Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich offers fun, light and enjoyable read
The Heist is the beginning of a brand new series by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (bestselling author and writer for Monk). I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan and have read all of her Stephanie Plum series. The Heist was a fun, light read that was simply enjoyable. Not intense or overly complicated, The Heist, is a perfect beach read. Or at least was the perfect read for my beach trip.
This novel features Kate O’Hare, a FBI special agent known for her dedication and discipline and Nicolas Fox, a con man that Kate has spent five years of her life hunting down. After being arrested Nicolas makes a deal with the FBI to help them catch criminals off the books that have thus far evaded them.
This unlikely pair teams up much to Kate’s disapproval but with Nicolas’ suaveness and Kate’s keenness they prove to be a perfect match. They recruit a team of misfits and begin their first assignment to catch a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on his private island. From flamethrowers to pirates this first assignment is definitely not without unexpected challenges.
Secondworld by Jeremy Robinson
Secondworld by Jeremy Robinson is an exciting rush from beginning to end. We have all read thriller novels where people lose the essentials of life, such as food, safety or shelter; but air – that’s a new one. After this novel, I’m also thinking that it’s the most terrifying resource to lose!
Lincoln Miller is an ex-Navy Seal working as a NCIS Special Agent. He is sent to Aquarius, an undersea research facility to research undersea dumping. Miller thinks he sees dumping take place around the research facility and races to the surface to investigate and confront the polluters. He discovers not only a lack of polluters, but red flakes falling from the sky and no oxygen in the air.
Miller must escape the research facility when it is struck by a dead blue whale. From that point on it’s a non-stop race as he goes from one oxygen tank to the next. He soon discovers that Miami, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo have all been affected. Miller has seven days to save the rest of the world.
I highly suggest taking a deep breathe and diving into Second World.
John reviews Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
I just finished Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner. It was so, so good. This was my first time reading one of her novels. I had read many rave reviews about her work and looked forward to reading her newest novel. I was completely hooked from the first paragraph, it was very hard to put down. I really liked how she alternates the point of views in her chapters. The premise of the story is that a wealthy family is kidnapped including the husband, wife and their fifteen year old daughter. In one chapter, you read what is happening to them and the alternate chapters are from the point of view of those attempting to rescue them.
The characters in this novel were complex and extremely well developed. Sometimes I find that a book can become too bogged down in the details of the characters when there are so many of them. This was not the case in Touch & Go. It was so intense and absolutely no one was who they seemed to be. I will definitely be reading her next novel.
John reviews Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd
Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd is the ultimate who-dun-it mystery. I had not read a book by this author before, or I should say authors as Charles Todd is actually Charles and Caroline Todd, a mother and son writing team. This is their 15th Ian Rutledge mystery. Rutledge is a compelling character, an inspector in Scotland Yard during the 1920s with trauma from the war that has resulted in Hamish, a fellow soldier who he was ordered to kill during the war, being the voice in the back of his head. This mystery was a difficult one to figure out and I was shocked by the ending as I had definitely not figured out who the murderer was and how so many characters were connected. I enjoyed following along with Rutledge’s investigation and the mental process of figuring out a crime with so many people and so little evidence.