Let the Dead Speak Jane Casey

Let the Dead Speak (Maeve Kerrigan, #7)Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. All the signs point to murder. Maeve Kerrigan is determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is hiding something, but getting her to open up is impossible. No one on the street is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…
A complex plot with many twists and turns, reveals and conceals in abundance, complimented by believable characters, makes for a great police procedural. What’s not to like? It does exactly as it says on the tin.

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The Betrayals Fiona Neill

The BetrayalsThe Betrayals by Fiona Neill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

None of them would forget that week on the wild Norfolk coast. Best friends Rosie and Lisa’s families had always been inseparable. But that summer, Lisa had an affair with Rosie’s husband Nick. And now, after years of silence, she sends Rosie a letter begging for help. A letter which exposes dark secrets. Daughter Daisy’s fragile hold on reality begins to unravel. Teenage son Max blames himself for everything that happened that long hot summer. And Nick must confront his own version of events. There are four sides to this story. Who will you believe?
This is a believable and interesting story of family life in crisis, and which also explores how the mental illness of one person in the family affects not only the person herself but ripples out to the rest of the family. Having dealt with her OCD once, Daisy finds herself falling more and more in its thrall. In her warped determination to shield her mother from upset, she inadvertently provides the catalyst for everyone having to face up to what they saw during that holiday, or didn’t see, as the case may be.

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Blue Monday Nicci French

Blue Monday (Frieda Klein, #1)Blue Monday by Nicci French

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blue Monday is the thrilling first novel in Nicci French’s top-ten bestselling killer new series introducing psychotherapist Frieda Klein *** Monday: five-year-old Matthew Faraday is abducted. His face is splashed across newspaper front pages. His parents and the police are desperate. Can anyone help find their little boy before it is too late? Psychotherapist Frieda Klein just might know something.
What an excellent opening book in a new series for author Nicci French. The story is so polished it glitters, despite the awfulness of the crime. Her relationship with the police, her family and her mentor and his builder are so well drawn you feel you could be standing in the room with her. The twist is excellent and the ending leaves you begging for more. I thoroughly recommend this for readers of psychological fiction and crime, thriller and mystery. This book can hold its own against anything written by Jonathan Kellerman and Harlan Coben.

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Anything you do say Gillian McAllister

Anything You Do SayAnything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s the end of the night. You’re walking home on your own. Then you hear the sound every woman dreads. Footsteps. Behind you. Coming fast. You’re sure it’s him – the man from the bar who wouldn’t leave you alone.You make a snap decision. You turn. You push. Your pursuer tumbles down the steps. He lies motionless, face-down on the floor. Now What?
And that’s the big question. Told as a dual narrative (reveal and conceal) the story explores what would happen in either scenario. A brilliant, captivating, thought provoking read, which will keep you up reading long into the night – at least it did me!

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Good Friday Linda La Plante

Good Friday (Tennison, #3)Good Friday by Lynda La Plante

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every legend has a beginning . . .
During 1974 and 1975 the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused – some were not.
Jane Tennison is now a fully-fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead, and many horribly injured.
Crikey, what a rattling good read! At first I wasn’t sure about reading about the early career of Jane Tennison. Then I watched the tv drama and was hooked. I like Jane as a character and its really interesting to see how she develops her skills and enthusiasm for the job. The writing brings the drama to life and draws us into the mid1970’s when the IRA were determined to disrupt British life as much as possible. As much a drama as a crime thriller this book is hard to put down!

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