Deadly Harm by Owen Mullen ~ She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness #TuesdayBookBlog @owenmullen6 @Bloodhoundbook #DomesticNoir

Author: Owen Mullen

Published: October 2019 by Bloodhound Books

Category: Domestic Noir, Psychological, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review

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It’s been five years since Mackenzie Darroch was abducted and held captive in a derelict house. 

She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness. She was wrong.

When she witnesses a car crash and saves the driver’s life, it sets in motion a chain of events that will alter both their futures.

Owen Mullen has again tackled important and relevant issues with insight and realism. The story, split into three parts comes from several perspectives, centring around Mackenzie Darroch and the refuge she runs for women who have suffered mental and physical abuse at the hands of men.

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Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech ~ Stirring up secrets can be deadly… #Contemporary #Psychological @LouiseWriter

Author: Louise Beech

Published: April 2019 by Orenda Books

Category: Psychological, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review

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Tonight is the night for secrets…

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and her killer hasn’t been caught.

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. You tell her yours, and she’ll share some of hers.

I’ve read so many positive reviews and praise for Louise Beech’s writing that I have several of her, yet unread, books on my shelves. Call Me Star Girl is my first experience and I have to say the praise wasn’t exaggerated. The story exudes tension and atmosphere, with subtle twists and sudden surprises heightening the feelings of uncertainty and suspense.

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#GuestPost from Merry Jones #Author of the soon to be released #PsychologicalThriller What You Don’t Know @FillesVertesPub

I’m very happy to welcome Merry Jones with a guest post, but first here’s what her new release ‘What You Don’t Know’ is all about…

Nora Warren hides her dark side well because she’s had years of practice.

The wife of a lawyer and mother of two girls, she slides under everyone’s radar, never revealing what she really is—a murderer.

At least, she feels like one.

Nora’s plagued by the secrets surrounding her older brother’s suicide decades earlier. Yet she lives as though he never existed.

Now, in her thirties, Nora suspects her husband, Dave, is having an affair with her friend, the wife of a leading US Senate candidate. When her friend’s body is discovered—another apparent suicide—Nora is left with haunting secrets and choices that dredge up her grim nature, the side of herself that no one ever sees. Will she act on her impulses? Mustn’t she?

How far will Nora go to protect the life she has built for herself?

What You Don’t Know is due to be released on the 8th of this month and can be purchased from Amazon UK | Amazon US

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Sentry + Taken (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike) by Robert Crais #Crime #Thriller

Listening to the latest Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novel a couple of weeks ago made me want to revisit two of my favourites—The Sentry and Taken—which I listened to in 2014.

My Thoughts on The Sentry

I love the relationship between these two and the ongoing character development. Elvis, a licensed private investigator, sensitive and always wise cracking, and Joe, inscrutable and tough but with great depth and strong morals, making him a very likeable, and multi layered character. Given his background of ex marine, ex cop and ex mercenary, you wouldn’t necessarily expect him to be a vegetarian who practices yoga and meditation.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Irex by Carl Rackman ~ A novel based on fact #HistoricalFiction @c_rackman

For Throwback Thursday this week I’m looking back at a book that was published in 2016 and was one of the choices for my  top reads of 2017, after reading it for Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

My Thoughts

First of all, I have to say it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. It’s so good and the quality of the writing is excellent throughout. The story is based in history, the ship, a couple of the main crew members, reason for the wreck and the attempts at rescue, are all fact. Carl Rackman has woven an incredibly imaginative and compelling tale around that tragic event.

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A Dangerous Man (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike #18) by Robert Crais #CrimeFiction in Los Angeles #FridayReads

Author: Robert Crais

Performed by Luke Daniels

Released: August 2019 by Brilliance Audio

Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

Joe Pike didn’t expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to rest, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy.

A Dangerous Man continues Robert Crais’ fantastic series featuring outgoing, sociable private investigator Elvis Cole, and the strong, silent, ex military Joe Pike. 

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The Suspect (Kate Waters #3) by Fiona Barton #Audible Original ~ Drama in Thailand @figbarton #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Fiona Barton

Performed by Clare Corbett, Mark Meadows, Sian Thomas, Ria Zmitrowicz

Published ~ January 2019 by Audible Studios

Category: Drama, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook Review

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When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. 

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

Lesley and Malcolm O’Connor are getting frantic, not having heard from their daughter, Alex, in over a week.

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The Darkest Place (Inspector Tom Reynolds #4) by @SpainJoanne #PoliceProcedural @QuercusBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Jo Spain

Performed by Aoife McMahon

Published: September 2018 by Quercus

Category: Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

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‘Island of the Lost was the isle’s name long before the hospital was built. In winter, they say the fog falls so heavy there that you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Storms rage so forcefully you can be blown from the cliffs. Once St. Christina’s was built, the name took on a new meaning. Very few who went into that place ever left.’

DCI Tom Reynolds is bearing the brunt of a leak to the media implying he had mismanaged an investigation, bringing into question his reputation and his suitability to lead the team.

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Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1) by William Shaw ~ Crime in Kent @william1shaw

Author: William Shaw

Published: May 2018 by riverrun

Category: Crime Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Book Review

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No-one knew their names, the bodies found in the water. There are people here, in plain sight, that no-one ever notices at all.

DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut, after the scandal that sent her packing – resentful teenager in tow – from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Even murder looks different in this landscape of fens, ditches and stark beaches, shadowed by the towers of Dungeness power station. Murder looks a lot less pretty.

If you read The Birdwatcher you’ll be familiar with DS Alexandra Cupidi, who moved from the Met in London to Kent Serious Crime Directorate.

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The Fifth Grave (A DCI Jacob Mystery) by Rob Jones ~ Murder/Mystery set in Wiltshire @AuthorRobJones @BOTBSPublicity

Today I’m joining the blog tour for The Fifth Grave, courtesy of Sarah Hardy at BOTBSPublicity

My Thoughts

An atmospheric and tense prologue, events that happened more than twenty five years previously, opened the story.

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