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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Book Review: A Short Time to Die by Susan Alice Bickford

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Kensington Books via Netgalley,  for review, purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own. gd

And now for a book that you'll be happy to use those holiday gift cards to buy!

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In this electrifying thriller, two women from opposite sides of the country find their lives inextricably bound—by blood, by fear, and by a merciless, murderous revenge . . .

Walking home on a foggy night, Marly Shaw stops in the glare of approaching headlights. Two men step out of a pickup truck. One of them is her stepfather. A sudden, desperate chase erupts in gunshots. Both men are left dead. And a terrified girl is on the run—for the rest of her life . . .

Thirteen years later, human bones discovered in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California are linked to a mother and son from Central New York. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Detective Vanessa Alba and her partner, Jack Wong, dive into an investigation that lures them deep into the Finger Lakes. They find a community silenced by the brutal grip of a powerful family bound by a twisted sense of blood and honor, whose dark secrets still haunt the one family member who thought she got away . . .

Read an Excerpt on Netgalley


Bickford gives us an unique take on the police procedural by making it a cold case psychological study, with a bit of thriller thrown in. Which means once you start reading you just MIGHT not want to put it back down again until the last page! Working backwards from the find of human bones, Jack and Vanessa go looking for clues to a murderer, and end up having to play psychologist for an entire town, to try to figure out crazy family dysfunctions, to try to solve their case. But is it really that simple? Not quite! This is the one book you MUST pre-order and get on its January release, it just might end of being one of the most talked about books of the new year! 

About the Author:

Susan Alice Bickford was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Central New York. Her passion for technology pulled her to Silicon Valley, where she became an executive at a leading technology company. She now works as an independent consultant, and continues to be fascinated by all things high tech. She splits her time between Silicon Valley and Vermont. A Short Time to Die is her first novel. Visit her on Facebook or at www.susanalicebickford.com.

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