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Author: Tammy Cohen

Published: 21 April 2016
Reviewed: 9 October 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Black Swan / Random House UK, Transworld Publishers in return for an honest review

 

Description:

You see the people you work with every day.

But what can’t you see?

Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie have worked together for years – they know how each one likes their coffee, whose love life is a mess, whose children keep them up at night. But their comfortable routine life is suddenly shattered when an aggressive new boss walks in ….

Now, there’s something chilling in the air.

Who secretly hates everyone?

Who is tortured by their past?

Who is capable of murder?

My Thoughts & Review:

When a friend recommends a book that they have enjoyed I am somewhat cautious, sometimes we don’t like the same books but sometimes she hints about a book being utterly brilliant and needs to be read as soon as possible.  When it’s worded like that, how could I refuse?

Cohen cleverly weaves together two seemingly unconnected strands of a story to create a fantastically twisted thriller.
One thread is narrated by Dr Anne Carter, who recounts the details of a dark and distressing case from earlier in her career.  It is made clear that this case involves one of the office workers in the second thread of the story.  The team in the office are the stereotypical office workers, each one has a secret, they all have their flaws but the appearance of a new boss sets the cat amongst the proverbial pigeons.  A team building weekend causes rivalries and when it turns to suspicion it’s not long before the bonds of friendship are shattered forever.

Short chapters make this a quick read, and coupled with the tension in the book it makes for a very addictive read.  It’s practically impossible to get one step ahead with this one, Cohen ensures the reader is kept guessing throughout this mystery, and even when you do think you’ve cracked it…..nope, Cohen keeps you guessing some more!
There is a real sense of menace when reading this, skilfully Cohen leads the reader deeper in to the mysteries of the book and leaves them feeling a little uncomfortable at times.

The clever use of each character narrating a chapter allows the reader to see the perspectives of each.

Be warned, this may leave you wondering just how well you know the people you work alongside.  But more importantly, it reminds the reader that whilst the physical scars of child abuse may fade, the psychological damage may never heal.

You can buy a copy of When She Was Bad  here.
About the Author:
Tammy Cohen (who also writes as Tamar Cohen) is a freelance journalist writing for national magazines and newspapers. After a late start, she has now written six novels – The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, Someone Else’s Wedding, The Broken and Dying For Christmas and First One Missing – all published by Doubleday/Black Swan. She is a member of the Killer Women crime writing collective and lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one very badly behaved dog.
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Author: Camilla Grebe

Published: 8 September 2016
Reviewed: 30 September 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bonnier Zaffre in return for an honest review

 

Description:

NO ORDINARY PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER – THIS WILL KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT

For fans of Jo Nesbo and The Bridge, The Ice Beneath Her is a gripping and deeply disturbing story about love, betrayal and obsession that is impossible to put down. Fast-paced and peopled with compelling characters, it surprises at every turn as it hurtles towards an unforgettable ending with a twist you really won’t see coming . . .

A young woman is found beheaded in an infamous business tycoon’s marble-lined hallway.

The businessman, scandal-ridden CEO of the retail chain Clothes & More, is missing without a trace.

But who is the dead woman? And who is the brutal killer who wielded the machete?

Rewind two months earlier to meet Emma Bohman, a sales assistant for Clothes & More, whose life is turned upside down by a chance encounter with Jesper Orre. Insisting that their love affair is kept secret, he shakes Emma’s world a second time when he suddenly leaves her with no explanation.

As frightening things begin to happen to Emma, she suspects Jesper is responsible. But why does he want to hurt her? And how far would he go to silence his secret lover?

My Thoughts & Review:

As a fan of Scandi Noir I was instantly intrigued by this book, the description sounded like just the sort of book to get stuck into on a quiet night.

This gripping psychological thriller immediately grabs the reader’s attention,  the decapitated body of a young woman is discovered,  and more curiously it was discovered in the home of an infamous business tycoon.

With narration from the perspective of three characters makes this story very interesting, and helps to make this a fast paced read, but also gives a real insight into the characters.  The subsequent development of each character makes this a fascinating read and found I was thoroughly enjoying their individual tales.
Hanne, formerly a criminal profiler, diagnosed with early onset dementia and in a controlling and loveless marriage, is a fantastic character and one I was cheering on whilst I read.
Peter, the detective with commitment issues (unless it’s work he has to commit to), is good at his job, but his personal life….not so organised.  Together Peter and Hanne work well, its clear there is a shared history and it makes reading the story much more enjoyable.
Emma’s story was probably the most interesting one, a young woman that meets and falls in love with the CEO of the company she works for but their love affair has to be kept secret because of who he is.

There is some very clever plotting in this book, it’s very dark and disturbing, Grebe weaves together twists and turns that have the reader guessing at what might happen next.  I feel that I should praise the translation of this book.  All too often when a book is translated into English, something can be “lost” but I am so pleased that is not the case with this one.  It has the hallmarks of a Scandi thriller, cold, dark and direct which really work well here, making this one of the best books I’ve read this year.

You can buy a copy of The Ice Beneath Her here.

Many thanks to the publisher for a copy of this in return for an honest review.

 

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I am very excited to share with you the cover of JA (Joyce) Schneider’s latest thriller, which sounds utterly fascinating and I cannot wait read it, my review will feature as part of the blog tour in October.

 
Her Last Breath, the second psychological thriller by J.A. Schneider, is due for release on October 21st.  #HerLastBreath is the second thriller – after Fear Dreams – featuring highly intuitive NYPD detective Kerri Blasco.


Here’s the blurb to whet your appetite…

A chilling psychological thriller about a woman caught between two men… 
Mari Gill wakes to horror in a strange apartment next to a murdered man, and can’t remember the night before. Accused of murder, she feels torn between her husband, a successful defense attorney, and a mysterious, kind man who wants to help. Can she trust either of them – or even her friends? Detective Kerri Blasco battles her police bosses believing Mari is innocent…but is she?

The Cover…..

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And if the cover reveal wasn’t enough of a treat, here’s an extract from the book to entice you to pre order now!

It begins in horror…
Mari Gill’s hand felt sticky.
That was the first thing to trouble her, still clinging to the safe, solid darkness of sleep. Next came pain in her head, a different kind of pain from the other thing, so she squeezed her eyes shut, dreading the day…
…but the stickiness bothered.
Involuntarily, she felt her fingers open and close.
Something was wrong there, in her hand. She squinted open; peered at it.
Red.
Her palm was smeared dark red.
She blinked. Saw more red smear on her forearm, then the torn cap sleeve of last night’s black dress, then the sheet under her arm, stained with…
“Huh?” Her eyes grew wide before her mind processed it.
Thrashing onto her back, Mari saw bloodied sheet reaching halfway up the torn front of her dress, and then saw an arm. A man’s arm, faintly blue and blood-smeared – and with a cry her whole body practically flipped from the bed. “Oh God!”
She hit the floor hard and then scrabbled back up, gaped wildly and saw him. Her shocked vision jumped and saw two then one then two of him on his back, eyes closed, mouth open dribbling caked blood. She froze; gasped. Couldn’t take in air seeing his black hair, his chest hidden under a tent of bloodied sheet.
“Mister?”
A high, involuntary whisper. Mari’s heart rocketed but she felt compelled; jerked ut a hand and pulled away the sheet.
Under it a knife, its handle long and black, protruding from his chest.
“Oh God!” Her scream got it out but used up breath as she spun on her knees, recognizing the new trouble. Where was her handbag? What was this place? Who was that guy?
Her bag, her bag…she crawled over hardwood and a man’s flung jacket and hit a cold, metal pole. Something crashed down on her, crashed to the floor but she crawled more, over broken shards with her breath coming harder, wheezing high like a small, dying animal.
Where, where…? She gasped and scrabbled.
There.
Her bag, way under a desk. How could it be under a desk? She was always so careful to keep it close but no time to think, she was upon it, fingers fluttering getting it open, her cries a child’s high mewling as she dug past her phone – no time to call – found her inhaler, got her fingers around it then saw it fly from her and skitter through an open doorway.
“No…”
Wheezing harder she crawled toward it, the little white plastic thing that meant life or death to her. Her chest heaved, and heaved again. Her vision blurred and she couldn’t pull in air. She made it through the door onto a wider floor, was inches away with her hand reaching desperately.
Then her vision darkened and she collapsed, crying; lay her cheek down on the polished cold hardwood. From far away she heard a crash. Her eyes closed. She lay, her fingers stretched futilely toward the inhaler. Her desperate wheezing stopped.
Running feet. Someone’s hands on her, strong hands. “Lady! Omigod, lady!”
From deepest, dying sleep she felt herself raised up; heard a voice, urgent, telling her to breathe, breathe – “Please, lady!”
She felt hard plastic pushed through her lips. Felt the little blast of life, then a man’s warm stubble press his lips on hers. He was breathing her. Two good breaths and then holding her, rocking her.
Her eyes stayed closed as she heard him call 9-1-1…

Her Last Breath is available to pre-order now but publication date is 21st October.  To purchase in the UK you can use this link and to purchase in the US you can use this link

 

About the Author:

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J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek Magazine, a wife, mom, and reading addict. She loves thrillers…which may seem odd, since she was once a major in French Literature – wonderful but sometimes heavy stuff. Now, for years, she has become increasingly fascinated with medicine, forensic science, and police procedure. Decades of being married to a physician who loves explaining medical concepts and reliving his experiences means there’ll often be medical angles even in “regular” thrillers that she writes. She lives with her family in Connecticut, USA.

For more information about Joyce Schneider and her books, go to her website, or follow her on Twitter at @JoyceSchneider1

 

 

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Author: Claire Douglas

Published: 11 August 2016
Reviewed:  12 September 2016

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

 

Description:

The old Victorian pier was once a thing of beauty. It’s also where twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier vanished eighteen years ago.

Francesca has spent the last twenty years haunted by the disappearance of her best friend. But when she receives a phone call from Sophie’s brother saying that a body has been found, she knows she can’t keep hiding from what happened. With her own secrets to keep, Francesca doesn’t relish the idea of digging up the past or returning to Oldcliffe. But it is time to go back to where she grew up, and it looks like she isn’t the only one there hiding truths.

My Thoughts & Review:

Local Girl Missing is Claire Douglas’ second novel, her first The Sisters was a compulsive and and gripping read with an explosive ending so the bar was set pretty high , knowing that Douglas is an accomplished and skilled writer.

The story revolves around two friends, Sophie and Francesca (Frankie) who were best friends.  Sophie and her mother fled from an abusive home life and settled in Oldcliffe in Somerset where the two girls met at school.  Their friendship is tested one night when they witness the death of the hotel’s chef Jason.  The trio had stolen some booze from the hotel and were all very drunk when Jason fell into the sea and drowned.  Deciding it was better to race back to the hotel and agree to keep the details of Jason’s death secret than to be honest with authorities etc, the girls unknowingly set in motion a chain of events that will forever change their lives.

Sophie tragically goes missing some years later,  vanishing after exiting a nightclub.  She is presumed dead, classed as an accidental death as there were no witnesses, the only evidence of her is her favourite trainer wedged between the safety railings on the dilapidated pier.  It makes no sense for those that knew her, things were falling into place for her.
Life moved on for Francesca, now known as Frankie, living in London and working in the hotel industry and doing well for herself.

Frankie receives a call from Daniel, Sophie’s brother who asks her to return to Somerset to help him work out what happened to Sophie all those years ago.  Feeling torn, Frankie finds she cannot refuse to help Daniel, but equally, she would rather not return to the place of her childhood.  The knock on effect of Frankie’s return brings about discoveries that lead Daniel to answers about what happened to Sophie.

With narration from Frankie in the present as well as in the form of flashbacks to memories the reader is faced with a complex web of lies, abuse, betrayal and insecurities to name but a few.  Cleverly, Douglas also adds narration from Sophie in the form of diary in alternating chapters which helps to add to the tension and increase the anticipation of what will happen next.

The characterisation fantastic, the descriptions of settings were wonderful – you could almost imagine the seaside town and the little pub, the storyline is well written and the ending was completely unexpected.

Despite being slow to start off, this book really made up for it with the intensity of the dark twisting thriller that played out on the pages within.  Claire Douglas is an author I will be keeping an eye out for in the future.

You can buy a copy of Local Girl Missing here.

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Author: Tom Bale

Published: 1 September 2016
Reviewed: 2 September 2016

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

 

Description:

You tried to save a life. Now you’re fighting to save your own.

It’s the perfect Sunday. Summer sunshine, a barbecue with the kids.
But a knock on the garden gate and two words, ‘HELP ME’, changes everything.

When loving parents Rob and Wendy Turner let a dying man into their home, and do their best to help him, they think pure chance led him to their house. But soon their lives are threatened in ways they could never have imagined … and then the first anonymous letter arrives, forcing them to question all they know.

Someone is watching.
Someone is waiting.
They will stop at nothing.

Rob and Wendy will do anything to keep their family safe, but their children Georgia, Josh and Evan are teenagers now, with their own hidden lives.

Everyone has secrets, but how can you save your family, if you don’t really know them?

 

My Thoughts & Review:

All Fall Down is the much awaited latest thriller from Tom Bale.  Following on from the successes of See How They Run I was curious to see if Bale could repeat the heart stopping, fast paced rollercoaster of high intensity action and I can happily say that he absolutely has, in fact I would go so far as to say he has surpassed himself.

The story opens on the idyllic setting of a family barbecue on a sunny Sunday, what could possibly go wrong here apart from a few burnt burgers?  Well when the creator of this maelstrom is Tom Bale, you know it’s going to be worse than a few burnt offerings, and so the appearance of a broken and bleeding man begging for help really brings the happy, cozy setting crashing to the ground immediately.
As a complete stranger to the Turner family, it would seem that the man stopped at their house by chance, but quickly Bale instils doubt into the minds of his readers by implying that this may not be coincidental at all.
Someone in the Turner family has a secret, and it’s one that makes the family a target for an intense life-death situation.

The Turner family are the typical flawed family, awkward and complicated relationships between the family members help to make these characters realistic and engaging.  Delving into his complex characters, Bale cleverly writes so that the reader wavers between empathy and dislike (hatred at times) for them.

Violence does play an important role in this book, and if you feel that it can be uncomfortable to read I would recommend either skimming over the parts that make you want to stop reading or trusting the author to not get too graphic, he knows his audience and so knows when enough is enough, and changes direction with the narrative to give a reprieve.

The plotting is first class, skilfully written and takes the reader on an adrenaline fuelled rollercoaster ride, but unlike the fairground ride, you don’t get off after 5 minutes.  At times this felt like a claustrophobic read, the scenarios the characters find themselves in feel very real for the reader.

Utterly gripping, malevolent and one of the most thrilling novels I’ve read.

 

About the Author

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Tom Bale has had a variety of jobs including retail assistant, claims negotiator and project manager, but none was as exhausting as the several years he spent as a househusband with two pre-school children. Tom has been writing since the age of seven, and completed his first novel at fifteen. After twenty years and hundreds of rejection slips, his first novel SINS OF THE FATHER was published under his real name, David Harrison. With his next book, SKIN AND BONES, he acquired an agent, a pseudonym and a book deal that enabled him to write full time. He lives in Brighton with his family.

For more information about his books visit his website  www.tombale.net, or follow him on Twitter: @t0mbale

 

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Author: Harry Bingham

Published: 28 July 2016
Reviewed: 1 September 2016

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

 

Description:

British detective Fiona Griffiths, one of the most engaging female protagonists in crime thrillers, is back with her toughest case yet.
When the body of a young woman is found in an old ‘dead house’ – the annexe where the dead were stored before burial in medieval times – of a tiny church in a small town in Wales, it seems that past and present have come together in a bizarre and horrifying way. For DC Fiona Griffiths, the girl – a murder victim whose corpse was laid out with obvious tenderness – represents an irresistibly intriguing puzzle, given Fiona’s unusual empathy for the dead. And when her investigations lead her to an obscure and secretive monastery hidden in a remote valley, she finds that the murder victim is far from the only victim of a dark and disturbing melding of modern crime and medieval religious practices. Only Fiona is capable of solving this brilliantly crafted mystery.

My Thoughts & Review:

The Dead House is the fifth instalment of the Fiona Griffiths series and in all honesty this can be read as a standalone.  For those who have not read the previous four novels and wish to do so, the back catalogue provides great background to this character as well as showcases the skills of Harry Bingham.

The story begins with the discovery of a body, but strangely this body has been laid out peacefully and there is no obvious apparent crime.  The even more intriguing idea is that the body was laid out in what was once a ‘dead house’, in medieval times corpses were laid out in these dead houses temporarily before burial – this could have been for numerous reasons including weather conditions being too poor to allow grave digging.
The identity of this body and the circumstances for the final resting place require investigation.  During the course of her investigations, Fiona realises there is more to this case, the discoveries she makes lead her to the tangled web of organised crime.

Continuing with his educating his readers, Bingham gives great detail on topics of rhinoplasty,  seed digestion and prayer – quite how he finds the time to research these things I will never know, but I certainly find them interesting and it adds another layer of brilliance to his books.

Using Wales as the setting for this story adds to the charm of the novel, the rugged and historic landscape are wonderfully described.  The detail of the monastery is vivid and gives the reader a great mental image whilst reading.

Fiona Griffiths is an interesting character, very much a maverick detective.  Her affinity with the dead is interesting and adds another layer to this already complex character.  She can be a hard character to like and understand, but she is worth sticking with.  Her personality and quirks will soon have a reader hooked!

An absolutely gripping thriller from a master of the genre!

You can buy a copy of The Dead House here.

 

About the Author

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Harry is the author of the Fiona Griffiths series of crime novels, set in Cardiff and featuring a heroine described by the Sunday Times as ‘The most startling protagonist in modern crime fiction … brutal, freakish and totally original.’ Harry – slightly less freakish than his creation – lives in Oxford with his wife and young family. He also runs The Writers’ Workshop, an editorial consultancy for new writers. His books on Getting Published and How to Write are among the leading titles in their field.

To find out more about Harry and his books go to his website or follow him on Twitter @harryonthebrink

 

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Author: Jenny Blackhurst

Published: 28 August 2016
Reviewed: 1 September 2016

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

 

Description:

Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It’s her job, as a psychiatrist – and it’s always been her role as a friend.

But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.

But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should.

My thoughts & Review:

Before I Let You In is the second novel from Jenny Blackhurst, her first was How I Lost You.

This book centres around three women, Karen, Eleanor and Bea, who have been friends since school.  The women now in their 30s are still very close despite each having their own lives to lead.  When psychiatrist Karen takes on a new patient (self referred) called Jessica something about her just doesn’t sit right and Karen becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the knowledge Jessica seems to have.   Jessica seems to know a lot about Karen and her friends, but Karen is bound by the rules of patient confidentiality so she must ensure that Jessica poses a real threat before she can do something.

The plotting in this is superb, so cleverly done and there are enough twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing.  The simplicity of the author’s direction/misdirection belies just how immensely clever this story really is.  Short and sharp chapters ensure that this is a quick read, which is a good thing because once you start reading you will want to get to the end so you can take a breath!

With narration from the main characters the reader is privy to their innermost feelings, this gives a greater insight into these women and makes them more realistic.  The narration from the anonymous source was very intriguing, it added to the intensity and darkness of the story.

All too often the next novel that follows a sensational début can fall flat, or just not have that spark, but in this instance, Before I Let You In has met that standard and gone beyond it!  Here’s to book three!

As far as psychological thrillers go, this one is suspenseful, gripping and a bit creepy – the perfect combination.

You can buy a copy of Before I Let You In here.

 

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Author: Claire Seeber

Published: 15 July 2016
Reviewed: 28 August 2016

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

 

Description:

The perfect wife. A fairytale family. Don’t believe your eyes…

Jeanie and Matthew are a happily married couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships.

No one said it would be easy to raise a blended family under one roof but Jeanie and Matthew are strong. They will make it work.

And whilst Jeanie’s step-daughter Scarlett rejects her, Jeanie will just have to try harder to win her over.

But Jeanie has a past. A terrible secret she thought she’d buried a long time ago. And now, it’s coming to the surface, threatening to destroy her new marriage.

Someone is playing a terrifying game on Jeanie and she must put a stop to it once and for all.
After all, a fairytale needs a happy ending…doesn’t it?

My Thoughts & Review:

This is the first book by Claire Seeber that I have read and I am honestly shocked that I’ve not picked up any of her previous books, something I will have to remedy!

The Stepmother tells the tale of Jeanie and Matthew who marry and attempt to live happily ever after as a blended family.  Jeanie finds it hard to connect with her stepdaughter, but is determined nonetheless to be a good stepmother to both of Matthew’s children whilst ensuring her own son is not neglected.  Living in the shadow of Matthew’s ex-wife Kaye adds pressure to the fragile relationships in the house, and Jeanie soon realises she perhaps doesn’t know her new husband as well as she thought.
With secrets running rampant in the family, lies and control are a factor in everyday life for this fragmented family.

By narrating each chapter  from the perspective of Jeanie or her sister Marlena, the reader is witness to both the present day action as well as being able to get some insight into the the shared childhood of the sisters and how events impacted on their lives and relationships.

 
The way in which that the “strange goings on” are written in the narrative are great because it allows the reader to share Jeanie’s unease and bewilderment.
In addition the clever twists in the story mean the reader is captivated and kept guessing as to who could be responsible, and more importantly who is guilty.

Jeanie and Marlena are well created characters, the almost conversational tone whilst narrating makes the reader feel a connection to the characters.  The physical descriptions of them conjured an clear image in my mind, especially when it came to mannerisms each possessed.  The descriptions of the settings are also worthy of note, giving the reader an clear idea of the house and grounds really helps set the scene.

The references to Snow White were both intriguing and slick, they worked very well with Jeanie’s story, making the reader question just what they know about the so-called fairy tale.

Marlena’s journalistic investigation felt a little superfluous, it didn’t detract from the story but I don’t feel like it added anything to it either.

Short chapters make this a quick read, but also a very addictive one.

This is a psychological thriller with a sinister edge!

About the Author

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Claire Seeber is a Londoner who started professional life as a (bad) actress and became a documentary maker, a journalist and a writer of, so far, psychological thrillers. The Observer said of her first novel: ‘a disturbing debut’ whilst The Guardian called it ‘powerful’…she keeps writing whilst also studying psychology and (trying to) to manage a home of slightly feral kids and animals. Luckily she’s got a very nice partner to help too.

To find out more about Claire’s books go to her website or follow her on Twitter @claireseeber

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Author: Jane Corry

Published: 25 August 2016
Reviewed: 27 August 2016

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

 

Description:

What if your life was built on a lie?

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.

But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who’s accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for.

But is he really innocent?

And who is she to judge?

My Thoughts & Review:

When a book opens with the report of a stabbing you know it’s going to be one that doesn’t hold back.  That coupled with those three sentences on the front cover instantly grab the attention of the reader.

The clever use to the radio broadcast at the beginning of the novel sets the bar high for plotting.  Corry really shows her flair for this style of writing by hitting the reader with a shot of information that shrewdly gives nothing unintended away but all the while allows the imagination to start racing ahead and so makes this a gripping and thrilling read.

Taking the reader back fifteen years, Corry then sets about laying the foundations that will lead to demise of Ed.  We are introduced to some fascinating and secretive characters, who are superbly created and intriguingly flawed.  As well as recounting the tale up to the radio broadcast, Corry competently brings her readers back to current time, never once losing her audience while increasing the intensity and twisting the plot.

Jane Corry’s writing is fantastic, she knows just how much of a hint to add in to the narrative to keep a reader hooked but give nothing away.  Once I’d finished this book I sat there thinking “how did I not guess that?!” and I will admit to being surprised by the twists – a sign of good writing and expert plotting.  With so many topics touched upon in one book you might think that there would come a moment where it drags or feels like there’s too much going on but instead it’s fascinating and draws it all together to make a well rounded and thrilling read.

Definitely a book worthy of the domestic noir tagging, and it holds its own against the rst of the books on the shelf.

You can buy a copy of My Husband’s Wife here.

About the Author

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Author image and information courtesy of Amazon

Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her début thriller. ‘I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I’m a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!’

Jane runs regular writing workshops and speaks at literary festivals all over the world, including The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. Until her recent move to Devon, she was a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University. She is also an associate member of the Royal Literary Fund.

Many of Jane’s ideas come during her morning dog-jog along the beach followed by a dip in her wetsuit. (She’s an all-year-round swimmer provided the sea isn’t dangerous.) Jane also loves tennis, walking, reading, yoga, the ‘Quiet’ train carriage (a great ‘office’ for writing) and her family. She’s still coming to terms with being an empty-nester but makes up for it with lots of long-distance nagging! Jane’s second husband was a bachelor family friend who is also Godfather to her children. He makes her laugh every day although they can’t agree on how to load the dishwasher!

You can find Jane on Twitter at @JaneCorryAuthor and on Facebook at JaneCorryAuthor.

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Creating Perfection ~ Freelance Fiction Editor

Delicately balancing the voice of the author with the needs of the reader