January 2018

The Night Stalker – Robert Bryndza

  1. The Night Stalker (Detective Erika Forster #2) – Robert Bryndza

The Night Stalker

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Oh Bookouture…. I think you are my absolute favourite publishers… Another great read!!

A great second instalment in the adventures of Erika Foster. I really enjoyed the girl in the ice, and am happy that there are a few more to get through in this series.

Erika and her delightful team are back solving murders and catching serial killers. When a doctor is found dead in his bedroom, naked, and with a plastic bag over his head, it’s up to them to piece the clues together and find the killer.

Great series, however not my favourite thriller series. Not sure if it’s something about slightly broody damaged female characters that has me a bit bored at the moment. Perhaps I need to step away from the genre for a while.

Having said that, it’s a solid thriller that will keep any thriller fan happy, lots of twists and turns, great secondary characters, a bit of blood and guts, violence and all together a great book that makes for some very entertaining reading! Not enough romance for my enjoyment, but yes, I know. She’s lost her husband recently. I get the no romance…

Would I recommend The Night Stalker?

Yup! Any thriller fan would enjoy this quick entertaining read!

Many thanks to the author and bookouture via netgalley for a copy of The Night Stalker in exchange for an honest review.


If you enjoyed The Night Stalker, you may enjoy:

Daisy in Chains


Play Dead – Angela Marsons

Play Dead (D.I. Kim Stone #4) – Angela Marsons (2016)

Play Dead

4 Stars (4 / 5)

I like this series, I really do. But I don’t LOVE it. It doesn’t stay with me like some other series. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s Kim’s character, it’s defiantly not the writing which is great. I really can’t put my finger on it. But I do enjoy it, and for thriller fans this 4th novel surely will not disappoint.

Yes there is yet another serial killer, and it’s up to Miss Congeniality Kim and her team to figure out the pieces and put the puzzle together before more people die.

What I really did like about this one was the setting. Utterly fascinating! I never even knew that there were such things as “body farms” but of course it makes total sense. How do the scientists know how long it takes bodies to decompose in numerous settings? Because they test it! Of course! What an original idea for a setting, I was so impressed with it, even though, ewww gross!

I just don’t enjoy reading about Kim for some reason. I get she has issues and is all broody because of that, but she annoys me more often than not. I like the other characters, even though I wish there was a bit more spark.

It was a good story, but again, I figured out the twist too early. But I still enjoyed it.

Would I recommend Play Dead?

Yes absolutely! Even though the series doesn’t stay with me, it is a good thriller series that every thriller fan will surely enjoy. I will certainly read the others and have no doubt I will enjoy them too.

Big thanks to the author via netgalley for a copy of Play Dead for me to review.


If you enjoy Play Dead, you may enjoy:

   The Girl In The Ice   Little Black Lies


Rise of Empire – Michael J. Sullivan

Rise of Empire ( Riyria Revelations #3-4) – Michael J. Sullivan (2011)

Rise of Empire

5 Stars (5 / 5)

I love this series. Royce and Hadrian are among my favourite characters of any books! What an awesome duo they make. The banter between them is hilarious and the story itself is exciting and so much fun! This is a great fantasy series.

Royce and Hadrian are back in books 3 and 4 of the Riyria Revelations. They need to escort Arista away from Melengar to try to save the nation, go on an epic boat trip and fight some kick ass magical creatures. Meanwhile the  new Nyphron Empress is not going so well, and Arista becomes a pivotal character in her quest to save everyone and find the heir of Novron.

Arista is the biggest surprise of the story for me. What an amazing, powerful and kick-ass character she has become! I can’t wait to see what she gets up to in the next one!

I was complaining about the lack of romance in the last book, this one was a massive improvement for me. Of course Arista was going to have something happening, I really enjoyed the love story between her and the bodyguard. However I am looking forward to what I am hoping will be the main romance of the series (other than Royce and Gwen of course), which is being constantly hinted at, but of course two people actually have to be together for a romance to bloom, and Royce and Hadrian have been away for the majority of this one.

I loved the twists and turns but the writing and dialogue of the characters is what I adore about this series. Its just so readable, or easy to listen to in my case. Love Tim Gerald Reynolds narration. Some of my favourite audio books have had him narrating. He is like an old friend now, I have probably spent weeks listening to him in total!

Would I recommend Rise of Empire?

Yes, any fantasy fan will appreciate this series, however this is not a stand alone book, you need to read the first volume.

I purchased Rise of Empire at my own expense at


If you enjoy Rise of Empire, you may enjoy:

Theft of Swords   Six of Crows   The Name of the Wind


The Stepmother – Claire Seeber

The Stepmother – Claire Seeber (2016)

The Stepmother

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Bookouture are just so darn reliable! I have enjoyed pretty much every book that they have published! This was a great psychological thriller that I just gobbled up like chocolate!

Jeanie moves to her new home, with her new husband and new step children. Things moved quite quickly when she met Matthew, and settling into the role of step mother is proving a bit more difficult than anticipated. Add to that the seemingly haunted house, strange happenings, and the fact that Jeanie has a few secrets that she hasn’t shared with her besotted new husband…

Loved the suspenseful writing in this one! It was gripping and I had a difficult time putting it down! The writing was frustratingly vague on certain details, it was so cleverly put together. You HAD to keep reading!

Loved the characters, the book is told by Jeanie and her little sister, chapter by chapter it goes from one character to another. I really enjoyed the layout. A little bit of info here, neglecting a bit of info there. So at the end it all weaved together. I didn’t see the twist until about 85% of the way through, which is strange for me because I generally guess from much earlier on. And the eerie tone of the book! SO GOOD!

Did I mention I loved the writing??

I want to talk more about the plot and characters but I just keep going back to the writing!

Yet, it was still a 4 star read for me. Solid, but there was just something missing that I can’t put my finger on. I just didn’t enjoy it enough to put it at the top of my list. But it was still a great reliably enjoyable read and I wouldn’t hesitate to check out the authors other work!

Would I recommend The Stepmother?

Yes any psychological thriller fans will enjoy this one with its eerie atmosphere, great story, characters, and did I mention the writing was awesome!?

Big thanks to the author Claire Seeber and Bookouture via Netgalley for a copy of this book to review.

If you enjoy The Stepmother, you may enjoy:

   Beside Myself   The Girl You Lost


On Dublin Street – Samantha Young

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) – Samantha Young (2012)

1 Stars (1 / 5)

I rarely rate books below 2-3 stars. Not because I enjoy every book, but I tend to abandon books I am not enjoying. Personally I don’t like to give a rating to a book if I haven’t read every word and had the full experience… Well, it’s finally happened. I finished a book and only rated it 1 star! I never thought I would get to the point of continuing on if I really disliked something that much, but here we are.

“I’ll find a nice romance!” I said to myself. “Something with a nice safe high goodreads rating…” EPIC FAIL

So Joss has a rough childhood, losing both parents and her best friend in a few short years. She moves to Scotland and is attempting to write a book. She finds a nice house and housemate on Dublin Street and there starts her encounter with Braden, her housemates brother. Joss has a lot of issues and has trouble letting anyone in, but Braden will force (literally) his way into her heart.

WHAT THE HELL IS SO APPEALING ABOUT THESE MALE CHARACTERS!!?? How come in a “romance” book, “No” means “push me until I cave in” and HOW IS THAT ROMANTIC!??

It was off to a cute start, girl meets guy, sparks fly, bit of steamy tension. And then he becomes Mr Intense Stalker.

And what the hell was with Joss!?? What a complete moron. After the initial tension exploded there was a lot of angst. And not much else.

Why did I keep reading? Because it had a cute subplot, even though even THAT romance had elements of emotional abuse. And by that stage I was almost at the end anyway and I wanted to see where it all went, if it was salvageable in any way. Sigh.

Would I recommend On Dublin Street

Look, if annoying emotionally damaged moronic females and dominating males with emotional and sexual abuse disguised as “intense romance” is your thing, then don’t let me stop you. Apparently tens of thousands of others were completely sold!

I purchased On Dublin Street at my own expense.



The Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid

The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) S.J Kincaid (2016)

The Diabolic

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

I have started to venture away from Young Adult a little bit. I’m just finding it a lot of the same. Generally a love triangle, some kind of dystopia, teenage angst… It’s just getting a bit boring to me. How many versions of the Hunger Games can one get through? So I was surprised when I found that I really enjoyed this one. When it started I was thinking “here we go again” but was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of angst still, but I enjoyed the premise, the writing was great, and not exactly a love triangle.

Nemesis is a diabolic, a genetic human bred to protect one person who they have “imprinted” on them. Like ducks I suppose. Her charge, Sidonia is in danger and Nemesis has to pose as her to protect her from an evil Emperor, his evil family and unbalanced nephew, air to the throne. But things do not exactly go smoothly.

How GORGEOUS is the cover!! I wanted to read it just based on the beautiful cover, it was a huge bonus that it was a great read!

My favourite character would have to be the insane nephew Tyrus. Loved the twists and turns with his character. Nemesis annoyed me a bit, but overall I liked reading her story.

The whole story was full of twists and turns and I was surprised on more than one occasion, and it takes a lot to surprise me.

Would I recommend The Diabolic?

Yes for any YA fan. Or if someone is on the boarder of enjoying YA this may be the one that tips them over!

Big thanks to the author and publisher via Netgalley for a copy of The Diabolic to review.

If you enjoyed The Diabolic, you may enjoy:

Six of Crows   Artificial


All is not Forgotten – Wendy Walker

All is Not Forgotten – Wendy Walker (2016)

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

I almost gave this one a miss. I had read some mixed reviews by some of my most trusted goodreads friends, and when I started the first few paragraphs I thought I was going to finish this book before it began. However I am glad that I stuck with it and read on. The second half was so much better than the first and ultimately I enjoyed the twists. However I couldn’t go above a 3.5.

Young Jenny is brutally assaulted at a party when she is 15 years old. Given a drug that creates an amnesiac effect, she loses her memory about the incident. However as the title suggests, all is not forgotten and even though her memory of the incident has gone, the trauma of it still remains. Told in first person by the therapist, the pieces of the puzzle soon begin to unravel.

I enjoyed the way that the narration was set out, with the therapist telling the story from his perspective, with everything second hand. It was a clever way to tell the story, however I didn’t much like the character and he tended to go on and on about stuff that was totally irrelevant. Never the less, once you got through the slow parts there was an interesting story underneath which kept me enthralled.

The graphic scenes, however I did not enjoy. Described numerous times and in extremely intricate detail, the gruesome sexual assault of the poor girl will be too much for many readers to tolerate. I found myself skipping over parts of the graphic detail just to move on to the next part of the story.

I was also disappointed that it didn’t delve into the amnesiac drug a bit more. It’s kind of the Tagline of the story, she is given this drug and it’s amazing, like it’s a huge part of the storyline. But I thought there was going to be more about it.

Would I recommend All is Not Forgotten?

Not for everyone. A gripping psychological thriller it was, but with extremely graphic rape scenes which will not be everyone’s cup of tea.

I have read Reece Wotherspoon’s production company is making it into a movie. I will definitely watch it when it comes out. She always does a good job with her book to movie adaptations and will hopefully weed out some of the duller parts.

Big thanks to netgalley and the author for a copy of All is Not Forgotten for me to review.


If you enjoy All is not Forgotten, you may enjoy:

See How They Run   Daisy in Chains