Venice Black (Alex Polonia Thriller) By: Gregory C. Randall (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book:

In this action-packed espionage thriller, two strangers with uncanny similarities are at the center of a dangerous case of mistaken identity.

Venice during Carnevale seems like a dream destination to American police detective Alex Polonia. She is planning to lose herself in the maze of canals and forget about her ex-husband’s conviction for operating a meth lab on Cleveland’s south side.

The legacy of the Bosnian War’s brutal ethnic cleansing has brought journalist Marika Juric to Venice on a single-minded crusade: to gather enough evidence to keep one of the war’s masterminds from becoming Croatia’s next president. And there are those who’ll do anything to stop her.

But these two strangers share more than their unexpected arrivals in the City of Masks. They’re mirror images of each other—down to their hair, their smiles, and the same desperation in their eyes. The resemblance isn’t just uncanny. It’s dangerous.

When the secrets of Alex’s escape rush headlong into Marika’s obsession, the fates of both women become entwined in a vaporous hall of mirrors. Working together is their only way to survive.


About Author:

Gregory C. Randall was born in Traverse City, Michigan, raised in Chicago, and now, for more than forty-five years, makes California his home. He is an award winning novelist and thriller writer with eleven books in print and five more in production. In the fall of 2010 his first book in the Sharon O’Mara Chronicles series, LAND SWAP FOR DEATH was published. It was followed by CONTAINERS FOR DEATH, TOULOUSE FOR DEATH, 12TH MAN FOR DEATH, AND DIAMONDS FOR DEATH. In the fall of 2018 look for LIMERICK FOR DEATH. All are published by Windsor Hill Publishing.

His new thriller series features Detective Tony Alfano set in 1933 Chicago. CHICAGO SWING and CHICAGO JAZZ are as noir as it gets. His newest, CHICAGO FIX, will be out int he summer of 2018.

  • Series:Alex Polonia Thriller (Book 1)
  • Paperback:282 pages
  • Publisher:Thomas & Mercer (March 6, 2018)

My Review:

 Great new book full of great character and adventures, first couple of chapters were a little slow but took off after that.   I hope to see more in the future with this series.    First time in reading anything by this author and I must say he kept my interest.  I received an early copy of this book via Netgally and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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The Date By: Louise Jensen (reviewed by Rochelle)

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Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor.

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future.

By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognizable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognize the face staring back at her. She can’t recognize her friends and family. And she can’t recognize the person who is trying to destroy her…

About Author:

Louise is a USA Today bestselling author, and lives in the Northamptonshire with her husband, children, dog and a rather naughty cat.

Louise’s first two novels, The sister and the Gift, were both No. 1 bestsellers, and have been sold for translation in sixteen territories.  The Sister was nominated for the Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016.

  • Publication date:  21 Jun 2018
  • Publisher:  Bookouture
  • Page count:  320
  • Genres:  Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery

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My Review:

Wow, what a ride.  I absolutely adore this author’s books, they are gritty and addictive and this latest release was no different.

I loved the characters and their interaction was superb, I literally had no idea where the story was going and then everything I thought I’d guessed right went straight out the window!!

If you are looking for a great physical thriller then this is a very good choice to read!

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Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan (Reviewed by Rochelle_

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Close your eyes…and count to ten.

He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.
When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

Perfect for fans of Holly Seddon, Gillian Flynn and BA Paris.

From the best-selling author of Our Little Secret comes a new psychological thriller with a shocking twist.

About Author:

Darren is a ibooks number 1 bestselling author of ‘Our Little Secret’ and theatre practitioner. He lives in Peterborough, England where his days are either behind his laptop writing or in front of a group of actors directing.

His thriller Our Little Secret is due for paperback publication on 5th April 2018 and is currently editing his second novel ‘Close Your Eyes’ which is due for publication 5th May 2018.

Pages:  384

Publisher:  HQ Digital

Published May 5th 2018

Genres:  Mystery, Psychological Thriller

My Review:

Wow.. this book had me hooked very early on and didn’t let go.   Great psychological thriller! I was enthralled by this story from the beginning.  I love reading his books, they keep you thinking and guessing what’s going to happen.  This one a roller coaster. It had me guessing and still not what I was guessing,  and even the ending was not what I had been thinking.  Great Book, I will read his next one.

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After Leaving The Village By: Helen Matthews (Reviewed by Rochelle)

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Two women. Two villages. Different destinies. Odeta’s life has shrunk to a daily round of drudgery, running her father’s grocery store in a remote Albanian village. One day a stranger from Tirana walks into the shop and promises her a new career in London. Odeta’s life is about to change, but not in the way she expected. Journalist Kate lives on a quiet London street and seems to have a perfect life but she worries about her son Ben, who struggles to make friends. Kate blames the internet and disconnects her family from the online world so they can get to know their neighbours. On a visit to her home village in Wales, Kate is forced to confront a secret from her past. But greater danger lies closer to home. Perhaps Kate’s neighbours are not the friendly community they seem.

About Author

My debut suspense thriller ‘After Leaving the Village’ was published on 12th October by Hashtag Press. It won first prize in the opening pages of a novel category at Winchester Writers’ Festival.

I’m originally from Cardiff, studied English at Liverpool University and hold an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes. I’ve won prizes for short stories and been published in ‘Artificium’ and in an eBook ‘Garage 54 and other stories’.

Long ago in a galaxy far away (before I focused on fiction) I had some articles published in the Guardian, on the BBC and in lifestyle magazines. I love travelling and you can read about some quirky encounters and places on my blog.

Publisher:  Hashtag Press

Published: October 12th 2017

Pages:  352

My Review

At first I was not getting into this book but after read a few more chapters; I found this to be great novel which kept me up all night reading. I was drawn in by the opening chapters in Albania, which set the story up so that I got to know Odeta and understand her situation.  At times I found Odeta a little innocent and gullible and fell for everything.  The story’s told in two viewpoints – I especially liked Odeta’s but it was good to have the counterbalance of ordinary suburban life going on next door and it keeps you wondering how these two worlds might be brought together.  I found that it ended well and I was hoping for more. This is the first time of reading anything by this author and I will certainly be looking out for more books from her.  Thanks to the Fiction Café Review Group for an ARC copy of this book.

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