Death Falls, by Todd Ritter

Publisher: Avon | Publication date: 29th January 2015 | Edition: Kindle (Via Netgalley)

 Ruth, who was sixty but looked at least a decade older, lived down the street. She and Maggie were friends, but not friendly enough for Ruth to be in her house, holding her child, at almost eleven o’clock at night. Yet there she was, trying to hush the baby in the grey glow of the television…

Death Falls

Death Falls is a pacey crime thriller. Highly recommended.

Pacey and full of surprises, this is a real a gem of a book.

I had absolutely no idea where the finger of suspicion was going to point next! The story had more twists than a tornado and the finale was spectacularly tense.

The story begins in the town of Perry Hollow on the night of the first moon landing in 1969. Ten year old Charlie disappeared whilst his mother and baby brother were asleep. Charlie’s bike was discovered, discarded in the notoriously fast running creek, and was ready to hurtle toward the dangerous falls. From that moment on, nothing would ever be the same again – a killer would make sure of that.

Decades later, following a promise he made to his mother, it fell to Charlie’s little brother, Eric, to try to piece together what happened that fateful night. Soon, he stumbles onto the path that other boys could be missing. But along the way he finds that some of the townsfolk are hiding a few skeletons in their cupboards.

You think you know what is happening, but scrub that – I challenge myself to try and guess the endings to books and films, but the outcome in this one was a complete – oh my…whaaaat?

I won’t elaborate any more, as it’s best to unravel this story for yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and would highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5

(Special thanks to the Publisher for the Kindle copy I received from NetGalley.)

 

Dying for Christmas, by Tammy Cohen

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With its twists and turns, this story is positively wriggling!

Publisher: Black Swan imprint | Publication date: 4th November 2014 | Edition: Paperback (own copy)

Setting a psychological thriller during the twelve days of Christmas was a excellent idea – it would make the most excellent film (not to mention a skin-crawling one).

All told a fantastic read that holds your attention – the plot, the pace, the people, all captured just right.

The general gist of the story is that Jessica Gold meets a man whilst shopping and he subsequently invites her back to his home. She is then held captive over the 12 days of Christmas and each day she receives a bizarre gift from her captor. But matters take on an unexpected twist on the captivity front – it’s a story that goes, much, much deeper, in fact it’s pretty twisted and I didn’t guess the turn of events until I was faced with them!

The main question presents itself:  Who’s willing to play the sick game that the meek and mild Jessica Gold has got herself involved in, and ultimately will she survive it?

I particularly liked the way the font altered during the chapters when Jessica Gold was speaking about her experiences in captivity, to when it switched to the others, the police and her family during her absence. This made it VERY easy to read, as you knew who was narrating and what to expect – you could just sit back and listen to the story flow, without stopping to question where you’d got to and who is talking, as with some books you read. The chapters are quite short, too, helping you to absorb the intense story, bit by bit.

And it wasn’t all police procedural either, which makes a refreshing change. It was ALL STORY from start to finish, simply proving that as a reader you don’t need to know EVERY minute detail about police work to know how to catch a killer…

It’s a jaw dropping book, but I had to re-read the ending to fully grasp it, but as soon as the penny dropped I was like, “ooooh, now that’s clever.”

Rating: 4/5


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