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Book Review – Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes (@Elizjhaynes)

September 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes returns with a disturbing and powerful tale that preys on our darkest fears.

Police analyst Annabel wouldn’t describe herself as lonely. Her work and the needs of her aging mother keep her busy. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbor’s decomposing body in the house next door, and she is appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed the woman’s absence. Annabel sets out to investigate, despite her colleagues’ lack of interest, and discovers that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.

A chilling thriller and a hymn to all the lonely people whose individual voices haunt its pages, Human Remains shows how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.

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Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes was featured as a Kindle Daily Deal, and after reading the book description (see above), I had to read it.  I read about cases like these occasionally (about bodies being found after weeks/months of no one missing them) and I’ve always thought about how sad that was. That someone could be so cut off from everybody around them that they die alone and no one notices.

In this crime thriller, analyst Annabel makes the disturbing discovery that in her hometown, the number of such cases are off the roof. Surely, that isn’t natural, is this a sign of something wrong with her town in general or is someone responsible? Ms Haynes chooses not to keep her readers in the dark, and in alternating chapters, she gives voice to the man responsible (Colin – a sick man with an obsession for death) and his ‘victims’.

For a ‘thriller’, Human Remains is a slow read though; nothing really exciting happens until near the end (and that’s only because Colin decides to deviate from his MO and does a really stupid thing). Annabel is also a tricky kind of character; she’s so mousy and depressed and had such a victim-complex that I got really frustrated with her character. She was the perfect prey for Colin, though, so I get that was why the author wrote her that way.

Human Remains tells a really compelling story though – it’s disturbing (Warning: there’s explicit description on decomposition that might gross out some readers) and grim and I did like the psychological aspects of it, and what the author was trying to say about alienation and depression in modern society. I mean, it’s definitely different from the usual crime thriller books I’ve read.

I have no plans for re-reading this one though (it’s just not that kind of book). So, if I were you, I’d suggest you borrow this if possible.

 

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes (Myriad Editions) is available on Amazon, B&N, Apple iBooks, Kobo books

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FREE eBook: Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock @AnnTatlock! @bethany_house #Christian (US, UK, Canada)

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock

Travelers Rest‘ by Ann Tatlock (Bethany House Publishers) is available for FREE download on the Amazon US Kindle site for a limited time. Just click here to download! Also on Amazon UK and Amazon CA.

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Add narration for a reduced price of $3.99 after you buy the Kindle book.

Book Description

New Contemporary Novel from an Award-Winning Author

Jane Morrow has a dilemma. She’s engaged to Seth Ballantine, a member of the National Guard’s 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and he’s returned from Iraq severely wounded. Jane hasn’t seen him for nearly a year, and with trepidation, she heads to the VA hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is being treated.

Seth isn’t happy to see her. He’d asked her not to come. He wants to end the relationship. But Jane loves him, and despite his injury, she’s determined to convince him that they can have a life together. Her faith has never been strong, yet she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do.

Beautifully written, Travelers Rest takes readers on a journey through pain and tragedy to a place of hope and redemption.

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FREE eBook: Captives (The Safe Lands) by Jill Williamson @JillWilliamson! @BlinkYABooks (US)

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Captives (The Safe Lands) by Jill Williamson

Captives (The Safe Lands) by Jill Williamson (Blink/HarperCollins) is available for FREE download on the Amazon US Kindle site for a limited time. Just click here to pre-order!

Book Description

In a dystopian future, eighteen-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many–including his fiancée, Jem–taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

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The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger @sebastianjunger & Richard Davidson (Narrator) for $3.95! @recordedbooks #Audible

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger and Richard Davidson (Narrator)

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger and Richard Davidson (Narrator) is Audible.Com’s Daily Deal, and is available today for just $3.95! Enjoy!

Product Description:

Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems.

In late October, North Atlantic seas are unpredictable. Still, one last good swordfish catch is a chance to start the winter with a fat wallet. As Captain Billy Tyne steers his 72-foot longboat Andrea Gail toward the Grand Banks, growing weather fronts are moving toward the same waters. The Andrea Gail is sailing into the storm of the century, one with 100 mile per hour winds and waves cresting over 110 feet. As each man on the boat faces this ultimate foe, Sebastian Junger gives the account an immediacy that fills The Perfect Storm with suspense and authenticity. Narrator Richard M. Davidson’s reading adds further drama to this unforgettable sea adventure. An interview with the author concludes the audiobook.

©1997 Sebastian Junger (P)1998 Recorded Books

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman @WilliamGoldman for $2.99! (#Kindle #Nook)

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman (Mariner Books) is available for limited time at the specially discounted price of $2.99 on the US Kindle site. *Price match to the Nook Daily Find today.

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Book Description

William Goldman’s modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that’s thrilling and timeless.

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you’ll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that’s home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”

Don’t miss a behind the scenes look at the cult classic film through the eyes of actor Cary Elwes in As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

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My Alien Parents by R. L. Stine @RL_Stine for $1.99! #Kindle Kids Daily Deal!

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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My Alien Parents by R. L. Stine

My Alien Parents‘ by R. L. Stine and Tim Jacobus (Illustrator) (Two Lions) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

8 – 12 3rd – 6th
Ten-year-old Rob thought he knew all there was to know about his parents, but suddenly things have changed. Why do Mom and Dad keep warning him not to ask too many questions? Could aliens from another world really have replaced his parents? And what’s happened to Snappy, the family dog? Soon Rob’s writing down all the latest weird developments in a notebook entitled REASONS WHY MY PARENTS ARE ALIENS FROM OUTER SPACE. Can he figure it out before it’s too late?
It’s another eerily fun thriller from the inventive mind of R.L. Stine.

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Edward III: Perfect King by Ian Mortimer @IanJamesFM for $2.99! @Rosetta_Books_ #Kindle History Daily Deal!

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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Edward III: The Perfect King by Ian Mortimer

Edward III: The Perfect King‘ by Ian Mortimer (RosettaBooks) is available at the specially discounted price of $2.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

Holding power for over fifty years starting in 1327, Edward III was one of England’s most influential kings—and one who shaped the course of English history. Revered as one of the country’s most illustrious leaders for centuries, he was also a usurper and a warmonger who ordered his uncle beheaded. A brutal man, to be sure, but also a brilliant one.

Noted historian Ian Mortimer offers us the first comprehensive look at the life of Edward III. The Perfect King was often the instigator of his own drama, but also overthrew tyrannous guardians as a teenager and ushered in a period of chivalric ideals. Mortimer traces how Edward’s reforms made feudal England a thriving, sophisticated country and one of Europe’s major military powers. Ideal for anyone fascinated by medieval history, this book provides new insight into Edward III’s lasting influence on the justice system, artistic traditions, language, and architecture of the country.

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The Cipher by Diana Pharaoh Francis @dianapfrancis is $1.99! @Bellebooks #Kindle Sci-Fi / Fantasy Daily Deal!

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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The Cipher (A Crosspointe Novel) by Diana Pharaoh Francis

The Cipher (A Crosspointe Novel)‘ by Diana Pharaoh Francis (Bell Bridge Books) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

Book Description

Lucy Trenton’s ability to sense majick is one of her most dangerous secrets. But only one.

A blackmailer knows the other.

Suddenly, Lucy is caught in a treasonous plot to destroy the crown, and she’s trapped in the tentacles of a desperate, destructive majick. Her only hope is ship captain Marten Thorpe, who–by every account–cannot be trusted.

With time running out, Lucy must find a way to win a dangerous game or lose everything she holds dear.

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