Book Review – Trust Me

Trust Me (Social Media Murders, #3)Trust Me by Angela Clarke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trust Me, having read both Follow me and Watch me and being a massive fan of Angela’s I had high hopes for this book.

The Gremlin task force are investigating the Spice Road gangs, which Freddie has been incidental in investigating with her online investigations. When Kate comes to her having seen a girl raped and killed on by watching a live stream, Freddie is automatically drawn to the investigation. Once it gains media attention more people come forward having watched the live stream and an investigation begins.

We are reminded that, police forces don’t just investigate one crime at a time, as the main story is interlinked with the hunt for Paul and Amber Robertson.

The Gremlin team of course is back, Nas is still hung up on her one night stand Burgone, Saunders is as difficult as ever! Chips and Green are there to provide more depth to the story and personal relationship and don’t forget Freddie!

I felt that this story had many avenues that weren’t explored such as the MPs story line which seemed to of been thrown in for good measure. Maybe he will appear again in one of Angela’s future novels.

After taking time to reflect on this novel, I have been torn between 4 or 5 stars.

Purely on the “ride” this book gave me I will be rewarding it 5 stars.

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Book Review – The Detriment

THE DETRIMENT: A compelling detective thriller based on true events (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) (DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JAKE FLANNAGAN SERIES)THE DETRIMENT: A compelling detective thriller based on true events (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) by David Videcette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, where do I even start!?

I had a particularly long train journey to take at the weekend, so decided to take my Kindle along for the ride. Well, David Videcette’s The Detriment was the reason I didn’t want to communicate with my family or get off the train in London.

The book starts, as always with our favourite detective Jake Flannigan, who is being punished for issues that happened in the previous book The Theseus Paradox. Don’t panic though, this story isn’t going to be all about life working from your desk, as Jake can’t ignore a potential terrorist attack and throws himself into defusing a potential car bomb. This more or less ends up with him in more trouble and sent to see Occupational health!

When I started reading this book, I was a bit concerned as I didn’t have prior knowledge of the car bombs or much knowledge of the car that drove into Glasgow airport. Compared to what I thought I knew about 7/7, but I need not panic, as there is much more to this story than those two incidents.

David has successfully managed to write something, that isn’t totally focused on a terror attack and has more depth than just the attempted attack.

Claire is of course back, and there is much more to her than we possibly realised from The Theseus Paradox, but those of us that hoped this story would start with them meeting up for a cream tea in Devon, will be sorely disappointed. As she continues to lead Jake astray and into more trouble than he could possibly navigate out of.

The ex-wife Stephanie is also back, and though we don’t know the ins and outs of their relationship prior to the books, it is nice to know that Jake is the kind of man, that will still drop everything for her, to come to her rescue. Even if one good deed, still had consequences, but some of the detail about their relationship I could really feel and understand. Especially when Jake and her hug and the power of that moment, fingers crossed that book three gives us more and even a reconciliation.

Detective Lenny, who really needs to take a holiday away from Jake! Adds depth to this story as a kind of partner to Jake, who goes along with Jake’s hair brain plans, giving us a sense (we hope) that someone thinks Jake is doing the right thing, so it will all work out okay in the end. Honest!
This book also addresses some of Jake’s issues with alcohol and sex, drugs and rock and roll which are cleverly brought to light using the occupational health doctor, showing us that all those years on the front line have had lasting effects on our hero. Like any other addict, he still manages to slip off the bandwagon at least one or is that twice?

The wtf comes as always at the end, and how Jake manages to cleverly get himself out of the mess he has once again found himself in.

The shocker also comes from reading the fact file at the end, as to how everything links together. David’s books are fast becoming as loved as J M Hewitt’s books. Though you may not realise it or even believe at the time, his stories are based on real life events and it’s not just a clever marketing ploy. Clearly, having taken a hell of a lot of research to connect the dots in such an engaging way.

Though I look forward to David’s next outing, I am afraid of what he might uncover next and whether we need to be calling Mulder and Scully?

*I am also glad he is now writing books I can spell, shame about his name though ; )

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Signs…

Does anyone else believe in signs that the universe is telling you, you need to do something. I think this goes a bit along the lines of people come in and out your life for a reason and things happen for a reason….

When I was coming to the end of my last insurance module and I was thinking that I want to write again, the book man at work delivered a creative writing book! Though I looked at it and it was for kids, the creative writing group had also come up that I was attending.o

So fast forwarding a bit I recently learned that the care taker at Alex and Melanie’s school used to be a police officer, today I also learned that someone I know through scouting is also a police officer. So hang on a minute I could ask them for help on / in my story..?

Then I was talking to a girl about blogging when I was doing the chocolate research (which I’m still doing)

Today I went to an event at Mansfield library and heard three female authors talk about their books as in part of the “Killer Women” event. I am prudently a bit like hang on there are signs that I should continue with writing because maybe it was meant to be!?

Sitting there listening to these amazing women today, one of them Mel talked about children and the phycology around their behavior and I am sat thinking I wish I could learn about that. Erin Kelly talked about going along to rape cases to research for her latest book “he said she said” and I kinda wish I could research stuff but I generally have no idea where to start. Do I pluck up the courage to ask the two police officers I accidentally know, I don’t know how I can research the MI5 angle but still.

I also have another batch of authors I am interested in pursuing which doesn’t help my list of books I want to read.

There just seems to suddenly be all these signs, and though I am feeling regret (maybe not the right word) that I wish I could of studied child behavior or be a research assistant on a big study. There seems to be signs in my life that I should continue writing and though I didn’t get approached yesterday for this pitch thing, it’s only the beginning and maybe this is all worth something!?

I Think I Might Have a Book Problem

Previously I had never been a fan of reading, my parents used to go to bed at night and read but I never found the time, didn’t have the attention span or traveling on the bus made me sick reading then my husband brought me a kindle and I think in 2016 I some how read 30 plus books.

Now I think I might have developed a problem, like everyone else I have a HUGE wish list on amazon books and a while back I decided that I wanted to read a proper book so instead of buying one lonely book I ended up buy 3!!! That were on my wish list! I read one of them and past it on to a friend like you do!

Then today I went into town with Melanie to get Angela Clarke’s new book because in Tesco it was two for £7 I was like I might as well buy another one so I did! I now have 6 books on my cupboard! Three that I won, the two I haven’t read from Amazon and the second one from today!! Also the book I was supposed to be reading to Alex and Melanie at bed time before they got board!

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Then I want to read The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette and The Girl Next Door by Mel Sherratt plus Anglea Marson’s new one that by the time I get to it, she’ll have another one! Plus Caroline Mitchell’s new ones, no doubt Mark Edwards might also have a new one by then! Then there are the ones I keep downloading on my kindle cause they are free!

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A Year of Books Part Two

I can’t believe how many books I have read this year!

The Girl who Broke the Rules Marine Riches having studied out in Amsterdam this book was an interesting read. I seemed to have fallen into the series mid way, I enjoyed this book at the time, and I am interested to read further stories in this series to learn more about the main character but I feel that jumping mid way into the series going backwards is probably not a good idea.

Dark Murder Helen Durrant I really enjoyed Helen’s book and was very keen to read the next one (which I did) the main character was very interesting and how he integrated with a new team along with his own personal issues. This series is definitely one of my favorite and though I haven’t read Helen’s other books about another detective partnership maybe I should as there is more to keep me happy. HURRY UP NEXT BOOK!

Play Dead as soon as Angela Marston released this I was very keen to read the next one after Lost Girls. I consumed this book very quickly and enjoyed it all the same, though I didn’t enjoy it as much as Lost Girls it might be due to how fast I read it! There was definitely a WOW factor about the book. As it also explorers Kim Stones’ relationship with other main characters in previous story that are not her detective.

The Accident by C L Taylor another rollercoster of a ride from Cally which has easily placed her in this years TOP AUTHORS. This book explorers why the daughter stepped out in front of a car to try and kill herself and her mothers need to find out why, while we learn more about the mothers past. As the Lie which is my favorite of her book this book doesn’t let you put it down and relax till the end. FIVE STAR recommendation!

Dark Houses Helen Durrant next outing I was keen to explore what happened next with this newly formed team after there past indevers (sp). Highly recommend as above and can not wait to see what comes next in this series.

13 Stollen Girls Gil Reavill I really struggled with this book, didn’t really enjoy it but kept going until the end…

The Silent Twin Caroline Mitchell having previous read one of Caroline’s other books, I sadly really struggled with this one. I think I kinda over analysed it too much as well instead of just enjoying the read.

Shallow Waters Rebecca Bradley wow a book that is written about Nottingham that I really enjoyed as well. I think towards the end I had started to work who has done it etc. But still a really good book that I really enjoyed and left me begging for the next installment. FIVE STARTS

Reconstructing Amellia, Kimberly McCreight this one was a difficult one the story switches  from Kate her mum a in the present nd Amellia right up to the time she killed herself so that past. This had been on my wish list for a while and was at the bottom so I decided to start working my way up. A good book though proviking and worth a read

Exclusion Zone J M Hewitt I enjoyed this book, it was not only a history lesson but an interesting though provoking story that I recommend you all read! This story is told in the past and in the present and events that happened surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Explosion! FIVE STARS!!!

Made to be Broken Rebecca Bradley not as good as Shallow Waters but all the same a good book and a good read! Plus her books are getting closer to where I live!!! But sure if I should be worried. Likeable characters and a brilliant read! my favorite Nottingham writer!! (Not like I know any others) FIVE STARS

The Missing C L Taylor, another good outing from Cally, not as good as her other books in my opinion but all the same a good read and if you have read her other two like Mark’s books you might as well read the rest. I didn’t see the end coming so a good read overall FIVE STARTS

Disclaimer Renee Knight I had the urge to read a proper book and as Disclaimer had been on my wish list, I snapped it up a good read very though provoking and explorers the relationship between man and wife! But part of me finds it hard to believe that a husband would be that unbelieving of his wife. I think I might of been disapointed though if it was all roses and it was nice to read a proper book with like pages and…

The Devils Work Mark Edwards I eagerly awaited the new release of this book having enjoyed his others, this book didn’t disappointed, but I felt disappointed and board in parts though I enjoyed it (anyone get what I mean?) Maybe I should start keeping a diary on my work colleagues 😛

What doesn’t show up on my amazon that I read in October was another one of Rebecca Bradley books Three Weeks Dead. I was very lucky to be sent an advance copy of this and I certainly enjoyed learning about some of the characters I had gotten to know in her previous books.

Carrion Betsy Reavley my first book by this author, though I did enjoy it I kinda felt that some of the characters could of done more, or not been so rubbish! But as mentioned further up if all the characters were great and did what they should would it be such an interesting read?

Someone to save you Paul Pinkington another good read and fast pace, though I felt like something was missing. The book portrayed a series of events that were all ted together and meant for a reason, maybe the message was everything happens for a reason, I did feel sorry for the main character lossing his BFF and his sister all at the same time.but a good read all the same.

Scare Me Richard J Parker a good read, but another book that the ending let it down. I also note that it’s being opted for TV so maybe in a years time I can say the book is much better than the TV programme. I did like that it explored other races as a side line story  of the boy character but it would of been good to learn about what happened to him.

The Rules of Restraint David Wilson this isn’t my usual type of book but I was asked to review it and couldn’t say no. It is a prison related story with all the dead bodies piling up in and outside the prison. It lost my interest at points but then re gained it when the action picked up.

My final book of the year, again is one I was asked to review and that it Ledstone Luck by Andrew Barret which I finished yesterday and I am still pretty much processing the adventure.

Somewhere among all this I also read Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni to which as his other book earlier on in all of this I really enjoyed! and totally looking forwards to reading further on in Tracey’s adventures (please make sure the lawyer guy stays in it)

Wow I didn’t imagine when I started writing this I would of read 30 books!!! roll on 2017’s reading

 

 

 

 

A Year of Books (part one)

Hey,

Because I want to be “cool” I am about to blog about all the books I have read this year so “hold tight”

I started the year with Lost Girls by Angela Marston this was my first introduction to Kim Stone and I can safely say I am hooked. Sitting here now I can still see the control room that was in the house where one of  the girls lived. How much would you do to save your child? A really good book most certainly a 5 STAR!

Next came (according to Amazon) The Neon Lawer by Victor Methos this book is about a newly qualified lawer and his first job, I won’t tell you what happens in the end, but with being a fan of series such as Law and Order SVU I enjoyed this book and I don’t think I have found one I have enjoyed as much. I haven’t explored this author further but maybe I should add his book to my ever growing amazon wish list.

Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbot came next, as I read on this book was very much not as things seem when someone is looking in on the family. Though this book tied up lose ends for the main charcter there were still things to be learnt about the detective in the story. I was keen to read more by Rachel but with my ever growing wish list..

My sisters grave by Robert Dugoni I really enjoyed, the main character and the lawer in the book I could totally relate to! Robert was writing characters that I use in my stories! Strong female lead and a strong male lead! I was keep hooked as in who was the killer  Tracy’s sister and whats with the body!  This is definitely a 5 STAR book that I can not recommend enough.

Follow me Angela Clarke is another of my top reads from this year, why hadn’t anyone thought of using social media in  crime story! I could total imagine alot of the scenes in this book. But then again I’ve lived in “student accommodation!!!”. A brilliant and interesting story, very much looking forward to the next installment.

Anything for her Jack Jordan (how young does he look in his twitter photo) a story about when everything is failing apart, how to survive. A story about a relationship between mother and daughter and what a mother will do to protect her.  I enjoyed this book but it wasn’t a stand out for me this year.

Her last tomorrow Adam Croft another enjoyable book with being a mother of two children, books like this always grab me and pull me in as it’s a subject I can relate to

No where Girl Ruth Dugall I found this book very heavy going and I felt there was so many other complex issues that I would of liked to have learned more about kinda got swept over, as the story centered on one girl and her disappearance. But upon reflextion I feel like shouting what about this and this…

What you Wish for Mark Edwards already being a HUGE fan of Mark Edwards at this point in 2016 I was still working through his books from my “book hang overs” from his previous outings. This story was very different from other stories he had written, but having previously been warned by the author himself it let me enjoy it more! As I was expecting Magpies or What you Wish for. This book strongly focuses on beliefs and what people believe and will do got their beliefs. Having being brought up in organised religion and questions my own beliefs I really enjoyed this book.

Two Evils Mark Sennen I really enjoyed the character Charlotte Savage and I am keen to explorer more books with her being centre stage. she is a tough cookie that only wants what is right, while people but barriers in her way she charges through and knocks them down. This book is also about missing children that is always an interest to me!

TO BE CONTINUED MY DINNER IS HERE!

The girl who broke the rules Marine Riches