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January 8, 2018

2 Suspense Novels

by Susan Roberts

I love a good suspense novel especially when you don't know who the 'bad guy' is until the very end.  Here are two reviews of suspense novels that I've read recently.
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The Accident by Glen Ebisch

The Accident
July 2017; Williams & Whiting
978-1911266617; ebook, print (278 pages)
mystery, amateur sleuths
The Accident is a fast-paced suspense mystery that will keep you guessing until almost the end. It's my first book by this author and I plan to read some of his earlier books soon.

Karen has been badly hurt in an accident that her husband was killed in. She is suffering from survivors guilt and her life is at loose ends when she decides to help a friend. Her friend's sister has disappeared and she wants Karen to help her find out if she has been kidnapped or killed. Karen moves into the sister's house and takes the same job while she looks for clues. Most of the people in the story have secrets and it's up to Karen to figure out what the truth is and who is responsible.

My only negative feeling about the book is that there were a few loose ends that I thought didn't add anything to the story - especially Molly, the little girl on the beach. Other than this very minor issue, I found this to be a well-written book that kept me turning pages to find out what happened.

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The Girl At The Bar by Nicholas Nash

The Girl At The Bar
February 2017; Fireflies Publishing
978-0998435817; ebook, print (390 pages)
suspense, medical
This is a first-rate page turner! I stayed up way past my bedtime because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep until I knew the outcome of the story. Just when I thought I had things figured out, the author threw in some new information and I realized that I was totally wrong. I had no idea who the 'bad guy' was until I read the name in the book and even then I wasn't sure if it was correct or just another red herring.

The book starts with a one night stand between Rebecca, a brilliant cancer researcher, and Ragnar, an unemployed trader who is very intelligent and a bit neurotic. When Ragnar wakes up in the morning, Rebecca is gone and he has no way to get in touch with her. Not too many hours later, the police come knocking at this door because Rebecca is missing and he was the last known person to see her alive. After that, it's a race to find Rebecca or her body. There are several groups of people looking for her and as the number of dead bodies increases, you just don't know who is responsible.

I definitely enjoyed this novel and the second-guessing that it caused right up to the very end.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter.

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