RSS Feed

Category: Dreda Say Mitchell

  1. Kat's Review of Blood Daughter by Dreda Say Mitchell

    Posted on

    DSM Blood Daughter Synopsis: 

    They say blood is thicker than water. 
    That's not going to stop it being spilled.

    Life hasn't been easy for the Miller family. Finally, mum Babs has had one bit of luck. She plans to share the profits with her daughters. She thought they'd be pleased...

    But money always causes trouble, especially when it's desperately needed. Jen wants to make a better life for her kids. Tiff owes a lot of bad men a lot of money. And Dee is worried that her husband is getting back into the criminal life.

    As the sisters fall out, a gold bullion heist brings more opportunities - and many more dangers. None of them are giving up without a fight...

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  2. Kat's Review of Blood Mother by Dreda Say Mitchell (Flesh & Blood #2)

    Posted on

    Synopsis: Book 2 in a trilogy following one family over forty years on an East London estate, BLOOD MOTHER goes back to the 70s to tell the next story in the Flesh and Blood series

    1970s London has stopped swinging, but it's not staying still. Babs thought she had all the world ahead of her. Then she got pregnant and the father did a runner. Salvation comes in the form of a man who'll look after her. Or so she thinks.

    But Stan Miller is the devil in disguise...and over the next twenty years, Babs will have reason to regret she ever met him. Can she protect her family - or will he get the better of her?

     Kat's Rating: 5/5

  3. Kat's Top Ten Books from 2016 - Crime, Thriller, Mystery

    Posted on

    So once again it's that time (well a little bit late for me but better late than never) where I review the books I have read in this genre over the course of 2016 and try to pick my ten favourites. I absolutely refuse to list them in any order, I just select 10 of my absolute favourites. These are books I would highly recommend.


  4. Kat's Review of Blood Sister by Dreda Say-Mitchell (Flesh and Blood #1)

    Posted on

    Synopsis: There are two ways out of Essex Lane Estate, better known as The Devil. You make good, or you turn bad.

    Jen Miller is determined not to make the same mistakes her mother did. She's waiting to find herself a good job and a decent man.

    Her younger sister Tiff is running errands for a gangster and looking for any opportunity for fun and profit. But she might just be in over her head...

    The choices you make and the plans you have don't always turn out like you expect. Especially if you live on The Devil's Estate. When their paths cross with the unstoppable Dee - a woman with her own agenda - Jen and Tiff will learn that lesson the hard way.

    At least they can rely on each other.

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  5. Kat's Review of Death Trap by Dreda Say Mitchell (Rio Wray #2)

    Posted on

    Synopsis: Teenager Nikki Bell is the only witness to the brutal murder of two members of her family and their cleaner. She's lucky to be alive. But the murder isn't a one-off. It's part of a bigger, more violent attack planned on affluent families in the area - and now Nikki, as the only living witness, is a dangerous threat to the well-orchestrated scheme.

    As the net draws tighter around the killers, DI Rio Wray must do whatever it takes to keep Nikki alive. But when you're dealing with criminals, there's no line they won't cross... In a kill-or-be-killed-world, who will be first to pull the trigger?

  6. Kat’s Review of Snatched by Dreda Say Mitchell

    Posted on

    Synopsis: Mac is back in this thrilling novella following Vendetta, available exclusively as a digital ebook. You'll find the same characters in Death Trap, the compulsive new novel from Dreda Say Mitchell, coming in October 2015.

    In a respectable Victorian terraced house, a young child is discovered behind a panelled wall in a bathroom. He has been hidden there by dangerous criminals.

    For DI John 'Mac' MacDonagh, the case opens up a raw wound from his past. The child's mother is the woman who seduced him and then double-crossed him. There's more: DNA tests reveal that the child's father is none other than Mac himself.

    This is Mac's chance to rescue his son and have the family he's so longed for. But will his desire for revenge blind him to the terrible danger surrounding them both?

  7. Kat's Review of Vendetta by Dreda Say Mitchell (Rio Wray #1)

    Posted on

    My Rating: 4/5

    Synopsis: Two murders. Two different crime scenes. One killer?

    Mac wakes in a smashed-up hotel room with no recollection of what has happened. With his lover's corpse in the bathroom and the evidence suggesting that he killed her, Mac is on a mission to uncover the truth and find the real killer.

    But he's in a race against time with less than a day to unravel the mystery. Still reeling from a personal tragedy Mac isn't afraid of pain. Hot on his heels is tenacious Detective Inspector Rio Wray. Double-crossed and in the line of fire, Mac has to swim through a sea of lies to get to the truth.

    But only Mac knows he's been living a double life. Can he be sure he doesn't have the blood of a dead woman on his hands?

  8. Kat's Review of Hit Girls by Dreda Say Mitchell (Gangland Girls #3)

    Posted on

    DSM Hit Girls
    My Rating: 5/5

     First off I want to explain a couple of things. This book can be read on its own and is by no means part of a series that you have to read in order. Having said that, this book by Dreda Say-Mitchell, features people from past stories. We meet Schoolboy (featured in Running Hot), Daisy Sullivan (Gangster Girl), and the four girls Jackie, Anna, Roxy and Ollie (Geezer Girls). The great thing about this book is that if you have had the pleasure of reading the others you feel like you have already bonded with (and in my case loathe or love) the characters.

    In the very short space of 3 or 4 chapters you feel like you have been through the wringer. The tension is so high at such an early stage I wondered how much more my heart could take. Thankfully the book continued in this pace but gave us dips and highs with the tension leaving my heart room to breathe a little easier through certain parts of the book.

    There are a number of storylines threaded throughout the book, and I mean throughout from the very beginning to the very end. Although there are numerous storylines they all link together but are easy to follow and they just add to the increasing drama of the book.

    The characters are great from all previous books and I love the fact that DSM has kept them true to their previous form (there is nothing worse than characters having a personality change overnight). We see pieces of the puzzle begin to form but none of them are straightforward and as you progress through the book more and more secrets reveal themselves.

    This book is exciting, thrilling, full of suspense, gritty, compelling, hell there aren't enough adjectives to describe it all. If there is one thing I will say about this book, it's that if you do not buy it, borrow it or at least consider it you are seriously missing out. This book was one that kept me breathless with anticipation, scared of what may or may not happen, and excited at the prospect that people would get what was coming to them. It has been a while since I have read a book that is such a roller coaster and I loved every single second of it.

    I have read all bar one of her books and if I'm being 100% honest my least favourite was Running Hot (her first book). Her 3rd and 4th books (Geezer Girls and Gangster Girls) were top notch and I think those of you who have not read her before should start with these and finish with this one her latest book Hit Girls.

    I have said in the past that Dreda Say-Mitchell is a new rising star in the Crime World. I have to be honest and say that I was wrong. She isn't a rising star, she is already there. This is the top of her game and to be honest it makes the likes of Martina Cole and Mandasue Heller pale into comparison. I can only hope as I wait with baited breath for the next one that she continues the work she has started as it doesn't get much better than this!