Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

June 28, 2018 - 6:12 pm No Comments

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Published by Cornerstone Digital on 29th June 2017
323 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read the Temperance series I was interested to read something different by her. Sunday Night is a woman with a past, now living in isolation, all she wanted was a quiet life. However after a bombing at a Jewish school resulting in fatalities and a missing girl, she is hired to find the bombers.
From page 1 you knew Sunday was damaged, and as you read more of her story is revealed. She is head strong who found it hard to trust and does not take to authority figures. I liked her, Sunday she was one of those people who got the job done and didn’t care how she went about doing it. With her uniform background, she was definitely up for the job. I found at the start she was a bit disjointed and it seemed that she had not got a clue and was winging it a bit. But this made her feel more real. However as soon as Gus joined her, it seemed to click and you felt that they would get the job done.
I felt that it started a bit slow but soon picked up pace as more information was found. With Sunday being so paranoid there was a lot of fine detail put into her style and habits and you knew exactly what she was doing. Information about the terrorists were drip fed throughout at the story and this made you want to carry on reading as you wanted to find out whether Sunday found the missing teenager. The author had a way of leading you in a different direction and the scenes in italics was not about who I thought they were
For a 1st in which I hope will be a new series this was a good start and I hope there will be more of Sunday Night

The Puppet Show (Washington Poe Book 1) by MW Craven

June 6, 2018 - 8:11 pm No Comments

The Puppet Show (Washington Poe Book 1) by MW Craven
Published by Constable on 7th June 2018
352 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After a body turned up with Washington Poe carved in it. Cumbria Police knew they needed extra help. This was the 3rd body to turn up. Brining in the NCA, they needed one man. The problem was he had left under a cloud and living in isolation.
Washington Poe was not a typical police officer. Not one for lip service he was not afraid to ruffle feathers to get the job done, usually resulting in angering the higher ranking officers. He had high regards for justice and would always fight for the little man. He would follow the clues and his ability to think outside the box got the results.
DI Flynn was your typical officer trying to do her best in a man’s world. She did let Washington a free rein as she knew how it worked. As a boss, she was fair and was always the one to try and keep the peace.
My favourite character throughout the book was Tilly Bradshaw. The technology whizz kid with an analytical mind.. Whilst it was not mentioned I had the impression that she had autism. It was so refreshing to read about a character who did not think what people thought about her. She was blunt and straight to the point and not afraid to speak the truth. Having lived a sheltered life, everything she did in the field was new and she reminded me of a kid at Christmas.
From the beginning of this story, you are hit with a gruesome killing and you knew what to expect. The story was fast paced whilst you follow the investigation. As the story progressed you get to find out about Poe’s previous case and you soon realise what sort of man he is. The story is well plotted and even though I tried to guess I had not got a clue who the serial killer was. The reasons behind the killings was tragic. The harrowing scenes were broken up with some witty moments, thanks to Bradshaw. This thriller was fast pacing as there was always something going on.
This is my first read by this author and I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely look out for more in this series. A must read for thriller lovers.

Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh

May 30, 2018 - 4:59 am No Comments

Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh
Published on 25th January 2018 by Orion
368 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Before I started this book, I had never read any of the other books in this series. What grabbed me was the blurb and a lot of recommendations from my friends.
Eddie Flynn is a defence lawyer, good at what he does, he has made a name for himself, whilst annoying the NYPD. When Robert Solomon gets arrested for murder, Flynn gets an invite to be on the defence team. With all the evidence stacked up against Robert, Flynn knows he has a fight in court. But the further Flynn investigates, he quickly comes to realise that it is not a simple case of murder.
From the start you know that Joshua Kane was a master of his work. Everything he did was planned to finest detail. He was one of the cleverest serial killers I have read about and I did have an admiration for him.
The story swaps between Flynn and Kane’s story, there is no confusion as Kane is in 3rd POV. This helped the story flow and you learn about the character’s in detail. This story is fast paced and the tension builds throughout. I do not read many court room drama but I found this intriguing, even down to the jury selection and after I found out what they have to go through to get selected, I admired Joshua more.
When I am reading thrillers I like to guess where the story was going, but with this story I was wrong in every case. The story was well plotted and there was a lot of detail to the story. Even if you have not read the others in the series, you do not miss out on any of the story as this can be read as a stand alone and for me a good introduction to this author’s work. An intriguing plot and a must for thriller lovers and you will get to find out why thirteen as there are only twelve on the jury.

Literary Stalker by Roger Keen

April 11, 2018 - 7:28 pm 2 Comments

Today is my turn to review this book

Literary Stalker by Roger Keen
Published by Darkness Visible Publishing on 18th September 2017
229 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The majority of us live on social media and it is one of the best ways to spread the word about what you are doing. But what happens when an innocent comment is taken the wrong way or someone does not like your work. Nick Chatterton, an Indie author uses his personal experience on social media to pen The Facebook Murders.
Nick is an aspiring author, working the horror scenes whilst connecting with other authors and a major user of social media. Having published a few short stories, he was looking for that next big novel. An idea came to him when he re-watched Theatre of Blood and the novel was born Using Jago as Nick’s main character showed how vindictive and petty Nick was. How he fixated on certain Facebook comments and wanted to seek revenge. However he had a dark side which showed itself when he was conjuring up the murders, whilst they were based on scenes from films, you could feel his blood lust and knew he enjoyed them too much. Whilst were reading Jago’s story, we also get to know about Nick’s life, his doomed relationship with Robin and his obsession with acclaimed write Hugh Canford-Eversleigh, which over the years developed into stalking.
Reading a story in a story may sound confusing but it wasn’t as the usage of 3rd POV helped. I got to grips pretty quick with the swapping over between Nick and Jago story. Whilst reading the story you learn in detail what each victim had done to upset Nick and I kept imagining Nick/Jago to insert a villainous laugh every time he killed someone. I got drawn into this story as I was waiting for Nick’s evil side to be revealed and as the story was coming to an end I was not disappointed. The story was complete and there was no unanswered question. This is a different type of crime story to what I usually read and I enjoyed it a lot. One thing to take note is to be careful what you put on social media as Jago may be just around the corner.

Fifty Years of Fear by Ross Greenwood

January 31, 2018 - 11:29 pm No Comments

Fifty Years of Fear by Ross Greenwood
Published 1st October 2017
365 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

You are introduced to Vincent at the age of 14, a difficult age for most teenagers. Even more difficult if you are timid and anxious. Adding to his fears was his dad who had suffered a stroke. Following Vincent for the next 36 years whilst he battles his fears and finds out what type of man he is.
Vincent is a character that if you saw him in the street, you would just walk past him. Whilst he was a bit a loner, there was times where he came out of his shell and made friends. Reading those scenes, you could see how free he was and showing that he didn’t have a care in the world. Watching his back or sometimes causing the trouble was his older brother Frank. Frank came across as a thug, always getting into trouble and rebelling against the rules, even being blamed for the disappearance of a school boy who bullied Vincent
The author tackled a few difficult subjects and whilst you are reading this story, it makes you think. The story showed the stigma that goes with people who have a mental health and the fear that families have talking about it. Whilst this is an emotional book there is some humour usually from Vincent and one of my favourite scenes was when he met Betty and Arnold at the hotel in Cromer. Even now after I have finished this book Vincent is still on my mind, did he do what he was reported to have done, would he had been different if they had talked about mental health when he was younger. This is a stand-alone story that will take you on an emotional journey. This was my first book by this author and I have already downloaded some of his other books to read