Saturday, November 19, 2016

Week 47 Reviews: So Close the Hand of Death, Blood Sugar Baby, Where All the Dead Lie, Whiteout

From Goodreads:
Talent borrows. Genius steals. Evil delegates.

It's a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is back…and he's got helpers.

As The Pretender's disciples perpetrate their sick homages—stretching police and FBI dangerously thin—Taylor tries desperately to prepare for their inevitable showdown. And she must do it alone. To be close to her is to be in mortal danger, and she won't risk losing anyone she loves. But the isolation, the self-doubt and the rising body count are taking their toll—she's tripwire tense and ready to snap.

The brilliant psychopath who both adores and despises her is drawing close. Close enough to touch ...

From Goodreads:
There's a new killer in town. And it's up to Taylor Jackson to stop him before he murders more of Nashville's elite.

Metro Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson is none too happy when the body of a high-profile Nashvillian turns up after a protest. But when her detectives find another body with the same, mysterious wounds, it's clear she has a psychopath on her hands—and records show he's been on the move, leaving chaos in his wake. Will this killer slip through Taylor's grasp, as he has slipped through grasps of so many, for so long?

From Goodreads:
In her showdown with the murderous Pretender, a bullet taken at close range severed the connection between Taylor's thoughts and speech. Effectively mute, there's no telling if her voice will ever come back. Trapped in silence, she is surrounded by ghosts — of the past, of friendships and trusts lost — of the specter of a lost faith in herself and her motives that night.

When Memphis Highsmythe offers Taylor his home in the Scottish highlands to recuperate, her fiancé John Baldwin can't refuse her excitement, no matter his distrust of the man. At first, Memphis's drafty and singularly romantic castle seems the perfect place for healing. But shortly the house itself surrounds her like a menacing presence. As Taylor's sense of isolation and vulnerability grows, so, too, does her grip on reality.

PTSD. Pills. Ghosts. Grudges.

Someone or something is coming after Taylor. But is she being haunted by the dead...or hunted by the living?

From Goodreads:
Join Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson as she races to find a deadly assassin who's seemingly blended in with the blizzard.

Metro Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson has reluctantly agreed to take the place of her fiancé, FBI profiler John Baldwin, as a presenter at the annual Freedom Conference, a foreign intelligence initiative attended by the best in the business of "clandestine services." Then a blizzard effectively isolates their hotel on Chesapeake Bay: no power, no generators, and no possibility of outside help. When two guests go missing, and one of them is found dead in his room, Taylor discovers an assassin amongst the spies—one with a deadly score to settle.

My first review of So Close the Hand of Death, Where All the Dead Lie
My Review:
I loved reading these books! I've read the full length novels before, but the novella's they were new. And plus with my memory, it was hard to remember what happened, besides Memphis's wife being alive! Yeah.

First off, I want to say, that Blood Sugar Baby should be read after Where All the Dead Lie, because it mentions that Sam is in D.C. which hadn't happened yet in Where All the Dead Lie. Oh, well! Still great reading them!

A lot happened in these books. Taylor faced off with The Pretender, and took him down, but at a cost. And she healed in Scotland-after some pretty harrowing mental and physiological events! I loved reading as she was on this journey!

I loved the short stories (I'm doing a separate review for Slices of Night) because they gave us more of a look into this world, and seeing Taylor after the events of Where All the Dead Lie, that she was healed, and yeah, I really enjoyed reading it!

Yeah, this series is fantastic, and yeah, I can't wait to read the Sam Owens series again!

Author: J.T. Ellison
Series: Taylor Jackson #6, 6.5, 7, 7.5
First Read: May 30th, June 1st, 2011, September 7th-13th, 2011
Read: November 13th,
Source: Own,
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books! And Where All the Dead Lie is a End of Series 2016 Book!
Publisher: Mira, Two Tales Press
Published: February 15th 2011, October 25th 2015, September 20th 2011, October 29th 2015

So Close the Hand of Death:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Blood Sugar Baby:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Where All the Dead Lie:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars


  1. My dad LOVES J.T. Ellison, he just recently discovered this series, and I dont think he's read these yet (he's reading them out of order). Glad you love them :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Yeah, it's a pretty fantastic series that has been published a bit weirdly-the latest, Field of Graves, is set before All the Pretty Girls :) Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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