When the writer is unexpected…

The Devil's Work Book Cover The Devil's Work
Mark Edwards
Fiction, suspense, thriller, psychological
Thomas & Mercer
September 13, 2016

A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies. It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake. What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie's predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years. As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job...before it kills her.

 Once upon a time you had an ambition to work in publishing – and you knew just which publisher you wanted to work for.

But first you needed a degree – and so you went to university and met Jasmine and then her boyfriend Liam.  Something strange happens whilst you are at uni and Jasmine and Liam leave – some years later hey are declared dead in a boat fire, which you find strange but…

In the meantime you have married and had Daisy who is now 4, and after time at home you have decided to go back to work and your dream job not only becomes available, but is also offered to you.

And then strange things start happening.

Your husband has issues with twitter. Your house is under attack apparently as a result.

‘Accidents’ happen at work and you begin to suspect that someone has a campaign against you – but who? Meanwhile the accidents multiply and a strange book is given to you by your boss to read and you become convinced it was written by Jasmine – but when? After all, she is dead, isn’t she?

And the suspense is ramped it and more things happen until the denouement and the plot twists and turns, and I didn’t guess the ending!

A well written novel that grabs you and you begin to feel the paranoia building as the story progresses.

4.5 stars.

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Did you see her? Did you see her?

Did You See Melody? Book Cover Did You See Melody?
Sophie Hannah
suspense, psychological,
Hodder and Stoughton
August 24, 2017
400

Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can't afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied - by a man and a teenage girl. A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist - but Cara's fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can't possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder. Cara doesn't know what to trust: everything she's read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

 

Cara finds herself unexpectedly pregnant when she, her husband, and her children, thought that their family was complete.

She realises that she needs time away from her family and her life to think about what this new child would mean for her.

And so withdraws a significant part of their savings and books a 2 week  retreat in Arizona. She tells no-one where she is going but gives a date to her family of when she will be back.

The 5 star Arizona resort is luxurious beyond her expectations, and when she is accidentally booked into an already occupied room – she barges in and gives the occupants, a father and daughter, quite a shock – she is upgraded.

Then the mystery of Melody begins to play out. Cara becomes obsessed with finding out the trial details and aided by an American mother and daughter she begins an investigation at the resort as she, seems to have been threatened and is very curious about the father and daughter she saw.

The investigation brings unintended consequences for many people and the book’s final page leaves you wondering just what is the truth? And who is telling the story of Melody? And why?

Read carefully and don’t skip anything because you might miss something important.

 

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Before me there was?

The Girl Before Book Cover The Girl Before
J. P. Delaney
suspense, psychological, technothriller
Quercus
January 25, 2018
448

THE RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB CHOICE - FEBRUARY 2017 'The tension is built up subtly, leading to a devastating climax. A really clever thriller... [the film] will no doubt become the third big "Girl" film' - Daily Mail 'A deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successes' - Daily Express Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price? Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

I tried to read this book twice and failed  – the style failed to engage me and even though there was a mystery at the heart  of the house and the architect and the flowers, it did not engage me.

I am giving  this  2 stars.

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Don’t go to exotic islands on honeymoon!

The Honeymoon Book Cover The Honeymoon
Tina Seskis
psychological, mystery, thriller, literary fiction
Michael Joseph
March 23, 2017
496

"For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight's retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy. It should be paradise, but it's turned into a nightmare. Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes. After everything they've been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island that Jemma can trust? And above all - where has her husband gone?"

This starts as an almost traditional and well-worn story of a honeymoon couple on an exotic island where one goes missing.

So we think we know where the story is going. There are 2 scenarios: 1. He has deliberately left in the ‘missing drowned’ and walked away staged death; or 2. She has killed him and his body has got washed away and may never be found – shark eaten etc etc.

Except. That as the story develops it seems that what we thought we first knew, was not correct at all. The various characters tell lies – sometimes of omission and sometimes deliberately.

And whilst I’m definitely not going give you a spoiler, I am going to say this, you will never, ever, guess what really happened!

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And your name is a mythical creature?

Dragon Security Book Cover Dragon Security
Dragon Security
Glenna Sinclair
Crime, Thriller & Mystery,
Kindle

BOOK 1
I went to his sister because that’s what he told me to do. But when his brother, Cole, accused me of being a gold digger, I knew I couldn’t trust them. I didn’t realize she would send Cole to watch over me. Or that he would carry me out of my trailer when he saw how bad it really was. Who was he to tell me where I could live or how I managed my own business? I mean, he might be my kid’s uncle, but I’d been on my own for a long time. I didn’t need his help. And I really didn’t need the confusion that rushed through me whenever he stood too close.

BOOK 2
I do the best I can. I have to make a living, right? And this industry…it pays very well. And when you’re on the streets with a kid to take care of, you do what you have to do. But I took pains to hide my face in the movies I acted in. For seven years, I’d kept my identity anonymous. But someone figured it out and now I have this big, silent man following me around, demanding I do everything he says.

BOOK 3
I didn’t want him in my life, didn’t want him anywhere near me, but on the worst day of my life he comes walking down the street, a gun in his hand, and throws me over his shoulder like some sort of Neanderthal taking possession of what was his. But I wasn’t his anymore. That ended when I caught him kissing my sister in one of the most romantic cities in the world. My sister, who’d just been killed saying his name. How did I know he didn’t kill her? How did I know that he didn’t intend to kill me?

BOOK 4
I’m a nurse. I help people. I’ve done it all my life, even before I embraced my profession. So when I heard Blake Zimmerman explaining how he and his wife were desperate to have a baby, I couldn’t help but offer myself. I’d never thought about being a surrogate before, but I wanted to help and it wasn’t like I had any romantic prospects at that moment. Hell, I hadn’t had romantic prospects in a long time. And Blake…he was over the moon at the suggestion. So was his wife, Annie. But then, almost the moment we signed the contract, someone tried to run me down.

BOOK 5
We fought like cats and dogs. He made fun of my mode of dress and I…well, I usually just blushed and hit his arm, telling him to shut up. But I hated it, hated feeling like I was in high school again. So when Megan, my best friend and my boss, told me that we were to go on an undercover operation together, pretend to be a young, married couple, I thought she was insane. Or trying to play match maker.

BOOK 6
Megan's story. That's all I'm saying 😉

No this is NOT a book about shifters – not at all… just ex-SEALS, ex-cops, ex-marines and allover ‘ripped’ human males, now all being presided over by a female ex-marine who owns the company.

This is a series of 6 shortish novels each of which features one of the members of the firm and their romances, but with an underlying story running through of investigating just how Peter died. Peter, being the brother of the female CEO. The FBI/CIA and Police all get involved, and it becomes a complicated plot which has apparently many different solutions – until finally the true one is discovered in the final book.

There is a lot of detective work, spying, suspense, some terrorists, murders plus steamy romances.

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