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Of all the books I’ve written, Maggie’s Revenge was the hardest. Maggie is a DEA agent who has been through hell. She went undercover in order to track a human trafficking ring and ended up in the hands of a monster.

In book #6 of the Wounded Hearts series, Maggie has a chance to escape the prison she’s been kept in for months, but she refuses to leave without the other women in captivity. Meanwhile, her thirst for revenge grows into an all-consuming rage. She can’t move on until the man who has tortured and raped so many is brought to justice.

Even if it kills her.

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DEA Special Agent Maggie Holt is fierce, smart, beautiful– and in over her head.

Undercover DEA Agent, Magdalena Holt, has experienced the seedy underbelly of human trafficking. Sent to capture a drug king she finds more than she bargained for and is held captive for months before she escapes.

Now, Maggie is after one thing, revenge.

Read the exciting continuation of the Wounded Hearts saga today!

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Excerpt

The dust and heat beat down on Maggie and the other women in the Humvee. She glanced back the way they’d come. Dangerous as it was, they needed to find a better used road in order to hide their tracks. The goat trail they were on would lead anyone chasing straight to them.

The sun directly overhead made it hard to know which way they traveled. Every bump and rut exacerbated the wound on her side until it felt as though she was getting jabbed by a red-hot poker. She hoped it wasn’t festering, but there wasn’t much she could do about it out here.

Olga glanced at her from the driver’s seat. “You should drive, you’d be much better than me. I don’t even have a license.”

That’s right, Olga was such a commanding presence, Maggie had forgotten she’d been a child prostitute before her capture by the traffickers.

“No, you’re doing fine. I need to keep watch.” She tapped the rifle, aware of her friend’s aversion to firearms.

“What’s going to happen to us?” a woman-child asked from the back. Two women huddled on the narrow seat, the body of the young girl who’d given her life for them wrapped in a blanket on the floor at their feet.

Maggie wished she had a positive reply. Truth was, unless they found help soon, they were in as much or more danger than before. This area was overrun with warring factions from two of the most powerful cartels in Mexico. If they were found, they would die.

She forced a smile for the girl. “We’re heading for the border and then we’re going home to our families and a nice hot bath. Okay?”

The girl looked out the front window at the undulating sea of sand and something heartbreakingly sad passed over her face.

“Sure,” she said.

 

Stillhouse Lake by @RachelCaine #Thriller #BookReview


An Amazon Charts and USA Today bestseller.

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

Biography

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the #1 smash hit bestselling thriller Stillhouse Lake, the internationally bestselling Morganville Vampires series, the Great Library series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the acclaimed YA novel Prince of Shadows. 

The pilot for the crowdfunded show MORGANVILLE is now available on Amazon Prime as streaming video.

Rachel is very pleased to have participated in DEAD AIR, a new combined project from acclaimed producer/publisher Serial Box, cowriting episodes with Gwenda Bond and Carrie Ryan. The project launches in August 2018.

She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and ultimately a corporate management executive before leaving to write full time. She and her husband, comic historian/actor/artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.

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My Review

A stunning thriller by a master of suspense!

Gina Royal is living her best life. She has two adorable children, a caring husband and a happy home. That is until a drunk driver crashes into her husband’s workshop and destroys everything she thought was real.

Now Gina/Gwen is on the run from a host of internet predators determined to make her family pay for the sins committed by the serial killer she had for a husband.

Determined to never again feel like a victim, Gwen takes up a strict physical fitness regime along with shooting skills. If anyone tries to hurt her children, they’ll have to go through her first.

But when a murderer strikes close to home, Gwen is once more suspected as an accomplice and it soons become obvious her ex-husband isn’t finished with her yet.

This book freaked me out on so many levels!

Imagine finding out that the man you love, the father of your children, is a sadistic monster wanted for several murders.

Caine does a fantastic job placing the reader in the mind of the protagonist. I felt her confusion, fright, anger and the need for revenge. If it were my kids in danger, I’d do whatever it took to protect them, just as Gwen does.

The twist at the end was not unexpected, but it still sent shivers up my spine.

I give Stillhouse Lake 5+ Scary kisses- A lights on read!

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The Whisper Man by Alex North #Thriller #BookReview


“POIGNANT AND TERRIFYING”
Entertainment Weekly

“SUPERB”
Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

“BRILLIANT… will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King.”
Booklist, Starred Review

In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

Biography

Alex North was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son. The Whisper Man was inspired by North’s own little boy, who mentioned one day that he was playing with “the boy in the floor.” Alex North is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name. 

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My Review

A lights-on thriller you won’t soon forget!

After the sudden death of his wife, author Tom Kennedy decides he and his son need a fresh start. An internet search turns up a strange, quirky-looking house that young Jake insists they should buy. Soon, the two are ensconced in their new home in a new town, but they don’t realise until it’s too late, there’s a predator on the loose- a serial killer.

When a six-year-old boy goes missing on his way home, the Featherbank police have their hands full- because this isn’t the first time. Detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis are determined to find the missing child and catch the monster haunting their streets- even if Pete has to face his past, and The Whisper Man.

This book had me so freaked out, but I couldn’t stop reading!

There’s an eerie poem Jake learns from his ‘make-believe friend’ that plays a large part in the story.

"If you leave a door half open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken. 
If you play outside alone, soon you won't be going home. 
If your windows left unlatched, you'll hear him tapping at the glass. 
If you're lonely, sad, and blue the Whisper Man will come for you."
 

I don’t want to give too much away other than to say this is a haunting, terrifying, creepy psychological thriller but it’s the poignant, family first underlying plotline that kept me reading.

I give The Whisper Man 5+ lovely kisses- A story you won’t forget!

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Celadon books for giving me the opportunity to read this story.

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What would you do if your child was taken? Desert Rose by K. Moore #Suspense #amreading @InkSlingerPR @runs2ny


Today we have the release day blitz of DESERT ROSE by K. Moore! I am so excited to share this new psychological suspense with you—check it out and order today!

 

Title: Desert Rose

Author: K. Moore

Genre: Psychological Suspense

About Desert Rose:

In an instant, Jennifer’s life is forever altered.

 

When her ten-year-old daughter, Sarah, is abducted in Dubai, expats Jennifer and her husband Kevin are thrown into an unimaginable nightmare. With very little help provided by the local authorities and the US Embassy, Jennifer watches her life erode away and the tension in her marriage increase. Driven by rage and desperation, she is forced to make decisions she never thought possible.

 

An investigation without answers. A cover-up. A conspiracy. A betrayal.

 

There is no turning back.

 

What would you do if your child was taken?

 

 

 

Desert Rose was named ‘Most Promising Manuscript’ at the 2018 Alaskan Writers Guild Conference.

 

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Exclusive Excerpt:

The longer their silence fills the crowded room, the more I can hear my own heartbeat echoing off the tight walls. They are closing in, suffocating my sanity.

The policeman kicks off from the wall and repositions himself in front of the door. “Hello, madam. I am Mulazim Ahmed. I think we will wait until your husband gets here before we continue, yes?” His accent is heavy, his words and demeanor dismissive.

I blink once. Mulazim is Arabic for lieutenant. Why is a lieutenant on duty in the mall—and during Ramadan? The rank sounds too high and important for the position of a glorified mall cop. I’m not complaining. Maybe he’s the person who can help.

I slightly incline my head to show him I heard his words, frustrated we’ll waste more precious moments. The proof of my daughter’s abduction is screaming at us from the still on the screen, but we’ll wait. Wait for the man of the family to progress the investigation.

“Yes, sir. He shouldn’t be too long.”

I look down to Liam and squeeze his hand in reassurance. This must be completely daunting for him. He squeezes back, letting me know he’s there, not because he’s all right. I don’t expect him to be all right, and he definitely doesn’t look it. I’m sure that the fear and worry I see on his face are reflected on mine—skin drained of color and eyes wide in shock, darting around the room and back down again.

“Dad should be here soon,” he whispers, ever the boy emulating a man.

 

About K. Moore:

K. Moore is an Australian braving the sub-zero Alaskan temperatures with her husband and two sons while battling agitated moose, nosey brown bears, and a Karelian bear dog named Hathor. She’s an avid reader, hiker, and CrossFit enthusiast. If you manage to locate a decent bottle of gin and a chair at the bar, she might be convinced to regale you with tales of her global travels. Without the gin, you’ll have to find the evidence within the pages of her stories and poetry.

 

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Sisters. Strangers. Survivors… Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter #Thriller #BookReview @SlaughterKarin


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What Amazon Says

Lee Child says it’s “stunning… certain to be a book of the year.”

Kathy Reichs calls it “extraordinary… a major achievement.”

Jeffery Deaver says that “fiction doesn’t get any better than this.”

Gillian Flynn says of Karin Slaughter: “I’d follow her anywhere.”

See for yourself what these #1 New York Times-bestselling authors are talking about.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful novel from one of the finest writers working today.

 

Biography

Karen Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novels PRETTY GIRLS and THE GOOD DAUGHTER. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels COP TOWN, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and PIECES OF HER are in development for film and television.

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My Review

Read this one with the lights on and your doors bolted!

This was my first time reading a Karen Slaughter book and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard many good reports of this author’s work and no I see why.

This book is intense!

 

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It starts with a father’s journal account of the loss and subsequent search for his daughter, Julie, which immediately made me empathize with him and the family he lost. We learn of his sense of helplessness, his anger and most of all, his determination to find his girl. It cost him his job, his wife, and to a lesser extent, his daughters.

So very sad.

Then we’re introduced to the vastly different estranged siblings, Lydia and Claire. Each sought security after the loss of their sister in different ways, drugs for Lydia, and marriage with a ‘safe’ guy for Claire.

The sudden, violent murder of Claire’s husband, John, brings the sisters together again and sheds light on his sadistic background.

This story has so many twists and turns my heart didn’t know whether to weep with all this poor family had been through, or shiver with fear at what they were living now.

Strong, eloquent writing. To be frank, it scared the hell out of me.

If you like your thrillers dark and twisted, this book is for you.

I give Pretty Girls 5 lovely kisses

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