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Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

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Thriller/Suspense

Nice Girls by Catherine Dang

Nice Girls begins with "Ivy League" Mary moving back home from her prestigious college, moving back home with her father in disgrace after being expelled for fighting. Almost as soon as she is back in her affluent suburban hometown of... Continue Reading →

Where the Truth Lies by Anna Bailey

Where the Truth Lies operates on two levels. On the surface, it is a suspenseful mystery about the disappearance of a high school girl, her family's trauma, and the determined efforts of her best friend to find out what happened... Continue Reading →

Falling by T.J. Newman

Falling should come with a warning, do not start before bedtime. Seriously, the first sentence has a shoe falling into a woman's lap with the foot still in it. From there, the book never lets up other than briefly giving... Continue Reading →

A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams

A Dark and Secret Place is a terrifying thriller that begins when Heather Evans returns home after her mother's shocking suicide. Their relationship was difficult and full of conflict so Heather swings between anger, grief, and confusion. Adding to her... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson

I Don't Forgive You presents us with Allie Ross, a professional photographer, mother, and new resident of an exclusive D.C. suburb. Her life seems to be falling into place, but her past is waiting for her. Allie is so ashamed of... Continue Reading →

Finding Tessa by Jaime Lynn Hendricks

Jace Montgomery's wife Tessa is missing and he's the prime suspect. There are signs of a struggle, blood, hair, and broken glass. He seems to be the only one who thinks Tessa is alive, the police and nearly everyone else... Continue Reading →

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

Too Good to Be True is a domestic suspense novel with three narrative threads woven together to tell stories from the past and the present. The primary thread is seen through Skye Starling's eyes as she falls in love with... Continue Reading →

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Plot is a suspenseful story about Jacob Finch Bonner, an author who feels he may be a one-hit-wonder. His first book was a New York Times Notable book, his second was a tree falling in a forest. Now he... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It begins with one of those mornings, Finlay is in a frenzied rush trying to make an appointment while her nanny is late and her kids are not cooperating, to say the least. She is in extremis,... Continue Reading →

Belgrade Noir ed. by Milorad Ivanovic

Belgrade Noir is an excellent installment in the Akashic Noir series of traveling anthologies. This one takes us to Belgrade with a reporter editor who did an excellent job of choosing stories. Serbia, like the rest of the Balkan nations,... Continue Reading →

Never Going Back by Sam Wiebe

Never Going Back is a thriller novella featuring Allison Kidd. Alison is an expert burglar who has just been released from prison after serving a year after being caught. She was not caught because of any error on her own... Continue Reading →

Tampa Bay Noir edited by Colette Bancroft

Tampa Bay Noir is an excellent addition to the Akashic Noir series of anthologies. Each edition of this series is edited by a local, usually an author, a bookseller, or book critic. In this edition, the editor is Colette Bancroft,... Continue Reading →

Addis Ababa Noir ed. by Maaza Mengiste

Addis Ababa Noir is another edition of the fantastic Akashic Noir collection of anthologies. There are fourteen short stories, though few are what I would normally think of as noir. Maaza Mengiste is a literary writer and most of the... Continue Reading →

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

Don't Look for Me is a suspenseful thriller that becomes increasingly complex as the story advances. It begins with Molly Clarke driving home after visiting her son's school to watch him play football. He ignored her presence, another sign of... Continue Reading →

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

I enjoyed The Girl with a Clock for a Heartso much I immediately read another book by Peter Swanon, Eight Perfect Murders. This is another story I can see as a film, one with Tom Hanks or Jimmy Steward in the... Continue Reading →

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