Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Bad Place by M.K. Hill – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The newspapers called it The Bad Place. A remote farm out on the Thames estuary, where six children were held captive for two weeks. Five of them got out alive.

That was twenty years ago. Now adults, they meet up annually to hold a candlelit vigil for their friend who died. The only rule is that no-one can talk about what happened the night they escaped. But at this year’s event, one of them witnesses a kidnapping. A young girl, Sammi, is bundled into a van in front of their eyes.

Is history repeating itself? Is one of them responsible? Or is someone sending them a twisted message?

DI Sasha Dawson, of Essex Police, is certain that the key to finding Sammi lies in finding out the truth about The Bad Place. But she also knows that with every second she spends trying to unlock the past, the clock ticks down for the missing girl…
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MY REVIEW 

26 years ago, six teenagers were sitting in a minibus about to go on a trip …a driver gets in and off they go…..but then they notice, it’s not the usual driver and he has a knife…..

They are abducted……..eventually 5 escape…..but one was left behind.

The five friends meet up each year for a reunion, Karin, Paul, Michelle, Simon and Lydia also remember their lost friend Becky.

But then a young girl goes missing…..the abduction witnessed by a distraught Lydia.

DI Sasha Dawson is investigating the disappearance and finds a link to the five friends and The Bad Place…..then another child is taken. 

This is a very cleverly plotted thriller that will keep you on tenterhooks right to the last page. I loved the way Sasha is portrayed as a strong, intelligent detective, but with a life behind the scenes, with its chaos and usual family dramas. Full of twists and secrets to keep you guessing. 

Thank you to HoZ books for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://amzn.to/2MZSzdc

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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It’s nice to see you here, thanks for coming.

I’ve been a journalist and an award-winning music radio producer. I worked for about 

five minutes in PR. But I write the Drake and Crowley thriller series now, which is 

just as well, because I love writing. It’s my dream job.

If you enjoyed His First Lie or It Was Her, do get in touch. There are plenty of ways 

to do it!

 

Follow Mark: 

Facebook: @MarkHillAuthor

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Book reviews, Court room drama, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Degrees Of Guilt by HS Chandler – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

‘Timely, anger-inducing and very powerful – it’s excellent’ Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.

 

Maria is on trial for attempted murder. 

She has confessed to the crime and admits that she wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide Maria’s fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.
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MY REVIEW 

Maria calls the police to tell them she’s just killed her husband, Edward. She’s so shocked to find he’s still alive and she’s been arrested for attempted murder.

This then becomes a courtroom drama, as we learn about each of the jurors, especially Lottie and Cameron. They slowly begin with a flirtatious after court drink, but this soon becomes a bit more…..But Lottie wants it to end, she has a son and husband to think of….Cameron is quite determined to carry on. 

All the while the trial is in full swing as we hear of Maria’s life, and the coercive control exerted by her husband…..this is sometimes hard to read, as it’s such an insidious behaviour that happens behind closed doors and can be almost invisible to those outside. Maria had managed to talk to a support line, where Ruth became her confidant, but she refuses to let her give evidence at the trial…..

Was Maria justified in her actions? 

I found this to be a compelling read, about the difficult subjects of coercive control and self harm, but in a realistic and sensitive manner, I did wonder how the seemingly two separate sides of the story would come together, the trial and the jurors deliberations, but I needn’t have worried as it worked so well.  It reminded me a little of 12 Angry Men. An emotive and breathtaking thriller…..I loved it.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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A former barrister, HS Chandler is a pseudonym for bestselling crime author Helen Fields, who practised for thirteen years in both family and criminal law. Having extensively prosecuted and defended, she is an avid believer in the right to a fair trial, and in the invaluable role that juries play in the British legal system. Helen was born in Hampshire and now lives in the US.

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