Never easy to run away from yourself #the burningisland @HesterAuthor @randomhouse #psychics, #missingteen #hawaii @NetGalley @absltmom

The Burning Island (Charlie Cates, #3)

Charlie Cates has an amazing ability, one that let’s her see events that either have occurred or will occur in the future. She is a journalist and when her secret ability is outed by her sensing where a young missing boy is, and ultimately finding him. It is decided that Charlie and her best friend, Rae, should head off to the big island of Hawaii to get away from the hubbub surrounding Charlie. People and reporters are clamoring for how or what Charlie is, so they plan an escape from the craziness where Charlie is to interview a well known volcanologist.

Little do they realize that Charlie has been set up by her publisher, for this scientist just so happens to have a missing daughter. The editor is hoping that Charlie will once again use her psychic powers and again draw the media and ultimately create a frenzy for her and her writing.

Charlie and her friend, Rae, get pulled into the mystery of the disappeared daughter who also has an identical twin. During the vacation, Charlie receives many visions and feelings as she seems to be looking through the eyes of perhaps the person who might have done harm to the missing twin. This creates a sense of fear and foreboding as she tries to interpret what she sees and feels.

Not only does Charlie have to contend with that, but the people who surround her, especially a mother and her sons, who live on the adjacent property to where Charlie is staying, have some dark secrets as well, one of which may be that one of the sons is the kidnapper, perhaps even the murderer of the missing girl. Part of a former religious cult, the boys and their mother seem a bit sinister and strange, very strange.

Will the missing teen be founds and if she is, is she even alive?

While there was quite a bit of action and things going on, it was a bit of a mixed bag. I did like the story and felt the author did a good job of keeping the suspense going, but I did think there was just too many elements of this tale. Sometimes an author just wants to incorporate so much, that the story can get a bit lost. However, all in all, this was a fine tale of intrigue, lies, and how the mind of some operate not always in the best interests of anyone but themselves.

This book is the last book in a trilogy.

Thank you to Hester Young, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and NetGalley for a copy of this book.

and here’s the author:

Hester Young has lived in Boston, London, Tucson, Honolulu, and central New Jersey. A mother of two, she was a teacher for ten years before becoming a full-time writer. Her first novel, THE GATES OF EVANGELINE, was inspired by a family tragedy and a mysterious dream.


Do I look scared? #hellbentorphanx#3 @GreggHurwitz @minotaurbooks @NetGalley #evansmoek #thriller #seriesbooks @absltmom

Happy Valentine’s Day book lovers! Bringing you today a review of a book I loved

Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz
“Think this through,” Evan said. “Do I seem like a guy who doesn’t know what he’s doing?”

Well, Mr Hurwitz, you have done it again! You have made me quite happy that Evan Smoek has again been a character who is beyond brave, totally bad ass, and loyal. He is a protagonist I so enjoy and never disappointing.

In this action packed, hold your breath thriller, Evan tackles those who wish with glee to see his demise. If you have been following Evan and his escapades, you know that he was once part of an elite and deeply secret unit buried within the government and these elites were called orphans. Their job could be anything and their assignments often included death and destruction. They were at the beck and call of where they were needed around the world or around the corner. Nothing was too difficult or too dangerous for the trained assassins of the orphan unit.

However, Evan is a wanted man. He is wanted by the new leader of the Orphans, Van Sciver, who along with his underlings will do anything to draw Evan out into the open. They capture Evan’s mentor, Jack Jones, the man who raised him, who loved him, and who made him into Orphan X. “Jack had taught him this along with so much else. How to find peace. How to embody stillness. How to punch an eskrima dagger between the fourth and fifth ribs, angling up at the heart.”

Even watches as they place Jack into a helicopter and threaten his life unless he turns on Evan. They then place a young girl, Joey, a failed Orphan trainee, in Jack’s path. She will die unless he defends her. Both Jack and Joey are plants intended to make the elimination of Evan a fait accompli.

Evan, now finds himself with a partner of sorts. He is a lone wolf but there is something about Joey that opens a door inside of him. He sees himself as he once was in her and as the story continues his bond with Joey grows stronger. Meanwhile, he, and now she, are hunted. They are liabilities, liabilities which need to be eliminated.

Evan learns more about those who are after him and how high up the orders are coming from that demand his demise. Will Evan be able to once again beat the odds and succeed where everything is ever so stacked against him?

Told with tons of action, and page turning events that we, who have read the previous books, have come to love, this book is definitely recommended. Getting better with each book, Gregg Hurwitz has made us cheer for Evan and hope that he once again is able to help those in need and succeed over the evil he has encountered.

Thanks to Gregg Hurwitz, (can’t wait to read the next book in this series) Minotaur Books, and NetGalley for a copy of this heart pounding book.

and here’s the author:

Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 20 novels, including OUT OF THE DARK (2019). His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.

He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

Who needs Rambo when you have Darby Thorne? #noexit @tadamsauthor @joffebooks #blizzard #kidnapping #chesapeakepubliclibrary @absltmom

“Inhale. Count to five. Exhale. Forward motion.”

No Exit

When going on a trip and traveling in snow country, one must remember to charge your phone and wear your boots!

Darby Thorne has been called home. Her mother is dying of cancer and as she leaves school and travels to Utah, traversing mountains, she is faced with a worsening snowstorm She decided she needs to stop at a rest stop and there encounters four strangers. As they get to know one another, Darby perceives that something is just not right. Later her thoughts are confirmed when outside, searching for phone reception, she comes upon a white van (why as they always white?) and sees within the van a young girl trapped in what seems to be a dog cage. She has to do something, but of course realizes that this van belongs to one of the four strangers. Now, Darby realizes that “The difference between a hero and a victim? Timing.” and a battle of wits begins.

Darby is nothing if not resilient. I found myself many times shaking my head amazed that this little coed had what seemed to be, either the nine lives of a cat, or incredible luck. She masterminds ways to rescue the child, and her bravery and resolve knows no bounds. As in any thriller, there are many things in the works for Darby, none of them are good. Shot at, freezing cold in sneakers, at times not wearing a coat in the midst of a blizzard, Darby tries to not only save the child but also herself from the nefarious kidnapper.

This was an interesting thriller, quick to read, and having our heroine pretty much defy the odds each and every time. There were quite a few implausible happenings, but as a whole, this book offered a nice amount of tense moments even if I sometimes found myself rolling my eyes and shaking my head. Sometimes you just need a book that stretches reality to its limits.

This books comes to us by a first time author.

and here’s the author:

Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his writing has been featured on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state. EYESHOT is Adams’ debut novel, published by Joffe Books.

Unlimited wealth, acclaim, and unhappiness #awellbehavedwomananovelofthevanderbilts @thereseannefowler.books #almavanderbilt #thegildedage #historicalfiction @stmartinspress @netgalley @absltmom

They say you can never have enough money. They say that money can’t buy happiness. They say that money is the route of all evil.

Alva Vanderbilt to the world had everything. She was married to one of the richest men in the world and could do whatever she wanted. She married William Vanderbilt, not because she loved him, but because her family was becoming destitute and Alva believed that in marrying William she would achieve two things, getting her family out of debt and eventually falling in love with William. The former happened, but the latter never did.

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts
“Yet she understood a truth she could never say aloud: this ideal life was still deficient. She was not wholly content. Perhaps she should be, but contentment, she had learned, lay beyond money’s considerable reach.”

Growing up and having my family on Long Island, New York, I had many opportunities to visit the one of the summer homes of the Vanderbilt’s, called Eagle’s Nest. It was a beautiful home located on the water on sprawling acres. My girls went to classes there on geology and marine science and today it is a museum owned by the county. The house remains as well as the planetarium and a museum dedicated to the findings and explorations of William and his sons. As we often did the tour we learned about Alva, whose portrait hung prominently in one of the main stairwells, and the picture the tour guides painted of Alva was often none to complimentary. We were told she was a bit of a tyrant making her daughter, Consuelo’s life miserable sticking a rod and a back brace on her to correct her posture, and doing all within her power to see she married European royalty.

However, in this book, Ms Fowler constructs a more humane portrait of Alva. We see her as a young girl being primed to marry wealthy, to push her family up the ladder of social rungs, to be something she thought she might like to be though never really wanted to be. This is a story of excess, of money beyond belief, and of the unhappiness many of the gilded age experienced not only in their lives, but also in their need to be people recognized by other people, to be in a social strata that they clamored for.

Ms Fowler did a wonderful job bringing Alva to life and showing us what a strong courageous woman she really was. She became, for many, a beacon of strength and a woman who fought not only for woman’s suffrage, but also for equal rights.

I recommended this book to those who love reading about people of wealth, to those who enjoy a well done historical fiction book, and to those who will, in their search for money, find that it does not guarantee happiness.

Thank you to Theresa Anne Fowler, St Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for a copy of this intriguing book.

and here’s the author:

Therese Anne Fowler is the third child and only daughter of a couple who raised their children in Milan, Illinois. An avowed tomboy as a child, Therese protested her grandmother’s determined attempts to dress her in frills, and then, to further her point, insisted on playing baseball even though Milan had a perfectly good girls’ softball league. She was one of the first girls in the U.S. to play Little League baseball.

In 2014, she decided to write a biographical historical novel about Zelda Fitzgerald, Z, which was published in 2013. What Therese has discovered is that she has an affinity for badass women from history whose stories have been either mistold or are largely untold. Her next novel centers on Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, a determined, opinionated, compassionate, often amusing woman from America’s Gilded Age. A Well-Behaved Woman, a kind of homage to Edith Wharton with a dash of affection for Jane Austen for good measure, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on October 16, 2018. A Well-Behaved Woman is in development with Sony Pictures Television.

Therese has been a visiting professor at North Carolina State University and occasionally teaches fiction writing at conferences and workshops. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and PEN America, she is married to award-winning professor and author John Kessel. They reside in North Carolina.

Yikes egad and yikes again! #thefourthmonkey @JDBarker #psycologicalthriller #serialkiller @houghtonmifflinharcourt @chesapeakepubliclibrary @absltmom

Great balls of fire…this was some book! Seriously bizarre, grisly appalling, gruesome and I loved it!

The Fourth Monkey (4MK Thriller, #1)
“We’re going to have such fun, you and I.”

I know I am a bit late to this soiree and have wanted to read this book for quite so time, so when it became available at my local library, I snapped it up and began a terrifying journey down the road to depravity and hideous events. Seriously, for a day, that it took me to read it, I placed a Do Not Disturb sign on my door and threatened to send whoever bothered me to 4MK.

From now on when I think of thrillers, this is the book I will use as my go to comparison. Yes, it is shocking and lurid, but J. D. Barker keeps the reader on their toes throwing so much at you that your heads spins and the look of shock seldom disappears from your face.

The four monkey killer has terrorized Chicago and sent grisly packages to the parents of the women he has kidnapped and later killed. He is cunning and devious and does have something driving the choices he makes and the people he seeks out. Detective Sam Porter has been on his trail for over five years. However, when a diary is discovered in the pocket of a man who stepped out in front of an oncoming bus, perhaps the search for 4MK has come to a close. The diary holds the clues and Detective Porter soon comes to realize that his search for the killer is far from over.

After finishing this book, I felt like I had been run over by a bus. There was so much action that every page offered another heart racing moment that propelled you through the mind of killer. Definitely recommend this one, with a caveat though. This is not for the faint of heart or for those who are unable to read the grisly and macabre. This is definitely going to be one of those books that are a very tough act to follow. ….and the four monkeys? “Mizaru means see no evil, Kikazaru means hear no evil, and Iwazaru means speak no evil.” and then there is Shizaru… no evil!

and here’s the author:

J.D. BARKER is the internationally best-selling author of Forsaken, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His work has been compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. His 4MK Thrillers, The Fourth Monkey and The Fifth to Die, were released in June 2017 and June 2018 respectively. He has been asked by the Stoker family to coauthor the forthcoming prequel to Dracula due out in fall 2018. His novels have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, daughter, Ember, and their two dogs, both of whom sit outside his office door daily, eagerly awaiting his next novel.

A new week begins and here’s what I’m reading #awellbehavedwoman @thefourthmonkey #theburningisland #wemustbebrave #hellbent #harrystrees #theabolitionistsdaughter #theglovemaker @theresaannefowler.books @JDBarker @HesterAuthor @GreggHurwitz #joncohen @KLMaherAuthor @annweisgarber @EdelweissByAboveThe Treeline @NetGalley @@chesapeakepubliclibrary

Another week begins, and it’s back to the cold for us. Perfect time to curl up with a book, or even lots of books. Happy reading all you bookaholics!

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A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts

Having grown up on Long Island, New York, and having visited the Vanderbilt summer estate, (now a county run museum), many times with my children, I am ever so anxious to read and learn more about Alva Vanderbilt. Her portrait hangs prominently in the home and her taste and her husband and sons zeal for hunting is present. There is also a planetarium built on the estate by the family. Fascinating family!

The Fourth Monkey (4MK Thriller, #1)

I have waited a long time to finally put this one front and center on my never ending TBR. I do like books about serial killers, and this one promises to be quite a riveting story.

The Burning Island (Charlie Cates, #3)

This is another thriller mystery that I am looking forward to. Taking place on the main island of Hawaii, the setting is very alluring. As always, a secret harbors danger, murder, and mayhem.

Hellbent (Orphan X #3)

Having enjoyed the first two in this series about Orphan X, created by Gregg Hurwitz, I am ever so ready to dig into book three. As an added incentive, I also have book four.

Harry's Trees

I have read such glowing wonderful things about Harry’s Trees. Harry, is bereft with the recent loss of his wife, when a young girl, Oriana, enters his life. She is determined that Harry can help her as she, too, struggles with the loss of her father. Jan and I plan on reading this one together.

The Abolitionist's Daughter (Sons of the Shenandoah)

Set against the upcoming Civil War, a girl finds love and is the go between two twin brothers, finding friendship, hardship, and the breaking apart of family.

The Glovemaker

Life’s dilemmas on the Utah Territory for Deborah Tyler, in 1888 is the setting for this story. Incorporated is the Mormon culture with its religious traits and one especially that is causing a man much trouble fleeing from the US government. That is the practice of polygamy, considered to be a felony crime.

Pretty ambitious week ahead for me! But then again..who needs sleep?

Beware the Spanish Inquisition #crucible @jamesrollins @WilliamMorrowBooks #sigmaforce #spanishinquisition #ai #catholicchurch #witches @chesapeakememoriallibrary @absltmom

I will admit, I am rubbish when it comes to understanding the workings of the computer. I do know how to turn them on an off, do the important things like write my blog and compile my shopping lists, but the rest leaves me with a blank look upon my face and the feeling that somehow I have been left behind. So, in James Rollins newest outing with the brave and intrepid members of Sigma Force, Crucible, left me lagging in netherspace or is it etherspace?

I did so enjoy the rapid pace of the story, the ideas and concepts it entailed, but understanding what was going on in the field of artificial intelligence just went whooshing right over my head.

Crucible (Sigma Force, #14)

After discovering Kat, his friend’s wife, their two children, and his pregnant girlfriend attacked while Kat is left for dead, Commander Pierce and the illustrious Sigma Force is on the trail on the assailants. Kat is left for dead and through the use of some pretty sophisticated technology, she, the only witness to the crime, is enlisted to help. Problem is she is technically brain dead.

The team swings into motion and this time wages war against the modern forces of the Spanish Inquisition. As history tells us, the Inquisition was a blood filled era, a time where everyone was thought to be a witch, a wizard, or a demon of some kind that members of the Church felt duty bound to rid the world of in none too pleasant a manner.

In this book, the modern incantation of the Inquisition is back in a group that decides the world is too evil and needs to be cleansed. Never a good sign really! In their quest to do so, they want to steal the AI work of a brilliant scientist whose work has produced an AI which resides, at least for now, inside her computer. Joining forces with Sigma are witches, seemingly sanctioned by the church who play a role in tracking down the bad guys, and striving to prevent the Inquisition members from attaining their goal, that of purifying the world. Things really are looking pretty dire for planet earth, but is it possible that the Sigma forces can succeed once again and save the day?

This is the fourteenth outing for the Sigma Force books and as always, Mr Rollins is able to combine areas in science that are currently occurring, with an intriguing story line. I enjoyed the book, although not as much as his others and I blame on my lack of computer savvy skills. Rollins’s fans, and I count myself on of those, will enjoy this fast paced drama that will blend amazing things being done today with a fast paced story line. However, Mr Rollins is quick to point out that humans might not benefit from the current breakthroughs especially if the breakthroughs become smarter than the people who discovered them.

and here’s the author:

James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages, with more than 20 million copies sold. The New York Times says, “Rollins is what you might wind up with if you tossed Michael Crichton and Dan Brown into a particle accelerator together,” and NPR calls his work “Adventurous and enormously engrossing.” Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets–and does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning suspense. A practicing veterinarian, Rollins has pursued scuba, spelunking, and other adventures around the world, and currently lives and writes in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.