Book reviews

Paper Dolls by Emma Pullar – Book Review

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When a bizarre set of murders take place in London, three flatmates become embroiled in the terrifying mystery.

Mike, Beatrice and Kerri all share a flat and a passion to move their careers forward.  When Mike, a frustrated mime in Trafalgar Square, lays eyes on performance artist Princess, his world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, Kerri is struggling to hold onto her job as a journalist, when she stumbles across a body, which turns out to be the third victim of the Paper Doll Killer. Beatrice, who was once a bestselling author, looks to the series of murders for inspiration but finds a lot more than she bargained for.

As the three flatmates discover they each have links to the killer they start to turn on one another. Who might be next? Why does the killer paint the victim’s cheeks and lips with blood? What purpose do the paper dolls serve?

As the deranged Paper Doll Killer continues to stalk the streets of London there’s only one question that needs to be answered … is anyone safe?

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MY REVIEW 

Kerri, Beatrice and Mike flat share in the home of the delightful Mrs Williams.

Mike is a Pierrot mime during the day in Trafalgar Square and in the evening he is Micha…drag queen, And drunk…..he see a beautiful princess, a children’s entertainer, he has dreams of working with her…..to finally be a success, a belle…

Beatrice, is a novelist…..she used to write paranormal stories, but her agent wants her to write a crime novel….struggling with anxiety and depression, she agrees against her better judgement..

Kerri, who has epilepsy, is a journalist working on small community stories, but then she stumbles across a dead body (after chasing a small dachshund)….she takes pictures and then calls the police but sees an opportunity to get an exclusive first hand story….her chance at the big time! 

When Kerri brings her work home, Beatrice uses this as ‘inspiration ‘ for her new novel without her knowledge…

Emma Pullar tells the story from each of Kerri, Beatrice and Mike’s perspectives plus that of the killer ‘princess’…..who is targeting child abusers, killing them, taking trophies and leaving behind a paper doll. What links these three to princess….are they safe? Who will be next?

As the tale progresses, you will have moments when you think you know who the murderer is….but you will just have to keep guessing right to the very end in this very clever, totally compelling, dark and original thriller…..unputdownable …..

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. 

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

https://amzn.to/2OupCnn

Amazon USA

https://amzn.to/2WrJzho

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Emma Pullar is an award-winning and bestselling writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Her second picture book, Kitty Stuck, was illustrated by her talented daughter who was just twelve-years-old at the time.

Four of Emma’s short stories have been published. Her dystopian duology, Skeletal and Avian, are popular with fans of the genre and Emma’s crime debut is out March 2019. She also writes articles for Bang2write and dabbles in screenwriting.

Find her on Twitter @EmmaStoryteller or Instagram @emmapullar_storyteller or http://www.emmapullar,com.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

Fatal Harmony by Kate Rhodes – Book Review

 

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Adrian Stone believes he is a genius. A narcissist, with a psychotic desire to pursue his ambition to become the world’s most revered pianist, Stone joined London’s Royal College of Music as a child prodigy, believing his path to fame was secure. But when his parents decided to send him back to school, he slaughtered them and his older sister in their Richmond home, landing himself in Rampton’s high security unit.

Nine years later Stone escapes with two goals in mind: to kill those who denied his destiny and pursue his musical ambitions.

As bodies start to appear around London Dr Alice Quentin is brought in from the Met’s Forensic Psychology Unit. But when she realises her name is on Stone’s list of potential victims, the case becomes personal.

Working alongside her boyfriend, DI Don Burns, London’s most successful murder investigator, Alice must stop Stone to save her own life.

Alice realises that there is logic to the music left at each murder scene, and thinks she’s cracked the case, but little does she know what Stone has in store for his grand finale…

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MY REVIEW

Alice Quentin is a forensic psychologist working for the Met Police in London. Her report on Adrian Stone, had helped ensure he wasn’t released from Rampton Secure Hospital…. Then he escapes !

Adrian is a gifted pianist, he studied at the Royal College of Music when very young, but the declined his application to continue his studies as they felt he was too young…..he then went home and murdered his family…..except for one sister, Melissa.

A Psychopathic narcissist, he manipulated others and orchestrated his escape..killing two prison guards and injuring a third in the process….now on the run, anyone linked to him is in danger….as the bodies start to appear….the hunt is on.

Adrian is leaving music related clues, and Alice seems to understand how his mind is working and follows his trail …..is she in danger ? Will she find the kidnapped Asako ? Will Lily survive?..will her relationship with Burns survive?….so many questions which are all answered in a stunning and surprising, tension filled end. Marvellous writing by Kate Rhodes in this tension filled thriller with great characters and a human touch…brilliant.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon UK

https://amzn.to/2FHbPr1

Amazon US

https://amzn.to/2FIPlGd

 

About The Author

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Kate was born in London and tried many jobs before starting to write. She spent time as a cocktail waitress, a theatre usherette, and more recently as an English teacher before writing two prize-winning collections of poetry. Her crime novels have been translated into ten different languages, and have received high acclaim from the press. The Guardian described her books as ‘beautifully written and expertly plotted, a masterclass in crime fiction.’ Her Hell Bay series set in the Isles of Scilly has been optioned for TV.

Kate’s new crime novel, featuring forensic psychologist Alice Quentin, Fatal Harmony, will be published by Bloodhound Books in March 2019.
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