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Hunt By Leona Deakin

Hunt‘Hunt’ is the third book in Leona Deakin’s ‘Dr Bloom’ series.

The Foreign Secretary is being held under the Terrorism Act. He will answer the police’s questions on one condition – they let him speak to Dr Augusta Bloom. He asks Bloom to track down his niece, Scarlett, who hasn’t spoken to her family for ten years. The last they heard, Scarlett was getting involved with Artemis – an organisation dedicated to women’s rights and the feminist movement, led by the charismatic Paula Kunis. But as Bloom learns more about Artemis, she’s torn. Is this organisation everything it claims to be, or do they have a secret side and an alternative agenda? And if so, what has become of Scarlett? The only way to find out for sure is for Bloom to go undercover. But will she make it out safely – or will she become the next Artemis woman to disappear?

Leona is back with a new book, with old characters resurfacing that Dr. Bloom thought that she and her team and put into prison but it seems that due to lack of evidence Seraphine Walker was walked free.

In the latest book of the series, Dr Bloom’s services has been required by the Secretary of State to look into the disappearance of his niece, Scarlett who no one has heard from in many years. There’s a fear that she’s been held captive in a women’s group called Artemis, so Dr. Bloom finds herself entering the group hoping to find Scarlett but instead is faced with dealing with a clever group of women and discovers that once you enter Artemis, you never get out.

I really enjoyed this book and this series. Dr. Bloom is a great character and gives a fascinating insight into police procedure and psychology. Cleverly written with tension and suspense throughout, this taunt thriller made for gripping reading.

The story is seen from multiple characters, Dr. Bloom, her partner Jameson as well as Scarlett, the missing woman and Seraphine Walker.

The different narratives really set the tone for the story, a countdown into finding the missing woman as well as Dr. Bloom getting deeper into the Artemis group. Although, the group has been created for to empower woman, it seems to brainwash its members into staying and that the outside world isn’t for them.

This latest book is a thrilling read, giving further insights and details into the character’s past and this narrative really adds to the story.

Fast paced and riddled with drama and twists throughout, ‘Hunt’ is another thrilling and suspenseful story in the Dr. Bloom series.

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

The Dare By Lesley Kara

The Dare‘The Dare’ is the latest book by Lesley Kara.

When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will come back alive. Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice’s friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend’s death. Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness?

‘The Dare’ is a thrilling story of lies and betrayal in this suspenseful story.

It’s primarily seen through the narrative of Lizzie in past and present tense when she was present at the death of her best friend and now as an adult when her dead best friend’s sister reenters her life bringing back bad memories.

Lizzie was present at Alice’s death and at the moment of her death when she was hit by a train, Lizzie had an elliptic seizure remembering nothing and making her a suspect in the death even though it was ruled as accidental. But Lizzie’s classmates and friends maintain that she was killed Alice and Lizzie spends the remainder of her teenage years tormented by her peers. Now, many years later Lizzie is content in her new life with her fiancée Ross and looking forward to becoming a new mum.

I loved this book and it was the perfect psychological thriller that really engaged with the reader. The different time periods really sets the tone for the story. Alice and Lizzie have a great friendship, best friends friends from children, they have a stereotypical relationship where they confide in teenage crushes and share clothes and compete for boy’s attention. Alice’s family is troubled with her mum who suffers from depression, an alcoholic father and an older sister who doesn’t like Lizzie. Because of Lizzie’s epilepsy, she’s the target of bullying especially when it comes to the school disco and they can’t put the disco light on due to the flashing lights.

The story is primarily seen through Lizzie’s narrative as she’s confronted from her past with Catherine reappearing in her life. Catherine wasn’t nice to Lizzie blaming her for Alice’s death so Lizzie finds it hard to get past the nastiness and become friends. Ross works with Catherine in the same surgery and wants both Lizzie and Ross get on together and Lizzie to move on from her past. There is also the inclusion of another narrative in the story that really keeps the reader on their toes and guessing throughout.

This story is a fast paced thriller, that is cleverly written with characters that are unreliable, so the reader is unsure if the protagonist is friend or foe. The further I delved into the story, the more gripping it became with twists and dramatic reveals. A cunningly crafted psychological story that spans decades, ‘The Dare’ is the perfect twisty story to settle into.

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

Two Wrongs By Mel McGrath

Two Wrongs‘Two Wrongs’ is the latest book by Mel McGrath.

In the city of Bristol, young women are dying in mysterious circumstances. The deaths look like suicides – but are they something more sinister? Honor is terrified that her daughter might be next. But as she looks for clues as to what really happened to the girls, she stumbles upon a link to a dark secret in her own past – one that she’s kept from her daughter. Now Honor has the chance to avenge her child for the terrible events of years ago. But how far will she go to protect her daughter and right the wrongs done to her family?

‘Two Wrongs’ is gripping psychological thriller that explores the power dynamics and ethics between students and university professors.

The story is seen from the perspective of Nevis who’s best friend with Satnam who attempts to take her own life. Puzzled as to why Satnam, a seemingly intelligent and happy woman would try to throw herself off a bridge. Nevis starts her own investigation into her best friend’s life and discovers that she has a different life that she was unaware off. Nevis’s mother called Honour, is concerned about her daughter. Although, they are not biological mother and daughter, Honor wants to be there for her daughter and help her through this dark time. But as she tries to be there for her daughter, Honor finds herself delving into past and having to sir up unwanted memories. The story is also seen from the narrative of the Dean of the university Cullen who’s under immense pressure in both his personal and professional life, with his wife wanting to have a baby, a mother in a nursing home with financial worries and suicide campaign happening at his university.

The main characters in the story make an interesting mix of personalities, Nevis is a mathematician and approaches issues with mathematical thinking. She’s a bit of an awkward character, who has to come out of her shell as she looks into her best friend’s lifestyle and tries to make sense of her life. Her relationship with her mother is taunt, having lost her biological mother to suicide, she’s overcome with the situation and retreats from Honor’s support.

The book has short snappy chapters that keeps the reader engaged, the characters are flawed with real life issues, such as abuse and finance and riddled with twists that weave seamlessly together. With twisted relationships and suspense throughout, ‘Two Wrongs’ explores hard hitting issues with compassion and clever writing in this gripping, psychological thriller.

You can pre-order ‘Two Wrongs’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 4th March 2021.

Killing The Girl By Elizabeth Hill

Killing The Girl‘Killing The Girl’ is the latest book by Elizabeth Hill.

For over forty years Carol Cage has been living as a recluse in her mansion, Oaktree House. Fear is her constant companion. She’s been keeping a secret – and it’s about to be unearthed. When she receives a compulsory purchase order for her home, she knows that everyone is going to find out what she did to survive her darkest weeks in 1970. She writes her confession so that we can understand what happened because she wasn’t the only one living a lie. The events that turned her fairy-tale life into a living hell were not all they seemed. She’s determined not to pay for the mistakes of others; if she has to face justice, then they will too. Carol Cage has a terrible secret … and she’s about to exact retribution on
everyone who had abandoned her.

This is Catherine’s first book and it’s a story that evokes so many feelings in this domestic thriller.

The story is set over many decades and is seen solely through the narrative of Carol. We meet Carol in the present time admitting to a murder and then travels back to the 1960’s when she’s an outspoken and bold teenager with the world at her feet. But Frankie comes into her life and turns her head with his looks and charms and she falls deeply for him and every time he breaks her heart, she falls even more for him and can’t see to detach herself from him even though he turns out to be a bad person. But as she has to leave her home due to inherited home being demolished, she has to face up to her past.

The book is a story of redemption and grief and follows Carol Cage from her teenage years, when she’s growing up with a sexual curiosity and Frankie is the object of that curiosity. Initially, I didn’t warm to Carol, I find her cocky and overly confident but slowly begin to like brash manner and her take no crap attitude, particularly with Frankie. But as the story develops, she is so overcome with love for Frankie that she chooses to ignore his infidelity and lies.

A story that takes place over decades and sees an older woman who’s teenage self has never fully gone away. This book is a complex and dramatic debut that really hooked me in. A story about grief, jealousy and putting old ghosts to rest, ‘Killing The Girl’ is a thought provoking story about obsession and hidden secrets.

You can buy ‘Killing The Girl’ from Amazon

The Jigsaw Man By Nadine Matheson

The Jigsaw Man‘The Jigsaw Man’ is the debut novel by Nadine Matheson.

When bodies start washing up along the banks of the River Thames, DI Henley fears it is the work of Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer. But it can’t be him; Olivier is already behind bars, and Henley was the one who put him there. She’d hoped she’d never have to see his face again, but Henley knows Olivier might be the best chance they have at stopping the copycat killer. But when Olivier learns of the new murders, helping Henley is the last thing on his mind. Now all bets are off, and the race is on to catch the killer before the body count rises. But who will get there first – Henley, or the Jigsaw Killer?

If you’re a fan of grisly murders and plenty of gore then this book is packed with it.

The story is primarily seen through the perspective of SDI Henley, who is having to relive a nightmare when a series of murders happen across London all baring resemblance to a serial killer that nearly killed her two years ago. Limbs are being found all the over place and no one can find rhyme nor reason why someone is copycating the ‘Jigsaw Man’ who’s behind bars.

The story flows at a fast pace as Henley tries to catch the killer along with her new trainee detective called Ramouter, who’s first case is attracting a media frenzy as the limbs count up. As Henley tries to catch the serial killer, the only way to do that is by confronting her fears and visiting the famous ‘Jigsaw Man’ aka Peter Olivier, the man who nearly killed her and is costing her marriage.

I loved this story, but be warned it’s not for the faint hearted. Congratulations to Nadine, who’s managed to create a fantastic serial killer who’s not only charismatic but chilling who really gets underneath the readers skins with his creepiness. Whilst Henley is trying to maintain her sanity and professionalism with the case but it’s difficult with so many similarities triggering unsettling memories for the detective. She’s a great character, a strong willed woman who refuses to be judged on her gender or race and takes no crap from anyone.

Although this book is a debut, it reads like a series and I’d love a prequel to the book, when we initially meet the famous ‘Jigsaw Man’.

Creepy, intense and filled with action that will literally fill you with fear, ‘The Jigsaw Man’ is a thrilling debut that is gruesomely great.

You can pre-order ‘The Jigsaw Man’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 18th February 2021.