#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @Bookouture

Third and final day of Carol Wyer’s blog blitz is upon us, and I am delighted to be one of the three bloggers closing the blitz. Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood. 

As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.

Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’ scrawled on the wall next to her. 

All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.

When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

What does TWG think?

Oh my -insert expletive beginning with F here- goodness!!!!!! What a book! OMG! I finished reading Carol Wyer’s latest literary brilliance in the early hours of the morning, and can I just say that I am extremely glad that I do not read blurbs! I only read the blurb after I had read the book and the things which had my jaw dropping, were written in it. Not all of them mind. So, if you trust my judgement on books, read this novel without reading the blurb.

Anyway, that’s my insight on that and is in no way a reflection of my opinion on the book at all.

I do say this a lot where Wyer’s books are concerned, but ‘The Last Lullaby’ is by far her best book yet. The intensity of the storyline was impeccable, along with the calculated brilliance of each individual character. If I know that there is a possibility of children being part of a thriller storyline, I am always filled with dread until I know that they’re not in the firing line so to speak – ‘The Last Lullaby’ was no different. My heart was in mouth from the onset. That sounds like I didn’t care about the victims in the book even though I did, but it’s children….you know?

I couldn’t get over how cleverly written the storyline was from start to finish – it was as though the book kept on giving shocking moments with every new chapter. Just like most police procedurals/thrillers, there is usually a few characters with fingers being pointed at them from the start, and the same happened here. I tried to look at the bigger picture but I couldn’t help but lean towards one character already in the firing line. Everything just seemed….convincing, if you catch my drift. They certainly didn’t help themselves against Natalie award though, that’s for sure!

I won’t say who I thought was ‘the one’ due to spoilers, but let’s just say that Wyer had me utterly convinced I was bang on the money…..until the moment I wasn’t. Geeeeez – did I see that coming? Did I fudge!!!! There was a point in the book where my heart rate quickened and my mouth became dry. Would they reach the bastard in time? Time wasn’t on Natalie Ward and her teams side and my legs were wiggling, urging them to move their backsides! It’s easy for me to say that, obviously, I’m not a police officer who has to follow procedure!

‘The Last Lullaby’ was absolutely brilliant – an ice cold, cut throat, highly intense read which made me lose my own capability of thinking clearly. The characters were chilling yet perfectly crafted and, whilst it feels weird to say this, even the ‘whodunnit dude’ was outstanding! Their actions weren’t, obviously, but the way Wyer created their mindset and thought process was incredible. I can’t even begin to imagine the extent of the research that went into creating that character and the situation they found themselves in.

What an absolute belter of a read this is – could someone point me in the direction of Carol Wyer Anonymous please as I’m addicted!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

The DI Robyn Carter series has earned her acclaim as a crime writer and the first book in the series, Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

Advertisements

#BlogTour! #Review – Into the Night by Sarah Bailey (@sarahbailey1982) @corvusbooks @annecater

Today is the final day on the #IntoTheNight blog tour, and I am delighted to be able to close the tour alongside my blogging pal, @noveldeelights! Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and many thanks to Corvus for the ARC. Here is my review:

Senior Detective Gemma Woodstock is a small-town policewoman working on the biggest homicide cases in Melbourne. When an up-and-coming movie star is stabbed to death while the cameras are rolling on his new blockbuster, Gemma, eager to prove herself, is assigned to the case.

 With the whole thing caught from multiple angles, how hard can it be to catch the crazed culprit? And who would want to hurt Australia’s adored boy-next-door? As Gemma uncovers the deadly underside of fame, her investigation turns into a dangerous game against those with money, power and everything to lose…

 

What does TWG think?

‘Into the Night’ is the second book in the series which follows senior detective, Gemma Woodstock. I haven’t yet read the first book, The Dark Lake, but I felt quite able to read this instalment on its own to an extent. I would recommend reading the first book so that events and timelines are a lot clearer. I wish I had done that, I must admit! My error though.

As a huge fan of Australia, the setting of this book definitely got me all excited! I haven’t even been to the country before either! Gemma Woodstock is a very interesting character to follow because she seems to hold her cards very close to her chest, which often meant I was second guessing her views and train of thought. Not a negative thing by any means. The fact she was interesting and unique, piqued my interest as well as heightening my paranoia ready for the events that would follow later on.

Sarah Bailey is a very atmospheric writer and, whilst the storyline didn’t blow me off my feet per se, I did enjoy the questionable circumstances and the way the author had me on edge due to the every growing intensity.

A new author for me, but one I will definitely be reading more of.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Cuckoo by Sophie Draper (@sophiedraper9) @AvonBooksUK #canyoukeepasecret

Apologies for how late in the day this post is, but I have literally just finished reading it thanks to internet issues! However, I am rather excited to be sharing my review of Sophie Draper’s ‘Cuckoo’ as part of the blog tour. Many thanks, as always, to Sabah and Avon for the blog tour invite and ARC.

There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

What does TWG think?

Let me just get this bit out of the way first – ‘Cuckoo’ was so far out of my comfort zone that it needed its own nest. But you know what? What a creepy and addictive read it was! I love being able to step outside of my comfort zone with my reading choices, especially when I end up rather enjoying the novel.

Ten out of ten to the prologue – it had me on tenterhooks straight away and I couldn’t wait to uncover the nitty gritty details behind it!

Caroline has gone back to the ‘family home’ after the death of her stepmother, Elizabeth. Her own personal life hasn’t taken the path she would have liked, and she welcomed being able to relieve the stress from her finances until she got back on her feet. Or so she thought. Being back in the place she once called home, ended up stirring up a lot of the past which Caroline thought had long been buried. No pun intended. You know how it is though. You end up forgetting things yet once you’re in the vicinity of the memory, everything comes flooding back…

I wasn’t too sure on the first few chapters after the prologue, as I was rather confused by all of the information given which didn’t seem to lead to anything in particular. I know that books like this need to start off slow, so that wasn’t my issue at all. It was simply the information overload in a short space of time before things started happening. Having said that, once the storyline did get rolling and things began to get twisty, snippets of the information previously given allowed me to have multiple lightbulb moments where things made sense. I just didn’t make sense of it at the time it was given.

‘Cuckoo’ is such an complex novel with a lot of mini storylines coming together to create one, big firebomb of a storyline. I have to say – it was cleverly done and certainly kept me on my toes. I genuinely didn’t see the conclusion coming at all and, like most readers, I had formed my own ending in my head because of the way I reacted to every situation in the book. I had my suspicions about some things, but the rest had my jaw dropping!

Sophie Draper has written such an atmospheric, twisted, and addictively intense novel which left me reeling in every sense of the word. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Cuckoo’, and I am so pleased that I decided to spread my wings and venture out of the nest!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Her Final Confession by Lisa Regan (@lisalregan) @Bookouture

It’s TWG’s turn to host ‘Her Final Confession’ by Lisa Regan today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Watching her friend dragged away in handcuffs, Josie couldn’t believe for one second that Gretchen had killed that poor boy. Confession or not, someone else was involved. She would find out who…

When the body of a young student is found on the driveway of a local Denton home, a photograph pinned to his collar, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. The house belongs to Gretchen Palmer, a dedicated member of Josie’s team, missing for the last twenty-four hours.

Working around the clock, Josie is stopped in her tracks when Gretchen hands herself in to the police. She knows that there’s no way Gretchen could ever be a killer, so why would she confess to a murder she didn’t commit? 

Digging deep into Gretchen’s secretive life, Josie uncovers a link between the boy, the photograph and a devastating case in Gretchen’s past. But just when Josie thinks she has it all figured out, the bodies of a young couple surface on the other side of town. Can Josie get to the truth in time to save her friend from a life in prison or certain death? 

What does TWG think?

I’m not going to even attempt to beat around the bush here – what an absolutely twisted, cutthroat and severely intense novel! I LOVED it!!! I am thankful that my doctors appointment was before finishing this book, because I certainly wouldn’t have been able to explain the high blood pressure – they probably wouldn’t have believed me either!

I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous novels in the ‘Josie Quinn’ series, but I have to say that ‘Her Final Confession’ is soaring above the rest!

There are unexplained deaths, multiple questions awaiting answers, guilty consciences, gut instincts waiting to be believed, as well as truck loads of lies and truths fighting to become the ‘one and only’. Gretchen is at the heart of Lisa Regan’s latest storyline, and not in a good way. If you’ve read the previous books you’ll know just how black and white Gretchen’s character is. However, her personality and traits certainly get tested in this book! Facts obviously play a large part in the way the story is processed, yet the author leaves room for the readers to interpret their own version of events. Who do you believe? Who do you want to believe?

Yes, ‘Her Final Confession’ is part of a series, but I believe that each book can be read as a stand-alone. That said, because I loved the books, I wholeheartedly recommend that you read the books in order so that you can enjoy the series from the very beginning.

I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again – what a bloody brilliant book this is. My heart was in my mouth, my jaw was mopping the floor, and my legs were like jelly as though I had just stepped off a rollercoaster ride!

It’s gripping. It’s dark. It’s twisted. It’s addictive. It’s everything I could have wanted one book to contain. Lisa Regan has outdone herself – I cannot recommend ‘Her Final Confession’ enough!

Buy now!

About the author.

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com

 

 

#BlogTour! #Review – The Silent Dead by Graham Smith (@GrahamSmith1972) @Bookouture

Apologies for the day delay in posting this review, I have explained that due to internet issues I need to catch up on reading and reviewing books and will do so as quickly as I can. However, once again please do bear with me, especially as I have literally just finished reading this book due to being unable to download the book until recently due to said issues.

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for Graham Smith’s ‘The Silent Dead’, many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part and the ARC. Here is my review:

He’d found an angel for his collection. But one angel at a time was never enough…

Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of the Lake District. 

The entire police force are on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. Because she doesn’t think like everyone else. To Beth, crimes are puzzles she can solve. Even if real life is a little harder.

As more bodies are discovered in derelict stately homes across the Lake District, she knows she’s in a race against time.

But the killer is looking for another victim to add to his collection… Will Beth be able to save her? Or will he get there first?

What does TWG think?

Having only finished reading this book a few minutes before typing this review, my thoughts on the storyline are still incredibly fresh which I hope is a good thing! That said, because of the intense complexity of the novel, I hope I am able to get my opinion across without sounding like a woman who is fangirling a popular boyband!

Beth Young….or ‘Young Beth’ as she is known – a complex character with so many layers. Just when I thought I had her personality sussed, the storyline took a darker turn and I found myself in the dark once again. Her confidence and bulshy attitude made for excellent reading and, whilst it was evidently clear that she was very good at her job, I couldn’t help but feel as though we weren’t given much on her background or who she was outside of work.

Pardon the pun, ‘The Silent Dead’ is a slow burner of a read and that’s what makes the storyline a lot more intense and, I suppose some might say – gratifying. Sounds weird doesn’t it, calling this type of novel gratifying, yet the fact that the author teased his readers with minimal information at times allowed my thought process to become gripped by what may or may not happen.

I had no idea beforehand, how the storyline was going to conclude, and I felt that putting a name to the ‘whodunnit’ wasn’t as important as it usually is. I mean, we are given snippets of the persons psyche by the way they anonymously conduct themselves, yet it was more their actions which held a lot more importance than their identity. Well, that’s what I thought anyway.

‘The Silent Dead’ is a very, very cleverly written novel which grows in intensity as the story develops. I would have loved to learn a bit more about the main characters outside of their day job to make them feel a bit more ‘human’, nonetheless they were a very colourful bunch which made for excellent reading. Let’s just say that where ‘Dowdy’ is concerned, the phrase ‘never judge a book by its cover’ could not be more apt.

A psychologically intelligent, gripping and complex start to a brand new series – I’m looking forward to watching Beth Young’s personality develop in further books.

Buy now!

About the author.

Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel – The Silent Dead is published by Bookouture and set in Cumbria / the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

 

Author Social Media Links: 

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972

WEBSITE: https://grahamsmithauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5446655.Graham_Smith?from_search=true

#BlogTour! #Review – The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes (@samhayes) @Bookouture


I apologise for the delay in posting my review for this blog tour, however I have been having internet issues big time, whilst also trying to clear the backlog of posts from the past two weeks. Please do bear with me as the Internet still isn’t fixed (thank goodness for Tesco wi-fi!). Many thanks to Noelle from Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of Samantha Hayes’, ‘The Liars Wife’.

When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit and run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.

But Ella has never been married… 

What does TWG think?

Ermmmmmm, where do I even begin with this one?! Part of me just wants to sit here with my mouth gaping open, yet the other part of me wants to shout out ‘OMFG WHAT THE F…….’! However I can’t really do either as 1) my mouth gaping open isn’t a pretty sight, and 2) you can’t really class either of the above as a review!

I am going to have to be so careful with my review here as the risk of spoilers is incredibly high. So, let me start by saying this…and I mean this is a lovely way and not at all negatively; THIS IS BLOOOOOOOOOOMING TWISTED! It is! I would love to be a fly on the wall in Samantha Hayes’ mind – can you just imagine what goes through the mind of this author when she comes out with storylines so disturbing as this? Again, weirdly I don’t mean that negatively! Usually the word ‘disturbing’ isn’t a positive thing, yet with authors who write books such as this one, it is indeed a compliment!

Ella hasn’t had an easy life, and, judging by the path her present and future is currently on, I can only assume that her life won’t be getting any easier anytime soon! At work, Ella keeps herself to herself – she has a routine, and she likes to stick to it. However, thanks to a ‘little’ accident, Ella’s routine goes completely out of the window and the life she once knew is now no more. Imagine a puppet. Bear with me here….

Are you imagining it? Right. Now Put a name to the puppet and call it Ella. Done? Good. Now, imagine that Ella’s life is being governed by someone/something which is do dark and disturbing, it’s enough to make Ella want to snip the puppet strings once and for all. Catch my drift? Ella cannot move without the puppet strings being controlled. Her life is no longer her own. Her decisions aren’t…you guessed it, hers. ‘So why can’t she remove herself from the situation?’, I hear you ask. Well, don’t you think that if it was as easy as that she would have done it already? It isn’t, and it’s a life or death situation.

I’ve said it once already (or maybe twice) but I’ll say it again – ‘The Liars Wife’ is the type of disturbing which makes your stomach roll yet you can’t take your eyes off the paper. It’s the type of read which is so gritty, you’ll end up making your own eyes gritty trying to stay up until goodness what time to finish reading it (trust me, I was that person). What a fast paced, thrilling, highly addictive, and turbulent read which left me gasping for air! Hand on heart, I have never read anything like this before, but Samantha Hayes has certainly set the bar incredibly high for herself with her next book! Geeeeeeez!!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’ 

The Liar’s Wife is out now!

To find out more, visit her website www.samanthahayes.co.uk
Or connect with Samantha on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaHayesAuthor
And she’s on Twitter @samhayes

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Last Light by Helen Phifer (@helenphifer1) @Bookouture

thumbnail_Last Light - Blog Tour
I genuinely didn’t think that I would read this in time due to wi-fi issues, but I have and with perfect timing!!! I am super excited, and somewhat freaked out, to share my review of Helen Phifer’s ‘Last Light’ as part of the blog blitz. Huge congratulations to Helen as today is also her publication day – woo!!! Many thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

thumbnail_Last-Light-Kindle
Lucy watches the pathologist leave, then turns to the nameless victim on the table. ‘I promise I will catch whoever did this to you,’ she whispers.

In charge of a new team, Detective Lucy Harwin is called out to attend the discovery of a woman’s body in an abandoned, crumbling church, and is quickly plunged into a case that will test her leadership skills to the limit.

With no leads except the crudely-fashioned crucifix the victim was displayed on, Lucy is at a complete loss. That is, until another body turns up: an elderly woman who devoted her life to the church.

Faced with a killer stalking the streets of her small coastal town, while also throwing herself into work to forget the love of her life, Lucy’s first case is turning into a nightmare.

Linking the killer to the church where her own teenage daughter volunteers, it seems the threat is quickly drawing closer to Lucy and those she loves.

Can she catch this monster and prevent a tragedy that will tear her world apart?

What does TWG think?

Wellllllll, I’m glad that my heart rate has calmed down enough to write this review! This book is creepy as…..f!!! And no, not in a bad way!

There’s nothing like being thrown in the deep end, something which Detective Lucy Harwin finds out rather quickly as she is called out on a job where a woman and a crucifix are having a close encounter. This time, yes, in a bad way! Will Lucy and her team find themselves dealing with a killer who is likely to strike again? When another body turns up in a similar state, the likelihood of the killer re-offending is incredibly high…but at what cost?

Lucy is clearly good at her job. She has the ballsy nature, the confidence to listen to her gut instinct, and the work ethic a lot of people would never be able to match. However, her personal life has collapsed around her and whilst I did feel sorry for her, I felt that her bitterness overshadowed her job at times, especially when her marriage and the murders had diddly squat to do with each other.

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Last Light’, I did feel as though there were a couple of inconsistencies in the storyline. That said, they weren’t related to the main topic of the book and because the read was so fast paced, I was soon swept up by one thing or another.

‘Last Light’ is a very creepy, highly detailed read which I sped through in one sitting. I will admit that I saw the ending before it happened, but due to the red herrings and brilliant distractions in the story, the fact i worked out the ‘whodunnit’ long before the end didn’t bother me as much as i thought it would. Usually it would, but Helen Phifer is very clever at gripping her readers with unsavoury details!

An addictive, dark and twisted tale – creepy as hell but an awesome read!

Buy now!

About the author.

Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.

Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Helenphifer1

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/helenphifer

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/helenphifer1

Website:     https://www.helenphifer.com

#BlogTour! #Review – #HushHush by Mel Sherratt (@writermels) @AvonBooksUK

Apologies for the late post, spent the day with mumma TWG for her birthday! Tonight I am very pleased to be hosting Mel Sherratt’s new novel, Hush Hush. Many thanks to Avon for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

What does TWG think?

If you ever needed a reason to start a new series then you needn’t look any further! What a cracking first book!

DS Grace Allendale is back on her home turf, Stoke, once again. Having lived in Manchester for many years, Grace decides to return to her roots after life chose to throw her a few curveballs. However, if Grace thought that moving back to Stoke was going to be plain sailing and calm, she should think again as things are about to get personal.

What I loved most about ‘Hush Hush’ was the way the author created such an atmospheric presence throughout the entire book. One minute I was starting the book, unaware of the characters I may come up against, and then the next minute I had reached the end with a ‘what the….’ look on my face!

‘Hush Hush’ has the perfect amount of suspense, grit, and rollercoaster ride tendencies, holding my attention hostage until the very last page. If this is the strength of the first book in the series, I cannot wait to see what’s coming next!

A belter of a book which has been very well thought out – a job very well done in my opinion!!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Before She Falls by Dylan Young (@dyoungwrites) @Bookouture

Today it’s TWG’s turn to host Dylan Young and ‘Before She Falls’. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

Kimberley was a beautiful young girl with the world at her feet.
Before she fell.
Before she was gone.

When Kimberley Williams jumps off Southerndown Cliff, her family and the close-knit community are shocked. What would make her take her own life when she had so much of it left to live?

Detective Anna Gwynne is assigned to the case after it becomes clear that someone made Kimberley jump. Someone had been sending Kimberley messages, saying they would tell everyone her secret…

Then Anna realises there are others, all being sent the same messages, all with their lives at risk. To find the truth she will have to confront her own past, the lies she’s told about her childhood and the demons hidden there…

Can she save these innocent lives?

What is the secret they’re all dying for?

What does TWG think?

I’ve got chills, they’re multiplying, and I’m losing control ’cause the power, Dylan Young is supplying….is electrifying!!!!

I clearly don’t do things by halves – ‘Before She Falls’ is book three in the series and I may, just may, have read the books out of order and perhaps missed one. However, yay for a standalone! My bank won’t thank me much when I go and purchase Dylan Young’s back catalogue, but oh well!!

‘ Before She Falls’ is a slow burning bundle of goodness! A fondue to the book world if you will! When the premise of suicide became an avenue to explore, I did find my body coming out in goosebumps for personal reasons, yet my reaction to the possible theme kept me hooked in a weird and wonderful way. To be honest, I should have probably not delved into a book with such a theme, but I refuse to hide away from situations in books which I find myself resonating to, especially if they’re written as detailed as this one was!

Detective Gwynne is certainly a character to watch. She brought so much to the table that I ended up feeling guilty that I hadn’t met her sooner. Her attitude towards her work was highly addictive – she’s just fabulous!!

I’m trying to keep things vague as there is a lot to this storyline than I realised, and spoilers would not be good. Be prepared for a rocky, rocky read which will no doubt spiral you into an unintentional oblivion.

I am sold – I cannot wait to read more!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Dylan Young grew up in a mining village in South Wales before boarding a train for university in London. A career in the NHS followed, but the urge to write never went away. Three dark psychological thrillers for Random House emerged in the late nineties, two of which were made into BBC films. Over the last decade, under different pseudonyms, he’s written children’s books and an adult contemporary fantasy series. But his liking for crime (writing) never died. Book 1 in the Detective Anne Gwynne crime thriller series, The Silent Girls, and Book 2, Blood Runs Cold, are available now.

 

Author Social Media Links: 

Website: http://www.dylanyoungauthor.com/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dyoungwrites/

 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/dyoungwrites

 

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheInsider by Mari Hannah (@mariwriter) @orionbooks @orion_crime

Happy publication day to, Mari Hannah, and The Insider! I am delighted to be able to share my review today as part of the blog tour. Apologies for the late post but I’ve not long finished read it! Huge thanks to, Alainna, and the team at Orion for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

‘It was the news they had all been dreading, confirmation of a fourth victim.’

When the body of a young woman is found by a Northumberland railway line, it’s a baptism of fire for the Murder Investigation Team’s newest detective duo: DCI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver.

The case is tough by anyone’s standards, but Stone is convinced that there’s a leak in his team – someone is giving the killer a head start on the investigation. Until he finds out who, Stone can only trust his partner.

But Frankie is struggling with her own past. And she isn’t the only one being driven by a personal vendetta. The killer is targeting these women for a reason. And his next target is close to home…

What does TWG think?

Just to be clear, ‘The Insider’ is book two in the ‘Stone and Oliver’ series but I felt that it read pretty well as a stand-alone. That said, if you are wanting to know more about Stone and Oliver then I would suggest reading book one first. I didn’t do that and, even though the main storyline didn’t require having read the series from the beginning, I think I would have understood just how the two main characters ticked if I had.

Right, now the T’s & C’s of the book are out of the way, so to speak, I can now say how ‘OMG!!!’ ‘The Insider’ is! Gritty. Intense. Addictive. Suspenseful. Eery. Everything I could have wanted in one place. I haven’t read a Mari Hannah novel before, despite having one of her books on my forever toppling ‘TBR’ pile! That will swiftly change though as, after reading this novel, I cannot believe I didn’t get to this author before now.

Wow!

A new detective duo, four murders, and a snitch. Not only do Stone and Oliver have multiple skeletons in their closets, their work life is contributing to the cobwebs as they try in vain to capture the imbecile who is intent on ruining people’s lives. Why those four victims in particular? Who on the team is opening their mouths wider than a Venus fly trap? Will Stone and Oliver find the culprit before they snare their next victim?

With every new event and every new chapter, questions bombarded my mind trying to work out who was behind the murders. I loved the anticipation behind the entire storyline, and I loved how much bite the vibe of the book had.

‘The Insider’ had an opening which carried an almighty hook, propelling my excitement for the rest of the book into overdrive. For me, the pace of the book was delicious – not too slow, not too fast; just right. Everything just worked.

Okay, I’ll admit that Stone and Oliver’s working relationship made my eyebrow raise a few times, yet I couldn’t imagine Stone partnered up with anyone else. Especially not Dunne!

All in all, ‘The Insider’ is a perfectly rounded, deliciously gritty, gripping novel which kept me hooked and left me reeling. After reading this, I have definitely found a new ‘go to’ author, that’s for sure!!

Buy now!