Summer Is For Secrets: Book Review and Giveaway!

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Linda Castillo The Dead Will Tell Lisa Unger In The Blood

I received these books in order to facilitate a review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

Like most of our readers, we find ourselves reading more during the summer months.  When the heat gets to you and all you want to do is relax while expending as little energy as possible, you reach for a good book.  Lucky for you, we’ve already got two picked out for you!

Linda Castillo The Dead Will Tell Linda Castillo’s The Dead Will Tell will have you craving your own visit to Amish country.  The best part is that you get to read about the murders rather than live through them.  I suppose you could act extra cautious in Amish country but it seems there is a sordid past that means payback is personal.  Only for murders of the past who is avenging the Hochstetler family when they have all died?  Don’t worry that’s not a spoiler as the prologue sets out the tragic night in which the Hochstetler’s have an unexpected visit.  Ok, so maybe one of the Hochstetlers survives, but when he has an air tight alibi then who is really at the center of this crime spree?

The Dead Will Tell is an elusive mystery that will have you turning pages late into the night.  How can there be a retaliation from a family of ghosts?  Surely, that’s not possible right?  I was shocked at the twists and I am pleased to say that I didn’t see that coming.  Expect yourself to swell with empathy and find yourself questioning your own moral code.  I found myself asking who is really guilty and who deserves to be punished?  How do you solve a case when the Amish have their faith that God will pass the final judgement?  Kate has her work cut out for her to find the culprit, a human one.  She doesn’t believe that ghosts are responsible and she wants to put an end to the twisted form of final judgement.

Lisa Unger In the Blood Lisa Unger’s In The Blood will have you questioning your sense of family.  What it means to be yourself and how you define yourself are important matters.  Lana has the means to live comfortably.  After her mother’s death she has enough money to go to college and has some time to figure out her future.  Yet, Lana isn’t able to feel safe. Her life is false as she continues to lie to those around her.  There is more to her than meets the eye.  There is more to the story than her mother dying when she was younger.  Exactly where is her father after the night her mother died?  Does she truly have family beyond her awkward relationship with her aunt, uncle and cousins?

She has her work cut out for her trying to get beyond her past.  She might want to be happy, but the past hangs over her reminding her that misfortune is her lot in life.  Yet she does her best to make a difference in the world by helping children as she majors in psychology.  She takes on a job with a troubled boy named Luke.  She wants to be useful by helping those who might stray off the beaten path.  She wants to prevent bad things from happening which makes you wonder what in her past has her wanting this.  We only get a glimpse of what might have happened and are left with more questions than answers.  Lana isn’t exactly forthcoming and slowly opens up as those who know her secrets begin to appear.  She can’t avoid the truth forever and trust me, you probably didn’t expect the shocking revelations Lana has in store.  How can one little boy unearth years of lies and pain?  Most of all how can Lana help him if all he wants to do is dismantle everything she worked so hard to build?

Summer is certainly a good time for secrets.  You will find yourself delving into uncharted territory with these mysteries.  Don’t expect to be able to figure out where the pages will lead you.  These paths are not like other mysteries you will find yourself lost in more than wanting to solve crimes and point fingers at evildoers.  You will be left wondering about the main characters and if they are truly going to survive unscathed.  Secrets can be deadly but they can also be ways of keeping reality simplified for when secrets are revealed there is nothing left to hide behind.

Linda Castillo The Dead Will Tell Lisa Unger In The Blood Enter to Win Best of all you can enter to win a copy of both of these books!  Start your summer reading list off with two mysteries because two is better than one!  Contest is open to US readers 18+ years old.  Contest runs 7/2/2014-7/12/2014.  Prize consists of a copy of Linda Castillo’s The Dead Will Tell and Lisa Unger’s In The Blood.

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18 comments
wandageitner
wandageitner

Thanks to Lisa Unger I have a new love of reading..Not a big reader but her books are hard to put down!! Looks like I will also have to try Linda Castillo!!

mommiee43
mommiee43

I bet it's no surprise to anyone here, but my secret to a great summer is reading as much as possible!!! Getting lost in a good book makes it a MENTAL vacation as well as a PHYSICAL one.

SportsCGurl
SportsCGurl

my secret to a great summer is sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen! i wasn't blessed with my mother's ability to tan, and because i like sports and generally being outside, my pale irish skin can quickly become the bane of my existence if not properly protected. that said: aloe vera is essential for days i underestimate the sun's power.

MKisStacked
MKisStacked

My secret to a great summer vacation is to make as meticulous a packing list as possible beforehand, that way I don't stress about forgetting anything important. I always save mine from the previous year and make edits based on what I did/didn't use. As hard as I try to ruthlessly edit, I always tend to over-pack my clothes! But at least with this system I only tend to overpack by one outfit instead of three or four. Most importantly, I always purposefully under-pack my books, bringing one less than I think I'll finish reading, that way I'm extra motivated to give some business to my favorite local indie bookstore --- Where The Sidewalk Ends in Chatham on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. That's actually how I found my first Linda Castillo book, and I've been hooked ever since! And though I'm new to Lisa Unger, her book looks right up my alley too, and I'm always looking for more female authors for my #ReadWomen2014 campaign. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!

kateivan
kateivan

My secret to a great summer is hoarding as much vacation time as possible so I can take an extended break to play on a beach somewhere and otherwise relax and try to catch up on reading.  Oh -- and sunscreen!

PicardsMom350
PicardsMom350

would love to win and read

LOVE Kate B series LC

LU in massive TBR pile

lisaunger
lisaunger

Thanks, Alison for hosting us!  And good luck to everyone who enters!

KristinaBookLover
KristinaBookLover

I'm a HUGE Linda Castillo fan, and I look forward to discovering Lisa Unger's books!!

My secrets to a great summer: lots of reading and relaxation ;)

barbhanauthor
barbhanauthor

AWESOME, Linda, Congrats on your new release!!! Can't wait to read this one!!

Linda Castillo
Linda Castillo

Thank you Alison for hosting the first stop of the IN THE BLOOD/THE DEAD WILL TELL blog tour for Lisa and I.  And many thanks for the lovely reviews!

onorman
onorman

Can't wait to read these mysteries!

Sheila K
Sheila K

Be active outside but stay as cool as possible!

Linda Castillo
Linda Castillo

@MKisStacked  Such good points on the packing and I will take them to heart since I'm getting ready for book tour! I'm so pleased you're enjoying the series.  I know you'll love Lisa's books too.  They are delicious!  Thanks for commenting and good luck with the giveaway!

Linda Castillo
Linda Castillo

@kateivan  Your secret is out and it sounds like a great one!  Thanks for commenting and good luck!

Linda Castillo
Linda Castillo

@KristinaBookLover  Thanks, Kristina. Lots of reading and relaxation sounds like the perfect summer plan! I read IN THE BLOOD a couple of months ago, btw, and it's a fabulous read. Twisty and intense and beautifully written. You're going to love it.

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