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Boneman’s Daughter by Ted Dekker

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A Texas serial killer called BoneMan is on the loose, choosing young girls as his prey, His signature: myriad broken bones that torture and kill – but never puncture.

Military intelligence officer Ryan Evans is married to his work; so much so that his wife and daughter have written him out of their lives. Sent to Fallujah and captured by insurgents, he is asked to kill children not unlike his own. The method: a meticulous, excruciating death by broken bones that his captor has forced him to learn.

Returning home after the ordeal, a new crisis awaits. A serial killer is on the loose, and his method of killing is the same. Ryan becomes a prime suspect, which isn’t even the worst of his problems: Ryan’s daughter is BoneMan’s latest desire.

In a story that is devaststing in its skill and suspense, – Ted Dekker brings to bear his ability to terrify and compel in BONEMAN’S DAUGHTERS.

Yet again, a book that has been sitting on my wish list…as well as all of the other books by Ted Dekker.  This is the first book that I have read by this author and he has quickly earned a place in my heart, truly fantastic and a total rollercoaster of a story.

Ryan Evans has served his country well – an intelligence officer in the Navy he is one of the elite.  After a mission goes terribly wrong, he does some soul searching and realizes it’s time for him to put his priorities in place and make his family whole again.  This will be no easy task considering he has not been a very active part of his wife or daughter’s life.

Enter Boneman – a brutal serial killer who captures young girls and tortures them by breaking all of their bones without breaking their skin.  He’s in search of a perfect “daughter” and thinks  he has found it in Ryan’s daughter Bethany.  Not only is Ryan in a fight to save his daughter from an early death, he also has to convince the FBI that he is not Boneman, as they believe.

This book is impossible to put down – when the word suspense is used, this is exactly what they are talking about.  Dekker hooks you by giving you just enough information to keep you turning pages to see where you’re going next, and it is a journey you don’t want to miss!  I HIGHLY recommend this book but be warned – set aside some time because you’ll want to finish it in one sitting.

Thanks so much to Miriam of Hachette for allowing me to review this novel!

Ted Dekker is the author of twenty-two novels, with more than 3 million copies of his books sold to date, 1 million of them sold in 2007 alone.

Known for adrenaline-laced stories packed with mind-bending plot twists, unforgettable characters and confrontation between good and evil, Dekker has earned his status as a New York Times bestselling author.

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Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Eyewitnesses claim, and the security camera confirms, that the assailant was their strange, sinister neighbor-a man who, by all reports, was already dead and buried weeks earlier. While Captain Laura Hayward leads the official investigation, Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta undertake their own private-and decidedly unorthodox-quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them to an enclave of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive, reclusive cult of Obeah and vodou which no outsiders have ever survived.

This is the first book by these two authors that I have read and I jumped at the opportunity when I found out what the book was about.  It is not an easy task to take on writing a novel, but to write a novel with another author must be a very interesting undertaking to say the least.  The writing in this novel is flawless, although predictable at times. 

This book certainly starts off with a bang – a murder of one of the “cast” of characters that these two have created.  This leaves everyone in a state of shock and grief and they are left to try and solve the crime and do justice to their fallen comrade.

As crazy as it seems, this murder seems to have been committed by Colin Fearing.  What makes that strange?  Well, he committed suicide several weeks earlier.  All signs point to him as the murderer, and when they follow the trail they are led to a cult – a cult that the victim was investigating due to animal cruelty allegations.

What they find when investigating the cult is shocking – they practice Voodoo (Vodou) in order to create zombies to eliminate people that stand in their way.

Although this type of book has been written before, these two authors seem to breathe new life into the world of Voodoo and the types of people that believe in this ancient practice.  I will be certain to pick up some more by these two – I want a better understanding of the characters and believe the only way to do this is to read more by them, something I am really looking forward to!

Thanks so much to Miriam of Hachette for allowing me to review this novel!

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History.  He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West.

Lincoln Child is a former book editor and systems analyst who has published numerous novels and anthologies.

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Win a Copy of “Girls in Trucks” by Katie Crouch

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Would you like to win a copy of “Girls in Trucks” by Katie Crouch?  Here is some info about the book:

Sarah Walters, the narrator of GIRLS IN TRUCKS, is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the rococo ways of Southern womanhood and family, and is anxious to shake the bonds of her youth. Still, she follows the traditional path laid out for her. This is Charleston, and in this beautiful, dark, segregated town, established rules and manners mean everything.

But as Sarah grows older, she finds that her Camellia lessons fail her, particularly as she goes to college, moves North, and navigates love and life in New York. There, Sarah and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, addiction, disappointing jobs and death fail to live up to the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers and sisters.

When some unexpected bumps in the road–an unplanned birth, a family death–lead Sarah back home, she’s forced to take another long look at the fading empire of her youth. It takes a strange turn of events to finally ground Sarah enough to make some serious choices. And only then does she realize that as much as she tried to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. The motto of her girlhood cotillion society, “Once a Camellia, always a Camellia,” may turn out to have more wisdom and pull to it than she ever could have guessed.

I will be giving away 5 copies of this book. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. I will be drawing the winners on April 30 so make sure to leave a comment. Please remember to have a valid email address so I know where to contact you and thanks!

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Win Run For Your Life by James Patterson on Audio

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Would you like to win a copy of Run For Your Life by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge on audio?  Here is some info about the book:

A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful, the arrogant, the don’t-give-a-darnst-about-anyone rich. For some New Yorkers it seems that the rich were getting what they deserve at last. For New York’s social elite, it is a call to chaos and terror. The Teacher’s message to the wealthy is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences!
Detective Mike Bennett is assigned the case. Managing the pressure from his Commissioner, the Mayor, and the New York media would be enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his 10 children-who are all under 12 and who all have the flu!
Detective Bennett discovers a secret pattern in the Teacher’s lessons-and realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history. From the #1 bestselling author who introduced readers to Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder Club-comes the continuation of his newest, electrifying series. Run for Your Life is his most heart-stopping thriller yet. 

I  will be giving away 3 copies of this audiobook. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. I will be drawing the winners on April 12 so make sure to leave a comment. Please remember to have a valid email address so I know where to contact you and thanks!

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Win a Copy of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci

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Would you like to win a copy of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci? Here is some info about the book:

From failure to fusilli, this deliciously hilarious read tells the story of Giulia Melucci’s fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out.

From an affectionate alcoholic, to the classic New York City commitment-phobe, to a hipster aged past his sell date, and not one, but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes, Giulia has cooked for them all. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a few tears) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included) and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may go out, hopefully with greater success, and if that’s not possible, at least have something good to eat.

Peppered throughout Giulia’s delightful and often poignant remembrances are fond recollections of her mother’s cooking, the recipes she learned from her, and many she invented on her own inspired by the men in her life. Readers will howl at Giulia’s boyfriend-littered past and swoon over her irresistable culinary creations.

I will be giving away 5 copies of this book. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. I will be drawing the winners on April 18 so make sure to leave a comment. Please remember to have a valid email address so I know where to contact you and thanks!

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Win a Copy of A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal

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Would you like to win a copy of A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal? Here is some info about the book:

Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A LUCKY CHILD. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life.

Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship. A LUCKY CHILD is a book that demands to be read by all.

Check out Thomas Buergenthal talk about his story in this video.

I will be giving away 5 copies of this book. Unfortunately winners are limited to the US and Canada…sorry about that. I will be drawing the winners on March 28 so hurry up and leave a comment. Please remember to have a valid email address so I know where to contact you and thanks!

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Run For Your Life by James Patterson

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A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful and the arrogant. His message is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! For some, it seems that the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York’s elite, it is a call to terror.

Only one man can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Mike Bennett. The pressure is enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his 10 children-all of whom have come down with virulent flu at once!

Discovering a secret pattern in The Teacher’s lessons, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history. From the #1 bestselling author comes BE AFRAID, the continuation of his newest, electrifying series.

This is the first James Patterson book that I have read in awhile and I am glad that I waited.  This book was a non-stop thrill from start to finish, and I can’t wait to read the rest of his books that have been collecting dust on my bookshelf for too long.

Mike Bennett has had a rough time lately.  His wife has recently passed away from cancer, leaving him a single parent of 10 children – thankfully he has Mary Catherine, an Irish nanny and confidant – someone who he can really count on in good times and bad.  He comes home after an exhausting day at work – a day in which he has negotiated a hostage situation, only to have the thug shot by someone in the crowd.  He knows there will be stacks of forms and the media will be out in full force, but he just wants a little sleep before then.  Unfortunately, his house is ravaged by the flu so there won’t be much sleep with so many sick kids.

He receives a call from his boss the following morning, and he expects it…after all, there was a man shot last night and he was the one in charge.  But this call is different, he is being asked to head a special team of officers to try and stop a killer.  And he’s the only man that might be able to do it.

The Teacher is a killer with a mission – he is going to teach the citizens of New York some manners if it kills him…or them.  And he knows how to do it without getting caught.  No one is safe, are you talking on your cellphone in a restaurant?  You could be next.  Condescending to someone in a high profile restaurant or store?  Better watch yourself, it could just be The Teacher, and he’s just waiting for you to make the wrong move so he can make his.

This book is extremely fast paces and a true nail biter – I wasn’t sure how it was going to end, and the way it did there is surely the possibility that we haven’t seen the end of The Teacher – I for one would love to have him back to wreak some more havoc!

James Patterson published his first thriller in 1976 and since then has become one of the best-known and bestselling writers of all time, with more than 140 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, featuring Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder Club, and he has written numerous other #1 bestsellers. He has won an Edgar Award–the mystery world’s highest honor–and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came aSpider were made into feature films starring Morgan Freeman. His charity, the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to individuals and groups that promote the excitement of books and reading. He lives in Florida.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group for sending this ARC to me for review!

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