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*BLOG TOUR* Before She Disappeared Lisa Gardner ★★★★★

Blurb; Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will–searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking.

A new case brings her to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood with a rough reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier. Resistance from the Boston PD and the victim’s wary family tells Frankie she’s on her own–and she soon learns she’s asking questions someone doesn’t want answered. But Frankie will stop at nothing to discover the truth, even if it means the next person to go missing could be her.

My Review; My second five star read of the year. What a beauty. I devoured it in two days. I could not put it down! I just needed answers. The beginning drags you in straight away thinking what is going on here… Gripping. Thrilling. Tense. Fast paced. Deadly. Dark. This is going to be a bestseller for sure.

The story is about Frankie a white woman among a 99% black community. So she stands out. Is a target. Isn’t wanted. She’s there to find a missing girl. What starts out a simple girl missing case soon turns into something much bigger. Huge. Where her life is at risk so the whole thing is kept hidden. It’s a book you won’t want to put down. She is a one woman team who knows the right questions to ask and the right people to trust. She’s also an alcoholic.

Frankie is one strong, independent and determined lady and she does not give up. Got to praise her for that. Can she find the girl before it’s too late? A very clever story one that I didn’t know much about to be honest. Very clever. Highly recommend. A huge five stars from me. Brilliant read!

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*BLOG TOUR* The Wife Who Knew Too Much – Michele Campbell ★★★★

Blurb; Tabitha Girard had her heart broken years ago by Connor Ford. He was preppy and handsome. She was a pool girl at his country club. Their affair should have been a summer fling. But it meant everything to Tabitha.

Years later, Connor comes back into Tabitha’s life—older, richer, and desperately unhappy. He married for money, a wealthy, neurotic, controlling woman whom he never loved. He has always loved Tabitha.

When Connor’s wife Nina takes her own life, he’s free. He can finally be with Tabitha. Nina’s home, Windswept, can be theirs. It seems to be a perfect ending to a fairy tale romance that began so many years ago. But then, Tabitha finds a diary. “I’m writing this to raise an alarm in the event of my untimely death,” it begins. “If I die unexpectedly, it was foul play, and Connor was behind it. Connor—and her.”

Who is Connor Ford? Why did he marry Nina? Is Tabitha his true love, or a convenient affair? As the police investigate Nina’s death, is she a convenient suspect?

As Tabitha is drawn deeper into the dark glamour of a life she is ill-prepared for, it becomes clear to her that what a wife knows can kill her.

My Review; This was my second book of 2020 and another belter of a read. It’s dark, deadly and dangerous. What really happened to Nina? There is so much more to this story than just a who did it? It’s clever. Twisted. Dark. Well thought out. It even contains a shoot out scene! Phew. Kept me turning the pages. Hooked. Gripping. Thrilling.

I must admit though that I was on Tabithas side from the start she didn’t even know what she was about to get herself into poor woman. It’s a fast paced, action packed read where plenty of secrets and hidden motives will soon be out in the open. Its true what they say… Money does cause a lot of fights, deaths and secrets. This is all about money… A lot of money.

A happyish ending for Tabitha, she deserved it! Plenty of characters got what were coming to them. Brilliantly written. Another that messed with my head at how clever it all was and who did what to who etc. You can’t trust anyone. This is a story where history appears again and not in a good light. A brilliant read. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Neon – G.S. Locke ★★★★

Blurb; A detective desperate for revenge. A hitwoman with one last job. A killer with both on his list. Detective Matt Jackson’s beloved wife, Polly, is the latest victim of a serial killer – Neon – who displays his victims amongst snaking neon lights. Suicidal but unable to kill himself, he hires someone to finish the job. But on the night of his planned murder he makes a breakthrough in the Neon case and offers his assassin, Iris, an irresistible opportunity: help Jackson find and kill Neon in return for his entire estate. What follows is a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse between detective, assassin and serial killer. But when Jackson discovers it’s not a coincidence that their paths have crossed, he begins to question who the real target has been all along…

My Review; This is another off my library pile and one that has been on my wishlist for a while. The cover and title had me intrigued and it didn’t disappoint me at all. It’s a gripping, fast paced, dark, tense, deadly and a page turner of a read. I devoured it. Something a little different crime wise. A very clever and imaginative criminal VS one hit woman and one ex cop. This gets personal and dark very fast. A cat vs mouse story but who will win?

Brilliantly written. I devoured it. Didn’t want to put it down. Parts had me on the edge of my seat! There is so much suspense in this story. The amount of times they were soo close to uncovering the truth! The ending broke me it does involve a death. NOOOOO! but no spoilers from me. Highly recommend. Really enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars.

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