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Next Of Kin by Kia Abdullah

Wow! Just Wow!

Next Of Kin by Kia Abdullah is an enthralling, horrifying and disturbing contemporary crime suspense that had me hooked from the start.

The plotline is absolutely tragic as the characters and the reader become immersed in grief and loss. We witness lives torn apart and characters weighed down with guilt.

Relationships that have been kind, caring and compassionate begin to buckle – but will they break completely? Or will they be restored?

The characters are well drawn and realistic. Their emotions are laid bare.

It seems like everyone has their secrets – release one and a whole Pandora’s box will fly open.

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Lost Souls by Jenny O’Brien

Gripping

Lost Souls by Jenny O’Brien is a gripping contemporary crime thriller. It is the fourth book in the Detective Gaby Darin series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces.

Once more the action is set around the Llandudno area. This is a place I am familiar with and therefore recognized many of the locations which, for me, added to the realistic feel of the book.

The police force is meticulous under the leadership of Gaby Darin. No stone is left unturned in the pursuit of solving crimes. Gaby Darin is efficient and also caring.

The reader witnesses the bond between a young pair of misfits. We see a teen with a huge capacity to care as he recognizes a fellow lost soul.

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The Evacuee War by Katie King

The Essence Of Village Life

The Evacuee War by Katie King is a delightful historical novel that will warm your heart. It is the third book in the Evacuee series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces.

The year is 1940 and the place is a village near Harrogate. The reader is in for a real treat as we follow the eleven year old twins Jessie and Connie, and their family and friends.

Being evacuated from London to stay with a vicar and his wife, the children enjoy fresh air, village life and animals. The reader is charmed by the presence of a pet pig and pony.

Peer rivalry at a new school creates problems but there is a creative solution.

The children have big hearts as they think of others who are less fortunate.

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Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

Totally Absorbing

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney is a gripping contemporary psychological thriller that captured my imagination from the start.

The snowy, cold setting in a converted chapel in Scotland mirrors the tone of the novel. It is told from alternating points of view as the reader tries to work out who is the silent figure who is coming and going.

Everyone has dreams but sometimes our dreams can morph into nightmares.

The reader becomes absorbed in the action. All is not quite as clear cut as we first believe. Alice Feeney manipulates the reader’s emotional responses. There were times when my jaw literally dropped. As a pet lover I also had an emotional connection to the dog who has unconditional love for his owners. “Dogs don’t hold grudges or know how to hate.”

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