#Tuesdaybookblog ‘Bedlam’ by LJ Ross #BookReview #Thriller #Audible

This is the third installment of the Alexander Gregory Thrillers and it can be read as a standalone, but I urge you to read book one and two first, because they are also just brilliant!

The Alexander Gregory Thrillers

From the blurb

Fresh from a high-profile case in the Paris fashion world, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the FBI. The wife of a notorious criminal has been admitted to a private psychiatric hospital and can no longer testify in his upcoming trial. Without her, their case will collapse but, amidst reports that the staff are as unpredictable as their patients, who can the police trust?

In desperation, they turn to an outsider and now Gregory must find the courage to step inside the fortified walls of Buchanan Hospital to uncover the truth. The question is, will he ever be the same again?

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


Bedlam: An Alexander Gregory Thriller (The Alexander Gregory Thrillers Book 3) by [LJ Ross]

My Review

Dr Gregory is a well known English forensic psychologist and criminal profiler. He is also a complex character who is battling with his own demons.

On this occasion he is helping the FBI solve a case related to the mafia. He goes undercover in a private psychiatric hospital, pretending to be a patient, and things get very complicated while he’s hospitalised. 

I love Gregory’s complex, dark character and the way he battles with his own demons, which he is well on his way to recovering in this installment. In fact, I really enjoyed the psychological aspects of the novel and the discussions between doctors and patients at the hospital.

I’m glad Dr Gregory found a love interest in this novel, who is more of a possible long-term relationship than his previous female friends in the first two books (You know by now that I’m an incurable romantic!). Although Bedlam is in not a romance, there is a hint of things to come, and I hope it works out for both of them.

LJ Ross does a wonderful job of creating authentic characters and throwing them headlong into challenging situations, which they cope with and overcome because of their resourcefulness, moral strength and compassion. And of course, we have the villains, selfish people who have no moral scruples.  

I preordered the kindle version, but I added the audible version and ended up listening to Richard Armitage’s fabulous narration. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

#AtoZChallenge2019 #Audiobooks ‘A’ is for Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott @Audible

I’m thrilled to start my AtoZ Blogging challenge this year with one of my favourite contemporary writers, Rachel Abbott author of a crime fiction series of eight novels featuring DCI Tom Douglas as well as a standalone psychological thriller, And So it Begins.

Rachel Abbot is a fascinating writer who was one of the first to decide to take the self-publishing route on Amazon in 2011. By March 2016, she had sold two million books and had been named Amazon’s most popular independently published author in the UK. Find out more on Wikipedia and on her webpage and blog

I’ve read and enjoyed all of her DCI To Douglas books, except book 8, The Shape of Lies, which I’ve preordered on my audible credit because it won’t be available until 16th April

Stranger Child: the emotional thriller that keeps you guessing (Tom Douglas Thrillers Book 4) by [Abbott, Rachel]

I didn’t start with book 1, Only the Innocent, which I read later, and it’s the only one I haven’t read as an audiobook.

I started listening to Stranger Child, which blew me away with her writing style, the suspense and intricate plot.

All her novels are unique, but I loved her complex and likeable main characters as well as the very evil and realistic villains in Stranger Child. Her novels are brilliantly narrated, well plotted thrillers with plenty of killer twists and turns, which are mostly set in and around Manchester, UK. Lisa Coleman, who also narrates Kill me Again, and Come a Little Closer, really brought the story to life.

The Back Road is a takes place in an English village, in the north of England. Lots of suspects, intricate personal relationships, lies, a touch of romance and plenty of red herrings to keep the reader guessing till the end!

The Sixth Window is another complex case for Tom and his team, including his sidekick, DI Becky Robinson, this time related to child / adolescent pornography. A disturbing, but not explicit, look at how young girls are lured, seduced and tricked by unscrupulous adults. The audio version by Rachel Atkins really brought the story to life.

The Sixth Window: The unbearably tense psychological thriller (Tom Douglas Thrillers Book 6) by [Abbott, Rachel]

Come a Little Closer is another brilliant crime thrillers which DCI Tom Douglas and his team solve. This one is dark and creepy with plenty of twists and surprises. Highly recommended for lovers of intense, crime thrillers.

Kill Me Again is a twisted thriller which brings up many moral dilemmas, right up to the shocking ending. Terrifying, sad and realistic portrayal of the creation of serial killers and psychopaths. This one reminded me of Harlan Coben’s suspenseful thrillers. She’s a genius!

Sleep Tight (Tom Douglas Thrillers Book 3) by [Abbott, Rachel]

One of my favourites is Sleep Tight, which is book 3, perhaps it’s because there are two narrators and first and third POV, which I appreciate. Andrew Wincott reads the third person narration, mainly the police procedural part, and Melody Grove reads Olivia Brooke’s the first person account of the disappearance of her children.

Here’s the blurb of Sleep Tight:

How far would you go to hold on to the people you love?

When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced.

Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is on the kitchen table.

The police want to issue a national appeal, but every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.

And then they find the blood…

Has the past caught up with Olivia?

Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.

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You can start reading Rachel Abbott’s novels wherever you like, they’re all fabulous! Once you start, I bet you’ll read them all! Especially for lovers of contemporary crime fiction set in the UK.

Rachel Abbott’s Audible Author Page

What? You’ve never read an Audiobook? Here are my 34 reasons why you should be reading audiobooks! 

I’ll be reviewing an audiobook a day throughout April, so come back tomorrow!

Would you like to read about the other authors and audiobooks I’ve posted about during the challenge, which started on 1st April? Here they are!

Find out more about this blogging challenge here!

 

#TuesdayBookBlog ‘Then She Ran’ by Charlie Gallagher #Amreading #Bookreviews #Heist #Thriller

Today I’m reviewing Then She Ran by Charlie Gallagher.

THEN SHE RAN an absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist by [GALLAGHER, CHARLIE]

Blurb

On a lazy Sunday morning, Jenny Harris is shaken awake by her panic-stricken boyfriend, Joseph. Their baby daughter lies asleep on her chest. ‘We’ve got to go!’ Joseph screams.

In their hotel room, Jenny hurriedly wraps her tiny baby up. All their belongings are left behind. There’s no time. Joseph’s panic is contagious.

Jenny sprints with her family from the hotel. And it’s clear that they are being chased. Their pursuers are indiscriminate and they are deadly.

Her boyfriend falls, caught up in the carnage, but he manages to give her one last message: ‘RUN!’

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My Review

I came across this novel by chance on Amazon. I looked inside because of the blurb and downloaded it after the first paragraph. In fact, it gripped me from the very first line: ‘Jenny, honey, we’ve got to go now!’

From then on Jenny, Joseph and their baby are on the run first from ruthless killers and then from the police. They are forced to split up and there follow four acion-packed days on the run for Jenny, Joseph and their four-month old baby.

Jenny has no idea who wants to kill her or why. Her several escapes and near death experiences are realistic and thrilling.

On the other hand we will be following the police investigation, which in spite of some important blunders, is meticulously and realistically carried out.

I enjoyed the insight to police procedure and to the points where it crossed personal boundaries, and the people involved in the crimes became of real personal interest to the investigators, especially PI George Elms, a complex, clever man, who makes up for his errors (he’s only human) with dedication and resourcefulness.

The characters were fully fleshed to the point that I could see them, understand how they felt and sympathise with their actions.

The plot was perfect. Two separate crimes, both seemingly unrelated and inexplicable, gradually merge and everything starts making sense.

I enjoy reading realistic, cleverly plotted crime stories, like Then She Ran, where all the threads are plausibly and cleverly tied up at the end.

It’s a bit like a happy ever after romance, although there is no romance in this novel, and yet there is a great deal of love, real, unrequited, misdirected and tragic.

I would definitely recommend Charlie Gallagher’s books to lovers of thrilling, procedural, crime fiction.

He knows what he’s writing about, because he’s been working with UK police force, and his first hand knowledge and understanding of police procedure and human nature come across in this novel.

Especially for readers who love well-plotted and exciting and realistic police procedural fiction.

 I will definitely be reading more novels by this author.

THE LANGTHORNE SERIES box set of three gripping crime thrillers by [GALLAGHER, CHARLIE]

More books in the series I look forward to reading.

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Then She Ran was published in April 2018 and it already has almost 100 reviews 4.3 average on Amazon UK and it’s currently Number 1 Bestseller on Amazon.com for Heist Thrillers. Great detective fiction. Hours of excitement and entertainment guaranteed, and you can buy it for well under the price of a coffee!

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