*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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*BLOG TOUR* Hydra – Matt Wesolowski ★★★★★

Blurb; One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.” Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.

My Review; I must start by saying this is the first book I have read by Matt and I am very impressed. Hydra is Matt’s second book released and I will be reading his other story called Six Stories very soon. Hydra had me intrigued and interested just from reading the prologue.

I absolutely love Matt’s writing style making the story easy to read and fast paced. The way the story is told leaves the reader to analyse the case themselves and I think it is brilliant, I haven’t read anything similar to this before. Instead of chapters in this book there is episodes, different but gripping. 

You can tell Matt has put a lot of time and research into this story which had me hooked to the point I devoured it in two days, I didn’t want to put it down. Hydra is chilling and will give you goosebumps. I enjoyed reading this story very much and awarded a well deserved five stars. I would highly recommend you all read it if you haven’t already. Hydra was in my top twenty reads of 2017. 

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?