Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. 

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Release: 2013
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

I read and loved the first Tessa Leoni book many years ago, but I hadn’t continued with the series. I bought Touch & Go a long time ago and last week I finally decided it was time to read it. It didn’t take me long, as this was a fast-paced thriller, more action than mystery, I guess, and everything was thrilling and intense. I liked it and had a great time with it, but I didn’t love it as much as Lisa Gardner’s Love You More, which I still remember fondly.

Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner is the perfect book for those days when you want something to grab you. You know it’s never going to get boring. It’s a unique kidnapping case where the whole family is held hostage and no one seems to know the reason why. As you can imagine, the family has a lot of secrets… It’s an addictive book. And Tessa Leoni’s interactions with the rest of the characters were fun to read, especially now that she’s a private investigator. Have you read more books in the Tessa Leoni series?

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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago.

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The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new -partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades–with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems …

I became obssessed with Shutter Island after watching the Martin Scorsese’s movie back in 2010, so I decided to read the book as well. I’ve always loved Dennis Lehane’s novels and this was no exception. It’s still a favorite of mine.

Although some details were different (I still prefer the movie ending), this was a creepy and enjoyable psychological thriller featuring a fantastic setting. I remember being engrossed by the descriptions of the hospital and Teddy’s adventures, even though I already knew what would happen to him.

If you love thrillers and you’re interested in psychology, this is a book you shouldn’t miss.

P.S If you like the topic, I watched a movie called ‘Eliza Graves’ this past week and thought it was really good too!

#ThrowbackThursday The Rosary Girls by @RRMontanari

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies. Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams–and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him, and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most. 

I read this a few years ago and I really loved it. The Rosary Girls was the first in a procedural series (Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano). Unfortunately,  I didn’t read any of the following books (ouch!); I really need to keep up with my series!

This was a thrilling and old-fashioned thriller featuring a sadistic serial killer in the city of Philadelphia. I loved the partnership between Byrne and Balzano and the way the author made me care about both the characters and the case. I was captivated from the very first page, as the prologue was creepy and mysterious.

I don’t recall everything about the plot, but I remember I couldn’t stop reading and I felt like I had discovered a new favorite series.

#ThrowbackThursday See Jane Run by @joyfielding

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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What do you do when you don’t know who you are… Jane has lost her memory. …Where you are… Jane is found walking the streets wearing a blood-stained dress with $10,000 in the pocket. …What you’ve done? Unable to get answers from her husband, Jane is forced to seek the truth about her accident on her own. But the truth doesn’t always set you free… When you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

I read See Jane Run when I was fourteen years old and I was so shocked that today I still can remember everything about this novel. I’ve read other Joy Fielding books and enjoyed most of them, but as it usually happens, the more books you read by an author, the more you start predicting everything that’ll happen. This was my second book by Fielding and probably my favorite, although it left me quite uneasy, as it’s not a happy book by any means.

I read it in about two days and I can even tell you where I was while I was reading it (summer vacations in Madrid). I remember telling my aunt all about the plot and how addicted I was. I even told her about the twist and the ending and all the characters and their motivations.

So yes, I really loved this book when I was in my teens. Would I love it now? Probably not as much. But nostalgia is undeniable powerful and I think I’ll remember this book forever.

 

#ThrowbackThursday The Cartel by @DonWinslow

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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Don Winslow is coming to Barcelona next week, so I wanted to read The Cartel, the sequel to The Power of the Dog, which I loved last year. He’s also the author of The Force. I think all three will become films in the future.

If you’ve read The Power of the Dog, you know what to expect from The Cartel. Fast-paced action, and Art Keller trying to win the war of drugs… I love Art Keller. He’s an unconventional hero who’s obsessed with his work and will never stop chasing the bad guys. No matter what he has to do. I got to know him in the first book, and he hasn’t changed a bit. 30 years have passed, but he’s still relentless.

I loved The Cartel, and I really like Winslow’s writing (he’s direct and straight-forward, you’re not allowed to get bored) but I think I loved The Power of the Dog a tiiiiiny bit more. It spanned more years and it had more of an “epic” feeling. However, the last 100 pages of this book were simply unputdownable and I absolutely loved the ending *gasps*. Not a saga for everyone, but if you think you’d enjoy it and you love Narcos, don’t miss this author!