Safe With Me by K. L. Slater

Anna doesn’t have much in life but what she does have is carefully tended. Even the people on her delivery round get special attention until her boss notices how late she gets back to the depot. As one thing after another begin to slip, Anna’s life loses the order she loves, and she doesn’t know who to turn to. Liam becomes her fixation but is there more to him than meets the eye?

This novel is full of sinister undertones and there were too many possibilities to be able to guess where the danger really lay. Anna’s innocence is in complete contrast to her actions and the reader is left feeling uncomfortable. As a regular consumer of thrillers, I found this one to be quite different from others in the same genre and that’s a refreshing change.

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Safe With Me

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Sleep Tight (DCI Tom Douglas #3) by Rachel Abbott

Olivia’s world is destroyed when her boyfriend walks out on her and their baby. When her parents die just a couple of weeks later she falls into the protective arms of the man who has just purchased her flat. Olivia’s life might be safe but it becomes increasingly narrow and her freedom is restricted but after an attempt to rectify that she fears that she will be bound forever, a prisoner within her own life.

In this complicated plot, Abbott has yet again shown the strength that her female characters are capable of. This novel had me on the edge of my seat because things are always twice as scary when you put children into the mix. The psychological element really shines through and DCI Tom Douglas and his side-kick Becky worked well untangling the mystery.

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Sleep tight

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo hopes the work-related cruise will help to shake the fear of the break in she suffered but within hours she realises that not only has her ex-boyfriend been invited but also, she has some serious mental scars leftover with the bruises. Somewhere in the Norwegian sea, everything starts to go wrong, and she doesn’t know who she can trust. It can only get worse.

Lo is the kind of character the reader likes, can identify with, but also wants to scream at. She can’t help but choose the wrong path every time and this is something we all recognise in ourselves from time to time. Her demise is inevitable and we read with a sinking feeling that is balanced by small rays of hope.

This thriller kept me reading but I can’t say it was a comfortable read. The confines of the boat were stifling and Lo’s anxiety was catching. I was on edge and because I couldn’t tell where the threat was coming from I felt almost as scared as the poor protagonist which is exactly what you want from a thriller.

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the woman in cabin 10

Dead Still (Dr. Annabel Tilson #1) by Barbara Ebel, M.D.

Annabel is excited and optimistic at being finally able to go on clinical rotation. Having spent years in the classroom she can’t wait to start putting the theory into practice. With her father being a well-known and respected neurosurgeon she has some big shoes to fill but she doesn’t expect any special treatment. Special treatment is a far cry from her actual experience and she becomes increasingly deflated with the idea of being a doctor at all and with patience dropping like flies she struggles to keep her composure. It isn’t until her life is on the line that things become a little clearer.

As thrillers go, this is an original and interesting one. A junior doctor fresh out of medical school and at the mercy of a jealous colleague is an unusual narrator, but it worked well. I thought the medical jargon and involvement was just right. I didn’t need a medical dictionary to figure things out and there was enough med-talk to keep it realistic.

Annabel was a likable, intelligent character and Ebel’s style was an interesting mix of thriller, romance, and detective. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Dead still

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Cass’s life had been wonderful until that fateful night but when she chooses the shortcut home, it changes the course of her life. Between the menacing calls and the constant forgetfulness, Cass doesn’t know where to go or who to turn to but she knows that she can’t keep her secret for much longer.

This thriller comes from a fragile woman’s point of view and it is terrifying because the reader feels Cass’s vulnerability and loneliness. It is an uncomfortable read which all thrillers should be and it certainly builds in suspense as the story moves forward.

I found the ending very satisfying, and I was quite relieved when Cass started eating again because food and drink had featured so prominently in the beginning. I like Paris’s ability to keep you guessing until the end.

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The Breakdown

The Sinner’s Touch (A Manwhore Series #2) by Apryl Baker

When Angel steps out of the bar for a breath of fresh air she has no clue as to what is waiting for her. An unfortunate case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time sends her life spiralling out of control when she comes face to face with Boston’s most notorious serial killer, body in hand. When the police arrive, she has to deal with her second shock of the day and she has no idea that her week is about to get a whole lot worse.

Angel is a sweet character who has a back story that won’t let her move on and Kade’s interruption to her life is an emotional one. Kade appears, at first, to be a little on the shallow side but when the events of the past unravel the reader gets to see the inner turmoil.

I like the way Baker has turned a thriller into a romance with a strong lead detective element. The Russian brothers are a nice change from the all-American boy and I look forward to hearing the rest of the Kincaid stories.

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The Sinners Touch

Only the Innocent (DCI Tom Douglas #1) by Rachel Abbott

Hugo’s wife, Laura, is the prime suspect for Hugo’s murder but she has a watertight alibi. The closer Tom gets to the case the more he realises that Hugo wasn’t the hero he was portrayed to be and any number of people would have good cause for wanting him dead. Can he solve the case and locate what Hugo has been hiding all this time or will his attraction to the suspect cloud his judgment?

I am already a fan of Tom Douglas having read the series out of sequence but aside from a few issues I’ve managed to keep up. Now that I’ve read the first book everything had slotted into place.

Abbott doesn’t choose light-hearted subjects, in fact, she takes the grittiest, most uncomfortable subjects and explores them in detail. Her detective style leaves you dangling in suspense until the very last minute, after the thrill of the ride, where you finally catch your killer, or not.

Abbott’s characters are realistic and have the regular flaws but they are also full of hope and love which balances the darker side to her subjects nicely. Tom’s vulnerability keeps me wanting to read because I genuinely like the DCI and he gives the reader a reprieve from the depravity of Abbott’s villains.

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Only the Innocent