Bedbugs is an urban tale about a couple, Alex and Susan, who get the deal of a lifetime on the top two stories of a brownstone in a fashionable area of Brooklyn. After she awakens one morning with three small bedbug bites, Susan realizes the apartment may not be such a great deal. To make matters worse, while Susan has been bitten by a bedbug, she can’t seem to find any evidence of them in the apartment. When she continues to get bitten with no evidence of the bugs in sight, Susan begins to wonder what the source of the problem actually is. Bedbugs become an obsession for Susan as her thoughts become more unstable and delusional. Everyone tries to convince Susan that the bedbugs aren’t real and that she is just imagining them. Susan knows better; she knows these are not ordinary bedbugs and she knows what she must do to break their curse, even if it means murder. Bedbugs is a suspenseful tale. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes spine-tingling reads.
Trail of Blood by Lisa Black, she is a great storyteller and redirects to an old case of a madman that was nicknamed the Torso Killer which terrorized Cleveland Ohio. He was never caught after comitting more than a dozen murders. Present day, Theresa MacLean is called in to an abandoned building where a decapitated body has been found in a room which has been sealed off for years. The assumption is that the body is a Torso Killer victim.
When the next body is found, determined to be recently deceased, and signs found at the scene to indicate the work of a new Torso Killer (a copycat killer?) With MacLeans examination of the ood body has opened the door to the past and the tables are turned and she shifts her focus from solving a historical crime to catching a present day killer.
As the story moves forward, MacLean feels danger growing nearer to her than she ever though, and she begins to feel his presence everywhere.
A great read that keeps the reader captivated till the very end. I highly recommend picking up a copy, you will be glad you did.
Afraid of the Dark by James Grippando is an intriguing fictional tale. A 16-year-old girl is murdered and her boyfriend is the prime suspect. Jack Swyteck who is representing the accused. While Jack’s role as lawyer was very appropriately written, I found some of his exceptional abilities as an agent to be less believable. The antagonist, known as “The Dark” created an evil theme. Other themes found include human trafficking, pornography, information technology, spying and torture, Afraid of the Dark, has it all, I found it very difficult to put this one down. I would lay it down planning to head to bed and then telling myself I would read just one more chapter, then one more. Grippando’s writing is well done and his characters are well developed and believable. If you enjoy storylines that are suspenseful, you will like this one. I highly recommend Afraid of the Dark to readers looking for a complex suspense novel. I look forward to reading more of his previous novels.
The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin
This is Stephen M. Irwin’s debut novel, which I thought was awesome. He has penned a scary thriller packed full of magic that will leave a chill down your spine. The characters are superbly written and the protagonist is intriguing. The story is one of tragedy, Nicholas Close wife dies in very bizarre accident, Nicholas begins to have visions and has always been somewhat psychic. Nicholas arrives back in his hometown where his visions begin to escalate. The abduction and murder of one of his childhood friends took place in the forest and now that same forest is beginning to claim new victims. Within the pages you will read of large spiders, the forest, mutilated animals and symbols of the ruins. The author draws you in and keeps you glued to the pages, you may also experience visions as the protagonist of this story does. Irwin has great detail and descriptions that brings this read to life; brilliantly written.
Highly recommend this one if you enjoy a scare that will send shivers down your spine. Look forward to reading more from this author. A must read.
Boyd introduced Vail in “The Bricklayer.” Vail, a discontented former FBI representative who elite a building trade to a bureau’s red tape, concluded to assistance his aged employer if he answered usually to a executive and had no interference.
Agent X is the 2nd book in a series with Steve Vail as the hero. He is a former spook that left the FBI because he could not follow orders or the law. However, he is occasionally called upon to resolve sticky issues because he is able to get results. Vail is an interesting character. It is difficult to understand how his mind operates so his actions create suspense.
Boyd has written a fine, fast paced and intriguing suspense that will keep you guessing. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fast-paced adventure. This is an exciting read and is hard to put down. It is action and adventure at its finest, and is one thrilling ride.
Eat, Prey, Love contains great characters. Carlos is among one of the almost extinct species (a were-panther), and has gathered orphaned were-panther children from his home in Brazil, and is taking care of the children at the Draganesti compound where he is employed as security. He longs to find a were-panther mate, as well as locate other were-panthers around the world, to help rebuild their population. When Caitlyn, Shanna Draganesti’s sister shows up at the compound, Carlos and Caitlyn find themselves irresistibly attracted to one another. It was love at first sight, but with a sniff he discovers quickly that she is human, and is not the one for him. Caitlyn is working at the compound as a translator, and with her psychic abilities she has the amazing gift of understanding and speaking any language. She has another outstanding gift as well, all of her life animals have always been drawn to her, not only that but she can understand and communicate with them. The are forced to work together which begins weakening Carlos and Caitlyn is determined to get her man one way or another. Carlos is determined to resist her any way that he can and decides to head up a trip to Asia to possibly find his were-panther mate. Will he find his were-panther mate or will Caitlyn be so persistent that Carlos gives in? You must read for yourself, and trust me this is an awesome read that you will find hard to resist or put down. This is the first I have had the pleasure of reading from this author and can tell you will not be my last.
Palimpsest, as an audiobook, was a journey in itself. I was amazed at how the story follows four people who are all newcomers to Palimpsest, which include a young Japanese woman, a beekeeper, a locksmith, a bookbinder. They all have lost something in the real world and are naturally drawn to Palimpsest. As the story progresses, more and more details about their lives, and about the strange city of Palimpsest, are revealed. You will see the wonders, tragedy, joy, sorrow, sex, sacrifice, betrayal and forgiveness. The story is one of the four above mentioned characters that are bound by fate and loneliness and above all else the city of Palimpsest.
The four characters discover the gateway into parts of the city from the tattoos that they bare. Palimpsest is a sexually transmitted city. People who have been there have a small tattoo, a piece of the city’s map, these are located somewhere on their body. If you sleep with them then you will be transported there. When you wake, you are back in the real world, where you will then find a small tattoo of another part of Palimpsest on your body, not only that but your desire will be to return back to the city again and again.
I highly recommend this one, the words are beautiful and the ideas are inspirational. Some may find that this to be way out there, which it is, but is a delight to be out there.