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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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Strangers Paul Finch

Strangers (Lucy Clayburn, #1)Strangers by Paul Finch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life: as PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there’s no other option – and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire – a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line. And, unknown to Lucy, she’s already treading it…
Think Linda La Plante or Martina Cole and you’ll begin to get the idea of this book. Gangland bosses, general bad behaviour, secrets and lies, they’re all in here. The opening was great, it really catches the attention and the book pretty much runs on a pace from there. Definitely entertaining.

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Beneath the Ashes Jane Isaac

Beneath the Ashes (Detective Inspector Will Jackman #2)Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.
I loved DI Jackman and his complex personal life as well as his complex professional life. At every turn there were decisions to be made, at every turn there were secrets to uncover. The setting of Stratford Upon Avon was evocative and also added another layer of realism to this clever police procedural. Ms Isaac ratchets up the tension as you race to the conclusion, which does not disappoint.

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The Gift Louise Jensen

The GiftThe Gift by Louise Jensen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …
This was a good read, but rather too melodramatic and over-blown in some places. It was as though it was trying too hard with too many twists and turns. The parts about the heart transplant and muscle memory were interesting and to be honest I’d rather have known more about this than the convoluted plot. I much preferred the previous book, The Sister.

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Blink K L Slater

BlinkBlink by K.L. Slater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace. But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
There are many psychological suspense novels around at the moment, so a book has to be really good to stand out. And this is. It’s really, really good. It’s an emotional ride, a ‘OMG’ ride and a tear jerking ride. One of those books you can’t wait to get back to. Ms Slater is becoming a writer of repute and her style reminded me of the writing of Elizabeth Haynes and Sharon Boulton. Excellent!

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