Only the Hunted Run – A mini review.

Only the Hunted Run (Sully Carter)

By Neely Tucker

Rating: 4/5 Stairs

OnlytheHuntedRunOnly the Hunted Run wastes no time getting started, dropping the reader right in the middle of a shooting at the U.S. Capitol. Sully Carter happens to be in the building when the shooting starts. Being a newspaper reporter, instead of evacuating, he pursues the shooter and the story.

You know I don’t like to give too much away, so I’ll stop the book description there. We follow Sully throughout the book as he digs deeper into the story, trying to determine who the shooter was and their motivation for the crime. The novel is fast paced, and took a few turns I wasn’t expecting along the way. It started out so quickly, I was hooked from page one. I liked that Sully is a reporter, giving him a different perspective and motivation for his inquiries than you see in a typical detective mystery.

When I started this book, I did not realize that it is the third in the Sully Carter series. I had no problem jumping in with book three. Mr. Tucker did a good job letting me know any background information about the characters that was important, and I didn’t realize it was part of a series until I had completed the book and hit the acknowledgments section.

Overall a fun summer thriller. It did get a little graphic on a few parts, and made me squirm a bit from the description. But otherwise it was a page turner with great characters.

Thanks to First to Read for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

TTT: Set Aside, But Not Forgotten.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

So this week’s topic is eerily similar to a freebie topic I did two weeks ago:

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet

Two weeks ago, I did a list of books I just HAD to buy and still hadn’t read yet. And almost all ten of these ALSO work for this list. I guess I should have looked ahead at the list of topics before I picked my freebie. Well, you live and you learn.

So, what to do this week? I could pick another ten books. My TBR is so long, I could easily find ten books on there that I added before I started blogging last year. But instead, I think I’m going to just tweak the topic just a bit.

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The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

By Shari Lapena

Rating 4/5 Stairs

I had no idea what to expect from this book. All I had was this description from First to Read:

A chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

CoupleNextDoorSo I figured it would be something about an affair going on between two couples who lived next door to each other. I was wrong on that score.

The book opens with Anne and Marco are next door at Cynthia and Graham’s for a birthday dinner party, while Anne and Marco’s six-month-old baby is left unattended in their house. OK, they were right next door and they had the baby monitor, and they were checking on the baby every 30 minutes. And I do know people who have done this before. So I tried not to parent-shame as I read this part. But right away I new this was not going to end well.

Anne and Marco arrive home very drunk to an empty house. The baby is missing. Panic ensues. And then the secrets start coming out.

Ms. Lapena weaves an interesting, page turning tale. Told in third person, the narrators shift primarily between Anne, Marco, and Detective Rasbach’s perspectives. As I read, my theory kept changing. Anne killed the baby and got rid of the body. No. Anne killed the baby and then Marco found her and removed the body. No, Anne loves her baby. She really was kidnapped. Wait, it had to have been one of the parents, didn’t it? Round and round I went. The more I read, the more my theory shifted and changed.

This was a fun thriller to read. I had no idea what turn Ms. Lapena would throw in next. She gives just enough information to twist the story along another path, but not necessarily towards the end point. As soon as you think you know what’s going on, she tosses another wrench in the works. I definitely recommend this one if you enjoy the suspense/thriller genre.

Many thanks to First to Read for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

TTT: The Perfect Setting for Bookworms

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday here at Hidden Staircase! This week is another open topic.

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc)

I find it funny that it specifically says books set in England. That is always the first thing that pops into my head! But in an effort to keep my Top Ten lists feeling fresh and fancy free, I will not be selecting England for my list this week. Instead, I thought it would be more fun to pick a place that ALL of us bookworms adore…Is there any place better than a room full of books? Whether a library or a bookstore?

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TTT: Only the Lonely


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND — go back and do a topic you missed over the years

It turns out, there is a lot to pick from this week. TTT has been going on since June 2010. (Wow!) So there are a lot of different topics to choose from. Let’s see…

At first I thought I would tackle the important topic of Fictional Crushes. But then I realized that my list would be made up entirely of vampires or British men (or a combo of the two). Plus a token shot of Benedict Cumberbatch, because let’s face it – I like to squeeze him in when I can. But really, I’ve tackled aspects of these already – see also #2 on Fantastical Book Inspirations!, or my reasons to love the UK.


So then I thought, what about creating my bookish family? But once you’ve added the Weasley family to the list, you really don’t need anyone else. At least, that’s all I need.


There were several other more generic TTT topics I explored, but then I realized they all basically boiled down to my TTT Time Travel 101 selections.

So I’m going with:

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