The Last Widow (Will Trent #9) by Karin Slaughter #BookReview Intense & Compelling #CrimeFiction #Netgalley #TheLastWidow

Author: Karin Slaughter

Published: June 2019 by Harper Collins

Category: Crime, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Terrorist, Book Review

It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end…they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air.

I didn’t realise when requesting this book it was so far into a series. Having said that, it does read well as a standalone. There was no confusion and I soon had enough feel for the characters from the information drip-fed through the narrative, by means of dialogue and observations, to become invested in them.

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BlogTour #Extract from #TheController by @MattBrollyUK #LynchandRose @damppebbles #TheController #damppebblesblogtours

Today I have an extract from The Controller for my stop on the blog tour organised by Emma at damppebbles.

~~~Here’s what the book is about~~~

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed DCI Lambert series comes The Controller, a gripping serial killer thriller introducing Sam Lynch and Special Agent Sandra Rose. 

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The Mobster’s Lament (The City Blues Quartet #3) by Ray Celestin #Historical #CrimeFiction set in 1940s New York #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Ray Celestin

Performed by Christopher Ragland

Published: March 2019 by Whole Story Audiobooks

Category: Historical Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Private Detective, Audiobook, Book Review

Fall, 1947. New York City.

Private Investigator Ida Davis has been called to New York by her old partner, Michael Talbot, to investigate a brutal killing spree in a Harlem flophouse that has left four people dead. But as they delve deeper into the case, Ida and Michael realize the murders are part of a larger conspiracy that stretches further than they ever could have imagined.

I really enjoyed the first two books in the series—The Axeman’s Jazz & Dead Man’s Blues—and The Mobster’s Lament was no exception. Set in post war New York where private investigator Ida Davies arrives to help her old friend and mentor, ex Pinkerton Michael Talbot.

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With Our Blessing (Inspector Tom Reynolds #1) by Jo Spain ~ Irish #CrimeFiction #BookReview @SpainJoanne #FridayReads

Author: Jo Spain

Performed by Aoife McMahon

Published by Quercus and released on Audible May 2017

Category: Crime Fiction, Murder, Suspense, Audiobook, Book Review

It’s true what they say . . . revenge is sweet.

1975 

A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother.

2010 

The body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter.

With Our Blessing is set in Dublin and introduces Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds in a very powerful and atmospheric story. The gruesome murder and mutilated body of an elderly woman has been discovered in Phoenix Park and it’s a murder designed to send out a specific message. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Beijing Red by Alex Ryan ~ Bioterrorism in China #Thriller #AudiobookReview

This week’s Throwback Thursday choice is Beijing Red, an audiobook narrated by MacLeod Andrews. It was released in 2016 by Blackstone Audiobooks.

My Thoughts

While working as an NGO volunteer for a non-profit organisation, overseeing a clean water project in western China, Nick Foley, a decorated ex Navy SEAL, is caught up in the outbreak of a deadly and unknown disease. He witnesses his friend, Batur, a Muslim and member of the local Uyghur community, die a horrifying and unexplained death. Nick and some of his team rush Batur to the hospital where they are held under guard, then moved to a quarantine ward. 

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Never Be Broken (DI Marnie Rome #6) by Sarah Hilary #PoliceProcedural #CrimeFiction @sarah_hilary #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Sarah Hilary

Publication Date ~ May 16th 2019 (Ebook & Hardback)

Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review

Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London’s lost. 

DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.

Never Be Broken is a tense and disturbing look at gang culture, manipulation and the exploitation and murder of children, very relevant and important issues in today’s world. 

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Providence by @CarolineKepnes ~ #AudiobookReview SciFi/Fantasy #Thriller

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Performed by MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio UK in November 2018

Category: Suspense, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, AudioBook, Review

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.

Providence explores the compulsive relationship between Jon and Chloe, who enjoy a special friendship growing up together in a small New Hampshire town.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Dead is Dead ~ Jack Bertolino #3 by @jelansing ~ Hard hitting #thriller

My Throwback Thursday choice this week is Dead Is Dead, the third in the Jack Bertolino series, published in May 2016.

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The Scholar (Cormac Reilly #2) by @DervlaMcTiernan ~ Irish #CrimeFiction #TuesdayBookBlog @LittleBrownUK #NetGalley

Author: Dervla McTiernan

Published: March 2019 by Sphere

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

When Detective Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend Emma stumbles across the victim of a hit and run, he is first on the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn’t be involved, but how well does he really know her? After all, this isn’t the first time Emma’s been accused of murder…

Sergeant Callie O’Halloran is on the edge of exhaustion with working all hours since her promotion. Her home life is suffering and the Henderson case, one of several she’s working on, seems to be losing momentum despite giving it most of her attention.

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Freefall by Jessica Barry ~ Survival Suspense Thriller @jessbarryauthor #AudiobookReview

Author: Jessica Barry

Performed by Karissa Vackers, Hillary Huber, MacLeod Andrews

Category: Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Audiobook, Review

Published by Random House and released on Audible February 2019

Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison.

The life that she’s built for herself – her perfect fiancé, their world of luxury – has disappeared in the blink of an eye. Now she must run, not only to escape the dark secrets in her past, but to outwit the man who is stalking her every move.

The story opens with Allison Carpenter, injured and alone on a mountain. She survived the plane crash in the Rockies that killed her fiancé, but everyone assumes she also died.

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