*BLOG TOUR* A Gift For Dying – M.J. Arlidge ★★★★

Blurb; Adam Brandt is a forensic psychologist, well used to dealing with the most damaged members of society.

But he’s never met anyone like Kassie.

The teenager claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.

Obviously, Adam knows Kassie must be insane. But then a serial killer hits the city. And only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.

He just doesn’t realise how deadly his faith might prove…

My Review; I loved M.J. Arlidge’s previous series DI Helen Grace so this was a must read for me. However, this story is a standalone and very different to his series set. I throughally enjoyed this story, it is a page turner of a read that you won’t want to put down.

I felt sorry for Kassie with her talent to see peoples death, it must be hard for her as one, no one believes her. Two, she can’t do anything to stop it and three she will always end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. But then she meets Adam, will Adam believe her and help her? No wonder she keeps to herself and acts the way she does, I don’t blame her for that as it must be horrible to endure and live with.

Will this killer be caught? Have the team got the correct suspect? Could they work with Kassie to find him/her? Interesting story. Haven’t read anything along these lines before. Brilliantly written, fast paced and contains short chapters. You’re bound to love it! I did. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend to you all. One I stayed up late just to finish! It’s good.

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*BLOG TOUR* Mama’s Gone – Leopold Borstinski ★★★

Blurb; When the children grow up, the parents must die.

California gang leader Mary Lou has built a criminal empire while her adult children are desperate for their mother’s attention and love.

As her mental faculties wane, Alice and Frank Jr must acknowledge their mother is not the woman she once was and that they need to step up and take the helm, despite the stark differences between them.

But their sibling rivalry blinds both of them to their weaknesses which threatens the family when the Russian mob moves into the state. How can they fend off those attacks while fighting to decide who will lead the family now their dear Mama’s gone?

My Review; Now I must state this was not what I expected at all to be honest. I don’t know if it’s cause I came into this series late or what as this is book four in the Lagotti Family Series and I like to read series’s in order. However, it did read fine as a standalone.

The opening to this story did have me wondering and intrigued which led me to diving into this story and to finding out why the mother (Mary Lou) got shot. It is a fast paced, action packed story in parts filled with crime, drugs, prostitution, death, bribery and gambling. It’s true that business run in the family and when quite shocked when Alice wanted to become a part of it. She turned out to be a younger version of her mother.

I wasn’t impressed with Frank’s character, he was a bit off the rails and seemed an angry guy, didn’t care about anything except girls and drugs. He wanted to get into the family business too, seemed jealous of his sister (Alice) to me. It was a good, easy read. Parts were a little dark throughout. I awarded a fair three stars. Not a family business I would want anything to do with, anything could go wrong and things could turn nasty….

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*BLOG TOUR* Heartlands – Kerry Watts ★★★★

Blurb; Call it mother’s intuition, but I knew she was dead the moment she was late home. As I listened to her phone ring and ring, that’s when I knew for sure. My little girl was gone.

Twenty years ago, Sophie Nicoll never came home from school. Days later her body was found in a shallow grave on a remote farm a few miles from her hometown. Two boys from her school were found guilty. The press called the boys evil. Sophie’s family wanted them dead. The judge promised they’d never walk free.

Two decades later and schoolgirl Shannon Ross has vanished from a small town in the Scottish Highlands.

It’s Detective Jessie Blake’s first big case since she joined Perthshire Police. Having recently arrived from London, Jessie lives in fear of people finding out about her past and her reasons for moving north.

When Shannon’s body is found in the river on the outskirts of Inverlochty, Jessie discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide. As the small community begins to crack under pressure, people begin to point fingers. And soon, the big secrets hidden within the small town are revealed – with devastating consequences.

My Review; Happy Publication Day. Heartlands is book one in a brand new series following detective Jessie Blake and her work partner Dylan. They work together well and have a great relationship in their first case of this series.

At first I was a little bit overwhelmed with the amount of characters in this story but I soon got to know each and every character. The story is looking into the disappearance of a teenage girl named Shannon. The story flicks back to a previous, similar case throughout which could link to this present case. There’s a clever link… But it may not be answer. The story makes you suspect several characters.

Brilliantly written story which is fast paced. The ending is bound to shock you, a jaw dropper of an outcome. One I would not see coming in a million miles, a nasty twist! Unexpected. I am looking forward to see what will happen next in this series. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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