The Dinner Party by RJ Parker – review.


All your friends are invited. But which of them will survive?

An addictive and twisty psychological thriller about the dark secrets that lie within a peaceful neighbourhood.

Eight friends. Eight secrets. One killer.

A group of old friends gather in a peaceful suburban street for a dinner party.

They are expecting a fun evening of wine, food and pleasant company. But then they start to play the game…

It’s about trust and dark secrets – it tests marriage to its limits – and none of them can begin to imagine its consequences.

Because the next day, two guests are dead and the others are trapped in a nightmare…

My thoughts

Well I have to say, I loved this psychological thriller. It had me gripped, and what a fast read. I whizzed through it, dying to know how it ended.

I loved the set up, each person at the dinner party all having a secret but no one knowing exactly what that secret was at the time. The reveal is gradual as the secrets are uncovered. And, the drama – it’s tense. I won’t give away any of the high points as I don’t want to ruin it for any potential readers.

Ted was a relatable main character. I liked him and enjoyed being in his head throughout the whole novel. If you love a psychological thriller, full of tension and secrets, then you’ll enjoy The Dinner Party.

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

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Imposter by LJ Ross – review.


There’s a killer inside all of us…

After an elite criminal profiling unit is shut down amidst a storm of scandal and mismanagement, only one person emerges unscathed. Forensic psychologist Doctor Alexander Gregory has a reputation for being able to step inside the darkest minds to uncover whatever secrets lie hidden there and, soon enough, he finds himself drawn into the murky world of murder investigation.

In the beautiful hills of County Mayo, Ireland, a killer is on the loose. Panic has a stranglehold on its rural community and the Garda are running out of time. Gregory has sworn to follow a quiet life but, when the call comes, can he refuse to help their desperate search for justice?

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Irish landscape.

My thoughts

What a great opening to a new series! Loving Dr Gregory with his mysterious past and also loving the psychological aspect to this investigation. Those nightmares – eek! Creepy!

The murders were haunting and the story moved at a pace. I really enjoyed the County Mayo landscape which had been expertly painted in words by the author, as well as the close community where everyone seems to be under suspicion.

It made a refreshing change for me to read a novel where the main character is a profiler. Fantastic read!

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

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Deluded by MA Comley – review.


Revenge–some people crave it…

For most it is unobtainable.

DI Sara Ramsey is forced to tackle one of her toughest cases to date when a tragic fire turns out to be the actions of a deranged arsonist.

A person set on revenge…but why? What’s his motive? He’s risking everything, striking when innocent people are asleep in their beds, leaving in his wake a trail of devastation that is harrowing for Sara and her team to unravel.

Emotions are running high for all concerned: the families, the investigation team, and the murderer.

Can Sara capture the perpetrator while dealing with a personal issue that rocks her world, or will the murderer complete his revengeful agenda?  


Grab this fast-paced thriller today. 


Other books in the series are:

No Right To Kill

Killer Blow

The Dead Can’t Speak

My thoughts

What another fantastic book in the DI Sara Ramsey series? I’ve really enjoyed following the main character throughout all the books and once again, I loved this case.

About the case – horrific! I really enjoyed how the investigation panned out and definitely felt the tension throughout, especially as the perp was such a dangerous one. I also really felt for the families involved as I sped through this book. By sped, I don’t mean skipped things, I mean hurried up so that I could find out what would happen next and who the killer was.

This is a brilliant police procedural that gallops towards a satisfying ending as it tackles the hurdles. Another cracker!

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

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Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell – review.


Home Is Where The Nightmare Is

Beautiful double room to let to single person

Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself.

Compelled to undercover the secrets of the man who lived in the room before her, Lisa is alarmed when increasingly disturbing incidents start to happen. Someone doesn’t want Lisa to find out the truth.

As the four walls of this house and its secrets begin to close in on Lisa, she descends into a hellish hall of mirrors where she’s not sure what’s real and what’s not as she claws her way towards the truth…

Did this room already claim one victim?

Is it about to take another?

My thoughts

What a creepy psychological thriller! I love how it teeters on the edge of horror. I mean, the hook is fantastic.

Main character, Lisa, takes the tenancy on a room in a house with hostile landlord and then finds a suicide note left by a previous tenant. It had me screaming, ‘get out’ – but that wouldn’t be much fun would it (cue sinister laughter)? And our protagonist isn’t going to be sent packing that easily so she defiantly stays in her hellhole of a room in order to solve the mystery it conceals.

I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. I loved the scares and surprises. This is definitely a book that crawled under my skin. If you love your reads to be a bit nightmarish, then grab a copy of Spare Room. I guarantee nightmares! Mwahah. 😱

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

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The Empty Nest by Sue Watson – review.


‘Sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us, Kat. Everyone has secrets, even the people we love, the people we live with…’

Kat remembers the days when her only daughter Amy wouldn’t leave her side. Amy was the baby who cried when you walked out of the room, the toddler who was too shy to speak to strangers, the small child who clung to Kat’s legs in the school playground.

But now Amy is grown up, and Amy is gone – to university in a town several hours away. Kat’s house – which once felt too full, too noisy, too busy – is deathly quiet, and Kat awaits the daily phone call to tell her that her beloved daughter is thriving and happy.

But one day Amy doesn’t call. Kat’s husband and friends think she is being paranoid – surely Amy is just out, having fun with her friends. But Kat knows right away that something is very wrong. Her daughter would never forget to call. She would never just disappear… After all, Amy has nothing to run from. Or does she?

A gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Girl Before and Gone Girl will be gripped by this unputdownable story about a mother’s obsessive love for her child.

My thoughts

What a book! I felt as though the drama was playing out in almost real-time as I read it. At first, main character, Kat, was portrayed as a classic helicopter mother – an annoyance to her husband with her smothering ways and maybe even her daughter, who’d managed to escape to university. Before long, my suspicions were bouncing all over the place. Helicopter mum knows something isn’t right, but is it something she’s done that’s to blame?

Everyone became a suspect and this novel made me question how I’d react in similar circumstances. If something so scary happened to me, my mind would be everywhere, just like it was while reading this book. I also felt it to be realistic. It’s easy to see how these type of events in real life can tear families and friendships apart – this book explores that fantastically.

If you love drama with large helpings of mystery, this is the book for you. It holds back, teasing the reader with the ‘who did it’ question. Not only that, the ‘why did they do it’ seemed to drive me to hurry to the end. I read the first half of the book over a couple of the days but snatched every moment on day three to race to the finale. I had to know what happened to Amy, and what a shocker it was!

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

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The Scandal by Nicola Marsh – review.


My life is like one of those cheap snow globes my twins collected when they were younger. Shiny and pretty on the outside, blurred beyond recognition when shaken.

Ever since her twin girls left home, Marisa has felt there’s something missing from her life. Her sprawling mansion is no longer filled with laughter and chaos, and she’s desperate to feel needed… and to be distracted from the secret she’s been hiding from her husband for all these years.

Coffee with her best friends might be the only thing holding Marisa together. But Claire and Elly have their own secrets. Like why Claire hasn’t been to work in weeks, or why Elly won’t tell anyone who’s buying her flowers.

When Jodi, a pregnant young girl, turns up at Marisa’s doorstep, Marisa is quick to come to her aid. She sees herself in Jodi and she knows how devoting yourself to looking after others can take up all your time in the most marvellous way.

But Jodi’s arrival quickly pushes everyone’s lies to the surface. The father of her unborn child is someone the women know very well, and Marisa starts to wonder if her obsession with helping Jodi might come at a devastating price…

The Scandal has a twist that will take your breath away. An emotionally charged novel about secrets, affairs and perfect small towns that will be devoured by fans of Kerry Fisher, Big Little Lies and The Other Woman.

My thoughts

I loved how this book weaved the three main characters stories throughout, cleverly only revealing, what I as the reader needed to know. I loved the perfect wife and mother, Marisa. The intriguing, Elly and the dedicated police officer, Claire. Each character had their own problems and author, Nicola Marsh, swept me up in their lives.

As the story unfolded, the problems became more complex with the arrival of Jody, the young pregnant woman. This is when the pace really ramps to lightning speed. The misdirection in this story was superb. I suspected everyone of everything at one point, then I suspected some of them of one crime but not another. My head was everywhere – full of possibilities.

If you enjoy a ‘who done it’ that’s wrapped in scandal and secrets, this is your book. And, the ending is wow! Fab read.

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

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The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor – review.


In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.

That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

My thoughts

Wow! This is the perfect Halloween read for any crime fan. I absolutely loved everything about this book. It’s an amazingly written novel and I adored the eighties chapters. They took me right back to a time I remember and I was probably a similar age to the characters in the book, back then.

I found myself almost instantly gripped. This book begins with a mega hook, and the fairground scene, that’s where the unease and horror begins in a big way. I felt this creepiness washing over me as I read on. Eddie’s scary dreams really got under my skin too.

I loved how the characters relationships developed. This is a story that spans decades through ‘now and then’ chapters.

If you, like me, enjoy something with a chilling vibe at this time of the year, you won’t be disappointed if you choose ‘The Chalk Man’. It appealed to my love of crime and my love of horror, in equal measures! But, be warned, you might want to keep a light on in the darkness of night … mwahaha!

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

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