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In the Light of What We See
In the Light of What We See
by Sarah Painter
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.50
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PSYCHIC SISTERS, May 9, 2016
With hints of a love story and a dash of the supernatural IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT WE SEE by Sarah Painter takes the reader into the lives of Grace and Mina two women whose stories and lives, while separated by eighty years, share several common threads ranging from their psychic gifts and their obsessive stalker-like suitors to the Brighton hospital in which they are both employed.

As their individual stories unfold in alternating chapters, the narrative flows smoothly between the different eras as their back stories are slowly revealed. Even the supporting characters like Graces friend and roommate Evie and Mina's Aunt Pat are well drawn and bring yet another layer to the tale.

This is the perfect book to take with you to the beach this summer or to curl up with on a rainy afternoon.
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Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.19
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NOT SO GLORIOUS SIDE OF WAR, May 3, 2016
If you ever begin to doubt the power of a good story then Chris Cleve’s insightful and dramatic novel about the effects of WWII on British citizens in general and three lives in particular, should be the next book on your “to be read” list.

EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN examines the war’s effect on complex family and personal relationships and captures the telling details with wonderful authenticity by giving readers an in depth look into the lives of its eclectic characters, in this expertly woven tale of love, jealousy, sadness, acceptance, fraternity and freedom.

Compassionate, graceful and vividly rendered, EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN is a timeless tale of the durability of love and a celebration of ordinary people whose lives have been shredded by the horrors of war.

Murder In Missoula
Murder In Missoula
by Laurence Giliotti
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONTANA MAYHEM, April 30, 2016
This review is from: Murder In Missoula (Paperback)
MURDER IN MISSOULA highlights the fact that Laurence Giliotti is a gifted writer with a knack for blending vivid settings, exciting plots, and dynamic characters to create a fast paced novel of murder and suspense.

Within the pages of this captivating thriller we meet Charles Durbin, a creepy pet groomer whose real talent lies in the realm of serial murder and mayhem. He has recently relocated to Missoula and is fixated on a couple potential victims, recently divorced college professor Marie-Justine and her longtime friend Anne. Decisions, decisions!

Enter Joe Nicoletti, retired DEA agent and likely murder suspect due to the fact that his arrivals and departures from Missoula appear to coincide with a previous murder. Naturally he is attracted to Marie-Justine AND her friend Anne. The plot thickens!

There are more interesting characters and much more suspense wrapped up in this fast paced novel but I will not divulge any more of the story. Why should I ruin your pleasure of discovery.

That Darkness (A Gardiner and Renner Novel)
That Darkness (A Gardiner and Renner Novel)
by Lisa Black
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.18
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE NATURE OF EVIL, April 26, 2016
The services of Maggie Gardner, a Cleveland forensic investigator, are called for when the unidentified body of a young girl is discovered at a local cemetery. Maggie is a woman determined to collect every tiny scrap of evidence to determine who killed this girl and why. Later, when the bodies of four men are found, each shot with .22 caliber bullets, Maggie’s investigation becomes a full blown obsession as she pieces together forensic clues from each of the dump sites that indicate that the murders have a common thread (pun intended) that may connect at least one of these victims to the hapless girl in the morgue. What are the motives in each case and could they be the work of a serial killer?

The serial killer in question is a cop on a mission to punish the guilty who have evaded the justice system on several occasions and are walking free (sounds a bit like the T.V. series Lucifer or Dexter with a bit of Paul Kersey thrown in for good measure). His goal is to administer his own particular brand of justice by removing the predators from the community as well as fulfilling his own personal vendetta. What is THAT DARKNESS that drives him?

Needless to say the paths of Maggie and our killer/hero cross during their attempts to fulfill their individual goals in this tangled psychological web formed from a combination of love and loathing in which author Lisa Black leads us to question our own beliefs about morality and justice.

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Ankle Support, Aegend Sports Breathable and Adjustable Neoprene Ankle Support Wraps [Legend Protector Series], Black, One Size

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RELIEVES PAIN IN BOTH YOUR ANKLE AND YOUR WALLET, April 21, 2016
I have had trouble with my left foot/ankle ever since I broke the foot in two places several years ago. This has caused recurring occasions of acute pain and swelling. When the pain flares up I usually end up at the local podiatrist office. The last time I was there he sold me an ankle/foot wrap for the “bargain price” of $80.00. Granted, it has three parts instead of one and does support the foot/ankle but when I learned the price the pain in my foot was diverted to my wallet!

When I was given an opportunity to receive a free Aegend ankle support in return for an honest review, I figured “why not, what do I have to lose”. In order to provide a fair appraisal of the product I have been using it for a few months and have to say that it does provide very good support and is easy to get in to versus the “Chinese puzzle” support I received from the doctor that takes me ten minutes to figure out. I wear the Aegend support when I am going shopping, performing my volunteer duties for a local organization or just go for a walk because, as I previously mentioned, it is quick and easy to get into plus it relieves the pressure on the foot as well as providing an adequate amount of support for performance of those activities. Also, the support is made from a material that is soft, molds to the foot, doesn’t cause my foot to sweat and become uncomfortably damp and best of all is not abrasive on my skin.

This ankle support performs well and is affordably priced. Thank you to the supplier for the opportunity to discover an item that works almost as well as the exorbitantly priced medically prescribed variety.

Surveillance (A Chris Bruen Novel)
Surveillance (A Chris Bruen Novel)
by Reece Hirsch
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.89
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SMILE YOU'RE ON CANDID CAMERA, April 14, 2016
A man walks into an office and suddenly all hell breaks loose.

Prepare to enter the distinctive and formidable mind of Reece Hirsch and set aside the time to lose yourself in his latest Chris Bruen thriller - - because once you begin reading you won’t be able to stop until you reach the final page. Hirsch takes the reader into the fascinating and bone-chilling world of cyber SURVEILLANCE where every person in the world can be tracked utilizing closed circuit television cameras, keystrokes on a computer as well as drones and GPS systems. NOTE: Fans of the television series Person of Interest should find this book be right up your alley.

Hirsch has crafted an impeccable thriller filled with tension and graphic detail that could have been lifted directly from today’s headlines. This latest installment finds Chris Bruen and his girlfriend, one time hacker Zoey Doucet, involved with a unholy trinity of threats from sources including (but not limited to) a nefarious government agency and the Sinaloa drug cartel, both of whom employ people who are most adept at “making problems disappear” . Hirsch has left some of questions unanswered and a couple of situations unresolved so it is obvious that there will be another novel featuring our hero and his gal-pal.

If murder, mayhem, government whistleblowers and conspiracies “float your boat” then set aside some uninterrupted time and climb aboard this roller coaster ride into the world of Big Brother!

Try Not to Breathe: A Novel
Try Not to Breathe: A Novel
by Holly Seddon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.15
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PULLING SECRETS FROM THE DEPTHS, April 9, 2016
TRY NOT TO BREATHE is another tale of self- destruction featuring a “no so functioning” female alcoholic. Freelance writer Alex Dale, whose love of the bottle has cost her a marriage as well as a relatively successful career in journalism, undertakes an assignment to write a piece about the coma ward at a local hospital. It is there that she crosses paths with Amy, a victim who has been in a coma since she was raped and left for dead fifteen years earlier, and she compulsively begins to investigate what happened to Amy

Points of view are expressed by Alex, Jacob and his mother as well as Amy’s subconscious voice and are chronicled in dedicated chapters making the shifts in time and character fairly easy to follow. As for the characters themselves - each and every one is flawed in one way or another and dysfunction appears to be the order of the day, making it difficult for the reader to care about or relate to any of them. Granted, one does not have to like the characters in order to enjoy a book and I will admit that the concept of communicating with comatose patients and those suffering from neurological disorders via MRI was an intriguing concept but was not enough to redeem this story----nor was the “reveal” at the end.

Overall, this narrative was good, but not great. 31/2 stars

The Locket (The Rainey Chronicles Book 1)
The Locket (The Rainey Chronicles Book 1)
Price: $5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SECRETS AND CONNECTIONS, April 5, 2016
Fans of historical fiction who enjoy the works of authors such as Robert Goddard, Raymond Khoury or Katherine Neville will find THE LOCKET by B. G. Cousins a real treat. The novel covers subjects ranging from the Russian Revolution to WWI and how two families, the Rainey’s and the Clarke’s figure into these events. Adding to the intrigue is the unusual ancient sword always carried by Captain Robert Rainey and a locket containing a picture of his sister Elizabeth kept as a talisman by Lt. Jeremy Clarke. The secrets connected to these items and their effect on the lives of the three primary characters make for great reading. Each individual is alive on the page complete with flesh and blood emotions and the descriptive battle scenes do their part in adding to the adventure.

Granted, it is necessary for the reader to suspend logic and surrender to the author’s vivid imagination at some points in the story, but isn’t that the purpose of a really entertaining novel - - - to engage our imagination and vicariously take us to other places and times. THE LOCKET delivers on all counts.
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The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay)
The Rejected Writers' Book Club (Southlea Bay)
by Suzanne Kelman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.07
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIGHT READING FUN, April 3, 2016
THE REJECTED WRITER’S BOOK CLUB by Suzanne Kelman puts me in mind of the books of Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher. As with these two authors, Kelman offers strong characterizations and a clear-eyed depiction of women’s friendships. She also adds her own brand of humor to the antics of this unusual group of ladies who, under the guidance of their leader Doris Newberry, celebrate the rejection of their writing efforts with tea and cakes.

When she is asked to join the group librarian Janet Johnson, a recent California transplant is mystified. She is not a writer and she definitely doesn’t feel any initial kinship with this loony group of ladies.

Two separate events result in this unlikely group embarking on a road trip to San Francisco. A series of mishaps result in the ladies becoming involved with a variety of situations that bring them face to face with everything from landslides to a haunted house as well as characters ranging from a homeless man seeking shelter to a handsome young stranger who is attracted to one lady particular. As unlikely as some of the situations are, they definitely do measure up in the entertainment category.

So, put on your traveling shoes and join the rejected writers on this humorous adventure as they journey from their small enclave of Southsea Bay, Washington to the streets of San Francisco seeking solutions to their problems, building the bonds of friendship and having the time of their lives.

Far From True: A Promise Falls Novel (Promise Falls Trilogy)
Far From True: A Promise Falls Novel (Promise Falls Trilogy)
by Linwood Barclay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.47
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STILL WAITING FOR A SOLUTION, March 31, 2016
I did not read Linwood Barclay’s BROKEN PROMISE prior to reading its sequel FAR FROM TRUE, which continues the interweaving tales of the inhabitants of Promise Falls, but I don’t feel that it was detrimental to my enjoyment of this installment.

For any reader who did not read the first book, Barclay does an excellent job of filling the reader in with a plethora of information about the various characters and their back stories. There are quite a few characters to keep track of as well as plot threads that include everything from explosions, multiple murders, and neighborhood sex-capades, to slimy political maneuvering, blackmail threats and a foiled kidnapping. From PI Cal Weaver and the police detective with a brain,Barry Duckworth to the unscrupulous head of security at the local college and his equally twisted wife, each and every resident of Promise Falls, both male and female, has some sort of secret they are trying to conceal. And who said small town life was boring?

This is a well-constructed narrative filled with sex, lies and videotape….oh and did I mention the serial killer who determines when your “number’s up”?

Overall, this story is intriguing but I was disappointed that the book ends with several of the plot threads left unresolved. The final few pages of the book does offer a sneak peek at the next episode in the continuing adventures of the residents of Promise Falls, so I suppose that if I want to know the identity and motive for some of the crimes I will have to venture into book three of this saga.

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