An Eye For An Eye by Carol Wyer #bookreview #blogtour @carolewyer @AmazonPub @DamppebblesBTS

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the first book in the DI Kate Young series by Carol Wyer, An Eye For An Eye, on my blog today as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Emma Welton from Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part.

An Eye for an Eye (Detective Kate Young Book 1) by [Carol Wyer]

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A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.

DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.

But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.

As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?

MY THOUGHTS

Wow, what a brilliant start to a new series. Having been a fan of Carol Wyer’s previous crime novels, I was really looking forward to seeing what she would come up with in, An Eye For An Eye. This is the first novel to feature DI Kate Young, and I can’t wait to see what Carol has install for Kate and the series next.

When we first meet Kate, she is just returning to work having recently gone through a traumatic event. Thoughts about that day still plague her mind, but she is determined to get back to work. And she is thrown headfirst into a gruesome new case. The body of a man, a wealthy businessman, who has also been tortured, has been found by his secretary. The part I found the most gruesome about this case was that the victim’s eye had been removed. This shows that whoever is carrying out the murders is doing this for revenge. This also becomes quickly apparent to Kate and her team.

There were so many intriguing characters and potential suspects in this book. It’s certainly fair to say that the first man to end up dead could have attracted a lot of enemies. Soon Kate finds herself in a race against time as more people are killed. But what is the motive here? When Kate finds a connection between the men who have been targeted, she uncovers an unnerving, dark secret. I really wanted to get to the bottom of what was happening here, and I was invested in the plot.

I really felt for Kate as I was reading this book. I could feel her grief as she attempted to come to terms with what has happened in her recent history. She is trying to push on with things, but she is struggling, and there are some heartbreaking scenes, which I think will make readers really connect with Kate.

Carol Wyer tells a devastating story here. It makes you feel for all of those who are involved, especially the people who are left behind. There is a very powerful scene right towards the end of the book, which even makes Kate stop and think, and I thought it was very well done.

An Eye For An Eye is very well plotted, and the different avenues which Carol explored hid the real motives and the killer really well. Some of the twists which came towards the end of the book knocked me for six.

I was gripped right the way through, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. DI Kate Young is a character who, I am sure, will become a firm favourite of mine in the crime fiction genre. If you’re a fan of Carol’s books, then you are in for a treat. I can’t wait to read more!  

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication date: 1st February 2021

Print length: 426 pages

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Ground Rules by Richard Whittle #bookreview blog tour @richard1whittle @damppebbles

It’s my pleasure to be joining the blog tour for the new novel by Ricahrd Whittle on my blog today, Ground Rules. With thanks to Emma Welton from Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part.

Ground Rules by [Richard Whittle]

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Called out one night in the hope that she can identify the body of a man found in a field, Edinburgh forensic geologist Jessica Spargo – Jez – inadvertently becomes involved in the investigation of a university lecturer’s murder. The investigating officer, Tom Curtis, hands her a small glass vial and asks her to analyse its contents. She agrees to do it. The results confound everyone. Media attention around a seemingly unconnected incident on a construction site near Edinburgh means that all work has stopped. An object discovered beneath the site confounds everyone, including the police. Employed by the firm’s owner to attempt to solve the mystery, Jez falls foul of an uncooperative site manager. Unruffled, she perseveres. Meanwhile, the murder mystery deepens. Despite her reluctance to become further involved, she has her own theories about the origin of the vial’s contents, theories the police do not accept. To Jez’s dismay there are more deaths. As she says to Curtis, ‘I don’t do bodies. I’m a geologist, I look at rocks. If I’d wanted to look at bits of body then I would have become a surgeon or a pathologist.’

MY THOUGHTS

Geologist, Dr Jessica Spargo doesn’t usually deal with dead bodies. In the opening chapter, Jessica is taken to a site where the body of a man has been discovered. Her help is requested by a friend of hers, Detective Inspector Tom Curtis who she has known for many years. Jessica has been called to see if she can help identify the victim as it maybe someone she knows. But soon Jessica becomes more involved in the case than her friend originally intended her to be. Jessica is pulled further into the mystery, but in doing so, she steers herself very close to danger. The mystery deepens even further with the discovery of another body. This time a body has been found at a construction site, and it may have been there for decades.

The mystery pulled me into the story in Richard Whittle’s latest book. Here we have the discovery of two bodies, seemingly unconnected, and a mystery which deepens as the plot unfolds. I could feel a creeping sense of danger as Jessica invested and got closer to the truth. Jessica’s line of work really intrigued me, and this book offered a different viewpoint for a crime novel. It was interesting to see how Jessica went about her investigations.

I thought that Jessica’s character came to life in this book, and I liked the relationship with her friends Tom and Carrie. She is certainly someone who won’t go away quietly. I could see her dislike for a certain site manager who is keen to get his workers moving again, even though they could potentially damage the body which has been discovered. Although Jessica isn’t part of the official police investigation into the man’s death, she is determined to find out what happened to him and how he ended up at his final resting place. Even though it has likely been decades since the man died, she wants to make sure that he is given all due respect. At this point, I did begin to feel worried for her as I wondered how the people in charge of the dig would react to her need to keep investigating. You can see that they aren’t happy about the building work being held up and potentially costing them a lot of money.

This isn’t a fast-paced read, but Richard Whittle gently pulls you into the story. I really like his writing style, and I became more interested in the mystery as Jennifer did. Her determination made me want to find out the truth, and it kept me turning the pages as I waited to see the mystery unravel. Richard’s description of the landscape and the building site made me feel as though I was there.

Richard’s characters and his writing will keep you completely invested in the plot. Ground Rules is a riveting read, I’d definitely recommend it.

Publisher: Amazon Media

Publication date: 9th March 2020

Print length: 235 pages

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What You Did by Claire McGowan #bookreview blog tour @inkstainsclaire @damppebbles @AmazonPub @EmmaFinnigan

I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Claire McGowan’s latest thriller, What You Did on my blog today. With thanks to Emma Welton from Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part.

What You Did by [McGowan, Claire]

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A vicious assault. A devastating accusation. Who should she trust, her husband or her best friend?

It was supposed to be the perfect reunion: six university friends together again after twenty years. Host Ali finally has the life she always wanted, a career she can be proud of and a wonderful family with her college boyfriend, now husband. But that night her best friend makes an accusation so shocking that nothing will ever be the same again.

When Karen staggers in from the garden, bleeding and traumatised, she claims that she has been assaulted—by Ali’s husband, Mike. Ali must make a split-second decision: who should she believe? Her horrified husband, or her best friend? With Mike offering a very different version of events, Ali knows one of them is lying—but which? And why?

When the ensuing chaos forces her to re-examine the golden era the group shared at university, Ali realises there are darker memories too. Memories that have lain dormant for decades. Memories someone would kill to protect.

MY THOUGHTS

I was definitely intrigued when I learned that Claire McGowan had written a stand-alone thriller, having previously read her Paula Maguire novels I knew I was in for a treat.

There’s an intense opening to What You Did. Twenty-five years after a group of friends first got together at university they are having a get together. But calamity strikes when one member of the group, Karen, enters her friend, Ali’s house, and tells Ali that her husband, Mike, has raped her. Ali is torn between her best friend and her husband. Who does she support? Who should she believe? But as an intense police investigation ensues, it brings back haunting memories from their time at university, when one of their classmates was murdered. No one was ever caught for their friend’s murder. Could they finally find out what happened all those years ago?

This was a real page-turner. Right from the shocking opening, I wanted to know what the outcome for Ali and her family was going to be. I was convinced there was definitely more to the situation they now found themselves in. And then I was trying to work out if anyone else in the group could have been responsible for what happened to Ali, or if someone else could have gained access to the property. This was another possible theory I kept thinking about.

Each character kept me asking questions, particularly about their time at university twenty-five years ago when one of their friends was killed. I was convinced they knew more than they were letting on. There’s a darkness that runs right throughout the book, especially when there is an even more shocking turn of events which forces Ali into an impossible dilemma, and she learns some horrifying truths. She is a character who goes through a lot of emotions in this book, and she is someone who is torn between her loyalties.

This is a top, extremely well written psychological thriller from Claire McGowan with strong character development. I’ve always found her writing gripping, and her latest book is no exception. I was kept hooked right the way through.

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication date: 1st August 2019

Print length: 269 pages

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Kill For Me by Rebecca Bradley #bookreview blog tour @RebeccaJBradley @damppebbles

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Kill For Me by Rebecca Bradley. With thanks to Emma Welton at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part.

Kill For Me (Detective Hannah Robbins Crime Series Book 5) by [Bradley , Rebecca ]

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A deadly game. An unstoppable killer. The perfect alibi.

Lucy Anderson is late collecting her daughter from nursery. A mistake that could prove fatal.
Her daughter is gone and there is only one way Lucy can get her back. The ransom is simple, she has to kill someone…

And this is just the beginning. A deadly game with a domino effect has started as the real killer forces others to do his bidding.

Can detective inspector Hannah Robbins find the killer’s next puppet before they’re forced to strike or will this be the case where her opponent has found the perfect way to kill?

Pick up Kill For Me for impossible choices and moral dilemmas and see where you would fall.

MY THOUGHTS

Rebecca Bradley’s latest novel, Kill For Me, will really pull you into a dark and terrifying world. Just how far would you be prepared to go to protect your family? For many, there is a simple answer to this question, but what the characters go through in this book is utterly horrific. This was really pacy and addictive, and I was rooting for DI Hannah Robins and her team to get to the bottom of what was going on.

I’ve read a couple of Rebecca’s books now, and I am really beginning to like Hannah and her team. There are some elements of previous books which feed into this one, particularly details about former cases they’ve worked on but it can easily be read as a stand-alone.

They have their work cut out in the latest instalment in this series. The first case the police are investigating is the murder of a woman, Lucy Andrews, who is found dead by her young daughter. But this case soon turns very complicated as evidence emerges linking her to a hit and run which happened the previous day. And as the net closes in on Lucy’s killer, someone else gets to them first.

This is really cleverly plotted, and there were some scenes in this book that left me reeling. I was desperate for the person behind the crimes to be caught. This is a killer who is very, very clever, and it seems as though they have thought of everything when it comes down to planning their crimes. And this was what made them so terrifying.

There’s a very strong race against time element right throughout this book, and it had me hooked right from the very start. I was guessing throughout. I was never able to pinpoint who the real criminal was until the very last moments. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Publisher: Amazon Media

Print length: 275 pages

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Wilderness by B.E. Jones #bookreview blog tour @bevjoneswriting @TheCrimeVault @damppebbles

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Wilderness by B.E. Jones on my blog today, with thanks to Emma Welton at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part.

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Two weeks, 1,500 miles, three opportunities for her husband to save his own life.

It isn’t about his survival – it’s about hers.

Shattered by the discovery of her husband’s affair, Liv knows they need to leave the chaos of New York to try to save their marriage. Maybe the roadtrip that they’d always planned, exploring America’s national parks, just the two of them, would help heal the wounds.

But what Liv hasn’t told her husband is that she has set him three challenges. Three opportunities to prove he’s really sorry and worthy of her forgiveness.

If he fails? Well, it’s dangerous out there. There are so many ways to die in the wilderness. And if it’s easy to die, then it’s easy to kill too.

If their marriage can’t survive, he can’t either.

MY THOUGHTS

Wilderness is a terrific page-turner by B.E. Jones. In the vast expanse of the American wilderness, a terrifying thought slips into Olivia’s mind. It would be very easy to kill her husband out here. It could be passed so easily off as an accident. Would she get away with it?

Olivia and her husband Will, head to the States for a break, for a chance to heal their marriage after Will’s affair. But Olivia can’t stop wondering if she can ever trust him again and she can’t forgive him for what he has done. As dark thoughts crowd in, a plan starts to hatch inside her head, but she doesn’t realise the disastrous consequences it’ll have for them both.

There is plenty of drama that plays out in this book right from the opening page. I was immediately gripped from the first line, which had me thinking, how on earth was Olivia going to carry this out? The setting was absolutely perfect for this scenario, and I could see just why Olivia would think this. They are with a small group of people, but they are very isolated, and throw into the mix the woman that Will had an affair with, and there is heightened tension right from the get-go.

I really enjoyed this one, the first book I have read by this author, so I will definitely be catching up on her previous novels. This is an excellent psychological thriller that will have you watching the characters with every move they make. I loved it.

Publisher: Constable

Publication date: 4th April 2019

Print length: 320 pages

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Gone in the Night by Mary-Jane Riley #bookreview blog tour @mrsmjriley @damppebbles

Happy publication day to Mary-Jane Riley, her latest novel Gone in the Night is published today and I’m delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour.

Gone in the Night: An exciting new psychological crime thriller (Alex Devlin) by [Riley, Mary-Jane]

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Some secrets are deadly…

When the victim of a car crash begs journalist Alex Devlin for help before disappearing without trace, Alex finds herself caught up in a mystery that won’t let her go.

Determined to find the missing man, she is soon investigating a conspiracy that threatens some of the most vulnerable members of society.

But will Alex be prepared to put her own life on the line to help those who can’t help themselves?

MY THOUGHTS

Gone in the Night is an engaging thriller by Mary-Jane Riley. The fourth in the Alex Devlin series but it can be easily read as a standalone. This is the first time I’ve actually come across Mary’s work. When I started reading this book, I thought I would try out the first couple of chapters, but once I had started it, I wanted to read on. I started this on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and by the end of the day on the Monday I had finished it. It’s definitely a pacy read with an intriguing scenario that kept me asking questions. You’ll be hooked once you get started.

The novel opens with Cora searching for her brother, Rick who has recently been sleeping rough. He always manages to get in contact with Cora somehow, but his silence causes Cora to worry. Rick has been known to disappear before so she knows she won’t get much help from the police. Later on, she teams up with journalist Alex Devlin, who was a witness to a car accident which she believes involved Cora’s missing brother. It seems there are plenty of people who don’t want them to find him.

There was such an intriguing mystery element to this book. First off there is the situation with Cora’s brother, and then there is a far deeper mystery when Alex begins to discover that there have been more homeless people disappearing off the streets and there have been suspicious deaths. And not to mention there are some shady individuals who it seems will stop at nothing to keep these goings on quiet and out of the public eye.

It’s a terrifying thought to think that if you went missing, would anyone look for you? What Mary-Jane Riley highlights in her novel is how easily the homeless can be exploited; desperate for warmth and security they may just be willing to do anything to get there. You can see how they would appeal to certain criminals looking to recruit people to help out in their schemes.

Alex becomes intrigued by the situation that is facing the homeless after speaking with Cora. She is tenacious in her investigations and won’t stop until she gets to the bottom of what’s going on, no matter the cost to her own well-being. Like Alex, I wanted to understand what was happening and what had happened to Cora’s brother. Instead of reading the first couple of chapters like I originally intended, I ended up flying through this book as each chapter just left me eager to find out more.

With a highly engaging plot and addictive writing that will keep you intrigued, Gone in the Night is a novel I would definitely recommend to thriller fans.

Thank you to Emma Welton at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part in the blog and to Killer Reads for providing me with an e-copy via Netgalley.

Publisher: Killer Reads

Publication date: 3rd May 2019

Print length: 330 pages

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The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge blog tour #bookreview @sibelhodge @Bloodhoundbook @damppebbles

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The Widow. The Secret. The Liar. 

The Disappeared… 

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bushland.

The Widow…

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

The Secret…

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

MY THOUGHTS

The Disappeared is a tense roller-coaster of a read from Sibel Hodge. Right from its intriguing opening, I was captivated by Nicole and Mason’s story which is quite a powerful one, and it can also be quite eye-opening. This is a novel that will make you think about what is going on in the world at the moment, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if events in this book were actually happening right now; it does make my blood boil to think that such crimes are being hushed up by corrupt governments across the globe.

In the opening pages, we meet Nicole who is grieving for her late husband Mason ten months after his plane went down, there were no recorded survivors. Nicole has never had closure, as the area in Africa where the plane crashed is in rebel territory making it too dangerous for government officials to go in and investigate and recover the bodies and the wreckage. Nicole fears that she will never be able to bury her husband and that his bones will remain lost in the African wilderness. But she is about to receive startling information that will change everything she thought she knew in a big way.

This is a story with plenty of intrigue and with some callous characters who you will be very happy to see taken down and destroyed. From the start, I had a lot of questions surrounding the mystery that Nicole has now found herself plunged into, what had really happened to her husband and what was he involved in? Like the police officers, I had more than one scenario playing around inside my mind. Nicole is a character who I became invested in, and I really wanted her to succeed in what she is trying to accomplish in this book.

This is quite an emotionally charged read, especially when you begin to learn the truth about what has been going on Mason’s world, prior to the events which are happening now. This plot is very hard to talk about without giving any of it away, so I’m not going to go into any further detail, but be prepared to be shocked and appalled by events which quickly unfold. I flew through The Disappeared as I wanted to see just how everything was going to come together in the end.

The Disappeared is a story about greed, corruption and lies which culminate in a painful truth. Sibel Hodge is a new author to me, and after reading this book, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more novels by her. If you’re looking for a quick, action-packed read, with heroes who you can root for, then I would definitely recommend this book. Thank you to Emma Welton at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to read.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publication date: 10th January 2019

Print length: 365 pages

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