Monthly Archives: March 2017

**Cover Reveal** Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell @Bookouture @Caroline_writes

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WHOOP, WHOOP this evening I’m thrilled to be able to share the cover for the super awesome Caroline Mitchell’s latest book SLEEP TIGHT. Sleep Tight is the second book in the series featuring Detective Ruby Preston and this is a series that is going from strength to strength, this book is a hell of a read and one I would definitely recommend and don’t you just love the cover?

Sleep Tight is published on the 20th April 2017 by one of my favourite publishers Bookouture. So want to know more about this gripping and not to be missed crime read? Then read on………..

Book description

Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.

A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a disturbed individual who is using the women to realise their twisted fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.

Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.

Ruby is in too deep, knowing that the cruel individual is getting ever closer, looking for his next beautiful victim. But can she stop a killer hell-bent on fulfilling their horrific desires – before it’s too late? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

A terrifying, addictive serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.

What readers are saying about the Ruby Preston series

Oh my friggin God! Thisssss booooook! Su-bloody-perb! …a quadruple #HellYeah recommendation from me! Tantalisingly terrifying, twisted, and dark’ Crime Book Junkie

Just superb!! I can tell you, you will NOT know the ending until you get there!! It’s a shocker!’ Next Book Review

‘OMG what a corker of a book. I absolutely love Ruby. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough … Loved it, loved it, loved it.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

Compelling, absorbing, chilling, gruesome and freakishly brilliant. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews (5*)

‘Ruby is an excellent character. Real, raw and utterly relatable’ Bibliophile Book Club (4*)

‘Caroline Mitchell creates some seriously dark and scary stuff ‘StefLoz Book Reviews

‘Fast paced, great lead character and twists and turns, what more could you ask for?’ Worcester Source (4*)

‘It will certainly have you holding your breath on more than one occasion… I really can’t wait for more from this series.’ Victoria Wilkinson – I Love Reading

Oh my God…this book blew me away! Kept me hooked right till the last page’ The Book Guzzler (5*)

‘Ruby, well she’s just in a league of her own. She shows so much strength yet I love the vulnerable side to her’ By The Letter Book Reviews (5*)

‘I think I pretty much held my breath through the last few chapters! There are twists and turns aplenty and it’s packed full of action and suspense’ Chat About Books (5*)

‘It’s a compelling and dark read; it gives you thrills, it gives you the fear and it gives you all the twists and turns you are looking for’ Chapterinmylife (5*)

A thrilling ride that blurs the boundary of what is right and what is wrong. The plot is terrifying yet somehow heartbreaking’ Kitty Catalyst – Bibliophile (5*)

About Caroline

A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences.

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. She now writes full time.

www.caroline-writes.com

https://www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/

https://twitter.com/Caroline_writes

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Bully Boy Blue by John Nicholl #BookReview @nicholl06

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Book description

Every aspect of Kathy’s life is dominated by her abusive bully boy husband. Now she’s pregnant and in fear for her life. Can she ever escape him?

img_1258BULLY BOY BLUE is a dark psychological suspense novella by John Nicholl, and when I say dark it’s really, really dark! It may only be a short story but the author certainly packs a powerful and disturbing tale into these pages. It’s dark, intense and hard hitting, in fact some readers may prefer to give Bully Boy Blue a miss as it deals with domestic abuse, and the author doesn’t hold back on the details.

The plot centres around Kathy whose life is dominated by her abusive husband Michael a pillar of society, unfortunately for Kathy whose going to believe her story? Can she escape the evil clutches of a monster? I’m certainly not going to give anything away here. Oh my Michael really is a nasty piece of work, as you learn more about his abusive behaviour towards Kathy I found my stomach turning, and all my sympathies lay with her. All I could hope for in this sorry tale was Michael would get what he deserved.

John Nicholl never fails to amaze me as his villains are always so well portrayed, so much so you can’t help but detest them for the terrible things they do and Michael is no exception. The author takes the worse parts of human behaviour and creates characters that you wouldn’t wish to meet in your worse nightmares. Bully Boy Blue makes for a grim, brutal and very disconcerting read, but it’s well plotted with a very satisfying conclusion.

Print Length: 60 pages

Publication Date: April 1, 2017

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#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Rachel Aka Chillers Killers And Thrillers @emms_rachel

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Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Rachel Emms answer my #TopFiveThursday questions Rachel blogs over at http://chillerskillersandthrillers.wordpress.com, as you may have guessed from the title of her blog, Rachel mostly reviews crime/psychological and thrillers. If you haven’t already checked out Rachel’s  blog it’s one  that I would highly recommend you take a look at.

Top 5 books this year (so far)?

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

The One by John Marrs

Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson

Top 5 authors you think everyone should read?

I have so many authors I really enjoy but my top five would be

Sarah Hilary

Sharon Bolton

Agatha Christie

Claire McGowan

Ragnar Jonasson

Top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

I have so many books on my to be read pile I want to read, and a lot of new ones I have heard about, but if I have to narrow it down it would be

Rattle by Fiona Cummings

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinsborough

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan

Top 5 blogging tips that you would give to new bloggers?

I don’t feel very qualified to answer this question as I have only been blogging for just over a year but some tips I have picked up along the way include;

Have a Twitter profile as it’s a great place to connect with fellow bloggers, authors, publicists and readers alike. It is also a place to share both your own blog posts and to share other book blogger posts as well which is just as important.

Don’t take too much on. It is very easy to say yes to nearly everything when you first start, including requesting lots of books all at once on net galley which is a mistake I did very early on, but then you can become very overwhelmed very quickly. It is okay to say you cannot commit at this time but would be interested to review something in the future and you can turn down things. You are only human and cannot do everything at once.

There are no rules to how many times you need to post a week. You can blog however much or as little as you want as long as you keep it regular. If you need help or would like some advice do ask fellow book bloggers. We are a very friendly community and someone is always willing to help or point you in the right direction.

Plan or schedule your blog posts so you know when you have time to fit in things like a blog tour or that additional book review you would love to do. I write down any blog tours or anything I have committed to in a diary which I find helps and use the scheduler option on WordPress (one of the many blogging platforms).

Most of all don’t forget to enjoy it! It will really come across on your blog and will encourage others to read. When it is starting to feel more like a chore than take a blogging break (which is definitely allowed) and then you can come back refreshed and revived to read and review the many exciting books that are out there.

Top 5 book blogs you follow?

There are so many fab book blogs it is very hard to choose as I love you all!

Some of my favourites include –

Crimethrillergirl at https://crimethrillergirl.com/

Abby at http://crimebythebook.com/

Kate at https://bibliophilebookclub.com/

Joanne at https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/

Joy Kulver at https://joykluver.wordpress.com/

IMG_1691My name is Rachel and I’m a 27 year old bookworm who has always wanted to be an author. I have always been an avid reader for as long as I can remember spending my childhood with my head stuck in the pages of a novel which has never changed. I think storytelling is a powerful thing and something I’d love to do, so I decided a year ago to do something about it.

I am currently studying an MA in Creative Writing specialising in Crime Thriller Novels at City University which I am really enjoying. When I am not writing I am watching and reading all things crime related. For me reading is a type of escapism which transports me into another world with characters who I like, hate or generally get frustrated at.

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Links: http://chillerskillersandthrillers.wordpress.com

Twitter: @emms_rachel

My thanks to Rachel for taking time out of her busy schedule to take part in #TopFiveThursday 

Blood Mother by Dreda Say Mitchell #BookReview @DredaMitchell

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Book description

Babs had all the world ahead of her, until she got pregnant and the father did a runner. Salvation comes in the form of a man who’ll look after her. Or so she thinks. Stan Miller is really the devil in disguise… and over the next twenty years, Babs will have reason to regret she ever met him.

Starting in the 70s, BLOOD MOTHER is the second thrilling installment in the Flesh and Blood series, capturing a London that was very different from today but where some things still hold true: be careful what you wish for, and watch out for who you trust…

img_1258I love what I call a grit lit read and there are a few authors books I can always count on to deliver my fix, Dreda Say Mitchell is one of them. Grit Lit to me is a novel that delves deep into the dark side of Life,the characters are tough and the plot brutal, Blood Mother fits this description perfectly. This book is the second book in the Flesh And Blood series, it follows one family over forty years on an East London estate. Blood Mother takes the reader back to the 70s where we learn more about Bab’s who we first met in Blood Sisters, and I just loved her story.

As the plot develops we see Bab’s change from a naive young girl, into the hardened wife of crime boss Stan Miller. Bab’s thinks she’s found the perfect match, a man who will love and protect her, little does she realise Stan is the devil in disguise a master of manipulation and deceit who will use his own wife as a pawn to get what he wants in life. As Bab’s learns more about her husband’s treacherous ways, off come the “rose tinted spectacles” and Barb’s becomes tougher and a much more interesting character. As for Stan what a fabulous character the author has created, he’s evil through and through, he certainly wouldn’t win a father/husband of the year award, so he’s not a character I liked but he certainly adds drama aplenty, as you are never quite sure what his next heinous act will be or who will be caught in the fall out, I so much wanted him to get his comeuppance. Dreda Say Mitchell brings the 70’s to life with her descriptive writing, it’s was an age where prejudice was rife, and Bab’s story very much portrays the harsh reality of life back in the 70’s.

DS Mitchell portrays a gritty picture of the murky and deadly crime world on an East London estate where revenge and retribution are part of every day life. Blood Mother is very authentic, as is the dialogue so be warned this book contains a fair bit of swearing, but in the authors defence it’s very much in keeping with the characters and plot. A gripping tale that revolves around betrayal, survival of the most cunning and family drama, although this book could be read as a standalone I would recommend you read the first book in the series Blood Sister first because it really is such a fantastic series. Blood Mother is a fast paced read, it’s gritty, brutal, which it certainly made for a quick and entertaining read. Personally I can’t wait to read the next book in this highly engaging series.

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A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys #GuestReview @JoannaLouisePar

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome Joanna Park who is going to help me out with some guest reviews. We found each over on Twitter, Jo posts her reviews to Goodreads so I asked Jo if she fancied writing some guest reviews and she very kindly agreed. Passionate about books, an avid reader and a lovely lady to boot, Jo will fit in perfectly on my blog. Please give a warm welcome to Jo and here’s her first ever guest review. 

Book description

Sparkling cocktails, poisonous secrets …

1939, Europe on the brink of war. Lily Shepherd leaves England on an ocean liner for Australia, escaping her life of drudgery for new horizons. She is instantly seduced by the world onboard: cocktails, black-tie balls and beautiful sunsets. Suddenly, Lily finds herself mingling with people who would otherwise never give her the time of day.

But soon she realizes her glamorous new friends are not what they seem. The rich and hedonistic Max and Eliza Campbell, mysterious and flirtatious Edward, and fascist George are all running away from tragedy and scandal even greater than her own.

By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and life will never be the same again.

IMG_1712Welcome aboard The Orontes for a fun filled glamorous crossing to Australia! Or so it first seems to Lily Shepherd who is taking advantage of the assisted passage scheme to start a new life in Australia. Life on board is a huge adventure for Lily as her eyes are opened to new things and she meets lots of interesting people, including the colourful Campbell’s, mysterious Edward and opinionated George. However as the journey continues boredom and tension start to bubble to the surface, Lily realises the journey isn’t as idyllic as she first thought. Soon Lily discovers that its hard to really know people you’ve just met, especially when they don’t have to tell you everything about themselves.
A Dangerous Crossing is one of those books that is perfect to immerse yourself in. I simultaneously wanted to read more to find out what happens and to slow down so it never ended!
The descriptions of life on board are really vivid and makes you feel that you are experiencing all the glitz and glamour alongside Lilly and watching all the action unfold. This is especially true of the wonderful descriptions of the ports they visit along the way and that I now have a yearning to visit. I felt I was there experiencing all the hustle and bustle and seeing the fantastic sights.

There is always underlying tension to the story which makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens. As the reader slowly gets to know the characters, it becomes apparent that they all have secrets to hide and are running away from something. As the outside heat increases and boredom sets in these tensions slowly bubble to the surface and start affecting the relationships on board.

The characters are all vastly different from each other which makes for a very compelling read. It was fascinating to read about their interactions with each other especially as ordinarily they wouldn’t have socialised with each other. Some of Lilly’s interactions, especially with the Campbell’s and George had me holding my breath as I wondered what was going to happen.
There is a little bit of murder mystery in it but in my opinion this is a secondary storyline, albeit one that is the reason for an amazing ending which took me completely by surprise. It’s not a traditional whodunnit and the fact that there is a murder isn’t a surprise as we know that from the start. It’s the story about getting to the murder and the reasons behind it which helps make this such a good book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who lines historical fiction that takes you to another time or place.

Thank you to Allison Barrow and Transworld publishing for the proof copy and for The Book Review cafe for inviting me to do a guest post!

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Hi I’m Joanna Park. I’m a stay at home mum to two children from Malvern in Worcestershire. Any spare time I have, normally when the kids are asleep, is spent reading! I will read anything, apart from horror but my favorite is historical fiction or thrillers. I got into reviewing by accident after seeing a comment about Netgalley on Facebook but am really enjoying it and have met some great people!

Links: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/26160119-joanna-park

Twitter: @JoannaLouisePar

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**Weekly Wrap Up**

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What a week I’ve managed to read about a 100 pages of a book this week, not because I haven’t had the time I just haven’t picked up anything that’s gripped me. Previous to the 100 pages I picked up two books but I couldn’t get into either of them so unfortunately I think reading mojo has well and truly deserted me so if anyone finds it please return ASAP 😂😂 at a 100 pages I gave up on this book as well (a very rare occurrence, as I hate giving up on a book).

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ARC’s I received this week

I only received two books this week, which in the grand scheme of things is brilliant as it means I haven’t really added to my TBR pile, and thinking about it I haven’t bought a book for weeks I think there is something seriously wrong here I may require medical attention 😂😂

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Book description

When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia – she’s lost a whole year of memories.

A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life?

She can’t remember what she did – or what happened the night she fell.

But she’s beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought.

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Book description

Fifteen years later, Alison and Kitty are living separate lives. Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here, or her life before it.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.

But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that day.
And only another life will do…

Latest news from the book review café

From next week I will be posting the occasional guest review from the lovely Joanna (Jo) Park, we got chatting over on twitter, and Jo happily agreed to write some reviews for the book review café. You can read Jo’s reviews over on https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/26160119-joanna-park. I’ve been looking at getting someone to help with occasional guest reviews and luckily for me along came the very lovely Jo you can read her first review on Monday, and I know she’s very nervous about it.

IMG_1713Hi I’m Joanna Park. I’m a stay at home mum to two children from Malvern in Worcestershire. Any spare time I have, normally when the kids are asleep, is spent reading! I will read anything, apart from horror but my favorite is historical fiction or thrillers. I got into reviewing by accident after seeing a comment about Netgalley on Facebook but am really enjoying it and have met some great people!

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Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/20/sometimes-i-lie-by-alice-feeney-bookreview-alicewriterland-hqstories/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/23/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-claire-aka-brizzlelass/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/24/top-five-friday-with-the-book-review-cafe-thrillers/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/03/25/blog-tour-deadly-game-by-matt-johnson-guestpost-matt_johnson_uk-orendabooks/

Next week on the book review café

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys #GuestReview

Blood Mother by Dreda Say Mitchell

Billy Boy Blue by John Nicholl

#TopFiveThursday

**Blog tour** Killing Jerry by Sharn Hutton with a fabulous giveaway …….so keep your eyes peeled

 

 

 

**Blog Tour** Deadly Game by Matt Johnson #Guestpost @Matt_Johnson_UK @OrendaBooks

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Today it’s my stop on The Deadly Game by Matt Johnson blog tour, and to celebrate the occasion I have a fabulous guest post from the author himself.

Wicked Game the first book in the series was a NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER on Amazon UK and AU, Kobo, Audible and LoveReading, with 380 five-star reviews! An authentic, gripping and moving thriller from an ex-soldier and Met Police officer.

Deadly Game is published by the fabulous Orenda Books and you can get a copy right now as it was published on the 20th February 2017. 

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Ten things you didn’t know about me.

1. I play the guitar. As a teenager I played in a band that gigged in local pubs. We mainly did David Bowie covers as our lead singer looked and sounded like Bowie. Deciding that we needed a second singer, we auditioned. The only applicant didn’t play an instrument and, at the time, didn’t sing too well. We turned him down. His name – Simon Le Bon.

2. I keep bees, having become fascinated watching a bee keeper at work and deciding five years ago to have a try myself. I enjoy the hobby, even if monitoring my sugar levels means limiting my consumption of the resulting honey.

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3. I scuba dive, having done the PADI courses up to advanced level some years ago. I’ve now over 100 dives under my belt including in the Red Sea and Malta, as well us home waters off Cornwall and the south coast. One of my favourite dives was Lundy Island where we swam with the seals. A wonderful experience.

4. I walk every day – in the Welsh hills with my dogs. I used to have four but sadly, two passed away during the last year. I find walking to be very relaxing as well as good exercise. Now that I’m writing, it’s also the time when I mull over and come up with ideas, so I always carry a digital recorder to help remember thoughts.

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5. My mother and father were great friends with Leslie Thomas, the author of Virgin Soldiers and The Tropic of Ruislip. I used to walk to infant school with Leslie’s daughter, Lois. Again, rather sadly, with both my father and Leslie now no longer with us, I won’t get the opportunity to celebrate my being published with them.

6. I once played rugby for London Wasps. I say once, as it wasn’t a great experience. I was at school when our PE teacher – who was Wasps fly half – took a few of us young lads to help as Wasps were short. We donned the black and gold kit and turned out, only to be smashed to bits when put up against men who were much stronger and more experienced than we were. It really was a case of men against boys. The next time we were asked, not a single one of us said yes.

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7. With my former wife, I used to run an animal rescue specialising in cats and dogs. We started it after I left the police and, over the years, we found new homes for many thousands of abandoned and stray animals. Spiritually, it was very rewarding work but extremely demanding.

8. As a soldier and police officer, I trained in the use of many vehicles. I completed a number of driving courses for both cars and motorcycles and, even now, my love of them continues. For pleasure, I drive an old Jaguar XKR and a ’99 Harley Davidson Fatboy. Although trained and qualified to drive fast, I have a family reputation as a bit of a slug. I tend not to rush, following the adage that nothing is so urgent as to justify an accident. I’ve seen what happens to people when they crash at speed and that tends to have a sobering effect on your own driving.

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9. I’m patron to two charities, The Armed Forces Bikers and Shoeboxes for our Heroes. Being a patron to them is an incredible honour and I’m more than happy to do what I can to help both of these fundraising charities.

10. And probably of least interest is the fact that I collect hats. And I’m not talking just a few. It started during my Army service and continues now. I even wear some of them. I include in my collection a Foreign Legion Kepi, a WWII Tommy helmet, an Australian Akubra and a Russian Submariner officer foxfur hat. Many of the hats used to be displayed on a wall until a house move confined them to boxes where many of them remain.

img_1639Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for 25 years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition. His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result. Deadly Game once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.

Links:        Website     Blog      Facebook        Twitter: @Matthew_Johnson_UK

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Book Description

Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed. Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered, Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK. On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all … Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate. Deadly Game is a stunning, terrifying and eye-opening thriller from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

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