early reviewer

Book Review: What Lies Below

What Lies BelowWhat Lies Below by Barbara Taylor Sissel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What Lies Below by Barbara Taylor Sissel is a mystery novel, a suspense novel, and a romance novel all rolled into one. Gilly O’Connell is a broken woman. She sees things other people can’t and it’s caused her unending heartbreak her entire life. She’s lost friends, family, and even her husband and child. Yet she can’t stop her dreams and must deal with the consequences that come with visions of events she is powerless to stop.

I read mysteries (a lot) and so very little in this book came as a shock to me. There was maybe one “WHOA!” moment in the entire book. However, that didn’t ruin it for me. The characters could have been fleshed out a bit more, and there were times that I thought characters could have asked more questions or probed deeper in a particular situation. Some of the chapters didn’t flow as smoothly into one another but it didn’t detract from the story. Finally, we all know that I hate the tidy bow at the end of a story and this one wrapped up just a little too cleanly for my tastes.

Overall, the book was a good read. It was quick and intriguing and I’d highly recommend it to any fan of mystery/suspense with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure.

*I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley.*


Book Review: Bullet Riddled

Bullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine...and BeyondBullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine…and Beyond by Grant M. Whitus
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I got this book as an Early Reviewer from Net Galley.

In today’s political climate, this book is a travesty. The author, Grant Whitus, is a S.W.A.T officer who has seen some horrific things in his career. However, despite seeing the some of the terrible things that hate and anger can bring about, Whitus himself is a rage-filled, bitter hypocrite. He extols the virtue of justice but at the same time speaks about how he wishes he had gotten to kill the Columbine shooters himself. He writes about how he changed in the wake of the shootings, but his wife left him and it’s “99.8%” her fault they divorced. With all the distrust and fear of police officers these days, Whitus deeply believes he is part of the solution, but his book makes it clear he is part of the problem.

The book reads like a brag book written by a man who thinks too much of himself. His blood-lust and desire to catch all the bad guys and kill the evil made me uncomfortable as a reader. Whitus self-promotes his anger in a disturbing way and describes his need to hold onto the violence so he can do his job better. There is enough anger, hatred, and violence in the world today without Grant Whitus encouraging more from those who are sworn to protect. This book was disheartening and I will not recommend it to anyone.