My Review of Liar by K.L. Slater

How far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.  Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.

Absolutely brilliant! I sat and read the book in a day and did not want to put it down!  It was one of those books that I needed to carry on reading as I was desperate to see what happened, I really enjoyed Blink, the last book by K.L. Slater and I did think that would be a hard book to top but this was one was excellent and they have done it again!  I even text my mum when I was half way through telling her it was a book she NEEDED to read!!  I loved the whole build up, the scene setting right from the first few pages and the twist at the end of the book.  It had an excellent pace, was a real psychological thriller, and a real roller-coaster of a ride.  I would highly recommend this to everyone – without a doubt 5 stars – I LOVED it!!!         

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My review of Shadows by Conrad Jones

Suicide. Drugs. Murder.

DI Braddick is put on the case when a hijacked drug deal has resulted in murder and an eye witness goes missing. When victims are discovered strung up from the rafters of an abandoned fish factory, on the Anglesey coastline, the police are baffled as to what went on. A deserted trawler found at the scene helps Braddick put the pieces together.  Could this be the work of a notorious Russian crime family?

When an undercover officer goes missing everything points to an informer for the family and it is clear they will stop at nothing to the silence the leak and have their revenge.  As the body count rises Braddick will come to realise that no one is safe…

I really enjoyed this book, it was a real rollercoaster with a lot of twists and turns right from the first few pages! I loved the character development as the book went on and the way that the author managed to tie up several rather complex plot lines really well at the end.  It’s an excellent story and loved how the plot picked up pace towards the end of the book, I didn’t expect the ending and that made it even more special as it kept me on my toes right to the very, very end! Definitely one I would recommend!! 5 stars from me 🙂

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My review of Watch You Burn by KA Richardson

Someone is breaking into Fire Investigator, Edina Blaze’s, home and leaving deadly messages. When Glen Peacock is burned alive, she has to put her own problems aside and attend the location with Crime Scene Manager, Kevin Lang.  As the body count rises, Edina’s sister Heather becomes involved. Is it her setting these gruesome fires? Or is she a target too?  Kevin has seen it all in his years on the force, but when a young girl is found burnt to dead, even he is shocked.  Who is taking pleasure in watching people burn? Why are they doing it? And will they be caught?  DI Alistair McKay and the team from North East Police have to work quickly to stop the killer, before they all end up in flames.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!  I loved the plot and the pace of the book was spot on.  The characters really grew on me and even when you did find out who was responsible it didn’t detract from the story and you were still left with plenty of guessing about what would happen next.  Its quite a rollercoaster of a ride and I read it in a day.  I have read other books by this author and again she had done a brilliant job – 4 stars for this one from me. The book is available to download now so you can grab your copy straight away!

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My review of Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.  When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.  Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

The book is billed as “a heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last” and I have to wholeheartedly agree!! This book was fantastic and it kept me gripped from the first page and I read it in a day, I really , really didn’t want to put it down, its one of the best I’ve read so far in 2017 and is superbly written.  The characters were brilliant and the plot was fast paced, just what I look for in this kind of book.  This is the second book in the DI Robyn Carter series and I highly recommend both of the books, Secrets of the Dead was released today so you can grab your copy now!!  Would not hesitate to give the book 5 stars!!

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My review of Blaze by Donna Grant

His strength, his masculinity brought out something primal within her. In his arms, she felt like the Amazon warrior she’d once pretended to be as a little girl.

Anson is a fierce Dragon King, a dragon shapeshifter born and bred to protect his own. But when a rogue tech company hacks into their world, he must join forces with the unlikeliest of allies: a human female. Her name is Devon Abrams. A rising star at the firm, she has no idea that her boss is in league with the sinister Fae and their secret war against humanity. If Anson gains her trust, he can defeat the enemy from within. But first he must fight his own attraction–to this exquisitely beautiful mortal…

Devon loves her job at the firm. But sometimes she wishes she could find a man–a real man–who isn’t threatened by her success. When she first meets Anson, she’s overwhelmed by his powerful masculine presence and disarmingly gorgeous smile. But when he reveals his true mission–and his ability to transform into a dragon–she’s irresistibly drawn into an epic battle between humans and immortals, magic and technology, danger and desire. Anson vows to protect her from the Fae. But can he control the flames of passion that blaze within his heart…

I have been a huge fan of Donna Grant’s books now for a while and I have eagerly awaiting the release of each of her books, so naturally I was thrilled when I was contacted by her publishers and asked if I wanted the opportunity to read and review her latest release Blaze!! How could I say no!

I can honestly say that I loved this book, the characters were superb and I thought that the plot was darker than some of the other books in the series, I really enjoyed how this book linked through to other books Donna has written and tied them all together bringing back the Druids and Warriors in to the Dragon King series.  I will admit that I struggled to put the book down and I really need to read the next book in the series right now to see what happens next in the series, I don’t think Donna could write the books fast enough for me!!!  I think for me that this is probably the best in the series so far, I loved it – 5 stars no hesitation and really looking forward to the next already!!!!

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My review of Be My Killer by Richard Parker

You set the trap.  Now you can’t escape…

When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman, is the next victim and Hazel knows she has to find out what happened to her.  Is it one killer or more? Random acts of violence, or part of a bigger, twisted plan?  The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove – and she also has a film crew. She’ll make a documentary, catch the killer, and give Meredith justice.  Her stage is the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found.  Her cast are the family and friends the killer left behind.   And her crew? They keep disappearing, one by one…

I really enjoyed this book after I got in to it, I thought it was a little but slow to start but it did ramp up the pace and turned in to a real page turner towards the end.  I wasn’t a massive fan of any of the characters but the plot was strong enough that it carried the book forward with just the storyline.  Definitely a creepy book, just the right amount of graphic in places and an excellent thriller overall.  4 stars from me for this one.

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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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