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The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good contemporary psychological mystery/thriller. The book is told from two character’s perspectives. Meg Williams, a twenty-something con woman that targets bad men that do bad things. Kat Roberts, a twenty-something aspiring journalist that blames Meg for something she did 10 years ago that derailed Kat’s life. Kat has been waiting 10 years to confront Meg and write an article that will finally bring the con woman down and gain justice for Kat.

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Mercy (Atlee Pine #4) by David Baldacci

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another great mystery/thriller in the Atlee Pine book series. This time, FBI agent Atlee is close on the trail of finding her missing sister Mercy. She discovers why her parents left, why Mercy was kidnapped, and evidence that Mercy actually survived her abduction and escaped her captors years ago. She still doesn’t know if Mercy is still alive (but the reader knows she is), or how she’s surviving, but Atlee is determined to finally get the answers to questions that have been plaguing her her entire life.

This book starts off with a bang and doesn’t stop until the satisfying ending. The book is told from Atlee and Mercy’s perspectives, and we finally get answers to a lot of the questions that have been haunting Atlee the entire book series. There is plenty of fast-paced action and great villains to hate. I can’t wait to see where this book series goes next.

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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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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Hide by Kiersten White

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun and creepy story with mixes of horror, mystery, thriller, suspense, fantasy and paranormal elements in it. The tension in the book builds deliciously slow until you get to the point where you want to make sure the lights are on in the house while you read it.

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