Mar 302015

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FBI Agent Ren Bryce finds herself entangled in two seemingly unrelated mysteries. But the past has a way of echoing down the years and finding its way into the present.

When Special Agent Ren Bryce discovers the body of a young woman in an abandoned car, solving the case becomes personal. But the more she uncovers about the victim’s last movements, the more questions are raised.

Why was Laura Flynn driving towards a ranch for troubled teens in the middle of Colorado when her employers thought she was hundreds of miles away? And what did she know about a case from fifty years ago, which her death dramatically reopens?

As Ren and cold case investigator Janine Hooks slowly weave the threads together, a picture emerges of a privileged family determined to hide some very dark secrets – whatever the cost.

Synopsis is from HarperCollins

Hott Review:

What I liked: Harm’s Reach is so completely different than anything I’ve read recently that it’s hard to put into words. The mystery is very good and while you see it coming it still sideswipes you when the end is realized. Most of the characters are well written and very deep; though I can say that I really did not like Ren. Not only is there a problem for me with Ren’s tendency to say one thing while thinking the complete opposite, I really just didn’t understand her as a person. I can’t imagine living inside her head! Oh, wait, I just did!
What I didn’t like: There were points of the story that were very confusing to me. Eventually, they worked themselves out but it was frustrating as I was reading.


Author: Alex Barclay
Source: HerperCollins via Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours
Grade: B
Ages: Adult
Steam: Adult — Foul language and some more adult topics (though, probably tame for a public school teen would be use to hearing).
Setting: Denver, Co
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication: February 24th 2015
Pages: 416
ISBN: 0007494513 (ISBN13: 9780007494514)
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 Full House Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Series: Ren Bryce #4

Read an excerpt:


Ingrid Prince realized that the white walls in every Prince family home created a diorama effect. People watched from the outside, studying, deducing, then leaving, even after brief encounters, with lasting judgments. Ingrid Prince, the beautiful, radiant wife! Robert Prince, the handsome, wealthy husband, a man of fine stock!

Oh, what they see . . . and don’t see.

Ingrid closed her eyes.

I am safe. I am safe. I am safe.

‘Close those beautiful cat eyes, Ingrid, and say it three times. “It” is wherever you want to take us. I am Tahiti. I am Tahiti. I am Tahiti. Then – bam! – eyes open – bam! – I shoot!’

She could hear Sandro Cera’s voice in her head as he stalked around her all those years ago. Handsome, talented, orphan, immigrant Sandro Cera, the rags-to-riches-and-back fashion photographer; Ingrid Prince, at his feet, blonde, tanned, extended on the white floor of a freezing studio in Brooklyn, shivering by a faulty space heater.

Camera in hand, Sandro would rise up onto the balls of his feet, crouch down, close in, create distance, his body
twisting and turning as if he was the one to be captured.

Ingrid did as he asked, closed her eyes, used his three-times trick.

No lips moving!’ Sandro said. No leeps. ‘These are thoughts I’m talking about. Three times, sweets, three times: I am silent, I am silent, I am silent!’

‘My teeth are chattering is why my lips are moving!’ said brave, bold, new-girl Ingrid, just turned seventeen. ‘I’m f-ing hypothermic . . . times three.’

Click flash click flash click flash. And the photo that made them both famous was the one that was taken just afterwards, as Ingrid laughed, her head thrown back, then forward, the lens capturing a warm and beautiful smile with no Brooklyn ice, just St Tropez, St Tropez, St Tropez.

It was a different world. It was New York in the Nineties – when they partied below ground and cauterized their hearts’ wounds with the fire of quick f-s. Sandro Cera had been dead years – a gradual, then sudden junkie demise. In the live art installation of Ingrid’s life, Sandro Cera was the light bulb in the corner, flickering ominously, bound to blow.

Yet his was the advice she was now hearing.

Three times.

I am safe. I am safe. I am safe.

Ingrid looked around the Colorado rental. Even the temporary homes she sought refuge in were white-walled, sparsely furnished, neutral. When their SoHo loft was shot for an interiors magazine, the stylist pared it back even more, took pieces away. Pieces: furniture, paintings, sculptures, reality. How suddenly the landscape can change when its elements are plucked away.

* * *

Ingrid heard a noise at the front door. Light on her feet, she walked out into the long polished hallway. Her suitcases were at the end by the door: a set of five, olive green, edged in brown leather with accents of gold.

Now, there was banging at the door, hammering. Ingrid froze. The door burst open. She felt a rush of adrenaline.

This is not how it ends. This is not how it ends. This is not how it ends.

She backed into the kitchen, then turned, set to run for the French doors, but she could make out two dark figures standing there. Ingrid was briefly blindsided by her reflection in the glass.

She knew what she looked like to others. She knew what her husband looked like.

A Swedish proverb came to mind: Alla känner apan, men apan känner ingen.

Everyone knows the monkey, but the monkey knows no one.


Author Bio:

Barclay studied journalism at university and worked for a period in fashion and beauty journalism as a copywriter in the RTÉ Guide. In 2003, she left the fashion industry to write Darkhouse, the first of two novels featuring NYPD detective Joe Lucchesi. Her second novel, The Caller, was released in 2007, and Last Call in 2008. She won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for her fourth novel, Blood Runs Cold.

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Mar 282015

With the compelling narrative tension and psychological complexity of the works of Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Kate Atkinson, and Michael Connelly, Edgar Award-nominee Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors—and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives.

In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors’ lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt’s latest inquiry takes him back to a past he’s tried to escape—and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead.

Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past—with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she’ll stop at nothing to find answers.

As fate brings these damaged souls together, their obsessive quests spark sexual currents neither can resist. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge? Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer? Will it set them free—or ultimately destroy them?

Genre: Mystery & Detective
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 02/10/2015
Number of Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780062292438


I got a few moments to sit down with our wonderful author and learned some things that I thought may interest you as well. Enjoy!

Which of your characters was the hardest to write and why?
The hardest character for me to write in The Long and Faraway Gone was definitely Julianna. Sometimes characters are hard to write because I don’t understand them well enough, and they’re not really coming alive for me – they’re just flat on the page, devices. Julianna, on the other hand, was just the opposite of that. She came alive for me right away and I knew her really well, right from the beginning – I had this deep, emotional connection with her. But because she’s experienced such profound loss and grief in her life, and keeps experiencing that pain, I did too. Writing her took a toll on me I didn’t even realize at the time. It was kind of like having to watch someone you love suffer, but not be able to do anything about that. That’s why it made me so happy, and why it was such a huge relief for me, that at the end of the novel she’s able to turn a corner of sorts, and start moving out of the past and toward a brighter future.

How did you come up with the title?
The original title was Faraway You, which is the title of a song by the indie Philly band Marah. It’s a song I really love, and the vibe of the song kind of fits with the novel. At some point in the process, though, the awesome folks at William Morrow pointed out that the title didn’t really express what kind of novel I’d written. And they were right, because Faraway You could be the title of a romance, or a romantic comedy, or a drama, or…a lot of things. I knew I wanted something more specific about loss, and the past – and how it’s never really past. So I kept the one word, Faraway, and played around until I had something that had the ring I wanted.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t know if there’s a message, exactly, but the idea I hope the novel builds toward is that even if a person is damaged, and damaged badly, that’s not necessarily the end of the story. I think you can honor the past without becoming trapped in it. You can look back, but also move forward.

Read an excerpt:

But Wyatt had already told Gavin that he’d do the favor for him.

If he tried to back out now, Gavin would want to know why.

Wyatt ran through the lies he could tell. He knew that Gavin would buy none of them.

Wyatt’s mouth tasted stale from the coffee he’d had with breakfast, so he scooped water from the faucet and rinsed his mouth.

He returned to his desk and sat back down.

“So a guy from Omaha goes on a business trip to New York City,” he said. “The guy he’s meeting takes him out to dinner. They have a couple of steaks. Amazing steaks. Prime porterhouses,
dry-aged. But expensive—this is New York City after all.”

Gavin finished writing a check and tore it out of the book.

“This is for a week, double your rate plus expenses. Don’t say you never did nothing for me.”

“The guy from Omaha says, ‘You know, if we were in Omaha right now, these steaks would only cost ten bucks.’ The guy from New York City just looks at him and says, ‘Yeah, but we’d be in
Omaha.’ ”

“That’s why you’re going, not me.” Gavin stood. “Oklahoma. Shit. What’s in Oklahoma? The wind sweeping down the plains. Have a nice trip.”

Author Bio:

Lou Berney is the author of two previous novels—Whiplash River, nominated for an Edgar Award, and Gutshot Straight, nominated for a Barry Award-as well as the collection The Road to Bobby Joe and Other Stories. A television and film screenwriter, he also teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University.

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