Jenny Blackhurst shares her recent reads

Jenny Blackhurst, author of the gripping THE NIGHT SHE DIED, shares her recent reads and recommendations!

Posted on October 3, 2018 in Guest Author
Tags: Erin Kelly, Jenny Blackhurst, Rachel Abbott, Recent Reads, Sophie Hannah, The Night She Died

I’m lucky enough to be sent books to read before they are released, which is just as well because I’m crazy impatient. Three of my most recent reads were Advanced Reader Copies, which means you might have to wait for them to hit the shelves, but if you follow the authors on Twitter you won’t miss the release. Luckily the two that are already published will keep you busy until then!


In Her Shadow – Mark Edwards

There has been a trend recently for psychological thrillers with a supernatural edge (remember The Foster Child, anyone?) and recently I’ve had the pleasure of reading two absolute corkers. In Her Shadow plays with the idea of messages from beyond the grave. Jessica’s sister Isabel died in a tragic accident. Now her daughter seems to be speaking to Isabel, sending her messages from beyond the grave,

suggesting that her death was more than an accident. Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?






The Lingering – Susi Holliday

From the first page of Susi Holliday’s tense and chilling ghost story we realise that secrets can be deadly. Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient commune, Rosalind House, in the English Fens, desperate for a fresh start. The area is known for its disturbing history, but as the story unfolds we are unsure whether the danger was already within the walls, or if the residents of Rosalind House have let the danger in.







And So It Begins – Rachel Abbott

With a bloodstained room, a woman with a harrowing story of domestic abuse and the tagline It is clear to me now, one of us has to die, Rachel Abbott has produced a twisty tale of lies and deceit. Who is telling the truth?

Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He’s managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife – but something about Evie just doesn’t feel right…

When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.

Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike or before, at the first thought of violence? As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider – is there ever a proper defence for murder?



Missing, Presumed – Susie Steiner

Susie’s writing is beautifully observational and Missing, Presumed manages to blend commercial page-turning genre fiction with the kind of prose you would find in literary fiction. It draws the reader into Manon Bradshaw’s world and makes us want to stay long after the crime is solved. Highly recommended.

Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.

Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.

The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?



Guess Who – Chris McGeorge

When Morgan Sheppard wakes up in a hotel room with no idea of how he got there, with a dead body and four strangers, it looks a lot like The Hangover Part Three. It isn’t long though before the child prodigy detective discovers that one of the people locked in the room with him is a killer and, if he wants to save himself and the others, he has to find out which one.

A brilliantly twisty thriller that I’m desperate to see on the big screen.






 Next up…

 Looking forward to getting stuck into these books next!

 In the Blood, Ruth Mancini

The Mystery of Three Quarters, Sophie Hannah

The Stone Mother, Erin Kelly




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