Blurb; Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow.
Tuva’s been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim has gone missing.
Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammy’s life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town search efforts?
Surrounded by dark pine forest, the sinister residents of Snake River are suspicious of outsiders. Unfortunately, they also hold all the answers. On the shortest night of the year, Tuva must fight to save her friend. The only question is who will be there to save Tuva?
My Review; It’s so good to be back with Tuva. We knew she couldn’t leave that town really didn’t we? I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for this series and Tuva. Brilliantly written. Brilliant story. It had me hooked! A real page turner. The amount of times this book got my heart pounding is unbelievable.
In Black River things start to get personal when Tuvas best friend goes missing. Tuva is desperate to find her and won’t stop until she does, even if that means putting herself in danger. In this story I saw Tuvas role change from journalist to her own personal investigator working alongside the police. She suspects lots of people but did she even get close?
Tense. Thrilling. Chilling. Gripping. Heart pounding. Everytime you think she is getting somewhere… It’s not. I need to mention theres a lot of bugs and snakes in this book which made me cringe. A lot of dodgy characters. A lot of secrets about to be uncovered. Especially when another local woman goes missing. What is happening in this small town? Whose next? Are the women alive? Do they have time? Clever plot. Loved it.
A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I look forward to book four.
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Blurb; Detective Constable Sam Shepard knows first-hand the desperation of the scavengers- she’s got the scars to prove it. Plus a skull in the sand. And a body pulled from the ocean. The undercurrents from one morning’s madness are far-reaching. Who else will be caught in the backwash? Can Sam stem the tide?
“This is a 300+ page cracker of a contemporary crime fiction novel set in and around Dunedin … A compelling whodunnit with all the usual twists and turns so loved by readers of the crime fiction genre… ”
My Review; Containment is book three in the Sam Shephard series. This is a series that just gets hotter and better with each book. Vanda has really upped the stakes in this one. Its tense. Edgy. Thilling and a real page turner. Can easily be read as a standalone. In this case Sam finds herself in a tricky position between work and personal life. She is involved with this case but not in the police way… In other ways.
The way Sam conducts herself in this case will have readers split at her decisions. Did she go above and beyond? Did she do the right thing? Should she have followed protocol? Was she selfish to do what she did? Did she break all the rules? I admit she did a lot she shouldn’t have legally… But it worked. Even if she did feel her bosses wrath. Didn’t like her boss at all, throwing his weight around, demanding what they do etc.
Brilliant story. Great case. Love Sams character and her little team. It’s not just all about the case we get a look into her personal life too and her relationship which broke up this case perfectly throughout. She is brave, determind and a strong woman who knows what she wants and how to get the answers she needs. Brilliantly written.
I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for us in book four. Really enjoyed reading this one. Four stars from me. Highly recommend. Clever case.
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Blurb; When a body is pulled out of an office fire, three women are first in line for questioning.
All of them have reasons for wanting revenge against the company’s CEO.
It could be Laura, who has returned to work to find that her maternity cover isn’t leaving. The CEO insists he’s doing what’s best for the company. Laura isn’t convinced he’s telling the truth.
Or there’s Mia. Brought in as temporary cover for Laura, she has quickly made herself indispensable – and popular with her colleagues. But if people knew why she was so desperate to keep her job, they might not welcome her so freely.
Then there’s Janie, wife to the CEO, who gave up her courtroom career to support her husband and his business. She has her own secret to protect – and will go to any length to keep it safe.
They never thought it would come to this.
My Review; Oh wow. This is going to be a hard one to review… I was literally drawn in from the first few pages. Hooked. Great opening. The story focuses around three female characters Mia, Laura and Janie who have all crossed paths. Not friends. Not enemies. But each aware of each other. Until they are forced together at the end. Who started the fire?
The story is set out perfectly where each character gets their own part throughout and within we learn alot about their characters, family and personal secrets and past. In between these chapters we have the interviewing of suspects over the fire which breaks it up perfectly. Brilliantly written. Clever plot. Unexpected outcome I would never have guessed. But just how do these women link together?
Towards the end the author has brought in a bit of love and sacrifice which I liked! But ends with a bit of DUN DUN DUN… Left for the reader to think what happens next. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Brilliant read.
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