Blog Tour | Book Review: Kill the Angel by Sandrone Dazieri (Torre and Caselli #2) #RandomThingsTours

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I’m delighted to be kicking of the Kill the Angel blog tour, and sharing my review of this title with you today. Kill the Angel follows Kill the Father in Dazieri’s Torre and Caselli series.

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The second novel from the acclaimed author of Kill the Father, a Richard and Judy 2017 Bookclub pick and Sunday Times bestseller, this thriller is multi-layered, complex, full of twists and turns and satisfyingly dark –  one of those novels you just have to read late into the night.

A high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome, and a horrific discovery in one carriage rocks the city. Preliminary investigations are put in the hands of Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli.

The Police receive a message claiming responsibility for the act and announcing more murders to come, and they duly turn their attention to a small terrorist group of Islamic extremists. But investigator Dante Torre does not believe this angle. For him, this feels like a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has a far more terrible motivation.

The trail lead to Berlin and Venice, where the waters of the Venetian Lagoon will turn blood red… Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Kill the Angel by Sandrone Dazieri (Torre and Caselli #2) #RandomThingsTours”

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Book Review: Penance by Kanae Minato

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It’s official, Minato is the Queen of writing tales of revenge!

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When a group of young girls are approached by a stranger, they cannot know that the encounter will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Hours later, Emily is dead. The surviving girls alone can identify the killer. But not one of them remembers his face…

Driven mad by grief, the victim’s mother demands the girls find the murderer or else atone for their crimes. If they do neither, she will have her revenge. She will make them pay…

From the critically acclaimed author of Confessions, Penance is a dark and disturbing tale of revenge that will leave you reeling. Continue reading “Book Review: Penance by Kanae Minato”

Book Review: The Cremator by Ladislav Fuks (Modern Czech Classics)

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The theme for this month’s Book Bum Club is ‘Short and Sweet’ – read a book under two hundred pages – I chose to read The Cremator, a horror novel.

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“The devil’s neatest trick is to persuade us that he doesn’t exist.” Giovanni Papini.

It is a maxim that both rings true in our contemporary world and pervades this tragicomic novel of anxiety and evil set amid the horrors of World War II. As a gay man living in a totalitarian, patriarchal society, noted Czech writer Ladislav Fuks identified with the tragic fate of his Jewish countrymen during the Holocaust. The Cremator arises from that shared experience. Fuks presents a grotesque, dystopian world in which a dutiful father, following the strict logic of his time, liberates the souls of his loved ones by destroying their bodies first the dead, then the living. As we watch this very human character a character who never ceases to believe that he is doing good become possessed by an inhuman ideology, the evil that initially permeates the novel’s atmosphere concretizes in this familiar family man. A study of the totalitarian mindset with stunning resonance for today, The Cremator is a disturbing, powerful work of literary horror. Continue reading “Book Review: The Cremator by Ladislav Fuks (Modern Czech Classics)”

Blog Tour | Book Review: Keeper by Johana Gustawsson (Roy & Castells #2)

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The Queen of French Noir is back with the second book in the Emily Roy & Alexis Castells series, Keeper, and I’m delighted to be a part of the blog tour, sharing my review with you today.

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Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.

London 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose?

Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down… Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Keeper by Johana Gustawsson (Roy & Castells #2)”

Blog Tour | Book Review: We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for We Were the Salt of the Sea, I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today.

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Truth lingers in murky waters…

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation.

On Quebec’s outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky…

Both a dark and consuming crime thriller and a lyrical, poetic ode to the sea, We Were the Salt of the Sea is a stunning, page-turning novel, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard”