Vicious Circle by C.J. Box (Joe Pickett Book #17) @cjboxauthor @Hoz_Books

Vicious Circle (Joe Pickett Book 17) by [Box, C.J.]


One man hell-bent on avenging his family, the other dead-set on protecting his…

Joe Pickett always knew there’d be a day of reckoning. And now that day has come.

Two years ago, his daughter was beaten and dumped by the side of a country road. Joe’s determination to avenge her forced him into a catastrophic confrontation with the Cates clan that left three of their number dead and put the two survivors behind bars. Now the youngest son, Dallas, is out of prison and back in town.

Joe knows exactly why he’s returned, but all he can do is wait for Dallas to make the first move.


Vicious Circle (Joe Pickett Book 17)


 I have been with Joe Pickett from the very first book and have loved every single one of them. Joe is a solid family man, a hard worker, honest and fair. He has well and truly earned his high ranking badge as one of Wyoming Big Horn Mountain rangers. I fell in love with this place and the author’s ‘come to life’ descriptions. The harsh winters, beautiful but deadly too. What I really like is the feeling of home in Jackson Hole that I get every time I open a new book to read about familiar characters, hoping that my favourites will be hidden in other chapters further in the book. It really is something special for an author to give you a feeling of missing home when you have never been there.

What begins as a search by air for a missing local man in the mountains turns into the search team making him a visible target for the killers that are hunting him down. Helpless there is little they can do from the air by the time they realise what is happening it is too late.

Past events are back to haunt Joe Pickett and his family as Dallas, a former Rodeo star and only one of two family members that are still alive after nearly killing Joe’s adopted daughter, is back for revenge. His prison sentence is over and he has a couple of new acquaintances in tow to lend a hand at what they do best.

This isn’t really a series that I feel you can just nip in and out of as the rolling characters are tied in to the family from different books. The books began when the girls were only small, only two of them then and now only one is at home looking forward to college.

Dallas is a real mummy’s boy and although she is now only able to move her neck and head, after her encounter with Joe in an earlier book, she still manages to rule the inmates of the prison she is in. She is one scary lady.

My skin crawled with the arrogance of Dallas, but Joe is determined to bring his rein finally to an end to protect his daughters.

This is a perfect addition to this already superb series.


C. J. Box

Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box is the author of nineteen novels including the Joe Pickett series. He’s also won the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His short stories have been featured in America’s Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. 2008 novel BLOOD TRAIL was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin (Ireland) Literary Award.

Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he co-owns an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie. They have three daughters. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Box lives in Wyoming.




Vicious Circle (Joe Pickett Book 17) by [Box, C.J.]

The Revenant by Michael Punke @BoroughPress #TheRevenant #BookToFilm

The Revenant: The bestselling book that inspired the award-winning movie by [Punke, Michael]


Winner of 3 OSCARS including BEST DIRECTOR and BEST ACTOR

Winner of 5 BAFTAS including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film

Winner of the 2016 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actor – Drama, and Best Director

The novel that inspired the epic new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

Hugh Glass isn’t afraid to die. He’s done it once already.

Rocky Mountains, 1823

The trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is one of the most respected men in the company, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.
But when a scouting mission puts Glass face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two men from the company are ordered to remain with him until his inevitable death. But, fearing an imminent attack, they abandon Glass, stripping him of his prized rifle and hatchet.

As Glass watches the men flee, he is driven to survive by one all-consuming desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, he sets out on a three-thousand-mile journey across the harsh American frontier, to seek revenge on the men who betrayed him.

The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.


The Revenant: The bestselling book that inspired the award-winning movie


It seems that I am doing a run of books that have been made into films at the moment and to be honest this is a pearler. I saw the film first with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy playing leading roles. I was glad that I had seen the film first as I couldn’t have conjured such scenery in my mind or the bear attack and its savagery. Do read the book but watch the film first if you get a chance.

Set in 1823 it follows the lives of a small group of men who are trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. The conditions are brutal, the weather extreme and the men as tough as any you will ever read about. The area is deep in Indian country so the men are out surveying the area to ensure it is safe to hunt, Hugh Glass accidentally comes in between a mother and her cubs he only has time to get off one shot before the mother bear pins him to the ground savagely clawing and biting him until the bullet finally does its job.

When Glass is found he is one mass of shredded flesh. His scalp hanging from his head and his throat ripped open leaving a gapping windpipe, and his back with claws that have reached his bones. His boss stitches him up the best he can but they are all sure he won’t survive. Two of the men are left behind to make him comfortable and bury him when he is dead but impatience has one of them tell the other he has died, taking his gun and hatchet with them. Glass watches them leave, unable to call out.

Over the next couple of days he rests then begins to drag himself three thousand miles to find the men the abandoned him to die. This is one epic read.

To say that this book is less than 300 pages it carries one hell of a story of endurance, quick thinking and a man powered by revenge. Glass encounters Indians, hunger and infection but never gives up.

The amazing thing about this story is that it really happened. This is a true story. I was bowled over with it all. A magnificent book and a magnificent film!


Michael Punke

Michael Punke is a writer, novelist, professor, policy analyst, policy consultant, attorney and currently the Deputy United States Trade Representative and US Ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He is best known for writing The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge (2002), which was adapted into film as The Revenant (2015), directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, with a screenplay by Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

The Revenant: The bestselling book that inspired the award-winning movie by [Punke, Michael]

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro Cornelia Funke @RealGDT @CorneliaFunke #BlogReview #PansLabyrinth #NetGalley @BloomsburyBooks #NewRelease


This enthralling novel, inspired by the 2006 film, illustrates that fantasy is the sharpest tool to explore the terrors and miracles of the human heart

You shouldn’t come in here. You could get lost. It has happened before. I’ll tell you the story one day, if you want to hear it.

In fairy tales, there are men and there are wolves, there are beasts and dead parents, there are girls and forests.

Ofelia knows all this, like any young woman with a head full of stories. And she sees right away what the Capitán is, in his immaculate uniform, boots and gloves, smiling: a wolf.

But nothing can prepare her for the fevered reality of the Capitán’s eerie house, in the midst of a dense forest which conceals many things: half-remembered stories of lost babies; renegade resistance fighters hiding from the army; a labyrinth; beasts and fairies.

There is no one to keep Ofelia safe as the labyrinth beckons her into her own story, where the monstrous and the human are inextricable, where myths pulse with living blood …


by Guillermo del Toro


Loved that this is the book of the film rather than the film of the book, in this perfect pairing of Guillermo Del Toro and Cornelia Funke. It is a dark and twisted tale that seems to have all the goodness sucked right out of it, with characters that are selfish, cruel and greedy. The only glimmer of light is that of Ofelia.

The story begins in Spain in 1944 with Ofelia and her pregnant mother going to live with Vidal, an officer in Franco’s army. The house is very isolated but from where Ofelia can explore deeper into the woods. She meets Pan, a faun, who sets her a number of tasks to complete.

The story dances between the two realities of Ofelia, both equally full of danger and cruelty as seen through her child eyes.

Vidal is a sadist who uses the excuse of war to bathe in the torture of captured soldiers openly. These scenes are brutal. Ofelia’s mother only wanted somewhere safe for her daughter and unborn child, but Vidal has no compassion for her or Ofelia, his only goal is to have the baby. She is just a vessel to keep the baby safe until he is born.

The book has pictures to accompany the story which enhance it further. A super read but only a fair tale by name, definitely not for children.

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


Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro has enjoyed huge critical and commercial success as a film director in both his native Mexico and Hollywood. His works include Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, and Hellboy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is the hugely successful author of the Inkheart Trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of other popular children’s novels and picture books. She was born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten. After finishing her studies, Cornelia worked for three years as a social worker. For a while, she illustrated books, but soon began writing her own stories, inspired by the tales that had appealed to the children she had worked with.
During the late 1980s and the 1990s, she established herself in Germany with two children’s series, namely the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (Ghosthunters) and the Wilde Hühner (Wild Chicks) line of books. Her international breakthrough came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider (1996), which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 78 weeks, and was continued with The Thief Lord (2000, translated into English in 2002), which immediately climbed to the #2 position of the New York Times bestseller list, stayed there for 19 weeks and sold 1.5 million copies.
Her follow-up novel was Inkheart (2003), which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children’s Literature award. Inkheart was the first part of a trilogy which continued with Inkspell (2005), which won Cornelia her second BookSense Book of the Year Children’s Literature award (2006). The trilogy concluded with Inkdeath (published in Germany in 2007, England in Spring 2008, USA Autumn 2008).
Inkheart the movie was also released in 2008 and starred Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren, and Paul Bettany.


Twitter: @RealGDT

Twitter: @CorneliaFunke

Stop at Nothing by Tammy Cohen @MsTamarCohen @TransworldBooks #NewRelease #StopAtNothing #NetGalley

Stop At Nothing by [Cohen, Tammy]


WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO GET JUSTICE FOR YOUR FAMILY? A gripping, relatable and intriguing thriller from one of the best-loved writers in the genre. For fans of Lisa Jewell, Heidi Perks, and C L Taylor.


A mother’s job is to keep her children safe.

Tess has always tried to be a good mother. Of course, there are things she wishes she’d done differently, but doesn’t everyone feel that way?

Then Emma, her youngest, is attacked on her way home from a party, plunging them into a living nightmare which only gets worse when the man responsible is set free

But what if she fails?

So when Tess sees the attacker in the street near their home, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. But blinded by her need to protect her daughter at any cost, might she end up putting her family in even greater danger?

There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to make it right . . .


Stop At Nothing


When the man suspected of attacking Tess’s teenage daughter is released from custody, she is frustrated and furious. Neither Emma or the lady that came to her rescue that night could identify the man in a police line up. A couple of days later Tess sees the man in the street and swears that she will make sure that he doesn’t get the chance to attack any other young girls. With the support and encouragement of her daughter’s rescuer, Frances, she embarks on a mission to ‘out’ her daughter’s attacker and destroy his reputation.

Oh my this is like poking a bear with a stick, you get a few little warning growls to back off to start with but there is nowhere to hide if you go too far. Tess’s mental state isn’t in a good place with her life and health having more cracks in it than a condemned building as she is emotionally torn between her aged parents, her daughters, and ex-husband.

Tammy Cohen has again served up a heart pounder that makes reading the addiction it is to me. Loved the interwoven storylines of menopause, dementia, single parents and accepting that kids love their dads too. But most of all I loved how Tess was portrayed. This modern-day single parent coping with aged parents, in the care in the community system that real means get family to support more, and learning to let go of not only grown-up children but past relationships. This all rolled up in the hormonal battle of menopause.

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


Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote under her formal name Tamar Cohen) has written several acclaimed novels about family fall-out: The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else’s Wedding. The Broken was her first psychological thriller, followed by Dying for Christmas. Her brand new hardback novel, First One Missing is out now.

She lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog.


Twitter: @MsTamarCohen

Stop At Nothing by [Cohen, Tammy]

The Suffering of Strangers (Anderson & Costello #9) by Caro Ramsay @CaroRamsayBooks @blackthornbks #NetGalley

The Suffering of Strangers (Anderson and Costello thrillers Book 9) by [Ramsay, Caro]


DI Costello faces a disturbing child abduction case; a six-week-old has been stolen and replaced with another baby. The swap took cold and meticulous planning, so Costello treads the seedy, Glaswegian backstreets for answers. She’s convinced that more than one young life is at stake.

Promoted into the Cold Case Unit, Colin Anderson reviews the unsolved rape of a young mother, whose attacker is still out there. Each case pulls Anderson and Costello in the same direction and, as their paths keep crossing, they begin to suspect their separate cases are dangerously entwined.


The Suffering of Strangers (Anderson and Costello thrillers Book 9)


When an exhausted new mum leaves her sleeping six-week-old baby in the car while she nips into the shop she is horrified to discover that her car and baby are gone when she gets back just a few minutes later. She is flooded with relief when a call comes in to say the car has been spotted just a couple of streets away. When she got there the baby isn’t hers. This baby has downs syndrome.

Although this is the 9th book in the series I seemed to pick out the core story without any problems, although there was a huge number of characters in the book. It is recommended though to read the series in order to fully understand all the subplots that keep coming up from other cases.

I really took to Costella and Anderson, two Scottish detectives that are at the beginning of the story working on different cases from different timelines but they keep coming together like a pair of magnets.  This police procedural ticks all the right boxes connects all the dots and opens up something much bigger than either of them could have dreamed up.

Brilliant characters, super location, and a fabulous plot.

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


Caro Ramsay was born and educated in Glasgow. She has been writing stories since she was five years old, developing a keen interest in crime fiction and a passion for the genre that lead her to write Absolution, her first novel.



The Suffering of Strangers (Anderson and Costello thrillers Book 9) by [Ramsay, Caro]


In the Heart of the Sea: The Epic True Story that Inspired ‘Moby Dick’ by Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Heart of the Sea: The Epic True Story that Inspired ‘Moby Dick’ (Text Only): The Epic True Story That Inspired "Moby Dick" by [Philbrick, Nathaniel]


The epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the nineteenth century – and inspiration for ‘Moby-Dick’ – reissued to accompany a major motion picture due for release in December 2015, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker and Cillian Murphy.

When the whaleship Essex set sail from Nantucket in 1819, the unthinkable happened. A mere speck in the vast Pacific ocean – and powerless against the forces of nature – Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale, and her twenty crewmen were forced to take to the open sea in three small boats. Ninety days later only a handful of survivors were rescued – and a terrifying story of desperation, cannibalism and courage was revealed…

One of the greatest sea yarns ever spun, ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ is the true story of the extraordinary events that inspired Herman Melville’s masterpiece ‘Moby-Dick’.


In the Heart of the Sea


This is another book that I was introduced to because I saw the film first. The movie I felt was more the fluffed up storytelling side while the book was driven home with solid hard facts. The movie I enjoyed but the book is pure quality.

The book begins with facts, who is who, their backgrounds, details of the ships the recruitment of the crew. The pay they were expected to make and the work they were required to do. I was spellbound with the remedies of treating illnesses, which at times made me physically gip! This was a true history book of facts.

I was introduced to each person that would sail on the ill-fated ship The Essex, what happens was documented by the 14-year-old cabin boy in 1820, as they encountered disaster after disaster in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The whaling ship was not due back home for 2 years and the crew of twenty would be diminished.

For the unlucky crew of The Essex, nature was about to hit back at them when a huge whale attacked the ship causing so much damage that the crew had to take to three rowboats. What follows is an account of how some of the crew managed to survive the 90 days they were at sea.

This is an absolutely engrossing book to read, there is little or no emotion from the author but he certainly stirred up enough in me for both of us. There are glimmers of hope, like a preverbal carrot continually been hung in front of these desperate men, that were just like cruel taunts. An island with no visible water, calculating the wrong direction and what to do when the food ran out?

The book goes on after the investigation of what had happened and the lives of the survivors afterward.

The book Moby Dick was created because of this factual event, a book I must revisit. This book is not just memorable it is unforgettable.


Nathaniel Philbrick

Philbrick was Brown’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978; that year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI; today he and his wife Melissa sail their Beetle Cat Clio and their Tiffany Jane 34 Marie-J in the waters surrounding Nantucket Island.

After grad school, Philbrick worked for four years at Sailing World magazine; was a freelancer for a number of years, during which time he wrote/edited several sailing books, including Yachting: A Parody (1984), for which he was the editor-in-chief; during this time he was also the primary caregiver for his two children. After moving to Nantucket in 1986, he became interested in the history of the island and wrote Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People. He was offered the opportunity to start the Egan Maritime Institute in 1995, and in 2000 he published In the Heart of the Sea, followed by Sea of Glory, in 2003, and Mayflower. He is presently at work on a book about the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Mayflower was a finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction. In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award for nonfiction; Revenge of the Whale won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; Sea of Glory won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society. Philbrick has also received the Byrne Waterman Award from the Kendall Whaling Museum, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for distinguished service from the USS Constitution Museum, the Nathaniel Bowditch Award from the American Merchant Marine Museum, the William Bradford Award from the Pilgrim Society, the Boston History Award from the Bostonian Society, and the New England Book Award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association.


In the Heart of the Sea: The Epic True Story that Inspired ‘Moby Dick’ (Text Only): The Epic True Story That Inspired "Moby Dick" by [Philbrick, Nathaniel]

Bird Box by Josh Malerman @JoshMalerman #BookToFilm #HorrorThriller #BirdBox #PsychologicalThriller

Bird Box: The bestselling psychological thriller, now a major film by [Malerman, Josh]


Josh Malerman’s debut novel BIRD BOX is a terrifying, psychological thriller that is sure to stay with you long after reading.

Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew.

Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing

And we couldn’t look outside anymore.


Bird Box: The bestselling psychological thriller, now a major film


I have to admit that I came across the book because I watched the film. It was an awesome film and for once I loved both the book and movie the same. The only thing was the characters had already been chosen for me. Their faces fully formed in my mind from the first page. Not a bad thing Sandra Bullock was perfect for the role.

The book doesn’t dwell too long on what is normal life, we all know what that is like but begins as small snippets of news filter through the network about the increase of suicides across the world, each day increasing by thousands until it reaches every town and every city in the world. It becomes clear that these people are seeing something that compels them to kill themselves.

The story begins five years in the future with Malorie and two young children setting out blindfolded in a canoe type boat heading to somewhere. Malorie edgy to say the least with the two children obeying her every instruction. There is no warmth in the relationship between them, their names are boy and girl. What becomes obvious is their heightened senses, hearing especially. The children have never seen outside if they do they will die.

The story drops back to when it all began, I can’t say you will be any wiser at the end but what a journey you will take. There isn’t a great deal of characters in the story so by the time you finish reading each one will be etched into your mind. Whatever it is that is causing this seems to gain intelligence too, adapting to new ways of getting to the ones that think they are safe.

Loved the book, really creepy with some brilliant characters in it. It really leaves you thinking about trust issues! There are some graphic scenes but it is that sort of book. Awesome reading loved the end!


Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman is the author of BIRD BOX and the singer/songwriter for the band THE HIGH STRUNG.


Twitter: @JoshMalerman

Bird Box: The bestselling psychological thriller, now a major film by [Malerman, Josh]

The Sentinel’s Alliance (Silent Sea Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Rogerson @rogersonsm #epicfantasy #fantasy #NewRelease

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Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.


The Sentinel’s Alliance: Silent Sea Chronicles – Book 3


What an epic journey this trilogy has been, such a huge pleasure to read all three books and just loved how it all came together in this final episode.

Suzanne Rogerson is a very visual writer with detailed descriptions of the islands and the changes that they have gone through. When I read a series I can’t help getting emotionally attached to the characters, this has been no exception. In this final book, the continual battle of magic uses and those against it escalates to breaking point.

Some of the storylines had run from the beginning of the series so there was plenty happening in this book. Commander Farrell is a major player, a puppeteer that pulls all the strings to get plans into action. He has secrets to reveal, alliances to make and his name to make good again. I just loved all the punch in the air moments that came with this tick list of kick-ass let’s get this done people attitude!

There are some terrific battle scenes, with massive shocks, and mouth dropping moments that I just hadn’t seen coming, all delivered with Rogerson perfection.

An absolutely stunning series, highly recommended.



Suzanne Rogerson

Suzanne lives in Middlesex with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.


Twitter: @rogersonsm

The Sentinel's Alliance: Silent Sea Chronicles - Book 3 by [Rogerson, Suzanne]

The Dare (Detective Natalie Ward #3) by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @Bookouture #BookReview #NetGalley #TheDare

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Jane’s daughter is a good girl. What is she hiding?

When thirteen-year-old Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come straight home from school, as she always does, her mother Jane immediately raises the alarm.

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward whose daughter Leigh is the same age as Savannah. Soon Natalie’s worst fears are confirmed when the teenager’s broken body is found in nearby shrubland.

Evidence points towards a local recluse, but just as the net is closing around him, one of Savannah’s friends, Harriet, is reported missing.

As Natalie delves into the lives of both girls, she soon discovers a sinister video on their phones, daring the girls to disappear from their families for 48 hours.

But Natalie isn’t quick enough for this killer, and she is devastated to find Harriet’s body on a fly-tip a day later.

Caught up in the case, she takes her eye off her own daughter and when Leigh goes missing after school she knows she must be in terrible danger. The clock is ticking for Natalie. Can she catch this killer before her little girl becomes the next victim?

This gripping rollercoaster of a read will have you up in the small hours turning the pages. Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Caine and Robert Dugoni will love The Dare.


The Dare: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 3)


It is such a huge step for children to move into their teens, classing themselves as a grown-up and thinking they know everything but it is a nightmare for the parents. When Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come home after school her mum knows there is something really wrong and phones the police. What begins hopefully as a young girl just being at a friends turns into a murder investigation when her body is found.

The case really hits Detective Natalie Ward pretty hard, having a daughter the same age herself. It isn’t long before a second girl goes missing too and the urgency to find her increases with every passing minute. The only thing is that everyone is keeping quiet, no-one wants to dob on a mate.

The killer makes appearances in short sharp chapters drip-feeding small tip bits of his deadly serious game. The chapters unfold to give an insight into both the killer and the girls and the way they interact with each other. The price they will pay to be one of the popular girls.

The number of suspects grows in this breeding ground of red herrings but Natalie Ward chips away until she gets that tiny breakthrough that opens up a totally new terrifying lead.

Carol Wyer creates the perfect balance of Natalie’s work and home life, where she is facing tremendous pressures from both. When both begin to overlap it puts her into new shoes, giving her a different perspective to the case.

I love how the author can make all her characters lift from the paper and feel so real, a super talent. This story has a very modern theme which I am sure will put many a shiver through many parents. I was kept guessing right to the end as to who the killer was. An excellent storyline, brilliant insights too into the families of the victims. Super series.


Carol E. Wyer who also writes as Carol Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. More recently she has chosen to write for the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, starting with the gripping best-seller, Little Girl Lost.
Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and for The Huffington Post.
Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.


Twitter: @carolewyer



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What Happened to Lori (Book 1 Genesis) by J.A. Konrath @jakonrath #WhatHappenedToLori #NewRelease #BookReview

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three people.
Each has a secret.
Each has an agenda.
All three are liars.

One of them committed a terrible crime.
One of them is on the run.
More than one of them is a killer.

These three people are about to find out what happened to Lori.
And they’re going to wish they never did…

Is she dead? Or is it much worse?


What Happened To Lori is a gearshift thriller series comprised of two 90,000 word books. This unconventional thriller bombards the reader with intriguing questions and eye-popping scenarios, pulling you deeper and deeper into a complex–yet highly entertaining–web of mystery, secrets, sex, double-crosses, lies, voyeurism, torture, and deceit, leading up to the biggest mind-blowing twist in modern genre fiction.

Book 1 sets the scene, introduces the main characters, and pulls you into a wicked plot involving a missing woman who is presumed dead, her obsessed grieving brother, her off-kilter ex-con husband, and the mysterious mercenary her husband hires to replace her…

You may think you have it figured out.

You’re probably wrong.

What Happened to Lori will stay one step ahead of you right until the epic, unexpected, universe-shattering conclusion.

Welcome to the modern thriller. It will blow your mind.


What Happened to Lori Book 1: Genesis (Mind-Blowing Twist Thriller Duology)


My mind is already blown away with this book and the second and concluding part is yet to be published. It isn’t that you need to get your head around a lot of characters, primarily there are only three but all of them are complex and seriously unbalanced in some way.

The core of the story centres around Lori, who doesn’t even make an appearance except by name. Lori is missing presumed murdered by her husband Fabler.

Fabler had been released from prison after only two years and now seems to be on an obsessional mission in his fully military-style converted home.

Lori’s brother, Pilgrim or Grim as everyone calls him, who served in the Special Operations Unit with Fabler, is convinced that he killed his sister. He is trying to regain some sort of control back over his life to focus on finding out the truth.

Brought into this mix is outsider Marna Presley, who is hired by Grim to apply to an advert put out by Fabler for a woman with very specific looks and talents. Presley is again military trained and with a few adjustments to her physical appearance matches to requirements.

What follows is bizarre in the most hypnotic and compelling way. I couldn’t stop reading this unpredictable addictive book. I wanted to know what was behind closed doors. Why Fabler was holding something huge a secret and what had happened to Lori?

They are all strong characters there for very different reasons, hopefully when they are all there for Lori things may really begin to take off. It is pure adrenaline rush from page one to be continued when book 2 is published.

Konrath is always a strong favourite of mine and I am loving this new direction that he is taking me in. The good news is it isn’t long until the final book is published. Totally fascinated by this!


J. A. Konrath

JA Konrath is the author of WHAT HAPPENED TO LORI BOOK 1 and BOOK 2, a gearshift duology meant to take thriller fiction to the next level.

Joe also wrote twelve novels in the Jack Daniels thriller series. They do not have to be read chronologically to be enjoyed, but the order is: Whiskey Sour, Bloody Mary, Rusty Nail, Dirty Martini, Fuzzy Navel, Cherry Bomb, Shaken, Stirred, Rum Runner, Last Call, White Russian, and Shot Girl. More coming soon.

Jack Daniels also appears in the novels Dead On My Feet, Dying Breath, Everybody Dies, Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, Lady 52, and Serial Killers Uncut. She’s also in the novellas Floaters, Burners, Planter’s Punch, Babe On Board, Racked, Straight Up, October Dark, Jacked Up!, Beat Down, Cheese Wrestling, Abductions, Watched Too Long, and Babysitting Money, and the collection Jack Daniels Stories.

Wow, that’s a lot of Jack.

Other novels include the thrillers Origin, The List, Disturb, Timecaster, Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, Haunted House, Webcam, Grandma?, Holes In The Ground, and Draculas. Other novellas include Fix, Hit, Naughty, Exposed, Rescue, and Wild Night is Calling.

He also writes the Stop A Murder mystery puzzle series, where you become the sleuth and solve brain teasers to try and catch a killer.

And, finally, he writes erotica under the pen name Melinda DuChamp.

Joe writes a lot. You should probably read everything.

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Twitter: @jakonrath