A Brush with Death by Quintin Jardine

The first thing that struck me about this book was the relationship between DI Lottie Mann and DS Dan Provan. There is this immediately apparent brotherly/sisterly love which is endearing whilst remaining professional even though they both seem to have deeper emotions they avoid to admit. This fierce protection and close-knit community feeling extends toContinue reading “A Brush with Death by Quintin Jardine”

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

This book has always stuck with me ever since I read it and I do want to continue reading the Erika Foster crime thriller series, (my TBR pile is steadily growing out of hand…) and once I do, I shall be adding it to my Series Review section. I was first struck with the openingContinue reading “The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza”

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

So, this book seemed to have a fairly typical outline – something bad happened to one out of a friendship group 30 years ago and the police have to determine the truth about who’s responsible and what happened through unpicking a network of lies. But, this book has more ‘oomph’ that just the simple, genericContinue reading “She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge”

No One Home by Tim Weaver

So, I know I posted this book on my ‘Currently Reading’ not that long ago (14/04/2020) but the honest truth is… I finished it that night. I couldn’t stop. I was so totally engrossed that I sat on the sofa with a cup of tea about 5pm, and 2.5 hours later I closed the book,Continue reading “No One Home by Tim Weaver”

The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath

“You did nothing. That doesn’t mean you’re innocent.” The tag line is intriguing, thought-provoking and compelling; immediately your brain starts whirring with possibilities as to what it could refer to. As with any crime, there’s portioning of blame and victimisation, but this book explores the circumstances that surround human decisions and the flight or fightContinue reading “The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath”

The DI Adam Fawley Series by Cara Hunter

This post is going to be updated as and when I read the next thrillers in the series, but today I’m starting with the first 2! I highly recommend this series – Cara Hunter is a talented English author and her books are both deliciously comforting and unsettling. Continued below…

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

There is something triumphant and exhilarating about treating yourself to a fresh hardback, especially one signed by the author. I enjoyed Lucy’s previous, and first, thriller ‘The Hunting Party’ very much (there’s a review on my blog feed) so, I was full of anticipation to read her next book. I was particularly taken with theContinue reading “The Guest List by Lucy Foley”

Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

How refreshing to have a book set in the typical English countryside, but not be quaint or twee; no this is far, far sinister. This is an unsettling book to read, but it hit a weirdly personal note of reassuring familiarity with me as I spent time with family in the Somerset countryside growing upContinue reading “Cuckoo by Sophie Draper”

The Dry by Jane Harper

This is a very atmospheric book. Haunting and gripping. The parallel story-lines in this book intertwine perfectly and leave you transported to Australia both past and present. The underlying current in this book is that secrets kill. And people say they want to know the truth, but the truth is that they actually don’t. TheContinue reading “The Dry by Jane Harper”

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The jeopardy of the blurb gets your heart pounding before you’ve even opened the book to the first page. Be prepared to feel paralysing fear on behalf of the main character. Not only is she trapped in all aspects of her life; personal and work but is now on a boat. In the middle ofContinue reading “The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware”

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

There is something eye-catching about the cover of this book. It seems almost like innocent, summery fun with just a hint of naughty. I guess the depiction of a naked woman covered in flowers tends to be a sensual image; for example rose petals on a king-size bed for a wedding anniversary. Don’t be fooled;Continue reading “Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin”

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Read this book. You will not regret it. So, the bright yellow, simple, minimalist cover grabs you first. It’s so different to other book covers, normally they’re dark colours or picture a crime scene. So, you pick it up, turn it over, find yourself walking over to the counter and the next thing you knowContinue reading “The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley”

One False Move by Robert Goddard

So, the blurb on this book is very well written. It’s punchy and evokes curiosity, so safe to say it caught my attention as the IT/technology angle stood out from other Thrillers. I wondered how it was going to link together and what the story was going to be like, and ultimately what the endingContinue reading “One False Move by Robert Goddard”

The Distant Echo by Val McDermid

I’d never read a Val McDermid book before. Not for any particular reason, other than I’d just never picked one up and started reading it, although she had been recommended to me many times. Mostly, by my mum (who is a big fan of hers and even tracks her TV appearances down to make sureContinue reading “The Distant Echo by Val McDermid”