Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Review: Silent Echo by J.R. Rain- Thrilling and Heartbreaking all in One

I started reading this Book because I got it as an early release for Amazon Prime members with kindles. It’s a great new perk; you get a choice of three early release books. Trying to build a following for these authors I guess. This was a great choice; the book had you from the first page. The premise is a dying man trying to solve one last murder in literally the last week of his life. True not the most is unique plot but of course it ends up more than just that. This murder is not only a person he once loved but ends up being a major link to an event that changed the course of his life. Once you start reading this you won’t want to put it down. Luckily it is a quick read at only 198 pages.

Author J.R. Rain does a great job of creating a thriller and heartbreaker in one. . There is a love story and a friendship described by the author anyone would want to have in their life.  At the same time the hunt for a vicious serial killer with allusive clues that keeps you questioning until the end. While the story is short the author is able to engage you with the characters and you begin to care about them in the little time you have.  Rain made me wish I got to know the life of the character before he was dying see what kind of detective he was when he was healthy, since it is indicated he was a great detective 

This is the first J. R Rain novel I have read and will definitely read another. I recommend you look into reading this when it is released December 1st you won’t be disappointed.  Agree or Don’t agree with this review? Share your thoughts and reviews at

Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Review: Allegiant…Shocking Conclusion you have to read for yourself

The shocking ending to the Divergent series by Veronica Roth is finally here. Roth didn’t hold any punches in this surprising conclusion to the series racking up a huge death toll similar to the conclusion of other series makers like JK Rowling and Susan Collins. However, Roth’s character changes are braver than any other author and risks leaving the readers very mad or worse unsatisfied.

(Warning semi-spoilers). Without giving any spoilers the concluding book has some interesting revelations much like Hunger Games or even the Truman Show where you learn there is a much bigger picture than you thought possible. I did find myself mad at several points throughout the book and it wasn’t due to the plot development but some of the further character development.  Of course Roth is trying to teach you a lesson about the human disposition and even goes so far to have Tris say, “no matter how smart, people see what they are already looking for” to show you the flaw in humanity. She also tells us that love doesn’t always conquer all and people are all a bit damaged.

All in all it was a good series for the dystopian fantasy of our possible apocalyptic future. If you haven’t picked up the series yet now is a good time as it is all wrapped up and no waiting a year to get to this shocking conclusion. Roth has all written several short stories between the books that you might enjoy written from the perspective of “Four”, the damaged heartthrob, 
 Of course the movie of the first book in the series is already in production so read the series now so you can see how Hollywood fulfilled your imagination of the book or destroyed it. Share your thoughtand reviews at

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

'The Husband's Secret' by Liane Moriarty: You won't want to keep this Secret

There is no secret this book is 5 stars. Being that it is currently #4 on the
New York Times bestseller list and has been on the list for the last 10 weeks.  Three women in an impossible situation: Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband also has a secret that he is waiting to share one day after work. Finally, Rachel Crowley is still trying to solve the murder of her daughter over 20 years ago. Their three lives all intersect in a small town in Australia.  

This book is a page-turner, 416 pages just fly by. Simultaneously, it is a book that makes you stop, think and try to absorb all that is going on. This book evoked so many questions: How far would you go to protect your family at the expense of others? Is secrecy is ever warranted and justifiable? How well can one know one's spouse? Is it possible to ever completely know another person?

The book is well written, as this is Liane Moriatry’s 5th novel, she has a little practice. The characters are well developed and you find yourself stepping into their shoes trying to figure out what you would do. You laugh and cry with each of them. Each chapter ends in a cliff hanger that keeps you up at night reading “just one more chapter” until you realize you have been up all night and have finished the book.
Moriarty has already sold the rights to adapt it into a big screen by CBS films. CBS stated "The characters and story have evoked strong critical and reader reactions and we are thrilled to translate that to the big screen." Read it now as this is the book everyone is talking about and before it becomes the next Hollywood movie that is never as good as the book. Share your thoughts and reveiws at