Today, I’m delighted to be closing down the blog tour for CJ Carver’s Know Me Now. In a little change to the plan, instead of just reviewing Know Me Now, I’ll be sharing my reviews for all THREE books in the series in this post!
Spare Me The Truth
Dan Forrester, piecing his life back together after the tragic death of his son, is approached in a supermarket by a woman who tells him everything he remembers about his life – and his son – is a lie.
Grace Reavey, stricken by grief, is accosted at her mother’s funeral. The threat is simple: pay the staggering sum her mother allegedly owed, or lose everything.
Lucy Davies has been forced from the Met by her own maverick behaviour. Desperate to prove herself in her new rural post, she’s on the hunt for a killer – but this is no small town criminal.
Plunged into a conspiracy that will test each of them to their limits, these three strangers are brought together in their hunt for the truth, whatever it costs. And as their respective investigations become further and further entwined, it becomes clear that at the centre of this tangled web is a threat more explosive than any of them could have imagined.
How did I leave this book on my TBR for so long?!
In Spare Me The Truth, we meet Dan Forrester, suffering from amnesia and trying to piece his life back together in the aftermath of his son’s tragic death. He’s approached by a woman who tells him that what he know about his son’s death is all a lie.
Colour me hooked! I banged through this book in less than 24 hours. I became so completely absorbed in it. I read it at every available moment because I just had to see where the author was taking us on this rip-roaring rollercoaster!
Spare Me The Truth is a cracking series opener. It is fast-paced, intense and totally gripping. The plot is layered and twisted, and every delicious reveal lends itself beautifully to the tense atmosphere in the book. Add to this a stellar line up of characters and I was sold!
Tell Me A Lie
A family in England is massacred, the father left holding the shotgun.
PC Lucy Davies is convinced he’s innocent
A sleeper agent in Moscow requests an urgent meeting with Dan Forrester, referencing their shared past.
His amnesia means he has no idea who he can trust.
An aging oligarch in Siberia gathers his henchmen to discuss an English accountant.
It’s Dan’s wife
Back with Dan Forrester in this brilliant second installment, and it opens with an absolutely gripping few chapters. An entire family is massacred, except for the father, who is found holding the murder weapon. Who is he? What motivated this heinous act?
Carver is a master at clever twists and trickery in these books. Each one seems to be more determined to catch the reader out until the stunning reveals. Tell Me A Lie is no different. Naturally, I flew through this one too. There’s a lot going on in this one, but once I found my stride I couldn’t put it down!
In Tell Me A Lie, we go between the UK and Russia and this chilling location really adds to the narrative as it sets up the plot nicely. This time, Dan’s family is in trouble. His wife is on the radar of a Russian Oligarch, and this is not someone you want to have attention from.
Another fast-paced and engaging tale featuring Dan Forrester, and PC Lucy Davies. Lucy is really standing out as a character in this one, and she’s just so likeable. I enjoyed reading more about her in this one!
Another highly recommended for this one!
Know Me Now
A SUICIDE. A MURDER. A CONSPIRACY.
DIGGING UP THE PAST CAN BE DEADLY . . .
A thirteen-year-old boy commits suicide.
A sixty-five-year old man dies of a heart attack.
Dan Forrester, ex-MI5 officer, is connected to them both.
And when he discovers that his godson and his father have been murdered, he teams up with his old friend, DC Lucy Davies, to find answers.
But as the pair investigate, they unravel a dark and violent mystery stretching decades into the past and uncover a terrible secret.
A secret someone will do anything to keep buried . . .
Published by Bonnier Zaffre, you can get your copy by clicking HERE!
About the author:
C.J. Carver’s first novel Blood Junction won the CWA Debut Dagger and was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best mystery books of the year. Half-English, half New Zealand, C.J. has been a travel writer and long-distance rally driver, driving London to Saigon and London to Cape Town. Her novels have been published in the UK and the USA and translated into several languages.
This was my 3rd CJ fix in 7 days. Clearly, I binge read the first two in preparation for this one, and I am SO GLAD I read them together as it really added to the momentum.
In this one, it gets a bit more personal for Dan. His godson is found dead, of an apparent suicide. But not everyone is convinced that’s what happened. Dan enlists the help of PC Lucy Davies again, to see if she can help uncover anything. What they both find out is far more terrifying and far-reaching than anyone expected.
Family dynamics, honesty and friendship are all called into question in Know Me Now and it makes for some very tense reading.
I hate trying to convey how good a book is without wanting to tell you every minute detail, but where’s the fun in that?! These books are just so addictive, so you really just need to read them all. Seriously!
You can keep your Jason Bournes and your Ethan Hunts, I want to see Dan Forrester on the big screen. I can imagine these books as movies so easily. The writing is cinematic, the action is full on and CJ Carver is most certainly an excellent thriller writer!
If you love twists and turns, a smidge of violence and pulse-pounding action, YOU NEED THESE BOOKS!
Highly, HIGHLY recommended!!!
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