Trafficked Dreams by Heather Osborne – Publication Day

Today sees the publication of Trafficked Dreams by Heather Osborne. It’s the first in a new crime fiction series and tells a tale of human trafficking, set in the dark side of San Francisco. Here is the book cover with the blurb:

“Help me…please.”

Three words will launch Inspector Briana Ryu of the San Francisco PD into the forefront of an investigation into the darker side of her city. When a young boy reaches out to Bri, begging her to save him and his sister, but then vanishes into the night, Bri thinks that will be the end of it—that is, until he is found dead six months later.

Catapulted into the violent and horrifying world of human trafficking, Bri races against time to find his missing sister.
Will she manage the unfathomable task, or will the girl be swallowed up by the city Bri holds dear?

My thoughts:
I have read previous books by Heather and enjoyed them, but she has upped her game with this novel. This is an interesting and at times, highly emotive story that will have you rooting for Briana to solve the case and hunt down the bad guys. I particularly liked the inclusion of short chapters that focus on Lina, the young woman that Briana is trying to find. They give an insight into what Lina is going through, and work well alongside knowing how the investigation is progressing.

If you enjoy faced paced crime fiction that isn’t afraid to face the dark side of human nature, then I recommend you grab a copy.

Buy link: mybook.to/TDBrianaRyu1

 

About the Author:
Heather Osborne, an author of crime and historical novels, was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology. In 2009, she moved to Scotland. Along with her novels and short stories, Heather also has written and directed several plays. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing (of course!), and theatre, as well as caring for her young son. Among her published titles are: The Soldier’s Secret, a historical romance set during the American Civil War; Bitter Bonds, a tale of black magic in the deep South in the 1840s, and the Rae Hatting Mysteries series.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mark.

Book Review: Toxic Justice by M. A. Comley

This will be my final blog post of 2018 and what better way to end the year than reading and reviewing the final instalment of Mel Comley’s Justice series, Toxic Justice. I had seen a lot of positive discussion about this book across social media, and after having enjoyed other books in the series, downloaded a copy. Here’s the book description:

 

 

Book Description:
When life gets tough…

Desperation seeps in.

When Jonathan Giles has nowhere left to turn in life, he commits suicide. How can a fifteen-year-old boy be driven to take such drastic action to solve his problems?

DI Lorne Warner is about to tackle the most heart-wrenching, nonsensical case of her career.

With the suicide statistics among teenagers rising on her patch, DCI Roberts asks Lorne to investigate the reasons behind the victims taking their own lives.

Will the shocking truth Lorne and her tenacious team uncover give the grieving families the justice they deserve? Continue reading

BLOG TOUR – Orchestrating Murder by Heather Osborne

 

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the brilliant crime thriller, Orchestrating Murder, by Heather Osborne. Let’s find out more about the book.

 

Book Description:
By day, he wears a mask, concealing his true nature from the world. By night, he conducts his plans, carefully composing death for those deemed less worthy in his eyes of existence.

When bodies of convicted felons start turning up, Detective Gregory Shaw is called upon to investigate. His suspicions fall on a well-known attorney, but can he prove his hunch holds merit?

 

 

 

And, here’s the book trailer:

 

 

 

My review:
After enjoying Osborne’s Rae Hatting series, I was very pleased to see that she’d published this stand-alone thriller.

The book kicks off with a very tense opening.  After the prologue, you’ll want to keep reading the whole book in one go!

Parts of the book are written from the antagonist’s point of view. Getting an in-depth insight into their thoughts and actions was chilling and disturbing. Occasional glimpses into the victims pain and uncertainty can, at times, be an uncomfortable reading experience, which is testament to the quality of the writing.

As in the Rae Hatting series, Osborne combines a complicated criminal investigation with a little romance. The elements work well, without the romance taking over the story. If there had been more romance than there was, it may have put me off the story, but Osborne gets the mixture just right.

I’d highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the crime/suspense/thriller genres. It’s an excellent read that will keep you guessing and wondering where the story will take you next.

 

You can find and follow Heather across social media:
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heather-Osborne/e/B00HM2AKHM/.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/HAOsborne/.
Twitter: @hosborneauthor.

As always, thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Mark.

 

 

 

Book Review – Fragile Cord by Emma Salisbury

1Fragile 

 

How far would you go to hide the truth?

A small boy lies drowned in the bottom of a bath
His mother is found with a noose around her neck…

The local community is in shock.

 

 

Prologue

Tracey Kavanah stroked her swollen belly absentmindedly as she reached for the drawing Kyle proudly held up for her inspection. It was three thirty on an uncomfortably hot day and the infant inside her shifted lethargically; the playground was full of red-faced mothers with excitable offspring and the sound of happy chatter reverberated around the red brick walls.
She swallowed hard as she studied Kyle’s picture, her hands began to shake uncontrollably as an uneasy, anxious feeling worked its way through her chest. She could hear her heart pounding, the thump, thump thump increasing its crescendo until it drowned out the babble from the children around her and startled her unborn child.
Her troubled gaze slid to the beaming face of her ruddy-cheeked son and in that moment she knew she must kill him.  Continue reading