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The Silent Twin

Author: Caroline Mitchell
Published: 14 April 2016
Reviewed: 1 August 2016

5 out of 5 Stars

Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review


I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …

Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life? 

My Thoughts & Review:

The Silent Twin is the third book in the DC Jennifer Knight and quite frankly Caroline Mitchell has really set herself a high target to beat for any further books in this series – this book really is that good!

For those that have not read Don’t Turn Around or Time to Die, then fear not this book works well as a standalone, however I would absolutely recommend seeking out the previous books.  I say this not because you need to so that you will fully understand the back stories but more because Mitchell demonstrates awe inspiring skill in her writing.  Initially setting a pace akin to a comfortable and steady read, the intensity escalates to the point the reader is almost on the edge of their seat, desperately trying to master speed reading to find out what is going to happen next. 
As with the first two books, DC Jennifer Knight finds herself involved with a case that draws on her unique abilities, and from the very start this case is not going to be easy.  Twin sisters Olivia and Abigail were playing hide and seek at Blackwater Farm but Abigail soon disappears.  Following the disappearance of her sister, Olivia stops talking and it is down to Jennifer Knight to try and find out what she can from the mute twin.  This coupled with strange happenings in the house means that Knight has her work cut out for her, trying to find Abigail before it’s too late and getting to the bottom of what everyone is hiding.  

The clever style of writing allowed the reader to experience a roller coaster of emotion along with Jennifer Knight, the shock of some discoveries did have me looking up from my book in absolutely amazement.  The characters are great, something about the parents of the girls seemed to niggle at me, their reactions to their daughter being missing seemed unnatural – this subtle way of dropping little snippets of information was both helpful and a complete red herring in some cases, meaning the reader has their work cut out for them if they want to try and second guess Caroline Mitchell.
An utterly captivating read, dark and twisted enough to secure Caroline Mitchell the title of one of my favourite authors.  This is an impressive crime fiction series with a touch of something unearthly, very enjoyable and absolutely gripping!    
You can buy a copy of The Silent Twin here

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The Eyes of The Accused 

Author: Mark Tilbury
Published: 15 April 2016
Reviewed: 29 July 2016
4.5 out of 5 Stars
I received a copy of this book from Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review


The second in The Ben Whittle Investigation series of psychological thrillers with occasional flashes of dark humour. Best enjoyed after reading The Revelation Room.

Fresh from the horrors of the Revelation Room, private investigators Ben and Maddie are plunged into a disturbing world of terror as they search for missing pregnant girl, Hannah Heath. Drawn to Frank Crowley, an original suspect in Hannah’s disappearance, Maddie is about to learn the true meaning of evil. As she gets close to Crowley, in an effort to get him to open up, she soon learns all is not what it seems. Crowley is just a small part of something unimaginable. Something so terrible and deranged, it defies reason. After Maddie disappears, Ben is left in a desperate race against time to find her and uncover the truth.

My Thoughts & Review:
This is the second book in the Ben Whittle series, and I would thoroughly recommend checking out the first book The Revelation Room.  However, this book can be read as a standalone, there are details that link back to the first book but nothing that would impact on this story and leave you feeling like you’ve missed something.
Ben Whittle and Maddie White are Private Investigators working for Ben’s father who owns the Private Investigation company.  Having been hired to find a missing woman named Hannah, who happens to be pregnant and due to give birth soon they embark upon an investigation that will prove to be dangerous for all involved, and when Maddie goes missing Ben knows he must do everything he can to find both women before it’s too late. 
From the very first chapter the reader is hooked, the intensity of the terror and writing style really grab your attention and ensure you are sucked in for the duration of the story.  The narration from Hannah is exceptionally well written, dark and intense, her desperation really comes through, it’s hard not to feel some horror at how she’s been kept.  
The storyline well paced, I felt that it kept my attention throughout, combined with fantastic characters I really struggled to put this one down at bedtime!  The dark humour interjected into this was a thing of greatness, Mark Tilbury shows a brilliant sense of humour through his writing, it adds an extra something to his characters and really brings them alive.
I will definitely be looking out for more from this author, his writing style really appeals to me, the characters are great and I cannot wait to see where he takes them next.
Many thanks to Booklover Catlady Publicity for this cracking read!
You can buy a copy of Eyes of the Accused here 

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Author: W.S. Barton
Published: 2 July 2016
Reviewed: 1 July 2016
Copy kindly supplied by author in return for an honest review
5 out of 5 stars
Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. 
Halloween 1983. 
When eight year old local boy Aidan Truscott goes missing, without a trace, a search for him begins.  As it continues, the once tight-knit community begins to reveal its suspicions and point fingers, unravelling hurtful secrets and accusations.  The truth, however, is far worse than anyone could have imagined…..
My Thoughts and Review:  
I unexpectedly stumbled upon this book the other night, I can’t quite remember what made me look it up, but once I’d read the synopsis something about it screamed to find out more.  
Set in the small seaside town of Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire (East England), the reader is gently eased into the who’s who of the local holiday parks, how life in the small coastal town relies heavily on tourism – the toy shop only opens when holiday season starts, and given the impression that despite small personal niggles all is well in the town, there is a strong community feel and everyone does what they can to help the townsfolk. 
That is until Halloween, with the discovery of a dead body in the town, the locals are wary about allowing the kids to go out trick or treating but agreement is reached, and soon the kids are on their merry way to high jinks and a sugar rush. 
When eight year old Aidan Truscott fails to return home the close knit community goes into overdrive.  Everyone that can help search for young Aidan is out looking, the police investigation soon picks up speed and every caravan park is searched, any likely place that Aidan could be is in the town is identified and searched but no trace of him can be found.  Believing that someone must know something, Chief Constable Doyle interviews all of the children, hoping one of them holds the vital piece of information that could solve this case.  
And that folks is about all I can say about the plot without giving anything away.  
A superbly written thriller, the plot is well thought out and captivating.  Well developed characters make this both interesting and riveting to read, with narration from multiple viewpoints it gives important insight of the situation, but also allows for great character development.  The inner struggles of Doyle with this case, with his suspicions about the culprit and his torment about doing the right thing are compelling reading.  Mark Smith’s tale is one that leaves you with mixed feelings, does his past reflect on who he has become?  These characters are very well written and you genuinely feel an element of sympathy for them at times.  
Wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric, you can almost envision the town, the beach and the camp sites etc, attention to detail is clear in the writing, ensuring that the reader gets a glimpse into the mind of Barton, seeing what he wants them to see.
The suspense of the story is well paced throughout the book, it draws the reader in through slowly revealing details through the narrative, almost forcing you to continue reading to find out what happens next.  It’s definitely one of those books what will keep you snared way past your bedtime!
W.S. Barton’s début novel Coal House is available to purchase via Amazon, and I will definitely be snagging a copy – this is an author I will be looking out for in the future, his style of writing challenges and intrigues me, I would almost award the title of a wordsmith, but I think for that he would need to pen a third novel just to be sure!  

Gripping, thrilling, full of suspense and suspicion – I would thoroughly recommend this book!  I also believe that W.S. Barton has pledged to donate a percentage of the sales to The Boatshed Charity.
You can pre order a copy of Mablethorpe here. 

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The Missing Hours

Author: Emma Kavanagh
Published: 21 April 2016
Reviewed: 20 April 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy supplied by Random House UK, Cornerstone in return for an honest review

4.5 out of 5 Stars



You can buy a copy of The Missing Hours here.

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