Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Dead Guilty by Michelle Davies – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Dead Guilty by Michelle Davies is the gripping fourth novel in the critically acclaimed Maggie Neville series, following Gone Astray, Wrong Place and False Witness. Gripping crime fiction written from the perspective of a female FLO.  

Has the killer in DC Maggie Neville’s cold case returned after a decade of silence?

Katy Pope was seventeen when she was brutally murdered on a family holiday in Majorca. Despite her mother’s high rank in the Met and the joint major investigation between the British and Spanish police, Katy’s killer was never caught.

Ten years later, Katy’s family return to the Spanish island to launch a fresh appeal for information, taking with them the now skeletal team of investigating Met detectives, and newly seconded Maggie as the family liaison officer.

But Maggie’s first international investigation quickly goes from being more than just a press conference when another British girl there on holiday goes missing, and Katy’s killer announces that it’s time for an encore . . .

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MY REVIEW 

This is #4 in the Maggie Neville series, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone, although you do miss out on some of the background, but at no detriment to this tale.

Maggie is now with the Met and she finds it difficult to adjust to this new regime….the lack of trust and respect. So when the opportunity arises to be a Family Liaison Officer (FLO) she jumps at it.

Dealing with the family, she starts to get emotionally involved, but the. Another woman goes missing and Maggie is now working to try and prevent another murder.

This is an impressive police procedural and I love the character of Maggie, she is committed and dogged in her determination to find the truth. A dark tale full of a creeping, underlying menace and the chapters from the unknown killers perspective are so creepy it will give you chills…utterly compelling.

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. This is my honest, unbiased review.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Michelle spent the formative years as a reporter on a local newspaper in Buckinghamshire and interviewed many relatives of serious victims during that time.

Later, as a freelance journalist for women’s magazines, she secured an interview with Kerry Needham, whose son Ben Needham went missing in Kos in 1991 when he was a toddler. It was hearing her talk about it that gave Michelle the idea for making her central police character a FLO.

Praise for the DC Maggie Neville series so far:

“A full-bodied police procedural thriller from start to finish – with a whirlwind plot and sensational sub stories, it’s a real binge-read kind of book” –

Stylist, Book Wars

 

“[A] stunningly accomplished debut . . . deserves to shoot to the top of the best-seller lists. I read it in a single sitting” – Daily Mail

 

‘Cleverly plotted’ Daily Express

 

“Right on the money when it comes to creepy, twisted plots” – Fabulous Magazine

 

“I read it in one sitting” – Erin Kelly

 

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Date Night by Samantha Hayes – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB  

Returning early from a disastrous date night with my husband, I know something is wrong the moment the wheels crunch the gravel drive of our home. Inside, the TV is on and a half-eaten meal waits on the table. My heart stops when I find our little girl is alone in the house and our babysitter, Sasha, is missing…

Days later, when I’m arrested for Sasha’s murder and torn away from my perfect little family, I’ll wish I had told someone about the threatening note I received that morning.

I’ll hate myself for not finding out who the gift hidden inside my husband’s wardrobe was for.

I’ll scream from the rooftops that I’m innocent – but no one will listen.

I will realise I was completely wrong about everything that happened that night…

But will you believe me?

Twisted and absolutely unputdownable, Date Night exposes what goes on behind the closed doors of a happy home and the dangerous truths we ignore to protect the ones we love. Perfect reading for anyone totally gripped by The Wife Between Us, Friend Request or Gone Girl.

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MY REVIEW 

Libby is happily married to Sean and has a young daughter Alice. Then one morning, she finds a note on her car windscreen….”Sean is having an affair”…

This really starts to worry her, she trusts him, but then notices him acting a bit vague and asks him outright if he having an affair. He assures her he isn’t and they arrange a date night to put it all behind them. The babysitter Sasha arrives and off they go….but Sean is distracted by his phone and Libby loses her calm and they go home early…..but Sasha is not there….Alice is home alone!

They search but Sasha has disappeared! What has happened to her?

I can’t really say much more for fear of spoiling this marvellously twisted and dark thriller. Utterly engrossing, a real time thief and I can thoroughly recommend it.

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

 

Purchase links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07TLC739Gsocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2JeIkxa

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2KES2fz

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2XBOFMo

 

Author Bio:

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Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’ 

To find out more, visit her website http://www.samanthahayes.co.uk

Or connect with Samantha on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaHayesAuthor

And she’s on Twitter @samhayes