Those That Remain by Rob Ashman @RobAshmanAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

thosethatremain rework 1 jerasans ancona b&w

Book Description:

Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch. 

Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that this sadistic killer is compelled to commit.
Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law. 

But who can he trust and who is Mechanic? 

Soon Lucas will learn that truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might just have to put his life on the line…

My Thoughts:

Those That Remain is the first book in a trilogy featuring a serial killer known as Mechanic.

The story flicks between Mechanic and Lucas who is on the case to catch the killer. It was actually quite scary reading the parts to do with Mechanic. They obviously have some serious issues. It’s obvious that these issues are to do with events from their past to do with their dad. Obviously no matter what someone goes through it doesn’t make it right to take someones else’s life.

The deaths of the victims are pretty brutal ones to say the least and certainly don’t make for pleasant reading but, if you are a die hard crime fan, it will certainly have you hooked!

Lucas is a really likeable guy. I felt quite sorry for him as he is getting to a time in his life where he should be taking things a bit easier but thanks to Mechanic he is having to work harder than ever.

Those That Remain is the perfect read for fans of truly twisted serial killers. There is plenty within the pages to grip and thrill the reader. Maybe even some surprises, but then you will need to read it for yourself to find out. Great start and can’t wait to see what happens in the next instalment.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Those That Remain is available to purchase from Amazon.

The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher #BlogTour @CaseyKelleher @bookouture

34741367

Book Description:

Those closest to you don’t stab you in the back. Do they?
Jimmy Byrne is one of the biggest faces on the Soho scene. Equally feared and respected, he’s clawed his way to the top. Money is his game, and he’ll make it by any means necessary.

When Jimmy sets his sights on shy young Colleen Walsh, she is quickly seduced by his sweet words and the life of luxury he offers her. But behind the diamonds and fur coats lies the reality of gangland violence – and by the time she realises the truth, she’s already in too deep.

Like her father, Jimmy Byrne, Nancy Byrne is strong, opinionated – and ruthless. But when Jimmy is murdered. Nancy vows to find the killer and make them pay for their actions.

Only the perpetrator is someone close to home. Someone she trusted. Someone who betrayed them all.

Blood is thicker than water – but Nancy is not afraid to spill some to get the truth.

My Thoughts:

I made the mistake of starting this book late one evening. It was a mistake due to when I start one of this authors books I can not put them down until I’ve finished it and this was the case for The Betrayed. Let’s just say it was an extremely late night or you could even say early morning when I finished this book and boy was it worth it.

The main character has to be Jimmy in this novel. I didn’t want to like him as at the end of the day he is a thug but I just couldn’t stop myself from liking him. His mother Joanie is very deluded and her son can do no wrong. I have to admit to disliking her more than her son. Even feeling sorry for her good for nothing husband.

Colleen and her mum are great characters. It’s just a shame that she ever falls into the clutches of Jimmy as her life just becomes destined to be an unhappy one.

I have to admit there were some twists and turns in this story that I wasn’t expecting. The author always manages to write a raw and gripping read that will have you rushing through the pages to see how it will all end. I have to admit to being a bit taken back by the ending as i’m not a big fan of open endings but was ecstatic to see that there is another one in the pipeline which I am thrilled about as it means I get to catch up with the characters again which by the end had fully grabbed me. Even the not so nice ones!

The Betrayed is a brilliantly dark read that had me well and truly hooked. Full to the brim of lies, murders, gangland warfare, relationships, it really did have everything I would want and expect from this genre of book. Brilliant!

My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Betrayed is available to purchase from Amazon.

the-betrayed-blog-tour-graphic

 

Wolves in the Dark (Varg Veum) by Gunnar Staalesen #BlogTour @OrendaBooks

34734488.jpg

Book Description:

Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum’s life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he’s accused of being part of a pedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material . . . and who is seeking the ultimate revenge. When a chance to escape presents itself, Varg finds himself on the run in his hometown of Bergen. With the clock ticking and the police on his tail, Varg takes on his hardest—and most personal—case yet. Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Wolves in the Dark reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

My Thoughts:

Wolves in the Dark is the second book I have read by this author. I have to give a mention to the fabulous translation of this novel by Don Bartlett. I’m not always a big fan of books that have been translated but I have personally had no problems with these books and felt that they flow really well.

My first introduction to Varg was in Where Roses Never Die. I took to him straight away. If things weren’t bad enough for him as it was in the previous book, things are about to get a whole lot worse!

Varg is without a doubt a character that readers will take into their hearts. No matter how much rubbish life throws at him, he never lets it beat him. To be accused of what Varg is being accused off, is just horrendous. I like that the author has used a crime that is sadly very much one that is current in todays world. For Varg to be accused of it though sent me reeling. The reader knows there is no way that it would be possible but sadly not everyone thinks the same.

The author has yet again created a story that will have the reader racing through the pages to see whether Varg can prove his innocence. My heart was literally in my mouth wondering if he would be able to get himself out of this appalling situation. It certainly makes for a tense and exciting read.

My thanks to Orenda Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Wolves in the Dark is available to purchase from Amazon.

unnamed

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware @RuthWareWriter

32054096.jpg

Book Description:

Four friends. One promise. But someone isn’t telling the truth. The twisting new mystery from bestselling phenomenon Ruth Ware.

The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It’s just three words: I need you.
Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.

At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten.

Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, not after what they did. It’s time for the women to get their story straight…

My Thoughts:

The Lying Game is the third book I have read by this author and another great read.

The story is mainly set in present day with some quick flicks to the past so we get to see how all four girls meet and become friends. We also see everything from the point of view of Isa.

I was dying to know what secret the four women were keeping from everyone. The author though made sure that she didn’t tell me a moment before she was ready and it was pure torture. Even though a steady read, I was racing through the pages as I was desperate to find out. I mean who doesn’t love secrets?

All four women are very different in character and it made me wonder what drew them all together. Even though they haven’t seen each other for nearly two decades, they all drop everything to go see Kate. I didn’t know what had tied them together for this length of time but you can tell when they all meet again that there is certainly a strong bond between them.

The setting for the story was just brilliant. It just gave a bit of an eerie feel to it all and I for one wouldn’t have wanted to go venturing off on my own like Isa, especially with a baby!

The Lying Game is such an engaging read. I literally struggled to put it down. Filled full of secrets and lies that bond these four women together it will certainly keep you guessing with an ending that didn’t disappoint. Really enjoyed it.

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads raying 4/5 stars.

The Lying Game is available to purchase from Amazon.

A Deadly Game by Joanne Griffiths @Tazer129 @Bloodhoundbook

DeadlyGame Avignon+Book D30000 darken

Book Description:

 

Kate Palmer, an undergraduate student, discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to drop out of university. However, on the evening before she returns home, her body is discovered in Aston park. She is the first victim of several murders that will rock the city of Birmingham.
Detective Sergeant James “Jim” Wardell, who has his own issues to contend with, is given the case.

 

When Eddie Carter, a popular talk show host on Birmingham’s Radio Station, is contacted by someone claiming to be the killer, it is the start of a cat and mouse game between a deranged killer and the police.

After a second body is discovered the pressure mounts on the police to capture the man responsible.

 

Who is killing these women and why?

Can Jim capture the twisted killer before more innocent women are murdered?

My Thoughts:

I love how this story is told. It flicks between the killer himself, the victims families as well as the police. You really get a feel for what it’s like from all sides. The parts to do with the victims families was particularly emotional, I found myself filling up numerous times as what they were going through was just horrific.

Not only does the story focus on a serial killer but it deals with domestic abuse. We get to know the killer in his home life with his wife and daughter. The abuse that he dishes out to his wife does make for uncomfortable reading and my heart went out to her and what she was having to put up with.

The killer himself, I truly detested. I couldn’t wait for the police to capture him. I wanted him to pay for the horrendous things he had done and it certainly made for a heart in your mouth read wondering how many more he was going to kill and if it was ever going to end.

I really liked Jim, he is just one of those likeable characters. I didn’t pity him whatsoever having to let the victims poor families know about the death of a loved one. Through his character you could really tell how much this side of things can take it’s toll. He is quite a gentle soul and he really cares about this case. I for one would love to see more of Jim as not sure if this is just a stand alone or the start of a new series.

A Deadly Game is a gripping read that will have you going through a whole array or emotions. I loved that the author had a couple of things up her sleeves which meant there were a couple of surprises in there that I wasn’t expecting. A great debut novel and can’t wait to read more by the author.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

A Deadly Game is available to purchase from Amazon.

 

The Detriment (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) by David Videcette @DavidVidecette

51KFEeXSj0L

Book Description:

“The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…”

June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever.

From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him.

We all have secrets we say we’ll never tell…

My Thoughts:

As there are references to the case that Jake worked on in the first book in the series, I would recommend reading The Theseus Paradox before reading The Detriment.

It was great catching back up with Jake. He is trying to turn his life around as he has been on a type of probation while he proves himself to the powers that be. He has stopped drinking and was good to see him not on self destruction mode. He still needs to sort himself out where women are concerned but this is obviously harder for him than stopping the drinking.

There is so much going on in this book and was quite a fast paced read. I was glad that I had an evening which was really peaceful and had no interruptions so that I could fully concentrate on the story.

I loved the different threads running in the story and was intrigued with all of it. We also get to see more of Jakes ex which I really liked. Even though Jake is a bit of a player and gets himself into some sticky situations at times, there is no doubt that he is a really caring guy. We especially get to see this with his ex.

If anything Jake reminded me of Bond in this book. I’m not sure if it’s because he had to keep answering to a female boss who obviously has his best interests to heart and he always seems to be in trouble, either way it really reminded me of Bonds relationship with M.

The Detriment is a fast paced and thrilling read. The author brings the whole story to life with mentions of real life events and had me gripped through out. Hope the author doesn’t keep us waiting to long for the third in the series!

My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Detriment is available to purchase from Amazon.

Liar by KL Slater #BlogTour @KimLSlater @bookouture

34813902

Book Description:

How far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.

My Thoughts:

This is the authors third book I have read now and I have to say I am getting to be quite the fan. I know as soon as I pick up one of her books that I am guaranteed a good read and Liar was certainly no different.

The story starts off with a shocking start and then goes back to where it all started off and the events that lead back up to the present day. It flicks between Amber who is Ben’s new partner and Judi, Ben’s mum.

As a parent I do think it’s hard thinking that anyone is good enough for your children. Judi was lucky that she loved Ben’s first wife who sadly lost her life to cancer and is very much shocked and scared when Ben informs his parents that he has met someone else.

Without a doubt I could relate to Judi. She has been a big part of Ben’s as well as her grand children’s lives for the last two years. When Amber comes into their lives, it’s obvious that she wants Judi cut out of their lives.

Amber I took an instant dislike to straight away. It is obvious she is up to something but I didn’t know why. She seems hell bent on making things as difficult for Judi as possible and delights at driving a wedge between mother and son.

Liar is one very twisted story where I was certain I knew the outcome. The author weaves a story with twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and made me question everything. No way did I ever envision the ending to this book which I loved it when an author takes me by surprise. I would have personally loved some sort of epilogue as it ended slightly abruptly for me and left me wondering a few things but other than that I totally loved it.

My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Liar is available to purchase from Amazon.

unnamed (2)