Reading Round Up – April 2020

I didn’t read as much through April as I’m getting ready for the release of The Last One To See Her, but what I did read I enjoyed. Here are the books I read and my reviews.


Damaged by Dan Scottow
What a dark and twisted tale this debut is.
When Emily returns to her childhood town to look into the case of a missing young girl, little does she know what she’ll uncover. Emily’s childhood friend also went missing when they were 12 and she wonders if the two cases are linked.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The prologue is dark and atmospheric, followed by a story that has many twists and turns. The pace of the story is spot on and there were plenty of times where I kept changing my opinion about who did what to who.

I mean this as a compliment when I say that this book has earned Dan the #sickoauthor tag.
You’ve been warned!


Shadows of Regret by Ross Greenwood
Katie has lived a troubled life. In care as a child and then she spends time in prison for a murder she committed when she was 18.

I liked the structure of the story. Some chapters are set in the present day, whilst others are Katie’s memories of her childhood and teenage years, and what led up to her committing murder.

The events in Katie’s life got me thinking about right and wrong, criminality and justice. Are there any circumstances in which you could feel sorry for the murderer rather than the victim? Every action has a consequence and although some of Katie’s actions may be classed as criminal, they were consequences of other people’s actions.

This is an excellent piece of crime fiction, that is also very thought provoking. I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre.


The Missing by C. L. Taylor
When 15 year old Billy goes missing, his family are frantic. After they take part in a police appeal for information, lies and secrets begin to be uncovered.

There are so many book descriptions or sub-titles that claim a book is ‘twisty.’ Well, this book IS twisty! I never really knew who did what to who, or why one character was behaving a certain way until near the end, where the truth is uncovered.

This is a fast paced read. I was always wondering what was going to happen next. I also had no idea that that the story would end in the way that it did. I have been left with mixed feelings about one character in-particular, in as much as I can’t decide if one action can make up for all the pain and hurt of previous dark deeds.

A highly recommended psychological thriller.


Primed to Kill (The Dead Speak #2) by Emmy Ellis
Banks and Langham are back, and Banks begins to realise that he has more psychic skills than he thought he did.

This is a relatively quick read and one that is full of action. After being violently attacked and left in an alley, Adam and his brother Dane move to a small village. When curiosity gets the better of them and they see what happens in a local barn, they become part of a major police investigation.

Like Banks, Adam experiences a psychic ability for the first time and as the story progresses it’s a good job he does. I’d have liked to know more about the warehouse/barn groups. What made them tick? What was their motivation?

A pacy and interesting plot. I’m now looking forward to book 3 in the series.


A special mention this month has to go the cover design for Shadows of Regret. I think it’s a fantastic design.

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