The First One To Die by Victoria Jenkins

​I was really looking forward to reading The First One to Die by Victoria Jenkins so thank you to Bookouture for the advance copy.  I really enjoyed The Girls in the Water so had high hopes for this one.  When I saw it up on NetGalley I was dancing for joy and got my request in pretty smartly!

This book had big shoes to fill because the first book in the series was so fantastic. Well it filled those shoes big time it was brilliant, Victoria Jenkins smashed it out of the park, I loved everything about it.  This truly was one of those books that you devour, you can’t put it down because every page sucks you in and leaves you breathless and wanting more.

I have been blown away lately by the calibre of books that I have been reading; yet again I didn’t guess what was going to happen at the end.  The days of guessing who the bad guy was is well and truly over.  This was so cleverly written, it was full of twists that made you rethink and challenge your own thoughts.   I like to think I am a pretty good detective after reading so many crime books but I didn’t work this one out.  That is awesome; I love it when I have no clue what’s going to happen at the end.

This book can be read as a stand-alone novel but I recommend that you read The Girls in the Water first.  Firstly because it’s a brilliant book but secondly because it will give you some background on the characters and their relationships to each other.

I am very much looking forward to book 3 in the series; Victoria Jenkins is now one of my all-time favourite authors. 

I highly recommend this book and I give it a big fat 5 stars – I loved it!

Here is the publishers blurb:

Four friends. A house full of secrets. And a killer picking them off one by one…

She tried to break her fall, twisting desperately, but there was nothing to catch hold of, nothing with which she could stop herself. Her single scream cut through the night air 

Keira North falls to her death at a party. It initially seems like an accident, but Detectives Alex King and Chloe Lane suspect foul play: they are convinced they are dealing with a murder.

When the detectives start to investigate, they soon find that all of Keira’s closest friends have secrets that someone might kill to keep.

And as Alex and Chloe are fighting their own demons and struggling to stay on top of the case, Keira’s killer is circling the group of friends, who one by one find that their lives are in danger…

The First One to Die is a heart-stopping and shocking detective thriller that will have you gripped until the very last page. Perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney, Angela Marsons, and Val McDermid

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Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite 

Wow what a fantastic book, totally thrilling and captivating!

A tangled web of lies and secrets is masterfully woven by Barbara Copperthwaite in this psychological thriller.  It is my first book by Barbara and I was hooked right from page one, I will definitely be reading more.  All the way through I was thinking that I knew what was going to happen, I was so wrong.

This book is a rollercoaster of emotions, it’s dark, it’s disturbing, it’s shocking but there is an element of innocence too. Most of all it is heartbreakingly sad.  There is also a touch of truth as the scenarios in the book could happen in any family. That’s the scary part!  This book is nail biting, it will take your breath away.

I seriously could not put this book down; I had to keep reading and turning pages to see what was going to happen. I liked the format of the story how it was current and went back a few days to give a back story. All the way through I kept changing my mind on the final outcome it really kept me guessing right to the very end.  I really did not guess what was going to happen at the end it was a real surprise which was nice but shocking!

I liked everything about this book, the style of writing, the characters, and the storyline; there was not one thing that I didn’t like about this book.

Her Last Secret gets a big fat 5 stars from me, I totally recommend this book it is an awesome read.

You need to read this book it is amazing!

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

There are some secrets you can never tell.


The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.

They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.

But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.

But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.

Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?

 

 

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The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

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I have just finished reading The Surrogate. Louise Jensen totally knocked this out of the park what an incredible read.

When I finished the last page the only thought in my head was Wow!  I couldn’t believe what I had just read it blew my mind. Reading this book was a rollercoaster ride of emotion.  It was packed full of twists and turns that I did not see coming at all and totally had me enthralled.   All the way through I was like yeah I can see where this is heading but I couldn’t have been more wrong! I totally did not see this ending coming.

Fantastic – so far my favourite book of 2017

I realise this review is very short but I am still kind of a little bit gobsmacked. I totally recommend this book it was amazing.

I have had The Gift and The Sister by Louise sitting in my kindle library for a while now, I am definiately going to get straight on to them!

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Dead to Me by Stephen Edger – Blog Tour – Book Review

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It’s my turn on the Stephen Edger Dead to Me book tour today.  It is such a pleasure and I am so excited to be included in the tour as I loved everything about this book it was awesome.

Wow this book was fantastic, right from page one I knew it was going to be a cracking read, it totally had me hooked and I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it.  Kate is a very dedicated and driven police officer whose private life is a mess. You can’t help but like her.  She is trying hard but struggling at times to fit in with her new team at work and the arrival of her estranged daughter. On top of this she has a killer to catch who always seems to be one step ahead.

This book has a lot going for it; it is gritty, brutally honest in places and full of suspense.  It also had a dark creepy atmosphere in places.  Can people really get into your house whilst you are at home asleep or in the shower and leave notes? – probably! I really found this book hard to put down. It totally had me gripped right the way through.

I can’t wait for the next book, Stephen Edger has the makings of a really good series here   Kate was great I feel that she may have a long but rocky career ahead of her and I am looking forward to getting to know her and her team better in future books.

This is the first book that I have read by Stephen Edger I enjoyed it so much I went straight to the Kindle store and purchased his other books.  If I could give this book 6 stars I would because it was a seriously good book.

You can buy this book at the following Amazon Links:

UK:        http://amzn.to/2sJY7uA

US:        http://amzn.to/2t8zvee

It can also be found on the Australian Kindle store for our Aussie readers.

Here is the Publishers Description of the book: –

How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?

The woman lay flat on the table, her face to one side, her wrists bound with thick tape. Deep scratches marked the wood beneath her fingers, now resting cold and still…

When a woman’s body is found in an abandoned bar near the Southampton docks, Detective Kate Matthews is called in to lead the investigation. She must solve this case to prove she is coping with the death of a close colleague.

Kate knows a pile of ripped up newspaper cuttings discovered at the victim’s house must be a piece of the puzzle, but her team keep hitting dead-ends… Until she finds a disturbing clue that convinces her of three things: The murder is linked to the body of a man found hanging in a warehouse, she is on the hunt for a calculated serial killer, and the killer is watching her every move.

Kate realises there will be another victim soon, and that her own life is in grave danger, but no one else believes her theory. Can she find and stop the most twisted killer of her career, before another life is lost?

An absolutely NAIL-BITING thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, James Patterson and MJ Arlidge. 

Here is a little bio about the author of Dead to Me Stephen Edger: –

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Stephen Edger is a British crime writer, who has been writing since 2010. In that time he has written and published eleven novels, and five short stories. He writes mysteries and thrillers focused on crime.

Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen works in the financial industry, and uses his insider knowledge to create the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.

Stephen is married, and has two children, and two dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing, and cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.

Here are the other stops on the blog tour if you would like to read some more reviews on this fantastic book :-

Dead to me Blog Tour

 

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The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer – Book Review

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The Missing Girls is Book 3 in the DI Robyn Carter series.  This is a great series that gets better with every book.  I love how the characters and their relationships to each other are developing.

I loved this book; I got a bit frustrated with myself as I have just had eye surgery so it took me longer to read than normal.  I wanted to read but couldn’t!  It is so hard when you have a great book and can’t get comfortable enough to read it. Major frustration!

Carol Wyer was on fire with this one it was fantastic, right from page one I was totally hooked. I loved the characters, the story, and the writing style, everything about it.  This book was full of twists and turns, it was emotional, dark in places and impossible to put down.

I genuinely didn’t guess the ending which was awesome!

The Missing Girls is one of the best books that I have read so far in 2017.  Totally deserves 5 Stars.

Here is the Publishers Blurb: –

One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

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Watching You by Stephen Edger – Book Review

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Wow this book was good, I really enjoyed it.  Kate is a very dedicated and driven police officer whose private life is a mess. You can’t help but like her.  She is trying hard but struggling at times to fit in with her new team and the arrival of her daughter. On top of this she has a killer to catch who always seems to be one step ahead.

This book has a lot going for it; it is gritty, brutally honest in places and full of suspense.  It also had a dark creepy atmosphere in places.  Can people really get into your house whilst you are at home and leave notes? – probably! I really found this book hard to put down. It totally had me engaged right the way through.

I really hope that this is the start of a series as I would love to read more books with this team of police officers.  Kate was great I feel that she may have a long but rocky career ahead of her!

This is the first book that I have read by Stephen Edger I am definitely going to check out his others in the kindle store as I really like his style of writing.  This was a cracking read!

Here is the Publishers blurb:

How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?

She drew the curtains and returned to the kitchen where she removed the bottle of vodka from the freezer and reached for the large kitchen knife. If he dared to come back, she’d be ready for him.

When a body is found hanging in the remains of a dock-side warehouse, Detective Kate Matthews is called to the scene. Recently transferred following the death of a colleague, Kate is yet to see a successful prosecution over the line. But this won’t be an easy win…

Someone is watching her: leaving her clues in her home, taunting her to throw the case and threatening the life of her little girl.

As more bodies begin to surface and Kate’s stalker closes in, her instincts tell her that there is a link hidden among the victims’ missing pieces. This is a killer with a message and Kate must race against the clock to solve his twisted riddle.

But at the end of this impossible puzzle lies an impossible choice…

A dark and compulsive cat-and-mouse thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Sarah Hilary and Patricia Gibney.

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South of the City by W.H. Herman – Book Review

35123141._SR1200,630_I was lucky enough to receive a copy of South of the City by W.H. Herman in return for an honest review, thank you very much for the opportunity to read this book.

I was hooked from page 1; this book totally sucked me in and didn’t let me go until I had finished the last page.   The story was complex as lives and histories entwined, so it took me a couple of chapters to figure everyone out and their relationships to each other.

There were plenty of twists in this book, some of them were totally unexpected that I didn’t see coming.  It’s a very clever writer that can write a book and then blow you out of the water because you totally didn’t see the ending coming; it didn’t even occur to me, I was like “wow”! Mostly I can guess who the bad guys are in a book and kind of know what’s going to happen, but not with this one it was a complete surprise which was really nice.

I really liked the style of writing and how it was fast paced throughout the book.  Sometimes when you read a book you get a section of the book that is a little slow.  I didn’t get that with South of the City the action kept coming all the way through keeping me engaged.

It was a really good read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I give it a very well deserved 5 stars.

Here is the blurb for the book: –

CRIME DOESN’T STOP AT THE CITY LIMITS… In a small but affluent upstate New York town, Grove Park detective Pete Webster learns of two seemingly unrelated incidents… a missing-person report and an accidental death. At first, he views the new cases as a welcome distraction from his increasingly troubled personal life…and then another prominent local resident disappears seemingly without a trace, causing the entire town to take notice. As Webster and his colleagues explore the possibility of a common thread, the investigation reveals a shocking entanglement of previously secret lives, crimes, and romances. Within days Grove Park is thrust into the national spotlight as search helicopters circle overhead and a media horde descends upon the once-tranquil village. The ever-widening probe soon requires the support of a task force of county, state, and federal agencies, and the local interest evolves into a national media sensation, fueled by the stunning revelations that become an almost daily occurrence. Webster’s unpredictable quest to solve the case while dealing with upheaval in his private life becomes a page-turning thriller filled with fascinating characters, set in unique locations. A missing socialite, revenge, politics, romance, murder… welcome to Grove Park!

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