I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it

My Pick this week is:



Published July 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books

My Rating: 5 Stars

An old man is dying.
When the old man is dead they will come for him.
And they will come for her, to make him hurt.

He would go to Hell
At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

To keep her safe…
For two decades, Michael has been an enforcer in New York’s world of organized crime, a prince of the streets so widely feared he rarely has to kill anymore. But the life he’s fought to build unravels when he meets Elena, a beautiful innocent who teaches him the meaning and power of love. He wants a fresh start with her, the chance to start a family like the one he and Julian never had. But someone else is holding the strings. And escape is not that easy. . . .

Go to Hell, and come back burning….
The mob boss who gave Michael his blessing to begin anew is dying, and his son is intent on making Michael pay for his betrayal. Determined to protect the ones he loves, Michael spirits Elena—who knows nothing of his past crimes, or the peril he’s laid at her door— back to North Carolina, to the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago. There, he will encounter a whole new level of danger, a thicket of deceit and violence that leads inexorably to the one place he’s been running from his whole life: Iron House.


If you’re looking for a thriller that checks all the boxes…well-written, perfect pacing, engaging and often downright scary characters,  a plot you’ll get lost in, and just all around unputdownable…Iron House is your book. If you’ve read my blog in the past you know I love John Hart’s The Last Child, but this is also fantastic in a totally different way. This book actually made me late for a wedding on the summer day in July I was reading it because I just couldn’t put it down until I reached the end. From the opening pages, which will undoubtedly grab you, to the showdown of an ending, I remember it very much read like a movie. Do yourself a favor and add this to your probably already bursting 2017 TBR:)!

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    1. It’s true, I couldn’t put this down:) I did read Redemption Road and I feel bad about saying I didn’t love it:( I just don’t think it was up to the level of the first 2, although most of my book club did like it. I’ll still read whatever he writes next though. I think you’d like Iron House

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    1. Oh Good!! I think you’d very much enjoy The Last Child as well as Iron House. The Last Child is just one of my all time favorites though:) Regarding the wedding…my husband just couldn’t understand the necessity of getting that book finished before we left but in the end everyone was happy:)

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    1. Yes…you need to read John Hart Danielle!! I recommend The Last Child to everyone, to me it’s a true literary mystery because his writing is so wonderful. Let me know if you give either book a try, I’d love to discuss

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    1. Nope it was a friend’s wedding and it all worked out but I remember my husband not being too happy:) Some books just don’t lend themselves to being put down unfinished and this was one of them!!

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