Archive for the ‘Suspence’ Category

Nail Biter

11/17/2008

Nail Biter
Sarah Graves
Suspense
Audio Book
copyright: 2006
isbn: 1-57270-503-5

Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree took the dangerous plunge from Wall Street power broker–to homeowner! Now the do-it-yourself enthusiast is about to discover that her own dream house is built on a foundation of murder.

Buying a beachfront fixer-upper to lease out to Eastport, Maine’s, burgeoning tourist crowd seems like a good idea to Jake Tiptree and her best friend, Ellie White. But working double-time as landladies to a coven of wannabe witches isn’t what they had in mind. And it only gets worse when Jake is called out one stormy night to make a repair–and stumbles on a dead body in the utility shed.

A small-time thief and street preacher with a particularly violent message, the deceased was no favorite of Jake’s–nor of anyone else in Eastport. But what’s he doing shot to death on Jake’s property? Jake’s bewitching tenants–including an ex-cop, a con man, and a mute teenage girl–claim to have been too busy conjuring spells to have heard or seen a thing. Then a member of the coven disappears without a trace and Jake doesn’t think it’s a case of witchcraft–but a kidnapping…or worse.

Scandal, secrets, and a mysterious box buried deep in the foundation of her own home are just the beginning of a mystery that threatens to bring Jake’s house–and life–crashing down. Now she and Ellie are racing to find a missing girl who may be the key to it all…or lead them to a killer holding the final nails to their coffins.

Lighthouse At the End Of The World

09/20/2008

Lighthouse At The End Of The World
Jules Verne
Thriller
145 pages
copyright: 1999
isbn: 978-0-8032-4676-8

At the extreme tip of South America, Staten Island has piercing Antarctic winds, lonely coasts assaulted by breakers, and sailors lost as their vessels smash on the dark rocks. Now that civilization dares to rule here, a lighthouse penetrates the last and wildest place of all. But Vasquez, the guardian of the sacred light, has not reckoned with the vicious, desperate Kongre gang, who murder his two friends and force him out into the wilderness. Alone, without resources, can he foil their cruel plans?  A gripping tale of passion and perseverance, Verne’s testament novel paints a compelling picture of intrigue and heroism, schemes and calamities. The master storyteller returns here to the theme of civilization against its two oldest enemies: pitiless nature and men’s savagery.

Sketching Evil

08/20/2008

Sketching Evil
Donna Anders
Suspense
389 pages
copyright: 2007
isbn: 1-4165-1487-2

 

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
From the author of Death Waits for You, which Ann Rule
called “a suspense-filled exercise in terror,” comes a new
novel of a woman facing a menacing danger she cannot
escape no matter where she runs.

 
When an attempted rape in her city apartment leaves artist Abby Carter deeply shaken, she flees to the beautiful Victorian house she recently inherited in a tiny town on the upper Hhudson River. But rumors of ghosts from generations past, and an unsolved murder, are unsettling…while handsome local homicide detective Bud Williams investigates a brand-new rash of violent crime.

Empathy with a terrified victim leads Abby to use her artistic skills to capture the face of a local serial rapist. But when the portrait leads to an arrest, Abby starts receiving threats and anonymous phone calls, and the house she believed to be a refuge becomes instead a place from her worst nightmare. Bud vows to protect her, but Abby knows she must look into the face of evil herself, because failure could mean her life.

Last Known Victim

08/18/2008

Last Known Victim
Erica Spindler
Suspence
511 pages
copyright: 2007
isbn: 0-7783-2579-2

Amid death and destruction, hurricane-savaged New Orleans has a new dark force to fear.

As the rescue efforts unfold, a grisly discovery is made at one of the massive refrigerator ‘graveyards.’ One of these metal hulks contains six human hands—all female, all right hands. The press has dubbed the unknown perpetrator ‘The Handyman.’ But with no way to trace the origin of this refrigerator, and with evidence lost to time and the elements, the case dead-ends.

Captain Patti O’shay is a straight-arrow, by-the-book cop who is assigned to the case. Her tough, unflinching character is fractured when her husband and fellow police captain is found murdered—surprised by looters taking advantage of the post-storm chaos.

August 2007Patti, still grieving and disillusioned, gets a call from homicide: skeletal remains have been unearthed in City Park. The unknown victim— a female—is missing her right hand. But for Patti, this grave holds something even more shocking. Found beside the victim’s bones is her husband’s police badge.

Casting aside the very ‘rule book’ by which she has lived her life, Patti is fearless—but so is the killer. As he stalks her she is forced to question all she believes in, to doubt the code she has lived by—because she knows that if she doesn’t find The Handyman first, she will become his last known victim.

The Tightening String

07/31/2008

The Tightening String
Ann Bridge
Suspense
250 pages
copyright: 1962

An exciting, suspenceful novel and tale of escape set in Hungary early in World War II, The Tightening String is the story of a woman’s courage and deeply personal convictions as, far from home, she watches frontier after frontier fall to the enemy.

The herione is Mrs. Eynsham, wife of the British counsellor in Budapest, a woman of character adn charm, whose committment in the war is great. While the pressures mount on all sides, she witnesses the supreme testing of her loved ones–her son in battle, her husband during an illness brought on by a serious heart attack, adn her daughter caught up in a poignant love affair overshadowed by diaster.

As the last moment for escape approaches, there are painful farewells, then flight to freedom by the last route open, with unexpected tragedy waiting at the frontier.

Building to its dreamatic conclusion amid smober overtones, The Tightening String is more than a novel of wartime intrigue. Through Mrs. Eynsham, the reader relives the trails of war with its fears and moments of high drama. It is an inspiring novel, filled with beauty of place descriptions, and the accuracy about haut-monde detail that are the hallmark of Ann Bridge’s suspnse narratives.

Of The Tightening String and its relation to real life, Ann Bridge says, “There was a real British Legation in Budapest in 1940-1941, full of real people, of whom I was one–the Minister’s wifel; in the novel they have been exchanged for purely invented characters. But the facts given–the long delay in parcels from England reaching the prisoners-of-war in Germany, and the extrordinary generoisty of the Hungarians in helping to meet their needs, are purely a piece of modern history.”

Sunstroke

07/28/2008

Sunstroke
Jesse Kellerman
Suspence
copyright: 2006
isbn: 0-14-305840-1

The blazingly original novel from the most exciting new voice in crime fiction today-a brilliantly crafted modern noir filled with secrets, heartbreak, and mordant humor.

Gloria Mendez is single and thirty-six, and secretly and somewhat hopelessly in love with her oblivious boss. He is both single and solitary, and far too old for her, but she has worked for him, side by side, for ten oddly companionable years. But when he disappears on his annual trip to Mexico-the one aspect of his life to which she’s never been privy-Gloria’s sudden and impulsive search for him reveals the wreckage of a hidden past. Carl Perreira was not who Gloria thought he was-nor was he anything she could have imagined.

As Gloria travels this twisted road into Carl’s backstory, she realizes she might not have known him at all. Her investigation discloses as much about her own life as it does about her mysterious boss-and leaves her fighting for her life. Sunstroke is everything a thriller should be: circuitous, thought provoking, and brimming with edge-of-the-seat suspense-and the start of a brilliant career.

If you Ever Tell

07/06/2008

If You Ever Tell
Carlene Thompson
Suspence
374 pages
copyright: 2008
isbn: 0-312-37285-x

It took everything in Teresa Farr’s power to return to her hometown of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Eight years earlier, she had walked in on the savage murders of her father and stepmother—both of whom she hated. She barely managed to save herself and her eight-year-old stepsister, Celeste. But even after notorious serial killer Roscoe Lee Byrnes confessed, people still wondered if Teri was the guilty one. And with Celeste unable to remember that night, or to speak at all, those suspicions never went away…

Now Celeste is beginning to remember. Now Byrnes has recanted his confession. And someone is using a series of bizarre, taunting events to exact terrifying “justice.” As Teri desperately races to uncover the truth, she’s finding that everyone she loves has secrets they would kill to keep buried. And in the bright mountain sunlight, an evil concealed all too well is reaching out to silence her and Celeste forever…

A Thousand Bones

05/16/2008

A Thousand Bones
P.J. Parrish
Suspense
470 pages
copyright: 2007
isbn: 1-4165-2587-4

A woman cop.
A haunting memory….

The only female detective in the Miami PD’s Homicide division, Joe Frye has memories that haunt her, and a past that not even her lover, detective Louis Kincaid, truly knows. It began when Joe was an ambitious rookie cop in a small Michigan town called Echo Bay….

The bones found in the woods were the first clue in a string of unimaginably brutal murders of young women. Plunged into a heated investigation — and caught between the dictates of a reluctant local sheriff and the state police — Joe soon uncovers the chilling truth: In the dead of winter in the Michigan woods, she must face down a predator who has chosen her as a worthy opponent — or become his next victim.

Still Missing

05/10/2008

Still Missing
Beth Gutcheon
Suspense
353 pages
copyright: 1996
isbn: 0-06-097703-5

Alex Selky, going on seven, kissed his mother goodbye and set off for school, a mere two blocks away. He never made it. Desperate to find him, his mother begins a vigil that lasts for days, then weeks, then months. She is treated first as a tragic figure, then as a grief-crazed hysteric, then as anreminder of the bad fortune that can befall us all. Against all hope, despite false leads and thedesertions of her friends and allies she believes with all her heart that somehow, somewhere, Alex will be found alive.

Beth Gutcheon builds a heartrending suspense that culminates in a climax you will never forget.

Written In Bone

02/05/2008

Written In Bone
Simon Beckett
Suspence
328 pages

“I took the skull from its evidence bag and gently set it on the stainless steel table. ‘Tell me who you are. . . .’ ” With this silent plea, forensic expert Dr. David Hunter ignites a harrowing murder investigation on a windswept Scottish island, and a tale of menace, sexuality, and revenge unravels—along with the chilling message that a killer has…

Dr. David Hunter should be in London with the woman he loves and a past he can’t quite shake off. Instead, as a favor to a beleaguered cop, Hunter travels to a remote island in the Outer Hebrides to inspect a baffling set of remains. A forensic anthropologist, he has seen bodies destroyed by all forms of violence, but even he is surprised at what he finds: human remains burned beyond recognition—all within the confines of an otherwise undamaged, unoccupied cottage. Local police want to rule the death accidental. But Hunter’s examination of the victim’s charred skull tells him that this woman, no doubt a stranger to the close-knit island of Runa, was murdered by someone nearby.

Within days, two more people are dead by fire. Hunter’s job is to coax the dead into telling their stories—but now that he’s beginning to hear them, he is staggered by the truth. Working with only the barest of clues, he peels back the layers of mysteries past and present, exposing the tangle of secrets at the heart of this strange community—from the deceptions of a wealthy couple to the bitterness of an ex-cop and the secrets of a lonely single mother—as a tale of rage and perversion comes full circle…then explodes in a series of violent acts andshocking twists.