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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

The Marriage Pact

Creepy and disturbing with an odd premise and a page turner for the first bit. As the book went on though, I felt it dragged on and I found myself skimming through the pages.

Newlyweds Alice and Jake receive a wedding gift from a client of Alice’s – an invitation to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

From the book’s synopsis: “The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And most of its rules make sense. Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . . Never mention The Pact to anyone.”

It kind of reminded me of a Stephen King novella called Quitter’s Inc., Big Brother meets NSA to the extreme.

I lost interest about midway and the ending was less than appealing. But, without a doubt, it did make for an interesting and thought provoking read.

Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine and Michelle Richmond for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

Sworn to Silence

******TRIGGER WARNING – PTSD: GORY MURDERS, SEXUAL ABUSE AND RAPE ARE IN THIS BOOK

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This is my first Castillo novel.  Takes place in a small town in Ohio, where Amish and English live together.  Starts off 16 years ago with a serial killer aka the Slaughterhouse Killer, who commits very brutal murders.  A survivor of an attack becomes the chief of police.  She’s a good cop and I did learn a lot about murder, serial killers and the Amish.

Present time, and the murders start to happen again, and the chief comes face to face with her past demons.  There’s a lot of small town politics with the town council running the show.  The fellow officers are well developed characters and the story itself is a pretty good whodunit.  What I didn’t like is that the chief being a mere woman needs to be saved by the rugged, dark and moody Field Agent.  Of course.  Insert eye-rolling.  The ending was good and I am reading the next book in the series but I will probably stop there.  The rapes and murders descriptions make Patricia Cornwell’s books G rated.

I cannot recommend this series, maybe I’m just being overly sensitive to the crimes, but there’s just not enough… meat.  It’s as if I’ve watched a Friday the 13th movie.

 

London

Praying for Londoners after another attack. Van crashed into pedestrians on London bridge. Reports of stabbings, throats slashed and shootings. 

No matter what politics you believe in, this is a cowardly act. We are united with England and love will always win.

Fist raised in love, strength and unity. 

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Thanks so much to James for his infinite patience!

Would you rather…

1. Have an unlimited money for Ebooks, or a 5,000 dollar B&N giftcard?

Unlimited money for eBooks. Although if it was 5,000 for a locally owned bookstore, it would be a harder decision. But still go for the ebooks

 

2. Meet any deceased poet, or J.K. Rowling?

Maya Angelou. I love J.K., think she’s brilliant but Maya’s words have gotten me through my darkest days.

3. Write the world’s most famous book, or visit the world of your favorite book for one day?

Easy. Write the world’s most famous book… Because (like my friend James said, I have too many favorite books with amazing worlds to choose from). Hogwarts or NYC 2059? SS Enterprise or Selma?

4. Choose Morelli or Ranger?  (Insert characters from your favorite fictional love triangle.)

Ranger. Mysterious bad boy.

5. Experience Hogwarts in a very realistic and accurate virtual reality, or travel around the world for a year, at no cost.

Hogwarts. Then I could go anywhere with foo powder

I Tag:

Absolutely everyone on my follower list. I want to see all the answers.

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

Right Behind You

I’ve read quite a few of Gardner’s books and enjoy the usual scary, creepy, what-was-that-noise feeling as you read late at night.  This is not like that.  It’s a very well written albeit, sad at times book.  You’ve got Sharlah at 13 years old who witnessed her brother kill their abusive drunken father  (this is NOT a spoiler, it’s in the book description). She’s about to be adopted by Rainie and Quincy, two profilers.  There’s a shooting and it appears to have been done by Telly, Sharlah’s brother. My beef with the books is how much a 13 year old is involved in the searching and the police meetings.  Other than that, it’s a good book and a page turner.  One of the things I very much enjoyed was learning about SAR (search and rescue) trackers.  Gardner did her homework on that and it really comes through in the story.  There’s good characters and a couple of lovable dogs that kind of steal the show.  Definitely worth a read.

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