REVIEW OF BLEAK HARBOR

BLEAK HARBOR Bryan Gruley Nov 2018 Thomas & Mercer Carey Bleak Peters should be the Princess of Bleak Harbor, Michigan. The City, after all, was founded by her family during the boon of the steel industry—and made them rich, wealth that continued beyond the closing of the steel and timber mills and shipping in the harbor as Bleak Harbor transformed into a summer vacation destination for the wealthy. But Carey’s mother, Serenity Bleak, sole heir of the fortune estimated to be worth several hundred million dollars, has other plans. And they don’t include Carey, her autistic son Danny, or her brother Jonah, the mayor of Bleak Harbor. When...

REVIEW OF BIRTHDAY GIRL by MATTHEW IDEN

BIRTHDAY GIRL MATTHEW IDEN March 20, 2018 Thomas & Mercer A good thriller is only as good as it’s hook, and with BIRTHDAY GIRL, Matthew Iden hooks the reader right in the heart. Iden introduces us to Sister, one of the most chilling villains I’ve yet come across. Sister is collecting children. She’s plucking them from broken homes in the DC area. She brings them home and locks them in her rundown house. The one on the edge of the woods with the boarded up windows and locked doors. She dresses them in old time-y, Howdy Doody-style clothes. And almost worse of all, she renames them. She gives them the names of her lost family. And then...

INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE

    BONE MUSIC’s story by Christopher Rice is not a classical melody, but more like hard rock. The scenes are riveting and realistic enough that there is an element of believability, alternating between a thriller and the fringes of science fiction. This consuming read has the heroine trying to overcome her tragic past by rebuilding her life and overcoming her trust issues.  The intensity begins from page one when a husband and wife team of serial killers abducts a nine-month-old baby after brutally killing its mother.  They raised Trina, hoping to include her in their viciousness, grooming her to follow in their footsteps. Luckily for her,...

5 BOOKS THAT MADE ME THE WRITER I AM Mar04

5 BOOKS THAT MADE ME THE WRITER I AM

  Christopher Rice RED DRAGON by Thomas Harris: When I was young, it scared the crap out of me. The murder of Freddie Lounds actually had me in tears and running to my parents for comfort. When I re-read it as an adult, I was astonished by the depth and sophistication of the chapters spent inside the point of view of its main killer, Francis Dolarhyde. They were chapters that said, Crime fiction can be art; it’s characters as complex as those in a Dickens novel. (Incidentally, the Dolarhyde story ended up being one of the most exquisite stretches in my pal Bryan Fuller’s dazzling TV series based on Thomas Harris’s most popular character,...

Marcia Clark’s BLOOD DEFENSE Reviewed

BLOOD DEFENSE Marcia Clark Thomas and Mercer May 1st, 2016 BLOOD DEFENSE by Marcia Clark is the first in a new series. While she is well known as the prosecutor of O. J. Simpson she has also become a bestselling author with the Rachel Knight series about a Los Angeles prosecutor. With BLOOD DEFENSE she is changing gears, now writing about an ambitious and hard-charging criminal defense attorney. Although having each series main character polar opposites, readers will still enjoy the same writing style: sarcastic wit, believable characters, a great murder mystery, multi-layered plot twists, and an understanding of the nuances around a...