crime, mystery, thrillers, female sleuths, psychological
(28 Dec. 2017)
‘He’s so handsome and clever and romantic. I just wished he hadn’t forced Tilda under the water and held her there so long.’
Callie loves Tilda. She’s her sister, after all. And she’s beautiful and successful.
Tilda loves Felix. He’s her husband. Successful and charismatic, he is also controlling, suspicious and, possibly, dangerous. Still, Tilda loves Felix.
And Callie loves Tilda. Very, very much.
So she’s determined to save her. But the cost could destroy them all…
Sometimes we love too much.
The Stranger on a Train novel that isn’t.
The story is told through the eyes of Callie and through her journal that she writes in obsessively. All that she knows, or think she knows, about her sister – her twin, as she follows her and tracks her life. The clever twin. The beautiful twin. The tragic twin. The abused twin. Or is she?
And then Callie finds a site for abused women or men and gets drawn into deep conspiracy theories and perhaps even murder.
Callie also suffers from Pica in relation to her sister’s objects – she thinks by eating these items her sister is somehow drawn into her own essence it would be appear.
So this is a strange book but a compelling read. You follow Callie through all her different beliefs and her obsession with her sister’s life and are drawn into her worldview. Where nothing is quite what it might appear – or is it?
He’s supposed to be dead, but he's killing again...
Nearly a decade ago, hedge witch Chance Monroe’s life irrevocably changed. She survived the attack of a serial killer. His death should have set her free.
When her ex-lover shows up on her porch, Chance isn’t ready to hear Randall Oakes is still alive and less prepared for the sea of emotion swamping her. One man wants her dead and the other just wants her. When the FBI offers protective custody, Chance refuses. Connected to the earth, Chance must rely on her supernatural senses and her wits to survive this game of cat and mouse.
In the farm rich countryside of her native Northern Virginia, Chance confronts her troubled past, a supernatural adversary and a sizzling passion that’s lain dormant for years….
This time, she will teach her hunter a lesson: earth witches aren’t easy targets…
When I got given this free book, I read the title and thought it must be a paranormal, fantasy romance.
What I actually got was very different.
I got a serial killer suspense/thriller with the FBI and a witch who is ‘tied’ to, and responsible for, maintaining the health of a particular patch of land. So harvet ans seed sowing blessings, ensuring that pesky elves and fairies and other magical creatures don’t upset the earth and those who ‘garden’ it are part of her job – for which she gets paid. And an earth witch can trace the history of the land through communing with it. Murder, war and so on leave scars in the land’s memory that she can access.
When Chance was at college studying Forensic Psychology she was attacked by a serial killer, but was saved from death by her attacker being interrupted and her being rushed to hospital very quickly.
Now the serial killer is back and targeting his only survivor and the FBI want to use her talents to catch him.
Heather Long is a well established paranormal author with many published novels and it shows in her writing. The book is well proofed, the style is fluent and she tells a story that not only crosses genres but is one that you really don’t want to stop reading.
I went and bought the next book in the series immediately!
Don't Close Your Eyes
thriller, suspense, psychological
Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins. They weren't even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.
Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches - watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn't...
And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted - the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she's just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can't be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.
But Sarah isn't the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship...
Her Frozen Heart
psychological, womens' literature
(30 Nov. 2017)
Caitlyn, there’s something I have to tell you. About Sara.
Caitlyn thinks her marriage to Patrick is a success. For one thing, he is one of the few people not to fall head over heels for her beautiful friend, Sara. Life is lived on his terms, but they are happy.
When a devastating accident turns her existence upside down, Caitlyn is forced to reassess everything she thought about her marriage, what she truly knows about Patrick, and his real feelings for her best friend. In the refuge of an old manor house, she begins to discover the truth.
In 1947, the worst winter in decades hits England, cutting off entirely the inhabitants of Kings Harcourt Manor. For Tommy Carter, widowed at the start of war, it is particularly hard: the burden of the family falls on her. She has the solace of her children, and the interesting presence of her brother’s friend, Fred. But there is also Barbara, a mysterious figure from her past who appears to want a piece of Tommy’s future as well.
Loved the way the story moved between the two women in different times, but who were, in the end, linked by the same house.
I had – sort of – known that the winter in the UK in 1947 was bad, but not quite as bad as was shown in this novel.
It must have been dreadful to experience when the UK had not yet recovered from WW2 and there were still shortages of basic foods and heating materials – the coal had frozen in the mines and the drifts were too high for the miners to get to work or coal to be transported.
An anti-cyclone sat over Scandinavia and there were 6 weeks of snow falling – 55 days in total. The temperature dropped to -21C in Bedfordshire and this was before people had thermal underwear and outdoor clothing that was suitable for this type of weather.
Newspapers were cut to 4 pages.
There were no electric fires (the main alternative to coal in most houses) between 9-12am and 2-4pm.
And no afternoon Greyhound Racing!
Over 20,000 acres of corn was destroyed by the cold.
That said, I personally experienced the winter of 1963 as a schoolgirl in the days before 1. Tights, and 2. Trousers were permitted to be worn.
I walked to school.
3.5 miles each way.
I thought my knees would never stop chapping and warm up!
Written in Bones
Inspector McLean 7
psychological, mystery, thriller, police procedural
June 29, 2017
When a body is found in a tree in The Meadows, Edinburgh's scenic parkland, the forensics suggest the corpse has fallen from a great height.
Detective Inspector Tony McLean wonders whether it was an accident, or a murder designed to send a chilling message?
The dead man had led quite a life: a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin who reinvented himself as a celebrated philanthropist.
As McLean traces the victim's journey, it takes him back to Edinburgh's past, and through its underworld - crossing paths with some of its most dangerous and most vulnerable people.
And waiting at the end of it all, is the truth behind a crime that cuts to the very heart of the city...
A taut and complex police procedural where the solution is not what you expected.
Whilst there are references to previous occurrences – this is the 7th book in the series – this did not distract from, or impede the current story.
This was my first book by this author and I was very taken by the clean style and concise method of storytelling.
I liked the characters but did guess the mystery illness quite early on as I recognised the symptoms! What I also suspected was what the drug was that was used as I have come across this in other stories.
So because I did guess some elements it is down to 4 (4.5) rather than 5 stars.