On a quiet street, one house is burning to the ground…By the time sign language interpreter Paige Northwood arrives, flames have engulfed her client’s home. Though Lukas is safe, his wife is still inside. But she was dead before the fire started…
Lukas signs to Paige that he knows who killed his wife. But then he goes silent – even when the police arrest him on suspicion of murder.
Is he guilty, or afraid? Only Paige can help him now…
A taut, gripping mystery perfect for fans of The Silent Patient and The Family Upstairs.
Praise for The Silent House:‘A unique, chilling, fast-paced read that plunges you into a world of silence that has so much to say’ Deborah Masson
‘A superb innovation for the crime genre . . . a brilliantly terrifying premise and a twisty, gripping tale’ Philippa East
‘Sinister, layered, atmospheric … I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough’ Debbie Howells
‘A nail-biting page-turner of a thriller … The sense of a community isolated, and all the conflicts and tensions that brings, adds satisfying layers of complexity’ James Oswald
i was thrilled at the chance of reading this book. I have read this authors previous work and I can honestly say I was really looking forward to this one.
This is one of those books that really does drag you in.
Paige Northwood is a BSL interpreter. (British Sign Laungage) Paige interprets for a lot of different people.
After being contacted and finding out that a house was on fire, Paige attends to help Lukas whose house is on fire, Lukas is deaf so needs Paige to sign for him so he can understand what is going on.
Lukas' wife is still inside the burning building.
It is soon discovered that Lukas' wife Nadia was all ready dead when the fire started and it wasn't the fire that killed her.
Paige believes that Lukas is innocent and will go as far as she can to help him. However not everyone is being straight with Paige. Why are people not telling her the full facts, what are things being kept from her.
Deceipt, family. love, loyalty this book has it all. Full of twist yet a very easy read to fly through. Once started I was so engrosed in the story I couldn't put it down. Loved everything about this book and more. I look forward to reading more from this author and I have no problems what so ever recommending this book.
Dead Secret by noelle holten. #DeadSecret #BlogTour #Review @BOTBSPublicity @OneMoreChapter @nholten40
Psychopaths can take root in the unlikeliest soil…
DC Maggie Jamieson crosses paths once again with Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood when a domestic violence survivor stumbles into her new refuge, unable to speak, desperate for help.
Then another case hits Maggie’s desk. A young man has been murdered, and a curious constellation of black dots has been inked onto his cheek.
That’s when DCI Hastings goes missing and Maggie uncovers a shocking connection that turns the case on its head.
Every family may hide secrets, but not every family buries them…
Dead Secret by Noelle Holten, I can't believe that this is all ready the 4th book by this author. It doesn't seem long since reading her debut and I'm thrilled at the success this series has achieved. Since that first book I have eagerly awaited each new instalment and I have to say they are just getting better and better. I didn't think it was possible after the first book. I think this author has an advantage as a book blogger, she knows the sort of books people enjoy and she is now in a position to deliver the exact read that people want. Bravo Noelle, you are smashing this.
so Book 4, what did I think. Simple, loved it. The end.
This is a fantastic addition to the series, familiar characters, new characters and a story that gets you involved, absorbed into the pages, wanting to read as quick as possible, then not wanting it to end.
Its time that Maggie started to think of herself, too much work and not enough fun. But with a missing DCI is that going to be possible.
While investigating a murder, it emerges that DCI Hastings is missing! But then it appears that his wife and daughter are also missing. Is Maggie taking on more than she can handle.
A domestic case brings Maggie into contact with Lucy Sherwood, who has set up a shelter, a safe house to help people from domestic violence. But Who is this lady that needs help and what has happened to her, it's a struggle to find anything out.
With everything going on in her life it's a wonder Maggie knows what day it is, but as always everything she does, she gives her all.
I again found this book really engaging, not wanting to close the pages, needing to know what was happening. It really did pull me in, and oh my god, it spits you out at the end and leaves you gasping, needing more but knowing you are going to have for the next book to find out what is going to happen next. Fantastic ending.
Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog. Dead Inside – her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK is an international kindle bestseller and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
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Fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Jacqui Rose will love this gripping new book from bestselling crime author Emma Tallon.
There’s a new girl in town and she has a score to settle.
Scarlet Drew isn’t to be messed with. As the daughter of a notorious London gangster, she’s got enough street smarts to take on the world. When someone close to Scarlet is murdered in cold blood on the East End streets where she grew up, her family’s honour is at stake and she can only think of one thing – revenge.
Joining her aunt Lily at the head of the family business, Scarlet soon realises that the murder is just one part of a plot by a rival firm to take down the entire Drew empire, and she fears that her aunt could be their next target.
As everything they built begins to crumble, the Drew family find their livelihood and their reputations under pressure. Then, Scarlet’s estranged cousin Ruby suddenly comes back into the family, with a revelation that could tear the Drews apart. But can she be trusted? As Scarlet makes some tough decisions, one thing is for sure: family means everything to her and she will stop at nothing to protect it, even if it means putting her own life at risk.
Strong women, family dramas and nail-biting tension make Her Revenge a book not to be missed!
What readers are saying about Emma Tallon:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What a fantastic, gripping read… You will find yourself addicted to reading this… Exceptional.’ Goodreads reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘369 pages of pure gold adorned with diamonds! My heart stopped a few times. My heart broke a few times.’ B for Book Review
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘My goodness, I COULDN’T PUT THIS DOWN!... My heart was beating so fast my Fitbit thought I’d been for a run… These books should come with an addiction warning.’ I Love Reading blog
Meet Scarlet Drew. Your next favourite character.
Loyalty, love, deception the Drew Underworld has it all.
No secret. I am a huge fan of this authors work. When I realised Emma Tallon was starting a new series I was a little apprehensive as her Tyler family series of books is one of my favourite. I always wonder if the author is doing the right thing and if they can ever match the success they have had with another series. Well, it's safe to say Emma has smashed this one. What a fantastic start to a new series.
Meet the Drew family.
Ronan and Lily Drew, Brother and sister and part of the Drew Empire.
Ronan is Married to Cath and their daughter Scarlet is about to set off to fulfil her dreams at university. Her mother Cath is so please and proud of her, but also pleased she is not joining the family firm. Scarlet in Cath's eyes has so much more to offer and a life made by going to university.
When tragedy hits the family, Scarlet has big decisions to make, It soon becomes clear which path she is going to follow.
A first class start to a new series, Characters that I can see will grow and grow, I'm all ready liking Scarlet and look forward to what more is in store. As with all books on gangland London there are good and Evil and I can't wait to see how some of these characters develop.
I loved how there was a slight glimpse into the previous series with some of the characters mentioned in this book, I can see an overlap of the two families working really well in the future.
When family is everything you may change your path in life.
I can highly recommend this book, its gripping, thrilling and totally worthy of your full attention. Emma Tallon has an amazing ability to write books with a knock out punch, that ability shows in this start to this new series.
I can't do the book enough justice while giving my thoughts, it needs all the stars and more. Just simply first class writing.
Emma Tallon is a British author of gripping, gritty, organised crime thrillers and mother of two. Having started her writing career as a freelance ghostwriter, Emma finished her first novel, Runaway Girl, in 2016, and became an author full time. Since then she has written several other novels for her publisher and has carved out a successful career for herself from her home in Milton Keynes, where she can usually be found typing away in her office surrounded by large stacks of books and Post-it Notes full of ideas for future stories.
‘I read this book in one night and all I have is 3 words. Oh my god.’ ☆☆☆☆☆ Reader Review
Even perfect mothers have secrets…
Leah. She’s the perfect mum to ten-year-old Samuel, wife to loving husband Thomas, head of the PTA. But her closet is full of skeletons - and if the truth gets out, her world could be destroyed.
Annie. She’s the gangster’s moll with a brain. She might be a woman, but she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty to play the men at their own game. But what no one knows is the devastating secret haunting her.
Terry. He’s the king of Glasgow gangland, working his way up from estate to mansion. From drugs to guns, there’s nothing he won’t stop at to grow his dirty money. He might be a hard man, but his weakness is women.
As their three stories collide, the lives of each will never be the same. Because even perfect women hide dark secrets… Don’t they?
I really don't know what can be said about this book without giving anything away. What a superbly written, gripping read this turned out to be.
Where do these authors get their ideas. First class.
This isn't your typical gangland thriller, this is a gangland thriller with a twist.
Annie walks into the life of Terry, a hard man, a well known face in and around Glasgow, Terry has his hands in many pies. Terry pretty much falls for Annie right from the start to the contempt of his driver Richie. He is very much against this new relationship. Is he feeling a little left out or is it just because he's just ended one relationship suddenly.
Leah is married to Thomas and mother to Samuel. Her 10 year old son is her world. She will do anything for him, but Leah is keeping a secret and her perfect little world is about to come crashing down around her. When worlds collide things can only go very wrong. Addictive read. Alex Kane is certainly making a name for herself in the Gangland Crime book world. Certainly an author to follow. If you haven't read any of her books I can thoroughly recommend them. Well worth reading. This was certainly a book I struggled to put down, another one that as you get nearer then end you want to stop reading just so you can make it last a little longer, but you are too far into this read that it's impossible to slow down or put it down.
⭐Book 2: Amazon Bestselling Big Mo Crime Series ⭐
IN GANGLAND IT’S THE WOMEN WHO FIGHT DIRTY
Her enemies are closer than she thinks.
Notorious East End gangster, Jimmy Southpaw, has made his long lost granddaughter, Maureen ‘Big Mo’ Watson, the head of his criminal empire. But not everyone is happy about it, including Mo’s tough as nails new stepmother, Kristal Steele.
When a mysterious new gangster goes to war with her, Mo begins to doubt her ability to fill Jimmy’s shoes. Feeling her enemies circling Mo contacts ruthless bad boy Nico Sinclair to help find out who’s trying to take her criminal crown.
Who is this gangster taking Mo on? Who’s backing him up? Will Jimmy think he’s made a mistake choosing Mo as his gangland heir?
BOOK 2 IN THE EPIC BIG MO CRIME SERIES
BOOK 1: Dirty Tricks
Having read about Little 'Big Mo, in book one Dirty Tricks I couldn't wait to start the second book when I was offered an ARC by the publisher.
Back with Big Mo and wondering what was in store for her this time around. The big Mo series is going to be a great hit with readers, anyone who has read the previous books by this author will know that this lady can write. I can safely say that this author does not disappoint when it comes to a gripping read.
Maureen Watson is not a little girl anymore, she's moved up in the world and after her grandad, a well known face, the notorious Jimmy Southpaw' has handed over his empire to her Maureen 'Big Mo, is in for the ride of her life. There are always going to be people who don't like what you achieve, what you have been given, what you are doing. For Big Mo this person is family. Mo is going to have to learn fast and prove her worth if she want's to stay as boss lady, but those close to her will try and take all she has if she isn't strong or smart enough.
Is her world about to come crumbling down around her, just as she has got going, or has Mo got what it takes, is she really a chip of the old block. Can she keep her feisty determination when others what to see her fail at everything she's doing.
Find out by reading this gripping page turner that has you hook right from the start. This book will leave you gasping and wanting more.
Gangland crime at it's best.
I look forward to more from this author and know that this book will be a tough one to match.
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FROM TWO-MILLION SELLING AUTHOR JOY ELLIS COMES ONE OF THE MOST EAGERLY AWAITED MYSTERIES THIS YEAR.
One moonlit night, the bodies of two young people are discovered lying entwined on a blanket in the woods. The young man is clutching a red rose. It appears to be a lovers’ suicide pact . . .
Until Detective Nikki Galena and DS Joseph Easter look more closely. Romeo and Juliet, as they decide to call them, were murdered somewhere else and brought to the woods. But why?
Then another young couple are found dead, again beautifully posed as lovers. And Nikki knows they have a twisted serial killer on their hands. Who are the next victims?
DI Nikki Galena Series Book 12
ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE 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
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS
Book 10: DARKNESS ON THE FENS
Book 11: HIDDEN ON THE FENS
Book 12: SECRETS ON THE FENS
Absolutely no secret that this is one of my all time favourite book series. I would absolutely love to see this series as a TV drama. I just love the characters that Joy Ellis has developed and having read all the books I feel like the characters have grown with me, through each book I feel like I have new friends.
This book or even the series will not disappoint any crime thriller fans. I have no problems what so ever recommending this series to anyone.
Secrets on the Fens. This book kicks off with a double murder, a young couple are found together in the woods, they way they are certainly makes you think that they are lovers. Nikki and Joseph need to find out just who they are.
When more bodies are found it becomes apparent that this is a race against time to find out who is behind this and why?
Although we are 12 books in to this series, each story and each case still feels fresh. Sometimes I find when an author is so many books in things start to get repetitive and turn a little stale. This is NOT the case with this author, I can assure you of that.
A very well written book that will keep you hooked, enough going on to keep you guessing and engaged, but not too much that you lose what is going on in the plot.
First class as always.
The only problem I have with this series is having to wait for the next instalment.
A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.
DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.
But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.
As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?
Another first class, edge of your seat, thrilling read from this very talented author. A fantastic start to a new series.
DI Kate Young has been on leave after some sort of traumatic experience. You get to learn about this as the book progresses. Invited back to work Kate is very unsure if she is read for this or even capable. She agrees to go back and start out with a very small team. just three of them, so Along with Kate she has DS Emma Donaldson on DS Morgan Meredith. The team are faced with a murder case. A well known businessman has been murdered and Kate is now the lead on the case.
As this book starts with you knowing something has happened to Kate, you are slowly drip fed information on what happened with her. Kate seems to grow in confidence as we go through the book and you know she is going to be a formidable character as this series grows.
A first class fast paced read that will grab you early on and keep hold of you. This author has the ability to surprise with each and every book she writes. An exceptional writer who scares me sometimes with the ideas she comes up with for a story. lol
You've done it again, BRAVO!
The enemy is close to home in The Manor, a gripping gangland thriller from the top five bestseller Jessie Keane.
Charlie Stone and Terry Barton have been blood brothers since the cradle. They grew up in the East End skimming along the bottom of the underworld, until Charlie took over the manor from the local mob and a twist of fate put him and his best mate on the road to the high life.
When Charlie and Terry both marry and have kids, everything is set. Both families have everything they ever wanted. But things begin to turn sour when Charlie’s adopted son Harlan starts to cause trouble.
It soon becomes clear that Harlan doesn’t just want to be number one son; he wants to be number one, full stop, and he wants Terry’s daughter Belle Barton by his side.
As the feud caused by Harlan spirals out of control it is left to Belle to pick up the pieces. Is she strong enough to take on Harlan Stone? And has she got what it takes to rule the manor . . .
Huge, Huge Jesse Keane fan here. I have read all her books and know to expect a gripping read. This book is one of the best I have read this year, my goodness 'keane can write a damn good book. Wow is pretty much all I want to say. Absolutely loved this book. It was gripping, thrilling and interesting but there was just something about this book that made it so easy and enjoyable to read. I flew through this book in no time. Something I regret the minute I've finished it, I should have tried to make it last longer but I just couldn't.
The enemy is close to home in The Manor, a gripping gangland thriller from the top five bestseller Jessie Keane.
Charlie Stone and his Best mate form childhood Terry Barton grew up in the East End. Becoming part of the criminal underworld at a young age. Charlie and Terry have always stood together.
They have gone through the good and bad together and continue to do so now they are well known faces. They both marry and both have a family, but problems start when it's revealed after the birth of their daughter, Charlies wife cannot have any more children. Wanting a Son to complete their family the go down the adoption route. This is when things really start to go wrong for Charlie and his family.
It seems that Charlies adopted son Harlen is out for trouble, right from a young age he thinks he's the one to take over from charlie.
Harlen is also fixate with Belle, Terry's daughter, he wants her and he doesn't belive he should be brushed off. As things begun to unfold you know what ever happens it's going to be trouble. Trouble is what it is, a nightmare for the two families will follow.
Can Harlan take what he belives should be his, or will the familes be able to get through it all.
Another book that is so difficult to review without giving spoilers. Everything about this book is gripping, breathtaking and nail biting. All the ususal cleches but all true. I could not put this book down, Jessie has excelled herself with this book. It's alway a worry when authors have done so many books that they start to go off the boil a little, this certainly isn't the case with Jesse Keane, she can engage the reader and reel them in right from the begininning fo the book. What a ride this one is . Bravo, can't wait for more.
All the stars and more.
Keep your friends close…When Grace Carter's boys are arrested for murder, she's forced to call on her most trusted and loyal connections to keep the boys out of prison. She'll even ask for help from those she would usually avoid like the plague…
But your enemies closer!DI Leigh Moss has the power to save Grace's boys, but she's determined to bring Grace and the Carter clan down once and for all. Leigh might owe Grace her life, but her loyalty now lies with her job and protecting the streets of Liverpool. Until Leigh needs Grace's help, too.
There is a battle coming to Liverpool and only the most loyal will survive.
A fantastic addition to an all ready brilliant series.
Well here we are, book 4 in the Bad Blood Series. Another stonker of a read. Loved each and everyone of these book in this series. Caz Finlay has developed a knack of making me hold my breath, bite my nails and fall off the edge of my seat while reading. Caz Finlay is smashing this author lark and moving on up to be with some of the best authors in this genre. Caz 'Please keep going, absolutely loving this series.
A family like no other, A gangland family run by the Mother. Grace Carter is a force to be reckoned with and here in book 4 she is as bold and fierce as ever. Loyalty to Grace is everything, if you can't trust those closest to you who can you trust.
This book has it all for a gripping read and believe me when I say, once started you will just need to finish it. The writing and characterisation is perfectly put together. characters you have gotten to know a little over the previous books continue to shine and grow.
Grace and Michael Carter are determined to get their boys out of prison and as parents they will use what ever means necessary to get their boys home.
Another book on my best Gritty Gangland book reads. Caz Finlay is an author who will be at the top of a lot of readers must read list.
I need more and I need it now!
Blood Brothers by Heather Atkinson.
When you’re running the streets, loyalty is everything…
Gangs rule the streets of the rough Gallowburn Estate in Glasgow, but the deepest rivalry of all is between Jamie Gray and his friends, known as the Blood Brothers, and their enemies, the Lawsons.
The two gangs clash frequently, but when a phone containing incriminating evidence disappears after a particularly brutal run-in, the stakes are higher than ever.
Jamie’s mother Jackie is as hard as nails and is not going to let anyone hurt her boy – even if she has to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in. What she wants more than anything though, is to see Jamie turn his back on the street life. And when he meets spoilt rich-girl Allegra, who has a penchant for shoplifting, Jackie thinks she could be Jamie’s way out.
But with the Lawsons closing in, and everyone taking sides, there is only one way out for Jamie, and to triumph he must take out his biggest enemy…
If you love Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, and Jessie Keane, you’ll love Heather Atkinson. Discover the bestselling author Heather Atkinson, her crackling plots, unforgettable characters and page-turning pace and you'll never look back...
What readers are saying about Heather Atkinson:
'Another brilliant book from Heather...she really is one the best in the business. '
'I have read ALL Heather Atkinson's books. They are all fantastic.'
'All Heather's books are action packed and have you on edge.'
'I stumbled upon Heather's books and I'm so glad I did , characters excellent and storylines are great , I find myself searching the book stores for more of them to read the minute I finish one.'
The first book in what I can only say is going to be an epic series. This author has written some of my favourite book series ever. I have loved each and every book by this author and believe me there are a lot.
In this book as her others, Heather has created some outstanding, memorable characters. A lot of these characters wil stay in your mind long after finishing this book. There is a hidden sense of humour in these books along with the gripping, gritty sometimes gruesome story.
To be honest when I first started reading this I thought it was a little tame compared to some of Heathers other books. But don't let that put you off, once this book ramps up and you have gotten to know everyone it really sucks you in. You will fly through the pages.
So, book 1 is set in Glasgow on the Gallowburn estate. Another of those estates that you love to read about, but don't want to live on. An estate where family and loyalty is important as is being able to look after yourself.
4 Guys from the estate known as The Blood Brothers, 4 friends, Jamie, Gary, Digger and Logan. Each on a character in their own right, the book is based around Jamie and his family, his frying pan lover of a mother and his younger Brother Charlie.
The Lawsons are The Blood Brothers, rivals. when they clash there is always trouble.
While working a local shop Jamie meets Allegra Abernethy, there story then turns into one crazy adventure. Jamie being from the estate and Allegra the daughter of a very controlling, rich, criminal father. She likes to spend her days away from home and away from her father.
I especially loved Jackie, Jamie's mum in this book, what a great character she is. she will have no one upsetting her cubs, Mamma bear will be there with her weapon of choice in her hand. Her frying pan.
Also Ephraim, he seems like such an oddball character you can't help but like him.
The whole cast of this book are amazing in their own rights, the story flows brilliantly and you are whisked along on a bumpy rollercoaster of a ride.
A must read for anyone who like the gritty gangland books.
Author Bio –
Heather Atkinson is the author of over fifty books - predominantly in the crime fiction genre. Although Lancashire born and bred she now lives with her family, including twin teenage daughters, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. Her new gangland series for Boldwood, set on the fictional Gallowburn estate in Glasgow begins with Blood Brothers which will be published in December 2020.
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