Thursday, 18 December 2014

My most popular reviews....

I was having a little look through some of my stats, and was kind of shocked at some of the numbers I was looking at. There were a few reviews that blatantly stood out in terms of number of views. I then decided to browse through all of my posts to date and see which were the most popular and decided to share them with you.

It seems that in a little over 18 months nearly 70,000 people have visted my site (wooohhoo) so thanks to all of you that take the time. In addition, I looked at the geographical stats and realised (my Mum will love this) I AM INTERNATIONAL!!!!! The UK came in first, with the USA second followed by Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands, China, France, Australia and Ireland. Sorry to ramble, I was just rather shocked. Anyway down to the nitty gritty of who has had the most reads...

Number 1 
I shouldn't be shocked but its my old mate Kimberley Chambers and her release of Payback. A whopping 1,991 of you have read my review and I think you can all agree she will remain a Bestseller for the forseable future. If you missed it the first time around the link can be found below:-

My Review: Payback by Kimberley Chambers - Review read by 1,991 people

Kimberley's next release The Wronged is due 12th March 2015 

Number 2
I also shouldn't be shocked by number 2, me wee pal Anna Smith and her release of Screams in the Dark, which is part of the Rosie Gilmour series. This release and susequent review managed to get 1,246 reads. A fabulous series it is too....

My Review: Screams in the Dark by Anna Smith - Review read by 1,246 people

Anna's next release is A Cold Killing due out 26 March 2015

Number 3

The hair raising author Mr Simon Kernick takes number 3 with his release of Stay Alive. Frankly I think the first two words of my review being 'Holy Shit' tended to make people keep reading. It was a five star read and I can't wait for his new book. Stay Alive review got 1,192 reads.

My Review: Stay Alive by Simon Kernick - Review read by 1,192 people

Simon's next release is The Final Minute released 15 January 2015

Number 4

The lovely Mel Sherratt and her book Somewhere to Hide  got 945 reads. Its the first book in the Estate Series (and a series which I seriously need to catch up on!). Fab author and a lovely lady to boot!

My Review: Somewhere to Hide by Mel Sherratt - Review read by 945 people

Mel's new release is Follow the Leader (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) due 10 Feb 2015

Number 5
The legendary Mr Peter James and his release of Want You Dead came in at number 5 (you lot do surprise me). 599 of you read this review, and to be honest I think once the whole issue of 'Sandy' is resolved I will be a lot happier. Maybe then more people will read my reviews:-)

My Review: Want you Dead by Peter James - Review read by 599 people

Peter's new book You Are Dead is released 4th June 2015

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Book Review: Fire Point by Sean Black (Ryan Lock Series)

My Rating: 4/5

Availability: Kindle, Kobo and Nook (Available 18.12.14), 

Synopsis: The sixth novel in the Ryan Lock series. Ryan Lock and Ty Johnson are in Los Angeles and on the trail of an unlikely cult who are planning on taking their message to the world and settling some old scores at the same time.

My Review: My favourite character crush is back! Ryan Lock and his partner in crime Ty Johnson are back for the sixth book in the series. This time around the pair of them are involved in what seems to be a simple request. A wealthy mum asks them to ‘keep an eye’ on her son Marcus following an ‘incident’ at college. Lock’s reluctance to take the case is cast aside when he starts to try to track down Marcus. 

Marcus and his ‘friends’ are slightly disturbing and before long it’s pretty clear that this case involves more than Lock and Ty ‘babysitting’. Ryan Lock is a character that I love, but in this latest instalment he feels a little bit more detached than usual. I think he needs a good woman in his life! Ty is just about the coolest damn character you can read. He and Ryan work well together and this series just wouldn’t work unless they both feature in it. The tension and drama as always takes a step up as ‘Krank’ and his friends start carrying out their work.

There are plenty of high tension and action scenes packed into this book so fear not, you certainly won’t be bored. There was a disturbing element of truth with the storyline, which won’t go unnoticed by many, but is sadly a result of the world we live in today. Having read every book in this series from the beginning, I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite but it’s once again a solid and intriguing read that will keep you hooked from the beginning to the end.

As always I will eagerly await the next instalment, and hopefully I will get to read about Sean Blacks other amazing character Byron Tibor in the meantime. Certainly one the fans will love and a series I would highly recommend not just this book but all the ones prior to it. Sean is an author that is not well known enough for my liking and deserves to be up there with every other bestseller out there. I only have one criticism though, I truly think that Ryan Lock needs to hook up with an amazing woman and I think her name will be Kat!!!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Book Review: Closer Than You Think by Karen Rose (Corcoran and Novak Series)

My Rating: 5/5

Availability: Hardback, Paperback (Feb 2015), Audio, Kindle, Nook (Feb 2015), Kobo

Synopsis: Deacon Novak has returned home. The experienced FBI Agent knows that his move to Cincinnati's Major Crime Enforcement Squad will be challenging, but the greater challenge will be saving his younger brother before he becomes the kind of criminal Deacon is chasing.

Faith Corcoran has escaped her identity. Being a therapist to victims of sex crimes was rewarding, but her work with their offenders has jeopardized her life. Her move represents a chance to build a new life in the empty old house her grandmother has left her.

What Faith doesn't know is that a killer has made the house his playground, taking girls into the basement and murdering them. And now Faith is about disturb his fun.

With a murderer focused on her, Faith is going to have to put her trust in Deacon if she's going to survive. Because this killer is always closer than she thinks....

My Review: I have always been a fan of Karen Rose books and was looking forward to reading this latest release, which also happens to be the first in a new series…yay! When I first started reading this I actually put it down after just 2 chapters. It just didn’t feel right and sometimes I need to go back to a book if I’m not in the mood. This was the right thing to do as when I re-visited again two weeks later I picked it up and then subsequently read at least half in on sitting!

Faith Corcoran is a character that took me a while to like. The book starts with Faith plucking up the courage to visit the house that her Grandmother left to her when she passed away. It’s at this early stage in the book when you realise that Faith is carrying way more baggage than most people and her career as a therapist has brought trouble and danger to her door. What starts as a seemingly innocent visit to the house sets off a chain of events that puts two young women’s lives in danger as well as that of Faith‘s.

The house that her Grandmother had left her turns out to be the scene of particularly harrowing crimes and is just the start of a horrific game of cat and mouse between the killer and the FBI. At this point enter Deacon Novak, the FBI agent that has returned to his home town of Cincinnati to save his younger brother from a life of crime. When he gets called to his first scene he is instantly taken by Faith. I must just point out that Deacon Novak is a brilliant lead character and is so unique in his description that he instantly remains in your memory bank!

The story is packed full of suspense with the suspicion seemingly falling on more than one person. I found myself being more and more drawn in as the story progressed. The only real negative is that at nearly 600 pages I thought the book was probably about 150 pages too long. That one small point aside I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to meeting not only Faith and Deacon, but Greg and Dani in the next book 2. 

Monday, 24 November 2014

Book Review: Pop Goes the Weasel by M J Arlidge (Book 2 DI Helen Grace Series)

My Rating: 4/5

Availability: Paperback, Kindle, Audio and Kobo

Synopsis: A man's body is found in an empty house. His heart has been cut out and delivered to his wife and children.

He is the first victim, and Detective Inspector Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.

Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is - or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase...

My Review: I only recently stumbled across M J Arlidge and after reading his debut for this series ‘Eeny Meeny’, I wanted to get cracking with book 2. DI Helen Grace is a bit of a force to be reckoned with. The first book gives you a real insight into her past, however only parts of her character at present are revealed leaving me with questions at the end of book 1. The story in book 2 is rather gruesome and when a man’s body is found in a house with its heart cut out, I knew this wasn’t a book to be read over my lunch!

We also see the return of Helen’s colleague Charlie although things are rather stilted following the events in Book 1. I really like Charlie and think she makes a great addition to the book and series. The storyline continues with more bodies, more gore and more problems for DI Grace. It’s really fast paced and I read this in just over a day.

I liked seeing more of the personal lives of the people involved, and am eagerly anticipating what book 3 will bring. There are a number of things in Helen’s life which are still unresolved and it will be interesting to see where the author takes them. There is a certain intensity to these books that makes me gripped and the writing flows wonderfully making it a very engaging and absorbing read. I’m hugely looking forward to Book 3 entitled The Dolls House which is due for release in February 2015.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Book Review: Eeny Meeny by M J Aldridge (DI Helen Grace Series)

My Rating: 4/5

Availability: Paperback, Kindle and Kobo

Synopsis: The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it.

Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed.
Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?

Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors - living calling cards - who hold the key to the case.

And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die . . .

My Review: Another book, another series, I just love it. A couple of my followers kept mentioning M J Aldridge and I relented and brought another book to add to the ever increasing to read pile. I’m very glad that I did as I read this and loved it. DI Helen Grace is a great character with some serious issues. These are highlighted from the start and it made me more intrigued about her. In addition to Helen we meet her two colleagues Mark and Charlie. Mark has his own issued and Helen does everything she can to keep him on the straight and narrow. Meanwhile Charlie is just trying to find her feet and prove herself to her boss Helen. All three characters were really engaging and highly enjoyable to read about.

The storyline was extremely catchy with murder victims being taken in pairs and left to die alone, hungry and scared. Their only choice is kill or be killed. The body count is high and it seems that there is more to this plot line than first meets the eye. Helen Grace seems to be very much at the front and centre and slowly more and more layers of Helens life are revealed leading to many question in my own head, as well as wondering who on earth would want to do that to her.

The violence is pretty graphic and ramped up with the complications between the three colleagues I was hooked from the start. Although Helen was readable there were still a few unanswered questions about her even at the end of the book. Having said that, for a debut novel it was a cracking read and I have already gone on to start book 2. I think this is a series which will definitely get better and better and the author clearly likes to reveal titbits rather than fling all the character info in within the first book. A definite recommendation from me and I can’t wait to get started on book 2!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Book Review: The Case of the Black Pearl by Lin Anderson

My Rating: 4/5

Availability: Paperback, Kindle, Kobo and Nook

Synopsis: Introducing glamorous private investigator Patrick de Courvoisier in this stylish new mystery series.

Content to leave his controversial past behind him and enjoy a more relaxed, hedonistic lifestyle on a converted houseboat in the glamorous French resort of Cannes, enigmatic 
Englishman Patrick de Courvoisier is known as ‘Le Limier’ or ‘Fixer’. People come to him with their problems – and he fixes them.

However, when Camille Ager asks Patrick to find her sister, Angele Valette, star of the new movie The Black Pearl, Patrick’s laidback lifestyle is dealt a terminal blow. Last seen at the film’s lavish launch party on board the luxurious black yacht owned by Russian oligarch Vasily Chapayev, the funds behind the movie and owner of the famous black pearl, Angele seems to have vanished into thin air – and so has the pearl.

As Patrick questions all those involved with the movie, he discovers that this is a case where nothing is as it seems. 

Review: Patrick de Courvoisier is an Englishman living and working in Cannes in the South of France. His skillset is somewhat sketchy in the beginning but as the Cannes Film Festival gets under way; his services are very soon called upon. A young actress Angele Valette who is the lead in the new film has gone missing, along with the elusive Black Pearl. Patrick’s past is quite a mystery and as he undertakes the search it seems he has contacts all over the place. Patrick most definitely is a Bond type of character that much is certain. 

Although Patrick takes chances with the case they don’t always pay off and he frequently finds himself on the wrong end of the trouble. The storyline is much more in the mystery genre but it certainly held my interest and by the last quarter of the book I knew I wanted to read more about Patrick (and his dog Oscar!). Having said that, I still felt there was something missing and maybe this is the lack of knowledge the reader has about him as a character. 

I think this is a great start to a series and certainly full of intrigue and mystery. I will certainly be looking out for the second book but hope that we find out more about Patrick in the second instalment.

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