horror · suspense · thriller

*BLOG BLITZ* Broken – Betsy Reavley ★★★★

Blurb; Annabel, a troubled young woman trying to put her life back together, decides to take a trip to the Suffolk coast to clear her head and get away from her mother. But when she arrives in the little seaside town, she discovers a series of grisly murders have taken place and police are searching for a twisted killer.

After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jude, the course of her life changes and soon she finds peace in a world away from the misery she has known.

But when Jude comes under suspicion from the police, and her idyllic world is threatened, Annabel’s happy existence starts to become a nightmare.

Can Annabel escape her painful past or is her fate sealed? And why is she haunted by horrific visions when she seems on the verge of finding happiness?

This astonishing novel will take you on a shattering journey through Annabel’s fight for survival and will ask if the greatest threat we pose is to ourselves.

My Review; Happy Publication Day. This book comes with a warning for over 18s only… What did I just read? What the hell. Messed with my mind. This has to be Betsys darkest and best story yet. I got to a point where I nearly put the book down it was that grim, twisted and dark. But ofcourse I had to keep on reading to see what happened.

I managed to read most of this in a day. At first I was like ahhh this ain’t so bad enjoying the book, but then towards the end it turned into pure horror and torture. It was so descriptive and dark that it made me feel sick and turned my stomach..

Broken is brilliantly written and highlights how much mental health can mess you up and take you to the darkest of places. A book you feel bad for enjoying as this has to be the darkest, twisted and grim book I have read ever. I think I need time to get over reading this one. Luckily I didn’t have any nightmares! But my gosh, a book you cannot forget.

I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend. However, you have been warned about how dark and grim this book really is, a hard read towards the end. A story that will have you talking about it and thinking about it afterwards, its unique and different to each and every reader… Which I think is bloody brilliant. Clever. Well played Betsy.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG BLITZ* A Fractured Winter – Alison Baillie ★★★★

Blurb; A missing girl.
Threatening notes.
Sinister strangers.

Olivia’s idyllic family life in a Swiss mountain village is falling apart. She thought she’d managed to escape the past, but it’s coming back to haunt her.

Has somebody discovered her secret – why she had to leave Scotland more than ten years ago?

And what is her connection to Marie, a lonely schoolgirl in a Yorkshire seaside town, and Lucy, a student at a Scottish university?

A twisty family mystery with a dark edge, where nothing is as it seems.

My Review; Happy Publication Day. I have had my eye on this book for a while so thrilled to finally read it.

Brilliantly written, easy to read and fast paced. Full of suspense! Plenty of hidden secrets and lies. A real page turner I didn’t want to put down. I loved the setting of this story sounds perfect, until things turn dark and nasty.

A mother with a secret trying to protect her children, it’s what we would all do right? I throughally enjoyed reading this one. Could easily have devoured it in one sitting. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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crime · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG BLITZ* Out Of The Silence – Owen Mullen ★★★★

Blurb; Star investigative reporter Ralph Buchanan’s glory days are behind him. His newspaper has banished him to Pakistan, not knowing the greatest moment of his long career is waiting for him there.

When Simone Jasnin asks him to help expose a grave injustice, he finds himself embroiled in a harrowng tale that began in a dusty settlement in rural Punjab, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.

Seven years later in the city of Lahore, members of a prominent family are being brutally murdered, one by one. The only clue is a hand-carved wooden bangle left at the scene of each crime.

As the list of suspects grows and the tension mounts, Ralph realises the answers might be closer to home than he ever thought possible.

Solving the mystery will put him back on top but at what cost?

Only when the smoke clears will the killing stop and honour be satisfied…

My Review; After reading previous books by Owen this was a must read for me, he never disappoints me. I devoured this in a day and throughally enjoyed it even though some subjects are deep within. A page turner of a read which kept me intrigued and hooked throughout.

Brilliantly written. A story you lose yourself into and learn from, well I did. A different setting and atmosphere with this story compared to his previous stories but it was great, set in Pubjab. There are some dark and disturbing scenes in this book. Owen has tackeld some deep, real, touching and heartbreaking situations and sights in this book. A well deserved four stars from me and highly recommend. I look forward to more by Owen in the future.

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