Can you really buy happiness?
Singer Helen Troy loves being an A-list celebrity.
There are the endless perks, private jets, fancy cars and more money than she’ll ever need.
But when Helen is kidnapped during a night out in London, she discovers there’s a serious downside to being rich, famous and beautiful.
D.C.I Sam Quinn, of the Met’s Celebrity Crime Squad, knows that Helen has become the tragic victim of her own success.
His own actress wife Karen suffered the same fate.
As he begins to investigate her abduction, he loses his prime suspect.
But when more are bumped off in gang-style killings – and especially when an execution takes place in a police interview room – it’s seriously embarrassing for the Met and a major headache for D.C.I Quinn.
Helen has been dating philandering Russian oligarch Leon Serova – one of the growing number who have being snapping up the top properties as well as developing some questionable business interests across the capital.
But Mr Serova has a jealous rival in a former business partner who seems only too happy to assist the police.
A picture of Helen’s body pops up on the internet but things don’t stack up for D.C.I Quinn who discovers that five more other glamorous and successful young women have suffered the very same fate.
But is Helen Troy as dead as she looks?
The Depraved is a gripping thriller perfect for fans of Taken.
Thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers Endeavour Press for an ARC of this book.
4/5 Having just recently read Stark Warning, I was eager to start this one. I grew to like DCI Sam Quinn in the last book, and was looking forward to reading more about his car-crash lifestyle. This time around DCI Sam Quinn, of the Met’s Celebrity Crime Squad is faced with a new case.
Helen Troy is kidnapped during a night out in London, Rich and famous Helen, a singer is an A list celebrity.
As Sam Quinn begins this investigation, things start to go wrong. The pressure is piled on him, and how he will cope could go anyway.
This is an easy to follow story, an easy read, and will keep your attention though out the book.
I'm looking forward to reading more from this author and hoping to see a bit more of Sam in the future. I'd love to see if he ever sorts his life out.
Thanks to Endeavour Press and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
Praise for James Raven
‘It will draw you in and immerse you until the last page.’ – Midwest Book Review
‘…you won't be disappointed’ - Books Monthly
‘... a cracking crime novel.’ - Hampshire View Magazine
James Raven has been a journalist for most of his working life. After reporting for local, regional and national newspapers he moved into television as a news scriptwriter. He then worked his way up to become Director of a UK News Division. During this time, he helped develop the careers for TV personalities including Nick Knowles, Natasha Kaplinsky and Kate Garraway. He now runs his own TV production company and spends much of his time writing and travelling.
Prepare to be gripped by the heart-stopping new thriller from the author of The Madam.
South London detective Sarah Mason is a single mother. It’s a tough life, but Sarah gets by. She and her ex-husband, fellow detective Adam Boyd, adore their 15-month-old daughter Molly.
Until Sarah’s world falls apart when she receives a devastating threat: Her daughter has been taken, and the abductor plans to raise Molly as their own, as punishment for something Sarah did.
Sarah is forced to stand back while her team try to track down the kidnapper. But her colleagues aren’t working fast enough to find Molly. To save her daughter, Sarah must take matters into her own hands, in a desperate hunt that will take her to the very depths of London’s underworld.
To say I was a little excited when I received a copy of this book through the post, would be an understatement. I was honoured that the Author had read previous reviews I'd done of his books, and then sent me a copy of this to read at my leisure, with no pressure to write a review.
I couldn't wait to get started.
The book starts off fantastically and really had me gripped, Introduced to South London detective Sarah Mason. Sarah is a single mother to 15 month old Molly she's working a tough job and she just about seems to scrape through with the help of childcare from her parents.
Sarah's life is torn apart when she received a message, her daughter has been kidnapped. Sarah is frantic and doesn't know what the hell she is supposed to do. Forced to step back and let her work colleagues investigate, her life is in turmoil.
Sarah needs to know why, who and how. What has she done wrong, and just who is it that as taken her daughter?
What follows is then an emotional roller coaster of a ride, How far would you go to save your child. Follow Sarah and her ex husband Adam on there nail biting journey.
It's a tense read, and very easy to follow and very easy to get lost inside the pages. Written in chapters for each person, Sarah, Adam and DCI Brennan, it was great following each one, and seeing things from different points of view.
I don't feel I've given to much away here as this all happens in the opening pages, we then follow on to find out how Sarah, her husband the team cope with the case and little Molly's abduction.
This was a very interesting read, gripping in parts had me needing to turn the pages as quick as I could as soon as I started it. I read this over a weekend, luckily I didn't have anything planned so I wasn't letting anyone down when I refused to move until I'd read it all. This book really did drag me in.
Every time you appear on screen someone will die…
That's the stark warning issued to Jessica Lee, the undisputed 'Queen of Trash TV.'
She's the host of a confessional talk show on network television with millions of fans.
But the popular reality TV programme – which aims to name, shame and ultimately humiliate abusive family members – has also made her a fair few enemies.
Attractive, assured, ambitious and razor sharp, Jessica suddenly receives a chilling threat pressuring her to scrap the program and stop appearing on TV all together.
Proof that this is no idle threat, the first victim, a young woman, is found dead with her throat cut.
Jessica and her bosses face an agonising choice – take the programme off the air or risk more murders.
They decide to defy the killer, for fear of setting a dangerous precedent, but there are dire consequences.
Charged with trying to stop the carnage is DCI Sam Quinn who has been seconded to the Met’s ‘Celebrity Crime Squad’.
Quinn is particularly qualified following the murder of his own actress wife Karen 16 months earlier, a tragedy which propelled him towards gambling and eventually into the clutches of local gangster Baz Carter, when his debts mounted up.
But how low is the Network prepared to go to protect their ratings and is there any remorse at the price innocent victims have to pay?
How does the killer select his victims in his bid to make Jessica suffer – and what ultimately is to be her fate?
Can DCI Quinn get Carter’s goons off his back long enough to follow the crimson tide to its seemingly inevitable conclusion?
Stark Warning is an icily precise thriller that chills and delights in equal measure as it lays bare some of the realities behind reality TV and the all-too-human frailties that beset even the strongest among us.
I had Stark warning and The Depraved to read for a while, when I checked my amazon orders it appears that I got Stark Warning back in 2013, wow... it was well due to be read, #BadMe.
I have this real bad habit of buying books and not getting around to reading them. But i'm trying to correct that and slowly slowly getting though my books.
DCI Sam Quinn who has been seconded to the Met’s ‘Celebrity Crime Squad’. a bit of a reckless officer full of flaws, likeable and realistic. Throughout the book I really wanted him to sort himself out. I really took to him.
Jessica Lee is the Queen of day time trashy TV, the female Jeremy Kyle. Jessica starts to receive threats that if she doesn't stop going on TV then the mystery person is going to start killing people.
Is this a hoax, an idle threat.
It's down to Sam Quinn to sort the mess out, but with his own life in such a mess, things could prove to be a little bit to much for him at times.
The clock is ticking, can Sam work the case to the best of his ability?
A great realistic real, full of suspense that really helps you to keep those pages turning. I read this in just over a day, pretty good going for me. I needed and wanted to know the who, where, why?
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