Books Read in the Month of October 2022!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? We now have only two months left of this year! I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of October of 2022. Here are the 8 books I read and reviewed for October. I might have read even more if I didn’t have a few WIP. But I always seemed to have a WIP! That fact never stops me! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

I love sharing my eclectic reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and that of my fellow authors.

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I found this to have a slow start and be a little confusing at first. After some thought I changed my rating from five to four stars because of this.

After several chapters it came together and held my attention. There are some dysfunctional characters and some surprises that kept me turning pages as things came together.

It was an interesting read all in all.

Hunt the Lion, book 3 with main protagonist, Sam Callahan, is another rousing adventure with non-stop action and thrills. I found myself once again holding my breath as Sam tries to stay alive as he races away from danger at every turn.

This book finds Sam in Russia on another mission to secure a list from a high profile Russian. What he finds is not what he expected. He escapes being captured but when he returns to the safe house where the other operatives he worked with, he finds them all dead. Sam is once again on a race to find out what went wrong and who is responsible if he can only stay alive to do that.

This is another exciting adventure that will keep you glued to the pages. There is another book in this series that I look forward to reading soon.

An adventurous and enjoyable read that I recommend for those who love action, suspense and mystery with a strong protagonist.

Count to Three is a terrifying read. There are two stories being told simultaneously – one about the young daughter of private investigator, Dani Callahan, who has been missing for five years. She never gives up searching for Tinsley. The second story is about a missing teen, Ali, who is suspected of being a runaway. She has only been missing for two weeks. Dani takes up the challenge since it is so new and she has a better chance of find Ali.

Dani knows how it feels to lose a child and not know what happened to her. She vows to find not only Ali but also Tinsley. She has a young assistant, Quinn Sullivan, who works tirelessly alongside Dani to solve these cases no matter how long it takes. Quinn is also dealing with her own heartache – a mother who abandoned her one day and never came back.

This is a heartbreaking story of loss and finding the will to go on with life in the toughest of circumstances. Dani Callahan proves her strength in these times.

An enjoyable read!

This is book 4 of the Stillhouse Lake Series that continues to ramp up the danger, horrors and mysteries that Gwen Proctor gets involved in and feels compelled to solve.

The author has done a commendable job of creating scenarios that involve the mail protagonist, Gwen Proctor. She is no ordinary person. Gwen was married to a serial killer without her knowledge until it was uncovered. She has been through trials and tribulations related to her husband’s crimes. Other people who are having difficultly in their lives turn to her thinking she can help them to turn their lives around as she did. But they don’t realized that Gwen’s life and that of her children and lover are anything but normal. They all continue to be drawn into more horrific situations that threaten to take their sanity if not their lives.

This is an unbelievably edge-of-the-seat reading that will take your breath away as Gwen and her family get into more trouble everywhere they turn. I look forward to the next book in the series if my heart can take the excitement!

I highly recommend this book if you love the unexpected and plenty of action.

An emotional read with complex characters, an ex-soldier with PTSD and one less limb, and an Indian woman, Nakina Bird, who is clairvoyant and is on the run from a drug cartel. Put these two together and you are sure to have an intriguing and intense read.

The storyline was full of intrigue, danger, emotion and love as Nakina seeks refuge with Vann who is dealing with his own demons. It doesn’t take long for Vann and his trusty dog, Champion, who suffered injuries of his own, to feel deeply protective of this woman in danger.

There are symbols of Nakina’s culture throughout the story – her grandmother who talks to her and gives her courage to take on the tough times, blue feathers from a blue jay that keep appearing, and a rune that Vann keeps in his pocket to ensure he will have a happy life one day. All these symbols add to the story to make it more intense and emotional.

This was an enjoyable read with plenty of tense, romantic, and clairvoyant situations to keep this reader engaged.

This is book 5 in the Stillhouse Lake series that is every bit as gripping as the other books. Kezia Claremont, a policewoman, gets involved in a horrendous case involving the death of twin baby girls who drowned when the car they were riding in crashed into a lake. Is it murder or an accident? Where is the mother?

Gwen Proctor is once again there to help her friend, Kezia, to solve this horrific mystery and find the mother of the babies. Nothing is simple for Gwen since she is constantly in danger by those who still don’t believe that she is innocent of helping her serial killer husband to kill his victims. Gwen perseveres in assisting Kezia in solving the case even when Gwen’s children’s and lover’s lives are in danger if she continues to delve further into the deaths.

The author continues to combine danger, heart-stopping, action-packed scenes that take the reader’s breath away. Will the mystery be solved? Will Gwen and her family ever be free of her ex-husband’s ghost that continues to haunt them at every turn?

If you haven’t read this series you must grab book 1 and begin the series today! You will be addicted like I am! Be prepared to be shocked. Don’t forget to breathe!

This is the sequel to A Familiar Sight, the first book with Dr. Gretchen White, a brilliant criminologist who is a sociopath but also a consultant to the Boston PD. In this book Detective Lauren Marconi teams up with Gretchen to try to solve a case involving Gretchen when she was just eight years old.

Since it has been thirty years since this case was closed, the two must go back to question all the players in this case. Whether those involved will be able to remember what happened or maybe not want to cooperate is another issue that Gretchen and Lauren may encounter.

Gretchen never forgave herself for what happened to her aunt and still does not know whether she was guilty of killing her Aunt Rowan. That time was just a blur to her but with Lauren’s help she must get answers to her questions about what happened so she could go on in her life as strange as it is.

This is deeply disturbing to live in the mind of a sociopath but Gretchen has learned how to cope. Detective Marconi tries to uncover the truth for Gretchen even if Dr. White fights her at every turn.

An intriguing and fascinating story with a shocking twist.

The Singing Trees is a beautiful story of love and second chances. It’s a story that will fill your heart and make you a believer of true love.

The author has created a lovely story of a young woman from a large Italian family who strives to do more than her mother did with her talent as an artist. Annalisa Mancuso wants more than anything to paint and one day become famous and self-sufficient.

What she doesn’t plan on doing is falling in love and having a baby too soon to curtail her goals. When she loses the love of her life she doesn’t think she will be able to go on and bring up her child on her own. Nothing seems to be going her way. Her family keeps supporting her and never gives up on her though.

Annalisa realizes that she can be both a good mother and an artist with the help of her family and an older man who she meets in the city. He rents a room to her and changes her life in many ways. He becomes like a father to her that she never had.

Will she get her love back? Can she keep going forward to reach her goal of being a famous artist? There are some surprises that I will not mention. If you want to find out what happens, you must read this wonderful book!

An exceptional read and heartwarming story! I highly recommend!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Feel free to come back any time. You are always welcome. Please remember to review books you love! We authors appreciate and welcome your thoughts and help to spread word about our books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!







About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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23 Responses to Books Read in the Month of October 2022!

  1. Jan Sikes says:

    I am beyond honored to find your review of Jagged Feathers here along with these other amazing books and authors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Janice, for taking the time to read and review this book! Hugs!

  2. Mae Clair says:

    Wow, that is a lot of reading! Wonderful reviews and a wonderful collection of books. I’ve read Jan’s Jagged Feathers (actually the whole White Rune series) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Congrats to all of these authors!

    Hope you are doing well, Janice!

  3. Staci Troilo says:

    I love the Stillhouse Lake series. There’s a new one out, but I haven’t read it yet. I’m hesitant because it’s not Rachel Caine’s (since she passed away). But it’s on my list.

    Jan’s book was a delight. I really enjoyed her entire White Rune series.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all these books.

  4. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Wonderful reviews, Janice. Thank you for sharing. I’ve got reading to do! 😊

  5. That’s a whole bunch of reading. Congratulations to all the authors.

  6. Super reviews, Janice. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Stephen Geez says:

    Reblogged this on Stephen Geez Blog and commented:
    Great reviews, including Jan Sikes’s Jagged Feathers! Thanks.

  8. Stephen Geez says:

    Thanks for some great reviews!

  9. Beem Weeks says:

    Compelling reviews, Janice. Congratulations to each of these authors.

  10. Thrills and romance, Janice. Thanks for all the reviews and choices! I’ve only read Jagged Feathers, which I enjoyed quite a bit (and just finished the series). Rachel Caine’s books look like good choices for me. Happy November Reading.

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