Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Wicked Girl by I.V Olokita – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

“Even if a dog goes mad, it will always be a dog.” 

So said a small white sign hung on a wall in Birmingham Mental Institution Ward number 3. It had a black frame, written in a hand they were all well acquainted with. The letters had faded over time. In the end, among all the calligraphy in the frame, one could detect a blurred signature. It was mine. 

John Wilcox is a young idler who loathes people except for young women. His destiny brought him near Birmingham Mental Institution during an earthquake. At that time Wilcox saves Elsie, an eccentric, half-deranged teenager. John pulls out every manipulation at his disposal to convince her that he is the right person to help her recover. Grey, Alessi’s father, goes on a quest for his lost daughter. She, too, like her mother, was trying to escape him. And so, began the tragic story between prey, and it’s supposed predator.

Wicked Girl is a psychological crime fiction, where a sequence of accidents generates cold-blooded, and blood-curdling actions. It is a fascinating combination of romance, tension, and humor, unpredictable to the very end. Presented in a clear, straightforward way, yet its plot is packed with wit, action, and surprises grabbing the reader’s attention all the way to the last word.

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MY REVIEW 

This is quite a hard book to review…it’s clever nuances of language and plot are so attention grabbing…how do you put that visceral emotion into words.

John, a 30+ year old man, who still acts like a much younger man, and one of his young girlfriends are caught up in an earthquake, Nicole dies, but John helps the search for survivors…

This is where he saves, Elsie, a damaged, abused, slightly deranged, teenager. But John is a loser he has nothing…..what can he offer anyone? He’s a pervert to say the least and his thoughts can be hard to read at times….will he help Elsie? 

While this is a short, fast read, it really packs a lot in…..Part crime, part psychological thriller but completely gripping.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

About I.V. Olokita:

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I.V. Olokita has been providing medical care most of his life, specializing in management of medical aid to disaster areas all over the world. He also has a BA degree in logistics, and an MA degree in emergency and disaster situations management. He volunteers to rescue missions in disaster areas all over the world. I. V. Olokita is a happily married father of two adolescents and a foster father of five cats and two dogs. 

Olokita’s first book (in Hebrew), Ten Simple Rules, was published in 2014. It won an Israeli literary prize, and immediately made an online bestseller. The following year, another book by Olokita, The Executioner From The Silent Valley, made a local bestseller in Israel. In May 2016, his third novel, Wicked Girl, was published, to great success, and is now presented in English. Olokita’s books are characterized by direct writing, twists and turns, requiring the reader to delve into and maintain vigilance from the beginning of the book to its surprising end.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OlokitaI

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iv.books/

Website: http://wickedgirl-olokita.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iv.olokita/

 

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Girl-Psychological-Crime-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07RKNHGX4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=wicked+girl+i.v.+olokita&qid=1562576980&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

Amazon US: 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Girl-Psychological-Crime-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07RKNHGX4/ref=sr_1_1?crid=WPY0Y38713IC&keywords=wicked+girl+iv+olokita&qid=1562577378&s=gateway&sprefix=wicked+girl+i%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-1

 

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Wicked-Girl-I-V-Olokita/9781093571264

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

A mother’s job is to keep her children safe.

Tess has always tried to be a good mother. Of course, there are things she wishes she’d done differently, but doesn’t everyone feel that way?

Then Emma, her youngest, is attacked on her way home from a party, plunging them into a living nightmare which only gets worse when the man responsible is set free

But what if she fails?

So when Tess sees the attacker in the street near their home, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. But blinded by her need to protect her daughter at any cost, might she end up putting her family in even greater danger?

There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to make it right . . .

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MY REVIEW 

Tessa’s 16 year old daughter, Emma,  was attacked one night on her way home, a man had grabbed her from behind and tried to drag her away, thumping her on the head at the same time……luckily a woman saw what was happening and confronted the man and he ran off…..Frances took Emma home to Tessa and was a witness for the police….

There is a police lineup but both Emma and Frances could not pick out the man for definite, but one man matches the description and Tessa becomes certain it was him. 

She starts to ‘stalk’ him on social media, even sending anonymous messages to him, saying she knows what he’s done….but in her fraught state of mind she makes a mistake and sends a message while logged into her genuine account….now he knows who she is…she just wants to protect her daughter….

Her beloved dog Dotty, is taken…….and she receives a message, just a whimpering!..Frances is there to offer support to them both….she knows just when she’s needed…!

Has Tessa made a mistake? Will the attacker find them? And is it who they think it is?

This is a marvellously twisted tale, with several possible suspects that will keep you turning those pages……there’s violence, tragedy, friendships, lies….and betrayal in this very clever psychological thriller….brilliant.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote under her formal name Tamar Cohen) has a growing backlist of acclaimed novels of domestic noir including:The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else’s Wedding.

Her break-out psychological suspense thriller was The Broken, followed by Dying for Christmas, First One Missing and When She Was Bad.

She lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog.

Chat with her on Twitter @MsTamarCohen

 

Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2147 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857524631
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (18 July 2019)

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Untitled-2-Tammy-Cohen-ebook/dp/B06XWLZDLT