My review of The Escape by C.L. Taylor

Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.  The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.  What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.  No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

This book is the new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Accident, The Lie and The Missing.  I have enjoyed the other books I have read by the author so when this one went on offer for 99p I had to snap it up!  Its a tense psychological thriller and it gripped me early on.  I thought that the pace was excellent and I did enjoy the story, wasn’t a huge fan of all the characters but liked them enough not to affect the rating I gave the book.  There were a few twists and turns and it held my attention right to the end, I really enjoyed it – 4 stars from me!

 

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My review of Love Me Not by M.J. Arlidge

A desperate young woman runs through the storm. She hares up the path, hammering desperately on the front door, crying for help. The startled owner opens the door, ushers her inside, promising her whatever assistance she needs. This fateful decision will be his last. He should never have opened the door . . .

A middle aged couple are found brutally murdered in their ransacked suburban house. Helen Grace, now back at Southampton Central following her release from prison, is first on the scene. The crime is baffling, hideous, cruel, but before Helen can process the evidence, another double murder is reported – identical in almost every way to the first. What follows is the darkest, most dangerous night of Helen’s life as a sequence of brutal home invasions takes place. By sunrise eight people will be dead and Helen may well be the ninth as she finds herself locked on a collision course with a pair of rampaging spree killers. Is there method in their madness? Or are they selecting their victims at random? It falls to Helen to wrestle with these questions – only by answering them can she end the bloodshed.

Oh my goodness, this book was brilliant!!! I loved the story and flew through it from cover to cover. The pace is excellent and personally think that the story line is the best so far in the Helen Grace series, it is a story I could really easily see happening too.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the sixth book in the series but this one tops all of the books I’ve read so far in 2017 and all of the books in the series (and I’ve read them all). I really, really enjoyed it and wouldn’t hesitate to give it 5 stars.

I loved the format and how the story played out and the way the book is a different style from the others in the series. Very highly recommended and you won’t regret it if you love fast paced crime thrillers!!

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My review of No Safe Home by Tara Lyons

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is haunted when the suspicious death of a teenage girl triggers suppressed memories. With a stalker targeting vulnerable women in Central London, and his team rapidly diminishing, Hamilton must conquer his emotions before another family is destroyed.

In a sleepy town in Hertfordshire, Katy has worked hard to rebuild her life after leaving behind everything she knew. But when her past catches up with her, and her young son’s life is threatened, Katy must admit her true identity if she has any hope of surviving.  A home should be a safe place, shouldn’t it? But sometimes it is hard to know who you can trust…

London’s murder investigations team returns in the second novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows, Tara Lyons.  I have read In The Shadows (which was also excellent) but you can easily pick up this one as a stand alone book.

I really, really enjoyed this book, it was excellent, and best of all I had forgotten that I actually had it to read so it made it even more worthwhile, I love it when you can sit down and delve in to a good book! For me this book was just what I was looking for. I loved the pace, the characters were excellent and I loved the relationships and the introduction of Rocky to the team, and it had the right amount of drama and suspense for me, I really wasn’t sure how the book was going to end. I read it in a day and literally did not want to put it down, as soon as I got back in from pesky work I picked it back up and finished it off, if I hadn’t had an early start I would have read it in the one night, it was that good! A cracking 5 star read from Tara Lyons – loved it!!

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My review of Kiss Me by Sharon Kleve

Quirky, Private Investigator, Sage McGuire is up to her ears in trouble again in KISS ME.

Sage has left the security of her old job, as an executive assistant to a moron, and jumped feet-first into opening McGuire Investigations. If only her boyfriend, Sergeant Carter Morgan’s big gun and cop’s intuition could save Sage from being grazed by a bullet to the temple, and another trip to the emergency room when she steals back her best friend’s uncle’s pooch, Mimi, from a psychotic loan shark in her very first case.

Carter’s scary and conniving ex-girlfriend, FBI Special Agent Mia Williams, is back in town and full of trouble. Mia is determined to rekindle her relationship with Carter and she is used to getting what she wants—no matter what the cost. Will Sage and Carter succeed in keeping each other out of trouble while falling head-over-heels in love?

I loved the first book starring Sage McGuire, Chase Me so was delighted to be able to get my hands on the second book in the series, Kiss Me.  I was so pleased when the second book was just as good, I loved it and sat and read it in an afternoon.  It was a really fun read that helped me escape for a few hours, it did make me laugh and I enjoyed it right from the first page as it jumped straight in to the main story and didn’t stop until the end.  I love Sage’s character, she’s fun, quirky, gets in to trouble easy and I love Carter just as much having to get her out of the situations she finds herself in! They are a fab couple.  For me it was another fantastic book from Sharon and looking forward to reading Love Me, the next book in the series for more of the same! 5 stars – a lovely, cosy read – very highly recommended 🙂

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My review of The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.  Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.  Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?  As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

This book is billed as a completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming and I have to fully agree!  I spend around 80% of the book being certain I knew who was responsible and what had happened only to turn the next page and start to doubt myself – the ending was superb and I almost felt myself reeling when I’d finished the book…  and that for me makes a book an excellent read!!  I loved the slow build up of the story and the pace, a creepy book at times that was full of suspense – loved it, 5 stars!!!  The book was released today so you can grab your copy now!!!

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My review of Guilty Innocence by Maggie James

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Guilty Innocence by Maggie James, you can check out my review of this fantastic psychological thriller below!

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A letter that reveals a horrifying truth…

Natalie Richards finds more than she bargained for when she snoops through her boyfriend’s possessions: evidence that Mark Slater was once convicted of a brutal killing. Heartbroken by what she’s discovered, Natalie’s dreams of a future with him collapse.

Only the other person jointly sentenced for Abby Morgan’s murder, the twisted and violent Adam Campbell, knows the truth. That Mark played no part in Abby’s death.

Meanwhile, circumstances have thrust Mark back in contact with Adam, who, aged twenty-five, is more domineering and chilling than ever. Can Mark rewrite history and confront his nemesis?

A gritty novel examining child murder and dysfunctional families, Guilty Innocence tells of one man’s struggle to break free from his past.

I have read a few of Maggie’s books now and enjoyed them so I was really keen to get my hands on a copy of this book and well, I certainly wasn’t disappointed!!  I love the new cover and the blurb really draws you in, I couldn’t wait to get started.  The pace of the book was spot on, I loved the way the characters interacted and the way they were described to bring the story to life, some tough subjects are handled and for me it was really well written.  I thought it was a genuine page turner and the kind of book that is right up my street – I loved it!!! For me this is the best one yet that I have read by this author – I flew through it and it really keeps you on your toes!!  5 stars!

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My review of Time to Win by Harry Brett

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Harry Brett’s new book, Time to Win!  Scroll down below for my review.

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When local crime boss Richard Goodwin is pulled from the river by his office it looks like suicide. But as his widow Tatiana feared, Rich collected enemies like poker chips, and half of Great Yarmouth’s criminal fraternity would have had reason to kill him.

Realising how little she knows about the man she married, Tatty seeks to uncover the truth about Rich’s death and take over the reins of the family business, overseeing a waterfront casino deal Rich hoped would put Yarmouth on the map.

Out of the shadows at last, it is Tatty’s time now, and she isn’t going to let Rich’s brother, or anyone else, stand in her way. But an American has been in town asking the right people the wrong questions, more bodies turn up, along with a brutal new gang. The stakes have never been higher.

With her family to protect, and a business to run, Tatty soon learns that power comes with a price . . .

I did enjoy this book but it started out quite slowly and I don’t think it really picked up the pace until about 25% through the book.  My husband is initially from the Norfolk Broads so I have visited Great Yarmouth a few times and do know the area quite well, I do think that the author has done well with the descriptive nature and setting the scene and it has made me wonder how much really goes on behind the scenes in these smaller seaside towns. I enjoyed the plot once I got in to it.  Three stars from me.

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