The Damselfly SJI Holliday

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An unsolved murder. A community turned against each other. A killer close to home…

Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She’s bright and funny, she has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie’s luck runs out.

Her tragic death instead becomes the latest in a series of dark mysteries blighting the small town. The new school counsellor Polly McAllister, who has recently returned to Banktoun to make amends in her own personal life, is thrown in at the deep end as the pupils and staff come to terms with Katie’s death. And it’s not long before she uncovers a multitude of murky secrets. Did Katie have enemies? Is her boyfriend really so squeaky clean? And who is her brother’s mysterious friend?

With Banktoun’s insular community inflamed by gossip and a baying mob stirring itself into a frenzy on social media, DS Davie Gray and DC Louise Jennings must work out who really murdered Katie before someone takes matters into their own hands…

 

Book 3 in the Banktoun tales is as pacy and as thrilling as it gets.

Kate is a student with plans to go to University in London, but her death sparks DS Gray and DC Jennings investigation into the mysteries and secrets of the small Scottish town of Banktoun.

Having read  Black Wood and Willow Walk, I was once again taken into Hollidays dark imagination and was gripped by this twisty thrill of a tale.  I could not second guess this saga and was completely engrossed.

Seamless in its plot and showing social media in all it’s rotten glory, Holliday is completely of the times and the situation in this novel.

In my honest opinion, The Damselfly is the best of the trilogy, and the author has certainly got better as the books have progressed.  I do hope that even though this is the last of the Banktoun tales we will see more of DS Gray..such a brilliant character.

4*/5

One Little Mistake Emma Curtis

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Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them …

Vicky has a secret….

One Little Mistake is a gripping and tense tale, that comes with a warning……. Your best friend might not be able to be trusted.

Emma Curtis is a fabulous story-teller. Set in two time scales, the stories seem unconnected but as the pages are turned they come together perfectly.

Vicky seems to have it all..3 beautiful children, a caring and considerate husband and she has Amber. A close and good friend she met at anti-natal class. Amber is a complex character but she really makes this tale what it is. She has several facets to her personality and I often wondered why and how did she and Vicky become friends.

There are several twists and we find even Tom is not quite the perfect husband. One Little Mistake could have been

One Little Mistake could have been titled …One Little Mistake is never just One Little Mistake.  Everything we do has consequences and Curtis shows us that we should all be aware of actions and how they can define us now and in the future.

4*/5

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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Rules of the Award

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Thank you to Claire  ..brizzlelassbooks.com for my nomination. 🙂 

This is the first time I have ever been nominated so I thank you from the deepest part of my soul x

How my Blog Started…

I admired several book bloggers and their blogs and my love of reading inspired me to write my own. The first book I blogged was Steve Cavanaghs The Defence, which I thought was absolutely awesome and he was so very kind about being ‘my first’.

I have now read and reviewed lots and lots of books both good and not so good but I have enjoyed them all.  I have made ‘friends’ with some of the nicest people, both bloggers and authors and those that have got to know my ways, opinions and my personality have stuck with me and I want them to know that I am in awe of them all.  I often feel I am not as good or as popular, so their permanent presence and loyalty in viewing and tweeting my posts means more to me than they will ever know.

Advice for New Bloggers…

  1. Keep it honest… but be polite. A book you may not like today, may be a whole other experience in a years time.
  2. Don’t blog for ‘free’ books or for the viewing figures. Do it because your love of books want you to share the experience, how the book made you feel and think and most of all how and who you think will also enjoy the read.
  3. One thing that annoys me about ‘some’ bloggers is that they blog about EVERYTHING. I am sure that one day someone will fart and blog about it.. Most of us who follow blogs have an inbox full of posts..make your post one that will inspire and interest us.

I know that’s 3 but I am a rebel and I like to be different…and not only that I do think that these are important to know

My Nominations

Most of my favs have already been nominated..you know who are guys 🙂 these are a few more I think deserve a mention x

Stuart  …. http://stuartaken.net/

Lynn ….thegrumblinggargoyle.blogspot.co.uk

Jill …. https://ontheshelfbookblog.wordpress.com/

Angela …. http://sewangelicadethreads.blogspot.com

Joseph …. relaxandreadreviews.weebly.com

Amanda …. chocolatepages.wordpress.com

Watch Me Angela Clarke

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YOU HAVE SIX SECONDS TO READ THIS MESSAGE…

The body of a 15-year-old is found hours after she sends a desperate message to her friends. It looks like suicide, until a second girl disappears.

This time, the message is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police – and an officer’s younger sister is missing.

DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton will stop at nothing to find her. But whoever’s behind the notes is playing a deadly game of hide and seek – and the clock is ticking.

YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO SAVE THE GIRL’S LIFE.
MAKE THEM COUNT.

 

Watch Me is flawless.

When Nas discovers she is a link between the death of one girl and the disappearance of another, she has a race against the clock to find her.

As a DS within the Cyber & E-crime Gremlin task force she has to use her strength of character to fit in with a bunch of egotistical, sexist work colleagues and her quest to prove herself in this male-dominated environment is a joy to read.

Superbly written and filled with adrenaline, this book has an enticing plot. I simply couldn’t read it fast enough.

The intensity is sharp, with a fast paced and dark theme that runs smoothly and expertly, Angela Clarkes second novel is on point and very much of this day and age. It is a totally relevant story and one to heed. It is genuinely realistic and is relentlessly thrilling.

Freddie is the star of this fabulous tale. Her friendship with Nas goes back a long way. She is a girl with incredible issues and has a toughness that adds power to her character.

It is an incredible follow up to Follow Me, and should be on everyone’s ‘to read’ list.

Fabulous and slick… I couldn’t read it fast enough.

5*/5

 

Blackout Marc Elsberg

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Tomorrow will be too late.

A cold night in Milan, Piero Manzano wants to get home.

Then the traffic lights fail. Manzano is thrown from his Alfa as cars pile up. And not just on this street – every light in the city is dead.

Across Europe, controllers watch in disbelief as electricity grids collapse.

Plunged into darkness, people are freezing. Food and water supplies dry up. The death toll soars.

Former hacker and activist Manzano becomes a prime suspect. But he is also the only man capable of finding the real attackers.

Can he bring down a major terrorist network before it’s too late?

Highly intense from start to finish..

Marc Elsberg has written a terrifying and realistic tale of the modern world.

The lights go out when Piero is travelling home, and what happens next is one roller-coaster of a read.  It makes one think of how we all rely on and need electricity.  It is for a lot more than I realised, not just lights, computers etc.

Set in Italy, Manzano is a computer hacker and sets about trying to find the reason behind what is happening, when he becomes a suspect he has a lot to prove.

I can really understand the ‘survivalists’ who store food etc ..just in case!!!!

Although I enjoyed this novel I think I would prefer to see it in film form, but that said I rather quite enjoyed it.

4*/5

 

 

Burned and Broken Mark Hardie

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A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.

The charred body of a policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found in the burnt-out-shell of his car on the Southend seafront.

To DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell of the Essex Police Major Investigation Team, the two events seem unconnected. But as they dig deeper into their colleague’s murder, dark secrets begin to emerge.

Can Pearson and Russell solve both cases, before more lives are destroyed?

Hardie’s novel is an imposing and stirring debut.

Both intriging and gripping but littered with unnecessary coarseness in language. it starts with an horrific fire  death that begins the investigation of Pearson and Russell.

This is a superb start to this, what I hope to be a brilliant series.

Burned and Broken is fabulously written.  It’s smooth clever plot reels the reader in and is totally absorbing in its tale.

There is a lot of specific elements and Hardie’s writing technique makes this tale worthy of the big screen. I would love to see this in film form.

There were of this book that I would like to see changed, but that’s just me, a certain character didn’t quite jel in my opinion, but, this is a book I would recommend to readers.

It, in some ways, is a change to the norm of this genre, which makes it a refreshing change.

I rather quite liked it.

4*/5