Synopsis: They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.
Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood - and Nancy vows to avenge his death.
She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together while her beloved grandma falls apart and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up - fast.
But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail - and will stop at nothing to shut her up.
Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can't trust anyone. Not even her own family.
Okay guys, this cover reveal above is HUGELY exciting. If you have no idea who Sue Watson is I suggest you sit up and take notice. Now I admit I actually LOVE this cover. However....don't be fooled! Don't imagine that it's a certain type of book, because I guarantee you need to read this author before making a judgement. Back in 2012 I picked up a book called Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes. I read that book SOLELY after reading about Sue Watson online and it was the best decision I made. It was a very funny book and made me want to read other stuff by her. Of course with mountains of books, it was to be a bit of a wait and then in 2014 I picked up the book Love Lies and Lemon Cake.
First off the bat, I loved the title and I already knew the author had talent. What I didn't know was that by the time I had finished the book not only would I have a bit of a girl crush going on with the delectable Sue Watson, but that this book would become one of my ALL TIME favourite reads. People may wonder at that and think I'm talking bollocks, however (having consulted my Goodreads page), having read more than 850 books in a few years I think it's safe to say I know my books. Some people will mock this genre, but my advice would be to not be too hasty. A fellow friend and reader who happens to be over 70 and a bloke practically laughed me out the room. Once he read it, he was practically foaming at the mouth for another of her books.
For some reason Love Lies and Lemon Cake resonated with me and since 2014 I know I have read this book at least 4 times which is something I never do. It has the ability to lift me out of any mood and make me laugh until my cheeks hurt. Faye Dobson is the star of the show and frankly this book will always remain one of my all time favourites. In addition to that I actually have become friends with Sue. Trust me this happened WAY after I started reading her stuff. Sue is also aware (as is most of Bookouture, along with numerous other author friends) that whether I am friends with somebody or not, if I don't like the book and think it's a load of old shite I will be telling them. Trust me when I say that if you haven't read it and you really want a book you can read to get you out of the doldrums and smiling then Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is for you.
THE most exciting news I have heard on a LONG time is that Sue has now got a new book on the way and it's a follow-up to Love Lies and Lemon Cake. As a reader, reviewer and Blogger this sounds ridiculous but I'm nervous. What if I don't like it? What if it's not as good as my all time favourite? On the plus side it COULD be even better and I am literally jiggling with excitement until I can read this bad boy!
Synopsis: Detective DD Warren and Flora Dane are in a race against time to save a young girl's life - or bring her to justice.
A family home has become a crime scene. Five people are involved: four of them have been savagely murdered; one - a sixteen-year-old girl - is missing.
Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister?
Detective D. D. Warren is on the case, as is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane.
Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.
Kat's Rating: 4/5
Kat's Review: It's been a long time since I have caught up with DD and I was looking forward to seeing how she was doing. This latest installment sees the return of Flora Dane who was featured in the last book in the series, only this time she is working her way through life as a survivor.
DD is called to a murder scene involving a whole family, except one member of that family, the eldest daughter Roxy. DD needs to work out if Roxy is the suspect or the victim. Flora has a link to Roxy and as such manages to insert herself into the investigation and as such becomes DD's newest CI. Frankly it seems like a match made in heaven and I couldn't help but think this element of the story fitted in seamlessly.
The story is pretty well paced, although in all honesty probably not one of my favourites in the series. However, DD remains a favourite character of mine and I think this series most certainly still has the legs to keep running. There is quite a lot going on and the reader is kept engaged, however although I absolutely loved the addition of Flora, I kind of missed seeing more of her other colleagues so the return of those in the next book would definitely be welcome. I think to enjoy this book it always helps to have read the series in order as you have the background of the characters involved. Certainly an enjoyable book and one that I think fans will really enjoy.
Synopsis: A friend in danger. A shadowy psych ward. A conspiracy beyond Reznick’s worst nightmares.
When an old Delta Force buddy comes to Jon Reznick for help, paranoid and fearing for his life, Reznick feels duty-bound to protect him. As a black-ops specialist, loyalty to his brothers in arms comes before everything—even the law.
But Jerry White proves difficult to protect. A runaway from a top-security psychiatric facility in upstate New York, he’s considered a danger to himself and others, and Reznick is powerless to stop shadowy senior hospital managers taking Jerry back by force. When FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein warns him off, Reznick ignores her advice, suspecting the Wittenden Institute is not what it seems.
Digging deeper into the hospital’s background—and that of its esteemed manager, Dr. Robert Gittinger—Reznick begins to unravel a sinister plot that will bring warzone black ops to American soil. And when his own life comes under threat, he discovers that Jerry is trapped in a web of high-level conspiracies more terrifying than anything he has ever encountered…
Synopsis: ‘Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what’s inside that room would be it.’ That’s what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended. In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders; a psychopath who loves what he does because to him murder is much more than just killing – it’s an art form. Welcome to The Gallery of the Dead.
Kat's Rating: 4/5
Kat's Review: I was thrilled to receive an ARC of the new Chris Carter and couldn't wait to get started. Robert Hunter is a wonderful character, and alongside him every step of the way is his colleague Carlos Garcia. The two of them are like chalk an cheese but always work better together. It was nice to catch up with the two of them but as usual with their roles wihtin the Ultra Violent unit they never sit on their laurels for long. This time it comes in the form of a particularly sadistic killer. The difference with this case is that this time they team up with the FBI.
I couldn't help but feel that the chock value of these murders along with the frisly detail seems to have stepped up a notch. There is no holding back with descriptive murder scenes so if you are squemish it's probably not for you. That aside the storyline kept me gripped. I also loved the fact we see more of Hunter's personal life albeit in small sections as his job alone limits what sort of relattionships he can maintain.
The first three quarters of the book was very 'cat and mouse' however the last quarter I read at lightining speed and at one point I sat bolt upright in shock! If you can stomach the violence and gore (not an issue for me) then these books as a series are absolutely addictive. For some reason it fell just short of the full stars for me, and I can't even exlain why! I just feel like this maybe wasn't as amazing as some of the others in the series, but by no means is any less enjoyable. A thoroughly enaging book that left me eager tot read the next in the series.
Synopsis: After yet another disaster, Lorrie is calling time on online dating. She might be single in her forties, but she’s got a good job, wonderful children and she’s happy. This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough.
That is, until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her – after thirty years.
But Lorrie is a responsible woman. She can’t exactly run off to Nice with the man who broke her teenage heart . . . can she?
Kat's Rating: 3/5
Kat's Review: I pondered over the rating of this book for some time and finally decided that middle of the road was probably the fairest! I have read other Fiona Gibson books and loved them, and this book was certaingly enjoyable...but...it just wasn't THAT memorable. Lorrie takes centre stage and is a mother of 2 whose children are now reasonably grown up. She has her lodger and long term friend Stu living with her, a job that she loves, and although things haven't always been easy it seems things are now 'easier'. I liked the characters and Lorrie is certainly very readable, however the characters and the storyline were just a bit too vanilla for me.
Lorrie has a request from her first love, who happened to be a French guy named Antoine Rousseau who she met and fell for on an exchange trip in her teens. The story trundled along at a nice pace and it certainly kept me entertained but for some reason it just didn't do any more than that. It was also a little too preditcable which normally wouldn't bother me but with the other niggles I had it just didn't sit right. Overall this was an easy to read book which entertained, but having read and absolutely LOVED books of her susch as Pedigree Mum I couldn't help feel a little bit underwhelmed.
Synopsis: The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...
Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.
Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.
Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?
When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.
Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?
Synopsis: It’s a beautiful day in Manchester and four friends are meeting for a birthday lunch. But then they witness a shocking accident just metres away which acts as a catalyst for each of them.
For Laura, it’s a wake-up call to heed the ticking of her biological clock. Sensible Jo finds herself throwing caution to the wind in a new relationship. Eve, who has been trying to ignore the worrying lump in her breast, feels helpless and out of control. And happy-go-lucky India is drawn to one of the victims of the accident, causing long-buried secrets to rise to the surface.
This is a novel about the startling and unexpected turns life can take. It’s about luck – good and bad – and about finding bravery and resilience when your world is in turmoil. Above all, it’s about friendship, togetherness and hope.
Kat's Rating: 5/5
Kat's Review: I have been reading Lucy Diamond for a few years and her books have always been books I remember, however this particular little beauty will stay with me for a while. Based around 4 friends Laura, India, Jo and Eve all of which we see their stories. It's an innocent introduction where the 4 friends meet for lunch. You get a decent background on each woman and where they are in their lives. However, they then witness a shocking accident which will affect all of the women differently.
There wasn't on standout character fr me, I loved them all. Each woman had their own set of problems and issues they were working through and the whole book just had that edge of realism which made you want the best for all the women involved. Although I didn't have a favourite the storyline featuring Eve was done so well and I am sure make many women realise that you cannot bury your head in the sand. Usually I would break down storylines a little more but with this book I really don't feel the need.
There are no patronisingly young and skinny women that are NOTHING like people I would know as a late 30's woman. The characters were so real they could be my own friends. I was thoroughly absorbed with this from start to finish and absolutely loved every page. One of the best Lucy Diamond books I have read, and certainly one I would highly recommend!