#Review – #GallowsTreeLane by Kate London (@kate_katelondon) @CorvusBooks @AnneCater

Seeing as I screwed up my blog tour dates, I am delighted to post my review of ‘Gallowstree Lane’ on my blog tour. Apologies to the author, Corvus Books and RandomThingsTours for my genuine error.

Please don’t let me die. Please don’t. The final words of teenager Spencer Cardoso as he bleeds out on a London street, his life cut short in a single moment of rage.

 

When a teenage boy steps out of the shadows of GallowstreeLane and asks a passer-by for help, it’s already too late. His life is bleeding out on the London street. 

The murder threatens to derail Operation Perseus, a cover police investigation into the Eardsley Bluds, an organised criminal network. Detective Kieran Shaw can’t and won’t allow that to happen. But fifteen-year-old Ryan has other ideas. He’s witnessed the death of his best friend, and now he wants someone to pay…

As loyalties collide, a chain of events is triggered that threatens everyone with a connection to Gallowstree Lane. 

 

What does TWG think?

I have been wanting to read a Kate London novel for AGES! ‘Gallowstree Lane’ is the third book in series, so do bear that in mind before you read it as, in my opinion, it would be beneficial to read the previous two books first. I didn’t and I found that I missed out on information regarding the characters, which would have come in useful had I already known it. That said, others may find it perfectly fine to read without the background information of previous books.

‘Gallowstree Lane’ is very ‘in’ with the times so to speak. The main theme of the book is gangs and crime on the London scene. It’s one thing reading about stabbings and such in the media, but it’s another thing being in amongst the criminal activity yourself, even on a fictional basis. Kate London clearly has experience in that environment as her descriptions were too intricately written for someone not in the know! I loved the intense storyline and in depth detail where the crimes were concerned – even if it was quite unsettling at times!!

I wouldn’t say that ‘Gallowstree Lane’ is speedy read, because it isn’t. It’s one of those reads which has the storyline stewing for a little while, sparks as the story progressed, and then explodes when you are least expecting it.

Overall I was rather impressed by Kate London’s engaging and addictive writing style, and I look forward to re-reading this book once I have read the previous books in the series.

Buy now.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon (@mscanlonauthor) @Bookouture

I am super excited to be on the blog tour for ‘Where She Lies’ by Michael Scanlon today. Many thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

When Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, he predicts boredom will be his biggest threat.

But then a beautiful, local teenage girl is found strangled in the cold, dark woods a mile from town. The prime suspect is the seemingly-gentle drifter who found Tanya’s body.

Beck seems to be the only person who can’t escape the feeling that Tanya wasn’t killed at random. As he digs deeper into the shadows of Cross Beg, he begins to realise it isn’t the sleepy backwater he’d first believed. Everyone here has something to hide. Tanya had a boyfriend, whose name no one knew. A best friend with a loose relationship with the truth. And a habit she thought she’d kept hidden from everyone.

But, just as Beck believes he is making progress, the body of one of the suspects is found drowned in the river. Is the killer just getting started?

Everyone in the town seems to have something they would die to protect. But who has a secret they’d kill for?

Why does TWG think?

Ooooooo what a nifty little read this is!! I am genuinely surprised that ‘Where She Lies’ is a debut novel – the strength of the storyline was so intense and so impressive for an author’s first book. I mean, if this is the calibre of Michael Scanlon’s first book, I cannot wait to see what he comes up with next!

The beauty of this book is that, not only is it a debut novel, it’s also the start of a new series featuring Detective Finnegan Beck, an Irish officer who seems to have his own story to tell. The backstory of Beck is quite intriguing and we don’t get the finer details of his situation straight away. All we know is that he has been demoted and that he’s good at getting people’s backs up.

Like I said above, I was very impressed by the storyline and I loved how the gritty events exacerbated the intensity of the novel. I did find several of the characters to be a little flat, and I couldn’t help but wonder what they were actually bringing to the overall storyline. I would be intrigued to see which characters come back in book two (hence why I’m not naming any names haha).

All in all, ‘Where She Lies’ is a gritty, addictive debut novel which shows such promise for future books in the series – I’m excited!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Michael Scanlon is a civilian employee of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force), but a life threatening undiagnosed illness that struck while travelling in Spain in 2014 has rendered him on long term sick leave. He is married to Eileen and has a daughter, Sarah. He lives in the countryside outside the town of Ballina in County Mayo. The town has arguably the best salmon river in Europe, called the Moy.

#BlogTour! #Review – Inborn by Thomas Enger (@EngerThomas) @AnneCater @OrendaBooks

I need to start this post today with an apology as I had managed to put my tour stop on the wrong day in my diary, meaning that I was meant to have posted yesterday. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the patience with my error.

I am excited to be reviewing ‘Inborn’ by Thomas Enger today – huge thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

What turns a boy into a killer?

When the high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as being in the dock … for murder?

Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously … and secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community.  As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has a relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect?

It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust.

But can we trust him?

What does TWG think?

OMG this book was addictive!!!!! If you exclude the times where I had to put the book down to feed the mini human and pets (how rude!), I can safely say that I devoured ‘Inborn’ in a matter of hours. Such a clever, clever novel which highlights the fact that nothing is ever as it seems.

The prologue to ‘Inborn’ was absolutely cracking and set the wheels in most for the rest of the book. Who was the person there? Why were they there? Who else was in the vicinity at the same time? Something bad had happened, but the reasoning as to why was nowhere to be seen. Well, not for a while anyway.

‘Inborn’ is a strong case of mistaken identity in the sense that even individual characters were left questioning themselves, even though they knew the truth. But did they really? The fact that I was left questioning every little detail in the book was strong proof that Thomas Enger is incredible at keeping his readers on their toes. I could not believe just how complex each scenario in the storyline was written, whilst also being woven into various other situations seamlessly and flawlessly.

‘Inborn’ kept me face muscles working until the very last page as my expressions switched between shocked, uncertainty and disbelief, time and time again – I couldn’t believe what my eyes were digesting and, to be brutally honest, I still can’t!

As I said at the start of the review, I thought this book was so very clever and I loved every single minute of it. From psychologically damaging relationships to uncertain answers, and from complex thoughts to twisted judgements, ‘Inborn’ is one of the most psychologically twisted books I have read so far this year.

Utterly, utterly brilliant – I urge you all to grab yourselves a copy to be put under Thomas Enger’s spell. Looooooved it!!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan (@alexkhanauthor) @HeraBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Third and final tour of the day is for a book full of glamour; Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan. Huge congratulations to both Alex, and Hera Books on the publication of this release. I am delighted to share my review with you all today, many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Hera Books for the ARC.

Zara Das is Bollywood’s hottest property, her every move watched by the eyes of the press. Riding high from the success of a string of blockbusters, she has the world at her feet, but the scandal from her latest film threatens to dethrone her as Bollywood’s reigning queen. 

So when superstar director Raj Dillon stages a lavish retelling of Pride and Prejudice, moving the shoot from Mumbai’s soundstages to London, Zara knows this is the role that could put her back on top. Coming with them are the Bollywood Wives – Jackie, Sasha, and Rani – bringing their own off-screen drama.

But behind the diamonds, designer clothes and seven-star hotels lies the truth of how Zara reached the top. And when a dead body is found in her hotel room, it seems that someone is determined to take Zara down – and will stop at nothing to expose her darkest secrets. 

Zara has spent years running from her past. But now it’s caught up with her… 

What does TWG think?

Wow – I don’t think I have ever read a book like this before! I will admit that I was a little bit unsure of the storyline at first as I couldn’t really work out where things were going, or whose life I should be paying attention to the most. Of course there was the main character, Zara, who we get to know very well throughout the book, but there were other women in the book with such strong personalities that they were all fighting for the main spotlight.

I would say that the book reminded me of ITVBe program, ‘The Only Way is Essex’, but that may be deemed a negative remark, and it isn’t. I think the concept of ‘how the other half live’ so to speak, was what reminded me of the outspoken TV program, yet it was very clear that there was no competition for who won the glamour and sassy stakes – the Bollywood Wives.

The storyline is very unique due to it containing high end, glamorous Indian lifestyles alongside dark and thrilling elements, enough to grab you by the collar and hold you hostage like a bit of BDSM (with your consent…obviously 😉 ). I will admit, again, that I wasn’t really taken by the main character, Zara, as she had more of an unlikable vibe than likeable. That said, Minnie was farrrr worse than she was! Alex Khan is brilliant at creating such colourful and highly complex characters which can both grate you one minute, and then have you feeling like their BFF the next. Rani was good at that!!

So, despite my earlier uncertainty, I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how the storyline all came together and I cannot wait to see what Alex Khan brings to the table next – more sass I hope!

A addictive, glamorous and intense read which left me wanting more.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Dead Pretty by Candy Denman (@crimecandy) #DeadPretty @AnneCater

If you remember last year, I was on the blog tour for the second book in the Jocasta Hughes series, Body Heat. Today however, I have the pleasure of being on the blog tour for the first book, Dead Pretty. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

The first in a series featuring Dr Jocasta Hughes, part-time GP and on call Forensic Medical Practitioner in the small English seaside town of Hastings. Intelligent, witty, well-plotted crime-fiction. More cosy than not.

What does TWG think?

Creepy? Check.

Intense? Check.

Creepy? Check.

CREEPY?!? Check!!!

Having already had a insight to how Dr Jocasta Hughes works due to reading the second book already, it was good to see how it all began with her and how her friendship with DI Miller materialised.

This book starts off with an absolute toe curler of an event. I think I made it clear at the beginning that I found the story creepy, but geez – it’s intensely creepy and that opening was utterly brilliant. What a way to kick things off! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t get off on people killing others, but the grit was outstanding and definitely had me hooked very quickly.

It’s clear that the killer doesn’t give a monkeys at all, especially as they make Hughes and Miller work exceptionally hard for their money. Put it this way – if the events could get away with being ice, they would. They were that chilling.

I was so impressed by how many intense layers Candy Denman created, I didn’t realise how invested I had become until my own reflection scared me to death.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Stalker by #LarsKepler @AAKnopf @crimebythebook #StalkerBook

Having started and read ‘Stalker’ in one day, I am beyond excited to be reviewing the book for the blog tour today! Huge thanks to Abigail for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of ‘Stalker’ by Lars Kepler:

The internationally bestselling authors of The Sandman and The Hypnotist return with a terrifying new thriller: Detective Joona Linna–recently returned from compassionate leave–reunites with hypnotist Erik Maria Bark in a search for a seemingly unassailable

sadistic killer.

The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she’s being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman’s body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there’s nothing they can do.

 

Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation, and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna’s worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things.

Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he’s beginning to think that an innocent man may be behind bars–and a serial killer still on the loose. . .

 

What does TWG think?

Oh my BLEEPING goodness!!!!!!!! Why have I never picked up a Lars Kepler novel until now?! Omg – I still can’t get my head around what I read, so I apologise in advance if there is a lot of ‘omg!’ and sentences which make no sense at all. Obviously I would prefer it if the review was coherent….but I can’t promise anything!!!

So, ‘Stalker’ was the first book I had read by the dynamic duo, Lars Kepler. Yes, it is part of a series, and no you do not need to have read the previous four books before you read this one – in my opinion, obviously. At around 500 odd pages, I honestly thought that it would end up being a story which just went on and on. It wasn’t. I was actually quite surprised by how concise the book was considering it was of great length, so much so, I started and finished the book in one day! Unfortunately I had to put the book down a couple of times as the child and pets needed feeding….how selfish of them to want food!!!!

It’s safe to say that my bank account will take a bit of a hit this week as I aim to purchase the other four books in paperback, as well as this one. Do you think I loved it?! Short answer: OMG YES! Seriously, I was absolutely hooked by the twisted turn of events, the psychologically damaging storyline, and the incredibly nauseating and vivid descriptions of certain characters actions. Yes, that’s right, I used the word ‘nauseating’ as a positive. Who would have thought it?!

‘Stalker’ isn’t a read for the faint hearted or people who have an aversion to blood. Although saying that, you might get an aversion to blood whilst reading this – a lot is lost! The storyline is fast paced in places, slow paced in others, yet the level of intensity throughout the entire book was absolutely phenomenal.

I loved the array of dynamic characters, each one adding their flaws into the storyline to create a multi layered read which, if I were wearing any, would have totally blown my socks off! I was absolutely shocked by the conclusion as I had tried to work out my own ‘whodunnit’, but ended up failing miserably. I think the fact the authors dropped red herring after red herring, whilst also pointing bloody fingers at one character in particular, it was only natural for me to follow those instincts and think that they were the one who had done it. Obviously at the time I didn’t know the pieces of information I was using as glue to my puzzle pieces, were in fact red herrings. It just goes to show how complex the minds of Lars Kepler are, and the complexity of the storyline itself. Clearly not everything is as it seems, right?!

It probably goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that ‘Stalker’ is now a very strong contender for my top book of 2019. Wow, seriously, ‘Stalker’ is an jawdroppingly, gritty, read which left me wanting more. Outstanding beyond belief. The book may have been long in pages, but it felt like one of the quickest books I’ve ever read. I can not recommend this enough!

Buy now from Amazon UK

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About the author.

LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their number one internationally bestselling Joona Linna series has sold more than twelve million copies in forty languages. The Ahndorils were

both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler and have each published several acclaimed novels. They live in Stockholm, Sweden. Translated by Neil Smith.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Boss Girl by Emma Tallon (@EmmaEsj) @Bookouture

Happy publication day, Emma Tallon and ‘Boss Girl’! I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour with a review – thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

You’ll do anything to save your family, even kill for them…

Anna Davis is under pressure. With her West End nightclub packed full every night and the opening of another club just around the corner, she knows she can’t take her eye off the ball.

Her boyfriend Freddie Tyler practically owns London’s West End and he’s got a big deal on – one that could make the Tylers the most powerful family in London. He’s going into business with crime boss Frank Gambino. But visiting Anna at work one night, Gambino tells her he’ll only sign the deal with Freddie on one condition – that she hands over Club Anya to him.

With tension growing between Anna and Freddie, her mind is on other things. She doesn’t notice that someone is watching her every move. She doesn’t realise just how much danger she’s in.

When one night she doesn’t return home, Freddie is beside himself with worry. And as he races to save Anna, one thing is for sure – he’ll get back the girl he loves. Even if it means taking down the whole of the London underworld to find her…

What does TWG think?

Oh this is proper gangsta!!!! I must say, I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of Freddie, that’s for sure! Hell, even Anna is one to watch!

I need to be vague with this review as there is a lot of the storyline which is closely linked to other parts! I loved the bulshy and gritty nature of the storyline – i was certainly kept on my toes until the very end, that’s for sure!

At times I felt as though the storyline was a bit padded out with things that didn’t really do much to the overall vibe of the book. That said, I was very glad that the book had some very likeable, and highly dislikable characters – I sure as hell won’t be forgetting them in a hurry!!

All in all I really enjoyed ‘Boss Girl’ and felt that the ‘dun dun dun’ moments were executed very well, surprising me at the very last moment with an absolute belter of a shocker.

Buy now!

About the author.

Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a three book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With two more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.

Social Media Links:

For more information on Emma or to join her mailing list, please go to: www.emmatallon.com or alternatively, follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/emmatallonofficial or on Twitter: @EmmaEsj

 

#BlogTour! #Review – The Suspect by Fiona Barton (@figbarton) @TransworldBooks @AnneCater #TheSuspect


It’s TWG’s turn to host today’s stop on Fiona Barton’s blog tour and no, I’m not ‘The Suspect’, honest!! Many thanks to Transworld Books for the ARC, and huge thanks as always, to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite. Here is my review of ‘The Suspect’:

The new must-read thriller from the author of Sunday Times bestseller, THE WIDOW, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, THE CHILD.

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‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

What does TWG think?

Oh this was clever. This was very, very clever!!

What would you do if you found yourself being on the receiving end of a journalists questions, instead of being the one asking them? Would you be annoyed? Happy that they’re just doing their job? Or would you feel betrayed by the people you call friends? The people who, up until recently, were working alongside you, trying to find the latest showstopper piece to put in the newspaper. I would feel a tad betrayed although I could appreciate that they were just doing their job…..to a point. That said, it would all depend on the reason why they were hounding you in the first place, wouldn’t it?

Two missing girls, two frantic families, and nobody wanting to give out straight answers – sounds a tad stressful! Kate, forever being a journalist, is determined to find out information about the mission girls before the rivals. However, due to the fact that her own son hasn’t been in contact much as he decided to venture to a different country to ‘clear his head’, trying to get the exclusive without turning it personal is quite testing for Kate.

Obviously I won’t spill spoilers here, but whilst ‘The Suspect’ does start off slow and steady, the storyline gradually picks up speed as the storyline progresses, before concluding with an absolute firework of a closing chapter. Put it this way – if the storyline had teeth, it would have bitten me. I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase before, and it’s oh so relevant here. Knowing what I know now, I SHOULD have seen it coming, but because the author was very clever with the way she wrote each eventuality and the characters reactions, I ended up not seeing it coming at all and it left me with a jaw nearly reaching the floor in shock. And no, I’m not even being over dramatic either!

‘The Suspect’ is written from different points of views and, whilst that can often be confusing for some, Fiona Barton made it perfectly clear whose point of view was in the spotlight each time, upping the grit with such short and sharp chapters. Patience is a virtue where this book is concerned, yet on the other side of the coin my lack of patience and constant urge to find out what happened, enabled me to fly through the book like no tomorrow. I just couldn’t help myself!

Fiona Barton is, and I’ll say it again, a very clever writer who certainly knows how to make her readers think. I was so impressed by what I read, and I cannot wait to read more from this author.

A brilliantly written, jaw dropping novel which left me gasping in shock – what more could you want?!

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – Life or Death by Chris Merritt (@DrCJMerritt) #ZacIsBack @Bookouture


This isn’t a ‘Life or Death’ situation, however I am delighted to be sharing my review of Chris Merritt’s latest novel today, as part of the blog tour! Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:


Never forget. Never forgive.

As a detective in the Metropolitan police, Zac is no stranger to murder cases, but this one is different. This is his daughter’s murder. 

Years after Amelia died, Zac is still trying to trace the police office involved in his daughter’s death.

And whilst Zac is prepared to break every rule to find the man responsible, his young and ambitious deputy, Kat, is working on a high profile case of her own. But she knows Zac is keeping secrets from his team so she’s following his every move.

When one of Zac’s informants is killed, he knows he’s close to catching his man, but before he can act, he receives a call about his son which blows his world apart… And this time, he knows he’ll stop at nothing to save his family.

What does TWG think?

What the f…….!!!!!!!!! How on Earth am I meant to review this?! Geeeeeezo my poor heart! Zac always seems to grab the short straw really, doesn’t he? He certainly doesn’t get much luck heading his way, that’s for sure!

If you haven’t read any of Chris Merritt’s previous novels; don’t fret. Whilst ‘Life or Death’ is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. That said, each book has information in the storyline referencing a previous book, so if you don’t mind only having the basic information about past events, then yes, these books are fine to read on their own. I, having read all three books, fully recommend all of them to be shunted to the top of your TBR piles, like yesterday. They are THAT good!

So yes, once again Zac finds himself in the firing line. It doesn’t seem to matter that his daughter was murdered – someone still wants to make Zac and what’s left of his family, to suffer. What a lovely person they must be!

I jest. They aren’t. They are a womble of the cockerel variety!

This book is very, very dark and severely intense. I mean, it has to be given the nature of the storyline and what Zac finds himself up against! Chris Merritt certainly has upped the ante where this storyline is concerned – I am genuinely surprised my heart didn’t fall out of my mouth (not possible I know but it felt like it might!!). Even though parts of the storyline made me feel incredibly uncomfortable, the author was very clever in creating a storyline which was so addictive, it didn’t seem to matter how uncomfortable or nervous I became, I wasn’t able to tear my eyes away until the book had finished. Seriously, I even read some of the chapters through squinted eyes as I was afraid that the inevitable was going to happen! You never know with Chris Merritt – he loves to keep his readers on their toes and raise their heartbeats a tad!!

‘Life or Death’ had me on tenterhooks the entire way through and, whilst a large portion of the storyline made for quite uncomfortable reading, I couldn’t help but be addicted with the phenomenal storyline my eyes were digesting. The characters were utterly brilliant, even the ones which had huge question marks looming over their heads – they helped make the story what it was! Don’t get me wrong, I wanted them to get their comeuppance in the most inhumane way possible, but still – beggars can’t be choosers…..right? ;).

I cannot recommend ‘Life or Death’ even more if I tried! Chris Merritt has completely outdone himself with his exceptionally crafted, wonderfully gritted, severely intense, and extremely gratifying novel which, I have to say, is wayyyyyyy more addictive than coffee. This is the book of all books and I for one cannot WAIT to read more from this author!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Chris Merritt is a Clinical Psychologist and former diplomat based in London, who has been writing on psychology since 2010. In 2014 he decided to combine his Bring Her Back, his debut novel. He currently works on a mental health research project at King’s College London, and part-time as a psychologist in the NHS. When not working or writing, he loves climbing and basketball, and dreams of one day being able to work from home enough to own a whippet.

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17558172.Chris_Merritt

#BlogTour! #Review – To Catch a Killer by Emma Kavanagh (@EmmaLK) @OrionBooks @AlainnaGeorgiou #ToCatchAKiller

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Day three of the #ToCatchAKiller blog tour is here, and I am delighted to be sharing my review with you all for my stop on the tour. Many thanks to Alainna and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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I’ve been watching you DS Alice Parr.

I saw you trying to save the poor young woman you found in the park.

The woman I tried to kill.

I’ve been waiting for you to find her family. To find someone who cares about her.

But you can’t can you?

You’ve never had a case like this.

I know everything about you. You know nothing about me.

Even though I’m the man you’re looking for.

And you will never catch me…

What does TWG think?

Where do I even begin?! There’s a killer on the loose. The thing is, the police know WHO he is….ish, but they have no idea where he is or how they keep missing him. One minute he’s in the vicinity they want, and then the next he has disappeared into thin air. Will DS Alice Parr, and the rest of the team, finally get their hands on their man?

I really wasn’t sure of this book to begin with as I felt like I had just walked into the middle of someone else’s thoughts, missing the vital first half. Should I have been aware of anything before I began reading? It felt like it, but I don’t think so…now anyway. The thing is, ‘To Catch A Killer’ is hugely psychologically based, and the fact that readers are deeply rooted into Alice Parr’s brain throughout the duration of the blog, makes the storyline one of the most complex and intense books I think I have ever read. I’m not complaining at all – it just took a little bit of getting used to.

Once I was a little more familiar with Parr’s train of thought, I was able to sink my teeth further into the storyline and get stuck into the nitty-gritty. By golly there were a lot of them!!

I had never picked up an Emma Kavanagh novel before now, so I really had no idea what to expect in terms of the writing style or the way in which the author approached certain things. Now, having read ‘To Catch A Killer’, I can guarantee that it will not be the only book I delve into from this author.

The storyline was fast paced and highly complex in both a confusing, and suspenseful way. It just goes to show that over thinking is the devil, and that sometimes things are, more often than not, stuck under your very nose, with the realisation hitting far too late.

DS Parr is one intriguing character, I have to admit. Her approach to work is rather interesting, although it’s clear that she struggles to keep the emotional aspect away from her job. I can’t blame her really, although in that line of work, if you became emotional during every single case, you’d end up being off work with stress.

All in all I thought ‘To Catch A Killer’ was a psychological work of art, and the way Kavanagh thought outside of the box with her dynamic and multi-layered storyline was pretty outstanding. This book kept me guessing until the very last page and had me gasping in shock at the truth. That said, whilst the truth is revealed to an extent, the storyline does end on an Eastenders dun dun dun….moment, so be prepared to be slightly frustrated! For me, this is what a thriller should be all about. Okay, yes, I was confused at times, but the fact I couldn’t put the book down just goes to show that the storyline held me hostage and, as weird as this sounds, I would quite happily be held hostage by Emma Kavanagh again!

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