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** My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy of this book **

 

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To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.
On an icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…

My Thoughts & Review:

There are series that you just cannot help but await eagerly and the Detective Erika Foster is one of those for me.  I’ve followed it for some time now, and have loved each installment, have enjoyed seeing the main character and her team develop, have been thrilled at the the intricately twisted cases that they have to work on but most of all I have enjoyed the breathtakingly brilliant plotting that has awaited me in each book.

Deadly Secrets is the sixth book in the series and it’s utterly fantastic.  The killer is terrifying, and although the reader is privy to more information that Erika and her team, you can’t quite put your finger on their identity.  It doesn’t help when the author is as deviously clever as Robert Bryndza, ensuring facts and clues only make sense when he’s ready for the reader for them to.

The plotting of this novel is superb, the switching perspectives of the detectives, the victims and the killer builds the tension perfectly and hooks the reader in.  Being able to glimpse into the mind of the killer adds an extra layer of excitement, and seeing details that the police can’t begin to guess certainly makes this an addictive read.

It was nice to catch up with Erika again, and see what life had thrown at her since the last case she worked on.  But what really stood out about this installment in the series was the way that Robert Bryndza took the time to give Erika a hugely personal strand to the plot.  Fans of the series know her backstory, and new readers will discover how fragile she can be, how hard she’s worked to be ok and to get on with life after the death of her husband.  But here we see a vulnerability that was unexpected and made an already much loved character one that readers would become more invested in.

An excellent addition to the series that will wow fans!

You can buy a copy of Deadly Secrets via:

Amazon UK

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** My thanks to Noelle & Kim at Bookouture for the opportunity to read this and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

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She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.
The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. 

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. 

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack. 

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending. 

My Thoughts & Review:

We all have those authors who’s books we will buy without a moment of hesitation, the ones we will patiently wait for publication dates to roll round so we can get our mitts on a copy to devour and Robert Bryndza is one of those authors for me.  The moment I heard about Cold Blood I rushed to Amazon to pre order a copy and then proceeded to wait impatiently until it appeared on my kindle.

DCI Erika Foster returns in the fifth book of the series, and life isn’t quite ready to go easy on her.  The discovery of a dismembered body in a suitcase washed up from the river Thames is just the start Erika’s problems.  Soon another body is discovered with a similar MO and Erika is convinced they have a serial killer on their hands, but the discovery of cocaine hidden inside one of the bodies prompts Erika’s superiors to pass the case to another team, freeing Erika to deal with other cases.  Unfortunately for Erika she is attacked whilst carrying out her duties and this leaves her incapacitated while the case is mothballed.

Robert Bryndza has mastered the art of layering complex threads throughout his plots and holding them perfectly taught to ensure that readers are taken on a spine chillingly twisted journey with his characters.  The clever use of short chapters make this such a gripping read and one of those “I’ll just read one more chapter” sorts of books….
Atmosphere is absolutely key in this book, and readers cannot help but feel drawn to the situations our protagonist charges into.
Erika Foster is battered, bruised but never gives up.  Her mental state has taken some helluva knocks in recent years and the fact she picks herself up, shakes off the muck and gets back in the fight is superb to see.  It’s so good to see a strong and determined female detective who as developed well over the course of the series.  The dynamic between Erika Foster and her DI Kate Moss is still great, they work well together and there is a great chemistry between them.  It is good to see that the team can work well without one of their own, Petersen of course was injured at the end of the last book so his absence makes sense and does not seem to impact on the team dynamic as a whole.

This is a heart racing, hold your breath, drama packed instalment of one of the best crime thriller series available!  Robert Bryndza is a genius and raises the bar for the genre!   I would urge you to discover this series now if you don’t already follow it!

You can buy a copy of Cold Blood via:

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Amazon US 🇺🇸

 

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I am so excited to welcome you along to my stop on the blog tour for Caroline Mitchell’s latest thriller featuring the wonderful DS Ruby Preston.  ‘Sleep Tight’ is the much anticipated sequel to ‘Love You To Death’ and once you’ve read this you will be begging for the next book too!

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Published: 20 April 2017

Description:

Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.

A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into disturbing recreations of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down the murderer who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.

As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

A terrifying, addictive, serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.

My Thoughts & Review:

Wow…..I feel I need to break you into this book gently….This is quite possibly one of the best books that Caroline Mitchell has written.  Yes I am aware that I’ve probably said that after reading each of her previous books but ….. this book…..this book is epic!

For those not familiar with the character of Ruby Preston, fear not,  you can start reading this book from the second you get your hands on it. The way in which it is written means you will quickly pick up on events that have occurred in book one, and you will also get a good grasp of the history/relationships between characters.

“Sleep Tight” is fantastically dark and sinister, the killer is transforming his victims into fairytale princesses, and the level of detail that Mitchell writes about the practices of the killer really makes her books stand out from other crime thrillers out there.  I really enjoyed the clever way that work of the serial killer links back to the original tales by the Brothers Grimm, granted I will struggle to read the fairytale to my little one now without remembering “Sleep Tight”.

The descriptions of the characters are fantastic, the development of Ruby’s character is done so well and it feels that with each book the reader gets to know her a little more, I really hope that this continues as the series progresses.  I can only describe the pace of this as a relentless nail biter, the reader is hooked from the prologue and will struggle to put this down, one of those books in the “one more chapter” category….
The vivid descriptions of settings make crime scenes come alive, making the reader feel like they are peering over Ruby’s shoulder.

Caroline Mitchell’s time as a detective gives her a wonderful insight into the world of criminal investigations and this shines through in her writing.  There is a realistic feel to the policing in this novel and knowing that the author has intimate knowledge of the procedures and policies they are writing about makes a reader feel privileged with this information as well as adds an authenticity to the book.

An excellent follow up to “Love You To Death”, and I cannot wait to see what book three has in store for Ruby Preston, one thing’s for sure, it won’t be dull!

You can buy a copy of “Sleep Tight” via:

Amazon UK
Amazon US

About the Author:

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A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences.
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.  She now writes full time.

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Published: 12 April 2017

 

Description:

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

My Thoughts & Review:

There are a few authors out there that when a new book is announced I will pre order unquestioningly and Robert Bryndza is one of them.  His Erika Foster series has gone from strength to strength since the publication of “The Girl In The Ice” in February 2016 and now with the arrival of the fourth instalment fans are in for a well timed treat.

“Last Breath” highlights the dangers of social media to readers from the perspective of a killer, how one killer in particular stalks his victims, befriends them and lures them in before savagely beating and murdering them.  Erika arrives at a crime scene almost as if by chance, unfortunately for her she’s no longer on the Murder Investigation Team and has no authority to be there.  But knowing our plucky protagonist as well as we do, readers can be assured she will not let this stop her finding the killer and putting a stop to his spree.  Erika makes connections that others missed, and earns the attention of superiors to explain her thoughts and before long she’s closing in on the killer.

It’s ironic that this book is titled “Last Breath”, reading this book the reader is often not aware they are holding their breath, frantically turning pages as the plot weaves around red herrings, cleverly manipulating their mind  as they try to guess ahead.  It’s the sort of book that you want to devour in one sitting, it’s too good to put down.  The characters crackle with energy and the chemistry between them is fantastic to read.  Erika Foster is a special character, and for fans that have followed the series and watched her develop are rewarded with some wonderful scenes in this book.  Equally, the detectives that Foster works with are superb, the dynamic in the team is laugh out loud funny at times, the camaraderie that exists between them feels authentic.
I was so glad to see that Dr Isaac Strong makes an appearance in this book, he’s one of my absolute favourite characters and the relationship between Strong and Foster is so well crafted.

And the killer, well that’s a character that’s so repugnant and makes your skin crawl.  The lengths that he will go to to secure his victim make for compelling reading, relying on vanity or weaknesses for them to fall for his tricks.  As much as I  disliked this character, I  liked how strongly the writing made me feel towards him, a sign of a skilled writer.

A breathtaking addition to the series that I would thoroughly recommend!

You can buy a copy of “Last Breath” via Amazon here

Many thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review.

 

About the Author:

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, and Dark Water are the second and third books in the series, and you can now pre-order the fourth, Last Breath which will be published on April 12th 2017.

Robert’s books have sold over 1.7 million copies and have been translated into 26 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter @RobertBryndza

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Published: 31 January 2017

 

Description:

She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.

The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.

The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.

As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?

My Thoughts & Review:

“Don’t Look Behind You” sees the much anticipated return of Detective Eden Berrisford, who first appeared in Mel Sherratt’s “The Girls Next Door”.  I have to admit to being one of the many fans that eagerly awaited news of the follow up to the first book in the series and Sherratt did not disappoint with this one.

Despite containing some harrowing and disturbing crimes, Sherratt still draws her readers in with enough detail to give disclosure of the menacing and horrifying situations faced by her characters but without becoming gratuitous.
The escalating violent attacks mean that Detective Berrisford needs to catch the culprit before it’s too late, so she and her team have their work cut out for them.  Throw in personal issues for our protagonist and you’ve got the workings of a brilliant plot that weaves together brilliantly.  I found it hard not to become emotionally involved with this book when reading about Carla, it’s “hold your breath” reading.

As always with Mel Sherratt’s books, her ability to create characters that are realistic and engaging is second to none.  Eden Berrisford is a superb character that breaks from the stereotype female detective, there is so much more to her and with each new book the readers find out a little more about her history.  The survivors of the vicious attacks were all brilliantly drawn characters, the way in which their experiences are written is eye opening.

Whilst this can be read as a stand alone book, I would thoroughly recommend reading “The Girls Next Door” first, this is a series not to  miss out on!

My thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review.

You can buy a copy of “Don’t Look Behind You” in the UK here, and in USA here

 

About the Author:

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Mel writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers. Four of her books have been published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas and Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.

Website: www.melsherratt.co.uk

 

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Published: 17 February 2017

Copy provided by Bookouture as part of blog tour

 

Description:

Two sisters. One murder. And an unbreakable bond.

Growing up in squalor with their drug-addicted prostitute mother, sisters Georgie and Marnie Parker have had to endure the very darkest side of life. 

When their mother is sentenced for brutally murdering a client, Georgie and Marnie’s already precarious lives are blown apart and they now share a terrible secret. Sent to a children’s home, the sisters hope this might finally be their safe haven after years of neglect. But they soon discover they’re in real danger.

Desperate to find a place of safety, Georgie and Marnie run for their lives, but end up in the hands of Delray Anderton. A violent London gangster and notorious pimp, Delray has big plans for beautiful teenager Georgie, seeing her as a chance to make some serious money.

Fiercely protective of each other, Georgie and Marnie must escape the clutches of a man who will do anything to keep the sisters for himself. And, they must keep the promise they made to each other – no one can ever know the truth. 

My Thoughts & Review:

“The Promise” is a book that I might not have ordinarily picked up to read, Casey Kelleher isn’t an author I’ve read much from but she came highly recommended by some wonderful and trustworthy bloggers so I figured it was worth taking a chance.

This is a very gritty read, with topics that make for uncomfortable reading but they are handled with sensitivity and the writing is superb.  The pace of this was matched well to the plot, catching the attention of the reader quickly and remaining enthralling throughout.  I enjoyed that the plot kept me hooked in,  needing to read on to see what happened next, see how the characters developed.
The characters were incredibly well crafted, some so absolutely beyond redemption that the reader cannot help but be drawn to them, utterly fascinating specimens of the human race for their abhorrence.  The juxtaposition of Georgie and Marnie, witnessing and enduring some truly awful things and remaining strong in the face of adversity is magnificent writing.

I’d say it’s not a read for the faint hearted, this book certainly packs a punch.  It reminds me somewhat of Martina Cole’s books, there’s the same sort of gritty, gripping toughness about it, but also a vulnerability just under the surface waiting to grab the reader and pull on their heart strings.  I may well have to go back and read some of Kelleher’s previous books now, just to see what I’ve been missing out on!

You can buy a copy of “The Promise” here

 

My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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I am delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Mel Sherratt’s latest book in the Detective Eden Berrisford series and share an extract with you.

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She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.

The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.

The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.

As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?

You can buy a copy of “Don’t Look Behind You” in the UK here, and in USA here

 

About the Author:

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Mel writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers. Four of her books have been published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas and Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.

Website: www.melsherratt.co.uk

 


Extract from Don’t Look Behind You:

He stood across the road, watching from the shadows. There was no point in causing a commotion. It wasn’t worth risking someone calling the police. Besides, he didn’t want her to know he was there just yet. It was the sense of excitement he had missed since he’d arrived in Stockleigh. The chase, the thrill, call it what you may. It never left him.

She was here, right in front of him. He would bide his time before letting her know he was here. It was fun watching her. She was his obsession, yet he could take her down any time he liked, and that was far more rewarding.

He didn’t really need to stand back in the shadows. Even though he wore dark clothes, he was sure she wouldn’t have noticed him anyway. He’d been following her for several days, yet she hadn’t suspected a thing. Which was pathetic, really, given the circumstances.


 

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Published: 19 January 2017
Reviewed: 13 January 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Bookouture

 

Description:

A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.

A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances.
A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir.
For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the men. But as she starts to delve into the cases, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?

But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted.

Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …

My Thoughts & Review:

From the opening chapters the reader is plunged in to the dark and gritty world of a crime thriller like no other, there are some uncomfortable moments at the beginning, abuse of any kind is never a topic that makes for easy reading but it is handled with decorum and is pivotal to a character’s story.  As a debut thriller I was prepared for an enjoyable read, something that would be “run of the mill”, following a safe pathway through the genre but I was oh so wrong.   This is on course to be a fantastic series featuring the brilliant Robyn Carter, a series that I think crime thriller fans will be eager to get their hands on and devour.

We are introduced to Detective Inspector Robyn Carter, who is on leave from her role with Staffordshire Police and working as a PI in her cousin’s firm.  During her last week in the PI job she becomes involved in a missing person case, a teacher has gone missing and Robyn is determined to find out who Lucas Matthews is and where he’s gone.
But in amongst this we also follow a story of a young girl, Alice who was sexually abused, her narration takes the form of italicised entries interspersed between chapters.  Some of parts of Alice’s tale may make for uncomfortable reading for some, but I would say that Wyer has written these carefully to ensure they remain significant to Alice’s story and her development without becoming gratuitous.
There is also a third key female voice in this story, Abigail.  A new mother who is hiding secrets from her husband Jackson, but she is also being taunted by an unknown menace.  Threatening text messages and phone calls are just the beginning of her nightmare.

Cleverly using different perspectives to tell the story, Carol Wyer weaves back and forth between the past and present to detail lives of her characters.  This not only gives great insight into them but also means that there are several different strands to this plot which taunt the reader until they masterfully come together.  The plot is complex, but it works very well and it’s clear that the author has taken great time and care in her work.

I cannot wait to see where Carol Wyer takes this series next, but she’s definitely snared a new fan, I’ll be keeping an eye out for any future crime thrillers!

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Published: 16 December 2016
Reviewed: 9 January 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Bookouture

 

Description:

The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder?

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die?Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist from the author of the Number One bestseller The Sister.

My Thoughts & Review:

After devouring Louise Jensen’s debut novel The Sister I couldn’t barely contain my excitement when it was announced that The Gift was due to be published at the end of 2016.  Louise has fast become a firm favourite with many readers and bloggers for obvious reason, she writes amazingly good novels that push a reader to think outside the box, consider the unthinkable and plunges them through the rabbit hole into a world of dark intrigue.

As far as psychological thrillers go, this one has to sit right there up on a pedestal.  Not only is is taut and gripping, the plot itself is clever and intricately woven so that the reader is helplessly dragged in and held captive.  The concept of organ donation and cellular memory is fascinating and to see it written with so much detail made for an incredibly gripping read, and whilst I am aware this is a work of fiction I really want to go on to find out more about cellular memory based on what I read here.

Jensen has proved herself as a skilled and able writer, her flowing style of writing works so well here, the intensity builds slowly but is almost claustrophobic at times.  Cleverly weaving events and details from both the past and present gives the reader the feeling they know what has happened and can almost predict where things might be going….wrong!  There are twists and red herrings aplenty here to keep the reader on their toes and shrewdly keep them reading on at a frantic pace to find out just where it will all end up.

Characterisation is excellent, the contrast between the likeable and unlikeable characters adds to the engaging and thrilling edge of this novel.  The emotional rollercoaster that Jensen sets in motion for her characters and readers is immense, I really felt that I’d “been put through the wringer” with this one – superb writing!!

This is a book that would be amazing to see on “the big screen”, it screams blockbuster to me!

You can buy a copy of The Gift here.

 

About the Author:

Louise is a USA Today Bestselling Author, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat.

Louise’s first two novels, The Sister and the Gift, were both No.1 Bestsellers, and have been sold for translation to ten countries. The Sister was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016. Louise is currently writing her third psychological thriller.

Louise loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

 

 

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Published: 16 November 2016
Reviewed: 21 December 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Bookouture in return for an honest review

 

Description:

You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

My Thoughts & Review:

While You Were Sleeping is a thoroughly twisted psychological thriller, it’s intense, it’s gripping and very hard to put down.
Unreliable narrators make for some of the most interesting reading, and this book is rife with them, making this a really a book that keeps the reader on their toes.  Who can be trusted, who is keeping a secret, who’s secret is more dangerous that the others are just some of the things that sped through my head when I read this book.

From the opening pages of the book Kathryn Croft catapults her readers into the abyss with the revelation that Tara Logan has woken up naked, in a strange room, with a man that is not her husband, he is their neighbour…..but she has no idea how she got there.  But most worrying is the fact that the man in bed with her has been stabbed to death.  Quite possibly one of the best openings to a thriller I’ve seen, it immediately has the reader questioning everything, trying to work out where this is all going, trying to guess who, what, how and why.

The characters in this are great creations, very well developed and multilayered.  However, the majority of them are unlikeable, save for Tara’s son Spencer.  Almost all of the characters in this are hiding something, the severity of their secrets varying but they all read as though any of them could have been responsible for the murder.  The lies and deception were so well written that I found I was hooked trying to fathom it all, which in turn meant I raced through this book.

And just as the beginning was explosive, the ending did not disappoint.  With a twisty, turny, heart stopping, remember to breathe conclusion I felt that my brain had truly been frazzled.

You can buy a copy of While You Were Sleeping here.

About the Author:

Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of The Girl With No Past, which spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon chart. Her other novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her fifth novel, While You Were Sleeping, will be published on 16th November 2016, and is now available for preorder on Amazon.

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture.

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, baby son and two cats.

www.kathryncroft.com

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