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The Other Girl by Erica Spindler. Review 

Phew! What a roller coaster ride. I haven’t read such an engaging, well written thriller in a while. 

The Other Girl is authored by Erica Spindler best known for her ability to jump between genres, beginning with Mills & Boon style romances, fitting in some of her delicious crime thrillers featuring The Malones and Stacey Killian and even fitting in some cross genre crime/sci fi fiction with her Lightkeepers series. 

This new novel features a brand new detective Miranda Rader and I really hope that we get to see some more of Miranda in the future. Miranda comes from a troubled background, after getting busted for possession of pot when she was 15 and spending some time in juvenile prison, Miranda turned her life around and became a police officer. 

Miranda is brought in as lead detective to investigate the murder of a professor at the local university. Son of the prestigious President of the University, the pressure is on to find out who killed him in such a brutal way. As Miranda begins to put together the pieces which may link the dead man to a terrifying night from her past, suddenly she’s gone from Apple of the Chief’s eye to a suspect. The only people who seem to be on her side are her partner Jake and her best friend Summer who owns a bar (with a really cool name!) The Toasted Cat. 

But who can Miranda trust, it’s clear somebody is setting her up but who? Then she remembers there was another girl there that night, another girl who knows what happens and who exactly covered it up… but who is The Other Girl? 

This was a well written and fast paced novel. Erica has a wonderful way of writing and throws in particularly good red herrings, I’m not ashamed to admit that I fell for one of them hook, line and sinker. But there’s a sadness to this novel too as it shows how a woman must struggle in a man’s world, how someone who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks can be manipulated and disbelieved and the corruption within law enforcement, where money can buy you anything. 


Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose. Review 

I was really excited to receive an ARC of this novel as I love the Romantic Suspense series. 

Monster in the Closet is the 19th book in the Romantic Suspense series and the 5th in the Baltimore series. The Romantic Suspense series follows a makeshift family made up of a group of friends. There may be some spoilers here for the other books in the series but not this one, only because I can’t talk about any of the other characters without spoilers for previous books! 

We see old favourites in this novel such as Detective JD Fitzpatrick and his partner Lucy a medical examiner, who we were first introduced to in You Belong to Me. 

Paige Holden & Grayson Smith the private investigators from No One Left to Tell although they don’t feature heavily in this one. 

State attorney Daphne Montgomery & Special Agent Joseph Carter from Did you Miss Me? As well as Daphne’s son Ford. 

Clay Maynard & Detective Stevie Mazetti from Watch Your Back. 

Faith Corcoran & Special agent Deacon Novak from Cincinnati 1 Closer Than You Think. 

I love the way that Karen Rose expertly blends all of the characters into a relationship with each other. If you haven’t read the Romantic Suspense series before, each book focuses on one couple, how they get together and their romance, but alongside that runs a thriller element with a murder and the couple’s attempts to solve the murder and catch the killer. 

Monster in the Closet sees 2 children Jazzie & Janie in therapy at Daphne’s equine therapy centre. Their mother has been violently murdered and Jazzie hasn’t spoken since. But she’s finally opening up to the new intern therapist Taylor Dawson, but she’s got secrets of her own that she’s hiding and this is where the romance and suspense comes in. 

The difference with this one is that we know who the killer is right from the beginning and this creates an immediate frustration as we watch the characters attempt to discover who the killer is and gather evidence. 

Overall this was a great novel, picking up with the younger generation of the friend/family group. Once again it was fast paced and unputdownable and most importantly thoroughly enjoyable! 

The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards. Review 

The Lucky Ones is the second novel by Mark Edwards that I’ve read. I really enjoyed Follow You Home the story of a couple who are traumatised by their experiences on holiday in Eastern Europe. 

The Lucky Ones is a different story completely. Although it keeps to the thriller element but this time it has more of a British Detective novel setting. 

A serial killer is at loose in rural England, in the tiny village where Ben lives with his son Ollie. Two women and a man have been murdered right after they reached their happiest point in life. Detective Imogen Evans has moved from the City of London Police to a more rural setting after the death of a colleague. Now she’s desperate to catch the killer and prove herself. 

The novel is very gripping. I started it one morning and by the evening it was finished, despite being at work all day, I just couldn’t put it down on the bus, on my lunch, in the bath and for the rest of the evening. The characters were easy to remember despite there being quite a few of them, all of them had endearing qualities (apart from the serial killer of course), and the killer was particularly well written. It was only in the last few pages that i started to suspect correctly who the killer was.

Mark Edwards takes the reader on a wild goose chase where there’s literally nobody we can trust. Everyone is a potential suspect and it is so cleverly written that it makes sense for the killer to know everything without giving away who they are.  Interesting back stories are also provided for the killer but again there’s even a twist to that plot too. I won’t say too much more as not to ruin the story or give spoilers but I’ll be recommending this to anyone who loves a good crime thriller! 

Chaos, Patricia Cornwell. Review 

I was first introduced to Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta novels when I was 16 and working a cleaning job while doing my A levels. One of my colleagues lent me the first few books and ten years later I’m still an avid fan. 

I give Chaos a 3* rating. This is because although it’s slightly better than the last few in the series it’s still not what it used to be. 

The story opens with Scarpetta on her way to meet Benton for dinner. It’s red hot weather and she’s walking against her better judgement. While walking she’s thinking about her upcoming presentation/talk which she’ll be doing jointly with her old friend General Briggs. What is also occupying her mind is the imminent arrival of her sister Dorothy. We know from past novels in the series that Dorothy and Kay do not see eye to eye and there is rivallry and bad blood between them so it’s obvious that Kay is going to feel out of sorts about her coming to visit. 

An angry phone call with Marino reveals that there’s been a report of Kay attacking (both verbally and physically) her chief of staff Bryce. From that we find out she’s recently been harassed and stalked by someone calling themselves Tail end Charlie. There’s a lot of things going on and in places it does live up to its name and come across as slightly Chaotic but be reassured that it DOES get there. 

Like the past 3 or so books the villain in the story is Lucy’s ex girlfriend Carrie Grethen. This to be honest was one of my bug bears. I feel a little like recently it’s become the Carrie Grethen show instead of the Kay Scarpetta show. I feel that the Carrie Grethen storyline could have been killed by now and we could move back to Kay, Marino, Benton and Lucy solving crimes. 

I also don’t like the new found secretiveness between the characters. This new attitude that everyone is acting behind Kay’s back. That Benton, Marino and Lucy know things which they don’t confide in her. Then when she confronts them they become silent or change the subject. What I loved about the early Scarpetta novels was her independence, her fierceness, her detective skills and her ability to collaborate with everyone. I don’t like this weak, paranoid and ‘everyone’s out to get me’ attitude she has now. Although, I admit this wasn’t as bad as it was previously. 

That said the book was an easy read, it gave closure (without saying too much) and it has spikes of action. Although unfortunately all that happens in the last 10% of the novel. 

I’ll definitely read the next book or books in the series and remain a die hard fan but I’d like to see some of Scarpetta’s old personality revived and some none Carrie Grethen related crimes being committed and solved like the good old days. 

I’d also like to congratulate Ms Cornwell on her ability to move with the times. She writes about the Internet, drones, social media, new rules and regulations, terrorism even new politics and it’s a far cry from the days of Marino smoking and tucking into pizza in the autopsy room! 

Kate Morton The Lake House

The Lake House is a beautiful and intriguing novel by one of my favourites Kate Morton. I didn’t receive this book for review but decided to write a review of it anyway with it being a recent release.

The story spans across 2 time periods of 1933 and 2003 set in both urban London and beautiful Cornwall where the Edevane’s live in the house called Loeannath (The Lake House.)

What I loved most about this book was Kate Morton’s amazing skill of making a place come alive, the description of the lake house and Cornwall were beautiful and you could well imagine the place preparing for the Midsummer party. Another skill Kate Morton applies is that of weaving together both time periods and settings without making you lose the plot. She makes it seem effortless. The characters while not necessarily likeable as such are relatable and interesting and I found this book to be a real page turner!

One thing I will say is that intentionally or not this novel gave many tips for budding authors like myself as well not least because Kate is such a good writer herself but due to one of her characters being a budding author as well I found invaluable tips between the pages.

The Lake House is a story of love both unrequited and true. It has a mystery that will keep you guessing until the end which is what makes it such a fast read despite its size. It’s truly enjoyable with its beautiful descriptive passages and it’s tale across time. I’ve seen people complain that the ending is too tidy but I think that not only does it complete the story in a fascinating and unexpected way, it answers questions which you didn’t even realise you were asking!