99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the author (via Doug’s website):

Doug Richardson was born in Arcadia, California. The son of a career politician, Doug grew up outside Sacramento and inside the state Capitol. He used to talk his way into then-Governor Ronald Reagan’s office, just to get a handful of jellybeans. Doug left Northern California for Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, Doug had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.
After finishing college, Doug signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989 he garnered national attention when his spec screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug’s first feature film, the sequel to Die Hard, Die Harder, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash Bad Boys and, most recently, Hostage. To date, Doug’s features have grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide. In 1997, Doug’s debut novel, Dark Horse, was published by Avon/Morrow in hardcover, followed two years later by his follow up, True Believers. His third book, The Safety Expert, and his latest, Blood Money, are self-published. Doug continues to write and develop for feature films and television. He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and four mutts.

Before I start, can I just say in all honesty, Die Harder, Hostage and Bad Boys are some of my all time favourite and will watch anytime movies, so I was more than a bit excited to read a book by Doug!

99 Percent Kill is a fast paced, thrilling book with twists and turns aplenty. Goodreads describes the book as follows:

99 Percent Kill follows Lucky Dey, an on-again/off-again Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective who is both willful and acerbic to a dangerous fault. While in a holding pattern for official reinstatement, Lucky accepts a one-time gig to track down the missing teenage daughter of a Midwestern software millionaire. The novel is the first in a series, but also lives as a stand-alone thriller, winding its way through an L.A. landscape where the lights are bright, but the edges can be dark, perilously frayed, and populated with mix of human predators, amusing losers, and ambitious fringe dwellers.”

I really enjoyed 99 Percent Kill. The book follows Lucky who, waiting in limbo to hear about his job, takes on a one time assignment to find a missing girl. The girl has run away to LA, and hasn’t been heard from since so the pressure is on to find her. Lucky meets her father and together they navigate the sometimes dark and seedy side of LA in their quest to find the girl, Karrie.

There is plenty of action in the book, but without giving anything away, you need to read this book!!! 99 Percent Kill reads like a movie at times, and I found myself willing the characters on in their respective situations! It is such an easy read, however, due to time restraints I didn’t get to read it as often as I liked, I would have been done quicker if I could have just had a block of time!

Anyway, I gave 99 Percent Kill 4 stars on Goodreads! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would highly recommend it! Also, Doug, if you get a chance to read this review, THAT ENDING!!!!!!!! :-O

Also, thanks to Doug, his book was number 50 in my Goodreads Challenge so I’m all done! 🙂

Happy reading! 😊📖

The Killing of Mummy’s Boy by Joan Ellis

Thanks to Maxine at Booklover Catlady for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Killing of Mummy’s Boy is the second book by Joan Ellis that I have read. Having read the blurb I have to say I was a little intrigued. I didn’t know what to expect. Goodreads describes it as follows:

When a woman meets a stranger on a train, she discovers they have one thing in common: murder.

Ben has slit a man’s throat and Sandra’s son, Carl is on a Witness Protection Programme after his evidence convicts local thug, Lee Elliott of murder. Fearing reprisals from the family, Sandra flees London for the Isle of Wight.
On the train, she reports her lost Oyster card, giving out her details over the phone. Ben overhears. Now, the murderer knows where she lives. Returning home to find an Oyster card on the mat, she assumes he has been there ahead of her.
It is the first in a series of unnerving events. Suspecting him of stalking her, she alerts the police. As no crime has been committed, they can’t help.
When her son leaves the safety of the Witness Protection Programme and moves back to London with his pregnant girlfriend, Sandra turns to drink. And to Ben.
Repelled by his past but excited by his body, she is in his thrall.
When Carl, girlfriend in tow, runs back to Mummy following a threatening message from Lee Elliott’s brother, Gaz, secrets and lies are unleashed and all hell breaks loose.

I have to be honest, I found this book quite difficult to get into, and about 50% of the way through I really questioned whether or not it would improve. Sufficed to say, once things start happening, the tension in the book ramps up. I won’t go into spoilers, but towards the end, there’s a genuine shocker if a plot twist, which in all honesty, I didn’t see coming! Once the big reveal happened though, the action really began. The last 20% of the book was where it got really good! I found myself flying through it to see what happens!

I thought the main characters were a bit difficult to like, Sandra especially, which made me lack empathy for certain situations in the book. Ben is your typical macho man, very crude and brutish, but I enjoyed his character towards the end of the book.

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads, it was by no means terrible, but not my usual read so I found it a bit difficult to get into!

Happy reading 😊📖

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.