The Method by Shannon Kirk

Loved, loved, loved this book.

Pregnant teenager Dorothy M. Salucci is kidnapped on her way to school but Dorothy is not your typical teenager. Right from the moment she is kidnapped Dorothy is plotting her escape and revenge. I actually found Dorothy quite scary and brave in the way she viewed things and how she kept herself together to view objects in her surroundings as tools to her escape. 

Roger Lui is the FBI agent tasked to find Dorothy. Roger has Hyperthymesia which means he has a fantastic memory. I loved the relationship between Roger and his partner Lola.

The kidnappers are bad, bad people who only want Dorothy for her baby unless she can get away.

I absolutely loved this book. The story was brilliant, there was a real twist which made my jaw drop. The writing was really fresh and just grabs you right from the beginning. I cannot wait to read more by Shannon Kirk and I think we will be hearing big things from this author.

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I would like to thank Clara at Little Brown for my advance copy.

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie

Synopsis

A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.

The charred body of a policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found in the burnt-out shell of his car on the Southend seafront.

To DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell of the Essex Police Major Investigation Team, the two events seem unconnected. But as they dig deeper into their colleague’s murder, dark secrets begin to emerge.

My Review

Burned and Broken is Mark Hardie’s debut novel. What a great read and shows promise of what is to come.

The book starts with someone in a car covered in petrol and then he sees a blue light and the car goes up in flames. What a start to the book, definetly not your usual start to a book and it had me hooked. We find out the body is that of DI Sean Carragher. 

The book then moves on to another character Donna who is mourning the death of her friend Alisha and trying to find out who killed her. Alongside the police investigating the death of an officer.

I found in part one that there was that many characters it was a bit hard to keep up with them all. And the parts with Donna didnt always grab me. Parts 2 and 3 I was totally engrossed as the story really came together and pulled me right in.

For a debut novel and the first in a new series I thought this book showed a lot of potential and I look forward to reading the next book in the series and Mark Hardie is definetly an author to look out for.

I would like to thank Clara at Little Brown Book Group for my copy.

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Burned and Broken is available to purchase from Amazon.

Rattle by Fiona Cummins

Synopsis

A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter.

He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Firth and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs. 

What begins as a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge.

My Review

What an absolutely brilliantly written book. I cannot get over this being a first novel, if this is the start of things to come, I cannot wait for what is still to come!

This book had me hooked from page one. I would have read this in one sitting, if those pesky kids and work had not got in the way. And I just had to worry about Clara and Jakey until I could get back to them.

The book follows different character’s whose lives become intertwined. Little Clara is the first to go missing and her parents Amy and Miles are devastated and deal with things very differently. This is when we meet DS Etta Fitzroy. I really like this character as she is very troubled, her marriage and family problems make her seem so real and very relatable. She could have been someone you know. I really hope this book is the start of a series as I need more Etta. 

At the beginning we meet the Firths, Erdman, Lillith and their son Jakey. Jakey has a life limiting condition commonly called Stone Man Syndrome. I thought the author dealt with Jakey’s condition with lots of sensitivity. You could feel Jakey’s pain, when he is scratching his arm and couldnt stop. I could totally feel his pain but for us the itching stops. Jakey’s would start again with his next flare up. The way his parents handled it you could totally believe. Lillith being scared of everything and wanting to wrap him up in cotton wool whereas Erdman wanted him to be a normal little boy as much as possible.

The bone man gave me the creeps. The way he just blended into the background and was so unmemorable made him quite scary. The things I learned about his childhood made me feel a tiny bit sorry for him but now he is an adult and its his choice to do what he does.

Overall I thought this book was brilliant. A real rollercoaster of a read. I went through every emotion reading this book and the loose ends make me hope for a second book. I will definetly be looking out for more by this author and recommending her to everyone.

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Thanks to NetGalley and Pan MacMillan for the advanced copy.

Inspector Hobbes And The Bones

Synopsis

There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking.

Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he’s getting worried.

My Review

This is the fourth book in the Inspector Hobbes and Andy series. It was also the first book in this series that I have read but I really enjoyed it. I do love a cosy mystery.

The story follows the hapless Andy whose wife Dapahne has just left to do a dig in Egypt and he is feeling out of sorts. After some strange occurances and worried that someone is trying to hurt him, he moves in with his friend Inspector Hobbes, Mrs Goodfellow the housekeeper and Dreggs the dog. We follow Andy and Hobbes through their adventures where they meet a boar, some mystical creatures and Dreggs new girl friend. 

I loved the mix of magic with a bit of murder, not my usual read but will definetly be picking up the first 3 in the series.

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Thanks to The Witcherley Book Company and NetGalley for my copy.

Dark Waters by Robert Bryndza

Synopsis

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. Above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child. The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago. As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on. Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

My Review

WOW!! What a ride! You know how you just happen to come across a series and it just takes you along for the ride and you don’t want to get off…..Well this is one of them!

Set in London we find Erika at a new police station dealing with a drugs case. The police go to a quarry to find the drugs but they also find the skeleton of a young child Jessica Collins who has been missing for 26 years.

This is the perfect case for Erika as she will stop at nothing to solve the mystery. Erika is such a well rounded character, we get to see her vulnerable side with her devastation over her husband but we also see her ass kicking this is why I am in charge side. She is one tough lady.

I was so glad Moss and Peterson were back. I love how these three have each other’s backs and they make me laugh. Peterson and Isaac Strong are my new fictional crushes. I just love Isaac and would love him to feature more.

Amanda Baker was a very flawed and complex character which made her more believable. I actually ended up really liking her and feeling very sorry for how she ended up. Crawford not so much.

This book had a lot of red herrings and yes I did fall for a few but in the end I got there and I was mostly right woo hoo! When I was finished I made a cup of tea sat back and thought phew! What a ride.

If your looking to lose a few hours with a great book by a great author get buying you will not regret it. Just make sure to read The Girl in the Ice first then The Night Stalker.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for an advance copy.

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