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Bono: The Amazing Story Of A Rescue Cat Who Inspired A Community by Helen Brown - Reviewed by Michaela

The first time I met Bono, all I saw were his huge golden eyes, like headlamps, peering out from under the bed in the studio apartment where Helen Brown was staying during her month-long visit to New York. As my heart went out to the poor frightened creature, who had become homeless during Hurricane Sandy, I couldn’t possibly imagine that he would become an international feline celebrity, a rock star of the cat kingdom, a furry ambassador who would touch the hearts of thousands – and a cat who would rock my world (in a very good way!).

Through the magic of Helen Brown’s writing, boosted by the power of Huffington Post, readers in many countries followed the story of Helen’s foster cat, who needed daily medications for a kidney impairment, and also needed to find his forever home.  Through love, dedication, determination – and a lot of outreach on the part of Kensington’s cat-loving staff – Bono connected with two wonderful people who happily welcomed him into their lives. As his godmother, I was able to see him grow into a happy, spoiled cat with a five-story kitty condo, his own personal drinking fountain (bottled water only!), and enough toys to stock a pet store. But he gave back so much more.

Now Helen Brown shares her personal story of Bono, the special-needs cat who played a very special role in her life. 

* Photo by Eugene George



Don't Believe It by Charlie Donlea - Reviewed by Lulu

Like millions of people all across America I binge watch crime docudramas. I watched them all with obsession and curiosity, I stayed up late at night listening to the latest podcast about someone falsely accused of a crime, I’ve been late to appointments because I needed to watch just one more episode.

So when I heard that Charlie Donlea’s new book was a thriller that explores the dark side of docudramas I was hooked. I got my hands on the manuscript and read it in one weekend, and trust me, I didn’t see the end coming.

In Don’t Believe It we follow Sydney Ryan, a crime series TV producer, as she investigates the case of a young med student convicted of murdering her boyfriend while on vacation in Saint Lucia ten years earlier. Sydney’s TV show airs weekly, and she’s rushing to keep up with it, flying from New York to the scene of the murder on the island resort. But America is watching her documentary and public outcry leads officials to reopen the case. And as the show reaches its final episode Sydney receives a letter saying that she got it terrible wrong. Is Sydney working to free an innocent woman, or has she been drawn into a sinister game?   

Now you see why I couldn’t put down the book. And if you are fan of shows like Evil Genius and The Keepers, or podcasts like In The Dark and Up & Vanished, you will love this book. Because Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea is filled with breathtaking twists and high tension – the perfect summer suspense.



Thriller writers John Gilstrap and Reavis Wortham
with their editor, Michaela Hamilton
Photo by Eugene George


Scorpion Strike and Hawke's War - Reviewed by Michaela

If you’re a huge thriller fan like me, finishing one great book makes you eager to read your next one. You have stacks of them next to your bed (or in your e-reader queue) and you eagerly devour each novel until its exciting, satisfying last page. Then you reach for another.

That’s why I couldn’t limit myself to one book this month.  Both SCORPION STRIKE and HAWKE’S WAR will satisfy your appetite for fast-moving action, engaging characters, and high-stakes danger.

SCORPION STRIKE is John Gilstrap’s newest entry in his popular Jonathan Grave thriller series. The story takes place on a resort island that’s being overrun by terrorists.  They sure mess with the wrong guy when they take on Jonathan Grave.  Publishers Weekly described the book in a starred review: “the perfect summer read for thriller fans.”

HAWKE’S WAR is the second novel in Reavis Wortham’s new Sonny Hawke thriller series, starring a modern-day Texas Ranger who’s up against a drug and human smuggling cartel. Wounded, stranded in a harsh desert, hunted, and outnumbered, Sonny shows the kind of courage and ingenuity that Texas Rangers have always been known for. Jeffery Deaver described Reavis Wortham as “Elmore Leonard meets James Lee Burke.”

Not so coincidentally, Gilstrap and Wortham are good friends who engage in a variety of adventures together. Not long ago I was privileged to join them in a tour of a large scrap metal recycling facility. It was the most fun I’ve ever had while wearing a hard hat.



Don't Believe It by Charlie Donlea - Reviewed by Alex

When you work on over 600 books every year, it’s hard to decide exactly what you want to read. And sometimes you know what you want to read, but there still aren’t enough hours in the day to actually get through all those pages. That was the story of me and Charlie Donlea’s books SUMMIT LAKE and THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN. I had heard from almost everyone I work with how absolutely fantastic Charlie’s writing is and how excellent his books are. So, finally, when the ARCs of DON’T BELIEVE IT arrived in my office, I knew it was the time to jump in. And once I jumped in, there was no stopping me…

Every day on the train, I would tear through as many pages as I could so that I could see what happened next, find out the true identity of the killer, see if justice would prevail. The writing was so lyrical, the imagery so expertly depicted—I knew why everyone had been recommending Charlie’s books for so long. I could see why they’d received so many wonderful reviews. Not only is the mystery expertly crafted, but the language is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying—taking you into the heart of a twisted killer.

DON’T BELIEVE IT is real edge-of-your-seat suspense, with a truly shocking ending that will stay with you…and if you’re anything like me, it will leave you angry, questioning everything, and so happy that you picked up a book by an author who would take a chance, turning thriller tropes and expectations on their heads. I love a book that doesn’t give you what you expect as a reader—an author who will leave you in disbelief. Charlie Donlea has done that with DON’T BELIEVE IT. Pick up your copy…don’t waste time waiting like I did!