Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. Above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.
When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.
The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.
As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.
Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.
From the million-copy bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third heart-stopping book in the Detective Erika Foster series.
Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.
She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.
1. THE GIRL IN THE ICE
2. THE NIGHT STALKER
3. DARK WATER
Oh wowzerz.... Where do I start. Firstly I have previously read the first two books in this series. And thoroughly enjoyed them. I find the problem when the first few books in a series are so good, that sometimes the author struggles to cut the mustard as they say, with subsequent books.
Well RB certainly hasn't struggled to do that with this one, it's just as good, if not better than the others. There is an air of suspense throughout, a mystery between the pages that you need to keep turning. You want to piece all the pieces together, but the more this case goes on, the more is uncovered, and another thread is added to the story, which then throws your thoughts on what could or will happen next.
Which again means you have to carry on reading.
There are some odd/weird characters in this book and the descriptions of them can be a little creepy. Not in a bad way, I think it just helps add to the story. A disturbing theme, a historical case very topical and thoroughly interesting and enjoyable.
It didn't take me to long to get through this book as I was seriously engrossed in the story.
I'm not going to go on about the story line, as I think the synopsis tells enough of what you need to know. But OMG I really wasn't expecting the ending. Maybe my detective skills are not as good as I thought they were.
But I'm really liking Detective Erica Foster.
All I will say is this is one hell of a read and well worth getting stuck into.
So all there is left to say is a big thank you to Netgalley, The Publishers, and Robert himself for allowing me the chance to read an ARC of this truly magnificent read.
DI Harry Evans - Book 2
“What would you do if your most intimate secrets got into the wrong hands?”Set in modern day Cumbria, I Know Your Secret is a police thriller in which a priest is found crucified to the stone floor of his church. Fearing more attacks on the clergy, DI John Campbell and his team of misfits race to find the killer before he strikes again.
Meanwhile, DI Harry Evans, spends his days attending the trial of his wife’s rapist and his nights interfering in the investigation.
Can they catch the killer before he strikes again?
I am just loving this series of books. I'm loving Harry Evans. Ad that's it basically. Just go buy all the books in this series and enjoy them as much as I have.
Ok OK you want to know a bit more.....
Well firstly it's another 5 star read. And i'm honoured to be part of this blog tour.
I would like to thank Graham and Caffeine Nights Publishing for an ARC of this book.
I'd also like to thank Noelle over at CrimebookJunkie for offering me the chance to be part of this tour. Noelle has played a big part in the organisation of this blog tour, so i'd like to say Cheers for introducing me to Graham's books. Another series of books I've gotten into and love.
Well we are back in Cumbria with Harry and crew. Harry has a lot on his mind at the moment, he has a big court case to attend, which is very personal to him. And he's nearing the end of his police career, which is something he doesn't want to happen.
Taking over from Harry will be DI John Campbell. I like John and I think I could get used to him, but he's not Harry. lol. And for some reason that's what I keep thinking when I'm reading about him.
This story is started with a dead priest, and by that I mean a dead murdered priest, not for the faint hearted this book, but it starts with a punch and ends with punch. It had me gripped from the start and I not only wanted to keep going, I needed to keep going.
There are many twist in this story, as you think the book is going off in one direction, I found it slowly winding it's way into the last part of the story to, before you know it, everything is fitting into place and all the dot's become joined. I loved the way it was all put together and made one hell of an interesting story.
Personally I would recommend you read the first book, as I feel it gives you more of an idea of what is going on, and the history of characters. You would probably get away with reading just this one, but as I say you would have a better understanding. And if you are going to read book one, Snatched From Home: then you may as well read The Major Crimes Team - Vol 1: Lines of Enquiry and Matching the Evidence: The Major Crimes Team - Vol 2 Both being short reads they help you get to know more of the characters individually rather than just as the team. And a also great reads so its win win.
"Seek liberty, Foxy, and you'll find me."
Sergeant Alexandra Fox came to America to find the man who had brutally murdered her sister. A man the press called The Escape Artist. Could a British Sergeant fit in with the NYPD? Not if Commander Patterson had anything to do with it.
Suspended with only two friends in America-- Chief Brown, a long time family friend, and retired Sergeant Matt "Nobby" Adams, Alex has seven days to find three kidnapped babies, or look for a new job.
Her investigation leads her into a world of deception, that turns tragic before it even begins, and a helping hand from the one person she hated the most--The Escape Artist.
Following on from the previous book Clever Deception, we are back with Alex Fox. She is now in America working for the New York Police, she is still out to find the man that changed her life for ever. "The Escape Artist"
She doesn't seem to fit in to well with the NYPD and doesn't seem to be liked by many people. But this doesn't seem to stop her from getting what she wants.
She is given 7 days to find 3 kidnapped babies, or face losing her job. Not easy in its self but when you have also been suspended it proves a little more difficult.
Well this is the 2nd book in this series, and i'm loving it. I'm waiting and wanting more. The character that is Alex Fox is brilliant. Gutsy and doesn't care.
I can really see this being a series to watch for. It's amazing that two authors can write together so well. And make it work. Well done to you both.
I was so lucky to get an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. And I really do think this is a book series worth reading.
I'm worried if I say to much that it will spoil it for others, and although it is only a short read it still packs a punch or two. What I would advise though is that you read the Novella that comes before this, Clever Deception. It's a great introduction to the series.
Imagine you are having lunch at an exclusive restaurant, filled with Hollywood’s hottest stars.
And a masked gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage.
You must bargain for your life against a twisted individual who knows everything about you.
He also has a bomb set to detonate if his heart rate changes.
If he dies. You die.
You have four hours to stay alive.
What would you do?
A heart-stopping thriller with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for fans of Peter Swanson, Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay.
What a story. How going out for lunch can change your whole life.
This book actually left me thinking of this scenario way long after I'd finished reading it.
It may not have helped my cause being sat in a local restaurant waiting for my hubby to arrive, I sat reading this on my kindle. (not while eating, just while waiting for hubz) But then all through lunch I kept looking at the door weighing everyone up as they come in.
Out lunching in a restaurant fit for the Hollywood fabulous. Business, Pleasure the guy that walks in with a bomb strapped to his chest really couldn't give two hoots why you are there. The fact is you are there, and for him, it's now time to play a game. A game of life.
What would you do to stay alive. Well this is what some of Hollywood's Elite are to figure out.
Part way through this book I was thinking it might go around the 4/5 star read for me, as I was enjoying it. But the more I got into the book, the more I enjoyed it and by the time I was getting near the end, I knew it would be wrong to give it anything less that a 5 star rating.
So many questions racing around your head while reading, as I say not only What would you do? But Why is this bomber doing it, what can motivate someone into going into a restaurant and holding innocent people hostage.
It really does get your heart racing, and maybe your blood pressure to. Make sure you have some nails to bite while reading this.
A book I really would recommend without hesitation.
A super big thank you to the publishers for an ARC of this book.
It's all about choices. Choose to live, Choose to die. it's your choice, or is it?
Dare I admit this is the first book I've read by this author, I know James Carol is writing here as J.S. Carol, but I haven't read any James Carol books previously. I'm sure that is now about to change as believe it or not when investigating this, I discovered that I have 3 of James books on my Kindle which I purchased in 2014 to 2015. How bad is that, having 3 books of a series I have purchased that I have not yet read.
The Taken Blog Tour
When you’ve lost everything, you’ll do anything to survive.
Saskia Frost’s world is blown apart when her dad dies. Without any family, she’s on her own now and up to her eyeballs in her father’s debts. He owed a lot of money to some very dangerous men – Joshua and Vincent Harper. Before long, aspiring ballerina Saskia finds herself lap-dancing in a London club to survive. A club run by the infamous Harper brothers. Saskia is now their property and they’re going to make her pay every penny back.
Teenager Lena Cona has fled a cruel and controlling marriage. She arrives in England with her newborn daughter, desperately relying on strangers for help. But she soon learns that not everyone can be trusted as she finds herself caught in the clutches of Colin Jefferies, a twisted individual obsessed by his own sinister secrets. As the sickening truth is revealed, Lena is forced to fight for her life - and her baby’s.
When their worlds collide, Lena and Saskia form an unlikely friendship. But with the terrifying Harper brothers on their tail, as well as Lena’s vengeful and violent husband, can they escape with their lives?
Fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers will lose themselves in this brilliantly tense and gripping story.
I was super thrilled to receive an ARC of this book. So a huge thank you to the Publishers, The Author and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
And being a huge CK fan could not wait to read this latest work of art.
As usual I wasn't disappointed.
It Kicks off with Saskia having just lost her father, and trying to cope with grief is bad enough on it's own, but finding out your dad has gambled everything you have away is heart breaking.
Vincent and Joshua Harper are not interested in any of that, they are owed money and that is all they want. It soon becomes clear that Saskia's life is never going to be her own, and she has to somehow pay all the money from her fathers gambling debts back, as these brothers are not going to be happy until they have it all. Saskia ends up agreeing to become lap dancer in the Harper brothers club, where she wants to raise money to pay them back and keep the home she has grown up with, the home that holds so many memories for her, her family home.
We are also introduce to Lena Cona an immigrant from Albania, who after escaping from an abusive and sorry but a complete arse hole of a husband she finds herself in England homeless, and running and not sure who she can trust.
When Saskia and Lena's worlds meet No one knows who can be trusted, and it soon becomes clear all is not as it seems. And you do not want the Harper brother against you.
Lena relying on anyone who can help her and her tiny baby Roza soon end up in the hands of Colin #CreepyColin.. ahhh enough said about him. My skin crawls just thinking of him and what he is up to. Absolutely brilliantly written into the story and a pretty gruesome story line.
It was amazing how all the parts of this book finally come together, woven together just brilliantly. At one point I could not see where it was all going and the surprise when it all slotted together was just brilliant.
The mind of this author is just amazing. And I have to admit it was great being able to read a Casey Kelleher book again. God the woman can write.
About the author:
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.
A teenage girl is missing. Is your daughter involved, or is she next?
Your daughter is in danger. But can you trust her?
When Karen Finch’s seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie arrives home after a night out, drunk and accompanied by police officers, no one is smiling the morning after. But Sophie remembers nothing about how she got into such a state.
Twelve hours later, Sophie’s friend Amy has still not returned home. Then the body of a young woman is found.
Karen is sure that Sophie knows more than she is letting on. But Karen has her own demons to fight. She struggles to go beyond her own door without a panic attack.
As she becomes convinced that Sophie is not only involved but also in danger, Karen must confront her own anxieties to stop whoever killed one young girl moving on to another – Sophie.
A taut psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go.
Karen is horrified when her 17 year old daughter, Sophie, is brought home by the police clearly drunk or worse still has she been taking drugs.
The relief her daughter is safe quickly turns to horror as she finds our her daughters friend is missing.
Sophie's big problem at this stage is she does not remember a thing from the night before. Absolutely nothing. How can that be? Was she really that wasted?
When the body of a young woman is discovered Karen and Sophie fear the worst for her friend.
Karen struggles leaving the home after going through a traumatic event a few years ago, the thought of leaving the house fills Karen each time with dread and panic attacks set in.
But as things take a turn and Karen seems to become more and more involved in what is going on it soon seems that Karen has got to leave the house to not only help her daughter but to keep her safe.
An interesting read, and goes to show just how far you will go to protect your child.
Enjoyable, but I have to admit that Karen really got on my nerves, and from time to time I could have quite happily slapped her.
That saying, it's worth reading and I look forward to reading more from this author.
A huge thank you to the author/publishers and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA’S DYING FATHER HAS ONE FINAL REQUEST: “FIND EVE.”
DI Nikki Galena faces a personal challenge which will stretch her to the limit. She must fulfil her father’s dying wish and discover who the mysterious Eve is. Meanwhile a dead drug dealer is found on an abandoned airfield that the locals say is haunted. The trail of both mysteries will lead to the most shocking discovery of Nikki’s career and put her whole team in mortal danger.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.
THE DETECTIVE DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on the criminals who she thinks did this to her.
HER PARTNER DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has an estranged daughter who blames him for everything that went wrong with their family.
THE SETTING The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.
Firstly super big thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an ARC of this book.
This is certainly one of my favourite crime/thriller series at the moment. And I look forward to hearing of more books in this series in the future. I will certainly be reading them. Joy Ellis certainly has a writing talent. She has written yet another gripping book, another book that you don't want to put down, it's certainly a page turner.
I recently finished book 3, and after it ended I couldn't wait to start this one, book 4. The books in order are
NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Personally I would suggest they are read in order, as it gives you a better feel for the background of the characters.
So here we are, back with Nikki and back on the Fens. As if Nikki hasn't gone through enough recently (which is why I suggest reading the others first) she has now got to cope with her fathers death.
As he died the one last thing he said was EVE, the problem is Nikki doesn't know anyone called Eve, or where she can find her. But this was her fathers wish, and Nikki being the person she is will go all out to find out who she is.
This alongside a new case that she is working with her partner Joseph Easter. The discovery of a very injured drug dealer who seems to have fallen down a shaft. Investigating this turns up yet more horrors. Horrors that include strange noises and lights being seen over the marshes. There seems to be a lot more than just historical investigations going on over on the marshes but can the team figure out what is happening before things come to close for comfort.
Brilliantly written and woven together, it makes the twists and suspense in this book, leaving you wanting more.
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