Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our Favorite Reads For August: "Never Knowing" and "Iron House"

Gerard's Favorite for August is Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
Chevy Stevens has done it again.  Just when I thought she couldn't do better than Still Missing along comes Never Knowing.  I loved her first book but think this one is actually way better!  There is lots of action and once I started it, I did not want to put it down.  I thought the ending was incredible!  I give this book a triple WOW factor--it's that good!  For sure this will be my book of the month and possibly my best book of this year!

Karen liked it too:
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens kept me turning pages and not wanting to put this down.  It is a suspenseful story about an adopted woman, Sara, who tells her psychiatrist about finding her biological parents.  Sara is a single mom who refinishes furniture, has a 6-yr.-old daughter and lives with her fiancee, Evan.  Neither Sara’s mother nor father are at all what she had hoped for or expected.  Her mother, a college professor, was not happy she tracked her down at all and then Sara found out her biological father is a serial killer still on the loose!  Her world gets crazy when he calls her and says he’d like to get to know her.  He never knew he had a daughter!  This book is gripping, emotional and puzzling.  I finished it in just two days and think it would be a great read for a book club.  I highly recommend it! 

Karen's Favorite: Iron House by John Hart

Iron House by John Hart is a well-written novel that is a combination of suspense, mystery, drama and love. It is about two brothers who lived at an orphanage called “Iron House” until one was adopted by a senator and his wife (Julian), and the other took off on his own to protect his brother (Michael). Michael grew up tough and got into organized crime, but when he fell in love with Elena and wanted to leave to go straight. Giving up killing though wasn’t easy, especially when they didn’t want to let him go.

This psychological thriller just kept getting better and better as the plot thickened. The author did an amazing job getting the reader to actually like Michael and pull for him even though he killed seven people before lunch! Iron House is riveting and definitely a page-turner. I loved the insight into the mob and the depth of the characters. Iron House deals with issues of family, love, betrayal, mental illness, crime, abuse and secrets. I think this book would be an excellent choice for a book club and highly recommend it if you like a good thriller!

Gerard liked it too:
What a GREAT book to start August with! The plot in this book is so good that what I thought I knew I wasn't even close, and the last chapters have some major twists and turns! Has a really happy ending too! For sure to make my top ten books of the year!! It goes without saying that this book is a double WOW! I highly recommend it
(Gerard’s Review)

Congratulations to Beaded Tail for winning our audio book giveaway of Iron House!  Hope you like it!

As usual, we read a lot of good books this month which made it hard to choose just one to showcase here.  Here are some links to our reviews of other books we loved in August:
You're Next by Greg Hurwitz, Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson and The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain

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Daisy said...

Have you read The Passage by Justin Cronin? My Mommeh just finished it and said it was awesome (and real long, too!)

Ann in the UP said...

Thanks for the great book tips! Our book club is forever wondering what to read next.

I think our last one might be a yawner.

Sandee said...

Congratulations on Beaded Tail for that cool win of the audio book giveaway.

Have a terrific day. :)

BeadedTail said...

Both those books sound really good! I can't wait to get the audio book! Thank you so much!

Karen and Gerard said...

Daisy: Gerard started it but gave up on it. Just too long and had others he wanted to get to.

Ann In The Up: Check our our book blog (Grab A Book From Our Stack). We have lots of good books on there!

Sandee: You were among the finalists too! Thanks for being a good sport!

Beaded Tail: Yes, these both are very good! I sent your audio book off to you via media mail. You should get it by Wednesday they said. I'm sure you'll like it!

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