A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

★★★★☆ Private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro are hired on to do what seems like a simple job – find a black cleaning lady that disappeared with some important documents. But suddenly they find themselves caught up in something more. Something that could kill both of them. I picked this up because I enjoy…

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Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

★★★★☆ I am the Cartwright girl, dumped once upon a time with a strangled college student and a stack of human bones out past Highway 10, in an abandoned patch of field near the Jenkins property. I am the star of screaming tabloid headlines and campfire ghost stories. I am one of the four Black-Eyed…

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

★★☆☆☆ This is the story of what a Woman’s patience can endure, and what a Man’s resolution can achieve. Thus begins this monster of a book, which I started after hearing about it in several reviews of Uncle Silas, a book that I thoroughly enjoyed quite some time ago. The words Gothic psychological thriller can…

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The Faithful Place by Tana French

★★★☆☆ Meet Francis Mackey. A really positive and optimistic guy. Let me pour you a nice cold refreshing glass of reality. Most people are only too delighted to wreck each other’s heads. And for the tiny minority who do their pathetic best not to, this world is going to go right ahead and make sure…

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

★★★★☆ Who knew scent could evoke such strong emotions in other people? Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is an anomaly. An orphan born without a smell, but with an extraordinary gift of distinguishing the slightest odors. He soon manages to secure himself as an apprentice to a perfumer, but as his skill grows so does his desire to…

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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

★★★★★ This book just passed The Girl With All The Gifts for my favorite read of 2014. This is my first encounter with Robert Jackson Bennett, although I have seen a number of his books being highly praised. And now I can see why. When the Divinities are killed, everything begins to collapse. Anything the…

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Tell Me You’re Sorry by Kevin O’Brien

★★☆☆☆ My ratings for this book decreased the longer it went on. At the start it was probably edging on a four, due to the great atmosphere of suspense the author created. It jumped around quite a bit, but I got a great perspective of what was going on and it raised a lot of…

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