HOUSE OF LIES
House of Lies Reviews
5 Stars: “I don’t normally read novels that have romance in them so I was hesitant when I saw that this was labeled a “romantic suspense” but it came highly recommended so I gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised. There was more action than romance by far and I would even say that even though the book’s main character is a woman, it suits a male audience well. Skylar is stubbornly likeable and I enjoyed the humor between Braznovich and his pal, Ernie. I’ve read the controversy surrounding this book as far as whether it speaks truth about the house of prayer cult movement in the United States or whether it is purely a work of fiction, and the idea that the author could weave fiction and fact into such a suspenseful plot fascinates me. It’s a great read with plot twists that surprised me at every turn and it’s the kind of story you’ll find yourself thinking about long after you’ve put it down.” WyatteJ
5 Stars: “My only complaint about this book is that it ended abruptly and left me hanging, sort of like watching the Keiffer Sudderland tv series, 24. It’s that action packed but has a great blend of romance and wanting, though it’s way more about action than romance. I was worried Skylar was going to be a needy character but she stifles tears and attacks when needed. She has trouble following instructions sometimes, but that was something I could relate to. And Braznovich is the protector and lover every woman dreams of having. This book is different from anything I’ve ever read because it felt like there was truth in the story, like these things really happen right under our noses and there really are people trying to save their loved ones from dangerous cult groups. My favorite character is chain-smoking Ernie who always has a funny remark to add to a tense situation. I highly recommend this book. It’s suspenseful, funny, romantic and wildly action packed.” Stephanie Meyers
5 Stars: “Great read! It reads fast and furious. There’s nothing but action, well, and a little bit of romantic play but the story focuses on the action, the romance is a sideline thing. I liked the characters and could relate to almost all of them except for the bad guys. It’s one of those stories you find yourself thinking about while you’re driving. It just keeps popping in my head and I wonder how much of this sort of thing happens in real life and we just never know about it. If you like suspense and not being able to figure out who done it, you will enjoy this read.” James Belkin
Angela Lampbert - I was sucked into this story right away. I love suspenseful mystery.
I was sucked into this story right away. I love suspenseful mysteries and this reminded me a lot of a fictional story sort of woven thru some real life facts and events, which made it interesting and thought provoking as well as entertaining. If you liked DaVinci Code, which was one of my favorites, you'll like this book. It reads fast, no boring parts at all, I didn't think. I would recommend it as worth the money and the time to read.
T.Riley - Action Packed Awesome! It will remind you of The DaVinci Code because it's a political cult suspense and really makes you think about what goes on behind closed doors. Easy, fast read even though its a longer book then what I'm used to reading. I can't stop thinking about the story and hope there's a sequel. Highly recommend!
RobertWestinBWMag This was an exceptional read, very fast and filled with action.
This was an exceptional read, very fast and filled with action. I enjoyed the characters both individually and relationally. I like the interwoven religion and political base and look forward to seeing how it all plays out in the sequel, rumored to hit the shelves in October 2013. This is not the first book I've read from this author but I think this may be one of my favorites. Quick style, fast pace and lots of twists that make it hard to walk away without continuing to ponder the plot. Good book for people who love suspense and action without a lot of frills and fluff.
CanadaReviewers CanadaReviewers critiques many novels in the suspense genre and we see the same plot fall out in countless books. I am happy to report this book is different. The plot twists enough to keep readers on their toes but is held together by the depth of characterization and conversation throughout the novel. Reading almost like a film script, the book lends itself to big screen believability and billing. Following Skylar on her journey to save her sister, the reader cannot help but cheer her on as we see the depth of her strength emerge in the first few chapters. By chapter ten we have a budding romance between Skylar and a private investigator, Braznovich. We give the book five stars and await the assumed sequel, since this book ended abruptly and left us wanting more.
Jonathan Reid, CanadaReviewers
TrueBlue Reviews: House of Lies is a
political cult suspense about a woman who sets out on a mission to save her
sister from what appears to be a religious cult group; however, as we move
through the novel we discover that the religiosity of the group is merely a
cover to hide the real agenda, which is quite political in nature. An anonymous
tip leads her to a private investigator and a cop, who begrudgingly agree to
assist her quest. That’s really all I can say without giving anything away. This book has it all.
There are plot twists that literally and figuratively take the reader to the
edge of their seat and tauntingly leave them there. There is angst and suspense,
action, romance and a little bit of sex. But, strangely enough, those things
aren’t what drive the story. The character dialogue is the cohesive agent that
skyrockets this book to a whole new level of storytelling. I was so enthralled
I felt as if I were watching the story like a movie; that’s how powerfully
written is the character interaction. But it doesn’t stop there. S.R.Claridge’s
ability to tie together past and present events and weave them into a
believable storyline is impressive; not to mention this author succeeds at
doing something of which most mystery writers fail. She incorporates humor at
precisely the right moments, when the reader needs a release from the mounting
tension. As I read, I began to
wonder if the book, though fiction, held any truth about cult groups and their
potential hidden agendas. I found myself contemplating if the author had once
been involved in a group like the one described in House of Lies, and if so how
much of what happens in the novel actually happened in real life. It was a
similar feeling to what I had when reading Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code years ago.
In fact, if I had to liken this book to one that is currently on the market, I
would say it is The DaVinci Code, and I wouldn't be surprised if we find some
controversy developing as word of this book gets out.
TRAITORS AMONG US
Traitors Among Us Reviews
Review posted by Justin Rentschler, RipeReviews (http://www.ripereviews.blogspot.com)
Traitors Among Us is the second installment in the Just Call Me Angel suspense series by author S.R.Claridge; and it starts with a BANG! Right out of the gate Claridge creates a storyline that renders readers unable to walk away. From the first to the last sentence, this book will have you on the edge of your seat with your adrenaline surging. No joke, folks, it’s THAT good.
The story is brought to life by Claridge’s characters, from which she portrays every human emotion. Skillfully weaving humor and feeling throughout, Claridge makes her characters real, tangible and likeable. In fact, so likeable that most readers will have a difficult time choosing to whom Angel should give her heart. We are given deeper glimpses into the Mafia families, especially Angels, with the introduction of her mother, Sophia and her maternal grandfather, Salvatore; both of whom become key players in grooming her for family leadership. Two of the most enjoyable characters are Olga, the doting great aunt with a sharp tongue and a sarcastic wit; and Chase, a wily guy of many talents, who wants to become a made member of the family. They are sure to make you laugh out loud.
After reading Tetterbaum’s Truth, I didn’t expect this book to be better, but it is. Claridge stepped it up a notch and I predict its going to pay off well in book sales.
Euro-Reviews gives Traitors Among Us 5 STARS
Traitors Among Us is the second book in the Just Call Me Angel series by S.R. Claridge. After reading Tetterbaum's Trurth I must admit I had very high expectations because I can't remember the last time I finished a book as quickly as that one! Honestly… I loved book two even more! I had the feeling that all the characters had found their place in the story and that, because of the introductions of those characters being in the past, that there was more room left for humor and YAY romance. Ofcourse a high amount of suspense was there too and just like in her first book she keeps the reader guessing until the very end! Boy, how many times can I be wrong about thinking who is one of the bad boys? I can't think of a better way to spend the evening or a lazy Sunday than by reading this book! Reading not recommended during travels on the public transport as you're guaranteed to miss your stop!
REALISTIC BOOK REVIEWS
Traitors Among Us by S.R Claridge
I did miss Olga’s character in this book although she does appear at times in it she was the one who gave the first book the humorous part which is missing in this book but not having the humour made the book seem a little darker and on edge. The element of suspense is back again in this book which gives such an adrenalin rush whilst reading I felt like I had been sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time whilst reading this book! During the whole of the book I felt the same feelings that Angel was having and that is who can you trust? Who is the good guys and who are the bad guys? This is what truly makes it a page turner.
There is a real mix of content in this book including crime, suspense, romance and mystery and of course the Mafia! I love the fact that right the way through book one and two there are no dull, low parts of the books they are action packed right the way through. The book has clearly been left open at the end to allow another book to follow on. I still stand by what I said in the first review and that these books will be made into a film and I am sure they will be a great hit.
I cannot recommend this book and in fact this series highly enough it is a little diamond waiting to be found so give this one a try.
Review posted by Justin Rentschler, RipeReviews
The story starts out slowly and lends itself toward romance, but by the time you reach the third chapter the plot twists into a suspenseful delight for the mystery lover. It’s like a rollercoaster ride in the dark. Just when you think you have anticipated the next turn, you are skillfully thrown in the opposite direction. This is a book that mixes the genres of romantic suspense and full-blown mystery very well, and I suspect will appeal to both groups of readers.
Seemingly weak and pathetic, Angel Martin plays the role of victim well; but we quickly learn it isn’t weakness that drives her, but the mere ignorance of a past she’s never known. When she discovers her true identity, her genetic make-up explodes with strength and the test becomes not one of can she handle the truth, but can she learn to trust her instincts and harness the power the truth holds?
S.R.Claridge is a remarkable writer of character without drudging on in endless paragraphs of description. She brings lively dimension to the faces in her story, painting enough detail for the reader to picture the character, feel their motivation and relate to them as if they were standing in the room. She weaves humor and emotion with perfect timing throughout. The character of Olga, in particular, offers comedic relief when tension is at its highest. Her novel is fiction but you’d swear you were actually experiencing what Angel experiences while traversing the pages. Expect your adrenaline to increase, your pulse to pound and your eyes to widen with disbelief as you try to figure out what will happen next. And you won’t be able to do it.
Tetterbaum’s Truth is the first in a series entitled, Just Call Me Angel, published by Vanilla Heart Publishing. The second installment is entitled, Traitors Among Us, and I plan to crack it open this evening, rendering a review within the next few days.
On a scale of 1 to 5, this book earns 5 stars. It’s an easy read, a quick page-turner and the entertainment value is on a “you-don’t-want-to-miss-this” level.
APEX Reviews called Tetterbaum’s Truth a “bona fide suspense thriller and a non-stop ride of action and adventure.” That sums it up.
BookWatchMagazineReview: Tetterbaum’s Truth by S.R.Claridge
A Best-Seller Candidate Indeed
Your Customer Rating: Posted on Barnes&Noble
Tetterbaum's Truth is a pleasurable dichotomy of action/adventure and suspense; with a thread of romance worked in just enough to keep tension rising. We follow Angel Martin on a trek of self-discovery where her whole world is turned upside down and every moral and value she ever had is tested in the violent burning coals of Mafia life. What I especially found remarkable about this novel was the authors ability to portray character relationships in a realistic light. She not only connected the players but her audience as well, a task not easy to achieve. I would look for this book to hit the best-seller list in the next twelve months and continue to climb. Fortunate for readers, Tetterbaum's Truth is book one in the Just Call Me Angel series, which indeed means more enjoyment is yet to come. Kudos to author S.R.Claridge and Vanilla Heart. Looking forward to the sequel. Robert Westin - BWM
NO EASY WAY REVIEWS
No Easy Way by S. R. Claridge, October 12, 2010 By Jerrye. AMAZON This review is from: No Easy Way (Kindle Edition) It takes a well written, suspenseful story to captivate my attention and keep me thinking about the characters and clues throughout the day. NO EASY WAY by S. R. Claridge is exactly THAT! The reader is hooked on page one and the story's skillfully woven twists and turns challenge the most seasoned sleuth. Great Job!
Interestingly twisted story!, October 9, 2010
This review is from: No Easy Way (Kindle Edition) Everyone makes mistakes, and Tom is no exception. With his marriage in the balance, he must decide whether to confess and save his marriage or to lie and spare himself other consequences. This is set in the intriguing backdrop of revenge and family secrets with a private detective on the trail that may bring it all to light. S. R. Claridge has crafted an interestingly twisted story with a surprise or two for the mystery lover!
No Easy Way, October 16, 2010
This review is from: No Easy Way (Kindle Edition) Murder, romance, suspense, mystery and humor....No Easy way is the total package. Don't begin reading it if you don't have time to finish it, because you won't be able to put it down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!, December 20, 2010
This review is from: No Easy Way (Kindle Edition)
While detailed descriptions painted exact pictures of the characters in my mind, the twisted plot kept me in suspense. Just when you think you know where the author is headed, she quickly takes a turn in a direction you never expected. The midwestern references and language touched me personally. Subsequently, I could not put it down and read this book all in one day! Anxiously awaiting the next novel.....
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, November 14, 2010
This review is from: No Easy Way (Kindle Edition)
S.R. Claridge is a wonderful storyteller. This is a fast paced, exciting read that holds your attention until the very end. Good character development. Makes you think about your own family history and wisdom that has been passed on from previous generations. Will cause you to reevaluate your personal beliefs on forgiveness. Looking forward to her next novel!
Way Easy to read, January 5, 2011
This review is from: No Easy Way (Paperback)
Over winter break I had time to read four books. This was by far the fastest read. I couldn't put it down once I started and loved the twists in the plot. The characters were believable - no one standout hero, but everyone had their "issues." Great read and can't wait to see what S.R. Claridge writes next.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Romance and Fun Packed into One Package!, December 20, 2010
This review is from: No Easy Way (Paperback)
Who is the person that's been killing off most of the Miller
family? While Tom Miller and his wife Kate seem to be walking down the path to
divorce, they need to find out what the family secret is, what Tom's
grandmother knew, and who the person is that is trying hard to destroy their
This was a fun, fast-paced and exciting mystery. I love to read mysteries, and this one kept me guessing until the end. Every time I thought I knew who the culprit was something else would happen and change my mind. I would highly recommend this book if you love this genre. The elements of romance added a nice touch to the intrigue.
Really, REALLY GOOD Read!, January 6, 2011
This review is from: No Easy Way (Paperback)
I read this book in less than 24 hours, which is crazy fast for me! I couldn't put it down and even when I finished it I kept laying in bed thinking about it. It's a great story that keeps you guessing until the end. The characters were so real and the circumstances were things everyone can relate to and feel in their own way. I enjoyed this book equally as much as some other well-established authors and will definitely read more of SR Claridge's books. I highly recommend No Easy Way to anyone and everyone, both men and women, who enjoy a good suspenseful mystery. Kudos!