*BLOG BLITZ* Standstill – J.A. Marley ★★★★

Blurb; One man’s chaos is another man’s comfort zone… 

When young, ambitious thief, Danny Felix, is dragged out of bed by a psychotic cop in an early morning raid, he could hardly imagine he was about to be plunged into the robbery of a lifetime. 

Corruption and coercion follow the very bent Detective Inspector Harkness everywhere he goes and now he has Danny by the proverbial balls. 

But even the deadliest criminals leave a trail, one that dedicated Flying Squad officer Christine Chance is getting closer to, while trying her best to be mother to a seriously ill daughter. 

Can Danny escape Harkness with his life intact? Can he avoid detection by Chance? 

And most importantly does he have what it takes to use the teeming streets of modern day London to pull off the theft of the 21st Century? 

Danny thinks he can…but there will be bloodshed.

My Review; Standstill is well written, easy to read and fast paced. It is a gripping story throughout which builds up into an explosive finale. Detective Chance is busy trying her hardest to crack the case but she also has her own personal problems to attend too during the case. I actually felt so sorry for how much Detective Chance went through. 

Danny’s character is full of arrogance, power and he thinks he can get away with anything… But can he? This story is sure to keep you on your toes and one I highly recommend you all read. It was like reading something out of an action film! Brilliant. I enjoyed reading this story. I awarded four stars. 

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Bad Sister – Sam Carrington ★★★★★

Blurb;

Then: When flames rip through their family home, only teenager Stephanie and her younger brother escape unhurt. Brett always liked to play with fire, but now their dad is dead and someone has to pay the price.

Now: Psychologist Connie Summers wants to help Stephanie rebuild her life. She has a new name, a young son and everything to live for. But when Stephanie receives a letter from someone she’d hoped would never find her, Connie is forced to question what really happened that night. But some truths are better left alone . . .

My Review; WOW! WOW! WOW! When I read Sam Carringtons debut Saving Sophie I loved it and was waiting for more by her, so this was a must read and boy I was not disappointed. Bloody brilliant! Just what I needed to start off my year of books. 

Bad Sister had me hooked from the prologue and I could not put this book down, I finished it within 24 hours. Could easily be devoured within one sitting. I absolutely loved reading this story, what a brilliant plot and ending. A true shocker! A jaw dropper. The story flicks between chapters told through Connie’s character, an unknown narrator and DI Wade who I thought was a very good detective. Cleverly written and told story.

I would highly recommend to you all. A well deserved five stars. I cannot wait to read more by Sam and have high expections after her first two brilliant, fast paced stories. Bad Sister is written well, easy to read and contains short chapters throughout. A story that you won’t be able to forget in a hurry. Fantastic. Very impressed. Sad to have finished it so quickly. Whose character do you believe? 

I See You – Clare Mackintosh ★★★★

Blurb; When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

My Review; After devouring I Let You Go by Clare previously I had to read this one. But I must admit I do still prefer I Let You Go over this story. I See You took me a while to get into and it took a while to get to the good bit. It is one of those stories which makes you go ahh that’s why it is called that! 

I See You is written well, easy to read and contains a well thought out storyline with a shocker of an ending to look forward too. A very creepy story which will have you thinking and looking over your shoulder when you’re out and about. I enjoyed reading this as a good weekend read and awarded four stars out of five. I will be reading more by Clare in the future but this book didn’t grab me as much as I Let You Go did. I would highly recommend I See You if you haven’t read it already and I look forward to future books by Clare.