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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Kat's Review of Blood Sister by Dreda Say-Mitchell (Flesh and Blood Series)

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (11 Aug. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1473625661
ISBN-13: 978-1473625662
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm

Synopsis: There are two ways out of Essex Lane Estate, better known as The Devil. You make good, or you turn bad.

Jen Miller is determined not to make the same mistakes her mother did. She's waiting to find herself a good job and a decent man.

Her younger sister Tiff is running errands for a gangster and looking for any opportunity for fun and profit. But she might just be in over her head...

The choices you make and the plans you have don't always turn out like you expect. Especially if you live on The Devil's Estate. When their paths cross with the unstoppable Dee - a woman with her own agenda - Jen and Tiff will learn that lesson the hard way.

At least they can rely on each other.

Kat's Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Kat's Review of Scandalous Lies by Nigel May

Paperback: 436 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (22 July 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 191075126X
ISBN-13: 978-1910751268

Synopsis: SUSPENSE: Georgia’s best friend, ballroom dancing sensation Mitzi, has vanished with boyfriend Foster while on holiday in California. Can Georgia get to the truth of their disappearance before it’s too late?

SECRETS: Reality TV star Nova could give the Kardashians a run for their money. But while she allows millions of viewers into her fabulous home, she’s unaware what her husband, celebrity mogul Jacob, is up to behind closed doors …

SEX: Tanya is filthy rich, married to a man who adores her but she is restless. And her sexual appetite is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.

SCANDAL: Victoria, once the trophy-wife, has lost her mojo. Determined to get her life and marriage back on track, she’s desperate to inject some excitement in her life – but at what cost?

Kat's Rating: 5/5

Monday, 18 July 2016

BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of Bad Blood by Julie Shaw

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper Element (14 July 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0008142858
ISBN-13: 978-0008142858

Synopsis: It’s 1981 and seventeen-year-old Christine is about to give birth to her son. When her family throw her out, Christine has the biggest fight of her life to bring up her son safe on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, rife with crime, alcohol and drugs, a place where family is everything and nothing.

It's Friday evening on the Canterbury Estate in Bradford and Christine, who's been rushed to hospital by her friend, Josie, is on the maternity ward giving birth. She's 17 and terrified. Not just of the pain, which is ripping her in two, but because she knows that once the baby arrives, her family is never going to speak to her again.

Her beautiful baby boy is about to start a chain of events that will lead to tragedy - and only her own family can save her.

Kat's Rating: 4/5
Monday, 11 July 2016

Kat's Review of Good at Games by Jill Mansell

Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Headline Review (1 Mar. 2009 - This is a re-release)
Original Publishing Date: 2000
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0755332520
ISBN-13: 978-0755332526

Synopsis: Suzy fell for Harry the moment she showed him her husband's sperm sample. It didn't really belong to her husband, though, because she wasn't married. It wasn't a sperm sample either, it was a drinks carton containing the dregs of her milkshake. But when you're trying to get off a speeding charge you just have to improvise, don't you? And it wasn't actually love at first sight. Still, it was undeniably a healthy attack of lust. And it might just be the beginning of something special..

Kat's Rating: 4/5
Sunday, 10 July 2016

Kat's Review of The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Viking (14 Jan. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0241206936
ISBN-13: 978-0241206935

Synopsis: This is a life told back to front.

This is a man who has lied all his life.

Roy is a conman living in a leafy English suburb, about to pull off the final coup of his career. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings.

But who is the man behind the con and what has he had to do to survive this life of lies?

And why is this beautiful woman so willing to be his next victim?

Kat's Rating: 3/5
Saturday, 9 July 2016

Kat's Review of Dead Time by Tony Parsons (DC Wolfe Short Story)

Product details
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2957 KB
Print Length: 74 pages
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (19 Feb. 2015)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English

Synopsis: Not DC Max Wolfe. He is looking out of his loft apartment at the deserted streets below.
A van has just drawn up. Two men get out. Dressed in black and wearing ski-masks, they are dragging something. 
It’s a man. Half-naked. Half-dead. But still alive.
Not for much longer.
Soon Max Wolfe is hunting a gang of killers who decapitate their victims
And this time it’s personal …

Kat's Rating: 4/5

Kat's Review: I only recently discovered Tony Parsons and although I enjoyed the first Max Wolfe book, I then went straight on and read the second and felt the same. They were good, but something was missing. Stupidly I didn't realise that this was a short story which I should have read prior to book 2. Not letting that put me off I picked it up at lunchtime and lo and behold finished it by the time my lunch was over. What surprised me more was how much I enjoyed the short story (which I am not traditionally a fan of). I would probably go as far as to say I enjoyed this more that the full length novel!

What I loved about this book was that you get stuck straight in with no warning. With the book being a short story it seemed like Parsons was making the most of each page. Although Max is running the show in this latest book, the fact that it happened so close to his home means he can't stop himself getting involved. Instead a DCI Flashman of New Scotland Yard has taken the lead, but there is no way Max will let that stand in his way.

This little gem was a fantastic read and full of pace, grit and murkiness. Although I read this in the wrong order, I'm glad I did as it gives me renewed hope for this series. I really am now looking forward to what comes in the next book.
Friday, 8 July 2016

Kat's Review of Dead Lucky by Matt Brolly (Book 2 DCI Lambert Series)

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2789 KB
Publisher: Carina; ePub ed edition (11 Jan. 2016)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English

Synopsis: When a woman is murdered, the twisted killer forcing her husband to watch her slow and painful death, DCI Michael Lambert knows that his next case might be his toughest yet.

And when a second set of killings are discovered, with exactly the same MO, the race is on the find the lethal sociopath before he strikes again.

But Lambert never expected to receive an anonymous call from the killer. This time, it’s personal: if Lambert doesn’t find the murderer soon, his own loved ones will be next…

Kat's Rating: 4/5

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