Missing Him by Leah Penn @leahpenn7 #KindleUnlimited #BookReview #LoveStory #AdultThemes

Missing Him


The much maligned and misjudged, Emery Pearson, sits facing prison therapist, Dr Susan James, in order to make a last ditch attempt to win her freedom after the chance of happiness with the only man she ever loved is cruelly cut short, in this roller-coaster tale of passion told through revealing flashbacks. Contains adult themes.


Missing Him: A real love story


What an incredible story this is! There are two distinctive time lines running through the book, both told by Emery Pearson, one present day where she is serving a 12 year prison sentence, the other as flash backs of what she is telling prison therapist Dr Susan James about the relationship she had with Jack Charles, her lover, her partner and her soul mate since school.

From the start I had no idea why Emery was serving such a long sentence, so I was jumping to conclusions at every new chapter. She had already served five tough years of regularly getting beaten up in prison, which she had literally just accepted. Keeping herself to herself she played her cards close to her chest, letting no-one get close to her or find out about the skills she really had. She was a lost soul, or half of it anyway, Jack had been the other half.

The flashbacks follow Emery and Jack from the day they met. Emery was stunning, a girl who grew into a woman who both men and women were attracted to but she was totally unaware of it. Jack was the perfect other half that worshipped her. Their story is one of extremes, pain and pleasure, love and hate, but a faithfulness to each other that was totally endearing. I loved their success and cringed at bouts of jealousy that reared its head.

The author created a perfect balance between the time lines and as the past began to catch up with the present day. I didn’t know if I wanted to find out what had happened between them. I didn’t want to know how or why Jack had been killed. I just knew that what ever had happened Emery played a hand in it. It is really hard not to get emotionally involved in this love story because true love it was. Do have the tissues ready. There is someone for everyone, they were the perfect match. Perfect ending.

Now a warning! This book won’t be for everyone. There are graphic scenes of violent sex acts between Emery and Jack but I also have to say here that this is consensual between the pair, if anything Emery is the one that has to reign back more than Jack. Punching, biting and the use of objects. They experimented even if it didn’t always have the results they thought they would get, it was what made these two halves tick. So you need an open mind, this happens in real life, people do seek this life out. Their choice and well in the story Emery and Jack were a pretty perfect match for each other, not just sexually but in life. 


Hi, all you authors and readers out there, I am new to this publishing world so I am still finding my feet. Believe it or not, I’m so busy writing I don’t have a current photo but will be uploading one shortly. Have to get someone to take a shot of my non-photogenic mug first.
Anyway, I started writing stories as a kid, like most of us do, and during secondary school I received a commendation for a special story I penned which I later turned in to my first full-length novel. In the Eighties I wrote nine books tackling controversial subjects and still do today as my first self-published work, Spilling Blood, drew film production interest.
So, I penned my second novel, Missing Him, and my writing this book has been a real love affair indeed. I enjoy not knowing where my characters are taking me and yet they reveal a something not even I ever foresaw.
From Toni Simms and Rebecca Hayes, to the enigmatic Emery Pearson, I cannot wait to find who will enter my head next to tell me to pen their revelatory story.
Now middle-aged and forever battling life’s challenges, I keep on growing and learning, and here’s to hoping you out there enjoy my style of writing.


Twitter: @leahpenn7
Missing Him

We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet @HarperCollinsUK @NetGalley #HistoricalFiction #Adoption #WeMustBeBrave #BlogBookReview

We Must Be Brave by [Liardet, Frances]


Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself.

One woman. One little girl. The war that changed everything.

December 1940. In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus. No one knows who little Pamela is.

Ellen professed not to want children with her older husband, and when she takes Pamela into her home and rapidly into her heart, she discovers that this is true: Ellen doesn’t want children. She wants only Pamela. Three golden years pass as the Second World War rages on. Then one day Pamela is taken away, screaming. Ellen is no stranger to sorrow, but when she returns to the quiet village life she’s long lived, she finds herself asking: In a world changed by war, is it fair to wish for an unchanged heart?

In the spirit of We Were the Lucky Ones and The Nightingale, here is a novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, and the astonishing power of love.


We Must Be Brave


This is a story that not only touched my heart it squeezed it dry. War stories are always tear jerkers and this one was no exception for me. It isn’t a front line story, this is a story of a childless woman and an abandoned three-year old girl wrapped in a blanket and left on a bus. But the story goes way past the end of the war.

Ellen was married and quite adamant that she did not want a family but the day she found Pamela she knew that she needed this little girl in her life as much as the little girl needed a family. The relationship that grows between the pair is as close as any mother and daughter with lovely tender moments. Three years later Ellen learns of a man looking for his daughter after he has returned from the war and she knows in her heart that he is Pamela’s real father.

The heart breaking scenes that follow really got to me and greatly impacted Pamela and Ellen. It really made me think deeper about the children that were sent to the countryside through the war years, not always to loving homes and how it must have affected the whole family. Then after the war the trauma of families being returned that were like strangers coming together. The loss felt by the families that had housed them too and friends that they had made.

The stories follow the lives of Ellen and Pamela and letters that made me cry. The emotions that were built up ready to explode and questions from a little girl now a woman. The end of this story is very, very emotional that had me sobbing. A truly amazing story.

I wish to thank NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for an e-copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly.


Frances Liardet is a child of the children of the Second World War. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and studied Arabic at Oxford before travelling to Cairo to work as a translator. She currently lives in Somerset with her husband and daughter, and runs a summer writing session called Bootcamp. Her first novel, The Game, won a Betty Trask award. We Must Be Brave is her second novel.

We Must Be Brave by [Liardet, Frances]



The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor @cjtudor @MichaelJBooks @NetGalley #TheTakingOfAnnieThorne #NewRelease #ClassicHorror #MysterySuspense

The Taking of Annie Thorne: The spine-tingling new thriller from the bestselling author of The Chalk Man by [Tudor, C. J.]


When Joe Thorne was fifteen, his little sister, Annie, disappeared. At the time, Joe thought it was the worst thing in the world that could ever happen. And then she came back. But she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what had happened to her. Now Joe has returned to the village where he grew up, to work as a teacher. Joe has bad debts – and bad people – he needs to escape. He’s also received an anonymous email: I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR SISTER. But coming back to the place he grew up means opening old wounds, and confronting old enemies and the things they did. Joe is about to discover that places, like people, have secrets. The deeper you go, the darker they get. And sometimes, you should never come back.


The Taking of Annie Thorne: The spine-tingling new thriller from the bestselling author of The Chalk Man


This is a belting story where the words just crawl under your skin to heighten every sensation you have way after you finish reading and turn out the lights. I have the habit of being attracted to a book by its cover, the ones that stand out, rather than me reading the blurb. This was one of those books and it made this story even more creepy because creepy it was, well bloody terrifying is the proper word. It is one of those stories that make you feel that you are being watched, even sat in your own house with the curtains drawn.

Joe Thorne had come home after a long time being away and got himself an English teaching position in the school he had attended as a teenager and he had taken a lease out on a lovely little property that had been owned by the teacher who had his job before him. Both had become vacant when she murdered her son and killed herself. Whoa there those words go again marching up and down under my skin!

Joe had come back to find out answers to questions he had from being a 15-year-old boy when his 8-year-old sister had disappeared from her bed one night and turned back up 48 hours later very different to the girl she had been when she left. Soon after Joe’s dad, his sister and himself were in a car crash, only he survived. Now no-one wanted Jack back stirring up the past.

Joe had huge problems that were to follow him back here, a past that wanted to stay buried and memories that never wanted to be faced. I loved how Joe’s character unwound as the story unfolded.  OMG could this story get any creepier? Too right it could, I didn’t know whether to be scared of the past or the present. The past couldn’t hurt anyone could it? Joe has his work cut out in this ex-mining Nottingham village trying to end the second generation bullies in school and solve dark and disturbing secrets from the past. The characters are absolute corkers each and every one of them. The story outstanding and my nerves totally shattered!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher Michael Joseph, for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


C. J. Tudor

C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.

Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.

Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.


Twitter: @cjtudor


The Taking of Annie Thorne: The spine-tingling new thriller from the bestselling author of The Chalk Man by [Tudor, C. J.]

10-33 Assist PC (Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Book 1) by Desmond P. Ryan @RealDesmondRyan #10-33AssistPC #CrimeFiction #BookReview



D/C Mike O’Shea, a young cop with a knack for working hard and following hunches, is on the verge of cracking a prostitution ring when an undercover from another unit burns him. With only days left before their pimps shuttle the girls out of the country, Mike pushes his team into overdrive. Hours later, with too little information, sleep, or luck, the unthinkable happens.

And now, the chase is personal.

In the first of the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, 10-33 Assist PC draws us into the dirty world of human trafficking through the eyes of the cops who put their lives on the line every day to shut it down. Written by a Real Detective, 10-33 Assist PC is the story of a cop who must decide how to move forward without forgetting the past.

Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.


10-33 Assist PC (Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Book 1)


Set in Canada the story follows Mike O’Shea and his partner Sal working in the Toronto Juvenile Prostitution Task Force as they are watching the comings and goings on a gang they are close to making arrests in and hopefully rescuing the young girls. There is word about that the gang will be upping sticks and moving out very soon, so it is a type of now or never situation. Communications between departments aren’t the best though with errors that expose each other a regular occurrence.

Mike and Sal make a pretty entertaining pair that feel like an old married couple way past the honeymoon period where habits become a real annoyance for each other. The dry humour is crisp between them and the swearing a lovely shade of blue but they are the salt of the earth. Each knowing the others thoughts as well as being extended family to each other after work.

It comes across clearly in the story that not all the cases have a happy ending as the daughter that left the family isn’t the one they are getting back, that little girl doesn’t exist anymore. Some families just can’t be mended. The ultimate aim is to bring the criminals to justice with the story taking a turn I wasn’t expecting.

This is a truly moving story in so many ways from so many different angles. The author has personal experience as a police officer and shows a great understanding of people and situations from all sides. A pretty good debut novel with more to follow on from this novel.


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For almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan began every day of his working life with either a victim waiting in a hospital emergency room, or a call to a street corner or a blood-soaked room where someone had been left for dead. Murder, assaults on a level that defied humanity, sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the individuals who were no more than objects to the offenders: all in a day’s work.

It was exhilarating, exhausting, and often heartbreaking.

As a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, Desmond P. Ryan wrote thousands of reports detailing the people, places, and events that led up to the moment he came along. He investigated the crimes and wrote synopses for guilty pleas detailing the circumstances that brought the accused individuals before the Courts. He also wrote a number of files to have individuals deemed either Not Criminally Responsible due to mental incapacity, or Dangerous Offenders to be held in custody indefinitely.

Now, as a retired investigator with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond P. Ryan writes crime fiction.

Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction


Twitter: @RealDesmondRyan



The Lost Man by Jane Harper @janeharperautho @LittleBrownUK @NetGalley #TheLostMan #BlogReview #NewRelease



Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland, in this stunning new standalone novel from New York Times bestseller Jane Harper

They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

Dark, suspenseful, and deeply atmospheric, The Lost Man is the highly anticipated next book from the bestselling and award-winning Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature.


The Lost Man


Three brothers, one of them dead. This shouldn’t have happened. It didn’t make sense. It wasn’t so much that he wasn’t old. It was the way he had died. He had known the nature of the land, its harsh and unforgiving relentless heat and yet he had died without water. His car parked miles away with everything he needed inside it. His only shelter for his last few hours being given from a solitary headstone of a stockman from 100 years before that no-one could remember the name of. But the dead man’s grave hadn’t been able to save him, just give him hope that someone would find him. They had but too late.

Set in Australia the story is as much about this untameable country as it is about the people who seem to be in constant battle to live there. The descriptions are brutally beautiful, exhilarating and deadly but the brothers have to figure out if the death of their brother was due to him letting his guard down and losing a battle with the elements or by human intervention.

The story is told mainly through Nathan, the youngest brother as he dips back into the past and memories of the family, his mother Liz, Uncle Harry and two brothers as it travels back in time then returning to present day where he feels that there is far more to his brother’s untimely death. There isn’t a huge cast of characters in this story but each have their own secrets and grudges. The story is suspenseful of what is coming rather than riveting but compelling like an ageless classic.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the Little Brown Book Group UK for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Jane Harper is international bestselling author of The Dry and Force of Nature. Her third book, The Lost Man, will be realised in October 2018.
Jane has won numerous top awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year, the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, and the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year.
Her books are published in more than 36 territories worldwide, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea.
Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK, and now lives in Melbourne.






Lost Man, Jane Harper, Thriller

Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan @alexkhanauthor @HeraBooks #BollywoodWives #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Hera Books and Tracy Fenton for inviting on the Blog Tour for BOLLYWOOD WIVES by Alex Khan.



The biggest scandals happen off-camera…

Zara Das is Bollywood’s hottest property, her every move watched by the eyes of the press. Riding high from the success of a string of blockbusters, she has the world at her feet, but the scandal from her latest film threatens to dethrone her as Bollywood’s reigning queen.

So when superstar director Raj Dillon stages a lavish retelling of Pride and Prejudice, moving the shoot from Mumbai’s soundstages to London, Zara knows this is the role that could put her back on top. Coming with them are the Bollywood Wives – Jackie, Sasha, and Rani – bringing their own off-screen drama.

But behind the diamonds, designer clothes and seven-star hotels lies the truth of how Zara reached the top. And when a dead body is found in her hotel room, it seems that someone is determined to take Zara down – and will stop at nothing to expose her darkest secrets.

Zara has spent years running from her past. But now it’s caught up with her…

A sexy, gripping, scandalous novel set in the world of Bollywood – fans of Jackie Collins, Crazy Rich Asians and Lauren Weisberger won’t be able to put this one down. 


Bollywood Wives


This is a new direction for Alex Caan away from his police procedural series as he ventures out as Alex Khan and a rather sexy women’s fiction novel with a flair of mystery and murder as an added bonus. The focus though is on the relationships of the wives of the stars of the film industry along with the beautiful top billing leading lady, Zara Das.

Zara hadn’t travelled on a right of passage through privilege, to get to top billing status, she had done things that she wasn’t proud of and it could all be taken away in an instant. She had found herself on shaky ground lately but the opportunity to go to London and star in a new film was the opening that she needed, to get back in the good books of the fans. This is along with the sympathy gained from an attempt on her life recently too, where her driver was killed. Threats keep coming making everyone seem like a suspect at different times in the story.

The Bollywood wives could never see Zara as being good enough for them because of her background, though they all have secrets about their personal lives that they would prefer to be kept private. Putting a perfect couple front on for the press was paramount to them. Now a dangerous mix of cast members have been brought together, to star in the new film, that for a price have promised to play nice. This in itself is causing plenty behind the scenes tension.

There is plenty of gossip, lots of very steamy bedroom scenes and total queen bitch moments to keep any bonkbuster readers very happy. Throw in blackmail, murder and a rather sexy head of security bloke and it definitely has the ingredients for an all round must read novel. Really liked how this book all tied up at the end, very clever story lines.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.


Alex Khan is the pseudonym of Alex Caan, whose Riley and Harris police procedural series for Bonnier reached number 1 in the digital bestseller charts, with Cut to the Bone being chosen as a WHS Smith Book of the Week.
Bollywood Wives is the book that Alex has always wanted to write – a sweeping, blockbuster novel set in the luxurious world of Bollywood.
One of Hera Books’ missions is to publish fiction from BAME voices with real commercial, crossover appeal. In this novel classic Jackie Collins meets the best of Bollywood in an escapist, engrossing and sexy novel that will appeal to all readers of
commercial fiction.




Before her Eyes by Jack Jordan @JackJordanBooks @Atlanticbooks #BeforeHerEyes #BlogReview #BookReview #Thriller



She can’t see the killer
But the killer can see her…
Naomi Hannah has been blind since birth. Struggling with living in the small, claustrophobic town of Balkerne Heights, Naomi contemplates ending her life. But before she can, Naomi stumbles across the body of a young woman who has been brutally murdered. She senses someone else there at the scene – watching her. Naomi may not be able to see the killer’s face, but she is still the only person who can identify him.
For Naomi, this frightening truth changes everything: she realises that she wants to live, at the very point at which her life is in greatest peril. As the police begin hunting the person responsible and the bodies pile up, Naomi must lie in wait and answer the question that hangs her fate in the balance: why did the killer let her live?
In a town this small, the murderer must be close, perhaps even before her very eyes…


Before Her Eyes



The first time I met Naomi she was on the verge of ending her life and if it hadn’t been for a faithful friend she would have done just that. Still quite distressed she heads for home but literally stumbles over a dead body. Naomi has been blind from birth but senses that someone is there with her. It makes Naomi realise that she doesn’t want to be another victim, she wants to live.

Naomi doesn’t have to see to know that the detective in charge of the case, has no time for her. D.I. Lisa Elliott swiftly dismisses her as a pretty useless witness if she can’t see! My detest of this detective never changed throughout the story.

This isn’t the first time that tragedy has hit the town, a few years earlier a young woman went missing and has never been discovered. The police and traders want to play it all low-key for financial and personal reasons but when bodies begin to turn up like buses the newspaper reporters and paparazzi hit the town. Naomi has never felt so lonely but a rogue police officer D.S. Marcus Campbell, and her ex husband Dane promise to protect her. Between them they are about as good as using a colander as a kettle.

I really felt that Jack Jordan captured his characters perfectly, especially Naomi who lived independently with her guide dog Max. He showed her vulnerability when she panicked but also her strengths and determination to research the past herself. I love it when an author gets you so involved in a story that a knock at the door is just a distant noise like a phone ringing in a dream. He really had me there at Naomi’s side every step of the way, my heart beating just as fast as hers when she was scared.

This story just had my head buzzing from the beginning, especially the feeling of not trusting anyone and I loved the connection between the characters that just added to the tension  throughout the story. I don’t think that I have felt so helpless in a book. Then what a conclusion. This is nightmare perfection that will haunt me for weeks. Not a word, twist or shock wasted, just awesome!


Author of Anything for Her, My Girl, A Woman Scorned, and Before Her Eyes. Night by Night is published 2nd May 2019.





The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag @johnmurrays @NetGalley #BlogReview #HistoricalFiction #New Release #TheWolfAndTheWatchman



In this breathtakingly bold, intricately constructed novel set in 18th century Stockholm, a dying man searches among the city’s teeming streets, dark corners, and intriguing inhabitants to unmask a ruthless murderer—perfect for fans of Perfume and The Alienist.

It is 1793. Four years after the storming of the Bastille in France and more than a year after the death of King Gustav III of Sweden, paranoia and whispered conspiracies are Stockholm’s daily bread. A promise of violence crackles in the air as ordinary citizens feel increasingly vulnerable to the whims of those in power.

When Mickel Cardell, a crippled ex-solider and former night watchman, finds a mutilated body floating in the city’s malodorous lake, he feels compelled to give the unidentifiable man a proper burial. For Cecil Winge, a brilliant lawyer turned consulting detective to the Stockholm police, a body with no arms, legs, or eyes is a formidable puzzle and one last chance to set things right before he loses his battle to consumption. Together, Winge and Cardell scour Stockholm to discover the body’s identity, encountering the sordid underbelly of the city’s elite.

Meanwhile, Kristofer Blix—the handsome son of a farmer—leaves rural life for the alluring charms of the capital and ambitions of becoming a doctor. His letters to his sister chronicle his wild good times and terrible misfortunes, which lead him down a treacherous path.

Into this unforgiving landscape comes a young woman—Anna-Stina—who is consigned to the workhouse after she upsets her parish priest. Her unlikely escape plan takes on new urgency when a sadistic guard marks her as his next victim.

Over the course of the novel, these extraordinary characters cross paths and collide in shocking and unforgettable ways. Niklas Natt och Dag paints a deliciously dark portrait of late 18th century Stockholm, and the frightful yet fascinating reality lurking behind the powdered and painted veneer of the era.


The Wolf and the Watchman


This story ventures into many genres, historical fiction, thriller, crime fiction, horror and even true love and comes out on top in every case. The story begins in 1793 Stockholm when two children waken Mickel Cardell, to tell him that there is a body in the river. The one-armed ex soldier, known as the wolf, eventually retrieves the man. Well what is left of the poor bloke. He is without any limbs tongue or eyes. The police are called and ailing Cecil Winge, an ex watchman who has consumption, is a consulting detective to the police. He knows that this will probably be his last case so with the wolf at his side the watchman intends to discover who had kill this man and find out who he was in life.

The story drops back to a farmer’s young son Kristofer Blix, who wants better for himself so takes off to train as a doctor but he is ill prepared for the big city. Another tale follows the fortune of a young woman Anna Stina accused, charged and punished in the most horrendous way for something she had no part in. Four very different people, from very different backgrounds but each one will alter the lives of the others.

There are two more characters I have not mentioned, they are for the reader to find out themselves. If you ever wondered how a monster is made then you will find out in this book. This is an extremely gruesome story that some will really struggle with. It involves acts of deprivation and terrible cruelty. I was totally mesmerised with this author’s writing, brutal it was but what a story he told.

I really didn’t think that I could be shocked further but I was wrong. This is such an epic read where I became immersed in each persons story which were a catastrophe of errors. Absolutely outstanding, if you have the stomach for it!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Niklas Natt och Dag (“Night and Day”) debuted as an author with the historical literary novel 1793. Natt och Dag himself has an undeniable connection to Swedish history, being a member of the oldest surviving noble family in Sweden. When he isn’t writing or reading, Natt och Dag enjoys playing the guitar, mandolin, violin, or the Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi.

Niklas Natt och Dag lives in Stockholm with his wife and their two sons.


Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz @OrendaBooks @annecater #blogtour #NewRelease #BetonRouge #ChastityRiley #ohneklippo

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for BETON ROUGE by Simone Buchholz



On a warm September morning, an unconscious man is found in a cage at the entrance to the offices of one of the biggest German newspapers. Closer inspection shows he is a manager of the company, and that he’s been tortured. Three days later, another manager appears in similar circumstances. Chastity Riley and her new colleague Ivo Stepanovic are tasked with uncovering the truth behind the attacks, an investigation that goes far beyond the revenge they first suspect, to the dubious past shared by both victims. Traveling to the south of Germany, they step into the elite world of boarding schools, where secrets are currency, and monsters are bred—monsters who will stop at nothing to protect themselves. A smart, dark, probing thriller, full of all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the very best noir, Beton Rouge is both a classic whodunit and a scintillating expose of society, by one of the most exciting names in crime fiction.


Beton Rouge (Chastity Riley Book 2)


This is the second book in this series but the first that I have read. I really took to Public Prosecutor Chastity Riley who is what I would describe as a little coarse, dry humoured and very entertaining. She is like one of the lads, smokes, drinks and knows a few apt phrases for any situation that she finds herself in. As the story opens she comes across the scene of a woman who has been knocked from her cycle and has to go and take a look, not a pleasant sight.

The case she is asked to go to though is one where a man has been locked in a cage, stripped, tortured and left outside his place of work. The thing was it wasn’t that which was most disturbing, I was pretty shocked to find out the reaction of the people who were going past. Boy this bloke was not liked. Before I had time to draw breath a second man turned up in a cage outside his place of work, again with not an ounce of sympathy from his work colleagues and employees.

This is a pretty quick read that focuses on both Chastity and the story line so I felt that I got a real good feel about who she is and how she ticks. I wasn’t the only newbie to the story as she is partnered by Ivo Stepanovic which made them a super entertainment package. The pair just bounced off each other like they had known each other years. The chapters are incredibly short making the read snappy, with lots of information being given to me without it jumbled up with other irrelevant bits.

I really liked the direction that the story went, the down to earth investigators and the personal touch of who they are too.  An author I look forward to reading more from.

I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher which I have reviewed honestly.








Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award, and second place in the German Crime Fiction Prize, for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months.

She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides @orionbooks @NetGalley #PsycholgicalSuspense #Thriller #TheSilentPatient #NewRelease #BlogReview



Promising to be the debut novel of the season The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive…

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….


The Silent Patient


What could possibly turn a woman who seems to have an enviable life into an empty vessel and murderer lost in her own little world? Six years ago Alicia, a successful artist and Gabriel, her fashion photographer husband started the day as any normal happy couple do but something went terribly wrong that evening when he came home. Alicia shot him five times in the face, a pretty personal statement I thought and six years later she still hasn’t spoken a word. Alicia has been held at the Grove, a secure unit, ever since.

Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, has quite an obsession with the case, so when a position comes up at the Grove he doesn’t hesitate to give up a more prestige position in another establishment to take it. This is one man who is determined to break the silence that Alicia has kept. As the sessions begin the story is told with a drop back in time to passages from Alicia’s diary leading up to the murder and the thoughts of Theo both present time and the past in his own life.

There are various other characters in the story all with differing views as to whether they would really like Alicia to speak again or not. Including the Art Gallery that deals with Alicia’s pre-murder paintings, which have risen dramatically in value since the murder. The methods of Theo certainly seem to stir something in her.

My mind was running riot, was she guilty of murder? Had someone set her up? Would she ever speak again? When the story began Alicia was like a blank canvas but little by little it began to take shape from a colourful past and shady present until the final unveiling of the truth. What a master piece it was! This is an outstanding debut from an author with  a rich talented and twisted mind, just the way I like them.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother, I studied English literature at Cambridge University and got my MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. I wrote the film The Devil You Know (2013) starring Rosamund Pike and co-wrote The Con is On (2018), starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara. THE SILENT PATIENT is my first novel.