Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Looker by Laura Sims – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The Professor lives in Brooklyn; her partner Nathan left her when she couldn’t have a baby. All she has now is her dead-end teaching job, her ramshackle apartment, and Nathan’s old moggy, Cat. Who she doesn’t even like.

The Actress lives a few doors down. She’s famous and beautiful, with auburn hair, perfect skin, a lovely smile. She’s got children – a baby, even. And a husband who seems to adore her. She leaves her windows open, even at night.

There’s no harm, the Professor thinks, in looking in through the illuminated glass at that shiny, happy family, fantasizing about them, drawing ever closer to the actress herself. Or is there?

TV rights acquired by Entertainment One – former The Newsroom star Emily Mortimer to produce and star

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MY REVIEW 

This story is told from the perspective of the Professor, her attempts to get pregnant have failed, her husband, Nathan has left her and she only has Cat to keep her company, and she doesn’t really like Cat. Poor Cat !

She becomes obsessed with The Actress, her neighbour with the perfect life, beautiful and glamourous. She imagines situations where they would meet, laugh and become friends…..all the while watching, walking past her house and building a collection of momentos….

As her mind gradually unravels, she becomes angry at everyone and everything….

This is an utterly compelling tale, disturbing and heartbreaking at the same time….it shows how some people use others’ lives as a measure of their own, leading to dissatisfaction and feelings of inadequacy, especially when at a low point. 

Unsettling, disturbing and I felt like a voyeur myself, watching this drama unfold. Thought provoking and magnificent…

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 

https://amzn.to/2SA5UsF

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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 Laura Sims is the author of four books of poetry, and LOOKER is her debut novel. She lives in Brooklyn.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Riverflow by Alison Layland – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want nothing more than to be left in peace to pursue their off-grid life. But when the very real prospect of fracking hits their village, they are drawn in to the frontline protests.

During a spring of relentless rain, a series of mysterious threats and suspicious accidents put friendships on the line and the Sherwells’ marriage under unbearable tension. Is there a connection with their uncle’s death? As the river rises under torrential rain, pressure mounts, Bede’s sense of self begins to crumble and Elin is no longer sure who to believe or what to believe in.

 

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MY REVIEW 

This is a clever psychological thriller with a slowly building sense of suspense and tension…..

Bede and Elin are grieving after a recent death in the family….so they decide to move to a lovely rural setting but then there’s mention of beginning fracking in the area….so they join the local protests…

This gently tells of the threat of fracking on the environment and corporate greed to give this a relevant feel. There’s also the family issues and an old diary,  which are really the central part of this story…

Beautifully descriptive of the rural setting and the watery theme with well developed characters and shows family secrets and their sometimes shocking consequences…a compelling read.

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. 

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About Alison Layland:

Alison Layland is a writer and translator. Raised in Newark and Bradford, she now lives on the Wales/Shropshire border. She studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University and translates from German, French and Welsh into English. Her published translations include a number of bestselling novels.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonLayland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonLaylandAuthor/

Website: http://www.alayland.uk/

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/dp/1909983977/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=riverflow&qid=1562847625&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Amazon US:

https://www.amazon.com/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/dp/1909983977/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1562847916&sr=8-1

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/riverflow/alison-layland/9781909983977

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/riverflow,alison-layland-9781909983977?term=riverflow+ali

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Alison-Layland/Riverflow/23619095

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/9781909983977

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Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and ebook formats by Honno Press on 20th June 2019.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Call Me A Liar by Colette McBeth – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

You could say it started with vanity. We believed we were special. But the truth is we were simply vulnerable.

One of them is lying. One of them is guilty. No one is safe.

Months after landing their dream job, five brilliant young minds are sent on a remote retreat. But when one of them disappears, they’re forced to question why they were brought here in the first place, and how far they’d go to get what they want.

And for the first time in their lives, they realise too much knowledge can be deadly.

This is the chilling story of what happens when the idealism of youth turns toxic. Can it ever be justified to do bad things for the greater good?

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MY REVIEW 

When Libby sees a poster, advertising ‘Can you crack the code’, her and boyfriend Joe get started, eventually they manage….Will they get a job now?

Libby’s Uncle has told her his business is struggling, so feeling a little responsible, she really needs a job. So when Freetech offer her and Joe a position they jump at the chance…..

They find themselves, using social engineering to gain security information from various sources…..Kyle, the boss confirms the companies are their clients and the intent is to highlight the holes in security …so all above board !

The gang of 5, Libby, Joe, Tess, Will and Asha are then invited to a corporate team building stay, a luxury break…all expenses paid…so off they go, but what is Tess up to? Who is the mysterious Tomaz?….

So when one of them goes missing, they come to realise a little knowledge is a dangerous thing…and their naive, idealistic world comes to a rude awakening…

A contemporary and relevant thriller with its marvellous twists, incredible and well plotted by Colette McBeth…..I can thoroughly recommend it….

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 (and it’s only 99p for Kindle at the Moment too)

https://amzn.to/2JTkgjL

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Colette McBeth is the critically acclaimed author of psychological thrillers Precious Thing, The Life I Left Behind and An Act of Silence. Colette was a BBC TV News television correspondent for ten years, during which time she covered many major crime stories and worked out of Westminster as a political reporter. She lives on the South Coast with her husband and three children.

Twitter @colettemcbeth Facebook /colettemcbethauthor colettemcbeth.co.uk

 

PRAISE FOR COLETTE MCBETH

‘Clever, atmospheric and truly scary. Colette is the real deal’ Marian Keyes

 

‘SLICK AND PACEY’

Renée Knight, author of DISCLAIMER

 

‘A rare thing: gripping but compassionate’

Paula Hawkins

 

‘THRILLING . . . SHIFTS LIKE QUICKSAND UNDER YOUR FEET’

Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID

 

‘Topical, morally ambiguous and with a pace that never lets up, it’s a blistering thriller written with Colette’s usual deftness of touch. Brilliant!’

Tammy Cohen

 

‘Superb. So topical and fast paced’

Michelle Adams

 

‘I loved this book … It combines a furiously twisty plot with utterly believable characters. A winner’

Elly Griffiths

 

‘Good line after great line and a brilliant, totally contemporary setting’

Jane Casey

 

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond – Book Review

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One hot summer, Dee disappeared. Now she’s back…but she’s not the girl you knew.

Sera and Dee were the best of friends.

Until the day that Dee and her brother Leo vanished from Sera’s life, during a long hot summer thirty years ago.

Now Sera is an adult, with her own child, five-year-old Katie, and has returned to her childhood home after her husband’s death.

While she grieves, the past haunts Sera at every turn … and then Dee and Leo return to their small Hampshire village, along with Dee’s young daughter.

But Dee is silent and haunted by her demons; no longer the fun-loving girl that Sera loved. And when Sera uncovers the shocking secret that Dee is hiding, it’s clear that the girl she knew is long gone – and that the adult she has grown into might put all of them in danger…

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MY REVIEW 

Darkest Summer by Ella Drummond is a psychological thriller which will make you think……how many of your friends have you lost touch with….do you wonder how some people just seem to drop off the earth? Well this has one reason !!!!

Sera’s husband died and so she decides to return to her hometown, with her daughter. 30 years previously her friend Dee and her brother Leo disappeared, but then they suddenly return with no explanation as to where they have been or why…

I found this to be a twisty thriller,  with so many questions….what was Dee hiding? Why did she seem so different? And why return now?

Dark and full of tension and marvellously descriptive writing, so you can feel the suspense seeping off the pages….brilliant and a perfect summer read.

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side 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.

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2SrGCwU

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Ella Drummond recently signed a two-book deal with Hera Books. Her first psychological thriller, My Last Lie is out now and The Darkest Summer will be out on 18 July 2019 and is available for pre-order.

She lives with her husband on the island of Jersey and you can follow her on Twitter @drummondella1 and Facebook  : https://www.facebook.com/EllaDrummondWrites/ 

Book reviews, Horror, Psychlogical thriller

The Shadow Man by Mark Brownless – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Idyllic memories. A perfect childhood. A secret buried for thirty years.

None of us could remember why we drifted apart – we were always so close at school but then… you know. That was thirty years ago, and I hadn’t thought of my school friends in all that time – it was like I’d been made to forget.

And then the dreams started. Dreams that I knew I’d had before. Horrific dreams of fear and fire and death. Dreams of the Shadow Man, a ghostly urban legend who seemed to hang over my home village like an evil spirit. I’d begun to remember, my memories of back then becoming two-dimensional – a lie to mask what really happened – and I knew we’d have to go back. Back to Janey, because she never left.

What did happen to us back then, and do we really want to know? And what about the supernatural horror lurking in the shadows – could we face the Shadow Man again?

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MY REVIEW 

The Shadow Man by Mark Brownless is a psychological horror thriller.

I found this to be a fast paced, gripping, nail biter of a thriller that will keep you on edge from start to finish.

There are some similarities to Stephen King’s, IT, bit without Pennywise but set in Lincolnshire, UK.

A group of young friends experienced some horrific events one summer, but they have since forgotten them…a form of selective amnesia……but then 30 years later the dreams begin.

So, Philippa, Sally, Clara and Katie return to their home village to meet with Jamey, who had never left.

Their memories then start to return and they remember the Shadow Man and the burnings…..

“The Shadow Man comes out at night

The Shadow Man in plain sight

The Shadow Man is gone by dawn

Taking souls for us to mourn”

Has the Shadow Man returned after 30 years?

Can the women put an end to this ? Will they all survive ? Or will The Shadow Man burn some more?

I loved the believable characters, the relationship between the friends and the interaction between them and the banter and insults they trade felt so familiar and real. 

This is an utterly compelling read, the creepy Shadow Man is a thing of nightmares and I’m going to be very wary of looking out of the window at night for a long time!!  !(even without the ‘shrooms). If you like horror and a creepy thriller then you’ll love this. 

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 

https://amzn.to/2XSGgW1

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Mark Brownless lives and works in Carmarthen, West Wales.

He has been putting ideas on paper for some years now but only when the idea for THE HAND OF AN ANGEL came to him in the autumn of 2015 did he know he might be able to write a book. Mark likes to write about ordinary people being placed in extraordinary circumstances, is fascinated by unexplained phenomena, and enjoys merging thriller, science fiction and horror. 

Mark’s new novel, The Shadow Man is a terrifying horror thriller imagining what would happen if you found out the memories of your childhood were untrue, and that something sinister was lurking behind the facade of your life. Could you face what had happened back then? Could you face The Shadow Man.

Mark is also fascinated by myths and legends such as those of Robin Hood and King Arthur. This has culminated in the release of his short story series, Locksley, a Robin Hood story.

 

Website : http://www.markbrownless.com/

Twitter : @MarkBrownless

 

The Shadow Man by Mark Brownless

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (21 April 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1093368896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1093368895

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Man-psychological-thriller-devastating/dp/1093368896

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Wicked Girl by I.V Olokita – Book Review

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“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 

https://amzn.to/2O0PKtH

 

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

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Woman At Number 19 by J.A. Baker – Book Review

 

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Esther lost her husband, Julian, and her children, Harriet and Dexter, in a car accident and is struggling with her grief.   

Her only friend is Amy, a young lady who lives close by and visits Esther to keep her company. 

Esther’s sister, Charlotte, also visits from time to time but Esther despises her. She believes that Charlotte had an affair with Julian and was planning to run off with him and the children on the same journey that killed her family and left Charlotte seriously injured. 

From her window, Esther watches her new neighbour and becomes concerned about the erratic and abusive behaviour she displays towards her husband and children.

Spurred on by her own loneliness and a need to make amends for not being able to save her own children, Esther takes it upon herself to watch the woman who lives at number 19 and keep a record of her cruelty with a mind to reporting it to the authorities. 

When unexplainable incidents begin to happen in Esther’s house, she begins to fear for her safety and as more and more strangers appear in her life uninvited, she becomes bewildered and disorientated.

Meanwhile, over at number 19, the woman’s behaviour is becoming more explosive and unpredictable. 

As Esther starts to lose her grip on reality, her world begins to unravel, leaving her wondering – just who is this strange woman at number 19 and why is Esther so obsessed with her?

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MY REVIEW

Oh my tattered and broken heart…….what a read!

Esther is a lonely, 45 year old woman. She lives alone after the death of her husband Julian, and her two children, Dexter and Harriet. Her grief has destroyed her, it’s broken her.

Amy, a young women, visits Esther and does little chores for her, but mainly has a cup of tea and a chat. She’s the only brightness in Esther’s world. She’s a nurse and is excited about her forthcoming wedding.

Esther is watching her neighbour across the street, the woman is cruel to her children, so she starts keeping notes…she needs the evidence before she speaks to the authorities….

Esther gets a visit from her sister Charlotte, she can’t understand why she would bother….it’s all her fault, having an affair with Julian, and was in the car with Julian, taking the children away from her when the tragic accident happened…..

Soon after the visit, Esther’s world starts to get confused, things are moved in the house, pictures torn to pieces….who is doing this? But then she sees her husband, her dead husband in the house at number 19…..and her world comes crashing down!!

This is an utterly gripping read, I honestly read this in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down…..it’s so tragic to see Esther falling apart…..will she get the help she clearly needs…..or is there more trauma to come?……I was left with goosebumps. Stunning.

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.  This is my honest, unbiased review. 

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2JOJ8cl

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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J.A. BAKER was born and brought up in North East England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.

She has an interest in local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but especially enjoys psychological thrillers.

J.A. Baker has four grown-up children and a grandchild and lives in a village near Darlington with her husband and madcap dog.

Her first book, Undercurrent was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and went straight into the Top 100. Since then she has had five other books released, three of which also made it into the Amazon Top 100 rankings.

The Woman at Number 19 is her 7th novel.

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Girl In The Grave by Helen Phifer – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB  

At least they’d found her. Once the site was processed and the girl’s body removed, they’d be able to identify her so that her family could give her the burial she deserved. This innocent girl was far too young to be lying in a grave, crushed under the weight of someone else’s coffin…

When the body of a teenage girl is found hidden inside a stranger’s grave in a small-town cemetery in the Lake District, an urgent call is made to Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams. One look at the beautiful girl’s broken body is enough to bring Beth out of hiding for the first time since an attempt on her own life…

Beth doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence that the victim was found the same day a threatening gift was left on the doorstep of her secluded home. Her instincts are telling her that it’s a trap, that she should run for safety. But she knows she’s the only one with the expertise to help her trusted friend, Detective Josh Walker, crack the most shocking case of his career.

The tiny traces of material Beth finds beneath the victim’s fingernails is the break in the case the team need to chase down this twisted killer. But this critical lead comes at a dangerous price, exposing Beth’s whereabouts and dragging her back into the line of fire once again.

With Beth’s own life on the line, the investigation is already cracking under the pressure. Then another local girl goes missing… Can Beth stay alive long enough to catch the killer before he claims his next victim?

An absolutely gripping new crime thriller that will grab fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross and Angela Marsons from the very first page and leave them gasping for breath by the last.

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MY REVIEW 

During a ‘routine’ exhumation, a body is found buried under the coffin…..Dr Beth Adams is called in as the forensic pathologist and it’s found to be murder…..but who is the young woman ?

When Annie Potts goes missing, they are concerned it could be the same person that’s taken her…..so DS Josh Walker starts the hunt.

In the meantime, someone is watching Beth.

Due to a violent attack in her past, she is taking self defence classes and has upgraded the security in her lakeside home…..still paranoid, she finds it hard to relax and only Josh knows why….as he had reached her just in time and saved her……all Beth wants is her life back…

But just who is sending her letters? And who is leaving her little ‘presents’ at her home?

This is an easy read, it just flows so well.  A mix of CSI pathology, police procedural and fear……will Josh be able to save Beth again?…..

There’s so much tension in this fast paced thriller it will keep you on tenterhooks right to the very end…….

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. 

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07QQ34JBXSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Phxl95

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2IE3SEY

Googleplay: http://ow.ly/APUL30osVA4

 

Author Bio:

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Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.

Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own. 

 

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Crime writer Joseph Knox’s work has been hailed as gritty as MacBride, as noir as Connelly, as well written as Rankin, yet rendered very much with his own voice.

‘A crime fiction masterpiece’ – Metro ‘Razor sharp’ – Lee Child

‘A powerhouse of noir’ – Val McDermid

 

These are thrillers set in the dark urban sprawl of a city in Northern England, an examination of the underbelly of society, those on the outside, some by design, others by misfortune. Detective Aidan Waits lurches through this landscape in search of answers, encountering trouble around each corner he turns.

As a series of rolling blackouts plunge the city into darkness, Detective Aidan Waits sits on an abandoned hospital ward, watching a mass murderer slowly die.Transferred from his usual night shift duties and onto protective custody, he has just one job…

To extract the location of Martin Wick’s final victim before the notorious mass murderer passes away.

Wick has spent over a decade in prison, in near-total silence, having confessed to an unspeakable crime that shocked the nation and earned him the nickname of The Sleepwalker.

But when a daring premeditated attack leaves one police officer dead and another one fighting for his life, Wick’s whispered last words will send Waits on a journey into the heart of darkness…

Manipulated by a reticent psychopath from his past, and under investigation from his new partner, Detec- tive Constable Naomi Black,Waits realises too late that a remorseless contract killer is at work.

Can Aidan Waits solve his last case before fleeing justice?

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MY REVIEW 

Martin Wick jailed for killing the Moore family, is dying of lung cancer. DC Aiden Waits, along with DS Peter (Sutty) Sutclife are babysitting him on the hope of a death bed confession, where is Lizzie Moore’s body?

But, one night, the armed officer guarding the room has his throat cut, a Molotov cocktail is thrown into Wick’s room, killing him and seriously injuring Sutty…..where was Aiden? Chasing a soap sucking junkie with a tattooed face that’s where…..why was she there? 

This is one of the most incredibly well plotted thrillers I’ve ever read !!!

Aiden is a troubled man to say the least, ex-drug addict, depressed and suicidal….with enemies everywhere, including the successful ‘businessman‘ Zain Carver, senior police officers and a firearms officer…to name a few..

There’s murder, blackmail, violence and many many suspects in this dark and gritty tale, but it flows brilliantly into a twisty thriller that tears along at breakneck speed from the start to the nerve wracking ending…..an absolutely stunning read, by that I mean I am left truly stunned and I’m going to have to read it again……amazing writing by by Joseph Knox…..I loved every minute….

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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Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London. There he worked at head office Waterstones selecting the crime thrillers and classics for focus attention across the company.

 

Now writing full time, he runs, writes and reads compulsively.

 

His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller. The Sleepwalker is the third book in the DC Aidan Waits series.

 

Joseph is available for events and interviews – for further information and review copies, please contact Alison Barrow abarrow@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk | 020 8231 6654

  

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking, as the body is found in the garden of her childhood home. The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the Dorset island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.

But one thing rings true…

You can’t bury the truth forever.
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MY REVIEW 

This starts with eleven year old Stella and her family leaving her beloved home on the isolated Evergreen Island. It’s dark and stormy, but her father insists they leave. Stella is heartbroken, leaving her best friend Jill…

Her sister, Bonnie is glad to be leaving, she felt she didn’t belong, especially after meeting Iona.

The girls also have a brother, Danny, who’s a quiet boy and just wants to be by himself…..others on the island think he’s a bit odd.

The story jumps to 2018, with Stella, now in her thirties and a family counsellor. Her parents split up, her mother then died, Danny just walked out re has been no contact since and Bonnie is an alcoholic……just what went happened on that island to mess them all up so much?

Watching the news one evening, Stella recognises their old home, a body has been found buried in the garden……is it someone they know?

Stella returns to the island, she feels she has come home at last….but she is determined to find out why they had to leave so suddenly, but what secrets will she find when delving into the past?

A stunning tale of secrets and lies that may break what’s left of the family…..should some secrets remain buried? An intriguing and atmospheric read.

My thanks to Rachel Kennedy, Publicity Manager, Arrow & Century, for a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Heidi Parks’ debut novel Now You SeemHer twice reached the Sunday Times bestseller list, first in hardback in July 2018 at No.9 and again at No.6 in paperback in March 2019 where it was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick for Spring 2019. Now You See Her has sold over 120,000 copies across formats to date and it has reached a staggering 200 five star reviews on Amazon from readers. It has also been optioned for TV from the production company behind BBC One’s The Minaturist and Channel 4’s National Treasure.

Heidi Perks worked as a marketing director for a financial director before leaving to become a full-time mother and writer, She is a graduate of the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative Online Novel Writing Course (the only creative writing school run by a literary agency). Follow Heidi on Twitter @HeidiPerksBooks and join in the conversation with #ComeBackForMe.

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Chain by Adrian McKinty – Book Review

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You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. 

You are now part of The Chain

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MY REVIEW

 

“What is being asked of you may seem impossible now but it is entirely within your capabilities.”

 

Rachel drops her daughter Kylie at the bus stop, same as usual. But she then receives a call to say Kylie has been kidnapped and to keep her safe, Rachel much follow the rules.,..She’s in the Chain now !

The voice tells her, pay $25,000 to a given account, or Kylie will die, no police or Kylie will die, she must follow the rules or Kylie will die!

The rules are complex, but basically Rachel has to kidnap another child, make the same demands as she has been given…..only once these have been followed will Kylie be released, unharmed. She must not break the chain!

What follows is one of the most tense thrillers I’ve ever read, with that most searching of questions, What would you do to save your child? Could you kill another child? How far would you go?

Rachel is a fantastic character, struggling with her cancer diagnosis and the ever present threat of reoccurrence (I know how this feels), yet finds the strength of a mother bear defending its cub….

Incredibly plotted by Adrian McKinty, with complex rules in a ‘game’ that seem all too plausible, which makes this terrifying. Completely  believable and utterly compelling… …it really is a must read. 

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers 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.

You can buy a copy here 

https://amzn.to/2JEmHGG

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 on, in Denver, Colorado, where he taught high school English and began writing fiction. He lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two children. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

What You Did by Claire McGowan – Book Review

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A vicious assault. A devastating accusation. Who should she trust, her husband or her best friend?

It was supposed to be the perfect reunion: six university friends together again after twenty years. Host Ali finally has the life she always wanted, a career she can be proud of and a wonderful family with her college boyfriend, now husband. But that night her best friend makes an accusation so shocking that nothing will ever be the same again.

When Karen staggers in from the garden, bleeding and traumatised, she claims that she has been assaulted by Ali’s husband, Mike. Ali must make a split-second decision: who should she believe? Her horrified husband, or her best friend? With Mike offering a very different version of events, Ali knows one of them is lying, but which? And why? 

When the ensuing chaos forces her to re-examine the golden era the group shared at university, Ali realises there are darker memories too. Memories that have lain dormant for decades. Memories someone would kill to protect.

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MY REVIEW 

Six college friends have a reunion 25 years later. 

When the alcohol flows they begin to reminisce but then Karen, battered and bruised, says Mike,  married to Ali, raped her……..

Ali’s life starts to unravel…..who does she believe…?

The story jumps between the past and the present to gradually build a picture of what had happened …..just who is telling the truth ?

What follows is a story of lies, denials and betrayals. Where old grievances and prejudices are brought into the open…..I have to say I didn’t really find any of the characters particularly likeable…but I think that’s the point…so you can look at the story objectively and not side with anyone….it deals with tough issues so is not a light read, but is definitely compelling…..

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 Claire McGowan:

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Born in Northern Ireland in 1981, Claire McGowan studied in Oxford then lived overseas in France and China. She is the author of standalone thriller The Fall, and the Paula Maguire series, including The Lost, The Dead Ground, The Silent Dead, A Savage Hunger, Blood Tide, and The Killing House. The Paula Maguire series was optioned by the BBC in 2014. A ten-part radio drama written by Claire was broadcast on Radio 4 in early 2019, and as a screenwriter she was selected as the 2017/18 Nickelodeon International Writing Fellow.

Claire set up the Crime Thriller Writing MA at City University, London, and has also taught for the Arvon Foundation, Guardian Masterclasses and at many literary festivals.

As Eva Woods, she has published four women’s fiction novels, including the bestselling How To Be Happy.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/inkstainsclaire

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaireMcGowanAuthor/

Website: https://www.ink-stains.co.uk/

 

 

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Did-Claire-McGowan/dp/1542007267/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1561547467&sr=8-2

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Last Stage by Louise Voss – Book Review

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At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now she lives incognito in a cottage on the grounds of Minstead House, an old stately home, whilst working in the gift shop. Her past is behind her and she enjoys her new life.

But a series of inexplicable and unsettling incidents have started to happen around her – broken china, vandalised gardens… And when a body is found in the gardens of Minstead House, Meredith realises that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is and who wants to destroy her…

A dark, riveting and chilling psychological thriller, The Final Stage is a study of secrets and obsessions, where innocent acts can have the most terrifying consequences.

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MY REVIEW 

Meredith works in a Shop, it’s attached to a stately home and she loves the isolation and peace…..but there’s a few unsettling things, a break in at the shop, a dead rat and flowers beheaded. Nothing too sinister, but due to an event in her past it’s causing her a lot of stress and paranoia..

After a drunken ‘knee trembler’ with her boss Ralph, she is guilt ridden as he’s the husband of a friend…but when she finds him dead….panic sets in.

She calls her twin brother, Pete, for help……then after another death she begins to fear for her safety……so do the police!

Meredith, now 50, seemed a bit wet, but the more you hear of her and her past your realise she is a bit of a dark horse with reasons for her paranoia….I ended up really liking her character. 

This is a tale of obsession and revenge. An incredibly well plotted thriller with a feeling of menace from the start… and while you have chapters from the past to present and from several perspectives, you are kept guessing right to the nail biting end…I loved every minute.

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 

https://amzn.to/2xCzy6X

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise Voss has had eleven novels published – five solo and six co-written with Mark Edwards: a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction – and sold over 350,000 books. Her most recent book, The Old You, was a number one bestseller in eBook. Louise has an MA (Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at http://www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime- writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.

 

PRAISE FOR LOUISE VOSS’S PREVIOUS BOOK THE OLD YOU

‘Top summer read’ Prima Magazine

 

‘The way the plot unfolds, unfolds – and unfolds again – is brilliant. Poignant, clever and terrifically tense’ William Shaw

 

‘A brilliant tale of deception with a twist that took my breath away’ Mark Edwards

 

‘A cracking page-turner’ Marnie Riches

 

‘A twisty, thrilling read’ Sarah Ward

 

‘Completely gripping’ Cass Green ‘Ingenious and twisty!’ Steph Broadribb

 

‘An expert piece of contrivance’ Publisher’s Weekly

 

 ‘I loved the subtlety and style of Louise Voss’s writing… impossible to put down!’

Sarah Pinborough

 

      

Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Slow Drip by Gary Polisano – Book Review

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When a beautiful and highly intuitive small town police detective is presented with a third related murder, she tries to follow conventional police procedure, while the teenage boy who discovered the body possess clues of his own that may lead directly to the killer, a mysterious figure with seemingly advanced medical knowledge who like to torture his victims in a particular sick manner.

Clues and taunts left by the killer along with the knowledge held by the teenager, cause the three characters to intersect in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

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MY REVIEW

This is a thriller with a supernatural edge….

A serial killer is a schedule to adhere to…abducting, torturing and murdering young women……using their femoral artery to exsanguinate them…..

The Detective. Tina Patterson is studying the little evidence they have, their perpetrator is clearly meticulous and leaving very little forensic evidence behind.

But then we meet Jeff Cronin, who has recently made a psychic connection to one of the victims…..Will he be able to help the police with their investigation?

I found this to be a well plotted thriller with a psychic element and a nicely satisfying end…surprisingly this is Gary Polisano’s debut novel…..an author to watch out for!

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources 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.

 

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Amazon US

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Author Bio –

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Originally from Los Angeles, California, earning an MBA in Business Management. Now, relocated to Northern Utah, Gary Polisano is a baseball fanatic and avid golfer. He currently works in the medical field of pain/spine management. SLOW DRiP is the FIRST in a murder/mystery series with an overtone of the paranormal.

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Divorce by Victoria Jenkins – Book Review

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They seemed like any other couple.

Josh and Lydia Green. A doctor, and a stay-at-home mother. They met at a party, which led to a dinner, which led to a happy and comfortable life together. They married young, and had children earlier than planned.

Their marriage seemed like any other marriage

They have their moments, of course – who doesn’t? With Josh working longer hours in the hospital, and Lydia feeling increasingly isolated at home, the strain is starting to show. They don’t talk as much as they used to.

But they have a secret like no other.

Not every wife is as scared as Lydia.

Not every husband is hiding as much as Josh.

Not everything you think about them is true.

And this book contains a twist like no other…

The Divorce is an absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller which will have you hooked until the final incredible twist. Perfect for everyone who loved Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.

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MY REVIEW

This is a subtle, clever thriller about how we each see different meanings in the same things….

Karen is a psychologist and her clients, Josh and Lydia come to her to seek help with their marital issues…..this interaction between Karen and her clients is the bulk of the story, it also brings her own memories to the fore…how memories as a child may not have the same interpretation as an adult…

As Josh and Lydia’s sessions progress, more and more about their lives and their issues are discussed, reminding Karen of her own marriages, the abuse she endured and a tragedy….is this a coincidence or is there more to Josh and Lydia? Much more!

A quick read with a touch of a thriller and a twist you won’t see coming..

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.

 

Buy links:

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Apple Books: https://apple.co/2VaK4iW

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Googleplay: http://ow.ly/UQC430osfMb

 

About the Author

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Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband and daughter in South Wales, where her series of crime novels featuring Detectives King and Lane is based. Her debut novel The Girls in the Water is an Amazon UK top 30 bestseller, and top 5 bestseller in the Amazon US chart.

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Anglesey Murders by Conrad Jones – Book Review

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DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they’re fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.

In 1995, Peter Moore owned and operated the cinema in Holyhead. It is thought he assaulted over 40 men and he was arrested and charged with four murders, which he’d committed in as many months. He was jailed for life in 1996 and is still the only recorded Welsh serial killer. Fast forward to today and Detective Inspector Alan Williams is investigating a series of murders with uncanny similarities to the Peter Moore attacks. Is there a copycat on the loose or are the murders connected to the local underworld, which controls the supply of narcotics across North Wales and the North West? Finding a motive, is the challenge he might not win. ALL THE TIME THEY’RE TRACKING THE KILLER, THE KILLER IS STALKING THEM…

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MY REVIEW

I have to admit to being a fan of Conrad Jones writing and was looking forward to reading this……I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

It was the first time he’d killed and it felt good”

DI Alan Williams and his, DS Kim Davies investigate murders committed over a short time in North Wales. ( my son went to Uni in Bangor so I know a little of the area).

There is organised crime to deal with, drugs, guns etc and the Welsh Drug Squaf and the NCA…all while trying to solve these murders….are they by the same person or by several?

A marvellously twisty tale, with many characters and suspects to keep this tale racing along. I loved the grim atmosphere, with its stormy weather and dark seas, add the disturbing mind of the murderer, which makes this chilling thriller so gripping …I loved it.

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side 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.

You can buy a copy here (only 99p for Kindle at the moment too)

https://amzn.to/2FQFwFA

Author Bio:

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Conrad Jones a 52-year-old Author, living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.  

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 20th novel, The Journey, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.    

 

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

For fans of BA Paris and Laura Marshall comes the much-anticipated sequel to SWEET LITTLE LIES, the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition winner.

When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife, Rachel, there’s not much she can do. Joseph claims that Rachel has been threatening him, but can’t – or won’t – give Cat details as to why. Dismissing it as a marriage on the rocks, Cat forgets about it. Until Joseph is arrested for murder. But it’s not his wife that he’s killed . . .

Naomi Lockhart was a young PA who worked for Rachel’s sister-in-law, Kirstie Connor. She was found dead after a party that Kirstie hosted that was also attended by Rachel and Joseph and evidence links Joseph to her murder.

 

Complications:

 

  1. Joseph’s defence is that his wife is setting him up.
  2. Rachel is outraged at her husband’s arrest and insists that he is innocent.
  3. The evidence against Joseph might not be beyond reasonable doubt.

 

The truth is never simple. Who would you believe?
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MY REVIEW

#2 book featuring Cat Kinsella, but while you miss the background to the Maryanne story it’s easy to read as a stand-alone.

DC Cat Kinsella is picking up her coffee from The Grindhouse, and the flirty barista, chases after her, he wants a quick chat. He asks for advice on his wife, said she’s acting oddly and threatening him, saying she will make him pay…..he won’t elaborate any further so Cat tells him it could be Controlling and Coercive behaviour and to speak to his local police station……she then forgets it, but gets her coffee elsewhere from then on…

Then the body of Naomi Lockhart is found and when interviewing friends and family, they find Joseph, the flirty Barista….is a prime suspect.

He says his wife is setting him up……she says he didn’t do it…just who did kill Naomi?

This is told in Cat’s voice, her humour and personality shine through with all its flaws and personal life issues alongside her determination as a detective. The working relationship she has with Parnell feels so true to life, with its banter and emotions…all credit to Caz Frear’s creative writing…..

It’s not a fast paced read, but there are plenty of twists and turns, with Cat’s internal thoughts adding to the investigation, to make this a compelling page-turner…..

Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers 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.

You can buy a copy here (and it’s only 99p for Kindle at the moment too)

https://amzn.to/2YnusHn

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Caz Frear grew up in Coventry, England, and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the second finally came true. She has a degree in History & Politics, and when she’s not agonizing over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at Arsenal football matches or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about. Sweet Little Lies is her first novel. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Liar’s House by Carla Kovach – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

Samantha stumbled out of the party and on to a busy street only ten minutes away from her home. But she never made it home…

Seven years after Samantha’s disappearance, on what would have been her thirty-fifth birthday, her best friend Diane is shocked to find a letter addressed to Samantha on her doorstep.

Opening the envelope, Diane pulls out a birthday card and a finger nail painted in dusky pink nail polish. The same shade Samantha always wore. The same shade she was wearing the night she went missing.

When police analyse the nail, they don’t get the result they expected. Instead of linking them to Samantha, the nail belongs to another woman, Jade Ashmore. And Jade was murdered the night before the envelope was delivered….

THE COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE NEW CRIME THRILLER FROM BEST SELLING AUTHOR CARLA KOVACH – if you love Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love The Liar’s House. Gripping from the first page – you won’t be able to put it down.

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MY REVIEW

The Liar’s House by Carla Kovach is the fourth book in this series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

DI Gina Harte is still haunted by her past with an abusive husband that had ended with his death….

Now investigating the death of Jade Ashworth, she is brought face to face with her horrendous brother in law……and for a while she is afraid and stressed out to say the least.

They find their victim had been a participant in wife swapping parties and so their suspect pool just grew……in this rather seedy lifestyle that seemed mainly men coercing their partners to take part…..

What is the link to the missing Samantha…..?

The story really grabs you with both hands and will not let go…..I loved they way the killer’s identity was kept under wraps until the final couple of chapters…….so many despicable people to choose from……..creepy, violent and downright nasty…..full of suspense right to the end….brilliant.

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 honest, unbiased review.

Purchase Links:      

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07QCNN7VXSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Z2SKX0

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

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2Wo1la7

 

Author Bio:

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Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Final Hour, has been published by Bookouture. It is the second in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CKovachAuthor

Website: https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Over Your Shoulder by C.J. Carver – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

You love them both, but can you trust them?

Twelve years ago, Nick’s brother, Rob, drowned.  His body was never found. When Nick met Susie at his brother’s funeral, he thought it was destiny.

But when Rob suddenly re-appears, Nick is forced to examine everything he once knew. Why do the police want to talk to Rob? And what is he running away from?

Nick wants to find his brother but if he does, he risks losing the woman he loves. Because Susie has her own secrets, and as the truth emerges, Nick finds it is those closest to us we should fear the most…

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MY REVIEW

Nick and Susie have a perfect life in Bosham,  he works in graphic design and Susie works in London. Susie stays in her flat in London a few days each week to save on commuting…..

There is a terrorist attack in London, and a mystery ‘hero’ saves people and it’s all over the news……Nick is stunned as he recognises the man…he’s Rob, his brother who he believed had died 12 years ago……then all hell breaks out…

Nick tries to find out more….he then gets involved with the police, a gangster known as the Saint and finds out Susie is actually an MI5 Agent….all looking for Rob for many different reasons….

This is an incredibly engaging thriller, with so much going on you just fly through it…..a real time thief of a book.

There’s lies, secrets, betrayals, drugs and thugs…..even spies. All leading to a brilliantly fraught finale…….you just never know who to trust!

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.  This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here (only 99p for Kindle At the moment too)

https://amzn.to/2XjkfiS

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Winner of the CWA Debut Dagger for her first novel Blood Junction, CJ Carver has written a further ten critically acclaimed novels.  Spare Me The Truth, the first in the Dan Forrester series, was shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award 2017.

Half-English, half-Kiwi, CJ lived in Australia for 10 years before taking up long-distance rallies, driving London to Saigon, London to Cape Town and covering 14,000 miles on the Inca Trail in South America.

CJ began her writing career by writing about her adventures, eventually becoming a travel writer for various national publications including The Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, Autocar.  She is co-founder for the Women’s World Car of the Year Award

CJ has been a judge for the Thriller Awards in the USA.  Her books have been published in the UK, USA and translated into several languages.  She lives just outside Bath.