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/ ARC Book Review / Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1) / Victoria Renteria /

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Release Date-5th June 2018
Genre-Paranormal Crime Suspense
Kindle Edition-316 Pages

Colton Monroe was born with a gift: the extraordinary ability to bend time. A tragic incident in his youth compelled him into seclusion, forcing him to hide amongst the shadows—an outcast from society. Eventually, a driving need to alleviate his suffering draws him out of his self-imposed isolation. Embracing his unique power, he turns his talent into a profitable business . . . until the day the Chaumont police department recruit him in their search for a missing person.

Colton endeavours to aid the police, scouring the area for clues, searching for any signs of the missing girl, only to continually come up empty-handed. With only his gift to guide him, Colton is left to solve the riddle of Lana Turner’s disappearance on his own. But when things go awry and she begins to invade Colton’s dreams, an inexplicable sense of urgency pushes him to his limits.

In a deadly race against time, Colton will face challenges from both this life and the next. As the clock winds down, only one question remains: Will he find her in time, or is she destined for the afterlife?

 

 

Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1)

Beyond The Pain by Victoria Renteria
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-5/6/18

I absolutely bloody adored Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1) like just so much it’s unreal.
So. this was a bit of a genre switch for myself and while I do read the occasional Crime mystery this one was in a class all of its own.
It had a Mystery Crime Sleuth vibe to it; also accompanied by a huge splash of the Paranormal.
So it has been a while since I indulged in this particular cross-genre and In my opinion, this was an excellent book to get back on the horse with.
It Drew me in straight from the very beginning; teasing my senses with its intriguing agenda and surprising even myself with how fast I could devour a book.
“Beyond The Pain” tells the tale of Colton Monroe a gifted but troubled psychic; almost a pariah in his small town because of his strange abilities and unwanted gifts.
When a local girl “Lana Turner” goes missing Colton’s astounding abilities are called into play.
Working with a detective on the Chaumont police department payroll Colton employs all his varied talents to help bring Lana back home to her family.
Calling on depths of strength he was unaware he had; Colton is not only saving himself but also beginning a journey of discovery; (his destiny even) and once on this particular path; he will be committed to the destination; wherever it may lead him.
So this was so good; I especially adored the banter between our two main characters.
The back and fourthness of there repertoire was so amusing and brought a smile to my face often.
There was also such hidden depths to many of the characters portrayed here; Carlton especially was very proficient at hiding his inner turmoil and feelings; portraying an almost confidence and togetherness he was so far from actually feeling.
Using this mask as a shield to protect himself from the outside world Carlton has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight.
There is still so much left to discover here; question and answers to be asked and fulfilled and I am so invested in the next leg of this addictive new series.
This was the first book in this series and I’m so interested in seeing where this is eventually going to proceed.
With all the reveals and revelations we were treated to here in “Beyond The Pain” its certainly going to be an interesting and informative ride.
This is one story that gets my wholehearted seal of approval; It was such a great read that kept me guessing throughout.
Oh and I should just mention this is not a romance it’s more of a supernatural crime Mystery.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Beyond The Pain (The Beyond Series Book 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

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/ ARC Book Review / Defied (Blood Duet 2) / Maria Luis /

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🍁ARC BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-31st May 2018
Genre- Dark contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-292 Pages

I am both a sinner and a saint, but I bleed vengeance. 

For years, I’ve lived in the grey… until her. 

Avery Washington didn’t belong in the shadows, but I dragged her into the darkness anyway. 

One kiss and I would stop at nothing to possess her. 

One caress, and my need to destroy wavered.

Our attraction was poison and pleasure.

They say the devil recognizes his own, but I never saw Avery coming.

She’s determined to light the matchsticks, and I can’t resist going down in flames… 

 

Defied (Blood Duet #2)

Defied by Maria Luis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-31/5/18

I Was so looking forward to diving into the second book in the Blood Duet series and Defied (Blood Duet #2) certainly didn’t disappoint; this started exactly where we left off in Sworn and almost immediately we are thrown right back into the thick of things.
“Defied” was action packed throughout and I so enjoyed reconnecting with both Avery and Lincoln.
In this second volume, we finally get the answers we have been waiting for and I felt that we finally got to fully bond and empathise much more with both Avery and Lincoln.
Finally comprehending the reasonings behind there outward personas and life choices.
In return, this made me feel so much more connected to our leading couple; I was so invested in the final outcome for these two.
This was really easy to get lost in and “Defied” managed to absorb me fully almost from the beginning.
Its told in dual POV and also has some interesting and also some very unsavoury individuals.
In Defied I was sucked right into the colourful ambience of what was ultimately the dark belly of New Orleans.
I adored the dynamic between Avery and Lincoln very much and thought that together they made a fantastic pair.
Their broken pieces just fit together so beautifully and when these two stopped fighting there feelings the outcome for both was fantastic and addictive reading.
This also had just the right balance of action versus sexy times and the emotion here was incredibly believable; I actually wanted these two to pull through the shitstorm ahead.
And most important of all they were both so very likeable; totally the cherry here for me.
“Defied” at its heart was well written and a truly positive experience for me.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Defied (Blood Duet #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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/ BOOK REVIEW / Mafia Princess / Bella J. /

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Release Date-8th May 2018
Genre-Mafia Contemporary romance
Publisher- Crave Publishing
Kindle Edition-212 Pages

Rules. I’m starting to think I have the natural talent to break them. I hate rules. Always have. Especially since I had them shoved in my face my entire life.

I didn’t ask to be a part of all this. I didn’t ask to be a Valenti. And I sure as hell didn’t ask to be bound by all their goddamn rules. Their rules are exactly that—theirs. Not mine.

It’s been years since I broke one of my family’s most cardinal laws. It was a mistake, I know that now. But that’s the thing about mistakes, you never know you’re about to make one until it’s too late.

Unfortunately every transgression, every wrong decision has a way to demand atonement. No matter if it’s hours, days or years after. You might think your indiscretions are long forgotten and buried, but it’s not. You’ll never be free of it, not until you’ve paid in full.

I’m still waiting for my past mistakes to exact payment. It’ll come. I know it will.

But now, while I’m sitting in the interrogation room staring at the sinfully gorgeous Detective Lorik Stone, I can’t help but think about all my family rules…

…and that I’m about to break another one.

 

Mafia Princess

Mafia Princess by Bella J.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-8/5/18

Mafia princess was just so good.
Right from the onset this picked me up and enveloped me in its warm sexy embrace.
It had such fabulous vibrant characters that you just couldn’t help falling in love with.
I especially adored the rudeness and attitude of Detective Lorik Stone.
he had such a uniquely confident attitude that managed to reel me in right from the start.
I loved his cheeky cocky boy personality and what should have been a big fat turn off was actually one of Detective Lorik’s biggest actual draw’s for me.
Maybe because he actually seemed so tongue in cheek.
lorik, I thought, came across as more saucy and humorous than arrogant and full of himself.
Don’t mistake me, he was still full of himself, but he also had such a cheeky persona to go along with that sauce that you just couldn’t help falling, along with Karina, for that sassy bad boy glint in his eye.
Karina, lucky girl, didn’t really have a cat’s chance in hell of escaping once the good detective had her in his crosshairs.
And Karina herself, well she was so her own person.
She had such a huge personality and really wasn’t afraid of embracing what she wanted.
In spite of some shady shit in her own past.
Karina still tries to put herself out there, giving it her all.
Still ultimately wanting her own personal fairy tale.
She loves her family so much but still struggles with what they represent and the rules she is forced to abide by because of her family name.
Wanting to live her own life, she has tried to distance herself from both her parents and older brothers.
While in turn they, have scrambled about trying to pull her back into the family fold.
Her Detective is everything forbidden to her but despite his job title and hard-on for the Valenti family he is still everything Karina wants and needs and it seems her feelings are fully replicated in return by Lorik himself.
So forget everything you were expecting from a mafia romance as this really isn’t this books bag at all.
I would describe this more as a sexy as hell contemporary romance
Where are twosome just happen to have a bad case of spontaneous human combustion.
Also managing along the way to set these pages alight with there hot sensuous antics.
And the chemistry these two lovers bring to the actual table is off the flipping hook.
This is a dual POV story which is my favourite.
And though lacking overall in major secondary characters there was still enough here to ultimately keep this story popping and add some extra tang to the current proceedings.
I think one of my favourite aspects of this book was the easy fun relationship between Lorik and Karina even when they seemed to be on the skids these two were far from drama llamas which is a great big plus sign in my book.
So “Mafia Princess” was such a fun-filled read that I am happy to recommend.
But if your looking for a dark mafia romance this is probably not the one for you.
There was such an overall light sweetness to this.
And despite the word mafia in its title, this was not in any way dark for me.
a bit suspenseful in places but definitely a light read.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Mafia Princess” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

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/ ARC-BOOK REVIEW / The Liar’s Girl / Catherine Ryan Howard /

 

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Release Date-27th February 2018
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-336 Pages
Publisher-Blackstone Publishing

Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin’s elite St. John’s College-and Ireland’s most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his four young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city’s Central Psychiatric Hospital.

Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enrol in St. John’s and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed … and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer-and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who’d been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in ten years, has never once looked back.

When a young woman’s body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess-but there’s only one person he’s prepared to confess it to. The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she’s worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn’t set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.

Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all 

The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-27/2/18

The Liars girl tells the story of Alison Smith who when we catch up with her is living and working abroad after the events that occurred at Dublin’s elite St. John’s College.
Alison’s First love Will Hurley was arrested and incarcerated as the prolific serial killer terrorising the college campus.
His last victim being none other than Alison’s best friend Liz.
Causing young Alison to flee in distress and disbelief abroad.
She hasn’t set foot over here since.
Fast forward ten years, all has been quiet since will’s arrest until a new young girl is found.
Is it a copycat or is the real Canal killer back to continue his spree of ten years previous.
Will now locked up in a hospital claims to have new evidence to help the police.
But he will only speak to Alison.
So this was a fantastic read that I really enjoyed It kept you guessing throughout and had many twists and turns that I never saw coming.
The Liars girl is one of them stories that sucks you in and is impossible to put down until the bitter end.
The book was played out in a now and then perspective giving us a great insight into the events of ten years previous.
This also really helped me to understand and empathise with Alison
We also get to experience the present killer’s thoughts this was a really nice touch which I loved.
There was also a brilliant twist at the end that blindsided me so Bravo, really didn’t see that one coming.
So to round this up “The Liars Girl” is a totally engrossing tale that I can’t recommend enough.
I was provided with an ARC of “The Liars Girl” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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/ Book-Review / Bleeding Hearts / Dana Louise Provo /

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Release Date-25h August 2016
Genre-Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Kindle Edition-213 Pages
Publisher-Clean Reads

Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare. 

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life. 

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-coloured bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighbouring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the elusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

Bleeding Hearts (Book #1)Bleeding Hearts by Dana Louise Provo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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So Bleeding Hearts (Book #1) by Dana Louise Provo is the story of twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks, Cami to her friends a shy girl orphaned at a young age and just wanting some love.
So when a handsome stranger Carson shows an interest Cami imagines herself in love.
But it soon becomes apparent there is something a bit off about her new love, her friends can see it but Cami wants to believe in his love so ignores the warning signs.
When she finally does see the light Carson shows his true colours forcing Cami to fight for her life and ending up on the doorstep of neighbour Isaac a police officer who then makes it his mission to take Cami under his wing and protect her from the madman who is obsessed with her.
So I did enjoy this, I just struggled a bit with the writing style as it was a bit different to what I am used to.
Bleeding hearts told the story backwards with Cami’s run to safety and then a series of flashback telling the backstory here.
As this progresses we get to see all the events that have led up to this present time.
And as Issac struggles to protect Cami they grow closer pulled together in a way by the circumstances as well as a mutual attraction.
So I liked the fact that this was more story focused than romance focused.
The romance between Cami and Isaac almost took a back seat as events unfolded.
happening slowly in the background.
Though the way this was told wasn’t really my favourite style of writing you couldn’t help but be pulled in as this story progresses.
The way events eventually unfolded, well I did guess, But that was fine it was still an edge of your seat ride that delivered on all fronts.
I would have liked maybe to get to know Isaac a bit more than I did as I feel he actually got lost in the story.
He was just there and I feel most of the focus was on Carson.
So yeh that would have the icing for me as I feel he was a bit of a stranger.
So yeh this was an entertaining read that I enjoyed.
I was provided with an ARC of “Bleeding Hearts” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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Blood Oath-Episode 2 by D.S. Wrights

Release Date- July 1st 2017
Genre- Dark Romance
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Charlotte’s and Matt’s chemistry is still undeniable the next morning. As they grow closer, their unspoken secrets seem to already cast their shadows over the beginning of their relationship. Since August 15th is coming closer and Charlotte needs to prepare for her next kill, and Matt’s instincts seem to lead him closer to the serial killer he is hunting.

This book is not suitable for minors and the faint-hearted, due to violence, murder, and explicit content!

Blood is a novella series of three seasons with six episodes each, which will be monthly published.

Episode 1: Curse (May 19th 2017)
Episode 2: Oath (July 1st 2017)
Episode 3: (August 17th 2017)
Episode 4: (September 17th 2017)
Episode 5: (October 17th 2017)
Episode 6: (November 17th 2017)

Blood: Episode 2 - Oath (Blood, 1B)Blood: Episode 2 – Oath by D.S. Wrights

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm


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So this is episode Two of Blood Oath by D.S. Wrights and I enjoyed it so much more than episode one.
So again I will say that I love the concept of a female serial killer it is such a unique idea and this is what initially drew me to this story.
I think my main issue with this book is that I dislike how it is broken down into novella episodes, just as I became invested in the storyline it ended, I myself found this a trifle irritating, it may not bother you at all.
So episode two begins where one left off, its the morning after their shared passion.
We get to spend some time inside Matt and Charlottes head learning a lot more about what makes them tick.


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We then get to follow them as they continue their day, Matt still looking for a killer and Charlotte knowing she is playing with fire.


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That’s it really, this really is a brief read, but Although This story is quite short it is well written, the writing flows and it is an interesting but short read.
I think I will now wait until all episodes are released before finishing this story as this would probably be a better fit for moi.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of Blood Curse Part two this is my own honest unbiased opinion.


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Blood: Episode 1 – Curse (Blood #1A) by D.S. Wrights

Release Date-May 19th 2017
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-95 pages

“My name is Charlotte O’Callaghan and I am a serial killer.”
“My name is Detective Matthew Craig and I am hunting a serial killer no one else believes exists.”

They call her the poor cursed princess. He is one of the police force’s finest.
When upper-class daughter Charlotte O’Callaghan loses her parents to a hit and run at the age of 15, she feels as if she died along with them until one accident on the evening to her 16th birthday and a freak coincidence on the night of her parents’ death anniversary changes everything.
Matthew Craig has connected seventeen deaths to each other by nothing more than the date and time of death. No one believes that these violent deaths have been executed by one person, because other than the date and time of death and them being unsolved homicides, there are no similarities. That and the hit-and-run he feels where everything started.
It is his investigation into that hit-and-run that has Charlotte and Matthew crossing paths and that changes everything.

This book is not suitable for minors and the faint-hearted, due to violence, murder, and explicit content!

Blood: Episode 1 - Curse (Blood, 1A)Blood: Episode 1 – Curse by D.S. Wrights

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a good read, it didn’t blow me away, but it was enjoyable.
Maybe it was because book one only just gets started, slightly delving into the story before cutting off abruptly, I felt I didn’t quite have time to get to know our two main charectors and this left me a bit disconnected from the story.
So what’s Blood Curse about you may ask?
Well, the concept here in D.S. Wrights tale is fascinating. A female serial Killer, I absolutely love this unique idea. It always intrigues me when the female has sociopathic tendencies.
So this is Charlotte, after her parent’s death she feels nothing and finds that if she kills those pesky emotions get turned back on.
So twice a year Charlotte chooses a victim. Like a female Dexter, she only goes for those she feels deserve her type of vigilante justice.
She then returns to her life as a rich gallery owner.
Enter Mathew a police officer convinced there’s a serial killer on the loose, nobody really takes him seriously and he is banging his head figuratively against a brick wall.
He arranges a meeting with the O’Callaghan Princess never for one minute imagining her to be involved.
The sparks fly and after a bonding dinner, well Mathew and Charlotte bond some more breaking a mirror in the process.
This is where our tale ends, it’s much too short in my opinion to draw the reader in and get them addicted and wanting to purchase book two.
I also found the love scenes a bit wordy, but that’s just my personal preference as I like my scenes with more of a raw edge to them.
Now positives, Brilliant unique concept, I really am interested in seeing where this is going, I found this was also well written with a flowing storyline, the cover itself was also quite eye-catching.
so all in all this was not quite a four for me, but I really felt three was just a trifle too low so I have rated this as a three and a half and I look forward to seeing where this series will go.
Thank you to the Author D.S. Wrights for generously providing me with a free arc of Blood Curse.
This is my own Personal Opinion of this novel.
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Part of the Silence by Debbie Howells

Release Date-June 27th 2017
Publisher-Kensington
Genre-Mystery & Thrillers
Kindle Edition-320 pages

From the international bestselling author of The Bones of You comes a haunting and heartbreaking new psychological thriller about the distorted nature of reality, the unreliability of memory, and the enduring power of a mother’s love.

A blighted memory. A child who seems never to have existed. A watcher in the shadows.

When they find Evie Sherman, battered and left for dead in a maize field, the young woman has no recollection of who she is. After three days in a hospital bed, the fog in her head begins to lift, and she remembers two names: her own, and that of her three-year-old daughter, Angel. Evie is convinced that Angel is in grave danger. But the police can find no evidence of the girl’s existence.

It’s clear that Evie is having some kind of mental breakdown–or is it? Even in the depths of her amnesiac darkness, Evie knows her daughter’s voice, her chameleon eyes, every precious hair on her head. So how can she be losing her mind?
As Evie’s grasp on reality slips away, she finds herself haunted by the same three-word warning, which she hears over and over: Trust no one. But whom is she being warned against? The police? The doctors and nurses? Or the mysterious figure who’s been watching her, who knows all her secrets, has a hidden agenda–and perhaps their own twisted version of reality.

 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part of the silence is the first book by Debbie Howells I have read and what a delight this was.
This was a book that flowed from the very beginning, It was so easy to immerse and lose yourself in this engrossing storyline.
I found this tale so addictive, And I was totally baffled as to who was real and who was wearing a mask to conceal themselves behind.
It kept me guessing right to the final moment and I was so shocked as I hadn’t quite managed to figure out what the truth was till the very end. In my opinion, this is the sign of an excellently written piece of fiction, and if the reader is still somewhat in the dark and floundering around for answers, Well Job well done I say.
Part Of The Silence is a psychological Mystery where our main character, Evie/Jen is attacked and left for dead.
Upon waking her memory is in tatters but she does recall that she has a three-year-old daughter Angel, who she claims is missing, But there is no evidence of the child and to further complicate matters Evie/Jen was the babysitter to a little girl years ago that went missing and was never found.
The story also centres around Charlotte a girl who went to school with Jen, she recognises her from the paper and befriends her trying to help while still dealing with some issues in her own life.
There are loads of great characters in this novel and this further muddies the water when it comes to guilt and I was constantly analysing everyone’s actions.
I especially loved Jack the Policeman he was such a warm empathic individual and he really had a great affinity towards Evie and what she was going through.
The only criticism I have for this book is I would have liked a more structured ending, I found the conclusion of this book quite abrupt like it just stopped mid sentence, I must admit I found this a trifle strange like the story wasn’t quite finished, but this is just a personal gripe and it may not bother you at all.
So in conclusion Part Of The Silence was a gripping atmospheric thriller that kept the mystery and intrigue to the very last second, I actually rated this as Four and a half stars as I knocked half off as the ending flummoxed me a bit, despite this criticism I thought the author did an excellent job crafting this tale and this was a fabulous read that I would highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy of Part Of The Silence by Debbie Howells.
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You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson

Release Date-May 30th 2017
Publisher-Kensington
Genre-Mystery & Thriller
Kindle Edition-416 pages

In a fast-paced, brilliantly twisted novel of suspense from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, the deadly secrets of a long-ago summer stir to life once more.

It starts as a prank—a way to blow off steam after a long summer at Camp Horseshoe. Among the teen counselors, tensions and hormones are running high. No wonder the others agree when Jo-Beth Chancellor suggests they scare Monica O’Neal a little….or a lot. Monica has it coming, and no one will really get hurt. What could go wrong?

Everything.

Twenty years later, Lucas Dalton, a senior detective with the sheriff’s department, is investigating the discovery of human remains in a cavern at what used to be Camp Horseshoe. Lucas knows the spot well. His father, a preacher, ran the camp, and Lucas worked there that infamous summer when two girls went missing. One is believed to have been killed by a convict on the loose. Monica O’Neal is thought to have drowned and been washed out to sea.

Lucas knows he should step down from such a personal case. He’s already jeopardized his career by removing evidence of his involvement. But maybe it’s time to uncover the whole truth at last. That’s why five former female counselors are coming back to the small Oregon town—among them, Bernadette Warden, the woman Lucas has never forgotten. Each one knows something about that terrible night. Each promised not to tell. And as they reunite, a new horror unfolds. First come notes containing a personal memento and a simple, terrifying message: You will pay. Then, the murders begin.

It started years ago. But it will end here—as a web of lust, greed, and betrayal is untangled to reveal a killer waiting to enact the perfect revenge.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You will pay by Lisa Jackson was a good read, It kept you guessing until the very end. Throwing so many red herrings that it was impossible to decipher the good from the bad.
Everyone at camp Horseshoe has something to hide, Secrets muddy the water obscuring the real culprits behind a web of lies and half truths.
All and sundry at the camp are guilty of something and my brain was working overtime trying to process just what.
This story is skillfully written and the author has managed to blend the past and present brilliantly.
You will Pay flows so seamlessly that you don’t notice the leaps from the past till real-time.
The past part of the story takes place twenty years earlier when all our young adults are councillors at Camp horseshoe.
During this time Two of the councillors go missing Elle & Monica but no bodies are ever found.
There is also the added mystery of Dustin who also works at the camp but just up and vanishes after cashing his paycheck and as if that’s not enough there’s also the small matter of an escaped convict on the loose.
The camp is closed, everyone leaves to continue with their lives, The case goes cold.
fast-forward twenty years and skeletal remains are discovered on the beach.
Lucas once a camp counsellor and son to the owner of the camp is now a deputy.
As everyone is recalled for questioning this time around secrets are not staying buried.
I was playing Miss Marple till the final chapter and some things I’d kind of had a hunch, others I was like Oh My Giddy Aunt, Well I never.
All in all, this was an enthralling easy read that ticked all my boxes and then some.
You will Pay gets a big thumbs up from me.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley who supplied me with an advanced reader copy.
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Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Reviews, Suspense

The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin #1)

Release Date-March 24th 2017
Publisher-Bookouture
Genre-Mystery & Crime
Kindle Edition-320 pages

Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realised what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming…

For decades, The Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now – when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney…

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum’s wrongs.

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum’s walls? Together with her partner Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?

An absolutely terrifying and gripping thriller that will chill readers of MJ Arlidge, Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott to the bone.
The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin, #1)The Lost Children by Helen Phifer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow Wow Wow seriously in love with The Lost Children, Helen Phifer has had the ability to do what others have failed at, get me to give a five-star rating to a detective novel.
From the moment I picked up this story, I was transfixed.
There was no pussyfooting around with this it was BAM!!! straight into the fire & then the sparks were seriously burning & fizzling & popping The Lost Children was none stop action from start to finish and I adored it.
We start our story with the Estate Agent showing a prospective buyer around the Asylum, an old abandoned hospital that was home to many forgotten children that had basically been left there by their parents to rot, so awful and sad.
Upon stumbling across a body the shocked pair call in the local police.
Detective Lucy Harwin, just back from a suspension over a previous case is called into investigate this case. Lucy & her partner Mattie are now on the job and to solve this murder they must dig into the past, but as the bodies start piling up the sand in the hourglass is running out.
This is the first book of what I assume will be a series and it has me hooked.
What I especially loved was the human nature of our main character’s, I adored looking through the window at their everyday trials and tribulations, In my opinion, it made them more relatable more solid.
I liked how everything was interwoven so nicely and how the language used was so easy to follow and not overdone.
Lucy and Mattie were adorable and I can definitely see the seeds of mutual friendship blossoming into something more with these two besties.
The flashbacks to the asylum where incredibly poignant, but were integral to the story, in short, This was such a page turner and a brilliant beginning to what I am confident will be a compelling new series. A job well done in my opinion.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free E-Copy of The Lost Children By Helen Phifer this is my own honest opinion after reading.
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