Review: Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Opening sentence: “The Palazzo Falconieri stands on a promontory on one of the smaller Italian lakes.” Like a lot of other people recently, I became a bit addicted to watchingΒ Killing Eve. Two series of excellent TV that tell the tale of covert MI5 operative Eve Polastri and the enigmatic female assassin she is hunting, Villanelle. […]

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Review: Snap by Belinda Bauer

Opening sentence: “It was so hot in the car that the seats smelled as though they were melting.” My first thought on finishing SnapΒ was that I’m a little baffled as to how it managed to nab itself a prestigious Man Booker Prize nomination. Yes, it is a cracking fast-paced crime thriller – but does it […]

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Review: The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

Opening sentence: “Rosie was aware of nothing apart from her sister’s shadow.” The title of this book may seem innocent, however the plot is anything but. In 1997, Laurel and Primrose (known as Rosie) Bowman lure toddler Kirstie away from a playground. Soon after, Kirstie is found murdered, with signs of torture. 10-year old Laurel […]

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Review: A Version of the Truth by BP Walter

Opening sentence: “I’m reaching for a Mulberry purse when I feel someone standing close behind me.” I’ve just finished reading A Version of the TruthΒ on my commute home and I feel a little disturbed in all honesty. The ending took the plot to a place I didn’t expect and it all felt very unsettling. This […]

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Review: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Opening sentence: “First, you light a cigarette, the smoke curling in on itself and up towards the ceiling.” When a two hour plane journey feels like five minutes, you know you have a great read on your hands. Blood Orange kept me company to and from Venice (which is a beyond amazing place, by the […]

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Blog tour: The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond

Published by Parthian Books 30th June 2018 / 155 pages Opening sentence: “Until the Russian turned up with his entourage, I was the only person at the funeral, and I had come two and a half thousand miles to be there.” Welcome to my stop on The Golden Orphans blog tour! This was a quick […]

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Review: One Little Lie by Sam Carrington

Published by Avon September 2018 / 384 pages Opening sentence: “It took approximately eight hours for Sean Taylor to die.” One Little Lie is a pacy thriller told by three women: Alice, Deborah and Connie.Β Alice’s son, Kyle, murdered Deborah’s son, Sean, and now Alice thinks reaching out and befriending Deborah is a good idea. The […]

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