The Whisper Man started off creepy and just kept going. A serial killer has been in jail for twenty years, but now kids are disappearing again, and the whispers have returned. This story is a thrilling mystery that keeps the reader hooked. Told from several different viewpoints, this story covers all the angles and still reveals unexpected twists and turns.
As soon as any Stephen King book comes out, I am reading it. I've never loved any authors' entire body of work, but SK comes close. The Institute was exactly what I hoped it would be. Cerebral, thrilling, captivating. His writing style and characters are familiar, but that is the only thing about this book that is comfortable. This story is fantastic and somehow also believable, and the ending was satisfying in its opaqueness. I love when a novel ends with questions unanswered - not all of them. Just enough. I would recommend any Stephen King book, but this one was topnotch. Also, if you get the audiobook, it is read by Santino Fontana, the absolute best audiobook narrator.
I had a super late night snuggling my kitty and reading Anna Pitoniak's Necessary People.
I loved this book. The characters were so well-written and real that I kept putting the book down in irritation with Stella's behavior. I've known several people just like her. Of course, I couldn't stay away and had to read more every time. I loved the relationships between the characters and the way they ebbed and flowed. The pivotal moment of the story changes everything, which is all I can say without giving anything away.
I highly recommend this book. Just make sure you don't need to get up early the next morning!
I took a break from my usual thriller/horror books to read Where You'll Find Me: Risks, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova by Ty Gagne.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this account of a real-life tragedy. I wasn't sure how the author could tell the story of a hiker who perished on a mountainside alone accurately. I was pleasantly surprised by Gagne's ability to piece together an engaging and vivid tale that kept me glued to the page. Really interesting read.
I started off my February reading with Sarah Alderson's incredible thriller, Friends Like These. The action in this book starts out high and escalates quickly. It centers around a feud between two ex-coworkers after one mistakenly sends an email to the wrong person. The action ramps up so quickly that, while I was completely engaged, I did feel like some of it seemed a little hard to believe. Then things shift and you realize, as the cover states, you know nothing at all. This book quickly went from pretty good to amazing. It was another late night finishing the story. I couldn't stop reading until the incredibly satisfying end. I don't want to spoil it, but it's not the expected outcome. I loved it.
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January has been a busy reading month for me. I started 2019 with a goal to read more books, and I set my yearly goal at a very conservative 42. I know my life can get busy, and I wanted to set a goal that I thought I could actually achieve.
I feel like I have fallen in love with reading all over again, and I have been voraciously reading all month long.
In January I read 5 books. I was aiming for 4, so this is a definite win. I also allowed myself some time in between books to really absorb the story and think about my reviews. I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the books I chose. I'm not a super-picky reader, but I expect every once in a while to find a book that just doesn't work for me. I've decided that if that happens, I will not review it. My goal with this blog is to help authors, and I would rather put out positivity into the world. There are more than enough critics.
I read an assortment of genres. A couple of thrillers, a dystopian novel, a fantasy, and a romance. Most of my favorite genres. Romance is not a typical genre for me, so I did branch out a little. I am hoping to branch out more as the year progresses.
My favorite January book was The Silent Patient. I am constantly disappointed by thrillers because I can always guess what is going to happen. I do it with movies, too. It's an annoying habit. This book was amazing. It surprised me and made me pause to take in the developments in the story. I really enjoyed all of my January books, but this one was easily the best. It was difficult to review because I didn't want to give away any of the story, but I highly recommend it.
Now, onto my February reads!
90 Seconds From Sanity by C.J. Wilton is a face-paced, gripping thriller. We meet Michael, a talented lawyer, whose wife, Ellen, is pregnant with their first child. It's the happiest day of his life. He's on his way to the ultrasound to find out the sex of their baby. But, he's late for the appointment, and things spiral out of control from there.
This story is well-written and keeps you guessing. None of the characters are who they seem...or are they? There are some graphic scenes/language. That kind of writing doesn't bother me, but some people may not find it palatable. My main critique is about the lack of an ending. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I was eager to see how the many plot lines would be tied up at the end. I found the ending a bit of a let down, but it does fit the broken feeling of the rest of the book. Still a good read. You won't be able to put it down.
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Full disclosure: I am the narrator for this audiobook, but I really love this series.
Aeon of Horus by Paul Neuhaus is the second book in the Quinn Henaghan series, and the action continues. Quinn is restless. She has new magical powers and nothing to do with them. The savior of LA is thrust into domestic life without a bad guy to fight. Until a dying man arrives at her doorstep with a strange statue.
This book is packed with magic, romance, and thrilling action right up to the end.
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I was immediately engrossed in Ben H. Winters' dystopian novel, Golden State. The world he creates is reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, one of my all-time favorite books. In the Golden State, lying is illegal, and the Speculators can see your lies in the air. There is no way to hide.
But, what happens when things are not so clear? Not so cut and dried? When two Speculators dive into a crime investigation, they find that the truth is never clear or simple.
This was my second Book of the Month book, and I waited awhile to read it. Once I picked it up, I was completely absorbed. I stayed up way too late because I had to know how it ended. This story is full of unexpected twists and turns. Fantastic book.
I haven't done much reading lately. I'm still soaking in the vibes of The Silent Patient. I love it when the feelings from a book linger. Still, I have another Book of the Month book waiting, and I need to get started soon!
I've been in the studio a lot lately. I am finishing up the final edits on the second book in the Quinn Henaghan trilogy. I'll post a review once the audiobook comes out. I'm really enjoying the trilogy and feel honored to get to bring it to life. (If you missed the first one - Company Town - click hear and give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.)
I've also just accepted a deal for another trilogy - romance this time. I'm excited to get started on the first book.
I really love narrating audiobooks. It's experiencing the story on a deeper level. I get to try and really understand the characters and what makes them tick. I enjoy the editing process, too. I can't think of a job better suited for me. I am a newbie, and still learning a lot, but I am so happy this is my life.
I am an audiobook narrator, writer, reader, and lover of the written word.