Wow, I was just blown away by the intricacies and depth of the characters in this story.
Each one had a distinctive voice, world view, and layered backstory, so I was sucked into their lives from the get go. I laughed and cried with them, pitied them and rooted for their success right until the bitter end. Even the secondary characters were interesting, and there were some seriously scary bad guys/girls.
The timeline was unusual, because it went backwards and forwards, but I didn't have any difficulty following it, and it certainly helped to eek out the unravelling mystery for as long as possible.
You won't be disappointed by this thought-provoking rumble through the streets of London.
I loved the action and surprise opening!
Captain Sophie Berg is a pilot for a private airline, and when it appears that she's shot at, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Jim Cromwell comes to her aid. Their bond is instant and palpable.
Jim assumes he's being targeted by the drug runner he's chasing, but Sophie's employer charters flights for a number of suspect characters, including drug kingpins.
They pair up to solve the case, but if the criminals figure out how much she means to him, a bullseye will be painted on her back, and they may never get to explore their budding romance.
There is some great witty repertoire between them, and some wonderfully colourful characters that managed to surprise me.
Well worth reading.
This book kicked off at a fast pace and wouldn't let me put it down. It had an excellent surprise in the opening! I enjoyed the tortured, strong but caring hero and the strongly motivated heroine.
Detective Noah McNeil helped a troubled teen, and although he fancies the mother, Elizabeth, she is doing her best to keep him out of their lives. He's sure she's hiding something, and her son needs Noah's help.
Elizabeth Merlot can't afford to let anyone get too close, but when her son becomes embroiled in gang activity, her carefully controlled world starts to crumble.
A few editing missteps slowed my reading, but there were plenty of bad guys after them, and action-packed sequences to keep me on my toes to the end.
FBI Agent Kyra Sanders has been chasing an elusive criminal for a long time, and her cheating ex-boyfriend was one of the reasons he slipped through her fingers.
Fellow agent, Quinn Daniels, comes with all kinds of baggage. His father was a career criminal, and he enjoys his booze frequent and women with no strings attached.
Unfortunately they are both well suited to go undercover as a married couple, trouble and catch this crook once and for all. These opposites attract, but romance is a distraction to closing the case.
These characters were suitably tortured and driven, with the unexpected volunteer work at the local church giving them common ground. While they are busy chasing the crook and facing personal demons, real feelings blossom.
A most enjoyable read.
Zoey is a determined young woman who will do whatever it takes to find her missing best friend, even if that means putting her own life in danger, and involving a man she isn't sure won't kill her.
Not even the cops know his name, but he loves his dog, and a man like that can't be all bad. "He had an intimate way of listening. His eyes conveyed more than words ever could."
I found the characters interesting and relatable, and the author put them in situations that put a fresh twist on revelations and drew me threw the story. The heroine didn't play an active part in the ending, which was too passive for my liking, but it was still a satisfying ending that left me wanting to grab the next book int he series to find out more.
Rural romance with flair ...
I'll say up front that I don't often read historical romance, but I liked the unusual way the Duke of Marshington was introduced, and the misdirection of the letters Miranda never intended to send.
The opening of the story was a little stiff and distant, which made it difficult for me to engage with Miranda initially, but once I finally got into Marlow's head, I was intrigued.
These characters were engaging and quirky and totally drew me into the story. I loved that Miranda was intelligent and had plenty of spunk as she struggled to conform with socially acceptable ladylike behaviour. It made her strong enough to stand up to her hero. There was duplicity, fun, and espionage to keep me reading. I enjoyed the relationship frustrations and repertoire.
A sweeping Aussie saga ...
I read very few sagas, but this one dragged me into the lives of a plethora of characters and wouldn't let me go.
Tricia beautifully depicted the hardships of early white settlement (and some of its effects on the Aboriginal landowners) in South Australia, as well as the tough characters that inhabited it and their attitudes.
Thomas Baker is likeable, even though he's a little green in the beginning and learns some very difficult lessons. He has travelled from England and lost both his parents, but he's determined and hard working. He makes his own opportunities, which take him into the most remote areas to oversee sheep stations, battling incredible hardships mostly alone.
The story also followed Septimus, a proficient con artist. I spent a lot of time hoping he'd get his comeuppence, because was a truly horrible character, especially to the poor young woman who followed him around the country.
All three books in this series were fun and satisfying reads, each focusing on a different Donovan brother.
All of the characters were well drawn and relatable, but Ellie and Finn are particularly suited and sufficiently flawed to ooze great chemistry from the pages. The added layer of parental dramas created a real internal struggle for both of them, and I bawled my eyes out at the end. (One of the highest accolades I can give an author, because it means I really care for the characters and can relate to their situations.)
When Ellie returns to the home town that ridiculed her mother and made her childhood a misery, because her sick father needs her, the last thing she wants is additional stres. Finn constitues additional stress. Not because he's smoking hot and stirs all sorts of sordid thoughts every time Ellie's within 10 feet of him, but their childhood competition always goes too far.
It's what you don't see that could kil you ...
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this locally set crime story. Let's face it, South Australia has a creepy history of having killers in our midst. I'll definitely be grabbing the next book in the series.
Melanie Casey has a comprehensive writing style that builds vivid images and characters I could sympathise with. She puts an interesting twist on hunting a serial killer. Cass's ability to see past traumatic events, lends a terrifying intimacy with the victims, and the idiosyncrasies of the characters are well developed and make them interesting.
The curse of retrocognition makes Cass a remarkable woman, but it could also be the death of her. This recluse is lured from her home to help Detective Dyson solve a murder in her sleepy town, but she gets more than she bargained for with the troubled but intriguing man and the discovery of a serial killer.
A Taste of Evil by Christina Carlisle
Wow! Full of twists and tension
This crime provided a stunning opening with the murdered woman telling you about her own death. Imagine finding out what people really thought of you from a fly-on-the-wall viewpoint.
The tension ratcheted up a notch in every chapter until I was on the edge of my seat, heart racing, trying desperately to guess whodunnit. There are just so many suspects in the intricate web of secrets and human emotions, each with a bitter and sweet side. Brilliant characters, great police procedural details and a riveting read.