The Book Ends Reviews

“So many books, so little time.” — Frank Zappa

Finished High Heat by Lee Child

High Heat - Lee Child

Just realized that I've already listened to High Heat mid last year coupled with two other shorts of the Jack Reacher series. Nonetheless, it was a great listen!

Started High Heat (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child

High Heat - Lee Child

Starting this one for the ride home this afternoon.

Started Cambodia Noir by Nick Seeley

Cambodia Noir: A Novel - Nick Seeley

A high-octane thriller with a heart-stopping conclusion about a mysterious American woman who disappears into the Cambodian underworld, and the photojournalist who tracks her through the clues left in her diary.

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger - Lisa Lutz

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it...

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.


Wow, this book was so good!!


This is my first time reading author Lisa Lutz's writing, she had me from page one to the very end.  "The Passenger" was a well written thrill ride of deceit, intrigue, and the uncertainty of what was coming next.  Absolutely loved the ending.


I was provided a free copy by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I highly recommend "The Passenger" by Lisa Lutz.  I will be reading more works by Lisa Lutz.



Started and Finished Long Gone by Alafair Burke

Long Gone - Alafair Burke

Echoing the intensity of Harlan Coben’s Tell No One and the psychological depth of Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know, Alafair Burke’s first stand-alone novel catapults her into the top ranks of modern suspense. In New York City’s cut-throat world of art, appearances can be deceiving—especially when art world newcomer Alice Humphrey becomes a suspect in a gruesome murder at a Chelsea gallery, and is thrown into a treacherous labyrinth of intrigue, crime, and conspiracy. Now, Alice must discover the truth behind the murder before the unsolved mystery claims her as its next victim.


First time reading works from Alafair Burke.  I enjoyed this book so much and it was written (read) so well that I will most certainly be reading more by her.

Started The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger - Lisa Lutz

Starting out pretty good.

Started and Finished Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Book 19) - Joanne Fluke

Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married!

Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. They get a taste of the Big Apple before Hannah wins the Hometown Challenge and the producers bring all the contestants to Lake Eden to tape the remainder of the show. It’s nerve-wracking enough being judged by Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But it’s even more chilling to find him stabbed to death in the Lake Eden Inn’s walk-in cooler—before he’s even had a chance to taste Hannah’s Butterscotch Sugar Cookies! Now Hannah has not only lost her advantage, she’ll have to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake…


Great little story.  Wondering if there's a book of all of the recipes in one place?

Finished Breaking Point by C. J. Box

Breaking Point - C.J. Box

Joe Pickett always liked Butch Roberson—a hardworking local business-owner whose daughter is friends with his own. Little does he know that when Butch says he is heading into the mountains to scout elk, he is actually going on the run.

Two EPA employees have been murdered, and all signs point to Butch as the killer. Soon, Joe hears of the land Butch and his wife had bought to retire on—until they are told the EPA declared it a wetland—and the penalties they charged Butch until the family was torn apart by debt. Finally, it seems, the man just cracked.

It’s an awful story. But is it the whole story? The more Joe investigates, the more he begins to wonder—and the more he finds himself in the middle of a war in which he must choose sides.


Possibly one of the best of Joe Pickett

Finished The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The Forgotten Girls - Sara Blædel
Four days later, Louise Rick still had no answers.
The body of an unidentified woman was discovered in a local forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should have made the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. As the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, Louise risks involving the media by releasing a photo of the victim, hoping to find someone who knew her.
Louise's gamble pays off: an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates more than thirty years ago.
Aided by her friend journalist Camilla Lind, Louise finds that the investigation takes a surprising and unsettling turn when it brings her closer to her childhood home. And as she uncovers more crimes that were committed--and hidden--in the forest, she is forced to confront a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.   
My first time reading works by Sara Blaedel, it was a pretty good read.

Started Breaking Point by C J Box

Breaking Point - C.J. Box


Started this a few days ago.  This is book 13 of the Joe Pickett series.

Started The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The Forgotten Girls - Sara Blædel


Just starting this one.  Can't wait, it's been getting great reviews.  First time reading author Sara Blaedel.

Finished Infamous by Ace Atkins

Infamous - Ace Atkins


Not too bad for listening to my first Ace Atkins book.  It was interesting learning about the Infamous "Machine Gun" Kelly and wife Katheryn Kelly.  Having Dick Hill as the narrator was a bonus.  Listening to his voice makes me sit back and enjoy the roller coaster ride of chasing bad guys.

Finished The Guilty by David Baldacci

The Guilty: Will Robie, Book 4 - David Baldacci, Hachette Audio, Kyf Brewer


This was okay.  Haven't read much in the Will Robie series.

Finished Cold Wind by C. J. Box

Cold Wind - C.J. Box


Another Joe Pickett book down.

Finished Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson

Private:  #1 Suspect - Maxine Paetro, James Patterson


Not as good as some but entertaining.

Finished Eat Bacon, Don't Jog by Grant Petersen

Eat Bacon, Don't Jog: A Contrarian's Guide to Diet, Exercise, and What Actually Works - Grant Petersen


Great book for those wanting to keep their carbs down as well as the right kind of exercise to do when counting carbs.

Currently reading

The Widow by Fiona Barton
Inherit the Dead by Heather Graham, Lee Child, Val McDermid, Alafair Burke, Max Allan Collins, Lisa Unger, Marcia Clark, Bryan Gruley, Jonathan Santlofer, Dana Stabenow, Sarah Weinman, C.J. Box, Ken Bruen, S.J. Rozan, Charlaine Harris, John Connolly, James Grady, Stephen L. Carter, Mark Billi
Passenger 19: A Jammer Davis Thriller (Jammer Davis Thrillers) by Ward Larsen
Progress: 10%


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