The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett #bookreview #blogtour @JaniceHallett @ViperBooks @RandomTTours

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Janice Hallett, The Twyford Code. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

The Twyford Code: from the bestselling author of The Appeal by [Janice Hallett]

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It’s time to solve the murder of the century…

Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children’s book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. Wanting to know more, he took it to his English teacher Miss Iles, not realising the chain of events that he was setting in motion. Miss Iles became convinced that the book was the key to solving a puzzle, and that a message in secret code ran through all Twyford’s novels. Then Miss Iles disappeared on a class field trip, and Steven has no memory of what happened to her.

Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steven decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Was Miss Iles murdered? Was she deluded? Or was she right about the code? And is it still in use today?

Desperate to recover his memories and find out what really happened to Miss Iles, Steven revisits the people and places of his childhood. But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn’t just a writer of forgotten children’s stories. The Twyford Code has great power, and he isn’t the only one trying to solve it…

MY THOUGHTS

Janice Hallett has become the new queen of the murder mystery novel. I can see why her books are perfect for fans of Agatha Christie. I loved her debut novel The Appeal, so I was so excited to start reading The Twyford Code. The way how she has written both of her books is so original. Her ideas are very cleverly put together, and I love the way how she tells her stories, which make them very unique. The way how she tells them, really does make you think about what is happening in the novel, and it makes for such an entertaining read, especially as I was trying to work out what was going on.

The Twyford Code is told through a series of recordings, produced by ex-prisoner, Steven, who is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to his teacher, Miss Isles, who vanished on a school trip. He believes the answer to her disappearance lies in the pages of a series of novels for children, written by Edith Twyford, a prolific writer who was working for the British in the Second World War. This is where the plot for the novel really becomes intriguing. I wanted to know what it was that Edith Twyford was potentially hiding in the pages of her books. People, who believe that there is a code, believe that she kept an extraordinary secret, and if you followed the clues in her book correctly, you would discover the truth. And there are various different theories of what the secrets in her books may contain.

Janice Hallett does write this book in a different way to how she wrote her debut novel. I really liked the way how she wrote her second book. She manages to heighten the tension as Steven tracks down his former classmates in his attempt to try and discover the truth about what happened to their teacher. I got the feeling that there were people out there who were determined to stop him from getting to the truth. It made me even more intrigued to find out what happened to Miss Isles, and if it was, at all, connected to the hidden code in Edith Twyford’s books.

The Twyford Code is a cleverly constructed novel that kept me utterly gripped. I loved the concept and I thought it was really well done. If you loved Janice Hallett’s first book, you are going to love her second.

Publisher: Viper Books

Publication date: 13th January 2022

Print length: 384 pages

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The Village by Caroline Mitchell #bookreview #blogtour

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the chilling new novel by Caroline Mitchell, The Village as pat of the blog tour. With thanks to Rhiannon Morris from FMcM Associates for inviting me to take part.

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Ten years ago, the Harper family disappeared. Their deserted cottage was left with the water running, the television playing cartoons, the oven ready for baking. The doors were locked from the inside.

Overnight, the sleepy village of Nighbrook became notorious as the scene of the unsolved mystery of the decade, an epicentre for ghoulish media speculation.

For crime journalist Naomi, solving the case has turned into an obsession. So now, with Ivy Cottage finally listed for sale, it’s her chance to mount an investigation like no other. And her husband and stepdaughter don’t really need to know what happened in their new home… do they?

But Nighbrook isn’t quite the village she expected. No one wants to talk to her. No one will answer her questions. And as she becomes increasingly uneasy, it’s clear that the villagers are hiding something―that there is something very dark at the heart of this rural idyll. And the deeper she digs, the more it seems her investigation could be more dangerous than she ever imagined… In raking up the secrets of the past, has she made her own family the next target?

MY THOUGHTS

The Village is the new chilling standalone thriller by Caroline Mitchell. It follows crime reporter, Naomi, who has been obsessed with the disappearances of the Harper family, who vanished from the town of Nighbrook ten years earlier without trace. Their disappearance has never been solved despite being a big story nationwide. Naomi’s obsession has taken her to the point of even buying the Harper family home, in the hope of finally solving the mystery of what happened to them.

The Village has a really intriguing premise. When I read the blurb it made me want to find out more about Naomi. I wanted to know what would prompt someone to buy a house where an unexplained crime took place years earlier, just in the hope of solving the case. I wanted to know if there was anything that the police had missed over the years that Naomi might be able to uncover. What secrets was the house hiding?

The villagers aren’t exactly welcoming when Naomi and her family arrive there. They are hostile towards them and this prompted me to think that they were hiding something. I wanted to know what was really going on here, and it made the Harpers disappearance even more intriguing.

I thought Caroline Mitchell explored the relationship between Naomi and her step daughter really well. There is tension there, and as Naomi’s step daughter becomes acquainted with her new life in Nighbrook, she begins to notice that something strange is going on.

There is a chilling atmosphere in the village of Nighbrook, which adds to the sense of mystery. Caroline Mitchell writes this really well. As I was reading, the village, made me think that if I was ever to drive through it by accident, I wouldn’t stop, I would just keep driving as fast as I could.

Fans of Caroline Mitchell’s work will really enjoy The Village. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication date: 18th January 2022

Print length: 303 pages

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Demon by Matt Wesolowski #bookreview #blogtour @ConcreteKraken @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Matt Wesolowski, Demon as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

Demon (Six Stories Book 6) by [Matt Wesolowski]

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In 1995, the picture-perfect village of Ussalthwaite was the site of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, in a case that shocked the world.

Twelve-year-old Sidney Parsons was savagely murdered by two boys his own age. No reason was ever given for this terrible crime, and the ‘Demonic Duo’ who killed him were imprisoned until their release in 2002, when they were given new identities and lifetime anonymity.

Elusive online journalist Scott King investigates the lead-up and aftermath of the killing, uncovering dark stories of demonic possession, and encountering a village torn apart by this unspeakable act.

And, as episodes of his Six Stories podcast begin to air, and King himself becomes a target of media scrutiny and the public’s ire, it becomes clear that whatever drove those two boys to kill is still there, lurking, and the campaign of horror has just begun…

MY THOUGHTS

The Six Stories series by Matt Wesolowski continues to go from strength to strength. Demon is the latest addition to the series and if you love a good horror novel, mixed with crime, then you definitely need to read it. In the latest episode, presenter Scott King examines a horrific case which took place in 1995. I could see where some of the inspiration for this story comes from, especially the Jamie Bulger case here in the UK, and it’s what makes this novel all the more chilling and harrowing. It feels like this can happen and that’s what makes it so scary.

Once again, Scott King is taking a look into the supernatural as he tries to understand what happened in 1995, when a young boy is killed by two boys the same age as him. The village in which the crime took place is called Ussalthwaite and it is a village said to be haunted by an evil spirit. There are lots of different stories told by people over the years about this, and I wanted to know more about it. As locals described the events that led up to these hauntings, it did send a shiver up my spine.

I really liked how Matt Wesolowski blended the supernatural and the real world. The way how he describes the supernatural events leaves just enough room open to make you wonder what is really going on here. It doesn’t make you think straight away that this couldn’t happen. This is also what makes the stories that are told so terrifying.

As with the previous books in this series, we hear the story through six podcasts from the show Scott King hosts. This is what I really love about this series. We always have Scott King, who, in his world, has become quite famous, but with each new book, we hear from a cast of new characters as Scott King tries to uncover the real facts behind the case he is investigating. With each episode, you know you are getting closer to the truth and it makes me turn the pages faster as I want to know what really happened in the events Scott is investigating. It’s what makes these books so gripping and I always look forward to the next book in the series. It’s such a clever way of telling a story.

I feel Scott King’s character also continues to develop with each book. He examines quite a lot of dark stories and he really delves deep into the mind-set of the people who were involved. The end of each book does make me wonder what is going on inside his head and what case he will choose to investigate next.

I really enjoyed Demon, it is always a real treat to read a new Six Stories novel. I can’t wait to see where Matt Wesolowski takes the series next.

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 26th November 2021 (kindle) 20th January 2022 (paperback)

Print length: 320 pages

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Left for Dead by Joy Kluver #bookreview #blogtour @JoyKluver @bookouture

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel in the DI Bernadette Noel series by Joy Kluver, Left for Dead.

Left for Dead: Absolutely gripping crime fiction packed with suspense (Detective Bernadette Noel Book 3) by [Joy Kluver]

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The sun is rising over the deserted park. Spring shoots have burst through the frozen ground, framing the woman’s broken body in green and gold. Their surge of relief at finding her alive quickly dissolves into fear: the man who did this is still out there. His next victim might not be so lucky…

The first time Detective Bernadette Noel sees Keira Howard, she is lying in a hospital bed fighting for her life. The police assume that she has become the latest victim in a series of brutal attacks, and after weeks of fruitless searching, they think the evidence found in Keira’s case will finally lead them to their man.

When a suspect is caught the case looks closed, but Bernie isn’t convinced. Keira may have the same markings as the other women, but she doesn’t meet the profile – the random attacker let his victims go. Keira’s attacker had intended to kill. The witnesses – Keira’s closest friends – are all telling different stories, and the discovery that Keira was hiding a secret pregnancy suddenly makes everything a lot more complicated.

When a crucial witness goes missing, Bernie’s gut instinct is proven right – so why won’t her superiors let her investigate? They may have caught a guilty man, but a potential murderer still walks free. Then when their prime suspect is suddenly killed on police watch, Bernie’s situation becomes much more dangerous.

The closer Bernie comes to discovering the truth, the more she is putting her life at risk. And the only people she can rely on to make it out alive might be those she can no longer trust.

MY THOUGHTS

I am really enjoying this series. Left for Dead is the latest book in the DI Bernadette Noel series by Joy Kluver and I really enjoyed getting back together with Bernie and her team. This time around, as well as having a complex case to investigate, Bernie is also pregnant. This has left her with a lot of complex issues in her relationship with her boyfriend, Dougie. Left for Dead makes for a really intriguing addition to the series.

Bernie and her team face another complex investigation when a young woman has been found after being brutally attacked. It sparks fear that there is a serial predator at work here following a spate of similar attacks on women. It becomes a race against time to track down the woman’s attacker.

What I really liked about this book was how Joy Kluver explored Bernie’s relationship with her boyfriend, Dougie. I thought this development in her character was done really well and I was wondering throughout the book how things are going to pan out for them. This made for an intriguing sub plot and now that I’ve read it’s left me wondering what’s to come in the future.

Another character who Joy Kluver introduces us to is Leigh, who is a new member of the team. Leigh has autism and I thought that Joy Kluver explored this well and sensitively in her writing. I think Leigh makes an excellent addition to the books and I’m looking forward to seeing how her character develops further.

I didn’t expect the twist which came at the end and it really drove the tension up a notch as Bernie and her team raced to bring the case to a conclusion. I thought Joy Kluver wrapped the plot up very well.

I’m really hoping that there are more books to come in this series. It really is becoming one of my favourites.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 10th January 2022

Print length: 395 pages

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The Girl in the Ground by Stacy Green #bookreview #blogtour @stacygreen26 @bookouture

On my blog today, I’m taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by Stacy Green, The Girl in the Ground.

The Girl in the Ground: A completely gripping mystery and suspense thriller (Nikki Hunt Book 4) by [Stacy Green]

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She was beautiful: shiny blond hair, crystal blue eyes and the widest smile Nikki had ever seen. She thought back to what she had seen in the ground, the dirt that caked the white bones. All that remained of her now was the silver locket that was still around her neck…

When construction workers unearth a girl’s skeleton in Stillwater, Minnesota, Special Agent Nikki Hunt is called to the scene by her boyfriend Rory. Nikki knows instantly that the girl was murdered, but she is shocked when Rory immediately recognizes her. The victim was his childhood sweetheart, Becky, and he was the last person to see her before she went missing twenty-four years ago.

With the love of her life now a potential suspect, Nikki is forced to take a step back from the case. But then her colleague Liam finds lies in Rory’s statement – it appears that Becky may have been carrying Rory’s child when she was killed. Despite this, Nikki still thinks he could be innocent, and knows she must find the real killer herself if Rory stands any chance of walking free.

When Nikki finds a potential link to two pregnant girls who were found murdered years before it’s clear that this is the most twisted killer that she has ever faced. And then another girl goes missing from Stillwater. Can Nikki unearth the truth and protect the man she loves? And will she find the missing girl in time to save her life?

MY THOUGHTS

Stacy Green has become one of my favourite authors in the crime fiction genre. I love her Agent Nikki Hunt books. They are always really addictive and I really like Nikki. The latest case she is investigating in The Girl in the Ground, hits far too close to home when it’s her boyfriend, Rory who discovers the remains of a young woman at a building site. It might even be the case that Rory knew the victim.

I was really intrigued by the mystery in this book. It starts off with a chilling opening where we see two girls collecting river stones. And this scene ends on a very chilling note which made me want to read the rest of the book right away.

I’ve really liked seeing Nikki and Rory’s relationship develop over the course of the last few books and I was worried where this latest development would take them. You can see clearly how distressed Rory is at the finding the remains, but that doesn’t stop him from becoming a potential suspect in the eyes of Nikki’s colleagues. Rory’s emotion does come through very strongly in Stacy Green’s writing.

There is tension on every page as Nikki and her team race to find a killer. I wanted to know what the killer’s motive was and how this young woman had gone undiscovered in the ground for so long. I also wanted to know more about Rory’s connection to the victim. As in the previous books in the series, Stacy Green keeps the suspense and intrigue ticking up a notch with each new chapter. This is what I really love about her writing.

Things take an even more surprising turn when a pregnant woman, who is a surrogate, disappears. There are some very dark themes which Stacy Green explores in this book, including sex trafficking. It does make for tense reading when Stacy Green delves into the stories of the victims in her book. But she does this sensitively.

I really enjoyed The Girl in the Ground. I am a big fan of this series and this book is one of my favourites in the series. If you enjoy gripping detective novels, you won’t be disappointed.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 1st December 2021

Print length: 266 pages

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Fall by West Camel #bookreview #blogtour @west_camel @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by West Camel, Fall. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

Fall by [West Camel]

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Twins Aaron and Clive have been estranged for forty years. Aaron still lives in the empty, crumbling tower block on the riverside in Deptford where they grew up. Clive is a successful property developer, determined to turn the tower into luxury flats.

But Aaron is blocking the plan and their petty squabble becomes something much greater when two ghosts from the past – twins Annette and Christine – appear in the tower. At once, the desolate estate becomes a stage on which the events of one scorching summer are relived – a summer that shattered their lives, and changed everything forever…

Grim, evocative and exquisitely rendered, Fall is a story of friendship and family – of perception, fear and prejudice, the events that punctuate our journeys into adulthood, and the indelible scars they leave – a triumph of a novel that will affect you long after the final page has been turned.

MY THOUGHTS

West Camel is such a brilliant writer. I loved his debut novel and his latest book, Fall, is another brilliant, beautifully written piece of fiction. The prose is stunning and the characters are so well drawn. There is real magic in West Camel’s writing; it draws you into the worlds he creates and holds your attention.

We meet twin brothers, Aaron and Clive who both lived in the same apartment building in Deptford. It is their childhood home but both have different ideas for the future. The building is filled with ghosts from their path and this haunts them both. The brothers different ideas create a strain in their relationship. It also becomes apparent that there is a dark secret hidden in their past. I wanted to know more about this from very early on and I wanted to know what really went on between them. As the story unfolds West Camel begins to make clear why both brothers have a very different view of their home. And this is where the darker picture in the story begins to come clear.

The novel is told over a forty year period. In 1976 something horrific happened at the tower which has affected the lives of everyone who was there that night ever since.

All the characters came to life well. We also meet another set of twins Annette and Christine who lived in the tower block in the 70s. They were the towers first black residents and you can clearly see how many people in the building feel about this. They strike up a friendship with Aaron and Clive and I really enjoyed reading the scenes when they were together. The dialogue between them was really well done.

Zoë Goldsworthy is another interesting character. She designed the tower block and I loved that we got added bonus material in the book, drawings showing the building how Zoë imagined it. Zoë is a character who fascinated me from the moment we were introduced to her. I wanted to learn more about her background and what role she had in the story. 

There are some shocking final reveals as the full scope of the family tragedy becomes clear and West Camel reveals what really happened that fateful night that haunts Aaron and Clive’s memories. Fall is such a brilliant book and the title is perfect for it in so many ways. It is a multi-layered book that is so well written and thought out. West Camel is fast becoming a favourite writer of mine and I can’t wait to read what he writes next.

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 9th October 2021 (kindle) 9th December 2021 (paperback)

Print length: 276 pages

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Dead Mercy by Noelle Holten #bookreview #blogtour @nholten40 @0neMoreChapter_ @BOTBSPublicity

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel in the DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten, Dead Mercy.

Dead Mercy: A gripping serial killer thriller filled with secrets and suspense (Maggie Jamieson thriller, Book 5) by [Noelle Holten]

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A brutal murder…

When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.

A dark history…

As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.

A terrible secret…

In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late.

MY THOUGHTS

I always look forward to reading a new novel in the DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten and I thoroughly enjoyed the latest book, Dead Mercy. Maggie is on the hunt for a sadistic killer and it is clear very early on that they are planning more murders. But what connects the killer’s victims? Can Maggie and her team find the killer before it’s too late?

I really wanted to know what reason the killer had for deciding to take this path. Maggie and her team have to delve into the killer’s psychology if they are to have any hope of finding out who they are and why they are doing this. When this becomes clearer, harrowing and disturbing details emerge and I was turning the pages faster and faster.

It’s always great to catch up with Maggie and her team and I can’t believe that we’re five books into the series now. I think the team work really well together. What I liked about this book was how Noelle explored Maggie’s growing relationship with reporter, Julie Noble. Julie, herself, becomes involved in the investigation and it makes me wonder if she will work with Maggie and the team again. I’m looking forward to seeing how Noelle will develop this further.

Once again the pace never drops and I was fascinated by the layers Noelle continues to build on as the series progresses. We also get to see Maggie’s relationship with her parents explored a little further in this book and I thought this was really intriguing. I could feel the emotion in Maggie’s voice as she was speaking to her mum and dad. But I don’t want to say anything more about that here.

As I said earlier, as the team begin to realise what is going on here, Noelle tackles some pretty tough themes, which might be upsetting to some readers, but Noelle does handle the topic sensitively.

Noelle’s writing always keeps you on the edge of your seat and that’s what keeps me coming back to her books. They are always really gripping and entertaining. Noelle has definitely written another winner here.

Publisher: One More Chapter

Publication date: 19th November 2021

Print length: 402 pags

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Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver #bookreview #blogtour @will_carver @RandomTTours @OrendaBooks

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the brilliant new novel by Will Carver, Psychopaths Anonymous, as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

Psychopaths Anonymous (Detective Pace Book 4) by [Will Carver]

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Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: A functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men. 

When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born. Friends of Maeve. 

Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve’s drinking spirals out of control. 

She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group. 

But Maeve can’t seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man…

A scathing, violent and darkly funny book about love, connection, obsessions and sex – and the aspects of human nature we’d prefer to hide – Psychopaths Anonymous is also an electrifyingly original, unpredictable thriller that challenges virtually everything.

MY THOUGHTS

With each of Will Carver’s books, you know that you’ll get something a little bit different and a little bit mad each time. Psychopaths Anonymous, his latest offering is another stunning, brilliantly crafted novel. Maeve, the character at the heart of the novel is a very twisted individual; she’s also one of the most original characters I’ve come across in crime fiction for a while. If you’re looking for a very dark read, perfect for when the nights draw in then look no further than this book.

I think before you read this book, it does help to have read Will’s first book in this series, Good Samaritans, but it can easily be read as a standalone.

What I love about Will Carver’s books is that he always delves into the minds of his characters really well. There is a lot of heavy stuff going on inside Maeve’s head and this book is almost like a rich character study. We see the world through her eyes and Will Carver understands Maeve really well. She is very unpredictable; I got the feeling that she could snap at any moment and that no one around her was safe. This really drives the tension and it kept me turning the pages.

What this book will also have you doing is thinking about people in a different way. I loved the idea of the Psychopaths Anonymous meeting. It was a very chilling thought. It was interesting to see Maeve’s perspectives on the people in the group she has created. I’ve recently heard that one in one hundred people are psychopaths and this is portrayed very clearly in this book.

As well as an addiction to killing, Maeve also has an addiction to sex. Her relationship with Seth is very intriguing and it kept me on tenterhooks as I had no idea how Maeve was going to react next. This isn’t a very light book at all, so if you are a bit squeamish it may not be one for you. It is really chilling how she chooses her next victims; they could be anyone, perhaps just someone who she happens to randomly pass on the street. It’s what makes her such a frightening character as well.

So if you’re looking for a wild, entertaining, very dark read, then I highly recommend Psychopaths Anonymous. It might not be one that you want to read just before going to bed.

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 25th September 2021 (kindle) 25th November 2021 (paperback)

Print length: 276 pages

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Stolen Ones by Angela Marsons #bookreview #blogtour @WriteAngie @bookouture

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on Stolen Ones, the latest novel in the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons as part of the blog tour.

Stolen Ones: A totally jaw-dropping and addictive crime thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Book 15) by [Angela  Marsons]

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25 years ago he took a girl. Today he takes another.One August afternoon, eight-year-old Grace Lennard skips into the garden of the childcare centre she attends and vanishes into thin air.

Hours before, Steven Harte walks into Halesowen police station and confesses to having information that will lead Detective Kim Stone to Melody Jones – the little girl who was taken from a playground exactly twenty-five years ago. But something about his confession is off and Kim dismisses his claims.

Arriving at the scene of Grace’s disappearance, Kim finds a chilling piece of evidence: the heart bracelet belonging to Melody. Now Kim must play Steven’s twisted game if she is to find Grace alive. But they’re going to play by Kim’s rules.

With only twenty-four hours to make every second of Steven’s interrogation count, and scan his behaviour for hidden clues, Kim and her team soon link Steven to the abduction of several vulnerable girls – two were kept for a year and then released, unharmed – but where are Melody and the others?

Then small bones are discovered in the grounds of a local park, and Kim fears the worst.

Kim may be close to convicting a killer, but there’s another who wants revenge against her – Dr Alex Thorne – the evil woman Kim did her best to keep behind bars. Alex is about to reveal a shocking secret to Kim that will hit her where it hurts the most. And if Kim lets Alex mess with her head, she might not be able to save Grace and find the other missing girls in time.

MY THOUGHTS

When I finished the last book in the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, I knew what was coming for Kim next. I practically dropped my Kindle in excitement when I read those last few lines. Hence to say I was very excited to read this book, and when Stolen Ones landed on my Kindle, I wasted no time in picking it up. It’s always great to catch up with Kim Stone and the team, and Angela Marsons always leaves me hungry for more with each book.

This time, Kim Stone’s arch nemesis, Dr Alexandra Thorne is back. I was so pleased to see that she would be making an appearance again after finishing the last book. I have never been able to forget her, and she is always on my mind whenever I read a book from this series.

Kim faces another complex investigation in this book. What makes it even more intriguing, is that the man who might be responsible for the crime that has taken place, Stephen Harte, hands himself into the police very early on. He claims to have information on a missing child case which is decades old. A young girl, Melody Jones, disappeared twenty five years ago without trace. Kim has no idea how to approach this. Is this man the person who they’re looking for, or is he simply a time waster? What is really going on here? What heightens the tension even more is that another child, Grace Lennard, has gone missing. Kim knows they have a very limited time frame to find her alive.

Once again Angela Marsons delivers on tension in this book. I wanted to know why Stephen had handed himself into the police. It appears quite early on that he is playing a very twisted game, and I wanted to find out more about who he was.

And of course, Dr Alexander Thorne is once again a thorn in Kim Stone’s side. I wanted to know what was going on here with Alex, as she is desperately trying to get hold of Kim. Although this isn’t easy for Alex as she is still in prison. It appears that she is willing to do anything to achieve that, but what was her real goal here? I was so desperate to find out what it was, that Alex was so keen to talk to Kim about; it makes this book really tense. You can see clearly the affect this has on Kim. She is already working hard to find Grace and she doesn’t want anything else to distract her from that.

Stolen Ones is a real treat for long-time fans of this series. Angela Marsons does a fantastic job of keeping the suspense ticking up a notch. I always love the race against time element in her books, which is what makes them so entertaining. Another brilliant book in this series. I can’t wait to see where Angela Marsons takes her characters next.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 11th November 2021

Print length: 426 pages

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The Quiet People by Paul Cleave #bookreview #blogtour @PaulCleave @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by Paul Cleave, The Quiet People. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

The Quiet People by [Paul Cleave]

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Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful New Zealand crime writers, happily married and topping bestseller lists worldwide. They have been on the promotional circuit for years, joking that no one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living.

So when their challenging seven-year-old son Zach disappears, the police and the public naturally wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time… 

Are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime?

Electrifying, taut and immaculately plotted, The Quiet People is a chilling, tantalisingly twisted thriller that will keep you gripped and guessing to the last explosive page.

MY THOUGHTS

The Quiet People by Paul Cleave is a rollercoaster of a read. I flew through this book. Right from the first page the tension begins to build and the tension does not let up at all; it propels you into the story right from the get go. This is a very clever book and I was utterly gripped.

We meet Cameron and Lisa Murdoch who face every parent’s worst nightmare when their son Zach goes missing. They think he may have run away after he argued with them earlier in the evening, but the police begin to suspect foul play. Soon it isn’t long before the police and the public point the finger at them and they are held responsible for their son’s disappearance. But how can they convince the police and the community that they are innocent when the evidence against them seems overwhelming?

A really interesting aspect of this book was that both Cameron and Lisa are crime writers, a husband and wife crime writing team, and this forms part of the evidence against them. They know all the ins and outs of a police investigation from their research. Is it possible that they had a role to play in Zach’s disappearance? They have joked before that they would easily be able to get away with a crime.

There is a lot of emotion and anger in this book. It is told from the point of view of Cameron, Zach’s father and he goes through utter turmoil in his fight to prove his innocence. It is through Cameron that we feel this anger and his character is what makes this story so compelling. Although Cameron and Lisa are fighting for their innocence, part of me did call into doubt their story and I wasn’t sure if I could entirely trust them. I had to know how things were going to unfold for Lisa and Cameron and especially their son. But as things go from bad to worse for Cameron I could totally understand some of the decisions he was making.

The pace never drops and I loved the short snappy chapters which kept me turning the pages. There are more than a few heart pounding moments throughout this book, especially when it comes to the final reveals as we close in on the end. The plot was very clever and well thought out.

The Quiet People is an outstanding, original and an utterly gripping thriller with an explosive, heart wrenching ending. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend it!

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 25th September 2021 (kindle) 25th November 2021 (paperback)

Print length: 300 pages

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