Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Fadeaway Joe

Author: High Lessig

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Year: 2023

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Joe, an aging tough guy, is out of a job after his sketchy boss decides to go legit. Joe did his boss’s dirty work for decades, but now he’s out because Maxie has plans to open a casino. A trip to the hospital after a fight with Maxie reveals Joe has early onset Alzheimer’s. Joe vows to get revenge on Maxie for kicking him to the curb. As Joe adjusts to his new life of running a food truck and managing his dementia, he meets Paula, a young woman with her own problems. Joe and Paula team up to help each other out of their sticky situations. Paula convinces Joe not to kill Maxie but hit him where it will really hurt- his wallet. The two unlikely friends form a plan to detail Maxie’s casino plan. 

I really liked the premise of this thriller. It’s not often a thriller deals with an aging bad guy- especially one dealing with Alzheimer’s. Joe is a tough guy with a heart of gold. He realizes Paula is in danger and lends a hand. 

I thought this was an entertaining and engaging thriller and I liked the characters. Joe’s nosey neighbor Donna even jumps in to help with their plan and to help Joe manage his illness. Paula’s storyline is a little messy and dragged out, but overall the story moves along at a good pace. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a good choice for readers looking for a different kind of revenge thriller.

Thank you @crookedlanebooks and @netgalley for the digital review copy. Fadeaway Joe is out today! 

#fadeawayjoe #hughlessig #crookedlanebooks #thriller #crimefiction #alzheimers #dementia #revengethriller #bookstagram #netgalley #publicationday 

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

North of Nowhere


Author: Allison Brennan

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Year: 2023

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Thank you Minotaur Books and NetGalley for the digital arc. 

For five years, the former enforcer for the head of a Los Angeles crime family has lived in hiding in Montana with the children of Boyd, his former boss. Tony took the two kids and fled after  children’s mother was murdered. For five years, Tony has raised them as his own while trying to keep the kids safe and hidden from father and cruel grandmother. Their luck runs out when Boyd and his henchmen finally track them down. Tony and the kids escape into the Montana wilderness as Boyd closes in. As a blizzard moves in, the danger ratchets up. 

This was an entertaining, but messy mix of crime fiction and wilderness survival story. I say messy because there were so many tangents to the story. Crime boss Boyd’s estranged sister literally parachutes into the Montana forest to help find the kids. An LA police detective with his own agenda turns up on the scene. It was a lot of work keeping track of all the characters and threads to this story. 

I thought there was a little too much telling and not enough showing with this story. We hear how terrible the grandmother is, but it’s quite awhile into the book before we see any examples of her cruelty. I thought the sense of urgency to find the kids during the blizzard was mitigated by how much time all the adults in the woods spent standing around talking. I had trouble overlooking the fact that Tony never changed his last name and even registered the kids in school with his last name. ๐Ÿคฆ‍♀️ And if you don’t want anyone to find you, maybe don’t send the kids to school on picture day? I thought the story ran a smidge too long and could have been tightened up to keep the story moving. I liked it and this it could be a good choice for readers who enjoy survival/adventure or who want an escape into the Montana wilderness. North of Nowhere is available today. 

QOTD: what’s for dinner tonight? I think we’re have steak and corn on the cob. And I think by hubby is doing the cooking. ๐Ÿ˜€

#northofnowhere #minotaurbooks #netgalley #crimefiction #survivalfiction #adventurefiction #thrillerbooks #familydrama #montana #bookstagram #newbook

Friday, August 4, 2023



Author: Daniel Kraus

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Publication date: August 8, 2023

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Wow! I was on the edge of my seat listening to this book. I couldn’t put it down. Thank you @simon.audio for the #gifted copy.

Jay Gardiner often had a rocky relationship with his father, who was a legendary diver. Jay, grieving and guilt ridden after his father’s suicide, thinks the only way to heal his family is by finding and recovering his father’s bones from the ocean. He makes a dangerous solo dive off the coast of Monastery Beach. And then everything goes horribly wrong. He encounters an elusive giant squid. Jay marvels at the sight, until an enormous sperm whale, hunting the giant squid, appears. Jay gets caught by one of the squid’s tentacles and dragged into whale’s mouth as it feeds on the squid. Jay’s swallowed by the behemoth.  From there it’s a race against time until his Jay’s air runs out. 

I’d characterize this book as a thriller/survival story with a very literary feel to it. Author Daniel Kraus’s writing is deep and powerful. His characters are layered and complex-especially Jay’s father. Kraus must have done a ton of research for this book. He doesn’t overwhelm readers with the technical aspects of diving or the biology of sea creatures, but the information he provides is essential to the story. I thought it also fit perfectly into Jay’s and his dad’s personalities. I also really enjoyed Kirby Heybourne’s narration. I know this one will be one of my top ten books this year. 

Whalefall is out on Tuesday, August 8. You don’t want to miss this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: Let’s do predictive text! I scuba diving and saw_______. 

I went scuba diving and saw a couple of people with their feet in the air. ๐Ÿ˜€ 

#whalefall #danielkraus #simonaudio #kirbyheybourne #audiobook #audiobookreview #audiobookstagram #audiobooksofinstagram #publishingsoon #thrillerfiction #survivalfiction #familydrama #fatersonrelationship #pacificocean #scubadiving #spermwhale #giantsquid

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

July Reading Wrap Up


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Happy August! Hope your reading was as hot as the temperatures! 

๐ŸŽงAlias, Emma - it’s a race against time when a British spy must keep her asset safe from Russian assassins & get him across London in one harrowing night. Really loved this tightly plotted, fast paced thriller! 

๐ŸŽงThe Searcher - a retired Chicago cop moves to rural Ireland to get away from it all. Instead he ends up helping a young teen find out what happened to their missing older brother. Really enjoyed this one & loved the setting. 

๐Ÿ“–What We Were Promised- family drama involving a Chinese couple who return to Shanghai after living in the US for many years. A very layered story of family, love, & one’s place on the world. 

๐Ÿ“–North of Nowhere- a mix of crime fiction & survival story. Two kids are on the run in the Montana wilderness just as a blizzard hits. Thank you @netgalley & @minotaur_books  for the digital arc. Out next week. 

๐Ÿ“–Second Shot - a retired CIA assassin goes on the hunt after being targeted & discovering there might be a traitor in the agency. There’s also a serial killer on the loose. 
๐ŸŽงA Solitude of Wolverines - a wildlife biologist, studying wolverines on a preserve in rural Montana, uncovers a nefarious enterprise. 

๐Ÿ“–Salvage the World - after her partner disappears, a woman & her young son flee to her father’s house in the hurricane ravaged Deep South. In the meantime, a religious zealot who’s been capturing the attention & money of the storm weary people becomes increasingly violent. 

๐Ÿ“–Sing Her Down - a gritty modern day Western. Florida Baum isn’t the doe-eyed naive young woman who got mixed up with the wrong man & ended up in jail. Her cell mate Dios knows deep down Florida is hiding a violent personality. Dios’s obsession with Florida begins a violent cat & mouse game through pandemic locked down LA that can only end in bloodshed. 

๐ŸŽงFourth Wing- booksgram made me read it. Harry Potter+Game of Thrones+enemies to lovers wide open door romance. The dragons were cool. 

๐ŸŽงThose Empty Eyes - Alex’s family was murdered one night when she was a teen. Accused of the crime & hounded by the media, she’s forced to change her name & appearance. But she never stops searching for the real killer.

#monthlywrapup #readingwrapup #crimefiction #thrillerfiction #mysteryfiction #espionagefiction #familydrama #survivalfiction #adventurestory #spyfiction 

Under Your Spell

  Author: Laura Wood Narrator: Ellie Heydon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Year: 2024 ๐ŸŽง๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐ŸŽง Many thanks...