Yes. You read that right. I am reviewing Silent Scream. With just over three weeks to go until the release of Dead Souls, the sixth book in the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, I thought it was an opportune moment to go back and look over the first five books in the series. I’ve technically reviewed them on the blog before, but certainly for three of the first four books the reviews were written before I had my blog and before I found my blogging voice (although I’m sure many would rather I still had laryngitis 😉 ) So today let me take you back to where it all began: Silent Scream.
Absolutely exciting news from Bookouture – the latest Ruby Preston novel by Caroline Mitchell, Sleep Tight has just been announced and ITS AVAILABLE TO PREORDER NOW!!!!!
UK: 🇬🇧 http://amzn.to/2oFTxLj
US: 🇺🇸 http://amzn.to/2npDVLY
Just take a look at this stunning cover and the blurb:
The Official Book Blurb
Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.
A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.
Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a disturbed individual who is using the women to realise their twisted fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.
Ruby is in too deep, knowing that the cruel individual is getting ever closer, looking for his next beautiful victim. But can she stop a killer hell-bent on fulfilling their horrific desires – before it’s too late? And how well does she really know the man she loves?
A terrifying, addictive serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.
Doesn’t that sound amazing? Here is what readers are saying about the Ruby Preston series.
‘Oh my friggin God! Thisssss booooook! Su-bloody-perb! …a quadruple #HellYeah recommendation from me! Tantalisingly terrifying, twisted, and dark’ Crime Book Junkie
‘Just superb!! I can tell you, you will NOT know the ending until you get there!! It’s a shocker!’ Next Book Review
‘OMG what a corker of a book. I absolutely love Ruby. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough … Loved it, loved it, loved it.’ By The Letter Book Reviews
‘Compelling, absorbing, chilling, gruesome and freakishly brilliant. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews (5*)
‘Ruby is an excellent character. Real, raw and utterly relatable’ Bibliophile Book Club (4*)
‘Caroline Mitchell creates some seriously dark and scary stuff ‘ StefLoz Book Reviews
‘Fast paced, great lead character and twists and turns, what more could you ask for?’ Worcester Source (4*)
‘It will certainly have you holding your breath on more than one occasion… I really can’t wait for more from this series.’ Victoria Wilkinson – I Love Reading
Oh my God…this book blew me away! Kept me hooked right till the last page’ The Book Guzzler (5*)
‘Ruby, well she’s just in a league of her own. She shows so much strength yet I love the vulnerable side to her’ By The Letter Book Reviews (5*)
‘I think I pretty much held my breath through the last few chapters! There are twists and turns aplenty and it’s packed full of action and suspense’ Chat About Books (5*)
‘It’s a compelling and dark read; it gives you thrills, it gives you the fear and it gives you all the twists and turns you are looking for’ Chapterinmylife (5*)
‘A thrilling ride that blurs the boundary of what is right and what is wrong. The plot is terrifying yet somehow heartbreaking’ Kitty Catalyst – Bibliophile (5*)
Just in case you missed the links before, you can preorder the book here:
UK: 🇬🇧: http://amzn.to/2oFTxLj
US: 🇺🇸: http://amzn.to/2npDVLY
About Caroline Mitchell
A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences.
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. She now writes full time.
You can follow Caroline on the following social media and websites.
It’s my pleasure to be able to bring to you an extract of Secret Demon 2 by CL Ryan as part of the blog tour.
The Official Book Blurb
Once again the Murphy household is in chaos, and on top of that a rogue Demon is on the loose and has taken up residence on the estate, with dire consequences. Tom is still working away, leaving Patsy alone and struggling with day to day living and her own Demon. Megan has a very important cooking exam to pass, but money is short for the ingredients. Bonfire night, which is the biggest night of the year is approaching fast, and Patsy cooks for the whole street, and on top of that the family have the worry of being evicted from their house, as they are being relentlessly bullied by the local police Sargent who now knows the families secret. Will they survive?
It is my absolute pleasure to take part in the blog tour for Seal Skin by Su Bristow, an absolutely stunning tale of family and forgiveness.
The Official Book Blurb
Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous, and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives—not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence?
Based on the legend of the selkies—seals who can transform into people—evokes the harsh beauty of the landscape, the resilience of its people, both human and animal, and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider, and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is, nonetheless, a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set.
The Official Book Blurb
The past never stays buried for long…
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan’s job to piece together her past.
Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.
Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian’s Wall country in Northumberland.
I may have come late to this series, but now I have started, I just can’t stop. Why oh why didn’t I start reading it sooner?
In the second book in the DCI Ryan series, we join our eponymous hero some six months after the events on Holy Island which put his girlfriend Anna in mortal danger. Their relationship has grown immensely and while it may have seemed new and awkward in the first book, when we meet them again, it has become more rounded and comfortable. And while it is far from being the main focus of the novel, Ryan’s fears for Anna do form a key part of the overall plot, informing his actions and making him take a few more calculated risks than might normally be tolerated.
Where the first book was heavy in imagery of the occult and paganism, Sycamore Gap marks a small departure from this, wandering more pointedly through the mind and actions of a true psychopath. That’s not to say that the book is completely removed from the first story, that the mysterious ‘Circle’ is completely forgotten, there are clear and obvious links to the original story littered throughout, the presence and influence still being felt, but the killer in this story is acting more to satisfy the perverse thrill of the kill. The opening is as tense as the first book, watching as a young girl is murdered. From here on in, as her body is discovered some many years later, the story begins to build, the tension increasing with every turn of the page. As another body is discovered, and as it becomes clear that these two women may not be the killers only victims, you are taken on a real journey, Ryan, Philips, McKenzie and the team trying hard to find out who has managed to kill without detection for some ten years.
I loved the development of character in this book. We learn so much more about Ryan, about the killer he caught a little over a year ago, The Hacker, a merciless man whose actions changed Ryan’s life forever. The story seems to humanise the Detective who otherwise still seems aloof and abrupt. There is more evidence of Ryan’s overwhelming empathy for the family of the victims, but also his uncompromising nature when it comes to the chase. He acts instinctively, he loves without compromise, even though this still takes him by surprise. He is a man you can absolutely root for, more so here than ever before. He has a reserved, upper-middle class humour, very dry, but when partnered with Frank Phillips, it just seems to work.
As for Phillips – well I think I’m starting to love that old DS. He is the exact opposite of Ryan but together they just work. The way he looks out for the younger DCI, the respect he has for him, is brilliant to watch in action, and his relationship with DI MacKenzie, shouldn’t work and yet it just does. LJ Ross has created such an enjoyable character that I want to read on as much to see what Frank will do as I do Ryan. And I know this is going to sound a little weird, but I really love The Hacker too. He is a serial killer as disturbed as they come and yet so clinical and intelligent. He is the perfect antagonist for Ryan, knows how to push his buttons, and there is a sense of him having his own agenda, one which he has yet to fulfil. The more you learn of him, of his links to Ryan’s current case, the more dangerous and intriguing he seems. I loved it. I mean who doesn’t love a damned good psychopath?
Once again, the murders are brutal while not overly gratuitous. There is clear evil in terms of the killers actions, but it is not represented as madness. In terms of suspects Ross creates enough diversion and misdirection that you truly believe it could be one of a number of people. My only warning is to any one who listens to the audio book. I did, and the way in which certain characters were read made it fairly clear who had done what. Had I been reading it I don’t believe I would have guessed so readily as Ross was deft in creating many possibilities, but it is always one of those risks when creating a book rich in regional accents. Unless you change accents of a character mid text, which would be irritating and feel a little like a cheat, then it can be too easy to understand the path of the story.
It didn’t make me enjoy the book any less. I loved the plot, the setting, as beautifully depicted as it was in the first book, the pacing is pitch perfect, and the characters are superb. When I read the final few chapters, despite all I thought I knew, I was still second guessing myself and the tension at the end was such that I felt like my heart was in my mouth. The number of characters put in true peril throughout… Well, it’s just plain mean Ms Ross.
As I said before, I love this series and I have raced through the first three books so quickly – my review of Heavenfield will follow very shortly – that I need to pace myself for books four and five. It is a strange feeling. I want to read on. I want to know what happens. But I am oh so scared of reaching the end too. They’re really that good.
5 big fat psychotic stars from me.
Sycamore Gap is available to purchase from the links below. The other 4 books in the series can be purchased from Amazon UK here.
The other books in the DCI Ryan series are