Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Whisper Man by Alex North – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Get ready for the biggest thriller of 2019.

“The best crime novel of the decade” Steve Cavanagh

If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken…

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window…

 

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MY REVIEW 

I am unable to say too much as it would spoil the wonderfully creepy plot of The Whisper Man….but here goes…

DI Pete Willis has made it his mission over the past 20 years to find the body of a little boy called Tony Smith. The Whisper Man or Frank Carter killed him….he is still in prison, jailed for the murders of children all those years ago.

The only body missing is that of Tony…..

Then, in the present day,  a six year old boy goes missing ….is this the same as the Whisper Man ? But he’s still locked up…

The story is also told from the perspectives of Tom Kennedy and his absolutely charming young son, Jake. Rebecca, Tom’s wife and mother to Jake had died suddenly and they are both missing her terribly….and struggling with their grief.

The subject matter is at times so hard to read and there will be tears…..

There are many books that are good but a little forgettable, this is not one of those. It’s an incredible piece of creepy and yet emotive and expressive writing and will stay with me for a long time…..but please do not whisper near me for a while yet !!!

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Couple by Sarah Mitchell – Book Review

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Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.

The Couple is a psychological thriller with a stunning twist, perfect for fans of The Girl Before, The Wife Between Us, and The Woman in the Window.

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MY REVIEW 

The Couple is a psychological thriller by Sarah Mitchell and I have to say I really enjoyed reading it.

It’s written from two perspectives, the past and the present giving deeper insight into the protagonist and the characters.

I have to say I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likeable but I’m sure that’s the point and a credit to the authors clever writing.

Claire works for the Immigration Service and is now engaged after a whirlwind romance, to Angus…He is a hotel entrepreneur and they are about to buy their perfect home together.

Claire goes to view a house they like and meets Mark, the seller, but he looks familiar to her, and reminds her of a former lover……as a result Claire is drawn to him, then Angus starts to behave a bit oddly…..Can Claire trust either of them or even herself?

Sarah Mitchell’s writing is creative and expressive and this tale is a twisty, turny, fast paced ride. I really enjoyed it and can recommend it to all lovers of a psychological thriller.

I would like to thank the Author/Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair, honest and unbiased review.

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A Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie – Book Review #blogtour #bookreview

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

When someone is out to get you, is there anywhere you can hide?

From the outside, Olivia seems to lead an idyllic existence with her husband and children. But when she starts receiving notes, she knows her perfect life is under threat.

She thought she’d managed to put the past behind her, but someone seems determined to reveal her secret.

Meanwhile girls are vanishing in the area and Olivia fears for her family’s safety.

Has someone discovered the real reason she left Scotland all those years ago?

And does her secret have links to the recent disappearances?

When someone is out to get you, is there anywhere you can hide?

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MY REVIEW

Olivia and her husband Christian live in Switzerland, with children Julian, Marc and Lara.

All is peaceful and happy until Olivia finds an anonymous note left for her. Someone knows her secret!

Then, Sandra, a local child and one of Lara’s friends goes missing after school. They are all distraught, but this affects Olivia badly and she worries about the safety of her own children, almost obsessively.

The story, flips back to Scarborough in 1984 and Marie is a sad little girl, with no friends and a volatile relationship with her father, due to his moods, her mother tries to keep the peace but life is fraught.

She’s an intelligent girl though and decides to go to university and when she plans to go overseas, her parents show her her birth certificate and her already fragile relationship with her parents is nearly broken.

We then travel to 1998 in Edinburgh and Lucy is attending university, but a little naive and a bit needy, Lucy finds herself pregnant after just one date. What links these girls?

Back to 2016, Switzerland and Olivia meets Aurelia, who is renovating the nearby Grand Wildenbach Hotel, Olivia is drawn to Aurelia and the hotel and the motherly comfort she receives.

But, always wondering what happened to little Sandra, Olivia begins to suspect everyone around her, becoming more and more tense and unhappy. 

Alison Baillie has written a marvellously descriptive tale with details of the Swiss culture, food and the landscape which helps add to the atmosphere and then to Olivia’s believable emotional tension.

I felt it showed how feelings of guilt and low self esteem can affect a persons life and the decisions they make and giving me, as the reader, a slightly unsettled feeling, which is a credit to Alison Baillie’s very clever writing.

There are a few ‘suspicious’ characters, and the creepiness is high right to the very end…. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a psychological thriller. A creepy, moody and atmospheric read.

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About the Author

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Alison Baillie was born in Scarborough of Scottish parents and lived in County Durham, Somerset and the Yorkshire Dales before going to university in Scotland. She then taught English in several Edinburgh secondary schools before moving to Switzerland where she still lives now. She’s taught English as a Foreign Language in Finland and Switzerland.

When she stopped teaching full-time, she fulfilled a life-time ambition and wrote Sewing the Shadows Together, a psychological suspense novel inspired in part by events when she was teaching in Scotland. 

She is fascinated by the way we are influenced by the events of our past and has now written a second novel, A Fractured Winter, set in Switzerland, Scotland and Yorkshire.  

She has two sons and three grandchildren and is proud of their international roots, having a mixture of Scottish, Swiss, Polish and Finnish heritage. As well as spending time with them, she loves travelling, walking in the mountains and by the sea, reading and writing.

Social Media Links:

Website:  https://alisonbaillie.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisonbaillieauthor & https://www.facebook.com/alison.taylor.796774

Twitter: https://twitter.com/

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  in exchange for my honest review. 

 

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Intention by C S Barnes – Book Review.

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BOOK BLURB :

When twenty-two year old Gillian Thompson returns from university for the summer, it is apparent there is tension at home. An irritant to her father and a concern to her mother, Gillian’s home life is less than ideal.

Geraldine, Gillian’s mother, has suffered abuse from Joe for years. 

However, it is not until Joe dies that the family dynamic shifts and Gillian starts out on her own dark journey…

When Gillian meets Paul and Daniel she starts to become the person she always knew she was. And as people around her start dying Gillian faces scrutiny from her mother.

But are the deaths accidents or is something more sinister at work?

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MY REVIEW

Well where do I start? What a disturbing, brilliant read that grabs you with both hands and won’t let go…..

Gillian’s father, Joe, is a brutal drunk, who regularly beats her mother. These injuries are hidden but Gillian is aware from a young age what is going on. While life plods along, Gillian is experimenting, putting bleach in the fish pond, breaking cats bones and more…this is the most disturbing part to me, a fledgling psychopath that no one seems to notice……….but do they?

Joe has a fatal accident, a fall down the stairs, ably assisted by Gillian, but her mother takes the blame as she ‘can’t lose both of you’. Due to his past brutality there is no prison sentence but she goes to visit her sister for a while, leaving Gillian at home alone with her box……!

There is a stint at university, where she carries on with experiments but while at home for the holidays she meets Daniel and his sick Aunt Emily. She has a relationship with Daniel and is upset when Emily dies peacefully…

Gillian is very clever at hiding her lack of social skills and learns what is acceptable and expected of her…..but someone is killing young men in her area. Her mother knows what and who Gillian is………..does Daniel?

This is an extraordinary book by C S Barnes, that shows the inner mind of a psychopath and the relationship she has with others close to her. 

It has some disturbing moments like….. “For my own curiosity then, tell me: what shocked you more, the animal with the broken neck or the patricide? Really take some time to consider that, and then tell me why I’m the only monster”…. 

My intention is making sure my windows are all shut tight !!! If you like a dark thriller then you’ll love this, it doesn’t come much darker. 

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  in exchange for my honest unbiased review.   

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About the Author:

C.S. Barnes (Charley to her long-time pals) is a Worcestershire-based writer and poet who has recently achieved her Doctorate degree in Creative Writing, and now spends a lot of her time wondering what to do with it. She is a lecturer, content writer, tea-drinker and book-reader with a passion for psychological thrillers that shines through her own work.

Barnes is the Managing Director of Sabotage Reviews and she also runs her own monthly open mic/spoken word event in Worcester City Centre, titled Dear Listener.

She published her debut short story collection in May 2017, titled The Women You Were Warned About (Black Pear Press), and her debut poetry pamphlet, A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache, was published be in July 2018 (V. Press). Intention is Barnes’ debut novel.

Social Media Links:

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charleyblogs/ @charleyblogs

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

Blog: http://charleyistyping.blogspot.com/

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I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler – Book Review. #bookreview #bookblogger #thriller

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Chilling and unrelentingly gripping, I’LL FIND YOU is the terrifying new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of DON’T WAKE UP. Perfect for fans of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough and C.L. Taylor’s, The Fear.

Emily Jacobs, a nurse, is in hospital for a minor operation. When she wakes in the night, woozy with anaesthetic, she sees the doctor frantically trying to resuscitate the woman in the bed next to her. In the morning, she is told that she must have had a nightmare. The bed has been empty all along . . .

When Emily returns to work she discovers a bracelet that she believes belonged to the missing woman. Soon, she becomes convinced that her colleagues at the hospital are hiding a terrible secret. 

What if she’s wrong? What if her own troubled past has affected her more than she knows?

But what if she’s right? 

What else could they be capable of?

(From Goodreads)

MY REVIEW 

Emily Jacobs’ sister, Zoe, had disappeared some months before and Emily has been searching relentlessly ever since. This had affected her mental health and her therapist is trying to help her recover fully. As a result she is to return to work as a Nurse, after a small operation to remove a lump in her breast.

While she is recovering from her op, she witnesses a young girl ‘dying’ in her room, but nurses and doctors convince her this was just a dream, the result of anaesthetic, but Emily is not so sure.

Here begins Liz Lawler’s marvellously tense, gripping and twisty tale that will keep you guessing and on edge as the tension builds. Is Emily hallucinating, is her mental health declining again, is Zoe still alive, or is something more unbelievably tragic happening ?…Thank goodness for Geraldine, the detective that just doesn’t give up. The ending will leave you broken…..

Thank you to The Pigeonhole and the author, Liz Lawler for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest review and all opinions my own.

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