This had a sinister tone throughout, keeping the reader on their toes, and a shocking ending.
With a potentially great story, I struggled to keep up with the many characters and underplayed crime story.
What story about nine missing young children wouldn't grip you right from the start? This is a fast-paced and intriguing mystery about the type of crime that can't fail to wrench at your heartstrings. I felt that the writing was slightly stilted at the beginning. There was a reasonable amount of establishing the past and… Continue reading In Safe Hands: A DCI Anna Tate thriller by J. P. Carter
As always, Ruth Galloway novels are one of my favourites. With links from the past connecting to present events and fascinating relationships between the characters, I love this series and this novel in particular. I like the links between the past and the present, especially with this one going right back to the beginning with… Continue reading The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
This was a novel with a great twist, and some seriously intriguing characters. At first, I felt that the story was a bit random and directionless. Claire, the focus of the novel, is extremely hard to understand or relate to - although this makes her more interesting in some ways, it also means there is… Continue reading The Couple by Sarah Mitchell
This was a really gripping story, with a clever switch between two timelines. Both the main female characters were fascinating, with Rebecca's decisions hard to fathom until nearly halfway through the novel. As the letters that Nicole wrote to Rebecca in the past are gradually revealed, the weird atmosphere around Richard and his daughter Olivia… Continue reading The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne
Although this got really intense in the second half of the book, I found this quite slow and tough to get through at first. The main character in this I just found extremely irritating to begin with. I think this would be great for fans of The Girl on the Train, but for me I… Continue reading The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Wow. Simply, wow. **minor spoilers ahead** Not only is this series one of my favourite detective series, the characters are so interesting and complex that I find it impossible to put this book down. Couple that with a truly gripping story, with events from Kim Stone's past being recreated in the present, this is both… Continue reading Dead Memories by Angela Marsons
Although this wasn't what I was expecting when I picked up this book, it's a lovely read, with great characters and a story that seems to almost be grounded in real life.
With unusual main characters and a fast-paced story, this book keeps you intrigued for the whole story. I liked that the main character was a 13-year-old boy, desperately trying to solve the mystery of his mothers disappearance and subsequent murder. It was a slightly more unusual protagonist than an adult or detective, and it was… Continue reading Snap by Belinda Bauer