Good Behaviour by Blake Crouch #Audiobook #Review @blakecrouch1 #crime #FridayReads

  • Author: Blake Crouch
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released: November 2016 by Brilliance Audio
  • Category: Crime, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

Good Behavior comprises three interlinked novellas, The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and Grab, which together form a novel-length portrait of Blake Crouch’s all-time favorite character creation, Letty Dobesh.

This edition is the complete Letty Dobesh collection.

In The Pain of Others Letty Dobesh is fresh out of prison and in no time has reverted back to her old ways. In the process of robbing a luxury suite in a hotel in North Carolina, she’s forced to hide in the wardrobe when the guests, Chase and Arnold, return unexpectedly. She overhears them plotting to murder Chase’s wife. Letty is in a quandary. For obvious reasons she can’t go to the police, so the decision she makes is the only thing she feels she can do.

Sunset Key finds Letty all but destitute, fixating on scoring the drugs and alcohol she’s addicted to. She’s persuaded by an old friend and fellow thief, Javier, to spend the night with a wealthy business man on his private island. It’s his last night of freedom before serving a long jail sentence and Letty is lead to believe there will be a huge payoff. The job seems fairly straightforward to Letty….and the twist was totally unexpected.

In Grab, Letty’s reputation precedes her and she’s sought out to help with robbing a casino in Las Vegas. This will be a job like no other and Letty’s character development is marked. The  planning and execution of the very high risk caper is fascinating. Suspense and tension is high and again, there’s a great twist in the tail. 

Letty ordered breakfast. As the morning grew warm, she thought about her son.

In better times – mostly while high – she imagined sweeping back into Jacob’s life. Saw them in parks. Parent teacher conferences. Tucking him into bed at night after a story.

But she didn’t want to entertain those fantasies now. She wasn’t fit. Had nothing to offer him.

She couldn’t get the hotel concierge out of her mind. She wondered if he could assist on scoring her a teener and a pipe.

Three times, she started down the lobby. Three times, she stopped herself.

It was the memory of the Atlanta motel that kept turning her back. The image of her skeletal reflection in that cracked mirror. The idea of someone someday having to tell her son how his mother OD’d when he was six years old.

Letty is a unique heroine, troubled, gorgeous and flawed, a thief with a compassionate side. It’s almost impossible not to become invested and root for her as she makes wrong decision after wrong decision, trusting those who only want to use her. Her life hasn’t been a bed of roses; her father was abusive, she lost her parental rights to her young son and the only way she can suppress her drug craving is to drown it with the high she gets from her criminal activities. Letty’s good intentions and internal struggles play out through each story as she tries and ultimately fails to turn her life around. 

This is a departure, at least from the Blake Crouch books that I’ve read previously, being a straight crime story, but no less enjoyable and exciting for that. He’s an amazing storyteller. And, as always, Julia Whelan’s narration is spot on. 

Blake Crouch comments in between each novella about the inspiration for Letty and how the drama series for TNT, based around her character, has evolved, including his collaboration with a TV writer and producer. Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey, is cast as Letty. 

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

About Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.

Author links ~ Website | Facebook | Twitter

#ThrowbackThursday ~ Kings and Queens by @TerryTyler4 #Contemporary with #Historical Echoes

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

I wanted to share this book again because it was so different from anything I’d read before. A story which tells of the life and loves of Harry Lanchester, paralleling Henry VIII and his wives in a modern setting, with all the corresponding turbulence and romance.  Continue reading

A Shiny Coin for Carol Prentice by Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT #Drama

  • Author: Mark Barry
  • Published: March 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Drama, Crime, Book Review, Reading

“I swore that I would never go home, 

but in the end, I had no choice. 

I had to confront what happened. 

And them too. 

It was going be icky. And totally scary.”

When Carol Prentice left her home town of Wheatley Fields for Manchester University she had no plans to return. Her father’s death precipitates a change in her and the subsequent return to Wheatley Fields, along with the resolve to address those intimated demons which have blighted her life and made her believe herself to be less than. She had A Plan. Continue reading

The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger #Audiobook @lisaunger #Thriller

  • Author: Lisa Unger
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released: April 2017 by Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Category: Thriller, Audiobook, Review, Crime, Suspense

What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

Initially the characters, their stories and the differing timelines seem unrelated – until the threads of the intricately woven plot begin to come together. The story opens with an unknown protagonist, told in the first person as she confronts someone from her past.

Claudia Bishop was looking for a fresh start when her marriage failed. She moved to the country with her daughter, Raven, and began renovating an old, run down property in the country.  Her life had never been the same after a violent assault in her own home, the struggle to regain some semblance of normality and the recovery process was chronicled in her popular blog, which morphed into an ongoing account of her renovation project. Continue reading

Baby Dear by @LindaHuber19 #Psychological #Thriller @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour

  • Author: Linda Huber
  • Published: May 2017 by Bloodhound Books
  • Category: Psychological, Thriller, Crime, Book Review, Reading, Blog Tour

Caro and Jeff Horne seem to have it all until they learn that Jeff is infertile. Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she’d had. Jeff, who is besotted with Caro, is terrified he will lose her now they can’t have a baby.

Caroline and Jeff Horne desperately want a baby. After a round of fertility tests it transpires Jeff is infertile and their only other  choice would be IVF. Jeff immediately dismisses that option and Caroline’s world is shattered. All she wanted was a baby – and it seems Jeff may now be surplus to requirements. Continue reading

The Last Meridian by Joe Hefferon #Hardboiled #Noir reviewed for #RBRT

  • Author: Joe Hefferon
  • Released: 20th May 2017 by Evolved Publishing LLC
  • Category: Hardboiled, Noir, Crime, Mystery, Book Review

A telegram sets off a chain of events that destroys five lives, throwing Hollywood insider Nina Ferrer’s life into turmoil. The infant boy she gave up for adoption in Chicago sixteen years earlier has been arrested for murder. A plea from the boy’s adoptive mother pushes her to act, but Nina has a big problem—she never told her husband about the boy.

Lynn Killian left Chicago in 1948. She wanted a new life in a new place with a new name. With no particular plan in mind she headed west. Who she left behind would never really leave her. She would always wonder. Continue reading

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton @AuthorSJBolton #FridayReads #BookReview Psychological #Thriller

  • Author: Sharon Bolton
  • Published: June 2016 by Transworld Digital
  • Category: Book Review, Crime, Murder, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological, Reading

Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.

Hamish Wolfe, handsome and charming, swears he is not guilty of the crimes for which he’s been imprisoned. His mother and posse of devotees also believe he has been wrongly convicted and, although the evidence against him seems beyond doubt, Wolfe steadfastly maintains his innocence. He and his supporters want to engage the services of Maggie Rose.  Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

I’ve had The Life List on my bookshelf for some while now and I still haven’t got to it. This is the paperback cover, the edition I have, and I love it! Continue reading