To catch a killer, you must first think like one…
A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.
In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die.
But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.
But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team becomes. Is he really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining her up to be his next victim?
How amazing are those book covers.
Ruby Preston Book 3.
I have to start this by saying, I just love the book covers for this series of books. A book this good deserves an awesome cover.
This book was a first class gripping read. I absolutely loved it.
We are faced with a very twisted Killer in this book, he prays on women who are 'playing away, Cheating on their husbands.
This is proving one tough case, and one Ruby and her team need to tackle head on as the kidnapped women seem to be mounting up.
It doesn't take long to realise this could actually be a copy cat killing. this is a similar case to one ten years previously, where killer Mason Gatley was finding his pray via lonely hearts columns. Things have moved on now and it seems Dating app's are the new way to find prey.
Melissa Phillips is this killers first victim. Photographs of her are sent to her husband, and it's not all he receives in the post.
Gripping, Twisted and sometimes Gruesome, if this doesn't tell you how bad playing away can be, well it's your own fault when you get caught. First class read as always.
Make sure your bottom is firmly on the seat when reading this, or this edge of your seat read will see you getting hurt.
Caroline is certainly giving this series her all, and I'm so excited to see what comes next. Each book has just got better and better and I'm loving the character of Ruby Preston.
Easy 5* read.
Thrilled as always to be part of a blog blitz. This is one book you really don't want to miss. Trust me.
USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.
Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline's personal experiences in the police and paranormal.
Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as "terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers".
Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as "thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way".
Chrissy fears she is losing her boyfriend, Kyle, so she formulates a plan to try to get their relationship back on track.
However, events drastically backfire when a car chase puts both their lives in danger.
A Romantic Suspense Novella 20,000 words.
Well I don't know what happened with this book, I actually thought i'd read it. Yet it's just turned up at the top of my list on my Kindle and when I started it, I knew I hadn't previously read it.
It's a great easy and quick read, a great story line. Chrissy feels she is losing her boyfriend Kyle, she feels Kyle is going off her, she plans to win Kyles affections back. But at what cost.
I can't believe I've only just read this book. Playing catch up is fun though.
Deadly Focus: The Gripping First Novel in the Acclaimed DI Dylan Series (D.I. Dylan Book 1)
Be prepared to experience the sense of emotion, tension and intrigue through the eyes of a man who has taken charge of many real life murder enquiries and his co-author wife, to make this fictional tale believable in every way.
Deadly Focus is a fast moving, gripping thriller in which the reader travels with DI Jack Dylan throughout his enquiries, living and breathing the pursuit of the sadistic murderer, through his eyes.
A schoolgirl vanishes; everyone becomes a suspect. Murder is chilling and full of mystery; nobody’s child is safe. It is the ultimate and relentless test for the man in charge of the enquiry and his team but the killer is one step ahead and another body is found. Will it prove too much as both Dylan’s health and private life begins to suffer?
DI Dylan is under the microscope and struggles to find a balance between his passion for his job and his love for his partner Jen.
Will he be able to maintain the impetus to bring the perpetrator to justice and secure justice for the victims’ families?
Well this seems to be another series that once upon a time I decided I was going to read and then bought all the books available. According to mr Amazon i've had this one since May 2014.
I'm glad I finally started it, I really enjoyed it. Another series for me to get my teeth into and the good thing is I don't have to wait for the next one, as i'm so far behind.
So Deadly Focus is the first book in the D I Dylan, and I have to say what a great start. It's very well written and gripping from the first chapter.
It got to me this book with the subject being children that were kidnapped and murdered, but at the same time it kept my attention.
I have enjoyed getting to Di Dylan and look forward to reading more about him. I think any crime thriller fan with thoroughly enjoy this book.
Rosie Gilmour is hot on the trail of a ring of baby-sellers and people-traffickers. The problem is, her main suspect is a dead man. Or is he?
A money-laundering accountant disappears in Romania. The hitman hired to disappear him is found dead in a Glasgow flat. And the owner of the flat, the accountant's widow, claims she knows nothing about it.
Crime reporter Rosie Gilmour isn't convinced by Helen Lewis's innocent facade - she is convinced Helen was the one who ordered the hit on her husband, and she's going to prove it. But when she discovers that Helen's husband worked for a ring of gangsters selling babies from Romanian orphanages, her focus shifts. Now she has two sets of criminals to bring to justice - she'd better pray they don't catch up with her first.
A nail-biting thriller for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Dreda Say Mitchell and Jessie Keane
I have now caught up with this series of books, after recently doing a Rosie Binge.
I'm worried of repeating myself, but I really do like this series, I have enjoyed each and everyone. I will say (again) that these books really would be best enjoyed if read in order.
I love Anna's style of writing, she has a gift of dragging you into the story. Rosie now feels like a friend, albeit a fictional one. Have I just said that. I thought I'd stopped having imaginary friends years ago.
This story is no different to any other for Rosie, It's her story and she's going to get it and publish it at all costs. Often it does cost Rosie dearly, but that's what makes her such a likeable character.
Another brilliant, and interesting read from a very talented author.
Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.
It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’
But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.
Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…
Being a huge fan of the facebook page Peter and Jane I was excited when I saw this book available for review on Netgalley. Within minutes of it arriving on my kindle I had started it.
Anyone who follows the page will love this book. It's hilarious in parts. It is just so much 'real life, the ups and downs of parenting and being a grown up. Trying to get it right when you know it's all wrong. Trying to smash parenting in a pretentious middle class way, and failing miserably. Trying to be a very good responsible adult is more difficult that people realise.
Two children, a dog and a gadget T&*t of a husband. How wonderful life can be.
Most parents/couples will relate to almost everything in this book. And I had just read the chapter about getting the little ones ready for school before I woke my little one up, and no matter how organised you try to be there is always something you are racing around the house looking for at the last minute.
This book highlights some of the nightmares and of course the fun times parents can have with young children. It's told in a way you just can't help but laugh and enjoy it. It also highlights being a grown up, and that isn't always fun is it.
It's a great story to follow.
A truly fantastic funny read. If you are a parent, overworked, Not enough hours in the day, at the end of your tether and need to put a smile on your face then this book needs reading. Its one of those books that at regular intervals you have to stop and say to whoever is nearest to you, 'ahhh just listen to this'. lol lol lol
Spot on, and honest encounter of bringing up children and family life in general. Being a mother, wife and general everything. There may also be drink involved occasionally. Ok there will be drink involved and it's more than occasionally.
Maybe if I'd read this before becoming a mother I may have seriously thought of finding a contraception that liked me. Although then I probably wouldn't have understood the book. lol
Again I can't say enough how much I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Please note: This is not a how-to guide. It probably a more how not to. Just don't take it all to seriously.
To check out the facebook page of Peter and Jane, click on the image of Judgy Dog above.
The SUNDAY TIMES bestseller returns with the second book in the PC Lucy Clayburn series - a must for all fans of Happy Valley and M.J. Arlidge.
As a female cop walking the mean streets of Manchester, life can be tough for PC Lucy Clayburn. But when one of the North West’s toughest gangsters is your father, things can be particularly difficult.
When Lucy's patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester’s criminal underworld, attitudes change.
Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life – and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water…
PC Lucy Clayburn series Book 2
It seems forever ago since I read the first book to feature Lucy Clayburn - Strangers
You can read my review of that here.
It's actually just a year since I read book 1, and here I am privileged to be reading an ARC of book 2.
Strangers is a great read, something to get your teeth stuck into. I'm a huge fan of books that are based in and around Manchester. Lucy has her work cut out this time around, this case is going to really test her. When 'The Creeper turns up in Manchester the streets become a little scary. Alongside that there seems to be a number of 'odd robberies. Luckily Lucy has friends she can rely on in the Robbery squad.
Lucy is one tough cookie, and a character I'm really growing to like and I can't wait to read more about her. I can see this series going on to be a long standing one. (I hope).
I was a little unsure when I started to read this book, but it soon become clear that I was hooked, page after page begins to drag you into the story and doesn't let you go.
With twists I didn't see coming and violence a plenty this isn't for the faint hearted. What it is, is a damn good thriller. And if that's the sort of book you like to read, then you need to start this now. At times, I felt the book was a little over the top, but I think now I have finished it, it all helped with the story. I have read book 1 as I said, and I always like to read books in order, but to be honest I don't think it would make much of a difference if you hadn't read book 1. It's a personal choice.
I would like to thank Netgalley and Avon Books UK for an advance copy of Shadows.
Escape to Devon for blustery walks along the beach, hot chocolate with extra marshmallows and proof that miracles really do happen, especially at Christmas.
A year after she separated from her husband, Gianni, on Christmas Day, Chloe’s heart is still in pieces as she unpacks the decorations for her first ever festive holiday alone. That is, until the phone rings…
It seems Gianni’s new seaside restaurant is in trouble and Chloe must go to Appledore to save the business – and him. Equally famous for his experimental culinary extravaganzas and his explosive temper, Gianni has been really stirring up a sensation with the locals – and not in a good way!
As pans fly and the temperature in the kitchen rises, Chloe’s calming influence and magic touch might just get critics back on side in time to save the restaurant from sinking like a sad soufflé. But will it be enough to save their marriage?
Chloe came to Appledore in search of her Christmas sparkle, but when the snow clears, will she finally find the way back to her husband’s heart?
Back in Appledore for some more festive fun. My god I love these books by Sue Watson. A big change from my usual Crime Thrillers, these are a great escape. Each and every book by Sue Watson takes you away and leaves you feeling warm and cozy.
So it was fluffy blanket, couch, cup of hot chocolate and a slice of cake and I was ready to get started. Maybe Sue's books should could come with a voucher for your local slimming club, because I always end up stuffing my face while reading them.
(enough about me being a greedy &*^)
The book, the story... yeah yeah yeah.... Love Love Loved it. Again another easy 5* read.
Gianni and Chloe are separated. Chloe is getting ready for a sad and lonely Christmas while Gianni is setting up to open another restaurant. But can the crazy Italian Chef manage it without some help. NO he can't, which is when Chloe gets a phone call to go and help. I have to say here, I loved Gianni, I loved the way his accent was put across and his mispronunciation of words, it adds lots of 'lol' moments to the story. There only seems to be Chloe that can fully understand him. She is needed to step in and recover conversations on numerous occasions. Chloe also seems to be the only person that Gianni listens to at times.
These two made a for a great story. Two of the best characters I have read about in ages. I just loved the two of them.
It was also nice, some of the characters from previous books were also featured. I just can't praise this book enough. I'm a huge fan, all that's left to be said is that you really do need to read it.
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