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Lost Girls – Angela Marsons

Lost Girls

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Fast paced is right! The latest in the D.I. Kim Stone series starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up! From the first gripping page you are hooked! Lost Girls is a fantastic read!

Kim Stone is back again after two young girls are kidnapped. One of the mothers asks for Kim directly to get her daughter back. But why did she ask for Kim? What history do they have? And is Kim going to be able to find both the girls when she discovers that the kidnappers have previously taken two young girls, and only one was returned?

Totally gripping from the start to the end. Thought it was fantastic!

If you haven’t read the previous two Kim Stone novels, its not a necessity – however I feel that you will not grasp the entirety of Kim’s character, and why she is the way she is, if you don’t read the others. Especially Evil Games.

Kim, what can I say about her? I have totally warmed to her character in the last two novels. I really enjoy her escapades and the way she works. I love her team and love her lack of social skills! I think she is fantastic! I only wish for a touch of romance! That’s the only thing that I feel has been missing from the series. We had a glimmer in each book, but that was it.

Lost Girls is really well written. Easy and quick to read and its not easy to put down!

My ONLY criticism is something that is totally my fault… I guess I read so many thrillers and ‘who-done-it’s’ that I always guess who the bad guy is. And this one was a bit too predictable for me. I knew who the uber bad guy was straight away, and even in the parrallel storyline I guessed who the perpetrator was straight away. I must say I was disappointed that I was right. HOWEVER it didn’t take any of the fun away from the story. And hopefully others will be more surprised.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely! It was a really enjoyable read!

Many thanks to Angela Marsons and the publisher Bookoutre via NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my review.

If you enjoy this book you may enjoy:

Evil Games    little black lies    the girl with no past

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Evil Games – Angela Marsons

Evil Games

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Evil Games is the second book in the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons. Admittedly the first in the series was not my favourite book. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it – I read it before I started blogging my reviews so I actually can’t remember what it was about it that didn’t totally grab me. It seemed to grab the majority of my reading buddies who rated it extremely highly.  I wasn’t against reading the sequel, but it wasn’t on my list of priorities. However when I kept seeing phenomenal reviews for this and the third instalment “Lost Girls”, it sparked my interest again. When a few trusted book friends suggested that I give Kim Stone another shot, they convinced me. And I’m extremely glad they did!

Detective Inspector Kim Stone is back in this fabulous psychological thriller. Stone investigates the murder of a convicted rapist. Something doesn’t quite add up when they find the perpetrator, and trusting her instincts, Kim investigates deeper and gets more than she bargained for when she is faced with an extremely intelligent and difficult adversary, who is manipulating mentally vulnerable people to do their bidding.

I am really enjoying the depth of Kim’s character. Gradually we are learning more and more about why she is the way she is. Her childhood is explained in a lot of detail in this book and we begin to understand the horrors of her past. I’m extremely glad I read the second book before the third one, even though I have heard it is great as a stand alone. I also enjoy her interactions with other characters. I remember one of the things I didn’t like about the first book was the lack of… I was going to say “romance” but that’s not the word I am looking for, I guess tension or chemistry with Kim. There was a female teacher in the first one and someone else if I remember correctly, and in this one there was a glimmer of attraction with David, but I just felt it wasn’t enough. I understand why though. Her character is MAJORLY damaged… Sorting out her life comes before a roll in the hay – I understand that, but still I am hoping that the third book will focus a bit on her attempting a not so platonic relationship with another human being. I always enjoy a bit of chemistry/tension in thrillers, even if it doesn’t end well.

I really enjoyed the psychological aspect of this book. What a character Alex was! Loved to loathe her! It was refreshing and original to read of events from her perspective… Her skewed view of the world. And I really enjoyed the mind games and the extent that she would go to, to get her way. I have read characters like hers before, in other books by other authors, but I didn’t enjoy them half as much as I enjoyed Alex.

There is some subject matter that is disturbing, but there are no overly graphic scenes. So this book will appeal to any thriller fans, even the ones who don’t like too much violence and just enjoy a good story!

 As like the first one, Marsons writing is impeccable. Easy and so much fun to read. There are not too many characters, but there are just enough to make it difficult to guess who the bad guy is at the end. I was glued to this book from beginning to end and I am really looking forward to the next one! I have Lost Girls on my kindle ready to go! 🙂

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely! Marsons is emerging as one hell of a thriller writer!

If you like this book you may enjoy:

the girl with no past    Baby Please Don't Go    imperfect strangers    Now you see me   Pretty Baby    little black lies

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The Girl With No Past – Kathryn Croft

the girl with no past

5 Stars (5 / 5)

AWESOME BOOK!!! I absolutely DEVOURED it! I adore psychological thrillers when they are done well. I LOVE being surprised by awesome twists and turns! So when I saw a LOT of my friends rate this book highly, I had to give it a go. I recognised the authors name and realised that Kathryn Croft also wrote The Stranger Within, which I read earlier this year and thought was fantastic, so I was very excited to read this one.

Leah is a bit of a hermit. She lives alone and doesn’t have any friends. She lives the way she does because of an event in her past. Something that she did when she was younger that she cant escape from. So she has lived her life quietly with guilt and in shame because of her actions. Living a mundane existence, she believes that her past may finally be behind her as she takes the plunge and reaches out to make a romantic connection with somebody, something she hasn’t done for a very long time. However, her past quickly catches up with her when she begins to receive messages and is tormented by somebody who doesn’t want her to forget…

GREAT psychological thriller!!! Masterfully woven together into an absolutely fantastic story. It got me totally hooked from the start. I was completely intrigued. We don’t know much about Leah’s past, and slowly start to get glimpses of it every few chapters as the story progresses until the truth comes out. And then just when you think that you have all the excitement that the book has to offer, BAM another twist and you are left shell shocked!

It had a bit of a more mature, non-slasher “I know what you did last summer” vibe which was fantastic! I loved trying to figure out who the bad guy/girl was, whilst trying to figure out what she had done in the past. I was absolutely sucked in and couldn’t get enough of this book!

The characters were fantastic! Leah was the star of the book obviously. As we begin to get an understanding of her character and personality, why she is the way, she is she is extremely likeable despite her flaws. You find yourself caring about what is happening to her even though you have no idea what she was previously involved in. The other characters in the book were fantastic! Both in the past and present.  There were not too many characters either which I enjoyed. I find I tend to read so fast that I often forget who is who, so she made it easy for me! Especially because I read this book so quickly because I was totally hooked!

I loved the way this book was written. I went back and forth to Leah’s past and present so naturally. Her writing style is superb. I see it being compared to “gone girl”… Everything is being compared to that bloody book! I think this was far superior. I also think it would make a fantastic movie! This is another one with potential to be HUGE and I really hope it is.

Would I recommend it?

YES YES YES YES YES!!! Go read it! In fact, grab The Girl With No Past HERE (Its less than 2 bucks on amazon at the moment! BARGAIN!!!)

Many thanks to Kathryn Croft via NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review. And also a massive thanks to all my GoodReads friends who kept recommending it to me!

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Little Black Lies - Sharon Bolton   Now you see me   black eyed susans   Pretty Baby

 

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The Servants of Twilight – Dean Koontz

the servants of twilight

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Silly me didn’t quite realise when I borrowed The Servants of Twilight audio book from the library that it was originally written in 1984. It’s almost as old as I am! I was wondering why nobody was using mobile phones and why the police and investigators were not exactly using the most advanced technology, when it suddenly hit me. DUR MEL! Anyway it was still a really great book. I was expecting more a horror story, instead it was an action packed suspenseful thriller!

Single mum Christine is living a quiet existence with her son Joey, until one day they are confronted by a ragged old woman in the car park of a shopping centre. Appearing harmless at first, the old woman makes small talk with the boy, and then things suddenly change when the hag becomes aggressive and announces that Joey has “GOT TO DIE!”. Unfortunately for Christine and Joey, this batty old woman is the head of a cult who now believes that her son is the Antichrist and will bring about the end of the world. And most of the members of the cult are shady characters with lots of murderous skills and are all absolutely OBSESSED with killing him. Suddenly they find themselves running for their lives. Like a cat and mouse! Christine enlists the help of Charlie, a private detective, as they attempt to escape death. And Joey couldn’t possibly be the Antichrist… Could he??

Talk about ACTION PACKED!!! After the scene is set, BOOM!! Its action scene after action scene, dodging bullets, running for their lives. Never a dull moment! Fabulous!

Loved the characters. Christine, Charlie and Joey were all written really well and I loved all the dialogue between them, especially 6 year old Joey. I even loved the dogs and the bad guys! Especially Grace.

I wasn’t expecting there to be much romance in this book so I LOVED that aspect of it, and one of the scenes was quite raunchy. I like that he managed to squeeze the romance in amongst all the thrills, and I always find the best romances (in books obviously, I doubt in real life) are the ones that spawn from a bit of action and suspense.

I probably would have rated this book higher if it wasn’t for the ending. I was really disappointed with the ending. I can’t really go into it more or I will spoil the story.

However, it was still a fabulous book to listen to! I loved the 80’s feel (once I realised what it was) and the action and suspense was all very exciting!

The audio version: Ok the ladies voice annoyed me a lot at first. A little too animated at times, and I really didn’t like her portrayal of the male characters. However, as for all other audio books, I soon became used to her voice and didn’t have a problem with it by the end.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely! I think most thriller fans will enjoy this one!

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Baby Please Don’t Go – Frank Freudberg

Baby Please Don't Go

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Ahhh psychological thrillers… My favourite of all genres!! I liked this new psychological thriller from Frank Freudberg. It was well written and engaging.

Lock Gilkenney is a passionate child advocate. He works for the department of child services and responds to an anonymous complaint. When he gets there to investigate he is immediately attracted to the mother of the children Natalie. Natalie’s husband Witt is trouble, causing lots of problems for Natalie and vindictively attempting to take the children from her. Natalie needs help, and Lock might just be able to give it to her. But unfortunately helping her will lead to Lock being dragged into a dark story of deceit, lies, betrayal and murder. All is not what it seems.

Baby Please Don’t Go was written really well, easy to read and very easy to get addicted to. I really enjoyed the first half, it was fascinating and exciting. I was desperate to know what was going to happen! Unfortunately the second half fell a bit flat for me. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first half. However It was still a good read! It just lacked the excitement, thrill and mystery of the first half.

The characters. Man, what can I say?? Talk about STUFFED UP!! Lock, lovely lock with his MANY demons. So vulnerable. I felt for him so much, especially in the first half of the book. By the second half however I was a bit sick of his naivety. I was getting frustrated by his weakness and felt like his character didn’t really do much developing through the book. However he was so damaged, that perhaps there was no way for him to grow.

 Natalie… WOW! Makes Amy from Gone Girl look like a saint! Hats off to the author for writing one of the most selfish, screwed up human being I have ever read about! I absolutely loved how AWFUL she was! Loved to hate her! I liked all the other characters, and there weren’t too many of them which was really refreshing.

I just found it such a shame about the second half. It just lost momentum. All the characters started to become totally unbelievable and I totally lost compassion and empathy for Lock. I wasn’t a big fan of the ending either. it didn’t really have any resolution of sorts, it just sort of ended.

Would I recommend it?

If you like psychological thrillers with extremely messed up characters, absolutely. It was worth reading!

Big thanks to Maxine from Booklover Catlady Publicity and the author for a copy of Baby Please Don’t Go for me to review.

If you enjoyed this book you may enjoy:

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Little Black Lies - Sharon Bolton

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Gravity – Tess Gerritsen (Audio Version)

Gravity

4 Stars (4 / 5)

This is my first Tess Gerritsen book. I know right? I’m a crime and thriller fan, AND a nurse… I should have read all the Rizzole and Isles by now!?? Well I never intended to, but having read this one I am inclined to give all of her books a go!

To quickly summarise it, some bizarre virus is killing off the crew of the international space station. Where did it come from?? How are they going to stop it? Doctor on board Emma must try to keep everyone alive whilst her husband back on earth goes on a mission to discover the origins of the pathogen.

Great read! Extremely suspenseful and exciting! Loved the whole thing! Yes, it was pretty corny… But it was supposed to be! I thought it was fantastic!

The characters were great! Soon to be ex husband and wife Emma and Jack are a great team.

The audio version was fantastic. The narrator was wonderfully talented and probably the best narrator of any audio book I have listened to so far. Even his portrayal of the female characters was fantastic and he really captured the emotion of all the characters.

There was quite a bit of blood and gore in this book and I really enjoyed it! Because most of the gory scenes happen in space it added an extra grossness… Floating blood etc. Thought it was really well done.

Some of the medical scenes were totally over the top, but Dr Gerritsen obviously knows her stuff as everything was quite accurate. I guess that is what makes her one of the top medical thriller authors.

Would I recommend it?

Yes it was great fun! Really enjoyed it. Any thriller and fan of a little space blood and guts will love Gravity! I’ve already started putting her other books on my TBR list!

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The Red Door – Rosa Fedele

the red door

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Glad to have found another Aussie book by an Aussie author to add to the list! I have been extremely unpatriotic through my life and have avoided Australian books. Only recently am I beginning to hugely regret this, as I have found some incredible books. I have wasted a lot of my life not reading Aussie books!!  I am really enjoying the Australian settings, especially in my home city Sydney – So I was glad to review this book as it is set in Glebe.

The main character (who we don’t know by name until the very end), bought the mansion “Rosalind” after a troubling event from her past. She is in the process of renovating and refurbishing the whole place. Its going smoothly with exception of some strange events on the upper level, and the fact that the tenant in number three wont let her in, and she begins to suspect he may be watching her. She does a little digging only to find her tenant may be connected in some way to the vicious murders of two teenage girls that occurred twenty years prior. Her quest to find out what happened leads her to some stunning realisations that will shake up the comfortable life she has created for herself, and her new friends. Has she found a killer? What happened in her past to make her run away to Rosalind? And why is it so cold upstairs?

I must be honest. When I first started reading this I didn’t think it was going anywhere. It felt quite disjointed, went around everywhere and I was a bit confused about who was who. I failed to see the significance of all the characters and parallel storylines. And the writing, with the small sections that ended without an explanation, began to frustrate me.  However I stuck with it and was extremely pleasantly surprised as the story began to unfold and I couldn’t put it down! Having finished it now I can appreciate how cleverly refreshing the writing was.

I loved the characters, especially Monique and Claudia. The main character and Anne annoyed me at times, but overall all the characters had their appealing qualities. I liked the main character a lot more after we learn of her back story. I enjoyed the romances and especially the complex – sometimes destructive friendships in the novel. And there were quite a few character twists to keep me satisfied! Especially towards the end of the book.

 I would call this novel more of a mystery than a thriller, although it did have a few thrilling moments. However it was completely engrossing, especially in the last two thirds of the novel. The author also did the illustrations throughout the book which are beautiful, and definitely give the novel more character and texture. I only wish there was more of them, as they seemed to randomly appear at the beginning of some chapters but not others.

It was set in 1983, the year I was born, so perhaps I’m a bit too young to appreciate a lot of the early 80’s references, however this didn’t matter in the slightest. I have seen Duran Duran live (admittedly only because they were opening for Robbie Williams), so at least I wasn’t completely clueless!

Would I recommend it?

Yes for any mystery and thriller lovers and fans of 1980’s Sydney.

Many thanks to author Rosa Fedele for a copy of The Red Door, in exchange for my review.

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The Right Wrong Thing – Ellen Kirschman

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3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

The Right Wrong Thing is an extremely interesting and entertaining thriller told from a very different perspective.

The story is told through the eyes of Dr Dot Meyerhoff, a psychological consultant with the police department. After recommending that Randy Spelling is psychologically fit to begin working as a police officer, the young officer gets involved in two major incidents, one involving the accidental killing of an innocent pregnant teenager. When Randy attempts to apologise to the distraught family, it has dire consequences. Dr Meyerhoff, then gets herself involved in the investigation and finds herself trying to catch a killer.

What really interested me about this book is the psychological viewpoint. I don’t think I have ever read a book where the narrator is a psychologist and is dealing with complex psychological problems of their patients. Having completed half a psychology degree and having an interest in all this mind stuff, I was fascinated with the obviously extensive knowledge of the author. She knows her stuff and it was fascinating.

It was fascinating, it was well written, exciting and thrilling in places, and had interesting twists and turns.

What I didn’t like about this book was the stupidity of the main character. Dot got herself in many situations that wouldn’t take a clinical psychologist to know, were IDIOTIC. I just found it a bit too unbelievable that she would do some of the things that she did.

The other characters were great. Loved all the police officers and the chief was extremely damaged and a really interesting character. Even Dot was a great character, she just made STUPID decisions!

I really enjoyed that the narrator was an older woman. A refreshing change from the common young characters that I have read in most novels recently. She had life experience, and a head on her shoulders… Which just made her decisions even more unbelievable.

Would I recommend it?

Yes! Despite the things I didn’t like, it was still a very enjoyable and fascinating read. I wouldn’t mind reading her other stuff, especially the non fiction books!

thanks to Oceanview Publishing via NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my review.

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Yeager’s Law – Scott Bell

Yeagers Law

4.25 Stars (4.25 / 5)

I really enjoyed this book. It is up there as one of the better books I’ve read this year! I thought it was fantastic!

Yeager is a truck driver with some serious ex-marine, beat-up-the-bad-guys skills. So when the lovely Charlie randomly saves his life from a man with a grudge, besotted Yeager agrees to drive and pick up a load of books for her bookstore. However Charlie’s ex husband is playing her, and its not only books that Yeager picks up and brings to Charlie. Suddenly he has a bunch of bad guys after him, a drug cartel to somehow outfight, and a certain young ladies life to save!

Loved it! What a fabulous action packed read! I LOVED the action scenes! Lots of violence, blood and gore! Thought it was fantastic! There was one cringe worthy scene in particular which I won’t spoil for you, but I LOVED it! OUCH!

The characters were so likeable! Yeager! What a character! I thought he was fantastic. In the book he is described as having a Russell Crow vibe. I didn’t exactly picture him like that. In my mind perhaps I had a more Gerard Butler type in my mind… I guess they look kind of similar. Anyway he was awesome none the less! And I really liked Charlie, she is a feisty independent woman with a cute son and a dickhead of an ex husband. She was classy yet tough. Loved the secondary characters too. Victor and Cujo were awesome! Loved Victor in the action scenes! And Nina! What a piece of work she was! I thought she was a great character.

The tension and budding relationship with Charlie and Yeager was a highlight of the book for me. I love a bit of romance in a story and this did not disappoint. It was sexy without being overly graphic and the chemistry between the characters just worked.

There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this novel to be honest. I didn’t quite buy Yeager as a broke truck driver, although I’m not sure exactly why. I enjoyed how each chapter was written according to place and not character. I found it to be written very well overall.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely! Yeager’s Law is a fun ride for all action/thriller/romantic suspense fans!

Many thanks to author Scott Bell for a review copy.

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The Black Echo – Michael Connelly

the black echo

4 Stars (4 / 5)

This is the first instalment in the extensive Harry Bosch series, and also happens to be the first one that I have read (or heard in this case). I really enjoyed it.

Harry Bosch is a detective in the LAPD homicide division in Hollywood. While investigating a body found in an old tunnel, he recognises it as a fellow ex marine Meadows who served with him in the Vietnamese war. They were both “tunnel rats” who fought below Vietnam in the extensive tunnels. After recognising him, and realising it wasn’t a simple drug overdose that it looked like, Harry gets pulled into a bigger investigation. His bosses want him out of the force at any cost, and his enemies want him dead. The hunt is on for the killer before he finds himself the next victim.

This book pretty much had everything I enjoy in a novel. Bit of violence, a mystery, romance, sex, and lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed the audio version narrated by Dick Hill. He played Harry really well and I got totally wrapped up in it. However his female voices left a lot to be desired (not his fault, he is a man after all) and I struggled to listen to his impersonation of women. Especially the lead female character Eleanor.

Harry is an awesome character. I will be very interested to see how he develops in the later novels, when I get there. I also enjoyed that it was written in the early 90’s. No smart phones or internet… Everything took much longer, and the characters were constantly having to find payphones to contact other people. Not sure how we all survived back then!

I enjoyed the different storylines within the novel. Loved how everyone was out to get poor Harry, even though he was totally innocent. Sure, he didn’t go exactly by the book but he wasn’t crooked. Loved the tension and romance between him and Eleanor. Loved his ex partner. Thought all the characters were great in their own right. Even Lewis and Clarke!

The only thing I didn’t like about The Black Echo was the TOTALLY PREDICTABLE twist at the end. I must have figured it out about a quarter of the way into the book and it frustrated me that Bosch didn’t pick it up until the end. I think this was the main reason why I dropped a star.

I have the second in the series “The Black Ice”, also narrated by Dick Hill, ready to go on my iPhone. Looking forward to it.

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