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  1. Kat's Top Ten books from 2014 - Crime, Thriller & Mystery

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    As with last year I wanted to pick my top ten reads from all of last year. This doesn't mean they were published in 2014 (just that I read them in that year). There is no way I can put them in any kind of order (that's just TOO difficult) but these are definitely the best of the bunch last year for me.

    One Kick by Chelsea Cain

    Payback by Kimberley Chambers

    Bad Blood by Casey Kelleher

    An Evil Mind by Chris Carter

    Broken Dolls by James Carol

    Betrayed by Anna Smith

    Stalkers by Paul Finch

    Flare by Paul Grzegorzek

    Post by Sean Black

    Dead Scared by Sharon Bolton

     

         

     

        

  2. Kat's review of One Kick by Chelsea Cain (Kick Lannigan #1)

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    Chelsea Cain One Kick

    My Rating: 5/5

     Availability: Released 14th August 2014 Kindle, Paperback

     Synopsis: Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight.

     Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimised again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past.

  3. Kat's Review of Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain (Gretchen/Lowell #5)

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    My Review 5/5

     My ReviewI started Chelsea Cain's Archie Sheridan books at book 3 (entitled Evil at Heart) and have slowly caught up. I was really looking forward to this latest release which is now the fifth in the series. Archie Sheridan is a character that I am now all too familiar with. He is a Detective who worked on the Beauty Killer Task Force which meant tracking down and catching Gretchen Lowell. For those of you that haven't read the series, you may need to start at the beginning to get a real idea of how the relationship between Gretchen and Archie has developed. Having said that you could probably gain enough insight to pick up and read the book anyway.

    In this latest book Archie is called to a murder scene where a corpse is found in Mount Tabor Park. Before long, he receives a call from the mental hospital where Gretchen Lowell is held, informing him that she has information on the current murder. Archie has to find out whether Gretchen really does have the information, or whether she just wants to get close to him. As usual with a Cain book it takes next to no time to get absorbed by the storyline. One thing that she certainly manages to do is turn your stomach a little bit!

    As with the other books in the series, we get to see other characters, only this time in more detail. We see a lot more of Henry (Archie's partner) as well as Susan (a freelance reporter who has an unusual relationship with Henry), and Susan's mother Bliss. I actually loved the fact that they were all more involved in this book and found that there were a lot more threads to the story that you need to follow.

    The actual crime element of the story was done in true Cain style, with more stomach churning moments than I care to remember, however they certainly make it a lot more authentic that's for sure! There were a few plot twists which I enjoyed, however I have that nagging sensation going on in my head. As much as I loved this book, how much more of Gretchen Lowell can I take? If I'm being 100% honest I'm really not that sure. I'm sincerely hoping that book 6 in this series is just as gripping as this one, but that it also features the demise of Gretchen as I think I might otherwise get tired of her. The one thing I am sure about is that if this series is overdone it would be awful because Chelsea Cain is an absolutely awesome writer. Fingers crossed that in the next book we see the demise of Gretchen, and the opener for another sick and twisted serial killer! (never thought I'd put that in a sentence!)

  4. Kat's Review of The Night Season by Chelsea Cain (Gretchen/Lowell #4)

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    Chelsea Cain The Night Season
     
    My Rating: 4/5
     
    My Review: I was so looking forward to getting this latest Archie Sheridan instalment. Chelsea Cain's last book was my first and although I hadn't read the first two I had enough background to pick up on Archie's past. This book is the 4th in the Gretchen/Archie series but you actually don't see Gretchen Lowell in this book but it didn't make the slightest bit of difference to me.

    Once again it doesn't take long for Archie to get thrown in at the deep end quite literally. Following his absence from work he throws himself back into this new case with renewed vigour. I adore Archie as a character; he is terribly flawed but a great character that is written extremely well. We also see the return of Susan Ward who I also love. She is a reporter who is always doing the opposite of what she is told. In this book she is no different. She trails Archie as he tries to track down this latest killer.

    We also at the same time see what Susan has been investigating relating to a sixty year old tragedy. Unknowingly the two cases are interlinked and Chelsea Cain works wonders intertwining the two stories. As usual the body count is pretty high and there are no holds barred for the gritty and grimy crime scene descriptions.

    Her writing is as usual well paced and full of suspense with the added bonus of two characters that work well together. The story itself was good and as usual Chelsea Cain has produced a book that is highly enjoyable.

    Although this book is said to be part of the Archie/Gretchen series I am sort of glad that Gretchen didn't appear. No doubt we haven't sent the last of her but it was nicer still to see a different killer emerge from the shadows. As usual, I finished the book in just under two days, and then found myself disappointed. Why didn't I take my time and make the book last longer? I suppose like everybody else I will just have to be patient and wait for the next instalment.

  5. Kat's review of Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain (Gretchen/Lowell #3)

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     My Review: 4/5

     Having never read Chelsea Cain I had not read the first and second instalment in the "Gretchen Lowell" series however this didn't' make the slightest bit of difference. There is enough history about the characters to be able to get a feel for the previous 2 books in this current story. Having said that I think I would like to go back and read the other two to get the bigger picture.

    The story picks up with Archie Sheridan who is busy facing his own personal demons when Henry Sobol his old partner comes along and shatters his world with the news he has been hoping he won't get. The serial killer who made Archie's life hell and had escaped was not only on the run but was now back on the warpath and murdering once again. Susan Ward is a journalist who found herself involved in the last case between Gretchen and Archie and finds herself once again embroiled into the dark world of murder. Between them they follow various murder victims to what they hope will be Gretchen's hiding place. The murders themselves are quite gruesome in detail and not for the squeamish or faint hearted. WE learn quite a bit about Susan who is a fantastic character. She is a reporter/journalist who is quite feisty and tends to not listen when told she cannot do something. Her and Archie spend an awful lot of time together chasing demons and both getting caught out in situations they shouldn't have been in, in the first place.

    The finale of this book was great and without giving any spoilers Archie is faced head on with all his demons at once and by the final chapter I was already wondering when the next instalment is out. Although I wouldn't rate this as one of my favourite crime thrillers I thought this was a fantastic read and would definitely recommend.