Book-Review-The-Apartment

The Apartment 

by

K. L. Slater

The Apartment was my second of K. L. Slater’s novels.  Freya, and her young daughter, Skye, are finding life difficult since the unexpected death of estranged husband and father.

Freya happens to meet elderly Doctor Marsden who is also looking for a tenant for a vacant apartment in his building in up market Kensington.  The apartment was not large but the peppercorn rent  being asked for the apartment, more than made up for its lack of size.  However would cheap rent and an up market setting compensate for the unease Freya felt about moving?

All tenants are much older than Freya’s thirty odd years, and all but one are not really friendly.   The ‘but one’ tenant is by far the friendliest and takes Skye under her wing paying special attention to the young girl.

A rumour emerges that a young girl died in Freya’s apartment however, Doc Marsden assures Freya that no child has lived in her apartment.

If my memory is working it is around here that things begin to go bump in the night….literally.  Around the mid-night hour things going bump and goose bumps was creepy and not wanted.  For anyone who may be thinking of reading The Apartment, you have been warned!

After slow-ish beginning, The Apartment developed into a very good read.  I cannot remember the last novel which gave me goose bumps.  For that I congratulate Ms Slater.

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I rated

The Apartment

The Apartment

as a solidstar read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Apartment

an average of 3.75 stars

from 5,855 ratings

and 1,339 reviews

The Apartment

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The Other Sister

by

Elle Croft

Elle Croft’s The Other Sister was my second of this author’s books and one of the best books read this year.  Written in a now and then fashion it tells the story of siblings Ryan, Gina, Cassie (decease), their parents and Gina’s beau, Julian.

Having been estranged from her family for many years Gina makes contact with Ryan after their parents retire to Florida and soon moves into the family home with him.

Gina is not  happy in her work at Channel 8 and soon finds a way to gain some notoriety by live streaming her report of a body she discovered of a woman’s body in an alleyway.  Although not popular with her boss and colleagues Gina’s report sees the Station ratings soar.  As news of the murder begins to fade along with the ratings, Gina discovers another body.

And it is here that the plot tends to thicken.  Many believe Gina is the murderer?  Or perhaps it is Ryan?  Or could it be Julian? Or someone else entirely!

To add anything else will spoil the plot entirely.  A book well worth reading, and perhaps the best mystery I have read this year.

I rated

The Other Sister

The Other Sister

as a solid gold
5 star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Other Sister

an average of 3.84 stars,

from 562 ratings

and 80 reviews.

 

The Other Sister

can be purchased online at

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Winter Sisters

(Mary Sutter, #2)
by

Robin Oliveira

 

 

Winter Sisters was my first Robin Oliveria bookWinter Sisters commences with huge snow storm which descends upon Albany in 1879.  The parents of two sisters are killed in the storm and many believe the sisters could not have survived either and after many days of searching they are presumed dead and a family funeral is held.

Shortly thereafter the girls, who have been held captive by their rescuer, and now predator, escape and are found by friends and relatives.  One of their captors is identified and sent for trial and defended by a young, inexperienced, lawyer from their town.  What follows is one of the best trial/courtroom scenes I have ever heard, seen or read.  To say more will only spoil the book.

I have, on the odd occasion, been known to comment negatively about narrators.  Therefore, I feel it only fitting to pass comment here about Tavia Gilbert and her narration of Winter Sisters.  Tavia’s reading of Winter Sisters was one of the best narratives, male or female, that I have heard.  Character voices were all different enough to identify and more importantly they seemed age appropriate.

The audio version of Winter Sisters is rated, by the library, as a 14 hour 36 minute book.  Two of those hours are devoted to the courtroom alone.  It seemed like an 8 hour book so quickly did time pass.

I rated

Winter Sisters

Winter Sisters (Mary Sutter, #2)

as a

four star audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Winter Sisters

an average of 4.06 stars

from 3,267 ratings

and 506 reviews

 

 

Book-Reviews-Closer

 

Closer

by

K. L. Slater

Closer is promoted as a psychological thriller and I must confess to being thrilled when it ended.  Is it the publisher or author who adds the ‘thriller’ tag to a book’s description?  An interesting read but not as thrilling as other reads.

Seventy-five percent of the Closer is devoted to introducing and providing background information of each character.   During this seventy-five percent there were several occasions when I felt that the story was going to change gears, however, as I was pondering the who, what where when and why I would turn the page, commence a new paragraph and find the story focussing on one of the bit players.

There is also, occasionally, a paragraph or two written in italics which features (I believe) unnamed characters.   The action in italics takes place several decades earlier than present day.  In the context of the story this is important material, however, I believe only Perry Mason could figure out the connection.

Closer is about a family breakup, Shaun, Emma and ten year old daughter Maisie and in that aspect very topical.  And as often depicted in movies and television show children of blended families do not see eye to eye.  In Closer the future step mother has a witch of a ten year old daughter from her now deceased husband.

I must confess to not picking the villain.  In fact Closer could almost make a fair TV movie…all questions answered and unheard of villains introduced and disposed of in the last 10-20 pages of my mini-iPad and its enlarged text.  Based on the ending, and solely on the ending, I would have to read a sequel to Closer, especially if it was a direct follow up sequel.

I rated

Closer

Closer

as a


read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Closer

an average of 3.95 stars

from 2,869 ratings

and 314 reviews.

Closer

can be purchased on-line at

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Book Review-The-Backup-Asset

The Backup Asset

(Alex Hoffmann #3)

by

Leslie Wolfe

While not publicised as a sequel to Devil’s Move (#2 in the Hoffman series)  The Backup Asset follows hot on the heels of Devil’s Move.

Alex is still obsessed with the Mr Big of her previous case to the point that her work colleagues begin to worry about her ability to continue. And when she is asked to work on this next case she does not realise how close it will/bring her to her Mr Big.

In what appears to be another Cold War, Alex finds herself undercover in a company making parts for a revolutionary weapon which the United States is about to install on its warships.

Meanwhile, in Russia, key military leaders have been ordering apparently random incursions on land, sea and air in order to destabilise the security of its enemies.  One of these incursions included infiltrating the company building this new weapon and stealing the plans for said weapon.  The manner in which Russian spies have infiltrated nearly every aspect of American life is quite fascinating.

I first read The Backup Asset in autumn 2019 and enjoyed it as much in 2020.  The Backup Asset is a fast paced read

I rated

The Backup Asset

The Backup Asset (Alex Hoffmann #3)

as a solid star read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

The Backup Asset

an average of 4.17 stars

from 1,044 ratings

and 50 reviews

The Backup Asset

is available online

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Booktopia and Fishpond have only a small range

of Leslie Wolfe’s books which does not include

The Backup Asset

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Private #1 Suspect

by

James Patterson

and

Maxine Paetro

Private #1 Suspect was my first James Patterson book this year.  Although I have in the past questioned the amount of input Patterson has in his collaboratively authored books, I still enjoy them.  Private #1 Suspect was no exception to this.  Short sharp chapters made for easy reading, particularly if, like me, you like to ‘finished a chapter’ before turning out the light.

Jack who owns Private Investigations arrives home, showers goes to his room only to find an old flame (Colleen) murdered in his bed.  In the eye of the police, along with some of Colleen’s friends, Jack is guilty of her murder.  And Jack has his own suspect.

 

While trying to clear his name there are murders at a hotel chain to solve.  A member of the mob asks for Jack’s help.  The fact that there is more than one story and complication woven into Private #1 Suspect enhances the story.  James Patterson fans will fall in love with Private #1 Suspect.

Other Goodreads readers have awarded Private #1 Suspect an average of 3.96 stars from 20,046 reviews and 1,084 ratings.

I have rated

Private #1 Suspect

as a solid read.

Private #1 Suspect

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

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Mile High Death

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Tess Winnett  #7)

Mile High Death begins at a cracking pace and in true thriller style we know who the villain is.   It is now just a matter of our master sleuth, Tess Winnett catching said villain.

Mile High Death is book 7 of the Tess Winnett series, although the last three have only been novellas.  Still we can live in hope that 2021 will bring us a full length Tess Winnett novel.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed Mile High Death it is a novella and I am not a great fan of novellas/short stories.  However, a Tess novella is far better than no Tess.

Imagine being offered a ride home in a private jet.  Naturally you need to be female of a particular build to receive that offer.   The down side of such an invitation is that after being viciously assaulted there is a 10,000 feet high step to negotiate after being pushed out over the ocean.  It is with some dumb luck that one body is recovered out in the middle of the ocean.  By the time Tess catches our villain there will be many more.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Mile High Death

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an average of 

4.40 stars

from 15 ratings

and 6 reviews 

 I have rated 

Mile High Death

a  solid
read.

Mile High Death

can be purchased

online at 

Amazon

I purchased my edition from Amazon. 

It appears

Mile High Death

 is not available

at Booktopia, and Fishpond 

 

Book-Reviews-Little-Whispers

 

Little Whispers

by

K. L. Slater

Ever wonder how many of us have changed careers for the promise of a better lifestyle and salary?  I wonder how many women leave those decisions entirely to the man in their life.  Janey Markham let Isaac find a new job, a cheap house in a good street and barely questioned their luck or good fortune.  That is, before they moved.

Life was not better after they moved, if anything it was worse. Isaac was putting in longer hours for his new boss which was the exact opposite to that expected from this new job.  But the unanswered question was; Is Isaac really at work?

Janey is sure Isaac is not being open with her.  She also finds herself on the outside of the local clique of mothers in their street and is surprised, when introducing Isaac to one of her new found acquaintances, to notice that Isaac acts as if it is not their first meeting.  Furthermore her wardrobe and lifestyle does not match the others who spend way over Janey’s budget on one item.  To cap off Janey’s worries is the deathbed secret her mother left her with.

When I began reading Little Whispers I found the writing style difficult to read.  However, as the book progressed so did the writing; or maybe my concentration improved.  Whatever the case, I found myself being drawn into the story and wondering what the next chapter would bring.  And the ending ensured that while Little Whispers was my first Kim Slater read it will not be my last.

I rated

Little Whispers

Little Whispers by K.L. Slater

as a

read.

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Little Whispers

an average of 4.09 stars

from 1,211 ratings

and 284 reviews.

Little Whispers

can be purchased on-line at

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Degrees of Darkness

by

Tony J. Forder

Tony J. Forder’s Degrees of Darkness, was the first book I have read by this author.  And I must confess that it was one which I wish I had never read, not because of any writing flaws, rather because it is so dark.

Strawberry blonde twelve or thirteen year old girls are being abducted after the rest of their family is murdered in the dead of night.  Laura is one of those abductees.  She is the daughter of an ex-detective (Frank) who had separated from his wife and family.

Frank is asked to help police track her abductor and killer of his son, ex-wife and several other families.  With virtually no leads to follow Frank and friend Nicky, also a detective, set out to track down and hopefully save Laura’s life.  During the investigation the killer contacts Frank and then begins to leave him ‘gifts’ in the form of bodies of the earlier girls he has tortured and murdered.

Fans of the thriller genre will enjoy Degrees of Darkness, although should you have twelve or thirteen year old strawberry blonde females in your family, prepared to be disturbed.

I rated

Degrees of Darkness

Degrees of Darkness

 

as a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Degrees of Darkness

an average of 4.38 stars,

from 418 ratings

and 43 reviews.

Degrees of Darkness

can be purchased online at

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Book-Review-Scream-Blue-Murder

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Scream Blue Murder

(Mike Lynch #1)

by

Tony J. Forder

Scream Blue Murder is the first of the Mike Lynch books by Tony J. Forder and the first Forder has written in the first person.  Generally I avoid ‘first person’ books like the plague, however, as I write this review I have nearly finished the second Mike Lynch book.

Mike Lynch is ex military, divorced and has one daughter who lives with her mother and step-father in California.

One cold English night, Mike because of traffic accident detour finds himself on a lonely back road where he pulls over to answer the call of nature.   In a few minutes another car pulls over.  Two men alight, one kneels and is executed by the second.   Anymore information will contain too many spoilers.  Well worth a read if you are into this genre

From there on the book could be described as a helter skelter fast paced series of chases and shootouts with various bad guys.  If not for the help of an old military mate Mike would probably not have survived.

I thoroughly enjoyed fast pace of Scream Blue Murder.  

I rated

Scream Blue Murder

Scream Blue Murder

as a solid

read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Scream Blue Murder

an average of 4.18 stars,

from 355 ratings

and 56 reviews.

Scream Blue Murder

can be purchased online at

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