the insights into Hindu culture were fascinating. Highly recommended.


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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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