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! 😊📖