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The Silent Corner Kean Koontz

The Silent CornerThe Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“I very much need to be dead.”
These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what. She discovers other people who had supposedly committed suicide as she races around America, flying well under the grip, as she races around America trying to find those behind her husband’s unexpected death. The plot is not as pacy as normal Koontz books, which disappointed me somewhat. The lengths Jane goes to stay hidden are interesting but is she really as undetected as she hopes?
I had mixed reactions to the characters in this book, sometimes empathising with them and sometimes not. An interesting read, if not satisfying, read. Be warned, this book is part of a trilogy and so does not have all the plot threads resolved.

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The Good Daughter Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter (Good Daughter, #1)The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every now and again a book comes along that you don’t want to put down, you don’t want it to end and you wish you could write as well as Ms Slaughter!. This is such a book.
An engrossing read, with well defined characters. Yes, they are flawed, but you don’t feel the flaws are in any way over the top, rather you perfectly understand who they are and why they are that way. The narrative grips you from the early pages and doesn’t let go until the very end of the book. Full of intrigue, mystery and double dealing there is a revelation in every chapter and I didn’t work out who did what they did and to whom! A seriously satisfying read for lovers of crime fiction.

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The Fourth Monday J D Barker

The Fourth MonkeyThe Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In many ways this is an old-fashioned serial killer story, with a huge battle of good and evil. Grizzly packages are sent to the detectives and the 4KM (the fourth Monkey Killer) taunts them at every turn. A great read, which keeps you turning the pages. Mr Barker has impressive writing credentials and this book shows you that they are more than well deserved.

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Every Last Lie Mary Kubica

Every Last LieEvery Last Lie by Mary Kubica

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

She always trusted her husband. Until he died. Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. But when Maisie starts having nightmares, Clara becomes obsessed that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident. Who wanted Nick dead? And, more importantly, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out the truth – even if it makes her question whether her entire marriage has been a lie…
This story is told in two parts. Clara and her husband Nick. It’s a story of several themes, how people deal with grief, a police investigation and how marriages change over time, especially once children appear.
The suspense builds throughout the novel and the reader is challenged to make decisions about Clara’s thought process. Do we believe her that her husband was murdered by someone causing the accident? Or was it just one of those freak things?
A very classy novel that does what it says on the tin.

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Little Big Lies Liane Moriarty

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane hasn’t lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives – and their own secrets.
Okay I confess I succumbed to the hype surrounding this novel and the subsequent tv system. I didn’t watch the tv version, instead wanted to read the book ‘cold’ as it were. And what a book! The style of writing draws you in. I loved the little vignettes from those people at the scene of the murder. I loved the hidden problems in the three women’s lives. I loved not knowing who had been killed and who the murderer was. In fact, you guessed it, I loved the whole thing! A great novel that I hated having to put down, when life got in the way of my reading!

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A Dark So Deadly Stuart McBride

A Dark So DeadlyA Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men. O Division’s Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone’s better judgement, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own.

No one expects them to succeed, but right now they’re the only thing standing between the killer’s victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?

I have absolutely loved Mr MacBride’s previous work, so I was keen to read this novel and see if a change of characters would be as impressive. And boy were they! The author has a dark, deadly sense of humour and it shines through in just about every page. But the other thing that shines through is the humanity in his characters. Yes, they are all oddballs in some way or another (and that includes the cast of secondary characters) but the situations they find themselves are always real and gritty. The plot twists and turns and is as intriguing as the characters. I can’t recommend his work highly enough. Go and read a book of his. Now!

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Give me the child Mel McGrath

Give Me the ChildGive Me the Child by Mel McGrath
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always enjoy psychological books, where nothing is as it seems at the beginning and this didn’t disappoint. As Cat delves deeper into her husband’s life things are much worse than they appeared initially, the catalyst of their problems being the arrival of a previously unknown love-child. Who is the one orchestrating Cat’s decline? The child? Her husband? Or herself? The spectre of mental health overshadows the whole novel and is a really interesting look at how the stigma of it never really goes away. Powerfully written.

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Dead Souls Angela Marson

Dead Souls (D.I. Kim Stone, #6)Dead Souls by Angela Marsons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The truth was dead and buried… until now.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.
Dead Souls is another stonker of a crime novel from the impressive Angela Marsons. Thrown into an alien way of working, Kim Stone has been separated from her team and has to work with a detective she has a history with – and not a good one. Kim, being Kim, doesn’t handle any of this well and her non-existent social skills are tested to breaking point. When a member of her team is embroiled in a dangerous situation Kim must face her worries and demons to work as a member of a team to track down her missing officer. A great crime novel, as always. Ms Marsons doesn’t fail to deliver!

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Inspector Hobbes and the Bones

Inspector Hobbes and the Bones (Unhuman #4)Inspector Hobbes and the Bones by Wilkie Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking. Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he’s getting worried.
Typically I read this book first, which is the second in the series. But it didn’t really matter as explanations were made as the book went along, or should I say raced along as fast as the flood water! What a delicious book, humorous, odd, heart-warming, with a few ghostly/paranormal bits thrown in. A book of typically British humour and an absolute delight!

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