Her Last Mistake (Detective Gina Harte #6) by Carla Kovach

‘The beast had escaped and it was never going back in its cave now…’

I’m not sure why I’ve only just found this series?! But I am sooo glad that I did! I read this in 24 hours which is always a sign of a gripping read for me. It’s the sixth in a series but not having read the first five in no way detracted from the enjoyment of reading it. In fact I enjoyed picking up little clues about what may have happened previously and of course I now need to read all the others!

What the blurb says:

Dressed in a sage green bridesmaid dress, and smiling for pictures, Holly is the happiest she’s ever been. Hours later, Holly is dead.

People love to hate Holly Long. Smart, beautiful and a woman who men find it hard to say no to, she’s the town’s most gossiped about resident.

Now Holly’s body lies in her hotel room, strangled at her best friend’s wedding party. And the gossip has stopped, because nobody wants to look like they did it.

When police search Holly’s immaculate apartment, amongst her stylish furnishings and expensive jewellery, they discover a different side to Holly. Orderly and precise, she wasn’t the chaotic party girl everyone thought her to be. In fact, Holly was a planner, and her next plan was to come out and tell her biggest secret – something she had been hiding for months, something that had the potential to ruin the lives of more than one wedding guest.

There are plenty of people who might have wanted to kill Holly, but only one who has finally made good on their promise.

My thoughts:

The story starts before the wedding mentioned in the blurb when we see Holly at home preparing a meal for her partner. Straight away there are suggestions that this relationship may not be entirely healthy but Holly comes across as ultimately strong-willed and in charge of her own destiny. It’s at this point, right at the start of the book that we find out The Secret, which I won’t reveal here…

Fast forward a little and Holly is a bridesmaid at one of her best friend’s weddings. Holly, Kerry, Fran and Lilly have been friends since school – they are The Awesome Foursome – and so of course when Kerry marries Edward, the other three girls are all her bridesmaids. All is going swimmingly, until shockingly, Holly’s body is found the morning after the party in her hotel room.

Meet Detective Gina Harte. Gina has a grown-up daughter, Hannah; a granddaughter, Gracie and a little black cat called Ebony. Harte has taken some leave from work to spend time with her family who have come to stay with her. But when 25 year old Holly Long’s body is found, her leave is cancelled. This causes huge tension and resentment between Harte and Hannah – a tension which appears to have been there for years.

Holly’s body has been posed with her hands on her middle and flower petals sprinkled over her. During the post-mortem, the head of a carnation is found in her throat. What does it mean? What is the killer trying to communicate? Carnations crop up all over the story and I thought I was really cleverly putting the clues together, but I have to say I was spectacularly wrong in my predictions!

Holly’s present day story is interwoven with snippets from the lives of other characters. The most memorable for a whole host of reasons is that of Cass. Cass was Kerry’s childhood best friend until Holly came along. She has felt usurped for years, and coupled with intense confidence and body image issues, heightened by a failing relationship with her boyfriend, her sections of the story are a really uncomfortable read: ‘She hated herself and all she’d become’. Now that Holly is dead, ‘The best friend place in Kerry’s life was vacant and Cass had to take it back’. Could she have been involved?

Dark secrets abound in this book. Holly’s murder triggers memories for Gina that she would rather keep buried. Issues with her own marriage, now long behind her, are hinted at and later, given more detail. DCI Briggs not only works with Harte, but we find out that, ‘Once her lover, now he was the keeper of her deepest, darkest secret’. We do eventually find out this secret, but it is one of the aspects to the story that made me want to read the earlier books.

Before Harte and her team can get a handle on the case, another of the Awesome Foursome is found dead in her bathtub. ‘Two out of three bridesmaids was a bit too much of a coincidence.’ Can they solve the case before Lilly’s life is threatened?

I had a great time with this book and have now bought the first two in the series so that I can immerse myself in Gina’s earlier life! Highly recommended!

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I would like to thank both Net Galley and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

All Fall Down (DI Helen Grace #9) by M J Arlidge

“History is just one person’s side of the story.”

I have been devouring this series since the first book was published in 2014 and have reviewed numbers two and three on my blog previously – Pop Goes the Weasel and The Doll’s House . Although it isn’t necessary to read the books in order, I have loved watching the character of Helen Grace develop and learning more about her story as the series goes on. The first in the series is Eeny Meeny if you haven’t started the journey yet (I am so jealous if you haven’t!) – it’s only £3.99 on kindle at the moment which is a total bargain!

What the blurb says:

“You have one hour to live.”

Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth… That someone is watching, waiting, working to take your life in one hour.

But why?

The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is a case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims.

With no motive, no leads, no clues – nothing but pure fear – an hour can last a lifetime…

My thoughts:

This has to be one of Arlidge’s more chilling ideas – although I seem to think that every time I read one of his books! Can you imagine? When Justin receives this call, in the lift as he is leaving work one evening, he doesn’t know what to think. If it was just the words, perhaps he would have leaned towards the prank theory, but as the lift mysteriously stops whilst the caller delivers their message, he is understandably rattled. And rightly so…

When Callum gets this call, he is given an even more chilling message – if that’s possible: “You have one hour to live… unless, you’d like to trade your death for somebody else’s…” Helen quickly realises that the killer is targeting a particular group of people. This group were kidnapped as young adults doing their Duke of Edinburgh award at school and one did not survive the experience. The murders also coincide with one of this group, Maxine Pryce, publishing One Dark Night – their story of that time. Surely it all has to be linked? Could Daniel King, the perpetrator from all those years ago be back for a second try? If so, he’s only just beginning…

Our favourite characters are back to join Helen for her 9th outing. Grace Simmons reappears in this story as the boss who always has Helen’s back, although Helen is worried about her because she is ‘anxious and distracted…’ Could she be keeping secrets too? Emilia, the journalist everyone loves to hate is of course determined to be centre stage and appears to have found a weak link to exploit in Helen’s team. DC Charlie Brooks is massively pregnant and is torn between wanting to be at home with her husband and daughter, and being at the forefront of the action with Helen. There really is plenty of tension in this instalment from all angles.

This part of the story also sees Helen in a relationship – which, if you’ve read from the beginning, is a Big Step: “Finally, she had found someone who could keep up with her”. Unsurprisingly however, the path of true love is not destined to run smooth. Joseph is keeping secrets, and if there’s one thing Helen is good at, it’s sniffing out secrets.

This is yet another brilliantly plotted, twisty turny thriller from the master of the genre. I’ve said it before, but I do hope that we see DI Helen Grace on our screens at some point, and it goes without saying, but I do hope book number ten is not too far away!

“There is always a price to be paid for your actions…”

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Waterstones.

I would like to thank both Net Galley and Orion Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Snap by Belinda Bauer

A story full of drama and secrets to uncover!

The Bright Family. When our story starts, children Jack, Joy and Merry are on a car journey with their mum when their car breaks down on the M5. Eileen leaves the children in the car as she walks to the emergency phone… but she never comes back. After waiting an hour, the children decide to follow her but when they get to the phone, ‘the orange receiver was dangling from the box’…

Three Years Later: Eileen Bright has never been found and, suffering unbearable grief, her husband went out one day for milk and never came back. Jack is fourteen years old and angry. For two years, he has kept the children together, fed them and kept them safe and hidden from the authorities in a house where his sister’s hoarding is out of control. His methods are unconventional and not necessarily legal… Every night, he dreams of finding his mum.

The While Family: Catherine is pregnant. Very pregnant. She and her husband Adam can’t wait to meet their new little bundle of joy. One night when Adam is away, Catherine wakes, convinced that there is someone in the house. Her waking prompts the intruder to leave before he is seen, but he leaves behind a knife and a note. Catherine knows she should call the police, but her decision not to is to have far-reaching consequences…

The Police: DCI Marvel misses the Met and even more than that, urban London. Sergeant Reynolds – IQ 138 – and Marvel do not see eye to eye. Their policing could not be more different – Reynolds does everything ‘by the book’. Marvel believes that sometimes you have to bend the rules to succeed. They are brought together to solve the ‘Goldilocks’ case – a series of more than a hundred burglaries – which will bring them in the path of both the While and Bright families.

“I only snapped once. I’d never do it again.”

Grab a bargain – it’s only £4.99 on kindle at the moment.

I would like to thank both Net Galley and Grove Atlantic for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Nowhere Child by Christian White

‘To move through life without being accountable to a higher power is to drift unanchored through a dark ocean full of monsters’.

This was my first Christian White but it certainly won’t be my last.

Melbourne, Australia, Now: Meet Kim Leamy, photography teacher at Northampton Community TAFE, sister of Amy, daughter of Carol and step-daughter of Dean. Right at the beginning of the story, she is approached by James Finn; he is convinced that Kim is in fact his long lost sister, Sammy Went, who went missing from her Kentucky home, three days after her second birthday, 28 years before. James has never believed Sammy died that night and has spent his life trying to find her – her disappearance is his obsession.

Manson, Kentucky, USA, Then: Jack and Molly Went are members of the Church of the Light Within – ‘Molly through conversion and Jack through blood’. We learn that Jack started to drift away from the church as a teenager and stopped going altogether when their eldest daughter, Emma, was born. As far as the locals are concerned, ‘if you’re not one of us, you’re one of them. A lost soul’. The Pentecostal group worship by handling venomous snakes – to be bitten is to be touched by God, and to survive is to be saved. After Sammy disappears, Jack is devastated but is also harbouring a secret…

The Eckles family: Described as a ‘rough family’. Ava, the mother is a violent drunk. Patrick – the eldest son is doing his best to keep the family together. Travis is gay at a time when this was a sin and was the favourite suspect at the time.

Kim is thrust into James’ investigation and the fundamentalist nature of the locals she meets in Manson, Kentucky. She of course immediately questions why the woman she knew as her ‘mother’ would have kidnapped her from Jack and Molly’s home all those years ago. By this time, Carol Leamy has died from cancer and Kim wants nothing more than to be able to talk to her and ask her what happened. She is upset and shocked when Dean’s reaction shows he knows more than he has ever told her and so she agrees to travel to Kentucky with James to meet her ‘family’. Things do not go as well as she’d hoped. Between her and James, they continue the investigation in order to answer once and for all, what actually happened that day 28 years ago and why?

Whilst certainly not always likeable, the characters are well rounded and believable and the details given of The Church of the Light Within are sickly fascinating. As someone with a phobia of snakes, there were a few scenes that actually made my hands clammy! I think it would make a fantastic film – although I may have to put a cushion over my face at certain parts. A fantastic, absorbing read with SO much going on – I loved it. Highly recommended.

‘Rumour is the one thing that gets thicker when you spread it’.

Only 99p on kindle at the moment – an absolute bargain.

I would like to thank both Net Galley and Harper Collins UK for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Retreat by Mark Edwards

Another rollercoaster of a read from Mark Edwards – this time set in a writer’s retreat in a quiet and secluded part of North Wales. The story flicks back and forth – we have the present day when an eclectic mix of writers of varying levels of literary success come to stay at Nyth Bran in Beddmawr to write, and the past; two years previously when 8 year old Lily goes missing and further back than that to when another child went missing 35 years before her.

Meet Julia, the central character in this story around whom all the other characters pivot. She is Lily’s mum and is clearly haunted by her daughter’s disappearance and her husband’s death – both events that happened on the same day. She has opened The Retreat in an attempt to move on, but it’s proving harder than she anticipated. As far as the superstitious locals are concerned, Lily was taken by The Widow, a local legend who is said to take a child every 35 years, unless one is ‘sacrificed’ to her. According to the police, Lily drowned in the same way her father did when trying to rescue her, but without a body and not one for believing in ghost stories, Julia refuses to accept either version of events. She has kept Lily’s room exactly as she left it and still charges her iPad every two weeks, in the belief that she is still out there and one day, will return.

Lucas is a one-hit-wonder horror writer who has come to stay at The Retreat in an attempt to get his new novel written. Around the same time that Lily went missing, Lucas lost his wife and he and Julia begin to bond over their grief. Before long, strange things start to happen. A new guest arrives – Ursula, who claims to be able to communicate with a Spirit Guide and promises Julia the proof she needs of Lily’s death. Things go missing. People start to die – seemingly naturally and unconnected to one another. Lucas hears child-like singing coming from one of the rooms, and then Zara, a Private Detective hired by Lucas to look in to Lily’s disappearance, goes missing.

The tension builds until an ultimately satisfying conclusion which I am not going to give away! I absolutely loved it from start to finish and for only £3.98 on kindle at the moment (or FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited), it’s an absolute bargain!

I would like to thank both Net Galley and Thomas and Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni

Meet Tracy – ex high school chemistry teacher turned Seattle cop. Tracy is haunted by the disappearance of her sister Sarah 20 years previously – an obsession which ultimately ruined her marriage and which she simply can’t put behind her: “She was a sister unable to get past her guilt and grief.”

Like Tracy, Cedar Grove has never completely recovered from Sarah’s loss. In the intervening years, both her parents have died – her father by suicide – leaving Tracy very much alone in her grief.  As this story starts, Sarah’s remains are found in a shallow grave and Tracy is determined to find out the truth about what happened that day in 1993. A man – House -was convicted of her murder at the time, despite the lack of body, but Tracy has always doubted his part in the crime.

In re-opening the case, Tracy butt heads with Roy Calloway – the man who solved the crime last time and convicted House. A cop for 35 years, Calloway is married to his job and doesn’t take too kindly to Tracy questioning his handling of the case at the time. With the help of Forensics expert, Rosa Giesa, and lawyer Dan, Tracy endeavours to put the case to bed, once and for all.

This story sucked me in straight away. I loved the structure which alternated chapters between present day and the past – it worked really well and I didn’t predict the ending AT ALL! I’m super happy to have discovered it’s the first in a series of seven Tracy Crosswhite books and will definitely be getting the others! Highly recommended.

“It is better that ten guilty men go free than one innocent man be wrongfully convicted.”

Only £3.98 on kindle at the moment or free if you have kindle unlimited.

I would like to thank both Net Galley and Thomas and Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Little Liar by Lisa Ballantyne

Blurb: The accused

While Nick Dean is enjoying an evening at home with his family, he is blissfully unaware that one of his pupils has just placed an allegation of abuse against him – and that Nick’s imminent arrest will see the start of everything he knows and loves disintegrating around him.

Because, mud sticks, right? No matter if you’re innocent or guilty.

The accuser

When Angela Furness decides that enough is enough – she hates her parents, hates her friends and, most of all, despises what has recently happened at school – she does the only thing she knows will get her attention: calls the police. But Angela is unaware that the shocking story she is about to tell will see her life begin to topple.

Because, once you’ve said what you’ve said, there’s no way back, right? No matter if you’re innocent or guilty.

In a gripping tale of two families torn apart by one catastrophic betrayal, Little Liar illustrates the fine line between guilt and innocence, and shows that everyone has their secrets, even those we ought to trust the most…

Trigger Warnings: Child sexual abuse.

My thoughts: This novel is a bit like looking at a slightly sick picture and being unable to look away. It starts off pretty dark and just gets darker.

When we first meet Angela at age 12, both she and her mother are struggling – it’s a year since her father left (‘he had taken all the warmth with him.’) and the mother-daughter relationship is strained at best, physically abusive at worst. Angela is clearly troubled and battling many unidentified demons;  she is excluded from school for fighting another girl and is being used, physically, by a boy four years her senior. Things get even more serious in ways I won’t spoil, but in a glimpse into her psyche early on, we learn that she has recently put on weight and that she ‘wanted to be massive. She wanted people to turn away when they saw her.’ Ballantyne cleverly scatters little details like this, building the story up little by little until the ultimate conclusion.

Before this story starts, Marina and Nick are happily married with two young children – the ever-questioning Luca and adorable Ava. Nick is an out of work actor who is working as a drama teacher at Angela’s school and Marina is (rather ironically),Director of Child International. Unsurprisingly, their world starts to crumble when Angela accuses Nick of sexually assaulting her at school and Nick learns that he could be facing a 14 year prison term and a lifetime on the Sex Offenders Register. There are plenty of people out there who now want revenge and who will put both Nick and his family at risk to get it. Marina is steadfastly loyal – she stands by her man but the situation calls into question things she would rather not have to face and she has to learn to accept that she may not know Nick quite as well as she’d thought.

Of course things are never quite what they seem. There are so many twists and turns in the narrative, it’s impossible not to keep reading. It’s a coming of age story but more than that, it’s a story of mothers and daughters and how no relationship is unsalvageable.

Be prepared for an absolute rollercoaster of a read and for only £2.99 on kindle at the moment!

I would like to thank both Net Galley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Humber Boy B by Ruth Dugdall (Cate Austin #3)

Blurb: A blur in the sky, a brick no, a trainer falls to the water… There seems to be a scuffle… a hand grabbing at the dangling child. Then, with the awfulness of inevitability, the hanging child drops, gravity takes him.

A child is killed after falling from the Humber Bridge. Despite fleeing the scene, two young brothers are found guilty and sent to prison. Upon their release they are granted one privilege only, their anonymity.

Probation officer Cate Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society. But the general public’s anger is steadily growing, and those around her are wondering if the secret of his identity is one he actually deserves to keep.

Cate’s loyalty is challenged when she begins to discover the truth of the crime. She must ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder. Or is there a greater evil at play?

My thoughts: I have no idea why I’ve only just picked this one up! It sucked me right in and wouldn’t let go. I read a lot of thrillers but this is the first one I’ve read where the protagonist is a Probation Officer rather than a Detective of some kind – I really enjoyed the unique perspective of Cate and found it refreshing in such a popular genre. I found out after I’d finished it that Ruth Dugdall herself had worked as a Probation Officer which would explain how believable I found the story and the character interactions.

So, meet Cate Austin, whose dream was to be an artist. Instead, she is a single mum to ten year old Amelia and working with the most troubled of people in her professional life. Things aren’t great in her private life either – her dad and her sister disappeared years ago, her mother is an alcoholic and her husband has left and her and started a new family with another woman. At the beginning of this story, Cate is allocated to work with newly released Ben – otherwise known as Humber Boy B  – the brother who has served the longest sentence for the murder of the child in the blurb.

Ben was ten when he was convicted and is now being released at the age of eighteen with a completely new identity. A lot has changed in the time he was imprisoned and he has no real experience of life outside bars. It’s Cate’s job to make the transition a little easier for him. Dugdall shifts viewpoints regularly so that we see events through Cate’s eyes but also through those of Humber Boy B himself. There are shifts in time too, so that as well as the current story, we flashback to the events leading up to and eventually including, that fateful day. Interspersed between chapters, are transcripts from a Facebook page set up by the mother of the boy who died who is trying to trace Ben on his release, simply to be given the chance to ask him why her son died.

Ben’s older brother Adam was also imprisoned for this crime for a much shorter time. He was the most important person in Ben’s childhood as his father figure was often absent and his mother, like Cate’s, is an alcoholic who once told her son that she didn’t love him. Still desperate for a mother’s love though, Ben can’t help but send his mum a card on his release and as a result, Adam and his girlfriend Cheryl, who was present on That Day, come to find him. It’s this that sets in motion the events which drive this story and seeks to answer the big question: What made a child kill a child?

I absolutely loved this story and it certainly kept me guessing. It turns out that there are another three books in this series which is GREAT NEWS! And, even better, this one is only 99p on kindle at the moment – grab yourself a bargain!

I would like to thank both Net Galley and Legends Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Lost King (The Omar Zagouri Thrillers #2) by Heather Moore

Lost King

I am a sucker for historical fiction and thrillers, as well as being fascinated by all things Ancient Egypt so when I read this blurb, I just knew I had to dive in…

So what’s it about?

Undercover agent Omar Zagouri has been ordered to Giza. A prominent Egyptologist was murdered, and a priceless artefact—the only complete version of the Book of the Dead—is missing. Omar is still reeling from the recent disappearance of his girlfriend, Mia Golding, but he puts his quest to find her on hold to track down the lost piece of history.

Omar’s mission is not just to locate the sacred book; he must also rescue the two archaeologists kidnapped and forced to translate its hieroglyphics under threat of death. Their kidnapper is determined to discover the text’s rumoured explosive revelation: that Moses did not receive the Ten Commandments from God but instead copied them from the Egyptians. Though Omar’s need to find Mia grows more urgent, he must focus on finding the enemy who will stop at nothing to ignite a controversy that will change history, and the world, forever.

This is the second of the Omar Zagouri series but it worked perfectly as a standalone novel and I didn’t feel at a disadvantage not having read the first one.

The story is fast paced and action-packed, with a triple narrative – two of which are happening in the modern day and the third telling the story of the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut –generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty.

Hatshepsut

And wow, what a compelling story it is. I couldn’t put it down. The whole novel is extremely tightly plotted with well developed, likeable characters (you can’t NOT like Omar!) but it’s the story of Hatshepsut that made is fascinating for me. She is the ultimate Ancient Feminist and I found myself inwardly cheering her on as well as going off and googling obscure facts about her and her life.

The modern day stories work well too, combining action, intrigue, espionage and a bit of romance for good measure. What more could you want?

I enjoyed it so much I’ve asked the author for a copy of the first in the series… watch this space!

(Image of Hatshepsut by Postdlf from w, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=895004)

The Venus Trap by Louise Voss

The Venus Trap by Louise Voss

‘I love you, Jo, and I want you to love me. I want to have a future with you’.

I’ve read a lot of thrillers this year. And I really do mean A LOT. Many of them were really good but this one completely and utterly creeped me out. I’ve been trying to work out exactly why and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s probably because I found the premise so terrifyingly plausible. There are no super-intelligent detectives in this story and no heart-racing pursuit and capture. There’s just one woman in her own home, with one man.

So what’s it about?

Jo Atkins’ sixteenth year was disastrous: she lost her dad, was assaulted by a stranger, and then had her heart broken. For the last twenty-five years, she’s believed that nothing could ever be as bad again.

She was wrong.

Now, still smarting from her recent divorce, pretty, self-effacing Jo finally gathers the courage to enter the dating scene. She meets Claudio, whom she vaguely remembers from her youth, but after a few dates decides he’s creepy and politely tells him ‘thanks but no thanks’.

But Claudio has no intention of letting her go.

Instead of never seeing him again, Jo wakes up sick and terrified, handcuffed to her own bed. She is given a week to prove her love for Claudio—or he will kill her.

Claudio, it turns out, is a man with nothing left to lose.

Jo is kidnapped by Claudio with the help of a healthy dose of Rohypnol. She is kept as a prisoner in her own home by a man who became obsessed with her years before her marriage, and whose obsession has never dwindled. Jo remembers him as someone who’d ‘always kind of given me the creeps’ – it turns out with very good reason. When she comes around from her drug-induced state, she realises that he has screwed her windows shut and removed anything from her flat with which she could do herself, or him, any harm.

In the course of searching for anything that could help her in her plight, Jo comes across her old diary. Claudio is delighted: ‘This will give us a perfect talking point. I want to know everything about you, everything. We have so many years to catch up on, to find out where we went wrong – and we have all the time in the world to do it’. From this point on, the narrative splits. On the one hand we witness Jo’s terrifying reality and on the other, her flashbacks to 1986 – the year she met Claudio – and the events that have helped to shape her future.

We are with Jo as she starts to blame herself for her situation: ‘If I had different instincts, I’d never have walked down that alley’ and when she considers her best route to survival: ‘Surely it’s better to sit passively and mentally practise how to convince him of my ‘love’, than risk disaster by provoking him?’

Somehow, Voss manages to pack a little bit of everything into this story without ever making it feel as though it’s been shoe-horned in. As well as her divorce, we learn of Jo’s infidelity, of her struggle to conceive, of her friendships and her grief: ‘The pain that sweeps over me at this realisation makes me truly believe I could die from grief’.

I’m not going to talk about the ending as I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say that his novel is an all-rounder that packs a real punch. I couldn’t put it down. Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for a review.

‘I think he has broken me, not just my heart. I feel broken’.

The Venus Trap is only £3.98 on kindle right now: The Venus Trap