THE MISTAKE by K.L. SLATER

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Book Description

You think you know the truth about the people you love.

But one discovery can change everything…

Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later, he is found dead.

Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy’s death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother?

Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him… and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down.

Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger…

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My Review

‘The Mistake’ I’m reading.

‘The Mistake’ I stayed up all night.

‘The Mistake’ I’ve finished.

‘The Mistake’ Or is it?

The Mistake by K.L. Slater is the fourth psychological thriller following on from Liar, Blink and Safe With Me. From the first page to the very last, whether you read slow and steady or fast and furious, its intense perfection and resistance is futile.

There are many deep scenarios to The Mistake centred around Rose, alternating the storylines between present day and sixteen years ago. Sixteen years ago Rose’s younger brother was murdered and Rose herself became embroiled in a relationship with Gareth, an older man. Each and every step thereafter in Rose’s life she has felt an overwhelming responsibility for the death of her brother even though the man responsible is behind bars………but has it all been a mistake.

The characteristic personality of Rose is full of imperfections and peculiarities. Rose  carries guilt and pain around like security, an armoured shield due to the lose of her brother and the gulf created by his death. I can see all the different personalities in each and every character within The Mistake, each one seems ordinary on the surface but there are secrets which bubble to the surface with devasting consequences.

I was in awe of the creativity in which the book was produced, the writing stood out with flawless and comprehensive scenarios. The Mistake was built layer by layer, young teenage romance, murder, secrets and lies and above all the hunt for justice. It was like a giant jigsaw puzzle, piece by piece slotted together, secrets were spilled, lies exposed, but there were always parts that didn’t fit, the red herrings, dead ends, pushing me to think again.

I can only describe The Mistake as the ultimate, intense psychological thriller which will have you mesmerized from the word go to the jaw dropping conclusion. Thank you to Bookouture, K.L. Slater and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

Kim is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers ‘Safe With Me,’ ‘Blink,’ ‘Liar’ and the soon to be released ‘The Mistake.’

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected a stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

She also writes award-winning YA fiction for Macmillan Children’s Books, writing as Kim Slater.

Links to Author Pages

Author Website: www.klsaterauthor.com

Twitter: @KimLSlater

Facebook: KL Slater Author

 

 

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THE POLICEWOMAN by JUSTIN W. M. ROBERTS

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Book Description

Narcoterrorism wreaks havoc on the world as drug cartels operate as dominating, murderous dictatorships. The powerful Irish Drug Cartel has set up drug manufacturing plants around the world and they will kill anyone who gets in their way. Sarah is an ambitious policewoman from an antiterrorist unit. She’s also smart, beautiful, and extremely good at her job, which is why she is assigned to an Interpol Incident Response Team in Manchester, set up to find and stop The Cartel. Alongside colleagues from the United Kingdom’s SAS, she must quickly learn new Close Quarters Battle tactics and apply them to a vengeful and threatening battlefield. Sarah’s investigation appears to be going well until the fight turns personal. She must now struggle to save her friends, family, and even herself. Spanning the globe with a keen knowledge of special forces tactics and some genuinely shocking twists, this book warns of a bloody, drug-addled future we may soon face.

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Author Bio

Justin W.M. Roberts was born in London, son of a British Army General, and grew up in Hong Kong, Germany, and England. After graduating from Hull university with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Psychology, he continued traveling and living Europe, Africa, and Asia.

He currently lives in Indonesia where he is an analyst of political affairs and an active promoter of secular humanism.

Authors of military thrillers are welcome to PM him for book reviews.

Author Links

Website: www,justinwmroberts.com

Twitter: @justinwmroberts

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justinwmroberts

 

 

 

THE POLICEWOMAN by JUSTIN W.M. ROBERTS

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Book Description

Narcoterrorism wreaks havoc on the world as drug cartels operate as dominating, murderous dictatorships. The powerful Irish Drug Cartel has set up drug manufacturing plants around the world and they will kill anyone who gets in their way. Sarah is an ambitious policewoman from an antiterrorist unit. She’s also smart, beautiful, and extremely good at her job, which is why she is assigned to an Interpol Incident Response Team in Manchester, set up to find and stop The Cartel. Alongside colleagues from the United Kingdom’s SAS, she must quickly learn new Close Quarters Battle tactics and apply them to a vengeful and threatening battlefield. Sarah’s investigation appears to be going well until the fight turns personal. She must now struggle to save her friends, family, and even herself. Spanning the globe with a keen knowledge of special forces tactics and some genuinely shocking twists, this book warns of a bloody, drug-addled future we may soon face.

Available to Buy

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Author Bio

Justin W.M. Roberts was born in London, son of a British Army General, and grew up in Hong Kong, Germany, and England. After graduating from Hull university with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Psychology, he continued traveling and living Europe, Africa, and Asia.

He currently lives in Indonesia where he is an analyst of political affairs and an active promoter of secular humanism.

Authors of military thrillers are welcome to PM him for book reviews.

Links

Website: www.justinwmroberts.com

Twitter: @justinwmroberts

Facebook: www.facebook.com/justinwmroberts

LIES THAT POISON by AMANDA FLEET

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Delighted to be invited by Jill to take part in the Blog Tour for Lies That Poison by Amanda Fleet, published by Joffe Books.


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Book Description

LIES THAT POISON by Amanda fleet

Do you love psychological thrillers? Discover a new writer who will have you gripped from start to finish. This is a novel with a stunning twist that you won’t see coming.

When Tom Bowman moves to a pretty Yorkshire village to start a new business, he meets two women who will change his life.

Alys is a young woman with a troubled past, including an abusive boyfriend. She says she doesn’t want another man, but a relationship soon develops between her and Tom.

Tom’s other neighbour is Hannah, an elderly woman who is often confused between past and present. 50 years ago, her sister died tragically young. Now, she sometimes thinks that Tom is the man who was to blame.

Hannah hates Alys, and warns Tom that he is in great danger from the woman he’s falling in love with.

Who should he believe and who is poisoning his mind with lies?

In a pulsating conclusion, Tom will face a heart-breaking choice with the potential to shatter everything he has built.

Perfect for readers who love C. L. Taylor, Ruth Ware or Clare Mackintosh.

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My Review

Lies That Poison by Amanda Fleet is a psychological thriller with a difference. What’s the difference you may ask……. that’s for me to know and you to find out?

The story unfolds focusing on three different people, three different pasts, when their present lives collide.

We are introduced to Tom looking for a fresh start, trying to gain a foot hold in his life after a relationship break-up, moving to a small village in Yorkshire where his ambition is to start a business, he then becomes acquainted with Alys and Hannah. Alys is a young woman with a problematic past including an abusive relationship by an ex-boyfriend, she’s hiding from her past, keeping secrets but what is lies. Finally we meet Hannah an elderly woman who’s sister was killed tragically while Hannah was young, meeting Tom it becomes apparent that she confuses present day with the past as she believes Tom was her sisters killer.

The tension and hatred builds between the two woman with Hannah believing that Tom is in danger as he embarks on his new relationship with Alys. Who’s poisoning Toms mind with lies, can Tom make the final and ultimate decision, only turning the pages,  reading the dramatic ending will finally give you your answer….

I had one slight niggle with the story, not an overly dramatic problem just felt the fluctuating between past and present was a little too much for me but the overall basis of the plotline solidified nicely together. I can honestly say that the Lies That Poison is a good read and held my attention until the end.

I look forward to reading more from Amanda Fleet in future. Thank you to Joffe Books, Amanda Fleet and Jill for an advanced readers copy of Lies That Poison in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

Amanda Fleet is a physiologist by training and a writer at heart. She spent 18 years teaching science and medicine undergraduates at St Andrews University, but now uses her knowledge to work out how to kill people (in her books!). She completed her first degree at St Andrews University and her doctorate at University College, London.

She has been an inveterate stationery addict since a child, amassing a considerable stash of fountain pens, ink and notebooks during her lifetime. These have thankfully come in useful, as she tends to write rather than type, at least in the early stages of writing a book.

During her time at St Andrews, she was involved with two Scottish Government funded projects, working with the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. While in Malawi, she learned about the plight of the many street children there and helped to set up a Community Based Organisation that works with homeless Malawian children to support them through education and training – Chimwemwe Children’s Centre. It was this experience that helped to shape the Malawian aspects in her first novel, The Wrong Kind of Clouds.

Amanda lives in Scotland with her husband, where she can be found writing, walking and running. The Wrong Kind of Clouds is her début novel and was published by Matador in early 2016.

 

 

DEATH PARTS US by ALEX WALTERS

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Its my pleasure to be part of the Blog Blitz alongside some amazing bloggers today for Death Parts Us by Alex Walters published by Bloodhound Books, who without a doubt seem to be finding and dishing out some sensational authors and books.


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Book Description

Twenty years ago, Jackie Galloway was a senior cop with a bad reputation. Then he ended up on the wrong side of the wrong people, and his career was ruined. Sacked and with no pension, he ends up eking out his last days on Scotland’s Black Isle, his mind lost to dementia, supported only by his long-suffering wife, Bridie.

Then Galloway is found dead. The police assume the death to be accidental, until Bridie Galloway reveals that her husband has been receiving apparently threatening letters containing only the phrase: ‘NOT FORGOTTEN. NOT FORGIVEN.’

DI Alec McKay is struggling to come to terms with life without his estranged wife Chrissie, and is living in isolation on the Black Isle. As a junior officer, McKay had been allocated to Galloway’s team and has bad memories of the man and his methods. Now he finds himself investigating Galloway’s death.

But when suspicion falls on him and more police officers are murdered, the pressure is on for McKay to solve the case.

Why would the killer seek revenge twenty years after Galloway left the force?

As McKay fights to link the events of past and present, he realizes that time is rapidly running out…

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My Review

When I first laid eyes on Death Parts Us by Alex Walters, I was drawn to the cover, it is such an eerie scene of the rocks and the sea, it felt as though the sea was actually undulating in front of my eyes drawing into my very soul.

The cover was just the start to Alex’s story….

Death Parts Us the second book in the Alec McKay series, the first being Candles and Roses. I wouldn’t say it was necessary to read as part of the series as Death Parts Us does well as a standalone as it contains enough back story to be able to follow the characters.

The story is centred around the rugged Black Isle, Scotland where its cold, damp but  undeniably beautiful, a perfect setting for a serial killer based police procedural. Ex-police officers are being killed, the finger of suspicion points at one of their own, DI Alec McKay has more questions than answers, why kill them now and who wants them dead, what is the connection. All the clues steadily piece together, with red herrings thrown in to leave you feeling bamboozled, misleading signs which suddenly tear you off in another direction, but throughout it all, just when I thought I had the answers the conclusion blew me out of the water.

McKay is a family man, who’s life is in crisis, a family tragedy and a breakdown in his marriage, now it appears he may lose it all including his career, Alec needs to find the killer and fast. It was funny imagining McKay, his accent, his sarcasm, his undeniable  wit but one thing was for sure was that McKay settled in my mind in a clear and unobstructed manner. I could project him vividly as if I was standing in the pages with him, looking at the crime scenes, feeling it, seeing it, smelling it, being part of it.

When opening the book I didn’t know what to expect, there is always apprehension when starting out with a new author. While reading Death Parts Us I didn’t find it particularly fast paced but I didn’t care, I actually savoured the story, like I was tasting something new with my eyes.

Where are Bloodhound Books finding the authors lately there has been some amazing books come my way and this one is no exception. Thank you to Bloodhound Books, Alex Walters and Sarah Hardy for the invite onto the Blog Blitz Tour to read and review an advanced readers copy of Death Parts Us in exchange for an honest review.

I hope to hear more from Alex Walters in the very near future, a new author who is now firmly on my radar.


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Author Bio

Alex Walters is the author of the DI Alec McKay series set in Scotland’s Black Isle—Candles and Roses and Death Parts Us. He has also written three books set in and around Manchester—Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, which introduced DCI Kenny Murrain. As Michael Walters, he also published three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast, which are currently being reprinted in new reedited Alex Walters editions.  Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and now, alongside his writing, runs a consultancy working mainly in the criminal justice sector with police, prisons and probation.   After many years in Manchester he’s in the process of moving to the Highlands with his wife, occasional sons and too many cats.

Links

Website: www.alexwaltersauthor.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/

Twitter: @mikewalters60

Book Spotlight: BODY IN THE MARSH by NICK LOUTH

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I’m honoured to be part of the Blog Tour for The Body In The Marsh by Nick Louth, highlighting with a Book Spotlight today.


The Body in the Marsh

Title: The Body in the Marsh

Author Name: Nick Louth

Previous Books: Bite, Heartbreaker, Mirror Mirror

Genre: Crime, Police Procedural

Release Date: 25th September 2017

Publisher: Canelo

Book Description

When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard. But he could never imagine what happens next.

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife Liz goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin…

To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present?

The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gibney and Carole Wyer.

Links to Books:

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Author Bio

Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages.

The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. Mirror Mirror, subtitled ‘When evil and beauty collide’ was published in June 2016. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, is being published by Canelo in September 2017.

Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

Author Social Media Links:

Website:  http://www.nicklouth.com/

Twitter: @NickLouthAuthor

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Nick.Louth.Books/

 

 

THE SURROGATE by LOUISE JENSEN

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Book Description

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.

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My Review

Have you ever had the butterfly effect where your stomach flutters with anticipation well The Surrogate by Louise Jenson provides this in bucket loads.

The Surrogate is the third psychological thriller written by Louise Jensen and it certainly doesn’t disappoint, the opening chapter hints at a couple who have been murdered, but who are they and where will it takes us?

The only way is to turn the page and read on……..

The book revolves around Kat a young woman married to Nick who want nothing more than to complete their family, have a baby of their own, but they have been unsuccessful and the options they have left are adoption. Opportunities have arisen for Kat several times to adopt but each time her hearts desire is ripped away when the babies are placed with other families.

The rawness of the heartache shown in Kats insatiable desire to become a mother at any cost, literally drips from the pages.

A miracle seems to befall them when an old friend of Kats appears and offers to be a surrogate for Kat and Nick. at what cost. Kat and Lisa have not spoken in years there are secrets between them, unspoken words, but the lure of being a mother is too much for Kat. The secrets, the lies take their toll and the cracks appear in Kats marriage, Kat becomes paranoid about her husband, his best friend and is Lisa what she appears.

The past is catching up…. 

Louise has played the hand of past and present in the plot magically and it served to intrigue and enthral the more pages I turned, I couldn’t get enough. I had butterflies in my stomach which fluttered and leapt with each page turn, driving me further through the chapters delving deeper into the twists, sending chills through my mind, till the final explosive chapters.

I have no doubts that The Surrogate will be a success, its still fresh in my mind after a few days and I’m still mulling over the OMG moments, you wont see what’s coming fulfilling my thoughts on what is a great book.

Thank you to Bookouture, Louise Jensen and NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Surrogate in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

Louise Jensen is a No. 1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Her debut novel ‘The Sister,’ was published by Bookouture (Hachette) in July 2016 and reached No. 1 in the UK where it stayed for over 5 weeks, and it also hit No. 1 on the Canadian Amazon chart, No.1 in Apple’s iBooks and is listed as a USA Today Bestseller. It was the 6th biggest selling book on Amazon in 2016. Due to The Sister’s phenomenal online success it was also published in paperback by Sphere (Little, Brown Books) and is now available in all good bookshops.

‘The Sister’ is a book about a grieving girl who thought there was nothing as frightening as being alone – she was wrong.

‘The Gift’ Louise’s second book, was published in December and within a week of release gave Louise her second No. 1 in 2016 both in the UK, where it stayed for over a 5 weeks, was No. 1 in  Canada and is also a USA Today Bestseller. In Amazon’s half-year trends report The Gift is reported as the 3rd biggest selling eBook in the UK in 2017.

‘The Gift’ is a book about a perfect daughter and how a secret is eating her family alive…

‘The Surrogate’ is Louise’s third novel and is due for publication on September 27th 2017 and is available to pre-order now.

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you’d kill for it?’ Everything you have, she wants.

To date Louise has sold over 750,00 books and her novels have been sold for translation in sixteen territories. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award.

Louise also writes flash fiction, and features and articles for both magazines and online publications. Louise specialises in writing about mindfulness, chronic pain and mental health.

Author Links:

Louise Jensen Website

Amazon Author Page

Twitter Page

 

 

 

MISSING by CHARLIE GALLAGHER

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As part of the Crazies its my pleasure to be part of the blog tour for Missing by Charlie Gallagher (the Detective who wants to jail Jill’s Crazies ….. Joy Ellis knows she flaunts the rules too). Just kidding Charlie, or am I?


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Do you love thrillers with heart-pounding twists and turns? From best-selling author Charlie Gallagher comes a standalone thriller which will you have gripped from first page to last.

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY BACK?

In a busy town centre, a woman and a young boy are snatched from the street.

A few miles away, a man stands on the edge of a viaduct ready to throw himself off. Sergeant Shaun Carter, a police negotiator, is trying to talk him down, but he dare not get too close. This man is the only person who has the answers needed to find the missing.

These two events will have consequences for everyone they touch. And Shaun Carter is forced to make heart-breaking choices as he faces a vicious criminal network.

As the situation spirals out of control, Shaun asks for help from his maverick police colleague George Elms.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ian Rankin or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

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My Review

Missing is a phenomenal standalone thriller written by Charlie Gallagher, intense from the very first page, an abduction of a woman and child, the suicidal man who has questions that need answers and central to it all is Sergeant Shaun Carter a police negotiator.

What can this man possibly want from Carter and why does he need answers to the questions, what has the abduction got do with Carter, are there consequences to finding out and who is going to suffer from Carters difficult choices. Carter is a strong character with choices to make, would you go to the same lengths to save your loved ones.

Carter needs help, he turns to George Elms a colleague who has himself crossed the line and doesn’t stand in good stead with his superiors but knows he can access information that Carter can’t obtain. The more people who become involved the harder it is for Carter to stay off the road of destruction.

Charlie you certainly threw a spanner in the works with the plotline. I fairly enjoyed the theme which run throughout the book. There was one hiccup for me personally that by the halfway point I knew what was going on but not the who, not that it was a bad thing, but I would have preferred the reveal to be slightly later in the book. Even though I knew part of it I didn’t know it all which made it more intriguing and exciting, definitely wouldn’t put me off recommending the book or reading more of Charlie’s books.

Think the best way to sum up my experience of reading Missing is WoW, the characters, the plotline and the style of writing blew me away, I hope there will be more to come from Charlie as his books aren’t to be missed. So hurry along and grab a copy you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you Joffe Books, Charlie Gallagher and Jill for the chance to read and review Missing and being part of the blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.


Author Bio

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

 

COLD BLOOD by ROBERT BRYNDZA

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Book Description

She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

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My Review

Well I finished Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza last night and I’m still trying to pick my jaw up from the floor and calm the sparks in my brain from the enormity of what I’ve just read. I tried to write my review last night but my mind just wouldn’t settle, so I slept on it hoping my review would become clear. It’s took a bit of time today but finally the buzz has subsided a little to allow my review to be written.

Cold Blood is book five in the series surrounding Detective Erika Foster. Robert has by-passed all the others in the series as far as I’m concerned, this book blows everything out of the water. Anything I thought I knew about the book, felt or read about the book disintegrated in from of my eyes in one foul swoop with the intensity of Cold Blood.

Detective Erika Foster is called to a crime scene where a large suitcase is found on the shore of the Thames, upon opening its discovered a dismembered body of a man is inside. Further to Erika’s investigation its revealed two weeks previously another body had also been dumped in the Thames in an almost identical manner, this time of a young woman……

Is there a link, can Erika stop the serial killer before another life is taken?

While trying to keep on top of work, Erika’s love life takes a tumble and falls apart. I thought she had found a new love but it wasn’t to be, Erika never seems to have it easy, but on the other hand she seems to thrive on complicated in her personal and work life. The most captivating part of Erika’s persona is that she strong willed and quite impulsive, this becomes apparent when she is removed from the investigation but doesn’t let it hold her back she is still determined to capture the people responsible.

Max and Nina are two lovers on a dark path of destruction. Max has psychotic tendencies, I found when Robert wrote about Max’s eyes I could almost see the self destruction in them, sending chills through my body dreading what was coming next but unable to stop reading. Nina comes across as being naïve, she fell for the local bad boy but no amount of torment or terror inflicted on her stopped her from loving Max and becoming part of it all.

Well Cold Blood is a certain five stars, Robert you have managed to turn my brain on its head and set a fire a couldn’t put out because of a damn good book. I would recommend everyone sprint to the computer and grab a copy of Cold Blood, you won’t regret it, I didn’t.

My only problem is I can’t wait too long for the next instalment, I need my fix of Erika!

Thank you to Bookouture, Robert Bryndza and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of Cold Blood to read and review in exchange for an honest review.


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Author Bio

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

Want to know more about Robert Bryndza and his books, click the links:

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HER DARK PATH by KEN OGILVIE

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It’s my pleasure to be part of the #BlogTour for Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie, published by Joffe Books.


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Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie
16 years ago Rebecca Bradley’s mother was murdered. Rebecca was only eight years old. The killer has never been caught. Growing up, Rebecca vowed that one day she would track him down and make him pay.

Now Rebecca is a young police woman in Ontario. She wants to become a homicide detective. Her first investigation is the cold case of a woman who vanished for 16 days and then was found dead in her own home. The brutal crime shocks the small Canadian town of Conroy.

The puzzling case has uncanny similarities to the murder of Rebecca’s mother. Both victims were found strangled in their own kitchens.

Can Rebecca keep her emotions together as she closes in on a killer with connections to her family and tragic past? And will she finally get justice for her mother?

Discover a new crime writer who will have you gripped till the pulsating end.

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MY REVIEW

Her Dark Path is a debut crime thriller for new author Ken Ogilvie, on first glance into the synopsis I thought wow its right up my street, I’m going to enjoy following the lead character Rebecca Bradley. Ken certainly didn’t disappoint.

After an unassuming but slow burn the book gathered pace and built to an inferno where I was grasping my kindle tighter trying to believe what was unfolding in front of my eyes.

The whole scenario of the book, in my opinion, was focused on Rebecca a young woman whose mother was murdered sixteen years previously when she was aged just eight and her quest to uncover the culprit responsible. Rebecca became a policewoman and progressed up through the ranks to become Acting Detective Constable following a cold case in Conway, which her superior Superintendent Cartwright was unable to solve. The case with its similarities to the death of her mother proves to be the nudge Rebecca needs to demonstrate her ability to become one of the best detectives.

Each chapter began with a brief snippet from Rebecca’s diary as she forges her path through life after her mothers death. Each of the diary entries describes a piece of invaluable insight into the woman Rebecca has become, from her progression through the police academy, her misplaced relationship with her former tutor and now present day boss Cartwright, also her fragile affinity with her father.

Another worthwhile character in Her Dark Path whom I loved reading about was Hound, he seemed a quiet but gentle giant of a man almost magical in some ways. I couldn’t put my finger on why I thought there was a lot more to Hound, we didn’t know a lot about him, he was quite distant when talking about his own family. Hopefully when Ken writes the next in the series (fingers crossed) then we will learn more about Rebecca and Hound, I certainly look forward to it if that’s the case.

Rebecca befriends the townsfolk of Conway eventually who initially did anything they could to detract from offering any assistance with closing the case involving the murder of Angela McBride. Who holds the key to the murder and what conspiracies lie within Conway a town of secrets and lies, turning the pages reveals more and more deception but can Rebecca identify the truth…..

If I could describe this book in one word I would but its just impossible.

Her Dark Path wets yours passion for crime, giving you a taster, an insight for what’s to come, but before you know it your literally salivating turning the pages craving answers. If you like a slow burn which bursts into an inferno of lies, questionable business dealings, blackmail and murder, then Her dark Path is right up your alley.

I would like to thank Joffe Books, Ken Ogilvie and Jill Burkinshaw for the opportunity to read and review an advanced readers copy of Her Dark Path in exchange for an honest review.


Ken Ogilvie

Author Bio

I began my fiction writing as a novice, but I had extensive writing experience in technical and policy areas, and I was a ferocious editor of staff reports at Pollution Probe. Novel writing would come naturally to me, or so I thought (incorrectly). I wrote half of a really crappy science-fiction book, and then struggled over whether to continue. But I’m not a quitter, so I shelved that book for the time being, took a deep breath, and hit the reset button.

I’m currently an independent environmental policy consultant, working from home in Toronto, Canada, although I’m on the road a lot. Recent consulting contracts of mine include preparing a case study designed to be used by the Said Business School, University of Oxford, on the province of Alberta’s recent transition towards being a climate policy leader in Canada, and I’ve done research and ran workshops on the creation of a new Canadian Energy Information Organization. I serve on the Boards of Directors for two leading environmental and energy organizations – the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, and Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST). And when spare time and suitable opponents permit, I play the odd game of chess, which was a passion of mine in younger days.