suspense · thriller · Young adult

Wilder Girls – Rory Power ★★★★

Blurb; It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

My Review; What were the chances that the first book I pick up to read in these different and difficult times currently is about quarantine… Hmm. Nevertheless, it was a brilliant read I just wish I would have read it at an easier time for the world and myself.

The story is told through two girls Byatt and Hetty, bestfriends. Currently on an island. In a school. Under quarantine. However, one of the girls decides to break quarantine putting themselves and the whole school at risk. Sound familiar right now? BUT… Things start to turn. It’s a fight for survival. Who is on whose side within this school? Who will make it out alive?

Loved the whole concept of it and the setting, the plot, the characters. Great read. Just a little too close to home for me at the moment. But would highly recommend to you all when we make it through this lock down. A well deserved four stars from me. I also love the cover! It’s different.

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crime · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Deep Dark Night – Steph Broadribb ★★★★

Blurb; Fearless Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson travels to Chicago to trap the head of a notorious crime family, in a high-stakes, nail-biting mission that sees her trapped in one of the city’s tallest buildings during a blackout…

‘A real cracker’ Mark Billingham

‘My kind of book’ Lee Child

‘Like Midnight Run, but much darker … really, really good’ Ian Rankin

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…
Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.

An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces, one by one. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.

When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.
And that’s just the beginning…

My Review; This is book four in the Lori Anderson series. Another series I have come into late. However, I do have the previous books so can go back to the beginning. So this is a first read of this author. It does refer back to the previous book so probably best read in order. I could tell that even though I came late into this series that Lori has faced a lot before this book…

Her character blew me away. She’s fearless. A thinker. Clever. Determined. Confident. Strong and brave. I love her. It helps and supports her character with how much JT helps and is there for her. Deep Dark Night is tense, fast paced, full throttle, thrilling, gripping and heart pounding. My heart was in my throat many times reading this… I was on edge, gasping. I was flicking the pages for fun. There is never a dull moment in this book.

Things start to turn deadly. It’s literally survival for most of this book. Get out alive. Trust noone. Be prepared for death, blood, guns, secrets, lies and plenty of fights. Face your fears I faced mine… Heights and lifts/elevators. Made me feel a little sick. When Loris got a job she gets it done whatever the outcome. She does not mess around.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend I cant wait to dive into this series now I have had a glimpse.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Black River – Will Dean ★★★★

Blurb; Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow.

FEAR

Tuva’s been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim has gone missing.

SECRETS

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?

LIES

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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