Happy New Year by Malin Stehn #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping thriller by Malin Stehn, Happy New Year.

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As midnight approaches, old friends the Wiksells and the Anderssons raise their glasses in celebration.

Across town, their teenage children host their own party, finally free to let loose.

But the next morning, seventeen-year-old Jennifer Wiksell is missing.

The hours tick by.
The police get involved.
And no one knows who to trust.

Because these two families have a lot to hide.

And some will do anything to keep the truth from getting out . . .

MY THOUGHTS

I must admit, one of the first things that drew me to Happy New Year by Malin Stehn, was the stunning green cover. As I started reading, I was totally gripped by the premise and by the characters in the story.

The tension is there right from the beginning in this book, and it kept me hooked. It’s New Year’s Eve, a night for excitement and the promise of new beginnings, but for one family it’ll mark the end of the life they once knew, and the start of a horrific nightmare which becomes their new normality. Jennifer Wikells, a seventeen-year-old girl, who was hosting a New Year’s Eve party, goes missing without trace.

I was really intrigued by what had happened to Jennifer. Malin Stehn shows us a couple of scenes in the lead up to her disappearance, that add to the intrigue, and it made me want to find out what happened to her even more. The emotions of the characters really come through in the writing, particularly in Jennifer’s mother as she grapples to come to terms with what has happened. You can see how much she wants to help find her daughter, but also how frustrated she is at the lack of progress in the investigation. The tension keeps turning up a notch as we delve into the minds of different character’s, who are all connected to Jennifer in some way. I definitely had a few suspects in mind, who I thought could be behind her disappearance, as I was reading. You can tell that this is a group of people who have secrets, and this made me want to get to the bottom of what was going on.

I found Malin Stehn’s writing very gripping. When the final reveals came I could really see the impact they had on the characters. The twists are done very well and there were certainly a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. Malin Stehn keeps you invested in the characters and the story. You will want to find out the answers as to what happened to Jennifer.

Happy New Year is an addictive read, and it is perfect for this time of year. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Publication date: 24th November 2022

Print length: 432 pages

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The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel in the DI Angelica Henry series by Nadine Matheson, The Binding Room.

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In this room, no one can hear you scream…

The Serial Crimes Unit are called in to investigate when a local pastor is found stabbed to death. As DI Henley assesses the crime scene, she discovers a hidden door that conceals a room set up for torture – and bound to the bed in the middle of the room is the body of a man.

When another body is found, also tied down, Henley realises there’s someone out there torturing innocent people and leaving them for dead. But why?

There’s nothing that connects the victims. They didn’t know each other. Their paths never crossed. But someone has targeted them, and it’s up to Henley and the SCU to stop them before they find another binding room…

MY THOUGHTS

If you’re after a gripping police procedural novel, then look no further than Nadine Matheson’s brilliant DI Angelica Henley series. I loved the first book in the series when I read it last year, and I’ve been meaning to get round to reading The Binding Room for ages, and I’m so pleased I finally have.

Nadine Matheson knows how to write dark crime fiction and things get really dark for her characters in the latest book in the series. DI Angelica Henley was on the hunt for a sadistic killer in the first book, and now, she is hunting a perpetrator with links to a mysterious Church, that believe in horrifying rituals. It appears as though they are brainwashing vulnerable people, which makes this group of people involved in the church seem even more dangerous.

What I love about Nadine’s writing is her use of dialogue. The dialogue in this book really drives the story forward, and it’s what makes her writing so pacy and addictive as well. I was fascinated by the links to this Church, and I wanted to find out more about what was going on, especially when a pastor is found dead at the beginning of the novel. It really is a race against time for Henley to catch the killer, especially as it seems as though they are intent on killing again, and the darkness deepens as the plot develops. Nadine adds to the tension all the time and isn’t afraid of writing gruesome details, especially when it comes to the crime scenes in her books.

I really like DI Angelica Henley; she comes across as a really likeable character, and I especially like her relationship with her dad, which adds real warmth to her character. As a police officer, you can see she isn’t afraid to stand her ground and fight for what she believes is the best course of action. I really wanted her to succeed, and I wanted her to bring the killer to justice. She definitely seems like a good person who you would want to have on your side.

I really enjoyed The Binding Room, I’m excited to see where Nadine Matheson takes this series next, and I’m sure this is a series I’ll keep coming back to as I can’t wait to catch up with her character’s again. I highly recommend it; you will be utterly hooked by her writing.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 7th July 2022

Print length: 512 pages

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Risk of Harm by Lucie Whitehouse #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the latest book by Lucie Whitehouse, Risk of Harm.

Risk of Harm: The most gripping British crime thriller of 2021, from the bestselling author of Before we Met and Critical Incidents by [Lucie Whitehouse]

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Robin Lyons is back in her hometown of Birmingham and now a DCI with Force Homicide, working directly under Samir, the man who broke her heart almost twenty years ago.

When a woman is found stabbed to death in a derelict factory and no one comes forward to identify the body, Robin and her team must not only hunt for the murderer, but also solve the mystery of who their victim might be.

As Robin and Samir come under pressure from their superiors, from the media and from far-right nationalists with a dangerous agenda, tensions in Robin’s own family threaten to reach breaking point. And when a cold case from decades ago begins to smoulder and another woman is found dead in similar circumstances, rumours of a serial killer begin to spread.

In order to get to the truth Robin will need to discover where loyalty ends and duty begins. But before she can trust, she is going to have to forgive – and that means grappling with some painful home truths.

MY THOUGHTS

Risk of Harm is a highly engaging crime thriller by Lucie Whitehouse. It’s the second book in her DCI Robin Lyons series although it can easily be read as a standalone. Robin has relocated to her hometown of Birmingham after spending some time at the Met in London and she is facing another complex investigation. The body of a young woman has been found but no one has come forward to confirm her identity or to report her missing. And on top of that Robin has to face a lot of personal issues with her family in this book. She certainly isn’t given an easy ride.

The investigation which Robin is leading is a really intriguing one. She can’t understand why no one has reported the woman who has been found dead missing. Why can’t they identify her? It makes for a really intriguing set up and I wanted to find out what had happened to the woman and why she had been killed.

Robin is also going through a lot of personal issues in this book as well with her family. I thought this was a really intriguing side to Robin’s character. I wanted to see how this would develop and I’m curious to know where Lucie Whitehouse will take this part of the story next. Robin’s feelings towards her family came through very strongly in this book. It made her character feel very real and it made her even more interesting.

Lucie Whitehouse does also tackle some sensitive topics in her latest book as she explores far right wing movements and issues that tackle racism. This part of the book hits very close to home for Robin; I thought Lucie Whitehouse explored this well.

The plot develops really well and I thought it was so cleverly put together. I thought the revelations that came were very satisfactory. I highly recommend Risk of Harm if you enjoy reading gripping police procedurals. I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter in Robin’s story.

Publisher: Fourth Estate

Publication date: 28th June 2021

Print length: 415 pages

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20/20 by Carl Goodman #bookreview #blogtour @Carl201010 @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the first book in the DI Eva Harris series, 20/20 by Carl Goodman on my blog today as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Sarah Hardy from Books on the Bright Side Publicity for inviting me to take part.

20/20: A totally gripping detective novel packed with suspense by [Carl Goodman]

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Can you see a killer before it’s too late?

On the first day of her new job, D.I. Eva Harris is called to the scene of a brutal murder at the heart of Surrey society. A shocking crime by a meticulous killer – who escaped with the victim’s eyes.

With the body drained of blood and no forensic evidence left at the scene, Harris’ efforts to find the killer becomes desperate. But as her investigation is complicated by corruption at the heart of the police, she doesn’t know who to trust on her own team.

As the pressure mounts, Eva realises the murder is even more horrific than it seems, and her own dreadful history threatens to be drawn out with it…

MY THOUGHTS

20/20 by Carl Goodman is a fast paced, exhilarating and a really exciting read. This is the first book in the DI Eva Harris series, and I can’t wait to see her return.

This is a police procedural novel that is not for the faint hearted. The opening scene is very gruesome, and the police officers who are attending fear they are dealing with a sadistic serial killer. Right from this moment, I wanted to know what prompted the killer to kill their victims in this way. I was desperate to know who they were. I also wanted to know if they were going to kill again.

DI Eva Harris is a great lead character, and I was rooting for her from the start. She herself is in a precarious situation. Eva is a former computer analyst, and her expertise has seen her career fast tracked. I can imagine this would annoy other police officers who have been working in the force longer has, and this does create some animosity. She has been sent to the current team she is working with to gather intelligence; a police officer is suspected of being corrupt. So from the first day she arrives, there is tension. She knows that she can’t trust anyone, and as the reader, I could feel that. It made this book even more tense. It made me wonder if the person who she was looking for knew what she was up to.

The plot is so well structured and cleverly put together. There is lots going on here. Eva is a character who will throw herself into unpredictable situations which may put her life at risk. She is a determined police officer who will see a case through no matter what. She will make sure that the right people are put behind bars. As Eva gets closer to finding out what the killers motives are here, we are introduced to some quirky characters who made me feel nervous. As I was reading, I had no idea how the plot was going to unfold. She is definitely a police officer who you would want to have on your side.

There is a very cinematic feel to this book, and I think it would translate really well to the screen. 20/20 is a thrilling read that will capture the interest of reader’s right from the first page. I can’t wait to see where Carl Goodman takes this series next. This is a must read for police procedural fans.

Publisher: Hera Books

Publication date: 16th June 2021

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Twisted Lies by Angela Marsons #bookreview #booksontour @WriteAngie @bookouture

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel in the DI Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Twisted Lies.

Twisted Lies: An absolutely gripping mystery and suspense thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Book 14) by [Angela Marsons]

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Her stomach lurches as she sits in the windowless room. He throws her phone to the ground, grinds it against the floor with the heel of his shoe and brings his face closer to hers. There was no turning back now, her life as she knew it was gone.

When the lifeless body of a man is found on an industrial estate, Detective Kim Stone arrives on the scene and discovers he’s been tortured in the worst way imaginable.

But as she breaks the devastating news to the victim’s wife, Diane Phipps, Kim can’t help feeling that something isn’t quite right about the woman’s reaction.

Twenty-four hours later, the victim’s family disappears into thin air.

Then a second body is found staked to the ground in a local nature reserve.

Desperate to crack the case open quickly, Kim and her team unravel a vital clue – a fiercely guarded secret that links both victims and could cost even more lives.

A secret that some police officers are also protecting.

Faced with deceit from those she should be able to trust, family members who won’t talk, and local reporter, Tracy Frost, opening a can of worms on the case of a woman murdered by her husband a year ago – Kim is in deep water like never before.

Kim must find the motive if she is to find the killer who is systematically targeting and torturing his victims. But can she unlock the shocking truth and stop him before he strikes again?

MY THOUGHTS

Wow. Wow. Wow. This book! If you’ve followed the Kim Stone series from the beginning, then you’ll have exactly the same reaction when you read it, and I can’t believe that ending. Those last few lines of Twisted Lies have left me desperate to get my hands on the next book in the series as soon as possible. It’s going to leave fans in a frenzy when they realise what is coming next! Once you do, you’ll want to discuss it with other fans of the series as soon as possible!

It amazes me how Angela Marsons manages to develop fresh and exciting plots with each new book. She always manages to breathe new life into her characters, and each new book in the series has always left me desperate for more. That’s why every time a new Kim Stone book is published, it shoots straight to the top of my TBR pile.

My heart was in my mouth from the very beginning, right to the very end. Once again, Kim and her team have a very complicated case to solve. One of the elements I really liked about Twisted Lies is that we get to see a different side to reporter Tracy Frost to what we have seen before. At the beginning of the book, Kim is appointed as her chaperone for the day by her boss, something which she isn’t particularly pleased with. It made me smile as I read the early scenes, but Tracy’s day out with Kim is cut short when Kim is called to a particularly gruesome murder scene. From this very moment, I needed to know who could have killed and someone like this. What was their motivation?

Angela Marsons always explores fascinating themes in her books. It’s very difficult to talk more about this without giving details of the plot away, but the subject she covers in Twisted Lies is really interesting. It’s what makes this investigation so difficult for Kim and her team to crack. Once they realise just what is going on here, the realisation of what they’ve now uncovered is horrifying, and the team soon find themselves in a very precarious situation.

It’s also been really good getting to catch up with Kim and her team again. I always like the banter between them, particularly between Penn and Stacey in this book.

As the investigation progresses, Angela Marsons begins to ramp up the tension, and it becomes a race against time for Kim and her team to find the killer before it is too late. As always, with Angela Marsons books, I was never able to guess who was behind the crimes that were taking place. She always manages to surprise me.

I know I’ll probably be saying this when I read the next book, but this is my favourite in the Kim Stone series to date. The books keep getting better and better, and Angela Marsons continues to prove that she is a crime writer at the top of my game. I loved this book!

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 13th May 2021

Print length: 414 pages

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Lie Beside Me by Gytha Lodge #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel in the DCI Jonah Sheen series by Gytha Lodge, Lie Beside Me.

Lie Beside Me: From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy bestseller She Lies in Wait (Jonah Sheens 3) by [Gytha Lodge]

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Louise wakes up. Her head aches, her mouth is dry, her memory is fuzzy. But she suspects she’s done something bad.

She rolls over towards her husband, Niall.

But it’s not Niall who’s lying beside her. In fact, she’s never seen this man before.

And he’s dead . . .

As Louise desperately struggles to piece her memories back together, Detective Jonah Sheens and his team mark her as their prime suspect.

But she’s not the only one with something to hide . . .

Did she do it?

And, if not, can they catch the real killer before they strike again?

MY THOUGHTS

I’ve become a huge fan of Gytha Lodge’s writing after reading her first two books, so I bumped Lie Beside Me right to the top of my TBR pile when I received my copy. Gytha Lodge has come up with a really intriguing premise, and I think it’s the best book yet in this series.

A young woman, Louise, wakes up in bed next to a stranger. She has no recollection of why he is there or what happened the night before. The real problem is that he’s not breathing, and she could have killed him. Once I read the opening, I had to find out what had happened here, and I flew through the pages to find out.

I really wanted to see how Gytha Lodge was going to unravel the mystery of who the man was and why he was there. As we began to learn more details about who he is and his life, it becomes even more intriguing. I wanted to know how he had ended up in Louise’s bed and what exactly happened to him. Louise is immediately seen as a suspect in the minds of the police. Her memory of the night before is sketchy, and she must try and piece together what happened. But Louise has suffered from memory loss in the past, and trying to find out what really happened the previous night will be extremely difficult.

I think many readers will have mixed feelings about Louise. She’s very intriguing, but her excessive drinking does not make her a particularly likeable character. I did find that I warmed slightly more to her as the novel progressed. But I was also wary of her. I felt that there was more to her character than what first meets the eye, particularly as we get to know her. It’s what kept me turning the pages. I was never sure if she was entirely innocent in the young man’s death.

I thought the way in which Gytha Lodge pulled her plot together was very clever, and I couldn’t see how it was going to unfold as I was reading it. This is a book that really gets you thinking, and the mystery kept my eyes glued to the pages as I waited to see how it would pan out.

DCI Jonah Sheens is a great lead detective, and I’m sure he is a character who will keep readers coming back for more. I also really like the other police detectives working on the case with him. Gytha Lodge explores some of their backstories in this novel as well, and DC Juliette Hansen’s story adds to the chilling atmosphere of the book.  

Lie Beside Me is another brilliant addition to this series. Roll on book four; I can’t wait to read it.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 18th February 2021

Print length: 376 pages

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The Killing Choice by Will Shindler #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the latest book in the DI Alex Finn series by Will Shindler, The Killing Choice.

The Killing Choice: Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month ‘Riveting’ (DI Alex Finn 2) by [Will Shindler]

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‘Leave your daughter with me, or I will kill you both’

It felt like a normal Friday evening before Karl and his daughter Leah were ambushed by a figure in a blank mask. At knife point, Karl is forced to make an impossible choice. Stay and die, or walk away from Leah and take this thug’s word that they both will live.

Should Karl trust a villain and leave his daughter with a knife at her throat? Could he ever live with himself if he did?

It’s not long before more seemingly unconnected and innocent people across London are offered a deal in exchange for their life. More blood is spilled, more families shattered, and more people are left to suffer with the consequences of their decisions.

DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen must hunt for a killer that appears to have no face, no motive and no conscience before more victims are forced to make their choice.

MY THOUGHTS

The Killing Choice is the second book in Will Shindler’s DI Alex Finn series, and I think I’ve definitely found a new favourite crime series. Alex and his team are investigating a complex case and a very horrifying and disturbing one. A man and his daughter are targeted in a park during an evening walk. The perpetrator makes one command that the dad leaves his daughter behind. The victims are both horrified and completely terrified. If they don’t do as he says, the perpetrator will kill them both. His daughter pleads with her dad to leave her to save them both, he reluctantly does. But before he can get help, he hears a scream. His daughter is dead.

I was really intrigued by the premise of this book. I wanted to know what the killer’s motive here was. From the outset, it appears that there isn’t a motive. The victims and the killer don’t know each other at all. There’s no connection which the police can quickly look at, which might explain what is happening. What makes the scenario here all the more terrifying to them is that this killer could target anyone.

As the press begin to report on the case, they pick up very quickly on the fact that the man left behind at the scene left his daughter to die. The press vilifies him, and his own family can’t quite comprehend his actions that night. I was torn between feeling sorry for him and partially agreeing with what members of the press and his family were saying. It’s a question that will definitely make the reader think, what would you do if you were in the same situation? How would you react?

DI Alex Finn is a character who I think many readers will warm to. A year ago, his wife passed away, and he is still struggling to come to terms with the loss. As Will Shindler explores his reaction to the grief, it does make him feel very human, and his emotions come through really well. He throws himself into his work to try and combat the grief, which is what many of us would do in his situation.

Will Shindler pulls the plot of this story together in a very clever way. You can’t quite see how things will come together, but then it does so, and I thought the way he did it was very original.

This is fast becoming one of my favourite new crime series. DI Alex Finn is a fascinating character, and I can’t wait to see how he develops over future books. Police procedural fans, this is a series not to be missed.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Publication date: 11th February 2021

Print length: 405 pages

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Last Seen by Joy Kluver #blogtour #bookreview @JoyKluver @bookouture

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the debut novel by Joy Kluver on my blog today, Last Seen. With thanks to Noelle Holten from Bookouture for inviting me to take part.

Last Seen: An absolutely gripping missing child crime thriller (Detective Bernadette Noel Book 1) by [Joy Kluver]

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‘A little girl is missing from under her mother’s nose. She’ll be scared and vulnerable – if she’s still alive. But no one is helping us search. No one wants to give us information. No one even seems surprised. What’s going on?’

Detective Bernadette Noel came to this quiet rural corner of south-west England from London to lie low after a high-profile prosecution led to death threats against her family. But she has barely settled in when the call comes. A woman’s voice, shrill with terror and thick with tears: ‘Help – it’s my daughter, Molly – I only had my back turned for a minute… She’s gone!’

A child abduction is about as far from lying low as it gets, and her boss wants to assign a different detective. But there’s no way Bernie’s not taking the case – she can’t miss this chance to prove herself.

Five-year-old Molly Reynolds has been snatched from the playground in the village where she lives. Normally in cases like this the community is an asset – eager to help search and full of local knowledge. But although Molly’s mother Jessica is in anguish, the other villagers don’t seem to want to know.

As details emerge, Bernie discovers a possible link to a shocking crime that has never been solved, and which the locals have never forgotten. But what exactly is the connection to Molly’s abduction? Cracking a cold case is the only way to find out – and meanwhile time is running out for Molly.

MY THOUGHTS

Last Seen is the debut novel by Joy Kluver, and it’s a book I’ve been looking forward to reading for a while now. It is the start of what I hope will be a long-running series featuring Detective Bernadette Noel.

Detective Bernadette Noel has recently been appointed to a town in Wiltshire under something of a cloud. She was previously working with the Metropolitan Police, so what was the reason behind her move to Wiltshire? Not long after she is reassigned, she is thrown into a high profile investigation when five-year-old Molly disappears. But why do none of the locals want to help in the search?

Joy Kluver has created such an intriguing premise in her debut novel. Usually, and especially in the case of a missing child, the public wants to help. There are searches organised, and people are ringing the police hotline constantly with sightings to report. But in this case, the police aren’t getting anything. When they carry out house to house enquiries, they are met with hostility, with the door practically being slammed in their faces. People are also very reluctant to put up missing posters. What is going on here? It made me really dislike the residents of their town. Couldn’t they see that this was about bringing Molly, an innocent girl home?

The investigation is a complex one, and Joy Kluver cleverly weaves everything together. The investigation does start off quite slow, particularly when people are unwilling to help, but it gradually gathers pace. There are some shocking reveals as the police look into the past of the victim’s family. It’s then that they begin to understand why the locals don’t want to know. I really wanted to find out the reason behind this.

I liked the friendships between Bernie and her team, and I think Joy Kluver builds on this really well as the novel progresses. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops as the series moves on from here.

This is a fantastic start to a new series, which I’m sure will keep readers coming back for more.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 26th March 2021

Print length: 358 pages

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Nighthawking by Russ Thomas #bookreview #blogtour @thevoiceofruss @simonschusterUK @RandomTTours

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Nighthawking by Russ Thomas on my blog today. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

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Sheffield’s beautiful Botanical Gardens – an oasis of peace in a world filled with sorrow, confusion and pain. And then, one morning, a body is found in the Gardens. A young woman, dead from a stab wound, buried in a quiet corner. Police quickly determine that the body’s been there for months. It would have gone undiscovered for years – but someone just sneaked into the Gardens and dug it up.
 
Who is the victim? Who killed her and hid her body? Who dug her up? And who left a macabre marker on the body?
 
In his quest to find her murderer, DS Adam Tyler will find himself drawn into the secretive world of nighthawkers: treasure-hunters who operate under cover of darkness, seeking the lost and valuable… and willing to kill to keep what they find.
 
That which was lost… will always be found again

MY THOUGHTS

I was a huge fan of Russ Thomas’s debut, Firewatching, which made my top ten books of 2020, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. Nighthawking is a brilliant follow up, and Russ Thomas has created a complex mystery which kept me hooked, and it had a really intriguing premise.

I really liked DS Adam Tyler when Russ Thomas first introduced him in the first book. This time around, he is slipping away from the police investigation that is taking place. Tyler is also struggling with his relationship with Paul, as well. His actions did make me feel sorry for his colleague, DC Amina Rabbini. She is constantly trying to locate him and is always having to cover up for him as well. They both work for the cold case unit, which is under threat as it is, of being disbanded, due to budget cuts.

DS Tyler and DC Rabbini soon find themselves thrown into an investigation when a young woman’s body is found in Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens. It appears that the body has been there for months. The case is soon matched up with the disappearance of a Chinese woman eight months earlier. But it appears that not much was done to trace her, and the case was quickly wrapped up.  

In this book, Russ Thomas delves into the world of nighthawkers, which gives the book a very sinister feeling. Nighthawkers are treasure hunters, and it’s the nickname given to people who don’t have a licence to hunt for treasure, particularly at sites with a historical value. This part of the plot gave the book a very sinister feeling. It made me wonder if it had a wider connection to the discovery of the young girl’s body.

The plot was cleverly constructed, and I liked the different elements that Russ Thomas brought to it. I thought this, particularly when we begin to learn more about what was going on in the life of the murdered girl.  

The tension gathers pace as the truth begins to unfold, and it was a jaw dropping moment when Russ Thomas revealed his secrets. And then Russ Thomas leaves us with a cliff hanger. The ending has left me wanting to get my hands on the next book as soon as possible. I know this is a series that I’ll be sticking with.

Nighthawking is another excellent book by Russ Thomas, and I can’t wait to see how things progress from here.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication date: 29th April 2021

Print length: 445 pages

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Cry For Mercy by Karen Long #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the first book in the DI Eleanor Raven series by Karen Long, Cry For Mercy.

Cry for Mercy: An utterly addictive crime thriller with gripping mystery and suspense (Detective Eleanor Raven Book 1) by [Karen Long]

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It should have been the best day of her life. It became the last.

Lydia’s mouth curls into a delighted smile as she spots the man in front of her on the quiet, suburban street. She has been expecting him, and she feels like the luckiest girl alive as she steps into the waiting car.

But Lydia isn’t as lucky as she thought—not when her parents frantically report that she never came home last night.
Not when her body is found, carefully displayed in an abandoned warehouse, miles from home.
And then another woman goes missing. How many more will disappear before her twisted killer is uncovered?

MY THOUGHTS

Cry For Mercy is a really fast-paced thriller. It’s the first book in Karen Long’s Detective Eleanor Raven series, and I loved it. It’s dark, gruesome, and the writing kept me turning the pages. I’ve already bought the second book in the series, and I can’t wait to read it.

Karen Long opens her novel with a really gruesome opening chapter. She sets the tone for what is to come. Straight away, we know that we are dealing with a terrifying killer here. This is a killer who enjoys torturing their victims. But when the body of the woman is located and identified, the police investigation becomes really complicated and Karen Long explores some very dark themes.

If you love a good serial killer thriller, then you really need to add this book to your TBR pile. I liked Eleanor Raven right from the start, she’s a really intriguing police detective. I thought the rest of her team were really likeable characters as well, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop from here. I loved the fact that a dog was part of the team as well. Eleanor did remind me of the character DI Helen Grace in M.J. Arlidge’s crime series as I was reading. So if you’re a fan of his books, I think you’ll enjoy this one. I also really liked that this book was set in Toronto, Canada, which made it feel very fresh to me as I was reading it.

The tension never drops as the police race to find the killer, and it soon becomes clear that they have DI Eleanor Raven in their sight as well. It’s what keeps the tension turning up a notch as the police race to catch them as the killer sets their plan in motion. You know that they are determined to see their plan through, regardless of what this may mean for them if anything goes wrong, particularly as they are targeting a police officer. I raced through the final chapters; I was desperate to know what was going to happen.

Cry For Mercy is a really exciting start to a new series, and I’m sure that it’s one I’m going to be sticking with. I highly recommend it!

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 16th November 2020

Print length: 304 pages

Cry For Mercy is available to buy:

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