The Dark Net - Benjamin Percy

This is the first Benjamin Percy book I have read. The book was a fast read for me and held my interest through out and the ending was good but there could have been more character development. The book is only 272 pages so character development isn't going to be as extensive. So besides that the story is interesting. If you like a pure techno-thriller and not a fan of the supernatural then this book might not be for you. The story is unique with the use of the ancient demons and technology to wreak havoc on the world. Good versus evil. There are good guys in the world that have a special ability to see the darkness of evil. This unlikely crew needs to stop a virus from spreading and taking over the world and the human race. Overall a pretty fast paced book with a mix of mystery, horror and sci-fi.

From the books blurb:

Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away…

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew:

Twelve-year-old Hannah -- who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness-- wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people.

Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.

Mike Juniper, a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.

And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.

They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.

Set in present-day Portland, The Dark Net is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller about the evil that lurks in real and virtual spaces, and the power of a united few to fight back.

I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Marriage Pact - by Michelle Richmond

Alice and Jake are newlyweds and one of their wedding gifts is an invitation to join an exclusive club of married couples. The goal of the club is to help couples make their marriage last and not be another divorce statistic. Newly married and insecure they decide to join. It seems like it could be fun. The rules for a happy marriage seemed innocuous: surprise your spouse with a gift each month, answer the phone when your spouse calls, take quarterly trips. “Noooooooo” That’s what I wanted to scream at them. You just know this can’t be good. From that moment on, I was glued to the pages and cringing every step of the way. The ending wasn’t what I had expected and I thought Richmond kept the characters true to themselves. 

From the books blurb:

In this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense, New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond crafts an intense and shocking tale that asks: How far would you go to protect your marriage?

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice's prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And most of its rules make sense. Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter.
 . . . Never mention The Pact to anyone.

Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples. And then one of them breaks the rules. The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life. And The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare. 

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Two Nights - by Kathy Reichs

I have never read any of the Temperance Brennan books by Kathy Reichs before so I can’t compare this to her other books. I have a feeling though that Two Nights is a completely different departure for Reichs. Thrillers are also not my usual go to books either but sometimes I like to read something different. For fans of the thriller genre this has the usual requirements: former loner cop with a past and a tough exterior, action, a sidekick, guns, and bad guys. I liked Sunnie and thought she had a hard edge but also a soft side. The books was fast paced and engaging. Reichs does a good job throughout the book explaining Sunnie’s traumatic childhood. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good thriller and fans of thrillers in general will enjoy this book as well.

From the books blurb:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.
Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie's help.

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn't she want to be found? It's time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

I received an advance copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.