Reviews

Murder-A-Go-Go’s – The BOLO Books Review

You probably remember when BOLO Books hosted the cover reveal for Murder-A-Go-Go’s last year, so I wanted to remind you that this collection will be available soon. Murder-A-Go-Go’s is the new music-inspired anthology edited by Holly West. As with other examples of...

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The Night Visitors – The BOLO Books Review

Carol Goodman’s The Night Visitors continues her tradition of Gothic-tinged mysteries that capture the soul of humanity and more often than not, aim straight for the heart of the reader. Alice flees from her home to find safety for both herself and her son, Oren. With...

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Call Me Evie – The BOLO Books Review

Reading J. P. Pomare’s debut novel, Call Me Evie, is a discombobulating experience of the highest caliber. While not entirely successful, the writing here is first-rate and readers will be anxious to see more from this new author. Like many books in the psychological...

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The Unrepentant – The BOLO Books Review

Anyone who knows E. A. Aymar would expect nothing less – The Unrepentant is a pull-no-punches narrative that treads the line between riveting thriller and sobering exposé, never short on action-packed set-pieces staged against a backdrop of the darkest of criminal...

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The Hiding Place – The BOLO Books Review

When C. J. Tudor’s debut, The Chalk Man, was released last year, critics – including yours truly – made no qualms about comparing the work to that of Stephen King. The success of the novel and the fact that it made more than a few year-end best of lists garnered her a...

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Why We Lie – The BOLO Books Review

Take a brilliant plot concept, populate it with complex and relatable characters, then wrap it all in an intimate writing style that is equal parts ‘heart’ and ‘head’ and the result is Why We Lie – one of the first truly-great suspense novels of 2019. This is a book...

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Before She Knew Him – The BOLO Books Review

No one is going to claim that Peter Swanson repeatedly writes the same book. With his fifth novel, Before She Knew Him, he once again takes some familiar tropes and alters them just enough to make them feel fresh. The connective tissue linking all of his novels is...

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When You Find Me – The BOLO Books Review

When You Find Me, P. J. Vernon’s debut, has so many elements within that it is hard to imagine a first-time author successfully pulling it off. There are threads dealing with politics, race relations, family dynamics, addiction, mental health, abuse, power, and above...

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Blood Orange – The BOLO Books Review

Harriet Tyce’s Blood Orange could easily serve as "Exhibit A" disputing any claim that domestic suspense is less gritty, less dark, and less risky that its noir sibling. Crack the spine on this novel to enter a bleak landscape filled with deeply-rooted violence, poor...

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Stalker – The BOLO Books Review

Most readers would agree that some books are meant to be read at rapid speed, with the propulsive action spurring the reader through continuing cycles of “just one more chapter” until the exciting conclusion is reached; while others books are intended to immerse the...

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Broken Places – The BOLO Books Review

The pantheon of female private investigators dedicated to serving the constituents of their city may want to prepare themselves to add a new member to their legion. Names like Kinsey Millhone (Santa Teresa, California), Claire DeWitt (New Orleans, Louisiana), Kate...

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The Silent Patient – The BOLO Books Review

Society has long joked that often it is the therapist who is the one most in need of therapy. This is most definitely a stereotype, but like all such generalizations, there is a grain of truth in there. One need look no further than Theo Faber, the protagonist of Alex...

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The Stranger Inside – The BOLO Books Review

Imagine for just one moment: You return home from a weekend getaway only to discover that all the locks on your house have been changed, a strange man holding a signed lease is living inside among your belongings, and all of the existing laws favor the “renter.” What...

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The Lost Man – The BOLO Books Review

After only two books featuring Federal Agent Aaron Falk, Jane Harper turns her attention – and her pen – towards a gripping stand-alone. Rather than diminishing her brand, this unusual move solidifies her ranking as a superstar within the crime fiction genre; The Lost...

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A Necessary Evil – The BOLO Books Review

Abir Mukherjee’s second novel, A Necessary Evil, capitalizes on all the best traits that made his debut, A Rising Man, such a success: relatable characters, rich period detail, accomplished prose, and a fascinating central crime. With A Necessary Evil, Mukherjee has...

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An Anonymous Girl – The BOLO Books Review

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen proved themselves to be a powerhouse duo with their debut bestseller, The Wife Between Us. However, it is their new psychological suspense novel, An Anonymous Girl, which will cement their standing as must-read authors for a legion...

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The Wrong Boy – The BOLO Books Review

With two successful series and a few collections of novellas, some may view Cathy Ace’s decision to release a stand-alone psychological suspense novel as a strange – and potentially risky – move, but not too many pages into The Wrong Boy skeptics will realize this is...

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The Au Pair – The BOLO Books Review

A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi (A precipice in front, wolves behind) This ominous warning graces a plaque on a cannon at the top of the cliff overlooking Summerborne House, the estate of The Mayes Family in Emma Rous’ exceptional debut novel, The Au Pair. This...

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For Better and Worse – The BOLO Books Review

How far would you go to protect your child? That is the question before Natalie and Will Clarke in Margot Hunt’s domestic suspense novel, For Better and Worse. At the beginning of the novel, readers witness Nat and Will’s first date, back when both of them were...

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Sadie – The BOLO Books Review

The public’s fascination with true crime podcasts has infiltrated the crime fiction world with novels like Six Stories and The American Girl leveraging the media to add dimension to their narratives. It was only a matter of time before the young adult writing scene...

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