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text 2017-03-30 07:34
Burning Secrets: A Gripping Historical Thriller With A Great Twist (Scottish Mysteries Book 2) - Clio Gray

Not so much a murder mystery as a great adventure story.Set in 19th century Scotland ,on a remote stretch of western coast, it has the perfect setting.A man is brutally murdered allegedly by smuglers, but there is more to it, nothing is so straightforward. What was he bringing back to his master, who lives as a recluse on a private island surrounded by mysterious structures? And who does the skeleton, accidently found, belongs to? And where did that huge sundial, inscripted with strange languages, came from? Yes, definitely an adventure story! 

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review 2017-03-11 19:17
Hope to Die: A Gripping New Serial Killer Thriller (The DS Nathan Cody Series) - David Jackson

I loved this book! It was SOOOO good. A killer is killing women and it seems it's because of their religious beliefs. Meanwhile, the author is letting us into the psyche of the killer. We are reading about the childhood of the killer. It starts when the killer is five years old and how the mother punishes him when he is a child. There is no maternal love there at all. The things this woman does to this child are unspeakable. The ridicule the child faces because of his mother. It's no wonder he grows up to be a killer.

I will give you the warning that this is definitely one not to start at bedtime. Give yourself plenty of daytime to begin reading this one. The ending, when it comes, when definitely make you sit up and go "wow". I recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers full of suspense. This one definitely has it going for it.

Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-17 14:35
The Missing Ones
The Missing Ones: An absolutely gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 1) - Patricia Gibney

They were watching out of the window, watching as the adults buried something underneath the apple tree that grew out of their yard. Suddenly, one of the three young children spoke, their innocent voice breaking the silence, speaking what they all three felt, who would be next?

 

It is now more than thirty years later and the novel begins at Day One of a murder investigation. Susan Sullivan has been found dead at a church by the woman who came to clean it. Susan was supposed to meet someone there but who and what they were meeting over is not given and the detectives assigned to the case are just as lost as I am. It isn’t long before another body is found and this time it is James Brown and he is found hung from an apple tree. Inspector Lottie and her partner Boyd try to find a connection with these two bodies while their Superintendent breathes down their necks. The story starts to get interesting as the pathologist discovers a similarity with the two bodies and I am connecting them to the children staring out the window. Where is this third child and will they be the next victim? As Lottie is working on the case, she realizes they are connected to St. Angela’s, a group home that existed years ago, which is now being redeveloped into a multi-million-dollar project. This information blew the story wide open. Filled with lies, deceits, missing individuals and just a bit of romance, this novel had a full cast of characters who gave Lottie and her department a case they will be talking about for years.

 

I found that I liked the character of Lottie. She was real. There were times when she was over her head and she knew it, she was balancing her career with being a single parent. She was dealing with her relationship with her mother and a relationship with Boyd, which he wanted and I think she wanted to some extent but she knew she had enough to handle at the moment. I liked that she stuck herself out at times, she pushed the envelope when she knew she shouldn’t, and in the back of her mind she was always thinking of her children. I liked that the novel started out strong and it ended strong. I liked how everything was confusing, how there were different stories taking place throughout the novel and how they were all yet connected. I thought it had a climactic ending. It was almost too perfect how it all came together on those last pages. I enjoyed this novel and I am looking forward to reading more about Lottie in her upcoming novels.

I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-13 18:28
The Silent Wife: A gripping emotional page turner with a twist that will take your breath away - Kerry Fisher

Absolutely awesome read! And yes, it's one of those you cannot put down and won't want to put down. The farther I got into the book, the more I was into the book.

The Farinelli's have lived on the same street for years. Their mother, Anna, lives in the childhood home alone. While the oldest brother, Massimo, lives with his second wife of 10 years, Lara, and their child Sandro next door to his youngest brother, Nico. Massimo is divorced from his first wife who did not want children. Nico is currently newly married to his second wife, Maggie, after losing his first wife, Caitlyn, nearly 3 years ago to cancer. Maggie has a son, Sam and Nico has a daughter, Francesco.

The dynamics of this family are so crazy. I'm not going to go into them - I'm not spoiling it for anyone. I will tell you that at one point I did hit the bed and scream "yes, yes, yes" when a certain someone got their comeuppance and I LOVED IT!

I just can say how much I enjoyed this book. I love it when people who are being buttheads get theirs and there are several buttheads in this book. This will definitely be one of my top reads for 2017!

Huge thanks to Bookouture for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-11 04:25
[By B A Paris] The Breakdown: The 2017 g... [By B A Paris] The Breakdown: The 2017 gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors (Paperback)【2017】by B A Paris (Author) [1863] - B A Paris

Cass's life changes overnight when she takes a decision to take a short cut through the woods one rainy evening. There's a car parked in the layby and apart from stopping her car for a few minutes, doesn't get out to help, something she will regret. Shortly afterwards things start to go wrong, forgetting things, mysterious parcels arrive, silent phone calls - she's doubting her own sanity. Wow!! Just loved this from the very first line - what a stomping good read, gripping and menacing, pacey and dark. It was one of those books you just have to read in one sitting, no putting it down apart from the essentials that is! Allow plenty of time because you won't want to leave this story and watch out for your fingernails as you just might bite them off as you feverishly turn the pages! Another wonderful book by this author.

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