suspense · thriller

Revenge – James Patterson & Andrew Holmes ★★★★★

Blurb; MURDER

Former SAS soldier David Shelley was part of the most covert operations team in the special forces. Now settling down to civilian life in London, he has plans for a safer and more stable existence. But the shocking death of a young woman Shelley once helped protect puts those plans on hold.

BETRAYAL

The police rule the death a suicide but the grieving parents can’t accept their beloved Emma would take her own life. They need to find out what really happened, and they turn to their former bodyguard, Shelley, for help.

REVENGE

When they discover that Emma had fallen into a dark and seedy world of drugs and online pornography, the father demands retribution.

But his desire for revenge will make enemies of people that even Shelley may not be able to protect them from, and take them into a war from which there may be no escape.

My Review; If you’ve been following me for a while now you will know I’m a huge James Patterson fan. He never disappoints me and I love his writing style. I can easily finish his books in hours which I did with this one.

Once I picked this up I didn’t put it down. Emma has killed herself live on stream to many people. Her family and friends are out for revenge but against the big people you don’t mess with. The story highlights that sometimes even in crisis you cant trust those closest to you. They may turn against you. It’s a real page turner. Throughally enjoyed it. An explosive ending.

A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. Brilliant read. Gripping. Fast paced. Deadly.

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Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Big Chill – Doug Johnstone ★★★★

Blurb; Running private investigator and funeral home businesses means trouble is never far away, and the Skelf women take on their most perplexing, chilling cases yet in book two of this darkly funny, devastatingly tense and addictive new series!

Haunted by their past, the Skelf women are hoping for a quieter life. But running both a funeral directors’ and a private investigation business means trouble is never far away, and when a car crashes into the open grave at a funeral that matriarch Dorothy is conducting, she can’t help looking into the dead driver’s shadowy life.

While Dorothy uncovers a dark truth at the heart of Edinburgh society, her daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah have their own struggles. Jenny’s ex-husband Craig is making plans that could shatter the Skelf women’s lives, and the increasingly obsessive Hannah has formed a friendship with an elderly professor that is fast turning deadly.

But something even more sinister emerges when a drumming student of Dorothy’s disappears and suspicion falls on her parents. The Skelf women find themselves sucked into an unbearable darkness – but could the real threat be to themselves?

Following three women as they deal with the dead, help the living and find out who they are in the process, The Big Chill follows A Dark Matter, book one in the Skelfs series, which reboots the classic PI novel while asking the big existential questions, all with a big dose of pitch-black humour.

My Review; The Big Chill is book two in the Shelk series I have book one but I haven’t read it. It reads well as a standalone for me but I will be going back to read book one. What really fascinated me about this book was the fact they run a funeral business and a private detective business together which you’de never expect!

This story gets personal as it involves themselves and family members while still working through their two businesses. That means there is always something going on, a death, an investigation or an update on their personal problem. Which is bound to keep the reader engaged and turning the pages. Well it did for me. The cover is also eye catching and intriguing.

My favourite character had to be dorothy. I don’t know why I just love her. She’s determined, brave, incharge and a woman not to be messed with. The story is told through each of the characters and it works brilliantly. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading book one. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Hinton Hollow Death Trip – Will Carver ★★★★

Blurb; Five days in the history of a small rural town, visited and infected by darkness, are recounted by Evil itself. A stunning high-concept thriller from the author of Good Samaritans.

It’s a small story. A small town with small lives that you would never have heard about if none of this had happened.

Hinton Hollow. Population 5,120.
Little Henry Wallace was eight years old and one hundred miles from home before anyone talked to him. His mother placed him on a train with a label around his neck, asking for him to be kept safe for a week, kept away from Hinton Hollow.
Because something was coming.

Narrated by Evil itself, Hinton Hollow Death Trip recounts five days in the history of this small rural town, when darkness paid a visit and infected its residents. A visit that made them act in unnatural ways. Prodding at their insecurities. Nudging at their secrets and desires. Coaxing out the malevolence suppressed within them. Showing their true selves.

Making them cheat.
Making them steal.
Making them kill.
Detective Sergeant Pace had returned to his childhood home. To escape the things he had done in the city. To go back to something simple. But he was not alone. Evil had a plan.

My Review; This is book three in the detective sergeant pace series and I have been with this series from the start. If I can say I believe this series has grown and got better with each book. It does make references to the previous book but I believe it still works well as a standalone.

The story is told through a narrator and that narrator is evil. It is set in the small town of Hinton Hollow. It’s a long story which took me a few days to get through but well worth it. I loved the whole layout of the book and the way it was told through evils point of view. It all makes it a different read for me, a unique one. Will has found his own writing style and I approve.

This story has it all… Death. Love. Affairs. Secrets. Lies. Loss. Parts of this story are dark and twisted! Towards the end I found I needed to concentrate a bit more to grt my hrad around the outcome but I got it. Different. Unexpected. I really enjoyed reading this one.

The ending… WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT. What happened? Just no. Major cliffhanger. I need to know what happened. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Got my fingers crossed for a book four.

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