Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

About the book

Gavin Law was a whistleblower.
Now he’s missing.
Just another case for Glasgow PI, Charlie Cameron, until he discovers there is more to Law and his disappearance than anyone imagined.
Wallace Maitland, the surgeon responsible for leaving a woman brain-damaged may have abandoned his sacred oath and become a killer. Did the hospital which refused to accept responsibility for the tragedy have Law silenced permanently? Or, with his wife little more than a vegetable, has David Cooper, believing he has been betrayed yet again, taken justice into his own hands?
Charlie comes to realise the world of medicine can be a dangerous place.
Across the city, East End gangster, Sean Rafferty is preparing to exploit the already corrupt city council in a multi-million pound leisure development known as Riverside. The project will be good for Glasgow. But not everybody is keen to work with Rafferty.  
With more than money at stake, Sean will do anything to get his way. His motto, borrowed from his old man, is simple. Never take a no from somebody who can give you a yes.
If that means murder, then so be it.
Charlie has crossed Rafferty’s path before and lived to tell the tale.
He may not be so lucky a second time.

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead Before The Devil Knows You're Dead by Owen Mullen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The immediate start to this story was really gripping. How I love when an author grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you in, that's what the first chapter did to me.

I hadn't read his previous books, but, it didn't seem to matter I was well into the story, the plot.
I found this author to be clear in his writing, easy to follow and for some reason because its set in Scotland everyone of course had a scottish accent in my head as I read the dialogue.

Nice snappy kind of read, keeps you on your toes, guessing, and in some places quite a twink of fun with the warped dry sense of humour popping up here and there, but it certainly has a serious side to this.

The plot is tight, its very enjoyable and I loved the little bit of romance that Charlie could enjoy.

I will need to catch up on his previous book.

My thanks to Bloodhounds for my copy.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Review: In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight In Plain Sight by M.A. Comley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read a few of this authors books. But not this series so this one I jumped right into.

Apart from maybe more background as regards Hero I didn't feel that lost within the story.

Hero seems a sensitive soul who has a big heart, but, he's also a determined man when needs are a must.

When there's a killer on the loose and his men are going down it's a heartbreaking harrowing time for the Police force.
Colleagues are dead.
Time is running out.

What is going to be the conclusion to this? Are more officers going to die?

Hero by name, Hero by nature. But he doesn't work alone.

Having to tell loved ones that their partner son or daughter is dead is an heartbreaking thing to do.
I felt every single emotion.

This author writes with sensitivity and style.

My thanks to Bloodhound books in providing me with my copy.

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Review: Death Falls

Death Falls Death Falls by Todd Ritter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so behind getting to this one. It rigged down my kindle and I've just come across it from netfally, the publishers are Harper Collins Maxe. Thank you.

This book had my attention right from the start, it's written with such feeling, such emotion that you can't break yourself away from it. So I didn't. I did nothing except read.

Imagine yourself a Mother of a child that has gone, yes gone. All that's left is his bycycle. It's by water so looks likely that her son got washed away.

Let's jump a few years now. Her other son who is now an adult is asked to carry out his Moms last wish. Find him. Find my son.

What would you do?
I know I would have to try.

My heart broke for this mother.

Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and her child along with other cases went missing.

You just need to stay with this. It's an easy 5 stars for me as it's one that kept me hooked.

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Review: Wrong Number

Wrong Number Wrong Number by Carys Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book that came out months ago. I've been trying to get around to reading it as book 2 is out now which I'm planning on reading ASAP as this one was very good.
It didn't blow my socks off, not quite but I would certainly recommend it to all that love a good twist in its tail thriller.

When Amanda met and married Will he didn't have family attend the wedding.
But you understand his reasons when they are touched on slightly at an early stage into the story. Amanda was fine with it.

Her mother wasn't a huge fan of Will though as she loved Shane who was Amanda's previous love, they grew up together.

Amanda seems to have it all. Good husband, nice house, great job.

Then the phone rings......
That changes the dynamics of the entire secure relationship and family she's secured with Will.

She later has to call on her ex. Shane. He's the best Detective there is in the town.

The story takes on the search for the missing husband in such a great imaginative way that you'll be shocked, I know I was.

Can't wait to read book 2

My thanks to Aria for my copy

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Book Blitz: Tsunami by J.O Mantel

Title: Tsunami
Author: J.O Mantel
Genre: Suspense/Drama
Release Date: January 30, 2017 

December 26, 2004.
It's just another day in paradise. Mitch and Amber couldn't be happier. They are newlyweds, expecting their first child and honeymooning in Thailand.
As they enjoy their romantic getaway on the peaceful island, plans are made for their future together. 
But on the morning of Boxing Day, December 26, 2004, tragedy strikes. The remote and peaceful island is struck with one of the worlds largest and deadliest earthquakes which triggers a devastating Tsunami.
Amber is trapped in her hotel room and is unable to contact Mitch. She slowly starts to panic, causing stress to her unborn child. 
As the Tsunami causes mass destruction across the island, Amber finds herself going into premature labor. Suddenly, the newlywed's romantic honeymoon, becomes an emotionally gripping race for survival. 

“It is only a short novella, but Mr Mantel has been able to put so much into it that you will be emotionally exhausted once it has finished. BRILLIANT is the only way to describe this story.” - Reading is Our Satisfaction

“What a wonderful quick read. This author puts you right in the middle of the action.” - Amazon Review
“One word for this short story – WOW.” - Amazon Review

Tsunami Tsunami by J.O. Mantel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very short story that is only 43 pages, but, don't be mistaken as there is a lot in this that pulls a punch.

Amber and her husband are enjoying a well enough break over the Christmas holidays in Thailand. Amber is 6 months pregnant. Spending time together before their child is born and the commitments to child rearing start.

But things turn in such a way that their life will never be the same again.

This story is taken from inspired by the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 which left so much devastation and lives lost. THIS IS, HOWEVER A FICTIONAL story but with the actual awful historical event surrounding it.

Very moving, very heartbreaking.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Review: Mercury

Mercury Mercury by Margot Livesey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you are looking for your original everyday thriller, don't look here.
If your looking for a challenging read that starts off kind of interesting, then gets intriguing where you get the hang of the authors style of writing then this maybe for you.

It's put in the Thriller category however, it could easily be in Romantic suspense, as it's about marriage, secrets, lies and uncovering human desire at its raw.

Donald and Viv.

Donald tells us his POV of things and how he sees things.
Viv has her turn too.

Viv owns the local stables where we meet Mercury.

Vic's desires come to the fore as does her obsession. Her infatuation leads her astray.

Donald has 20/20 vision but Viv has changed, he's failed to notice. His life is threatened from a secure life to an unsecure future.

Donald is too late.
Viv s desires are imminent.

This is definitely not my usual read but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

3.5 from my thoughts.

New author to me.

Thank you to Sceptre/ hodder for my copy.

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Review: The Himalayan Summer

The Himalayan Summer The Himalayan Summer by Louise Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really love the cover. And the blurb enticed me too!

I wanted to get my mind set for this read because we are talking NOT WOMEN in the U.K.

This is Himalaya, India, Nepal and Tibet in the 1930s.
Life, culture is so different.
Women and children are treate differently.

Ellie may have a British husband but he's very overbearing and controlling. He wants control and Ellie does all his bidding and filfills his needs and wants.
They have twin of the tender age of 10 months. They are fair in hair color.

It's a case of, what you see isn't all what it seems. Because although to intense purposes they look like a happy couple it's very deceiving.

The bit that had my mouth gaping open was when the earthquake took place. How would you feel if you could save just one of your children?
I was so in that heartbreaking decision with her.

When Ellie returns later to recover the body of her son it's to find someone has taken it.
She doesn't turn to her husband though.

All in all, just who wins out in strength of courage, in the search for the body of her son.

Beautiful scenic narration, outstanding storytelling at its best with such emotion.

A must read.
My thanks to Headline for my copy

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