Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review/Book Giveaway/Guest Post: Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt

Suspense, Thriller



Release Date:
August 1, 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree...

Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky.

Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again and succeeds in a brazen hospital room attack.

The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person and she s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage..."

My Review

Family Liaison Officer Afton Tangler finds herself in the middle of a horrifying investigation. A wealthy businessman, Leland Odin, is in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. When the helicopter transporting the heart is shot down and the heart is destroyed, Odin’s life hangs in the balance. It’s up to Afton and her partner to figure out who could have been this cruel. Their investigation leads to several different suspects, but only one could be this ruthless.

Afton finds her own family in danger. She races against the clock to stop anything more from happening to Odin’s family or her own, for that matter. She uncovers some shocking developments, but she is determined to find out who is behind these threats.

This storyline has you on the edge of your seat for the entire book. I absolutely couldn’t put it down until I knew how it would all be resolved. It kept me up all night until I finished the book.

The characters are well-developed and realistic. My heart went out to Afton, while the villains were truly vile. The storyline is terrifying and bone-chilling. Some of the violence actually had me cringing in my seat, but I couldn’t stop reading.

This is the second book in a new thriller/suspense series by Gerry Schmitt. I did not read the first one, but that did not stop me from enjoying this one. I didn’t feel as if I missed anything, although I do want to read the first one and learn more about Afton. This is a standalone book.

The author, also, writes under the name Laura Childs. Under that name she writes several different cozy mystery series, which are wonderful. She has now branched out into thrillers and suspense and does it beautifully. It’s amazing to me that the author has such a wide range of creativity from sweet mysteries to thrilling, action-packed suspense. She does it to perfection with each genre.

For reading challenges:
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2017

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley, the author, and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Purchase Links


Now it's time for a giveaway.  Thanks to the author, I can offer  a print copy of Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt to one lucky winner.

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The giveaway begins on August 1st (midnight est) and ends on August 16th (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

Good luck!

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  1. Yvonne, thank you for hosting this giveaway. It sounds like a terrific book! I will add a link to this giveaway to my blog's sidebar.

  2. I like that this thriller revolves around something as unusual as organ donation -- it's such a emotional, tense moment in time and this gets thrown in! Great review!

  3. Thanks for this intriguing novel giveaway. I have enjoyed this author's novels which are so enthralling and fascinating.

  4. Shadow Girl sounds great. Looking forward to reading this book. Thank you

  5. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  6. Thank you for hosting Gerry Shmitt's book Shadow Girl on your blog. My fingers are crossed I might be lucky enough to be the winner. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. I think this book sounds like an amazing read. The organ donation storyline has to make for a great read. Can't wait to read.

  8. I think this book sounds like an amazing read. The organ donation storyline has to make for a great read. Can't wait to read.

  9. I am already a fan of Gerry Schmidt, and this is one of my looking forward to books of Fall '17

  10. This sounds like a really good book, and good series. Thanks for the review which has me adding this to my TBR.

  11. Thank you for the chance, this book is on my TRL , really looking forward to reading it

  12. Love thrillers!! Sounds good.
    Carol Smith

  13. Love mystery books! Thanks for the chance to win this one! lindaherold999@gmail.com

  14. This really looks like a fascinating and different read. I find it has a very interesting idea with the donor idea. I also like your cover!!!!

  15. I would very much like to read this juicy book. I think it contains an interesting idea. The cover is great also. I hope I have a chance at this story as it intrigues me.

  16. Wow, sounds really interesting. I love a story with a good villain. :) ~Aleen

  17. Love your cozies & can't wait to read these new thrillers you are doing.

  18. The book sounds amazing and very intense. I would love to read it. Thanks for this chance.

  19. I'm reading this one right now and am really enjoying it. I've read a number of books by Laura Childs and it's hard to believe these are the same person the tone is so different!

  20. Looking forward to reading this slightly terrifying book, set near my own hometown! Thanks!


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