Born and bred in NJ, older than dirt, Sabrina Rupp has been in the publishing business since Gutenberg printed his Bible and is currently a legal assistant at 375 Hudson. She handles the legal stuff for Penguin’s sweepstakes, giveaways and contests. When not giving hope to hundreds for the chance to win thousands in cash and prizes (lol), she can be found reading mysteries, horror novels, and books about epidemics and plagues (huh?), playing Cookie Jam, or hanging with husband Jim, kids Dylan and Cassidy and rescue kitten’s Claire, Skooch and Ms. Pixiwiggles, watching bad horror movies (Human Centipede, anyone?), The Walking Dead, Penny Dreadful or reruns of Law and Order SVU and The X-Files (thank you, Netflix!). She wants to take the opportunity at this time to thank her legal department colleagues (Aurora, Alice and Rosa) for their patience with her no matter how many times they want to say “Earth to Sabrina!” You guys rock.
The Sign by Raymond Khoury
I will bet that a lot of you out there have never even heard of one of my favorite authors in the thriller genre, Raymond Khoury. Author of titles such as The Last Templar, The Sanctuary and his latest, Rasputin’s Shadow, he never ceases to draw you in with breathtaking and intelligent writing, and story lines that make you think twice. That is why I have chosen The Sign, my absolute favorite. Gracie Logan, a reporter, and her team are in the Antarctic on a research ship, shooting a documentary. They watch, both awed and despairing, as a huge ice shelf begins to melt and break up due to global warming. Suddenly, a sphere of light appears, growing and glowing brilliantly as it moves up into the sky over their heads, transforming into a mysterious sign. What does it mean? Is it a sign from God? A prank by global warming activists? Aliens? The book is thought-provoking, combining religion, politics and environmental issues in a fast-paced, action-filled story filled with well-developed characters, whose possible fates keep you reading. Lots o’ fun and a definite thrill ride!
The Last Lie by Stephen White
Dr. Alan Gregory is not your average psychologist. With his wife a deputy DA in the Boulder, Colorado district attorney’s office and his best friend a Boulder detective, Dr. Gregory has his work cut out for him, and it doesn’t always involve his patients. The problem is, Dr. Gregory doesn’t try to get involved, he just does. In The Last Lie, a new neighbor, a lawyer legendary for his work in women’s rights law, is accused of rape. The way Alan comes to learn about his neighbor, the victim and the incident is unusual, but leave it to him to solve the puzzle. White’s writing is humorous and flows and the characters are fully realized. You get a story with twists, turns and a lot of heart. Always down-to-earth, author Stephen White truly loves his city and his characters and it shows.
The Stranger by Harlan Coben
No list of mystery and suspense titles would be complete without our very own Jersey boy, Harlan Coben. In his latest, there’s a mysterious stranger who seems to know the deep dark secrets of the residents of a wealthy New Jersey town. But how—and why? Adam Price has had a secret revealed to him that shakes him to his core, and the secret is one he could never have imagined. Coben always knows just how to set the story up and keep readers engrossed and guessing until the very end. The shocking ending will have readers saying, “No way!” and shows just how Mr. Coben is, indeed, a master of his craft.
The Golem Of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kellerman
I cut my mystery teeth on Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels, and this is one of his most extraordinary non-Delaware novels, not only in the story itself but the fact that he co-wrote it with his talented son, Jesse (another one of Penguin’s popular authors). It focuses on Jacob Lev, a homicide detective in the LAPD, who is chosen for this special case specifically because he is Jewish. He’s called in solve the mystery of why a Hebrew word meaning “justice” has been found burned into a kitchen countertop in a home where a head—missing its body—has been found. The story weaves back and forth between America and Europe, both present day and long ago when the mysterious “Golem” of Jewish folklore came to be. The religious themes, both past and present, the supernatural aspects, and the imaginative and provocative storytelling all combine to make this a wonderful and scary adventure that will keep you reading until the unbelievable ending.
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