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A.J. Aalto, author of the popular Marnie Baranuik paranormal fantasy series, offers her readers Closet Full of Bones, her first psychological thriller. I knew upon reading the first sentence—“She had the dump site picked out before she’d made up her mind to kill him.”—that I was in for an entertaining ride. I wasn’t disappointed. What an impressive debut.
This is an intricately woven tale with a cast of very interesting and well-developed characters. At the center of it is two sisters who have a lot of secrets between the two of them. As the narrative progresses, the reader is given more and more insight into their lives and their complicated relationship. The author layers this story incredibly well, and with every new detail she provides, with each new character she introduces, the plot thickens. I thought I had it figured out a few different times, but that’s just what A.J. Aalto wanted me to think. She still got me in the end.
No spoilers from this reader. This is one you’ll need to read on your own. I guarantee that it’s well worth it.
~ J.C. Wing
About the Closet Full of Bones:
Ever since they were children, Gillian Hearth has been her sister Frankie’s guardian, her sounding board, and her best friend. Together, the Hearth sisters quietly bury their secrets and form a formidable team during any crisis. Purchasing the old Blymhill house with the hopes of turning it into an artists’ retreat, the sisters are finally living their dream. But when Frankie’s stable ground is rattled by a vengeful ex-boyfriend, an unstable friend from the past shows up unannounced with delusions of intimacy, and a cold case cop starts sniffing around their door, the sisters are forced to wonder how far they will go to keep their secrets safe.
Gillian discovers that, this time, her fight is about to land her in the crosshairs of a dangerous predator who will use any means necessary to remove her from the equation. With everything she holds dear under threat, Gillian battles to keep her head above water and her skeletons in the closet.
"Closet Full of Bones is a winning psychological thriller by a terrific writer. Readers will be up all night with this brilliantly plotted, heart-pounding, dark thriller. Gripping from the start, 'Closet Full of Bones' provides a breathless, suspenseful thrill-ride with a solid, engrossing plot and complex, layered characters.
Brisk pacing, intriguing dark secrets, mysteries, a menacing stalker, and looming danger make for an exciting page-turner." - Michael Thompson, editorial reviews, NY Literary Magazine
About AJ Aalto:
In addition to being the author of the Marnie Baranuik Files, AJ Aalto is an unrepentant liar, a poor Sudoku puzzler, a badge bunny, a PVP gamer, and a fruitcake. When not studying murder or writing dick jokes, you can find her singing Monty Python songs in the shower, eavesdropping on strangers, stalking her eye doctor, or failing at life. A fan of the ridiculous, she has a particular weak spot for smug a**holes, and enjoys poking narcissists right in the ego construct. Readers will find her work littered with dark creatures and flawed monsters. AJ cannot say no to a Snickers bar, and has been known to swallow her gum.
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