The Betrayal

imageThe Betrayal by Laura Elliot features a normal family in Ireland. Nadine and Jake were forced into a teenage marriage by pregnancy, had four children and run their own business. The children are now all adults and are following their individual dreams. The business has been badly hit by the recession and Nadine is getting cold feet about its future and their marriage.
When she drops Jake off at the airport she sees a face from the past, one that she wishes she would never see again. Karin used to be her best friend when they were at school but something happened on a holiday that destroyed their friendship and Nadine’s life was left in tatters.
Karin is a dangerous person and not at all likeable. Nadine wasn’t the only one who suffered through her actions, both in the flashbacks and in life now. She was very manipulative and would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. There were quite a few times throughout the tale that I felt on edge, not knowing what she would do next. The tension that all the characters, especially Jake felt was very convincing. I did guess at how it would end but didn’t see the full reasons why and one part I got completely wrong.
This is the third novel I have read by this author and my favourite one so far. I found it to be a novel that was very easy to read, very addictive and I loved the way that Ireland and Alaska were described. A great read, especially for a holiday. It is one that you could quite easily read in one sitting.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received for review.

No Place to Die

imageNo Place to Die is the second novel to feature Mike Lockyer and his team
An ex policeman goes missing and blood traces are found in his home. Whilst trying to find him, another body, that of a young woman is found in a tomb. The two case appear to be linked but due to legal restrictions the police are limited in their investigation.
The novel is gripping and fast paced. Jane, the lead detective is under immense pressure. She is friends with Mark, the detective who is missing, is trying to solve the murder of the young women and guilt over not being able to spend more time with her young son. Lockyer is a mess from the previous case but has to get more involved when the investigation takes a different turn.
I really liked this novel. I haven’t read the previous book Never Look Back and even though the story was hinted at nothing was revealed. Clare Donoghue is an author I would read again starting with the first in this series.
Thanks to the publisher for the copy via netgalley

Tenacity

imageWhen you don’t like being under water, not at your most comfortable in the dark and really don’t like enclosed spaces Tenacity was always to be a read that was a little bit uncomfortable.
Dan has to investigate a suicide/murder and due to circumstances has to do so from the submarine called Tenacity. She isn’t happy with her surroundings, problems she has had previously are affecting her judgement and she is receiving horrendous treatment from some of the naval crew.
She definitely has her faults and you could understand the frustration felt by her those closest to her. Very obstinate, she prefers to do things her way which doesn’t always go according to plan. The constant abuse both mental and physical that she has to put up with is awful and there were times when I could quite happily have ‘poked somebody in the eye.’
Parts of the novel I found quite difficult to read, one scene in particular stayed with me for quite a while. I understand that this book could be the first in a series and I am looking to forward to getting to know more about Dan and her team in future novels.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy via netgalley.

The Disciple

imageAnother great book in the series that features Damon Brook and John Noble. I would advice reading The Reaper before reading this second book, whilst some books in a series could be read as standalones, the books are very closely linked.
There are two stories in this novel. One which follows a case in America where a pair of serial killers are themselves killed. The other is again set in Derby and to a lesser degree in Brighton. Two detectives from Brighton travel up to Derby to interview Brook who is a suspect in a murder there. They then become involved in a new murder investigation where the main suspect is a man who is himself dead.
I really enjoyed this second book. Brook’s people skills haven’t improved and he manages to alienate most who he deals with.
I did prefer the part of the novel that took place in Derby, mainly I think due to the relationship between Brook and Noble. Very gruesome and with a jaw dropping cliffhanger I will be reading the third book Deity very soon.

Little Pretty Things

imageLittle Pretty Things is set in a small town in America. Nothing much happens and most wish that they could have been more successful and moved away. Juliet works at a one star motel which incidentally looks much nicer on the book cover than how I pictured it in the novel. Always second best at school she is resigned to her life. Then Maddy walks through the door and everything changes. Maddy was the high school success, the one who Juliet was always second best to and the one that she blames for the way her life has worked out. When Maddy is found dead the next day Juliet is the chief suspect in her murder.
I thought this novel was very clever and I loved Juliet’s character. It’s dark, at times very bleak but there is also humour, especially from Juliet. I liked her relationship with her mother, resentment there at times but also dedication and love. The way she interacted with the girls at high school was amusing, she knew exactly how to handle them, just like the ones who were in her school year.
There was definitely aspects of this novel that I just didn’t see. Like the characters in the book this reader didn’t see what was right under her nose.
I had never heard of Lori Rader-Day and would like to thank Erin Mitchell for passing this novel on to me. I will be looking out for her previous novel soon.