Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
Perfect for fans of police procedurals!
A Silent Child is the 2nd instalment in the Lisa Carter series, it follows Perfect Lie, which I had the pleasure to read last year. It was great to catch up with some of the characters again and join them all on a new case.
It’s an intriguing start when a woman’s body is pulled from the Trent River and soon after a small child is found wandering alone on the streets of Nottingham. Are these two things connected? When Detective Chris Jackson is pulled in on the case, he is told that the child won’t speak, apart from to say just one name, and that name is one Chris knows very well…
Jen Garner is trying to get on with her life and restore her relationship with her husband when she gets a visit from Chris Jackson. Can she help him with this new case he’s been assigned too and what is her connection to it all?
We follow Chris, Jen and their friends and colleagues as they head into a dark world of crime, prostitution, drugs and more! We also follow their private lives, which I like as this helps you get to know them a bit more.
The first thing I’ll say about this book is that you can tell from reading it how much time, effort and research must have gone into creating this story. Personally, I struggled to get into it, but I think that’s because I mainly enjoy reading suspenseful psychological thrillers, so I just wasn’t gripped enough throughout. I still think the author has done an incredible job though and from reading other reviews I’d say I’m definitely in the minority, so if you enjoy police procedurals then I’m sure this will be the book for you.
There are a lot of characters to keep track of, which I found a little tricky, to begin with. I think because it has been a year since I read the previous book, I spent a lot of time trying to remember who was who and what happened previously. I feel this book could be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading Perfect Lie first, so you know the backgrounds of the main characters. Then if you can, read this one quite soon after so that everything is still fresh in your mind.
I did find the story a little dialogue-heavy, again this probably works best for this kind of genre but I think I’m not used to that in the books that I normally read, this may be why I struggled to remain engaged in the story.
I enjoy watching police procedurals on TV and I think Claire has some brilliant ideas that I’m sure would be great on-screen as well as on paper.
Thank you so much to Claire Sheldon, Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction for my copy of this book, in exchange for an open and honest review.
Links to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Child-Claire-Sheldon/dp/1912550474
The streets are no place for a child …
After a traumatic event that almost ripped Jen Garner’s family apart, life is finally starting to get back to normal.
Then a woman’s body is found in the river. Shortly afterwards, a young boy is discovered wandering the streets. He refuses to speak to anyone, just repeats one name over and over, to the confusion of most of the local authorities –but Jen knows exactly who he’s asking for, and it’s enough to make her blood run cold …
About the Author
Claire lives in Nottingham with her family, a cat called Whiskers and a dog called Podrick. She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and as a result of the disease had to reduce her hours working in insurance for an Insolvency Insurer. This spare time enabled her to study a creative writing course which inspired her to write her debut, Perfect Lie. When Claire isn’t working she enjoys reading crime novels and listening to music – the band Jimmy Eat World is her biggest muse! Claire is also an avid reader and book blogger. The inspiration for her novels comes from the hours spent watching The Bill with her grandparents and auntie; then later, Spooks and other detective programmes like Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost and Midsomer Murders.
An awesome and addictive thriller full of nail-biting suspense!
As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I just knew I had to read it. Hooked from the start, this was a very hard book to put down. What a cracking debut for this author!
Naomi loves her daughter Freya with all her heart and treasures the time she gets to spend with her. For reasons unknown to the reader at the start, Freya has never been allowed to stay overnight with her mother and lives elsewhere with her dad Aiden and his new wife Helen.
Naomi is overjoyed when finally, Aiden agrees to let Freya stay the night. Why is he so nervous to leave his 4-year-old daughter with her own mother though? Surely, she’ll be perfectly safe?
The next day Aiden receives a panicked phone call from Naomi, asking if he came to collect Freya early. He confirms that he didn’t, and this is when Naomi tells a terrible lie! One that she will never be able to retract. Freya is missing!
The story is told from the perspective of Naomi, we know from the off that she is lying about Freya being missing and we follow her journey as her lie spirals out of control and a massive police search takes place to look for her daughter.
This is a chilling read full of palpable suspense with some great twists and turns along the way. There is also a heartbreaking side to the story and this played with my emotions throughout. The description of the setting is incredibly atmospheric, I felt like a fly on the wall at the farm where Naomi lived, watching all the goings-on and the snowy weather helped by adding an extra chill.
Naomi is an incredibly unreliable character with many flaws but her love for her child and the lengths she would go to, to keep her, really shows. I spent half my time screaming no and willing Naomi not to do half the things she does and the other half feeling desperately sorry for her.
This book is really well written and had me guessing throughout, my instincts were right, and I did work out some of the outcomes, but this did not spoil my enjoyment of the book.
Gripping, tense and full of suspense, don’t miss out on this brilliant new psychological thriller.
Thank you so much to Lia Middleton and Michael Joseph – Penguin for my copy of this book and my place on the blog tour.
Links to pre-order/purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-They-Find-Her-gripping/dp/0241486203
NAOMI ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A MOTHER.
But three years ago, her husband left, taking their child with him.
Now, her daughter has come to stay, and Naomi knows it’s her one chance to re-build her family.
But the night ends in a terrible accident.
And Naomi has no memory of what happened.
Panicking, desperate, Naomi finds herself telling a lie:
‘My daughter is missing.’
NOW SHE CAN NEVER TAKE IT BACK.
About the Author
Lia Middleton is a barrister who specialises in crime and prison law, and lives with her husband and two young children in Buckinghamshire. You can find her on Twitter @liamiddlet0n and on Instagram @liamiddletonauthor. When They Find Her is her first novel.
A compelling and compulsive read!
Having enjoyed A J McDine’s previous books, I couldn’t wait to dive into this one. I often worry that I won’t enjoy an author’s new book as much as their last one, but there was no need for that worry here! Hooked from start to finish, this is my new favourite book by McDine.
We’ve all done it, haven’t we? Taken our eyes off our children for a minute or two. You’d think it’d be okay to do that in your own garden, wouldn’t you? Cleo and Stuart are having a BBQ with their best friends Melanie and Bill when the unimaginable happens! Whilst they’re chatting, drinking and relaxing in the sun, Cleo and Stuart’s three-year-old daughter Immy disappears! All the garden gates are normally locked though, so surely, she can’t have gone far.
With a river that runs across the bottom of the garden, they begin to worry that Immy may have fallen in and drowned. Did she? Or did someone take her?
On the outside, Cleo and Stuart are the perfect couple with two perfect children and a perfect home. Appearances can be deceptive though and when things from the past are revealed, and secrets and lies are unearthed, you begin to wonder if there is more to Immy’s disappearance than meets the eye.
What a great read this was! Fast-paced cleverly plotted and incredibly addictive. From the second Immy went missing I could not put this book down! The story is told from the perspective of Cleo, who I liked but at times I did feel frustrated with her naivety, she wasn’t very good at seeing things that were happening right before her eyes! She was a great character though and we watch her change as a person and a mother as the story progresses.
The short chapters are great if you want to read a book that you can quickly read a few pages of when you have a spare five minutes, but be warned it is very hard to read just one or two chapters of this book! Just as you think, I’ll leave it there, something happens to keep you turning those pages!
My awesome detective skills were on point and my instincts as to what happened were correct, but this did not spoil my enjoyment of this book in any way. In fact, I love it when I’m right!
Don’t miss out on this gripping psychological thriller, available now in paperback and ebook.
Thank you so much to the lovely A J McDine for my copy of this fantastic book.
Link to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1916129951
Praying her daughter’s still alive. Fearing her past is about to take its revenge.
When three-year-old Immy vanishes during a family barbecue, her mother, Cleo, imagines the worst.
Has she fallen into the river at the end of the garden and drowned?
Or is it something even more unthinkable?
After all, there’s one person with good reason to want to abduct Immy – the woman Cleo thought she’d seen the last of three years ago.
With time running out, Cleo sets out to uncover the truth. But as she confronts the demons of her past, it becomes clear everyone has a secret to hide.
And the more she digs, the more she realises her carefully constructed life is just an illusion.
About the Author
A J McDine lives deep in the Kent countryside with her husband and two teenage sons. She worked as a journalist and police press officer before becoming a full-time author in 2019. Endlessly fascinated by people and their fears and foibles, she loves to discover what makes them tick. She writes dark, domestic thrillers about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. When she’s not writing, playing tennis or attempting to run a 5K, she can usually be found people-watching in her favourite café. When She Finds You, out in July 2019, was A J McDine’s debut psychological thriller. Her second novel, Should Have Known Better, was published in June 2020.
Original, addictive and totally compelling!
After reading my first John Marrs book earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to read more of his work. When I heard The One was coming to Netflix, I immediately purchased the book, keen to read the story before watching the screen adaptation. I’m so glad I did as this is such a great book and so different from anything I’ve ever read before. I can’t wait to watch it now too!
When you look at your husband/wife/partner how do you know they’re the one? Whenever anybody enters a relationship, they’re always taking a risk. Many spend years with someone before realising their partner is not actually ‘the one’! So, imagine if you could cut out the uncertainty and remove the chance of being in a relationship that doesn’t work out years down the line. Match DNA are a company that make this possible, one quick mouth swab and £9.99 later, you can find your perfect partner. Match DNA claim you are only genetically linked to one other person in the world and as long as they have taken the test too, you can be sure to find your happily ever after!
Mandy, Christopher, Jade, Nick and Ellie have all taken the test and now all have a match, we follow each of their stories as they discover who they are destined to be with and whether they really have found ‘the one’!
Now you could think for a minute that this is a romance novel, think again! This is a Psychological Thriller and thrilling it certainly is!
The chapters skip between the five characters and their stories, which you’d think could be confusing, but it wasn’t at all. I found this book almost impossible to put down as I’d be reading about one of them and their chapter would end with a twist or a cliff-hanger and then I’d have to keep reading through the other four characters chapters to find out what happened next, but then the same would happen with each person, this is such a great way to hold the reader’s interest.
This book is cleverly crafted with brilliant twists and turns, some I guessed but some I didn’t see coming at all. The whole concept of the story is ingenious and original. I am not surprised it has been snapped up by Netflix.
A Psychological Thriller, with a sci-fi edge to it and a few heart-wrenching moments too! I highly recommend this book and if you’re not a big reader then why not check out the TV series instead!
Links to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-John-Marrs/dp/1785035622
One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.
A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…
Link to my review of What Lies Between Us by John Marrs, another fantastic read! https://lifesabook420574585.wordpress.com/2021/01/09/what-lies-between-us/
About the Author
John Marrs is a former journalist from Northamptonshire, England, who spent 25 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.
He wrote for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.
He recently gave up his job to write novels full time.
A fantastic page-turner, full of jaw-dropping twists and edge of your seat type suspense!
What a brilliant read this was, if I didn’t have children and have to work, I could’ve easily devoured this in a day! Gripping from start to finish, with a constant uncertainty of where things were going, I absolutely loved it.
Fed up after her husband Pete left her for another woman, Lori is feeling impulsive and books a luxury ten-night holiday to a remote island in Fiji for herself and her sister Erin. This will be just the break she needs after everything that has happened. Sun, sea and cocktails, what a perfect way to get over your cheating ex.
The story is told from the perspective of Lori at the time of the holiday and Erin two years later. The chapters flit perfectly between the sisters, revealing what happened in Fiji and how the holiday of a lifetime became the holiday from hell!
This is a fast-paced thriller that is jam-packed with suspense. I loved how the chapters would leave little cliff-hangers which would help to hold your attention, making the book very difficult to put down. The story is so well written and tightly plotted and the description used makes it an incredibly atmospheric read. I have been to Fiji, so I enjoyed using my memories of the beautiful islands to help set the scene in my head.
As well as Lori and Erin there are a few other characters in this book, each one I couldn’t trust, and this definitely helped to make the book and the ending so unpredictable. In amongst this compelling story, there were a few emotional moments too, I love when a book can make you feel and this one did just that.
An absolute must-read and one that I think would make a fantastic film.
Thank you to Lucy Clarke, HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for my ARC of this book.
This book will be published on March 18th 2021. Ebook out now!! 🌟
Links to pre-order/ purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lucy-Clarke-Untitled-Book-1/dp/0008334129
A SECRET BEACH.
A HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME.
WISH YOU WERE HERE?
It should be like any other holiday.
Nothing for miles.
You’ll never want to leave.
Until you can’t…
About the Author
Lucy Clarke has a first class degree in English Literature, and is a passionate traveller and diarist. She has worked as a presenter of social enterprise events, a creative writing workshop leader, and she is now a full-time novelist. Lucy is married to James Cox, a professional windsurfer, and together they spend their winters travelling and their summers at their home on the south coast of England.
Lucy is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers – THE SEA SISTERS, A SINGLE BREATH, THE BLUE/NO ESCAPE, LAST SEEN, YOU LET ME IN and THE CASTAWAYS. Her debut novel was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and her books have been translated into 12 languages. Lucy is a passionate traveller and fresh air enthusiast. She’s married to a professional windsurfer and, together with their two young children, they spend their winters travelling and their summers at home on the south coast of England. Lucy writes from a beach hut.
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My Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A horror like no other! A sensational read from start to finish!
Wow! Where do I start with telling you how amazing this story is? It is probably the most incredible book that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read! I just hope I can do it justice in my review.
When young LuLu goes missing on a family day out at the lake, her sister Dee makes it her life’s mission to find out what happened to her. Eleven years on, she thinks she may have finally found who took her!
Ted Bannerman lives on Needless Street with his cat Olivia and daughter Lauren. He remembers the day the little girl went missing by the lake, but why?
When a new neighbour moves into the old, abandoned house at the end of Needless Street, Ted is very upset. He is a private man, and this neighbour seems nosy, this is definitely something he could do without!
This is a dark and chilling story that will confuse you to hell, to begin with, but have you gripped tightly in its claws as you face the mind-blowing and eye-popping twists and turns. The whole thing is an absolute masterpiece, it is in no way an easy predictable read and each chapter, sentence and word, deserves the reader’s undivided attention.
Many books are cleverly written but this is in another league. I would be very surprised if anybody read this and guessed what was going on or what the ending would be. I cannot say very much for fear of giving away spoilers, but what I will say is that this is not your standard psychological thriller/horror, it is so much more!
From reading the afterword, I can tell you that the research that went into this book is second to none. It actually made me tearful reading it and made me appreciate the story even more than I already did! (Note: Do not read the afterword before the story as it is full of spoilers).
I cannot recommend this book enough! If you read it make sure that you go in with an open mind. It is not what you’d expect but it is bloody brilliant, and Catriona deserves so much recognition for what she has created here. Stephen King watch out!
Needless to say, this gets a whopping 5 stars from me!
Amazing, astonishing and extraordinary! A story that will stay with me for a very long time.
Thank you so much to Catriona Ward and Miranda Jewess at Viper Books for my advanced copy of this incredible book.
Also a big thank you to my dad Ian Smith for helping create another fab photo for my blog!
Publication date – March 18th
Link to pre-order/purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-House-Needless-Street-masterpiece/dp/1788166167
This is the story of a murderer. A stolen child. Revenge. This is the story of Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street.
All these things are true. And yet some of them are lies.
You think you know what’s inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you’ve read this story before. In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, something lies buried. But it’s not what you think…
About the Author
Catriona Ward was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the US, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. Her debut Rawblood won Best Horror Novel at the 2016 British Fantasy Awards, and was a WHSmith Fresh Talent title. Little Eve won the Shirley Jackson Award, was aGuardian best book of 2018 and won the Best Horror Novel at the 2019 British Fantasy Awards. She lives in London and Devon.
My Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟
A powerful and poignant read, with hugely relevant topics at the heart.
I love reading Vikki’s books, they always draw you in straight away and I find them so easy to read. It is an honour to be one of her early readers.
This story is told from multiple perspectives and has an array of sub-plots but at the centre of the story is Izzy, a troubled teenager, who is being bullied. The poor girl thought she could trust someone and went as far as sharing a nude picture of herself with them, but it is not long before the picture is shared on group messages throughout the school and everyone is laughing at her. With this and the bullying, Izzy just can’t see a way out and plunges into dark despair.
Seb is Izzy’s boyfriend who finds himself suspect number one for sharing the photo. With a dad in prison for murder, many could assume he is set to follow in his father’s footsteps. Is it fair to judge him on his family’s past? Or is he just an innocent bystander?
The chapters follow the teens and the events after the photo has been shared and how both their lives spiral in different directions. Izzy’s mum Caitlyn and Seb’s nan Liv also play a big part in the story and have secrets and lies from the past that are unearthed as we read on.
Whilst this is a psychological thriller and at times it definitely has the suspense of one, I feel it could possibly also sit under a different genre, I can’t think which one 🤔. It is also a very emotional read at times and it really pulled at my heartstrings. Vikki has covered some very sensitive topics like bullying, mental health, race & more and she has handled these topics brilliantly and with great care.
Parts of this story bought back memories for me having been bullied myself when I was younger and as hard as that was back then, it made me feel sorrier for the younger generation these days. When I was a teen it was often just cruel words but these days there is so much more pressure to be a certain way and have the latest gadget or pair of trainers and then there is the dreaded social media. Lives just aren’t private anymore, even when you want them to be.
I love that Vikki still featured Plymouth in the book, even though this one wasn’t solely based there. Living in Plymouth I don’t need to imagine the places that are in the book, as I know them very well, so this always adds to my enjoyment.
This is a really well-written story and what I loved the most was that I had no idea where it was going, and I did not guess the ending.
Huge thanks to Vikki Patis and Bloodhound Books for my ARC of this book.
This book will be published on March 3rd. Links to pre-order/purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B08WR7RF3P/ref=dbs_a_w_dp_b08wr7rf3p
Is a situation ever black and white?
Liv knows what kind of boy her grandson is. She knows Seb would never do anything to hurt his girlfriend, Izzy. But could the shadow cast by his father be influencing the boy she loves?
Caitlyn, Izzy’s mother, is desperate to reach her daughter, but she only seems to push her further away. Can she help her daughter or are Caitlyn’s own demons standing in the way?
When an inappropriate photo of Izzy is shared online, no one is prepared for the ripples that threaten to tear their lives apart. Will the truth come out before it’s too late?
Or is the damage already done?
About the Author
Vikki Patis is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers In the Dark (2021), The Wake (2020), Girl, Lost (2020), The Girl Across the Street (2019), and The Diary (2018). Girl, Lost, a top 100 bestseller on Amazon, was later longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize 2020. She is represented by Emily Glenister at DHH Literary Agency and also writes historical fiction. In 2016, she self-published Weltanschauung, a short story collection, and her BSc dissertation, I Ink, Therefore I Am, was published by Lambert Publishing in 2014. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, baking gluten free cakes, or walking in the Hertfordshire countryside. She lives with her partner, cats, and wild golden retrievers. Vikki runs The Bandwagon blog, where she provides author services such as editing and web design as well as writing articles on a wide range of topics, and the Psychological Suspense Authors’ Association. She used to write for various websites, covering topics from living with a chronic illness to body positivity to feminism.
My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Devilishly dark, utterly compelling and a little bit crazy! I loved it!
I’ve heard so much about this book and I’ve had it on my to-read list for a while, so when I found out it was coming to Netflix, I just had to read it first. Why did I wait so long? This was such a brilliant story and so cleverly written. It was nothing like what I expected and just when I thought I’d worked it all out, in came a shocker of a twist that left me picking my jaw up from the floor!
The story is narrated by Louise (the other woman) and Adele (the wife). What do they have in common? David! Poor Louise, she is a single mum just trying to do her best for herself and her son Adam, she deserves a bit of happiness in her life. So, when she meets David on a night out and shares a kiss with him, she starts to think things might finally be looking up for her.
It’s not long before Louise and David’s paths cross again but it is also not long before she meets his wife! This is where Louise should walk away, nothing good could ever come of befriending the wife of a man you have kissed! Louise is too nice though and can’t find a way to turn down an invite for a coffee date and before you know it, she has got herself a new best friend!
Oh, how much I loved these characters! David and Adele are the most unreliable characters I have ever come across in a book. I didn’t know from one chapter to the next which one I trusted. Louise is such a naïve character, but she was sweet and genuinely didn’t want to hurt anyone. I spent half my time wanting to shake her and tell her to walk away and the other half, egging her on, telling her she was doing the right thing.
What I loved about this book the most was that for the majority of the story, you don’t even really know what is going on. You think you do at points, but you really don’t. David and Adele never reveal too much, so you hang on to the bits of information that you are drip-fed through the chapters and try and work out for yourself what you think happened in the past and what you think is going to happen in the future.
There was a small part of this book that was ever so slightly similar to a book that I have read recently, so I felt a bit smug at one point, thinking I’d sussed it all out. Whilst I had worked out some of it, I absolutely did not guess that incredible ending!
Many are saying this book is a bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Well, I loved it! Anyone who can write a book that holds my interest throughout, keeps me guessing and shocks me at the end, is an incredible author in my eyes. I can’t wait to read more from Sarah.
This is an absolute must-read or for those that aren’t big on books, then check this out on Netflix from the 17th February.
Huge thanks to my dad Ian Smith for helping to provide me with another one of his fabulous photos for my review. The photo above is of me and it is one we took the Christmas before last. There were a few bits that were different in the original picture, so my dad has played around with it to add in the book and the scars on the arm. I think you’ll all agree that my dad is a very talented photographer/artist.
Don’t Trust This Book
Don’t Trust These People
Don’t Trust Yourself
Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…
Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…
Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.
But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?
About the Author
Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed, award-winning, adult and YA author. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.
A fantastic, unique crime thriller with an epic supernatural twist!
I’m going to be screaming from the rooftops about this brilliant book for some time to come! A crime thriller with a difference and what an original difference it is too!
DC Rose Gifford is determined to help catch the killer of a young woman, Hannah, who has been found suffocated in her bed, but with no sign of a break-in, this case might not be so straight forward. After speaking to the victim’s friend, Rose discovers that Hannah had been suffering terrible nightmares at the same time every night and would often wake up screaming as she thought someone was in the room with her. Someone tall, dark and menacing!
Kirsty is at work one day when she breaks down to a colleague about the fact that she is not sleeping well and that a dark figure who visits her in her dreams feels far too real for her liking. Concerned for her safety after the recent murder, Kirsty informs the police about her nightly visitor, in the hopes they’ll be able to help and not think she’s gone cuckoo! The police, unfortunately, don’t take her too seriously, will Kirsty become the next victim?
Could someone really be able to get to these women through their dreams? Or is it just a coincidence that they both suffer from a condition called sleep paralysis? We follow Rose on her quest to get to the bottom of this mystery with a spooky twist.
This book is so clever and so well thought out. From the minute I picked it up I knew it would be one that I couldn’t put down. It was also one of those books that I kept thinking about even when I wasn’t reading it! The twists were spectacular, and I honestly would never have guessed the outcome.
Rose is a character that I took to straight away, she is far from perfect and has many flaws but she is very likeable and I feel she is going to be my new favourite character from a book. I am thrilled to learn this will be a series and can’t wait to be reunited with Rose in the next instalment.
I love the way this book makes you think more about sleep and dreams and all things supernatural. I actually suffer from sleep paralysis myself, it can be really scary and many times I have seen tall dark figures in my room and even right next to my bed. Do we sufferers just have creative minds? Or do we have some kind of connection with the other side?!
Not many people can pull off a story like this, but Caroline has absolutely nailed it! Having been taught by her myself in a crime and thriller writers course, I can vouch for what an amazing writer she is and I know for a fact that she will have done an extensive amount of research to enable her to create this book and make it seem so realistic.
Fascinating, chilling and extremely addictive to read, do not miss out on this incredible first instalment from the DC Rose Gifford series.
Thank you so much to C S Green, HarperCollins & NetGalley for my copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
This book will be published on March 4th. Links to pre-order/ purchase- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sleep-Tight-Rose-Gifford-Thriller/dp/0008390762
The nightmare is only just beginning…
When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the crime than meets the eye.
It looks like a straightforward crime scene – but the police can’t find the killer. Enter DS Moony – an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes. Moony wants Rose to help her out – but Rose doesn’t believe in any of that.
As the killer prepares to strike again, Rose must pick a side – before a second woman dies.
About the Author
C. S Green is also well known as Cass Green who is a bestselling author of psychological thrillers. She is also an award-winning writer of fiction for young people under the name Caroline Green. Her first novel for adults, The Woman Next Door, was a No.1 ebook bestseller, while the follow-up, In a Cottage in a Wood, was a USA Today bestseller and a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. She is the writer in residence at East Barnet School and teaches courses in writing crime fiction at City University and children’s writing for the Writers and Artists Yearbook. She lives in London with her family.
An outstanding novel that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and have you captivated from beginning to end!
Wow! What an incredibly well-written book this is. I have read all of Christina’s novels and I am a big fan of her work, but I have to say this one is my favourite so far.
In this story, we follow Emma on her journey as she does whatever it takes to help save her son’s life!
One day she is just a normal mum to Josh and wife to Nate, she works hard as a doctor and is genuinely content with life. Then out of the blue Josh gets sick and is sadly diagnosed with cancer. Emma and Nate are informed that there is a particular treatment that could save their sons life, but it costs! In America they are not as fortunate as we are in the UK to have the NHS, so rely heavily on health insurance covering any hospital costs.
When the insurance company advise that they won’t cover all the costs for Josh’s treatment, Emma decides to keep this from her husband and do whatever it takes to find the money needed. This is when she signs her first few prescriptions for opioids and finds a way to sell them on the black market. Knowing she will need to sell a lot of scripts to get the funds required, Emma finds herself on a dark and dangerous path that can only lead to disaster.
My one question throughout this book was, what would I do? As a mother, you make an unspoken promise when your child is born and that is to do whatever it takes to keep them safe. Any parent would put their life on the line for their kids, but would you do something so dangerous and illegal like Emma?
Christina really is one of the most incredible writers out there, her ability to pull you in from the first page and not let you draw breath until the last is a huge talent. You can tell from the detail in the story how much research she must do to make it as realistic as possible and how much time she must pour into writing and editing to create such a masterpiece.
At times I didn’t know how to feel about Emma and the things she said and did, but overall, I felt for her and knew that everything she was doing was out of sheer desperation so often she would not be thinking too sensibly!
Each chapter had me gripped and the ending shocked me to the core. This is probably one of the most thought-provoking books I have read in a long time.
With twists and turns full of palpable suspense, a fast pace to hold your interest and many emotional and heart-wrenching moments, Do No Harm has everything I look for in a good book.
Thank you so much to the author Christina McDonald for my copy of this book, that I was really lucky to win in one of her recent competitions.
Also a big thank you to my dad Ian Smith for helping to edit my photo of the book 📖
This book will be published on the 16th February 2021. Links to pre-order/purchase: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Do-No-Harm-Christina-Mcdonald/dp/1982142618
Emma loves her life. She’s the mother of a precocious kindergartener, married to her soulmate–a loyal and loving police detective–and has a rewarding career as a doctor at the local hospital.
But everything comes crashing down when her son, Josh, is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Determined to save him, Emma makes the risky decision to sell opioids to fund the life-saving treatment he needs. But when somebody ends up dead, a lethal game of cat and mouse ensues, her own husband leading the chase. With her son’s life hanging in the balance, Emma is dragged into the dark world of drugs, lies, and murder. Will the truth catch up to her before she can save Josh?
About the Author
Christina McDonald is the USA Today bestselling author of Behind Every Lie and The Night Olivia Fell (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books), which has been optioned for television by a major Hollywood studio. Her third book, Do No Harm, is available February 2021. Originally from Seattle, WA, she has an MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland Galway, and now lives in London, England.