#BookReview “Spider Games” by K.J. McGillick

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5/5 Stars!

When family-law attorney Kate O’Brien gets bum-rushed into handling a bail hearing by her business partner, her life spirals out of control.

She’s pulled deeper into a criminal case with a disoriented defendant charged with murder as her partner, Bill Brown, appears to be distancing himself and avoiding her.

When the ugly truth is revealed, Kate finds out she’s not only been Bill’s unwitting pawn and the “name on the dotted line” for his illegal activities but now she must allow herself to be used again to stay out of jail… and alive.

Spider Games is great slow-build suspense. This author knows how to pull readers in and keep them on the edge of their seats. Each chapter delivered a nugget of clarity… and a bucket of questions. Every time I thought my eyebrows couldn’t possibly go any higher, I swiped the page and find out I was wrong!

Kate O’Brien is tenacious and committed to her profession. She’s slowly building a name for herself in the legal community and is grateful to Bill Brown for taking her into the business after a disastrous end to a relationship caused Kate to flee for safety, peace of mind and a fresh start. It’s her gratitude to Bill and inability to trust anyone else that leads Kate to put blinders on and make her an easy mark for Bill, because even as his list of offenses grows, she still considers that he could have been “caught up” in something and defends him to authorities. It’s more than apparent to everyone Bill Brown is not a nice guy and a major player in illegal activities that span the globe… and implicate Kate, but she’s more concerned that Bill has adequate legal representation.

(Insert dramatic eye-roll and Kindle-flinging moment.)

I didn’t like Kate O’Brien. There. I said it.

I admired her focus and passion for her clients. She’s a sharp attorney. She just isn’t very smart. As I passed the story’s midpoint, the only thing higher than my eyebrows was the number of bad decisions Kate made. With attempts on her life, federal agents who aren’t convinced of her innocence and the threat of prison hanging over her, for me, it took Kate too long to appreciate the gravity of her situation.

But every flawed protagonist must have a savior, and thank goodness for Norma Wilkie, legal assistant/paralegal, extraordinaire! The sixty-year-old is savvy, sharp, AND smart… and just the person Kate needs at her side as she tries to navigate the hell her life has become.

Everyone has secrets in Spider Games, Norma included, and as Kate tries to figure out what to believe and who to trust, the plot twists go deeper to reveal a conspiracy even the feds didn’t see coming.

While I’m still not on Team Kate, she won my respect near the story’s end with a new attitude and some fancy footwork of her own.

Excellent pacing made this well-written book a page-turner and one-sitting read. I’m more than ready for book two to see where the conspiracy leads, and hopefully, Jaxson Brant and Agent Owens will show up for the party!

Enjoy!

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Kate O’Brien is pure dedication. This feisty, no nonsense attorney works herself to the bone every day, tirelessly building her reputation and career. She is a legal star. That is until her law partner, Bill Brown, a criminal defense attorney, achieves a degree of notoriety which attracts the interest of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

When the unimaginable happens, Bill is arrested and charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking and money laundering. As a new client’s case demands attention, Kate must step up to defend a woman accused of murder. Who is this high-priced escort the police believe killed her wealthy benefactor in an alcohol-fueled rage? Nothing is what it seems.

What Kate uncovers is her client and Bill are criminal conspirators playing a game where there are no rules. As she digs deeper, Kate is blind sighted by what she discovers. Bill has implicated her in his crimes and sets a plan in motion making her a target of retribution. All she can do is wait. Tick Tock.

A fast-paced legal thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. Suspenseful crime fiction with twists and turns throughout this masterfully plotted novel keeps you on the edge of your seat. It may be read as a standalone and serves as the first book in the series, A Conspiracy of Betrayal.

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#Excerpt “Spider Games” by K.J. McGillick

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A Web of Deception.

Kate O’Brien is pure dedication. This feisty, no nonsense attorney works herself to the bone every day, tirelessly building her reputation and career. She is a legal star. That is until her law partner, Bill Brown, a criminal defense attorney, achieves a degree of notoriety which attracts the interest of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

When the unimaginable happens, Bill is arrested and charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking and money laundering. As a new client’s case demands attention, Kate must step up to defend a woman accused of murder. Who is this high-priced escort the police believe killed her wealthy benefactor in an alcohol-fueled rage? Nothing is what it seems.

What Kate uncovers is her client and Bill are criminal conspirators playing a game where there are no rules. As she digs deeper, Kate is blind sighted by what she discovers. Bill has implicated her in his crimes and sets a plan in motion making her a target of retribution. All she can do is wait. Tick Tock.

A fast-paced legal thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. Suspenseful crime fiction with twists and turns throughout this masterfully plotted novel keeps you on the edge of your seat. It may be read as a standalone and serves as the first book in the series, A Conspiracy of Betrayal.

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CHAPTER ONE

Divorce is an ugly business. People come to me with their hearts blown to bits and dreams crushed by their unworthy spouse. I am a fixer.

I have had my share of crazies over the years and accepted that people can turn vicious as their demands for a pound of their spouse’s flesh escalates. Some I could reason with when things cooled down, others, however, went rogue in the quest for personal and oftentimes vigilante justice. That is why in the thick black and red book of statutes titled Domestic Relations, there are hundreds of codified laws that lawyers and the public alike are expected to follow. These statutes are not mere suggestions, they are rules, and I like rules.

I respect the law and make it my mission to work within its framework. That is not to imply I won’t work every angle possible to win. Because isn’t that what the essence of litigation is about? And I love the feel of winning.

People say I am tenacious. They have even called me scrappy and snarky. That’s okay, because when the name Kate O’Brien is spoken, no one doubts the fight will be fair because I play by the designated rules. So, what am I doing sitting in the county jail, talking to a woman accused of murder and clearly inebriated? A belligerent, incoherent woman who already has expressed her unfavorable opinion of me several times.

William Brown, my law partner, that’s why I’m here, caught in this chaos and drama, as a favor to him. He loves the Wild West attitude of the criminal defense bar and plays fast and loose inside and outside of the courtroom. Flashy cars, a small plane, and two lavish houses have come to define him. All this chasing after power and money is something that has been a problem bubbling to the surface over the course of this last year.

Winning acquittal after acquittal has made him a rock star amongst the criminal community. Now they chase after him and not the other way around. He’s clever and charismatic. I have to admit I am not entirely immune from the second quality. Thus, tonight I was far too easily smooth-talked into agreeing to meet with this unlikeable woman, the wife of an old friend. However, I stood my ground and made it clear I was only a pinch hitter who would take a few minutes to talk to her, gather some information, assure her Bill had this in hand and then I was out.

I took a few minutes to take in the woman who sat across from me in the orange jumpsuit. She could easily pass for a high-fashion model, a pampered high-maintenance woman. I had no doubt she routinely and painstakingly exfoliated her flawless skin, and even after passing out drunk for God knows how long, her hair was still perfectly coifed. Although her makeup had smudged under her eyes, it just gave it a more smoky, smoldering look somewhat sexy, as opposed to your rabid raccoon look that I was known to sport after an hour at the gym.

Right now, no one knew her side of the story. It had taken the last twenty-four hours for her to become even slightly coherent, and the police realized that taking a statement from someone so blitzed would not hold up in court. After a trip to the hospital to assess her medical condition, her body was infused intravenously with a liter of fluid. The emergency room physician declared it was unnecessary, but her husband, an obnoxious and verbally abusive surgeon, insisted on it. When she was finally cleared as medically stable, the police arrested and transported her to the county jail, where she remained asleep until roused and marched to the attorney-client area. Now she was mine.

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KJ McGillickAbout K. J. McGillick

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right?

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

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Meet K.J. McGillick, author of “The Path to Deception Trilogy”

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Thank you for stopping by Nesie’s Place today, Kathy!

Your latest release is book two in the thriller trilogy, A Path to Deception. What inspired the trilogy?

Two is actually the second part of my first trilogy when I started writing. The inspiration to write a book came from wanting to leave a legacy for my grandchildren and the subject of art as vehicle to launder money has always fascinated me.

 How did you arrive at the title?

MindGames and Murder refers to how Isabella’s husband was playing MindGames, Gaslighting her to drive her t6o a breakdown so he could take over her art gallery.

 The blurbs say they’re standalone reads, but are they connected in any way?

Yes. They all revolve around how art was used to fund a terrorist attack on Westminster, Notre Dame and the Vatican. Book one (THREE) introduces how the art is forged and the money launder starting in the US -and the last page there is a simultaneous attack on all 3 churches. Book two (TWO) takes us the Paris where the backstory of how the attack occurs in Paris. Book Three (ONE) ties up the trilogy and explains how the funding for the terrorist attacks also had a dual role, in addition to the attacks also had planted the seeds to implode world economies. THREE, TWO, ONE, BOOM! 

 Can you tell us about one of the stories?

Book TWO- MindGames and Murder

Isabella Armond is an ordinary Parisian woman with a comfortable life — until a shocking discovery shatters her perfect world. As her husband’s behavior becomes increasingly unstable, Isabella slowly realizes all the signs point to the fact he is not who he appears to be. Is he a respected Cardio-thoracic surgeon with a thriving Paris medical practice helping people? Or is he leading a double life which involves the international trafficking of black market organs? Greed, blood money, and psychopath are the terms she learns are associated with a man she thought she knew.

Do you have a favorite character from the trilogy?

Mary, the 90 year old investigator

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?

Mystery Thriller Suspense

What’s your favorite genre to read?

Mystery Thriller Suspense

What are you reading now?

I just finished Daniel Silva’s The New Girl and Delia Owens Where The Crawdads Sing this week.

Where are you from?

Originally NY and have lived in Georgia for the last 36 years

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

Indie Published

How long have you been a writer?

Two Years

Where do you get the most writing done?

A room upstairs in my home

 Do you have pets who “help” or inspire you?

No but I have 4 cats who take turns walking in front of the computer.

 Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it?

Live without it

What’s your next project?

I just completed a book that explores the challenges a principled attorney faces when implicated in a criminal conspiracy orchestrated by her corrupt law partner.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Keep writing and keep learning the craft.

Many thanks to K.J. “Kathy” McGillick for stopping by today. Scroll down and get your copy of Two: MindGames and Murder so you’ll be ready for Book three – One. You read it here…the author said something’s going to go BOOM!

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coverHer husband wants her locked away in a psychiatric facility. His business partner wants her dead.

Trust. Who do we place our trust in every day? Family members, friends and people who we turn to for help, doctors. But what if the doctor you placed your trust in had secrets? Dark secrets. So many secrets.

Isabella Armond is an ordinary Parisian woman with a comfortable life — until a shocking discovery shatters her perfect world. As her husband’s behavior becomes increasingly unstable, Isabella slowly realizes all the signs point to the fact he is not who he appears to be. Is he a respected Cardio-thoracic surgeon with a thriving Paris medical practice helping people? Or is he leading a double life which involves the international trafficking of black market organs? Greed, blood money, and psychopath are the terms she learns are associated with a man she thought she knew.

Forced to delve deeper into her husband’s secret life, she makes discoveries that will make her question everything she believed forcing her to face an impossible decision. She is desperate to uncover the truth, but once you know something, it can’t be unknown. The more she learns, the more she wishes she knew nothing at all.

When the sun dims, your second self shall disappear. Consequences not of her making were nipping at her heels. Tick. Tock.

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Kathleen McGillickAuthor Bio  

K.J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk, she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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#Review “The Hive” by Jane Holland

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3.5/5 Stars!

Though slow-moving, The Hive is a suspenseful tale with a unique plot that centers around twenty-seven-year-old Charlotte Forrester.

Disfigured in a tragic accident at a young age, Charlotte has been the object of bullying and humiliation for most of her life. People openly stare at her with a mixture of pity and contempt and even her glamorous movie star mother hides her away in boarding schools and universities and refers to her as my ugly duckling. She masters the art of being invisible in public during her work commutes and only finds peace in her parents’ basement restoring furniture and household items.

She can hide no longer though when she returns from holiday with her new boyfriend, Alex, to find her mother dead from an apparent suicide and her father even more disoriented.

An arduous police investigation, work troubles, caring for her father, a mysterious article being researched and written by Alex that could be life-threatening, and a display box of dead bees bombard Charlotte, causing her—and everyone else–to question her sanity.

As the story unfolds, it’s obvious someone is gas-lighting Charlotte.

Okay, it was obvious to me but not Charlotte… because nothing is obvious to Charlotte.

In her head… and her vat of self-pity… far too much, Charlotte is The Hive’s weakest link.

If this were a historical read of even fifty years ago, I could have dealt with Charlotte’s personality. Had she been locked away in the family attic or sat in the garden for twenty years strumming a harp, I could have dealt with her. But as a present-day college-educated woman with TWO degrees and a job as a data analyst, she has to have some amount of intestinal fortitude to draw from, yet I never saw it. She annoyed me to no end and dragged the story down for me. She made things more difficult for herself. Her disfigurement shaped her life but Charlotte also used it as a shield… and an excuse.

However, even her worst moments couldn’t cloud the multiple plot twists and reveals. A couple of tells helped me figure out the villain(s) midway through the read, but no way was I prepared for the full story!

Charlotte Forrester and I could never be friends. I do not like her and her I Will Survive-vibe near the end was too little, too late for me, but The Hive is a good read… a closet with so many skeletons, I’m amazed it stayed shut as long as it did.

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The Hive: a brand-new thriller for 2019 from Kindle #1 bestseller Jane Holland

“Addictive, horrifying and brilliant!” – 5 stars, Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Reads

Scarred by fire from infancy, with a persistent stammer, Charlotte has always been in the shadow of her glamorous theatrical parents. So it’s a shock when her mother commits suicide.

Left to care for her sick father in the dark maze of her childhood home, Charlotte begins to unravel. First, there’s the mysterious arrival of a box of dead bees. Then buzzing noises in the attic. People are watching her. Listening to her.

Everyone thinks she’s losing her mind. But an old photo suggests another, more sinister possibility …

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#BlogTour “The Hive” by Jane Holland

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The Hive: a brand-new thriller for 2019 from Kindle #1 bestseller Jane Holland

“Addictive, horrifying and brilliant!” – 5 stars, Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Reads

Scarred by fire from infancy, with a persistent stammer, Charlotte has always been in the shadow of her glamorous theatrical parents. So it’s a shock when her mother commits suicide.

Left to care for her sick father in the dark maze of her childhood home, Charlotte begins to unravel. First, there’s the mysterious arrival of a box of dead bees. Then buzzing noises in the attic. People are watching her. Listening to her.

Everyone thinks she’s losing her mind. But an old photo suggests another, more sinister possibility …

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Jane HollandAuthor Bio

Jane Holland is a Gregory Award-winning poet and novelist. Her thriller GIRL NUMBER ONE hit #1 in the UK Kindle store in 2015, and again in 2018, catapulting her into a life of crime. She’s published dozens of novels with major publishing houses under various pseudonyms, including Beth Good, Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Hannah Coates, and JJ Holland, and also self-publishes.

 

 

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#5DayMiniBlogBlitz “Three: Deception Love Murder (A Path of Deception and Betrayal Book 1)” by K.J. McGillick

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Three coverInviting a stranger into your home can be dangerous. Inviting a stranger into your life can turn deadly.

 How would you feel if you discovered your death was meticulously planned by someone you loved? You didn’t know how or when or even why. All you could do was wait.

Emma has it all-a job she loves and a man who professed to love her.

Or did she? How could she be so blind?

When her lover’s car is found burned and abandoned in another state, the police come asking some hard questions. What she discovers upends her world completely. Jude had been living a double life right under her nose. A deceitful life, a treacherous life. Who was this man that had already groomed another woman to take over Emma’s life? A woman who was Emma’s body double and now dead.

Why had she so easily trusted this psychopath with her heart? Betrayed on every level, consequences not of Emma’s making were nipping at her heels. Tick. Tock.

THREE is a gripping crime thriller that will have you hooked. A fast-paced psychological thriller that has been compared to the works of Dan Brown. It can be read as a standalone and serves as the first book in the Path of Deception and Betrayal series.

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Kathleen McGillickAuthor Bio  

K.J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk, she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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