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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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The Bone Field Simon Kernick

The Bone Field (The Bone Field #1; DI Ray Mason #2)The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

1990 A young woman goes missing while backpacking in Thailand. She is never seen again.
2016 Her bones are discovered 6000 miles away in an English field and, within hours, the boyfriend who reported her disappearance all those years ago is dead. So begins a hunt to solve her murder that will take DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd into a dark and terrifying world of corruption and deadly secrets, where murder is commonplace, and nothing and nobody is safe…
I really enjoyed this as a new reader of Simon Kernick’s work. I loved the characters of DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd and hated the villans, just as it should be. The plot was solid and twists and turns full of surprises. The book races along and I loved it!

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Two Days Gone Randall Silvis

Two Days GoneTwo Days Gone by Randall Silvis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.

What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco, after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.
I suspect readers will either love to hate this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as it was a book that added that extra dimension to a police investigation, a literary perspective with lots of threads running through it. It was a deep look into the psychological profile of the Professor but also of Ryan De Marco, who struggles constantly against the evidence and his own perspective on his friend. There were moments of pathos as Thomas Huston falls apart, trying desperately to cling onto to his sanity. A read you’ll think about long after you’ve finished

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Kiss the Girls James Patterson

Kiss the Girls: (Alex Cross 2)Kiss the Girls: by James Patterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alex Cross’s niece, Naomi, is missing. Cross fears the disappearance could be linked to a string of recent abductions and murders. Two brilliant and twisted killers, operating on opposite sides of the country, are collaborating and competing, encouraging each other to perpetrate increasingly horrific crimes. Cross must hunt down these two brutal masterminds – not only to rescue his niece, but also to save the lives of the many others still in danger…
I started off not being sure of the ‘voice’ of Alex Cross, but before I knew it I was totally drawn into the story and couldn’t read it quick enough. So despite my earlier reservations, the sparse yet realistic style of writing works! The story races along yet Alex Cross continues to be real as Mr Patterson constantly gives us an insight into his character and into his thoughts and attitudes. Loved it!

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Ragdoll Daniel Cole

Ragdoll (Detective William Fawkes, #1)Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet, nicknamed by the press as the ‘ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter. The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?
The book starts out with startling humour, making me compare it to a Stuart MacBride book. However, this wasn’t subtle humour, but right there in your face and to be honest it almost put me off continuing. But I’m glad I did. The humour settled down and the story raced along, from one twist and turn to the other. You have to suspend reality a bit with regards to the characters and their actions and just enjoy the story for what it is – a rattling good read!

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The Sixth Window Rachel Abbott

The Sixth WindowThe Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Grey has found love with her husband’s best friend – Ed Cooper – and has moved herself and fifteen year old daughter, Scarlett, into his home. But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side – and even darker intentions.
Desperate to get her daughter to a place of safety, she and Scarlett move to a new home that holds secrets of its own. But has removing Scarlett from one potential threat placed her in far greater danger?
This was a really enjoyable read, despite the subject matter. With a deft pen and a penchant for always moving the story forward, Ms Abbott creates an excellent crime thriller, mostly told from the POV of the victims. However, an added layer is that Natalie’s husband Bernie was a policeman and Natalie’s new love is also a policeman. This added an extra frisson to the investigation into his death. The adjoining investigation into a predator grooming young girls and blackmailing them with their sexy photographs and eventually the sex act itself, was really well written, with a ring of realism that was upsetting to read. Ms Abbott never fails to deliver, and is well deserving of the accolades heaped upon her.

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Wrong Number Carys Jones

Wrong Number (Wrong Number #1)Wrong Number by Carys Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A missing husband. Mysterious calls. And the biggest lie of them all. Read with caution – you may never want to answer your phone again…Will and Amanda Thorne are living the dream until, one day, their phone rings. Within 24 hours, Will is missing and Amanda’s world is shattered. Who was on the phone? Where has Will gone? Amanda is determined to find her husband and is drawn into a world of drug dealers, criminal masterminds and broken promises. As the truth becomes clearer, she has to face the terrible possibility that she may never have known her husband at all…

Actually the ‘biggest lie of all’ is that line ‘Read with caution you may never want to answer your phone again’! I find it really irritating when books make bold claims that are clearly not credible. This was an okay read. I finished it. Did I enjoy it? Yes and no. The plot was too trite at times and I got annoyed with Amanda for being so bloody dumb! The hair brained chase up to Scotland was – well hair-brained. So, an okay read, which would have been better without the claims that it just couldn’t live up to and so in the end the book proved to be a disappointment. Oh, and don’t get me started on the end! But that’s all I’ll say as I don’t want to leave a spoiler.

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My Sister’s Bones Mel Sherratt

Don't Look Behind You (Detective Eden Berrisford, #2)Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet. The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.
A well plotted police procedural with the theme of domestic abuse. Every woman DS Eden Berresford encounters has had some sort of abuse meted out to them. And then Eden comes under pressure of her own when the husband who disappeared two years ago, returns. Domestic abuse is a terrible thing and the author made a brave decision to examine it. However, for some reason I had difficulty in connecting with the victims. At times I felt Ms Sherratt was telling us all about how they felt, rather than showing us. This meant that at times there were large info dumps and backstories, which for me rather took away the pace of the novel. 4*

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My Sister’s Bones Nuala Ellwood

My Sister's BonesMy Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Sister’s Bones Nuala Ellwood
Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks. But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her very first night she is woken by a terrifying scream. At first she tells herself it’s just a nightmare, a legacy of her time in Syria. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it… What secret is lurking in her mother’s garden? And can Kate get to the truth…before she loses her mind?
I really rate this novel and my interest is being drawn more into psychological novels instead of straight police procedurals. The theme of this book is post traumatic syndrome. Who can get it? Can it be recognised? Can it be treated? The character of Kate is multi-faceted, yet real. Her dysfunctional family have obviously had a hand in moulding her character, but it’s her job as a war reporter that eventually breaks her. As she spirals out of control, she is still trying to get people to take her seriously about hearing screams in the night and spying a lone child in the garden of her mother’s house.
In a world where all is not where it seems, Kate struggles with her mental illness and her family to solve the mystery of the child she believes she has seen, but no one else does.
A seriously good book 5*

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