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The Girls She Left Behind (Lizzie Snow #2)

img_4551Author: Sarah Graves 

Publisher: Random House

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Provided by Publisher



Blurb: For Lizzie Snow, the ice and snow of her first punishing North Woods winter are dreadful enough. But near the small town of Bearkill a stubborn forest fire now rages out of control, and as embers swirl dangerously in the smoke-filled air, a teenage girl with a history of running away has dropped out of sight again. The locals and the law both think Tara Wylie is up to her old tricks—until her mother receives a terrifying text message.

Equally disturbing: Henry Gemerle—a kidnapper and rapist who once held three girls prisoner for fifteen years—has escaped, and may be lurking in Bearkill. As the fire closes in, Lizzie teams up with her boss Sheriff Cody Chevrier and state cop Dylan Hudson to search for the missing girl and the wily fugitive. But they’re blocked by Tara’s mother, a frustrating teller of needless lies and keeper of dark, incomprehensible secrets.

Following a trail of grisly clues—a bloodstained motel room, a makeshift coffin in a shallow grave—Lizzie is drawn ever closer to the flames in her race to save an innocent and corner a monster. Someone else also wants to find Tara Wylie and Henry Gemerle, though, for reasons that have nothing to do with mercy or justice. And when they all meet, the inferno threatening Bearkill will pale in comparison to the hell that’s about to break loose. Continue reading The Girls She Left Behind (Lizzie Snow #2)

Benefit of the Doubt

cover57584-mediumAuthor: Neal Griffin

Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Debut Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Convicted killer Harlan Lee is out of prison and determined to exact revenge against the system that locked him away for seventeen years. Halfway across the country, Police Sergeant Ben Sawyer is fired after committing an act of abusive force so outrageous, he’s America’s new poster boy for police brutality. Benefit of the Doubt is the story of these two men and the bloody road that leads to their inevitable confrontation.

Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop, until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in public. Now a detective in the tiny Wisconsin town where he and his wife grew up, Ben suspects that higher-ups are taking payoffs from local drug lords. Before long, Ben is off the force. His wife is accused of murder. His only ally is another outcast, a Latina rookie cop. Worse, a killer has escaped from jail with vengeance on his mind, and Newburg–and Ben Sawyer–in his sights.

Benefit of the Doubt is a gripping thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town America, where local police departments now deal with big-city crimes and corruption.

Neal Griffin is a twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement. He’s seen it all, from routine patrols to drug enforcement to homicide investigations, from corrupt cops to men and women who went far above and beyond the call of duty. Continue reading Benefit of the Doubt