Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Family Drama, Mystery, New Books, Psychological Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller

Playing With Fire Mary Burton 4*#Review @HQStories #MaryBurton #BlogTour #thriller #familydrama #BookReview #suspense #romanticsuspense #mystery #PlayingWithFire

A year after the infamous arsonist Nero was found dead in one of his latest fires, journalist Darcy Sampson receives a tip that the body found at the scene wasn’t Nero at all. Determined to solve the case, Darcy heads to her small hometown in Virginia to track Michael Gannon, an arsonist investigator who refuses to believe that Nero is dead.

But when a new series of fires in the area have a remarkable resemblance to the arsonist’s previous work, Darcy and Gannon are in a race against time to put a stop to Nero once and for all.

But Nero is ready and waiting for them, and he intends on teaching both Gannon and Darcy one last, fatal lesson.

Previously published as The Arsonist

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

My Thoughts…

Gannon is an ex-arson investigator; Darcy is a journalist looking for her big story. When she receives a tip suggesting the infamous arsonist Nero may not have died the previous year, she is determined to get to the truth. There is an instant attraction between the couple but conflict too. Their connection puts them on the arsonist’s radar as he plots to bring them down.

I like how the setting and the action scenes intensify the suspense. I also enjoyed the developing relationship between the two investigators and how this made them vulnerable to the antagonist. Well-paced romantic suspense that keeps you absorbed until the end.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Crime, Family Drama, New Books, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller

The Serial Killer’s Girl L.H. Stacey 3*#Review @LyndaStacey @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers #bookandtonic #CrimeFiction #FamilyDrama #Suspense #PsychologicalThriller #BlogTour #BookReview #TheSerialKillersGirl

Does a killer’s blood run in the family?
Lexi Jakes thought she could run from her past.

But when her biological mother is found dead, strangled with a red silk scarf and holding a chess piece, Lexi knows that her worst nightmare has come true. Because the murder has all the hallmarks of her own serial killer father, renowned strangler Peter Graves.

Now with her own precious daughter’s life in danger, Lexi will do anything to keep her child safe…she is her father’s daughter after all.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

My Thoughts…

This story explores the effect of being a serial killer’s child on their future life, a complex and original idea. Lexi needs to control her life living in the shadow of being a serial killer’s daughter. She is secretive and unsettled, not sharing her past even with her partner. When a copycat murder happens, she runs to her childhood home and straight into danger.

Lexi is an unreliable protagonist, and because of her past trauma and current fear, most of her decisions lack rationality. Her thinking is confused and disturbed, which comes across in the narrative.

I like the atmospheric and claustrophobic island setting that intensifies the suspense and reinforces Lexi’s fear of pursuit.

Lynda Stacey

Lynda Stacey is the bestselling psychological suspense author of over five novels. Alongside her writing, she is a full-time sales director for an office furniture company and has been a nurse, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Staff Instructor. She lives near Doncaster with her husband.

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Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Revenge Fiction, Crime, Detective, Family Drama, Mystery, New Books, Psychological Suspense

Find You Mary Burton 4*#Review @HQStories #MaryBurton #CrimeFiction #thriller #BlogTour #BookReview #psychsuspense #familydrama #revengefiction #suspense #detective #romanticsuspense #mystery #FindYou

The chase is on in this utterly suspenseful and unputdownable mystery from New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.

After being on the run for the last nine months, Kristen Rodale has finally settled in a small town in Virginia, where she hopes her dangerous and deadly brother Benito can never find her.
 
But former FBI agent, Dane Cambia, has other ideas: after his sister died at the hands of Kristen’s brother, he wants to hunt Kristen down and use her as bait to get his final revenge on Benito.
 
Cambia manages to locate Kristen, setting his plan in motion. But playing into the killer’s hands is just the beginning of Kristen and Cambia’s new nightmare…

Previously published as Wise Moves

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

My Thoughts…

‘Find you ‘is an intense and well-paced romantic suspense that keeps the reader engaged, waiting for Elena/Kristen’s past to catch up with her. The opening scene is atmospheric and action-packed and immerses the reader in the main protagonist’s life. Trying to start a new life brings Elena, now Kristen, to a new small town with friendly people who seem willing to help a stranger. Dane is ex FBI out to avenge his sister’s death. He sees Elena as collateral damage in achieving his goal but meeting Kristen makes him reconsider.

The romance between Dane and Kristen is conflicted and gentle and is a counterpoint to the suspense and danger surrounding them. The tension intensifies as the story progresses, and the ending, whilst not unexpected, is impactful and romantic.

I like the believable characters and setting, the suspenseful plot and the gentle romance of this story.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Family Drama, Murder Mystery, Mystery, New Books, Noir, Psychological Suspense

The Paris Apartment Lucy Foley 4*#Review @LucyFoleyTweets @HarperFiction #HarperCollinsUK #TheParisApartment #BookReview #MurderMystery #mystery #PsychologicalSuspense #Suspense #Paris #Family #noircrime

Welcome to No.12 rue des Amants

A beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine.

Where nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a story to unlock.

The watchful concierge
The scorned lover
The prying journalist
The naïve student
The unwanted guest

There was a murder here last night.
A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three.

Who holds the key? 

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

My Thoughts…

The Paris Apartment is a building with a timeless faded glory, but it also has secrets that Jess has to unravel to find her brother Ben. Atmospheric and intense, this is a compelling mystery with a cast of unlikeable characters and an unreliable protagonist. This story has a noir flavour, and the plot is twisty. It keeps the reader engaged and guessing.

I like the setting, which is powerful and an essential part of the mystery. The characterisation is intricate, and the multi viewpoints with before and after timelines are compelling. The plot is multi-layered and concludes in a dramatic yet believable way.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Domestic Thriller, Noir, Psychological Suspense, Suspense

I Will Find You Amanda Rigby 4*#Review @AmandaRigbyNZ @BoldwoodBooks IG: @bookandtonic #boldwoodbloggers #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources #IWillFindYou #psychologicalthriller #sisters #secrets #family #suspense

Three sisters…One terrible secret

Ashleigh: A creative, free spirit and loyal. But Ash is tormented by her demons and a past that refuses to be laid to rest.

Jessica: Perfect wife and loving mother. But although Jessica might seem to have it all, she lives a secret life built on lies.

Grace: An outsider, always looking in, Grace has never known the love of her sisters and her resentment can make her do bad things.

When Ashleigh goes missing, Jessica and Grace do all they can to find their eldest sister. But the longer Ashleigh is missing, the more secrets and lies these women are hiding threaten to tear this family apart.

Can they find Ashleigh before it’s too late or is it sometimes safer to stay hidden?

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I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

‘I Will Find you’ is a disturbingly poignant psychological suspense with solid family and sibling dramas. Believably flawed characters are multifaceted, drawing the reader into their lives. There are many secrets and noir elements in this story. The suspense intensifies with revelations from the sisters’ pasts and how it affects the people they are. This multi-viewpoint story is a compelling read that is swiftly paced and full of surprises.

Amanda Ashby & Sally Rigby

Amanda Rigby is the nom de plume of the writing partnership between Amanda Ashby and Sally Rigby. Both authors live in New Zealand, have been friends for eighteen years, and agree about everything (except musicals). They decided to collaborate on a psychological thriller which they then entered into a competition, run by Boldwood, which they won!

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Posted in Audiobook Review, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, New Books, Psychological Suspense, Suspense

The Party At N0.12 Kerry Wilkinson 4*#Review #Audiobook @kerrywk @bookouture #BookoutureAudio Narrated Tamsin Kennard Andrew Kingston #psychologicalsuspense #ThePartyAtN012

Everyone’s invited. Someone will never leave.

In a grand townhouse rented specially for the evening, Hannah beams at her guests under the sparkling chandelier. Her sisters, her mother and aunt, her best friends… although she’ll miss them all so much when she moves away, tonight is about celebrating the happy times and raising a toast to the future.

But the next morning, one of the guests is found cold and lifeless in their pristine white bed.

Hannah is desperate to call the police. After all, it must have been an accident. Perhaps too much wine, on a night where emotions were running high. But it soon becomes clear that every single person at the party has something to hide.

A mother who’ll do anything for her daughters.

Best friends with dark secrets between them.

A sister with a jealous streak.

What if one of them is a killer?

And what if this is just the first victim?

An absolutely unputdownable thriller that won’t let you sleep until you’ve reached the final page.

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I received an audiobook via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

I enjoyed listening to this story as an audiobook. The narrators bring all the characters to life and create the suspenseful atmosphere of the party and what follows. Once you get to know the characters and their relationships, this is an immersive listening experience. The tension builds with revelations from the past and the police investigation. The final scenes are surprising.

Many of the characters are flawed and difficult to empathise with, but the mystery engages the reader and makes listening to just one more chapter essential.

Posted in Book Review, Crime, Domestic Suspense, Friendship, New Books, Psychological Suspense, Romance, Suspense

The Invite Sheryl Browne 4*#Review @SherylBrowne @bookouture #PsychSuspense #domesticsuspense #relationships #suspense #romance #friendship #noir #BookReview #TheInvite

The invites went out weeks ago, and tonight, at a lavish manor house surrounded by friends and family, Kaitlin couldn’t be happier. But as the champagne corks pop, her dream party becomes her worst nightmare…

Staring at the stunning diamond solitaire on her finger, Kaitlin is finally getting the chance to introduce her best friend Zoe to her perfect fiancé. She hasn’t known Greg long, but he looks after her, and he loves playing dad to her young daughter. How could she say no when he’s already planned their elopement?

As guests arrive, why is Greg acting so shifty? And is that a flicker of recognition on Zoe’s face? And why does she look terrified every time her phone rings?

Kaitlin watches as Zoe knocks back her white wine and makes a beeline for Greg. After a heated conversation, Zoe stumbles towards the door and flees the party without looking back.

Days later, the police knock at Kaitlin’s door – Zoe is missing.

Kaitlin wants to believe her loving fiancé is not to blame, but she knows what she saw the night of the party. And when he lies to the police, can she trust the man she’s marrying? Could Kaitlin and her precious daughter’s life now be in danger too?

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I received a copy of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

There are multiple twists in this domestic suspense. Kaitlin’s partner has organised a spectacular party for her birthday, she should be happy, but her previous controlling relationship with another partner has left her wary. Zoe is devastated and humiliated when her latest relationship ends. She isn’t in the party mood, but Kaitlin is her best friend, and she’s never let her down.

The suspense builds from Zoe and Greg’s first encounter, but the multiple suspects and plot twist keeps you guessing. Told from various viewpoints, many of the protagonists are unreliable, adding to the story’s unpredictability. The underlying ethos is poignant, and the ending is impactful.

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The Interview C.M.Ewan 5*#Review @chrisewan @panmacmillan #TheInterview @RandomTTours #BookReview #BlogTour #PsychologicalThriller #PsychSuspense #Thriller #CrimeFiction

It’s 5 p.m. on a Friday.
You have been called to an interview for your dream job.
In a stunning office thirteen floors above the city below, you are all alone with the man interviewing you.
Everyone else has gone home for the weekend.
The interview gets more and more disturbing.
You’re feeling scared.
Your only way out is to answer a seemingly impossible question.
If you can’t . . . what happens next?

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I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillan in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The Interview is a compelling and intense thriller. There is a balance of action, some violent and psychological suspense that keeps the reader riveted. A young woman goes for an interview at a prestigious PR company in their ultra-modern offices. She is nervous, and it’s clear from the start she is anxious about the interview and if she is ready to do the job if she gets it. The building is only partly occupied and very high-tech. The setting is integral to the story.

There are only a few characters, but they are all impactful. The plot is twisty but believable and explores contemporary themes. The conclusion is adrenaline-fueled, poignant and satisfying.

C.M, Ewan

C M Ewan is a pseudonym for Chris Ewan, the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of many mystery and thriller novels. Chris’s first standalone thriller, Safe House was a bestseller in the UK and was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He is also the author of thrillers A Window Breaks, Dead Line, Dark Tides and Long Time Lost, as well as The Good Thief’s Guide series of mystery novels. The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and has been published in thirteen countries.

Chris lives with his wife and two children in Somerset, where he writes full time.

Posted in Adventure Fiction, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Family Drama, Psychological Suspense

The Castaways Lucy Clarke 5*#Review @lucyclarkebooks @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam #TheCastaways #psychological #suspense #sisters #Fiji #BookReview #weekendreads

It should be like any other holiday.

Beautiful beaches.

Golden sunsets.

Nothing for miles.

You’ll never want to leave.

Until you can’t…

Gripping, twisty and full of sun-soaked atmosphere, THE CASTAWAYS will whisk you far away to the island – and never let you go.

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I received a copy of this book from Harper Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Sisters Erin and Lori have a close bond. When Lori’s long term relationship breaks down, Erin is there for her, so it’s natural Lori wants them to be together on her trip to a remote Fijian island. It’s written from the sisters’ viewpoints, Erin in the present, and Lori, in the past. Immersed in their story from the beginning, it’s an intensely poignant read.

Vivid sensory imagery makes it easy to imagine the action and settings. An addictive balance of action and introspection has believable twists. The realistic ending retains a pleasing element of unpredictability.

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Posted in Book Review, Family Drama, Friendship, New Books, Psychological Suspense

The Long Weekend Gilly Macmillan 4*#Review @GillyMacmillan @centurybooksuk #psychsuspense #relationships #BookReview #TheLongWeekend

By the time you read this, I’ll have killed one of your husbands.

In an isolated retreat, deep in the Northumbria moors, three women arrive for a weekend getaway.

Their husbands will be joining them in the morning. Or so they think.

But when they get to Dark Fell Barn, the women find a devastating note that claims one of their husbands has been murdered. Their phones are out of range. There’s no internet. They’re stranded. And a storm’s coming in.

Friendships fracture and the situation spins out of control as each wife tries to find out what’s going on, who is responsible and which husband has been targeted.

This was a tight-knit group. They’ve survived a lot. But they won’t weather this. Because someone has decided that enough is enough.

That it’s time for a reckoning.

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I received a copy of this book from Century Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This predominately psychological suspense explores toxic relationships and the resultant emotional damage. It features several viewpoints, but many are unreliable narrators, and it leaves the reader wondering who to believe. The story’s structure adds to the reader’s confusion as there are no distinctive chapter headings or indications that a different person is speaking before they do.

The story’s ethos is an addictive medley of poignant and suspenseful. All the characters are believably flawed, and many are not likeable. The claustrophobic settings add to its unpredictability. The pacing is slow, but it’s still a page-turner with a dramatic conclusion.