crime · Killers · Prison story · suspense

How To Kill Your Family – Bella Mackie ★★★★

Blurb; I have killed several people (some brutally, others calmly) and yet I currently languish in jail for a murder I did not commit.

When I think about what I actually did, I feel somewhat sad that nobody will ever know about the complex operation that I undertook. Getting away with it is highly preferable, of course, but perhaps when I’m long gone, someone will open an old safe and find this confession. The public would reel. After all, almost nobody else in the world can possibly understand how someone, by the tender age of 28, can have calmly killed six members of her family. And then happily got on with the rest of her life, never to regret a thing.

When Grace Bernard discovers her absentee millionaire father has rejected her dying mother’s pleas for help, she vows revenge, and sets about to kill every member of his family. Readers have a front row seat as Grace picks off the family one by one – and the result is as and gruesome as it is entertaining in this wickedly dark romp about class, family, love… and murder.

But then Grace is imprisoned for a murder she didn’t commit.

My Review; This was mine and Mel’s last buddy read of 2021. Now don’t get me wrong I loved the whole story and the plot especially the ending which made the whole book for us both. Totally unexpected. But this book has really really LONG chapters. We are talking huge chapters here. Which many readers including myself do not like. Which made reading it drag for us both even if we split it into three or four chapters a day.

The story is told from inside her cell and splits chapters to each of her kills with also a look inside her prison life. Each kill is different. Each clever. Each very well planned out. Can’t fault that. Just the long chapters is the downfall here. Which is why I awarded four stars instead of five.

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action · suspense · thriller

Cajun Justice – James Patterson & Tucker Axum ★★★★

Blurb; The Bayou is a unique place to live and it provides a grit and passion to any who hail from it, including Cain Lemaire, an ex-Secret Service agent from New Orleans. Cain had the dream job he had always wanted, protecting the President, until a single night resulted in a scandal that lost him his post.

Needing a new direction for his life and with help from his sister who works in Japan, Cain takes a job in Tokyo as head of security detail for a very successful and important CEO. What he thought was a simple security post unravels a tangled web of corruption, greed, and extortion, but now Cain is on his own and without the wealth of resources he had with the Secret Service. Years of training and international missions kick in as he races to find justice that only way a born and raised Cajun can do.

My Review; Was kindly given this as a Christmas present as I love James Patterson. Now this was different from his everyday thrillers/crime I usually read this was more action for me. Fast paced. Plenty of fighting, chase scenes and running against the clock. Things start to get personal for Cain when his sisters becomes involved in it all. Tense. But still a brilliant read. Easy read. Short chapters. Nice outcome. Enjoyed it. Highly recommend. This would make a brilliant action film. A well deserved four stars.

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Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

One Step Too Far – Lisa Gardner ★★★★

Blurb; From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner, a thrilling new novel that sends Frankie Elkin into the woods in search of a lost man–and the shocking truth about why he went missing in the first place.

Frankie Elkin, who readers first met in Before She Disappeared, learns of a young man who has gone missing in a national forest. Law enforcement has abandoned the search, but a crew of people led by the young man’s father are still looking. Sensing a father’s desperation, Frankie agrees to help–but soon sees that a missing person isn’t all that’s wrong here. And when more people start to vanish, Frankie realizes she’s up against something very dark–and she’s running out of time.

My Review; I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this and I devoured it. This is book two in the Frankie Elkin series but I think it would read well as a Standalone. Having read book one already I was familiar with her character and it does make reference to the previous book but with no spoilers.

This is a tense, fast paced and mysterious read. Just what really happened to the missing groom in those woods? Five years later they’re back again to find some answers and they find more than they bargained for while putting themselves in harms way. Will they get answers? Will they escape alive?

Gripping. Thrilling. Edge of your seat read. Absolutely loved it. I hope to see more in the future of this series. She’s a determined, brave lady who just wants to find the lost. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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