Blink by K.L. Slater #BlogTour @bookouture

Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Blink by K.L. Slater.

About this book…

What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.

But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.

Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.

A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister.

My review…

So last night I couldn’t sleep so decided to start this book. Two hours later I was downstairs making myself a coffee so I could stay awake to finish this brilliantly gripping and twisty tale of a mother trying to solve her daughter’s disappearance. I started off telling myself “just one more chapter” then I gave up and totally abandoned myself to the fact that this book was not getting put down till the very last word was read.

We have all been here I think, terrified of being late somewhere to pick up a child and something bad happening so that there is no one there when you arrive -it has certainly been a recurring nightmare of mine! And I have to say that A LOT of books play on this greatest fear as a parent, which is why there are so many missing child books out there. So to stand out from the crowd, there has to be something very unique and special about this sub-genre, the development of the plot especially. And here K.L. Slater really does pull the rabbit out of the hat with her take of a family in turmoil, but beware the “smoke and mirrors” as this book will totally mess with your mind!

I enjoyed Safe With Me, the authors previous psychological suspense, but this one resonated with me far more than I had expected it to and I loved it far more than I was expecting to. Her writing style draws you right from the very first page, creating an unputdownable mystery where you just have to know what happened to Evie and why. So be prepared to start this only if you have nothing else to do. You have been warned!

Many thanks to Bookouture for my review copy of Blink.

Blink: A psychological thriller with a killer twist you’ll never forget is published by Bookouture on February 16th and available to purchase from Amazon UK.

About the author…

K.L. Slater

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim writes psychological crime thrillers for Bookouture. Her first book, ‘Safe with Me’ is published on 3rd November 2016.

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac. Between them they have three grown-up kids; Kim’s daughter, Francesca, and Mac’s sons, Nathan and Jake.

She also writes multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.

Author website: http://www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Twitter: @KimLSlater
Facebook: KL Slater

Rattle by Fiona Cummins #BookReview

About this book…

A serial killer to chill your bones

A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter.

He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs.

What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge.

It is a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath. And it’s also a story about not giving up hope when it seems that all hope is already lost.

My review…

Now I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror! I physically can’t watch horror films and I can’t read horror books either, mainly as it would be rather difficult to read with a huge cushion in front of my eyes. They tend to get into my head and transfer to my nightmares way too easily for me! Concerned that I was only missing out on Rattle due to my nervous disposition, I became determined to “man up” and give it a go. I was rather worried though about comparisons to Silence of the Lambs, a book I was too scared to read and a film I had only heard (that big cushion again!) But fear not, this is so much more than a scary serial killer crime thriller. Or should I say be afraid, be VERY afraid because Rattle is also a terrifying shock fest with a totally unique and gripping plot. Yes, it scared the **** out of me but I loved every minute!

The Bone Collector is one of the creepiest and darkest characters I think I have ever come across. His quest to secure the best exhibits for his personal museum sees him methodically hunting down his victims based on the unique pathology of their bone disorders. And children are very much top of his grotesque shopping list. I could feel my blood pressure rising as I kept reading “just one more chapter”, terrified by the thought of what was about to happen to those poor children. But the stylish writing and the remarkable character creations, especially that of detective Etta Fitzroy, kept me turning the pages-there was no way I was going to let The Bone Collector scare me away! I loved Etta’s determination and how the search for closure for previous victims took over to such an extent that it affected her personal life.

Once picked up you won’t be letting this book out of your sight. It’s a completely engrossing tale that really stands out from the crowd with its dark and chilling storyline but I had the feeling that it was also sending out an unexpected message of hope. I felt like I had been living out my own personal fears of loss and mortality alongside the affected families, with The Bone Collector a ghostly “grim reaper” presence, watching and waiting in the shadows. But by the end, I actually felt quite uplifted, which surprised me and I do love a book that messes with my emotions as you well know!

This is a fantastic debut and I can’t wait to see where Fiona Cummins takes us next. Be warned though that it can be rather gory in places, as you might expect from the cover blurb, so that’s worth remembering if you are a little bit squeamish. But for me, every gruesome detail was a relevant necessity and I didn’t hide behind that cushion once!

Rattle is published on 26th January by MacMillan and is available to purchase from Amazon UK here.

Meet the author…

Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. She lives in Essex with her family. Rattle is her first novel.

Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen #BookReview

About this book…

September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found. Almost 25 years later, as the expiry date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette’s mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge … Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

My review…

If you had asked me this time last year if I was a fan of Scandinavian crime fiction or Nordic noir then I would have responded with a “hell no!” even though I really liked tv shows such as The Killing and Wallender. But 2016 has opened my eyes to great examples of this genre that I would have kicked myself for missing out on otherwise, one of them being Where Roses Never Die. I am rather late to the party for this one though as 2017 will mark 40 years since this series began! Thankfully I don’t have too long to wait for the next instalment which is due to be published by Orenda Books next year.

Those expecting a fast paced and thrilling rollercoaster read will be sorely disappointed though. This book unravels its secrets steadily and carefully-it’s like unwrapping a beautiful box of chocolates where each one is individually packaged and you have no idea what it is until it slowly melts in your mouth. The plot involving the disappearance of a 3 year old little girl is handled calmly and delicately by the private investigator Varg Veum as he methodically works through a cold case that is about to reach its statute of limitations after 25 years. The co-op habitat that Mette disappeared from, and where her mother still lives, seems to hold the key and Varg is prepared to delve deeper than the previous police investigation to find out what happened back in 1977. I took a little while to work out who was who in the co-op but once I did I was absolutely enthralled by their lives both in the past and present and watched intently as all the threads started to knit together.

I loved Varg and found myself not only cheering him on in his investigation but also in his private life. Although I have joined the series very late I didn’t feel that I was missing out on too much backwards story as all I needed to know was there and I picked up clues to the past quickly and easily. I am now desperate to discover more about this man and his life and will eagerly await the next book in this series. The combination of the wonderfully translated prose and the darkly atmospheric setting were a perfect fit for this richly plotted novel and I absolutely loved it.

Where Roses Never Die (Varg Veum) was published by Orenda Books on March 15th 2016 and is available to purchase from Amazon UK here.

Meet the author…

Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife.

Frailty by Betsy Reavley #BlogTour @Bloodhoundbook

Today I am delighted to be on the blog tour for Frailty and it’s a double celebration as today is also publication day! 

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About this book…

How far would you go to protect your family?

Danny and Libby are about to face every parent’s worst nightmare.

When eight-year-old Hope Bird disappears without a trace, from the idyllic village where she lives, life for her family will never be the same again. Her parents know she would never have gone off alone and the police have no idea where she is. Then a child’s shoe is discovered and the case takes anunexpected turn. Soon a suspect is identified but this is only the beginning.

Will they ever find Hope? 

Frailty is a haunting, gritty, psychological page-turner about the choices we make.

My review…

I loved Betsy Reavleys last book The Opticians Wife which totally blew me away with its plot twists and shocking ending. So I was understandably curious about this new novel which seemed to follow a slightly different approach to the psychological thrillers that she had previously published. But I needn’t have worried as Frailty is now my most favourite of her books! I just loved it! It’s a brilliant emotionally charged look at one of the hardest things a parent would ever have to face-the abduction of their child. How do parents come back from something like that?  Yes, it’s tough to read at times and yes, you will probably end up sobbing  but it’s a must read that will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.

Libby is just a normal mum living in an ordinary village with her husband Danny and her girls, 8 year old Hope and 3 year old Gracie. She could be any one of us. Until one day her whole world collapses when Hope goes missing after a trip to the local shop. Everything then falls apart for both Libby and Danny and the book takes us through the different ways they cope with what  has happened to them. A missing child resonates not only through their family but also through the whole community where suspicion is rife. Interspersed with their story is a truly heart wrenching account from Hope, as she struggles to come to terms with her captivity and the terrible things that have happened to her. I did find this part especially difficult to read at times as it felt like I was living through my worst nightmare as a parent and I just wanted to grab Hope from the pages of the story and keep her safe with me! But I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages as the courage of that little girl started to shine through. It was just so beautifully written.

From beginning to end this storyline gripped me, shocked me, filled me with terror and pushed me over the edge until I was an emotional wreck. It reminded me of real abduction cases and how you search out every news story desperately hoping that the next one you read will bring the closure and happy ending that you have been praying for. You feel involved and connected just through that shared bond of parenthood. This book is full of that raw emotion and I am so very thankful that I have read it. It’s now one of my tops reads for 2016.

Thanks to the publisher Bloodhound Books for my review copy of Frailty.

Frailty: a haunting psychological page-turner is published by Bloodhound on November 15th and is available here to buy at Amazon UK

About the author…

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Betsy Freeman Reavley is the author of the novels Beneath the Watery Moon and Carrion and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Her latest psychological thriller is The Quiet Ones, published by Bloodhound Books.
She was born in Hammersmith, London. As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Beneath the Watery Moon is Betsy Reavley’s beautifully written first release and tells the macabre story of a young woman battling against mental illness.
Beneath the Watery Moon is published by Not So Noble Books and Joffe Books. It is available as an eBook from Amazon.
Betsy Reavley’s second novel Carrion is a psychological chiller that address the link between grief and fear. Carrion was published in 2014 by Bloodhound Books.
The Quiet Ones, published in February 2016 and is a kindle top 100 bestseller, carries on Reavley’s tradition of writing psychological thrillers in her own unique way.
The Optician’s Wife, was released in June 2016 to critical acclaim.
Frailty is Reavley’s newest release and is available on amazon now.
Reavley says “I think people are at their most fascinating when they are faced with life’s real horrors. This is what I love to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge, with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail. She is working on her fifth novel.
You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley

Mablethorpe by W S Barton

About this book…

Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. Halloween 1983. When eight year old local boy Aidan Truscott goes missing, without a trace, a search for him begins. As it continues, the once tight-knit community begins to reveal its suspicions and point fingers, unravelling hurtful secrets and accusations. The truth, however, is far worse than anyone could have imagined ….. This is the second novel by acclaimed writer Wayne Barton. Set in the seaside town of Mablethorpe this is a gripping, page turning tale of a small town being torn apart.

My review…

Having read the debut novel Coal House by W S Barton, I was very interested in reading this next book especially after I read the blurb and set my eyes on the most stunning cover! One of the main reasons being that the book is set in Mablethorpe a seaside town in Lincolnshire. Having been brought up in a seaside town in the East of England, I was intrigued by the idea of a murder taking place in such a setting and so settled down on a typically British summers day (rain) to read further.After a slow start which sets the scene and introduces us to the town with its shops and the main characters in it, there is a shocking development when a naked man is found murdered the night before Halloween. Due to this, the local parents aren’t happy to let the children go trick or treating so one of the parents, Mark Smith who owns a caravan park, is given the job of accompanying them around. Unfortunately, he decides to pop into the local pub for half an hour and when he gets home he is in huge trouble with his wife and the other parents for leaving the children who are all late home. But it isn’t until the next day that he realises that an 8 year old boy has gone missing. What is the connection? Where is Aiden and is there a child murderer on the loose in this sleepy seaside town?

I enjoyed The Coal House as it had a supernatural, horror feel to it and that is missing here in Mablethorpe. It is more of a murder mystery attempting to be solved by the local police force, especially in the second half of the book. But the way that the author uses the bleakness and emptiness of a seaside town out of season as the backdrop for an unthinkable crime is first rate. Having lived in one myself, I could practically hear and feel the atmosphere created by the small town attitudes that are left once all the tourists are gone. The isolation of the caravan park owners once there are no customers creates a feeling of apprehension, no wonder it’s the perfect place for the horror of the crimes to come! Once again W S Barton has given us a very visual thriller, it would certainly work on tv, and it had the atmosphere of a Hollywood slasher movie during a couple of chapters! And I thought the 80’s setting also added to the tension, no mobile phones for all the children here, it was a dash to the nearest phone box!!

For me, it all felt like a bit of an anticlimax when I got to the end, the ending hadn’t been what I was expecting. But that could just be me finding it difficult to guess the outcome and due to the fact that I like all my ends tied! So that is why I have given a review of 3.5*  for this dark and disturbing page turner.

Thanks to the author for my review copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

MABLETHORPE is available to buy now at Amazon UK.

 

About the author…

W.S. Barton is a critically acclaimed best-selling author and ghostwriter for renowned sportsmen, actors and musicians. Recently, he has worked in Hollywood with the actor Charles Baker (Breaking Bad, the Blacklist, Wild) and in Texas with the grandfather of US youth soccer , Gordon Jago MBE. W.S. Barton the football columnist for international sports broadcaster Setanta Sports has been described by the Independent as the leading writer on Manchester United on the period between Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson and has ghostwritten the autobiographies of Brian Greenhoff, Gordon Hill, Danny Higginbotham and Mike Duxbury. His books Fergie’s Fledglings and 74/75 received widespread acclaim from the major UK broadsheets. His first novel, Coal House, was published in November, 2015.

 

The Wrong Hand by Jane Jago

About this book…

We all make mistakes. Moments that change us and the path we are on irrevocably.
For Rachel Allen it was the moment that she let her son’s hand slip from hers. For Danny Simpson and Graham Harris it was the moment one of them took it.

Seven years ago Danny and Graham were just children themselves, angry, marginalized and unguided. That was, until they committed a crime so heinous that three families were left devastated. They were no longer just boys. They were monsters.

Released from juvenile detention, it is time for the boys, now men, to start again; new names, new people. But they can never escape who they are or what they did. And their own families, now notorious; the Allens, destroyed with grief; and the country at large have never been able to forget.

They will always be running. They will always be hiding. But are some mistakes too large, the ripples to far reaching, to outrun forever?

My review…

I have to admit to struggling with this book but I’m not sure whether my own feelings about the subject matter tainted what I was reading. This is such a difficult and horrific fictional account of the murder of a 3 year old boy by two 11 year old boys but, despite it being set in Australia, it still followed far too close to a real life UK crime that it made me feel particularly squeamish and uncomfortable. Normally I do like this type of storyline, a particularly good example is The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood which I loved but I just didn’t get that feeling here.

This is the story of Danny and Graham who committed an awful crime at the age of 11. As the crime has had far reaching consequences it also follows Rachel who’s son was murdered and how she is dealing with her emotions as a mother to her other children. Benjamin’s dad just wants to find the boys now that they have been released from prison and it is an all consuming passion to work out where they are now and what they look like. We see the affects on the boys families as well. How do you cope as a parent if your child has murdered another? Do you have to take some of that blame on your own shoulders? We are back in my favourite territory here of “nurture vs nature” and how 2 individuals can spark off something in the other that is dormant, waiting for that other person, that “reflection in the mirror” to complete a match made in hell.

Jane Jago is a fantastic writer who can spark an emotional response in her readers and I would love to read more of her work. This one just bothered me a little bit purely because of that connection, it made me feel uncomfortable as it was just a little bit too close to home for my liking.

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

The Wrong Hand is out in e-book on 30th June and is available to buy here at Amazon UK

It’s Friday and it’s Twin Day!

I thought that I would share a few of the books about twins that I have read recently in honour of my own twins whose birthday it is today!  Due to being a mum of twins, I have always been drawn to works of fiction featuring them and the complex relationship they have. Most people find twins fascinating, myself included, and I’m sure that’s why there has been an increase in the amount of books that have twins at the centre of them. So here goes!

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

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Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help.

My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family’s holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.

When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea.

But what really happened to Coco?

Over two intense weekends – the first when Coco goes missing and the second twelve years later at the funeral of her father – the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed…

Reviewed January 2016

As soon as I heard Alex Marwood had a new book out I pre-ordered it from Amazon. Having a chance to read it early with a review copy was a fantastic opportunity for me as I am an incredibly impatient reader when it comes to books by my favourite authors. In fact, I normally read my books in order of publication (it does border on ocd to be fair!) but I made a huge exception for The Darkest Secret as I physically couldn’t wait!
I don’t want to go into the plot of this book too much as I think people should read it with no preconceptions. Sean Jackson is holding his 50th birthday party over a Bank Holiday weekend in August attended by various friends and family. Over the course of the weekend, one of his twin daughters, Coco aged 3, goes missing. Ten years later Mila, Coco’s half sister, and Ruby, Coco’s twin, come together to attend his funeral. The story unfolds in 2004 and is told from the viewpoints of various party guests and then alternating with Mila in 2014, who is trying to make sense of her relationship with her deceased father and her half sister Ruby but may also be about to uncover the truth about Coco.
It’s amazing that an author can take a bunch of unlikable and immoral characters and make you want to keep reading about them! You are watching what is happening with a hand over your eyes, dreading what you will find out about these dreadful, narcissistic “friends”. It shows how the actions of adults can ripple down the years to affect children, even when they are adults. It’s very true to life unfortunately.
I loved this book. The apprehension as you read, to find out what has happened to Coco, builds up gradually until you don’t want to read further as the truth is revealed but you just have to know! I adored the relationship between Mila and Ruby and the way it developed over just a few days. And I started off hating another character but as the story unfolded further my opinion turned on its head as it also did with other characters but in reverse!
A superb read from Alex Marwood and will certainly be one of the big reads for the start of 2016. Her best so far I think and as a huge fan of The Wicked Girls that is saying something!
I received a copy of the book via netgalley in return for an honest review.
The Darkest Secret is available to buy at Amazon UK

Beside Myself by Anne Morgan

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Helen and Ellie are identical twins ? like two peas in a pod, everyone says.

The girls know this isn’t true, though: Helen is the leader and Ellie the follower.

Until they decide to swap places: just for fun, and just for one day.

But Ellie refuses to swap back…

And so begins a nightmare from which Helen cannot wake up. Her toys, her clothes, her friends, her glowing record at school, the favour of her mother and the future she had dreamed of are all gone to a sister who blossoms in the approval that used to belong to Helen. And as the years pass, she loses not only her memory of that day but also herself ? until eventually only ‘Smudge’ is left.

Twenty-five years later, Smudge receives a call from out of the blue. It threatens to pull her back into her sister’s dangerous orbit, but if this is her only chance to face the past, how can she resist?

Reviewed in January 2016

I am a total pushover for books about twins (especially twin girls due to having my own!!) as twins are still seen as something a little bit different, with a mystical quality that still makes complete strangers stop and ask questions. I’ve been through them all personally myself “are they twins?” “are they identical?” and everyone’s favourite quote “double trouble! You’ve got your hands full there!” So I was looking forward to this darker novel about twin girls who decide to swap places one day when they are six and, as one of them refuses to change back, it affects the lives of both girls into adulthood.
Helen is the “good twin” who does well at school and is much loved by their mummy whereas Ellie is a little slower, not so popular at school or home. One day Helen thinks it would be fun to change places and they swap clothes, hairstyles etc. But Ellie likes the attention and enjoys being Helen so refuses to swap back. This leaves Helen stuck in the “personality” of Ellie which gradually because hers when no one believes what has happened to her.
I found this such a sad book and was totally frustrated by it. The girls mother Margaret is awful! How 2 small girls can fool their own mother is totally unrealistic in my opinion but there are many hidden layers in this well executed debut novel and so you suspend believe as you get sucked into the story. It’s a moral tale of how we act when we are pigeon holed into a specific role in life. My twins have taken place in studies since they were very young to see if it is nurture or nature that defines who we become as an adult. In this case, mental illness in the twins as adults is thought-provoking in very different ways, both girls affected by the differing life experiences and the personalities they took on.
Our main focus is Helen-who-becomes-Ellie and we don’t get such an insight into Ellie. I would have liked more of her story if I’m honest to get a balanced idea of why things happened and how and why she reacted the way she did. But that didn’t spoil my reading experience of this disturbing insight into how society defines us from a very early age. I will certainly look out for books by this author in the future.
I received a copy of the book from a competition giveaway in The Book Club.
Beside Myself is available to buy at Amazon UK

Dont Say A Word by Jennifer Jaynes

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Death has always stalked single mother Allie Callahan. For the first time in her life, she has found a fragile sort of happiness living a quiet, peaceful existence in East Texas with her young son, Sammy, and her adoptive mother.

Still, Allie fears she may be susceptible to the same mental illness that destroyed her serial-killer mother and brother. She’s haunted by the idea that she could become incapable of caring for Sammy.

When twelve-year-old twins Zoe and Carrie arrive on her doorstep late one night, their parents slain in a vicious double homicide, Allie’s strength and sanity are put to the test. What did the twins see on the night of their parents’ horrific murder? They are too frightened to say.

Soon faced with a series of menacing phone calls, a rising body count, and the pressure of keeping the girls and her own son safe, Allie fears she’ll lose her mind—and her one shot at happiness—once and for all.

I reviewed Don’t Say a Word by Jennifer Jaynes in May 2016

The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell

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I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …

Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
The Silent Twin: A dark, gripping detective thriller (Detective Jennifer Knight Crime Thriller Series Book 3) is available to buy at Amazon UK

Too Close by Gayle Curtis

This is going to be next next “twin read” and here is the blurb..

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A devastating and unsettling story of a powerful and unshakeable twin bond, Too Close is a twisty and gripping tale of secrets and lies. For fans of The Twins by Saskia Sarginson.

Cecelia and Sebastian have a connection like no other – more than just brother and sister, they’ll go to any lengths to protect each other. Growing up in a bleak old farmhouse, their mother gone and their father violent and abusive, the twins have only each other to keep them alive.

But when the secrets of their mother’s disappearance start to emerge, and truth and lies are thrown into question, events take a terrifying turn . . .

As Cecelia tries to break away from the ties that bind her to her brother, Sebastian is determined that the twins should be together – whatever the costs.

 

So that’s just a few of the twin books that have come out in 2016 so far! Have you read any others that I might have missed? And after reading these books I thank my lucky stars that MY twins come with a lot less drama. Happy birthday girls!!

My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor

About this book…

Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples.

Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together.

By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney.

But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him.

Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth . . .

My review…

Since I finished this book I have struggled to get rid of the images that it conjured up for me and it has left me with a somewhat unpleasant taste in my mouth…Yes it’s definitely my kind of book! This is an interesting and well told debut with a rather unique twist on the missing child plotline. It made me remember the feeling I was left with when I first read Appletree Yard by Louise Doughty, that I had been a voyeur watching scenes unfolding before me that I couldn’t tear my eyes away from or step in to change even though they made my skin crawl!

Jason and Heidi are a married couple who seem to have nothing much in common apart from the fact that both have lost a child. Heidi had a daughter Lauren who was abducted and as we read through the book, we are drip fed information about her murder. I found this an inventive tool to use as we gradually come to understand why Heidi is the way she is and her behaviour begins to makes more sense. The information we are given isn’t graphic but for me that made it even more disturbing! When Heidi thinks she has seen Jason’s missing son Barney, she finds it difficult to understand why Jason doesn’t see it straight away. Her determination to investigate further, brings her into contact with Tommy. And this is where the author really “scraped her nails down the black board” and set my teeth on edge. The scenes where Tommy and Heidi were together became more disturbing as the book progressed in my view and I really couldn’t understand what she was doing!

This book plays on every parents fears, that one day, through no fault of our own a child could be lost or taken from us. This has been an overused storyline recently but this has been one of the better ones for me. I love a book that makes me think about the dilemmas it has created and the ending as it approached, had me holding my breath waiting to see whether or not we would have some closure. The twists and turns certainly made me question everything and everyone throughout.

Highly recommended by me!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Publication date for e-book is 16th June 2016
My Husband’s Son: A dark and chilling psychological thriller is available to buy at Amazon UK

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

About this book…

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

My review…

Just…wow!!! I have just finished this debut novel and its one of the twistiest twisty plots I have read for a very long time! After taking a little time to get used to the way it was written, I physically couldn’t put this book down. The premise of a stolen child isn’t a new one but this book brought a fresh approach to what can be an overused storyline these days. There were several gasp out loud moment and I feel like I have been through the washing machine and then the drier and I am still spinning!

There has been a lot of hype around about this book and I also think it is one of those books you will either love or hate mainly due to most of the characters being the most awful, unsympathetic narcissists you are ever likely to come across and that’s really unusual in a missing child story where you are normally totally empathetic with the family left behind! But in a market full of “missing child” books this will certainly be remembered by me and that takes something pretty special. So love it or hate it, it’s one you won’t forget in a hurry!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Publication date 16th July 2016

The Couple Next Door is available to buy at Amazon UK

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before writing fiction. The Couple Next Door is her debut thriller.