Posts Tagged ‘Thriller’

The Fourth Victim by John Mead

September 6, 2019 - 5:48 am No Comments

The Fourth Victim by John Mead

Published by The Book Guild by 24th October 2018

207 pages

When a teenager was murdered whilst jogging through the park, the police thought it was an isolated incident. How wrong they were. Inspector Merry is the officer in charge, can he find the person behind the killings.

I always like to read police procedures if you get to follow the case step by step, so this was a good book for me to read. Inspector Merry was good at his job, thorough in his investigation and sympathetic to the victim’s family. Whilst I liked Merry, there were times that he did something stupid and I sat in amazement, as I could not believe what he had just done. His partner Julia Lukula was a no-nonsense cop, working in a man’s environment she always strived to be the best. Throughout the book I had the feeling that she did not like working for Merry, as she thought he was past his prime but then she would do something surprisingly good for him.

Whilst there were quite a few characters, I found the story easy to follow and some of my favourite scenes were the police interviews with “Leanne”.    

This was a quick-paced book that I read in one sitting. The author led you throughout the case and it felt that you were watching the story play out on a TV. Whilst I had my suspicions, the twist in the book had me second-guessing myself. This was well written thriller and whilst this book was not graphic, it was well detailed.

This was the first story I have read by this author and I will lookout for more of his books.

DUALITY: Two Sides of the Same Coin (Lies and Misdirection Book 5) by K J McGillick

August 26, 2019 - 8:28 am No Comments


Two sides of the same coin. Completely alike. Completely different.

What started out as a normal art restoration project for Melinda Martin soon took on a life of its own. Could this unusual painting actually be a Botticelli masterpiece thought to have perished as part of Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities? Had Melinda’s friend, Lana, a well-known art picker inadvertently acquired stolen art; art that might have ties to the occult and worth millions? Did a bad business decision endanger everyone who touched this potential treasure?

When the painting disappears and both women are found dead, the police think it’s an open and shut case. The husband – it’s always the husband. He had means, motive, and opportunity, and acted strangely cold after the fact.  

Is it a case of mistaken identity? Does a secret relationship put Mr Martin in the crosshairs of an assassin sent to retrieve the painting? Or is he really a sociopath forger with mysterious ties to the Vatican?

DUALITY: Two Sides of the Same Coin (Lies and Misdirection Book 5) by K J McGillick

Published on 27th July 2019

288 pages

I have read other works by this author, so I knew I was going to get into a story that would grab my attention to the end.

In this story Mary and her lawyer friend Dalia get embroiled in a murder and a missing painting, travelling through Europe can they solve the case.

This is the 1st book I have read in this series and I was not expecting such a great wacky character as Mary. She was one of the best characters that I have read in a while. An older lady, who loved her tech and never let age get in the way to solve a case. At times I felt sorry for Dalia as she was run ragged trying to keep Mary out of trouble, whilst sticking to the law.

As you read the story you are following them step by step as they try and solve the case and keep the prime suspect out of jail. The story was believable due to the research of the art world and the historical context of the paintings. The twists in the story kept me guessing to the end who was behind it and without giving anything away, I didn’t expect the ending.

This is a standalone story and anything important was explained, however, I would advise readers to read the story in order as I felt I missed some of the chemistry between Mary and Dalia. This was my own fault for not reading the other books first and as they are on KU I am going to rectify this.

This was a good story that will interest any lovers of mystery and intrigue. A quick read with one of the most quirky characters.       

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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

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The Reunion by Guillaume Musso

July 16, 2019 - 5:18 am No Comments

The Reunion by Guillaume Musso

Published by Weidenfield and Nicolson on 11th July 2019

289 pages

The majority of the thrillers I read are usually set in the UK, so it was a pleasant change to read a story set somewhere else.

The story follows Thomas Degalais an author as he goes back to his former school to celebrate its 50th anniversary. As soon as he lands he his hit with memories of his teenage years and through these memories, we are taken on the mystery of missing girl Vinca Rockwell.

From the discovery of a body, I was drawn into this story. The moment Thomas lands in France, you are drawn into a mystery that had been ongoing for over 25 years. The story alternates between past and present without confusion and as you get to read other characters role in the mystery, you find out exactly what had gone on.

I did not have a clue who was behind the threats and the disappearance and as more facts and clues were revealed I kept changing my mind.

This book is beautifully written and the descriptions give you the feeling that you are watching this story unfold on a big screen, but underneath the beauty, there was a dark side to the story and as more is revealed about Vinca, you soon realise that she is not the girl that Thomas fell in love with 25 years before. Whilst the story revolves around Thomas other characters make an impact in the story and whilst he is a character you would love to hate, I really liked Stephane Pianelli, a journalist that wasn’t afraid to upset people and who got a satisfaction in rubbing Thomas up the wrong way and I would have liked to know what Thomas had done to him at school.

With a well plotted story, I read it over one evening as I wanted to find out what had happened.

This is the first book I have read from this author and I will look out for more of their work.

SLOW DRiP: by Gary Polisano

July 11, 2019 - 5:34 am No Comments


When a beautiful and highly intuitive small town police detective is presented with a third related murder, she tries to follow conventional police procedure, while the teenage boy who discovered the body possess clues of his own that may lead directly to the killer, a mysterious figure with seemingly advanced medical knowledge who like to torture his victims in a particular sick manner.  Clues and taunts left by the killer along with the knowledge held by the teenager, cause the three characters to intersect in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

SLOW DRiP: by Gary Polisano

Published on 21st January 2019

301 pages

From the opening page, you are met by the killer’s work, the victim is tortured to death and left for someone to find them. With not much to go on Detective Tina Patterson, is up against it, not only does she want to get a dangerous killer off the street but her boss doesn’t like that she is good at her job.  

Starting off with a kill, I knew exactly what I was getting into and devoured this book, reading it fairly quickly. Tina Patterson was good at her job and learnt to trust her instinct, so when she got help from an unlikely source, she eagerly took it. However, the story followed 3 characters, enabling you to follow the story from a different POV. As you follow Tina as she is on the hunt for the killer, you are also following the killer as he stakes his prey and goes in for the kill, adding to the story was Jeff a teenager, who got involved in the case after finding one of the victims.    

This story flowed fairly quickly as you wonder whether Tina as more and more clues are revealed is going to catch the killer. I enjoyed reading how Tina’s mind worked and how she went about eliminating suspects. The involvement of Jeff was a surprise and the reasons behind his help were unexpected. The story was explained in details which helps you follow the story with ease, my only niggle was the amount of detail that the baseball games went into, but that was probably me not understanding how the game was played. However, this did not stop me enjoying the story and it did enforce the struggle Jeff was having.

This was a good thriller and if you are looking for a new thriller series, then look no further. I hope it won’t be long for the next one in the series to be released.

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Originally from Los Angeles, California, earning an MBA in Business Management. Now, relocated to Northern Utah, Gary Polisano is a baseball fanatic and avid golfer.  He currently works in the medical field of pain/spine management.  SLOW DRiP is the FIRST in a murder/mystery series with an overtone of the paranormal.

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The Teeth of Giants by Gordon Wallis

June 30, 2019 - 9:01 am No Comments

The Teeth Of Giants

In the brutal war on Elephant poaching in Africa, one man takes a stand against a ruthless international ivory smuggling syndicate. A stand that almost costs him everything.

Jason Green never for one minute expected the appalling violence and horror he would endure when he returned to Africa to pay his respects to an old friend. 

A profound sense of guilt and nostalgia prompts London based ex-soldier Jason Green to return to Africa for the funeral of an old friend killed in suspicious circumstances in The Zambezi Valley. He is about to be sucked into the murky and brutal underworld of the illegal ivory trade. Grave injury and a burning desire for revenge thrust Green from the blistering heat of The Zambezi Valley to the tropical coast of Mozambique and beyond. Every tortured step of this journey is fraught with extreme danger and the ever-present threat of death. 

The Teeth Of Giants is the second novel by Gordon Wallis featuring his main character Jason Green. Readers of thrillers set in Africa will devour the frenetic pace and sheer brutality of this gritty crime thriller. 

Pick up The Teeth Of Giants today and prepare for the ride of your life

The Teeth of Giants by Gordon Wallis

Published 7th April 2019

285 pages

Regardless of where you live, you have probably heard of the poachers around the world killing animals into extinction. But what if one man fights back

As I was writing this review, I was surprised that this is the 2nd in the series, not having read the first I was not at a disadvantage and this makes a great standalone. In fact, I am going to read the 1st in the series as I really liked Jason Green. From the start, he was a man of principles and when he learnt of the death of his old comrade, he dropped everything to pay his respects. From the moment he stepped onto African soil, he became a man on a mission.

This story was well plotted and as you follow Jason on his missions you realise what a good soldier he was and how well prepared he had to be to get the job done. Following him, step by step gives you the chance to appreciate how beautiful the African country is and the vast array of animals there are in Africa.

You can tell straight away that this book was well researched and you a drawn into this story by the author’s passion for his own country. Whilst I was reading, I was also learning how dangerous the poachers could be and the horrific ways they go out about killing the animals for profit.  Jason Green is ex-military so expect some killings, although some were down to mother nature. This is a thriller that you won’t want to put down and I was at a loss when I had finished it. Another author on my watch list and this is a perfect read for thriller lovers

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Author Bio – Gordon Wallis is a 50-year-old author based in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. Born of British parents he has lived there all his life. A keen reader of thriller novels, particularly those set in Africa, he has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe, The Middle East and Asia. He runs a number of businesses in Zimbabwe and is single.

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