The Ex by Alafair is the latest novel by the New York Times Bestselling author. Publisher: HarperCollins, February 2016
Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.
Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.
Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?
For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?
Oh how this story pulled me in immediately quickly putting me in a page turning frenzy as I had to know what happened next. A phone call is how this start and the author runs with it taking me on a thrilling roller coaster ride that I did not want to get off. The set-up in this fast-paced drama contained many diversions, purposely created by the author, to keep me reading, even missing a subway stop or two. Did he do it? That’s Olivia’s mission to uncover in this suspenseful and intriguing tale that when it was all said and done, it’s the culmination of the skillful way in how this was presented and the twists and turns that delivered an engaging and gripping read.
Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb is the 42nd book in the “In Death” suspense series. Publisher: Berkley, February 2016
Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy. . .
Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.
Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.
As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.
I don’t know how she does it year after year after year, but J.D. Robb always seems to have me buried deep into her books that I can’t stop reading until Eve has the killer in the box and this did not disappoint me as I hurriedly turned each page just to get closer to when Eve knew who did it and I just love watching it all come together and when she pulls in that core team…you know that take down is eminent. Every time Mr. Mira is in a scene, he just pulls my heart strings and in this one he takes center stage in his interactions with Eve, which was brilliantly done. And of course, there’s Peabody who I just makes me smile and we cannot forget the devilish and handsome Roarke because he’s Roarke. A nice done mystery with all the twists and turns to keep me reading and wanting more.