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Bridges Burned by Annette Dashofy Great Escapes Book Tour – Review – Giveaway

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Bridges Burned
by Annette Dashofy

It the last day for this tour and I have the pleasure of wrapping things up!
I love this series!

BRIDGES BURNED frontBridges Burned
Mystery
Setting – Rural Pennsylvania
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (April 7, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1941962398
E-Book ASIN: B00RY9ZW94
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Synopsis
Paramedic Zoe Chambers is used to saving lives, but when she stops a man from running into a raging inferno in a futile attempt to rescue his wife, Zoe finds herself drawn to him, and even more so to his ten-year-old daughter. She invites them both to live at the farm while the grieving widower picks up the pieces of his life.

Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams, of course, is not happy with this setup, especially when he finds evidence implicating Zoe’s new houseguest in murder times two. When Zoe ignores Pete’s dire warnings, she runs the very real chance of burning one too many bridges, losing everything—and everyone—she holds dear.


Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the third book in this series and it really kept me on my toes.

Zoe and Pete are trying to take their relationship to the next level but keep facing roadblock after roadblock. One major roadblock occurs when Zoe decides to help a man and his daughter after his wife dies in a tragic fire. Pete just doesn’t trust the guy and Zoe is following her gut instinct. When the evidence starts to point to the man Pete turns up the heat to keep him away from Zoe but she douses the flames by basically telling Pete to back off. Is her gut wrong? Is she the one that is going to get burned?

Annette Dashofy has pumped up this story with a huge bucket of suspense. I actually felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. Almost wanting to cover my eyes when I knew Zoe was going to take a huge dangerous step, or try to keep someone from barreling into a hazardous situation.

Zoe is such a strong woman and the author has written her so beautifully that we get to see her vulnerable side too. Her life could be in for some major changes but she continues to push ahead. Pete is strong as well and that is why they sometimes clash, he also cares deeply for Zoe but needs to learn to trust her. We see a bit of jealously rear its ugly head.

The supporting cast are also so well written. Zoe lives in a divided farmhouse where she also boards her horse. She helps out her landlord’s, the Kroll’s, by giving riding lessons and mucking out the stalls. The Kroll’s are facing hard times due to Mr. Kroll’s hospitalization and Mrs. Kroll is more worried about her husband than the bills that are stacking up. Mrs. Kroll becomes a key character in this story. We also meet Holt and Maddie Farabee. Maddie turns out to be a very wise 10 year old.

Dashofy is such a fantastic storyteller. The plot is full of twists and those anxious moments when the pages just can’t seem to fly fast enough. There was more than one point where I would feel my heart racing and my mind trying to read faster to see how things were going to play out.

I gave Lost Legacy, the second book in this series a Paradise Rating and this one has to get the same. Annette Dashofy has set the bar high. I cannot wait to see what she has planned for Zoe, Pete, and the rest Vance Township next.

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Dollycas
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Annette Dashofy-small fileAbout This Author

Today best selling author Annette Dashofy is a Pennsylvania farm gal born and bred. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT for the local ambulance service. Since then, she’s worked a variety of jobs, giving her plenty of fodder for her lifelong passion for writing. She, her husband, and their two spoiled cats live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy.

Author Links:

Website: www.annettedashofy.com,

Writing, etc. blog: annettedashofy.blogspot.com,

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/annette.dashofy,

Twitter: @Annette_Dashofy
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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
March 31 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
April 1 – Jane Reads – Review
April 2 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
April 3 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
April 4 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
April 5 – Christa Reads and Writes – Guest Post
April 6 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
April 7 – readalot – Review
April 8 – Marie’s Cozy Corner – Guest Post
April 9 – Community Bookstop – Review
April 10 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
April 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post
April 12 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
April 13 – MysteriesEtc – Review
April 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in Literary Escapes Reviews 2015 You Read How Many Books Challenge

Review – The Stranger by Harlan Coben

strangerThe Stranger
Suspense/Thriller
Dutton
Published by The Penguin Group
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Setting: New Jersey
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525953500
E-Book ASIN: B00NMPN46W
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The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I get so excited when a new Harlan Coben thriller is about to be released. I drop everything and read it as soon as it arrives. This one had a very different feel right from the start but like all of his other books I started reading and just couldn’t stop. I had to break it up over 2 evenings because my eyes just wouldn’t stay open but if my body had let me I would have finished the whole thing all in one sitting.

“The Stranger” visits normal everyday people that could have been me or my friends or neighbors. Anyone who is affected by a secret someone close to us is keeping. Adam’s wife, Corinne, had a secret and after the stranger reveals it to him his life is never going to be the same. The stranger also visits other throughout the story with secrets too, changing their lives.

What appeared to be a pretty straight forward story quickly twists and turns. Exactly what I expect from Mr. Coben. I found myself completely enthralled by this story, you may even say mesmerized. At first I thought Corinne’s secret was hurtful but not life shattering. Yes, the couple’s trust had been broken, but I thought a strong marriage would survive it. But the more Adam’s story continued and the plot started to play out I saw the author’s writing style start to shine and draw us in deeper. It is a story that has many layers. This is not you typical nail biting thriller, but more a mystery with thrilling and suspense filled moments.

I have been impressed with every Harlan Coben novel. I can’t say that is my favorite Harlan Coben book, Caught still holds that spot, but frankly all of his stories rate 5 stars to me. They all grab a hold of you and don’t let go. If you a are a new fan or an old fan this book should be on your “Can’t Wait To Read” list!!

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Dollycas
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To find out more about Harlan Coben and his books visit his webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Deadly Assets Great Escapes Book Tour – 20 Quick Questions with Wendy Tyson

great escape tour banner large deadly assets640I had the pleasure of reviewing this book last summer.

This is one of those books where you sit down to read and hold on tight because you will stay up late reading until you reach the very end.
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Read the full review here.

So today we are going to learn a little bit more about Author Wendy Tyson with

20 quick questions

1. Favorite Color – Cerulean blue

colorcerulean-newDescribed as sky blue, cerulean represents many shades of the blue skies, sometimes with a hint of green.

In 1999 Pantone named Cerulean the color of the new millennium. They describe it as “the color of the sky on a serene, crystal clear day.”

2. Favorite Candy – Good quality malt balls (anything with chocolate, really)

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3. Favorite Snack – Sugar snap peas (fresh from the garden!)
with roasted red pepper hummus

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4. Favorite Soft Drink – I don’t drink soda. Honest.

5. Favorite Hard Drink – Vodka gimlet

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6. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor –
Chocolate chip cookie dough

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7. Favorite Movie – Little Miss Sunshine

8. Favorite TV Show – Big Bang Theory

9. Favorite Book – If I have to pick just one? Yikes.
Maybe THE STAND, by Stephen King. I’ve read it a dozen times.

10. Favorite Fictional Character – Hermione Granger, from Harry Potter.

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12. Favorite Singer/Group/Band – The Cat Empire (especially live)

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14. Favorite Spring Activity – Gardening
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15. Favorite Summer Activity – Traveling with my family
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16. Favorite Fall Activity – Hiking, especially during fall foliage seasonHIKING

17. Favorite Winter Activity – Snowshoeing
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18. Favorite Place to Read –
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19. Favorite Place to Write – Anywhere with quiet and a view
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20. Dream Vacation Destination – Patagonia

 

 

Now that we know a little bit more about Wendy, let me tell you about her book!

deadly assetsDeadly Assets
(An Allison Campbell Mystery Book 2)

• Paperback: 296 pages
• Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (July 22, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1940976211
E-Book ASIN: B00LWFWYGU
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Synopsis:

An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell’s latest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day. And Allison’s colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen each.

Allison’s search for a connection uncovers an intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions and an age-old rivalry that crosses continents. The closer Allison gets to the truth, the deadlier her quest becomes. All paths lead back to a sinister Finger Lakes estate and the suicide of a woman thirty years earlier. Allison soon realizes the lives of her clients and the safety of those closest to her aren’t the only things at stake.

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About This Author

Wendy Tyson is an author, lawyer and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. Her latest novel, DEADLY ASSETS, the second in the Allison Campbell mystery series, was released on July 22. The first Campbell novel, KILLER IMAGE, was named a best mystery for book clubs in 2014 by Examiner.com and the third Campbell installment, DYING BRAND, is due to be released on May 26. Wendy lives on a micro-farm near Philadelphia with her husband, three sons and two muses, dogs Molly and Driggs.

Author Links:

Webpage: www.WATyson.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/wendytysonauthor

Twitter: @wendytyson

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Tour Participants

February 11- I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review

February 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Interview

February 13 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post

February 14 – Babs Book Bistro – Review

February 15 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

February 16 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post

February 17 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview

February 18 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review

February 19 – readalot – Review

February 20 – Lori’s Reading Corner Guest Post

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Posted in Reviews 2014

Review – Naked Addiction by Caitlin Rother

NAKED ADDICTIONNaked Addiction
Suspense/Thriller
WildBlue Press (October 7, 2014)
Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0990557388
E-Book File Size: 1204 KB
ASIN: B00NU6AA92
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Tired of working undercover narcotics, police detective Ken Goode wants a transfer to homicide. After the Camus-reading surfer finds the body of a beautiful woman in an alley, he is assigned to head a team of relief detectives with the hopes of proving he is homicide-worthy.

As Goode explores the underbelly of the affluent coastal enclave of La Jolla, California, and its hipster neighbor, Pacific Beach, he clashes with the patrons and employees of a neighborhood bar: real estate agents and beauty school students who have possible ties to an escort service and a drug ring – and keep turning up dead.

The untimely disappearance of Goode’s sister proves a worrisome distraction as he chases suspects and a dogged cub reporter chases him. But Goode doesn’t give up. He is determined to solve this case and land a full time place in the homicide division.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was first introduced to Caitlin Rother’s work through her True-Crime stories, Lost Girls, Dead Reckoning and I’ll Take Care of You so I was already a fan. I knew this book was out there and the author was continuing to improve it and get it published. I am so glad things came together. This book started out as a short story and she used the knowledge she gained from writing True-Crime to make this an outstanding fictional story.

What Rother has given us in a complex mystery that brings together sex, drugs and murder. The story has so many layers and more that a few twists. It is so well-written. The authors years as a journalist shine as she draws the reader into the story.

Police Detective Ken Goode is so good! He is juggling several balls in the air and he tries to solve this murder and his police career comes full circle. He is also a man with a tragic past the has shaped the way he looks at life in general.

Norman Klein, the cub reporter has had this murder investigation story dropped into his lap because the regular crime reporter is out sick. He has the editor riding his back continually to get the story first with all the details, even when the police are not releasing much in the way of details. He goes to some very dangerous lengths to deliver what his boss wants. He clearly is not using his head as he goes places he has no business going.

Like most murder investigations there are several leads and not all of them pan out. The reader is taken behind the scenes and into the procedures followed as the investigation takes many different directions and I was totally surprised with the ending. At one point I thought and I knew the who and the why but I was only right on half of my theory and it was a theory I threw out several times as another suspect came to the forefront. So for me this was a perfect read.

I really like these characters and I hope Rother continues their stories in a future novel or series. She is already off to an excellent start.

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Dollycas
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Links to my reviews for:

Dead Reckoning

Lost Girls

I’ll Take Care Of You

To find out more about Caitlin Rother and her books visit her webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Cozy Wednesday with M.L. Rowland – Author of Murder Off The Beaten Path

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I am pleased to welcome M.L. Rowland to Escape With Dollycas today!

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WOMEN ON SEARCH AND RESCUE
by
M.L. Rowland

Search and Rescue has traditionally been a male-dominated field and, for the most part, still is. For about a dozen years, I was a very active member of a very active Search and Rescue team in the mountains of southern California. For almost two of those twelve years, I was the only woman on the team.

One question I’m asked a lot, mostly by women, is what it’s like to be a woman on Search and Rescue.
Some teams have a lot of women members; some not so many. Sometimes this is due to the normal ebb and flow of membership of a volunteer team, sometimes to the demographics of the community it serves and from which the team draws its members, sometimes, in my opinion, to how women on the team (and women in general) are treated.

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In my Search and Rescue mystery series, Gracie Kinkaid is one of the only women on Timber Creek Search and Rescue. An excerpt from Zero-Degree Murder, the first book in the series: “Ordinarily ten men to one woman might be a to-die-for ratio. But more often than not, Gracie found that working with so many Manly Men for so many hours, often days at a time, took its toll on her. She could take only so much crotch arranging, and fart and blonde jokes before she began to crave a bubble bath or painted her toenails petunia pink.”

murder off the beaten path octoberOn our team, while minimal allowances were made for women on the mandatory physical fitness test, there was no difference in what was required in all other aspects of team membership. To qualify as a SAR Technician, Level II, as required by our team to operate in the field, we all had to pass the same National Association for Search and Rescue written and field tests which included the Incident Command System, tracking, basic survival, search tactics, and land navigation and orienteering.

While operating on a team of mostly men, I never expected anything from them that I wasn’t prepared and able to do for them. In other words, I didn’t expect special treatment based on my gender. I held my own, carried my own weight. I worked as hard as, sometimes a lot harder than, every other member of the team. What I lacked in physical strength, I tried to more than make up for in other ways: training, knowledge, expertise, and commitment.
While on a mission, when lives, including our own, were at stake, I depended on my teammates and they needed to be able to depend on me for anything and everything.

Was Search and Rescue work often difficult and physically demanding? Yes. Was working in close proximity with so many Manly Men challenging at times? Absolutely. Do I ever wish I had done something else with my life during those years on the team? Not for a second!

To find out more about M.L. Rowland and her books check out her webpage here.

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Murder Off the Beaten Path
(A Search and Rescue Mystery)

2nd in Series
Mystery/Suspense
A Berkley Prime Mystery (October 7, 2014)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425263679
E-Book File Size: 1749 KB
ASIN: B00ISEF61I
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As a member of a mountain search and rescue team, Gracie Kinkaid routinely volunteers to put her life on the line. But it’s at her new day job at a residential camp in the mountains of southern California where she finds her life is really in danger…

As a volunteer for Timber Creek Search and Rescue, Gracie responds to a call out for a car that’s gone over the side of a treacherous mountain road. The crash, which Gracie quickly suspects is no accident, proves to be one in an escalating and deadly series of events that lead her right back to Camp Ponderosa, a church-owned camp where she works as Program Director. As Gracie probes more deeply into the dark secrets at the camp, she unearths a hidden world of illegal activities, including murder…and finds herself going head-to-head with desperate perpetrators who will do anything to silence her forever.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This second installment is even better than the first. This time the recovered body is that of a friend and co-worker at Camp Ponderosa and Gracie can’t help but get involved. When she does she finds all the clues lead right back to the camp and even when she becomes a target she just can’t give up.

Just like Zero-Degree Murder the suspense starts from page 1 and Gracie has no idea who she can trust. Gracie is a strong sleuth and her SAR skills help her in so many ways. Her confidence has grown since the first book and she seems physically stronger too. She does get into some dangerous situations and even gets hurt and she just keeps plugging until the last clue falls into place. At times it was like watching a scary movie and I wanted to yell, “don’t go there!” but of course she does and we suffer together through those white knuckle moments.

I recommend reading the books in order. You can read my review of Zero-Degree Murder here. The author’s Search and Rescue  experience shines in both books. She also describes the settings so well. On and off the paths seem to be absolutely beautiful.

The mysteries are fantastic and the hints of romance continue to build.  I am anxious to see how things play out after all that has happened in Murder Off the Beaten Path. It should be very interesting!

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New Release Tuesday – October 2014

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014New Release Tuesday – October 2014

These wonderful books are available today
wherever fine books are sold.
Click on the book covers below to order from Amazon.com

Black Thursday (A Mrs. Frugalicious Shopping Mystery)

The actual release date on this one is tomorrow
and the author will be my Cozy Wednesday guest this week!

The Forgotten Girl

I will be reviewing this book on Thursday!!

Bless Her Dead Little Heart (A Southern Ladies Mystery)

New Series from Miranda James!
She will be my Special Guest on Friday!

Picked to Die (An Orchard Mystery)

I will be reviewing this book Friday, October 17!

Murder Off the Beaten Path (A Search and Rescue Mystery)

M.L. Rowland will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on October 22.

Off Kilter (A Scottish Highlands Mystery)

New Series from Hannah Reed. She will be my guest on October 20 for Cozy Wednesday!

A Crafty Christmas (Cumberland Creek)

Mollie Cox Bryan is touring with Great Escapes Book Tours October 7 – 20, 2014

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HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

 

Dollycas
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Posted in Just For Fun Challenge Reviews 2014 You Read How Many Books Challenge

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – My Just For Fun September Read

just for fun 2014
This is a challenge to help us get some of those books on out To-Be Read stacks read without the pressure of a review (unless we want to) or meeting any other challenge. These books are read totally Just For Fun. I have given just a brief review because I read the book JUST FOR FUN!!

This month’s Just For Fun read has been on my To-Be-Read shelf for over 2 years. My daughter kept asking “Why haven’t you read that book yet?” almost every time she visited. Now with the movie coming out and the 3 of us wanting to go I knew I had to read this book now. No more excuses.

gone girlGone Girl
Crown (June 5, 2012)
Published by Random House
Hardcover: 432 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0307588364
Paperback: 432 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0307588371
E-Book File Size: 1810 KB
ASIN: B006LSZECO
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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?    As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I know I am probably one of the last people to read this book so I will give you just a brief review. I also don’t want to give anything away for those that haven’t read it or plan on just seeing the movie that comes out October 3.

This is  a really dark and twisted story.  I was fully engaged from the start and Part 2 was a huge surprise but I was totally disappointed by the ending but my daughter loved it so I guess it is open to debate. Maybe my age has something to do with it. This was one really screwed up marriage.

With all my reservations and conflicted feelings aside Gillian Flynn is an excellent storyteller. I was feeling a myriad of emotions while reading the story and it kept drawing me in. Then I wanted to throw the book at the end but I checked out a few reviews and talked to others and I am not alone.  In fact there are almost 23,000 reviews on Amazon for Gone Girl ranging from 1 to 5 stars. A book like this is perfect for a Book Club because as soon as you finish it you want to talk about it. I imagine there have been some awesome discussions since this book came out in 2012. I believe a good book invokes conversation and this one sure meets that criteria.

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Dollycas
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*This book was from my private collection.

Posted in Reviews 2014 Wisconsin Author You Read How Many Books Challenge

Review – Sacrifice by Mathew Paust

sacrificeSacrifice
Follow up to Executive Pink
Suspense (Satire)
Self Published (July 24, 2013)
Paperback: 246 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1491061275
E-Book File Size: 457 KB
ASIN: B00AAHLBYW
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In a secret underground lab near Washington, D.C., Pink Pinkerton concocts a drug that can save humanity from itself. Intended as a better erectile dysfunction remedy, one that enlarges our imagination along with everything else, Pink’s formula also tames our lizard brain, quieting the baneful appetites and fears that make millionaires of clever salesmen who make billionaires of their sociopathic clients, who understandably want Pink dead and his formula uninvented. Satire? Absolutely.. Yet, so plausible, with characters so believable the narrative pulses with mystery and suspense.

Pink figures powerful corporations believe his miracle potion will ruin the world economy by making people so happy and enlightened they’ll quit starting wars and spending money on things they don’t need.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love featuring Wisconsin authors. This book was written by a man from my home town. We never met, I have heard he graduated from high school the year before I was born. 🙂 A friend recommended this book to me and I am glad she did. I just wish she would have told me about  the book he wrote before it. Truthfully I didn’t know it existed until I started writing this review so you know not reading it first did not deter me from enjoying this story.

Wouldn’t it be great if there really was a pill we could take to make people happy and enlightened? A pill that would make people matter more than the almighty dollar? It sounds wonderful but as the characters in this book found out it sure isn’t easy and it does have a BIG side effect.

The author takes on some heavy topics but writes in such a way that twists them so they keep their importance but feel much lighter. The character is conversing with the reader his through blog entries, narrating the action, sharing his personal thoughts, with a good bit of sarcasm.

 Alfred (Al) Pierce Geddies III takes us quite an adventure from prison to “The Cottage” and out into a dark woods. He goes from being the Former White House Chief of Staff to Special Congressional Prosecutor to Penitentiary Inmate #76490263478 to lab rat and how it happened will keep you glued to these pages.

Sometimes the timelines blurred a bit for me as in places. I don’t want to give any of the story away but at one point Geddies states something took “nearly 3 weeks” and then later he states they had been missing “almost a week”.  In an operation such as the one that takes place I believe the shorter time span to be correct and that maybe it was a typo and the author meant 3 days not 3 weeks.  This mistake is not relevant enough to downgrade my review. I found the story quite riveting.

If you are looking for a truly different kind of read, this is it. This story was not what I expected at all, but I truly escaped right into it. I have Matt Paust to thank for my recent book hangover.

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Dollycas
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Find out more about Mathew Paust and his books here on his webpage.

*This book was from my personal collection.

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Review – Deadly Assets by Wendy Tyson

deadly assetsDeadly Assets
(An Allison Campbell Mystery)
(Volume 2)

Mystery
Henery Press (July 22, 2014)
Paperback: 296 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976211
E-Book File Size: 595 KB
ASIN: B00LWFWYGU
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An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell’s latest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day. And Allison’s colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen each.

Allison’s search for a connection uncovers an intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions and an age-old rivalry that crosses continents. The closer Allison gets to the truth, the deadlier her quest becomes. All paths lead back to a sinister Finger Lakes estate and the suicide of a woman thirty years earlier. Allison soon realizes the lives of her clients and the safety of those closest to her aren’t the only things at stake.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Oh this one is so good!!!

Allison’s clients couldn’t be more different. When they both disappear on the same day and their only connection seems to be her company Allison jumps in with both feet to get to the truth.

Francesca hasn’t left her home in years but when her brother falls ill she has to take over the family business. She needs Allison’s help so that she can show the family and their shareholders she is up to the task.

Tammy has been chosen to be on a television singing show. She has a beautiful voice but Allison is hired by her “manager” to help with her social skills and in the fashion/hair makeover departments.

Allison knew she had her work cut out for her with both women but never thought they would just disappear without a trace.

Both of these women have families that go way beyond the normal eclectic/quirky levels. Wendy Tyson has created some of the best characters I have read lately. She has allowed Allison, Vaughn, Jason and Mia to grow since Killer Image, the first story in this series.

Tyson puts her characters in some very unexpected situations with some masterful twists. Allison does not let her fear of her own physical safety hold her back and at times I was so scared for her! You will not believe who she is taking on in her quest to find the truth!

This is one of those books where you sit down to read and hold on tight because you will stay up late reading until you reach the very end.

DYING BRAND, the 3rd book in this series comes out May 2015 and I can’t wait!

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Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Check out Wendy’s webpage here to find out more about her and her books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review – The City by Dean Koontz with A Very Special Giveaway!

the city
The City: A Novel
Suspense/Thriller
Publisher by Bantam Books(July 1, 2014)
A Random House Publishing Group
Hardcover: 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0345545930
E-Book File Size: 1852 KB
ASIN: B00GQAETIC
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The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.
 
Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I haven’t read a Dean Koontz novel since I have started blogging and this was a great one for my venture back into his unique way of storytelling. Sometimes his stories have just scared me to death but this one drew me in with its almost fantasy feel.

Jonah Ellington Basie Hines Eldridge Wilson Hampton Armstrong Kirk takes us back in time and gives us an “oral history” of his life. And what a life it was. The key character to the whole story is “the city” and that doesn’t mean what you think but there will be no spoilers here.  Jonah’s story is very complex and includes some characters them seem very ordinary at the beginning but become extraordinary in the end. I was shocked that the adult Jonah and I have something in common. This story then evoked some totally new emotions.

Let’s face it Koontz is a master storyteller. He creates plots that so intricate and multifaceted that grip the reader so tightly while examining hard issues. His characters come to life right off the page and his descriptive talents bring the time and place alive as well. There is so much going on in this story readers need to slow down and savor the words. There are several elements interwoven with the main theme that all add up to make this an outstanding story.

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Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

To find out more about Dean Koontz and his books visit his webpage here.
There is also a Reading Group Guide for The City.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”