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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Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

While Amy is suspended in a long-term coma Alex struggles to go from day to day without letting her alcoholism take control of her life. When she stumbles upon a story far more exciting than the one her editor is expecting she reawakens a chance to solve Amy’s cold case.

This psychological thriller works backward from Amy’s narration and in the present from Alex’s. The parallels between them slowly close in as their lives become entangled together. Not only is Alex getting closer to the truth, but she begins to understand her own illness. The novel feels like it is two stories pulled together and it works. Alex’s struggle with alcohol reminds me of The girl on the Train in some ways and it highlights the problems that surround the topic.

I’m giving this book four stars because although I really enjoyed it I would like to have known more about the emotional and psychological state of the attacker.

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Rape Van by Tim Miller

Andy and Bridget have learned the secret to a successful relationship, and that is to support each other’s hobbies. The couple have been supporting each other’s sadistic pastimes for years and it looks like it’s time to pay only the police are nowhere in sight.

This is another great slasher horror from Miller. The concept is simple and brilliant but the characters are what really makes the book. Seeing life from a serial killer’s point of view is always an interesting perspective but couple that with a little devious double-crossing and add a really messed up child and you have a recipe for entertainment.

Break out the popcorn but hold the sauce, this book contains Miller’s fabulous gore-factor.

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The Chessmen (Lewis Trilogy #3) by Peter May

Fin is yet again drawn into a mystery with crimes that span decades. His boyhood relationships are called into question as Fin uncovers the truth that starts with a loch that disappears overnight leaving something behind. His past is re-examined in great detail as he tries to put the pieces together but it seems that everyone on the island has their own version of the truth.

I have really enjoyed this series and this last book saw Fin’s emotions laid out. I would have a box of tissues ready for Fin’s big speech at the end where he faces his friend’s accusers.

May has a poetic way with words that I have become quite addicted to and I would describe it as almost gothic with his stunning descriptions of the Hebridean world. I highly recommend the audiobook version because the narrator’s accent brings out the beauty of May’s work.

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All The Lies (Mindf*ck Series #4) by S. T. Abby

As Lana and Jake unravel the twisted lies the town has been hiding under things heat up. It’s an emotional rollercoaster for the reader and I was definitely not immune to it. The cliff-hanger I’ve come to associate with Abby’s work left me reeling from the emotional overload.

Abby has created a masterpiece that takes us all to the dark side as we root for the serial killer to finish what she started. This is possibly the most addictive and compelling series that I’ve ever read and I read a lot.

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Kill Me Again (DCI Tom Douglas #5) by Rachel Abbott

When Maggie uproots her family for a career move, she doesn’t know that it will set things in motion that will ultimately destroy her family. Thankfully, Tom Douglas is not only on the case but is personally involved with one of the victims. Maggie’s strength is tested as her life is put on the line.

This series has really captured my interest and I appreciate Abbott’s plot crafting. With a heavy influence coming from acts in the past, the ongoing story of Tom’s life, and a cleverly thought out crime, she really pulls off the suspense and attachment that some thrillers lack. Her victims tend to be very ordinary which makes the reader feel like it could happen to anyone.

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Scarlet Angel (Mindf*ck Series #3) by S. T. Abby

With Hadley knowing her biggest secret Lana is able to move forward but so is Logan and they’re on the same path. Lana has to go back to where it all started, and thanks to Jake, it’s Bedlam there.

The tension is high and so are the stakes. Lana’s romance with the man who could bring her down is getting hotter and she knows just how much she’s risking. Her new relationship with Hadley was a good surprise, adding a different dimension to an already interesting plot. The series is incredibly addictive and Lana’s character is a good part of that reason. Abby has a talent for keeping the reader hooked.

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