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The Haunting at Foxwood Village - Kasey Hill 3/5 stars




        Ghost stories aren't new to fiction and it's hard to keep the genre moving  forward when your subject could be a simple mental condition disguised as something paranormal. I'm not saying that's the case here, but it does follow the usual tropes of paranormal fiction to attract readers while giving you something to think about as you read it. A great ghost story will have you questioning everything you're reading and feel a connection to the persons or persons dealing with the haunting. Kasey's book is interesting and downright creepy at times. It's a typical ghot story with a series hook that has a decent twist at the end. It's a twist you don't see coming, and when you finally get to the big reveal it's jarring because you should have seen it yet you don't.

        Foxwood has creepy moments but as I read it, I wanted to get to know these characters more, I wanted to feel …
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Along Came A Spider - James Patterson 3-5 stars






        It's interesting how you return to a book you've already read and your opinion changes after a long absence. For a long time I was an Alex Cross junkie and devoured the series any chance I could. When I began to read Along Came A Spider I was ready for greatness, ready for that James Patterson rush I used to get everytime I cracked open one of his books. Is it as good as I remember? Yes, and no. Patterson's first Cross novel is an intro of sorts. You get to meet Alex and even meet an sinister guy who's kidnapped a couple of famous kids. Patterson's style is easy to read and focuses more on action than storytelling. Cross is likeable enough but it's Soneji who steals the first half of the book. You can't help but either like or hate this guy but then as the novel wears on, there's a few more layers added to the novel. What seems like a simple kidnapping becomes something else entirely. The second ha…

The Alex Cross Adventure

When it comes to suspense thrillers  there are a lot of names that come up but no one had the appeal that James Patterson had. For a while he was a machine pumping out books that were compelling pieces of fiction. At the time, no one wrote like Patterson which allowed him to carve out his own place on the best seller lists. What I loved the most was just how easy the books were to read, and on top of that Patterson had a knack for keeping the plots simple and easy to follow. To make the experience even more interesting  there were two viewpoints that allowed you to see the story from a variety of angles.You had Cross' narrative and then throughout the story there were others that were far darker and got  you into the mind of the villain. For me, it was the style I gravitated toward. Sure, Patterson kept the chapter short and he didn't use overdrawn flowery language, but that was the point. The Cross novels  were designed to be read  by everyone, and they were. When I …

Wait, Seriously!?

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Vox - Christina Dalcher 2/5 stars



        Sometimes you hear about a book and you instantly think, yeah I need to read that. When I heard about Vox there were a lot of comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale, 1984, but the sad part is that Vox isn't in the same ballpark as any of those books. It wants to be, and it tries really hard, but all it has going for it is the theme of government gone amok and it could in a way happen anywhere. There is that small percentage of people who will tell you that the book is controversial, but when you read a book like this you kind of expect that. These are women are allowed to speak only one hundred words a day which sounds insane, and it is, but this is what happens when you want to change in politics and vote the wrong way. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? 1984 was a frightening book that changed the way we looked at our government, changed the way we viewed the world and the language of the novel itself has crept into our culture. Vox won…

Trip At The Brain

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When The Lights Go Out - Mary Kubica 5/5 stars





      When Jessie's mother suddenly dies of cancer strange things begin to happen and then insomnia settles in and odd things begin to happen. A simple act sets off a chain reaction of events that force Jessie to question not only who she is, but everything she knows. Kubica has a knack for writing books that hurl a lot at you. While Jessie's story in itself is compelling you have her mother's journal adding other layers to the story and there comes a point where you really think you have it all figured out, but then you suddenly realize you were wrong. There are clues sprinkled throughout the story but they don't all fall into place until the end. It's a novel that keeps you guessing until the very last page. When The Lights Go Out seems like your normal, average suspense thriller, but Kubica is not the type of writer who seems content to be just average. While some may find the book frustrating, and a little pissed o…
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The Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll  2/5





        Once you begin reading Jessica Knoll's novel the title begins to make sense. It's not an easy read and the things that Ani go through are horrible, and will no doubt make some readers uncomfortable. That's the intent, and Knoll is a decent writer, and the story itself is full of enough twists and turns to keep you reading, but it's the characters that keep this from being a must-read novel. Ani as an adult isn't all that interesting and is the kind of person you loathe on sight and while she's suffered more as a kid than anyone should, it's still not enough to make her likable. I kept reading this for the surprise twist at the end and well, the past and present cause you to feel bad for the fourteen-year-old Ani, but the perfection she strives for as an adult coupled with the shallow adult she is, drag the novel down. There's that twist that every modern suspense novel seems to contain, but there'…

The Woman In Our House

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The Woman In Our House - Andrew Hart 3/5 stars




            I’ve often said that books like these are a bit like junk food and there’s nothing wrong with that. Junk food is what we all need from time to time and no matter what people say, we all love junk food. The more the better. A Woman In Our House is exactly what I love in a good thriller. It ticks off all the boxes that make a book like this a good, but predictable read and I swear the writers of these must have a checklist tacked up somewhere so they hit all the right spots. The important thing here is the characters. They are the glue that holds these books together, and the plot may be predictable, but it has to connect with the reader somehow. Without the connection, and the characters it’s not going to work. That connection makes or breaks the book and that is the key to a good thriller. 
        Hart had written a book that follows the blueprints of other suspense thrillers which sounds bad because you know how it’s all going…