Book Review: Before This Is Over by Amanda Hickie

Before This Is Over - Amanda Hickie

This book was recommended to me by my good friend Sam @ Clues and Reviews, and when Sam makes a recommendation, you listen, acquire and read. While I’m not a huge fan of the cover, the story inside is much better than the cover would have you believe! The paperback is released on November 2nd but the ebook is available to buy now.

Book Description:

BEFORE THIS IS OVER by Amanda Hickie is a powerful, thought-provoking drama that looks at one family in the heart of a devastated community and compels us to ask: how far would I go to save my children?

Meet Hannah Halloran. Wife of Sean, mother of teenage Zac and little Oscar. Their comfortable home is in a suburb of a city unaffected by the deadly flu that’s killed thousands. But Hannah is tense. She’s worried about Zac’s vulnerability miles away at a crowded summer camp. She’s uneasy about Oscar’s boisterous play with the children at his school. Is physical contact wise when an epidemic is coming closer? Hannah fears that their safe little world is about to be blown apart. And she’s right. It’s time to get Zac home – if they can…

As the virus traps Hannah and her family in their neighbourhood and then within their own home, supplies of food, water and electricity dwindle. The battery life on their mobile phones fades, cutting them off from critical news bulletins. Sean’s confidence that the government will keep everyone safe is misplaced. Every day, Hannah has choices to make that will decide whether they live or die. Choices with devastating consequences. Just how far will she go to protect those she loves?

Originally published under the title AN ORDINARY EPIDEMIC. Continue reading “Book Review: Before This Is Over by Amanda Hickie”

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Book Review: Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #5)

Cold Blood - Robert Bryndza

I’m a huge fan of the Detective Erika Foster series so needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to read book 5 – Cold Blood.

Book Description:

She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.
The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer. Continue reading “Book Review: Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #5)”

Book Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

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I’ve been avoiding domestic thrillers about ‘husband and wife’ lately due to a case of “too much of the same” but when I saw Never Let You Go getting rave reviews, I just had to read it.

Book Description:

She thought she’d escaped him forever. But will he ever let her go?

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash fled into the night with her young daughter, leaving an abusive relationship behind. Her ex-husband ended up in jail and Lindsey started a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older, wiser and believes she has cut all ties with the past. But when Andrew is released from prison, strange things start happening. Lindsey’s new boyfriend is threatened, her home invaded and her daughter followed.

Her ex-husband denies all knowledge, but Lindsey is convinced he’s responsible. Because, after all, who else could it be…? Continue reading “Book Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens”

Book Review: Broadcast by Liam Brown

Broadcast - Liam Brown

Happy publication day to Liam Brown, Broadcast is published today. After reading the synopsis, I just had to see what this novel had to offer…

Book Description:

Inception meets Black Mirror for the YouTube generation.

The idea behind MindCast is simple. We insert a small chip into your skull and then every thought, every feeling, every memory is streamed live, twenty-four hours a day. Trust me – within a few months you’ll be the most talked about person on the planet.

When David Callow is offered the lead role in a revolutionary new online show, he snatches at the opportunity.

Rapidly becoming a viral sensation, David is propelled to stratospheric levels of celebrity. However, he soon realises the downside of sharing every secret with the world.

A prisoner to both his fame and his own thoughts, David seeks to have the chip removed, only to discover the chilling secret lurking at the heart of MindCast, and the terrifying ambition the show’s creator has for him. Continue reading “Book Review: Broadcast by Liam Brown”

Book Review: Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption by Benjamin Rachlin

Ghost of the Innocent Man - Benjamin Rachlin

I find stories of wrongful convictions fascinating, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this one.

Book Description:

A gripping account of one man’s long road to justice, the relentless attorney who crusaded for his freedom, and the scourge of wrongful conviction in our criminal justice system.

After a 1987 rape in Hickory, North Carolina, a mistaken identification by the victim combined with botched evidence and suspect testimony led to the conviction and decades-long incarceration of Willie Grimes. Grimes, who was working two jobs to make ends meet at the time of his arrest, had no history of violent crime. He was a gentle spirit beloved by friends and family. For the next quarter century he and they devoted their lives to securing his freedom and providing justice for a crime he did not commit. Using this case as a lens into the criminal justice system at large, GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN unearths the shocking realities of wrongful conviction, and reveals the people and organizations fighting for social justice on behalf of those without a voice.

One of those people, Christine Mumma, was Grimes’s crusader. Mumma never stopped believing in his innocence, and it was she who was responsible for spearheading the founding of North Carolina’s Innocence Inquiry Commission, the only organization in the country with the power to declare a person not merely not guilty, but legally innocent. Grimes’s exoneration is one of ten that the Innocence Inquiry Commission has secured since its inception. With meticulous research and pulse-quickening prose, GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN presents the tragedy and triumph of one man’s long road to justice. More than that, it is a call to action through this account of one life spent away, but not gone to waste. Continue reading “Book Review: Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption by Benjamin Rachlin”