Audio Review: Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway

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Title: Painted Faces
Author: @LHCosway
Narrator: Ali Coffey
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hours and 52 mins, 355 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.
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Audio Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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Title: The Good Daughter
Author: Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin
Narrator: Kathleen Early
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 17 hours and 52 mins, 528 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever.
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Audio Review: Criminal by Karin Slaughter

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Title: Criminal (Will Trent #6)
Author: Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin
Narrator: Kathleen Early
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 15 hours and 35 mins, 626 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before, when his father was imprisoned for murder, this was Will’s home. It appears that the case that launched Amanda’s career forty years ago has suddenly come back to life—and it involves the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. Now these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.
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Audio Review: The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

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Title: The Fourth Monkey (4MK #1)
Author: @jdbarker
Narrators: Eduardo Ballerini & Graham Winton
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Length: 12 hours and 31 mins, 421 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars

Synopsis

The most anticipated thriller of the year – Optioned for both film and television

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive. 

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.
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Audio Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas @acthomasbooks
Narrator: Bahni Turpin @TheRealBahniT
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Young Adult, Social & Family Issues
Length: 11 hours and 40 mins, 469 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
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Audio Review: Broken by Karin Slaughter

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Title: Broken (Will Trent #4)
Author: Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin
Narrator: Natalie Ross
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 13 hours and 23 mins, 398 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case.

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Audio Review: Undone by Karin Slaughter

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Title: Undone (Will Trent #3)
Author: Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin
Narrator: Natalie Ross
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 16 hours and 7 mins, 436 pages
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

When a tortured young woman enters the trauma center of an Atlanta hospital, Dr. Sara Linton is thrust into a desperate police investigation with Special Agent Will Trent and his partner, Faith Mitchell. Though guarding their own wounds and their own secrets, Sara, Will, and Faith find that they are all that stand between a madman and his next victim.
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Audio Review: Complicated by Kristen Ashley


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Title: Complicated
Author: @KristenAshley68
Narrators: Lance Greenfield & Erin Mallon
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 18 hours and 14 mins
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio. From the New York Times best-selling author of the Rock Chick series comes a story of love, murder, and second chances….

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn’t be stronger, but the timing couldn’t be worse.

Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority.

Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that’s perfect for them – a sleepy little town in Nebraska. She’s learned from life that there are no hopes and dreams. The only thing to look forward to is peace. And that’s what she works hard to build for herself and her brother. Right up until Hix walks into her life.
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Audio Review: Fractured by Karin Slaughter

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Title: Fractured (Will Trent #2)
Author: Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin
Narrator: Phil Gigante
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 12 hours and 50 mins, 388 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

With its gracious homes and tree-lined streets, Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most desirable neighborhoods. But in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager’s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her horrified mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands.

Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is here only to do a political favor; the murder site belongs to the Atlanta police. But Trent soon sees something that the cops are missing, something in the trail of blood, in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the shell-shocked mother. Within minutes, Trent is taking over the case — and adding another one to it. He is sure that another teenage girl is missing, and that a killer is on the loose.
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Audio Review: The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

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Title: The Girl in the Ice (Detective Erika Foster #1)
Author: @RobertBryndza
Narrator: Jan Cramer
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Mystery, Suspense/Thriller
Length: 10 hours and 7 min, 396 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Robert Bryndza’s new series today.
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