Retriever of Souls & Children in Chains by Lorraine Mace #extract #giveaway @lomace

I’m delighted to be bringing you an extract today from the first two books in the DI Sterling Series, Retriever of Souls and Children in Chains. Lorraine’s books are published by Accent Press. Lorraine is also giving away a paperback copy of Children in Chains. To enter the competition all you need to do is leave a comment at the end of the blog post and I’ll choose one winner at random. The deadline to enter is midnight Friday, 22nd March 2019. Good luck!

Retriever of Souls: A gritty and positively compelling crime novel (DI Sterling Book 1) by [Mace, Lorraine]      Children in Chains: The much anticipated follow up in the dark and gritty DI Sterling crime series by [Mace, Lorraine]

Retriever of Souls

The first title in a dark and gritty crime series. 

Brought up believing that sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victim’s souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.

Children in Chains

The second gripping instalment in the DI Paolo Sterling crime series. 

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.

When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.

Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?

 

RETRIEVER OF SOULS – EXTRACT

“Please, no. Oh God. No more. Please.”

Excited by her pleading, he pounded his fists into her face. He craved release, but couldn’t give in. Not yet. Not while she could defile him. Only when her swollen lids meant she could no longer see did he allow himself to take her throat between his hands and free her soul.

He waited for her death throes to pass, then relaxed his grip and moved down the bed to suck and caress her breasts. His heart pounded. Now. He had to move now before it was too late. Shifting position, he straddled her body. Arching his back, he emptied his hatred onto her breasts.

Shuddering, he slid from the bed and fell to the floor.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered. “So sorry, so sorry, so…”

His throat constricted. As tears flowed, he screamed. Thrashing wildly, he knocked against the chair holding the woman’s clothes. Her tights fell across his neck and he panicked, clawing himself free.

Fucking whore!

“God forgive me,” he sobbed. “She made me. Forgive me, God. Forgive me.”

Crawling to the corner cupboard, he opened the door and reached for the scourge. He braced himself, then flicked the nine-tailed lash, the tiny spiked ends digging into his flesh.

Each strike lifted him closer to purity, until he collapsed. Exhausted, he slept.

He woke at first light, ready for the next stage. Filling a bowl with water, he brought it to the bed, then scraped under each of the woman’s nails before washing most of her body in the warm water. He swabbed above and below her breasts, careful not to disturb his gift, the sign of her salvation. From under the bed he brought out a small black leather casket. He removed a fine-toothed comb and ran it through her pubic hair, placing the loose hairs in the envelope he’d already marked with a number four.

Retriever of Souls can be purchased from the following link below.

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CHILDREN IN CHAINS – EXTRACT

Joey held the blade against Edona’s neck. A tiny line of red trickled down, collecting on the edge of her blue sweatshirt. He didn’t want to kill her. She’d always been one of his best money earners, still looking like a schoolgirl even though she was almost twenty.

“Make the call,” he whispered. “Make the call and you can live.”

He could feel her trembling against his body as he pulled her closer.

“Make the call,” he repeated.

She nodded and dialled. Her fingers shook so much Joey wondered if she’d hit the right buttons. He’d know when the call was answered. His head was close enough to hers to hear the ringing tone and then the copper’s sleepy voice.

“Sterling.”

The call had obviously woken him. Not surprising. It was five in the morning.

Joey released the knife just enough to enable Edona to speak. If she tried anything stupid, he’d put an end to her before she had chance to betray him again.

 “It’s me. I …”

Joey touched the knife gently against Edona’s neck; a reminder of what they’d agreed.

“I’m listening,” Sterling said. “What have you got for me?”

“Some girls, they come tonight.”

“Where? What time?”

“I not know what time, but they bring them to motorway. Change van in car park outside restaurant and shop.”

“Tell me who is bringing them in. Who are you working for? I can protect –”

Joey took the phone and ended the call.

“What a kind man! He wants to protect you. It’s a bit too late for that, Edona. I wonder what else you’ve told him. I don’t suppose I’ll ever find out. Not that it matters to you now, but I’ve always been very fond of you. What I have to do to you breaks my heart.”

“No hurt me. Please no. You say me, I make call, you forgive.”

“And you believed me? Shame on you, Edona. I could never forgive such a betrayal. You’ve been working against me for too long now. I’ve heard you telling the young ones that they’d get free, someday.” He laughed. “You’re such a fool. For girls like you, someday never comes.”

He felt her tears dripping onto his hand.

“Ah no, don’t cry. I don’t like to have my girls crying. No more tears.”

He pulled the knife across her throat. As the blood spurted, he pushed her away, smiling as her body tumbled into the foundation pit.

“Edar, Bekim!” he called to the two men waiting by the car. “Cover her up.”

They moved forward and began shovelling rubble and sand. Joey watched for a while, but soon got bored. He went and leaned against the car until Bekim signalled for him to come back and approve what they’d done.

He looked down into the pit and smiled. There was no trace of Edona. He glanced at his watch. It was now five-thirty. The concrete was due to be poured in three hours’ time. Perfect.

“That’s cleared up that loose end. I’d wondered how Sterling seemed to know so much, but without you two pointing her out, I’d never have guessed it was Edona. Good work,” he said, smiling at the two men. He passed her phone to one of them. “Get rid of that, Bekim. Make sure it can’t be traced back to us. Right, let’s get everything in place for tonight’s delivery. Now that we know Sterling will be on the other side of town, the transfer will be, as the Brits like to say, a piece of cake. I wonder what the fuck that means, a piece of cake.” He grinned. “Talking of cake, it’s time for breakfast.”

Children in Chains can be purchased by clicking on the following link below.

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The Lost by Mari Hannah #bookreview

The Lost (Stone and Oliver Book 1) by [Hannah, Mari]

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‘He was her child. The only one she’d ever have. It would kill her to learn that he was missing.’

Alex arrives home from holiday to find that her ten-year-old son Daniel has disappeared.

It’s the first case together for Northumbria CID officers David Stone and Frankie Oliver.

Stone has returned to his roots with fifteen years’ experience in the Met, whereas Oliver is local, a third generation copper with a lot to prove, and a secret that’s holding her back.

But as the investigation unfolds, they realise the family’s betrayal goes deeper than anyone suspected. This isn’t just a missing persons case. Stone and Oliver are hunting a killer.

MY THOUGHTS 

The Lost is a very twisty crime novel from Mari Hannah which delves into a family’s secrets when a ten-year-old child disappears.

I absolutely loved this book. It’s the first one by Mari Hannah which I have read and I was really impressed by how Mari drew everything together, especially as this was a very complex investigation that her police team were investigating. I thought it was brilliant how Mari completely threw me with the twist towards the end which was so chilling.

I think what made this novel so intriguing from the beginning was the family who were involved and at the centre of the case the police team are investigating. For me there was something that just didn’t sit right about them. I really wanted to get to the bottom of who these people were and there were so many different aspects about their personalities which kept me intrigued and searching for answers.

This book did take a very different direction to the one which I was expecting it to. We are first introduced to one of our main characters, Alex, when she is on holiday in Majorca with her sister, only to come back to the UK to discover that her son is missing. But as Mari’s two new lead detectives, David Stone and Frankie Oliver investigate; they discover that there is more to this family than meets the eye and they have to unpick the layers to get to the heart of what is really going on in the lives of the people involved.

Detectives Stone and Oliver are a welcome addition to the crime fiction world. There is a strong working and friendly relationship between them and it’ll be interesting to see how they progress from here. I suspect that there is more about Frankie to be discovered as there is a hint about something in her past which I am definitely interested to find out more about.

With a brilliant, cleverly thought out plot and addictive writing, I can’t recommend this book highly enough for crime fiction lovers. It’s a book that I found very difficult to put down. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 22nd March 2018

Print length: 416 pages

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A Body in the Lakes by Graham Smith #bookreview blog tour @GrahamSmith1972 @bookouture

On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on Graham Smith’s gripping new thriller, A Body in the Lakes, the second book in the DC Beth Young series.

A Body in the Lakes: A gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Smith, Graham]

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The woman’s limbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.

When a hiker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia Evans was known to be a tough character, but who would have strangled her?

Detective Beth Young quickly spots the links to three cold cases. Three women strangled and discarded in the stunning, wild hills of the Lake District.

As Beth begins tracking down witnesses, the team receives an anonymous letter claiming the charming mayor of Carlisle is behind the murders. There’s pressure from the top to clear his name. But Beth is determined to find the truth no matter whose feathers she ruffles in the process.

Beth knows the clock is ticking. The killer is hunting again. And it’s down to her to find who’s responsible before another woman becomes his prey…

MY THOUGHTS

A Body in the Lakes is another gripping crime thriller by Graham Smith set within the surrounding area of the Lake District. DC Beth Young returns in his latest novel, and she is investigating the shocking murder of an elderly woman who has been given weeks to live due to her cancer diagnosis. What is even more shocking to Beth is the lengths the killer has gone to, and she realises that this is the work of a dangerous and callous individual. But as Beth and the rest of her team begin to investigate, they realise that it could be linked to other murders that have taken place, which no one has ever thought of connecting before.

This is developing into an exciting crime series that I am certainly keen to follow, and it is interesting to see Beth grow. Beth is a character who stands out among her team, she has caught the attention of the press in this latest book, and she seems like a breath of fresh air to the media and the public. She is sharp, intelligent and tenacious. She certainly catches the eye of the mayor who becomes involved in the case when his name crops up as a possible suspect.

We do get to learn a lot more about Beth in this latest instalment and about the events which have scarred her in the past. She does come across as the strongest character in the book, and you can really sense the connection that she feels towards the victims, and she is desperate to make sure that this killer doesn’t strike again. She certainly isn’t afraid of putting herself in danger as she fights for justice, and she isn’t a character who will sit quietly, she wants to make her voice heard in the loudest way possible.

I really liked the way how Graham cleverly mislead me as I thought I could see who the murderer was, but the final chapters took me by surprise. Again I felt nervous for Beth as she grew closer and closer to unravelling what was going on and who was behind the attacks. But I’m not going to go into any more detail here; you’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out what happens. You don’t need to have read the first book in the series to enjoy this one, but once you’ve read it, you’ll definitely want to catch up.

If you’re looking for a gripping police procedural, look no further than Graham Smith’s books. A Body in the Lakes is a crime novel that will keep you hooked and on the edge of your seat.

Thank you to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and for providing me with an advance review copy.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 15th March 2019

Print length: 372 pages

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Past Life by Dominic Nolan #bookreview blog tour @NolanDom @headlinepg

Past Life: 'a dark crime fiction debut that feels fresh, smart and thrilling' by [Nolan, Dominic]

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Waking up beside the dead girl, she couldn’t remember anything.
Who she was. Who had taken her. How to escape.

Detective Abigail Boone has been missing for four days when she is finally found, confused and broken. Suffering retrograde amnesia, she is a stranger to her despairing husband and bewildered son.

Hopelessly lost in her own life, with no leads on her abduction, Boone’s only instinct is to revisit the case she was investigating when she vanished: the baffling disappearance of a young woman, Sarah Still.

Defying her family and the police, Boone obsessively follows a deadly trail to the darkest edges of human cruelty. But even if she finds Sarah, will Boone ever be the same again?

MY THOUGHTS

Imagine having your past torn away from you and not being able to connect with your own family. That is the situation Abigail Boone is faced with in Past Life by Dominic Nolan, and it makes for an utterly engrossing read.

Abigail is a very intriguing character. We know she has suffered from a horrific accident leaving her with very limited memories from her past life, when she worked as a detective, specifically on missing person’s cases. But she doesn’t seem to want to go back to the woman who she was before, leaving her husband and son frustrated. There is one thing that is driving Abigail though. She knows that before her accident she was attempting to solve the disappearance of a young woman, Sarah Still and she knows she was on her trail in the days leading up to her accident. Abigail is determined to find out what happened to the young woman, in the hope that it will answer some questions for her as well.

I think what intrigued me most about Abigail is the fact that she didn’t seem to want to try and connect with her family. It almost felt as though at times that she wanted them to remain strangers to her, and this did have me asking so many questions about her family life and her character. Was there anything that she was frightened of? I could easily imagine how her family must be feeling about this as I thought about how I would react in their shoes.

The mystery element here was so engaging. We know that Abigail was working on Sarah’s disappearance who has been a missing person now for six years. She decides to continue investigating, even though she is no longer a serving police officer, and her investigations take her close to some dangerous individuals who are intent on causing her serious harm. Dominic Nolan kept turning up the tension as she continued to try and find out what had happened to Sarah, and I feared that something terrible was going to happen to Abigail again and that this time she wasn’t going to get away.

Roo was another fantastic character in the book who is a firm friend of Abigail’s. It seems that Roo is the only person who she can rely on at times; I really liked their interactions with each other. All the characters in this book are well drawn and they are what made the story so engaging and especially the landscape which was described so well.

I’m not sure if this book is part of a planned series, but I would definitely like to return to find out how Abigail is getting on. Past Life is an absolutely riveting debut thriller. You won’t be able to forget about the characters once you have read it. It comes highly recommended from me.

Thank you to publishers for sending me an advance review copy and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Headline

Publication date: 7th March 2019

Print length: 432 pages

If you would like to purchase Past Life, you can do so by clicking on one of the following links below.

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Only Daughter by Sarah Denzil #bookreview blog tour @sarahdenzil @bookouture

Happy publication to Sarah Denzil, her latest novel Only Daughter is published today. I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on my blog as part of the blog tour.

Only Daughter: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a nail-biting twist by [Denzil, Sarah A.]

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In one moment, Kat Cavanagh’s perfect world is shattered into tiny fragments. The flash of her daughter’s torn yellow dress, the beautiful blonde hair hanging across her precious face. Her own heart-broken sob…

Kat experiences every mother’s worst nightmare when her little girl is found dead. And then the police add the word ‘suicide’. But Kat refuses to believe them. 

Even when they show her the familiar looping handwriting and smudged ink on the note Grace left behind. She knows her bubbly, bright daughter would never take her own life.

But as she searches Grace’s perfume-scented room, filled with smiling photos, she uncovers secrets her daughter had been hiding. Secrets that make her wonder how well she really knew the woman her only child was becoming.

Kat’s determined to find out what really happened to Grace on the night she died, even if it means confronting her own troubled past. But as she gets closer to the terrible truth, Kat is faced with an unthinkable question: there was no way she could have protected Grace – or was there?

MY THOUGHTS

Only Daughter is a totally gripping novel from Sarah Denzil. I haven’t read anything by Sarah before, but I’m definitely intrigued to read her previous work.

There’s a very dark tone which runs right throughout this novel, right from the beginning when we see, Grace, a young girl about to commit suicide, right through to the heart-stopping conclusion when we finally find out the reasons why she did what she did.

Grace’s mother, Kat refuses to accept that her daughter killed herself and begins to search for answers by speaking to Grace’s friends and by trying to gain access to her social media channels. Her husband Charles and the police are not supportive of Kat’s quest to get to the truth, to them it is an open and shut case, but Kat is determined not to give up. But as Kat delves into her daughter’s world, she discovers that she knew very little about what she was really getting up to.

When we were first introduced to Kat I didn’t find her particularly likeable, to begin with, but as the story developed I became more and more engaged in her quest to avenge her daughter, and I became more and more interested in her as a character. Kat isn’t a person who has had it easy; she grew up on a council estate but has since married a wealthy man and lives with him in their seven-bedroom mansion. Kat is often labelled a gold digger by her social peers, and even her own mother disapproves of her for marrying Charles; this made me feel very sorry for her as she didn’t appear to have many people who she could turn to.

There were so many intriguing twists and turns that made me want to get to the bottom of who Grace really was and why she did what she did. What could have prompted a young girl to kill herself?

I was shocked by the final conclusions which Sarah Denzil brought together in a rapid and cleverly thought out way. It really wrapped everything up well, although some parts did put me in mind of a book I read a couple of years ago, I still found it really enjoyable and heartbreaking as well.

This is a really well written and an engrossing read that will have you desperate to find out what happens, not to be missed by psychological thriller fans.

Thank you to Bookouture for providing me with an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 13th March 2019

Print length: 330 pages

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A Gift for Dying by M.J. Arlidge #bookreview blog tour @mjarlidge @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for M.J. Arlidge’s first stand-alone novel A Gift for Dying. I’m a big, big fan of his Helen Grace books so I was really intrigued to see what he had come up with.

A Gift for Dying by [Arlidge, M. J.]

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With just one look, she knows how and when you will die . . . 

Nothing surprises Adam Brandt anymore. As a forensic psychologist, he’s seen and heard everything.

That is, until he meets Kassie.

Because she claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.

Adam doesn’t believe her, obviously.

But then a serial killer starts wreaking havoc across the city, and only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.

He just doesn’t realise how dangerous this trust might be . . .

MY THOUGHTS

Being a big fan of the Helen Grace books, I was so excited to find out that M.J. Arlidge had a new stand-alone coming out and he explores a very interesting and scary premise. Kassie is a teenager who you wouldn’t want to come across. Kassie believes she has an incredible but terrifying gift, she can see exactly when and how you’re going to die, and there is very little she can do to prevent it. Her psychiatrist, Adam tries to understand what is going on inside her head, but as he gets to know the young girl better, he begins to wonder if there is perhaps any truth in her claims, and the closer he gets to her, the more danger he is putting himself in.

What I absolutely love about M.J. Arlidge’s writing, is that he never fails to grip me straight away. Following on in the same style as the Helen Grace series, A Gift for Dying is told in short, punchy chapters. The storyline is very different compared to his previous books; although it does partly follow a police procedural element, it is also set across the Pond in the United States, Chicago.

Kassie was a character who I wanted to get to the bottom of. Like Adam was to begin with, I too was sceptical of her claims, so it was fascinating to see their relationship develop. As Kassie herself became more deeply connected to the murders that were taking place in her home town, I did begin to wonder myself if she was more involved than she was letting on and I was thinking about several reasons why this could be the case.

I became utterly gripped by the storyline in this book, and I deeply cared for Kassie, and I wanted to find out more about her. As I raced through the final chapters to get to the end, I didn’t once look up from the writing on the page, I just had to know what was going to happen and what Kassie and Adam were going to do next, any jobs that needed doing just had to be put aside until I was finished.

A Gift for Dying is a terrific stand-alone thriller. This is one of those books which will just keep you engrossed in the storyline and the characters; M.J. Arlidge is a writer who knows how to write gripping prose. Addictive and brilliantly written, I have no doubt at all that this will be a bestseller.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, and to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 7th March 2019

Print length: 468 pages

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Thicker Than Water by Rachel McLean spotlight post @rachelmcwrites @rararesources

On my blog today I’m delighted to be bringing you a spotlight post to celebrate the publication of the new novel by Rachel McLean, Thicker Than Water. I’ve previously enjoyed reading Rachel’s Division Bell trilogy, you can read my review by clicking here, I’m definitely looking forward to reading her latest.

Thicker Than Water: A gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge by [McLean, Rachel]

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Six years after floods made her family homeless, Jess Dyer has found safety on the wild North Yorkshire coast. Her sister-in-law Ruth is forging a role as doctor to their community of refugees and the rock around which the family revolves.

But the family is haunted by memories of the journey north and the loss of their mother Sonia. And their community is under attack from the local population.

When Jess answers a distress call at sea, she brings strangers to their village and puts Ruth in jeopardy. Jess must calm the community, mount a rescue mission and keep her brother Ben from tipping into insanity.

Will she succeed? And will she find Ruth before it’s too late?

‘Thicker Than Water’ is a gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel McLean

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

If you would like to purchase Thicker Than Water, you can do so by clicking on the following link below. 

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Now You See Her by Heidi Perks #bookreview @HeidiPerksBooks @arrowpublishing

Happy publication day to Heidi Perks, who’s latest novel Now You See Her is released in paperback today.

Now You See Her: The compulsive thriller you need to read by [Perks, Heidi]

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Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.

Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.

Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.

Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.

MY THOUGHTS

Now You See Her by Heidi Perks explores a scarily realistic premise. What if you were to lose someone else’s child while they are in your care? It is a scenario that must run through the minds of many whenever they’re responsible for a friend’s child; this is what happens to Charlotte when she takes Harriet’s daughter, Alice to the school fete. One moment, Alice is playing quite happily with her children, but the moment she is out of sight, Alice disappears. Of course, if you were in Charlotte’s position, you would be hoping that they would reappear within the next few moments, unscathed at all by all the fuss that has been created. But what is even more chilling is that another young boy disappeared several months previously and the boy was never found. Is there a kidnapper at large and has the same person struck again?

This book was a compulsive page-turner. Once I started reading, I really couldn’t stop, and I just had to know what had happened to Alice. The story is told from the viewpoints of both Harriet and Charlotte and in two timelines, before and after Alice’s disappearance. What was really striking for me was, even though Alice wasn’t Charlotte’s child, she seems more affected by the disappearance than Harriet is. Harriet is of course devastated, but Charlotte has to carry the burden that she was in charge of Alice the day she went missing, and she will be thinking about this for the rest of her life.

The police investigation into Alice’s disappearance does take more of a back seat as the plot unfolds, but it is the psychological insight into the two women at the heart of the novel that carries it forward. This for me is what made the novel stand out. There are quite a few novels I have read recently which revolve around a missing child, and so I thought this was a really interesting direction for the author to take this story. It definitely does make it feel quite different.

Heidi Perks writing is sharp, and there is tension on every page as Charlotte and Harriet both try to work out what happened. I think I did connect more with Charlotte than I did with Harriet, but perhaps this was because she was the one in charge of Alice when she went missing.

This was a pacy, character-driven psychological thriller. It is a book that will have you questioning everything you think you know about the characters, I know I had so many thoughts and ideas running through my head as I was reading it. I can’t wait to read more from Heidi Perks.

I received a free e-arc of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Arrow

Publication date: 7th March 2019

Print length: 432 pages

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WWW Wednesday – 6th March 2019

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s addition of WWW Wednesday which is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. The three Ws are.

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next? 

What am I currently reading? 

The Lost (Stone and Oliver Book 1) by [Hannah, Mari] A Body in the Lakes: A gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Smith, Graham]

The Lost by Mari Hannah                                 A Body in the Lakes by Graham Smith

I’ve never read a novel by Mari Hannah before and I’m now kicking myself that I haven’t. This is promising to be very good.

I really enjoyed Graham Smith’s previous novel and his latest is shaping up to be just as good.

What did I recently finish reading?

The Dangerous Kind by [O'Connor, Deborah]

The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor

I’ve just recently finished writing my review for this book which I’ll be posting on my blog soon. This novel explores a very chilling idea; it is based on research that one in one hundred people are psychopaths.

What do I think I’ll read next?

Critical Incidents: The first book in this year’s most addictive new detective series by [Whitehouse, Lucie]

Critical Incidents by Lucie Whitehouse

This will be my first read by Lucie Whitehouse and I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve had a peek at the opening and I can’t wait to read the rest.

So that’s it for this week. Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments, and drop your blog links below if you’re taking part in WWW Wednesday as well.

In Servitude by Heleen Kist #bookreview @hkist

When I was first approached to read and review In Servitude I was immediately struck by the stunning cover and the compelling blurb. I’m really kicking myself that it has taken me this long to get round to reading it. Once I read the first chapter, I was hooked.

In Servitude: a suspense novel by [Kist, Heleen]

BLURB

When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her life spirals out of control.

She discovers Glory was indebted to a local crime lord and laundering money through her café. What’s worse, Grace is now forced to take over.

Defying her anxiety, Grace plots to save herself and those Glory left behind from the clutches of Glasgow’s underworld. But her plans unravel when more family secrets emerge and Grace is driven to question everything she believed about her sister – even her death.

Could Glory’s accident have been murder?

MY THOUGHTS

Well, I had the intention of just reading the first couple of chapters of this book, but once I had read them, I wanted to read the rest and I very nearly read it in one big gulp, and would have done if it wasn’t for those pesky little distractions such as work and sleep. In Servitude by Heleen Kist is an absolutely gripping debut. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get round to it, but I’m so pleased I finally have.

We meet Grace who has just been handed the shocking news that her sister, Glory, has died in a car accident. Grace is distraught and she quickly steps in to help out with Glory’s children and Glory’s business, a vegan café in Glasgow. But as Grace begins to look into Glory’s affairs, she begins to see a clearer picture of the person who her sister was, and she learns some shocking truths. Grace soon finds herself in some very messy business which is going to prove tricky for her to get out of.

The pace never lets up in this book. I felt very sorry for Grace as she has found herself in the unfortunate position she is in through no fault of her own. Heleen kept the tension simmering away as I wondered what possible direction the book could take next. I feared that something terrible was going to happen to Grace and I could feel this sense of foreboding growing as Grace became more and more involved with what her sister had been up to. And she is soon in the sights of some very nasty people.

There are some very topical issues that are explored in this book, such as the refugee crisis and modern slavery. I thought the way that Heleen portrayed this in her book was very believable and Grace’s passion for helping people who are in this situation came across very strongly in her character.

As I mentioned before, Heleen kept me wondering if something was waiting to happen to Grace just around the corner, and there was a very shocking conclusion to the story. There was such a tense scene which kept me reading until I had turned the final page. I just had to know what happened.

In Servitude is a debut packed with tension and suspense that will keep you turning the pages. This is a must read for thriller loves and I can’t wait to read what Heleen writes next.

I received a free e-arc of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Pollok Glen Publishing

Publication date: 27th August 2018

Print length: 339 pages

If you would like to purchase In Servitude you can do so by clicking on the following link below. 

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