Authors Showcase: The Suspense Thrillers of Jennifer Chase and Patty Wiseman
September 7, 2013
The Book: Dead Burn
The Author: Jennifer Chase
The Story: Terrified California residents face the shocking dilemma of yet another serial killer roaming freely in their neighborhoods. However, this time it is an evolving serial killer anomaly that relentlessly searches for, hunts down, and ingeniously traps his victims before unleashing his fiery rage. Always two steps ahead of the cops and fire investigators, the killer hones in on the next sinful target leaving a trail of bones and ashes behind as evidence. It rocks the criminal justice system to the core as a string of arson murders hits inside their turf.
Vigilante detective Emily Stone hunts serial killers and child abductors, covertly and under the law enforcement radar, with her intrinsic skills of criminal profiling and forensic investigation. With Stone’s toughest case yet, the arson serial killer immediately crosses her radar and sends her into the dark territory of a lethal pyromaniac’s mind – to the point of no return.
While following the clues of the relentless fire bomber, Stone grabs the attention of a government anti-terrorist organization called GATE that oversees all law enforcement cases across the U.S., which now focuses their sights on her proven abilities. They have very specific plans for her, whether she likes it or not.
Everything teeters on the edge of reality, as Stone must battle for her life between a hired assassin and an arson serial killer. Lines are drawn on both sides of the law. Friendships and lovers are tested.
Review by Journey: When you pick up Dead Burn, be prepared to sit for a while because you will not want to put it down. Emily Stone is a character with heart and backbone, but she isn’t perfect, and that’s what makes her so special. Once you’ve read this book, you will definitely want to read all the others in the series. Jennifer Chase knows her stuff when it comes to police procedures, and that coupled with her effortless writing style makes for a very enjoyable read. This was my first Jennifer Chase book, but it certainly will not be my last!
Review by K. C. Quinn: This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. Emily Stone is quite a unique character-smart, daring and imbued with an unshakeable sense of right and wrong. She is an intuitive investigator who solves crimes-mostly finding kidnapped children who have been taken by pedophiles-and sends the information to the detectives who are officially on the cases and lets them rescue the victims and take the credit. There are a couple of well plotted suspenseful mysteries in this book and the complexity of the puzzles keeps the reader interested and guessing until the very end. I like Emily’s relationship with Rick, they are well matched and a good team. If you like mystery, suspense and the occasional shocking, unexpected event, you will love this book.
The Book: An Unlikely Conclusion
The Author: Patty Wiseman
The Story: A train wreck threatens her future. A long kept secret threatens her past. Just when she begins to feel safe, the terror begins again. One moment in time, on what should be the happiest day of her life, changes everything. Does Ruth have the strength to fight the chain reaction that finally reveals a shocking secret? Detroit in 1929 may be the scene of an unlikely conclusion.
Review by Paula D. Hill, Creative Types Press: Patty Wiseman truly is the page-turning master of suspense and her sequels never disappoint. The wonderful women in this series guide the main character, Ruth, from girl to woman facing life-threatening events, secrets and cover-ups, not to mention being a young, new wife getting to know her husbands expectations, habits, likes, dislikes and quirks.
Mrs. Wiseman’s talent is evident not only in one book – An Unlikely Arrangement, An Unlikely Beginning or An Unlikely Conclusion — but the entire ‘Velvet Shoe Collection.’
Review by Cyndi Lord: If you’ve ever read a book that touched all of your senses then you’ll know what I mean. This is another intriguing work from Patty Wiseman. Bring a box of tissues and a lot of coffee, you’re going to be up late reading because you can’t stop. The story line and characters are so real you’re dunked slammed in the center of era and live there until the end; the unlikely conclusion.