Book Review: Dead Jealous by Helen H Durrant

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:

TWO MOTHERS HAVE LOST THEIR DAUGHTERS — SEVENTEEN YEARS APART. CAN DETECTIVE CALLADINE BRING THEM JUSTICE?

A teenage girl’s body is found in the back of a car on the notorious Hobfield housing estate. No one had reported her missing, but she’s been dead for a week.

Meanwhile, an old jar is brought into the station. It was found carefully wrapped in a blanket, with a child’s pink hairclip. The jar contains ashes and bone fragments.

Seventeen years ago, Detective Tom Calladine had been part of a team investigating the disappearance of Jessica Wilkins. Her mother had taken her to Leesdon Park one summer afternoon. She went to get the child an ice cream and when she returned her daughter was gone. Over the years there were no sightings, no witnesses — nothing.
Will there finally be closure for this unsolved mystery?

And why was the girl found in the car killed and why are her friends not telling the police the whole story?

Detectives Tom Calladine and Ruth Bayliss will unravel a web of lies and pain, in this fast-moving and gripping crime mystery.

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer. 

DEAD JEALOUS is book seven of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

THE DETECTIVES
Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.
Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

THE SETTING
The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS

Review:

So this it the first Calladine and Bayliss novel I’ve read which being the seventh one, which was probably not the ideal place to start!

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the characters of Tom Calladine who’s only stable relationship is the one with his partner Ruth Bayliss, who is trying to grapple with motherhood, a distant partner and policing, but I felt like the author assumed every reader had read the last six books before this one and missed a lot of details out. I still am not entirely sure what either detective looks like.  I could have also really done with a brief recap or something of what had happened in the previous books.

I did feel like the plot relied a lot on coincidences. For instance, Flora Appleton, the teenager who is murdered at the very beginning of the book), happened to live, with her mother, in the same block of flat as the mother of the missing two year old Jessica Wilkins. How small a town is Leesdon? (There are more examples than that but I don’t want to spoil the plot for anyone reading this.)

Anyway the thing that saved it for me was the author’s writing style. It was so fast paced, I finished the book in around two days (that is fast for me I can tell you!) because I desperately wanted to know who the killers were.

I may have to go back to the beginning and read the first book Dead Wrong.

Rating: 3/5

I received a copy of this via NetGalley.

Review: No Plain Rebel by MC Frank

Genre: Young Adult/Sci-fi

Description:

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth.
Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head.
Because she’s no longer there.
The Stadium is looming in the distance.
It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.

Review:

So this is the second book in the series, see my review of the first No Ordinary Star here.

We left Felix and Astra exploring the depth of the Clockmaster’s cabin, after discovering a secret basement full of banned objects including books, toys and Christmas decorations.

This second book takes the story to the next level and is one of the rare books I can say is even better than the first. Felix is no longer a ‘tin soldier’ and is beginning to wake up and see the world for what it really is. I like that we find out a bit more about the characters histories, including why Felix grew up in the Box (a terrifying prison) and Astra’s childhood in the rebel camp. Also the introduction character of Karim (he’s Felix’s adopted brother) made it even more interesting. He is a soldier like Felix although he is still under the control of the evil Chairman Kun.

I also love the developing relationship between Felix and Astra, (I am literally dying for these two characters to kiss but it’s forbidden by the laws of their planet).

I was a little sad that Ursa the polar bear didn’t make an appearance in this book, I would have like to have seen Karim’s reaction to her.

There are some fantastic twists and turns in the book, especially when you get nearer to the end, with another cliffhanger ending (you’re killing me, MC Frank). I know the final book in the series is out at the end of the year and I honestly can’t wait!

Rating: 4.5/5

I received a free copy of this via the author in exchange for an honest review.

On The Shelf Reviews: Blog Tour, Little Bird by Sharon Dempsey.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Book Description:

Some secrets are best kept quiet.

Declan Wells, a forensic psychologist, has a lot on his plate. He has been struggling with the aftermath of a car bomb, which has left him in a wheelchair, his wife has been dutiful but Declan is certain she is having an affair, and his eldest daughter Lara’s new property developer husband, has dubious business practices.

Meanwhile, Anna Cole is running away from her mother’s death and a stale relationship. On secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from Wales, Anna hopes that she can throw herself into work to distract herself from her guilt.

Then the murders begin and the killer leaves behind some very strange messages.

Can Anna and Declan work together to catch this deranged murderer?

Will either of them be able to get over their turbulent pasts?

 

Review:

Anna is in the middle of a crisis, her adoptive mother has just died, so in an attempt to find her birth mother she takes a transfer to Belfast. She thrown in the deep end when the daughter of Declan Wells, former police psychologist, is found dead, quickly followed by another young girl.

So this story is good old police procedural, which is my favourite within the whole crime/mystery genre. It is written very well, keeping me turning page after page. I like both the main characters, Anna and Declan, who during the course book start an affair which almost costs Anna her job. It was also a nice touch that as well as being a policewoman, Anna is also an artist which is not something I’ve come across in all my years reading detective fiction.

A little word of warning to people with a sensitive stomach, there are few scenes describing taxidermy in detail that made a hardened crime fan, like myself, feel a little queasy.

But the story line does fall down in a few places. I know this is just me being picky, but there was only one real suspect and the killers motive was never really clear.

Still a good read and one I’d recommend to people who enjoy MJ Arlidge or Jane Casey.

Rating: 4/5

 

Author Bio: Sharon Dempsey.

Sharon Dempsey is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health FullSizeRenderbooks published. She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre.

Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and went on to City University, London to do a postgraduate diploma in journalism. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.

Through the Arts Council NI’s Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP), Sharon was awarded funding, which she used to acquire mentoring from, bestselling Irish crime writer, Louise Phillips. Louise was a great support while Sharon was writing Little Bird, her first crime novel.

Links:

Twitter:@svjdempz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SharonDempsey13

Blog: https://1stchapterdempsey.wordpress.com

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Review: 23:27 by H L Roberts

So I’ve had a bit of a hectic week, my birthday was at the weekend and I went to visit my sister, so I missed my usual Tuesday post but I’m back and here’s my latest review:

Genre: Young Adult.

Release Date: August 2017

Description:

Fame.

Money.

Glory.

These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.

What they don’t tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don’t tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn’t what you wanted at all.

They don’t tell you about the pressure that’s always on the verge of crushing you when you’re forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.

They don’t tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.

No – they don’t tell you these things at all.

But, Lilith Rose will.

When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.

She decides that it’s time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.

The result…

“Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me.” – Lilith Rose.

Review:

I was given a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

So the story is all about Alec and Lilith who are forced apart by their dastardly record company. Lilith is forced into a ‘shomance’ with Markus and after two years of not being able to be with the man she truly loves, she wants to end it all.

Now, romance is not my thing,(as British person, I feel the genre contains far too many messy emotions!), but I ended up being quite surprised by this book. It nearly had in tears on several occasions. I also loved the character of Alec, the tough man on the surface with the soft squishy centre.

I did get a little frustrated with the story at times. Like for instance, I don’t think the author made good use of the character of Markus. I feel that he could have made a good villain, manipulating Lilith, getting inside her head and playing on her insecurities. I also found the character of Lilith a little annoying and felt like screaming at her several times, ‘just tell him how you feel woman!’.

Definitely an emotional roller coaster. I’d recommend this to fans of Nicola Yoon.

Rating: 3/5

About the Author:

H.L. Roberts is a short story writer and a contemporary novelist from a small town in Kentucky. She is currently in her third year of college where she is double majoring in english literature and marketing. When she isn’t reading a book you can find her raising awareness about mental illness, suicide prevention, and epilepsy. You can follow her and her writing ventures at www.facebook.com/hlrobertsofficial.

On The Shelf Reviews: Blog Tour; Before I Left by Daisy White.

Genre: Mystery/thriller.

Description:

A LONG HOT SUMMER, A CITY BY THE SEA, AND A SERIAL KILLER ON THE LOOSE.

Nineteen-year-old runaway Ruby Baker and pregnant best friend Mary escape domestic violence in London to find a new home in Brighton. They join a glitzy set of party girls, who are hell-bent on enjoying themselves in the new freedom of the 1960s.

But their new life soon comes under threat. Someone is watching Ruby. A tall stranger who Ruby keeps spotting in the shadows.  This man may have followed them from London. And Ruby fears her dark secret will be exposed.

Then a murder at a local beauty spot brings danger for the party-loving set, and the first murder is followed by a second. Rumours of occult sacrifices spread across town

In a breathtaking conclusion, Ruby faces a race against time to save someone very close to her, and her new life may be destroyed and her secrets exposed.

Discover a gripping new writer today. Great for fans of Lisa Jewell, Angela Marsons, or LJ Ross.

 

Review:

Ruby is running away from an abusive stepdad, her pregnant friend Mary, an abusive husband. They swap Croydon for the bright lights of Brighton, thinking nobody would find them there. But somebody is watching them, breaking into their flat leaving gifts and threatening phone calls. Then young women like themselves start turning up dead.

It’s a short book, only twenty three chapters with an array of interesting characters. I really did end up caring what happened to both Ruby, Mary and her baby. But, I’m just nit picking here, I didn’t think it was a psychological thriller. Well, to be more specific it started out as a psychological thriller, with the whole Ruby feels like she’s being watched and nobody takes her seriously thing,  but ended up being a good old murder mystery. I’m not saying that is a bad thing because I love a good mystery but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

Another point is I still have no idea what year it was meant to be set. From the blurb it says the ‘sixties’ but the that was a whole ten year period and as someone who’s entire knowledge of the era comes from watching ‘Carry On’ films and listening to The Beatles I really would have like a bit more scene setting.

Overall an interesting book but I personally would have stuck with the murder mystery aspect of it and got rid of the stalker/psychological part but that, of course, is just my opinion.

Rating: 3/5

 

Links

http://daisywhiteauthor.co.uk/press/

www.joffebooks.com

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=daisywhiteauthor

 

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Flash Fiction: The Date.

Okay so I’ve been trying to stick to a regular Tuesday and Friday upload schedule for this blog but I didn’t have a book review to post, so instead I thought I’d post another piece of flash fiction.

Originally I wrote this trying to break into the woman’s magazine fiction scene but I could never get it to fit the guidelines so I posted it on Wattpad.  Unfortunately nobody really read it there, (chicklit is not my usual genre of choice), so I took it down.  I done a few minor adjustments before posting it here, I hope you enjoy!

The Date.

As usual the Snack Stop Café was packed with the lunchtime rush of shop and office workers. The aroma of the day’s special, Chicken Korma reached Kylie’s nose. She was so hungry she could have eaten everything on the menu plus a chair or two. Perhaps even a table.

It was all because of this stupid blind date Amber, her best friend, had set up. She claimed Kylie needed to ‘get her back in the game’ whatever that meant. All Amber would tell her about him was his name; Alexander. It was an intimidating name, not Alex or Al but the whole Alexander. She immediately tried to back out but Amber wasn’t taking it.

But he’s perfect for you,” Amber pleaded. “Do you know how long I’ve been working on setting you two up?”

Immediately Kylie felt annoyed and guilty at the same time. Yes, she’d been making excuse after excuse to get out of the date yet she didn’t want to let her best friend down…but what if he looked like Piers Morgan?

So much to her chagrin, she let Amber drag her shopping to find the perfect outfit to dazzle him into ignoring all obvious her flaws. Kylie had spotted it right away. The ideal shade of purple that made her eyes look more blue than grey, her pale skin glow and brought out the golden highlights in her otherwise mousy brown hair. Only one minor problem, it was a little bit too tight and the last one in the shop. She was determined to drop a few pounds but only had three days to do it.

So she dieted and exercised and drank green tea until it came out of her ears all for tonight. She had to admit her skirt did feel a little looser.

Her stomach rumbled.

Whoa,” said the man who had just appeared next to her. “Is there a bear in here?”

She turned to face him. A large pair of glasses and a cheesy grin met her. He wore a novelty PAC-Man t-shirt and skinny jeans more suitable to a twenty-something than the almost pushing forty as he was. More annoyingly he was lean, in a I-can-eat-what-I-want-and-not-get-fat-kind-of-way.

God I hate him.

Kylie rolled her eyes at him and returned to the menu.

He wasn’t giving up

Kylie?” He said reading the name tag her boss at the bank insisted she wear. “Were you named after Kylie Minogue by any chance?”

Maybe if I ignore him, he’ll go away, she thought.

No such luck.

So, what’s good here, apart from the gorgeous company, of course.”

Look I’m really not in the mood for your bad chat up lines, so just move along,” she snapped.

Okay,” He put his hands up in mock surrender, “if I don’t chat you up, can recommend something good to eat? It’s my first time here.”

Oh,” Kylie pursed her lips feeling a little bad for snapping at him. “The burgers are good.”

Or the ham and cheese panini.”

Or the tuna bake.”

Okay, that’s a lot of choices,” he snapped his fingers. “I tell you what, I’ll just have what your having.”

You’ll be disappointed, I’m probably going to have the chicken salad.”

Kylie’s stomach rumbled again even louder.

Is there a reason you’re starving yourself?”

I have a date and this dress. It’s a little small…”

Does the dress have magical powers?”

No.”

Then why can’t you wear another one?”

Really?”

Well, if I was your date, I prefer if you didn’t look like you were about to gnaw my arm off.”

As oppose to a date that was bursting out of her dress?”

I’m not opposed to that,” he said winking.

Kylie stifled a smile. She looked at him again, properly this time, behind the glasses were a pair of warm brown eyes and his smile wasn’t as cheesy as she first thought.

Sorry, flirting. Won’t happen again,” he smiled, not sounding remotely sorry.

I’ll make you a deal, you eat anything you like and if your idiot of a date doesn’t find you utterly irresistible,” he grabbed one of the café’s menus and wrote something on it, “here’s my number. Do you know, you really do have beautiful eyes, when you’re not rolling them at me, that is. So sorry, flirting again.”

Kylie felt bloated. After her mystery lunchtime friend had left she’d eaten a burger, chips, a muffin topped off by a chocolate milkshake. Now, she was sitting in at a table in the fancy restaurant that Amber had picked for her date, fidgeting with the hem of the black dress she’d hastily pulled on after the purple one didn’t fit.

Damn that stupid man, she thought

His number was still crumpled in the front pocket of her handbag. She just checked on it five minutes ago to make sure it hadn’t disappeared.

Kylie?”

She turned round to see her lunchtime friend dressed in a grey suit had taken the seat opposite her.

He actually looking like an adult, a debonair, James bond kind of…then she caught a sight of his socks. They were bright green with dinosaurs on them.

What are you doing here? Actually doesn’t matter I’m waiting for my date.”

That would be me.”

You? You’re Alexander?”

I prefer Xander if that’s all right with you.”

Okay Xander,” she replied, her voice laced with disdain.

She grabbed her bag, getting up.

Xander grabbed her hand. It felt warm and soft.

Okay, confession time,” he said nervously, “I kind of followed you to the café, I mean, not here. You see I’ve never been on a blind date and I was nervous…”

So you stalked me?” She snapped pulling her hand away from his.

You call it stalking I call it research,” He replied cheekily.

Kylie’s mouth dropped open.

I can’t believe you just said that.”

So, is this the dress?” he said trying to change the subject.

Oh what, no, it didn’t fit.”

Shame.”

What?”

I really wanted to see you burst out of it.”

She raised an eyebrow, trying to stifle a smile.

You look really pretty when you smile. Sorry flirting won’t happen again.”

Isn’t flirting what you’re meant to do on a date?”

So, you aren’t going to storm out of here and tell everyone you know that I’m some sort of weirdo?”

She hesitated a little. “The night is young.”

Xander’s stomach growled.

Whoa, is there a bear in here?” Kylie said repeating his words from earlier.

They laughed.

She looked at Xander as they sat back down and thought;

I may not have been wearing the prefect dress but who needs perfect anyway?

© LJ Cassidy

The picture is not my own.

On The Shelf Book Review: Yesterday by Felicia Yap

Genre: Mystery/thriller.

Publication Date: 10th August

Description:

A brilliant high-concept thriller – a debut with all the intrigue of Gone Girl and the drama of Before I Go To Sleep – just how do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday?

There are two types of people in the world. Those who can only remember yesterday, and those who can also recall the day before.

You have just one lifeline to the past: your diary. Each night, you write down the things that matter. Each morning, your diary tells you where you were, who you loved and what you did.

Today, the police are at your door. They say that the body of your husband’s mistress has been found in the River Cam. They think your husband killed her two days ago.

Can you trust the police? Can you trust your husband? Can you trust yourself?

Review:

Okay when I picked this book I expected a plain old psychological thriller but what I didn’t expect was the element of Sci-fi. In this world after the age of twenty three you become divided into two groups Monos, who can only remember the previous day and Duos who can remember two days. Then there is the victim Sophia Alyssa Ayling who can remember everything.

She is hell bent on revenge against duo novelist wannabe MP Mark Henry Evans and his mono wife Claire but she is suddenly found dead in the River Cam. It then up to Inspector Hans Richardson (a mono masquerading as a duo) to uncover the truth.

I absolutely loved this book. The characters were fantastic and even though the story line was a bit ‘out there’ so to speak, I enjoyed seeing their story unfold. I honestly thought I’d figured out the murderer by about half way through but boy was I wrong (which I have to say doesn’t happen very often!). There’s plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes.

If you are looking for an out of the box mystery/thriller this is the book for you.

Rating: 4/5

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

On The Shelf Reviews: All The Ways The World Can End by Abby Sher

Genre: YA

Date of Publication: 27th July

Description:

Heartfelt, funny, clever YA fiction to appeal to fans of Jandy Nelson, John Green, Jennifer Niven and Ava Dellaira.

Lenny is preparing for the apocalypse. Every night, she researches vacuum decay, designer pathogens, that inexplicable sleeping sickness knocking people out in Kazakhstan.

Not many sixteen-year-olds are this consumed with the end of the world. But Lenny needs to have some sense of control. Her dad is dying of cancer. Her best friend Julian is graduating early and moving three states away. She’s having to rehearse for a toe-curling interpretive dance show at school, and deal with her mum’s indefatigable jolliness and smoothie-making in the face of the disaster they are confronting.

The one thing keeping her hopeful is Dr Rad Ganesh – her father’s oncologist. Surely Lenny can win him round to her charms – and he can save her father?

An infectiously funny story with an unforgettable heroine: a story about having to learn to let go of what you hold most dear – and learning to survive.

Review:

So this was a bit of tough read for me. My mother died of cancer and it brought up a lot of emotions watching through Lenny’s eyes as her dad is dying. I have to give the author credit for handling such a harrowing subject with great care and understanding.

But overall not my cup of tea, but I however found the different ways the world could end, like vacuum decay or nanotechnology, absolutely terrifying. 

There were also a lot of tired old tropes in this book which I’ll list below:

The sick girl. Yes, she was mentally ill, (OCD and anxiety) but in my eyes this still counts as the same thing.

The gay best friend who’s male. (This is not confined to YA, this is just a general one.)

She has no other friends. Well, it does mention another girl who she use to be friends with but that’s it.

The inappropriate crush. She develops a crush on Dr Ganesh, her father’s doctor, who thirty six and she’s only sixteen.

The ending was full of hope for the future which I did find touching but it was not enough to save this book in my eyes.

Rating: 2/5

I received an advanced copy of this via Netgalley.

 

On the Shelf Reviews: The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi 

Book Description:

Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Liberty. The only thing standing in my way? The Machine. On my eighteenth birthday, this mysterious, octopus-like device will scan my brain and Test my deeds. Good thing I’ve been focusing on being Jay Lawton, hard worker and rule follower, my whole life. Freedom is just beyond my fingertips.

Or so I thought. Two weeks before my Testing with the Machine, I’ve stumbled upon a new reality. The truth. In a single sleepless night, everything I thought I knew about the adults in our colony changes. And the only one who’s totally on my side is the clever, beautiful rebel, Peyton. Together we have to convince the others to sabotage their Testings before it’s too late.

Before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.

Review:

I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Jay Lawton is a good guy. Always does his best, helps others and completes his community service without complaint. He wants to get the highest score ever in his testing and go to the Promise City. But then his competitor (arch-nemesis is probably a bit too strong here) Blake, who was tipped for success, gets banished. Jay uncovers the truth about his planet overnight (literally) and he must do everything he can to stop the testings.

I found the goody-goody Jay character a bit annoying at first, a bit too strait laced, but as the story goes on he begins to rebel, he becomes a lot more interesting.

While I was reading this book I honestly thought to myself, ‘if this is how good Sci-Fi is why aren’t I reading more??’ It is so fast paced and action packed, I enjoyed it so much, when I finished it I wanted to read more!

My only issue was the few too many conveniently overheard conversations to drive the plot along and the last few chapters felt a little rushed but overall it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Rating: 5/5

On the Shelf Review: Blog Tour Maggie James, The Second Captive.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Book Description:

Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when she is abducted. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent on her captor for food, clothes and her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred towards her imprisoner changes to compassion.

But Beth cannot forget that her abductor is also a killer. And she has evidence to prove it…

Then Beth escapes

Can Beth escape from the prison that she has found herself in?

And is there a relationship between love and fear?

 

On the Shelf Review:

I received an advanced copy of this book via the publisher Bloodhound Books.

This is quite a slow burn psychological thriller that really gets inside the minds of both the victim, Beth and her abductor, Dominic. But I have to admit I got quite frustrated with this book. It started off so strong, with Beth escaping from her prison and finding her way home. We then find out about her seduction by the handsome and charming Dominic Perdue, then imprisonment and his subsequent manipulation, turning Beth into his ‘perfect’ companion.

But then I hit the middle and the story started to lag a little.

I don’t think this was helped by the switch in perspectives. The first half was Beth and Dominic and the second half was Ursula (Beth’s mother) and Beth. I would have loved to see a few chapters with Dominic’s view in the second half, see how he was reacting to Beth’s freedom.

It all culminated in an ending, (including a chapter were Ursula actually confronts Dominic), which while it tied up loose ends, it still fell a bit flat.

Rating: 3/5

 

Author Bio:

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.6142Per829L._UX250_

 Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

Links:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjamesfiction

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/828751.Maggie_James

Blog: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com/blog

Website: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com

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