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*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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*BLOG TOUR* What She Saw – Diane Saxon ★★★★

Blurb;

DS Jenna Morgan Book 3

A gripping new psychological thriller for 2020.

Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan is called to investigate the suspected arson attack and death of the Lawrence family at the charred remains of their stunning home, Kimble Hall. The case takes a sinister turn as the body count fails to tally. Suspecting that someone may have survived the inferno, DS Morgan and her team need to discover whether they have a witness, or someone far more dangerous. Who set the fire? Who wanted this family extinguished beyond recognition? As the case progresses, DS Morgan realises she has a calculating, cold-blooded killer on her hands, and the race is on to track them down before they kill again.

My Review; This book has to have one of the best opening chapters I have read this year. Was not expecting it at all. Shocked me. Jaw dropping. It did its job and full on dragged me in questioning everything. Hooked. Drawn in. Gripped…

It is book three in a series which I only found after while writing this post (oops) but read really well as a standalone and I will be going back to the previous two books. Brilliantly written, a real page turner I didn’t and couldn’t put down. I wanted answers.

I felt sorry for Poppy! Poor girl. DS Jenna, I loved her. She wasn’t letting anything pass her by she wanted to know the truth and she wasn’t going to stop till she got it. A very determined and strong woman. I can’t recommend this book enough. One to add to your lists. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Creak On The Stairs – Eva Björg Ægisdottir ★★★★

Blurb; When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.

Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her collegues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day …

But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it’s too late.

My Review; I think the fact I read 80% of this in one day shows just how good it really was. I really enjoyed it! Safe to say I’ve got my reading mojo back! Brilliant written, laid out nicely, interesting and a real page turner. Kept me guessing, I just couldn’t figure it out even with all the clues.

The cover is gorgeous and suits the story perfectly. It has a cute little map of Iceland at the start which I loved. It’s the little things like that that make a book for me. Main character Elma returns to her hometown and to work for their police forces a big change from the big city or is it? ….

A case that brings more questions than answers for the team. Elisabet! What really happened to her? Why was she found dead? A lot of secrets and unknown truths from the past come to light while investigating this case. The story itself flicks between the present and the haunting past. A dark, terrifying and at times hard to read past at that.

Brilliant read. Kept me hooked. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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