**My Book Of The Month** July 2017

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I can’t believe we’re in August already, where has the year gone, let alone the last month? Which can mean only one thing it’s time to choose my book of the month for July. Now this Month choice is some what different to previous months,  more on that further down this post!

The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog.

You all know by now I’m indecisive and very often choose more than one book. Yes I’ve chosen two books again this month! but unusually it’s for two books by the same author and it’s a crime series. 

I absolutely loved these books and they had all the elements I look for when reading a book, well developed characters, a strong plot and bucketfuls of suspense. So without further ado the books I have choosen are………

Those That Remain by Rob Ashman

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I think I have just found myself a new crime thriller author and series that will be going straight on my “must read authors list”. What a gripping book Those That Remain turned out to be. I do love American based crime thrillers they always seem so much darker and twisted. To say I loved this novel is an understatement it’s probably one of the best debut crime thrillers I’ve read this year in fact. You can read my full review here…….Those That Remain Review

In Your Name by Rob Ashman

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I thought this series couldn’t get any better but I’m pleased to report I was wrong, if anything this book is darker, and definitely more gruesome, the pace is relentless so you don’t have time to catch your breath before the next big shock comes along. I should point out all though Rob Ashman is a British author this novel reads very much like it’s been written by an American, the settings are authentic and the scenes frighteningly disturbing just the way I like my crime thrillers. You can read my full review here In Your Name Review

Luckily we don’t have to wait long as the third book in the Mechanic series Pay The Penance is out the beginning of August and I can’t wait!

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter you can read my review and author interview with Karin Slaughter  here…..The Good Daughter Review

Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent you can read my review here…..

I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen you can read my review here……. I know A Secret Review

Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent you can read my review here……Unravelling Oliver

I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen #BookReview @tessgerritsen

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Book description

In the twelfth gripping novel featuring Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, the crime-solving duo—featured in the smash-hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles—are faced with the gruesomely staged murder of a horror film producer.

The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

IMG_2357I’ve been a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen since I read her first medical crime thriller Harvest way back in 1996. As far as I’m concerned the authors writing is gritty, gruesome and authentic and makes for a highly thrilling read. In this latest offering I Know A Secret we meet up with the crime solving duo Detective Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles a forensic pathologist, both characters I feel are very original protagonist’s in the world of crime thrillers. By combining the two the author delves deftly into the criminal mind and forensic sciences, which make for a fascinating and throughly gripping read. Although this is the twelfth book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone.

No plot spoilers here as all you need to know is pretty much in the book description, I always find Tess Gerritsen has the ability to grab my attention from the first intriguing chapter and keep me in her grips until the final heart stopping chapter. As you would expect from this author the murders are pretty grotesque I’m not sure where Tess Gerritsen gets her ideas from, but this is a lady with an incredible vivid and twisted imagination. There are numerous threads running through the tale and I did find myself wondering how they could all possibly connect, but the author does a magnificent job in bringing everything together in the most shocking way.

Fraught with tension the authors impeccable attention to detail make you feel like your involved in the investigation, and very much like Rizzoli and Isles you find yourself trying to unravel the clues before the killer strikes again. With red herrings a plenty the author always manages to keep one step a head of the reader, I Know A Secret definitely sent my mind into overdrive as I tried to piece the clues together. The author has a real talent for telling a story and keeping the reader guessing right to the very last moment, and once again Tess Gerritsen proves that she is still one of the leading female authors in crime fiction and rightly so.

Buying links:     Amazon UK 🇬🇧     Amazon US 🇺🇸

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (15 Aug. 2017)

 

 

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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Well I’m thrilled to report that I’ve actually read three books this week, so I’m feeling pretty chuffed with myself.

ARC’s I received this week

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Book description

The life she wanted wasn’t hers . . . The compelling new psychological thriller that will break your heart into tiny pieces, from world-renowned author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s.

These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common – a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.

Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

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Book description

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

‘You think you’re invincible. You think you won’t ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin, and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.’

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall;
That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.

She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school;
Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done
And what her daddy will do when he finds out …

Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.
Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.
Sometimes surviving isn’t enough.

Book Post

The Other Twin by L V Hay

I know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen

Books I bought this week

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Book description

Law student Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, working on a retrial for death-row convicted murderer and child molester, Ricky Langley, finds herself thrust into the tangled story of his childhood. As she examines the minute details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own history, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and to reckon with how her own past colours her view of his crime.

When Alexandria begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, and sees Ricky’s face flash on the screen as she reviews old tapes, and hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die.

Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.

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Book description

“I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.”

So begins Liz Nugent’s astonishing debut novel—a chilling, elegantly crafted, and psychologically astute exploration of the nature of evil.

Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life together one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious, and subsequently beats her into a coma.

In the aftermath of such an unthinkable event, as Alice hovers between life and death, the couple’s friends, neighbors, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such a horrific act. As his story unfolds, layers are peeled away to reveal a life of shame, envy, deception, and masterful manipulation. (less)

I know I said I wasn’t buying any more books for a while but as I mentioned last week Ebooks don’t count in”Lorraine’s world” 😂😂 and I’ve read some fabulous reviews for The Fact Of The Body so I couldn’t resist. As for Unravelling Oliver I’ve been wanting to read this one for ages and I accidentally on purpose “clicked” on the book version so epic fail there!

 What I’m reading next

 

 Last week on the book review café

**My Book Of The Month** June 2017 | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/07/01/my-book-of-the-month-june-2017/‪

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne #BookReview @KarenDionne | The Book Review Café https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/06/27/the-marsh-kings-daughter-by-karen-dionne-bookreview-karendionne/

**Blog Tour** Exquisite by Sarah Stovell @Orendabooks @Sarahlovescrime #BookReview | The Book Review Café   https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/06/26/blog-tour-exquisite-by-sarah-stovell-orendabooks-sarahlovescrime-bookreview/

#Giveaway The Friend by Dorothy Koomson | The Book Review Café https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/06/28/giveaway-the-friend-by-dorothy-koomson/

#Giveaway The Friend by Dorothy Koomson | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/06/28/giveaway-the-friend-by-dorothy-koomson/

Next week on the book review café

**Blog tour**  Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh #BookReview

Manipulative Lies by H. A. Leuschel #BookReview

**Blog Tour** The Other Twin by L V Hay #Guestpost