Nine-year-old Archie and his five-year-old sister, Bobbi, are taken into emergency police protective custody after an incident of domestic violence at their family home.
Rosie collects the children from their out-of-hours foster carer on New Year’s Day and instantly recognises Archie from a domestic violence workshop she helped with. Rosie remembers that when asked what he enjoyed most about the course, Archie said: ‘the biscuits’.
Social workers are concerned that Archie and Bobbi have been neglected. As Rosie gets to know the children, she begins to suspect that something far more disturbing lies in their past.
Archie, jovial and polite, bats away Rosie’s attempts to talk to him about anything serious with witty one-liners and sophisticated distractions. Bobbi reacts violently, lashing out and throwing herself around. Rosie has never seen a child as young a Bobbi behaving so viciously, but it is Archie she is most concerned about as the weeks go by.
After a worrying incident at school, Archie tearfully discloses the truth – a shocking secret that has left him and his sister traumatised. Horrified at what she learns, Rosie is determined to help the young siblings find a forever-home that will provide them with the love and care they deserve.
I have read quite a few of these books over the years, I have to admit as much as I enjoy reading them, they can be heartbreaking. I kind of feel I shouldn't actually like them because of the subject matters, yet i'm drawn to them on regular occasions as I occasionally like to read something other than the crime thrillers I normally read.
In this outing the story of Nine-year-old Archie and his five-year-old sister, Bobbi, are taken into emergency police protective custody after an incident of domestic violence at their family home. They are then taken into the home of Rosie, a foster carer. Both children have their own issues, this story is told brilliantly its a riveting read, I found once I started it, I wanted and needed to carry on to see what sort, if any, changes are made to these two little ones.
Secrets are revealed and its found these two little ones certainly haven't had a great start to life.
If you enjoy reading these type of books then this one is a must. Rosie is certainly one of kind, and an amazing foster carer, any child placed into Rosies custody will certainly get the best she can offer. Interesting, educating and heartbreaking.
The second gripping thriller in the DI Kayli Bright thriller series from NY Times bestselling author of the Justice series.
DI Kayli Bright is called to the scene of a terrible accident that appears to be a case of careless driving. However, her gut reaction tells her there's much more at stake. Within hours, her suspicions are confirmed when she is called to investigate a second incident on the same stretch of road. This time there is no doubt in Kayli's mind that she's dealing with a murder enquiry.
Are the two incidents connected? Is Kayli looking for a driver with a severe case of road rage? Or is there a twisted serial killer on her patch?
As Kayli sifts through the web of lies to capture the killer, her personal life seems to be falling apart. Her fiancé, Mark, returns home from his new job oversees a changed man. What is he hiding? Could Mark's dark secret be destructive enough to put an end to their relationship?
Other books in the series are:
The Missing Children Book 1
Hidden Agenda - available for pre-order. Published 1st March 2018
Wowzers, another superb book.
I was a little annoyed with myself that i'd gotten behind with this series, yet when I got to the end of this book, I was thrilled i'd held on, because it meant that I could dive right into book 3.
This was a fairly quick read at just under 200 pages, but those pages have it all packed into them.
Carmen is on her way home after a night out with her 2 close friends, they had been celebrating her recent promotion. Unfortunately Carmen is involved in an accident on her way home. Di kayli Bright and her partner Dave are called to the scene. Kayli's gut instinct tell her this was no accident. But she needs to wait for reports to find out.
When another accident happens on the same stretch of road, it seems it's just possible that both incidents are connected. But how? is what Kayli and Dave need to figure out. Can Kayli keep her mind on her job and not her personal life long enough to solve the case?
This book was another brilliantly told story by this very talented author. The knack for dragging you into the story is brilliant. Mel can certainly write a damn good book.
This one will keep you guessing, and keep you interested right up to the last page, where then you'll just want more.
Book 2 ends fantastically with a 'I need the next book now' Luckily for me I have it on my kindle waiting for me to start.
The Broken by Casey Kelleher #Review #BlogBlitz #Caseykelleher #TheBroken @Bookouture @CaseyKelleher
Thrilled to be part of this blog tour and share my thoughts on the latest book by Casey Kelleher. The Broken.
They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.
Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood - and Nancy vows to avenge his death.
She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together all while Joanie, her beloved grandma, falls apart, and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up - fast.
But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail - and will stop at nothing to shut her up.
Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can't trust anyone. Not even her own family.
Especially her own family.
Sometimes 5 stars just doesn't seem enough.
I was thrilled to get my grubby little hands on an ARC of this book. Thanks go to Netgalley and the Publishers, Bookouture. I was also thrilled to be able to take part in the blog tour.
I've been a huge fan of Casey Kelleher's book for a good few years now and was looking forward to this one as it was a follow on from The Betrayed a book I loved. I think this one would be fine read as a standalone, but personally I would say read The Betrayed before The Broken. That's just my opinion though, and I much prefer reading books in order.
*Don't read on if you intend reading the books in order and have not yet read book one, as it could contain spoilers.*
Nancy Byrne is the new head of the Byrne Gang. Following her father's death, it's down to Nancy to take over, as it seems no one else is capable. Her father was one of London's most feared gangsters. Gunned down in cold blood. The book opens following Jimmy Byrne's funeral.
Nancy has the weight of the world on her shoulders now, shoulders that are going to need to take on so much for such a young woman. Her Grandfather Michael Byrne isn't really bothered that his son has died, yet Nancy's Grandmother, Joanie is in pieces and struggling to cope with the loss of her beloved one and only son.
Is Nancy going to be in way above her head, it's sink or swim in the world she's involved with. More than one person will stab you in the back at the first opportunity, you have to learn to be one step ahead. You also need a quick lesson in who can and can't be trusted.
Nancy's brother Daniel is on a mission of self destruct, who is he going to take with him to get what he wants, and is there anyone who can stop him destroying 'The family business'.
This book was friken awesome. From start to finish I could not wait to see what was going to happen.
I believe this is going to be a trilogy, I so so can't wait for the next one..
Casey Kelleher somehow seems to be able to top each book written, these books just get better and better. I don't know where the idea's come from, but please Casey, keep them coming. Casey is well up there with the best authors in this genre. This book has it all, crime, violence, death, drugs, gangs, you name it, it's in there.
Well worth more than the given 5 stars.
This book is going in my 2018 Best reads, without a doubt.
Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.
Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.
She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise, The Betrayed and her latest release The Broken is due for publication on the 22nd February 2018.
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Dangerous Score by Michael Bearcroft - A Football Thriller! @mikebearcroft1 g @rararesources #Giveaway
Football hero Jason Clooney is riding high....until a date with a beautiful woman lands him in trouble with the media, and into battle with the criminal underworld. Now against a backdrop of an uncertain professional future, Jason has to confront disturbing revelations surrounding his new girlfriend’s family. From football action on the pitch to behind the scenes plotting. To battles with a criminal gang and constant media attention, all adding to the toughest challenges he has ever faced in life, love, as a player and as a man.
“It’s as nail biting as a Merseyside derby, with just as many twists and turns! One not to miss....”
Managing Director Liverpool FC
“The sort of intriguing tale that you’d expect from an ITV Sunday Night drama....so your mum might like it too!”
About the author
“As a former professional player and coach I enjoyed the story immensely.”
Chief Executive Birmingham County Football Association
Mike Bearcroft was a junior footballer with Sheffield United.
A life in sales, marketing and company management resulted in him selling his company to retire at the age of fifty.
He changed direction completely and became a TV and film extra appearing in Peak Practise, Casualty, Brum and many more. He created a murder mystery company Murderous Liaisons before going on to train as a director of musicals and launching a musical theatre stage show Back to Broadway which toured major UK theatres.
As the Chairman of Corby Town F.C and sponsor of both Rothwell Town F.C and Kettering F.C he was involved in Northamptonshire football for many years.
Mike now lives in Cornwall with his wife Sue.
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what a great read! It's safe to say I’m not a football fan, at all in the slightest, but this was a book that looked and sounded really interesting. It offers more than football though and is worth reading.
This book had a good balance to it, enough to keep you interested and wanting to read on.
Jason Cloony is on a roll. Rolling high, enjoying his stardom with his football and a beautiful lady to share an evening with after his amazing goal, leaves him on cloud 9.
Arranging to meet her again, he's shocked when she doesn't turn up. He's sure they were both enjoying each others company.
Things take an odd turn when it appears that the lady he had his date with turns out to be a woman who has been missing for over 12 months.
Things take a funny turn, and everything is clearly not as it should be. This is one of those books that can keep you guessing, keep you on the edge of your seat, yet leave you needing to read on. It's very well written and the story is brilliantly told. Don't let the football side of the story put you off, the football is more of the back setting of this book and this is not Just a football book. The characters are developed well, and believable.
This is probably one of those books i'd have overlooked, luckily I was invited to take part in the blog tour which forced me into reading the book, i'm so glad that happened, it was fate i'm sure. lol.
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When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies. For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He's determined to run a thorough and professional investigation but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy.
Everything seems to point to one vengeful man but the financial potential of the professor's pioneering research takes the inquiry in an intriguing and, for Jones and his team, dangerous direction.
More DCI Warren Jones books by Paul Gitsham:
No Smoke Without Fire
Blood is Thicker Than Water
Silent as the Grave
I seem to have had this first book on my kindle forever. After recently finishing a book and having a book hangover I really couldn't decide what to read. So I found this and realised I also had 2 more to read, it seemed a good enough time to start it.
I didn't read the book description, and just opened it and started it. The book started off really well, and the story held my attention the whole way through.
An interesting story that will keep you going, and guessing the whole way through.
Warren Jones is a character that I think I will grow to like more, the more I learn about him.
Since this book was published. It has had a makeover.
A cover change and a name change.
Here is the new cover.
A MISSING CHILD. A WOMAN FOUND DEAD. WHO IS NEXT?
Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper is taken from her bedroom. Her mother is distraught. She is convinced her estranged husband, Gavin Harper, has abducted their daughter.
Detective Rachel Prince is leading the investigation but is soon out of her depth as she searches for the most high-profile missing child in the country. To uncover the truth about Lola’s disappearance, Rachel must untangle the Harper family’s complicated web of secrets and lies.
As the case progresses, the body of a local woman is found. The death at first seems unrelated, until a trail of social media posts lead Rachel to a chilling discovery.
And then another little girl is taken…
With growing pressure from the public and the appearance of someone from her past she’d rather forget, will Rachel be able to solve the connection between the two missing children and the murder - before it’s too late?
The Lying Kind
Rachel Prince Book 1.
Well It looks like I may have just found myself another Series of books to follow.
For book one this was a great read. It felt that it wasn’t over complicated and made it easy to follow the story, yet it gripped me right from early pages. I was eager to get to know the character of Rachel Prince and excited to see which direction the book would go.
As usual I kept second guessing what I thought was going to happen, but oh how wrong was I.
Lola Jade Harper was taken from her home one spring night and hasn’t been seen since. A child at the centre of a bitter custody battle, the father continued to protest his innocence in the child's disappearance.
The story had been all over the news for months, but with no clear leads the media had lost interest and the police were struggling with the case.
Now though with a new lead that is the belief she was targeted and snatched to order. This surely is ever parents worst nightmare, how would you cope?
With this new lead comes more complications and the father has now disappeared, which looks even more suspicious.
Now the case has been passed over to the Investigation Support at the National Crime Agency.
DI Rachel Prince takes up the case.
It’s been great getting to know a new character, and I think that DI Prince is going to be a brilliant character the more she is developed, the more we learn about her, I think the more we are going to like her. She is by no means perfect, has her flaws but is certainly dedicated to her work.
I’m looking forward to reading more in this series, and getting to know the characters and I eagerly await the next installment.
About me by Alison James:
I was born in the Cotswolds but spent most of my formative years abroad. I studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after my two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, I worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.
The young girl you have found isn’t the first experiment I’ve carried out. She won’t be the last.
A tense, unpredictable crime debut that will not only have you gripped, but will chill you to the bone. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham.
A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of infamous, unethical and deadly psychological experiments.
When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they're chasing a killer unlike any they've hunted before – one who doesn’t just want his victims’ bodies, but wants their minds too.
With a series of psychological twists Dead Gone will keep you guessing until the very end.
Another series of books another author i'm a little behind on. According to Mr Amazon "You purchased this item on 16 Jan 2014. Better start playing catch up.
We are introduced to DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi in this book, plus a whole other mix of fascinating and interesting characters. Characters that it's going to be good to get to know. Trying to keep the streets of Liverpool safe.
David Murphy is certainly a mixed up individual, and I can't decide if I've taken to him or not. Its ok though as I have the rest of the series to catch up on maybe they will help me decide. I'm not saying I didn't like him at all, I just couldn't decide what it was about him that was niggling at me.
The story is an interesting one, and I enjoyed it. Will be great to see what more this author has to offer. As this was his debut book, i'm blessed to have more to read without the wait for them being published.
Blog Blitz. Graham Smith - Past Echoes. @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook #PastEchoes #Review #BlogBlitz @Ilovereadinguk
#BlogBlitz @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook #PastEchoes #Review Past Echoes by Graham Smith.
How fantastic is that cover. #PastEchoes
Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.
Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.
In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.
Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?
My thoughts on the book.
I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this blog blitz. Jake Boulder is back!
I can't believe we are at book 3 all ready, it doesn't seem long ago I was introduced to Jake Boulder in book 1, Watching the Bodies. I was so looking forward to getting back in the company of Jake, and couldn't wait to start this book.
Well, what does book 3 have to offer, well that's easy. It offers everything you would want from a brilliant, unputdownable read. If you have been following Jake Boulder on his journey, then I can safely say you will absolutely love this book. It's a lock the doors, clear your diary and take the phone off the hook, kind of book. Once you get stuck into this you'll find it difficult to put down.
Boulder along with Alfonse his trusted partner have their hands full in this book. Tasked with searching for a man who they know nothing about. After a local lady died she has left instruction for this man to be found to inherit her fortune.
Boulder also needs to search for his father, personal reasons mean he needs to be found.
Boulder comes up against more than one obstacle along the way. Luckily Boulder knows how to look after himself. He doesn't always go looking for trouble, it seems trouble has a knack of finding him.
Jake Boulder I can only describe as an awesome character. The author has certainly created a memorable character, He's gutsy, ballsy but we also see his loving side. Jake has a lot to take on this time around, and his emotions take a beating as well as his body.
Boulder has a huge challenge on his hands, and it's going to take some guts to get through it. There were parts in this book that felt like I was watching a hollywood thriller. Plenty of nail biting, breath holding moments in this book.
First class read.
I have loved each and every one of these books, I love Graham's style of writing, the knack he has to get the reader involved in the story is first class. I have added this book to my 2018 Must reads list.
About the Author
Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.
Graham can be found at
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