Book Review & Giveaway: The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete

Book Title: The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete
Category:  Adult Fiction;  243 pages
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:   Sands Press
Release date:  March 7, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub)
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Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: R (Violence towards women based on real life events, language, graphic violence)
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Book Description: 

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​Nicole Baker is a quiet girl – the type of person who is seldom noticed by anyone. That is until one day she discovers she has the unique ability to see images move on photographs. At first, she uses her ability to entertain friends at parties and work. Then senior detective Paul Hammond learns of her ability and enlists her help in a case of unsolved murders that he has not been able to make any headway on.

Carl Kadner, a rookie reporter with the local paper is investigating the murders as well. And he learns what it takes to be the kind of reporter he wants to be when he puts himself in danger for the sake of the story. It is only when Carl, Nicole and Detective Hammond pool their resources that things start making sense.

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My Review

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

Paul is a detective and is given the lead on a possible homicide case but all they have is a woman’s arm. There are no leads until another woman is killed, and a woman named Nicole suddenly has a gift with which she can look at a picture and see what happened when it was taken. She’s able to give some clues to the police.

As the serial killer continues to search for women who fit his criteria, Paul and Nicole fall into a relationship that seems to be good for both of them. The killer ends up in a relationship with a girl named Katy. It’s a strange relationship but it works for them.

Carl is a rookie reporter who is also on the case. He does some investigating on his own and always seems to be right there with the police investigation if not a little ahead of them.

I thought Mind’s Eye was good from the beginning. It kept my interest and was not only suspenseful and cringe-worthy but funny. All of the characters were well-developed and unique. There were a couple of unanswered questions which was a little frustrating but it still had a good ending. It would have been a faster and even better read if the dialogue had been edited. It was often difficult to know who was talking which slowed me down quite a bit. Despite the dialogue, I recommend Mind’s Eye.

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About the Author

Perry Prete is a Canadian crime writer and paramedic. His first novel, All Good Things, introduced us to Ethan Tennant, a City of Ottawa paramedic who looks at crimes from the medical perspective.

Perry continues to work full-time as a paramedic and uses his thirty plus years of life changing and sometimes dramatic experiences to bring realism to his gripping medical novels. His other works include, The Things That Matter Most and All Good Things.

He is also a business owner, specializing in the pre-hospital care field. His company sells medical equipment across North America, primarily to EMS agencies.

A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Perry, graduated from Fanshawe College in London but now lives and works in Brockville, Ontario.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Book Review: Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus

 

 

 

24700947Title: KILLER WITHIN
Author: Jeff Gunhus
Pages: 272
Genre: Thriller

Serial killer Arnie Milhouse may be ready to end his thirteen-year killing spree, but he wants one last victim before leaving Annapolis—and the sexy new photographer in town promises to be his most satisfying score yet. He develops plans to seduce the mysterious Allison by luring her out to sea aboard his luxury catamaran for a secluded weekend he won’t forget…and one she won’t survive.

But Arnie’s latest mark is more than just another pretty face. Allison McNeil has her own secret agenda, and enough insider information to connect Arnie’s long string of seemingly unrelated murders. But hunting down serial killers is more than just a hobby for Allison: she’s ready to face down her personal demons and take down this vicious predator once and for all.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author a while back and hadn’t had time to read it but when I received a copy of Killer Pursuit, the 2nd book in the series, I knew I’d have to make time for this one too because I like to read series in order if possible.

This is the first book in the Allison McNeil Series. Allison works for the FBI as a behavioral analyst and her specialty is serial killers. She’s undercover trying to prove her hunch that Arnie Milhouse is a serial killer. Allison is smart when it comes to analyzing others but she has her own deep dark secrets that give her frequent nightmares. She also doesn’t do well at taking orders (not a good thing when working for the FBI) and frequently puts herself and others in danger. Despite her flaws, I like Allison’s character. She’s independent and stubborn.  

Killer Within is a thriller that is difficult to put down. It also has some twists that took me by surprise which I always like. I started reading Jeff’s books with his first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, and I like his writing whether it’s Jack Templar, horror, or thrillers. I look forward to reading more of his books.

 

About the Author

jeff-gunhusJeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Killer Pursuit by Jeff Gunhus

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Title: KILLER PURSUIT
Author: Jeff Gunhus
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Pages: 352
Genre: Thriller

When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end.

Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but the rumors that the victim’s client list may have included Mason’s political enemies has her worried about the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.

 

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My Review

Jeff Gunhus is one of my favorite authors so I was thrilled to read and review Killer Pursuit. I already had Killer Within, the first book in the Allison McNeil series, on my TBR list so, of course, I had to read it first (review will be posted tomorrow). I’ve also read his Jack Templar books which are great middle school/young adult books.

Killer Pursuit is one of those books that is difficult to put down. Allison McNeil is great at what she does as a behavioral analyst for the FBI, but she doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap or men’s inappropriate advances, so she’s been labeled as someone who doesn’t work well with others. She’s too good to let go, though, so the Director of the FBI gives her a special, secret assignment. 

Allison’s specialty is serial killers. Since she doesn’t seem to care about putting herself in danger and she’s dealing with serial killers, she tends to get into trouble on a regular basis. I like her character. She’s a complex woman and in some ways she is so accomplished but she’s got a lot on her plate including dealing with a father with Alzheimer’s and grief over a lost love. And she knows that she can’t trust anyone, even the Director of the FBI, so she’s pretty much on her own. 

Killer Pursuit is a great murder mystery. It’s full of suspense, corruption, mystery, and best of all, it has a couple twists. I definitely recommend it.

I received a free copy of this book and was not compensated in any way. All of the opinions in this review are 100% my own.

 

About the Author

jeff-gunhusJeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

 

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Book Review and Giveaway: A Piece of You by Daniel M. Annechino

 A Piece of You

Description

Homicide Detective Sami Rizzo is at it again! She never dreamed “America’s Finest City,” would be tormented by yet another serial killer, but for the third time in the last five years a depraved maniac is stalking the streets of San Diego. Based on her qualifications and prior successes dealing with multiple murders, who else would Captain Davison assign to head the investigation?

Different from Sami’s past experiences, this fanatic is like no other. His methods of killing defy everything profilers think they know about serial killers. As an intense investigation begins and bits and pieces of evidence emerge, no one can understand his motivation. He’s merciful, yet brutal. And just to make things even more confusing, all of his victims are blood-related. Is he settling a vendetta? Did he randomly pick a name out of the phone book and begin a rampage? Or is there a deeper story?

Based on very little evidence and a lot of gut instincts, Detective Rizzo pieces together a complex puzzle and narrows the field of possible suspects. She learns that the killings may connect in some way to powerful people within the judicial system and doesn’t know who to trust. Ultimately, she comes face to face with the killer for a battle of brain and brawn. Can she outwit the shrewd killer, or will she be his next victim?

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My Review

I received a free copy of the book for an honest review.

I listened to the first two Sami Rizzo books, They Never Die Quietly and Resuscitation, and was looking forward to reading this one as well. All of these books will stand on their own but if you love reading series like I do, I suggest starting with the first one. I enjoy a good murder mystery and A Piece of You is a good one. It is full of mystery, suspense, and drama.

Sami Rizzo always seems to have a lot going on both personally and professionally. For the third time in 5 years there’s another serial killer on the loose! Sami is a great character. She is smart and has learned to go by her gut instincts. She’s also more mature and sensible than a lot of characters, which is refreshing.

A Piece of You is definitely a book I recommend especially if you like murder mysteries. 

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Author’s Bio

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Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly.

​His second book, Resuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in the UK and reached #26 in the USA. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012) and Hypocrisy. A Piece of You is his fifth novel, the third in the Detective Sami Rizzo series. A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.

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Book Review and Giveaway: Resuscitation by Daniel M. Annechino

ResuscitationDescription

Two years ago, Detective Sami Rizzo narrowly escaped a brush with death at the hands of a serial killer. After apprehending the killer and bringing him to justice, this life-changing event compels her to resign from the police force. In her heart of hearts, however, she struggles with the decision. But a second serial killer—a well- respected doctor gone astray—uses his charm to seduce his victims and then performs horrific surgical experiments on them. In a final act of depravity, he scatters their mutilated bodies throughout San Diego County. Feeling a sense of duty and obligation, Sami Rizzo appeals to the police chief and mayor, and they reinstate her as a homicide investigator. As the body count grows and the killer’s experiments become more and more brutal, Sami follows one dead-end lead after another, while trying to deal with a sickly mother and a turbulent relationship with her lover. But then the killer makes a crucial mistake: one of his victims survives. Sami does everything to protect the barely alive victim, but the killer has a different plan.

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My Review

I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

I listened to the first Sami Rizzo book, They Never Die Quietly, and was looking forward to listening to this one as well. Even though this is a part of a series, it does stand on its own. I enjoy a good murder mystery and Resuscitation doesn’t disappoint. It is full of mystery, suspense, and drama.

Sami Rizzo, the main character, is still getting over being held by a serial killer a couple of years ago. All of a sudden, she has a lot on her plate personally and professionally. And on top of that there’s now another serial killer on the loose! I like Sami. She hasn’t always made the best decisions but she’s smart and she learns from her mistakes both as a detective and as a woman.

 The narrator did a good job with narrating. She has a pleasant voice and the only difficulty I had was differentiating between the voices of some of the men.

This is definitely a book I recommend especially if you like murder mysteries with twists. I can’t wait to read to the next Sami Rizzo book!

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Author’s Bio

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Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly.

​His second book, Resuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in the UK and reached #26 in the USA. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012) and Hypocrisy. A Piece of You is his fifth novel, the third in the Detective Sami Rizzo series. A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.

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Book Review and Giveaway: They Never Die Quietly by Daniel M. Annechino

They Never Die Quietly

Description

They Never Die Quietly tells the story of homicide Detective Sami Rizzo, who is assigned to head a task force investigating serial killings in San Diego. Simon, the highly intelligent, cunning, and deceptively charming villain, redefines the depths of human evil. He believes God has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims through a ritual that ends in a grisly crucifixion. Driven by warped religious beliefs and guided by his dead mother, very much alive in his subconscious, Simon abducts “chosen ones” and holds them captive in a Room of Redemption. There, the victims helplessly await their crucifixion. Detective Rizzo urgently yearns to solve the case and gain the respect of her male colleagues, but her obsession to apprehend the killer on her own clouds her thinking. When Simon outsmarts Rizzo and captures her, determined to make her his next victim, she must employ all her resources—both physical and intellectual—to outwit the villain at his own game.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

I’ve always enjoyed a good mystery and They Never Die Quietly is no exception. I already knew I liked Daniel M. Annechino’s writing style because I’d read Hypocrisy, which I liked.

The characters are well developed. Sami is a good homicide detective even though that’s not her career of choice. She feels that she must be one because it was her father’s dying wish. Her partner, Al, is her best friend and they have helped each other through a lot the past few years. Simon is downright scary. Daniel M. Annechino’s ability to get into the serial killer’s mind is impressive (and a bit disturbing).

The narrator did a good job with narrating and the different voices. The only problem I had was differentiating between the voices of Al and Simon.

This is definitely a book I recommend. I can’t wait to listen to the next Sami Rizzo book!

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Author’s Bio

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Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly.

​His second book, Resuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in the UK and reached #26 in the USA. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012) and Hypocrisy. A Piece of You is his fifth novel, the third in the Detective Sami Rizzo series. A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.

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Book Review: With Mother’s Approval by Mike Wells & Robert Rand

23199240Title: With Mother’s Approval

Authors: Mike Wells & Robert Rand

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Publication Date: September 29, 2014

About the Book:

When the Seattle Police Department bumbles the investigation of a serial killer who has brutally taken the lives of five women, Detectives Allie and Jeremy Branson take over the case.  The husband and wife team work out of the King County Sheriff Department’s Violent Crime Unit and have one of the best track records in the country.  But this time around, the Bransons are tested to their limits.   Will they catch “The Call Girl Killer,” or will the sadistic murderer continue his spree of horrific crimes unchecked?

 

Review:
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
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I’ve listened to and enjoyed several of Mike Wells’ audioboooks so I was looking forward to reading this book, which is a different genre from the others of his that I have read.
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I have always liked a good mystery and With Mother’s Approval didn’t disappoint. It was a bit graphic and made me squeamish at times (I’m not complaining but I thought I’d share that for those who might get more than squeamish).
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The characters are interesting. I didn’t like Dano at all, of course, but he was described well. He does horrific things but is able to hide behind his  mother’s money. Allie is your typical literary detective who excels at her job. Her husband, Jeremy, is also a good detective but he rubbed me the wrong way. There’s a time and a place for smart remarks and he oversteps those bounds often.
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With Mother’s Approval is a good mystery/suspense with a twist or two and I definitely recommend it.