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Published: 2 November 2017

 

Description:

JOHN WALLACE IS A TARGET
Hiding off-grid after exposing the shadowy Pendulum conspiracy, Wallace is horrified to discover he is still marked for death.

THERE ARE ONLY TWO PEOPLE HE CAN TRUST
DI Patrick Bailey is still reeling from the murder investigation that nearly cost him his life.
FBI Agent Christine Ash is hunting a serial killer with a link to an unfinished case

HE MUST FIND THE TRUTH
The death of a London journalist triggers an investigation that brings them back together, hurling them into the path of an unknown enemy.

BEFORE THE KILLER FINDS HIM
Hunted across the world, they are plunged into a nightmare deadlier than they could have ever imagined.

My Thoughts & Review:

Freefall is another tantalisingly explosive instalment in the Pendulum trilogy that picks up right where book one finished and fans of the first book will definitely not be disappointed by this fast paced and compelling read.

John Wallace is a broken man and seems hell bent on a path of self destruction, his life has been thrown into a vortex of danger and desolation ever since he first encountered the killer known as Pendulum.  It’s also good to see the return of Christine Ash and Patrick Bailey, their appearances bring a fantastic edge to the plot as well as offer superb scope for character development.  A lot of Christine’s back story came out in the first book, and so readers new to the series won’t have the full details reading this book alone, but that’s not to say they won’t get a good idea about her past and who she used to be.  Patrick on the other hand, is slowly unravelling after the events previously and cannot seem to get off this path, seeing his slump played out so clearly on the pages is sobering to see.

The plot itself (no spoilers here!), is akin to brilliance.  It makes for addictive reading and I can see why the screen rights were snapped up by Tom Hardy’s production company, Hardy Son & Baker.  This is a series that would make for excellent viewing as well as reading!

A fascinating narrative gives the reader the feeling that they are caught up in the momentum of the book, and make no mistake, this is addictive reading with clever nuances and subterfuge woven tightly throughout.  Adam Hamdy blew me away with his first book and I’m so pleased to say that the series has got even better with Freefall, I didn’t think it would be possible, but he’s done it!  ]

Everything you need in a good thriller is in this book, gripping plot, action, brilliant characters and an underlying menace that keeps you reading long into the night!

My thanks to Headline Books for the opportunity to read an early copy of this.

You can buy a copy of Freefall via:

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Published: 29 July 2017

 

Description:

Detective Joe Stone and his team investigate a major terrorist attack on one of London’s most iconic buildings. They soon draw up a list of suspects who are highly respected members of the community and government. When most of his team is attacked, it soon develops into a war of nerves and a race against time before a deadly weapon is unleashed with horrific consequences.

My Thoughts & Review:

“Long Shot” is the follow on novel to “Loose Cannon” and I would highly recommend you read these books in order so that you can fully understand backstories and the characters at play.   That’s not to say you cannot read this book as a stand alone, the author does add in detail to ensure that points from the previous book are explained in enough detail so that readers will know what’s happened but for the sake of continuity I would recommend following the series.

The plot in this is fascinating, there are so many red herrings and decoys to keep readers guessing throughout and completely throw them off the trail.  Short chapters keep the pace brisk and punchy, making it the sort of book you can quickly devour whilst lapping up all the action.  I do think the plot felt very current, the terror threat and attack slant was written in such a way that readers were very aware of the panic and fear that emerged after the initial attack.  The characters are fantastic, Joe Stone is a character I found fascinating in “Loose Cannon” and I was glad to see that he hadn’t changed in the interim between the books.  He’s still fiercely loyal to his friends and teammates, his caring side sneaking out at times.  The relationship between Joe and Carl is one I will never tire of, they work well together and have such a strong bond between them.  I also liked the way that Joe and Stella worked together, the humour and light hearted dialogue between them felt natural and was enjoyable to read.

I loved the Gemma storyline running alongside the main investigation, Stone desperately trying to keep juggling everything at once but all the while trying to work out the how, why and what happened to Gemma and how she ended up where she is.  His personal feelings that surface after a particularly starting revelation felt very authentic and I know I was gasping in shock when I discovered that nugget of information.

Jack Steele has a wonderful way of capturing the attention of his readers and ensuring it never wanders off by keeping the story constantly moving, small details here and there build up, atmospheric descriptions of locations and settings transport readers, adrenaline filled scenarios have readers on the edge of their seat and best of all, he knows how to write a cliff hanger that has a reader scream “BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!?”
I hope we don’t have to wait too long for book 3……

You can buy a copy of “Long Shot” via:

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My thanks to Jack Steele for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Published: 20 April 2017

Copy provided by HarperCollins & Netgalley

Description:

Gripping standalone thriller from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series.

Welcome to the Misfit Mob…

It’s where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can’t get rid of, but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it’s his job to find out which museum it’s been stolen from.

But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting. O Division’s Major Investigation Teams already have more cases than they can cope with, so, against everyone’s better judgement, the Misfit Mob are just going to have to manage this one on their own.

No one expects them to succeed, but right now they’re the only thing standing between the killer’s victims and a slow, lingering death. The question is, can they prove everyone wrong before he strikes again?

My Thoughts & Review:

As a long-established fan of Stuart MacBride’s books, it was only natural for me to excitedly jump at the chance to read and review an early copy of “A Dark so Deadly”.  At over 600 pages this is a hefty book, but the Aberdonian in me approves at the value for money you get with it (yep, my preorder was placed the minute I found out about this book and I’ll be following the local post delivery agent aka ‘the postie’ round the village till it arrives).

Following on the success of his police procedurals with Logan McRae and Ash Henderson, Stuart MacBride brings fans a new set of characters in a thrilling police procedural set in the fictional town of Oldcastle.  Enter DC Callum MacGregor, recently dumped in the Misfit Mob under a rather dark cloud with speculation and rumour rife.  The Misfit Mob named accordingly because the officers assigned there are either trouble(d), damaged, incompetent or do not toe the line as they should and cannot be sacked from the Force.

The opening chapter of this book really sets out how things are going to go for Callum MacGregor – battered, bitten, has an unexpected meeting with “The Claw” which leaves him able to sing soprano and he is mugged by the most unlikely culprits.  He’s not the luckiest of people, and this is nothing compared to what happens next.  But in spite of this, he is quite an endearing soul, his troubled past is enough to make most readers feel some sympathy towards him and indeed once his current situation evolves into chaos…well you’d be forgiven for wanting to give him a hug, a cuppa, and a few words about life going on.

MacBride is a skilled author, and this is clear through his wonderful style of writing.  Not only is the reader treated to his usual brand of dark humour with a gritty edge, there is a seriously dangerous killer to taunt us, one that is horrifically unstable and will cause readers discomfort.   The narration from the perspective of the victims adds an extra sinister edge to this killer and if I’m honest, it really creeped me out, however it gave a fantastic insight into the depths of the darkness that permeate this book.  Just when the reader begins to squirm uncomfortably, MacBride throws in some of the best humorous scenes I’ve read recently, and quirky dialogue between characters makes for some entertaining reading.  Even the poetic DS McAdams was welcomed interruption to the grisly goings on.
As the multiple strands of the plot weave together this changes from a thrilling, fast paced read to a frantic page turner.  In the beginning I did wonder how it would all pull together, and I shouldn’t have worried, MacBride knows how to spin a yarn that will capture the attention of his audience and hold them fast and despite the heftiness of the book I read this over the course of two evenings as I struggled to stop reading.

I cannot wait to see what fates befall the Misfit Mob and Oldcastle next if Stuart MacBride decides to bring these guys out again.  A must read for fans of crime thrillers and police procedurals.

You can buy a copy of “A Dark so Deadly” via:

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My thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of this.

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Published: 23 March 2017

Copy provided by Urbane Publications & Netgalley

 

Description:

Ireland’s gone bust, and with it Aisling Finn’s life.

She flees austerity for adventure in the desert.  But the Arabia she finds is not that of her dreams.  Everyone is chasing a fast buck, a fast woman and another G&T.  Expats and locals alike prickle with paranoia.
Debonair fixer, Brian Rothmann, charms Aisling with champagne brunches and nights at Bedouin camps.  But is Brian a hero or a desperate expat prepared to go to any lengths to get what he wants?  Is this Aisling?  Or is he using her as bait?
Her only hope is Hisham, a local activist.  But where do his loyalties lie?  Aisling faces severe peril when the sleazy expat and blood-lusting desert worlds collide, as the Arab Spring erupts. 

She has to ask, whom can she trust?  Can she trust her instincts?  Humanity blisters in this haunting, lyrical thriller about trust and treachery.

My Thoughts & Review:

For once a book has left me speechless, I finished reading “Electric Souk” over a week ago and have struggled to put into words just how brilliant this book is.  Even then I don’t think that brilliant is a word that does this book justice.
I first heard about this book when I featured the lovely Rose McGinty over on my “Celebrating Indie Publishing” post at the beginning of March and was so intrigued by the sound of her book I knew I needed to read it as soon as I could.

The reader is plunged into a tale of an adventure almost instantly when they encounter Aisling heading to the Gulf to start a new job and a new life.  But things aren’t as easy as she hopes, life doesn’t run as smoothly in the desert and danger lurks in the shadows.

The reader is submersed in such authentic and realistic surroundings, the details that Rose McGinty pours into her writing are absolutely amazing.  I felt that I could smell the fragrances, feel the intensity of heat, taste the sand that surrounded Aisling.  I also found the cultural details fascinating to read, the customs and traditions that are observed there were new to me and so I felt that I could take some knowledge from this book.  McGinty writes with such a flair that it is evident that she has spent a lot of time in the Middle East and understands the culture and lifestyle.

I particularly enjoyed the thriller element to this tale, the clever way that the tension was wound tighter and tighter meant that my attention was held fast.  Aisling is in a difficult position, there are people who would manipulate her at any opportunity for minimal gain, even if it were to make another person look bad.  She is also in a dangerous position as she can’t really be sure who is safe to trust.  The friendships she forms are interesting, Angie the lively Liverpudlian is one character that made me laugh and smile.  Moazah on the other hand, oh how I felt so much frustration towards this character.  The levels of manipulation and greed that this character would stoop to in order to further her own agenda were shocking.
Brian Rothmann was a character I struggled to work out initially, he seemed almost “too good to be true”, appearing to be almost too saccharine.

Trust and the lack thereof is the overarching theme in this book, and as the tension rises so too does the creeping paranoia.

For a debut novel I am considerably impressed, Rose McGinty writes with an ease that hints towards years spent writing.  Not only does she bring settings alive, but she creates characters who develop fantastically throughout the novel, creates an atmosphere that is serene yet dangerous and manages to give her readers something that shocks, entertains and delights.

A book I would absolutely recommend to others, and I can already see myself reading it again before the year is out!  It’s definitely one that will be on my list of “Top Indie Books for 2017!”

You can buy a copy of “Electric Souk” directly from the publisher here or via Amazon | Wordery

About the Author:

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Rose McGinty was born with itchy feet, which she has yet to decide is a blessing or a curse.  Certainly, surviving Hurricane Sandy, an earthquake, a spider bite, jumping 192 metres off the Sky Tower in Auckland, and nearly being arrested for inadvertently smuggling a rocket in Vietnam, make her wonder about locking up her passport.  But then, it was her adventures in the Middle East that gave her the itchy fingers to write.

Rose lives in Kent, where as well as enjoying writing short stories, flash fiction and poetry, she also paints.  She works in community health services and has worked overseas in Ireland, Canada, Sweden and the Middle East.  She completed the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course, under the guidance of Richard Skinner, in 2015.  Electric Souk is her debut novel and Rose says of her story, ‘The parts of the story that are true, I probably wish were not; while the parts that are not, I probably wish were true.’

If you’d like to know more about Rose and her books you can check out her  website or follow her on Twitter @rosemcginty

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Corvus in return for an honest review

 

 

Description:

You went to bed at home, just like every other night.
You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away.
You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last ten hours.
You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing.
You know you weren’t planning to kill yourself.
Your family and friends think you are lying.

Someone knows exactly what happened to you.
But they’re not telling…

My Thoughts & Review:

Everything You Told Me is the second book by Lucy Dawson I have read,  You Sent Me a Letter was the previous book which came out March 2016.
The reader is once again faced with an unreliable narrator, here the protagonist wakes up over 250 miles from home in the back of a taxi with a hangover from hell and no idea how exactly what happened in the previous 10 hours.  Immediately my interest was piqued, what had happened to this woman, had she been kidnapped?  Had she escaped?  Has she suffered a serious injury or been in some sort of accident that meant she had “lost” a chunk of time?

Lucy Dawson then cleverly weaves a tangled tale rife with paranoia and suspicion at every turn.  Is our protagonist going crazy?  Is she suffering from an illness causing this?  Is someone out to get her and why?  The taut plotting means that the paranoia of our unreliable narrator Sally leeches from the pages, driving the reader to keep going to find out what might happen next.  That said it is a bit of a slow burner and does take time to build up to the dramatic crescendo, the suspense building and cleverly placed clues do mean that the reader can play detective as they read along.  Perhaps I’ve read too many psychological thrillers of late because I found I had guessed where the plot was going quite early on, but this in no way ruined my enjoyment of the novel.  I wanted to keep reading to see if I was right and to see how it all played out.

The characters in this were well crafted, I felt that at times I sympathised with Sally, her frustrations and struggles with a new baby were familiar ones.  But I also felt at times I wanted to shake her and say to open her eyes, look at what was going on around her.  Frustrations towards characters are natural I guess, and this book had no end of moments like this, certain characters really got under my skin, I wanted to work out what was driving them to act in certain ways and this added to the sinister feel to the plot.

Another great book from Lucy Dawson, and she’s certainly cemented her place on my bookshelf, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

You can buy a copy of Everything You Told Me here.

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Published: 13 October 2016
Reviewed: 16 December 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by publisher in return for an honest review

Description:

SHE IS HUNTING THE TRUTH, BUT WHO IS HUNTING HER?

Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Webridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan. When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognizable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence. Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat. As she comes to realize that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah must expose the truth — and stay alive.

My Thoughts & Review:

Yet another brilliant book from what’s becoming one of my favourite publishers this year.  Urbane Publications are bringing more and more wonderful books to the reading populace that are gritty, gripping, thought provoking and generally challenges set perceptions.

Dancers in the Wind was one of those books that I absorbed in the space of an evening (ok I may have read past my bedtime, but it was worth it).
The story follows freelance journalist Hannah Webridge who is working on an article about the red light district in Kings Cross which is to be published around the same time that a documentary will be aired on TV, the main “stars” are a prostitute called Princess and DI Tom Jordan of the vice squad.
What then follows is a tale of danger and intrigue that turns into a very thought provoking read.  Our protagonist Hannah is thrown into a world foreign to her when Princess appears on her doorstep one night in a horrendously beaten state.  Being a caring person, Hannah takes her in and cleans her up, but this leaves Hannah is a precarious position.  Princess demands that the Police should not be told where she is, fearing corruption within the Force but Hannah cannot help but worry about how to keep them all safe, including her young child.

There is a seriousness to this book, it is gritty and at times quite brutal, yet it strangely is utterly absorbing.  There are subjects of a sensitive nature in this book and so I would say that some readers may feel uncomfortable at certain points – namely child abuse, neglect and the beating the Princess receives, however these are written with care and are not gratuitous.
The plot is very well constructed, and short chapters ensure that the pace of the novel move along briskly whilst keeping the reader’s attention rapt with a fantastic narrative.  The setting was also great, the seedier side of London makes for interesting reading but Coates seems to have a skill in making it “come alive” for her audience.

Characters are developed well, and feel that Hannah is the most intriguing character.  Immediately most readers will feel a likening towards her, and it is nice to see that a different type of character can be the driver for a plot like this – a journalist instead of a detective.  She is quite an endearing character, her instincts to take care of others contrasts well with her drive to uncover the truth at any cost.
Princess is also a very interesting character, smarter than she is given credit for by many people.  DI Jordan, well I can’t decide about him and I would say that’s a hat tip to the author really, creating a character that had the reader guessing to the very end as to whether or not they were trustworthy etc.

You can buy a copy of Dancers in the Wind directly from the publisher or via Amazon.

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Published: 26 January 2017
Reviewed: 17 October 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by HarperCollins in return for an honest review

 

Description:

Don’t trust this book.
Don’t trust this story.
Don’t trust yourself.

David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?

As Louise, David’s new secretary, is drawn into their world, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong – and how far someone might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

My Thoughts & Review:

When I first saw this book mentioned on social media I was instantly intrigued, how could I not be when I saw those three short sentences that describe the book?  That coupled with the clever hashtag #WTFThatEnding, meant I really wanted to read this to see what the hype was about.

This book is a psychological thriller and then some, it’s clever, sinister, gripping and utterly spectacular!  I won’t insult you by saying anything about the plot, this is one you will have to discover for yourself.  Suffice to say that when you see tweets with #WTFThatEnding you really know that there’s something downright gob smacking lurking in the shadows.
I was so exceptionally pleased that other bloggers had been sent a copy of this beauty so that I could “aaaargh where are you in the book?!” and bounce ideas off of them.  I admit, at about half way through I was completely on the wrong track, but a fellow blogger was happy to allow me to put the ideas out there, and we chatted about what we thought might happen……then when I finished the book….you’ve guessed it, the next message I sent was “WTFThatEnding?!” I sat, utterly rooted to the spot, completely and utterly stumped.  Not believing what I’d read, I did re-read the ending a couple of times to make certain.

This is a creepy thriller, masterfully plotted with an ending that shoots for maximum impact.  Pinborough throws her readers down the rabbit hole into a frenzied world of the unexpected and keeps them captive whilst weaving a twisted and mesmerising tale.

Too often you see “X is the thriller of the year” or “Y is the new Z” but in this case, Pinborough really has earned the accolade that Behind Her Eyes could well be the thriller of 2017.

Preorder your copy of Behind Her Eyes here (this is one book you will definitely want to get a copy of asap!)

About the Author:

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed adult and YA author based in London.

Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.

You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough

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Published: 1 September 2016
Reviewed: 31 October 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by The Borough Press in return for an honest review

 

Description:

72 HOURS TO FIND HER…

‘Hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction – Gripping’ ERIN KELLY

‘For those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in’ LUCIE WHITEHOUSE

A MISSING GIRL
Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.

A DESPERATE FAMILY
Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.

A DETECTIVE AT BREAKING POINT
The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?

My Thoughts & Review:

Missing, Presumed was one of those books that everyone was saying good things about so it was only natural for me to want to read it and see whether they were right.  Thank goodness I was able to get a copy, it is a good police procedural with drama and is very character driven.
The reader is introduced to Detective Manon Bradshaw and her team who are investigating the disappearance of Edith Hind.

Detective Bradshaw is a great character, she is a woman who wants to find love and have children some day and her experiences of internet dating were far from positive.  She’s quite a realistic and believable character, her forays into the world of dating are numerous and add a light-hearted feel to the narrative in places.  Her colleagues are equally interesting and entertaining, especially DI Harper.  The in-depth interviews carried out in the course of the investigation with Edith’s family allow good scope for character development and but also meant that the more I learned about these people the less empathy I felt towards them.

For me the pace of this book was more of a slow burn rather than a speed reading exercise but the writing makes up for this.  It’s cleverly plotted, wonderfully descriptive and quite an intelligent read.  It is clear from reading this book that time and care has been taken over the research, the police procedural aspect felt realistic.  A very good read, and one I would recommend.

You can buy a copy of Missing, Presumed here.

 

 

 

 

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Author: Luke Delaney

Published: 30 June 2016
Reviewed: 21 August 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by HarperCollins in return for an honest review

 

Description:

The new novel by Luke Delaney, ex-Met detective and author of the terrifyingly authentic DI Sean Corrigan series. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.

Sergeant Jack King is back on active duty after months off following a violent encounter. On the Met’s promotional fast-track scheme, King is headed straight for the top, but policing the streets is where his heart truly lies.

Tasked with cleaning up the notorious Grove Wood estate, King is determined to rise to the challenge. But it’s not just drug dealers and petty thugs his team have to worry about. Someone on the estate is preying on children, and they need to find the culprit, fast.

Soon King finds himself over his head: the local residents won’t play ball, his superiors want results yesterday, and he’s refusing to admit that he’s suffering from PTSD. As the pressures combine, the line between right and wrong starts to blur and King finds himself in a downward spiral. Only he can save himself – but is it already too late?

My Thoughts & Review:

The Rule of Fear is a standalone novel about Jack King, a complete departure from the much loved Corrigan novels penned by the same author.  Being a fan of Stuart MacBride’s writing I was intrigued by the claim that this book would be perfect for his fans.

Jack King is an interesting character, returning to work perhaps earlier than he should leads him to make choices that are arguably controversial at times.  This theme is explored by the author by showing the protagonist navigating between what is right and wrong and how it’s not as black and white as many people see it.

The plot itself is superb, the pace begins slowly, pulling the reader in gently before it takes hold and drags you under the surface.  The subject matter may not be easy reading for some and I would urge caution if you are uncomfortable with the idea of children being targets for abusers.  The hard hitting style of writing works well for this novel, the subject matter never strays towards anything remotely comfortable and so to write accordingly takes skill which I believe the author has done here.

This was not an easy book to read, there are definitely aspects of it that cause deep disturbance and discomfort.  The detail and care that went in to writing about the PTSD suffered in this book shows, meaning the impression it left me with was how utterly uncompromising and so powerful it is.  I would definitely say this is a book that makes the reader stop and sit back to think about what goes on in the world, how unpredictable things can be, but most of all how it can all be taken apart in an instant.

Powerful, emotive, dark and dangerous – but not for everyone.

You can buy a copy of The Rule of Fear here.

 

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Fear Dreams 

Author: Joyce Schneider
Published: 28 March 2016
Reviewed: 15 August 2016
4.5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by author in return for an honest review
Description:
A sensitive woman fearing insanity… Liddy Barron, an artist, was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her with recurring nightmares, gaps in her memory, and an increasing obsession in the disappearance of a coed named Sasha Perry. 
Was Sasha murdered? Liddy’s turmoil grows as she begins seeing ghostly images. 
Her husband Paul, a scientist, tries to help but insists it’s just her imagination…while intuitive Detective Kerri Blasco, also obsessed with young Sasha’s disappearance, senses that Liddy may have a key to solving the case, and tries to unravel the shocking truth of what really haunts her. 
My Thoughts & Review: 
When I was contacted by the author of this novel I was immediately intrigued by the description of the story and jumped at the chance to read and review this.  Despite being billed as a psychological thriller, this novel touches on several genres (and does so very cleverly), there is suspense, mystery, and a supernatural element all running alongside one another.  

Narrated by Liddy Barron, an artist struggling to regain her memory and psychical health after a horrendous hit and run accident, and Kerri Blasco, a detective investigating the disappearance of a college student named Sasha Perry.  The author cleverly weaves these two seemingly unrelated tales together, holding the reader in the dark until she is ready to reveal just how they join together.  
Liddy is an odd character, you want to feel sympathy towards her because of the accident, her struggles to recover but at times I wanted to shake her.  Her slow slump into madness was very well written, and fascinating to read.  Leaving little clues to keep the reader guessing if she was really losing her mind, hallucinating or actually seeing these things. 
Detective Kerri was absolutely brilliant, perhaps a perfect character to do a spin off series with in the future.  She is well crafted, the reader gets a feel for this character and how she genuinely seems to care about people.  The friendship that developed between the two women was enjoyable to read. 
The pace of the novel is good, drawing the reader in and building suspense effortlessly.  Towards the end of the novel it becomes more of a speed read, the desperation to find out what happens in the end is intense.  
Despite there being no obvious clues as to what happens, the author has left little flags here and there for the budding detectives amongst the readers to try and piece together.  Cruelly, however many of these had me tangled up in knots and I was none the wiser.     
I loved the idea that Liddy was somehow haunted by a ghost, her obsession with Sasha taking over and I found it was difficult not to get caught up in the momentum of it, and I was desperate to know what happened to Sasha by the end

This is a brilliant psychological thriller, it’s gripping, it’s intense and it’s very well written.  I would thoroughly recommend it to fans of thrillers!  

You can buy a copy of Fear Dreams here.


About the Author:

 
J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. Words and story ideas are always teeming in her head – “a colorful place!” she says. She’s a wife, mother, and loves thrillers and medical thrillers. Once a Liberal Arts major (French and Spanish Literature), she has become increasingly fascinated with medicine and forensic science. Decades of being married to a physician who loves explaining medical concepts and reliving his experiences means that there’ll be medical angles even in “regular” thrillers that she writes.
For more information about Joyce Schneider, go to her website, or follow her on Twitter at @JoyceSchneider1

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Two Girls Who Love To Read Spreading the Love For All Things Bookish! 💕📚🎧

Me and My Books

Books, book reviews and bookish news.

The Beardy Book Blogger

Reading and Reviewing Books - May Contain Beard: "From Tiny Book Blog Buds Shall Mighty Book Blogs Grow" - TBBB

Book lovers' booklist

Book news and reviews

Rosepoint Publishing

Blogger, Book Reviewer, Book Promotion

Crime Thriller Fella

Crime reviews, news, mayhem, all the usual

juliapalooza.com

Books, bakes and bunnies

A Knight's Reads

All things bookish

Letter Twenty

it's all about the tea

On The Shelf Books

A bookblog for readers

Gem's Quiet Corner

Welcome to my little corner. Grab a cup of tea (or hot drink of preference), find your happy place and join me to talk all things bookish...