Reviews Published

Friday, June 07, 2019

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

"Need to Know" by Karen Cleveland is a domestic suspense novel mixed with a spy story. It's a page-turner with a likeable heroine, though personally I would have preferred her stronger and smarter.

Vivian Miller. High-powered CIA analyst, happily married to a man she adores, mother of four beautiful children. Until the moment she makes a shocking discovery that makes her question everything she believes.
She thought she knew her husband inside and out. But now she wonders if it was all a lie. How far will she go to learn the truth?  And does she really . . . 

Their Little Secret (Tom Thorne Novels Book 16)

"Their Little Secret" is Mark Billingham's 16th Tom Thorne Novel. What I like about this series is the character development: the Tom we meet in "Sleepyhead" is not the same Tom as the one in "Good as Dead", and he's different (consistently so) from the one in "Their Little Secret". Nicola Tanner is also evolving, healing in one sense but still broken in another. All good.

The plot features interesting characters (a suburban mum with a secret, a conman), and the book ends before this reader got to know them well enough for her liking. Still, it's the usual Billingham page-turner. And Tom's a treat, as always.

Run Away - review

"Run Away" by Harlan Coben is your perfect suburban thriller / domestic suspense novel. Family in trouble - check. Modern dilemma - check. Readers asking themselves what they would do and thanking their lucky stars it's only hypothetical - check, check, check.

Written in the classic Coben style, with a cameo appearance from a regular character (sadly, not Win this time).

From the blurb:
You've lost your daughter.

She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found.

Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.

You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs. 

And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.Age Range:Adult.