Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall.

Keep You Safe by Rona Halsall

What a fantastic and well written psychological thriller! I read this book in three sittings as the short ‘then and now’ chapters made this novel speed by. 

The main character, Natalie, has come to the Isle of Man for one reason only, to find her son. With time running out in which Natalie must act, this novel has you clenching everything in the hope that she succeeds in her mission. 

The ‘then’ chapters give the reader real insight into what Natalie has been through and how she’s overcome some of her bleakest hours, only to be faced with the bleakest of the bleakest. 

If you enjoy a fast mover that leads to a heart stoping culmination of events, then give Keep You Safe a go. 

Thank you for reading.
Carla Kovach – author of The Next Girl.

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Beneath an Indian Sky by Renita D’Silva.

Beneath an Indian Sky by Renita D’Silva

Oh my goodness, I have so much to say about this book and much more to think about. Renita is highly skilled in putting her readers through an emotional journey. 

This book explores the complexities of the human condition as the characters’ stories unfold. It delves into the drivers behind their behaviour and how powerful society, culture and upbringing are. 

Beneath an Indian Sky is an epic tale of loss, betrayal, abuse of power and duty. As a reader, I found myself fully immersed in the beautiful Indian setting. With Renita’s skill, I felt able to taste the food, smell the air and feel the heat, while picturing the Indian backdrop. This is testament to her amazing writing. 

If you’re looking for a read that will stay with you for a long time, that demands you treasure all the words on the page, then this book is for you. In my opinion, this would make a brilliant book club read as there is plenty to discuss after reading it. 

Thank you for reading.
Carla Kovach – author of The Next Girl.

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The Silent Children by Carol Wyre.

The Silent Children by Carol Wyer.

Wowsers! The Silent Children had me gripped. With a murderous opening and a super speedy pace, this book did not disappoint. In fact, once it has you in its hold, you have to keep reading. 

I loved the flashback chapters which gave real insight into one of the main characters. I was so emotionally invested due to how brilliantly developed they were – Carol Wyer has tremendous skill in this department. 

DI Robyn Carter is a brilliant detective. Totally relatable and likeable. Loved it, and I look forward to reading more soon.  

Thank you for reading.
Carla Kovach – author of The Next Girl.

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Murder on the Marshes by Clare Chase.

A whopper of an opening that isn’t understood until much later had me turning the pages from the start. The mystery lures don’t end there, we feel the chill of a stalker and soon hear the news of a murder – that of young professor, Samantha Seabrook. 

With a full ensemble of potential perpetrators, it falls to journalist Tara Thorpe and DI Garstin Blake to investigate the crime and they’re doing this against a ticking clock, following separate and joint leads. 

This novel is a tense mystery that will have you turning the pages eagerly to find out who the killer is. With its climatic end, it’s one to read! What a fantastic first in this exciting new series. 

Thank you for reading.
Carla Kovach – author of The Next Girl.

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The Affair by Sheryl Browne.

This book has to contain one of the most evocative openings to a book I’ve come across. The first person chapter had me equally invested and immersed, and questioning whose point of view this was. What led to this moment and the thoughts that come clearly to this character whilst considering committing such an atrocity, make me eager to get stuck into what would become a roller coaster of a book. 

The characters had depth and just as I thought I’d sussed them, I was proven wrong. As each of their layers were peeled back you realised some became stronger while others showed their vulnerabilities. This book doesn’t hold back. It begins with a tragedy, one that would have any caring human being, feeling hurt for the family. 

I read this book in three sittings, the last sitting taking care of the final half of the book. This was a fast mover. If you love psychological thrillers, with secrets and twists, then read The Affair. 

 Thank you for reading.
Carla Kovach – author of The Next Girl.

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Rough Justice by MA Comley.

Some words that come to mind after reading Rough Justice. 

Other worldly. 
Fun but deadly. (Carol’s character brings the fun).
A fast read.

Lorne makes a brilliant protagonist and her family set up feels real. She has a teen daughter, a partner who works as a PI and a psychic neighbour, Carol. She was both relatable and likeable. 

With Rough Justice, I feel with the autumnal nights approaching, this would be fab to read on a dark windy night – nothing wrong with making sure the atmosphere is right! There’s no denying that I’m a horror/supernatural fan and this overlap of crime and supernatural gave me a real treat. I loved the other-worldly interventions and Carol made a top vessel. 

As for pace, this was a fast read in which I was clenching my fists and hoping that justice would be served. 
Rough Justice is number ten in a series. I felt it could easily be read as a standalone. The story is self contained and the small nuggets of backstory that are laced through the book give the reader the little bit of background that is needed. 

Thank you for reading.
Carla Kovach – author of The Next Girl.

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Redditch Library book signing and reading – 1st September 2018.

Event news:

I’m so excited to be doing a book signing for Her Final Hour at Redditch Library tomorrow. Come along and join me at 2.30 in the afternoon. 

Toodle pip.
Her Final Hour 

Book 2 in the DI Gina Harte series.

Anything can happen behind closed doors… 

The gripping new novel from the author of bestseller THE NEXT GIRL. Her Final Hour will have you hooked!

Melissa Sanderson is the perfect wife and mother. She dotes on her daughter, and lives in her dream home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs.

But looks can be deceiving.

Something is amiss in that house – all the neighbours think so. Some say Melissa is having an affair. Others say she’s been drinking too much.

Then one night, sirens wake up the whole neighbourhood.

Melissa Sanderson is dead.

AN ABSORBING THRILLER WITH AN ENDING YOU WON’T SEE COMING – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, you’ll love this absolutely heart-stopping thriller from Carla Kovach.    

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