Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell

imageI have read quite a few paranormal novels in the last few years that I have been disappointed in. Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell has restored my faith in the genre. Part paranormal and part crime it is the first in the series to feature DC Jennifer Knight.
When she starts to investigate a series of deaths that are identical to ones her mother investigated years earlier she starts to experience events that are not quite normal.
It’s hard to review without giving too much of the story away, I had no idea who the murderer was and I loved the ending. Really looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley

Before It’s Too Late by Jane Isaac


I was really pleased to receive an advance copy of Jane Isaac’s new novel from the publisher. I had read her previous two novels, both of which feature the detective Helen Lavery but this new book follows a different detective and takes place in Stratford upon Avon.
Min, a Chinese student is kidnapped and her part of the tale is narrated in the first person. I think that this made her terror much more real when she is describing the situation that she is in. She often thinks about her life with her parents back in China and her boyfriend who she had argued with recently.

I really liked Will Jackman, this new detective. As with the previous novels his personal life features. The situation which his wife is in and how both Will and his daughter have to cope with it. This doesn’t take over the main storyline though, with Will desperately trying to find Min, trying to get help from her family back in China and from the close knit Chinese community in Birmingham.
I hope that Will and his team feature in further novels. I liked the characters and the camaraderie between them.

The Reaper by Steven Dunne


The Reaper by Steven Dunne had been on my kindle for months and after seeing a deluge of comments about it in a book club on social media it seemed like a good idea to read it as soon as possible. Why, oh why did I wait so long!
It is such a compelling read. Damon Brook is a brilliant creation flawed and damaged by past events like so many others I have read. But he is also very different, I can’t remember reading about a police officer who had a university education and I think the author did a good job of showing how this could make him an outcast.
There were numerous times throughout the novel that I could picture the events taking place before me. I spent much of the time I wasn’t reading it trying to choose which actors should play the main characters should it ever be adapted for film or television.
I definitely will be reading the other books in the series very soon. Highly recommended.

The House of Susan Lulham

imageI’m glad that I had read other books in the Merrily Watkins series before I read this novella. I felt that much of it focused on the characters who feature in the series rather than the haunting and exorcism. I wanted it to be eerie, parts of it were but there wasn’t enough of them. I did however like the parts of it which took part on Facebook which were amusing and probably quite accurate.

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