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The Christmas Party by Mikayla Davids

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was an interesting mystery involving a dysfunctional family, a 5 star hotel in the country and a snow storm. What more do you need for dark family secrets to come out and someone to commit murder?

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The Wicked Remain (Grimrose Girls #2) by Laura Pohl

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a satisfying conclusion to a good YA Fantasy duology. The events pick up a few months after the first book. The girls continue to search for a way to break the curse, but are waylaid by personal issues that distract them from their goal. As they make progress on finding out the origin of the curse, more girls start dying.

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The Prisoner by B.A. Paris

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve been a bit ambivalent about the author’s previous books, but I enjoyed this one. It’s a good mystery/thriller that kept my attention and kept me reading late into the evening. Amelie is a young woman that is used to struggling to survive. Down to her last few dollars, she befriends a group of wealthy women and begins working as a housekeeper and cook for one of them. This brings her into contact with Jed Hawthorne, a wealthy billionaire. Before she understands what’s she gotten herself into, she’s married to Jed and forced to be his perfect trophy wife. Then one night Amelie is snatched from her bed and wakes up in a pitch-black room with no idea where she is. The captors don’t speak and she doesn’t know why she’s taken, or why she feels safer with the captors than she does with her husband.

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Racing the Light (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike #19) by Robert Crais

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another fun and exciting Elvis Cole mystery/thriller. This time, Elvis is hired by a mother desperate to find her son Josh, a controversial podcaster. She thinks he’s in mortal danger, and although she’s quirky and has a flock of professional bodyguards following her around, Elvis takes the case. And the cash. As Elvis starts to look into the son’s life, he once again attracts danger and enlists the help of his buddy Joe Pike to watch his back.

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The Quiet Girl by Nichole Heydenburg

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Violet Hale moves with her family to North Carolina from Michigan. She had friends and a boyfriend in MI, but in NC, isn’t able to easily makes friends and draws the attention, and ire, of the school’s queen bee on her first day. Every day after that, Violet is bullied by her and the popular kids. One day a cute boy, Jess, defends her after Violet is bullied, and he and his friend Kayla befriend her. Violet is grateful to finally make friends, but the more she gets to know them, the more sinister their friendship becomes.

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Jackal by Erin E. Adams

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow. This book was a crazy ride. I started reading and couldn’t stop until I finished it. I thought this was a mystery/thriller, but it’s so much more. There is a horror element to the book that I didn’t know was there going in, but thinking back, it makes sense because I was so tense reading it. There were so many times were I had no idea what was going to happen next and the story had plenty of twisty turns and false leads. The writing was so well done that it kept me second guessing throughout the book. The story deals with tough issues including racial prejudice, domestic violence, and class and wealth inequity. The book requires the reader to suspend disbelief toward the end, otherwise it won’t make a lot of sense. I struggled with this until I realized there were other elements besides a mystery.

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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.

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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