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The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards

The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Devil’s Work was an enjoyable reading experience with a clever plot and interesting characters.

I seem to keep choosing books that have a dual narrative, past and present events being woven together to create mystery and questions a-plenty. It’s not on purpose, but it’s such a common style that I’m finding it hard to find a book that doesn’t have this! Don’t get me wrong, it is something I like and it worked incredibly well here, but with my next book choice, I’m hoping it doesn’t have this because I’m getting a bit fed up with this concept. (For now).

Mark Edwards uses clear, concise language that tells a quite complex tale that I could follow without any confusion. Sometimes these multiple time lines in books muddle up my brain and I often find I’m back-tracking to help boost my understanding. That was not the case here, Edwards created brilliant characters that I could clearly visualise, whether they were in present day or past.

Only a three star rating though, well, let me explain. I think I’m reading too many psychological thrillers at the moment. It’s one of my favourite genres and I’m becoming rather difficult to please. I’m also getting too good at predicting outcomes, hidden agendas, red herrings and sussing out the unreliable narratives. I’m looking for more WTF’s and, I hate to say it, but I’m getting a little bit bored of this genre!! 😮

The Devil’s Work is the first book I’ve read by this author and I will undoubtedly read more from him in the future based on my enjoyment levels.

Overall, a good, but sadly, not gripping read.

Thank you to the author, Mark Edwards, the publisher, Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

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Kiss Me, Kill Me by James Carol

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Kiss Me, Kill Me by James Carol

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I tend to read a lot from the psychological thriller genre, I enjoy books that get right into my head and mess it up a bit with twists and turns and WTF’s.

Kiss Me, Kill Me was an enjoyable read, the first half being it’s better half. As the story progressed, I felt that it went off on an unexpected tangent, which kept my interest piqued all the way through to the conclusion, but at times, it did get a bit far-fetched for my liking.

The characters behaviour and reasonings were just bordering on unbelievable. Putting myself in Zoe’s shoes, the main protagonist, I felt that her thought processes and decisions didn’t properly reflect the sheer seriousness and intensity of the situation. She was a bit wet behind the ears, shall we say.

I also found that the dialogue didn’t have a huge amount of depth, making the characters undeveloped and slightly uninteresting. The repetitive use of ‘keep you safe’ started to get on my nerves after I’d read it for the tenth time.

Now, it sounds like I’m properly dissing this book, but rest assured, I most definitely am not. As I said at the start of my review, I enjoyed reading this. I REALLY enjoyed reading this. These kinds of thrillers are pouring out all over the show lately, and I’m a tough reader to please in this genre, because I feel like I’ve read it all before.

Kiss Me, Kill Me was different in that it’s unusual spiral of events were unexpected and never have I come across a psycho-thrill that went off on such a crazy-assed tangent! For that reason alone, my brain was getting a good old mashing that was keeping me turning those pages.

I’d like to thank the publishers Bonnier Zaffre for sending me an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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The End of Lies by Andrew Barrett

The End of LiesThe End of Lies by Andrew Barrett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The End of Lies, the end of excitement, the end of gasping and cringing, and the end of my first FIVE STAR 2018 book!

What a book to start the year off with. First of all, I’d like to thank Bloodhound Books for sending me a copy via Instafreebie to read in exchange for an honest review.

The End of Lies is a gripping psychological thriller with so many twists and turns that it left me in bookish turmoil! Here’s the synopsis:

“My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house.

Turns out that Chris has something that belongs to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They have given me seven days. And a beating.

There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have is a head full of lies and a very bad plan.

This is my story.”

Andrew Barrett took me on a fast-paced, roller coaster ride from the moment I started. This is not a simmering thriller that slowly builds tension as you go, this is full steam ahead leading to total overdrive as the conclusion looms.

The plot was tight and organised, the characters I loved to hate and hated to love. The main protagonist, Becky, was an absolute joy, she was ballsy and dry-witted. The antagonist, Savage, was wonderfully awful, he truly was that perfect ‘baddie’.

The writing was stylish and quirky, with short, sharp, shock chapters. The setting was in Yorkshire, UK, so the scenes and dialogue were relatable for me, I do love a bit of British grit! Initially, the chapters alternated between before and after Chris was stabbed, but as the plot unravelled, the present was the main timescale. Heading towards the finale brought more past events into the story to tie the conclusion into a neat little package.

This was an action packed, gripping and rather violent story. There’s a fair amount of swearing with some very brutal and bloody moments that enhanced the fear factor and gave it an edge.

I was thinking of giving this 4 stars, because surely my first 2018 read wasn’t going to be 5 star literary perfection. But I had no gripes, no niggles, the characters were fantastically drawn, the plot was thrilling and the ending was so satisfying. Did I see any of those twists coming? Nope! It was outstanding. My next read has a very hard act to follow.

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Psycho Analysis by V R Stone

Psycho AnalysisPsycho Analysis by V.R. Stone

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

1 star seems a little harsh, but I just can’t give it 2.

Well, I’ve been all over the show with this one, I started writing this review before I’d even finished the book at around 85%. It started out as ‘liking it a lot’, and then to ‘it’s an average read’, and finally settling on ‘no, just no’. I’ll be honest, it just done my head right in. As my dear Mum would of said, “I was all at sixes and sevens with it!”

I’ve not had this happen ever before. Normally, books I’m feeling average-y about, whether I’ve just started, or I’m half way in, have a tendency to either grow on me, or plummet rapidly into the oblivion of DNF. But this one, I think perhaps indifferent would best describe my feelings.

Don’t get me wrong, it really isn’t a bad book, I’ve read far, far worse. It just seemed to fall flat, considering it had so much going for it. The writing style was well organised and the character combination was somewhat unique. A crazy-assed multi-millionaire female serial killer, a police detective with a serious weed problem complete with baggage galore, and an ironically bonkers psychotherapist who I was looking forward to getting to know. But I just didn’t care for any of it very much at all. Like my internet at times, I just had connectivity problems.

As the story unfolded, we are introduced to a few extended police characters who just felt like a bunch of faceless props. Although essential to the story, they just didn’t feel like they belonged. I was unable to visualise any of them. Luckily, the three main characters made up for this, particularly Sarah, our serial killer. Had it not been for her, I would of probably DNF’d this.

There were a few big reveals, nothing spectacular, just a little bit lack-lustre I’m afraid. It had the potential for some OMG and WTF moments, but alas, there was none. Actually, I lie. There was one WTF, but it was a bad WTF. At 86% there is a small chapter which is just absolutely horrible. Now, I’m no prude, and I’ve read a lot of gory questionable stuff in my time, but this, well, it was sickening. Had I of known this kind of content was in it, I WOULD NOT HAVE READ IT.

I’d like to thank the author, V R Stone and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. I’m just sorry I didn’t like it very much.

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The Girl Before by J P Delaney

The Girl Before: The addictive global bestsellerThe Girl Before: The addictive global bestseller by J.P. Delaney

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You’re sent an ARC of The Girl Before by J P Delaney. On finishing, did you feel that it was a unique story experience, with exceptional twists and turns, making it an absolute must-read in this genre?

a) Yes [ ]
b) No [ ]
c) Maybe [x]

I don’t know about this book. Part of me liked it very much, a big part. But I’ve got some niggles with it, and in writing this review, it might help me understand my feels a bit.

Liked

The state-of-the-art home where our two protagonists lived. It was a breathtakingly impressive place, which had all the gizmos and gadgets cleverly hidden away to create a perfect minimalistic living space. I’d have to break some rules to live there though. Books and cushions.

Characters with unlikable traits. Yeah, I do like that. I enjoy their flawed and twisted personas and trying to fathom them out.

The subtle hint of kink. Yep, these were not vanilla folk. The author brought just enough to give it some sizzle, without too much detail. Some things are best left to the readers imagination.

Learning about Japanese cuisine. There’s far more to it than sushi and friggin hot wasabi. (See also ‘Disliked’)

How the two MC’s POV’s and stories merged as the story progressed.

Disliked

The first 30-40%. I just couldn’t get to grips with it! Those two girls, both with simple names, Jane and Emma. I couldn’t for the life of me distinguish between them initially. I resorted to having a scrap of paper by my side whilst reading, with ‘Jane, – present, Emma, – past’ scribbled on it so I knew whose voice I was hearing. It’s mad, it could of been just me, but I really had issues with those names. Both four letters, both very British, both rather samey. I dunno. *shrugs*

It had a half-way-through-major-eyeball-rolling-moment. It was predictable and typical.

Learning about Japanese cuisine. Urghhhh! Is that shit for real? No way. Nope. Stay away from my mouth.

So, my conclusion is, that, yes, it was a unique story experience, with twists that kept me engrossed until the end, but it wasn’t sensational.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quercus Books for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

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