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Liar Liar By Mel Sherratt

Liar Liar ‘Liar Liar’ is the latest book by Mel Sherratt in the DS Grace Allendale series.

When a young boy falls from a balcony in a block of flats, DS Grace Allendale witnesses the shocking aftermath of the tragic event. But strangely, no one will admit to seeing anything – and the parents will only tell the police that it was an accident. Determined to sort the truth from the lies, Grace is thrown into a case that takes her to the darkest corners of the criminal world – and strikes closer to home than she could have ever imagined.

‘Liar Liar’ is the first book that I’ve read by Mel Sherratt and it honestly was a great introduction to a new author.

It’s the latest book in her DI Grace Allendale series and is thrilling mystery of who done it and why they done it.

The story is about a little boy who falls from a balcony and is initially thought to be an accident but when more things happen around the estate and everyone claiming that they saw nothing, Grace finds herself questioning the residents of Harrison House and everyone claims to have seen nothing.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Grace and Ruby who is the mother of the young boy who has fallen. Her story is written in past and present sequences, setting the background clearly for her story and how she came to live on the estate. She’s a strong and relatable character who thought she had found the love of her life, only for it to come apart after falling in with the wrong crowd. Her first instinct is the safety of her children and will stop at nothing to protect them.

As Grace delves into the case of the fallen child, she finds herself uncovering nasty characters, as well as a society that is controlled and live in fear.

I really enjoyed this story and found it quite easy to be absorbed in. Even though the book is part of a series, Mel explains the background of characters clearly without giving anything major away or any spoilers, should the reader decide to read the previous books.

A gritty and thrilling story about possession and the strength of a mother’s love ‘Liar Liar’ is a dark and twisty tale that’s filled with drama and suspense and has the reader gripped to the edge of their seat.

You can buy ‘Liar Liar’ from Amazon and is avaialble to buy from good bookshops.

The Liar’s Daughter By Claire Allan

The Liar's Daughter‘The Liar’s Daughter’ is the latest book by Claire Allan.

Joe McKee – pillar of the Derry community – is dead. As arrangements are made for the traditional Irish wake, friends and family are left reeling at how cancer could have taken this much-loved man so soon. But grief is the last thing that Joe’s daughter Ciara and step-daughter Heidi feel. For they knew the real Joe – the man who was supposed to protect them and did anything but.As the mourners gather, the police do too, with doubt being cast over whether Joe’s death was due to natural causes. Because the lies that Joe told won’t be taken to the grave after all – and the truth gives his daughters the best possible motive for killing him.

Claire Allan is back a new thriller that had my attention gripped throughout. Set in the maiden set of Derry, this psychological thriller is a twisted story of lies and deceit. To the outside world Joe McKee, is the perfect man, God fearing Catholic who took over the care of his partner’s child when she died. But there is another side to Joe, that the only people closest to him know about. So when Joe finds out that’s he’s dying, he expects everyone to rally around him, but everyone is actually counting down until he dies and when he suddenly does die, everyone is a suspect.

The story is seen primarily through the eyes of Heidi and Ciara, the daughter of the dead partner and Joe’s biological daughter. They hate each other, Ciara hates Heidi for taking away her father and Heidi hates Ciara for the bullying and pain Ciara inflicted on her whilst going up. But unknown to both of them, they have more in common than they had ever known.

Both women are interesting. Heidi is a new mother who is fiercely protective of her baby, she’s meek and has struggles in her life, whilst Ciara, I found to be quite a dislikable woman. She’s brash, harsh and is always turning on Heidi, who I found myself quite protective off.

The story is written in past and present tenses and really helps with characters development and shows the reader why both women behave in such a way. I despised Joe, Claire really achieved an instant hateful man who’s slime and sleaze oozed off the pages. So when he’s killed, it’s understandable why there are so many suspects!

Bleak and atmospheric, this book is a tough book to read, touching on abuse and mental illness, this pacy thriller really gripped my attention. With unreliable characters and suspicious situations and a menacing plot line that really pulls the reader in, ‘The Liar’s Daughter’ is a taunt and twisty story that will have you guessing throughout.

You can buy ‘The Liar’s Daughter’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Little Boy Lost By J.P Carter

Little Boy Lost‘Little Boy Lost’ is the latest book in the DCI Anna Tate series.

One early October afternoon, ten-year-old Jacob Rossi begins the short walk home from school. But he never makes it. Days later, DCI Anna Tate is called to the scene of a burning building, where an awful discovery has been made. A body has been found, and the label in his school blazer reads: J. Rossi. As Anna starts digging, she soon learns that a lot of people had grudges against the boy’s father. But would any of them go so far as to take his son? And is the boy’s abductor closer than she thinks?

If you’re a fan of the film series ‘The Purge’, then the latest book by JP Carter is a must for you.

When a police accidentally kills an innocent pregnant woman, all hell breaks loose when raids happen all over London and beyond in revenge for the woman’s killing. It’s while this is happening that DCI Anna Tate has been out during the riots to investigate the tragic death of a little boy chained to a wall in a cellar. Whilst she’s investigating this, her daughter Chloe, who has been missing for the last number of years, running for her life as she accidentally gets caught up in the mass riots.

The story is seen from two perspectives, Anna and Chloe. Whilst Anna is investigating and gruesome and tragic case, she’s unaware of her young daughter running for her life, escaping death, kidnapping as well as rape. She’s a feisty girl, who has been through quite a lot in her short life and is only just beginning to adapt her new life with a woman she never thought of as mum. The two different narratives give stark differences in the dangerous and chaotic riots whilst Anna is working away in her own bubble thinking that Chloe is safe and sound.

This book is the third book in the series by JP Carter and for me, I was able to seamlessly settle into it and flow along with the previous back story which is Anna and Chloe reconciling and the horrific circumstances that brought them together.

The story is truly gripping reading but it genuinely unsettling in parts with the tragic death of a little boy, as well as the chaotic rioting Cleverly written with a suspenseful and terrifyingly believable plot line and unreliable characters riddled throughout. ‘Little Boy Lost’ is a fast paced thriller that right from the beginning really pulls the reader in with the right mixture drama and chaos.

You can buy ‘Little Boy Lost’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

My Writing Space – Fiona Gibson

Fiona GibsonToday Fiona Gibson also known as Ellen Berry shares her writing space.

Although I’m lucky to have my own room in our flat to work in, I’m not really precious about it. I love the idea of having ‘beautiful things’ around me, but when I’m full on with writing I could be anywhere really. I enjoy working in libraries, cafes and on trains, etc, as much as being at home. I work on a fairly aged laptop – if you peer closely at the keyboard you’ll see it’s been hammered so hard, almost all the letters have worn off. My family laughs at the way I bash the keys. It’s probably because my first job, on Jackie magazine back in the early 80s, involved writing all my features on a manual typewriter. You really had to hammer the hell out of it!

Fiona Gibson Writers Space

This room overlooks our street in a fairly quiet, residential area of Glasgow. It’s crammed with bookshelves and art materials. As well as writing, I love to draw and paint, and have recently been asked to do a bit of illustration work. So my desk is often cluttered with paints, inks, brushes and suchlike as well as the book in progress. I like music on low while I’m working – jazz, soul, disco, Latin or folk – it varies according to my mood.

When my children were younger and still at home, having a designated workspace felt crucial if I was ever going to get anything done. But all three – our twin sons and daughter – have all left home now and it’s just me and Jimmy, my husband, and our collie cross, Jack. The house should be immaculately tidy – but somehow, it’s not!

Fiona Gibson Writers Space

C.L Taylor Reveals New Book – Strangers

StrangersIf you loved ‘Sleep’ by C.L Taylor, then great news as she has revealed her new book for 2020 called ‘Strangers’.

What the back cover says –

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

I don’t know about you, but this is definitely one of the books of 2020 that I’m really looking forward to reading.

You can pre-order ‘Strangers’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 2nd April 2020.