The Last One to See Her by Mark Tilbury #TheLastOneToSeeHer #BookReview #BlogTour @MTilburyAuthor #TwistedTilbury

Firstly I wish to thank Mark Tilbury for inviting me on his Blog Tour for his latest book release, The Last One To See Her

The Last One To See Her by [Mark Tilbury]


He says he is innocent…so why did he lie?

Mathew Hillock was the last person to see eleven-year-old Jodie Willis alive. When her dead body turns up four days later in his garden shed, the police think he’s guilty of her murder. So do most people in the town. But there’s no DNA evidence to link him to the crime.
Battling the weight of public opinion and mental illness due to a childhood head trauma, he sinks into a deep depression.
Can Mathew do what the police failed to do and find evidence linking the real killer to the crime?

The Last One To See Her is a terrifying story of what happens when you’re accused of a crime and no one believes you are innocent.


The Last One To See Her


The scene is set with events from the past as Mark Tilbury’s prologue introduction left me stunned! What a horrific opening with the consequences of that night still playing out in the daily lives of the victims of a horrendous crime years later.

Mathew Hillock, in his early twenties, has his problems that make people that don’t really know him, keep a distance. He takes things quite literally, like that morning when a bird came in the house and he told everyone at the shop that someone was going to die. When he sees eleven-year-old Jodie Willis he gets a bad feeling, especially when a man follows her down a path in the park.

Oh boy, Mathew Hillock makes my arms and the back of my neck tingle, I want to mother him but there is also part of me that feels a little unsure about times when I don’t know what he has been up to. Mathew is a character that I think most people ‘will have met in real life’, loving but also unpredictable if he is upset.

Well, Twisted Tilbury really lives up to his reputation as the story unfolds, with some proper belting characters that will do anything to throw the police investigation into a tiswas. This really is a talkie book for me again, as I became very verbal on every page in the last quarter of the book. I was like someone from the Omen with the cursing that was coming from me!

OMG from one extreme to the other, I was speechless. This is a belting story. You aren’t on the edge of your seat, you are behind the sofa. One of Mark Tilbury’s best yet!


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

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels published by Bloodhound Books, including his most recent release, Torment.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.


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No Signal by Jem Tugwell @JemTugwell @SerpentineBooks #BlogTour #NOSIGNAL #CrimeFiction #Technothriller #Thriller #scifi #fiction #BookReview

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Pub Date: 4th June 2020

Pages – 336


Can a game change the world? The Ten are chosen – they are reckless, driven and strong. They are tested. Ten become Four. In a country where everyone is tracked, how can the Four hide from the police? DI Clive Lussac hates the system that controls everything, but he’s ill and it’s helping him. He must decide: conform or fight. As Clive’s world unravels, he and his partners DC Ava Miller and DS Zoe Jordan can’t believe the entry price to the game. They strive to answer the real questions. Why does the ultimate Augmented Reality game have four different finishes? And how is a simple game wrapped up in politics, religion and the environment?

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Having read Proximity a while ago, I was biting at the reigns to get back and see how DI Clive Lussac was fairing. Set in the future the world is very different from how it is now but some find the changes that have taken place hard to live with. Everything is controlled by the government who know where you go, who you see, what you do and your full medical history via the iMe which is embedded under the skin. Even the foods that you are allowed, to maintain a healthy body and exercise are personally planned for each person. Any breaches are costly. Lucas, in the last book, had been put on a strict diet as he loomed towards diabetes but he had found a way to cheat for him and his partner. A day in the life of a detective normally entailed sitting at a desk and taking the odd call that reported a problem. If a crime was committed the suspects could be swiftly identified and tracked down, some crooks never learnt!

This story centres around the hype of a new game that required physical skills and intelligence. The top ten out of all the players had been chosen and were to face each other for the final four places and the cash prizes for them all that would be life-changing. Serge is the man with all the tasks that each of them has to complete with huge cash prizes there for them all to win.

This is another belting story from this author. It is fast-paced, shocking, funny and has such a real feel with it that this could be how it will be in a few years down the line for us all. I love Lussac he is a brilliant character that seems to remember what life was like before and struggles with the changes. His sweet tooth could be the death of him as the boredom of almost not existence crime forces him and others behind a desk, with the only excitement being who can answer the phone first.

This is a brilliant story which I didn’t work out until things happened. It has everything, loveable characters, action and full-throttle pace. Although it is set in the future this one is a very believable one, just take a step back and see what you have already, we aren’t that far from this. So looking forward to the third book. Superb!

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


Jem Tugwell is a crime fiction author with a Crime Writing MA from City University. NO SIGNAL is the second book in the iMe series and follows his thrilling debut novel PROXIMITY. Jem is inspired by the fascinating possibilities of technology, AI and the law of unintended consequences. In a past life, Jem had a successful career in technology and investment management, and he lives in Surrey with his wife and dog. He has two great children. Outside of his family and writing, Jem’s loves are snowboarding, old cars and bikes.


Twitter: @JemTugwell

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Copter Prize: As part of the blog tour, Serpentine Books is running a Copter competition to give away 2 signed copies of Proximity (it is open to UK addresses only).


The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’Flanagan @sheilaoflanagan #NewRelease #TheWomenWhoRanAway #ContemporaryFiction

The Women Who Ran Away: Will their secrets follow them? by [Sheila O'Flanagan]


In Sheila O’Flanagan’s stunning new novel, two women face up to shocking truths about the men they’ve loved – and start to make their own decisions about what to do next…

‘One of my favourite authors’ Marian Keyes

Deira isn’t the kind of woman to steal a car. Or drive to France alone with no plan. But then, Deira didn’t expect to be single. Or to suddenly realise that that the only way she can get the one thing she wants most is to start breaking every rule she lives by.

Grace has been sent on a journey by her late husband, Ken. She doesn’t really want to be on it but she’s following his instructions, as always. She can only hope that the trip will help her to forgive him. And then – finally – she’ll be able to let him go.

Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Grace and Deira find that it’s easier to share secrets with a stranger, especially in the shimmering sunny countryside of Spain and France. But they soon find that there’s no escaping the truth, whether you’re running away from it or racing towards it.


The Women Who Ran Away: Will their secrets follow them?


It has been far too long since I read one of this author’s books. I just hoped that I wasn’t expecting too much now. Within the first chapter, I had left reality and social distancing behind and joined two amazing women on a life-changing adventure.

Grace by name and Grace by nature. What a woman! Grace is a former air hostess from a day when they were chosen for their beauty and height as well as their brains. It had been on one of her trips that she had met Ken, the man that she would marry. They had three children, all grown up with lives of their own now. Ken was the reason that she was now on a ferry from Ireland to France, although she was travelling alone.

Deira was also on the ferry and travelling alone but the holiday had been planned by her now ex-partner Gavin, who had moved on to a much younger partner. The little sport’s number that Deira had parked on the lower decks of the ferry was his but she had taken it without his knowledge. She wasn’t coping very well with the break-up and had quite a mission brewing in her mind.

When fate keeps throwing the two women together they eventually go with the grain and an incredible treasure hunt begins.

I loved the connection between the two women which threw a different perspective on another main character. I felt that I probably got to know Ken better than anyone strangely enough, how different people saw him, how he related to people and the person he hid so well. He really made me think about life.

The places were amazing in the story, the descriptions detailed enough for me to see them come to life and the snippets of information about classic authors just brilliant. The research was perfection from this author as I always remembered it to be.

I cringed and smiled, shed a tear or two and just felt so uplifted. Loved this.


Sheila O'Flanagan

I’ve always loved reading and when I was a child I used to write stories for my younger sisters as a bribe to make them do my share of the housework. It usually worked!

Ireland is famed for its writers, but for me growing up most of the novels were rural in both their settings and their points of view. I wanted to read books about people like me, who lived in the city and struggled with the chaotic bus timetable and had dreams and ambitions that had nothing to do with the farm. I also wanted to read novels in which the women were the heroes of their own stories and not simply there because they were someone’s wife, mother or daughter.

Although I was constantly writing, the idea of being a novelist was a bit of a pipe dream. I had to earn a living and so I got a job in finance. It was the complete opposite of anything I’d ever expected to do but – at least for a time – I enjoyed it and I did well.

But the dream wouldn’t go away and in my thirties I decided that I would make a real effort to write my novel. Eventually, after a couple of false starts, Dreaming of A Stranger was written and published and became an Irish bestseller.

Since then I’ve written more than 20 novels as well as 3 collections of short stories and 2 novels for children all of which have been bestsellers both in Ireland and overseas. They include The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, Isobel’s Wedding and Suddenly Single and my sales have topped 8 million around the world. My next book will be published on 30th May 2019 and is called Her Husband’s Mistake. In it, Roxy, my heroine, has to reassess her rock-solid marriage after a shattering discovery.

In most of my books, I put women in situations where they have to dig deep inside themselves to find their inner strength even though sometimes they struggle to realise it’s there. Readers often ask who my favourite characters are, but every one of the women in my books is as close to me as a member of my family. (For the time when I’m writing a book they’re even closer because they’re in my head 24/7. At least with the family I can put the phone down!)

Regardless of who my readers are, I always try to do three things when I’m writing:

Tell a good story
Make the reader feel like they know the characters
Make each book better than the last


Twitter: @sheilaoflanagan

The Women Who Ran Away: Will their secrets follow them? by [Sheila O'Flanagan]

His & Hers by Alice Feeney @alicewriterland @HarlequinBooks #His&Hers #NetGalley #BookReview #New Release


If there are two sides to every story, someone is always lying…

Jack: Three words to describe my wife: Beautiful. Ambitious. Unforgiving.
Anna: I only need one word to describe my husband: Liar.

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Anna’s ex-husband, DCI Jack Harper, is suspicious of her involvement, until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone is lying, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.


His and Hers: the thrilling, suspenseful and shocking new psychological thriller from the best selling author of Sometimes I Lie


This is a little beauty! Things were brittle enough between newsreader Anna Andrews and her ex-husband DCI Jack Harper before they found themselves working on the same murder case, where they both knew the victim. It isn’t long before Harper finds himself being set up as the murderer and it isn’t long before victim number 2 appears, another blast from the past for them both. The story falls back to the school days of Anna, fitting in and her friends with Jack Harper a couple of years older and in the background.

This is a busy book with so much going off in the past especially the need to be in with the popular girls. Every character is so vivid that one way or another it will bring back school days to you. The story continues in the present day with Harper’s sidekick and partner acting more than a little strange. This is one harrassed man from every direction though most of it he deserves.

The chapters are set out so that you get to see things through Harper’s eyes and thoughts and then through Andrews’ each headed His and Her. I don’t think between them they can tell a true sentence. There are some very unforgettable characters in this story both in the past and in present day. I was blown away at the end. This lady really knows how to reel you in. Loved every twisted second of this story!

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


Alice Feeney
Alice Feeney is an author and former BBC journalist. Her debut novel, Sometimes I Lie, was a New York Times and international bestseller. It has been translated into over twenty languages, and is being made into a TV series by Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog. Her second novel, I Know Who You Are, is being published in Spring 2019.

Twitter: @alicewriterland

The Split by Sharon Bolton @AuthorSJBolton @TrapezeBooks @orionbooks #TheSplit #NetGalley #BookReview #NewRelease

The Split: A woman is pushed to breaking point in this chilling, pulse-racing, emotionally-charged thriller by [Sharon Bolton]


‘Dark, fascinating and full of surprises’ Mark Edwards

‘Powerfully atmospheric, unguessably twisty.’ Elly Griffiths


A year ago, in desperation, Felicity Lloyd signed up for a lengthy research trip to the remote island of South Georgia.

It was her only way to escape.


Freddie Lloyd has served time for murder. Out at last, he’s on her trail.

And this time, he won’t stop until he finds her.


Tense, gripping and with a twist you won’t see coming, Sharon Bolton is back in an explosive new thriller about a woman on the run…


The Split: A woman is pushed to breaking point in this chilling, pulse-racing, emotionally-charged thriller


Wow! This is a little belter of a book. It starts edgy with one of a specialised research team working out on a remote island off the coast of South Georgia, in the Antarctic, getting together plans to make herself scarce after Freddie Llyod had written to her telling her he was coming. Freddie had been released from prison after serving a sentence for murder and now he had found her. No-one knows about her past, except Freddie Llyod.

Felicity is a glaciologist, the descriptions of her work were absolutely fascinating. I could have read a book just about her and what she did there. The story bounces between Freddie, Felicity’s attempts to stay hidden until the boat leaves again with Freddie on it and a mysterious woman that has remarkable fighting and survival skills that has caused a stir on the Island.

The story falls back to Cambridge and sessions with Dr Joe Grant, a psychiatrist that Felicity is seeing on a professional level. She becomes very much the damsel in distress with Grant being the one to pick up the pieces. This is such a racy story that didn’t give me time to return back to any sort of reality in my own life. It pushed me past edgy, it pushed me to insanity. I loved this book.

The characters are superb, the research top notch and the storyline just blew me away. My best read of the year so far. Stunning!

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


Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2014 she won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her whole body of work.

Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and son.


Twitter:  @AuthorSJBolton

The Split: A woman is pushed to breaking point in this chilling, pulse-racing, emotionally-charged thriller by [Sharon Bolton]

The Scribbler by Iain Maitland @iainmaitland @SarabandBooks @RKbookpublicist #Thriller #BookReview #NewRelease

Huge thanks to Ruth Killick at Ruth Killick Publicity for sending me an e-copy of The Scribbler by Iain Maitland.


‘He’s back, Carrie. The Scribbler is back.’

DI Gayther and his rookie colleague DC Carrie have been assigned a new caseload. Or rather, an old one… cold cases of LGBTQ+ murders dating back to the 1980s and beyond. Georgia Carrie wasn’t even born when the notorious serial killer began his reign of terror across the East of England. Roger Gayther was on the force that failed to catch him and remembers every chilling detail. Now, after all these years, there’s a sudden death featuring The Scribbler’s tell-tale modus operandi. Can Gayther and Carrie track the murderer down and bring him to justice before the slaughter starts again?


The Scribbler


What I love about Iain Maitland’s books is the originality of each one, so much so that you will never forget the stories or the characters. This book is no exception, from the quirky contrast between DI Gayther and DC Carrie to the disturbing characters woven into this story that stay and play in your mind way after you finish the book.

Gayther and Carrie are assigned to delve into cold cases, bring them up to date and see if today’s technology can throw any light on them. What they get is a possible link to a recent death that ticks too many similarities to a string of murders that took place before Carrie had been born. That’s when my goose bumps begin.

Gayther and Carrie make an entertaining team with greying Gayther’s references to past music and film comments wasted on the more upbeat DC that is like a race horse raring to go out into the real world instead of wading through tons of paper. They make a pretty good tag team where interviewing goes. What they need to determine is what has triggered this trade mark killer to brutally kill again or if someone has taken on the role of copy cat killer. With the addition to their little team rookies Thomas and Cotton join the investigation.

Wow you are in for some spine chilling moments, which you will have to read about. But OMG you know those moments like when you are going to sneeze and it takes you right to the moment……. then it stops and repeats it over and over until it finally explodes, well reading this book is like that. You loose control you can’t stop that feeling of pure adrenaline filled dread over and over until the flood gate goes. It is heart breaking, shocking, no way that just happened stuff that knocks the wind out of you.

This is a twisty, edgy, perfect read where I felt I had run a marathon. Wowie, wowzer!!! And this is a new series!!!!!! What can top this? No doubt Mr. Maitland will.

I wish to thank Ruth Killick for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly


Iain Maitland

Hello and thanks for dropping by.

Well, here we are in lockdown- strange and troubling times for so many people. As a writer of 30 = years sitting in my attic from 9 to 5 most days, it’s something I’m used to. I’ve … not … gone … mad.

The past few years, I’ve been writing thrillers and it’s strange how much of a theme ‘lockdown’ is through each of them.

In Sweet william, Raymond Orrey, a man who has been up in a psychiatric unit for months on end, breaks out and goes searching for his fostered child, William – he wants to re-unite with him and run away to start a new life together in the /south of France.

Mr Todd’s Reckoning sees unemployed father and son, Malcolm and Adrian Todd, living

in a small, cramped bungalow during one of the hottest summers on record – and it’s driving one of them insane. (Please to say this book has been optioned for a TV series by AbbottVision, makers of Cracker and Shameless.)

My latest thriller, The Scribbler, the first in a series of Gayther & Carrie detective novels, features a serial killer who well, I’d best not say too much. What I can say is that The Scribbler killed a series of gay men through the late 1980s and early 1990s. Gayther and Carrie lead the LGBTQ + Cold Cases Team in Suffolk and there’s been a new death featuring The Scribbler’s modus operandi.

So I am sitting here in my attic room now, writing 3 Bluebell Lane featuring a middle-aged man, a homeless teenager girl and a cellar. Lockdown again. After that, I’m writing two or three sequels featuring some of the characters in Mr Todd’s Reckoning and three Gayther & Carrie sequels too; The Key Man is up next.

Twitter: @iainmaitland

The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy 1) by M R Carey @michaelcarey191 @orbitbooks #BookReview


‘This is a BEAUTIFUL book. Gripping, engaging, and absolutely worth the time it takes to burrow yourself into its reality. I can’t recommend it highly enough’ Seanan McGuire

The Book of Koli begins a breathtakingly original new trilogy set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.

He’s wrong.


The Book of Koli: The Rampart Trilogy, Book 1 (Rampart Trilogy 1)


This is the start of something big because oh boy it plays out in your mind like it should be in a cinema and what a magnificent introduction to the hero of the story, Koli and a world way into the future where they pray for dull days.

Life is really simple for Koli and the tight little village that he lives in. There are no towns where he lives, just pockets of villages with high walls to protect its people from deadly vegetation and the Shunned. Life is simple with tales of how the world used to be many years before. The language has become a little distorted but not too much not to know what is meant or the names of places. It all makes for interesting and believable reading. Technology is a sort after commodity that can make you God-like if you can make it work, with everyone having the opportunity to see if they are one of the chosen.

Koli is a fascinating character, inquisitive, bright and determined to better himself but he also has the ability to get under some peoples skin. The story is full of dangers that he didn’t even know existed outside the walls of his home. The supporting cast of quirky characters have their own personality and strengths. A brilliant storyline that will keep any reader firmly glued to every new word and Koli’s innocence. Britain feels so huge and everywhere so far away with impossible obstacles but what a journey this is going to be. I absolutely love Monono.

This story lays down very strong foundations for the next two books in this series. Highly recommended!

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


M. R. Carey

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.


Twitter: @michaelcarey191

She Who Lies by Alex Kane @AlexKaneWriter @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity #SheWhoLies #CrimeFiction #BookReview

She Who Lies: A dark, gripping psychological thriller that will keep you hooked by [Kane, Alex]


Blood is thicker than water, the family bond stronger than any other.

They think it’s all forgotten.

But I don’t forget.

The Laird-Shaw family live a life most only dream about. Self-made millionaires Gavin Shaw and Stevie Laird built their business from humble roots to global turnover, Stevie’s wife – and Gavin’s sister – Eva is never out of the style pages, while daughter Carla has used her huge following as an Instagram influencer to shine a spotlight on mental health issues.

But behind the glamour lies a web of lies; hidden secrets so explosive that they would bring this family dynasty crashing down. But someone out there knows the truth…and now they’re stepping out of the shadows to reveal the dark heart of the Laird-Shaw family. Because when the truth comes to light, there’s nowhere to hide…and all the money in the world can’t save this family from themselves.

A gripping psychological thriller that will hook you from page one – the perfect read for fans of C.L. Taylor, T.M. Logan and Adele Parks.


She Who Lies: A dark, gripping psychological thriller that will keep you hooked


The Laird/Shaw family were the fairy tale story of how to be an extremely successful business. Gavin Shaw had left school as a failure to the system but the determination and hard work he had put into his odd job business at 16 had grown and so he shared his success with his best buddy Stevie Laird.

Now many years later they were like the perfect family with Stevie marrying Gavin’s sister Eva when they were younger and their daughter coming into her own fame from the charity work that she supported. Until Eva received a message from a woman saying she knew what she had done.

The story falls back into the past with chapters that were like opening a Russian doll, each one revealing a side of the family that I didn’t know was there until it was revealed. The chapters jump between the past and present as the protective shell around the family becomes more brittle with every page turn. The insecurities, the betrayals and coverups.

This is a twisty, turny, twist again story that totally rocks. I had got this, I thought, then, Bam, oh boy, no way, this is big then Pow, it goes again! What a last quarter of the book this is. A superb story, a brilliant ending!!

I wish to thank the Publisher and Sarah Hardy of Botbspublicity for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly


Alex Kane

Alex Kane is from a small village just outside Glasgow. She grew up around books, her mum always reading the latest crime thriller. She began writing in 2010 and was published by Hera Books in 2019 with an extensive and interesting journey to publication inbetween.

Alex Kane is a psychological thriller writer who is a huge fan of the genre, with her favourite authors in the genre being Lisa Hall, BA Paris and Sarah Stovell. If she is not writing, she can be found playing with her cat, reading, or drinking tea and/or gin (sometimes all of the above).

Alex is currently working on future books but can also be found procrastinating on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Instagram @alexkanewriter

She Who Lies: A dark, gripping psychological thriller that will keep you hooked by [Alex Kane]

A Game Called Payback by Martin Svolgart @Martin_Svolgart #PsychologicalThriller #Bullying #WritingCommnunity #BookReview #NewRelease #KindleUnlimited

A Game Called Payback by [Svolgart, Martin]


The case of a sixteen-year-old boy found hung by the neck over the roof of his own car sparks a memory that Matt Byron has spent years working his way through. He even thought he’d managed.

Getting a new partner with that case—a partner hauling his own ghosts from the past into it—proves Matt wrong.

What initially looked like just another case of a child being harmed soon offers up aspects of the two men’s past. To solve the case, they need to solve their own unfinished business.

For a man as unapproachable as Matt Byron, who’s scared away more partners than anyone else, he needs to draw on all his resources to see it through.


A Game Called Payback


Detective Matt Byron doesn’t suffer fools gladly and won’t put up with anything less than 100% commitment from his partner, hence he hasn’t had one that has lasted the distance with him yet. Bets are on among his fellow officers when Tyler Samson arrives and the two are sent out to check on a suicide of a young man that appears to have hung himself in the woods. It isn’t long before a terrible case of suicide turns into a horrific investigation into one of murder.

Finding out about the victim’s home life is in itself quite heartbreaking, at 16 years old he should have had his whole life in front of him. The yin and yang detectives are opposite sides on the coin where life experience on this case falls, bringing the perfect balance to see the whole picture from every angle.

The story takes you into the depths of hurt and frustrating, being a victim and becoming what you hate the most. Human nature and consequences. The author makes his characters quite visual to the reader, with stories that fall back into the past from the main players. There are triggers of bullying, abuse and rape so not a book for everyone.

This is the debut novel of this author.


Martin Svolgart has a fascination for humans. What drives them, makes them, breaks them. What can bring out the worst in a person? What can bring out the best?

He doesn’t believe in a world of black and white. The human eye can detect 256 shades of gray. Instead, he believes the answer to what is good and what is evil is to be explored within those nuances.

His protagonists are never just good, and his antagonists are never just evil.

He loves exploring what makes them one or the other. Especially, he loves looking into what can make them change, grow, and evolve. In which direction that may go is of course one of the interesting questions to be explored.


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A Game Called Payback by [Svolgart, Martin]

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker @WhittyAuthor @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BookReview #WeBeginAtTheEnd #NetGalley

We Begin at the End: Gripping. Heart-breaking. Unforgettable. Discover the most captivating crime read of 2020 by [Whitaker, Chris]


With the staggering intensity of James Lee Burke and the absorbing narrative of Jane Harper’s The Dry, We Begin at the End is a powerful novel about absolute love and the lengths we will go to keep our family safe. This is a story about good and evil and how life is lived somewhere in between.

‘You can’t save someone that doesn’t want to be saved . . .’

Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer.

Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.

Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.

Murder, revenge, retribution.

How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself?


We Begin at the End: Gripping. Heart-breaking. Unforgettable. Discover the most captivating crime read of 2020


Vincent King at just fifteen years old was sent to an adult prison for the murder of Sissy Radley, his girlfriend’s sister. The body of Sissy had been found by his best friend Walker, who subsequently turned King into the authorities. The story jumps 30 years and present-day in Cape Haven, California as King returns to his home town and the people with long memories. His best friend Walker is now Sherrif and Star, his ex-girlfriend and sister of murdered Sissy is now the town drunk with two children. Dutchess Radley at thirteen is full time career for her mum and her younger brother Robin. Dutchess is an unforgettable character that will haunt you day and night way after you have finished the book.

Walker has watched over Star the best he could and keeps his eye on the children but Dutchess trusts no-one. Dutchess has anger in her that never seems to be still, making her impulsive, unstable and very volatile. She doesn’t have friends and watches over her brother like a hawk. Their mother works at a bar and sings, never getting back home without being totally legless but she is still a beautiful woman that turns heads. Dutchess has to take responsibility for providing for them all. When Dutchess takes matters into her own hands, after an incident, she sets into motion events that will rip so many lives apart.

This is an absolutely top read! The characters are superb and the connection I felt with them just linked up with every emotion that I have myself. Dutchess is an amazing character that you want to wrap up and take care of. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and driven with an overwhelming determination for justice. There are some really touching scenes too between her and Robin right way through the book, that at times was overwhelming. The town and its people come to life to the point that you feel you could go there and see them. A brilliant story. Totally knocked off my feet!

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


Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker was born in London and spent ten years working as a financial trader in the city.
His debut novel, Tall Oaks, won the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger.
Chris’s second novel, All The Wicked Girls, was published in August 2017. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two young sons.

We Begin at the End