Free E-Books: 23.10.21

This is a weekly post that I am going to post a bit about the books I have sourced for free. Quite a few finds again this week 😊

I usually find out about these E-Books through social media, through emails I receive from Hello Books and authors newsletters. I have subscribed to a new email alert this week called Kind Books. I have been a bit nervous about this post as I’m not sure how people feel about getting E-Books for free, but in my eyes I could find a new author I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of and I will be posting reviews for them all.

In this weekly post, I would like to mention the books I have found and downloaded, so that others may have a chance to be introduced to new authors and the books are promoted before I get a around to reading them.

Hello Books – Amazon:

These books were sourced through emails I received by Hello Books and were purchased for free on Amazon. There are a number of genres to choose through this email service, and I pick the ones which sound like the type of books I would like to read. Please note these were free at the time of this posting on 23.10.21 and in the UK region.

A Promise of Fireflies – Susan Haught

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Questions never asked don’t always remain unanswered.

A blood-stained journal. A mysterious stranger. A family secret that will challenge everything Ryleigh Collins believes. When a snowstorm strands her with a pensive resort owner, will he help her face her past and mend her heart, or will his own shattered past crush any chance at happiness?

As Ryleigh sifts through her deceased mother’s belongings, she discovers a blood-stained journal and an odd letter among her mother’s things. She can’t suppress the strange pull the old journal has on her, but when a reclusive old man reveals the journal’s secrets, what she learns will uncover forty-three years of lies, upend her world, and set in motion a future she never envisioned.

Bearing a deeply scarred heart, Ryleigh returns home to her ex-husband’s plea to take him back. Overwhelmed, she escapes to a Rocky Mountain resort to sort through her messy life. When a paralyzing snowstorm develops, she’s forced into seclusion with Logan Cavanaugh, the distinctly reserved resort owner. As the snow deepens, so do her feelings for Logan, but Logan’s own demons are buried as deeply as the mounting snow.

Two lost souls find comfort in each other, but can they reopen the wounds and bury the memories, or will their broken pasts be too powerful to escape?

Rating on Goodreads: 4.26

Wraith – Kathleen Kelly

Genre: Dark Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

You think you can take what’s mine, and there’ll be no repercussions?

I will hunt you.

I will torture you.

I will make you tell me your secrets, then dispose of you.

My daughter is my most precious possession.

I will make them regret the day they came near her.

I will destroy the Harbingers of Death MC and the Petrov family. They will regret ever having touched what I protect. These men have never come up against a Wraith, and I swear, this Wraith will be the last thing they see before they meet their miserable end.

Rating on Goodreads: 4.29

Shaking the Tree – Michael Donohue

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Max just wants to make doughnuts. Out of prison, but still on parole, the only thing he wants is to keep his head down, go to work and maybe grab a cold beer at the end of his shift. He doesn’t even care that the program stuck him in Essex – a nice, but nowhere small town. With his head already full of bloody and painful memories, he’d like it just fine if his past and future stayed nice and quiet.

Too bad the present just got really messy.

A body in a tree. A missing briefcase. A Russian hit man. A DEA agent bent on revenge. A corrupt mayor. Not to mention a sheriff with dangerous ambition. A meth lab in the woods. And some pissed off bikers. Things are suddenly very interesting in sleepy Essex county. Bodies are turning up. Secrets are coming out. Questions are being asked. Fingers are being pointed. It’s not good being the new guy in a small town.

Rating on Goodreads: 4.29

Shattered Highways – Tara N. Hathcock

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Quincy O’Connell blows through identities as quickly as she creates them. She has to, to stay alive. They’ve been following her for years. Watching her. Trying to get close. She doesn’t know why and she doesn’t know who, but she knows she has to stay one step ahead. So she becomes nobody. A loner with no roots, no paper trail, no friends. And no home.

It’s lonely living one life to the next but she’s safe as long as she’s invisible. After all, she’s survived this way for as long as she can remember. But what if her memory isn’t what she thinks it is? What if nothing is what she thinks it is? And what if her memory is exactly what they’re looking for?

What you don’t know can’t hurt you. So if you don’t know you’re broken, are you?

Rating on Goodreads: 4.67

Social Media finds:

When scrolling through Facebook & Twitter sometimes I find out about free E-books available. Sometimes these are through Amazon other times they are through newsletter sign ups. Please note again these were available free at the time I obtained them, they may not be free now.

Tessera: The 47 Shadows – Stephen B. Gresko

Source: Sponsored Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

(Currently £2.89 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: YA Dystopian

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A Trio’s Powerful Friendship.
A Mysterious Past.
And Their Uncertain Future.

Civilized society has fallen. Those who were lucky enough to survive are scattered across the ravaged world. Outside of those who reside in the four great wastelands, massive corporate entities endure by waging war and creating megafacilities deep inside the earth.

In this tale, we follow three special friends, Leo, Lily, and Locke, who were born and raised in such a facility under the banner of the most powerful organization on the planet, Tessera.

To these three, their lives seem completely normal until an insignificant event causes the small world that they know to crumble away. The benevolent organization that cares for them may not be what it appears. As corporate warfare, mystery, and violence fill their once routine way of life, the beloved trio must try their hardest just to survive.

Witness the coming-of-age tale of three amazing youths, as they come to terms with the danger of their once safe home, their mysterious pasts, their unshakable friendship, and the darkness that seems to flow from their very existence.

Goodreads Rating: 4.50 (4 ratings)

Slow Bleed – Tim Adler

Source: Found on Amazon when looking for soemthing else – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A missing son
A kidnapper who’s dead
Nobody believes her
Nothing will stop her

When Doctor Jemma Sands’ five-year-old son goes missing, only she believes
that a vengeful patient has stolen her child.

How do you convince police to search for a dead woman? As her world falls apart, Jemma realises she is the only one who can save her son.

If somebody took your only child, how far would you go to get him back?

Goodreads Rating: 3.86

Switch Back – Jack Lively

Source: Facebook Post – Bookfunnel download

(Currently £2.16 to buy on Amazon)

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s been two years since Tom Keeler left the military, but a combat medic never forgets his pilot.

So, when he hears that Mallory’s got terminal brain cancer, Keeler drops everything to see her one last time.

But then he runs into a beautiful journalist, who’s trying to escape cartel assassins out to kill her.

Keeler’s up for the challenge, but he can’t get Mallory or her family involved, because the cartels never forget.

So he’s got to compartmentalize.

On one hand there’s a woman who’s life needs saving.

On the other, an old buddy who’s life can’t be saved.

And this is Texas, on the hottest day of the hottest month of the hottest year that anyone can remember.

Goodreads Rating: 4.37

Carrying Clover – Lorey Durston

Source: Author Twitter Post – Purchase Amazon

(Currently £2.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Who’s planning the worst and expecting the best?

Camille Robins luck is about to change as she embarks on a new chapter of her life, moving to the city near her best friend, Lizzie.

A chance meeting at Lou’s B&B, Camille meets George, a handsome man who sweeps her off of her feet.

Camille can’t believe her luck! George can’t believe how perfect she is….

Was it a fate romance, or part of an evil plan?

Who’s planning the worst?

A fresh new twist on a psychological thriller, fast-paced, clever and thought provoking that will make you question who is the lucky one.

Luck, love, deceit and heartbreak will keep you turning the page. And a breathtaking twist you won’t see coming, will stay with you long after you have finished reading

Goodreads Rating: 4.40

In the Court’s Hands – Fiona Gartland

Source: Author Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

(Currently £2.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“If it had rained on the 25th of April at least one woman would not have died. Not that I bear any responsibility for that. Nothing I didn’t intentionally caused anyone’s death.”

Stenographer Beatrice Barrington witnesses a meeting between the defendant in the criminal case she’s working on and a woman who later contacts a member of the jury. Before Beatrice can take any action, the juror is found dead. Still trying to deal with her difficult past, Beatrice is pulled into a world of deception, danger and blackmail. Helped by her friend, retired Detective Gabriel Ingram, she is in a race against time to find the truth behind the death of the jurywoman before the trial collapses and more people die. Then a stalker with a familiar face begins to watch her every move. Now, for her, it becomes a struggle to survive.

Will Beatrice identify the killer in time?

Goodreads Rating: 3.80

Addict of the Wasteland – Jon Cronshaw

Source: Author Email Newsletter – Bookfunnel Download

Genre: Dystopia

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A tale of survival and recovery in a post-apocalyptic world.

When a drug addict attempts to trade with a Christian settlement, its leader vows to help him get off the deadly and highly-addictive drug, plez.

Addict of the Wasteland is a story of hope and redemption set against a bleak dystopian world.

This is a prequel novella to Jon Cronshaw’s Wasteland series.

Goodreads Rating: 3.77

A Fifth of Trouble – Chris Lowry

Source: Author Email Newsletter – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Amazon:

Some guys have all the luck.

Not Jake Burbank though.

A lot of people blame the booze.

He doesn’t. He loves it. Shot by shot he’s getting through life one fifth at a time.

Until he accidentally saves a tech millionaire from a botched kidnapping in a dark alley where he decided to take a leak.

Now he’s gonna need luck, cause everybody thinks he was in on the kidnapping and the only thing he masterminded was how to get one more bottle.

His life is filled to the rim in trouble and it will take every ounce of ingenuity his pickled brain can produce to get out of it.

Goodreads Rating: 3.07

Girl Missing – Kate Gable

Source: Author Email Newsletter – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Crime/Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Don’t lie to me…

A young girl from a wealthy family is found hanging from a tree in a secluded canyon.

What was she doing there in the middle of the night? How did she get there? Who did this to her? Detective Kaitlyn Carr is determined to find out and bring the killer to justice.

But when her thirteen-year-old sister vanishes on her way back from a friend’s house, Kaitlyn must split her time and confront demons from her own past in order to bring her sister home.

The small mountain town of Big Bear Lake is only three hours away but a world away from her life in Los Angeles. It’s the place she grew up and the place that’s plagued her with lies, death and secrets.

As Kaitlyn digs deeper into both cases, she finds out that appearances are misleading and few things are what they seem.

A murderer is lurking in the shadows and the more of the mystery that Kaitlyn unspools the closer she gets to danger herself.

Can Kaitlyn find the killer and solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance before it’s too late?

What happens when someone else is taken?

Girl Missing is a suspenseful thriller filled for fans of A. J. Rivers, Mary Stone, Willow Rose, James Patterson, Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot, Ella Gray, and Karin Slaughter. It has mystery, angst, a bit of romance and family drama.

Goodreads Rating: 4.12

Kind of Book – Amazon

I have found another new notification site for free e-books, which you then purchase through Amazon. The site is Kind of Book, the link is for the UK site but they also have a site for the US and DE too which you can access from this link. Once again these were free when I purchased but they may not be now. I receive daily emails with deals, this is what I have found so far that has taken my interest:

The Blackmail Club – David Bishop

Genre: Suspense/Mystery

(Currently £3.29 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Washington, D.C., is a town full of powerful people hiding ugly secrets. The blackmailer, a renaissance man, keeps his promise: pay me, I’ll return the juicy evidence I have against you, and you’ll never hear from me again. Jack McCall, a former operative for the U.S. intelligence community and now a private investigator hunts this wily and diabolical madman. His victims, having paid and not been further extorted, are reticent to admit ever having been blackmailed. McCall’s efforts to solve the case are assisted by Nora Burke, his sexy assistant who also helps Jack recover from the loss of his wife, and Max Logan, a retired detective of Irish-Scottish parentage. Chock full of colorful characters from the worlds of politics, art, and the media, The Blackmail Club is a cerebral, physical and sexy five-course gourmet meal of mystery. Sit back and fasten your seatbelt, relax, and be entertained while you try to fit together the final pieces before you turn the final pages.

Goodreads Rating: 3.91

Riddles & Brain Teasers – Rusty Cove-Smith

Genre: Children’s 7-12 years

(Currently £3.27 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

This Book is oriented to kids but can be read by everyone, It contains hundred of riddles, brain teasers, and Riddle-jokes oriented to develop lateral thinking, deduction, and practical skills while having fun.Here Is what this book contains
+100 Riddles (easy and more difficult ones)
What am I Riddles?
Jokes oriented Riddles
Many Vocabulary Ridles
Old and New Riddles
Much, muchmore!

Goodreads Rating: 5 (2 ratings)

Hunter’s Secret – Val Penny

Genre: Crime/Mystery

(Currently £2.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Hunter has a past. Hunter has a secret. Can he unravel his past, keep his secret and keep Edinburgh safe?

Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu found a corpse, but when Hunter arrives it has disappeared, and all is not as it seems.

Hunter recalls the disappearance of a dead body thirty years earlier. The Major Incident Team is called in but sees no connection – it is too long ago. Hunter is determined to investigate the past and the present with the benefit of modern DNA testing.

Tim has other problems in his life. His father, Sir Peter Myerscough, is released from jail. He, too, remembers the earlier murder. There is no love lost between Hunter and Sir Peter. Will Hunter accept help from his nemesis to catch a killer?
Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. Will it change his life? And can he keep Edinburgh safe?

Goodreads Rating: 4.32

Torn: The Darkness of Sicily – Karen Moore

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

(Currently £1.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Like any mother, Hanna would do anything to protect her small daughter, Eva.

When she discovers that her husband, Luciano, is not all he seems and their blissful life on the island of Sicily is threatened, she wastes no time in seeking refuge abroad. But just as they are settling into their new life in North Wales, Eva disappears. 

In a race against time, Hanna is forced to return to Sicily and face the dark world of organised crime in a bid to secure her daughter’s safe return. She must also confront the truth about Luciano’s business dealings and their horrific consequences.

But will Hanna succeed in getting Eva back and bring Luciano to justice?

Or are the stakes just too high?

Goodreads Rating: 4.07

The Brotherhood – Jo Fenton

Genre: Psychological Thriller

(Currently £1.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Brotherhood – safe haven or prison?

After her parents’ sudden death, a grieving Melissa falls back on her faith and into the welcoming arms of a religious sect. Captivated by their leader, Dominic, she leaves her old life behind and moves to the countryside to join them.

But life in The Brotherhood is not as safe as it first appeared. When engineer Mark joins The Brotherhood, Melissa finds herself conflicted between her growing feelings for him and her crush on Dominic. With their leader’s initial encouragement, Melissa and Mark grow close.

But as her haven becomes a prison, Melissa’s newfound happiness is destroyed by Dominic’s jealousy. How can she escape and save the ones she loves?

Goodreads Rating: 3.84

100+ Halloween Jokes – Johnny B. Laughing

Genre: Children’s Books – 6-12 years (my daughter is going to love this one)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

100+ Funny Halloween Jokes for Kids!

Are you looking for a fun book to keep the kids entertained and happy? This funny joke book for kids is excellent for early and beginning readers. Laughing and jokes have been proven to have positive mental and physical effects on the body!

This book is especially great for long trips, waiting rooms, and reading aloud at home or school.

-100+ funny Halloween jokes
-Excellent for early and beginner readers
-Lots of fun and entertainment for kids and children
-Great for long trips, waiting rooms, and reading aloud

Funny and hilarious Halloween jokes for children of all ages, teens, and adults
The Joke King is back with another hilarious joke book full of funny, laugh-out-loud, crazy comedy and awesome assortment of Halloween jokes for children of all ages, teens, and adults. This awesome joke book for kids is easy to read and full of laughs!

Warning: This funny joke book will cause you to laugh hysterically!

Goodreads Rating: 5 (2 ratings)

Girl in Trouble – Stacy Claflin

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

He gave up his daughter years ago, but now he’ll risk his life to save hers.

Alex Mercer is no stranger to kidnappings. The emotional scars still run deep from his sister’s disappearance years earlier. His daughter Ariana remains safe long after her adoption, and he cherishes the few times a year he gets to see her. The joy is palpable when he takes her on their first one-on-one outing. At least until he pauses to answer a text and Ariana disappears…

Wracked with guilt and determined to find answers, Alex teams up with an unlikely ally at the police department. As the clues reveal a pattern of missing girls, the kidnapping case becomes a race against time to save Ariana. What cost is Alex willing to pay to keep his daughter alive?

Girl in Trouble is the first book in a series of thrilling stand-alone novels spun off from the USA Today bestselling Gone Trilogy. If you like heart-pounding suspense, page-turning action, and characters you’ll never forget, then you’ll love Stacy Claflin’s engrossing new series.

Goodreads Rating: 3.98

An Occupied Grave – A.G. Barnett

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A village of secrets finds its past lies waiting…

When mourners gather in the village of Lower Gladdock, the grave is found to be already occupied. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve.

Detective-sergeant Guy Poole is hoping to put his traumatic past behind him and settle into his new station at Bexford. Now history is threatening to raise its head again, and he has a murder case to contend with.

Detective Inspector Sam Brock has a new recruit to take under his wing, and he’s determined this one isn’t going to die. As if that wasn’t enough of a headache, his wife is coming home and may be on the verge of discovering the lie he’s been telling her.

Newly paired duo Brock & Poole must track down the killer before more lives are lost.

Goodreads Rating: 4.12

Sacred Bloodlines – Wendy Owens

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For as long as Gabe can remember, his life had been plagued by haunting images and tragic events. It seemed like everyone he knew or loved was doomed for a life of misery or death. He was starting to come to the same conclusion everyone else had–he must be cursed. Until one day, in a subway tunnel, everything suddenly changed. A horrific disaster led him to a strange new person named Uri.
Uri introduced Gabe to an exciting new world filled with angels, demons, magic, and best of all, a beautiful girl named Sophie. This chance at a new life had everything Gabe always longed for: a family, friends, and possibly even love. He soon discovered, though, that this life came at a steep price. One he feared might cost him his life.

Goodreads Rating: 3.73

Just So Stories Annotated – Rudyard Kipling

Genre: Children’s Short Stories

Goodreads Rating: 4.50

The House in the Wood – Paul Addy

Genre: Children’s short story (6-9 years)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

‘Moopah and Fabby’ live on a hill with three cuddly and sometimes talkative toys. When the grandchildren, Chloé and younger brother Evan, come to visit it’s not long before the children discover the little house in the wood and make friends with Sebi and his Grandpa. Apart from Mondays when it rains, there’s warm sun, grassy fields, games and exploring to keep them occupied until the idyllic summer ends with a startling conclusion.

Goodreads Rating: 5 (1 rating)

Mystic Pieces – Ada Bell

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Aly doesn’t believe in psychics. Too bad she just had a vision.

Future scientists don’t have visions. Aly’s got enough on her plate, with finishing her degree and taking care of her nephew and starting her new job at the antique store while drooling over the owner’s gorgeous son. No visions.

Alas, the universe doesn’t care what Aly believes. When she turns 21, she starts to feel psychic impressions left on objects. A disorienting power for someone surrounded by antiques. Then cranky customer Earl is killed, and Aly’s new boss Olive is the prime suspect. Who hated Earl enough to kill? Police would rather make a quick arrest than investigate, so it’s up to Aly to clear Olive’s name.

Shady Grove is reeling from the first murder in decades. If Aly can get her hands on the murder weapon, she should be able to solve the crime. Can she learn to control her visions before the killer sets their sights on her?

Goodreads Rating: 4.28

Hot to Kill – Linda Coles

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

She’s literally getting away with murder…

Madeline Simpson is hot, sticky, and stressed to the max. She’s had it up to here with people treating her like dirt, and the hot flashes certainly aren’t helping. When her temper causes her to accidentally murder her landscaper, she expects to live out the rest of her menopause in prison. But the police have their hands full with a series of sexual assaults…

Feeling above the law, Madeline aims to teach her biggest offenders a lesson. While her pranks take a dark and dangerous turn, Madeline begins to suspect the true identity of the serial sex offender.

To catch the culprit, Madeline will have to go it alone… or risk unburying her deadly secrets.

Hot to Kill is the second instalment in the Detective Amanda Lacey mystery series. If you like firecracker characters, imaginative storylines, and small-town crime dramas, then you’ll love this captivating stand-alone from international bestselling author Linda Coles.

Goodreads Rating: 3.91

A Ghost of Her Own – Alessa Winters

Genre: Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

After fighting for every inch of her soul while leaving an abusive relationship, Grace Reddy scrapes herself together and purchases an old, abandoned warehouse in hope that she can start anew.

But with the old warehouse comes a new challenge: particularly, the Ghost of a man who died there long ago, who may be unwilling to tolerate this strange person in the only place he can exist.

But something about the Ghost draws her to him, and Grace starts to forge a strange connection with him, something neither of them anticipated but both desperately needed.

This is a low heat, sweet Romance novel with a surprising amount of tension!

Goodreads Rating: 4.02

Hill Haven Creeps and the Halloween King – Brandon Berntson

Genre: YA Horror

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s Halloween in Hill Haven Creeps, and the All Hallows Eve Midnight Traveling Spook Show has come to town. Empty tents flap in the breeze, but there’s no sign of the carnies.

For a group of close friends, the festivities have just begun. A masked figure haunts Trevor Sheevis in every reflection. Cole Reagor’s dream of being a stand-up comedian suddenly isn’t so funny, and Tommy Gallaghan’s cell phone makes ominous threats.

At school, Angela Rayburn is smiling at Mathew Potts, and for Ashley Gifford, the monster he fears most sleeps under his very same roof.

When their friend, Steven Delhomme, turns up missing, their worst fears come true.

The smell of autumn leaves is in the air, the first pumpkins are aglow, and the crows are gathering in the cornfields. The moon is full, and something is visible beyond the veil between the living and the dead calling itself the Scarecrow King.

As Halloween approaches, the dead exchange places with the living, and the All Hallows Eve Midnight Traveling Spook Show opens its doors.

In Hill Haven Creeps, every fear will come to life, and every dream will turn into a nightmare.

But will Halloween will have the final say?

Or is something more ominous on the night wind?

Goodreads Rating: 3.90

Vecoh Publishing Email Newsletter:

I received an email from Vecoh Publishing with links to some free suspense and mystery books. These are limited for a short period of time and the downloads are through Bookfunnel, where you usually need to sign up to the authors newsletters.

The link is:

Here is what I have downloaded today:

New Blood – Shane Lusher

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Dana Hartman returns to Tazewell County after nearly twenty years in Chicago, he’s fleeing a dead child, a broken marriage and an assault charge, determined to live out the rest of his life as a recluse.

But when his brother is killed in the line of duty by a housewife-turned-methamphetamine addict, and he inherits the guardianship of his brother’s nine-year-old daughter, it’s time to step up to the plate.

Tazewell County already has its own fair share of trouble: crystal meth, dead junkies, and the murdered daughter of prominent local businessman Wayne Trueblood. Dave Rassi, the dead sheriff’s right-hand man, wants Dana in on the case.

Yet Rassi seems to have his own agenda, and to make matters worse, the woman who killed Dana’s brother has recanted her guilty plea: she says someone else pulled the trigger.

And why is everyone Dana knows trying to warn him off the case?

Goodreads Rating: 4.83

Poor Old Soul – Lee Allen Howard

Genre: Horror

Synopsis from Bookfunnel:

Nevah Stevenson finds meaning in her old age caring for an invalid and her great-grandson. But her benevolence is repaid with a shock.

Goodreads Rating: 3 (2 ratings)

The Fire Keeper – Lori Lacefield

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A sacrificial ritual. A missing boy. And time is running out.

FBI special agents Frankie Johnson and Ben Andrews are fresh off an assignment when they get a call from the Asheville resident agency. A burned body has been discovered in North Carolina’s Nantahala Forest and their services as local profilers are needed.

They arrive to find a disturbing scene: a fire pit enclosed in a circle with a sacrificial bed above it, containing bones that appear to belong to a young human. Then they learn it isn’t the only one. Authorities have discovered a second sight twelve miles away with another victim.

Their initial profile leads them to the nearby Cherokee lands and Chief “Red Crow” Walker, who explains how this ritual most resembles their sacred fire ceremony but insists human sacrifice, if it ever existed, is a thing of the past. Yet he fears someone could be twisting their traditions into a pursuit for something unholy—and they won’t stop until they get to seven.

And now, Chief Walker’s grandson is missing.

Seven clans. Seven sacrifices. One every seven days. Can Frankie and Ben find the chief’s grandson before he becomes the fire keeper’s next victim?

Read the thrilling novella that introduces FBI local profiler Frankie Johnson. She has her eyes on the BAU, but first she’ll have to impress the locals. Read The Fire Keeper and the exciting new FBI Local Profiler series from author Lori Lacefield.

Goodreads Rating: 4.40

Bone Thief – Thomas O’Callaghan

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In his extraordinary debut novel of psychological suspense, Thomas O’Callaghan proves himself a worthy successor to Thomas Harris as he introduces one of the most compelling and terrifying serial killers since Hannibal Lecter in a book where every harrowing page crackles with the white-knuckle feel of a race against time and the gritty authenticity of a real forensic investigation.

A housewife snatched in broad daylight. A tattooed drifter displayed under a boardwalk. A wealthy, high-society heiress left in a city dump. A busy, young mother on her last errand.

The women seem to have no connection except one: they have all been the victims of the Bone Thief, a twisted madman who slays his victims and steals their bones as gruesome trophies.

Since tragedy struck his own family, Lieutenant John W. Driscoll has been a man on the edge of both sanity and life. But now, with New York City in the grip of panic, Driscoll is needed more than ever. With time running out and the stakes rising every hour, he’ll have to guide a troubled team while battling his own demons in order to hunt and catch the most cunning predator he’s ever faced a serial killer who is the very soul of evil and whose most shocking revelation is yet to come.

Goodreads Rating: 3.48

Bitter Past – Caroline Fardig

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Three years ago, criminalist Ellie Matthews was blindsided when a grisly homicide case suddenly became personal. She abandoned the danger and stress of crime scene investigation for a professorship at a posh private college and never looked back.

Now, Ellie’s pleasant world is shattered when she finds the dead body of a female student. The campus is in chaos, reporters are circling like vultures, and Ellie is trying her best to distance herself from the situation. Not an easy task when her closest colleague becomes the prime suspect.

After the college community is rocked by another suspicious death, Ellie’s mentor, Sheriff Jayne Walsh, convinces her to consult on the case. Partnered with quick-witted Detective Nick Baxter, Ellie reluctantly bottles up her personal demons and dives back into the world she left behind, racing to make sense of the evidence before the killer strikes again.

Goodreads Rating: 4.21

The Dark – Jessica Blade

Genre: YA Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Only the darkness can set him free

Tired of pretending to be the perfect teenaged boy, Julian finds his sole purpose when he sheds the false persona his mother and girlfriend have expected him to be. Now free of the past constraints, Julian can hardly contain the excitement over sharing his true self with Gina his girlfriend, no matter how dark or murderous it may be.

Goodreads Rating: 5 (2 ratings)

I hope you find something that takes your fancy 😊

I only download books that I like the look of the synopsis, and once I have cleared down some of the NetGalley books I am going to be adding 1 or 2 of my E-Books to my TBR each month.

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