Saturday, 3 December 2016

Review: Blood Lines

Blood Lines Blood Lines by Angela Marsons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy.

This author is another of my selected favourite authors.
DI Kim Stone is real! Oh yes she is. The more crimes she solves the more we glimpse of her own troubled background.

She's head strong, she's determined, she runs a great team. But she has a side to her that I descovered in this latest book in the series that had me spinning like a top on its axis.

The plot of the crime was so well thought out. Every step Kim took, I took too.
Her partner that works alongside her makes it the ingredients in the equation that moles so well.

When the book takes on a chapter from another angle from a diary it becomes more intriguing but, when some chapters are taken over by the "baddie" itself it makes you sit up and take notice.

I really binged on the chapters, word by word.

Absolutely brilliant.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Review: Missing

Missing Missing by Monty Marsden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let me first say that this novel has been translated into English.
The reason I point this out is because I found it difficult personally to keep my interest going.

I think the Police investigations were rather slow and at times the plot had me yawning. I don't wish to sound horrible when I say that. There has been some outstanding debut novels over the past 2 years that have been outstanding. For me, although the prognosis of the story held some fabulous characters and the plot, it just lagged and lagged until 3/4 of the way through.

I struggled with this one keeping my attention.

Thank you to Aria via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Taken

The Taken The Taken by Alice Clark-Platts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I volunteered to read this I didn't look closely enough to realise its book 2 in the series.
I don't think it matters though as I followed it well enough.

It starts with a dramatic event where the celebrated pastor is found dead in a hotel bedroom.

His wife doesn't sleep in the same room.
His daughter has a room near.

When both Mother and daughter are taken in for questioning in separate rooms we learn that either one of them has reasons for his demise.

It's a hooker of a story that kept my attention

My thanks to the publisher via Net Galley for my copy


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Monday, 28 November 2016

Review: Caged

Caged Caged by Onaiza Khan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short story, quite easy to get into, and at first appears straight forward.
A wife being held captive by her husband.
A servant named Alba bringing her breakfast, lunch and supper.

Alba never speaks, just smiles.

Her husband only comes on the evening.

She hears screaming ugly cries from another part of the house.
She only has residence of one room.......until.

My mind was torn between her imagination or was this real.

Quite a fair start to the series.

My downside to some were the childish remarks when she found her way to the chained up man.
Sometimes I felt certain paragraphs were slightly immature to its descriptive meanings, and how could you have a sense of humour descovering the man heavily tied in chains. Some of the remarks and observations were a little infantile for my liking.
I found myself raising my eyes to the ceiling and tutting.....not a good sign.

It needs editing, it needs discussing with someone how to put (what could be a better presentation) over better to a wider audience to be more believable.

This could be oh so much better.

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Review: Her Last Breath

Her Last Breath Her Last Breath by J.A. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I kept shouting "Who do I trust" throughout this book.

The author did a fantastic job in making me feel that I could trust no one, which meant that it kept me awake and alert throughout, I sat reading this in one day not being able put it down at all.

I adore this authors style of writing, its right up my street.

The writing is crisp, no hidden yawns at all whilst reading this.

It seems the authors agenda is 'straight to the point' get the reader right into the marrow of the story as soon as she puts pen to paper.

Lots of red herrings, lots of culd-de-sacs, absolutely superb thriller.

Many thanks to RGS Media via Net Galley for my advanced copy

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Review: Witness

Witness Witness by Caroline Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I personally found this great story tense, exciting, sad, unforving and very very addictive.

Rebecca had finally escaped from Solomon and was convicted of abuse and jailed.

But even though the conviction of Solomon, it meant that Rebecca had to gain a new start in life, a new existence. Her life settled with a husband and her child.
But she was looking over her shoulder once Solomons release from prison.
Would she ever be free?

Her husband didn't know much about her past.

I loved how the author brought us up to date with Solomons thoughts of now and the past and Rebecca's, including her journal.

The tense ...on the edge of your seat, biting your nails.....wondering what reply she would give each time Solomon text her was not only sad, in that she was still beholden to him but, the fact she had to reason out her decisions and then justify why she chose who she did.

With the background Caroline Mitchell has it's no wonder she weaves such astounding breathtaking stories that are so real.

I need to thank bookoutour for my digital copy via Net galley

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Review: While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine yourself waking up in a bedroom that's not your own.
A bed, that's not your own.
By a man that isn't your husband.
And you are naked.

The man is covered in blood, but you aren't.

There begins the drama right at the opening chapters.
Of course, you need to read on......
And so I did, halfway through the book later I just do not want to put this book down. It's compulsive reading material and I'm being ensnared by all the spinning spiders webs that have reeled me craftily within the very core of it's existence.

I needed my sleep.

In the morning I'm telling my hubby and daughter about it.
It's on my mind. I need to get back into this story, I need to revisit all the people that surrounded me last night.
I needed to Investigate!

The author has written this intrigue with such precision that you won't find out until the end unless you can read a crystal ball or cheat and look at the last chapter, but, no, don't do that......
It's a journey that I page by page read carefully.

All the characters are real people. Oh yes they are.....to me they were. I could envision this like a good movie thriller sitting on the edge of my seat.

This is so much a 5* from me.

My thanks to Bookoutour for me copy via Net Galley
A most stimulating read.

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