Aftershock (Pendulum #3) by Adam Hamdy

Hi guys,

So I know I’m not meant to be reading crime/thriller type books at the moment, or even reviewing for that matter, but when I came home from Harrogate, there was a copy of Aftershock waiting for me. I have loved this series from the beginning, so I genuinely couldn’t relegate this one to the TBR. I know it isn’t out until November either, but once again, I couldn’t wait!

About the author (via Adam’s website):

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British author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy works with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, an epic series of conspiracy thriller novels. James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was nominated for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction, and chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books and WH Smith Travel. Pendulum was also selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. Adam is currently adapting Pendulum into an eight-part series for Hardy, Son & Baker and NBC Universal.

Freefall, the second book in the Pendulum series, will be published by Headline in November 2017. Freefall has been described as a ‘thrill overload’ with one critic saying, ‘It’s a fabulous thriller, with a very contemporary spin. Excitement guaranteed.’

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, experience that has given him a useful insight into many industries.

Adam has a law degree from Oxford University and a philosophy degree from the University of London. He is a seasoned rock climber, skier and CPSA marksman.

Adam is a member of the ITW, Crime Writers’ Association, and Society of Authors. He is the membership coordinator for the ITW Debut Authors Program.

Twitter: @adamhamdy

About the book:

Aftershock: (Pendulum Series 3) by [Hamdy, Adam]

THEY BELIEVED IT WAS OVER
Having survived the lethal Pendulum conspiracy, photographer John Wallace atones for his past mistakes.
DI Patrick Bailey clings to the hope that he can, at last, return to a normal life in London.

BUT IT’S ONLY JUST BEGINNING
FBI investigator Christine Ash – alone and paranoid – hunts down the remaining members of the ruthless Foundation organisation.

DARK FORCES ARE RISING AGAIN
But when masked assassins strike at the heart of the UK government, a shocking new threat emerges that forces all three to reunite.

DEADLIER THAN EVER BEFORE
With time running out, they must defeat a lethal new adversary: a manipulative mastermind with sinister powers unlike anything they’ve seen before.

Published in November, click the link below to pre-order, you won’t regret it 🙂

Aftershock (Pendulum #3) by Adam Hamdy

My thoughts:

If you follow my blog, you’ll know I’ve read and loved the previous books in the trilogy (review links are left below) so I had been eagerly awaiting Aftershock since I finished Freefall last summer. Which feels like a lifetime ago! So you can imagine my delight to find a copy waiting for me after I got home from Harrogate. I literally turned the last page of Aftershock a half hour ago, and I am shook, in the best possible way of course.

I’m mindful of the fact that I don’t want to go into too much detail in this review, so I will try to keep it relatively short because if I start rambling about the book, I probably won’t stop too easily!

Aftershock starts with a bang, and I swear the pace doesn’t let up for the entirety of the 500+ pages. If you’ve read the first two books, you’ll recognise Adam Hamdy’s innate talent for writing extremely cinematic thrillers, and this one is no exception!

We are back with the usual suspects, Wallace, Ash, Bailey as they try to deal with the fallout from the events that took place in Freefall. Each is trying to battle their own demons, and the internal guilt/struggles they are experiencing make for tough and emotive reading at times. The journeys that each one goes on, and the arc of their respective characters is so well plotted, and I found myself really rooting for them at various points in the book.

The Foundation has claimed so much of these people’s lives, and in Aftershock they try to claw back something for themselves. Destruction and force are The Foundation’s weapons of choice, but murder seems to be the order of the day and its up to Wallace, Ash and the rest to try to finally put a stop to this wide-reaching organisation.

I swear the tension and pacing in these books is designed to get your adrenaline pumping, but not in a bad way. I kept my reading of this one to daylight hours, but even then I was on tenterhooks while the action was unfolding. Lets not even mention the bits that made me tearful!!!

Aftershock is a pitch perfect ending to what has been one of the best action series I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Cleverly plotted, excellent characters and a truly terrifying reality made Aftershock a truly gripping read. 

If you like your thrillers with real heart, then I highly recommend you pick up Aftershock, and its equally impressive predecessors.

You will not be disappointed.

All the stars for this one!

Previous reviews:

Pendulum by Adam Hamdy

Run by Adam Hamdy

Freefall (Pendulum Trilogy #2) by Adam Hamdy

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:

Don’t Make A Sound (DS Nathan Cody 3) by David Jackson

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

Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4) by Steve Cavanagh

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About the book:

‘To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.

Published by Orion, you can grab your copy by clicking the link below:

Thirteen: The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury

About the author:

Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast and is a practicing lawyer and holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy. He is married with two young children. The Defence was chosen as one of Amazon’s great debuts for 2015, as part of their Amazon Rising Stars programme. In 2015 Steve received the ACES award for Literature from the Northern Ireland Arts Council. The Defence was longlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and shortlisted for two Dead Good Readers Awards.

Steve writes fast-paced legal thrillers set in New York City featuring series character Eddie Flynn.

Steve also hosts the weekly Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast along with Luca Veste.
Find out more at http://www.stevecavanagh.com or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav

My thoughts:

There are a handful of authors whose books I will go out and buy without fail, and Steve Cavanagh is one such author. I hadn’t really read legal thrillers until I picked up The Defence a few years ago, and basically fell in love with Eddie Flynn as a character. I’ve been following him ever since, and I was beyond THRILLED to hear Thirteen was available yesterday. Needless to say, I hightailed it to my local bookshop to grab a copy. I started it yesterday morning, and I finished it last night. It was THAT good!

You may have seen the #thatbookthathook hashtag on twitter in the run up to publication, and it is pretty apt. That hook is unreal. I mean, a serial killer, ON THE JURY for god’s sake!!!!

In Thirteen, Eddie is called to help represent Bobby Solomon, a high-profile movie star who is up on a murder charge. His wife and head of Security were found dead in their NY brownstone, and it doesn’t look good for Bobby. Eddie is hoping that this case can give him the stability he so craves to save his marriage, which is hanging by a thread following events in previous books (Go and read them to find out what I mean!). But life is never easy for Eddie Flynn, and things soon take a dark turn.

Maaaaaaaaaaaan, can Steve Cavanagh write. Every damn time I thought I had twigged something, he smashed my theory by throwing in something else. Pretty sure I could have had whiplash with the amount of times I had to go back and re-read a line or a paragraph to see what nugget I missed. That is what I love about his writing style. Aside from the fact that it is oh so clever, Steve has the ability to grab the reader by the liathróidi (it’s an Irish word, google it!) with the shocks he delivers. Thirteen is a prime example of that!

Thirteen has an excellent cast of characters. From Eddie, to Art Pryor (lawyer and showman extraordinaire), to Judge Harry Ford (YAY) and Harper, an investigator that Eddie uses! Now, I know I said I love Eddie Flynn, and I do, but I think Joshua Kane may have stolen my black heart just a bit. Yes, he’s pure dodge, but my god is he a wily character. I don’t want to say too much, I don’t, but he is one of the most clever guys I’ve read in terms of an antagonist. Jeeeeeez, I really want to go into details here, but I know I can’t!!!! Aaaaaaaaargh!!!!!

I feel like I need to read Thirteen again because I read it so fast. I just had to see it through. And it was so worth waiting for. I probably say this with every one of these (LOL), but Thirteen is the best Eddie Flynn book so far. THE BEST! It is so damned clever, it has got real heart at its core, and more action than any blockbuster movie. These books are so cinematic, they would be amazing on the big screen. Thirteen, especially.

So yeah, safe to say I absolutely loved this one. LOVED IT!!!!

Ingenious plot, superb characters and a killer hook, Thirteen will take you on a wild ride, so buckle up…

HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

FOREVER.

ALL THE STARS.

#TEAMEDDIE

 

Previous posts:

The Defence by Steve Cavanagh

The Plea by Steve Cavanagh

The Liar by Steve Cavanagh

 

I don’t always match my tattoos to books, but this one was too easy… 🙂

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Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson ~ Translated by Quentin Bates


*Many thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my review copy*

About the book:

Product Description

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop? With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier. As the dark history and its secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place. Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.

Published in ebook on September 15th by Orenda Books, you can get your copy by clicking the link below:

Whiteout (Dark Iceland) by Ragnar Jónasson

About the author:


Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 15 countries and for TV. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and set up its first overseas chapter in Reykjavik. He is also the co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

About the translator:

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Quentin Bates escaped English suburbia as a teenager, jumping at the chance of a gap year working in Iceland. For a variety of reasons, the gap year stretched to become a gap decade, during which time he went native in the north of Iceland, acquiring a new language, a new profession as a seaman and a family before decamping en masse for England. He worked as a truck driver, teacher, netmaker and trawlerman at various times before falling into journalism largely by accident. He has been the technical editor of a nautical magazine for many years, all the while keeping a close eye on his second home in Iceland, before taking a sidestep into writing fiction. He is the author of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland (Frozen Out, Cold Steal, Chilled to the Bone, Winterlude, and Cold Comfort), which have been published in the UK, USA, Germany, Holland, Finland and Poland. He has translated a great deal of news and technical material into English from Icelandic, as well as one novel (Gudlaugur Arason’s Bowline).

My thoughts:

I have been waiting (im)patiently for Whiteout ever since I finished reading Rupture. I’m pretty sure everyone knows by now how much of a big fan I am of this series. So you can imagine my absolute glee in getting to read Whiteout before publication 😊

In Whiteout, we are back with Ari Thór and Tómas, both of whom are tasked with investigating the circumstances in which a young woman ends up at the bottom of the cliffs at Kálfshamarvík. Only a couple of days before Christmas, the men must work quickly and effectively to try to find out what has happened and how the woman ended up dead.

Whiteout is a really well-written mystery. With a large cast of characters, it really makes the reader work hard to try to figure things out alongside Ari Thór. I love Ragnar Jónasson’s writing style. There is something almost poetic in the way he describes the Icelandic location. The stunning visual imagery is second to none in terms of creating a clear location in the reader’s mind.

The author has assembled a really interesting cast of characters for this one. There are many of them, all with their own secrets that they are holding close to their chest. I found myself suspecting everyone at one time or another, such is the unreliable nature of the narrative Jónasson has created in Whiteout.

There is a haunting element to Whiteout as well. The cliffs, the lighthouse and the old abandoned house almost seem to become characters as well due to how well the author describes them. This creates a sense of foreboding as the reader gets drawn more into the story. It is quietly chilling and there seems to be a sinister element in the background when they are investigating in and around Kálfshamarvík.

I don’t want to say any more because the joy of reading these books is often found in unravelling the mystery alongside Ari Thór. Whiteout is another superb instalment in the Dark Iceland series. It has left me wanting more, and has also made some questions arise. So Ragnar, if you’re reading this, you and I need to have a bit of a chat 😂

I cannot recommend this series, and this book highly enough. Always atmospheric, often chilling and with plenty to keep the reader turning the pages, Whiteout is definitely a book to add to your TBR. The whole series is though, to be honest. If you haven’t read them, then you really should get on it!

I could keep rattling on about how much I enjoyed Whiteout. And the whole series in general. But I would be here all day, and still not do justice to my fave Icelander and his awesome books.

So yeah, Whiteout is all kinds of brilliant. Great characters, a gripping plot and a hauntingly atmospheric location. Another book added to my all time favourites list.

Highly recommended.

All the stars, always.

#AriThór

 

Previous reviews:

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson 

Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson 

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson

30 Day Challenge- Day 23

Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months…

This is a really hard post to write because I’ve read so many great books that I find it hard to narrow it down to just one!

Also, I’ll be doing my top ten books of the year next month and don’t want to spoil the surprise 😉

I’m going to pick three books, which may or may not make it to the final ten next month!

In no particular order,

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh 

 

This book was bloody brilliant! The twist literally made my jaw drop! You can read my review here.

 

Evil Games by Angela Marsons

 

 

Evil Games has one of the most vile, despicable, emotionally cruel villains I have seen in a long time. This book is superb, absolutely the stand out in the DI Kim Stone series, my reviews of which you can read here. 😊

 

For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood

 

 

Another stunning debut, Michael Wood’s book is fantastic! I’ve been recommending it to anyone who asks for great books to be read! I love it so much that the #Blogsquad pretty much made him do a blog tour for it! 😂 I’m kicking it off on December 1st! My review can be read here or you can wait until the blog tour as I get to post my review AND an excerpt.
So there you have it! A small selection of the best books I have read so far this year!

 

What’s the best book you have read this year?

😊📖

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 5

Your ‘comfort’ book…

Posts like this one is where i have a problem! 

I read books, I read a lot of books. I have never willingly re-read a book. I have never loved a book so entirely that I felt compelled to read it again and again. 

The only book/books I have ever contemplated re-reading are the Harry Potter series. And even then, it’s a long way off. 

The comfort I find with books is that you can read anywhere nowadays with the help of e-readers, mobile apps and so on. 

  
I’m never without a book, whether it’s on my kindle app on my phone, my Kindle itself or a physical book. In fact, I make sure whatever handbag I’m using has room for a book at all times! I don’t buy small bags as they don’t fit a normal sized paperback! 

The following quote sums it up for me. I buy books, happily, willingly, and fairly often (almost daily, but shhhhhhhh 😂). Reading a book for me is almost like an escape, which is comfort in itself. 

  

Do you have a comfort book? 

30 Day Book Challenge- Day 2

Favourite Side Character…

I have been racking my brain all day trying to think of my favourite side character. My problem is that I can’t pick just one. There are so many that I enjoyed. 

I’m going to have to Top Three it…

In no particular order, the first of my favourites..

Ron Weasley 

  

By far one of my all time favourites, Ron (Won-Won) has some of the wittiest lines in the books. He adds the light comedy when it’s needed the most. It also helps, that Rupert Grint grew up well! 😉

  
Next up, it’s got to be Hermione Granger (sensing a theme here?! 😄)

  
One of my all time best quotes from Hermione is, when chastising Harry and Ron, she says “I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could have been all killed — or worse, expelled.” It just sums up her bookish attitude  completely! 😂

Last, but by no means least, another HP gem. 

Molly Weasley

  

She is just so fierce and loyal to those she loves. Also, THAT duel with Bellatrix Lestrange! 🙌🏻

So there you have it, my favourite side character(s!!!!) 😂 

Who are yours?!