Silver by Mark L. Fowler

51LewZwXkZL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_“A writer murdered.

A reader with a dangerous obsession. 

A killer who shouldn’t exist. 

When romance novelist Joy Haversham is murdered she leaves behind a husband, daughter and Silver,  a disturbing, unfinished manuscript the publishing world are desperate to read. But her grieving husband,  Roger, refuses to allow publication. Roger wants to lock himself away with his memories. But the fans have other ideas.

Nick Slater, a former reporter and successful novelist who covered the trial, remains obsessed with the unanswered questions surrounding Joy’s death. Determined to learn the truth Nick finds himself in trouble. And the evidence he will find is … impossible.”

What a blurb!  I was caught hook, line and sinker with this one so I had very high expectations from the outset (sorry about that Mark L. Fowler!).  A thriller about authors and their books…surely a must-read for all book bloggers!  It’s an enjoyable story but I was surprised and maybe a little thrown by the supernatural element.

Joy Haversham, successful romance novelist, is allegedly murdered by Gil Ray.  Ray has a childhood most fictional psychopaths would be proud of.  Following his conviction he is moved to Westfield, a progressive prison with a fairly laid back approach, quite possibly the worst place for him to be.

Nick Slater, former journalist, former lothario and best selling author (but only the once, his second book sucked!) is obsessed with the Havershams, Gil Ray and most importantly the manuscript Joy was working on when she died.  Her husband and daughter refuse to have Silver published. It’s nothing like Joy’s former work…NOTHING like it!  Why is Nick so drawn to Silver? What secrets does it hold…?

There are inexplicable things in this book that capture and hold your attention. For example, some futuristic holographic science thanks to Joy’s husband, plus Westfield staff dropping like flies, some beyond saving.

There’s a little bit of romance and a fair amount of explicit sexual content (blush!). The relationship between Nick and Grace was starting to wear a little thin for me but then I’m not one for that sort of thing in my books.  I found the conclusion the most enjoyable as the pace quickened and the action escalated.

If you love character driven thrillers then you should thoroughly enjoy this début.  Or if you are looking for something a little bit different then I suggest you give this book a try.

Three and a half stars out of five.

Many thanks to Bloodhound Books, Crime Fiction Addict and Mark L. Fowler for providing me with a copy of Silver in exchange for an honest review.

Silver by Mark L. Fowler was published in the UK by Bloodhound Books on 23rd April 2016 and is available in eBook format | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com

 

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Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

61GKLp5LE9L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_“Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars – or so she thought.

Now, decades later the black-eyed susans planted outside Tessa’s bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison.

Haunted by fragmented memories of the night she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter’s safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer before it’s too late?”

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book when I first saw it in the supermarket.  The cover stood out and drew my eye (what an amazing cover!) but I had an impending sense of ‘Gone Girl’ or ‘The Girl on the Train’ a-phobia…lots of hype but I end up feeling disappointed and let down.  However, I am not afraid to admit that I was completely wrong!  This is a stunning novel and I loved it.

Tessa is a survivor.  At 16 years of age she is found in a grave, barely alive surrounded by a pile of bones and accompanied by a corpse.  She is labelled a ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ and becomes a local legend.  As an adult Tessa does everything she can to protect her own daughter from her horrific past.  But when black-eyed susans appear, out of season, in her garden she suspects the man she sent to death row may not have been the killer after all…

The story is told by adult Tessa with flashbacks from 17 year old Tessa (or Tessie as she is referred to).  Tessa starts to believe that the man on death row is innocent so she teams up with Bill, a legal whizz who works to release the innocent from death row, and Jo a forensic scientist at the top of her game.

This is the first book I’ve read in a while where I have warmed to most of the characters. (One or two of them did feel quite sinister but that’s necessary in a thriller, don’t you think?)  I really liked Bill and Jo, mainly for the support they give Tessa throughout.  The three of them felt like an almost invincible team to me.  My favourite character however was Effie, Tessa’s elderly neighbour.

The plot is brilliant and draws you in.  It gets under your skin.  The killer reveal came as a complete surprise to me and I was quite shocked.  They were not on my radar at all (I love it when that happens)!

I thoroughly enjoyed this dark, creepy, mesmerising thriller and heartily recommend it. I’ll be keeping a look out for other books by Julia Heaberlin in the future.

Five out of five stars.

Many thanks to Penguin UK – Michael Joseph, Juilia Heaberlin and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Black-Eyed Susans in exchange for an honest review.

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin was published in the UK by Penguin UK – Michael Joseph on 10th March 2016 and is available in paperback and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones

 

 

Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite

51IYkoLXnVL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_“ADAM WILL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. EVEN IF IT KILLS YOU.
Adam Bourne is a serial killer who thinks he is a saviour. When he murders young women and cuts off their lips, he believes he has done it to make them happy.
How did he become warped from the sensitive four-year-old who adored his gran and the fairy tales she read to him? What turned him into a monster who stalks his victims? And what is he trying to say with the bouquets he sends?
When he meets Laura Weir, Adam weaves a fairy tale romance around them. A tale she has no idea she is part of. As he hatches his twisted plan for their fairy tale ending, can anyone stop him before he creates the ultimate sacrifice to love?

This is a stonking read and if you haven’t read it, why haven’t you read it??  You really are missing out!  It’s a clever book as it made me feel things I didn’t necessarily want to feel, such as a fondness for a warped and twisted serial killer.  There aren’t many fictional psychopaths who prompt that kind of emotion in readers.  There aren’t many fictional psychopaths like Adam…

Adam Bourne is looking for love.  His approach to finding the lady of his dreams differs to his peers though.  Rather than meeting someone in a bar or giving online dating a go, Adam likes to follow a lady home (no matter where that home is, even Inverness isn’t too far for Adam!), break in to her house and install cameras so he can watch from afar, thus learning everything he needs to know.  When she’s out he’ll pop round and do the washing up, maybe get some food in…he’s looking after his lady and that’s what a gentleman does, right?  Except some of his ladies need saving.  How does the saying go, ‘if you love something, set it free’.  So that’s exactly what Adam does, by choking the life out of them and cutting off their lips…

I adore this book.  I had heard great things so had high expectations.  It met each and every one of them and threw in a little extra for good measure.

I sympathised with Adam and felt quite sorry for him at points.  Rather than disliking him, I disliked what created the killer within him, his revolting mother, Sara.  She made my skin crawl.  I think being a mother myself made me despise her even more.  How any woman could do what she did, I don’t know!  As the book progressed though I began to dislike Adam more and more.

There are flashbacks throughout the book which gradually fill in Adam’s back story, bringing you closer and closer to the present.  These really added to the story for me as they cover his relationship with his grandmother, his desperate need to learn about love and, of course, his previous kills.

All in all this is a superb read and I will be downloading Invisible by Barbara Copperthwaite once I’ve finished this review!  If I were able to write a book, this is the book I would want to write.

Five out of five stars.

Thanks to Barbara Copperthwaite and THE Book Club on Facebook for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite was published in the UK by BLC Publications on 21st September 2016 and is available in paperback and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com

Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald

614ddEUsR3L._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_“Limerick, Ireland: Oscar Harvey finds the body of a woman in a car boot, beaten and bloody. But let’s start at the beginning…

Kate and Mannix O’Brien live in a lovely Limerick house they can barely afford. Their autistic son is bullied at school and their daughter Izzy wishes she could protect him. When she spots a gorgeous New York flat on a home-exchange website, Kate decides that her family needs a holiday.

Hazel and Oscar Harvey, and their two children, live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Though they seem successful, Hazel has mysterious bruises and Oscar is hiding things about his dental practice.

Hazel is keen to revisit her native Limerick, and the house swap offers a perfect chance to soothe two troubled marriages.

But this will be anything but a perfect break. And the body is just the beginning.”

I had been considering this book on NetGalley when I received an email asking if I would like a review copy.  I was of course delighted and accepted immediately.  I’m glad I did as it’s a great début novel and I look forward to reading more from Siobhan MacDonald.

Things aren’t quite right for Kate and Mannix.  Their son is struggling at school and being bullied.  Their 11 year old daughter is pretty much ignored because their son takes up so much of their time and attention.  They as a couple have drifted apart.  That’s when Kate realises that she has to do something to save her family.  Money is tight so she signs up for a house swap with an American couple living in Manhattan.  They seem a nice normal couple on the surface but what secrets do they hide underneath…

This book opens with a dead body being shoved into the boot of a car.  You have no idea what has gone before but that doesn’t stop you from becoming an amateur detective and trying to connect the dots.

Each chapter is narrated by one of the four main adult characters.  As you progress through the book you begin to understand the destructive secrets the two families have been living with.  You think the story is going in a certain direction, but you’re probably wrong!

My favourite character in the book was Fergus, Kate and Mannix’s son.  I liked Kate but I didn’t love her.  The rest of the characters I struggled to warm to, especially the men.

I enjoyed this book.  If you like a fast paced psychological thriller then you might want to look somewhere else.  However, if you like your books character driven with a steady build then this is the book for you.

Four out of five stars.

Many thanks to Canelo and Siobhan MacDonald for providing me with a copy of Twisted River in exchange for an honest review.

Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald was published in the UK by Canelo on 18th April 2016 and is available in eBook format | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com

Bloq by Alan Jones

31dMPvbhpZL._SX298_BO1,204,203,200_“Glasgow man Bill Ingram waits in the city’s Central Station to meet his daughter, returning home from London for Christmas.

When the last train pulls in, and she doesn’t get off it, he makes a desperate overnight dash to find out why.

His search for her takes over his life, costing him his job and, as he withdraws from home, family and friends, he finds himself alone, despairing of ever seeing her again.”

Bill Ingram is my new hero.  What a man!  This is a clever and compelling read that takes hold of you and just won’t let go.  Many of my fellow bloggers have loved this book and I can understand why (apart from the fact that they all have fantastic book taste!).

Bill waits at the station for his daughter to arrive from London for Christmas.  But she doesn’t show and he can’t contact her on her mobile.  He’s understandably worried so jumps in his car and makes the long journey from Glasgow to London.  Arriving in the early hours of Christmas morning he finds her flat deserted and it looks like it’s been that way for some time.  Bill takes it upon himself to find his daughter, Carol, but what he doesn’t realise is that his search will change EVERYTHING…

Taking you into the seedy underworld of gangs, prostitution and drugs this is a no holds barred book.  There are fairly explicit sexual references but it all fitted in well with the story and I felt it was necessary.  There’s a fair bit of violence too but that’s perfectly acceptable to this crime/thriller loving blogger!

Plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning those pages from start to finish.  At points I found myself sat on the very edge of my seat which is testament to a good writer. I was however starting to wonder how Alan Jones was going to conclude the book.  I couldn’t see a way out for Bill and Co. and I was starting to run out of pages!  So when the conclusion arrived it knocked my socks off!  It was completely unexpected but thoroughly brilliant.

I heartily recommend this book and would pick up another Alan Jones book to read in a heartbeat.

Four and a half out of five stars.

Thanks to Crime Fiction Addict on FB and Alan Jones for providing me with a copy of Bloq in exchange for an honest review.

Bloq by Alan Jones was published in the UK on 1st April 2016 by Ailsa Publishing and is available in eBook format | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com

 

 

 

With Deadly Intent by K A Richardson

51XGfSfdZwL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_“EVIDENCE – When Crime Scene Manager, Cass Hunt, is called to a fatal road traffic collision in the dead of night, not all is as it seems and the last thing she expects is to end up working on a murder case with DCI Alex McKay.

INVESTIGATION – More gruesome murders, a dead dog, and a startling revelation has the whole of the North East Police force reeling. Will they catch him before his latest prize becomes another victim and he fades into the shadows once more?

DARKNESS – From the tree-line, someone is watching, and he doesn’t like where the investigation leads. Taking his time, he plans and executes each kill. He will not rest until his job is complete. One thing’s for certain, his intent is deadly, he’s dangerous, and he’s coming for her.”

What a refreshing change this book made for me.  The majority of books I read are about a tight knit team of detectives, headed up by a grumpy DCI hunting down a deluded psychopath. That was not the case with With Deadly Intent by K A Richardson as the focus is on the Crime Scene Personnel instead.  This is K A Richardson’s début full novel having published a novella previously.  I enjoyed the book and would read this author again.

Cass Hunt is one of the Crime Scene Managers for the North East Police force.  She is used to being called out in the dead of night to attend a scene, but when called to a suspicious looking road traffic accident, her gut tells her something is amiss.  Cass and her team are called to several other unusual scenes, each victim has a small metal triangle on their person.  It’s not long before they realise that they are on the hunt for a serial killer.  What they don’t realise is that Cass has been singled out to be one of the killer’s victims…

The characters were all very believable and I particularly liked Cass.  She has a past to be scared of but she’s made herself stronger to be able to cope with that.  I wasn’t too keen on the mushy slushy romance side of things but that’s personal preference!  I would rather read about blood, guts and gore than snuggles (call me strange, if you like!).

I was able to work out who the killer was quite early on in the book which I found a little disappointing.  Saying that, it didn’t spoil my reading experience and I will look forward to future releases from K A Richardson.

Four out of five stars.

Many thanks to the UK Crime Book Club on Facebook and K A Richardson for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

With Deadly Intent by K A Richardson is published in the UK by Caffeine Nights Publishing on 14th April 2016 and is available in paperback and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones

 

 

 

Author Interview: Philip Taffs (author of The Evil Inside)

Phil_1082bw600pixToday I am delighted to welcome Philip Taffs, author of the fantastic The Evil Inside, to damppebbles for a Q&A. 

Hi Phil, welcome and thank you very much for agreeing to answer my questions. Could you tell us a little about yourself please.

After working for advertising agencies in Australia and New York, I now run my own little advertising consultancy.  But have for decades harboured the insane desire to become a full-time fiction writer.

I am the father of two boys – 18 and 9 – and live in Melbourne, Australia.

Apart from writing, I love reading, movies (old and new) and the enfeebled Carlton football club.

I found The Evil Inside quite a shocking read and I think that was because I was so caught up in Guy and Mia’s story.  Which character was the most challenging to write?

One small thing I was conscious of was to not make the main character, Guy, too much like myself – given we share certain superficial characteristics and activities.

But to be frank, none of the characters was hard to write as they just “came through” me – like water divining.  It’s like being a medium in a way: you don’t make them up, they make you up.

I’ll leave it up to female readers to decide whether the female characters are convincing or not  – but Nadine was by far the most fun to write.   She’s a sassy little Miss!

When did you realise that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was five, I copied out a page of the first Bond book, ‘Casino Royale’, handed it to my father and claimed it was my own work.

That was the beginning of the dream I suppose.   (Though I’ve tried to cut down on the plagiarism since then…)

 What do you think is the biggest challenge for writers?

Finding the time to do it when you have another full-time, probably less engaging job that’s necessary to putting food on the table and paying the rent or mortgage.

I gave up many weekends and holidays but it was worth it in the end.

Can you tell us a little about your writing process?  Do you have a special writing ‘space’ or ‘nook’?

I write at a desk in my bedroom – which doubles as my advertising office and also at the kitchen table when nobody else is home.

I rented a coastal holiday house occasionally, too, for a week here and there: it’s good to get away by yourself without any partner, kids or internet to distract you.

I’ve also found it useful to sometimes switch from typing to handwriting – in fact, there’s a more intimate connection between brain and hand I find – so it’s good to mix your tools up every now and then.

I also found it a good idea to not always try to write chronologically.  In fact, I wrote the last chapter quite early on.  That gave me a finish line to write up to/aim for.

You can/should also write chapters out of order and then rearrange them later.  It makes it more interesting for you as well, not having everything planned out in a strictly linear fashion.

No wonder so many would-be writers give up: writing in a straight line from go to whoa is just far too daunting and exhausting.  You will inevitably run out of steam and motivation.

My advice: Gather information like a magpie then stitch it together like a tailor.

Imagine you’ve set up your own publishing company.  Which three authors would you immediately sign and why?

Great question!

Rana Dasgupta: the “new Salman Rushdie” and one of the most exciting writers on the planet. He’s produced two very different novels and a brilliant non-fiction book about Delhi called Capital.

Gillian Flynn: master not only of the thriller form but also a meticulous crafter of golden sentences.  I’ve loved all three of her books but check her section on the “cool girl” in Gone Girl as a shining example of her remarkable “Flynnesse”.

Ian Fleming: I’m just finishing Goldfinger.  Despite the technology and context being a little dated, his prose is as vivid, engaging and energetic as ever.

Can you tell us a little about what you are working on at the moment?

I’m 100 pages in: a man goes to his 30-year school reunion and comes face-to-face with another former student he murdered – beyond doubt – way back when.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Writing the book is the easy part.

Finding an agent and then a publisher is 1,000 times harder – at least it was for me.

So once your initial draft (I did ten) is as good as you can make it, you need to also be prepared to do a lot of grunt, admin work: writing pitch letters, taking advice on the chin and then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite….

I was rejected by 70 publishers across three continents.  You need to develop a thick skin and never, ever give up.

I would also err on the side of having only one project on the go and staying on that horse till the race is run.  I’ve met so many people who seem to always have multiple projects on the boil but never actually complete any of them.

Thank you very much for joining me today Phil.  If readers wish to connect with you via social media how can they do this?

https://www.facebook.com/TheEvilInsideTaffs/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23562866-the-evil-inside

Once again, many thanks to Philip Taffs for taking time out to join me on the blog today.  You can read my review of the superb The Evil Inside here.

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A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson

51OK85keHHL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_“A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.

DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.

As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too.

And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.”

Everything about this book was right for me.  The opening chapter has you hiding behind the sofa and peering out through your fingers.  Listening out for any unrecognisable noises and hoping against hope that you don’t hear any tap-tap-tapping.  It’s the stuff that horror movies are made of!  From then on it’s a fast paced crime thriller featuring the hunt for a vengeful serial killer.  Absolutely everything I love in a book!

Battered and bruised DS Nathan Cody and the MIT are called to the scene of a horrific murder.  What they can’t quite understand is the presence of the raven laid over the victim’s body. It’s not long before DC Megan Webley recognises the deceased as one of their own, a police officer she used to work with.  Then a second body turns up, presented in a similar way to the first victim but with a different dead bird.  DS Cody is on the hunt for a cop killer but will he find the murderer before more bodies are added to the tally, or will Cody’s own demons get in the way…?

DS Nathan Cody is a new favourite detective of mine (I know, I keep adding new favourites to my list but that’s because there are so many great new books out there at the moment!). DS Cody seems like such a nice guy and I love, love, love the chemistry between Nathan and Megan.  What a team!  I also love the relationship between DS Cody and DCI Stella Blunt.

I really enjoyed David Jackson’s writing style; short punchy sentences that get the point across without faff.  I can’t come up with a single thing that I didn’t enjoy about this book….oh, I can.  The clowns!  I really didn’t like the clowns (or the birds for that matter but that’s my strangeness and nothing else).

If you love a good serial killer thriller you have to read this book.  And ladies, I challenge you to not have a soft spot for DS Cody after you’ve read it!

Five out of five stars.

Many thanks to Zaffre, David Jackson and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of A Tapping at My Door in exchange for an honest review.

A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson was published in the UK by Zaffre on 7th April 2016 and is available in hardcover, paperback, eBook and audio formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones

 

In the Shadows by Tara Lyons

41KOkRVBJRL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is tasked with apprehending a brutal murderer stalking the streets of London – and leaving not a shred of DNA evidence. As the suspect list mounts, his frustration and pressure from his superiors intensify.

Grace Murphy, who is dealing with the recent loss of her beloved grandfather, falls deeper into despair when her friends’ bodies are discovered. Fearing she may be the killer’s next target, she begins to question if her horrifying nightmares are the key to unravelling the murderer’s identity.

How far would you go to uncover the truth? Would you venture into the shadows to unmask a killer?”

I have seen so many amazing reviews of this book that I just had to read it.  Hype can be a misleading thing, everyone else loves it…so why don’t you?  Well, that certainly wasn’t the case with this cracking debut solo novel by Tara Lyons.

A serial killer is on the loose in London and DI Denis Hamilton and his Murder Investigation Team are tasked with stopping the killing spree.  The bodies are piling up but Denis and his team are getting nowhere.  Their killer is clever and manages to escape the scene without leaving any clues behind.

Grace starts having very frightening nightmares shortly after the killings start (and only a short time after the death of her beloved grandfather).  It doesn’t help that she knows the majority of the killer’s victims.  Can her dreams mean something and is there anything she can do to help stop the killer…?

This is one very clever piece of writing.  I loved Denis; a straight to the point, no messing around, ever so slightly grumpy DI.  I found Grace hard to like.  I wanted to shake her and shout ‘you’re 31 years old, stop behaving like a spoilt child!’ at her repeatedly!  Eric was equally unappealing to me but then I’m pretty sure he was supposed to be.

I know Tara Lyons is co-writing with M A Comley at the moment (The Organised Crime Team series due out in June 2016) but I hope this won’t be Tara’s last solo effort.  I think I need more DI Denis Hamilton in my life, he’s a welcome addition.

I didn’t see the twist coming so that puts this book head and shoulders above others I have read recently.  An exciting chase for an unknown killer that takes the reveal to the very last pages and leaves you holding your breath.  A fantastic read.

Five out of five stars.

In the Shadows by Tara Lyons was published in the UK on 17th March 2016 and is available in paperback and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com |

 

Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary

51DFb7agxOL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_“You’ll never be out of Harm’s way

The young girl who causes the fatal car crash disappears from the scene.

A runaway who doesn’t want to be found, she only wants to go home.

To the one man who understands her.

Gives her shelter.

Just as he gives shelter to the other lost girls who live in his house.

He’s the head of her new family.

He’s Harm.

D.I. Marnie Rome has faced many dangerous criminals but she has never come up against a man like Harm. She thinks that she knows families, their secrets and their fault lines. But as she begins investigating the girl’s disappearance nothing can prepare her for what she’s about to face.

Because when Harm’s family is threatened, everything tastes like fear…”

Superb!  This is the third book in the DI Marnie Rome series and it is by far the best. Sarah Hilary has really hit her stride producing the most compelling characters in the most perfect of settings.  A truly gripping story which will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Young homeless girls are being taken from the streets of London.  But who cares?  They’re only runaways after all.  That is until May goes missing.  May has loving parents and a doting sister and that’s when DI Rome and her team are called in to help return May to her family.

What no one else knows is that May is happy.  May has a new home and a new family; living with Harm and his other chosen girls.  Everything is calm, everything is the same, everything is safe.  Until May makes the worst of mistakes….

Twists and turns come flying at you as you are drawn deeper into the story.  You think you’re getting to grips with where the book is heading, but you’re probably not!  Not really.

Marnie’s dark past makes an appearance (but Marnie wouldn’t be Marnie without Stephen Keele near by!).  Something has changed though and I’m fascinated to see where Sarah Hilary is going to take them as the series progresses.

Full to the brim with shocks and surprises.  I found it very difficult to put this book down. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about the characters and wondering what was going to happen next.  Absolutely stunning work!

Five out of five stars.

Many thanks to Headline, NetGalley and Sarah Hilary for providing me with a copy of Tastes Like Fear in exchange for an honest review.

Tastes Like Fear by Sarah Hilary is published in the UK by Headline on 7th April 2016 in hardcover, eBook and audio book formats.  The paperback edition will be published on 28th July 2016 | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones |