Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a psychological thriller about a couple and the kidnapping of their infant daughter. It deals with the guilt and the emotional rollercoaster they both experience in their interactions with her parents, the couple next door, and the police detective who suspects that they are responsible for the disappearance of the child. The novel has multiple unexpected twists, everyone has a secret agenda, and the ending leaves you stunned. A great novel. I look forward to Shari’s next one.

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The First Patient by Michael Palmer

The First Patient by Michael Palmer is a thriller about a country doctor, Gabe Singleton, who replaces the President’s physician, who has just disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Gabe discovers that the President is having serious mental issues and faces the decision of whether to initiate plans for his removal from office. Then he comes to suspect that someone close to the President is poisoning him. Soon someone tries to murder Gabe. Alison Cromartie, a nurse who says she is with the Secret Service, saves his life. He wants to seek her help, but can her trust her? I have read all of Michael Palmer’s medical thrillers, and this is my favorite.

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First Blood by David Morrell

I recently reread First Blood by David Morrell. This novel was first published in 1972, a time when war divided this country and veterans were treated with disdain. Rambo has survived horrible experiences in Vietnam and has all the symptoms of posttraumatic stress syndrome. His clash with an overzealous sheriff in a small town in Kentucky results in multiple deaths and much destruction of the town. The book alternates points of view between Rambo and the sheriff, allowing the reader to understand the unwise decisions that both men make. The movie made from the book follows much of the storyline of the book, but the endings are quite different.

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Endangered by C. J. Box

Endangered is the fifteenth Joe Picket novel by C. J. Box. Joe is a game warden who manages to find danger and death across the state of Wyoming. In this episode, his daughter is severely beaten and left in a coma. Joe searches for the perpetrator while solving the case of slaughtered sage grouse. He also hunts the people who shoot his friend Nate Romanowski and kidnap Nate’s girlfriend. The book has unexpected twists and a surprise ending.

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