Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: UNSUB

{While I'm away from formal blogging during my move this summer, I'll still be honoring my NetGalley requests by putting up reviews here as needed. Some have already been pre-scheduled}.
UNSUB (UNSUB #1) by Meg Gardiner
received from the publisher through NetGalley for a fair and honest review

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Dutton

4.5/5 rating
This is quite an intense, edge-of-your-seat read from an enjoyable author who keeps delivering winners year after year (I've read half a dozen books by this author & loved them all-- Phantom Instinct is one of my favorite suspense novels, ever). The story obviously pays tribute to the mind-breaking work done by detectives of various agencies during the Zodiac Killer spree, but puts its own original twist on it.

Caitlin grew up in the shadow of The Prophet's murder spree when she was just a child and her father was a dedicated detective obsessed with solving the crime. After his partner is murdered by The Prophet, he is institutionalized for a breakdown and can no longer perform at his job. Caitlin picks up the reins of the long dormant case when the disturbed killer returns after many years of silence and gathers her up into his twisted schemes.

Ms. Gardiner is a master of the dark suspense thriller, and she pulls no punches here! My only reason for marking this down to 4.5/5 is based solely on my personal enjoyment, and I found the storyline just a tad too sadistic for my taste. It's dark and gritty, and full of twists and turns, but wow--- what a ride!

Monday, June 19, 2017

See You Soon!

I got the feeling this morning when I was faced with a long to-do list... that it's that time again, folks... Con te partiro`... I'm moving cross-country in July and it's a massive chore to get prepared, drive (my son is driving our car with me as hostage passenger) and unpack at other end. But it will be worth it with the first step on that beach at sunset :)

...but I've left you with an uplifting gift to listen to. Please turn on your volume and click the link above. It should be totally safe-- I've had no problems at all opening it.

Remember, I'm on Goodreads as RitaH 
I have a bunch of you as friends but am willing to add more; send me a message! I'll be adding to my "read books" shelf as that occurs, and updating my "wish list aka to read list" also. I might even start adding mini reviews on there too as I go along. I'll also try to make time to visit some of your blogs and leave comments as time-- and wifi connection-- allows, over the next two months. Should be back blogging mid-August! Despite being "off-blog" I will honor my summer NetGalley arc requests, and write up reviews for the books listed in the sidebar. They will appear on my blog and GR sometime over the next 2 months. I have several more titles lined up for the Fall, also-- stay tuned!

I can also be reached for book chat-- or whatever-- @ blog email address:

Enjoy your summer.... enjoy your books..... enjoy peace! hugs, Rita

Review: The Right Side

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

I received this from the publisher through NetGalley for a fair and honest opinion
stand-alone from the author of the Chet & Bernie Mystery Series (I haven't read this)
Kindle Edition: 336 pages
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Atria Books 
genre: mystery, general fiction, animal companion story, returning U.S. Vet fiction 
if this was a movie, it would be rated: PG-13 for detailed description of war scenes, war injuries, coarse language
my rating: 4.5/5, rounded up to 5/5
I rate the books I read for NetGalley based on my own enjoyment only, unless the story is (very) poorly or fantastically written.  Then I take that into consideration too.
I loved this book! At first I thought it might be too much of a downer for me, 
but it turned out to be uplifting in certain ways. 
LeAnne is wounded overseas in Afghanistan during the war, and is sent back to
Walter Reed Army Hospital stateside to recuperate. However, she leaves before
her mental and physical wounds have healed. She's out to right a wrong for a
fellow soldier who was worried about her daughter left behind. She heads out on a
cross-country, rambling trip to offer her help. But because of shrapnel left in her 
brain-- it's not in a position to safely operate-- LeAnne suffers long and short 
term memory loss and confusion, but when she remembers she is pure in her 
emotion and so real!
I don't usually read these types of stories because I get my (over)fill of war 
news on tv every day, but there was something about the cover that grabbed me.
This is not just LeAnne's story; this is a story of a dog that takes the help
she needs from her new human companion and gives it back double. LeAnne suffers
from the loss of her right eye, so even just everyday life is a complicated affair,
but Goody intuitively senses her friend's disability and assists her. This didn't
seem too far-fetched to me, because we adopted a dog who is very in tune with our
illnesses, injuries, and moods. 

So far the author has stated that there is no sequel and he is now working on 
another Chet and Bernie installment. I hope he changes his mind because I enjoyed 
the "realness" and impulsiveness of LeAnne's personality. Without spoiling anything,
I believe that the story was definitely left in such a way that it could be 
continued without loss of plot fluidity. Perhaps Mr. Quinn is waiting to see how
his audience accepts this book, stepping out of his lighter writing style. 
Recommended... if you understand that it will be melancholy.
Another good choice, from: NetGalley