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THREE: Deception Love Murder by KJ McGillick

June 29, 2019 - 6:53 am No Comments

THREE: Deception Love Murder

Inviting a stranger into your home can be dangerous. Inviting a stranger into your life can turn deadly.

How would you feel if you discovered your death was meticulously planned by someone you loved? You didn’t know how or when or even why. All you could do was wait.

Emma has it all-a job she loves and a man who professed to love her.

Or did she? How could she be so blind?

When her lover’s car is found burned and abandoned in another state, the police come asking some hard questions. What she discovers upends her world completely. Jude had been living a double life right under her nose. A deceitful life, a treacherous life. Who was this man that had already groomed another woman to take over Emma’s life? A woman who was Emma’s body double and now dead.  

Why had she so easily trusted this psychopath with her heart? Betrayed on every level, consequences not of Emma’s making were nipping at her heels. Tick. Tock.

THREE is a gripping crime thriller that will have you hooked. A fast-paced psychological thriller that has been compared to the works of Dan Brown. It can be read as a standalone and serves as the first book in the Path of Deception and Betrayal series.

THREE: Deception Love Murder by KJ McGillick

Published by KJRM Publishing LLC on 5th January 2018

330 pages                        

Emma was a lecturer of Art, whilst she had doubts with her relationship with Jude, she was happy with her routine. I took to Emma straightaway, and whilst at times she came across as a bit naïve, as you read this story, you realise how good Jude was at deceiving her. It makes you think, if you were put in this situation what would you do,

It is hard to say much without giving away any spoilers. As the story is written from 3rd POV, you get the whole story by both of the main characters and you soon become aware just how much danger Emma is in. However, she is not alone and her best friend and lawyer Eloise, was there to back her up and put everything into perspective when it all became overwhelming, she was strong-willed and god help any man that came up against her. Also having her back was her Aunt Mary, her elderly aunt who was suffering from dementia, and what a character. She was one of my favourite characters of all time, she did not let her dementia get in the way and some of her one-liners and comments had me laughing out loud.  

This was a fast-paced read and full of suspense as the plot behind Emma’s demise was laid out throughout the story. This book also gives you an insight into how complicated and dangerous the Art world is and I found it informative and interesting. The fine detail of the art, had me googling the pictures so I could see what they looked like. The scenes in the auction house were described in detail and it felt you were there feeling the apprehension of the bidders.

This is a great debut novel by this author and whilst this can be read as a  standalone read, I am off to read the rest of this series. A good psychological thriller and a new author for me to look out for.

Purchase Links:

US –  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078VFT9PJ/

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078VFT9PJ/

Three will be 99 p/c for the duration of the tour.

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/nxVD9MOsLss

Author Bio –

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

Social Media Links –

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http://www.kjmcgillick.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/Kmcgillick

Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace

June 20, 2019 - 5:26 am No Comments

I am pleased to review Injections of Insanity, the third in the DI Sterling series, written by Lorraine Mace.

 Injections of Insanity

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.

The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.

Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?

Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace

Published by Accent Press Ltd 13th June 2019

221 pages

6 months after Children in Chains and DI Sterling is up against again. With a lot of changes in his home life and at work, he has to find the link between the victims, before he can catch the killer.

Whilst this story was not as dark as the previous two in this series, it felt more intense. As DI Sterling investigated the case, he kept hitting brick wall after brick wall and you could sense he was up against the clock the catch the killer. The use of insulin was a unique weapon of choice and I learnt that something that would save lives would kill others horrifically.

Whilst Sterling was still the star of the show, this story showcases the other members of Sterling team and the more I read of the series the more DS Dave Johnson is growing on me. CC was still full of life and the new member adds another dynamic to the team and I wonder how far this team can go. Like the other books you follow Paolo as he tries and solves the case and he finds out more about the victims. If you are like me you start to guess who is behind the murders and as you read the story you realise time after time how wrong you are.

As usual this can be read as a standalone, but I would encourage readers new to Lorraine Mace to read the others first as you not only get involved in the crimes but also into the character’s personal lives.  I want this series to carry on for ever and hope I don’t have to wait too long for another DI Sterling story.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Injections-Insanity-Sterling-Lorraine-Mace/dp/1786156830

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Injections-Insanity-Sterling-Lorraine-Mace/dp/1786156830

Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52 

The Refuge by Jo Fenton

June 2, 2019 - 5:51 am 1 Comment

My time has come for my turn to let me share my thoughts on The Refuge, the 2nd in the Abbey Series written by Jo Fenton. Also, a reminder that the competition is still open to be in with a chance to win E-book copies of both The Brotherhood and The Refuge.     

The Refuge

Following the death of The Brotherhood’s charismatic but sinister leader, Dominic, Melissa and her husband Mark resolve to turn the Abbey into a refuge for victims of domestic abuse. But when Melissa’s long-lost sister, Jess, turns up at the Abbey, new complications arise.

The Abbey residents welcome the new arrival but find it hard to cope with the after-effects of her past. As Jess struggles to come to terms with what she’s been through, her sudden freedom brings unforeseen difficulties. The appearance of a stalker – who bears a striking resemblance to the man who kept her prisoner for nine years – leads to serious problems for Jess.

Meanwhile, Mark also finds that his past is coming back to haunt him. When a mother and daughter venture from the Abbey into the local town for a shopping trip, there are dreadful consequences.

A build-up of tension, a poorly baby and a well-planned trap lead Mel, Jess and their family into a terrifying situation.

Can Jess overcome the traumas of her past to rescue her sister? 

My thoughts

The Refuge by Jo Fenton

Published by Crooked Cats Press on 28th May 2019

247 pages

Now Dominic is dead and some of the wardens have done a runner, the residents of the Abbey are trying to move on with their lives. Mark and Melissa are trying to get used to parenthood, whilst bringing the Abbey into the 21st century, turning part of the building into a refuge and being reacquainted with Jessica, Melissa’s long-lost sister.

As you start this story, you get the feeling that everything is working out well, everyone is happy and the abbey is becoming the safe haven, it was meant to be. But as you read further, you can sense that something is not right. Threats of an outside source make the community more vulnerable, you can see that Mark is beginning to crack under the pressure of being helpless, especially when his friends are not safe. Melissa was still the caring strong person as she was in the Brotherhood, but the worry of her sick baby, resulted in her making some stupid mistakes, showing that she was not as confident as she made out to be. Although there were times that I felt that Melissa was not getting the support to run a refuge, it was good that she was still getting support from Inspector Greg Matthews.  

Whilst Melissa and Mark are still at the forefront of the story, other characters that were featured in the 1st book, all have major parts to play in the running of the Abbey and as we follow them round, we get to learn more of their backstory.

The author’s descriptive style, enables you to get fully involved in the story, the character’s emotions were important to the story and you knew straightaway just what the characters were feeling. As in book one, there are scenes than certain readers may find disturbing and as Melissa and Jessica’s relationship becomes stronger, you learn just what a horrific life Jessica had with her capture.

Sometimes sequels to a series are not as good as the first, but with The Refuge, it is as good or even better than The Brotherhood. If you enjoy psychological thrillers than pick up this series.

  Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Refuge-Jo-Fenton-ebook/dp/B07Q83W3XV

US –  https://www.amazon.com/Refuge-Jo-Fenton-ebook/dp/B07Q83W3XV

About the author

Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.

Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.

Social Media Links – Website www.jofenton137.com            

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jl_fenton

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The Brotherhood by Jo Fenton

May 31, 2019 - 5:17 am 1 Comment

I am on the blog tour for a new to me author Jo Fenton. The Brotherhood is the first in The Abbey series, a psychological thriller. At the end of my review, there is a competition to win E-Copies of both The Brotherhood and The Refuge.    

 The Brotherhood

When a young woman becomes pregnant in a religious sect, how far will she go to escape the abusive leader and save the people she loves?

The Brotherhood – safe haven or prison?

After her parents’ sudden death, a grieving Melissa falls back on her faith and into the welcoming arms of a religious sect. Captivated by their leader, Dominic, she leaves her old life behind and moves to the countryside to join them.

But life in The Brotherhood is not as safe as it first appeared. When engineer Mark joins The Brotherhood, Melissa finds herself conflicted between her growing feelings for him and her crush on Dominic. With their leader’s initial encouragement, Melissa and Mark grow close.

But as her haven becomes a prison, Melissa’s newfound happiness is destroyed by Dominic’s jealousy. How can she escape and save the ones she loves?

My review                                                                  

The  Brotherhood

Published by Crooked Cat Books on 25th July 2018

255 pages

Melissa is a trainee nurse, grieving over the death of her parents, has a missing sister and being stalked by a possessive ex-boyfriend.  Once I knew that about her, I was not surprised that she wanted to escape life and move to the abbey, a retreat for damaged souls.

As I started reading this story, alarm bells were going off in my head and I could tell straight away that there was something dodgy going on in the Abbey. Whilst Dominic was a charismatic character there was something sinister about him. He was egotistical and at times had an evil streak. As he preached at his congregation, he reminded me of a wild animal playing with his prey. 

The story was compelling as I wanted to find out more about the Brotherhood. Being a busy commune, there were quite a few characters, but the story concentrated mainly on a handful. The detailed description of the characters enables you to decide fairly quickly whether they to be on Team Melissa or Team Dominic. As you read the story, you soon learn some of the character’s history and the reasons why they joined the group.

The story is written from Melissa’s point of view, making you feel you are emotionally involved in the story. There are some scenes that may disturb some readers involving torture and rape, but these scenes just made Melissa stronger and determined. This was fast paced and the twist at the end just made me want to read faster to find out everyone was OK. There is also a touch of romance to break up the tension, but on the whole, this was a great psychological thriller. Looking forward to reading The Refuge.      

Purchase Link:

https://t.co/YXdn8AM506

About the author

Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.

Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.

Social Media Links – Website www.jofenton137.com            

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jl_fenton

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Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan

May 18, 2019 - 10:32 am No Comments

Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan

Published by HQ Digital on 15th March 2019

277 pages

There are a lot of psychological thrillers on the market at the moment. We follow the case, the serial killer gets caught, end of the story. But what if there is a survivor and the killer is still out there. Closer Than You Think is that story.

Claire Moore is a sole survivor of The Black-Out Killer, thinking she is now safe, she is trying to rebuild her life. 10 years on she has moved to England, but making a recovery is hard than you think.

Written from Claire’s POV, enables you to see what physical and emotional damage the Black Out Killer caused her that fateful night in Ireland and how hard she was finding it to rebuild her life, even dipping her toes into a starting a new relationship. As I followed Claire through her healing, my heart went out to her, every small step of achievement had me rooting for her to be the survivor. Her visit to her husband’s grave was moving and you could feel the build-up of 10 years of guilt tinged with survivor’s guilt.

Whilst following Claire, we also follow the Killer and through his story, we find out the reasons behind why he wanted to kill, what drew him to his victims and why he stopped and restarted.

Although we know a lot about him, there was no clue to his identity. The author had a way of leading you down the wrong path and when you are certain that you know who it is, further in the book, you realise you are wrong. Not knowing the real killer until the end will have you quickly turning the pages. As for the ending, well it is up to you.