Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends-and it's something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.
Riley Griggs grew up going to Belle Island every summer. She loves the island and her family, but having to put up with them this summer will probably grate on her last nerve. Riley and her husband have decided to divorce and this weekend, the first weekend of summer, they are going to tell their twelve year old daughter Maggie. Maggie has become increasingly sullen, as if she knows what is going to happen. Riley is ticked when Wendell doesn't show up to take the last ferry of the day, feeling as if he has blown her off so she can deliver the bad news to Maggie on her own. Then Riley is the bad guy, not Wendell. But the next day, the sheriff shows up and informs Riley that Wendell is dead, his body has been found in the water.
Of course, immediate suspicion falls on Riley. What Riley didn't know was that Wendell had gone into bankruptcy. He was going to make Belle Island into some crazy tourist trap, taking away the small town feel that the island had. Riley had been against it, but behind her back Wendell was buying up land and making plans. Now her husband is dead, Riley is destitute, as Wendell had drained their bank accounts and her trust fund without her knowledge, and Maggie is doing everything she can to rebel.
Riley decides she has to figure out what happened to Wendell, before she loses her daughter and her piece of mind. The suspects keep cropping up when Riley finds out Wendell had swindled not only her money, but also her brothers and her mothers.
I have never read a Mary Kay Andrews book with this amount of intrigue and mystery. I really enjoyed it, and I enjoyed that Riley found someone who accepts her and Maggie as they are even with her dysfunctional family. I loved Riley's character, and Maggie reminds me so much of my twelve year old son with the attitude problems. This was a a great story and I am excited that I was given the opportunity to read it!
Monday, May 16, 2016
Teen-aged Internet bully Ivy Lake fell off a cliff and few people cared ... except her mentally-challenged eighteen-year-old step-brother, Tommy. He loved her in spite of her cruelty. He's distraught and doesn't understand why his blended family is falling apart. After a year, the police still have no answers: Ivy could have jumped, could have been pushed, or it could have been an accident. With too many suspects and not enough evidence, the investigation has grown cold.
Tommy thinks that if someone can figure out what happened to his step-sister, everything will go back to normal, so he writes to investigative reporter Maxine Revere. This isn’t the type of case Max normally takes on, but the heartbreak and simple honesty in Tommy's letter pulls her in. She travels to Corte Madera, California, with her assistant David Kane and is at first pleased that the police are cooperative. But the more Max learns about Tommy and his dysfunctional family, the more she thinks she’s taken on an impossible task: this may be the one case she can’t solve.
If Ivy was murdered, it was exceptionally well-planned and that kind of killer could be hiding in plain sight ... planning the next act of violence. Max believes the truth is always better than lies, that the truth is the only thing that matters to gain justice for victims and their families. But for the first time, she wonders if this time, the truth will kill.
Max Revere is back and WOW is this is a fantastic story.
All Tommy wants is to be able to spend time with his stepbrother and half sister, but his stepmom thinks that he killed his stepsister Ivy. Austin and his friend Emma help him write a letter to Max to come investigate and prove it wasn't him, so that he can see his siblings again.
Max is intrigued by the story and by Tommy himself, so she returns to California and looks into the Ivy's death. What she finds is that Ivy was a horrible, vicious, mean young woman who caused another teenager to commit suicide with her internet bullying. As much as she comes to immensely dislike this young woman, she was still murdered and Max wants to know why.
Okay, I have always liked Ms Brennan but the Max Revere series is my absolute favorite mystery series. I think it has been extremely well done. I love Max, she tells it like she sees it but recognizes her faults as well. I think this book really brings to the forefront the problem with cyber bullying and how it affects young lives. Just loved it!
Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders . . .
Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.
Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.
I loved the Hard Ink series and I am so glad that Ms Kaye decided to go ahead and write about the Raven Riders, whom we met in the Hard Ink series. Not to worry, our friends from Hard Ink make an appearance!
Haven has spent her life under the brutal thumb of her father, so when she and her friend manage to escape, life seems to look up. Until they were captured by the Church gang. Hard Ink and the Raven Riders saved the girls when they took down the Church gang and now the girls are staying at the Raven Riders compound, until the Riders figure out what to do with them. Haven is at a loss as to what to do. The Raven Riders make a habit out of rescuing women in need and getting them new identities and a new life, but Haven has an irresistible attraction to the president Dare, and she is completely unsure of what to do with it.
Dare's life revolves around running the Raven Riders. His past haunts him and he doesn't think he is good enough for anyone, especially not young Haven. But when he finds out exactly what kind of trouble she is in, he knows he has to help her, no matter what. When her father comes pounding at the door, he has to figure out how to save her from a return to a brutal life without ruining his club at the same time.
Phenomenal. simply put. Ms Kaye brings us fantastic story after fantastic story, and I absolutely adore these books. The year long wait for the next book could kill me.