11 December 2012

Review of Lynette's Eason's When A Heart Stops by Marian Baay

When A Heart Stops

Revell, 2012

Reviewed by Marian Baay
4½ stars


In this second book in the Deadly Reunion Series we meet Serena—Alexia’s friend. If you have read the first book then you have met Alexia.

Serena is a medical examiner and close friends with Alexia and Jillian—we read about them in the first book When the Smoke Clears. On their graduation night Jillian had seen something that was so awful that she had to flee town. Her friends didn’t know where she went, or if she was still alive.
Now it is ten years later. Jillian has contacted Serena and has sent her a package to keep safe. Serena is not allowed to open the package unless she receives word of Jillian’s death.
There are some bad people who know about the package and really want to have it.

One night Serena awakens and finds a man in her bedroom searching through her drawers. Serena is convinced that the man is looking for the package, but she doesn’t understand how he knows about it.

FBI agent Dominic Allen—Alexia’s brother—is working on a case of a murdered woman who was found in the park. Serena is the medical examiner on this case who is doing the autopsy. She used to have a crush on Dominic when she was a young teenager and still finds herself blushing easily when she’s around him. Dominic likes to see her blush and he does also notice what a beautiful woman Serena has become.
When more dead women show up they get to work closely on the murder cases. Soon Serena’s life is threatened and Dominic is trying to provide the best protection, but somehow the serial killer knows how to get into Serena’s house.

When they find a connection in the murder cases, will they be able to prevent more killings? Can they stop this serial killer? Can Serena stay out of the hands of the killer? How are the killings and Jillian’s package connected? And is there a chance at love for Serena and Dominic?

Sometimes this book really gave me the creeps. There was a serial killer and then also reading about Serena’s work as a medical examiner was for me a creepy combination.
The storyline was very nicely done, the characters are believable, and the writing is exciting. This book surely will keep readers turning the pages!

If you like exciting and scary stories—this book is for you!

Take note that this series must be read in order of release. The mystery of Jillian’s disappearance started in book 1 and will come to conclusion in the next book (I hope). This book is a cliffhanger, but the ending is satisfying enough to wait several months to read the concluding book in this series.

Buy Lynette's book at Amazon, CBD, Barnes & Noble or other bookstores.
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GIVEAWAY: One of Lynette's books will be given away this week. Follow these instructions:
Readers who go to Colonial Quills and read Pat Iacuzzi's next portion of the serial and put CQ by their answer to the following question will be entered.  

QUESTION: Do you like cliff hangers?
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37 comments:

  1. MARIAN great review, I haven't read a good suspense book lately this one seems to be calling my name. I can't wait to read it.

    NO I am afraid I do not like cliffhangers. :)

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    1. Thanks TERESA, I think you should wait for the last book to release and read them all in one sitting then!

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  2. I see I am going to have to add this one to my list... and it's going to have to be in paperback because I have 'When the Smoke Clears' in paperback! It's just the rules. lol.
    I enjoyed your review MARIAN! :)

    I'm with Teresa on this one, I do not like cliffhangers either. I love happy 'endings'! :)

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    1. Have you read When the Smoke Clears already, NOELA? If so, then you know what sort of cliffhanger this is going to be. Serena's story has a nice ending, only Jillian's mystery isn't solved yet.

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    2. MARIAN, yes I read When the Smoke Clears a while back, I can't remember the ending exactly now but I know it was a good ending because it didn't frustrate me! :) I should clarify what I wrote to say that I don't like it when everything gets left up in the air, but it also can be frustrating with relationships, especially when you wait the whole story for the hero and heroine to get together and then suddenly the story finishes... that can drive you nuts! One story that I was really into did that to me and as much as I loved the story, I yelled at that book, lol. :)

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    3. Yes, I also hate it when a love story is a cliffhanger. That's not the case with these books!

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  3. Marian, this was a great review and loved the line about it giving you the creeps! lol This is the kinda book you read at home alone at night when a thunderstorm is going on, and the electricity keeps going on and off! Then again -- maybe not! No, I don't like cliffhangers -- they frustrate me!

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    1. Yeah, you know me and the creeps, Diana. LOL I read this book with all the lights on. ;)

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  4. I loved this review of the book. And I love cliff hangers. I would really like this book. Would love a chance to win it.
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I think you will like this book!

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  5. I'm definately going to have to put this on my list of must reads. I love cliffhangers. Thanks for the chance to win. CQ
    Katie Johnson
    johnsonk133@yahoo.com

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  6. Thanks for the great review, Marian. I'm sorry for those who don't like cliffhangers. I promise, everything is resolved in book 3 and I will NEVER do that with a series again! My next series ends one book at a time even though some of the characters carry all the way through to the end. God bless you all!

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    1. Thank you for writing great (and creepy) stories! I definitely look forward to reading book 3!

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  7. All right Marian, loved the review! Thanks for mentioning that Lynette's books should be read in order, good to know :) This one sounds like a real heart pounder if you had to read with the lights on! I'm not much into cliffhangers either, but Lynette's books sound exceptional and worth it :) Please don't enter me in this giveaway, just wanted to say well done to Marian's review *smile*
    Blessings ladies!

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    1. hi Kara, thank you for stopping by just to say hi. :) And thanks for taking the time to read my review!
      Blessings to you!

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  8. CQ sometimes I like cliffhangers! if it is in a series of books unless I have to wait a whole year to get the book!

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    1. I think you will like these series, DEBBIE! Thanks for entering and good luck in the drawing.

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  9. CQ I love cliffhangers but I just have to remember to get the next book in the series.

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    1. When you're reading many books you tend to forget it easily. At least that's how it works for me.
      Mimi, do we know your email to contact you if you win?

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  10. Great interview. Thankful to know about this series. Blessings and Merry Christmas, Susan Fryman

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Blessings and Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  11. CQ I'm not sure if I was supposed to comment on CQ or here, but since the review is here I am making my comment here also. A wonderful review, Marian! I love cliffhangers even though they can be frustrating. The double-edged sword? Anyway, I also enjoyed reading from the post with Pat Iacuzzi on CQ. Thanks for another fabulous contest!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Thank you Nancee! You're right, you must leave a comment here. Thanks for reading Pat Iacuzzi's post on CQ.

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  12. I tried t pull up serial # 6 by Pat, and it won't let it come up. Wanted to answer this question about the Cliffhanger. What to do? #5 came up just fine. It kept saying #6 was unavailable.
    MAXIE ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read Pat's serial, Maxie. Maybe it was a temporary problem with the blog. I have no problem to get it now.

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  13. I don't mind cliffhangers as long as it isn't a long wait. CQ
    Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  14. I don't like cliff hangers unless I have the next book on hand and ready to start reading! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  15. MEGAN, then you better wait to read till the complete series is out.
    Did you get to CQ to read Pat's serial?

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  16. Loved the review. And thank you for sending me over to read Ms. Pat's serial!

    I actually DO love cliffhangers! Weird, eh? :) But I love going nuts trying to figure things out, wondering what will happen. But I love them more if the next book is already available. ;) CQ

    mhermanns at cox.net.

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    1. If you love to go nuts, then you must be one of my relatives. ;)
      Thanks for taking the time to read Pat's serial. I hope you enjoyed it. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  17. Ok, I am going to have to add this set of books to my wish list. I am wanting to read it. It sounds too good not to. I do like cliff hangers and trying to figure out what is going on. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hope you will enjoy these books when you get to read them, JO!

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  18. If I don't have to wait months for the sequel! CQ shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. :) Good luck in the drawing, Veronica!

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