**BLOG BLITZ** Gone Missing by TJ Brearton
Reviews / 16th November 2017

What the publisher says: As she reached the park, she heard a baby crying. She stopped. She couldn’t see anybody around. “Hello?” She raised her voice an octave. “Anybody there?” Katie Calumet is on an early-morning run when she hears a baby crying. The park is deserted, and there’s no one in the street. She follows the cries, but then everything goes black. When Katie wakes up, she’s blindfolded and her hands and feet are bound. Detective Justin Cross takes on the case, but with the trail leading into endless dense forest, and a failing marriage weighing on his mind, finding Katie is his most challenging case yet – not least because the Calumet family are keeping secrets of their own. Justin and Katie face a race against time that will push them both to their very limits. As Justin works day and night to discover who took her and why, Katie fights desperately to escape from her kidnappers and the forest that surrounds her… Can Justin find her before it’s too late? What I say: When Katie Calumet hears a baby crying whilst out jogging she goes to investigate, thinking she can help.  When she is thrust, blindfolded, into the back of…

Broken Bones by Angela Marsons
Reviews / 3rd November 2017

What the publisher says: They thought they were safe. They were wrong. The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood. As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable. At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered. The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light. What I say: Kim Stone is back with her team (they were separated previously when she went to work in a neighbouring area to investigate a case that fell on the boundary between the two…

Bad Sister by Sam Carrington
Reviews / 27th October 2017

What the publisher says: Then When flames rip through their family home, only teenager Stephanie and her younger brother escape unhurt. Brett always liked to play with fire, but now their dad is dead and someone has to pay the price. Now Psychologist Connie Summers wants to help Stephanie rebuild her life. She has a new name, a young son and everything to live for. But when Stephanie receives a letter from someone she’d hoped would never find her, Connie is forced to question what really happened that night. But some truths are better left alone . . .   What I say: We meet our main character Connie as she bumps into someone she knew in her former life working in prison. The problem is, he was an inmate not a colleague. Things get even worse when another former inmate turns up dead with her name written on his hand. At the same time Connie is trying to help her new client Stephanie who has been relocated under the witness protection scheme. Stephanie is adamant that someone knows her new identity and has tracked her down. Is there a link between these facts? Enter DI Lindsay Wade who is…

Trust Me by Angela Clarke
Reviews / 2nd June 2017

What the publisher says: YOU SAW IT HAPPEN. DIDN’T YOU? What do you do if you witness a murder…but no-one believes you? When Kate sees a horrific murder streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who her killer is. Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but tensions in the police force are running high and time is ticking. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected? Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series. What I say: I had been looking forward to this novel enormously and I am relieved to say I was not disappointed.  Follow Me and Watch Me were interlinked stories where it helped to have read the first before reading the second but Trust Me is an entirely new story.  The relationship between Freddie and Nas…

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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