#BookSale “The Woman Upstairs: A completely gripping psychological thriller packed with twists” by Ruth Heald

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‘Whoa!!! I stayed up till 6am reading this book! I needed to know the ending! This book was TWISTED. In the best and worst way… Jaw-dropping.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

You’d be lost without her…

She’s the shoulder you cry on when the father of your children disappears.
She’s the person you turn to when he comes back, begging for forgiveness.
She’s by your side when you discover his guilty secrets.
She helps rock your babies to sleep when they cry.
She’s your friend when you have no one else.
She’s the woman upstairs, whose feet you hear treading above as you drift off at night, thankful you aren’t alone.

But what if you’re about to lose everything because of her?

One of the most twisted, shocking, heart-stopping psychological thrillers you’ll ever read! Fans of K.L. Slater, The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train, prepare to be kept up way past your bedtime as you race through this addictive page-turner.

 

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#BookReview “Mint” by S. R. Wilsher

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5/5 Stars!

Whenever I read a book, there is a quote, theme, catch-phrase, or emotion that defines the story for me and stays with me long after the ending. In the case of Mint, it’s one word… toxic.

Small towns are famous for their gossips and troublemakers, but the author has populated this small English seaside town with so many horrid characters, I wondered why anyone would want to live there.

While his life was defined and directed by toxicity, James Philip Andrew “Mint” Minter is a likable and sympathetic character. I also liked his mother, Abigail Hudson, who adored her son almost as much as the father he shared a name and birth-date with. However, Mint’s father died before his birth, and it’s Abi’s desire to move on and the bad choices she makes, that change the direction of Mint’s life.

After spending nine years in prison, Mint returns to the town he hates not to the loving arms of his mom, but to view her body in a morgue, her death ruled a suicide. But he knew Abi better than anyone and knows she would never take her life. Mint’s determined to find the truth about Abi’s death even if it means facing down George, his abusive bully of a stepfather, and Micky, the woman he once loved whose betrayal sent him to prison. He also needs to find Lara, his sixteen-year-old half-sister who’s been missing since their mother’s body was found.

The story is told in two main timelines: the history and events leading up to Mint’s incarceration and his release nearly a decade later. There are also several points of view throughout the story and I found them neither excessive nor confusing. Each voice pulled me deeper into the story and also proved there’s at least one whack-job serial killer loose in town.

Deftly written, Mint is both poignant and heartbreaking, and caustic and brutal. The unique ending is twisty and satisfying, but it’s events two-thirds into the story that ripped my heart out. I didn’t see it coming and I wasn’t ready. However, in a weird way, it made me smile and give a silent nod to the author. I was set up! HA!

This is my first read by S.R. Wilsher but it won’t be the last.

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It’s the summer of 1976, and after nine years in prison, James Minter is home to bury his mother.

A history of depression and a series of personal issues has seen her death ruled as suicide.

His refusal to accept that conclusion means he must confront his violent stepfather, deal with the gangster who wants his mother’s shop and, of course, face the family of the boy he killed.

But will his search for the truth in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small seaside town, and the unpicking of the peculiar relationship his mother had with the Stonemason next door, put his own life in danger.

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It’s the summer of 1976, and after nine years in prison, James Minter is home to bury his mother.

A history of depression and a series of personal issues has seen her death ruled as suicide.

His refusal to accept that conclusion means he must confront his violent stepfather, deal with the gangster who wants his mother’s shop and, of course, face the family of the boy he killed.

But will his search for the truth in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small seaside town, and the unpicking of the peculiar relationship his mother had with the Stonemason next door, put his own life in danger.

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Author BioSR Wilsher

I tend to divide my life in two. Prior to 2009, I did the long hours and the commitment to paying the mortgage, studying, and finishing the house, whilst trying to write in a way that didn’t impact too much on family and career. The reality was work affected my writing, and my writing prevented me ever committing to my job wholeheartedly.

In 2009, I had a kidney transplant. It took a while to undo the way I had lived before, my life still involved work, children, coffee, and chocolate. But slowly I’ve stepped back from work and now spend much more of my time pleasing myself; writing, making furniture and creating art. I’m no better off financially, but I have been much more productive with my writing.

There was a time when I was rewriting the same book over and over in some attempt to second guess the rejections I received. Self-publishing has freed me to move on. Now I usually have two books on the go, one in development and one on its way to completion. 2020, however, being the year that it was, means I’ve been working on three.

I continue to be disappointed that I’ll never see any of my books on the shelves of any bookshop. But I console myself with the fact I’ll never see any of them in a charity shop either.

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#BookTour “Prey for Me” by John Casti

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A Psychological Thriller

Date Published: September 15th, 2020

Publisher: The X-Press

 

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Who wins and who loses when you’re playing with other people’s money… and
their emotions?

World-renowned scientist Victor Safir can’t resist his inexplicable
attraction to Alex Lynne, a brilliant, beautiful financier—but his addiction
to her may drive him over the edge. Thrust together as unlikely partners in
the high-stakes world of London finance, their game of seduction might prove
riskier than any business deal.

Victor begins to suspect that Alex is behind the sinister actions involving
others in the firm, and might have an insatiable appetite for dangerous
games. Is she using his desire to her advantage? Or is Victor destined to
become another victim?

In a work that is equal parts thriller, intrigue, and exotic travelogue,
Prey for Me weaves the power players of the financial world with the realm
of top academia to craft a mystery that will keep the reader guessing.

Praise for John Casti’s Paradigm Lost

“A Deep and careful pleasant consideration of what science is and how it is
done. It would make anyone want to be a scientist.” –Isaac Asimov

“Extraordinary…brought off with considerable erudition…absorbing
reading” 
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 Praise for John Casti’s X-Events

“I am assiduous reader of John Casti’s books. He is a real scientific
intellectual.” –Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan

“One of America’s greatest pioneers of simulation.” –London Times

“Casti is at his best in presenting difficult philosophical ideas
enthusiastically and lucidly, and in presenting everyday examples to
illustrate them…Entertaining and absorbing.” –NY Times Book Review

“Dazzling … A delightful tour de force … Casti [is] a good teacher.”
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Prologue

Five Years Earlier

London

The lecture hall at the London School of Economics was filling fast as she made her way to a seat in the first row. Wearing a pair of sheer black stockings with a short skirt, she wanted to attract the attention of the professor, whom she’d been seeing in a secret relationship for a few weeks now.

She thought to herself that coming from New Zealand to the LSE was the best decision she’d ever made. Her course of study was Behavioral Psychology and Finance, the two sides of which she hoped would shed light on what had happened to her in her past, as well as what could happen with her life in the future.

The professor entered the room and moved to the podium, which was directly across from where she was sitting. As he started shuffling his notes to begin the lecture, she sat up straight, crossed her legs to attract his attention and showed him a coquettish smile.

She thought he was extremely attractive: a tall, dark, Italian-appearing man in his early forties, slightly graying hair and very dark brown, sensuous eyes. She liked everything from his appearance and behavior to his slight accent that mimicked her own Kiwi twang. It was that common geographical background that had brought them together in the first place, she recalled. And for dinner tonight they would revisit the scene of their first meeting, the Radio Rooftop Bar.

Radio Rooftop is one of London’s most iconic venues, situated on the 10th Floor of ME London, one of the most luxurious hotels in London with striking views across the River Thames and London’s impressive skyline. They took a table outside on the terrace to enjoy the changing views of the capital as the sun set, stretching from the Shard and St. Paul’s downstream, to the London Eye and Big Ben.

“This place is so special,” she told him. “I’m sure you remem-ber when we began our time together here, five weeks ago and counting. I’m very happy you chose it tonight.”

“Yes,” he replied, “it seems a fitting location for a conversation about the lovely time we’ve spent together and where dame fortune may be leading us.”

She looked across the table with an almost predatory gaze, which then softened into a welcoming smile as she told him, “I’m enjoying you so much. I hope we can continue to develop our relationship into something very, very special. Maybe even into a permanent partnership. How would you feel about that?”

“I think I’d be very happy about such a future with you. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. First you have to finish your studies here, then turn that new-found knowledge into a good job in The City. That should all be completed by the end of the year.

Let’s talk about escalating our life together then. Meanwhile, we should just enjoy what we have now and be thankful for it.”

“I’m so happy since I asked you to be my mentor,” she said, knowing it would please him. Then, deliberately trying to mimic his slightly formal way of speaking, she continued: “Here we are now already speaking about a lifetime partnership. I would never have believed that I’d have such amazing luck.”

Lifting his glass to hers, he said, “Let’s have a nice dinner and talk about that mentoring and luck just a bit more. Okay?”

“Perfect,” she said, opening the menu.

In the end, they decided to share a Mediterranean Tapas Board for their main course. While going through the olives, beef meat-balls, padron peppers and guacamole, he described in a bit more detail the type of mentoring he could offer to accelerate the development of her career.

He told her he would provide consultations on various questions that came up as she made her way from the LSE lecture halls to the trading floors in The City. He would also open doors for her at various financial firms and offer letters of recommendation to influential managers at those firms. Taken together, these actions should suffice to have a good job waiting for her immediately upon graduation, he assured her, “but only if you work hard and graduate with honors.”

“That’s exactly what I have in mind,” she told him.

“I will do all those things with pleasure,” he confirmed. “Maybe we can get started on it as early as next week. What do you think?”

She agreed and they moved on to the dessert course, a bowl of coconut and vanilla rice pudding for her, a chocolate crumble for him.

He looked around and then said, “The restaurant is getting a bit crowded and is really too noisy for a serious conversation. If you’re agreeable, perhaps we could talk more comfortably about the future together over a nightcap at my place. As you know, I live rather near here so we can stretch our legs a bit on the way.”

“That sounds lovely.”

A couple of weeks later, she came to the professor’s office, closed the door and said to him, “We never seem to go out any more.

Unless I’m very much mistaken, you appear to be doing all you can to distance yourself from me. What’s going on?”

“Nothing is ‘going on’,” he replied. “I’m just overwhelmed with work now that the term is nearing an end. It’s the usual stuff. Student consultations, preparation of final exams, faculty meetings, et al.”

“I see,” she replied, not seeing anything at all.

She paused for a moment, then jumped up from her chair,

“I have an idea. Let’s go for an excursion outside London on Saturday. Just a day trip to someplace nice and interesting. What do you think?”

“That sounds very appealing,” he replied. “Where do you want to go?”

“It will be a surprise. We can stay at your flat Friday evening and then get an early start on Saturday. I’ll take you to one of my favorite places.”

“Which would be . . . ?”

“A secret until we get there. I said it would be a surprise.”

“Well, alright.” he consented. “Why don’t you come around five on Friday? I’ll be right here working, and we’ll go to dinner.”

“That sounds perfect.”

As they left the professor’s flat on Saturday morning, he couldn’t hold back his curiosity any longer, and pressed her to tell him where they were going. Finally, she said, “We’re going to get a train at Victoria Station that will take us to Lewes, where we’ll change for a train to Seaford. From there we’ll walk a bit and enjoy the day visiting the Seven Sisters.”

“Oh what a wonderful idea,” he said. The Seven Sisters com-prised a magnificent series of white chalk cliffs lining the coast of the Sussex South Downs, with grass as green as a golf course and magnificent sea views. “Friends have often told me how lovely they are. But I’ve never taken the time to go out to see them in person.

I’m looking forward to doing that today—with you as my special guide.”

On the train to Lewes, they had a compartment to themselves and were able to relax, enjoy the scenery and talk about their past, present, and especially their future. At one point, the conversation waned for a few minutes. She thought this would be a good time to ask him yet once again about something that had been bothering her.

“Why have you been ignoring me?” she asked. “I’ve barely seen you at all recently, and even then only in your flat. Are you embarrassed by being with me or something?”

“No, I’m not at all embarrassed. Just the opposite. But I have a potential problem—and an opportunity—brewing with my colleagues that bears upon us.”

“What kind of problem?” she inquired.

“A few weeks ago, one of my colleagues told me that I will be evaluated for promotion at the faculty meeting at the end of the semester. As a result, I have a huge amount of work facing me in the coming weeks, preparing the material for the committee to use in their evaluation. There will certainly be very little free time for us to meet like this again. In view of this development, I think we should not see each other personally after today, at least not until the semester has ended.”

She sat back, silently digesting this development, as he wondered what was really going through her mind. Finally, she leaned toward him, took his hands in hers and said, “I understand. Such a chance doesn’t come very often to get an endowed professorship at such a prestigious university as the LSE. You can’t afford to bet your job that it will ever come around again.”

He leaned back, looking at her lovingly, and told her, “We have a couple of months until you graduate. During that time, I will still support you as a mentor and help introduce you to people in The City. But for your sake and mine, I think the best course of action is not to see each other privately until the term is over. It’s only a matter of a few weeks, and then the coast will be clear for us to move forward together. My promotion will have been settled, you will have graduated, and then we can do whatever we want.

There’s just no time for us to do that in the immediate future.

That’s all.”

He went on to point out that this period was crucial for her life, too. “The personal and professional decisions you’ll make in the coming months will impact your life for many years, perhaps longer. I feel you need as many degrees of freedom as possible to make these decisions, unencumbered by a relationship whose future is problematic, at best.”

“Why do you think it’s problematic?” she asked, almost too sweetly.

“Primarily because we’re each making decisions in this period that will send our lives along different trajectories from where they are today. Who can really say whether those new trajectories will still be moving in parallel or will begin to diverge?”

She sat silently digesting this metaphor. Finally, she nodded her head in agreement and turned to look out the window.

I think he’s trying to get rid of me, she thought quietly to herself.

They exited the train at Seaford, a small town next to the ocean with a lovely esplanade. Leaving the town, they began to walk up the fairly steep footpath along the grassy mounds that led to the top of the cliffs, or ‘sisters,’ as they’re called.

For the next several miles they had nothing but spectacular sea views over an endless ocean stretching out to their right. But they had to be careful, as most of the cliffs were not fenced off for safety, but were left bare and unprotected so their beauty could be appreciated.

He remarked, “There don’t seem to be very many people out today. Maybe because it’s Saturday, not Sunday, and the weather’s a bit cloudy. So much the better for us. But don’t get too close to the edge. It’s a long way down to the water.”

At one point along their walk, she asked him if they could stop for a moment and catch their breath. He agreed and they stood looking out over the sea.

“Spectacular view,” he exclaimed. “I will certainly never forget this place. Thanks so much for bringing me here.”

She smiled back at him, stepped back a bit and looked over his shoulder at the lighthouse down next to the ocean.

Once they caught their breath, they began walking again, and soon the path leveled off. They were then able to relax as they walked, no longer walking uphill but on flat ground. Finally, they reached the top of the cliffs.

As they were walking along the edge, admiring nature, a seag-ull landed nearby. He motioned towards it and said longingly,

“That bird seems to have more freedom than either of us right now.”

She looked sternly at him and replied, “That’s not my fault.

You’re the one who unilaterally took the decision to end our partnership. You say it will be just temporary. But how do I really know? I think it’s very selfish of you and I don’t like it one little bit.”

They walked a bit further and she looked out over the sea to the lighthouse and told him, “Sometimes I feel so let down by people that I’d like to become a lighthouse keeper. The problems in life are other people and their agendas. Out on that lighthouse, I could escape from all that human factor stuff and become pure.”

They walked another couple of hundred yards or so in silence, then stopped as he said, “You don’t seem to realize that I truly want what’s best for both of us. We each have to re-program our lives over the next few months. To do this effectively, we both require as much freedom of action as we can get in order to take decisions that we’ll have to live with for many years—perhaps the rest of our lives. Don’t you understand that?”

“That sounds nice on the surface. But in fact it’s very self-serving. You want what’s best for you, and right now I’m just an extra weight you have to carry. Now you want to get rid of the weight and fly like that bird.”

She stared at him for several seconds, her face frozen in a manic look. Trying to break the tension, he bent down to retie his shoelace.

He’s an unfaithful friend. Like my former husband. I don’t want any more unfaithful men. I can find some other advisor to help me get a job.

The world must be rid of unfaithful men.

She surveyed the wide-open scenery. There was not another soul in sight. As he stood back up, she spread out her arms, and with an enigmatic smile on her face moved toward him as if to give him a big hug. He spread his arms to welcome her, as well.

When she got close enough to touch him, she moved her arms back and gave him a big push in the chest, sending him over the edge of the cliff! He was so astonished that he didn’t even scream out as he fell onto the rocks nearly 300 feet below.

Smiling slightly, she then stepped back and nodded her head in confirmation of her actions. Turning away from the sea, she began to make her way back toward the train station for the return to London.

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About the Author

John Casti is an author, mathematician, and entrepreneur. John has written more than 120 scientific articles and seven technical monographs and textbooks on mathematical modeling. Prey for Me is his first novel.

Isaac Asimov said of Casti, “A Deep and careful pleasant consideration of what science is and how it is done. It would make anyone want to be a scientist.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb calls him “a real scientific intellectual.”

 

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#BookReview “Murder: It’s All in Your Head” by Cynthia Hilston

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4/5 Stars!

Emotionally and physically beaten and abused as a child, Helen Hawkins “blacks out” to avoid the horrors. What she at first believes to be daydreams, she realizes are the minds/bodies of other people.  Others who have easier lives where they’re loved and wanted.

Unlike her.

The death of the mother she loved, yet despised for not protecting her, and rejection from the only person she ever fell in love with leave Helen alone with her abuser… her minister father. She also has a new ability. She no longer suffers blackouts, but instead can possess the minds/bodies of others. Furious at never having the love and compassion so many take for granted, Helen will use her “gift” to “escape” and exact revenge on her father… and many others over the next one hundred years.

When two of her victims meet up in a mental hospital, they struggle to come to grips with who they are, especially when no one believes them, but their biggest obstacle is stopping Helen. Is it even possible?

Reminiscent of Denzel Washington’s Fallen, instead of possession by an ageless demon, this mind-bending thriller uses the endless abuses a young girl suffers to not only take her from her own mind (and body) but also make her the villain who wants others to suffer as she did. But could taking over the life of another teenage girl give Helen back her humanity or lead to her own personal hell… again?

Cassie/Randy/Jimmy are some of the well-written characters Helen interacts with who give this read its heart, along with a special mention for nurse Nora.

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Someone has been getting away with murder for over 100 years in the small town of Hurston, Ohio. But the wrong person has been convicted of those murders every time. In 2018, Cassie Meadows is on her way to school when a bright flash comes out of nowhere, and she wakes in millionaire Randy Davis’s body with blood on her hands…the blood of Randy’s wife, who lies in a pool of crimson in the bathtub with her throat slit. Meanwhile, an old man everyone calls Jimmy Williams raves that he’s the real Randy Davis as he lives out his days in a ward for the criminally insane. In 1914, young Helen Hawkins is unloved and repetitively abused by her father, who is also the town’s pastor. Her only escape is in her dreams, where she wakes in others’ bodies, living other lives, but when her dreams turn out to be reality, the tables are turned on her father. In a story where no one is who they seem, how can Cassie, the latest victim accused of a murder she didn’t commit, end the cycle?

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Cynthia Hilston is a stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married, and lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. Visit her website at www.cynthiahilston.com for more information.

In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Supernatural and Outlander, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, drinks wine or coffee with good friends, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

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#BookSale “The Victim Killer (A Sam Rader Thriller Book 1)” by Simon King

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A brutal killer. A helpless victim. But which one is she?

Samantha Rader always knew she was different. Her morbid fascination with death and murder kept her isolated and alone from the world, growing up with a father who kept them off the grid. An ex-seal, he’s made sure his little girl knows how to protect herself. But Sam’s continuing urge to kill intensifies after witnessing a brutal homicide. Now holding the skill-set to kill and a thirst for blood, the monster inside her is finally unleashed. But it’s not just anybody this killer wants to find. She’s hunting those that prey on the innocent.

The Victim Killer is the first book in the Sam Rader Thriller series. If you liked Jack Reacher and Dexter, then you will love this gritty and suspenseful crime thriller.

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#FREE “Before He Kills (A MacKenzie White Mystery Book 1)” by Blake Pierce

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There is no way out but to find him before he kills again…

Book #1 in the bestselling Blake Pierce mystery/thriller series, with over 400 five star reviews!

In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun.

Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she—and the local force—have ever seen.

With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer’s mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her.

As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, BEFORE HE KILLS marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Books #2–#8 in the Mackenzie White Mystery series is also now available!

Also available by Blake Pierce is ONCE GONE (A Riley Paige mystery—Book #1), a #1 bestseller with over 1,000 five star reviews on Amazon—and a free download!

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“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn’t let go.”
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“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
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#FREE “The Perfect Death (Brannon House Book 1)” by Stacy Claflin

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A deadly cover-up. A haunted house. Returning home might be the last thing she ever does.

Kenzi Bannon left her painful childhood behind for the glitz and glamour of California. But when her estranged sister commits suicide, she’s forced to return to her abandoned family house. Unexpectedly made guardian to her grieving teenaged niece, Kenzi becomes increasingly convinced her sister’s death was murder.

Devastated by shocking evidence proving Kenzi’s theory, the pair scour the ramshackle house for clues. But when eerie sounds echo through the hallways and the real killer comes after them, she must work fast to unmask the true culprit.

Can Kenzi and her niece get justice for her sister before they follow her into an early grave?

The Perfect Death is the pulse-pounding first book in the Brannon House domestic thriller series. If you like mysterious deaths and spine-chilling suspense, then you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Claflin’s haunting tale.

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#BookReview “Saving Grace: A Psychological Thriller” by D.M. Barr

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Middle-aged Grace Rendell has spent a lifetime medicated and controlled.  Suffering from paranoia since childhood, she has married, has two now-teenage sons, and become a CPA, in between stays in mental hospitals. But her life isn’t one of triumph. Any show of defiance or emotion leads to disrespect from her sons, condescension from her husband, and verbal reprimands delivered in soft tones from her lifelong therapist… and an increase in medication or another stay in a mental hospital. Grace’s only other living relative, her ninety-year-old father, billionaire Barrington Pierrepoint, treats her even worse and foots the bills for her therapy. Grace is trapped in her world with no escape.

When her fears of her husband’s infidelity are confirmed, and he continues to prod her to find out the contents of her father’s will, a defiant Grace secretly stops taking her medication. Clear-headed and focused, Grace believes her husband, Eliot, intends to murder her and still her inheritance after her father’s demise. With no one to turn to, she believes her only recourse is to write about Eliot’s plans under the guise of fiction.

Joining a writing group under a pseudonym, Grace is befriended by a bestselling author who agrees to help her hone her writing skills. But when the author is murdered, everything goes sideways and Grace goes into hiding.

Befriended by a researcher, the dead author’s brother, and a group of young people trying to live life on their own terms, Grace must find out who murdered the author, and gain her independence before something happens to her father… and then to her.

Grace is a sympathetic character, and it’s easy to see what’s being done to her early on. Grace has suspicions, but the cocktail of pills she’s on make her question herself and easy to manipulate. However, her strength is obvious with each step she takes toward publicizing Eliot’s plot.

Computer hacking and snooping reveal the bad actors and confirm Grace’s suspicions, but it isn’t until she’s hypnotized by another doctor that she finds the reason for her forty-year mental imprisonment and how true it is that the love of money is the root of all evil.

Loved this one! Family and friends become enemies, and enemies become friends as this mystery is unwound one twist at a time. I highly recommend it.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

Saving Grace by D.M. Barr

Grace Pierrepoint Rendell, the only child of an ailing billionaire, has been treated for paranoia since childhood. When she secretly quits her meds, she begins to suspect that once her father passes, her husband will murder her for her inheritance. Realizing that no one will believe the ravings of a supposed psychotic, she devises a creative way to save herself – she will write herself out of danger, authoring a novel with the heroine in exactly the same circumstances, thus subtly exposing her husband’s scheme to the world. She hires acclaimed author Lynn Andrews to help edit her literary insurance policy, but when Lynn is murdered, Grace is discovered standing over the bloody remains. The clock is ticking: can she write and publish her manuscript before she is strapped into a straitjacket, accused of homicide, or lowered six feet under?

With a cast of secondary characters whose challenges mirror Grace’s own, Saving Grace is, at it’s core, an allegory for the struggle of the marginalized to be heard and live life on their own terms.

Book Details:

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Domestic Suspense

Published by: Black Rose Writing

Publication Date: October 15th 2020

Number of Pages: 255

ISBN: 978-1684335565

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BlackRose Writing | Goodreads


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