Monday, February 8, 2016

ARC Review: Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Release Date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: E-book
Pages: 368 pages
Genre: Thriller, Suspence 
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Some secrets never die. They're just locked away.

Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down. Every day is treading water, every night is drowning. Until Alex discovers Amy Stevenson. Amy Stevenson, who was just another girl from a nearby town until the day she was found after a merciless assault. Amy Stevenson, who has been in a coma for fifteen years, forgotten by the world. Who, unbeknownst to her doctors, remains locked inside her body, conscious but paralyzed, reliving the past.

Soon Alex's routine includes visiting hours at the hospital, then interviews with the original suspects in the attack. But what starts as a reporter's story becomes a personal obsession. How do you solve a crime when the only witness lived, but cannot tell the tale? Unable to tear herself away from uncovering the unspeakable truth, Alex realizes she's not just chasing a story—she's seeking salvation.


This book flips around telling the story from different points of view and different time periods, so you need to make sure you are paying attention to who is speaking and when.   Every main character in this book has a sad tale.  Amy falls for the wrong guy and winds up in a coma, Alex has the perfect job, a great husband but can't stop drinking and loses it all, Jacob was Amy's boyfriend and feels guilty that he is moving on, he puts his home life in jeopardy because he still feels responsible for Amy.  There are a few others whose lives have taken a turn but I won't list them or it may reveal too much of the story.

The writing kept the story moving and even though I had my suspicions on who attacked Amy that fateful day I had to wait until the end to find out. There are twists and turns and I did fall for some false leads which kept things interesting. Ultimately I think this story is really about letting go and moving forward.  That life is precious and you shouldn't waste a moment of it. I really enjoyed it.  I may have to find more by this author.

Disclaimer: This book was received from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review

Friday, February 5, 2016

Book Review: Tough Justice: Betrayed (7 of 8) by Tyler Ann Snell

Release Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Format: e-book (Kindle)
Pages: 74 pages
Genre: Mystery/ Romance
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Keep your friends close. Your enemies closer. And your colleagues?

Trust has never been easy for Special Agent Lara Grant. Life taught her a hard lesson as a child, one she's never forgotten. But now, when the betrayal is so close to home, Lara is pushed to the very limit.

As the players finally move into position, it's time to go all in, or go home. It doesn't matter that fear is shaking her very core, it doesn't matter that everything she has…her team, her new family…is on the line.

What does matter is that there has always been one truth about Lara Grant: when her back's against the wall, she comes out guns blazing. And at last her target is in her sights…

Part 7 of 8 in the chilling, high-octane FBI thriller TOUGH JUSTICE from New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy and authors Tyler Anne Snell, Carol Ericson and Gail Barrett.


The discovery of who has been betraying the team become evident but the motives are slightly murky.  Lara and her team hope to get answers to why they were betrayed, and how it all came about. In addition they continue to track down the person who is still one step ahead.  

I didn't like this authors last segment thinking it felt rushed and out of character but she redeemed herself with this installment.  There was well planned action and intrigue that left me wanting her to hurry this one up! Lara finally seems ready to trust Nick in this one and the pages start to heat up. 

Can't wait for the conclusion to this action packed series.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Review: Tough Justice: Ambushed (6 of 8) by Carol Ericson

Release Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Format: e-book (kindle)
Pages:78 pages
Genre: Mystery/ Romance
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A sinister surprise is lying in wait…

With her trusted team all focused on getting justice, Special Agent Lara Grant is relieved to finally see some progress, even if their investigation has now turned to delving into some gruesome events from over twenty years ago.

An exhumation is necessary to unravel all the knots of this case, but Lara is surprised by how close their quarry is… In fact, he's just one step ahead, almost teasing them by how near he is…

Part 6 of 8 in the chilling, high-octane FBI thriller TOUGH JUSTICE from New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy and authors Tyler Anne Snell, Carol Ericson and Gail Barrett.


Now the team knows who they are looking for but finding them is something entirely different.  It still seems that Moretti is always one step ahead. As Lara tries to protect her sister she also seems to give the bad guys a tip that she may be on to them.  Trying to find the sniper that has been taking out their witnesses has proven elusive but they may finally have him in their sites, instead of the other way around. 

This series just keeps improving and twisting and turning.  I still have a few questions but hopefully they will be wrapped up by the final installment. 

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