Broken Dolls by Sarah Flint – Book Review

Wow where do I start with Broken Dolls? As we have become to expect from Sarah Flint this book was absolutely thrilling and heart stopping.

DC Charlie Stafford has a lot on her plate with this one with two cases a dead baby and a dead prostitute. Are they connected or are they totally random attacks? As she tries to unravel the cases we see the seedy and violent side of prostitution, people smuggling, drug taking and crack houses. These women live a dangerous life and live for their next fix.

This was an extremely well told story as I had absolutely no idea of who the killer was until the reveal at the end, and what a surprise that was! I would never have guessed it in a million years. I really enjoyed this book, I like Charlie and her team they are a cohesive group that work well together. The story was fast paced, kept me entertained and interested all the way through and kept me guessing. I had a hard time putting this one down it was a real page turner that kept me reading late into the night.

The ending was just amazing and blew my mind! It was bloody amazing!

I loved this book it was really good, I am giving it 5 stars because it deserves it, it was a great book and I highly recommend it.

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

The all NEW heart-stopping, un-put-downable serial killer thriller from the bestselling author of Mummy’s Favourite. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons.

A baby lies abandoned amongst the rubbish;her tiny face as white as alabaster, her body as stiff as a miniature doll.

A young prostitute lies beaten, her figure lying like a mannequin on the frozen concrete, her blood spilt, her life ebbing away.

As DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford and her boss DI Hunter struggle to identify the victim from the violator their hunt brings them to the crack houses of Lambeth, littered with damaged people, their lives scarred by tragedy and violence, most broken beyond repair.

As further lives hang in the balance Charlie must enpower the weak to speak out against those who seek to cause harm.

But can a broken doll ever truly be mended; or will the wounds of the past, fashion the events of the future?

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Gone to Ground by Rachel Amphlett – Book Review

Rachel Amphlett pulls the rabbit out of the hat yet again with Gone to Ground, book 6 in the Kay Hunter series.

This book was fantastic, it was full of suspense and action and really kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more. It was a hard book to put down because the characters are so likeable and the story line just sucked me in, I was totally engrossed.

Quite often in books the lead role has a messed up chaotic home life, I like how Kay’s home life is so normal with Adam, I love how they have Animals to stay from Adams vet practice, I so want a mini goat in my back yard!

I totally recommend this series of books, each one will suck you in and spit you out at the end exhausted from the drama and suspense leaving you wanting the next instalment. I qwould read them in series order, that way you will gather a lot of background history on Kay and her team.

I don’t hesitate in giving this book 5 stars it was a fabulous read. Can I have the next one now please?

While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.

The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.

When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay uncovers the disturbing truth – a serial killer is at large, and must be stopped at all costs.

With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population.

When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.

As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.

Gone to Ground is a gripping serial killer thriller full of page-turning suspense, and the sixth book in the Detective Kay Hunter British detective series.

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Nobody’s Child by Victoria Jenkins – Book Review

Nobody’s Child by Victoria Jenkins is book 3 in the Detectives King & Lane series.

Bam! Straight out of the starting gate this had me totally hooked. It was fast paced all the way through, hit after hit of tension, excitement and horror. There are plenty of twists to keep you guessing who the bad guy is, and no I didn’t guess, it was a complete shock actually.

There is a lot going on between Alex and Chloe in this book which adds another layer of angst in the story heightening the feeling of tension.  The whole team are jumpy and uneasy as the crimes ratchet up in intensity and severity.  Will they catch the bad guy before he will kill again?  You will have to read the book to find out!

I really enjoyed this book, the first two in the series were also great (The Girl in the Water and The First One to Die).  I recommend that you read the series in order but of course you can read this as a stand-alone but you will miss out on a lot of history between Alex, Chloe and the rest of the team.

I don’t hesitate in giving this 5 stars, it had me captivated and on the edge of my seat, devouring the pages.  It was a great read and I highly recommend it.

As you know by now I don’t like to give any spoilers away, just my opinion on the book, so here is the publisher blurb:

An absolutely gripping mystery thriller with a jaw-dropping twist. This book will hook you from page one and keep you reading ‘just one more chapter’ late into the night.

On a damp October day, a body is found in an abandoned hospital, too burnt to be identified, but Detective Alex King knows that every victim is someone’s daughter or son.

Pushing aside her own troubles, Alex puts everything into finding the killer, but when someone else is found dead, she begins to suspect that the body in the hospital was just the first of many.

Just as Alex uncovers a heartbreaking link between the victims, she finds her own safety under threat. Is this a figure from her past hell-bent on revenge, or could the murderer be even nearer than she thinks?

Alex is running out of time. Can she catch the killer before they take another life, or will they get to her first?

A completely unputdownable detective thriller that will keep you up all night. Readers of Robert Bryndza, Karin Slaughter and Angela Marsons will love this.

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Dead Lock by Damien Boyd – Book Review

Dead Lock

Dead Lock is book 8 in the DI Nick Dixon series.  I have been a huge fan of this series right from the start so was very excited to read this.  It didn’t disappoint. It was tense, full of drama and thrilling.

This book was excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed it, I read it in super quick time because I couldn’t put it down.  I had a couple of very early nights this week just so that I could go to bed and read it.  I just love the characters Nick, Jane and Monty and their relationship with each other.   I have a staffy like Monty so I love it when Staffords are in the books I read and are portrayed as they really are, kind, loyal and loving dogs and not some snarling, ferocious mad thing!

And oh man that ending!

I would definitely recommend Dead Lock it was a very entertaining read.  I recommend the whole series actually, it is an awesome series of books to read.  It would help if you read them in order as it helps with background and the relationship between Jane and Nick etc but saying that you could absolutely read this as a stand-alone and get the gist of the background story and enjoy it.

I have no hesitation in giving Dead Lock a very well deserved 5 stars, it was a bloody good read!

Here is the publishers blurb:

Early on a cold Somerset morning, ten year old Alesha Daniels is reported missing by her father, a violent alcoholic. Her mother, a known drug addict, is found unconscious, but it’s her mother’s boyfriend the police are keen to trace.

As the hunt for Alesha gathers pace, a second local girl is taken, plunging another family into the depths of despair.

Cutting short his holiday, DI Nick Dixon races home to join the Major Investigation Team, but no sooner has he identified a network of local suspects than they begin to show up dead.

At odds with his superiors, Dixon is convinced the child abductions are anything but random, but nobody is prepared for the investigation to lead quite so close to home.

Can Dixon and his team crack the case before all the suspects are silenced? And will he find the missing girls before it’s too late?

 

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Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch – Book Review

Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch is book 2 in the DI Kelly Porter series and what a fantastic read it is!

Lots of words spring to mind but bloody brilliant comes first closely followed by thrilling, captivating and unputdownable (is that even a word!). This book is my first back reading after my corneal transplant so I was painfully slow at reading. My mind was telling me to read, read, read and my eyes were telling me to stop. Well I didn’t stop because quite honestly I couldn’t put it down.

I like Kelly because she is real, she has issues, a sister that she wants to beat the crap out of and a sick mother, but like a lot of us with issues she dusts herself off each morning and goes to work and does a bloody good job. There is nothing fake about this book it is down to earth and the characters are likable and the plot believable.

This is shaping up to be a really good series, I really can’t wait for the next book!

As you realise by now I don’t like giving away spoilers so I am not going to go in to the plot of the book but you can read a precis below from the publisher. I highly recommend this series and don’t hesitate in giving Deep Fear 5 stars, Rachel Lynch is on to a winner with this series.

Here is the publishers blurb:

DI Kelly Porter is back. But will this new case push her beyond her limits?

On a peaceful summer’s morning in the Lake District, a woman’s body is discovered outside a church. She’s been murdered and a brutal, symbolic act performed on her corpse. DI Kelly Porter is in charge of the team investigating the crime, and is determined to bring the killer to justice. But as more deaths occur it is clear this is the work of a disturbed, dangerous and determined individual. Can Kelly put the puzzle pieces together before the danger comes closer to home?

Don’t miss this gripping crime thriller featuring an unforgettable detective. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza.

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Blood Runs Cold by Dylan Young is book 2 in the Detective Inspector Anna Gwynne series.

In this story DI Anna Gwynne who heads up the cold case unit has discovered the cold case she is investigating ties in with a string of child disappearances and a current active case of an abducted child.

I really enjoyed this book its part of a great new series that is thrilling and hard to put down. Actually it was bloody brilliant I was hanging on to every word that Dylan had written. The characters are great, the story line was tense and exciting and it had a feel of being really well written and thought out.

The pressure for Anna and her team builds throughout the book and towards the end I’m like please find the girl, please find the girl ….. I won’t tell you if they found the girl but you get my drift, it was tense and I was on the edge of my seat thinking OMG please find the girl before that monster kills her!

A very good book that I am certain that you will enjoy in fact I cannot wait until the next instalment.

Blood Runs Cold is released on 18th May, I highly recommend that you grab a copy it’s a great read and I don’t hesitate in giving it 5 stars.

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

Description
She had stopped crying. There was no window, the walls were smooth and it was quiet. She didn’t want to be alone. But she didn’t want him to come back.

On a bright spring morning, walkers find a tattered plastic bag half-buried in the rolling hills of Somerset. Inside lie a collection of bones; human, but too thin and light to be an adult’s.

The bones belong to Rosie Dawson, a little girl who disappeared ten years ago. Detective Anna Gwynne is back at work after a case that nearly cost her her life. The trail is stone cold, but Anna will stop at nothing to find the killer, and escape thoughts of her own dark past.

Then another little girl is abducted near a river bank on the hottest day of the year, and her sister can’t remember anything about the man who took her. Nobody thinks the cases are connected, but then Anna finds a photo of her that matches an old one of Rosie. In the same dark room. The same concrete walls. The same stony floor.

The killer is bragging.

With just two photos and a witness too young to help, can Anna find the killer in time to save a little girl’s life?

A heart-pounding thriller that will get right under your skin. If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Angela Marsons you’ll love this killer crime thriller.

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Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott – Book Review

Cross your Heart is book 2 in the Jess Bishop series and what a totally brilliant read it is!

Kierney has woven this thrilling tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat hanging on to every word. This book was intense, dark, heartbreaking and so emotional.

If you want to read a book with a strong fiesty female lead this is perfect. I loved this book, it was great and I have no hesitation in highly recommendibg it and giving it 5 stars.

Excuse this very short review of this book, I am having some eye trouble and don’t feel up to writing more, but I did want you to know about this amazing book.

Here is the publishers blurb on the book:

Description

Blinking her eyes open, she looks around the room, taking in the bed and the wardrobe full of clothes she’s never seen before. This isn’t her bedroom. Those aren’t her clothes. She begins to cry as she wonders if she’ll ever see her own home again.

Three young girls are missing. All of them cold cases. All of them forgotten. But when Detective Jess Bishop identifies a disturbing link between them, she’s determined to find out what happened, and fights to re-open their cases.

At the scene of each abduction the kidnapper left a clue – a small bag of candy – in place of the missing child.

And then a fourth child is taken. Eight-year-old Ava is snatched from her hospital bed and when a bag of candy is found in her room, Jessica knows it’s the same kidnapper.

As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to breaking point, Jess takes a personal risk she fears she’ll live to regret. But she has no choice.

Out of hospital, Ava can only get sicker: Jess is running out of time. Can she find Ava before it’s too late?

An absolutely gripping thriller that will have your pulse racing. Cross Your Heart is perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner.

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