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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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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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Her Last Move – John Marrs ★★★★

Blurb; He hides in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment. Each kill is calculated, planned and executed like clockwork.

Struggling to balance her personal and professional life, young DS Becca Vincent has landed the biggest case of her career – and she knows that it will make or break her. But how can she identify one face in a sea of thousands? With the help of Police Super Recogniser Joe Russell, she strives to catch a glimpse of the elusive murderer, but he’s watching her every move.

Time is not on their side. The body count is rising, and the attacks are striking closer and closer to home. Can Becca and Joe uncover the connection between the murders before the killer strikes the last name from his list?

My Review; I am a huge fan of John’s books and this did not disappoint me either. Another brilliant read. It’s fast paced, dark, tense, thrilling, brutal, gripping and an edge of your seat read. Honestly amazing. It’s very descriptive in parts which made my stomach turn a little. Gory.

The serial killer in this story has a plan, a very clever plan. He is always one step ahead of the team investigating him. It soon becomes personal and deadly for one of the team members. I actually cried towards the end and shouted NOOOOO. It really was a page turner of a read I didn’t want to put down. But will the killer slip up? He believes he is killing for his benefit and others will understand but will they?

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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