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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Shattered

Maxine Revere is her name.
Cold cases are her game.
But this time.....
She has a federal agent on her side.
 
In this dynamic crossover novel, we see Max and Lucy Kincaid working their hardest to find a killer they know is still out there. They both have personal stakes in this collection of cold cases. These cases came across Maxine's desk when longtime friend John, called for help clearing his wife's name. She couldn't possibly have killed their son. The proof? 3 other cold cases where a young boy was killed in a similar manner. One of those boys was Lucy's nephew and best friend. 
Justin was killed when the two of them were seven and a half years old. This monster took her nephew, ruined a marriage, and confused the family for almost 20 years.... until now.
 
Fair warning because I'm about to post spoilers.
You guys all know, I love the Maxine Revere stories and have since the first one randomly showed up on my doorstep. However, this one was incredibly predictable. I quickly learned from other reviews that it wasn't near as predictable to them as it was to me. It was obvious, to me, from the first mention of no sexual assault during the kidnapping and murder that the person of interest would be a woman who also lost a little boy. The second they mentioned drugs in the system, it was even more obvious that it was a woman. Then they say he was buried with his favorite stuffed animal and my mind was screaming LOOK FOR A FREAKING WOMAN.
 
So while others found this suspenseful and a shocking twist, I knew.
I've done extensive research in infanticide and mothers who kill their children.
I also have degrees in Criminal Justice AND Psychology.
But I am by no means discrediting Allison Brennan because this book was still absolutely fantastic and the amount of research she must have put into this book is astounding. 

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Secret Keeper

The fabulous Jane Alvey Harris has written a PHENOMENAL addition to the My Myth Trilogy!
In book one, Riven, we meet Emily, her family, her friends, and all those in the Third Realm. We see her struggle with a variety of issues that ultimately land her in a rehab/psych ward.
 
 But in Secret Keeper.. oh man, Emily grows.
Reading her story as it unfolds and hearing all the things she's learning about herself is actually incredibly hard for me to explain. Jane does such an amazing job of portraying a real character with real flaws, who is going through something that happens far more often than it should. Emily is relatable, not because we've gone through the same experiences, but because she's feeling emotions that we all feel.

On another note, this book deals with a wide variety of mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, and victimization; not to mention the stigma that comes with each of those struggles. But each aspect of these illnesses are so perfectly described for the given situations. As a psych major, I can definitely tell the amount of research and knowledge put into this book and I'm so beyond grateful that Jane sent me a copy!
 
I loved Riven. 
I loved Secret Keeper.
And I'm bound to love Primed as well. 

I hope all of you will pick up these fantastic reads!

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Make sure to check out my giveaway for both Riven AND Secret Keeper on my bookstagram page (@a_readers_diary)