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My 5 Star review of Blue Hill Blood by Elizabeth Gray

 

BHB Front coverBlue Hill Blood by Elizabeth Gray

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: August 22, 2015

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Henry –
My past is gruesome and unforgettable no matter how hard I try to let go.
Writing is my escape. My only therapy.
When I met my wife, had children, and my career sky-rocketed, I thought I’d never revisit those dark days again.
So, the moment Blue Hill, Maine beckons for me, I go willingly in an effort to write the next big story.
But when a ghost from my past shows up, all of my carefully rebuilt walls come crumbling down hard and fast. My only way of defense is ripped from my grasp as this distraction bounces into my life.
Will I be able to sift through what’s fiction to find reality?
Eli –
I’m a serial killer. A victim of narcissism and the need to satisfy my own urges. I have a thirst to snuff out the lives of those that remind me of her—the woman that ruined me—and I take great pleasure in quenching that thirst.
I have no rules. No parameters. I do as I please.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Henry McElroy, is my god. His sick, twisted mind constructs the world to which I rule. I would be nothing without him—my dark creator.
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What happens when Henry McElroy’s story begins to take a realistic form the moment he sets foot in the sleepy, seaside town in Maine? As soon as he begins sharing excerpts of his book with his fans on social media, including an obsessive one he meets in Blue Hill, bodies begin to stack up in similar fashion to that of which he writes about. Will the blame be placed on the town’s newest and most twisted visitor? Or will Henry be able to prove his innocence and clear his name before it’s too late?

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Raw…gritty…moving. This book had me from the very first pages.  The characters are realistic and the hero shows so many layers you have no idea what to expect one page to the next.

Henry is broken and as you get deeper and deeper into the story you see just how broken he really is.  Let me tell you.  It surprised the hell out of me! But wouldn’t you after witnessing your father murder your family?

Henry loved Helen, his terminally ill sister.  They witnessed their parents struggles with money and heard the constant fighting.  On one fateful night his dad snaps.  Killing everyone he has ever loved and almost ending Henry’s life in the process.

Now some years later he still bares the scars of that night.  His only constant is his family and his loving wife, Leesa.  She knows him, she gets him.  Almost to the point of insanity but you just have to read the story to find out what I’m talking about.

Being a best selling author he travels to Blue Hill in hopes the setting will help him finish his latest book. He quickly realizes that his main character in his book, Eli, would have a field day in Blue Hill.  The towns people are the perfect setting for a serial killer.

The womanizing Mayor, the whore daughter of the sheriff…but when people start coming up dead all eyes are on him.

I’m not going to lie there was some crazy twisty stuff in this story.  The type that makes your skin crawl.  Trust me it’s worth it.  There is SOOOO much I didn’t disclose because I didn’t want to ruin the story but YOU MUST read it.  It’s truly a work of fictional art..

Favorite Scene: The hotel room with his wife.

Favorite Quote:


She fishes me out every time.  Her love and strength hold me up when I no longer have the mental capacity to do it myself.


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Elizabeth Gray is the author of the psychological thriller Blue Hill Blood. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. Elizabeth can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen. Elizabeth Gray also writes under the pen name K Webster where she is the author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance.

My 5 Star review of What Jennifer Saw by Hal Schweig

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What Jennifer Saw by Hal Schweig

Genre: Psychological Murder Mystery/Thriller
Publication Date: November 7, 2013

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Jim Harris, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, and his wife, Mary Beth, along with their four beautiful children, are beloved as the “Jack and Jackie” of Monroeville, Missouri, a small town which considers itself “The Camelot of the Midwest.” The murder of Jim Harris in time reveals the moral decay festering beneath this family’s golden surface. Following the murder of her husband, Mary Beth Harris has metamorphosed suspiciously from a mousy hausfrau doting on her family to a newly energized vamp hurrying to a secret rendezvous with a mysterious lover. Her 24-year-old son later discovers a letter from her paramour, written shortly before his father’s murder, and begins to agonize over the unthinkable. Self-absorbed, Mary Beth fails to recognize the desperate plight of her 15-year-old daughter, the ethereal Jennifer, who witnessed her father’s murder, but is suffering post traumatic stress syndrome and cannot recall it. A brilliant but maverick psychiatrist, Dr. Timothy Adler, wrestling demons of his own, is brought in to treat her and discovers she is also in the grip of Multiple Personality Disorder. He gambles everything on one high-risk roll of the dice to decipher her psyche, which harbors a grotesque melange of angry “personas,” one of whom holds the key to the identity of the killer and also possesses shocking knowledge about the murder victim as well. Dr. Adler knows that his battle against the cunning and malevolent alter egos who wish to possess Jennifer’s soul must be successful, or else she may rapidly descend into madness and even death.

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My review of Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

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A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

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Review: Unravel by Calia Read

I have found my new favorite book.  THAT. WAS. EPIC. A billion stars!  Naomi, Lana, Max, Lachlan…I fell in love with all of them equally. It makes you realize that sometimes life isn’t fair and that everyone deals with pain differently.  Ok here is my review (spoiler free so I can’t tell you everything.) I really hope I did this story justice.

Naomi Carradine is a patient at Fairfax Mental Heath Institute..  Her past haunts her.  Everywhere she turns she see’s him.  The only thing solid in her life is Max and Lachlan.  Lachlan, her childhood love of her life and Max, her summer fling that mysteriously has stolen her heart. I think it’s best to break this story into three parts.  Her relationship with Lachlan, Lana and Max.  Brace yourself because here goes…

Lachlan Halstead

Growing up in McLean, Virginia, Naomi dreams of things little ten year old girls do.  Fireworks and tree houses.  Only thing is her family despises all of  those things. So one night she sneaks out with her horse Rumor to climb her neighbor’s tree house.  And that is when she meets Lachlan.  He catches her sneaking into his old tree house in the middle of the night.  Him being fifth teen has no use for it so he agrees to not tell on the kid.  Over the years their relationship grows.  Until he moves off to college and returns a man.  Their love for each other blossoms and when Naomi moves off to college of her own he promises to wait for her.

Sex.
Love.
Fucking.

Call it what you want, but they are all the same. Each one requires you to give a piece of yourself that you will never get back.
But with the right person, everything will align perfectly. The world stops turning on its axis, time slows, and you realize that while you’re losing a piece of yourself, you’re also gaining something in return.
That’s how I will always feel with Lachlan.
He holds me and I know I’m safe.

Max

Naomi meets Max at a party he is hosting.  A successful stockbroker that happens to be dashingly handsome.  Naomi cannot resist his charms.  The two quickly start a whirlwind affair.  The guilt she feels from betraying Lachlan is tangible.  I feel in love with Max instantly.  He is caring, intelligent and is crazy for Naomi.  But with the summer coming to an end will they be able to let each other go?

One more kiss. Was I delusional?
One more kiss from Max and I become voracious.
Lip Biting.
Bare skin touching.
Hands all over.
I wanted it all.

Her world shatters when one night upon returning from home Max’s she finds Lana being rapped by, let’s just say someone near and dear to her.  Naomi begs her to call the police but Lana is in denial and admits that she has been abused since she was ten.  She feels trapped with nowhere to go.

Lana

Lana is Naomi’s best friend and also the daughter of a prominent Virginal senator. Together they live with her parents for the summer until the one faithful day that Naomi discovers her secret she has been desperately trying to hide for years.  She talks Lana into moving into an apartment.  Lana is slowing losing touch with reality.

I crumbled to the ground and screamed, trying to erase Lana’s words.

“The pain’s never gonna leave”.

Max confronts her abuser and is thrown in jail.  The world is crumbling around her. The next thing she remembers is she is in the mental hospital telling her story to Dr. Rutledge.

I realized, then, that seeing Lana being raped had created a small crack in my sanity.  Each event after that made me fragile.  I was finally starting to shatter.  Everything was catching up to me and I broke into a million pieces.

The ending hits you like a brick wall.  It will leave you in tears and gasping for breath.

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