Crossing the Line by Kerry Wilkinson – my review

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I always enjoy reading a novel set somewhere I know, in this case Manchester.
Crossing the Line is the eighth in the series, but also being advertised as the first of the second season.
I haven’t read all of the books featuring Jessica and her team but it didn’t stop me enjoying the book, some of the characters I was familiar with and I didn’t struggle with the ones I had never read about previously
There are a few investigations taking place in the novel. A series of vicious attacks on people, a missing person and a cold case all make up for an exciting read.
Part of the novel was about Jessica’s personal life and this was really the only part of the book that I felt I would have liked more if I had read all of the books. There were no spoilers but I would have appreciated these sections more if I knew what had happened earlier.
I’m glad that the humour that was in the first few books is still present. I was laughing a few times, especially at the start of the novel regarding MPs.
Like with so many other books now there is a cliff hanger ending. It was one that I hadn’t expected at all so I am really looking forward to reading book nine. I will also be reading the books I haven’t read soon.
Thanks to the publisher for the proof copy sent.

For those who are interested books 1- 7 are the kindle daily deal today.

Hidden by Emma Kavanagh – my review

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Hidden is one of the books I have read this year recently that I expect to be among my top ten favourite books of the year. From the opening few pages I was hooked.
Starting with a shooting in a hospital it then goes back a few days and introduces the reader to some of the characters who have been killed or wounded and also to the shooter who remains anonymous throughout.
All of them are linked in someway, and I don’t think I will be the only one not knowing who the shooter was until the final few pages.
Well written, gripping, believable characters and a great story. I will be definitely be reading Emma Kavanagh’s debut novel very soon.
Thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via Netgalley

Acts of the Assassins by Richard Beard

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It was a complete coincidence that I chose to read this very strange novel over the Easter weekend. I knew from the blurb that it was about a cult leader and his followers but had no idea who they were. I thought it was extremely clever, at times humorous but not the easiest to read.
I did feel dubious with what type of novel I might be reading with the chapter headings. I expected it to be quite graphic but with the exception of a couple the details were minimal.
It stretches the imagination, has you thinking what affect religion and belief has in our world when events from the Bible are brought into modern day.
This is the second in a very loose trilogy, I haven’t read the first book, Lazarus is Dead, but didn’t feel this had any negative reading of the book.

Thanks to the publisher for the copy sent for review.

The Informant by Susan Wilkins – my review

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The Informant is described as being similar to Lynda La Plante whose books I’ve never read but have seen adapted for the small screen many times.
This is the first gangster style novel I have read that is primarily told by a woman. Kaz is newly released from prison and on license for a crime that she didn’t commit. She wants to rebuild her life and make a career as an artist as well as distancing herself from her crime driven family.
I was a little unsure at first, until the first act of violence was committed. A crime that only a psychopath could commit.
Kaz was believable and very likeable. Not wanting to betray her family but not wanting to be any part of criminal activity either. The story is told from a few different people, Kaz, Helen, her lawyer,the police officers and various members of Kay’s family.
A cliff hanger ending which because of the delay I don’t have to wait too long to read.
Thanks to the publisher for sending me this copy to read and review.