Who is She? – Vicki Clifford

Who is She? No one knows that the past is a strange country more than Scottish sleuth Viv Fraser. In this, the fifth Mystery, Viv is compelled to investigate a series of misadventures that are too close to home. Unravelling a veil of deception she discovers just how much of her past is in the present. No stranger to a challenge, she risks more than her pride hunting down the people who have threatened her family. Mac is on hand to help but will she let him?

 

 

Extract

Enjoy!

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Viv sighed and reminded herself that when people revelled in tiny victories it indicated their actual insecurity. But that didn’t justify inappropriate behaviour. You just had to look at the legacy of Hitler or Stalin to witness what insecure people were capable of. Viv was convinced that her mum was unhappy with the way she was treated by this woman but she had too little proof. Once or twice recently when Viv had said she’d ‘get the warden onto it’ her mum had made excuses so that Viv wouldn’t take action. Viv’s mum was no shrinking violet yet this warden had some sort of power over her. Viv glanced round the small tidy room. A box of tissues disguised under a satin and lace cover crouched on the window sill, a bookcase with a few ‘how to’ books sat beneath a framed certificate on the wall stating that the woman had ‘attended’ a course on communication with the elderly. The warden caught her reading it and glared. The place smelled of mock lavender, definitely more chemical than organic and barely masking another stale smell, which Viv recognised as overfull vacuum cleaner.

The call took two minutes. The warden conceded and turned her computer screen round so that Viv could view it. A few clicks later she watched the film that Mand had talked about. There definitely was a man going directly up a ladder to her mum’s first floor windows. Why would he do that if he was there to do the whole building? Surely he’d start at the top and work down? She stared at the paltry attempt he’d made at cleaning the window. There was more looking in than cleaning. What was he up to? Viv zoomed in to look for a logo on his clothing but she couldn’t see anything. The company that the housing association employed had to wear uniforms.

The warden said, ‘He’s definitely not one of the usual men. They’re all vetted and I haven’t seen him before. Also, they’re not allowed to work without uniforms and ID cards.’ There was a knock at the office door. A resident wanted help to open the clothes drier. Reluctantly the warden went with the woman, which left Viv free to download the footage onto a USB stick. It was possible that she’d find the man on another database but not one that she would access easily from a public network computer.

She left the office without saying goodbye and nipped upstairs to her mum’s flat. There was no answer when she knocked. She went back downstairs to the public rooms and through a window in the top of the door she saw her mum with a group of men and women concentrating on a watercolour class. Best leave her to it. She jogged home.

Thank you, Vicki Clifford and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

Vicki Clifford was born in Edinburgh and until recently taught Religious Studies at the University of Stirling. She has an unusual background as a freelance hairdresser with a Ph.D on psychoanalysis from the University of Edinburgh. She had her first book, Freud’s Converts, published in 2007. She lives in Perthshire, Scotland. When she isn’t writing she’s cutting hair, walking her dogs or making unorthodox tray bakes. She is currently working on book 5.
Beyond Cutting was shortlisted for the Rainbow Awards 2014
Digging up the Dead received an Honourable mention in the Rainbow Awards 2016
The Viv Fraser Mysteries were shortlisted for a Diva Literary Award 2017.
May 30th 2018 Vicki appears on LJRoss’s blog spot. Read it here: https://lovesuspense.com/

The housewife – Valerie Keogh

“There’s no place like home” – that’s what I tell myself as I pull another flawless meal from the oven. This perfect house on a quiet street was supposed to be my sanctuary, a place to recover. But everything changed the moment I saw that woman in the charity shop. She triggered something dark, buried deep within my memory…

Now I’ve started forgetting small things, like locking the front door. 

And bigger things, like remembering to pick my little girl up from nursery.

I feel terrified every time I pass through a particular spot in our living room. 

And sometimes, when I’m alone, I’m sure I can hear a baby crying… 

I think the woman in the shop knows what happened to me. But if I can’t trust myself to believe she’s real, who will?

 

 

My review

My second book by this author and I was as charmed by it as I was by the first one.

It’s rather slow paced but the amosphere the author creates is so bewitching that you have to keep on reading. She keeps the past in the dark and by doing so she makes sure you can’t put the book away.

There were a lot of characters created to fit the role of suspect, but who was the enemy and who was a friend?

And then the ending … I kept tapping on my Kindle … no avail. The story was finished, but I did not want it to yet!!!

Although it was not the most suspenseful psychological thriller I have read lately, it was a good and intriguing read that I really enjoyed. 4 stars.

Thank you, Valerie Keogh, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

 About the author

Valerie Keogh grew up reading Agatha Christie so when she started writing it seemed natural to write crime novels. She writes two different series, one based in Ireland featuring Garda Sergeant Mike West and a grittier one based in the UK featuring Nicola Connolly, a serial killer.

The Garda West series: THAT ONE MAY SMILE, CLOSE RANKS, MURDER ON CLARE ISLAND and DEATH IN FOXROCK.

The Hudson and Connolly series: DEADLY SLEEP, TWISTED POWER, BITTER BUSINESS, and WICKED SECRET.

Valerie has also written a stand-alone psychological thriller, Exit Five from Charing Cross

In March 2018, Valerie signed a two-book contract with the publisher, Bookouture. The first of these, Secrets Between Us, is out now. The Housewife is published Feb 27th 2019.

 

Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/valeriekeoghnovels/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ValerieKeogh1

Sea Babies – Tracey Scott Townsend

Lauren Wilson is travelling by ferry to the Outer Hebrides, about to begin a new job as a social worker. When somebody sits opposite her at the cafeteria table, she refuses to look up, annoyed at having her privacy disturbed. But a hand is pushing a mug of tea towards her, and a livid scar on the back of the hand releases a flood of memories.                                                   

Some people believe in the existence of a parallel universe. Does Lauren have a retrospective choice about the outcome of a terrible recent accident, or is it the bearer of that much older scar who has the power to decide what happens to her now? 

 

 

Q&A

I hope you enjoy this interview.

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1. When and where do you prefer to write?

Although I have a desk in the Wild Pressed Books office I share with my husband, Phil, I prefer to do my writing somewhere that feels ‘dedicated’, if you see what I mean? I’ve had several writer’s sheds in the past and after a while of not having one, I start to feel a bit mournful and bereft at their loss. Still, I’m getting an allotment soon… At the moment I go up to the spare room when I’m working on my own writing.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

Just the usual methods of prevarication pre-writing, I think, like having to check my Facebook, and email, and Twitter… but apart from that, nothing really.

3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

I do like a nice cuppa tea!

4. What is your favourite book?

Do you mean of my own? I would have to say Sea Babies at the moment because that’s my most recent one. Put on the spot, I’d say my favourite book by another author is currently The Guernsey Literary and Potato-peel Pie Society, as I’ve recently finished reading it. I loved the characters and landscape.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Yes, I am actually thinking of writing a dystopian crime novel!

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Always on parts of people I know, elements of myself and of people I chatted to on a bus or dog walk – anywhere really. All my characters are built from different parts of real-life people.

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

Yes. I’m bereft without a notebook.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

Maybe erotica? Not that I’d really know because I haven’t read any. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with sex in books – but I’m only interested in reading about it as part of characterisation and plot, not merely for titillation.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Julie Myerson. She’s a writer I don’t hear much about on the online book groups, but I love her books, and the darkness and deep humanity of her writing. The Story of You is one of my favourites of hers, and I would say it had some influence on Sea Babies.

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Portugal. My son and his wife intend to buy some land there and my husband and I may end up with a small house on their land. It should have a real influence on my writing.

Thank you, Tracey Scott Townsend and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

Tracey is the author of The Last Time We Saw Marion, Of His Bones, The Eliza Doll and Another Rebecca. Her fifth novel, Sea Babies will be released on 1stllection, So Fast was published in January 2018.

Tracey is also a visual artist. All her work is inspired by the emotions of her own experiences and perceptions.

Tracey is the mother of four grown-up children and now spends a lot of time travelling in a small camper van with husband Phil and their rescue dogs, Pixie and Luna, gathering her thoughts and writing them down.

Death Will Find Me – Vanessa Robertson

Scotland, 1920.
Meet Tessa Kilpatrick; heiress and war-time covert operations agent.


Finding her husband – the feckless James – with another woman at a 1920s country house party, she demands a divorce. But when his body is discovered in a lonely stone bothy the next morning, Inspector Hamish Rasmussen sees Tessa as his only suspect.

Back in Edinburgh, links to another murder convince Rasmussen of her innocence. He enlists her help and together they set off on a pursuit that will bring Tessa once again face to face with the brutality of war as well as revealing to her the lengths that desperate people will go to in order to protect those they love.

Will Tessa be able to prevent a final murder or will she become the killer’s latest victim?

 

 

Q&A

I hope you enjoy this interview.

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1.When and where do you prefer to write?

I’m not that fussy. Mostly I write at home but sometimes I need to be around other people and so I’ll decamp to a café with my laptop and settle in there for a couple of hours. Cafes without wi-fi are best because I am terrible for procrastinating instead of actually sitting down and facing the blank screen.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

Not really. If I’m at home I listen to music but if I’m writing the Tessa Kilpatrick books it has to be instrumental. There’s another novel I have on the back burner at the moment and when I write that I can listen to songs with lyrics. Maybe it’s because the Tessa stories are historical?

3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

Tea. Lots of tea. Usually Yorkshire Gold. I dally with other, fancier, teas but always come back to Yorkshire Gold.

4. What is your favourite book?

It changes according to the mood I’m in. I know I should name something hugely literary and/or influential but I’ve just re-read Riders by Jilly Cooper after a gap of at least a decade and it is glorious. She is such a compelling storyteller.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Definitely. I have that back-burner project I mentioned which is a series of contemporary thrillers. Moving away from the crime genre, I’d love to write some really fun romances.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I don’t think so but wouldn’t it be a fun way to pay a few people back?

Actually, Bill Henderson, one of the characters in Death Will Find Me is named after a school-friend of my brother-in-law’s. I’ve never met the real Bill but it’s always struck me as the ideal name for my Bill who is a truly good person. Someone called Bill Henderson is always going to be an absolute trouper in a crisis, don’t you think? He would never let you down and after her ghastly husband, Tessa deserves someone like that.

I should probably send a copy of the book to the real Bill…

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I’m not that organised. I do love to buy beautiful notebooks but if I have an idea I usually end up frantically typing on my phone. My Notes section is full of rather cryptic and sometimes unintelligible sentences.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

I can’t get on with sci-fi and fantasy. I have friends who love it, friends who write it, but it’s not for me.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Having just read Riders, I would love to co-write with Jilly Cooper, obviously. But more practically, there’s an idea that’s been kicking around my imagination for a few years now and if I wrote that it would be fun to do that with a good friend of mine, Eleanor Harkstead.

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Book Five in this series is set in Venice so it would be lovely if the books were successful enough to justify a nice long research trip…

Thank you, Vanessa Robertson and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

I grew up in the Midlands where my main interests were horses and drama. Being a writer was a dream from childhood but I gave up on the idea of writing when I was a teenager, not long after I abandoned other childhood ambitions of being a trapeze artiste or a spy. After acquiring a couple of degrees and trying various ‘proper jobs’, I realised that I am fundamentally unsuited to office politics, bad coffee, and wearing tights.

My husband and I founded The Edinburgh Bookshop, winner of many awards. Bookselling is a wonderful profession and a good bookshop is a source of pure joy to me. I love independent bookshops and the amazing job they do in championing reading, supporting authors, and building communities. But, after a few years, it was time for a change and we sold the bookshop to make way for other projects.

I took the opportunity to start writing again and was a winner at Bloody Scotland’s Pitch Perfect event for unpublished authors in 2015. It was a fantastic opportunity and getting such positive feedback about my ideas gave me the push I needed to take my writing seriously.

I live in Edinburgh with my husband, our teenage son and an unfeasibly large Leonberger dog. I can usually be found walking on windy Scottish beaches, browsing in bookshops, or tapping away on my laptop in one of the scores of cafes near my home.

The One Who’s Not the One – Keris Stainton

Cat’s life has hit a brick wall. Since she broke up with her ex Sam five years ago she’s quit stand-up comedy, landed in a steady but dull job, and lives in a tiny flat with roommates she knows only as The One Who Eats All My Food and The One Who Has Really Loud Sex.

Cat, by contrast, is vividly aware that she hasn’t had sex for over two years.

So when she bumps into old friend Harvey and sparks fly, Cat is surprised. The more time she spends with Harvey, the more their chemistry grows – but Cat knows she has to ignore her feelings.

Because Harvey is Sam’s brother, and so absolutely, 100% off-limits romantically. If only Cat didn’t keep forgetting that…

 

 

My review

This author really found the key to unlock my funny bone. There are so many hilarious conversations that you might pull a muscle if you are not careful. Sometimes people are trying to be witty and when you read it, you think : for real? That’s not how a speak to a friend, child, … But I never got that feeling here. It sounded all very natural.

To be honest, the whole story felt very much like it could happen to anyone. I think everybody might recognize one or more situations they have faced as well at one point in their lives. It makes you feel connected more because fiction can be very down to earth and not totally fairy tale-ish.

Cat is quiet a character. I wouldn’t mind having her as a friend.

A very enjoyable read that makes you go ‘hahahaha’ and ‘aaawww’. 4 stars.

Thank you, Keris Stainton, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Keris Stainton was born in Canada, grew up on the Wirral, lived in London for a while and now lives in Lancashire with two boys, two guinea pigs, and an unhealthy (but enjoyable) obsession with One Direction.

She’s written books for children, teenagers, and adults and can almost always be found on Twitter.

Links:
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Keris

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/keriswritesbooks/

The Forest of Riddles – Stephen J. Willis

Throughout the series, Christopher and his friends must overcome various despicable foes as they battle with riddles, codes, creatures of the night, deathly spectres and secret orders, as they go in search of Christopher’s missing brother and father.

Within a tall whispering forest, night-time eyes blink in mesmerized wonder at a magical blue spectacle that dances all about them in the silence. So enchanting is this mysterious woodland, that it bewitches all that dare to cross its path.

But as darkness falls and the creatures stir, something else awakens deep within. For under the watchful eye of an unknown foe, a creeping menace ponders the fate of these dancing lights.

Invited to stay with his grandfather, Charlie, over the spring holidays, Christopher, along with his best mate Jason and new friend Poppy, venture up by train to the beautiful landscapes of Scotland. Here, they must unravel the many secrets weaved amongst sacred symbols and enchanting nocturnal lights that are hidden within this magical forest. For they alone hold the key to solving an ancient entrapment of a lost civilization.

 

 

Q&A

I hope you like this interview.

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1.When and where do you prefer to write?

I like to sit on my sofa when at him. If I travel into London on the train, I always take my iPad and write something. Otherwise, I enjoy taking my iPad down to Brighton and writing with a sea view.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

Nope, nothing sacred, not special pen, quill or good luck charm. I just get on with it.

3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

No. Maybe the odd cup of tea…

4. What is your favourite book?

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

There is an idea for a political based thriller in the future — but that is quite down the line.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Occasionally, they are usually composites of many.

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

No. But I very often narrate into my iPhone ideas and concepts, and sometimes take pictures to help capture a certain atmosphere.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

Anything that is crude and degrading, too gory or nasty.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Christopher Fowler

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Egypt, as I am fascinated by their history.

Thank you, Stephen J. Willis and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

For years people would ask Stephen to write-up the various adventures and stories that he would so often recount at social events and parties. The more fascinating the people he had encountered, the more bizarre and exciting the stories would be, and so the more enthralled his audiences would become.

So, to please a friend, that made him promise to write-up one of his more fascinating true stories, he began. After requests for more written works, he finally started on his literary journey.

The first few books were shorts and he experimented with them by putting them on a few websites. Both to his surprise and delight, they were read by over fourteen thousand people. And this, in turn, gave him the confidence to step-up his game and begin writing both novels and novelettes in earnest.

 

Murder at Benbury Brook – Betty Rowlands

A babbling brook runs alongside a wooded glade, surrounded by autumn light and birdsong. But next to the stream a young woman lies dead, her once bright blonde hair now limp and lifeless… 

Melissa Craig has settled into a new job in the charming Cotswolds village of Upper Benbury. She is teaching French to several of the local teenagers, which gives her a fascinating insight into the young people’s lives. Material for a new novel perhaps…

Her quiet life is interrupted when she sees her new neighbour running out of the woods in a blind panic. Melissa rushes to help him, but what she finds leaves her breathless: the body of young woman is lying on the bank of the river.

When suspicion falls on Melissa’s neighbour, a man with a difficult past trying to make a new start, Melissa feels determined to prove his innocence. With the village in turmoil, and the police sure they’ve got their man, she must act quickly.

As she interviews the local residents, she realises there are several sinister characters lurking inside those charming Cotswold cottages… Could one of them have hurt Cissie? Was it the strange old man with a cottage near the river? Or the ailing ex-choirmaster with quite an eye for the ladies?

When Melissa Craig decides to get her teeth into a case, she doesn’t let go – nothing will stop her from solving this murder. Can she prove the innocence of her new friend? And will she unearth the culprit before another young life is taken?

 

 

My review

Again a great story by this author. We see some ‘old’ characters again, but some have left and new ones are being introduced. It’s always a bit sad to have to say goodbye to them and I missed them, but the author filled the void with quite interesting ones.

In this book we get less information about the private life of Melissa. There is more focus on the case itself and she really excels. Maybe because she had more time on her hands due to the changes in her personal life?

Either way it was a truely enjoyable read and I love the connection between Melissa and Bruce. They work well together and have become friends.

The author has a nice writing style and I am looking forward to book 10. I wonder what Melissa will have to untangle next and how her (love) life is going to develop. 5 stars.

Thank you, Betty Rowlands, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Betty Rowlands burst on to the crime scene by winning the Sunday Express / Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition. Her success continued with her nine highly acclaimed Melissa Craig mysteries. She is an active member of the Crime Writers’ Association and regularly gives talks and readings and serves on panels in crime writing conventions.

Where Angels Fear – D.K. Hood

As she opened her eyes and took in her surroundings, a feeling of terror ran through her weakened body. She knew exactly where she was. And she knew exactly what was about to happen to her…

When Ella Tate stumbles into Black Rock Falls, her exhausted and bloodied body is a terrifying sight, but not as frightening as the story she has to tell. Ambushed on their way into town when they stopped to help a man by the side of the road, Ella and her friend Sky ran when he pulled a knife on them. But only one of them got away.

As Detective Jenna Alton investigates the case, she looks into the history of missing persons in the town, and uncovers more cases – all young people. All stopped on the same stretch of road into town. All vanished without a trace.

When a distinctive pink sweater belonging to Sky turns up in Black Rock Falls, Jenna follows the trail to a derelict building on the outskirts of town. But she isn’t prepared for what lies behind those doors. Can she stop the killer before more lives are lost?

 

 

My review

Book 5 in the series and my 3rd one. It would be impossible to say which one is my fafvourite, because they are all gems.

I love the way the author has invented such interesting and intriguiing past for some of the police officers. It gives them an extra bit of spice.

Of course people are attracted to series due to their feelings towards the returning characters, but that is not enough. People also want stories filled with suspense and other emotions. Needless to say that this author knows perfectly how to combine all those things and mixes them into a tasty cocktail.

I had chills running down my spine and my stomach sometimes felt like it had gone through a shredder. The interaction between the team members certainly increases the reading pleasure.

At a given moment I had a lump in my throat and I liked the jokey tone at the end of the story.

The author left me no choice. I just had to dip into my pocket and pull the 5 stars card out of it.

Thank you, DK Hood, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.
My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine-tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: www.dkhood.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dkhoodauthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DKHood_Author

The Bride’s Trail – AA Abbott

Ross has a swanky penthouse and a high-flying job in the City. When he meets Kat, a glamorous blonde croupier, he starts to plan a future. Now she’s disappeared, he’s devastated.

Casino boss Shaun realises it’s not just Kat who’s vanished –  £20,000 is missing too. He wants his money back and he’s after Kat’s blood.

Young graduate Amy has discovered Kat’s stolen her ID for a sham marriage. She can’t stand Ross, but only he will help her find Kat and clear her name.

 

 

Extract

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He drove through grand streets of tall, red brick buildings, often adorned with columns and curlicues in the same material. Occupied by jewellery tradesmen, design agencies and an occasional flat conversion, they were generally in a good state of repair. Losing a property here would hit Marty Bridges’ pocket.

Shaun reversed into a parking space and fumbled in his pocket for change as he walked to the pay and display machine. His car had been acquired in payment for services rendered, and he was aware the supplier had stolen it and changed the number plate. Prudently, he preferred to park legally. It avoided drawing attention to his fake plate and lack of insurance and road tax.

He saw her then, on the other side of the road: Kat’s flatmate, Amy. A nervous tic played at the corner of his mouth. She must know where Kat was. For a moment, he looked around for a traffic warden. He hadn’t bought his ticket yet. Was there time to run across for a little chat with Amy? Although it was broad daylight, he could still secure her co-operation with a well-placed blade.

In the instant he looked away from her, a matter of a few seconds or so, Amy disappeared.

Shaun gawped. Doubt flooded him. While he didn’t believe in ghosts, he wondered if she’d been simply a figment of his imagination. He fingered his chin, wincing as he touched the bruises Bridges had given him. Hidden by stubble, they were still tender. The pain brought him to his senses. He realised that, although the buildings across the road appeared to be a continuous terrace, they were not. A cobbled alley ran between them, a battered road sign stating that it was called Leopold Passage.

It sounded familiar. Shaun paid for his parking and checked the address of Marty Bridges’ property: 3, Leopold Passage. Now he was not only sure where Amy had gone, he was certain he would find Kat there. Would Marty Bridges be there too? Shaun wasn’t going to take any chances. He wanted Jeb with him, and they needed to tool up.

Thank you, AA Abbott and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.

Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.

Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran

Dead Memories – Angela Marsons

She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers.

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the deaths of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known.

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

 

 

My review

A new book from this author is always something to look forward to and to stay up for all night if needed.

Do you know the feeling when your head is spinning like your washing machine on full speed? No? Well, neither did I untill I started this book. You might think it’s a rather ‘yikes’ feeling and I would totally agree in other circumstances, but here I did not want it to stop.

But not only my brain was in turmoil, my stomach did some summersaults as well. Not because of the descriptions, but because what I imagined had happened.

Having said that I think you might already have a faint impression that I thought this book was utterly, totally, thoroughly brilliant! The way this author can keep you entertained is beyond heaven.

You just have to love DI Stone and her team and the banter between her and Bryant is hilarious. It gives you a little breather between the action in this fast paced book.

There are a lot of good books, there are quite a few excellent books and then of course there a some masterpieces. 5 out of 5 does not sound enough, so I will grant it 100 out of 100. I know the result is the same, but the feeling is different.

Thank you, Angela Marsons, Bookouture and Netgalley.

Book received courtesy of publisher/author.

 

About the author

Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her partner, bouncy puppy and potty mouthed parrot.

It has taken many novels to find that one character who just refused to go away. And so D.I. Kim Stone was born.  The D.I. Kim Stone series has now sold over 2 million copies.

www.angelamarsons-books.com