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Wicked River

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Wicked River by Jenny Milchman

Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated, back country honeymoon seems ideal: a chance to start their lives together with an adventure, on their own. But just as Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the woods.

Because six million acres makes it easy for the wicked to hide. And even easier for someone to go missing for good.

As they struggle with the worst the wilderness has to offer, a man watches them, wielding the forest like a weapon. And once they are near his domain, he will do e

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Jenny Milchman

Author’s Bio

Jenny Milchman is the USA Today bestselling author of three novels, as well as the forthcoming Wicked River. Her books have won the Mary Higgins Clark and Silver Falchion awards, been praised by the New York Times, San Francisco Review of Books, the AP, and many other publications.

Jenny has given over five hundred workshops and talks on the writing and publishing process. She sits on the board of directors of International Thriller Writers, is a member of the Sisters in Crime speakers bureau, and founded Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which is celebrated annually in all fifty states and on five continents.

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My Review

4 stars

Natalie and Doug Larson have decided to honeymoon in the Adirondack forest, six million acres of peace and quiet camping. Things are going well until they discover a body. Things start happening and they realize they are not the only people in the woods. Someone is watching them. The question is what they are going to do to Natalie and Doug.

There is something going on between these two and an incident just before the wedding had me wondering what Doug was up to with the camping trip. It’s clear these two don’t know much about camping and find themselves in trouble. That was before they run into Kurt. Kurt lives in the woods and is following Natalie and Doug. It seems he wants to invite them to come back to his place.

This was a good thriller. It did take a while to pick up steam but once it got going I was invested and wondering if Doug was not going to make it out, no I really didn’t like him. You also have the story line with Mia, Natalie’s thirteen year old niece that seems to realize that something is wrong. Although it adds to the story, it could have easily been left out too.

Over all this is a good read. It’s my second book from Jenny Milchman. I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for her 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 Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Medium Wave

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Medium Wave (Becky Moran – 1) by Rose Zolock

Becky Moran has built a career claiming to talk to the dead. A successful clairvoyant medium, a Cambridge graduate with her own radio show ‘Medium Wave’ and a team dedicated to crafting the celebrity myth – because Becky Moran is a fake. Until, one night, something supernatural, inexplicable, breaks through live on air as she is broadcasting. Becky Moran discovers the paranormal is real, the dead can indeed speak and she is being pursued relentlessly towards a battle for her very survival.

‘This thing has no defined shape. Whatever energy exists within it, it cannot settle on a shape. The strands of darkness curl out and then wrap back inwards. The bulk of the shadow becomes concave, then bulbous, the height building in on itself but lacking any skeletal structure to wrap itself around. There are no eyes, no clearly defined head shape. It is creating itself from darkness, like a swirl of ebony ink dropped into a vat of putrid water, spreading silently….’

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Author’s Bio

Her Irish grandmother first told Rose about the Banshee when she was just a small child. How the wailing sound of the spirit of the dead and dying could be heard when someone was about to pass.

It was family folklore that the women in the family had ‘the touch’, the ability to see spirits and other dimensions. Rose listened and grew up fascinated by those who claimed to have supernatural or psychic abilities.

Rose does not claim to have those powers. Take her to Venice in February when the mist swirls over the canals, walk by her side along the darkened streets of Greenwich Village in New York City in high summer, listening to a ghost walk tour guide tell the stories of death, murder and the unexplained – Rose would say those stories and our belief in them gives her a power to see into the shadows within our imagination.

As a journalist, Rose takes every opportunity to explore and investigate strange stories, myth and folklore. Living in rural Yorkshire, with a rich library of ghost stories and literary tradition, Rose also has a sceptical and forensic insight into those who peddle the stories which feed our imagination but of which we have yet found no proof. She has listened to the debunkers who argue against those believers who are convinced that sand the dark side exist.

Rose’s mind is open. Is yours?

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My Review

4 stars

Becky Moran has made a living as a clairvoyant medium; the only problem is that although she might sense something she is a fraud. Her team helps research and puts together stories that she talks about on her radio show. But one night an ancient crystal is going to change her life. After touching the crystal she hears voices and sees things that she knows can’t be real, but they are. It seems she really is a psychic and the crystal has unlocked her abilities.

Becky is going to find herself involves with other fakes that are determined to stop her and keep their own fame going. But there is the paranormal side that is going to drag her into a battle of light and dark. Thank fully her team is there to help her. She might make it out of this battle alive, if she is lucky.

This is a beautifully written story of a non believer becoming a champion for the dead and the living. I love the artistic flow of description that Rose Zolock comes up to describe the environment and the evil lurking in the shadows. It draws you in and wraps you up in a colorful world.

I am on the fence when it comes to psychics and mediums. There are so many out there that are scam artists out for fame and money. But I also know that this world is a big place and anything can happen. I admit that I hated Becky for faking her abilities; she is just like those that I hate. But when she has her own abilities awakened I came around to her side of the fight.

This is a great story that will keep you on edge and creep you out. Yes, I made the mistake of reading part of the story at night. I have to say that my cat nearly gave me a heart attack. Be warned that this is also the first in a trilogy and the ending is one heck of a cliff hanger. Although I hate those, I love how it is executed in this story. This is a great story and one I recommend to paranormal lovers.

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

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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