Dark Road Home (Belle McBain, #1) by Angela Bennett #BookReview @AngelaBauthor

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Victor Simone, head of a hit man organization, murdered Belle McBain’s corrupt father. Following in her dad’s career footsteps, Belle becomes an attorney, but she can’t seem to move beyond the whispers of her crooked father’s corruption or his failures to his family. Instead of building a career in law, she escapes to a life of drugs and lives off her trust fund.

Unable to cope, Belle attempts suicide and is soon admitted into a rehab clinic where she tries to heal. However, her wounds run deep, so the healing takes time. Once released and three years sober, Belle begins a new life as a private investigator in Jersey City with the help of a friend in law enforcement. Sixteen years have passed … until everything changes.

One of Victor Simone’s cronies is in FBI custody and makes a deal. He says he’ll tell where the fugitive Simone is hiding if Belle agrees to meet with him. When she does, she begins to wonder if her father was ever a dirty attorney at all. As she searches for answers, Belle discovers more than she bargained for, including something more unbelievable than she could have imagined.

Genre(s): Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense
Series: Belle McBain, #1
Length: 254 pages
Release date: 2017-03-08

 

Teaser


“This is Belle McBain,” she said into the phone.

“Annabelle McBain?” a male voice said in a muffled whisper.

Though it was difficult to hear the caller, she was taken aback by the full use of her name. She also sensed the caller was young. Adolescent age. “Speaking. And this is …?”

“My name’s E. J. Water,” he said in a fast whisper. “I was told that if anything should ever happen to us, I’m supposed to call you.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Belle McBain. After her father was murdered, her life went downhill. Three years sober, life seems good – until…

With Dark Road Home, Angela Bennett has created a suspense story that starts slowly to portray past events as well as several important characters, if they are good or bad can be learned as the story proceeds. It is a quite compelling read that draws you slowly closer to Belle and the case. Angela Bennett reveals the characters’ mindsets, integrating them in the plot, you want to find the truth and/or reasons why as much as Belle. Belle is believable, determined, and stubborn. And who would not love geeky Osmond? The story develops from being on the slowish side to a faster and steady (really enjoyable) flow. Be prepared for some very interesting turns. I am looking forward to reading the next instalment.

This is a book for you if you like suspense stories with believable characters and psychological aspects, and if you appreciate determined female sleuths.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Slower, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Angela Bennett grew up in Minnesota and received her BSN from Mankato State University. After graduating, she decided it was time for a scenery change and moved to sunny Southwest Florida, where she began her nursing career.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Dark Road Home?  Or – if you did not yet read Dark Road Home – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Angela Bennett

 

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Three Day Three Quote Challenge – Day Two (2017)

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Please enjoy the second quote:

“Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place. The point is to teach this to the next generation.”
– Jasmine Guinness

 

The rules are simply to post a favourite quote every day for three days, and pass on the challenge to three other bloggers.

You are all invited to join the fun!  🍀🍀🍀

 

Three Day Three Quote Challenge – Day One (2017)

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Dear friends and readers, you most certainly remember this challenge. I consider it time to start a new one.

Rules of the Challenge

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days on your blog. It can be your own, or from a book, song, movie, or from anyone who inspires you.
  • Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavour.
Serenity is the balance between good and bad, life and death, horrors and pleasures. Life is, as it were, defined by death. If there wasn’t death of things, then there wouldn’t be any life to celebrate.
– Norman Davies

 

The rules are simply to post a favourite quote every day for three days, and pass on the challenge to three other bloggers.

My nominees:

You are all invited – I am looking forward to reading what you come up with.  🍀🍀🍀

 

 

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Blessed Mayhem (The Mayhem Series, #2) by Sue Coletta #RBRT #BookReview @SueColetta1

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A chance encounter …a deadly predicament …a lethal decision.

The infamous Mr. Mayhem is not your average serial killer. Reminiscent of the beloved Hannibal Lecter, minus his thirst for flesh—because eating humans is just plain rude—Mr. Mayhem storms on the scene with style, grace, elegance, and a zest for life unlike any other. Impeccable manners also help. He may commit murder, but there’s no reason to be impolite about it.

Accompanied by his loyal crow companions, Poe, Allan, and Edgar, his crimes strike fear in the hearts and minds of folks across Massachusetts’ North Shore. When Shawnee Daniels—cat burglar extraordinaire and forensic hacker for the police—meets Mayhem in the dark, she piques his curiosity. Sadly for her, she leaves behind an item best left undiscovered. Or is it serendipity by design?

Color him curious, but he yearns to examine the psychology behind her life choices, tough girl routine, witty banter, and unique double-life. In a different time and place they may even become friends. But unfortunately, their predicament defines the risk.

The stakes are too high to stop now.

For reasons authorities cannot fathom, these seemingly unrelated murders will go down in history as the most impressive killing regime of all time. His coup de grâce, if you will. Even if it means permanently erasing Ms. Daniels from the equation. All the pieces are there if the authorities look hard enough. The question is, will they? The only new wrinkle is Shawnee Daniels, and she may be his toughest opponent yet …if she’s clever enough to play the game.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers > Crime
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Serial Killers
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Series: The Mayhem Series, #2
Length: 260 pages
Release date: 2017-08-09

Teaser


“That’s my good boy.”

As he admired his handiwork, he enjoyed his celebratory cigarette. Drag after drag he leaned against a tree, staring at the glorious sight while Poe gorged on honeydew melon, cherries, cantaloupe, and tangerine.

With this murder scene, he really outdid himself.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Shawnee Daniels, still leading a double life and – being immune to feedback is suboptimal when a serial killer is near.

With Blessed Mayhem, Sue Coletta has once again created an incredibly chilling thriller with a stubborn young woman stalked by a serial killer. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Sue Coletta paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Shawnee (despite her stubbornness) and Levaughn. The main characters are very complex – three-dimensional, believable with their flaws and virtues; sometimes too believable for comfort. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. Sue Coletta’s thorough research shows; you find proof throughout the story.

This is a book for you if you like psychological suspense, thrillers with serial killers, stubborn characters, food for thought, and if you are a fan of excellently researched topics.

Highly recommended – enjoy the thrill!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV First person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is the author of Wings of Mayhem (Crossroad Press), MARRED (Tirgearr Publishing), The Rendering, Crime Writer’s Research, and 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters.

A multi-published author in numerous anthologies, her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly; her flash fiction in OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive, One Hundred Voices (Centum Publishing), and in the upcoming dark fiction anthology, RUN.

In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue’s the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science, and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

You can learn more about Sue and her books at:  www.suecoletta.com

 

Connect with the author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Blessed Mayhem?  Or – if you did not yet read Blessed Mayhem – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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