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Pierce Her (Come for Me #1) by Kelly Finley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a really good contemporary romance suspense book. Charlie Ravenel served in the military and was injured in combat. She now works for an elite company that provides bodyguard services for high profile clients. Charlie is assigned to protect a young actress working on a popular television series. The actress is receiving threatening notes and it’s unknown if the perpetrator works on the set or is an outside threat.

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Local Girl Missing (Detective Josie Quinn #15) by Lisa Regan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a really good contemporary mystery/thriller set in a small town in Pennsylvania. Det. Josie Quinn and her husband Noah are driving home on a winding mountain road. As they are about to pull over on the shoulder due to dense fog, a young girl dashes across the road in front of them and into the woods. The duo get out of the car to investigate and find another car pulled over. As they approach, they see a man standing over another young girl strangling her. Josie gives chase but he gets away. The young girl in the car, Dina, is dead, but Josie and Noah have hope that the other girl, Alison, is alive.

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Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is yet another great book by Hillier. This book is a bit different from her other books, and not nearly as creepy. That doesn’t mean it is bad – it’s just different than expected.

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Local Gone Missing by Fiona Barton

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I wanted to like this contemporary mystery/thriller more, but it fell a bit flat for me. I liked the main character, detective Elise King, who is on medical leave as she battles cancer. She spends her day watching tensions rise between the local small town residents and the weekenders that invade the town each weekend. During a musical festival two teenagers suffer a drug overdose and are hospitalized and one well-liked elderly man disappears. Elise discovers his body a couple days later and she finds herself suddenly brought back to work and in charge of the investigation.

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Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a dark and gritty contemporary fiction about a 17 year-old girl in Oakland, CA struggling to take care of herself and older brother. It’s based on the true story of a young girl that was sexually abused by a group of police officers. The abuse was difficult to read at times, but it’s an important story to read and is further evidence of how broken the system is at times.

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The Maid by Nita Prose

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a good contemporary mystery/thriller. Molly Gray is not your typical young woman. She has trouble reading the intentions of others and struggles with social skills. Until now, her grandmother helped her navigate the world by creating simple rules that Molly could live by. It’s those rules that kept her going when her beloved grandmother died.

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Sparring Partners by John Grisham

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a collection of three short stories by Grisham that don’t have anything in common other than the law. I enjoyed the first story, “Homecoming”, the best because we once again visit Ford County and Jake Brigance. It’s not the courtroom thriller we are typically treated to in this setting, but it was great to read about the familiar characters that I’ve come to love. This time Jake is helping an attorney from Clanton, Mack Stafford, that notoriously, and allegedly, stole client money, left his unhappy marriage and children, and fled to parts unknown, never to be heard from again. Hearing that his ex-wife is dying, Mack returns to apologize and try to form a relationship with his daughters. The story is heartbreaking and uplifting and will make you yearn for more stories from Ford County.

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Watch Out For Her by Samantha M. Bailey

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok mystery/thriller centered around a family and their babysitter. The mother, Sarah, is wound tight and doesn’t trust easily. Her husband hires 22 year old Holly, the daughter of one of his club friends, to babysit their 6 year old son. Initially things go well, but Sarah’s suspicions start to build until she eventually learns something about Holly she can’t overlook. The family moves across the country to start over, but Sarah finds hidden cameras in their rented house and then starts to receive ominous texts from someone, possibly Holly. As the mysteries mount up, Sarah is determined to get to the bottom of it all.

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Never a Duke (Rogues to Riches #7) by Grace Burrowes

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

This is a good historical fiction romance mystery book. I haven’t read many books with these components and it was a nice change of pace. This is book seven in the series. I haven’t read any of the previous books but since this is a stand alone story it isn’t necessary to read the others. There is also plenty of exposition that explains a lot of the backstory of the characters, so I didn’t feel lost.

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