*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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How I Lost You – Jenny Blackhurst ★★★★

Blurb; A woman without a memory struggles to discover the truth about her past and her identity in this cerebral and dark thriller reminiscent of works by bestselling authors S.J. Watson and Ruth Ware.

I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son. And you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police tell you, don’t you? My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan. I was sent to Oakdale Psychiatric Institute for my crime, and four weeks ago I was released early on parole with a new identity, address, and a chance to rebuild my tattered life. This morning, I received an envelope addressed to Susan Webster. Inside it was a photograph of a toddler called Dylan. Now I am questioning everything I believe because if I have no memory of the event, how can I truly believe he’s dead? If there was the smallest chance your son was alive, what would you do to get him back?

My Review; I decided to dive into this story after recently reading and loving The Foster Child by Jenny. I was not disappointed. What a thrilling story… A cleverly written brilliant plot. I am seriously impressed and loving this author.

How I Lost You is easy to read, contains short chapters and once it gets going is fast paced. I did find it took me a while to get to the good bit, but it is well worth the wait and read. I loved how everything just connected together so perfectly even when I had no clue what was going on. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat especially towards the end. 

It is hard to believe this is Jenny’s debut story it is so good! I must admit however I did start feeling sorry for Emma/Susan’s character the poor woman. This is a story I didnt want to rush, it was one I wanted to enjoy. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend to you all even though I am late reading this one. 

Hush Little Baby – Joanna Barnard ★★★★

Blurb; When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no-one can (or will) say how it happened.

His mother is exhausted.

His father is angry.

His older sister is resentful.

And they all have something to hide…

My Review; Hush Little Baby caught my eye because of the cover. Many mysteries and thrillers these days do involve babies and children and this was no exception. As a parent myself I love/hate reading these kinds of stories. They make you hold your child a bit tighter but at the same time they have you hooked until all the answers are out in the open. This story highlights how quickly your child can be taken away from you, which is personally my worst nightmare.

From the beginning of this story you are judging each Character in the book, who hurt baby Oliver? Who do you believe? The story is told through Martha, Sally and Richard. I must admit I did not expect the outcome at all. A shocker. I managed to devour this story within a day which I very rarely can do these days. I awarded four stars, well written and easy to read. Would recommend.