The Silent Girls by Dylan Young – Book Review

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Deeply disturbing, dark and dangerous and so full of twists you will never guess the bad guy!

I really enjoyed this book which is the start of a new series by Dylan Young featuring DS Anna Gwynne.   Anna is feisty, deeply intelligent and loyal to her team.  They are working on a really complex case going back many years that has been reopened.  Liaising with another police force is turning out to be frustrating for Anna and her team but they pull together and forge ahead to try and solve the mystery.

This book was great, I enjoyed every page, it was interesting and had me captivated all the way through. I really couldn’t put it down.  This is a great start to a new series I cannot wait for book 2.  It is so nice to see a new female detective in a lead roll.

I highly recommend this book, I am giving it a very well deserved 5 stars because it was just fantastic.

Here is the publishers blurb:

Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.

Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.

Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.

Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

An absolutely page-turning thriller that will have you hooked. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and M.J. Arlidge, you won’t be able to put down The Silent Girls.

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The Daughter by Lucy Dawson – Book Review

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Oh My God!  Wow this book has it all, it was intense and had me gripped from the first page right through to the end.  I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat absolutely riveted and unable to put the book down. It was heartbreakingly sad and full of emotion, despair and fear.

What a story! When I say this book had it all, it was dark in places, had moments of joy, had deep dark secrets, mental health issues and a very clever cold bloodied killer. You will never in a million years guess the killer it was hidden so well.

The characters were so believable, every single one of them you could feel sorry for, cry with, laugh with and empathise with.

I loved this book, it was a great start to my 2018 reading list.  I highly recommend this book and give it a solid 5 stars.

Here is the publishers blurb:

Gripped me and didn’t let go until the wickedly twisted ending.’ Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You. A heartbreaking and unputdownable psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. Perfect for fans of Linda Green, K.L. Slater and Teresa Driscoll.

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. Now someone’s determined to make you pay… Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

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Murder at Home by Faith Martin – Book Review

Murder at Home is book 6 in the DI Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin, it was first published as “With A Narrow Blade”.

I love everything about this series, I am totally hooked. When I have finished a book I am eagerly awaiting the next release.  There is something about the characters and setting that really draws me in, when I settle down to read one of the books in this series it feels comfortable like meeting with old friends.

Ok so you know I was excited to read this one, it didn’t disappoint. I really feel like each book in the series gets better and better.  This was an intriguing case. Who would murder an old lady who is dying of a terminal illness? Who indeed!  Hillary and her team are on the case and it’s not long until the clues start rolling in.  It was a really enjoyable story with a great ending that I didn’t see coming, I wouldn’t have guessed this one in a million years.

Not only does Hillary have to deal with a murder but someone close by is stalking her DS Janine which is a bit worrying so she has this on her mind to solve and deal with as well. Janine is due to marry Mel in a couple of days so doesn’t need the stress and aggravation of a stalker.

I really enjoyed this book and read it in super quick time as I found it really hard to put down. The story was captivating, I just love the characters and it was very cleverly written. Faith Martin is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

This was a brilliant book, Faith Martins best one to date, it was a cracking read.  I am giving it a gigantic 5 stars.

Publishers Description:

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

Then meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

Flo Jenkins is found murdered in her armchair, a paperknife sticking out of her chest. The old woman was well liked and nothing seems to have been stolen from her home. And it was common knowledge that she only had weeks to live.

Why kill a dying woman? This is going to be one of the toughest cases yet for Hillary to solve.

Hillary also has to deal with a new colleague who has a terrible temper and a rocky past.

With no forensics, no leads, and only a drug-addict nephew as a suspect, will this be Hillary’s first failure to solve a murder?

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

 MURDER AT HOME is the sixth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION

Set in the town of Bicester. England is famous for its picturesque and unique market towns, many of which date back to the Middle Ages, or even further. Traditionally, they were places where farmers met to trade livestock, buy supplies and sell their arable goods. Nowadays, modern markets are often still held in the streets, and in Bicester, where this novel is set, a ‘street market’ happens every Friday. The main street is in fact called Sheep Street, and a modern sculpture of a cluster of sheep pays tribute to the town’s history. Often these old market towns are lined with architecture that spans the centuries — from timber-framed Elizabeth houses, through to the classical lines beloved of the Georgians, to the more ornate houses favoured by the Victorians. Quiet, attractive and often full of character, these old market towns are very desirable places to live.

THE DETECTIVES

DI Hillary Greene

An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow

Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WITH A NARROW BLADE.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES

BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL

BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY

BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE

BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE

BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY

BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME

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Beware the Past by Joy Ellis – book review

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Beware the Past by Joy Ellis is a stand alone novel featuring Detective Matt Ballard.

OMG this book was fantastic I absolutely loved it.  I was gripped from the first page but as the tension and suspense mounted throughout the book it just got better and better and that ending, well just WOW!

Words that spring to mind after finishing this book are Stunning, Surprising, Mind Blowing, Captivating and Emotional.  There really was a whole gamut of emotions rolling through me as I read this book.

I would actually love this to be a new series featuring Matt Ballard I found him to be an intriguing character that I would like to see more of.  I liked his team of detectives and the way they all interacted and the relationships between them. When the chips were down they all rallied to protect and support each other.

I think this is one of my top 5 favourite books from 2017, it was excellent.  I highly recommend it and it gets a big fat 5 stars, if I could give it more I would because it was a cracking read.

Joy Ellis is one of my favourite authors so I was really excited to read this book, it didn’t disappoint!

Here is the publishers blurb:

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A stunning new standalone crime thriller from #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis.

Detective Matt Ballard is haunted by one traumatic case he never solved. In the 1990s three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was never satisfied that the real murderer had been caught

25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. Taken before the murder.

More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, and intimate pictures of Matt’s secret relationship.

Another killing takes place, with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt’s life and reputation?

In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his colleagues, race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits.

The setting

Rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves that lead to nowhere. The lonely lanes are flanked either side by deep drainage ditches and are, for a good part of the year, filled with tall, whispering reeds. Closer to the Wash, high seabanks form a barrier between river and marsh, and the richly fertile soil of the drained land. But when the mists come down, as they so often do, perspective is destroyed and all sense of direction lost, and then the fens become a rather frightening place of mystery and danger. Somewhere that you do not want to be at night.

 

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Last Cry by Anna-Lou Weatherley – Book Review

Last Cry by Anna-Lou Weatherley is book 1 in the Detective Dan Riley Series.

Wow this is easily one of the best books I have read this year.  I feel like I have been inside the head of a psychopath and I now know what makes them tick!

The book was fast paced and engaging and kept me turning pages unable to put the book down.  It was shocking and dark but also had times of bright compassion and empathy.  The balance of dark and light was excellent.

Detective Dan Riley is struggling after the death of his girlfriend, still in mourning and battling his grief he throws himself into this case trying to find a serial killer.  With many twists, turns and surprises this book will keep you on your toes and guessing about what is coming next.

Last Cry is pretty unputdownable (is that even a word! LOL), I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into the story and living it through to the gory end.  This book Is one to read so don’t miss it you won’t regret it.

I am giving Last Cry a bit fat 5 stars, it totally deserves it and I highly recommend it.  Bring on book 2!

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

There’s a letter on the floor covered with blood next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The note says: ‘My beautiful darling, I’m sorry, please forgive me.’

When the body of a wealthy banker is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears at first to be a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye and the pathology report confirms his worst fears – the victim was poisoned and suddenly Dan is dealing with a murder inquiry. 

Still grieving the devastating loss of his girlfriend and unborn child in a car accident two years ago, Dan throws everything he has into the investigation. Then he makes a disturbing discovery, uncovering links between the victim and a woman calling herself Goldilocks on an online dating site. Is she seeking revenge or something more? 

Yet just as Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, the body of a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. Dan is on the trail of a twisted serial killer – and the stakes just got higher: 

The first victim was Daddy Bear. The second Mummy Bear.

Unless Dan can catch the killer, Baby Bear will be next.

An all-consuming and totally unputdownable read that will have you holding your breath to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza and Karin Slaughter. 

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Burn the Evidence by Keith Nixon – Book Review

Burn the Evidence is book 2 in the Solomon Gray series.

I really enjoyed this book, there were lots of twists and a lot going on but once I sorted out who was who and how they all connected it was fine.

You have to feel sorry for Sol,  he lost his son 10 years ago and it’s constantly on his mind yet still he manages to do his job and do it well. For more on the back story of Sols son you will need to read book 1 Dig Two Graves. 

This story was exciting and suspenseful,  it kept me on the edge of my seat turning pages really wanting to see what was going to happen next.  

This really was a gripping thriller which I enjoyed very much and highly recommend.

I’m going to give this a big well deserved 4 stars.

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

Mixing business with family can be a murderous affair … 


A body washes up on the beach near Ramsgate in the South of England. For DS Solomon Gray, the case appears cut and dried—a drowning. An immigrant. Another victim to the sea in his desperate attempt to reach the UK. 

As the tidewaters recede, two more corpses surface. One appears to be a refugee, stabbed to death. The other, Gray recognises immediately. Regan Armitage: son of business tycoon Jake Armitage. Gray knows this means trouble. 

A post mortem reveals ligature marks on Regan’s wrists. Drugs in his bloodstream. All signs indicate murder. Armitage swears to track down his son’s killer and avenge his death. 

Gray’s investigation points to a deadly fire ten years prior, and soon Armitage comes under suspicion. But DS Gray knows what it’s like to lose a child and puts aside his distrust of Armitage to help.

How are the dead men connected to each other—and to the infamous fire?

It’s then that Gray gets another tip on the whereabouts of his own missing son, Tom …

BURN THE EVIDENCE is the second book in a series featuring Detective Sergeant Solomon Gray. The crime series is perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride, and Peter James.

About the Author
Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally he trained as a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.

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The Missing Child by Alison James – Book Review

​The Missing Child is book 1 in the new Detective Rachel Prince series written by Alison James.

This book was great I really enjoyed it, it had me captivated from the first page.  To start a new detective series is refreshing and exciting.  

I liked Rachel Prince straight away, she is feisty and is not scared to go with her gut instinct.  She has a great relationship with her DS and together they are a formidable team.  There is lots going on in this book, plenty of twists and turns but it was easy to keep track of the characters and what was happening.

This was a really well written book, I liked the style of writing and the story line.  It was dramatic, stomach wrenching and quite emotional as you would imagine being about a missing child.  I did have an inkling from about half way through who had taken Lola Jade and my suspicions got stronger the more I read so to be honest the ending wasn’t so much of a surprise to me.  Some of the details were shocking but I knew who the bad guy was, but this in no way spoilt the reading experience for me.

This book was an awesome start to a new series, I can’t wait for the next instalment!

I highly recommend this book, I am giving it a really strong 4 stars.

Here is the publisher’s description:-

Are you looking for your next page turning mystery full of stunning twists? Then try the first book in a brand-new detective series… You won’t be able to put it down.

A MISSING CHILD. A DEAD WOMAN. A SHOCKING MYSTERY. 

Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter.

Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth about Lola’s disappearance, Rachel must untangle the Harper family’s complicated web of secrets and lies.

As the case progresses, the body of a local woman is found. The death at first seems unrelated, until a trail of social media posts lead Rachel to a chilling discovery. 

And then another little girl is taken…

With growing pressure from the public and the appearance of someone from her past she’d rather forget, will Rachel be able to solve the connection between the two missing children and the murder – before it’s too late?

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