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Gone By Leona Deakin

Gone‘Gone’ is latest book by Leona Deakin in Dr Bloom series.

Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read: Your gift is the game dare to play? The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic, and psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom is persuaded to investigate. As she delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all. And that something makes them very dangerous indeed. As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the puppeteer. But is she playing into their hands?

I started this book a couple of days ago and have been hardly able to put it down, cleverly written with twists weaved throughout, this is a gripping thriller with a capital T.

In this story we meet psychologist Dr Augusta Bloom, who’s been called into investigate the disappearance of individuals who disappear after receiving a card asking them whether they want to play a game, as her and her colleague Marcus Jameson investigate the disappearances they find themselves delving into something a lot more dark and sinister than they ever expected.

This is a fantastic introduction to a thrilling heroine, Dr Bloom is a strong lead, clever with an intriguing personality and character, I found myself latching onto her as the story progresses and she worked tirelessly to solve the crime. The story is seen from multiple narratives giving interesting insight into the situation as well as keeping the reader on their toes, as they too also tried to solve the mystery.

Fast paced with twists and turns throughout, ‘Gone’ is an engaging and thrilling story that pulls the reader and leaves them hanging onto every word.

You can pre-order ‘Gone’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 3rd October 2019.

The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs’The Family Upstairs’ is the latest book by Lisa Jewell.

You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough – with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box. But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly. Now you and your sister must find a way to survive.

Was it any surprise that the minute I started Lisa Jewell’s latest book, I was unable to put it down until I reached the final page, thrilling with unlikable and unreliable characters, this book had gripping written all over it.

The story is seen from multiple perspectives and flows in past and present tense, giving the reader a feel for the drama that is being unfolded.

Libby always knew that she was adopted and when she reaches her 25th birthday, she’s given a house that was in a trust for her. Shocked and bemused, she starts to investigate her family and is unprepared for the secrets that she discovers. As well as the narrative from Libby, there’s also the narrative from another person who’s set in the past tense and tells the reader about the cult that Libby’s family were embroiled with and how their family was consumed and fell apart. There is also one other voice called Lucy, a broke single mother who is trying to make a better life for her three children, but is struggling in another country with no security and hiding from others.

‘The Family Upstairs’ is another gripping story from Lisa, with a clever and intriguing plot and interesting characters, this book is an additive story that was impossible to put down. The different narratives gave a fascinating insight into the story into the mystery of the family and what happened in that infamous house. Masterfully crafted with twists and turns that kept the reader engaged throughout, ‘The Family Upstairs’ is another shining example of how seamlessly transitioned from female fiction writer to thriller.

You can pre-order The Family Upstairs from Amazon and will be available to buy good bookshops from 25th July 2019.

The Evidence Against You By Gillian McAllister

The Evidence Against You‘The Evidence Against You’ is the latest thrilling book by Gillian McAllister.

It’s the day Izzy’s father will be released from jail. She has every reason to feel conflicted – he’s the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories. But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother. Now, Izzy’s father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial.But should she give him the benefit of the doubt? Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?

The story is seen from the narrative of Izzy and parents leading up to Izzy’s mother’s death and gives an interesting insight into the relationship between the three of them. It also shows how differently things can be perceived between adults and children and this was an interesting slant to the story.

I really liked Izzy and it was interesting seeing her struggle with morals and emotions as she reconnected with her father and tried to understand their relationship. For years, she was led to believe one thing but suddenly there’s a lot of uncertainty in her life. I found her to be quite a reclusive character and found that most of the people that she relied on in life had taken a step back. Her marriage didn’t seem happy and throughout the story, there was a lonely atmosphere to it.

What made the story so gripping was the unreliable characters that are throughout the story. All the characters are a suspect in the story and it seems that everyone could have a motive behind her mother’s reason.

An impressive and thought provoking story about family and lies, ‘The Evidence Against You’ is a well crafted story with an unexpected ending.

You can buy ‘The Evidence Against You’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Forget Me Not By Claire Allan

Forget Me Not‘Forget Me Not’ is the latest book by Claire Allan.

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road. Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth. When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything. But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten?

‘Forget Me Not’ is the latest chilling thriller from Claire Allan and definitely leaves you double checking the doors before you go to bed.

In this story we meet Elizabeth, an elderly woman who when out walking her dog comes across a woman assaulted on the road, just as Elizabeth phones for help, the woman dies in her arms. Rachel is heartbroken that her best friend has been murdered, but it seems that the killer wasn’t only after Clare. Rachel, her other friend Julie and even Elizabeth is now being hunted, with threatening notes and bunches of Forget Me Notes left at their doors.

The story is fast paced and is written over a short period of time and in that time a lot happens! Rachel is unhappy in her marriage and finds herself in the middle of a nightmare when her best friend is brutally killed and herself and her family are being terrorised. I felt myself sympathising with Rachel, she seems a kind woman, but her marriage is feeling unsatisfied and she finds herself looking elsewhere for attention.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth has never fully recovered from the sudden death of her only daughter and finds the days long without company.

I used to read Claire’s romantic novels and even though I enjoyed them, she has really found her voice in thrillers. Her writing is clever and her characters are flawed, relatable and that really pull the reader in. In this story, we meet two women who are fundamentally quite lonely in life and struggling, whether it’s a death of a child or an unhappy marriage and for me this made for poignant and gripping reading. As both women find themselves battling against time to save their lives and figure out why they have become the attention of a killer.

Throughout the story, we meet suspicious characters, that puts doubt into the readers’ minds, but nothing prepares the reader for the revelation at the end.

Another thing that I love about Claire’s writing is the colloquialisms and for me, coming from Northern Ireland this adds an element of charm to the dark story.

Suspenseful from the first page, ‘Forget Me Not’ is an exciting and menacing story that will have the reader bursting to reach the final page.

You can buy ‘Forget Me Not’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Stolen Book Tour – Extract

StolenOn the book tour from the latest chilling book from Paul Finch called ‘Stolen’, the latest in the ‘Lucy Clayburn series’. Sit back and enjoy an extract from the story.

The men and dogs scrambled for their cars, and there were gut-thumping collisions as the officers piled into them. Despite this, several vehicles started up, but as they all sought to rev away up the track at the same time, they slid into each other, clunking and shunting, grinding to a chaotic halt. The couple that managed to get ahead of this tangle only made it a few dozen yards, before the sight of a police troop-carrier blocking the gate and a whole phalanx of TAU men, as well armed and armoured as the divisional lads and yet somehow looking more menacing, more military as they advanced down the dirt track, brought them to a halt. The next thing, doors were being yanked open and burly policemen dragging out the drivers and their passengers.

Lucy lowered her loudhailer as she entered the farmyard.

Arrests were being made on all sides. There was no serious violence, but there were struggles as brutish, swearing men were wrestled to the floor and clapped into cuffs. One was struck across the back of the knee with a baton to help him comply. The dogs would have been a problem, especially as several had got loose and were darting back and forth, but they were all still muzzled, and now, at Lucy’s direction, the RSPCA handlers came forward to take charge of them.

‘Prisoner transports move in,’ Lucy told her radio. ‘We’ve got a large number detained.’

One suspect, a younger guy with longish, fair hair, wearing what looked like a wolf-fur doublet, made a semi-successful break for it, shaking off a lone PC and racing onto the open ground of the pony paddock, veering towards Wellspring Lane – only to stop at the sight of several more police vans pulling up behind the troop-carriers. He didn’t know they were divisional vans coming to take prisoners, and, thinking they were yet more police reinforcements, slowed to a trudging halt before dropping to his knees and raising his hands, allowing the pursuing officers to take him into custody.

You can buy ‘Stolen’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.