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You Dont Want to Know by Lisa Jackson

‘You Dont Want to Know’ is about the pain of a mother who losses her son but believes that he is still alive. Ava Garrison’s son disappears one night and everyone believes that he was swallowed by the waves. Everyone, except Ava. She has a breakdown and is taken for special medical attention; after which she returns back to her home, Neptune’s Gate. She is the sole owner of the property that sits on an island; except for her paralyzed cousin Jewel-Anne. At first look it appears as if Ava has not recovered completely as one day she plunges in the icy cold water because she thinks she sees her son Noah.

Austin Dern, the newly appointed help realizes that something is strange about the people around her. With his help, Ava starts peeling layers of the mystery. They soon realize that not only is someone wanting to harm Ava mentally; but the truth maybe that Noah is still out there – ALIVE!

The story is very interesting and even painful. You could relate to Ava as a mother and the pain that she goes through rips your heart. Most of the characters appeared as suspects to me; specially her husband. The character development that the author adopted was good. Yes, the book did have too many characters than I would have liked, but they managed to keep the story going in a good pace. The one thing I did not like about the book was the length. I felt that the story could have been told effectively in a much more effective way if the author did not attempt to build the pages of the book. The descriptions were very lengthy and at one point I felt that even if I missed through a few chapters, I would have survived just fine and not missed the essence of the book.

‘You Dont Want to Know’ is a one of the good books by Lisa Jackson. A captivating read that you cannot put down and for that – four smiley faces:



Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
For two years, Justice Turnbull has paced his room at Halo Valley Security Hospital, planning to escape. Justice has a mission—one that began with a vicious murder two decades ago. And there are so many others who must be sent back to the hell that spawned them. . .

Laura Adderley didn’t plan to get pregnant by her soon-to-be ex-husband, though she’ll do anything to protect her baby. But now reporter Harrison Frost is asking questions about the mysterious group of women who live at Siren Song lodge. Harrison hasn’t figured out Laura’s connection to the story yet. But Justice knows. And he is coming. . .

All her life, Laura has been able to sense approaching evil. But that won’t stop a psychopath bent on destroying her. Justice has been unleashed, and this time, there will be no place safe to hide. . .

The View:

I have read a number of books by Lisa Jackson and each is better than the previous one. I have not read Nancy Bush before and after reading ‘Wicked Lies’ I am eager to read more by this author. Both of them together have brought magic to this book. The character Justice is very unconventional and it surely takes a bold author to justify such craziness. I could literally hear him hissing ‘sisteerrssss’ each time it was mentioned.

The sisters he is referring too are his cousins who live in a colony. For some insane reason he hates them all and has taken it upon himself to kill each and every one of them. The sisters are unique in their individual ways (just like him but much saner) and each of them have a talent that we would otherwise crave for. Laura can talk to Justice in her mind (which is not always a good thing) or block him as needed and then there are other siblings who can see the future.

The main plot was very strong and did not by any means need additional plots, so the smaller unnecessary subplots sort of irritated me. The rich kids who named themselves after the seven deadly sins or the brothers craving for some attention were both just there and could have been avoided.

Laura and Harrison make an adorable pair and they are both extremely smart and sexy personalities. Her pregnancy was a needed element in the plot but she losing the baby was also handled well and completely justified to carry the story forward. Rated a 4 on 5 and though it is a lengthy read it is worth every minute spent.


Born to Die by Lisa Jackson

The Book:

Appearances. . .
A sad, strange coincidence. . .that’s Dr. Kacey Lambert’s initial response to the deaths of two women who bear an uncanny resemblance to herself. It’s not like there was any real connection between Kacey and the B-movie actress or the elementary school teacher. But Detective Selena Alvarez suspects otherwise.

Can Be. . .
One of the bodies contained traces of poison at the time of death. Selena and her partner, Detective Regan Pescoli, can find no motive for murder. But Kacey has started to notice ties between the dead women’s lives and her own—all close in age, born within miles of each other. And all have links to Trace O’Halleran, the man Kacey just started dating.

Deadly. . .
The deeper Kacey digs, the more reason she has to fear. More look-alikes are dying, and the killer is getting bolder and more brutal. And Kacey knows it’s only a matter of time before hers is the next name on a list of those who were born to die. . .

The View:

I am always eager to read a Lisa Jackson book as it creates an excitement and interest that only a proficient author can manage too. I have read many books by her and I admire the fact that every plot always appears new and fresh. “Born to Die” is yet another refreshing entertainer.

Dr.”Kasey” Lambert’s life starts to take a roller-coaster turn with a seemingly unrelated death. Her receptionist informs her that a B actress who bears a resemblance to her has committed suicide. Very soon, a number of deaths follows this event and the binding factor is that the dead women all have an uncanny resemblance to each other and to Kasey.

Kasey is a delightful character and added a lot of interest to the plot. The budding romance between her and Trace is sincere and adds a nice touch to the otherwise serious situation. The addition of Trace’s son brings in an emotional and real life situation every now and then. The Grizzly Falls detective team of Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli never disappoint and have not with this one either. They show a keen interest in the case and uncover some unexpected twists.

Rated a 4 on 5.

I already have two more books by Lisa Jackson in my TBR pile waiting to be devoured. Don’t miss out on her if you want a thrilling read.


Running Scared by Lisa Jackson

The Book:

Running ScaredKate Summers is excited to leave Boston and her annoying boss behind. Alone and still grieving after losing her husband and child, she is in for a pleasant surprise when she is asked to adopt a baby. She definitely has second thoughts; but the offer is too good to decline and she agrees to never return to Boston or reveal the child’s past.

Fifteen years later Kate and Jon are having a happy life in Hopewell, Oregon when the past catches up on them. Daegan O’Roarke lands as their neighbor with the intentions of taking back his son; born to him and Bibi – his cousin.

Fate plays its own game when Daegan falls in love with Kate and she reciprocates. Meanwhile Robert, Bibi’s father has his own investigator find Jon so he can make him the legal heir to the Sullivan wealth. Obviously there are other members who do not want this to happen and would stoop to any level.

The View:

This book was a thrilling one. I picked up an audio version and this was probably the first book that I listened to completely though it was long (I mean really really long – almost 18 hours). But the narration was fantastic and had the right rendition (Thanks to Jack Garrett),I found myself hanging on to my iPod almost every minute.

The plot was intriguing and at first appears to be un-exciting. For fifteen years of Jon’s life, Kate remains pretty much isolated to preserve her new-found happiness. Then Daegan enters the scene and the rest of the plot appears to be predictable.

But surprise, there is much more story left and so much more drama. Every time there is a mention of a Sullivan the story shifts to flash back mode and a shocking past is revealed. This happens way too many times though and I felt it could have been avoided. There were also too many unnecessary detailed descriptions of the sexual encounters (more so maybe because of the audio).

I would rate this book a 4 on 5. I love Lisa Jackson and she never disappoints.