Poetry Friday ~ Whatever It Takes

18 Sep

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my blog. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones.

Today I am featuring the book Whatever It Takes by S. Burke. Suzanne Burke is a talented author of fascinating and thrilling books with a dark edge. I’m a big fan. Visit her awesome blog, Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke. Check out all her books here.

Blurb:

James Kincaid had it all.
He’d made it to the ‘A’ list in Hollywood, a town that prized and idolized winners above all else. Three golden statuettes currently graced the mantle of his Los Angeles mansion. Next year’s Oscars held the sweet promise of more.
Then life began exacting a price that no man could be expected to pay as the people he cared about began dying and dying badly. 
He couldn’t move on with his life or the dream without knowing why.
Andi O’Connor is the woman he’d hired to do ‘whatever it takes’ to find him the answers.
Could this disenchanted, street-hardened, ex-homicide cop uncover the truth without adding to the growing list of those already sacrificed on the altar of one besotted human’s insanity?
From Hollywood to New York, the body count continues to rise. Time is not on their side.

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My Review:

Whatever It Takes by S. Burke is an intricate, gripping, and entertaining crime thriller. It’s a smart and thoughtful page-turner that checks off all the boxes for me.

James Kincaid is a Hollywood A-list actor. His wife, Nicole’s sudden death left him unsettled with a plethora of unanswered questions.

He hires ex-NYPD cop Andi O’Connor to look into his wife’s death in order to get the answers he seeks. Soon afterward, a remarkable young actor playing the lead in James’ movie, “No Letters From Home” is found dead. Now he wants Andi to investigate whether the death of his wife is connected to the deaths of two others who died during the filming of this movie.

Andi begins to dig into what should be a routine case but finds far more than she had anticipated. As the horrifying truths uncoil, dark secrets are revealed, a string of murders are uncovered, and all the dots connected to a sadistic serial killer on the loose.

Whatever It Takes (Shadorma poem)

When you love

your love is so wrong

Possessive

Obsessive

You avoid reality

until it’s too late

“Be careful who you trust. Salt and sugar look the same.”

I hope you enjoyed the post. Thanks for the visit!

65 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Whatever It Takes”

  1. Priscilla Bettis September 18, 2020 at 2:25 pm #

    It sounds like a great book, and that salt-n-sugar quote is chilling!

    Liked by 4 people

    • Vashti Q September 18, 2020 at 2:56 pm #

      It’s definitely an entertaining book, Priscilla. It is a chilling quote and it goes well with this story. 😉 Thanks for stopping by! Have a lovely Friday and weekend! 😀 xo

      Liked by 3 people

  2. John W. Howell September 18, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

    An excellent review, Vashti. I liked this book too.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. balroop2013 September 18, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

    Fabulous review of a wonderful book. It ticked all the boxes for me too Vashti. Sooz stays focused and the editing of her books is exemplary for those who let unnecessary details creep in.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q September 18, 2020 at 2:59 pm #

      Thank you, Balroop! I completely agree. 😀 xo

      Liked by 3 people

    • Soooz September 18, 2020 at 3:07 pm #

      This is such a lovely compliment, Balroop. Thanks so much. This review from Vashti and your comment have really brightened my day. 😊

      Liked by 3 people

  4. olganm September 18, 2020 at 2:56 pm #

    A great combination of review and poem, and the book sounds intriguing. Thanks, Vashi.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q September 18, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

      Thank you very much, Olga! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Have a fabulous weekend! ❤

      Liked by 3 people

  5. Soooz September 18, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

    Vashti thank you so much for this stunning review. I’m delighted that you enjoyed Whatever It Takes. I did have a marvelous time writing this one. I have to admit that researching the crazed mind of my protagonist was a sobering walk on the dark side. Thank you again. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 18, 2020 at 3:08 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Suzanne. I enjoyed this book very much, so thank you for writing it. Oh, I know all about researching the insane and walking on the dark side. 😉 I can definitely relate. ❤ xo

      Liked by 2 people

      • Soooz September 18, 2020 at 3:15 pm #

        I remember Memoir of A Mad Woman well, my friend. I know just how dark that journey would have been. You translated that to the page perfectly. It made for tense and chilling reading. That makes this review of my work even more special for me. Thank you again.❤

        Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 18, 2020 at 5:40 pm #

      ♥️♥️♥️

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Stephen Geez September 18, 2020 at 3:15 pm #

    Any book by Sooz is bound to be a winner. This one sounds way cool. Thanks for sharing it, Vashti. Good luck with spreading the word, Sooz! Will reblog so both of MY followers learn about this exciting new novel.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Soooz September 18, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks so much, Stephen. I appreciate your comment and the reblog.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 18, 2020 at 5:53 pm #

      You’re right, Stephen! Thanks for the reblog! 😀

      Like

  7. Stephen Geez September 18, 2020 at 3:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on Stephen Geez Blog and commented:
    Check out this intriguing new novel from Australia’s Sooz Burke!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Gwen M. Plano September 18, 2020 at 4:43 pm #

    Your post is wonderful, dear Vashti. Congratulations, Soooz. I’ve posted reviews on Goodreads and BookBub, but Amazon will not accept my 5-Stars. So sorry.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 18, 2020 at 5:57 pm #

      Thank you, Gwen. I’m happy you liked the post. That’s terrible, Gwen. I can’t stand it when Amazon does that. :/

      Liked by 2 people

    • Soooz September 19, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

      Please don’t apologize, my friend. Amazon are doing the same thing with my reviews of other people’s work at the moment.😊

      Liked by 2 people

  9. Jill Weatherholt September 18, 2020 at 8:07 pm #

    Great review, Vashti! Congratulations to Soooz!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Linda Mims September 18, 2020 at 9:54 pm #

    Great review, Vashti! Soooz’s book was a great read!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Soooz September 19, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks so much, Linda. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 20, 2020 at 4:31 pm #

      Hi, Linda! I’m happy you agree. 👏😀 Thank you!

      Like

  11. D.L. Finn, Author September 19, 2020 at 3:55 am #

    Great book review, Vashti. This is a great read:) I love how you tie the poetry to the book and connect so well. Have a fantastic weekend xo

    Liked by 3 people

    • Soooz September 19, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

      Thanks so much, Denise.😊

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 20, 2020 at 4:34 pm #

      Hi, Denise! Thank you very much. I enjoy writing a poem to match. I’m happy you liked the post. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!💓

      Like

  12. robertawrites235681907 September 19, 2020 at 6:14 am #

    A lovely review of Suzanne’s book, Vashti. I enjoyed your poem although it gave me goosebumps.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Soooz September 19, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

      Thanks, Robbie. Vashti’s poem was chilling and a great reflection of what can be found in the book.😊

      Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q September 20, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

      The poem is directly related to the plot of the novel. Thank you. I’m so happy you enjoyed it.💞

      Liked by 1 person

  13. yvettemcalleiro September 19, 2020 at 11:20 am #

    Great poem and review, Vashti! Soooz is an awesome writer, and I’m happy she’s being spotlighted here. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    • Soooz September 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

      Thanks so much, Yvette. 😊

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 20, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

      That makes two of us, Yvette❣️I was delighted to feature her and her book. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Thank you!

      Liked by 2 people

  14. Annette Rochelle Aben September 19, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

    Shiver me timbers… love this

    Liked by 3 people

  15. D. Wallace Peach September 19, 2020 at 7:38 pm #

    Great review for Suzanne’s book, Vashti. And a wonderful shadorma to compliment it. I love the way you pair poetry with books. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q September 20, 2020 at 4:43 pm #

      I’m having a lot of fun with it, Diana. Thank you. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the review and poem.💓

      Liked by 1 person

    • Soooz September 22, 2020 at 6:28 pm #

      😊Thanks, Diana. Vashti does a marvelous job with these clever poems.

      Liked by 2 people

  16. coldhandboyack September 19, 2020 at 8:06 pm #

    Sounds like a page turner. All the best with it Soooz.

    Liked by 4 people

  17. mihrankalaydjianblog September 20, 2020 at 1:57 am #

    very impressive, excellent interview. Your details open to explore a new adventure and journey.

    Liked by 3 people

  18. dgkaye September 20, 2020 at 8:54 pm #

    Oooh, loved your review and the corresponding poem for Soooz’s book. I have a few of her books that I will get to eventually. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Jan Sikes September 21, 2020 at 3:50 pm #

    I Love your review of “Whatever It Takes,” Vashti! I enjoyed the story a lot and thought Soooz did a great job getting into the psyche of the characters. Your poem is fantastic as well! Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 22, 2020 at 5:27 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Jan. I’m glad you enjoyed the book as well. Thank you very much! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    • Soooz September 22, 2020 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks for the kind comment, Jan. Vashti’s poem is a perfect accompaniment for the book. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  20. karenringalls September 23, 2020 at 4:02 pm #

    I just started Whatever It Takes and loving it. Ms. Burke is one of my favorite writers. Thanks for sharing your review, Vashti and I loved the poem.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q September 23, 2020 at 5:01 pm #

      Mine too, Karen. I’m happy you’re enjoying her book. Thank you! ❤

      Like

    • Soooz September 23, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

      That’s such a wonderful compliment. Thank you, Karen. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Vashti’s poem was perfect for the book. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

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