Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
In the acknowledgements at the end, Nadiya gives thanks to her writer. It is an excellent collaboration.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Monday, January 02, 2017
Kerry Wilkinson has created a fascinating character in Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniels and in this, the third in the series, she seems to be learning better to work in a team while retaining her ability to think outside of the box and combine instinct and deduction to solve some of the crimes that fall to her to investigate.
The story starts with a severed hand being left in a very public place in Manchester. A mother is reporting her son missing and then a package arrives at the police station, addressed to Senior Detective. The parcel reveals a finger removed from the hand - and DNA evidence shows that the hand and finger are not the missing young man.
Then a second hand and finger surface, and it is a DNA match for the missing son. Similar modus as last time, but this time it is addressed to Jessica, so it feels as if it's getting personal, and seems as if there might possibly be a serial killer at work - except there are only hands and fingers, but no further body parts. Careful scrutiny of security camera footage suggests the hands are being planted by a woman dressed in a hooded black cape and low heels. The search is on for connections between victims, and to discover what is going on.
This is a really gripping story and a very satisfying read. Happily, there are more cases to enjoy in the series beyond this one, but I am totally hooked on these books and am happily anticipating the next instalment.
A gripping thriller about what happens when tragedy strikes. Iris Griffiths is appalled when a plane from her local airport crashes - and her beloved husband has just flown out to go to Florida for a work conference. The plane in question was on its way to Seattle, so she is relieved that he must be fine, although concerned that she cannot make contact with him. It then transpires that his name was on the passenger list of both flights and that he is missing... What is going on?
This is a fascinating tale of deceit and deception, and there are so many secrets for Iris to uncover before she can discover the truth about her husband and her marriage. Iris is a sympathetic heroine and this is a well-written and cleverly crafted story which makes compelling reading.
I have not read a historic romance for a long time and, despite the cover image suggesting that House of Silence might be one, it is not straightforwardly of that genre. Set in 1875 Illinois, a young woman's future is determined by the marriage that she makes, and this is the course that Isabelle Larkin is set upon, with her mother eager to confirm her match with Gregory Gallagher, a charismatic political aspirant. Isabelle is excited by the prospect of a marriage to Gregory, until she is the unwitting witness to him committing a violent crime.
Isabelle is revolted by Gregory's actions and appalled that no-one, not even her mother, will believe her when she tells them what happened. Her mother is determined that Isabelle should honour her promise to marry Gregory, but Isabelle is equally adamant that this will not be her fate, even if it means that she will be committed to a sanatarium to avoid scandal and to persuade her to see the error of her ways. Shocked and fearful for her life, she encourages this by becoming mute and feigning a breakdown.
Her time in the asylum brings her into contact with Mary Todd Lincoln, widow of the assassinated President, who is suffering problems of her own. A fragile friendship grows up in the face of their common situation, but Isabelle is still not safe and must reclaim her voice to save herself.
The historical context is fascinating and there is plenty of suspense as we are caught up in Isabelle's quest to save herself. She is a feisty character caught up in a situation of her time and status and interesting to read of in the context of the present. An enjoyable book.
Start reading this book in the keen anticipation that it will keep you gripped and wondering about just about every character until its chilling denouement.
Tara is the main character, and she lives in a South London cul-de-sac with her husband Noah, teenaged daughter Sophie and son Spencer (11). One night, when her husband is away on business, she pops in to speak to her neighbour, and ends up having a drink with the neighbour's husband. The next thing she knows, she is waking up in her neighbour's bed, next to Lee - who is dead - with no memory of how this came to pass but certain she had not had enough to drink to explain this lapse. Shocked, she makes her escape from the house and begins the switchback journey to make sense of what happened, initially deciding not to go to the police. There are plenty of shocks and surprises along the way and Tara's trust in all of her family is challenged to the extreme.
An unusual, intriguing and engrossing thriller which is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Zeb's mysterious injuries and memory loss land her in hospital, but she is determined to solve the enigma of how she came to be where she was found, far from home, and what had led her into danger. However, retracing the few steps she can recall could help her find herself - or take her back into peril. As she seeks to secure the future for herself and her son, Matty, she needs to travel into her misty past. Who is it safe to trust, and can she even she trust herself? Plenty to keep the reader guessing right to the end.
Monday, December 12, 2016
What a brilliant thriller: intense suspense, more twists than a country lane, and a clever, original plot that is engrossing and enthralling from beginning to end. Jenna, the main character, has received a heart transplant but discovers that this amazing gift of a second chance at life comes with a cost. She starts to experience dreams and recollections that are not her own. Is she being possessed by her donor? Her life becomes more traumatic and out of control as she tries to make sense of it all, and danger is lurking. It's an amazing story that is utterly gripping, a terrific read.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Robert Bryndza has conjured up a fascinating and believable world peopled by engaging and sympathetic characters in this delightful story. Natalie was going to marry her childhood sweetheart until it occurred to her that there might be more to life than becoming a teenaged bride. Her fiance, Jamie, was not prepared to wait while she found herself, so they parted ways. Natalie works hard to overcome her poor academic performance and manages to forge a brilliant career in the world of theatre. We find her having cast an American heart-throb TV actor in a production of "The Scottish Play", hoping to have a financially successful run at her theatre, and with a boyfriend who is a yoga teacher, when her eccentric Hungarian grandmother turns up in London - and things start to go wrong. What is going on in the building over the road to her theatre? And Jamie comes back into her life - as a business rival. This is a romance, but with added humour and wit, an absolute joy to read. I loved it.
An exciting, suspenseful thriller which kept me engrossed, enthralled and guessing right to the end. There is a web of tangled secrets to be unravelled when death continues to follow Kelly Lund. Convicted of murder at the age of seventeen when the body of a Hollywood director is discovered, she serves her time and picks up the pieces of her life. When her father-in-law is found fatally shot, suspicion falls on her again. But what has really happened, and has there been a gross misjustice? Who is innocent and who is guilty? This book really deserves to be described as a thriller.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
The makings of a great thriller. First year student Zoe turns up in the office of university lecturer David Connolly and reveals to him that he is her father and she the product of a long ago fling before he married Caroline and had two lovely children with her. Is Zoe who she says she is? What are her intentions? And why is this secret only revealed now? So far, so good. However, I was infuriated by David's reactions and unconvinced by his reasoning in not telling his wife and talking it through with her, and how he was prepared to jeopardise the security and well-being of his family for the sake of someone who is a virtual stranger. He treats, I thought, Caroline, particularly badly and so he lost my sympathy altogether. Unfortunately, neither Caroline or any of the other characters really found it and so I was frustrated by the story. Maybe it was just me, because this book has had wonderful reviews elsewhere, but I was disappointed and so relieved when it came to an end,
This is a very engaging, engrossing but harrowing and heartbreaking story about how a previously happy family copes with their daughter's mental health problem and the repercussions that this has on their relationships and lives. As a mother, it was very easy to identify with Freya Braithwaite and the account of her marriage and the problems that unexpectedly beset their family. She is a food writer and food enthusiast, and there is an extreme poignancy in what happens to her daughter. The story reads like a psychological thriller in many ways, and I found it a compulsive page-turner while dreading what would happen next. It's a powerful piece of writing.