Hidden by Emma Kavanagh – my review


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


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


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.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

If you only read one more book you should make it this one.
Jenna moves to a remote village to help rebuild her life after a tragic accident. The first part of the novel switches between Jenna in her new life and the police force who are trying to solve the case.
I had been told by a few people that I needed to let them know when I reached 47%. This only made me more curious to which way the book would go. All I can say is that when I did reach it I was dumbstruck. I sometimes work out twists early on but this one I didn’t see coming.
From then on it was impossible to put down. The book carried on the same way, telling Jenna’s story alongside the police. But alongside this was another tale. These chapters were among the most disturbing and sinister that I have ever read. I am quite grateful that the chapters are fairly short.
A superb, exhausting, impossible to put down novel by an author I will be definitely looking out for in the future.

Thanks to the author and the publisher for the cop via NetGalley.