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The Suspects by Katharine Johnson

May 2, 2019 - 4:03 am No Comments

The Suspects by Katharine Johnson
Published by Crooked Cat Books out on 10th May 2019 257 pages

Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller

Bristol, 1988. Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.

After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it’s clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies. But can they trust each other? 

“The hugely talented Katharine Johnson has, again delivered a tense thriller! This is a compelling novel – up there with Erin Kelly and Sophie Hannah.”

Val Penny, author of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.

“Gripping and frighteningly realistic. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end.” Jo Fenton, author of The Brotherhood.

At the end of this post is a giveaway to win a sign copy of the book

So here are my thoughts…….

As I started this story, my first thought was that the MCs were either brave or stupid to buy a house with 4 complete strangers. The only thing they had in common was that they were all trainee journalist working for the same company. The story starts off slowly as you are introduced to each of the MCs. The detailed descriptions enable you to get the know the characters in more detail and you soon realise how different each one was. Stuart was the bossy one, liked to be in charge and wanted everything his way. Zak was a bit of a “Jack the lad” he liked to wind up people. Imogen came across as spoilt. The only one in a steady relationship, she wanted everything to be perfect. Xanthe came across as flaky, however, I think it was an act and she was cleverer than her housemates thought and finally Emily, the quiet one, who usually did what she was told to do without question. However, as soon as the body was found, their characteristics soon became important to the plot.

With all these characters, writing it from Emily’s point of view made it easy to follow the plot. As you continue with the story, you learn more about their backstories and get a better understanding of why they were how they were and why they did what they did without involving the police. As the characters felt more and more pressure the story’s pace seemed to quicken up.  

As the majority of the book is set in the late 80s, there was quite a few 80s pop culture inserted into the story, whether it was a film they were watching or a song playing on the radio. I found myself humming the songs as I was reading. As I found out more about the characters, I kept changing my mind who I thought was behind the death and I am sure I had to pause my reading when the big reveal happened, as I never saw it coming.

I really enjoyed this book and am going to look out for more of this author’s work.     

Purchasing Links Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Suspects-Katharine-Johnson-ebook/dp/B07PRCJ785

Amazon Com: https://www.amazon.com/Suspects-Katharine-Johnson-ebook/dp/B07PRCJ785

Meet the author: Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol and now lives in Berkshire. She’s worked as a journalist on lots of magazines and has written a history book about Windsor. When not writing you’ll usually find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, restoring a house in Italy, walking her spaniel or playing netball (although not usually at the same time.)

You can connect with her here….

Website https://www.katyjohnsonblog.wordpress.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/katharinejohnsonauthor

Twitter https://www.twitter.com/@kjohnsonwrites

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/katharinejohnsonauthor

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Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/katharine-johnson

Publishers http://www.crookedcatbooks.comhttp://@crookedcatbooks

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Blog tour for After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott

February 25, 2019 - 6:04 am No Comments

After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott

Published by Titan Books on 5th March 2019

448 pages

On the 11th August 1999, the UK experienced a full solar eclipse. I remember standing with my work colleagues outside the office looking up at the sky. This story captures that opportune moment, whilst everyone was excited about the eclipse, 11-year old Olive Warren was abducted. 16 years later and in the build-up to another eclipse, another girl has gone missing. Cassie Warren is still suffering from the guilt of losing her sister, now an unemployed journalist, can she find who took her sister and save the missing girl.

Cassie had a lot of issues, a failed relationship, anger problems that caused the loss of her job and the guilt of her missing sister. Added to this she was sole carer for her Gran who suffered from Dementia. Living back in the village of her sister’s disappearance brought back a lot of memories and whilst the majority were bad, she still had good thoughts of Marion, her 1st love.

From the moment Olive is abducted, you are drawn into a mystery that spans years. The story starts at a steady pace, but when another girl gets abducted, the pace quickens as you can sense Cassie’s urgency in solving the case. The character’s slowly come to life as you are reading and with such detailed descriptions, you would think it would be easy to guess who was behind it.  As the story is written in 3rd person, it enables you to follow the investigation step by step and you get to learn more about Cassie’s younger life. Inserted throughout the story, is Olive’s journal and the more you read, the more you find out what happened to Olive after the abduction and what she had to suffer. Cassie and Marion’s relationship rebuilds slowly and there were times that I just wanted to yell at Cassie to get her to tell Marion how she felt about her.

I love suspense thrillers that whilst the clues are there I was unable to guess who is behind it and this was one of those books, I think I went through the majority of the characters and still was not right. The story was well plotted and at the end, it was all tied up nicely and well explained.  

If you are looking for a thriller with twists that will keep you guessing then this is a book for you. This is a great debut novel and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

Blog Tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

February 21, 2019 - 6:21 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin…..Here is the blurb

DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?

One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.

One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

Published on 11th February 2019

315 pages

When Paul Ray, a 12-year-old boy goes missing at school, all that’s left is a high quantity of blood and it doesn’t look good. Tasked with the case, DCI Yorke had history with the family, but can he put his prejudice aside and find the boy alive?

Even though I have finished this story I could not tell you much about DCI Yorke, he kept himself to himself and had a few close friends. He was good at his job and ran a tight ship. Throughout the story, there were hints about his past life and I hope that I get to know more about him in future books  

The history of the Rays is revealed throughout the story and with every generation having an evil streak, the suspect list gets longer. As you find out more about the Rays you can understand why the residents of Salisbury despise them.

Whilst the book had a lot going on, it was an easy story to follow. From the abduction, you are following DCI Yorke as he investigates the crime and it did feel like you were watching a police drama on the TV. Scenes were described in detail and some readers may find some of the torture scenes a bit gruesome. However. these scenes helped enforce how dark certain members of the Ray family were. Other scenes had me shouting at the characters as I was getting so involved in the story. One of my favourite scenes was the car chase in the multi-storey carpark.

There were enough twists in the story to keeping me guessing to the end and as more clues came out about who was behind it, I found myself emotionally torn between feeling sorry for them and wanting them to be caught.

Being so involved in the story this was a fast read as I wanted to find out who was behind the crime. If you are looking for a dark thriller than pick up this book and I will look out for more books by this author 

Buying links UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

US https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

Author’s Bio

Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre. 

​Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.​​

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

Twitter https://twitter.com/MarkinWes

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WesMarkinAuthor/

Shifting Identities (Criminal Elements Book 3) by Clare Meyers and Cris Meyers

December 16, 2018 - 2:18 pm No Comments

Shifting Identities (Criminal Elements Book 3) by Clare Meyers and Cris Meyers

Published 5th December 2018

328 pages

After surviving their last explosive heist, the team go their separate ways. However, Rook gets a phone call and the team are blackmailed to get back together, pull off the heist of the century or suffer the consequences.

Due to the difficulty of the heist, the planning and execution called on all the team’s talents. This enabled you to know more about the team in depth.Not only what magic each of them possesses,but more about their former lives. Thanks to the extra attention from Stone,Carlos is becoming more comfortable with his gifts and their relationship was becoming more like father and son.     

From the initial phone call,you are taken on an intricate journey. As more elements of the heist are known,you are left wondering whether they can pull it off. As the heist drew nearerthe story intensifies as the pace picked up. I flew through the last quarter of the book as I wanted to see whether all their plotting had worked.

Whilst the book did not end on a cliffhanger, it does leave you wondering what will happen next.  The details throughout, show just how well the story was plotted and this series is improving with every book. I hope to read more about this bunch of criminals. 

Friends List by Rob Watson

December 5, 2018 - 10:39 pm No Comments

Friends List by Rob Watson
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on 2nd January 2018
224 pages

Lexa is raised by her aunt and uncle after becoming an orphan. Spending time with her twin Alex, they had a very unhealthy relationship with each other. Trying to be independent, Lexa with her college friends worked on a successful political campaign and now the Magnificent Seven are up for a celebration. However, the celebrations are put on hold when a serial killer turns up uninvited.
Lexa certainly had her problems, but whilst she was trying to adapt and socialise, you could see that she was still a loner. The only time she seemed happy and content was when she was with Alex. As the killings intensify she relies on a lot more support from her family, friends and Dr.
With Room-mates a social media site like Habbo playing an important role in the story shows just how big a part social media is in most people’s lives.
Whilst they were all supposed to be friends there was quite a lot of bitching and backstabbing. Each murder was different and if you like graphic and gore than you will love this book. There were scenes that will shock you, which you don’t see coming. One of my favourite scenes was set at the Thanksgiving celebration.
This was a quick read as I wanted to find out who was doing the killings. There were red-herrings throughout and whilst I had an idea who was behind it, I could not work out how and why. The unexpected ending tied up this story.
A good slasher read.