Birthday Girl: A #Thriller by Matthew Iden ~ Every Parents’ Nightmare @CrimeRighter #Pyschological

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. 

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Goodreads

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.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Buying Time (Angela Evans/Dre Thomas #1) by Pamela Samuels Young #Thriller #Suspense

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week my choice is Buying Time, an audiobook and first of a series, which was released in August 2012 by Goldman House Publishing.

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#GuestPost from Rosa Fedele #author of The Legacy of Beauregarde #Suspense in Sidney @rosafedeleart

I’m delighted to welcome Rosa Fedele, Australian author and artist, with a guest post and details of her new illustrated suspense novel The Legacy of Beauregarde, released tomorrow! 

You could lose someone down there, couldn’t you? Anyone could get buried under the concrete slab, and no one would even know!’

The Beauregarde women have lived in the shadow of The Seminary for four generations. And there is nothing conventional about Marcela, or her family.

When the decadent and obsessive Gordana acquires the iconic Sydney property and invites a television crew to film the building’s transformation into a magnificent showpiece, strangers suddenly penetrate Marcela’s world, each with a dark secret of their own.

But Marcela conceals a sinister bond which inextricably ties her to the derelict estate, holding the power to not only unravel Gordana’s grand designs, but expose bloodstained treachery, long-buried betrayals and lies.

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TH1RT3EN (Eddie Flynn Book 4) by Steve Cavanagh ~ #FridayReads Excellent Courtroom Thriller #NetGalley #ThatBookThatHook

Author: Steve Cavanagh

Published: January 2018 by Orion

Category: Legal Thriller, Crime, Murder, Suspense, Book Review

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

Thirteen is by far my favourite of the series so far. Legal thrillers don’t get any better and with the tagline….What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury? I couldn’t wait to read it.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Thicker Than Water (The Grayson Trilogy) by @GeorgiaRoseBook #RomanticFiction Drama #Suspense

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

Thicker Than Water is the third book of the trilogy and was published in 2015. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of contemporary drama and suspense with romance (and animals) 

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Seven Bridges (DCI Ryan #8) by @LJRoss_author #Crime in Northumberland #BookReview #FridayReads

Author: LJ Ross

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Book Review

It’s been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down – this time, for good. 

But Ryan’s plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences. 

The prologue works well, going back ten years and giving the background to DCI Ryan’s toxic relationship with the woman who is now his boss.

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UNSUB by Meg Gardiner ~ Serial Killer #CrimeFiction @MegGardiner1 #BookReview

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. 

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The Plea (Eddie Flynn Book 2) by Steve Cavanagh ~ Fast Paced Legal #Thriller @SSCav #BookReview #FridayReads

Author: Steve Cavanagh

Published: May 2016 by Orion

Category: Legal Thriller, Conspiracy, Murder, Book Review

Fraud. Blackmail. Murder. It’s all in a day’s work for Eddie Flynn.

For years, major New York law firm Harland & Sinton has operated a massive global fraud. The FBI are on to them, but they need witnesses to secure their case. When a major client of the firm, David Child, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con-artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to secure Child as his client and force him to testify against the firm.

Eddie Flynn is coerced by CIA agent Lester Dell into getting himself hired by David Child, billionaire owner of a massive social media network, as his lawyer.

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