#BlogTour #Review The Proposal by S.E. Lynes @Bookouture @SELynesAuthor

Happy Publication day to S.E Lynes for her latest book The Proposal and I want to thank Kim and Noelle at Bookouture for inviting me on this blog tour! I will be reviewing it in a second but first a little bit about the book:

Title: The Proposal by S.E. Lynes

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 21st September 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

The first thing you should know, dear reader, is that I am dead…

Teacher Pippa wants a second chance. Recently divorced and unhappy at work, she uproots her life and moves to the countryside, determined to make a fresh start. But Pippa soon realises: your troubles are never far behind.

When Pippa meets blue-eyed Ryan Marks, he is funny and charming. He is haunted by his past – but insists he is a changed man. 

He might just be the answer to all of her problems. And Pippa can tell the truth from lies. She’d know if she were in danger. Wouldn’t she?

From Amazon chart bestseller S.E. Lynes, The Proposal is a page-turning and utterly gripping thriller about the lengths we will go to for someone we love. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.

You can pick up your copy here:

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Review:

The story starts with Pippa dreaming of writing a bestseller and escaping her boring life as a teacher, after her previous book bombed but the problem? She has no idea what to write about and with a deadline looming she’s desperate for inspiration.

Then there’s a knock at the door.

She finds Ryan Marks on her doorstep, an ex-prisoner, selling cleaning products in a bid to make some money. She knows she shouldn’t but Pippa invites him, offering to pay money for his life story. Then her nightmare really begins…

So this is my first S.E Lynes, and I probably sound like a broken record, because I say this so often when I discover a new author, but this certainly won’t be the last book I read of hers!

I genuinely don’t know where to start with this unique and creepy novel. It’s told in diary format, like the protagonist Pippa is talking directly to you, interspersed with cheery blog posts about her life in the country and unsettling recordings from Ryan.

The characterisation is this novel is so good, they almost feel like real people. There’s something almost like watching a car crash (you know you should look away but you can’t) about Pippa. If you imagine a more sarcastic Bridget Jones, with impossibly high standards, a love of dodgy puns and putting herself in danger plus a whole heap of abandonment issues.

I did feel sorry for her best and seemingly only friend Marlena, a busy mum who would rush over to Pippa, worry about her and generally be there for her. Although she did feel a little more like her mum than her friend.

Then there’s Ryan. The less I say about him the better, because frankly he creeped me out so much! I’ve just shivered a little writing this and thinking about him.

I have to be honest though, the first 30% or so I had absolutely no clue what was going on, I did only persist because the character of Pippa was so realistic and there was that sense of wanting to know how her story ends. She also had a tendency to go on slightly philosophical rants that I found a little tedious at times.

The Proposal is a unique story about loneliness, twisted love and obsession that will make you doubt your own sanity.

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About the Author:

After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeens.e lynes to be with her husband. In Aberdeen, she worked as a producer at BBC Radio Scotland before moving with her husband and two young children to Rome. There, she began to write while her children attended nursery. After the birth of her third child and upon her return to the UK, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. She now combines writing with lecturing at Richmond Adult Community College and bringing up her three children. She lives in Teddington. 

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#BlogTour #Review Ladybird by Stewart Giles @Books_n_all @stewartgiles

Title: Ladybird (DS Jason Smith #3) by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 29th October 2014

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

The Ghoul is arrested for Murder and Jason Smith is on sick leave.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is days away from the end of his sick leave after a case that almost cost him his life when he gets a call from an old friend. His friend has been arrested for the murder of a student. He wants Smith to investigate the murder and prove his innocence. Smith is persuaded return to work. The student was killed with a bread knife. Ladybirds were scattered on his dead body.

When another man is found dead with ladybirds on his body, Smith enlists the help of an insect doctor, the enigmatic DR Karen Wood, to try and understand the significance of the ladybirds. As Smith gets drawn closer to this mysterious woman and more and more men wind up dead with ladybirds on their bodies Smith quickly realises that Dr Wood is not who she seems to be.

Smith and his team unearth a terrible secret from twenty years earlier; somebody wants justice and, as more and more men die, Smith realises he is running out of time to find out who.

This is a fast-paced page-turner with twists and turns all the way to an ending you won’t see coming.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING

York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.

At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Ladybird:

This book was gripping from the first page to the last. The characters are all well written, believable and sympathetic.’ – Mrs Christine H Clark

Superb book left you guessing to the end. Sends you up so many alleys and you still can’t see the outcome.’ – Mike

A well paced story that will have you hooked very quickly and then drag you along for the ride in such a way as to not want to stop reading..’ – Hisboss

Another gripping book by this Author well written lots going on could not put this book down.’ – Kindle Customer

What a good book had you wandering all the time would read his books again I haven’t read his before.’ – Dora Gibbons

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

Book 0.5 – Phobia

Book 1 – Smith

Book 2 – Boomerang

Book 3 – Ladybird

Book 4 – Occam’s Razor

Book 5 – Harlequin

Book 6 – Selene

Book 7 – Horsemen

Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1 – The Beekeeper

Book 2 – The Perfect Murder

Book 3 – The Backpacker

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Review:

DS Jason Smith is on sick leave, he doesn’t know whether he wants to return to the police force after the events of the previous book Boomerang. He gets a call out of the blue from his friend The Ghoul, a pathologist and friend, saying he’s been arrested for murder. The victim, a young student, has had his throat cut and ladybirds scattered around him.

Unable to leave it alone Smith returns and launches into an investigation. A second body turns up with the same M.O. it’s clear that The Ghoul didn’t do this but who did?

So I’m continuing on my journey through the back catalogue of DS Smith novels. While this could be read as a stand alone I would suggest reading Boomerang first (you can read my review here) just because this book does contain a few spoilers.

Ladybird is a really quick and compelling read which kept me guessing who the killer was almost until it was revealed.

I was a little wary when I first started reading this because I love ladybirds (the only insect I don’t scream and run away from) and they’ve always represented summer and childhood to me but them being used in a murder? I wasn’t quite sure but as I read on I saw they were cleverly used as symbolism for a very deranged killer. This book has also really opened my eyes to how creepy the nursery rhyme ‘ladybird, ladybird fly away home’, actually is!

I do feel like Smith is growing on me, I didn’t find him quite so irksome with his whole ‘the world’s gone soft’ attitude. I felt like he’s really developed as a character too, don’t get me wrong he still drinks too much and questions authority but he seems a little less brash than he has been in the past.

My only complaint was the addition of the cash machine robberies storyline, frankly I didn’t think it really added much to the overall story.

Ladybird is a fast paced, gripping read full of murder and mayhem with an action packed ending.

Rating: 4/5

Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After AnnSG Author photo (4) dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

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#BlogTour #Review Boomerang by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles

Title: Boomerang by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 19th May 2014

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A MAN IS KILLING PEOPLE IN YORK!

Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac.

Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another.

All of the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history. When one of the dates is a time before Smith was even born, he realises he must look deep into the past to find a way to stop the worst spate of murders in York’s long history.

As the countdown begins can Jason catch York’s first serial killer before it’s too late?

This is a fast-paced page-turner that has so many twists and turns it keeps the reader guessing right up to the shocking end.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING

York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.

At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Boomerang:

It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I look forward to reading the next book in Smith’s adventures.’ – Linda Strong

I’m really enjoying this series. This story flips between events in Vietnam with modern day murders.’ – Sarah

What a great page turner for the first book I have read by this author.’ – David

Really liked this book. Great characters and dialogue, black humour in spades.’ – James O’Neill

Great read …. enjoying this series very much.’ – Caroline S

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

Book 0.5 – Phobia

Book 1 – Smith

Book 2 – Boomerang

Book 3 – Ladybird

Book 4 – Occam’s Razor

Book 5 – Harlequin

Book 6 – Selene

Book 7 – Horsemen

Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1 – The Beekeeper

Book 2 – The Perfect Murder

Book 3 – The Backpacker

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Review:

1966 – Two friends are in the midst of the Vietnam war, one lose his mind, the other gets shot.

2010 – York is having a lull in crime but a suicide of a businessman in the Royal York Hotel sets Smith’s sixth sense tingling. It quickly becomes apparent it’s murder with numbers written on the soles of his feet. The numbers are actually dates that relate to Smith.

More bodies turn up with more dates on their feet and it becomes official York has it’s first serial killer but how is this linked to Smith and the events from almost fifty years ago?

So this is the second in the Smith series but it can be easily read as a stand alone, you can check out my review of the first book, Smith, here.

I feel like this series is getting better and better! Boomerang is a fast paced police procedural that has a whole heap of twists and turns which leads to up an emotional and nail biting ending.

The story is split between 2010 and Vietnam in 1966 at the height of the war, which I found out that Australia were actually involved in the conflict over there (I love it when a book teaches me stuff).

Smith is his usual irascible Aussie self, refusing to respect his superior officers, he’s pushed to his limits in this case being reminded of some of the most tragic events of his life and taunted by a ruthless killer.

There’s a little bit of romance for Smith too, when an old friend Lucy comes back into his life. I have to say I was surprised as I thought he and DC Witton had a little bit of a thing going in the last book but I still enjoyed seeing the different side of Smith’s personality.

I’m still struggling to actually like Smith most of the time because frankly, he’s a right grumpy sod and I don’t like some of the language he uses but he’s the sort of character that draws you in.

Overall Boomerang is a fast paced police procedural with a heart stopping ending which will have you turning those pages.

Rating: 4/5

Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from noneSG Author photo (4) of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later.

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#BlogTour #Review Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Title: Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 28th August 2018

Genre: Psychological Suspense

Description:

An unwanted pregnancy. A kidnapping. Escape…

University student Jemma Howell’s life has turned upside down: she’s pregnant and her boyfriend has just died.

A lawyer manipulates Jemma to sign away the child to her dead boyfriend’s parents, the wealthy Winchesters.

Six months after giving birth, Jemma is still obsessed with her baby’s welfare. A chance opportunity occurs. She makes a split-second decision.

She is now a kidnapper and on the run. Detective Constable Tim Findlay is assigned to the Winchester kidnapping, his first big case.

In the course of the investigation, he and his partner uncover deeply hidden secrets about the Winchester family.

For Tim, the difference between right and wrong becomes blurred.

BYE BABY BUNTING is a page-turning psychological suspense that explores society’s attitudes to single parenting and adoption and the laws that apply to birth-mother, child and adoptive parents. The story takes place in Auckland, New Zealand, Hawaii and Winnipeg, Canada between 1963 and the present.

You can buy your copy here: http://mybook.to/ByeBabyBunting

Review:

The story opens with Penny finding her birth certificate which states she was born in New Zealand but her name is completely different. We then journey back to 1963 and meet Jemma who is mourning the lose of her boyfriend Barry after finding out she’s pregnant. Unsure of what to do, having being told she wouldn’t make a good mother by friends and social workers, she gives the baby up to Barry’s parents Mr and Mrs Winchester.

She regrets her mistake, so when she sees the opportunity, she snatches her baby back. With the help of her friend Graeme they work on a plan so that Jemma can keep her baby but with the police on her tail will she manage to keep her baby?

If you’re planning to read Bye baby bunting I suggest you have a box of tissues handy. It is a heart breaking tale of a young mum forced to give up her child but given a second chance to raise her daughter.

As an unwed mother myself, I couldn’t help but get angry for Jemma, having to give up her baby and levels of scorn, whispering and judgement she was subjected to was just plain disgusting.

I really rooted for Jemma and Graeme, which being the kidnappers I shouldn’t, but they’re so sweet and you just want Jemma get her baby back. They’re relationship grows as the book progresses, which adds nicely to the story, but obviously after Barry, she’s reluctant but I really wanted her to get her happily ever after moment.

I do feel like this book may have been mislabelled as a psychological thriller/suspense, yes there are a few heart in your mouth moments but there wasn’t really any that screamed psychological thriller to me, in fact it felt more like a family drama.

Overall Bye Baby Bunting is a heart breaking, historical drama that will send you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Rating: 3/5

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About The Author:

Dr Tannis Laidlaw has worn many hats in her career as a psychologist: clinician in privateAuthor photo 2 practice, in psychiatric bins and in the prison service; researcher in schizophrenia, anxiety, psychopathy and other personality disorders, mind-body interactions, and the therapeutic use of hypnosis; research manager; writer and lecturer.

She has always been fascinated by the human condition, not only in those with crossed wiring but also when ordinary people are driven to behave in extraordinary ways. Her fiction reflects her psychological background; her non-fiction, her interests as a wife, mother and friend.

Tannis lives with her husband in Auckland, but spends half her time at a deserted beach in Northland, the semi-tropical northern part of New Zealand, and in a remote cabin in the woods on a Canadian lake – all places where she writes and writes and writes.

Website: www.tannislaidlaw.com

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#Review The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Title: The Hazel Wood (Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert

Publisher: Penguin

Date Published: 8th February 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels.

But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get.

Her mother is stolen, by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world from her grandmother’s stories.

Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .

Review:

Alice has spent her life on the road having to move from place to place after strange incidents and bouts of bad luck. Her mum Ella is the only family she has after being estranged from her grandmother, writer and recluse Althea Prosperine who wrote a book of fairy tales that are so rare that anyone who gets their hands on them becomes obsessed with them.

A letter arrives announcing the death of Althea and telling them that they have inherited her estate, the Hazel Wood. Ella takes this as a sign that their luck has changed and settles in New York, not wanting anything to do with her mother’s estate, but suddenly she vanishes. Strange things start to happen as Alice begins see people from her grandmother’s stories walking around the city.

As the real world and the fairy tale world collide, Alice embarks on a treacherous journey to find her mother with the help of her friend Ellery Finch.

So I decided to take a break from my usual crime fiction and delve into a bit of fantasy, a genre I haven’t read for a while. This book is also young adult but I’d say it’s at the older end of the spectrum just because there is a bit of bad language and violence.

I love the writing style, there’s this almost poetic feel to the whole book. My favourite part had to be the very creepy fairy tales that are scattered through the book, which are really dark and twisted with no sort of moral to the story. I really hope the author releases them as a separate companion book in the future.

It took me a little time to warm up to Alice, just because I found her to be quite angry and standoffish. Her relationship with her mother could also be categorised as seriously clingy/sisterly which I always find a little cringe worthy. I did however like Ellery Finch, Alice’s friend, who hides his sadness under a smile and even though she keeps being horrible to him, he’s there when Alice needs him the most.

Yes there was the standard YA trope of the mum getting kidnapped but I can forgive that because the story is so twisty and absorbing you kind of forget.

The Hazel Wood is original, enchanting and a little mind bending too.

I know the next book is due out next year and I’m interested to see where the author will take it next as I felt that it kind of round off the story at the end of the book.

Rating: 4.5/5

About The Author:

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

#BlogTour #Review Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall @bookouture

Title: Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 17th August 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

What if trying to protect your child only put them in danger?

Natalie is desperate to find her little boy. It has been more than three years since she saw Harry. Three long years in prison for a crime she knows she didn’t commit.

But her husband believed the police, and took their son.

Who has gone to such great lengths to destroy Natalie’s life? Everyone she once trusted – friends, family, all the people close to her – what secrets do they hide?

If Natalie finds the truth, will she get Harry back, or lose him forever?

A totally gripping psychological thriller – perfect for fans of Big Little LiesThe Girl on the Train and C.L. Taylor.

Review:

Natalie hasn’t seen her son since he was a baby. She got sent to prison for embezzling money from one of her clients, only this is, she doesn’t remember doing it. In fact she doesn’t remember doing a lot of things in the month before it happened. Nobody believes her and she spends three long years in prison. Prison changes Natalie, especially when she meets a charismatic prisoner called Katya which she doesn’t realise until it’s too late that she puts her son’s life at risk…

So, Keep You Safe is Rona Halsall debut novel, set for the majority of novel in the Isle of Man with a little cameo for The Wirral (which is the other side of the River Mersey from me in Liverpool). We go backwards and forwards in time, between now when Natalie is trying to save her son and her time spent in prison.

Natalie’s paranoia and worry for her son came across so well, that it had me looking over my shoulder! Once or twice I went to check on my son to which he told me to stop acting weird.

I really felt sorry for Natalie, she was a new mum, struggling to cope when she’s arrested. Her family, including her mum and her husband turn her back on her, with access to her son denied she feels so alone. I really liked the fact that instead of prison breaking her, Natalie comes out stronger, although a lot more paranoid than she used to be.

There is so much more to the story but for fear of spoilers I’m not going to write any more, although I have to be honest I did see the twist coming but I enjoyed watching the characters work it out for themselves.

Overall a fast paced, well written debut and I’m looking forward to reading more from Rona Halsall.

Rating: 4/5

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Author Bio:

Rona’s debut psychological thriller, Keep You Safe is out on 17th August and her second novelrona_halsall-095 copy will be out in November 2018.

Rona lives on the Isle of Man with her husband, two dogs and three guinea pigs. She has been a bookworm since she was a child and now she’s actually creating stories of her own, which still feels like a dream come true.

She is an outdoorsy person and loves stomping up a mountain, walking the coastal paths and exploring the wonderful beaches on the Island while she’s plotting how to kill off her next victim. She also makes sure she deletes her Google history on a regular basis, because… well, you can’t be too careful when you spend your life researching new and ingenious ways for people to die.

She has three children and two step-children who are now grown up and leading varied and interesting lives, which provides plenty of ideas for new stories!

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#Review Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh @orionbooks

Title: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Publisher: Orion

Date Published: 25th January 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Legal Thriller

Description:

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.

Review:

Eddie Flynn is a con man turned lawyer, who is offered the case of his life defending Bobby Solomon, a Hollywood actor on the brink of success when his wife and security guard are killed in his home. There’s plenty of damning evidence against him but Flynn believes he’s innocent.

Joshua Kane has watched the whole case unfold and he desperately wants in on the jury, how far will he go to get what he wants?

So I have to be honest, legal thrillers don’t usually capture my interest but boy has this book changed my mind! Before thirteen, I’d never heard of the Eddie Flynn series or Steve Cavanagh but that tag line ‘The serial killer isn’t on trial, he’s on the jury,” I mean what crime lover could resist?

Eddie is a really compelling character. He’s a former con man and alcohol turned lawyer who’s distanced himself from his wife and his twelve year old daughter as his cases often put them in danger. But what made me love him the most is the fact that he uses his con man skills to help those people who need it the most. He also goes after corrupt cops which doesn’t make him many friends in law enforcement.

Even though we know quite early on who this killer is, the why doesn’t become clear until nearer the end and the story still manages to pack in plenty of twists that I did not see coming.

Overall Thirteen is a really cleverly written, action packed thrill ride of a novel that I cannot recommend any more highly.

I now will have to buy the rest of the series, looks like Christmas sorted for me then!

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Steve Cavanagh is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and lawyer. He is also one half of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. His latest novel, Thirteen, is out now in ebook and paperback.

Find out more at http://www.stevecavanagh.com or follow Steve on Twitter @SSCav