Did You Miss Me by Karen Rose 

Absolutely love this author, she has me on the edge of my seat for many different reasons.

Firstly the crime, the horror and the pain some of her characters face is intense. Wondering if they will ever find justice and peace. Second of all, the romance and the agony of unrequited love is heart wrenching throughout. The way Karen combines the two is fantastic, can a man in love save his woman from dispair, loneliness and prehaps even death in order for them to live a happily ever after?! 

In Did You Miss Me we already know some of the main characters from previous books which makes it nice that the story ties up sone loose ends whilst still having a new and gruesome case within its pages.

The many twists and turns of the story make it hard to tell you much without ruining the suspense for everyone. All I can say is that it is, as usual a fantastic read.

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The Quickie by James Patterson 

This book for me is the definition of a quick read, it was so page turning that I just ate up the pages without noticing. The book has you gripped from the start and is so full of questions as to what would I do in that situation, makes it even more of a compelling read.

Homicide dectective Lauren Stillwell has found her husband cheating on her and decides to get back at him by sleeping with another detective. After her one night stand Lauren witnesses him being murdered outside his own house, she knows who the killer is but will she turn them in or destroy everything to cover the truth?

The murderer has no idea he has been seen, and Lauren knows she wasn’t spotted so a terrible game of cat and mouse ensues but just who is chasing who? 

A great read, certainly got my reading brain all fired up. Thats the main reason I adore Patterson, great reads everytime. 

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NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson 

I love Patterson books as they are easy to read, fast paced and give you characters you love.

NYPD Red 2 is no different as it has the same team of elite cops as it did in the first book. I  woul say as well to try and read these books in order as they contain references to the first book which would make no sense otherwise.

Can Zach and Kylie figure out who is the Hazmat killer before they kill yet another peorson. Life is made harder for the two cops as it seems these vigilantes have a lot of support out there and they also seem to know their every move.

The reader goes through the book knowing who the killers are and why they started on their vengful journey but it takes a while to finally figure out who they are in the later story as it keeps their names well buried until the end.

Great read for all lovers of crime. 

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Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King 

A lovely group of chilling short stories by the horror king himself  (pun intended). This collection explores the various darker sides to the human mind and what it is actually capable of.

This version I read also has a bonus story at the end which was added a while after the first edition went out to the public.

The stories also highlight the diversity of King’s story telling capabilities seeing as he can weave a highly captivating story in just 100 or so pages and make it just a spooky as one of his books that are over 800 pages long.

I would also recommend this collection of books to a new Stephen King reader as it allows you to explore what a King book is all about without committing yourself to an epic read which you may not like, and for all King lovers anyway this is just another great book from the great man himself.

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Riders by Jilly Cooper 

I was looking for an author to fill the space that Jackie Collins had left, and I have to say I think I’ve done it. Jilly Coopers first novel Riders is fantastic, full of sex, hatred and a desire to win the reader is plunged into the world of show jumping.

The characters are sexy and heartbreaking but none more so than Rupert Campbell-Black who is the most central character. We follow a group of show jumpers who want to win Olympic gold and they will stop at nothing to win. Along the path to gold is many trials and tribulations, riders having accidents or sleeping with other riders cannot boost team morale.

Can the team put all their hatred for each other aside and ride to Olympic victory? Well you will just have to read it to find out. A great long novel, super easy to read and super trashy. Just what I was looking for.

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The Damned by Andrew Pyper 

Reviewing this book for RealReaders and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this Stephen King style book. Full of chilling events from start to finish it was easy to get caught up in the story.

The Damned follows main character Danny’s exploration into the afterlife seeing as he has been there and  returned before! He is also certain that in life his sister was never entirely human and now in death she is determined to take her twin brother with her.

Can Danny figure out how to stop her for a shot at finally finding happiness or will their battle be the death of them both again?

Not overly long and not a difficult read, a great story for thriller enthusiasts to sink their teeth into.

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Faceless by Martina Cole 

Martina Cole is one of my favorite authors when I want to emmerse myself in gritty, gangster novels. These are the best and they don’t often disappoint, they convey exactly how I think that kind of life to be.

Marie Carter has spent most of her life in prison for a double murder without any contact from the outside world and the life she once knew. Now she is out and trying to adjust to life outside the prison walls, everything has changed and her children, now teenagers want nothing to do with her!

Can Marie make a life for herself and can she stop her daughter from making the same mistakes she did? Coming out of prison seems to have opened a can of worms that some people would rather stayed buried but will the life drag Marie back in or will the truth finally out?! 

A fantastic read, not for everyone with it’s colourful language and the violence on a regular basis, but great for readers who dont always want a flowery love story. I recommend it as a gripping read.

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