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The Project by Courtney Summers

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a pretty good YA Mystery/Thriller about a young woman’s search for a sister who joined a group that may or may not be a cult.

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The Unwilling by John Hart

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another great mystery/thriller by John Hart. I always look forward to his books because they are so well written, and the stories are so original, that it’s an immense pleasure to read them. This book is set in the South during the Vietnam War and follows one family as they struggle with the invisible wounds of PTSD and the growing pains of coming of age.

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Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun, entertaining mystery/romance that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Finlay is a young mother of two getting divorced from her cheating husband. She’s a struggling mystery/romance author who has writer’s block and is in danger of having to return her meager book advance. She’s in debt up to her eyeballs, her husband is fighting her for custody and she can’t catch a break. A last minute change of plans has her meeting her book agent in a Panera restaurant sitting amongst a lunchtime throng. As she discusses the latest plot of her murder mystery, she senses the woman at the table next to her listening in and eyeing her.

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Deeper into the Dark (Detective Margaret Nolan #1) by P.J. Tracy

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good mystery/thriller that is a quick and easy read. Sam sustained a serious head injury in Afghanistan and is suffering from severe PTSD. He gets a job as a bar back in a club and is trying to deal with his injury and repair his failing marriage. One night Sam shelters his co-worker Melody who was beaten by her boyfriend. When the boyfriend turns up dead the next day, both Sam and Melody are suspects.

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No Offense (Little Bridge Island, #2) by Meg Cabot

Rating: 2 out of 5.

My overall feeling about this contemporary romance book is a solid “meh”. It’s not the worst I’ve read, but I won’t remember what this book is about in a week. The writing is fine, but the two characters aren’t interesting, the romance is very clunky and the side plots kind of ridiculous.

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Troubled Blood (Cormoran Strike #5) by Robert Galbraith

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another fascinating, engrossing mystery/thriller in the Cormoran Strike book series. This time, Private Investigator Strike and his partner Robin tackle a 40 year old missing person case of a woman that is a suspected victim of a notorious serial killer.

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A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance #3) by John Grisham

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m a sucker for a John Grisham novel, and this one delivers everything you expect from one of his books. Once again we visit Jake Brigance, who has been assigned to represent Drew Gamble, a 16 year old boy accused of killing a Sheriff’s deputy. The trial tears the town apart, and Jake and his family are thrust smack in the middle of the controversy.

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Take It Back by Kia Abdullah – Blog Tour

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a tense and twisty mystery/thriller that involves sexual assault, immigrants, religion, disparities in wealth, the ever-present blood-thirsty media, drug dependency, physical disabilities, and the inequity of the justice system. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but the author does a fantastic job of weaving it together into a well-written, cogent story that you won’t want to put down.

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Daylight (Atlee Pine, #3) by David Baldacci

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another good book in the Atlee Pine series. There is plenty of action, intrigue and danger. The book is a quick, easy read and a solid mystery.

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