Evie’s Year Of Taking Chances by Christie Barlow #Review @ChristieJBarlow @Bookouture

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Book description

It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.

Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

img_1258Normally nothing can separate me from my crime thriller reads but I have one exception to this rule and it comes in the shape of Christie Barlow. I would be the first to hold up my hand and admit I’m not a big fan of Rom Coms, I know I shouldn’t generalise but I usually find they all pretty much follow the same formula boy meets girl, lots of misunderstandings and then “happy ever after”, but this author provides the reader with so much more, her books have hidden depth, the dialogue is refreshing and superbly written and her characters are so well developed by the time you reach the End Of Evie’s Year Of Taking Chances you feel like your heart will break as you say “goodbye” to new found friends.

Evie has a good life she loves her job working in a library , she has wonderful relationship with Irene her foster mother and she has Clara the best friend anyone could ever wish for, but this doesn’t stop Evie wondering about her birth mother, as you can imagine there are so many questions Evie needs answering as to why she ended up in foster care. In finding the answers she hopes she can bring closure to her difficult childhood and start a new chapter in her life in the shape of Noah a handsome author, but like real life Evie will first have to face many “up and Downs” before she can’t find true happiness.

What I absolutely love about this authors books is her attention to her characters, they are so believable real that you find yourself becoming completely immersed in their story’s.
My emotions were all over the place whilst reading this novel, there are so many sensitive and heart breaking scenes in this novel one minute I would find myself laughing uncontrollably and the next minute I would find myself a snivelling mess as I reached yet another poignant moment in this delightful tale.

Christie Barlow has the unique ability to turn a Rom Com into something much more, yes there’s laughs a plenty, but she also draws on real life issues and writes about them with sensitivity, you can’t help but become involved in each characters story. Evie’s Year Of Taking Chances is like opening the most delicious box of chocolates a treat to be savoured. In my opinion Christie Barlow is one of the best writers in this genre and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a Rom Com with that extra special something.

Print Length: 350 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (10 Mar. 2017)

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The Promise by Casey Kelleher #BookReview @CaseyKelleher @Bookouture

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Book description

Two sisters. One murder. And an unbreakable bond.

Growing up in squalor with their drug-addicted prostitute mother, sisters Georgie and Marnie Parker have had to endure the very darkest side of life.

When their mother is sentenced for brutally murdering a client, Georgie and Marnie’s already precarious lives are blown apart and they now share a terrible secret. Sent to a children’s home, the sisters hope this might finally be their safe haven after years of neglect. But they soon discover they’re in real danger.

Desperate to find a place of safety, Georgie and Marnie run for their lives, but end up in the hands of Delray Anderton. A violent London gangster and notorious pimp, Delray has big plans for beautiful teenager Georgie, seeing her as a chance to make some serious money.

Fiercely protective of each other, Georgie and Marnie must escape the clutches of a man who will do anything to keep the sisters for himself. And, they must keep the promise they made to each other – no one can ever know the truth.

img_1258My oh my I’m really not sure where to begin with this review, Casey Kelleher writes what I call grit lit. The Promise by Casey Kelleher certainly falls into this category, I wasn’t expecting a “heartes and flowers” kind of read, and I wasn’t wrong, in fact due to the subject matter it sometimes made for a very uncomfortable read, but my god I have to say it was also a gripping one. Josie Parker is a repeat drug offender, a heroin addict and a prostitute, she’s bringing up her two daughters in the most damaging way. Georgie and Marnie know violence first hand, they know what it’s like to be hungry, and scared, they have to endure the very darkest side of life. Then you have Javine a seventeen year old who meets the wrong man. At first Javine is taken in by a man who treats her like a princess but she soon finds her dreams turn to dust, when she realises she is in the clutches of a powerful and violent pimp. As the two stories collide in the most dramatic way The Promise makes for a riveting read.

The story is a slow starter but in the authors defence she concentrates on developing her characters and my god she does it brilliantly, you can’t help being drawn into the characters life’s, love them or hate them they all have a part to play. I found my opinions of various characters changing as the plot developed, I don’t want to spoil the plot but suffice to say some of the characters I started out disliking managed to redeem themselves by the end of the book. As for Georgie and Marnie they are the stars of the book despite their awful life’s they remain resilient and feisty, determined to protect each other from bad things, at times my heart broke for the two girls, yes they are characters, but Casey Kelleher writes about very real subjects and it makes me  very sad to think that this issome children’s  reality.

As the plot reaches midway it picks up the pace I found myself desperate to read more I so wanted Georgie and Marnie to find their “happy ever after”. Casey Kelleher paints a vivid and believable picture of the seedier side of life, this is an author who isn’t afraid to tackle the most difficult subjects head on, she paints an ugly and brutal picture which at times made for a harrowing read. Trust me this really isn’t a book for the faint hearted due to the subject matter, abuse, violence, prostitution all find there way into this book. The Promise could have been a very depressing read, but fortunately the author offers the reader hope amid the horror. In my opinion this is the authors best book yet, despite the difficult subject matter it’s one that’s hard to put down, thanks to Casey Kelleher’s ability to create such believable characters you will find yourself captivated by the two little girls willing them on through troubled times. Would I recommend this book? I certainly would especially if you enjoy a gritty realistic read.

Print Length: 363 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (17 Feb. 2017)

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**Weekly Wrap Up** & #Giveaway

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Well I’ve done myself proud this week and read five books, now don’t get excited I haven’t managed to work my reading around working full time. As usual life is never simple and I’ve spent the week in agony thanks to the muscles in my neck going in to spasm, three types of pain killers later and I’m still in agony, consequently  two weeks in to a new job I’m off work, I feel awful that this has happened and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

I’ve read some amazing books this week and they certainly helped to take my mind of the pain…

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Promise by Casey Kelleher

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson

The Caller by Chris Carter

Books I bought this week

I only bought one book this week

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Book description

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.

Book post

Only two books in the post this week,although I’m not complaining, and I’m sure the postman is glad of the rest 😂 (Second book further down the post as it’s a duplicate)

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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… Picking up where the bestselling Wicked Game left off, Deadly Game sees Matt Johnson’s damaged hero fighting on two fronts. Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate.

ARC’s I received this week

I managed to stay away from NetGalley all week and then blow me down Bookouture released this little beauty, normally nothing can tear me away from my crime/psychological thrillers but Christie Barlow gets me every time.

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Book description

It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.

Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

And then I got improved for this book which I can’t even remember requesting, I blame it on the pain med!

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Book description

When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no-one can (or will) say how it happened.

His mother is exhausted.

His father is angry.

His older sister is resentful.

And they all have something to hide.

Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/18/the-missing-ones-by-patricia-gibney-bookreview-trisha460-bookouture/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/20/rapid-fire-booktag/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/21/blog-tourporcelain-flesh-of-innocents-by-lee-cockburn-guestpost-lee_leecockburn-gilbster1000/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/23/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-janel-aka-keeperofpages/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/24/top-five-friday-with-the-book-review-cafe-crimeseries/

Next week on the book review café

The Caller by Chris Carter- review

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel- review

My book of the month

#TopFiveThursday

Top Five Friday – psychological thrillers

Giveaway

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For some reason the publishers sent me a second copy of The People At Number 9, rather than it just sitting here if you would like to read and review it, please leave a comment in this post and I will get the hubby aka mr book review café to pick a random winner, sorry I can only post to the UK.

Other news from the book review café

After much deliberating and following a discussion on a FB book club star started by Sharon over at https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/ I’ve decided to do away with giving my reviews a ⭐ rating. I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while as they are ambiguous to say the least, 5 ⭐ for me maybe a 3 ⭐ read for you, so I’m just going to go with my reviews. I will be keeping my Gold Star Award, it’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read.

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The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney #BookReview @trisha460 @Bookouture

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Book description

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice

img_1258Oh my giddy aunt I think I have found a new crime author to add to my “must read” list. The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney has the makings of an outstanding crime thriller series. I find it incredible that this is the authors debut novel, as it’s polished, well plotted and gripping.With a disturbing prologue and a “heart in your mouth” first chapter (which chilled me to the bone) I found myself absorbed in this dark and disconcerting tale. The author has a such a unique way of describing her characters and surroundings that you can conjure up the atmosphere and scenes with ease, in fact they were so well described at times I felt I was there amid the investigation.

The Missing Ones introduces Detective Lottie Parker who is called in to lead the investigation. When two people are found dead in very different circumstances. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how? It’s up to Lottie with the help of her partner Boyd to find out. Lottie Parker is pretty screwed up, yes like so many fictional detectives she has issues, a widow with three children she struggles to balance both her home and work life, she uses alcohol and pain medication as a crutch, but she’s also very likeable, she’s feisty, opinionated and determined, but her relationship with fellow team member Boyd shows her softer side.

As the investigation gains momentum the author weaves an intricate plot that makes it difficult to guess the perpetrator from a long list of possibles, which add a genuine sense of mystery and unease to the tale. Unusually for me I wasn’t able to guess where the plot was leading but every time I thought I had it all figured out the author very deviously threw a curve ball, which is always a plus when reading a crime thriller. The Missing Ones deals with the uncomfortable subject of child abuse but the author manages to deal with the issues with a great deal of sympathy, and there are no particular graphic scenes in case you were wondering. This book has many themes, past sins, abuse, cover ups, and evil although highly used in crime thrillers the author still manages to add her own original slant to them, making for a engrossing read.

As the plot progresses the Investigation appears to be going no where, as it throws up more questions than answers Lottie’s sense of frustration is palatable.There are plenty of “heart in your mouth” moments and enough twists and turns in this novel to keep even the most hardened crime thriller lover reading late into the night. The Missing Ones has chills and thrills galore, well plotted with multi dimensional characters, it’s a promising start to a new series. I’m eager to see how Lottie’s character will evolve. In my opinion Patricia Gibney has written a very accomplished debut crime thriller and one I would be more than happy to recommend to fans of crime thrillers.

Print Length: 518 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (16 Mar. 2017)

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**Blog Tour** Blink By K.L. Slater #BookReview @KimLSlater @Bookouture

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Today I’m thrilled to be the next stop on the Blink by the awesome K.L.Slater blog tour. Blink was published on the 16th February 2017, by one of my very favourite publishers Bookouture. You don’t even have to wait to get a copy just pop over to good old Amazon and “click”. Blink is a gripping psychological thriller, and I’m happy to report it really makes for a suspense fuelled read. If you’re not convinced perhaps my review may help you make up your mind.

If you think my review looks familiar it’s because I originally  posted it on my blog earlier last month, as I was so eager to share it!

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My Review

Oh my goodness what a twisted tale Blink by K L Slater is, it’s one that left me breathless due to the number of twists and turns in this highly thrilling and captivating read. Although the concept isn’t original a child disappearing, the author very skillfuly turns a well used scenario and turns it into an something which is highly original. When Five year old Evie goes missing there’s only one person who may hold the truth, unfortunately they are in a coma and unable to communicate, what follows is a twisted and devious tale that will keep the reader glued to its pages.

There are an eclectic bunch of characters in Blink and although most of them are not particularly likeable they are very well developed. Without giving to much away I found Toni the mother of the missing Evie a complex and unreliable character and one I had very mixed feelings for, you can’t help feeling some sympathy for her plight, but on the other hand she also made me angry as she made some unwise choices, but her back story explain these choices. K L Slater has done a fantastic job in making sure the reader is suspicious of so many of the characters in Blink, and as the plot twists and turns like an out of control rollercoaster I really wasn’t sure how the plot would turn out, but suffice to say I was wrong at every damn twisted turn.

You may have to suspend belief as in parts it did seem slightly far fetched, but this in no way spoilt my enjoyment of the book, and isn’t that the point of a well written book? I personally feel the author is going from strength to strength with her writing, I really enjoyed Safe With Me K L Slater’s previous book but I liked Blink even more. The author expertly and skilfully drops clues throughout Blink, but it’s not until you reach the end you realise how cunningly the author has led the reader on a merry dance.

The title of the book Blink is ingenious by the way, but to see why you will just have to read the book. With bucketfuls of suspense and intrigue Blink is guaranteed to keep the most hardened psychological thriller lover on the edge of their seats.

What readers are saying about Blink:

‘I was excited to start reading this one and once I started I couldn’t stop. I devoured it. Chomped away chapter by chapter until I have hoofed the whole damned lot and you know what? It left me hungry for more …An absolutely stonking 5 stars from me. Jen Med’s Book Reviews

‘This is a novel that those who liked The Girl on The Train and Behind Closed Doors won’t want to miss’ My Little Book Corner

‘I finished this book in nearly one day. I was completely unable to put this book down. Everything about this book sucks you in and doesn’t let go.’ Bombshell Reads

‘Blink was just BRILLIANT’ It’s All About Books

‘A thrilling roller coaster of a read that will have you gripping on for dear life to see how it will all end’ By the Letter Book Reviews

‘The book had me from the very first sentence and kept hold of me until I finished it…. There are twists galore but on one occasion my jaw actually dropped open as I realised that all was not as it seemed. Fantastic writing, excellent characterisation that has left me salivating for book number three! Five stars.’ Angela Marsons

‘Five stars! This book had me hook line and sinker … this author’s mind is very very clever …’ Sue and her Books

img_1259For 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’ was 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.

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**Blog Tour** Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt @bookouture @writermels

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Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt, I’m a huge fan of Mel’s books and I’m going to stick my neck out here and say in my opinion this is the authors best book yet, it’s gritty, dark and very disturbing and one I would highly recommend to Crime/police procedure thriller lovers. And the best news? It’s out now so you don’t even need to wait to get your hands on a copy you can just pop over to Amazon and “click”, but before you do feel free to read my review of this gripping book

Book description

She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.

The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet.

The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her.

As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?

An absolutely gripping and chilling police procedural which will hook fans of Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott.

img_1258I have eagerly been waiting for Don’t Look Behind You, the second in the Detective Eden Berrisford crime series since reading The Girls Next Door, and OMG it was certainly worth the wait. I’m actually going to say this is definitely the authors best book to date. Don’t Look Behind You is dark and very disturbing and at times I found it damn right harrowing which I have to say I wasn’t expecting. What I love about this authors books is her ability to take very credible plots and give them a gritty realism that make her books impossible to put down. At times I became so involved in the plot my heart was racing, I felt anxious and I’m sure at times I was having palpitations as the author expertly weaved her gripping tale.

Three woman are attacked in the most brutal way, as each act becomes more violent it’s up to our protagonist Detective Eden Berrisford to find the perpetrator before he strikes again. Eden is your typical fiction Detective, feisty, passionate about her job and the victims, she’s also very determined, but what makes her standout from other fictional detectives is her back story, a single mother with a husband gone AWOL you learn more about her in this book and you can’t help wondering as more details emerge when is her past is going to come back and bite her on the backside. Eden and her team make a credible one and I hope as this series progresses we will learn more about her team. What I love about this authors writing is her ability to create characters that are very true to life. I became emotionally involved with Carla a woman who suffers terrible abuse and unbelievable heartbreak, her character unfortunately was very credible, as were the rest of the woman in the refuge.

This book has a hidden depth which really makes it such a compelling read as it’s a disturbing study of domestic abuse which as you can imagine at times makes for a very difficult and uncomfortable read. Mel Sherratt expertly adds snippets of past events in Carla’s life and it paints an ugly picture of domestic abuse, not just physical side but the emotional abuse that starts off subtly, beating them down until they are a shadow of their former selfs. It doesn’t make for a pretty read but it most definitely makes for a believable one as the author doesn’t shy away from describing domestic abuse, in fact she paints a very credible and disturbing picture although it never felt superfluous.

Gripping from the first page, Don’t Look Behind You will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its heart stopping conclusion. Mel Sharrett has written a roller coaster of a thriller for sure, but this novel is also a rich and harrowing story of domestic abuse. As far as I’m concerned this authors writing goes from strength to strength and I would read her next book without hesitation, Mel Sharrett has the unique ability to write about difficult subject with empathy and sensitivity and adds her own unique style which make her books a very worthwhile read.

Would I recommend Don’t Look Behind You? hell yes I certainly would especially if you are a fan of crime fiction that’s gritty but authentic, in fact I would go as far to say this is one book you don’t want to miss.

5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

Print Length: 252 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (31 Jan. 2017)

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Mel Sherratt writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all nine of her crime novels have been bestsellers.

Four of her books are published by Amazon Publishing’s crime and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer and she has a new series out with Bookouture.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.

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Links:  Website      Facebook       Twitter: @writermels

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**Blog Tour** Little Girl Missing By Carol Wyer @bookouture @Carolewyer

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Today I’m thrilled to be the next Stop on the Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer blog tour, also joining me is fellow book blogger Sean so don’t forget to pop by his blog and read his review for this gripping thriller  http://seansbookreviews.wordpress.com. Little Girl Lost is Gripping, fast paced and nailbitingly tense, crime thriller, with a serial killer that will chill you to the bone.

Book description

A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told. A little girl in terrible danger.

A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances and a man is murdered at a local reservoir. For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the cases. But as she starts to delve into them, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?

But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted. Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …

img_1258Carol Wyer is better known for her light hearted novels but she has taken a bold step and moved to the “dark side”, and I for one was surprised at just how well she’s adapted to writing a Crime thriller. Little Girl Lost has all the hallmarks I look for in a crime thriller and then some. The first chapter made for a dark and disturbing read and this set the tone for the rest of this book. After reading Little Girl Lost I’m convinced Carol Wyer needs to concentrate on writing crime thrillers, she certainly has the ability and the imagination.

To begin with I was slightly confused (it doesn’t take much believe me!) by the various POV Little Girl Lost is told by. Firstly there’s Detective Robyn Carter who is investigating the disappearance of a man who vanishes under suspicious circumstances, the second POV is from Abigail a young mother whose perfect life appears to be under threat, and finally there’s Alice, someone who suffered unbelievable trauma as a child. Once I got used to the constant switching of characters I found it actually made this an even more intriguing read, as I was constantly second guessing how the three POV would join together. Carol Wyer certainly gets extra brownie points for being so devious in her ploy to lead the reader in the wrong direction at every turn.

The author has created an intriguing bunch of characters Detective Robyn Carter like most Detective’s in this genre has issues, grieving for the love of her life she buries herself in her work, but she also has personality that shines through. I’m intrigued to see how her character will develop in future books in the series. I also couldn’t help feeling empathy for one of the characters despite them carrying out the most hideous crimes, their character was so well developed you couldn’t help feeling for them considering all the trauma they suffered.

This was certainly a gripping read, Carol Wyer presents the reader with a large jigsaw puzzle, or that’s what it felt like, I found myself constantly wondering how the pieces would fit together, but the author very skilfully puts them all together in the most spectacular way. Steeped in mystery and suspense I found Little Girl Lost an original and entertaining read, and I will certainly read the next book in the series without hesitation.

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐out of 5

Print Length: 274 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (19 Jan. 2017)

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img_1259As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

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