crime · Detective

Darkness Rising – A.A. Dhand ★★★★

Blurb; Detective Inspector Harry Virdee has a lot on his plate. His team is facing government cuts, tensions are building between Bradford’s two rival drugs gangs and his wife Saima is due to give birth any day now.

So when bodies start turning up in the old industrial district, the pressure is on to get the case wrapped up as quickly as possible, or risk a full-scale gang war.

But the man behind the murders is ruthless and pushy. And things are getting personal. Harry must think fast and bend the rules if he wants to keep his city, and his family, safe . . .

My Review; If reading all these quick reads has helped in anyway (it has) it’s also found me new authors to read and look into, this is one of those authors. This book is about a drug war. A convict is back on the streets trying to climb the ranks and prove he is clever and not to be messed with. He will win. Bring in DI Harry. He’s had enough of it and wants him locked up for many reasons. Alongside the drug war he get a good luck into DI Harrys life. A pregnant mrs, family relationships not great and want to prove he can take down this man. Will he succeed with the help on a few others?

A lovely introduction into a series I’m going to look up. A well deserved four stars, perfect for crime readers. Highly recommend.

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Bestsellers · chick-lit · crime · mystery · romance · Short Stories

A Fresh Start; Ten gripping stories from ten bestselling authors. ★★★★

Blurb; From wronged wives to nosy neighbours, from distant dads to new-found family, from secrets to lies, fresh starts to false endings – and everything in between…

A collection of brilliant short stories from the best writers around.

This collections contains original stories from Fanny Blake, Louise Candlish, Mike Gayle, Mari Hannah, Sophie Kinsella, Jojo Moyes, Adele Parks, Ian Rankin, Mahsuda Snaith and Keith Stuart.

My Review; So this is another quickread but with ten short stories inside all with the theme of a fresh start a range of genres include… Chick-lit, romance, crime, thriller. A brilliant mix and all around 10 pages long. Now I’m not going to review them all but I will pop the ten short stories below, you may know some of the authors already. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars. The ten stories included are;

Lock up & Leave by Louise Candlish.

The Estate by Mahsuda Snaith.

The Accidental Date by Keith Stuart.

Let No One In by Mari Hannah.

The Makeover by Jojo Moyes.

Sisters by Fanny Blake.

A Quiet Road by Adele Parks.

You & Me by Mike Gayle.

Decluttering by Sophie Kinsella.

Easy Street by Ian Rankin.

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crime · mystery · suspense · thriller

Quick Sand – Malin Persson Giolito ★★★★

Blurb; A mass shooting has taken place at a prep school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb. Eighteen-year-old Maja Norberg is charged for her involvement in the massacre that left her boyfriend and her best friend dead. She has spent nine months in jail awaiting trial. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. How did Maja—popular, privileged, and a top student—become a cold-blooded killer in the eyes of the public? What did Maja do? Or is it what she failed to do that brought her here?

My Review; This is my second buddy read I did with Melanie from Melanie’s Reads and our second school shooting book, very different from our first buddy read (Three Hours). Quick sand is more focused throughout about the trial, the court, the evidence, the defence, the backstory and all the people involved. It’s a heartbreaking read and I went into this assuming the worse but soon changed my mind half way through.

It was a brilliant eye opening read which highlights many issues throughout that need to be spoken about. Drugs, controlling behaviour, alcohol, abandonment, suicide and relationships in general what is actually acceptable and what is not. Now the ending I did not see at all. But I was beside Maja the whole time, poor girl. Parts are not easy to read but it builds up the whole picture for the court.

A well deserved four stars from me. A different approach to a school shooting and it’s now on Netflix so I can go watch it now.

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