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The Legacy: Children's House Book 1 (Freyja and Huldar)
The Legacy: Children's House Book 1 (Freyja and Huldar)
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only witness is not talking..., 5 April 2017
Thrilled to see one of my favourite authors has begun another series though I did love her three stand alone novels - she has gone back to basics with this murder case investigation.

The novel begins in 1987 when three siblings are distressingly split up by Children's Services, to be adopted separately, with hints of an very dark back story.

In 2015 a woman is horrifically murdered witnessed by her young daughter but she is too traumatised to give the police any information.

At the heart of this compelling mystery is the Children's House a centre that helps children who have suffered abuse, run by a specialist team including child psychologist Freyja.

On the police side we have Detective Huldar, who much to his surprise has been promoted to solve the complex case.

As always with Sigurdardottir the characters are so very well drawn and believable, the plotting is tight, twisted and gives the reader no end of misdirection.

I have to say I loved the way the author concluded the novel in the final chapter - very clever and a bit different.

Excellent translation by Victoria Cribb as always.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this in return for an honest review.


What You Don't Know
What You Don't Know
Price: £7.59

5.0 out of 5 stars It'll never be over........, 16 Feb. 2017
This is a stunning debut novel that instantly hooks the reader into this world about lies; those we tell ourselves and those we tell others..oh and a serial killer that will have you looking over your shoulder for days.

Told from the viewpoint of several characters you get a very strong story that interweaves seamlessly to give a taut, perfectly constructed novel.

The setting, Denver, is perfect and shapes the overall mood and tone and the authentic dialogue leaps off the page propelling the story forward at a breakneck speed.

A disturbing, as dark as they come, terrific thriller.


Under a Watchful Eye
Under a Watchful Eye
Price: £4.74

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seb Logan is being watched. He just doesn't know by whom., 18 Jan. 2017
Seb Logan is being watched. He just doesn't know by whom.

The appearance of a new Adam Neville novel is always a delight tinged with a feeling of "What am I letting myself in for this time?" vibe

A long time fan of Neville I love the way he turns a quintessential British landscape into something ghastly.

The book begins with Seb Logan being unnerved by a mysterious figure on the beach who is undoubtedly watching him - an irresistible homage to M.R. James "Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad". This opening sets the tone of the whole novel, is he being haunted, stalked or is it his paranoid mind teetering on the edge of madness?

As Seb's well ordered, controlled life crumbles before his eyes he is led along a road best not travelled, at least not by the sane.

Beautifully written, the suspense and tension builds slowly with hints of things scurrying in the shadows and the set pieces have a nightmare like weirdness that drips with eye watering menace.

I had no idea where it was going or how it would end but I was pulled in along with Seb and it was a very unnerving experience that made me feel oddly off kilter.

Original, compulsive and utterly fearlessly fearsome

PS - Thin Len will stay with me forever


Good Me Bad Me: The Sunday Times Bestseller
Good Me Bad Me: The Sunday Times Bestseller
by Ali Land
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This book is going to be huge..., 18 Jan. 2017
Good me, bad me.....

Milly, the daughter of a serial killer, is hoping for fresh start after the horrific events of her past with a new identity and a new foster family.

Your heart bleeds for Milly (though you are a little afraid of her) this girl determined to be "good" but so monstrously conditioned by her mother is that even possible?

The story is rock solid and the author has an attractive writing style that ensures the reader will keeping turning those pages, with a growing feeling of dread, until the very last one.

This book is going to be huge...


Lovemurder: A Spine-Chilling Serial-Killer Thriller (Valerie Hart 2)
Lovemurder: A Spine-Chilling Serial-Killer Thriller (Valerie Hart 2)
Price: £3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LoveMurder, is everything you want from a crime thriller, 18 Jan. 2017
I love this mans writing! I enjoyed the Last Werewolf series he wrote as Glen Duncan and was thrilled when I learned the author of The Killing Lessons, Saul Black, was the same author.

His books are filled with complex, strong female characters (horrible cliche but true) and the second Valerie Hart is no exception.

Six years previously a masked killer and his femail accomplice Katherine Glass was responsible for the terrible deaths of six women.

Valerie caught Katherine but the unknown man is still out there and it seems he has started killing again, leaving a trail of clues only one person can pick apart.

With the clock ticking relentlessly down to the next victims death Valerie must visit the maximum security prison Katherine maximum security prison and engage with her again.

These Hart/Glass exchanges are riveting and the captivating/repulsive Katherine gets under your skin as much as she does Valerie's.

LoveMurder, is everything you want from a crime thriller but with a Hart of darkness that will leave you fearful and unsettled for days


Two O'Clock Boy: One detective. One killer. One shared secret. (DI Ray Drake)
Two O'Clock Boy: One detective. One killer. One shared secret. (DI Ray Drake)
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, well written with excellent characters I will definitely ..., 7 Oct. 2016
A new arrival onto the literary crime scene that stays in your head for days after.

Newly promoted DS Flick Crowley is investigating the horrific murder of family, that may be linked to events at a children's home in the 80s. But why does her boss DI Ray Drake constantly steer her away from this line of investigation and why is acting as if he has something to hide?

Intelligent, well written with excellent characters I will definitely read more of this authors work


The Woman in Cabin 10
The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

4.0 out of 5 stars I like the homage to "The Golden Age of Detective Fiction" ..., 30 Aug. 2016
This review is from: The Woman in Cabin 10 (Hardcover)
Hapless heroine mixing prescription pills with self medicated alcohol playing amateur sleuth in the claustrophobic setting of a luxury yacht on its maiden voyage is our narrator in this "up all night" twisty, turny thriller.

I like the homage to "The Golden Age of Detective Fiction" and the "locked room mystery and the extravagant lifestyle's of the privileged classes. Not much has changed except the nationality of the servants and the proliferation of hot tubs and Swarovski chandeliers

The setting made for a really creepy, claustrophobic read that keeps the reader guessing, constantly mentally flicking through the passenger list trying to guess who is behind the shenanigans (if they exist outside our unreliable narrators head)

Great atmosphere, strong characters and a great mystery at the centre makes for the perfect summer read - or maybe not if you are going on a cruise.

Thanks to NetGalley for preview copy


The Silent Girls
The Silent Girls
by Eric Rickstad
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Shivery thriller, 25 July 2016
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This review is from: The Silent Girls (Paperback)
Despite its ubiquitous title and cover this was a cracking thriller with more than a touch of True Detective. Well crafted, complex but not overly so, with beautiful descriptions of a Vermont winter and very well drawn characters. The epilogue actually made me gasp out loud, long time since a book did that!

If you like shivery thrillers, both in temperature and tone you will enjoy this


All Is Not Forgotten
All Is Not Forgotten
by Wendy Walker
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime., 14 July 2016
This review is from: All Is Not Forgotten (Hardcover)
You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime. If the worst thing happened to your child would you erase the memory of it if you could?

This very dark novel filled with twists and turns told by an expert storyteller will leave your head spinning and will linger for days.

The novel is unreliably narrated by a psychiatrist trying to put a family back together after the traumatic rape of their daughter - the incident has been erased from the daughters memory. Every one has something to hide but who is manipulating who and what will be the consequences? The science behind memory and how the brain determines what to keep and what to let fade away is fascinating and lends another level of interest

Brilliantly original, intelligent and always riveting you wont be able to tear your eyes away.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Netgalley for advance copy in exchange for honest review


The City of Mirrors (Passage Trilogy 3)
The City of Mirrors (Passage Trilogy 3)
by Justin Cronin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Devastated to have finished this wonderful trilogy - powerful, 8 July 2016
Devastated to have finished this wonderful trilogy - powerful, beautiful and very emotional. It could be an alternate history of mankind...


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