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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 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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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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