Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Unseen Evil by Liz Mistry – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

New Release from best-selling author Liz Mistry is number 6 in her D.I. Gus McGuire series.

Social Media can be the death of you …

The Snapchat

A twisted killer comes to the attention of DI Gus McGuire and his team when a teenager receives a Snapchat image of his murdered friend. 

The Killer

As the killer becomes bolder, using social media to publicise the murders, Gus fears there may be more than one murderer targeting young people.

The Stalker

Meanwhile, Gus comes under threat from a stalker who is not afraid to get up close and personal.

Can Gus protect his loved ones and catch the killer before another Snap is received?  

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MY REVIEW 

This is #6 in the DI Gus McGuire series.

Set in Bradford, DI McGuire and his team are investigating a possible murder after a teenager is sent a Snapchat picture showing a image of his friend, who he at first thinks is a prank, but it soon becomes all too real.

Someone has a list of people they want to take their revenge on……who is next? Can Gus and the team find out who is, or are responsible and stop them before anyone else dies?

Gus also has his own problems…..a stalker, who is sending threatening letters and seems to be watching him.

There are a few stories all taking place at the same time, which lends a feeling of reality and really helps build the characters and the world around them. 

There’s murder, stalking and the perils of the ever present social media in our lives. A very clever and topical psychological thriller. 

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.

Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.

In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.

 

Social Media links

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LizMistrybooks/        @LizMistrybooks

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LizMistryAuthor                             @LizMistryAuthor

 

Website :  https://www.lizmistry.com/

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Essence Of Evil by Rob Sinclair – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

He’s your attacker.

He’s a murderer.

He’s your twin. 

When D.I Dani Stephens returns to work after the attack that almost ended her life, she’s quickly plunged into a horrific new case, as dead bodies are discovered on the streets of Birmingham.

But with no link between the victims, Dani has to get inside a killer’s mind – so turns to the murderer she knows best. Her own twin brother…

But what makes a psychopath? Can understanding her twin help her find a murderer who leaves no trace? As the circle closes on Dani, the clock is ticking and she needs a breakthrough – before she becomes the latest victim.

A heart-stopping crime thriller that fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham won’t be able to put down.

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MY REVIEW 

DI Dani Stephens is back at work after a 2 year absence. Her twin brother, Ben had killed others and attempted to murder her too. After a traumatic brain injury and extensive rehab, she is now back……but is she ready?

Immediately thrown into a murder case, Dani feels there is more to this than a random murder and a serial killer may be at work. Her bosses disagree and after a person of interest dies, she is suspended while an internal investigation is completed. But she can’t let it go…..when a young student goes missing, she knows she is right and carries on her own investigation, putting herself In danger.

Dani is damaged, she’s afraid, frustrated and angry, partly due to her brain injury but is her feeling of paranoia justified? Will Jason stick around to support her, even though she keeps pushing him away?

Great, realistic characters, with some real surprising moments in this incredibly well plotted crime thriller, that’s so engrossing it really is unputdownable…. If you like a dark twisty thriller, you’ll love this.

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 (well pre-order it)

 

https://amzn.to/314fyHt

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy series and James Ryker series of espionage thrillers. His books have sold over half a million copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn. 

Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.

 

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://amzn.to/2MZSzdc

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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

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

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

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

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

to do it!

 

Follow Mark: 

Facebook: @MarkHillAuthor

Twitter: @markhillwriter

Instagram:@markhillwriter

Buy links:

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

Degrees Of Guilt by HS Chandler – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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

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

 

Maria is on trial for attempted murder. 

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

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

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

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

You will be wrong.
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MY REVIEW 

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

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

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

Was Maria justified in her actions? 

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

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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

@HSCinkpen

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant – Book Review

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Sometimes the past just won’t stay buried.

When 14 year old Brittany Cushing disappears one night, her parents are devastated, certain she has been taken.

They can’t bear to think about who has done this and why, about what might be happening to their precious daughter. 

Their neighbor, Taylor, is a rock, doing everything she can to help – organizing search parties and setting up a Facebook page.

As this affluent California community becomes focused on the hunt for the missing girl, it slowly becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to terrible secrets from the past.

Secrets that must be kept hidden at all costs….

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MY REVIEW 

14 year old Brittany disappeared during the night, her parents believe she has been abducted….they’re only thoughts are for her safety, is she being hurt and why was she taken?

Taylor, their neighbour, is their lifeline….in her element, doing everything to help with search parties to find missing Brittany. The neighbourhood all rally round on the hunt for her, but there are secrets from the past that rear their head……is there a link to current events?

I found this to be an engrossing and chilling read, with well developed characters and a marvellously tense and twisty plot to keep you guessing. I can recommend this for anyone who loves a psychological thriller.

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 Cathryn Grant:

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Cathryn’s fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, The Shroud Quarterly Journal, and The Best of Every Day Fiction. Her story “I Was Young Once” received an honorable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope Fiction contest.

She’s the author of the Alexandra Mallory Psychological Suspense series, Psychological Thrillers, Suburban Noir novels, The Haunted Ship Trilogy, and the Madison Keith Ghost Story series.

When she’s not writing, Cathryn reads fiction, eavesdrops, and tries to play golf without hitting her ball into the sand or the water. She lives on the Central California coast with her husband and two cats. 

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cathryn-Grant/e/B004G1I484?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1566901527&sr=8-3

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07WW1MPQN/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Amazon US:

https://www.amazon.com/Good-Neighbor-psychological-thriller-shocking-ebook/dp/B07WW1MPQN/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+good+neighbor+cathryn+grant&qid=1566901594&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

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Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Widow by Will Patching – Book Review

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A brutally murdered husband. An abused wife who wanted him gone for good… Did the wealthy widow arrange his death—and can a disgraced detective discover the truth?

 

“Your husband is dead.”

 

Lorraine Rowe receives the news from an anonymous killer threatening her too—unless she pays an inflated fee for her estranged partner’s murder. Overwhelmed by fear and indecision, Lorraine struggles to survive as her carefully constructed life of lies begins to unravel.

Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding is fighting for her future after allowing her violent temper to jeopardise her career. Is it karma that dumps a man’s badly tortured corpse on her doorstep—or something more sinister? And will the ensuing investigation enable Fiona to redeem herself?

Both women have lived through traumatic events and have much in common, but when the truth-seeker meets the accomplished dissembler, events spiral inexorably towards a deadly climax.

This hard-hitting, twisted thriller weaves deception, misdirection and psychological torment into a page-turning tale of murder and mayhem that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Not for the faint of heart…

The Widow is the first standalone novel in a loosely linked series inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins.

 

Deadly Inspirations – Book one ‘GREED’

 

A British Police Thriller featuring Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding. If you like complex plots, strong female characters, and high-stakes murder mysteries with plenty of suspense, you’ll love Will Patching’s latest gripping novel.

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MY REVIEW 

This starts with Lorraine receiving a phone call saying ‘Your husband is dead’…..how does he know? Well because he killed him …They demand £2 million to keep it quiet….she wanted him dead, didn’t she?

Wheeler, her husband,  the man she once loved had changed, becoming violent and unpredictable…so she’s not exactly heartbroken and he was not exactly the law abiding citizen.

DS Fiona Fielding or Fifi as she’s known (really? I have to admit the name Fifi grated somewhat, however, the Author has explained – ‘ it’s a police and military favourite to tack abbreviated first and last names together, so Fiona Fielding becomes Fifi to her colleagues as a bit of a joke. Rather like Boris Johnson is known as Bojo‘ – so I take my comment back as it now makes more sense –   )….is seeing a psychiatrist, due to her late onset PTSD, after she had been abducted and now has nightmares and anger management issues,,,,

But then she finds a body. It’s the tortured body of Wheeler….coincidence?

She becomes involved in the investigation and feels Lorraine knows more than she is letting on. There is also a nosy reporter, Annemarie, another strong female character..

With Irish and Albanian ‘mafia’, drug dealing, torture and murder, this is a dark and gritty thriller with strong female characters and enough twists and tension to keep you hooked from start to finish…..thoroughly recommended.

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.

 

Author Bio:

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Will Patching was born and raised in ‘Sarf Lunnon’, Engerland, or at least, that’s how he pronounces it! Hence, many scenes from his novels are situated in London, the surrounding suburbs and other parts of southeast England, though they also span as far afield as Thailand and the USA.

His approach to writing is to hit the reader with hard truths about the world we live in, and his mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels are designed to get your pulse pounding. One male reader decided he needed to check his door locks late one night while reading Remorseless and subsequently commented on social media: 

 

‘Seriously scary!’ 

 

Will’s eclectic professional experience – from his teenage role as a ‘gardener’ weeding sewage treatment filter beds, through flying a Hawk jet very fast, very low and very dangerously before the RAF realised and booted him out, then attending Harvard on a course for potential CEOs, largely thanks to the Peter Principle of promotion, and more recently, to building his dream, a charter yacht that sank in SE Asian waters – all have led to a rich and varied life, often reflected in his writing.

 

Facebook: 

 

https://www.facebook.com/willpatchingauthor/

 

Twitter:  @WillsNovels

 

Goodreads Author Page: 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7940115.Will_Patching

 

Website:

 

http://www.willpatchingauthor.com

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Editor by Simon Hall – Book Review

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A mysterious advert in a newspaper promising to restore hope to the hopeless brings together four strangers. 

None realising they will end up investigating a twisted and troubling crime that threatens their very futures. 

Mitch, a former Crime Scene Investigator, Olivia, a brilliant PhD student, and Florence, a middle-aged solicitor, find themselves working with an enigmatic newspaper editor who refers to himself only as Ed.

But when Maddie, a teenage girl, disappears in sinister circumstances, the team are drawn into the hunt for her. And when a neighbour’s body is discovered in a pool of blood, they realise they must use their unique skills in a race against time.

But can they solve the mystery before it’s too late? And before Ed’s shadowy past overcomes them all?

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MY REVIEW 

This starts with a leaflet, offering Hope…..it invites people to come to a meeting. Ed the Editor of Newswire is surprised when so many turn up. but he only has places for 3 …So he asks them to write thoughts on What is the best thing about life?

He chooses, Mitchell an ex-CSI who struggles to find meaning in life, Florence a solicitor and Olivia a very clever PHD student who finds life to easy, nothing to work for and no point.

They are all lonely and Edmhas offered them Hope.

But then, a young girl goes missing, a neighbour found in a pool of blood…..and so the story begins. Can this group solve the mystery or are they going to be In danger themselves….

This is not a blood and guts crime thriller, but a more philosophical, psychological thriller that will make you think. Unique and original.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books 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. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Simon Hall is an author, journalist, communications consultant, and business coach.

He was a broadcaster for twenty five years, mostly as a BBC Television, Radio and Online News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.

He now lectures, and coaches companies at the Judge Business School, part of the University of Cambridge, working on presentation skills, branding, pitching, websites, and media profile, both conventional and social.

Simon has had seven books in his tvdetective series published. They focus on a television reporter who covers crimes and gets so involved in the cases he helps the police to solve them. 

He has also contributed articles and short stories to a range of newspapers and magazines, written plays, and even a pantomime. 

Alongside his novels and stories, Simon is a tutor in media skills and creative writing, teaching at popular Writers’ Summer Schools such as Swanwick and Winchester, for the National Association of Writers’ Groups, at universities including Cambridge and Exeter, on cruise ships and overseas.

Simon has also become sought after as a speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals. His talks combine an insight into his writing work, along with some extraordinary anecdotes from the life of a television reporter, including the now notorious story of What to do when you really need a dead otter.

He began a broadcasting career as a DJ on the radio and in nightclubs, then moved into radio and TV news. He worked in Europe, London, Ireland, and the south west of England, before settling in Cambridge. 

Simon is married to Jess, Director of Libraries at the University of Cambridge, and has an adopted daughter, Niamh. She’s an army officer, which makes her father both very proud and very nervous.

Simon also lectures on careers in the media at Cambridge University, and in schools and colleges. Amongst his proudest achievements, he includes the number of young people he has helped into higher education and jobs in broadcasting, and aspiring writers into publication. 

As for his likes, Simon lists beer – he judges at real ale festivals – running, cycling, solving cryptic crosswords, composing curious Tweets (find him @SimonHallNews) and studying pop lyrics. 

For more on Simon, see his website – http://www.thetvdetective.com

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Hidden By Lisa Sell – Book Review

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Jen Taylor has a secret.

In 1987 the body of fourteen-year-old Kelly was found on a railway track and Jen believes she was responsible for her death.

Now an adult, Jen is approached by Kelly’s mother, who asks her to help investigate her daughter’s murder.

But Jen is hiding more than anyone knows.

As the investigation is reopened by Jen, along with her former friend Claire, secrets from the past come to light and when another murder takes place, the case takes a sinister turn.

Did Jen really kill Kelly and can she ever right the wrongs of the past?

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MY REVIEW 

Jen is training to be a counsellor, but she has now own problems..all stemming from her childhood on the Rembrandt estate.

A young girl, Kelly, had died on the railway track…Jen believes it was her fault and the guilt has troubled her ever since.

Kelly’s mum, Doreen, now ill, is trying to find out the truth….how did Kelly die?

There’s Jen, made to befriend Kelly by her domineering mum. Claire, her friend who wants to be a reporter……Johnny, who she has a secret crush on and her brother, Liam, the golden boy…

Just who would want to hurt Kelly ? Who knows the truth and why would they keep it to themselves?

This is a disturbing read, from the treatment of children by their parents and guardians to the bullying by siblings and peers and it is heartbreaking at times. It has such a believability and a sense of reality, all due to the incredibly descriptive, emotion packed writing by Lisa Sell. I loved the 80’s references too….Twonk…I haven’t heard that in years…. Utterly compelling from start to finish.

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/2KZeXBk

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Lisa Sell is a thriller, crime, and mystery writer who also scribbles short stories. Throughout her writing career she’s blogged about the twists and turns on her site:www.lisasell.co.uk   

To combat writer’s bum and keep mentally fit, Lisa is a runner. The consequence is that she’s now a running bore but is proud of her achievements.

When she’s reading, Lisa practically hoovers up books. The to-be-read pile has become a tower, threatening to topple on her when she’s sleeping. 

Music rocks Lisa’s world too, particularly a good eighties tune. If lost, you’ll find Lisa in a DeLorean, headed for her favourite decade.

Lisa’s cats, Feegle and Wullie, try to help her write but often fail. The furry pests demand attention and desk space. Lisa is currently applying for cat wrangling to be recognised as an Olympic sport. 

Lisa is a happy pup to be part of the Bloodhound Books team. Just don’t tell the cats.  

If you’d like to visit Lisa’s website/blog, click here: http://www.lisasell.co.uk or find out more by following her on social media:

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lisasellwriter

Twitter: @LisaLisax31

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lisasellwriter/

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Fault by Kitty Sewell – Book Review

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Chilling thriller set on Gibraltar – at the heart of The Rock are secret tunnels, hard to navigate and even harder to escape. Sebastian is a civil engineering prodigy and his latest project is his most ambitious to date: to build a new city on the sheerest face of The Rock. 

His fiancee, Eva, a diver, is entranced by the peninsula’s hidden depths and concerned that her lover doesn’t push himself beyond human limits in his desire to see his dream realised. 

Mimi, still in her teens, is desperate to spread her wings and chafing at the limits placed on her movements by her overprotective older brother. When Mimi gets into a relationship with a neighbour intent on fighting the new development, Sebastian’s precarious mental health spirals out of control putting them all in danger. When Mimi is lost amidst their twists and turns the race is on to find her before the water rises.

 

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MY REVIEW 

The Fault is mainly set in Gibraltar and tells of Sebastian Luna, his younger sister, Mimi and his fiancé, Eva.

Sebastian is a little full of himself, a designer of land reclamation projects and is working on one in Gibraltar and has moved his family to an apartment so they can all be together. He gets a bit weird about Mimi’s friendship with a neighbour and feels she needs protecting.

Sebastian suffers from insomnia and migraine and this tells of his slow decline to his mental health and it really creates a sense of menace….

I have to admit to not really liking the characters much….but Kitty Sewell’s writing really brings them to life and her descriptions of Gibraltar’s tunnels was so claustrophobic, you can almost feel the chill and the pressing darkness…

I found this to be a twisty, compelling read and can thoroughly recommend it.

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 Kitty Sewell:

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Kitty Sewell was born in Sweden, and has had four successive nationalities, living in the Canary Islands, Central and South America, Canada, England, Wales and Spain where she now lives in the mountains of Andalucía. She is a successful sculptor, and bestselling author. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and she has been short-listed for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award, the Wales Book of the Year, Winner of the “People’s Choice” BBC Radio Wales Prize, and the Bertelsmann Book Clubs International Book of the Month. She also writes as Kitty Harri. With Honno she has published Ice Trap (2005, later bought by Simon & Schuster) and Hector’s Talent for Miracles (2007) as Kitty Harri.

 

 

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Website: https://kittysewell.com/

  

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fault-Kitty-Sewell/dp/1909983993/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3RKRQCAYH95SW&keywords=the+fault+kitty+sewell&qid=1565083205&s=gateway&sprefix=the+fault+kitty+%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-1

 

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Fault-Kitty-Sewell-ebook/dp/B07TGKJV5S/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WHHZ2BAKDLEX&keywords=the+fault+kitty+sewell&qid=1565083546&s=gateway&sprefix=the+fault+kitty+%2Caps%2C198&sr=8-1

 

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-fault/kitty-sewell/9781909983991

 

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Kitty-Sewell/The-Fault/23651304

 

Book Depository: 

https://www.bookdepository.com/Fault-Kitty-Sewell/9781909983991

 

 

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Dead Guilty by Michelle Davies – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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

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

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

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

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

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MY REVIEW 

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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

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

Praise for the DC Maggie Neville series so far:

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

Stylist, Book Wars

 

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

 

‘Cleverly plotted’ Daily Express

 

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

 

“I read it in one sitting” – Erin Kelly

 

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Date Night by Samantha Hayes – Book Review

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

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

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

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

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

But will you believe me?

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

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MY REVIEW 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Purchase links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07TLC739Gsocial

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

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

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

 

Author Bio:

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

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

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

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

And she’s on Twitter @samhayes

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Perfect Stranger by Jake Cross – Book Review

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You let her in. You’ll wish you hadn’t.

Following a whirlwind romance, Rose and Chris’s marriage has been unshakeable for twenty years. But when teenager Katie turns up on their doorstep, blonde, wide-eyed and beautiful, their perfect life threatens to crumble to pieces. Because Katie says she’s Chris’s long-lost daughter, the product of a forgotten summer fling.

The couple is still reeling from shock when Katie tells them she has nowhere to go. The couple is her only hope. Kind-hearted Rose invites Katie to stay, despite Chris’s protests. The poor girl has only just lost her mother – they can’t leave her out on the street.

But soon after Katie moves in, strange things start happening. Someone crashes into a neighbour’s fence. An unexplained fire starts in the couple’s kitchen. And a family friend coming to visit disappears on the way to the house. Chris insists Katie has to go. But it’s Chris who won’t explain where he was at the time their friend went missing… 

The couple’s dream life seems to be turning into a nightmare. With dark secrets about Chris’s history with Katie’s mother coming to light, Rose no longer knows who to trust. Soon, she isn’t sure whether she’s invited a dangerous stranger into her home, or whether she’s been living with one all along…

A chilling thriller that will make you question everything you think you know about your loved ones. Fans of The Woman in the Window, Then She Was Gone and The Perfect Child won’t be able to put this book down.

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MY REVIEW

Chris and Rose have an 18 year old daughter Julia. Life is plodding away nicely, apart from Rose’ rheumatoid arthritis, all is as it should be.

But then a note is put through their door ‘I KNOW WHAT YOU DID TO EVE LEVINE’

Rose thinks it must be something to do with Chris’ work at the hospital….but Chris seems to remember something from his past.

Then, after a mugging, they meet Katie, she says she’s Eve’s daughter…..and Chris is her father! As there had been a fire at Katie’s flat, she comes to stay with them….while they wait for paternity test results to come back.

Strange and violent events start to happen, Julia’s friend is hurt and secrets start to be unearthed …..not everyone is as they initially seemed to be…

This is a compelling psychological thriller with many twists and revelations that keep the sense of menace building from start to the nail biting finish.

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/2J5UTfx

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

Googleplay:  http://bit.ly/30b8iZd

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jake lives in England and is the author of the standalone thrillers The Family Lie and The Choice, which hit the top 5 in Australia and was a bestseller in the UK and Canada.

 

Author Social Media Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeCrossAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17625443.Jake_Cross

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

A Place To Lie by Rebecca Griffiths – Book Review

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In a dark, dark wood

In Summer 1990, Caroline and Joanna are sent to stay with their great aunt, Dora, to spend their holidays in a sunlit village near the Forest of Dean. The countryside is a welcome change from the trauma they know back home in the city; a chance to make the world a joyful playground again. But in the shadowy woods at the edge of the forest hide secrets that will bring their innocence to a distressing end and make this a summer they will never forget.

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Years later, a shocking act of violence sends Joanna back to Witchwood. In her great aunt’s lonely and dilapidating cottage, she will attempt to unearth the secrets of that terrifying summer and come to terms with the haunting effects it has left on her life. But in her quest to find answers, who can she trust? And will she be able to survive the impending danger from those trying to bury the truth?

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MY REVIEW 

This begins with Caroline feeling paranoid on a trip to a supermarket, that everyone is a danger to her….then she is confronted by someone she recognises and tragedy ensues…

The story is then told in the present day with skips back to the summer of 1990. Caroline and Jo had been sent to stay with their Great Aunt Dora, their mum isn’t well. 

They enjoy the freedom of the countryside, but Caroline is not really settled, she steals trinkets and is easily upset, saying things that may not be exactly true.

What did happen to their friend Ellie? Who is keeping secrets and who is telling the truth?

I loved the descriptive writing that builds the atmosphere of a summer in the countryside, the people and events and the general sense of something dark just under the surface. A compelling, rural mystery with some surprises!

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/2NoX405

 

Praise for Rebecca Griffiths

 

“Superbly evokes the brooding beauty of the countryside and the menace that can lurk behind its hedges… Twisty, atmospheric and elegantly written, it has echoes of Daphne du Maurier with its shivering paranoia, fear and dread, and introduces an exciting new name to “domestic noir” Daily Mail

 

“This is a chilling thriller . . . a brilliantly written book” The Sun

“I was hooked from page one and downed this book in one lip-smacking, thirst-quenching gulp!” Crime Squad

 

“Gripping” Hello

 

“A lusciously atmospheric rural mystery with a delicious backflip of an ending. There were moments that literally gave me shivers.”          Alex Marwood

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Rebecca Griffiths grew up in rural mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English Literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland, she returned to mid-Wales where she now lives with her husband, a prolific artist, their three vampiric cats as black as night, and pet sheep the size of sofas.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard – Book Review

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Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges on-screen, kills her, and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?

 

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Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t-not until she’s found what she’s looking for …

 

REWIND

Psycho meets Fatal Attraction in this explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking
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MY REVIEW 

 

Natalie is an Instagram star, but then she disappears. Her husband has no idea where she’s gone…but someone is watching.

Told in the present with flashbacks to the past this is a psychological thriller with a difference. Play, Pause, Rewind.

Natalie believes her husband has been to Shanamore Cottages with someone else, she finds a poetry book in cottage Number 6….it’s hers. How did it get there?

When a video appears, it shows a brutal murder in the cottage, so many questions are raised….why were there cameras in the cottages?, where is the body? Was it Natalie?

There’s Andrew the cottage manager with a secret, Richard, a creepy, aggressive loner who wanders around the area, Audrey a journalist looking into the missing Natalie’s case and Jennifer a hotel,reception, how are these linked and just who is telling the truth? 

I found this incredibly tense and a real page turner, a proper whodunnit. Yes, the ending is very abrupt but it felt right…any more would have just been padding. Original and totally believable. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982. Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in Walt Disney World, Florida, and most recently was a social media marketer for a major publisher. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Regret by Dan Malakin – Book Review

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Rachel Stone’s world was destroyed by a stalker, Alan Griffin. After he went to prison, she rebuilt her life. 

Now she has a three-year-old daughter and is in a new relationship. But someone is stalking her again. Her phone, her emails and her social media are hacked. 

Rachel believes it’s Griffin, out of prison and looking for revenge. She needs to find him and make him leave her alone. But as Rachel is drawn into a hunt, she realises that something even more horrific is happening – something that will make her confront the childhood that has lingered like a ghost, and will force her to face the truth about her new life.

Is Griffin the one ruining her life? Or is someone else, someone far more dangerous, responsible?

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MY REVIEW 

When Rachel was a teenager her life was ruined by a stalker, Alan Griffin. As a result her anorexia really took hold and she became very ill and hospitalised.

With the help of her friend, Mark, they turned the tables on him and Griffin was jailed. Rachel recovered and now has a daughter with her friend Mark, but recently, odd things have been happening in her life….an old photo was sent to her boyfriend, his and her friends, and messages have been sent from her phone, then her salary is taken for her account…..just who is doing this? 

When she find out Griffin has been released from Broadmoor, she believes it to be him……

With the help of her friend and colleague, fellow nurse, Spence…she hopes to put an end to it all……..but just who can she trust?

This is a scary read as it shows just how easy it is for someone to gather personal information from us in this digital age, with phishing and social engineering it really does show the danger of sharing too much. It also covers the difficult subject of eating disorders and mental health, but in a sensitive manner which helps a little to understand this insidious disease.

Will Rachel find out who is destroying her life?  Totally engrossing from start to finish.

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 (And only 99p for Kindle at the moment too)

https://amzn.to/2L325bW

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Originally from Manchester, Dan managed to escape the rain and now lives in relative dryness in the beautiful village of Holloway, North London, pretty much next to the prison, with his patient wife, beautiful daughter, and ridiculously hairy dog.

By day he works as a data security consultant, demonstrating to corporations that should know better just how easy it is for hackers to access their most sensitive information. As a writer, his short stories have been widely published both in print and online, and he has twice been shortlisted for the Bridport prize. In 2013 he completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Brunel University.

His debut novel, a psychological thriller called The Regret, came from the idea that you can be attacked by anyone in the world, from anywhere, at any time; someone you’ve never met in person can reach into your life and mess things around. It’s chilling stuff, and through his work he knows how easy it is to do.

Come say hi on Twitter @danmalakin, or read some of his short stories on http://www.danmalakin.com

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Grave Digger’s Boy by R.R. Newman – Book Review

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As a boy, Ben was a witness in the disappearance and suspected murder of a beautiful young woman, Esther Garrett, which led to an intense adolescent obsession.

Twenty years later, the conviction of her murder is overturned due to a police corruption scandal.  Ben’s obsession is reawakened when Esther’s sister asks for his help investigating the crime.

As Ben is drawn deeper into the case, he will be forced to face the truth about his own life and soon finds himself questioning everything he ever believed.

Was Esther really murdered?

And if so, could the killer be closer to home than anyone ever imagined?
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MY REVIEW

Ben, a young boy is on his dad’s bus, when a girl is harassed by a man. When she gets off the bus, this man follows her……a girl is then reported missing. Wash she murdered?

It had always bothered Ben, that he feels he should have done something…he’s a bit obsessed with this case. 

Now an adult and living in London, a case review (due to police corruption)brings this case back into focus and he becomes caught up in it again. Can he help find out what happened to Esther? Just who is lying and who is telling the truth?

A slow paced, but gripping thriller with great characters, full of descriptive writing and a marvellously twisty ending…..

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. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ray Newman grew up in Devon and Somerset, and lives in Bristol, where he works as a writer and editor in trade publishing.

His first novel, The Grave Digger’s Boy, is a psychological crime novel set in the West Country.

Ray studied English at Cambridge, specialising in American literature and crime fiction, and worked in central government communications after graduating.

Under the name ‘Ray Bailey’ he has co-authored two multi-award-winning non-fiction books, on beer and pubs respectively.

He has also written articles on architecture, history and culture for Fortean Times, the Modernist and the Bristol Magazine, among other publications.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

The Alphabet Murders by Lars Schütz – Book Review

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FOR THIS KILLER, IT’S A GAME OF A B C 

Criminal profilers Jan Grall and Rabea Wyler are assigned the gruesome case of a man found murdered in a wildlife park. Later, two more bodies are found, both brutally mutilated, and authorities soon realise that the victims are linked by the letters of the alphabet tattooed on their skin. 

Then the killer strikes again and Grall and Wyler receive a mysterious package containing a blood-encrusted scrap of skin marked with a letter. And when Grall’s hotel room is marked with a Z, the race is on to find out who this vicious killer is. Before it’s too late . . . 

A tense and exciting serial killer thriller by debut author, Lars Schutz.

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MY REVIEW 

This starts with someone being tortured with a tattoo gun….and then the story really begins with the finding of two bodies, both gruesome deaths and they have been tattooed …one with an A, the other a B…..then a 3rd is found …disembowelled and tattooed with a C…..

All the murders have been committed in such a short time …clearly planned, but what and who links them all?

Jan Grall and his assistant, Rabea Wyler begin their investigation, as profilers can they discover the killer’s identity and stop any more deaths?

With believable, likeable characters that have their own personal issues and with a twisty, gruesome plot this is a dark, gripping and utterly compelling thriller. It’s hard to believe this is Lars Schütz debut, I will certainly be looking out for more by this author. 

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.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Her Silent Cry by Lisa Regan – Book Review

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Round and round she goes, blonde pigtails flying, her high-pitched giggle catching on the wind. But as the ride slows to a stop, her seat is suddenly empty. Little Lucy is gone…

When seven-year-old Lucy Ross is snatched from the carousel in Denton city park, Detective Josie Quinn joins the frantic search. She’s the one who finds Lucy’s sparkly butterfly backpack abandoned by the ticket booth, a note with a devastating message stuffed inside: answer your phone, or your sweet little darling will die…

The next day, Lucy’s parents are filled with hope when they pick up a call which they think is from their babysitter – but instead it’s a chilling male voice on the line. Josie races to the babysitter’s small apartment only to find her lifeless body in a tangle of sheets on her bed.

Josie is faced with the most high-stakes case of her career as each new phone call from someone connected to the family ends with the shocking discovery of another body. This twisted killer wants revenge, and he won’t stop until the Ross family are in pieces…

Something is telling Josie that Lucy’s parents aren’t giving her the whole truth, but digging deeper into their lives will force her to confront a life-changing secret of her own. Does Josie have what it takes to crack this case? She has no choice if she’s going to bring Lucy home alive…

An absolutely unputdownable new crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Readers who love Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and Rachel Caine will be hooked until the final, jaw-dropping page.

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MY REVIEW 

Lucy Ross, the butterfly obsessed little girl has gone missing…last seen on the carousel with her mum….how could she just disappear?

Detective Josie Quinn was there herself…..but didn’t see anything untoward….

But then a note is found…..Lucy has been kidnapped.

Then they receive a call from the nanny’s phone …with demands …but where is the Nanny?

There are murders, threats and so much tension it’s palpable at times….will they find out who the killer is? Will they manage to find Lucy before it’s too late?

A clever plot, great characters, Josie Quinn is so likeable, and enough tension and twists to keep you on tenterhooks throughout….a brilliant read.

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/B07SW5H9QKSocial

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

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

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2X3t8fn

 

Author Bio:

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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: http://www.lisaregan.com

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Regan-189735444395923/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Lisalregan

WEBSITE: http://www.lisaregan.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

We Were Sisters by Wendy Clarke – Book Review

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I turn to where I left my baby in his pushchair and pull up short. With a racing heart, I look around wildly, fear gripping my stomach. I only looked away for a moment. The pushchair and my baby are gone. 

Kelly is taking her twin daughters to their first day of school, ushering them into the classroom, her heartbreaking to think they might not need her anymore, when she turns around and sees that her newborn baby is gone.

As a desperate search ensues, baby Noah is quickly found – parked in front of a different classroom. But when Kelly reaches forward to comfort him, she finds something tucked beside his blanket. A locket that belonged to her sister Freya. A locket Kelly hasn’t seen since the day Freya died.

And then Kelly’s perfectly-ordered life begins to unravel…

We Were Sisters is a heart-pounding suspense thriller that will grip you until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train won’t be able to stop reading this incredible book.

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MY REVIEW 

Kelly has three children, twins Isabella and Sophie, and baby Noah. She is struggling a bit with baby Noah as he doesn’t sleep and her anxiety is sometimes too much. She counts, as this seems to calm her….if she can count to twenty before Noah wakes then everything will be ok…even down to the steps between lampposts, just to calm down…

Then one day, Noah’s pram is moved and she finds a locket in his blankets….she recognises it…..it belonged to Freya, her sister who died many years ago.

Is lack of sleep causing her to imagine things or is someone trying to send her a message?

This is told from Kelly’s point of view, both Kelly before and Kelly now….showing her loveless childhood and her relationship with Freya…..the heartbreak of her death and the secrets kept by her parents…

It also covers the care and foster system and the effects of constantly moving children around different homes and the trauma this can cause. A truly emotional, gripping psychological thriller full of secrets and breathtaking revelations…I can thoroughly recommend it…..

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

 

Buy Links:

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Apple Books: https://apple.co/2HgJt7O

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Author Bio:

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Wendy Clarke started her career writing short fiction and serials for national women’s magazines. After having over three hundred short stories published, she progressed to writing novels. With a degree in psychology, and intrigued with how the human mind can affect behaviour, it was inevitable that she would eventually want to explore her darker side.

What She Saw is her debut psychological thriller, published by Bookouture, with a second coming out in August 2019.

In her previous life, Wendy has published three collections of short stories and has been a short story judge for the Chiltern Writers Group, Nottingham Writers Group and The Society of Women Writers and journalists.

Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food

  

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead.

When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive.

Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one more final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?

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MY REVIEW

This is a psychological thriller with a claustrophobic feel.

Told in chapters that relate to Sara Hill and the four people in The Elevator…

Vincent, Sam, Sylvia and Jules are called to a last minute meeting….as they enter the elevator it ascends to the 70th floor but the doors do not open….the message on the display tells them the goal is to get out alive…at first they find it fun, an Escape Room game, but as they solve the first clues, the name Sara Hill is mentioned….

Sara was an employee of Stanhope and Sons, working in a toxic, sexist and pressured environment ….and a lot of the story is told from her perspective, the work at a prestigious investment company, the money, perks and rivalries……

What links the two women, Sara and Lucy? 

This is a marvellously claustrophobic, atmospheric and twisty thriller, it shows the sheer greed of the money hungry employees, just what should they do for money? would they kill? And will they all escape the elevator? 

None of the characters are particularly likeable, all driven by money and appearances, but this is a totally gripping thriller, with some real gasp inducing moments….I loved it..

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/33fAFrz

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Megan Goldin is the bestselling author of “The Escape Room”, praised by Lee Child as “one of my favorite books of the year”, as well as “The Girl In Kellers Way”, a critically-acclaimed domestic noir thriller nominated for Australia’s leading crime fiction awards.

Megan worked as a journalist for Reuters, the Australian ABC and Yahoo! News before writing her debut psychological thriller The Girl In Kellers Way. (Courtesy of Goodreads)

 

Praise for The Escape Room:

 

“High wire tension from the first moment to the last. Four ruthless people locked in a deadly game where victory means survival. Gripping and unforgettable!” Harlan Coben

 

“Fantastic. One of my favourite books of the year.” Lee Child

 

“Amazing…a thriller set in an elevator [that explores] the vast territory of people’s worst natures. A nightmarish look inside ourselves. Simply riveting.” Louise Penny

 

“A sharp, slick, utterly engrossing thriller. This knockout debut hooked me from the first page and didn’t let go.” Cristina Alger, USA Today bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife