The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland

Wow! This book was heartbreaking, shocking, emotional and so sad. You know it’s a well written  book when  it puts you through a whole range of emotions.

Could this scenario happen in real life? I doubt it in this day and age but there is still that slight possibility that it could which is scary.

I think the characters are portrayed really well, they act like you would expect them too, the story felt very real and you could feel the tension and emotions coming off of them.

I had a hard time putting this down, a quiet Sunday morning read turned into a full on read fest and I devoured it in one sitting. It was a real page turner where I just had to see what would happen next. 

I really enjoyed this book it is an excellent psychological thriller that deserves 5 stars. 

Here is the publishers blurb:

‘Utterly gripping to the last page and full of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. A fantastic thriller!’ Sarah A. Denzil, author of #1 bestseller Silent Child

‘Are you my mummy?’

Tessa Markham returns home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children. 
Not anymore.

She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there. 

After contacting the police, Tessa is suspected of taking the mystery child. Her whole life is turned upside down. And then her husband reveals a secret of his own…

Tessa isn’t sure what to believe or who to trust. Because someone is lying. To find out who, she must confront her painful past. But is the truth more dangerous than Tessa realises? 

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Murder of the Bride by Faith Martin – Book Review

​Murder of the Bride by Faith Martin is Book 3 in the DI Hillary Greene series.

This was a really good book, it is fast paced and full of twists.  I just loved the style of writing and the storyline.  It had me engaged right from the first page and didn’t let me go until I had finished the book.  

DI Hillary Green is a fantastic police officer but her dead crooked cop husband has brought a band of suspicion over her and it follows her around.  She doesn’t let this bother her as she is feisty and confident in her own abilities and just gets on with the job.  She has a great team around her, they are a bunch of misfits but again when the chips are down they all pull together and get results.

I highly recommend this series of book, so far they have been a really good entertaining read with great endings that I didn’t see coming.  To be honest I thought book one in the series was a little slow but was pleasantly surprised with books 2 and 3 I really enjoyed them as I had got to know the characters and their quirks.

I am giving this book a very well deserved 5 stars. I believe there are 17 books in this series so I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series. 

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective? 

Then meet DI HILLARY GREENE, the police woman with a nose for the truth and a talent for trouble. 

DI Hillary Greene is called out to attend a suspicious death at Three Oaks Farm in the picturesque village of Steeple Barton. 

The large farmhouse is filled with music and revellers, but when she steps into the farm’s large cowshed, Hillary finds a dead bride. Dressed in a sumptuous white wedding gown, the young, beautiful redhead had clearly been strangled. 

But not everything is what it seems, and the victim turns out to be at the centre of a web of jealousy and intrigue in the close-knit village. Many of the villagers have a motive for murdering her but they’re not giving up their secrets easily. 

Can Hillary discover the real reason for this brutal crime and cope with the spiralling revelations about her dead ex-husband? 

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish. 

MURDER OF THE BRIDE is the third in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell. 

Books in order are:

1. Murder on the Oxford Canal

2. Murder at the University

3. Murder of the Bride

Please note that these books have been previously published under the following names.

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Liar Liar by Sarah Flint

​Liar Liar by Sarah Flint is Book 3 in the DC Charlotte Stafford series.

OMG this book was totally fantastic, I LOVED it.

I have read 125 books so far this year and I have to say that this is one of my favourites it was seriously good and is in my top 3 for 2017.

Liar Liar was absolutely gripping and shocking. It was very descriptive, dark and disturbing and I couldn’t put it down.  I did read it in super quick time because I enjoyed it so much but I was reading late into the night way later than I would normally go to bed.  The late night reading hangover the next morning was totally worth it!

Sarah Flint was on fire with this one I really can’t say anything negative about it. The story was full of twists, it was energetic and full of really good detail that kept me turning page after page hanging on to every word.

There is a lot of stress in the department in this book, there is new boy Nick who doesn’t want to pull his weight, Hunter isn’t himself and won’t listen to Charlie’s thoughts on the case and Charlie has to deal with Ben and his most recent breakdown.  There is a lot going on but somehow they manage to make it work and as a team get the job done.  

I really didn’t pick the killer in this one; it was very cleverly written and kept the identity of the killer under wraps right until the end.

I highly recommend this book, it is a superb read.  This book is worthy of 6 stars!

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

From the bestselling author of MUMMY’S FAVOURITE and THE TROPHY TAKER.

DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford returns with a superb new, brutally gripping serial killer thriller, where the hunter becomes the hunted. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons.

A faithful dog lies wounded beside the mutilated body of its owner.

A woman is discovered bound and gagged, dead in her own bed.

Both are police officers.

Both have a red rose at their side… worryingly more will follow…

Lies and accusations abound but who is behind the murders and why are the victims being targeted?

Charlie, Hunter and the team must find the killer targeting their own before another body is found.

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Their Fatal Secrets by Janice Frost

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Thank you to Janice Frost, Joffe Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book.

Their Fatal Secrets is book 4 in the DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone novel but I recommend that you read the books in order to get the back story on the characters as it makes it a much more enjoyable read.

I was really excited to read this book as I love this series and I was not disappointed.

WOW this book was fantastic; it sucked me in from the first page and spat me out when I had finished it. I read it in super quick time because I literally couldn’t put it down. It was dark, dangerous and scary. There really are people like this walking the streets so keep looking over your shoulders!

Ava and Jim have an awesome relationship, they are tight as work colleagues but beneath the surface there is a desire that neither of them is able or willing to vocalise. They have each other’s backs and care deeply about each other. Jim has a great team of detectives; they are a close knit group that work well together. Reading this book was like visiting with old friends.

I highly recommend this book, it was excellently written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I give it a big fat very well deserved 5 stars and I cannot wait for the next book!

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

Two students coming home from a drunken night out see something strange in the river. It is a young woman’s body.

Hours later, a second young woman’s body is discovered on another stretch of the same river.

DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal are assigned to both investigations. And they’re joined by a new detective, Tom Knight.

Soon a connection is found between the two dead women. A list of “victims” is discovered in one of their flats. Who will be next and what really happened to the women on this sinister list?

In a thrilling conclusion, Jim Neal fights for his life as the two detectives struggle to solve a complex case involving people with secrets that may prove fatal.

Great for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham.

DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS

 

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Dying Breath by Helen Phifer

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Dying Breath is book 2 in the Detective Lucy Harwin Series.

I am finding that the Crime Fiction genre at the moment has some really top class writers producing fantastic books.  Helen Phifer is one of them; her new book Dying Breath is just brilliant.  Thanks to Helen, Bookouture and Netgalley for the advance copy.

I loved the first Lucy Harwin book The Lost Children so I was super excited to read this and it did not disappoint!

The first words that spring to mind are captivating and thrilling; this one was a hard one to put down. It was extremely well written, it was dark, suspenseful and the twists just kept coming.

I love the relationships between the team members in this series.  Lucy is a hard working detective and she has a great tight knit team around her, she is particularly close to her partner Mattie. Lucy does tend to go off on her own and put herself in danger so it’s lucky Mattie has her back.

This book was awesome, I loved it. It is definitely in my top 5 of 2017.  Helen Phifer has done an amazing job with this book; I particularly liked the serial killer story line, it kept me hanging on to every word.

I highly recommend this book, I feel that it can be read as a stand-alone but I do recommend that you read The Lost Children first so that you get some of the back story on the characters.

Do not miss this book, it’s an absolute cracker!

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

Take a breath. Pray it’s not your last.
Just a few months after a terrifying case that nearly took her life, Detective Lucy Harwin is back with her squad in the coastal town of Brooklyn Bay – and this time, she’s faced with a case more horrifying than anything she’s encountered.

Along with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy is investigating what appears to be a vicious but isolated murder; a woman found bludgeoned to death on a lonely patch of wasteland.

But when a second victim is discovered strangled in an alleyway, then a young family shot in their own home, Lucy and the team must face the unthinkable reality – a killer is walking the streets of their town.

While Lucy and the team try to find the link between these seemingly unconnected murders, they uncover a disturbing truth – these murders are replicating those carried out by infamous serial killers.

Lucy must get to the killer before he strikes again. But he’s got his sights on her, and is getting ever closer… Can she save herself, before she becomes the final piece in his twisted game?

A dark, gripping and sinister crime novel that will hook fans of Patricia Gibney, Joy Ellis and Angela Marsons from the very first page.

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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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