Audiobook Review: Bullseye by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Release date: August 1, 2016

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Genre: Thriller

Narrator: Danny Mastrogiorgio

Goodreads blurb: 

Caught in the crossfire of a deadly standoff, Detective Michael Bennett must kill…or be killed.

Tensions between America and Russia are the highest they’ve been since the Cold War. As the countries’ Presidents travel to the United Nations to iron out their differences, a fashionable husband and wife team of lethal assassins prowls the streets of Manhattan hunting their prey–a professor hiding a scandalous secret. Their next target: the extremely popular President of the United States of America. Pulled away from his family and pressed into service, Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of a threat that could rip the country apart–and what he finds may turn the Cold War red hot once again. With allegiances constantly in doubt and no one above suspicion, only Bennett can step into the line of fire to save the President before the deadly kill shot hits its mark.


I’m such a huge fan of the Detective Michael Bennett series and James Patterson in general. There is a reason that he’s a global phenomenon and he never disappoints. This is the ninth book in the Michael Bennett series, but you could easily read this as a standalone. 

Oftentimes in this series there is a large focus on the Bennett family or they are somehow linked to Michael’s investigation. This time, we see very little of the family and things focus more on a separate case involving the President of the United States. I was slightly bummed out that we didn’t hear much from Seamus or Mary Catherine but I’m confident we will see more of them in the future. There is a secondary storyline with one of the ten Bennett children, Brian that offered some insight into his character which was nice.

Bullseye read more like a political thriller than some of the previous books in the series. There is a husband and wife assassin team targeting the President and Bennett and the NYPD must bring them down as the consequences if they are successful are too terrible to fathom. If you’re a weapons fan, this is for you. There was plenty of talk about various guns and while I may as well have been listening to a foreign language, my husband was impressed when he overheard a few chapters.

Mastrogiorgio is one of my favorite audiobook narrators and once again he really brought Michael Bennett to life. His voice is exactly what I would imagine Bennett to sound like and I’m always reminded that I’m so glad I’ve listened to this entire series instead of read them myself. 

No one does explosive, dynamic scenes like Patterson. His pacing is so spot on, per usual, and every chapter ends on some sort of cliffhanger. The tension is palpable and you can feel the urgency in each chapter. This book is classic Patterson with a good guys versus bad guys theme and there is no better good guy than Detective Bennett. Even though you know who the bad guy is, it’s still an exciting game of cat and mouse that ends in an action packed, nonstop conclusion. I cannot wait for book number ten!

Overall rating: 4/5

Huge thanks to Hachette Audio for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday Shoutout: Q & A with Claire Seeber

I’ve been thinking about starting a new feature for awhile now and I’m so excited to start today! I was inspired in part by Aimee at Hello Chick Lit and her post about book bloggers supporting other book bloggers. I thought it was a fantastic idea, and I’ll be incorporating my support for other bloggers in the coming weeks. Every Saturday I’ll be doing some sort of shoutout post highlighting something or someone book related. It may be one of my favorite bloggers, a specific book, a publisher, etc. If anyone else wants to participate feel free, I think this will be fun!

For my very first week I’m delighted to bring you a Q & A from Claire Seeber the amazing author of The Stepmother. I read  her book a couple months ago and really liked it, especially the unique take on the tale of Snow White.

Q & A

1. What’s a typical writing day for you look like? Describe your perfect writing environment.

I write when the kids are at school; I like the early mornings in theory, my brain seems to work better – but I have to wait ‘til I’ve got everyone out from under my feet! My perfect environment would be a lovely garden with coffee on tap, not too hot but sunny! I’m very lucky that I have a fantastic view onto our garden & a little park behind with a duck pond, swans and herons flying around.


2. How did you get started writing? Was it something that you’ve always loved?

I worked in TV as a director for years and whilst doing that, started writing features for the broadsheets. I also started a screenplay & a novel that didn’t get much past a chapter but turned out to be my 2nd thriller, BAD FRIENDS. It’s about a TV producer being stalked.


3. Who are your favorite writers/inspirations?

 I guess for the kind of thriller I’ve been writing since around 2004 when I started LULLABY, my first book just after having my first baby, it would be Daphne du Maurier & then Nicci French seemed to be doing a new kind of thriller. My guilty pleasure was always Jilly Cooper so maybe I mixed a bit of that kind of comic romance thing in too!


4. Anything you can tell us about upcoming projects? 

Oooh….it’s all a bit up in the air at the moment: I’ve written something quite different which might come out under a different name. That’s a secret though!


5. Normally how do you develop plots/characters?

 Brief us on your process. I usually have a germ of an idea that’s been hanging around for a while. I write everything down in a notebook because otherwise I forget, and then when it comes to writing a new book, I discuss it briefly with my agent or editor.


6. Favorite character from one of your own novels? 

 I do like DI Joe Silver who is in LULLABY & FRAGILE MINDS. He’s no nonsense, straight talking & slightly tormented – but the ladies love him! Rose Miller was probably my favourite ‘heroine’ from NEVER TELL, and I like her son Freddie too who was definitely modelled on my boys!


7. Preferred method for readers to contact you? 

 Twitter/ Facebook/ through my website – though not sure my email on that works very well! I’m useless with technology.


8. On average, how long does it take you to write a book? 

 I wrote THE STEPMOTHER quite quickly as I was under real time constraints: it was 6 months from start to finish probably. It meant I could focus my mind.


10. Which one of your characters do you relate to the most?

 Good question! Rose Miller, probably, or parts of Laurie in 24 HOURS, who was tormented by loving the wrong person, which is something so many of us do. It’s not based on my first marriage though, as many people assumed! My ex was nothing like Sid.  


11. If writing wasn’t your career what would you be doing?

I’m training in psychology/ to be a counselor, so that’s something I’m really interested in. If I went back to school and started again, I’d prob do a job like Rose Miller did, e.g. be a foreign news correspondent trying to bring vital news to the world. Or something useful. I’d like to say a doctor, but just didn’t have the right logical mind for that.


12. What’s the best compliment that you’ve received about your work? 

 Any time someone contacts me and says they really enjoyed something I’ve written, that’s enough for me! Or if the subject moves them because it’s something they’ve been through, I am really pleased. A really top agent said something I’d written (not a thriller) reminded her of some truly classic books and that brought tears to my eyes.


13. I adore the cover for The Stepmother did you have in part in the design? 

Thank you! I can’t take credit: I talked it through with my editor Keshini; she always wanted a mirror as the working title was ‘Mirror Mirror’, but the first image didn’t work apparently, and then they came up with the idea of the rose. It’s very striking isn’t it?


14. Was there any specific topics or issues you researched for The Stepmother? 

 I know a lot about stepfamilies as I grew up in one, and now am a stepmother (sort of, we’re not actually married). I read a lot of versions of Snow White too. I also looked at current affairs for the Marlena side of the book; I knew quite a lot about the Leveson enquiry because of my journalistic roots, and I was interested in the idea of regrets over phone hacking. I would like to explore that more actually.  

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You can purchase The Stepmother here

Thanks so much to Claire for taking the time to join me! Also to Kim at Bookouture who is just a star.

Review: Girl Number One by Jane Holland


Release date: September 27, 2016

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Goodreads blurb: 

As a young child, Eleanor Blackwood witnessed her mother’s murder in woods near their farm. The killer was never found. 

Now an adult, Eleanor discovers a woman’s body in the same spot in the Cornish woods where her mother was strangled eighteen years before. But when the police get there, the body has disappeared. 

Is Eleanor’s disturbed mind playing tricks on her again, or has her mother’s killer resurfaced? And what does the number on the dead woman’s forehead signify? 


For once, I really do not have a whole to say. I usually cut myself off in reviews because I do not want to ramble on and on and bore you guys. I’m feeling apathetic about this book though so this will shorter than usual.

Things started out pretty well here. The premise was strong for me and I usually enjoy books where the heroine is unsure of herself and wonders if she’s cracking up. Eleanor finds a dead woman in the same woods where her mother was killed years earlier. By the time the police arrive, there is no body. Then, she gets the sensation that she is being watched, often. Is she losing her mind? Has she already gone mad and hasn’t even realized it herself?

Ellie was a pretty boring character despite  all the drama in her life. She came off as very cold and detached. She shows no emotion whatsoever when she finds a dead women in the same place her own mother died! That’s when I knew I wasn’t going to be able to connect with her much. Later, she thinks it’s a good idea to sleep with a man who is one of her own main suspects as the killer. She totally lost me then, I just can’t. Her character was also under developed, as were all the characters in this book.

I guessed very early on who the killer was which is always a huge let down. I swear I only end up finishing the book so I can know that I was right and feel justified in my rightness. When the big climactic scene finally comes, (parts of this were very slow, especially for a so called thriller) there was just no excitement. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t muster any up, I’m not sure. The motivation for the string of murders was weak too and I was holding onto my last hope, thinking maybe that would provide something unique. 

Overall rating: 2.5/5

Thanks to Thomas and Mercer for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

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Release date: July 26, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Literary Fiction 

Goodreads blurb:

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. 

As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. 

While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever. 


I often feel that when I finish a really fantastic book that it is harder for me to write a review on it than it is to write one for a book that was just alright for me. I went through such a wide and varied range of emotions while reading this one that it is rather difficult to process my thoughts and feelings, much less put them into words that give this piece of work the credit that it is due, but I will do my best.

This is yet another book where I feel the reader should go into it knowing as little as possible, so I apologize in advance if I’m annoyingly vague. The story is told from the perspective of Fielding Bliss, who is now elderly but was thirteen in the summer of 1984 when the devil came to his town of Breathed, Ohio. The town itself is its own character as the heart and soul of this book is based on this town on the brink. It’s apparent from the get go that terrible things will happen in Breathed during the summer, but what actually takes place is deeper and more bothersome than anyone could possibly imagine.

I’m amazed that this is McDaniel’s debut novel as she writes like a seasoned pro. Her use of language is powerful, hypnotic and haunting and the symbolism has such a lyrical beauty to it. On top of her stellar writing, she is unabashedly bold in the topics she covers. She tackles, racism, homophobia, abuse, death, AIDS, and cult like mentalities. All very heavy, but somehow, despite the seriousness of all of these topics, she manages to bring such a profound clarity to important issues. Every single character is well crafted and complex, from Autopsy, Stella, Grand, Sal, Eloheim and the various residents of Breathed. I was very engrossed in these people’s lives and invested in what their outcome would be, even if I knew that there were ominous things ahead. 

For me, one sign of a great book is when it makes me feel. Well, I really felt a plethora of things both during and since I finished this. I was heartbroken, angry, saddened, devastated, in utter disbelief, but most importantly to me, I felt like this was like no other book I have read before, it is in its own unique and original category and I cannot wait to see what McDaniel comes up with next.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to Chelsea at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me and the author for my copy.

Cover Reveal: Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz






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RENEGADE RED, the sequel to the award-winning novel SHATTERED BLUE will be available in THREE special edition covers, in both Hardcover and Paperback, in March 2017! Distribution from online sites and into bookstores will be random, so you have a chance to collect them all— the POET EDITION, the WARRIOR EDITION, and the very exclusive TRAVELER EDITION. Happy hunting, and learn more at!

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Exclusive covers reveal: 'Renegade Red' by Lauren Bird Horowitz

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Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue— the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy— in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.

Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?

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Kirkus Reviews

“A fantastical tale of love and betrayal…colorful world-building…more than enough emotion and angst to keep any romance-loving teenager glued to the pages, and the promise of a trilogy will keep them eagerly anticipating the next book…VERDICT Librarians with a large fantasy readership should invest in the print version of this title.” – School Library Journal

“A book to fall for”


“Not your average fairy tale… will have you clamoring for more of a story that you didn’t see coming…new and surprising.”


“Magic, action and a really, really attractive love interest… what more could you want?”


“A love story you won’t soon forget… A story of of protection sacrifice and love”


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For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?


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Lauren Bird Horowitz, screenwriter and novelist, has won an enthusiastic following for her innovative, lyrical poetic voice. Her debut novel Shattered Blue: Book One of The Light Trilogy, won the 2016 Independent Publishers’ (IPPY) Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction, as well as Finalist honors in the 2016 USA Book Awards for Best New Fiction and Best New Fantasy, the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction, and the 2016 International Book Award for Best Fantasy. It was also listed as one of USA Today’s top romances of 2015, and selected as a notable book by BuzzFeed, Popsugar, Hypable, San Francisco Book Review, Glitter, The Culturalist, Teen Reads, Maria, Bustle and others.

Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, where she won several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction and Winthrop-Sargent Prize for writing. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America. Bird lives in Kauai and Los Angeles.




Top 5 Wednesday 

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly post that is hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes and there is also a Goodreads group where you can find more information. This weeks topic is characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with.

Characters I wouldn’t want to trade places with:

I feel like this is a fairly obvious choice, but I couldn’t help but put it on my list. Seriously, who would really want to trade places with Katniss? I would’ve been dead within the first minute of the Games beginning so there would not have even been a full book, much less an entire series.

Theodore Finch from All the Bright Places is my next choice. He is just such a tormented character, I wouldn’t want to live with all his pain. I still need to write my review for this one, I listened to it and it was really great.

Paige from My Girl is my next pick. If you’ve read this then you’ll immediately know why I picked her. If not, I’m afraid I don’t want to spoil things, just trust me when I say no one wants to be her.

Poor Anna from No Turning Back. She has to make a quick decision in order to save the life of her infant daughter and kills a teenage boy to protect her.I can’t imagine being in that situation! She deals with intense media scrutiny, guilt and some other awful things I can’t reveal. 

Jessie from Last to Die is my final choice. At the beginning of the book there is a shooting at the school where she teaches. As if that isn’t enough of a reason to not want to switch with her, she soon begins to be hunted by a sadistic killer named Caleb. No thank you!

What characters would you guys not want to trade places with? Do you agree with any of my choices? 

Review: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris 

Release date: August 9, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Goodreads blurb:

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? 


This book you guys. My God. It grabbed me tightly and never let me go until the very last word. I had been highly anticipating getting to the point in my TBR schedule where I could finally read this one because several of my most trusted fellow book bloggers had raved about it. The Twitter hashtag is #staysingle, how intriguing is that?! I can wholeheartedly join them in agreement that this is one of my top psychological thrillers of 2016. 

Within the first scene, the reader is immediately aware that there is something very off about Jack and Grace’s marriage. They seem like the perfect couple, especially when they’re around their friends and the general public, but everyone knows that things are not always as they seem. What secret are the two of them keeping? Which one of them is a frighteningly different person behind closed doors? It’s a chilling and darkly disturbing journey to the truth.

I need to warn you that there are parts of this book that are hard to read. I’m not very delicate when it comes to what I like to read, but even I found myself distressed at several points while reading this one. What is actually happening in their home is unnerving, sick, and horrifying and there is a level of manipulation and cunning that is unmatched. Even though I was quite panicky at times while reading this, I like that sort of book and enjoy the tension desperate situations create.

Paris is a gifted writer and was able to keep me on my toes the entire time. She painstakingly crafted this novel while delivering domestic noir at its finest. That ending. Wow. It sent a cold chill up and down my spine and I had one of those moments where I slowly put the book down and just stared off into space while processing what I had just read.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to BookSparks for my copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Review: 14 Days to Die by A.B. Whelan

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Release date: January 13, 2016

Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery

Goodreads blurb:

To what extent would you go to avenge your husband’s infidelity?

Stay-at-home mom Sarah Johnson has the perfect family—a handsome, hardworking husband and two healthy and beautiful children. At least, that’s what she’s been telling herself for years. After the tragedies in her youth, Sarah deemed living a lie easier than dwelling on the past and facing her everyday failures. To avoid any kind of confrontation at home she doesn’t read her husband’s emails or spy on him like most jealous wives do. She wouldn’t jeopardize her comfortable but dull life for anything. 

But Sarah’s world is about to crumble around her when she receives a phone call from a man with a heavy foreign accent telling her that her perfect husband has put a price on her head. She is offered two weeks to come up with a counteroffer or die. Why would her model husband Mike want her dead? Hasn’t she been the perfect wife? Or has her karma finally caught up with her—making her pay for her former transgressions? The final countdown begins and now Sarah has to race against time to find out what went wrong in her marriage and find a way out of this nightmare. 

So the game of life or death begins. Secrets are unveiled. Emotions are unleashed. Actions are taken. 

Will there be a winner in this dangerous game when no one can escape the twist of fate? 


I won 14 Days to Die from my sweet friend Chelsea at The Suspense is Thrilling Me. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do! Not only is she absolutely lovely, she has awesome reviews and fun giveaways. When I saw her review and subsequent Q & A with the author I just knew I had to read this one. The premise is totally intriguing, kill your own husband or be killed?! Crazy interesting! So when I found out I won the giveaway I was ecstatic!

I mentioned before in a Top 5 Wednesday post that the opening line of this book is one of my favorites. It says, “It was a fine winters day that eighth of February when I decided to kill my husband.” Intense and captivating, right?! So clearly, you jump right into the action, there is no slow buildup, just bang on straight into the action. I loved that and appreciated not having to wait awhile to get to the good stuff. It begins on Day 14 and each chapter counts down as Sarah has to decide what she should do. Does she kill her selfish and despicable husband? And if she does, then how? She doesn’t want to be away from her two children so she has to be smart about this and all of her knowledge on how to get away with murder comes from watching CSI

I really liked Sarah, probably because I can relate to her so much. No, my husband hasn’t hired a hit man to off me. At least as far as I know… But because she is a stay at home mom trying her hardest to keep her husband happy and raise healthy and happy children. I know how tedious staying home can be so I found myself really connecting with her. She’s also a book blogger which was fun. There were some scenes where she decides to get revenge in small ways that cracked me up. Using her husband, Mike’s toothbrush to clean the toilet was my favorite, so evil yet appropriate, Mike is such a scumbag.

Despite the fact that I read so many thrillers I felt that this concept was unique in its own way. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me engaged and although I had thought through several possible outcomes for the ending I wasn’t even remotely close, it totally shocked me, in a good way. My only small complaint was that there were several times that I had to suspend disbelief. One example was when Sarah strikes up a relationship with her neighbor, Bruce. The whole thing moved really fast and I found it to be off, but hey, who knows what I would do if I found myself in her scary and unfortunate situation? It really didn’t bother me all that much as I read many books where I have to suspend disbelief in order to really enjoy the story.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Chelsea and the author for my copy, you guys are the best!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Is a weekly post to share what you recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this week. It’s hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate

What I Read Last Week: 

This was so fantastic! 

I liked this slower paced thriller.

I loved this psychological thriller, definitely one of my top books of 2016.

I switched to some lighter stuff and this one was just so heartwarming.

Tracy Buchanan is one of my newfound favorites and I really liked this one.

This one was simply lovely and really festive.
What I’m Currently Reading: 

Heard nothing but great things about this one and so far I can see why!

Up Next: 

How was your week last week? What are you reading this week?

Review: The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

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Release date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: William Morrow

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Goodreads blurb: 

The latest novel in the Will Trent series from No. 1 bestelling author, Karin Slaughter.

A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It’s the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim – a woman – has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city’s biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete – a local hero protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.

But for Will – and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI’s newest medical examiner – the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will’s troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.

But Sara’s scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out . . . 


Will Trent is back y’all!!!! If you’re like me and have been anxiously awaiting the latest installment in this series, rest assured you will not be disappointed. Karin Slaughter has done it again! She always manages to break my heart then slowly and painstakingly pieces it back together and this was no exception. This will be a difficult review for me to write as I do not want to even hint at a spoiler, but here we go!

This is the eighth book in the Will Trent series and I strongly recommend reading the previous books before reading this. Slaughter has so deeply, and beautifully, developed all of the characters in this series and you would be missing out on critical pieces of this story if you started with book eight. In fact, I really think you should go all the way back to book one in her Grant County series to start. It just makes the most sense as these series basically merged with the first book in the Will Trent series.

 I’m so happy that Sara is now officially part of the team! It was inevitable but I was still really pleased to hear it. I was also super excited to see that Will and Sara are still together. Those two just slay me. Sigh. Then we have Angie. Another sigh. I think it’s pretty safe to say that anyone who has read this series loathes this woman. She’s completely despicable and has zero redeeming qualities. Imagine my surprise to feel sympathy for this monster while reading this book. I know, I’ll take my cone of shame now. But it really was absolutely fascinating to find out more about Angie and what made her who she is today. I still don’t like her, but Slaughter made me understand her more.

Per Slaughter’s usual style, this book is dark, disturbing, violent and graphic. I love that but just a warning if that stuff is not your cup of tea. Slaughter’s writing is so vivid that I really can picture myself standing in a crime scene next to Will, Faith, Sara and Amanda. The descriptions she writes really force the reader to imagine the scene and even if it’s twisted and sick, I really like being able to immerse myself so fully in a book. Fans of police procedurals will gobble this book up as its a well executed classic in that manner. She does manage to inject humor right at the perfect moment, which the reader needs just as much as the characters. Speaking of these characters, they are so beautifully complex. I’m always emotional when reading her novels, mostly because I’m so invested and connected to these characters and their lives.If you couldn’t already tell, Will is my favorite. He’s so vulnerable and wounded but so very love able. 

The action really ramps up in the second half of the book as it flashes back and adds details I was dying to learn. Slaughter brilliantly drops bread crumbs along the way that leave the reader frustrated, confused, and most importantly entirely engaged and dying to find out what really happened. Then she hits you with constant twists and turns that always manage to shock and awe me. 

I could blab about this book and series all day long, but without revealing plot details, I’ll stop here. Just read this book, this series, read anything by Karin Slaughter. She’s a master at her craft and as Gillian Flynn is quoted as saying on the front cover, “I’d follow her anywhere.” Amen Gillian, amen.

Overall rating: 5/5

Huge thanks to William Morrow and Edelweiss for my copy in exchange for an honest review.