Woohoo! Her Pretty Bones, has arrived.

Publication day has finally arrived so I thought I’d spread the news!

Her Pretty Bones, book three in the DI Gina Harte Series, is finally available to download. Once again, to everyone who has blogged about my books, given me a mention on social media or read my work, thank you so much. I hope you enjoy the next instalment. 💕💕💕

Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach.

Book 3 in the DI Gina Harte Series.


She’s just the girl he’s looking for…

A young woman falls from a vehicle speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close.

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl.

AN ABSOLUTELY HEART-STOPPING CRIME THRILLER FROM CARLA KOVACH – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, Her Pretty Bones will have you hooked.

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


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Her Final Hour – on promotion now!


HER FINAL HOUR: An absolutely unputdownable mystery thriller (Detective Gina Harte Book 2) is on a #promo at the moment in UK, US, CA, AU, IN!


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 ABSOLUTELY UNPUTDOWNABLE THRILLER WITH A BRILLIANT ENDING YOU WON’T SEE COMING – if you like Lisa Gardner, Robert Bryndza or Clare Mackintosh, Her Final Hour will keep you reading well into the night.

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

My thoughts:

References: Wikipedia and IMDB.

I have to start by saying that I love the 1963 film adaptation of this book. I’ve seen it several times and find it totally enchanting. It is a remarkable and atmospheric film. As for its comparisons to Shirley Jackson’s original book, there are a few differences but these just make the film even more amazing. If you’d like to read more about it, check out this Wikipedia link. Be aware that it does however contain spoilers.

The Haunting film, 1963.


This film will always be in my top ten favourite horrors of all times and is exactly why I had to watch the 2018 series as soon as it came out.


The Haunting of Hill House – 2018 series is amazing if you love gothic horror. It draws pieces of the original book and film into a modern day story while losing none of the chills. This is a frightening series, one that will guarantee that you’ll almost feel that chill up your spine.

One area I feel compelled to applaud is the filmmaking aspect. There are some compelling and long one-shot-takes. As any filmmaker knows, this is extremely difficult to master. The choreography/directing involved has to be precise and they had child actors in it too! This would make it even more of a challenge. I watched in awe as these scenes played out. For more information, I have included the IMDB link.



Now, I’m officially late to the party on this one. I watched the film, then I watched the series and finally, I read the book. Was I disappointed? Definitely not. This is one creepy read.

One quote that is repeated often throughout the book is, ‘journeys end in lovers meeting,’ which was originally coined by William Shakespeare and was said by the character, Feste, in Twelfth Night (II, iii, 44-45). Who was this lover Eleanor/Nell was hoping to meet? We know from the off that she’s seeking something to fill the deep hole in her life after the passing of her mother. She’s never known life to be any other way.

We feel her slowly being embroiled into the fantasy of Hill House even before she arrives. The thoughts of it consume her. Is the house the lover she is so desperately seeking and in that, will her journey come to an end? Would that be a physical end or the end of a chapter in her life?

The question of haunting or insanity hangs well over this book. A lot of occurrences create a haunted atmosphere, and given that the house was built to confuse and disturb, where all the measurements are slightly out, haunted is how it feels.

Does the evil residing within the house’s foundations discover her vulnerability and is it using it against her? After all, she’s not wanted anywhere else and she’s desperately seeking her place in life as well as her own identity, which seems to have long been lost. Is the house sensing the guilt she feels after failing to attend to her mother on the night she died? Was it soaking up her negative feelings and feeding her the attention she now craves? I mean, she’s practically been invisible most of her life. Or is she craving that very attention and playing with everyone?

What a difference a few days can make. Hill House gives her life meaning. She’s special, important and liked by her peers even though they tease her slightly. She has chosen to come to Hill House, probably one of the only choices she’s ever made for herself.

Again, did the house act as a catalyst for her spiralling journey into insanity or was it haunted? Maybe insanity was her true lover and journeys end. Or, maybe not, you’ll have to read the book to find out.

This book offers the reader so many levels to work on. I’d definitely recommend it if you like a book that will make you think about it for a long time. It’s creepy and made an excellent winter read while the nights drew in early. Love it!


Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


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Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry


DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.

But that is just the beginning.

As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.

Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.

Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?

Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

My thoughts:

Firstly, this is book four in the DI Gus McGuire series. That really didn’t matter at all. I was able to bond with the characters and enjoy the book as a stand-alone.

After listening to Liz reading a chapter at Wigan Noir last year, I knew I needed to read Uncommon Cruelty. I wasn’t wrong to buy it either. What a rollercoaster of a ride!

For a longer novel, this story sure did fly along. The action and intrigue doesn’t stop all the way through. I enjoyed the complex lives of the teenagers involved, and their characters felt so authentic; from their actions and descriptions, to their voices. As for the main detective, I loved DI Gus McGuire and enjoyed reading the chapters featuring him and Alice.

This novel is gritty and quite often the descriptions are gruesome but they set an authentic scene. The topics used in the story aren’t light by any means, in fact they’re the worst. Rape, murder and sexual assault are prominent. It’s definitely not for those seeking a cosy mystery, but if you like your reads dark, disturbing and realistic, this is one for your reading list. I thought it was fab!


Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


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The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne


You trust her with your family. Would you trust her with your life?

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?

My thoughts:

Couldn’t resist a fireplace pic of the book. 💜

I’ll start by saying, I absolutely loved this book. The Babysitter – sounds sinister already and that’s just the title. It’s a multiple perspective psychological thriller that grips and doesn’t let go. As soon as I had a taste of the characters traits and desires, I had to keep going straight to the high-octane end, only stopping to sleep! Thank goodness it was Boxing Day.

Sheryl cleverly manipulates the reader into gradually letting down their guard until – bam! It’s like consuming the main course then realising the chicken was pink in the middle – doom and disaster!

As soon as the babysitter comes into Mel and Mark’s life, you know their troubles are about to start. Jade is so lovely, right? She loves the children? She becomes a tower of support for Mel, who is itching to begin working more after recently having a baby. You hope the tower of support won’t crumble but you know it will, just like a wobbly Christmas trifle. Just how far will it topple though? Will it be a mere splodge or will it ruin the carpet?

If you like your psychological thriller platter to be filled with huge dollops of evil and lashings of manipulation, then you need this on your reading menu. What are you waiting for, tuck in!


Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


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Toxic Justice by MA Comley


When life gets tough…

Desperation seeps in.

When Jonathan Giles has nowhere left to turn in life, he commits suicide. How can a fifteen-year-old boy be driven to take such drastic action to solve his problems?

DI Lorne Warner is about to tackle the most heart-wrenching, nonsensical case of her career.

With the suicide statistics among teenagers rising on her patch, DCI Roberts asks Lorne to investigate the reasons behind the victims taking their own lives.

Will the shocking truth Lorne and her tenacious team uncover give the grieving families the justice they deserve?

My thoughts:

This book immediately starts with a short, sharp shock and it doesn’t stop! The race against time to find the mystery message sender is immediately on. From the minute you’ve read a couple of pages, it is obvious that it’s going to be a heartbreaker of a story.

Toxic Justice is book 18 in the Justice series. It worked very well as a stand-alone but as with any series, I think readers will feel a better connection with main character, Lorne, if they have read others. Saying that, the story is complete and if you just fancied this title, you’re enjoyment of the story would not be compromised.

The author bravely tackles some dark themes. Bullying and teen suicide are the main focuses of the story. The novel also made me think deeply about the power of words and how important it is to treat each other kindly. It also shows how lack of justice is prevalent when it comes to bullying amongst children at school. A deeply sad read.


Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


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Framed by Derek Coleman


Shyanne Sawyer is a quiet, shy girl who graduated high school top of her class. Her ambition was to go to college and then to teach. Instead, twelve months later, she’s been found guilty of first degree murder and is awaiting sentencing.

Meanwhile Milo Franks is a billionaire who is convinced that, despite being found in a locked room with a gun in her hand and a body at her feet, Shyanne is innocent. He says he doesn’t know her but he’s paying for her defense and he’s hired Dean and Steph to prove her innocence.

The more they investigate, the more he seems to be involved and the higher the body count grows. They find themselves in a desperate chase to find the last witness before the killer does because, if they don’t get there first, they won’t be able to prove whether Shyanne really did shoot a stranger in cold blood or if there was a more sinister motive behind what happened to her.

My thoughts:

I’ve read and loved every book in this series and this one didn’t disappoint. The ongoing chemistry between private investigators, Dean and Steph, is so well written in this book and across the series. Their personalities really come across. They are likeable characters going about the business of uncovering who is behind such a heinous crime.

This particular investigation focuses on Shyanne, a teenager who has been convicted of murder. I loved how the investigation into the potential miscarriage of justice unfolded. This is a novel full of danger, action and tension. With a murderer on the loose, Steph and Dean are embroiled in a race against time to make sure their witnesses remain safe.

This fast moving mystery kept me glued to the pages. It can be read as a standalone but I’d recommend starting with the first book in the series which is called Guilty, it will help you to appreciate the development of the regular characters. It’s fab, fast and set in West Virginia, why not download a sample of book one? See if you become as hooked as me.

Another hit, Derek!


Thanks so much for reading. 💟💟💟
Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


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