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Under The Woods by KA Richardson
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Synopsis:

Looking for a fast-paced crime thriller?
Then you’ll love the gripping Under The Woods.

When a homeless woman, Cheryl Whiffen, hears voices in her head telling her to do bad things, she can’t help but obey.

But when Cheryl becomes the victim of a serial killer who is collecting angels, this time the voices can’t help her. She is deemed not worthy of being an angel and the killer has to find another way to dispose of her body.

TJ Tulley has connections in the police force – her brother Jacob is a digital forensic analyst and her soon to be sister-in-law is a CSI. She knows many of their colleagues so when someone breaks into her house at the riding stables she owns, it’s not a surprise when the police dispatch CSI Jackson Doherty.

Is there a link between a suspicious fire at the stables and the serial killer?

As TJ and Doherty get closer to the truth they don’t realise the danger they are in. He is a killer – he’s angry at their investigation and he’ll do just about anything to protect his angels…

My Review:

I really admire this authors series and I was on the previous blog tour for Watch You Burn. They are police procedurals with a strong ethos on forensics. This novel is #4 in the forensic files. One thing I also love about the author is the way, in which she creates her characters. They come across authentic and she is not afraid to tackle difficult characters to create. Which in this novel, is the character of Cheryl Whitten a local homeless lady.

The prologue opens from the killer’s perspective, which is creepy and eerie. You almost feel like a voyeur watching a serial killer perfecting his craft. The killer talks of ‘his angels’ and ‘his treasure’ but what he is in fact referring to is society’s throwaway women, he has captured and killed. We become aware he is visiting the burial site of one of his previous victims, a beautiful drug addict turned ‘angel’.

Meanwhile, in Darlington it is the Christmas party for the forensics team. TJ Tulley has been dragged along as her brother Jacob’s designated driver. Jacob is a digital forensic analyst and the party is in full swing. It is at this party that TJ first meets loveable rogue Jackson Docherty. Jackson has an eye for the ladies, shall we say!

We later learn that TJ is the proud owner of Rainbow riding stables in Durham. However, the stables doesn’t come without its downsides. She must deal with local farmer and neighbour from hell Neil Brown. He is a brutish man and regularly openly berates TJ. He is an all-round pain in the backside. But you get a sense it is a simmering tension, waiting to bubble over into violence.

TJ herself has previously been the victim of a violent assault. Which has left her with chronic pain and physical suffering. The man who assaulted her was caught and committed suicide in his prison cell, adding further anguish to TJ’s recovery. Despite the trauma of her attack, TJ sees the positive in life and agrees to allow ‘difficult teens’ to assist at the stables. Which includes her attackers son Matthew. I really admired TJ’s ability to overcome the difficulties she has faced in life.
But I then began to wonder, were they just about to get a whole lot worse. . .

Cheryl Whiffen is a local homeless woman, she hears voices and they torment her every waking hour. When we meet her, she is hungry cold and feeling the strain of life on the streets. Her only friend in the word is a fellow homeless lady named Sally. When Cheryl goes missing, Sally is the only person to notice her absence. Can Sally get the police to take the case seriously?

‘She was definitely not, and never would be, one of his angels’

I think the author has done a fantastic job of her portrayal of not only homeless people, but of mental health conditions and how they manifest. I have worked in adult mental health and in facilitates which have re-homed mentally ill people from the streets. I think what the author did was give them a personality, a background etc. Allow the reader to see them as they truly are, people that matter! People that have lived through horrific life experiences, you hope to never endure.

But back to the case in hand, Jackson is at the scene of a dead body. A male drug addict found in the woods and partially eaten by his own dog.
Is this the killer that lurks amongst the pages?

There are chapters from the killer’s perspectives as he sets his victims tasks, of which they must complete. This element reminded me of the horror movie Saw. It was petrifying yet you couldn’t help but read on!
Especially the parts about the killer’s own childhood!!!!!!!

Farmer Brown’s son goes missing. Jackson faces harassment from an ex-lover named Nicki, who is a total bunny boiler. Someone is watching TJ, casually stalking her every move. Sally struggles to get the police to take Cheryl’s disappearance seriously. This novel is packed with various spin-off stories within.

The characters are authentic, their choices questionable but realistic.
All round this is a fantastic read! 5*

Q&A:

Q) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your current series the forensic files?

A) My name is Kerry and I live in north east England with my husband Peter and our 2 Dogs, Tala and Riley. I used to work as a csi and still work for the police albeit in a different role now. My csi background and passion for forensics is a massive inspiration when it comes to writing. The Forensic Files can be read as a series or as standalones as the characters change in each novel though there is always some overlap. They’re crime novels that are heavy on the forensics and that side of the police investigation.

Q) In my review I talk about the authenticity of your characters. Are they inspired by real-life people? Where do you find your inspiration?

A) The characters are not based on any one person but may well feature traits from a few different people all melded together. I find inspiration in pretty much everything from children’s laughter to rain on the windows, but I do love a good people watching session and often build descriptions whilst sitting in coffee shops. Often an outfit or a pair of shoes seen while doing this may feature in one of my novels.

Q) The character of Cheryl Whitten as a homeless lady with mental health problems, is very accurate. Did you research homelessness or mental health problems?

A) Cheryl was a complex character to write – it did involve research into mental health – primarily multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia – and also homelessness though in my current role for the police I have some interaction with that side of things. I loved her character though – I felt bad for having to kill her off.

Q) The reason I adored the characterisation of Cheryl and Sally so much, was your ability to bring them over on the page as real people. Not a label or a stereotype, but real people with stories behind their eyes. Is this difficult to achieve as a writer?

A) That’s a tough question haha. Most characters come to me screaming loudly to be heard and desperate to tell their stories – I like them to be as real to the reader as they are to me so I get to know them first. I write a character profile for the main characters whether bad or good. This involves things like how I see them, eye colour hair etc, their hobbies, likes/dislikes and friends/enemies etc. Because I get to know them before I start, I feel I get a good handle on them being real to me. And that’s important – I love and live and breathe these characters for the time I write them so if I didn’t know them fully then they might come across as flat or 2-dimensional. This process works for the most part thought there’s always the odd one who throws you a curve ball you don’t see coming – which is also insanely interesting and fab! I love it when they surprise me!

Q) TJ Tulley comes across as a street smart and savvy woman. Yet there is this element of her that is willing to take grief from her neighbour from hell. I found this quite symbolic of how women are often expected to take a certain degree of insulting remarks or insinuations. Was this intentional?

A) Subconsciously perhaps – most of us are willing to take a lot of crap in real life before we stand up and say enough is enough. Not sure exactly why that is but with TJ, it was important to me that she not be a ‘wet lettuce’ kind of woman. She is strong – has gone through so much and still is. I think she balances what’s worth worrying about with what’s not quite well.

Q) The character of Jackson added at times a spin on the above question. As He is expected to put up with a female character infatuated with him. Even though her behaviour becomes more and more irrational. It was an interesting dynamic that draws you to the characters and their histories. What made you decide to give Jackson his stalker?

A) When I first began writing about Jackson in watch you burn, I knew instantly he’d have his own story. He has a one night stand – the first in many months for him which is unusual – he’s trying to settle down and not be a player – Nicki unfortunately didn’t like the idea of a one night stand and is rather persistent. I’ve seen this quite a lot through work – where one party in the relationship just can’t let go or sees it completely different to the other. Jackson needed a challenge to overcome as well as TJ did and I think Nicki was definitely erring on the more Challenging side!

Q) finally, what can we the readers expect from the next book in the series and are we allowed any information?

A) The next book doesn’t have a title yet (sometimes these come straight away and sometimes they reveal themselves a bit later) but it’s set in Edinburgh and feature more of Ali and Alex’s family – specifically his brother Mark who is younger than them. Mark is lovely – he’s buried himself in working as a detective for so long he’s almost forgetting there’s more to life than just work. He’s got some flaws – claustrophobia being one. And he’s not a big believer in things like psychics – until one shows up in his life. It’s about darkness and shadows, murders in the vaults under the city and family dynamics. I’m loving writing it.

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The Key To Death’s Door by Mark Tilbury
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Synopsis:

Looking for a dark and compelling psychological thriller?

If you could discover the murderous truth of a past life and seek justice in this one, would you?

Teenager Lee Hunter doesn’t have a choice when he nearly drowns after spending the night at a derelict boathouse with his best friend, Charlie Finch. After leaving his body and meeting a mysterious light, Lee is sent back to relive the final days of another life. A life that ended tragically.

After recovering from his near death experience, Lee begins to realise that he is part of two lives linked by the despicable actions of one man.

Struggling against impossible odds, Lee and Charlie set out to bring this man to justice.
Will Lee be able to unlock the past and bring justice to the future?

The Key to Death’s Door is a story of sacrifice, friendship, loyalty and murder.

My Review:

‘The day before I died started off pretty much like any other’

This novel has a unique plot, with a slight supernatural/horror twist. The novel tells the story of the two lives of Lee Hunter. It has various themes within, but the concept of teenage protagonists is the clear winner for me.

The novel opens with Lee in the present day/life. He lives with a single mum and has a best friend named Charlie. The pair are planning a night out, at a derelict boathouse. The each tell their parents they are spending the night at each other’s houses, to prevent any suspicion. There is a strong bond between the boys, despite their different childhoods. As someone with five brothers, I found Lee and Charlie to be very believable characters. Despite the darkness of the novel, there are moments where the banter between the boys made me laugh out loud! But the darkness of Charlie’s life always lingers in the background of every scene.

Charlie’s dad Daryl is what can only be described as, a thoroughly vile man! He is loathed by Charlie and the reader at his mere introduction. Daryl Finch is a sick and twisted man, but to discover how much, you must read on.

When the night at the derelict boathouse, leads to the boys being stranded from the shore. They attempt to swim to safety.
Lee finds himself in danger in the water and then he blacks out……

When Lee wakes, he is in the body of a man named Paul Collins. He has the knowledge of his past life, his mum and best friend Charlie. But he also has the knowledge of his new family and new best friend Bobby Lomax. Paul lives on a farm, with his parents and dog Sally. His sister Susan has recently moved in with her new boyfriend Daryl.
Daryl is here, and he has a new family to terrorise!

The family are taken hostage by an enraged Daryl. The time you spend at the farm is truly terrifying and I found myself reading with both my hands over my face! I often recoiled at the things Daryl said. The language is as coarse and vile as the man himself. But it adds to the realism. After all, when you take a family hostage and demand access to their bank accounts, you need to incite fear and obedience. Manners are not required.

The time slip, eventually reverts back and Lee awakens in his past life, with Charlie at his side. He vows to get revenge!

‘I’ll get him if it’s the last thing I do’

The theme of brotherhood and strong male bonds, adds to the intensity of the read. The personal experiences of domestic violence and savage cruelty are sickening.
Yet for many victims, it is the reality they have known.

‘What I need and what I got were about as distant as the earth and the sun’

A cracking crime fiction read, and I sincerely hope to never encounter a man like Daryl in real-life. 5*

They say truth is always stranger than fiction, don’t they?’

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Walls of Silence – A truly unmissable historical psychological thriller

The patient has a story that isn’t told and which no one knows of.
It is the secret, the rock against which he is shattered. Carl Jung

The Great War is over but for Edith Potter an equally devastating conflict is about to begin.

She is unhinged by a secret so terrible her conscious mind doesn’t acknowledge it.

It is 1927 and Dr Stephen Maynard is using the new science of psychoanalysis to restore her sanity.

From his first meeting with her in the lunatic asylum, Dr Stephen Maynard is determined to bring her back to reality. During the long challenge, her disturbed behaviour forces him to confront his limitations – already severely stretched by the presence of someone prepared to use whatever weapons they can to ensure she maintains her silence.

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EAST SUSSEX, ENGLAND
WINTER SOLSTICE 1927

Voluntary action is to be sharply discriminated from impulsive action, and deliberation from conflict of impulsive tendencies.

He is so close she can smell his cologne. It has the same spicy vegetation fragrance as the rope. The rope that is around her neck, chafing her skin and pulling at the hairs entangled in its braid. The chair beneath her stockinged feet is smooth, the wood unyielding under her heels.
Please don’t ask me to do this.
He registers no surprise that she’s spoken. Perhaps the words have stuck in her throat. Or perhaps she is dead already and this is one of those end-of-the-tunnel moments she’d read about. Only she can feel the soft breeze on her skin, hear an owl screeching off into the distance. Sense the passing of time. She licks her lips.
Edward, I don’t want to. I thought I did, but I don’t.
He is stroking her face now, a curved-knuckle slide from cheekbone to chin. It’s been such a long time since a man touched her. Will they finally take things further? Consummate the stretched-out longing that had prickled under her skin for decades.
‘Self-murder is not an ignoble act, Edith, because it originates from a position of power. Of control. Of choice.’
I no longer choose to do this!
Her voice is like thunder in her ears. His expression remains calm. She could move. Reach out her hand. Feel his flesh beneath his shirt. Show him that is what she craves. That she still loves him despite everything. Always has, and always will. He is too much a part of her not to. Except her arms are like tree trunks at her side. Extensions of the thick branch above her head. The one he’s looped the rope around.
‘There is no other way; you know that, don’t you? Betrayal is the worst of all the sins they left out of the Bible. Could it be that God didn’t see fit to mention it because He didn’t consider it deadly? But I do. Because of you they’ll extinguish my existence without a second thought. A judicial killing. An eye for an eye. And that’s hardly fair as I don’t consider I’ve done anything wrong. I’d put in a plea of self-defence if they’d let me. But they won’t. The stars are out already, Edith. Can you see them? I took the trouble once to learn the constellations but many of the patterns and shapes elude me.’
He steps away from under the holm oak’s thick canopy, lowers himself onto the snow-covered ground and lies there, his hands behind his head, elbows bent, as if moon-bathing.
‘It’s as well you don’t move for now, so I’ll describe those I can remember. There’s the three in a line – Orion’s Belt – and above that is Gemini, the twins holding hands into eternity, Castor and Pollox as their heads. Which is the girl and which is the boy, I wonder? They’ve different shapes so they must be one of each … Then if you allow your eye to travel back to Orion, to the left you’ll find the bright and showy Sirius commonly known as the Dog Star because it forms part of Canis Major. I’ve heard it said by fools and madmen that your future is written in the stars. There’s a little patch of empty sky directly above the cottage’s chimney. I’d like to think of it as reserved especially for you – your light, your essence. Except it will shine brighter than all those around because we are kindred spirits, entwined souls, and when I join you our star will blaze with the power of two lives cut short. Two energies that never lived long enough on this earth to burn themselves out.’
I can save you. Let me save you. I can take the blame. I’ll tell them that it was all my doing. That I misled them in my confusion. You’ll be free, and they might find it in their hearts to spare me because of … because of … They know the truth now. I’ve always known, deep down I’ve always known.
‘Do you have any last words for the world at large, Edith? Maybe I should have insisted you leave a note setting out all those things you are so sorry for. People like to be able to wrap things up with a neat apology, and they do say confession is good for the soul. The Papists believe a deathbed repentance the most precious of the lot but I’m of the mind it comes down to trying to get in God’s good books at the very last minute. A cowardice of conviction. Or lack thereof. Only none of us can know that for sure, can we? I mean, we get but one stab at shuffling off this mortal coil and no one has ever come back to tell us what fate awaited them on the other side – despite what a fantasist like that duffer Conan Doyle might delude himself with. Nevertheless, you still have time to clear your conscience over the spilling of our secret. For which you are wholly responsible and I should like to hear you admit the fact.’
I’m sorry, Edward. I’m truly, truly sorry. But I wasn’t myself, I was ill. They locked me up and gave me drugs. The doctor kept pressing me to tell him things, playing tricks with my mind, and I have no idea what I said. If I did tell them about you then it was an unwilling act under duress. I promise I’ve never intentionally done anything to harm you. Why would I? How could I? And haven’t I been made to suffer enough already for everything that’s happened?
She watches him move his long limbs in a languid stretch. Then he gets to his feet, listing slightly as the muscles in his gammy leg take their share of his weight.
‘This is for the best, Edith. The best for the both of us. Far neater than any other ending I can imagine – you, too, I expect. Although I don’t believe you ever possessed the same breadth of vision I did. See this as a simple matter of returning things from whence they came. Equations have to be balanced and two into one just won’t go. That’s more your area of expertise than mine but even mathematics-dunces like myself can appreciate the impossibility of splitting certain fractions evenly. We need to keep things whole. The circle cries out to be completed. One shatters perfect harmony at one’s peril …’
She listens to his voice growing softer as he increases the distance between them.
Until we are reunited, my dear Edward.
And she steps off the chair.

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The Abandoned by Sharon Thompson
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Peggy Bowden has not had an easy life. As a teenager her mother was committed to an asylum and then a local priest forced her into an abusive marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident Peggy sees an opportunity to start again and trains as a midwife.

In 1950s Dublin it is not easy for a woman to make a living and Peggy sees a chance to start a business and soon a lucrative maternity home is up and running. But when Peggy realizes that the lack of birth control is an issue for women, she uses their plight as a way to make more money. Very soon Peggy is on the wrong side of the law.

What makes a woman decide to walk down a dark path? Can Peggy ever get back on the straight and narrow? Or will she have to pay for her crimes?

Set against the backdrop of Ireland in the 1950’s The Abandoned tells the story of one woman’s fight for survival and her journey into the underbelly of a dangerous criminal world.

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I didn’t know where I was headed when I started to write. So, it’s hard to believe that I’ve written a novel which people will read. It’s a strange turn of events and a scary but wonderful experience.

It all started when I thought maybe I could put ‘a book’ together for a charity close to my heart. Danny McCarthy from Mentor Books pointed out that books are a risky business, but I was adamant that in my future there would be books. After stalking and meeting Benji Bennett from Adam’s Cloud Publishing, he inspired me to start a blog. I had no clue what a blog was at the time but I wrote for hours and found I needed to write.

Then years ago, while on holiday I got up and just had to write about a female killer. She took over my fingers and my hours in the shade. It was as simple as that. My aim was to create a long work of fiction with this character and I let myself write. It seemed so natural and I was content.

While lost in Twitter, I came across Carmel Harrington – a successful HarperCollins author – who mentioned her online writing group and, after a long time, I picked up the courage to join. Carmel Harrington and the Imagine, Write, Inspire group became my secret writing family and I wrote blog posts, short stories and flash fiction. My writing group fuelled my cravings. We set challenges for each other and they made favourable comments about my ramblings. These lovely women also asked for more and more of my rampant 1950s female, serial-killer – Devina.

I wrote quite a few novel length manuscripts. Some may never see the light of day, but once I started I found it hard to stop. I learned as much as I could from other writers as I went along and tried hard to practice all I was taught or read about.

While staring in awe at other published writers at Louise Phillip’s book launch, Carmel Harrington dragged me over to tell Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin about my writing. It took me weeks to send Vanessa the first chapters of my manuscript, but she liked it and has mentored me as I have continued to write. Events like this are life-changing and yet I didn’t realise it. I had no idea how much each step would mean. It has taken a good while to built up the confidence to call myself ‘a writer’. But I daringly gave myself @sharontwriter as my Twitter handle!

Over the years, my short stories got into various publications. Some fabulous literary magazines have kindly published my work. I am proud of these stories. http://www.sharontwriter.com has links to them.

While tapping away, I studied various courses and thought about starting a writing tweet-chat. The tweet-chat king, Dr Liam Farrell joined me in making one. Turns out he’s a writer too and we established #WritersWise. Writing experts guest-host for an hour using our hashtag and give us some of their expertise in tweets. I learned from the experiences of my writing heroes and loved communicating with them and bringing their advice to other aspiring writers. We trend regularly and have a good following. Check us out on #WritersWise on select Thursdays 9-10pm on twitter and at http://www.writerswise1.wordpress.com .

While reading as much as possible, creating websites for #WritersWise and doing re-writes, I still didn’t dare call myself a writer. But when I threw in my teaching principal’s job people asked, ‘So what are you up to now?’ and I felt like a total fraud as I whispered, ‘I write.’

I submitted to events like Date with an Agent and dared to dream I’d find a literary agent. Finally, after many trials and tribulations, I found my home with Tracy Brennan at Trace Literary Agency. I could shout about my progress on social media now. This was the turning point for me. It all started to feel real.

Waiting around is a big part of being a writer and people were starting to ask where they could read my ‘stuff’. Still tentative about sharing my writing, I somehow convinced the Donegal Woman website that they needed a flash-fiction/opinion slot. Now every Sunday, I can be found having fun on our successful Woman’s Words segment at http://www.donegalwoman.ie.

While some fictional characters come and go, others stay a while and Peggy set up camp on my keyboard. Peggy is a backstreet abortionist and brothel owner in 1950s Dublin and she demanded to be a character. I wondered how women in 1950s might have tried to keep their independence when society just wanted them to marry and give up their jobs. I agreed with Peggy that we should explore her story together.

I’m so thrilled that Peggy’s story has been published by Bloodhound Books a leading UK publisher for thrillers and crime fiction. I hope readers take to Peggy’s story. It is called The Abandoned’ and is out on 25th January 2018.

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Sharon Thompson lives in Donegal, Ireland. She is a member of Imagine, Write, Inspire. This is a writing group, under the mentorship of HarperCollins author Carmel Harrington. Sharon’s short stories have been published in various literary magazines and websites. #WritersWise is her collaboration with writer, Dr Liam Farrell. This is a trending, fortnightly, promotional tweet-chat with corresponding Facebook page and website (www.writerswise1.wordpress.com). Its mission is to encourage and support writers to reach as wide an audience as possible. Although she mostly writes crime fiction, Sharon does have a fun-side and she writes the quirky Woman’s Words column for the Donegal Woman wesbite. Sharon Thompson. Writing Fun is her writing page on Facebook and she tweets @sharontwriter.

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Cargo by J.C. Macek III
Synopsis:

Over the years Anthony Peterson has amassed a fortune, numerous properties, a trophy wife and a reputation for ruthless business dealings. He is a man who is used to getting his own way.

But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container, with only a cell phone and twenty-four hours of air left, he begins to unravel.

Desperate to escape Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised. And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars, while threatening to murder and rape his beautiful wife if he doesn’t comply, Peterson must fight to meet their impossible terms or face being left to die alone in the darkness.

Why has Peterson been targeted?
Who are those responsible for his kidnap?
And will Peterson make out of the container alive?

Cargo is an edge of your seat thriller about the choices we make.

My review:

This novel has so many twists and turns, for a novel surrounding a man locked in a cargo shipping container! In reminded me of the movie Saw, but with a greater emphasise on the crime fiction angle and the personality of Anthony Peterson.
I can see exactly why, it would make a brilliant film!

The novel opens with Anthony awakening within the box. The chapter is titled: The Box 1am – 24hrs to deadline. He has no recollection of how he ended up in box. The last thing he recalls is a night out drinking. He comes to the conclusion; his drink must have been spiked and this is a prank!
His opinion is formed heavily, on his reputation. No one would dare attempt to kidnap Anthony Peterson!!!
However, things are about to get a lot worse for Anthony in the coming hours…….

The kidnappers provide him with a cheap phone, with no GPS, internet and limited access help. They warn him that they are watching his every move. Any attempt to signal for help, his wife will be gang raped and murdered in a live snuff stream. They demand ten million dollars and Anthony has 24hrs to have it available.

Anthony’s back story is explored, and we learn about his first wife and children Evan and Elena. His second wife Susan is the stereotypical ‘trophy wife’. But it becomes evident that Anthony does care for her deeply. With no real friends, his wife held hostage and his strained relationships with his family. He turns to his employee Tom Pocase. But who can you trust when there’s ten million dollars at stake?
How much loyalty, does money buy?

The kidnappers reference an event, in Anthony’s past. They claim his involvement is the reasoning for this kidnapping. They reel off devious and underhand business tactics that Anthony has devised over the years. It is clear that in his strive to make it to the top in the world of business. Anthony was willing and able to ‘ruin’ anyone and everyone, to win!

“You honestly believe you’re a good man?” – Kidnapper

“I never burned anybody this bad” – Anthony

The ensuing time in the box, does give Anthony much time for reflection. He has for the first time, in a long time. The time to address all the wrongs he has done! He shifts back and forth between acknowledgment and denial. We the reader, are watching Anthony slowly unravel. In an attempt to salvage his relationship with his family. He calls his son Evan, but he is unprepared for Evan’s response.

I found the novel to be very gripping and the secrets that are revealed shocking!
This ultimately is a story of revenge and Anthony is at the mercy of more than just the kidnappers….

There is plenty of action, scheming and background storylines to keep the reader guessing. I love the theme of ‘people must pay for their misdeeds’. It did make me wonder, how much easier life would be, if powerful people feared the karma of their actions. 5*

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