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    THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE Theories About the Killer + #Giveaway

    I am super stoked to help spread the word about Stephanie Perkins’ upcoming THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by sharing my theories about the killer after having read the 151 page Advanced Partial Review Copy.

    I am also thrilled to be able to share a Rafflecopter provided by the publisher so that YOU can enter to win a partial review copy – which ends in a place that will have you DYING (no pun intended) to read the last half of this book.

    My theories aren’t intended to be spoiler-y, however they do reveal some of what’s happened so far. So if you want to skip them so you can be completely in the dark when you read the book, just scroll down to the giveaway.

    But first, here’s some information about this AWESOME book!

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    Title: THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE
    Author: Stephanie Perkins
    Release date: September 26, 2017
    Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii.

    Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.

    Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

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    Theories About the Killer

    It is so much harder to guess “whodunit” when the book is written by an author that hasn’t had a history of writing thriller/horror novels. You don’t yet know their tells. And you don’t know what type of mystery killer(s) they like.

    Will it be the most obvious person? (Ollie) Will it be the least? (Brooke, Grandma Young) Will it be a team (à la Scream)? (Alex and Darby) Will it be someone we as readers know? (Makani) Or will it be someone we haven’t even “met”? (David, Kevin, Emily, Jesse)

    So many possibilities….

    There were several characters introduced in the first half of the book that could be the killer. Motive has not yet been firmly established but a pattern is beginning to emerge.

    I am ruling out all the adults, because I think I’d be just so disturbed if it was Grandma Young, Coach Hooker, Chris Larsson, Ms. Colfax.

    The obvious choice would be Ollie – he’s a loner-type, he fits the physical description of the killer, he has possible motive, his whereabouts during the murders isn’t revealed, he has access to all sorts of information about his classmates. But I just don’t think it’s him.

    Another obvious-to-me choice would be the Greeley boy – loves the media attention, attention from his peers, perhaps a bit too overzealous about religion. But from what was revealed so far, I haven’t added him to my suspects list.

    I desperately want/wanted the killer to be Makani – the main character. She has a dark secret in her past that has yet to be revealed. Her grandma suffers from sleepwalking – which can be inherited. It’s always more fun when the MC is not who you think they are. But the author made it a point to reveal that she’s curvy on more than one occasion and that the killer is slim. So, without more, I’m ruling her out… for now.

    So…

    I am choosing Alex, Makani’s friend, who we know next to nothing about. She’s slim. She wears boots (a boot print was found – though that could be a setup). While she seems devastated about the death of one of the murdered, she is way too quick to put forth theories about the other deaths and cast suspicion on Ollie. She knows each of the victims. And she was radio silent during a time when it seems she should have responded. So, for now, I’m going with her. Because she’s not the obvious choice.

    Of course I’d love if it were a team and Darby (another friend) was somehow involved. But, unless I missed a clue or two, there doesn’t seem to be anything that links Darby to the crimes.

    Right now, though, I don’t even care. Gah! I am so desperate to find out who it is. Even if I’m totally off-base. Just six weeks to go… counting down….


    About Stephanie Perkins

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    Hi, there! I’m Stephanie Perkins, and I’m a New York Times and international bestselling author of books for teenagers and for adults with teenage hearts. I was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, and I attended universities in California and Georgia. Since 2004, I’ve lived in the mountains of North Carolina.

    I’ve always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, now as a novelist and editor. My best friend is my husband Jarrod. Every room of our house is painted a different color of the rainbow, and we share it with a feisty cat named Mr. Tumnus.

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    The Giveaway

    Penguin Random House is giving away a bunch of copies of the Advanced PARTIAL of THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE. You can enter in the publisher-provided Rafflecopter below.

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    MISSING Blog Tour Review

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    Title: MISSING
    Author: Kelley Armstrong
    Release date: April 18, 2017
    Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Description…

    Fans of Jennifer Donnelly will flock to the new romantic thriller from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

    The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

    What Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

    But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    MISSING is a chilling, suspense-filled, and nail-biting read that will not only keep you guessing, but will have you looking over your shoulder and jumping at every sound until the mystery is solved. With a quick pace, strong characters, an action-packed plot full of shocks and surprises, it will immediately grab hold and won’t let you go until the story’s end.

    Everyone leaves Reeve’s End, and Winter Crane can’t wait until she’s one of those statistics. Once she finishes school she’ll be able to escape, like her friend Edie and her sister Cady did. She already knows what she wants to do with her life – go to college, go to med school. Until then, she just needs to bide her time and avoid her father as much as possible.

    But when she discovers a boy who is beaten and unconscious, she can’t bring herself leave him and hope that the sheriff’s office will do their job. If the pack of wild dogs roaming free in the woods don’t get him, his attacker might come back to finish what he started.

    She knows helping him could be a risk. But she is a capable hunter. She knows these woods. And if he isn’t actually a victim, between her hunting knife, switchblade, and bow and arrows, she should be able to fend him off.

    She just never imagined that her one act of kindness would get her caught up in solving a mystery that goes beyond what happened to the injured boy, one that makes her a target, and one that jeopardizes her chance at ever leaving Reeve’s End.

    Kelley Armstrong penned a story that is exciting and terrifying and unexpected. She created a strong, clever, daring, and persistent heroine in Winter and she partnered her with Jude, a boy who is calculating, dangerous, and secretive. The mystery is complex. The story tension-filled. And the outcome unpredictable. All of which make for a gripping and electrifying read.

    Those who prefer their thrillers spine-tingling, their puzzles not instantly solvable, their criminals cunning, manipulative, and malevolent, their crime solvers fierce, determined, and relentless, and their crimes on the darker side, will absolutely love Kelley Armstrong’s MISSING.

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    About Kelley Armstrong

    Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

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    Review: 100 HOURS

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    Title & Series: 100 HOURS (100 Hours #1)
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Release date: March 28, 2017
    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A decadent spring break getaway on an exotic beach becomes a terrifying survival story when six Miami teens are kidnapped and ransomed.

    Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

    While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

    But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

    Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the author and an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy has been pre-ordered for my collection.


    The Review

    Action-packed and suspense-filled, 100 HOURS takes readers on a harrowing and nerve-wracking journey through the jungles of South America from not one but two characters’ perspectives. With a pace that is lightning fast, tension that continues to build, and with a few surprise twists, this is a story you will not be able to put down.

    What starts off as a simple spring break vacation turns into a terrifying nightmare for Genesis, her cousins, and her friends. Used to being in control of every situation, she did not expect her decision to go to Colombia and hike to their beautiful remote beaches would be anything more than a mild inconvenience for her privileged friends and a step out of her comfort zone for her cousin Maddie.

    She couldn’t have anticipated the situation they found themselves in – on the run, fleeing from a gun-toting kidnapper, facing even graver threats. She didn’t think her life held as many secrets as it did. She never imagined that things could go from idyllic to deadly in just 100 hours.

    With a quick peek at the present, alternating points of view, and 100 hours to find out just what happened, Rachel Vincent created a gripping, electrifying, twisty-turny thriller. She introduced two female main characters to tell the tale – one who is strong, arrogant, entitled, manipulative and one who is cautious and caring, and who gains strength as the story progresses.

    Not everything is as it seems – so expect a few surprises. This is not simply a young, wealthy tourists kidnapped for ransom horror story. There are hidden truths, power struggles, conflicting agendas, and betrayals of trust at play. And because this is just the first book in a series, not everything will be revealed or wrapped up at the story’s end.

    100 HOURS promises to be a quick and enthralling read that will keep you on edge from the very first chapter where it teases what is to come. It delivers all the chills and anticipatory tension that can be hoped for. It drops hints at things that might be amiss. It reveals information from one character’s perspective that the other isn’t aware of. And it switches viewpoints, leaving you hanging for a chapter until the viewpoint switches back.

    Readers who love their stories exciting, intense, and climactic from start to finish, that have a bit of a mystery, a touch of romance, a pulse-pounding pace, and characters they can connect with, will not want to miss this first installment in a sure to be outstanding series.

    The Rating


    About Rachel Vincent

    Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography

    Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.

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    Review: DANGEROUS LIES

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    Title: DANGEROUS LIES
    Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
    Release date: November 10, 2015
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

    Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

    After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

    But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

    As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…

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    The Review

    Becca Fitzpatrick has delivered yet another chilling and suspenseful thriller with DANGEROUS LIES. Her story will keep you on pins and needles as you follow Stella Gordon, formerly Estella Goodwinn, into witness protection as she awaits the chance to testify against her mother’s boyfriend, the head of a powerful drug cartel. Secrets, lies, and unexpected twists will keep the pages turning and the nail-biting build-up to the shocking conclusion will ensure you remain riveted until the very end.

    Estella Goodwinn’s testimony is the only thing that will keep Danny Balando behind bars. But as the leader of one of the biggest drug cartels on the East Coast, he’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that he won’t be locked up for the rest of his life. Estella’s only hope of staying alive is to erase her identity, leave everyone she knows behind, disappear into witness protection, and become Stella Gordon.

    Walking away from her name, her home, her friends, her boyfriend, and her entire way of life is bad enough. But having to live in a go-nowhere town in Nebraska called Thunder Basin, under the guardianship of a woman who insists on imposing rules and curfews, and having to lie to everyone she meets, is not something Estella is sure she’ll be able to handle. Even if it’s only for the summer.

    And with one boy hell-bent on digging into her past and making her life miserable, and another whose charm, good looks, and friendship are making her miserable for very different reasons altogether, she’s not sure how long she’ll be able to keep her secrets or stick to her lies. With everything that’s happened, she is certain that no matter how much she tries to remain hidden, trouble is going to find her.

    DANGEROUS LIES is the author’s second foray into this genre and she has proven once again that she knows how to keep readers on edge, make them anxious for what might happen, surprise them, keep them guessing, and make them so invested in the outcome that they won’t be able to put the story down. With a heroine whose life and safety are constantly at risk, whose secrets are forever on the verge of being revealed, whose actions put her in danger, whose lies put her in even graver danger, and whose feelings put her heart on the line, Becca Fitzpatrick has created a gripping, nerve-wracking, exciting, and unpredictable story.

    Murder, mystery, romance, deception, betrayal, distrust, DANGEROUS LIES has it all. It is captivating. It is electrifying. The characters evoke strong emotion. The reveals elicit even stronger reactions and feelings. It is a positively delicious, spine-tingling read that can easily be read in one sitting.

    The Rating

    05


    About Becca Fitzpatrick

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    Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga, including Hush, Hush; Crescendo; Silence; and Finale all debuted as New York Times best-sellers. She graduated with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes, or traveling. She lives in Colorado with her family.

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    RYAR Review: THE FALL by Bethany Griffin

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    THE FALL by Bethany Griffin
    Published by Greenwillow Books on October 7, 2014
    Genres: Thriller
    Provided by: Edelweiss
    Rating: 5 stars

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    DESCRIPTION

    Madeline Usher is doomed.

    She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

    Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

    In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.


    REVIEW


    Chilling and haunting and utterly mesmerizing, THE FALL will pull readers in from its very first chapter, a chapter that introduces Madeline Usher who wakes to find herself in a stone sarcophagus, entombed alive. The story then goes back in time to earlier in Madeline’s life, leaving the question of Madeline’s survival unanswered until much later, making this a gripping and nail-biting read.

    A reimagining of Poe’s classic, Bethany Griffin expands upon his dark tale with one that’s even darker, more macabre, sadder and more disturbing, though perhaps a bit more hopeful. Told in the first person, from Madeline’s point of view, with peeks into Lisbeth Usher’s journal interspersed throughout, the story moves back and forth in time revealing earlier moments in Madeline’s life and leading to the present and the predicament she finds herself in.

    Through these glimpses into Madeline’s past a grim and twisted tale unfolds, one of madness and murder. From the family’s curse that causes terrible pain and illness and ends in insanity and death to those inflicted. To the sentient and evil nature of the home. To Madeline’s struggle, as one of the last in the line of Ushers and a favorite of the home, to keep her strength and sanity in order to fight against the curse and the house and save herself and her brother Roderick.

    It’s an enthralling story that will keep readers engaged, horrified and hopeful throughout. With a protagonist who is interesting and intriguing and oddly likable, one readers will find themselves rooting for more and more as the story progresses.

    While not an original, the author’s expanded story is unique in its telling, its character development and its detail. THE FALL is a fascinating, eerie and atmospheric, and beautifully written story that is not to be missed, whether a fan of Poe or not.

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    RYAR Review: MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr
    Published by HarperCollins on September 16, 2014
    Genres: Mystery, Thriller
    Provided by: Author
    Rating: 4 stars

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    DESCRIPTION

    Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

    For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.


    REVIEW


    Melissa Marr’s MADE FOR YOU is an exciting and page-turning thriller. The story is dark and chilling, the killer is creepy and disturbing, and the mystery will keep you guessing. Told from multiple points of view, including the killer’s perspective, the author keeps things interesting by letting events unfold through more than just her main character Eva’s viewpoint.

    The stage is quickly set when Eva Tilling is nearly killed by an unidentified stalker known only as Judge. What at first seems like a hit and run turns out to be the first in a series of murders which are revealed to be connected to Eva. While the killer’s motivation is his obsession with Eva, he claims he is following the Lord’s plan. And as his need to deliver his message to Eva grows so does the danger to Eva and her friends.

    MADE FOR YOU adds an interesting twist to the typical mystery novel with Eva’s ability to foresee people’s deaths following her near-death “accident.” Not only does it make for a more suspenseful read, it gives the protagonist a way to catch the killer. And as it’s an unpredictable ability, and one that is not easily believable, it creates tension in the story for both characters and readers.

    I was quite surprised by the level of creepiness in this read. I did not expect the murders to be as shocking and horrifying as they were. I did not expect to learn what I learned about the killer’s “inspiration” for what he did. And I did not expect there to be a religious element to this story. The author went well beyond the standard boundaries in YA to craft her spine-tingling tale.

    I’m not the biggest fan of stories with “God made me do it” reasons for violence, but even with that as the driving force for the killer’s actions I found MADE FOR YOU to be a well-plotted, gripping and thoroughly entertaining read. And while I may have guessed who Judge was from the moment he was introduced, there was still some doubt and there were still plenty of questions needing answers to keep me engaged.

    From its small-town Southern setting with its restrictive set of rules as regards its social hierarchy, to its somewhat diverse group of characters who feel bound by those rules, to the main character’s psychic ability that let’s her see people’s deaths, to the fanatical, obsessive, creepy stalker turned murderer, MADE FOR YOU is a captivating, if unsettling, mystery.

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    RYAR Review: BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick
    Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 7, 2014
    Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 5 stars

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    DESCRIPTION

    Sometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late.

    Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

    In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

    But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

    BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…


    REVIEW


    I did not expect a chilling, suspenseful thriller when I picked up Becca Fitzpatrick’s BLACK ICE. But that’s what I got. The very first chapter gave me the heebie jeebies. It was creepy and disturbing and awesome. It made me want to keep reading. And I did. I could not set this one down until I turned the last page.

    This is quite the departure from the author’s Hush, Hush series. It’s much darker and more disturbing. Readers expecting more of what she delivered in that series will be quite surprised. While there is a touch of romance in this book, it’s much more about the tension and suspense, the fear of capture, the fear of death, the fear of not knowing who can be trusted.

    Even if readers are able to correctly guess who is evil and who is not, this story will still be a nail-biter. Because it’s not just the kidnappers and killers that are the enemies, the environment and climate are. Set during a snowstorm, on a freezing mountain, the story’s backdrop adds to the drama, making for an incredibly exciting read.

    The author did a fantastic job with the mystery aspect to the story. She created doubt. She kept me guessing. She made me question certain characters’ motives. And while I may have felt certain I was correct, I couldn’t be sure until much later in the story.

    She also did a great job with the romance, which had to be a challenge. It had to make sense, it had to be believable. And for me it was.

    The tone of the story was set right from the start and it held for the entire read. The intro was shocking, a touch horrifying and the perfect way to begin this wildly entertaining novel.

    Fast-paced and riveting, BLACK ICE is a must for fans of the genre and for readers who love an electrifying and spine-tingling story.

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