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May Crime Fest 2020

It's that time of year again, time for my May Crime Fest, reviewing 3 crime novels that I've read recently. Although I have to say I've been having a little debate with myself as to whether psychological thrillers are under the 'Crime' umbrella. Still not 100% but for this blog post I've decided they are!


First up is most definitely a crime story, part of an addictive detective series.


Broken souls by Patricia Gibney

This is another gritty addictive case for Detective Lottie Parker, number seven in the series, it's as brilliant as the first six!

One dark winter's morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara's bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.


The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off...


When two women are found dead in separate locations, both wearing a wedding dress, and a little girl is missing, you just know you're in for a heart-stopping read filled with twists and turns from start to finish. I'm ready for book no 8!

The Runaway by Linda Huber


I've read several Linda's books now, and like the others, this one didn't disappoint. It's a psychological thriller that will have you chewing your nails to the quick.


Bad things happen in threes – or so it seems to Nicola. The death of her mother-in-law coincides with husband Ed losing his job and daughter Kelly getting into trouble with the police. Time to abandon their London lifestyle and start again by the sea in far-away Cornwall.

It should be the answer to everything – a new home, a new job for Ed and a smaller, more personal school for fifteen-year-old Kelly. But the teenager hates her new life, and it doesn't take long before events spiral out of control, and the second set of bad things starts for Nicola.


Because the story jumped between the character's perspectives, the suspense and then tension just keeps on building. You think you have it worked out, and then just as quickly the idea is snatched away again. This is a chilling read where the characters are relatable and believable.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell


A creepy, twisting, engaging read, where I frequently found myself holding my breath.


In a large house in London's fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.


In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note. They've been dead for several days. Who has been looking after the baby? And where did they go?


That's enough to intrigue anyone who loves psychological thriller mysteries!


The jumping between characters and timelines certainly kept me on my toes. The great plot twists, great characters make for another great story from Lisa.


What have been your favourite crime / psychological thrillers reads recently?

I'd love to hear. I'm always looking for a new read!

If you're looking for a new read, check out my latest novel 'A Different Happy', available here.

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