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  1. Kat's Review of The Birthday by Carol Wyer (Natalie Ward #1)

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    51MKNErvlOL Synopsis: One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home… 

    Two years later, Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

    Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night…

    Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

    Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

  2. Kat's Review of Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons (Kim Stone #9)

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    51u4lWvS3iL._SY346_Synopsis: Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.

    When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

    As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident. 

    Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

    With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I actually feel sad that I don't get the time to read as often as I once did, especially when you read a book as good as this one. I ready this straight off the back of book 8 and am so pleased I did so I am not up to date with all the Kim Stone books. After what happened in book 8, I wondered how this book would fare and if we would see any additional characters. Sure enough with the loss of Dawson still fresh in everybody's mind, Penn arrives as the new boy. Bryant, Kim and Stacey all have their own way of dealing with the loss of a close friend but this book feels like it strips back all the characters to their bare bones and I absolutely LOVED that.

    The case they are working on is the murder of  Gordon Cordell who coincidently appeared in the last book. It feels like Marsons is wrapping up the last book and getting all the characters ready for the next new chapter. If I am being totally honest I enjoyed the storyline surrounding the murders but the character stories were just so much more appealing in this latest installment. I also loved the second thread running through which is that of a missing teenager and Stacey decides to pursue this in addition to the current case.

    This latest book is pure magic and is probably one of my favourites that Angie has produced. I think after the last book I wondered where she would take the story and characters but she has raised the bar once again for herself (not sure she can reach any higher) with a tense and utterly compelling read. I cannot WAIT for the next book and think the team has a real fresh start ready for the next case now. An absolute corker of a book and an amazing series, one which I would highly recommend!

  3. Kat's Review of Dying Truth by Angela Marsons (Kim Stone #8)

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    Angela Marsons Dying Truth Synopsis: When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

    As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead. 

    With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable - whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim. 

    Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  4. Kat's Review of Our Little Lies by Sue Watson

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    41kbesu2jeL._SY346_  Synopsis: Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

    Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family.

    Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing – she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

    In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.

    It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not ‘should she be jealous’, but... ‘should she be scared?’

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  5. Kat's Review of Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin

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    Holly MArtin - Coming Home to Maple Cottage Synopsis: Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.

    Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.

    As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.

    But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  6. Kat's Review of The Forgotten by Casey Kelleher (Byrne Family #3)

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    Casey Kelleher The Forgtotten Synopsis: Nancy Byrne might be the head of the notorious Byrne crime family, but she’s determined to give her little daughter, Scarlett, the best start possible.

    After the death of her beloved father, the notorious gangster Jimmy Byrne, nothing’s stopping Nancy from making money on her own terms – even if she has to combine motherhood with providing for her entire family. But with enemies at their door, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her loved ones.

    But then comes the day when Scarlett goes missing, snatched by a stranger during a trip to the local park, and Nancy’s world is torn apart. Amidst the terror of losing her precious daughter, Nancy is sure of only two things. Someone has taken her daughter … and when she finds them, there’s going to be hell to pay.

    Can she find Scarlett – before it’s too late? Or will Nancy’s life of crime come back to haunt her in the worst way possible?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I am massively behind with so many authors and books and considering I was desperate to read this and have had it so long it has taken me ages! However, when I finally did get around to it (last night) it soon became apparebt I was in for a late night. For those that maybe haven't read the previous 2 books, could you read as a standalone? I guess so, but I would also hazard a guess that the book would seem slightly over the top in parts and slightly confusing in places. I think to really appreciate this you have to have read the backstory in the previous two books.

  7. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of Love, Lies and Wedding Cake by Sue Watson

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    Sue Watson Love Lies and Wedding Cake  Synopsis: Faye Dobson is in crisis. You wouldn’t know it, because of the big fat smile on her face, but inside, she’s one step away from nuclear meltdown. And she shouldn’t be. Dan ?? is the man of her dreams. Her really quite energetic dreams, that frequently come true. Sometimes twice in one night. And he’s just asked her to marry him.

    But Faye’s been down the marriage road before and it ended up with her having Ryan Gosling fantasies while her ex-husband obsessed about the plumbing. The actual plumbing. Faye and Dan have been living their lives to the fullest, travelling around the world, having sex under the stars... They haven’t argued about unrolling socks before putting them in the laundry.

    Besides, even if she wanted to say yes, how could she move to the other side of the world? Because marrying Dan would mean living in Australia. Beautiful, warm and a gazillion miles from Faye’s daughter, Emma, a single mum with her own crazy little girl who both need Faye every single day. Leaving them – even for someone who makes her laugh as much as Dan – simply isn’t an option. 

    Dan is offering Faye everything she ever wanted. So why does she feel like she’s about to lose it all?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5 (I'd give it 10 out of 5 if humanly possible)

    This is a sequel to one of my ALL TIME favourite books, and my suggestion is to read that book first as it's brilliant. Check out my review for that here