I Dare You by Sam Carrington #bookreview blog tour @sam_carrington1 @Sabah_K @AvonBooksUK

I’m delighted to be sharing my review of Sam Carrington’s latest thriller, I Dare You on my blog today. With thanks to Sabah Khan from Avon Books for inviting me to take part.



Mapledon, 1989
Two little girls were out playing a game of dares. Only one returned home.
The ten-year-old told police what she saw: village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley dragged her friend into his truck and disappeared.
No body was found, but her testimony sent Cawley to prison for murder. An open and shut case, the right man behind bars.
The village could sleep safe once again.

Anna thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call brings her back to face her past.
30 years ago, someone lied. 30 years ago, the man convicted wasn’t the only guilty party.
Now he’s out of prison and looking for revenge. The question is, who will he start with?


There’s a sinister atmosphere to Sam Carrington’s latest novel, I Dare You.

Set in the rural village of Mapledon across two timelines, 1989 and 2019, we follow events as they unfolded thirty years ago when a ten-year-old girl disappeared. In 2019, her kidnapper, Bill Crawley has just been released from prison which creates an uproar among the locals. They are determined to make sure he doesn’t step foot back in Mapledon, but it appears that there may be a more disturbing reason why they don’t want him back.

Sam Carrington first introduces us to Anna, who is visiting her mother. Anna hasn’t stepped foot in the village of Mapledon for years and is still haunted by the disappearance of her friend, Joni. But things appear to have taken a more sinister turn. Someone has been tearing off doll pieces and attaching them to her mother’s front door. It causes Anna to consider if Bill Crawley is targeting her family, particularly as she was the one who identified him as Joni’s kidnapper thirty years earlier. Although her mother is quick to dismiss these claims, blaming local kids instead. But Anna is unconvinced.

We also meet Lizzie who lived in the village a very long time ago. Lizzie is now a journalist and is probing the story of Bill Crawley’s release. But what is her connection to the events that took place? What is she hoping to uncover?

You really do get the sense that there is certainly some unfinished business when it comes to Joni’s disappearance. I thought the flashback scenes to 1989 were really creepy, particularly when we meet Bill Crawley for the first time, otherwise known as ‘Creepy Crawley’ to the local kids, and that name seems to have stuck. I could never be sure about him. As rumour after rumour and different accusations flew around the village about him, I was never able to separate fact from fiction. It did feel as though he had become the victim of a witch hunt.

As with all of Sam’s novels, I found her latest intensely gripping and I wanted to find out what the real truth was and what had really happened to Joni on the night she disappeared. I couldn’t stop turning the pages as I got to the end and when Sam’s final revelations came to light.  I Dare You is really good.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 12th December 2019

Print length: 416 pages

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Through the Wall by Caroline Corcoran #bookreview blog tour @cgcorcoran @Sabah_K @AvonBooksUK

I’m delighted to be sharing my review of Through the Wall by Caroline Corcoran as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.


Lexie’s got the perfect life. And someone else wants it…

Lexie loves her home. She feels safe and secure in it – and loved, thanks to her boyfriend Tom.

But recently, something’s not been quite right. A book out of place. A wardrobe door left open. A set of keys going missing…

Tom thinks Lexie’s going mad – but then, he’s away more often than he’s at home nowadays, so he wouldn’t understand.

Because Lexie isn’t losing it. She knows there’s someone out there watching her. And, deep down, she knows there’s nothing she can do to make them stop…


Through the Wall is a tense psychological thriller by Caroline Corcoran, focusing on the lives of two women who live next door to each other in a London apartment block. Meet Lexie and Harriet. Both women envy each other. Harriet is jealous of Lexie for her perfect family life. However, Lexie sees Harriet as what you might imagine one of the cool kids at school to be, fun-loving and always up for a party. But what they both don’t realise is how very different their lives are to what they imagine them to be.

Right from the beginning, there is an underlying level of tension between the two women, and as the reader, we can sense that things will soon come crashing down for either Harriet or Lexie. Both women are facing their own problems in their personal life at the moment. Lexie and her husband, Tom, are struggling with fertility problems, and Harriet still hasn’t moved on, after her fiancé, Luke decided to break up with her after their engagement. But now Harriet has set her eyes on Lexie’s boyfriend, Tom, and it seems that she will stop at nothing to break them up. To Harriet, Tom seems to be the perfect replacement for Luke.

Caroline Corcoran kept me gripped. I was intrigued by the feud that seemed to exist between both Lexie and Harriet. They don’t actually meet each until much later in the story. Right from the beginning, Harriet seemed to be a very perplexing character, and I had a feeling that there was going to be more to her story. You know what she is beginning to plan from very early in the book, and this is how Caroline cleverly maintains the tension.

As the plot developed, Caroline continues to deepen her character’s stories, and it takes on a much darker tone. Harriet is the person who intrigued me the most. I wanted to know what had happened in her past and how her past. How had her past morphed her into the person she is today? Why was she so obsessed with her neighbours? Why was she so desperate to get together with Lexie’s boyfriend? I also found it fascinating how both women thought of each other as the novel is told from their perspectives.

Although the pace is a bit slow at times, Caroline Corcoran maintains a high level of intrigue that will keep you invested in the lives of Lexie and Harriet. The sense that darkness is creeping in will keep you very engaged.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 3rd October 2019

Print length: 352 pages

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

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The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington #bookreview blog tour @sam_carrington1 @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

I’m delighted to be sharing my review of The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.


You think you know those closest to you. You are wrong…

A sleep-deprived new mother approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing Louisa wants to do is celebrate.

But when her friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Louisa’s Facebook friends, Louisa is faced with a room full of people she hasn’t spoken to in years – including someone she never expected to see again: her ex-boyfriend, Oliver Dunmore.

When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers the night differently. Someone knows what happened to Melissa, and Louisa is determined to find them. But the truth could be closer, and the deception more devastating, than she’d ever imagined…

A gripping psychological suspense novel, perfect for fans of Samantha Downing’s My Lovely Wife, Lucy Clarke’s You Let Me In and Linda Green’s The Last Thing She Told Me.


Sam Carrington’s The Missing Wife could very easily have been a one-sitting read for me. It did take me just two days to finish it, and it’s clear to see that Sam is a writer who is going from strength to strength, and she has become one of my favourite authors. I absolutely loved the pace in her latest book, and it had such a compelling mystery that I couldn’t stop turning those pages.

What we are first faced with is the disappearance of Oliver Dunmore’s wife, Melissa, who vanished after attending the fortieth birthday of Oliver’s former girlfriend from college, Louise. Louise isn’t best pleased when she finds out that her friend, Tiff, has organised the surprise, and is horrified when she finds out that Oliver has been invited. But what really puzzles Louise is that she can’t remember seeing Melissa on the night in question at all. Then, when Oliver uses Melissa’s disappearance to slip back into her life, it is clear that there is something much darker going on here.

Louise was a character who I really felt sorry for, a lot of the time, in this book. Louise is just approaching her fortieth birthday, and she has just given birth to her second child, her son Noah. Sam paints a vivid picture of the struggles often new mother’s face, and there were some times when I could have shouted with frustration at Louise’s family for the way they were speaking to her. You can clearly see how this begins to affect her.

This book does mark a break-away from Sam’s previous two novels, which although were two separate stories, they did feature some of the same characters. Although I did miss, DI Lindsay Wade and DS Mack, I did enjoy getting to know Sam’s new characters. Louise and Oliver both made the story a compelling read as it became clear that something had happened in their past which binds them both together. I was very keen to know what that something was.

As the novel reached the end, I often thought about how I would choose to react if I was put in the same situation as Louise. It was quite horrifying as it dawned on her what was happening. I was literally glued to the final pages. There’s plenty of action towards the end of the book, and it did make me feel as though I was watching the story unfold on the big screen. The Missing Wife is pacy, addictive and has some richly developed characters. I would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait for Sam’s next book.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 27th June 2019

Print length: 352 pages

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

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Forget Me Not by Claire Allan #bookreview blog tour @ClaireAllan @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Forget Me Not by Claire Allan today on my blog. With thanks to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.

Forget Me Not: An unputdownable serial killer thriller with a breathtaking twist by [Allan, Claire]


I disappeared on a Tuesday afternoon. I was there one minute and the next I was gone. They’ve never found my body…

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road.

Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth.

When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything.

But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten?


Forget Me Not was so, so good. Again, I’m now kicking myself that I haven’t read an author’s previous work before as this had me gripped right from the first page. I still have Claire Allan’s first two books to read, so I will definitely be bumping them higher up my reading pile.

In Claire’s latest book, we meet Elizabeth and Rachel, and it is their points of view the novel is told from. The book opens with Elizabeth discovering a body while out walking her dog. The woman who has been found, Clare, is just holding on, but while Elizabeth tries to comfort her, she dies, and her death sparks a massive manhunt for her killer, and the media become very interested in the case. Rachel is one of Clare’s closest friends and it soon becomes apparent that the killer isn’t finished. After Rachel receives some strange, terrifying notes, she knows she is next in the killer’s sights.

I think what made this book so gripping; aside from the storyline, was how Claire Allan writes. I became totally immersed in the story, and the short chapters always had that hook at the end which made me think, oh I’ll just read one more. I became very interested in Rachel’s backstory as the reasons behind Clare’s murder became clearer, and it seemed to be the case that it was something in their past linking them to the events happening in the present.

There’s a really chilling atmosphere right throughout the book as the police raced to catch the person responsible for Clare’s death. I could sense the clock ticking down, and I kept thinking that something bad was going to happen before any resolution to the investigation was made. And the notes left by the killer, for the supposed potential victims, really had me questioning who they were and what their motive was.

This is a novel that will keep you completely gripped. Forget Me Not is very, very good. I can’t wait to read more from Claire Allan.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 30th May 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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Stolen by Paul Finch #bookreview blog tour @paulfinchauthor @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

I’m thrilled to be joining the blog tour for Stolen by Paul Finch today on my blog, which is the third book in the DC Lucy Clayburn series.

Stolen by [Finch, Paul]


How do you find the missing when there’s no trail to follow?

DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West’s toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life.

Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they’re going about their every day lives. But no bodies are appearing – it’s almost as if the victims never existed.

Lucy must chase a trail of dead ends and false starts as the disappearances mount up. But when her father gets caught in the crossfire, the investigation suddenly becomes a whole lot more bloody…


In Manchester people are disappearing off the streets, people who many wouldn’t even worry about; people who are sleeping rough and drug addicts, until a young woman vanishes while out running, which prompts a response from the police. One thing that links the disappearances is a dark coloured van seen in the area that has aroused the suspicions of several witnesses.

DC Lucy Clayburn becomes aware of the missing people and starts an investigation. But as she gets to grip with what could prove to be a very sinister case, her own position in the police begins to come under threat. Two years ago, Lucy discovered that she was Frank McCracken’s daughter; Frank is a dangerous criminal, well known to the police and is one of the top bosses of a criminal organisation. So far she’s managed to keep this a secret from her colleagues back at the station, but now it seems that she may have to come forward and tell the truth. Will her career survive? Will her father’s reputation survive? Lucy’s relationship with her father is what gives this series a really edgy feel.

Paul Finch’s Lucy Clayburn series is one of my favourites. There is always a strong element of mystery when it comes to Paul’s openings for his books, and this is what makes them so gripping, right from the get-go. There were a lot of things I liked about this novel; there’s a strong plot which pulled me into the story as well as Lucy’s own personal dilemma. She is perhaps faced with one of the toughest choices of her career here, and this was one of the most gripping parts of the story, would she or would she not come clean to her boss, but I won’t be revealing any details on that here.

There are quite a few on the edge of your seat moments throughout this book, and I just had to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. Lucy is a police officer who is unafraid of sailing close to danger. I think what I really like about her, is that she is in this job simply because she cares about making a difference in her community. At the moment she doesn’t think about promotion, as she tells her father, she will quite happily stay as a detective constable if it means coming clean about their relationship.

One character who I thought was written really well was Sister Cassie, a former nun who still likes to stick to her old ways. I really liked the friendship that she had with Lucy, and I think she was one of my favourite characters from this book. I’d definitely like to see her return.

I think Stolen is the best book yet in this series. Gritty, full of suspense and with a nail-biting ending, this makes for a really enjoyable read. Another top read from Paul Finch, which I highly recommend.

Publisher: Avon Books

Publication date: 16th May 2019

Print length: 480 pages

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

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Perfect Crime by Helen Fields #bookreview blog tour @Helen_Fields @AvonBooks @Sabah_K #PerfectCrime

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Helen Fields fifth book in the DI Luc Callanch and DCI Ava Turner series, Perfect Crime. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.


Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable…

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…

As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.

Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…


Helen Field’s DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner series is one I have followed since the beginning, and this is a series that keeps on delivering the goods. It’s been fascinating to see Luc’s relationship with Ava grow over the course of the last five books, is there something more in store for them in the future? We shall have to see.

The cases that Ava and Luc are investigating in Perfect Crime are perplexing. The book opens with a rather dramatic scene, as Stephen Berry is attempting to commit suicide and disturbingly, a stranger in the crowd is egging him on and laughing at his attempt. So it is a huge relief to the majority of the crowd when a Good Samaritan persuades Stephen to halt his actions. So when Stephen ends up dead after falling from a wall at Tantallon Castle only a few days later, it is devastating. But soon more bodies begin to turn up, it appears to Ava and Luc that someone is targeting vulnerable people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and the one thing that links the cases is the strange man witnessed laughing in the crowd. Can they identify and stop this individual before they kill again?

This is a really pacy read. From very early on though I did have an idea who the killer was, but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. Helen focuses here not only on the murders of suicidal victims but on a few different cases, one that does throw Luc in the eye of the police as a potential suspect. Helen follows on from earlier revelations about Luc’s own family and his past in this book, and you can see just how angry he is and how it has affected him. You don’t have to read the previous books to understand what’s happened as it is explained here, but it does help to get a better understanding of the characters if you have. And really, why wouldn’t you want to read the rest? They’re really excellent books.

I loved the moments that Luc spent with Ava, and I could see their feelings for each other growing. It was one of those parts of the story which I didn’t really expect to come at all, after reading the first few books in the series and again Helen has me wondering what is install for them next.

Perfect Crime is another terrific addition to this series. I can’t wait to see what Helen has install for her characters next. Top stuff!

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 18th April 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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

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Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt #bookreview blog tour @writermels @AvonBooksUK

Today I’m thrilled to be joining the blog tour for Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt, the second book in the DS Grace Allendale series, with thanks to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.

Tick Tock: The gripping new crime thriller from the million copy bestseller by [Sherratt, Mel]



In the city of Stoke, a teenage girl is murdered in the middle of the day, her lifeless body abandoned in a field behind her school.


Two days later, a young mother is abducted. She’s discovered strangled and dumped in a local park.


DS Grace Allendale and her team are brought in to investigate, but with a bold killer, no leads and nothing to connect the victims, the case seems hopeless. It’s only when a third woman is targeted that a sinister pattern emerges. A dangerous mind is behind these attacks, and Grace realises that the clock is ticking…

Can they catch the killer before another young woman dies?


I absolutely loved Hush Hush, the first book in the DS Grace Allendale series, so I was very excited to read Tick Tock. Opening up with the discovery of the body of a young girl, after she broke away from her friends during a cross country run, an intense police investigation ensues. Who could kill a young girl like this and in broad daylight? What was going on in her personal life? As Grace and her team race to find a killer, another body is found, and a scary thought crosses Grace’s mind which terrifies her team.

DS Grace Allendale is such an interesting character. In the first book in the series, Mel Sherratt explored her roots and the family she is trying desperately hard not to be a part of, a family who are well known to the police. We do get to see her struggles with her family again in this book, and they are trying to keep an eye on her and to reel her into their world. But is this simply because she is a police officer and that she could potentially be a valuable asset to them?

When I read the first opening chapter, I was shocked at how the killer managed to kill their first victim so quickly and easily without anyone seeing anything. I couldn’t believe how brazen they were to commit this act in broad daylight and in public. This is what drew me into the story. I had to find out who could do such a thing and why. I knew then that the young girl wasn’t going to be the first and that this was going to be a tough case for Grace and the rest of her team to crack. I could sense the race against time to bring the person responsible to justice.

I did not predict the final outcome of this book at all. The pace never drops, and there is a chilling atmosphere which runs right throughout the book as Grace and her team chase down leads and interview suspects. As I mentioned earlier, a scary thought crosses Grace’s mind, and I could really sense the fear the police officers felt as it dawned on them what could potentially be happening as they tried to work out the killer’s motive.

The mystery here will draw you in, and you won’t be able to stop turning those pages until you have found out the answers. Chilling, gritty and absolutely gripping this is another top read from Mel Sherratt. I can’t wait for her next book.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 2nd May 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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Sleep by C.L. Taylor #bookreview blog tour @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK

I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Sleep by C.L. Taylor today on my blog, I’ve been a fan of her novels for a while now, but this one I think, is her best yet.

Sleep: Pre-order the twistiest, most suspenseful thriller of 2019! by [Taylor, C.L.]


All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…


Sleep is my favourite book yet by C.L. Taylor. It’s a dark, claustrophobic read that will keep you gripped right from the first page.

C.L. Taylor always manages to hook me very early on in her novels, and she manages tension so well. The end of each chapter always leaves me wanting more. The novel opens as a horrific car accident takes place, taking the lives of two people and severely injuring another. Anna is the person who was at the wheel of the car involved in the accident. She is haunted by the deaths of her colleagues who were in the car with her and blames herself. Desperate for a fresh start, Anna relocates to a remote Scottish island. But someone is keen to make sure Anna hasn’t forgotten what she’s done, and they are eager to make sure that she pays for her role in her colleague’s deaths.

The claustrophobic setting of the hotel on the Scottish island, where Anna starts a new job made this book a real winner for me. There was a growing sense of alarm and danger, especially as they realised they were beginning to run out of food. The group of guests all have their own, well-crafted backstories and as Anna started to believe that she was being targeted, I didn’t know who I could trust. C.L. Taylor created a splendid locked room mystery, and she brought to life a truly isolated setting, especially when the storm struck leaving the guests and Anna stranded in the hotel.

This is an absolutely must-read for fans of psychological thrillers. I remember how chilling I found the ending of C.L. Taylor’s last book and she delivers another brilliant one here, after finishing it I’m still thinking about the characters and what they’re all getting up to. And I think I’m going to be thinking about them for a while.

A top read from C.L. Taylor. I was never sure how this book was going to pan out, and the tension kept me glued to the pages.

Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for the invitation to join the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 4th April 2019

Print length: 368 pages

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

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Cuckoo by Sophie Draper blog tour #bookreview @sophiedraper9 @Sabah_K @AvonBooksUK

Cuckoo: A haunting psychological thriller you need to read this Christmas by [Draper, Sophie]


There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?


Cuckoo is a very dark novel that pushes the relationship of two sisters to the brink. Caro is reunited with her step-sister, Seth, after years apart, following the death of her step-mother, Elizabeth. Seth now lives in New York, and very kindly, gives Caro Elizabeth’s house. From the beginning it is clear that something happened in their past, which is what has kept them apart for quite some time, but with Elizabeth’s death, can the past finally be forgotten? Or is there a wound which runs much deeper?

I loved the unraveling of the lives of Caro and Seth’s lives in this book. From the opening pages I wanted to know what had gone wrong in their history, and why everyone was so frosty towards Caro; there were some scenes which really made me think, what had she done to deserve this treatment? This, for me, is what made this book a page turner. There is a dark sense of malevolence that runs throughout the novel, and it really made me think that there was something evil hidden, and I was desperate to find out what it was. I particularly liked the fairy tale aspect of the book which added an even darker tone to the book.

As Caro revisits her past, we do get see ghosts of her childhood and gradually, Lucy Draper begins to reveal the truth about what happened, and there are some hard hitting revelations which pull the different strands in the novel together very well. There are plenty of captivating characters that kept me intrigued and I was utterly absorbed by Sophie’s writing.

I really enjoyed reading this book; I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out to see what Sophie Draper writes next. Cuckoo is absorbing and compelling, perfect for fans of psychological thrillers. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to join the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to read via Netgalley.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 29th November 2018

Print length: 400 pages



Cuckoo Blog Tour

Perfect Silence by Helen Fields blog tour @Helen_Fields @AvonBooksUK

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Source: Review Copy


When silence falls, who will hear their cries?

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.

After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?


This is a series which I have followed since the beginning. Since the first novel Perfect Remains was released, Helen Fields has always taken her books to the next level. I do think that she is one of the most exciting crime writers out there at the moment who always manages to come up with unique ideas for each book. Her novels are always gruesome, they are certainly not for the faint hearted, but what you can expect from a Helen Fields’ book is an absolutely gripping story and it is always great to catch up with DI Callanch and DCI Ava Turner.

The crimes that take place in Perfect Silence are disturbing, which is something I have come to expect in Helen Fields writing. What I really like about Helen Field’s books is that the detectives, especially DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanch, become emotionally attached to the cases they are investigating and to the victims who are involved in the crimes; this adds a very human touch to their characters. This isn’t something that you always see in crime fiction and this is what makes Turner and Callanch two really likeable characters. In this book I found this particularly the case with Ava. But they are not without their own sets of problems and Helen delves deeper into this in her latest book. They are certainly characters who I want to find out more about and they have continued to keep me invested in this series.

The pace in the novel is fast and it never lets up. The plot is engaging, you really do get the sense in this book that the police are racing against the clock to solve the case. Once again Helen takes us into Edinburgh’s murky underworld. She explores several different strands which may or may not be connected and I kept wondering if the person responsible for the killings was behind the other crimes that were taking place.

This is another fantastic addition to this series which keeps going from strength to strength. I always look forward to a new Helen Fields novel and Perfect Silence didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait to see where she takes her characters next. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to join the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 23rd August 2018

Print length: 432 pages