Book Review: A Caller’s Game by J.D.Barker

Book Review: A Caller’s Game by J.D.Barker

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a free digital copy of A Caller’s Game in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

Controversial satellite radio talk show host, Jordan Briggs, has clawed her way to the top of the broadcast world. She doesn’t hold back, doesn’t spare feelings, and has no trouble sharing what’s on her mind. Her rigorous pursuit of success has come at a price, though. Her marriage is in ruins, she hasn’t spoken to her mother in years, and she’s distanced herself from all those close to her. If not for her young daughter, Charlotte, her personal life would be in complete shambles.

When a subdued man calls into the show and asks to play a game, she sees it as nothing more than a way to kick-start the morning, breathe life into the beginnings of drive-time for her listeners. Against her producer’s advice, she agrees, and unwittingly opens a door to the past.

Live on the air with an audience of millions, what starts out as a game quickly turns deadly—events long thought buried resurface and Jordan Briggs is forced to reconcile with one simple fact—All decisions have consequences. 

My Review:

Wow. Just….wow. This was a non-stop roller coaster ride of a suspense novel that read like an action movie. From the very first page, the reader is treated to razor sharp wit in the form of main character Jordan Briggs, a shock-jock on a satellite radio morning show. A strange call into the show from a listener sends Jordan and the entirety of New York City into terrifying chaos, as bombs begin to explode across the city. From there, this novel peels back layer after layer to unfold a very gripping story.

I do feel like parts of the plot were a little bit of a stretch, realistically speaking, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a fun read, because it was for sure. I also liked the way Barker spiraled Jordan’s character from the strong woman in the beginning into some much deeper and darker components as the story moved on. The big reveals in the novel made sense and gave a lot of depth to the overall plot. I think the book was a little on the long side, but overall, an extremely entertaining read!

*Trigger Warnings* I do feel the need to mention that due to the violent nature of the bombings in NYC the take place in the A Caller’s Game, this books could potentially trigger some troubling emotions in anyone that was connected to the events of 9/11 in any way.

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

578DDDC0-4D1E-4AE7-8D9B-FB261B433B1BThank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a free copy of The Last House Guest in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

This book might just be the perfect summer read for mystery and suspense lovers.  If you have followed my reviews for a while, you know that a great setting is one of my most favorite things in a good book. The Last House Guest takes place on the rocky cliffs of Maine, overlooking the ocean. Miranda used that setting to create such an unsettling atmosphere and I enjoyed her landscape descriptions throughout the novel.

The characters: Avery, a simple girl from modest upbringing, is the black sheep among the crowd of wealthy summer-home-by-the-ocean crowd she has fallen into. I found Avery to be very relatable, yet all of the snobby people she hung out with as the love to hate  variety. Their snarkiness and cruelty made them all easy suspects for the crime at hand.

Taking place at a party on the last day of summer and alternating with the summer after, Avery looks back at what everyone thought was an accident and starts to piece to together what is beginning to look like a lot more like a crime. The setting, the characters, the party all made for a very atmospheric (and summery) suspense novel.  It did start off a little slowly but after the halfway point I couldn’t put it down. I recommend this one for suspense lovers and anyone else who is looking for a little more excitement in their beachy reads!  I rate this one 4 out of 5 stars.