For the Love of Grace – Andy Blackman

For the Love of GraceISBN-10 1911110535

ISBN-13 978-1911110538

Author Andy Blackman

Publisher Clink Street Publishing

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads

Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected.

Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom’s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own.

Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.

What did I think?

For the Clink Street Spring Reading Week I chose to read ‘For the Love of Grace’ as it sounded like my kind of book. From the offset you get drawn in to Tom’s world and you begin to understanding his way of thinking. Tom is a wanted man – that much is blatantly obvious from the start by Andy Blackman has been clever in how much information he gives you upfront about Toms life and the reason for his high profile.

‘For the Love of Grace is a relatively quick read at just over 200 pages long but there is a lot of action and story packed into those pages. I did feel that the writing style felt a little basic and sometimes felt repetitive which let the story down for me.

The ending definitely clawed back a heart though as it dud come as a surprise and a twist I was not expecting. I just wish the writing style was a little more advanced and then maybe ‘For the Love of Grace’ would have a four heart review here instead!

My Rating? ♥♥♥

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S5 Uncovered – James Durose-Rayner

S5 UncoveredISBN-10 1910782564

ISBN 13 978-1910782569

Author James Durose-Rayner

Publisher Clink Street Publishing

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads

Based around a series of true events. The BBC’s current affairs programme ‘Panorama’ undertook a sixty minute documentary / expose surrounding an elite government task force that went undercover in Sheffield over a period of twelve months. Their remit was to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to fill up the police federations coffers using illegally gained intelligence, on one hand overlooking – and in some cases encouraging – major criminal activity such as murder, kidnap and torture; whilst on the other, surreptitiously acquiring pre-bargained guilty pleas from defendants then reneging on deals, which culminated in some of the heaviest sentences ever handed out in the UK.

But the programme was never aired.

What did I think?

If you want a book that gets you excited from the very first chapter then I would suggest you pick up a copy of S5 Uncovered. I wasn’t expecting S5 Uncovered to build so much excitement within me from the first few pages but it did, it got me hooked and made me want to settle down for a good read.

Now, I know I said that the book got me excited from the beginning but unfortunately the momentum dropped off pretty quickly. At a hefty 908 (!) pages, S5 Uncovered isn’t a read that can be read in a couple of days and I personally think that due to it being such a mammoth read it lost a lot of the excitement building. I found S5 Uncovered to be slightly ‘busy’ and sometimes it did feel a little bit messy. There are a lot of characters in the book and they’re not really that distinguishable from one another all the time – this made for difficult reading as you’re trying to remember what their story is and how they fit in.

The thing that kept me reading despite the struggles I faced was the fact that this is based on a true story. The possibility that this is a situation currently happening in somewhere so close to home kept me wanting to read on – the situations and scenarios did seem quite far-fetched at times which took the ‘reality’ element away from it a bit, but that being said it may well be happening and it could be something we’re all oblivious to!

My Rating? ♥♥♥

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Porcelain: Flesh of the Innocents – Lee Cockburn

Porcelain - Lee CockburnISBN-10 191152531X

ISBN-13 978-1911525318

Author Lee Cockburn

Publisher Clink Street Publishing

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

What did I think?

Porcelain: Flesh of the Innocents is the 2nd book with DS Nicks as the leading character and it was a book I’d been looking forward to after finishing Devil’s Demise last year! With Devil’s Demise I did make a comment to suggest there was too much ‘erotica’ in the book for my liking (I like a thriller to be a thriller!) and I must admit that Cockburn has turned the ‘erotica’ theme down throughout Porcelain and it didn’t overpower the story-line.

Porcelain is dark, way darker than Devil’s Demise was (which is saying something!) but so well written! There is no stereotypical ‘good guy’ in this book, that keeps it interesting and isn’t very common in books!

At times Porcelain was suffocating, it did not let you catch your breath, Lee Cockburn is an author who knows how to get you hooked! It definitely isn’t a story-line for the feint-hearted, it’s an uncomfortable read (in the best possible way) but Lee Cockburn has been incredibly respectful in her writing.

Porcelain was left fairly open-ended, I really hope that means that we see more of DS Nicks. The cases she investigates and the trials and tribulations her colleagues deal with along the way make for any Cockburn novel a must read!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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