Next Door

Next Door
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, Book # 1
Indipendent
October 2nd 2018
Paperback
192
English
October 27, 2021 October 30, 2021
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FBI Evidence Response Team intern Chloe Fine, 27, finds herself forced to confront her own dark past when her troubled twin sister needs her help—and when a body turns up dead in her small, suburban town.

Chloe feels life is finally perfect as she moves back into her home town, and into a new house with her fiancé. Her career with the FBI looks promising, and her wedding is on the horizon.

But, she learns, all is not as it seems in suburbia. Chloe begins to see the underside—the gossip, the secrets, the lies—and she finds herself haunted by her own demons: her mother’s mysterious death when she was 10, and her father’s imprisonment.

And when a fresh body is found, Chloe soon realizes that her past, and this small town, might hold the key to solving both.

An emotionally wrought psychological suspense with layered characters, small-town ambiance and heart-pounding suspense, NEXT DOOR is book #1 in a riveting new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.


About the book

Chloe Fine is a trainee on the FBI research team and returns to live in her small hometown with her boyfriend. Here she meets her old high school friends and she soon realises that gossip is going around in a small town. She also lost her mother when she was 10 years old, apparently killed by her father who is, in fact, serving his sentence in prison. Chloe has a twin sister, Danielle, who has never been the same after her mum’s death and she’s jumping from relationship to relationship, but it seems that she has met the man of her life. Obviously, as soon as Chloe arrives in her hometown, a corpse is found, and it could be the key to discovering what really happened to her mother.

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Mini Review: The Boy in the Headlights

Gutten som elsket rådyr
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, Book # 3
Doubleday
September 2018
Paperback
384
Norwegian
October 15, 2021 October 19, 2021
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Winter 1999. An old man is driving home when his headlights catch an animal on the empty road up ahead. He stamps hard on the brakes. But it is not an animal at all. It is a young boy, frightened and alone, with a set of deer antlers strapped firmly to his head.

Fourteen years later, a body is found in a mountain lake. Within weeks, three people have died. Each time, the killer has left a clue, inviting Special Investigations Detectives Munch and Krüger to play a deadly game – a game they cannot possibly win. Against the most dangerous and terrifying kind of serial killer. One who chooses their victims completely at random.

To find the killer they must look deep within their own dark pasts, but how can you stop a murderer when you cannot begin to predict their next move?


About the book

The body of a young woman is found in a lake by a little boy who can finally go fishing with his father. Mia is about to leave for the Caribbean, Munch lives with his ex-wife to be close to his daughter after the events of the last book. Due to the new case, the team is reunited.

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Before He Kills

Before He Kills
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, Book # 1
Self pub
May 18th 2016
eBook
166
English
October 13, 2021 October 15, 2021
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In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun.

Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she—and the local force—have ever seen.

With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer’s mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her.

As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, Before He Kills marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.


About the book

Second book that I “read” by the author, I didn’t like the first one that much, because I listened to it instead of reading it, but I liked this a little more even if I found some defects (or rather things that I didn’t like). A woman’s body is found in a cornfield tied to a pole and, of course, the police investigate. Among the policemen there is also the young Mackenzie White who because of her youth, especially because she is a woman, isn’t weel seen by her colleagues. Will she still be able to solve the case despite all this? And not only that, the FBI arrives to lend a hand and perhaps only the agent in charge understands her value.

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If She Knew

If She Knew
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, Book # 1
Blake Pierce
28 agosto 2018
audiobook
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English
November 4, 2019 November 4, 2019

55 year old empty nester—and freshly retired FBI agent—Kate Wise finds herself drawn out of her quiet suburban life when her friend’s daughter is murdered in a home invasion—and she is implored to help.

Kate thought she left the FBI behind after 30 years as their top agent, respected for her brilliant mind, tough street skills and her uncanny ability to hunt down serial killers. Yet Kate, bored with the quiet town, at a crossroads in life, is summoned by a friend she can’t turn down.

As Kate hunts the killer, she soon finds herself at the forefront of a manhunt, as more bodies turn up—all suburban moms in perfect marriages—and it becomes apparent there is a serial killer stalking this quiet town. She unearths secrets from her neighbors she wishes she never knew, discovering that all is not what it seems in this picture of model streets and neighbors. Affairs and lying are rampant, and Kate must sift through the town’s underbelly if she will stop the killer from striking again.

But this killer is one step ahead of her, and it may end up being Kate who is in danger.


About the book

This is the first audiobook that I listen to (no, I won’t say “read”) and it will be the last, because I still believe that they are useless (at least for me, they are good for the ones who have eye problems). But first let’s talk about the book and to say the truth I really enjoyed it, I wasn’t able to fully appreciate it,though. I also own the ebook, so maybe I will read it again in the future.

The main character is a retired FBI agent, Kate Wise, a 55 year-old-woman who doesn’t know what to do now that she isn’t working full time. Widow, mother of a woman who is about to become a mother herself, member of a club of 4 retired women, she isn’t able to find her way now that she isn’t shooting at criminals anymore. So when the daughter of one of the women of the club is killed, she tries to investigate since the mother and friend asks her to.

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The Night Stalker

The Night Stalker
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, Book # 2
Bookouture
June 2nd 2016
ebook
429
English
August 26, 2019 August 30, 2019

If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, you’ll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.


About the book

The Night Stalker is the second book in the series with Erika Foster as protagonist, a detective of the British Police. Erika and her team are called upon a crime scene of a local doctor who is found by his mother naked and with a plastic bag on his head. Erika’s boss wants to give the case to the sex crime division considering that the doctor just divorced his wife and was meeting with men. But Erika thinks otherwise and believe that there is something else hidden behind a hate crime.

A few days later another body is found, naked with a plastic bag o his head. This time the victim is a well known news reporter and it can’t be a hate crime.

In this book, too, Erika can’t do her job and this (and other small facts) is why I give only 3 stars.

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