Tag: mystery/thriller


Review: Lies That Bind by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Anastasia Phoenix #2)

Posted 6 March, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

**SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series. Please do not read this review if you have not yet read Proof of Lies. Without reading the synopsis, I totally thought this book was going to be an adventure finding Marcus’s brother Antonio. I was wrong. They found him in the first chapter or two. He claims he no longer works for Department D and is no longer a spy. Therefore, he becomes a part of their group. (I don’t know about you, but I found that quite suspicious…) Since that obviously wasn’t the story… The story is actually about Anastasia, Marcus, Keira, Charlotte, Julian, and Antonio trying to take down Department D after the death of Anastasia’s close friend. To do so, they travel the world looking for Dresden Kids whose families have been wronged by Department D hoping to collect evidence. The overall story […]

Review: Darkest Night by Tara Thomas

Posted 2 March, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I love romantic suspense novels. I have also enjoyed novels of a different genre by Tara Thomas under a different pen name. Sadly, while I did love the Benedict brothers and Tilly Brock, I did not enjoy Darkest Night as much as I hoped to. Overall, I thought Darkest Night simply had too many elements leaving it feeling a bit underdeveloped. There was Tilly and Keaton’s second chance romance. There was the mystery behind the embezzlement case that separated Tilly and Keaton as teens. There was Tilly’s ex-best friend that was scheming to be the future Mrs. Keaton Benedict. There were more family secrets, people getting falsely accused and arrested, dead bodies, and a mysterious man determined to bring down Benedict Industries. As a reader, it was a difficult story for me to follow and get into. (The formatting of the eARC also did not help.) With all of the different things going on plot-wise and […]

Review: Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Anastasia Phoenix #1)

Posted 16 January, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodrigues Wallach was a fun spy-themed mystery/thriller. The story had a ton of secrets, lots of action, and even a bit of romance. Anastasia has been jet-setting around the world with her scientist parents and her older sister. She’s a black belt and knows four languages. At the beginning of the story, Anastasia loses her parents after an argument about moving away from Boston. Soon after that her sister/guardian disappears and is presumed dead. Believing that her sister is alive has her digging into her sister’s life and traveling to Europe with Marcus, a boy she barely knows and whose parents work for the same company as her parents did. Dresden kids stick together after all. On this adventure to find her sister, secrets are revealed that may possibly turn her life around more than it already has. As a YA thriller, Proof of Lies was on […]

Review: Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Posted 2 January, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Let’s talk about Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy. I picked it up for two reasons. 1) I’ve loved EVERYTHING I’ve read by Monica Murphy thus far, and 2) I love YA mystery/thrillers. Pretty Dead Girls started off strong for me. I loved Penelope and Cass, the main character and her love interest. I loved the catty-ness between the friends/frenemies in the Larks group, the most popular girls in this small affluent community. It was fast-paced, and quite the page-turner. It was a bit predictable but a solid YA mystery. While it was a solid mystery with great characters, one thing really nagged me about this story: the lack of parentals. The parents were physically present, but they weren’t really parenting. Perhaps, that’s to be expected with this sort of story. However, I just couldn’t shake it off. Considering there were kids dying, felt like they should have at least made sure their kids […]

Review: To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

Posted 6 February, 2017 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I was originally drawn to To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough because of its premise. It sounded like an interesting plot that will feature forensic science because of her “forensic hobby.” If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably already know that I’m a fan of YA mystery/thrillers. I also can’t resist a book that features forensic science. So basically, To Catch a Killer was made for me! Haha! It did not disappoint. I’m not going to lie. To Catch a Killer did give me a bit of anxiety. As a forensic scientist, I know the importance of the chain of custody. The fact that Erin, the main character, was withholding evidence made be cringe. But I get liberties must be taken for the sake of fiction, and To Catch a Killer is not exactly real life. It does, however, have a great plot and provide a lot of cool forensic experiments. I […]