DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London's Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer. His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work but he's a shadow of the detective he was a few months before.
Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest that she doesn't have long to find him.
When Jane is sent to a site in Elmstead Woods she stumbles upon a sinister murder scene. A tomb has been created, and the body she finds is not Mark's - as she dreaded and suspected - but that of missing university student, Maggie Hungerford. Her killer recorded her last moments, even providing an air supply which was only cut off when the game lost its thrill.
Two men admit to having had a sexual relationship with Maggie. Both deny murder. Someone is lying. And Mark is still missing. When another tomb is discovered, an anonymous tip and mounting evidence suggest a disturbing link which threatens to derail both cases and let a murderer walk free.
Lockyer is shocked into supporting Bennett in a case which becomes ever more ominous and dangerous as the investigation deepens. They know that their hunt is for a killer with a mind so twisted that he, or she, is likely to stop at nothing.
Firstly thanks you to Netgalley and the Publishers for my review copy of this book.
I recently read the first book in this series, Never look back, so here am now having just finished the second one. I will also say a big thank you to @bookaddictShaun, whose review of this book prompted me into buying the first book.
So book two with Mike Lockyer and Ds Jane Bennett. Starts off with a body. A body that has been buried alive. I couldn’t think of a worse way to die. The fear you must go through, knowing that you are not going to leave the enclosed space you are stuck in.
So what Jane needs to discover is who put her there and Why? But alongside this an ex copper has gone missing. The only clues they have is his blood in his kitchen. So what has happened to him, where has he gone?
Jane is also running on guilt. A single mother who due to her work commitments is relying heavily on her mother looking after her autistic son. The guilt of not spending enough time with him, not being home to put him to bed. Again!
The relationship between Mike and Jane in this book is a little strained in parts. They need to work on there working friendship to enable them to get on with these cases and move forward. If they are going to solve these cases, surely it is better to do it together than alone.
There is enough going on in this book to keep you interested. It really is a gripping read, a little disturbing in parts but brilliantly put together. Very well written.
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.
With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.
Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it’s personal.
What did I think............
Well Just WOW. but I guess I can't leave it at that. This book needs reading, and needs reading now.
I was so excited to discover book 2 was due out, and so soon after book 1. Anyone who read book one will be eagerly awaiting this one.
To say earlier this year Angela's first book was published is unbelievable, I knew when I read the first book that Angela had a big job ahead of her if she was going to make book 2 just as good, or in this case even better. but by god she had only gone on topped it in unbelievable style.
Loved everything about this book.
I really have got to like Kim. There is something different about her.
I like the relationship between Kim and Bryant. There is that serious side of 2 coppers working together, then there is that fun side of them, where they just seem to compliment each other, they seem to bounce off each other, I love the way Angela has created the chemistry between them both.
This case seems a particularly difficult one, as Stone and Bryant are faced with a Child abuse case. But Kim is not sure when they catch the abuser that that is the end of it. And something makes her carry on digging.
We also have the murder of a rapist to figure out too. It seems that the therapist of the rape victim is playing games with her patients, this is not going to end well.
I love how we got more of a look into Kim the person rather than Kim the copper. She is going to be one amazing character to follow. and I for one really do want to read more about her.
I am to scared to say too much about the book for fear of spoiling any of the story. It really is a fantastic read, Gripping, twisty, and grabs you by the neck so you can not breath while reading it. Along with Silent Scream, up to now these two books are in my top 10 of 2015.
A big well done to Angela, you really should be bloody proud of yourself.
In the riveting new Huntress FBI series, a driven FBI agent is on the hunt for that most rare of all killers: a female serial.
FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can't believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of accidents and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.
Roarke's hunt for her takes him across three states... while in a small coastal town, a young father and his five-year-old son, both wounded from a recent divorce, encounter a lost and compelling young woman on the beach and strike up an unlikely friendship without realizing how deadly she may be.
As Roarke uncovers the shocking truth of her background, he realizes she is on a mission of her own, and he must race to capture her before more blood is shed.
I was very lucky to be contacted by the author, to see if I would be interested in reading this book.
I was thrilled when I realized that I could have it in audio. it meant that I could start it that night. I was working a night shift, and it's great to have something to listen to.
This was a brilliant Audio book to listen to. The Narrator just seems to get the right balance between the voices of characters, I loved how this was read. A very soothing, interesting voice. That in parts felt like I was having a documentary read to me.
Brilliant. Very well written. And one that had it been a tree or E book, it would have been hard to put down.
It is something I will be listening to again this week, as soon as I get chance.
The characters in the book, were brilliant. the plot was really good. Another brilliant crime thriller, for all you crime fans out there.
Well worth reading.
Matthew Roarke, is a special agent with the FBI, his case involves figuring out what happened to one of his undercover agents. He has been hit by a truck, but everything is pointing to this being no accident.
A female was spotted at the scene, a female that seems to have been spotted in a number of other places, linked with other deaths. Who is she? Does she have any involvement in the crime, or is her presence just a big coincidence.
Roarke sets out to try and find this woman, and this is when his case gets going. A whole big jigsaw that he and his team need to piece together bit by tiny little bit.
All in all a really good read, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
The body of a murdered woman is found washed up on Cramond Island near the mouth of the River Forth. Days later detectives are called to a flat in Edinburgh; the kitchen is covered in blood, and the occupier is missing.
When the name of the woman from Cramond Island is revealed, it stirs unwelcome memories for those who knew her, Chief Constable Bob Skinner most of all. Now based in Glasgow, he has no reason to become involved in the case. Yet he does, unwittingly setting in motion a course that leads him to the toughest choice of his life, putting him in the midst of a personal nightmare, both life-threatening and career changing.
Hour Of Darkness (Bob Skinner Mysteries Book 24)
I can't believe I waited so long to read this book, Its been on my to read list for ages.
However when I started reading it, it was like re visiting old friends. As each of the characters were mentioned everything started to come back from the 23 books I had previously read.
I have had a fictional crush on Bob Skinner for some time... lol.. I just think he's amazing. lol. Kind of like the Scottish Alex Cross.
As usual, this is a bloody good story, and the book flows along nicely. Leaving you wanting to read it at every opportunity.
I have enjoyed over the years the life of Bob Skinner, family, Friends, work colleagues and relationships, are as much part of the stories as the crimes themselves.
There are quite a number of characters in this book, I really feel having read all the previous books helped with this, so If you are going to read them, I would advise you do so from the very beginning
Here are books 1 to 5 in the series.
The first part in a direct to digital short-story in a murder mystery three-part thriller from the bestselling author of Ultimatum, Stay Alive and The Final Minute.
Six ex school-friends have been brought together on a remote island.
They haven’t all been in contact since a fateful night twenty-one years ago, when their friend Rachel Skinner was found dead. The man arrested for her murder has now been acquitted, and the seven friends are fearing for their lives.
But are they hiding from the right person? Or have they fallen into a deadly trap?
Oh wow.. The way this first part went, really leaves you needing to get the next part.
Obviously with it being part 1, its only short so I'm always worried about giving to much away.
six friends brought together after someone from their earlier years is released from prison.
Six friends on an island. six friends with secrets to hide.
This first part is mainly introducing us to the characters. A mixed bunch they are.
A gripping start and a cliffhanger of an ending. Makes you really want to start the next one right away.
it was one of those short stories that makes you WANT to know what is next. I thought it was very well put together, and made you think while reading it.
Ready for the next part now.
A great fun read. If you are going away this year, this is the sort of thing you want to be reading while lay on a beach in the sunshine.
As each of the girls are off to different countries, I really felt like I wanted to visit all these places, I wanted to be in each of the destinations while reading about them.
We have Poppy in Paris. Lily has gone to LA. Maggie is in Meribel. Rachel is in Rome.
I read the Poppy and Lily books when they come out as Novellas but I read them again when I got a copy of the book. And enjoyed them just as much the 2nd time around.
With the addition of the novellas I hadn't read. I really enjoyed this book.
A great fun summer time read. I loved the characters and the way these books all come together. I enjoyed reading about the antics of all the girls. And enjoyed the last part of it where the girls all come together in Manhattan.
I so so need a holiday after reading about all these great places. Although I don’t think mine would be as hectic or as mad. But I don’t suppose you could write a book about a reader is sits on her sun lounger reading for 2 weeks.
A very enjoyable read. I don’t think I can pick a favorite out of the 5, as each new one I started I enjoyed just as much as the previous one.
I have previously written reviews for the first two books so thought I would add them onto this review for you to read.
Poppy Does Paris.
This book is part of a series, by Nicola Doherty. The girls on tour series.
As it's only a short story I thought it would be a great read for when i had my breaks in work. And i ended up looking a little bit of a plonker with a stupid grin on my face while reading it.
This is just a great fun, lighthearted short story.
An ideal read if you have an hour spare, sat in the garden on a warm afternoon.
Poppy has headed off to Paris -working- with her work colleague Charlie. and as she hasn't had any romance for quite some time, she's a little more than out of practice.
She decides seducing Charlie would be a good idea.
Obviously things don't always go to plan.
So treat yourself to a copy and see just what Poppy does in Paris.
I am looking forward to reading more from this author, and as I have recently won a copy of if I Could Turn Back Time in a blog giveaway, I think I will be moving it up in my to read pile.
Lily Does La
This is the second installment in Nicola Doherty’s fabulous Girls on Tour series, I read the first one Poppy Does Paris, earlier in the year and really enjoyed it.
These books have been a great change for me away from the normal Crime fiction that I read. And I must say I have really enjoyed them.
Lily wants to be an actress, but so far has just not had that lucky break. Or any luck at all come to think of it.
She quits her job at a call center, and is then asked to go to LA to help her cousin organised her wedding.
Great, the chance of a lifetime, what can possible go wrong? Even better she realized her cousins husband is in the film industry. But she is banned for asking him for any help with acting work.
Lily gets up to all sorts in LA. I really don't want to give to much away, with this only being a short story. What I will say is it is a fun and interesting read. A Brilliant addition to any trip you are going on, as you will get through it in no time.
some other books by this author.
When one of the notorious Johnson brothers is murdered and a bag of money goes missing, a deadly game of cat and mouse is set in motion.
DS Allie Shenton and her team are called in to catch the killer, but the suspects are double-crossing each other and Allie has little time to untangle the web of lies.
As she delves deeper into the case, things take a personal turn when Allie realises she is being stalked by the very same person who attacked her sister seventeen years ago and left her for dead.
Set over forty-eight tension-filled hours, Only the Brave is the latest gut-churning book from acclaimed author Mel Sherratt.
Book 3 to feature DS Allie Shenton. I'm really enjoying this series. And was Buzzing when I got an early review copy. i couldn't wait to get started.
I just loved this book, I can't put into words just how much I really did enjoy it. And well towards the end I thought I was going to have heart failure, lol. I was so involved in this book, I had to have a word with myself to relax and breathe.
It had everything for me, and I really did enjoy it.
I'm loving this Allie Shenton series, And I am hoping there is going to be a lot more of it to come.
I like the character of Allie, I think she has had a lot to deal with, what with her sister being in hospital long term, her battle against guilt, and knowing from her last case someone is out to trouble her.
The thing is, how strong can Allie be, and can she ever come out the other end.
We meet a great mix of characters from the flats (not the estate) in this book, One or two I wanted to give a good slap to, and maybe one, I wanted everything to work out ok for. After all you can't help who you fall in love with. The Ryder family were featured again in this book so Allie had a few demons to face here too. Overall I felt the characters were strong and believable, I could almost feel like i was there with them.
overall I think this book was really well written, fantastically put together, and really bloody enjoyable.
A fantastically gripping read.
I would urge you to read the other two books in this series before starting this one, as I personally think It will make the reading experience so much better for you if you have the history of the characters as you go along.
Mel has certainly worked hard with this book, and every book I read by this author just get's better and better.
If she can't get justice, will she settle for vengeance?
Kaz Phelps has escaped her brother and her criminal past to become an anonymous art student in Glasgow. But can life under the witness protection scheme ever give her the freedom she craves?
Banged up and brooding, Joey Phelps faces thirty years behind bars. Still, with cash and connections on the outside, can an overstretched prison system really contain him?
Helen Warner, once Kaz's lawyer and lover, is a rising star in Parliament. But has she made the kind of enemies who have no regard for the democratic process, or even the law?
Ousted from the police and paralysed by tragic personal loss, Nicci Armstrong is in danger of going under. Can a job she doesn't want with a private security firm help her to put her life back back on track?
A murder dressed up as suicide and corruption that goes to the heart of government unite ex-cop and ex-con in a deadly quest to learn the truth. What they discover proves what both have always known - villainy is rife on both sides of the law
ohhhh to say I was buzzing when I received an ARC via Netgalley is an understatement.
I enjoyed the first book so much I couldn't wait to start this one.
Susan Wilkins Debut The Informant was just fantastic, so before I started this one, I was hoping for much of the same. This book is just as good, if not better for me.
I enjoyed it from picking it up right through to the end.
I can just see these books turning into a massive Hit with readers, and think it could be an amazing series of books.
For those of you that read the first book, you'll love getting stuck into this one, If you have not yet read The Informant (click here for my review). Then can I suggest you read that first so you have a better idea and feel for the back story.
In the acknowledgements it says, “2nd novels are difficult to get right”. But I certainly think That Susan Wilkins got this book right.
This book is fantastically written and put together so well.
I loved the journey Kaz Phelps went on in book one, and it was brilliant to follow along with her again in this book. She’s a brilliant character. Although we start this book pretty much where the last one left off, so Kaz is no longer Kaz Phelps, but Clare O Keefe. As she has now entered the witness protection scheme after testifying against her brother Joey. I think Joey is one of the very few people who Kaz is wary of. Will he be able to get to her from behind bars. Kaz is devastated when she hears her ex lover has committed suicide. And is drawn back to London to try to find answers.
Another strong female character in this book is Nicci Armstrong. Who in book one was the officer who investigated Kaz and Joey. She is no longer with the police, and is now in private security. I really liked Nicci and her character made me really feel for her at times. And it was great following her story. And just goes to show how your life can change so much.
I found this to be one of those books, that you can’t wait to finish so you can find out just what is going on and what is happening next, but as you get towards the end you don’t want it to finish.
This book gets a big 5/5 from me, and I am eager to read more from this author. I really do like her style of writing.
I was thinking to myself, it must be so difficult now with so many authors writing great books, to find something that is different and will get readers hooked, but I think this book certainly does get you hooked.
I Love Reading
Welcome to my reading blog. Where i will share my book recommendations, and reviews. And just generally keep you updated on my reading.
Best Crime books to read
Book Addict Shaun
Crime book Junkie
Relax and Read
Tracey Book Lover