Find Me by J. S. Monroe

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*My thanks to Blake at Head of Zeus Books for my ARC of Find Me*

About the book:

Five years ago, Rosa walked to Cromer pier in the dead of night. She looked into the dark swirling water below, and she jumped. She was a brilliant young Cambridge student who had just lost her father. Her death was tragic, but not unexpected.

Was that what really happened? The coroner says it was. But Rosa’s boyfriend Jar can’t let go. He hallucinates, seeing Rosa everywhere – a face on the train, a distant figure on the hillside. He is obsessed with proving that she is still alive.

And then he gets an email.

Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do…

And, if she is, who is playing games with the ones she left behind?

About the author:

J. S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a freelance journalist in London and was a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. Monroe, the author of five other novels, was also a foreign correspondent in Delhi for the Daily Telegraph and was on its staff in London as Weekend editor.

My thoughts:

I had seen this cover on social media, and needless to say I was intrigued so I was delighted to get a review copy.

I had no idea what to expect because the cover literally gives nothing away so when I got it I saw that it was a flip book, in that you read half and then turn it upside down and read from the other cover and then meet in the middle! It was my first book like this, so that in itself was a novelty!

I don’t want go into the plot, because I’m mindful that I may give something away! What I will say though, is the first half of the book was excellent! I was gripped, until I flipped it over. Once I flipped, I found that the story lagged a bit, and even became a bit predictable!

However, it didn’t deter my enjoyment of Find Me. It was an interesting premise, and I was pleasantly surprised to see my hometown as a main characters hometown too as that’s not something I ever come across in books!

Find Me is a thriller, with some very compelling chapters, but at times I found it just fell a little flat when it could have gone the other way! I did enjoy it though and would recommend it if you like psychological thrillers sprinkled with a bit of mystery!

Would you read Find Me? Do let me know I the comments below!

Pendulum by Adam Hamdy

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*My thanks to Katie at Headline for my ARC of Pendulum by Adam Hamdy*

About the book:

You wake. Confused. Disorientated.
A noose is round your neck.
You are bound, standing on a chair.
All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope.
You are about to die.
John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable.
Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour.
He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction.
The momentum is in his favour for now.
But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum…

You have one chance. Run.

About the author:

Adam Hamdy is the author of the forthcoming Pendulum trilogy, which will be published by Headline in November 2016. New York Times bestselling author, James Patterson, said: “I read Pendulum in one gloriously suspenseful weekend. Definitely one of the best thrillers of the year.”

As a screenwriter, Adam has worked with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and is currently developing original TV dramas with networks in the UK and US.

In addition to his film and television work, Adam is building a reputation as an author. After garnering critical acclaim, Adam’s self-published second novel, Out of Reach, was republished by Endeavour Press in 2015.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors.

Adam has a degree in Law from Oxford University and a degree in Philosophy from the University of London. Adam is a seasoned skier, rock climber, CPSA marksman, and is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organisation, the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association, and the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

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My thoughts:

I had seen Pendulum pop up on social media weeks ago, and that cover really caught my eye so when there was a proof up for grabs I immediately asked if I could red and review and I am SO glad I did!!!

Pendulum is a high octane game of cat and mouse, stretching from the UK to the USA and back again. This transatlantic book is one of the most interesting crime novels I have had the pleasure of reading lately.

When we meet John Wallace, he is literally at the end of his rope. Put there by a masked and armoured man, he has no idea why he has been chosen and what is going to befall him. What follows is a pulse pounding rollercoaster filled with some very intriguing characters along the way.

I’m not going to dissect the book, but I will say this, Adam Hamdy has created a superb beginning to a series. It is full of mystery, action and it asks the reader so may questions along the way that it will make your head spin.

I loved Pendulum. I loved the characters, the way the story plays out, the interwoven threads that the author begins to unravel without the reader even noticing. So subtle, yet so brilliant and unexpected.

I may sound like a weirdo, but I loved the antagonist! The way Adam Hamdy has written the killer makes it possible to visualise them completely, and I have to say, if this was a movie it would be AMAZING to see the killer on screen!

Pendulum is a promising beginning to this series, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next one!!!! Highly, HIGHLY recommended!!!

Pre-order your copy here. Happy reading! 🙂

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

 

*My thanks to Quercus and Netgalley for my review copy*
About the book:

My husband’s lover. They said her death was a tragic accident. And I believed them . . . until now.

Carmen is happily married to Tom, a successful London lawyer and divorcé with three children. She is content to absorb the stresses of being a stepmother to teenagers and the stain of ‘second wife’. She knows she’ll always live in the shadow of another woman – not Tom’s first wife Laura, who is resolutely polite and determinedly respectable, but the lover that ended his first marriage: Zena. Zena who was shockingly beautiful. Zena who drowned swimming late one night.

But Carmen can overlook her husband’s dead mistress . . . until she starts to suspect that he might have been the person who killed her.

My thoughts:

Undertow is a gripping psychological thriller. Combining domestic noir with psychological elements makes for a great read. I was hooked once I started reading it, and that’s always a good sign for me!

The author has done a brilliant job in portraying the characters and their various back stories. Some of them were also genuinely horrible characters, which made me second guess their motives at times but I really enjoyed the sense of menace and tension that builds throughout the novel leading up to its climactic ending.

While I had made some guesses along the way, it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book. I think because I read so many books of this genre I seem to figure out some of the plot twists early on.

However, in a market saturated with this genre, Elizabeth Heathcote has done well to stand out. Undertow is an assured and confident book, and I would definitely recommend it.

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole 


*Huge thanks to Sam Eades and Trapeze for my ARC of Ragdoll to read and review!*

About the book:

The nation is gripped by the infamous ‘Ragdoll Killer’
Every news bulletin and headline is obsessed with this story.
Your friends, your family and your neighbours are all talking about it.

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet, nicknamed by the press as the ‘ragdoll’.

Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.

The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them.

With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?

About the author:

At 33 years old, Daniel Cole has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer and most recently for the RNLI, driven by an intrinsic need to save people or perhaps just a guilty conscience about the number of characters he kills off in his writing. He currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing book two instead.

My thoughts:

I had seen Ragdoll on social media in recent weeks and immediately added it to my watch list, and I am so glad I did because it is absolutely brilliant!

I love gory and gruesome in books, and I make no apologies for that, so to open with a body made up of different peoples body parts definitely grabbed my attention! So much so that I devoured Ragdoll in less than 24 hours, I just couldn’t put it down.

When I was raving about it to my husband, he said it sounds like it could be a movie or a tv show, and that’s exactly where Ragdoll’s background is. Daniel Cole has effortlessly transformed his writing into a gripping, twisted game of cat and mouse between the pages.

The characters are all really well written too. I am super excited to read more about Wolf because he is by far the most interesting and beautifully flawed Detective that I have encountered in a long time. And don’t even get me started on the Ragdoll Killer because that is one twisted antagonist, in the best possible way.

I don’t want to give too much away about the story, but it went in directions that I just wasn’t expecting. I found myself questioning everyone’s motives and I’m pretty sure I got it wrong every time!

To say I enjoyed Ragdoll would be an understatement! It consumed me while I read it. Definitely one of the best crime books I’ve read in quite some time, with an excellent premise and some darkly humorous moments I cannot recommend it highly enough! One to watch for certain!

Buy the book: 

Ragdoll is not out until February 23rd 2017 but you can pre-order your copy by clicking the link below:

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

 

Angel (DCI Ryan 4) by L. J. Ross

First off, my thanks to Louise for allowing me to read an ARC of Angel, I was more than a little excited to be asked 😊 I’ve read and loved the previous three books in the series, and you can click the links below to catch up on my reviews:

Holy Island by LJ Ross

Sycamore Gap by LJ Ross

Heavenfield by LJ Ross

About the author:

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, LJ Ross moved to London where she graduated from King’s College London with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law. After working in the City as a regulatory lawyer for a number of years, she realised it was high time for a change.
Her first book, ‘Holy Island’, has consistently been listed as an Amazon bestseller since its release in January 2015 and hit the Amazon UK Kindle #1 position in May 2015. Its sequels, ‘Sycamore Gap’, ‘Heavenfield’ and ‘Angel’ have all been #1 bestsellers.

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About the book:

He’ll make you his angel, but first you have to die…

After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan’s life is finally beginning to return to normal and he’s looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée.

Then, on Good Friday morning he is called out to a crime scene at one of the largest cemeteries in Newcastle. The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave and the killer has given her wings, like an angel.
Soon, another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another. Panic spreads like wildfire as a new serial killer is born, and Ryan’s band of detectives must work around the clock to unmask him before he can strike again.

My thoughts:

I’m pretty certain that the DCI Ryan series is improving with the release of each book and that’s evident with Angel as it’s the best in the series so far in my opinion.

I feel sorry for poor Ryan, he always draws the crazy people and this book is no different. This time we have a killer who believes he is essentially a messenger of God and killing in His name. Posing them in the position of an angel, the symbolism is not lost on the team of investigators.

Angels have long been a symbol in religion, and though this book has religious references and connotations, it is done in a sympathetic way and stays true to the story. Though Angel has its roots in religion, the book stays with the characters and their various investigations which means it’s not something the reader has to focus on.

I absolutely adore Louise’s writing style, and it’s getting better and more assured with each book. Angel is gory, gruesome but packed to the rafters with action and mystery. The familiar cast of characters are all there, but I’m pretty sure Ryan is still my favourite 😊

I won’t give anything away about the story, but it is brilliant! Heart-pounding cat and mouse games are prevalent in Angel and I’m pretty certain that I held my breath more than once as I raced toward the conclusion! Which, if I’m honest, I WAS NOT EXPECTING!!!!!*

*This is code for please get the next DCI Ryan book out as fast as possible please and thank you!* (You’ll understand when you read it! 😉

I love this series, I love the characters and I really love how invested I become in the fates of the fictional characters. Angel is most definitely the best book in the series so far, and they are all superb, but Angel is exceptional!

All the stars for this one! Highly recommended 😊

Angel is out in ebook on August 26th and you can pre-order your copy by clicking the link:

Angel: A DCI Ryan Mystery by LJ Ross

Happy Reading 😊

The Deviants by C J Skuse


*My thanks to the lovely folks at Mira UK and Netgalley for my copy of The Deviants to read and review!*

About the book:

When you set out for revenge, dig two graves

Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.

When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?

My thoughts:

I had seen The Deviants on social media, so naturally I hoped on to Netgalley to see if it was there and lo and behold it was! Requested and approved, I settled down to read what turned out to be a very unexpected book.

At about 20% in, I knew I had a special book in my hands. I genuinely could not stop reading it. The story, the characters, everything about it just made me keep turning the pages.

The Deviants is a brilliantly written book, full of depth and with so many hidden layers that it became almost a compulsion to try and figure out what was going on. I don’t usually read YA novels, but r=this book is enough to make me want to read all of CJ Skuse’s back catalogue.

Max and Ella appear to be love’s young dream, even in the wake of Max’s sister Jess’s death. All is not what it seems though. Without going into any detail, their friend Corey is bullied and what happens in the aftermath sets the ball rolling towards one of the most unexpected and emotional stories I have ever read.

The Deviants made me well up, and I can honestly say had I been on my own reading the final few chapters I would have been crying like a baby. I wasn’t prepared for just how much this book would get to me. The tension throughout the book just keeps on building, and you know you’re heading towards something huge, and when you get there it sucker punches you!!!!

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. CJ Skuse has written a stellar book, worthy of the early praise it is garnering. Buy it, read it, and weep.

Montecristo by Martin Suter

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My sincerest thanks to the lovely people at No Exit Press for my review copy!

About the book:

Video journalist Jonas Brand is on a rail journey from Zurich to Basel when stock trader Paolo Contini appears to throw himself from the train to his death.

Brand sets his footage of the aftermath of the incident aside to investigate a strange coincidence: two 100-Swiss-franc banknotes bearing the same serial number have come into his possession. Sensing an opportunity to graduate from celebrity journalism to serious investigation, he has the banknotes analysed, with bizarrely contradictory… and fatal results.

Set in the tangled world of finance, politics and the media, Montecristo is a pacy conspiracy thriller full of betrayal and underhand tactics – a sharp and entertaining demonstration of the topical maxim that some banks are simply ‘too big to fail’.

 

My thoughts:

Montecristo is a novel based in Switzerland, which means I’m automatically intrigued as I really enjoy books based in colder climates. It has won accolades aplenty, and after reading it, I can see why! It is a brilliantly written, twisty and intriguing novel.

It follows Jonas Brand, a freelance video journo, who finds himself on a train where a man supposedly jumped to his death. What follows is a brilliant financial and political thriller that I could not put down!!

The supporting characters to Jonas are really well fleshed out, and Martin Suter has done an excellent job. I really liked Jonas especially though. I couldn’t help but root for him the entire way through Montecristo. (Speaking of, Montecristo is actually the name of a film project Jonas had been trying to get off the ground in the novel.)

When Jonas comes into the possession of two bank notes with the same serial number, the pace of the story really picks up and the level of intrigue shoots up a notch. Conspiracy rears its head and Jonas is led into an investigation that could have devastating consequences.

I thoroughly enjoyed Montecristo, and I would happily and highly recommend it! It is so twisty, and unexpected that it grabs you early on and leaves you reeling in its wake by the end of it all!

Montecristo is out on TODAY and published by No Exit Press.

Happy reading! 🙂