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Keep Her Close Book Tour – Extract

Keep Her Close ‘Keep Her Close’ is the latest book by MJ Ford. On the book for MJ Ford’s new book called ‘Keep Her Close’, sit back and enjoy an extract from the thrilling tale.

Oriel College was nestled in the cobbled streets between the High Street and Christ Church College. Not Jo’s natural milieu by any means, though she couldn’t help but admire the gothic architecture of the entranceway, and the resplendent, perfectly mown quadrangle of grass inside, still coated on the shaded side with the silvery remains of a lingering frost. A sign read ‘Open to visitors’ – term had ended a week or so before, so the majority of students would have left. The city itself was noticeably quieter, enjoying a brief lull before the panic of Christmas shopping really set in.

PC Andrea Williams was waiting just to one side of the quad. As ever, the constable’s height made Jo give her a second glance. She was at least six-two, possibly the tallest woman Jo had ever met in the flesh, and her dreadlocks gave her the appearance of being a couple of inches taller still. Dimitriou called her Andre the Giant, which only he found funny, and which had earned him a verbal warning when Stratton heard him say it. Dimitriou protested that Heidi had once called him George Michael’s less talented, uglier sibling, on the basis of their shared Greek heritage, and the fact that he had murdered a rendition of ‘Club Tropicana’ on a work karaoke night.

‘And I dare you to say it to Andrea’s face,’ Heidi had added. Jo would have liked to see that, because she knew that Williams had been an accomplished judoka before joining the force, only missing out on the national team through injury. She could probably have tossed Dimitriou’s gangly frame from one side of a holding cell to the other.

I’ve just finished the book and really enjoyed the gripping story, check my review here.

You can buy ‘Keep Her Close’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Keep Her Close By MJ Ford

Keep Her Close ‘Keep Her Close’ is the latest book by MJ Ford.

When a young woman goes missing from Jesus College, Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast – and when two more students disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message in a cruel game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal – but who is the perpetrator? In a desperate race against the clock, Josie hunts for the kidnapper, and soon discovers he could be a lot closer to home than she’d ever thought/

‘Keep Her Close’ is MJ Ford’s second book and it’s an exciting thriller that really pulls the reader in.

The story is seen solely from the perspective of DS Josie Masters, as she is still reeling from the death of her police partner and the case that put her own life in jeopardy. Now in her latest case, it’s a race against time as young girls go missing and a body turns up and Josie is led on a while goose chase trying to catch the kidnapper before even more girls are taken.

I really enjoyed this story and found myself settling into it from the very first page. The story is the second book in the series about DS Josie Masters and it flows seamlessly from one book to the next, making it easy for reader to understand the background of Josie’s situations. That’s a bit of a bugbear of mine when you read a book in a series and there’s no background information to the characters or the situation and you’re lost, whereas MJ Ford gives just enough detail for the reader to be informed of Josie’s history.

I really like MJ’s writing, it’s fast paced, edgy and weaved with suspense, as Josie and her partners race against time to solve crimes before more are committed. Each moment that Josie is close to finding the girls, another problem is out in place for her to overcome. I really like Josie, she’s a strong willed and determined woman that won’t let others stand in her way, particularly her male colleagues.

Cleverly written and riddled with tension throughout, ‘Keep Her Close’ is a suspenseful tale of twists and turns that will grip the reader throughout.

You can buy ‘Keep Her Close’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Hold My Hand By M.J Ford

Hold My Hand‘Hold My Hand’ is M.J Ford’s debut novel.

When a young Josie Masters sees a boy wearing a red football shirt, Dylan Jones, being taken by a clown at a carnival, she tries to alert the crowds. But it’s too late. Dylan has disappeared. Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of the body of a child have been found – complete with tatters of a torn red football shirt. Is it the boy she saw vanish in the clutches of the clown? Or is it someone else altogether? And then another child disappears…

When I initially started this book, I found it a bit hard to get into, I found the to be chapters quite long, I prefer short and snappier that really pull the reader in. But, I persisted and I’m so glad that I did, as this book turned out to be one of the most twisted stories that I’ve read in a while and really did keep me on my toes.

The story is seen solely through the perspective of Josie Masters, who when she was little girl, witnessed a little boy being kidnapped. She was only witness to this crime and for years, wondered what became of the little boy. Now a woman, she’s a police officer and it’s now her job to find missing people and when thirty years later, an almost identical crime occurs to the one she witnessed, she becomes obsessed with the case, investigating it obsessively whilst resurrecting old ghosts and memories.

Josie is a great lead, she’s strong and determined and even though she has her own struggles and issues in life, she doesn’t let it distract her from her job. She’s smart and notices things around her, that her colleagues fail to notice which makes her such a dominant character and keeps the reader engaged.

There are smaller stories weaved through the main plot line and they are all so cleverly written with many shocks and twists throughout the tale, that connect seamlessly together at the end. The story is also riddled with many untrustworthy and dodgy characters that you regularly feel like you’ve solved the crime, only to be stumped in the way, once they prove to be innocent.

Riddled with deceit and suspense, ‘Hold My Hand’ is an engaging debut thriller, that flows at a fast pace and once you’re into it, it’s impossible to put down. A chillingly realistic tale about every parents worst nightmare, that will have you hooked to each page.

You can buy Hold My Hand from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Hold My Hand Book Tour – Extract

Hold My HandSit back and enjoy an extract on the book tour for M’J Ford’s chilling new tale called ‘Hold My Hand’.

Jo tried to ignore the vibration in her jacket pocket and concentrate on what Dr Kasparian was saying.

‘. . . the cost of the vitrification starts at three thousand pounds for one harvesting procedure, but there are discounted rates for subsequent treatments.’

‘And would you recommend that?’

The doctor – well-tanned, athletic, expensive-looking wire-rimmed spectacles – spread his hands.

‘In most cases, the initial hormone boost should allow us to harvest more than one egg. Of course, probability-wise, you are more likely to conceive the more cycles of fertilisation you undertake.’ He looked at the papers in front of him.

‘Based on your age, any single attempt yields a twenty-two per cent chance of a successful pregnancy.’

‘One in five,’ said Jo flatly.

‘A little better that that,’ replied the doctor.

Not great odds either way. Her phone stopped ringing.

The doctor cocked his head sympathetically and removed his glasses.

‘Ms Masters, I realise this is a big decision for anyone, whether a woman of twenty years, or someone older. No fertility treatment is foolproof. But I can assure you that here at Bright Futures, we are solely concerned with providing you with the best possible care and outcomes. Our protocols are designed to the highest medical technology standards in the field. Our results reflect that – we’re in the top ten percentile points of success.’

‘So three grand?’ said Jo. If she got the promotion to Detective Inspector, it wouldn’t be a problem. ‘Do the eggs have a best before date?’

You can buy Hold My Hand from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.