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No Reception

Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 09.46.50Genre: Thriller

Description:

For hyper-successful wedding photographer and blogger, Zody Lee Swabler, anonymous death threats come with the territory. When warned by email not to continue booking jobs, she responds by accepting the next request that comes in.

When a strangely eager woman approaches her about the emails, she accepts the woman’s invitation to visit her home. So begins Helena Hoath’s elaborate plan to take over the life and profession of the photographer she wishes she could be.

And when Zody unleashes her own revenge scheme, she discovers that the unhinged woman may still have the wit to turn a successful photographer’s own talents against her.

Zody and Helena’s lives begin to intertwine in ways that neither could have foreseen…


Karen’s Book Buzz Book

There is something about the cover of this book that attracted me immediately. I’d also come across the it on Facebook and read the description. This was my kind of novel. I think I may have seen it on a free one day download, and couldn’t resist.

From the opening page, the story grabbed my attention and ‘page-turner’ is a term that works very well.

I quickly realised it was based in Australia. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book based there before. It was a refreshing change to read about their towns, expressions, and reference to ‘the bush’, which we’ve all heard of.

The book had a theme of photography, as the main character Zody made a living as a wedding photographer. Our second main character was Helena, and not so succesful, so she decided to take over of Zody’s clients. And there begins the devious plot.

Helena came across initially as a normal character and was the wife of Zody’s friend. Little did we know how unhinged Helena was as the sinister story unfolded.

Although, at time I felt the plot was a little flawed; who would not protect themselves with passwords especially after getting hacked?  However, this is what happens, and the story was so entertaining it’s easy to overlook .

Definetly worth your while reading and you can find it here and read the reviews.

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The Venom Protocols

Screen Shot 2018-07-01 at 18.51.26.pngGenre: Thriller

Description

From the award winning author of The N Days

“You should have left me alone.”

Charlotte Corday was once called the most dangerous woman on the planet by the FBI until she retired. But it’s not so easy to remain retired when the past is determined to drag her back into the hell she wanted to leave behind her.

To uncover the origins of the mysterious Valkyrie program, Charlotte fights through her own dark past, dredged up by those determined to keep her out of retirement… or out of the business permanently… and to find solace in her own razor blade filled mind.

Her own words—her own warning—will come to haunt them.

They should have listened.

 

Excerpt

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Befriended

by Ruth O’Neill

Screen Shot 2018-06-13 at 09.03.51Genre: Contempory Thriller

Description

Some secrets never leave us alone…

Gemma Peacock’s life was perfect – or at least, she thought it was. She had a home she loved, a job she enjoyed, and a husband she adored. The only cloud on the horizon was the continuing tension between Gemma and her mother-in-law, but that’s the same for everyone, right?

After the death of her beloved husband, Ritchie, everything begins to fall apart.

Indiana Manors’ life, on the other hand, is far from perfect – but she knows just what she has to do to fix it. Befriend Gemma Peacock – and destroy her.

Befriended is an exciting, contemporary thriller that will keep you on the very edge of your seat. This book will toy with your emotions time and time again – and keep you coming back for more.


Karen’s Book Buzz Blog

This cover is probably one of the most vivid I have seen. It instantly attracts you to it and everytime I saw it, I had to comment.  Then one day on Istagram, the author asked if I would like to review it. I generally always say no because I like to choose my own books and there is nothing worse than agreeing to read and review a book only to discover you don’t like it. I will still read it, but it takes the pleasure out of something I love doing.

For the first couple of paragraphs, I thought this was going to be one of those. The main character, Gemma had lost her husband in a tragic car accident and it began on the day of the funeral. Using a few words to describe grief is powerful. After paragraphs of it, I began to regret my decision.

However, I said I would read it and it would take me  longer than usual – then something changed. Gemma meets the manipulative Indiana who has a plan for Gemma as she tries to work herself into Gemma’s life. A psychological thriller? The book took a turn I hadn’t expected and piqued my interested.

Indiana was doing the things I expected her to do, alienating Gemma’s best friend and a potential boyfriend by telling lies of how it was best to leave Gemma alone with her grief.

Then the story twists again. Indiana has a bipola disorder, and mental illness is sues highlighted. Gemma, instead of turning away like in all good thrillers, wants to help. This makes the story even more interesting as the author then reveals  innocent characters mentioned earlier, are much more involved that we first imagined. A quarter way through the book, I was totally hooked.

It’s great story telling, its clever story telling, when you think you have a simple plot, and turns out to be whole lot more.

Usually, I come across one or two errors, little typos that are always present in books now. I didn’t find one, and this is a big read. The only thing that caught my attention was Gemma getting ready for a date, showered, and shaved her legs and arms. Do women shave their arms? I’ve never heard of that before, and wondered whether she meant underarms?

Another, highly recommended story.

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#mental illness #psychological #thriller #bipola

Eye of the Fire

Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 15.54.18Genre: Adventre

Description

They expected adventure. The island didn’t disappoint.
When seasoned treasure hunter, Mike Gordon, and his party of unconventional adventurers travel to a breathtaking island hoping to discover a primitive tribe, their journey couldn’t have gone any smoother.
But the day after landing their seaplane, they are overrun by violent savages whose god is in need of a fresh sacrifice.
Can Mike’s team escape the treacherous island unharmed, or will this trip be their last adventure together?
If you’re a fan of Wilbur Smith, Clive Cussler, and rip-roaring adventure novels, then one-click this riveting book today!


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I love the cover of this book and it perfectly summed up the contents. It was a free download and as it was classed as a short read, I gave it a go.

I’m so glad I did. Adam Mitchell is a crime noir writer and when you delve into one of his books, you know what to expect. It will transport you back to the 30s or 40s and I couldn’t wait to see what this one held.

I’ve read one of Adam’s other books, Central City Tales and by clicking the link you can read the review. He has a great way with word.

The opening page sold me the whole book. This author knows how to write descriptions! They are incredible as you are able picture exactly how the land lies, and how our heroes, a party of four, make their way into the jungle find a lost tribe.

‘Dawn broke out onto the thick leafy treetops of the Borneo Jungle. The richness of the jungle’s colours fused upoin what may have been the strangest sight seen by man in this vast wilderness since the beginning of time itself. A dark sinister, and gloomy lake some ten feet miles wide as the parrot filies, lay shimming beneath thick patches of silvered whisper like mists. All of which seemed to rise and fall like clouds of steam from its glassy surface.’

Set in the thirties,  the language is perfect. I love the way they all conversed with each other. It really showed the times and we went from their conversations to their thoughts.

Off the party went after landing their plane in a lake, to find the lost tribe of the Arbor. They expected a warm welcome and as with all good stories, it wasn’t what they got. They have to fight for their survival and the adventure is fast paced as they run for their lives.

A book that is a little different is always interesting to read. It isn’t without its fault, and I’m assured this will be fixed.

I do hope you will give it a go.

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#adventure #noir #jungle #thirties

Death of a Secret

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Genre: Pyschological/Thriller/Suspense

Description

Sarah Rosenthal is a Senator’s daughter.  Despite the hig- profile lifestyle that comes with her father’s political career, she has managed to avoid most of the chaos.

On the surface, things seem perfect, but perfection never lasts.

When a stranger comes knocking, blackmail in mind, Latham Buchanan steps in to clean up the mess and Sarah’s life takes a dark turn. Her intention to end the madness may just be the end of her.

Excerpt

If she had any doubt about it being Latham, she wouldn’t have stopped. Latham was a big guy, but her father was a powerful man and he could take care of this guy for her if it came to that, but she was a big girl now. She was going to fight her own battle.

He was no stranger, and right here right now, she was going to give him what for. She did not get treated by people the way he treated her on Saturday, and he would not treat her like that again.

She steered her car to the grassy shoulder and made an immediate stop. He was driving close enough that she expected him to fly right on past her. Instead, he pulled in behind her and slid to a stop a few feet behind her. His high beams glaring in both mirrors again.

Fire burned in her eyes and nostrils. She swung her door wide open and stepped out, slamming the door shut behind her. She stomped back toward the truck. She reached the driver side door at full steam.

The driver swung his door wide open at just the right moment. The door smacked her in the face, splitting her lip, and sent her flying backward. She landed flat on her back with a thud.

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About the Author

Screen Shot 2018-06-01 at 18.44.21Christy spends the better part of her days staring at her laptop screen, arguing with a fish, and waiting for her muse to divulge the secrets of writing consumable prose.  When not being tortured by said muse and fish, she spends her time reliving ancient history with like-minded individuals and abusing them with wooden sticks.

She currently resides in the less sunny part of The Sunshine State with her unicorn Drooni and a blue fish named Algae.  She hopes to one day retire to Camelot  with her band of merry misfits where she will finally come to a working arrangement with her muse and get to write for fun.

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