Book Review: The Silent Children (Carol E. Wyer)

Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 7.25.39 AM.pngCarol Wyer writes a seriously addicting thriller. Anyone who has read her work will know within the first few pages that it will be an absolute struggle to put down one of her books. The Silent Children, the fourth book in the DI Robyn Carter series, was no exception. I sat down to read this one and had it finished in an afternoon.

As mentioned, this is the fourth novel in the series that follows female detective. Robyn Carter. I did read the first novel in the series, Little Girl Lost, and just never got around to reading book two and three. They are in my TBR pile, it is all just a matter of time! I am happy to report that this novel did read well as a standalone. Now, be warned, Wyer is teasing out some information about her protagonist’s personal life and I did receive some of the backstory from some other bloggers so I was pretty much up to speed. This doesn’t bother me at all, but I do know that this would bother other readers, so, if you want the FULL experience, then I would absolutely recommend reading the books in their order.

This novel follows the discovery of some seemingly unrelated bodies and the story of abuse from a young boy. Told in snippets to the past and Robyn and her team working in the present, I was on the edge of my seat! Red herrings and twists and turns aplenty, I was left in the dark until the A HA moment!

I am shocked that Wyer is able to bang out these books as fast as she does and with such finesse. The series appears to be getting better and better!!  Now excuse me, while I catch up on the series and wait patiently for book five!

Thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel.  It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

This book was one of the December picks for #cjsreads!  Keep reading if you want to see what Jessica and Chandra thought of this one!

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Blog Tour: The Kindred Killers (Graham Smith) @Bloodhoundbook @GrahamSmith1972

Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 9.17.14 AM.pngGood morning and welcome to my stop on the The Kindred Killers blog tour!

The second book in the Jake Boulder series by Graham Smith and published by Bloodhound Books, I was so excited to crack into this one! I had read the previous novel in the series, Watching the Bodies, earlier this year and I loved it.   A fast paced, suspenseful, action packed story led by brooding protagonist, Jake Boulder; this one read like a police procedural novel…but better! I am not going to lie; I was expecting to be completely blown away by the second book in the series, especially since I loved the first one so much. I am glad to say that this book lived up to my expectations. Graham Smith blew me away with his intricate plot and non-stop action. I couldn’t read this one fast enough.  Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Kindred Killers (Graham Smith) @Bloodhoundbook @GrahamSmith1972”

Book Review: Idyll Fears (Stephanie Gayle) @StephofLegends @SeventhStBooks

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 4.58.29 PM.pngI read so many novels, a majority of them being police procedurals, and I find that many of them feel the same. Same old jaded detectives, same old love interests. Which is why I was so pleased when I read Idyll Fears, the second novel in the Detective Lynch series. What a breath of fresh air Thomas Lynch is. An openly gay police chief is not something I am used to seeing in a police procedural novel and I was so pleased to be able to read a story that featured a character like Lynch!

Although this book is the second in a series featuring this dynamic detective, I had no issues reading this one as a standalone and found that Gayle did a phenomenal job at making sure enough of Lynch’s character was brought into the plot for those joining in.

This story follows the race to find a missing six-year-old boy who wanders out into a snowstorm. With a rare genetic disorder that makes it so he cannot feel pain, there is a serious race against time to find the boy before it is too late.   I was pretty much captivated right away by Gayle’s prose and found it easy to settle into the story.

I did find that were a lot of secondary characters (mostly others on the police force and members of Idyll) that I found very confusing. I’m not sure if that was because I wasn’t introduced to them in the first book or just because there were so many; I did find that a little bit distracting but it didn’t really take away from the general plot.

Overall, I think this series seems to be worth looking into. I’ll likely go back and read the first!

3/5 stars!

Thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to read this book and write an honest review!

This book was also a #cjsreads pick for September.  Want to see what Chandra and Jessica thought when they read Idyll Fears?  Keep reading to find out!

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Blog Tour: Thief’s Mark (Carla Neggers) @TLCBookTours

Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 7.59.58 PM.pngWelcome to my stop on the blog tour for Thief’s Mark, a Sharpe and Donovan novel, by Carla Neggers!

I am always on the lookout for new authors to add to my favourites and I had never read a novel by Carla Neggers before, so I was pretty excited to dive into this one.

The novel’s premise is very interesting, but also a little confusing, so let me do my best to try and give a small summary: a man (Oliver), witnessed a terrible tragedy as a child (his parent’s murdered and then being the victim of a kidnapping), is in danger after one of the men who tormented him surfaces.   Enter Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, newly married and on the tail end of their Irish honeymoon, postpone their meetings with their elite FBI team to try and help Oliver. However, when they arrive, they find a dead man at his home and Oliver vanished.   As danger mounts, they must unravel old secrets and bring justice.   Follow that?
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Book Review: The Last Place You Look (Kristen Lepionka) @KMLwrites @FaberBooks

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I am always looking to add a new crime series to my repertoire so I was thrilled to discover The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka. This novel, the first book featuring private detective, Roxane Weary, followed Brad Stockton, a boy from a rough neighbourhood, who sits on death row after being convicted of murdering the parents of his girlfriend, Sarah Cook. Sarah disappeared that night and was never seen again. Now, as his execution approaches, his sister hires PI Roxanne Weary to try and find Sarah. Reeling from her own personal tragedies, Roxanne finds herself drawn into the investigation when she sees parallels between Sarah and one of her own father’s investigations into that of an unsolved murder.   With time running out and danger lurking around every corner, Roxanne must use all of her resources to try and find out the truth.

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Book Review: Gone Astray (Michelle Davis) @PGCBooks @M_Davieswrites

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 9.41.40 PM.pngWhile I was book slumping, Chelsea (my book BFF from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me) was giving me suggestions of what I NEEDED TO READ to help me get over my struggle. One of her most highly recommended reads was Gone Astray by Michelle Davies, so, naturally, I added this one to the top of my TBR pile.

Following a Family Liaison Officer, Maggie, as she is assigned to work the case of a missing teenager, Rosie. Rosie’s parents have recently struck gold after winning the lottery; did Rosie go on her own will, was she kidnapped? Maggie must work with the family as the police tirelessly look for Rosie.   Family is ripped apart, friendships are betrayed and one thing is made clear: money cannot buy you happiness.

I have always been clear that I am a fan of an abduction story; usually, I find myself interested in stories told through the perspective of the missing person but I really did enjoy the change of pace by having the main character a Family Liaison Officer. I do not know much about them so I did find that it absolutely brought some new life into an abduction tale.

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Blog Tour: The Stolen Girls (Patricia Gibney) @trisha460 @bookouture

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It isn’t often I can commit to a series of books, especially a series of police procedural novels, but I make that exception when it comes to the Lottie Parker series by Patricia Gibney. I cannot get enough. Which is why I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the Bookouture blog tour for the second book in this series by Patricia Gibney, The Stolen Girls.

Gibney sure knows how to weave a story and this is apparent in The Stolen Girls.  Dark and demanding, this book will demand your attention from the first pages.

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Blog Tour: Dying to Live (Michael Stanley) @OrendaBooks

Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 8.48.28 AM.pngWelcome to my stop on the Orenda Books blog tour for Dying to Live by Michael Stanley (the writing duo made up of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip). I have never read a novel in the “Sunshine Noir” genre so I was keen to dive in and begin my reading. Slow burning, dark and intricate, Dying to Live was a novel that fascinated me from the first pages.

When a bushman turns up dead near a gaming reserve, the death is written off as an accident. However, during the autopsy, it is revealed that although the busman appears to be elderly, his organs are quite young. When the body goes missing, a puzzled pathologist phones Detective Kubu Bengu who begins an investigation into the case.   A story of corruption, greed and danger, Kubu must weave through it all in order to find the truth.
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Book Review: Find Her (Lisa Gardner) @DuttonBooks @LisaGardnerBks

Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 8.28.03 PM.pngLast year I had seen Find Her by Lisa Gardner all over the place and people were raving about it. I promptly picked it up and put it on my bookshelf…where it sat in solitude for the last year.

I figured what better way to celebrate the novel’s paperback release (which is today!) than to read and review it.

And, let me tell you, I am glad that I decided to read this one.

This novel surrounds survivor, Flora, who spent over 470 days with her kidnapper who transported her around the country in a wooden box. Five years later, Detective D.D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime where a dead man is on the floor of a garage and a naked, bound Flora who has killed him. Is she a victim or a vigilante?   With several missing women, Detective Warren begins to piece together these abductions and finds herself in a race against time when Flora disappears.

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