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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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I Am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book is described as a paranormal mystery/thriller and that’s a pretty accurate description. The book is written in a unique style of writing, and based on other reviews, it’s not for everyone. That said, if you can put yourself in the right headspace when you read this book, I think you will enjoy it. The writing is more lyrical and ethereal than straight-forward fiction, so if you like more experimental writing styles, definitely check this book out.

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The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good contemporary mystery/thriller set in the Washington D.C. area. Avery is a therapist that lost her license. Since then, she’s developed a 10 step treatment method and has been using it to counsel those in crisis. She meets new clients Marissa and Matthew Bishop, a young couple that seems to have it all. But Marissa was unfaithful and she is desperate to repair her marriage, not only because she doesn’t want to lose her husband, but for the sake of their 8 year old son.

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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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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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The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fantastic horror/SciFi/thriller that analyzes what could happen if another, different kind of pandemic sweeps the world, and how three women living under the specter of domestic abuse can break free and make a better life for themselves. The disease, called The Violence, causes the infected to suddenly blank out and become deadly, viscously violent toward their target. Once the target is eliminated, the person drops out of the episode and has no memory of the attack. The world, suffering from COVID fatigue, initially discounts the disease and doesn’t take notice until it has spread like a wildfire through the populace.

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Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead (Finlay Donovan, #2) by Elle Cosimano

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 stars

Love, love, love this book!!! Cosimano knocks it out of the park once again. I was concerned that Book Two would suffer a sophomore slump and because I loved the first book so much, I started this book with a bit of trepidation. Happily, my concerns were for nought, because this book is everything I wanted and more.

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Chloe Cates is Missing by Mandy McHugh and Amanda McHugh

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good mystery/thriller that will keep you riveted until the end. The whole story takes place in less than 24 hours, and the tension is palpable. The story is told in short chapters through four main characters’ point of view. There are plenty of unreliable narrators whose lies pile up one after another, and the author slowly dolls out twists and turns with each chapter. The ending was both satisfying and frustrating in that it leaves the ultimate conclusion to the reader’s imagination.

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