• Book Review – The Last Act – Brad Parks

    The Last Act – Brad Parks Genre: Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense Published: March 14, 2019; Faber and Faber Swathi’s Rating: 4.5/5 Verdict: An utterly thrilling experience recommended for all crime fiction lovers! So guys, today is my spot on the tour of this bloody brilliant book by Brad Parks which is now out in the US and UK (releasing today!). As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to read it and I am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed it!! Brad Parks is one author whose books can be picked up blindly just looking at his name on the book. If you haven’t read any…

  • Our Writer’s Toolbox – Guest Post by Authors RC Bridgestock

    OUR WRITER’S TOOLBOX   “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln.   I’ve heard it often said, that you’re only as good as your tools. Bob would say: “Detective or writer, I guess that’s the coffee then!” That and his other love (jelly sweets) keep him going… He also uses an old adage to the detective’s bible – The 5 WH (Who, What, Where, When, Why) – to help him write the crime storyline in the books. That, and the tried and tested method of investigating real crime, of course! The first step is to ‘clear…

  • Book Review – Changeling – Matt Wesolowski

    On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the dark Wentshire Forest Pass, when his father, Sorrel, stopped the car to investigate a mysterious knocking sound. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995. Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. Journeying through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there, he talks to…

  • ’12 Things I Learned Writing No Exit’ with Taylor Adams – Author or ‘No Exit’

    A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do? On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked…

  • Book Review – Painless – Marty Thornley

    The debut psychological-horror novel from author Marty Thornley is a page-turning ride, a front row seat to a clinical trial gone horribly wrong. For Greg Owens, this was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind as the pills took control. Instead, as the patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them – obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The side-effects grow worse, and the suspense ratchets tighter. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on…

  • Book Review – We Can See You – Simon Kernick

    You have it all. Success, a beautiful home, a happy family. Until, in a heartbeat, it's gone. We've kidnapped your daughter, and we know everything about you. Including the dark secrets from your past you thought were forgotten. We tell you not to contact the police – and that we’ll know if you do. Because we can see you.  And now you know this is no ordinary abduction. It’s worse. Within hours you’re on the run, with only one thought in your head: That you will stop at nothing to get your daughter back. Even murder...

  • Book Review – No Exit – Taylor Adams

    A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do? On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked…

  • #GiveAway Book Review – The Winner Maker – Jeff Bond

    Bob Fiske — the 74-year-old dinosaur who’s taught Honors English and coached varsity football for five decades — is missing. To his Winners, class favorites Fiske designated over the years for their potential to “Live Big,” it’s heartbreaking. Fiske did more than inspire with soaring oratory; he supported their ambitions into adulthood. Four of his brightest former stars reunite to find him, putting high-octane careers on hold, slipping police barricades, racing into the wilds of Northern Michigan for clues about the fate of their legendary mentor. Others don’t see a legend. They see an elitist whose time has passed. When a current student — female — disappears just hours into…

  • Book Review – The Rumour – Lesley Kara

    A casual comment. There's a killer among us.  That's all it takes. She stabbed little Robbie Harris.  To change a life - She's living under a new name. For ever. She's reformed. So they say . . .  Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word.

  • Spotlight Book – The Lost Man – Jane Harper

    Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Queensland, they are each other’s nearest neighbor, their homes a four hours’ drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child, who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. Amid the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than…