Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of May of 2020. Here are the 8 books I read and reviewed for May. I might have read even more if I didn’t have a WIP to edit and prepare for publication in May. I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.
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Little Voices is a unique tale of psychological suspense that keeps the reader guessing what is happening, why, and how until the end. The main protagonist, Devon Burges, is troubled and determined to save her friend who has been accused of the murder of his nanny.
Devon has suffered in the past from some catastrophic events in her life that she has yet to overcome. She must draw on whatever strength she has left to pull her through as she tries to solve the nanny’s, her friend’s, murder. She somehow must get her life back in order to save herself, her marriage and her friend.
This story had some surprising twists and turns that were unexpected. Just when I thought I knew who the murderer was there were more suspects introduced. This made for a suspenseful and intriguing read.
This is an unusual story that I wasn’t sure I liked at first but as the story moved along I was gripped and invested in how it would end.
The Lonely Cowboy is based upon the life of a real-life champion saddle bronc rider. The author told this cowboy’s story with a gritty, warm, humorous, and touching edge to it.
I was hooked right away once I met Ben Sharps, the main protagonist, in this enjoyable tale of his life’s struggles, loves, demons, and heartaches. The story is told through the eyes of this seasoned and tough cowboy, on the surface, who is harboring many hurts. He has lost many of the people who have ever meant anything to him, his sister, wartime friend, love of his life, father figure, and rancher buddies.
What he doesn’t realize is that he has survived because he believed in himself that he could be the best saddle bronc rider ever. This is what he promised his long-dead sister that he would do with his life. What happens in between realizing his dream tests his courage in adversity and bends his will to survive.
He shares his dreams, loves, losses and friendships with his old horse, Meathead, who listens patiently and unendingly to Ben’s long diatribes of troubles. Ben is like many others who cannot express themselves to others, deal with the heartaches, overcome feelings of inadequacy and love themselves for what and who they are.
This story will grab your heart and bring tears to your eyes as it did to this reader. I found that I wanted Ben to realize how important he really was to others and that he was a good man.
I received a gifted copy of this book and heartily reviewed it without any compensation. I have read other books by this artistic author and am still amazed at his skill in telling an fascinating story with humor and grace.
Andrew Gross does it again! He created a gripping novel about the brink of WWII full of espionage and danger at every turn for the main protagonist, Charlie Mossman. Charlie tries to get his life back together after a horrible altercation resulting in the death of a young man. He pays for his mistake and loses his job, his marriage and his self-respect.
The author keeps the action going as Charlie discovers some suspicious activity from neighbors living across from his wife and child. He can’t help himself as he gets deeper into the lives of this older couple who are not what they seem. What he finds is beyond what he could imagine.
This story moved along and made this reader hold my breath as things become tense and tenuous for Charlie. I didn’t expect some of the revelations while others were not surprising.
It was an enjoyable and quick read, not his best work but still a worthwhile read. I highly recommend the author’s other books too.
Watching Glass Shatter is an apropos title for this heartbreaking family saga! Olivia Glass is a strong woman whose strength and resilience is tested when her husband’s will drops a bomb into her lap that could destroy her family and its very foundation.
As Olivia reconnects with each of her five sons she realizes that she doesn’t know them like she thought she did. They all have a secret that they have kept from her. As she rediscovers how much she loves her sons she also realizes that she has not always been the best mother. Can she make up for what she lacked and show them how much she loves them? Will she be able to handle all their secrets and one of her own and protect them from being hurt and possibly destroying herself and their families?
This was a gripping story about family and relationships and trusting one another with each others’ problems. The author created a story that will touch your heart whether you are a parent or not.
This book is part of a set of 17 medical thrillers in one book: Do No Harm.
Death Hub is part of a collection of 17 medical thrillers which kept my interest. Even though this book is part of a series it can stand alone. It depicts what could happen or is happening with technology in a medical setting.
With all the new technology in the medical and other fields this story was an eye opener to what could happen if we rely solely on AI to control all facets of medicine in a hospital. The author who is a doctor used his expertise to extend this thriller into hyperdrive at the frightening aspects that the doctors in this hospital were up against.
Two of the characters who are doctors, Mark and Misty (a married couple), discover some discrepancies in medicine that is being given to their patients that caused adverse reactions. This leads to more problems with robotic devices acting strangely and another doctor is suspect in tampering with the computer programs that control these devices. When Mark and Misty can’t solve the mystery on their own they turn to Dr. Jack Bass who has had issues with strange occurrences at this hospital and survived. He comes to their rescue and puts in his experience to the test.
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this thriller especially Dr. Bass. He is not afraid to take on the establishment. This is the only book I have read in this series but will not be the last. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a medical mystery that will keep you intrigued until the satisfying ending.
This book is part of a set of 17 medical thrillers in one book: Do No Harm.
Shatter Proof is part of a book with 17 thrillers in one book, Do No Harm, which is not available now. This book kept me on edge as the main protagonist, Dr. Sonia Amon, doctor, professor and veteran of the Army is called back to help her fellow servicemen in another ops in Syria.
Sonia doesn’t hesitate to go back to Syria, the place of her birth, and possibly run into her father, Faisal Muhammad, second in command of ISIS. She knows that her life may be in danger if she goes back. She lived there with her mother and father and only escaped to America with the help of others to get away from her terrorist and cruel father. She and her mother were in protective custody for awhile but now they were both on their own.
The author takes the reader through the Syrian landscape, culture, and heartache of the imprisoned people there. There is intrigue, terrorist attacks, cruelty, heartache, and a love interest between Sonia and Colonel Paul Grayson.
This book kept me enthralled and weeping for the protagonist as she struggles to come to terms with her brutal terrorist father for whom she remembers as one who she once loved when she was a young child. What happened to him to turn him into what he was now she could not fathom.
A worthwhile and quick read that you won’t be able to put down.
This is part of a series of 17 medical thrillers in one book: Do No Harm
Overdose is part of a series of thrillers. I found this to be a gripping medical thriller that will hook you in right away! Ash, the main protagonist, has recovered from a coma. She has headaches and vertigo and can’t seem to get back to normal since having brain surgery by a doctor that she doesn’t trust.
The more she delves into this doctor’s life, Dr. Patel, she finds things don’t add up. Who is he? How come she can’t find anything on him for a good part of his life?
When Dr. Patel becomes interested in her romantically she goes on a date with him to try to find out more about him and his dead wife. Ash is in a relationship with Michael who is trying to understand what she is doing. She becomes more embroiled in the doctor’s life when the waitress of the restaurant where they dined hands her a pink cell phone as she is getting into a cab. This is the last thing the waitress does before she is shot. Michael helps Ash deal with what she witnessed by the recent murder and what she sees on the cell phone.
The author has created a mystery, thriller, romance that will keep you turning pages until the satisfying ending. I have read other books by this author that were of different genres that I enjoyed also. She did a good job with this genre too.
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry is a crime thriller reminiscent of the Me Too Movement. The main protagonist, Gina Kane, an investigative reporter receives an email from a young woman, CRyan, who had been abused at her place of employment REL News Network.
Gina won’t let this email go especially since she can’t reach the woman. She feels compelled to follow up this lead and check on REL and its employees. When she begins her investigation she finds there are more victims of abuse and soon there are dead bodies piling up.
The author has created some interesting characters, some you like and become invested in and others not so much. Clark is a master of mystery and suspense. I have almost all of her work and always enjoyed her creative stories. This was my favorite but it was still an enjoyable read.
Unfortunately she has passed away and will no longer grace us with her talent of storytelling – such a great loss.
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