Book Review: The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

The Girl Who Was Taken - Charlie Donlea

After seeing glowing reviews for this book everywhere I turned, I immediately moved it to the top of my reading list, and if I do say so myself, it was one of the smartest decision I’ve made all week!

Book Description:

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.

A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It’s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister’s fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole’s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia’s morgue—that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.

But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for. Continue reading “Book Review: The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea”


Urbane Unboxed: Box 3 – April Showers

It’s time to unwrap another monthly offering from Urbane Publications, it’s April’s box aka APRIL SHOWERS – IT’S RAINING BOOKS! I’m a very happy bookworm after unwrapping these books so no more chit chat, let’s get right to it… (see if you can spot the one book I likely won’t read)

The Scarlet Coven by David Stuart Davies

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Book Review: Beneath The Ashes by Jane Isaac

Beneath the Ashes - Jane Isaac

Beneath The Ashes is book two in the DI Will Jackman series. A charred body found in a barn and a girlfriend with no memory of what happened that night – Jackman is on the case.

From the back cover:

The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.

Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.

Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim? Continue reading “Book Review: Beneath The Ashes by Jane Isaac”

Book Review: You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood


As soon I read the synopsis for this book, I knew it was one I had to read, I was so intrigued – a young man fires his lawyer to deliver his own closing speech as he stands trial for murder.

Book Description:

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he’s going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth. There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands. We, the reader – member of the jury – must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions… but at the end of the speeches, only one matters: Did he do it? Continue reading “Book Review: You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood”

Book Review: Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield


A historical crime fiction book set in Victorian Cornwall.

From the back cover:

Cornwall, 1844. On a lonely moorland farm not far from Jamaica Inn, farmhand Shilly finds love in the arms of Charlotte Dymond. But Charlotte has many secrets, possessing powers that cause both good and ill. When she’s found on the moor with her throat cut, Shilly is determined to find out who is responsible, and so is the stranger calling himself Mr Williams who asks for Shilly’s help. Mr Williams has secrets too, and Shilly is thrown into the bewildering new world of modern detection. Continue reading “Book Review: Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield”