By Tricia Stringer. A warm-hearted rural romance set among the scenic vineyards of Western Australia's Margaret River. Without a Doubt - Detective Dave Burrows returns in the most compelling and exciting case of his early career. By Meredith Appleyard. Flying solo can be harder than it looks A warm-hearted rural romance about finding your way home. A devastating bushfire. Three scorched marriages.
And an inflammatory secret that will rock a town. Lisa Wheeldon is on a journey that will force her to rethink all she knows about being a good mother. A wild colonial girl and an honour-bound soldier will break all the rules to claim a love worth more than gold Is the home each yearns for already within grasp or will fear keep them running?
By Rosie Mackenzie. By Nicole Hurley-Moore. But sometimes things change…. Will Taylor Woods gain the trust of a man whose every instinct tells him never to trust a woman again? When the fates of four women intertwine in an unexpected way, their lives will never be the same again. A sweeping tale of passion and survival from the Victorian goldfields to the dark heart of Sydney Town.
A poignant novel about five different people who are connected but separated by secrets from the past. From Pearl Harbor to Sydney, a secret that spans generations could unite a family — or destroy it. It was an excellent story and well written. I have read a few other books by this author, but this one is definitely the best of them so far for me.
This is a wonderful topic! I love it! Can we also have it for Contemporary and Historical Romances of ? Just trying to decide which one to do next. Probably will have a post every weeks. Such a great book. After reading this, I looked through my list of suspense books and found that I have only read four that were published in It was the final book in the Sin Brothers series. I loved the entire series and this one wrapped it up nicely. Since romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres, I am very surprised that I have not read more of them.
I hope this does not mean, there will be a shortage of good suspense books this year. Now I think I will move it up in the queue. I was thrilled to learn here that Deanna Raybourn has a new book out soon and put that on my calendar immediately. Just checked out the upcoming Deanna Raybourn book and it looks great.
I just pre-ordered the new Deanna Raybourn listed as September 1. In those graceful, gruesome mountains innocence is irrevocably, irretrievably shattered. FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quinn, now five months pregnant, gets drawn into a case that threatens her marriage, her unborn child, and the foundations of her sense of self. What starts out as a few potential missing prostitutes and an unsolved and seemingly random homicide of a former high school jock is all a part of an insideous web of such utter destruction that the scope is almost beyond comprehension.
I'm emotionally spent after finishing this book. Utterly wiped out. It's brilliantly written. Stylistically it's crafted just as intricately as any spider's web and is just as deceptively strong. Kimberly is a solid heroine, and Gardner has offered up her flaws, foibles, and fascination with pudding to create a complex but genuine woman struggling with the confusions and conflicts of looming parenthood.
I didn't always like her. I sided with her husband on a few critical issues, but saw Kimberly's side as well, even if I didn't happen to agree. She was selfish at times, for all her intelligence and dedication, and some of her motives and actions were less than pure. No, I didn't always like her.
But I respected the hell out of her, because I believed her. I believed in Gardner's rendition of a character who is very conscious of her own demons, and still manages to step on their toes now and then, even as they chase her. Technically and stylistically, this book knocked it out of the park.
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The transitions were extremely effective and there were several long, hard looks at the descent into despicable evil. And it was so very scary that I was able to sympathize with a man-made monster. So very, very scary. The police procedural aspects of the story were perfect. Gardner creates characters, then lays out the clues, and spins it all into a taut, gripping, devastating story.
I could practically feel the time ticking in the back of my head through every moment of the read, ticking and tocking away as my stomach clenched and rolled, desperate for some light at the end of a most desolate tunnel. It must be said - must be said and re-said, actually, that this book is not for everyone. Readers need to be more than warned, there needs to be great big flashing lights and maybe a few of those disaster sirens going off for this one.
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Do not read this book if you are in any way sensitive to brutality against children, because there is plenty of that in this book. Was it graphic? It wasn't graphically described blow by blow, no The monster - and he is monstrous - is a pedophile who kidnaps, rapes, and kills little boys The scope of his crimes, the level of his brutality, and the horror of the debasement of his victims are not spared in the telling of this book.
Please do yourself a favor and try another one of Gardner's titles if you think you may not be able to handle that. I don't consider myself a sensitive reader. I love books and shows that deal with psychopaths, watch and appreciate true crime documentaries, and am fascinated with aberrant psychology. I thought The Silence of the Lambs both the book and the movie was brilliant and chilling, and Hannibal Lector will always look like Sir Anthony Hopkins in my mind.
But The Silence of the Lambs didn't affect me like this did. Maybe it was because the violence was mostly against children. Those are the most difficult victims to have to accept, and when coupled with the perversity of the antagonist, I was deeply disturbed. Did I like it? In fact, it was disgusting and traumatic in parts.
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I appreciated the intelligence and style with which it was written. I thought the concept, plot, and characters were robust, fully realized, and freaky with atmosphere. I had a couple of minor issues with a subplot, and there was a plot twist that I saw coming a mile away, but they didn't affect my appreciation of the book.
It was a polished, sophisticated novel with power and intensity. And it was the most disturbing book I've read in a good long time. View 2 comments. Having been approved via Netgalley for the newest book in this series Right Behind You , i've been reading through the backlist so I was all prepped and up to date. As soon as I saw this one on my list I knew that it was one i'd read before, right back in when it was released. And once I started reading, the plot came back to me whole because this is Lisa Gardner's best work.
Well at least in my opinion, it's by far my favourite. Everything about this novel works. It was the first time a book Having been approved via Netgalley for the newest book in this series Right Behind You , i've been reading through the backlist so I was all prepped and up to date. It was the first time a book truly shocked me with the way it all turned out. Even knowing it was coming this time, I was still stunned by how well she had written it.
That's not the only reason this book was so memorable for me. It has spiders in it. That may be enough of an explanation. But they're horrible, big tarantulas and flesh dissolving recluse spiders. Things go on with the spiders that I will not repeat here.
Terrible, damaging mental pictures. Even more so for the horrific nature of the child abduction and abuse that sits in the centre of the plot in this instalment. It's got such a level of realism that it made me stressed reading it. This one is not for the faint hearted, it's the darkest of her novels to date and you can feel it as you read. I see what you did there Lisa Gardner. Overall it meant that the book moved me, made me experience the kind of strong emotions crime novels just don't usually manage to evoke.
At least with this author, I know it'll be a story worth reading.
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Jul 19, Jeffrey rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Gardner fans, mystery fans, crime fans. Shelves: thriller , mystery , read-in A deeply disturbing novel so disturbing that I stopped and read a happy fantasy novel in the middle of it in which an FBI agent investigates the apparent killing of prostitutes by a creepy killer only know by an acronym for arachnid. If that was all that was going on, this book would be a well written investigative hunt for a serial killer, but like City of the Sun from earlier this year, the novel chronologically shows what the author who probably did some research what happens to abducted A deeply disturbing novel so disturbing that I stopped and read a happy fantasy novel in the middle of it in which an FBI agent investigates the apparent killing of prostitutes by a creepy killer only know by an acronym for arachnid.
If that was all that was going on, this book would be a well written investigative hunt for a serial killer, but like City of the Sun from earlier this year, the novel chronologically shows what the author who probably did some research what happens to abducted children who are forced to have sex with adults. These horrendous acts of rape of adolescent boys are pretty powerful stuff and the images are haunting, sad, and perverse.
Not for the squeamish this novel packs a punch and Gardner sure can write. Four months pregnant Special Agent Kimberly Quincy had just drifted off to sleep next to her husband, Mac; home late again after the processing of a crash site she was bone tired. So the phone call at 3am was not a welcome intrusion. A prostitute had been arrested and wanted to speak to Kimberly — she would not speak to anyone else; she said she was her informant, but Kimberly had never heard of the girl. Then Kimberly saw that Delilah was also pregnant; the unbelievable suddenly became just a little more believable.
A nine year old boy, lying in his bed in the dark of night, thinking about the scary tales his big brother had told him about the Burgerman — be naughty and the Burgerman will come to get you — the Burgerman grinds naughty boys into burgers and sells the meat to grocery stores… With GBI Special Agent Salvadore Martignetti Sal heading the investigation, Kimberly found herself being drawn deeper and deeper into the unknown.
When her father, ex FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, Rainie Connor decided to visit and also became involved in the investigation, Kimberly was grateful; her father had been her rock after the shocking deaths of her mother and sister by a serial killer; with him by her side she felt secure.
But the danger was getting closer — the clock was ticking, the adrenalin was pumping. Kimberly was determined to catch this sadistic, crazy killer before he struck again — could she? Would they? Or would she also have to Say Goodbye?
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Mar 17, Beth rated it did not like it Shelves: first-reads-and-early-reviews , could-not-finish. So the FBI agent goes there at 3 a. So far, how hard is this to swallow? By the way, the prostitute has spider tattoos. Spiders mean something. And the FBI agent is taking seriously what the prostitute told her. A little boy shows up occasionally. Is he the pervert who molests that little boy? Call me squeamish, but the thought of 9-year old and 4-year-old boys trapped by a pervert makes me sick.
View all 10 comments. Oct 25, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: mystery , audio-book , read-in If you're archanaophic, this isn't the book for you. Lisa Gardener's new novel, "Say Goodbye" is a fascinating, scary and compelling story about a serial killer with a fascination for using spiders as he preys on prositutes and young boys.
The novel shifts perspectives from a young boy held prisoner by the killer and getting ready to "graduate" and special agent Kimberly Quincy, who is five months pregnant. Kimberly is contacted by Jenny Jones, a prostitute whose mother was killed by the kille If you're archanaophic, this isn't the book for you. Kimberly is contacted by Jenny Jones, a prostitute whose mother was killed by the killer.
The killer has a twist--he makes the victim choose his next target. In this case, Jenny's mother gave up Jenny as the next prey to be drawn into his spider's web. Kimberly is determined to track down the killer and comes periliously close to losing her marriage to a fellow agent over the conflict. At times, Gardner's novel is gripping and suspenseful. The idea of using spiders literally and as a metaphor for the killer is nicely done and will have you shuddering if you're not a fan of arachnids.
Unfortunately, the novel tends to fall apart in the final quarter of the story as the FBI closes in on the killer. The wrap-up is confusing and not nearly as satisfying as it should have been. View 1 comment. Aug 27, Kathy added it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you are terrified of spiders, don't bother with this one. This is a story of little boys who are kidnapped from their homes, while walking to school, or off the playground and are then sexually and mentally abused. It is also the story of young prostitutes that "go missing.
The time frame of this book is very troubling because you don't know if the dialogue is that of "the original abuser" or if it is "spiderman's thoughts and words. As the grandmother of a young boy, I found this book to be extremely troubling. I don't think that he, my grandson will be allowed to go into a men's bathroom alone until he is about 18 years old and pounds.
This is indeed a scarey book but I just wish the author had done a better job of clarifying who's who of the bad men. Jun 06, Katie babs rated it really liked it. Lisa can sure write some great twists and turns and will not leave you disappointed, because like most of those police shows we watch on television, the good guys always get their man. Being pregnant does not slow her down and she is still hard at work solving murders and bringing those killers of the innocent to justice. Her husband Mac wants her to cut back for the good of their unborn child, which Kimberly is seriously thinking about doing, when a young prostitute by the name of Delilah Rose asks for her help.
There is a new serial killer on the loose who calls himself Dinchara. He is murdering prostitutes, and before he murders them, he tortures them with his special collection of spiders.
Just use your imagination when it comes to his special pets. Delilah also happens to be pregnant and will only tell Kimberly what she knows to track this elusive killer. Dinchara likes to play games and he specifically picks Kimberly to play along with him. Not only is this monster a killer, but he is also a pedophile. Through flashbacks, we see how he was kidnapped by a man who stole him from his bedroom and sexually tortured him for years.
He in turn continues the cycle of violence and kidnaps another young boy and abuses him, hoping to mold him into a killer, like himself. The boy he stole, along with Delilah, are very much his victims, but at least he keeps them alive. They are like the spiders he takes care of.
There is only one way they can escape him and no longer be his unwilling pupils to his crimes. And to accomplish this, they must give the FBI and Kimberly a run for their money. Say Goodbye really tugged at my heart, including such feelings of anger because of Dinchara, a horrible man who enjoys raping little boys, killing prostitutes and using spiders in inhumane ways.
It has been a long time since I have read such a villain who sent chills down my spine, and Lisa has done it here with her latest killer. Lisa has written another stellar story with Say Goodbye. I was hooked from beginning to end, waiting for Kimberly to figure out all the clues so she can save lives, even including those of Delilah and the young abused boy who must do Kimberly harm just so they can escape the man who has so much power over them. But, Kimberly is not alone since she has many to back her up, which includes her father Pierce, and step-mother Rainie, who come to help her.
It is always a treat to see these two and to finally see them so happy after many years of living under very harsh and unhappy circumstances. Lisa keeps raising the bar for herself with this on-going series about the Quincy clan. This is not your typical run of the mill serial killer crime. What was really unique, is instead of Gardner just focusing on Kimberly, the main protagonist, the reader sees many points of views that include the serial killer, Dinchara himself and how he became what he is. Also included is the young boy he molested for years and even that of a new victim he has kidnapped.
Getting into each of these characters minds brings out some heavy emotions and your heart will really tear up for all of them. You may even feel a bit of pity for Dinchara himself because he is just as much as a victim as those he stalks.
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