crime · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* Mama’s Gone – Leopold Borstinski ★★★

Blurb; When the children grow up, the parents must die.

California gang leader Mary Lou has built a criminal empire while her adult children are desperate for their mother’s attention and love.

As her mental faculties wane, Alice and Frank Jr must acknowledge their mother is not the woman she once was and that they need to step up and take the helm, despite the stark differences between them.

But their sibling rivalry blinds both of them to their weaknesses which threatens the family when the Russian mob moves into the state. How can they fend off those attacks while fighting to decide who will lead the family now their dear Mama’s gone?

My Review; Now I must state this was not what I expected at all to be honest. I don’t know if it’s cause I came into this series late or what as this is book four in the Lagotti Family Series and I like to read series’s in order. However, it did read fine as a standalone.

The opening to this story did have me wondering and intrigued which led me to diving into this story and to finding out why the mother (Mary Lou) got shot. It is a fast paced, action packed story in parts filled with crime, drugs, prostitution, death, bribery and gambling. It’s true that business run in the family and when quite shocked when Alice wanted to become a part of it. She turned out to be a younger version of her mother.

I wasn’t impressed with Frank’s character, he was a bit off the rails and seemed an angry guy, didn’t care about anything except girls and drugs. He wanted to get into the family business too, seemed jealous of his sister (Alice) to me. It was a good, easy read. Parts were a little dark throughout. I awarded a fair three stars. Not a family business I would want anything to do with, anything could go wrong and things could turn nasty….

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mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Couple – Sarah Mitchell ★★★

Blurb; Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.

My Review; This story had me figuring out what was going to happen from the start, not your usual thriller. Different, unique. I found it was a slow burner to start with, but picks up quickly later on, with a brilliant ending and outcome you would never expect…

Clever story when I think about it. Some clever, deceiving and manipulative characters within this story. The Couple flicks from the present to Claires past relationship, but is clearly stated so does not confuse the reader. After finishing this story I was still sat trying to figure it all out in my head! I did feel sorry for Claire throughout, but found her job quite interesting.

A well deserved three stars from me.

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contemporary · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Absolution – P.A.Davies ★★★

My Review; I’m going to start by saying I awarded a fair three stars. I must admit I would not have personally chosen this book for myself based on the cover, as I do judge a book by its cover and I don’t think this was my usual genre. Nevertheless I finished the book even though it took me a while. Absolution is written well and very thought provoking. It will make you think. You can tell it is a well thought out story and researched into. Its a very different story from what I usually read. I must also mention all the many characters within this story all individual and vital to the story in their own way.
P.A. Davies is a new author to myself and I would like to read more by this author in the future. I must warn you that parts of this book are hard hitting for the reader especially the prologue but not enough to put the reader off… If this sounds like a story you would be interested in reading get over to Amazon to buy it now!

Blurb; When the Militia entered the peaceful village of Nyanyar Ngun, South Sudan in 1992 – amidst the backdrop of a bitter civil war – it wasn’t in peace.

Soldiers of the SFL committed untold atrocities in that small farming village, before finally razing it to the ground. From a line of terrified children, boys were chosen to become recruits of the Militia, whilst girls were taken for selling within a market of odious buyers. Those who weren’t selected were either left to perish or murdered where they stood.

In a field of high maize next to the village, sixteen-year old Jada lay hidden and afraid, witnessing the merciless slaughter of his parents and the capture of his sister Kiden; powerless to stop it, too frightened to try.

But now – tortured by grief, consumed with shame and driven by guilt – Jada must embark on a long & arduous journey to rescue his sister from a sinister world and earn his absolution… or die trying!