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Blog Tour: The Silent Girls by Ann Troup..

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I’m very excited to have the pleasure of being the last stop for the The Silent Girls blog tour. A fantastic book written by an equally fantastic writer.  This is my first Ann Troup read so without further ado,let’s find out more about this new and vibrant author. 

Author Bio:

  

Ann Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.

Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughters bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.
She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.
In a former incarnation she was psychiatric nurse, an experience which frequently informs her writing. She has also owned a cafe and an art/craft gallery. Now she only makes bacon sandwiches as a sideline, but does continue to dabble with clay, paint, paper, textiles, glue…you name it. Occasionally she may decide to give away some of these creations (you have been warned!).
More about Ann and her books can be found in the following places:

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Blurb:

What if everything you knew was a lie…

This house has a past that won’t stay hidden, and it is time for the dead to speak.

Returning to Number 17, Coronation Square, Edie is shocked to find the place she remembers from childhood reeks of mould and decay. After her aunt Dolly’s death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grime of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.

For in this dark house there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden. The truth must come out.

Finding herself dragged back into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what really happened all those years ago. But as Edie uncovers the history of the family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if sometimes it isn’t best to leave them buried.

An unforgettable and addictive story, perfect for fans of Lesley Thomson, Diane Chamberlain and Tracy Buchanan. 


Review:

When I first came across came this book, I was intrigued by the cover and title, somehow a part of me knew straight away that there’s going to be something special about this book and I as I finished the last page, I was happy that my initial perspective was spot on. 

The story revolves around our protagonist Edie, who returns to Coronation Sqaure only to find herself tangled in a web of deceit that started long before. 5 murders, solved and forgotten. Or were they? As the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that there’s much more to the stories behind the murders than what has been told and we join Edie as she searches for answers no one seems to know. 

As the lead, Edie was near enough perfect. She was full of strength, responsibility, leadership and love that allowed her character to be three dimensional. Her character growth was a joy to read. The decisions she makes and conclusions she came to highlighted the realism in this novel. Obviously it’s fiction, but that added element of realism really made the suspense that much better. I also enjoyed her interactions with the secondary characters, good and bad. 

I was pleasantly surprised with her writing style. I admit the first few chapters were a bit slow for me but after that Ann’s writing really picked up and the story began to flow seamlessly. Ann excelled in her setting. The descriptions were so vivid and I enjoyed learning about Coronation Square and everything that was weird and wonderful about it.

Overall, I found the novel a good suspense read that grips you from beginning to end.  There were enough twists and turns to keep me hooked and I found the plot to be very strong and it held the book together. I look forward to more from Ann and I will definitely go back and read her debut. 

Overall Rating: 8/10
Thank you for stopping by my blog today, be sure to check out the previous stops on what was an incredible blog tour! 

  

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Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan..

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Blurb:

Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing.

But what really happened that fateful afternoon?

Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust. But can the nation trust Rachel?

The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.

WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Review:

I’ve heard a tremendous amount of accolade over the past few months about Gilly Macmillan’s debut novel, unsurprisingly I was intrigued not only by the synopsis of the story but also I was curious to learn what sort of angle this particular novel would take. Burnt Paper Sky has been on my TBR list for a while now and I finally had the pleasure of recently reading it. As a debut, the novel was brilliant and my only regret was not reading it sooner.

A missing child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Too often the guilt becomes overbearing and spins our life out of control. This is exactly what our protagonist, Rachel Jenner feels when a momentary mistake costs her, her eight year old son. Missing for a year, Rachel is plagued with grief and is being publicly slaughtered by the media over her lack of supervision and the role she played in the disappearance of her child. Overwhelmed by her experience and those around her, Rachel yearns for her son and the impact his disappearance has is devastating but is Rachel truly to blame or just an innocent pawn in an otherwise brutal world where deception surrounds its claws around the vulnerable.

I loved this book! It’s so difficult for me to put into words just how much of an emotional impact this novel had on me; I’m not the type of reader who cries easily but I came incredibly close to doing so whilst reading this highly charged novel. The missing child plot is one that has been recently portrayed quite a bit in various genres, from television shows to movies. However, what I liked about Burnt Paper Sky was that although following the same outer sphere of the other genres, this novel had much more depth to it and so much rising from beneath the surface than a simple ‘whodunnit’. The deception, betrayal and overall precision of just how incredibly devastating this incident is makes for a perfect recipe for psychological thriller fans and definitely peaks the curiosity of even the hardest cynic.

The media angle was what sold the book for me. Highlighting the flaws in our media today was a perfect reflection of just what our society, in general, represents in today’s generation. How judgmental we’ve become as a nation is emphasised greatly in this superb debut. How as individuals we strive to be as open-minded as the next person but as soon as a story breaks out in the news and makes national headlines, we instantly assume the worst of the person or people involved. The idea that we are as flawed as the person in front of us is realistically portrayed and makes you question just how judgmental you are.

Rachel was a tragic character, in the sense that her story leaves you feeling saddened and sympathetic of her situation, to such a great extent. Her pain is evident from the very first page to the last and there are a few times when I had to stop to just get over the lump in my throat. Some moments were truly heartbreaking and I know for a fact that for any readers with children, this would have been very difficult to read. As such, Gilly does an incredible job of allowing the plot to progress sensitively to its climax. Her writing flows seamlessly throughout the novel and for me, it definitely didn’t feel like a debut novel.

Very few books have the potential to keep me reading well into the morning hours but this was one such book that I could not put down. So cleverly written and emotionally charged that you’re left feeling despondent for the characters within the novel. Thought-provoking from beginning to end, this novel is a perfect recipe for any psychological thriller readers. One of my favourite, if not the favourite, books of 2015! I look forward to reading more of Gilly Macmillan books in the future.

Overall Rating: 10/10

More information about Gilly and her debut book can be found in the following places:

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The Sisters by Claire Douglas..

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Blurb:

When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive..

After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle.

When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs..

As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen – precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention?

When the truth outs, will either sister survive?

Review:

I recently came across this novel on a fellow book blogger’s site and was intrigued instantly. The Sisters by Claire Douglas is a novel that surprises, frightens and intrigues the reader beyond recognition. Perfect for fans of psychological thrillers.

Although the novel isn’t incredibly long like say some Karen Rose novels, I still found myself slowing down in the last few chapters to just enjoy and embrace the brilliant storytelling by Claire. Fair warning though, once you’re gripped, it’ll be hard to put the book down for several hours.

The story revolves around two of our protagonists, Abi and Bea. Abi has recently lost her twin sister and torn with grief and guilt she escapes to Bath where she meets Bea who is also a twin. Abi, after connecting on some level with Bea, moves in with Bea and her twin brother Ben, in their lavish home. At first things seem to be going well until Abi starts noticing strange things. Certain incidents start to occur, some more apprehensive than others, leading Abi to question her decision of moving in with the new housemates. Is something more sinister going on with Bea? Or is Abi’s emotional state breaking down beneath the overwhelming grief of her sister’s death?

This novel is predominately plot driven and so cleverly interwoven with twists and turns that it entices you from chapter to chapter. I loved every aspect of the narrative. The push and pull perspectives of Bea and Abi had my head spinning, for all the right reasons. Claire’s writing style is so evocative and has you literally begging for more as you turn the page. Claire’s writing came across as effortless to me and is quite reminiscent of some of my favourite suspense authors.

What I particularly enjoyed was the family dynamic. I love reading stories about siblings, especially as I have three of my own and books that engage with a sisterly relationship are always high on my list to read. The Sisters is innovative in it’s plot as well as storytelling, as such it doesn’t begin or end like a lot of psychological thrillers. Instead it paves its own way into the genre by depicting a story that throws you off base at every turn and leaves you gasping and wanting more.

As plot driven as the novel is, the characters are the ones that completely sold the novel for me. Abi and Bea are two of the most complex characters I have read in a while. The feelings and emotions that their stories elicit are simultaneously sympathetic and shocking. As protagonists, they were two perfectly (or perhaps imperfectly) crafted characters that make you yearn for the truth. The dynamic between the two creates quite a stir in the story and makes the suspense factor that much better. The tension and suspense escalates as we learn new things about each of the two character’s past lives and how they have irrevocably changed their present. There’s not much you can say about these two women without giving away the story but I will say this, sometimes insanity can be found in some of the most sane individuals.

Possibly one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year. For fans of this genre, The Sisters gives thrills and chills in spades. Claire Douglas has written an astounding novel that has definitely made a home for itself on my bookshelf.

Overall Rating: 10/10

More information about Claire and her books can be found from the following places:

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Friction by Sandra Brown..

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Blurb:

A Texas Ranger with a tarnished badge…
An enemy hell-bent on revenge…
And the lady judge caught in the middle.

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him doing deskwork and his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

Holly, an ambitious and confident judge, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford’s obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.

But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat.

Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.

Review:

I’ve been a long standing Sandra Brown fan and have read and enjoyed her books over the years. So it’s no surprise that whenever a new book comes out, I have to buy it immediately. I just recently finished Friction, which released on 18th August. Friction met and exceeded my expectations.

The story revolves around our hero, Texas Ranger Crawford Hunt who is trying to win custody of his 5 year old daughter from her grandparents. Four years ago, Crawford lost his wife in a road accident and in his grief, lost his way and began to drink and behave carelessly. Unable to look after his daughter or let go of his grief, he agrees to give temporary custody to his in-laws. Four years later, Crawford Hunt is no longer the same man who lost his wife. He’s cleaned up his act and has settled closer to where his daughter, Georgia lives, hoping to bring his daughter back home. The final decision rests on the shoulders of Judge Holly Spencer who has just taken over temporarily from her mentor. Wanting to ensure that she has a good chance of permanently taking over her mentor’s position, Holly has to make sure she makes the correct decision. Although Holly realises that Crawford loves and cares for his daughter deeply, she’s worried about whether or not he’d be able to fully look after her. During the final custody hearing Holly is about to give her decision when all hell breaks loose; a masked gunman barges into the courtroom and head’s straight for the judge.

Fortunately, Holly is saved by Crawford but what ensues is a cat and mouse race to find the real shooter and figure out his motives for carrying out the shooting. From start to finish, Sandra Brown takes the reader on a hellish journey where brutality knows no limits, threats are made and life-changing secrets and betrayals are revealed.

My favourite character was Georgia, she stole the show for me. Perhaps because of her innocence or her love for her father, Georgia completely stole my heart in whatever scenes she appeared in , especially the ones with Crawford. Throughout the novel, Georgia was the only proof readers needed, to know that Georgia should be by her father’s side. I liked Holly and Crawford, both as individuals and as a couple. Holly is a kind and caring person but she’s also an ambitious woman who believes in what she does and completes it to the best of her ability. Crawford is an enigma. As the story progresses, layers of his personality are slowly peeled off and revealed. At first I wasn’t sure whether or not he did deserve having Georgia’s custody, slowly but surely he won me over through his actions throughout the book and with the twist at the end, my heart was completely sold on him. He’s a great three dimensional character who you can’t help but feel sympathy for. He was given a difficult time by fate but he never stopped fighting for what would ultimately save his soul; having his daughter back in his life permanently.

The narrative is absolutely brilliant. The amount of twists and turns in this book had my head spinning and me grinning from ear to ear after a new clue was revealed and new secrets were confessed. Sandra has a superb way of engaging the reader and inviting them into her world of mayhem where nothing is as it seems. My suspect list was quite long but I do confess to figuring out who the culprit was. The only slight niggling issue I had was with the reason for why the culprit did what they set out to do. I wanted there to be a bit more of a scandal surrounding it. Perhaps that’s just me but the reasons for committing the crimes sounded weak to me. Nonetheless, it didn’t take away my enjoyment and overall I loved the book.

If you’re looking for a high octane romance thriller, then this book is for you. Friction is a classic Sandra Brown novel that will leave you feeling breathless and craving more from our fascinating cast of characters. Be prepared to be swept away into the mind blowing, chaotic drama that is Friction. Pick up your copy now, I assure you, you will not be disappointed.

Overall Rating: 10/10

More information about Sandra and her books can be found in the following places:

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The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth..

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Blurb:

Six years ago Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. She coped by locking away her memories, burying herself. The man responsible was caught and convicted. Even his release from jail won’t derail her new life. She’s a survivor after all. Then the body of another woman is discovered in identical circumstances. Like Melody she has blond hair and green eyes. Like Melody she is found holding a gold bird cage chain.

Her name is Eve Elliot.

The woman were strangers, so Melody thinks. But Eve knew all about Melody’s life. She’d been talking to her friends, she knew their secrets. She knew the man who attacked them had never been caught.

Eve has left behind her story, the clues that will force Melody to confront her own lies and the lies she’s been told.

The clues that will put her life in danger all over again.

Review:

A big thanks to Headline Review for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is Colette’s second book and I loved it just as much as her first. Colette was kind enough to send me a signed copy of her debut novel and from the moment I turned the first page, I became an avid fan. The Life I Left Behind cemented Colette as one of my favourite psychological thriller authors!

The story revolves around our protagonist Melody who was a victim of an attempted murder six years ago. Although physically she’s mostly healed, emotionally she’s still as tormented and distraught as before. Melody has tried really hard over the years to move on from what happened to her and in some ways believes that getting married is a step forward in that direction. However, unfortunately things never usually go to plan in a crime novel and before anyone realises, the body of a woman is found tortured in the same way Melody was. Although it was initially presumed that the man responsible was convicted, Melody becomes convinced that something isn’t right and somehow, someway a killer is still lying in wait. The woman who’s body was found is called Eve Elliot and she becomes one of the three main narrators, with the other two being Melody and Detective Inspector Victoria Rutter, who was in charge of investigating the crimes. From the moment we read about Eve’s murder, the novel takes an abrupt turn and becomes this fast paced journey of finding out whether or not the killer was actually convicted and how this will put not only Melody’s life in jeopardy but also those around her.

Now I love a good ghost story as much as the next person but The Life I Left Behind is so much more than that. Melody’s narrative was by far my favourite. Perhaps because she already knew about the lies surrounding the characters or maybe it was just because of how she was as a character but I really loved getting into the mind of a woman who was brutally murdered and who has now made it her mission to warn and protect Melody.

Both Eve and Melody were likable characters. Their grief was saddening and at times I felt that their characters shined the most when they were at their worst. Melody has suffered a great deal and although her family wants the best for her, it becomes apparent that the trauma she has suffered is long term and it’ll take a long time for her to fully overcome it, if ever. In that regard, I found Eve to be quite refreshing, one wouldn’t presume that she’s a individual who has just been murdered. Her sole focus is to warn Melody of the dangers that lie ahead. It was Eve’s narrative that had me turning page after page.

The writing style is unique in the sense that Colette is very detailed in how she goes about telling the story of these two characters. There were times when I felt the story went slightly off tangent but Colette quickly draws the reader back in by adding a new twist in. Like her debut novel, this story too had many twists and turns that are enough to keep you reading from start to finish.

Although I prefer my psychological thrillers to give me the chills and keep me on the edge of my seat, The Life I Left Behind is an intelligent and well crafted thriller that allows you to appreciate this genre to its full capacity. Colette’s storytelling is brilliant and one that I thoroughly enjoy and if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers then this book is definitely worth a read! The Life I Left Behind is a well written, fast paced novel that captivates you from beginning to end and takes you on a thought provoking journey of just how deeply a trauma can impact you and those around you.

Overall Rating: 9/10

You can find out more about Colette and her books from the following places:

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The Silenced by Heather Graham..

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Blurb:

Where is Lara Mayhew? 

Lara, a congressman’s media assistant, suddenly quits her job—and disappears on the way to her Washington, DC, apartment.

Novice FBI agent Meg Murray, a childhood friend of Lara’s, gets a message from her that same night, a message that says she’s disillusioned and “going home.” To Richmond, Virginia. Meg discovers that she never got there. And bodies fitting Lara’s description are showing up in nearby rivers… Could she be the victim of a serial killer?

Meg is assigned to work with special agent Matt Bosworth, a hard-nosed pro in the FBI’s unit of paranormal investigators—the Krewe of Hunters. They trace the route Meg and Lara took more than once in the past, visiting battlefields and graveyards from Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg. Places where the dead share their secrets with those who can hear… As Meg and Matt pursue the possibility of a serial killer, they find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy. Is there a connection? If so, has Lara been silenced for good? And whom—besides each other—can they trust?

Review:

Heather Graham is one of my favourite suspense authors, especially because she goes a step further by adding in the paranormal with a touch of romance. The Silenced is the 15th book in the Krewe of Hunters series and it’s my eighth KoH read. 

The story revolves around the disappearance of Lara Mayhew, a strong and bold woman in an otherwise corrupt political government. Having recieved an upsetting voicemail from her childhood friend, FBI Special Agent Meg Murray makes it her mission to find out what has exactly happened to Lara.  

Having just graduated from Quantico, Meg is still finding her bearings until she meets Adam Harrison, the director of a special unit within the FBI, nicknamed the Krewe of Hunters. She’s brought into the team and partnered with seasoned Special Agent Matthew Bosworth. Now they may seem like ordinary people investigating the usual crimes but what makes this unit so special is their ability to interact with the dead. Every member of this (incredibly large) unit has in one way or another interacted with ghosts.

The story follows a secondary investigation where bodies of women sliced and gutted are piling up and it becomes a race to find out whether or not the two crimes are connected. 

Both of our leads are very likeable characters and individually their stories shined. However I had a problem with the romance between the two. It didn’t feel as realistic to me and when they did come together I felt it was slightly venturing away from the plot – I wasn’t entirely convinced by their relationship. Having said that I did enjoy the small backdrop stories we recieved for both the characters and I especially liked discovering about the relationship between Meg and Lara. 

I was hooked from the first few chapters but unfortunately I felt the pace of the novel drag a lot and I found myself skipping pages. Heather has a unique way of creating a story that integrates so many subjects whilst still maintaining its authenticity. At times this was apparent but I did miss some of the thrills and chills I used to get from previous books in this series. 

Although this is book number 15 in the series it can definitely be read as a standalone. If you’re a fan of paranormal suspense with a little romance then you’ll enjoy this book. However if you’re are looking to read a Heather Graham book for the first time then I recommend you choose from some of her earlier books in this series, as I thoroughly enjoyed those. 

I was intrigued by plot of the novel and the writing style is good however there was just something missing from this book that I’ve definitely seen in Heather’s other books. Regardless, do pick up other Heather Graham books as they are are much better and more enjoyable. 

Overall Rating: 7/10 

You can find out more about Heather and her books from the following places:

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Favourite Crime/Suspense Authors – Part 2..

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This is the second part to my favourite crime/suspense authors post where I look at my favourite British authors. Once again this list will always be endless but I’ve picked a few of my all time favourites. The first part to this blog post can be read here.

Enjoy!


In no particular order: 

Lee Child

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Why I love them:

When Lee Child’s debut novel, Killing Floor was first published I was only three years old. It would be another ten years before I picked up the novel and had a read. I remember being very hesitant, mostly because at the age of thirteen I wasn’t entirely convinced I would enjoy a book that was packed with action and suspense with a male protagonist, especially one like Jack Reacher. Plus, at the time, I was already enjoying other novels that focused on detective fiction and from that I had convinced myself that, that was my favourite genre. Eventually however, I succumbed to the inevitable and picked up the book. Since then I have been a long standing Jack Reacher fan. It’s not just the character himself but each novels pulls you in with a new and taut plot. Lee’s writing style is brilliant and so entertaining. There isn’t a moment, in any of his books, where I’m not sitting on the edge of my seat. For a movie to have that affect on me isn’t unusual but for a book to have that impact on me just goes to show how cleverly written the novel is. The one thing that I really love about Lee’s novels is that the characters are three dimensional. Every character we come across has a backstory and not only does that add substance to the plot but it allows the reader to be able to understand each character in depth. I’m glad that I didn’t let my love for detective fiction restrict me from broadening my horizons when it came to suspense fiction because it allowed me to enjoy Lee Child’s incredible Jack Reacher series.

Favourite book: 

Worth Dying For – Book 15 of the Jack Reacher Series

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P.D. James

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Why I love them:

I remember when I read my first crime/suspense novel; I was twelve years old and I was reading P.D. James’ Original Sin. My first ever suspense read and I absolutely loved it. At the time I didn’t realise that it was a part of a bigger series based around the poetic detective, Adam Dalgliesh. P.D. James has always had a soft spot in my heart and it was also one of the reasons I decided to write my university dissertation (a special project written in the last year of study at university) on her debut novel, Cover Her Face. There’s just something about James’ style of writing that I can’t get enough of. Her novels have allowed my love for detective fiction to blossom. As well as that I’ve learnt how to appreciate detective fiction more through her wonderfully entertaining stories. When P.D. James passed away, it saddened me deeply because not only did I miss her as the wonderful individual she was but I also realised that I would never get the chance to read new material. Whenever I’m in the mood to relax and have a calm evening I pick up one of her novels and they transport me to another world of mystery, mayhem and so much more. Re-reading some of her best books for my dissertation was an absolute joy and I will definitely always be a fan of her and her novels. Her books are a reflection of her wonderful personality and incredibly crafted writing and they’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

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Peter James

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Why I love them:

Sometimes when you read a lot of books within this genre you begin to get picky about the types of books you want to read. At times a lot of crime and suspense books start to feel repetitive and eventually it becomes difficult to differentiate good from brilliant. Peter James is one such author that is without a doubt in the brilliant category. His voice shines in every novel and what keeps bringing me back to his books is his writing style and plot. His novels are real delight to read. At times so vivid that I can instantly imagine the events taking place. Every time I pick up a Peter James book I know for a fact that it will give me the chills from start to finish. His plot devices are just as great. Intriguing and mind blowing twists throughout the narrative add to the already thrilling novel. One of my all time favourite police detectives is Roy Grace and the credit for that goes entirely to Peter James, who has crafted a spectacularly endearing and fascinating character in Roy. As I read through the Roy Grace series, I developed a soft spot for Roy and everything we learn about him as the series goes on. He is without a doubt included in my favourite fictional characters list. Peter is up there with some of the greats and for me personally he is definitely one of the most skilled writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Favourite book: 

Dead Man’s Footsteps – Book 4 of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series

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Martina Cole

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Why I love them:

I absolutely adore Martina Cole and her wonderfully thrilling novels. I love female writers who can spin a good tale of mayhem and madness in a cleverly written crime novel and Martina Cole is as good as it gets. I remember my first Martina Cole novel – The Ladykiller – to this date, I have never read a crime book as terrifyingly brilliant as this and it is definitely one of my all time favourite crime/suspense books. From the thrills to the chills, Martina’s novels are a perfect recipe for crime and suspense fans and they’ll have you hiding away for hours completely engrossed in the hauntingly good storytelling. I remember when I first became a fan of Martina Cole’s, it was sometime during the climatic point of The Ladykiller and I remember thinking, this is one author who has completely trapped me in her web of crime fiction and I absolutely loved it! It’s hard to form into words just how much of an incredible writer Martina is and for someone who’s been reading her novels for years I’ve yet to read a book of hers that I haven’t enjoyed, she’s that good. For those who are hovering over the line and unsure as to whether or not to venture into the crime/suspense genre, I recommend her books as a way to lead you in. Once you’re in, you’ll be hooked and will want to read page after page. Her new book is releasing in October, and I for one will be standing at the front of the line to pick up a copy.

Favourite book: 

The Ladykiller – Standalone Novel

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Mark Billingham

mark billingham

Why I love them:

Ah where do I start with the wonderful Mark Billingham? I’ve read so many crime fiction novels now that it becomes a danger when I venture out into reading new authors because, ultimately and unknowingly I always end up comparing them to my favourites. When I first read a Mark Billingham novel I was instantly transported into a world of deceit, intrigue and mayhem. What makes a Mark Billingham novel different is his voice that shines in his writing. His way of weaving a compelling plot was truly remarkable and I became instantly hooked. I realised pretty quickly that Mark’s books are in a league of their own and it would be criminal to compare them to other novels. He doesn’t need a overly entertaining way of explaining things in his novels, simplicity is the key and it’s what kept me turning from page to page. Mark’s novels are a part of his Tom Thorne series. His leading protagonist Tom Thorne, is a lead Detective Inspector and although he may sound similar to a lot of male detective leads in other crime novels, he’s completely different. What I really love about Tom is his unpredictability. Nothing is set in stone for him, literally. We don’t learn much about his background in the first novel and it’s only through the progression of the novels do we find out about Tom’s personality attributes. For me personally, this is what makes Mark stand out as a crime/suspense fiction author. He doesn’t delve straight into the life of his leading protagonist, he lets the crime tell the story. Each novel focuses, of course, on a crime but unlike many authors, Mark puts the crime at the forefront whilst throwing in small little bread pieces in relation to Tom’s character. I love reading about how a character develops from novel to novel and Mark Billingham does this superbly in his crime fiction novels, that are a complete joy to read!

Favourite book: 

Bloodline – Book 8 of the Tom Thorne Series

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Crime and suspense is my favourite genre alongside the romance and I can’t possibly imagine a life without crime fiction and for that I am grateful to all the crime/suspense authors out there. You can find the first part to my favourite American crime/suspense authors post here. Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!