Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Cold Echo by CJ Carver – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Should you trust your best friend with your life?

Harry, Lucas and Guy were best friends when they were kids.  But then they made a terrible mistake and their friendship shattered, forcing them to cut all ties.

Years later, a man’s head is discovered in the woods, skinned and with the tongue cut out.  The police call on Harry, a psychologist, to help with the case, and when it turns out the victim is his childhood friend Guy, old skeletons begin to surface.

Then one of Harry’s clients goes missing.  

Forced into a desperate hunt to save the boy, Harry finds himself closing in in on a shocking secret, a secret someone will do anything to keep safe…

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MY REVIEW

This is a psychological thriller, with great characters and a twisty plot.

Harry Hope is a psychotherapist, his wife has left him and he’s a bit of a wreck, but then he is called to help at a crime scene only to find that the victim was a childhood friend…..this brings back memories of a summer as a child when three boys, Harry, Guy and Lucas accidentally set fire to a barn and a man died….

But who would want to kill Guy and mutilate his body in such a horrific way?

When a young client, Nick, goes missing, Harry visits Eddie’s Farm, and to his surprise meets Lucas. Is this a coincidence that the three old friends are all linked again? 

There is a gruesome murder, attempted murder, kidnap, animal rights activists and a creepy murderer in a mask. A great range of characters, some likeable and some just downright reprehensible and a twisty plot that keeps you hooked from start to finish. Thoroughly entertaining.

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/2mDj7oE

 

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.

 

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.