Dead Air by Michael Bradley

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Heart racing. Secrets. Murder. Stalker. Darkly suspenseful.

This was a great story filled with secrets and suspense! Kaitlyn is the main character, and she has a secret. She is getting settled in her life with her fiancée and her job as a DJ. She’s happy.

Until she begins getting messages that let her know someone knows her secret…

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My Wife Is Missing by D.J. Palmer

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, this book was fan-freaking-tastic! I loved the high-level action and energy right from the beginning! It’s got some twists, some secrets and some great storytelling!

Told through the alternating perspectives of a husband and a wife, we start the story with the husband’s discovery that his wife and two children are missing from their hotel room. He’s convinced they have been kidnapped because his son’s teddy bear was left behind. We follow him as he works with the hotel and police to discover that it looks like his wife left voluntarily. He partners with one officer to help find her. From his wife’s perspective, we jump between present-day and the past to unravel a web of stories that create an un-put-downable read!

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Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, this was certainly an exciting murder frenzy of a book! This is my second Peter Swanson story, and I’m just such a fan at this point! I want to get to his other books now!

So, 9 random people get the same letter in the mail. It’s a list of nine names and their name is on it. Weird, but whatever…except then someone is murdered on this list, and then someone else… One person on the list, Jessica, is an FBI agent. She’s working as fast as she can to save not just her life, but the lives of the others on the list.

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The Fear by Natasha Preston

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, I just thought this book was absolutely fantastic! I’ve enjoyed Natasha Preston’s books for years, and this one was another great read!

When a post about sharing your biggest fear of how to die goes viral, peoples start dying, and it’s in the way their worst fear was described. This was absolutely terrifying!

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The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

At the end of this book, there is an author’s note, and Sally Hepworth thanks her publishing partners for sticking with her even through her bad books…well I sure haven’t found one of those yet! This book was fantastic! Full of twists and turns, but also building some beautiful characters with backstories and growth journeys, this is an amazing book!

This story is told from the perspective of three women: Tully, Rachel, and Heather. Rachel and Tully are sisters. Their mom has dementia, and their dad has just announced that he’s divorcing their mom to marry Heather, a woman who could be Rachel and Tully’s sister.

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Fake by Erica Katz

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Here we go again, I’ve read another story about the art world, and I think this one is my favorite that I’ve read recently! I thought this was a fast-paced story, and I enjoyed that it wasn’t really a thriller, but more of an experience and a mystery.

Emma Caan has a job as a duplicator of art. It’s all legit, not an illegal forgery, but rather, a replica of an original that the owner asks for. Museums and art collectors pay for these well-done duplicates to show off on walls while the original stays safe in a vault somewhere. But then she’s offered a new job at an art gallery with a side-hustle to continue to create these replicas for only one customer.

Emma jumps at the chance, but soon discovers that behind the curtain of this fantastic-looking job are some darker truths.

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What We Harvest by Ann Fraistat

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What We Harvest was an absolutely fantastic book that had elements of family and friendship, magic, and creepy horror. It was the exact amount of horror I can handle too! 🤣 This was an outstanding debut from Ann Fraistat!

Wren lives in Hollow’s End, an old town set in the backdrop of present day. The town has four farms run by four founding families, and each one has its own special element that helps drive revenue and tourism for the town and families. Something has gone wrong in Hollow’s End though. A blight is taking over the crops, sucking the life right out of them, but it’s more than just the crops. People and animals have begun to go missing, and now they are showing up again, but they are shells of the humans they once were, and they are dangerous.

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Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve been drawn towards art-related stories lately, and I am loving them! This was a fantastic thriller mixing historical WWII art history into a present-day action-packed story of murder, secrets, and mystery.

Woman on Fire tells the story through the perspective of multiple characters, giving insight into so many different aspects of the story. I really enjoyed each view, and I loved the way they were put together. Jules is the main character, and she’s an investigative reporter, or trying to be. She lands a job does some undercover work to find a missing painting that was stolen by the Nazi’s during WWII. This job turns into a game of cat and mouse as people are murdered and the stakes keep getting higher and higher for Jules.

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A Discerning Eye by Carol Orange

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fast-paced story set in the art world! I feel like I’m reading a lot of books lately on stolen art, and I’m really enjoying it! This one has the main character working with the FBI in an undercover role to help find the stolen art.

I really liked that Portia, the MC, becomes an integral part of the story by going undercover. She has to travel to Colombia and dive deep into the world of drug lords and art thieves. The danger felt so real and intense. It made the story quite suspenseful!

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Dead Wind by Tessa Wegert

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This thriller had a great mix of suspense, mystery, and police procedural! I loved the small-town atmosphere that gave the story a claustrophobic feeling. It made everything feel more suspenseful, and I loved it!

Dead Wind is the third book in the Shana Merchant series, and it absolutely lived up to the previous ones! This one is coming off the ending of the previous book, and I do think it would make more sense to read the first two books before reading this one. There is a new murder mystery, but there is also the serial killer from the previous stories that is still a part of the story. It’s such a good blend of new story and previous history, but I think it works better if you’ve read the previous ones!

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The Night Shift by Alex Finlay

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fantastic thriller that just kept giving and giving! One surprising reveal after another had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!

On New Years Eve, 1999, the workers of a Blockbuster are brutally murdered at closing time. There is one survivor, Ella. In present day, Ella is a therapist working to help others when there’s another murder that is frighteningly close to the one she survived in 1999.

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All the Salt in the Sea by Tammy L. Harrow

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is quite the fantastic story! It’s a great mix of emotion, suspense, action, and surprises, and I found myself unable to put it down!

We follow Abby who is on a trip to look for a friend of her grandmother’s. She is stepping away from a terrible husband, so the story has a really emotional aspect as the reader learns more about her marriage and husband. Finding her grandmother’s friend takes Abby on a journey to find the strength to leave her husband. When she heads home, things go sideways, and this turns from an emotional growth story into quite the action-packed story of suspense!

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