Suspense with Spice | The Girl Who Was Taken | #KimsKaffeeKlatsch

How has your reading month been? Feel like a suspense mystery with a twist or two in its tale? Buckle up, because Charlie Donlea’s The Girl Who Was Taken is going to take you on a tale full of blind corners, unexpected twists, red herring detours and an ending that you won’t see coming. Make yourself your favourite beverage – I recommend my Perfect Pairing of Moroccan Spiced Coffee *recipe at the bottom of this post* – curl up in your favourite reading corner and start reading The Girl Who Was Taken.


About The Girl Who Was Taken

Two women – one, the sister of a missing girl; the other, a victim who escaped – come together to unmask a killer in this heart-stopping thriller. 

Her truth is only half the story . . . 

Megan McDonald is a high school senior when she disappears from the small town of Emerson Bay. Hope for her safe return is nearly lost until, after two weeks held captive, she escapes from a bunker hidden deep in the woods.

Now, one year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal – Missing – has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It’s an inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail. A second girl went missing that night. Her classmate, Nicole Cutty.

Dr. Livia Cutty is a fellow in forensic pathology, training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina. Her sister, Nicole, has been missing a year when the body of a young man – an apparent suicide – shows up in the morgue and offers Livia the first clue to Nicole’s fate. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Others girls have gone missing, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.

But Megan is reluctant. She knows more than she has revealed. As flashes of memory continue to return, she realizes her blockbuster book is filled with lies, and that digging too deeply into the night she escaped from that bunker might reveal something darker and more monstrous than anything her chilling memoir describes.

  Keep on reading!

On the Run… | April | #KimsKaffeeklatsch

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be someone else? Have you ever wanted to switch lives with someone else? Have you ever wished you could just start over? It seems like an innocent enough wish but identity is more than just a name. Identity is a story we tell ourselves. But what happens when that story is more fiction than fact… How do you separate the truth of who you are from the lie of who others think you are? Today’s book The Passenger explores these intriguing questions. So sit back, get comfortable, make yourself a strong beverage (I suggest my recommended Kaffee Pairing), keep your wits about you and let’s go on the run with…

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it . . . .

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.
She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret . . . can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

Keep on reading!

Thrilling Secrets and Tantalising Lies | #amreading #KimsKaffeeKlatsch

I would like to thank Netgalley, the respective publishers and the respective authors for the copies of the following books in exchange for my honest review.

 As always on #KimsKaffeeKlatsch, I have paired up my reads with my recommended coffee recipe. After all what is a good book without the  decadently delicious aroma of strong coffee. So curl up on your favourite couch, light the fire, brew your favourite coffee and lets klatsch delicious books and thrilling coffee.

The Forgotten Girls | Sara Blaedel

[Grand Central Publishing, ISBN:  9781455581511]
“In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick—the new commander of the Missing Persons Department—is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed—and hidden—in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed…”

I am obsessed with the Scandinavian Noir genre so I am always pleased to be introduced to another brilliant author in this genre.

  Keep on reading!

Kim’s Kaffeeklatsch | Falling down the Reading Rabbit Hole #amreading

So I thought I would give you a quick update on my August reads. Winter has been a very busy season for me this year and life has done its utmost to crumble the cookie. But I have been reading a few juicy reads, gotten addicted to a delicious new crime series and fallen down a delightful – but addictive and consuming – reading rabbit hole.
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Recently Read/ing

Perfect People by Peter James
*finished in a redeye-inducing all nighter binge-read*

When a young couple learn they are both carriers of a gene likely to give their children a rare genetic disease, they visit a secret clinic for a ‘designer baby’. But it does not all work out as planned….

Citadel by Kate Mosse
*currently deliciously savouring each wordful*

1942. Occupied France. A time of courage, betrayal, loyalty – and love.
1942, Nazi-occupied France. Sandrine, a spirited and courageous nineteen-year-old, finds herself drawn into a Resistance group in Carcassonne – codenamed ‘Citadel’ – made up of ordinary women who are prepared to risk everything for what is right.
And when she meets Raoul, they discover a shared passion for the cause, for their homeland, and for each other.
But in a world where the enemy now lies in every shadow – where neighbour informs on neighbour; where friends disappear without warning and often without trace – love can demand the highest price of all.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
*currently letting this mind twister twist my mind*

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Welcome to Christine’s life.
Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle- aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.
But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities—tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life—and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?
Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un- believable it seems.

Reviews on these three books next week Wednesday right here on Kim’s Kaffeeklatsch.

Death by Chocolate Reads (highly addictive crime thriller reading)

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Chelsea Cain and her “Gretchen Lowell series”

Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer known as the Beauty Killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him…and tortured him…and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie’s life and then turn herself in? This question keeps him up all night—and keeps him coming back to visit Gretchen in prison every week. But Archie also needs Gretchen, as new murder cases he’s solving keep leading him back to his former captor. Read this mystery thriller series and discover the creepiest serial killer you’ve ever encountered.

*Voraciously Consumed*
#1 Heartsick

#2 Sweetheart

#3 Evil at Heart

*Currently Salivating Over*
#4 The Night Season

*On The Night Stand*
#5 Kill You Twice

#6 Let Me Go

Review on this decadently addictive series coming on the first Wednesday of October right here on Kim’s Kaffeeklatsch.

Reading Rabbit Hole

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I have been let into the Cool readers group….a not so secret society that gives readers first glimpses into new books before they get published…
I know you want the down-low and pronto:
I am talking about Net Galley.
I recently heard about Net Galley through a fellow book addict/crime writer, Rebecca Bradley. (If you haven’t checked out her blog, Murder down to a Tea, – tell me that isn’t an amazing blog name for a British crime writer! 😉 – do yourself a favour and go check it out.)
After digging around the Net Galley site I knew I wanted in. I signed up. Then I requested some books I wanted and waited for the tick of approval from the publishers. The first two books I got were:

Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner

When your own eyes betray you, who can you trust?
In Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.

What Came Before by Anna George

David Forrester and Elle Nolan are sophisticated, mature people who don’t understand love. They live in a world where love is revered but marriages commonly end in divorce, or worse.
Over the course of one ill-fated night, David and Elle recount the journey of their love affair.
And it begins with David admitting into his dictaphone to the killing of Elle.
Visceral and compelling, What Came Before creates a chilling modern portrait of the dark side of love.

So look out for the reviews on Kim’s Kaffeeklatsch right here, coming in a post this month.

What have you been reading in August?
What books were greedily gorged on?
What books are you deliciously savouring?
What books are on your night stand for September?

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Run | Patti Larsen | This year’s Next YA Amazon Hit

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Sixteen-year-old Reid thinks life is back to normal. His sister Lucy pulls herself together and cuts him free from a year of foster care. She promises to take care of him, that her new boss and her new life are what they both needed to start again. Until Reid is taken in the middle of the night, dumped in a wild stretch of forest far from home with no idea why he is there. Lost and afraid, he learns to run from the hunters who prowl the darkness, their only pleasure chasing down kids like him. And killing them.

My Review

Heart-pounding….

Pulse-racing…

Blood-pumping…

Nerves-Jumping….

Stomach-churning….

Nail-biting….

Teeth-clenching….

You will look over your shoulder.

You will tense at every sound.

You will wonder when they will get you.

Step into Reid’s shoes and you will be turning the pages as fast as the hunted can run.

Imagine your worst nightmare…release the monsters of dreamland horrors….and you will also want to RUN!

Patti Larsen has created a world that will disturb you, haunt you and change you. As she literally asks you to jump into her character’s shoes, you will be faced with a world where everything you ever knew just got spun on its head and spat you out.

The conflicts are finely crafted and taut with tension. The voice will cut you with emotion.

For fans of The Hunger Games Trilogy, get your hands on this story. You will not be disappointed.

You will not be able to forget these characters.

You will not be able to put this book down but you will not want this story to end.

If you want to know more about this incredible writer and her riveting Hunted series – stay tuned – tomorrow I will be doing an interview with the author herself. There will be teasers as well as upcoming news on the 2nd book in this Hunted series.

Eternity|A.J. Cole & Jenni James | Book Review

Eternity by A.J.Cole & Jenni James 

 

 

The pre-existence – a time before time itself when heaven was torn apart by holy war. Two angels stood above the crowd in their desire to defeat Satan’s dark army: General Laurelia, powerful, aloof and alone; and Petrus, a lowly soldier under her command with surprising abilities and a burning desire to win Laurelia’s heart. Together they could achieve anything, but the Dark Lord’s eyes are everywhere and the net is tightening fast…

 

I was given one of the preview copies of this incredible book to read by one of my good friends; Jenni James. At first I was sure that I would review the book politely and was prepared to like it. Thinking it was another paranormal book like countless others…I tucked in for a read.

By the first sentence  of the first chapter, I was hooked. For me the most important aspect of an unputdownable book is memorable characters that are richly drawn. In this story, I have found two characters that I want to meet in reality.

The book starts off with a prologue setting the scene of the world the reader is about to enter and explore. I know that a lot of the industry professionals do not like prologues but personally if the prologue adds to the story, I have no problem with them. With the first couple of lines of the first chapter, you are introduced to one of the MCs – Petrus. This is a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Through a few sentences, the authors bring across a picture of a man of action. Soon afterwards you are introduced to the strong and feisty female lead – General Laurelia.

Without giving too much away, this book has two storylines. There is the main storyline of a holy war breaking out in heaven resulting in the ultimate fight between good and evil. But underneath this there is a storyline of love and its complexities. 

There is a saying that: All is fair in love and war. This book sums up that sentence. The characters evoke your empathy and not merely your sympathy. You know these characters. They are so richly drawn that it is easy to say you know them. The two main characters are fully fleshed out. They have flaws and insecurities. Indeed the authors portray these very insecurities so well that the characters start breathing. 

The plot line of this story is very well constructed and easy to follow. There are also twists and turns in the journey that make the story unpredictable and interesting. The battle scenes are epic and evoke the ageless time of time before time. 

The world that the authors create is rich in imagery. What amazed me was how seamless their descriptions of this world is. These authors show more than tell. You view the world through their characters’ eyes instead of the authors’ eyes. As the book is written in 1st person POV, the world that it takes place in is layered and very believable.

You will want to read this book if you are looking for something different and unusual. This is a book that will be equally enjoyed by both women and men. It is a suspense-filled action adventure but it is also a love story. This is a book that will keep you turning the pages. The only warning I would give is that you don’t start reading late at night as you will want to finish the book before putting it down, not leaving much time for sleep.

So much has been done in the paranormal genre but this is a book unlike any other. These authors are not following a trend. Their book will be ahead of the curve creating a trend. My only regret is that their story came to an end too quickly. I await more of this story and these very memorable characters with eager anticipation. This is a world I want to return to.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5. I loved this book so much that I read it two more times after the first time. Now go get yourself a copy of this book and be prepared to fall in love with EPIC characters and a rich story that will linger in your mind.

 

To own your own copy of this book, you can purchase this book here:

 US Kindle

UK Kindle 

Smashwords 

 

For more about these authors, here are some links:

AJ Cole and Jenni James writes on Facebook

Author Jenni James – Her Website with links to AJ Cole as well.

Upcoming…Watch this space

The first issue of Mad. Art by Harvey Kurtzman.
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I have decided to find the genie in the lamp. He has spent enough time parading around 1001 Arabian Nights with Aladdin and company. I need him stat, as they say in the medical dramas. I find that I need the magical ability to fit 48 hours into 24 hours and that I need this for every day for the next month. 24 Hours is just not enough anymore to get all the things done that I must get done, both writing related and day job related not to mention still fitting in normal life activities like eating and sleeping…

But I digress….enough with the wishes….

There are some exciting events happening in my writing life and my blogging life. April looks like it is going to be as Mad if not Madder than March. I have quite a few submissions due this coming month as well as quite a bit of editing to do.

As for blogging…Warrior Wednesdays is going to be interviewing some amazing authors and writers and I now have all interviews confirmed and locked in until the end of August. So I know where you will all be every Wednesday: sitting down with a cuppa and joining this girl with a quill as I interview some very talented people out there. As Warrior Wednesdays has gained a regular following I am going to start upping the ante as they say a bit…I am going to start digging even deeper into these Warrior Writers and Creative’s  Psyche to get to the real secret veins of gold at the heart of their creativity. For this, I am going to ask for audience participation. That would be you dear readers and fellow creatives / bloggers. I need you to tell me what questions you really want answered from these writers. So in order to do this, I have set up two methods of dialogue and discussion.

Warrior Wednesdays Page

This is the area I have created for Audience Participation. This is your area. You get to post a question here that you would like answered by each Warrior. Each week, starting on the first Wednesday of April I will pick a question from this page (it could be your question) to ask the Warrior.

Warrior Wednesdays Tweets

This is a twitter chat room where you can tweet your questions. You can also discuss the previous interviews. I will be asking all the Warriors that I have interviewed already whether they can do a guest host on this tweet chat and you can delve further into anything you would like to know from them. I will let you know via here when we will be doing some guest hosting with the Warriors themselves.

This will allow you to not only read the interview but get you involved in the interview process. So starting this week, you have 1 week to post your questions.

Wednesday 30/03 Warrior

For this week’s Warrior Interview I have the very gutsy and sassy Leigh K Hunt in studio. I have already received her interview answers and let me tell you that this is going to be a Wowser of an interview. So watch this space tomorrow. You definitely want to be here for this interview.

Other Exciting Developments

This coming month of April is: Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. So in honour of this worthy cause I am going to have the honour of interviewing an Australian Author who is donating the April income from her new biography to this cause. This interview will be hosted on Friday, April the 1st this week. So watch this space for that interview.

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In April I am going to be reviewing a pre-print new fantasy book. I just received the book today so will be letting you know a review date once I have read it. Let me just tell you the book looks like a very intriguing read.

So yes, April is going to be a Mad month again but there are some exciting developments coming up. I hope to see you all here.

Look forward to seeing you all participate…lets have some great blog discussions.

– Kim