High Bluffs Trilogy
“This quick, entertaining series opener is well paced, and the intriguing murder mystery is balanced with sexy encounters in the boudoir as well as on a “soft paisley print carpet.” The crisp autumn months and diamond-lit holiday season in New England are smoothly and lovingly captured by the author.” — Kirkus Reviews
“An engaging tale of danger and romance.” — Kirkus Reviews
BookLife Prize - 2022
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10
Plot/Idea: Royer-Derr's High Bluffs will keep the reader on the edge of their seat with her effective storytelling, thrilling plot, and fast-paced narrative. High Bluffs is hard to put down and will delight anyone looking for an exciting and uneasy mystery.
Prose: Royer-Derr is talented at moving the plot along while each sentence comes across as intentionally meaningful.
Originality: The book has lots of twists, turns, and many intriguing aspects that keep it fresh. For instance, the age difference between the protagonist and her lover is sizable, and the context of her having a daughter with a disability adds another layer and more nuance to the story.
Character Development/Execution: Royer-Derr is excellent at crafting and developing mother-daughter relationships, as well as showing the evolution of romance through the veil of grief.
"This book was exactly what I always hoped for in a suspense novel. It kept me thoroughly engaged trying to figure out all the secrets and connect all the threads, while submerging me in a mood fitting of the gorgeous cover. Well-written and stirring, it left me itching to read the next two books in the series." -- The International Review of Books
“A suspenseful and engaging story that will keep readers guessing.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Royer-Derr deftly keeps the sentimentality and drama in check by preoccupying the teens with their situations.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The author sprinkles tantalizing clues throughout the gripping story.” — Kirkus Reviews
"I love it when a story crosses the boundaries between genres, and Sally Royer-Derr manages to do just that. The Tracks is a thrilling mystery with a bit of adventure, romance, and horror thrown into the mix, with unexpected twists and turns that are sure to keep readers guessing." --Readers' Favorite
“…a twisted, fast-paced story of deception and intrigue, which proves both creative and unique.” — BookLife Prize
“Ohana is the kind of story that grabs you from the start. The author paints a vivid picture of not only the characters but the countryside. You feel Mandy's pain and want to see her happy. You follow her through the ups, downs, twists and turns. Once you pick it up you can't put it down.” — Amazon Review
“Another great book by Sally Royer-Derr. As the plot thickens this book takes you for another unexpected turn over and over again. Great book...recommend to anyone.” — Amazon Review