Book Review: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Here and Gone - Haylen Beck

This fast-paced thrill ride is my first five star read of July!

Book Description:

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.

It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them…

Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return. Continue reading “Book Review: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck”


Book Review: Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Do Not Become Alarmed - Maile Meloy

Don’t let the gorgeous cover fool you…

Book Description:

The sun is shining, the sea is blue, the children have disappeared…

When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship’s comforts and possibilities seem infinite. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor mishaps lead the families further from the ship’s safety. One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone.

What follows is a heart-racing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the distraught parents – now turning on one another and blaming themselves – try to recover their children and their shattered lives. Continue reading “Book Review: Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy”

Book Review: Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

Exquisite Sarah Stovell

There’s nothing like an Orenda Books blog tour to make you feel like you’re missing out and need to read a book ASAP! As the fantastic reviews started piling up for Exquisite, that FOMO kicked in!

From the back cover:

Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name.

Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops …

Or does it?

Breathlessly pacey, taut and terrifying, Exquisite is a startlingly original and unbalancing psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page. Continue reading “Book Review: Exquisite by Sarah Stovell”

Book Review: The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

The Fourth Monkey - JD Barker

This is another book I was hesitant to read because the title and cover didn’t appeal to me –  I really need to stop judging books by their cover because I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Book Description:

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, “A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller. Continue reading “Book Review: The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker”

Book Review: The Devil You Know by Terry Tyler

The Devil You Know - Terry Tyler

I’m a huge fan of character driven novels and you wouldn’t be wrong if you said I have a slight obsession with serial killers – combining those two points makes The Devil You Know my kind of book!

Book Description:

Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child….

Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for.
One of them is right.

Juliet sees an expert’s profile of the average serial killer and realises that her abusive husband, Paul, ticks all the boxes.

Maisie thinks her mum’s new boyfriend seems too good to be true. Is she the only person who can see through Gary’s friendly, sensitive façade?

Tamsin is besotted with her office crush, Jake. Then love turns to suspicion…

Steve is used to his childhood friend, Dan, being a loud mouthed Lothario with little respect for the truth. But is a new influence in his life leading him down a more sinister path?

Dorothy’s beloved son, Orlando, is keeping a secret from her—a chilling discovery forces her to confront her worst fears.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a character-driven psychological drama that will keep you guessing until the very end. Continue reading “Book Review: The Devil You Know by Terry Tyler”