Black Reed Bay by Rod Reynolds #bookreview @Rod_WR @OrendaBooks

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping new novel by Rod Reynolds, Black Reed Bay.

Black Reed Bay by [Rod Reynolds]

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When a young woman vanishes from an exclusive oceanfront community, Detective Casey Wray’s investigation plunges her into a darkness she could never have imagined … Breathtaking, unnerving contemporary American Noir.

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When a young woman makes a distressing middle-of-the-night call to 911, apparently running for her life in a quiet, exclusive beachside neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything suggests a domestic incident.

Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn’t sit right with the officers at Hampstead County PD. With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening the integrity of the investigation, lead detective Casey Wray is thrust into an increasingly puzzling case that looks like it’s going to have only one ending…

And then the first body appears…

MY THOUGHTS

Rod Reynolds has become a recent new favourite author of mine, and I was so excited when his latest book, Black Reed Bay, was posted through my letterbox. I was so excited to start reading it, and I can tell you that it is very clever and an unputdownable read. I’m really hoping that this is going to be the start of a series featuring Detective Casey Wray. I can’t wait to read more books featuring her, if it is.

Rod Reynolds starts this book with a bang when a young woman makes a distressed call to the police. A woman, Tina Grace, is running from a man, and she is in fear for life. But before they can get any more details from Tina, the call is disconnected. The call has come from an exclusive, oceanfront community, home to the very wealthy. And as Detective Casey Wray and her team try to uncover more about the woman and what happened to her, they have no idea what explosive secrets they are about to discover.

I loved Casey Wray. She has a real passion for the job she does, and she is a strong lead character. I liked the banter between her and members of her team, particularly between her and Dave Cullen. She is such a fascinating and really likeable person, so I’m really hoping that this will be part of a series.

There is a sinister web of lies and mystery shrouding the neighbourhood where Tina Grace made the 9-1-1 call from. It made for such gripping reading, and I had no idea how the plot was going to unfold. It’s fast paced really exciting, and the book also has a very cinematic feel to it. I felt as though I was part of the action taking place and the book is so cleverly put together and so well plotted.

Tina Grace, the woman who disappears, is such a complex and mysterious character. I had to get to the bottom of what had happened to her. I loved the setting, and Rod Reynolds expertly brought it to life. Although his last book was set in London, I do know that his first books were also set in America. I’m still yet to get round to reading them, but after reading his latest, I’m moving them higher up my reading pile, and I am determined to get to them before the end of this year.

Black Reed Bay will pull you in, and I can assure you that you will find this book very difficult to put down. I’m sure I’ve found another one of my top ten reads of the year. Brilliant stuff.

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 28th May 2021 (kindle) 2nd September 2021 (paperback)

Print length: 319 pages

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May 2021 Wrap-Up

That’s nearly half of 2021 done and dusted. What!? At the start of the year it seemed to be moving incredibly slowly but now time seems to be speeding up again and finally we’ve got some warm weather where I am in the UK. It’s been so good to get some freedoms back over the last couple of months. I haven’t been going mad, but it has been great being able to meet friends and family again, which is something we just took for granted before all of this started.

At the start of this month I finished the first draft of my new novel which is complete at 93,323 words. I’ve put it away for a month now nearly so I’ll be looking at it again in a few days; I’m hoping that I’m not going to hate it when I read it. My blog also turns five years old tomorrow. That’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging now for half a decade. Look out for a special giveaway on my blog tomorrow.

I’ve now read 75 books towards my Goodreads challenge of 100 books by the end of the year. This month I took part in six blog tours and I’ve listed the links below in case you missed any:

The Rapunzal Act by Abi Silver

All My Lies by Sophie Flynn

The Assistant by Kjell ola Dahl

Twisted Lies by Angela Marsons

You Had It Coming by B.M. Carroll

The Pact by Sharon Bolton

In June I have seven blog tours coming up, The Forever Home by Sue Watston on the 7th, The Cursed Girls by Caro Ramsay on the 8th, 20/20 by Carl Goodman on the 17th, Fragile by Sarah Hilary on the 20th, A Cut for a Cut by Carol Wyer on the 29th, Truth or Dare by M.J. Arlidge on the 29th and Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt on the 30th.

I did receive some exciting bookpost this month. I received copies of Truth Games by Caroline England, The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen, The Beresford by Will Carver and The Late Train to Gipsy Hill by Alan Johnson.

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That’s all from me this month. Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments. I’m currently reading In Her Bones by Kate Moretti and Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt.

The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter #bookreview @Alice_Hunter_1 @AvonBooksUK

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the twisty thriller by Alice Hunter, The Serial Killer’s Wife.

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Every marriage has its secrets…

Beth and Tom Hardcastle are the envy of their neighbourhood – they have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family.

When the police knock on their door one evening, Beth panics. Tom should be back from work by now – what if he’s crashed his car? She fears the worst.

But the worst is beyond imagining.

As the interrogation begins, Beth will find herself questioning everything she believed about her husband.

They’re saying he’s a monster. And they’re saying she knew.

MY THOUGHTS

The Serial Killer’s Wife is a pacy and an utterly gripping thriller by Alice Hunter. Whenever serial killers are reported on in the news, people often think about the killer’s family. How is it possible that they didn’t know what was going on right under their nose? If they did know, why didn’t they have the courage to come forward and tell the police? It’s what Alice Hunter explores in her novel as she tells it from the point of view of Beth, the wife of the killer, Tom Hardcastle. Beth and their daughter mean everything to Tom. At one time, Tom meant everything to Beth. But when the police arrest him following the discovery of new evidence in an old murder case, she begins to question everything she thought she knew. It also puts her in a very uncomfortable position as people begin to look at her in a different light than they did before. Can she ever move on from this?

I really wanted to know what the bigger picture was here. As more cases that are linked to Tom come to light, I wanted to know if Beth played any involvement at all in what happened. It made for really gripping reading as Alice explored her character further. I felt as though I couldn’t quite trust her as the story developed.

Tom is a really intriguing character as well. As the police come closer to uncovering the truth about him, we begin to see his true colours emerge. I thought Alice Hunter developed his character really well and Beth’s character too, as she comes to terms with what is happening around her. It makes for really tense reading as the narrative flicks between their viewpoints.

The tension in the book really turns up a notch as Alice Hunter reveals what is really going on. The characters kept me gripped and turning the pages faster and faster as I raced towards the end. Alice Hunter made me think about how I would react if I was in the same position as them.

The Serial Killer’s Wife is an addictive psychological thriller, and I was desperate to find out how things were going to pan out in the end. If you’re looking for a twisty read that will grip you right from the first page, I highly recommend it.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 27th May 2021

Print length: 384 pages

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The Pact by Sharon Bolton #bookreview #blogtour @AuthorSJBolton @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new thriller by Sharon Bolton, The Pact as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for inviting me to take part.

The Pact: A dark and compulsive thriller about secrets, privilege and revenge by [Sharon Bolton]

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A golden summer, and six talented friends are looking forward to the brightest of futures – until a daredevil game goes horribly wrong, and a woman and two children are killed.

18-year-old Megan takes the blame, leaving the others free to get on with their lives. In return, they each agree to a ‘favour’, payable on her release from prison.

Twenty years later Megan is free.
Let the games begin . . .

MY THOUGHTS

The Pact by Sharon Bolton was utterly gripping. She starts the novel with a bang, and the tension and action get going right from the first page. We’re presented with a horrifying scene when a group of students drive the wrong way up a road, and they collide with another vehicle. A woman and her two children are killed in the collision. The group are horrified by what has happened. They are more concerned, though, by what this will mean for their futures and the reputation of their families. They come from wealthy and high profile families. One girl, Megan, a scholarship student, decides to take the blame for the accident and goes to prison. This is on one condition that when she is released, they all have to do her a favour, and it can be anything she chooses.

Once the group had made this decision, I wanted to know just how much of an impact it would have on the rest of their lives. They came across as really unlikeable, and I couldn’t believe that they would much rather think about themselves rather than the woman and her two children who they had just killed. Even though Megan is willing to go to prison, you can see that she is only doing this for herself. But I wanted to know what favour she would ask of the rest of her friends when she is eventually released. They know they will have to agree to whatever she says as Megan has the cards which will destroy their lives.

Twenty years on from the crime and the group of friends are all successful and have happy families. But they always have this shadow hanging over their shoulders. I flew through this book as I waited to see what Megan was going to demand of them. The rest of the group are all on tenterhooks as they wait to find out as well.

Although I didn’t like any member of the group, I thought the favours which Megan asks of them were utterly horrifying. I almost wanted the group not to give in to her demands, and I wanted to see if they would try to do anything to get out of them. You can see them all weighing up the options they had, and it makes for really tense reading as they come to a decision.

Sharon Bolton explores some very dark areas as she continues to peel back the layers and as we get to know the group of friends more. There are some shocking and disturbing revelations as the book reaches the conclusion, and it made me see the story in a very different light.

I really enjoyed this book. If you’ve enjoyed Sharon Bolton’s previous books, then you will love this. I highly recommend it for psychological thriller lovers.

Publisher: Trapeze

Publication date: 1st May 2021

Print length: 335 pages

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The Therapist by B A Paris #bookreview Extra May @1stMondayCrime @BAParisAuthor

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Therapist by B A Paris on my blog today. B A Paris will be appearing at tonight’s First Monday Crime panel which is being live streamed on their Facebook page. I’ll have all the details about tonight’s event at the end of the post, but first let’s find out what The Therapist is about.

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When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…

As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating, grisly secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before.

Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbours are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem…

The million-copy Sunday Times bestselling author B A Paris returns to her heartland of gripping psychological suspense in this powerful tale of a house that holds a shocking secret.

MY THOUGHTS

The Therapist is the latest novel by B A Paris, and once again, she has written a very addictive read. There are short snappy chapters, and the tension grew as the book raced towards its conclusion.

Alice and Leo have just moved into a gated community. But not long after they move in, Alice begins to notice strange things. She also doesn’t understand why Leo isn’t happy about her inviting the neighbours over for drinks. But what is even more disturbing is that someone, unbeknown to Alice at the time, enters the house, on the pretence they are a neighbour. Who are they, and what do they want? What secrets has Leo been keeping from her?

I really wanted to know what was going on behind Alice’s back and what Leo was keeping back from her. I love a novel set in a gated community, and I think it works well in adding to the tension, especially as it is a community that can be very tight-knit. I didn’t know who I could trust, and I felt fearful for Alice as she began to get closer to the neighbours.

B A Paris drops some bombshells when she reveals what really happened and what Leo has been keeping from Alice. It makes for some tense reading as she understands the truth and the tension between her and Leo grows. I could understand why Alice felt the way she did towards Leo. I did raise my eyebrow at some of the decisions which Alice made as she comes to terms with what she has uncovered. But at the same time, it made me wonder what was going to happen to her next. I was fearful she was getting too close to what happened in the past. I was also afraid that she was putting herself close to danger. I also liked the scenes told from a mysterious voice; I wanted to know how this was connected to the main plot and who this person was. This is also what makes the book very tense.

I flew through this book, B A Paris’s writing has such an addictive quality to it, and it’s something I’ve found from all the books I’ve read by her. This is a very immersive, exciting book that will keep you gripped.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 15th April 2021

Print length: 368 pages

The Therapist is available to buy:

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First Monday Crime is taking place tonight live on Facebook from 19.30 p.m. Alongside B A Paris, the authors attending are, Fiona Cummins author of When I Was Ten, Mel McGrath author of Two Wrongs, Laura Shepherd-Robinson author of Daughters of Night. The panel is being moderated by Jake Kerridge. To access the event please click on the link below which will take you through to the First Monday Crime Facebook page.

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You Had It Coming by B.M. Carroll #bookreview #blogtour @bmcarrollauthor @ViperBooks @RandomTTours

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by B.M. Carroll, You Had It Coming. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

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WOULD YOU SAVE THE MAN
WHO DESTROYED YOUR LIFE?

When paramedic Megan Lowe is called to the scene of an attempted murder, all she can do is try to save the victim. But as the man is lifted onto a stretcher, she realises she knows him. She despises him. Why should she save his life when he destroyed hers?

Jess Foster is on her way home when she receives a text from Megan. Once best friends, the two women haven’t been close for years, not since the night when they were just the teenage girls whom no-one believed; whose reputations were ruined. All Jess can think is, you had it coming.

Now Megan and Jess are at the centre of a murder investigation. But what secrets are they hiding? Can they trust one another? And who really is the victim?

MY THOUGHTS

You Had It Coming is the first book by B.M. Carroll, which I have read, and I thought it had such an intriguing premise. I haven’t come across a crime novel before where one of the main characters is a paramedic, which offered a fascinating insight. B.M. Carroll begins to build on the suspense straight away when Megan, a paramedic, is faced with an impossible situation, saving the life of the man who ruined hers.

After we are first introduced to Megan, I wanted to know what had happened in her past. Also, what her link was to William Newson, the man who was nearly killed. I could sense her anger as she realised who the person was who she was treating. B.M. Carroll gradually begins to peel back the layers of what happened. As we get to understand more about who the victim here is, I really despised him as well. I could also understand why someone would want him dead. It’s what made the story even more exciting as I wanted to find out if the killer had any links to his past.

The novel is set in Australia, which is also what I liked about it as well. B.M. Carroll whisked me away in her writing, and it made the book feel refreshing. I’ve only ever read one other book set in Australia before, and this is a part of the world where I’m quite keen to travel to at some point in the future.

There are some tense scenes as B.M. Carroll reveals what happened to Megan and her friend Jess who also comes into the picture following William’s attempted murder. We also hear from Jess’s point of view. Megan and Jess both went through the same horrifying experience together. As I was reading the flashback scenes in which B.M. Carroll takes us back to the events linking Megan and Jess to William; it made me angry. It really does paint a vivid picture of what happens in these situations in real life.

Another point of view which B.M. Carroll tells the story from is Detective Sergeant Bridget Kennedy. I liked Bridget from the start and B.M. Carroll brought her character to life really well. I was rooting for her to get the truth about what was going on. It felt as though, at some moments, that she was the only person who wanted to get justice.

I enjoyed reading You Had It Coming and B.M. Carroll kept me hooked as I waited to find out who was responsible for the attack on William and what had happened in Megan and Jess’s pasts. I would definitely recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers.

Publisher: Viper Books

Publication date: 13th May 2021

Print length: 432 pages

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The Players by Darren O’Sullivan #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the latest book by Darren O’Sullivan, The Players.

The Players: ‘Saw meets I See You’ in the gripping, must-read serial killer thriller in summer 2021 by [Darren O’Sullivan]

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A stranger has you cornered.
They call themselves The Host.
You are forced to play their game.
In it one person can live and the other must die.

You are the next player.
You have a choice to make.

This is a game where nobody wins…

MY THOUGHTS

Darren O’Sullivan hits the ground running with his new novel, The Players, and the tension doesn’t let up.  It’s actually the first book I have read by Darren, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get round to reading one of his novels. This is a really twisty, dark crime thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat right the way through. I definitely need to catch up now on what he has written before.

The criminal in this book is a sick and twisted individual. They call themselves ‘The Host.’ They don’t care who it is who they target. Anyone can be a victim; no one is safe. The horrifying thing is that The Host doesn’t reveal themselves. They give their instructions to the individuals playing the game, and someone always must die. He also reveals when the next game will be, and it really becomes a race against time for the police to stop him before he carries another one out.

The premise of this book is really terrifying. Darren O’Sullivan creates the feeling that no one is safe and that the killer is always one step ahead of the police. I really liked Detective Inspector Karen Holt. When we are first introduced to her, we know that something has happened in her past and Darren O’Sullivan gradually reveals what went wrong and why she isn’t currently working. I loved the friendship she had with her colleague, who is always fighting her corner. She is such a strong lead. I am hoping that Darren is going to return to her character in future books.

There is tension on every single page in this book. I was rooting for the police to uncover who ‘The Host,’ was. I wanted to know who could be behind the twisted games they were playing. I wanted to understand the killer’s motivation behind this. It seems as though they are on a mission to prove something to the public and the police. What I thought was really interesting as well, was that Darren O’Sullivan explored the public’s perception of the case through social media. We can see how people battle against each other as they try to put their thoughts and feelings across. Especially when it comes to who is to blame for the killings, the Host, or the people who carried them out.

Karen is absolutely determined to stop ‘The Host’ from killing again. Even though this is difficult for her as she shouldn’t be involved in the investigation. By getting herself involved, she is putting her career at further risk. But this is what I really admired about her. She doesn’t care about what happens to herself; she cares about seeing justice prevail.

The Players is a top crime thriller, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It gets a very easy five stars from me.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 13th May 2021

Print length: 448 pages

The Players by Darren O’Sullivan is available to buy:

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Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping debut novel by Katherine Faulkner, Greenwich Park.

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Helen has it all…

Daniel is the perfect husband.
Rory is the perfect brother.
Serena is the perfect sister-in-law.

And Rachel? Rachel is the perfect nightmare.

When Helen, finally pregnant after years of tragedy, attends her first antenatal class, she is expecting her loving architect husband to arrive soon after, along with her confident, charming brother Rory and his pregnant wife, the effortlessly beautiful Serena. What she is not expecting is Rachel.

Extroverted, brash, unsettling single mother-to-be Rachel, who just wants to be Helen’s friend. Who just wants to get know Helen and her friends and her family. Who just wants to know everything about them. Every little secret.

MY THOUGHTS

Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner is a book that has been getting lots of praise recently, and I can see why. This is a pacy and a highly addictive read which I could not put down. Katherine Faulkner is an exciting new writer who I will be keeping an eye on. Greenwich Park is a belter of a book.

Katherine Faulkner grabbed my interest from the first few pages, and her writing and the characters compelled me to read on. We meet Helen, who is pregnant and currently attending antenatal classes. While there, she meets the eccentric Rachel, who quickly becomes quite attached to Helen. But there is something sinister about Rachel. Very soon, both of their worlds will be turned upside down.

When Katherine Faulkner first introduces us to Helen and Rachel, Rachel made me feel extremely uncomfortable. It was how she latched onto Helen which made me think that something was up here, especially as well in some of her actions. There was one scene in particular close to the beginning, and I won’t into detail too much here, which made my jaw drop open. I really wouldn’t have blamed Helen if she wanted to walk away from Rachel there and then. And Helen is soon desperate for Rachel to leave her alone, especially when Rachel starts encroaching on her family life.

But as we get to know more about Rachel’s character, my perception of her began to change, and it’s here where it becomes hard to talk about the plot without giving anything away. The rest of the characters, Helen’s friends and family, are really unlikeable. You can see that Rachel doesn’t quite fit in with this particular crowd. It made me wonder what she was really doing and what was really going on inside her mind.

We also hear from the viewpoints of Serena and Katie. Serena is Helen’s sister-in-law, and Katie is another friend from the antenatal class. I really liked how Katherine Faulkner explored their characters. I kept asking questions about them, and it made me desperate to find out was really going on here. They are characters who will get under your skin.

I loved, loved this book; it’s a real page-turner. If you haven’t yet got it on your TBR pile, then you really need to rectify that ASAP. I can’t wait to see what Katherine Faulkner comes up with next.

Publisher: Raven Books

Publication date: 15th April 2021

Print length: 464 pages

Greenwich Park is available to buy:

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Twisted Lies by Angela Marsons #bookreview #booksontour @WriteAngie @bookouture

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel in the DI Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Twisted Lies.

Twisted Lies: An absolutely gripping mystery and suspense thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Book 14) by [Angela Marsons]

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Her stomach lurches as she sits in the windowless room. He throws her phone to the ground, grinds it against the floor with the heel of his shoe and brings his face closer to hers. There was no turning back now, her life as she knew it was gone.

When the lifeless body of a man is found on an industrial estate, Detective Kim Stone arrives on the scene and discovers he’s been tortured in the worst way imaginable.

But as she breaks the devastating news to the victim’s wife, Diane Phipps, Kim can’t help feeling that something isn’t quite right about the woman’s reaction.

Twenty-four hours later, the victim’s family disappears into thin air.

Then a second body is found staked to the ground in a local nature reserve.

Desperate to crack the case open quickly, Kim and her team unravel a vital clue – a fiercely guarded secret that links both victims and could cost even more lives.

A secret that some police officers are also protecting.

Faced with deceit from those she should be able to trust, family members who won’t talk, and local reporter, Tracy Frost, opening a can of worms on the case of a woman murdered by her husband a year ago – Kim is in deep water like never before.

Kim must find the motive if she is to find the killer who is systematically targeting and torturing his victims. But can she unlock the shocking truth and stop him before he strikes again?

MY THOUGHTS

Wow. Wow. Wow. This book! If you’ve followed the Kim Stone series from the beginning, then you’ll have exactly the same reaction when you read it, and I can’t believe that ending. Those last few lines of Twisted Lies have left me desperate to get my hands on the next book in the series as soon as possible. It’s going to leave fans in a frenzy when they realise what is coming next! Once you do, you’ll want to discuss it with other fans of the series as soon as possible!

It amazes me how Angela Marsons manages to develop fresh and exciting plots with each new book. She always manages to breathe new life into her characters, and each new book in the series has always left me desperate for more. That’s why every time a new Kim Stone book is published, it shoots straight to the top of my TBR pile.

My heart was in my mouth from the very beginning, right to the very end. Once again, Kim and her team have a very complicated case to solve. One of the elements I really liked about Twisted Lies is that we get to see a different side to reporter Tracy Frost to what we have seen before. At the beginning of the book, Kim is appointed as her chaperone for the day by her boss, something which she isn’t particularly pleased with. It made me smile as I read the early scenes, but Tracy’s day out with Kim is cut short when Kim is called to a particularly gruesome murder scene. From this very moment, I needed to know who could have killed and someone like this. What was their motivation?

Angela Marsons always explores fascinating themes in her books. It’s very difficult to talk more about this without giving details of the plot away, but the subject she covers in Twisted Lies is really interesting. It’s what makes this investigation so difficult for Kim and her team to crack. Once they realise just what is going on here, the realisation of what they’ve now uncovered is horrifying, and the team soon find themselves in a very precarious situation.

It’s also been really good getting to catch up with Kim and her team again. I always like the banter between them, particularly between Penn and Stacey in this book.

As the investigation progresses, Angela Marsons begins to ramp up the tension, and it becomes a race against time for Kim and her team to find the killer before it is too late. As always, with Angela Marsons books, I was never able to guess who was behind the crimes that were taking place. She always manages to surprise me.

I know I’ll probably be saying this when I read the next book, but this is my favourite in the Kim Stone series to date. The books keep getting better and better, and Angela Marsons continues to prove that she is a crime writer at the top of my game. I loved this book!

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 13th May 2021

Print length: 414 pages

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WWW Wednesday – 12/05/2021

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What am I currently reading?

The Perfect Lie: the gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Dirty Little Secrets by [Jo Spain]

He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder.

Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning, it’s the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.

Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.

But it was all built on the perfect lie.

WOULD YOU SAVE THE MAN
WHO DESTROYED YOUR LIFE?

When paramedic Megan Lowe is called to the scene of an attempted murder, all she can do is try to save the victim. But as the man is lifted onto a stretcher, she realises she knows him. She despises him. Why should she save his life when he destroyed hers?

Jess Foster is on her way home when she receives a text from Megan. Once best friends, the two women haven’t been close for years, not since the night when they were just the teenage girls whom no-one believed; whose reputations were ruined. All Jess can think is, you had it coming.

Now Megan and Jess are at the centre of a murder investigation. But what secrets are they hiding? Can they trust one another? And who really is the victim?

What have I finished reading?

The Forever Home: An incredibly gripping psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist by [Sue Watson]

You thought you’d always be safe there… you were wrong.

Carly had thought they’d always live there. The beautiful Cornish cliffside house they’d taken on as a wreck, that Mark had obsessively re-designed and renovated – a project that had made him famous. It was where they’d raised their children, where they’d sat cosily on the sofa watching storms raging over the sea below. It was where they’d promised to keep each other’s secrets…

Until now. Because Mark has fallen in love. With someone he definitely shouldn’t have. Someone who isn’t Carly. And suddenly their family home doesn’t feel like so much of a safe haven.

Carly thinks forever should mean forever though: it’s her home and she’ll stay there. Even the dark family secrets it contains feel like they belong to her. But someone disagrees. And, as threats start to arrive at her front door, it becomes clear, someone will stop at nothing. Because someone wants to demolish every last thing that makes Carly feel safe. Forever.

Helen has it all…

Daniel is the perfect husband.
Rory is the perfect brother.
Serena is the perfect sister-in-law.

And Rachel? Rachel is the perfect nightmare.

When Helen, finally pregnant after years of tragedy, attends her first antenatal class, she is expecting her loving architect husband to arrive soon after, along with her confident, charming brother Rory and his pregnant wife, the effortlessly beautiful Serena. What she is not expecting is Rachel.

Extroverted, brash, unsettling single mother-to-be Rachel, who just wants to be Helen’s friend. Who just wants to get know Helen and her friends and her family. Who just wants to know everything about them. Every little secret.

What will I read next?

Hannah had a normal life – a loving husband, a good job. Until she did something shocking.

Now she’s in a psychiatric clinic. It should be a safe place. But patients keep dying.

The doctors say it’s suicide. Hannah knows they’re lying.

Can she make anyone believe her before the killer strikes again?

What happens when reality TV goes wrong? El Greene is about to find out.

El lives a quiet life in London until a chance encounter leads her to discover a link between a hit reality TV show and her father’s death.

El realises she can orchestrate the perfect revenge but her pursuit soon turns to obsession and she doesn’t seem to know how to stop. Her drive for destruction means risking her life, and the lives of those closest to her . . .