The Last Winter of Dani Lancing – P. D. Viner

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Twenty years ago Dani Lancing was brutally raped and murdered.

Her death left more tragedy in its wake by tearing her family apart. Her Father has withdrawn from the world and lives with only a ghost for company. Her best friend, is now a Detective, a last hope for lost young girls, and her Mother, obsessed with the truth is about to find out what happened, all it takes, is for her to become a murderer.

This book took me completely by surprise. It was nothing at all like my expectations, it was much better, and another of my one sitting reads.

The narrative switches in turn between the three main characters, as they embark on the journey that will lead them to the truth of what happened to Dani, and captures well the devastation to a family caused by such a tragedy, the healing power of knowledge and understanding, and the dangers of hidden lives and secrets kept for the best of intentions.

Whether you like murder mysteries, love stories, ghost stories or all of the above, there’s something in this book for you

The Last Winter of Dani Lancing is available from September 12th 2013

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Dead Gone – Luca Veste

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DI David Murphy is a haunted man with a tragic past, out to prove his worth. After being given what appears to be a straightforward murder enquiry, with the help of DS Laura Rossi he sets out to do just that. What they discover is a shocking tale of psychological experimentation, drugs, kidnap, torture and the deranged outlook of an enquiring and evil mind.

Dead Gone truly is a dark and disturbing novel, and an amazing debut. From the moment you pick it up it draws you in, and as you progress, every turn of the page becomes more eager than the one before. Full of twists in the tale, it’s well constructed, will keep you guessing all the way through, and leave a lasting impression once you reach the end.

I personally devoured this book in just a couple of sittings, as I genuinely struggled to put it down. Not helpful if you have chores to do or if you’re supposed to pick the kids up from school, but everything you want from a good book.

Dead Gone is published by Avon, and is out in paperback in January 2014, and on Kindle from December 2013.

Dead Mens Harvest – Matt Hilton

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Dead Men’s Harvest sees a big step up in writing style for Matt Hilton which makes this book, far more gripping than all of the preceeding novels, and brings to a climax a story line left unfulfilled since his first book, Dead Men’s Dust.

With his best friend kidnapped, and an old enemy targeting him once more, Joe Hunter has to face harder moral questions than eveer before,

Hard hitting from page one, and with no holding back you will not be able to put this book down.

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I’m glad to say that as these Kathryn Dance novels progress, they are less and less text book, and more and more story.

This was a fantastic book, with brilliant plotting, and plenty twists and turns to keep you turning the pages, and of course you can’t beat a bit of help from the great Lincoln Rhyme.

Step on a crack

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It’s not very often that I re-read a James Patterson, but it’s been at least five years since I read it, and I just bagged the next three in the series for £3 from a charity shop and so wanted to refresh my memory of the character before I started reading my way through that chunk of books.

It’s also not a bad story although I did feel a little cheated at the way Detective Bennett ‘discovers’ who was behind all the crimes.

Cut and Run

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As you can probably tell I’m slightly addicted to this series of books at the moment, as they throw you headlong into the action, and don’t stop hurtling along until you get to the explosive finale.

I’ve another four books left to go in the series, and I can already tell I’m going to be gutted when I get to the end knowing it will be months before I can get another fix.

If you are a fan of Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, then I can guarantee you’re going to love Joe Hunter.