Book Tour & Review: The Echo Man

The Echo Man by Sam Holland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Wow, so I am always on the lookout for a new author and Sam Holland has knocked it to of the park with The Echo Man. It’s a very dark thriller/crime story with a touch of horror aspects with a serial killer that likes to reenact true crimes. Emulating Mason, The Hillside Strangler and Dahmer, just to name a few, this killer leaves a gruesome trail of bodies in their wake. Cara and Noah are detectives trying to hunt down the killer, we also have Jessica who is in hiding, suspected of killing her husband, and Nate, the broken and suspended detective who is trying to help her. Does Jessica’s case have anything to do with the ring of true crime copycats?

Serial Killer thrillers and horror stories have always been in my top favorite reads (yeah I know..twisted but what can I say). Holland will now join some of my favorite detective/serial killer/crime authors like Vargus & McBain and Andrew Barrett for must-buys.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a reader of true crime or serial killers and give it 4/5 stars. This isn’t for the sensitive reader, there are some pretty gruesome kills so just be forewarned. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the review copy of this book. Please visit some of my fellow reviewers on this tour and show some love! Visit my Instagram at @coffeedogsbooks for a list of tour hosts. As always, my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.



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Blog Tour & Review: The Frequency

The Frequency by Terry Kitto

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So, let me start by saying this is now in my list of favorite books. With the level of character and world building that Kitto uses you really get a good idea of both The Network and The Frequency and how it works. The mix of sci-fi, paranormal, horror, and thriller were unique and a refreshing change from the same old story and plot. There are SEVERAL triggers through the book and Kitto does readers a solid by listing them on the Frequency webpage for those who want to see them. I am really impressed with how mor and more authors are either listing triggers on a website r n the back of the book so that those who are in need of this have it available without spoiling the book trying to look it up. With the triggers involved the book can get very dark but it is a compelling story and one that keeps the reader engaged. I highly recommend this book and am very much looking forward to the next installment! Thank you to Traveling Pages Tours and Terry Kitto for the review copy of this book and the opportunity to join in on the tour. My thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.



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Book tour and review: Take Her Down

Take Her DownTake Her Down by Lauren Emily Whalen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Queer retelling of Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar, Lauren Emily Whalen’s new YArelease Take Her Down has some VERY dark themes, a lot to love, and a little to improve. I absolutely loved all of the representation although I think that at times the book trie too hard to be inclusive. The format, a thesis written in 5 acts (like the play) is different an can be hard but I think it works given the subject matter. There are A LOT of trigger warnings, and I do advise readers check those out before proceeding. Retellings are one of my favorites (outside horror) when done right and this one is done right, down to the play on names. The intro (lost half of the book) is slow and can get repetitive but the rest of the story is very good,there will be characters and situations you will hate, to be spoiler free, I wont say more. I loved Whalen’s previous book, Two Winters and after reading this, she will be an author I will watch for. It’s not a perfect book, but it is a good one. I give this 3.5 of 5 stars and thank @suzyapprovedbooktours and @laurenemilywrites for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. #bookstagram #booktour #suzysapprovedbooktour #coffeedogsbooks #retelling #lgbtqbooks #takeherdown #darkacedemia #triggerwarning⚠️ #readthisbook #ya #bookblogger

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Book Tour and Review: The Cabin Sessions

The Cabin SessionsThe Cabin Sessions by Isobel Blackthorn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Cabin Sessions is a sometimes dark psychological thriller. Taking place in a remote cabin outside the isolated villainess of Burton with a storm rolling in, several characters meet to celebrate their love of music and honor a friend, however small towns sometimes hold big pasts.

This is a good, although slow paced, thriller that will keep you engaged and wanting to learn more about Burton and its residents past secrets. I highly recommend this story. This was not my first book this author and it will not be my last. I give this 3.75 (rounded to 4) stars. Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for the review copy of this book, my thoughts and opinions are entirely own.

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Blog Tour and Review: The Ghosts of Thorwald Place

The Ghosts of Thorwald PlaceThe Ghosts of Thorwald Place by Helen Power
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This fast paced story is a unique take on a paranormal mystery/thriller. Rachel Drake is hiding out from her husbands killer and when she ends up dead herself, she is “trapped” in the elevator where she dies and adjacent apartments. Catching snippets of conversations and learning more about the neighbors she previously avoided and their secrets, she tried to solve the mystery of her own death. Paranormal stories aren’t my typical go to but I enjoyed this book and would read others by this author. I thank Blackthorn Book Tours and Helen Power for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour and Review: The Secretary

The SecretaryThe Secretary by Britney King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to be able to review Britney’s newest release, The Secretary. As usual, Britney’s books are page turners. When Gillian, who is very down on her luck, gets her dream job, is it really the amazing opportunity she thinks it is? Now don’t get me wrong, the main character makes some pretty bad decisions and sometimes its almost hard to believe, but most psychological thrillers require some suspension of belief. This was a pretty quick read at just under 250 pages and like most psych thrillers has plenty of twists (no spoiler, that’s in the book description). I have enjoyed all of her books so far and look forward to future releases. I give this 3.5 stars (rounded to 4). Thank you to Enticing Journey Book Tours and Britney King for including me in this tour.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Blog Tour and Review: Oy Vey, Maria

Oy Vey, Maria! A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery (Mrs. Kaplan Mysteries)Oy Vey, Maria! A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery by Mark Reutlinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a cute and humorous cozy mystery. I loved the main characters and the aspects of Jewish culture, especially the Yiddish. It reminded me of my grandmothers except they weren’t trying to be detectives, just nosy 😂. This was the third in a series (I love all the titles) although that doesn’t detract from the story if you start in here. I do plan on going back to the first two though. I recommend for cozy mystery lovers and those with nosy grandmas 😉

Thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions and the author for the review copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour and Review: The Fortuna Coin

The Fortunata Coin

 

This is a slow read with some definite triggers that I will state at the end as to not spoil the story. This story is also about second changes and would we change our decisions. The caveat is that you have no memories of what happened and only some flashback of “the future”. Will that cause you to make some changes and prevent the tragic events that occur? I would not really classify this as a thriller, more romantic suspense with a hint of sci-fi. I did joy the book despite the heavy content early on. I give this 3.5 of 5 stars and thank Goddess Fish Promotions for the review copy of this book. As always my thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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Audiobook Tour & Review: Freedom Lessons

Freedom LessonsFreedom Lessons by Eileen Harrison Sanchez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is for the audio version of this book.

Freedom Lessons isn’t an easy book to read. Told from three different points of view in 1969 Louisiana after the town is forced to end segregation, there is a lot of racism, brutality and hatred in this book, but it is a very well told story. Out three main characters, Colleen – a new teacher and the only white person at the school, Frank – a black football player concerned about the death of his father, and Evelyn – a veteran black teacher, all have their own very important view to tell us. The narrator for the audio did a good job with the story although I wish there was a little more emotion in the reading given the material, but I still recommend this format. It was interesting to learn that this is a fictionalized account of the authors experience teaching in Louisiana in the late sixties. I give this 4 of 5 stars and highly recommend! Thank you to Suzy’s Approved Book Tours and Eileen Harrison Sanchez for the review copy of this audiobook. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

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Blog Tour & Review: Walking Among the Trees

Walking Among the Trees by Frank M. Oliva

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a great addition and perfect time for a spooky read. A case of demonic possession, a reluctant priest, what more can you ask for? This about more than possession and an exorcism and as we read, we learn more about Father Kerrigan, his past, and why he is so reluctant to perform this ritual. Told from Kerrigan’s POV, we learn through flashbacks about his past and his own demons. This was a very engaging book and a fast read. I recommend this for fans of the supernatural and psychological stories as well. 3.75 of 5 stars! Thank you to Suzy’s Approved Book Tours and author Frank M. Olivia for the review copy of this book. As always my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. I look forward to more books by this author.



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