I've just finished reading this book and all I can say is WOW!!! Angela Marsons has done it again! But how does she do it time and time again? We're already at the seventh book in the series now and the author's energy and drive to write high-qualityI've just finished reading this book and all I can say is WOW!!! Angela Marsons has done it again! But how does she do it time and time again? We're already at the seventh book in the series now and the author's energy and drive to write high-quality thrillers seem to be as strong as ever. Broken Bones is yet another absolutely gripping thriller that kept me entranced from start to finish.
In this book, DI Kim Stone and her team are on the hunt for a serial killer who has targeted the local prostitutes. This case takes Kim to sniff out the trail of some vile ruthless men. But can she catch the killer before more women are killed? Also Kim finds herself in a very alien situation for her when she finds a baby deposited outside the police station in freezing temperatures. Kim and her team's reaction on the discovery of the baby just made me laugh. But this is serious. Who would abandon their own child like this? Why?
Having been entrusted by Woody to solve the baby case as well as the murders, Kim is provided with a temporary addition to the team. But even so she's desperate to try and solve these cases in the shortest time possible. In their own way, both cases will prove very challenging and will lead Kim and her team inside the dark dangerous world of modern day slavery, human trafficking and illegal immigration.
Wow! Okay, this book made me skip lunch twice - and that's saying something. I found myself deeply engrossed in the story for hours on end swiping the pages and wanting to know what happens next. All chapters are short and many end in cliffhangers leaving me wanting more every time.
The plot is fast-paced and divided into two main sub-plots - one that focuses on Kim and Bryant as they try and solve the prostitute murders, and the other with Stacy and Dawson as they team up to identify the child's mother. Both sub-plots are intricate and full of twists, turns and red herrings that make for a very interesting and engaging read. I certainly wasn't expecting the baby's story to develop the way it does.
Over the years Kim Stone has become my favourite fictional character. She's cheeky, bold, brash and audacious...I just love her! She, Bryant, Dawson and Stacy form a great team. They complement each other perfectly and are all very realistic. As always Kim made me explode with laughter from time to time with her witty retorts and comments.
The author has the knack for sowing doubts in the reader's already suspicious mind. I had some suspects in mind, but couldn't for the life of me decide who was the killer. When the identity was revealed at the end (and oh my! What an ending!) I was stunned! I couldn't have guessed who it was in a hundred years! And this is something I always hope happens in all the books I read. It's so frustrating when I manage to guess correctly the perpetrator's identity early on in a story. But hey, with the brilliant Angela Marsons there's no chance of that ever happening. The final part had my heart racing like an F1 car and at the end everything is wrapped up nicely in a neat little bow. Again the way I like my endings.
In my opinion, the DI Kim Stone series is one of the best (if not THE best!) crime thriller series out there and I highly recommend it. Broken Bones is yet another absolutely brilliant addition to this series and worthy of a whole set of stars from me.
With thanks to the author for writing such a thrilling read and for Bookouture publishers for approving my request for an ARC of this book to read and review....more
Mel Comley's latest addition to her fantastic Justice series, Heroic Justice, is without a doubt one of her best to date. Apart from the usual heart-pounding suspense we've grown to expect from this author's books, Heroic Justice brings together twoMel Comley's latest addition to her fantastic Justice series, Heroic Justice, is without a doubt one of her best to date. Apart from the usual heart-pounding suspense we've grown to expect from this author's books, Heroic Justice brings together two formidable detectives, Lorne Warner and Hero Nelson (from the author's Hero series).
In Heroic Justice, Lorne finds herself up against a demented killer who chooses local cinemas as their hunting ground, each time, leaving behind chaos and a bloodied corpse but not one shred of evidence. With nothing linking the murder victims, Lorne and her team are left baffled, without a clue and wondering where to start their investigation.
When similar crimes are reported up in Manchester, Lorne is sure the killer has changed cities and she decides to go to Manchester in their pursuit. There she meets DI Hero Nelson of the local police and together they plan out a strategy to put a stop to this killer's bloody trail before more murders are committed. But this will prove easier said than done. The killer is shrewd and able to change tactics in the blink of an eye.
WOW! Another fast-paced action thriller that had me hooked from the terrifying prologue and kept me glued to my kindle till the end. I found myself biting my knuckles every time the killer advanced on yet another unsuspecting victim. I ended up devouring the whole book in a few hours. It was so exciting to have both these fabulous characters together on one mission. Lorne and Hero worked very well as a team, and if this was some kind of experiment, I'd like to tell the author that it was a success. I surely won't complain if the author ever decides to keep them together in a new series.
This book can be read as a standalone and includes all ingredients to keep the reader entertained from start to finish... a fast-paced, brilliant plot, nail-biting suspense, engaging characters, realistic dialogue and twists and turns, together with a light sprinkle of romance and humour thrown in the mix from time to time for good measure. It is a fantastic, thrilling read and I highly recommend it....more
4.5* Not being exactly an avid reader of horror books, I've never read any of Stephen King's books (I know... I should dip my head in shame), however having watched the movie 'Misery' quite a few times since I was a teenager, I've always wanted to rea4.5* Not being exactly an avid reader of horror books, I've never read any of Stephen King's books (I know... I should dip my head in shame), however having watched the movie 'Misery' quite a few times since I was a teenager, I've always wanted to read the actual story as told by the king of horror himself. Having watched the movie again last week, I decided now was the time to do it.
Bestselling author Paul Sheldon is driving at night in a blizzard when he suddenly loses control of his car and ends up upside down and unconscious. Annie Wilkes, an ex nurse, happens to be driving through there when she spots the car and stops to help. She drags Paul out of the car's wreck, but instead of calling the ambulance, she takes him to her home. There she installs him in her guestroom, puts IV drips in his arm and fills him with loads of meds and tries to restore some shape back to his badly broken legs. On gaining consciousness, Paul finds himself in this strange bedroom with this strange woman looking at him. Annie tells him that she's his number-one fan and that she has read all of his books numerous times. She practically knows the Misery series of books he's written by heart. She tells him that once the storm is over, she would phone for help or take him to hospital.
However, with the passing of days, Paul realises that Annie is not right in the head and that she has no intention of letting him go. No one knows where Paul is and so no one can come to his rescue. Paul finds himself in a terrible painful nightmare at the mercy of this crazy woman. A nightmare that involves him, or more properly his badly broken body, Annie Wilkes and Misery, the main character of his bestselling novels. What does Annie want from him? What are her intentions? Where is this house? Will he ever get out of there alive and in one piece?
Being probably one of the last persons on earth to not have read this book, I'm sure this review won't be much regarded or have any effect on anyone. However, for those few who haven't yet read it, I can say that the movie does actually justice to the book, however the book goes much deeper into the rotten psyche of Annie Wilkes and is a lot more gruesome, scary and bloody than the story we see on TV.
I am so happy to have finally tasted the writing of this great author. As I was expecting, it's brilliant and flawless, vividly describing every minute detail of the story and putting the reader right there, in the midst of horror. The plot is highly suspenseful and claustrophobic throughout, keeping the reader on their toes and gnawing at their nails. The Annie Wilkes in the movie is a sweet little lamb when compared to the horrid monster in the book. She's a complete psycho, unhinged and deranged with a dark terrible past at her back, a being you surely won't want to be in the same room with, let alone at the mercy of. Poor, poor Paul! I felt terrible for him and frightened as much as he was. Can't bear to think of my favourite bestselling authors to be in such a situation!
At times I thought the story was maybe a bit long-winded, but not to such an extent as to annoy the reader. I also found myself switching back and forth from reading chapters on what's happening in Annie's house to reading chapters from 'Misery's Return', the story of the book Paul is writing while imprisoned there, and this could possibly be a bit confusing to some or irritating even, however this doesn't happen throughout the whole book.
Having said that, I really enjoyed being terrorised by Annie Wilkes (thankfully I wasn't the one tied to the bed!) and I will certainly attempt to read more books by Stephen King now... not sure I'll have the guts to read IT though!! Great book. Highly recommended!...more
Even though I've had 'Undercurrent', another psychological thriller by J.A. Baker in my library for quite some time, I'm ashamed to say that I haven't yet found the time to read it. However, now that I've finished reading 'Her Dark Retreat', I've immEven though I've had 'Undercurrent', another psychological thriller by J.A. Baker in my library for quite some time, I'm ashamed to say that I haven't yet found the time to read it. However, now that I've finished reading 'Her Dark Retreat', I've immediately bumped that book up my TBR pile. I just can't wait to have another taste of this author's crisp, clear, evocative writing.
'Her Dark Retreat' kicks off with a disturbing chapter written from the p.o.v. of someone trapped in some dark narrow space. This person is terrified, injured and disorientated and does not know what happened or how they ended up entombed in this place. Who is this person? Where is this place? Who put them there? And why? So many questions invaded my mind just by reading this claustrophobic first chapter.
The main story revolves around Peggy and Alec, a married couple who live in an old cottage perched high up on a clifftop overlooking the North Sea. Peggy is an author who works from home and Alec is a teacher. It's immediately evident that the marriage is not a happy one and that both Peggy and Alec are damaged individuals who have endured difficult childhoods. Alec has suffered terribly at the hands of his father and Peggy is not even on speaking terms with her mother and sister. Peggy has suffered numerous miscarriages and this together with her mood swings and the inability to move on from the past is little by little driving the couple apart. Peggy bears horrendous scars on her face which make her feel self-conscious and reluctant to go outside and face other people. How did she get those facial scars? Why is she always on edge? What does her estranged mother want from her? Why is she pestering her, insisting on talking to her? What does she want to warn her about?
Apart from chapters written from the p.o.v. of Peggy and Alec, we have others written from that of Peggy's mother, Audrey who's determined to get her daughter to listen to her, and of another lady, Maude. Maude is an old lady living in a nearby home. She suffers from dementia and everyone thinks that what she says is utter nonsense, the produce of her confused, fogged mind. But Maude has seen something terrible... Maude knows something no one else knows... A crime has been made and she's the only witness. What did Maude see? What does she know?
Okay, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The author's writing is just superb making the whole experience so much more realistic, atmospheric and enjoyable. I found myself utterly engrossed in the story eating away at the pages, wanting to know how it will all end.
All characters are intriguing, realistic, suspicious and harbour secrets. No one can be trusted and not everything is as it seems. Maude was my favourite character in this novel. I just loved her. The author did a great job in portraying this poor sweet woman's struggle with dementia, her constant internal battle to clarify her thoughts, her frustrations at not being believed or understood. Her desperate attempt to expose a dark secret.
I utterly loved the setting of the novel. It's so refreshing to have a story that is not set in some crowded city choked by traffic. The solitary cottage perched high up on a cliff top, overlooking the vast North Sea would just be the ideal getaway holiday home, but rumours about its dark past and being built so dangerously near to the edge and exposed to the elements, this house exudes a strong sense of solitude, menace and peril. The harsh, dark, unforgiving sea constantly crashing against the cliffs far below the cottage and the strong wind continuously slapping and battering the cottage as if it were trying to blow it off the cliff, are a constant throughout the book. The sea and the wind are so vividly described by the author that it feels as if they are another two living characters in the novel. As I was reading I could almost feel the cold rush of the sea on my face and the strong wind tugging at my clothes.
Someone has done a terrible thing, a person has gone missing, an old confused lady has seen something. Will the truth ever come out?
Well I think I've said more than enough about this brilliant atmospheric read for you to understand how much I enjoyed it. This was my first J.A. Baker book and it will most definitely not be my last. Highly recommended. With thanks to Bloodhound Books for an ARC of this fabulous book....more
I had never read a book written by a Finnish author, but seeing this unusual, intriguing cover (reminiscent of some medical book) and reading this book's title and blurb, I was immediately intrigued and decided to give it a go.
"How much time do I haI had never read a book written by a Finnish author, but seeing this unusual, intriguing cover (reminiscent of some medical book) and reading this book's title and blurb, I was immediately intrigued and decided to give it a go.
"How much time do I have?"
Visiting his doctor with what he thought a simple bout of the flu, successful mushroom entrepreneur Jaako Kaunismaa, is horrified to learn that his days are numbered. He's dying. The reason? He had unknowingly been administered poison over a prolonged period of time. Sadly, now it's simply too late to reverse the effect of the poison on his body. All his body organs have been severely damaged and will soon start to shut down. But how did this happen? Who would hate him so much to do such a horrible thing to him? Why?
In spite of the doctor's prognosis, and apart from the occasional unexpected wave of nausea, Jaako feels quite well. But he doesn't want to waste time. He decides to spend the days he's got left to carry out his own investigation and find out who has literally 'murdered' him. Will he have enough time and energy to get to the bottom of this baffling mystery? Will he find out who has been doing or is still doing this to him?
Well, this is a book that immediately draws the reader in from the first chapter. My heart went out to Jaako (before I even had the time to get to know this character) as he got the terrible news - no one wants to be in that awful situation - and like him I wanted to embark on this journey to find the answers to so many questions and above all find out who has done this to him and why. I loved the original concept of someone investigating their own murder... when still alive! With his dark sense of humour and wit, Jaako is a highly realistic, likeable character. I really, really didn't want him to die and found myself reading with a deep sense of helplessness but also a keen determination and hope to get to the bottom of the mystery. Just over thirty with a wife, Jaako is the owner of a thriving business he built from nothing. He has overseas connections to whom he exports the produce and a number of employees working for him. Could this be related to his business? Is this the work of someone jealous of his success? Anyone could be behind this? But who? All of a sudden, if the tiny fact that he's slowly but surely dying weren't enough, a new competitor comes to town determined to snatch the market from Jaako's hands. Seeing that it's too late to save his own life, will Jaako be able to save his business at least? Poor, poor Jaako!
One of the things that makes me think twice before reading translated books is the fear of finding a badly done job. However I was delighted to find that this is not the case with this book. In fact the translator has done a remarkable job in bringing forth the author's voice in a way that we can understand it. Places' names are a bit awkward to spell out but that is of no major bother to me and to be expected in a Nordic novel. The book has quite a different aura and feel to other thrillers set in the UK or the US. We have saunas installed as part of households for example. The plot is not one of the most fast-paced, but is quite intricate with a number of twists and a bunch of suspicious characters to keep the readers on their toes and interested throughout. There are also a number of funny, but at the same time shocking episodes and a couple of bizarre incidents I wasn't expecting. This book makes for a very entertaining read and I have no qualms about recommending it. Great read!
With thanks to Orenda Books and the lovely Anne Cater for an ARC of this book and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour....more