Archive for the ‘psychopath’ Category

Loose Cannon

Author: Jack Steele
Published: 26 January 2016
Reviewed: 11 August 2016
4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by the author in return for an honest review
A psychopath is loose in London. Detective Joe Stone must hunt the serial killer before a gangland civil war breaks out.
My Thoughts & Review:  
Loose Cannon is the début novel for this writer, and what a début it is!  It’s hard hitting, action packed and an engaging read.  With short chapters the pace is brisk and the story flows well, almost too well as I found I read it in 2 days (a mountain of ironing kept me from finishing the book on the first night).

Detective Joe Stone works for the Special Investigations Unit in London so it’s only natural that he is called in to the investigation of a kidnapping.  The kidnapping victim just so happens to the the daughter of the head of the London Mafia.

Stone has his work cut out for him with this case, brutal gang violence aplenty as two rival Mafia families clash and he struggles with his own demons, the disappearance of his girlfriend almost a year ago, which he is sure is connected to one of the Mafia families. 

Physical descriptions are excellent in this book, transporting the reader to the heart of the London underworld.  The characters are cleverly written; they are engaging and realistic, the tension between the two families oozes out the pages, and the interwoven storyline of Detective Stone’s missing girlfriend makes this a compulsive read.  
This is a fast paced read, the author’s writing style works effectively here drawing the reader in with short and punchy chapters, great dialogue and a gripping story.

I’m happy to say there will be a sequel to this, once you get to the end of this book you will know why I am so happy about book two!

You can buy a copy of Loose Cannon here. 

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Thin Ice

Author: Quentin Bates
Published: 3 March 2016
Reviewed: 30 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 Little, Brown Book Group in return for an honest review

  4.5 out of 5 Stars



Snowed in with a couple of psychopaths for the winter…

When two small-time crooks rob Reykjavik’s premier drugs dealer, hoping for a quick escape to the sun, their plans start to unravel after their getaway driver fails to show. Tensions mount between the pair and the two women they have grabbed as hostages when they find themselves holed upcountry in an isolated hotel that has been mothballed for the season.

Back in the capital, Gunnhildur, Eiríkur and Helgi find themselves at a dead end investigating what appear to be the unrelated disappearance of a mother, her daughter and their car during a day’s shopping, and the death of a thief in a house fire.

Gunna and her team are faced with a set of riddles but as more people are quizzed it begins to emerge that all these unrelated incidents are in fact linked. And at the same time, two increasingly desperate lowlifes have no choice but to make some big decisions on how to get rid of their accidental hostages…

You can buy a copy of Thin Ice (Gunnhildur Mystery) here.

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Hanover House

Author : Brenda Novak
Published: 01 September 2015
Reviewed: 02 September 2015

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 kindly supplied by Brenda Novak in return for an honest review via NetGalley.


4 out of 5 stars



Welcome to Hanover House….

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them? 

After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst. 

But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries.

He knows what could happen if one little thing goes wrong…

It’s important to note that this is a prequel to Brenda Novak’s suspense series based around Dr. Evelyn Talbot, a renowned psychiatrist in the field of psychopathology and her “baby”, Hanover House.  
Hanover House is a facility built to house some of the most depraved and interesting murderers in America, where Dr. Evelyn Talbot plans to study their speech and body language to understand them better.   

Dr. Evelyn Talbot, herself a survivor of a brutal attack, carries with her both the physical and mental scars of her troubled past.  This makes it hard for her to have a “normal” life in many aspects, making the encounters with the charming Alaskan State Trooper Sergeant Amarock difficult for them both but frustrating for the reader.  It’s not going to be all psychopaths and snowmen for Evelyn in Alaska, someone from her past is desperate to catch up and share a furture with her, albeit a short one.  I am conscious about adding too much detail, I don’t want to ruin the suspense or enjoyment for other readers, but suffice to say this is definitely a page turner!

Perhaps because this is a prequel to what sounds like an interesting series, there is a hurried feel to the story and the relationships between the characters.  The need to set the scene and introduce the reader to the main characters and plot makes this novella “jam packed” with information and the pace is constant, thankfully it was a electronic copy I had, otherwise I’d have had paper cuts turning the pages to fast!

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Mystery and Thriller (and there’s touches of Romance) genres.

I would like to thank Brenda Novak for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 1st September 2015.  A copy can be purchased here Hanover House (UK Kindle Version)

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