Sunday, June 20, 2021

No Good Deed

 No Good Deed

Diane Hester



Reviewed by Helen


This is a good story it had me turning the pages to get to the end and work everything out, it is fast paced and so very well written a great romantic suspense, I loved the setting and I do hope that you will pick this one up I didn’t want to put it down.

Cassidy Blaire is a busy twenty two year old woman who runs a soup kitchen The Kettle in Adelaide, while caring for her ill father and searching for her sister Eve who has been missing for two years, romance and a fun life is not for her. But while out running in the Adelaide Hills one cold morning Cass saves the life of a man in a car accident and this will change her life.

Lyle Fuller is thrilled that Cass who he calls his guardian angel has saved his life and because he can afford it he is more than happy to shower Cass with flowers, gifts and donations for the kitchen and is happily wooing her, one suitor is more than enough for Cass but then there is Darren Travers a builder who offers to volunteer with work that is badly needed to keep the soup kitchen open after the last council inspection and he seems to be wooing her as well. Cass worries about the homeless people she serves daily and is very friendly with most of them Zoe is now a permanent volunteer and close friend but there seems to be a lot of vandalism going on and when threats are made to Cass both Lyle and Darren are there but are they both there for the right reasons?

This is a fabulous suspense, my heart was in my stomach on more than one occasion and I felt like pushing some of the characters in the direction I thought was right, I loved Cass what a beautiful person inside and out so caring for these people that need help after all she had been through, never putting herself first and there are so many other characters that helped make this a great story. This first book I have read by this author but it won’t be the last. This is one that I highly recommend.

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

5 stars
Published June 4th 2021 by Escape Publishing

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Still

 Still

Matt Nable



Reviewed by Helen


This is a compelling and evocative read one that had me turning the pages, set in Darwin in The Northern Territory in 1963 the weather is hot, humid and still, there are corrupt police and a lot more going on, men who drink very heavily and police officer Senor Constable Ned Potter discovers a body in the swamp and starts searching for answers that are not going to be easy to find.

Ned knows that this death was not a good one but he is thwarted at every turn by his boss to do any investigating, this plays on his mind and then he finds another two badly beaten bodies he does what he can but when his wife and baby are threatened he is left no choice but to stand back if his conscience will let him.

Charlotte is twenty three and married to an ex-cowboy now fireman she is struggling with her married life at the moment and while out on a drive she finds a badly injured man this will make her re-think a lot of things in her life as she steps in to help and keeps secrets as she does so.

There is a lot going on and Ned and Charlotte learn that there are lots of secrets in this town and that danger is not far away and showing strength and courage is the only way to finally uncover these secrets and set things right before there are more deaths.

The descriptions of the setting bought Darwin to life for me I felt the heat and humidity as I was reading, life was different back in 1963 men drank so much but why did they were there reasons? and life was not an easy one, this is a story that I would recommend it really is a page turner and it took me a while to discover what the secrets were.

My thanks to Hachette AUS for my copy to read and review

4 stars
Expected publication: May 26th 2021 by Hachette Australia

Monday, May 17, 2021

Something to Hide

 Something to Hide

Fleur McDonald



Reviewed by Helen


I am loving these books and Detective Dave Burrows, Fleur McDonald sets a cracking pace with suspense and danger in a rural setting and the characters come to life on the pages, Dave and his family move from Barrabine after his cover is blown while hunting stock thieves dangerous brothers, Bulldust and Scotty and now they are on his tail again will he be able to save his family and his marriage?

Dave’s marriage is in serious trouble Mel wants a different life but the police force is what Dave knows and loves, he loves Mel and the girls and wants them to be happy but when Bulldust comes after Dave it is time to take the family to the in-laws while Dave is called back to Barrabine to hunt for more stock thieves with his boss Bob Holden and let major crime concentrate on finding Bulldust and keeping his family safe, this doesn’t sit well with Dave.

Dave cannot let go of searching Bulldust and Scotty even while working on another case, Major crime refuse to keep him updated and talking to Mel is getting harder and harder with her ultimatum family or the job Dave is struggling with what is best he loves Mel and the kid but their safety comes first.

When there are a couple of accidents and Dave loses a best mate Dave is convinced that Bulldust and Scotty have something to do with them and he is like a dog with a bone and never gives up investigating and is determined to get them and save his family at the same time. The ending is real edge of your seat action.

This is a page turner of a story it was really hard to put down even for a short amount of time, I think Dave is one of the best characters that I have read he is true and honest and there to help and he never gives up, I have not read all of Fleur McDonalds’s books but what I have read I have loved and I am determined to read them all. This is a story that I highly recommend, I loved it, action packed and fabulous. Thank you MS McDonald for hours of reading pleasure.

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


5 stars
Published March 30th 2021 by Allen & Unwin

Friday, April 9, 2021

Shiver

 Shiver

Allie Reynolds



Reviewed by Helen


This one kept me guessing right to the end, from the start it was gripping, I could sense the danger and the emotions of these five friends who had come together ten years after one of their friends went missing in the French Alps, invited for a reunion by who? Back to where everything went wrong, friendships destroyed, lives lost and secrets kept, is it time these secrets were uncovered?

Milla Anderson gets an invite back to the resort Le Rocher by her once friend Curtis, she was at her peak as a snowboarder the last time she was there but the last time she was there one of her friends, Curtis’s sister Saskia went missing, why the reunion now what is the point but Milla is determined to go, she holds secrets that have churned in her gut for years, but how will this weekend turn out? Once she was a snowboarder determined to win at all costs, is she still so determined these days?

Milla, Dale, Heather, Brent are there as well as Curtis, each had a lot to do with Saskia in different ways and on arrival with an icebreaker game that turns dangerous and has each of them going back to the past and the things they had done the story rolls on easily going back ten years earlier as we learn about each of the friends, all being snowboarders except Heather we learn what people will do to win and what went on in their lives.

This is such a gripping, riveting story that had my heart thumping as I turned the pages, Allie Reynolds writes with emotion as she brings these characters to life on the pages, pulled me into the story I didn’t know who to trust and who not to and there were times I was yelling at the characters in the past and now. This is a fabulous debut and one that I highly recommend, the ending stunned me, I thoroughly enjoyed it from page one and I honestly was on the edge of my seat most of the time. I do look forward to more stories form this new author.

4 stars

Published January 27th 2021 Hachette AUS

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Hidden Valley

 Hidden Valley

The Porter Sisters #4

Annie Seaton



Reviewed by Helen


This story is fabulous, Annie Seaton you have done it again written a story that pulled me in had me turning the pages and I didn’t want to put it down, the setting is totally amazing I have never visited the Northern Territory in person so was thrilled that you took me there, fabulous characters Dee and Ryan I loved getting to know them when a will upends their lives and brings them together to uncover secrets from the past.

Dee Peters is working and managing the family macadamia plantation in northern New South Wales, she works hard and is an only child and just lately her parents and her friend Rodney have all been a bit off this troubles Dee but she is even more troubled when a letter arrives from a Darwin solicitor urging her to get in touch as soon as possible in regards to her family and an inheritance. Her parents won’t answer any of her questions and Rodney is suddenly proposing to her, it doesn’t take Dee long to pack up her ute and travel to Darwin to get to the bottom of this.

Ryan Carey has grown up on his family’s huge cattle station, Wilderness Springs in the territory and he loves it, he is an only child and he has now lost both of his parents, his uncle Joe and cousin Cy from his mother’s side are there helping, but when his father’s will is read he is dumbstruck that half the station is left to Dee Peters a woman he has never heard of and that there are so many stipulations set and information that the solicitor is not giving out, something is not right but Dee is caring and they decide that they must work together to find out what is going on.

Dee moves out to the station to help with the accounts, while they investigate as much as they can and try to uncover secrets about parents and so many other things, it gets dangerous and Dee’s life is in danger and Ryan is determined to keep her safe their feelings for each other are growing but there is a lot to be worked out.

This is a fast paced and at times edge of your seat story, some people will go to any lengths to get what they want not caring about the lives of others. Dee and Ryan uncover a lot of secrets, especially about family and they really have an uphill battle at times to get to the bottom of things and finding their HEA was fraught with questions that had to be answered, this is a story that I highly recommend, it is part of a series but can be read as a standalone, and it is a keeper for me I loved it.

My thanks to the author Annie Seaton for my copy to read and review

5 stars

Published March 25th 2021 by ASA

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Deadman's Track

 Deadman's Track

Sarah Barrie



Reviewed by Helen


Sarah Barrie never fails to have me on the edge of my seat with my heart in my stomach when I read one of her awesome romantic suspense stories and this one was a beauty, we return to Calico Lodge in the beautiful highlands of Tasmania, to catch up with the Atherton Family and this time we see Tess finally find the love that she deserves but not without a lot of ups and downs to say the least, with a killer on the loose things are starting to get scary.

Tess is working with search and rescue and when a tragedy has her re-thinking about her certainty on what she can still do and with a very pushy boyfriend, Tess is not feeling like she used to. It is winter and the weather changes at the drop of a hat when Tess takes on a group of young hikers through a tough track something that she had said no too earlier, off they go but it is not long before things go terribly bad in the worst way and Tess shows how strong and courageous she can be.

Detective Senior Jared Denham is working along -side Detective Indy Atherton after a series of break and enters turns to murder and now they seem to be after a serial killer and Jared is getting closer to Tess the woman who saved his life once, but with her ex pushing his weight around things don’t run very smoothly. And when they discover Tess and her hiking party are in serious trouble in the national park Jared is determined to save her.

This is a page-turner at its best the characters good or bad come to life on the pages in this beautiful setting, Tess wow what courage she shows in life and death situations, she is a very strong and independent heroine and Jared sheer determination and love pulled him through some very tough moments in this story and the young hikers have to be mentioned especially Jai and Riley, I loved this story the sensual pull between Tess and Jared with everything going on was so very good and I can’t highly recommend it enough, yes it has been on my TBR pile for too long but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you MS Barrie for another keeper.

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

5 stars
Published July 1st 2020 by HQ Fiction

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Malicious Desire

 Malicious Desire

Laney Kaye



Reviewed by Helen


This is a compelling story and not for the faint hearted, it tells the story of school teacher Kayla Petrovic and what happens when she is abducted and held for ransom with her six young students, the four abductors are vicious and nasty men and Kayla will do whatever is needed to save the kids, her strength and courage abounds.

Kayla has been abused all of her life from a drunken mother, she has no respect for herself and has done some terrible things in her young life to keep a roof over her head and food on the table. She has been doing so well went to university became a teacher and is loving her role in a small outback school, she is a loner and is not a mixer with people and doesn’t like to answer questions. Taking her young charges on a school excursion to the beach should have been fun and it was until the bus trip home, when everything went wrong.

Army veteran Captain Nicholas West doesn’t do love or emotion, he works hard a has been through tours of Afghanistan and Iraq he is best friends with medic Steve Colley when they are called in to find and save a school teacher and her students being held for ransom in the desert, he can do this, this is what he does well, oh but when they rescue Kayla nothing can compare to what state they find her in after being tortured, he cannot believe the strength she shoes as they walk out of the desert, he feels something special for this woman, could it be love, he knows he needs to protect her at all costs.

What can I say I had to keep turning the pages as Kayla dealt with so much, not only PTSD but her feelings from her past and there is no way she wanted to be known as a victim in her mind she wasn’t at all, her mother always told her she was no good, and then one of her attackers finds her, he is after revenge, she knew he would find her. Nick is the right person for Kayla if only she can let him in, but there is a lot to get through and Nick is very patient. Kayla would have to be one of the strongest heroines I have ever read truly, this book moved me, what can I say? I am sure MS Kaye must have been exhausted after writing this one it is so well written. I do recommend this one, but it packs an emotional punch.

4 stars

Published June 13th 2019 by Crossworlds Publishing