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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What We Have: A Family’s Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survival by: Amy Boesky

What We Have

I picked this book up at the Dollar Tree and then found it on Overdrive to listen to in my car.  I had no expectations going into this book since I had no real idea of what it was about.

This is a story about a woman who grew up in a household in which all of the past generations of women on her maternal side have dies early due to cancer.  Amy has always known that she was a high risk for ovarian cancer and had a plan to have children and remove her ovaries by a specific time in her life.

This sounds like a morbid book but it really was more about the familial bond and the love and survival skills that each woman in Amy’s family have.  Yes, it was heartbreaking but it was also empowering because each woman could decide for herself what the best thing for their family would be.

I liked this book and it was well written and entertaining.  I know that sounds weird to say that a book about living with a cancer risk is entertaining but it wasn’t all about that.  It was about life.

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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Love Lies Beneath by: Ellen Hopkins

Love Lies Beneath

So this is one of 2 of the last Ellen Hopkins’ books that I had left to read.  This is unlike her YA books in that this is not told in prose.  I’ve heard many people say that they did not like this book but I really enjoyed it.  She does have some prose throughout the book and her writing style flows very well throughout this book.

I loved the premise of this story and appreciated the twists that Ellen Hopkins usually provides her readers.  If you haven’t read anything by this author before, I think you should give her a chance.

I gave this book 4 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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See What I Have Done by: Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

Recognition

 August 2017 Indie Next selection
My Review:
Before reading this, I really didn’t know anything about Lizzie Borden and the horrific details of her life.  I went into this book thinking it would be a good mystery based on a true story.  This is a debut novel for this author and it was a good first book.
I am not sure how I feel about the story.  I did find myself interested in what happened but it did drag at times for me.  I was thoroughly annoyed at the ending of the book I feel as if the author ran out of things to say.  I do understand that the conclusion of the Lizzie Borden case was one in which everyone felt satisfied with, but for me, the book ended abruptly.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Goddesses by: Swan Huntley

The Goddesses

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
Wow!  I finished this book this morning and I am stunned.  I was emotionally invested in this story and these characters, it was as if they were people I knew.  Nancy was going through a difficult period in her life and she found a friendship with Ana that she desperately needed.  Ana was a free spirit who showed Nancy a different way to live.
Nancy struggled to decide if she wanted to be the woman that she was in the States or if she was going to reinvent herself.  Ana made that choice easy for Nancy.  As their relationship became stronger, Nancy’s home life started to fall apart.
This was a psychological thriller that read like contemporary fiction.  I was hooked.  I highly recommend this book.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.