#GuestReview ~ While Nobody is Watching by Michelle Dunne #DebutThriller @janenobbshobley @NotDunneYet

I’m delighted to welcome author Jane A Hobden with her review of While Nobody is Watching, written by Michelle Dunne and published by BAD PRESS iNK in June 2020. 

While Nobody is Watching is a brilliantly written, captivating thriller that hooks you from the outset.  The vocabulary and symbolism used by Michelle Dunne throughout is impressive to say the least and Dunne is successful in creating a strong emotional connection between the reader and the characters, especially the protagonist, Lindsay Ryan.

Lindsay Ryan, an ex-Irish Army Soldier suffers from PTSD.  She’s tough with a no-nonsense approach but as we move through the book, her vulnerabilities bring her to life.  She has for a little while believed that she’s being watched; at home, at work and even in the middle of the night when, as darkness falls and brings about nightmares of her harrowing tour in Syria, she passes the hours running.      

Since leaving the Army, Lindsay works in a centre for vulnerable children who have been in trouble with the police, a job that she is passionate about.  She is an inspiration to all of the children there, particularly Jamie Cossens, a 13-year-old who began shoplifting as a cry for attention after his mother died of cancer and he had to go and live with his disinterested father and his new family.  

Another fascinating character is Lindsay’s friend and former soldier from her troop, Adam Street, who runs a gym in Cork.  Extremely protective of Lindsay, they haven’t seen each other for 3 years too involved in avoiding the shadows of their tour.  When they come back into each other’s lives they manage to deal with their demons in a touching, quintessential way.  

Each page is easy to imagine with its rich descriptions of the surroundings and characters that have been written superbly and with a lot of consideration to their different plights in life.  

Soon, the feelings that someone is watching become reality as Lindsay finds threatening notes pinned to her front door followed by photographs that have been taken of her on a camping trip with some of the kids from the centre and after that, a vicious assault.  But who would want to harm her?  There’s nothing she wouldn’t do for anyone.  

The subject matter of PTSD and heroin addiction has been approached with sensitivity and an emotional depth.  

One of the highlights of this book is the relationship that Lindsay has with her loyal dog, Frank.  It’s beautifully told.  The lengths that Frank will go to, to protect Lindsay speaks volumes about the respect and love they have for each other.  

This is a heart-warming story of friendship, loyalty and trust wrapped up in an exciting thriller that kept me guessing the identity of the antagonist until the very end.  

All in all, an excellent read that I would highly recommend.  

Jane gives While Nobody is Watching 4½ stars

About Jane

JaneI live with my husband and two children on the East Sussex coast, a stone’s throw from my childhood home.  My background is in criminal law working as a paralegal where every day brought something new.  I have spent a lot of time in Courts and Prisons preparing a case for trial including meeting a wide range of clientele who, in most cases would be absolutely terrified of the process and the fear of facing a prison sentence.  I find that it brings both the best and the worst out in people.  

I’m passionate about reading and writing thrillers whether it be crime, suspense or psychological and I like to write something that I would love to read.  

I self-published my first book, psychological thriller The Hartford Inheritance with Amazon in 2014.  My second novel, crime thriller, Guilty is due for release at Amazon on the 6th May 2021…Available to buy here

 Check out my website at www.janeahobdenauthor.com.  

WhileNobodyisWatchingThey called it peacekeeping. For Corporal Lindsey Ryan it was anything but. It’s been three years since that bright day in the Golan Heights and the explosion which killed two and changed the survivors forever.

Now Lindsey deals with the many problems of the city’s troubled youth, to distract her from her own. But as damp days turn to night the kids return home, or somewhere like it, and she returns to her own private war. One that exists solely for her.

Certain that she’s being watched and certain that she’s losing her mind, Lindsey battles with the demons of post traumatic stress, while a very real threat edges ever closer until she finds herself face to face with someone who wants nothing more than to finally help her to die.

And it’s the last person she ever could have seen coming.

Blue helmets and blurred lines – While Nobody is Watching delves into the dark world of PTSD and a battle scarred soldier struggling to find a place in her new world.

Set in Cork City, this urban Irish feminist psychological thriller features a female Irish army veteran suffering from PTSD. Stalker meets military veteran, and her ex-service dog in a side of Ireland that few see.

Book links ~ Amazon | Book Depository | Hive Books | Bookshop.org

Failure To Protect (Dre Thomas & Angela Evans Book 4) by Pamela Samuels Young @AuthorPSY #LegalThriller #Drama #TuesdayBookBlog

FailureTo ProtectAuthor: Pamela Samuels Young

Published: October 2019 by Goldman House Publishing

Category: Legal Thriller, Drama, Book Review

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What Really Goes on Behind School Doors?

When the classroom is no longer a safe space for her child, an outraged mother is determined to seek justice for her bullied daughter. Enter hard-charging attorneys Angela Evans and Jenny Ungerman. From the start, the two lawyers face more than an uphill battle.

Failure To Protect covers the horrific and ongoing epidemic of bullying. It became even more widespread since the emergence of social media, which can and is being used as a weapon to persecute the person being bullied even more. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay #PsychologicalThriller

Paul Davis is on his way home late one night when he sees the car in front has a cracked tail light and is being driven erratically.

Realising it’s his colleague, Kenneth Hoffman, Paul decides to try to get Kenneth to stop, not sure if he’s drunk or looking for somewhere particular. Then Kenneth’s car pulls off onto the pavement. Paul pulls up behind him, ready to offer assistance, but instead makes a shocking discovery which earns him a blow to the head that nearly kills him.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Abuse Of Discretion (Dre Thomas #3) by Pamela Samuels Young #LegalThriller #Audiobook

Abuse of Discretion is a fast moving, tense and well written courtroom drama, made all the more so because it involves children who have no comprehension of the trouble they can bring upon themselves. 

This is an excellent legal thriller series. Angela Evans used to be an Assistant US Attorney, now she’s a criminal defence attorney. Her relationship with Andre Thomas, a reformed drug dealer, compromised her previous post and, although Dre promised to leave his criminal past behind him, the past hasn’t done with him yet.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben #Suspense #Thriller

This was actually my first Harlan Coben book…hard to believe, I know. I don’t know why but I had it in my mind he wrote horror. Anyway, Don’t Let Go was a great one to start with and was published in 2017.

My Thoughts

Napoleon ‘Nap’ Dumas, a New Jersey Detective, has never quite come to terms with his twin brother’s death, and has carried that baggage with him since Leo and his girlfriend, Diana, were found dead on the railroad tracks back when they were all in high school. Nap’s girlfriend, Maura, disappeared from his life at the same time and for the last fifteen years Nap has been consumed with wanting to know the circumstances behind his brother’s death and the sudden and mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend, Maura. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ State vs Lassiter (Jake Lassiter Series) by Paul Levine #LegalThriller

The Jake Lassiter series was one I really enjoyed. State vs Lassiter is one of the later ones, released in May 2017 by Brilliance Audio and performed by Luke Daniels.

My Thoughts

Life is good for Jake Lassiter, ex Miami Dolphins linebacker turned lawyer…..until he wakes up on the beach with the hangover from hell and no memory of how he got there. He and his lover, Pamela Baylins were spending a romantic weekend at the Fontainebleau Hotel, courtesy of a grateful client.

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The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor @cjtudor #AudiobookReview #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: C. J. Tudor

Published: January 2021 by Michael Joseph

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller, Book Review

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500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death

30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace

Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide

Welcome to Chapel Croft.

Single parent Rev. Jack Brooks and her teenage daughter Flo, moved to Chapel Croft ostensibly for a new start, and for Jack a chance to perhaps find some peace. An ‘unfortunate situation’, as described by the residing bishop in her Nottingham parish, resulted in a move neither Jack or Flo wanted to a much smaller parish in rural Sussex. It was an interim position until a full time replacement could be found. However, no-one had seen fit to mention that the last vicar had committed suicide.

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#Spotlight on forthcoming #debutnovel The Reincarnationist Papers by @EricMaikranz #TheReincarnationistPapers #TuesdayBookBlog

The Reincarnationist Papers, with elements of thriller, mystery, fantasy, crime and historical fiction, is due for publication later this year. It’s also being turned into a movie, releasing this summer by Paramount Pictures under title of “Infinite,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejoifor.  

About the Book

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Blog Tour | Book Review ~ Family by @OwenMullen6 #Gangland #Thriller @rararesources #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Family, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

The Glass family, headed by Danny, control the criminal element in South London. Danny’s younger brother, Luke, just released from prison after seven years, was convicted of the manslaughter of the head of the rival Anderson family after Danny’s wife and daughter were killed by a bomb attached to her car.

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#Extract from Forgotten Lives: A DCI Stirling Investigation by Ray Britain #CrimeFiction #Thriller @ray_britain

I’m pleased to share an extract today from Forgotten Lives, a soon to be released (10th January) follow on to Ray Britain’s debut novel, The Last Thread. 

A single blow of the door-ram smashed the flimsy wooden door from its hinges and had barely landed before heavy boots trampled across it as helmeted, black-clad firearms officers pounded along the hallway shouting out commands as each room was reached, checked for occupants and contained as other officers raced behind them to reach the next room. Behind them, more officers thundered up bare wooden stair treads to secure the upper floor. Every officer carried a semi-automatic carbine rifle. Briefed for a potential confrontation with a skilled killer, the officers’ adrenalin-fuelled breathing filled the interior of the command vehicle a few hundred yards away where Stirling sat watching, waiting.

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