Speaking in Tungs by Karla M. Jay

Wow! I did not think I would enjoy this 26142984book as much as I did. It started out slow but ended with a bang. The main character Marleigh is witty and enjoyable, a speech therapist who has left busy San Francisco and moved to rural Pennsylvania after discovering she was adopted in hopes of learning more about her birth parents. She takes a job as a traveling speech therapist, which results in stepping way outside her comfort zone.  Since this book falls into the mystery genre, it seemed like everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and eventually I lost interest and had to put the book down for a couple days. I’m glad I picked it back up, though, because after I made it to the halfway point, I could not get enough. While the book ends on a positive note, one key point was not answered. I am looking forward to reading the sequel and seeing what lies ahead for Marleigh.

I received a copy of this book from Book Review 22 in exchange for my honest review.

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18 Seconds by George D. Shuman

187042When she takes hold of a deceased person’s hand, Sherry Moore has the ability to see the last 18 seconds of that person’s thoughts. This gift is remarkable for anybody to possess, but the fact that Sherry has been blind since a childhood trauma makes the gift that much more impressive. Sherry uses this gift to assist police and detectives with cases that have gone cold.

This book is filled with suspense from cover to cover, and several different lives and cases are intertwined. I thought I had guessed a major plot element half way through the book, but I was wrong (and in this instance, I’m glad to have been wrong). I was disappointed in the way things ended, but it turns out that this is the first book in the series, and I’m curious to see what happens with Sherry in the future.

Death Chase by Lizella Prescott

371a737ee36aafe33082c5b2fb97b366WARNING: This book will cause you to stay up all night and contemplate calling in sick just so you can finish it.

If that disclaimer isn’t obvious, I loved this book. From the prologue, which sets the tone for this psychological thriller, to the epilogue, which was a nice “where are they now?” wrap-up, I did not want to put this book down. Sometimes I find stories that are told from multiple characters’ points-of-view confusing, but Lizella Prescott gave each main character her own individual voice. Plus, Mira’s point-of-view is told in present day, during the race they’re running, while Isabelle’s and Kimmy’s points-of-view are past tense, letting readers know the history of the three friends. Mira is an addict focusing on her recovery.  If you don’t know anyone who is an addict, her character might seem outrageous; as someone who has family and friends in recovery, I found Mira and her actions to be believable.  I was shocked to find out who the master-mind was behind the crimes, and I did not see the ending coming. I plan on following Lizella Prescott online, and I’m excited to see what she publishes next.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Slave Again by Alana Terry

slaveagain***Trigger warning***

Book opens with a graphic murder scene.

This book sucked me in from cover to cover and is simply amazing! I was hesitant in the beginning, as several different characters are introduced in the first three or so chapters. While at times things did get confusing, overall Alana Terry does a fine job weaving the lives and subplots together.

The main two story lines consist of Sun and Mee-Kyong, two girls who are sold into sex trafficking, and Juliette and Roger Sterns, a married couple living in China near the North Korean border. The Sterns run an underground seminary program with students who were refugees. The next book in this series features two of the seminary students mentioned briefly in this book.

Like I said above, the writing flowed well, and Terry writes in a way that brings things to life. Sadly, this includes matter-of-factly speaking about sex trafficking. The ending brings vindication, though I was left with a huge question. To ask it here would cause a major spoiler, and I can only hope that Terry will answer my unspoken question with Book Two in the Whispers of Refuge series.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf

graf*Trigger warning: Attempted rape scene*

Looking for an engaging romantic thriller that will have you up all night because you just HAVE to know what happens next? Deep Connections, the first in a new series by Rebecca Graf, is just what you need. Graf does an excellent job of mixing mystery, romance, and the paranormal to Brenna’s story.
Brenna is a high school teacher and the target of a stalker. As if dealing with that is not enough, Brenna finds herself in the middle of a love triangle between the man who she sees only as a friend and the man she is afraid to let into her heart. Brenna struggles to fight the deep connection she shares with Slayton, a Native man and the son of Brenna’s best friend.
Rebecca Graf does an excellent job of painting pictures with words and she does so with class. As this book does feature a heavy romantic angle, it would have been easy to write stereotypical “falling in love” scenes, but Graf is gifted in her ability to write intimately and allows the reader more freedom to use his or her imagination.
The ending was a bit confusing, but since this is the first of 3 books, I believe there are in total, I am confident that some of the details will be better explained in book 2, Dark Connections.