Contemporary, Crime, Dark, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / Close Your Eyes / Darren O’Sullivan /



Release Date-5th May 2018
Publisher-HQ Digital
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-384 Pages



Close your eyes…and count to ten.

He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.
When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

Perfect for fans of Holly Seddon, Gillian Flynn and BA Paris.

From the best-selling author of Our Little Secret comes a new psychological thriller with a shocking twist.



Close Your Eyes

Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date-5/5/18

This was a fabulous edge of your seat read that I can’t really say too much about without giving away the whole plotline so I’m going to try to keep it as vaguish as possible.
So this was my second book by this particular author and “Close Your Eyes” had the slight edge for me in terms of enjoyment.
It was a fast-paced race against the clock as Father and family man Daniel attempts to unravel the Mystery that is his past.
If he fails; well the cost will be the ultimate punishment; his family.
Daniel suffering from amnesia from an accident fifteen years previous is sent on an action-filled journey of self-discovery where everything he thought he knew and more might just be the biggest lie of them all.
This is told from dual POV alternating Daniel then Ex-wife Rachel and later we also get a brief glimpse into the head of Daniels Son Thomas.
The main characters here are few with “Close Your Eyes” keeping the main focus on Daniel, Rachel and Thomas.
These three are also joined initially by the supporting cast of Rachels husband Sean and Daniels girlfriend Katie as they have formed for the sake of Thomas’s happiness an almost unconventional family setup that seems to work for them.
everyone else involved is then just thrown right into the mix also stirring and muddying the already churned waters causing a sense of confusion and even doubt especially for Daniel himself.
This was ramped throughout and as each new lead and corner was turned my heart was totally in my throat; I felt almost like I was undertaking this path with poor Daniel the helplessness he must have felt alongside his own fear and panic.
The emotions experienced by Daniel as well as Rachel and Thomas, well I felt like I was there in the moment with them, so fantastically did this portray the rawness and brutality of feeling here.
This went to places I wasn’t expecting shocking me completely.
Dipping me so low at times with where this dared to venture I couldn’t help but think the worst.
This truly sank to depths of darkness that I wasn’t quite expecting leaving me bereft in my feelings of despair.
I did have kinda an inkling where things seemed to be heading, but this didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment.
I also really liked the eventual conclusion here it gave me a much-needed sense of satisfaction; Much more so than using some clever gimic to devastate and shock the reader.
The ending here gave me an overall sense of justice which was ultimately want I wanted most.
Why then a rating of four over five you may ask if I liked this so much?
Well, two things really and I will try to explain without letting any cats out the bag; the first one here is relatively easy The Son Thomas; I thought he seemed much younger than what his actual age was.
I’m a mother of Five myself so hardly a novice when it comes to kids and in my opinion, Thomas didn’t seem like any six-year-old that I have ever met.
If I had to pinpoint his actual age from his behaviour and actions it seemed to me more like four; just an opinion though.
The second thing and this is more tricky to explain without disclosing too much but I’ll try; I never quite understood the timeline here; why this particular moment over any other logically it didn’t really make sense why this is happening now rather than another moment past or even future.
Especially with Daniel starting to recall moments from his past.
This really bugged me like a lot and I couldn’t stop myself overanalyzing the whys.
And while I’m on a roll the reasons behind all this for me were frankly lacklustre in nature and I wanted a more satisfying overall explanation for the completely unnecessary reactions and actions here.
But I suppose there wouldnt be much of a story if it was actually done my way with some bloody logic.
You will get more of what I’m trying to convey here when you’ve read this for yourself.
Over than the above I really did enjoy this it was a really engaging piece of fiction that kept me on my toes throughout; happy to recommend this.
So I was provided with an ARC of “Close Your Eyes” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Crime, Reviews, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / In the Blood / Ruth Mancini /



Release Date-1st May
Publisher-Head of Zeus
Genre-Mystery & Thrillers
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

‘If you loved Apple Tree Yard, you’ll love In the Blood. Totally gripping and compelling – perfectly crafted’ Sarah Flint, author of Mummy’s Favourite.

In southeast London, a young mother has been accused of an unthinkable crime: poisoning her own child – and then leaving him to die.

The mother, Ellie, is secretive and challenging – she’s had a troubled upbringing – but does that mean she’s capable of murder?

Balancing the case with raising her disabled five-year-old son, criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman sets out in desperate pursuit of the truth. But when her own child becomes unwell, Sarah realises she’s been drawn into a dangerous game.

Unsettling and compulsive, In the Blood is a chilling study of class, motherhood and power from a new star in crime fiction.



In the Blood


In the Blood by Ruth Mancini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-1/5/18

This was a fabulous read that totally kept me guessing from the second I started right up until the final pages.
The story centres around single mother and criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman.
Trying to juggle her work life with the care of her disabled five-year-old son.
A case that’s seems very close to home for Sarah lands on her lap.
Ellie a young mother is accused of poisoning her infant son a fact she vehemently denies and Sarah upon taking the case starts to push the boundaries of professionalism as she becomes drawn into and more emotionally involved than is perhaps wise.
So this was brilliantly narrated with so many twists and turns it certainly kept me on my toes throughout.
With rich believable characters, this is one of those bite your nails to the quick books, where you are left in the dark guessing until the very end.
I did kinda suss the ending here but never mind that; it didn’t actually take away from my overall enjoyment at all.
“In The Blood” was completely amped a non-stop race to the finish with the eye on the main prize and an intriguing mystery woven into its very centre.
To say I was shocked by the inner mechanics of some individuals brains is a bloody understatement.
Bloody brilliant sleuthing.
I also especially loved the underlying thread of Sarah’s story on top of the main focus.
Getting a window into her everyday struggles and insecurities was quite the journey of discovery actually giving us a story within a story; nice touch.
This was such an entertaining read that I can totally recommend.
So I was provided with an ARC of “In The Blood” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Contemporary, Dark, Mystery, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / The Sinister Silhouette / Alex Grayson /



Release Date-25th May 2018
Genre-Romantic suspense
Kindle Edition-300 Pages



She whispers my name at night, filling my dreams with her haunting beauty. 

Her tormented amber eyes beg me for something I don’t understand, and her agonizing pain becomes my own.

For years, she’s come to me, calling my name.

For years, I’ve never known who she was.

Until now…


The Sinister Silhouette

The Sinister Silhouette by Alex Grayson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Release Date-25/5/18

I adored “The Sinister Silhouette” By Alex Grayson.
This is my first book by this particular author, but it definitely won’t be my last.
No sir-ee; I am certainly going to be having a mooch around to see what else this fantastically talented author has to offer.
But first; yes I did figure out the twists here.
And Second; I’m so sorry; I can’t really elaborate any further on said twists as this would spoil the whole experience for you.
I know some find it spoils there enjoyment overall when deciphering plotlines; myself; I always feel a trifle smug and sherlocky and if the twist is good and clever; I really couldn’t give a hoot if I’ve used my marvellous skills of deduction; blowing my own trumpet here folks.
I just feel like raising a glass to the author saying; job well-done mate; I applaud you; really I do.
So figuring out some stuff here or thinking I did; really wasn’t the end of the world for me.
This still was jammed packed with so many twists and turns and intricate plot-journeys that I was enthralled throughout.
Its told in my favourite dual POV and had the added bonus of an excellent side-cast; all really well developed as well.
This was also crammed full of mystery and intrigue throughout and at every new turn, I felt we were getting a different perspective and fresh flavour.
“The Sinister Silhouette” was a fabulous read that I can’t recommend enough.
I have a soft spot for tattoo artists as well; so was over the moon to have one at the centre of this intriguing story.
I wasn’t quite sure what this book was going to bring to the table with that obscurely but so tantalising blurb. but need not have worried as it was all so darn good.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “The Sinister Silhouette” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Contemporary, Crime, Dark, psychological thriller, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / Psychopath’s Prey / V.F. Mason /



Release Date-17/4/18
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-323 Pages

Once upon a time she became mine.
Mine to hunt. 

A criminal psychologist and a serial killer.
The love between them shouldn’t exist.
Or so the world thinks.
Her mission is to find him.
His single obsession is to catch her.
The hunter and the prey.
Let the games begin, and may the stronger one win.

Warning: Dark Romance.
18+ due to sexual content, profanity, abuse, graphic violence, and adult subject matter.


Psychopath's Prey

Psychopath’s Prey by V.F. Mason
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-17/4/18

So “Psychopath’s Prey was my first book by this author and I am actually blown away by how much I enjoyed this.
I really can’t wait to have a good old nose into what else this author has to offer.
So I’m going to start by saying that this is one ARC I was gagging to dig into and quite often when this happens my expectations are shattered when the book doesn’t quite live up to the hype I’ve built up in my head.
Not so here, I would even go as far as to say “Psychopath’s Prey has exceeded my initial excitement.
Now that doesn’t happen very often.
So where to start and how much to reveal, that’s a toughy as I want to rave from the rooftops but will try to keep myself in check as have no wish to spoil this fantastic plot for others.
Well here goes.
This is told from multiple POV’s which I loved as I felt this gave a well-rounded multi-faceted outlook on all involved here.
I also loved the way the chapters were laid out keeping you in the dark to Psychopath’s true identity until that final reveal.
I swung back and forward throughout, changing my mind numerous times as to who it was and even when it was finally revealed I still wasn’t really sure in myself who to actually suspect.
Now I am a massive Criminal Minds fan and have watched all thirteen seasons of the show, you could have tickled me pink that this was partially set in the BAU I was like a kid at Christmas a definite front-runner in terms of draw for me.
I also found there was a fantastic array of side characters portrayed here, all vivid and well researched with great depth to them all.
In fact, that was a great strength here I don’t think for me there were any weak links at all.
This was not really in my opinion that dark, but I suppose that’s all in your perception.
I have experienced some very dark and depraved fiction, so found this myself to be relatively mild.
That may not be the case for you, that is one you will have to measure for yourself.
I did wonder near the end of this how events were going to play as I couldn’t see how the end game was going to be achieved.
I was pleasantly surprised and was also impressed at how the author wrapped things up so nicely.
So there you have it, I really cant recommend this enough, give it a go.
Psychopath’s Prey is a little gem that I enjoyed immensely hope you do too.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Psychopath’s Prey” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Dark, Mystery, Reviews, Romance, Suspense, Thriller

/Arc Book Review / Stockholm / Leigh Lennon /



Release Date-23rd March 2018
Genre-Dark Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition

What happens when your captor becomes your saviour?

Mikayla Miller wakes up one morning, bound to a bed, in a farmhouse in Alberta, Canada, with no recollection of how she got there.

When she comes face to face with her captor, Mikayla can’t deny the instant chemistry between them. The man she only knows as Nolan insists he’s her protector but lives by his own unique moral compass.

As the days turn into months, Nolan’s touch, his words, and the way he looks at her ignite her body and soul. No matter how hard Mikayla fights their unmistakable connection they share, she begins to fall for him, and a new woman is created in her place.

Back in the small town where Mikayla disappeared, two women reel from a shattering loss. When letters suddenly start appearing from Mikayla, twelve years later, they are left wondering why she’d choose her abductor over her own family. 

Love is complicated and messy; 
but sometimes the heart can’t help what it wants.
For Mikayla Miller, it never was a choice.

StockholmStockholm by Leigh Lennon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars.
Release Date-23/3/18

So Stockholm by Leigh Lennon Is one that really appealed to me when I read the blurb.
And though I did enjoy this I wasn’t overly fond of the writing style used here.
The story in itself here was great. I just felt it jumped POV to often and sometimes I found myself a bit confused and lost within the timeline.
I would have liked to have spent more time getting to know Nolan/Mikayla and David/Colette.
as because of the way that this was told I didn’t feel that connected to there story.
Despite the above, this was an interesting read that did capture and keep my attention.
One thing though, I didn’t find “Stockholm” dark at all, it was actually quite sweet in its execution and intent.
Overall I would describe this more as a saga with romantic overtures than an actual full-blown romance.
In conclusion, I found this a unique read and I thought the twist at the end was a fabulous addition to the plot.
So its a thumbs up from me.
I was provided with an ARC of “Stockholm” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.

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/ ARC-Book Review / Five Fights (The Game of Life #5) / Belle Brooks /



Release Date-13th March 2018
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition

“There’s no better wolf than a dead one.”

This is the end.

The sound of cars makes my heart beat faster. The sight of a bitumen road gives me hope. The faces of my family waiting for me are all I can see as I battle to survive.

I can’t look back.

I can’t cry out.

Fight, Morgan.

He is the Wolf, and I’m the thirteenth woman he has called his Red. This is his last chance to scratch my name from the list of bitches who’ve wronged him.

Will he claim my life?

“I’m coming for you, Red. It’s time to die. – The Wolf

Five Fights by Belle Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-13/3/18

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“I spy, with my little eye, a little mouse that’s about to die.

So, Oh My this final instalment of this thrilling psychological mind fuck certainly didn’t disappoint. I think I need some serious help I’m absolutely addicted to this cat and mouse game between the wolf and poor Morgan.

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So right, I’m gonna keep this compact and vague as this is one you just have to immerse yourself and drown in.
This series has got to be one of my all-time favourites.
It had the ability to keep me connected to the wolf, Morgan and Reid even between episodes.
I’m sad to finish but also elated to reach the end of the line here.
I was suitably impressed with the intricacies of this plot, it was ingeniously thought out.
This had everything it needed to keep my attention as a reader and really does stand out in an immense sea of fiction.
This is one series that you really need to give a chance too it would be a crime to miss out here.
Morgan, Reid and the wolf I’m super sad to be saying goodbye to you all.
But also so elated to be finally getting some closure.
I will miss you all.
I was provided with a review copy of “Five Fights ” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC-BOOK Review / Four Hearts (The Game of Life #4) / by Belle Brooks /



Release Date-28rd February 2018
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-88 Pages
Publisher-Obie Books

“The Wolf can break my bones, but he can’t destroy my heart.”

I will never lie down and say die because there are four hearts that beat for me, including my own, and it’s the strongest weapon I have. I will defeat the Wolf. I will take his life. He’d better sleep with one eye open because I’m coming for him.
Who is the Wolf? He’s one dead son-of-a-bitch in my eyes. He underestimated me and now he has no clue where I am. I’ve found my place to hide, and it’s only a matter of time until I see my freedom.

“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, burn in hell, Red because I’ve had enough.” – The Wolf

The game isn’t over yet. For me, it’s just begun. 



Four Hearts by Belle Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Release Date-28/2/18

Ashes to Ashes
Dust To Dust
Burn In Hell Red
Because I’ve Has Enough

So this is going to be short and sweet.
Four Hearts by Belle Brooks delivers on all fronts.
This will have you questioning and suspecting everybody, nobody is above suspicion.

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The previous novella ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and I was like
NO NO NO! I’m going to have a bloody heart attack.
I need the next book like now.

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So as per usual the mystery and ominous atmosphere were ever present here and we do finally get some answers, but these only serve to muddy the waters more.
Throwing up more questions than actual resolutions.
This author has a major talent for misdirection, I’m like seriously impressed.
I’ve actually made a list of my suspects, like seriously, wrote them down and all.
I cant actually remember when I was last this invested in a story and the way this has been delivered is pure genius.
I have said previously that I’m not a fan of these novella type series.
Well, prepare to make an exception with “The Game Of Life” series because its brilliant compulsive reading.
That you will be glued to from start to finish.
And On a side note still, no bloody clue who the wolf is I do have my suspicions.
Not that I have anything concrete to base them on I’m just stabbing in the dark here.
Floundering really.
I do want to solve the puzzle of the wolf and who he is but then again I will be sad when this is all over.
So I kind of don’t as well.
In the meantime, I have my stink eye on absolutely everyone, I’m watching here.

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This is told again from Three points of view.
The Wolf, Morgan and Reid
And my heart was in my throat throughout this intense experience.
This really is a rollercoaster
So buckle in for the ride folks as it’s definitely gonna be epic.
I was provided with an ARC of “Four Hearts (The Game of Life, #4) ” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC-Book Review / A Mother’s Sacrifice / Gemma Metcalfe /



Release Date-9th March 2018
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-300 Pages
Publisher-HQ Digital


God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

Perfect for fans of Louise Jensen.



A Mother’s SacrificeA Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS
Release Date-9/3/18

A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe was such a great read that I enjoyed so much and once I started I couldn’t put it down.
This is psychological mind games at there best and I was glued till the bitter finale.
So when Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital events start to occur that start Louisa’s psyche unravelling in a dramatic fashion.
But with her previous history of neurosis and paranoia, she finds no one will listen and lack of believers all around.
And as events escalate further Louisa has no idea who she can turn to or either trust.
Even her own husband James doubts her very sanity and her grasp of what’s real and what’s not.
So there was an awful lot going on here and I really don’t want to say too much as Have no desire to let the cat out of the bag and spoil this for others.
So I will try to keep this as vagueish as I can so I don’t give anything away.
So. As the reader here, we are let into the truth straight from the start as Louisa’s POV is intercepted with whoever means her and her family harm.
This is seriously creepy stuff as there is no identity attached to this menacing threat so along with poor Louisa we are left scratching our heads in confusion.
There are a lot of red herrings thrown in here so you do actually feel like you are going round in circles losing your sanity along the way.
we also get a small insight into what has made Louisa the way she is as we get to delve into the past with plenty of shocking revelations to come from that front.
“A Mother’s Sacrifice” also came equipped with a host of diverse interesting secondary players.
Who were each a suspect all in themselves the long-suffering husband James, her friends, Annette and Magda.
I suspected each and every one of them along with poor Louisa.
And when the end game finally revealed itself here, I was still shocked and also suitably awed at this intricately woven tale and how it was all crafted together.
So the only reason for me not giving this the full five stars was that I wasn’t a mega fan of the ending, In my opinion, it sucked big time.
In fact, I think Its safe to say I was a bit pissed at the time.

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That’s why I took away half a star.
But don’t let that put you off that’s just me spitting my dummy out.
This is still a fantastic psychological thriller, I have to say it’s one of the best I’ve read in a while.
Its also set just down the road from me in Chester just loved that this was set in my neck of the woods.
So I was provided with an ARC of “A Mother’s Sacrifice” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.

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




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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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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Contemporary, Cover Reveals Blitz's & New Releases, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC-Book Review / Don’t Trust Me / Joss Stirling /



Release Date-23rd February 2018
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-400 Pages
Publisher-Killer Reads

Does Jessica know what the truth is? A stunning psychological debut with a shocking twist

When she arrives at work to discover every trace of the company she was working for has disappeared, Jessica’s life spirals into freefall.

Her romance with Michael, a celebrated criminologist is already in trouble. He is sick of the unpredictable behaviour caused by her ADHD and is convinced she is a fantasist. When his flat is burgled and precious belongings that remind him of his dead wife are stolen, he blames her.

Forced to prove her innocence, Jessica sets out to unravel the events of the last few months. But when she stumbles on a dead body, the lies, deceptions and betrayals that have dogged her whole life come back to haunt her.

Can anybody trust her?



Don’t Trust Me by Joss Stirling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-23/2/18

Don’t Trust Me by Joss Stirling was a very enjoyable Psychological thriller.
The story centres around Jessica and the surrounding events that occur after she returns from a holiday in the sun with her older boyfriend renowned criminologist Michael.
It’s quite apparent from the very beginning that her relationship with him is on the rocks.
He believes her to be a fantasist with a made up job and also a pathological liar who needs help for her constantly destructive behaviour.
In fact, Jessica’s main offence is actually a mental breakdown from depression after her integrity over events with a student was called into question in her previous teaching position.
She resigned on the advice of Michael rather than waiting to be sacked.
This as a result, ended her career in education but also came with an added diagnosis of ADHD.
from Jessica’s therapist which at last explained an awful lot to her.
So after returning from there holiday Michael makes a swift exit leaving on business.
Jessica proceeds to travel to her job of three months, researching runaways but on arriving her keys no longer fit and her boss seems to have cleared out without a trace.
dumfounded Jessica starts to look into things unwittingly uncovering more than she realises and it’s not long before events themselves escalate dramatically leaving Jessica floundering for answers.
So there was a lot going on here.
Don’t Trust Me was a tangled web of intrigue and mystery where nobody could be taken on face value and everybody was a suspect in themselves.
This is told mainly from Jessicas POV with the occasional side scene dedicated to Michael, who does definitely come across as a bit of a jerk.
There is also the input of journal entries from Michaels perfect dead wife, these add an interesting touch and perspective also adding further intimacy and insight into her final days.
Jessica herself is a hot mess, many things contributing to her present self.
She is actually I found a contrast in contradictions, sometimes so difficult to like especially when she goes off plan, selfish decisions and ill thought through actions contribute to her self-destructive conduct.
Other times you kind of get where she’s at and why she behaves the way she does.
And when she does do sweet and considerate you realise she’s just human at the end of the day.
So yeh difficult one to call, but I did like her the majority of the time.
So The secondary characters here were fantastic each with there own role to play.
My hands-down favourite here though has to be Jessica’s friend Drew I absolutely adored everything about the lad in fact if I’m honest I’m not sure Jessica truly deserved him, needed him perhaps and he was definitely good for her but overall he was a lot more decent than she was.
Saying that I am glad he gave her a chance as he helped her to be a better person overall.
And I liked the fact immensely that he was just a normal everyday bloke.
So every little action here was interconnected.
Nothing completely random or left to chance.
Don’t Trust me was all wrapped up so neatly and splendidly and I was super impressed with the way the author had carefully crafted the finish of this story.
I did guess some things here but that no way took away from my overall enjoyment of this novel.
I found this book to be an engaging piece of fiction that I am happy to recommend.
I was provided with an ARC of “Don’t Trust Me” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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