No One Can Hear You by Nikki Crutchley #RBRT #BookReview @NikkiCAuthor

Cover: No One Can Hear You
by Nikki Crutchley

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

‘He said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He said that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.

Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.

Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.

As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.

 

Genre(s): > Crime Thrillers
> Women Sleuths
> Murder Thrillers
Series: n.a.
File size: 282 pages
Release date: 2018-09-24

 

Teaser


‘This has something to do with the same people who took Tania.’ She remembered everything she’d overheard over the last two months. Conversations between Tai and Garth, including how she was going to be next. She wanted him to know that she knew they had taken Tania. From the recesses ofher brain she said, ‘The secret garden.’ And watched for Tai’s reaction.

The look of shock on his face was gone in an instant, but she saw it. He rearranged his features and shrugged. ‘No idea what you’re talking about.’


My Opinion

This book’s prologue introduces you to Faith Marsden and what happened to her in February 2001; then – moving on to October 2017 in the first chapter – you get to know Zoe Haywood, a science teacher who has to return to Crawton where her mother has passed away.

With “No One Can Hear You”, Nikki Crutchley has created another gripping as well as chilling thriller with a plot that keeps its promises. It is a plot that kept me glued to my eReader, drawing me very close to Zoe. Nikki Crutchley created a well elaborated thriller with a complex and likeable heroine – as well as a colourful variety of further important characters. Zoe and the others are believable, complemented by the aptly written plot. There is a lot more to the story than simply good versus bad; there are some insights in the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a highly enjoyable read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a great flow. A memorable book to read again, written by an author to watch out for! After completing this book I realised that Nikki Crutchley has made it into my top 15 list of thriller authors.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing suspense, feisty heroines, believable characters, and if you appreciate expertly elaborated stories.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳 (average swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence 😳  (some violence)
Sexual content 😳  (some mentions, scenes without too much detail)

 

About the author

After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She lives in the small Waikato town of Cambridge in New Zealand with her husband and two girls.

Nikki has been writing on and off her whole life and recently has had success in flash fiction. She has been published in Flash Frontier, Flash Fiction Magazine and Mayhem Literary Journal. Crime/thriller/mystery novels are her passion. “Nothing Bad Happens Here” was her fist novel, set on the Coromanadel Coast of New Zealand.

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What about you?  What did you think about “No One Can Hear You”?  Or – if you did not yet read No One Can Hear You” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Somewhere in San Diego (Somewhere, #2) by Dennis Macaraeg #BookReview @DennisMac2015

Cover: Somewhere in San Diego
(Somewhere, #2)
by Dennis Macaraeg

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A thriller about best friends, scientific data, hired guns and a harrowing race with a past lover to stay alive.

Marine biologist Danny Maglaya must meet with his best friend and fellow scientist Blake Mason to upload the data demanded as ransom by the kidnappers of Blake’s fiancée. The task might have been simple, but every time the two scientists try to rendezvous, two contract assassins show up. With Danny and Blake’s phones hacked and each move they make monitored, the only way to survive is to outwit the men wanting to eliminate them. With an ingenious but risky solution, Danny teams up with his ex-lover to piece together secrets that only she, Danny and Blake know. A series of perilous events follows as Danny and his old flame, Valerie, race through San Diego County, solving clues about Blake’s whereabouts and about their possible future together. Will their love for each other be the catalyst for success or will the bitter pain of their breakup be a recipe for disaster?

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Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Action & Adventure > Travel
> Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thriller
Books > Literature & Fiction
> Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thriller & Suspense
Series: Somewhere, #2
Length: 227 pages
Release date: 2017-04-21

 

Teaser


“Where are you?” Danny asked, worried for his friend’s safety.

“I left downtown and am hiding somewhere I hope is safe. I can’t tell you where for now. I don’t trust our phones.”

“Who are these men trying to kill us?”

“I really don’t know. It seems they won’t stop until they’ve got the thumb drive and the laptop,” Blake declared in a rapid voice.


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Danny and Blake. This time, they are trying to rescue Blake’s kidnapped fiancée Elizabeth.

With “Somewhere in San Diego”, Dennis Macaraeg has created a light fast-paced thriller with a touch of romance. The story has the characters criss-crossing San Diego and its outskirts, trying to avoid being killed before they can upload data requested as ransom and get Elizabeth back unharmed. It is a quite entertaining read with thrilling moments. Dennis Macaraeg lets the reader in on what Danny, Valerie, and Blake have to go through – even from a distance I just had to cheer them on. Danny has become a complex character; Blake and Valerie are also quite likeable and of sufficient depth.

This is a book for you if you like light and fast-paced thrillers with touches of romance.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Hopeful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳  (some violence)
Sexual content 😳  (mostly decent, a little steamy on occasions)

 

About the author

I attended San Diego State University and earned a degree in teaching. I thought I’d be spending my working career in a classroom but life had different plans for me.

When I turned 40—not a spring chicken at that time—I remember asking myself what else is out there in my life. The answer came in the stories I’ve been reading.

I was listening to a thriller on an audio book or maybe it was a love story while driving to the beach. I liked both of them—the hero gets the girl, the money and lives to tell the tale—and right then, I had a serendipitous moment. Naively, I told myself, I could write a novel.

Storytelling is easy. All that’s needed is a beginning, a middle and an end, and about 53,000 words. Not true. There is nothing more difficult than inventing a story. With nothing but bits and pieces of inspiration here and there, I began writing stories in my spare time. I joined writing groups and enrolled in a creative writing class at a local college.

Not really knowing what to write, I thought of my trip to the Philippines in 1993. I went backpacking throughout the country just a few years after graduating from college, visiting the country’s three main islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The seed for writing this novel was born.

Since I love reading thrillers, love stories, history and travel books, I decided to combine all categories and turn them into a novel. Words became sentences, then paragraphs. Finally, the compiled chapters turned into a book!

I hope you enjoy reading my novel just as I enjoyed writing it.

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

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Scathed (Grafton County Series, #3) by Sue Coletta #RBRT #BookReview @SueColetta1

Cover: Scathed
(Grafton County series, #3)
by Sue Coletta

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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

On a picturesque fall morning in Grafton County, New Hampshire, a brutal murder rocks the small town of Alexandria. In the backyard of a weekend getaway cabin, a dead woman is posed in red-satin, with two full-bloomed roses in place of eyes.

In her hand, a mysterious envelope addressed to Sheriff Niko Quintano. Inside, Paradox vows to kill again if his riddle isn’t solved within 24 hours.

With so little time and not enough manpower, Niko asks his wife for help. But Crime Writer Sage Quintano is dealing with her own private nightmare. Not only did she find massive amounts of blood on the mountain where she and her family reside, but a phone call from the past threatens her future—the creepy mechanical voice of John Doe, the serial killer who murdered her twin sister.

Together, can Niko and Sage solve the riddle in time to save the next victim? Or will the killer win this deadly game of survival?

Genre(s): Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Kidnapping
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Serial Killers
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Series: Grafton County, #3
Length: 260 pages
Release date: 2018-07-25

 

Teaser


Stopping her midstream, he flashed a flat hand. “Thank you, Deputy Campanelli. A simple yes or no will suffice.”

“For your information, I was gonna say corvette. Geez. And you say my mind never leaves the gutter.”


My Opinion

This third book in the Grafton County series re-introduces you to best-selling author Sage Quintano, her husband Niko, Grafton County Sheriff, their son Noah, and to their canine kids Colt and Ruger.

With Scathed, Sue Coletta has created another extraordinary and fast-paced thriller about a woman who once again is confronted with a serial killer – close to her own home. Who has moved up to the mountain? Who kills and leaves envelopes for Sheriff Niko Quintano? The story comprises a variety of interesting characters with sufficient depth and cleverly elaborated and fast-paced interactions. Be prepared to accompany Niko and his team to some grisly crime scenes; even if the descriptions are not too stretched, you clearly see that Sue Coletta is serious about her research. I had a thrilling time reading Scathed – it is a very compelling read; it takes you close to Sage, Niko and his partner Frankie, and to ‘the kids’. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to the protagonists. Sage and Frankie are complex and intense characters, their ways of thinking and their actions – as unusual as they may be – fit these women perfectly. The story has a great flow with some surprising (nicely integrated) turns.

This is for you if you like thrillers on serial killers, psychology, likeable and interesting characters, authors who did their homework (well-researched topics), do not shy away from gory scenes.

A very compelling read.

Highly recommended!

 

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (scattered mild swearwords)
Violence 😡  (violent)
Sexual content 😳  (some mentions and scenes)

 

About the author:

Proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is always looking for new ways to commit murder…on the page. Her forensic articles have been published in InSinC magazine and a four-thousand-word excerpt of Marred scored first placement in Murder, USA, an upcoming anthology.

She runs a popular crime website and blog, where she shares crime tips, police jargon, and anything and everything in between. If you search her achieves, you’ll find posts from guests that work in law enforcement, forensics, coroner, undercover operatives, firearm experts…crime, crime, and more crime. If you’re a writer with murder in your plot, pick up a free copy of 60 Ways To Murder Your Fictional Characters.

For readers, she has the Crime Lover’s Lounge, where subscribers will be the first to know about free giveaways, contests, and have inside access to deleted scenes. As an added bonus, members will get to play in the lounge. Your secret code will unlock the virtual door. Inside, like-minded folks can discuss their favorite crime novels, solve mindbender puzzles, and/or relax and chat. Most importantly, have fun.

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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 Scathed?  Or – if you did not yet read Scathed – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Shifting Sands – Tradecraft: Phase One (Tradecraft, #2) by Michael Shusko

Cover: Shifting Sands – Tradecraft: Phase One
(Tradecraft series, #2)
by Michael Shusko

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Iranian physicist Dr. Sara Qaderi has been leaking intelligence to the UN detailing her deadly work at a nuclear facility in Iran for months—but her time is running out. Colonel Mostafa Sabri is on the hunt for the traitors who have been compromising Iran’s national security. And he always finds his prey.

Since birth, Sara has been taught that Americans aren’t to be trusted. Now her life is in the hands of Nick Shane, an American Marine whose mission is to get her and the vital information she carries to Afghanistan before Israel drops the first bombs of the next world war. He has his own reservations about this Iranian physicist and her motives. But he also has his orders, and will carry out his mission at all costs.

Will they make it in time to save the world from erupting into a violent global conflict—or die in the unforgiving Iranian desert?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Political
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Military
Books
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Political
Series: Tradecraft, #2
Length: 354 pages
Release date: 2017-04-26

 

Teaser


Jean-Pierre stepped forward. “I am Jean-Pierre LaSatre, chief engineer and inspector with the IAEA. We are here to fulfill multiple UN mandates to search for evidence of weapons of mass destruction. We have been cleared by your government to inspect Habdan today. Here are our papers from Tehran.”

“I am aware of your clearance,” replied the colonel without looking at the papers in Jean-Pierre’s outstretched hand. He was as tall as the Frenchman but had thirty pounds on him. “I am Colonel Mostafa Sabri. I am the new director of Habdan, and I have just come from Tehran. I am sorry, Mr. LaSatre, but there will be no further inspections.”


My Opinion

This book introduces Dr. Sara Qaderi, an Iranian physisict, and to Nick Shane, an American Marine.

With Shifting Sands, Michael Shusko has created an action-packed thriller centred on Nick Shane, his brothers, and Dr. Sara Qaderi. It is a compelling read that drew me in after a few pages into the story. Michael Shusko paints a clear picture of the characters’ minds while the story evolves, making them real(istic) persons. The main characters – good guys and bad guys alike – are complex, the other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well. The story comprises interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fast-paced military thrillers, chilling moments, insights in criminal minds, and if you like believable characters with a mission.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Michael Shusko, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACOEM, is an author, medical doctor and decorated Marine and Naval officer who has worked on intelligence and medical missions across the globe. Fluent in Arabic, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Rutgers University. Post-undergrad, Dr. Shusko transferred from the Marines to the Navy Medical Corps and attended medical school at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Shusko’s Middle Eastern experience and language skills coupled with his background in special operations and intelligence keep him busy deploying around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Dr. Shusko has been awarded the Bronze Star twice for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently lives in Japan with his wife and 16-year-old triplet boys.

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The Weight of Shadows (Shadow Series, #1) by Karl Holton #RBRT #BookReview @KarlHolton

 

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)

When you have spent your life in the shadows, what would you do at the dying of the light?

Three years ago the best murder detective in London is blamed for the death of his colleague and kicked out of the Met.
A man with secrets buried in the past and present returns to London, the city that started the mysterious career which made him a billionaire.
The two need each other.
But they have no idea how much.

A gripping crime thriller mystery with twists from the beginning to end.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers > Financial
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers & Suspense > Financial
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Heist
Series: Shadow Series, #1
Length: 376 pages
Release date: 2017-07-13

Teaser


Tom stood up and made his way to the door. He turned around and Benedict could see he was considering carefully what he was about to say. “I am sure we are on to something with this, boss.”

“I believe you, Tom. Just make sure you let me see what you are thinking before you do anything.”

They smiled at each other and Tom turned and left the office.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to former DCI Danny Benedict, now with the NCA. Some current cases lead to unanticipated alliances

With The Weight of Shadows, Karl Holton has created a well elaborated story focussed on Danny Benedict, some of his allies, and of some really bad guys. The introductory part is on the slowish side, to get the readers acquainted with the main characters of the different plot lines. It was easy to get into the story as it took up pace; I started trying to solve the case with Benedict and his allies. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws, some of them too realistic for comfort. Karl Holton created a thrilling story that kept me glued to my reader. As soon as the story leaves its introductory phase, each plot line proceeds at a fast pace, leading the reader on a chilling journey; it comprises some unexpected turns, and has a good flow. I am looking forward to reading book #2.

This is a book for you if you like thrilling and well-combined plot lines, do not insist of in-depth procedurals, and appreciate firsts in a series with interesting surprises.

Recommended – enjoy the thrill.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Intro: Slow;  Story: Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

Karl Holton’s first book, ‘The Weight of Shadows’ came out in July 2017. It is the first in a new crime thriller mystery known as the ‘Shadow Series. The second in the series ‘The Wait for Shadows’ came out in December 2017. Both are available on Amazon.

Karl previously worked in financial markets for over thirty years, before deciding that he had to write. He couldn’t leave this dream any longer.

He lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and two children. 

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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 The Weight of Shadows?  Or – if you did not yet read The Weight of Shadows – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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