Obscura by Joe Hart

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About the author:

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Joe Hart was born and raised in northern Minnesota, where he still resides today. He’s been writing horror and thriller fiction since he was nine years old. He is the author of eleven novels and numerous short stories, including the books The River Is Dark, Lineage, and The Last Girl. When he’s not writing, Joe enjoys reading, working out, watching movies with his family, and spending time outdoors.

About the book:

She’s felt it before…the fear of losing control. And it’s happening again.

In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission. With her grip weakening on reality, she starts to doubt her own innocence. And she’s beginning to question so much more—like the true nature of the mission, the motivations of the crew, and every deadly new secret space has to offer.

Out May 8th from Thomas & Mercer, click the link below to get your copy:

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My thoughts:

After seeing a glowing recommendation for Obscura from Brandon (The Behrg), I bumped Obscura to the top of my TBR and I am so glad that I did. I was hooked immediately, and read it at every available opportunity, including staying up reading late into the night to finish it!!!

Dr. Gillian Ryan is researching a new and terrifying strain of Dementia called Losian’s Disease, and it can affect anyone of any age. Having already lost her husband to Losian’s, when her young daughter begins showing the terrible symptoms, she becomes increasingly desperate to find a cure.

When her funding is cut, Dr. Ryan is given a unique opportunity to travel to a space station, where the crew appear to be exhibiting symptoms of Losian’s. What follows is a nail-biting and extremely tense story. More than once, I found my heart racing a little because Joe Hart has injected this story with dread and menace, and this is amplified when in the complete isolation of space.

Obscura is a very clever novel. It takes the reader on a journey, along with Dr. Ryan, as she tries to find a cure for her daughter she left back on Earth. It is tense, dark, and very suspenseful, and I read a lot of it fearful of turning the page for fear of what would happen!

What I loved most about Obscura is the misdirection that Joe Hart has created. I wasn’t expecting the story to go the way it did, and towards the end I was frantically turning the pages to see what was going to happen.

A terrifying read, but with innately human issues at its core, I loved Obscura. It is thrilling, claustrophobic and really engaging. Not a book I will forget in a hurry!

Highly recommended!

Dead Blind by Rebecca Bradley

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*Many thanks to Rebecca Bradley for my review copy!

About the author:

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Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective. She lives in the UK with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course.

Sign up to her readers’ club for a FREE novella, the prequel to Shallow Waters, the start of the series. Find it on the blog at rebeccabradleycrime.com You’ll also be provided exclusive content and giveaways.

About the book:

How do you identify a ruthless killer when you can’t even recognise your own face in a mirror?

Returning to work following an accident, Detective Inspector Ray Patrick refuses to disclose he now lives with face blindness – an inability to recognise faces.

As Ray deceives his team he is pulled into a police operation that targets an international trade in human organs. And when he attempts to bring the organisation down, Ray is witness to a savage murder.

But it’s a killer he will never remember.

The pressure mounts as Ray attempts to keep his secret and solve the case alone. With only his ex-wife as a confidant he feels progressively isolated.

Can he escape with his career and his life intact?

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My thoughts:

Dead Blind is a really interesting read, with a premise that I hadn’t heard of. Prosopagnosia is essentially face-blindness, the inability to recognise a person’s face, and that’s what Detective Inspector Ray Patrick is suffering from in the aftermath of an accident while on duty.

This disorder has a huge impact on Ray’s life, and when he is put on an operation to catch the people responsible for illegal organ trading, it has the potential to ruin the entire investigation for him and his team.

I really enjoyed Dead Blind. Ray Patrick is a good character, and it is hard not to feel some sympathy towards him because of his condition. But on the other hand, I wanted to shout at him more than once because in not divulging his prosopagnosia, he puts so many people in danger.

I read this book with mounting frustration. Not in a bad way, just that the reader can see what is happening but Ray is so stubborn that he ends up with more and more hassle because he is hiding something big. It did add to the tension though, and I found myself willing him and the team on during the investigation.

Illegal organ trading is a tough subject, and I think it was dealt with quite well here. The story is well though out, and I liked the characters too. It was definitely a tense read, and I was eager to get to the end to see how it would all be tied up.

An interesting premise, with a real human dilemma at its core, Dead Blind was an intriguing and dark read.

Recommended for sure!

Blog Blitz: Pressure by Betsy Reavley Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog blitz for Pressure by Betsy Reavley and I’m sharing her review with you all!

About the author:

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Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.

As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.

You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley

About the book:

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When the submarine departed, none of the ten people on board knew it would turn into a nightmare.

Trapped on the sunken vessel on the bottom of the ocean and unable to escape, one of them is discovered dead. The tension escalates as the survivors realise there is a murderer among them, who is preparing to strike again and again…

With mounting desperation, people begin to turn on each other. While they struggle to identify who is responsible, each must contend with their own past, the claustrophobia and the secrets they are hiding.

But who is who? And which of them will be next to die?

Below the surface, the pressure is building and time is running out…

‘Betsy Reavley is back with a novel of such impact and power; nothing is clear, the tension so strong it holds you from the first page to the last. Pressure delivers on every level, leaving breathless readers in its wake.’ Bestselling author of Captor and 34 Days Anita Waller

 

 

Ellen’s Review:

A few of my worst fears are as follows; deep water, enclosed spaces, the sea…and being murdered. I really wouldn’t like to be murdered! So obviously a book about a group of people trapped in a malfunctioning submarine slowly being picked off by a psychotic maniac totally pushed all my buttons! As a total thrill seeker I will actively seek out a book that is going to freak me out and make me think “what would I do?”. Now there is no chance you’ll ever find me on a submarine but to be able to immerse myself into this story was a dark delight. I have a vivid imagination and Pressure played out like a horror movie in my mind – I was there shivering in the freezing darkness, smelling the rank odour of bodies beginning to decompose and praying for a solution.

The story is told from quite a few different POV’s including the cast of the movie to be filmed and crew of the submarine. There is also a narrator identified only as Child giving an account of historical abuse at the hands of their mother. This may seem like a lot to get your head around but each chapter is quite short and I found them easy to follow. It seems like each character has an underlying reason to be involved in the film but who is out for murder??

Pressure is the ultimate locked room mystery and I advise you put a few hours aside and read this in one seating just don’t forget to breathe!!

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Blog Tour: This Dark Place by Claire Kittridge Ellen’s Review

Hi guys,

Today Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for This Dark Place by Claire Kittridge and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down! First though, the all-important bookish information 🙂

About the author:

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Claire Kittridge grew up in Brooklyn, NY watching The X-files, Law and Order, and a worn-out VHS tape of Sweeney Todd that she found in the basement. Long a lover of atmospheric landscape, rolling hills, and rainy days, Claire fell in love with England and its great fictional detectives while traveling around Britain as a teenager.

 

An avid reader, triathlete, and boxing fan, Claire lives in New York City with her cat, Chairman Meow. She is currently at work on the second Kelly Moore novel.

 

Twitter: @cpkittridge

Instagram: @clairekittridge

Amazon author page:  amazon.com/author/clairekittridge

About the book:

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Priscilla Ames is the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund manager that has made millions in the stock market. She’s reckless, impulsive, always wanting to be the center of attention, but one thing has been constant – her friendship with Avery Moss. They are like sisters that share adventures and look out for each other in times of need.

 

Avery Moss comes from a working-class family in Brooklyn. She met Priscilla as an 8 year-old at an elite NYC private school where Avery was on a one-year scholarship. They became friends on the first day of school when Avery beat up a boy that was teasing Priscilla. When Avery’s scholarship was discontinued, Priscilla’s father, Peter Ames, stepped in and has supported her schooling ever since, including sending the girls to a prestigious acting college in London

 

NYPD Detective Kelly Moore is a member of the elite Queens Violent Felony Squad. She is smart and strong and direct. Years ago, her older sister disappeared while traveling in England and the case was never solved, haunting all of her investigations. Moore’s greatest strength and her greatest weakness are two sides of the same coin: when she’s on her game, she works from the inside out, acting on hunches and then backing them up with evidence – but under duress, she acts rashly, leaping before she looks.

 

When Priscilla’s body is found by Avery in a posh London flat and her death is splashed across headlines worldwide, Kelly Moore flies across the Atlantic to join a crack team of British investigators working on the case.

 

Together with the London Metropolitan Police, Kelly must track down a twisted serial killer who seems to know her every move and her darkest secrets. As the body count rises, and panic spreads, the killer threatens to make Kelly the next victim.

 

In a heart-racing game of cat and mouse, Kelly must outwit this elusive master of surveillance – who might be the last person she suspects.

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Ellen’s Review:

This Dark Place is Claire Kittridge’s debut novel and a promising start to a new detective series. Kelly Moore is the NYPD detective tasked with finding the killer of American theatre student Priscilla Ames. Kelly teams up with the London Metropolitan Police to help them crack the case and solve the mystery. Priscilla’s death is not the last and as the body count rises, Kelly herself is in danger as her every move is closely monitored by the killer.

The main suspect in the case is Pricilla’s best friend Avery – she was the one that discovered the body and it later transpires that her prints are on the murder weapon. Nothing is as straight forward as it seems and Pricilla’s father is a wealthy businessman determined to prove Avery’s innocence, it is him who makes sure Kelly is put on the team. Not everyone in the London Met is happy with this and make their feelings clear. As well as antagonism from some of her new colleagues Kelly has to deal with the fact that there appears to be a leak in the department and the newspapers seem to have access to information they have no right to.

A thrilling read with plenty of twists and turns. I liked Kelly Moore as a character and am intrigued as to what might happen in future novels. It was great to see London through her eyes and the differences to how she is used to working in the NYPD. All in all a great book with fantastic character development and a fast paced plot!

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A Woman Scorned by Jack Jordan

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About the book:

Are you afraid? 
You should be.

The husband: in over his head with no way of knowing the truth.
The mistress: blinded by love, betrayed by her family…
The neighbour: will stop at nothing to protect the life he has fought to create.
The wife: a woman bent on revenge, but how far is she willing to go…?

Click the link below to find out…

A Woman Scorned by Jack Jordan

About the author:

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Jack Jordan is the global number one bestselling author of Anything for Her (2015), My Girl (2016), A Woman Scorned (2018), and Before Her Eyes (2018).

To find out more about Jack, enter numerous annual giveaways to win signed copies of his books, and be one of the first to hear of new book releases and news, follow him here:

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My thoughts:

I really enjoyed Jack’s previous books, so I was super excited to be able to read an early copy of A Woman Scorned! And I stand by my hashtag, #JackIsBack, and with a bang!

A Woman Scorned is a short read, at less than 125 pages, so it was very easy to pick this one up, and not put it down until I finished it. It helps that it was a fun story to read too. Not fun in the usual sense obviously, but fun in the sense that it was a juicy little read.

I enjoy a domestic noir-ish thriller, but this one has a little more spice to it. The characters are multi-faceted, and we get a glimpse into each of them, which made it all the more interesting to see why they were the way they were, if that makes sense?!

Honestly, I would have read the hell out of this if it was a full book! I wanted more! But that being said, this is a little gem of a story. It packs a punch for such a short story, but it feels satisfying when you’re done. I really enjoyed it!

#JackIsBack 🙂

Previous reviews:

Anything For Her by Jack Jordan

My Girl by Jack Jordan

Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson

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*Many thanks to the publishers for my review copy!

About the author:

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David Jackson is the author of a series of crime thrillers featuring New York Detective Callum Doyle. His debut novel, Pariah, was Highly Commended in the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Awards. When not writing fiction, David spends his time as a lecturer in a university science department. He also gives occasional workshops on creative writing. He lives on the Wirral peninsula with his wife and two daughters. David can be followed on Twitter, where he goes under the name @Author_Dave.

Join David Jackson’s Readers’ Club for all the latest news from David on his books, events and giveaways: http://www.bit.ly/DavidJacksonClub

 

About the book:

Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.

There’s just one problem. Daisy doesn’t belong to the Bensons. They stole her.

And now they’ve decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister.

D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . .

Published TODAY by Bonnier Zaffre, you can order your copy by clicking the link below:

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My thoughts:

You guys! YOU GUYS!!! THIS BOOK!!!! It definitely nearly broke me. I have such a grá (love in Irish in case you want to know!) for Nathan Cody. I never want to stop reading when I pick up any of David’s Cody series, and Don’t Make A Sound was no exception.

But I had to put it down… to catch my breath, because THINGS HAPPEN! And I wasn’t prepared for how it made me feel!!! I picked the book up again after a few deep breaths, but I was super tense until I turned those last pages.

What a bloody thrill ride!!!

There is no doubt that David Jackson is an awesome writer, but he is also a master manipulator after this one (Love you really, Dave!) because it really messed with my head, heart and emotions. I am NOT complaining though, because this knack that Dave has means that his books will keep me gripped from start to finish.

EVERY. DAMN. TIME.

Don’t Make A Sound, for me, is the best book in the series so far.  Without a shadow of a doubt. The plot is pitch perfect. The atmosphere is dark and nervy. The characters are so well-drawn (goodies and baddies) that the reader becomes immersed almost immediately and that denouement, perfection.

I can’t praise Dave or his books highly enough. Firmly on my favourites list for life, this series just keeps getting better and better.

Raw, dark and with an emotional gut-punch, Don’t Make A Sound is one thriller you DO NOT want to miss.

Highly recommended.

Always.

Previous DJ reviews:

A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

Hope To Die by David Jackson

My Mother’s Secret by Sanjida Kay

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About the book:

You can only hide for so long…

Lizzie Bradshaw. A student from the Lake District, forced to work away from home, who witnesses a terrible crime. But who will ultimately pay the price?

Emma Taylor. A mother, a wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret. Can she keep her beloved family safely together?

Stella Taylor. A disaffected teenager, determined to discover what her mother is hiding. But how far will she go to uncover the truth?

And one man, powerful, manipulative and cunning, who controls all their destinies.

Published by Corvus tomorrow, you can order your copy by clicking the link below:

My Mother’s Secret by Sanjida Kay

About the author:

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Sanjida Kay is the author of three psychological thrillers, Bone by Bone (longlisted for a CWA Steel Dagger Award, nominated as one of the best crime and thriller books of the year by the Guardian and the Sunday Express and named as an Amazon Rising Star), and The Stolen Child.

My Mother’s Secret will be out 3 May.

All three are published by Corvus Books, and are available as audiobooks via Audible.

She lives in Bristol, with her husband and daughter.

My thoughts:

My Mother’s Secret is the kind of book that you pick up to read a little, and by the time you look up again you’re halfway through! Sanjida Kay has a lovely writing style, in that it flows really well and you don’t notice the time going by as you read.

I really enjoyed My Mother’s Secret. The characters were all interesting in their own way, and they are all going through some stuff. And who doesn’t like to read a bit of drama every now and again?!

Sanjida Kay has a real knack for writing relationships. Most especially the dynamics between mothers and their children, for better or worse. She just “gets” it. The moods, the communication (or lack thereof), the huffing at each other, it’s all there. I find that this gives a very real, tangible feeling to her writing, because it makes it that bit more relatable.

There is quite a lot going on in My Mother’s Secret, not so much that you can’t keep track, but enough to make the reader think. I loved how the stories intermingled, and then went in different directions, and were then brought back around. A really clever look at relationships and how the impact of decisions can affect everything.

Recommended for sure!

Previous reviews:

Bone By Bone by Sanjida Kay

The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay