mystery · suspense · thriller

Safe House – Jo Jakeman ★★★★★

Blurb; The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She calls herself Charlie, but it’s a name she’s only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret.

Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn’t a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. This sacrifice cost her everything.

And now she has a chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she’s really paid the price for what she did.

My Review; My first five star read of 2020. I actually started this one before Christmas and got 100 pages in, but I devoured the rest of this in a day. It’s full of suspense, tense, thrilling and an edge of your seat read. Especially towards the end I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. A real page turner.

THE ENDING. THE OUTCOME. THE TWIST. Never saw it coming in a million years. True shocker. Jaw dropper. Just didn’t expect it at all. The main character Charlie has done her time with a short prison sentence and is ready to move on. New location. New home. New friends. But is it ever that easy? She has to start from the bottom again to reach the top. She has her supporters, but she also has her haters.

I actually felt sorry for Charlie. She deserves to move on… The relationship she strikes up with an elderly neighbour Aubrey was cute and probably a comfort to her. The story flicks from present Charlie to the past where she was known as Steffi. It’s a brilliant read. I enjoyed it. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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Killers · mystery · suspense · thriller

My Sister, The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite ★★★★

Blurb; When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

My Review; I have seen this book around a lot, luckily I managed to get a copy from the library to see what it was all about. It is literally what the title says… My Sister, The Serial Killer. I devoured this. Loved it. Found it an easy read. Different… If I had to go off the cover I wouldn’t have picked it up, but I am so glad I did.

The story focuses on the two sisters Ayoola and Korede. Ayoola is the younger sister, likes her men she has plenty of those and is a serial killer. Korede is the older sister, a nurse, the one always cleaning up Ayoolas mess and keeping her safe. Would you do that for your sister?? I look up to Korede as she has to clean up, keep it all secret and try to protect her sister and the next man to come along…

I will say karma works here. But it was not the ending I expected. Will she get away with it? Will she be caught? Other than her sister noone knows… Well… Except one person. Sssh. You must read it. I don’t want to ruin it for you. It’s Brilliant. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

Beast – Matt Wesolowski ★★★★★

Blurb; Elusive online journalist Scott King examines the chilling case of a young vlogger found frozen to death in the legendary local ‘vampire tower’, in another explosive episode of Six Stories…

In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.

Three young men, part of an alleged ‘cult’, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.

Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, the tragic and chilling legend of the ‘Ergarth Vampire’…

My Review; I have been waiting for so long for this book I just couldn’t wait to read it and had to sneak it in before the end of the year. Boy I was not disappointed. Kept me up late into the night reading it. I am absolutely loving this series, it just gets better and better doesn’t it? Very happy. Very impressed. The perfect book to end the year on.

As usual brilliantly written, gripping, thrilling and chilling. A real page turner. I was hooked. I needed to know the answers as much as Scott. The outcome I could not see coming at all, a true shocker. Unexpected. Truelly. Shocking. A brilliant look back into the death of Elizabeth Barton. We get a glimpse into all sides of this character and some ain’t pretty. As they say not as they appear or seem.

A well deserved five stars from me and another late one slipping into my top twenty of the year. Cannot recommend this enough. I could say so much more but know a lot of my followers plan to read this or are currently reading it. Enjoy.

So when’s the next one coming Matt? 😂🤞 I think I may have a long wait…

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