Shiver by Lisa Jackson #bookreview #romanticsuspense

All right, this is book 3 of (A Rick Bentz/ Reuben Montoya Novel). Book 2 is where Detective Rick Bentz found his second love. And now it’s his partner, Reuben Montoya’s turn. 

 

Shiver

 

 

The Crimes Are Unthinkable

A serial killer is turning the Big Easy into his personal playground. The victims are killed in pairs–no connection, no apparent motive, no real clues. It’s a very sick game, and it’s only just begun.

The Fear Is Real

Abby Chastain left New Orleans long ago and for good reason. Now she’s back where she feels watched, as if the devil himself is scraping a fingernail along her spine. It doesn’t help that Detective Reuben Montoya is convinced she’s somehow the key to unlocking these horrible crimes–a mystery that has something to do with Our Lady of Virtues Mental Hospital, a decaying old asylum where unspeakable crimes were once committed, and a human predator may still wait.

The Truth Is Deadly

As more bodies are found in gruesome, staged scenarios, Montoya and Abby are in a desperate race to stop a killer whose terrifying crimes are bringing them ever nearer to a shocking revelation. For the past is never completely gone. Its sins must be avenged. And a twisted psychopath is getting close enough to make them. . .

Shiver

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Everything started at “Our Lady of Virtues Sanitarium”.  

It seems that the Doctors there did more than just treating their patients. Everything started with Faith Chastain. The beautiful Faith Chastain who is being treated at this sanitarium. But something more sinister is going on in this sanitarium. And then Faith ‘fell’ and die when her family came to visit her on her birthday.

Everything started again even though twenty years had passed. “Our Lady of Virtues Sanitarium” had been closed down for years but everything seems to point back to that place. 

This book is addicting, intriguing yet annoying  at the same time. Some part in the book is too lengthy. Although sad to say the book actually can end way sooner but there’re some additional scenes added into it which I don’t really think it’s relevant. 

From where I see, this is not the end of “Our Lady of Virtues Sanitarium”. It only just begun. 

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Rizzoli and Isles series – Die Again by Tess Gerritsen #bookreview #bookrecommendation

This is book 11 by Tess Gerritsen. As usual, the books can be read as a standalone. 

 

Die Again

 

 
When Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to a crime scene, they find a killing worthy of the most ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. But only the most sinister human hands could have left renowned big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott gruesomely displayed like the once-proud animals whose heads adorn his walls. Did Gott unwittingly awaken a predator more dangerous than any he’s ever hunted?

Maura fears that this isn’t the killer’s first slaughter, and that it won’t be the last. After linking the crime to a series of unsolved homicides in wilderness areas across the country, she wonders if the answers might actually be found in a remote corner of Africa.

Six years earlier, a group of tourists on safari fell prey to a killer in their midst. Marooned deep in the bush of Botswana, with no means of communication and nothing but a rifle-toting guide for protection, the terrified tourists desperately hoped for rescue before their worst instincts—or the wild animals prowling in the shadows—could tear them apart. But the deadliest predator was already among them, and within a week, he walked away with the blood of all but one of them on his hands.

Now this killer has chosen Boston as his new hunting ground, and Rizzoli and Isles must find a way to lure him out of the shadows and into a cage. Even if it means dangling the bait no hunter can resist: the one victim who got away.

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IT all started with a trip to Africa . A Japanese couple, a pair of blonde girls, a timid nerd guy who wants to play the white knight to the girls and a couple. The man is a writer and the woman is an owner of a bookshop. Seven strangers meeting for the first time and looking forward to their experience in the wild. They have two locals with them. One serves as a guide and the other is a tracker. 

So what happen when these nine strangers who went to the wild and only one return? 

Detective Jane Rizzoli is still facing the same issues with her family. Now that her father is back and her mother looks forlorn and sad because the main reason she wants to make peace with Jane’s father is that she wants to makes everyone happy. 

Doctor Maura Isles still the same old when suddenly she felt sentimental when her birth mother written to her to ask for forgiveness cos she’s dying. You know, the same issues with both the Detective and Doctor. 

I like this plot. Very enjoyable for me since the tension is there when I’m reading about their adventures in the wild. 

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Low Pressure by Sandra Brown #romanticsuspense #bookrecommendation

I had read this book before but I couldn’t really remember the book plot. And yes, I did enjoy this book tremendously. 

 

Low Pressure

 

 

Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy’s fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day’s most devastating moments.

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan’s murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But when an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy’s identity is exposed along with the family scandal.

Moreover, Bellamy becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan’s murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.

In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan’s wayward and reckless boyfriend — and an original suspect in the murder case. Dent, with this and other stains on his past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy’s sealed memory to do it. But her safeguarded recollections -once unlocked-pose dangers that neither could foresee and puts both their lives in peril.

As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan’s slaying, she discovers disturbing elements of the crime which call into question the people she holds most dear. Haunted by partial memories, conflicted over her feelings for Dent, but determined to learn the truth, she won’t stop until she reveals Susan’s killer.

That is, unless Susan’s killer strikes her first…

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I enjoy this  again although I don’t really remember the plot clearly until I’ve finished reading it.

Bellamy’s sister was murdered when she’s 12 years old. And now, Bellamy has written a book about her sister’s death. No one knows that her fiction book is actually a true crime story until one reporter reveals her true identity and her story source. After her identity is disclosed, she’s being harassed and someone is threatening her and leaving her some disgusting ‘gifts’. 

Now, Bellamy is determined to uncover her sister’s death. Is the guy who’s being arrested at that time the real killer?? 

I enjoy the flow of the story and the plot. This book contains some dark hidden secrets and selfish love I suppose. 

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Seeing Red by Sandra Brown #suspense #crimefiction #bookrecommendation

I always hated books that make me stay up late in the night because I want to know the ending. And this is one of the books. I enjoy the narrator who narrates the story. He really did a good job! 

 

Seeing Red

 

 

Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all media. Now Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get an exclusive with the Major–even if she has to secure an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.

Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, Trapper wants no association with the bombing or the Major. Yet Kerra’s hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when the interview goes catastrophically awry–with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra–Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he’s going to track down the gunmen . . . and finally, discover who was responsible for the Dallas bombing.

Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence from his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.

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I spent my  finish reading this book. I couldn’t stop. Kept telling myself that this is the last chapter and go to bed but… Well. I’m glad that I complete the book. There are conspiracies, secrets and the conspirators are making me . Crazy with wanting to know who and why. 

The ending really threw me off especially when the identity reveals itself. 

Well, Trapper used to be an ATF agent but he quit when his superiors wanted him to stop investigating a case that’s closed for years. He is a private investigator now. That’s when TV journalist Kerra Bailey knock on his door asking him for help. Asking him to help her arrange an interview with his estranged father, Major Franklin Trapper. Major Trapper save lives during the bombing at the hotel that happened two decades plus ago. He used to be giving interviews and talks and suddenly he refused any interviews three years ago. No one knows why. And Kerra wanted to do an interview with since the bombing anniversary is coming up. But there are people in the dark doesn’t want Kerra to do that interview. 

The story threw you off with the craziness until you finish the book. I definitely enjoy the craziness though. 

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The Arsonist by Mary Burton #bookreview #romanticsuspense

 

The Arsonist

 

 

His game

A monster who left the charred, savaged remains of twelve innocents in his wake, ?Nero strikes fear wherever there is fire. ?As new fires have been ripping through a small Virginia town, the countdown to Nero’s thirteenth murder has begun. His rules Haunted by the agonizing screams of Nero’s victims, investigator Michael Gannon refuses to let the arsonist claim another life.

Especially reporter Darcy Sampson, who Gannon knows is treading too close to the flames in her determination to unmask the killer. Your nightmare But relentless Nero is watching, waiting for them. And he doesn’t like players who try to beat him at his own game. Now he intends to teach Michael and Darcy one last, fatal lesson.

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This is an ‘Okay’  for me. The story is about this Fire Investigator Michael Gannon who’s been chasing this arsonist, ‘Nero’ for some time until his last fire. ‘Nero’ had killed 12 people by the fire that he set. The last  he set, they found a body in it and they believe that he’s ‘Nero’ when they found all evidence against the guy. A year later and reporter Darcy Sampson believes that ‘Nero’ is not dead. She wanted to investigate further and therefore she went back to her hometown where Michael Gannon is. She wanted to know more and she wanted to interview Michael Gannon about his views about ‘Nero’.

The romance between Darcy and Michael doesn’t have much spark IMO. And the suspense is not that thrilling since it’s so obvious who’s ‘Nero’ in the book. 

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Before She Dies by Mary Burton #bookreview #romanticsuspense

I admit that I’ve enjoyed Mary Burton’s writing. It has gotten me hooked right from the start till the end. Wouldn’t want to put the  down. 

 

Before She Dies

 

 

HE IS THEIR JUDGE…
In death, they are purified. Holding his victims under water, he washes away their sins as they struggle for their last breath. Then he stakes their bodies to the ground, exposing them for what they really are. Witches, sent to tempt and to corrupt…

JURY…
No one knows about defense attorney Charlotte Wellington’s murdered sister, or about her childhood spent with the carnival that’s just arrived in town. For Charlotte, what’s past is past. But others don’t agree. And as a madman’s body count rises, she and Detective Daniel Rokov are drawn into a mission that’s become terrifyingly personal…

AND EXECUTIONER
At last, she is within his reach. All his victims deserve their fate, but her guilt is greatest. And with every scream, he will make her see what it means to suffer and repent—before she dies…

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Charlotte Wellington is a defense attorney and she’s defending a case where a woman killed her husband in self-defense. Everyone thought that Charlotte is born in a well to do family but no one knows the truth behind her childhood. Charlotte’s real name is Grace. And she used to have an elder sister and they are living at a trailer along with their mother and their stepfather. Since he’s running the carnival as his business and Grace’s mother is working as a psychic at the carnival. After her death, their stepfather demand Grace and her sister to take over their mother’s place. But Grace’s sister died and she left the carnival to strike out her own. 

Now a woman is dead and there’s a ‘WITCH’ word tattooed on the woman’s forehead. The police knew that this isn’t a single case of a jilted lover murdering the woman. This might means more. And that’s when Charlotte’s past caught up with her when the carnival is here as well as her stepfather. 

I like both the main characters. Charlotte is close off and shows the world that she’s a cold and successful attorney. But Daniel knows there’s more underneath Charlotte’s mask and he’s determined to uncover and close the distance between them. I couldn’t really say much without revealing the plot but if you enjoy romantic suspense genre type of book, you might want to enjoy this read.  And I’m ending my Friday the 13th with this book.

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Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson #bookreview #romanticsuspense

This may read as a standalone although this is part of Rick Bentz/ Reuben Montoya series.

 

Cold Blooded

 

 

His Vengeance Will Be Repeated.  .  . 

A woman’s slashed, incinerated corpse is found in a seedy New Orleans apartment. Her killer is certain there were no witnesses, unaware that his every move was seen by a beautiful stranger–from her bed in a bayou cottage on the outskirts of town.  .  .

And Repeated.  .  . 

Weeks later, another violent vision shatters Olivia Bechet’s sleep. Convinced a serial killer is stalking the city, Olivia turns to the authorities. But jaded detective Rick Bentz doesn’t believe her–even when a second body turns up, slain in exactly the same bizarre, ritualistic manner Olivia described.  .  .

And Repeated.  .  .

As New Orleans panics in the icy grip of a merciless killer, Olivia is frustrated by Bentz’s skepticism–and captivated by her attraction to him. But soon her dreams are invaded by images of another murder. One that has yet to be committed. This time, Olivia recognizes not only the victim’s face–but the murderer’s. And both are closer than she ever imagined.  .  .

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 I must admit that this book definitely blew my mind away since I cannot guess who’s the real perp behind all the killings and I even guessed the wrong guy. The suspension kept me suspect anyone. Kind of suspicious of me while reading the book.  It’s like ‘Is it you??’ Alright, I must explain my reactions though. I’ve read the first book but it doesn’t blow my mind away like this book does. Instead, I’m kind of annoyed and pissed while reading the first book, ‘Warm Blooded’. Cos it’s not my first book by Lisa Jackson, so I decided to give the second book of this series a go. And boy, I’m glad that I didn’t give up this. 

Olivia has a gift. She has sightings or so-called visions. Some may call them psychic or some might call them attention seekers. SO, her grandmother has this gift and she tells Olivia to embrace the gift. But Olivia’s mother has been skeptical and tell Olivia not to anyhow say things if not others will deem her as crazy like her grandmother. Olivia’s grandmother passed away and she left her house to Olivia. While Olivia is deciding whether to keep the place or sell it, she has another vision. This time she can see what the attacker is doing to the victim. Olivia is afraid and she knows that the police will not believe her since this is not her first time approaching them. But she knows that she has to do it. So she gathers up her courage and went to the police station to look for Detective Rick Bentz who solved the serial killer case. (From the first book) Olivia did expect that Detective Bentz might be different from the other Detective she approached before, but damn his attitude is almost the same as the other police. Rick Bentz is very suspicious about Olivia and he didn’t believe her visions. Even though they did find the crime scene, he still thought that Olivia might at the scene or someone might confess the killing to her. He knows that everything might be linked to Olivia. He believes that Olivia is the 

There are a number of characters appearing in the book and therefore you’ll start to suspect if that particular person is the perp. I didn’t manage to guess who but his identity did blow me away. I didn’t expect that. The only part that I dislike from the whole book is the ending. 

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Last Kiss Goodbye by Rita Herron #bookreview #romanticsuspense

 

Last Kiss Goodbye

 

 

Fearful yet determined, Ivy Stanton returns to the small Appalachian town she left fifteen years ago…the night her parents were murdered. But in coming home to Kudzu Hollow, she discovers she is not alone in her search for the truth: Matt Mahoney, the man who saved her life, who haunts her dreams, who was wrongfully accused of the crime, has come back, too, demanding answers—and justice.

When Matt looks into Ivy’s eyes, he sees a woman whose pain mirrors his own. The feelings she stirs within him promise a life he never thought he’d have. But evil still resides in this sleepy mountain town, as do secrets worth killing for. Now danger stalks them both, and Matt is fighting for more than vengeance…he’s fighting for their future.

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Ivy Stanton didn’t return to her hometown for fifteen years until now. Her nightmares had been haunting her and she wants to discover the truth behind her parents’ murders. Matt Mahoney is being wrongly accused of murdering Ivy’s parents and he serves fifteen years in prison until a lawyer who specialized in the wrongly accused case helped him to overturn his charges. Now Matt is free and he’s determined to find out who are the real murderers and why Ivy Stanton kept quiet when she’s the one who can prove his innocence. 

There’re some secrets and there is bit of supernatural in the book. The romance between the characters are okay and the suspense is good that have me kept going with the 

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Rizzoli and Isles series book 10 – Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen #bookreview #bookrecommendation

Now I must say, I truly enjoy the plot and the suspense the story brought me. 

 

Last to Die

 

 

For the second time in his short life, fourteen-year-old Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Orphaned once more when his foster family is murdered, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn—until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Jane spirits Teddy to the exclusive Evensong boarding school, a sanctuary where young victims of violent crime learn vital skills of survival. But even behind locked gates, Jane fears that Evensong’s benefactors aren’t the only ones watching. And when she learns of two other students whose pasts bear a shocking resemblance to Teddy’s, it becomes chillingly clear that a circling predator has more than one victim in mind. Joining forces with medical examiner Maura Isles, Jane races to stop an obsessed killer’s twisted quest—before an unspeakable secret dooms the children’s fate.

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I couldn’t link the children together. I kept thinking why is someone after the children when they already lost their family. I couldn’t think. And that’s where the fun begins. I like books where I really cannot guess where it’s bringing me to. 

Teddy Clock lost his entire family and was placed in a foster home. And then he’s the sole survivor when his foster family is being massacred. That includes his foster parents and three foster sisters. He didn’t see his killer cos he’s hiding below the bed and he’s traumatized badly. It’s isn’t Rizzoli case since it’s not her night but her colleague, Detective Crowe call for her help since they cannot get Teddy to speak. When Rizzoli went to the scene, she’s shocked to see the crime scenes. Especially when the victims are small kids. 

Isles is due to visit Julian at Evensong. And when she’s there, she realized that there are another two students who share the same fate as Teddy. She calls Rizzoli and tells her about it.

I couldn’t think anything that links these children together. But as the story starts to unfold, you’ll like… Oh wow.  I definitely enjoy this book. 

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See How She Dies by Lisa Jackson #bookreview #romanticsuspense

TBH, I admit that I’m kind of uncomfortable reading this book. Cos of some sensitive issues like having sexual relationships with stepsons. And another one is having attraction and feelings towards might be half-siblings. But of cos, the truth is not what we are expecting but still, it’s kind of uncomfortable.

 

See How She Dies

 

 

London Danvers disappeared almost twenty years ago. The youngest child of hotel tycoon Witt Danvers—and the only child with his second wife, Kat—London hasn’t been seen since. Over time, many women have claimed to be the long-lost heiress. Adria Nash is the latest. But from the moment Zachary Danvers sees her, he believes Adria is different. For one thing, Adria looks just like Zachary’s former stepmother. For another, Adria knows personal details only London could have known.

Just four years old at the time of the kidnapping, Adria can’t be sure if what she feels in her gut, and what she’s been told, is true. She has no memory of the abduction, and confronting Zach is the only way to get answers. Yet she feels a deep sense of dread. London’s nanny also vanished that terrible night. And Kat Danvers fell to her death under suspicious circumstances soon after. If Adria really is London, she stands to inherit a fortune—but will she also become a target?

Adria is right to be afraid. Because someone does believe her. Someone who has killed before and is watching her every move, waiting for the right moment to see how she runs . . . see how she screams . . . see how she dies . . .

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London Danvers was being taken when her parents were celebrating her father’s birthday. That’s the last time everyone has seen her. 

Now two decades later, a woman by the name of Adria Nash appears and claims that she might be the missing London Danvers. The very first person she approached is Zachary Danvers, the ‘black sheep’ of the family. She thought that he might be her friend but Zach is aware that she’s a fraud and a gold digger who is out to cheat the family’s fortune. But somewhere inside his heart, he knows that this woman might be his half-sister since she looks so much like his dead stepmother. 

The book goes back to the past and the present. Where little London had been kidnapped to now where Adria trying to look for the truth. Trying to see if the Danvers are really her lost family. SO while she’s searching for the truth, the Danvers siblings had been trying to dig her dirt. 

I must say that there are a lot of dirty secrets running in the family. Like the secret relationships, they have with their stepmother.  And Trisha, who fell in love with the wrong man and still loving him is all twisted inside her. Then the youngest who seems lost. And of cos Zach, the other main character in the book. He’s very complicated. Putting aside the ‘romantic’ relationships between Zach and Adria, the suspense is what kept me going. I’d like to know who kidnapped London and who kill her mother. 

If you don’t mind the craziness in the book, you might want to try giving this book a go. 

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