Middle-class parents Victoria and Nicholas Foulkes are distraught when their children are kidnapped against Nicholas’ gambling debts. Penniless and desperate the couple turn to crime as a way to raise the ransom.Hot on their heels is recently bereaved DI Harry Evans and his Major Crimes team. Evans is fighting against enforced retirement and his replacement – DI John Campbell – is foisted upon him along with other cases. If he must leave the police then he wants one last big case before he goes.In a race against time Victoria and Nicholas must evade the police while continuing to add to the ransom fund. If they don’t pay up on time the kidnappers have threatened to amputate their children’s limbs with an oxy-acetylene torch.Can they save their children before time runs out?
What a bloody great book this was! A great introduction to D.I. Harry Evans and his Major Crimes team. I have read some of Graham’s previous books but never any of his Harry Evans series.
Graham can really write a story and really drag you along with him. If you have never read anything by Graham you could do know no worse than start with this book. I think you will soon add him to your list of favourite authors! The first few sentences will grab you by the throat and you will be hooked.
Victoria and Nicholas’s children are kidnapped when Nicholas gets himself into trouble when he has run up gambling debts and they have to resort to crime to pay his debts. This puts a strain on their marriage . The only thing holding them together is the fact that their children’s lives are stake! They will be tortured and then killed if Nicholas does not pay his debts.
This is a debut novel and what a great debut it is! The story is brilliant and Graham’s writing is of a quality that the reader will enjoy. I urge you to read this book as you will enjoy it and you will look forward to reading more by this author.
This book is as fast paced and gritty read that will have you on the edge of your seat then this is the one for you!
Thanks to Graham Smith for the story and Anne Cater for the Blog Tour and the invite. I urge you once again to read this book.
Well here we are at book number eleven in the series, which can be read perfectly as a stand alone. But if you started at the beginning of the series you would Know about Hunter and Garcia’s relationship as they hunt down killers!
Hunter is not only a detective but also a psychologist which gives him an insight into the minds of the psychopaths he hunts.
The story starts with Hunter coming into possession of a journal of a serial killer, which shows details of past crimes. Cases that have been on the books but have never been solved. At first Hunter and Garcia think they are dealing with a schizophrenic as he says voices are telling him to do the killings. But as they investigate further it is not as simple as that.
Hunter and Garcia are lead detectives in the Ultra Violent Crimes unit which investigates twisted, violent and dark serial killers. And this case is no less dark than any of their previous cases. It leads the reader on a twisted, dark road to a satisfying conclusion!
If you like your thrillers on the dark, twisted and need I say it gory side then this is the book for you. The story is great, the writing is top quality and will drag you through the book without any effort from the author or reader.
They say you should write what you know and Chris certainly does this. His background in criminal psychology shines through on every page!
Thanks to Chris Carter for the story and Anne Cater for the blog tour invite.
‘I only feel truly alive when the chess clock is ticking and the patterns on the squares in front of me are dancing in my head. Very little else gives me the same feeling. Nothing else, that does not involve a flame.’
Tennessee Greenbecker is bravely optimistic as he sets out to claim what he sees as rightfully his – the title of world chess champion. But who is he really? Is he destined to be remembered as chess champion or fire-starter? Either way, might this finally be his moment?
This was a strange novel. Multi-layered . Dark, disturbing and comedic in turns. A book that entertains and makes you wonder at the same time.
The main protagonist is Tennessee Greenbecker. A chess master? who is down on his luck and just needs one more shot to get back in the big time. Meanwhile he is resorted to begging for money from his younger brother Gabriel. He is convinced that his brother is controlling the purse strings of his late mother’s estate. Well a lot of things are against Tennessee, in his mind anyway and nothing is his fault and everything and everyone is conspiring to bring about his downfall. His brother and his girlfriend, the chess authorities who he refers to as the State. Yep nothing is his fault. As well as being a great chess player, well in his mind anyway, he is also a pyromaniac! He delights in starting fires in random places. When out for a meal with his brother and in the down and out hotels he is staying in.
A book that disturbs and gives an insight into the delusional . He is wandering the labyrinth of a fragile and broken mind. The writing is of a quality that drags the reader along with Tennessee and his chaotic world.
Thanks to Ben Graff for the tale and Rachel Gibley for the tour and the invite.
Author Bio – Ben Graff is a writer, journalist and Corporate Affairs professional. He is a regular contributor to Chess and Authors Publish. He is not a grandmaster but did draw with one once.
Meet Zoe Finch, West Midlands Police’s newest Detective Inspector. She’s outspoken, ambitious, and damaged. And she’s working a case that could make her career, or cost her everything…
Fresh from the success of the Canary investigation into depravity and corruption at the highest levels, Zoe has attracted attention. Not least from Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson.
But when Jackson is brutally murdered on the night of his retirement party, Zoe is dragged into a case that’s deeply personal.
All the evidence points to the victim’s downtrodden wife, who has secrets of her own. But Zoe begins to suspect all isn’t as it seems. Could Jackson’s death be linked to the Canary case? And what is her new boss, DCI David Randle, hiding?
Seeking out the truth will force Zoe to confront her own past and put her career, and her team’s lives, on the line.
Deadly Wishes is a gritty crime thriller perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Caroline Mitchell, and the BBC’s Line of Duty.
Well this is a new chapter in Rachel’s writing career. She is venturing into a crime series. This is the first book in what I hope will be a long running series. And what a book it was!
The book sees newly promoted Zoe Finch, who throughout her career has been catching the eyes of the higher echelons of her force, not least her Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson. Zoe makes an appearance at Bryn’s retirement party and little knowing the next time she sees him he will be a murder victim. Who killed him and why?; this is a riddle Zoe must solve. No pressure then!
As well as trying to solve this case Zoe finds herself trying to navigate the rivers of office politics and the ingrained misogyny of her force. She also finds the deeper she goes in this investigation and the more she uncovers the more she finds is hidden covered by a network of lies. Everyone seems to be lying or at the least bending the truth. And her D.C.I. David Randle can he be hiding the biggest lie of all. What is he hiding?
This is a great book. Great narrative and top quality writing. Rachel improves with every book and if you haven’t read anything by her you could do yourself no harm by picking this book up. In fact just read Rachel McLean she is bloody brilliant!
Two murders. An abandoned asylum. Will a mysterious former patient help untangle the dark truth?
The body of an elderly woman is been found in the grounds of a derelict asylum on the banks of the Thames. As Detective Lew Kirby and his partner begin their investigation, another body is discovered in the river nearby. Gradually, the secrets of Blackwater Asylum begin to reveal themselves; there are rumours of secret rooms, unspeakable psychological experimentation and a dark force that haunts the ruins. Urban explorer Connie Darke has her own interest in the asylum; it’s where her sister died in a freak accident and she’s determined to help Kirby expose its grisly past. Meanwhile Kirby discovers a devastating family secret that threatens to turn his life upside down. As his world crumbles around him, Kirby must put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep the killer from striking again. Only an eccentric former patient knows the truth—but will he reveal it to Kirby or Connie before it’s too late?
MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
What a great book this was. So full of twists and turns. keeps you second guessing yourself. The premise is basically, the body of 85 year old woman turns up in the abandoned Blackwater Asylum. What is her connection, if any, to the asylum?
Though it could be called a police procedural, I think it’s more a psychological thriller, as it focuses on secrets and connections to the asylum.
This book was so atmospheric and chilling. The plotting was brilliant and kept the reader gripped! You can taste and smell the decay in the abandoned asylum and the body of the dead elderly woman.
What is her connection to the asylum. Has she a past that has caused her death? Another thing that makes you think is the fact that the site of the asylum is due for redevelopment and has limited access, for construction personal only. Have the redevelopers something to do with this mysterious death or is it a way of halting the redevelopment.
Another thing you may like is that this book also explores urban exploring!
A great book that you will enjoy if you like your thrillers dark, mysterious and claustrophobic. I would urge you to read it!
Thanks to the author , publishers for the ARC. which I’ve reviewed honestly.