Dying Day by Stephen Edger

The first book in the DI Kate Matthews series Dead to Me was totally fantastic so I was super excited to read Dying Day.  Thanks to Stephen Edger, NetGalley and Bookouture for the advance copy.

The first words which spring to mind are bloody awesome! You can tell when a book is really well written, you get totally sucked in and you can’t put it down.  I was flying through the pages
as I just had to know what was going to happen next in this gritty, captivating and totally thrilling book. It was a case of “just one more chapter” and before I knew it I was half way through the book.

I really like Kate Matthews, she is dedicated, hardworking and isn’t scared to put herself into the firing line to get results. She has a good team working with her but occasionally she goes
rogue and gets herself in hot water.  There is an honesty about her which makes her very real and appealing as a female role model to her junior detectives.

Stephen Edger has done an amazing job with book 2 in the series.  Dying Day could be read as a stand-alone but I recommend that you read Dead to Me first so that you get the background on the
characters and storyline.  

I am really looking forward to book 3 and Stephen edger has leapt into my top 5 favourite author list.

Seriously guys this book is really good, I highly recommend it and give it a big fat 5 stars.

Here is the publishers blurb:

Her dark skin looks almost grey; the effect of the elements and death’s touch. Her limp body left pressed against a wire fence like trash. I make a silent promise that I will do everything I
can to catch the person who did this to her…

Exactly a year ago, Amy, a young detective on Detective Kate Matthews’ team, was killed when she was sent undercover to catch a serial killer targeting young girls.

Kate never forgave herself for letting the killer slip through her fingers… 

As the case is reopened and the campaign to find the culprit begins again, Kate is told to stay well away, and for good reason: another girl’s body has been found.

Kate is determined to connect new evidence to the old to catch this monster before more innocent lives are taken. The trail runs cold when her prime suspect is found dead. But then why is the body count still rising? 

The answer is more terrible than Kate could possibly have imagined, and the killer so much closer than she thinks…

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Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett

My first thoughts on finishing this book was bloody hell that was brilliant!

Hell to Pay is book 4 in the Kay Hunter series.

​Rachel Amphlett is one of my favourite authors I love this series. I was really excited to get an early review copy. Thanks Rachel!

This is a cracking read it started out fast and didn’t stop until I had devoured it in a day and a half.  

It went through a whole range of emotions from light and fluffy to dark and dangerous. Kay is a strong woman, an excellent police officer and has a great team around her. I love her relationship with Adam, that’s where the light and fluffy comes in (cute guinea pigs). Her work life is far from fluffy though.

This series of books is so well written,  they really suck you in and you start to feel as if you really know these people, so when something bad happens you go through a whole range of emotions. That’s the sign of a good book to me if it evokes a range of emotions it’s a winner.

The story is good and solid and kept me engaged all the way through, I really had a tough time putting this one down. 

This book is a really good 5 stars read, I highly recommend it.  I think it would hold up well as a stand alone but I would recommend you read the series in order to get a gist of the history behind the story.

Here is the blurb on the book:

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?

Hell to Pay is a gripping fast paced crime thriller, and the fourth in the Detective Kay Hunter series.

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Broken Bones by Angela Marsons

I love the Kim Stone series and Angela Marsons is one of my favourite authors so I was super excited to read this. Did not disappoint!

Stunningly good are the words that spring to mind after finishing the book. It’s dark, it’s twisted and I couldn’t put it down. I loved it. It was great to see Kim and the gang back, it was like seeing old friends again.

Everything about this book was great, the writing style, the plot, the characters. There was nothing in this book that I thought was a little “meh”. 

So when is the next one out? I’m ready!

A seriously good book that is best read in order but can also be read as a stand alone. If you haven’t read this series I highly recommend that you do they are all brilliant.

I would like to give this book 6 stars but I can’t so 5 it is. Definitely in my top 3 of 2017. 

Here is the publishers blurb :

They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.

A gripping new crime thriller from the Number One bestseller – you will be hooked until the final jaw-dropping twist.

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Cold Christmas by Alastair Gunn

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I was really excited to read Cold Christmas by Alastair Gunn as I love the Antonia Hawkins series of books.

I loved this book the story was great, really interesting. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect to it, it was fascinating.   It felt real, I can easily imagine that there are groups of people out there who take part in this type of religious ceremony.

Antonia can’t seem to catch a break, her love life is a bit of a mess, her work life balance is shot and she can’t seem to make it all work.  She’s on the verge of losing her realtionship with Mike but can’t seem to committ fully to the relationship, work always comes first.

The ending was a bit of a blow out, didn’t see that coming!  This book was excellent, it’s easily a 5 star read and is in my top 10 books of 2017.  Alastair Gunn really delivered the goods, an awesome read.

Here is the publishers blurb:

DCI Antonia Hawkins has a killer to catch. Only she can’t predict what is waiting for her at the end of the chase. 

Nobody remembers the young men entering the abandoned London flat a few weeks ago. Nobody cares if they left.

Until the unbearable smell of decay.

DCI Antonia Hawkins is called in to view the dead men; three, lying neat in a row. There’s no damage to the bodies, no obvious cause of death. Is this a suicide pact? Or is that just how it’s meant to look?

If there is a link between the three very different men then Hawkins needs to find it, and fast. Because unless she does, more are going to die. And they might not all be strangers.
Praise for the Alastair Gunn

‘Stunning plot twist which I never saw coming . . . brilliantly done’ Crime Fiction Lover on My Bloody Valentine

‘A truly terrifying debut novel’ My Weekly on The Advent Killer

‘This is a strong, spell-binding crime novel that shows much promise of dark treasures to come from this author’ Crimesquad on The Advent Killer
Read more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/288138/cold-christmas/#fDGr4c6JxQoROF0J.99


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Don’t Tell A Soul by D.K. Hood

D.K. Hood has written a brilliant new book called Don’t Tell A Soul, it’s the first in a new series featuring Alton and Kane. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the advance copy.

Black Rock Falls is a small town in middle America, it’s a safe town with very low crime rates. Suddenly people start to go missing, Sheriff Alton and her new Deputy Kane have the task of finding them.  Easier said than done!  Sheriff Alton faces great danger herself whilst trying to solve the missing persons case which puts an interesting spin on things.

I really enjoyed this book, it was very well written, I liked the style of writing and the characters.  The main characters are both strong people, they sometimes butt heads but you can tell that there is a genuine like and respect for each other.   It’s good to see a strong woman taking the lead but also showing her insecurities and fears.  

The story was fast paced and had plenty of twists and turns, and I didn’t guess the bad guy which is a bonus. 

I am really looking forward to future books and getting to know these two characters better and perhaps exploring their pasts and the reasons they are in Black Rock Falls. There is a story in their collective histories that is screaming out to be told.

This was a great story, I highly recommend it, I spent a very enjoyable and relaxing weekend with this book.

This book gets 5 stars from me.

Don’t Tell A Soul is out on the 30th October and can be ordered here on Amazon.

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The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney

Stunningly good!  

Patricia Gibney was on fire with this book, what a cracking third part to the Lottie Parker series. 

Lottie is dangerously close to the edge, her life is chaotic but she still manages to deliver the goods. This series is real, her struggles are real, no one has perfect lives, Lottie struggles daily balancing family and work and sometimes she gets it wrong. 

I love the characters in this series, I really hope Lottie and Boyd get together!  Reading this book was like getting together with old friends again.

Wow, now the ending was something else. Not only was the plot excellent but the ending provided some answers that we have all been on the edges of our seats waiting to figure out.

A real page Turner,  I couldn’t put this book down. Easily in my top 5 favourite books for 2017 (this was number 114 so to be in the top 5 is no mean feat).

I highly recommend this book it was excellent. I feel that the books should be read in order so that you get the history of Lottie and her family etc but it can also be read as a stand alone novel.

A big fat 5 stars – you have to read this book!

Here is the publishers blurb:

They placed me in here and threw away the key. I look down at the gown they’ve put on me. I want my own clothes. I don’t know how long I’ve been here.

An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate. When they discover that the victim’s daughter is missing as well, they start to fear
for the safety of the whole family…

Two days later as a nearby house is set on fire and with the body count rising, Lottie and her team begin to unpick a web of secrets and lies, as the murders seem to link back to a case investigated by Lottie’s father before he
took his own life. 

With little knowledge of what really happened to her father, Lottie knows this is a case that could give her some answers. But how much does she want to know? And how far is Lottie prepared to dig to uncover the truth?

The Lost Child is a thrilling page-turner from the bestselling author of The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls that will have you guessing right to the very last page.
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni.

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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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