WOW! WOW! WOW! What a corker!! I'm so glad to have picked up and read this brilliant book on the recommendation of two lovely facebook friends. This must be one of the most breathtaking, suspenseful books I've ever read.
A strange note posted through WOW! WOW! WOW! What a corker!! I'm so glad to have picked up and read this brilliant book on the recommendation of two lovely facebook friends. This must be one of the most breathtaking, suspenseful books I've ever read.
A strange note posted through Beth's door is just the first in a number of weird things that start to happen to her and her family. Someone seems to have targeted them, for what reason neither Beth nor her husband, Charlie, seem to know. Beth tries to play it down as some joke by a colleague but when these weird things start getting progressively more serious and deadly, Charlie is understandably worried and decides to involve the police. But Beth doesn't seem as keen on doing so, why? Who is doing these things to Beth's family? And why?
When lies and secrets begin to see the light of day, the serene life as Beth, Charlie and their kids know it in their lovely farmhouse starts to crack at the seams, until ultimately it is completely blown apart. The first chapter in the book, taking place in the eighties, gives us a clue as to the origin of these strange occurrances.
This is THE kind of book I LOVE, a brilliant plot with great characters and non-stop tension, and having read it now, I'll make sure to get a copy of the author's other book. The suspense in 'Girl a' never wavers and is at a high level from start to finish. My mind was immediately invaded by myriad questions and I found myself gnawing my nails, desperately wanting to know what happens next from one chapter to the next. I really felt scared for Beth and her family coming to any harm. And when I thought I had sussed it all out, the author expertly pulled the carpet from under my feet and sent me flying with even more questions than before. The ending was totally unexpected and I was left open-mouthed. OMG!!
'Girl a' is an astonishingly brilliant book and I highly, highly recommend it! Will be surely looking for more books by this talented author. Well done!...more
'Here She Lies' is the prequel novella to 'Blood Loss', the first in the DI Paton Investigates series by Kerena Swan. It is available free of charge on the Hobeck Books website.
It's not necessary to read this novella before reading 'Blood Loss', but 'Here She Lies' is the prequel novella to 'Blood Loss', the first in the DI Paton Investigates series by Kerena Swan. It is available free of charge on the Hobeck Books website.
It's not necessary to read this novella before reading 'Blood Loss', but it introduces DI Paton and his son, Tommy. It also ends at exactly the same point were 'Blood Loss' starts.
One night, Harry receives an unexpected call from his sister, Stacie. The news she gives him chills him to the core but she makes him swear to her not to tell anyone what she had told him. She's beside herself, terrified and desperate. But Harry's conscience wouldn't let him quiet and he decides to break his promise and divulge everything to the police.
DI Paton takes on this shocking case. His son Tommy insists on helping him out, but Paton only takes him as far as the police station and only as it was the weekend, when his boss wouldn't be around.
Will Paton succeed in helping Harry out? Will he find what Harry tells him when he visits the site pointed out by Stacie?
Well this serves as a good introduction to the series. I read it in minutes and found it intriguing. I like DI Paton and Tommy and can't wait to dive into the new series.
Thanks to Hobeck Books for offering this novella free of charge....more
When I read the intriguing blurb of 'Blood Loss', I knew that I would enjoy this chilling book and I was right as I was drawn into the story right from the frenetic first chapter.
Sarah has just murdered a man in a desolate cabin in the woods, and covWhen I read the intriguing blurb of 'Blood Loss', I knew that I would enjoy this chilling book and I was right as I was drawn into the story right from the frenetic first chapter.
Sarah has just murdered a man in a desolate cabin in the woods, and covered in blood, she is desperate to get away from the scene as fast as she can before she's spotted by someone. Who was this man? Why did she kill him?
Desperate to be in charge of a case, DI Paton is alerted about the discovery of the body in the cabin. He hopes that this will be the case that finally puts him in the limelight at the station. He wants to catch the killer as quickly as possible and prove his worth with his colleagues, boss and his son Tommy. Paton is a very interesting, likeable character with worries of his own concerning his family unit.
Jenny is a young lady who loves dreadlocks, horses and travelling. She has recently lost her father and her mother's health is sadly also gradually deteriorating. She and her sister, Lucy, are always bickering about something or other. Strange things start to happen to Jenny. It seems as though someone is trying to harm her. But who and why? What does Jenny have to do with the main plot of the book, that is, Sarah and the murder? When the author finally revealed the connection, it was completely unexpected and the plot took on a completely different dimension.
'Blood Loss' is the first in a new series but it can be read as a standalone. It follows on from a novella called 'Here She Lies' which doesn't necessarily have to be read first. I read the novella before I started this and I enjoyed it too.
I found 'Blood Loss' very engrossing throughout. The plot is pacy, all characters and dialogue are realistic and the writing crisp and fresh. The story is told from the povs of Sarah, DI Paton and Jenny. This is not just a crime fiction like any other, yes we have a murder and a detective investigating, but this book is so much more. You could say that the main character in this book is actually the murderer, not DI Paton. The author expands on her life, and more importantly about her past. I couldn't decide whether I hated the murderer or empathised with her more because of the bad hand she has been dealt in life.
One thing I didn't like in this book is the chapter headings. I wouldn't recommend the author to title chapters in future books as 'The previous February' or 'The following June' and so on because it proved rather confusing and daunting to follow and understand the timelines. I would have preferred just the month and year.
Other than that I really enjoyed this chilling page-turner and I highly recommend it. It's a brilliant, thrilling start to a fabulous new series. This was a new author to me and now I'll certainly be on the lookout for the next in the series. With huge thanks to Hobeck Books for sending me a copy of this book to read and review....more
After reading and enjoying 'Taste', the first Donnie and JJ novella by Christian Williams, I kept wondering if the author would write another book featuring these two characters. So, when I found out that 'Depend on Me' was published I didn't think tAfter reading and enjoying 'Taste', the first Donnie and JJ novella by Christian Williams, I kept wondering if the author would write another book featuring these two characters. So, when I found out that 'Depend on Me' was published I didn't think twice to download it.
This is another novella-length instalment and the story takes place about two years after book one. In that book these characters' paths crossed each other leading to an ardent, passionate love story, but then sadly and cruelly life tore them apart. So now I was curious to find out if the author would bring them back together again and if yes, what would they do. In this book JJ's brother, Aron, has a central role too.
I don't want to say much not to spoil the book to anyone. I'll just say that both Donnie and JJ are not enjoying the best of lives. They are both emotional wrecks in financial trouble, their story together a thing of the past. Can they ever get out of the difficulties they find themselves in? Will JJ and Donnie's paths cross each other again? Will they rekindle their burning passion towards each other? I was curious to find out and ended up reading the whole book in one sitting.
'Taste' was the author's first attempt at publishing. It was a very well-written entertaining story and literally hot to handle. Now, having read this book I have to say that the author's writing is even better. This book does not include the saucy scenes I had been expecting, similar to those in book one, and I have to say I missed those, however the plot is very engaging and intriguing all the same and the characters are given even more depth.
I enjoyed reading this novella and I'm now looking forward to reading more books by this author, preferably more books featuring Donnie and JJ. Well done!...more
Following all the hype surrounding the release of this book, I wanted to jump in feet first in this story and see for myself. Now having read it, I can say that I wasn't disappointed. The author held my interest and my knuckles pressed white throughoFollowing all the hype surrounding the release of this book, I wanted to jump in feet first in this story and see for myself. Now having read it, I can say that I wasn't disappointed. The author held my interest and my knuckles pressed white throughout.
"I live in an open prison surrounded by wall-less fields and fence-less fens."
'Jane' is a foreigner, trafficked into the UK and held like a slave in a desolate English farm surrounded by acres and acres of open fields. She lives in fear of the man who has brought her there to serve him in every way imaginable. She's not bound in chains, but she can't go anywhere. She wouldn't try and do anything to upset Lenn. Escape is not an option. She knows it's impossible and if she were ever caught, the repercussions would be terrible and unimaginable. By the beginning of the story we're aware that she had already had more than just a taste of Lenn's brutal character.
Her thoughts are always with her sister who occasionally writes her a letter from where she's working in the UK. Jane draws courage from her sister's success in this foreign land. But she has to behave because if she were caught doing something serious, like escaping, her sister would suffer the consequences. She would be brought there in that hell in her place. So Jane suffers in silence, day by day, obeying Lenn's every command and dance to his music.
But then something unexpected happens and Jane becomes determined more than ever to escape from Lenn's clutches. But would she dare? How can she do it? What would happen if she were caught?
This book is a very well-written slow-burner, the tension present all the time, unrelenting, suffocating, but at the same levels almost throughout. The descriptions are amazing and vivid. I could clearly picture the vast fields surrounding the farm, the pig barn, the front room where Jane mostly spends her time. The dark, low, half-cellar beneath the house. The abuse scenes, though not too gruesome, may not be everyone's cup of tea.
I felt terrible for Jane. My heart went out to her. I wished I could help her in some way. How could a human being hold so much power over and inflict so much pain and horrific abuse onto another one like that? Though I knew this was a work of fiction, I also knew that there are many people subjected to such horrors throughout the world in real life, who suffer silently behind closed doors. This book serves as a shocking eye-opener on human trafficking and domestic abuse.
I thought this was a brilliant, intense, albeit at times uncomfortable and disturbing read, maybe a bit repetitive with respect to Jane's everyday life at the farm, but a memorable read nonetheless. I highly recommend it and I'll surely be looking for more books by Will Dean....more
This is another fantastic book in the Justice Again series by M A Comley, a series that in my opinion is getting better and better with each new addition.
In this book Kate and Charlie are faced by a baffling, frustrating case in which a number of menThis is another fantastic book in the Justice Again series by M A Comley, a series that in my opinion is getting better and better with each new addition.
In this book Kate and Charlie are faced by a baffling, frustrating case in which a number of men are atrociously murdered over a number of days in different ways, ensuring maximum pain and terror before death. Due to the different MOs, Kate and Charlie find themselves out of their depth. They're not even sure this is actually the work of one killer or more. How can they ever solve these cases if the murders seem random and totally different? Apart from these murders, Kate has to deal with more problems arising in her personal life...
We are told who the killer is from the start, but that doesn't make the plot any less intriguing. When the reason for these killings became clear, I ended up understanding and feeling sorry for the killer as much as for the victims.
An intriguing, fast-paced plot, life-like characters and dialogues, ongoing banter and a built-up of suspense make this a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended....more
I was immediately attracted to the beautiful exotic cover and intriguing short blurb of this book. I had never read anything by this author before, so I couldn't wait to 'dip' myself into the story.
Two very close sisters, Lori and Erin, decide to goI was immediately attracted to the beautiful exotic cover and intriguing short blurb of this book. I had never read anything by this author before, so I couldn't wait to 'dip' myself into the story.
Two very close sisters, Lori and Erin, decide to go on a holiday to Fiji, on one of its many beautiful islands. But tragedy strikes before they even make it to their final destination and the sisters are separated. Two years pass and after a startling news on the media, Erin returns to Fiji desperate to try and dig deep again into what happened to the plane that disappeared with Lori on board. Where has the plane crashed? Where is Lori?
The story is divided into two main timelines on alternate chapters. We have Lori at the time of the crash, literally trying to survive one day at a time on a deserted islet along with some other enigmatic passengers, faced by a desperate situation, a million difficulties and hazards imposed by the inhospitable land. And then we have Erin in the present day, two years later, back in Fiji, asking questions, wondering, trying just one more time to find out something that may lead her to her sister's whereabouts. It's as if the plane and its human cargo have simply disappeared from the face of the earth. The plane wreck has never been located and no word has ever reached Erin about her sister. But will she find what she's looking for here this time? Will she finally be able to put the two-year-old puzzle together at last? Why do the Fijian authorities seem reluctant to reopen the investigation? Was it really an accident? Or something more sinister? Is Lori still alive? Or has she been dead for two years?
The short, cryptic blurb succeeded in spiking my curiosity more than usual to find out what happens in the book. It filled my mind with a lot of questions before I have even began to read. I was drawn into this story from the beginning thanks to the author's beautiful, crisp writing and by the setting of the story. I really enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the island and of Fiji. It was as if I could close my eyes and find myself there, in that desolate paradise, feeling the sand under my bare toes and the sun beating down on my back. Looking out at the horizon at the endless sea and sky. But I could also feel the desperation of the survivors. My heart went out to them, I was afraid for Lori and Sonny's well-being as I could feel something dark and sinister lurking on the island and I just knew that something terrible was about to happen. The other characters are all quite mysterious and it's as if they all have a hidden agenda. This story reminded me of 'The Lord of the Flies'. Away from society and its elements for an extended period of time, humans change into entirely different beings. How can they ever survive this harsh environment? Will help ever come before it's too late?
Apart from one aspect which I thought was a bit far-fetched, I think this book is brilliant and I highly recommend it. With huge thanks to HarperCollins for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book through Netgalley....more
I've now read all four books in the DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten and have to say that this series is getting better and more intriguing with each new installation. Dead Secret is full of twists and turns and kept me hooked from start toI've now read all four books in the DC Maggie Jamieson series by Noelle Holten and have to say that this series is getting better and more intriguing with each new installation. Dead Secret is full of twists and turns and kept me hooked from start to finish.
This book starts exactly where book three had left us but it can be read as a standalone just the same. An injured young woman in distress with her face all bruised and bloody arrives at Lucy Sherwood's new shelter for domestic abuse victims. This woman won't say a word and seems terrified of someone. It's evident that she's on the run from somewhere. Who is this woman? Where did she come from? What happened to her? Who did this to her?
DC Maggie Jamieson is faced with more than one baffling case in this book. First the body of a teenage boy is found in the woods. He's been bludgeoned to death. Who was this boy? Who has done this to him? Why did the killer leave their weapon behind? And what do the strange markings found on the body mean?
Then DCI Hastings and his family disappear without a trace. No one knows what happened to them, until a gruesome discovery is made at the DCI's home. With the clock ticking and fearing the DCI's and his family's well-being, Maggie, Nathan and the rest of the team, with the input of Dr Kate Moloney from Ireland, are drawn into a frenetic search for clues and evidence. But these two cases will prove a tough nut to crack and by the end no one will be the same.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout as we have so much going on: the murder, the disappearance of an entire family, the mysterious woman at the shelter. Plus we have Maggie finally and seriously thinking about her personal life, trying to decide what she really wants. The tension never stops and the plot's momentum is pacy. The characters are all life-like and the dialogues realistic. Though the plot is complex it is not confusing and with skill the author kept me guessing till the end where I came across a couple of mind-blowing surprises I wasn't expecting. Once again, this book ends with a massive cliffhanger and now I can only plead with the author to hurry up and publish her next 'Dead' book asap.
'Dead Secret' is yet another engrossing addition to the series and I highly recommend it. An intriguing plot, great characterisation, more than one baffling mystery, all in all an entertaining read. What more could a reader wish for?
With thanks to One More Chapter for approving my request to read an ARC of this book through Netgalley....more