Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Evil Games (D.I. Kim Stone #2) by Angela Marsons

Release Date : May 29th 2015

Publisher : Bookouture

Pre-order your Kindle copy HERE

Description : The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.

Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it’s personal.

*I received this ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review*

My thoughts : Wow wow wow, after reading Silent Scream I pre-ordered Evil Games as soon as I could and I didn't think it could get any better but Angela Marsons has done it again.

As soon as I started reading I felt like I was back with an old friend, D.I. Kim Stone. In Evil Games Kim is just as determined and damaged as in Silent Scream but we find out a bit more about her past and she softens a bit. Her friendship with her partner D.S. Bryant continues and I can't help but smile at the way they interact with each other sometimes.

Evil Games brings in the nasty but very clever Dr Alex Thorne, she's pretty, smart, intelligent but also a sociopathic psychologist and is evil through and through but a fantastic character.
Two very intelligent women caught up in head to head battle, both with secrets they don't want revealed makes for a gripping story.
Kim is also investigating a child abuse case, a tough subject but Ms Marsons does a brilliant job with her writing and I could feel the anger and frustration Kim and her team were feeling.

This book, with every page you turn gives you goose bumps. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck standing up and I just didn't want to put it down. It's fantastically written, it's gripping right to the last page and I just can't wait for book three now.

If you haven't read Silent Scream you can get a Kindle copy HERE 

Dubious Justice (Justice Series Book 11) by M.A. Comley

Release Date : April 17th 2015
Description :  Nothing is as it seems.

DS Lorne Warner and DI Katy Foster are called to the scene of an electrician's suspected suicide but quickly discover that they're dealing with a murder case instead.

Katy's family emergency forces her back home to be by her parent's side in Manchester, leaving Lorne as detective inspector, working alongside a new, and frustrating, partner.

When two more murders of tradesmen occur, the investigation throws suspicion on a couple who have recently renovated their home. However, the forensic team uncovers a lot more than anyone bargained for.

My thoughts : First off I'd like to say a huge thank you to Mel Comley, Tracey Fenton and The Book Club for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In my haste to say I'd review this book I didn't realise it was book number 11, I was hesitant to start it after realising as I haven't read any of the books previous to this one, but there was no need to worry as this book works as a stand alone as well as part of the series. A couple of times there are some references to story's in the past but it didn't matter and it's just made me want to read the other 10 books now.

The story is well written and from page one it's gripping, it's fast paced and the characters are easy to get to know. Through out the book  the surprises keep coming and when you think it's starting to wind down, boom you're hut again with more shocks and twists. I really don't want to give to much away, but Mel has done an incredibly good job of telling the story of a difficult subject and the book comes together fantastically. I have to admit I did shed a few tears.

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, police procedural or just anyone who likes a blooming good edge of your seat story.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

Release Date : April 28th 2015

Published by : Troubador Publishing Ltd

You can buy your copy HERE

Description : How can a memory so vivid be wrong?

I tried to remember the first time I’d been here and to see the tree through Izzie’s eyes. The oak stood on a rise just above the path; not too tall or wide but graceful and straight, its trunk covered in what I can only describe as offerings – pieces of ribbon, daisy chains, a shell necklace, a tiny doll or two and even an old cuckoo clock.
"Why do people do this?" Izzie asked.
I winked at her. "To say thank you to the fairies."

In the summer of 1986 Robin and Izzie hold hands under The Faerie Tree and wish for a future together. Within hours tragedy rips their dreams apart.

In the winter of 2006, each carrying their own burden of grief, they stumble back into each other’s lives and try to create a second chance. But why are their memories of 1986 so different? And which one of them is right?

With strong themes of paganism, love and grief, The Faerie Tree is a novel as gripping and unputdownable as Jane Cable’s first book, The Cheesemaker’s House, which won the Suspense & Crime category of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition. It is a story that will resonate with fans of romance, suspense, and folklore.

*I received this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion*

My Thought's : When I received this book I was expecting a bit of magic as the title kind of suggests and after reading the description where it says "strong themes of paganism" this was what I thought this book would involve. Sadly there is no magic and hardly any paganism, I was hoping as the story moved on more would be explained about paganism but it didn't.
It is however a story about love and grief. About how memories we so strongly believe aren't always true and how running away from your problems doesn't really solve anything.

This is a well written story and the characters are explained quite well although I think there could have been more added to them. I enjoyed reading this story but I just felt like I was waiting for something and it just never appeared which was quite disappointing. It's still a good story though and I'm giving it 3 hearts.