A murder made to look like suicide. Another that appears an accident. DI Barton investigates the tragedies that have shattered a family’s lives, but without obvious leads the case goes nowhere. Then, when the remains of a body are found, everything points to one suspect.
Barton and his team move quickly, and once the killer is behind bars, they can all breathe a sigh of relief. But death still lurks in the shadows, and no one’s soul is safe. Not even those of the detectives…
How do you stop a killer that believes life is a rehearsal for eternity, and their future is worth more than your own…?
Ross Greenwood writes gritty, heart-pounding thrillers, with twists aplenty, and unforgettable endings.
I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
The Soul Killer is a noir crime thriller. The antagonist’s, first-person point of view, gives unique insights into an abusive childhood and motivation for subsequent crimes. Alongside this is a third-person perspective detail the police investigation.
There’s an authentic mix of psychological suspense and police procedural. A complex plot keeps its clues well hidden. DI Barton’s character continues to develop in a realistic and relatable way. This is the second in the series but reads as a standalone too.
The Soul Killer is riveting crime fiction with a twist of psychological suspense.
Ross Greenwood, an author from Peterborough, has written six crime thrillers. He uses his experience of travelling and working all over the world to create layered believable characters that will capture your imagination. In 2011, Ross decided to take on a new challenge and became a prison officer. He writes murderers, rapists and thieves brilliantly because he worked with them every day for four years.
1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. But both know their lives will never be the same.
1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don’t recognise each other – but the way they feel is so familiar…
Over the course of thirty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together?
‘It’s about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance… even death. The kind of love I wish for you.’
I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus – Aria via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
A magical romantic tale. Full of love, pain serendipity and tragedy. Fate and faith are instrumental in this gently paced tale. It’s perfect escapism to give flight to your belief in magic and romance. Told from two viewpoints its character-driven, but the setting is vital and almost a character too.
Leave your weary cynicism behind and get lost in this timeless love story.
Olivia’s love for words started as a child when she spent all her summer vacations watching her grandfather, who worked for the biggest publishing house in Romania, edit hundreds of books. She is a former investigative journalist for a newspaper and a television network in Romania, now a Marketing Director in Silicon Valley – in between she lived in Paris where her love for the Alsace region was born
I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus -Aria in return for an honest review.
Atmospheric and disturbing this story focuses on dark secrets and terrible deeds. The character-driven story explores the possible murder suspects with surprising results. Told from two male third-person perspectives it balances menace and poignancy well.
Horrific abuse and murder simmer under the surface of an ordinary town. The plot is easy to follow and enhances more complex characterisation.
The ending has realistic twists that resonate.
Questions for Q&A with Susan Gee – Love Me To Death
Love Me To Death explores the darker side of humanity, do you think it’s important to have lighter moments in crime novels? How do you integrate these into your story?
I’m interested in what is underneath and driving that dark character to be the way that they are. In this book, rather than humour to offset that, there are points where you see the more vulnerable side of a dark character and possibly even sympathise with them. There are lighter sides of the novel in this sense, otherwise the character is just relentlessly dark and I don’t think that would work as well.
There are elements of humour too, when we look through the eyes of a character like Mr Anderson, who sees things in a very different way. For example when Noreen is attracted to him, Mr Anderson does not see this at all. He takes her advances in completely the wrong way. I found these interactions humourous, when we witness his distorted views things and misunderstanding of situations. His reactions to the world around him and his vision is comic in a sense, although in other ways this also makes him darker as he doesn’t see things in way that other’s do.
What are the positives of writing crime fiction? Are there any negatives?
The positives are that you get to explore the minds of people that you would never normally interact with. You are going into the darker side of humanity and seeing where it takes you. This is probably a way to make sense of the world. Dark characters are more interesting to me. I like to explore their inner demons and see what makes them tick. The only negatives I can think of are that people often come to a crime novel with certain expectations. It is a very popular market. My novels are less focussed on the techniques used to solve the crime and more on the individual characters and the workings of their mind. This can be a negative in some ways, if the reader is expecting a traditional detective novel, which isn’t what I’m writing.
Do you plan your story in detail before writing? Can you give us an insight into your writing process?
I don’t plan my novels. I have an idea of where I’m going, but I don’t set out the path in stone. This happens organically as I write. I have made novel plans before, but whenever I do it I find the characters often take me in a different direction. I like to explore the character. I usually spend some time with them before I start to write, just thinking about what they’re looking for and what they want. This sets out the journey that they will go on. As I write I may have sub plots in mind, but I find if it is too regimented and planned that I don’t feel the desire to write it.
Do you know how your story will end when you start to write? Have you any insights into the best way of creating a credible yet unexpected ending?
I know where I am heading and I do often have an ending in mind, but the chapter getting towards that can change. I don’t set out to create an unexpected ending as such, but if it is, then that’s good. I think to make the ending credible you need to plant seeds along the way through the novel so that the reader doesn’t feel cheated. You can’t do a big reveal at the end without dropping hints to it along the way. It’s a balance between leading the reader towards the ending without making it obvious earlier on. This is the enjoyable part of the writing process when you can go back through the novel after you’ve finished and hint at the ending. You’re leading the reader towards it without making it too obvious, dropping breadcrumbs along the way.
What are you currently writing?
I have a couple of ideas for new characters that I am starting to flesh out. I’m not sure if these will end up in my next novel or not. I’m just getting to know them and then I’ll see if I want to spend a bit more time with them.
When you are not writing, what sort of books do you read?
I enjoyed Bad Lands by Belinda Bauer, books where you are seeing things from a different perspective. I like the writing style of CJ Tudor and books that focus on the darker side of life. I mostly enjoy books that are dark, although if someone recommends something from a different genre I will read those too. If you’re looking for me in the library though, then don’t head to romance, you’ll usually find me lurking in the crime and literary fiction.
Susan Gee is a crime writer from the North West. She was a finalist in the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and The Daily Mail ‘Write a Best Seller’ Competition. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester University. Love Me to Death is her second novel. Susan lives in Stockport with her husband and two children.
When Sophia moves to Tuscany to join the hot Italian-stallion she’s fallen head over heels in love with, she dreams of an idyllic life filled with passion, pasta, sunshine and her favourite gelato.
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The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy is a fun, sexy sequel about stepping out of your comfort zone and keeping the spark alive in a relationship. If you like Sophie Kinsella and Sophie Ranald, you’ll love the latest novel in Olivia Spring’s page-turning, romantic comedy series.
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Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin deals with being newly single after a long-term relationship, dating, love, sex, friendship and living life to the full.
Olivia published three novels in 2019: Only When It’s Love, Losing My Inhibitions and Love Offline. The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, the hotly anticipated sequel to her debut novel will be released in July 2020.
When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found baking or making regular trips to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!