Book Review: Dodgers by Bill Beverly

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After reading Annie’s review of Dodgers last year, I’ve been meaning to read it; I finally acquired a copy from the library. This was a very welcomed and refreshing read!

Book Description:

When East, a low-level lookout for a Los Angeles drug organisation, loses his watch house in a police raid, his boss recruits him for a very different job: a road trip – straight down the middle of white, rural America – to assassinate a judge in Wisconsin.

Having no choice, East and a crew of untested boys – including his trigger-happy younger brother, Ty – leave the only home they’ve ever known in a nondescript blue van, with a roll of cash, a map and a gun they shouldn’t have.

Along the way, the country surprises East. The blood on his hands isn’t the blood he expects. And he reaches places where only he can decide which way to go – or which person to become. By way of The Wire and in the spirit of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan and Richard Price’s Clockers, Dodgers is itself something entirely original: a gripping literary crime novel with a compact cast whose intimate story opens up to become a reflection on the nature of belonging and reinvention. Continue reading “Book Review: Dodgers by Bill Beverly”

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Book Review: Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent

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I’m incredibly grateful to Zuky for forwarding her copy of Unravelling Oliver on to me.

From the back cover:

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

Alice and Oliver Ryan seem blessed, both in their happy marriage and in their successful working partnership. Their shared life is one of enviable privilege and ease. Enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma.

Afterwards, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story. So do those who paths he has crossed over five decades.

It turns out that there is more to Oliver than Alice ever saw. But only he knows what he has done to get the life to which he felt entitled. And even he is in for a shock when his past catches up to him. Continue reading “Book Review: Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent”

Blog Blitz | Book Review: Closer to Home by Heleyne Hammersley

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Welcome to my stop on the blog blitz for Closer to Home by Heleyne Hammersley, I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today.

Book Description:

Family. Secrets. Murder.

Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her home town after a twenty-year absence and a recent divorce.  The discovery of a child’s body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe – a place of bad memories and closed mouths.

As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories.  But Kate’s history refuses to stay buried.

Then another child disappears…

Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past? Continue reading “Blog Blitz | Book Review: Closer to Home by Heleyne Hammersley”

Blog Tour | Book Review: Search for Maylee by Didi Oviatt

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Welcome to my stop on the Search for Maylee blog tour, I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today.

Genre: Thriller/ Suspense-Thriller

Publication Date: October 6th, 2017

Book Description:

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt Autumn has never lost hope in finding her. It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead. She moves across the country to find him. Will Autumn be able to pry Maylee’s case back open? More importantly, what will Autumn uncover in the process of searching for Maylee? It’s a cold dark world we live in, and she is about to find out just how cruel it can be. Strength and determination are on Autumn’s side and she will do whatever it takes to either bring Maylee home, or to deliver the justice she deserves. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Search for Maylee by Didi Oviatt”

Blog Blitz | Book Review: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James

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Welcome to my stop on the blog blitz for Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James, I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today. After reading ‘The Second Captive’ earlier this year, also by James, I jumped at the chance to read this novel, it’s been republished by Bloodhound Books, who have fast become a reliable publisher for good crime fiction novels.

Book Description:

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her. Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.

Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity?  And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?

When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…

A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood. Continue reading “Blog Blitz | Book Review: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James”