The Alamo (John Milton #11) by Mark Dawson

Author’s Synopsis

John Milton has finally found a place to escape the bloodshed: off-season Coney Island. No tourists. No special ops. Just peace and quiet. But when a local boy witnesses a grisly murder, Milton can’t resist investigating.

Milton uncovers a vicious drug kingpin and a group of crooked cops from a notorious precinct known as “The Alamo.” Against such dangerous foes, Milton’s quest for redemption could come to an end.

My Views

No matter where John goes he always runs into trouble and this time is no exception. Wanting to help a family suffering from a bad neighbourhood he begins to root out the evil but pretty soon he’s the one being questioned and he’s not sure who he can trust.

I’m a big fan of the John Milton series but my favourite of the stories are the ones which involved children. John Milton maybe a hard-arsed killer but there’s still a soft centre in there and the innocent bring it out. Milton is a strangely likeable character and I am kind of hoping he gets some romance further down the line – hint, hint Dawson…

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Liar by K. L. Slater

Author’s Synopsis

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage. Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children. The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.

My Views

This psychological thriller really got under my skin and I think that is because we get a small glance at the future before delving into the character’s lives. Judi is a warm, loving parent and grandparent but with the hint of danger the reader can’t help but be frightened for her. Amber is terrifying and the shroud of mystery that surrounds her doesn’t help the reader to gauge what’s going on under the surface.

Slater’s use of the innocent to extract the maximum amount of fear from her audience is admirable and effective. If you like a good thriller and you get a kick out of feeling uncomfortable, you will love this book; I did although I did have to stop reading a few times until I ready to continue.

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White Silence (Elizabeth Cage #1) by Jodi Taylor

Author’s Synopsis

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn’t want to see them and she definitely doesn’t want them to see her.  What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others – a very valuable gift they want to control.

When her husband dies, Elizabeth’s world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems. Alone in a strange and frightening world, she’s a vulnerable target to forces beyond her control. And she knows that she can’t trust anyone…

 

My Views

This book is full of tension. I really liked Elizabeth, and I worried about her because she had an air of frailty that had consolidated itself with her life choices. The more I learned about her the more worried I became and with the scary clinic with its foreboding ruler at her heels I had a nail-biting time.

Taylor has created Elizabeth with an intense internal light but then she throws her poor character into terrible dark situations in which the reader also gets completely immersed and it strengthens the suspense of the story and the reader’s fear. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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The Sixth Window (DCI Tom Douglas #6) by Rachel Abbott

Author’s Synopsis

After eighteen months of grieving for her husband Bernie, killed in a horrific hit and run accident, Natalie Gray has found love with her husband’s best friend – Ed Cooper – and has moved herself and fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett, into his home. But Natalie begins to suspect Ed has a dark side – and even darker intentions.

Desperate to get her daughter to a place of safety, she and Scarlett move to a new home that holds secrets of its own. But has removing Scarlett from one potential threat placed her in far greater danger?

DCI Tom Douglas is also chasing the truth, as his investigation into the suicide of a teenage girl draws him ever closer to Natalie and Scarlett. But will he be too late to protect them from the peril they face, or from the truths that will tear their lives apart?

 

My Views

Natalie’s weakness at a crucial time puts her in the capable hands of Ed Cooper but something doesn’t sit right with her. Not knowing who to trust she runs to a safe house but the term ‘safe’ doesn’t apply to her teenage daughter Scarlett.

This book was terrifying. It had me on the edge of my seat but I do enjoy Abbott’s timely telling of events. She can keep the reader guessing right until the end and that is exactly what I’m looking for. This is a brilliant series and you don’t have to read the books in sequence to thoroughly enjoy them.

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The Cabin: An Off the Grid Suspense Thriller by John Koloen

Jacob was seeking a less complicated life when he purchased the cabin in a secluded space by a lake on a logging road but that isn’t what he got. When the cabin across the lake shows activity he when the owners are away he doesn’t want to get involved but one tiny peek through the window is all it takes.

This action-packed book takes us through a nightmare situation and the reader is carried along while things stack up against the good guys. Jacob is far from incapable but when the bad guys have the big guns you’re in for a nervy read.

I enjoyed hearing from everyone’s point of view which is something that doesn’t happen often. It helps to ramp up the suspense when your favourite character is at risk.

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While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Tara’s life is turned upside down when she wakes in her neighbour’s bed. The fact that he has been brutally stabbed to death makes matters worse and Tara does the only thing she can to protect her family; she runs. When the lies begin to flow, it’s hard to know who to trust but the desire to protect her family remains her priority.

Tara is a very ordinary woman with easily relatable conflict within her family but her daughter Rosie’s antics threw me off the scent every time. This thriller tricked me by constantly making me think I could solve the mystery only to dash my hopes and produce new or conflicting evidence. The brilliance of bringing a new suspect into the light at intervals kept the story fresh and interesting. Croft has a unique style, and I found it refreshing.

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Blackout (John Milton #10) by Mark Dawson

When John Milton wakes up in his hotel room, he knows immediately that something is very wrong. Alcohol has been his downfall in the past but after fighting it for so long has he really fallen on the wagon? When he sees the body, his heart sinks and things begin to spiral out of his control and control is something Milton prefers to keep a hold of.

I love this series but I’m not reading it in sync because the audio book came on promotion and I just couldn’t wait. Lucky for me this doesn’t seem to matter too much. Milton’s story is easy to pick up and very easy to become addicted to.

Milton isn’t a hero as such but as killers go, he’s pretty awesome. There’s something innocent about this character that hooks the reader in making him seem like the good guy. The story is full-on action and poor Milton doesn’t get much chance to be introspective because he’s either taking a beating or giving one but Dawson still manages to instil a sense of vulnerability into this unlikely hero. Watch out ladies, he’s a little like James Bond but with less charm, less bling, and less action in the sack but with the mission in mind the man is focused even if he does ride economy class.

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