#ThrowbackThursday: The Third Twin by Ken Follett

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It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with my favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations this week 🙂

Lately I’ve been reading paranormal mysteries and horror stories, and I really enjoyed those books. Now it’s time for a little suspense thriller and I chose Ken Follett’s The Third Twin.

The third twin could be your lover, your friend …or your killer. In the course of her work, scientist Jeannie Ferrami stumbles across a baffling mystery: Steve and Dan appear to be identical twins, but were born on different days, to different mothers. A law student and a convicted murderer, they seem a world apart, but as Jeannie begins to fall in love with Steve, she finds her professional – and personal – future threatened.

Steve is accused of a terrible crime, and Jeannie is forced to question just how different the two men really are. Together, she and Steve investigate the mystery and uncover all the secrets. But perhaps some secrets are best left alone.

Jeannie Ferrami’s discovery of a set of cloned twins was baffling.. Imagine being born to different set of parents at different places and different date and time, but bearing the same exact face and body built. A conspiracy that involved disturbing genetic experiments performed by some of the most powerful men in America – a conspiracy that can have you killed.

This is the third Ken Follett book I’ve read and it had me hooked from Chapter 1 until I had to guess who the real antagonist was! A great crime-fiction, mystery-medical drama! I like the way Ken Follett maneuvered the story from a gruesome work of a fear-loving guy, then segueing it to another person of the same taste & appearance but totally different upbringing.

The Third Twin is something that would keep you awake way past midnight, and it made me shudder & think, could this really happen? Could there really be an experiment that could create 8 identical twins born from 8 different moms? of course not! But once you read this book, you might think twice… er… thrice… or 8 times!! After all, everything is possible in Fiction, right? Ken Follett surely had me wondering more than I should with this book.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Light In Shadow by Jayne Ann Krentz

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It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with my favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations this week 🙂

I apologize, I wasn’t able to join during the previous weeks because I had been busy lately, as evidenced by the lesser posts/review on my blog. But I am doing my best to accommodate all my books and share with you my thoughts and recommendations.

This week, for my ThrowbackThursday, I am featuring Jayne Ann Krentz’ LIGHT IN SHADOW from the Whispering Springs series.

Light in Shadow
(Whispering Springs #1)
by Jayne Ann Krentz

Zoe Luce is a successful interior designer in the Arizona town of Whispering Springs who’s developed an unusual career specialty-helping recently divorced clients redesign their homes, to help them forget the past and start anew. But Zoe knows that some things can’t be covered up with a coat of paint. And when she senses that one of her clients may be hiding a dark secret, she enlists P.I. Ethan Truax to find the truth.

Working together, they solve the myster… and barely escape with their lives. But Ethan’s exquisite detection skills are starting to backfire on Zoe: she never wanted to let him find out about her former life; she never wanted to reveal her powerful, inexplicable gift for sensing the history hidden within a house’s walls; she never wanted him to know that “Zoe Luce” doesn’t really exist. She never wanted to fall in love with him.

Now, no matter how much she resists, Ethan may be her only hope-because the people she’s been running from have found her. And just when Zoe dares to dream of a normal life and a future with the man she loves, her own past starts to shadow her every step-and threatens to take her back into a nightmare.

Two women escaped from a mental asylum. Two women who’s past is never to be talked about. Two women who struggled to live a normal life. But one of them could feel the ghosts in the walls of the rooms she was inspecting. Zoe Luce had that sixth sense. Was it for real, or was it just the effects of being held in mental?

Ethan Truax was a one-man PI. He’s quite good at his job, but was financially bankrupt, so he was doing his best to make everything work. But he had this feeling that something was amiss when it came to Zoe and her past.

I think this is my fifth Jayne Ann Krentz novel, although this is my first time to actually review her book. I have heard so much about this author in the past. She’s an effective storyteller, her works are astute and believable, even those novels with psychic elements. In Light In Shadow, the characters had disturbing past, which made their stories more mysterious than ever. It contained just the right amount of drama, humor, suspense and thriller. It makes the reader think and second guess, and get mystified. I know I did. And I wouldn’t mind reading the second book in the series, Truth or Dare.

Review: Black Hills by Nora Roberts

Title: Black Hills
Author: Nora Roberts
Paperback; 544 pages

coffeesynopsisdLil Chance fell in love with Cooper Sullivan pretty much the first time she saw him, an awkward teenager staying with his grandparents on their cattle ranch in South Dakota while his parents went through a messy divorce. Each year, with Coop’s annual summer visit, their friendship deepens – but then abruptly ends. Twelve years later and Cooper has returned to run the ranch after his grandfather is injured in a fall. Though his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something – or someone – has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks escalate into heartless killing, the memory of an unsolved murder in these very hills has Cooper springing to action to keep Lil safe. They both know the dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. And now they must work together to unearth a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled them out as prey .

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The story is set in a wildlife refuge in the Black Hills of South Dakota, hence the title. Lil Chance met brooding city boy named Cooper Sullivan, who clearly had family issues but won’t admit it. Soon they became close with each other and remain friends until their adolescent years.

But in their case, absence didn’t make the heart grow fonder. Because during the times that they didn’t see each other, their feelings had grown apart and the long distance had deviated their attention… well, mostly in Cooper’s case actually.

One day, when Cooper decided to go back to the ranch after something terrible happened while he was on duty as a cop. His feelings towards Lil changed. But a psychopathic killer was on the loose and had been stalking Lil. She and Cooper teamed up to discover the truth behind the mystery surrounding Black Hills.

To tell you the truth, I’ve been reading a number of YA/Fantasies/Paranormals lately and most of them are about shapeshifters. Thankfully, this book, Black Hills isn’t one of them, even if there are cougars and wolves present in the story. Black Hills is actually a suspense mystery that is very much a staple on Nora Roberts’ books.

As expected, Nora Roberts writes with passion and her characters really pull you into the story. Cooper and Lilian found themselves embroiled in a romance that needed to be nurtured. The mystery part of the story is awesome, although the main characters were a little complicated, in my opinion. I would have given this a 5star rating, but something held me back – maybe because I see some Montana Sky anecdotes in the story, specifically on the animal protection part. Nevertheless, Nora Roberts still is one of my favorite authors ever!

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Review: Gone (Deadly Secrets) by Elisabeth Naughton

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by Elisabeth Naughton

coffeesynopsisdThree years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.

Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but are newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again.

Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister.

As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.

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When their child had gone missing three years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux parted ways and took matters in their own respective hands differently. While Alec’s faith faltered and wavered, Raegan didn’t lose faith and still held on to that tiny hope that their daughter Emma was still out there, alive.

After three excruciating years, another girl was found in the park where their daughter was taken, and Alec’s biological father John Gilbert was about to be freed from prison. Alec knew his evil father was involved in his daughter’s abduction, all he needed was to prove it.

As the case developed and progressed, the estranged couple found themselves cooped up under one roof during a snowstorm. Alec’s and Raegan’s feelings seemed to blossom again, but both were still haunted by their divorce.

With Alec and Raegan’s situation, everything was pretty messed up in the beginning, until they thought they finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel, only to get to the detour and realized, there’s still another tunnel they needed to unearth. Deadly secrets abound this novel indeed!

First thing that always come to my mind when I see a new book from Elisabeth Naughton?

“If it’s from Elisabeth Naughton, it must be great!”

And this latest offering from the Deadly Secrets series is another accomplishment! Gone was well-written, action-packed and teemed with scenes only Naughton can deliver. Issues about alcoholism, abduction, syndicate and revenge were discussed heavily in this book and it was all intense. Had to keep my eyes from shutting down, what with all the mystery and suspense in this book.

Elisabeth Naughton weaves stories that are compelling and thrilling and definitely unpredictable. Just when you thought you’ve already know the story after a few chapters, you’d be shocked once you get to the succeeding pages and you realized there’s still more. And the twists and turns will blow you away. This is definitely a must-read!

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Review: In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware

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In a Dark, Dark Wood
by Ruth Ware

 

coffeesynopsisdNora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room…

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

 

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Leonora Shaw, a crime-fiction writer who now preferred to be called Nora, received a Hen Party invitation from a friend she hadn’t been in contact with for the last 10 years. Nora had walked out of her friend’s life and never looked back, and had every intention of never going back. Until her s0-called friend’s new BFF insisted she come.

Flustered yet grateful that their other common friend Nina was going with her, Nora kept a lot of thoughts about Clare and her impending wedding. She kept on asking why.. Why did Clare want her at the hen party? Why reconnect with her after 10 long years? Who was Clare getting married to? Why is she even thinking of going to the party?

In a dark, dark wood, all her questions seemed to have doubled when she met the other people joining her and NIna. In a dark, dark wood, the past began to haunt her, grip her control, refresh her memory. In a dark, dark wood, a skeleton in the closet is revealed. And in a dark, dark wood, someone was going to die.

It is a gripping novel that kept me wondering about the main characters from start to finish. This is not a book you would want to read alone at night. This is not a story you would want to stop reading. I swear I’ve got goosebumps just by staring at the woods! Trust me, this had been a highly engaging and riveting murder mystery that would have you keep pushing the next button (on your Kindle) and have you guessing until the murderer was finally revealed. Nah, this isn’t a horror story, nothing grisly nor gruesome nor gory in the setting, but there’s a gun, a pool of blood and a number of deaths. Totally horrifying, nonetheless.

I believe this is Ruth Ware’s first book and I can tell that there’s a bright future ahead of her. Her writing kept me interested and the momentum she built didn’t falter. If she’s got another book after this, I am sure it’s going to be another must read.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer. She is married with two small children, and In a Dark, Dark Wood is her début thriller.

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Review: Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell

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Cruel & Unusual (Kay Scarpetta #4)
by Patricia Cornwell

Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta is called in to autopsy the body of convicted murderer Ronnie Waddell after his execution. Several days after the execution, a young boy is discovered murdered in the fashion of Waddell’s earlier killings, with Waddell’s prints near the body. Scarpetta, along with FBI Agent Benton Wesley and Detective Pete Marino, try to discover how a dead inmate could have possibly committed another murder after his death. As the story progresses she seeks the assistance of her 17-year-old niece Lucy after she discovers a strange folder on her computer.

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Kay Scarpetta steps up her game in this series. She confronted the most bizarre of the many controversies involved in her body of work yet. Everyone wonders how Ronnie Joe Waddell’s unique fingerprint appears at the murder scene of Eddie Heath a few hours after Waddell was executed. Dr. Scarpetta, together with her expert team consisting of the charismatic Pete Marino, Benton Wesley and her niece Lucy, they went to great lengths to investigate and expose the murderer, but not without her getting practically destroyed.

Among the female crime writers I’ve read, I think the legendary Patricia Cornwell is my favorite. She’s got to be an exceptional author who uses her expertise in the investigative field to make sure that there is substance in the novels that she write. I like how her stories get me engaged until I have reached the last page of the book. Truly this has been a nail-biting suspense mystery that readers and thrill seekers would appreciate and enjoy.

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Review: Clear and Convincing Proof by Kate Wilhelm

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(Barbara Holloway #7)
by Kate Wilhelm

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The Kelso/McIvey rehab center is a place of hope and healing for its patients–and for the dedicated staff who volunteer there. But David McIvey, a brilliant surgeon whose ego rivals his skill with a scalpel, wants to change all that. His plan to close the clinic and replace it with a massive new surgery center–with himself at the helm–means that the rehab center will be forced to close its doors.

Since he is poised to desecrate the dreams of so many, it’s not surprising to anyone, especially Oregon lawyer Barbara Holloway, that somebody dares to stop him in cold blood. When David McIvey is murdered outside the clinic’s doors early one morning, Barbara once again uses her razor-sharp instincts and take-no-prisoners attitude to create a defense for the two members of the clinic who stand accused. And in her most perplexing case yet, Barbara is forced to explore the darkest places where people can hide–the soul beneath the skin.

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Barbara Holloway is at it again, this time, finding the killer of the doctor who was supposed to close the non-profit rehabilitation clinic so he can turn it into a surgical hospital for profit. For the next few chapters, the reader would have two guesses as to who had done the deed. But everyone’s in for the big surprise when the real murderer emerged in the end.

I don’t know what is it about lawyers that always intrigued me. Somehow I always end up reading and liking courtroom dramas and crime fiction because of all the mysteries and suspense these put me through. Maybe it had to do with my father who was an attorney when he was alive and he graced me with stories about the cases he’d handled before. Maybe it also had to do with CSI and Law & Order and Criminal Minds that I loved watching on TV. Either way, I always find myself guessing the main culprit and rooting for the hotshot investigator as they unfurl the crime, one mystery at a time.

Kate Wilhelm and her Barbara Holloway books always keep me awake and captivated. If I am not mistaken, this is my 4th Holloway mysteries and it just keeps on getting better and better. She’s like the female version of Sidney Sheldon with all her twists and turns and shockers. I liked the complex mix of characters and diverse issues that Holloway was presented with. Wilhelm’s writing is magnificent.

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