ARC REVIEW: Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza

Title: Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza
Published by: 
Raven Street Publishing
Publication date: 
7th July 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: eBook
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

How do you find a killer who has destroyed all the evidence?

Detective Erika Foster is on a late-night walk near her new house in Blackheath when she stumbles upon the brutal murder of Vicky Clarke, a true-crime podcaster.

Erika is assigned to the case and discovers that Vicky had been working on a new podcast episode about a sexual predator who preys on young female students around South London, staking out his victims in their halls of residence before breaking in at the dead of night. When Erika discovers that Vicky’s notes and sound recordings were stolen from her flat at the time of her murder, it leads her to believe that Vicky was close to unmasking the attacker, and she was killed to guarantee her silence.

The case takes on a disturbing twist when the body of a young Bulgarian student doctor is discovered in the same building, and this makes Erika question everything she thought she knew about Vicky. With very little evidence, the clock is ticking to find the killer before he strikes again.

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BLOG TOUR: The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic

Title: The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic
Pages: 
352
Published by: 
Penguin
Publication date: 
5th May 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

‘It was only a game.’

Until a boy went missing.

‘No one was meant to get hurt.’

But a body has been found.

‘Just some innocent fun.’

Except one of them is a killer.

Ready or not, here I come.

It’s time to play hide and seek again.

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ARC REVIEW: The Midnight House by Amanda Geard

Title: The Midnight House by Amanda Geard
Pages: 
432
Published by: 
Headline Publishing Group 
Publication date: 
12th May 2022
Genre: Historical fiction/Mystery
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

1940: In south-west Ireland, the young and beautiful Lady Charlotte Rathmore is pronounced dead after she mysteriously disappears by the lake of Blackwater Hall. In London, on the brink of the Blitz, Nancy Rathmore is grieving Charlotte’s death when a letter arrives containing a secret that she is sworn to keep – one that will change her life for ever.

2019: Decades later, Ellie Fitzgerald is forced to leave Dublin disgraced and heartbroken. Abandoning journalism, she returns to rural Kerry to weather out the storm. But, when she discovers a faded letter, tucked inside the pages of an old book, she finds herself drawn in by a long-buried secret. And as Ellie begins to unravel the mystery, it becomes clear that the letter might hold the key to more than just Charlotte’s disappearance.

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ARC REVIEW: Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

Title: Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
Pages: 336
Published by: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 3rd March 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

If you’re on the list you’re marked for death.

The envelope is unremarkable. There is no return address. It contains a single, folded, sheet of white paper.

The envelope drops through the mail slot like any other piece of post. But for the nine complete strangers who receive it – each of them recognising just one name, their own, on the enclosed list – it will be the most life altering letter they ever receive. It could also be the last, as one by one, they start to meet their end.

But why?

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ARC REVIEW: The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

Title: The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
Pages: 368
Published by: Viper
Publication date: 13th January 2022
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

It’s time to solve the murder of the century…

Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children’s book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. Wanting to know more, he took it to his English teacher Miss Iles, not realising the chain of events that he was setting in motion. Miss Iles became convinced that the book was the key to solving a puzzle, and that a message in secret code ran through all Twyford’s novels. Then Miss Iles disappeared on a class field trip, and Steven has no memory of what happened to her.

Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steven decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Was Miss Iles murdered? Was she deluded? Or was she right about the code? And is it still in use today?

Desperate to recover his memories and find out what really happened to Miss Iles, Steven revisits the people and places of his childhood. But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn’t just a writer of forgotten children’s stories. The Twyford Code has great power, and he isn’t the only one trying to solve it…

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BLOG TOUR: Good Neighbours by Sarah Langan

Title: Good Neighbours by Sarah Langan
Pages: 400
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 13 July 2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

A sudden tragedy pits neighbour against neighbour and puts one family in terrible danger.

Welcome to Maple Street, a picture-perfect slice of suburban Long Island, its residents bound by their children, their work, and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world. But when the Wilde family moves in, they trigger their neighbours’ worst fears. Arlo and Gertie and their weird kids don’t fit with the way Maple Street sees itself. As tensions mount, a sinkhole opens in a nearby park, and neighbourhood Queen Bee Rhea’s daughter Shelly falls inside. The search for Shelly brings a shocking accusation against the Wildes. Suddenly, it is one mother’s word against the other’s in a court of public opinion that can end only in blood.

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Books I Want to Read in June 2021

Hey guys! Today I’ll be picking out the books I want to read in June and I’ve got a few ARCs that I need to read and then there’s some popular books that I want to check out. I read a lot last month so I’m hoping that I can read either the same or a similar amount this month. Here’s what I want to read:

The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman: I’m actually reading this now so I might have finished it by the time this post is published. This story follows Mia Eliot, a British actress who has travelled to LA for pilot season, hoping she can make it in Hollywood. At an audition, she meets Emily and agrees to do a favour for her but then Emily mysteriously disappears and Mia is the last person to see her. When a woman turns up claiming to be Emily, who looks nothing like Mia remembers, she ends up investigating Emily’s disappearance and why someone would pretend to be her. I absolutely loved the sound of this and I was really intrigued by the setting. I don’t think I’ve read a thriller about an actress before and I’m looking forward to seeing how Hollywood is portrayed. So far I am enjoying it and the mystery surrounding Emily’s disappearance is superb. I’m definitely going to end up enjoying this.

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REVIEW: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Pages: 433
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

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BLOG TOUR: The Invitation by A.M. Castle

Title: The Invitation by A.M. Castle
Pages: 384
Published by: HQ
Publication date: 26th March 2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Thirteen guests. One killer. No escape.

On an island on the coast of Cornwall, cut off from the mainland by the tides for most of the day, thirteen old friends meet at Tregowan Castle for a weekend of revelry.

By the next evening only twelve are still alive.

Amongst them is a killer – but who? As a storm traps them on the island and past betrayals and grievances are revealed, nerves fray and friendships begin to fracture.

But with no escape and no way of calling for help it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. And when everyone is keeping secrets, anybody could be the next victim…

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