Before It’s Too Late by Jane Isaac. Read May 2015.

It was impossible to put this book aside until I knew the outcome.  

“Following an argument with her British boyfriend, Chinese student Min Li is abducted whilst walking the dark streets of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon alone. Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor.

Detective Inspector Will Jackman is tasked with solving the case and in his search for answers discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected.”

Having read the author’s previous books, with a different main character, I was intrigued and apprehensive in equal measure about the new detective featured here. I needn’t have worried as Will Jackman proved to be just as interesting a character as Helen Lavery.

The author has the skill to build tension and anxiety levels so that the reader is compelled to keep turning the page. 

Highly recommended for readers who like to get to know the characters and immerse themselves in a great plot.

Thank you to the publisher, via Netgalley, for the advance copy e-book. 

  

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The Abrupt Physics Of Dying by Paul E. Hardisty. 

Guest review by Jacqui Wilson.

“Claymore Straker is trying to forget a violent past. Working as an oil company engineer in the wilds of Yemen, he is hijacked at gunpoint by Islamic terrorists…As the country descends into civil war and village children start dying, Clay finds himself caught up in a ruthless struggle between opposing armies, controllers of the country’s oil wealth, Yemen’s shadowy secret service, and rival terrorist factions…But nothing in this ancient, unforgiving place is as it seems…A stunning debut eco-thriller, The Abrupt Physics of Dying is largely based on true events – the horrific destruction of fresh water and lives by oil giants.”

Think Jack Reacher and then some. This book is adventurous and fascinatingly topical.

The author brings home to us the realities of the world today with themes of global exploitation and discomfort.

Recommended for action thriller fans who’d like to try a bit more realism with the thrills.
 
Thank you to the publisher for the proof copy to review.
  

Paperback Summer

I’m signing up for #PaperbackSummer hosted by @sophiertb & @scintillatingsz during June, July & August.

I think I’ll probably have the lowest target (8) because I have so many Kindle & Netgalley books to read during these months but I enjoyed taking part in Paperback Month earlier this year so I’m in!

Here’s my #PaperbackSummer TBR pile:

  

My TBR pile has changed a bit since my original post. Book 1 is now In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware: 

 

You Are Dead by Peter James. Read May 2015.

To be published 21 May.

This great detective series shows no signs of running out of steam in this, the 11th instalment.

“Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?”

Connections quickly arise between two recent abductions and a skeleton unearthed from beneath a path near one of Brighton’s well known attractions.

Roy Grace and his team, still reeling from the tragic loss of one of their own, must race against time to track down a serial killer.

With more developments in Grace’s family life and the ‘Sandy’ sub-plot, this is a cracking read. Once again the depth of research Peter James puts into his work is evident and fascinating.

Highly recommended, but as usual I would say to get the full benefit you need to read the series in order.