Cornered – Alan Brenham

Cornered by Alan Brenham is a thriller ,cop novel that binds the reader from the first page. Seven young women are kidnapped at different intervals with link between them without a ransom demand. It is upto the young detective matt Brady to find them before they are lost forever or at least catch the criminals before more women are kidnapped. A vet Tracy also involved herself in the case as the latest victim is her assistant and thus angering the kidnappers and Brady has to race against time to save his love interest from becoming the next victim So it becomes a personal mission for him due to Tracy and a botched kidnapping rescue in the past.
This race to find the kidnappers and the motive behind moves the plot forward. Are the women saved or lost forever? Is Tracy saved and the perpetrators caught ?
The book is gripping, with twists . Though the pace is not very fast but still thrilling. Though there are many characters ; each one has his own p;ace to move the plot forward and justifies his/her place.
A must read for all thrill readers. Thanks @BookTasters for this book
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A Crowded Heart – Andrea McKenzie Raine

A Crowded Heart by Andrea McKenzie Raine is a a story that neither entertains not thrills but makes one to pause reading and think; and doesn’t leave your thoughts even when it is finished . It is the story of survivors of those who actively participated in the great war; who wonder if they are the lucky ones or those dies fighting were lucky.
Willis , the soldier here comes out only injured in the war, marries . has a career and a life but has the war been left behind actually or is he still fighting it daily in his mind like many of his fellow soldiers. They are left battling depression and resort to alcoholism, infidelity and sometimes drugs to fight the demons and mental scars . Though physically they are free but mentally they are still the prisoners of the war and even when try to get help, the authorities just sweep them aside in some rehabilitation centre and forget they exist
The angst the struggle to free from mental prison and the families who are swept along in their tornado of emotions without a clue to how to help and havoc that is caused is handled in this story. A heartbreakingly thoughtful novel that I received through @readershouse.
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Reunion – Pol McShane

Reunion by Pol McShane – Received this book through @Readershouse. How to classify this book – not because it is not worth but because it is just WOW.
The story starts with a happy and a financially sound family of two brothers that soon turns into a tragedy and man brother at the end of his life wants to turns the tragic site into a kids park so that the place becomes a place of laughter again.
As the park opens , bizarre things start to happen into which are caught four small children. As you are reading you never know when the story turns from a happy to tragic to horror. The twists just jolt you and you are just carried away by the tale. As it says on the cover of the book that it is a ghost story, but still though you want the ghosts to leave the kids alone you feel an empathy for them and cannot hate them as they don’t know what else to do They just want to play. The ending justifies the title as it a reunion not only for one set of people but a reunion in many ways.
The story never loses paces as events go on happening . This is a story that once you pick you do not want to leave it without knowing what happens next.
A must read for everyone not only for those who love ghost stories for also for those who love dramatic and happy endings because this is a ghost story with a difference for this is neither exorcism nor religious and not even a true horror; yes it is scary at times but what it is just read and I at least did not regret reading it .
Thank you Pol McShane for this great book
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Welcome to Maravilla – R Douglas Clark

Welcome to Maravilla by R douglas Clark turned out to be a surprise read for me. The tiny hamlet of tranquility is threatened with the closure of its post office that is the epicentre of its existence and the only place where all friends and foes forget their personal issues . This town had no legal standing and had been divided into 2 counties as there was no powerful voice to speak for it and hence neglected by both of them. Things get stirred when closure of the only post office is announced and the 5000 odd residents join to fight for it to be made an independent county. And how all these events affect their daily routine makes for a delightful read. Whether they succeed and what all changes affect the town forms the crux of the story.
Each character in this book has different characteristics and adds to the atmosphere and progress of the story. This is not a fast paced thriller but a pleasant delightful read and deserves a seven star. The weak point for me if the story of the outsider Jake that has a great start but an ending that doesn’t fit with overall ambience of the book but still it never makes the plot dull not hinders in any way.
I loved it very much and thanks @Authorshouse and @Readers House for the ARC Copy by marketing team