Two little girls go out to play but only one comes home – ‘The Silent Twin’ by Caroline Mitchell (@Caroline_writes)

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Tired of being stuck indoors, twin sisters Abigail and Olivia Duncan plead to be allowed outside to play. Despite their father insisting that they stay indoors while he works on clearing out the old barn, their mother relents and the two young girls take to the fields to play a game of hide and seek. Only Abigail hides just a little too well…

Set over a week, the story follows the investigation into Abigail’s disapperance and its impact upon the family. Called in to act as Family Liaison Officer, DC Jennifer Knight is expected to draw upon her ‘unusual’ talents, her link to the Operation Moonlight team being deemed invaluable in order to try and gain some insight into just what has happened to little Abigail. Her twin Olivia has not uttered a word since Abigail went missing and nobody knows why. Is it simply because she is missing her sister, or is it the long rumoured psychic bond of twins telling her that Abigail is gone and won’t be coming back? Continue reading “Two little girls go out to play but only one comes home – ‘The Silent Twin’ by Caroline Mitchell (@Caroline_writes)”

‘Sleep Sister’ by Laura Elliot (@Elliot_Laura) – A heart renching story of long buried family secrets and the devastation left in their wake

I would like to thank Net Galley and Bookouture for my advance copy of ‘Sleep Sister’ by Laura Elliot in exchange for my review.

Beth and Sara are sisters, growing up in the small town of Anaskeagh in Ireland. Two young girls who lead very different lives. Sara is the apple of her Mother’s eye, the perfect child who can do no wrong, unlike her older sister Beth. Beth favours her father, a musician with a fanciful mind who ultimately leaves the family home and heads off to Dublin. Beth is afraid of her Mother and ‘Charlie’ the cane she uses to punish her daughter for her wrong doings, and dreams of the time she can be reunited with her Father. But there is a greater threat nearby, a monster that visits Beth at night, frightening her much more than Charlie ever could, an unspeakable evil which dominates and decimates her childhood. Continue reading “‘Sleep Sister’ by Laura Elliot (@Elliot_Laura) – A heart renching story of long buried family secrets and the devastation left in their wake”

‘See How They Run’ by Tom Bale (@t0mbale) – A father faces a race against time to save his family

To every family across the country, their home provides a sanctuary, somewhere that they can return to at the end of a long working day, safe from the stresses of the world and free from fear. But, if you are honest, how well do you know your neighbours? Can you trust them? Is your sleepy little street and your perfect home the safe haven you think it to be?

Safe is exactly how home feels for Harry and his wife Alice who live an unassuming life in suburban Brighton with their eight week old daughter Evie. At least, that was how things used to be. Continue reading “‘See How They Run’ by Tom Bale (@t0mbale) – A father faces a race against time to save his family”

When Justice Isn’t Enough – ‘The Hanging Club’ by Tony Parsons (@TonyParsonsUK)

Somewhere in London, a taxi stops to pick up a fare. Nothing unusual in that except this is no ordinary passenger. This is a man who wants more than transportation to the other side of London. His life under threat, the driver, Mahmud Irani, is forced to take the man into an empty building site, forced to make his way to an isolated room, forced to stand upon a stool as a noose is placed around his neck. But Irani is no ordinary taxi driver either. He has committed some serious crimes against young girls, crimes for which he served only a very light sentence. But it has been decided that justice was not served, that the sentence did not fit the crime, but as Irani is shown pictures of the victims of his crime, he shows no remorse, even as the life starts to leave his body. Continue reading “When Justice Isn’t Enough – ‘The Hanging Club’ by Tony Parsons (@TonyParsonsUK)”

‘Play Dead’ by Angela Marsons (@WriteAngie) – Death on a Body Farm

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Yes, yes, yes. Ladies and gents, Kim Stone, Angela Marsons’ brilliant fictional Detective, is back and I am a very happy bunny. Intrigued by the local setting of these stories (Midlands born and Dudley educated for my sins) I raced through the first three books in the series and have had a Kim shaped void in my reading list for too long. (Ok, it’s only actually been a couple of months but I am a very needy reader.) I have been thinking long and hard about what I want to write in this review. It should be the easiest thing in the world to write as the quality of the writing speaks for itself. It is in a word, brilliant. And there is the problem because after reading it, I can’t help feeling that nothing I put down will do it justice. Continue reading “‘Play Dead’ by Angela Marsons (@WriteAngie) – Death on a Body Farm”