Title: Dead of Wynter
Author: Spencer Seidel
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Paperback: 272 pages
Genre: Fiction, Suspense
“Dolly, it’s your mother.” Dolly. Jackie Ruth Wynter had called Alice that for years. The conversation that followed led her right back to the place she had run from for years. Her twin brother, younger by just a minute or so, had been fading, transforming into an image of their drunken, narrow-eyed father. Now her father was dead, and her brother, Chris, missing.
Alice resigns herself to return, helping her mother and the local police with the mystery surrounding the crime. But there are some family secrets her mother would sooner take to the grave than reveal.
Reacquainting with her past brings fresh pain and new friendships as she struggles with who to trust with the details of her father’s murder and brother’s disappearance. As the authorities come closer to solving the mystery of the men in her family, she begins to realize her past life as Alice Wynter is the missing part of the puzzle. But who is searching out the former Alice?
Spencer Seidel tells a familiar tale of a reluctant hometown girl while plot twists take us deep into the bone-chilling cold of the dark winter in Maine’s lake country. The sinister mysteries of the Wynters will capture the reader’s attention well past when the fire has gone out..
Dead of Wynter is the gripping debut novel by Spencer Seidel who takes readers on an intricately woven and suspenseful journey. Alice Wynter Dunn residing in New Jersey with her husband, Gerald, learns of her father’s death, and returns to her hometown of Redding, Maine to offer support to her mother, Jackie Ruth. Alice returns begrudgingly however since Redding was a place that served as the backdrop for many memories that she would rather forget as a child growing up in an abusive family with an alcoholic father. The apparent suicide of Alice’s father turns out to be a homicide and the focus of the investigation includes her twin brother Chris who was not only last seen with their father, but who, as readers learn through flashbacks to 1984, had been hiding his past acts with their cousin, Ray, a relation that this family could have definitely done without. Seidel, with vivid, yet realistic character descriptions transports readers to the story’s setting and crafts a compelling tale of murder, family secrets, deception, and revenge. Masterfully written, Seidel shows through powerful prose how some family secrets can be deadly, and readers will be kept guessing until the last pages of Dead of Wynter. I would recommend Dead of Wynter to anyone who enjoys suspense thrillers and I look forward to reading Seidel’s next novel.
I received a complimentary ARC of Dead of Wynter by Spencer Seidel from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. to offer my honest review of the book. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.
Title: The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do
Author: Daniel Woodrell
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: April 28, 2011
Paperback: 496 pages
Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth.
As Shade takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past, Woodrell’s three seminal novels pit long-entrenched criminals against the hard line of the law, brother against brother, and two vastly different sons against a long-absent father.
The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell contains three books; Under the Bright Lights, Muscle For the Wing, and The Ones You Do, which comprise an electric trilogy the reader will not be able to put down. Woodrell takes the reader deep into the Parish of St. Bruno, where Detective Rene Shade struggles against a morass of corruption and with his moral compass throughout this trilogy, making him immediately likeable and identifiable, especially as he relates to his father and brothers. Woodrell’s characters are intense and vividly detailed, and through his use of expertly crafted atmospheric prose, it does not take the reader much imagination to believe they have been transported to St. Bruno. Each of the three stories brings about a progression in Detective Rene Shade and I will not spoil the book by describing the events of the novels, rather it is best the reader uncover each layer as Woodrell intended. Rarely do I come across a writer who can so deftly create an atmosphere that I believe I know, even though I have never been to any place even remotely resembling St. Bruno. Woodrell is a gifted and extremely talented storyteller who quickly draws the reader into the story and into the lives of the characters, often writing about some of the worst things humanity has to offer and yet also some of the best. The Bayou Trilogy was a book I was unable to set down, so engrossed in the plot and in feverishly reading to discover what was going to happen next. I would recommend The Bayou Trilogy to any reader who enjoys dark, seedy, and exceptionally well-written crime fiction.
Five of Daniel Woodrell’s eight novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. A recipient of the PEN West Award, Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.
I received a complimentary ARC of The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell from Mulholland Books to offer my honest review of the book. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.
On the 21st of June 2011 Joseph Finder’s latest book Buried Secrets will be released. To prepare for this suspenseful new release, watch the following book trailer, it is not to be missed, enjoy.
Title: The Midwife’s Confession
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Paperback: 432 pages
What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I’m so sorry. . .
The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle’s suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle-her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family-described a woman who embraced life.
Yet there was so much they didn’t know.
With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle’s friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives–and the life of a desperate stranger–with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.
Told with sensitivity and insight, The Midwife’s Confession will have you turning pages late into the night.
The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain is a heart-wrenching, masterful work dealing with the very difficult issue of suicide and the questions that remain unanswered when a friend or loved one takes their own life. When Tara’s and Emerson’s very close friend and midwife, Noelle, commits suicide, they are not only shocked because they did not believe this was in Noelle’s character, but they eventually discover that their friend had secrets that ultimately allowed some connection to be made between Noelle’s life and her death. Tara and Emerson discover Noelle’s written confession, a letter that she did not complete before taking her own life, and along with other clues, the two women endeavor to solve the mystery of their friend’s devastating decision. The work is fast paced and rather suspenseful, leading up to the unexpected and most shocking revelation towards the book’s conclusion. Readers will experience a wide range of emotions in this story of love, cruelty, deception, and death. Chamberlain’s character descriptions make these women very real, flawed, and believable, all marks of a master storyteller and I believe The Midwife’s Confession would make for a powerful book for any reading and an extraordinary discussion group choice.
To learn more about author Diane Chamberlain, please visit her website.
I received a complimentary ARC of The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. to offer my honest review of the book. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.