crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* When You See Me – Lisa Gardner ★★★★

Blurb; FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective DD Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. And when a disturbing piece of evidence comes to light, they decide to bring in Flora Dane who has personal experience of being imprisoned by Ness.

Their investigations take them to a small town deep in the hills of Georgia where something seems to be deeply wrong.

What at first seems like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister as they discover that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed.

Quincy and DD must summon their considerable skills and experience to crack the most disturbing case of their careers – and Flora must face her own past directly in the hope of saving others.

My Review; This was technically my first read of 2020 and what a way to start the year. Very impressed. Brilliant. I don’t think I’ve read anything by this author before. So a great find of a new author too. Anyway…

When You See Me is non stop, never a dull moment. There is always something going on. Action packed! It is chilling, tense, creepy, thrilling, edge of your seat, page turner of a reader. I was flicking through the pages for fun. It all heats up towards the end which is shocking, jaw dropping and I just couldn’t believe the outcome of the whole case. How a case from fifteen years ago turns into an active present case too where things turn dark and deadly.

This is one great team working together all with their individual specialities and talents. There was two characters that stood out to me. Flora – The victim. She turned out to be a massive help to the case. Then… Bonita – A girl. Another victim. Voiceless. Cannot speak or communicate well. But she has eyes and ears that see and hear all. Can she find a way to communicate to help solve the case?

The story is told through each of the characters and my favourite parts had to be towards the end and all Bonitas chapters however, she didn’t have a name until towards end. Her chapters were heartbreaking but turns out underneath she is a strong, determined and angry little girl. Loved her.

A brilliant story. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend. One I won’t be able to forget for a long time. A well deserved four stars from me.

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mystery · Young adult

Expelled – James Patterson & Emily Raymond ★★★★

Blurb; One viral photo.
Four expelled teens.
Everyone’s a suspect.

Theo Foster’s Twitter account used to be anonymous–until someone posted a revealing photo that got him expelled. No final grade. No future. No fair.

Theo’s resigned to a life of misery working at the local mini-mart when a miracle happens: Sasha Ellis speaks to him. Sasha Ellis knows his name. She was also expelled for a crime she didn’t commit, and now he has the perfect way to get her attention: find out who set them up.

To uncover the truth, Theo has to get close to the suspects: the hacker, the quarterback, the mean girl, the vice principal, and his own best friend. What secrets are they hiding? And how can Theo catch their confessions on camera?

My Review; I have been enjoying James Pattersons young adult stories and this didn’t disappoint either. It’s a brilliant story with similar ties to The Breakfast Club. Theo is the main character and got expelled from his school by being framed for posting a photo. He is determined to prove his innocence. However, he is not the only pupil to be have been expelled…

As the expelled group come together with thanks to Theo for his determination to prove they’re all innocent, they become a mixed group of unlikely friends.. Nevertheless, along the way there are plenty of secrets and lies unfolded… Some pupils are guilty, some arn’t. Each have their own reasons for what they have done. Who’s innocent? Who’s guilty? Does Theo ever prove his innocence?

I really enjoyed this one… It’s not a death story but still a ‘who dunnit?’ story. Easy reading. Short chapters. Brilliant co-written with Emily. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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crime · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Death Deserved -Thomas Enger & Jørn Lier Horst ★★★★

Blurb; Police officer Alexander Blix and celebrity blogger Emma Ramm join forces to track down a serial killer with a thirst for attention and high-profile murders, in the first episode of a gripping new Nordic Noir series…

Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV.

Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing-persons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing…

Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flare for the dramatic, and thirst for attention.
Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it…

My Review; I LOVED THIS! BRILLIANT. Had me turning the pages for fun. Gasping for breathe especially towards the end. Heart pounding. Brilliantly written. Short chapters. Gripping. Thrilling. Tense. Edge of your seat reading. You never know whats going to happen next or should I say who will be next? …

A cleverly written plot. I was beside Emma and Blix the whole way through. I loved both their characters and how they had a hidden past between them not in the romantic way either. Then being forced to work together. Clever. The end though… That where it all hots up, my eyes were reading as fast as they could. Everythings explained. Jaw dropping. A brilliant read. Truelly. Highly recommend.

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