Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Quiet Child ~ Review

Published: August 8th, 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN 0062431862
Paperback, 304 pages

It’s the summer of 1954, and the residents of Cottonwood, California, are dying. At the center of it all is six-year-old Danny McCray, a strange and silent child the townspeople regard with fear and superstition, and who appears to bring illness and ruin to those around him. Even his own mother is plagued by a disease that is slowly consuming her.

Sheriff Jim Kent, increasingly aware of the whispers and rumors surrounding the boy, has watched the people of his town suffer—and he worries someone might take drastic action to protect their loved ones. Then a stranger arrives, and Danny and his ten-year-old brother, Sean, go missing. In the search that follows, everyone is a suspect, and the consequences of finding the two brothers may be worse than not finding them at all.


I must admit that writing reviews for books that you equally like and dislike are mighty difficult since I struggle with writing reviews that don’t just repeat the blurb anyway. The book's plot even from the start was peculiar as the story progressed the plot proceeded to become outrageous at times. Certainly, I love a good thriller therefore in one hand, this plot might be a tad bizarre for some readers while on the other hand, certain readers would find it unique. Consequently, I am still indecisive about which hand I land in though I found it hilarious that the town of Cottonwood, California had one volunteer police officer/sheriff Jim Kent who was a plumber by trade. Indeed that is one crazy combination of careers. As for the quality of the actual writing, Mr. Burley has a specific style all his own. Hence, fitting for the story that was written. Such as, the fact that it took place in the mid-1950’s various unique aspects of that time were mentioned, which I thought was interesting, especially the way the phone system worked, Belladonna was in a medicated cigarette, everyone knew their neighbors, and straight out bigotry towards women in the workplace.

“Ordinarily, I’d have my secretary review the logs with you,” he said. “But I had two operators call in sick today-stomach flu and something else, I don’t remember-and she had to fill in at the switchboard.” He turned to them. “I don’t really understand how a touch of upset stomach is grounds for taking an entire day off, but”-he shrugged his shoulders-you know these girls, calling in at the slightest provocation. No doubt one of them is pregnant, and the other isn’t far off.”

Subsequently, in the book, there are surprises around every corner keeping you on the edge of your seat not knowing what strange subject or possibly monkey could come next. It is a quick, easy read so if it is not your cup of tea not much time was lost. Furthermore, If this is the situation, please don’t leave it to rot in a corner pass it on to someone who could possibly enjoy it! Whereas, if you enjoy the book pass on the knowledge and let me know what you think of it or my review

He was almost back to the porch when a wave of dizziness passed over him. His knees buckled and he pitched forward, caught himself with his hands as he went down on all fours. The gun went off in his right hand...A moment later, he noticed that the tips of both the index and middle finger were missing. He was surprised at how long it took the pain to surface. He left the gun where it was, stood, and climbed the four uneven steps to the porch. One the second one, it hit him an overwhelming agony in the hand that bent him double at the waist.  


John Burley worked as a paramedic and firefighter before attending medical school in Chicago and completing an emergency medicine residency at University of Maryland Medical Center and the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. His debut novel, THE ABSENCE OF MERCY, received the National Black Ribbon Award, which recognizes a novelist who brings a fresh voice to suspense writing. His second stand-alone novel, THE FORGETTING PLACE, is available now.




Tour Stops 🌳🌲
Tuesday, August 8th: The Ludic Reader
Wednesday, August 9th: The Book Bag
Thursday, August 10th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Friday, August 11th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, August 14th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, August 15th: Kahakai Kitchen
Tuesday, August 15th: SJ2B House Of Books
Wednesday, August 16th: Readaholic Zone
Thursday, August 17th: Tina Says…
Monday, August 21st: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Tuesday, August 22nd: StephTheBookworm
Wednesday, August 23rd: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Wednesday, August 23rd: Art Books Coffee
Thursday, August 24th: A Bookworm’s World

Thursday, August 10, 2017

BEFORE THE DAWN ~ EXCERPT

Published July 25th, 2017 by Harlequin Books
Series: Killer Instinct #2
ISBN 0373803214
Paperback, 384 pages

The Killer Instinct series from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden continues as an FBI profiler tracks a case that resurrects ghosts from his past

Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Jason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Jason's final victim--Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous "Iceman."

It's Tucker's up close and personal experience with evil that's made him perfect for Samantha Dark's experimental profiling division in the FBI. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate.

Seven years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother...and since he last saw Dawn, his one-time lover. But as Tucker and Dawn grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both have the same question--has Jason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?

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Excerpt 4
We’re about to land.”
He jerked at the soft voice, his gaze shooting to the right. Macey Night gave him a worried frown. “Sorry. Did I wake you up?” Her unusual eyes—one blue and one brown—showed her concern as she stared at him. “I was talking to the captain. He said we’d be touching down soon.” She slid into the seat across from him and hooked the seat belt over her lap. “I thought you’d want to know.”
He hadn’t meant to fall asleep. He’d been staring out of the window, trying to get into the head of the killer they were facing, but memories of Dawn had come back to haunt him.
“You said her name.”
His hand tightened around the armrest. “Didn’t realize I talked in my sleep.”
Macey stared straight at him. “May I ask…what was it like?”
“To kill my own brother?” His voice was cold. He was cold. He had to have that ice to block off his emotions. Otherwise…
Iceman.
“I had a choice to make. I could let a killer destroy an innocent woman or I could stop him. Since I’m not a sadistic bastard, I stopped him.”
“You were involved with Dawn Alexander before her attack.” She pulled at the sleeve of her top. Long sleeves. Macey always wore long sleeves. “What happened between the two of you?”
“You’ve seen the photos of Jason Frost.” Jason Frost. He always tried to refer to him formally. He couldn’t say my brother. Because he had to keep it separate. His brother had been the guy who kicked the ass of any bully who’d tried to mess with Tucker. His brother had been the one to teach him how to ride a bike. His brother had been the one to hold his hand when their mom was buried.
Jason Frost had been a depraved killer. His brother had been his best friend.
Tucker cleared his throat. “You’ve seen photos,” he said again. “You know we look…similar.” Even more so now. Time had sharpened his features so that he resembled Jason even more.
“You guys could be twins.”
Right. Because fate was cruel and twisted. “Would you want a lover who had the same face as the man who tortured you for hours?”

Cynthia Eden is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller.
Cynthia writes dark tales of romantic suspense and sexy paranormal romance novels. She is a three-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over seventy novels and novellas.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.
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Cynthia Eden’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, July 25th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Wednesday, July 26th: Mama Reads -excerpt and review
Thursday, July 27th: Buried Under Romance
Thursday, July 27th: Deborah Blanchard
Monday, July 31st: A Fortress of Books
Wednesday, August 2nd: Snowdrop Dreams – excerpt
Thursday, August 3rd: Moonlight Rendezvous
Friday, August 4th: Reading Lark After Dark
Monday, August 7th: Staircase Wit
Wednesday, August 9th: Blogging with A
Thursday, August 10th: Book Nerd
Friday, August 11th: Readaholic Zone – excerpt
Monday, August 14th: The Sassy Bookster
Wednesday, August 16th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, August 16th: Becky on Books
Friday, August 18th: Stranded in Chaos
Monday, August 21st: Books and Spoons – excerpt
Monday, August 21st: Jathan & Heather
Tuesday, August 29th: Romancing the Readers

  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A BEAUTIFUL POISON ~ Review

Published: August 1st, 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
ISBN: 1477848878
Paperback, 350 pages

Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned—and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.

Desperate for answers and dreading her own engagement to a wealthy gentleman, Allene returns to her passion for scientific discovery and recruits her long-lost friends, Jasper and Birdie, for help. The investigation brings her closer to Jasper, an apprentice medical examiner at Bellevue Hospital who still holds her heart, and offers the delicate Birdie a last-ditch chance to find a safe haven before her fragile health fails.

As more of their friends and family die, alliances shift, lives become entangled, and the three begin to suspect everyone—even each other. As they race to find the culprit, Allene, Birdie, and Jasper must once again trust each other, before one of them becomes the next victim.

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I have been looking forward to reading this book since I signed up to review it earlier this year. In most aspects, it held up to the hype though in some facets I felt disillusioned. I’ve read a lot of great books lately, therefore, they cannot all be a hole in one. Though that would be nice, right?

To begin with, after I read the story a while it felt more comparable to a young adult novel also the characters felt one dimensional. While I am on the subject of disfavor in the story I found the argument between Paregoric and Laudanum misguided since from the first reference of Hazel’s tincture was mentioned at the bus stop by Birdie as being Laudanum before she pulled out her own tooth. Therefore, was the mentioning of Laudanum a mistake on the author's part or ignorance of the characters? The story was a bit drawn out making me feel a little jet-lagged afterward. Nonetheless, there are just as many positives.


The air in October was different. In the evenings, it haunted Jasper as he walked home from the city morgue. Sometimes it swept over his head like a scythe missing its mark. Sometimes it skimmed his collar, touching his neck where the blood pulsed, as if checking that he was alive.

The author did a great job historically. Every detail appears spot-on from WWI and General Crowder, the Spanish influenza outbreak, to the Radium girls. As to what I most highly regarded was the chemistry. With a degree in biochemistry myself, it is rare that I find so many impressive and entertaining chemistry references while I am reading a whodunit. As a result, there is much to hold your attention plus many what's, how’s, and why’s to keep the reader guessing throughout including some mighty fine twists in the plot. Above all, this is just my crazy opinion, so do yourself a favor and get a copy. Then let me know what you think!

Can you name this molecular structure?

I love salt more than chocolate. I'm somewhat small, yet deceptively strong. Sort of like an ant.

I'm a part time doc, full time family member, and if you offer me snacks, I'll be a friend for life.
My adult fiction debut is an historical forensic mystery, entitled A BEAUTIFUL POISON, coming August 2017 from Lake Union Publishing.
I have a nonfiction adult book written with Nate Pederson entitled QUACKERY: A Short History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, coming in 2017 (Workman).
And also...a new YA novel, THE NOVEMBER GIRL. Set on a remote island on Lake Superior, a girl with violence running through her veins meets a boy running away from an abusive home life. (Entangled Teen, 2017)
Lydia Kang’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, July 31st: Reading is My SuperPower
Tuesday, August 1st: Reading Reality
Tuesday, August 1st: Reviews from the Heart
Wednesday, August 2nd: 5 Minutes for Books
Thursday, August 3rd: The Maiden’s Court
Friday, August 4th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, August 7th: Write Read Life
Tuesday, August 8th: Kahakai Kitchen
Tuesday, August 8th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, August 9th: Readaholic Zone
Friday, August 11th: I Brought a Book
Monday, August 14th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, August 15th: Books a la Mode
Tuesday, August 15th: Books ‘n Tea
Thursday, August 17th: A. Holland Reads
Friday, August 18th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, August 21st: Just Commonly
Tuesday, August 22nd: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, August 23rd: Mama Vicky Says
Thursday, August 24th: Just One More Chapter
Friday, August 25th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, August 29th: From the TBR Pile
Sunday, October 15th: Writer Unboxed – author guest post