No More Birthdays
(Carol Ann Baker, #1)
Publication date: August 31st 2015
Genres: New Adult, Thriller
At a film festival in a small mid-western city, runaway teenager, Lilly has come looking for old boy, Bobby. He’s a dangerous man with powerful connections, but he owes her money and she’s desperate enough to come looking for it. In this Southern Ohio based crime novel, everyone’s got secrets. But Lilly’s about to find out, the worst type of secret its the one you keep from yourself.
Sara’s Review of No More Birthdays
Excellently written, dark and mysterious, No More Birthday is will keep you guessing until the end and what a doozy the ending is!
Lilly is a runaway with no sense of self. She keeps putting herself into these situations that aren’t exactly smart. She is chasing after someone from her past and ends up in a town with almost no money, no job and no place to stay. To be fair, Lilly (formerly Carol Ann) hasn’t exactly had the best life. Someone stole money from her and she wants back what was hers. So, smack in the middle of the seedy side of town, Lilly/Carol Ann does what she has to.
Carol Ann/Lilly is a great character – snarky, sassy, can hold her own. However, she is brave to a fault. Brave is probably not the best word for it. The girl has no sense of self-preservation. Her interactions with the other characters are quite enjoyable, even when she goes and gets herself in sticky situations.
There is no cliff-hanger, per se, but the book ends on a What the Heck Just Happened moment.
Well-written, engaging main character and a plot that sucks you in, No More Birthdays is a great read!
(Carol Ann Baker, #2)
Publication date: December 19th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Thriller
Don’t you wish sometimes that you could just close your eyes and start again? With two counts of murder under her belt and Detective Davis after her, teenager Lilly Lessard has done just that. She’s taken her dead friend, Janine Kenny’s ID and scholarship and she’s off to California.
But when a traffic accident leaves her with amnesia and only Janine’s ID in her pocket, things take a turn for the surreal. Her caseworker wants to know why her memories don’t match her history. The hospital candy stripper has noticed her hair appears blonde at the roots when it should be black. And who is this man who wants to help her get to California, who is willing to sneak her out in the dead of night? Can he help her get back some of her dead memories?
Sara’s Review of Dead Memories
Dead Memories continues Carol Ann/Lilly’s story with a bit of a twist.
Picking up where No More Birthday’s leaves off, Dead Memories is now from Detective Davis’s perspective. I like the different perspective this gives to the story. We get to see inside from Davis’s eyes and how he works to help Lilly.
A great follow up novel that is well-written and gives us more. More intrigue, more danger and more of this great story!
Lissa Pelzer is a Crime Novel and Short Story Writer.
She lives in Germany with her husband and young son.
She’s lived all over the world and is on a mission to write a crime story based in each one.
It might take a while….