crime · Detective · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* Smoke Screen – Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger ★★★★

Blurb; When the mother of a missing two-year-old girl is seriously injured in a suspected terrorist attack in Oslo, crime-fighting duo Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the case, and things aren’t adding up … The second instalment in the addictive, atmospheric, award-winning Blix & Ramm series.

Oslo, New Year’s Eve. The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion, and the city is put on terrorist alert.

Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, Blix instantly recognises her as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Semplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten ten years earlier … and never found.

Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia’s disappearance is not all that it seems…

My Review; Book two in the brilliant Alexander Blix and Emma Ramm series. This had me hooked it’s a current crime that also connects to one years back! Took me a while to understand it all and it’s a major woah! Why would they do that? Unexpected outcome. Shocking. Twisted but also clever… Or so they thought.

I still loved Emma’s character in this book. She’s a journalist but also a very clever and at times one step ahead of the police woman. Determined. Strong. Brave. She wants answers as much as the police do. However, in this book things get personal for her with the loss of a loved one as a result. It’s an addictive read. I wanted answers myself. Very clever plot with an ending that makes you want more… A huge explosive ending. I loved it all. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for this series. Exciting.

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Ghost story · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Deity – Matt Wesolowski ★★★★★

Blurb; Online investigative journalist Scott King investigates the death of a pop megastar, the subject of multiple accusations of sexual abuse and murder before his untimely demise in a fire … another episode of the startlingly original, award-winning Six Stories series.

When pop megastar Zach Crystal dies in a fire at his remote mansion, his mysterious demise rips open the bitter divide between those who adored his music and his endless charity work, and those who viewed him as a despicable predator, who manipulated and abused young and vulnerable girls.

Online journalist Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the accusations of sexual abuse and murder that were levelled at Crystal before he died. But as Scott begins to ask questions and rakes over old graves, some startling inconsistencies emerge: Was the fire at Crystal’s remote home really an accident? Whose remains – still unidentified – were found in the ashes? Why was he never officially charged?

Dark, chillingly topical and deeply thought-provoking, Deity is both an explosive thriller and a startling look at how heroes can fall from grace and why we turn a blind eye to even the most heinous of crimes…

My Review; I absolutely love this series and author. From book one till now it is an amazing series I will always shout about and throw all the stars at. They seem to just get better and better for me.

I just love the whole lay out of each book in this series. A podcast style. Interview style. Makes easy reading. Split into six episodes. Six differing views. It always leaves the reader open to their own interpretation of what happened or what they think. Its cleverly written and absolute perfection. It is easily devourable (is that a word?) And will be over before you think. So… This time I paced myself! I did 2 episodes each day just to make the book last that little bit longer for me. But now… A long wait till the next one. 😦

This book focuses on the god of the music industry Zach Crystal. I must admit I’m still very undecided on my views over it all! Hmm. A very dark, deadly, twisted and part horror story I would say. But I loved it all! Very descriptive and I loved the tree house hide out setting and the woods too adds a bit of darkness and suspense amongst the stories and accusations.

Whose side are you on? Who do you believe? What is the truth here? An outstanding series. Another well deserved five stars. Highly recommend the whole series. My first book in my top twenty reads of 2021! Well deserved.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Betrayal – Lilja Sigurdardottir ★★★★★

Blurb; Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Úrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she hopes to make a difference again.
But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped by a policeman, and life in high office soon becomes much more harrowing than Úrsula could ever have imagined. A homeless man is stalking her – but is he hounding her, or warning her of some danger? And why has the death of her father in police custody so many years earlier reared its head again?
As Úrsula is drawn into dirty politics, facing increasingly deadly threats, the lives of her stalker, her bodyguard and even a witch-like cleaning lady intertwine. Small betrayals become large ones, and the stakes are raised ever higher…

Exploring the harsh worlds of politics, police corruption and misogyny, Betrayal is a relevant, powerful, fast-paced thriller that feels just a little bit too real…

My Review; Where do I begin with this one? Wow. Amazing! Beautifully translated. This book is packed full of old cases, lies, crime, deaths, scandals and politics both from the past and the present. Brilliantly written. Very impressed! I flew through it and really enjoyed it. I loved how the story was laid out and presented. A brilliant read. I loved how everything from the past got brought up again and solved. I enjoyed trying to figure out all the different mysteries.

The cover is also gorgeous! Giving me Frozen Disney vibes. Lilja sure knows how to write a belter of a book, has not let me down yet and my expectations are high. Highly recommend! A real page turner and it contains short chapters too which are my favourite! Bingo. Absolutely loved it. One that will be hard to forget. A well deserved five stars from me.

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