Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith – Book Review

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Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable: a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed ‘The Waiting Rooms.’ Hospitals where no one ever gets well.

Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother’s past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything.

Because Kate is not the only secret that her birth mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too. 

Sweeping from an all-too-real modern world to a pre-crisis South Africa, The Waiting Rooms is epic in scope, richly populated with unforgettable characters, and a tense, haunting vision of a future that is only a few mutations away

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MY REVIEW

The Waiting Rooms is about a pandemic that is antibiotic and treatment resistant, it has and is killing millions. Life revolves around avoiding any infection. It’s not just about the illness, but the lives of three women…….

Lily is close to 70 years old, the age when you become ineligible for any treatment, a small scratch or UTI quickly become deadly. You are then sent to a hospital, basically to die…..they are known as The Waiting Rooms.

Kate’s adoptive mother, Pen, has just died and with her blessing, Kate begins a search for her birth mother….riddled with doubt she wonders if this is the right thing to do……she’s also a nurse and helps with assisted dying.

Mary, a botanist, tells the story of her past in South Africa where research is being carried out on plants that could be used in the fight against antibiotic resistant infections. Here the descriptions of the country and its wildlife are just stunning. There’s also a troubled romance here too.

 

How are these women linked?

 

The Waiting Rooms is utterly terrifying in its sheer plausibility, a world where assisted dying is commonplace if you have signed the directive……the elderly are expendable.

All due to the crisis and antibiotic resistance due to their overuse……I had no idea that even Oranges are sprayed with antibiotics in the US! (Antibiotic resistance is real and accounts for many thousands of deaths a year now…..).

Beautifully written with great, believable characters and a clever, horrifyingly topical, plot that leaves you with goosebumps and a few tears. Brilliant and griping from start to finish. I loved it.

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

 

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/3ea332T

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Eve Smith’s debut novel The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize First Novel Award. Eve writes speculative fiction, mainly about the things that scare her. She attributes her love of all things dark and dystopian to a childhood watching Tales of the Unexpected and black-and-white Edgar Allen Poe double bills. 

Eve’s flash fiction has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and highly commended for The Brighton Prize. In this world of questionable facts, stats and news, she believes storytelling is more important than ever to engage people in real life issues. 

Eve recently contributed a piece of flash fiction, Belting Up, to an anthology of crime shorts called Noir From the Bar. The collection of stories has been launched to raise money for the NHS.

Eve’s previous job as COO of an environmental charity took her to research projects across Asia, Africa and the Americas, and she has an ongoing passion for wild creatures, wild science and far-flung places. A Modern Languages graduate from Oxford, she returned to Oxfordshire fifteen years ago to set up home with her husband. 

When she’s not writing, she’s racing across fields after her dog, attempting to organise herself and her family or off exploring somewhere new.

 

Follow Eve: @evecsmith on Twitter & http://www.evesmithauthor.com

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

The Bone Jar by S W Kane – Book Review

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Two murders. 

An abandoned asylum. Will a mysterious former patient help untangle the dark truth?

The body of an elderly woman is found in the grounds of a derelict asylum on the banks of the Thames.As Detective Lew Kirby and his partner begin their investigation, another body is discovered in the river nearby. Gradually, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves; there are rumours of secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation and a dark force that haunts the ruins. Urban explorer Connie Darke has her own interest in the asylum; it’s where her sister died in a freak accident and she’s determined to help Kirby expose its grisly past. 

Meanwhile Kirby discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down. As his world crumbles around him, Kirby must put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep the killer from striking again. Only an eccentric former patient knows the truth—but will he reveal it to Kirby or Connie before it’s too late?
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MY REVIEW 

The Bone Jar begins with the discovery of the body of an elderly woman in the derelict Blackwater Asylum….she had been murdered. 

DI Lew Kirby begins the investigation. He speaks to an urban explorer, Connie Darke who has reported her friend, Ed, missing. Her sister, Sarah had died in an accident some time before…..at the asylum. 

Are these events linked? Does Raymond and his creepy bone jar know more than anyone realises?

I really enjoyed this creepy thriller. It has great characters in Kirby and Connie (and a 3 legged stuffed fox). I really felt for poor Raymond too, such a troubled soul. With its clever plot, this dark and twisted tale keeps you guessing. Gripping from start to finish.

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

 

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/31zisa6

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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SW Kane studied History of Design and worked at the RIBA before taking on a series of totally unrelated jobs in radio and the music industry, where she still works as a freelance music PR. She has an MA in Creative (Crime) Writing from City University. She began reading crime fiction from an early age and developed an obsession with crime set in cold places. A chance encounter with a derelict fort in rural Pembrokeshire led to a fascination with urban exploration, which in turn became the inspiration for her crime novels. She lives London.

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Coming For You by Deborah Rogers – Book Review


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A brutal crime. A traumatised mind. A victim no one believes…

Amelia Kellaway is hiding a secret. Still deeply traumatized by a kidnapping incident she suffered three years ago, Amelia is struggling to cope with a crippling anxiety disorder where she compulsively checks her locks and doors. She’s also experiencing frightening blackouts that strike at random. The root cause of her anxiety is her unshakable belief that her previous attacker, Rex Hawkins, is stalking her. She’s been to the authorities but they’ve dismissed her concerns as the paranoid delusions of a traumatized mind.

But are Amelia’s fears really unfounded? Could Rex Hawkins still be out there, waiting for her to drop her guard and make a mistake? Or is Amelia slipping deeper into neurosis and at risk of losing her mind?

Another gripping tale of psychological suspense from Deborah Rogers, Coming for You is a terrifying portrayal of a young woman on the brink, with shades of Hitchcock and Gillian Flynn.

If you like tense, gritty psychological suspense thrillers, you’ll love book 2 in the Amelia Kellaway series from exciting new crime writer Deborah Rogers.

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MY REVIEW 

Amelia is a lawyer by day, she’s good at her job, but inside she’s falling apart. She’s recovered from her physical injuries after being kidnapped, raped and her eventual escape that has left her with half a foot, but psychologically she’s desperate. She’s obsessive about security, taking a different journey home every day and compulsively checking her apartment is locked over and over……

She is convinced her attacker, Rex Hawkins,  is still looking for her.

Ethan, a Detective, tries to convince Amelia she is safe, that Hawkins can’t hurt her anymore…as they grow close she starts to believe him……

Oh my nerves…..this is an incredibly tense tale, as you see Amelia struggle with her day to day life, her slipping deeper into fear and the effect this has on her….

Was she right to be so scared, or is she really losing her mind?

Coming For You has a quite slow pace as you get to know Amelia, but the tension builds as you turn the pages and it made me check the windows were closed that night for sure. I loved every fear filled minute and I can recommend this to anyone who loves a psychological thriller.

Thank you to Deborah for an eARC of Coming For You. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2YYRAxo

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Deborah Rogers is a psychological thriller and suspense author. Her gripping debut psychological suspense novel, The Devil’s Wire, received rave reviews as a ‘dark and twisted page turner’. Since then, Deborah has been developing the new Amelia Kellaway series. Book one in the series, Left for Dead, is a tightly woven tale about a young woman who is kidnapped and taken deep into the wilderness. 

In 2020, Deborah’s all-new publications will include Coming for You (#2 Amelia Kellaway series) and Speak for Me (#3 Amelia Kellaway series). She’s also publishing a new standalone novel, Into Thin Air, a mystery about a woman who goes missing on vacation in Istanbul. 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Monstrous Souls by Rebecca Kelly – Book Review

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What if you knew the truth but couldn’t remember?

Over a decade ago, Heidi was the victim of a brutal attack that left her hospitalised, her younger sister missing, and her best friend dead. But Heidi doesn’t remember any of that. She’s lived her life since then with little memory of her friends and family and no recollection of the crime.

Now, it’s all starting to come back.

As Heidi begins retracing the events that lead to the assault, she is forced to confront the pain and guilt she’s long kept buried. But Heidi isn’t the only one digging up the past, and the closer she gets to remembering the truth, the more danger she’s in.

When the truth is worse than fiction, is the past worth reliving?

An addictive thriller about a case gone cold and the dangers lurking on our doorsteps, Monstrous Souls will have you gripped to the very end.

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MY REVIEW 

In 2001 Heidi and her friend Nina had been attacked, only Heidi survived and her younger sister, Anna went missing.

Heidi’s injuries were severe but she recovered except she had lost all memories of that time.

Detective Denise Gilzeen had kept in contact with Heidi and now 15 years later her memory is starting to return. As a result of information she had given to Denise, the case is reopened.

Will they find who killed Nina? And what happened to Anna and other missing girls?

Monstrous Souls is an utterly gripping read, it’s dark, gritty and full of emotion. There are great characters, some likeable and some truly reprehensible and evil. The subject matter is horrific but Rebecca Kelly tells you all you need to know without being graphic or gratuitous. It’s full of an incredible tension and is a tale of horrific events, tragedy, guilt and is anger inducing at times too. A dark thriller that you really cannot put down. 

Thank you to Peyton at Agora Books for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Monstrous Souls. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Preorder link : https://amzn.to/2N9JhZY

Ebook from 25 June and paperback 23 July 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rebecca Kelly was brought up with books but denied the pleasure of a television. Although she hated this at the time, she now considers it to have contributed to a life-long passion for reading and writing.

After a misspent education, Rebecca had a variety of jobs. She’s spent the last years raising her children but has lately returned to her first love – writing.

Rebecca lives in the UK with her husband and youngest son and an over-enthusiastic black Labrador, who gives her writing tips. 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Perfect Lie by Claire Sheldon – Book Review


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What is ‘perfect’ trying to hide?

Jen Garner tries her best to be ‘wife and mother of the year’. She helps organise school plays and accompanies her husband to company dinners, all with a big smile on her face.

But Jen has started to receive strange gifts in the post … first flowers, then a sympathy card.

It could just be a joke; that’s what she tells herself. But then the final ‘gift’ arrives, and Jen has to question why somebody is so intent on shattering her life into pieces …

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MY REVIEW 

Jen has a happy, settled life with her husband and two children, but when she starts to receive odd gifts, flowers and cards anonymously she is worried and scared, someone knows her secret. One day she just walks away and disappears.

Her husband is distraught and reports her missing and the investigation begins. DI Chris Jackson starts the enquiry and uncovers, murders, drugs and so much more…..

I really can’t say much more about the story for fear of spoiling the marvellously twisty and original plot. Perfect Lie is well written with a pace that slowly builds the tale and the tension. Great characters and in depth details of the police, their procedures and the areas of Nottingham and Long Eaton. It’s hard to believe this is Claire Sheldon’s debut novel. I was hooked right from the beginning and loved every minute. A thoroughly engrossing and entertaining read.

Thank you to Claire for an eARC of Perfect Lie. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase Link : https://amzn.to/3d9tKUC 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Claire lives in Nottingham with her family, a cat called Whiskers and a dog called Podrick.

She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and as a result of the disease had to reduce her hours working in insurance for an Insolvency Insurer. This spare time enabled her to study a creative writing course which inspired her to write her debut, Perfect Lie.

When Claire isn’t working she enjoys reading crime novels and listening to music – the band Jimmy Eat World is her biggest muse! Claire is also an avid reader and book blogger. The inspiration for her novels comes from the hours spent watching The Bill with her grandparents and auntie; then later, Spooks and other detective programmes like Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost and Midsomer Murders.

Book reviews, Domestic noir, Psychlogical thriller

Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland – Book Review

 


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When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret.

Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues. 

Local Belfast resident Julia Matthews joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could. Julia was only trying to help but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape?

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MY REVIEW 

Hannah met Kyle and was swept off her feet by this handsome, charming and thoughtful man………but the minute they are married the real Kyle shows his true self.

Hannah disappears and the police begin investigating her as a missing person as they find more details about Kyle, they wonder if he is responsible for Hannah’s disappearance and more…..so much more.

This is a tale of abuse and controlling, coercive behaviour. Rose McClelland has captured the fear and tension of being in such a relationship, the way Hannah wishes her husband would have an accident just so she could be free is heartbreaking and anger inducing at the same time. You really don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.   Just what can she do to escape?

I found this to be a compelling read, full of emotion and tension. I was gripped from the start to the satisfying finish. 

Thank you to Rose McClelland for a eARC of Under Your Skin. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase Link : https://amzn.to/30dxAcB

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Under your skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind! 

Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast. 

She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog. 

She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.

 

Social media links : Rose McClelland

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52966965-under-your-skin

 

https://twitter.com/RoseMcClelland1

 

https://www.facebook.com/RoseMcClellandauthor/

 

http://rosiesrag.blogspot.com/p/home-1.html

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

His & Hers by Alice Feeney – Book Review

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If there are two sides to every story, someone is always lying… 

Jack: Three words to describe my wife: Beautiful. Ambitious. Unforgiving.

Anna: I only need one word to describe my husband: Liar.

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Anna’s ex-husband, DCI Jack Harper, is suspicious of her involvement, until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone is lying, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.

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MY REVIEW 

Oh my, where do I start…..?

DCI Jack Harper is called to a murder scene. A woman’s body has been found in the woods and he recognises her, as he had been with her that night. But, he keeps that to himself for fear of being thought a suspect…

Anna Andrews, a TV journalist isn’t covering the story. She’s had to return to her hometown of Blackdown to do so and memories of her earlier life there floodback. She’s also an alcoholic.

Tragedy links these two damaged people.

When a second body is found, the story gets dark and twisted. As the body count grows how are these victims linked? Who would want them dead? 

I can’t say much for fear of spoiling this complex plot, but it deals with difficult, emotive subjects with a deft touch. Told from the perspective of Jack, Anna and a killer it gives a unique atmosphere and insights into the characters lives, their secrets and pasts, really bringing them to life.

I read a lot of thrillers, but this is something special, it’s dark, compelling and a read in one sitting psychological thriller. Absolutely brilliant.

Thank you to HQ for the opportunity to take part in this blogger takeover day and for an eARC of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Before I Say I Do by Vicki Bradley – Book Review

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Winner of the inaugural Write here, Right Now Prize 2018, in partnership with the Bradford Literature Festival, a debut by experienced Met Police detective constable

Her dream wedding is about to become her worst nightmare.

Julia is nervous and it’s not just because she’s about to get married. There’s a lot that her soon- to-be husband, Mark, doesn’t know – and she is determined to keep it that way.

As she walks down the aisle, spotting Mark is his tailored suit, she knows she is taking her first steps to happiness- her past can’t catch her now. He turns to face her…

But it isn’t Mark in the beautiful suit – it’s his best man. Because Mark is missing.

And Julia’s past is closer than she thinks.

Perfect for fans of Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll and Now You See Her by Heidi Perks
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MY REVIEW 

On Julia and Mark’s wedding day, Julia walks down the aisle but Mark has disappeared.

The police are called as Julia is certain this is more than just cold feet. So Detective Alana Loxton begins the investigation. 

It turns out Mark has a lot to hide, but so does Julia. Is his disappearance linked to events in her past?

This is a clever, well plotted and twisty thriller that’s gripping from start to finished. 

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Vicki Bradley is a detective constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She has had a varied career, as a uniformed response driver in Brent and then as a detective Constable in Southwark CID. She has managed High Risk Sex Offenders and worked on the Serious Organised Crime Command. She is currently on a 5-year career creak to focus on her writing. Vicki completed a Creative Writing MA at City University in 2016. Before I Say I Do won the Write Here, Right Now competition, came 3rd in the First Novel Prize and has been shortlisted for the Virago New Crime Writer 2017 and Peters Fraser and Dunlop Prize 2016. She enjoys travelling the world and climbing mountains. Vicki lives in London with her husband. 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Secrets Of Strangers by Charity Norman – Book Review

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A compelling and fresh premise leads to a tense, humane, and touching novel’. Claire McGowan.

A regular weekday morning veers drastically off-course for five strangers whose paths cross in a London café – their lives never to be the same again when an apparently crazed gunman holds them hostage.

But there is more to the situation than first meets the eye and as the captives grapple with their own inner demons, the line between right and wrong starts to blur. Will the secrets they keep stop them from escaping with their lives?

Another tense, multi-dimensional drama from the writer of the Richard & Judy bestseller After the Fall.

‘Masterful, heartbreaking and compelling . . . a moving hymn to humanity’

Erin Kinsley, bestselling author of Found

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MY REVIEW 

Neil is a rough sleeper.

Abi is a lawyer.

Mutesi is a nurse for a care home…..

These three people are following their usual morning routines as they pop into the Tuckbox cafe in Balham for the usual breakfasts and coffees.

Robert is the owner and Rosie the waitress.

Just a usual morning until Sam arrives with a shotgun, shoots Robert and holds the others hostage…..terrifying.

As the story unfolds you learn of each of their lives and the secrets they hold.

I found this to be such a compelling read. It’s so well written and really captures your attention from the very start. The fear the hostages experience is palpable and the tension is gripping. But it also tells of compassion and how you never know just what is going on in the lives and the circumstances of those around you. 

A tense, heartbreaking and utterly engrossing thriller from start to finish. Brilliant and I loved every emotion filled minute. 

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

 

You can buy a copy here: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Charity-Author-Norman/The-Secrets-of-Strangers/24738264 or here: https://amzn.to/2LLDdpT 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years’ travel she became a barrister, specialising in crime and family law. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to New Zealand. THE SECRETS OF

STRANGERS is her sixth novel.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Love Me To Death by Susan Gee – Book Review

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Something sinister stirs in Stockport…

The police find a young woman’s body in the woods the same week a couple discover a crude, handmade doll in Lyme Park. But are the two findings connected… or a strange coincidence?

In a town full of loners and unhappy families, nothing is as it seems…

All Mr Anderson wants is a family. After his elderly mother died, he was almost unbearably lonely. Now it’s time for him to claim his own.

All Jacob wants is for Maggie to love him back. She only has eyes for the Vincent twins – but maybe he can make her see just how much he cares.

And everyone is a suspect.

A quietly sinister, utterly chilling new thriller from Susan Gee, the author of Kiss Her 

Goodbye. Perfect for fans of You and How to Get Away with Murder.

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MY REVIEW 

Love Me To Death is a story of abuse and loneliness. Two people, one an adult and the other a young teen, both suffered and suffers abuse by a parent or ‘step-parent’. As a result these two damaged people just want a family and someone to love them.

Mr Anderson is making his own family and this is dark and distinctly creepy, when he befriends young Jacob, his neighbour, the tension builds and you wonder about his motives.

This is a slow burn of a tale that really draws you in with its emotion and you have empathy for the characters, even though one is a disturbing serial killer.

A tense, dark, thoughtful and utterly compelling read.

Thank you to Vicky at Head Of Zeus for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Love Me To Death. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Susan Gee is a crime writer from the North West. She was a finalist in the Good 

Housekeeping Novel Competition and The Daily Mail ‘Write a Best Seller’ 

Competition. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester University. Love 

Me to Death is her second novel. Susan lives in Stockport with her husband and two 

children. 

 

Follow Susan:

 

Twitter: @SusanGeeWriter

Instagram: @susangeewriter

Pre-order links:

 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TyKpLq

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Rt0qzE

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2RpZign

 

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Book reviews, Gothic horror, Psychlogical thriller, Supernatural

(S)witchboard by Andrew Post – Book Review

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It’s only as haunted as you are.

After two raids turn up zero evidence, narcotics detective Dwayne Spare infiltrates a crumbling apartment building where a suspected manufacturer of krokodil is hiding—but finds something much worse. The chemist Gerald Metzger isn’t after money; he’s lulling his most ‘dedicated’ customers into catatonia, to make contact with an eldritch being.

When Dwayne’s cover is blown, he becomes Metzger’s new test subject, an involuntary pilgrim into a world where “it’s all just in your head” is far from a reassuring statement.
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MY REVIEW

Well, what can I say about Switchboard, this is a trippy nightmare that grabs you by the throat and won’t let go…….

Dwayne Spare is a cop, he has been chasing George Metzger for some time but somehow he knows when they are coming and all evidence of his Krokodil production has disappeared. So he decides to go undercover and moves into the same apartment block, he sets up his surveillance cameras and phone tap…..what could go wrong?

Well Metzger knows and uses Dwayne as another of his ‘dreamers’……

Can he hear him?

It starts off like a solid police procedural,  but oh dear god! It descends into a nightmarish tale of a twisted limbo….where the worlds of the living and the dead meet in ‘dreams’ to the extent no one knows who or what are real……..it’s not all in your head! The more damaged you are the worse it gets……

Metzger controls this, listening for voicemail from the thing in the basement……phones connecting to the dead……a switchboard to a ghostly world where time no longer exists and reality unravels….

Bizarre, brutal and horrific at times but utterly compelling…….I need a lie down now, but not on a stained carpet!!!!!!!

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Andrew Post was born in Erie, Pennsylvania (imagine Eraserhead but in color). While he was honing his craft as a writer (those early stories were awful) he worked in a gift shop in one of the scuzziest hotels in the Midwest, he cleaned rental cars (also gross), he was a butcher (despite being a vegetarian), and in 2013 his first novel, the cyberpunk thriller, Knuckleduster, was published. No one really seemed to care much but he kept at it and has since published a handful of other works to varying degrees of resulting public interest with a few seeing translations and one almost became a movie (that lit agent has since been fired).

Andrew lives in a sleepy river town in Minnesota where he may or may not be planning aquatic “accidents” to befall the many other authors who live in the area and he has been mistaken for Rob Zombie on no less than ten separate occasions.

Twitter @MegaDeluxo

 

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Soul Killer by Ross Greenwood – Book Review

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The Soul Killer

‘Repent in this life, rejoice in the next…’

A murder made to look like suicide. Another that appears to be an accident. DI Barton investigates the tragedies that have shattered a family’s lives, but without obvious leads the case goes nowhere. 

Then, when the remains of a body are found, everything points to one suspect.

Barton and his team move quickly, and once the killer is behind bars, they can all breathe a sigh of relief. But death still lurks in the shadows, and no one’s soul is safe. Not even those of the detectives…

How do you stop a killer that believes life is a rehearsal for eternity, and their future is worth more than your own…?

Ross Greenwood writes gritty, heart-pounding thrillers, with twists aplenty, and unforgettable endings. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

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MY REVIEW 

This starts with the disturbing childhood of a young boy and his ultra religious mother…he is used to pain!

DI Barton is still recovering from dealing with the Snow Killer, when he starts investigating sudden deaths in a family.

As the body count grows Barton is drawn into the dark mind of the Soul Killer….

I can’t say too much for fear of spoiling the plot, but this is a dark, psychological serial killer thriller. It’s disturbing, action filled, truly chilling and thoroughly engrossing. 

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and and an eARC of the book.

 

Purchase Links – https://amzn.to/32oszvj

 

Author Bio – 

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Ross Greenwood is the author of six crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough. 

 

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Wrong Move by Jennifer Savin – Book Review

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YOU THOUGHT IT WAS THE PERFECT FLAT…

When Jessie moves into a flatshare at Maver Place, she’s finally found a decent place to live.

And when she’s befriended by fellow tenants Lauren and Sofie, she’s got great flatmates to share it with.

You think she’s safe. You think she can trust these people.

You’re wrong.

When you flatshare, how well do you really know the people that you’re living with?

The Wrong Move is a dark, twisty domestic thriller following Jessie, who moves into a new flatshare in Brighton with three other flatmates. She thinks she’s found the perfect place to live – but when she learns that a previous flatmate has disappeared in suspicious circumstances, she starts to doubt if she can really trust these strangers after all.

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MY REVIEW 

Set in Brighton, Jessie is looking for a new flat share after ending an abusive relationship. After many viewings she finds the perfect place to live. Her flat mates are friendly, some more than others. 

Lauren is super friendly and welcoming, helping a Jessie to settle in, Sofie is in a relationship with the ego that is Henry and is rarely at home and Marcus is quiet and a bit of a loner, but friendly and helpful,

For the first couple of months everything is fine and settled but then Jessie’s anxiety ramps up due to odd little incidents……what happened to the previous occupant of her room, Magda? 

Who can she really trust? 

I really enjoyed The Wrong Move, it has a creeping, subtle tension which is enhanced by the clever writing, the way the perspective of the narrative changes between the characters, sometimes within the same paragraph really added to the weird sense of unease.

An unsettling, gripping and thoroughly entertaining read.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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JENNIFER SAVIN is an award-winning journalist and currently Features Writer at Cosmopolitan. Jennifer has a particular passion for investigative journalism – something which has found her in all manner of situations, from going undercover to share a tiny bedroom with a stranger for 10 days while tackling the housing crisis, to going undercover to expose the ‘landloards’ offering vulnerable women free rent in exchange for sex.

 

The Wrong Move is her debut novel.

 

You can follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniSavin

and Instagram @savcity 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

The Murder Game by Rachel Abbott – Book Review

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The dark and breathtakingly tense new novel from the queen of psychological thrillers

A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’ wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin?

He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin.

What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?

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MY REVIEW

Jemma and Matt had been invited to the wedding of Lucas and Nina at the beautiful Polskirran in Cornwall. But after a tragedy the wedding is cancelled. But now on the anniversary Lucas has invited everyone back…..but why?

Lucas tells everyone they are going to play a game…..but things take a nasty turn…

The police arrive and Stephanie King begins her investigation.

This is such a gripping read, with great characters, a twisty involved plot that really keeps you guessing and so much tension from start to finish. A thoroughly entertaining read.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Rachel Abbott began her career as an independent author in 2011, with Only the Innocent, which became a No.1 bestseller on Kindle, topping the chart for four weeks. Since then, she has published eight further psychological thrillers and sold over 3 million copies. She is one of the top-selling authors of all time in the UK Kindle store, and her novels have been translated into 21 languages.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction.

 

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

I Am Dust by Louise Beech – Book Review

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When iconic musical Dust is revived twenty years after the leading actress was murdered in her dressing room, a series of eerie events haunts the new cast…

The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…

Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?

Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games?

Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything.

And Chloe has been watching…

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MY REVIEW

Oh my heart, where do I start…..?

I Am Dust is set against the background of a busy theatre and is told in two timelines, 2005 and 2019. In 2005 three teenagers play a game, a game involving a ouija board……they want ‘powers’. But be careful what you wish for.

In 2019 Chloe still works in the theatre but starts to remember bits and pieces from the past….she sees and hears strange voices and she wonders if any of it is real. 

Then Ginger comes home and Chloe remembers!

I love this book, the characters are so real from the troubled Chloe and her self harm, Ginger and her ambition to the larger than life Chester, I felt for them all. 

This is a beautifully written tale, full of emotion, of love and longing with a poignancy that will cause tears. The supernatural edge gives this a darkness and some really creepy and goosebumpy moments. An incredible supernatural thriller, a definite must read and I love it.

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

 

You can buy a copy here : https://amzn.to/2XGw8OF   Or better still an independent bookstore…..  (Really you should, it’s a brilliant read !!!)

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. Her second book, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, War fiction

All In Her Head by Nikki Smith – Book Review

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An emotionally charged suspense about the dark corners of a mother’s mind, perfect for fans of Erin Kelly and Louise Candlish.

A haunting and compelling book that shines a light on the darkest corners of the human psyche and makes us question our limits.

Alison is more alone than she’s ever been. She is convinced that her ex-husband Jack is following her. She is certain she recognises the strange woman who keeps approaching her in the canteen.

She knows she has a good reason to be afraid. She just can’t remember why.

Then the mention of one name turns her life upside down.

Alison feels like she’s losing her mind . . . but it could just lead her to the truth.
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MY REVIEW 

All In Her Head is the story of Alison who has amnesia after suffering a trauma in her past. 

She sees people who she thinks she knows but is worried one of them may have been responsible for her trauma. Her sense of fear and paranoia builds, as the reader begins to see the larger story, how Alison’s mental health is drawing her deeper into her fears.

With plenty of twists and surprises this unique thriller is so clever, utterly compelling and is a read in one sitting book. Brilliant.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Nikki studied English Literature at University before pursuing a career in finance. She always had a passion for writing and in 2017 she applied for a Curtis Brown Creative writing course. Later that year she had a short story published and submitted the opening chapters of her novel to a competition where she won the opportunity to be mentored by the author Amanda Reynolds, and the rest was history. 

Book reviews, Family drama, Psychlogical thriller

Mine by Clare Empson – Book Review


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Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?’

On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He’s an A&R man, she’s an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their new-born son Samuel.

But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he finds his birth mother Alice, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love.

When Hannah goes back to work, Luke asks Alice to look after their son. But Alice – fuelled with grief from when her baby was taken from her 27 years ago – starts to fall in love with Samuel. And Luke won’t settle for his mother pushing him aside once again…

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MY REVIEW 

This is a psychological thriller with an emotional edge.

Luke had been adopted when very young and he now has a family of his own. He has a young son, Samuel with his partner Hannah.

He is newly reunited with his birth mother, Alice who helps take care of Samuel so Hannah can go back to work.

Told in two distinct times lines, Alice’s from the past and Luke’s in the present and set in the world of art and music.

Without spoiling the plot, this is a beautifully written story with a slowly building tension, a family drama with a twist that’s gripping as you watch someone fall apart.

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. 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann – Book Review


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Gone Girl meets Room in this page-turning thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents

A windowless shack in the woods. Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee – but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called ‘Lena’, who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle which doesn’t quite seem to fit.

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MY REVIEW

14 years ago Lena Beck went missing, her father, Matthias has never given up hope.

When a young woman is taken to hospital after a hit and run accident, Matthias is told this may be his daughter, as the little girl with her, Hannah, says the woman’s name is Lena.

It’s not Lena and he is bitterly disappointed, only to find out Hannah is his granddaughter…..so what has happened to Lena?

Oh my, this is a disturbing tale, Hannah is decidedly odd, but then if you’d been living in a windowless cabin all your life then it’s understandable. Her brother, Jonathan is traumatised by events that lead to their escape too and Jasmine is terrified….and this is just the beginning.

I found this to be an incredible, completely engrossing read. It’s so well written, with a plot that keeps you on tenterhooks throughout. It grabs you from the very start and doesn’t let go. Dealing with the trauma of abduction, violence and fear it’s not an easy read at times but so compelling.

A fantastically chilling and original thriller….this is a must read. 

Thank you to Quercus Books for the opportunity to read Dear Child for free. This is my honest and unbiased review. 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Dead Ringer by Nicola Martin – Book Review

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Get ready to meet the other you.

Just upload your photo to get started. Using the latest facial recognition software, plus your votes, MeetYourDouble will find your doppelgänger.

She might be an astronaut or a model. He might live half a world away … or a few miles down the road. You share the same face. Who knows what else you might have in common?

Start now…

The idea is simple, vain, and exciting. Tap the app, upload a picture of yourself, find your lookalike. Set up a meeting to see whether you have anything else in common.

When Ella and Jem meet, the physical resemblance is uncanny, but their lives couldn’t be more different. One is from a tiny island in a deprived Northern community – pretty much the back of beyond – where she has no job, no boyfriend, limited prospects.

The other is a London socialite, an aspiring actress living in a multi million-pound mansion. By all appearances, she’s living a charmed life, but she’s got some serious shit to run away from. Both of them have. Can either hide in her double’s skin? And at what cost? Will it solve any of the problems, or merely compound them?
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MY REVIEW

Jem and Ella meet afternoon being matched on the MeetYourDouble app. They may look alike but they are from different worlds.

Jem is a bold, brash party girl, an aspiring actor and singer with wealthy parents and has a flat in Chelsea.

Ella, is quiet, a cleaner in a hotel and whose parents run a failing caravan park and she lives in a tiny, shabby caravan in Cumbria.

Ella travels to London to meet Jem and Ella sees a different life. She returns home but Jem soon travels to Cumbria to visit. They decide to swap lives for a short holiday from their own messy lives……what on earth could go wrong?

I won’t say much more about the plot for fear of spoiling it, but I can this is a psychological thriller with a unique edge. It brings to life the destructive nature of envy and the reality that happiness is more than material things. 

Dark, tense, thought provoking and yet incredibly sad too. An utterly compelling thriller from the first to last page. 

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

 

You can buy a copy here:  https://amzn.to/2PuNEAD

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Nicola Martin studied at the University of East Anglia and the University of California, Berkeley. After many years working as a senior copywriter in the low carbon technology sphere, she is now a freelance writer. Dead Ringer is her first novel.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Beast by Matt Wesolowski – Book Review

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Continuing the unique, explosive Six Stories series, based around six podcasts comes a compulsive, taut and terrifying thriller, and a bleak and distressing look at modern society’s desperation for attention. Beast will unveil a darkness from which you may never return…

In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.

Three young men, part of an alleged cult, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.

Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, and the tragic and chilling legend of the Ergarth Vampire…

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MY REVIEW 

#4 in the Six Stories series and can be read as a stand-alone. But, in my opinion you are missing out on a fantastic series if you don’t also read the previous three books.

This really is an amazing read. Written as a series of podcasts by Scott King, with each episode an interview with one of six people. Witnesses, friends, family and acquaintances of the victim.

Lizzie B is a vlogger, with a large following, she’s beautiful, kind and very popular. She is taking part in the Dead In Six Days challenge and if she completes each challenge set by Vladlena, on the sixth day she meets a vampire. She posts daily updates to YouTube and her following is growing.

When Lizzie is found dead in the Tankerville ‘Vampire’ Tower’ the rumours and accusations begin to fly. Even though her killers were caught and imprisoned, Scott King wants to find out more.

Was Lizzie’s death the result of a prank gone wrong or something else entirely?

I love this book, from the podcast format to the story of the Ergarth Vampire, including vampire legend and even little mentions of Dracula.

It’s also a cautionary tale of those who feel their lives are measured by online likes, followers and subscribers. That being popular and ‘relevant’ is the be all and end all and has to be gained no matter what the cost. It’s beautifully written, dark, incredibly creepy and with some deliciously goosebumpy moments too and kept me totally gripped from start to the chilling ending. I loved every minute.

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

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2Vn8BBo

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
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Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more. 

His novella, The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.