Blood Mist by Mark Roberts


About the book:

Every night a family dies… Every day she tries to save them…

While a blizzard rages through the streets of Liverpool, a family are slaughtered in their beds. Their mutilated bodies are dragged onto the landing to form a strange pattern. None of the neighbours hears a sound.

DCI Eve Clay is at a loss. Who would risk capture to arrange their victims so precisely? Somewhere in her mind, a long-buried memory flickers. But this is no time for hunches. She must find the killers before they strike again.

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My thoughts:

I have had Blood Mist on my Kindle for TWO YEARS!!!! So when I was choosing some books for my January TBR, it made sense to add this one to the list and I’m really glad I did because this book was another brilliant read for me.

In Blood Mist, we meet DCI Eve Clay as she is tasked with investigating the brutal murder of a family in their home. The bodies are then positioned in a strange pattern, with marks on the walls as well. Add to this the fact that nobody heard a thing, and there’s no evidence leads, so Clay needs to solve this one before the killers strike again.

Blood Mist is actually quite creepy to be honest. It made me uneasy more than once for various reasons, but you’ll have to read the book to find out why because I’m not telling! Sufficed to say there’s a lot going on under the surface with this one!

DCI Clay is a great character. She has her own issues from the past, and these are brought up again in the course of the investigation. I really liked her tenacity, and she’s a very empathetic character. Nobody wants to see a slain family, but she goes above and beyond in her quest to find out what happened.

Blood Mist went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting at all, and I liked that because it sets it apart from the usual tropes. I was gripped from beginning to end, and I will most definitely be reading the next 3 books in the series ASAP.

Highly recommended!

Books Review

The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

About the book:

One girl is fighting for her life. One village is struggling to hold tight to its secrets.

When a young girl is knocked over and left for dead at the side of the road, the small community of Little Melham goes into shock. Why was Abbie out so late at night, and why wasn’t she missed?

For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night could put her marriage and even the safety of her children in jeopardy. She has to protect her family, no matter what the consequences.

Former DCI Tom Douglas thought that Little Melham would offer a peaceful retreat from the daily trauma of his work for the Met. But as he is drawn into the web of deceit, his every instinct tells him that what happened to Abbie was more than a tragic accident.

Only one person knows the whole story – why Abbie was out that night, and who was driving the car. For that person, the accident spells disaster, and somebody has to pay.

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My thoughts:

I’ve had this on my kindle for ages, so what better time to start it than when I’m in the midst of a reading slump! 🙄 However, even though it took me longer than usual to read it, I really enjoyed it.

This is the second book in the DCI Tom Douglas series, and it’s another cracker. Less of Tom than I would like, but an excellently diverse cast of characters keep the interest levels well up!

Following on from the hit and run, The Back Road goes to extreme lengths to prove that everybody lies, and everyone has secrets. There is more baggage than a luggage carousel at an airport for pretty much all of the characters in the book, but it makes for intriguing reading because the author casts doubt on everyone.

I don’t read crime thrillers all too often anymore, so this was a nice break from the norm which has become psych thrillers in various guises. The Back Road is a fine example of a slow burning thriller. The reader knows all the secrets that are threatening to bubble over will eventually spill out, but the journey to that happening is kinda fun. You don’t know whats wrong with whom, and trying to figure it out is what makes it interesting.

Having read the first book in this series, and now this one, I am eager to keep it up. I love a good series, so I will definitely be seeking them out if I don’t already have them lurking around on my kindle!

Highly recommended!

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