Cold Feet

Cold FeetMadison Lieberman had lived with the knowledge that her father was the suspected Sandpoint Strangler for years. Madison believed that her father was not the killer but she will find questionable evidence that will have her questioning her father’s innocence.

Caleb Trovato’s daughter has gone missing and with his ex-wives insistence he has come to find his daughter. He will get close to Madison to try to find the secrets that he suspects she is hiding. Though as Caleb gets closer to Madison he will find that maybe everything is not what he believes.

Cold Feet is a novel by Brenda Novak. This was a suspenseful book that was filled with twists, betrayal and mystery which made me like this book all the better. Novak can write a well written suspenseful novel.

The characters felt real with their problems of family and circumstances. I liked how Novak wrote Madison and how her trust in her father had started to disappear and rightly so with what she had discovered. Caleb was a good man but you knew that his lie would come back to haunt him, and it will. Though there will be a chance to redeem himself and for Madison to find the truth about everything.

The Sandpoint Strangler was a question in my mind throughout the book. I knew that it could not be the father, I knew that fact right from the moment I started to reading. The father was the obvious suspect. I had one in mind but when Novak spins a twist in the book I was shocked with the outcome. It was a good twist that led to a regrettable situation. Though Novak will wrap up the ending of the book where the characters find a new beginning.

Exclusive by Sandra Brown

Heart pounding thriller, sabotage, blackmail, but in the end you still didn’t know what really happened.  At the end there is a conclusion but who is really guilty the lines get blurred with who really killed the baby.  Exclusive is intense and fantastic to read.

A second-string with first class talent, Barrie Travis is stuck at a low-budget independent television station struggling to survive among the giant networks.  Then, suddenly, she recieves an invitation from First Lady Vanessa Merritt for an off-the-record conversation.  Barrie’s reporter’s instincts are instantly aroused.

During a furtive, emotionally charged meeting, Barrie sees that the President’s beautiful wife is stunned by grief after the crib death of their infant son.  Vanessa’s motive for meeting Barrie seems to be to share her headache with another woman.  What Barrie overlooks in her excitment at hearing the confidences of the First Lady are the questions she should be asking: Why would Vanessa Merritt call her?  And why would the President’s wife hint to an unknown reporter that her child may have been murdered?

Blind to everything but getting her exclusive, Barrie is determined to investigate the death of teh President’s child.  But she soon realizes that getting the story will test her ethics and her patriotism.  Would she expose information that could topple the presidency?  She confronts this problem when she tracks down Gray Bondurant, a former presidential aide and war hero who shunned the poltics of Washington in favor of life on a remote Wyoming ranch.  And when they both begin to follow a trail of lies and intrigue right to the White House door, Barrie’s exclusive puts at least three people on the firing line: First Lady, Gray, and herself-as crimes and ambitions combine to endanger their lives and the future of the nation.

Finishing reading you are in awe and still confused in a way.  Excluive was an intense thriller and a joy to read about.  I liked that this concentrated on the first family with a reporter who gets a hunch and runs with it.

Reporters usually come out on the bottom and dead somewhere with these types of novels but with help Barrie is able to survive, barely.

I love the sexual tension between Gray and Barrie, it is intense just like everything else about them.  But it is not easy for them.

The secret of who is the babies father for the first lady will shock you.  It drove me crazy and you wanted to know the truth but only at the end do you find out.

Sandra Brown delivers a suspenseful and heated novel with the sensual tension and adventure.  A novel worth reading.

Angel Fire East by Terry Brooks

“As a Knight of the Word, John Ross has struggled against the tireless dark forces of the Void for twenty-five years with the magic he wields.  Now Ross has learned of the birth of a gypsy morph, a rare and dangerous creature formed of wild magics spontaneously knit together.  If he can discover its secret, the morph could be an invaluable weapon against the Void.  But the Void, too, knows the value of the morph and will not rest until the creature has been corrupted-or destroyed.

Desperate, Ross returns to Hopewell, Illinois, home of Nest Freemark, a young woman with magical abilities of her own.  Twice before they have prevailed against the Void.  Now they face an ancient evil beyond anything they have ever encountered, for a demon of ruthless intelligence and feral cunning awaits them in Hopewell…”

I honestly thought I would hate Angel Fire East.  I didn’t think the author Terry Brooks would really be for me.  That the book would just be strange and boring but that was not the case.  I was completely blown away by this book.  I am happy that I took a chance on this book.

I thought the book was strange but in a fantastic way.  It is the third book of the series which I would assume explains this magical people.  Now reading the first two books would be good but really you do not need to worry about understanding that aspect because Brooks gives background while you read.  But in the beginning I did get a little confused with the Knight of the Word and the Void but soon I was just absorbing all the information and becoming amazed how quickly I was reading the book.

Through Brooks writing you get involved with the story in all ways you can.  He creates such intrigue and excitement through the characters and the plot that you can’t put the book down.  I had to see what would happen next to the characters.

I love how magic is part of the world but not recognized by any other people.  But the idea of magic is so integrated to the plot that you forget and then you see how it works and amazes you.

As I have already mentioned this book was truly amazing to read, awesome, was blown away.  I loved the ending.  It ended but gave hope to a new beginning for each of our characters.  And the characters of Nest an Ross were quite a team.  I loved how their magic was used and just how important they are each in their own way.  I appreciated the fact that Nest and Ross were not involved only as friends.  Those two didn’t need a romance between them they were perfect together with standing side by side.

So if you want an amazing book then this is for you.  Terry Brooks fills Angel Fire East with non-stop action, suspense, mystery and plenty of paranormal activity to leave the reader enthralled.

The Runaway Jury by John Grishman

“They are at the center of a multi million-dollar legal hurricane: twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict. Now the jury must make a decision in the most explosive civil trial of the century, a precedent setting lawsuit against a giant tobacco company. But only a handful of people know the truth: that this jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him…

He is known only as Juror #2. But he has a name, a past, and he has planned his every move with the help of a beautiful woman on the outside. Now, while a corporate empire hangs in the balance, while a grieving family waits, and while lawyers are plunged into a battle for their careers, the truth about Juror #2 is about to explode, in a cross fire of greed and corruption-and with justice fighting for its life…”

Well this is my first time ever reading a John Grisham novel. I picked this novel, The Runaway Jury, because I saw the movie and fell in love with it. I loved the plot and style which is was shown so I hoped the book was the same.

Overall the book was truly fantastic to read. There were the same fascinating characters and plot with a lot of detail and development. But there came the problem. There was a lot of detail. I love detail but there was a lot that it got a little long in certain areas. Of course all the other areas were great to read.

As I read the book I found myself wishing that I didn’t see the movie first. The movie was about shooting and the book about tobacco but still with the same characters. At first I was a little confused. I expected the sueing of firearms but I got something else. I liked the movie plot. Now in all honesty that didn’t lose the fact that Grisham delivered a very detailed and interesting book to read. Once I got into the story the movie was no longer a problem.

John Grisham is a fantastic storyteller. Grishman created an interesting and complex characters intertwined into The Runaway Jury to make an exciting story.

The Naked Face by Sidney Sheldon

“You are Dr. Judd Stevens, a brillant, successful psychoanalyst.  You deal with madness in your work-but nothing has prepared you for the madness now eveloping your life.  Somebody wants to kill you.  Nobody wants to believe you.  And your survival hangs on a race against time as you hunt your hunter through a jungle of sex and violence and twisted emotion to a mind-shattering confrontation with the naked face of your enemy and the full horror of the truth…”

I was truly blown away by this suspense thriller.  It was a short book but by no means does that mean it was without detail.  There was so much detail and intrigue which kept my interest.  I was enthralled with the book, could not but the book down.

Now at first I wasn’t sure because there was a lot of detail almost too much but after the first page I was in awe of the book.  I was hooked.

As I read the book all I had was questions on what was going to happen next.   I felt bad as tragedy hit the doctor and found myself frustrated or cringing from the situations in the book.

Sidney Sheldon writes an amazing suspense novel with The Naked Face and is a must read.

Seawitch by Alistair MacLean

“There were ten of them.  Oil magnates.  All in a secret meeting to plot the destruction of Lord Worth, England’s famous oil billionaire.

They hired the notorious trouble shooter, Cronkite-violent, ruthless, deadly.  Cronkite was not above using nuclear weapons.  The target.  Seawitch.  Lord Worth’s massive ocean oil rig.

But Lord Worth had a few tricks of his own.  The most deadly being two crackerjack private investigators who just happened to be in love with Lord Worth’s daughters.

So when Cronkite decided his first move was to kidnap the girls he was unaware that he had make a very dangerous mistake…”

This was a book I was given to read.  They have read many of his books years ago and they recommended it.  So I picked up the book.  As a reader I like to challenge myself and try other genres I am not sure of and this one I definitely was not sure.

In the very beginning of the book I didn’t like it.  I was confused and it seemed a little boring but I didn’t give up.  As I kept reading I found the book becoming more and more interesting.

Spy books are not always my thing to read but as I finished the book it made sense and it had a decent ending.  Now would I run to read the book again?  Well I am not so sure about that but I will try another book of Alistair MacLean.

8th Confession by James Patterson

James Patterson brings the Women’s Murder Club back to the pages in the suspense thriller 8th Confession.

The Plot of 8th Confession:

“As San Francisco’s most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching-waiting for a chance to take revengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city’s most celebrated couple.  Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it’s the perfect murder.  Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.

As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed-a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless.  His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge.  Probing deeper into the victim’s history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.

As the hunt for two criminals test the limits of the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and Lindsay’s partner, Detective Rich Conklin.  The Women’s Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built?”

Now although this book was well written and interesting as all the others I wasn’t so drawn towards this book.  The plot was good but it didn’t grab my attention.  I found myself reading more about what was going to happen with Lindsay, Rich, Joe, and Cindy.

But as always James Patterson brings the characters great depth.  I liked that Lindsay still faces a hard choice on who to choose and she finally does but will this still be a problem in the next book.

The next book is not out yet but I am waiting to find out what happens in the next installment of the Women’s Murder Club.