Tell Me No Secrets by Lynda Stacey
Reviews / 7th May 2017

What the publisher says: Every time Kate Duggan looks in a mirror she is confronted by her guilt; a long, red scar reminding her that she was ‘the one to walk away’ from the car accident. Not everyone was so lucky … On the surface her fiancé Rob is supportive – but the reality is different. He’s controlling, manipulative and, if the phone call Kate overhears is anything to go by, he has a secret. But just how dangerous is that secret? When Kate begins work at a firm of private investigators, she meets Ben Parker. His strong and silent persona is intriguing but it’s also a cover – because something devastating happened to Ben, something he can’t get over. As Kate and Ben begin their first assignment, they become close. But, what they don’t realise is how close to home the investigation will bring them, or who will be hurt in the process …   What I say: This is the story of Kate who is about to start work in a private investigators firm. She has an awkward relationship with her fiance Rob who appears to take her for granted and who she suspects is keeping secrets from…

Watch Me by Angela Clarke
Reviews / 20th March 2017

What the publisher says: YOU HAVE SIX SECONDS TO READ THIS MESSAGE… The body of a 15-year-old is found hours after she sends a desperate message to her friends. It looks like suicide, until a second girl disappears. This time, the message is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police – and an officer’s younger sister is missing. DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton will stop at nothing to find her. But whoever’s behind the notes is playing a deadly game of hide and seek – and the clock is ticking. YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO SAVE THE GIRL’S LIFE. MAKE THEM COUNT.     What I say: Freddie and Nas are back.  After their success in catching Apollyon the pair have gone their separate ways, Freddie back to her parents house to recover from her injuries and Nas has moved to another division of the police. Nas receives a Snapchat message threatening the life of her boss’ sister.  It becomes apparent that the death of another young girl was in fact murder despite the intial belief that it was suicide.  Nas realises that she needs Freddie’s help and sets off to involve her.  Freddie instantly confirms what Nas had…

Follow Me by Angela Clarke
Reviews / 25th February 2017

What the publisher says: LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination. But this is no virtual threat. As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count. Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past? Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you? ONLINE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM … What I say: I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book as I hadn’t heard of the writer and I suspected from the tagline that it may not be much of a mystery.  I also thought that perhaps it would turn into a lecture about the evils of the internet and social media. Thankfully I was wrong on both counts.  What this book in fact turned out to be was a cracking read with convincing characters…

Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt
Reviews / 14th January 2017

What the publisher says: The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet. The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her. As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?         What I say: I was intrigued to read this book as I had enjoyed Mel Sherratt’s previous novel which introduced DS Eden Berrisford and her family. I loved that Eden was a strong female character who took no nonsense from anyone and I was pleased to see that this novel continued in the same vein, as early on in the book Eden takes…

The Secret by Katerina Diamond
Reviews / 23rd October 2016

What the publisher says: Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it… When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets? As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter. And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…     What I say: Wow.  This was my first thought after finishing this book. Katerina Diamond has done it again and produced a story so compelling it was difficult to put down.   I even took  my kindle to work to read at lunchtime so that I could keep up with what was happening.  The story develops the relationship between Miles and Grey just as I hoped would happen in The Teacher as they seek to uncover who is responsible for the disappearance of one of their colleagues.  Interspersed with the current…

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