When your life is a lie the truth can destroy you … Keep Her Quiet by Emma Curtis #bookreview #blogtour @emmacurtisbooks @RandomTTours #KeepHerQuiet

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Keep Her Quiet by Emma Curtis on my blog today. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

Keep Her Quiet by [Emma Curtis]

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Jenny has just given birth to the baby she’s always wanted. She’s never been this happy.

Her husband, Leo, knows this baby girl can’t be his. He’s never felt so betrayed.

The same night, a vulnerable young woman, Hannah, wakes to find her newborn lifeless beside her. She’s crazed with grief.

When chance throws Hannah into Leo’s path, they make a plan that will have shattering consequences for all of them.

Years later, a sixteen-year-old girl reads an article in a newspaper, and embarks on a journey to uncover the truth about herself. But what she learns will put everything she has ever known – and her own life – in grave danger. Because some people will go to desperate lengths to protect the secrets their lives are built on . . .

MY THOUGHTS

Emma Curtis writes psychological thrillers really well. Her latest Keep Her Quiet follows a tense narrative. Jenna is desperate for a baby, but her partner, Leo, is less than keen, he is more intent on focusing on his career as a writer rather than on having children. When Jenna finally gives birth, Leo knows that the baby can’t be his. He is willing to put his thoughts and feelings aside to look after his family, but a chance happening of events take things for Leo on a different course. When he accidentally hits a young woman and her baby, he makes an unbreakable promise that he will live with regret for years to come.

I found this story really tense. Emma opens the book with Jenna and Leo rushing off to hospital. For a brief moment, everything is right in their world, and then something unthinkable happens. Jenna’s baby is snatched from her crib. Fast forward sixteen years and Jenna is still searching for her daughter. Her husband, Leo, has become a bestselling author and the case of their missing daughter receives a lot of attention from the press. On their daughter’s sixteenth birthday they make a fresh appeal for information. As their appeal is broadcast to the nation, it sparks an interest in a young woman, and she soon begins to question everything about her past.

As I was reading the first few chapters, I couldn’t believe what was happening as Leo seemed to take matters into his own hands. I knew he was hurting as he knew his wife had slept with someone else, but it really made me dislike him for the decisions he took next. It made me wonder just how long Leo was going to be able to keep the pretence up. How could he, especially when Jenna believes that their daughter has been abducted by a stranger?

Emma Curtis takes the next part of the story in a different direction to what I was expecting. I don’t want to say too much more here as I don’t want to give anything away. You think you can see just where the story is going to go, and then Emma Curtis completely surprises you. She certainly hasn’t given her characters an easy ride in this book.

Keep Her Quiet is an exciting thriller, and it is a roller-coaster of a read. You do have to suspend the belief system a little bit, but I really enjoyed it. This is the fourth book I’ve read now by Emma Curtis, and I am a big fan of her writing. I’m looking forward to reading what she comes up with next.

Publisher: Black Swan

Publication date: 6th August 2020 (kindle) 17th September 2020 (paperback)

Print length: 432 pages

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Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to an extraordinary secret … Final Cut by S J Watson #bookreview #blogtour @SJ_Watson @alisonbarrow @annecater

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Final Cut by S J Watson on my blog today. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

I do have a confession to make however. This is the first book by S.J. Watson I have read and now I am determined to catch up on what I have missed out on.

Final Cut by [S J Watson]

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Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people.

It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it’s a ghost town – and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot her new documentary.

But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay – or does it?

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to an extraordinary secret.

MY THOUGHTS

Final Cut by S.J. Watson is an intense slow-burner which pulls you into the atmospheric setting. This is the first book I have read by S.J. Watson, and I enjoyed it. Filmmaker, Alex Young, travels to Blackwood Bay where a decade ago, three young girls disappeared. Alex’s appearance in the village causes some upheaval, and it isn’t certain if the locals welcome her presence or not. To some, she’s there disturbing things which a best left forgotten. But Alex is determined to find out what happened to those girl’s and to put a stop to whatever it is that’s been going on in this village for years. Whatever’s going on didn’t end when the girls went missing, it’s still happening now. And now another girl has gone missing.

I found Blackwood Bay to be a very gloomy place; S.J. Watson builds on the atmospheric setting as the story progresses. You can feel that this is a town with closely guarded secrets, and as I was reading, I wanted to get to the bottom of what was going on. You can feel Alex being drawn further and further into the mystery of the missing girls. It seems as well that there are people out to stop her from getting closer to the truth.

I thought Alex was a really engaging and likeable character. She isn’t without her own mysterious past, and this is what also kept me engaged in her story. As the plot progresses, there are some chilling revelations about Alex, and you begin to wonder what this is all really about for her. And this is where I can’t say anything more about the plot as I don’t want to spoil it for you.

S.J. Watson manages to capture small town life. You can see this in the relationships between the characters, and how they all talk about each other, which isn’t something that you get in a big city. What he also does explore is how quickly it seems people can turn a blind eye to what is going on in the town. If it doesn’t affect them, it’s none of their business.

The tension towards the end really turns up a notch as we begin to understand the truth behind the girl’s disappearances and what has been happening in Blackwood Bay. There are some shocking and disturbing revelations which bring everything together into a satisfying conclusion. Nothing is as it seems in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Final Cut is a haunting and an atmospheric read.

Publisher: Transworld

Publication date: 6th August 2020

Print length: 416 pages

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The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce #bookreview

On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on the second novel by Harriet Tyce, The Lies You Told.

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Sadie loves her daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.

She can’t tell her why they had to leave home so quickly – or why Robin’s father won’t be coming with them to London.

She can’t tell her why she hates being back in her dead mother’s house, with its ivy-covered walls and its poisonous memories.

And she can’t tell her the truth about the school Robin’s set to start at – a school that doesn’t welcome newcomers.

Sadie just wants to get their lives back on track.

MY THOUGHTS

There are so many characters in The Lies You Told who will get under your skin. When Harriet Tyce first introduces us to her protagonist, Sadie, she is just moving back to her home town, and into the home, she lived in as a child. But the place is full of dark memories for Sadie. It isn’t exactly a happy move, but at the moment she has little choice after breaking up with her husband who lives in the States. Things really begin to change when Sadie enrols her daughter, Robin at her old school and Sadie is introduced to a group of mums. They appear to be in control of everything that goes on with the school and with the wider community. Sadie soon finds herself ostracized from the group, and it is clear that they are willing to do anything to make her and her daughter’s life a living hell.

There are some really dislikeable characters in this book. It was the group of women who Sadie is introduced to who I took a intense disliking to. If I’m honest, when I did start reading this book, it took me a long time to get into it. Harriet Tyce’s writing is very addictive, and it’s what kept me reading, but I struggled to connect to Sadie in the opening chapters. I could feel her frustration and anger though as she found herself and her daughter being bullied.

The part of the novel which I did find more interesting was the court case Sadie was taking part in. Like in her first novel, Harriet Tyce uses her knowledge of this field. Sadie is part of a team representing a young man. He has been accused of rape by a student of his. There are many who believe in his innocence, and he has amassed a small fan club on the outside. I found these scenes tense, and I really wanted to get to the bottom of what was going on.

I became more gripped to the plot by the second half of the novel. Things begin to change for Sadie, but I wondered about the motives behind this sudden move. I felt that there was something dark at play here, and I wanted to know what the final fall out was going to be.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Blood Orange but Harriet Tyce’s writing will, I’m sure, make me keen to read another book by her.

Publisher: Wildfire

Publication date: 23rd July 2020 (kindle) 20th August 2020 (paperback)

Print length: 314 pages

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The Next Widow by C J Lyons #bookreview blog tour #booksontour @bookouture

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Next Widow by C J Lyons on my blog today which is the start of a brand new crime series.

The Next Widow: A gripping crime thriller with unputdownable suspense (Jericho and Wright Thrillers Book 1) by [CJ Lyons]

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In the distance Leah heard sirens. She ignored them. Right now, her daughter needed her and Emily was just out of reach, curled up under the bed, her eyes closed, desperately shaking. Leah did the only thing any mother would do. She crawled through the blood to get to her daughter.

Dr Leah Wright returned to her childhood home in rural Pennsylvania with her husband to find peace and quiet, start afresh and raise her six-year-old daughter Emily. But when she gets home one dark winter night, clutching roses in her hand, she finds her daughter huddled under her bed and her husband’s blood all over the floor…

When Detective Luka Jericho is called to investigate, he’s shocked to learn that the killer left a witness behind – the victim’s young daughter. The scene is a painful reminder of his fiancé’s unsolved death, and he is desperate to find out what Emily saw that night. He knows that the killer could still be out there, waiting to strike again.

But growing up, Leah learned the hard way that the only person she could rely on was herself. And it’s not until she and Emily are attacked again that she realizes just how close the killer is. Can she trust Luka to keep her daughter safe?

MY THOUGHTS

The Next Widow is a pacy thriller by C J Lyons. It is the first book in her Jericho and Wright series, and I’m keen to read more.

The book opens in a dramatic way when Dr Leah Wright is fighting to save someone’s life on the operating table. But when Leah returns home, she finds a gruesome discovery. Her husband has been brutally attacked and killed, and her daughter has been left cowering upstairs, half-scared to death. What is even more chilling for Leah is that earlier on in the day she was sent a note, which she believed was from her husband. But what if it wasn’t sent by her husband at all? Who would want him dead? Darker questions soon arise when the police ask the question, who really was the target here? Could Leah be the target?

C J Lyons creates an air of mystery right from the beginning. We soon learn that Leah’s husband was involved with something top secret and worked for the government. Could this be the reason why he was targeted? The only lead the detectives have to go on is a drawing by Leah’s daughter of their suspect.

What really interested me most as the investigation started to progress was the fact that Leah’s husband was working on a top-secret project. I wanted to find out what this was. Was this in any way connected to what had happened? The police investigation takes a dark and worrying turn and I wondered what sort of an impact this would have on Leah and her family.

C J Lyons managed to keep the tension, turning up a notch as the police try to piece together the evidence. There are various leads for them to be working on, but what I also found interesting, was Detective Luka Jericho’s backstory. Luka has had difficulties with his sister over the years. This has caused a lot of heartache both for him and his parents. But now after years since he last saw her, she is back. But it isn’t clear what she wants. I’m interested to see how this relationship will develop further in future books in this series.

After reading my first book by C J Lyons, I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading more from this series. The Next Widow is an addictive read that will keep you hooked from the first page right up until the last. You’ll be desperate to know the secrets that are hidden within the pages.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 28th July 2020

Print length: 376 pages

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WWW Wednesday – 22/07/2020

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

 

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

 

What am I currently reading?

The Lies You Told: From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Blood Orange by [Harriet Tyce]

 

 

What have I finished reading?

Lock Me In: An absolutely gripping new psychological crime thriller with an ending you won’t see coming! by [Kate Simants]

 

 

What will I read next? 

The Blossom Twins: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 5) by [Carol Wyer]

The Catch by T.M. Logan #bookreview

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the new psychological thriller by T.M. Logan, The Catch on my blog today.

The Catch: The perfect summer thriller from the author of The Holiday, Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy pick by [T.M. Logan]

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She says he’s perfect. I know he’s lying . . .

He caught me watching, and our eyes met. That was when it hit me.
There was something not quite right about my daughter’s new boyfriend . . .

The doting father

Ed finally meets his daughter’s boyfriend for the first time. Smart, successful and handsome, Ryan appears to be a real catch. Then Abbie announces their plan to get married.

The perfect fiancé

There’s just one problem. Ed thinks Ryan is lying to them.

Who would you believe?

All of Ed’s instincts tell him his daughter is in terrible danger – but no-one else can see it. With the wedding date approaching fast, Ed sets out to uncover Ryan’s secrets, before it’s too late . . .

MY THOUGHTS

I think The Catch is T.M. Logan’s best novel yet and I think it is definitely my favourite of his books so far. I flew through this book, and I devoured it all within just a couple of days.

When Abbey brings home her new boyfriend, Ryan, for the first time, her father, Ed immediately notices something odd about him. Outwardly, Ryan seems perfect, but Ed sees something dark within him. But is he just being paranoid? Abbey and her mother certainly think so. When Abbey and Ryan announce they are getting married in six weeks time, Ed is determined to stop it. Ed can’t shake off the bad feeling he has about Ryan, and he won’t let his daughter make the wrong decision. But is Ed only causing a rift with his own family?

T.M. Logan always manages to get the tension going in his books very early on. I knew there was something not quite right with Ryan, right from the moment Ed first claps eyes on him. From the start, I was rooting for him to find the answers. As the book progresses, T.M. Logan keeps the tension turning up a notch as the countdown to the wedding begins. Ed knows that he only has limited time to find the truth about Ryan. This is what keeps the tension going as Ed starts to delve into Ryan’s past, and Ed begins to use surveillance to track Ryan’s movements. But this action Ed was taking made me think that he was putting himself in unnecessary danger. At this point, I didn’t know if it would be a good thing for Ed to stop what he was doing and listen to his wife and daughter, or continue on his path.

T.M. Logan creates an air of mystery about Ryan. As Ed goes after him, I was never sure if there was something dark and mysterious in his past. I definitely thought that there was something he was hiding, but there could also have been an innocent explanation of why this could be the case. As T.M. Logan begins to reveal Ryan’s true backstory, I wanted to see how Ryan and Ed were going to react. What course of action was Ryan going to take next? This is what leads to a nail-biting finale as I could see that things could go either way for Ed and his family. I raced through the final pages to find out what was going to happen.

T.M. Logan always manages to tell an entertaining story, and he keeps you utterly gripped to his writing. If you’re a lover of psychological thrillers and if you haven’t read any of his books yet, then you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Top stuff!

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication date: 30th April 2020

Print length: 352 pages

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Betray Her by Caroline England #bookreview @CazEngland @BethWright26 @TheCrimeVault #BetrayHer

I’m delighted to be re-sharing my review of Betray Her by Caroline England as part of the paperback publication day celebrations. I originally published this review on my blog in June 2019.

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Best friends forever.

That’s the pact you made.

You’d do anything for her.

And you have.

She’s always had it all.

If you could take it for yourself . . . would you?

MY THOUGHTS

It feels like a very long time since I read a book by Caroline England. When I heard she had a new novel coming out, I was very intrigued, and the cover made me feel even more so and the title as well, Betray Her. This is a tale about a friendship that goes down a very dark path and the tension simmered on every page. And there was that edgy feeling to this book which carried right the way through.

Jo and Kate meet at St. Luke’s private school and immediately strike up a friendship. They’re inseparable, they stand up for each other, and this carries on into later life. But as both of the girls grow older, their lives take them in different directions. Kate has made a success of her life, married to her teenage crush she now lives in a beautiful house, Jo meanwhile is single and has gone through some dark times, but their friendship has still remained intact.

What immediately kept me on my toes was Kate’s husband’s advances towards Jo. Tom becomes desperate to sleep with her, but she doesn’t want to destroy her friendship with Kate, it puts her in a very uncomfortable position. If she comes clean and tells her friend, then that will probably destroy Kate’s marriage. During these scenes, the atmosphere became very tense, and I wondered just how far Tom would be prepared to go to get what he wanted, and if Jo would succumb to his feelings for her.

This is a very dark book. As more details about the characters emerged, I began to understand that they weren’t the type of people who I first thought they were. There are some shocking revelations about Kate and Jo’s past in this book, some which readers may find upsetting. From previous novels I’ve read by Caroline England, I can see that friendships and relationships is something she is very good at developing. I became more invested in Jo and Kate as more details about them came to light I just had to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen to them next.

Caroline England’s writing grabs you from the very first page and pulls you into this dark tale about how friendships can turn toxic. This is a tension filled drama that will keep you glued to the page. Dark and twisty, Betray Her makes for an excellent read.

Publisher: Piatkus

Publication date: 16th July 2020

Print length: 368 pages

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The Shadow Friend by Alex North #bookreview

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Shadow Friend by Alex North which is published today.

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The victim was his friend. So was the murderer.

Twenty-five years ago, troubled teenager Charlie Crabtree committed a shocking and unprovoked murder.

For Paul Adams, it’s a day he’ll never forget. He’s never forgiven himself for his part in what happened to his friend and classmate. He’s never gone back home.

But when his elderly mother has a fall, it’s finally time to stop running.

It’s not long before things start to go wrong. A copycat killer has struck, bringing back painful memories. Paul’s mother insists there’s something in the house.

And someone is following him.

Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.

It wasn’t just the murder.

It was the fact that afterwards, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again . . .

MY THOUGHTS

The Shadow Friend is another creepy, atmospheric thriller by Alex North. Again Alex North draws on the supernatural. This time the focus is on a disturbing game a group of boys played twenty-five years ago, a game which turned deadly and resulted in the disappearance of one member of the group. The boy who disappeared was never found, and the police have never discovered what happened to him. But is the truth finally about to be unravelled?

Alex North introduces us to Paul Adams who has returned to his hometown as his mother is in a care home and is approaching the end of her life, but he finds himself drawn back to events which took place in his teenage years many years earlier which have haunted him ever since. The centre of the mystery in this novel is the disappearance of a boy twenty-five years ago, Charlie Crabtree, who Paul was once friends with. Since his former friend went missing, a series of killings have taken place which seemed to be inspired by the events surrounding Charlie’s disappearance. And red hands seem to follow Paul everywhere.

Once again, Alex North creates a spooky atmosphere which drew me into the plot and the setting. He paints a very gloomy picture of the town where Paul was brought up, almost as if the town itself isn’t willing to forget what happened there. There are some chilling scenes when Alex North describes the appearance of red hands. This seemed to be the key to solving the mystery behind Charlie’s disappearance, and I wanted to find out what they meant. I enjoyed the scenes when Alex takes us back to Paul’s childhood, and some of the scenes he writes are very disturbing. It made me think even more about what the true picture was and how this was connected to what happened to Charlie.

Although I enjoyed reading this book, and it kept me entertained, I did find that the pace was a lot slower than it was in Alex North’s first book, The Whisper Man. I was interested to find out what was going to happen next and what the truth was, and this is what kept me reading, but I did find this book to be a much more leisurely read.

The Shadow Friend will keep you invested in the plot and the characters, and overall I thought it was a really good read. I’m certain I’ll be reading what Alex North writes next.

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Publication date: 9th July 2020

Print length: 368 pages

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The Sleepover by Carol Wyer #bookreview @carolewyer @bookouture

I’m delighted to be sharing my review of The Sleepover by Carol Wyer on my blog today. This is the fourth book in her Detective Natalie Ward series.

The Sleepover: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 4) by [Carol Wyer]

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She said she’d gone to a sleepover. But she never made it. Someone must know why…

When Detective Natalie Ward is called to the home of fourteen-year-old Roxy Curtis she can’t help but empathise with Roxy’s distraught mother Cathy. Roxy hasn’t come home, last seen heading next door for a sleepover with her best friend Ellie. As the mother of two teenagers herself, Natalie knows that this is every parent’s worst nightmare.

But when Roxy’s body is found in the basement of a beautiful Victorian mansion on the other side of town, Natalie’s darkest fears are confirmed. What was Roxy doing there? The people who knew her best should know – but Cathy seems evasive, and Ellie refuses to talk. Natalie is determined to find out what secrets they are keeping…

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears.

When her body is found two days later, Natalie is forced to face the fact that Roxy’s loved ones are in real danger. Things take a more sinister turn when Ellie vanishes, her mobile phone switched off. Is Ellie hiding something about the night Roxy died that could put her in terrible danger? And can Natalie work it out before another innocent life is taken?

MY THOUGHTS

I’ve shamefully fallen behind on Carol Wyer’s brilliant Natalie Ward series. I’ve finally caught up on The Sleepover which is book number four in the series, and I already have the next book lined up and waiting on my kindle. I think this is the best book yet in this series. Carol Wyer has created another gripping plot, and her writing kept my eyes glued to the page.

The novel opens with a young girl, Roxy, heading out for a sleepover. A few hours later and Detective Inspector Natalie Ward is called to a scene where a fire has ravaged a house, and a body is found inside. The body is identified as Roxy’s. Her distraught family are at a loss to explain why their daughter was there, and they claim to have no knowledge of the men who own it. Could it have just been a tragic accident and Roxy was in the wrong place at the wrong time? But when Roxy’s mother is found dead, Natalie and her team begin to suspect that the family may not be telling them everything.

I’ve enjoyed seeing how Natalie has progressed over the first few books in the series. Natalie is still struggling with issues within her own family. Her husband is still out of work following a gambling problem, and now it seems her son is distancing himself from her. Carol hasn’t made things easy for Natalie in this book. I did wonder if this was going to have any impact at all on her work. It’ll be interesting to see how things will progress for her from here.

The investigation is a really gripping one. I wanted to know why Roxy was there in the house and what reason she had to be there. I could sense that her family were keeping something back from the police, and I felt as though I couldn’t trust her brother’s.

Natalie delves into the heart of the mystery, and just as she begins to make progress, another devastating event takes place, when Roxy’s mother is found dead. This is where I felt that things began to heat up, and it made Natalie even more determined to find out the truth. It definitely kept me reading on, and I raced through the final chapters to find out who was responsible for the crimes.

The Sleepover is another cracking book in this series. Carol Wyer always delivers on suspense, and she has created another gripping mystery. I can’t wait to catch up on the next books in the series.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 5th September 2019

Print length: 376 pages

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Curse the Day by Judith O’Reilly #bookreview @judithoreilly

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the second book by Judith O’Reilly, to feature ex-spy, Michael North, Curse the Day, on my blog today.

Curse the Day: The Conspiracy Thriller that Reads Like a Bond Movie (A Michael North Thriller) by [Judith O'Reilly]

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At a global tech gala hosted at the British Museum, scientist Tobias Hawke is due to unveil an astonishing breakthrough. His AI system appears to have reached consciousness, making Hawke the leading light in his field.

But when terrorists storm the building, they don’t just leave chaos in their wake. They seize Hawke’s masterwork, sparking a chain reaction of explosive events which could end the world as we know it.

Michael North, ex-assassin and spy-for-hire, must find the killers and recover the AI. But he can’t do it alone. Hawke’s wife, Esme, and teenage hacker, Fangfang, have their own reasons to help complete North’s mission – and together they unravel a dark and deadly conspiracy which stretches right to the top of the British elite.

Can North survive long enough to uncover the whole truth? Or is it already too late for humanity?

MY THOUGHTS

A couple of years ago, I read Killing State by Judith O’Reilly, and finally, she is back with another high octane read which pulls you in from the first page and doesn’t let you go. Curse the Day is the second thriller to feature ex-spy, Michael North. Set in a not too distant future, humanity is on the brink of a huge artificial intelligence breakthrough. ‘Syd,’ a machine learning device, has been developed and is believed to be the first machine to have a conscience. Is this humanities greatest achievement, or does this spell the end for our species?

Michael North is a brilliant creation. At the beginning of this book, he has truly lost his way and is slowly drinking himself to death in Belgium. Michael is in mourning for his girlfriend, who was murdered, but he also vows to catch up with those responsible so he can seek his revenge. But he isn’t going to be left in this state for long. He is soon asked to protect Esme Hawke following a horrific attack in her home. Michael also has a bullet lodged in his brain, which surgery has been unable to move. He is literally a ‘dead man walking,’ one sudden jerk or even a sneeze could set the bullet loose, and when that happens, it will kill him. This also adds to the tension as you know that any moment could mean the end for Michael.

Judith O’Reilly opens the book in a very dramatic way as Esme Hawke is attacked in her own home after disturbing a burglar. Right from the get-go, I wanted to know why their home had been targeted and what it was that she and her husband had that made them a target.

In this version of reality, Britain is leading the way with the development of artificial intelligence. Countries around the world are fighting to catch up, so it is no wonder that Esme and her husband have attracted the attention of many people and governments around the world. They are about to unveil Esme’s husband’s latest creation, a machine capable of human thought. But as time counts down to the launch, it is quickly brought to Esme and Michael North’s attention that ‘Syd,’ will be capable of wiping out humanity once she is launched into the world. The scary thing is, is that they only have the matter of a few hours to stop this from happening.

Curse the Day is crying out to be made into a Hollywood film. The pace never lets up, and Judith’s writing kept me flying through the pages as the book raced towards its dramatic conclusion. I promise you; you will find this book very difficult to put down. I can’t wait to see where Judith O’Reilly takes the series next.

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Publication date: 2nd April 2020

Print length: 331 pages

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