#ThrowbackThursday: 04.05.18

I seriously love this post idea and I don’t do it enough, I think because it makes me feel like a giant asshole when I start looking at how many books I’ve been “meaning to read” for years and years.

I try to remind myself that it’s not completely my fault. Life gets in the way.

So inconsiderate, life.

Here’s the jist: Pick a book you read a while back, tell us why you love it. Then pick a book that’s been on your TBR for a while and tell us why you still want to read it after all this time. That’s #throwbackthursday for the bookworld, lovers!

#TBT: READ

1861196All The Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson, #1) by J.T. Ellison

Published: October 2007

Read: 2008-ish

★★★★

Some secrets should stay buried.

When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, find themselves in a joint investigation pursuing a vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene — the prior victim’s severed hand.

Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she’s got a scoop that could break the case. She has no idea how close this story really is — or what it will cost her.

As the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth — that the purest evil is born of private lies.

#TBT Review: This was my very first experience with J.T. Ellison, back when I was a wee thing. And by wee thing I mean I was a 22 year old woman. I was in college and one would think that after reading for school all day, I would have no desire to read anymore. You would be wrong. The only thing that helped me relax between working almost full-time hours and going to school full-time, was reading about badass female cops kicking nuts and taking names. J.T. Ellison and Taylor Jackson kept me sane during a very insane time of my life and I am eternally grateful.

That is why I still loved J.T. Ellison to this day, despite not getting a new Taylor Jackson novel in a few years. Not that I’m complaining, just saying. I have, in the meantime, read nearly everything else she’s written, except for those Catherine Coulter collabs.

It’s been ten years since I read All The Pretty Girls, and lately I’ve been thinking I want to start this series over. But my ever-growing TBR keeps me from it.

One day, J.T. One day.

#TBT: WANT TO READ

13535470A Strange In The Room (Keye Street, #2) by Amanda Kyle Williams

Published: August 2012

TBR Since: 2015

That bullet was meant for you. 
  
Summer is smoldering through Atlanta on Fourth of July weekend, as fireworks crack through the air and steam rises from the pavement on Peachtree. Private investigator and ex–FBI profiler Keye Street wants nothing more than a couple of quiet days alone with her boyfriend, Aaron—but, as usual, murder gets in the way.
 
I will find her. 
  
A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser is called to the disturbing scene of the strangling death of a thirteen-year-old boy. Meanwhile, Keye must deal with not one but two of her own investigations: In the hills of Creeklaw County, there’s a curious case involving chicken feed and a crematorium, and in Atlanta, Keye’s emotionally fragile cousin Miki is convinced she is being stalked. Given Miki’s history of drug abuse and mental problems, Keye is reluctant to accept her cousin’s tale of a threatening man inside her house late one night. But as a recovering alcoholic herself, Keye can’t exactly begrudge a woman her addictions—especially since Miki drives Keye to near-relapses at every turn. And yet, Miki is family, and Keye must help her—even if it means tempting her own demons.
 
I always find her. 
  
All hell breaks loose when another murder—the apparent hanging of an elderly man—hits disturbingly close to home for Keye. And though the two victims have almost nothing in common, there are bizarre similarities between this case and that of Aaron’s strangled teen. Is there a single faceless predator, a calculating murderer targeting his prey at random? Only a skilled profiler like Keye Street can help the A.P.D. find him. With the threat of more deaths to come, Keye works on pure instinct alone—and soon realizes that a killer is circling ever closer to the people she loves the most.

#TBT Review: I read the first book in this series a few of years ago and LOVED IT, so naturally I wanted to read the sequel immediately. But did I? Of course not!

Who do you think I am? Someone who gets through all the books she intends to read? Bitch, please.

I remember Amanda Kyle Williams being a fierce writer with a fucking awesome female lead in former FBI profiler Keye Street. There was humanity, humour, drama and thrilling investigation, with blended story lines and effortless character development. And it’s definitely my loss that this series still sits on my TBR. But maybe there’s an upside too. Book #4 is not slated to come out until 2021, so maybe by then I’ll be caught up. New goal.

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*The post idea was created by It’s Book Talk.

Until next time, Booknerds…

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