Category Archives: Thriller/Suspense Reviews

Editorial Review – Sophie’s Playlist

 

Title: Sophie’s Playlist: The Gramble Chronicles

Author: Michael Finocchiaro

Genre: Fiction, Action and Adventure, Thriller

This is a meandering, literary-style story spiced with romance, grit, and a touch of adventure as it covers the multiple storylines of three characters—Gramble, Zoe, and Samuel—as they explore a kaleidoscope of human experiences.

On the thriller side, there is the story of Gramble, a member of the Bureau of Indian Affairs who has been investigating Florida tribal ties with the mafia for years. He eventually transfers to the FBI, but he’s still drawn to Miami and the troubles that he feels are hidden just below the polished surface of casinos and “legal business.”

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Editorial Review – Going Gone

 

Title: Going Gone

Author: Abraham Lopez

Genre: Anthology/Alternate History

Going Gone reads as a collection of short-story snapshots of what happens to a variety of Americans after a pivotal leader in the Middle East is assassinated and the blame is placed on the United States. Covering the despair, power plays, and religious fervor such an event could produce, the author creates a believable “end-of-the-world” scenario that plays out with cold accuracy and just a pinch of hope.

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Throwback Thursday: Dear Amy – Book Review

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

Book Review of Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Here is the book blurb.

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters – but none like the one she’s just received: 

“Dear Amy, 
I don’t know where I am. I’ve been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I’m afraid he’ll kill me. 
Please help me soon, 
Bethan Avery”

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything . . .

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Editorial Review – Executable File

 

Title: Executable File

Author: Dave Cohen

Genre: Techno Thriller

This novel covers the rather uncertain career of Dan File, a superhacker who was so bored in college that he began tweaking his football-playing roommate’s grades for the fun of it.

After that escapade, he began downloading the oppositions’ playbooks and sharing them with his school’s team.

His electronic antics went unnoticed for some time, but at last, the discrepancies became apparent. Dan was too smart to leave any evidence behind, but his college scholarship was revoked all the same and he was asked to leave the school.

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Throwback Thursday: Guilty Minds – Book Review

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

Book Review of Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder
Series: Nick Heller, #3

eARC, 400 pg.
Dutton, 2016

Read: June 1-2, 2016

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones:
               – Julius Caesar, Act 3, scene ii

Everyone’s favorite private spy, Nick Heller, is back. This Jack Reacher with a budget gets hired to head off a scandal that may threaten the career of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He’s not hired by the Justice, of course, but by a powerful friend.

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Throwback Thursday – Lost in Shadows

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

Lost in Shadows by Anita Devito

Romantic suspense is one of my favourite genres, as such I jumped at the chance to read and review Lost in Shadow. The blurb hinted at exciting things to happen, which made me eager to read this one. I was pulled into the story from the moment I began reading. The suspense at the drama at the start was riveting and I eagerly turned the pages as I wanted to know how the events would unfold.

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Blood Moon – Book Review

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Title – Blood Moon
Author – John David Bethel
Genre – Crime Thriller
Length – 451 Pages
Publication – December 2016
My Rating – 4/5 Stars

 

Synopsis

On a hot, steamy afternoon in Miami, Cuban-American businessman Recidio Suarez is brutally beaten and abducted. Handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded, he has no idea why he has been targeted. What he discovers is heart-stopping. What he endures during almost a month of captivity compares only to the most horrendous stories of prisoners of war. He is tortured, and under the threat of death, and worse – the rape of his wife and torture of his children – Suarez is forced to hand over his multi-million dollar holdings to his captors.

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Throwback Thursday – The Conjoined

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The Conjoined: A Novel by  Jen Sookfong Lee

While cleaning out her late mother’s deep freezer days after her death, Jessica and her father find a human body frozen at the bottom. They call the Vancouver police, who find a second body upon further inspection.

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Editorial Review – Orphan

 

Title: Orphan

Author: T. R. Connolly

Genre: Contemporary fiction, murder mystery

 

This short novel tells the story of Chunk DeLuna, an orphan in Brazil who carves out a criminal empire built on drugs, prostitution, gambling, and corruption. Along the way, the novel also shares the struggles of Suzanne and Lupe, the two women who have shared DeLuna’s life, enduring his harsh ideas of love and happiness.

The story is very interpersonal and, at times, quite gruesome as it tells of the people DeLuna has threatened, blackmailed, or forced to do what he wants. Most of the time, the focus is on how DeLuna expands his realm rather than the day-to-day practices, so readers get to experience the business side rather than the operations themselves.

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Broken Branches – Book Review

 

Author name: Brenda Spalding

Name of the book: Broken Branches

Genre of the book: paranormal romance/suspense

 

Book synopsis: 

Visions of the past help a young artist and gallery owner from New York solve the riddles of a lost family treasurer and lead her to her future. Her grandmothers death in Salem Ma. brings Megan into the middle of a desperate attempt to find and steal the mysterious treasurer lost over 150 years before.

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