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Little Darlings By Melanie Golding

Little Darlings‘Little Darlings’ is Melane Golding’s debut novel.

Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate. When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later. Harper’s superior officer tells her there’s no case here, but Harper can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren’s spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger?

I started this book late on a Saturday evening and I couldn’t put it down until I had reached the final page at 2.30 on Sunday morning. Even at that, I had to leave the book in another room as it’s such an unsettling and creepy tale.

The story is seen from the perspective of new mother of twins Lauren and the police detective Harper. Whilst in hospital after giving birth to twins, Lauren is convinced that someone is after her twins and then one day, her fear is confirmed when they are snatched away. Safely returned, Lauren is adamant that the babies are not hers, beginning a quest into proving her sanity and finding her babies. DS Harper is interested in the case, not only is she questioning Lauren’s sanity, but she’s also beginning to see things differently from the new mother’s perspective, making her doubt everything that she believed to be real.

This book has to be one of the most unsettling stories that I’ve read in a while, filled with paranoia and suspense, it was impossible to put down. With the story written from both perspectives, we see the struggles of the first time mother, the tiredness and the fear that they could be taken away. She’s paranoid and convinced that someone is watching her every move and after since the night in the hospital when a woman tried to take her babies, she’s terrified that it will happen again. Meanwhile DS Harper is the calmness and the logic in the story, she understands Lauren’s concerns but as the story progresses, we see her opinions change and this makes for extremely interesting reading.

This story isn’t just a thriller, it’s also part fairy tale and that really does make for creepy reading which really did unsettle me. ‘Little Darlings’ is a cleverly written tale of a mother’s nightmare filled with drama, paranoia and an eerie atmosphere from the very first page, this book is a stunner of a debut and shows the length a mother will go to prove her love.

You can pre-order ‘Little Darlings’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 2nd May 2019.

The Passengers By John Marrs

The Passengers‘The Passengers’ is the latest book by John Marrs and having read his previous novel ‘The One’ and absolutely devoured it which is now being adapted for Netflix. I was delighted to receive a copy of his newest offering.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

The story is set in a time where people drive autonomous cars and one day 8 people’s cars are hacked and it’s the job of the jury and the public to decide who will survive as all the cars are driving forwards each other, about to collide.

The members of the jury have the impossible task of trying to safe lives, whilst the hacker is always one step ahead. They all have strong personalities as well as beliefs and morals, particularly Libby, a strong willed woman who totally opposes autonomous cars and becomes an unlikely voice of the nation. As the jury members battle to choose who will survive, it is Libby who challenges not only the jury but also the hacker.

I read this book in two sittings, it’s cleverly written that made for fast paced reading. The characters are all interesting and complex that really do, make the reader battle with their conscience and their morals as they try to decide who should survive. But, as the story progresses, secrets and scandals are revealed.

Addictive from the fast page, John has written an incredibly original, thrilling and gripping story. Set in a time where anything is possible, ‘The Passengers’ is a compulsive and terrifying story that will keep you awake into the early hours.

You can buy ‘The Passengers’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from May 30th 2019.

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.

Angela Clarke Reveals New Book – On My Life

On My LifeAfter the success of her ‘Social Media Murder Series’, Angela Clarke is back with a twisty new story called ‘On My Life’.

What the back cover says –

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it…

Locked up to await trial, surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she’s accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name
Save her baby
Find the killer

Sounds like a gripping thriller to look forward to in March!

You can pre-order On My Life from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops 7th March 2019.

Fatal Book Tour – Extract

FatalSit back and enjoy an extract from Jacqui Rose’s chilling new book called ‘Fatal’.

As Don choked and convulsed on the floor in an agony beyond pain, Nico threw the severed tongue to one side before looking up at the prison warden. Officer Johnstone was just one of several on his payroll. In fact, most of the correction officers in the facility, whether voluntarily or by various levels of coercion, were on his payroll in some way or another. It made for an easier life, making the hellhole he was in slightly less of a hellhole.

Armed and dressed in a dark green uniform, Officer Johnstone glanced down at Don Lombardi, his manner casual, almost weary. ‘Get this cleared up. You hear me, Russo? And for Christ’s sake, make sure someone takes him to medical.’

Standing up, Nico brushed down his clothes, running his hands under the icy showers to wash away the blood. He turned to smile at his men, though his tone was ominous and taunting, something Johnstone didn’t fail to miss. ‘You heard him. Clear this mess up. Capito? Understand? We’d hate to upset the officer, wouldn’t we?’

‘Good, make sure you do by the time I get back.’

Watching Officer Johnstone leave, Nico thought, as he seemed to every moment of every minute of every day, that he’d been behind bars far too long. Eight years too long after one of his men had turned informer. A hazard of his trade and a reason to rule his empire like Satan himself.

Johnny Milano had worked for him for over twenty years, but he’d squealed to the FBI like a sow on heat. And despite the fact he’d given Johnny his first break – had let him in to the heart of the Russo family and even paid for the cocksucker’s wedding to some two-dollar stripper from Long Island – Johnny Milano had repaid him by telling the feds everything he knew about the drug deals, the money laundering, the illegal shipping, the prostitution, the smuggling, the whole goddamn lot.
But Nico had had a tip-off from someone on his payroll in the bureau and consequently managed to cover most of his tracks. The FBI couldn’t find anything that was going to stand up in court relating to any illegal activity, but ironically what they did find was in connection to tax evasion linked to some of the family’s legal businesses.

You can buy Fatal from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.