Tag Archives: thriller

Good Behavior

5 Feb

This book is a fun introduction to the world of Letty Dobesh and the series, Good Behavior, airing on TNT. Blake Crouch is a novelist and screenwriter and in this book, he gives you a little look at how he adapted three novellas (combined in this book) for the television series. Letty is a delicious bad girl! I enjoyed this book and then got a kick out of seeing them on the TV screen. If you haven’t watched the show yet, do yourself a favor.

 

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The Girl Before: (CES-inspired alt title – Living in a Smart Home…)

7 Jan

You may be a bit put off by the “Girl…” bandwagon of titles but this suspenseful thriller takes the genre in an interesting direction, featuring a mysterious architect and his creepily omniscient #smarthome, and the young women who have lived (and died) in the house.

I liked this book a lot but felt a little cheated by the end. I’ll avoid any spoilers.

I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.

Dark Matter: The Theory of Schrodinger’s Cat Meets Rick & Morty

6 Aug

No, not really. But kind of. This is a trippy sci-fi, WTH just happened there novel by an author who does a great job with it.

As a quick review for those of you not quite up on your quantum superpositions: “Schrödinger’s cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e., a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.”

And that is what happens here – multiple selves, multiple futures, multiple pathways. Read it with a clear head. Enjoy.

 

Blood Brothers

6 Aug

I’m on a roll with Scandinavian-based thrillers…Blood Brothers by lawyer Rick Acker does a fine job of creating tension and intrigue based on corporate take-overs and big pharma, with high society and berserkers sprinkled through-out. Tightly plotted, and expertly written without indulgence, this is a good satisfying thriller, without needing to dip into psychopathic violence – which I appreciate!

I was given a free advance reader’s copy to review.

Thriller mystery ‘Mrs. John Doe’ hurls a housewife into intrigue

24 Oct

Fun take on a spy novel where the wife of a spy gets pulled into the business, using her wits to stay ahead of the bad guys and find her husband. I enjoyed having a modern “normal” woman as the protagonist, and found it relatable as she uses common sense to figure out how to maneuver in a strange world. Plenty of action and interesting characters make for a good read.
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Playing With Fire: Tries to Be Da Vinci Code But Fails

6 Aug

Tess Gerrittset, the author of the various Rizzoli & Isles novels, is a good writer, and this feels like it might have been a good book…except that its not. Characters are articulated, plots are set up, and then none of it matters. I kept pushing through waiting for pieces to come together, and they never did. Hints of a possessed child, a crazy mom, evil plots like the Da Vinci Code… and [spoiler alert] it’s all BS. I don’t really know what to make of this. I’d give this 3.5 stars if I could – the actual words on a page part is good, but it doesn’t add up as a story. Maybe she’s waiting for the Hollywood adaptation to flesh it out into something that pays off.
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New Thriller from Jonathan Kellerman

10 Jul

A new book by Jonathan Kellerman is always a treat. “The Murderer’s Daughter” brings us a new protagonist, Grace Blades. Her troubled past has shaped her into a “master psychologist by day, seductive adrenaline junkie by night.” When she discovers that she is connected to a recent murder victim, with the killer looking for her, Grace takes the hunt to him. Along the way, her past is revealed to the reader, and we see the formation of her determined personality. Alex Delaware is briefly mentioned as a faculty mentor, but this book is all about Grace. Dark, riveting and compelling. As always, a Jonathan Kellerman book causes you to read during breakfast, skip lunch and stay up late to finish!

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