The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards #amreading #TuesdayBookBlog

About this book…

It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

My review..

It’s the highlight of my year when a new Mark Edwards book is published! His books have just been getting better and better so I’m always dying to see where his warped imagination is set to take me next. He is one of the few authors I can trust to shock the hell out of me and I am consistently scared witless by the little nods to the horror genre that he slips into his plots with ease. Saying that, this is probably not one of his most visually scary storylines for me as it veered more towards crime thriller/police procedural than usual but that didn’t stop my enjoyment of it one little bit!

What sucked me in most this time were the wonderfully observed characterisations. I just loved the awkward but loving relationship between Ben and his son Ollie. Ben was struggling with becoming a single parent after the breakdown of his marriage to Megan and a new start had to involve a move back to his childhood home of Shropshire to be close to his dying mother. After the first grimly described murder, it becomes obvious from the killers POV that Ben and Ollie are going to be on this serial killers hitlist. How many times have you thought “If that happened to me at least I’d die happy”? Well, that is literally what this murderer wants to do for you!!! On his trail is the gorgeous but self contained Imogen. Can she figure out who he is before it’s too late for Ben and Ollie?

It always fascinates me how Mark takes little vignettes from real life and weaves a whole fictional story around that chance meeting or overheard conversation. His mind really does work in a mysterious way! Once my head is stuck in a Mark Edwards book, it isn’t coming out until I’ve sucked it dry. There were the usual twists and turns here, some expected others coming as quite a shock, and a whole cast of suspects who gathered together in quite the shoal of red herrings! I really enjoyed it from start to (very creepy) finish and I still shudder even now when I think about those murder victims laid out for discovery with those smiles on their faces.

Mark Edwards does exactly what he sets out to do with his books. He entices, he shocks and he entertains. Whilst this book hasn’t overtaken The Magpies for me it is still an engrossing and chilling crime thriller with characters that I would love to meet again (well, most of them anyway and not in real life….or the dark!!!)

The Lucky Ones is published by Thomas and Mercer on 15th June 2017 and is available to purchase from Amazon UK.

Meet the author…

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people, and is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell and Linwood Barclay.

He is the author of four #1 bestsellers: Follow You Home (a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015), The Magpies, Because She Loves Me, and The Devil’s Work, along with What You Wish For and six novels co-written with Louise Voss. All of his books are inspired by real-life experiences.

Originally from the south coast of England, Mark now lives in the West Midlands with his wife, their three children, a ginger cat, and a golden retriever.

Mark loves hearing from readers and can be contacted via his website, http://www.markedwardsauthor.com.

My weekend at Theakstons Crime in Harrogate

You will all have to forgive me as it’s taking me sometime to get back down to earth after a fabulous time at the Theakstons Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate last weekend. I just had the most amazing few days meeting so many authors, publishers, fellow bloggers and readers. There were probably too many to mention but I must mention Noelle and her sidekick Claire from Crimebookjunkie Sarah from By the letter book reviews  Kat from BCB and More Shell from Chelles book reviews Susan from Books from Dusk till Dawn Helen from Baatty about books Anne from Random things through my Letterbox and Janet at From First Page To Last

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Highlights for me included a workshop on the Saturday morning for Mark Edwards and his new book The Devils Work which is out in September and this was followed by a Bloggers Brunch which was organised by the lovely Sam Eades and was attended by authors Mason Cross, Daniel Coles, Harry Bingham and Sarah Naughton. We had a lot of fun with a speed dating approach so that we could have a chat with them all!

But I think the highlight for me (apart from the most amazing reaction to meeting ME that made my day-you know who you are!!) was when I had an email in the middle of the Crime Novel of the Year awards ceremony to tell me I had won afternoon tea at Bettys with…..Linwood Barclay!!! So taking fellow blogger and roommate Sarah Hardy with me, we had the most amazing two hours with the man himself over a fabulous and delicious afternoon tea. Definitely an occasion that I will never forget!

And then to top it all, I came home with a huge pile of books! So until next year…it may take me that long to read all these books!!

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