Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (3)

Welcome back to Wish list Wednesday!
I've decided to start my own weekly meme!  
It is called Wish list Wednesday, and the rules are simple.
- Post a list of books you've been wanting to read (new or old releases), but here's the kicker -- you can't already own them.
- Make sure to comment with the link of your post so we can all see what you're dying to get your hands on!

Here goes!

Tick Tock (Michael Bennett)
I've gotten all my books from the NY Times Best Sellers List (again)!
NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem - the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back.  The city has never been more terrified!

Tick -- a killer's countdown begins.

A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there.  Immediately, it becomes clear that the are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.

Tick -- Michael Bennett is on the chase.

The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine.  Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

Tock -- your time is up.

Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker.  As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn.  All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killers pattern and earth-shattering enormity of his plan.  From the creator of the #1 New York detective series comes the most volatile and most explosive Michael Bennett novel ever.
Safe Haven 
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past.  Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo.  Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to a sheltered oasis of Southport.  With Jo's empathetic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven. 
These Things Hidden 
When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls' golden girl forever.  Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child.  Her former friends exult her downfall.  Her sister, Brynn, faces whispered rumors every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high  school.  It's Brynn - shy, quiet Brynn - who carries the burden of what really happened that night.  All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her.

But then Allison is released to a halfway house, and is more determined than ever to speak with her estranged sister.

Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy.  And if the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girl who tried to protect him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden. 
Sizzle: A Novel 
Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future.  She's already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor.  But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother.  Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed by a twist of fate into a real-life horror film.

After she unwittingly captures a shocking crime on camera, a rash of mysterious, treacherous incidents convince Lyra that she's trapped in a sinister scenario headed for a violent ending.  Running scared, she turns to her best friend, Sidney Buchanan, whose connections bring dauntless and devilishly handsome FBI agent Sam Kincaid into Lyra's life.  As the noose of the deadly intrigue tightens and the feelings between them deepen, Lyra and Sam must place their faith in each other's hands - and stand together against the malevolent forces about to break loose.

Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Mysteries)
In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic.  But the slain lawyer's notoriety - and his taste for illicit midday trysts - makes the case front-page news in every local paper except the Star, which crashed and burned before Abramowitz did.

A former Star reporter who knows every inch of this town - from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill - now-unemployed Tess Monaghan also knows the primary suspect: cuckolded fiancée Darryl "Rock" Paxton.  The time is ripe for a career move, so when rowing buddy Rock wants to hire her to do some unorthodox snooping to help clear his name, Tess agrees.  But there are lethal secrets hiding in the Charm City shadows.  And Tess's own name could end up on the ever-expanding list of Baltimore dead.
Red Riding Hood

The body of a young girl is discovered in a field of wheat.  Her flesh mutilated by the telltale claw marks.  The Wolf has broken the peace.

When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations.  It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect.  Could her secret love Peter be behind the attacks on her town?  Is it her betrothed, Henry?  Or someone even closer to her?

As the men in the village hunt for the best, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long.  Will Valerie discover the werewolf's identity before the town is ripped apart?

This is a dangerous new vision of a classic fairy tale, the happy ending could be hard to find.

Happy Reading!

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