Thursday, April 12, 2012

Virtual Book Tour Review and Giveaway: Life in Death by Harlow Coban

(A short contemporary suspense, self-published)

This review is done in conjunction with the author's virtual tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Harlow is giving away a prize at every stop which may include (but isn't limited to:

Amazon Gift Cards
Book Lover Note Cards
Kindle Cover
Book Tote
Hunger Games Trilogy

So comment today AND follow the tour (if you click on the tour banner above, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops) -- the more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win!

When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled to learn why. Her quest for the truth pits her against friends and coworkers. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die. She’s been targeted for death and she doesn’t even know it. How far should she go to learn the truth—even if it threatens her life?

When homicide detective Rance Nicolet meets Kari, his attraction to her is powerful—and the feeling is mutual. But things between them go terribly wrong when Kari’s old lover is found murdered with a letter from her in his pocket. The evidence against Kari is damning. Rance’s personal and professional lives collide. Does he blindly believe the woman he’s falling in love with or follow the evidence no matter where it leads?

This story is so fast moving, I could hardly keep up. But since it was one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time, I did my best! I know it's a cliche, but in this case it's the honest truth: I could not put it down. From the first page it was a heart stopper. I couldn’t believe how tense I became while reading.

The characters became very real to me almost instantly, and the murder that occurred was dreadful and gruesome. There were many strange happenings, and many weird people. It was all very believeable and it scared me to death.

The two detectives who were on the case were fascinating, and the other main character, a social worker, was very believable. This is not your typical mystery. There are many twists and turns and unexpected happenings.

I was certain I had it all figured out, which didn’t make it any easier to read. I wanted it to end and I wanted it to somehow end happily. Then it did end, and I was completely wrong about everything I thought I knew.

All in all, this story kept me engrossed to the exclusion of everything else. This is a must read for anyone who loves suspense stories -- but be warned: don't start reading it until you have time set aside to do nothing else.

5/5 Flowers

Author Harlow Coban was born in Kansas City, MO, but grew up in Denver, CO. She relocated to North Carolina five years ago with her husband, two dogs, and 16-year old twins.

She shares a birthday with the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. In keeping with his legacy, she is currently working on taking over the world. Harlow’s positive attitude and fresh take on life are her tools and conquest is certain.

She spends her free time writing, dancing, traveling and defending mailboxes from her 16-year-old twins’ driving.

Her debut novel, LIFE IN DEATH (February 2012), is a murder mystery which pulls from real-life situations from her own family history. She felt compelled to share her story with the world while offering a thrilling, entertaining, and amusing escape for readers.

In keeping with her commitment to improving the lives of children, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in her home state of North Carolina.

She loves to connect with her readers and can be found on Twitter (@HarlowCoban), Facebook (!/pages/Harlow-Coban/174596219285270), Goodreads ( and her website (

FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. What a really great review. I can hardly wait to read this book.

  2. Terrific review, MJ. Congrats Harlow. You must be so pleased by the excellent reviews.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  3. Great review, sounds like a really good book!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  4. MJ: Thank you for hosting me and for your fabulous review! Wow! It really doesn't get much better than that. Would you be so kind as to put your review on Amazon for me. Thank so much!

    MomJane, Katherine: Thank you for continuing to follow me on the tour.

    Natasha: Thanks for your comment.

    Best regards.

  5. Yes a wonderful review. Deb P

  6. Such a great review. I love not knowing how a story will end - or guessing wrong.



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