Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos

I loved this book. It had such a strange beginning that I couldn’t tell the direction it was headed, Then, at the perfect time, the mystery took on a life of its own. I enjoyed the mixture of love, suspense, betrayal, and forgiveness. The characters were messy, and the ending was unexpected, leading to 4.5 stars.

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Kingdom in Chains by J.W. Zulauf

Let me start by saying that this isn’t a genre I normally read. I found myself pleasantly surprised by the immediate action and compelling story. Barloc is an interesting character who finds himself stuck in the worst of circumstances. I thought about this book when I wasn’t reading it, and this is the type of book that could be turned into a movie or TV show. I give it 4.5 stars and look forward to the next one.

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Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

I really didn’t enjoy this book all that much. It wasn’t horrible, but it definitely wasn’t good either. My biggest problem was the dialogue, particularly with the junior high boys. Their speech was not what you would actually hear from real kids that age, and some of it was so repetitive. I give it 2.5 stars and as I reflect on the book and where it ended up, I still don’t see the point.

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The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

This was an interesting book. I thought that Ferencik did a nice job of mixing in the suspenseful elements while still progressing the story. I found myself wanting to know what would happen next and not being able to predict it, for the most part. If you enjoy a good mystery that’s set in the outdoors, then this one is for you. I gave it four stars instead of five due to some of the dialogue between the women lacking believability.

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The Good Widow by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

I really enjoyed this book. They did such a nice job of mixing mystery, suspense, and even a bit of romance. While I did catch on near the end of the book, I found myself sucked into the story throughout. The characters came off as likeable and real. I give it 5 stars and recommend it for anyone who likes a good thriller/suspense/mystery.

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