Betrayed by: Lisa Scottoline

Betrayed

This is the second book in the Rosato and DiNunzio series.  I haven’t read the first one but I wasn’t lost.  I do want to go back and read it though.

Judy is an attorney and she needs to make a name for herself within the firm.  However, she gets sidetracked by a sick aunt and a dead woman who happens to be her aunt’s best friend.  Iris is found dead in her car the evening after Judy meets her for the first time and her aunt finds it very suspicious.  Judy promises to look into what is going on and finds herself in the middle of a very dangerous situation.

There is a lot more to this story then a surface mystery.  The relationships alone are worth the read.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Book 3 for my 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge!

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Shoeless Child by: J.A. Schneider

Shoeless Child Publication Date: January 24, 2018

Book #4 in the Detective Kerri Blasco series

Summary:

A little boy has seen a horrific murder but is too traumatized to speak. Detective Kerri Blasco struggles to connect with him…

Charlie Sparkes peeks out to see his mother and another young woman brutally shot. Hysterical, the brave child bolts into the cold November night for help. He screams and cries, only to fall into more trauma.

Homicide Detective Kerri Blasco is called to the murder scene. One woman lies dead next to the blood soaked rug where Rachel Sparkes was seriously wounded. With little memory of the attack, she has been taken to the hospital – but where is her child? He too, Kerri discovers, now lies in a hospital bed, mute and traumatized in a fetal position, refusing even food and water.

Charlie must have seen what happened. Kerri’s heart aches for this piteous little boy and she struggles to help him; struggles, too to find the monster who did this horrible crime. “It’s your kind of case,” Sergeant Alex Brand, Kerri’s boss and partner tells her, stepping up police urgency when another innocent is shot, and then another.

Kerri Blasco finds herself more emotionally obsessed with this case than with any other, despite clear and onrushing danger to herself…

My Review:

I am a mystery genre junkie!  These are my favorite types of books to read and when they are written well, I am  full immersed into the story.  This is one of those books.  I have read 2 other books in this series and love them.

Detective Kerri Blasco is a tough female Detective and in this book she shows her heart of gold.  It was so touching to read about her relationship with Charlie.  His story broke my heart and I couldn’t stop reading until I knew what happened.

I think I’ve said it before but I will say it again; if you love female detectives that can kick ass and take names, this is a series you should pick up.  I find this to be in the same vein as James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series.

I can’t wait to read more!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Red Queen Dies by: Frankie Y. Bailey

The Red Queen Dies

I have had this book on my shelf for a while.  Of course I bought it because its’ title is an Alice in Wonderland reference however, this book really didn’t have much to do with Alice in Wonderland.  This is a mystery about an actress who was found murdered.  She was known for her  role as the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland.

Even though this wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, I enjoyed the mystery and would pick up the next book.  I liked the way this book was set in the future, although I would have preferred more details about some of the new equipment that the detectives were using.  Hannah McCabe is a great character and I like her methods of investigating.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Look Again by: Lisa Scottoline

Look Again

This is my very first Lisa Scottoline book and it will not be my last.  I listened to this on audio and really loved the characters in this story.  They were written so well rounded that I could believe that I was listening to a real story.

This is a story about a reporter who falls in love with a sick little boy and then is able to adopt him.  One day, she receives a flyer of a lost child in her mail and recognizes the missing boy as her son.  She struggles with trying to figure our if her child is really the boy in the photo and what to do if it is.  I wasn’t sure how this would end and if it would end abruptly but it didn’t.

I really liked this book and can’t wait to pick up more books from this author.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Are You Sleeping by:Kathleen Barber

Are You Sleeping

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
I enjoyed this book when I read it but it has been a few weeks since I finished it and I had to refresh my memory as to what it was about before writing this review.  Does that mean it isn’t memorable?  I don’t think so, I just read an awful lot. While I was reading it, it reminded my of the television show remake of Scream.  There is a reporter who has dug up the past and that has led to trouble and anger in the current times.
I did like this story and thought it was well done.  It was a mystery about a formerly solved crime that had happened years ago.  Josie is the one sister who has tried to escape and change her future completely and she finds herself dragged right back to when to her life blew up in her face.
I give this book 4 crowns.
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Final Girls by: Riley Sager

Final Girls

Description from the publisher through Netgalley:

Recognition

 July 2017 LibraryReads selection
My Review:
This was a twisty read.  I thought I had it all figured out about halfway through and I would’ve have been so disappointed if I had.  I was wrong.  This was an interesting story that revolved around 3 women who were known as Final Girls, meaning that they were the only survivors of horrific, murderous events.
The majority of this story is not really about those events but more of the lives of these women after.  We do find out what had happened during the murders but the focus is the present.
I really liked this book and it was different then the type of thrillers I normally read.  I gave this book 4 crowns.
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Bring Her Home by: David Bell

bring her home Publication Date:  July 11, 2017

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

This story is filled with twists and had me trying to figure out what was going on.  I was pretty close to solving this minus some details.  However, I did enjoy the story.  It was well thought out and detailed.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.