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EERIE

EerieEerie by Blake Crouch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was really thrilled to get this book. I am a huge Blake Crouch fan and I was looking forward to this first collaboration with his brother, Jordan Crouch. They certainly didn’t disappoint me. I started reading this book late one night and couldn’t put it down.

From the first chapter, I was captured by the story that started unfolding. At first, it seems like a conventional thriller. A car accident. A brother and sister left orphans. A promise to a sister from her brother to “always take care” of her. Jump to the present, 31 years after the accident. The brother, Grant, is now a detective with the local police department and locates his estranged sister, Paige, by happenstance through a police investigation lead he follows up on. Grant discovers she is now a high priced prostitute for wealthy business men. Grant arranges to meet her posing as a new client. Paige is taken completely by surprise as she opens her front door to find her brother standing on the threshold. She attempts to close the door and shut him out without success. And this is where the conventional part of this thriller ends, as Grant discovers there is something unnatural going on in Paige’s bedroom. Something is under her bed…

Do you remember the stories you heard as a child about the monster under your bed? Or the Boogeyman? Well, this story did an outstanding job in transporting me back to that childhood. I was truly unnerved and I admit maybe just a little bit afraid to look under my bed. The progression of this story drew me in page after page with anticipation. I couldn’t wait to reach the end to see what monster lay in wait under Paige’s bed.

I really did enjoy this book. A lot. Not a typical horror/thriller/gory type story. But I found it creepy and, well, eerie. That was until I got to the end. The end wasn’t bad. But it was definitely not what I was expecting and I was a tad bit disappointed. I won’t say anymore then that so I don’t spoil it for anyone.

Overall, I feel this book is definitely worth reading. The ending will appeal to some and for others, like me, it may not. If you haven’t read any of Blake Crouch’s books, you really should. He is a fabulous writer and story teller.

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TRIAL JUNKIES

Trial JunkiesTrial Junkies by Robert Gregory Browne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What draws a person to pick up a particular book? Is it an eye catching or intriguing cover? Is it a famous author’s name that everyone knows? Or is it the opening line or chapter of a book? An unusual cover will usually cause me to stop & pick a book up or perhaps the brief synopsis of the story might cause me to stop & ponder if it’s something I want to read. But truth be told, the first few lines of a book will “make it or break it” for me. If I can’t be hooked from the beginning, I know I usually won’t make it past the first couple of chapters.

I can honestly say when I read the first couple paragraphs of TRIAL JUNKIES, my interest was piqued.

“They found her body in Dearborn Park. She had been left to die in a vacant lot on Clark Street, lying in a pool of her own blood, multiple stab wounds to her chest and abdomen, her face slashed, her throat slit ear to ear.”

How could you not be just a little bit curious after that opening paragraph?

The main character, Hutch, is a washed up actor who discovers his college girlfriend has been murdered. He returns home to Chicago after a 10 year absence for her funeral & reunites with his old college friends. While there, the police finally arrest a suspect, who just happens to be one of Hutch’s friends. And this is where things get interesting. As facts are introduced & evidence revealed, it looks like it’s a slam dunk for the prosecution. Or is it?

I read this book in two days, although I would have finished it in one day if I had had the time. I was totally captured by the story & just had to see what happened. Mr. Browne has woven just enough mystery & intrigue to tease you into saying “Just one more page. Just one more chapter.”. And then there was the ending. An ending that I certainly did NOT see coming.

I cannot wait to see where Mr. Browne takes us in the next installment of TRIAL JUNKIES. If you haven’t read any of Mr. Browne’s books, you should try this one. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I certainly wasn’t!

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