Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell


So I had this on my kindle for a while before I got to it. It was actually when the second Jennifer Knight book Time To Die went up on Netgalley that I thought to myself, ‘right, it’s definitely about time to read book one!”, especially after being approved to read TTD! 🙂

I went into this not knowing what it was about, I had read the briefest of descriptions, and to be honest, I must have missed paranormal anywhere in it, because when things started happening in Don’t Turn Around, I was caught completely unawares.

Goodreads description:

“You don’t know him. But he knows you.

Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.
As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …
With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.”

I really liked Jennifer as a character, she is very well drawn and it’s easy to empathise with her at times. The story flowed very easily, and Caroline has a lovely way of writing. I found the book very easy to read, albeit I’ve been fighting a cold, and have a baby who has decided naps are for wimps, so my reading time has been severely curtailed. However, no matter when I left down the book, I was easily able to pick up where I left off as it’s just so easy to follow.

The book switches between present day, and to events in the past relating to both Jennifer and the murderer. Some of these chapters are genuinely creepy, the details and the atmosphere really amp up the tension. I mainly read Don’t Turn Around in bed at night, needless to say any noises I heard made my heartbeat quicken. While finishing the book today, (just at the height of everything going on in the book!!!)  with my baby asleep upstairs, I heard a noise like something fell or was dropped,(it wasn’t the baby before you ask!) pretty sure I jumped in my seat! Nothing like a bit of drama to creep you out during a paranormal crime thriller! It was a shoe falling off a shelf btw! #easilyscared

Anywho, it’s safe to say I really enjoyed this book! It’s not a genre I usually read, but I am looking forward to Time To Die now! I gave Don’t Turn Around 4 ⭐️ on Goodreads!

Happy reading 😊📖

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by Marnie Riches

Where do I start with this book?!

I loved this book so I’m finding it hard to reconcile the wonderment in my head with words on a page! I feel like I need to read a thesaurus to learn all the words that I could possibly need for this review! 🙂

First up, here’s someone else’s words, publishing house Harper Collins, describing the book:

“HE’S WATCHING HER. SHE DOESN’T KNOW IT…YET

When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam, aspiring criminologist Georgina McKenzie is asked by the police to help flush out the killer.
But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear.
And the killer has a very special part for George to play…

A thrilling race against time with a heroine you’ll be rooting for, this book will keep you up all night!

WINNER OF THE 2015 DEAD GOOD READER AWARD FOR MOST EXOTIC LOCATION”

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is the first in a series following Georgina McKenzie based in Amsterdam. George is a Cambridge University student on an exchange in the city. When a bomb explodes at her university she can’t help but get involved, dragging her friend Ad along with her.

After George meets Inspector Van den Bergen, he enlists her help as she writes a blog and he thinks it’s a good way to reach the suspects. Soon they realise that the bomb was a person, in George’s class. When another bomb goes off and the bomb is another student the race to find the perpetrator begins.

I don’t want to go too much further in the plot here as there was an OMG moment for me just over halfway through and I don’t want to spoil that for anyone. I was actually annoyed at myself that I didn’t put the pieces together before it happened!!!! Then again, that’s ha,f the fun, working backwards to see what you may have missed!

I downloaded The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die when it came out as so many fellow book bloggers had been talking about it and I’m so glad I did! I’ve also got book 2 on my kindle, The Girl Who Broke The Rules aaaaaaand I’ve totally preordered book 3, The Girl Who Walked In The Shadows!

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads, and I still can’t find the right words to explain how much I enjoyed this book! 🙂 Just go and get in and decide for yourself! 😉

Happy reading! 😊📖

Guilt by Joan Ellis

  

I was given a copy of this book by Maxine over at Booklover Catlady in exchange for an honest review.

Joan Ellis is not a name I have ever heard of, so I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Guilt. It’s a relatively short book. Less than 200 pages, so I read it today.

Guilt is about Susan, whose younger brother dies of an overdose while she’s watching him. She carries the guilt with her throughout childhood, and into adulthood. When she has a baby of her own, the guilt threatens to overtake everything in her life.

Goodreads describes the book as follows:

You died in April 1965, a month before your fifth birthday. You were probably dead long before Mum downed her third gin with Porky Rawlings.Seven year old Susan is alone with her younger brother when he dies of an overdose.

The Guilt informs the rest of her life.

When it threatens to destroy not only her but her relationship with her new baby,she must revisit the past to find the truth.

What she discovers is as horrifying as it is magical.

I have to be honest, I wasn’t blown away by Guilt. With the book being so short, the author still managed to get the complete story in. At times it felt a bit rushed, but it was still easy to read.

There are some things in the book that readers may find a bit hard to read, but then again, the vivid descriptions are what make a book sometimes. I can’t say i hated this book, but in my opinion, it wasn’t a great read. I found the subject matter and the way the author wrote Susan to be a bit, I can’t find the right word, awkward, forced maybe. Personal opinion though! I gave this book 2 stars on Goodreads.

Housebroken by The Behrg

  

I was given a copy of Housebroken to review by Maxine over at BookLover Catlady

I have no idea where to start with this book! I started it on Friday at lunchtime, and I finished it last night (Saturday) after spending the most part of the evening racing through it. I guess that’s a good sign. 

Goodreads describes Housebroken as follows:

“It was a kidnapping, but in all the wrong ways. No ransom, no demands; there was nothing they wanted–other than to observe.” 

When Blake Crochet and his family are taken hostage in their own home, they are forced to act out their everyday lives under the observance of two psychotic kidnappers. Each moment Blake must pit the decision to follow their captors’ rules against the potential catastrophe of a failed escape.
He soon learns that the consequences of both action and inaction are more terrifying than he imagined. As Blake’s life erodes beneath him, secrets come to light that threaten to destroy his family before their kidnappers have a chance.
Secrets carry consequences too.
As the motives behind the kidnapping are revealed, Blake must sacrifice everything to hold on to the ever-shifting definition of what his family has become. In his battle for survival, he will face the ultimate consequence: for to fight a devil, you may have to become one yourself.

I hadn’t heard of this book before I started it so I had no idea what the premise of the book was. Once I started reading it, it quickly became evident that it wasn’t your run of the mill kidnapping book. Imagine being housebound by two maniacs, just to be observed! 

Blake and his wife Jenna, along with their son Adam have recently moved into a beautiful mansion in LA, however, happiness hasn’t followed. There is obvious strain in the marriage, and this begins to become more evident as you get into the book. A stranger appears at their door, and their life is changed forever.

I don’t want to go into the plot, but the only way I can describe this book is that it’s one of the most brutal, screwed up books that I have read in a long time. There is violence (serious violence!!!), murder, torture, psychological abuse and so much more in Housebroken. For want of a better phrase, it’s an assault of the senses! 

12 hours after finishing it, and I’m still thinking about it! Housebroken is adrenaline pumping action mixed with the creepiest of psychological torture and then some! Don’t even get me started on the last 10% of the book! Most of that time was spent with my mouth open and going “huh?! What just happened!!!!”. I gave it three stars on Goodreads. Well worth a read if you want something different to the usual kidnapping story. 

The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons

  

The Slaughter Man is the second instalment of the DC Max Wolfe series, the first being The Murder Bag. I read The Murder Bag when it came out and I really enjoyed it so I was excited when I heard there was a second book on its way! 

I made my husband pick a book for me to read on Wednesday night because I have so many I couldn’t pick one myself! This is what he picked! I figured I’d just read a few pages to get it started, turns out I read 105 pages in my first sitting, roughly over 1/4 of the book! I didn’t want to go to sleep but I didn’t want to be a zombie yesterday either 🙂 

I finished the book last night! I’m pretty sure that it took maybe 3-4 hours max to read this in between one kid at camp and the other napping! I raced through it when I got half a chance! 

The book is described on Goodreads as follows: 

A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. DC Max Wolfe hunts a pitiless killer through the streets of London. By the Sunday Times number one bestselling author of The Murder Bag.

On New Year’s Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away.
The murder weapon – a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered – leads Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man.

But the Slaughter Man has done his time, and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?
And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage by a copycat killer – or a contract hit designed to frame a dying man?
All Max knows is that he needs to find the missing child and stop the killerbefore he destroys another innocent family – or finds his way to his own front door …
Even the happiest of families have black, twisted secrets that someone is ready to kill for…
This book is brutal, gory and full of gruesome little sidebars. Like what happens to a body after it dies. Full on details about putrefaction!!! Not for the faint hearted, very interesting though.

I found The Slaughter Man to be a super fast paced book. There was something happening every couple of pages. It was very easy to follow though. I really enjoyed it. It was twisty, some of which were unexpected, but overall a great read. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Happy reading 😊📖

Eden Burning Competition

I am delighted to have been asked by Matthew Smith (Urbane Publications) to take part in a competition where the winner will receive a copy of Eden Burning by Deirdre Quiery.


Not only that, the winner will receive a beautiful print by the author, also titled Eden Burning.

Eden Burning- the blurb:

Northern Ireland, 1972.

On the Crumlin Road, Belfast, the violent sectarian Troubles have forced Tom Martin to take drastic measures to protect his family. Across the divide William McManus pursues his own particular bloody code, murdering for a cause. Yet both men have underestimated the power of love and an individuals belief in right and wrong, a belief that will shake the lives of both families with a greater impact than any bomb blast.
This is a compelling, challenging story of conflict between and within families driven by religion, belief, loyalty and love. In a world deeply riven by division, how can any individual transcend the seemingly inevitable violence of their very existence?
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer a simple question:

Where is Eden Burning set?

Answer in the comments below

The competition is open worldwide and will run from Friday August 21st to 11:59pm Monday August 31st.
The winner will be picked at random and their details will be passed on to Matthew Smith at Urbane Publications who will send out their prize.

Best of luck 🙂