Twisted by Steve Cavanagh blog tour #bookreview @SSCav @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I’m delighted to be sharing my review of Twisted by Steve Cavanagh as part of the bog tour today, with thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part.

Twisted: From the bestselling author of THIRTEEN by [Cavanagh, Steve]

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BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

MY THOUGHTS

Wow, what a book. Twisted is a thrill a minute and the pace never lets up. I’ve read and enjoyed Steve Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series, but this is his first stand alone, so I was slightly worried that I may not enjoy it as much, but I couldn’t have been proven more wrong. And Eddie Flynn does get a mention in Twisted as well. The twists are plentiful here, once you start reading, this roller coaster of a ride won’t let you stop.

What I absolutely loved about this book was that I could never be sure of the direction in which it was heading. Steve Cavanagh has created an absolutely brilliant hook about a bestselling author, J.T. LeBeau who no one, not even his publishers, knows the true identity of. You’re probably thinking that would be mad, why, if you’re selling millions of copies of your books worldwide would you not want to own up to that success? But that is what makes the brand so successful, that no one knows. And that is what creates the danger. And it really is better if I don’t tell you any more about the plot as it’s best for you to find out more on your own, it’s such a hard book to talk about without giving anything away.

Twisted just pulls you into its pages. There is a lot that goes on in this book, and I think this may not appeal to some readers, but I allowed the plot just to pull me in and I absolutely loved the ride. The character of J.T. LeBeau created a fantastic mystery element, and it just kept me thinking about the characters as I was reading, especially as Steve Cavanagh threw in twist after twist.

If you’re a person who likes a twist in a book and if you like plenty of action, then you definitely need to read this. I can’t wait to read more from Steve Cavanagh.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 24th January 2019

Print length: 352 pages

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Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit Book Review #GrippedByFear @orionbooks

Source: Netgalley

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You’d die for your family. But would you kill for them?

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Family is everything.

So what if yours was being terrorised by a neighbour – a man who doesn’t listen to reason, whose actions become more erratic and sinister with each passing day? And those you thought would help – the police, your lawyer – can’t help you.

You become afraid to leave your family at home alone. But there’s nothing more you can do to protect them.

Is there?

MY THOUGHTS 

I found Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit to be a captivating read. The writing is hugely addictive and I found the lead character, Randolph, engaging. I don’t think I would quite call it a fast paced thriller, although the writing definitely did draw me into the story. Nevertheless, I did find the book a really enjoyable read and I’m sure I’ll be looking out for more from this author in the future.

Randolph and Rebecca live a comfortable lifestyle. They have two children, Paul and Fay, who they adore. Life couldn’t be better for them. But when they move into a new apartment, their neighbour, Dieter Tiberius begins to accuse them of heinous crimes against their children. Randolph and Rebecca are pushed to the brink when lawyers and the police become involved and it is clear to them that Dieter Tiberius isn’t going to go away easily. And this is where Dirk Kurbjuweit asks the reader an important question: you’d die for your family, but would you kill for them?

What I thought this novel did really well at was highlighting how unfair the law can be. I shared Randolph’s exasperation at the lack of effort from the authorities as he tried to expel this threat to his family. It was excruciating to see them battling this nightmare on their own. What is all the more intriguing is that this book is based on true life events which the author went through.

I’ll certainly be pushing this book into the hands of fellow crime readers so that I can discuss it with them. I love a book which has that effect on you; when after you’ve read it you can’t wait to talk to someone about it. This would be a perfect book club read.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 25th January 2018

Print length: 304 pages

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Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk Book Review

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Two sisters

Just before her wedding day, Morven Murray, queen of daytime TV, is found murdered. All eyes are on her sister Anna, who was heard arguing with her hours before she was killed.

Two murders

On the other side of Inverness, police informant Kevin Ramsay is killed in a gangland-style execution. But what exactly did he know?

One killer?

As ex-Met Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler digs deeper into both cases, he discovers that Morven’s life was closer to the Inverness underworld than anyone imagined. Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, is Lukas hunting one killer, or two?

MY THOUGHTS

Shadow Man is the start of a brand new crime series set in Scotland. This was a really enjoyable read, and I’m sure that Margaret Kirk is a name that we’ll be hearing a lot from in the future.

DI Lukas Mahler has transferred from the Metropolitan police to the local branch in his hometown of Inverness. Police informant Kevin Ramsay has been killed in a brutal attack. Lukas heads up the inquiry to find his killers, but a short while after he arrives in Inverness, TV star, Morven Murray has been found murdered in her hotel room on the morning of her wedding day. Inverness has never known anything like it. Are the police dealing with one killer or two?

DI Lukas Mahler is a fantastic new addition to the crime writing world. He was an intriguing character to get to know, and I’m keen to find out more about him. I’m interested in finding out more about his past work with the met, which I hope will feature in later books. His mother’s story was also a good sub-plot, and I found parts of it heartbreaking at times.

Margaret Kirk’s writing is outstanding; I particularly liked the description that she uses for Inverness, a part of Scotland I have always wanted to visit.

This is an excellent debut novel from Margaret Kirk, an author who I will definitely be looking out for in the future.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy to read.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 2nd November 2017

Print length: 352 pages

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