#BookTag | #Friday56 – THE DRY by Jane Harper @janeharperautho (1st June 2017, Abacus Books @AbacusBooks) 18/08/2017

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Title: THE DRY
Author:
Jane Harper
Publisher:
Abacus Books
Publication Date: 1st June 2017

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Blurb;

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface…

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#BookTag | #Friday56 – GIRL ZERO by A.A. Dhand @aadhand (13th July 2017, Bantam Press | Penguin Random House @PenguinRHUK) 11/08/2017

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Title: GIRL ZERO
Author:
A.A. Dhand
Publisher:
Bantam Press (Penguin Random House)
Publication Date: 13th July 2017

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Blurb;

There are some surprises that no-one should ever have to experience. Standing over the body of your beloved – and murdered – niece is one of them. For Detective Inspector Harry Virdee, a man perilously close to the edge, it feels like the beginning of the end.

His boss may be telling him he’s too close to work the case, but this isn’t something that Harry can just let lie. He needs to dive into the murky depths of the Bradford underworld and find the monster that lurks there who killed his flesh and blood.

But before he can, he must tell his brother, Ron, the terrible news. And there is no predicting how he will react. Impulsive, dangerous and alarmingly well connected, Ron will act first and think later. Harry may have a murderer to find but if he isn’t careful, he may also have a murder to prevent.

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#BookTag | #Friday56 – GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX by Stephen King @StephenKing & Richard Chizmar @RichardChizmar (16th May 2017, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks) 04/08/2017

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Title: GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX
Author:
Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 16th May 2017

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Blurb;

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

 

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#BookTag | #Friday56 – TO KILL THE PRESIDENT by Sam Bourne @Freedland (4th July 2017, Harper Collins UK @HarperCollinsUK) 28/07/2017

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Title: TO KILL THE PRESIDENT
Author: S
am Bourne
Publisher:
Harper Collins
Publication Date: 4th July 2017

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Blurb:

A blockbuster thriller from No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sam Bourne, in which Maggie Costello uncovers an assassination plot to kill the tyrannical new president.
If a president is out of control
Who will take the ultimate step?

The unthinkable has happened. The United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by his ruthless chief strategist, Crawford Mac’ McNamara.

When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it’s clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.

Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and avowed liberal, discovers an inside plot to kill the president and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the president and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?

 

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#BookTag | #Friday56 – DYING TO LIVE by Michael Stanley @detectivekubu (12th July 2017, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks) 07/07/2017

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Title: DYING TO LIVE
Author:
Michael Stanley
Publisher:
Orenda Books
Publication Date: 12th July 2017

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Blurb:

When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he’s clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What’s more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles… but where is the entry wound?

When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing, Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu gets involved. But did the witch doctor take the body to use as part of a ritual? Or was it the American anthropologist who’d befriended the old Bushman? As Kubu and his brilliant young colleague, Detective Samantha Khama, follow the twisting trail through a confusion of rhino-horn smugglers, foreign gangsters and drugs manufacturers, the wider and more dangerous the case seems to grow.

A fresh, new slice of ‘Sunshine Noir’, Dying to Live is a classic tale of greed, corruption and ruthless thuggery, set in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and featuring one of crime fiction’s most endearing and humane heroes.

 

Never have I ever heard of ‘Sunshine Noir’ so this is certainly a step away from my ‘go-to’ reads. Looking forward to bringing you full review as part of the DYING TO LIVE blog tour 🙂 Be sure to check out all of the action across Twitter!

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#BookTag | #Friday56 – THE SECOND SISTER by Claire Kendal @ClaireKendal (4th May 2017, Harper Collins UK @HarperCollinsUK) 30/06/2017

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Title: THE SECOND SISTER
Author:
Claire Kendal
Publisher:
Harper Collins UK
Publication Date: 4th May 2017

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Blurb:

It is ten years since Ella’s sister Miranda disappeared without trace, leaving her young baby behind. Chilling new evidence links Miranda to the horrifying Jason Thorne, now in prison for murdering several women. Is it possible that Miranda knew him?

At thirty, Miranda’s age when she vanished, Ella looks uncannily like the sister she idolized. What holds Ella together is her love for her sister’s child and her work as a self-defence expert helping victims.

Haunted by the possibility that Thorne took Miranda, and driven by her nephew’s longing to know about his mother, Ella will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth – no matter how dangerous…

 

This is a really interesting book in the fact it is written almost like an open letter from Ella to Miranda. It’s a great writing concept that you don’t see too much of in novels.

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#Friday56 – The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor (@BloodhoundBook) 10/03/2017

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Title: THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS
Author:
Mark Tilbury
Publisher:
Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: 28th February 2017

Blurb:

The past is never far away.

Michael Tate has not had an easy life. With his father in prison, and his mother dead, Michael was sent to Woodside Children’s Home.

Now an adult, Michael wakes up from a coma in hospital suffering from amnesia and paralysis. Confused and terrified, he is charged with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Becky. He also learns he attempted to end his own life.

Detective Inspector John Carver is determined that Michael is sent to prison.

With no way of defending himself, Michael is left in his hospital bed awaiting transfer to remand.

But then strange things begin to happen and hischildhood comes back to haunt him.

Can Michael ever escape the past?

Will he ever discover the truth about Becky’s murder?

And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer?

The Abattoir of Dreams is a bitter sweet story of murder, innocence and abuse.

This is my first venture into Tilbury’s work and so far I am really enjoying the book. It’s gritty, dark and twisted and makes me question everyone’s true intentions.

Looking forward to sharing my full review as part of the blog tour on 13th March.

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#Friday56 – WINTERSCROFT by Anita Waller @anitamay6 (@Bloodhoundbook) 03/03/2017

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“John, in particular, had experienced Lavender’s wrath and dreaded what the afternoon would bring.”


Title: WINTERSCROFT
Author:
Anita Waller
Publisher:
Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017

Blurb:
When the beautiful Lavender is killed in a tragic car accident her family and fiancé Matt are left devastated.

As the year’s pass and wounds begin to heal, Matt, who has remained close to Lavender’s family, meets Beth and falls in love again.

When the happy couple announce their engagement, it sparks a series of bizarre and disturbing events.

Then when Matt and Beth make plans to wed at Lavender’s family home, Winterscroft, the frightening truth becomes apparent.

Lavender is back. And she is not happy.

I’ve jumped into this book without reading anything apart from the blurb. A little different to what I am used to reading, but so far it’s great! A tension you could cut with a rather large knife! I am currently reading this book as part of the Bloodhound Books Blog Tour, so be sure to check out the blog on 7th March for a full review!

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#Friday56 – OLD FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES by @OwenMullen6 (@bloodhoundbook)

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Rafferty stroked the ugly line on his face with the knife.
‘In that case, we don’t need you, do we?

Title: OLD FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Author:
Owen Mullen
Publisher:
Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: January 25th, 2017

Blurb:
The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for.

But it wasn’t a stranger.

Suddenly, a routine missing persons investigation becomes a fight for survival. As Charlie is dragged deeper into Glasgow’s underbelly he goes up against notorious gangster Jimmy Rafferty and discovers what fear really is.

Rafferty is so ruthless even his own sons are terrified of him.

Now he wants Charlie to find something. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants.

There is only one problem… Charlie doesn’t know where it is.

I’ve jumped into this book without reading anything apart from the blurb. Sounds like my kind of book, so excited to get stuck in! I am currently reading this book as part of the Bloodhound Books Blog Tour, so be sure to check out the blog on 2nd March for a full review!

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#Friday56 – MY BLOODY VALENTINE by @alastair_gunn


He sat forwards. “So you’ll spend your final few days here in solitary confinement.”


Title:
MY BLOODY VALENTINE
Author:
Alastair Gunn
Publisher:
Penguin
Publication Date: January 15th, 2015

Blurb:
When the body of a young woman is found brutally slain on Valentine’s Day the press reacts with barely disguised glee. For DCI Antonia Hawkins, still recovering from the terrible wounds inflicted by another killer, the pressure of another high profile murder investigation could barely be worse timed.

But, battling her own physical limitations and under pressure from a new member of the team whose ambition to displace her is barely disguised, Hawkins must discover not just who killed the first victim, but why. Or watch helplessly as others die at the hands of a monster whose been labelled the Valentine Killer…

This book has been on my shelf now for FAR too long. I have been keen to read this since finishing THE ADVENT KILLER. I was always keen to read what was next for DCI Hawkins following the events in TAK. Plus, what better book to read during the ‘Month of Love’ 🙂

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