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The Guilty Couple C.L. Taylor #BookPromo @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK #TheGuiltyCouple #publicationday

What would you do if your husband framed you for murder?

Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was convicted of plotting to murder her husband. Now she’s finally free, Olivia has three goals. Repair her relationship with her daughter. Clear her name. And bring down her husband – the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his lies run deeper than Olivia could ever have imagined – and this time it’s not her freedom that’s in jeopardy, but her life…

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We All Have Our Secrets Jane Corry 5*#Review @JaneCorryAuthor @VikingBooksUK @PenguinUKBooks #WeAllHaveOurSecrets #BookReview #FamilyDrama #secrets #lies #PsychologicalThriller #domesticthriller #Suspense #preorder

YOU KNOW SHE’S LYING . . . BUT SO ARE YOU

Two women are staying in Willowmead House.

One of them is running.
One of them is hiding.
Both of them are lying.


Emily made one bad decision, and now her career could be over. Her family home on the Cornish coast is the only place where she feels safe. But when she arrives, there’s a stranger living with her father. Emily doesn’t trust the beautiful young woman, convinced that she’s telling one lie after another.

Soon, Emily becomes obsessed with finding out the truth . . . But should some secrets stay buried forever?

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My Thoughts…

Emily is a midwife, dedicated but overworked, and when she makes a mistake, she runs to her Cornish childhood home. Her elderly father has dementia; she has avoided going home in the past, but now she has nowhere else. Francoise is her father’s carer. Her presence undermines Emily. Told from Emily and Francoise’s viewpoints, the reader is immersed in their emotions and motivation but are their perceptions of the situation reliable? Harold’s viewpoint from 1945 gives the reader insight into his younger self and the events that shaped his character.

The author builds a domestic world full of mistrust and simmering anger. All the characters are hard to empathise with at some point in the story. I enjoyed the detailed characterisation, the plot’s originality and the emotion woven into the story. The quality of the characters and clever plot twists make this an addictive domestic suspense.

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The Fire Killer Ross Greenwood 5* #Review #DIBarton @greenwoodross @BoldwoodBooks #CrimeFiction #PsychologicalThriller #detective #suspense #boldwoodbloggers @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #TheFireKiller

When DI Barton is asked to investigate a seemingly innocuous fire that kills, he believes it’s either children fooling around or a worrying racially motivated crime.

As he delves deeper into the case, he soon realises that there is a history of similar blazes spread out over many years, all within a close area. And after an idea is suggested by pathologist Mortis, Barton suspects he has the arsonist’s motives wrong. 

When a night worker comes forward with a tip, Barton narrows down the suspects. Yet all of them act suspiciously and he knows for sure that one or more of them are lying.

And when a huge house blaze shocks everyone, Barton fears the killer has lost all control.

Who is The Fire Killer? What will be next to burn?

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My Thoughts…

DI Barton is a likeable detective with a good balance of personal life and professional commitment. His family are excellent support characters who ground him and give him respite from his work life’s criminal and desperate situations. Called to a fire in a skip, which turns out to contain a body, the investigation that ensues encompasses a web of danger and deceit. Told from the investigation viewpoint with interspersed chapters from the Fire Killer, this is a mix of police procedural and psychological suspense.

The dynamic between the investigators is believable, and the plot has many suspects and twists that intensify as the story progresses. I like the plot’s complexity, the realistic investigation, and the suspense building to an impactful conclusion.

Ross Greenwood

Ross Greenwood is the bestselling author of ten crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked every day with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.

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Read my reviews of the first four books in the series:

The Snow Killer, The Soul Killer, The Ice Killer The Cold Killer

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The Secret Couple J.S. Lark 4* #Review @JaneLark @0neMoreChapter_ #psychologicalthriller #psychologicalsuspense #suspense #blogtour #bookreview #TheSecretCouple

Someone knows what they did…

A laugh.
A touch.
A lingering look.

A dead body.
An affair.
A crime years in the making.

Alison knows she’s in too deep. But behind closed doors, no one is who they seem…

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My Thoughts…

The beginning of this story is compelling and intriguing. Then the plot moves to Alice, a solicitor meeting an anonymous prospective client in Bath. The meeting is strange, and it establishes Alice as an unreliable protagonist. She has an abusive past and is an alcoholic, but she advocates for those who others would turn away. The atmosphere becomes increasingly claustrophobic as you wonder about her relationship with Luke and the secrets they hide. The suspense intensifies with each page turn, and the twists are impactful.

Whilst the characters have many unlikeable traits, they are relatable and believably flawed. I like the plot’s originality and the increasingly dark and menacing ethos it achieves.

J.S.Lark

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction. 

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

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Keep You Close Mary Burton 4*#Review @HQStories #MaryBurton #BlogTour #thriller #familydrama #BookReview #suspense #secrets #romance #romanticsuspense #mystery #KeepYouClose

Old secrets are hard to keep buried in this gritty and gripping novel of suspense.

Kelsey Warren may now be a high-flying journalist, but she’s never forgiven her reckless mother Donna for abandoning her as a teenager.

Yet when Kelsey returns to her hometown and discovers her mother’s body at the bottom of a flooded quarry with a gunshot wound in her chest, Kelsey’s world is flipped upside down. Her mother didn’t desert her; she was killed.

Despite Sheriff Mitch Garrett’s pleas to leave the case alone, Kelsey is determined to uncover the truth about her mother. But small towns hide big secrets, and someone has their eye on Kelsey and is set on silencing her for good.

Previously published as Dark Waters

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My Thoughts…

Kelsey returns to her hometown for a relative’s funeral, not expecting to stay. When she offers to help a friend with a dive, she finds the body of her mother, who she thought had abandoned her years before. Determined to find the culprit, she needs the help of Mitch, the Sheriff, but they have history, and proximity brings it to the fore. A suspenseful, short romantic suspense with a second chance romance and a dangerous antagonist. I like the small town setting, the menacing ethos created, and the conflicted but ultimately happy romance.

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One of the Girls Lucy Clarke 5*#Review @lucyclarkebooks @HarperFiction @HarperCollinsUK @fictionpubteam #BookReview #GreekIsland #HenWeekend #relationships #friendship #love #secrets #psychologicalthriller #psychological #suspense #OneoftheGirls #PublicationDay

WE WERE DYING FOR A HOLIDAY

The six of us arrived on that beautiful Greek island dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and blood orange sunsets, ready to lose ourselves in the wild freedom of a weekend away with friends.

On the first night, we swam under a blanket of stars.

On the second night, the games began on our clifftop terrace.

On the third night, the idyll cracked, secrets and lies whispering in the breeze.

And by the final night, there was a body on the rocks below . . .

WHO WOULD KILL FOR IT?

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My Thoughts…

Six women spend a Hen weekend on a remote Greek Island, in an idyllic villa away from civilisation. Sounds lovely, and the island and coastal villa are, but not everyone wants to be there, and not everyone is what they first seem. Atmospheric and claustrophobic the tension deepens as the women’s secrets unravel. The villa’s setting is picturesque but close to an unforgiving cliff drop.

Told from the six women’s viewpoints, the reader learns about their pasts, motivations for being on the island, and relationship dynamics. Each character is believably flawed and unreliable in their perceptions of past events and present relationships. All have secrets, and the air of menace increases as proximity makes friendships falter.

I like the detailed characterisations and the dynamic between the women. It explores themes of bullying, parenting and self-realisation through the characters, and all develop in complex ways as the story progresses. The intensity is palpable and keeps the reader riveted. The twists are dramatic, and the ending is impactful and perfectly paced.

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The Dark Sharon Bolton 5* #Review #LaceyFlint @AuthorSJBolton @orionbooks #crimefiction #psychological #suspense #noir #bookreview #TheDark

When a baby is snatched from its pram and cast into the river Thames, off-duty police officer Lacey Flint is there to prevent disaster. But who would want to hurt a child?

DCI Mark Joesbury has been expecting this. Monitoring a complex network of dark websites, Joesbury and his team have spotted a new terrorist threat from the extremist, women-hating, group known as ‘incels’ or ‘involuntary celibates.’ Joesbury’s team are trying to infiltrate the ring of power at its core, but the dark web is built for anonymity, and the incel army is vast.

Pressure builds when the team learn the snatched child was just the first in a series of violent attacks designed to terrorise women. Worse, the leaders of the movement seem to have singled out Lacey as the embodiment of everything they hate, placing her in terrible danger…

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My Thoughts…

My first encounter with Lacey Flint resonates. The characterisation is so complete with snippets from the past illuminating the present that it reads well as a standalone book. It’s fast-paced, contemporary and has a dystopian vibe, but given the current climate, it’s believable, making it so dark and disturbing. There is a believably created investigating team dynamic with a good balance of investigation and personal experiences. Lacey’s extraordinary secret past threatens to destroy her present, and this is cleverly woven into the investigation, making Lacey vulnerable.

I love the complex characters, the contemporariness of the plot and the atmospheric setting; interwoven with the menacing, mysterious ethos, this is a riveting read.

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Good Neighbours Mary Grand 5*#Review @authormaryg @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers #psychological #suspense #friendship #neighbours #relationships #secrets #mystery #MurderMystery #GoodNeighbours #BlogTour #BookReview #IsleofWight #MondayBlogs

It was meant to be a safe place to start again… 

In need of an escape from her failing marriage, Nia agrees to house-sit her aunt’s cottage on the Isle of Wight. She feels sure the cosy close in a quaint harbour town will be a safe place to hide and figure out what to do next. 

But things are not all as they seem in the close, and the neighbours who welcome her with open arms, are keeping secrets. When Nia finds the body of one of her new friends lying on the beach, she feels sickeningly sure that the killer is dangerously near to home.

Who killed her friend and why did she have to die? And if Nia discovers the answers she’s looking for, is she next on their hit list? Good neighbours may become good friends, but they can also make deadly enemies…

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My Thoughts…

The sense of menace is evident at this novel’s inception and intensifies with each event in this psychological suspense set on the Isle of Wight. The Close residents initially appear friendly and open, but they all have secrets. Nia is housesitting for a favourite aunt seeking an escape from a controlling marriage. She feels safe in the nice close where she lives, but when someone dies, the accusations start, and the sense of danger is tangible.

It is soon apparent that Nia is initially an unreliable narrator. She is likeable, and her character develops realistically and satisfyingly, becoming more self-aware and sure of herself. Nia realises she has value and can see the truth, something that is necessary for her to move on and solve the murder of her new friend Ruby. Immersive and claustrophobic, this is addictive reading.

I like the vividly described island setting, the detailed characterisation and clever plotting that hides as much as it reveals until the satisfying conclusion.

Mary Grand

Mary Grand is the author of six novels and writes gripping, page-turning suspense, with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight where her new novel, Good Neighbours is set

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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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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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