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The Goodbye Man By Jeffery Deaver

The Goodbye Man‘The Goodbye Man’ is the latest book by Jeffery Deaver in the Colter Shaw series.

In pursuit of two armed fugitives in the wilderness of Washington State, unique investigator Colter Shaw witnesses a shocking suicide. This leads him to the Foundation – a cult that promises to transform peoples lives. But is there more to it than meets the eye? Shaw goes undercover to expose the Foundation’s real purpose. Before long he meets the charismatic leader Master Eli, a man who commands terrifying loyalty from his followers. Something truly dark is going on beneath the surface of the idyllic community. And as Shaw peels back the layers of truth, he begins to see there is only one way to escape the Foundation… and the price for that freedom might well be your very life.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Jeffery Deaver and ‘The Goodbye Man’ was a new series for me.

The story is seen from the narrative of Colter Shaw, who’s been hired by the parents of missing teenagers for a crime. When he successfully finds the boys only for one of them to commit suicide. Colter finds himself on a journey to a commune where people a promised way of life. It’s whilst there that he finds himself embroiled in a sordid world of mind control and greed.

It was great to settle back into a Jeffery Deaver book, granted it’s been a while since I read one of his books but immediately I settled into the fast paced drama gripped with the interesting mix characters, the controlling leader of the cult called Eli, who everyone is taken in his charisma and winning ways.

Colter is an intriguing lead, consumed by the need to find out why the young boy would take his one life, Colter finds himself admitting himself to Orisis with a false identity but finds himself also taken in by the leader and begins to reveal his real self.

The story is vividly written and Jeffery really sets the scene with the descriptions of the commune as well as the complex mix of personalities that really pulls the reader in.

A dramatic and thrilling story that is masterfully written with clever plot line, ‘The Goodbye Man’ is a riveting story that was a welcome return from Jeffery Deaver.

You can buy ‘The Goodbye Man’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Other Passenger By Louise Candlish

'The Other Passenger‘The Other Passenger’ is the latest book by Louise Candlish.

It all happens so quickly. One day you’re living the dream, commuting to work by riverbus with your charismatic neighbour Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn’t turned up for the boat and his wife Melia has reported him missing.When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit are friends – ask Melia, she’ll vouch for you. And who exactly is this other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives?

Having won best crime and thriller book at the British Book Awards for her previous book called ‘Our House’ you’re always guaranteed a gripping and gasping book journey with Louise Candlish.

Like Louise’s previous books, the book starts right at the key moment that something significant has happened and then travels back to the time leading up to it and after.

After giving up a high powered job in marketing due to the claustrophobic commute, Jamie decides to work in a less pressurised job in a cafe that involves a compute on a river boat. It’s whilst on this river boat that he makes friends with Kit, a young man with a lust for partying and his stunning girlfriend Melia who works with Jamie’s wife Clare.

The four of them become firm friends despite the age difference until one day Kit disappears and the finger of blame is pointed at Jamie.

The story is primarily seen through the perspective of Jamie, which makes for interesting reading. He’s a character that envies Kit and Melia, a young couple who enjoy partying and socialising whilst Jamie’s partner prefers a slower pace of life. As the story progresses we see Jamie go from being a simple man to a man fuelled by lust and power and it’s fascinating to see this transition.

With short and snappy chapters, complex characters with a sharp and plausible plot line that really grabs the readers attention, this book was a great thriller to get absorbed in. An exciting masterpiece of suspense and drama, Louise has delivered another rollercoaster of a story with ‘The Other Passenger’ with an ending that certainly rivals that last line from ‘Our House’.

You can pre-order ‘The Other Passenger’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 25th June 2020.

The Wrong Move By Jennifer Savin

The Wrong Move‘The Wrong Move’ is the latest gripping book by Jennifer Savin.

When Jessie moves into a flatshare at Maver Place, she’s finally found a decent place to live. And when she’s befriended by fellow tenants Lauren and Sofie, she’s got great flatmates to share it with. You think she’s safe. You think she can trust these people. You’re wrong.

If you enjoy gripping psychological thrillers, then ‘The Wrong Move’ is just the book for you.

Jessie has moved to Brighton to start a new life, escape a violent and unhappy relationship and started a new flat share with a group of people that could become friends. But then she starts to receive threatening message and the flatmates aren’t quite the friends she was looking for.

This is a really enjoyable story, seen from multiples narratives, it’s fast paced with suspicious characters that makes for twisty reading. Jessie is an interesting character, having escaped her abusive ex boyfriend’s clutches, she’s tentatively looking forward to starting a new life, but it seems that he hasn’t given up on her. She comes across as quite a weak character who lets people trample over her, but it’s interesting to see her develop as the story progresses. At times she becomes as quite unreliable and uncertain in situations and for me this adds an extra twist to the story.

Her flat mates are intense and all want to be best friends apart from Marcus who’s a bit of a loner and Sophie who’s copying her style and Lauren who wants to know her every move.

Claustrophobic and intense from the very beginning, this flat share nightmare was a thrilling story that was very addictive reading. With plot twists, unsavoury characters and drama throughout, ‘The Wrong Move’ is an exciting debut from a new voice that will have you double checking that your doors are locked.

You can buy ‘The Wrong Move’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

What’s Left Of Me Is Yours By Stephanie Scott

What's Left Of Me Is Yours‘What’s Left Of Me Is Yours’ is the debut book by Stephanie Scott.

When Sato hires Kaitaro, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Sato has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitaro’s job is to do exactly that – until he does it too well. While Rina remains ignorant of the circumstances that brought them together, she and Kaitaro fall in a desperate, singular love, setting in motion a series of violent acts that will forever haunt her daughter Sumiko’s life.

This story is a gripping and complex debut about the demise and the beginnings of new relationships.

Seen from multiple perspectives, the story explores how Sumiko a lawyer investigates her mother’s, Rhina’s death and finds herself delving into the dark world of wakaresaseya which is when a spouse sets up their partner to gain the upper hand in divorce proceedings. Rhina is set up by a wakaresaseya and finds herself falling for the man hired to lure her away.

As Sumiko looks into the mystery surrounding her mother’s death, she’s finds herself unravelling secrets that were tried to be hidden.

As a debut this is a beautifully written and atmospheric, set against the backdrop of Japan. It’s vividly written and informative about Japanese customs that’s both fascinating and insightful about the culture.

The story is seen from multiple perspectives and from different times and this makes for interesting reading as Sumiko looks into her mother’s death and Rhina deals with falling in love.

A story about marriage break up and it’s terrible consequences, ‘What’s Left Of Me Is Yours’ is an exquisitely crafter thriller and love story that was gripping and immersive.

You can buy ‘What’s Left Of Me Is Yours’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Murder Game By Rachel Abbott

The Murder Game‘The Murder Game’ is the latest book by Rachel Abbot and the second book in the Stephanie King series.

A year ago today, we gathered for Lucas and Nina’s wedding at their glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea. But no one was married that day. Last year there were nine of us. Now there are eight. And Lucas has invited us back for a macabre anniversary. Tonight, he’s planned a game for us: we each have a costume and a role to play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin. What does Lucas want? What are we not being told? And how will this terrifying game end?

This is the first book that I’ve read by Rachel Abbott and right from the beginning it was a gripping story.

Jemma and Matt have been invited to the wedding of Lucas and Nina in Cornwall. Lucas is Matt’s childhood best friend and the pair hung around for years with their other gang mates, Nick, Andrew and Isabel. Lucas has a younger sister called Alex and when she was a teenager something terrible happened to her that changed her forever. On the day of the wedding which is meant to be a happy, Alex is found tragically drowned on the beach changing their lives forever. One year later, Lucas has everyone to return to the place of the wedding to celebrate his one year anniversary, but in truth it’s to re-enact the last movements before Alex’s death as he doesn’t believe it was a suicide. DI Stephanie King is the investigator into the case and like Lucas has her own suspicions about the death.

I really enjoyed this book and I found it to be quite different to the usual series that I normally read. The series is called Stephanie King series, but the character doesn’t actually appear in the book until chapter 18, up until that point the story was seen through the narration of other characters. The characters are a mixed bag of complex, intriguing and suspicious individuals as the writer delves into their background and history, you discover that they are all quite shifty characters that all have secrets that they don’t want exposed.

The story is seen primarily through the Jemma’s narration as she is an outsider to the group and for me, she was a great strong character who stood up to people and challenged actions about that night. It also makes for sad reading how the time after Alex’s death has effected people in so many times, Jemma and Matt once had a thriving marriage and now they are struggling to communicate.

DI Stephanie King was great also, strong willed with an eye for detail, she picked up on things that outsiders may have failed to notice and she also had a sense of empathy towards the people.

Reminiscent of a game of Cluedo, ‘The Murder Game’ was a great classic whodunit story with secrets, drama and suspicion, this psychological story was cleverly written with multiples perspectives to keep the reader engaged and on the edge of their seat.

You can buy ‘The Murder Game’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.