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Free: Two Years, Six Lives, and the Long Journey Home by Lauren Kessler

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good non-fiction book that takes an in-depth look at the difficulties people released from prison face once they are released. The author focuses on six individuals that were incarcerated as minors and follows their journeys as they are released and attempt to integrate back into a society that most of them barely recognize.

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Dream Town (Archer #3) by David Baldacci

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a really good historical fiction mystery/thriller. I must admit, I read the first book in this series One Good Deed and did not enjoy it very much. In fact, I couldn’t even finish it! This really surprised me, because I normally really enjoy David Baldacci’s books. I’m so glad that I revisited the series because this book was so good.

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Or Else by Joe Hart

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a good contemporary mystery/thriller. Novelist Andy Drake returns home to care for his sick father. He re-connects with Rachel, a childhood friend, starting an affair that gives her a break from her emotionally abusive husband. After several months, Andy receives an anonymous note telling him to break it off with Rachel, or else.

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What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Your family has been attacked, never again to be the same.
Now you have to choose between law…and justice.

This was a great contemporary mystery/thriller that is fast paced and action packed. The story starts with one fateful night that changes a law-abiding family’s life forever. The story ends with how that family copes with the rest of their life.

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Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow. Let me just say, I loved this book! I went into it not really knowing what it was about and the story was such a pleasant surprise. Now I know why it was all over Instagram! The story focuses on Daunis, an 18 year old girl living in a small Michigan town near the Canadian border. She is part Caucasian and part Ojibwe Native American. She doesn’t really fit into either world, and has hopes to start over while away at college. But, a family tragedy puts those plans on hold and she stays to care for her mother and ailing grandmother. Rather than out-of-town college, she plans to attend community college classes with her best friend.

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The Justice of Kings (Empire of the Wolf #1) by Richard Swan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 stars

Wow. This is a fantastic first book in a new epic fantasy series. I am not sure when the next book in this series is coming out, but it’s not soon enough. I have not read this author before and I’ve clearly been missing out. I need to go back and read his other series The Art of War Trilogy.

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Let the Game Commence by David Palin

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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This is a book about secrets, betrayals, vengeance, and revenge. The book starts off strong with a compelling story about a bitter elderly man who is determined to get revenge on his erstwhile neighbors. Arthur Du Fuss commits suicide with two secrets. His neighbors learn about his first secret when they receive a post-mortem invitation to attend a meeting at a charismatic attorney’s office.

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The Harbor (Korner and Werner #4) by Katrine Engberg and Tara F. Chace

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok mystery thriller set in Copenhagen, Denmark. It begins with the 15 year old son of a wealthy family who is allegedly kidnapped. Two detectives are assigned to the case, who doubt the boy has been kidnapped, but rather perhaps run away. As they look into the circumstances of the young boy’s life just before his disappearance, several people die under mysterious circumstances – each one with ties to the young boy. As the detectives peel back the layers of the family’s life, it’s clear that more is going on other than a young boy’s disappearance.

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The Trust by M.H. Eccleston

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good cozy mystery that is a quick and easy read. The mystery is interesting and I really liked the main character Astrid She is smart, curious and the growth in her character throughout the book felt natural. She comes to the countryside ensconced in her designer clothes and expensive tastes, but soon finds herself befriended by free spirit Kath who serves as a sort of liaison between Astrid and the village. As her friendship with Kath grows, Astrid’s stiff exterior melts away and she is slowly accepted by the village. The minor characters from the village add a lot of charm to the book and provide a good sounding board for Astrid’s ideas. I love stories that are set in tiny villages because we are always treated with a variety of quirky characters, and the author does not disappoint here.

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