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NUBC Reviews: Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri

NUBC Reviews: Everything Burns by Vincent ZandriEverything Burns by Vincent Zandri
Genres: Fiction, General, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Published by Thomas & Mercer on February 1st 2015
Pages: 338
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When Reece Johnston was a boy, a fire destroyed his home, killing his mother and brothers while leaving him scarred for life. It also kindled something dark inside him: an irresistible attraction to flames in all their terrifying, tantalizing power. But after two failed arson attempts—and two trips to the mental ward—he was finally able to put down the matches and pick up the pieces.With a career as a bestselling crime writer going strong, Reece is working to fix his broken marriage to Lisa and be there for their preteen daughter, Anna. He's not just dealing with his own demons; there's a world of deadly hurt bearing down on him in the form of the jealous rival he's bested in literature and love, who's determined to see Reece crash…and burn. But a guy like Reece knows how to take the heat. And thanks to his lifelong friendship with fire, he also knows how to bring it.

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Our Review:

Reece Johnston is currently a bestselling author of crime novels.  However his life wasn’t always easy and his past has a way of coming back to tap him on the shoulder.  When Reece was young, a fire (started by his mother smoking in bed) destroyed his home, burning his mother and brothers alive, but leaves Reece and his father to deal with the aftermath. Unfortunately the fire kindled (pun intended) an unnatural attraction to all things fire for young Reece.  After an attempt (or two) at arson and a trip to a psychiatric hospital for a little electroshock therapy, Reece seems to be on his way to a normal life.

Reece had a rocky marriage with Lisa, Ex-Wife/Current Girlfriend/Mother of his child (Anna), but after several years apart they seem to be on the mend.  Money is no longer an issue (as a bestselling author with several books under his belt) and he seems to have his pyromania under control.  Unfortunately for Reece, he has to deal with Lisa’s former boyfriend and longtime lover, David (also a professional writer).

The characters seemed a bit over exaggerated.  Example: Anna treats her dad as a friend and she’s actually a bit rude.  She calls her dad “Reecey Pieces” every single time she interacts with him unless he asks her to call him “dad”.  She also says “you aren’t my real father” and mocks his career as an author telling him he isn’t really famous.  Reece receives it as humor, but it happens so often (every interaction with her) that she comes off as a rude pre-teen allowed to get away with anything.

Even though the characters were a bit over the top, and somewhat annoying, the story itself was fast paced and keeps you guessing.  This was one of those books that you just have to read a bit more before putting the book down. I finished it in 2 days because I had to know who was torturing Reece.  Was he crazy and doing it to himself?  Was his wife a psycho and planning his psychological unraveling?  What about the David?  Maybe he did it all, if so was he acting alone, or was Lisa also in on it?  I don’t want to give away the ending, you will have to read it for yourself.  If you can get past some quirky characters with outrageous personalities, this is an entertaining read.



Author Bio:

Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 16 novels including THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT RISES, and the forthcoming, EVERYTHING BURNS. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as “…gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting,” while the New York Post called it “Sensational… Masterful… Brilliant!” Zandri’s list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, and Thomas & Mercer, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri’s work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri’s, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the Best Books of 2014. A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular “lit blog,” The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. He is a resident of both New York and Florence, Italy.

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Book of the Month – April 2015

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just … creepy.

In the days that follow, things only get stranger. Sunshine is followed around the house by an icy breeze, phantom wind slams her bedroom door shut, and eventually, the laughter Sunshine hears on her first night evolves into sobs. She can hardly believe it, but as the spirits haunting her house become more frightening—and it becomes clear that Kat is in danger—Sunshine must accept what she is, pass the test before her, and save her mother from a fate worse than death.


Book Vote – April 2015

It’s time for the April book vote! Hope you enjoy the selections!


Netflix Pick of the Week: A Good Marriage by Stephen King

I am a big fan of Stephen King. I have read most if not all of his books and seen the movies that have been inspired by them. To say he is one of the masters of Suspense and Horror would be an understatement. Of course it’s 12:00 am and I can’t sleep so I’m up watching Netflix movies. No binging tonight just one movie and then sleep. This is the road that leads me to the movie A Good Marriage by Stephen King. I normally won’t watch any movies unless I’ve read the book first. I’ve broken this rule already this month when my daughter, Jhia, begged me to watch If I Stay with her. Now I’ve broken it again I’ve read the synopsis and I’m in. While the premise wasn’t all that new, the interactions between Darcy and Bob are. I was waiting for an all out War of the Roses, which by the way is another fantastic movie. I won’t spoil it for you but Darcy and Bob aren’t your typical good married couple. 

Darcy Anderson’s husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his routine business trips when the unsuspecting Darcy looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a hidden box under a worktable and in it she discovers a trove of horrific evidence that her husband is two men—one, the benign father of her children, the other, a raging rapist and murderer. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends “A Good Marriage.”

If you haven’t read the book I still recommend watching the movie. It didn’t disappoint. If you’d like to grab it first. To order A Good Marriage ebook. Please don’t forget to check back and let us know what you think.


79 Common Mispronouciations

I am a Grammar Nazi. I admit it. I can’t stand to hear someone mispronounce words or misspell them. It just drives me crazy since there are so many ways to ensure corrections. We have instant access to Google, online dictionaries, Wikipedia and a few other sources that you would think we would never get it wrong. Yeah, right. I am even guilty of getting some words wrong. Some are people’s names so I give myself a small pass for that. My nephew Kuron does not though. I remember when I first heard Luke Kuechly’s name from the Carolina Panthers. For some reason I wanted to pronounce it Coo-chel-le. It’s actually pronounced Kek-li. You have never truly felt like a loser until you’ve been laughed at by an 11 year old. It was hysterical but just reinforces why I try to get it right.
Here John Green adds just a few more that I’ve heard. How many have you mispronounced?