The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste

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About the book:

What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real?

He’ll slice your flesh. 
Your bones he’ll keep.

Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned.

Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper.  Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood.  But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone.

The disappeared have been found. And their killer is watching every move the police make.

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My thoughts:

The Bone Keeper is the latest book from Luca Veste, the author of the Murphy & Rossi series. I was more than a little excited to be able to read a very early copy of this one last year and I can finally share a review with you all.

The Bone Keeper has one of the creepiest openings I’ve read in a while. I don’t tend to scare easily while reading, but there is something threatening in those first few pages that made me uncomfortable and really set the tone for the rest of the book.

A legend, an urban myth, we’ve all heard them. The Bone Keeper takes people, and never gives them back. Yet someone has escaped and its up to Louise and Paul to investigate what happened.

Cynical about things like this, Paul Shipley doesn’t pay heed to the references to the Bone Keeper. But Louise, she’s different. Something in her gut is telling her to watch out, but there is so much more to come.

I loved The Bone Keeper. It creeped me out in places, but I had to keep reading. I was hooked from those opening pages. Luca Veste has done an excellent job with this highly addictive and supremely unnerving novel.An excellent premise with a fast paced plot means the reader won’t be able to tear themselves away until the very end.

The Bone Keeper is a chilling crime read. Full of tension and with a sinister undercurrent, it will definitely get under your skin. It gave me the heebie-jeebies for sure! An absolutely banging plot, with great characterisation made it throughly unputdownable!

Highly recommended!

Be My Killer by Richard Parker 

Hi all,

Delighted to be one of two stops on the blog tour for Be My Killer by Richard Parker. Touted as being one of Bookouture’s darkest books yet, it is definitely worth checking out if you love a good serial killer thriller!

About the book:

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You set the trap. Now you can’t escape.

When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman, is the next victim and Hazel knows she has to find out what happened to her.

Is it one killer or more? Random acts of violence, or part of a bigger, twisted plan?

The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove – and she also has a film crew. She’ll make a documentary, catch the killer, and give Meredith justice.

Her stage is the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found.

Her cast are the family and friends the killer left behind.

And her crew? They keep disappearing, one by one…

A shocking, ‘just-one-more-page’ thriller with the most twisted killer you’ll ever meet. This book will hook you from the first page and keep you guessing long into the night. PERFECT for fans of James Patterson, Mo Hayder, and Chris Carter.

Buy the book:

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About the author:

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Parker is an ex TV script writer, script editor and producer who now writes dark, stand alone thrillers. His first novel, Stop Me, was nominated for a Dagger Award.  The movie rights to his second, Scare Me, have been bought by Hollywood studio Relativity Media with screenplay completed by Wentworth ‘PRISON BREAK’ Miller and his third, Stalk Me, rode high in the US and UK Amazon charts.

www.richardjayparker.com

https://www.facebook.com/richard.jayparker.9

https://twitter.com/Bookwalter

My thoughts:

Be My Killer is definitely one of the darkest books in Bookouture’s repertoire. Following documentary maker Hazel and her team as they investigate the @BeMyKiller murders, they descend into their own living hell.

Richard Parker has a seriously twisted imagination. Some of the killing methods in this book were insane, gruesome and yet so clever. There is more to this book than murder though. Each of the characters have their own issues, and I really liked how the author managed to connect them together even though he was splitting them up at the same time. I found myself rooting for them all, at various points in the book, and other times I just wanted to shout at them for being stupid! But that’s the beauty of books like this, they evoke instant reaction from the readers.

Short and punchy chapters really add to the pace and momentum of the story too. Just when you think everything is ok, boom, no its not! And it happens often in Be My Killer. This constant action and mystery factor lend itself well to this kind of book. It actually reads like a movie at times, especially with the location. Being set in an abandoned play centre, it’s got plenty of creep-factor. You can almost hear the echoes of children’s laughter in the midst of the tension within the compound.

Be My Killer is definitely a book with a novel concept. It’s very current, in that it uses social media for more than just idle scrolling. It becomes a way to nominate people for death by using the Be My Killer hashtag. Twitter is such an instant form of communication, and it just goes to show how crowd mentality works in terms of a wide-reaching hashtag.

This was a fun read for me. Not fun because of the subject matter obviously, but fun in the cat and mouse chase kind of way. There are more twists and turns than a winding road, and I didn’t see any of them coming. I like it when a book surprises me like that!

If you like your thrillers pacy, gripping and more than a little gory, then Be My Killer is one for you!

Make sure to follow the blog tour:

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The Perfectionist by Simon Duke

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Those of you who follow me over on Facebook know that I have been helping Simon Duke with promoting his new book, The Perfectionist and I have been lucky enough to read it! So massive thank you to Simon 🙂

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About the book:

Iowa, 1988. An unidentified severed head is found rotting in a corn field. Confronted with this gruesome discovery, Gerry Stokes – an arrogant and obnoxious newspaper reporter – agrees to cover up the affair. But the truth can’t be concealed forever.

More than twenty years later, Stokes must finally atone for his errors as the past returns with a vengeance. Forced into an investigation to discover what happened all those years ago, he stumbles upon a sordid truth: the victim is one of many; people seemingly chosen at random across America by a serial killer at large for more than two decades; a killer with a unique and horrific modus operandi who’s flown under the radar. Still at large the killer seeks to achieve artistic perfection in his methods of execution. He is “The Perfectionist”.

While tracking the killer under the cloak of FBI suspicion, Stokes sets himself an ambitious target and potential path to fame: write a book that leads the police to the killer, a first in the history of publishing.

The stakes are high and the pressure is on. Stokes is in the race of his life to discover The Perfectionist’s identity and publish his bestseller, while forced to bend the notion of what is ethically right.

My Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to reading The Perfectionist as I loved the premise of the book, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The book started off relatively slow for me, but once we go forward 20+ years, and meet Gerry again, it starts to gain pace. I’ll be honest, Gerry wasn’t the most likeable characters to begin with but owing to the events in the book, he changes completely. Stokes goes from a solitary life as a borderline alcoholic, to a driven and focused reporter again.

Stokes is contacted by his old editor in Clarion, Earl De Vries. Earl tells him a woman has been asking to contact him as she thinks the John Doe from back in ’88 is her grandfather. Gerry isn’t too willing to talk with her but Sarah Howard isn’t easy to say no to.

In the search for the truth regarding Sarah’s grandfather, Stokes finds another similar case and begins to formulate his theory of a serial killer. As more and more murders appear from the past 20 years, with some unusual modus operandi, Stokes and Howard uncover much more than they could ever have imagined.

The Perfectionist really picks up pace from here on in and becomes a much more enthralling read. I loved the dynamic between Gerry and Sarah, they work well together trying to piece everything together. When an unusual murder occurs, they go to the FBI with their findings, and the FBI enlist their help. Both groups essentially are in a race against time to find The Perfectionist, before he commits any more murders.

Stokes, during his hunt for the killer, has decided to turn his research into a book. It is about tracking the serial killer, and it will end by disclosing the murderer. A publishing feat never done before.

I wont go into any more detail, I’m useless at trying to explain plots without spoilers. The Perfectionist has a brilliant twist in the last quarter, one which I may have suspected slightly earlier on, but the big reveal and events surrounding it are superbly written.

Simon Duke has written a very well crafted novel, with a truly evil villain. If I had to pick a favourite character, honestly, I’d pick The Perfectionist. Intelligent, patient, calculating and just wicked. I liked Stokes as well, but The Perfectionist won out.

I would highly recommend The Perfectionist. Fans of crime thrillers and serial killer novels would devour this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads! Thanks again to Simon for giving me the opportunity to read The Perfectionist! 🙂

 

 

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! 😊📖