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  1. Mandy Baggott One Christmas Kiss In Notting Hill 

    Synopsis: Imagine the perfect Christmas Kiss…

    His strong arms around her waist, her hands on his face, the snow slowly starts to fall…

    It’s enough to make Isla Winters cringe! While her sister can’t get enough of this – increasingly common – sight on the streets of London, Isla’s too busy trying to stop Hannah’s wheelchair from slipping on the ice, and making sure she’s not too late to her dream job at Breekers International.

    But everything changes with the arrival of Chase Bryan, fresh from the New York office. He’s eager to learn everything about Isla’s beloved Notting Hill, but as the nights get colder, will cosying up to him come at a price?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I do love a good Mandy Baggot book and this one was no exception. A beautiful christmas themed cover and something to make me feel like the world is not as depressing as it really is sometimes!

  2. J A Kerley The Memory Killer Synospsis: Detective Carson Ryder faces a cunning and inventive adversary in this terrifying thriller from the bestselling author of Her Last Scream.

    Young men in Miami are being abducted and tortured after their drinks are spiked with a cocktail of drugs that leaves them unable to recall their ordeal. Despite this, Detective Carson Ryder knows the predator’s name, height, age, colouring … everything. It’s impossible for the perpetrator to avoid detection. Yet he does.

    When Carson seeks answers from his brother, a wanted criminal intimate with twisted minds, Jeremy’s odd behaviour sparks even more questions. With each abduction, the violence becomes more horrific, and it’s only a short time until torture turns to murder.

    But how do you catch an invisible man?

    Kat's Review: 4/5

  3. Alex Kane Chasing The Traveller Synopsis: ‘I’ve fled from my husband and the only life I’ve ever known. I’m terrified that if he finds me, I’ll never find myself.’

    Kat is trapped in a world where she has never belonged. As a traveller, she has always felt lost, especially since the death of her parents in a fire when she was fourteen years old. Having been taken on by the Denton family as their own, Kat falls in love with their son, tearaway Jimmy. His charm soon wears off and Kat finds herself married to a controlling and violent thug.

    Sixteen years later, Kat decides enough is enough and begins plotting her escape from a lifetime of abuse.

    Stripped of her personality, Kat has no idea how to start again but she finds an unlikely ally in her sister-in-law Ellie who shows Kat that she is not alone.

    Kat and Ellie Denton begin their venture into a new world, where they meet new people and build new lives. But Kat still wants to know more about her parents’ past and when she seeks the location of an address on the back of a family photograph, Kat begins to uncover more than she expected including a revelation that will lead Kat back to the traveller site she had been so desperate to escape from.

    Will she find the answers she is looking for, or will she fall prey to the violent Jimmy Denton once more?

  4. Angela Marsons Broken Bones Synopsis: The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

    As three more sex workers in the Black Country are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable. 
    At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what at first looks like a tragic abandonment soon takes an even more sinister turn.

    When another young woman goes missing, the two investigations bring the team into a terrifying, hidden world, and a showdown puts Kim’s life at risk as secrets from as secrets from her own past come to light.

    As Kim battles her own demons, can she stop the killer, before another life is lost?

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: 

    I'm a fan of this series like many others and was looking forward to installment number 7. The murder of a young prostitute Kelly Rowe is the main focus of this latest book however this may seem like a bog standard story line which has done many times before but as usual Angela Marson's has an amazing way of depicting a story line and making it so much more real, by and large by how good the characters are. Kim's colleagues Kev, Stacey and Bryant are back where they belong in the middle of the team and in the thick of the plot. These guys make a cracking team and they each have their part to play in these books.

    In addition to the murder of Kelly Rowe an abandoned baby is left at the station and also becomes and integral part of the story. It seems the team have their hands full and as usual it makes for a compelling read. The story line itself is not the nicest of subjects but is done in a way that draws the reader in. There is quite a lot of action going on with this latest book but for me I loved the fact that it felt like we got to know Stacey and Kev that little bit more.

    I read this in two sittings because the writing flows so well and it's such an easy and enjoyable read. However, for me this wasn't my favourite of the series so far. There was absolutely nothing wrong with this book, I guess I just have such high expectations as Angie Marson's is such an amazing author. This is definitely a series I would recommend.

  5. Giovanna Fletcher Some Kind of Wonderful Synopsis: When the love of your life says you're not The One, who are you?

    Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they're about to get engaged.

    Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.

    Lizzy is heartbroken - but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she's been missing while playing Ian's ideal 'better half'.

    But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

    Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before - and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  6. Sean Black Tibor Winters Rage Synopsis: Special forces veteran Byron Tibor is back in Winter’s Rage, the latest book from acclaimed thriller writer, Sean Black, author of the bestselling Ryan Lock series.

    After years as a government trouble-shooter, working in the most dangerous places in the world, Byron suffered a breakdown. Enrolled in a special DARPA experiment known as the ‘guilt-free soldier’ program, Byron’s PTSD is cured, and he is given augmented powers. But his newfound abilities leave him isolated and prone to unpredictable rages.

    Now, hunted by the government, Byron has taken refuge in the remote Appalachian town of Winter’s Rage. But Byron’s peaceful existence is about to be shattered by the arrival of a troubled young woman on the run from a violent drug cartel.

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  7. Lindsey Kelk I Heart Forever Synopsis: Winter in Manhattan…and someone’s keeping a secret.

    The day her husband Alex picks up a backpack and goes travelling, Angela Clark promises to stay out of trouble and keep both Louboutins on the ground.

    So when her best friend’s boyfriend confides in her, it can’t hurt to help him pick out a ring at Tiffany’s surely?

    And when her fashion magazine announces major changes, being terminally late and arguing with your boss isn’t that bad, is it?

    Then suddenly there’s another big secret Angela’s got to keep – and the man she loves is still thousands of miles away. As the wedding of the year looms, and Manhattan switches on its Christmas lights, Angela is going to need her friends by her side as her old life looks set to change forever.

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  8. Shadows Synopsis: As a female cop walking the mean streets of Manchester, life can be tough for PC Lucy Clayburn. But when one of the North West’s toughest gangsters is your father, things can be particularly difficult.

    When Lucy's patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester’s criminal underworld, attitudes change.

    Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life – and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water…

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: I was looking forward to the second installment in this series as I loved the first book. This second book was I thought very different to the first. For a start the beginning was a little...sludgy? Is that even a word? I absolutely loved Lucy but couldn't help but feel like she was stuck in a rut? When a spate of Robberies start occurring Lucy of course has to get involved and it seems like there could be crossover with other cases. A few characters in this book I didn't warm to and by the end of the book I discovered why. However I still felt like the beginning was like she was wading in deep mud. 

    Skip forward to maybe the halfway point and it turns into a full on action packed 5 star read. It was literally like reading about a different woman. With Manchester's Underworld leading figures now being targeted it felt like the book ratcheted up the ante and it was every man for themselves. Lucy finds herself in literally more and more hot water as the book continues which just makes it all the more engaging and the second half of the book I read in one sitting, it was absolutely first class. 

    As for the 'Daddy Issue' let's not spoil for others but suffice to say this is a cracking element to the series made all the more interesting with this book. I was almost smiling 'gleefully' at the events that transpired for Lucy on this front. I think for me there was only one element missing and that's a senior figure that is there for Lucy. normally in books like this there is a chain of command but it seems Lucy is almost on her own for most of the time and think that doesn't sit quite right with me. I am a HUGE fan of this series and would highly recommend reading both this and the earlier books in order, another cracker by Finch!