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Weekly Book Club {7.18.18}

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Three more books this week from the local library ebook collection! I’m not doing so well on my Unread Shelf Collection for this year but that’s mainly because I keep finding all these amazing books at the library to read!

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Closer than you know by Brad Parks– Disaster, Melanie Barrick was once told, is always closer than you know. It was a lesson she learned the hard way growing up in the constant upheaval of foster care. But now that she’s survived into adulthood–with a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex–she thought that turmoil was behind her. Until one Monday evening when she goes to pick up Alex from childcare only to discover he’s been removed by Social Services. And no one will say why. It’s a terrifying scenario for any parent, but doubly so for Melanie, who knows the unintended horrors of what everyone coldly calls “the system.” Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff’s deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years. The evidence against her is overwhelming, and if Melanie can’t prove her innocence, she’ll lose Alex forever. Meanwhile, assistant commonwealth’s attorney Amy Kaye–who has been assigned Melanie’s case–has her own troubles. She’s been dogged by a cold case no one wants her to pursue: a serial rapist who has avoided detection by wearing a mask and whispering his commands. Over the years, he has victimized dozens of women. Including Melanie. Yet now her attacker might be the key to her salvation . . . or her undoing.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Oh my holy cow. This was a super fast paced psychological thriller that kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning because I had to know how it ended. I’m a sucker for a foster care story (for obvious reasons if you’re a longtime reader). My heart was in my throat the entire time. I could feel the pain of the main character, Melanie. I could feel her hopelessness and her terror. The characters were so very real and it made the story come alive for me. Definitely a 5 Star read for me!

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The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth– The small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbours, and children play in the street. Isabelle Heatherington doesn’t fit into this picture of family paradise. Husbandless and childless, she soon catches the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers. But Ange, Fran and Essie have their own secrets to hide. Like the reason behind Ange’s compulsion to control every aspect of her life. Or why Fran won’t let her sweet, gentle husband near her new baby. Or why, three years ago, Essie took her daughter to the park – and returned home without her. As their obsession with their new neighbour grows, the secrets of these three women begin to spread – and they’ll soon find out that when you look at something too closely, you see things you never wanted to see.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I was completely unprepared for this book. I didn’t know some of the issues that the story would revolve around, including PPD, and was a bit caught off guard. That being said, it was a great read. It was fast paced, engaging, and had enough twists to keep me interested. The characters were well fleshed out and each had their own engrossing story within the story. I enjoyed the several different POV’s and they were so well written that I had no issue keeping up with who was narrating each part. Definitely a worthy read!

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Covert Game by Christine Feehan– Rescuing an industrial spy from the hands of a criminal mastermind is a suicide mission for the GhostWalkers. And there’s no one more up to the task than Gino Mazza. He’s the perfect killing machine–a man driven by demons so dark and destructive that his blighted soul has given up trying to find solace. But his laser-sharp focus on his target has transformed into something nearing desire. A treasonous senator dangled top secret GhostWalker data in front of a Chinese crime lord, and he bit. Zara Hightower, one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence, was sent in to psychically wipe the crime lord’s computer network. She succeeded, but at a huge cost. Now she’s the captive of a man who has descended into paranoid madness. Torture and death await her. But GhostWalkers never leave one of their own in enemy territory. And it’s up to Gino to save Zara, or kill her if it turns out she’s led them into a trap. Either way, heaven or hell won’t stop him.

My Rating: 5 Stars

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Christine Feehan. But for some reason I have not really gotten into her Ghostwalkers series. I’ve tried a couple of the books and they just didn’t give me the same reaction as her other series have. This one popped up on my library ebook list though and it sounded great so I downloaded it. I’m so glad I did! I loved it! The story had action, suspense, hot alpha males, and badass women. That’s all I need for a good story! I’m going to go back and try a few more of the books in the series now that I have a good grasp on the different characters and see if they change my mind. 

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