The Widow (Kate Waters Book 1) by Fiona Barton ~ How well did she know her husband… #Audiobook #FridayReads

Author: Fiona Barton

Performed by Clare Corbett

Released on Audible: January 2016

Category: Domestic Noir, Psychological, Audiobook, Book Review

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Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming. 

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

There are three books in the Kate Waters series, which I didn’t realise at the time I purchased The Child (#2) so I’ve listened to them in completely the wrong order, finishing with the first story. The Widow is Fiona Barton’s debut and revolves around a missing two year old, Bella Elliott.

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My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor ~ Psychological #Thriller @deboc77

  • 31328458Author: Deborah O’Connor
  • Published: October 2016 by Twenty 7
  • Category: Psychological Thriller
  • four-stars

You’d always recognise your own son. Wouldn’t you?

Heidi and Jason both have tragedies in their pasts which brought them together. They had been invited to, and subsequently met at, a conference on child safety. Heidi’s daughter had been murdered six years previously and Jason’s son, Barney, disappeared a year later. The prologue of the little boy being abducted is terrifying in the simplicity and effortlessness it takes. Continue reading

The DCI Jones Casebook: Ellis Flynn by @KerryJDonovan #Thriller reviewed for #RBRT #SundayBlogShare

  • 51jzejxpb9lAuthor: Kerry J Donovan
  • Published: November 2013 by Human Vertex Publications
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
  • five-stars

An empathetic detective and his Swedish-born colleague hunt for the abductors of a teenage schoolgirl—a police procedural set in England and France. 

When fourteen-year-old Hollie Jardine fails to return home from school, her terrified parents call the police. 

Another excellent instalment in the DCI Jones Casebook series. When young Hollie Jardine goes missing DCI David Jones, head of the Midlands Police Serious Crime Unit, is on the case along with his partner DC Alexandra Olganski. Jones is near to  retirement, but his determination to find Hollie is absolute, although he finds missing child cases very difficult. His friend and colleague, Phil Cryer, has a daughter who could look just like Hollie when she reached her teens and that makes the case hit home even more so.  Continue reading

Cold Moon ~ The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #3

Audiobook Review

  • ColdMoonAuthor: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Performed by RC Bray
  • Published: July 2015 by Brilliance Audio
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
  • five-stars

The hunt for mass murderer Cara Lindstrom is over. FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke has been working for this moment: the capture of a killer who savagely hunts the worst of humanity. But Roarke remains traumatized by his own near-death at the hands of the serial killer who slaughtered Cara’s family…and haunted by the enigmatic woman who saved his life.

Then the sixteen-year-old prostitute who witnessed Cara’s most recent murder goes missing, and suddenly pimps are turning up dead on the streets of San Francisco, killed with an MO eerily similar to Cara’s handiwork.

Continuing the story of Cara Lindstrom, the sole survivor at five years old of her family’s horrific massacre by a serial killer, and FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Matthew Roarke, whose career in law enforcement is a direct result of Cara’s tragic past. Continue reading

Vanished (Mason Callahan #1)

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When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces?he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.

Mason Callahan, a Detective with the Oregon State Police, is working with the FBI’s Special Agent Ava McLane in a chilling case of child abduction. The child in question is the step daughter of Mason’s ex wife. It was very interesting to learn how the FBI react to and treat child abduction. It’s given top priority and their CARD (Child Abduction Rapid Deployment) Team are immediately sent out to assist the local police force with their expertise in this most emotional and terrifying crime.

Running alongside and interwoven is the brutal murder of Josie, Mason’s confidential informant. Those two combined factors make this mystery/thriller lean more towards the psychological and as Mason’s life quickly spirals out of control he realises someone has it in for him…but he doesn’t know who or why.

Mason and Ava are both dedicated and committed to their respective jobs and I like that their personal story doesn’t overshadow and take over the main focus of the story. There’s quite a large cast of characters who are all given enough consideration to make them real and substantial. Mason and Ava have depth and the character development is so good, it’s impossible not to like, and be drawn to, them. Mason intrigued me with his cowboy hat and boots and the emotions he kept in well in check.

Under that ‘by the book’ cowboy was a gentleman with a big heart

The suspense and tensions are played out skillfully, an intricate, involved and very conceivable storyline kept me absorbed and entertained throughout. The writing expresses perfectly the drama, sadness and feelings of utter helplessness and the emotional content is powerful. The past and present are interwoven culminating in a tense and moving finale. I couldn’t help but be a little sorry for the culprit and his sad life.

A solid, well researched story. I look forward to Mason Callahan #2

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KElliotKendra Elliot grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. She’s fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and loves a strong Mai Tai on the beach on Kauai.