See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

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What’s it about?

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

You can buy a copy of this novel on Amazon UK | Amazon US.

Review

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I didn’t know anything about the Lizzie Borden case before I started this book. Well I’ve heard reference made to the case in the past of course but didn’t know the full details (I had a movie with Christina Ricci waiting for me to watch which they gave on tv recently but I deliberately didn’t watch until after finishing this novel and it bore many similarities, even in details, apart from the stranger) so this was all new to me at the time and I can’t compare to the real details of the case or other stories, because appearantly there have been a few already.

I’ve seen this novel getting some mixed reviews and I did finish it so it was perfectly readable but I admit I struggled a bit as well to get to the end. The lyrical prose in this novel wasn’t really a style I’m used to and I never found myself enjoying it quite as much as I wanted.

The opening of this novel was great though, I was revved up from the very first pages because that’s where Lizzie Borden finds her dead father. She kind of gave me the creeps from the moment I met her because she finds her father dead and mutilated and her reactions were strange and yes, even disturbing. Her observations all through the story are an attack on all your senses. She’s very descriptive and direct in what she sees all through the story, even smells are described vividly, but there is not an emotional side to her so it was not possible for me to really connect with her. She should be a grown woman of 32 at the time of the murders but comes accross as a petulant child, not all the time but definitely more than once. Who in the world wants their sister if they’ve had a nightmare at that age?

We are told the story from four interesting points of view: Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the maid Bridget and an acquaintance to their Uncle John, Benjamin. The storyline however is never delivered in a straightforward way, there are snippets here and there and scenes and events are revisited many times, leaving me none the wiser about what really happened on that fateful day. What is evident though is the fact that the little family was far from being perfect and everyone wanted to escape their suffocating bonds in some way. The relationship between the sisters is peculiar and toxic. They dislike each other but love each other just as much. Everyone could have done it in theory but this novel is not set out to be a real hunt for the killer. The reason for the killing is never spoken of in words or explained but all that was going on in that house gives an idea what was playing and the reason why it could have happened.

I especially got a good feel for the atmosphere surrounding the events in this novel, which was this books greatest strength and I think the ending of the novel was not too surprising but rather a logical conclusion and confirmation of my thoughts, one I can can certainly live with.

Nice to know: The paperback edition of this novel has an interactive cover that you can activate by using an app called blippar. You can see the pear being eaten by insects. You can see it here : pic.twitter.com/stV3xqJ3kq

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. 

New BFF: Teacher of YA

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I still remember it like it was yesterday when Stephanie @TeacherofYA’s Book Blog reached out to me as a new blogger. She started blogging in July 2016 but I can tell you she has already surpassed me in everything by now. Her rating system is a very original one with two different sets: RainbowBrites for book appreciation and another one for class approprieteness. I think she must be a great teacher in real life too and I wish I’d gotten someone like her when I was younger! She read 168 books in 2016 so I think you’ll find a lot of inspiration if you’re into YA fantasy books! Be sure to check out her blog and give her a like, she’s so nice!

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Name: Stephanie Plotkin

Age: 34 (or 29 for the 5th time)

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Birthday: March 8

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?
I graduated from Grand Valley State University in Fall 2016 with my BA in English. I am a HS English teacher but mainly substitute teach right now until a position becomes available!

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Do you have any other hobbies?
Well, besides reading and writing, I collect old postcards from the “Golden Era,” which is between 1902-1912ish. This is when postcards were the most beautiful and there was a process in Germany that made them extra pretty. Then WWI happened and the access dried up.

Halloween postcards are the most collectible as it was more of an adult holiday than a child’s one. I have a huge collection in binders that I would be happy to share on Instagram soon! I think they are beautiful.

Your favourite color?
Pink!! Pink all day long.

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Do you collect anything (besides books)?
Yes. Lunchboxes ! 80’s cartoons are my favourite ones! Here are only a few of them. I post some of my unboxings of these on Instagram too.

Here’s a collection of someone who rivals mine (I have about half this size) :

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I also collect postcards. Lol.

I used to collect Madame Alexander dolls but they became expensive: but I do have a good collection of them. Mine are in boxes but here’s a couple I own:

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Sleeping Beauty from 1960s – Cisette

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Romeo and Juliet 1955 – Wendykins

I have a ton of them. But they are in boxes right now. Which is the safest place for them. I also have a Tinkerbell Cissette and she is gorgeous!

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?
I would say The Giver and Anastasia Krupnick by Lois Lowry. I have read a ton of her books as a kid. I met her in 1995 and she signed my copy of The Giver (and dated it so I know only for that reason) and Anastasia, the first in the series. I think I have a copy of Number The Stars that is singed but still in AZ. A lot of my childhood (and I didn’t collect those dolls as a child lol) possessions are with my dad in AZ. He brought the two books with him during one of his visits out here to Michigan. (He secretly comes out here for my mom…it’s a long story, and you’ll have to read my book! 😂)

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Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it?
Not really. I didn’t really have a book collection out here in Michigan until recently. And I always loved the books I bought at yard sales. I usually use the library and then if I love a book, I buy it when I have the money or find it used.

Do you listen to audio books?
Nope. Tried once…a book sample by Joanna Kerns(?) and it was so boring to me. I think I need to be actively engaged in reading for me to enjoy it. Even as a kid, my mom read to me until I could take over.

Do you have a favorite genre?

Fantasy

Yes!! YA Fantasy and Science Fiction!! I used to love Asian Historical Fiction (Amy Tan, Lisa See, Ha Jin) and Salem Witch Books (The Heretic’s Daughter, Susannah Morrow) but I picked up The Hunger Games and have never looked back!

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What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?
The Scarecrow Queen, the last installment in The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy, by Melinda Salisbury. Then next would be Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. I fortunately got Dark Breaks the Dawn and that was up there pretty high!

How is your library organized?
Right now, ARCs with ARCs, HC with HC, and PB with PB. I have only one shelf but I was also in a hurry to get my room show-ready for selling. I had just purchased the IKEA bookshelf used and had not moved the shelves much so I think when it calms down, I’ll reorganize.
I also (as I was packing and figuring out what to keep out and what to pack) started using an app called LibraryThing thanks to Sammi at onebookishgirl. I scan the barcode, take a pic, and now I know every book in my library! I used to buy doubles by accident: I had FOUR COPIES of New Moon and TWO of Mockingjay! Now I’m organized. I love it!

Do you read more ebooks or physical books?
Ebooks only because my mom doesn’t yell at me as much when it doesn’t look like I’m reading. She thinks I’m doing nothing when I’m reading a physical book for some reason.

Do you have a favorite book?
Yes! But only because I grew up with it: The Giver by Lois Lowry. And it became a quartet 10 years later so I’ve finally read those. 😍❤️😍❤️

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What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?
I’m probably going to hear a lot about this, but probably my copy of ACOTAR that I found at an antique store for $2. It’s an ARC! I didn’t know much about them when I found it: I just knew that it was ACOTAR. Now it’s my best book in my collection.

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?
Yes, because of my app! I own 301 physical books and almost 600 ebooks. Never enough!! 😈🤤
And I will prob get rid of some adult titles I’ll never get around to reading, like the Anne Rice or Charlaine Harris books I bought during my vampire phase.

What’s the title of the last book you purchased?
Purchased? That would have to be Scythe and Kingdom of Ash and Briars together with my Amazon gift card from like, two birthdays ago!

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Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular and wholly original debut.

Bristal, a sixteen-year-old kitchen maid, lands in a fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she has elicromancer magic in her blood. Elicromancers are an ancient breed of immortal people, but only two remain in Nissera. Bristal joins the ranks of Brack and Tamarice without knowing that one of them has a dark secret . . . Tamarice is plotting a quest to overthrow the realm’s nobility and take charge herself. Together, Bristal and Brack must guard Nissera against her black elicromancy. There are cursed princesses to protect, royal alliances to forge and fierce monsters to battle–all with the hope of preserving peace.

What was your favorite author when you were a child?
Lois Lowry hands down. I also read Stephen King in the third grade and couldn’t get enough. The Eye of the Dragon is a fairy tale he wrote that’s amazing. Shel Silverstein was also up there too (read Lafcadio and try not to cry: I dare you!)

While evidence is gathered, and the land of Delain mourns, Flagg the King’s magician, unscrupulous, greedy and powerful, plots. Soon the King’s elder son, Peter, is imprisoned in the needle, the top of a high tower, for his father’s murder. And Thomas inherits the throne.

Only Peter knows the truth of his innocence, and the true evil that is Flagg. Only Peter can save Delain from the horror the magician has in store. He has a plan, but it is rife with danger. And if he fails, he won’t get a second chance . . .

A captivating tale of heroic adventure, of dragons and princes, of mysterious mice and men from the pen of the master storyteller.There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Daily Express as ‘a fabulous teller of stories’, Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.

The King is dead, murdered by an unusual poison.

From which author do you have most books?
VC Andrews. I was reading those and collecting each series paperback. I almost have all of the series up to a certain point. Like maybe up to 1999? Niedermann, the ghost writer for Andrews (she died after only four or five books) keeps cranking them out and I got burned out, but I love the older ones.

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?
The Giver and Party Monster (a bio of a club kid murder). And Lafcadio. Breaks my heart. I’m rereading the HP series now with a group of friends and we call ourselves the #HPBlogateers!!

THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.

About Party Monster: When Disco Bloodbath was first published, it created a storm of controversy for its startlingly vivid, strikingly fresh, and outrageously funny depiction of the hedonistic world of the New York City club kids, for whom nothing was too outré — including murder. Nominated for the Edgar Award for best true-crime book of the year, it also marked the debut of an audaciously talented writer, James St. James, who himself had been a club kid and close friend and confidant of Michael Alig, the young man convicted of killing the drug dealer known as Angel.

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How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?
Ugh. I always make my challenge 100…last year I blew it out of the water at like 170 something…this year I’m at 18 but I’ve been behind bc of the move.

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case (name these titles+authors)?

I don’t want to take up a ton of space bc my name is long, so I didn’t include pictures.
S – Spindle Fire!
T – Three Dark Crowns!
E – Empire of Storms!
P – Perfect! (Sequel to Flawed)
H – Heartless!
A – Atlantia!
N – Nemesis!
I – Ivory and Bone!
E – Everland!

In case you missed it, these are the BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about before :

Martina – The Mystery Corner
Liis – Cover to Cover
Anne – Inked Brownies
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Drew – TheTattooedBookGeek
Jillian – Rant and Rave About Books
Meg – Magic of Books
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Dee – Novel Deelights

Thank you again Stephanie for participating today. Even though we don’t read the same genres, I love having you as a friend very much!

Do you have a book Buddle?

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I take my e-reader everywhere with me but as a recent developent I’m getting more and more paperbacks from publishers too and I just hate to think my paper copy getting dog eared inside my bag. Don’t you hate it when you detect even the tiniest bend on one of the corners? It’s one of my pet peaves and I do try to be very careful but even so…

I didn’t know what to do about it though, and then I suddenly saw mention of a ‘Buddle’ and I knew I had to get me one of these. A Buddle is in fact a padded sleeve to protect your books from getting dog eared or damaged in any other way.

You can get them in different sizes and in soooo many wonderful prints, it’s difficult to choose just one! And the best part (for me) is that Jules from Bookbuddle is selling them internationally!

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I know you’re all wanting one now, but what about the price right? It’s important too and, well I think the price is very reasonable for the high quality product that you’re getting.

  • Small – £14
  • Large – £18
  • Kindle – £14
  • Phone – £10+ (depending on size)
  • iPad – £20+ (depending on size)

So which ones did I choose? Yes of course, you can’t have just one – I need one for a small novel and one for a bigger format.

So here they are.. tadaaaa :

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A Sheep and Bees design.. and they are both perrrfect!

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The finishing is done very professionally!

And this one’s for larger paperbacks or hardbacks (475 pages without a problem)

I’m very very happy with my purchases and I can recommend highly!

If you’re interested, you can find Jules on Twitter at @bookbuddle and she has a shop on Etsy.

Please be informed that I did not receive any compensation or reward and all my opinions are my own. 

The Trophy Taker by Sarah Flint #BlogTour #BookReview

The Trophy Taker

What’s it about?

He’s watching, waiting… and counting. The next gripping serial killer read in the DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford series, from the bestselling author of Mummy’s Favourite. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons.

He keeps each one floating in formaldehyde to stop them from rotting. Each finger denotes a victim, tortured and butchered, their heart ripped out and discarded, replaced instead by symbols of their treachery. He sits alone admiring his trophies weekly; each and everyone of them guilty in his eyes. And now more must pay.

But who or what links the victims?

DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford is already investigating a series of escalating racist attacks and it now seems she has a vicious serial killer on her patch. With no leads and time running out, the team at Lambeth are at near breaking point.

Something has to give… and all the while he’s watching, waiting… and counting.

Buy links

Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

Connect with Sarah Flint

Facebook: @SarahFlintBooks
Twitter: @SarahFlint19

About Sarah Flint

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With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

Review

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I really enjoyed reading The Trophy Taker. This is the second novel about DC Charlotte Stafford but is perfect to read as a standalone novel. The story is set in London this time and Charlie is a withered and serious detective. Her hair and clothes could use some improvement but there’s nothing to say about her skills, or of those of the rest of her team. They are tightly knit and it was great to see them working together and see the contributions from other team members too.

The story starts out with her troubles with Cornell Miller who carried out a racist attack on an old, kind man who’s been hiding in his house ever since. She’s vowed to protect Moses and will try her utmost but will have to divide her time chasing The Trophy Taker too. The first victim of this killer is found in a cemetery, her heart is ripped out and tossed on the ground, her ring finger missing.

I was happy to read about some real police work in this novel and thanks to this outstanding detective work suspicion falls fairly soon on not one but no less than three possible suspects. All of these men have something to hide and a possible motive. I never had a problem believing their motive. The author kept me guessing good and let me have a good time figuring it out on myself.

I wasn’t entirely surprised who the killer finally turned out to be and I knew for sure a few pages before Charlotte Stafford did, but then I really don’t need much to get on the right trail ;-). It was still entertaining to see how it all played out and how she really got on the right track, involving Cornell Miller even in her chase for the killer. She did an excellent job of letting these two storylines mix in the end.

If you like a nice police procedural novel, this novel is certainly comparable to Robert Bryndza’s series and I can definitely recommend adding The Trophy Taker to your reading list.

I received a free copy from the publisher, Aria, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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Take a look at the rest of the blog tour too, next up will be: Chick Lit Club Connect

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Second Chance Tea Shop by Fay Keenan #BlogTour #Q&A

 

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What’s it about?

Second chances, new loves and scrumptious cakes, in this heart-warming novel. Perfect for all fans of Fern Britton, Katie Fforde and Cathy Bramley.

Folllowing the tragic death of her beloved husband, Anna Hemingway decides it’s time for a fresh start. So Anna and her three-year-old daughter Ellie move to a picture-perfect cottage in the beautiful village of Little Somerby, and when she takes over the running of the village tea shop, Ellie and Anna start to find happiness again.

But things get complicated when Matthew Carter, the owner of the local cider farm, enters their lives. Throughout a whirlwind year of village fetes and ancient wassails, love, laughter, apple pie and new memories, life slowly blossoms again. But when tragedy strikes and history seems to be repeating itself, Anna must find the strength to hold onto the new life she has built.

This beautiful, life-affirming debut novel marks the beginning of the Little Somerby series, and promises to make you smile, cry, reach for a cream tea, and long for a life in the perfect English countryside.

Buy links

Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

About Fay Keenan

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Fay Keenan was born in Surrey and raised in Hampshire, before finally settling back in the West Country. When Fay is not chasing her children around or writing, she teaches English at a local secondary school. She lives with her husband of fourteen years, two daughters, a cat, two chickens and a Weimaraner called Bertie in a village in Somerset, which may or may not have provided the inspiration for Little Somerby.

Connect with Fay

Facebook: FayKeenanAuthor
Twitter: @FayKeenan
Instagram: @FayKeenan
Website: http://www.faykeenan.com

Q&A

Firstly, could you please tell us a little about yourself?

Well, I’m a nearly-40-year-old author and I also teach English at a local secondary school, as well as being a mother of two small daughters and surrogate mother to a large Weimaraner! Oh, and I’m a wife, as well, so I wear a lot of hats. When I’m not being all those things, I love reading, watching films and, of course, writing.

What was your favorite scene to write?

That’s a tricky one! I think it was Matthew and Anna’s first proper kiss on top of the cider vats – I had that idea in my head from quite early on, and I wanted to make it a really intense moment for them.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

That there is always a silver lining, even in the darkest of times, and that sometimes that lining can appear when you least expect it. Hope is a powerful thing!

How did you come up with the idea of writing The Second Chance Tea Shop? What inspired you?

I’m inspired by the landscape and the features of Somerset, where I’ve lived on and off for twenty five years. It’s a county full of quirks and idiosyncrasies and I wanted to put some of those in a book. I also had a very specific memory of the massive cider vats at one of the local cider producers, that pretty much triggered off the whole story.

Was it difficult to write about the subject of loss and death of a loved one or did the words and emotions come easy? Was it difficult or not to find the right balance between laughs and tears in this novel?

It was difficult to know if I was striking the balance correctly, as I was writing from the heart, so I knew it felt right to me, but I hoped it felt right to other readers. Loss is something that everyone experiences, unless they’re incredibly lucky, and although I’ve not been through (thankfully), what Anna has, I’ve definitely felt the loss of people close to me, so I tried to draw on that. I found that a lot of the time my characters spoke for themselves, so all I had to do was listen very hard to them!

What’s the best compliment/quote you’ve received about The Second Chance Tea Shop? / Any funny critisism yet?

A couple of people have mentioned a particular scene with a particular piece of furniture to me, which raised an eyebrow or two, and that was pretty funny, although definitely not a criticism! So far I’ve had ‘I couldn’t put it down,’ quite a lot, which I take as a huge compliment. I’m sure there will be actual criticism at some point, it’s inevitable, but as an English teacher I’m well used to giving out constructive criticism so I’m pretty well able to take it, too.

Are you working on a new novel yet? Can you tell something about it?

I’m currently working on the next of the Little Somerby novels, which will pick up on an existing character’s journey. This character is definitely someone who is great fun to write, and, hopefully, fun to read, too!

Check out the other stops on the tour too. Next stop tomorrow: The Great British Book Off! 

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Goodreads Monday (April 2017)

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I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!

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Added in September 2014 after I finished Never Look Back (Mike Lockyer #1): No Place To Die (Mike Lockyer #2) by Clare Donoghue

No Place to Die

Jane Bennett, senior Detective Sergeant for the murder squad at her London police precinct, is having a terrible day. Her boss, Detective Inspector Mike Lockyer, has just returned to work after two weeks on “leave,” though Jane knows it was really more like a suspension. He’s still shaken by the loss of a victim in their last murder case, and Jane is still stung that Lockyer didn’t trust her enough to confide in her about the case before it was too late.

But neither of them has the luxury of time to dwell on past grievances. Jane has just received a phone call from a good friend saying that her husband Mark Leech, a retired policeman, has disappeared. When Jane finds dramatic blood splatters in the laundry room, she knows Mark is seriously injured at best, and they don’t have any time to waste. And then the body of a young girl is discovered in a tomb under a London greenway, and police resources are stretched even thinner…until it starts to look like the two cases might be related.

No Place to Die is another spine-tingling mystery with complex, three-dimensional characters from suspense master Clare Donoghue

 

What do you think? Sound good or doesn’t make you tick? After re-reading the blurb, I’m still convinced, yes I’m still keeping it on my wishlist!

The Killer On The Wall by Emma Kavanagh

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What’s it about?

The first body comes as a shock.

The second brings horror.

The third signals the beginning of a nightmare.

When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.

Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.

Then another body appears against the Wall.

And another.

As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.

Who is the Killer on the Wall?

You can buy a copy of this novel on Amazon UK | Amazon US.

Review

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I loved The Missing Hours so much that I really jumped at the chance to read Emma Kavanagh’s new novel The Killer On The Wall. Maybe my expectations were too high after the previous one because in this novel I did find a few things that kept me from falling in love like the first time.

There are 2 investigating characters in The Killer On The Wall: Mina who’s a detetective and Isla, the woman who found the first victims of Heath McGowan at the Wall 20 years ago. Isla has dedicated her life and work into the research of psychopaths brain scans. She has tested and MRI’d plenty of convicted killers and she now even sees the Killer On The Wall eye to eye because he agreed to her request.

Then new victims are made with the same MO as before. Coincidence, I think not! But is it a copycat or did Heath instruct someone in prison to mess with the community of Briganton after all these years?

The author makes a lot of suggestions and steered me into one direction for a suspect on the outside only to change direction again in another chapter. I felt myself on a carousel after a while. Although I read this novel with lots of questions on my mind too, most of what was offered didn’t really convince me as a motive and I wasn’t really buying any it. I didn’t know who, why or how but I trusted my own instinct and definitely knew there was something wrong with the picture that was being proferred. When all was finally said and done, the ending was not entirely surprising for me, simply because so many were already suspected and dismissed. What I found a bit strange was there wasn’t much of a motive for the actual killer either and I had high hopes actually for an explanation why these people, and these people in particular, were targeted.

I’m afraid I have to admit that on top of this, I also had a bit of difficulty to fully connect with Isla and Mina, although from both of them I liked detective Mina most. She’s unrelentless in her perusal through boxes and in her investigation she doesn’t want to give up even if it means taking risks and doing unfavourable things. She’s looking for the truth and she will find it, even if it means she’s got to put her own feelings aside.

My overall conclusion is that this was a okay read and there’s no question that she’s a good writer but this one just didn’t tick all the boxes for me. I’m not giving up though and I still look forward to reading her next novel.

I received a free copy of this novel through Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.