Book Review: Wild Prey by Yossi Uzrad

Title: Wild Prey
Author: Yossi Uzrad
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 stars
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Shlomki is haunted by memory of the woman, left for dead, whose life he saved 20 years ago. Shlomki, a park ranger in the Sea of Galilee region in northern Israel, is haunted by the rape and attempted murder of a young tourist who came to see the sites where Jesus performed his miracles. He found the young woman left for dead by the side of the road in a national park. She survived, but police were unable to solve the case and eventually dropped it. Shlomki teams up with Amir to defy all-powerful local authorities and seek justice Shlomki s earnest and naïve demeanor leads him into conflict with the local security forces, who are used to bending the rules as they please. Amir, a Bedouin who works for the tax authorities, is sent to investigate Shlomki’s finances, but the two end up joining forces and reopen the unsolved case. Together they pursue the murder investigation, discovering much more than they had been seeking about the powerful men of the secret forces who control the land.

Twenty years ago, Shlomki, a park ranger found a young woman, raped and on the brink of death, by the side of the road near the national park where he works in Northern Israel. The events have haunted him ever since, and even though police has dropped the case, Shlomki can’t let it go.

Amir is initially called in to check Shlomki’s finances, but as he too is troubled by the injustice of this world, the two of them end up combining ofrces – and eventually reopening the unsolved case, which leads them straight to secrets that could cost them their lives. For the all-powerful don’t like it when you dig up their dirty little secrets…

The story is vivid and gripping, all the way from the past to the present. Shlomki is an intriguing main character, complex and flawed, and he’s just the kind of character who can carry a story this grim, and through whom the reader to deal with a truth this ugly.


Book Review: Skull Session by Daniel Hecht

Title: Skull Session

Author: Daniel Hecht

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Rating: 3,5 stars

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Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasn’t held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourette’s syndrome. When his eccentric, wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to refuse. But then he finds that the rambling old house has been savagely vandalized: he discovers a scene of almost superhuman destruction, a violence mirrored by a series of disappearances and grisly deaths haunting the region. Paul delves into the wreckage, wondering what dark passion—and what strength—could cause such chaos. As state police investigator Mo Ford pursues the mystery through official channels, escalating events force Paul deeper into his family’s past and into the darker aspects of his own nature.

Do you know the kind of book that starts out great, builds this wonderful, delightfully creepy plot, introduces you to these amazing characters with detailed, complex, three-dimensional personalities, all of them with their own quirks and characteristics? The suspense is so palpable you’re on the edge of your seat and you just can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Until it does play out, and the big reveal is so shocking you can barely believe what you’re reading – and unfortunately, not in a good way. The big climax is weird, out of place, and seemingly comes out of nowhere. It’s also utterly ridiculous, even within the bonds of the world described in this book.

So, basically, an amazing, atmospheric, eerie read… Up until the last thirty pages which, as one reviewer on Goodreads adequately described them: “the last 30 pages ripped off my head and pooped down my neck”. That’s the most adequate description I’ve found of that horrible, out-of-place, surreal ending.

Anyway, back to hte plot. Paul Skogland, our main character, has Tourette’s syndrom and struggles to cope with his symptoms, and with keeping a job. When his wealthy aunt wants him to repair the old family estate which she has left vacant for the past six months, Paul jumps at the opportunity. But the mayhem wrecked in the manor doesn’t seem like something that could be attributed to a regular person.The force seems almost too strong for that.

Then, when a local police detective investigates missing persons reports of several teenagers who disappeared in the past few months, and the traces lead him to the house Paul is renovating, Paul realizes that to face the monster inhabiting his ancestral home, he might first have to face the monster inside himself.

Worth a read especially if you like psychological horror / neurological thrillers, but I’m giving you a fair warning – you will probably either like the ending, or absolutely hate it.


Book Review and Giveaway Penchant for Vengeance by Robert Downs

Title: Penchant for Vengeance
Author: Robert Downs
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4 stars
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Charlottesville, Virginia, Police Detective Luke McGinty has a closet filled with demons, along with a few skeletons; a steady job, but no steady partner or girlfriend; and is still married to his wife Sallie, even though she’s been dead for three years. Then his detective work takes a turn for the worse when a body is discovered at the downtown mall. One dead body isn’t enough, though, and another one turns up. When ties to a cold murder case in another county present themselves, Luke realizes that, if he doesn’t tread carefully, he could end up short more than just a few answers…

Penchant for Vengeance reads like a Scandinavian police drama – the kind that works great on TV, with a slow draw-out of who the killer might be. Well, you get the same effect here, but in book format. Police Detective Luke McGinty has a closet filled with demons. He’s still haunted by the memory of his wife Sallie, although she’s been dead for three years. He lives for his work, even more so when his newest job involves a body that indicates it might be the first of many…

The body is found at the downtown mall, an unidentified male victim. Soon after, a second victim is found, and Luke connects the cases with a cold murder case abroad. As Luke becomes engrossed in the killer’s wicked play, he realizes he might be battling true evil.

The tension had a slow build up, but I like that – the action wasn’t immediate, but rather you get a suspenseful feeling that lingers under your skin for the duration of the book, and you realize you can only relax when you’ve finished reading. A slow-burning thriller that will appeal to fans of the mystery genre.



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Book Review: A Trap in Paris by Uzi Eilam

Title: A Trap in Paris
Author: Uzi Eilam
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
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Gideon Ben Ari wants to settle down, but Israel’s military won’t let him do it

Having achieved an impressive career in Israel’s armed service and years of successful civilian business activity, Dr. Gideon Ben Ari yearns to settle down to a tranquil life. But then he is recruited to rejoin the defense forces and once again direct his efforts to fighting international terror organizations.

Pitted against Iranian terrorists, can Gideon navigate an espionage battlefield in Paris?

Paris is his new battlefield, and blocking Iranian efforts to develop long range missiles and nuclear weapons is his mission. Gideon will have to make good use of his experience, his wisdom, and his friends to block an invisible and sinister enemy. He will discover that a person he once regarded as a friend has actually become a foe.

Read this stunning, realistic thriller at the edge of your seat!

A Trap in Paris is an authentic, breathtaking thriller that reads as if it were taken from media headlines. Its vital and vibrant plot is an espionage mystery all rolled together with a quick-paced intelligence narrative, replete with intrigue and traitors.

More books in this series: In The California Triangle, Gideon finds himself involved in an American espionage affair which includes the FBI, Mossad and groups interested in overturning the Iranian government. Singapore Under Attack finds Gideon trapped in the capital during a cyber attack, the magnitude of which the world has not yet experienced. He joins the struggle.

A Trap in Paris was a chilling, exciting thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. Dr. Gideon Ben Ari, the main character, yearns to settle down. After having an impressive career in Israel’s armed service, he’s worn out, and he just wants to live a quiet life. Unfortunately, that’s not about to happen anytime soon as he’s recrutied to rejoin the defense forces, and fight against international terror organizations.
Pitted against Iranian terrorists in Paris, Gideon will have to use all his wits, experience, and his friends to stop their enemy. But what when it turns out the people he trusted might be involved too? Who can he trust when danger lurks everywhere?
Fans of thrillers and espionage will definitely enjoy this book. The plot is fast-paced, thrilling, and full of twists and turns, and has an authentic feel to it despite being fiction.

Book Review: Until Sweet Death Arrives

Title: Until Sweet Death Arrives
Author: Amnon Binyamini
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4,5 stars
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Nahum puts his life on the line to fight the evil of corruption

Nahum Patterson, happily married to Edna, is a talented journalist who investigates and then exposes corruption cases in the newspaper. His professionalism is well appreciated, except by those whose reputation he has destroyed. One man, hurt by Nahum’s story, had to flee the country; another was sentenced to prison and became vengefully bitter. Although he knows he is in a dangerous profession, Nahum is on top of the world.

His memory slowly and tragically slips away, but his enemies remember him!

But one day Nahum finds himself lost and cannot find his car. How did it get to the beach? Slowly he becomes more and more confused and cannot recognize his close friends and acquaintances. He becomes nervous and depressed. Edna does not understand why he begins to call her “mother.” Nahum forgets almost everything, but the enemies he had made when he had been healthy did not forget him. And one enemy in particular in this intriguing thriller was not willing to forgive…

An amazing thriller that portrays the agonizing world of Alzheimer’s disease

Binyamini leads the reader into an intriguing thriller, from the first page to the last. But in addition to being a fascinating read, this book teaches us about the anguish of Alzheimer’s disease and how to deal with it. We feel pain and compassion, yet are fascinated by the drama and amazed by the unexpected ending.

In Until Sweet Death Arrives, main character Nahum Patterson is a talented journalist whose professionalism is well regarded by just about anyone… Except the people whose reputation he has destroyed. While Nahum reckons the dangers of his profession, he doesn’t actually believe anything will happen to him, or any of the people he’s helped bring down will take revenge on him.

But one day, he’s lost and can’t find his car. He doesn’t even recognize his friends anymore. He doesn’t even remember his wife, Edna. Unfortunately for Nahum, the people he’s starting to forget, especially the corrupt enemies he once brought down, haven’t forgotten about him at all…

The book handles the theme of mental illness well, and does so in a respectful yet tragic way, showing how horrible it truly is, and how it weakens people, cripples them. In this case, Nahum struggles with Alzheimer’s disease, and it destroys his memories one by one. It’s horrible to read, and saddening too considering he’s still in the prime of his life.

The thriller aspect worked well too, and overall, the book kept me on the edge of my seat for the majority of the time. Excellent writing and intriguing characters complete the picture.

Book Review: I Am Not A Traitor by Y.I. Latz

Title: I Am Not A Traitor
Author: Y.I. Latz
Genre:  Espionage, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
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Henry Stein is a former Israeli Navy cook with a huge secret…
Dive into the story of an exciting espionage case that takes place in the most covert unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. Henry Stein, the 50-year-old veteran chef of the Israeli Navy’s submarine fleet is laid off from his job after thirty years. Due to his big secret, he cannot reveal this fact to anyone, not even to his wife.
A secret that is intertwined with a serious of international calamities
How does his secret relate to the murder of his grandmother in London thirty-five years ago, to the arrest of his backpacker daughter in Colombia, to his love affair with a sexy Korean-American who almost gets him killed, and to his longstanding personal relationship with the British MI6?
A compulsive page-turner full of courage, terror, and passion
Step by step, the secret life of the “innocent cook” is exposed. As he fights a war of survival opposite the CIA, MI6 and the Israeli Mossad, he is revealed as a courageous man who follows his heart, until the arrival of the inevitable moment when he must decide once and for all where his loyalty lies—with his country or with his homeland.


I’m not usually a fan of espionage novels. I find them often over the top, and not that entertaining – I prefer to watch movies about the topic, to be honest. Still, I Am Not A Traitor did something for me that most espionage novels can’t: it made me care about the main character. Despite his many flaws, not least of all having an affair with a sexy Korean-American who is an alleged CIA operative, I did like Henry Stein.

Henry Stein was a former Navy cook, with thirty years experience, until he’s laid off. But he may have been more than a cook all these years… And as his enemies rally against him, he’ll have to decide once and for all where his royalties lie.

The book reads like watching a movie. The scenes unfold at record-speed, right in front of the reader’s eyes. The characters are endaring, especially Henry Stein himself, and the writing is fast-paced, kind of like being on a rollercoaster of excitement.

Recommend to people who enjoy thrillers and espionage books.

Book Review: The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

Title: The Beautiful Dead
Author: Belinda Bauer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 3 stars
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There’s no safety in numbers . . .

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.
The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.
When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions.
One is public murder.
And the other one is her . . .

The Beautiful Dead is a haunting and compelling read that unfortunately, falls a little short in terms of realism and complexity sometimes. While I did finish the book in one evening, and it certainly has the right amount of suspense to keep one entertained, and has a fairy compelling writing style, the plot is too simple, the killer too one-dimensional, to be really entertaining.

Eve Singer is a crime reporter. Her career is flagging but after the murder on a young woman who was trapped in the building she worked in by a madman with a knife, Eve’s career is back on track. Especially when the killer forms a connection with her and starts giving her first-hand information about the murders. I found this fairly far-stretched. However, Eve was an intriguing character, and I did like her, her relationship with her father which has become complicated ever since he’s developed dementia, and how she struggles to keep her head afloat with her career sinking and her family life in ruins.

Eve’s father is another interesting character. So is Joe, one of the people she works with. Guess who is not interesting at all? The murderer. That’s sad, given that he’s the second major character in the book. He doesn’t even read like a real person. He comes across as a one-dimensional cardboard figure of a murderer, not driven by the need to kill but rather killing just because the author is making him do so. He doesn’t seem very realistic at all, and he doesn’t have the qualities that make serial killers memorable or stand out, such as Hannibal Lecter or Norman Bates or the other far more memorable and intriguing killers books and TV shows have given us.

Either way, the story is decent, although it does ask the reader to suspend disbelief a great bit. I was most impressed with the writing. Fans of solid thrillers shouldn’t pass this one up, but it’s not top of the shelf either.

Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Author: Riley Sager

Genre: Thrillers

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Final Girls is an intriguing psychological thriller about survival, evil and the strength it takes to live with the guilt of surviving when others did not.

Quincy is doing well, nowadays. Years ago, she went through the worst nightmare imaginable. All her friends got slaughtered in a cabin in the woods one night, and Quincy was the only one who survived. She doesn’t remember anything from that night, just bits and pieces, but it has still redefined her life. Now she spends most her time working on her food blog.

She barely even thought about Lisa. Lisa was the first girl they called a Final Girl, a title stolen from TV series and movies, a name for the last girl alive after a massacre. The only survivor. The Final Girl. Lisa offered help to Quincy back when she needed it the most, and Quincy has never forgotten. So when she hears Lisa passed away – a suicide, or so police think – she’s upset. And when Samantha, the other Final Girl, shows up on her doorstep, claiming to be worried about her, Quincy lets her in and they start to connect.

But the past won’t let go, and when it appears Lisa’s death was no suicide but murder, someone seems out to finish the work those butchers started all those years ago, and finish Samantha and Quincy off. But who can Quincy trust? And if the secret to the murderer’s identity is buried along with her own traumatizing memories of the night that ripped her life apart, can she find the strength to finally face the past?

This is a very suspenseful read, and the writing is excellent. Quincy is a well-developed character. She has plenty of flaws, and she still struggles with the past, but it all sounds very realistic. It’s normal Quincy is still struggling, it’s normal she still has survivor’s guilt. But she’s very strong, easy to relate to, and actually quite admirable. Samantha and Quincy develop a bit of an odd relationship as two Final Girls, but even that (which I imagine must be quite difficult to write) is written well, and in a believable way.

Now, the major downside (and what brought this from a 5 to 4 star read) is that I figured out who was behind it almost from the moment this person appeared in the book, and how it was all connected. It’s not too obvious, but I simply had a gut feeling and it turned out correct. Bummer, though, because that made the book less suspenseful than it would’ve been otherwise.

If you’re a fan of thrillers or slasher movies, I recommend you check this out.

Book Review: Missing by Adiva Geffen

Title: Missing
Author: Adiva Geffen
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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They’re back…

Internationally best-selling suspense master Adiva Geffen in going to launch you on a whirlwind adventure with Israel’s mostly hotly pursued private detectives. And this time the good guys might not win.

How far will they go?

After finding and securing Daria, a young runaway, Sammy and Dikla are left slack-jawed upon discovering her dead body. Local police determine the case to be an open-and-shut suicide, but a far more sinister plot is about to be uncovered.

Drama, Pain & Passion…

Follow these never-say-die investigators down the rabbit-hole of heaven-sent cults and con-artists as they attempt to reveal the truth once and for all, while juggling raw, heated relationships and heart-pounding drama. Real-life, down-to-earth dialogue will put you in the front row seat of a story that will make the bath water go cold around you.

In Missing, Sammy and Dikla are two private detectives in Israel. After finding and securing a young runaway named Daria, they’re shocked upon discovering Daria’s dead body. Local police determine the case is a suicide, but neither Sammy nor Dikla is convinced. Revealing the truth won’t be easy though, and they’ll have to put themselves in harm’s way and take a lot of risks for the truth to be unveiled.

Both Sammy and Dikla are likeable characters, although Dikla was my favorite. The book offers a fair share of unexpected twists and turns, and the mystery isn’t cut and clear from the get-go; readers are left guessing for a good while as to what is going on.

The book reads like watching a TV show, like following the characters on NCSI or Criminal Minds, or something along those lines. The action is non-stop, the pacing relentlessly fast, and you get sucked in before you even finish the first chapter.

Recommended to fans of mysteries and thrillers.


Book Review: The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

Title: The Lucky Ones
Author: Mark Edwards
Genre: Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

The Lucky Ones is the terrifying new thriller from the #1 bestselling author of Follow You Home.

The Lucky Ones is the latest thriller by Mark Edwards, and this book pleasantly surprised me. It’s not my first review of a book by this particular author. In the past, I reviewed Follow You Home, the book that turned the author into a #1 bestselling author, and “only” rated it 3 stars. I remember enjoying the book but that it wasn’t suspenseful enough. Then I read The Devil’s Work and rated it 4 stars, because I really enjoyed it, although my number one complaint was the plot was slightly unrealistic and too much was happening.

I’m giving The Lucky Ones 4 stars. The mystery intrigued me, and the writing was excellent. The author has really mastered the art of writing compelling books. The descriptions of the scenes are very realistic and I loved that it’s set in a small town. I liked the characters, in particular Ben Hofland and Imogen Evans, our detective in charge of the case.

What I didn’t like was that for the reader, the major plot point (the killer murders victims on their happiest day) is giving away almost right from the beginning to the reader, while it takes the detectives ages to figure this out. I wish it wouldn’t be so easy to decipher for the reader so we could be kept guessing for a while too. I also thought the ending wrapped up things a little too fast, with the “sudden twist” that seemed to come out of nowhere. I suspected this character from the moment we met him, so that wasn’t a real surprise, but how it was all connected was slightly far-fetched. However, I still liked the book enough that I would recommend it to fans of thrillers and mystery novels, because everything else but the two things mentioned here, I liked.

The crime procedural element was excellent too, and Mark Edwards obviously understand how police officers work and how a case is investigated. The characters were realistic and flawed, and as I said, the writing was excellent. This is an intriguing murder mystery / thriller that fans of the genre (and in particular, fans of Mark Edwars) will love.