Death’s Silent Judgement by Anne Coates @Anne_Coates1 @urbanebooks

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Book Description:

Death’s Silent Judgement is the thrilling sequel to Dancers in the Wind, and continues the gripping series starring London-based investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge.

Following the deadly events of Dancers in the Wind, freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice.

With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend’s brutal murder, and is determined to unmask the killer. But before long Hannah’s investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth placing her in the path of a remorseless killer…

My Thoughts:

Death’s Silent Judgement is the second book in the Hannah Weybridge series. As this follows on from the first book in the series, I would highly recommend reading Dancers In The Wind first before reading this one.

I enjoyed catching up with Hannah again. She has not got over Caroline’s death which happened in the first book and is determined to put her investigative skills to use to help others.

The story line in this book deals with a sensitive subject which is sadly something that shouldn’t happen in todays world. It’s something that horrifies and sickens me. As much as I wanted Hannah to find out who was behind it all and put a stop to it, I did fear for her and her daughters safety as Hannah always seems to manage to put herself in dangers way.

Death’s Silent Judgement  is a story very much of  mystery and suspense. Thought not some fast paced crime thriller this still makes for a steady read that will keep readers hooked. With the ever complicated relationship between Hannah and Tom, the author makes sure she leaves the reader wanting more.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Death’s Silent Judgement is available to purchase from Amazon.

Enter The Dark by Chris Thomas @cthomasauthor1 @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:

An anonymous website, a few clicks, and Joe Henderson’s life is changed forever.
‘The Red Room’ is the only place where the inadequacies of a weak justice system are righted and where the line between good and evil becomes blurred. When the lights go up, viewers bid, criminals are punished, and the Brotherhood of the Righteous broadcasts a show like no other.
The room has remained hidden until now, when a video arrives in the inbox of the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit: the torture and killing of a notorious criminal. But outclassed, outplayed, and torn apart by corruption, is there anything Detective Pete Harris and his team can do except watch?
Their only lead may be the room’s latest bidder, Joe Henderson. Because when Joe found the Red Room, it found him too, and now the Brotherhood are watching through the wires, willing to do evil for a righteous cause, to become the men that even monsters are scared of.
As they pull Joe deeper into the dark web, will he find any mercy and any way out? Or will he be the Red Room’s next volunteer?

My Thoughts:

I will just start by telling you how much I loved this book. I loved it, loved it, loved it.

Right from the very first page I knew that I was really going to enjoy this novel and I wasn’t wrong.

The Red Room is somewhere that you hope to goodness you never find yourself. If you do, it’s going to be painful and you certainly have no hope of ever coming out of there alive. To a certain extent to start with I actually liked the logic behind the brotherhood and what they were doing. As a reader it certainly thrilled me but as a human being the further I got into it I wasn’t so sure whether I truly agreed with what they were doing, but to be honest who cares as this is fiction, which meant I could enjoy every moment for what it was.

The story reminded me slightly of The Running Man, apart from there is nothing that the prisoners can do to get out of the position that they find themselves. Don’t get me wrong, the crimes that these people have committed are truly horrible ones and in a way I didn’t want to read about what was happening to them but then on the other hand I did as I wanted to see them suffer. Obviously for the police, they can’t see people taking the law into their own hands so they need to find out who is behind it all and put a stop to it.

Enter The Dark is a brilliantly dark and disturbing read. It’s one that will have you well and truly hooked from beginning to end. It has quite a futuristic feel to it though it is very much set in the here and now. Not quite sure if there is going to be a follow up to this book as there easily could be. I’m really hoping there is as detective Pete Harris is someone that I would like to see again. Brilliant book and highly recommended.

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 5/5 stars.

Enter The Dark is available to purchase from Amazon.

The Mayfly by James Hazel #BlogTour @JamesHazelBooks @BonnierZaffre

Delighted to be on The Mayfly blog tour today. For my stop I am delighted to be able to share with you a guest post from the author. The Mayfly is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.

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Book Description:

A mutilated body discovered in the woods. A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two.

When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for.

As Priest races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?

Guest Post:

Dissociative disorder explained

 

Dissociative disorders are a series of mental impairments in which the sufferer experiences breakdowns in their perception of reality. For Charlie Priest, the main protagonist of The Mayfly, this manifests itself in bouts of detachment from the real world. At its most extreme, it can include out-of-body experiences and terrifying hallucinations.

The motivation for giving Charlie this condition began with the idea that he ought to have a specific vulnerability: his own personal kryptonite. I have professional experience of mental illness and it just seemed that dissociative disorder (the exact classification which Charlie suffers from will become clear as the series progresses) would allow the character to be highly functional ninety per cent of the time but, when a breakdown occurs, the consequences would be incapacitating.

I have always been sensitive to the fact, however, that this is also a very real condition that, in its most common form – depersonalisation disorder – may affect up to 2% of the population, that is 1.3 million people in the UK. Despite this, it is not widely known about outside of the medical profession.

There are various classifications and a spectrum of seriousness. Some people have had their lives utterly destroyed by this condition, whereas there are also those that are able to mask their symptoms and appear highly functional to the outside world. Priest falls in to this latter category, save for certain moments when he experiences attacks of extreme derealization, in which the real-world dissolves around him and is replaced by an unreal, nightmarish façade.

Everybody experiences a mild form of depersonalisation from time to time; drifting off while staring out of the window, day-dreaming. Moments where, for a short time, our sense of reality is disturbed, usually brought on by trauma, stress or fatigue (or recreational drugs!). The difference is that people who suffer from dissociative disorder experience these sensations on a much larger scale and for longer periods of time leaving them completely devastated – stranded in an arid, emotionless world. In extreme cases, this can even be permanent.

Dissociative disorder sufferers often report the feeling of being detached from their own bodies, like watching themselves in a film, or sitting behind their heads, helpless as their body moves around in front of them. This is undoubtedly a terrifying experience. In other cases, sufferers have described a feeling of detachment that was so extreme that they even questioned whether they had died.

The exact cause of dissociative disorder is unknown but there is strong evidence to indicate that trauma can cause symptoms of derealisation / depersonalisation. This may be brought on by blood flow to the front of the brain (responsible for rationality) reducing while increasing to the back of the brain (responsible for instinct). This is how the body responds to trauma (triggering the so-called fight or flight reaction), but the consequence of turning the back of the brain on and the front off causes the symptoms of dissociative disorder.

Equally, there is evidence of a possible genetic basis for dissociative disorder. Sufferers often have close relatives with the condition, something that is reflected in The Mayfly.

As a former employment and discrimination lawyer, I am very aware that mental illness is still a taboo subject in some quarters, most notably the workplace. We seem to have started to get our heads around physical disabilities; the world has adapted, albeit that progress is variable. But mental illness is far more difficult to tackle because it requires people to adapt on an emotional as well as physical level. Regrettably, there are still too many instances when this remains a bridge too far.

This isn’t a subject that is widely covered, or written about. My hope in introducing a character who suffers from dissociative disorder was to raise some awareness. If you’re interested in reading more, then Stranger to Myself by Jeffrey Abugel is a good place to start.

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The Fourth Monkey by J.D.Barker #BlogTour #4MK @jdbarker

 

Book Description:

Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath.

That’s the Four Monkey Killer or ‘4MK’. A murderer with a twisted vision and absolutely no mercy.

Detective Sam Porter has hunted him for five long years, the recipient of box after box of grisly trinkets carved from the bodies of 4MK’s victims.

But now Porter has learnt the killer’s twisted history and is racing to do the seemingly impossible – find 4MK’s latest victim before it’s too late…

My Thoughts:

I have to admit that to start with I was slightly unsure as  to whether this was a book in a series as it was obvious from the beginning that something had happened in Detective Sam Porter’s past and I felt slightly like I was missing out on something. Thankfully the further into the story I got everything is fully revealed.

The story alternates between a race for time for the police to find a missing girl before she becomes 4MK’s next victim and diary entries from the killers past. I have to admit I absolutely loved the diary entries. Talk about gripping stuff! What starts off as a young boy with a seemingly good up bringing by his parents ends up going into a whole new direction that I would never have guessed.

Like I mentioned, right from the start it’s obvious Porter is a troubled man. He has just returned to work after something has happened in his personal life. It doesn’t take long for the reader to work out the gist of what has happened before it is all fully disclosed. I think being back at work with his work colleagues brings a much needed distraction for Porter and I enjoyed the relationship that he had with them.

The whole story line to do with the killer and how they got their name was very clever. The balance between past and present was perfect and the author has you racing through the pages to find out more about the killer as well as whether Porter and his team will catch him in time.

The Fourth Monkey is a seriously intriguing read. There are so many interesting characters that stood out to me for various reasons and I’m hoping with how the story finishes that this is not the last we have seen of them. Gripping from the off, this is one tense and fast paced read and a  definite must read for crime lovers.

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

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Fourth Monkey is available to pre order from Amazon.

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That One May Smile by Valerie Keogh #BlogTour @ValerieKeogh1 @TAsTPublicity

I am delighted to be the next stop on the That One May Smile blog tour today. That One May Smile by Valerie Keogh is the first book in the Gardia West Crime novels series. It is also out now and available to purchase from Amazon. For my stop, the author has very kindly written a wonderful guest post to share with you. Enjoy!

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Book Description:

When Kelly Johnson’s husband disappears, her perfect world in the Foxrock suburb of Dublin falls apart. Then she stumbles on a dead body in the graveyard behind her house.
A coincidence? Garda Sergeant Mike West thinks so until he finds a link between the dead body and Kelly’s missing husband.
And then to add to the problem, Kelly disappears.
The investigation takes West first to Cornwall and then to Cork, on the trail of a tangled case involving identity theft, blackmail and illegal drugs. And as if the complications of the case weren’t enough there is the constant, irritating – and definitely unsuitable – attraction, to the beautiful Kelly, who will keep disappearing!.

Guest Post:

When I wrote my first novel, I did what most writers do, I sent it off to several agents, and then to several more. And then I sat back and thought about giving up.

Fortunately for me, one of my sisters read an article about self-publishing and sent it to me. It couldn’t be that simple, could it? To my surprise, it was and there I was, published on Amazon. Looking back, I realise what an innocent I was then, I really thought that was it, it was out there and readers would read it. That’s when I learned that being an indie writer is so much more than that. It’s about getting your name known, making contacts, seeing what works, and learning that it never, ever ends.

I’ve wasted money on promotions that promised to rocket me to the top of the best-seller list and more money on marketing specialists who promised the sun moon and stars. But all the time I have been learning the craft, not just of being a writer, but of being an author – and an Independent one at that.

One of the first things I learned was the importance of having a good editor – I was lucky to have found one who I immediately felt at ease with. She is invaluable and makes my novels the best they can be.

I listened to my readers and responded by making some changes.

I learned not to cry at bad reviews.

I learned to keep writing even when I wasn’t sure if the story was working.

I learned how wonderfully supportive the writing community is and have made good friends and contacts who are happy to share the secrets of their success – such generosity of spirit means such a lot, writing can be a lonely job.

I’ve learned that I want this – I want the life of a writer, the getting down in print of all the stories in my head. And if people enjoy them, which they seem to, well that’s the icing on the cake.

More than anything, I’ve learned never to give up.

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Those That Remain by Rob Ashman @RobAshmanAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

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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

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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.

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