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  1. Synopsis: Tess Grey and Nicolas Po Villere return to Louisiana to confront Po's tormented past. Ex-con Nicolas Po Villere has no love for the mother who abandoned him as a child. Yet when she asks to see him on her deathbed, he returns home to Louisiana with his partner Tess Grey to try to reconcile their troubled past.

    But Po is not prepared for the news his mother gives him: that he is not the last of the Villere family line. He has a younger sister, Emilia, whom he's never met. But Emilia is missing, and Tess and Po must track her down before it s too late.  Tess and Po aren't the only ones looking for Emilia. As they are to discover, Emilia has disappeared for a very good reason and if Po has any chance of finding her alive, he must join forces with his most hated enemy in order to prevent his little sister becoming the next victim of a deranged, cannibalistic killer.

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  2. Synopsis: Welcome to Chapelwick, a leafy English town in the hills of Shropshire, where chocolate fudge cake comes served with a side of murder.

    Scarborough House is haunted, and it’s not doing much for Donovan Scarborough’s investment portfolio. No one wants to buy a place with levitating crockery, or (the wrong kind of) rhythmic pounding throughout the night.

    Luckily, Melody “I-See-Dead-People” Bittersweet has just launched her own ghostbusting agency with best friend Marina, geeky, keen Arthur, and a one-eared pug called Lestat. They’re quick to take the case, even if it has already sort of (definitely) been given to Leo Dark, Melody’s rakish, despicable ex.

    Melody soon discovers the resident phantoms are three brothers, one who was murdered at twenty, while the others lived to old age. But did the family exile the right person, or did the true killer get away with it?

    Donovan Scarborough doesn’t care who solves the case. Whoever gets rid of the ghosts gets paid.

    Can Melody and her new crew untangle the mystery, and bring the brothers peace, before Leo? Or will his distracting sexiness and Melody’s bonkers family cause the agency to fall at its first hurdle?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  3. Synopsis: Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

    Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

    Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

    Kat's Rating: 3.5/5

    Kat's Review: This story is based around Jessie Golden's family following her murder. Lori Golden her elder sister is the main focus and character throughout this story. It's apparent early on that this family are holding secrets but I found that all you seemed to see were the flaws and because of that I didn't feel too much empathy towards any of them. Although I didn't necessarily warm to the characters the story has all the right ingredients for a thriller of this sort and there are certainly a lot of threads in the early stages. It seems there are a number of potential suspects and nobody appears to escape untouched.

    The book certainly has a decent pace and I found myself caught up in all of it however for me I spotted the culprit early on which maybe disappointed me a little That aside, I was totally absorbed with the story and Maggie James has an easy to read writing style which flows well. Its clear she has the talent needed for this specific genre and I am looking forward to reading her other books. I hope that I connect more with characters in her other books as that made me feel a little disconnected from this current release, however this was still a very enjoyable read.

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  4. Synopsis: When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn't.

    The stranger knows Jo's name, she knows her husband Max and she's got a glove belonging to Jo's two year old daughter Elise.

    What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her.

    No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there's only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

    Kat's Rating: 4.5/5

     

    Kat's Review: I must say that CL Taylor certainly fits the genre Psychological Thriller and this latest one is no different although should you have asked me at the halfway point I may have disagreed. Jo Blackmore is the centre of the story and it becomes apparent pretty quickly that she is struggling with  a number of issues. Agra-phobia, anxiety, a history of depression as well as having to work as well as look after her young daughter Elise. Her husband Max by contrast seems to be the calm to her storm and as an Investigative Journalist it seems he has his work cut out for him. When Jo is on her way home one day by a supposed neighbour who wants a lift she is torn between turning her down flat and just relenting so as not to appear rude. She agrees to give this woman a lift and 'Paula' introduces herself. At this point the story takes a turn.

  5. Synopsis: When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she’s feared for the last three years.

    Amelia Quentin is being released from prison.

    Jules’s life is very different now to the one she’d known before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back she needs to decide what to do. Friends and family gather round, fearing for Jules’s safety. They know that justice was never served; every one of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay. 

    The question is, what will Jules do; and which of them – her or Amelia - has the most to fear?

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

    Kat's Review: I have been reading Susan Lewis for years and my very first review on Amazon nearly 10 years ago was one of her books. I always enjoy them but every now and then one comes along that I struggle with and sadly this was one of them. In the beginning we see glimpses of Amelia and instantly it becomes apparent she is no ordinary child and if that continues she may well become a very disturbed individual. Jules then becomes the main focus of the story and we see her struggle to come to terms with the news she has just been told. Amelia Quentin will be released from prison following an event that had far reaching consequences for her family.

    As the story continues we see both present and past explored but it was done in an easy to read way. There are many elements to this book that maybe wont sit right with some people (subject matter for a start wont be everybody's cup of tea), however the story flowed well and was easy to get into. However, there were one or two issues within the book I just felt had no added value, as well as the fact that certain elements within the story didn't seem authentic and to be honest this spoiled things a little for me.

    I continued reading and finished the book, and although I enjoyed it there were too many things I didn't like or had niggles with so felt that the fairest rating would be the middle of the road. I certainly hope her next book is just as enthralling as the numerous others of hers I have read.

  6. Synopsis: He hides in the shadows, watching, waiting, until the time is right . . .

    Mary Kendricks, a smart, pretty, twenty-four-year-old teacher, has been brutally murdered and Robert Carter is accused of killing her.

    When defence lawyer, Dan Grant inherits Carter's case only weeks before the trial starts, everyone expects him just to babysit it, but Dan's not that kind of lawyer. He'll follow the evidence - wherever it takes him.

    But as Dan and his investigator Jayne Brett look into the case, they discover that there is more to it than meets the eye. In order to do their jobs they need to push the limits of the system, even if it means putting themselves in danger.

    Together they will get to the truth - whatever the cost . . .

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  7. Synopsis: Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home. 

    So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium. 

    Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  8. Sarah Hilary - Quieter Than Killing

    Synopsis: It's winter, the nights are dark and freezing, and a series of seemingly random assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out onto streets of London. When Marnie's family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by someone who knows her. Then a child goes missing, yet no-one has reported it. Suddenly, events seem connected, and it's personal.

    Someone out there is playing games. It is time for both Marnie and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. Keeping quiet can be a means of survival, but the effects can be as terrible as killing.

    Kat's Rating: 4/5