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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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Review: The Escape

The Escape The Escape by C.L. Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Full of suspense, intrigue, fast pace, pageturner, won't let you go until you've read it, no sleep, late night, headache and grumpy in the morning due to being up late. But, you know was worth it.

Jo, the main character in the plot is a wife and mother. But she's had mental health problems since loosing her little baby son.
Does this make Jo a bad mother to her daughter? Can she fulfill her role and duty as a mum and still bring up her child in an atmospheric home with all the grounded needs that rearing children need for stability?

Pauline? Who is she? What does she want from Jo that Max took.
Max her husband.
Does he know this woman?
He says not.

Jo sometimes needed a shake, I wanted to sit down with her and give her some courage.

Was she being followed or was it her mental state?

I just had to find out!
Helen her friend, the neighbor next door who started emailing her.
What in the hell was going on!

Jo did things that questioned her sanity although I could see the logic.

Her mother, what was she hiding?
Who was Mary?

Oh gee whizz, this is one hell of a classy thriller that you will find yourself holding your breath.

I've loved all of CL Taylor's books, but this one surpasses the best.

I have this in eBook I'd love to own a signed copy.
Maybe a dream come true.

My thanks to Avon books UK via Net Galley for my copy

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Review: The Married Girls

The Married Girls The Married Girls by Diney Costeloe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book 2

I suggest you read book 1 as it definitely is not a standalone and you will miss out on vital things appertaining to this one.

The Girl With No Name is book 1

Set yourself back to 1949 and how life was then, get in the mood and the rightful setting to enjoy and devour these pages.
Charlotte once lived in a quaint Somerset Village, but due to circumstances she was transported to her adoptive home in Germany.
We learnt from book 1 how there was a secret that she was hiding, even from her husband.

In this book a person from her past appears on the scene Felix who has the potential to blow Charlottes nice life right out from under her feet. Then there is Harry too who knows.

This has been a well crafted story that I've loved to follow.

My thanks to Head of Zeus via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the north Amsterdam Care home lives Hendricks.
He reminds me of a mischievous child, one you just see as sometimes naughty but cute, cuddles and loveable because they say some awesome things on they're perception of life it makes you laugh.

This is Hendricks.

He also has a serious side he lays bare in his diary.

He's aging.
We all are aging everyday of our lives and we give it no thought. Friendships are bonded and become so important as we get older.

Very enjoyable read.
My thanks to Penguin UK via Net Galley

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Review: The People at Number 9

The People at Number 9 The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I live in number 9 but we are nothing like this family I hasten to add lol

The people at number 9 were an intriguing couple.
The suburban families this book touches are sometimes confusing. I've tossed between a 3 or 4 star rating for me personally. Some I'm going to sit on the fence with a 3.5.

The first half of the book was getting to know the characters. That was fine.
Gary and Lou has just taken up residence next door to Sara. Sara wants to introduce herself but holds back while she finds courage to do this.

Gary and Lou are eccentric exciting and at times plain weird.

But Sara finds them interesting intriguing and beguiling.
Sara's friendship with another neighbor she was close to wanes because of the attraction she has for her new neighbors.
Her husband Neil also spends time with them. They have children in common, school runs and Gary and Lou seem to be attracted to Sara and Neil for some reason too.

At times, I need to say I got lost in the haze of it all. The author had a struggle to find me again and pull me in to continue to read.

I stuck with it. For me it's an ok book verging on interesting and couldn't put down.

Like one of those films you need to watch until the end but don't know why!

My thanks to HQ on Net Galley for my early copy I volunteered to read.

I predict this is going to be a controversial book in likes.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Review: Ten Birthdays

Ten Birthdays Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a book I couldn't wait to get into. I love the cover of this it was so inviting to me.

I wondered how the title of the book would tie in with the theme, it wasn't too much of a way into the book when you learn how fitting the this title is.

Poppy lives with her Dad. They seem to have a great relationship I thought.

When Poppy turns 16, her Dad produces a letter from her Mother who died a few years prior. Both of them miss her very much.
Her Moms legacy was for her to open a letter each birthday from there on until the tenth letter had been read.

An absolutely gripping read which is quite uplifting in some respects. How her Mom although wasn't physically there to tell her these things and have a mother and daughter chat, she could still feel 'not alone' and alienated from her dear mom.

Loved this book, made a lovely change from the thrillers I have been reading lately.

I will definitely be looking out for more from this author.

My thanks to Bookoutour via net galley for my copy to read.

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Review: Bully Boy Blue

Bully Boy Blue Bully Boy Blue by John Nicholl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A short story written by John Nicholl.

This is an intensely crammed packed read with a lot to take in, digest and mull over.


Bully ....someone who overpowers and demeans another
Boy Blue..... That's Kathy's dominating, abusive hardhearted bully overpowering husband. BLUE? POLICE.

YEP, hes a cop.

Five times since her marrying him 3 years ago he started to abuse her. Its been getting worse and worse.
But who will believe her? He's a cop!

This read is an intense quick read that I couldn't put down until I had finished it.

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Review: Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elizabeth and Emily are identical twins, most twins have a close relationship, but these two sisters really have no choice with a Mother like they have.

She mistreats them in all kinds of ways.

They learn to lean on each other for their needs.

Then their mother begins to bring home 'men friends' which pose more dangers for the twins.

There was an accidental fire within they're home which lead the children to be adopted by a loving family who fell in love with the twins.

This of course doesn't mend the emotional damage that these two have gone through.

There are horrific things that happen in this book, rape, cutting, domestic abuse, you name it, its within these pages. It doesn't make comfortable reading and some may find it harder to read than others, but unfortunately things like this do go on in the real world.

Its horrific, yes, but the story had to be told.

Its a stomach churning read at times but has a twist in its tail.

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Review: prepared to die

prepared to die prepared to die by Peter Dudgeon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky to read this book in its infancy. I started to read this on the evening, when I reached the churning part it was after midnight and for those that know me and my books, I do tend to have a vivid imagination. So everything that this author described really did play out in my mind.

The literal 'head rolling' was a churning moment. OMG I could actually see this persons head rolling over the floor with their eyes staring back at me. Could I sleep straight away after laying this book down to rest, could I heck.

This author is one I follow closely as his very first book blew me away.

This one not so much but it was brilliant in its own right.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Review: The Steel Kiss

The Steel Kiss The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't believe this is only the second book I've read from this popular author. I need to rectify this.
I really was taken with this style of writing that immediately drew me in.
I'm not really ' into' James Bond so I hadn't connected the author to that. I must bury my head in the sand.

This story features the well known paraplegic forensic detective from a previous book.

We all like our technology. With some, we cannot live without it. Used for the correct purpose its fine, helpful and fruitful but, put it into the wrong hands and we have problems. Each item of technology can cause chaos, fatalities and murders.

When Amelia gives chase in a department store after a killer, the escalator malfunctions, the stairs collapse, a man is viciously mangled between the gears. Made my stomach churn imagining that!

The killer escapes as Amelia is trying to help the mangled hurt man.

But was that an accident?

Just common everyday technology can be turned around to harm, to kill. This is only the beginning of a long line.

It's a race against time.

Just who is the killer.

Bit gory in places but just had to be done. It's a fast paste hard hitting thriller.

My thanks to Louise at Hodder for my paperback copy to read.

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Review: Fractured

Fractured Fractured by Arika Wolly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found the premise of the story a good plot for a new author and of course new to me.

I am writing my review based on the fact this is a new author.
Compared to some I have read over the years this is good. It's a story that will appeal to many.

This young girl was very oppressed and abused by her mother. Her enstranged father at times, to me, seemed her only stability but that in itself brought problems due to him no longer living in the family home and having a new partner.

An event occurs which I can see the strength of the narration from the author in putting through the effort the girl had and her adrenaline flow in her accomplishment, however, for me there was just something a bit not quite right that just didn't sit with me well.

But this is her first book and I am not an author, just a reader.
I have seen authors grow from strength to strength. I am very certain that is what will happen as her future books are released.

Lots of competition on that, so it needs to be in par with the best.

I found it a satisfying read.
My choice is I love dialogue.
So my request is, more dialogue in book 2 less narration. But that's my personal choice not a reflection on the author.

It flowed well. The words used for description to pull into the "feelings' of what was happening was good. I felt her struggle.

So for me personally based on that this is a new author, it's good. I'm looking forward to seeing her grow.

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Review: The Legacy

The Legacy The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the start of a new crime series which I devoured page by page.
I'd left this book at home, thought I had it in my bag when I knew I'd be spending some time in the car and sitting for appointments at the hospital (nothing serious)
I was so fed up as I couldn't wait to jump back into this plot.

A ten year old daughter becomes the only witness to a terrible shocking murder.

Treading carefully the Police need to bring in some expertise. The Children's house.

Then more people die.

There somehow links together a pattern by texts, strange weird messages and numbers.

There are so many twists in this book you will get dizzy.
So many turns that you will trip over yourself coming back.

It's such a huge well written book that kept me riveted. Yes riveted to it. I was stuck like glue.
That's why I couldn't wait to get home to finish it and but at the same time. I didn't want it to end.

My thanks to Veronique at Hodder for my copy.

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Review: Blood Mother

Blood Mother Blood Mother by Dreda Say Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading book 1 in this awesome series I was more than happy when I received book2.

We go back to London in the East End. We've been following a family for over 40 years.
This book 2 goes back to the 1970's.
We are past the swinging 70's now but London still has movement.
When Babs got pregnant the Father was nowhere to be seen.

Luckily for Babs she meets a lovely man willing to look after her.
Or does she?

His name is Stan.
We soon discover the kind of man Stan is. To say he's a Devil in disguise is certainly not pushing the description.

Twenty years is a long time. Will Babs regret her decision.

It's a case of protecting yourself and your family. Who do you trust? Who should you trust?

We have car chases, explosions, guns, fast paced excitement.
Loyalties are broken. Betrayals twists and turns that will keep you spinning.

My thanks to Hodder and Rebecca for my copy.

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