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ALC Review: Her Silent Bones by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Her Silent Bones
Series: Detective Delaney Pace book one
Author: Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Narrator: Stephanie Cannon
To Be Published: January 16, 2024
Audiobook: 10 hours 13 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: December 14-22, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars

Audiobook Description:

Fifteen years ago I watched my father’s murder.

Now, having never truly recovered from losing her father all those years ago, Detective Delaney Pace is devastated when her brother and sister-in-law are killed in a car crash. Packing up her life she heads back to the rugged cowboy town of Kearney, Wyoming. Her niece Kateena is just eleven years old and Delaney will do anything to keep her safe…

Now there’s another killer on the loose, and he’s already taken his first victim.

New to the local police force, when a body is found on a secluded mountain trail Delaney is called to the scene. Surrounded by imposing pine trees, a young woman lies still in the moonlight. Gazing into her dark, unblinking eyes Delaney’s heart pounds wildly in her chest as she recognises the victim. It’s her beloved sister-in-law: Kateena’s mother, Lila. But she died weeks before. Didn’t she?

There’s evil lurking in this town and I’ll stop at nothing to hunt down the truth and deliver justice. With Kateena traumatised all over again, when Delaney links Lila’s murder back to the place where her own father was killed she realizes she must face her own dark past to catch the man responsible. But little does she know that the killer has already made their next deadly move. Back at home, Kateena should be in bed sleeping soundly, but her room is empty. Kateena is missing…

Can Delaney uncover the truth behind the killings and save Kateena before it’s too late?

Jessica’s Review:

This is another thriller where the description grabbed my attention and I wanted to listen to it. Her Silent Bones is the first in a three-book series with all three books coming out January 16, 2024. So if you love this first book you will not have to wait for the next two to be released! Great job on that to the publisher Bookouture!

It is a fast read/listen and if you become attached to Delaney you will be fully invested and ready for the next book!

The beginning and the end were very fast moving for me, but the middle of the book just slowed for me and I almost lost interest in continuing the book, but I was just curious enough that I had to see what was going to happen next. I am glad I finished it, but I don’t think I will continue the series. The last portion of the book was building up for the second in the series. I am sure we will see readers/listeners continue this series. They will want to see what happens next with Delaney and others!

Many thanks to the publisher Bookouture for granting me an advanced copy to listen to and review!

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Book Review: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

The Life We Bury
Series: Max Rupert and Joe Talbert #1
Author: Allen Eskens

Narrator: Zach Villa
October 14, 2014

Audiobook: 8 Hours 23 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: June 10-15, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

Jessica’s Review:

This was a very good one!  It was intriguing with the listener liking the characters they were supposed to like and vise versa! I was pulled in wanting to know everything, which we end up getting!

We have Joe Talbert having a college assignment to interview someone and tell their story. Joe gets more than he bargained for with Carl agreeing to be interviewed and give his dying declaration… See Carl is a convicted rapist and murderer. He is only out of prison because of his medical condition and not having much time left in his life.

Joe’s life is complicated which we also experience through Joe’s circumstances, and meeting with Carl and hearing his just complicates it even more. We hear about Carl’s time in Vietnam, which doesn’t take up a lot of time in this story. I was more interested in everything else that was going on.  And as we get closer to the climax I really was invested in what was going to happen because it goes in a direction I was not expecting.  It just kept speeding on to that ending.

I am curious about the rest in the series and will hopefully continue it.  There are just so many books and only so much time! But Joe I like and want to see what happens with him next!                                                              

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Book Review: The Mindf*ck Series: Paint it All Red by S.T. Abby

Paint it All Red
Series: Mindf*ck #5
Author: ST Abby 

Published:  December 26, 2016
177 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 2-6, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word…

Will Logan choose them? Or will we watch them burn together?

It’s time to fuck with their minds.
It’s time to finish it all.
It’s time to paint it all red…

Monsters don’t usually wish for happily-ever-afters.

Jessica’s Review:

 This series…. It is far from realistic, but it was a fun read! I’m not a fan of Logan and that opinion never changed through all five books, but I adored Lana and this final book ended the series in a great way! It was far from perfect, but it gives readers what they wanted! 

Action, action, action!  It was an intense read and I got 40% read on a Sunday afternoon.  I had no idea what was going to happen to the town and what did happen, Dang! We got answers to questions and **Spoiler** the bad guys all got it! Some were unexpectedly easier than others to be ended.  **End Spoiler** I was not sure who the original killer was and that answer and what happened.  Oh dang!  ST Abby really went dark when she wrote this series. 

And the ending, I am happy with it!  I loved every part of it!  I also liked how Hadley’s role became greater over the course of the series.  Would I read this series again? Yes! I think I will order the paperback copy at some point. I love that cover so much more than the e-books.

I am really saddened that the author has passed away, so we cannot get anything else dark like this series! Her other two pen names are not my genre of choice. It seems that this series is getting more attention in the past few months.  I did a buddy read with several friends and they all liked it.  Some were in it for the smut, but this series isn’t about that.  It’s a thriller with some sex scenes sprinkled in there.

If you like thrillers and a book that deals with a badass female serial killer, then read this series!  I adore Lana and she is the perfect main character for those who like ‘villains’ who really aren’t a ‘bad guy. Lana is the woman who takes a stand for those who can’t.     

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