For those of you who don’t know me from my former blog Art, Books, & Coffee, let me give you a little background on the crazy that is my world. I am a graphic designer/artist, author, avid reader, and coffee addict. The statement “add coffee for instant human” was invented for me. Trust me…you don’t want to know me without coffee in my system.
THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER by Ann Brashares
THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER is a wonderfully written story about family, love, and what happens when secrets come to the surface. Brashares manages to capture the dynamic of a fractured family with a distinctive and fresh take on the subject.
THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day
William Morrow Paperbacks
THE DAY I DIED is they type of mystery that pulls you in slowly until you are halfway through and completely addicted. With ever passing page, the author reveals another element of the crime all the while enriching the back stories of her characters. There is an element of grit and fear in this book that truly plays with your mind. You feel for Anna even before you know her entire truth. The reality behind the secrets and consequences are what make this book so great. All of the psychological elements will sit with you and percolate until you are just as on edge as the people in the book.
GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen
Filled with secrets, lies, and a shocking ending, GONE WITHOUT A TRACE is one of those books that you think is going to go one place, takes a left turn, and ends up catching you completely off guard. Mary Torjussen unravels the story in such a way that slowly pulls you in. Without realizing it, you are utterly absorbed in Hannah’s life, her obsessions, and all the deeply flawed characters playing their parts in this thriller. The twists, turns, and reveals not only add to the suspense, but they also add to the psychological component which makes the story even richer.
THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Erica Ferencik
Be prepared to take a heart pounding and dramatic trip down the river with this book. The author has created a story that blends together emotion with action in a way that will keep you on invested in the characters’ journey as well as on the edge of your seat until the very end. At first, I have to admit that I was not sure about this book. However, after I hit midway, I was addicted.
I'M TRAVELING ALONE by Samuel Bjørk
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: Suspenseful and addictive police procedural Nordic crime novel.
I’M TRAVELING ALONE is an edgy, suspenseful, and thrilling crime novel that shows what good noir can truly be. In all honesty, there isn’t one aspect of this novel that I didn’t love. While reading, I devoured the pages as if I were on the hunt for the killer myself.
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
St. Martin's Griffin
What can I say about this book? Since the minute I heard that THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN was going to have a follow-up novel, I was so excited. Now that I have read it, I am in awe of the author’s ability to weave together such a magnificent tale. The richness in her writing and talent for bringing imagery to life enhances the story in such a way that the reader cannot help but get drawn into this world. I honestly didn’t think it was possible for Roshani Chokshi to outdo herself, but she did. The mystical elements and the emotion that fill these pages will captivate and beguile. This is a must read for 2017.
GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston
Fun, amusing, and geeky in the best way possible. In a unique take on the classic tale of Cinderella, Ashley Poston gives us all a modern day reimagining filled with humor, heart, and all the cosplay one could possibly want. Her writing effortlessly incorporates modern culture all the while staying true to the the original fairy tale. With positively delightful, sarcastic, and charming characters, there is no way that you will not enjoy this book.
FAITHLESS by Kjell Ola Dahl
I have been on a Nordic mystery and thriller kick lately, so when I heard about FAITHLESS by Kjell Ola Dahl, I was really excited have the chance to read it. The book is a slow-burning mystery that concentrates heavily on police procedure. In fact, it is the investigation aspects and the way that the author reveals the case to the reader that hooked me the most. The writing was not only smart and quit-witted, but the skill and development of the mystery was truly masterful.