Friday, 19 January 2018

Review: Cargo

Cargo Cargo by J.K.Macro lll
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

                                  THE BLURB

Anthony Peterson is a ruthless business man who is used to getting his own way.

But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container with only a cell phone and twenty four hours of air left,he begins to unravel.

Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised.And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars,while threatening to rape and murder his beautiful trophy wife,Peterson must fight to meet their impossible demands or face being left to die alone in the darkness.

Why has Peterson been targeted?

Who is responsible for his kidnap?

And can Peterson make it out of the container alive?

                                                    MY THOUGHTS

Now you might read the synopsis of this book and think,Won't that get a bit boring?,it's just about a bloke who is locked in a storage container.Well believe me,there is no way this book can be described as boring.Set over twenty four hours, It's a fast paced,thrill ride from start to finish.Gripping,nail biting,action packed with a large amount of humour thrown in for good measure.I loved the banter between the police officers and the chapters featuring Peterson's disaster prone assistant Tom Pocase.The rest of the characters including our protagonist Anthony Peterson where a multi layered,realistic bunch of personalities,some likeable,some very very unlikable.

I absolutely loved this fast paced,roller coaster ride and would have give it far more than five stars if I could.I look forward to hopefully reading more books by this author in the future.
Highly recommended to fans of thrillers written by authors like Richard Parker,Simon Kernick and Andrew Gross.

PUBLICATION DATE : 21 January 2018

PUBLISHER : Bloodhound Books

GENRE : Crime,Thriller & Mystery


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Book Reveal : The Choice by Jake cross

                                                              THE BLURB

‘You’ve got to help me,’ she pleads.

On a wet road in the black of night, Karl Seabury is driving home to his pregnant wife. Suddenly, caught in his headlights in the middle of the road is a woman shaking with fright.

The woman says her name is Liz Smith, that her home was attacked, and that she was the only one to escape.

In a split-second decision, Karl decides to help her to safety. But Liz is hiding a dark secret and now his good deed has put his family in terrible danger...

An absolutely unputdownable thriller, with twist after twist after twist, that will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, John Marrs and Harlan Coben.


PUBLISHER : Bookouture

GENRE : Crime,Thriller & Mystery


COVER REVEAL : The Last Thing I Saw by Alex Sinclair

                                                                THE BLURB

You thought your family was safe… You were wrong.


Emma Turner had the perfect life, until the day she discovered her husband was keeping secrets – secrets that could mean they lose their business, their home: everything.

Now someone is stalking Emma’s family, watching them from their garden and stealing into their house while they sleep. Emma’s husband is angry. Her son is afraid.

She will do anything to protect them.


Emma wakes up in a psychiatric ward with no memories of the past 24 hours and no idea why she’s there. And her husband and son refuse to visit her.

Emma must desperately put together the pieces to find out what happened and ensure her family are safe. But all she can remember is the last thing she saw before she blacked out: a pair of cold, dark eyes.

As Emma begins to recover her memories, will she get her family back – or will the truth reveal that they’re all still in danger?

An addictive and page-turning psychological thriller that will send chills down your spine. If you love B.A. Paris, Jenny Blackhurst and K.L. Slater, The Last Thing I Saw is for you.

PUBLICATION DATE : 18 April 2018

PUBLISHER : Bookouture

GENRE : Pschological Thriller 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Review: Her Last Lie

Her Last Lie Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

                                      THE BLURB

Six years ago Isla Johnson was the only victim to survive Carl Jeffery`s vicious murder spree.It was Isla`s testimony that helped secure a conviction and get Carl sent to prison.But Carl`s sister has always believed that her brother was innocent and through her campaigning has somehow managed to get him granted an appeal.

Suddenly Isla`s seemingly perfect life begins to derail,she is plagued by memories of the man who tried to murder her.The threat that he could be back causes her to question everything,and everyone around her.

                                                             MY THOUGHTS

The story flips back and forth between the past and the present,the flashbacks being used to built up the background of the characters and explain the events leading up to and during the night that Islam was attacked.The story is mainly narrated by Isla but in the second part there is also some chapters voiced by Isla`s best friend Roxanne.I liked how the author added dimension to the story by including posts from Isla`s blog.Isla was a complex character who understandably had some major issues because of what happened to her in the past.The problem was I didn't feel any sympathy for her character because right from the start,I just didn't like her very much,even after the truth was revealed,I still didn't like her.I didn't like the way she treated other people especially poor Jack.I didn't like the way she pulled the victim card when it suited her but would happily disappear off to Canada and Sweden on her own to take photographs for her book.I really liked Roxanne,I thought she was a wonderful,fun character and I felt a lot of sympathy for poor,sweet Jack.

There is certainly a prevailing air of menace throughout the story,one of a number of the characters could have been the person who was terrorizing Isla.The author does a brilliant job of misdirecting the reader,not everything is what it appears to be,one of the twists is very ingenious,well it definitely caught me out.One small point,it was a shame that the events that occurred during the final confrontation weren't explained in more detail,rather than the reader being left feeling that a important part of the story was missing.Oh,and the ending was a bit too happily ever after for this readers liking but all in all,I did enjoy this debut thriller and would happily read another book written by this author.

PUBLICATION DATE : 9 January 2018


GENRE : Crime,Thriller & Mystery


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Review: The Confession

The Confession The Confession by Jo Spain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

                                     THE BLURB

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced Banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie.The man starts bashing Harry`s skull in with a golf club while Julie watches frozen by fear.

An hour later the attacker JP Carney has handed himself into the police.He admits that he attacked Harry but insists that the attack was premeditated and he had no idea of the identity of his victim.With a man as notorious as Harry,was this attack really just a random act of violence or is it linked to Harry`s many sins?.And is Carney`s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

                                                                 MY THOUGHTS

We know from the start of this riveting story who bashed Harry`s skull in with a golf club,the big question is why? and why did the man hand himself into the police?.As we uncover the shocking truth,we follow the paths of three characters Julie ( Harry`s wife) JP ( the man who bashed Harry`s skull in ) and Alice Moody ( the policewoman who is in charge of the investigation ).Julie takes us back through her life,from when she met Harry and through the toxic battlefield that was their marriage.JP takes us back through his childhood,growing up in poverty with a alcoholic father.His struggles to make something of himself and prove that he isn't the waste of space that his father always said he was.Alice Moody was a brilliant character,she wasn't your stereotypical cop,she was a overweight,plain Jane with a bad attitude.She didn't have a drinking problem,or man issues or family issues,none of the usual issues that cops usually have in thrillers.I loved Alice and felt a lot of sympathy for JP despite some of his actions.I thought Julie was a very unlikable character,I found her so frustrating that at times I could have quite happily bashed her over the head with a golf club.

This thought providing,gripping mystery had me hooked from the very first page,enthralled by the riveting drama that was unfolding before my eyes.Realistic,believable characters,a well written story that keeps you guessing throughout,a jaw dropping final twist and a satisfying ending.I loved this book,highly recommended

PUBLICATION DATE : 11 January 2018

PUBLISHER : Quercus Books

GENRE : Crime,Thriller & Mystery


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Review: Keep Her Safe

Keep Her Safe Keep Her Safe by Richard Jay Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG,you always know when you start reading a book written by Richard Parker that you are in for one hell of a roller coaster ride from beginning to end.Keep Her Safe is a action packed,gripping thriller that holds the reader in a vice like grip that's so tight you sometimes find yourself struggling to breath.That's when you actually get an opportunity to remember to breath which is not very often due to the short,snappy chapters and non stop action.

Most mothers would do everything in their power to protect their children and keep them safe.Maggie and Holly find themselves having to go to hell and back when they find themselves caught up in the twisted games of a unknown stranger known as the babysitter.This cruel individual has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice : do as he says or their child disappears forever.Holly has until dawn to follow his orders....but Maggie also has a choice to make.Can she turn the tables on the babysitter,put the pieces together and stop the cycle before her time is up?

The story is told from the joint pov of Maggie and Holly,two feisty,intelligent,strong willed but also at times vulnerable women.Both women have secrets and although they eventually end up working together to out smart their tormentor there is always a prevailing air of mistrust between them.Throughout the book I found myself routing for them as they found themselves caught up in one dangerous scenario after another.The story is packed full of tension and danger culminating in a final gory confrontation where the truth about the babysitter is finally revealed.This gripping thriller is set over a short time period which helps adds to the readers heightening feelings of tension and anxiety.Included in the small number of characters that Maggie and Holly encounter during their adventure is a number of really twisted,very very unlikable individuals.

I love Richard Parker`s books and really can't understand why they haven't been picked up and adapted into films.I'm so disappointed that I have finished Keep Her Safe because now I have the long wait for whatever he comes up with next.Keep Her Safe is absolutely brilliant and highly recommend to anyone who loves reading a gripping,action packed thriller.

PUBLICATION DATE : 11 January 2018

PUBLISHER : Bookouture

GENRE : Pschological Thriller


Thursday, 28 December 2017

Review: The Innocent Wife

The Innocent Wife The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every so often a book comes along that you really enjoy but you can't really work out why,well for me this is most definitely one of those books.

This riveting thriller is a tale that is split into two halves that are set before and after Dennis is released from prison.

Our main protagonist is Samantha who is a teacher,she lives in England and has recently been dumped by her boyfriend.Quite a number of other reviewers have stated that they found Sam annoying and irritating but because she had a number of my own personal character traits, although I didn't like her very much at times,I understood when she had moments of anxiety,paranoia and indecision.I certainly didn't understand why she or anyone else would want to write to a convicted killer but after watching an online documentary about him, she decides to start writing to Dennis Danson who is on death row after being convicted for the murder of a young girl.What starts out as a friendship swiftly develops into a romance and before you can scream `what are you doing you stupid woman` she has accepted his marriage proposal.She also finds herself involved with a film crew who are convinced that Dennis is innocent and are making a true crime documentary about the case.As well as following Sam`s visits to Dennis in prison and the film crew as they make their documentary,there is also extracts from a book that was written about the case.These extracts give the reader background information on where Dennis grew up,his family and upbringing.

When new evidence casts doubt on the case against Dennis and he is exonerated and released,the couple start their lives together as a married couple while being under the constant scrutiny of the media.Only as time passes Sam begins to realise that Dennis might not be the loving,nice guy that he appeared to be when he was in prison.The story is rather one sided because you only see things from Sam`s perspective,a couple chapters told from Dennis`s point of view might have given the reader more insight into his character and true feelings towards Sam.After a short stay in New York,they go to stay at Dennis`s childhood home in Red River County,Florida which is when the tension starts to build but this is also when the story starts to get a bit predictable.Once a certain character is introduced into the story,it's not difficult to work out who was behind the disappearances over twenty years ago and there was no unexpected twists during the final confrontation.

Like I said,I can't honestly say why I enjoyed this book as much as I did but I can say that it's a well written,debut thriller that could result in some interesting discussions if it was read by a book group.


PUBLISHER : Cornerstone / Penguin Random House UK

GENRE : Crime,Thriller & Mystery