Monday, 20 February 2017

BLOG TOUR: Because I Was Lonely - Hayley Mitchell


Meet Rachel. She is caught in a spiral of endless crying, dirty nappies, and sleepless nights. She fears for her sanity and the safety of her children.
She's lonely.
Meet Adam. Suffering from the pain and trauma of a terrible accident that he blames himself for, he stays at home, unable to bring himself to leave the house.
He's lonely.
So when Rachel and Adam rekindle their long lost friendship online, what starts as a little harmless flirtation, soon becomes an unhealthy obsession, and slowly the threads of their lives unravel before them.
Four lonely people . Two unhappy marriages . One dangerous, but inevitable climax.

What did I think?

Ooh this was a book that quietly drew you in and then 'BAM!' pulled the rug out from underneath you.  I was happily reading along, learning about the the lives of two couples: Rachel (on the edge of crazy) and her husband David and Adam (a desperately shattered and lonely man) and his wife, Julia.  I loved the way that the first part of the book was set out with a chapter for each of the four characters before merging in spectacular fashion in part 2.

Rachel scared me from the start.  She is clearly verging on unhinged and I worried about what she could be capable of in a potential moment of madness with two young children in the house.  Rachel's husband, David, doesn't sleep in the same room as her as Rachel is a restless sleeper.  Obviously this has a disastrous effect on their relationship and David's eye begins to wander.  It is clear that he does love Rachel but he's not quite sure how to reach her.

Rachel finds an old friend, Adam, on Facebook.  Adam is perhaps the one that got away so a bit of harmless flirtation can't go wrong, can it?  Adam's relationship is also suffering due to the guilt he carries from his parents' death.  Adam is tied by his routine, making him a prisoner in his own home and his wife, Julia, being the sole breadwinner has to work away to keep the family afloat.  Adam breaks up his day by chatting to women on Facebook but Rachel is different to the others and suddenly Julia feels threatened.  Rachel and Adam live miles away from each other so surely Julia has nothing to worry about...

That's when the story takes on a slightly darker tone and obsession takes the driving seat - I thought absolutely anything could happen in the last quarter of the book.  Think Fatal Attraction bunny boiler and you'll be near where my mind was going.  It was actually a sobering thought for anyone who has 'met' somebody on the internet.  You never quite know who you are talking to and how much of your life you are giving away.  We must leave so many clues to our whole existence on the internet and all it takes is somebody with a mindset to follow the clues and turn up at our door - YIKES!

I really enjoyed the way that this book was written in two very distinctive parts - it really gave us a chance to get to know the characters and build a full picture of their thoughts and feelings.  I felt so much emotion for Adam, being stuck at home and feeling so much guilt - as human beings, we do like to beat ourselves up but this is the point at which we are vulnerable and a chink in the armour can let a psychopath into our lives.  You never really know what's going on in someone's mind and it was actually really frightening to see how something could be harmless to one party but meaningful to another.

Because I Was Lonely is such a fascinating book that I have thought about it long after I turned the last page.  In this digital age, where we all leave unknown fingerprints, virtual can quite quickly become reality.  An addictive book and one well worth reading.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.  I am releasing my review as part of the blog tour.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Sealskin - Su Bristow




What happens when magic collides with reality? Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous … and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence?

Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story, evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape, the resilience of its people, both human and animal, and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Exeter Novel Prize-winner Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider, and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is, nonetheless, a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set. And it is, quite simply, unforgettable.

For fans of Angela Carter, Eowyn Ivey, Alice Hoffmann and Geraldine Brooks.


What did I think?

Although I do have a lot of books to read, I have a soft spot for Orenda Books so I bought this on a Saturday afternoon when it was on special offer for 99p.  Wow!  Is this the best £1 I have ever spent, or what?  I almost didn't make it out for my friend's birthday evening but I made sure that I had a clear head so I could finish off the wonderful story on Sunday.  

Donald is a lucky man - one night he sees something that people have only dreamed about, but his thoughtless actions break the magic and he finds himself, and his family, living with the consequences.  Donald's mother, Bridie, is well respected in the village and people come to her for potions and help with delivering babies.  When Donald brings Mairhie home, Bridie takes her under her wing and teaches her everything that she knows, plus Mairhie has a little magic of her own.  The villagers are naturally suspicious of Mairhie, but gradually they warm to her as she endears herself to them, however, the sea starts to call... Will Mairhie listen or will she accept the life she has been given on land?  She doesn't have a choice while her sealskin remains lost...but does somebody hold the key to its whereabouts?

Sealskin is perhaps the most beautiful book I have read in a long time.  I was captured in its net from chapter 1 and only released when I had turned the final breathtaking page.  Su Bristow has such lyrical writing that I felt as if I was in the book myself, standing at the door of the cottage or watching the fishing boats coming back to shore.  I had serious difficulty in putting the book down and, had I not been going out, would have read Sealskin in one sitting.

Make sure you have a few hours spare before reading Sealskin, as you will not want to put it down and it deserves, and cries out, to be read in one sitting.  Gather your bucket and spade and head to the seaside as Sealskin is a bucketful of adjectives: beautiful, breathtaking, magnificent, exceptional, outstanding and magical...to name but a few.  I will definitely be reading it again, and that surely must be a cast-iron recommendation!

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BLOG TOUR: Blackout - Marc Elsberg

Blackout is such a thought-provoking book that I was thrilled to be invited to join the blog tour.  Whilst I might have been forgiven for expecting total carnage and an eat your partner type of disaster thriller, it's more of a slow-burner that makes you look at the world in a completely different light (if you excuse the unintended 'light' pun).  So without further ado, let's see what I thought of Blackout by Marc Elsberg.



THE GLOBAL MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER 

PUBLISHED IN 15 LANGUAGES WORLDWIDE

A 21ST-CENTURY HIGH-CONCEPT DISASTER THRILLER 

Tomorrow will be too late.

A cold night in Milan, Piero Manzano wants to get home.

Then the traffic lights fail. Manzano is thrown from his Alfa as cars pile up. And not just on this street – every light in the city is dead. 

Across Europe, controllers watch in disbelief as electricity grids collapse. 

Plunged into darkness, people are freezing. Food and water supplies dry up. The death toll soars. 

Former hacker and activist Manzano becomes a prime suspect. But he is also the only man capable of finding the real attackers. 

Can he bring down a major terrorist network before it’s too late?


What did I think?

I was really eager to read this book and I made the fatal mistake of having a sneaky read of the first page when it arrived meaning that I had to start it immediately.  It literally starts with a bang as the traffic lights go out in Milan causing mass chaos on the roads as cars pile into each other.  The main character, Piero Manzano, is one of those affected as he is driving home when the lights go out.  As the plot thickens it would appear that somebody has attacked not just Milan, but Europe itself.

There were so many things I didn't think of if there was no electricity and Blackout certainly gets you thinking about what you would do if there was no electricity.  There would be no fuel at the petrol stations as the pumps use electricity to pump fuel to the forecourt from the underground tanks.  Patients in ITU on life support would die without electricity to power life support machines and monitor vital signs. The main effect that really shocked me was the inability to cool down the nuclear reactors which leads to the main sweaty palm moments in Blackout.

My brain was whirring throughout the story, but more about our reliance on electricity than the events in the book.  After all, it's not that long ago when electricty wasn't available in every home and streets were still lit by gas lamps during World War II.  I think the world would literally grind to a halt if our power supply was removed but I also think it would be quite liberating to go back to more simple manual times.  We may then discover some of that elusive time, of which we never seem to have enough.

Overall I wasn't as gripped and panicked as I thought I would be.  I think that sometimes it was quite technical and a little bit over my head, but I admit that when people start talking in IT-speak my brain tends to go into meltdown.  There were a few too many characters in the book to keep track of who was who and in hindsight I wish I'd written them down and created my own cast list.

Blackout is the most thought-provoking book I have read in a long time and I have continued to think about the devastating effects long after turning the final page.  I was just slightly disappointed that I didn't get the feeling of panic and fear coming through in the writing, but it could perhaps have been a little bit lost in the translation from German to English.  It's well worth a read though, just to realise how lucky we are to have power at the flick of a switch.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

EXTRACT TOUR: Girl 99 - Andy Jones



It's Valentine's Day and what better day to have the extract tour for Andy Jones' upcoming novel, Girl 99.  I have the fourth extract entitled 'Too Many' for you but please do hop over to the other blogs to read further extracts:

Prologue
The One
The Bet
Too Many - here on The Book Magnet
Viagras
Knickers
Book Club


GIRL 99 [an extract]
by Andy Jones


What would you think if I told you I was a virgin? Unusual for a man of my age, no? You’d probably want to know why. Was something wrong? Broken? Was I religious, or a member of some other weird cult?
What if I said I’d had only a single sexual encounter? Say we were in the pub and the subject came up. How many people have you slept with? We go around the table: Five, fifteen, seven, twelve, twenty-seven. You get to me and I say, One.’
One!’ You all shout in unison.
The first guy says, ‘I thought five was low! What have you been doing?’
Mr Fifteen pulls a face: ‘Were you in prison?’
Or a coma?’ says Mr Twenty-Seven.
Everybody laughs.
So we’ve established that none is weird, and one is laughable. Two might elicit a patronising coo. Three would be better, five better still. What about a thousand? You’d fall off your barstool, appalled. Somewhere along the way, more went from being better to worse. So where exactly did this shift occur? At what point does ‘one’ more become ‘one too many’? Thirty? Forty? Fifty? Okay, let’s say fifty. Why is fifty worse than forty-nine? What’s so bad about fifty? Or fifty-one, or fifty-two?


What’s so bad about eighty-five?


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About the author


Andy Jones lives in London with his wife and two little girls. During the day he works in an advertising agency; at weekends and horribly early in the mornings, he writes fiction.

You can find Andy on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram as andyjonesauthor

Monday, 13 February 2017

The Liberation - Kate Furnivall


The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country and Italy’s population fights to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate – her father is dead, her mother has disappeared and her brother is being drawn towards danger. One morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, Caterina is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her own life and in doing so forges a future in which she must clear her father's name. An Allied Army officer accuses him of treason and Caterina discovers a plot against her family. Who can she trust and who is the real enemy now? And will the secrets of the past be her downfall?

This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful story of love, loss and the long shadow of war.

What did I think?

Kate Furnivall is a new author for me and with such an eye-popping back catalogue I don't how I have got through my reading life without her.  It was love at first sight as I turned the first few pages of The Liberation and I just knew that I was going to be in for an epic post-war adventure in beautiful Sorrento.

Caterina Lombardi is the backbone of her family.  She lives with her brother and grandfather in the war ravaged city of Sorrento, in a post-war Italy where people are struggling to survive.  Caterina has a rare gift that has enabled her to carry on her father's craftmanship of creating stunning woodwork.  She takes her wares to Naples and despite a run in with the street children, the wily and tough scugnizzi, she sells her products to the British and American troops stationed there.  It is there that she meets two intelligence officers, American officer Jake and British officer Harry.  When they start asking questions about her father, Caterina won't believe that her father would steal from Italy herself but, as the evidence mounts up, she wonders if she really knew her father after all.  Caterina is desperate to clear her father's name but there are those who want the secrets to remain buried and Caterina has no idea how much danger she is in.  Caterina, however, is like a lioness defending her cubs as she does everything possible to keep her family safe.

I was completely swept away to Sorrento whilst reading The Liberation.  Although ravaged by war its beauty still managed to shine out from every page, thanks to Kate Furnivall's warm and effusive writing.  The Liberation was everything I could have hoped for (and more) with secrets, passion, danger, intrigue, skulduggery and a treasure-hunt style adventure.  An absolutely stunning and breathtaking epic written with such vivacity that, although a fair sized weighty book, made each one of the 552 glorious pages turn over with ease.  

It may be my first, but it definitely won't be my last Kate Furnivall book.  They all look absolutely mouthwatering novels, but my love of Egyptian history has ensured that Shadows of the Nile is at the top of my wishlist.  A well deserving 5 star read, I strongly recommend The Liberation - don't miss your own chance to visit Kate Furnivall's Sorrento.

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

After She's Gone - Maggie James



Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.
Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.
Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

What did I think?

Maggie James was a new author for me when I read His Kidnapper's Shoes and I am so pleased to have discovered her as you are guaranteed to have an intensely gripping and high quality read in your hands.  Don't just take my word for it - Maggie is certainly becoming a firm favourite among readers judging by the many 5 star reviews on Amazon.

There's no happy ending for 16 year old Jessie Golden when she goes missing one evening.  Her body is found in one of her mother's rental properties, leaving her sister, Lori, and mother, Dana, devastated.  As the family come to terms with Jessie's death they become suspicious of each other - often people are murdered by those known to them and with Dana's partner, Jake, and his son, Spencer, acting suspiciously Lori can't help but think that one of them knows more about Jessie's death than he is willing to let on.  Who can Lori trust?

There are so many characters acting suspiciously, each withholding their own delicious secret, that you will never be able to isolate which one holds the key to Jessie's murder.  As a pyromaniac targets Dana's properties, she fears that Jessie's murder is retribution for something she did in her past.  And we all know that the past does come back to haunt you!  As it becomes clear that the fires, and Jessie's death, are something personal, it's only a matter of time before the murderer shows their hand.

After She's Gone is a no holds barred account of an imploding family coming to terms with their grief.  Each character's thoughts and feelings are impeccably described and we feel their hurt, anger, despair and fear in every page.  The character of Lori was my absolute favourite - she has to deal with so many feelings from sibling rivalry and jealousy to complete devastation whilst still trying to hold her fractured family together.  After She's Gone is another fantastic page turner from Maggie James that gets inside your head and stays there.  A recommended must read from me!

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Miss Christie Regrets: Book 2 of the Hampstead Murders - Guy Fraser-Sampson


The second in the Hampstead Murders series opens with a sudden death at an iconic local venue, which some of the team believe may be connected with an unsolved murder featuring Cold War betrayals worthy of George Smiley. It soon emerges that none other than Agatha Christie herself may be the key witness who is able to provide the missing link. 

As with its bestselling predecessor, Death in Profile, the book develops the lives and loves of the team at 'Hampstead Nick'. While the next phase of a complicated love triangle plays itself out, the protagonists, struggling to crack not one but two apparently insoluble murders, face issues of national security in working alongside Special Branch. 


What did I think?

I read Miss Christie Regrets quite soon after reading Death in Profile, the first book in the Hampstead Murders series, so it was good to meet the colourful characters of Hampstead Nick again.  You could be forgiven for thinking that this is a Victorian murder mystery as Guy Fraser-Sampson has such a unique writing style that transports the reader to the Golden Age of detective fiction whilst reading a story based in the present day.

DS Karen Willis and her partner, Dr Peter Collins, find themselves in the middle of a crime scene when a body is discovered as they are visiting an art exhibition at Burgh House.  As the police dig for clues using good old-fashioned police work, they could never have imagined the direction that this case would take them.  Could Agatha Christie hold the key to determining the murderer?

It's so very refreshing to read a modern book about a murder without expletives and gory details.  The reader really feels part of the investigation as the clues are gathered and you come to your own, inevitably wrong, conclusions.  I absolutely loved the references to Agatha Christie and whilst Death in Profile was labelled as a love letter to the detective novel, Miss Christie Regrets is surely a love letter to Dame Agatha herself.

I would recommend reading Death in Profile first to get the history of the characters, although it won't lessen the enjoyment of the story in Miss Christie Regrets as it's possible to be read as a standalone.  If you're a fan of blood and gore, you really won't enjoy this series but if you like to collect clues and try to work out the conclusion before it is revealed, you will absolutely love this series.  Guy Fraser-Sampson turns gold to platinum with his modern day golden age detective fiction series.  I'm really looking forward to the third book in the series: the brilliantly named A Whiff of Cyanide.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Monday, 6 February 2017

A Hint of Silver - Mark Hudson


As a former ranger and CIA field operative, Gordan Hudde was used to operating far from friendly support; he never thought that one day that would be the case in Otter, Georgia his adopted new town. Sheriff “Big” John Schmidt convinces Hudde that he may be able to help on a missing children’s case and Gordan is forced to decide between the rules of the law and the rules of what is just. Powerful forces try to derail Gordan, the sheriff’s department, and the FBI agent who has been sent to help. Every minute could mean life or death and when a fourth child disappears, Gordan is put to the test.

What did I think?

I gave the first Gordan Hudde novel, A Deep Purple Hue, a well deserved 5 stars and perhaps I enjoyed it so much that any further instalments would struggle to live up to the bar that was set.  As I previously mentioned in my review of the second book, An Angry Orange Sky, Mark Hudson loves numbers even more than me.  Every detail to the last millimetre is described - does it really matter whether someone is 6ft 7" or 6ft 8"?  Just say he's tall.  I work with numbers every day and my brain naturally seeks them out so it took me a while to get into the story.

Children across America are being abducted to order, to satisfy the sick perversions of some of America's richest and most powerful people.  Gordan Hudde stumbles across this case when looking for a new town to set up home.  He takes a liking to the town of Otter, probably something to do with the mouthwatering barbecue restaurant, and gets involved in the search for missing children being abducted from their homes.  If anyone can find them, Gordan can!

A Hint of Silver is definitely not for the faint-hearted and some people might find parts of it distressing.  There are some disturbing scenes which I would much rather have been left out, but equally I'm sure that real victims of such crimes wish it had been left out of their ordeal too.  I think anyone who has children would struggle to read this book and, although it is fiction, the fact remains that this sort of thing does happen in the real world.

I'd be interested to see where Gordan's story takes him next in the fourth novel, An Emerald Abyss, and I'd like to see the slide in my star ratings picking back up to where I know they have the potential to be.

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Poisoned Rock (The Rock Murder Mysteries Book 2) - Robert Daws


With only five weeks to go before the end of her secondment to the Royal Gibraltar Police Force, D.S. Tamara Sullivan is enjoying life on the Rock. With one murder investigation successfully under their belts, Sullivan and her commanding officer, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick, settle down to regular police work under the sunny Mediterranean skies.

In London, the British Government has declassified a large number of top secret files regarding British Military Intelligence operations during World War Two. One file, concerning espionage operations on Gibraltar, has been smuggled out of the U.K. to Spain. It contains information that will draw Sullivan and Broderick into the dark and treacherous world of wartime Gibraltar. A place where saboteurs and espionage plots abounded. Where double and triple agents from Britain, Germany and Spain were at war in a treacherous and deadly game of undercover operations.

As the summer heat reaches its zenith in Gibraltar Town, a film crew has arrived on the Rock to shoot a movie about one of the most enigmatic and legendary spies of the war years - ‘The Queen of Diamonds’. Starring Hollywood A-lister Julia Novacs and produced by local born film maker, Gabriel Isolde, it is the talk of the Rock. 

It is only a matter of time before past and present collide and a dangerous battle begins to conceal the truth about the Rock’s poisonous wartime history. Detectives Sullivan and Broderick become caught in a tangled web of intrigue and murder that will once again test their skills and working relationship to the very limit.


What did I think?

Although I wish I had previously read the first book featuring Sullivan and Broderick, The Rock, it didn't spoil my enjoyment in the least that I started the series on book 2.  The characters are so well developed that they encourage you to dive right into the story.

I absolutely loved The Poisoned Rock, it was so unique in the way that it merged current crime with cold war espionage and absolutely any character was a suspect at one point.  My eyes were doing gymnastics as they swam over the pages and took in all the sights and sounds of Gibraltar.  I have never physically been to Gibraltar but definitely went for a virtual flying visit thanks to Robert Daws!  The Poisoned Rock was so atmospheric that I almost needed my Factor 50 on just to read it.

A film crew descends on Gibraltar to film a movie about The Queen of Diamonds, a legendary spy during the second world war.  The film is about to reveal secrets that should remain hidden so every available spanner is thrown into the works to stop this movie being screened.  Spanners that will stop at nothing to prevent the truth being revealed...even resorting to murder.  Anybody implicated with the film is at risk and Sullivan and Broderick are involved in a race against time to minimise the bloodshed.

Robert Daws completely mesmerised me with The Poisoned Rock; I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to unearth all of the history of this much fought-after island.  He effortlessly swings between World War II espionage and the present day to ensure that page after page is turned until the final breathtaking reveal.  Although I do like to read books in order, I will make an exception in this case and I plan to add Book 1 of the Sullivan and Broderick series to my reading list.

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

High Force: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 5) - LJ Ross


Detective Chief Inspector Ryan’s worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend – Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend?

There’s a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus. Ryan and his team must find The Hacker before he takes another life – but are they too late?

The clock is ticking…

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape. 


What did I think?

The most eagerly awaited sequel to Angel is here and I for one could not wait to read High Force.  It had no sooner dropped on my kindle than I had read and devoured it, reading way past my bedtime but powerless to prevent myself from reading just one more chapter.

High Force picks up seamlessly where Angel left off, and if you've read Angel you'll know just what a jaw-dropping cliffhanger of an ending us Ryan fans were left with.  Keir Edwards, aka 'The Hacker', returns to haunt Ryan after his escape from prison and continues his personal vendetta against Ryan by kidnapping one of his colleagues.  In a game of cat and mouse, Ryan and the team investigate every possible lead in order to rescue their friend and colleague.  With an ultimatum from The Hacker, they have a race against time to find his location before he claims another victim, one they care a lot about.

LJ Ross has another North East adventure in this amazing series, with some of my favourite local attractions featuring in High Force. There's High Force itself, although unlike the other books in the series it only features in the last quarter of the book.  High Force is a spectacular waterfall in Teesdale where the River Tees plunges over the famous 295 million year old Whin Sill.  I was also delighted to see Blanchland featuring in the book; it's one of my favourite villages to visit and I have been known to have a pint or two in The Lord Crewe Arms with its famous priest hole hidden within the fireplace of the adjoining hotel.  Even though I know the locations well, they are so vividly described that even people who have never visited the area will be able to create an accurate mental picture.

Although each DCI Ryan novel could be read as a standalone, you would get the best Ryan experience by reading them in order.  The characters become so familiar that you know everything about them and you care what happens to them.  I would absolutely love to see the DCI Ryan series picked up for TV to bring these fictional characters to life, as I have to keep reminding myself that they're not real...but they are real in my head.

High Force is another outstanding book in the DCI Ryan series penned by the super-talented LJ Ross.  Be warned before you read it: it is covered in virtual superglue so once you pick it up, it is impossible to put down.  It felt like a few loose ends were tidied up in High Force but there are too many DCI Ryan fans (yes, we're all a bit in love with him) for this to be his last outing.  Thankfully, LJ Ross shows no signs of stopping here (I hope) and manages to churn out her books in quick succession without scrimping on quality.

Miss this series and you will regret it.  All of us book bloggers cannot be wrong (we never are).

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