This is the 19th instalment of “Recent Reads”, where I wrap up 3 books that I don’t have a lot to say about! These are some of the books that I read during my recent blog break, 2 from my TBR mountain, and one I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of.
Follow Me, by Angela Clarke
LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE
The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.
But this is no virtual threat.
As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.
Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?
Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?
ONLINE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM. . .
This was a gripping read let down by a cast of unlikeable characters and an unbelievable plot. I gave it 3*.
Death in Profile, by Guy Fraser-Sampson
The genteel façade of London’s Hampstead is shattered by a series of terrifying murders, and the ensuing police hunt is threatened by internal politics, and a burgeoning love triangle within the investigative team. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what?
Intellectual analysis and police procedure vie with the gut instinct of ‘copper’s nose’, and help appears to offer itself from a very unlikely source – a famous fictional detective. A psychological profile of the murderer allows the police to narrow down their search, but will Scotland Yard lose patience with the team before they can crack the case?
Praised by fellow authors and readers alike, this is a truly original crime story, speaking to a contemporary audience yet harking back to the Golden Age of detective fiction. Intelligent, quirky and mannered, it has been described as ‘a love letter to the detective novel’. Above it all hovers Hampstead, a magical village evoking the elegance of an earlier time, and the spirit of mystery-solving detectives.
I really enjoyed this modern version of a Golden Age detective story. I was left extremely disappointed by the ending, but it hasn’t put me off wanting to read more. 4*.
The Dinner Party, by R.J. Parker
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…
Wow – this was a real page turner! I just about inhaled it – reading it almost in one sitting! I could not turn the pages fast enough – who would die next? Who was the killer? I gave it 4*, but that was mostly because I felt the ending was rushed. *With thanks to the author and publisher for an advanced copy*
What have you been reading recently?