#BookReview: Kill For It by Lizzie Fry @BooksSphere #KillForIt #Giveaway #damppebbles

How far would you go for the thing you want most?
Would you… kill for it?

Cat Crawford is not especially good at her job.

Erin Goodman is the woman Cat wants to be when she’s older – smart, successful, and the best part? She’s earned it – nothing was ever handed to Erin on a plate, or to Cat.

But Erin doesn’t notice Cat. Not until something awful happens and Cat, finding herself in the right place at the right time, writes the article that goes viral. Now she’s got Erin’s attention.

The difference is, Cat knows Erin is onto her. And Cat is more than happy to toy with her colleague, especially if it gets her an even bigger story to report on.

In the game of cat and mouse, there can be only one winner.”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am delighted to share my review of Kill For It by Lizzie Fry. Kill For It was published by Sphere Books on 24th November 2022 and is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and digital formats. I chose to read a free ARC of Kill For It but that has in no way influenced my review. My grateful thanks to Beth at Sphere Books for sending me a finished copy.

Before I share my thoughts I have some very special news to share with you. The kind folk at Sphere Books have sent me a second copy of this utterly compelling cat and mouse thriller to giveaway! How brilliant is that?! One lucky UK based reader will receive a brand new, unread copy of the book. For your chance to win, head on over to the damppebbles Twitter and Instagram feeds and follow the instructions. You can enter the giveaway on both platforms doubling your chance of winning, or just the one if you prefer. Giveaway ends on Friday 20th January 2023 at midday (GMT). Good luck and believe me when I say ‘you need this book in your life’!

Journalist Erin Goodman’s home life is complicated to say the least. Her work life though is a different beast altogether. She’s successful, focussed and driven. She’s a woman succeeding in a male dominated environment and she won’t stop until the top job is hers. Cat Crawford has the same ambition but she’s on the lowest rung of the lowest ladder at Carmine Media. She aspires to be like Erin but the thought of putting the effort in just feels a little bit too much like hard work. When Erin shocks her junior colleague by taking her under her wing, Cat is both flattered and surprised. The two women begin to spend more time together until one fateful night when Cat finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Wanting to share her experience she writes a piece which instantly goes viral. Suddenly Cat is the centre of attention at work and she likes how it feels. There’s a fast track to the top in sight, and for Cat, it’s within grasping distance. Providing she is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed….

Kill For It is a suspenseful page-turner of a novel which I thoroughly enjoyed from start to jaw-dropping finish. The plot is pacy and taut keeping you fully submerged in the world these characters inhabit. The characters are divine. They’re not particularly likeable but they do have moments where you can sympathise with them, even if they’re only brief. For example, as Erin’s boss says something totally inappropriate and demeaning to her for the third or fourth time that day just because he’s of a generation where that was how women were treated (not acceptable then, not acceptable now). Or when Cat’s awful boyfriend, Lawrence, is treating her badly. Again. I love a book that provokes a reaction in the reader that’s exactly what the author has achieved here with her cast of multi-layered, well-drawn characters. With misogynistic, entitled men throwing their weight around, making the big decisions, saying ‘I’m alright Jack’ and to heck with everyone else. They certainly increased my blood pressure! But the women \re just as bad, biting, scratching and backstabbing their way to the top. Doing whatever is necessary to rise above their counterparts.

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. Kill For It is a highly readable, twisty thriller packed full of suspense and superb characterisation. I loved the author’s debut, The Coven, and despite Kill For It being quite different in many ways, it was just as addictive and compelling, demonstrating what a talented writer Fry is. I loved how fast paced the plot was and how interesting the author made the Bristol setting despite the majority of the action happening at Carmine Media, so a fairly featureless high-rise building. The tension and overarching sense that something ominous was going to happen was done so well. Many of the characters made my blood boil and I LOVED it. Books should absolutely make you feel something. Am I right? (Special mention to the only character in the book who I fell in love with here and that’s Asif 😍.)  I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Kill For It and I look forward to seeing what the author delivers next. You can be 100% sure I’ll be reading it! Recommended.

If I’ve piqued your interest and you would like your own copy of Kill For It then please head to the damppebbles Twitter and Instagram feeds for your chance to win (UK based readers only unfortunately due to postage costs). Good luck!

I chose to read and review a free ARC of Kill For It. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

Kill For It by Lizzie Fry was published in the UK by Sphere Books on 24th November 2022 and is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and digital formats (please note, the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | bookshop.org | Goodreads | damppebbles bookshop.org shop | damppebbles amazon.co.uk shop | damppebbles amazon.com shop |

Lizzie Fry is a debut author of high-concept thriller The Coven (published by Sphere books), but you might know her better as L.V. Hay.

L.V.’s previous books, The Other Twin, Do No Harm and Never Have I Ever were published by Orenda and Hodder. The Other Twin is currently being adapted for the screen by Agatha Raisin producers Free@Last TV.

#BookReview: Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge @MichaelJBooks #DIHelenGrace #HideandSeek #20BooksofSummer

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“Prison is no place for a detective
Helen Grace was one of the country’s best police investigators.
Now she’s behind bars with the killers she caught.

Framed for murder
She knows there is only way out:
stay alive until her trial and somehow prove her innocence.

Locked up with a killer
But when a mutilated body is found in the cell next door,
Helen fears her days are numbered.

A murderer is on the loose.  And she must find them.  Before she’s next . . .”

If you’re a regular visitor to the blog you may be aware that I am a MASSIVE fan of a strong, kick-ass female lead character. Particularly police officers; senior female coppers are one of my favourite hooks when it comes to crime fiction. So when I decided to take on the 20 Books of Summer challenge it seemed like the perfect opportunity to catch up with a few of my favourite detectives and with a number of series that I have unfortunately unwittingly fallen behind on.

DI Helen Grace has always been a firm favourite of mine. Hide and Seek is the sixth book in the DI Helen Grace series and my new favourite. Despite reading book five in the series, Little Boy Blue over two years ago, the plot and that breathtaking ending have been playing on my mind. Yes, it’s true, I have spent the last two years wondering about the general health and well-being of a fictional character! Book blogger problems taken to a whole new level, maybe?!

If you’re new to this series let me tell you, it is incredibly difficult to start this review as anything I say, anything I hint at could be (is) a massive spoiler regarding a previous book (the massive spoiler is also mentioned in the blurb so don’t look 🙈)! I will be as vague as possible and hope you don’t mind. Helen Grace finds herself somewhere no copper wants to be, in an environment as hostile as they come. I could make a couple of witty puns about a fall from ‘Grace’ but I won’t torture you, dear reader. I have been champing at the bit to find out what was going to happen to our battered and bruised hero and all I can say is wow, just WOW! I loved the environment Arlidge has immersed his lead character in, I really enjoyed the motley cast of characters she met on her journey into the pits of Hell and I’m sorry, I’m going to say it, I loved Helen’s fall from ‘Grace’, dangit!

Whilst Helen is otherwise engaged, her right-hand woman the tenacious DS Charlie Brooks, is out trying to right a few wrongs. The two plots run seamlessly alongside one another and I was compelled to keep turning the pages, flitting between the two investigations at breakneck speed. I had a fair idea of whodunit from early on in the book but I was completely wrong. The author has added some very believable red herrings which I fell for; hook, line and sinker.

Would I recommend this book? I would. It’s true – this is my favourite DI Helen Grace adventure so far. However, I’m not sure this book will work all that well as a standalone. There is a heck of a lot of history that won’t necessarily make sense to readers starting with Hide and Seek. My advice would be to start at the beginning and get to know Helen Grace from book one. I guarantee you will fall head over heels in love with her, just like I did. Oh, and don’t read the blurb. It gives far too much away in my opinion 😉

Four and a half stars out of five.

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Hide and Seek by M.J. Arlidge was published in the UK by Michael Joseph on 29th December 2016 and is available in hardcover, paperback, eBook and audio formats (please note, the following links are affiliate links) | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Book Depository | Goodreads |

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M. J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years, specializing in high-end drama production, including the prime-time crime serials Torn, The Little House and Silent Witness. Arlidge also pilots original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a Number One bestseller.

His first thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel, The Doll’s House, Liar Liar, Little Boy Blue, Hide and Seek, and Love Me Not.

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