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Play Dead – Angela Marsons ★★★★

Blurb; The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen.

The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess. Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.

Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next? As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …?

My Review; We finished book four! This series is soo soo good. Throughally enjoying it. Another fresh case for Kim and her team which may just link to an old case. Oooh.

This case proves that sometimes people will never forget whatever happened in the past no matter how long ago it was and grudges can be deadly… The setting of the story was an unexpected, unusual place… A BODY FARM! OMG. A first for me to come accross this. Shocker.

I apologise if I seem I am repeating myself but all the books in this series so far are so brilliantly written including this one and they’re real page turners. Tense. Fast paced. Thrilling. Edge of your seat. Race against time cases. Brilliant. I already cannot wait to dive into book five. Eee.

I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend. They all read perfectly as standalones but do make the odd reference to previous cases in the previous books. As you know I have been buddy read this series alongside Kate. So go check out her review too which can be found here;

Kates Review (Portable Magic)

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*BLOG TOUR* Breakers – Doug Johnstone ★★★★

Blurb; Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum. On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt. With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation . . . unless he drags her down, too.

My Review; Oh My Heart! Where do I start? I easily devoured this within a day! Such a brilliant story and I will explain why…

TYLER! Oh my. He’s trying his bloody hardest and is the best big brother ever to little bean. My heart. Those two have such a cute, special bond. I felt Tyler was trying to protect everyone around him and make everyone happy which sometimes isn’t possible. He’s a good lad really bringing his sister up.

BEAN! The youngest of the family, the cutest, innocent and doesn’t have a clue about the world she is in really. What she does know is that she loves her brother Tyler more than anyone. We all need someone to lean on. Such a sweet little girl.

Now don’t get me started on Barry and Kelly, especially Barry. While reading this book I found my anger building up and hating Barrys character to the point well, he got what he deserved. Such a horrible character. Grr. Kelly wasn’t much better either but I reckon there was another side to her underneath.

Brilliantly written, thrilling, fast paced and a page turner of a read which I actually didn’t put down for once well, until the end. A happy outcome for all. I actually got so emotionally attached to some of these character specifically Bean and Tyler, theyre both still kids. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend.

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*BLOG TOUR* Deadly Secrets – OMJ Ryan ★★★★

Blurb; Millionaire Marty Michaels had the perfect life — until he found a dead girl in his bathroom.

For twenty years, superstar radio host Marty Michaels has used his vast fame and power to make or break the careers of celebrities and politicians.

But Marty discovers that power comes at a price when he wakes in a strange hotel room and finds a murdered girl in the bathroom. He’s been setup. Someone wants to destroy him.

Desperate to clear his name, Marty is propelled into a dark world of danger, corruption and depravity, and with the media world he once ruled now baying for his blood — the hunter has become the hunted.

Not knowing who to trust, or where to turn, Marty fights alone against a powerful criminal network as he tries to save his reputation, his job…and his life.

My Review; This book had me hooked from the start, brilliantly written. Gripping, thrilling and fast paced it was a real page turner for me throughout, easily devoured. Made all the better by being set in Manchester! Close to home and familiar with most of the places described in the story making it more real for myself.

I was beside Marty the whole way and truelly felt sorry for everything he had to experience and go through. It is a very clever story but Marty with the help of an unexpected ally soon start to unravel the mystery and find answers, but it wont be easy. Marty had me sweating, my heart racing and on the edge of my seat throughout. Tense, dangerous and a race against the clock. Brilliant.

This story has it all and I was very impressed! I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend. I loved every minute of it.

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