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Behind Her Eyes by Sara Pinborough. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Single mom Louise rarely has a night out alone, and hardly ever meets anyone knew. So when she gets to work the day after she met a man that she truly believed had been a great guy who was also interested in her, she is quite dismayed when the man turns out to be her new boss. Her married boss, David.

David tells her the kiss they shared was a mistake and Louise has no desire to break up a marriage, but David can’t seem to let Louise go. And when Louise meets David’s wife Adele she actually begins to like her. Then she begins to see cracks in the picture of the perfect marriage that they portray.

Adele seems to be terrified of David, has to be home to accept his phone call at a specific time each day and is not allowed a cell-phone. Louise begins to seriously doubt David. If he is doing to Adele the things that Louise has begun to suspect, how could she have not seen this side of him before?

The more Louise tries to figure out what is going on, the more she is pulled into their world and she has no idea how far a person might go to protect what the secrets that they want to keep hidden.

Behind Her Eyes” by Sarah Pinborough is a very interesting book with quite a few twists and turns that I never really saw coming. There were plenty of times that I had figured out exactly what was happening, only to be thrown for a loop when my theories were dispelled. If you like a story that keeps you on your toes, this is a book for you. Pinborough does a wonderful job of creating characters that you can relate to, even when you have no idea if they are who or what they say they are.

So, if you like a psychological thriller, pick this one up. I think you’ll really like it!

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Behind Her Eyes” by Sarah Pinborough

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

31 January 1976

Three kids watch as one of their friends is unceremoniously buried beneath an apple tree outside their window.

30th December 2014

Susan Sullivan goes to the cathedral across from the Ragmullen (Ireland) Garda (police) station to meet someone who has promised to give her answers about The Missing Ones. Instead, he kills her.

Detective inspector Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Sergeant Mark Boyd are called on to investigate the murder to which there is no evidence, no clues. To make matters even more difficult, Susan Sullivan seems to have no history, no friends or even acquaintances. She went to work, but no one there really knew her.

When another person from her office is found dead the detectives have to wonder if the two deaths are connected and if so, how? DI Parker suspects that it could have something to do with a land development deal but which one? And where is the proof?

With their somewhat incompetence superior, Superintendent Myles Corrigan on their backs about their interviews with his golf buddy, Parker has to tread carefully around those they believe to be involved so Corrigan doesn’t fire her.

Searching for answers to this case brings questions about a very old, very cold case that Parker appears to have a personal attachment to, and Parker comes face-to-face with personal demons that threaten to take her down.

In her debut novel, Patricia Gibney sets up what I think will be a really good career for Lottie Parker and for Ms. Gibney as well. As this was a really very good book I look forward to reading more of the Lottie Parker series which includes The Stolen Girls and The Lost Child. I do, however, have to say buyer beware. If you have a hard time with books that include harm coming to children, this one may not be for you, but just remember, this is a work of fiction.

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Lottie Parker Series:

  1. The Missing Ones
  2. The Stolen Girls
  3. The Lost Child

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Last Breath by Karin Slaughter. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

If you have read my review of The Good Daughter you know that I absolutely love Karin Slaughter. She is my crime-writer heroine and you know that I absolutely loved that book and I really hated to see it end. So when I came across Last Breath on Audible, I knew I had to listen to it. After all, Kathleen Early is once again the narrator and I am enchanted by her audiobook narrations.

Last Breath is a novella which Slaughter often writes to accompany her books. These stories give a background of the main character(s) by telling a story about them that has no real impact on the novel but allows the reader to get to know the character better or see them in a different light. This story focuses on Charlie Quinn early in her career as an attorney.

Outside the meeting, Flora Faulkner talks to Charlie about her life and the hell she endures living with her grandparents. Not the least of which is that they are draining the trust fund that was set up for her after her mother’s death when Flora was only eight years old.

Knowing exactly how it feels to lose your mother at a young age, Charlie is determined to champion Flora in her fight for emancipation, even though she knows Flora can’t pay her.

The story, told over the course of one day, has Charlie hitting the ground running to help the shy girl. But the more she learns, the more she wonders how she can ever get Flora out of all the problems that make up her life.

Written with the precise and beautiful word flow that is characteristic of any Karin Slaughter novel, this is a story that will shock you with its twists and turns and unforeseeable ending. The only problem with this story is that it is far, far too short!

Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

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5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Split Second by Catherine Coulter. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Split Second by Catherine Coulter

I decided to read a book from a series that I haven’t read in a while and it honestly is like meeting up with dear friends I haven’t seen in a while. What a welcome surprise! Split Second by Catherine Coulter is actually the 15th book in the FBI series, but I read the others before I started blogging and reviewing books.

Let me just say if you like murder mysteries and police procedure novels, these are all really, really good. They remind me so much of Criminal Minds and that is a good thing! FBI agent Dillon Savich is a computer whiz and when you add his skills in logic to the logic skills of his wife, FBI Agent Lacey Sherlock no criminal is safe.

The stories, though, go much deeper than just the crime fighting. You get to delve into the hearts and minds of so many of the characters in Coulter’s writing. She has a way with words that pulls you in and allows you to connect with Savich and Sherlock, as well as the other agents with whom they work.

In Split Second Savich stops a robbery in a convenience store close to his home, but something about the scene feels off to him. Meanwhile, there is a killer on the loose who meets women at bars, takes them home and then garrotes them with wire. All of this at the same time that Agent Lacy Carlyle’s father passed away, with an ominous message just before he died. Bringing all of these stories to full circle takes so much skill in writing and Coulter handles it all with the flourish that is a trademark of her writing.

This is a great addition to this series and one that I highly recommend!

Catherine Coulter’s FBI Series in order leading up to Split Second:

  1. The CoveA (1996)
  2. The MazeA (1997)
  3. The TargetB (1998)
  4. The EdgeB (1999)
  5. RiptideC (2000)
  6. Hemlock BayC (2001)
  7. Eleventh Hour (2002)
  8. Blindside (2003)
  9. Blowout (2004)
  10. Point Blank (2005)
  11. Double Take (2007)
  12. Tailspin (2008)
  13. KnockOut (2009)
  14. Whiplash (2010)
  15. Split Second (201)
  16. Backfire (2012)
  17. Bombshell (2013)
  18. Power Play (2014)
  19. Nemesis (2015)
  20. Insidious (2016)
  21. Enigma (2017)

Omnibus Editions:

  1. The Beginning. 2005. (containing The Cove & The Maze)
  2. Double Jeopardy. 2008. (containing The Target & The Edge)
  3. Twice Dead. 2011. (containing Riptide & Hemlock Bay)
  4. Second Shot. 2014. (containing Eleventh Hour & Blindside)

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Lion’s Game Nelson DeMille

An international murderer code-named “The Lion” has defected to the U.S. for diplomatic immunity and is flying into New York’s JFK Airport to be met by the American Terrorist Task Force (ATTF) team, including former NYC detective John Corey. But upon arrival, the ATTF finds that it is now The Lion’s Game that they are playing.

Ashad Khalil is a Libyan terrorist with a mission to avenge his family and his country and is now on a bloodthirsty mission. John Corey, with his beautiful new partner, Kate Mayfield, are desperate to find him before even more people are killed. But the question remains: Is he still in the U.S. or did he escape back to Libya?

Nelson DeMille first introduced John Corey in the novel Plum Island and in The Lion’s Game he still has issues following orders, still dislikes Ted Nash and is still one of the most sarcastic and funny characters in police work, but now he’s with a not so willing to laugh FBI unit fighting terrorism.

A truly engrossing story as only Nelson DeMille can deliver. If you read Plum Island, you’ll want to read this next book in the series. If not, start there. This is a series that everyone who likes spy rings, espionage and government conspiracy theories will love!

4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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The Good Daughter. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter

I have said it before and here it is again: The absolute biggest problem with reading a Karin Slaughter book is finishing and having the agony of waiting for the next one! That being said, The Good Daughter follows true to form.

Rusty Quinn was a man of many words and many beliefs. First and foremost he believed that everyone had a right to a fair trial, which is why he defended the vilest of the vile, always knowing that his family was shunned in their small town because of his cases. And then it all came crashing down around him.

Twenty-eight years ago two men came looking for Rusty but instead found Gamma, the wife he adored, and his daughters Sam and Charlie. The night left Gamma dead and Charlie and Sam fighting for their lives. The events, told this time from Charlie’s point of view, detail what happened to her mother and her sister and how she ran as fast as she could to escape.

Charlie has been running ever since.

Fast forward 28 years to a horrifying shooting that rocks the small town and Charlie finds herself right in the middle of it, peeling the scabs off of the wounds that had never really healed. Head-strong, willful, deeply angry Charlie throws herself headlong into making things right. Rusty, as usual, is the only one ready to defend the girl at the center of this egregious crime again putting his life in jeopardy.

Once again, Karin Slaughter has managed to write a novel that is both grisly and beautiful, lurid and poignant. A book about hatred and healing, fear, and misunderstanding. A book about the power of forgiveness and the desperation of hate.

As with most of Karin Slaughter’s books, the audio version of The Good Daughter is read by Kathleen Early who, as always, brings something specific to every character, even if it is in just a subtle way. She does a superb job of relaying the anguish, the love, the hurt and the hate in a way that leads you straight to the mind of each and every character. I could listen to her read all day and all night. Especially if it was a Karin Slaughter novel.

I recommend this book wholeheartedly Five out of five stars for writing. Five out of five stars for the audio. But beware, once you begin, you are opening your heart for one huge emotional ride!

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5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

A mystery and a bookstore. What more could a thriller-reading bibliophile ask for? Well, according to this book, a lot more. Like 3 mysterious story lines all coming together at the end to explain, very feasibly, why a young man who spent almost all of his time in the Bright Ideas Bookstore decided to hang himself in the one place he felt most at home.

Around Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, Lydia is beginning to lock up for the night when she finds Joey, one of the “BookFrogs” (sad and lonely people who spend all of their free time in the bookshop) hanging from the rafters. Added to the horror, she finds a picture of herself at 10 years old in his pocket.

Having been hiding from the world in plain sight for the last 10 years, she is shocked to see that someone has made a connection between her and “Little Lydia.” Twenty years ago Little Lydia’s picture in Life magazine shocked a nation and since then she has done everything she can to free herself from her past.

But Joey’s death and the items that he left for her in his room at the boarding house send her reeling back to an unsolved case that has haunted her for 20 years. As she works to unravel the clues that Joey left, her own past unexpectedly comes crashing in around her.

Matthew Sullivan’s Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a look into the lives of so many people, including the BookFrogs and will make you take a serious look at the lonely people that we encounter daily, and at the lives that one individual life can touch. Soulful, sometimes heartbreaking, and a bit mesmerizing, this book is a really good read.

An audio version of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is also available.

4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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