Author: Matthew Iden
Published: March 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
Category: Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Serial Killer, Book Review
Eight years ago, Elliott Nash’s daughter was murdered. Since then, everything the brilliant former criminal psychologist had is a memory—his child, his career, his wife, and his home. Now he lives on the streets around Washington, DC, with only a bottomless well of guilt and nightmares to make him feel alive. Until Amy Scowcroft solicits his help.
Since his daughter’s abduction and murder eight years ago, Elliott Nash has lived under a crushing cloud of guilt. His marriage failed, his brilliant career as a criminal psychologist is nothing but a memory, he’s homeless and lives on the streets. The only constants in his life are nightmares and pain. His natural drive to help people has diminished. That is, until he meets former addict Amy Scowcroft. Amy’s daughter, Lacey, has been missing for almost a year but Amy refuses to believe her daughter is dead. Getting nowhere with the investigation into Amy’s disappearance, the police have closed the case. Detective Dave Cargill, who works for the D.C. Metropolitan Child and Family Services, refers Amy to his old friend and former colleague, Elliott Nash.
“She said you sent her to me.”
Dave paused. “I did.”
“You want to tell me why?”
“Because you can read insane and perverted and criminal behaviour like you’re psychic. If there’s anyone who could take the pieces of her case and put them together, it’s you.”
“That doesn’t really answer my question. I don’t work with you anymore. I don’t work, period. So why now?”
Elliott is reluctant but eventually digs deep for reserves he didn’t realise he still had and agrees to work with Amy. Together, using unconventional and interesting methods, they search through piles and piles of old cases of missing children until they get a breakthrough and find a pattern of sorts. It seems Lacey is one of several children from broken homes who disappeared at a certain time. It’s not much to go on initially but the connecting threads begin to mount up and make some sense.
Each chapter is written from a particular character’s perspective, including several of the children, Elliott, Amy, Dave and the mysterious and rather chilling Sister. I really liked Elliott and Amy. There was enough back story for each to flesh them out and give a sense of who they are. Despite their flaws and the horrible things life has thrown at them, they’re decent people who just lost their way and are trying desperately to get back on track. Helping Amy proves to be a lifeline for Elliott.
The story is well plotted and covers a range of disturbing issues, including homelessness, mental instability and abduction, which have obviously been well researched. Elliott’s narrative from the point of view of a homeless person is realistic and eye-opening. It’s very sad when Elliot remarks that homeless people more often than not feel invisible, as though they don’t exist. Having the main male character in such a desperate situation gives an edge to the story and it’s very easy to empathise with him. A quick, enjoyable read and although the perpetrator’s identity is easy to guess once certain facts are known, there’s no lack of tension, suspense and a good twist or two.
I write fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, crime fiction, and contemporary literary fiction with a psychological twist.
I’ve held jobs with the US Postal Service, international non-profit groups, a short stint with the Forest Service in Sitka, Alaska, and time with the globe-spanning Semester at Sea program. Trips to Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica added to the creative pot, as well, and I started to put all those experiences to good use about eight years ago–thinking, dreaming, and writing.
Author: Meg Gardiner
Published: July 2017 by Dutton
Category: Crime Fiction, Murder, Suspense, Psychological, Book Review
A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.
Recently appointed Narcotics Task Force Detective Caitlin Hendrix is taken to the scene of a gruesome murder, and recognises the man waiting for her. Senior Homicide Sergeant Joe Guthrie. When Guthrie shows her a body it hits her like a punch in the gut, taking her back twenty years to when her father, Mack, was the lead detective in the hunt for a serial killer. The Prophet, as he was called, was never caught and his subsequent reign of terror all but destroyed Mack, physically and mentally, as his obsession to catch the killer escalated. Then—after a five year killing spree—nothing. The trail and the case went cold. Now, after so many years, he’s back and has Caitlin in his sights.
Author: Abigail Osborne
Published: November 2017 by Bloodhound Books
Category: Psychological Thriller, Book Review
Manipulated by fear and love…could you cut the strings and take back control?
Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise is that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls her. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain?
The story, set out in three parts, beginning in the present day, followed by flashback chapters from the past, before returning again to the present.
Author: Sarah Hilary
Published: April 2015 by Headline
Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological, Book Review
Two young boys
Trapped underground in a bunker.
Unable to understand why they are there.
Desperate for someone to find them.
Slowly realising that no-one will…
DI Marnie Rome, DS Noah Jake and the team are investigating a report of bodies found. Two children. ‘A burial, but not in the usual sense…’
Author: H.A. Leuschel
Published: December 2017 by Helene Leuschel
A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives
A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?
Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.
Following in a similar vein to Manipulated Lives, My Sweet Friend explores how much first impressions and appearances sometimes count in someone’s favour and the devastation that can be caused by deliberate manipulation of other people. Told from the alternating perspectives of Alexa and Rosie, we see how quickly their friendship develops when Alexa joins the PR firm Rosie works for. It’s mostly down to Alexa’s persuasiveness and outgoing nature that they quickly become best friends. Rosie is more reserved. Aways ready to help and easy to get along with, Rosie is quickly swept up by Alexa’s enthusiasm and friendliness.