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The Last To Disappear By Jo Spain

The Last To Disappear‘The Last To Disappear’ is the latest book by Jo Spain.

When young London professional Alex Evans is informed that his sister’s body has been pulled from an icy lake in Northern Lapland, he assumes his irresponsible sister accidentally drowned. He travels to the wealthy winter resort where Vicky worked as a tour-guide and meets Agatha Koskinen, the detective in charge. Agatha is a no-nonsense single mother of three who already thinks there’s more to Vicky’s case than meets the eye. As the two form an unlikely alliance, Alex also begins to suspect the small town where his sister lived and died is harbouring secrets. It’s not long before he learns that three other women have gone missing from the area in the past and that his sister may have left him a message.

The latest book by Jo Spain is a dark and intense story set against the backdrop of the snowy slopes of Koppe, Lapland and this makes for atmospheric and chilling reading.

The story begins with the tragic death of Vicky Evans, a young woman who was found drowned. Detective Agatha Koskinen has been called in to solve the case. When Alex Evans finds out the sudden death of his sister, he lives England and finds himself becoming Agatha’s sidekick as he’s determined to find his sister’s killer. In doing this, Alex has to delve into his sister’s life and learn a side to her that as a brother, he never wanted to know. Whilst Agatha is trying to find Vicky’s killer, there’s still the unsolved disappearances of the three women who disappeared over the years.

The story is written in the past and present tense, the present tense is the investigation of Vicky’s death whilst the past tense is set in 1998, at the time of the first disappearance.

For fans of Nordic-Noir, this book ticks all the boxes. It’s gritty, claustrophobic and filled with suspicious characters. The story is beautifully descriptive from the chilling and eerie landscape that sets the tone perfectly in this thriller. What’s interesting about the story is the location which is Lapland, the homeland connected to Santa Claus and even though it’s described as a winter wonderland, this book is a far from a wonderland!

Agatha is an interesting detective determined to find the killer all whilst dealing with her own personal problems. Alex feels guilty about having an estranged relationship with Vicky and hopes finding the killer and bringing them to justice will ease his conscience.

Intense from the first page and wonderfully atmospheric, Jo has delivered a chilling thriller that made for gripping reading. Packed with drama, twists and turns ‘The Last To Disappear’ made for exciting reading.

You can buy ‘The Last To Disappear’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Sanctuary By Charlotte Duckworth

The Sanctuary‘The Sanctuary’ is the latest book by Charlotte Duckworth.

Four pregnant women. Three nights of pampering at an exclusive yoga retreat. One too many deadly secrets. On a remote farm in the deepest Devonshire countryside, four pregnant women arrive at an exclusive yoga retreat for a five-star weekend of prenatal pampering. The location is idyllic. Their host, Selina, is eager to teach them all she knows about pregnancy and motherhood. But, like Selina, each of the women has a secret.

The latest book by Charlotte is another gripping rollercoaster of a thriller set around five women at a pregnancy yoga retreat.

The retreat is run by Selina, who’s nervous about her first retreat going to plan and having everything ready for the four women arriving, Nicky and her younger sister Bonnie, Georgia and Poppy, Three of the women are having their babies for first time, whilst this is Nicky’s third and a complete surprise for her at a later stage in life. The retreat is going to plan until lots of threatening things happen, burnt scarecrows, headless animals and scary notes causing all the women to be in fear.

The story is seen through the narrative of the women filled with the anxiety and excitement of their pregnancies, but behind these emotions, they all have secrets that are about to be revealed. Right from the outset, the story is riddled with suspense and tension and with each page new twists and dramas are revealed.

As well as narratives from the women there is also an inclusion of a mysterious narrative who’s obviously got a grudge against one of the women and is willing to do anything to get revenge.

I love Charlotte’s book, they’re intense with complex characters with exciting plot lines that whisk the reader away and ‘The Sanctuary’ is no different. The women are a fascinating mix, all with different issues whether it’s the anxiety and concern of new a baby or grief and this along with the underlying tension.

Cleverly written, claustrophobic and atmospheric from the first page, ‘The Sanctuary’ is an exciting thriller that made for fast paced reading.

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

You’re Always With Me By Andy Maslen

You're Always With Me‘You’re Always With Me’ is the latest book by Andy Maslen.

Treating a woman for post-natal depression, therapist Mel Porter discovers a shocking truth about herself. As she battles to separate truth from lies, she must confront the most dreadful choice a wife can ever make. Believe that her husband is a killer. Or that she is. The woman claims to have murdered her own child. The confession turns out to be false but it starts a chain of events that leads to horrifying consequences for Mel. As each brick in the wall she has built around herself crumbles and falls away, a stark truth is revealed. Is she even the woman she thinks she is? When an ambitious detective with secrets of her own arrests Mel on a charge of murder, her world descends into chaos. Memories she thought she could trust turn out to be unreliable. Her very sanity is questioned. And Jonathan asks for a divorce. In court, facing a hostile lawyer’s harrowing questioning, Mel’s faith in herself reaches breaking point. Then the jury returns with its verdict and delivers a shocking conclusion to the trial.

This is first book that I’ve read by Andy and it was a brilliantly intense thriller that gripped me one afternoon.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Mel who’s been accused of killing her baby boy, her memories of his death are quite hazy but the unorthodox treatment that she received at a psychiatric hospital helps her recover her memory.

Mel is a lovely character, she loved her son dearly and is heartbroken that she caused his life to end but deep down, she’s unsure and tries to piece her memory again. Even though she’s a kind character, it’s heartbreaking to read how people treat when they think she’s a child killer. Her husband is a charismatic character, Jonathan has a high powered job and a love for high end designer brands. Whilst DC Ffion Parry was convinced that Mel had murdered her little boy, but as she delves further into the case, she begins to doubt her initial thoughts.

The introduction to this story is one of the best twists that I’ve read in a book for a while and it really sets the pace of the story. It’s fast paced and sharply written with flawed characters and unreliable narratives that pulled me in. The chapters are short and snappy so it was easy to get absorbed in the story.

A story about the discovery of the truth and the unravelling of lies, ‘You’re Always With Me’ is a fantastic thriller and a great introduction to a new author.

You can buy ‘You’re Always With Me ‘ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Paris Apartment By Lucy Foley

The Paris Apartment‘The Paris Apartment’ is the latest book by ‘Sunday Times’ best selling author, Lucy Foley.

Welcome to No.12 rue des Amants
A beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine. Where nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a story to unlock.

The watchful concierge
The scorned lover
The prying journalist
The naïve student
The unwanted guest

There was a murder here last night.
A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three.

This is the first book that I’ve read by Lucy and it was an absolute treat of a thriller, with a fantastic start that hooked me.

The story is seen primarily seen through the narrative of Jess, who’s travelled to Paris to visit her stepbrother Ben. But when she arrives, he disappears and she’s left with voicemail of him possibly in danger. The story is also seen through the narrative of all the other occupants of the apartment building that Ben lives in and they all seem to have secrets that they don’t want to be revealed.

I loved, loved loved this book. The chapters are short so it’s so easy to get consumed in the story. I found myself reading much later than I intended as the various narratives made for fascinating reading with such an eclectic range of personalities as well the mysterious identity of the Concierge, who Ben befriends.

Set against the backdrop of Paris, gave the story a sophisticated atmosphere, which was lovely, from the French food to the sharp French mannerisms.

A story that is brimming with suspense and suspicious characters that keeps you on your toes, ‘The Paris Apartment’ is a cleverly written story that is the perfect guessing game of a thriller!

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

The Undiscovered Deaths Of Grace McGill By C.S. Robertson

The Undiscovered Deaths Of Grace McGill‘The Undiscovered Deaths Of Grace McGill’ is the latest book by C.S. Robertson.

Death is not the end. For Grace McGill it is only the beginning. When people die alone and undiscovered, it’s her job to clean up what’s left behind – whether it’s clutter, bodily remains or dark secrets. When an old man lies undetected in his flat for months, it seems an unremarkable life and an unnoticed death. But Grace knows that everyone has a story and that all deaths mean something more.

This is the first book that I’ve read by Craig and I read it in two sittings, it really was a gripping story.

It’s seen through the narrative of Grace McGill who has an unique job of cleaning up after a dead body has been removed. Bodies that have laid a while undiscovered alone. One day after cleaning the home of an elderly man, she finds herself trying to solve a mystery of a missing teenager from over 50 years ago.

I genuinely loved this story, I found it poignant, fascinating and incredibly atmospheric. Set against the poverty ridden streets of Glasgow to the angry seaside town of Brute, where Grace travels to try to piece together the last moments of a missing girl. Grace is an intriguing woman, doing a job that’s quite unusual. She lives a lonely life with her cat George and has a turbulent relationship with her abusive father, her hobbies are quite strange but are also fascinating and she has an air of melancholy throughout the story. She’s more at ease with the dead than the living and her care and precision with her cleaning is fascinating to read. This profession was insightful to read, as we learnt about the breakdown of the body and the chemicals needed to clean up the remains.

Grace has an addictive personality and when she starts looking into Valerie’s disappearance, she’s determined to solve it even though her life is being threatened and the police think she is wasting their time.

A fascinating story about death, loneliness and lies, this book was an unique story that flowed at a fast pace that held my attention throughout. With a protagonist that was hard not to dislike and feel sympathy for, ‘The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill’ is a shockingly brilliant thriller with an almighty twist that will blow your mind!

You can buy ‘The Undiscovered Deaths Of Grace McGill’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.