Sirens by Joseph Knox 

img_3645*Many thanks to Alison Barrow for my review copy*

About the book:

It starts with the girl. How it ends is up to DC Aidan Waits.

Isabelle Rossiter has run away again.

When Aidan Waits, a troubled junior detective, is summoned to her father’s penthouse home – he finds a manipulative man, with powerful friends.

But retracing Isabelle’s steps through a dark, nocturnal world, Waits finds something else. An intelligent seventeen-year-old girl who’s scared to death of something. As he investigates her story, and the unsolved disappearance of a young woman just like her, he realizes Isabelle was right to run away.

Soon Waits is cut loose by his superiors, stalked by an unseen killer and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman. He’s out of his depth and out of time.

How can he save the girl, when he can’t even save himself?

Sirens is out on January 12th and you can get a copy by clicking HERE.

My thoughts:

Sirens is an absolutely stunning book in every way. Not only is it captivating, dark and gritty, but it is also the authors DEBUT novel. Why should that be in bold?! Well let me tell you…

I’ve read a lot of books, especially crime, so I’d like to think I can spot a good one. Sirens is one of those books that don’t come round very often. It is gripping, haunting and so deliciously dark that you just wont be able to put it down. I think it is so completely brilliant that I would be surprised if it doesn’t do exceedingly well upon its release in the coming week.

Sirens, as far as titles go, is so apt for this book. Referring, in this case, to those women who lure you in and you’re caught before you even realise it. DC Aidan Waits, for all intents and purposes, answers the sirens call. This decision leads the disgraced detective further down the rabbit hole, and what follows is a truly gut-wrenching story that affects more than just his life and future.

Called in to investigate the disappearance of Isabelle Rossiter, Waits ends up on a journey painted so vividly by Knox’s words, that the reader is essentially there with him. Emotive, disturbing but ultimately an absorbing and excellent read. I couldn’t see how Sirens was going to go, but I know I didn’t want it to end.

Watch out for this one. You won’t be sorry.

Highly recommended!

Pendulum by Adam Hamdy


*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.


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! 🙂