Book Review: The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware

“THEIR DREAM HOUSE WILL BECOME HER WORST NIGHTMARE”

Originally published in 2019, The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware sees Rowan come across an advert that seems too good to be true: a live-in nanny position, with an extremely generous salary. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with her in a cell awaiting trial for murder. She knows she’s made mistakes. But she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is…

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BLOG TOUR: The Hideout by Camilla Grebe

The Hideout by Camilla Grebe sees 18-year old Samuel finds himself at the centre of a drug deal gone wrong. Forced to go underground to escape the police and an infamous drug lord, he seeks refuge in a sleepy town in the Stockholm archipelago and takes a job as a personal assistant to a disabled boy. But when Samuel moves in with the beautiful Rachel and her son Jonas, he soon realizes that nothing is quite what it seems . . .

Meanwhile, the bodies of young men have been washing ashore in the archipelago and investigator Manfred Olsson fears that they have a killer on the loose.

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Book Review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

“Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.”

The 2019 book from Harriet Tyce, Blood Orange follows attorney Alison has just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems… Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle. Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself. But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything…

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Book Review: Seven Days by Alex Lake

“A race against time to save her child…”

Originally published in 2019, Seven Days by Alex Lake follows Maggie who, for the last twelve years, has been imprisoned in a basement. Abducted aged fifteen, she has since given birth to three sons. The first two were taken away from her on their third birthdays. Now, it’s seven days until Max turns three. She’s dreading it. She cannot let it happen again. But she has no idea how to stop it. And the clock is ticking…

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Book Review: Without A Trace (DI Isabel Blood #2) by Jane Bettany

“You can cover up the truth, but every murder leaves a trail…”

The second book in the DI Isabel Blood series, Without A Trace by Jane Bettany sees Ruth Prendergast return home one night to find a man lying on her bed – a knife buried in his chest. When Detective Isabel Blood and her sergeant arrive on the scene, Ruth claims she’s never laid eyes on the victim before. But with no sign of a break-in, how did the killer gain access to the house? Then Ruth disappears, leaving Isabel and her team to fear the worst. Has their lead suspect escaped, or is Ruth in danger herself? Forensic evidence at the crime scene is sparse, and it’s proving impossible for Isabel to make a breakthrough. With Ruth still missing, time is running out. But how can you catch a killer that doesn’t leave a trace?

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Book Review: The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

“I was the girl who survived the Nothing Man. Now I am the woman who is going to catch him…”

Originally published in 2020, The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard sees Eve Black publish her new true-crime memoir about her obsessive search for the man who killed her family nearly two decades ago. Everybody is reading it, including supermarket security guard Jim Doyle. With each turn of the page, his rage grows. Because Jim was – is – the Nothing Man.

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

“His declaration pierced through the muscle of her heart like a skillfully thrown knife. It was the kind of pain that made her feel alive.”

Originally published in 2017, There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins follows highschooler Makani Young who thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind. Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

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BLOG TOUR: The Cult by Abby Davies

“A hidden community… A shocking abduction… A twisting case…”

Set to be published on 28th October, The Cult by Abby Davies is set across two timelines. The first is thirty years ago, in the English countryside, where a commune was set up. Led by Uncle Saviour, it was supposed to be a place of love, peace and harmony. But what started out as paradise turned into hell. Now, two young children have vanished from their home in the middle of the night. Their parents are frantic, the police are at a loss. DI Ottoline is leading the search – her only clue is a mask found in the woods. Could the key lie in events that took place decades ago, when a dream of a new way of life became something far more sinister?

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Book Review: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

“The apparition had reached the landing halfway up and was therefore on the spot nearest the window, where, at the sight of me, it stopped short.”

Originally published in 2013, The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes is set in Depression-era Chicago where Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. Curtis stalks them through their lives until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back. Now, it’s a race against time and reason for Kirby to unravel an impossible mystery.

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Book Review: The Killer in the Snow (DI James Walker #2) by Alex Pine

“The first fall of snow can be fatal…”

The second book in the DI James Walker series, The Killer in the Snow by Alex Pine is set a year since DI James Walker cracked his biggest case yet, and he’s hoping for peace and quiet this festive season. But across the fells, a local farmer returns home on Christmas Eve to find footsteps in the fresh snow that lead down to his unused basement – and no footsteps leading away. Days later, his body is found, alongside those of his wife and daughter. Without a neighbour for miles, there are no witnesses and little evidence. And the crime scene has strange echoes of another terrible murder committed at the farmhouse, twenty years earlier.

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Book Review: Guillermo del Toro: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work by Ian Nathan

“A complete and intimate study of the life and work of one of modern cinema’s most truly unique directors, whose distinct aesthetic and imagination are unmatched in contemporary film.”

Guillermo del Toro: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work is an unauthorised and unofficial biography by Ian Nathan of one of modern cinema’s most truly unique directors. A complete and intimate study of the life and work of Guillermo del Toro, the book charts the progression of a career that has produced some of contemporary cinema’s most revered scenes and idiosyncratic characters.

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Book Review: The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James

“The apparition had reached the landing halfway up and was therefore on the spot nearest the window, where, at the sight of me, it stopped short.”

Originally published in 1898, The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James tells of a young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Unsettled by a sense of intense evil within the house, she soon becomes obsessed with the belief that malevolent forces are stalking the children in her care.

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Audiobook Review: Talking With Psychopaths and Savages: Beyond Evil by Christopher Berry-Dee

Published in 2019, Talking With Psychopaths and Savages: Beyond Evil by Christopher Berry-Dee delves even deeper into the savage world of psychopaths and their hideous crimes. This time, however, he combines sections on killers whom he has known, interviewed or corresponded with, with studies of psychopathic serial killers from the past, including Peter Kürten, the ‘Düsseldorf Monster’, John Christie, responsible for the killings at 10 Rillington Place; and Neville Heath, a ladykiller in every sense of the word.

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Book Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

“But now she knows she was foolish to believe that evil existed only out there. It was here, among them, walking on two legs, passing judgement with a human tongue.”

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is set in the 1600s in a Norwegian coastal village where, after a storm has killed off all the island’s men, the women are struggling to survive against both natural forces and the men who have been sent to rid the community of alleged witchcraft. The sinister figure leading the hunt is Absalom Cornet who arrives from Scotland after burning witches in the northern isles. Now, two women, Maren and Ursa, are drawn to one another in ways that surprise them both. But the island begins to close in on them, with Absalom’s iron rule threatening Vardø’s very existence.

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BLOG TOUR: The Hidden Girl (Agent Tori Hunter #3) by Roger Stelljes

“The lights of her parents’ cabin just visible through the woods, the girl carefully curls up amongst the reeds, her knees pulled tight to her chest. Terrified, the only sound she makes is the pounding of her heart, but she hears the stranger searching… if she keeps silent, will she be safe?”

The third book in Roger StelljesAgent Tori Hunter series, The Hidden Girl follows Agent Tori Hunter who is urgently called to the murder scene of Dan and Heidi Newman. She finds their throats slit, and Dan tied up: forced to watch his wife lose her life. Desperate to find the monster behind this crime, Tori pieces together the broken chain. But then another local couple is murdered in their isolated home, another husband forced to watch his worst nightmare unfold. As more couples lose their lives, can Tori keep her one witness safe from this vicious killer? And can she track him down before more innocent families are torn apart?

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Book Review: The Taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor

“People say time is a great healer. They’re wrong. Time is simply a great eraser. It rolls on and on regardless, eroding our memories, chipping away at those great big boulders of misery until there’s nothing left but sharp little fragments, still painful but small enough to bear.”

Published in 2019, The Taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor is set in a small Nottinghamshire village called Arnhill where teacher Joe returns home after over twenty years. The last time he was here, his sister, Annie, went missing. There were searches and appeals, but everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after 48 hours, she came back. Something had happened to Annie, but she wouldn’t say what. All that Joe was certain of was that the Annie that came back wasn’t the same. She wasn’t his Annie.

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Book Review: Trick or Treat (DS Imogen Grey #7) by Katerina Diamond

“A stranger. A child. A liar who will stop at nothing…”

The seventh book in Katerina Diamond‘s DS Imogen Grey series, Trick or Treat sees six-year-old Marcus taken from outside his house on Halloween. There is only one witness: a frightened teen determined to keep himself hidden. After an anonymous tip-off, Detective Imogen Grey is called out to an expensive Exeter street, caught up in the buzz of the holiday. But when the police visit Marcus’s house, his parents claim everything is fine. Imogen is sure there is more to the family than meets the eye. But just how much more, she could never have imagined.

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Book Review: Bad Apples (Tuva Moodyson Mystery #4) by Will Dean

“It only takes one…”

The fourth book in Will Dean‘s Tuva Moodyson Mystery series, Bad Apples sees deputy editor of the local newspaper, Tuva Moodyson, investigate the murder of a resident of the small-town Visberg who has been found decapitated. As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva to arrive. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story…

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BLOG TOUR: That Dinosaur Has Talent! by Lily Murray (Author) and Richard Merritt (Illustrator)

Written by Lily Murray and illustrated by Richard Merritt, That Dinosaur Has Talent! follows Eliza Jane who lives in a town where dinosaurs and humans live happily side-by-side – raptors run restaurants, Troodons are teachers and you can even pay a visit to see a dinosaur dentist. Every dinosaur has a job to do, apart from one shy dino called Parry who always feels like he’s getting in the way. Eliza Jane is determined to help him find his groove but everything poor Parry tries seems to end in disaster. Then, one night, Eliza Jane discovers that Parry has a very special hidden talent and a star is born.

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