R T Wolfe
Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Police procedurals, women sleuths
(9 Jan. 2014)
Lending her expertise to help the FBI bring down a child trafficking ring, Detective Nickie Savage discovers that the men they're tracking are the same ones who abducted her as a young teen.
Risking her badge, Nickie goes rogue with surveillance expert Duncan Reed. But the closer they get to the King Pin, the closer she and Duncan become with each other.
Now Nickie must choose: break her own rules and risk her heart, or forge ahead...alone.
I enjoyed these books – yes, I’ve read them all. Nickie Savage is believable and her back story is sufficiently told for you to understand her motives. Though how she manages now I am really not sure… Her family sound horrible!
I found the writing to be fairly addictive and well enough written that I didn’t get tired of reading through the series. The style is fluid and has enough humour and romance to counteract the serious nature of the story-line. not LOL but you can grin occasionally…
THE NICKIE SAVAGE SERIES, in order Savage Echoes
Justice for MacKenzie
Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 1
military, thriller, romance, suspense
(14 July 2015)
A member of the famed Texas Rangers, Daxton Chambers has dealt with more than his share of depravity. But the Lone Star Reaper takes evil to a whole new level, kidnapping and burying women alive. It's Dax's job to help keep San Antonio safe, but even with help from friends in various law enforcement agencies, the killer remains two steps ahead. It's hardly the ideal time for a relationship, but Mackenzie Morgan is too luscious to resist. Dax wants her--which makes her an instant target for his newfound enemy.
When the Reaper gets personal, it will take every ounce of Daxton's considerable skill and training to keep Mack alive.
This is book #1 in a nice series where all the heroes are military – in this one a Ranger.
But what is it with all these US women who have surnames for first names?
Anyway, we have a really nasty killer on the loose and he is aiming for MacKenzie, and her boyfriend just has to help her escape his clutches..
This is not high fiction but it is an enjoyable read, a good contemporary novel style and I read the remainder of the series after it.
Artificial intelligence, suspense, thriller, psychological
A chilling contemporary thriller from Robert Harris set in the competitive world of high finance. Dr Max Hoffman is a legend. A physicist once employed on the Large Hadron Collider, he now uses a revolutionary and highly secret system of computer algorithms to trade on the world's financial markets. None of his rivals is sure how he does it, but somehow Hoffman's hedge fund -- built around the standard measure of market volatility: the VIX or "Fear Index" -- generates astonishing returns for his investors. Late one night, in his house beside Lake Geneva, an intruder disturbs Hoffman and his wife while they are asleep. This terrifying moment is the start of Robert Harris's new novel -- a story just as compelling and timely as his most recent contemporary thriller, The Ghost. Over the next 48 hours, as the markets edge towards another great crash, Hoffman's world disintegrates. But who is trying to destroy him?
So a rather chilling tale of just what happens when AI begins to get ideas for itself. It we are trying really hard to program autonomous units that can choose and optimise routes for delivery, routes for shipping and so on; and of course for hedging your bets. And this is where this story comes in. A computer system is devised that uses AI to hedge financial bets – ie work the stock market in the margins.
Which is great. No longer do you have to have really bright people working numbers. Instead you create algorithms that do this work for you. And you make money. Loads of it. Loads and Loads of it because you bet on the margins – which you can do if you start with a lot of money to begin with.
And this book stretches these ideas out. Into what is not a new concept of idea but used in a different field of application. What happens when the robots start to think for themselves?
A good book, but somehow not as chilling as it might be. I knew the answer by mid-way through, maybe because the book is 2011?
The Forgotten Coast Florida Suspense Series Book #8
Dawn Lee McKenna
Florida, crime, suspense,
Sweet Tea Press
January 28, 2018
People get up to all kinds of mischief out at Lake Morality.When Kristen Morgan abandoned her baby girl in a locked car, Lt. Maggie Redmond was angry. Though the baby was uninjured, things could have been much worse.When the mother¿s body is found two days later, in a lake far outside town on the road to the county prison, Maggie suddenly has more than child endangerment or a missing person on her hands.Kristen Morgan¿s family and doctor say that she was depressed and possibly not taking her medication, and that she¿d talked about suicide in the past, but Maggie and her fiancé, former Sheriff Wyatt Hamilton, aren¿t convinced.When evidence of homicide surfaces, Maggie must discover who wanted a young mother dead, and why.The greatly-anticipated 8th book in the Forgotten Coast Florida Suspense series has plenty of page-turning action and suspense, along with its trademark coastal atmosphere, rich characterization and dry humor.
There are now 8 books in this series and Lake Morality is the latest.
I’m reviewing ALL 8, as I read them one after the other as I found the location really foreign and yet based in the USA, to me as a UK person, and very interesting to learn about.
The location is the Florida Panhandle, aka The Forgotten Coast. Home to locals who traditionally fished shrimp and oysters from small villages, and whose livelihood has been largely ruined by the various oil spills in this area of the coast. It sounds as unpleasant to live there as I have found the rest of Florida to be – very hot and humid most of the year, and lots of bitey insects! (I stopped counting after my bites got in the 3 figures after a week)
They are not necessarily what you might call full length as novels, but not short enough to be novellas. Long enough to develop a good story-line and come to a conclusion.
Nicely written. Gentle without being cosy but not full-on noir either.
I found the descriptions vivid and the conversations chimed with reality and the devastation of the local economy is clear but without sentimentality.
The amount of sweet tea they drink though, must surely rot their teeth!
A Simple Favour
Literary fiction, Contemporary, psychological
December 14, 2017
A Simple Favour is a twisting free-fall ride filled with betrayal, reversal, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty. Darcey Bell ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing thriller that holds you in its grip until the final page.It starts with a simple favour - an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another.When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son from school she happily says yes.Their children are classmates and best friends. And five-year-olds love being together - just like she and Emily. As a widow and stay-at-home blogger mum living in suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a glamorous and successful PR executive.The trouble is that Emily doesn't come back. No matter what the police say, Stephanie knows that she would never leave her son. Terrified, she reaches out to her fellow mummy bloggers.And she also reaches out to Emily's husband - just to offer her support.What Stephanie hasn't shared are the secrets buried in a murky past.
The film adaptation of the book stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively as the seemingly mismatched pair of best friends.
A book that starts out like a ‘normal’ story of a mother and her best friend, and mommies in NY suburbs and then gradually becomes darker and more twisted as the truths of their lives begin to unfold.
And then, half-way through, a really big twist turns the story into something else entirely! Something you had not anticipated and it all goes into a spiral from there…
And at the end there is a cliff-hanger, that leaves you to make up your own mind about the ending.
I found this really enticing as a story as the main characters have such secrets that they have carefully hidden, for a variety of reasons, and their own real personalities are hidden too. I couldn’t wait to find out what they would do next. And how they would spin half-truths and blame others… All of them characters you really could not empathise with, for any reason at all…