Blog Blitz: The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today Ellen is reviewing The Rising Storm as part of the Bookouture Blog Blitz so I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down!

About the author:

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When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives with her partner in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, travelling and, of course, writing.

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About the book:

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What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of her city by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…

Stay loyal to their loved ones from the old world? Or dare to build a new one?

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Ellen’s review:

Dystopian and YA are two of my favourite genres so I was excited to get suck in to the first book of this trilogy. I loved how the story was told over two timelines: Alice at the point of the world’s collapse and Carter in the future that has adapted to the new way of living and is oblivious to how the world was before the creation of the Paradigm society.

In all honesty I preferred Alice’s narrative; witnessing the devastating effects of the vicious storms that rip London apart and how ten year old Alice survived (and eventually thrived) horrific scenes to eventually lend a hand in the creation of a new society was gripping. Her policies are rightfully questioned by Carter years after the event but at the time she believed what she was doing was for the greater good. Go Alice! Also, as I’ve mentioned, I’m a huge fan of dystopia and more so in the destruction and survival of people in the immediate aftermath. I’m not sure what that tells you about me!!

Where Alice was building the future and safeguarding future generations, Carter has his eyes opened to the truth of his family and the harsh reality of mankind’s history being erased. He begins to question the politics of the Paradigm which is pretty awkward as he has been raised to be a leader of the people and the powers that be are not comfortable with him questioning their authority. I did enjoy seeing his beliefs change throughout the story.

The Rising Storm is a great start to the trilogy and I will definitely be reading the rest.

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Blog Tour: Twin Truths by Shelan Rodger Ellen’s Review & Author Q&A

Hi everyone,

Today is our stop on the blog tour for Twin Truths by Shelan Rodger, and not only is there a fab review from Ellen, but there’s also a Q&A with the author for you all to check out!

About the author:

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Shelan’s life is a patchwork of different cultures and landscapes; she was born in northern Nigeria, growing up among the Tiwi – an aboriginal community on an island north of Darwin, and moved to England at the age of eleven. She then travelled to Buenos Aires after graduating in Modern Languages from Oxford, and stayed for nine years. Then another chapter in England, followed by six years in Kenya on flower farms by Lake Naivasha and the lower slopes of Mount Kenya.

Now, Shelan lives in Andalucia, Spain. She has learnt in and outside many classrooms around the world, teaching in some of them too. Her professional career has revolved around international education, learning and development, with an emphasis during her time in Kenya on anti-discrimination.

Shelan’s first book, Twin Truths, was published by Cutting Edge Press in 2014, followed by Yellow Room, also in 2015.

As of 2017, The Dome Press acquired the rights to these two titles and Yellow Room was released in October 2017, with Twin Truths following in March 2018.

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About the book:

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What is the truth? And how do you recognise it when you hear it?

Jenny and Pippa are twins. Like many twins they often know what the other is thinking. They complete each other. When Pippa disappears, Jenny is left to face the world alone, as she tries to find out what happened to her ‘other half’. But the truth, for Jenny, can be a slippery thing.

Click HERE to get your copy!

Ellen’s review:

Twin Truths is definitely a story of two halves and I have to admit to struggling with the first part told From Jenny’s point of view. She is such a provocative character and I didn’t gel with her at all, I much preferred the second part which is told by her twin Pippa. Pippa is the polar opposite to Jenny, quiet and reserved. It becomes apparent that something traumatic happened in their childhood and they each have their own way of coping. Jenny seems to cause a path of broken hearts and outrageous behaviour while Pippa retreats into herself.

After a tragic accident Jenny is left without her twin and undertakes therapy trying to understand why she behaves the way that she does and come to terms with her past. Jenny is very manipulative and is prepared to lie and use shock tactics to bluff her way through appearing as if she is coping.

There isn’t much more I can say about this book due to spoilers but it all comes together for the final chapter and the truth is hidden in plain sight all along. I had a suspicion but I got it totally wrong! A dark and compelling read.

Author interview:

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a bit of a nomad really. I was born in Nigeria, grew up in an aboriginal community on an island north of Australia, moved to England aged eleven, and have spent my adult life moving between Argentina, England, Kenya and Spain. I love languages, teaching and learning, and my professional career has revolved around international education and learning & development. My unprofessional career began at the age of nine with the unsolicited launch of ‘The Family Magazine’ and I’ve been passionate about words and writing for as long as I can remember.

How did you get into writing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?

Story-telling, myth and metaphor were ingrained in the aboriginal culture of my childhood and perhaps that has something to do with my love of stories. But despite the pen and paper that accompanied me around the world, it was a long time before I embarked on the adventure of writing a novel. When I did, I was going through a tough period in my life with an undiagnosed illness that meant I could barely walk – perhaps it was this lack of mobility that triggered the introspection I needed to write a novel. At the time, it was a way of moving and escaping the walls of my immobility, but on the way, I discovered that this was quite simply what I wanted to do.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I don’t know how the lightbulb seed ever comes into being – for me it tends to manifest in the form of an idea, which then turns into a character – but I am certainly aware of the earth it has grown in: the multi-cultural mish-mash of my own life! I’m sure this has created a kind of questioning that explains the fascination with personal identity which fuels my writing.

I think there is also a strong sense of place in my novels and that is certainly grounded in personal experience. Twin Truths is set in Argentina in the nineties, where I lived for nine years. Yellow Room is set in Kenya, where I was living on a flower farm in Naivasha, one of the hot spots that was hit by the post-election violence ten years ago which killed over a thousand people.

How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your book?

I aspire to write novels that are at once page-turning and thought-provoking. I love twists and I love the drama and symbolism of language. My stories explore the impact of trauma, secrets, loss and love in our lives.

Do you think social media helps in regard to promotion and drumming up publicity for a new book?

Yes, I’m sure it does – I just wish I was better at it! I’m also incredibly grateful to the community of book bloggers out there spreading the word and helping to keep the joy of reading alive.

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

It doesn’t happen all the time, of course, but writing at its best is like being in a time machine. You forget that time exists, you flow with the wave of words that wash through you; it’s almost like a state of meditation and there is something very earthy, connected, and transformative about this feeling.

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?

The worst moments are when doubt creeps in and looks over your shoulder and tells you that it’s all a pile of crap and who do you think you are anyway!

Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?

I would love to be writing full time, about to publish my fifth or sixth novel – oh and with a couple of awards and a film under my belt! The dream of any writer I’m sure!

What’s next for you?

I’m working on my third novel, another psychological twisty tale. It’s inspired by something that happened two weeks before my father died: he found a novel he’d forgotten he’d written, read it, changed the last line and gave it to me. This was the last time I saw him. In my book, a box of writing by the father she never knew falls into the hands of a dramatherapist called Elisa and takes her to Kenya, where a twist presents the one person from her past she never wanted to meet again.

I often wonder are authors voracious readers. Do you read much, and if so, what kind of books do you enjoy?

I love reading but I don’t read nearly as much as I’d like to because of juggling a full-time job with my own writing!  I like books that are compelling but also make me think, books that make me want to turn over the page but also swim in the language on the way, books that push the boundaries, question and explore, books that linger with me after the last line. Books like Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro or The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold or A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Just three titles out of so many I could have chosen to show what I mean. My taste in reading – as in most things – is eclectic. Sometimes, I just want a book to make me laugh and P.G. Wodehouse is one who does it every time.

Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?

Well, a book I believe I will never tire of dipping back into is The Importance of Living, by Lin Yutang, first published in 1938, and possibly more relevant now than ever. The copy on my bookshelf was handed down to me by my father: hardback plain green cover, with yellowing water-stained pages and occasional hand-written notes in the margins. It is written with wonderful humour and humility, a refreshing, playful and life-affirming way of looking at the world, based on ancient Chinese philosophy.

Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?

Gosh, lots! The one that I think has had the most impact was The Alexandria Quartet, which I read in my early twenties. The whole notion of the same story told in different books from the perspective of the different characters absolutely blew me away and I remember thinking if I am ever a writer this is the kind of book I want to write.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I have a full-time job working for a UK-based international education group, which keeps me very busy and involves a lot of travel, mostly around Europe. I also live in a beautiful, wild patch of Spain and love to spend as much time as I can outside, either in the water or on land!

Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?

Yes, lots! In nature I love walking, swimming, yoga and meditation. With friends, I love wine and good food, dancing, laughter, and debate. And I have recently started guitar lessons – my teacher is a modest but amazing flamenco guitarist and I am an embarrassingly bad student, but I love it.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

A hard question to answer, there are so many stunning places in the world! Right now, my answer would probably be Kenya, partly because it is a country I love and partly because my mother loves there, so I get to spend time with her as part of the holiday. It is also when I’m on holiday that I get to do most of my writing and her veranda, overlooking fever trees on the shore of Lake Naivasha, is a writer’s haven.

Favourite food?


Favourite drink?

Red wine.

Last but not least, why writing? Why not something else?

Good question! I believe the creative urge is a human need and for some of us that just manifests through writing. I grew up in words, my father was a poet, and apparently, I used to imitate the act of reading as a small child before I even knew how to read – I would sit with a newspaper in front of me and deliberately move my eyes from one side to the other as I saw the adults did. In the end, I just think the desire to write is in your blood.

*Many thanks to Shelan Rodger for a great interview, Dome Press and Emily Glenister for having us on the tour! 🙂

Blog Tour: No Comment by Graham Smith Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today Ellen is reviewing No Comment, a DI Harry Evans novella, by Graham Smith!

About the author:


Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.


About the book:

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When a single mother, Julie Simon, is found in her kitchen with a stab wound to her stomach, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the case. Under the supervision of DI Campbell and with advice from his former DI, Harry Evans, DC Amir Bhaki fights to discover who assaulted an innocent woman and left her with life-threatening injuries.
Nothing is as it first appears and when the team looks into Julie’s life they uncover a hidden sex-life that may just hold the key to the identity of her attacker.

Click HERE to order your copy!

Ellen’s review:

No Comment is the third novella and fifth book in the DI Harry Evans series; it was great to be back with the Cumbrian Major Crime Team who are investigating a case that appears to be aggravated burglary gone wrong. Single mother Julie Simon has been left fighting for her life after a stab wound to her stomach but there is a lot more to this investigation than meets the eye. Julie’s son is serving time in a young offender’s prison after being found with a stash of drugs but he denies any knowledge of them and is insistent he was set up. Is Julie protecting her son or is her son protecting her??

I love the interaction between Harry and his former colleagues. Although they are now under the supervision of DI Campbell, Harry is the one they go to for an insight into proceedings thanks to a little matter of him blackmailing his way into getting a consultancy role. Harry has in depth knowledge of the area and its inhabitants so has a greater understanding than Campbell and let’s not forget that Harry has always had a way of extracting information from people!!

Harry is one of those loveable rogues; you agree with his methods because they get the job done. My favourite character in this novella was DC Amir Bhaki; a gentle soul who is determined to get justice for Julie and her family.

Another great read from Graham Smith and I can’t wait to read the next instalment (When the Waters Recede).

Call To Arms by Rachel Amphlett~Ellen’s Review

Hey guys,

I’ve got a new review for you all today from the lovely Ellen. Read on to find out her thoughts on the newest book in the Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett, Call To Arms.

About the book:


Loyalty has a price.

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers.

Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.

But as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.

Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role…

Click HERE to get your copy!

About the author:


Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

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Skype: rachel.amphlett1

Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Instagram: @RachelAmphlett

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Ellen’s review:

Call to Arms is the fifth book in the Kay Hunter series and I have loved every single book. Kay goes from strength to  strength in each novel and once more she barely gets a reprieve from her previous case before becoming embroiled in another. Kay is back at work after nearly being killed at the end of the last novel Hell to Pay. Again we see her hard working ethic and determination to be at work; it is obvious that she has returned too early from enforced sick leave and is on desk duty but this doesn’t stop Kay in her mission to solve a seemingly cold case. At first glance the investigation into the death of a local soldier in a motorbike accident appears straight forward but the deeper Kay goes the more secrets are revealed and the circle of suspects grows.

I love Kay’s relationship with her team; if she is working overtime/going above and beyond, they are right there by her side. Their loyalty and friendship has been great to watch grow. Also Kay’s partner Adam keeps her grounded and supplied with endless glasses of wine at the end of a gruelling day – I think my husband could do with a masterclass from Adam!!

I would definitely recommend reading books 1-4 before diving into Call to Arms as there is a narrative thread that runs throughout them all, plus why deprive yourself the pleasure of reading this fantastic series?! #allthestars for this book and once more I am waiting eagerly for the next!

 Previous reviews:

Scared To Death by Rachel Amphlett ~ Ellen’s Review

Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett ~Ellen’s Review

One To Watch by Rachel Amphlett~ Ellen’s Review

Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett Ellen’s Review

Last Orders by Caimh McDonnell~Ellen’s Review

Hey guys,

Second post of the day is Ellen’s review for Last Orders by Caimh McDonnell. These books sound fab so I will definitely be adding them to my TBR!

About the author:


Caimh McDonnell is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of televisual treats. Born in Limerick and raised in Dublin, he has taken the hop across the water and now calls Manchester his home.

He is a man who wears many hats. As well as being an author, he is an award-winning writer for TV, a stand-up comedian and ‘the voice’ of London Irish rugby club. His debut novel, A Man with One of Those Faces, which was nominated for a CAP Award in 2017, is the first book of the Dublin Trilogy series. The sequel and prequel, The Day That Never Come and Angels in the Moonlight, were published in 2017. The books are fast-paced crime thrillers set in Caimh’s hometown of Dublin and they are laced with distinctly Irish acerbic wit.

Caimh’s TV writing credits include The Sarah Millican Television Programme,A League of Their OwnMock the Week and Have I Got News for You. He also works as a children’s TV writer and was BAFTA nominated for the animated series ‘Pet Squad’ which he created.

During his time on the British stand-up circuit, Caimh has firmly established himself as the white-haired Irishman whose name nobody can pronounce. He has brought the funny worldwide, doing stand-up tours of the Far East, the Middle East and Near East (Norwich).

Follow Caimh’s witterings on @Caimh

Facebook:  @CaimhMcD

Ellen has read and reviewed the first three books, and you can check out her reviews by clicking the links below:

A Man With One Of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell

Angels in the Moonlight by Caimh McDonnell 

The last book in this series is Last Orders, and it is out now, published by McFori Ink. Here’s what you need to know about that one:


As a wise man once said, just because you’re done with the past, doesn’t mean the past is done with you.

Paul can’t let an incident from his past go. When he finds out a rival detective agency played a key role in it, he drags MCM Investigations into a blood feud that they can’t hope to win. Soon they’re faced with the prospect of the company going out of business and Brigit going out of her damn mind.

When long-buried bodies are discovered in the Wicklow Mountains, Bunny’s past starts closing in on him too. Who can he trust when he can’t even trust himself? When he finds himself with nowhere left to run and nobody he can turn to, will the big fella make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the ones he loves?

When all that’s left is the fall, the fall is everything.

And even the mighty fall.

Last Orders is the thrilling conclusion of the critically acclaimed Dublin Trilogy, which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit. It’s best enjoyed having read the other books in the series, particularly the prequel Angels in the Moonlight.

Click the links below to order your copy now:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Ellen’s Review for Last Orders:

A certain part of me doesn’t want to write this review, not because I didn’t love every word of it but because this it for the Dublin Trilogy. Finito. The finale. An Deireadh!* I’m a member of the Bunny McGarry fan club (sssh it’s not just me!)and have been throwing the hashtags #TeamBunny and #BunnysGirls around like confetti since the first book (A Man With One of Those Faces). To see Bunny’s headstone on the cover and for the opening to be Bunny’s funeral broke me before I’d even got started. That I felt this way about a fictional character is testament to Caimh’s skills as a writer, Bunny is the perfect anti-hero and I probably shouldn’t love the sociopath as much as I do!

To fully enjoy this book I highly recommend that you read the three previous novels A Man With One of Those Faces, The Day That Never Comes and the prequel Angels in The Moonlight. We have watched Bunny, Paul, Phil and Brigit conquer a variety of problems in their roles in MCM Investigations and there is no respite in Last Orders as they are in a tit for tat feud with a rival private investigations company which ends up threatening their futures in the business. Add to that two bodies found in the Wicklow Mountains that appear to have a historic link to Bunny…the past well and truly starts to catch up with him and he seems to be descending into madness.

Along with the tugging at your heart strings are the usual laughs and high jinks; Maggie the flatulent dog, Phil’s failure to grasp life’s simplest lessons along with Paul and Brigit’s bumpy road to reconcile. I’ve loved being on this journey with the gang and am truly sad that it has come to an end…..or has it!? Bravo on this outstanding series Mr McDonnell, I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next.

 *I am LOVING the fact that Ellen put Irish into her review! 🙂

Briguella by Vicki Fitzgerald~Ellen’s Review


About the book:

After seven women fall victim to a serial killer, journalist Kate Rivendale becomes embroiled in the manhunt. The authorities have no suspect, only one forensic link dating way back to the 1930s.

Detective Chief Inspector William Beckley needs to salvage his career; he has too many deaths on his conscience. Beckley entices Kate to go undercover, a decision which backfires with devastating consequences.

While DCI Beckley reaches a horrifying conclusion about the murderer Kate enters a desperate fight for her life… while battling to keep her own secrets buried.

Briguella by Vicki Fitzgerald

About the author:

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Vicki FitzGerald is a crime thriller author of debut novel, Briguella. A former newspaper reporter across all sectors including crime at the Bristol Post, Weston & Worle News, FitzGerald covered numerous notable stories and was selected as a finalist in the Press Gazette Scoop of the Year Awards (2008). Her past experiences in journalism helped to ignite her writing career. FitzGerald is passionate about writing and reading. She encourages everyone to pick up a book and try a new genre. She writes full-time and lives in the West Country, UK, with her husband, two children and her Bischon Frise.

Learn more about Vicki at

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Ellen’s Review:

One of the highlights of being a guest reviewer is that I will often come across little hidden gems of genius and Briguella by Vicki Fitzgerald was that book this month! This is a book that deserves more recognition; I was drawn in from the chilling start and by the end I felt wrung out emotionally. A tale containing a serial killer was always going to grab my interest and this book is written so well that I couldn’t help but race through the pages.

The story centres around three main characters: Kate Rivendale, a journalist who is desperate to get the next big scoop but with a conscience, DCI William Beckley, a detective who must crack the case due to past mistakes and the killer, a mystery figure who wears a mask depicting Briguella (a cunning and wicked character from the Commedia dell’arte).

There is a little #sexytension between Kate and William but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment as it becomes obvious Kate is devoted to her husband. Kate has her own secrets though and her desperation to solve the case leads her directly into the path of the killer; from this point I was absolutely gripped. The killer is terrifying and had already murdered at least six women before he encounters Kate after already warning her off. The killer is absolutely terrifying and his attacks are brutal.

A stunning debut; I can’t wait to see what is next from this author.

Blog Blitz: The Broken by Casey Kelleher Ellen’s Review

Hi all,

Ellen is taking part in the blog blitz for Casey Kelleher’s The Broken, and I’ll be sharing her review with you guys! 🙂

About the author:


Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise, The Betrayed and her latest release The Broken is due for publication on the 22nd February 2018.

For all news and updates:

Twitter: @caseykelleher

About the book:


They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.

Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood – and Nancy vows to avenge his death.

She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together while her beloved grandma falls apart and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up – fast.

But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail – and will stop at nothing to shut her up.

Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can’t trust anyone. Not even her own family.

Especially her own family.

A gritty, gripping read full of shocking thrills and suspense – readers of Mandasue Heller, Martina Cole and Jessie Keane will be addicted until the very last page.

The Broken by Casey Kelleher

Ellen’s Review:

Having loved the first book in the series from Casey Kelleher, The Betrayed, I was excited to get my grabby hands on The Broken! I was totally wrapped up in the exploits of the Byrne family and couldn’t wait to get stuck in and find out what was going to happen next. Would Colleen finally grow that backbone? How would Joanie get by without her precious son Jimmy? Now that Nancy knew who her father’s killer was what would she do?

All my questions were answered and a few new ones were thrown in for good measure. The Byrne family have a new boss in Nancy and she takes no shiz from anyone. She is as hard and brutal as her father but wrapped in a glamourous package. Don’t let that front fool you – she is not one for getting her hands dirty but makes sure that justice is delivered and delivered with vicious results. You would not want to mess with this lady!

Her brother Danny is a different story; he would like to think he is his father’s carbon copy but he just doesn’t meet the mark. Far more willing to dabble in the dodgier side of the gangland dealings than his sister but slowly unravelling mentally which makes him a dangerous adversary. Truth is revealed and lies exposed in The Broken and they will blow your mind.

And Colleen, their poor mother who was beaten down in the first book? Well, it would appear that her and Joanie have made amends which was a surprising turn of events….yeah…saying no more but it’s the perfect story arc.

I loved this book and that can be taken as high praise as this wouldn’t normally be my genre of choice. Casey Kelleher has smashed through my misgivings and delivered another brain blowing, heart pounding book. I can’t wait for the final book in this series.

Five stars from me!

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