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*BLOG TOUR* Blood Song – Johana Gustawsson ★★★★

Blurb; The action swings from London to Sweden, and then back into the past, to Franco’s Spain, as Roy & Castells hunt a monstrous killer … in the lastest instalment of Johana Gustawsson’s award-winning series

Spain, 1938: The country is wracked by civil war, and as Valencia falls to Franco’s brutal dictatorship, Republican Therese witnesses the murders of her family. Captured and sent to the notorious Las Ventas women’s prison, Therese gives birth to a daughter who is forcibly taken from her.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2016: A wealthy family is found savagely murdered in their luxurious home. Discovering that her parents have been slaughtered, Aliénor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK’s Scotland Yard, rushes back to Sweden and finds her hometown rocked by the massacre.

Profiler Emily Roy joins forces with Aliénor and soon finds herself on the trail of a monstrous and prolific killer. Little does she realise that this killer is about to change the life of her colleague, true-crime writer Alexis Castells. Joining forces once again, Roy and Castells’ investigation takes them from the Swedish fertility clinics of the present day back to the terror of Franco’s rule, and the horrifying events that took place in Spanish orphanages under its rule.

My Review; Blood Song is book three in the Emily Roy and Alexis Castells series and yet again I’ve come into a series LATE! Ahhh. Nevertheless, it read perfectly fine as a standalone and now I need and want to go back to the previous books, yes I already have them.

Beautifully translated by David Warriner. What a brilliant story! The story flicks from between Spain 1938 to Sweden 2016 but each part is clearly stated at the beginning of each chapter. I found the Spain 1938 parts absolutely heartbreaking, upsetting and dark. They really got to me. The 2016 parts are an indepth investigation into in the deaths of a family… But what links these different times and stories together? You’ll have to read to find out!

Thrilling, clever, bold, brave, emotional and edge of your seat reading. There’s not enough words to describe this story. Johana has a unique writing skill in how she has told this story and I loved it. One that will be hard to forget. Some of these characters are going to haunt me forever.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend and I can’t wait to go back and see what the rest of this series has in store for me.

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*BLOG TOUR* Dead Inside – Noelle Holten ★★★★

Blurb; When three domestic abuse offenders are found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered. And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the finger of suspicion points at Lucy and the police are running out of time. Can Maggie and her team solve the murders before another person dies? And is Lucy really a cold-blooded killer?

My Review; Let me start by stating this is the first and old cover of this book so don’t be confused, it now has a new gorgeous cover. This is a brilliant debut and start to a new series which I am looking forward too – DC Maggie Jamieson series.

This story will have you guessing and turning those pages to find out answers. A great team working together to solve the mysterys. Fast paced. I enjoyed reading it. There is plenty going on throughout which draws the reader in. A real who dunnit story. Brilliantly written.

A well deserved four stars from me, highly recommend. I cannot wait to see where the rest of this series takes us.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Dead Wife – Sue Fortin ★★★★

Blurb; SINCLAIR WIFE DEAD! HUSBAND CLEARED!

Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances in the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Sinclair, wife of charismatic entrepreneur Harry Sinclair, found drowned in the lake of the family’s holiday park.

It’s been two years since the Sinclair case closed but when reporter Steph Durham receives a tipoff that could give her the scoop of the year, she’s drawn deeper and deeper into the secretive Sinclair family.

Elizabeth’s death wasn’t a tragic accident. And the truth will come at a deadly price…

My Review; I have read and enjoyed a couple of Sue’s books before this one, so I knew I was in for a treat and it was a must read for me really. I was not disappointed Sue has wrote another belter of a book here which I easily devoured in two days.

It is a well written story which is told in the present through Steph who has come accross the sinclair family and Elizabeths death and she aims to find out the truth about Elizabeths death. It is also told through Elizabeth in the past before her death, so we get to see what was really going on and both sides to the story. Interesting. Intriguing. It kept me turning the pages and judging all the characters.

Gripping. A page turner of a page which keep your guessing as to what really happened. Secrets and lies will be uncovered to find the truth two years later… I enjoyed reading this one, I zoomed through, fast paced! Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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