‘All the Hidden Truths’ by Claire Askew is a novel which I recently won in a competition and I am really excited to read. It is a psychological and suspense thriller novel which was released in August 2018. A man named Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed thirteen women and then himself. It follows his mother, the first victim and DI Helen Birch as they all ask the same question. As they try to find out what happens and the media are looking for the truth, the truth seems to be further and further away.
I am excited to read this as it seems like something I would typically enjoy reading. It is a crime novel that also features some police procedural and investigations. From the reviews I have read it is a really intense and shocking book however realistic as it a situation which is something that seems to be happening more and more. It also shows how this impacts people from three different perspectives; the mother of the criminal, a victim and a Detective. It is a very emotional and shocking subject which makes the book gripping from page one.
I am very excited to start reading this book and seeing how this author writes!
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment if you have ever read this book and what you thought of it)
‘No Time For Goodbye’ is a crime thriller novel by author Linwood Barclay that was published in 2007. The book centers around a woman named Cynthia and the disappearance of her family. She wakes up one day and her family is gone, no bodies, no crime scene, no evidence. What really happened to her family? It follows her journey trying to find out what happened to her family 25 years ago and the new clues that are appearing.
I really enjoyed this book as it wasn’t entirely based from a police procedural view and looked more and the view of Cynthia and her husbands. How they are coping with the new information and trying to figure out what happened to Cynthia’s family.
I found both Cynthia and her husband likable characters which made me more invested in finding out how it all ended. We see a flashback to the night Cynthia family went missing at the beginning of the novel which helped to show who she is today and how she has been shaped by these traumatic events. The guilt and sadness that came alongside the experience becomes apparent in her life with her husband and daughter now and how she has become more paranoid than ever. Her husband is also likable as we see how the events effect him and their daughter. We see him becoming more annoyed and suspicious which I think adds realism because if he was always positive and supportive would that be truthful to what would actually happen in that scenario.
I found that the book started off at an average pace but soon speeds up as more pieces of the jigsaw fits together and her husband becomes more and more involved in finding out the truth.
I think the ending of the book matches to the build up and is an exciting ending. There are more twists and turns up until the last page so it keeps you on the edge of your seat. You want to know what happened all those years ago and you want it to be a happy ending (as much as possible) for Cynthia and her family.
Overall, I would highly recommend this thriller as it keeps ypou on the edge of your seat throughout with a realistic story. I am excited to read the sequel ! ‘No Safe House’
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please feel free to comment your opinion on this book or any others by Linwood Barclay)
Perfect Silence by Helen Fields is the forth installment of her DI Callanach series. Each book in this series currently has an over 4 star rating on good read and is one of my favourite series.
I have previously written about the previous 3 books as well as an Author Q&A with Helen Fields that you can check out before or after reading this.
I thought that this book was really good and I enjoyed reading it. It delved further into the lives of DI Callanach and DCI Ava Turner. I think that there friendship in this book carrying on from the previous booked created a ‘will they, won’t they’ sort of anticipation throughout which engaged me as a reader.
As with the previous book it is based upon a crime that has taken place and the ivestigation into these crimes. This is perfect for those interested in crime and police procedure books but in this novel there is extra depth and almost a second plot with the characters.
I find both of the main characters likable and having both been through tough times you see them develop and cope with these. In this book I believe that Ava Turner was a bit more unlikable due to the superiority in the book however the previous books really help to add to her character. In this novel she is a strong and determined Detective Chief Inspector who isn’t scared to stand her ground to ensure that the victims of these crimes are treated with the respect they deserve and find justice. I find this quite inspirational as a female also. DI Callanach is also still very likable and I think they way he has been written and interacts with the other characters really aids this. He has been through a trauma in his life and that wasn’t just forgotten about in this book so we were able to see how he has coped and progressed in his life after this. These two characters themselves make the books worth reading.
There were two main investigations in this book; one where the bodies of young females are being found alongside dolls made out of the victims skin and one where the letter ‘Z’ is being carved onto the drug users of the cities faces. Both these crimes are gruesome and gory which isn’t what everyone would want to read but I found that there was a good balance between the crimes themselves and the investigation. This made it a good read as we get to see what these police officers are doing to help these poor victims.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and upon reading other reviews people were saying that this installment was not as good as the other 3. I have to say I agree with this on a certain level as I feel that the characters developed less throughout the novel however I would let this stop you from reading this book. It is a great installment within a series and although you don’t necessarily need to read the previous books before you read this, I would highly recommend that you do as it gives background to why the characters are like how they are.
There is also a fifth installment of this series due to be released in April which I am so excited to read!
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment if you have ever read this series or would like to)
I am currently reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I have been wanting to read this book for a while now but the recent release of the film adaptation really made me go out and buy it. It had been recommended to me a lot as it is a crime book however it is written in a great way. The story is a great mystery. How did this crime happen and who did it?
I have read about half of the book so far and I really like it. The format of the book really helps to keep you intrigued as it is split into sections of the investigation. Chapters based off of how they are completing the investigation. Each interview is given its own time to be said and explored. The idea of the crime is also so very exciting. It seems like an impossible crime and being able to read on the find out all the clues and discoveries is very exciting.
It is a very intricate storyline with the ‘impossible’ crime having to be explained and figured out. I am surprised the book is as small as it is due to this and how they managed to fit this investigation into that amount of pages.
I am really excited to finish reading this book, I would say more than usual as it is a story I have become invested into. I am looking forward to exploring who commited the crime and how they did it.
I know this is a short blog post but I Just wanted to share what I am reading currently and how I would recommend to anyone who haven’t read it to do so. It is a great book and I have heard great things for the rest of the book.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please feel free to comment if you have ever read this book or would like to)
I recently purchased two new books and I am really excited to read them so I thought I would share them with you. I went into the bookshop looking to spend my vouchers and decided to spend it on the following two books;
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express is a book I have heard of for years but it wasn’t until the movie was released in 2017 that I had actually thought about reading it. It seems like a book that I would really like and I am surprised it has taken me so long to buy it. It is based upon the mysterious murder on the train, the Orient Express. The victim was stabbed numerous times in his compartment however the door is locked from the inside. With the train stationary due to a snowdrift everyone must find out who the murderer is as the ‘Murderer us with us – on the train now…’
It is the 10th instalment in the Hercule Poirot however you can read this book without reading the others without feeling confused. Due to the fact it was originally published in 1934 it has gained many fans and with the new movie it has become more popular again. In December 2014, the novel was included in Entertainment Weekly’s list of the Nine Great Christie Novels.
I have heard that this is a great novel to read in the crime/mystery genre which makes you think and engages you throughout and I am really excited to read it.
Talking with Female Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee
I tend to read fictional novels however I decided to take a look at the non-fiction crime sections whilst I was browsing the shop. I came across this book by Berry-Dee which took my interest. I find documentaries and films/TV programmes on real crime and serial killers really interesting and so therefore I think that I will find this book intriguing. It shares the stories of female killers such as Beverley Allitt and Suzanne Basso alongside women who kill under the influence of their male accomplices such as the famous serial killer Myra Hindley. It shares information and the cases of the women who not only kill but kill repeatedly.
This book was originally published in May 2018 so it is a recent publication so therefore may include more details that other books may not necessarily include. I have looked this book up on Goodreads and it does have mixed reviews with people saying the title may be misleading. Despite this there are good reviews and I am excited to read this book in order to make my own decision on the quality of this book.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please feel free to comment your opinion on these books or if you have any new book recommendations)
The Carnivia Trilogy by Jonathan Holt is one of my favourite series and I think that it a series that engages your thoughts and draws you in. It is unlike anything I had read before as it is based in two different settings that intertwine. It is set in both reality (Venice) and an online world (Carnivia). In this online world you are completely anonymous and due to this it is both an exciting and scary world.
Venice as a setting is something that really helps with this story as it adds a new dimension to the plot. Venice is often romanticised in movies and literature however this book shines another light on the city showing the canals as a link to crime and death. The online version of Venice, Carniva, also shares this outlook with it being the setting of many crimes and secrets.
I found the books are complex however they are easily read. I find that there are multiple lines of story within the book but they link in a way that diffuses the confusion and allows for an enjoyable and engaging story. It is structured in a way that I enjoyed as it is short chapters which allows for a progression that you can aim for. It is a novel packed with characters and detail and action that is so engaging and exciting.
The books are also featured around a police procedural environment also as we meet Kat and Aldo who investigate these different crimes whilst stumbling upon this online world and having to deal with many twists and turns. The characters are both realistic and intriguing with keeps you enticed and wanting to read on. Each book leads onto the next as we wish to learn more about the characters and their part in this online world. There are multiple more characters that are great to get to know and understand their place in the story also.
I would completely recommend this series and it is a series that would be enjoyed by most people as it is full of characters we love, exciting action, and extraordinary detailed. Set in both a reality and a virtual world which adds further dimension to the book.
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner is the first instalment in the DS Manon Series. It focuses in the investigation into a missing woman, Edith Hind, and how the police are dealing with this investigation with little leads and personal circumstances. This book features a police preocedural storyline however the characters are explored and can be seen as the main focus of the book. I agree that the character development is important in this book and seeing how the different characters deal with every situation is both intriguing and engaging. I like how the book isn’t necessarily set out in chapters but rather in character based sections. Each section is from a different characters viewpoint throughout the investigation which I feel was a great way to structure this book as each characters experience is important to the way the story is portrayed.
I find that character development is one of the most important things to me when reading a book. If the characters are not realistic or explored I feel as though the book is less engaging and enjoyable and I am glad this book features good characters with depth with likable and realistic characters.
DS Manon was the most developed character and I found her very likeable as a character and police officer. I think she is a strong character and she is realistically portrayed. She has realistic qualities which is relevant and relatable. She is affected by her job whilst dealing with her own personal circumstances and relationships. She is a strong character however she does show a vulnerable side which I think also makes her relatable and likeable as a character. Davy is also a likable character and seeing him through Manon section and viewpoint was good as you could see their relationship and friendship as he can see through her hard and negative exterior.
Even although I loved this book and would totally recommend it to anyone who is interested in police procedural novels that also features great characters. I do feel as though the ending was slightly rushed and not explored in a way that gave me a satisfying conclusion. The book explores the investigation and characters a lot throughout the majority of the book which I love whilst exploring new leads and twists however I feel that the concluding sections were as if the ending was not fully developed and I was slightly confused on first reading. I personally would have preferred for the book to be slightly longer to allow for further development of the ending sections as I loved the book and feel as though another section would strengthen my opinion.
Overall, I would say that this book is excellent at providing a book that features a police procedural storyline whilst giving a character development on multiple people. I would highly recommend this book and I am excited to continue reading the further books in the series and further books by Susie Steiner.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment if you have read this series or one that heavily features police procedure and character development)