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Bad Things Happen

(Ashes to Ashes #1)

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She wouldn’t kill for her big break, but she might just die for it.

Charlotte Ashe is desperate to get out of her light-relief gig as TVWE’s ‘weather babe’. When an elite footballer hands her a scoop that could make her career, she never expects it to lead into danger.

Joey Baptiste is on the cusp of greatness, and the edge of despair. Confiding in Charlotte is his last cha
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Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published December 14th 2017 by Fractured Press
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Brenda
3.5s

Mystery and intrigue surrounded footballer Joey Baptiste as he desperately confided in Charlotte Ashe, weather babe on TVWE who was always on the lookout for a big story to get her into serious reporting. She realised it was just that she was in the right place at the right time, so Charlotte knew she needed to make the most of the opportunity which had been handed to her.

But the background of Joey’s troubles would lead Charlotte into the worst danger she’d ever encountered. The truth wasn’
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Lisette Kristensen
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Another brilliant read from Ro Holloway! Sensational ending with some unique twist and turns. Ms Holloway crafts an extraordinary thriller with well defined characters. The pace is well timed and the build up happens so subtly, you are almost caught off guard. This is one you do not want to miss.
Angela
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Bad Things Happen is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series by Rowena Holloway. This proved to be a bit of a dark mystery- full of danger, suspense, deadly consequences, secrets, hard truths, cover-ups, and so much more.
Charlotte Ashe is an Aussie working in London, as the weather girl/reporter for TVWE. She is idealistic and ambitious- and aspires to be taken more seriously and eventually get to report on more hard-hitting stories. She thinks the right story may have just landed in
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Sandy Vaile
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I was just blown away by the intricacies and depth of the characters in this story. Each one had a distinctive voice, world view, and layered backstory, so I was sucked into their lives from the get go. I laughed and cried with them, pitied them and rooted for their success right until the bitter end. Even the secondary characters were interesting, and there were some seriously scary bad guys/girls.

The timeline was unusual, because it went backwards and forwards, but I didn't have any diff
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Sarah
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great read about wanting more to life . Charlotte Ashe is a weather girl on TV not content with life. Dreaming of a career in journalism, she is over the moon when a rare opportunity lands in her lap. Despite everyone doubting her, she follows up a lead from her source Joey. When he turns up dead, Charlotte realises there is more to the football club than it seems. Can she uncover the truth before its too late?
A great read. Well developed plot. Well developed characters like Charlotte ambitiou
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Erin
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I give Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway, 4 stars.

Joey is an up and comer. He wants to be a star in his sport. Instead, he gets benched for something he did not do. Now his coach won't even believe that he is innocent. Steaming mad, he goes to the first news reporter he sees, the "weather babe" Charlotte. He is ready to spill the dirty little secrets. Unbeknownst to him, doing this may have caused a lot more trouble than he ever thought
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Michelle Austin
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bad Things Happen was a great 5 star read and book one in the Ashes to Ashes series.

This is Charlotte and Joey’s story and it was a thrilling, mystery about a secret that Joey, a football player shares with Charlotte. Charlotte is a reporter looking for her big break and when Joey took a chance on her she knows she is on the verge of getting what she wants.

Loyalty and truth? No freaking way. There is no loyalty. And in this life there is only one truth. Everybody lies.

Charlotte is determined
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Kaitlynn Taylor
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense - Rowena Holloway

4-stars

Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series, it’s also my first book by this author. I will admit that I had a hard time getting into this story, there were so many storylines going on that it almost felt as if it was a second or third book of the series and not the first. However, Rowena provided both past and present moments which helped make the pieces all fall together and they
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Erin Davidson
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense is the first book in Rowena Holloway’s Ashes to Ashes series. Charlotte never thought she’d be willing to kill someone for a story, but when her informant ends up dead under mysterious circumstances, Charlotte might just end up doing that or end up dead herself.
The book definitely took its time to ease you into the suspense, but once it had you in its clutches it did not let go. I found the start of the novel to be a little clunky; it dumped a
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Emily
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, what a story!! Rowena Holloway has woven an intricate and fascinating thriller in “Bad Things Happen!” Charlotte Ashe is a determined woman, she came to London to make her big break and has been stuck as a weather girl for too long. So when she meets local footballer Joey Baptiste, she jumps at the chance to tell his story. Like Charlotte, just when I thought I had this story figured out, I was thrown for a loop and oh boy was it a good one! This story was by no means predictable ...more
Jenni Bishop
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway is full of dark secrets and fraught with danger. This psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat while the suspense keeps you on your toes. The story often goes back in time but does so little by little just giving you a hint of a little bit more until the whole truth is revealed and boy does it have some twists.

Charlotte Ashe is a weather girl working in London. When a hint of a sto
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Erica Fish
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway is what the title says “A Gripping Psychological Suspense” story. Rowena Holloway does an amazing job keeping the mystery going through out the story. This story has a dark thriller with suspense, secrets, truth, twists, and turns. Holloway makes sure that you have all the information you need to understand the story fully. There are times when I just wanted to close my eyes and get lost into my “happy world” because I was fearful for what was coming. Then BA ...more
Liz
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have really had a fantastic streak of luck with finding some wonderful new authors this new year! Rowena Holloway just made this list with Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes #1). I had no idea what to expect going into this but I knew I would love it once I saw the cover and read the excerpt. It had me just with that. What I found inside was quite the story and I felt like I took a little getaway to London for the afternoon! It was a great escape for the snowy d ...more
Katie
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes #1)
By Rowena Holloway
4 stars

Bad Things Happen was such a gripping read and one that I really found difficult to put down, this is also the first book that I have read by this author. I was really taken with her writing style, she kept the book exciting and gripping the whole way through and she definitely threw in some great twists and turns too. The characters were complex and had a great depth to them. The storyline was well thought out and had a great pace to
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Maura
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that starts out strong and incredibly visual. BAD THINGS HAPPEN opens with a breathless car chase and the story continues to be full of twists and turns and quick manuevers.

Told in alternating POVs, the story goes from present to past and back again. It took a bit to get used to reading and I had to read the chapter headings to not only see the WHO but also the WHEN. It is a very detailed story and while I "skimmed" at times, the story kept me engaged from beginning t
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Sheri
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series. Charlotte Ashe is a tv weather girl who is looking for her big break into serious stories. When footballer, Joey Baptiste, gives her the story of a lifetime it is signing his own death warrant. Can Charlotte figure out this story or will Joey's death be in vain?
This is an intriguing book with good characters and story. It felt a bit disjointed at times because it jumps time periods but I get why the author was d
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Kerry Baker
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series. It is an intriguing and exciting book that will keep you on your toes.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I loved how she developed the story all the way along. She wasn’t scared to twist the story round in a direction you wouldn’t necessarily see coming.
I loved that the story jumped back and forth in time. It added to the suspense of what was happening
This book is a great way to start a new s
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Gail Guerrero
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
BAD THINGS HAPPEN A gripping psychological thriller by Rowena Holloway

Four Stars

Bad Things Happen sounded like a new movie hitting theaters. Charlotte is looking for the story that will make or break her career. That story just happens to figure some dangerous players. This story was so thrilling. I couldn’t get enough of how well the author wrote this story. Joey is on the run but time seems to be catching up to him. So many secrets and lies. The characters had grown with the story and the aut
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Eda
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy a good tangle, timeline hopping, and odd London slang, this book is for you! Joey went from being full of opportunity playing football to The blacklist as fast as he could blink or as fast as fast as bad decisions can be made. He’s into some crooked dealings and he’s looking to correct the situation. Then he starts to think that the weather babe Charlotte can help. He a character that’s hard to like, he is so vague it makes you crazy at first. Charlotte The Weather Babe is a report ...more
Laura Furuta
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1)
By: Rowena Holloway
5 out of 5 stars

The story Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway is a mystery/thriller that I loved reading. There are suspenseful moments that had me wondering what would happen next. It hooked me in from the beginning and at times had me holding my breath. I loved reading about the character of Charlotte Ashe. She is a woman who is looking to becom
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Bobbi Wagner
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story left me sitting on the edge of my seat, turning pages waiting to see what is lurking in the shadows. Charlotte is a weather girl waiting to get her big break but when the opportunity arises she just may get more than she bargained for. The author did a great job of flipping back and forth between current and past. This was done with ease and understandable. I enjoyed the characters development throughout the story and how they made the story what it is. I highly recommend this book!
Heather Lovelace
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a good suspense and this definitely did not disappoint. This book had me riveted on the first page and held me in its grip tightly until the last. The author has a strong clear voice and provides a great tone and pace with this story and it’s characters. It was extremely well written and kept me guessing until the final page. If you like suspense and thrillers, you have to read this book immediately. Highly recommended.
Sue
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Charlotte Ashe is desperate to get out of being the weather girl on TVWE and sink her teeth into a serious reporting role. When Joey Baptiste a footballer with an intriguing story confides in her, she knows that this could be the story of a lifetime.

Each chapter of the book is written from the viewpoint of Charlotte and Joey which some might find daunting but I found added to the mystery and suspense. There are so many unique twists and turns to the story that it keeps you on the edge of your se
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Tanya
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She wants more than being a weather girl but it may just be the death of her. He is a football safe and what he tells her signs his death warrant.She needs to find out if what he had told her was the truth. Soon everything gets dangerous. Follow her as she tries to get the truth out there

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Patricia
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Bad Things Happen is a crime novel that explores the subjects of illegal doping, pressure on sports figures and organized crime. It is being marketed as psychological suspense but I wouldn't categorize it as that.

Charlotte Ashe is a TV weather girl searching for a real story to kick off her career as a news reporter. While doing a fluff story on a professional football (soccer) team she stumbles upon a story when elite player Joey Baptiste tells her he has information that will lead to a story t
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Melissa Agena
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was surprisingly pleased with this book! I didn’t know what to expect but I’m so glad I read this book! Bad Things Happen is Book 1 in the Ashes to Ashes series by Rowena Holloway. This story follows Joey Baptiste, who is a professional football (Soccer) player that has witnessed a major crime. This story also follows Charlotte Ashe. She is a weather girl on television trying to become a true crime reporter. Charlotte gets lucky when Joey comes to her with this crime, but Charlotte has no idea ...more
E.A.
Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes #1) by Rowena Holloway was a suspense thriller that had me holding my breath.

My first read by this author, I didn't know what I was getting into, but I took that chance and man did it ever pay off. A dark look into London's football, drugs, secrets and a deadly tip that puts our MC in danger, this read hooked me, and pulled me into the game.

As much as I was absorbed into this book, I will say that the start was a little too info-dumpy. I get that a setting nee
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Sunday
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense by Rowena Holloway
Four Stars

Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series by Rowena Holloway. This mystery/thriller is the first book I have read by Rowena Holloway, but definitely won’t be the last. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. This book had me hooked from the very first page and I just couldn’t put it down until the last. Charlotte Ashe is a local weather babe, trying to
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Valkyrie Oracle
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bad Things Happen is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series. This story is left open to pick up in book two.

I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of sports so I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t like this book, but it actually had me sucked in from the beginning. It isn’t sports heavy and focuses more on the mystery and intrigue aspects. I found the first-person story line for Joey an interesting choice considering what happens to him. One thing I found interesting is that a lot of the cha
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Heather
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rowena Holloway's Bad Things Happen is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series. This gripping psychological suspense was a thrilling page-turning read. The element of suspense was expertly timed keeping me fully engaged within the story. The details that were embedded into the story were rich and well thought through. Charlotte's character shone in this story with her ambitions to move out of where she was presently in life. However, things don't always play out the way you would anticipate ...more
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Rowena Holloway is an Australian writer of novels and short stories. Before settling on writing as a career, Rowena apprenticed as a hairdresser, played at receptionist in an engineering firm, indulged her love of learning by obtaining a handful of degrees, including a PhD in business, and was a tenured university lecturer. All of which convinced her fiction writing was preferable to the real worl ...more

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