Dead Souls by Angela Marsons
Reviews / 11th May 2017

What the publisher says: When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone. As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps. Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found. But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late? An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat. What I say: Somehow I had not heard of this series before. I have no idea why not. From the…

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 Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Reviews / 31st December 2016

What the publisher says: England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…   What I say:   I had heard lots of publicity around this book and I follow the author on Twitter where she comes across as a very normal down to earth person so I was overjoyed to see that the book was reduced to download onto my Kindle.  I had seen so much hype that I was prepared to be disappointed as this has happened before with many titles. The book follows the story of 10 year old Grace and her friend Tilly as they try to find out why their neighbour Mrs Creasy has vanished overnight.  They decide that the best way to do this is to find God as God is all seeing and knowing and so must know what has happened to her.  They try going from door to door to find out what each resident of the street knows but only uncover…

Between You and Me by Lisa Hall
Reviews / 13th July 2016

What the publisher says: They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened… Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.   What I say:   This book was marketed as a psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming and I have to admit that that was some of my motivation for reading it as I love to watch TV dramas and shout out the plot before the show gets there, much to the annoyance of those around me.  The book tells the story of Charlie and Sal who are married with a small daughter.  The story switches back and forth and tells the viewpoint of each of them in turn, usually their own interpretation of the same events.  Their marriage is marred by domestic violence and the author actually does a great job in showing the workings of the mind of both the victim and the perpetrator.  I can only imagine that she has done a fair bit of research into this as…

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