The Girl from Silent Lake by Leslie Wolfe / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @LWNovels

:

“Please, not in front of my daughter,” she pleaded. “She’s just a little girl.” He leaned closer, so close she felt his heated breath on her face. The blue jays that had been filling the valley with their chirping fell silent all at once when the woman’s cry ripped through the clear mountain air…

Detective Kay Sharp vowed she’d never return to her childhood home. On the night of her thirteenth birthday her broken family was shattered beyond repair, and leaving was the only option. Unable to fix her own past, she’s been an FBI profiler for over a decade, desperate to save others.

But now Kay’s back and only she can solve the crime that has rocked the tight-knit community of Mount Chester to its core. A dead woman has been found by Silent Lake under the dew-covered Fall leaves, her hair braided and her body wrapped in a blanket. This small town may be a stranger to murder, but Kay recognizes the signs of a serial killer. She’s certain that the ritualistic nature of the scene means it’s just a matter of time until he strikes again––unless she catches him first.

As yellow do-not-cross tape flaps in the biting wind, another woman is reported missing. Kay leads a frenzied search for out-of-towner Alison Nolan and when she locates her car, Kay’s blood turns to ice as she shines her flashlight on the backseat and sees a teddy bear. Alison’s six-year-old little girl, Hazel, has vanished too.

Kay knows the missing-person investigation could turn into a murder case at any second. But as she hunts for the culprit, her own past closes in on her. Can she find the killer before it’s too late? And will the secret she thought she’d buried stay that way?

:

:

Review

My first book by this author (I know shame on me) and it certainly won’t be my last.

I was captivated by the thrilling hunt for the unsub as well as by the background story of Detective Kay Sharp.

More than once I held my breath felt my heart breaking or my eyes filling with tears.

Your babies… from the moment they were born, your heart filled with love. You swore you would love them and protect them for ever… Then you see changes. You think you know how to handle the situation, but it seems like you don’t. You don’t understand what went wrong and why and there is only one thing you can do in your opinion…

Sometimes I think we forget that those ruthless, vicious, heartless killers once were tiny, innocent babies craving love and attention. Was it their parents’ fault that things went wrong? In some cases, I guess we may say yes without a doubt. Not everybody is strong enough to fight and chose the right path and those who have to fend for themselves often fall by the wayside. And then you have that third category: respected in the community and clever enough to cover their tracks…for a while at least.

I know a sob story is not enough to excuse a killer’s behaviour, but it certainly helps you to understand where they came from.

A very good book that deserves 5 stars without a doubt

Thank you, Leslie Wolfe and Bookouture

:

About the Author

Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology.

Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller. 

:

Author Links

Website: http://www.WolfeNovels.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LWNovels

Amazon Book Store: http://bit.ly/WolfeAll

:

:

Book Link

http://ow.ly/Rqfe50DwBBl

The Woman Inside by Anna-Lou Weatherley / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @annaloulondon

:

Detective Dan Riley #4

Daisey Garrett wakes up in a hospital bed. She remembers her boyfriend has left her for another woman but she doesn’t remember what happened to her. The night she was attacked in her own home.

Daisey shouldn’t be alive but against all odds, she’s survived an ordeal most would never recover from. And her new friend and roommate Iris will help her get back on her feet.

But Daisey’s mind is broken. She’s on edge, drinking too much and as she sits across from her cheating ex, Luke, in the beautiful home they once shared together, she can’t shake the feeling that she is being watched.

Yet tiny fragments of Daisey’s memory are starting to come back to her.

The missing pieces of that fateful summer night are beginning to surface…

The lies she told the police.

The lies Luke told her.

Iris will help her find the truth, won’t she?

:

:

Review

OMG! I did not know what to expect when I read the title of this book, but most certainly not what I got. It was just sooo incredibly good!

I already knew that writing is so much more than just putting words on paper, but now, once again, I realise how much time authors invest in doing research in order to create even more amazing stories.

It’s true that I had some ideas in my head, but that does not bother me in the slightest. Discovering the why and how is very interesting too and seeing that what I thought was indeed correct is very satisfying.:)

Of course I wanted the culprit to be caught. Of course I wanted justice for the victims and their families, but sometimes I feel sorry for the baddie too.

In this book my heart bled for them. I know the actions are inexcusable, but nature can be very cruel too.

It was great to see Detective Dan Riley again and I am glad he has made some personal decisions as well. They were long overdue, but better late than never. 😊

I loved this book. It was like watching a flower unfurl its petals slowly but surely. 5 stars

Thank you, Anna-Lou Weatherley and Bookouture

:

About the author

Anna-Lou began her career as a dancer but a moped accident in Ibiza put paid to those aspirations and so she went back to her first and one true love – writing! She re-trained as a journalist, specialising mainly in women’s interest and celebrity, becoming the Editor of J-17 and Smash Hits as well as writing for a host of women’s magazines.

Anna-Lou has written three Adult Fiction titles – Vengeful Wives and Wicked Wives, both published by Avon in the UK and Bookouture in the US and Canada and Pleasure Island published by Bookouture.

:

Author Links

https://www.facebook.com/annalouweatherleyauthor/

https://twitter.com/annaloulondon

:

:

Book Links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B08M9YFVSZCover

Apple: http://ow.ly/Yhj850C8LWB

Kobo: http://ow.ly/pJOo50C8LQ4

Google: http://ow.ly/CKaS50C8LZz

She Lies Alone by Laura Wolfe / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @LauraWolfeBooks

:

News spreads fast. Gossip spreads faster. Deadly secrets spread fastest of all.

Jane Bryson obeys the rules. A long-standing science teacher at Ravenswood High School, she lives a simple life with her husband Craig and Moose the black Labrador. When free-spirited new English teacher Elena Mayfield joins Ravenswood, Jane’s excited to have a friend who is ready to challenge authority, and Elena’s soon shaking things up.

When Elena starts a controversial club, Jane is ready to support her. When Elena begins an illicit romance with a colleague, Jane is there to help her shield her secret. When people begin asking questions about Elena, Jane backs her all the way.

But the morning after the annual fundraiser, Elena’s body is found crumpled on the soccer field.

It soon becomes clear that not everyone found Elena charming and funny. A thousand people were at the fundraiser: there’s a town full of suspects and a long list of motives. Who was angry with Elena? What had her curiosity and rule-breaking uncovered? Who wanted to shut her up?

Who has told lies they would kill to hide?
:

:

Review

You are responsible for your own actions. That’s an indisputable fact, but sometimes other people can drive you insane and that’s when the bomb goes off. You see red and nothing can stop you with all that this implies…

There were a lot of suspects here, but no one really stood out. That made it rather complicated for me to put the blame on someone. There was not one person that I disliked so much that I would happily see them behind bars, but someone must have done it.

When all the masks fell off, I was utterly surprised by the outcome. Not once did that person’s name cross my mind. This shows the author’s skills of being able to fool her readers or me at least 😉.

People gossip. People come to conclusions they believe are the right ones. People are cruel. Nothing new there, right? But these are very good elements to use in a book and build a story around. 4 stars.

Thank you, Laura Wolfe and Bookouture

:

About the author 

Laura Wolfe is a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, riding horses, growing vegetables in her garden, or spoiling her rescue dog. She lives in her home state of Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. Laura’s YA mystery, Trail of Secrets, was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime and the SCBWI.  

:

Author Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraWolfeBooks

Website:  https://www.laurawolfebooks.com/

:

:

Book Links    

Amazon: https://geni.us/B08HNJNBX6Social

Apple: http://ow.ly/R6Zt50BpJ4o 

Kobo: http://ow.ly/eWv650BpJ2I 

Google:  http://ow.ly/t2Wz50BpJ5q 

A Wedding on the Riviera by Evonne Wareham / #Review @ChocLituk @evonnewareham

When out-of-work actor Ryan Calder attends a wedding as the plus-one of successful businesswoman, Nadine Wells, he doesn’t expect to get in a scuffle with the groom.

But Ryan has a good reason. He recognises the groom from another wedding where the same man made a quick getaway, taking the wedding money and leaving a heartbroken bride in his wake. It seems he’s struck again, and Nadine’s poor friend is the target.

Ryan and Nadine decide they can’t let it happen to another woman, so with a group of friends they hatch a plan that will take them to the French Riviera, hot on the heels of the crooked groom. But could their scheme to bring him to justice also succeed in bringing them closer together?

 

 

Review

About 3 years ago this author wrote a great summer read starring Cassie and Jake. Ryan also played a rather important role in their story. In my review I begged the author to please, please write a sequel and my prayers have been heard. A few hours ago I finished another wonderful book by her. Cassie and Jake are present, but the focus is on Ryan this time.

I like romance, but not the too sickly sweet kind. A perfect counterpart is adding a dash of suspense, to spice it all up a bit. This is what happens here and I loved it. There is a perfect balance between those two main ingredients.

A con artist that has to be stopped and a blossoming love affair. Do you want to know how it all works out? Grab your copy and enjoy this very entertaining read. 

Maybe I should give it another try. After all, you never know. Could you, please, give us a third part? 5 stars

Thank you, Evonne Wareham and Choc Lit

 

About the author

Evonne Wareham writes romantic suspense set in her native Wales and in favourite holiday destinations in Europe. She lives on the South Wales coast, where she walks on the beach, watches the rain and procrastinates.

 

Author Link

http://www.evonnewareham.com

 

 

Book Links

Close to the Bone by Susan Wilkins / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @SusanWilkins32

 

 

Detective Megan Thomas #2

‘Detective Thomas, there’s no easy way to say this. We’ve brought Debbie in for questioning.’
‘You mean my sister Debbie? What are you talking about? You’ve arrested my sister?’
‘Megan, she’s our prime suspect.’

Detective Megan Thomas hoped that moving to Devon would mean a quiet life. Her years undercover in London left her broken and alone, unsure if she would ever recover. Slowly, she’s learning to work with a team and trust other people. But when her sister Debbie finds the body of local businessman Greg Porter, that peace is shattered.

Porter’s wife and children don’t seem entirely grief-stricken, and his business dealings are not all they appear to be. So why are the police so determined to focus on Debbie? And why is she acting so suspiciously? When Megan learns what happened between Porter and Debbie, it threatens to tear the family apart, and forces her to ask if her beloved sister could really have done something so terrible.

Her boss won’t allow her anywhere near the case, leaving Megan on the sidelines. Caught between the job she loves, and what she feels she must do, Megan finds herself faced with an impossible decision. She’s desperate to save her sister, but what if Debbie is lying? When a second body and a surprise confession takes the case into even muddier waters, Megan must decide where her loyalty lies – with her family, or the truth.

And whatever choice she makes, will she be able to live with herself?

 

 

Review

A great second book in this series!

I loved Megan in the first book. She does not really follow the rules. No, that’s not quite correct. She does follow rules, but the ones she makes. 🙂 

Just like in the previous book she has a lot on her plate and this time we also see a softer side of her. I have to admit that I missed the tougher Megan, but that does not mean that I did not enjoy the story. There were a lot of things going on and it was great to see how every piece of the puzzle fell into place.

We get another glimpse into her background too and while she is still battling the consequences she is not one to shy away from what has to be done even when someone close to her is involved. 

Justice is what she is after even though you might say some people got what they deserved. 4 stars

Thank you, Susan Wilkins and Bookouture

 

About the author

Susan Wilkins also writes as S.J. Wilkins

Susan worked for years in television drama, wrote for shows including Casualty, Heartbeat, Coronation Street and Eastenders and created the London-based detective drama South of the Border.

Her gritty, Essex-based gangster trilogy – THE INFORMANT, THE MOURNER and THE KILLER – has been compared to Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers and described as “blazingly brilliant” (Sunday Mirror).

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, her fourth book, is a twisty psychological thriller, featuring police detective Jo Boden, an ambitious cop still grieving for a murdered sister.

For 2020 a completely gripping new series from Susan introduces the tough and determined Detective Megan Thomas. For fans of Ann Cleeves, LJ Ross and Mari Hannah, this will keep you hooked from the first page to the last.

Writing as S.J. Wilkins, A KILLER’S HEART – a tense and timely political thriller, is now available on Kindle.

 

Author Links

Website: https://susanwilkins.co.uk

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SusanWilkins32

 

 

Book Links

Amazon:  https://geni.us/B089M9GJBZSocial

Apple: http://ow.ly/xhyL50zYrRA

Kobo: http://ow.ly/GJ0I50zYrPC

Googleplay: http://ow.ly/We1I50zYrTH

Two Widows by Laura Wolfe / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @LauraWolfeBooks

 

 

The body of an unidentified woman has been found on a local beach in a small town. The police have no suspects.

Gloria is used to solitude. Widowed and still grieving her late husband, she spends her days with only her faded photographs for company. But when a young woman is murdered nearby, Gloria grows anxious. Living alone in an old farmhouse, surrounded by empty woods, there’s no one for miles who would hear her scream.

When freelance travel writer Beth arrives with her trailer to live on Gloria’s land, Gloria is relieved not to be alone. The police have no suspects in the murder and fearless Beth makes Gloria feel safe. Then Gloria discovers Beth is a widow too: the women become closer and begin to share their secrets.

But soon Gloria starts to wonder… what does she actually know about Beth? About what brought her to this isolated spot? About how her husband really died? Is it a coincidence that she’s arrived just as this small town has seen its first murder in decades?

Gloria thought that Beth had told her all her secrets. She was wrong.

 

 

Review

This was a great read! Sometimes I have to force myself a bit to continue reading but with this one: no way I had to do that! I flew through it like I was on a TGV.

It was a very fascinating book. The story is seen through the eyes of the two widows who each have a very different life and background. From the very start there was a suspenseful atmosphere and you don’t really know who to trust or what the connection is with the beginning of the book.

Little by little everything is revealed and I closed the book with a very happy feeling. Not because of what happened of course but because of the way the story was structured and written.

This book is about what betrayal can lead to and so much more. 5 stars.

Thank you, Laura Wolfe and Bookouture

 

About the author 

Laura Wolfe is a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, riding horses, growing vegetables in her garden, or spoiling her rescue dog. She lives in her home state of Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. Laura’s YA mystery, Trail of Secrets, was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime and the SCBWI.  

 

Author Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraWolfeBooks

Website:  https://www.laurawolfebooks.com/

 

 

Book Links    

Amazon: https://geni.us/B0896392QXSocial

Apple: https://apple.co/2B2b0ZQ

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2M1Z9gO

Google: https://bit.ly/3epJDY1

The Child Across the Street by Kerry Wilkinson / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @kerrywk

 

 

Wheeling my suitcase down the familiar, hedge-lined street, I smile at the sound of children playing in the park nearby. Suddenly, there’s a screech of car brakes. I rush over to see a bent bike wheel sticking out of the ditch, and underneath, a little boy…

As I turn the rusty key in the lock of the house I grew up in, memories flood back. None of them happy. I never told anyone why I left home twenty years ago, and all I want is to sort out Dad’s funeral as quickly as possible.

Now I’m trapped here, the only witness to a terrible incident that has left an eight-year-old boy fighting for his life. But after a lifetime trying to forget my past, I don’t know if I can trust my memory, or be totally sure of what I saw today.

Sorting through Dad’s things one night – shopping lists in his curly handwriting, piles of old newspapers, dusty sports trophies – I think I hear the back door handle rattle. I tiptoe downstairs, past an open window I’m sure I locked. And a figure darts across the overgrown garden.

Someone is watching me. Someone who knows I’m the only one who saw what happened to little Ethan… or could they know the real reason why I left? Either way, I’m certain that coming back was my biggest mistake. I can’t leave, but the longer I stay, the more danger I’m in…

 

 

Review

A book by Kerry Wilkinson equals a good book. He has the ability of mixing a great writing style with a bit of humor and lots of suspense and does not shy away from twisty additions.

The author offers the readers a wide range of suspects to choose from and each and everyone of them seems to fit the bill. This makes your head spin and you can put the blame on your favorite baddie. Does this mean though that they really were responsible or did the writer manage to keep it wrapped up until the end?

It was fun slowly pealing away every layer in order to find out the truth. My money was on the wrong horse, yet again.

I have read stories by him that are more creepy than this one, but that certainly does not mean that I did not enjoy it. Entertainment is what I seek in books and that is what I got. Mission accomplished. 🙂 4 stars.

Thank you, Kerry Wilkinson and Bookouture

 

About the author 

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

 

Author Links

http://kerrywilkinson.com

http://facebook.com/KerryWilkinsonBooks

 

 

Book Links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B089YSY1K3Social

Apple: http://ow.ly/1HV350A4LdJ

Kobo: http://ow.ly/Yw7H50A4LbF

Google: http://ow.ly/txga50A4LlE

 

 

 

 

 

A Dog’s Chance by Casey Wilson / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @CaseyWilsonAuth

 

 

Sometimes the dogs we rescue… also rescue us.

A heart-wrenching and beautiful story perfect for dog lovers everywhere. Fans of A Dog’s Purpose, The Art of Racing in the Rain and Marley and Me will be utterly entranced by this gorgeous page-turner.

Madison knows her fourteen-year-old daughter Abbie is struggling. She wishes she could give Abbie stability, the promise of a forever home in Millbury, but she is scared to stay in one town for too long, and every day Abbie seems more anxious. Until a chance encounter with a beautiful, boisterous golden retriever puppy called Duke changes everything…

Duke bounces into the community centre where Madison is working and when Abbie meets him she stops pacing the room. Duke is tugging his owner, seventy-five-year-old Arthur, along for the ride, and instantly Madison sees a way she and Arthur can help each other. She offers to train Duke so that Abbie gets to see him, and from that moment the four of them become a family.

Madison finally feels like she has a second chance at life and a reason to stay in town, but when her past catches up with her they are all at risk. Duke may have united this family, but will he be able to keep them together?

 

 

Review

A story about a dog? Of course that is a must read for me, but on the other hand I know I am going to feel very emotional too.

And yes, the first sentence already broke my heart, but it was mended again very soon. 🙂

People who don’t have a dog might find it hard to believe what dogs can do, but dog lovers have experienced most of those things already and know that it’s genuine. I recognized a lot of those things that were described in my own dog’s behavior. The things you can read in those beautiful brown eyes are incredible.

They can’t talk but they do speak. They can’t take you in their paws, but they do comfort you. They don’t lie or cheat, but always stand by you. They truly are a a-man’s best friend.

A dog is not just an animal. He really is a member of the family and should be treated that way.

I love that the story was also told from Duke’s point of view. Dogs know a lot more than they sometimes get credit for.

This is a beautiful and heartwarming story about a puppy being saved and finding his ‘family’ and returning the favor by protecting and loving them unconditionally. I loved it. 5 stars

Thank you, Casey Wilson and Bookouture

 

About the author

Casey Wilson is the author of A Dog’s Hope and A Dog’s Chance, published with Bookouture.

Born and raised in the United States in Nevada, she is the owner of a gorgeous golden retriever, who may or may not have inspired the dogs in her novels.

 

Author Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaseyWilsonAuth

 

 

Book Link

https://geni.us/B086PWKZWDSocial

The Sister-in-Law by Sue Watson / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @suewatsonwriter  

 

 

‘You don’t think Jamie and I have secrets, do you? No, we tell each other everything.’ She smiled. ‘Including your dirty little secret. So maybe it’s time to start being nice to me?’

THE WIFE: Clare is ready for a break. It’s been a tough year and now she wants to put her feet up. Arriving at the Italian villa for their summer holiday, she decides it’s high time her husband and his family did some of the work. After all, her husband owes her…

THE HUSBAND: Even though Dan had his head turned by someone else, he’s realised the error of his ways. He’s here now, and he says it’s for keeps. Clare can trust him, can’t she? At least he’ll have his brother there, to keep him in line…

THE BROTHER: Jamie is the prodigal child, back in the family fold again after years of travelling abroad. But when he gets to the villa, he’s not alone. He’s brought a wife, someone none of them have met before.

THE SISTER-IN-LAW: Ella is everything Clare isn’t. Glamorous. Young. Influential. But she knows a secret about Clare. Something that has the power to break the whole family apart.

And there’s someone who will do whatever it takes to make sure that this deep secret never comes to the surface.

 

 

Review

I admire authors. I think it’s great how they can take you on a captivating journey with their stories.

I love this author’s chicklit books and I love her thrillers and even though these two genres are a world apart, they fit her both like a glove. Every book by her hand are a perfect excuse to shut everything else that is going on on this planet out.

Clare is a strong woman. She has been put down more than once. She tries to please and forgive everyone even if she felt it was not right to do so, but family has to stick together and remain a family, no matter what. Enough is enough though! Why is this new kid on the block behaving like she does? Clare is determined to fight back this time, but who is she up against…?

I just adored this book. It’s one you don’t want to put down, but you don’t want it to end either. It’s one where you fall in the author’s trap and believe exactely what she wants you to believe to be punched in the face afterwards with the revelations. And then you give yourself a facepalm for not seeing it earlier. ;).

Brilliant! 5 stars.

Thank you, Sue Watson and Bookouture

 

About the author

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue has written fifteen novels – many involving cake – which have been translated into several languages and involved tough ‘cake research.’ Sue is now exploring the darker side of life with her thrillers OUR LITTLE LIES, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, THE EMPTY NEST and THE SISTER-IN-LAW. Writing in this new genre doesn’t involve the deep research of baked goods and Sue’s hoping the change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing – okay, procrastinating, eating and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.

 

Author Links

Website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Twitter @suewatsonwriter  

 

 

Book Links

Amazon: https://bit.ly/2S282dq

Apple Books: https://apple.co/354bWrv

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2KwUAKw

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2xJYVaF

Buried Deep by Susan Wilkins / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @SusanWilkins32

 

 

Detective Megan Thomas #1

Megan has to climb round and step across the body to get a proper view. What’s left is like a chalk white mask in the rough shape of a face. The innocence is still there, and a hint of the cheekiness. But perhaps she is imagining that.

Detective Megan Thomas moved to Devon for a fresh start, after years spent undercover. She’s staying with her sister and swimming in the sea daily, battling the tides and letting the waves wash her past away. But she can’t outrun everything.

On her first day back, she’s called to a murder. The body lies deep in an underground bunker, and when Megan forces herself to look, it triggers a panic attack. As her heart races and her breathing stalls, she realises she’s not sure if she can go back to life in a regular crime unit. Her memories are too powerful to be buried – maybe too powerful to let her do her job.

But when another body is found on the stretch of beach where she swims every day, Megan remembers why she joined the force, and what she’s fighting for. The victim came to the police for help, and Megan knows they failed her. She won’t rest until she gets answers. But how can she find justice for others, when she’s no longer sure of herself?

 

 

Review

I like first books in new series. Getting to know the new police team is always exiting and it’s a bonus that you know that you will not have to say goodbye to them at the end of the story. You know you will meet them again when they are trying to solve new cases and more details about their private lives will be revealed.

DS Megan is passionate. That’s the least you can say about the way she dives into each and every crime that happens with the determination of a pitbull.

Not one or two, but three cases demand her attention at the same time. Three totally separate cases that keep her awake at night. The team is doing everything possible, but when it become personal, Megan even moves up a gear…

Brilliant book in my opinion! I want to read more and dive into Megan’s past as well. She fascinates me thoroughly. 5 stars

Thank you, Susan Wilkins and Bookouture

 

About the author

Susan Wilkins also writes as S.J. Wilkins

Susan worked for years in television drama, wrote for shows including Casualty, Heartbeat, Coronation Street and Eastenders and created the London-based detective drama South of the Border.

Her gritty, Essex-based gangster trilogy – THE INFORMANT, THE MOURNER and THE KILLER – has been compared to Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers and described as “blazingly brilliant” (Sunday Mirror).

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, her fourth book, is a twisty psychological thriller, featuring police detective Jo Boden, an ambitious cop still grieving for a murdered sister.

For 2020 a completely gripping new series from Susan introduces the tough and determined Detective Megan Thomas. For fans of Ann Cleeves, LJ Ross and Mari Hannah, this will keep you hooked from the first page to the last.

Writing as S.J. Wilkins, A KILLER’S HEART – a tense and timely political thriller, is now available on Kindle.

 

Author Links

Website: https://susanwilkins.co.uk

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SusanWilkins32

 

 

Book Links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B083JLJ8WTSocial

Apple: https://apple.co/2QAaFTL

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2QRPL1m

Google: http://bit.ly/2R0Dibs