#IncidentReport | #BookReview | RED SNOW (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #2) by Will Dean @willrdean (January 10th 2019, Point Blank Books @ptblankbks @oneworldnews)

RED SNOW (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #2) by Will Dean
10th January 2019, Point Blank Books

TWO BODIES

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

TWO COINS

Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

TWO WEEKS

Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?

It’s not very often that a character sticks in your mind quite like Tuva Moodyson, so it’s safe to say that straight after finishing DARK PINES, I was keen beans to get right back into Tuva’s life in RED SNOW.

Time has since passed since Tuva published her report on the Medusa Murders. A story which has opened opportunities for her and is due to move to a new job. In her final weeks before moving, a local business owner is witnessed to have committed suicide at the local liquorice factory. It is only when Tuva starts to dig a little deeper with the help of ghost-writer David Holmqvist does she discover a family with more secrets than employees!

The Grimberg family were fascinating to me. A grandmother, mother and daughter. Three generations of the same blood line, yet all three with their own very different personalities whilst living together in the factory. Each of them suffering from their own grief but trying to make the best of a bad lot. Will writes each character with such detail and care, whilst not enough to bore the reader, but to spark further interest that you want to know more!

I couldn’t help of thinking of the slow burning mysteries you become glued to in the likes of shows like Midsommer Murders where in a small town where everyone knows everyone and when investigating a crime, the threads start to unravel. Before you start to understand one truth, another thread unravels. Come the end of the book, you are stood over a ball of wool, wondering what to do next!

I shall sit here and catch my breath while I wait for Will to deliver us the next chapter in Tuva’s story. I’ll be waiting…maybe not patiently….but I’ll be waiting!

A big thank you to Point Blank Books & Will Dean for gifting me a copy of RED SNOW. Despite what some may believe, this review has not been swayed in light of this!

You can buy RED SNOW (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #2) 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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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DARK PINES (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #1) by Will Dean @willrdean (December 7th 2017, Point Blank Books @PtBlankBks @Oneworldnews)

DARK PINES (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #1) by Will Dean
7th December 2017, Point Blank Books

An isolated Swedish town.

A deaf reporter terrified of nature.

A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest. 

A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods.

It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

DARK PINES was one of those books I saw being heavily reviewed and spoken about in late 2017 across the bloggerverse and one I was more than interested in. As with most bookworms, it is sometimes impossible to read everything on your TBR straight away 😦 With the upcoming release of RED SNOW – the sequel to DARK PINES due in January, I knew I had to pull my finger out!

With Melbourne starting a rather hot summer, I welcomed the cold and wintery setting of rural Sweden. The town surrounded by woodland, ice and snow. Even in 30+ degree weather, the descriptions alone of the town were enough for my imagination to take me there and feel the same chills as Tuva.

Tuva Moodyson is a special character in that you don’t encounter many like her in crime fiction. A young deaf woman working for the local paper in order to build her portfolio in the hope of working for larger publications. When the body is discovered in the woods, with the eyes removed – Tuva sees this as her opportunity to put her all into the story and uncover the truth. She is a strong willed and determined character, however we get to see the softness she possesses in how she interacts with the townsfolk and her own mother.

If you are into gritty Nordic Noir with claustrophobic settings and unreliable characters, then DARK PINES is a must read!

A big thank you to Point Blank Books & Will Dean for gifting me a copy of DARK PINES. Despite what some may believe, this review has not been swayed in light of this!

You can buy DARK PINES (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #1) 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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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | LOVE YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #12) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (May 19th 2016, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

LOVE YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #12) by Peter James
19th May 2016, Pan Macmillan

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . .

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.

On to Book Twelve (in the Roy Grace series) and yet again I was pleasantly surprised by how fresh these books feel. This book ties up a lot of loose ends which was good for me, I knew Tooth would make a reappearance although I was a little disappointed with the outcome of the Edward Crisp storyline that we are introduced to in Book Eleven. I felt Peter could have savoured this to use in future books.

Yet again we see part of Roy Grace’s personal life. I am in awe of his relationship with Cleo, Peter likes to ensure that we see them as a strong united couple that support each other throughout all the issues and problems that life throws at them. Finally in book 12 we have an end to the Sandy saga although I think her legacy will carry on in future books as they deal with the shock of Roy having a son. I also feel we may discover more about Sandy’s relationship with Cassian Pewe, Roy’s hateful boss.

Obviously a Roy Grace novel wouldn’t be complete without the side characters. Glenn Branson once again appears in LOVE YOU DEAD but I feel he has taken more of a back burner in the last couple of books. Norman Potting is also included as he deals with the aftermath of losing Bella and features as an undercover in this instalment.

You can always tell that Peter does his research whilst writing the Roy Grace series as the storylines always seem to true to life. This one is about exotic reptiles that are kept by our main killer character. If you get the creeps from spiders and snakes then definitely do not read this book.

I found myself engrossed in Book Twelve just as much as the past eleven books. As always I love how the books are always based just a few months apart, you don’t feel like you missing any huge events in the characters lives. It also makes it seem more real as past crimes are mentioned and we can see how these carry on through the justice system. I feel these books would make a great TV show and I hope the rights are snapped up one day.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the next books hold for Roy Grace, I hope they continue to be as interesting and enjoyable as the twelve I’ve already read.

You can buy LOVE YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #12) 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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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | KILL ME TWICE (Rosie Gilmour #7) by Anna Smith (August 25th 2016, Quercus Books @QuercusFiction @QuercusBooks)

KILL ME TWICE (Rosie Gilmour #7) by Anna Smith
25th August 2016, Quercus Books

A beautiful model’s death uncovers an ugly conspiracy stretching all the way to Westminster in Rosie Gilmour’s darkest case to date.

When rags-to-riches Scots supermodel Bella Mason plunges to her death from the roof of a glitzy Madrid hotel, everyone assumes it was suicide. Except that one person saw exactly what happened to Bella that night, and she definitely didn’t jump. But Millie Chambers has no one she can tell – alcoholic, depressed herself and now sectioned by her bullying politician husband, who would believe her? And that’s not all Millie knows. Being close to the heart of Westminster power can lead to discovering some awful secrets…

Back in Glasgow, Rosie’s research into Bella’s life leads to her brother, separated from her in care years before. Dan is now a homeless heroin addict and rent boy, but what he reveals about Bella’s early life is electrifying: organised sexual abuse in care homes across Glasgow. Bella had tracked him down so that they could tell the world their story. And now she’s dead.

As Rosie’s drive to expose the truth leads her closer to Millie and the shameful secrets she has kept for so many years, it becomes clear that what she’s about to discover could prove fatal: a web of sexual abuse linking powerful figures across the nation, and the rot at the very heart of the British Establishment…

It always scares me reading a book that is so far into a series like KILL ME TWICE, especially when that book is SEVEN stories in! I’m worried I will lose the back story and arc of the characters, but thankfully this was not the case and I was able to enjoy the read. This book can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone novel.

There are so many different moving parts to this story which starts with the apparent suicide of a young model. An event witnessed by the wife of a high profile politician that is already involved in sinister dealings. Rosie Gilmour is our protagonist. A crime reporter who has made her name in digging deep and exposing the worst offenders. She is a tough female in a male driven industry and even when knocked down – she’s straight back to it and there really is no stopping her!

KILL ME TWICE is a fast paced book, with something happening on every page. As I reader, I enjoyed this pace and was certainly not bored at any stage. I am certainly keen to read more about Rosie and the team and what she uncovers next!

You can buy KILL ME TWICE (Rosie Gilmour #7) 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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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | YOU ARE DEAD (Roy Grace #11) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (May 21st 2015, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

YOU ARE DEAD (Roy Grace #11) by Peter James
21st May 2015, Pan Macmillan

They were marked for death.

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.

That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.

At first, to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing – and yet another body from the past surfaces.

Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?

Yet Again Peter manages to amaze me with how he keeps every one of the Roy Grace series so fresh and different. Now onto book 11 and it is different to the previous 10. 

The thing that I really love about this series is that there is only ever a couple of months between them, even though they are released yearly. Noah, Roy’s son, is still only 5 months old in YOU ARE DEAD and I like the fact that we are not trying to play catch up on a year of Roy’s life and how all the cases still seem fresh throughout the book. I think it also helps that I have been reading the series quite close together as it is still quite clear in my mind.

YOU ARE DEAD starts with a missing woman and a dead body that seems to be from several years earlier. As Roy considers which case he deals with and which he passes on we start to see similarities in the 2 women and Roy ends up having to deal with both. As he tries to figure out who has Logan and if he can save her in time he is rocked by a colleague from Germany who may have news from his previous wife, Sandy.

All our favourite side characters, Glenn Branson and Norman Potting are both back and dealing with things of their own. I love the friendship that Roy and Glenn have, it really resonates with me as the kind of relationship men have. The constant jibes at each other, always made with love. Norman is of course still dealing with the death of his fiancé, and as Roy attends her funeral it brought me to actual tears. 

Although Sandy yet again makes an appearance and Roy makes a decision about her I feel there is more yet to come in future books that could rock him personally in future books. I am interested to see how Peter develops this story line and if it will ever end. 

YOU ARE DEAD definitely had a lot of open storylines at the end with the culprit of the murders/kidnapping disappearing at the end so I feel he will re appear in future books too. I’m looking forward to seeing where Peter can take Roy next and if he can still keep the stories as good and fresh in the next three books. 

You can buy YOU ARE DEAD (Roy Grace #11) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | WANT YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #10) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (January 1st 2014, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

WANT YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #10) by Peter James
1st January 2014, Pan Macmillan

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IF HE CAN’T HAVE HER, THEN NOBODY CAN . . .

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead . . .

Single girl, 33, redhead and smouldering, love life that’s crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and—who knows—more maybe?

In Peter James’ Want You Dead, thirty-year old Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich thirty-five year old Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, and is instantly attracted to him. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.

Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But far from being over, her nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed and besotted with her. He intends to destroy, by fire, everything and everyone she has ever known and loved—and then her, too. It’s up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to stop him before it’s too late…

Now onto book 10. I am sure I have said this for the last 4 books but I am always surprised how Peter always seems to make the Roy Grace series feel so refreshing.

This book is based on a stalker from a relationship that started on an online dating service. The people involved had a very good relationship until Red found out some things about Bryce that changed everything and now Bryce is out to ensure Red is never happy again.

As Roy prepares for his upcoming wedding to Cleo he is put as lead investigator on the case so as you can imagine that throws a spanner in the works. As well as this we also discover more about Sandy and I feel it won’t be too many more books before things start to happen with that side of the story.

Obviously our favourite side characters are back in force but just as we begin to feel happiness might be on the cards for 2 unlikely characters something truly devastating happens and the story is taken to a whole new level. One thing about these books is Peter isn’t afraid to involve some of the well known characters in big parts of the story line.

AS always Peter writes in such a way that you do not want to stop turning the pages. I was completely engrossed in this book and just needed to find out what was going to happen. I like how the stories always end but there is always a little cliff hanger which means you are going to have to read the next book to discover where that line will go.

I cannot wait to dive into book 11 and am already expecting to be on the edge of my seat for the entire ride.

 

You can buy WANT YOU DEAD (Roy Grace #10) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) by Allan Watson @allanwatson12 (October 5th 2017)

HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) by Allan Watson
Publication Date; October 5th 2017

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Prepare to be Scared…

It feels like history is repeating itself when out-of-favour detective Will Harlan gets summoned to a crime scene in the village of Brackenbrae after a young girl is found hanging in the woods.

Five years ago Harlan headed up the investigation of an identical murder in the same woods; a mishandled investigation that effectively destroyed his credibility as a detective. The new case immediately takes a bizarre twist when the body is identified as the same girl found hanging in the woods five years ago.

The following day a local man commits suicide and the police find more dead girls hidden in his basement. The case seems open and closed.

Until the killing spree begins.

Harlan finds himself drawn into a dark world where murder is a form of self-expression and human life treated as one more commodity to be used and discarded.

The only clue that links everything is a large oil painting of ‘Sagittarius A’ – a massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy orbited by thirteen stars daubed in blood with the words –

Heart Swarm

Holy crap. This book was horrific, gory, unsettling, nasty and uncomfortable. But I frigging LOVED EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE!! This book is outrageous like you wouldn’t believe, but is hands down one of my favourite reads this year! Which is a big claim I know from any blogger as we read A LOT. But this book blew any expectation I had clear out of the water.

DI Will Harlan is a familiar character in the respect that many police procedural novels will feature a strong lead whose life has gone a bit skewiff. Reeling from ‘the one who got away, his wife has left him, a daughter he doesn’t see much of and lives in a hotel with a retired criminal. This story is very much about redemption and a second chance for Will when the same case that nearly broke him is back to haunt him.

Will is kept firmly on his toes by his right hand woman; Cara. She is a ballsy police officer who isn’t afraid to speak her mind…. she is rather blunt at times. Too blunt maybe. But this made her character a pleasure to read. Cara isn’t without her own back story and when we learn more, we can understand how this has shaped her character and her life.

If graphic crime scenes put you off, then I would steer clear of HEART SWARM. But if, like me, you have a morbid curiosity for these things and like that uncomfortable image floating around your noggin, then this it 100% the book for you! I’ve not read anything as graphic and unsettling since AMERICAN PSYCHO – which is saying something!

Very much looking forward to sharing my review for the follow up novel; WASP LATITUDES when the blog tour hits on November 17th 🙂

Thanks so much to Sarah Hardy and Allan Watson for my copy of HEART SWARM. This review has not been swayed in any way and the above review is all my own ramblings!

You can buy HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEAD MAN’S TIME (ROY GRACE #9) by Peter James @peterjamesuk (January 1st 2013, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DEAD MAN’S TIME (Roy Grace #9) by Peter James
1st January 2013, Pan Macmillan

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A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. Millions worth of valuables have been stolen. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that her powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything—absolutely anything—to get it back.

Within days, Grace is racing against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads him from the shady antiques world of Brighton, across Europe, and all the way back to the New York waterfront gang struggles of 1922, chasing a killer driven by the force of one man’s greed and another man’s fury.

I loved being back with Roy Grace as he yet again battles to fight crime and lock the bad guys away. I am now on book 9 and honestly enjoy each book so much which really surprises me every time. I was expecting them to start getting repetitive but somehow Peter manages to keep the stories fresh and different every time.

As always Dead Man’s Time has lots of twists and turns so you never know what to expect and are constantly waiting to see what is going to happen next. Even when you try to predict the outcome something will happen that will completely change the whole story.

I think Roy Grace is a very relatable character. He struggles with work, keeping his fiancé happy as well as juggling time with his new baby son. It is obvious that both Cleo and Noah are very important to him and he would move heaven and earth to be with them and protect them.

We also have the side characters that have become an integral part of the series. As we see them develop and how their personal lives effect both Roy and the story we soon become invested in them as much as Roy. We also find out more about Roy’s missing wife Sandy and a very interesting development which I am sure will affect the other later books in the series. It definitely encourages you to keep reading the series.

I also like how the stories don’t jump too much in time. They are all based just a couple of months apart despite the year gap in between them being released. It adds to the story as we find out how previous criminals ended up. The last few books have mentioned the court case for the person caught in book 2.

The series is very well written without being too detailed in regards to the crimes committed which make them easy and enjoyable crime novels. I love trying to guess what the end will be and look forward to finding out what will happen next to our favourite characters.

 

You can buy DEAD MAN’S TIME (Roy Grace #9) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | #IncidentReport | UNSPOKEN TRUTHS (DI Gus McGuire #5) by Liz Mistry (October 29th 2018, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of UNSPOKEN TRUTHS, the latest DI Gus McGuire novel by the wonderful Liz Mistry!

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Emma @ Bloodhound Books and of course the awesome Liz Mistry who gifted me an early copy of UNSPOKEN TRUTHS. 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;

In Unspoken Truths, DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder. Set in Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus is pushed to his physical and psychological limits. 

First a rural train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle with a boot filled with drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley. When Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal. As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets Compo loose on the Dark Web – how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?

Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence piles up against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit.

Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer? Never before has Gus faced such a demanding test.

So, want to know what I thought?

Ever since I finished book four in the series; UNCOMMON CRUELTY – I knew I HAD to read what happens next!

A great start for me as this book picks up directly after events in the previous book and we are placed right in the centre of ‘The Beast from the East’ which was a very real and deadly snow storm that made it’s way over to England earlier this year. Living so close to where the story is set in Bradford, Liz transported me straight into the action and gave me the same chills I remember!

There are two incidents at the start of this book which pave the way for the story and work perfectly alongside each other. Firstly we delve deeper into Alice’s time in prison and it’s a pretty grim to say the least. Outside factors are playing a part in her suffering and it’s written in such a way that makes the reader uncomfortable, without it being ‘in your face’ and over the top for the sake of the shock factor. Secondly we have the derailment of the train. An incident which opens up a box of scandal, conspiracy and secrets which shocks Gus and his team as they scramble for answers. Both incidents have their place in this book and with the pacing a crime thriller deserves, the reader is taken on a hell of a ride!

Although this book stands on its own as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading the previous books in the series. I feel I’m continuing to connect with these characters as their stories progress and I worry whether I’d feel the same going into this book blind.

That said…bring on the next book please! I shall be sat waiting impatiently 🙂

About Liz Mistry; 

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As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours.  She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.

Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years.  Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children.  They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.

In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.

You can buy UNSPOKEN TRUTHS from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | LIES BETWEEN US by Ronnie Turner @Ronnie__Turner (October 1st, HQ Digital @hqdigitaluk)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of LIES BETWEEN US, the debut novel by fellow book blogger Ronnie Turner!

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Katie @ HQ Digital and of course the awesome Ronnie Turner who gifted me an early copy of LIES BETWEEN US. 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;

The past is always watching . . .

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . . .

So, want to know what I thought?

WOWSERS! Where do I even begin with my praise for this book? It BLEW. ME. AWAY. It’s hard to read this book and believe that it’s a DEBUT novel!

This is a book that moves about so quickly between time frames and characters that you really do no need to pay attention to what is going on. I didn’t mind this at all! Told from three character perspectives give an added depth to the story as usually, you would find a crime thriller written from the victim/perpetrator angle.

The character who stood out most for me was Miller. I could easily devour an entire book written from his perspective. His story was uncomfortable to read and definitely gives you that ‘creepy’ factor. I was constantly questioning every action and wondering how and why it linked with the other two characters; Maisie and John.

Let’s talk twists. I got to a place with psychological thrillers where I would avoid any that boast ‘a twist you didn’t see coming’ or ‘this twist will blow your mind!!’ because nine times out of ten, it’s a bit of an anti-climax. Knowing how much Ronnie reads and understands the genre, I’m sure she was conscious that the twist in this book is one that the reader really doesn’t see coming until it’s revealed. This alone increased my enjoyment of the overall story.

Thank you Ronnie for restoring my faith in the genre! I can’t wait to read your next book!!

About Ronnie Turner;

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Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.

Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.

Twitter: @Ronnie_ _Turner

Facebook: @RonnieTurnerAuthor

Instagram: @ronnieturner8702

Website: www.ronnieturner.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RonnieTurner

 

You can buy LIES BETWEEN US from the following bookseller;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter this week!

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