Archive for May, 2018

Made in LA


Made in LA Fiction Anthology Vol. 1

Readers in Los Angeles are thirsty for stories that bring their city to life. This anthology features a diverse range of voices and genres. Like the City of Angels in which these stories were born, nothing is off-limits. Literary or contemporary, noir or ghost story, fabulism or science fiction, each story in this volume will forever change the way you look at this iconic metropolis.

Made in L.A. Writers is a collaborative of Los Angeles-based authors dedicated to nurturing and promoting indie fiction. This 2018 volume is the first of the annual Made in L.A. anthology series. While our styles, themes, and story locales differ, our work is both influenced and illuminated by our hometown and underpinned by the extraordinary, multifaceted, and often surreal culture and life in the City of Angels.

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This book is created by a team of amazing author’s make sure to check out all of their books. You won’t be disappointed.

My Review

5 stars

Los Angeles is a place of many things. Hopes, dreams, fun, and horror. This collection of short stories has a little bit of everything in them. You will read about aliens, demons and angels, the young trying to be famous, and those past their primes. It definitely has something for everyone and no one will be disappointed. I loved all of these stories, some more so than others, but they were all a joy to read.

I won’t go into a summary of each story even though it pads my reviews. But believe me, if you can think about it possibly being in LA, it is in these stories. I really loved Salt in the Hell Mouth and the possibilities of demons being fought in the streets unknown to the rest of us.

This is a great collection of short stories based in the LA area. I loved the book and recommend everyone check it out. I can’t wait to read volume two.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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He by John Connolly

An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake . . .

And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.

he is Stan Laurel.
But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.

With he, John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel & Hardy.

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John Connolly

Author’s Bio

John was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London.  (A dogsbody, for our North American friends, is a ‘go-fer’.) He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper.  He divides his time between Dublin and Portland, Maine; makes regular donations to the wine industry; and keeps a number of dogs in a remarkable degree of comfort.

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My Review

4 Stars

This is a fictional biography of Arthur Stanley Jefferson, otherwise known as Stan Laurel of the infamous Laurel and Hardy. I have heard their names and seen a couple skits of Laurel and Hardy, but I’m sorry to admit that I don’t know much about them beyond that. I liked this book because you get to travel along with Stan as he comes to America and makes his break into Hollywood along with Oliver Hardy.

This book was an interesting read as you follow along with Stan as he is in understudy for Charlie Chaplin, doesn’t make it, finds a grove with Hardy, and then makes it big with “talkies”. But just like almost all Hollywood stories, nothing stays the same and as fast as you rise you can fall just as fast.

Stan has a lot of things that go wrong in his life including numerous marriages, the death of a child, losing fame, and of course the loss of money. His life was not easy, but throughout it all he always had Oliver to lean on.

Now, having said that, I’m sorry to say but the writing style got on my nerves with the super short sentences, repetition, and use of full names. After a while you tend to get used to it, but it did make it difficult getting into this book. But overall it was a good read. It definitely made me want to learn more about Laurel and Hardy along with watching their movies.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Quercus for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Dead Girls


Dead Girls by Graeme Cameron

I may not remember everything, but I know he won’t hurt anyone else.

I won’t let him.

It’s been two months since a serial killer brutally attacked police detective Alisha Green and left her for dead. Two months since she could effortlessly recall simple things, since her mind felt remotely sound. The nameless killer thinks he knows her, thinks she’s just another dead girl among many. Ali Green plans to show him he’s dead wrong about that.

Ali has two enemies now: the dangerous man she’s hunting and her own failing memory. As explosive new evidence comes to light and conflicting accounts from a witness and a surviving victim threaten both her investigation and her credibility, she begins to question what is and isn’t real. And now Ali has no choice but to remember the past…before it buries her.

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Praise for Dead Girls

A hypnotically gripping thriller that proves internationally bestselling author Graeme Cameron is one of the most unique voices in contemporary fiction today.

“Chilling [and] blackly humorous…Normal marks Cameron out as one to watch.” —Daily Express, 4 stars

“Original and gripping.” —Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author, on Normal

Graeme Cameron

Author’s Bio

Graeme Cameron is the bestselling author of Normal and its sequel, Dead Girls. He was born, raised and remains in Norfolk, where he juggles writing with a career in the motorsport industry. He is assisted in procrastinating by four children and such high-octane pursuits as photography, boardgaming, toy restoration, crochet, and bingeing on Netflix.


My Review

4 stars

Detective Alisha Green is on the hunter for a serial killer when she is abducted and beaten. She manages to escape and just knows that her kidnapper is the same person as the serial killer. The problem is she has memory issues since her attack. She is trying to keep it together and keep her little secret from her partner. But when new evidence comes to light, it makes Alisha question what she knows.

This book had a lot happening in it. There we so many points of view that I became as confused as Ali. Then you have Ali herself that is starting to have a hard time figuring out what is real and what is in her head. This made the books hard to get into.

I really liked Normal and wanted to like Dead Girls too. But I see that I’m not the only one with mixed opinions. I will still check out Graeme Cameron’s other books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Mira for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Dark Angel


Dark Angel (James & Sandersen Files – 2) by PJ Nash

Looking for a fast-paced serial killer thriller full of twists and turns?

When a commuter discovers a mutilated corpse on the Prague Metro, Captain  Jiri Hofschnadir of the Criminal Police is called in to investigate.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, newly-weds ex British cop Lawrence James and forensic psychologist, Jessie Sandersen are on honeymoon after their frantic efforts to capture the Australian serial killer known as The Dingo.

But wherever James and Sandersen go, trouble is never far behind.

As the body count rises in Prague, Sandersen is called in to help track down the serial killer dubbed The Dark Angel.

In a game of cat and mouse, James and Sandersen will be pushed to their very limits.

Dark Angel is the second book in the James & Sandersen Files, but can also be read as a thrilling stand-alone. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed, crime thriller which will appeal to fans of authors such as Mark Edwards, Robert Bryrdnza and Michael Connelley.

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Author’s Bio

P.J Nash was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, the birthplace of George Eliot and Shakespeare, respectively. Not surprisingly he decided he’d like to be a writer too.

After studying history and working in PR for a few years, he was running a second hand bookshop, when wanderlust and destiny in the form of his future wife took him to Prague.

During his time behind the counter in the shop and travelling on trams between English lessons he wrote his first crime novel, The Hunt for the Dingo featuring maverick British expat cop, Lawrence James and and his hunt for a serial killer in Australia. On his return to the UK, he drew on his Bohemian adventures to write his second crime novel featuring Lawrence James and his co-investigator, Dr Jessie Sandersen.  He currently lives on a narrowboat with his wife Clare and grumpy cat, Lulu.

In his past life P.J. Nash was a Special Constable for the Warkwickshire police.

Nash is also a member of the CWA and International Thriller Writers.

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My Review

4 stars

In Prague, a woman dubbed the Dark Angel targets male British tourists. She has been wronged in the past and we follow along as she starts to get her grove killing these guys in a brutal way. Ex cop Lawrence James and Jessie Sandersen are on their honeymoon in Hong Kong but as the bodies start piling up in Prague, forensic psychologist Jessie Sandersen is called in to help stop the Dark Angel.

I really enjoyed reading The Hunt for the Dingo and couldn’t wait to get into Dark Angel. This is an action packed thrill ride with a vicious killer. You get to see inside her and you will come to kind of understand what motivates her. It’s kind of hard to hate the serial killer when you sympathize with her. Of course James and Sandersen are trouble magnates. I mean they are trying to enjoy their honeymoon when they are thrown into the case of the Dark Angel.

I loved the different locations but I have to say that Prague was my favorite. The Dark Angel is malicious and intent of stopping those she feels have wronged her. The short chapters keep you reading just one more before bed and you have the feeling that no one is safe. This is the second book in the series and although it could be read as a standalone I would recommend checking out The Hunt for the Dingo first so you have a better background.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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the Awakening


The Awakening: Book 1 of Valkyrie’s Curse Series

Author: Ellie Mack

Release date – June 20, 2018


Helena Eskildson is obsessed with Vikings and Norse Mythology. Neither Helena nor her sister knows they are Freya’s daughters – Valkyries, the shield maidens to Odin.
When her obsession leads her to a remote site at Roskilde and it’s two monolithic rune stones, her destiny is awakened.
While the team wages a battle between a cursed site and a sociopathic killer, time is ticking closer to Ragnarok.
Will her friends be able to save her before the gjallerhorn sounds?

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He felt he had the favor of the Norns, the three goddesses associated with destiny, that were akin to the Greek gods of fate.

Having the favor of the gods meant success in his goals. He was destined to be Lif, the last man standing, the lone man that would repopulate the earth after Ragnarok. In essence, he would become the new Adam.

The rituals were necessary, an integral part of the process before using the key. Unfolding the linen handkerchief carefully, the ancient bronze key looked nothing like what most would think of as a key. A circular piece, about six inches in diameter spanned from his thumb to the tip of his middle finger. Runic writings along the outside edge written within the form of the great serpent Jormungand, the great dragon conquering the gripping animal grouping in a circular band about two inches wide, the design in the eternal triskell pattern. Inside of that, written in runes was the location of the gjallerhorn. At the center were nine swords pointing to an amber stone, nine strands over an open area, the stone center raised with a square notch in the back. It had to be positioned precisely at the solstice.

 Ellie Mack

Author Bio:

Since leaving the corporate world for the title of MOM, Ellie Mack has pursued her writing dreams. This former columnist is using her sassy opinions to shape her writing in novels. She lives near St. Louis, MO with her husband and two daughters. Ellie is a breast cancer survivor and wants to encourage others who are going through this battle.

When she’s not writing she can be found bullet journaling, crocheting, or cooking. You can find her musings on her blog: https://quotidiandose.wordpress.com


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Series: Katrina Williams #3
by Robert E. Dunn
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pub Date: 8/7/2018
Sheriff’s detective Katrina “Hurricane” Williams confronts deep-rooted hate
and greed in the Missouri Ozarks in this riveting police procedural…
What at first appears to be a brush fire in some undeveloped bottom land
yields the charred remains of a young African-American man. As
sheriff’s Katrina Williams conducts her in-spection of the crime
scene, she discovers broken headstones and disturbed open graves in a
forgotten cemetery.
As Katrina attempts to sort out a complex backwoods criminal network
involving the Aryan Brotherhood, meth dealers, and the Ozarks
Nightriders motorcycle gang, she is confronted by the sudden
appearance of a person out of her own past who may be involved. And
what seems like a clear-cut case of racially motivated murder is
further complicated by rumors of hidden silver and dark family
histories. To uncover the ugly truth, Katrina will need to dig up
past crimes and shameful secrets that certain people would kill to
keep buried . . .
Katrina Williams Book 2
Pub Date: 9/12/2017
From the author of A Living Grave comes a gripping police procedural
featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams as she exposes the
dark underbelly of Appalachia . . .
Dredging up the Truth
Still recovering from tragedy and grieving a devastating loss, Iraq war
veteran and sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams copes the only way
she knows how—by immersing herself in work. A body’s just been
pulled from the lake with a fish haul, but what seems like a
straight-forward murder case over the poaching of paddlefish for
domestic caviar quickly becomes murkier than the depths of the lake.
Soon a second body is found—an illegal Peruvian refugee woman linked to
a charismatic tent revival preacher. But as Katrina tries to
investigate the enigmatic evangelist, she is blocked by antagonistic
FBI agents and Army CID personnel. When more young female refu-gees
disappear, she must partner with deputy Billy Blevins, who stirs
mixed feelings in her, to connect the lake murder to the refugees.
Katrina is no stranger to darkness, but cold-blooded conspirators
plan to make sure she’ll never again see the light of day . . .
Katrina Williams Book 1
The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina
Williams, as she investigates moonshine, murder, and the ghosts of
her own past…

Katrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a
sheriff’s detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is
living her life one case at a time—between mandated therapy
sessions—until she learns that she’s a suspect in a military
investigation with ties to her painful past.

The disappearance of a local girl is far from the routine distraction,
however. Brutally murdered, the girl’s corpse is found by a
bottlegger whose information leads Katrina into a tangled web of
teenagers, moonshiners, motorcycle clubs, and a fellow veteran
battling illness and his own personal demons. Unraveling each thread
will take time Katrina might not have as the Army investigator
turns his searchlight on the devastating incident that ended her
military career. Now Katrina will need to dig deep for the
truth—before she’s found buried…
Robert E. Dunn was born an Army brat and grew up in the Missouri Ozarks. He
wrote his first book at age eleven turning a series of Jack Kirby
comic books into a hand written novel.

Over many years in the, mostly, honest work of video and film production
he produced everything from documentaries, to training films and his
favorite, travelogues. He returned to writing mystery, horror, and
fantasy fiction for publication after the turn of the century. It
seemed like a good time for change even if the changes were not
always his choice.

Mr. Dunn is the author of the horror novels, THE RED HIGHWAY, MOTORMAN,
and THE HARROWING, as well as the Katrina Williams mystery/thriller
series, A LIVING GRAVE, A PARTICULAR DARKNESS, and the upcoming A

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Beside the Syrian Sea by James Wolff

Jonas works for the UK secret service as an intelligence analyst. When his father is kidnapped and held for ransom by ISIS gunmen in Syria, he takes matters into his own hands and begins to steal the only currency he has access to: secret government intelligence. He heads to Beirut with a haul of the most sensitive documents imaginable and recruits an unlikely ally – an alcoholic Swiss priest named Father Tobias. Despite barely surviving his previous contact with ISIS, Tobias agrees to travel into the heart of the Islamic State and inform the kidnappers that Jonas is willing to negotiate for his father’s life. When the British and American governments realise they may be dealing with betrayal on a scale far greater than that of Edward Snowden, they try everything in their power to stop Jonas, and he finds himself tested to the limit as he fights to keep the negotiations alive and play his enemies off against each other. As the book races towards a thrilling confrontation in the Syrian desert, Jonas will have to decide how far he is willing to go to see his father again.

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James Wolff grew up in the Middle East and now lives in London. He has worked for the British government for the past ten years. Beside the Syrian Sea is his first novel.

My Review

4 stars

Jonas is a British intelligence officer located. He learns that his father has been kidnapped by ISIS and tries to get the British government to help with the ransom. But the British government doesn’t negotiate. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Jonas seals secrets and heads to Beirut to get his father back. He realizes his limitations and asks Gather Tobias, a drunken Swiss priest to help with the negotiations.

What follows is a race against time as Jonas tries to get his father back. The government knows he stole secrets and is trying to catch him. Jonas has to stay one step ahead of the government and ISIS to try and play them off each other. But it’s going to be close to save his father.

This is a great, action filled story. Jonas is not your typical hero. He is more soft spoken and very introverted. But when it comes to saving his father, he is willing to do whatever it takes, even stealing from his own government.

For a first book, James Wolff has a great read. I’m and curious to see what he comes up with for his next book.

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The City Where We Once Lived by Eric Barnes

In a near future where climate change has severely affected weather and agriculture, the North End of an unnamed city has long been abandoned in favor of the neighboring South End. Aside from the scavengers steadily stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis. Many, like the narrator, are there to try to escape the demons of their past. He spends his time observing and recording the decay around him, attempting to bury memories of what he has lost.

But it eventually becomes clear that things are unraveling elsewhere as well, as strangers, violent and desperate alike, begin to appear in the North End, spreading word of social and political deterioration in the South End and beyond. Faced with a growing disruption to his isolated life, the narrator discovers within himself a surprising need to resist losing the home he has created in this empty place. He and the rest of the citizens of the North End must choose whether to face outsiders as invaders or welcome them as neighbors.

The City Where We Once Lived is a haunting novel of the near future that combines a prescient look at how climate change and industrial flight will shape our world with a deeply personal story of one man running from his past. With glowing prose, Eric Barnes brings into sharp focus questions of how we come to call a place home and what is our capacity for violence when that home becomes threatened.

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Praise for The City Where We Once Lived

 “Barnes’s new novel is a rare and truly original work: a hard-edged fable, tender and unflinching, in which a man’s descent and renewal is mirrored by his city. An eerie, beautifully written, and profoundly humane book.” – Emily St. John Mandel, author of STATION ELEVEN

“Written in a gorgeously spare language that perfectly reflects the dystopic future this novel depicts, The City Where We Once Lived kept me enthralled throughout. At the core is a deep and admirable compassion for humanity.” – Chris Offutt, author of COUNTRY DARK

“A stunningly-written tale of loss and grief.” – Lindsay Moran, former CIA operative and author of BLOWING MY COVER

“Spare and elegant, Eric Barnes shows us what it means to inhabit – a building, a city, a life. And also what it means to be inhabited – by memories, by ghosts, and maybe, just maybe, by hope.” – Elise Blackwell, author of THE LOWER QUARTER

“An intensely envisioned work of dystopian realism and American desolation, beautifully drawn from the slow-motion apocalypse of everyday life.” – Christopher Brown, author of TROPIC OF KANSAS

“A controlled burn of a book, full of horror and sadness and, once the fire dies down, the beauty of new growth. In the tradition of J.G. Ballard and Margaret Atwood, Eric Barnes gives us a dying neighborhood of outcasts who save the world that has cast them out.” – John Feffer, author of SPLINTERLANDS

“With deft prose and a discerning voice, The City Where We Once Lived is a taut examination of the archetypes and rituals that form the landscape of community.” – Courtney Miller Santo, author of THREE STORY HOUSE and THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE

“The voice is appealingly quiet, the atmosphere dreamlike, but the premise of poisoned ground, weather gone haywire, and a government that has thrown up its hands, is frighteningly real.” – James Whorton, author of APPROXIMATELY HEAVEN, FRANKLAND and ANGELA SLOAN

“Eric Barnes’ The City Where We Once Lived is a most original novel, surprising and fierce – a dazzling puzzle of grief and utopia, dystopia and hope.” – Minna Zallman Proctor, author of LANDSLIDE

Reviews of Something Pretty, Something Beautiful:

“Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written… the most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I’ve ever read.
And the truest.” – Benjamin Whitmer

“[A] remarkable book. … This is a world where the pull of friendship is far stronger than the pull of family, where cars are freedom, stories are everything, and home is thick with ghosts.” – Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions

“The new novel chronicles in stark, effective prose a boy’s tragic discoveries about how friendship works.” – Peggy Burch, The Commercial Appeal

“Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written…. The most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I’ve ever read.” – Benjamin Whitmer, Satan Is Real

“…the book’s impressionistic, running narrative, the immediacy and matter-of-factness of its full-throttle prose.” – Leonard Gill, The Flyer

“[A] disturbing but finely and passionately wrought novel.” – Rebecca Oppenheimer

Praise for Shimmer:

“Case’s slow but accelerating downward spiral drives the narrative….” — Publisher’s Weekly

“One is reminded in Barnes’ language and locution of Don DeLillo’s scalpel-sharp delineation of American corporate culture and paranoia, and of David Foster Wallace’s penetration into the heart of the relationship between human consciousness and rapidly changing technologies.” — Fredric Koeppel, The Commercial Appeal

 Eric Barnes

Author’s Bio

Eric Barnes is writer of the novels The City Where We Once Lived (Arcade Publishing, April 2018), Something Pretty, Something Beautiful (Outpost19) and Shimmer (Unbridled Books), an IndieNext Pick. He has published numerous short stories, and works as publisher of The Daily News and host of Behind the Headlines.

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My Review

4 stars

In the future in an unknown time a city is divided between North and South. Climate change has wreaked havoc in this world and the North End has been abandoned by all but a few that have decided to try to make a living alone and scavenging. The majority of the populous has moved to the South End and seems to be making a recovery from all that has happened. The story is told by an unknown journalist that is hiding from the loss of his family and trying to record all that happens.

But then something starts happening. Some people from the South have started coming to North End and started making trouble. Those in the North are going to have to come together and form the community that they have tried to give up without success if they plan on keeping their homes.

This book is an interesting read. There is not a lot of action or major events happening, it’s more of a slow boil that gathers steam. There is not a lot going on in the first part of the book but a bleak, monotonous world that the narrator lives in. The action does pick up with the teenagers causing problems but it doesn’t really go anywhere.

This is one of those books that I wanted more from and a better ending but at the same time I was invested in the story and didn’t want to put it down. It has the potential for a real action packed story but it just is there.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Skyhorse Publishing for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff

Suspended from her job as a promising police officer for firing “one bullet too many”, Anne Capestan is expecting the worst when she is summoned to H.Q. to learn her fate. Instead, she is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on solving old cold cases.

Though relived to still have a job, Capestan is not overjoyed by the prospect of her new role. Even less so when she meets her new team: a crowd of misfits, troublemakers and problem cases, none of whom are fit for purpose and yet none of whom can be fired.

But from this inauspicious start, investigating the cold cases throws up a number a number of strange mysteries for Capestan and her team: was the old lady murdered seven years ago really just the victim of a botched robbery? Who was behind the dead sailor discovered in the Seine with three gunshot wounds? And why does there seem to be a curious link with a ferry that was shipwrecked off the Florida coast many years previously?

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Author’s Bio

Sophie Henaff is a journalist, author and former Lyonnaise bar owner. She began her journalism career as a critic at Lyon Poche, before moving to Paris to write for Cosmopolitan, where she established her own humorous column, “La Cosmilite.” The Awkward Squad was first published as Poulets grilles in 2015, and is her first novel.

My Review

4 stars

Commissaire Anne Capestan is expecting to be fired when she is called in to headquarters. Instead she learns that she in now in charge of a group of misfits. This is a group that no one wants to work with and they can’t be fired. It’s now up to Anne to get the group together despite all of their perks and flaws. They are now responsible for cold cases. So, Anne divides up the few people that actually show up to work and have them investigating the murder of an old woman seven years prior and the death of a sailor.

This group of rejects has new been put into the Awkward Squad headed by Anne Capestan. They are stuck in a decrepit corner of the station where everyone thinks they can be swept into under the rug and forgotten with cold cases. But Anne is quick to realize that there is more to these rejects and quickly puts them to work. Of course the cold cases are more than they seem and they find they are related.

I really enjoyed this read. I love the fact that everyone on the Awkward Squad are rejects in one way or another yet have their own specialties. Of course they have their own specialties and are as valuable as the more acceptable officers. This is a wonderful mystery and kept me guessing as to how they could be connected. Of course I loved Pilote, you can always win me over with a fantastic animal companion and the sarcasm that joins the group together.

This is a good story. I loved how the losers are the ones that save the day. I know this was Sophie Henaff’s first story but I really enjoyed it and would to read more about The Awkward Squad.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Quercus for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Obscura by Joe Hart

She’s felt it before…the fear of losing control. And it’s happening again.

In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission. With her grip weakening on reality, she starts to doubt her own innocence. And she’s beginning to question so much more—like the true nature of the mission, the motivations of the crew, and every deadly new secret space has to offer.

Merging thrilling science-fiction adventure with mind-bending psychological suspense, Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart explores both the vast mysteries of outer space and the even darker unknown that lies within ourselves.

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Joe Hart

Author’s Bio

Joe Hart was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Having dedicated himself to writing horror and thriller fiction since the age of nine, he is now the author of eleven novels that include The River Is Dark, Lineage, and The Last Girl. When not writing, he enjoys reading, exercising, exploring the great outdoors, and watching movies with his family.

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My Review

5 stars

It is a couple years in our future. A new disease has stricken the world, Losian’s. It is like Alzheimer’s where it erases your memories but it also affects all ages. Dr. Gillian Ryan is one of the lead researchers that is trying to map the path of Losian’s in the brain and has almost discovered it when she suddenly loses her funding. She is desperate to finish her research since Losian’s has taken her husband and is not starting to affect her daughter. Gillian is approached and asked to go to a space station by Mars. It seems the people on the station are starting to show the same signs as those affect with Losian’s. Desperate to find a cure Gillian agrees to go.

When Gillian gets out in space she is having withdrawals from a hydrocodone addiction and it is affecting her mind. When she gets to the space station she learns that it’s not just memory loss with crew is suffering with. It seems a murder, suicide, and someone wanting to murder Gillian is on the space station.  There is something more happening to the crew and it’s up to Gillian to figure out what if she plans on returning home.

This book has everything in it. There is a horrible disease that is starting to affect the human population. Of course there the strange event of Gillian’s finding being pulled at the pivotal moment of discovery but was this done to get her in space? Gillian becomes an unreliable character herself with her addiction. And of course, nothing on the space station is what we expected.

This story sucked me in with Losian’s and kept me up late wanting to know what was going to happen next. I love this book, it has a little bit of everything in it. It is one story that you need to check out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Little Bird Publicity for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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