A Face to Die For by Andrea Crane Blog Tour and Excerpt

A Face to Die For

by Andrea Kane

on Tour September 18th – October 20th, 2017

Novel Reaction is excited to be part of Andrea Crane’s blog tour for A Face to Die For, a fantastic mystery that received a 5 star review from us. You can read our review here.

Synopsis:

A Face to Die For by Andrea Kane

Urban legend says that everyone has a double, or exact look-alike. Would you search for yours? And if you found them, would you risk your life for theirs?

When a chance encounter outside the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan results in mistaken identity, wedding planner Gia Russo is curious to find the person whose cell phone picture has been shown her—veterinarian Dr. Danielle Murano, her exact look-alike. A Facebook private message blossoms into a budding, long-distance friendship, and the two women agree to meet in New York and see the truth for their own eyes.

Shocked at the sight of one another, they quickly bond over drinks, childhood pictures and an uncanny feeling that they share more than just a visual resemblance. Together they decide to end the speculation and undergo DNA testing for siblingship. But when the tests confirm they’re identical twins, more questions are raised than answered.

And with good reason. The same mysterious forces that separated the sisters years ago are still at large, frantic to keep the two women apart. Their attempts to do so become more violent once it becomes clear that the two sisters have found each other. But when the danger escalates and the sisters fear for their lives, Gia turns to a former client of her wedding planning company, Marc Devereraux of Forensic Instincts, for help.

Despite being embroiled in another case, Forensic Instincts agrees to help Gia and Danielle discover who has been threatening them. And when Forensic Instincts discovers that this case is linked to the [Mafia, Organized Crime], they must dig up skeletons better left buried, and get at the frightening truth without destroying the sisters and the families they have grown to love.

Book Details:

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 1682320103 (ISBN13: 9781682320105)
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Read an excerpt:

Prologue

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York
March 1990

Anthony slid behind the wheel of his Ford Taurus and started it up, cranking up the heat the instant the engine turned over. It was friggin’ freezing outside. Even in the five minutes it had taken him to walk the babysitter to her front door, the temperature outside felt like it had dropped ten degrees, and his car was an icebox.

Shivering, he zipped his parka up as far as it would go and gripped the steering wheel, maneuvering the car away from the curb. He’d finally shared an evening out with his wife. It should have eased the knot in his gut. After all, it had been the first time that he and Carla had left their infants with a sitter since the babies had been born a month ago. And Judy was the perfect babysitter—a good girl from a good family, one who studied rather than doing drugs and screwing horny guys.

Still, dinner had been strained.

Anthony had only picked at his manicotti, his favorite dish at Raimo’s. His mind was far away, and acid kept building up in his stomach.

Carla couldn’t stop worrying and talking about the babies. She’d checked her watch a dozen times, intermittently giving Anthony puzzled looks and asking if he was okay.

Each time she asked, he’d assure her that he was fine, just exhausted from work and midnight feedings.
As if to contradict his words, some new waiter had dropped a tray of dishes on the floor, and Anthony had nearly jumped out of his skin at the crash.

Carla rose, asking him to order her another drink and to get one for himself to calm his nerves. Giving in to her new-mother concerns, she went to the pay phone in the back to call Judy for an update. So far, so good, Judy had reported. But that didn’t totally erase Carla’s fretting. She tried her best to be bright and chatty, but the truth was that, as this point, she was ready to go. She’d fiddled with her napkin and sipped at her drink, making small talk and glancing at the door.

Getting the hell out of there had worked for Anthony. He was more than ready to be home with his family and not out in the open. He’d use his fatigue as an excuse. He had to continue keeping the inevitable from Carla, until he had no choice but to tell her. He’d soften the blow as best he could. But the important thing was that his family would be protected at all costs.

Now, the heat in his car roared to life, warming his body but doing nothing to extinguish his inner chill. He knew the rules. No transgression went unpunished.

Why the hell had he been so preoccupied with new fatherhood that he’d forgotten to make his collections from the designated list of construction foremen these past two weeks? That in itself was a huge black mark against him—one he’d be punished for. But the outcome of his stupidity opened the door to a far more lethal punishment. Someone else had been sent to handle his route, and his money. They would have collected and turned over twice the amount he’d been handing over. And that meant he’d better be able to explain the discrepancy—assuming he’d even be asked before he was killed.

Please God, let him have that chance. He was just on the verge of buying that gas station he’d been single-mindedly building his bank account for, just about to provide for his family’s future.

And now this.

With shaking hands, Anthony switched on the radio, gritting his teeth as Madonna’s voice blasted off the windows, followed by Michael Jackson’s. He turned the dial until finally the soothing tones of Frank Sinatra’s voice filled the car. Sinatra. Perfect. The Chairman of the Board’s crooning was just the right medicine to ease his clawing anxiety.

He reached his street and turned down the line of small brick row houses, all identical in their flat lines, gated fronts, and tiny gardens. There was a certain comfort and peace about the sameness of it all; it made it feel like a neighborhood.

Would he ever feel that sense of comfort and peace again?

He pulled into his narrow driveway and spotted Carla standing at the front door with a broad smile, giving him a thumbs-up. That meant the infants had come through their first babysitting experience with flying colors.

He forced himself to smile back, but even as he did, his gaze swept the area around the house to see if he was alone. It appeared so. Quickly, he turned off the car and then made the frigid dash to his house.

He couldn’t shut and lock the door behind him fast enough.

The soothing warmth from the heating system enveloped him when he stepped inside. Comfort in yet another form. He was home. Carla and the babies were safe. And for the moment, so was he.

With a wave of relief—however temporary—he let the tension in his body ease. He shrugged out of his jacket and hung it on the coatrack.

“You look happy,” he teased Carla. “What’s the final report?”

Carla’s eyes twinkled. “They were perfect. Judy said they’d only woken up once for their bottles and a diaper change. Now they’re sleeping like little angels.”

“Good.” Anthony looped an arm around his wife’s shoulders and led her toward the living room. “How about a nightcap before bed—to celebrate the success of our first night out?”

“That sounds wonderful.” Carla walked beside him, making a left into their comfortable living room.

They’d barely taken half a dozen steps when a tall masked man dressed in black rose from behind the large armchair, his .22 caliber pistol raised.

“Hello, Anthony.”

Anthony knew that voice only too well, and it elicited the chilling knowledge that there was no way out. No threats. Just death. “Welcome home.”

The man’s finger tightened around the trigger.

“No!” Carla screamed.

She threw herself in front of her husband just as the pistol fired.

The bullet pierced her skull, and with a shattering cry, she crumpled to the floor.

“Carla… no… Carla!” Anthony shouted. He dropped to his knees beside his wife’s lifeless body, grabbing her into his arms and openly weeping. “God forgive me. Oh, God forgive me.”

He looked up in dazed anguish, just as a second shot was fired.

The bullet struck Anthony between the eyes. His head jerked backward, and he fell over his wife, dead.
Upstairs, the babies started to cry.

The gunman shoved his pistol back in his waistband. He knew the mob code like he knew his own name. No women. No children. Omertà.

A woman lay dead before him, the taunting evidence of a fuckup.

He took the steps two at a time.

Tucked in their cribs, the babies were still crying as their parents’ killer entered the nursery and hovered over them.

Not even the nightlight could eradicate the darkness.

***

Excerpt from A Face to Die For by Andrea Kane. Copyright © 2017 by Andrea Kane. Reproduced with permission from Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, including fourteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into exciting, carefully-researched stories, pushing them to the edge—and keeping her readers up all night.

Kane’s first contemporary suspense thriller, Run for Your Life, became an instant New York Times bestseller. She followed with a string of bestselling psychological thrillers including No Way Out, Twisted, and Drawn in Blood.

Her latest storytelling triumph, A Face To Die For, extends the Forensic Instincts legacy where a dynamic, eclectic team of maverick investigators continue to solve seemingly impossible cases while walking a fine line between assisting and enraging law enforcement. The first showcase of their talents came with the New York Times bestseller, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, followed by The Line Between Here and Gone, The Stranger You Know, The Silence that Speaks and The Murder That Never Was.

Kane’s beloved historical romantic suspense novels include My Heart’s Desire, Samantha, The Last Duke, and Wishes in the Wind.

With a worldwide following of passionate readers, her books have been published in more than twenty languages.

Kane lives in New Jersey with her husband and family. She’s an avid crossword puzzle solver and a diehard Yankees fan. Otherwise, she’s either writing or playing with her Pomeranian, Mischief, who does his best to keep her from writing.

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A Face to Die For by Andrea Crane Review

In A Face to Die for by Andrea Crane, Anthony and Carla are new parents of one month. After a night out celebrating, they return home and are shot to death. What happened to the babies?

Dr. Danielle Murano is a vet in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She loves practicing and working on animals, and really loves being close to her parents. She is an only child that was adopted as a baby. She has just reconnected with her college sweetheart and is happy with her life.

Gia Russo is a wedding planner at an exclusive company called Shimmering
Weddings. She loves what she does and does it with great finesse. She is very close to her parents and was raised as an only child, after being adopted at birth. Gia is happy with her life and is looking forward to some day opening her own wedding planning company.

The Forensic Instinct group is hired by Gia Russo and Dani Murano to look into
some strange things happening to them since they found out they are twins. They had items stolen from them, and then Gia’s house is set on fire. They need the expertise of the FI group.

Can the FI group save them and uncover the truth before it’s too late? Can Gia and Dani create a relationship after being apart for 27 years?

A Face to Die For was good from the beginning. I had a hard time putting it down. In fact, I was able to read this book in one day! I always enjoy a good mystery and A Face to Die For did not disappoint. I felt like Andrea Kane did an amazing job of keeping me pulled into the story, and giving just enough clues to keep my guessing through the book. I am really interested in her other books in the Forensic Instinct series. A Face to Die For did have the use of the F* word, which I don’t like, but it was clean from any sex. Sex was implied, but not in detail. Lingerie is described in detail for one of the FI’s cases.

Overall, A Face to Die For was a great read and I can’t wait to read more from the Forensic Instinct series.

Forensic Instinct Reading Order

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice

The Line Between Here and Gone

The Stranger You Know

The Silence That Speaks

The Murder that Never Was

A Face to Die For

**I received a copy of this book but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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Andrea Kane
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September 19, 2017
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In A Face to Die For, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Kane explores the urban legend of the doppelganger, as the readers' favorite team of investigators (Forensic Instincts) find themselves in a conflict of interest between two clients. When one case unexpectedly intersects with the other, the only solution is to find the link between the two and unearth who is pulling the strings and why.

The Witches of Cambridge by Menna Van Praag #Review

cambridge_universi_1722980iAmandine Bisset has a secret power only known to a few, the ability to sense the emotions of others but not why they are feeling those emotions. In The Witches of Cambridgeby Menna Van Praag, Amandine has started to hate her power and wishes she had a power more like her student Noa’s, the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of others.  Noa hates her power, her inability to keep those thoughts to herself has led to a lifetime of loneliness so when an artist offers to take her power away Noa jumps at the chance, but slowly she starts to wonder what losing part of yourself costs.

I really enjoyed The Witches of Cambridge, it is not the type of novel I usually read or review but once I started I couldn’t put it down. Van Praag does a masterful job of weaving the different story lines of the different characters into a cohesive whole after the story gets going. It felt like it took a little while for the main story lines to start just because there are so many main characters and we had to get everyone’s backstory to understand their motivations. The great/bad thing about Witches of Cambridge is Van Praag would take us along with one character for awhile before switching to another character and every, and I mean every, time she would switch to another character I wanted to keep reading about the previous character but two pages into the current character I would just want to follow along with that character. The Witches of Cambridge is a great fun read and my edition included reading group questions so it would be perfect for book clubs.

You can read an excerpt here.

witches of cambridgRating: Star 4copy

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Title: The Witches of Cambridge

Author: Menna Van Praag

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 287

ISBN: B00XG9BSPS

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: December 22, 2016

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti Review

Anya Best willingly put herself as bait in an attempt to catch The Copper Killer, the serial killer who killed her sister and who will be picking a new victim soon. Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti begins with Anya challenging the killer on national t.v. and naming Heath Jones as her fiance.

Heath Jones has been working the Copper Killer case and feels responsible for the deaths of the women he hasn’t been able to save from the killer. When Anya names Heath as her fiance. Heath has no choice but to try and save the beautifully compelling Anya, even though being in the spotlight might reveal the secrets he has spent most of this life hiding.

Lethal Lies is the second book in the Blood Brothers series, a spinoff from the Sin Brothers series. While you can read Lethal Lies as a stand alone novel, I recommend reading Deadly Silence first, so you have a better understanding of the secrets Heath is working so hard to keep and the dynamics of protagonists. I really enjoy Zanetti’s books, the action is intense, the super soldier brothers (while not unique) is well done, and importance of family bonds, both the need to protect each other, and the need to have someone to love you no matter what are fantastic. My only issue is when the novel switches to the viewpoint of the protagonists, I feel like Zanetti gets a bit too descriptive in their thought process/twisted sexual nature, which is why Lethal Lies got a four star instead of a five star rating from me. I am looking forward to reading about Denver in Twisted Truths. 

Blood Brothers Reading Order:

Deadly Silence

Lethal Lies

Twisted Truths (Nov. 2017)

Rating:

 

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Title: Lethal Lies

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 417

AISN: B01K3WN7P4

Publisher: Hatchette Publishing

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.