First Blood by Angela Marsons #bookreview @WriteAngie @bookouture

Today is publication day for a very exciting book which I have wanted to shout about ever since I read it a few weeks ago. I’m absolutely delighted and beyond excited to be able to share my review of First Blood by Angela Marsons, a prequel to the Kim Stone series with you today.

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In the darkness of a cold December morning, Detective Kim Stone steps through the doors of Halesowen Police Station.  She’s about to meet her team for the first time.  The victim of her next case is about to meet his killer…

When the body of a young man is found beheaded and staked to the ground in a secluded area of the Clent Hills, Kim and her new squad rush to the crime scene.

Searching the victim’s home, Kim discovers a little girl’s bedroom and a hidden laptop.  Why is his sister relieved to hear he’s dead – and where is the rest of his family?

As Kim begins to unearth the dark secrets at the heart of the case, D.C. Stacey Wood finds a disturbing resemblance to the recent murder of Lester Jackson.  But that’s not all Stacey finds …

She’s convinced there is a link between the victims and a women’s shelter run by Marianne Forbes, Lester’s niece. A child of the care system herself, Kim knows all too well what it means to be vulnerable. Could Marianne be the key to cracking this case?

With the killer about to strike again, Kim is in deep water with a rookie squad.  Inexperienced Stacey is showing signs of brilliance but struggling to hold her nerve and, while D.S. Bryant is reliable and calm, D.S. Dawson is a liability. With his home life in pieces, his volatile behaviour is already fracturing her fragile new team.

Can Kim bring Dawson in line and pull her crew together in time to catch the killer before another life is taken? This time, one of her own could be in terrible danger…

Discover where it all began for Kim and her team. An absolutely heart-stopping mystery thriller that will keep you glued to the pages, reading late into the night.  Perfect for Kim Stone fans and new readers to the million-copy bestselling series.

A detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent.

MY THOUGHTS

Kim Stone fans, you are in for a treat. Angela Marsons has taken Kim back, right to the beginning, before Silent Scream and before the friendships she has with her colleagues has had a chance to develop fully. Here, in First Blood, everything is new and fresh. We get to see everything we know well and love about this series in a new light.

When I first heard that Angela Marsons had written a prequel to her first novel in the Kim Stone series, I was really excited. I pretty much dropped everything I was doing and picked up this book. I wanted to know more about Kim’s relationship with her colleagues and how this developed. I must admit, it did feel quite strange not to have the usual quirky exchanges between Bryant and Kim. Right at the beginning, however, Kim doesn’t know how long she will be working with him or anyone else on the team. She doesn’t know if she can trust anyone yet. We can see that she has not managed to fit in with any other teams within the police force, and this seems to be the last throw of the dice for her.

As well as getting to know a younger version of Kim Stone, it’s been fascinating peering into the lives of her colleagues. You can see the beginnings of her friendship forming with Bryant. You can also see the determination in the members of her team, notably in Stacey and Dawson, to solve the case they are working on.

The case is a chilling one, with links to a women’s refuge centre nearby, Kim and her team are trying to track down an individual who is killing abusers. To the killer, what they are doing is just, and this is probably how a lot of readers will feel about this as well. The killer is playing on the minds of the police. It becomes a race against time for the police to work out what the killer is planning to do next before they kill again.

If you haven’t yet read the Kim Stone series, then this is a good place to start. It can be quite daunting to start a series several books in, so this is the perfect opportunity for you to get to know Kim and her team.

This book shapes the pathway for the rest of the books to follow. Angela Marsons has done a brilliant job in putting a fresh spin on this series. It’s been fascinating going back in time and seeing where it all began for the characters, which fans of the Kim Stone series have grown to know so well. Once again, Angela Marsons has come up with a brilliant plot for her characters to sink their teeth into.

For fans of Kim Stone and newcomers to the series as well, I highly recommend First Blood. And if you are new to the series, you will want to read the rest of the books straight away. Absolutely brilliant stuff!

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 14th November 2019

Print length: 407 pages

If you would like to purchase First Blood, you can do so by clicking on the following link below.

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The Liar’s Sister by Sarah A. Denzil #bookreview books on tour @sarahdenzil @bookouture

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Liar’s Sister by Sarah A. Denzil on my blog today. With thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me to take part.

The Liar's Sister: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist by [Denzil, Sarah A.]

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A SHOCKING DISAPPEARANCE. A VILLAGE FULL OF SECRETS.

Ten years ago, a family lost their son in the quiet village of Buckthorpe and he was never found.

Rosie Sharpe cried over her missing friend for weeks after.
But her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth.
Because the night Samuel was last seen, Heather watched her older sister climbing back through the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear.

Heather never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever…

A decade later, Rosie and Heather return to the home they grew up in when their mother falls ill. But when their house is ransacked and they receive a threatening note, it becomes clear that someone in the close-knit village doesn’t want them there.

When Heather finally confronts her sister about what really happened on the dark, rainy night Samuel vanished, Rosie’s version of the truth is more shocking than she could ever have imagined. But can she trust her sister? And who broke into their house that night? As the lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both women in terrible danger…

MY THOUGHTS

The Liar’s Sister is an intensely gripping novel about two sisters who are both connected to the disappearance of a teenage boy, Samuel, who went missing from their village many years earlier. Heather thinks her older sister, Rosie, is keeping something from her, and she believes that Rosie may know more than she’s letting on about what happened to Samuel.

There was such an intense atmosphere to this book. Heather and Rosie have returned to their home village, Buckthorpe because their mother is dying but what they don’t realise is just how unwelcome they’ll be made to feel. But they are determined not to be scared away from their home. Samuel’s disappearance has haunted the village, not least because of the rumours that were spread around about him by Rosie and her friends. But it has also haunted the memories of Heather. She has never forgotten the boy who she fell in love with those many summers ago.

There were some nasty people in this village. It seems that Heather and Rosie don’t know who they can trust. I wanted to know why people wanted them to move and why everyone seemed to have turned against them in the wake of their mother’s death. The characters in Buckthorpe didn’t paint the village as a very nice place to live, and it seemed to be a place that closed its ranks on outsiders.

Heather and Rosie don’t have a very close relationship with each other. I could feel Heather’s frustration at Rosie and her fear of her when she believes Rosie may be working against her. I could sense that Rosie wasn’t an easy person to confront, and this makes things even more difficult between them as Heather tries to find out once and for all what happened to Samuel.

The finale was so tense as the plot raced towards its conclusion. Everything becomes so much darker, and the final revelations are shocking. I thought at one stage I could see where the plot was going to go, but Sarah A. Denzil threw in a final brilliant twist which blew my mind. It was something I wasn’t expecting at all. The final twists are intricately woven into the plot in a very clever way.

The Liar’s Sister is the second book by Sarah A. Denzil, which I have read, and it earns a solid five stars from me. Sarah’s writing pulled me easily into the story, and I couldn’t wait to find out how it was going to end. The characters especially made this book gripping, although I think it was Heather who I connected with the most out of the two sister’s.

Dark and compulsive and with some very unsettling truths, The Liar’s Sister is a totally engrossing read.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 25th September 2019

Print length: 290 pages

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The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer cover reveal @carolewyer @bookouture

I’m delighted to be able to share with you the cover of Carol Wyer’s new novel, The Blossom Twins. But before I get on with the reveal, let’s take a look at what her new book is about.

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Their parents thought they were hiding…

One beautiful summer’s evening, thirteen-year-old twins Ivy and Erin Westmore snuggle down in a tent in their back garden, giggling and sharing secrets.

When their mother goes to wake the girls the next morning, their tent is empty.

The alarm is raised and Detective Natalie Ward is put onto the case. When the twins’ bodies are discovered on nearby marshland, covered with deep pink petals, an icy shiver travels down Natalie’s spine. Everything about the girls’ deaths reminds her of a horrifying case she worked on earlier in her career, which saw a killer of the worst kind placed behind bars.

The next day, that feeling is heightened when she receives a chilling note saying ‘I’m back’. Is this killer a copycat or did Natalie put the wrong person in prison all those years ago? In a small town, where no stranger goes unnoticed, what is Natalie missing?

Consumed by the case, determined to prevent more deaths, Natalie misses the fact that it is her attention the killer wants. And to get it, he has his sights set firmly on her precious daughter Leigh…

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night.

 

If you’re a fan of Carol’s books, as I am, it sounds like we’re in for a real treat. Now I’m sure you want to see the cover. Can I have a drum roll please …

 

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The Blossom Twins is published on the 12th December 2019 but you can pre-order it by clicking on the link below.

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Dead Memories by Angela Marsons #bookreview @WriteAngie @bookouture

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She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers.

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known.

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

MY THOUGHTS

I can’t believe I’ve fallen behind on one of my favourite crime series. I finally got round to reading the tenth novel in the Kim Stone series, Dead Memories a short while ago and I have to say, I think this is one of Angela Marsons best books in this series to date. It is also, perhaps, her darkest book and once again, Kim certainly isn’t given an easy ride. This case will definitely be one of the most chilling investigations of her career.

Opening the novel with the discovery of two bodies, chained to a radiator in the very same apartment block Kim grew up in, this case is eerily similar to a traumatic event in her childhood. Kim is sure it is coincidence only and is determined to see the case through without having to revisit her past. But as more information is revealed and more crimes take place, it appears that someone is desperate to make Kim pay. But who could hate her so much to want to go to such extreme lengths to punish her? And it’s fair to say that Kim has ruffled a few feathers in recent years, so she certainly isn’t short of enemies.

After the last few books in this series, Kim and her team have certainly experienced a lot of pain and change. Angela Marsons takes the emotional level up another notch in this book. I could see why Kim wanted to keep her past a secret from the rest of her team, and I could understand why she didn’t want to draw on the similarities early on in the book. The tension is there right from the start. I wanted to know who was so desperate to recreate these events from Kim’s childhood and why they were so keen to do this. As the investigation continues, it becomes clear to the team that only Kim knows where the killer may strike next. It did make me wonder how Kim was going to cope with this as these past experiences in her life were extremely traumatic and still have an effect on her.

The people Kim speaks to concerning the crimes that are taking place, really made my skin crawl. You can see the level of hatred they have for Kim, and it is quite scary. With Kim visiting these people, in an attempt to get to the bottom of the crimes that were taking place, it did make me connect with Kim even more, and her plight to see justice prevail.

As it becomes clearer to Kim and the team who is behind the killings, Angela Marsons turns the level of tension up a further notch. I couldn’t stop turning the pages as I couldn’t wait to see how everything would come together. There were even some points where I couldn’t bear to read on, as I could understand what the consequences for Kim and her team were going to be if they didn’t catch the individual responsible in time. The ending of the book did make for a nail-biting finale.

If you are new to this series, I think it would be better for you to go back and start from the beginning with Silent Scream. Especially as this book looks back at the previous cases, Kim and her team have worked on. There is certainly a lot that happens in the last three books, which has had a great effect on Kim and her team, which you will be missing out on.

I think I say that this is the best book, every time I read a new novel in this series. But it is true that Angela Marsons certainly remains on top form with her plots and especially her characters. Her books are always totally gripping. I already have the next book ready and waiting on my kindle, and I can’t wait to get to it.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 22nd February 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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The Dare by Carol Wyer #bookreview blog tour @carolewyer @bookouture

A very happy publication day to Carol Wyer, who’s brilliant new thriller in the DI Natalie Ward series is released today. I’m delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour.

The Dare: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 3) by [Wyer, Carol]

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Jane’s daughter is a good girl. What is she hiding?

When thirteen-year-old Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come straight home from school, as she always does, her mother Jane immediately raises the alarm.

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward whose daughter Leigh is the same age as Savannah. Soon Natalie’s worst fears are confirmed when the teenager’s broken body is found in nearby shrubland.

Evidence points towards a local recluse, but just as the net is closing around him, one of Savannah’s friends, Harriet, is reported missing.

As Natalie delves into the lives of both girls, she soon discovers a sinister video on their phones, daring the girls to disappear from their families for 48 hours.

But Natalie isn’t quick enough for this killer, and she is devastated to find Harriet’s body on a fly tip a day later.

Caught up in the case, she takes her eye off her own daughter and when Leigh goes missing after school she knows she must be in terrible danger. The clock is ticking for Natalie. Can she catch this killer before her little girl becomes the next victim?

MY THOUGHTS

I get very excited now when I get the chance to read a new novel by Carol Wyer as I always enjoy her police procedurals.

I think The Dare is Carol Wyer’s most chilling crime novel to date and I was kept gripped right from the start. In her latest Natalie Ward thriller, she delves into the dark side of the Internet and explores a terrifying scenario. It does open your eyes even more to what is potentially out there online. Following on from the craze of the ice bucket challenge a few years earlier which took the online world by storm – which I have to say I never took part in, but I know people who did – Carol explores a much more chilling challenge that is encapsulating young people.  But as this new craze takes hold, something goes disastrously wrong leaving Natalie and her team desperately hunting a terrifying serial killer who is exploiting young people.

There’s a real sense of urgency right throughout this book which Carol keeps turning up a notch as the case takes each new turn and as people continued to keep disappearing. This is proving a difficult case for Natalie and her team to crack, especially as she has her own problems going on in her home life as well, particularly with her husband. You know that the killer is going to keep killing until they are brought to justice. Carol cleverly keeps their identity under wraps until the final reveals, there are plenty of characters who will keep you thinking and wondering if it could possibly be them.

The plot is well thought out, and it kept me guessing as I tried to work out who could potentially be responsible for the crimes that were happening and this kept the pace flying forward.  There were moments when the tension was so high that I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Natalie is a character who is fast becoming one of my favourite detectives. She is a brilliant protagonist who has kept me intrigued over the past three books in this series, and after the final chapters, it’ll be interesting to see how her character develops further from here. And I don’t think she’s going to be given an easy ride any time soon.

This is another excellent addition to this series that just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to read the next instalment. If you’re looking for a crime series that will keep you guessing and keep you on the edge of the seat, then look no further than these books.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 25th April 2019

Print length: 378 pages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MY THOUGHTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 15th March 2019

Print length: 372 pages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MY THOUGHTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 13th March 2019

Print length: 330 pages

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Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer #bookreview @carolewyer @bookouture

On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping second novel in the DI Natalie Ward series by Carol Wyer, Last Lullaby. I read this while I was away for a few days the week before last and I finished it in just two days.

Last Lullaby: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 2) by [Wyer, Carol]

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Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of young mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband in their immaculate, silver bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: the word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood.

Determined to find justice, Natalie quickly discovers the husband is hiding a troubled past, and she’s sure the teenage babysitter’s alibi doesn’t quite add up.

But before Natalie can dig deeper, another mother is murdered, her young son left distraught, staring at a fresh ‘who’ scrawled beside her.

Natalie knows it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again, but all the key suspects have alibis. It’s her toughest case yet, and with her marriage hanging by a thread, the cracks are beginning to show.

Just when Natalie finds an unsettling clue she thinks could solve the case, another young woman and her baby disappear, and a member of Natalie’s team is put in terrible danger.

Can Natalie stop this twisted killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

MY THOUGHTS

I finally got round to reading the second book in the DI Natalie Ward series by Carol Wyer, Last Lullaby, and I absolutely loved it. I knew I was in for a treat as I really enjoyed the first book The Birthday and it only took me three days to finish it. If you’re not yet reading Carol’s gripping new police procedural series, then you really need to get your skates on as the third book is out very soon.

DI Natalie Ward is a character who is really starting to grow on me. She is passionate about her job, although this does cause some tension in her home life, as in her mind, her career and commitment to the victims of the crimes she is investigating comes first. And it is her commitment to her job that is causing some frictions.

Straight away Carol starts building the tension as a young couple making their way home are being tailgated by another car causing them some alarm. A short while later, Charlotte Brennan is discovered murdered, although her baby son, Alfie, who was close to her at the time of the attack remains unharmed. When Natalie and her team start to investigate, they believe that someone close to Charlotte and her husband, Adam may have murdered her. But soon another murder takes place, and a chilling sequence of events follow.

Carol throws in plenty of twists and turns in her latest book which kept me asking questions about the characters. There are plenty of suspects for the team to investigate, and you get a real sense of how difficult this case is going to be for the police as there are many people here who don’t want to tell the truth. Also falling under suspicions is Charlotte’s own husband Adam and I could never quite be sure how I felt about him, especially as he has quite a murky past himself.

This is another excellent novel from Carol that will keep you hooked all the way through. I really liked how everything came together in the end. Last Lullaby is totally engaging with a gripping mystery to follow. As I said earlier, if you’re not yet following this series, you really need to be. Roll on book three.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 7th December 2018

Print length: 338 pages

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The Couple by Sarah Mitchell blog tour #bookreview @SarahM_writer @bookouture

The Couple: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist by [Mitchell, Sarah]

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Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

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

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

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

MY THOUGHTS

The Couple is such a fast-paced read. I tore through it; you know a book is good when you read more than 60% in a day; it literally ate up my weekend. There is a lot going on in this book, but it makes for such a gripping read, and the tension simmers from the first page to the last.

Claire works as an immigration lawyer for the Home Office, and her job is to defend their cases. At the beginning of the book, she and her fiancé, Angus are celebrating their engagement; everything should be perfect and happy, but something doesn’t appear right in their relationship. Claire already feels on tenterhooks, even before her stepfather mistakes Angus for her previous partner, Daniel in his speech. From this point on I knew that this was going to be a novel I was going to enjoy as Sarah Mitchell was starting to create a real sense of unease and I had to know how everything was going to unfold.

Claire’s job as an immigration lawyer was fascinating, and you get to see what must go on behind the scenes in some of these cases, and I felt that this was an area which had researched well; I could sense the tension there was in the courtroom as we waited for the verdict to be given to the judge. Claire is such a perplexing character. You can see that something has happened in her past with her previous boyfriend, Daniel and I wanted to find out what had gone on between them. We do visit back to this time as Sarah takes us back five years earlier.

Sarah ratchets up the tension as we get to understand more disturbing truths and what is really going on behind the scenes in Claire and Angus’s relationship. There was a final twist that left my head in a spin. I had to think about it for a while, I must admit, but once I did, I thought it was done very well, and there was a very satisfactory ending.

This is the first book by Sarah Mitchell which I’ve read, and I’m very eager to read her next one. The Couple is an utterly captivating page-turner, it’s probably best to read when you haven’t got any plans for the day as you’ll want to continue reading on.

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

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 5th February 2019

Print length: 322 pages

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A Promise to the Dead by Victoria Jenkins blog tour #bookreview @vicwritescrime @bookouture

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the fourth book in the Detectives King and Lane series by Victoria Jenkins on my blog today. I’ve found each of Victoria’s books completely unputdownable, and I couldn’t wait to get round to reading this one, and it didn’t disappoint.

A Promise to the Dead: A gripping crime thriller with a brilliant twist (Detectives King and Lane Book 4) by [Jenkins, Victoria]

BLURB

The blur of shapes began to sharpen, forming a clear picture that stood out against the darkened background. For a moment he couldn’t move, his fear rendering him immobile. He needed help. He turned to run.

On a dark night, on a mountain road, a young couple, Matthew and Stacey, are on their way home from a night out. Their car breaks down and Matthew leaves to look for help. By the next morning, Stacey is found murdered in the car and Matthew is missing, presumed guilty of her murder.

Called to the scene, Detective Alex King and her team soon see some terrifying links – to another local young man who is missing, and to the discovery of a body from 30 years ago.

Alex knows that the missing and the dead have a story to tell her. But will she hear it in time to uncover the killer before they strike again?

MY THOUGHTS

I’ve become a huge fan of Victoria Jenkins books over the last couple of years and the latest novel in the King and Lane series, A Promise to the Dead, is another fantastic addition that once again had me hooked from the first page. This is a series that just keeps getting better and better.

The latest case that Chloe and Alex are investigating begins to make Alex think what she really wants, and she begins to start thinking about some important decisions which will have a huge impact on her life and her career. The case is another perplexing mystery for them to solve and it takes them back many years as they try to uncover the truth.

This was a book that I could not put down. Victoria’s writing has that utterly addictive quality to it that you could very happily lose a few hours too. She opens the book with a very intriguing opening. The scene we are faced with is when a young man, Matthew, appears to have stumbled across something he shouldn’t have, and it seems that someone else is determined to silence him. The next day, his girlfriend’s body is found in their car, still in the same location where he left her, which is when Alex and Chloe arrive on the scene.

As the investigation gets underway, I really wanted to find out what happened on the night which the first chapter so brilliantly opens up with. It definitely lets you know that you are in for a treat. Victoria keeps the details hazy, so you are never quite sure how the rest of the book is going to pan out and what has really happened to Matthew.

The ending of this book has left me wondering how the series is going to progress from here. There was one scene in particular that left me shell-shocked, and there are some revelations that do make for a harrowing read, but I’m not going to go into any detail as to what happened here. You’ll need to read the book to find out.

A Promise to the Dead is another stonking read from Victoria Jenkins if you haven’t yet read her books, and if you’re a fan of police procedurals, then you really should be reading them.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 21st January 2019

Print length: 278 pages

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