Joanna was born in the Australian outback, but grew up in Melbourne when she was adopted by her aunt and uncle. She was an only child, who knew who her biological father was but the identity of her biological mother was kept from her. She moved to England and married an architect. They live in Cornwall. In 2010 she was contacted by her sister. Unaware she had any siblings she was stunned to discover that she was one of eight children. She and her sister got to know each other and their reunion has brought joy to both of them.
- Author: Deborah O’Connor
- Published: October 2016 by Twenty 7
- Category: Psychological Thriller
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
- Author: Rob Sinclair
- Published: November 2016 by Bloodhound Books
- Category: Psychological Thriller
Outwardly, Ben Stephens appears to be a normal, hard-working family man. In reality, his life has been in turmoil since the murder of his wife, Alice, seven years ago. The killer was never caught.
Dark Fragments is a fast-paced thriller with a blend of mystery, suspense and action that will appeal to readers of psychological thrillers, as well as a broad section of crime, thriller and action fans.
Ben Stephens’ life has never been the same since he discovered his wife’s body in their bed, although he has subsequently remarried to Gemma, the woman he was having an affair with during his marriage to Alice. Ben works, under sufferance on both sides, for his wife’s father but his career has taken a downturn as well as his marriage to Gemma, and to top it all off he’s involved in a ‘business venture’ with a well known, very dangerous criminal and is in serious debt. Ben visits Alice’s grave regularly and when he’s followed there on one occasion, and his family threatened he desperately considers his options. Continue reading
- Author: Linda Huber
- ARC review
- Category: Psychological, Thriller
On Sarah’s first visit to see her foster mother, Mim, in Brockburn General Hospital, she is sucked into a world that isn’t what it should be.
If you think you’re safe in a hospital, think again.
The prologue from the unknown killer’s perspective sets the tension and suspense as he plans how he’s going to murder his dinner companion.
Sarah arrived in the UK from Switzerland two weeks previously for a holiday with her foster mother, Mim. Met at the airport by Rita, Mim’s daughter, who was under strict orders not to tell Sarah beforehand, gives her the worrying news that Mim is in hospital after a cycling accident. Her knee was damaged so badly she needed a replacement. Arriving at the hospital Sarah finds, to her immense relief, Mim is almost back to her usual bright self and more than ready to go home. Continue reading
Mother missing, the discovery of a powerful and corrupt syndicate and dark secrets about her father revealed leaves 28-year old Kal determined to pursue her own investigations, no matter what sinister truths she uncovers, in this intense psychological thriller.
Kal is convinced her investigative journalist mother must have been working on a controversial, and top level, news story, it is the only explanation for her sudden and suspicious disappearance. Although mistrustful of the police, Kal allows Detective Inspector Spinks, the officer assigned to her mother’s case, to accompany her when she visits her grandmother to break the news. What they don’t expect is to uncover a file of shocking research cataloguing the deviant activities of seven members of London’s political and business elite. Back on the streets of London, the survival instincts and specialist expertise she learned from her late father, kick into overdrive, as Kal resolves to not only find her mother but continue her work and unveil the conspiracy hidden amongst those in power.
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- Author: Mark Edwards
- Published: June 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
- Category: Thriller, Mystery, Psychological
After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura’s travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.
This was one of my choices in Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge. I chose to buy on the strength of the book description, cover and after a general look at some reviews.
The story opens with Daniel and Laura catching the overnight train to Sighisoara, Romania, from Budapest, as part of their two months trip of a lifetime travelling around Europe, before settling down to marriage and a family. Little did they know that chatting to another couple, Alina and Ion, who are travelling on the same train, would provoke a haunting, nightmarish situation. Robbed of money, passports and tickets Daniel and Laura are thrown off the train, along with Alina, in the back of beyond with no sign of civilisation. Continue reading
Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, pour yourself a coffee…..and have a browse.
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?
My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
This week I looked under the New Releases: Coming Soon heading and this caught my eye immediately….Follow You Home by Mark Edwards. Continue reading
- Author: Eric Praschan
- Published: February 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Category: Crime/Thriller/Suspense
Three friends since grade school, one of whom is a psychotic killer determined to make the other two pay for the perceived wrongs he suffered at their hands.
John, David and Emily have been close friends for years. Both John and David are in love with Emily although David’s idea of love is a strange one to say the least.
John is a police detective investigating a horrific double murder. The further he digs the more he believes David is responsible and he and Emily are dragged into David’s weird and dangerous mind games. David is a very sick and scary character, totally evil with no remorse for his actions.
John and Emily’s nightmare is only just beginning.
This is a chillingly disturbing tale of how a particular upbringing can shape a life. How a childhood living in fear and pain can affect the psyche in terrible ways. It’s also about friendship and loyalty. How much can a person take from someone they thought of as a close friend before the bonds of that friendship are broken irrevocably.
If I have one niggle it’s that two of the main protagonists’ stories are told in the first person. I found it a little disconcerting jumping from one to the other but that’s just my personal view. Apart from that it’s a well crafted story full of tension and suspense.
- Author: Andrew E
- Performed by Luke Daniels
- Released: April 2013 by Brilliance Audio
- Category: Crime/Thriller
SHE ONLY STEPPED OUTSIDE FOR A MINUTE…
But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley’s world upside down—a minute she’d regret for the rest of her life.
STEPPING INTO HER WORST NIGHTMARE…
Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again.
A NIGHTMARE THAT ONLY BECAME WORSE.
A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair.
CASE CLOSED. JUSTICE SERVED…OR WAS IT?
Now, more than thirty years later, Patrick Bannister unwittingly stumbles across evidence among his dead mother’s belongings—it paints her as the killer and her brother, a wealthy and powerful senator, as the one pulling the strings.
I’ve listened to this twice (second time as a prelude to the follow-up) and it lost none of the initial emotion. The total compassion for, and horror at, Patrick’s disturbingly troubled childhood and upbringing by his unimaginably cruel mother or the tension and suspense as the story unfolds.
I like the way the story starts in the present and Patrick’s flashbacks of memory are integrated throughout. I was pulled right back into the drama and couldn’t help but be drawn again to Patrick because of the nightmare he lived through, his emotional wounds and the way he eventually learns to survive, and live with, the hurt.
After Patrick’s mother’s death he finds clues in her belongings relating to a decades old crime. As he researches and learns more he’s determined to find out the truth of what happened all those years ago which leads him and his friend CJ into acute danger and the hunter becomes the hunted.
The last chapter brings a lump to the throat as Patrick reads a letter from his real mother and realises he was loved all along but didn’t know it. The excellent writing plus the narration bring out the highly charged emotional content of the story.
Luke Daniels is one of the best narrators around in my book, no pun intended ;). His characterisations are excellent and his narrative style just flows so seemingly effortlessly.
My heart broke for the young Patrick and the scary, awful thing is that treatment or similar could and does happen. It’s a really gripping psychological and emotional roller coaster.