99 Percent Kill by Doug Richardson


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the author (via Doug’s website):

Doug Richardson was born in Arcadia, California. The son of a career politician, Doug grew up outside Sacramento and inside the state Capitol. He used to talk his way into then-Governor Ronald Reagan’s office, just to get a handful of jellybeans. Doug left Northern California for Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, Doug had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.
After finishing college, Doug signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989 he garnered national attention when his spec screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug’s first feature film, the sequel to Die Hard, Die Harder, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash Bad Boys and, most recently, Hostage. To date, Doug’s features have grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide. In 1997, Doug’s debut novel, Dark Horse, was published by Avon/Morrow in hardcover, followed two years later by his follow up, True Believers. His third book, The Safety Expert, and his latest, Blood Money, are self-published. Doug continues to write and develop for feature films and television. He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and four mutts.

Before I start, can I just say in all honesty, Die Harder, Hostage and Bad Boys are some of my all time favourite and will watch anytime movies, so I was more than a bit excited to read a book by Doug!

99 Percent Kill is a fast paced, thrilling book with twists and turns aplenty. Goodreads describes the book as follows:

99 Percent Kill follows Lucky Dey, an on-again/off-again Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective who is both willful and acerbic to a dangerous fault. While in a holding pattern for official reinstatement, Lucky accepts a one-time gig to track down the missing teenage daughter of a Midwestern software millionaire. The novel is the first in a series, but also lives as a stand-alone thriller, winding its way through an L.A. landscape where the lights are bright, but the edges can be dark, perilously frayed, and populated with mix of human predators, amusing losers, and ambitious fringe dwellers.”

I really enjoyed 99 Percent Kill. The book follows Lucky who, waiting in limbo to hear about his job, takes on a one time assignment to find a missing girl. The girl has run away to LA, and hasn’t been heard from since so the pressure is on to find her. Lucky meets her father and together they navigate the sometimes dark and seedy side of LA in their quest to find the girl, Karrie.

There is plenty of action in the book, but without giving anything away, you need to read this book!!! 99 Percent Kill reads like a movie at times, and I found myself willing the characters on in their respective situations! It is such an easy read, however, due to time restraints I didn’t get to read it as often as I liked, I would have been done quicker if I could have just had a block of time!

Anyway, I gave 99 Percent Kill 4 stars on Goodreads! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would highly recommend it! Also, Doug, if you get a chance to read this review, THAT ENDING!!!!!!!! :-O

Also, thanks to Doug, his book was number 50 in my Goodreads Challenge so I’m all done! 🙂

Happy reading! 😊📖

The Killing of Mummy’s Boy by Joan Ellis

Thanks to Maxine at Booklover Catlady for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Killing of Mummy’s Boy is the second book by Joan Ellis that I have read. Having read the blurb I have to say I was a little intrigued. I didn’t know what to expect. Goodreads describes it as follows:

When a woman meets a stranger on a train, she discovers they have one thing in common: murder.

Ben has slit a man’s throat and Sandra’s son, Carl is on a Witness Protection Programme after his evidence convicts local thug, Lee Elliott of murder. Fearing reprisals from the family, Sandra flees London for the Isle of Wight.
On the train, she reports her lost Oyster card, giving out her details over the phone. Ben overhears. Now, the murderer knows where she lives. Returning home to find an Oyster card on the mat, she assumes he has been there ahead of her.
It is the first in a series of unnerving events. Suspecting him of stalking her, she alerts the police. As no crime has been committed, they can’t help.
When her son leaves the safety of the Witness Protection Programme and moves back to London with his pregnant girlfriend, Sandra turns to drink. And to Ben.
Repelled by his past but excited by his body, she is in his thrall.
When Carl, girlfriend in tow, runs back to Mummy following a threatening message from Lee Elliott’s brother, Gaz, secrets and lies are unleashed and all hell breaks loose.

I have to be honest, I found this book quite difficult to get into, and about 50% of the way through I really questioned whether or not it would improve. Sufficed to say, once things start happening, the tension in the book ramps up. I won’t go into spoilers, but towards the end, there’s a genuine shocker if a plot twist, which in all honesty, I didn’t see coming! Once the big reveal happened though, the action really began. The last 20% of the book was where it got really good! I found myself flying through it to see what happens!

I thought the main characters were a bit difficult to like, Sandra especially, which made me lack empathy for certain situations in the book. Ben is your typical macho man, very crude and brutish, but I enjoyed his character towards the end of the book.

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads, it was by no means terrible, but not my usual read so I found it a bit difficult to get into!

Happy reading 😊📖

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by Marnie Riches

Where do I start with this book?!

I loved this book so I’m finding it hard to reconcile the wonderment in my head with words on a page! I feel like I need to read a thesaurus to learn all the words that I could possibly need for this review! 🙂

First up, here’s someone else’s words, publishing house Harper Collins, describing the book:

“HE’S WATCHING HER. SHE DOESN’T KNOW IT…YET

When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam, aspiring criminologist Georgina McKenzie is asked by the police to help flush out the killer.
But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear.
And the killer has a very special part for George to play…

A thrilling race against time with a heroine you’ll be rooting for, this book will keep you up all night!

WINNER OF THE 2015 DEAD GOOD READER AWARD FOR MOST EXOTIC LOCATION”

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is the first in a series following Georgina McKenzie based in Amsterdam. George is a Cambridge University student on an exchange in the city. When a bomb explodes at her university she can’t help but get involved, dragging her friend Ad along with her.

After George meets Inspector Van den Bergen, he enlists her help as she writes a blog and he thinks it’s a good way to reach the suspects. Soon they realise that the bomb was a person, in George’s class. When another bomb goes off and the bomb is another student the race to find the perpetrator begins.

I don’t want to go too much further in the plot here as there was an OMG moment for me just over halfway through and I don’t want to spoil that for anyone. I was actually annoyed at myself that I didn’t put the pieces together before it happened!!!! Then again, that’s ha,f the fun, working backwards to see what you may have missed!

I downloaded The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die when it came out as so many fellow book bloggers had been talking about it and I’m so glad I did! I’ve also got book 2 on my kindle, The Girl Who Broke The Rules aaaaaaand I’ve totally preordered book 3, The Girl Who Walked In The Shadows!

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads, and I still can’t find the right words to explain how much I enjoyed this book! 🙂 Just go and get in and decide for yourself! 😉

Happy reading! 😊📖

Guilt by Joan Ellis

  

I was given a copy of this book by Maxine over at Booklover Catlady in exchange for an honest review.

Joan Ellis is not a name I have ever heard of, so I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Guilt. It’s a relatively short book. Less than 200 pages, so I read it today.

Guilt is about Susan, whose younger brother dies of an overdose while she’s watching him. She carries the guilt with her throughout childhood, and into adulthood. When she has a baby of her own, the guilt threatens to overtake everything in her life.

Goodreads describes the book as follows:

You died in April 1965, a month before your fifth birthday. You were probably dead long before Mum downed her third gin with Porky Rawlings.Seven year old Susan is alone with her younger brother when he dies of an overdose.

The Guilt informs the rest of her life.

When it threatens to destroy not only her but her relationship with her new baby,she must revisit the past to find the truth.

What she discovers is as horrifying as it is magical.

I have to be honest, I wasn’t blown away by Guilt. With the book being so short, the author still managed to get the complete story in. At times it felt a bit rushed, but it was still easy to read.

There are some things in the book that readers may find a bit hard to read, but then again, the vivid descriptions are what make a book sometimes. I can’t say i hated this book, but in my opinion, it wasn’t a great read. I found the subject matter and the way the author wrote Susan to be a bit, I can’t find the right word, awkward, forced maybe. Personal opinion though! I gave this book 2 stars on Goodreads.

The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons

  

The Slaughter Man is the second instalment of the DC Max Wolfe series, the first being The Murder Bag. I read The Murder Bag when it came out and I really enjoyed it so I was excited when I heard there was a second book on its way! 

I made my husband pick a book for me to read on Wednesday night because I have so many I couldn’t pick one myself! This is what he picked! I figured I’d just read a few pages to get it started, turns out I read 105 pages in my first sitting, roughly over 1/4 of the book! I didn’t want to go to sleep but I didn’t want to be a zombie yesterday either 🙂 

I finished the book last night! I’m pretty sure that it took maybe 3-4 hours max to read this in between one kid at camp and the other napping! I raced through it when I got half a chance! 

The book is described on Goodreads as follows: 

A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. DC Max Wolfe hunts a pitiless killer through the streets of London. By the Sunday Times number one bestselling author of The Murder Bag.

On New Year’s Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away.
The murder weapon – a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered – leads Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man.

But the Slaughter Man has done his time, and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?
And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage by a copycat killer – or a contract hit designed to frame a dying man?
All Max knows is that he needs to find the missing child and stop the killerbefore he destroys another innocent family – or finds his way to his own front door …
Even the happiest of families have black, twisted secrets that someone is ready to kill for…
This book is brutal, gory and full of gruesome little sidebars. Like what happens to a body after it dies. Full on details about putrefaction!!! Not for the faint hearted, very interesting though.

I found The Slaughter Man to be a super fast paced book. There was something happening every couple of pages. It was very easy to follow though. I really enjoyed it. It was twisty, some of which were unexpected, but overall a great read. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Happy reading 😊📖

The Devil Has Power by Valerie Keogh


I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

I previously reviewed the first Nicola Connolly novel which you can read here, so I was looking forward to seeing what happened next.

When we meet Nicola, she has moved to Falmouth leaving all her troubles in Bath behind. Or so she thought.

DI Tom Hudson has also moved to Falmouth to start a nice quiet job there after the drama of the investigation in Bath. Neither knows about the others presence. Until they literally bump into each other.

The blurb from Goodreads:

After Bath, Nicola is planning a quieter life in Falmouth. She still needs to kill, of course, that isn’t going to change. Finding a measure of contentment in the stunning penthouse apartment she has rented, she figures out a way to stay in it, radically changing herself in the process. It involves killing someone, and getting married. But neither is a problem for Nicola. Everything falls into place for her until she bumps into Tom Hudson, newly promoted to detective inspector and now working in Falmouth. Nicola doesn’t want to become involved with the police again, Tom, still reeling from the events in Bath, doesn’t want her to either. But when a woman goes missing, and Tom is convinced she isn’t the first, he has no choice but to ask for Nicola’s help. Can they work together to solve yet another case?

Tom begins the investigation into the missing woman, and raises concerns when the pattern matches previous missing persons and wonders if there’s a killer at work. As the investigation starts moving, Tom remembers how Nicola was able to help in Bath and wonders if she could do the same here.

Nicola is still a killer, but, due to circumstances, isn’t working in a care home anymore so has to go to great her lengths to follow her needs. When Tom comes to her to ask for her help, does she really want to invite the psychic connection back so it can haunt her dreams again? And risk being uncovered?

I won’t go into more detail as I can’t without spoiling something! Sufficed to say the story really picks up (I stayed up reading this to the end last night so I could see what happened!!!) from here and when the end comes, you will not believe it! I was very surprised! Normally I can guess as to who the perpetrator is, but not with this one! I was genuinely incredulous toward the end of the book!

I enjoyed The Devil Has Power a bit more than Deadly Sleep if I’m honest. There was more background and it made it easier to follow!

I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.

Thanks again to Valerie Keogh!

Happy reading 😊📖

Deadly Sleep by Valerie Keogh


I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Deadly Sleep is the first in a serial killer series featuring Nicola Connolly. Nicola is a nurse working in care homes, but she has a secret. Nicola is also a killer. She kills 3 people unnoticed, every six months. When her six months are up, she moves to another area. Everything is going well, until Nicola moves to Bath. The blurb from Goodreads is as follows:

“Nicola Connolly is a nurse. She is also a serial killer. She kills neatly, three victims every six months, moving around the UK, hiding in plain sight. Everything goes according to plan until she moves to Bath. Because in Bath the police are hunting a serial killer who kills and tortures his victims. A psychic connection develops between the two killers, Nicola sees him and what he does to his victims in her nightmares.She is starting to lose control and she really can’t afford to do that. In an attempt to break the link, to have the other killer caught, Nicola goes to the police with what she knows. But can she help them without exposing herself? A serial killer and a burnt out policeman – can they really work together to stop him? And at what cost?”

Deadly Sleep begins with Nicola as a child, describing events that make her what she has become in present day. To be honest, I found the start of this book a bit hard to read at times. There were some moments that were very graphic, and gory, but they served to give you an idea as to why she is the way she is.

When we meet Nicola in Bath, she is working in a nursing home, still following through with her desire to kill. She is living sparsely, surviving off wine and pizza. Still unseen.

Parallel to this, we meet two members of the Police, DI Matt Foley and DS Tom Hudson who are hunting a suspected serial killer in Bath, who tortures and kills his victims.

Oddly, a psychic connection develops between the killer and Nicola. When Nicola sleeps, she can see the killer torturing and killing his victims, but doesn’t know who she is seeing. Nicola can’t go on with the dreams, so she decides to go to the police. But will they believe her?

I’ll be honest here, I found this bit to be a bit unbelievable. However, up until now, I wasn’t really enthusiastic about reading this. Once things started happening, my interest was piqued. The pace picked up pretty well, and there were a few incidents ( I don’t post spoilers!!!) that made me think ‘what the hell is going to be found?’.

While Deadly Sleep wasn’t the usual rip-roaring, action filled crime thriller, especially considering the psychic element, it is by no means lacking once the investigation picks up pace.

I quite enjoyed this book, and I gave it a solid 3 stars on Goodreads. The start of the book is where it fell down for me but once you get to see Nicola in Bath it really gets going!

Thanks again to Valerie Keogh for the book!

Happy reading! 😊📖