Book Review: The Circle by Mario Escobar

The famous psychiatrist Solomon Lewin has left his humanitarian work in India to serve as the chief psychiatrist at the Center for Psychological Illness located in London’s Square Mile financial district. Though well paid, the job is monotonous, and Solomon is also going through a rough patch in his marriage with Margaret. He begins scrutinizing the more mysterious cases of the center’s long-term residents hoping to find something worth his time. When he comes across the chart of Maryam Batool, a young broker from London who has lived in the center for seven years, his life will change forever. 
Maryam Batool is an orphan from Pakistan who became one of the most promising female employees of the financial institution General Society, but in the summer of 2007, at the start of the financial crisis, the young broker loses her mind and tries to kill herself. Since then she has been stuck, able only to draw circles yet unable to understand their meaning. 
A snow storm looms over the city at the start of the Christmas holidays. Before Christmas Eve dinner, Solomon receives an urgent call from the center to come at once: Maryam has attacked a nurse and seems to be awakening from her long stupor. 
Solomon heads downtown in the snow, clueless that this will be the most difficult night of his life. The psychiatrist does not trust his patient, the police are after them, and his family seems to be in danger. The only way to protect himself and those he loves is to discover what “The Circle” is and why everyone seems to want his patient dead. It’s a surprise ending and a mystery you won’t believe. 

What is hiding in the City of London? Who is behind the biggest business center in the world? What is the truth behind “The Circle”? Can Solomon save his family? 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Solomon has had a rewarding career as a psychiatrist but has now settled in London with his family and is the head of a psychiatric facility. He’s afraid that he’s going to be bored, and his wife Margaret is already bored. She loves her children with all her heart but she wants more. Their marriage is suffering but they both want it to work and are starting to take steps to improve it.

Suddenly, everything changes on Christmas Eve when a patient suddenly awakens from a stupor of 7 years. Solomon is called into the hospital when this happens but when he arrives, he finds a couple of the employees murdered and the patient awake but confused.

From this point on, I had to read the rest of the book in one sitting. It’s confusing at times but everything falls into place by the end of the book. There’s a lot of action and suspense. The ending was unexpected and one that I’ll remember for quite a while.

About the Author

Mario Escobar Golderos has a degree in History, with an advanced studies diploma in Modern History. He has written numerous books and articles about the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, and religious sects. He is the executive director of an NGO and directs the magazine Nueva historia para el debate, in addition to being a contributing columnist in various publications. Passionate about history and its mysteries, Escobar has delved into the depths of church history, the different sectarian groups that have struggled therein, and the discovery and colonization of the Americas. He specializes in the lives of unorthodox Spaniards and Americans. 

Book Review: Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean

He abducted her. He fell in love with her. He helped her escape. Can she trust him?

Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men.

With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.

Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?

Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.

A standalone sequel to Thicker Than Water

Purchase Links

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Lies-chilling-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B07N5Z7F5R

US – https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Lies-chilling-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B07N5Z7F5R

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I read Thicker Than Water a couple of weeks ago and was looking forward to reading the sequel, Sea of Lies.

A community on the North Yorkshire coast has worked hard to survive after floods that wiped out their homes six years ago. They’re self-sufficient but on edge because four of the village women were abducted and even though they’re home now, no one knows if some of the kidnappers will return and cause problems. Also, their leader was killed during the rescue so the police could show up and most of the villagers don’t trust the police.

Sarah was one of the abducted women and although Martin was one of the kidnappers, he regretted helping them and tried to help Sarah escape. She was falling in love with him until she found out that he was one of the kidnappers. Now he’s still trying to help in any way he can but Sarah wants nothing to do with him.

Or does she? Her mind tells her one thing and her heart tells her another. Sarah doesn’t communicate with others well but her parents are poor examples. She needs to listen so that she can find out Martin’s whole story. Hopefully, she can do that before it’s too late.

Sea of Lies is mostly about Sarah dealing with the aftermath of the abduction, sorting out her feelings for Martin, and learning more about her parents.

 

 

About the Author

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

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Book Review: Keep Her Close by Erik Therme

Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…

Then:
Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot.
She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.
What kind of person would abandon their daughter?

Now:
Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family. 
But her real father has sent her a letter.
And now Ally is missing. 

A gripping twist-filled thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Teresa Driscoll. 

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve read a few of Erik Therme’s books, and my favorite to this point was Resthaven. I can’t decide whether I like Keep Her Close or Resthaven better, but they are both definitely worth reading. 

Keep Her Close grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept me interested throughout. After Ally was rescued years ago by Holly and Dan, they were able to adopt her. Even though they divorced a few years later, they’re still both good parents and they try to get along when it comes to Ally. When Ally goes missing, they work separately to find her but try to keep each other in the loop.

Every chapter seemed to have a new surprise, a new twist, a new clue to follow. I never knew what was going to happen next. I’ve always liked Erik Therme’s writing but the more he writes, the more I like it. His character development has improved a lot and I look forward to reading more of his stories.

 

 

About the Author

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways: http://eepurl.com/cD1F8L

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Book Reviews: The Color of Evil Series by Connie Corcoran Wilson

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Publisher:  Quad Cities’ Press (Aug 2017)
Category: YA, Psychological Paranormal Thriller
Tour Dates: Oct/Nov 2017
Available in: E-book, 725 Pages

THE COLOR OF EVIL series presents you with characters who live, breathe and die in small town Cedar Falls, Iowa. Tad McGreevy, the focus of the series, has a paranormal power, Tetrachromatic Super Vision, that allows him to see auras that tell him whether a person is good or evil. At night, in horrifying nightmares, Tad relives the crimes of the evil-doers. Eventually, he becomes the target of a particularly lethal antagonist, Michael Clay (aka Pogo the Clown) who wants to eliminate the teen-aged boy. In three books, we witness the power of evil faced off against a good-hearted young boy who just wants to protect those he loves.

Beginning with the first manifestations of this supernatural power at the age of 8, the book quickly takes us forward to the high school years of Tad and the band of friends we come to know well. We follow their progress from their junior year of high school through graduation with danger always lurking in the background. As others have said, it’s quite a ride.

 

Begin the journey today with this specially-priced trilogy: THE COLOR OF EVIL, RED IS FOR RAGE, and KHAKI=KILLER.

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My Reviews

I chose to read this series after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Color of Evil is the first book in the Color of Evil series. When he’s 8 years old, Tad finds out that he has some kind of power. He’s always seen auras around people and the color of the aura tells him whether someone is good or bad. But when he meets Michael Clay, he starts having nightmares about him torturing and murdering young men. When Michael Clay is arrested, it’s figured out by Tad, his doctor, and his family that he was having visions rather than nightmares. Now that the cause is in jail, Tad is able to return to a normal life…for 8 years.

When Tad is 16 years old, things go crazy quickly. There’s so much going on in the small town of Cedar Falls, Iowa, it’s difficult to keep up. There are spouses cheating on each other and neglecting each other, sexual predators, Tad’s best friend goes missing, and Michael Clay escapes from prison which means the visions are back. There’s something new around every corner and some of it is not for the faint of heart.

The Color of Evil is a psychological thriller that could be a great book with some serious editing. There are the usual grammar and punctuation errors that need attention but more than that, there’s a lot of repetition and a couple times names are confused by the author. I had to go back and read the passages because I thought I’d read them wrong. 

Despite the problems listed above, I enjoyed The Color of Evil and look forward to reading Red is for Rage.

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Red is for Rage is the second book in the Color of Evil series. It picks up at the beginning of Tad’s senior year in high school. The wimpy 8-year-old has become a football player, mainly because his best friend Stevie is still missing and his wannabe girlfriend was gone until the beginning of school.

Everything has changed for Tad but nothing has changed in his town. He’s trying to harness his powers while many of the people around him are crazy. 

Again, there is a lot going on in the second book. Charlie Chandler, a retired policeman, has teamed up with Tad and they are searching for Stevie. Michael Clay has escaped from prison yet again and now he is after Tad. These are just the tip of the iceberg.

I liked getting to know some of the characters better. Not just Tad and Jenny but Stevie, Janice, and Charlie. 

Again, Red is for Rage was a good read that could have been great with some serious editing. I was hoping this one would be edited but there were still grammar and punctuation problems as well as repetition and mixed up names.

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I read Khaki=Killer in July 2014. I had always hoped to read the first two books in the series when I had a chance. It’s one of those books that I didn’t have to re-read because it has always stuck with me. My review from 2014):

This is the third book in the Color of Evil series but it is the first one I read. I was hoping to read the first two before I read this one, but I ran out of time. Khaki=Killer stands alone but I can tell that it would be even better if I’d read the other two books first.

This book is like two books in one, both based in the same town. One story is about Sean who is dealing with the possible loss of his wife, Melody, and his unborn baby. The second story is about the disappearance of Kelly and Heather and the search for them.

Khaki-Killer has a lot of drama, loving relationships, and suspense. It addresses several moral issues and is a good book to get young adults thinking about these issues.

I like Connie Corcoran Wilson’s writing style. I did have trouble once in a while keeping track of the timeline if I forgot to read the chapter title.

The thoughts and feelings of the main characters are well described. These teens are more mature than many teens in the “real world” although everyone in their town has been through so much that I can see how they could be mature beyond their years.

Khaki=Killer is a good book and I recommend it to both adults and young adults. I do recommend reading the first two books, which I will be doing as soon as I can. Continue reading

Book Review: The Saints of David by Anthony Caplan

Humanity faces a crisis — the last of the free brained creative folk against the enslaved people of the Augment and their elite Republican Homeland overlords. It is 2072, and falling creative information flows in the Augment system mean there is little time to reach full power status and launch the planetary cover before the incoming Oort Cloud asteroids destroy civilization. 

In this fast-paced, psychological thriller, the final entry in Anthony Caplan’s best-selling Jonah Trilogy, Corrag and Ben, the brave yet doomed lovers of The Victor’s Heritage, are reunited. The two make a run for freedom with their daughter Hera to find David’s Tower, an alternative society built on the democratic power of individual stories. At the same time, pushed by haunting dreams of a break in the arrow of time that occurred at the end of Savior, Corrag’s father Ricky sets out to find his father’s book that he is sure will answer the deep-seated root of humanity’s evil. These are just a few of the individuals on a quest, drawn to the utopian world of the Tower, built by the man known to his followers as the Saint. David Shavelson, a former owner of a Brooklyn bookstore, is a charismatic visionary leading a community in resistance against the mental enslavement of the Augment system. The Augment leaders know they must crush the Tower or lose control of their destiny. The battle lines are drawn. Will the Augment crush David’s tower and save itself from the Incoming asteroid disaster? Who will survive this final, apocalyptic war? Will Corrag and her family ever reach salvation and peace? Will Ricky find his father’s book and save mankind from itself? Find out in the thrilling roller-coaster finale that is The Saints of David.

Available on Amazon

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. The Saints of David is the third book in the Jonah trilogy. I had read the first two books so I was looking forward to reading this one. 

It appears that the planet is doomed because of asteroids heading straight for it. The Augment is no longer as powerful as it was because it needs creativity to fuel its power and everyone that is Augmented is becoming complacent. This means that those who are not Augmented must save the planet or all will be lost. Ricky believes that his father’s book can save mankind. His daughter Corrag and her family wish to find peace in this crazy world they live in. That’s just a little of what is going on in this book. It had my head spinning.

I liked the first two books in the trilogy better than this one. Although the characters were well developed, I felt like there was so much going on I couldn’t enjoy the novel as much as I would have liked. I had to really concentrate as I read and had to read some of it more than once to get the gist. I suggest reading the first two books in the trilogy in order to understand Augmentation and the world of Caplan’s 2072.

 

About the Author

Anthony Caplan is an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New England. He has worked at various times as a shrimp fisherman, environmental activist, journalist, taxi-driver, builder, window-washer, and telemarketer, (the last for only a month, but one week he did win a four tape set of the greatest hits of George Jones for selling the most copies of Time-Life’s The Loggers.)

Currently, Caplan is working on restoring a 150-year-old farmstead where he and his family tend sheep and chickens, grow most of their own vegetables, and have a small apple orchard.

His road novels, BIRDMAN and FRENCH POND ROAD, trace the meanderings of Billy Kagan, a footloose soul striving after sanity and love in the last years of the last century. LATITUDES – A Story of Coming Home, released in the summer of 2012, is a young boy’s transformative journey overcoming dysfunction, dislocation and distance. SAVIOR, a dystopian thriller, published by Harvard Square Editions in April 2014, reached the top spot on the Amazon list of psychological suspense books. And his latest, THE VICTOR’S HERITAGE, features a teenaged heroine in a dystopian thriller one reviewer called “a definite must-read, no matter your age!”

Connect with Caplan on FacebookTwitter and Google +.

Website: http://www.anthonycaplanwrites.com

 

 

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Book Review: Mummy’s Little Angel by J.W. Lawson

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Mummy’s Little Angel is the first place winner of World’s Best Story!

Joanne didn’t believe that her life could become worse than it already was. She had lost everybody and everything she had loved. She was alone. Surely she had suffered enough? The press had called her identical twins psychopaths. Her Maggie. Her Annie. But she still loved them, even though one of them had killed her husband, Jeff. Joanne believed that his murder had been an accident. How could one of her girls be a murderer? She knew them better than anybody else. They were good girls really.

She just had to prove it.

The brutal murder of her god-daughter Laura had never been solved. Items were missing when Laura’s remains had been discovered: clues that could lead to the capture of her killer. One of them was Laura’s doll … the doll that Joanne later discovered in her home. Joanne is facing the most horrific dilemma of her life. Has the wrong woman been imprisoned? Could her child have used such brutality against her best friend? Or could both women be innocent after all?

She needs to find somebody for her daughter to confide in; somebody she will trust. She needs a miracle. There is only one person who can help. He is compassionate and caring, with an amazing ability to gain the trust of the most difficult patients. He is Joanne’s only hope. He is Jonathan Davies.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from iRead Book Tours for an honest review.

What a crazy family! Mummy’s Little Angel is written in diary form from three perspectives: Joanne, Maggie, and Annie. It is obvious that all three women are broken. Joanne, the mom, has had so much loss in her life and now she is dealing with the fact that one of her twins is a murderer. But is the wrong one in prison? Maggie obviously has some mental issues but how much of that is real and how much is an act? Annie claims that she is innocent and that Maggie is the psychopath. 

Poor Joanne has so much to deal with. She still loves her daughters and can’t believe that either of them killed anyone on purpose. When she receives a letter from her mother who disappeared 20 years ago, it just adds to her already out of control life. 

Mummy’s Little Angel has many twists and I was unable to put it down. I had to find out what the true story was. J.W. Lawson keeps you on the edge of your seat, giving out one clue at a time, until all of the pieces of the puzzle fit. Or do they? There were times that I was so confused but I know that was the author’s intention.

I definitely recommend Mummy’s Little Angel. Warning: contains sexual content and violence.

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Author’s Bio

2016-09-23_7-01-09Award Winning Author, JW Lawson is already gaining recognition for her writing talents in the US and world-wide. The second of a trilogy of sensational thrillers,Mummy’s Little Angel is the winner of the highly acclaimed Worlds Best Story competition and has also received some outstanding reviews from the professional team of judges in the competition. She is currently writing her third thriller, Crossroads which will be available in 2017 and the final book of the current series, Hush Little Baby will be available in 2018.

 

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Book Review: Covenant by Wade Joseph Le Fevre

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Author: Wade Joseph Le Fevre

Genre: Horror, Psychological Thriller

Publication Date: May 28, 2014

Description (from Goodreads):

Claire Correa seems to have it all. She’s married to the love of her life, she has two beautiful kids, and they just bought their first house. To Claire it’s a dream come true. But in reality nothing is ever as perfect as a dream and the house comes with disappointments. Her neighbors are all old women who have lived in the same houses for decades, she continues to make little headway with her moody, introverted stepdaughter, and to make the house livable they sink every last dollar they have into the place. Claire takes these in stride, knowing their problems are shared by millions of other average Americans. But what these other average American homeowners don’t share with Claire is a malevolent spirit that already resides in the house when they move in. An ancient evil that wants something from Claire in return for its hospitality. Will Claire be willing to pay the price and make the ultimate Covenant?

Review:

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review. I was happy to read and review this book for Wade since I’d read Snipe Hunt and really enjoyed it.

Covenant is part horror but mostly a psychological thriller. It is a fast, easy read and kept my interest for the most part although it did get a little slow at times.

Poor Claire! She and her husband, Dan, find a house that they love at a price that they can afford. It’s too good to be true. After living there for a short time, Claire thinks that there’s something wrong with her because of nightmares and seeing things that aren’t there (or are they?).  She even goes to a therapist for help. When she eventually comes to realize it’s the house and not her, she’s relieved but scared. And, sadly, her husband still thinks she’s crazy and is not supportive at all.

While I felt sorry for Claire, I felt like Dan was a jerk even though he reacted like many spouses probably would. That didn’t help me like him any more, however. Claire’s stepdaughter, Alex, played a big part in the story and even though she and Claire had their issues, I liked her from the start.

The ending of Covenant was the best part of the book. Until the end, it was pretty predictable and I like surprises. I finally got my surprises! That’s all I’m going to say due to spoilers.

If you like psychological thrillers, I recommend Covenant.