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Drop Shot By Harlan Coben – Book Review #28

Drop Shot is the second book in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben and it’s every bit as good as the first 🙂

Drop Shot

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

The young woman was shot dead in cold blood, dropped outside the stadium, in front of a stand selling Moet for $7.50 a glass. Once her tennis career had skyrocketed. Now, at the height of the US Open, the headlines were being made by another young player from the wrong side of the tracks. When Myron Bolitar investigates the killing he uncovers a connection between the two players and a six-year-old murder at an exclusive club. Suddenly Myron is in over his head. And with a dirty US senator, a jealous mother and the mob all drawn into the case, he finds himself playing the most dangerous game of all

My Thoughts

I enjoyed the second book in the Myron Bolitar series a bit more than I did the first. It was set in the world of tennis and as that’s really the only sport I like, I found this story a bit more interesting than Deal Breaker.

Myron’s friend, Win, is fast becoming my favourite character. I laughed out loud at one part and had to read it out to my husband so he could share the laughing with me! I can’t put it here because of spoilers but I am looking forward to the next book and seeing what Win will do next!

Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

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Deal Breaker By Harlan Coben – Book Review #27

I’ve loved every Harlan Coben novel I’ve read so I was pretty sure I’d like the Myron Bolitar series. I went and bought all the books in the series then started to wonder if I’d made a mistake. Maybe I should have bought the first one, Deal Breaker, first to see if I liked it before buying all the others.

Deal Breaker

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron’s prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family’s tragedy, a woman’s secret, and a man’s lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business—where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction—Myron Bolitar—a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

My Thoughts

As I said, I did doubt whether I should have bought Deal Breaker first before buying the whole series and the reason for this was because Myron was a sports agent rather than the usual cop or private detective.
I’m not a sports fan and wondered whether the story being set in that world would interest me.

I needn’t have worried because due to a serious injury early on in his promising football career, he had to change direction and ended up getting a law degree and working for the FBI. He then gave all that up to become a sports agent/private investigator, albeit not an official one!

I enjoyed everything about this book, especially his friend, Win. His methods are questionable but you can’t help liking the fact that he has Myron’s back.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Drop Shot.

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 27 books read


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Triskellion By Will Peterson Book Review #26

Triskellion is the first book of the trilogy by Will Peterson. I didn’t realise it was a book aimed at young adults and I also didn’t know it was one of a series when I bought it.


Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Rachel and Adam are sent to stay with their grandmother, following their parents’ divorce. But the quiet English village is a sinister, unsettling place. Is there a dark heart beating beneath the thatched roofs of Triskellion?

My Thoughts

It was an ok book which did keep me reading until the end but I don’t know if I care enough about Rachel and Adam to bother buying the next 2 books.
Thankfully, it didn’t end on a cliffhanger so I could happily leave the story as it is. In fact, if it weren’t for Goodreads, I’d never have known it was part one of a trilogy.
If they come into the charity shop I might buy them but if not, it won’t be a huge disappointment!

Triskellion by Will Peterson Book Cover

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 26 books read


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The Soul Collectors By Chris Mooney – Book Review #25

The Soul Collectors is the fourth book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney.

The Soul Collectors

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Charlie Rizzo has his family at gunpoint and when Darby arrives to defuse the scene, she finds him horrifically mutilated, with a mask of human skin sewn in place over his own face. Within minutes, a group of men disguised as SWAT officers bursts in and releases deadly Sarin gas, killing the Rizzo family outright and leaving Darby herself barely alive.

Where has Charlie Rizzo been held all these years? Who are The Twelve who have been executing this gruesome torture? And why are the FBI running scared in the face of this particular, chilling episode? Darby is facing the toughest case of her career…and, as the body count rises, one that will bring her into great personal danger and leave her in fear of losing her mind, if not her soul.

My Thoughts

The Soul Collectors left me wanting to immediately start the next book in the series but unfortunately, I don’t have it yet. I was very tempted to order the last three of the series from Amazon but I know if I do, they’ll turn up at the charity shop and I’ll be kicking myself!

I feel, after reading four books about Darby, one after the other, that I really know her now and I have to find out if she’s going to be ok!

My friend, Cheryl over at Madhouse Family Reviews is an avid reader, like me, and has also reviewed this book.

The Soul Collectors by Chris Mooney book cover

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 25 books read


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The Dead Room Book Review #24

The Dead Room is the third book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney and so far it’s my favourite.

The Dead Room

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

When Special Investigator Darby McCormick is summoned to search for a missing teenage boy, she has no idea the case will come to haunt every waking moment. The boy had been in the care of a man whose fingerprints reveal him to be long-dead gangster, Frank Sullivan, killed by the FBI some 20 years earlier.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed The Dead Room. I didn’t get to read much through the week so spent a good few hours Sunday afternoon finishing it.
Darby gets a bit more kick-ass in this book and I loved her even more for it. She didn’t let the police rules and regulations get in her way. She took out the bad guys with bullets to the head.

There were some shocking moments, moments that I really didn’t see coming. One of them even made me say OMG out loud!

I can’t wait to get stuck into the next book and I have to order the rest from Amazon because I can’t wait for them to come into the charity shop!

The Dead Room by Chris Mooney

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 24 books read


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The Secret Friend – Book Review #23

The secret friend is the second book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney.

The Secret Friend

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Two dead girls in the river

Two tiny statues of the Virgin Mary concealed in their clothing

One CSI on the hunt for their killer

When Judith Chen is found floating in Boston’s Harbour, links are made with the murder of Emma Hale, a student who vanished without trace, only for her body to wash up months later.

CSI Darby McCormick is assigned to the case and uncovers a piece of overlooked evidence from the Hale investigation which brings her into contact with Malcolm Fletcher, a former FBI agent now on the Most Wanted list after a string of bloody murders. And when a third student goes missing, Darby is led into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with deadly links to the past and a man who speaks to the Blessed Virgin. A man who wants to be a secret friend to the girls he abducts

My Thoughts

I’m really enjoying reading about Darby. I have 2 more books in the series and I’ve just added the last three to my Amazon wishlist.
I don’t know what it is I like so much about her. Maybe it’s because we first meet her while she’s at school and we went through the trauma with her when a serial killer broke into her home, killed one friend and kidnapped another. Knowing she’s suffered like that makes it easy to see why she does the job she does and why she gets so emotional doing it.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Dead Room.

The secret friend by Chris Mooney

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 23 books read


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The Missing By Chris Mooney Book Review #22

The Missing is the first book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney.

The Missing

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

The woman was missing for five years. The Crime Scene Investigator finds her. And the serial killer wants them both dead…When Boston CSI Darby McCormick finds a raving and emaciated woman hiding at the scene of a violent kidnap, she runs a DNA search to identify the Jane Doe. The result confirms she was abducted five years earlier and has somehow managed to escape from the dungeon in which she’s been caged. With a teenage couple also missing and Jane Doe seriously ill, the clock is ticking for Darby as she hunts for the dungeon before anyone else disappears or dies. And when the FBI takes over the investigation, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer has been on the prowl for decades – and is poised to strike again at any moment – a killer with links to horrors that Darby has desperately tried to bury in her past

My Thoughts

I’m really glad I enjoyed this book because I bought the first 4 in the series!

Darby McCormick and 2 of her school friends witness a murder while taking a walk in the woods. The killer intends to silence them but Darby escapes after seeing one friend stabbed and the other kidnapped.
Fast forward 25 years and Darby is now a crime scene investigator who is investigating a kidnapping that is very similar to her own experience.

It was easy to read and kept me turning the pages. I like Darby and look forward to getting to know her more in the next books.

The Missng By Chris Mooney book cover

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 22 books read


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The Couple Next Door By Shari Lepena Book Review #21

I’m glad I finally got round to reading The Couple Next Door. It’s been on my list for a while and everyone who has read it said it was excellent. They weren’t wrong!

The Couple Next Door

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

My Thoughts

I started this Saturday night and only managed a few pages before I fell asleep. I picked it up again Sunday morning and apart from a couple of hours out for lunch, I didn’t put it down all day! I finished it Sunday night.

Marco and Anne have a six-month-old daughter who the leave home alone while they go to a dinner party next door. Anne doesn’t want to go but Marco persuades it will be ok because they have the baby monitor and they’ll check on her every half hour.

After spending the evening watching her gorgeous neighbour flirting with her husband and feeling fat and frumpy after her pregnancy, Anne just wants to go home.

She finally gets Marco to leave but when they get to their front door they find it open. They go straight upstairs and find the cot empty.

I liked that we didn’t have to wait until the end of the book to find out who the kidnapper was but even after finding out, it wasn’t plain sailing until the end. The twists and turns kept the suspense up until the end.

I’m now on the lookout for A Stranger In The House. I can’t wait to read it 🙂

The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 21 books read


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Dear Fatty By Dawn French Book Review #20

I don’t read biographies often and it’s been years since I last read one. Dear Fatty was an impulse buy and I didn’t want it sitting on the shelf never having been read.

Dear Fatty

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career spanning nearly three decades and encompassing a vast and brilliant array of characters that would eventually establish her as a national treasure.

She first appeared on the British entertainment scene as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, which marked a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls on Top with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman. Then, as part of the wildly successful duo, French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repertoire of brilliantly observed recurring characters parodying popular culture and impersonating everything from Madonna and Harry Potter to The Exorcist. Dawn’s more recent role in The Vicar of Dibley again has showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial issue and make it mainstream and funny. From her early years as an RAF child to her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, from her outspoken views on sizeism to her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the fascinating and hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman

My Thoughts

It was an enjoyable, funny and at times, sad read. There’s something about Dawn French that I love and it was lovely reading about her family life and school days.

I have to say I wasn’t a fan of the letters to Madonna. I found them hard to read and ended up skimming over them.

It wasn’t a book that made me laugh out loud but I did chuckle when she thanked Lenny for buying her the expensive engagement ring and for also letting her keep it in the safe rather than wearing it because it was hideous!

She always comes across as a lovely lady who would make a brilliant friend and after reading Dear Fatty I believe she really would 🙂

Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 20 books read


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100 Names By Cecelia Ahern Book Review #19

I’ve not read a Cecelia Ahern book for years. I’d forgotten how much I love her books. I’ve now picked up a couple more from the charity shop and added them to my TBR bookcase after really enjoying 100 names.

100 Names

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Scandal has derailed journalist Kitty Logan’s career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor’s bedside, Kitty asks her, “What is the one story you always wanted to write?”

The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance’s office—a list of one hundred names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can ask her friend, it is too late.

Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, tracking down each of the names on the list and uncovering their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance’s life… and starts to understand her own

My Thoughts

It made a lovely change reading a feel-good story after reading my usual thrillers.

I loved the idea of there being 100 names with a connection that Kitty somehow has to find. After receiving false information and wrongly accusing a teacher of inappropriateness with a student, her TV career is finished. Her job on the magazine she works for is hanging by a thread. She’s having to deal with the backlash from the public as they paint messages or smear dog muck on her front door.


She only has 2 weeks to find the connection between a list of 100 names on a sheet given to her by her late mentor, Constance. Kitty had asked her, while she was ill in hospital, what story she wishes she’d written and Constance asks her to get the list from her home office. Unfortunately, Constance dies before she can tell her any information about the names.
There aren’t any notes or clues as to what the connection may be; she doesn’t even know where any of the people live.

It seems to be an impossible task but Kitty manages to work it all out and write a story for the magazine that Constance would have been proud of.

100 Names by Cecelia Ahern

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 19 books read


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