Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay #bookreview

Elevator Pitch: The gripping new crime thriller from number one Sunday Times bestseller for fans of David Baldacci’s The Winner by [Barclay, Linwood]

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It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world – and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment – is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

MY THOUGHTS

Elevator Pitch is a slick page-turner by Linwood Barclay, and the tension ratchets up a further notch with every page. I know a couple of people who are terrified of lifts. Even when I step in one, there’s always a niggling, claustrophobic feeling in my mind as the door shuts and I hate the idea of being trapped. This book will make you think twice about using elevators again in the future. Perhaps you may choose to take the stairs, to be on the safe side.

Across the city of New York, high rise buildings are being targeted by a different kind of criminal. Whoever is behind these attacks is highly intelligent, and they are striking unassuming people as they go about their daily routine. But it becomes increasingly hard for the NYPD and the FBI to track this person down. They are using the cities elevators to carry out their crimes. But they can do so far away from the building and can remain undetected. The mayor of New York, Richard Headley, takes a personal interest in the case as does journalist, Barbara Matheson and their paths cross in more ways than one.

The opening chapter sets the bar high for Linwood Barclay, but he absolutely nails it. There was so much tension in those opening pages, and I just knew that something terrifying was going to happen. Although the characters only appeared in this very short scene, I feared for them, and I didn’t want anything terrible to happen.

The writing is so addictive, and I kept flicking those pages forward as I wanted to know who was behind the crimes and what their motive was. Was terrorism the reason behind the attacks, or was this something much more personal? Was there a reason why these people were being targeted?

There’s high tension and suspense right throughout this gripping read, and there is huge entertainment value here. I would love to see it on the big screen. It is a story that isn’t hard to follow at all, and it doesn’t get over complicated. Great stuff.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 5th September 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor blog tour #bookreview @deboc77 @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #1in100People

Today I’m sharing my review of The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor which is a highly intriguing psychological thriller. At First Monday Crime earlier this month, Deborah talked about how the police actually have a list of potentially dangerous people, people who they believe may kill someone one day and this is what inspired her novel.

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One in 100 of us is a ‘potentially dangerous person’ – someone likely to commit a violent crime. We all know them: these charmers, liars and manipulators. The ones who send prickles up the back of our neck. These people hide in plain sight, they can be teachers, doctors, holding positions of trust, of power.

Jessamine Gooch makes a living tracking the 1 in 100. Each week she broadcasts a radio show that examines brutal offences, asking if more could have been done to identify and prevent their perpetrators.

But when she agrees to investigate a missing person case involving a young mother, she is drawn into a web of danger that will ultimately lead to the upper echelons of power, and threaten the safety of her own family.

MY THOUGHTS

The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor is such an intriguing novel that examines something that will stay in your mind for a long while after you read it. Perhaps you’ll never stop thinking about it and it may make you look at people in a very different light.

I can remember being in a room full of people, and this novel and the topic came up, and we all just looked at each other warily, and perhaps, took one step further away. One in one hundred people, according to research, are considered to be psychopaths. And there were probably over a hundred of us in that room at the time. I mean, if that isn’t enough to give you shivers, I don’t know what will. I think every one of us has had at some point in our lives, a dreadfully shocking thought that we would never dream of carrying out; perhaps when someone we don’t like is giving us an extra hard time, but what if we were given that extra push?

Jessamine is a podcast producer who works for the BBC specialising in true crime stories and often members of the public phone into the show to talk to her about particular cases, which then leads to debates with others. Jessamine is approached by a young woman whose friend, Cassie has disappeared and hasn’t been heard from for days. Jessamine agrees to look into the case. Meanwhile, her own relationship with her daughter, Sarah, is on the rocks. As Jessamine looks into Cassie’s disappearance, she has no idea just how much of an impact it will have on her own life, and there are some dark truths which she later discovers.

The book is told through different perspectives, and we also go back in time to 1992. I really wanted to see how everything was going to pull together in the end and Deborah O’Connor touches on some really relevant themes that have been spoken a lot about in the media very recently. The structure of the story was very well thought out, and there were some tense final scenes as the novel raced towards its conclusion.

Jessamine was a character who I really engaged with, and I wanted her to find a way around the problems she was having with her daughter, and I wanted her to get to the bottom of what had happened to Cassie.

The Dangerous Kind is very readable, tense and exciting and it will make the reader feel very eager to find out how everything comes together. It’s one of those books that you can just sink so quickly into. I loved it.

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication date: 16th May 2019

Print length: 448 pages

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Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean spotlight post @rachelmcwrites @rararesources

I’m delighted to be bringing you a spotlight post today for Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean, her latest thriller which is a standalone sequel to her previous novel, which was also released this month, Thicker Than Water.

Sea of Lies: A chilling psychological thriller about secrets and trust. (The Village Book 2) by [McLean, Rachel]

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He abducted her. He fell in love with her. He helped her escape. Can she trust him?

Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men.

With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.

Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?

Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel McLean

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

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In Servitude by Heleen Kist #bookreview @hkist

When I was first approached to read and review In Servitude I was immediately struck by the stunning cover and the compelling blurb. I’m really kicking myself that it has taken me this long to get round to reading it. Once I read the first chapter, I was hooked.

In Servitude: a suspense novel by [Kist, Heleen]

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When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her life spirals out of control.

She discovers Glory was indebted to a local crime lord and laundering money through her café. What’s worse, Grace is now forced to take over.

Defying her anxiety, Grace plots to save herself and those Glory left behind from the clutches of Glasgow’s underworld. But her plans unravel when more family secrets emerge and Grace is driven to question everything she believed about her sister – even her death.

Could Glory’s accident have been murder?

MY THOUGHTS

Well, I had the intention of just reading the first couple of chapters of this book, but once I had read them, I wanted to read the rest and I very nearly read it in one big gulp, and would have done if it wasn’t for those pesky little distractions such as work and sleep. In Servitude by Heleen Kist is an absolutely gripping debut. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get round to it, but I’m so pleased I finally have.

We meet Grace who has just been handed the shocking news that her sister, Glory, has died in a car accident. Grace is distraught and she quickly steps in to help out with Glory’s children and Glory’s business, a vegan café in Glasgow. But as Grace begins to look into Glory’s affairs, she begins to see a clearer picture of the person who her sister was, and she learns some shocking truths. Grace soon finds herself in some very messy business which is going to prove tricky for her to get out of.

The pace never lets up in this book. I felt very sorry for Grace as she has found herself in the unfortunate position she is in through no fault of her own. Heleen kept the tension simmering away as I wondered what possible direction the book could take next. I feared that something terrible was going to happen to Grace and I could feel this sense of foreboding growing as Grace became more and more involved with what her sister had been up to. And she is soon in the sights of some very nasty people.

There are some very topical issues that are explored in this book, such as the refugee crisis and modern slavery. I thought the way that Heleen portrayed this in her book was very believable and Grace’s passion for helping people who are in this situation came across very strongly in her character.

As I mentioned before, Heleen kept me wondering if something was waiting to happen to Grace just around the corner, and there was a very shocking conclusion to the story. There was such a tense scene which kept me reading until I had turned the final page. I just had to know what happened.

In Servitude is a debut packed with tension and suspense that will keep you turning the pages. This is a must read for thriller loves and I can’t wait to read what Heleen writes next.

I received a free e-arc of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Pollok Glen Publishing

Publication date: 27th August 2018

Print length: 339 pages

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Too Far by Jason Starr blog tour @jasonstarrbooks @noexitpress #TooFarBook

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Source: Review Copy

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One night. One date. What have you got to lose?

Jack Harper isn’t a bad man, but he’s stuck in a loveless marriage with a mediocre job just trying to keep sober. The only good thing in his life is his son. When an old college friend introduces him to a new extramarital dating website, he tentatively reaches out to find a distraction from his misery. But when he goes to meet up with his steamy online date, he quickly realises it was a dire choice.

Soon, Jack finds himself desperately trying to prove his innocence for crimes he did not commit, and the life he once had – unhappy as it was – is nothing but a dream. Now, he’s living his worst nightmare. . .

MY THOUGHTS

Now, this is what you call a gripping book; I read more than half of Too Far in one afternoon. I don’t think I have ever raced through a book so fast. I’ve never read a book by Jason Starr before, but I will definitely be reading more books by him in the future.

When forty-four-year-old, real estate agent, Jack Harper meets up with his eccentric old friend, Rob McEvoy, hoping to close down a deal on an apartment, he has no idea how much of an impact this meeting will have on the rest of his life. Reluctantly, he agrees to have lunch with Rob, and as they get talking, they begin to discuss his marriage troubles and Rob’s rather exuberant lifestyle. Rob begins to try and persuade Jack that it doesn’t have to be this way and that there are other options open to him if he doesn’t want to get divorced. And this is where things begin to get difficult for Jack.

I was surprised at how much I liked Jack from the beginning, even though he makes some quite bad decisions which don’t reflect too well on his character, although to some extent, I could understand why he was making these particular choices. All I kept thinking of as I was reading, was how unlucky could this poor guy get. I rooted for him right from the start, and I really wanted him to get his life in order again. There were some characters who I didn’t like in this book, including Detective Barasco who got under my skin. What follows on from the opening pages was intense, and I really don’t want to say anything more about the plot to avoid sharing spoilers.

I think this is a book where you do have to suspend the belief system a little, but it does make for a really enjoyable read that does get the adrenaline pumping, at times it didn’t feel as though I was reading a book, it did feel as though I was there amongst the action, as I sometimes feel when I’m watching a high speed chase in a film or a TV drama. It is a tension filled read that will keep you gripped right the way through. This is definitely recommended by me for thriller seekers. Thank you to Katherine Sunderland at No Exit Press for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: No Exit Press

Publication date: 22nd November 2018

Print length: 320 pages

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2019 Reads: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides #bookreview

The Silent Patient: The most anticipated thriller of 2019 by [Michaelides, Alex]

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ALICIA
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

THEO
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

MY THOUGHTS

Compulsive is one word you could use to describe The Silent Patient. It was one of my most anticipated reads that I picked up in Harrogate at the Theakston Crime Festival earlier this year. It is highly addictive and it really takes you into the minds of its characters and explores their psychology. Alex Michaelides writing draws you into the story as the protagonist, Theo Faber, attempts to break the silence of convicted murderer, Alicia Berenson who has been rendered mute for six years and has spent that time in The Grove, a psychiatric unit. Theo has become obsessed with her case, but can he finally be the one to find out what really happened the night she shot her husband dead? When an opportunity arises to join The Grove as a psychiatrist he jumps at the chance, determined to reach out to Alicia.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I couldn’t wait to find out if Theo was going to achieve his goal. I think the anticipation of wondering if this was going to be the moment that Alicia spoke is what made most parts of this book a really intense read and Alex controlled this really well, it did keep me turning those pages, and reading onto the next chapter.

There is some excellent character development here; we have Theo, who is mysterious and unnerving, and Alicia who I wanted to get to the bottom of, and find out what was really going through her mind the night she killed her husband, Gabriel. Like Theo, I wanted to drag the answers out of her and I couldn’t wait to see what she finally had to say. Although we don’t hear from Alicia, we do have her diary extracts, which again I raced through as I was reading as I tried to uncover what really happened.

This is very much a psychological story, and the reveals that came at the end of the book left me thinking, whoa, and I had to flick back just to see what it was that I had missed but it definitely did make so much sense and the way in which everything was pulled together was very good. The tension is really turned up a notch in the final chapters.

The Silent Patient has bestseller written all over it. It’s tightly plotted and very well written. I’m looking forward to seeing what Alex Michaelides comes up with next. If you’re a fan of character-driven psychological thrillers, then you should definitely pick up this book.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 7th February 2019

Print length: 352 pages

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#GoodSamaritans by Will Carver blog tour #bookreview @will_carver @OrendaBooks #SixBottlesOfBleach

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One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach.

Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans.
But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home…
And someone is watching…
Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.

MY THOUGHTS

Why have I not come across Will Carver’s name before??? Good Samaritans is one of the most original, and captivating crime novels I’ve read this year, I did not expect to fly through it as quickly as I did. I think perhaps, that this, for me, is my top read of the year. It is an absolutely cracking thriller that had me hooked! It is smart, edgy and full of surprises and very, very dark.

When we think of The Samaritans, we think of kind hearted, helpful people, who go out of their way to make a difference in someone’s life. This is the idea that Will Carver explores in this book, when a young, distressed woman, Hadley Serf, calls The Samaritans, and a crossed line means she ends up talking to someone else, Seth, who is unhappy in his marriage to his wife, Maeve. When Hadley enters his radar, his world begins to change. What follows on from here is an intense, mind-blowing read that will have you turning those pages in record time.

If you are looking for a fast paced novel, you need look no further than this book. There are short, snappy chapters, and we are introduced to five different characters that are all linked in some way. One character who I was rooting for throughout the book, was Detective Sergeant Pace, we don’t learn quite as much about him as we do the other characters, but I really wanted him to get to the bottom of what was going on, and as the plot began to unfold, I wanted him to get to the right answers in time, especially when the shocking truth emerged.

This book also showcases a unique style of writing which really sets Will Carver apart. There was always something interesting happening on each page, giving us new insights into each of the characters, and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to them and who the culprit behind the disturbing murders was. There are some explicit and quite graphic scenes, so I would say that this book may not be for everyone, but it is for you if you like your crime fiction dark and gritty.

I will be recommending this book to everyone I know who loves crime fiction. I think all I can say now is buy it, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 27th September 2018

Print length; 320 pages

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The Lonely Witness by William Boyle blog tour @wmboyle4 @noexitpress #LonelyWitness

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Lonely Witness by William Boyle, which is published in the UK today by No Exit Press.

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Source: Review Copy

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Amy was once a party girl, but now she lives a lonely life. Helping the house-bound to receive communion on Gravesend neighbourhood of Brooklyn, she knows the community well.

When a local woman goes missing, Amy senses something isn’t right. Tailing the woman’s suspicious son, she winds her way through Brooklyn’s streets. But before she can act, he is dead.

Captivated by the crime she’s witnessed and the murderer himself, Amy doesn’t call the cops. Instead, she collects the weapon from the sidewalk and soon finds herself on the trail of a killer.

MY THOUGHTS

The Lonely Witness by William Boyle quickly turns into an immersive page-turner. It is quite different to many crime novels I have read this year, and I think this will make it memorable in the minds of many readers. This was a novel which did take me by surprise. I loved William’s writing which has a strong sense of place, and I could visualise the city of Brooklyn, where the novel is set, really well, it did make me feel as though I was there, in the bars, and in the rougher areas of the city . The atmosphere in William’s writing grows more sinister as the plot moves forward. This, for me, shows all the hallmarks of a very gifted storyteller. William Boyle’s protagonist, Amy, is a complex character, and she is a brilliant lead to follow. I could never be sure of her true personality and this was what made her fascinating and perplexing.

Amy is a model citizen, she is a member of her local Church, and helps the community by taking communion to people who are less able to get to Church on a Sunday. One lady who she frequently visits is Mrs Epifanio, who has recently been receiving visits from the son of a woman who often comes round to sit with her. However the woman is not keen on the woman’s son and Amy sets about trying to find out what his game is. But Amy soon witnesses a terrifying crime and she becomes involved in a dangerous sequence of events that she will find very difficult to get out of. What is even more shocking is that she takes away evidence from the crime scene which could help the police to put the killer behind bars, and in doing so, she is unwittingly implicating herself.

It was really interesting to see how Amy’s character changes as the plot moves forward, particularly when people from her past start to come back into her life, after she has spent a long time away from them. As she becomes more involved in the dark happenings of her neighbourhood, we see snippets of the person she once was, before she became a Eucharistic Minister. We learn she was once a party girl, and spent most of her time hanging out in bars, drinking heavily. So what drove her to religion? We also meet her former partner, Alessandra, who is working as an actress, very different from the world that Amy now inhibits.

If you enjoy novels with a strong sense of place, which have utterly engaging characters with complex lives, and who will pull you in from the first page, then I highly recommend it. I’ll certainly be looking out to see what William Boyle writes next. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to No Exit Press for the advance review copy.

Publisher: No Exit Press

Publication date: 25th October 2018

Print length: 256 pages

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In the Silence by M.R. Mackenzie blog tour @landofwhimsy @Bloodhoundbook

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Source: Netgalley

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Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…

Anna, a criminology lecturer, returns to Glasgow from Rome during the coldest winter in memory. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew. Tragedy strikes later that night when Anna discovers Andrew stabbed and dying on a blanket of snow.

Soon Anna finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness for the police, and embarks on investigating the case herself. But Anna doesn’t realise the danger she is in and soon finds herself in trouble.

When another body shows up, who has links to the first victim, it appears that the motive may lie buried in the past.

As Anna gets closer to the truth, the killer starts closing in.

But can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?

MY THOUGHTS

A killer is stalking the streets of Glasgow in the depths of winter, in the run up to the festive season, and they are ticking off their victims, one by one; is there a connection between them or are they striking people at random? In the Silence is M.R. Mackenzie’s debut novel, and I was really impressed. It is a gritty and dark debut thriller, and the time of year that the author chose to set the book was perfect for creating that menacing and eerie atmosphere which he certainly did.

Anna has recently returned to her home city after spending ten years in Rome. It has been a while since she has seen her old friend Zoe, and on her first night back they hit the clubs to celebrate Zoe’s birthday. But things soon take a disturbing turn when the body of a man who Anna knows, who she saw at the club the night before he died, is found. Anna soon becomes a suspect in the eye of the police who are working on the case and to help prove her innocence, Anna decides to investigate what has happened herself.

What I loved most about the book was its setting. Although I have never been to Glasgow, I thought that M.R. Mackenzie captured a strong sense of what some parts of the city must be like, especially the clubs and the people who go there. I got the sense that the killer could be lurking in every corner, waiting for their turn to strike again. As Anna became further involved in the case, I feared what was going to happen to her, particularly as the police seemed to take a dislike towards her and appeared intent on making her life difficult. I was appalled at the treatment Anna was receiving, but this made me keen to read on as I wanted to find out what was going to happen to her and if the killer was going to get away with their crimes. She is a captivating character, and I felt that I could root for her from the beginning.

M.R. Mackenzie slowly reveals details about Anna’s past, and there were some revelations which were shocking. She is a character who you will become invested in as the plot develops. One of my favourite aspects of the novel was her friendship with Zoe, she is the more domineering of the two, but I really liked her sense of humour, and she did add some lightness to the book.

This was a debut that I thought was really engaging. There was a part of the novel at the end which took me completely by surprise, I could see where the plot was going but I was shocked at how everything unfolded, it does make for a powerful ending. I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on what M.R. Mackenzie writes next. Thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me to take part in the tour and to Bloodhound Books for the advance review copy.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publication date: 10th September 2018

Print length: 306 pages

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Perfect Ten by Jacqueline Ward blog tour @JacquiAnnC @CorvusBooks

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Source: Review Copy

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Caroline Atkinson is powerless and angry. She has lost more than most – her marriage, her reputation, even her children. Then one day, she receives an unusual delivery: lost luggage belonging to the very man who is responsible, her estranged husband Jack.

In a leather holdall, Caroline unearths a dark secret, one that finally confirms her worst suspicions. Jack has kept a detailed diary of all his affairs; every name, every meeting, every lie is recorded. He even marks the women out of ten.

Caroline decides it’s time to even the score. She will make this man pay, even if it means risking everything…

MY THOUGHTS

Wow, I was so engrossed in this book. As I was reading Perfect Ten I kept thinking that Caroline Atkinson really wasn’t a person who you would want to get on the wrong side of. She is a character intent on getting revenge on her husband who has destroyed her life and taken her children from her. And Caroline is absolutely determined to get what she wants, whatever the cost. As the plot developed, I really couldn’t blame her for wanting to go down this path. This is a top notch psychological thriller. I’m going to be first in the queue for Jacqueline Ward’s next novel.

Jacqueline has created a really dislikeable character in Caroline’s ex-husband, Jack, I couldn’t believe some of the things I was reading about the things he did to Caroline while they were together and what he has subsequently put her through. He is a character who I think will anger many readers I wanted to see what means Caroline was going to use to bring him down and how she was going to succeed in getting her children back, or indeed if she ever would. This was part of the thrill in uncovering what was going to happen next to Jacqueline’s characters.

There isn’t a lot of dialogue in this book but that really didn’t bother me as I was reading as I found the main character’s voice to be so strong and I loved the style in which it was written. The writing pulls you into the story from the first page. The writing is intense, and it made me really focus on what was happening in each scene. Once I started reading, I found that I just wanted to forget about everything else and read as much as I could.

Perfect Ten is an utterly addictive psychological thriller. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. If you’re looking for a new writer with a really strong voice, then I highly recommend it. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Corvus

Publication date: 5th July 2018

Print length: 320 pages

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