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The Whisper Man by Alex North

Tom and Jake Kennedy have moved to a new town called Featherbank. They are grieving the loss of Tom’s wife and Jake’s mother. Pete Willis is still haunted by the disappearance of a boy twenty years ago.  Frank Carter is the serial killer, known as The Whisper Man. They are all connected but don’t realize it.

In the new house, Jake is hearing someone whisper outside his window at night. Tom is just trying to get use to the new house when he makes a gruesome discovery in the garage. And then the unimaginable happens. What will happen to Tom and Jake?

This was a great book. It was scary and twisty. You feel for the characters and really detest the killer. I can’t wait to see what Alex North writes next!

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Darrow and Darrow

Claire Darrow is a single mother who has always believed in telling the truth. Something that not everyone can say they do or that they agree with…especially being that she is a lawyer. She inherited her drive for truth and justice from her father, who opened the law firm that she runs in his honor. She must work hard to find the truth when a friend is convicted of stealing from a jewelry store. While trying to solve the crime a surprise visitor appears back in Claire’s life.

The movie stars Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Claire Darrow (The 10th Kingdom), Wendie Malick as Joanna Darrow (Hot in Cleveland), Tom Cavanagh as Miles (The Flash), Lilah Fitzgerald as Louise, Barclay Hope as Raymond (Riverdale), Brandi Alexander as Winnie (A Gift to Remember), Antonio Cayonne as Chester Lime (Chesapeake Shores), Vincent Dangerfield as Scott (The Perfect Catch), Gelsea Mae as Zoey Jihara (Eat, Drink & Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery) and Kirby Morrow as Dave Kellerin (Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery).

I loved who they picked for the cast. Everyone worked well with each other. Especially Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Tom Cavanagh. All the storylines worked well and connected to move the main plot of the movie along. The humor worked really well and was a nice addition. This is a great movie for anyone who likes cozy mysteries. I can’t wait to watch the sequel Darrow and Darrow: In the Key of Murder. 

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An adorable little kitten, once owned by a drug lord, is lost and winds up at Rell’s (Jordan Peele) house. He shows up just in time because Rell is going through a breakup. Then one day his new kitten, which he named Keanu, is kidnapped. Rell enlists his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to help him find Keanu. Then end up being mistaking for assassins and have to keep pretending to be them in order to get Keanu back.

This was a funny movie with an adorable kitten. In my opinion the kitten wasn’t in it enough! Look out for the voice cameo by Keanu Reeves! Also starring, Tiffany Haddish, Nia Long, and Method Man. Rated R

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As a hurricane closes in on Florida, college swimmer Haley ignores the evacuation warnings and returns home to check on her dad who seems to be missing when her sister can’t get a hold of him. She eventually finds her dad, Dave, passed out in the crawl space. He has a bite in his arm from an alligator who has taken residence in the crawl space, so Haley can’t exactly move her dad to safety.

They are protected behind some piping the alligators can’t cross, but Haley and Dave can’t exactly stay there as no help will arrive since the town had been evacuated. As the water begins to flood the crawl space, they have to devise a plan to outsmart the gators and get to safety or die.

The alligators are unrealistically large which adds to the preposterous nature of this film. It’s not quite as corny and outrageous as Sharknado, but could come in as a close second. Rated R

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This latest movie by mastermind Jordan Peele centers around a young family on vacation in Santa Cruz, California. When Gabe Wilson suggests to his wife, Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), that they take their family to the beach, she is haunted by memories from her childhood when she was lost for 15 minutes while her dad played a game on the boardwalk, and she wandered unattended into a house of mirrors.

Shortly after they visit the beach and return home, a family of four is standing in their driveway. Not only won’t they leave, they force their way in. The Wilson’s soon realize that the family is a duplicate of each one of them, and they call themselves the shadows. Adelaide sees that her duplicate is the face she saw in the house of mirrors on the boardwalk all those years ago.

The shadows plan to terrorize the family until they get the life they have been deprived of.

I enjoyed Us because it kept you in suspense, featured a twist at the end and provided a larger meaning. However, Us pales in comparison to Peele’s blockbuster, Get Out, which I don’t know if he’ll ever be able to top. Rated R

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In the Dark by Loreth Anne White

Eight people, including the pilot, board a float plane destined for a luxury resort spa in a remote part of British Columbia. Each individual has received an exclusive invitation from an outfit called RAKAM Group. When they arrive, they discover it is nothing more than a run-down lodge and that the company is a sham.

In the living room is a poem reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s famous novel And Then There Were None that suggests each person will be killed until there are none. With the cables of the plane’s radio cut, the party’s situation is dire.

They each have a secret to hide and as each member is killed one-by-one, they begin to turn on each other, not knowing who to trust and when it will be their turn to die.

White’s latest suspense (The Dark Bones) ingeniously intertwines Agatha Christie’s famous story in this non-stop page turner that alternates between the lodge party guests as events unfold and the search and rescue team who is trying to solve the puzzle in the aftermath. Readers who enjoy a classic tale in the manner of Christie will find much to relish here. This book will be released in December.

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Rosemary’s Baby

In this 1968 horror flick written and directed by Roman Polanski, Mia Farrow stars as Rosemary who moves into a new apartment in NYC with her husband/actor, Guy. They are befriend by the peculiar elderly couple who lives next door, Minnie and Roman.

After becoming pregnant, Minnie gets Rosemary an appointment with the city’s best doctor through her personal connections. Rosemary is grateful for their neighbor’s help, but becomes suspicious when a friend suggests the neighbors might be involved in witchcraft.

Rosemary will soon learn that Guy is in cahoots with the neighbors by making a deal with the devil for Rosemary to give birth to his spawn if the devil will further Guy’s acting career.

This movie came out long before I was born, but is one of those horror classics I had to watch at some point in my life. Although Rosemary’s Baby is over two hours long, it does keep your attention as you wait for “Ro” to give birth to the demon child. This is based on a book with the same title by Ira Levin. Rated R