The Memory Killer by JA Kerley

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Really enjoyed this, which sounds awful considering the content (abduction, torture etc), but Kerley’s books are just so easy to read. I find whenever I start one, I really want to race through it. Which isn’t always possible with 2 kids and a husband (love ye!!!) and housework and so on.

I always think that’s the sign of a good book, when you are thinking about it but don’t have a chance to read it! I always recommend the Carson Ryder series when people ask about a good series.

The blurb from Amazon below:

“Detective Carson Ryder faces a cunning and inventive adversary in this terrifying thriller from the bestselling author of Her Last Scream.

Young men in Miami are being abducted and tortured after their drinks are spiked with a cocktail of drugs that leaves them unable to recall their ordeal. Despite this, Detective Carson Ryder knows the predator’s name, height, age, colouring … everything. It’s impossible for the perpetrator to avoid detection. Yet he does.

When Carson seeks answers from his brother, a wanted criminal intimate with twisted minds, Jeremy’s odd behaviour sparks even more questions. With each abduction, the violence becomes more horrific, and it’s only a short time until torture turns to murder.

But how do you catch an invisible man?”

The Death Box by JA Kerley

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Carson Ryder book 10 in the series.

Another instalment by Kerley featuring one of my favourite characters, Carson Ryder. As with all his books, this one is as enjoyable as the previous ones in the series.

The blurb from Amazon below:

“Detective Carson Ryder faces his most terrifying adversary yet in this nail-biting thriller from the author of Her Last Scream.

Carson Ryder thought he’d seen everything …

A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he’d seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he’s barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.

Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There’s just one problem: Ryder’s not the only one chasing the girl.”

This book is quite pacy, and it keeps you going with thrills and twists, which by now Kerley is extremely adept at writing. As usual I really enjoyed catching up with Ryder. A tried and tested formula, but it works. Nice and easy to read too!

Normal by Graeme Cameron

I spotted this book a lot in my goodreads and Facebook feeds so I decided to buy it! It arrived last week so I moved into it once I finished Half Bad! 

Normal is written from the point of view of a serial killer. We don’t get much descriptive information about him which adds to the atmosphere. It also lets you conjure up your own images of him which I liked as it means I got to exercise my imagination a bit! 😄 

As you know, I start new books at night as bedtime is my uninterrupted reading time! I didn’t want to stop reading this once I started! I think I got up to page 80 before I decided I needed some sleep! 

It’s a pacy, well written and enjoyable read. The detail as regards murders can be quite graphic but I’m well used to it as my book choices are usually twisted enough at the best of times! 

Amazon describe the book as follows; 

“He lives on your street, in a nice house with a tidy garden. 

He shops at your local supermarket. He drives beside you, waving to let you into the lane ahead of him. 

He also has an elaborate cage in a secret basement under his garage. 

The food he’s carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he’s holding there against her will – one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her. 

This is how it’s been for a long time. It’s normal…and it works. Perfectly. 

But this time it’s different…”

I really enjoyed this book, and towards the end I found myself racking my brain to see what could happen!  I even found myself rooting for him at a few different points! 

I gave Normal 4* on Goodreads! I would highly recommend it! 

Happy Reading 😊📖

  

The Surrogate by Tania Carver

  

I started reading this book last week, not knowing what it was about! I have to say, once I started it I felt a bit uneasy. As a new mom, some of the subject matter isn’t exactly easy to read! 

The blurb from Amazon is as follows; 

A shocking double-murder scene greets Detective Inspector Philip Brennan when he is called to a flat in Colchester. Two women are viciously cut open and laying spreadeagled, one tied to the bed, one on the floor. The woman on the bed has had her stomach cut into and her unborn child is missing. 

But this is the third time Phil and his team have seen such an atrocity. Two other pregnant women have been killed in this way and their babies taken from them. No-one can imagine what sort of person would want to commit such evil acts.

When psychologist Marina Esposito is brought in, Phil has to put aside his feelings about their shared past and get on with the job. But can they find the killer before another woman is targeted?


This is the first book I’ve read by Tania Carver, and I have to say, subject matter aside, her writing style is very easy to follow! I find if plots become too convoluted then it’s really hard to concentrate on what’s happening! This was a very clear story, well written, and as with most crime thrillers, it had a twist towards the end. As with any review I post, there’s no spoilers 😄 


The main character, Phil Brennan, was a fairly likeable man, had his flaws and a bad upbringing, but he was a good male protagonist. It was easy to feel for him in certain situations throughout the book. 


I rated the book 3* on Amazon purely because I found the subject matter a bit difficult to read at times, but that’s only my own personal opinion. It’s a good book, I’d have no problem recommending it to someone looking to start an new crime series! I have to confess, while writing this, I took a peek at the synopsis for book two in the series ‘The Creeper’ and I kinda want to buy it!!! However, if you read my blog, you will have seen from my previous post (https://bibliophilebookclub.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/what-ive-bought/) that I have rather a lot to get through! 😄


Happy reading 😊📖

The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne

 

Just finished this book! I got it on a recommendation as I had heard lots of good things about it. I didn’t read many reviews before reading it,  so I didn’t know what to expect! 

When I saw the back cover I was more than a little intrigued!

  

The blurb on Amazon is as follows;

‘One of Sarah’s daughters died. But can she be sure which one? A psychological thriller that will chill you to the bone.

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity – that she, in fact, is Lydia – their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past – what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?’


I found this book to be quite odd to be honest! It’s part psychological thriller and part supernatural chiller (which I didn’t know until I started reading!) so it has many levels. It was slow enough to take off, and some chapters are voiced by different characters so you get a different version of events from each person! 


To be really honest, I wasn’t blown away by The Ice Twins, even though I expected to be. I think it fell a bit shorter in my estimations, so I finished it feeling a bit disappointed! It’s by no means a bad book, I have read much worse, but I would never reread it, and I wouldn’t be rushing to recommend it! The descriptions of the landscape and seascapes of the locations were more interesting at times than the main plot, which isn’t saying much! 


As you know, I don’t do spoilers so I can’t really say much about what happens towards the end of the book! I gave it 2* on Goodreads for 2 reasons! 1- the characters really annoyed me towards the end of the book, and 2- I found it to be a rather unbelievable story once it started unravelling!


Let me know what you think if you have read it, or are intending to!


Happy reading 😊

The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson-Review!

Anyone who follows me over on http://www.facebook.com/bibliophilebookclub knows that I’ve been reading The Disappeared this week!

I was doing a tidy on my shelves and scanning books onto my Goodreads ( https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9841866-kate ) and came upon this in my TBR section so I said I’d give it a go!

The blurb from Amazon is as follows;

‘When the film begins she has no idea what she is about to see. Nor does she realise what devastating consequences this f ilm and the decisions she then makes will have on the rest of her life.’
The body of a young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in an innocuous Swedish suburb. Alex Recht and his team in the Stockholm Police soon identify the body as belonging to missing student, Rebecca Trolle, but as his team continues to excavate the site, they soon find that someone has been returning to the same spot to bury their victims year after year, decade after decade.
Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman is assigned the task of delving into Rebecca’s private life. But little does she know that her enquiries are about to uncover evidence that will put her actions under scrutiny from Internal Affairs, and will throw her private life into turmoil.
And what does the case have to do with the elderly children’s author living in a care home . . . who has never spoken a word to anyone since she arrived years ago?’

I hadn’t heard of Ohlsson but got this in a 3 for £10 offer on Amazon, and I love a good book deal! 🙂

As with most Scandinavian fiction (for me anyway!), it took a while to get going! I found there was a lot of back and forth. The main female, Fredericka, works for the police, has a baby and a partner at home. She finds herself investigating the case of missing student Rebecca Trolle, who’s body is found in a forest after being missing for two years. The investigation takes many directions, and to be honest I don’t want to post any spoilers in the review. Sufficed to say, there are a few twists and turns that were a bit unexpected.

While I enjoyed the book, it really annoyed me as well! The characters who were investigating the case had little communication with each other which led to connections not being made! This really frustrated me, to the point of complaining out loud and hitting my head with the book (not too hard!!!) because I just wanted to shout at them to cop on and talk to each other!!!!

I finished this last night, and I found myself racing through the last 100 pages to find out what was going on! Which is a sign of enjoyment in my eyes really! I gave the book 3* on Goodreads, it would have been 4 only for the irritation I felt at how slowly the plot came together! I would happily recommend it as a good book though, not knock me down fantastic, but a decent read all the same!

Happy reading!

The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson Mini Review

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I’ve had this book on my shelf at home for ages and finally decided to read it last month! I tend not to read reviews on books I want to read as I’m wary of spoilers so I went into this only knowing what was written on the back cover!

Amazon.com describes the book as follows:

“Already optioned for film, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is Peter Swanson’s electrifying tale of romantic noir, with shades of Hitchcock and reminiscent of the classic movie Body Heat. It is the story of a man swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears.

On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss’s comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago.

Liana Dector isn’t just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn’t quite forget. She’s also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she’s back—and she needs George’s help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money . . . and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

George knows Liana is trouble. But he can’t say no—he never could—so he makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.

Bold and masterful, full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop thriller—an ever-tightening coil of suspense that grips you right up to its electrifying end.”

The above is a fairly accurate synopsis but I still felt a bit let down by the book while I was reading it! While there are a few twists and turns that may be deemed unexpected by some, I found that it just didn’t grab me in any way! There were a few predictable moments in it and very few genuine shockers.

Also, I found George to be a bit irritating as a character! Worse still was his behaviour in relation to this woman who has come back into his life! No questions asked, she says ‘jump’ and he says ‘how high?’ basically! I caught myself thinking more than once that he needed to man up!!!

Without giving anything away as regards how the book finishes, I was left expecting more! It’s quite an easy read but I doubt I’d be recommending to many people!