Review: Blazing Obsession by Dai Henley


blazingobsession

3 stars

Read from April 11 to 14, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: How would you react if your wife, stepson and baby daughter were murdered in an arson attack and the arsonist was tried and acquitted on a technicality? How would you feel if DNA evidence proved the arsonist’s guilt, but the 800-year-old laws of double jeopardy meant that he couldn’t be retried?

This is a story of obsession, revenge and justice. James Hamilton meets and falls in love with Lynne Burrows, whose ex-husband Nick is a violent, drug-dealing control freak who will not accept that their marriage is over and continually harasses her, and questions their eight-year-old son Georgie constantly about Lynne’s relationships. After Lynne falls pregnant again with James’ child, Nick abducts Georgie and flees to Florida. James and Lynne trick him into returning voluntarily and Nick is arrested on landing at Gatwick. He’s charged and sentenced to seven years.

James and Lynne marry and live a life of bliss for two years, until there is an arson attack on James’ holiday cottage. Four months later, the police charge a small-time criminal and drug dealer. Despite overwhelming evidence, he’s acquitted and never reveals who is behind the arson attack. The obvious candidate is Nick, but he’s still incarcerated and the police can find no evidence linking him to the crime. Sickened by the judge’s decision, James becomes obsessed with getting justice for his family when he discovers that Lynne has been concealing secrets about her past. Together with a private eye and Lynne’s best friend, he plans the perfect retribution against the perpetrators…

Blazing Obsession shows how powerful revenge and obsession are, and how they can result in fatal consequences. The novel, which combines police procedural, legal drama and amateur sleuth genres, will appeal primarily to crime fans. Continue reading

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Review: Hold Still by Lisa Regan


holdstill

3 stars

Read from March 20 to April 07, 2016, read count: 1

Synopsis: 

After years as a patrol cop, detective Jocelyn Rush is almost immune to the depravity that stalks the meaner streets of Philadelphia…almost. After saving her three-year-old daughter from a carjacking, she ends up in the emergency room—and discovers that Anita, a former prostitute and acquaintance from her old days on the beat, has been hideously mutilated in a brutal assault.

With the help of her partner and Philadelphia’s Special Victims Unit, Jocelyn discovers that Anita isn’t the first victim of these attacks and it looks like she won’t be the last. When the violence hits closer to home, Jocelyn knows she must do whatever it takes to stop the sadistic attacker—even if it means confronting a terrible secret from her painful past.

Award-wining author Lisa Regan’s Hold Still is a captivating thriller that crackles with intensity. Continue reading

Review: Underwater by Julia McDermott


underwater

2 stars

Read from February 29 to March 12, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: After years of guilt over a long-ago tragedy, Candace Morgan is finally poised for success. The CEO of her own women’s shapewear company, she’s about to launch a new swimsuit line—and make a fortune. When she is guilted into loaning her brother a huge sum of money for real estate, she believes she’s simply fulfilling a family promise. In reality, she’s enabling a devious sociopath…and now, she’s roped into the renovation from hell.

For years, Monty Carawan has envied his sister’s wealth. Spiteful and self-centered, he’s convinced that her success came at the expense of his own future. But when the housing market plunges and Candace attempts to disentangle herself from Monty’s mess, her brother’s malicious streak brings the family tension to a dangerous boiling point. Continue reading

Deadly Motive: Wickedly good crime fiction


Deadly Motive

ReviewStars-4

Synopsis:

DEADLY MOTIVE, the first book in an exciting new detective series…

The poison
It was a vicious, calculated murder using the deadly toxin aconite.

The victim
Rich and powerful, John Weston had plenty of enemies, but DS Mackinnon and the Major Investigation Team have to find out who hated him enough to subject him to such an excruciating death.

The suspects
Even when the source of the poison has been tracked down to a laboratory at the University of Oxford, the deadly threat remains. The staff and students at the university all seem to have something to hide.

The arrest
After an arrest is made, his colleagues believe the case is all but closed but Mackinnon’s nightmare is only just beginning.

Ease of reading:

383 pages. This was easy to read, taking me 6 days in total, but given I spent three of those days not reading at all due to all the christmas stuff, it really was only 3 days.

Where to buy it:

Amazon for kindle for $2.99 or in paperback for $13.99

Smashwords for $2.99

Review:

Deadly motive is a fast-paced and twisting crime thriller. The Mystery is thoroughly thought out and is not obvious. This takes a brilliant writer to produce this level of suspense without letting the cat out of the bag in advance.

I liked the characters, DS Mackinnon (Jack) and DC Brown (Charlotte) were realistic and believable. They had their flaws and they worked with them, instead of being Hollywood-ised. This was a nice change. The down side to this was that I wanted to know more about their personal lives. You were provided with some aspects of their lives outside of work, but I felt it was too restricted. I wanted to know more. I did, however, love the involvement of Charlotte’s Nan, that is a soft spot for me at the moment and it made my connection to Charlotte that much stronger.

There were some unanswered questions in this book, but not to do with the main plot, more to do with the personal aspects we were introduced to. This annoyed me more than anything else, because I wanted to know how things worked out for them.

Now, I understand that some of these questions I have may be answered in the recently released Deadly Obsession, but I haven’t read that, even though in chronological order I should have. Oh well… That will be the next of Butler’s books I read for sure!

The science aspect of the story was well researched and was interesting. It felt relevant to the story, without going overboard and into too much nerd-speak. This also, is hard to do, and I think Butler did it well.

If you’re looking for a punchy crime book to read, give Deadly Motive a try, you might be surprised how much you enjoy it!

*Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*