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The Red Book | Review

Title: The Red Book

Author: Davide Cortellucci

Rating: 4 stars

Dates read: 18 Dec 19

Publication date: 09 Sep 19

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Description:

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THOUGHTS.

Martin’s life as he knows it has turned upside-down, and he decides to embark on a trip to give sense to his existence. Via coincidences and fabricated non-coincidences, he finds a group of people that helps him enhance the power of his thoughts to modify the physical world around him. In a journey within a journey, Martin discovers the powers of visualisation and its pull. And he acknowledges why he’s flooded by negative feelings when he’s close to certain people.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE ENEMIES.

Unless Martin finds the strength within himself to fight, he and everyone around him will cease to exist.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Authoright and Clink Street Publishing as part of their The Red Book Blog Tour*

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The King’s Prerogative | Review

Title: The King’s Prerogative

Author: Iain Colvin

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Dates read: 10 Dec 19

Publication date: 30 Jul 19

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Thriller

Description:

Scotland, 1983.

Craig Dunlop is bored. Bored of his job, his town, his life.

After a family bereavement, Craig inherits an old heirloom; a wallet given to his grandfather during the war by none other than the deputy leader of Nazi Germany, Rudolf Hess.

The wallet has hidden a secret for forty years, and when Craig stumbles upon it, a chain of events is set in motion that lead to him becoming a hunted man.

Finding himself in a race to unravel a mystery that could shake the very foundations of the British establishment, Craig must find answers before the police catch up with him, or worse still, he is made to disappear forever, along with the secret of The King’s Prerogative.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Authoright and Clink Street Publishing as part of their 12 Days of Clink Street Publishing Blog Tour*

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I Will Miss You Tomorrow | Review

Title: I Will Miss You Tomorrow

Author: Heine Bakkeid (Translator: Anne Bruce)

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 22 Nov 19 – 24 Nov 19

Publication date: 14 Nov 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury Raven Books

Genre(s): Crime, Nordic Noir, Thriller

Description:

The first in a new Norwegian crime series featuring disgraced ex-Chief Inspector Thorkild Aske, a damaged man with a complicated past

Fresh out of prison and a stint in a psychiatric hospital, disgraced ex-policeman Thorkild Aske only wants to lose himself in drugged dreams of his beloved Frei. Wild, unknowable Frei. The woman he loved. The woman he has lost forever.

Yet when Frei’s young cousin goes missing off the Norwegian coast and Thorkild is called in by the family to help find him, dead or alive, Thorkild cannot refuse. He owes them this.

Tormented by his past, Thorkild soon finds himself deep in treacherous waters. He’s lost his reputation – will he now lose his life?

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Hangman | Review

Title: Hangman

Author: Daniel Cole

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 18 Mar 18 – 22 Mar 18

Publication date: 22 Mar 2018

Publisher: Trapeze/Orion

Genre(s): Thriller, Crime, Detective,

Description:

How do you catch a killer who’s already dead?’

Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind remain.

DCI Emily Baxter is summoned to a meeting with US Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA. There, she is presented with photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up impossibly on the other side of the world, the word BAIT carved deep into its chest.

As the media pressure intensifies, Baxter is ordered to assist with the investigation and attend the scene of another murder to discover the same word scrawled across the victim, carved across the corpse of the killer – PUPPET.

As the murders continue to grow in both spectacle and depravity on both sides of the Atlantic, the team helplessly play catch up. Their only hope: to work out who the ‘BAIT’ is intended for, how the ‘PUPPETS’ are chosen but, most importantly of all, who is holding the strings.

 I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Trapeze/Orion Publishing and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review. 

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Ragdoll | Review

Title: Ragdoll

Author: Daniel Cole

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 15 Mar 2018 – 18 Mar 2018

Publication date: 19 Oct 2017

Publisher: Orion/Trapeze

Genre(s): Thriller, Crime, Detective,

Description:

William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after he was suspended for assaulting a vindicated suspect. Still, under psychological evaluation, Fawkes returns to the force eager for a big case. When his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene, he’s sure this is it: the body is made of the dismembered parts of six victims, sewn together like a puppet—a corpse that becomes known as “The Ragdoll.”

Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them.

The final name on the list is Fawkes.

Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again. But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him—and his past—than anyone realizes.

With a breakneck pace, a twisty plot, and a wicked sense of humor, Ragdoll announces the arrival of the hottest new brand in crime fiction. Continue reading “Ragdoll | Review”

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The Intruder | Review

Title: The Intruder

Author: P S Hogan

Rating: 2 Stars

Dates read: 28 Jan 18 – 04 Feb 18

Publication date: 01 Feb 18 (digital) 31 May 18 (paperback)

Publisher: Transworld Digital/Black Swan

Genre(s): Thriller

Description:

William Heming is an estate agent. He’s kept a copy of every key to every house he’s ever sold. Sometimes he visits them. He lets himself in when the owners are out. But what will happen if he gets caught?

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Exile | Review

Title: Exile (Marc Dane Series #2)

Author: James Swallow

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 12 Jan 18 – 26 Jan 18

Publication date: 01 Jun 17

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

Genre(s): Thriller

Description:

A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons.

A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing.

A vengeful Somali warlord, with a cause for which he’d let the world burn.

A jaded government agency, without the information to stop him.

Only one man sees what’s coming. And even he might not be able to prevent it . . .

Racing breathlessly from uncharted CIA prisons to the skyscrapers of Dubai, from stormbeaten oil rigs off the African coast to the ancient caverns beneath the city of Naples, Marc Dane returns in the incredible new action thriller from the internationally bestselling author of NOMAD.

NOMAD WAS EXPLOSIVE. THIS IS NUCLEAR.

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