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*BLOG TOUR* The Family at No. 12 – Anita Waller ★★★★★

Blurb; When Janette answers the door to a potential customer looking to board his dog, she never imagines he has nefarious plans.

But minutes later he’s dead and in her cellar.

Weeks later she realises she’s pregnant.

And so she becomes Mother and the baby Child, and a hidden life begins.

But all secrets come out eventually . .

My Review; I was hooked from the first page. Blown away. Wow. What a sick, twisted, dark and disturbing read the first half of this was. I really felt for the ‘child’. As a mother of 3 I would never let that happen to any child. Utterly heartbreaking. The story is split into 3 books and we see how the child progresses with her life. I can’t say too much without some sort of spoiler but you will devour this read, I did. It’s one that will be hard to forget. Would recommend to all however, it does contain a rape though so trigger warning for that. A well deserved five stars from me. This book made me feel a whole range of emotions. Brilliantly written.

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Jar of Hearts – Jennifer Hillier ★★★★★

Blurb; This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?

My Review; I read this as part of the Novels & Natter monthly read and my god I wish I read this miles sooner, what an amazing read. Brilliant. Fantastic twist which I did not see coming, I was hooked and loved every single part of this. I’ve always been fascinated by anything prison so the start of this book was really interesting to me with it being set in a prison. Jaw dropping ending that made the whole book for me. An all round enjoyable, well written and clever story. One I will not be able to forget in a hurry. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Santa Killer – Ross Greenwood (Content).

Blurb; The Santa Killer is coming to town…
One night less than two weeks before Christmas, a single mother is violently assaulted. It’s a brutal crime at the time of year when there should be goodwill to all. When DI Barton begins his investigation, he’s surprised to find the victim is a woman with nothing to hide and no reason for anyone to hurt her.

A few days later, the mother of the woman attacked rings the police station. Her granddaughter has drawn a shocking picture. It seems she was looking out of the window when her mother was attacked. And when her grandmother asks the young girl who the person with the weapon is, she whispers two words.

Bad Santa.

The rumours start spreading, and none of the city’s women feel safe – which one of them will be next?

He’s got a list. It’s quite precise. It won’t matter even if you’re nice.

Author Bio; Ross Greenwood is the author of crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was mostrecently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years.He lives in Peterborough.

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I am currently reading this and half way through so my review will be coming soon. Stay tuned.