#IncidentReport |#BookReview | YOU (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes @CarolineKepnes (18th June 2015, Simon & Schuster @SimonBooks)

YOU (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes
18th June 2015, Simon & Schuster

When a beautiful aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Okie doke. Where do I even start?! This book has been winking at me on my bookshelf for more years than I care to admit to. It was always one of those books that languished on my seemingly never-ending TBR.

Then on Netflix, this little ball of handsome pops up on my screen!

A Netflix adaptation of said book that’s now shouting at me from my bookshelf; “Yeah! That’s right! You gonna read me now huh?!”. I ignored said shouting until I caved. As much as I want to sit and binge my way through the show – there was no way that was going to happen until I’d read the book.

Wow. This book is….NOT what I expected. I say this in the BEST possible way. I’ve read so many psychological thrillers now that claim to have the biggest twist, and one you can’t put down, etc but YOU is something else.

The first thing to throw me off was the narrative. It’s written in the first person, but as if telling a story to the third party. This style of writing hooked me straight away and then the race was on to gorge on this story as soon as I humanly could!

Second thing about this book….Joe.

I get it now. Reading reviews of both the book and the series and the number of people who were really rooting for Joe was a little worrying. Joe is (this is not a spoiler!) a stalker. There’s no doubting that. He has an unhealthy obsession with a woman and really tries to infiltrate her life in every which way. So why root for him? Well that brings me onto the third thing I loved..

Beck. Ugh. Peach. Ugh. “Dr” Nicky. Ugh. Benji. Ugggggh. These four characters are actually the worst. The kind of people that you probably would do your best to avoid. Self absorbed, selfish, entitled. As the story progresses, I found myself questioning why I cared so much about Joe. Caroline Kepnes, I salute you. I’m still trying to compute my feelings! I cannot get my hands on the follow up novel, HIDDEN BODIES quick enough!

When I put this book down and started writing this review, I stumbled on this gif which pretty much sums up my experience with this book. I agree with you John Stamos, you handsome son of a gun!

You can buy YOU (You #1) from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #PromoPost | DOWNFALL (Ryan Drake #8) by Will Jordan @willjordan83 (7th January 2019, Canelo @canelo_co @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of DOWNFALL – the eighth story in the Ryan Drake series by the wonderful Will Jordan!

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks of course to Emma Welton @ Dampebbles, Canelo and of course Will Jordan for having me along!

‘My name is Ryan Drake and this is just the beginning.’

Ryan Drake and his team are in hiding, having become sworn enemies of states and agencies around the world. When a CIA operative is killed in a car bomb, Drake is shocked to see an old enemy felled. Further still when a video is released claiming responsibility for the attack… under the name of Ryan Drake.

Forced out of hiding, Drake embarks upon a mission to confront his past. When the stranger from the video reaches out, hinting at secrets just out of reach, he leads Drake on a high-octane journey through the slums of Rio to the deserts of Afghanistan. 

Following in the wake of his trail of destruction, the team must pursue Drake as he stops at nothing to find the key to his past.

An edge-of-your-seat action thriller from bestselling author Will Jordan, perfect for fans of James Phelan and Vince Flynn.

About Will Jordan;

Will Jordan’s Ryan Drake novels draw on extensive research into weapons and tactics, as well as the experiences of men who’ve fought in some of the world’s most daunting combat zones. Other books in the series include RedemptionSacrifice and Betrayal. He lives in Fife, Scotland, with his wife and sons. 

Social Media:
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Website: https://www.willjordanbooks.co.uk/

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

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | TURN THE OTHER WAY by Stuart James @StuartJames73 (8th February 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor @BOTBSPublicity)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for TURN THE OTHER WAY by Stuart James.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy @ BookOnTheBrightSide and of course the wonderful Stuart James who gifted me an early copy of TURN THE OTHER WAY. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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

Sometimes revenge is the deadliest game of all.

A derelict farmhouse in the Essex countryside. 
A deranged family. 
Innocent victims being picked at random.
If you’re chosen, Turn The Other Way.

Simon Bairstow is a top London Surgeon. He’s performed dozens of life-saving operations. But something goes horribly wrong. The machine Eve Johnson is attached to flatlines, and suddenly her parent’s world has collapsed.
They’re hell bent on revenge, someone to answer for the horrific error that’s been made.

Noah and Jess are driving on a busy dual carriageway and get stuck in traffic. They hear thumping coming from the back doors of the transit van in front of them. When Noah steps out onto the road, he hears muffled screams. He opens the back doors and what he sees shocks him to the core. 
The van pulls off, spilling Noah onto the road.
Ignoring his wife’s plea to leave it, he hits the accelerator in pursuit of the van.

Chloe’s parents are missing. She hasn’t seen them since they left the party in Hampstead on Friday night. She needs answers, deciding to take matters into her own hands. 

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Islington in North London late at night leaving his victims in a horrific way.
The press have dubbed him The Angel Attacker.

A terrifying tale of revenge with a twist that will hit you like a sledgehammer. 

So, you want to know what I think?

TURN THE OTHER WAY starts with that age old question of what you would do if you saw someone in trouble? How far would you go? Would you be prepared to go all in and be a hero…or as the title suggests; TURN THE OTHER WAY?

Switching between the past and present, we learn not only how each of the victims play their part, but also how they fit into the bigger picture. A picture which is pretty frigging frightening when you get to the crux of the story! The pacing of the story kept me on my toes and I was kept guessing as to what would happen next.

This is one of those books that has you questioning everything around you! Watch your back………

About Stuart James;

 I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane.I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness.That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way.I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death.A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party.A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them.A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

I’m currently working on my new thriller, Apartment Six, which should be released later this year.

I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.

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@StuartJames73

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TURN THE OTHER WAY is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (AU)

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | ONE MINUTE LATER by Susan Lewis @susandlewis (February 21st 2019, Harper Collins @HarperCollinsUK )

ONE MINUTE LATER by Susan Lewis
21st February 2019, Harper Collins UK

It’s takes one minute to change everything…

Vivienne Shager has it all. A highflying job. A beautiful apartment. Friends whose lives are as perfect as her own. But on the afternoon of her 27th birthday, Vivi has a heart attack.

Now Vivi’s life shrinks back to how it begun, as she moves back to the small seaside town she grew up in. With her time running out, there is one thing she wants to know the truth about.

Some secrets are best left in the past…

Thirty years earlier, Shelley’s family home, Deerwood farm, bursts full of love and happiness. But one family member has hidden a secret for all these years. Until Vivi comes home demanding answers, and it takes just a moment to unravel the lie at their heart of their lives…

Vivienne thinks she has it all. The flat in the posh part of London, the great job as a lawyer, lots of good friends and a boyfriend that doesn’t want to be in her pockets but when on her birthday she has a massive heart attack her whole life is altered. 

As Vivi finds out she needs a new heart and whilst waiting for one to become available her whole life has to change otherwise there is a high chance she won’t live she has to uproot to her childhood home so she can be looked after by her family and friends. As she tries to adjust to this new lifestyle she is also determined to find out about her real father, a secret her mother is intent on holding.

The story jumps from present day to 1989 where we are introduced to the Raynor family who live at Deerwood Farm and although we get to see lots about their lives and obviously know there is a link between the two stories, we have no idea what that link is until much later in the book, although as it progresses you don’t start to think the story is going one way. I quite enjoyed the Raynor story, more than the Vivienne story if I’m honest. Deerwood was described as a very beautiful place and really felt like it came alive.

I have to be honest and say that the link between the 2 for me was very disappointing. I felt that there was a huge build up throughout the story that ended on an anti climax. Small characters had a brief mention to then have a huge role later on. I also didn’t have a huge connection with Vivienne, I found her irritating and she took some of the shine away from the story for me. I feel like the link was sort of included to take it away from being a romance novel and try and turn it into a thriller and that didn’t really work for me. I would definitely describe this book as a romance. 

That being said the book has been give a 4 star review by me because the ending is so good. I actually got goosebumps and felt myself getting very emotional throughout the last few pages. It didn’t go where I thought it would, but this pleased me as the ending it did have seemed a bit more realistic than what I expected to happen. You can certainly tell that Susan has done her research into heart failure and transplants as the information included seems to be spot on. The ending completely turned the book around for me.

If your looking for something a bit more hard hitting than just a regular run of the mill romance novel then definitely give this a try.

You can buy ONE MINUTE LATER from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#BlogBlitz| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | LOCKED DOWN (The Locked Trilogy #3) by GB Williams @gailbwilliams (February 18th 2019, Indie Published #IndieAuthor)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of LOCKED DOWN – the final instalment in the LOCKED Trilogy by GB Williams.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks of course to the lovely GB Williams who gifted me an early copy of LOCKED DOWN. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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

What DCI Piper dredges up when investigating the cold case of Terrence Whittaker’s disappearance is unexpected and unwelcome – especially when it links to a current missing persons case. 

Charlie Bell’s only goal in life is ending the tyranny of the Mansel-Jones crime family. 

While Ariadne Teddington recovers after a car crash, her missing brother’s case is reopened, and a past she has always struggled to deal with comes back to haunt her. 

Finding the new lodger isn’t who she was expecting makes life a rollercoaster she can’t get off. 

What will it take to get a criminal locked down for once and for all? 

Can the present overcome the past? 

And can any of them afford the price?

So, want to know what I thought?;

As much as I was ready for LOCKED DOWN – I also didn’t want to read it. For the sole reason that I knew this was the end 😦 (Even though I hope GB decides to continue the series…which is more than fine by me!)

Everything that has taken place in LOCKED UP (#1) and LOCKED IN (#2) has lead us to this final chapter, so with this in mind – PLEASE read the books in order. If you were to read this as a standalone, you would become lost with the story and characters!

I really can’t say much about the plot in detail as it will give away key twists and turns, but what I can tell you is that with the first two instalments, the story moves at a steady pace. Short chapters to keep the reader glued to the page. Just when you think you are comfortable with the pace and enjoying the scenery (so to speak), GB puts her foot down and the story then heads into warp speed with many things happening in tandem. You’re left wondering whether every loose end can be tied up in time!

All I can say through the power of the animated graphic image is that the ending got me like….

I thoroughly enjoyed not only this book, but the entire series. It’s one of those hidden gems that more people should be aware of! If this series gives an indication of the standard of GB’s writing and development style going forward, then I am keen beans to read what she produces in the future!!

About GB Williams;

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After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres
including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.

With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious
cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

You can buy LOCKED DOWN from the following booksellers (however, there are MANY more!!)

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (AU)

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | #IncidentReport | THE LAST by Hanna Jameson @Hanna_Jameson (31st January 2019, Viking Books @VikingBooksUK @PenguinUKBooks)

Welcome!! This the final stop on this Blog Tour for THE LAST by Hanna Jameson.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Emily @ BrandHive, Viking Books and of course the wonderful Hanna Jameson who gifted me an early copy of THE LAST. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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

Breaking: Nuclear weapon detonates over Washington

Breaking: London hit, thousands feared dead

Breaking: Munich and Scotland hit. World leaders call for calm

Historian Jon Keller is on a trip to Switzerland when the world ends. As the lights go out on civilization, he wishes he had a way of knowing whether his wife, Nadia and their two daughters are still alive. More than anything, Jon wishes he hadn’t ignored Nadia’s last message.

Twenty people remain in Jon’s hotel. Far from the nearest city and walled in by towering trees, they wait, they survive.

Then one day, the body of a young girl is found. It’s clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone in the hotel is a killer.

As paranoia descends, Jon decides to investigate. But how far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what kind of justice can he hope for, when society as he knows it no longer exists?

So, you want to know what I think?

Now I’m not usually a big fan of dystopian novels. I can’t really pinpoint why I’m not a big fan…maybe it’s something to do with the reality factor. Do I want to feel like the events being written about are not that far from fiction and could eventually happen? I think I do and with that in mind, THE LAST gave me the jeebies! In the BEST possible way.

Imagine going to a works conference, in a hotel, when at breakfast you hear someone screaming that a nuclear attack has been launched against major cities across America and Europe – pretty much wiping out millions of people. Given the current state of the world, this event seems more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if’.

Imagine then that with your skillset for your career, you start to diarise the events taking place immediately after that attack. The people left behind and what happens to them. The scramble to reach loved ones, to learn they are safe. The panic….the fear…. the uncertainty. Then imagine that one of the group of people you are left with is capable of murder!

THE LAST is a unique book in the sense that it is a fiction book, but serves as a pre-history book of what may likely happen in the future. Short, journal style entries keep the book flowing at a steady pace, taking the reader on a journey.

Let’s talk about that ending through! The ending was….. let’s just say that with how well the book was flowing and the build up throughout, I was maybe expecting more with the ending. It left me asking more questions! Maybe this was Hanna’s intention all along – an ending to a book with no sequel (that I know of) that keeps people talking about it much longer after they finish it!

I was talking to my colleagues about this book (they haven’t read it yet) and they became frustrated, confused and wanted answers to the same questions I did! This to me is a sign that this book is going to do great things and be around for a while.

Is that a movie deal I see on the horizon?

Meet Hanna Jameson;

Hanna Jameson’s fourth novel, part murder mystery and part post-apocalyptic thriller – THE LAST – is out early 2019, with Viking UK and Simon & Schuster – Atria Books US. The Last is the story of an American academic searching for the truth about a girl who has been murdered in his Swiss hotel in the aftermath of a nuclear war that has destroyed most of the Western world.

Jameson had written the first draft of her debut, award-nominated novel – SOMETHING YOU ARE – at just seventeen. Something You Are and two further novels in the series – GIRL SEVEN and ROAD KILL – are available now in the UK, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands.

She lives in London currently, and is working on screenwriting projects. She likes whiskey, history, and emotionally taxing TV shows.

THE LAST is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets (and MANY more! Don’t forget your local bookseller and library!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) Amazon (AU)

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | LETHAL WHITE (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith @jk_rowling (September 18th 2018, Sphere @LittleBrownUK)

LETHAL WHITE (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith
18th September 2018, Sphere (Little Brown UK)

“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.

When I saw the size of the book I was put off picking it up! I had to have it back to the library and I wondered if I would manage to get through it in time, but it was such a fast paced brilliant read that I found I flicked through the pages quicker than I thought possible and having it finished was not an issue.

The prologue starts exactly where CAREER OF EVIL ended. With Robin’s wedding and Strike turning up during the ceremony. Then we jump forward a year and Cormoran is doing so well with the agency, they are having to take on more investigators. As his fame grows Strike is still fighting all his inner demons, his feelings with Robin, his leg and stump causing him pain and women who want more than he is willing to give. Robin is fighting her demons too, her feelings for Strike and a marriage that she does not want to be in. 

As well as the personal drama there is of course a case Strike and Robin are investigating. This book is written in two parts, the first is about a government minster who enlists their help when he is being blackmailed and the second part is about his murder and who may have done it.

As with the three previous books I struggled to guess who the culprit was. I did manage to guess a couple of the shocks but that didn’t spoil the story for me. I still had to keep reading to find out how all the links are connected because as with the previous three you know there is going to be a great climax. I found myself so engrossed in this story that everything happening around me blended into the background. Robert manages to write characters so well that they really feel real when reading about them. you become so impatient to know how things turn out for them. 

I found this book a brilliant addition to the Strike series and it was very well written and really got me gripped. Can’t wait to see what Robert comes up with next and where our characters go.

You can buy LETHAL WHITE (Cormoran Strike #4) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#BlogTour | #IncidentReport | #BookReview | INBORN by Thomas Enger (January 23rd 2019, Orenda Books @orendabooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of INBORN, the latest novel by the awesome Thomas Enger.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and of course the awesome Thomas Enger who gifted me an early copy of INBORN. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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

When the high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as being in the dock … for murder?

Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously … and secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community.

As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has his relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect? It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust.

But can we trust him?

A taut, moving and chilling thriller, Inborn examines the very nature of evil, and asks the questions: How well do we really know our families? How well do we know ourselves?

So, want to know what I thought?

Well…that was a pleasant surprise! After coming out of my Henning Juul book hangover, I was more than keen beans to read INBORN. I was ready to fully invest myself in Thomas’ writing and how he masters building a character base.

INBORN is a fast paced courtroom drama, with plenty of twists and turns throughout. Short, choppy chapters keep the pace of the book moving quickly. There’s no time to get bored in this story! The switch between ‘then’ and ‘now’ with each chapter threw me straight back into Even’s world as he pushes to learn the truth. Just as I thought smugly to myself ‘Oh – it’s them. It HAS to be.’ I am soon feeling a little silly. This is a book that keeps me on my toes throughout.

The story is written predominantly from Even’s perspective and his manner is very typical of a young person in today’s society. Ruled/governed by what is posted on social media, Even feels the full force of his peers suspicions. Before he even faces the courtroom, he is already fighting in his corner in the trial by social media – a trial led solely on speculation.

Given the location and the plot – I can see this easily being turned into an online series. One which I would happily sit and binge in an afternoon! There is enough with each character to have you wanting more and I finished this book very much with more questions than I had answers to.

This is a great book for younger readers who love their crime fiction, or for those looking for a book to get them started! I’ll certainly be recommending this book to my friends who have children! I cannot wait to read what’s next for Thomas!

About Thomas Enger;

Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2009, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news.

Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

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

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | NEED YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #13) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (May 18th 2017, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

NEED YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #13) by Peter James
18th May 2017, Pan Macmillan

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead.

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.

When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

I always struggle with long series as I think what can the author possibly do to make this book any better or different to the past books he has written? I was also a little apprehensive going into this one as I had been reading reviews that stated it wasn’t as good as the previous ones 😦

However personally for me I found it just as enjoyable as the previous 12! It starts off with Lorna Belling being killed by a lover who we have discovered is not who he claims to be. As Lorna threatens him with his whole life, the lover trying to stop her, kills her and then tries to cover his tracks. Peter manages to give just enough away about the killer to spike the reader’s interest but not enough way that it takes anything away from the “whodunnit” of the story, although I have to admit I did have some suspicions about who the killer could be I didn’t predict the actual outcome. 

Roy Grace is obviously, as with all the books, still dealing with the aftermath of discovering his wife Sandy, who he had presumed to be dead for the last 10 years, was actually alive and had had a son by him. Although in book 12 Sandy dies for real, Roy and Cleo now have to adapt to having Roy’s son, Bruno around. Sandy mentions in her suicide not that she worries about Bruno, and with a couple of little hints throughout Need you Dead I feel that Peter is leading this somewhere and I am sure we will discover a lot more about Bruno as the books progress. 

Glenn Branson isn’t such a big part of this book. I am hoping that is not an indication of future books as I enjoy the banter between Glenn and Roy and it really adds the humour element to what can otherwise be quite a hard read. Other side characters also make appearances in this book as well as some new faces who I am sure we will learn more about in future books. 

As with all of my previous reviews I feel I need to mention how much I enjoy that the books are only set just a few months apart. There are mentions of past cases and how they are progressing in terms of court appearances etc, I enjoy knowing that the case hasn’t just ended because the book did. It also helps me to feel like I haven’t missed huge chunks of Roy’s life. Noah is still a baby, not at school already and Cleo is still trying to juggle being a working mother. 

As with the previous 12 books, NEED YOU DEAD is full of twists and turns that make you want to keep turning the pages. I love how they completely blind side the reader with what happens and are so unpredictable. So much happens within one book that by the time you reach the end you feel like you have been on one hell of a rollercoaster ride.

I am looking forward to book 14 and where Peter decides to take Roy next. I know that book 15 is in the process of being released and who knows how many more he will write. Personally if they are all as good as NEED YOU DEAD I hope he never stops!

You can buy NEED YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #13) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) by Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl (January 24th 2019, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks) #TeamLori

DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) by Steph Broadribb
24th January 2019, Orenda Books

A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…

Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead. Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them.

If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.

With North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is more deadly – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined. In this race only the winner gets out alive…

Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.

I must firstly apologise to every other book I will read in 2019 as I don’t think I’m going to love another as much as I have DEEP DIRTY TRUTH!!

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it until there is a court order against it… I think I’m a little bit in love with Lori Anderson! It’s very rare for me to have this kind of reaction to a female protagonist. My list of female heroes is rather short – Sarah Connor will always remain on the top stop, but Lori is a very close second. She’s a badass!

In DEEP DIRTY TRUTH I feel a progression in Lori’s character from what we saw in the first two instalments. Despite what she is tasked with by the Miami Mob, the time she has to succeed and the consequences of if she fails, Lori remains calm, collected and focus. Sometimes eerily so. It reminds me of the contrast we see in Sarah Connor between the first two Terminator movies. A woman determined to do what it takes to protect her family. It’s not about her any more. Her daughter, Dakota depends on her to be around and this is very much forefront in everything Lori does.

Alex Monroe remains one of those characters that I can’t quite decide on yet how I feel about. He has the ability of popping up when you least expect it and saving the day/offering assistance to Lori – but in the next breath can piss you off by playing both sides to his advantage, leaving Lori in the shit. Although he spends most of this book helping Lori – Alex still has his own agenda. An agenda which I’m sure is going to be explored in the next book in this series.

The introduction of Carly was a pleasant surprise! An integral character, lending herself to Lori when help is desperately needed, we start to learn more about Carlton North – this adding those extra secretive layers to the Miami Mob. It’s my wish/hope that for the next story, not only will we get more JT and Lori action (work action…not ‘that’ action.!) but that we learn more about Carly and her background and how she became the woman we meet in this book.

Short, sharp chapters keep the action moving at a steady pace without losing momentum and that ending has left the story wide open for Lori and JT’s next challenge and I CANNOT wait to read what happens next!

A HUGE thank you to Orenda Books and the wonderful Steph Broadribb for gifting me a copy of DEEP DIRTY TRUTH. Despite what some may believe, this review has not been swayed in light of this!

You can buy DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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-S.