Saturday, 30 May 2015

The Doll's House (Helen Grace #3) by M.J. Arlidge

The Doll's House is the new twisting and terrifying thriller in the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series from M.J. Arlidge.

Arlidge is the author of Eeny Meeny and Pop Goes the Weasel, and has been dubbed 'the new Jo Nesbo'.

A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare.

Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing - her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave.

For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it's chilling evidence that she's searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful - a predator who's killed before.

And as Helen struggles to understand the killer's motivation, she begins to realize that she's in a desperate race against time . . .

I would like to thank the publishers and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book.

I've unfortunately had to stop reading due to the grammatical errors and getting rather confused in the storyline as to where 1 part ended and another part stopped. The characters were a bit weird with who was who. Bringing in other characters who we have no idea what part they played and the way it was coming across to me was disappointing.

I will say I loved Eeny Meeny and Pop Goes The Weasel by this author but unfortunately this wasn't exactly what I was expecting from this book. Sorry to those who loved it.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Accidentally in Love with...a God? (Accidentally Yours #1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway.

In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.

So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.

However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world, might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she.

I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to read and review this book.

I found the characters quite interesting and not what I expected from the sexual side (that the book led me to believe). The gods are all trapped or are they? Emma Keane feels like she's going mad with this voice in her head. Then all of a sudden after being in a coma from being knocked down she has to travel far away on a mission she has no idea what's in store for her.

It took me a while to read this as I was only reading as I felt like it. It wasn't a CPID kinda book, but it did have me gripped enough to pick it up each morning for a couple of hours. I am looking forward to read more by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff in the future.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Dying For Christmas by Tammy Cohen

I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there'll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out.

But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?

I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read this book.

I was a bit apprehensive at the start as loads of people have given it different reviews over the time. Friends have loved this novel, but I unfortunately took my time as some of the things that was going on in the book was a bit disturbing for my taste. In the back of my mind I knew certain people had something to do with the storyline a bit more than the author was saying, I certainly wasn't the ending to come the way it did. 

If you like disturbing, gruesome with a hint of psychological interference added in, this book is made for you. Tammy Cohen is a master in this story of twists and turns and certainly stomach wrenching at times with the way she portrays these characters. 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Evil Games (D.I. Kim Stone #2) by Angela Marsons

The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game… 
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work. 

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment. 

Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it’s personal. 

The rising star of the British thriller scene returns with a novel that enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham. 

Watch out for more from D.I. Kim Stone 
A Detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent. Evil Games is the second book in the series – see where it all began in SILENT SCREAM - out now. 

I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for the chance of reading this book. This has taken me longer to read as I had a break in between lol.

Well Ms Marsons has done it again to me. She's had me on a twisted tale of cover ups and sick people. I despised this horrid unspeakable sociopath who manipulates people to their own devices. DI Kim Stone still has secrets from her past that should stay locked up, but boy is she one heck of a Police Officer.

I've got a headache from just reading the book (not your fault Ms Marsons ;-) ). But I will agree you are up there with the best of them and I can't highly recommend your books to family and friends for the way you make a story and the research that goes into these books to make the reader feel as if they are walking beside DI Kim Stone and company is immense. Now when is Book 3 out?

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Silent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone #1) by Angela Marsons

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.

But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.

As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?

Fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham will be gripped by this exceptional new voice in British crime fiction.

Watch out for more from D.I. Kim Stone
A Detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent. Silent Scream is the first book in the series – watch out for EVIL GAMES coming soon.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture publishers for allowing me to read this intense book.

Well, what can I say about this gripping new author who's books are sure to flying off the shelves. I have found this a page turner, a CPID book. I was up at 5am this morning to finish this exciting and sometimes frustrating book. I loved the twists and turns which made me gasp thinking which way the story was going to go. I even thought I had it sussed when Ms Marsons put a name to who I thought was the murderer, but she twisted me again when she revealed who the real person was. 

Yes, I loathed some characters with a vengeance due to enormity of the story, but I also felt sorry for some of the characters. 1 being the main character DI Kim Stone with her background. Her team are so tight with her that they are willing to do anything to get the job done and boy did I love that.

Now I can't wait to read Evil Games to find out the next case for DI Kim Stone and the gang.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

50 Shades of Pink by K.T. Grant

Living in Manhattan and working at Virago, one of the most successful women’s magazines in the nation is a dream come true for Lindsay Pinke. After five years of being overworked and underpaid in the research department, she’s finally noticed by Colette Duarte, the provocative executive editor of the magazine. She offers Lindsay the coveted role as her personal assistant, but first she must prove she’s worthy of the position. Lindsay must interview Victoria Nox, the elusive and extremely private CEO of Nox Media Holdings. If Lindsay succeeds, Colette promises her great things for her publishing career. If Lindsay fails, her chance as a respected writer will be cut short.

A chance meeting with Victoria at a high class function puts into motion a series of events that leaves Lindsay blindsided by her strong physical reaction to the magnetic but foreboding woman. When Lindsay unwittingly falls into Victoria’s world of dark temptations and complex entanglements, she leans the shocking truth Victoria hides about Colette that rocks Lindsay to her very core.

Now that Lindsay has become a balm on Victoria's soul, is she strong enough to help Victoria confront her shameful past, and stop one woman's sick games once and for all?

I want to thank the publishers and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this wonderful book.

Yes, it's based on the genre of 50 Shades of Grey, but under the guise of the lesbian version of it. It has some of sense of 50 Shades, but the sex scenes don't get going til halfway through the book. It's a great storyline from a female POV like Christian Grey.

I found the characters to be rather good and you hate Colette Duarte for the way she uses Lindsay Pinke. But I LOVED Victoria Nox as the other woman. Can't wait for the next in the series of KT Grant's books. 

Monday, 4 May 2015

Blood Ties by Nicholas Guild

Homicide detective Ellen Ridley of the SFPD is tracking a serial killer terrorizing young women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ridley is sure she’s cornered her most likely suspect: Stephen Tregear, a hacker and code breaker who works for U.S. naval intelligence. But Tregear is not the killer... he's the killer's son.

Ridley and Tregear team up to look for Tregear’s father, Walter, in an elaborate game of murderous cat and mouse. As the body count rises, Ridley must race against the clock to stop Walter before he kills any more women—and Tregear must finally confront the father who has been trying to kill him for twenty years. Blood Ties is an elegant and frightening thriller from Nicholas Guild.

I was given a copy of this by Netgalley and the publishers.

I found the book really interesting, grabbed my attention from the start and the concept of the story and characters was brilliant. Only problem was that it was a full length book. But I would happily get the book when it comes out.

The Obsessive Joy of Autism by Julia Bascom

Being autistic, to me, means a lot of different things, but one of the best things is that I can be so happy, so enraptured about things no one else understands and so wrapped up in my own joy that, not only does it not matter that no one else shares it, but it can become contagious. This is the part about autism that I can never explain. This is the part I never want to lose. Julia Bascom's depiction of the joy of autistic obsessions tells a story about autism that is very rarely told. It tells of a world beyond impairments and medical histories, where the multiples of seven can open a floodgate of untranslatable joy, where riding a train can make everything feel perfectly sized and full of light, and where flapping your hands just so amplifies everything you feel. The Obsessive Joy of Autism will resonate powerfully with other autistic people, and encourage those who have a person with autism in their lives to look out for that joy, to chase it, to get obsessed.

I am grateful to Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to review this book.

I have a daughter who has just been diagnosed Autistic and wanted to look inside her world. This has given me a great insight into her world and how she perceives the outside world and what she is really capable to in this world we live in.

Birdman (Jack Caffery #1) by Mo Hayder

In his first case as lead investigator with London’s crack murder squad, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, south-east London. Brutalized, mutilated beyond recognition, the victim is soon joined by four others discovered in the same area—all female and all ritualistically murdered. And when the post-mortem examination reveals a gruesome signature connecting the victims, Caffery realizes exactly what he’s dealing with—a dangerous serial killer.

I was recommended by a few people to read this series. With trepidation, I started the long and winding road of the Birdman journey.

I will admit, I nearly gave up due to the gruesome atrocities in the book. But I am glad I never as you have to look through those and read into the storyline itself. DI Jack Caffery has just been given the job of lead investigator in this gruesome killing. They find bodies that no one expects to be like they are. You have a sick and twisted and perversed person out there who is sticking something into these bodies.

Now, is there 1 killer or more in this story. I won't say, but find out for yourself if you're daring to open a Mo Hayder book to find out about THE BIRDMAN.

Friday, 1 May 2015

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium #2) by Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.

But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander — the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of The Girl Who Played with Fire.

As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.

I've had this book for a while and thought it was time to get the series read more. 

This has me gasping at Lisbeth Salander finds out who people are. Murder, mystery and the sex trade. Who is Niedermann? Who is Zala? Why was 2 very good reporters murdered.

All is revealed in this exciting and revelation of a book from am dear departed author. He has written a great thriller with twists and turns that made you want to find out what happens to the characters.