1) Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
This is the first psychological thriller that I read, and I was drawn into Catherine’s character straight away, and wanted to read her story. It went on to change my reading genres from women’s fiction to crime-based novels. Which says a lot about the writing style of Elizabeth Haynes as well as the captivating story! It is also the first story where I read parts of it through my fingers and wanted to pull the character out and save her. It is one of my all-time favourites and recommended reads.
2) The Reaper by Steven Dunne
This series is one of the first series of a Detective nature that I read, It is written with depth and crime based rather than procedural based. They can be read in any order, and as stand-alones, but you do benefit from reading them in order.
The content of this book made me questions my morals and it really is the nitty gritty everyday crimes that happens to us individually that is now not always seen as crime/criminal behaviour, but it is what is personal to us. From that point of view, it is a great plotline, and left me wondering what I would do? The reaper is justified in what he does and he has his own unique way of punishing the offenders. This is one series where I am itching to read the next in the series straight away!
3) Beneath the Watery Moon by Betsy Reavley
It is sad, beautiful, horrific, disturbing. Do I need to say more? You are taken on a journey with Annabel that will make you question what is the truth and included within all this is some beautiful poetry that really helps with you to try and understand the working mind of Annabel.
The story is so dark and disturbing, but a compelling, literary read. I found myself yet again wanting to save a character from a book! It is a brilliant must-read and one of the few books that I would re-read. It deserves its place on my all-time favourite reads, even though I nearly threw up reading it at one point — it needs a read with caution sign!
BIO: I was born in Perth, Scotland and moved around various places before settling in Cambridge at the age of 6. I’ve always been an avid reader. I have two teens, husband and a couple of cats to share my home with. I ran my own business while the children were growing up, and worked as a cake maker and decorator, in a “cake kitchen” from home. When I was looking for a change, I was lucky enough to be found by Bloodhound books and am now part of their team. It has been a busy few months with the change over from cake room to office/library, but guess which I prefer? I have also started a blog, which can be found at www.bookstormer.co.uk.