#Review Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver @will_carver @OrendaBooks

Title: Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 14th September 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

When strangers take part in a series of group suicides, everything suggests that a cult is to blame. How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

A shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller from the critically acclaimed author of Good Samaritans.

‘Thrilling and completely original, Nothing Important Happened Today deserves to become an instant classic’ Kevin Wignall, author of The Names of the Dead

Nine suicides

One Cult

No leader

Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.

That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of the People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.

Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe; it becomes a movement. A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.

How do you stop a cult when nobody knows they are a member?

A shocking, mesmerisingly original and pitch-black thriller, Nothing Important Happened Today confirms Will Carver as one of the most extraordinary, exciting authors in crime fiction.

Review:

Just give me a minute, I need to pick my jaw off the floor before I write this review. 

Nothing Important Happened Today is one of the most original, shocking and compelling novels I’ve read this year!

The whole story centres around cults and how nine, seemingly normal, people would throw themselves off a bridge. The story is told from multiple perspectives, interwoven with a very angry and bitter narrator whose voice is just so authentic, it almost felt like he was talking directly to me.

I’ve heard such good things about Will Carver’s writing but I wasn’t prepared for just how mesmerising his writing is. Genuinely I started this book thinking, I have no idea what is happening right now but as the story progressed, I was like I have to know why people would commit suicide like that.

I have to give a little warning here, there are quite graphic descriptions of mass suicide, which may be triggering for some people, I know there were a few times that I felt a little uncomfortable but I just had to read on.

I won’t say too much more because I don’t want to reveal any more about the story, in case of spoilers, but if you love dark psychological thrillers you must give this a go. 

Nothing Important Happened Today is a dark and utterly riveting book, which will shock and surprise you in equal measure. I will definitely be reading more from Will Carver!

About The Author:

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age 11, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, while working on his next thriller. He lives in Reading with his two children.

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#BlogTour #Review Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace @rararesources @lomace @AccentPress

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Title: Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace

Publisher: Accent Press

Date Published: 13th June 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.

The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.

Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?

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Review:

A huge thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour and introducing me to this fantastic series.

This is the third in the series but can easily be read as a stand-alone, but I’d still recommend you read the first books, Retriever of Souls (you can read my review here) and Children in Chains (you can read my review here) because they are so good!

It’s DI Sterling and his team’s trickiest case to date, a series of murders linked by the fact they are killed by injection with a note placed by the killer. The note is a countdown until the next victim, can they catch the killer before they complete their list?

I’m already a huge fan of DI Paolo Sterling mysteries but I think this is my favourite book in the series so far! I’ll try to put into words how much I enjoyed this book without give away spoilers!

Injections of Insanity is packed full of murder and mayhem, there’s just never a dull moment! The writing is utterly seamless, blending the main storyline with some more minor ones to make an addictive read.

I always love when an author gives little insights into the killers mind, without giving away who it is. This killer is especially intriguing while hell bent on revenge, they seem to have a little bit of conscience too.

What I especially liked is even though this is the third book, we are still getting to know Paolo, and he’s growing as a character. We actually get a little more understanding about why he became a police officer and how some events in his past shaped who he is today.

I cannot wait for the next in this series Rage and Retribution, which I believe is out next year.

Injections of Insanity is a serial killer thriller that is a must for crime fiction fans.

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About The Author:

When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judgeRetriever of Souls - Lorraine Mace for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

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#Review Truth And Lies by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes @AmazonPub

Title: Truth And Lies by Caroline Mitchell

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Date Published: 30th August 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Meet Amy Winter: Detective Inspector, daughter of a serial killer.

DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart.

Responsible for a string of heinous killings decades ago, Lillian is pure evil. A psychopathic murderer. And Amy’s biological mother. Now, she is ready to reveal the location of three of her victims—but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game.

While her fellow detectives frantically search for a young girl taken from her mother’s doorstep, Amy must confront her own dark past. Haunted by blurred memories of a sister who sacrificed herself to save her, Amy faces a race against time to uncover the missing bodies.

But what if, from behind bars, Grimes has been pulling the strings even tighter than Amy thought? And can she overcome her demons to prevent another murder?

Review:

After the sudden death of her father, DI Amy Winters receives a letter from the ‘Beast from Brentwood’ Lillian Grimes claiming she’s her mother. She also claims that she’ll give her the locations of the remains of the last victims but only if she does as Lillian says.

At the same time a young girl, Hemmy, is kidnapped with precious few leads but Amy’s focus is not on the case. Can Amy and her team pull it together before something happens to Hemmy?

This is another ‘why didn’t I read this sooner’ book! This was such a riveting read, with so many twists and turns…I just loved everything about it!

The way the two main characters Lillian and Amy play off each other is so fascinating and I think would make an excellent TV show (throwing the hint out there ITV).

Serial killers I think for the most part fascinate most people but Lillian is the rarer type being a woman. She is an utterly despicable character, reminding me of someone like Rose West or Myra Hindley. A complete psychopath that can turn from charming to cruel at the drop of a hat but what I enjoyed most was the way the author casts doubt, was she framed or is it just more lies?

At first Amy is so confident, ambitious, head of her own team, she’s on her way to making DCI then she finds out she’s the daughter of serial killers. It’d be enough to throw anyone through a hoop, never mind a police officer. She starts to doubt herself, feeling tainted and wondering if she could be psychopath herself.

An honourable mention goes to Amy’s second in command, DS Patrick Byrne who is a bit of a complex character, unable to leave his abusive wife yet he’s fallen in love with another woman. I like the way that it spotlighted the fact that domestic abuse doesn’t just happen to women.

Overall Truth and Lies is an utterly brilliant book with so many compelling characters, a must for fans of serial killer thrillers.

About the Author:

A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full time.

She has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims—high-risk victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers.

Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and three children.

You can find out more about her at http://www.caroline-writes.com, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/).

#PublicationDay #Review Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons @Bookouture @WriteAngie

Happy Publication Day Angela Marsons!!! (coincidentally, it’s also my son’s birthday, so two big events in one day for me lol). I’m very excited to share my review today but first a little about the book: 

Title: Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 19th October 2018

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident.

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.

From multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons comes another absolutely nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.

Review:

DI Kim Stone is struggling. She’s still recovering from a broken leg and reeling from the death of one of her team and is forced to take on a new detective. When she is called to a crime scene, she realises that it’s Gordon Cordell, a surgeon who was involved in a previous case. A few days later his son is involved in a serious car accident, is it just a coincidence?

Another body turns up that links to Gorden Cordell and Russells Hall Hospital. Can Kim and her team figure it out before the killer strikes again?

The Kim Stone series is one I’ve been dipping in and out of for a couple of years after discovering Silent Scream (the first in the series) in a charity shop. I have to be honest I haven’t read these books in order myself but I would maybe recommend reading at least the previous book, Dying Truth just because a bit of the story line carries over.

Now I’ve never said this about a book before but I think I got a stitch reading it! What caused a stitch I hear you ask! Well, it could have been the fast pace, immersive story line and heart pounding ending or it could have been I was sitting funny but who knows?

There’s two cases running through the novel. The first is the serial killer bent on revenge but the second is Stacey’s case of a missing girl, from when she was temporarily assigned to another department, which refuses to let her go. The two storylines rub nicely along together but don’t overshadow one another and often creates a good bit of tension throughout.

I enjoyed the edition of Penn, (he’s has popped up in previous books) but gets a rough ride having to try and fit into the team when they are all still grieving. Also there’s a nice bit of mystery there too. Why did he transfer especially when he was doing well with his old team?

I love the relationship between Bryant and Kim but it goes through a bit of rough patch in this book. It’s not the typical will they/won’t they get together, but there is love and respect there. She’s obviously not herself but is refusing to open up which in turn frustrates Bryant, will their relationship recover?

Overall Fatal Promise is an addictive and immersive story with a heart pounding ending, that is a fantastic addition to this series.

About The Author:

Angela Marsons is the author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.angela marsons

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.

Her last three books – Blood Lines, Dead Souls and Broken Bones – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.

#BlogTour #Review Go Home Afton by Brent Jones @AuthorBrentJ @shanannigans81

Title: Go Home Afton (Afton Morrison book 1) by Brent Jones

Date Published: 25th June 2018

Genre: Thriller

Description:

We all wear masks, and Afton Morrison is no exception.

A small-town librarian with a dark side, Afton, twenty-six, has suppressed violent impulses her entire adult life. Impulses that demand she commit murder.

Blending her urges with reason, Afton stalks a known sexual predator, intending to kill him. But her plan, inspired by true crime and hatched with meticulous care, is interrupted by a mysterious figure from her past. A dangerous man that lurks in the shadows, watching, threatening to turn the huntress into the hunted.

Go Home, Afton is the first of four parts in a new serial thriller by author Brent Jones. Packed with grit and action, The Afton Morrison Series delves into a world of moral ambiguity, delivering audiences an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess.

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Review:

Afton Morrison has a carefully crafted identity, a vegetarian librarian who reads to children with a pet goldfish called Twinkie but underneath all she can think about is murder, these impulses come in the form of an evil twin Animus, who sometimes Afton thinks is real.

While stalking her first victim, Kenneth Pritchard, a serial rapist who has been let go due to lack of evidence she feels a presence, a man in the shadows. Suddenly Afton is no longer the badass vigilante but the prey in a dangerous game.

This book is the first in the series and after reading it I genuinely can’t wait for the next one! It’s fairly short but so much is action and suspense is packed into it, with just the right amount of creepy to put you on the edge of your seat.

You may think, how can someone like Afton so hell-bent on murder be likeable but she really is. After the trauma of losing both her parents and an incident that happened just before she went to college, I really felt for her and understood that need for revenge on behalf of other people. I believe the best description of her from the book is ‘she’s a psychopath with a conscience’.

I like the fact it was written in the first person, Afton’s sardonic voice really comes through making her feel that much more real. Yes, she may not have the nicest things to say about other women but I feel that it’s mostly a mask to hide her insecurities. I also appreciate her description of Donald Trump as ‘Donald J Clownshoes’ that had me in stitches.

I will warn you that there is a cliffhanger ending but you don’t have to worry as the rest of the series is being released in quick succession, the next being in August.

I would recommend this book to fans of Dexter and if you’re looking for a good anti-hero for a main character.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the Author Pic (1)story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.

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