Book Review: Bloodridge (Spies Lie Series Book One) by DS Kane

Bloodridge is a moreish conspiracy thriller with mystery, intrigue and suspense. Jon Sommers is left angry and devastated after the death of his fiance, Lisa. He soon learns more than he bargained for, when he meets a spymaster, Yigdal Ben-Levy, who tells him his girlfriend was working for mossad and one of her aims was to recruit him. Jon also learns that his parents were also mossad and their death was not the car accident he was led to believe.

Jon, feeling an acute sense of betrayal nonetheless is driven to avenge Lisa’s death and enroles in an accelerated training programme in Israel, but as he gets out in the field and zeros in on his quarry, Houmaz, the terrorist who made the bomb responsible for Lisa’s death, he finds himself drawn further and further into a web of espionage where trust is a priceless commodity and allegiances questionable.

This thriller picks up speed as Jon gets further and further into the murky world of espionage and the stakes just seem to get higher and higher. There is excitement in abundance and an underlying current of the potential to be betrayed at every turn.

An exciting thriller, but I felt a bit waylaid by the narrative and felt it could have had more impact in the hands of a better editor. However, definitely one for conspiracy thriller fans. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Book Review: No Time Like Now by Jennifer Young #RBRT

I chose this book to read from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team book list.

More a 3.5, I’ve rounded up.

Megan had fled her past, her hometown and her family after a tragic event four years ago. She now lives and works in Majorca and leads a reasonably solitary life having never quite recovered from the loss and betrayal of her past. When the man she’s been hoping to avoid most walks back into her life, Megan tries to handle the situation with poise but the history between them is too painful to let bygones be bygones, despite the fact Tim might be involved with someone else.

In the meantime a body washes up on the beach and Tim, who is a geologist, is warned away from doing his work, never one to back down his stubborn nature leads them all to danger.

Contemporary romance is not my usual genre and although this book offers a fair deal of thrill with a body and mystery, the romance left me a little underwhelmed. I felt no real depth of feeling from Megan and she seemed a bit bland, Tim a supposedly dashing hero, just didn’t do it for me, although he did have some moxie.

The last 25-20% of the book was marginally more exciting than the lead up but I can’t say this one has inspired a new passion in romance books for me. Still it’s quite a captivating beach read if romance is your bag.

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Book Review: The Red Door by Rosa Fedele #RBRT

I chose this book to read from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team book list.

Set in Glebe, Sydney, The Red Door is a book of intrigue as we follow the owner of mansion, Rosalind, which has been converted into flats. The resident in number three is mysterious and keeps to himself, rarely allowing anyone into the flat. However, on the lease paperwork the name is Billah, the same as the victims of a double murder thirty years ago. This leads to much speculation about the man in number three, which slowly does unravel as our protagonist and her friends delve into old newspapers and speak to a retired police officer who was on the case.

Much of the book revolves around the life of the owner of Rosalind and her friends, which packs it with characters and more intrigue about them. You have Claudia, a young girl who hangs around and is often covered in bruises, Anne who is a popular character and links us to the rather unlikable Monique and a host of other characters. This is also one of the elements that made the book a little hard to read as there was just so much in addition to this central story about the unsolved murder of two teenagers years ago that I felt my attention wrenched away from one character and situation to another too many times.

Despite the fact my attention was diverted to so many characters, I really enjoyed this book and I became so invested in the characters I couldn’t put it down The last 60% was utterly gripping as we read the conclusive and loose ends to all the different stories and characters.

If this book had been better edited, so that the storyline was tighter and the narrative more linear, I think it would have possibly lost a bit of charm, however, it definitely could do with editing to make it easier to read and potentially a five star read.

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Book Review: Dark Web by TJ Brearton

The body of a thirteen year old boy, Braxton Simpkins is found covered in snow in the middle of his road not far from his home. The family only moved into the area 2 months ago and Detective Swift is heading up this case where the father is a potential suspect as are three young boys who were found in the area soon after the body was found, but who would want to kill a thirteen year old and why?

A captivating thriller, which picks up pace in the second half of the novel and will have you guessing the motive of this heinous crime potentially responsible for tearing apart a family. A whodunit with strong characters. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Book Review: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Jenna has been without her mother since she was three years old after inexplicable events at the Elephant Sanctuary where her parents worked left a woman dead, her mother wounded and her father with a mental breakdown from which he never recovered. What happened that tragic and fateful night? Maybe with her help of Serenity, a psychic and a private investigator, Jenna will finally find the answers she has been searching for.

With exceptional story-telling skills Picoult once again spins a yarn to keep me mesmerised. I found the character of serenity particularly captivating. There is a lot of information in this book about elephants and if you have no discernable interest in them and are very unlikely to develop any, then this could be a heavy going and dull read. However, that being said I did not see the twist in this one coming and was left practically winded when I neared the end.

As an animal lover I found the information about cruelty physical and emotional to majestic elephants hard to read, particularly when this cruelty is directed at young members of the species, although I applaud Picoult for raising awareness of these issues.

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Book Review: Speaking of Murder by Jonathan Black

Hank is a journalist who took voluntary redundancy from The Tribune, and now writes travel pieces and teaches. He gets a phone call from an old college friend on his way to boarding a flight and discovers days later that his friend died of an overdose. He stumbles upon a number of deaths that seem to relate back to a panel of speakers. With a student in his class he embarks on a quest to find out what’s going on.

A very well written mystery/suspense thriller and the characters are very compelling too. Hank has flaws and makes questionable choices but is a news hound at heart, who unravels part of the mystery. June his student is eager and also instinctively advantaged to be able to smell out a clue or two. You definitely will look at motivational speakers differently after reading this!

I did not see the twists coming in the brilliant finale and recommend this one to all mystery suspense fans, who prefer character and substance over high octane, fast paced thrillers.

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Book Review: Dead Behind The Eyes by Brock Car

This is the first book I have read from this author and it hits the ground running as we learn about Max Riley, future CEO of Great Western who is having an affair and is subsequently found dead on his company’s jet on its arrival back in Omaha. Initially we have no shortage of possible suspects but once we pare down motive and opportunity it seems that there is only one suspect that can be considered but is that suspect the killer?

A very worthy and exciting mystery read which weaves together the central theme with a host of other topics which kept the book interesting. The book was far from predictable but I was a little disappointed with some of the medicine and psychology here which was oversimplified and at worst possibly misleading, but not enough to discard the book.

This book is exemplary of the whodunit genre at its best and I look forward to reading more from this very exciting new writer.

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