You’ve all probably realised by now that I love a good “serial killer” story – and I use “serial killer” loosely as a catch-all for detective/chilling thrillers/and just plain old fashioned detective stories. And there are some terrific reads out just now. And judging by how the crime shelves in the supermarkets and libraries are always thronged, I’m not the only one.
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson
The Jigsaw Man is brilliantly gory and just suitable for reading safely tucked up in bed!.
DI Henley is back in the saddle following extended sick leave after the notorious killer Peter Olivier (aka The Jigsaw Man) frenziedly almost stabbed her to death. Paired up with a trainee to break in, Anjelica Henley and TDC Salim Ramouter are launched into what seems like copycat murders on Henley’s home patch of Deptford, with bits of bodies turning up all over the place. (And if you’re a Londoner like me, it’s great to read about places I’ve been to – and having had grandparents who lived in the East End streets where Jack the Ripper roamed, perhaps it’s in my DNA!!).
It’s a taut, tight read with plenty of police procedurals, plenty of red herrings and a gripping plot. Henley and Ramouter make an excellent detective couple, and I hope for more outings for this duo.
The Interview by C M Ewan
Have you ever been called to an interview at 5pm on a Friday, when you’ve dressed for success and worried about some slight “fibs” on your CV? No?Just me then.
But what starts as an ordinary job interview for Kate Harding as she waits for the lift to the high tech, high play offices of The Edge in the City of London, turns into the most frightening interview of her life. After a period of extended questioning, when everything seemed to be going well, interviewer Joel leaves the room and doesn’t return. Then, after a while, when the only phone on the white desk keeps ringing and ringing, Kate begins to think, “Well, perhaps I should answer it”, and she does. And that’s when she realises that she is locked into a glass cube high up in a deserted office building. Impossible to work out how, why or what is going on; this is one frightening but very plausible read.
Tell Me Your Lies by Kate Ruby
Kate Ruby is the pseudonym for a well-known TV producer and screenwriter who prefers to remain anonymous! I guess she wanted to see if her book was worthy of being published without revealing her identity. And oh my goodness, it is. Lily is the mother, and Rachel, her daughter with a troubled party life.
Mother Lily has a life full of secrets and is constantly at Rachel to get help. And so when Rachel attends one party too many and wakes with one unknown man in her bed too many, she finally decides that a therapist would help her to clean up her act. She is recommended to Amber, a renowned therapist and healer.
Subtly Amber begins to turn Rachel against her parents, while Lily is desperate to keep those secrets that Amber seems determined to expose.
How Amber, Rachel and Lily interact is so tense, so bewilderingly honest that you’ll never know who is or isn’t lying. Tell Me Your Lies is based on a true-life therapy healer story.
We have three copies of this book to giveaway so the first three entries who email HERE with the correct answer to the following will be sent a copy. Competition closes 9a.m. Monday, 7th February
IN WHICH MONTH IS MOTHER’S DAY (MOTHERING SUNDAY) IN THE UK
A) April B) March C) June