The Family – Louise Jensen

The Family
Louise Jensen
3rd October 2019

Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home.

But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.

Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…

REVIEW – First time reading this author and i loved it. A taught and intense psychological thriller which shows sometimes the ‘nice and friendly’ people and the ones to be wary of. The different characters POV’s distracted me slightly but overall this book was well written, tense and made you think about how would cope with what Laura goes through

The Passengers – John Marrs

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The Passengers

John Marrs

30th May 2019

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

REVIEW – First time reading this authors work and i was well and truly captivated by the story. Being set in the not too distant future made this story seem more vivid, i am not a fan of science fiction books but this was almost a dystopian way of locating the story. Especially with the social media side of the story, it goes to show how much life can be influenced and sometimes the thrilling but also tragic consequences. I don’t want to spoil the story but know that this book is well worth a read and i found the premise captivating

The Never Game – Jeffrey Deaver

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The Never Game

Colter Shaw #1

Jeffrey Deaver

From the bestselling and award-winning master of suspense, the first novel in a thrilling new series! 

Colter Shaw is an itinerate “reward-seeker,” traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. When he learns of a reward for a missing college student in Silicon Valley, he takes the job. The investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of Silicon Valley and the cutthroat billion-dollar video gaming industry–and then a second kidnapping happens…and this victim turns up dead. The clues soon point to one video game, The Never Game, in which the player has to survive after being left abandoned. Is a madman bringing that game to life? If so, Shaw has to stop him before he strikes again…and before he figures out that Shaw is on his trail. 

REVIEW – A truly thrilling story that delves deep into murder and mystery and Silicon Valley.  As this is the first book in the series we learn the back story to our lead and meet some surprising twists. It will be hard to fill the shoes of Deaver’s previous lead characters but i have certainty Shaw will do just that as i am eagerly awaiting book 2

Tangle’s Game – Stewart Hotson

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Tangle's Game - Stewart Hotson

Tangle's Game - Stewart Hotson

Rebellion Publishing

2nd May 2019

Tense tech-thriller based on the growing role of blockchains, encryption and social media in society.

Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.

Yesterday, Amanda Back’s life was flawless: the perfect social credit score, the perfect job, the perfect home.

Today, Amanda is a target, an enemy of the system holding information dangerous enough to disrupt the world’s all-consuming tech – a fugitive on the run.

But in a world where an un-hackable blockchain links everyone and everything, there is nowhere to run…

REVIEW – What drew me to this book was the cover, i was certainly intrigued. The blurb had me interested though not as much as the cover. I must admit this book was not what i expected i thought it would be a tense thriller with a bit of science fiction in it. But i was left uninterested in the story and the book unfortunately did not live up to expectations for me. I can see the story and sci-fi would be ideal for some readers but myself and the book did not connect this time. 

The Hunter – Andrew Reid

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The Hunter

Andrew Reid

7th February 2019

A troubled genius who vanishes in a mysterious car crash.

A disillusioned cop sensing conspiracy in the corridors of power.

A ruthless team of mercenaries operating in the shadows.

A billion-dollar business that wants the world in its grip.

One link connects them all.

A champion fighter. Betrayed and searching for the truth.


REVIEW – A non-stop action story that has very interesting characters who help you get sucked into the story and then no be able to put the book down. Plenty of surprises in the story kept me gripped and i did not expect some of the surprises at all. Intense action and fight scenes that where easy to read so in turn great images of the scene in my head led to high octane action story well worth a read