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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Lest We Forgive

 Lest We Forgive

Detective Liz Moorland #1

Phillipa Nefri Clark



Reviewed by Helen


This book is brilliant, fabulous I loved it from start to finish, MS Clark knows how to put words down on a page and bring them together in the best way for her readers, this is a new series and I am truly excited for more to come, after getting to know Liz Moorland and the wonderful characters in book one, bring them on.

A single car crash on a quiet road leaves two people dead and a child injured, but the worse is that occupants are the daughter and son in law of Liz Moorlands ex- partner, Vince Carter and she knows what pain this is going to cause to him. She knows that he will never give up on finding out what happened to cause it.

Vince arrives at the hospital to care for his eight year old granddaughter Melanie and he is determined to be the best grandfather he can be, grieving is going to be hard after all that had happened between him and is daughter and their estrangement but he loves Melly and will do all he can to keep her safe and happy.

Liz and her partner Pete and their boss Terry, Vince’s old mate are very busy trying to recapture an escaped dangerous prisoner, and Vince starts to investigate the accident and this opens up a can of worms that involves the company that his son in law owned with Bradley Pickering, who with his wife Carla are doing their best to get custody of Melanie.

As the plot thickens and the police and Vince uncover more clues with their investigation, danger lurks around corners and people’s lives are at risk, will Melanie be safe, who will get custody of Melanie and how and why did the accident happen?

You must read this book if a good thriller, mystery, crime is what you love, because you will not want to put this one down once you pick it up. The characters come alive on the pages good and bad and tension flows along with the emotions, there were tears and cheers from me in this one and all I can say is when I book two released?

My thanks to the author for my digital copy to read and review.

5 stars
February 28, 2023 by Amazon Digital Services

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Northern Heat

 Northern Heat

Helene Young



Reviewed by Helen


This is a book I have had waiting for me for a long time and I should have read it a long time ago it has to be one of the best books I have read, fast paced, action packed with such awesome characters, set in Cooktown in northern Queensland, come a long for a heart stopping journey and meet Conor and Kristy.

Conor is living on his Yacht on the Endeavour River and he has a past that he would much prefer to keep secret, he is working at the local PCYC with the kids and loving it, he is doing all he can to make a difference in his life and these kids, here he meets Dr. Kristy Dark mother of young Abby and his heart is finally opening up but when he almost witnesses a murder life is about to get very tough for Conor again.

Dr. Kristy Dark has moved to Cooktown with her teenage daughter to make a fresh start after the tragedy that they have been through they are still close enough to her parents and the family cattle station, she is drawn to Conor, Abby’s sports coach this is not what she has in mind but when she is called to treat a gunshot victim this brings them closer together.

When a cyclone is just about to hit the small town life gets very dangerous in more ways than one as Conor realises that one of the local families may be linked to his past this puts Kristy, Abby and her friend Sissy in grave danger with the wind blowing the rain pouring down and guns firing life is on the edge for this couple, will they make it through.

I loved this story so very much Kristy is brave and strong and so caring and Conor no matter his past he is the best, if you love a fabulous romantic suspense filled with danger, suspense where your heart is in your stomach then pick this one up you will not be sorry, I have now read all of Helene’s books and would love some more, she really is a wonderful story teller. I do highly recommend this one.

5 stars

May 27, 2015 by Penguin Australia

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Retribution

 Retribution

Lexie Winter #2

Sarah Barrie



Reviewed by Helen


I have been eagerly awaiting this book and WOW, WOW, WOW truly Lexie just keep getting better, Sarah Barrie you have written a brilliant story that had me up very late last night, come a long a see how Lexie does her best to take down the enemy and is she getting closer to catching the paedophile Damon Vaughn.

After everything that happened last time Lexie is now a probationary constable working out of Wyong police station, her partner Rico is the best partner for her, Lexie is still finding it hard to overcome all the rules that are in place. When they go after a couple of drug dealers this leads to a much bigger case that the police force is investigating, that of a big drug dealing crime family, who also have links to someone that Lexie is determined to bring to justice her way.

Detective Sergeant Finn Carson is working on a murder case at a construction company this leads to links to the crime family which Inspector Racheal Langley and the drug and firearm squad are tracking, with more bodies turning up and links joining, Lexie is using her skills to do what she does and uncover more information when the lead boss Craig finds out what Lexie is doing they get her working with them, this does not sit well with all of the team members but Lexie is her true self and does what she does and so well.

This story is action packed, fast paced and filled with danger with bodies turning up everywhere, Lexie is devastated at what has happened and more than ever determined to get answers. Lexie is working hard and getting herself in trouble in so many ways, I love Lexie no matter what is going on, no matter what danger is there she is still so smart and witty and just her, she clashes with so many of the team for what she feels is right.

Sarah Barrie has created a character who is the best, she is strong, determined, sassy, smart, and witty and knows what she is doing, no matter how tough things are Lexie made me laugh and smile as well as worry. With all of the awesome characters back this time Rachael, Finn and the friendships they have it was awesome to catch up with them. This is a book that I highly recommend I loved Unforgiven and this one continues in such a fabulous way, I am really looking forward to seeing more of Lexie as she works to get her enemy in her own special way.

My thanks to Netgalley for my copy to read and review.

5 stars
November 30, 2022 by HQ Fiction

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Rescue Mission

 Rescue Mission

Alpha Tactical Ops #3

Kendall Talbot



Reviewed by Helen


This is another fast paced action packed story in this fabulous series and yay we get to see Maya find the man who could make her happy, Hollywood heart throb Neon Bloom that is of course if she can keep him alive.

Maya, Ghost is a snipper and a very good one, she has her reasons for joining the army and it all stems from her days growing up and her family but those reasons she keeps to herself, now she is working with her army mates for Alpha Tactical Ops and loves it, when she is hired to be body guard for Neon Bloom, Maya starts to feel that maybe she could find happiness.

Neon was born to money and has lead a life of body guards to keep him safe, after being a stunt man for a while he turns to acting and makes it big time but those body guards have never gone away. He is now filming on a deserted resort island when everything turns upside down and his life is once more in danger as well as many others.

Maya and Neon find themselves in a battle to stay alive as armed gunmen search for them on the island it is a dangerous situation and they open up to each other like neither have before, a chance to get a message to her team sees them arrive but will they even be able to save the day?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, so well written, witty banter even is such dangerous times Maya has been a favourite of mine from the team and I love Neon such a caring loving hero. This is a story and series that I highly recommend, Kendall Talbot puts her characters through so much in her stories that makes them even better. And of course catching up with the team and their partners was awesome. Thank you Kendall Talbot for another fabulous story I am looking forward to Viper’s story.

My thanks to the author for my digital copy to read and review.

4 stars

October 28, 2022 by Amazon Digital Services

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Conviction

 Conviction

Frank Chalmers




Reviewed by Helen


This is a great debut, it did take me a bit to get into and find my way around the characters, but once I did it was so hard to put down, Detective Ray Windsor from Brisbane is punished and sent out west to the town of Royalton, it is 1976 and corruption runs riot, will Ray last in this town, will he feel at home here?

Ray grew up in a country town that grew cane he didn’t have the easiest of lives as a child but he is a good honest police officer and his punishment for being so is to arrive in this drought stricken town, that holds links to his past but is run by police chief Kennedy and their first meeting sparks instant dislike.

Lucky for Ray he meets police officer Arshag and they instantly click, when Ray is given his first case to investigate, the rape and murder of two young immigrant girls he hits brick walls at every corner but he and Arshag don’t give up and soon uncover a horrid cover up and complacency by the police. They push buttons and do their best to uncover the corruption that runs deep in this town and that is not easy with his life being threatened.

This is a well written story with twists and turns, I had my suspicions but was not convinced till the very end, fabulous characters good and bad, some very bad, Ray is such a great character I though highly of him and Arshag. It is compelling and gripping reading, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good crime story.

My thanks to Allen & Unwin for my copy to read and review.

5 stars
    July 5, 2022 by Allen & Unwin AU

Friday, October 14, 2022

The Liars

 The Liars

Petronella McGovern



Reviewed by Helen


I was hard pressed to put this one down once I picked it up, it is compelling reading, in the small seaside town of Kinton Bay on the coast of New South Wales there have been secrets kept for many years, there has been cover ups, three people missing from 1998 these men have never been found were their cases investigated enough and can It all be happening again?

Meri and Rollo Britton have lived all of their lives in Kinton Bay, they have twins Siena and Taj, Meri is paranoid about the safety of her children and has an app on their phone so she can keep tabs on them and she has her reasons for this considering things that happened in her past, but are her two kids doing things they shouldn’t be?

When fifteen year old Siena Britton discovers a skull in the national park while researching past colonial history, Siena posts the video on YouTube and it goes viral this opens up a can of worms, her mother is not happy at all Meri is a journalist on the local paper and has lived in Kinton Bay all of her life, will her past now come back to haunt her and her husband Rollo?

Who does the skull belong to? Will it be one of the men who went missing years before and will further investigation cause problems for the Britton family and others in the small community, will the truth finally come out about the things that happened in the killing cave all those years ago, are they still happening now? So many questions so many twists and turns that me thinking and changing my mind.

This is a brilliant story, so well written it has fabulous characters Detective Poole investigated so well his wife Caroline a criminologist was great and Siena and Taj had me cheering them on and of course Meri and Rollo what they had been through and still they were strong and did what they should. MS McGovern has taken on issues that are in the news and done it so well with care and honesty. This is one that I would highly recommend, a captivating and gripping read.

My thanks to Allen & Unwin for my copy to read and review.

5 stars
Published August 30th 2022 by Allen & Unwin


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Hunter by Nature

 Hunter by Nature

Addison Hunter #2

A.J. Swann



Reviewed by Helen


WOW what another fabulous story in this series, truly you will not want to put this one down until you get to the end, book two follows on where book one finished and Addy and Silas, Solitude’s sheriff are now even more determined to get the answers regarding Addy’s uncle Tony’s death, but brick walls are being thrown up everywhere they turn, but Addy never gives up hunting till she gets her answers.

Addy is a FBI agent on forced leave at the moment after being nearly killed by a serial killer the ghost who is still out and about, back home in the small Texas town she grew up in Solitude, after the fire at her family home Addy and Silas are searching through the notebooks that Tony had left behind they are uncovering clues that go deep into the supposedly honest citizens of Solitude but are really making things more confusing for them.

Her FBI shills and acquaintances are really helping as is Addy’s nature to emotions and feelings, but when The Ghost makes his presence felt in her town the danger ramps up add to that the secrets they are uncovering and kidnapping and murders to keep long held secrets this is getting very dangerous for Addy and Silas.

A fabulously written mystery thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat and Addy works to uncover secrets from the past and keep people she really cares about safe, danger seems to be coming from two different sources at the moment but Addy’s strength and courage and total sheer determination hopefully will solve the case. I can’t wait for book three to see how things pan out in the tiny town of Solitude and see what happens when Addy gets her man or men.

I do highly recommend this one but you really must read book one first to get the full impact of the story, and get to know Addy.

5 stars

September 14, 2022 by Amazon Digital Services