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Book Review: Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun (Finlay Donovan, #3) by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun (Finlay Donovan, #3) by Elle Cosimano is the latest installment in the Finlay Donovan book series.  It opens with Finlay needing to identify who a contract killer is before Mob Boss Feliks does or else she will be killed.  Unfortunately, Finlay thinks the killer is a dirty cop, so she and Vero go undercover at a citizen's police academy to figure out who it may be, and chaos ensues. I'd like to thank NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Minotaur Books for the Advanced Reader's Copy of Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun (Finlay Donovan, #3) by Elle Cosimano.  I was thrilled to be approved to receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review. Elle Cosimano has done a phenomenal job with this series making each sequel more believable.  After a rough start with the series, I've come to love most of the characters and the books.  I think the only character that I don't particularly care for is Finlay's ex-husband Steven.  Where I

Book Review: Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2) by Rachel Caine

Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2) by Rachel Caine
After escaping prison in Missouri, serial killer Melvin Royal is playing a cat and mouse game with his ex-wife Gwen Proctor and their kids.  With Lanny and Connor in the protection of friends, Gwen and Sam Cade are hunting Melvin so they can end the game once and for all.

Rachel Caine proved that sequels are not inferior to the original with Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2). Where do I begin? The book picks up almost immediately where Stillhouse Lake left off, so it's probably in your best interest to read the books in order.

 When I saw that it was being told from the perspective of several characters instead of just Gwen's perspective, I wasn't sure I'd like the book as well as the first one. However, it worked well, and it gave me better insight into what made all of the characters tick. The only downside was that I was in such a hurry to finish Killman Creek that I often didn't pay close enough attention to when it switched perspectives, and it left me confused for the briefest moment. I kept wondering if Caine would include any chapters from Melvin's perspective, but she didn't. There is a third installment coming, so I wonder if she will include his perspective in it . . . time will tell.

Killman Creek is action packed and pulls out all the stops . . . making you second guess yourself on the motives of some of the characters, namely Gwen. If it weren't so dark, it could almost be called a beach read. The book does a great job of wrapping everything up, and I can't wait to see what Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake, #3) brings us. My guess is it will focus on another trial for Melvin.

Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a bit and definitely recommend the series to anyone who loves mysteries, thrillers, and/or horror books. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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