Posts Tagged ‘Brenda Novak’

I’ve been meaning to get this book review done for a while now. I read Dead Silence at the end of last month, but got distracted with “life”. So here goes.I read books 2 & 3 before I could get to Dead Silence, that is where I became acquainted with Grace Montgomery, a bit mysterious about her past, and decidedly closed off. At least that is the Grace I met in the other books to this trilogy, Dead Silence filled in the blanks to what had happened to her and why there was a body buried at the family’s farm.

Brenda Novak is a master at hooking the reader from the first page, making her books hard to put down. I couldn’t read fast enough to get to the ending knowing that there would be a twist. Grace’s experiences in high school could very well be the experience of many a girl, in fact I know these women that have similar backgrounds, to a certain extent so do I.

The loyalty displayed by this family especially older brother Clay who has struggled with guilt at not being there to protect his sister is quite touching. I found myself rooting for this family despite the big dark “secret”.

I highly recommend the entire Stillwater Trilogy!

Dead Silence

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I think this may be the solution~

The voices are mine. All they do is ask questions, one right after the other, I am driving me nuts. I had a two-hour reprieve after taking my one and only dose of Trazodone. After reading the literature and researching it online I am afraid of taking anymore. But for those two hours all was quiet in my head. I don’t know if it was due to the Trazodone, but that part I liked. But the one little pill did not make me sleep for a full night. That is all I ask for, one full night, I don’t ask for much. Maybe I do. 

I finished reading And the Rain Came Down did a book review on it and was going to take a break from reading to concentrate on my writing, but I could not resist the urge to get another book started so I began reading Dead Silence by Brenda Novak. I wasn’t going to get any sleep and the creative juices weren’t flowing, I wasn’t compelled to even force it. 

Physical therapy at this point I don’t know if it is helping any or not. After each session my lower back feels like it is on fire and I am completely worn out to the point that I am pretty much rendered useless for the rest of the day. That just doesn’t seem right to me. I didn’t sleep much and don’t feel it would be safe for my sleep deprived ass to be out there driving to the rehab place, so I cancelled. 

Today I need to go renew my tags, then I need to get my oil changed in my car and get it trip checked just to make sure all is good on it. It is also time to get it started…for these little tasks I wish I had a “husband”….lol. I hate taking care of this crap….well I take it back, life is less complicated without a husband…so better yet I wish Boy # 2 was old enough to drive and take care of those little details. If Boy # 1 was here he would be doing that for me. I miss my baby. 

Well I am off to shower, cut my hair and get this day started and over with. 

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Just finished 2 more Brenda Novak books from the Stillwater Trilogy, missing the first, but here is a review of the two I read. Will have to find the first one….sigh.

Dead Giveaway~

After a painful divorce, detective Allie McCormick comes back to her childhood town of Stillwater to start a new life with her six-year old daughter. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that her father happens to be the chief of police and offers her a job. Immediately, Allie begins to work on a cold case–the strange disappearance of Reverend Lee Barker nineteen years ago. But the time factor is not the problem. The main problem is the chief suspect, handsome and brooding Clay Montgomery, who everybody in the town hates and believes to have murdered the Reverend.

As the investigation unfolds, and Allie falls deeper into her relationship with Clay, she realizes the man she has fallen in love with could not be capable of murder. She decides to help him to the end, even if that means putting herself in danger and fighting the whole town and its most important family. Will she succeed? And what if the famous Reverend, who everyone respected to much, turns out to be the most despicable of criminals?

Surprising twists and turns and a couple of interesting sub-plots keep the story moving at a fast pace until the very startling ending. Novak has a keen gift for combining suspense and romance, as well as for creating real, sympathetic heroines and darkly mysterious heroes that beautifully stand out from the typical stereotypes of the genre. The way Allie `solves’ the case at the end is smart and unexpected.

Dead Right~

Novak’s last Stillwater novel revisits the small Mississippi town, where journalist/newspaper owner Madeline Barker is still seeking closure two decades after the disappearance of her father, a town minister. When police find her missing father’s Cadillac submerged in a quarry outside of town, Maddy is determined to discover, finally, what really happened. Maddy hires L.A. private eye Hunter Solozano to solve the case, but neither expects to find romance: Hunter is an embittered divorcé, and Maddy recently broke up with a domineering boyfriend. While their relationship simmers, Hunter discovers some disturbing truths about Maddy’s father and his domestic life; before long, a series of sinister phone calls and a botched robbery raise the stakes.

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I just finished the last of the “Last Stand” series…and started on the Stillwater Trilogy…except I’m short one of the Stillwater books, meaning I may have to go to the library and get the one I don’t have….

Watch Me~

Sheridan Kohl was just a teenager parked at the lake in Whiterock, Tennessee with a boy named Jason when a stranger wearing a ski mask shot them both.  Sheridan lived but Jason died–and the stranger was never caught.  Twelve years later, by working at The Last Stand, Sheridan has learned a thing or two about investigating crime.  She returns to Whiterock, intent on achieving answers at last.

But someone doesn’t want the truth to come out.  Someone unexpected.  Someone who is willing to resort to murder.  Again. Unexpected is about right, but I was able to figure it out midway…or had a strong hunch…

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Who was the real killer?

Romain Fornier lost his reason for living when his daughter was kidnapped and murdered. He used a cop’s gun to mete out his own justice and spent the next few years in prison. Once he was freed, he returned to his Cajun roots in small-town Louisiana. But now he learns that he might have killed the wrong man.

Jasmine Stratford, a psychological profiler, is convinced his daughter’s killer is still alive—and that she and Romain have something in common. She believes the same man kidnapped her sister, Kimberly, sixteen years ago.

What happens next?

Jasmine is determined to track him down when she receives an anonymous package, postmarked New Orleans—the bracelet she gave Kimberly for her eighth birthday. She approaches Romain because she knows he can help her… if he chooses.

But searching for the man who irrevocably changed both their lives means they have to rise to a killer’s challenge:

stop me.


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The first book of the “The Last Stand” series has taken me longer to read than the last 3…but as the author stated the books stand alone and you can start with anyone and still enjoy them and not feel lost. I wish I had started them in the correct order as there is mention of some of the same characters in the older books and they end up dead…so knowing the outcome took away from the other books, but not by much…I’ll be starting on book 2 of the series…here’s my recap of  Trust Me.

Four years ago Skye Kellerman was attacked in her own bed.  She managed to fend off her knife-wielding assailant, but the trauma changed everything about her life.  As a result of that night, she joined two friends–also survivors–in starting The Last Stand, an organization to help victims of crime.

Now her would-be rapist is getting out of prison.  Early.  And Skye knows that Dr. Oliver Burke hasn’t forgotten what her testimony cost him.

There is the conflicted love interest, David, whose wife was recently diagnosed with MS and the surprising twist involving her. A good summer read.

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Another Last Stand Book. These do not have to be read in order, can stand alone. Fast read about newest member of the Last Stand group. She is on her first case, trying to find to kidnapped girls. Love, murder and a very disturbed man make this book worth reading.

For more than a year, Sebastian Costas has been trying to unravel the truth behind the murder of his ex-wife and son. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, he’s convinced that her second husband—a cop—committed both murders, then faked his own death. Now Sebastian has followed the slimmest of leads to Sacramento…and that’s where he finally gets the break he needs. Jane Burke, an investigator with The Last Stand, calls him in connection with a separate crime—a crime that could lead him straight to the man he’s been looking for.

Once married to a serial killer, Jane has spent the past five years rebuilding her life. And with Sebastian she finally has a chance at happiness. But the man they’re after is after them, too. For him this has become a personal battle, one he’s determined to win. Whatever it takes…


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