Tuesday, June 21, 2022

2 Bloggers 1 Book - A New Hunter Shea!

 


If you've been around for any period of time, you know how much Stormi and I LOVE Hunter Shea, especially his creature-centered books.  So when we saw he had a new one coming out, PLUS that it was on Kindle Unlimited, it gave us both an excuse to pick it up. So read on to see what I think about it and then hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! to see what she thought as well.


TITLE: To the Devil, A Cryptid
AUTHOR: Hunter Shea
PUBLISHER: Severed Press
PUBLISHING DATE: May 13, 2022
PAGES: 161
SOURCE: Kindle Unlimited

FROM GOODREADS: Down in Texas, even the legends are bigger.

Some say the Goat Man is just an old folk tale, meant to scare people from wandering too far into the woods. For a group of Satanists, crossing the infamous Goat Man's Bridge is the first step to appeasing their Dark Lord. When their sacrifice goes wrong, hell is birthed on Earth. What rises from the ashes under a lightning-slashed sky will crave only two things: to bring about chaos, and bathe in the blood of the dead.

An ex-con, pastry chef, paranormal podcaster and terrified teen fight to stay one step ahead of their destruction as the town around them is crushed under the horns of the horrifying cryptid now possessed by demons from hell. The Goat Man has arrived, and it won't leave until there is nothing left alive.

MY THOUGHTS: This book was such a quick, fun read that I would recommend it to anyone who loves creature-centered horror.  Everyone loves to tempt folklore and for years, people have went to Goat Man's Bridge trying to conjure evil spirits or perhaps get a glimpse of Goat Man himself.  When the book opens, you have a group of Satanist, trying to connect with the Dark Lord when things go horribly wrong - which I would guess seems to happen whenever the Dark Lord is involved.  However, one of the townies, who wants nothing more than to rescue cats who are coming up missing, gets caught in the crosshairs and suddenly, all Hell breaks lose.

What happens next is a blood and gore fest in a small Texas town, teens and young adults trying to stay alive and a perverted priest who may be their last chance (Who FYI isn't really perverted).  I loved all the action and the Goat Man himself is pretty scary.  As I mentioned, the book flies by and I couldn't wait to see who would die next.  The ending was a tad sad which I didn't really expect coming from a Shea creature book but it was a perfect way to tie this up without a pretty package and red ribbon.  My only complaint is how the main characters in the book kept splitting up and then running into each other again.  I mean, how much would this really happen in an end-of-the-town scenario.

That being said, I still loved this book and Shea continues to cement himself as one of my favorite horror authors.  The man can't write fast enough for me and seriously, if you love horror and haven't tried him yet, this is a great place to dip your toes.  Just don't do it off the side of Goat Man Bridge.

RATING: 4 PAWS




Monday, May 30, 2022

2 Blogger 1 Series - Virgin River

 


So Stormi and I haven't stopped with the Virgin River series yet.  I'm actually kind of surprised.  And even though the last installment, as well as this one, hasn't quite been up to the usual 5 paw rating they have all gotten so far, I am still finding them enjoyable.  So read on to see what I think about our most recent read and then hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! to see what she thought as well.


TITLE: Moonlight Road (Virgin River #10)

AUTHOR: Robyn Carr
PUBLISHER: MIRA
PUBLISHING DATE: March 2, 2010
PAGES:409
SOURCE: Library

FROM GOODREADS: With her beloved younger siblings settled and happy, Erin Foley has empty nest syndrome. At age thirty-five.

So she's hitting the pause button on her life and holing up in a secluded (but totally upgraded—she's not into roughing it) cabin near Virgin River. Erin is planning on getting to know herself…not the shaggy-haired mountain man she meets.

In fact, beneath his faded fatigues and bushy beard, Aiden Riordan is a doctor, recharging for a summer after leaving the navy. He's intrigued by the pretty, slightly snooty refugee from the rat race—her meditating and journaling are definitely keeping him at arm's length. He'd love to get closer…if his scruffy exterior and crazy ex-wife don't hold him back.

But maybe it's something in the water—unlikely romances seem to take root in Virgin River…helped along by some well-intentioned meddling, of course.

MY THOUGHTS:  This book does a good job of mixing up the characters.  Even though Aiden and Erin's story is the primary one, we get decent side stories from Mel and Jack as well as Maureen.  Erin has worked hard her whole life supporting her sister and brother after their parents died.  She has never really taken a vacation and doesn't really know how to.  So in need of a break, she decides to spend the summer in a recently refurbished cabin.  She meets Aiden when he accidentally knocks her out and they have sort of a rocky start.  However, per usual, love starts to blossom in Virgin River once again but not without some problems thrown in such as a bear attack, a hostage situation, and Aiden's ex wife.

I have to be honest and say that I actually found Mel a tad annoying in this book.  She and Jack are probably my favorite couple, next to Preacher and Paige, and it bothers me to say Mel has some hang ups which she just won't let go. It does all work itself out in the end though.  My other major complaint is that I am really finding these books to be too baby-centric.  It seems there are babies everywhere you turn and this book has way too many pregnancy stories going all at once.

I think what keeps me coming back to these books is their cozy, small-town vibes.  It's like visiting an old friend and they are always quick reads.  I'm looking forward to the next in the series but seriously hope there are fewer babies around.

RATING: 4 PAWS







Thursday, April 7, 2022

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Angel's Peak (Virgin River Series)

 


I can't believe Stormi and I are as far into this series as we are.  In fact, we might even get it wrapped up sometime this year if we keep moving ahead.  As much as I love this series all around, I can say there are a few things that I've noticed which are starting to irritate me but not enough to affect my ratings too much.  Plus, each time I finish one I'm always curious what the next one will bring so as long as that happens, I suppose it's a good thing.  So read on to see what I think about our most recent read and then hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! to see what she thought as well.


TITLE: Angel's Peak (Virgin River #10)
AUTHOR: Robyn Carr
PUBLISHER: MIRA
PUBLISHING DATE: January 26, 2010
PAGES: 400
SOURCE: Library

FROM GOODREADS: Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that started it all… 

Four years ago, air force sweethearts Franci Duncan and Sean Riordan reached an impasse. She wanted marriage and a family. He didn't. But a chance meeting proves that the bitter breakup hasn't cooled their sizzling chemistry. 

Sean has settled down in spite of himself he's not the cocky young fighter pilot he was when Franci left, and he wants them to try again. After all, they have a history…but that's not all they share. 

Franci's secret reason for walking away when Sean refused to commit is now three and a half: a redheaded cherub named Rosie who shares her daddy's emerald-green eyes. Sean is stunned and furious with Franci for the deception. 

News travels fast in Virgin River, and soon the whole town is taking sides. Rebuilding their trust could take a small miracle and the kind of love that can move mountains.

MY THOUGHTS: So I have to admit when I started reading this book for about the first 50 pages I was lost.  I recognized Sean's last name so I pretty much connected him to Luke right away, and we have briefly met him before.  But the book made it seem like we should remember Franci and I don't think we ever met her.  

Sean is on extended leave from the service and visiting his brother Luke and being the playboy of the family, he's out one night scouting for women when he sees a familiar face.  He and Franci had an pretty intense relationship 4 years ago which ended when he failed to commit and she wanted something more stable.  Sean has never gotten over her so he pretty much starts stalking her because he wants to rekindle the fun they once shared.  However, soon in he realizes why Franci was so intent on settling down when he discovers a 3 1/2 year old who looks just like him. So most of the book is focused on the fallout of such a serious secret and Sean trying to convince Franci he is a changed man.

I must like like the hidden child trope that much because this book wasn't quite as enjoyable as the past ones. In addition, the case of characters has grown so large that some of my favorites just aren't showing up as much with is frustrating.  My other issue is this series has babies EVERYWHERE!  It's kind of starting to become irritating and I'm convinced it shouldn't be called Virgin River because everyone ends up pregnant!

Than being said, I did enjoy seeing some closure on a few stories from the last book and we get a good look and Sean's widowed mother and her feelings on letting love into her life again which was a nice change of pace.  At least I'm pretty confident that she won't end up pregnant.  This is the first book which hasn't gotten a 5/5 rating which is awesome when you consider it's #10.  That is definitely saying something and I will definitely be continuing on and just chalking this one up to being a bump in the road. 

RATING: 4 PAWS







Thursday, March 24, 2022

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Hidden Legacy Series

 

So Stormi and I decided to continue on with the Hidden Legacy series this month and let me tell you, I had so much fun reading this book.  I can't wait to move on and I dare to say that I may actually like Rogan more than I did Curran from the Kate Daniels series.  That's saying a lot because Curran sets a pretty high bar.  Of course, he does sometimes have fur and paws so in actuality, maybe it's a tie because you know how much I love my fur-friends.

So read on for my thoughts and then hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! to see what she thought as well.


TITLE: White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2)
AUTHOR: Ilona Andrews
PUBLISHER: Avon
PUBLISHING DATE: May 30, 2017
PAGES: 389
SOURCE: Library

FROM GOODREADS: Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada's "talent." But there's no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice . . .

MY THOUGHTS: I have to get this out of the way - these covers suck.  I don't know any other way to say it.  And if you like them, sorry.  But I don't like the posing and this really isn't how I picture the characters at all.  Nevada is a blond but in honestly, when reading, I always picture her as a brunette.  I have NO idea what's up with that.

So this book picks up after the events of the first one.  Nevada is trying to resume a normal life as she can knowing she now possesses magical powers of her own.  She ends up using these powers in the beginning to help find an abducted child which opens her up to all kinds of new dangers and scrutiny.  She also ends up accepted a case which is more dangerous than her usual ones and it isn't long before she is working right alongside of Conner Rogan again - a man she has vowed to avoid.  Nevada is trying to help Cornelius Harrison find out why his wife was murdered.  Cornelius has the power to command animals so needless to say, yes, I love him.  As the book progresses, we also learn more about Nevada's sisters and brother and the family dynamic in the Baylor home is fantastic.  Everyone seems convinced Nevada will end up with Rogan and they do not bother to hide their opinions which makes for some rather amusing scenes.

This book has lots of sexual tension, plenty of action, great banter and NINJA Ferrets - yes you read that right.  I did not know I needed Ninja Ferrets in my life but apparently I did. The book wrapped some of the major storylines up at the end but in true Andrews' fashion, some tidbits were thrown in which means I definitely need to read the third book soon.  

RATING: 5 PAWS



Thursday, February 24, 2022

TBR Jar Of Horror #2 - The Streeter

 


So Stormi and I kind of fell out of sync with this last year but we both still have some horror books lingering in our jar.  So we've started it up once again and hopefully it will become a regular feature at least every 2 months or so.  Just to remind you, we are both reading and reviewing different books with this feature and they are always older releases or some lesser known book we might have stumbled upon on Kindle Unlimited or so. So read on to see what I dug off the shelf this month and then hop over to Stormi's to find out what she read.


TITLE: The Streeter
AUTHOR: Scott Ian Barry
PUBLISHER: Tor Books
PUBLISHING DATE: February 1, 1994
PAGES: 288
SOURCE: Own

FROM GOODREADS: Around Amsterdam Starpark, people are dying. Packs of dogs lope through the concealing mists--dogs who have lost their last fear of man. They have been driven to the brink of insanity by chemical waste . . . driven to hunt and kill . . . and eat.

MY THOUGHTS: Trigger warning - dogs dies in this book.  But there is also hope and a really really strong dog advocate and some bad people die too so in my twisted mind, it's all good.  

This book opens with a young on her bike going home one evening when she runs across 5 dogs who proceed to chase her to a local amusement park.  It's obvious there's something wrong with these dogs and the carnage starts pretty early.  The amusement park manager, Adam, is known for rescuing dogs off the street and giving them a better life - some even provide security for the park.  Adam becomes concerned with this new pack and the havoc they are causing and since he has little trust that the local officials can handle the situation, he starts tracking the pack as well.  As the book progresses, the reader learns why the dogs are acting this way, and also runs across an individual who clearly thinks she is better than everyone else and wants ALL dogs destroyed.  She was definitely on my hit list. 

I really did enjoy this book. It was the right length for a quick read and despite the subject matter and my dog sensitivity, the book really didn't upset me a lot.  I think it's because the author focused a lot on rehabilitation and the role humans play in animal behavior and it didn't feature dogs being bad because they dogs.  It took place around an amusement park which added to the atmosphere and although there was a time I am sure I had a question mark over my head because of an editing error here or there, 
they didn't detract much from the book.  

If you are looking for a fun retro horror read, maybe you can get your hands on this book and give it a try!

RATING: 4 PAWS





Thursday, February 17, 2022

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Grant County #2

 


So this month Stormi and I continued on with the Grant County series.  I was excited to dive in but will admit this book fell a tad bit short for me - but not a lot.  I am still enjoying the series and have no doubt it's one we will continue on with even though we are taking a break from it next month.  So read on to see what I thought about it and then hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! to see what she thought as well.

TITLE: Kisscut (Grant Co. #2)
AUTHOR: Karin Slaughter
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
PUBLISHING DATE: 2002
PAGES: 448
SOURCE: Library

FROM GOODREADS: Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton -- the town's pediatrician and medical examiner-- finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self-mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.

The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister's death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again... 

MY THOUGHTS: So let me start by saying I'm not a reader who really pays much attention to trigger warnings and such.  I guess because I read a lot of horror, I expect bad things.  In fact, the only trigger warning I really care about is "Did the dog die?"  or any type of animal abuse.  Well, that is pretty much the only thing this book didn't contain.  I mentioned to Stormi several times while buddy reading it that this book definitely has an "ick" factor.

On a night off at the local skating rink (oh I remember those days), Sara and Jeffrey are trying to have date night which is cut drastically short when Sara find a dead baby and Jeffrey has to shoot a teen in the parking lot.  And the book just rolls on from there.  As local law enforcement works to piece together the parts of a very messy and very secretive puzzle, the reader learns just how scary small towns can actually be - and trust me, I grew up in one so I know.  We also get to see the fallout from what happened to Detective Lena Adams in the last book and while I most definitely have some empathy for her and her situation, I often wanted to slap her and I really hope her character arc goes through some serious development in the next book.  

I don't want to give a lot away but this book is your typical police procedural with a lot of characters and various relationships built in.  We see more of Sara's sister in this book and I'm kind of curious where things head with her in the next installment.  I am still enjoying the series and despite the length of the books, I find myself flying through them pretty quickly so this is a series I recommend.  It's just probably not for the squeamish.  

RATING:  4 PAWS



Thursday, February 10, 2022

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Virgin River

 

 So February was the perfect month to pick up another book from the Virgin River series.  I'm enjoying these books so much and reading one is like visiting old friends.  I can't believe we are over halfway done.  So read on to see my thoughts and then  hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! to see what she thought as well.


TITLE: Forbidden Falls (Virgin River #8)
AUTHOR: Robyn Carr
PUBLISHER: Harlequin MIRA
PUBLISHING DATE: December 29, 2009
PAGES: 377
SOURCE: Library

FROM GOODREADS: 
Virgin River is abuzz with the news that a stranger bought the town's abandoned church on eBay. The buyer, a young widowed reverend, is a little like the building itself: in need of some loving care.

Noah Kincaid arrives ready to roll up his sleeves and revitalize his new purchase, but he's going to need some help. An ad in the local paper brings an improbable candidate his way.

"Pastor's assistant" is not a phrase that springs to mind when Noah meets brassy, beautiful Alicia Baldwin. With her colorful clothes and even more colorful past, Alicia needs a respectable job so she can regain custody of her children. Noah can't help but admire her spunk and determination, and she may just be the breath of fresh air he needs.

This unlikely duo may come from two different worlds, but they have more in common than anyone would have expected. And in Virgin River lasting happiness is never out of the question. 

MY THOUGHTS: This installment finds us focused on the new Pastor in town.  Noah has purchased the old church in Virgin River with the plans of reforming it to glory and providing a place for the community to gather and worship.  He quickly finds himself in over his head so he hires an assistant.  While Noah needs all the help he can get, he was never prepared for Ellie.  Ellie is trying to get her children back from her ex-husband and she hopes a calm job with the local pastor will change the Judge's mind.  Along the way, Paul comes home from a business trip and surprises Vanessa with the baby of his past girlfriend.  This seriously complicates their future plans and adds some additional drama to the tale.

I loved seeing Paul and Vanessa again but Noah and Ellie are clearly the stars of this tale.  They are the exact opposites of each other but that's what makes them so much fun together.  Ellie has such a good heart and Noah wants to do everything he can to keep her children safe.  Ellie also makes friends with an older couple in town and along the way, helps them mend some fences which have been standing for ages. 

I really do love this series.  Every book brings something new and while I might think I'd be tired of them by book 8, I'm not and I can't wait to pick up the next one!

Oh, and I almost forgot, right of the bat Noah saves a dog he finds alongside the road who has been seriously harmed.  You know that makes him a star in my eyes!

RATING: 5 PAWS 


Friday, January 28, 2022

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Hidden Legacy Series

 


So Stormi twisted my arm (well, it didn't take much twisting) and convinced me to start another new series.  I LOVED the Kate Daniels series and was excited to give something else a try by this author combo.  I'm so glad I did and we've already added the next book to our February TBR.  So read on to see my thoughts and then  hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! to see what she thought as well.

TITLE: Burn For Me (Hidden Legacy #1)
AUTHOR: Ilona Andrews
PUBLISHER: Avon
PUBLISHING DATE: October , 2014
PAGES: 408
SOURCE: Library

FROM GOODREADS: Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan's after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she's getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world. 

MY THOUGHTS:  So this book opens up introducing us the the current world system and a few of the players.  The world now consists of "houses" who have various controls over different magical systems and who are the main power players in the world.  The higher your magic and abilities, the more power you hold in society.  Nevada and her family operate an investigative agency and stay afloat looking into small-time things - cheating husbands, locating people, that sort of things.  Once day she is contacted by the people who came into control of her family business and basically given an ultimatum to find Pierce, a rich spoiled adult child with his own agenda who doesn't care who he hurts or what he takes out in the process.  She knows accepted the job is basically a death decision but she has no choice.  Along they way she meets Rogan.  And let's just say, anyone who has read the Kate Daniels series and fell in love with Curren, Rogan is similar in demeanor and personality.

I devoured this book.  I love Nevada and her family.  She is headstrong and independent but everything she does, she does for her family.  She and Rogan don't exactly start out on the right foot and I have a feeling she will never let him forget it.  The dynamics between them is so much fun and so tense with frustration that I can't wait to see what happens in book two.  This book also contains plenty of action and snarky banter - two of my favorite things.  In addition, the ending wasn't necessarily a cliffhanger, but does open things up for future installments and makes me glad there are five other books in this series already written.

I you love this author duo, then you really need to give this book a try.  I will admit I consider the cover pretty cheesy and it might have turned me off from picking it up in the past but it's very misleading of what you will find in the pages in between.

RATING: 5 PAWS




Thursday, January 20, 2022

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Veronica Speedwell

 


So Stormi and I are at it again with one of our favorite series. This one has pretty steadily released a new book each year and it's one we always make a point of reading together.  I know Stormi and I looked forward to this one so much so read on to see my thoughts and then  hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! to see what she thought as well.


TITLE: An Impossible Imposter (Veronica Speedwell #7)
AUTHOR: Deanna Raybourn
PUBLISHER: Berkley Books
PUBLISHING DATE: February 15, 2022
PAGES: 336
SOURCE: D-ARC

FROM GOODREADS: London, 1889. Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian beau Stoker are summoned by Sir Hugo Montgomerie, head of Special Branch. He has a personal request on behalf of his goddaughter, Euphemia Hathaway. After years of traveling the world, her eldest brother, Jonathan, heir to Hathaway Hall, was believed to have been killed in the catastrophic eruption of Krakatoa a few years before.

But now a man matching Jonathan's description and carrying his possessions has arrived at Hathaway Hall with no memory of his identity or where he has been. Could this man truly be Jonathan, back from the dead? Or is he a devious impostor, determined to gain ownership over the family's most valuable possessions--a legendary parure of priceless Rajasthani jewels? It's a delicate situation, and Veronica is Sir Hugo's only hope.

Veronica and Stoker agree to go to Hathaway Hall to covertly investigate the mysterious amnesiac. Veronica is soon shocked to find herself face-to-face with a ghost from her past. To help Sir Hugo discover the truth, she must open doors to her own history that she long believed to be shut for good.

MY THOUGHTS:  This is the 7th book in the series so let's be honest, it's hard to review without giving a lot away.  So I'm really not going to go into much plot detail.  However, let's just say this book frustrated the hell out of me.  

I have been in love with these characters since day one and come on, Stoker is the closest I'd ever come to saying I had a "book boyfriend" because that concept always makes me shake my head.  But in the book, I really wanted to shake Stoker.  This book is filled with technical and scientific stuff around eery turn and my use of the work stuff should tell you I quickly grew tired of it.  If I had to see Stoker lust after his elusive taxidermied thylacine one more time, I might have screamed!  For reference, THIS is a thylacine, aka a Tasmanian Tiger.


And we also learn more about Veronica's past which made me shake my head.  I know there has to be more character development as time the series progresses and it did add some extra substance to the plot, I just wished it hadn't gone in that direction.

Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed this book to give it 4 stars.  We get to see some of our favorite side characters and get to meet a few more whom I would not be surprised to see pop up again in the future.  And the ending does give us a hint at the direction of the next book which I appreciated.  I also must admit the book probably earned an extra star just because there are some cute dogs in it - surprise surprise.  

I am sure people who love this series will love this book.  I was just a tad disappointed and reading it was a much slower process than the previous installments. Still, a disappointing read with a 4 star rating is still pretty impressive right?

RATING: 4 Paws







Thursday, January 6, 2022

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Blindsighted



So Stormi convinced me to give another series a try in 2022 (well, she didn't have to work too hard because I've enjoyed the author in the past).  So this month we started with the first book in the Grant County series and boy was it just what I needed!  Read on to see what I thought about it and then hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! to see what she thought as well.

TITLE: Blindsighted (Grant County #1)
AUTHOR: Karin Slaughter
PUBLISHER: William Morrow
PUBLISHING DATE: May 1, 2001
SOURCE: Library
PAGES: 440

FROM GOODREADS: A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it's only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer's twisted work becomes clear.

Sara's ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation—a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later. But he's got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands, for the county's sole female detective, Lena Adams—the first victim's sister—want to serve her own justice.

But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer. A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath .. or mean her death.

MY THOUGHTS:  As I mentioned, I've read a couple of books by Slaughter in the past and really enjoyed them so I had no hesitancy in picking this one up.  I'm actually wanting to focus on some backlist books this year as I dip my toes back into the blogging world and this series seems like a great addition to my lineup.  

Sara Linton does double duty in her small Georgia town.  She's the local pediatrician as well as the county coroner.  One day she is having lunch with her sister in the local diner when she discovers a woman dying in the bathroom stall.  The scene she stumbles upon is graphic and very traumatic and the whole incident brings back memories of Sara's past.  The deaths start piling up and Sara begins working with her ex-husband and police chief, Jeffrey Tolliver.

Having read Slaughter before I know her books can be pretty graphic and contain all kinds of trigger warnings which really doesn't bother me but at least I was prepared.  The book was fast-paced and the mystery suspenseful and intriguing.  I basically read it in 24 hours on a vegetative New Year's Day.  Sara is a very complex and interesting person and I enjoy seeing some of her family dynamics as well as her relationship with her ex.  It's full of tension and annoyance but also love and respect and I'm interesting to see what happens in the future.

I'm so glad I picked this one up and don't know if we have the next one slated for February but I'm definitely hoping so.  If you love thrillers give this one a go and if you've already read it, let me know what you thought and if the rest of the books are as good as this one.

RATING: 5 PAWS