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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 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 1..

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It’s hard to say when I first fell in love with the crime/suspense genre but over the years there have been a handful number of authors who I can thank for allowing my love for crime fiction to develop. Majority of the time I enjoy some romance within my crime novels but authors who manage to grip me without the romance are just as brilliant.

My list of favourite authors will always be never-ending but I’ve compiled two lists that’ll discuss why I love these particular authors and their books. I’ve decided to split this blog post in two parts. The first part will look at my favourite American authors and the second part will discuss my favourite British authors.


In no particular order: 

Allison Brennan 

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Why I love them:

I’ve known about Allison Brennan for a long time and I’ve been reading her books just as long. For me the one thing that I absolutely love about her books are her characters. One of the first books I read was called Speak No Evil. For a while I had kept off reading Allison’s books until I finally caved and read the first book in the No Evil trilogy and boy was I hooked. The character dynamics in that particular book were brilliant. From the heroes to the villain, each character was three dimensional and the internal struggle that they faced was depicted beautifully through the words of Brennan. I finished the trilogy in a matter of days and instantly craved more. Allison has quite a few romantic thrillers and I enjoyed reading most of them. Of course there is romance in her books and for someone who loves a bit of romance, this wasn’t exactly an issue for me, instead it added more substance to the story and the entertainment level just went up a notch. After reading the first few of her Lucy Kincaid books, I can say without a doubt that Allison has become one of my all time favourite crime/suspense authors. From her writing style to nail-biting plots, she’s definitely paved a way into my heart with her incredibly satisfying books and I hope that she continues to entertain for many more years to come.

Favourite book: 

Love Me to Death – Book 1 of the Lucy Kincaid Series

More about the author:

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Sandra Brown

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Why I love them:

I started reading Sandra Brown’s books before I even realised how much I actually enjoy the crime/suspense genre and I definitely credit Sandra for allowing me to enjoy suspense and crime to my heart’s content. The one thing that first drew me towards her books, and has kept me hooked to this day, was her plots. I find it hard to think of someone who writes a brilliantly twisted plot as easily as Sandra. My first Sandra Brown book was Slow Heat in Heaven. Before then I had never read a book where I was met with a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. I had absolutely no idea what to expect after turning a page and for me that was a refreshing style of writing that I adored. Fortunately for me, and many other fans, Sandra’s books, since then, have just gotten better and better. Every book has a new plot with so many twists and turns that it leaves your head spinning. Even when you think you’ve figured it all out, Sandra will throw in another little bit of a juicy twist and you find yourself questioning everything you just read up to that moment. As a result, there was no doubt in my mind that Sandra wouldn’t become one of my personal favourites. I hear that she has a new book coming out called Friction and I for one am eagerly anticipating its release.

Favourite book: 

Exclusive – Standalone Novel

More about the author:

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James Patterson 

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Why I love them:

It’s one thing loving an author’s book and another thing being in love with the book’s hero. That unfortunately, or fortunately for me, is what happens when you start reading a novel by the brilliant James Patterson. I have been a fan of the Alex Cross series for as long as I can possibly remember. From the writing style, to the dynamics of the characters, James includes it all. Making the Alex Cross series one of the best loved crime/suspense series in the world. Apart from that I am a huge fan of his Women’s Murder Club series and one of my favourite James Patterson books, is from that series. Nothing guarantees a good crime fiction like a story about a group of women busting the bad guys. Again I absolutely love the way in which he creates and develops his characters and that’s probably the best thing about a series of books, the development of the protagonist(s). No one does it better than James and for that I will always be eternally grateful for coming across his books at my school library, when I was younger. It’s difficult to put into words just how much I appreciate and love his books but I can definitely say one thing: if you ever need a good crime/suspense fix then pick up a James Patterson book, doesn’t matter which, every single one of his books are guaranteed to keep you entertained for a long, long time and you’ll turn the last page feeling 100% satisfied.

Favourite book: 

The 6th Target – Book 6 of the Women’s Murder Club Series

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Tess Gerritsen

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Why I love them:

I distinctly remember when I read my first Tess Gerritsen book, The Surgeon; I had to put the book down after a few chapters because I ended up reading well into the early hours of the morning. I had never before been so captivated by a book as I was by The Surgeon. Another reason for stopping for a while was because I was scared. Yes, most definitely scared beyond my imagination and I absolutely loved that a book could do that to me. Since then whenever I’ve read a book by Tess, I have never failed to be scared, every single one of her books gives me the chills and for that reason alone she is definitely one of my favourites. I really appreciate it when authors give readers a deep insight into the minds and/or lives of our villains. I’ve always been curious about how their minds tick and Tess gives us that in spades. Her villains are the most horrifying and terrifyingly captivating villains I have ever come across in crime and suspense fiction. They literally give me goosebumps and make the plot so much more taut and brilliantly suspenseful. I am a huge fan of the Rizzoli and Isles series and as a result I’ve also become hooked onto the television series, which is just as incredible as the books. Tess Gerritsen is a master storyteller and with her characters she creates this world of suspense fiction that is exceptionally thrilling and I’ve definitely become a big fan of it.

Favourite book: 

The Killing Place – Book 8 of the Rizzoli and Isles Series

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Patricia Cornwell 

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Why I love them:

Every reader has that one author whom they believe is the best at their genre. For me, Patricia Cornwell is the queen of crime and suspense fiction. Perhaps because I’ve been a fan of her books from a young age or perhaps because her books are just that good, Patricia’s books have always held a special place in my heart. One of the first authors of this genre that I came across, she had me intrigued from the get go and to this day I am just one small part of her loyal army of fans.  I remember when I first read her book Post-Mortem, as someone who was just about to turn fifteen, this was a turning point in my life. Patricia’s book was so well written and thought out that from the start to the finish I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. Her story, writing and plot gripped me in such a way that it changed my perspective of the crime/suspense genre forever. Sounds dramatic, I know but when you’re an avid bookworm there comes a time in your life when you will be affected by a book and this was one instance for me. After finishing this book I remember thinking wow, what on earth have I just read? This is absolutely brilliant! From then on Kay Scarpetta became one of my all time favourite book characters and I’m so delighted that Patricia hasn’t let this series die down because the books in this series are true gems. Again I hear there will be a new Kay Scarpetta book being published, and like with the Sandra Brown book, I am eagerly anticipating its release.

Favourite book: 

The Body Farm – Book 5 of the Kay Scarpetta Series

More about the author:

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Harlan Coben

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Why I love them:

Good storytelling is a must in any book but in crime/suspense fiction you have to be at the top of your game. Harlan Coben has without a doubt written some of the best books I’ve ever come across in this genre and it’s all thanks to his brilliant storytelling. Harlan is one author who can weave a good suspense story with some ease but that is all down to his talented self. For me it’s a joy to pick up one of Harlan’s books. They’re always a pleasure to read. His writing style is what first drew me in, so refreshing and unique in its vividness of the plot as well as its simplicity. There’s just something about his writing style that leaves you feeling insightful, poignant and 100% entertained. There is no doubt that Harlan’s Myron Bolitar series is widely acclaimed but some of my favourite books are his standalone novels, that offer just as much intrigue, suspense and murder to keep you hooked throughout. His books never fail to thrill and I love that aspect of his novels because there are so many authors that are unable to interweave intriguing storytelling with masterful suspense and moments of absolute thrills but Harlan never fails to deliver. As such there’s no way I wouldn’t love his books and I’ll always be eternally grateful to one of my friends who first recommended his books to me.

Favourite book: 

The Woods – Standalone Novel

More about the author:

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Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. These authors are fabulous in their own way and I’m so glad we have their books to enjoy and devour. The second part of my favourite crime/suspense authors will focus on the Brits!

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley..

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Blurb:
Izzy has broken off her engagement to her feckless fiancé Kieran and returned to her childhood home – the sleepy village of Halfhidden.

She soon realizes that life in the village is anything but peaceful – for one thing she’s living with her mad aunt Debo and her pack of dogs, for another, Izzy has a lot of unanswered questions.

When she was a teenager, Izzy was involved in a terrible accident, involving various inhabitants of Halfhidden. As she sets out to discover what actually happened on the night of the accident, she realizes that her painful past is actually standing in the way of her future happiness. So when a handsome stranger comes to Halfhidden will she let love back into her life?

Review:
Trisha Ashley’s seventh novel and my second read of the author, Creature Comforts is a fantastic summer read with enough charm, warmth and fun to keep you entertained throughout.

The plot of the novel revolves around our protagonist, Izzy, who has just recently broken off her engagement and returned to her childhood home, the village of Halfhidden. I was pleasantly surprised when I read the blurb and saw that the novel would have a dose of suspense in addition to the romance and Ashley does not disappoint. The suspense is brilliantly interwoven into the plot and plays a key part in Izzy’s happy ending.

I absolutely adored Izzy and the supporting characters in the novel as they enhanced the entertainment factor in this story. Izzy is a very likable character, we see her grow so much as a person and I commended her attitude throughout the novel. As well as being easily relatable, she shows true bravery and strength in the way she deals with certain incidents that occur in the story. She doesn’t stop striving for her happiness and all her hard work does indeed pay off.

The suspense is only a small part of this novel, and the story itself is so much more than that. The romance is, in typical Trisha Ashley style, warm, engaging and absolutely gets you hooked from the start. Rufus is a fantastic, enigmatic hero that I’m pretty sure all romance readers are guaranteed to swoon over him. He’s the perfect balance to Izzy’s crazy life and brings a certain charm to the village life.

If you happen to love idyllic villages, where community life is the key then this book is for you. There’s something for everyone in this book from romance to suspense to moments of hilarity. This novel is a perfect for readers who love a story that takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and keeps you engaged and entertained throughout.

Trisha Ashley never fails to deliver and Creature Comforts is a wonderfully charming, at times funny, romantic story that I think all die-hard chick-lit and romance fans should definitely give a go!

Overall Rating: 9/10

If you would like to find out more about Trisha’s novels, you can do so on her official website. You can also follow Trisha on Facebook and Twitter.

Justice for Abby by Cate Beauman

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Blurb:

Fashion designer Abigail Harris has been rescued, but her nightmare is far from over. Determined to put her harrowing ordeal behind her and move on, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life while eluding the men who want her dead.

The Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring is in ruins after Abby’s interviews with the police. The organization is eager to exact their revenge before her testimony dismantles the multi-million dollar operation for good.

Abby’s safety rests in the hands of former US Marshal, Jerrod Quinn. Serious-minded and obsessed with protocol, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest agent finds himself dealing with more than he bargains for when he agrees to take on his beautiful, free-spirited client.

As the trial date nears, Abby’s case takes a dangerous turn. Abby and Jerrod soon discover themselves in a situation neither of them expect while Jerrod fights to stop the ring from silencing Abby once and for all.

Review:

Justice for Abby is the latest (sixth) book in Cate’s The Bodyguard’s of L.A. County Series. After reading the first book, Morgan’s Hunter, I became a huge fan and followed every character’s journey through each book. When I found out that the next book would be about Abby and Jerrod (supporting characters in the previous books) I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. This book can be read as a standalone but I would recommend you read all the books in the series as they are fantastic and it also makes your reading experience more enjoyable. I can gladly say that like the rest, this book did not disappoint either.

Readers first meet both Abby and Jerrod in the fourth book, Forever Alexa. Abby is kidnapped by a Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring and her sister Alexa, family friend Jackson and US Marshal Jerrod come to her rescue. Readers are once again re-introduced to the pair in this book and it’s in this book that we see how Abby is recovering following her horrific ordeal. Jerrod now works was as an agent for Ethan Cooke’s Security and is given the task to keep Abby safe until her trial begins but there are a lot of people who want her dead. As Abby and Jerrod become closer the level of danger surrounding them increases and leaves the reader anticipating what will happen next.

I absolutely adored Abby’s character. After everything she went through, she still holds on to the belief that everything will be back to normal soon. She’s a bubbly, smart and loyal young woman whom I couldn’t help rooting for. Her love for those around her is what keeps her going and we see her evolve as an individual throughout the book. There’s not much I can say about Jerrod other than the fact that’s he’s perfect. Up until now my favourite Hero from the series was Tucker (who is the protagonist in the 5th book, Waiting for Wren) but that quickly changed when Jerrod came onto the scene. Jerrod, like Abby, evolves as a person as he learns to trust more and accept what’s been given to him. His dedication and loyalty to his job is admirable and his love and care for Abby is delightful. Together, they make a fantastic pairing for this book.

For me, the villains in this book were definitely more creepy and scary than the others. I’m glad that Cate has upped her stance where the villains are concerned because it adds to the suspense in the book overall. The supporting characters do a good job of filling in the gaps and give some much needed light-hearted moments in such an intense book, my favourite was Jerrod’s mother. The pace of the book follows seamlessly in line with the plot and adds to the overall enjoyment of the book.

Cate’s writing is lovely and her attention to detail is fantastic so even if you haven’t read the previous books, you won’t feel confused as everything is explained. The only slight issue I had with the book was with Stone’s character, whom we’re not told enough about and I was hoping to learn more about him but I’m presuming that Cate is going to get to that in her next book, fingers crossed!

However, if you are a romance suspense fan then this book is perfect for you and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It has lots of romance and whole dose of suspense that will take you on a roller coaster of a journey. Justice for Abby will make you cry, laugh, love and learn that sometimes all you need is someone special to help you move on from something terrible. Do not miss out on a fantastic book that is guaranteed to leave a massive smile on your face.

Overall Rating: 9/10

You can find out more about Cate and her books from her official website and/or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry..

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Blurb:

Beneath the shimmering surface lies a dark secret…

Diana and Julian Denver have the world at their feet. With a blissful marriage, a darling son and beautiful homes in London and the country, Diana’s life, to the outside world, is perfect. But nothing is as it seems…

When Julian dies suddenly and tragically, Diana is convinced there is more to it than meets the eye. She calls on the one person she had never wanted to see again – her sister, Rachel.

A former tabloid reporter, Rachel appears to be living the dream as a diving instructor on a Thai island. The truth is she’s in exile, estranged from her family and driven from her career by Fleet Street’s phone-hacking scandal.

For Rachel, Diana’s request opens old wounds. But she is determined to make amends for the past, and embarks on a treacherous journey to uncover the truth – wherever it may lead…

Review:

First of all thank you to the lovely people at Headline for providing me with a copy of this book through Bookbridgr. This was the first time I read a Tasmina Perry book and I can’t say it will be my last.

The story revolves around the mystery surrounding the death of Diana’s beloved husband, Julian. Diana, unlike everyone else, questions the way in which he dies and doesn’t believe for a second that everything is what it seems. As such, she calls on her sister Rachel to help her. One sibling helping another in a situation like this is normal but it comes as a surprise to all when Rachel comes to her sister’s aid in the hopes of solving Julian’s mysterious death regardless of the fact that the two sisters haven’t to spoken to one another in years.

From the beginning I was reeled into the story very quickly. We are shown the two different lives lived by two sisters, who in the prologue seem to have the closest relationship, yet now in the present for some reason, are miles apart from one another – physically and mentally. The mystery surrounding their apparent feud immediately had me hooked, as I found myself continuously wondering what could be the cause of their relationship deteoriating to such an extent.

I’m not sure how much I liked either of the sisters at the beginning but I can say that I definitely warmed to both as the plot progressed. For me, the character that had the most growth was Diana. From being reserved to naïve to independent, she blossomed into someone who you could truly appreciate as a person and I loved that she did because a lot of the time my sympathies were with her.

Tasmina puts a lot of detail into the personalities of the two sisters and I was constantly learning new things about both as the story progressed. Of course one the main issues that keeps these two sisters together (and at times apart) is Julian. From flashbacks we learn more about Julian and the type of man he was and why to Diana he seemed perfect and why to Rachel, he was perhaps not so perfect. Then of course his death brings about suspicion as to who he really was as an individual. Was he the man that Diana fell in love with and married or was he the snob that Rachel believed him to be? So many questions were brought up in the novel and they did well to keep my interest in the story going.

The pace of the book was slow, at times, but it reflected the mood of the characters perfectly. Tasmina’s writing is clear and easy to understand. She goes into a lot of detail, in terms of places and her character personalities are quite in depth so I felt as if I had known the protagonists my whole life. Lots of twists and turns kept the plot of the novel intriguing and I certainly didn’t expect the ending as it was and for that I’m certainly glad!

Overall, if you are a romance and women’s literature/family saga fan then this book is perfect for you. There’s suspense, love and a whole lot of family dynamics that keeps the story going and makes it even more brilliant! This book has definitely raised my expectations and I hope that, as soon I as I get my hands on another Tasmina Perry book, it’s as good as this. Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of this book because you will not regret it!

Overall Rating: 9/10

If you would like to find out more about Tasmina and her books you can do so from her official website and follow her on twitter and facebook.

Interview with the New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan..

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My previous book review was on Allison Brennan’s No Evil trilogy. I absolutely loved these books and just couldn’t get enough of them. Even though they terrified me at times, I have to say Allison’s gained a new loyal fan. I was also fortunate enough to have gotten the opportunity to ask Allison a few questions about her books and inspirations. The questions follow below:

1) Why Romantic Suspense?

To me, romantic suspense is the best of both worlds: I can have a strong, suspenseful mystery with a happily ever after, where two worthy people overcome all obstacles and learn that there’s someone special for them too.

2) I’ve recently just finished reading the No Evil trilogy. What was your inspiration for this trilogy? Any particular author or book?

I came up with the idea for the first book in the trilogy, SPEAK NO EVIL, when researching information about social media years ago when my then-12 year old daughter wanted to get a MySpace page. I uncovered a true story about a college freshman who had a sexually explicit pseudo-anonymous blog, who disappeared. It came out that she had a much-older boyfriend who eventually (after her body was discovered months later) pled no contest to murder charges. I started wondering about how much we put on-line and whether teenagers have the social or emotional maturity to limit themselves and their information. The other two stories sort of came out of the same basic world of online networking.

3) If you had to pick one character from the Kincaid family that is most like you, who would you pick?

That’s hard! Patrick in many ways because he’s the most easy-going of the Kincaid’s. And Carina, because she’s matter-of-fact and methodical in the way she approaches a crime scene.

4) Which villain(s) from the three No Evil books scared you the most?

That’s also a hard question! They all scare me for different reasons. The teen-age thrill killers in SEE NO EVIL because they could be so random. Random murder can hit anyone. But Trask in FEAR NO EVIL as well, because he is so manipulative and has no remorse. The way he set up Lucy was very smart — and smart criminals scare me more than stupid criminals!

5) What do you find most difficult when writing a suspense book?

Pacing — I always want to make sure the story is moving well, neither too fast nor too slow.

6) What books have influenced you the most?

The two books I read right before I started writing — THE THIRD VICTIM by Lisa Gardner and THE SEARCH by Iris Johansen. Those two books showed me that in the right hands, romance can be blended with suspense to create a chilling, fast-paced, emotionally fearsome thriller. Other books that have impacted me in important ways include THE STAND by Stephen King, the IN DEATH series by J.D. Robb, THE FIRST VICTIM by Ridley Pearson, THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and FAHREINHEIT-451 by Ray Bradbury.

7) What book are you reading right now?

I just finished CONCEALED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb and am bringing WHEN SHADOWS FALL by J.T. Ellison on a plane trip with me tomorrow.

8) If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

I don’t even want to think about that! I worked in the California State Legislature for 13 years before I sold my first book and quit that job. I’d probably still be there if I wasn’t writing … and that wouldn’t make me happy.

9) NOTORIOUS has just recently been released. What can you tell us about your new book?

NOTORIOUS is the first book in the Max Revere series. Max is an investigative crime reporter specializing in cold cases. Her motto is, “The truth will set you free,” and she takes that to the extreme. She believes that the truth is always better than secrets, and this can get her into trouble. She has compassion for victims — she sees the families left behind by violence as much as victims as the individual who was killed. NOTORIOUS takes her back home, for a friend’s funeral, where she gets wrapped up in two cold cases — that of her best friend from high school who’s been dead for 13 years, and a more recent murder of a young architect on the campus of her alma mater.

10) Any other new projects coming out?

DEAD HEAT, the 8th book in the Lucy Kincaid series, comes out in June.

There you have it folks! Thank you to the incredible Allison Brennan for taking out time to answer my questions, I was absolutely delighted to hear back from her. If you’re an Allison Brennan fan, you can follow her on twitter here: https://twitter.com/Allison_Brennan

Or if you would like to find out more about Allison’s books, then you can have a look around on her official website: http://www.allisonbrennan.com/

If you want to read Allison’s new book NOTORIOUS, you can find it at the following places:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Notorious-Revere-Novels-Allison-Brennan/dp/1250035058

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Notorious-Revere-Novels-Allison Brennan/dp/1250035058/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/notorious-allison-brennan/1115382429?ean=9781250035042