Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson #BookReview @OrendaBooks @ragnarjo

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Book description

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson is the fourth book in the Dark Iceland series and bad blogger that I am I have skipped two, not because I haven’t wanted to read them, it’s more to do with the fact that I have so many books on my TBR pile I just haven’t had the time, but when I received a very special hardback signed edition in a competition over at http://bluebookballoon.blogspot.com
I just had to bump this one to the top of my TBR pile and I’m so glad I did.

img_1258Rupture is a crime thriller that feels like a breath of fresh air, it has much more to offer than the average crime thriller, for me this novel is beautifully written with a well crafted plot, this is Nordic crime noir at it’s best. I’m normally a reader who loves a crime read to be fast paced, which I don’t consider Rupture to be, but what I loved about this novel was the authors incredible gift of being able to pull the reader into his plot and build on the suspense and mystery leaving me eager to read more. Sometimes I struggle with novels that have been translated as the writing can feel stilted or the heart of the story gets lost in translation, but Rupture proves that it can be done successfully, in fact I found it difficult to believe this book was written in anything but English.

Ragnar Jónasson’s writing is beautifully descriptive, he describes the town of Siglufjöróur in great detail, so it’s easy to imagine the bleakness and claustrophobic atmosphere that surrounds the small Icelandic town, as the town is quarantined from a deadly virus, the sense of unease and isolation are palatable. Ari Thór is asked to investigate a suspected murder from the 1950’s, and with the town in quarantine he finds himself with plenty of time on his hands, and as he begins to investigate the case it soon becomes clear that not everything is as it seems. The author intricately adds various plots to the story, but in doing so he adds layer upon layer of mystery to the story which kept me captivated to the last page. Despite the numerous threads the author expertly weaves them into an absorbing and suspense filled plot.

The author even manages to make his characters multi dimensional and complex, so much so you can’t help but feel a connection to them, I especially liked Ari Thor whose life doesn’t appear to run to plan, but never the less he’s a very intriguing character. There are no shocking or fast paced scenes in Rupture, but the author expertly builds on the atmosphere with every sentence he writes whilst maintaining the suspense and mystery. Rupture reads like a classic who dunnit, but that’s a good thing in my opinion and one of the things that make Rupture standout from other crime thriller reads. For me Rupture is refreshingly different amid all the crime thrillers on the market, beautifully and eloquently written it conjures up breathtaking images of a stark landscape that beg to be visited. Chilling, complex and addictive I would highly recommend Rupture to anyone looking for a unique crime thriller.

Print Length: 253 pages

Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (24 Dec. 2016)

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My thanks to Karen at Orenda books, David at BlueBookBalloon and Ragnar Jónasson for my treasured signed hardback of Rupture. 

**Book Of The Month** February 2017

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Now we’re in March it’s time for me to look back at February’s reads and choose my Book Of The Month for February 2017.

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.

I read some outstanding books in February, but there is one clear winner this month. This book had all the elements I look for when reading books, well developed characters, a strong plot and bucketfuls of suspense. So without further ado the book I have choosen is………..

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A Room Full Of Killers by Michael Wood

A Room Full Of Killers is the third book in the DCI Matilda Darke series and in my opinion Michael Wood’s writing goes from strength to strength with each book he writes. It may sound cliched but it’s definitely the best book to date in the series, it’s much darker and definitely more disturbing than his previous books. You can read my full review here……..
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/07/a-room-full-of-killers-by-michael-wood-bookreview-michaelhwood-killerreads/
 

The Caller by Chris Carter #Book Review

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Book description

The terrifying new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of I AM DEATH.

After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring. The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward. Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.

Karen is gagged and bound to a chair in her own living room. If Tanya disconnects from the call, if she looks away from the camera, he will come after her next, the deep, raspy, demonic voice at the other end of the line promises her.

As Hunter and Garcia investigate the threats, they are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear.

img_1258The Caller by Chris Carter is the eighth book in the Robert Hunter series, I must admit I was concerned that as there has been a two year gap between I Am Death and The Caller that the series might have lost its momentum, but I’m pleased to say that this is a very worthy and thrilling edition to the series. What I like about this author is that he writes stories that challenge and shock, he isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of what we expect. The authors imagination knows no bounds, the killings are gruesome and pretty gory in detail, so be warned if you are squeamish you may want to give this one a miss!

This book is very relevant today’s society a serial killer who stalks social media looking for his next victim, it never fails to amaze me how much we share on social media without even realising it, but after reading this novel you might think twice about what your putting on social media sites. As you would expect the author has created a very twisted killer, but I would expect nothing else from Chris Carter as he skilfully takes the worse parts of human behaviour and creates a character who is chilling to say the least. I’m not going to go into plot details as the less you know about the plot line the better the read.
The killing scenes in this book are graphic to say the least, and at times make for a grisly read, but this is what makes Chris Carter such a fantastic crime writer, his details of police procedures and psychological profiling are second to none, and you are able to get a real understanding of the criminal mind and the way it works, something which fascinates me. As the investigation intensifies and the body count rises The Caller made for a gripping and heart pounding read.

There are a couple of other strands running through this novel which also added to the suspense. I do have one small criticism when I read a crime thriller I like to feel I’m taking part in the investigation, working my way through the suspects, picking up clues but this wasn’t the case with The Caller as there are very few suspects, and then wham bam the killer is revealed with no big lead up or clues to the identity of the killer, in my opinion this made the ending feel very rushed and I couldn’t help feeling slightly disappointed.

The Caller is a worthy edition to the series, the writing is exceptional, the plot intriguing but it’s not my favourite Chris Carter book due to the abrupt ending, but I’m sure many of his fans will disagree with me. This can be read as a standalone but as it’s such a brilliant series I would recommend you read the books in order as they really are an exceptional series.

Print Length: 480 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (23 Feb. 2017)

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**Top Five Friday** With The Book Review Café #CrimeSeries

 

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Today I’m starting a brand new feature on my blog, I got the idea from the very popular #TopFiveThurday that I runI’ve decided to share my top five with you it will be book related and this week I’m choosing my best five top crime series 

Robert Bryndza

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I’m a huge fan of Robert Bryndza’s as anyone who follows my blog will know, I love the  DI Erika Forster series. I would urge everyone to read the series, fabulously written they make for a gripping read. What I like about Robert Bryndza’s writing is his ability to describe scenes with such conviction that you feel like your there along side Erika and her team. Each book is very original and personally found them to be a gripping read.

James Carol

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Again this is a series that I  would highly recommend I just adore Ex-FBI star profiler Jefferson Winter he  is no ordinary investigator. An eccentric genius and self-described geek with a passion for Mozart, he is haunted by the legacy of his notorious serial killer father…and not likely to admit this may be why he has such a phenomenal insight into the psychology that drives the criminals he hunts. I especially like the profiling element in this series and they make for a thrilling read.

Peter James

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Despite reaching the 13th book in the series I’m still a huge fan of Detective Roy Grace each book has been very different and the back story concerning his missing wife Sandy adds an extra layer of mystery to these well written crime thrillers.

Angela Marsons

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Strangely enough as I was compiling my list I realised Angela is the only lady in my top five crime series. In my opinion Angela Marsons goes from strength to strength with this series and despite reaching the fifth book they show no signs of getting tiresome or repetitive. As for Detective Kim Stone she’s one complex character with  many secrets which make her a fascinating character to read about.

Michael Wood

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The DCI Matilda Darke series is another of my favourites in my opinion Michael Wood’s writing goes from strength to strength with each book he writes. His books are getting much darker and definitely more disturbing as this series develops, and again Matilda Darke is another intriguing character.

Crime series to watch out for

I know I said top five but it’s my blog, my rules Remember?

Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell deserves a special mention, but I couldn’t really include it as there is only one book in the series at the moment .The Detective Ruby Preston series is shaping up to be a cracker, this first book was dark and disturbing so of course I loved it.

Caroline Mitchell

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If you can think of any book themes I could feature, please feel free to leave them in the comments. If I use your theme I will happily link it to your blog. Would these be on your list? What crime series would you recommend? I hope you enjoyed this feature and your comments and feedback would be greatly appreciated.

 

**Blog Tour**Porcelain: Flesh Of Innocents by Lee Cockburn #GuestPost @lee_leecockburn @gilbster1000

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Today I’m on the blog tour for Porcelain: Flesh Of Innocents by Lee Cockburn. Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for crime and police thriller fans. It’s published today so you don’t even have to wait to get a copy, and to celebrate I have a fabulous guest post from Lee Cockburn who reveals her five favourite crime books.

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5 crime books that I have enjoyed

My favourite crime writer just now is Tess Gerritsen, her books the surgeon and the apprentice were the first of a series, the characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles both believable, have real life vulnerabilities, but both very skilled workers in their chosen professions. I like the development of the romance between Rizolli and Gabrielle and I like the rest of the books in the series as I have read them all, where that relationship blooms and continues into marriage and family life.

The main perpetrator of the first book in the series Warren Hoyt, a cruel and vile man with surgical skills factually described throughout the book, and featuring in all of Gerritson’s books due to her profession, other than being an author. I like how Hoyt features in the second book, continuing his reign of terror and his unhealthy focus on Rizzoli. I also love Rizolli’s strength and her fiesty nature and her vulnerabilities and insecurities.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, I just loved it, the twists and turns throughout, the short chapters allowing you to race to the next, skilfully tying up all of the loose ends, and leaving me happy I picked it up, although I wasn’t available for a day or two. A great read, I couldn’t put it down, and I regret not reading more of his novels, I just don’t have time.

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Schindler’s list, by Thomas Keneally a war crimes thriller, brutally graphic, true account of the horrific atrocities that took place during the Second World War. Brilliant book, well written, provoking novel that leaves you with tears in your eyes at the way humans can behave towards one another. I highly recommend this book, a must read, but heart breaking, and make you wonder about human nature.

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The last book not a crime thriller as such, the Tea Planters Wife by Dinah Jeffries, given to me by my mother in law. I started reading it, initially moaning at some of the over description, but the story soon had me drawn in, the true crimes of life itself out on full display, opinions and beliefs leading to the main character giving up her daughter, lies and deceit throughout left me impatient to get to the end, where I found myself in tears, with the sadness behind the unfortunate chain of events. Not the type of book I read, but really enjoyed it.

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Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

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Book Description

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant. 

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card.

Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

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Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner #BookReview #BookShelfReads

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Book description

Thirteen-year-old Sharlah Nash knows that the first time her brother killed eight years ago, he did it to save their lives.

Now retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife Rainie Conner have offered Sharlah a new life of safety. She desperately wants to believe this is her shot at happily ever after.

Then two people are murdered in their local convenience store and Sharlah’s brother is identified as the killer.

Telly Ray Nash is on the hunt for Sharlah and as the death count rises it becomes clear that nothing and no-one, including Pierce and Rainie, will stop him getting to her.

Now, Sharlah has one chance to take control.

She can run for her life… or turn and face the danger right behind her.

 

img_1258I’ve always been a huge fan of Lisa Gardner, especially the Quincy and Rainie series, so you can imagine my excitement when I picked up Right Behind You the seventh book in the series, it’s been a long time coming. Interestingly the book came about after the author conducted an online poll asking readers which characters they wanted to read about in 2017 and Quincy and Rainie won hands down. I should mention Right Behind You can easily be read as a standalone.

Quincy and Rainie are called in to help when a spree killer goes on the loose. It soon becomes apparent that the suspect is their soon to be adoptive daughter, Sharlah’s long lost brother, Telly. What follows is a taut and highly entertaining read, as Quincy and Rainie try to find Telly and bring him to justice before any harm comes to their daughter. What really surprised me about this book is the fact Sharlah and Telly take centre stage overshadowing the usual protagonists. The chapters told from the children’s point of view are heartbreakingly sad and I wasn’t expecting to feel an emotional pull to both characters. The author manages to depict two broken vulnerable souls with both empathy and understanding, which made them likeable characters despite the violent events surrounding them both.

There’s nothing straight forward about the investigation, with the author throwing in red herrings galore Right Behind You makes for a taut read. Lisa Gardner’s writing flows fluidly and she is able to move effortlessly between the various characters POV, whilst maintaining the pace. As I would expect Lisa Gardner’s attention to detail was spot on profiling, syndromes bought on by childhood trauma all made for an intriguing read.

As the body count rises I found myself caught up in the plot, it’s fast it’s furious come the last half of the book. Although I confess I did have suspicions about where the plot was leading, and although I wasn’t able to guess precisely I did guess some elements of the plot, but never the less I did really enjoy Right Behind You, it’s got plenty to keep the reader captivated to the last dramatic page. If I had one small disappointment with this book I found it to be light on the police procedural aspect which I do like to read about, for me personally it’s very much part of the reason I love this authors books. Although I would recommend this book to crime thriller lovers, I don’t think it’s the best book in the series but that’s only my humble opinion, so you may prefer to check this one out for yourself.

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: Headline (31 Jan. 2017)

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**Blog Tour** No Safe Home by Tara Lyons #GuestPost @taralyonsauthor @bloodhoundbook

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❤❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤❤ here’s hoping you have all been spoilt by your other half’s today, if you haven’t perhaps you should treat yourself to something “special” and I have just the thing,  ok it’s not very romantic but it’s a crime book with some awesome reviews, so read on to learn more ❤❤

Today I’m thrilled to share a guest post from the awesome and super talented Tara Lyons author of the recently published No Safe Home, published by Bloodhound Books on the 31st January 2017, so you don’t even need to wait to get yourself a copy, you can just hop over to Amazon and click.

Even though No Safe Home is the second book in the DI Hamilton series My fellow bloggers assure me it can be read as standalone. I’ve read the first book in the series In The Shadows and ❤ it but apparently No Safe Home is even better, so it’s one I will be “clicking” on once my TBR pile has reached a manageable level.

so without further ado here is the guest post from Tara Lyons…….

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Waiting by Tara Lyons

I never appreciated how frightening publishing book two in a series could be. If I thought the days and weeks leading up to the book birthday of In the Shadows was nerve-racking… No Safe Home has trumped it.

As I write this, the only people who have read No Safe Home are my publisher, editor and proof-reader. That’s all. By the time this blog is posted, I’m assuming – and hoping – I’ll have had reviews, comments and feedback. And, whether it’s good or bad, at least the unknown will be revealed… I’ll have an idea about the reception of my book.

It’s a strange feeling, because I know an author cannot please everyone, or cater to all reader’s tastes, or might miss a hook for a blogger. As a reader, I’m fully aware I’m not going to enjoy every book I read, or relate with every character I meet. Yet, despite this knowledge, I still find myself in author limbo right now – and it’s a scary place to be.

I’m the kind of person who needs to know. I like answers and reasons and feedback (I was called nosey as a teenager, but I prefer the word inquisitive). I love to know why. I love hearing people’s thoughts and reactions to things and, no surprise, this includes my books.

At the end of last year, In the Shadows received a one star review on Amazon.com, and while it’s never a joyous occasion, sometimes you can learn something from them. However, this time I was left mostly disappointed. The review, in its entirety, read: “very strange.” That was it. Just two words and one star. The desire to understand what exactly felt strange to that reviewer – was it the whole book or just snippets – left me questioning my writing ability for quite some time. It’s amazing how just two words can distract you for so long.

I soon moved on from that one star review, of course I did; I had too, if there was any hope of writing the next book, and the next, and the next… But, every so often, I’ll revisit the review pages for my books and remind myself what it is readers love – or don’t – about my work. They always entice a concoction of emotions, and they always spur me on.

When I started writing In the Shadows last March, I had no concrete plans to create a series. But, some bloggers and reviewers said they wanted more of DI Denis Hamilton – and by the end, I did too. It was great to have that endorsement – to know that other people yearned for more of my characters’ story. So, this is a huge thanks to you all for the encouragement you’ve given me over the last year. No Safe Home was born because of you, the readers. We’re having this blog tour because you wanted more, and because you shared your reviews and comments with me. I’m always thankful for your feedback.

I’ve learnt that whatever stage your series is at, or whichever number book you’re releasing next, the feeling never changes – I’ll always be waiting to know what you all think. And know this, butterflies would have been fluttering like crazy in my stomach on publication day.

img_1259Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.

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Book description

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is haunted when the suspicious death of a teenage girl triggers suppressed memories. With a stalker targeting vulnerable women in Central London, and his team rapidly diminishing, Hamilton must conquer his emotions before another family is destroyed.

In a sleepy town in Hertfordshire, Katy has worked hard to rebuild her life after leaving behind everything she knew. But when her past catches up with her, and her young son’s life is threatened, Katy must admit her true identity if she has any hope of surviving.

A home should be a safe place, shouldn’t it?

London’s murder investigations team returns in the second novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows.

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