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OUR DARK SECRET by JENNY QUINTANA

Two Girls. Two Deaths. Two Decades of Silence.

*MANTLE BOOKS

ABOUT…

The crazy girls, they called them – or at least, Elizabeth liked to think they did.

As a teenager in the late 1970s, she was clever, overweight and a perfect victim for the bullies.

Then Rachel and her family arrived in town and, for Elizabeth, it was as if a light had been switched on. She was drawn to the bright and beautiful Rachel like a moth to a flame.

Rachel had her own reasons for wanting Elizabeth as a friend, and although their relationship was far from equal, Elizabeth would do anything for Rachel.

Then the first body was discovered.

Twenty years on, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to keep the secrets of her teenage years where they belong: in the past. But another body has been found, and she can’t keep running from what happened.

Can she?

MOMO’S REVIEW

This was a new author for me and I could have easily read the whole book in a day however I was reading on the Pigeonhole app which (again) was so frustrating as I could only read 10% per day (see Pigeonhole.com for full details) but this is a new way of reading and I want to persevere with it. It also means I can be reading multiple books at the same time.

This book is one which I eagerly recommend to fans of suspense. It is not so much a chilling thriller and a mystery suspense which was a nice change after reading so many dark and chilling novels of late.

The author tells the tale of Elizabeth and Rachel switching between past and present. It is an enjoyable read which had me guessing most of the way through the book. There are a few points where I thought I knew the direction the book was going only to find it didn’t. I like that!!

The story itself was believable, the characters likeable and the setting very clearly described.

Another book that I will be purchasing in paperback to read at my own fast pace after the start stop of pigeonhole! Don’t get me wrong I do love the pigeonhole format – it is just taking a bit of time to get used to staves (and waiting, I don’t do waiting!!).

My sincere thanks to THE PIGEONHOLE and MANTLE BOOKS for the opportunity to read and review ‘OUR DARK SECRET’ by JENNY QUINTANA. 

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 
All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Our Dark Secret
  • AUTHOR: Jenny Quintana
  • PUBLISHER: Mantle Books
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 6 February 2020
  • LENGTH: 240 pages

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jenny Quintana

Jenny Quintana grew up in Essex and Berkshire, dreaming of being a writer. She studied English Literature at Queen Mary in London and then gained a PGCE at Goldsmiths. She taught in a secondary school in East London and then moved abroad living and working in Seville and Athens. When she returned to England she began writing books for teaching English as a Foreign Language. At the same time, she wrote short stories and won several prizes. She attended the Curtis Brown Creative writing course where she was inspired to complete her debut novel The Missing Girl. She lives with her husband and three children.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Jenny Qintana can be found on twitter @jennyquintana95 and on the Mantle website

PUBLISHER DETAILS

Mantle focuses on publishing high-quality writing and brilliant storytelling with a broad appeal. It features the very best across a vast range of genres, from crime, thriller, general and literary fiction to narrative non-fiction and memoir. 

Mantel Books website and can be found on twitter @mantlebooks

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THE PIGEONHOLE

THE PIGEONHOLE (www.thepigeonhole.com) is a community of readers from around the world. Books are delivered in daily instalments (staves). The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on the IOS or Android app, or on a web reader. 

The Pigeonhole is all about shared reading and has a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between readers. Post a comment and fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links are included at the end of the final stave which allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. 

The full book is then available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure.

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A Deathly Silence by Jane Isaac

DCI Helen Lavery #3

SYNOPSIS

When the mutilated body of a police officer is found in a derelict factory, the Hamptonshire police force is shocked to the core.

DCI Helen Lavery returns from injury leave and is immediately plunged into an investigation like no other. Is this a random attack or is someone targeting the force? Organised crime groups or a lone killer?

As the net draws in, Helen finds the truth lies closer than she could have imagined, and trusts no one.

But Helen is facing a twisted killer who will stop at nothing to ensure their secrets remain hidden. And time is running out…

MOMO’s REVIEW                   

I was offered the latest Jane Isaac release to read and review as I am an active member of an online reading group.  I have previously reviewed Jane Isaac novels and these can be viewed on my blog. This was the first DCI Lavery novel and I enjoyed it as a standalone however I know that by going back to the beginning I would enjoy the backstory to the many characters in this instalment.

Jane Isaac writes police procedural thrillers with very strong storylines.

In this case the gripping opening hold my attention with twists, deadends and the unknown as we walk through the investigation right to the closing pages.

I recommend Jane Isaac highly to anyone who enjoys a good page-turner that has you guessing right to the end – and afterwards too!

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: A Deathly Silence
  • AUTHOR: Jane Isaac
  • PUBLICATION DATE:  15 October 2019
  • PUBLISHER: Legend Press
  • LENGTH: 288 pages
  • ASIN: B07NQ9DRJG
  • ISBN-10: 1789550718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1789550719

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter, and dog, Bollo. Jane’s debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-thriller.com and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014’.

Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at www.janeisaac.co.uk

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Isaac/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JaneIsaac

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaneIsaacAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaneIsaacAuthor/

 

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Crime Fiction Crime, Thriller and Mystery Murder Mystery psychological Suspense Thrillers

Deadly Harm by Owen Mullen

I was more than a little excited to receive a copy of Owen Mullen’s latest release to read and review here on my blog.

I have read EVERY Owen Mullin book published to date and again highly recommend this extremely talented author who has a fascinating way of leading you deep into the story within the first few pages.

SYNOPSIS

It’s been five years since Mackenzie Darroch was abducted and held captive in a derelict house.

She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness.

She was wrong.

When she witnesses a car crash and saves the driver’s life, it sets in motion a chain of events that will alter both their futures.

The two women get involved in a high profile police case and draw the attention of a ruthless reporter.

Gina Calvi is convinced Mackenzie is not what she appears and is prepared to do anything to prove it.

Meanwhile, across the city, Kirsty McBride, a young single mother, is persuaded to leave a violent relationship. Her partner, Malkie Boyle a Glasgow hardman, is due to be released from prison. Once back on the street and bent on revenge, Boyle is determined to find the people responsible for stealing his family from him.

Can Mackenzie save them or will Boyle get his revenge?

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MOMO’s REVIEW                   

Owen Mullen has done it again!  

The author has very cleverly given us a fancinating story which can be read as a standalone novel. However for those who have read other books from Owen Mullen you will enjoy the name drops and woven links to the Charlie Cameron series!

Deadly Harm picks up Mackenzie’s story around five years after her horrendous abduction which was the thriller released a year ago,  In Harm’s Way.  Mackenzie’s way of moving on is to dedicate her life, and home, to support women who have suffered domestic abuse however her safe refuge is in for a bit of turbulance as a chance encounter brings a new resident and once again the house is full of women supporting other women.  This is all good until someone else needs help but Mackenzie feels unable to help and must turn away due to the house being full.  However this then leads to a very quick downward spiral of events which leave Mackenzie broken vowing to help whatever the circumstances!

Deadly Harm is a gripping tale packed full of action, twists and a dash of the unexpected all perfectly paced to keep you hooked page after page.

Thank you to Owen Mullen for the opportunity to read and review this awesome five star intriguing read.

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Deadly Harm
  • AUTHOR: Owen Mullen
  • PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books
  • PUBLICATION DATE:  8 October 2019
  • LENGTH: 362 pages
  • ASIN: B07YX5PGC4
  • ISBN-10: 191298671X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912986712

REVIEW PUBLISHED

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick.
Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where both the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’ were created. His latest novel In Harm’s Way is a  psychological thriller set in Scotland. 

Owen Mullen

 

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No More Lies (The Kent Fisher Mysteries Book 4) by Robert Crouch

I am very excited to be part of the blog tour for 

Robert Crouch’s No More Lies

#BitsaboutBooksBlogTour 

(The 4th book in the Kent Fisher Mystery series) 

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Kent Fisher gets more than he bargained for when Detective Inspector Ashley Goodman enlists his help with a ten year old murder. She’s on a mission and needs a big case to put her career back on track.

And they don’t come much bigger than Miles Birchill, Downland’s wealthiest and most divisive resident.

Not for the first time, Kent has doubts about the case, forcing him to make choices. But who do you trust when everyone has something to hide?

Caught in the middle, he has no alternative but to solve the murder, unaware that his every move is being watched.

The Kent Fisher novels offer a fresh and contemporary reworking of the classic whodunit and murder mysteries of authors like Agatha Christie.

MoMoBookDiary Review:

Thank you to Caroline of bitsaboutbooks (@CarolineBookBit) for inviting me to take part in this blog tour for No More Lies by Robert Crouch.

I do enjoy a good mystery and each of the Kent Fisher mysteries are brilliantly written and easy to read.  No More Lies is the fourth in the series and I enjoyed this very much. Kent Fisher is such a character!  Sincere thanks to Robert Crouch for bringing him back to us.

Whilst we have a classic yet modern day ‘whodunnit’ the mystery is solved by an Environmental Health Officer rather than a detective.  I feel this is the biggest thing that makes these books stand out from the rest.  The plot and characters are very well developed, best enjoyed by reading the books in order, and was realistic enough to hold my interest throughout the story.

I recommend this series to those who enjoy a good mystery. 

BOOK DETAILS

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.

At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.

Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.

Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.

To discover more, visit http://robertcrouch.co.uk.

Author Social Media Links

Website: http://robertcrouch.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertcrouchuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertcrouchauthor/
Amazon: author.to/RobertCrouch
GoodReads:  www.goodreads.com/author/show/16222367.Robert_Crouch

 

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Presumed Guilty by Jane Isaac

DC Beth Chamberlain #2

SYNOPSIS

Accident or murder?

The first victim – a prominent local councillor, killed in a hit and run ‒ could be either, but the next bodies leave no doubt.

A twisted killer is at large. And he’s not finished yet.

DC Beth Chamberlain, Family Liaison Officer, has to support the victims’ families, but before she can solve the crimes in the present, Beth needs to uncover the secrets of the past.

Meanwhile, the killer has her in his sights…

MOMO’s REVIEW                   

I was offered both the DC Beth Chamberlain books, After He’s Gone and Presumed Guilty, to read and review as part of an online reading group I belong to.  

My review of After He’s Gone was published on my blog here.

I was so wound up after reading After He’s Gone I jumped straight into reading Presumed Guilty.  Spoiler:  It is just as good!

Jane Isaac picks up where book one ended and had me immediately gripped.  I love reading a series where you get to know more about the characters.  Presumed Guilty has many twists and keeps you guessing who and who is not involved.

As with After He’s Gone I do recommend Presumed Guilty as the perfect #2 – when do we get #3 ???

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Presumed Guilty
  • AUTHOR: Jane Isaac
  • PUBLICATION DATE:  10 December 2018
  • LENGTH: 346 pages
  • ASIN: B07K7SKY68

REVIEW PUBLISHED

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter, and dog, Bollo. Jane’s debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-thriller.com and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014’.

Jane’ s seventh novel, Presumed Guilty, is the second in the highly acclaimed DC Beth Chamberlain (Family Liaison Officer) series.

The third DC Beth Chamberlain novel is scheduled for release in 2019, along with a new DCI Helen Lavery novel.

Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at www.janeisaac.co.uk

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Isaac/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JaneIsaac

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaneIsaacAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaneIsaacAuthor/

 

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Murder in the Merchant City by Angus McAllister

SYNOPSIS

Annette Somerville, a young single mother, earns her living in a high-class Glasgow sauna parlour, scrupulously keeping her respectable home life separate from her professional activities.

During a series of murders in the city, seemingly unconnected, Annette realises that all of the victims have been regular customers.

What should Annette do?

No one else seems interested, and her boss makes it clear that going to the police will cost Annette her job. But Annette’s new boyfriend, a former customer of the sauna, could be the murderer’s next victim.

Can Annette continue to keep her two lives separate, or are they destined to violently clash?

MOMO’s REVIEW                   

I picked up this book on a recent visit to Waterstones bookshop. It was on display and immediately caught my attention, a quick glance at the synopsis and I was running off to the tills.

Whilst murders are being committed, the men are linked only in that they have all been visitors to the same sauna parlour.

This book was very well written given the serious theme of the book being murder and the sleazy reputation of sauna parlours. The author wrote with such compassion that I could feel a real empathy for those involved and the daily struggles they face. 

The book is a quick read and I highly recommend taking time to read it. I have Angus McAllister’s Close Quarters sitting here to read next!

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BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Murder in the Merchant City
  • AUTHOR: Angus McAllister
  • PUBLISHER: Polygon Books (An Imprint of Birlinn Limited)
  • PUBLICATION DATE:  7 February 2019
  • LENGTH: 256 pages
  • ASIN: B07MZ64BGY
  • ISBN-10: 1846974712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846974717

REVIEW PUBLISHED

GoodReads, Amazon, Waterstones, Polygon Books (Birlinn)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angus McAllister worked as a solicitor and university professor, and is now retired. For many years he wrote academic books and articles, as well as fiction. He is the author of the bestselling Close Quarters, and he lives in Glasgow.
Angus McAllister online:  Facebook, Goodreads
Polygon Books online: https://www.birlinn.co.uk and on Twitter

 

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Crime Fiction Crime, Thriller and Mystery Murder Mystery Romantic Suspense Suspense Thrillers

Good Samaritans by Will Carver

SYNOPSIS

One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach

Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans.

But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home…

And someone is watching…

Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritansmarks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.

MOMO’s REVIEW                   

Oh! Oh! Oh!  WTF did I just read!!

This is an outstandingly fresh and brilliant book unlike any other I have ever read.

It is a darkly erotic, disturbingly twisted and seriously f**ked up book and one I highly recommend you read*

I lost count of the number of times I stopped reading to consider WTF!!!  The short chapters will keep you up reading until the small hours – after all, one more chapter is a lot easier when you can see its only a few paragraphs.

The author has created very deeply flawed characters who all have their own issues and he has intertwined their lives fantastically.

Will Carver completely blew me away and messed with my head in a way that no other author has been able to do. Mr Carver you have a very scary mind!!

Good Samaritans will definitely be on my list of best books of 2019!   I will be looking out for his other books – once I get over this one!

*Whilst I highly recommend this book to most people I would advise that it contains graphic sex scenes and some violence which fit the novel perfectly. I may even go as far as saying these are the best sex scenes I have ever read – not too sure what that says about me!!

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Good Samaritans
  • AUTHOR: Will Carver
  • PUBLISHER: Orenda Books
  • PUBLICATION DATE:  15 November 2018
  • LENGTH: 318 pages
  • ASIN: B07DFP29VY
  • ISBN-10: 1912374374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912374373

REVIEW PUBLISHED

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.
Will Carver online : Amazon Author Page ; GoodReads ; Twitter ; Orenda Author Page ;
Orenda online: Facebook ; Twitter ; Website

 

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Crime Fiction Crime, Thriller and Mystery Literature and Fiction Murder Mystery Suspense Thrillers

After He’s Gone by Jane Isaac

DC Beth Chamberlain #1

SYNOPSIS

You think you know him. Until he’s dead.

When Cameron Swift is gunned down outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer: a dual role that requires her to support the family, and also investigate them.

As the case unfolds and the body count climbs, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets.

Even the dead…

MOMO’s REVIEW                   

I was offered both the DC Beth Chamberlain books, After He’s Gone and Presumed Guilty., to read and review as part of an online reading group I belong to.  I was so excited to read them after a quick glance at the synopsis – these were clearly my type of read! Unfortunately, life got in the way (brain blip and house move) and it was a while before I was able to sit and enjoy Jane Isaac’s writing.  

Having just finished After He’s Gone I wanted to get the review typed up quickly so I can begin reading Presumed Guilty.

Jane Isaac opens with a scene that gripped my attention immediately, she then takes us back to seven days earlier and keeps us on edge as we follow the story piece by piece.  I was so pleased I had kept these books until I was able to sit and consume them in large chunks and they really are so gripping that I just didnt want to put them down.   There were events within the story that I have personally experienced in the past 24 months and through this book I was able to view things from a different perspective. 

I have not read any of Jane Isaac’s novels previously. I will certainly be searching out her other books after I have read Presumed Guilty.

I Highly Highly Recommend After He’s Gone!!!

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: After He’s Gone
  • AUTHOR: Jane Isaac
  • PUBLICATION DATE:  18 June 2018
  • LENGTH: 392 pages
  • ASIN: B07DRJDM9W
  • ISBN-10: 1916406203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1916406209

REVIEW PUBLISHED

GoodReads and Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter, and dog, Bollo. Jane’s debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-thriller.com and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014′.

Jane’ s seventh novel, Presumed Guilty, is the second in the highly acclaimed DC Beth Chamberlain (Family Liaison Officer) series.

The third DC Beth Chamberlain novel is scheduled for release in 2019, along with a new DCI Helen Lavery novel.

Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at www.janeisaac.co.uk

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Isaac/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JaneIsaac

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaneIsaacAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaneIsaacAuthor/

 

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Crime Fiction Crime, Thriller and Mystery Literature and Fiction Murder Mystery Suspense Thrillers

Out of the Silence by Owen Mullen

I am so pleased to be reviewing the latest release from the bestselling author Owen Mullen. Out of the Silence is a compelling revenge thriller that will stay with you long after the final page.

SYNOPSIS

A powerful new thriller from a critically-acclaimed and bestselling author.

Star investigative reporter Ralph Buchanan’s glory days are behind him. His newspaper has banished him to Pakistan, not knowing the greatest moment of his long career is waiting for him there.

When Simone Jasnin asks him to help expose a grave injustice, he finds himself embroiled in a harrowing tale that began in a dusty settlement in rural Punjab, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.

Seven years later in the city of Lahore, members of a prominent family are being brutally murdered one by one. The only clue is a hand-carved wooden bangle left at the scene of each crime.

As the list of suspects grows and the tension mounts, Ralph realises the answers might be closer to home than he ever thought possible.

Solving the mystery will put him back on top but at what cost?

Only when the smoke clears will the killing stop and honour be satisfied…

MOMO’s REVIEW                   

As  followers of my blog will be aware I highly recommend every book written by the very talented Scottish author, Owen Mullen. I my opinon, Owen Mullen writes with true belief and passion, no matter the subject, that I repeatedly find myself captivated from start to finish.  

Out of the Silence is very different from his previous books. Here we have a story with heartbreaking human interest – the role of many women in Pakistan and the unspoken treatment they are subjected to day after day, year after year. There is a beautiful love story woven through the story in between the torture and revenge killings. In true Owen Mullen style, we are given a page-turner of a book which will have you reading long into the night until you reach the final conclusion.  However the story of Afra will stay with you long after you have finished the book.

Thank you to Owen Mullen for the opportunity to read and review this awesome five star intriguing read.

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Out of the Shadows
  • AUTHOR: Owen Mullen
  • PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books
  • PUBLICATION DATE:  28 January 2019
  • LENGTH: 306 pages
  • ASIN: B07MZ64BGY
  • ISBN-10: 1912986000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912986002

REVIEW PUBLISHED

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Owen Mullen
7 February 2019
Glasgow
I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Owen Mullen event at Weaterstones in Glasgow on 7th February and thanks to my friend Louise for taking this photo as Owen signed my latest purchase…. Out of the Silence (yes, okay I already had read it on kindle but need a paperback to get an autograph!
Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick.
Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where both the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’ were created. His latest novel In Harm’s Way is a  psychological thriller set in Scotland.

 

 

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Crime, Thriller and Mystery Murder Mystery Thrillers

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

Twelve shocking paintings.
Eleven famous murders.
One missing artist…

Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women—the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others—and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie’s ex. A rogue’s gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord’s disappearance, she’ll come to suspect all of those closest to her.

Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.

MOMOBOOKDIARY REVIEW

I was drawn to this novel by the fantastic brightly coloured cover and the blurb.  It is also worth noting that this was also Reese Witherspoon’s August Hello Sunshine Book Club pick!  It is a mystery centred around the contemporary art scene and I found this a new and interesting setting.

Still Lives is a murder mystery thriller set in Los Angeles. The author gives us plenty of surprises and has the reader quickly immersed in the story. I found it a very intriguing thriller with an easy to follow storyline and interesting characters. There is a deeply chilling aspect to the book which I found disturbing at times but carried on reading… I would recommend this book to those who enjoy murder mystery thrillers which are a bit different from the majority out there!

Thank you to Quercus Books for the opportunity to read and review this novel.

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Still Lives
  • AUTHOR: Maria Hummel
  • PUBLISHER: Quercus Books
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 15 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787479562
  • FORMAT: Hardback
  • LENGTH: 372 pages

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maria Hummel is the author of Motherland, a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. She has worked as a writer/editor at MOCA in Los Angeles, then received a Stegner Fellowship at Standford University and taught there for many uyears. She is currently an assistant professir at the University of Vermont, and lives iin Vermont with her husband and sons.

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