*BLOG TOUR* Finding Grace – K.L. Slater ★★★★★

Blurb; This morning, my daughter sat right here, munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing.

The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street.

They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear.

Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married.

But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake …

And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone.

My Review; Wow. Where do I even begin with this review? This is every parents worst nightmare their child going missing. It was a rollercoaster of a read, just when you thought you knew one thing… Along comes the next lie, twist or secret to knock you off your feet.

I felt sorry for both parents throughout it is the worse possible thing that could happen to any parent. I did have my suspicions about some characters at the beginning of the story but ofcourse… They were wrong. The story does flick back to Lucies (Graces mother) past while she goes off to university but is set out clearly and doesn’t get the reader confused.

A really clever story that will knock you down again and again with each twist and turn. There are some very devious, twisted and nasty characters in this story which come to light more towards the end. The ending was perfect for me. A real page turner of a read. Brilliantly written, fast paced and contained short chapters which I personally prefer.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. A story I won’t and can’t forget about anytime soon. Poor grace. I felt really worried for wellbeing her throughout.

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The Suspect – Fiona Barton ★★★★★

Blurb; The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

My Review; I have loved the previous two books Fiona has written so this was a must read for me. Yet again she hasn’t let me down. What a corker of a book. Bloody brilliant. Blew me away. Loved every second of this book, I lost myself into this story.

The Suspect is told through the girls holiday, the reporter and the detective. The book is packed with jaw dropping drama, drugs, lies, love, death and secrets. A real page turner you will not want to put down.

A case that just goes deeper and deeper. Characters with two sides to them. I absolutely loved it. I did feel sorry for the girls mothers and how the girls holiday, lives and freedom turned horribly wrong. A fast paced investigation into two missing girls. The ending will have you shocked too. It’s amazing what parents will do for their children.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. A must buy. A must read. This story will not disappoint you at all, but will probably make you put your life on hold till you’ve finished it. Very impressed. Already looking forward to the next book!

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The Puppet Show – M.W. Craven ★★★★

Blurb; A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive…

My Review; This was a brilliant read! I was hooked and intrigued before the first chapter. Wow. What a dark, tense and twisted opening. I already can’t wait to see what lies ahead in book two of this series.

The Puppet Show is brilliantly written and a fast paced read! You’re bound to keep turning those pages. I loved Poes character. He’s unique, clever and determined. I loved the unexpected relationship between him and Bradshaw (the office nerd), that was cute! We saw a whole other side to him when they were together, they made a great duo.

It was evident not everyone liked Poe within the team, but it wasn’t about that as they knew he was great at his job and that’s all that matters. The ending of this book had me torn as we saw both sides to this case/crimes. That outcome was without a doubt the biggest jaw dropping moment ever, very unexpected. A clever, crafty case and a great team.

A book that I will be thinking about for a while. Not your average crime case, much darker and cleverer. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend this story to you all, you will be in for a treat!

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