My Mother’s Secret by Julia Roberts- review.

Publication date: 27th January, 2020.


They told me he died, but I never believed them. I’d have known,’ she says, her voice little more than a whisper and her eyes searching mine. ‘A mother would know if her child died, wouldn’t she?’

The phone call comes in the middle of the night, rousing Danni from her safe, warm bed. The police have found her mother Diana wandering along the main road, miles from her house, confused and lost.

Danni races to her mother’s side, but when she arrives, as always, her mother doesn’t seem to care. ‘Go away, Danni,’ she says. ‘I don’t want you.’

When she was a child, Danni would lie awake at night wondering what she had done to make her mother so cold. Now she is determined to put the past behind them and make Diana as happy as she can in the time they have left.

But as some of Diana’s memories are slipping away, others are forcing their way to the surface. One night Diana breaks down in tears and reveals her heartbreaking secret. Years before Danni was born, there was another baby who never got to see the world. Now there is one last thing Danni can do for her mother. She will find her brother’s resting place, and bring Diana some peace.

But good intentions can have unexpected consequences, and soon Danni’s life will be changed forever. Are some secrets best left buried?

A completely heartbreaking and compelling story of families, secrets, and the fierce love between mothers and children. Fans of Amanda Prowse, Ali Mercer and Jodi Picoult will smile through their tears.

About the author

Julia Roberts self-published her first novel in 2015, Life’s a Beach and Then, the first part of the Liberty Sands Trilogy, followed by books two and three in the trilogy and the stand-alone, Alice in Theatreland, before signing a three book deal with Bookouture, under the name J G Roberts, for a detective/crime/thriller series centred around DCI Rachel Hart.

Little Girl Missing, was published in June 2019, followed by What He Did and Why She Died. She has now re-signed with Bookouture as Julia Roberts for two emotional heartbreakers; the first one, My Mother’s Secret, is publishing in January 2021 and is available now on pre-order.

Born in Nottingham, Julia travelled the world working as a professional dancer, singer and TV presenter, experience she was able to call on when developing the character of travel blogger, Holly, for her Liberty Sands trilogy.

Following roles as a hostess on the The Price is Right and a member of the Beadle’s About hit squad, she auditioned as a presenter for QVC, and launched the American shopping channel in the UK where she still works full-time.

She has two grown-up children who are in part responsible for her becoming a novelist. On Mother’s Day 2013, they gave her a notebook with words ‘Hold On People… I’m Having An Idea’, on the cover. On the first morning of a much-needed holiday in Mauritius, following a year of treatment for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, Julia had just that – the idea for her first novel.

My thoughts

This book was so sad! So very, very, sad. I really felt for Danni. Mostly because of the situation she had been thrown into with her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, but the other reason was the state of their mother/daughter relationship. I asked myself a few times, how can all their issues be repaired? In my head, I couldn’t see a solution. All I could see were rising tensions and vitriol.

I loved main character, Danni’s interactions with her husband, her two girls and Maxine; they were a delight to read. I also felt a sense of realism with it all, such as the financial constraints that Danni’s family were suffering at such a time when money would make a few things easier for them. This gave the whole book an authentic feel to it.

Julia Robert’s tells a fantastic tale of dealing with lifelong rejection. I really enjoyed the mystery surrounding Diana’s secret. The investigative journey that Danni took to reach the truth really had me flipping over the pages at speed. Word of advice, make sure you have tissues at hand. ‘My Mother’s Secret’ is a tearjerker of a read!

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The Broken Ones – (DI Gina Harte – book 8)


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The Broken Ones

Amber applies a dash of red lipstick and checks herself out in the mirror before heading out on a date. ‘Don’t wait up!’ she calls to her housemates as she leaves. But Amber never returns home that night. Amber Slater is never seen again.

The last person to see Amber was her housemate. He remembers everything she was wearing that night. He watched her leave. He listened to every word of her phone conversation with her friend before she left. He knows more about Amber’s movements than anyone.

At university, she is well-liked by her fellow students and teachers. Her tutor’s voice shakes when he is questioned by the police. Some say he and Amber were very close. Too close. Some say his wife had just found out about their relationship.

The manager at the restaurant where Amber was supposed to eat that night says she didn’t show up. Yet the chef at the restaurant is overly chatty about her. He wasn’t working that night. He wasn’t answering his phone. Nobody knows where he was when Amber went missing.

Rumours begin to circulate about Amber, it seems that everyone has a story to tell. But when the young girl’s lifeless body is found in a local park, with her blue lips glued shut, the gossip suddenly goes quiet. As the police trace the last few hours of Amber’s life, it seems that the girl simply vanished on her way to catch her bus. And when another woman goes missing in the dead of night, it’s a race against time to find her before she too is silenced forever.

Fans of crime books from Angela Marsons, Cara Hunter and Clare Mackintosh will love The Broken Ones.





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What I Did by Kate Bradley – review.

Publication date: 21st January, 2020.


Lisa is running.

She has taken her child, Jack, and she has run from his father.

Lisa thinks she’s safe.

She’s found a remote house where no one will be able to find them.

Lisa is about to wake up in her worst nightmare.

And now she must face what she’s tried to escape.

Risking everything to protect her little boy, Lisa knows that in order to survive she will have to fight, but it’s hard to face someone you loved, especially someone you still love, who knows who you really are – and what you are really capable of.

Family is everything. What would you do to protect it?

About the author

Kate Bradley worked for many years managing services for people who are marginalised by society; her work has taken her into prisons, mental health hospitals and alongside the homeless. She currently works in education. She holds a first-class degree in English Literature, in addition to qualifications in creative writing and teaching. Kate lives in a small coastal town just outside of Brighton with her husband and sons.

My thoughts

‘What I did’ is a highly immersive psychological thriller and I couldn’t put it down. I felt every bit of Lisa’s journey as she ran from her old life; but life catches up with a person and this novel didn’t disappoint. Domestic violence and escaping it feature heavily in this book as does addiction. There is so much at stake at every turn which puts the pressure on throughout.

It’s tense, frightening and had me biting my nails on a few occasions as I read through the night. I really enjoyed the chapters that explored Lisa’s relationship with her mother.

It’s not without its shockers. In fact, there are plenty. It’s a twisty read. About halfway through, I’m like… ‘what? Now, I wasn’t expecting that,’ but don’t worry, everything made total sense – clever!

Lisa’s past and present chapters both had a real urgency about them. This definitely kept me turning the pages late into the night. It’s also screams, ‘how far would you go to protect someone you dearly loved?’

If you enjoy psychological thrillers that will have your heart racing and are jam-packed with danger, then this is your book. Loved it!

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The Other People by CJ Tudor – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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The Other People by CJ Tudor – review.


Driving home one night, Gabe sees the face of a little girl he knows in the rear window of the car in front.

She mouths one word – ‘Daddy’. It’s his five-year old daughter, Izzy.

He never sees her again.

The police believe she’s dead. But three years later, Gabe still drives the roads, searching for the car that took Izzy, never giving up hope . . .

Meanwhile Fran and her daughter, Alice, aren’t searching – but running.

Always one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.

Because Fran knows the truth about Gabe’s daughter.

And she knows what the people chasing her will do if they ever catch them . . .

About the author

C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.

Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.

Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.

My thoughts

I loved the hook! Man sees daughter calling out for him in the back of the car in front, yet when he quickly pulls over to call home in a panic, he realises that his wife and daughter have just been murdered. I’m like… what? This opening alone had me literally reading as fast as I could to work out what was happening.

Wow, where do we go from here? We get an exploration of themes; grief, revenge and the relentless pursuit of the truth. I loved how Gabe lived in his camper van, living the lonely life of a man clutching at very flimsy straws. His character saddened me with every turn. With his certainty at what he saw and the probability of the truth; it felt like he was chasing ghosts.

There was heaps of mystery too. Who was the samaritan? And, then there are the pebbles, which I’m not saying anymore about in this review as I don’t want to give anything away. At times I felt really creeped out which was brilliant. I was hoping for creepy and ‘The Other People’ delivered in abundance.

This novel has a sinister feel, it’s full of questions and the supernatural elements really keep it at the top bar. Each character had a part to play and they were weaved into the story superbly.

There were plenty of surprises which kept me glued right up to the end. A wonderfully chilling book that centres on a search for the truth!

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The Chalet by Catherine Cooper – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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The Chalet by Catherine Cooper – review.


French Alps, 1998

Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.

20 years later

Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.

Someone knows what really happened that day.

And somebody will pay.

About the author

Catherine Cooper is a freelance journalist writing for many national newspapers and magazines, specialising in travel. Most recently she has written several ski pieces for the Guardian and is currently compiling a 50 best family holidays round up for the Telegraph. She also makes regular appearances as a talking head on daytime TV. She lives in France with her husband and two teenage children, and is a keen skier.

My thoughts

I loved this fabulous mystery! From the setting to the characters; all had me intrigued. The voice I particularly loved was the young girl in the second half of the book who spoke of her mama. Those chapters were heartbreaking and definitely had me trying to guess who she was.

The pacing was great. With what felt like fairly short chapters representing several different voices, I really enjoyed the insight from each of them. They all had something to bring to the table that was important in pushing the story forward.

I’m going to mention the setting again. Why? Because it’s awesome. I really felt the chill of the mountains and for someone who has never been skiing or to a ski chalet, it came across an exciting location. The perfect setting for what happened. It’s definitely made me want to try a snowy holiday at some point my life.

The chapters involving Louise were compelling to read. I really felt for her with what happened. (No spoilers here). Ria and Hugo’s story was another that I enjoyed as I second guessed their relationship.

‘The Chalet’ is a fast moving mystery set in the most amazing location. It’s well written and all the characters cleverly come together in an exciting denouement. A fantastic read by Catherine Cooper that I’d recommend to psychological thriller lovers.

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‘Did My Love Life Shrink in the Wash?’ by Kristen Bailey – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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‘Did My Love Life Shrink in the Wash?’ by Kristen Bailey – review.

Publication date: 11th January, 2020.


It’s normal to wish that your baby came with a snooze button, right?

When I got pregnant, Will and I didn’t have a clue what we were signing up for. It turns out that there’s loads we weren’t warned about:

1) In the middle of the night you’ll be begging Siri for advice on getting your baby to sleep. (In case you’re wondering, whale music doesn’t work.)

2) If you make the mistake of going to a nightclub you’ll nod off, drool, and be woken up by an angry bouncer.

3) You’ll spend more time spooning your child’s cuddly donkey than your own boyfriend.

4) Communication with your other half will be via post-it notes on the fridge, mainly telling him to buy more milk.

5) Sex is something that happened in another dimension.

But even if I feel like I’m waiting for my motherhood powers to come in the post, at least I’ve got Will. Our old life – festivals, sambuca shots, an actual sex life – might be a distant memory, but we can get through anything together, can’t we?

At least that’s what I thought until, one day, Will walked out on us… If I’m on my own (apart from Siri, obviously) can I do this whole parenting thing? Or I am destined to lose my sanity one sleepless night at a time?

A totally hilarious and absolutely relatable tale for anyone who has survived parenthood purely on microwave meals, wishing for an IV drip of coffee to get them through! This uplifting page-turner will make your belly ache with laughter. Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks, Sophie Ranald and Sophie Kinsella.

About the author

Mother-of-four, rum-drinker, binge-watcher, receipt hoarder, enthusiastic but terrible cook. Kristen also writes. She used to write short fiction before her first two novels were published in 2016.

In 2019, she was long listed in the Comedy Women in Print Prize and has since joined the Bookouture family. HAS ANYONE SEEN MY SEX LIFE?, CAN I GIVE MY HUSBAND BACK? and DID MY LOVE LIFE SHRINK IN THE WASH? follow the Callaghan sisters and are a fresh take on modern life, love and family. Apparently, they’re funny but her husband likes to tell her different.

She lives in Hampshire, UK. She also is a whizz at world capitals and thinks pineapple belongs on pizza. Don’t fight her on this.

My thoughts

What an honest and refreshing look at motherhood and the trials and tribulations that come with a new baby! I’m now going to add side-splitting funny as another major positive. ‘Did My Love Life Shrink in the Wash?’ is both hilarious and heartwarming in equal measures.

I particularly loved Beth’s friendship with Paddy, the mature next-door-neighbour. I enjoyed how they confided and leaned on each other for support. In fact, this book really was all about the relationships. I found myself caring about all of the key characters. The sisters were fab and their interactions with Beth were full of giggles and wit. Another relationship I have to mention is that between Yasmin the model and Beth. I really didn’t expect that one to play out the way it did but it was oh so satisfying. You’ll have to read it to find out why.

Okay, now I’ll head to what I felt was the main theme in this book – coming to terms with having a new baby in your life. This was handled expertly. Although my daughter is all grown up, I could relate – big time! Every insecurity that Kristen brought up was totally relatable. I will also applaud how body positive this book is. I loved how the sisters could laugh and celebrate their changed bodies together. Bravo for doing that so brilliantly.

To sum up, this will have you doubled over in chuckles and you might even shed a tear. It’s a spot-on read for this time of the year too. I thought it was brill!

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The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré – review.


I don’t just want to be having any kind voice . . .

I want a louding voice.

At fourteen, Adunni dreams of getting an education and giving her family a more comfortable home in her small Nigerian village. Instead, Adunni’s father sells her off to become the third wife of an old man. When tragedy strikes in her new home, Adunni flees to the wealthy enclaves of Lagos, where she becomes a house-girl to the cruel Big Madam, and prey to Big Madam’s husband. But despite her situation continuously going from bad to worse, Adunni refuses to let herself be silenced. And one day, someone hears her.

About the author

Abi Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in the UK for over 18 years. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Keen to improve her writing, Abi completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London, achieving a Distinction. Her novel, THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE won The Bath Novel Award in 2018 and was selected as a finalist in The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition in 2018. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two children.

My thoughts

Abi Daré has created the most distinctive voice for Adunni, it was so compelling I found myself totally immersed, from start to end! There’s no way on earth any human with feelings wouldn’t want to wrap Adunni up and take her away from all the bad.

Her pain was immense and her ambitions, completely skewered to the point of being metaphorically strangled. The misogyny is on another level; firstly with her father selling her, then as the third bride of an old man. I smelt the sweat, blood and tears. Just when I hoped things would get better, they got worse; much worse. But there is more to the story. It centres around justice and determination, and it will definitely have you hurrying along to find out how it all ends.

I really enjoyed that it was set in Nigeria. The descriptions of the houses and the landscape really gave me something wonderful to explore in this book. I loved the market chapter too. As for the supporting characters, Tia and Kofi were inspiring, showing that a little human kindness can go a long way.

Adunni’s character came across as brilliantly authentic and I’m still sad at a lot of the incidents in this story but I know this level of violence is rife in the world. I know I’ve said it before, but these stories need to be told and they need to be heard. Maybe we all need to take something from Adunni’s story and use our own louding voices. In fact, no, there’s no maybe about it, we should use our voices to call out abuse, exploitation, suffering, and not just our own. There are too many people suffering in the world. If you’re not suffering, someone else is. Take inspiration from this book and speak for them.

What more can I say? I loved this book so much. You have to read it now!

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Dead Cold by Jane Heafield – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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Dead Cold by Jane Heafield – review.


The truth lies in the darkest places…

When an anonymous call sends police to a house in Sheffield, a dead couple are discovered in the kitchen. Their skulls have been caved in, their hands mutilated, and their eyes damaged beyond recognition.

When Detective Inspector Lucy Miller is handed the investigation, she is thrilled. She loves high-profile cases. But when her boss is involved in a traffic collision the investigation is stripped from her and given to DCI Bennet.

But Miller refuses to quit.

Soon Bennet realises that Miller is interfering with his investigation and warns her off the case. However, when a link is made to a cold case, she is drawn in deeper.

Then, when the police realise the victims aren’t who they think they are, the mystery is blown wide open…

Will Miller be able to solve the case and keep her career intact?

Or is this investigation going to be her undoing?

About the author

‘I am a biomedical scientist living in England. I write detective fiction and psychological fiction. Dead Cold is my first book.’

My thoughts

‘Dead Cold’ is the first book in the DI Miller and DCI Bennett series and I thought it was a gripping introduction to the duo. I loved how Lucy Miller muscled her way into the investigation and their dynamics as a team were fab. The chapters mentioning her personal life were a delight to read. The relationship between Lucy and her sister had me almost walking on eggshells for her.

The murder was certainly gruesome and memorable, and it also had a strong historic link. As the investigation unfolded, I had to know who committed the murder and why. The ending was a shocker and I certainly didn’t guess the outcome before the reveal. It also had its moments of tragedy if we consider how an upbringing and harsh life events can affect a child when they reach adulthood.

A great start to a new series. Gripping and fast-paced, I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking to try a new police procedural!

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Ghoster by Jason Arnopp – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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Ghoster by Jason Arnopp – review.


Kate Collins has been ghosted.

She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty flat. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.

Except for his mobile phone.

Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his texts, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.

That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognise. Scratch marks on the door that she can’t explain.

And the growing feeling that she’s being watched . . .

Jason Arnopp – author of The Last Days of Jack Sparks, a Radio 2 Bookclub pick – returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . .

About the author

Jason Arnopp is the author of the new Orbit Books novel Ghoster, which Barnes & Noble’s SFF blog has said, “just might qualify as the first true horror novel of the 21st Century.” The Three author Sarah Lotz calls it, “a fiendishly smart exploration of obsession and social media addiction”, while Cross Her Heat author Sarah Pinborough reckons it’s, “twisty, creepy and utterly absorbing.”

Arnopp’s previous novel was The Last Days Of Jack Sparks (2016), which has been described as “a magnificent millennial nightmare” (Alan Moore), “scarier than watching The Exorcist in an abandoned asylum” (Sarah Lotz) and “The Omen for the social media age” (Christopher Brookmyre). Director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code) optioned the film rights shortly after the book’s 2016 release.

Arnopp co-wrote the official behind-the-scenes book Inside Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Check out his four shorter-form fiction titles:

— Beast In The Basement, a suspenseful, mind-blowing thriller novella

— A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home, a chilling and groundbreaking short story set in YOUR home

— Auto Rewind, a dark, emotionally charged thriller novelette

— American Hoarder, a supernatural creep-fest available only when you join the author’s free mailing list at

Arnopp previously wrote and executive-produced the Lionsgate feature film Stormhouse and script-edited the Peter Mullan feature The Man Inside. He has also written for the worlds of Doctor Who (BBC), The Sarah Jane Adventures (BBC) and Friday The 13th (New Line Cinema).

In his past life as a rock journalist, he interviewed the likes of Bon Jovi, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and Guns N’ Roses. He was once surrounded by angry guards holding semi-automatic weapons at The Vatican. His Slipknot biography, Slipknot: Inside The Sickness, Behind The Masks, was released in 2001 and is now available as a Kindle Edition. Arnopp has also written a guide to journalistic interviewing, entitled How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else, which is also out on Kindle.

Arnopp’s latest non-fiction book is From The Front Lines Of Rock. Available in the Kindle Store now, it gathers 30 of his favourite nterviews he wrote as a rock journalist, with the likes of Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Korn, Kiss, Faith No More, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails and Green Day.

When you sign up for Arnopp’s free newsletter at, you can also download his short story American Hoarder for free. You might also want to check out his YouTube channel by searching for his name there. What a wonderful world.

My thoughts

Wow! Ghoster is a fantastically creepy book! I loved it from start to end. It absolutely satiated my love of horror, mystery and psychological thriller.

There are a few chapters that really raised the hairs on the back of my neck. The supernatural scenes were spine tingling. I devoured the whole book at speed, reading like mad to find out what was happening. I even woke up in the night a couple of times to carry on reading from my Kindle, in the dark, but that gave me the chills! Haha – serves me right.

I loved some of the themes in the book and one of them was tech/social media addiction. It’s easy to see how we’ve become a glued-to-a-screen species and Ghoster explores this in depth. Does tech alleviate loneliness or create it? Hell, do we even know we’re lonely when we’re using these devices as an all-consuming crutch? The tech theme is cleverly and intricately worked into the plot.

As for main character, Kate the paramedic, I really felt for her. Turning up to start a new life in a new town, leaving everything behind for what should be a fresh and exciting chapter in life then having everything whipped from beneath her on day one seemed unfair, but exciting in story terms. With all that came a fantastic hook. It had me asking the what, where, when, why and how. Will Kate ever catch up with Scott and what will he have to say for himself when or if she ever does? Obviously I can’t answer that question here as I’d spoil this fantastic read for you, and I don’t want to do that. Nope – my lips are as tight as a closed clam.

Ghoster is a top read and I’ll be thinking about it for a while, especially that ending!

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Breathe Your Last by Lisa Regan – review.

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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Breathe Your Last by Lisa Regan – review.

Publication date: 9th December, 2020.


Josie presses her hands into the center of the drowned girl’s chest and pumps, counting off compressions. She takes in the girl’s beautiful face, her brown eyes glassy. The memory of a champion swimmer on the podium with her teammates—a red swim cap on, her head thrown back in laughter—a stark contrast to the cold, still body before her. Breathe. Just breathe…

The body of a young girl lying face down in a swimming pool—white tennis shoes still on her feet, chestnut hair fanned out like a halo—is the last thing Detective Josie Quinn expects to find on an early morning visit to see her brother before class at Denton University. But when she recognizes the girl’s face as she drags her limp body from the water, there’s only one question racing through Josie’s mind: how does a champion swimmer accidentally drown?

Nysa Somers’ family are distraught. She was a model student, beloved daughter and everybody’s friend. There’s no way she would do anything reckless enough to put her scholarship at risk, let alone her life. It’s up to Josie and her team to piece together what happened in the hours leading up to Nysa’s death, and that begins with finding her missing backpack.

But the bag, discarded in the woods on the nearby campus, contains nothing more than empty food wrappers, Nysa’s phone and a cryptic calendar entry telling her to be a mermaid.

The next day, a terrible housefire envelops the nearby home of a retired fireman, nearly killing his two granddaughters. The last words the little girls heard him mutter before he set the blaze were, be a match.

As the body count rises, it’s only Josie who can see the deadly pattern forming. Can she convince her team that the wrapper found in Nysa’s bag is the crucial link they’re missing? Josie knows she must go it alone if she’s going to stop this silent and calculated serial killer before any more precious lives are taken.

But with the killer finally in her sights, Josie takes a deadly risk and finds herself hanging onto life by her fingernails. Can she trust her team to save her, and before it’s too late?

An unputdownable and nail-biting crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

About the author

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling suspense novelist. Her titles include Finding Claire Fletcher, Losing Leah Holloway, Hold Still, Cold-Blooded, Kill For You, and Vanishing Girls. Lisa is a member of Sisters In Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the U.S. with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.

Her seventh novel, The Girl With No Name (Josie Quinn #2) will be released by Bookouture in April of 2018.

My thoughts

This novel is absolutely buzzing with thrills from start to end! I loved the set up, and the antagonist was as scary as they get. There’s danger around every corner and it doesn’t get more life threatening. There is so much at stake throughout, I couldn’t help but hurry through it to find out who the culprit was.

I also really enjoyed the romantic element. Don’t get me wrong, this book is first and foremost a crime book but the relationship between Noah and the kickass lead, Josie just heightened everything. Then there was an oh-my-goodness ending where I wanted to cover my eyes, but that’s just stupid when you’re reading. So… with one eye open, I braved the rest.

‘Breathe Your Last’ is a tightly plotted, tense, police procedural and thriller with huge lashings of action. Brilliant and bravo!

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