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review 2017-09-18 18:22
In a Cottage In a Wood: The gripping new... In a Cottage In a Wood: The gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Woman Next Door - Cass Green

With thanks to Netgalley and Harpercollins for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

I enjoyed Cass Green's first book The Woman Next Door so I was look forward to reading In a Cottage in a Wood.

 

I was drawn into this book from the first page.  It is very easy reading with short snappy chapters.  Neve wakes up in the middle of the night in a strangers bed.  It was her works chrismas do where she met whatisface.  Neve recently split up with her boyfriend Daniel and is living with her sister Lou, her husband Steve and daughter Lottie.  Her BF Mira is pregnant and did not attend the party, drunk and bored Neve had a one night stand.

 

After escaping Whatisface she starts to walk home over Waterloo Bridge where she meets Isabelle.  Isabelle looks distressed and is wearing only a vintage gown.  Neve asks her if she is all right and offers her the fare for a bus ride home.  Isabelle thanks Neve and tells her is a good person and then jumps into the Thames.  The following day Isabelle's body is found washed up.

 

A few weeks later Neve finds out that Isabelle Shawcross bequeathed her Petty Wynn Cottage in her will.  Surprised Neve intends to sell the property but when she believes she is about to made redundant she walks out of her job, packs a bag and goes straight to her cottage to clear her head.

 

The cottage is in the middle nowwhere with little public transport and no shops nearby.  After travelling hours Neve arrives in the cottage and finds the property has been wrecked and finds a dead magpie in the sink.  Hours later the electricity goes off increasing her desolation.  In the morning she discovers all the windows have bars but why?  Strange things continue to happen in the cottage, another dead magpie, doors unlocked and the radio switched on all day.  Neve makes friends with neighbours Sally and Will Gardiner who tell that isabelle was scared and thought she was in danger.  Scared Neve decides to find out what happened to Isabelle.

 

Neve finds out that Isabelle was a prison visitor, she was close friends to ex policeman Bob Dyer.  When Neve visits Bob he refuses to speak to her.

 

This was a scary book with plenty of red herrings, you could definitely feel the terror Neve felt alone in the cottage.  Unfortunately I did not feel sorry for Neve, her recklessness annoyed me.  I liked Lou, Neve's long suffering sensible big sister and Mira who sounded funny and down to earth.  I wishes Mira could of played a bigger part in the story.  I did not guess the who the culprit was but I did have a fair idea of the reason why it was happening.  There was a revelation in this book I did not see coming in a million years.  I have deducted a start for the far fetched conclusion but I did enjoy it none the less.  I look forward to the next book.

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review 2017-09-17 03:43
Cold Blood: A gripping serial killer thriller that will take your breath away (Detective Erika Foster Book 5) - Robert Bryndza

With thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

I love the Erica Foster series and I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read this book before the official release on 20/09/17.

 

I have read all five books in this series and I think Cold Blood is the best book yet.  Detective.Chief Inspector Foster and her friend/colleague Detective Inspector Kate Moss are called to the River Thames where the dead body of a man was found on the beach.  The man had been dismembered and put into a suitcase.  Two weeks later the dismembered body of a female in a suitcase is found further up the shore.  Erica and Kate have to find out if the victims knew each other and why were they murdered.

 

During the investigation Erica is attacked by ruthless drug dealers. She later finds out one of her colleagues was heavily In debt to the dealers, in desperation they provided confidential information to pay off the debt.

 

In between chapters are diary excerpts from 18 year old Nina Hargreaves and her boyfriend Max.  Nina instantly fell in love with Max who is in thirties.   The diary extracts show how Max manipulated Nina until she was cut off from work, friends and family.  The couple definitely had parallels to the infamous child murderers who killed together in the North of England in the sixties.  Max who thinks he is an intellectual who has never been given a break, and Nina who will do anything Max asks.

 

I am sorry Erica's friend Isaac Strong only appeared in the background of the story.  I hope he will appear more in the next book.

 

Cold Blood was utterly

 

compelling.  The tension was so high I read the last 60 % of the story In one sitting.  Congratulations Robert you deserve your success.

 

 

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review 2017-09-04 15:14
Reported Missing: A gripping psychologic... Reported Missing: A gripping psychological thriller with a breath-taking twist - Sarah Wray

A northern seaside town, not the liveliest of places until a man disappears on the same day as a local teenager. Immediately people start assuming the worst and a witch hunt begins. Rebecca who has to bear the brunt of the ill will is shocked that her husband Chris could just walk out and leave her. She doesn't handle the situation well, takes herself off to a ramshackle caravan and drinks far too much. It was hard to feel much sympathy for her or the way she behaved. The sort of person that you would say "get a grip" to. It took me a long time to get into this book as it was a very slow burner and only really sprang to life after the half way mark. It was an interesting idea with great descriptions of living in a caravan out of season - the lack of facilities, the cold, being almost the only resident. A credible first book!

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review 2017-08-27 13:50
A tale of diamonds, betrayal, murder and revelations
The Angolan Clan - Christopher Lowery

 

 

This long novel deals with a successful businessman who flees the Revolution of the carnations in Portugal of 1975 and deals with diamonds from Angola. It also deals with the aftermath of his business ventures in 2008.

 

Jenny, the main protagonist in this latter part, uncovers the mystery behind the business and becomes embroiled in a devious plot involving murder, forgery and dastardly deeds.

 

There are a lot of characters to keep track of and they are well-developed and the novel is enjoyable enough to want to know what happens. Well-researched, it does have a lot of short descriptions, some of which are really unnecessary in my opinion.

 

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review 2017-08-24 00:03
good fast-paced thriller
RAZORBACK: gripping crime fiction, full of suspense - LOU HOLLY

A good read. Lovable rogue Vint bites off more than he can chew when he gets involved in a small town heist. Although his wits are as sharp as the cut-throat razor he carries, what are the chances he'll get out alive?

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