Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of BLOODHOUND BOOKS for inviting me to take part on this BLOG TOUR for KILL OR DIE by ANN EVANS
A vicious burglary goes horribly wrong when an elderly victim is killed and
one of the burglars is injured.
In the detached house next door, Julia is preparing to leave her husband. He has let her down for the last time and her bags are packed. Taking their eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, from her bed they set off in the fog.
But on this cold, dark night, fate steps in and these strangers collide.
When Vincent and Nash abduct the mother and daughter, and take them to a derelict house, the situation takes a grave turn.
Meanwhile, Julia’s husband, Ian, is distraught that his wife and daughter have left, and when the murder and burglary are discovered, suspicion falls on him.
For Ian, Julia and Lucy, life is about to become a nightmare.
Can Julia and Lucy escape from the twisted criminals?
What will Julia decide when the choice is – kill or die?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
You know when you meet people and you get that instant ‘I like you’ or ‘we wouldn’t get on’ feeling, you just know, well Julia would be in the ‘I like’ side. Straight away I saw her as a strong woman, a fair person ready to give second chances. Ian, her husband had been given more than his share, even if he didn’t know it. Working over again and gone midnight? Julia really knew better in her mind and she couldn’t do this anymore, hearing the lies and unbelievable excuses. So she packed up, woke her 8 year old daughter Lucy and they fled their family home in the middle of the night before her two timing husband got back. Sometimes though you don’t see a person when they are always there, you only see when they have gone.
Now driving when you are upset isn’t the best thing but add fog and the two hyped up murdering burglars leaving the house next door and Julia’s plan of a better life for her and her daughter just moved into nightmare mode. Wow talk about wrong time, wrong place! Not been able to leave the mother and daughter to raise the alarm they were taken with killers that had nothing to lose and everything to gain if they could escape without leaving witnesses.
There are very few characters in this book, which was quite obvious from the start and I wondered if it would keep my interest. Believe me before I had read very far there were two more that I wanted to get rid of straight away, Vincent and Nash, boy were these scary guys! Vincent more the brains, and I say that loosely, while Nash was the brawn. Julia and Lucy were in line for becoming collateral damage.
This is a wicked story that made me swear more than once, something that I don’t do, I cringed and whooped too all in the same breath. It is like a darn good film when you are shouting at the screen and pulling your legs under you so that no one can get them. So tense, so exciting and you feel every nerve in your body wake up. My mothering instinct went through the roof. This is definitely one of those books that doesn’t need tons of characters because it has one hell of a story.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’ve always loved writing. What started as a hobby has now become a way of life. My children’s and YA books have been published by Scholastic Children’s Books, Usborne Publishing, Penguin Australia, Hometown World, Badger Learning and Astraea Press (Clean Reads). Plus there are a number of adults books published under my pen name of Ann Carroll – and more in the pipeline. The Beast published by Usborne won the raring2read category in the Coventry Literary Book Festival 2013. 2017 sees three new books being published, another YA reluctant reader book for Badger Learning entitled Keeper. A historical romance called A Place to Belong, and a crime thriller – working title Kill or Die with Bloodhound Books.
When I’m not writing I do school visits, run workshops and give talks.
My non-fiction career spans the last 30 years which includes 13 years at the Coventry Telegraph as a staff feature writer plus a great many freelance articles on a wide range of topics.