Mystery Thriller Week Book Review: He Counts Their Tears by Mary Ann D’Alto

He Counts Their TearsHe Counts Their Tears by Mary Ann D’Alto

  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (September 17, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2015
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015J74UB8

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


My Review:

Her counts their tears is such a twisted personality draped in handsome and respected clothing. Aaron is a respected doctor that specializes in fertility. He is also the coldest most devious man ever known. He manipulates women in such an outrageous and hurtful manner. The hypnotic tone he uses is evident throughout the story. He encourages women to fall for him in order to watch their pain when he leaves them confused and hurt. He truly loves to see them cry and fall apart. In fact he has no limit as to how deeply he hurts them. The deeper the better.

This story kept me riveted. I connected with Ruth, and every woman after her. It is a dream to find a person that is everything you want in a man. To have this man be the exact match for you. I at first questioned the women’s unfailing ability to fall for him. Then I realized that he was a mesmerizer of the truest form. That he found a wife that was willing to bend to his every desire and therefore kept him faithful was just as twisted as the rest of his behavior. The writing was so mesmerizing. Mary Ann D’Alto really knows her craft. This is a must read for anyone that is fascinated by just how controlling one man can be. I found her writing to be rather hypnotic in itself. This is a book I can recommend. It has so much depth. Once you realize how skilled he is you almost admire his ability to be so darn evil.

I am posting this review during Mystery Thriller Week. The annual event to celebrate mystery and thriller authors, bloggers, and fans.

Where to find: He counts Their Tears.

This thriller is available in hardcover, paperback, and in Kindle edition by clicking the links below.

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New Year New Exciting Opportunities


Happy New Year!

Sure, I am a few days late. I have been traveling and not able to post new posts. I had some special blog posts for you over the holiday by some special MTW authors and I hope you found some new people to read and follow. I have chosen some amazing authors to post guest articles so I hope you enjoy seeing them this month.  You have already heard from Geoffrey Monmouth a new author from Wales, John Nicholl, and you will be hearing more from authors like Steven Perkins, Jack Kregas, a few women mystery writers that I can’t name just yet and a couple of extra fun surprises. January should be a fun month.


Everyone that knows me, knows by now, that I am super excited to be involved with Mystery Thriller Week  You may not, however, know that I am reviewing almost 40 books for the event. That is nowhere near the number Benjamin Thomas is reading.  That means I will be holding on to my reviews on the mystery and thriller books until February 12th – 22nd.  With the books I have garnered to read, I can tell you I am finding some wonderful writers that really love to bring the thrills, chills, and mysteries to life. I have cozies, psychological thrillers, serial killers, whodunits, amateur detectives, surly detectives, environmental thrillers, anthologies, romantic suspense, and good old FBI with terrorists ready to go, raring to be read, and itching to be reviewed. I have some tucked away, a few scheduled, one or two in the reading process and the rest are lined up one after another to be next on my list. But do not fear, I will get them all finished before the scheduled date.gears

With that being said, I assure you, I will be posting other types of book reviews this month and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy sharing my joy of books. I have some amazing children’s books, a romance or two and some interesting non-fiction to share.  Plus a few for NetGalley and Blogging for Books. It should be a fun month of reading.

One of the best parts of being on the events team of MTW is organizing and bringing to light some new best-selling indie authors, as well as best-selling traditional authors, along with brand new authors, and seeing them work so well together. It is wonderful to see the mentoring, the exchange of ideas and the social interaction of all these like-minded, yet totally unique individuals.

The best announcement I can make is that if you dash up to the website you can join in as a super fan and be included on all this interaction. You will be given front row seats to all the events in the comfort of your own home.  You will also be given a free book by one of our best-selling authors. This offer is good until January 9th.

To be totally frank with you, we can’t wait to welcome you into the MTW family. So happy 2017, the year of the Mystery Thriller Week and you.


AudioBook Review:Portraits of the Dead, by John Nicholl

Portraits of the DeadPortraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 14 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: John Nicholl
  • Release Date: October 18, 2016
  • Language: English
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    I have come to expect severe psychological depravity when I read John Nicholl’s books. This book did not disappoint in that aspect. The evil kidnapper has taken and killed at least five other women before he took Emma. Emma is held in a darkened area without knowing day from night, hours from days and days from weeks. He insisted on servitude from her while he tortured her and taunted her. It was chilling and sickeningly fascinating. John Nicholl has a history of working as a social worker and uses the terror he faced in that career in his own stories.

    While Detective Inspector Gravel searched for Emma not knowing if she was alive or dead. Reaching out to the serial Killer while looking for few clues. With trusting people listening to vague and erroneous clues, the police struggle to find this serial killer.

    This book is intense. It is just so cold and creepy. I read it on Halloween and was then a little nervous about being out and about at night with the little trick or treaters. It was just that good.

    The Narration:

    It is truly chilling listening to Jake Urry in his concise and gravelly voice. It takes the story to a new level when Mr. Urry narrates a thriller such as this. He does an amazing job with the voices of women, older adults, young women. His range is amazing. I am really impressed with the narration.

    My Recommendation:

    If you are a fan of thrillers, this one is a great one to read and delve into the mind of a psychopath. The telling is sinfully delicious and the story is well plotted and full of misdirection. It helps that you come to know about the serial killer one revelation at a time. I am such a fan of John Nicholl and Jake Urry. When they work together it is a masterpiece.

    Where to Find, Portraits of the Dead:

    The audiobook, paperback and Kindle formats are available at your favorite retailers and by clickign the links below.




    Also  bring your social media ideas for 10 days of Mystery and Thriller goodness. We want to hear everyone’s ideas and thoughts. This is all about you, Mystery Thriller writers, Join in and get involved!



    An annual event that celebrates the Mystery, Thriller genre. Welcome to all writers, published or unpublished. The first annual Kickoff week begins Feb.12, 2017!

    From February 12, 2017, until February 22, 2017, Authors, writers, bloggers, interviewers, and fans will unite to share the latest and greatest traditional and Indie mystery and thriller books available.


    Anyone that writes, blogs, reads, loves, and promotes mystery and thriller books can join in the fun.  In order to make this a success, we need participation from people willing to provide books to reviewers, bloggers to review these books, as well as interviewers who will allow us to get to know these amazing writers. Fans we need you to join in the events and meet and support these writers.


    The official website is Sign up there, keep up with the events and see who all is involved. Sign up as a writer or a blogger there are plenty of opportunities fro everyone.


    Pass the word along to other bloggers and writers.   Tweet hashtag #mysterythrillerweek and get others involved.  We are excited to be bringing this event to life and look forward to working with you.

    Join us for a planning meeting on November 3, 2017, on Facebook. Join in here.

    Calling all Mystery & Thriller Authors, Bloggers, and Fans!


    #MysteryThrillerWeek is being formally announced today. The 10-day event will begin on February 12 and run until February 22, 2017.  There will be author appearances on blogs, Facebook events. Book giveaways, reviews, and question and answer opportunities.

    It is not too early to sign up and join this joint event to promote Authors of these genres. The planning has begun and all that is missing is you.

    Authors:  Mystery, thriller, crime, true crime authors, fiction writers, this event is all about you. Sign up at the official Mystery Thriller Week site. There you will find  sign up sheets which will assure that your books and your brand are represented. Plan and host your own events live on the MysteryThrillerWeek Facebook page. Provide excerpts, giveaways, new releases, or write guest posts. If you are about to release your first novel, join us and build a fan base. This is the golden opportunity to get your name out in the public eye.  

    Bloggers:  Sign up at the official Mystery Thriller Week site. Choose an author or authors that you want to work with through book reviews, interviews, cover reveals, and more. Be creative, make this event your own. Promote and encourage new readers, fans, and hesitant purchasers to get to know more about the authors. 

    Fans:  Spread the news. Tweet #MysteryThrillerWeek often announcing the event and join in on as many events as you can.  This is the chance to share your ideas, chat with your favorite authors, and join us as we introduce new authors to you. 

    Want to know more about the event? Head over to the official site , Goodreads group, or join  us on Facebook and learn what is in store for the fans of Mysteries and Thrillers. 

    Remember to mention#MysteryThrillerWeek on Twitter and Facebook and get the momentum rolling.  If this sounds like something that you would like to participate in then contact us at or leave a comment on the website or Facebook page.  We would love to hear from you and get you signed up!  Contact us for more ideas and more support in this event.  Benjamin Thomas and I are here for you and look forward to having many others join in. 




    Book Review: My Abigail, by David Duane Kummer

    My Abigail: A Psychological ThrillerMy Abigail: A Psychological Thriller by David Duane Kummer

  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    First of all let me start by saying, Wow, what a concept and what a tale. The story was interesting, sure it could have been longer, I wouldn’t have minded that at all. The characters were creepy, that’s for sure. The intrigue and mystery were certainly abundant. I really enjoyed this book. I just wished for more depth in the characters, more meat on their bones. After reading it, I gave a quick look over at Amazon to see about this author and his other works, and then I saw that this is a writer that is still in high school. A young high school student. Not a senior, but really young. I immediately forgave the lack of fleshing out that had flummoxed​ me. What a gifted young man he is and what a wonderful future he is going to have. His story was engaging, confusing and very intense.

    I liked the pace of the story, it kept me engaged and wondering what the heck was going to happen next. I would love to see more in-depth work from this author. If he had fleshed this out more, it would have been a solid five.

    David Duane Kummer is a name you need to watch for in the book world. After I posted my first review on Goodreads I stayed on his page and watched an interview with him and I was just amazed at his humor and his ability to answer questions that might have made me stammer to answer. I am happy to say I read his work when he was just starting. If he stays focused on producing quality stories like this one, he really will be a force to be reckoned with later. Imagine how good he will be when he has learned all the grammar and editing rules.

    Where to Find My Abigail:

    AudioBook Review: White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl

    White Is the Coldest Colour (Dr David Galbraith, #1)White Is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Oh my word. What a terribly gripping and harrowing book. The subject of this psychological thriller is of course abhorrent, but the telling and the wording is perfection. The depravity of the criminal mind comes through and makes you appreciate the hard work of the police. I had total appreciation of the accusers and witnesses that came forward even with the danger, threats, and horror that they had to acknowledge. The little victims with the strength to speak out about what had been perpetrated against them was so touching.

    John Nicholl has worked in the past as a police officer and as a Child Protective Social Service officer. Dealing with real life victims of the same horrible type of criminals. John Nicholl writes this work of fiction that pulls the truths from the emotions and the horror that children faced in their real lives. The writing of this story was riveting. I could not even sleep, I was so invested in the story.

    The horror of the mind of the abuser was so dirty and ugly. I did not even want him to be called crazy, that seemed like too pat an excuse. I wanted him to suffer as much as he caused suffering. Dr David Galbraith, the calculating, evil predator. Oh he is exceedingly evil. When he was planning, I was physically shaking in shocked and with sickened emotion. He was cold and horrible and so calculating. He manipulated both the future victims and the parents as well. He worked the parents to make it seem safe to be alone with their child all the while he was intending to do great harm. It makes you distrust those that we should trust.

    The Police and astute social workers are the saviors of these children. They were equally sickened by the deviousness of this man and people like him. They took hold of this investigation like a bulldog and refused to let go until they solved the case. They were disgusted by the events that were taking place in their small town. They were also disgusted by the people that were in on this with the Doctor. This is one book that should be read, it is hard and grim, but it is a strong story that needs to be told.

    In order to appreciate the narration of Jake Urry, you only have to listen for about five minutes. Once you have listened for that first few minutes you appreciate that his voice is just perfect for the story. The cadence and the sound of his voice just bring the finishing touches on the story. He has such a variety of voices in his arsonal. Perfect voices for the police, the families, and the wounded children. The narration was emotionally charged and perfectly executed. I felt I was a part of the entire story as it unfolded before me.

    The Story was 5 Stars and the narration was 5 stars. Everything about this book was 5 stars. There is a sequel to this book that I want to read, When Evil Calls Your Name (Dr David Galbraith #2). It is out now and available on Amazon and I will be reading it soon or I might listen to that second book on audiobook. It is currently available on Audible too. If it is as well written as this book is, then it will be another thrilling, spine chilling book.

    White is the Coldest Colour is available in paperback, through KindleUnlimited and through Audible as an Audiobook. The book is available at most bookstores and on Amazon

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