Silent Lies is the latest novel from Kathryn Croft and from the beginning we are thrown straight into a strong and thrilling plot. Mia, Zach and Freya are the perfect family until one day Zach suddenly commits suicide. Mia is left behind picking up the pieces of his indiscretions and putting her life back together. Five years later and life is finally starting to settle down and Mia is in a relationship with the lovely Will and working as a counsellor. One of Mia’s new clients, Alison seems to know a lot about her and her late husband, who she claims didn’t kill him self.
This session with Alison, throws Mia’s life in to disarray once more. How did she know Zach? Did he kill himself? Why come forward five years later. What begins is a compelling thrilling which grabbed me and drew me in to a complex plot which left me guessing and amazed at what was occurring. I loved the flash backs to the past and delving more in to what at first appeared to be a suicide. Secrets are uncovered and it shows you don’t always really know the ones you love.
Croft managed to build tension and suspense throughout which had me turning pages late in to the night, desperate to find out howthe characters were linked and how their stories were connected. No stone was left unturned and I was literally at the edge of my seat with some of the discoveries I made as I read on. This was a very cleverly written book, whilst it wasn’t fast paced it remained intriguing and fresh, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the end.
Silent Lies is an incredible psychological thriller with fascinating characters and back stories. While the characters weren’t always the most likeable, each had their place within the story and added to the general tension and suspense throughout. This was a well thought out and clever novel and is well worth a read.
‘Your husband didn’t kill himself.’
Five years rebuilding your life. Five words will destroy it again.
Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished.
Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn’t kill himself.
Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach’s past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband. As the secrets revealed get darker, Alison becomes harder to read, and Mia starts to wonder – why is Alison so keen to help?
And then a piece of the puzzle appears in an impossible place, and Mia has to ask, is she losing her mind, or should she be afraid for her life?
An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about obsession and buried secrets, with a brilliant twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors, and Gone Girl will be hooked from the very first page.
Race to the Kill is the final installment in the Sean Denton series of books. During a busy night shift, Sean is approached by a woman asking for help. What they stumble upon is more than either he or his partner could have anticipated. As they delve in to the events at Chasebridge High School, the local Greyhound stadium becomes embroiled in the investigation, leading Sean on an investigation looking right in to the heart of the community in which he grew up.
Race to the Kill is a fantastic crime novel. From page one I was hooked and found myself desperately reading late in to the night so as to discover the secrets within the pages. Helen Cadbury managed to weave a fantastic plot with a number of different character points of views and stories which tied up seamlessly to give an explosive, edge of the seat ending. Each character and story had its place and all added to the suspense and overall build up to the finale. The detail was mind blowing and no corner was left unturned.
I loved the diverse characters in the book, each I felt had their place within the plot and were well executed. I loved Sean Denton, he was a fantastic protagonist and I loved uncovering his past and learning more about his past and how all of this led to man he was becoming. Sean was a character whom was easily likeable, I found him realistic and I enjoyed reading from his point of view. The only character in this book which I didn’t particularly like was his partner, the crime scene investigator. I felt she thought herself to be superior and actually she wasn’t a very likeable character.
I loved the inclusion of his younger sister and the family dynamics this brought to the plot. This was a book that went so much deeper than just a who done it, delving in to family dynamics, murder, homelessness and even refugees.
Race to the Kill is a superb piece of writing, which delivered page after page. I was hooked, the words flowed effortlessly, weaving its magic and enabling me to imagine vividly the scenes as they occurred. I have not yet read any of the other books in this series, but I certainly will be reading them now. Cadbury is a talented writer and this is a book to be devoured and enjoyed time and time again. While Cadbury may no longer be with us, her words are sure to be heard by many for years to come and her talent and ability to weave such a compelling read will live on.
RIP Helen, thank you for sharing with us your words and for giving us Sean Denton x
Race to the Kill
Allison & Busby
It is the middle of a long night shift for PC Sean Denton and his partner PC Gavin Wentworth when they are approached by a dishevelled-looking woman desperate that they follow her. She leads them to the old Chasebridge High School where they find the dead body of a Syrian refugee. The investigation which points to the neighbouring greyhound stadium finds Denton caught up in a world of immigration, drugs and sexual abuse, and one in which his private life becomes increasingly entwined.
A lovely treat through the letter box in Clare Fisher’s All the Good Things. It was a rainy Monday and my kindle battery had died so I looked to my unread book shelf and this caught my eye. From page one I was hooked in Beth’s story – at 21 years old she is in prison, and can only see the bad in herself. When her psychiatrist suggests writing down all the good things she remembers Beth feels she will struggle. Soon however she has remembered her job at the Odeon, Orange Wednesdays, being friends with Chantelle and “your dad”.
It’s not revealed until the end of the book why Beth is in prison, but I felt from reading you could probably begin to get an idea from reading between the lines. In writing her notebook you become immersed in Beth’s life – her struggles with an absent mother, being passed through the foster care system and in believing she’d found love with a married man. When she is pregnant she has little money and becomes embroiled in debt.
It’s difficult not to feel for Beth and by the end I was a little teary at her story – probably had more effect on me being a new mum myself that I could have more of a connection in that way to the character.
A great little page turner for a rainy day!
All The Good Things
Penguin - Viking
Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn't deserve ever to feel good again.
But her counsellor, Erika, won't give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby's head.
But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.
What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone - even a 100% bad person - deserve a chance to be good?
With thanks to The Orion Publishing Group for allowing us an advance copy of this book in exchange for review – the third in a series by Becky Masterman, however we’ve not read any of the previous books and had no problem getting stuck into this story reading it as a standalone.
Here we meet Bridget Quinn reminiscing on her first time witnessing someone’s execution and flashing forwards to present day where she winds up travelling to her parents as her dad is gravely ill and reencountering an old colleague who is now desperate to save a man days away from execution on death row. Marc Creighton is accused of the murder of his wife, thanks to some loose fingerprint evidence, and it’s also believed he murdered his children who disappeared the same night.
Marc however has always protested his innocence but can he convince those who want to put him to death in time? Bridget is looking over the case and this turns into a gripping thriller with a race against the clock element – unfortunately at some point the clock runs out but the pace of the story doesn’t falter and there are many more puzzle pieces to fit together before the oh my god twist of an ending!
A fantastic crime narrative and I’m sure to return to this author!
A Twist of the knife
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
8th June 2017
It takes a strong woman to be able to watch someone die.
Brigid Quinn is tough, determined, steely and sharper than sharp. As an ex-agent of the FBI she has seen it all, and survived. But nothing can cut her closer to the bone than family...
When Brigid gets a call from her mother saying her father is in hospital with pneumonia, she decides to check on her former colleague Laura Coleman who is living nearby. Having saved Brigid's life, Laura is now working on an 'innocence project', investigating cold cases. And one in particular seems to have caught her attention. Fifteen years before, Marcus Creighton was accused of killing his wife and three children. Now the state governor has signed the warrant for his execution.
Worried that her friend is getting in too deep, Brigid promises to help. But what if her instincts are betraying her? If she can't even trust her memories of her own childhood, how can she make a call on some stranger's story that took place over fifteen years before?
What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?
Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.
But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.
A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister.
Blink is one of those rare books that has you gripped from page one. We meet Toni, devastated after the loss of her husband, she moves across the country with her 5 year old daughter Evie to start again. One day Toni is late getting to school to pick up her daughter, she arrives to find her daughter has vanished in to thin air. Toni remains adamant her daughter is still alive.
I loved Blink, I was immediately captivated by Toni’s story and was desperate to keep reading. Slater’s writing style is very clever and really managed to draw me in to the story. Slater manages to flit effortlessly between the past and the present, weaving an intricate tale that builds tension throughout with some exciting plot twists and red herrings to keep you guessing the whole way through. I loved discovering more about Toni’s past and how everything tied together to come to the point in her life she has reached. While she isn’t the easiest of characters to like at first, I admired Toni’s strength and her determination to carry on and raise her daughter the best she can and her unwavering belief in her daughter still being alive.
Blink was an exciting and compelling read. I never suspected where the plot would take me and I was eager to read on to learn more and uncover the secrets surrounding the disappearance of Evie. Slater manages to tackle some difficult topics and I was intrigued and fascinated with the way she tackled Toni and the parents role and position in society when their child goes missing and the blame often attributed to them.
This is a different but clever crime thriller and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. I could say so much more about this book but I don’t want to spoil this incredible story for anyone. Blink is a book to be read and enjoyed, a story to be immersed in and to live.
What readers are saying about Blink:
‘I was excited to start reading this one and once I started I couldn’t stop. I devoured it. Chomped away chapter by chapter until I have hoofed the whole damned lot and you know what? It left me hungry for more …An absolutely stonking 5 stars from me. Jen Med’s Book Reviews
‘This is a novel that those who liked The Girl on The Train and Behind Closed Doors won’t want to miss’ My Little Book Corner
‘I finished this book in nearly one day. I was completely unable to put this book down. Everything about this book sucks you in and doesn’t let go.’ Bombshell Reads
‘Blink was just BRILLIANT’ It’s All About Books
‘A thrilling roller coaster of a read that will have you gripping on for dear life to see how it will all end’ By the Letter Book Reviews
‘The book had me from the very first sentence and kept hold of me until I finished it…. There are twists galore but on one occasion my jaw actually dropped open as I realised that all was not as it seemed. Fantastic writing, excellent characterisation that has left me salivating for book number three! Five stars.’ Angela Marsons
‘Five stars! This book had me hook line and sinker … this author’s mind is very very clever …’ Sue and her Books
‘WOW,What a corker of a book, gripping story, believable untrustworthy characters and not just one but two totally jaw dropping unexpected twists.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime
‘What a read …The ending took me completely by surprise! In most books, I end up guessing the ending, but this book was spectacular. The book had me gripped from word ‘go’. I couldn’t stop reading …a brilliant brilliant book’Any Excuse to Read
‘a fantastic psychological thriller and I was kept hooked throughout. Lots of twists and turns, an excellent pace and so much suspense and surprise, I didn’t quite know where the book was going at times …couldn’t be anything other than five stars!’ Donna’s Book Blog
‘With bucketfuls of suspense and intrigue Blink is guaranteed to keep the most hardened psychological thriller love on the edge of their seats. Five Stars. ‘ The Book Review Cafe
‘Pure genius!! Blink is everything a psychological thriller should be! K L Slater is in a class of her own …Just when you think you have it figured out, you are knocked out of the park! One of the most mind-bending twists ever, just simply stunning!’ What Rachel Read Next
‘The twist towards the end took me completely by surprise. I actually had to put the book down for a moment and stop before I could carry on. It really took my breath away. K. L. Slater pulled this off brilliantly!’ Hooked from Page One
‘K.L. Slater has done it again with her latest book, Blink. From a creepy beginning to the twisty end, this book keeps the reader on the edge of his or her seat. Hang on for the ride’ Shelf Knowledge
About KL Slater
For many years, psychological thriller author KL Slater sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.
With thanks to the publishers for allowing us an advanced copy of this book through Netgalley.
Intrigued by the blurb billing this as “The most unsettling psychological thriller you’ll read this year“, we couldn’t not check this book out. Watching Edie brings us Edie, living what can be described as a dead end life in a cheap flat, working a dead end job, she is haunted by something from her past. When an old friend Heather turns up out of the blue it’s clear there is a history between the two women and one which Edie may want to forgot.
Edie it soon turns out is pregnant following a brief encounter with a co-worker who has since left never knowing about the baby, when the baby is born thoughts of her past stop Edie from bonding with the child and somehow Heather steps in, but in turn further pushes Edie away from her friends and remaining family, but also closer to her new neighbour.
Edie and Heather’s history is told in a second narrative of flashbacks, which slowly reveals a story of teenage drama, of a friendship which is challenged by a poisonous relationship which Edie is blinded by.
You’ll find yourself gripped by this plot and desperate to find out the truth of what happened between Edie and Heather. It’s clear that Heather has an unhealthy obsession with Edie, but the twist the end will leave you shocked and stunned!
I was rooting for Edie through most of the book and somewhat wary of Heather who comes across as a strange obsessed figure, but the truth behind the plot really makes you rethink at the conclusion and will stay with you a long time.
Definitely one of the best psychological thrillers this year to date!
7th April 2017
THERE ARE SOME FRIENDS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET…
NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY
Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night, it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.
Sixteen years later, Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn’t ready to let her forget so easily. It’s no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.
Edie or Heather?
Heather or Edie?
Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?