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Thriller Thursday:Blink & The Secret by K.L. Slater #BookReview #audiobook #BeatTheBacklist2023

Welcome to Thriller Thursday. Both of the books I am reviewing today are psychological thrillers, one with secrets the other with a missing child. Both books have children playing an important role in the stories. I have had these K.L. Slater books on my TBR for quite awhile. I found both of them on audio at audible and was able to listen to them from the plus catalogue.

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Thriller Thursday: Her First Child by Sheryl Browne, The Villa by Rachel Hawkins #BookReview #Audiobook @Bookouture @SherylBrowne @MacmillanAudio @LadyHawkins @StMartinsPress

Welcome to this week’s edition of Thriller Thursday. This week, I am featuring two psychological thrillers that I read over the last week. Both of these authors are ones that I enjoy, so I was looking forward to these books. I enjoyed them both.

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Thriller Thursday: The Personal Assistant #BookReview #Audiobook @parkrowbooks @HarperAudio @KimberlySBelle

The Personal Assistant by Kimberly Belle, Narrated by Chelsea Stephens, Chris Andrew Ciulla, & Megan Tusing

Published November 29th 2022 by Park Row, Harlequin Audio

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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It’s One of Us by J.T. Ellison #BookReview #BlogTour #Excerpt @htp_books @thrillerchick

Being a huge J.T. Ellison fan, I was excited to read It’s One of Us, her newest release. I have read a few thrillers with the premise of children born from donor sperm, but this had a different storyline and kept me interested from start to finish. Thanks to HTP book for the opportunity to read and share my thoughts with all of you. Scroll down for an excerpt as well.

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Thriller Thursday (on Sunday, oops) – Crime Thrillers: Six Graves, Hidden Scars and Domestic Thriller: The Housekeeper #BookReview #Audiobook #FinishingTheSeries2023 #BeatTheBacklist2023 @Bookouture

I need you to pretend it is Thursday. I had this post ready, but didn’t schedule it, so it is Sunday and I finally pressed the publish button. I finally finished the DI Kim Stone series, or at least caught up because I hope there will be more in the series. I also am a big fan of Joy Fielding, so when The Housekeeper showed up at my library in audiobook format, I decided it would be an interesting one to listen to while down at the pool. I enjoyed all three of them, some more than others, but I recommend them all.

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The Girl in the Pink Shoes #BookReview #BlogTour @bookouture @stacygreen26

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Girl in the Pink Shoes by Stacy Green. This book was originally published in 2014 with the title All Good Deeds. Bookouture and Stacy Green have reissued four books in the Lucy Kendall series and I loved this one. I am ready to read the next 3 within the next little while.

The Girl in the Pink Shoes (Lucy Kendall, #1) by Stacy Green, Amelia Sciandra (Narrator)

Published January 30th 2023 by Bookouture

About the Book: A heart-pounding crime novel packed with twists (A Lucy Kendall Crime Thriller Book 1)

My baby girl. This morning she was so excited for school. I bought her new shoes last night. Pink, sparkly shoes. She loved them so much. She wore them for the first time today. And now she is gone…

It is every mother’s worst nightmare. Eight-year-old Kailey Richardson skips out of the school gates in her brand-new pink shoes and never makes it home. Between the school and the safety of her shiny red front door, someone has taken her.

Private Investigator Lucy Kendall sees the fliers of a smiling gap-toothed Kailey and knows she won’t be able to sleep until the little girl is found. Having lost her own sister to the darkest evil, she is determined to help find Kailey before it is too late.

As Lucy talks to Kailey’s friends, desperate to find out who has taken the happy little girl, she begins to form a worrying picture of the days before Kailey’s disappearance. The blue car idling in the street outside the school. The friendly man across the road. And Kailey’s mother, Jenna, hollow-eyed and jumpy, clutching Kailey’s teddy bear and not telling Lucy everything.

Lucy has promised Jenna she will do everything to find her daughter. But then she discovers Jenna has a connection to the prime suspect in Kailey’s disappearance… and one which brings Lucy’s past rushing back to haunt her. Time is running out to find Kailey, but will Lucy be able to save this innocent little girl before her own demons destroy her?

You won’t want to stop turning the pages of this unputdownable crime thriller. Fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot will be reading The Girl in the Pink Shoes late into the night.

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Girl in the Pink Shoes is the first book I have read by Stacy Green, but it won’t be my last. In fact, I already have the next 3 Lucy Kendall books downloaded on my kindle. Lucy Kendall is a Private Investigator who has her own business on the side, one she doesn’t get paid for. She is a vigilante who has killed several child abusers and pedophiles. She used to work as a Child Protection Services Social Worker, but when a case goes wrong, she quits. Now she works with a computer whiz, who also works for the police and a chemist to do her work. When an eight year old girl disappears and she finds out that a man who raped and murdered a schoolmate years ago lives across the street, she is sure he has her. She is joined by another man, Chris Hale, a paramedic, who tells her he is a psychopath, but he knows what she has been doing and uses that to force her to let him help. Between them, they chase down leads, work with Kailey’s mother and Detective Todd Beckett to try and find her before she ends up another dead child.

What can I say about Lucy. Murder is never justified, or is it. She is a complicated woman with a different view of right and wrong. Lucy believes that in order to save others, she has to kill these abusers. There were times I liked her and cheered her on, and other times I didn’t like her very much. It’s a thought provoking story that I found myself thinking about long after I finished. The case was difficult, with more than one suspect which is a sad commentary on our world today. With any story dealing with child abuse, it can be difficult to read at times, but I found it was not too descriptive, but could still be a trigger to some readers. There were a lot of twists and turns and at times, I wasn’t sure who to trust or who was being honest. I was glad that Lucy was willing to skirt the law a bit to get to the man who had little Kailey. I will say that once I started this book, I didn’t want to stop and was lucky to have both an ebook and audiobook so I could switch back and forth depending on what I was doing. The narrator, Amelia Sciandra, does a good job with the story. She uses a lower key voice, not too dramatic, but with enough emotion to give the book the feeling of urgency in the story. I definitely recommend this book to those who like thrillers, involving other law enforcement or Private Investigators. I am ready to start the next one.

I will be reading the next three books and posting my reviews for them in the coming weeks.

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About the Author: Stacy Green is a USA Today best-selling author of more than a dozen mysteries and thrillers. Her books include the award-winning Lucy Kendall series, the Cage Foster series, and the USA Today best-selling Nikki Hunt series. Stacy has bachelor’s degrees in Journalism/Mass Communication and Sociology from Drake University. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.

Stacy lives in Iowa with her husband, daughter, and fur babies.

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Mini-Reviews of Thrillers: The Daughter-in-Law, Silent Angel, Murder at Black Oaks & Vanishing Hour #BookReview #Audiobook

I do enjoy a good thriller and have read and/or listened to several in the last few weeks. They were all very different with one being a mystery thriller, one a crime thriller, one a legal thriller and the last being a K-9 police/mystery thriller. I enjoyed them all doing a read/listen with all but one of them and enjoying all the narrators and formats. I recommend them all.

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Their Burning Graves by Helen Phifer #BlogTour #BookReview @Bookouture @helenphifer1

Their Burning Graves (Detective Morgan Brookes #8) by Helen Phifer

Published December 19th 2022 by Bookouture

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Thriller Thursday – Killing Mind, Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six #BookReview #Audiobook @Bookouture @HarperAudio

Welcome to Thriller Thursday! Read on for my reviews of Killing Mind, a crime thriller featuring D.I. Kim Stone by Angela Marsons and a Psychological Thriller, Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger. These are two authors that are among my auto-reads and although not their best books, both are enjoyable.

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