I absolutely loved the first book in this new series, I also loved this one, the second book.
Heather Atkinson is a very talented author, each of the series she does is fantastic, you get lost in her story telling, addicted to the books because you really do not know what is coming next. Her books are not repetitive, each and every book feels new and fresh.
In this the newest series we are slowly getting to know the characters, and as always Heather has created fantastic likeable characters.
We have four friends, who are known on the estate as The Blood Brothers-Jamie, Logan, Gary, and Digger. Brilliant characters, I can see these characters could have a huge future and this could be a series that goes a long way.
The boys Keep the estate clean, clean as in, no trouble, no dealers. If there is a problem then the boys are called up on.
Jamie has nothing to do with his father, however he's turned up like a bad penny and bringing trouble with him. Jamie's mother Jackie is not impressed, she has no time at all for Jamie's father and wants Jamie to stay away from him.
Jackie is a formidable character, she's first class, I love how her character has been created and her love of a frying pal is brilliant.
Jamie is also stressed with the upcoming court case of his girlfriend, Allegra's father. Her father is being tired for her murder. Jamie had never loved like he did with Allegra, she was Jamie's all, all he ever wanted and all he ever needed. The two of them being brought up in totally different worlds is how the trouble from her father started for them in the first book.
Jamie has to try and get on with life, but with his father on the scene it appears things can only get worse. Totally loved this book, each and every page was enjoyed.
I really can not wait for more from this series and I'm eager to see what happens with some of these characters. Well done to the author you have created another addictive series.
Can't recommend this book highly enough, but must stress it will be much better if you have read book 1.
If you can't trust your family, who can you trust...?
Glasgow gangster Jamie Gray and his fellow Blood Brothers rule the Gallowburn Estate with an iron fist. No one messes around on their turf without consequences.
But when Jamie’s erstwhile dad, Jason Gray, reappears after many years away - some of them spent behind bars - the Blood Brothers are drawn into the murky and dangerous world of the toughest gangster of them all – The Queen of Glasgow, Toni McVay.
Toni is the head of the most powerful organised crime family in Scotland and, as the psychotic leader enjoys scooping out the eyeballs of those who displease her, Jamie has no option but to do her bidding.
With the love of his life Allegra still missing, his enemies closing in, and his family’s safety at risk, Jamie Gray faces the battle of his life. But with his father’s bad blood running through his veins, and the bravery and brains he has inherited from his mother Jackie, Jamie has all the tools he needs to survive.
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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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Today I am sharing an Extract from Blood Loss by Kerena Swan. DI Patton - Book 1. #Extract #BloodLoss @KerenaSwan @rararesources
Thrilled today to be sharing an extract from Blood Loss
'...in the same league as Ian Rankin and L J Ross...' Graham Rolph
'. My arms broke out in goose-bumps! Wow!' Susan Hampson, Books From Dust Till Dawn
Kerena Swan’s brilliant novel explores how honest mistakes and human frailty can have terrifying and long-reaching consequences. It’s a tale of family ties and loyalty, revenge and redemption that you won’t want to put down.
With one eye on the rear view mirror and the other on the road ahead, Sarah is desperate to get as far away from the remote Scottish cabin as she can without attracting attention. But being inconspicuous isn't easy with a black eye and clothes soaked in blood...
... and now the fuel tank is empty.
When a body is discovered in a remote cabin in Scotland, DI Paton feels a pang of guilt as he wonders if this is the career break he has been waiting for. But the victim is unidentifiable and the killer has left few clues.
With the death of her father and her mother's failing health, Jenna accepts her future plans must change but nothing can prepare her for the trauma yet to come.
Fleeing south to rebuild her life Sarah uncovers long-hidden family secrets. Determined to get back what she believes is rightfully hers, Sarah thinks her future looks brighter. But Paton is still pursuing her...
... and he's getting closer.
I was inspired to write this novel after reading a news article about people who undertook DNA tests to find out more about their heritage with shocking results.
Blood Loss is book one in a series featuring DI Paton and his son Tommy, a boy with Down’ Syndrome. After writing Who’s There? I was asked many times to write a sequel with the main character, Arnold. Tommy is a reincarnation of Arnold with a few subtle differences. You can discover the characters in a free novella available on my website. www.kerenaswan.com
Detective Inspector Dave Paton disconnected the call to his mobile and looked at his son who was pulling on his coat. This wouldn’t go down well.
‘I’m sorry, Tommy, we can’t go bowling today after all. Something has come up at work. I promise we’ll go next Saturday instead.’
Paton couldn’t deny the shiver he’d felt across his skin when the Chief Inspector said a murder victim had been discovered, and he couldn’t quite decide if it had been alarm or excitement. He longed for a case to challenge him and help him get promotion. Something that would prove he was capable of being the senior investigating officer. After all, he was forty-eight now and if he didn’t achieve this soon it would be too late in his career. With the demands his family placed on him he’d never had the opportunity before. Would this be his chance?
Tommy paused with one arm in a sleeve. His flat face and slanted eyes, typical of a child with Down’s syndrome, gave nothing away but his voice was aggrieved. He was nearly as tall as his father and he looked him straight in the eye. ‘You promised, Dad.’
Paton grabbed his car keys. ‘I know, son, but this is important. I’ll take you to Auntie Ursula’s instead and Mum will pick you up when she finishes work.’ Tommy might be fifteen but he couldn’t be left alone.
To Paton’s relief, Tommy nodded. He was a nice-natured boy and he understood his dad had important work to do.
The cold air pinched Paton’s cheeks as they rushed to the car outside. Scotland always seemed much colder compared to Weymouth in the south of England where he grew up. ‘Get in the back please, Tommy. We need to collect Cheryl.’ Ten minutes later Paton pulled up at the kerb and Detective Constable Cheryl Campbell scrambled in.
‘Hi, boss. Any more info?’ She clipped her seat belt on quickly as he accelerated away. He did have more information, but he couldn’t tell her yet.
‘Hello, DC Cheryl.’
She swivelled in her seat to look behind her.
‘Tommy! I didn’t realise you were with us.’ She smiled at the boy then glanced across at Paton with her eyebrows raised.
Tommy leaned forward and patted her shoulder. ‘I’m coming to work with you.’
His round face was creased into a wide smile and his thick tongue muffled his speech.
‘Sorry. Not today, Plodders.’ Paton flashed Tommy a quick smile, using the nickname he’d earned as a small boy when he’d insisted on being called PC Plod. ‘I’m dropping you at Auntie Ursula’s like we agreed. We’ll do some investigating another day. Perhaps we can track down the thief who’s been raiding the biscuit jar.’
‘Oh, Dad, I know it was you.’ Tommy laughed and sat back in his seat. ‘He ate all the Fox’s Crunch Creams again,’ Tommy told Cheryl. ‘Mum will be cross.’
‘How is your mum?’
Paton glanced sideways at Cheryl. She knew about Wendy’s bouts of depression which confined her to bed for a week or two and sometimes longer. In fact, his whole team knew but he wasn’t keen on discussing it in front of Tommy, or at all for that matter. Paton’s private life was just that. Private. He couldn’t have people feeling sorry for him and thinking he couldn’t do his job properly. They got by… just, although it was difficult at times.
‘Mum’s upset. She found three grey hairs the other day,’ Tommy said with a small shake of his head.
‘I wish I could come to work there again. Where are you and Cheryl going, Dad?’
Paton looked at his son in the rear-view mirror and felt a rush of affection. Tommy had his heart set on being a detective like his father and Grandfather and had recently been given the opportunity of two weeks’ work experience in the police station staff canteen, He was devastated when it finished. He’d even helped solve a problem case for Paton, albeit unwittingly.
‘Will you need your handcuffs? Is someone stealing again?’ Tommy pulled a plastic set of cuffs from his pocket. ‘You can borrow mine if you’ve forgotten yours.’ He dangled them between the front seats.
‘I won’t, but thanks for the offer.’ Paton stopped outside his sister’s house. ‘Come on, out you get. Maybe Mum will buy you fish and chips when she finishes work.’ Paton’s stomach growled at the thought of food and he sighed. ‘Tell her I’ll grab a sandwich somewhere.’
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About Kerena Swan
We are thrilled to be introducing DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy, the stars of the first novel in Kerena Swan’s new series, to the world. Before coming to Hobeck, Kerena had published three novels, Dying To See You, Scared to Breathe and Who’s There? and has built a solid fan base around her writing career thus far. She is a juggler extraordinaire: driving forward a successful care business she runs with her husband yet finding time to write. She loves to write, here and there and everywhere when she’s not working. We don’t know how she does it but we are glad that she does! Kerena talks about her writing, her influences and how she came to Hobeck in this video.
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From Amazon bestseller Pam Howes comes a heartbreaking World War Two novel about a young woman trying to make the best of history’s darkest hour. Is a happy ever after impossible?
Liverpool, 1943. For Bella Rogers, life is looking up. She loves performing with The Bryant Sisters, the singing trio who have become the country’s sweethearts, putting a smile on the faces of the brave boys fighting the Nazis. But then tragedy strikes when a telegram arrives: Bella’s beloved father has been killed in France.
Unlike her poor Mam, Bella has someone to share her grief with. Her childhood love Bobby is home from the war. He lost a leg but she counts her blessings every day that he’s alive when so many young men haven’t made it back. Bella longs to give her heart to Bobby but she is hiding a secret that may change their lives forever. Will he still love her if she reveals the truth?
But when bombs screech down on Victory Street in the middle of the night, blowing houses apart, Bella may lose both the home she loves and the family who mean everything to her. With so much loss around her, will Bella be brave enough to snatch her chance of happiness? And when the war is finally over, will wedding bells ring out on Victory Street again?
An utterly unputdownable, heart-wrenching historical novel that will have you completely hooked from page one. You’ll lose yourself in this gorgeous wartime story of love, loss and family secrets. Perfect for fans of Wives of War, Nadine Dorries and Nancy Revell.
Ohhh I love these books. Now those of you that know will know this isn't my usual genre, however Pam Howes has a way of writing these books that as soon as I see one, I need to read it. We are back in this series with the lovely Bella Rogers. It's 1943 and Bella is still singing in her little trio called The Bryant Sisters. Bella's little boy 'Levi is staying with her mother which is allowing Bella to continue to tour with the girls and sing for their troops.
Bella want romance to blossom with Bobby, her childhood sweetheart. Things could be looking up for her, but first she really needs to tell Bobby some truths. The biggest one being that she has a son. Bella is worried at how Bobby will take the news.
Living through the war will teach people that if they have happiness they should hold on to it. Take what ever is thrown at you and make life good. Pam shows this in the words, this book is Heart-breaking, Heart-warming and unputdownable once started. Having read the previous book (you should, in my opinion) then it was back with familiar characters that we'd grown fond of. I felt like I was visiting distant family that I hadn't seen for a long time.
While this story concentrates a lot on Bella and Bobby, we get to know a little more of the other characters and their families. I love Bella's mother Mary and grew to love Prunella, Bobby's mother also. It's amazing how two such different families have so much in common. I think Pam has tied a lot of the strings of the story, together, beautifully.
This truly is a beautiful story and as the nights are getting darker and colder, Now would be a good time to get your blanket, get a cuppa and get comfortable because once you start the amazing book you will not want to put it down. Pam certainly brings the times and struggles of the second world war to life in this book. The emotions through this read are real, you could almost be with the characters.
First class, fantastic as always. I look forward to more.
Pam is a retired interior designer, mum to three daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren and roadie to her musician partner.
The inspiration for Pam’s first novel came from her teenage years, working in a record store, and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. The first novel evolved into a series about a fictional band The Raiders. She is a fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to begin writing.
A nature-loving cat and her conservationist mum team up to save endangered species!
Boo the tabby cat is born on a Lincolnshire farm and seems destined for a simple life. Everything changes when she's put up for adoption and taken in by Ellie Caldwell, an adventurous Cambridge graduate student who loves animals and is studying to become a wildlife conservationist.
Between lectures, Ellie heads to the countryside for camping trips, her Instagram-anointed adventure cat in tow. On rocky trails, Boo discovers that, like Ellie, she has a passion for the natural world, and because she's able to communicate with all animals, she can relate their challenges back to Ellie. But there's a serious problem: whenever Boo tries to tell Ellie something, all Ellie hears is 'Meow'.
Can they work out a communication system, and in doing so, save endangered animals from harm while encouraging public support of nature and wildlife?
Praise for The Adventures of Ellie & Boo:
"The Adventures of Ellie & Boo is a charming, contemporary conservation tale, and its pages contain numerous life lessons relevant to children and adults alike."
Evelyn Asher, educator and communications strategist
"The Adventures of Ellie & Boo is a unique look at wildlife conservation, through the eyes of a domestic house cat and her owner. The book weaves entertaining, fun facts about dozens of species throughout, including several like turtle doves and badgers that readers may not realize face the effects of deforestation and a rapidly warming planet. Kerr's book helps kids and adults realize that the animal kingdom is an interconnected web; and also delves into common, but complex, communication issues that people face every day. Educational and fun, The Adventures of Ellie & Boo is a book every kid should read."
Jenny Adams, author, freelance writer, and photographer
"Right from the get-go, Boo's adventurous spirit captures the reader's imagination. Through storytelling, Kerr does an excellent job of navigating the complex issues central to wildlife conservation in a manner that is accessible and enjoyable. We need more stories like this one to engage young people at a tender age; indeed, stories like The Adventures of Ellie & Boo could change the course of wildlife conservation."
Salisha Chandra, Director of Strategy and Knowledge Management at Lion Guardians
"Conservation biologists and cats are two of my favorite critters and here they are together at last in this delightful, clever story. My daughter and I loved it.
Andrew Bleiman, author of the ZooBorns series
Firstly what pulled me towards this book is the fact that the girl in the book is called Ellie, and she had a cat that she loved and if it had been possible would have taken out on adventures with her.
The difference between this Ellie and my Ellie is just 12 years, I really thought this was going to be about a young girl on an adventure, Ellie is 22 and a conservationist.
This book had a wonderful mix of fun and adventure while getting out there how important conservation is. Its done in such a way you don't feel like you are being lectured about it and it opened up lots of opportunities for us to talk about things while reading the book. I felt not just my daughter but also my self was learning from this read. I fond it informative and knowledgeable but above that I found that myself and my daughter fully enjoyed it. Sat snuggled, taking it in turns to read a page each. My daughter has now taken to book to school so some of her friends can read it, she's hoping she can get the teacher to use it as a class read, so major well done to the author for actually getting a 10 year old fully engaged in a book.
I have to say I loved 'Boo. We lost our cat aged 14 earlier this year but while reading this book it was our cat I visualised and given the chance I believe he would have loved going on adventures with Ellie.
A truly lovely story that I would recommend for all ages. if it's to be read by a child then a good reader would manage this but it can also be read to younger children and I believe they will fully engage with it.
Ellie likes to explore the world around her, the book kicks off with how she comes about getting Boo the cat, and how the cat ends up on an adventure with her.
Boo can talk to the other animals and this is partly how the story is told. It was fun listening to the cat. Talking to the other animals is one thing but Boo has to figure out a way of getting through to Ellie, How can she get Ellie to understand how she is feeling or what she is thinking.
A brilliant adventure to follow and suitable for any keen reader.
The Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club author of Sleep returns with her most gripping book yet.
Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.
Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.
None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.
Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.
The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.
It feels like ages since I've sat and read a hard back book, when this bad boy landed at my door I was thrilled and couldn't wait to get started.
Mug of tea, foot stool and away I went. I have read some of this authors other books and always enjoyed them, so I was really looking forward to this. This turned out to be a mighty fine read.
The lives of three very different characters come together in this nail biting read. Ursula, Gareth and Alice all individuals, all different characters whose lives you can follow. Mainly focused around the shopping centre where Alice is a Shop Manager, Gareth works for the security team and Ursula is lets say a delivery driver. Three very different people who will all need to come together to save themselves.
This book is full of twists and turns a real page turner and at this moment in time a real good distraction from the realties of life.
I love how the book unfolded the way we got to know how things were or had happened, its written brilliantly and will grab you in from the early pages. If there is one thing I could criticise about this book is 'I don't know how to review it without giving to much away'
So what I'm going to say is, it's now Easter weekend 2020, the country is in lock down. Get yourself comfortable, get your feet up and treat yourself to this book. you will not be disappointed. This will take you to a world of fiction far away from your today world.
Thank you to the author for writing a book I needed to read. For me books are the best medicine in the world, and this would be a great read for anyone who enjoys a gripping read, open the pages and let that great big fishing hook reel you in.
C.L. Taylor is an award winning Sunday Times bestselling author of seven gripping psychological thrillers including SLEEP, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for autumn 2019. Her books are not a series and can be read in any order:
2014 - THE ACCIDENT
2015 - THE LIE
2016 - THE MISSING
2017 - THE ESCAPE
2018 - THE FEAR
2019 - SLEEP
2020 - STRANGERS
She has also written two Young Adult thrillers, THE TREATMENT, which was published by HarperCollins HQ and THE ISLAND, which will be published in January 2021.
C.L. Taylor's books have sold in excess of a million copies, been number one on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play and have been translated into over 25 languages and optioned for TV.
SLEEP won the 'best ebook' award in the Amazon Publishing Readers' Awards. THE ESCAPE won the Dead Good Books 'Hidden Depths' award for the Most Unreliable Narrator. THE FEAR was shortlisted in the Hearst Big Book Awards in the 'Pageturner' category.
Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014. She lives in Bristol with her partner and son.
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As always Caroline Mitchell has written another book that once you start, you can't stop. I love Carolines books, I don't think I haven't enjoyed one at all. This is certainly another page turner.
This is one of those books though that I find really difficult to review as it was so good. It's a great and unusual story line. One that drags you through the pages wanting and needing more.
Roz has found out she is pregnant. But how on earth can she bring up this child, she can't let the father know and she can't tell her best friend everything.
Roz decides that the best way forward is to have the baby given up for adoption.
This really was an addictive read. Roz is not only penniless but has also discovered she's skint and pregnant. Believing she has no options she sets about trying to find parents that could have her child, someone who could love, care and bring up her child. Roz believes that the best thing for her unborn child is for it to be brought up by someone else. Someone who is struggling to conceive and will love and make a superb parent, someone who can give her child everything it wants, needs and deserves. What unfolds though the story will certainly open your eyes, you will want to carry on reading and get lost in those pages.
When Roz thinks she has found a perfect couple she heads off on what she thinks is going to be an adventure of a lifetime to New York. What happens next really will blow your mind. I don't intend on giving anything away, I don't like spoilers but this book was just fantastic and I really can't recommend it enough.
An international #1 and New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author, Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family 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. She now writes full time, with over a million books sold.
As well as her crime series, Caroline also writes stand-alone psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim reached the Amazon number 1 spot in the UK, US and Australia and won first place as best psychological thriller in the US Reader’s Favourite Awards. Her previous thriller, Witness, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Awards in New York. She has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Procedural’ in the Killer Nashville awards. Her crime thriller, Truth And Lies recently became a No.1 New York Times best seller and has been optioned for TV. Her works have been translated worldwide and her book, The Silent Twin, has been converted as an interactive app in the Chapters Interactive game.
You think you know those closest to you. You are wrong…
A sleep-deprived new mother approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing Louisa wants to do is celebrate.
But when her friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Louisa’s Facebook friends, Louisa is faced with a room full of people she hasn’t spoken to in years – including someone she never expected to see again: her ex-boyfriend, Oliver Dunmore.
When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers the night differently. Someone knows what happened to Melissa, and Louisa is determined to find them. But the truth could be closer, and the deception more devastating, than she’d ever imagined…
A gripping psychological suspense novel, perfect for fans of Samantha Downing’s My Lovely Wife, Lucy Clarke’s You Let Me In and Linda Green’s The Last Thing She Told Me.
** PRAISE FOR THE MISSING WIFE **
‘A pacy read, packed with surprises. Will keep you on your toes.’ Jane Corry, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife
‘The Missing Wife is superb: one of those books that keeps you guessing and keeps you turning the pages. I was riveted.’ Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna
‘A gourmet read from start to finish – I couldn't put it down. Captivating. Exquisitely written. Exquisitely televisual.’ Amanda Robson, Sunday Times bestselling author of Envy
Noah enjoyed being pushed in his pram, as long as Louisa kept it moving. If she could spend every hour of each day treading the pavements of Little Penchurch, he’d be a quiet baby. Tiff only lived a few minutes from her house, so rather than take the direct route, she went the long way around, circumnavigating the village in the hope Noah may stay asleep once she stopped at her destination. It was unlikely, but nevertheless she had to try something – and she was determined that nothing would stop her seeing Tiff this morning.
Tiff’s house was stunning, like her. It was detached – which again, some would say was one of her traits – standing in its own grounds set back from the road. Inside it was modern, spotless – like a show home. No husband or children to mess it up. Louisa opened the heavy wooden gate, manoeuvred Noah’s pram through and closed it behind her before walking down the side of the house to the back entrance. It was easier to get the pram through the patio doors at the rear. She hadn’t called ahead, so she hoped Tiff hadn’t left yet – she couldn’t remember if it was her yoga day.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: April 2019
Series: The Detective’s Daughter #7
Purchase link Amazon uk
Trudy Wates stopped inside Stella’s porch. The front door was ajar. She had two choices. Step away and call Stella –better still the police –or venture inside and check the place herself.Since she’d started working as Stella Darnell’s a year ago ago, Trudy knew that she had a hard act to follow. Her predecessor, Jackie Makepeace, had anticipated Stella’s every requirement before Stella realized what she required. Trudy had set about proving herself a match for Jackie (now running Stella’s fledgling detective agency). Trudy intended to exceed expectations.Stella would hate to be interrupted while she was deep cleaning for a client. Trudy must present Stella with a problem solved. She tipped open the door with a gloved finger.The ground floor –living room and kitchen –appeared untouched. Easy to tell because of course Stella kept her own house as clean and tidy as she did her clients’. Trudy climbed to the half landing.The first door was shut. A burglar could be lying in wait.‘Who’s there?’ Trudy hadleft the front door open so that she could be heard from the street. She was in her forties but went to a boot camp twice a week and walked whenever possible. She carried a penknife, an unwanted present from her husband that, since his death, she treasured. It was her talisman.Trudy flung wide the door. No one in the bathroom. One down. Two to go.She climbed the stairs to the top landing and approached the room that faced the street. If there was someone in there she would confront them. She didn’t want to be surprised from behind by trying the door of the closest room.Stella’s bedroom. Her bed was neatly made without a crease. Trudy found no one inside the built-in wardrobe. A lingering whiff of Stella’s perfume was distantly reassuring. She caught herself in triplicate in the three mirrored doors. She looked rigid with tension. Since becoming a widow she had aged years. She gripped the knife and went back along the landing.Later, Trudy would tell the police (they sent Chief Superintendent Cashman, presumably because Stella was a copper’s daughter) that the intruders had only been in Stella’s study where they’d tried to steal Stella’s computer and her printer. The monitor lay by the door, wires trailing. Paper files were strewn on the floor. Cashman
BiographyLesley Thomson is a Londoner. Her first crime novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People's Book Prize in 2010. The Detective's Daughter is a number one bestseller and Sainsbury's ebook for 2014. Ghost Girl, the second in the The Detective's Daughter series (2014) went to number one in Sainsbury's e-chart and is another bestseller. The Detective's Secret was published in 2015. The Runaway, an ebook short about Stella Darnell (the detective's daughter) came out in July 2015 and the fourth in the series, The House with No Rooms in 2016. The Dogwalker, another case for Stella and Jack, in 2017. In 2018 The Death Chamber was published. The Playground Murders came out in 2019.
Lesley lives in Sussex with her partner and her dog and is working on The Mermaid Murder, a story set in Newhaven that features Fred Power, a female mobile fishmonger.
‘Compulsive reading’ JANE CORRY
‘Full of tension’ KAREN HAMILTON
She wants your life – and she’ll do anything to get it…
Erica has always wanted to be exactly like her neighbour, Faye: beautiful, thin, and a mother. But Faye’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems – she has a terrible secret, and slowly but surely, it is threatening to destroy her and everything she holds dear.
When Faye’s daughter Tamsin goes missing after school, the police turn to Erica. But is Erica the only one who has been enviously watching Faye? Or is there another threat hiding in the shadows…?
An unsettling, claustrophobic thriller about jealousy, greed and desire from Sunday Times bestseller Amanda Robson.
Thrilled to be sharing an extract of this book with you
When my run is over, even though I actually enjoyed it for the first time, I feel light-headed, as if I am about to faint. I hobble back to my flat and collapse on my bed. I fall into a deep sleep and dream.
My dream is so sharp. So clear. I’m in my muddy blue tracksuit, my pain has disappeared and I am running effortlessly, wearing gold Lycra and shiny purple trainers, which cushion my feet. People turn their heads as I pass, wanting to admire my fitness. My surreal body is perfect for a sportswear advert. I dream that Nike have asked me to model for them next week. I am running to pick Tamsin up from school. She steps from the classroom door and her face lights up as soon as she sees me; blue eyes with a sapphire shine. She runs into my arms. I hold her against me, wanting to protect her for ever. Tamsin, my heart sings, Tamsin my love.
Then I wake up in my cold damp flat. I look down at my body, my heavy arms and thighs, my baggy clothing that needs washing. Tamsin is not my girl. The dream was so beautiful that when I realise it was only a dream I almost cry.
PRAISE FOR AMANDA ROBSON:
‘Gripping, tragic, and sometimes insane, Guilt is an intense exploration of love, sibling relationships, obsession, drug abuse, secrets, and rape.’ SEATTLE BOOK REVIEW
‘Fast moving. Compulsive reading.’ JANE CORRY
‘An addictive, compelling read, full of tension.’ KAREN HAMILTON
‘Another brilliant read from Amanda Robson. A dark, addictive and compelling page turner!’ BA PARIS
‘Absolutely powered through Guilt.Totally addictive and unputdownable.’ ROZ WATKINS
I read Guilt over one weekend, completely enthralled. This twisty and complex tale of twin sisters and the dangerous, damaged man who comes between them kept me guessing.’
‘Robson’s writing is sharp and emotive; the plot so tense and engaging. A fantastic read.’ ELISABETH CARPENTER
‘Packed with shocking twists, Guilt is a gritty, page-turning read that is not to be missed.’ PETRINA BANFIELD
‘I absolutely loved it and raced through it. Thrilling, unputdownable, a fabulous rollercoaster of a read – I was obsessed by this book.’ B A PARIS
‘Obsession is a welcome addition to the domestic noir bookshelf. Robson explores marriage, jealousy and lust with brutal clarity, making for a taut thriller full of page-turning suspense.’ EMMA FLINT
“What a page turner! Desperately flawed characters. Bad behaviour. Drugs. Sex. Murder.This is one highly addictive novel!” WENDY WALKER
"A compelling page-turner on the dark underbelly of marriage, friendship & lust. (If you're considering an affair, you might want a rethink)." FIONA CUMMINS
‘Very pacy and twisted – a seemingly harmless conversation between husband and wife spins out into a twisted web of lies and deceit with devastating consequences.' COLETTE MCBETH
‘Expertly injects menace into the domestic. It was clear from the very first chapter that this was going to a dark and disturbing journey.’ HOLLY SEDDON
Book DescriptionA gripping psychological thriller that will shock you
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