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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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A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This is a pretty good mystery/thriller that is a quick and easy read. When Chloe was 12 years old six young girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. Chloe’s father was ultimately arrested for the crime and sentenced to prison. Twenty years later Chloe is a psychologist in private practice in Baton Rouge and engaged to get married.

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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun, fast-paced contemporary mystery/thriller set during a 10 year college reunion at Duquette University. Jessica Miller has been planning her triumphant return to college after the death of her roommate Heather during her senior year. After Heather’s death, everything Jessica had planned for her life fell apart, including her dream graduate program, the friendship with her six best friends, and her dream boyfriend.

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Billy Summers by Stephen King

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is yet another fantastic book by Stephen King. I’m too chicken to read horror books, so I’ve only read King’s non-horror ones. Reading his books are effortless, even ones with over 500 pages.

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The Widow by K.L. Slater

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4

This is a pretty good mystery/thriller set in a tiny village in northern England. Kate Shaw’s husband Michael stepped in front of a lorry after being questioned by police in the disappearance of a young mother that lived on the estate he managed. To the outside world, it appears Michael committed suicide rather than be caught for the crime. But Kate knows her husband and doesn’t believe he’s done anything wrong.

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1979 (Allie Burns #1) by Val McDermid

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a good historical fiction mystery thriller set in 1979 Scotland. Allie Burns is an investigative journalist at a newspaper in Glasgow, Scotland. She’s living in a “man’s world” and struggles to make her way and write the kind of stories she wants to write. Allie teams up with a co-worker to follow the trail of an illegal tax evasion scheme. From there the story escalates to much bigger issues that could cost Allie her life.

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Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This was a good contemporary mystery/thriller about a woman that joined a dating app, met a boy, fell in love, trusted the boy, was ghosted by the boy, then discovered the boy’s dark secrets.

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Five Strangers by E.V. Adamson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This contemporary mystery/thriller intrigued me at the beginning, but sadly evolved into a hot mess that I had trouble finishing. It’s a beautiful Valentine’s Day in London. On Hampstead Heath people are enjoying the day until an aggressive argument between a man and woman turns into a murder/suicide. Five strangers that saw the incident and tried to intervene are forever bound by witnessing the violent act.

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Striking Range (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, #7) by Margaret Mizushima

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another good book in this K-9 Mystery series. Just when Deputy Mattie is poised to question the man she thinks murdered her father, he’s discovered dead in his jail cell. Mattie finds a map of Timber Creek in his cell marked with Xs in several spots on the mountains. She and San Diego cold case detective Jim Hauck head back to Timber Creek to investigate.

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