Category Archives: Suspense

“Full Disclosure” by Dee Henderson

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Paul Falcon is an FBI agent. Ann Silver is the Midwest Homicide Investigator. They could have crossed paths dozens of times over the years, but it’s only when an old case goes from cold to very hot that their lives intersect. As the case begins to reveal a long-dormant killer for hire, Paul and Ann deal with lifelong dreams and long-held secrets that, if exposed, would change both of their lives forever.

This long-awaited new release by Dee Henderson (her last new release was in 2006) is great. Not perfect, but very good. Dee continues her introduction of new characters alongside characters from her previous books (you will not be missing the O’Malley family for long). And the mystery surrounding the police cases being tackled have good, if not entirely unexpected, twists. I’m not sure if I focused more on the mysteries in Dee’s previous stories or if she did, but this time around the flow of the story is a little different, and seems to focus more on the characters as their relationship grows. In fact, at times the pursuit of the case seems almost to fade completely into the background of the budding romance, or at least the characters’ focus on it.  The cases don’t stay in the background for too long once the story ramps up, but the focus of this story is squarely on the developing relationship between Paul and Ann.

I liked the relationship, and the way previously known characters were pulled in to be part of the story between the two leads. I did, however, find myself entirely distracted by the new take Dee gives on her previous characters. As a closet wannabe writer, I found myself wondering more than once just how much of Ann’s story could be Dee herself, or if I was reading too much in the characterization that was written. It took me out of the story a little bit as I tried to discern the level of fiction I’ve been reading all this time. (Is this pure fiction? Fiction with an element of truth? Heavily-veiled nonfiction?)

But when I allowed myself to focus on the story purely as entertainment, I liked what I read. I’ve truly missed Dee Henderson’s writing, and it’s great to have her back. I enjoyed this new story, the different elements she put into it, the new perspective on her old characters, and the promise of more stories from the new characters. This Paul and Ann’s story might be a transition piece of sorts, but it’s a good one. As always, I’m looking forward to what else is in store.

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I received an Advance Readers’ Edition of this book for free from the publisher, Bethany House, via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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“Forbidden” by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee

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About the book: “Many years have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace… and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.”

I’ve only read one Ted Dekker book but have read several by Tosca Lee so I was excited for the opportunity to read a collaborative effort by the two of them.

I liked this book! I read Immanuel’s Veins by Dekker last year and wasn’t overly crazy about it. I could see some similarities between that book and this one but I could also see Lee’s influence (mainly from her book Demon) and thought they balanced each other out very well. The book had the whole good vs. evil and a strong emphasis on blood (as was the case in the other Dekker book I’ve read) but there was also a sprinkle of romance and lots of action. I found myself pulled into the story and eagerly turning each page, wondering what would happen next. Forbidden is the first in the The Books of Mortals series and I’m looking forward to the next book, due to come out next year.
 
I receieved a copy of this book from FIRST Wild Card Tours for my honest review.

The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

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Sheila Franklin has what seems like the perfect life as the wife of a prominent minister in the City of Chicago. However, when she gets a phone call from a voice she’d never expect, she knows instantly that her life is never going to be the same.

The book is called The Rhythm of Secrets for a reason, and it’s hard for me to go into much detail without giving something away. With that being said…

This was a good book, even though it took me a long time to get through it. Because it alternates between the history of the main character and her present-day situation, there was alot of action to absorb. And yet, the plot almost seemed to take too long to unfold, with most of the present-day action coming in the last few chapters.

For much of the book I was bothered by the way the main character’s husband was portrayed, as well as the portrayal of their present-day relationship – I didn’t feel either one was presented very strongly. Thankfully, my concerns were resolved during the climax of the book. I appreciated that, though the resolution of the story felt a little too rushed and neatly wrapped up. (However, that may just be a personal preference of mine; I prefer stories not shift forward in time too much after the climax of the story.)

All in all, I right this was a well written book that kept me interested in the protagonist. Nicely done.

I won this book a while ago from Amber’s blog Snidbits (check it in our Other Pages section), and just recently got to read it. I liked it, and I wanted ya’ll to know!