Killers · suspense · Young adult

The Butterfly Assassin – Finn Longman ★★★★

Blurb; Innocent by day, killer by night: a dark, twisting thriller about a teen assassin’s attempt to live a normal life.

Trained and traumatised by a secret assassin programme for minors, Isabel Ryans wants nothing more than to be a normal civilian. After running away from home, she has a new name, a new life and a new friend, Emma, and for the first time in Isabel’s life, things are looking up.
But old habits die hard, and it’s not long until she blows her cover, drawing the attention of the guilds – the two rival organisations who control the city of Espera. An unaffiliated killer like Isabel is either a potential asset . . . or a threat to be eliminated.

Will the blood on her hands cost her everything?

From Finn Longman, an exhilarating new voice in YA fiction, comes an addictive new blockbuster series for fans of global phenomena The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Killing Eve and The Hunger Games.

My Review; I was drawn to this book because of the cover, not going to lie but what a brilliant story. I was hooked! Main character Isabel is one brave, strong, determined force of nature to have survived everything she has gone through at such a young age. Poor Isabel. BUT… She refuses to die. What would you do if your parents were your own enemies? Abusers? Take advantage of you? Use you? Isabel fights back hard. A messed up, twisted and disturbing story in parts with many deaths along the way. I devoured half of this in one day. A brilliant YA series. The best bit? This is book one in the series. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Isabel. A well deserved four stars. Fast paced. Edge of seat reading. Death. Fights. Fire. Enemies.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

The Girl in the Castle – James Patterson & Emily Raymond ★★★★★

Blurb: Beloved #1 bestselling authors James Patterson and Emily Raymond deliver a thrilling novel about a teen caught between two worlds and the truths that could set her free—or trap her forever.

My name is Hannah Dory and I need you to believe me

NOW: Hannah is brought to Belman Psych, told she is suffering from hallucinations and delusions. Hannah knows the truth: she must return to the past and save her sister. Could Jordan, the abnormal psych student who seems to truly care, be the answer she’s looking for?

1347: Hannah and her village are starving to death in a brutal winter. Hannah seeks out food and salvation in the baron’s castle. If she is caught stealing, she will surely hang. But if she and her friends succeed, she’ll save everyone she holds dear.

NOW: Jordan isn’t sure what to believe, and Hannah has even bigger problems: if she doesn’t make it back, her sister will die, but if she keeps going back, she might never escape.

My Review; As you should all know by now James Patterson is one of my favourite authors. I love his writing style and short chapters but all his stories (I can’t keep up) have been brilliant so far. This was no exception. Devoured this in just over a day. Brilliant captivating read that I didn’t want to put down. I needed answers I wanted to know the whole outcome and the ending. Set on a psych unit my character Hannah is stuck between the real world and a world she travels too in the past that seems very real to her (Note the psych ward bit). Brilliant. flicks between both worlds and give a great look into life on a psych ward. Will anyone be able to crack Hannahs case? I really felt for her I did. I was hooked. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. One that will be hard to forget.

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crime · Detective · Killers · mystery · suspense · thriller

*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.