#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEAD SIMPLE by Peter James @peterjamesuk ‏(January 1st 2006, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DEAD SIMPLE (Roy Grace #1) by Peter James
1st January 2006, Pan Macmillan

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It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancee, Ashley Harper.

Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain – more than anyone realizes. For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune . . . Dead simple . . .

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A favourite book here at the P Turners!

I loved this book. I have read it before but I enjoyed it so much I wanted to give it another go to remind myself of what happens before I get stuck into the rest of the series.

So much happens! It is a maze constantly changing direction with twists and turns that tip everything you know completely on it’s head. It literally leaves you mouth open at one point. It had me sat on the edge of my seat the whole time and I did not want to stop reading.

We are introduced to Detective Roy Grace in this book who is the main character in the series. We are shown glimpses of his personal life and I am sure there will be lots more to discover throughout the books.

There are also a few more names mentioned that I feel will become more regular as the series goes on.

Definitely glad I decided to re read and excited to discover the rest of the series.

You can buy DEAD SIMPLE (Roy Grace #1) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | [CARGO] by J.C. Macek III (January 21st 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the paperback edition release of [CARGO] by J.C. Macek III.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy, Bloodhound Books and of course J.C. Macek III who gifted me an early copy of [CARGO] . I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Over the years Anthony Peterson has amassed a fortune, numerous properties, a trophy wife and a reputation for ruthless business dealings. He is a man who is used to getting his own way.
But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container, with only a cell phone and twenty-four hours of air left, he begins to unravel.
Desperate to escape Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised. And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars, while threatening to murder and rape his beautiful wife if he doesn’t comply, Peterson must fight to meet their impossible terms or face being left to die alone in the darkness.
Why has Peterson been targeted?
Who are those responsible for his kidnap?
And will Peterson make out of the container alive?
Cargo is an edge of your seat thriller about the choices we make.
So, you want to know what I think?

I knew straight from the blurb that this would be one of those books that would keep me on the edge of my seat throughout and it did not disappoint!

CARGO was dark, disturbing, claustrophobic, frightening, thrilling and left me more questions than it did answers! This is a sign of great story telling when a book leaves the reader frustrated (happy frustration) and wanting more.

Once again I found myself asking what I would do if I was in Anthony’s position? If the threat of rape and murder of this wife wasn’t enough for him to deal with – at the height of his confinement, he is asked to perform tasks that wouldn’t go a miss from one of the SAW films! It makes for uncomfortable reading and will make you squirm in your seat and is unquestionably not for the faint hearted. This is a credit to Macek’s writing.

CARGO left me needing more of this story! I NEED to know what happens next to Anthony. So many questions that I want to ask, but I won’t here as it will give away some major spoilers!! But those who have read this book will know what I am talking about!

Recently learning that CARGO has been developed into a movie – I am keen to see Macek’s words come to life and see how Anthony’s story translates to the big screen.

 

About J.C. Macek III;

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He began writing at a very young age and launched his professional writing career after graduating from Louisiana State University with a BA in English Literature.

His first noteworthy professional writing was in the world of entertainment journalism. He became a movie, TV, book and music reviewer which soon expanded to film history columns and celebrity interviews. Over the years, J.C. has become known in his professional life for interviewing bands such as The Cult, Judas Priest, Faith No More, The Zombies, Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry,  Queens of the Stone Age’s Nick Oliveri and KMFDM.

After writing literally thousands of articles, columns, reviews and interviews for multiple print and online magazines, J.C. published his first novel Seven Days to Die: A Jake Slater Mystery in 2016. He followed this success in 2017 with a collection of short stories and novellas entitled The Pretty Good and Pretty Representative Stories of J.C. Maçek III. This collection continues the hardboiled detective saga of Jake Slater with the new novella The Pestilence of Spring: A Jake Slater Mystery.

J.C. is also an actor, musician, director and film producer. His most recent film is [Cargo], produced by J.C. and written and directed by James Dylan. As producer, J.C. also took the commission to write the novelization to [Cargo] which will be published by Bloodhound Books in early 2018.

J.C. lives in Southern California with his wife, daughters and a veritable zoo full of pets. He is currently working on more Jake Slater crime novels starting with the thriller Hard Core and is looking to expand the mythos of [Cargo].

Author Links:

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You can buy [CARGO] from the following booksellers (but obvs you can get it at other awesome booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Waterstones

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd @AmyLloydWrites (December 28th 2017, Cornerstone @PenguinRHUK)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Clare Kelly, Cornerstone (Penguin Random House) and of course the Amy Lloyd who gifted me an early copy of THE INNOCENT WIFE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage – and his release.

Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a Making a Murderer-style true crime documentary that’s taking the world by storm – the filmmakers are whipping up a frenzy of coverage to uncover the truth and free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.

Samantha may be thousands of miles away in Britain, but she is as invested in Dennis’s case as any of his lawyers. Perhaps even more so, as her letters to the convicted killer grow ever more intimate. Soon she is leaving her life behind to marry Danson and campaign, as his wife, for his release.

But when the campaign is successful, and Dennis is freed, events begin to suggest that he may not be so innocent after all. How many girls went missing in Red River, and what does Dennis really know?

So, want to know what I thought?

Every now and then, a book comes along that completely consumes your every thought. You cannot put it down until you have devoured every single page. Then once you have finished, you have to sit and stare and think about what you have just read. THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books!

From the very start, I was hooked. It took me back to the same feels I had listening to Serial and watching Making of a Murderer. Those feelings of doubt and suspicion against every character – I don’t think I trusted a single one. There was something slightly off about everyone. Don’t think I’m saying this as a negative though – quite the opposite! I LOVED it.

I could feel the awkwardness between Sam and Dennis in their visits and the underlying tension between the pair once Dennis is freed from prison. I find myself trying to think why Sam would sacrifice her life in the UK to move to another country to be with a man she has never met. Who, although she believes his innocence – is still in prison charged with committing horrific crimes.

The dynamic between Sam and Dennis, once released, shifts considerably and reading it made me uncomfortable. Dennis’ mood swings and his relationship with Lauren has the reader jumping to conclusions before we even reach the end of the book. Which is more than a credit to Amy’s writing (I still can’t get over that this is a DEBUT novel!)

The end of the story couldn’t be more perfect as it left me asking more questions as to what happened next? Why did it happen that way? Open endings like this can be both a frustration and a pleasure. A frustration stemming from not getting the closure some readers crave from a story, but then a pleasure that we are almsot left to create the story ourselves in our head and create new situations and choices.

Safe to say that THE INNOCENT WIFE is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time!

About AMY LLOYD;

Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. In 2016 she won the Daily Mail Bestseller Competition for her novel The Innocent Wife. Amy lives in Cardiff with her partner, who is also a published novelist.

You can buy THE INNOCENT WIFE from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Book Depository

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | DIVINE POISON by A.B. Morgan @AliMorgan2304 (January 4th 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the paperback edition release of DIVINE POISON by A.B. Morgan.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy, Bloodhound Books and of course the A.B. Morgan who gifted me an early copy of DIVINE POISON. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Are you looking for a stunning new crime mystery full of suspense? Then you’ll love AB Morgan’s unmissable Divine Poison.

For a community psychiatric nurse, Monica Morris has an unhealthy interest in poison, and when, on impulse, she buys an antique Ship’s Doctor’s Cabinet with a set of leather-bound journals she becomes fascinated by the content.

A few days later, she discovers the body of her patient, Jan Collins, and although police assume suicide by overdose, Monica is not convinced.

When more unexplained deaths involving poisoning occur, Monica realises they are linked and so does DS Adams who is investigating. But how are they connected? And why?

When it becomes obvious that she’s unwittingly stepped into a trap set for someone else, Monica’s career, her own sanity and her life are placed at risk. But where can she turn to for help?

AB Morgan is the author of the acclaimed psychological thriller A Justifiable Madness. Divine Poison will appeal to fans of authors like LJ Ross, Joy Ellis, Faith Martin and Ed James

So, you want to know what I think?

The first thing that stood out for me with DIVINE POISON is a killing method I haven’t read much of…and that is poisoning. I’m sure there are plenty of crime novels out there that use poisoning as a method of killing/murder, but this is only the second book I have read which features this (the first being THE MAN WHO DIED)

DIVINE POISON does touch on some pretty senstive topics – especially in regards to the Catholic church which can make some uncomfortable reading. However this does contribute largely to the story and hasn’t been added for the sake of trying to shock the readers. It does the opposite.

What gave me the jeebies the most with this book is putting myself into the victims shoes. Poisoning can be a quiet crime in the regard that you never really know that it is happening. A poison can easily be dropped into food, a drink or even through water. This to me is what gave DIVINE POISON that edge.

If you are looking for a book with more twists and turns than a helter skelter than DIVINE POISON is definitely the book for you! Just when you think you have got it all sussed as to who is involved – Morgan is able to steer the reader in a completely different direction. This is evident in the ending where it is finally revealed who has been responsible for the deathe! DIVINE POISON is thrilling to read and a book to keep you on your toes!

About A.B. Morgan;

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Alison Morgan started writing a couple of years ago to address that niggling question: could she write a book? The answer was a simple yes. She’s had to retire from the NHS a little earlier than planned, but has discovered a new passion. Writing. Her debut novel, A Justifiable Madness, was published by Bloodhound Books in September 2017 attracting great reviews for its refreshing premise and dark humour. With two further novels being published at the beginning of 2018, it seems Alison has a promising future as an author. Divine Poison is the second novel to feature Monica Morris, a mental health nurse, as the main protagonist in this crime mystery, but there are no plans for a series. Alison’s third suspense novel, The Camera Lies, steps away from the field of nursing and into the world of real crime documentary films.

Alison lives with her husband Andy and their dog Sadie, in a small village north of Bedford. She’s not the type to let life get in the way of adventure and so, always up for the next challenge, she decided to have a proper midlife crisis and learn to ride a motorbike. In August she passed, first time. Her husband was impressed until she swung her leg over his prized Triumph and roared off with a big grin on her face. ‘Research for the next book,’ she cried. The fourth book is under construction and does indeed feature motorbikes.

 

You can buy DIVINE POISON from the following booksellers (but obvs you can get it at other awesome booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney @alicewriterland (March 23rd 2017, HQ @HQstories)

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney
March 23rd 2017, HQ

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My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it.

Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

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I won a copy of SOMETIMES I LIE right before the book was released with every intention of reading it as soon as I got my hands on it! However other books, life and other blogging commitements stood in my way and I’m sorry to say this book stayed on my shelf for a long time.

It was only in the past couple of weeks when I noticed Abby at Crime By The Book reading SOMETIMES I LIE in anticipation of the US release and something in me was triggered and I went straight to my shelf, pulled the book off and started to read. My word! This book was worth the wait and then some.

To kick off, the concept is one I have not read before. Amber Reynolds is in a coma, however is still able to hear all conversations carrying on around her. This already made me feel anxious and made me try and put myself in Ambers position about how I would feel knowing that I cannot communication with people right next to me. Pretty frigging scared, confused and claustrophobic.

Although I felt sympathy to Amber’s situation – the pessimist in me could sense that her narrative was entirely truthful. I completely devoured the ‘unreliable narrator’ theme, which worked PERFECTLY within this novel – which I haven’t experienced since HE SAID/SHE SAID (by Erin Kelly). I found myself doubting every memory Amber had and wondered for a while whether an ulterior agenda was at play.

The only thing painful about this book is that we now have to wait another YEAR for the follow up novel; SOMETIMES I KILL. The struggle is most definitely real!

You can buy SOMETIMES I LIE from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | THE FOURTH MONKEY (4MK #1) by J.D. Barker @jdbarker (June 29th 2017, HQ @HQstories)

THE FOURTH MONKEY (4MK #1) by J.D. Barker
June 29th 2017, HQ

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Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

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Words cannot begin to describe how much I loved this book. I rarely give five star reviews. For that to happen, a book needs to devour me, spit me back out and make me want to launch it across a room. All of these happened and more with THE FOURTH MONKEY.

I had seen the hype surrounding this book, so like most folk influenced by others, I purchased a copy and there it sat on my shelf for months while I made my way through what seems a never ending TBR! It was well worth to wait to get to this book where there was no rush to finish. I could sit and enjoy this book as was intended.

Short and punchy chapters give this story the pace it needed as we are thrown head first into a cat and mouse chase between our protagonist; Sam Porter and the 4MK killer. A killer who has been able to give the police the slip for a number of years. It is only on discovery on the diary, is Sam determined to bring this killer to justice.

The blurb tells us it’s ‘SE7EN MEETS THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS’ and that is for me a pretty spot on comparison. But I also got my ‘THE BONE COLLECTOR’ feels. Trinkets and notes are left along the way for the investigating team to decipher the killers next move. You find yourself thinking about the clues and whether you can solve the case as well! THIS BOOK IS THAT ADDICTIVE!

One thing I enjoyed with this book is back story of 4MK we read through his diary and how his childhood carved a path into adulthood and to commit these pretty sinister torture/killings. We learn how his parents actions influenced his personality and how one moment can change a life. I warn you though, it’s pretty grim and distressing reading – but as the market continues to be flooded with crime ficiton, I am always searching for that next book which gives me the creeps. It gave me those same feelings THE CROW GIRL did!

THE FOURTH MONKEY ends on a large cliffhanger which paves the way for the sequel; THE FIFTH TO DIE which is due for publication in July 2018. I CANNOT wait to get my hands on a copy!

You can buy THE FOURTH MONKEY (4MK #1) from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Amazon (AUS) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | THE CHILD (Paperback Edition) by Fiona Barton @figbarton (December 14th 2017, Transworld Books @TransworldBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the paperback edition release of THE CHILD by Fiona Barton.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Transworld Books and of course the lovely Fiona Barton who gifted me an early copy of THE CHILD. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

 

So, you want to know what I think?

I have heard nothing but wonderful things both about Fiona Barton and also THE CHILD when it was released in hardback earlier this year. I jumped at the chance to read this book with the worry of suffering with FOMO!

The first thing I thought when reading this book was “Yup. I’ve got this all figured out. I know exactly what’s going on, etc, etc” which for those who read a lot of crime fiction, we always think we have it figured out. But in the case, I was so very wrong!

Like many great crime novels I’ve enjoyed, this is a fast paced and quick read. But quick and fast don’t necessarily mean terrible. Quite the contrary. Short chapters keep the story moving at a fast enough pace that it doesn’t becoming boring, but it gives the reader enough to keep an interest.

THE CHILD is not a fast paced action book with fist fights and car chases at every turn. If that is the type of book you enjoy to read, then I wouldn’t pick this book up. However, if what gets your juices flowing is a deeply emotional, character driven story – then this is the book for you.

What I have discovered is that Fiona has a skill at being able to give little pockets of detail, whilst keeping the reader guessing at to what is coming next. When the climax of this books occurs, I was left with a feeling of surprise. The twist in this book makes perfect sense to the plot and with realism that you don’t always get in some crime fiction. You can tell that Fiona has done her research!

THE CHILD has now set the bar pretty high and I am certainly looking forward to reading more of Fiona’s work!

About Fiona Barton;

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My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist – senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.

But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.

The worm of my first book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.

It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.

Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow was published in 36 countries and made the Sunday Times and New York Times Best Seller lists.

It gave me the confidence to write a second book ,The Child, in which I return to another story that had intrigued me as a journalist. It begins with the discovery of a newborn’s skeleton on a building site. It only makes a paragraph in an evening newspaper but for three women it’s impossible to ignore.

You can buy THE CHILD from Transworld Books now or from the following booksellers (but obvs you can get it at other awesome booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1 (August 24th 2017, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch
August 24th 2017, Pan Macmillan

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

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WOWSERS! This was not the read I thought it would be when I picked up DARK MATTER. I had seen SO much praise across social media for this book, so I knew I had to get involved and see whether I enjoyed the story as much as it had been hyped. The answer to that question is ‘HELL YES!’.

I knew from the get-go that this would be more of a science-fiction thriller as the blurb would suggest. How a man can wake up knowing that this life is not his own. This is NOT a time travel/outer space story – so if that’s what you are looking for, then DARK MATTER is not for you. If however, you are looking for a story about alternative realities and in turn ‘dark matter’ then this book will grab you by the short and curlies and send you on a rollercoaster!

This is an incredibly fast paced book and can easily be read in a day if you allow yourself some solid reading hours. The writing is slick, to the point and descriptive in a way so not to bore the reader. Even when explaining some of the sciences behind the plot – I was more interested than turned off – which is unfortunately sometimes why I struggle with science fiction.

DARK MATTER is one of those books that makes you sit back for a moment and ask yourself; What would I do in this situation? Am I happy with my life? Not many books have this affect on me, I usually take them face value and enjoy them as intended. But every once in a while, you get a book like this which does make you think, and THAT is the reason I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. Whether it is your favoured genre or not. Every reader can get something from DARK MATTER.

Let’s just hope we get those same feelings with the movie……..

You can buy DARK MATTER from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | YOU’RE NEXT by Michael Fowler @MichaelFowler1 (November 9th 2017, Caffeine Nights @caffeinenights)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for YOU’RE NEXT – the second novel featuring DS Scarlett Macy from Michael Fowler.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Caroline Vincent, Caffeine Nights and of course Michael Fowler who gifted me an early copy of YOU’RE NEXT. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes.

But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed.
Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall.

Meanwhile James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill.

Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green…

So, want to know what I thought?

ARGH! Another book I have read which is part of a series and not the first one! This gives me the grumps something rotten as I’m always concerned that I am missing out on vital character development from a previous book/s.

Thankfully YOU’RE NEXT is one of those stories that you can enjoy as a standalone and not need too much information from the previous books. But I feel to understand the antagonist – reading the first book will certainly help.

With that said, I found myelf drawn to the story and the characters from the first few pages. You are instantly hit with the tension of the court case of ‘The Lycra Rapist’ and how circumstances lead to the collapse of the trial. There really is no time to sit and get a breather in this book as the action. The chapters are short and choppy, this helps the story to flow and makes for a quick, but enjoyable read.

We get a good insight into Scarlett’s personal life which is nice to read – it helped me connect to her on a personal level. But what I personally like is that I don’t feel like there was too much given away – there is more to Scarlett than I think we get in YOU’RE NEXT and I cannot wait to see how her character develops over time.

This story was left on a sublt cliffhanger, which will help to pave the way for the next story. I am keen to read where Michael will take the characters.

 

About MICHAEL FOWLER;

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Following retirement, after thirty-two years as a police officer, working mainly as a detective, Michael returned to the deadly business of murder, as a writer. His past work brought him very close to some nasty characters, including psychopaths, and gruesome cases, and he draws on that experience to craft his novels: There is nothing gentle about Michael’s stories.

His landmark novel Heart of the Demon, published in 2012, introduced Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr. Michael has since written five novels and a novella featuring Kerr. He also released the first DS Scarlett Macey book in 2016. Michael is also the author of a stand-alone crime novella and a true crime thriller.

Michael has another side to his life – a passion for art, and has found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently, his oil paintings can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts.

He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

You can buy YOU’RE NEXT from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | TO KILL THE PRESIDENT by Sam Bourne @Freedland‏ (July 4th 2017, Harper Collins UK @HarperCollinsUK)

TO KILL THE PRESIDENT by Sam Bourne (July 4th 2017, Harper Collins UK)

Rating; ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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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Never have I read a piece of fiction that has me questioning whether this is actually not a true life account of a real asassination attempt on the President of the United States! It is scarily relevant to what is happening in the world right now!

I had seen this book in Waterstones after it was initially released and didn’t pick it up. It was then hearing the author; Sam Bourne (pseudonym of columnist Jonathan Freedland) give an interview on BBC Radio 2 about his book that I then knew I HAD to read this book.

I’m certainly no authority on the different roles and persons within the White House, so I cannot comment on whether this novel is factually correct – but the way that Sam has written this novel, I ate up every word! I 100% believe that there have been conversations like the ones feautred in this novel that have happened already. That’s what makes this book give me jeebies, but in the BEST way!

TO KILL THE PRESIDENT is the most relevant political thriller you will read this year and my word, you are in for a rollercoaster of a ride!

You can buy TO KILL THE PRESIDENT now from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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