Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Guilt By Michelle Kidd and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Question Mark Press for the review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 14 07 2021
Price*: Kindle £0.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $0.99 (USD)/ Paperback $12.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 328
My rating: Really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: Train your children what to do when stranger approaches them.
Description of the book: Is a killer born…. or created?
A missing child. A killer on the loose. A past that refuses to die.
When a six-year-old boy disappears from a local fair, every parent’s worst nightmare is about to come true. And for Detective Inspector Nicki Hardcastle, twenty-two years after her own nightmare began, the past she thought was buried starts catching up with her – and fast.
Leading the hunt for the missing child, Nicki soon finds the chase takes on a personal twist, with her own memories haunting her every move. With time set against them, and a killer following his own chilling agenda, can Nicki and her team stop history from repeating itself?
Only time will tell.
But it’s time they don’t have.
How this book made me feel: I was absolutely intrigued by the blurb of this book, it seemed to promise a good killer chase, and I was not disappointed, it is a very good thriller indeed.
I think that there are multiple protagonists in this book because the book is told from multiple perspectives. The police officer that is dealing with this case of kidnapping is Nicki Hardcastle. I really liked Nicki, and the author allows the reader to really get to know her. Nicki is a very hard-working, confident but kind and fair detective, and she is a great boss to work for too. 🙂 All the characters in this book are intriguing and interesting to read about. I absolutely love when the authors put the murderer’s perspective as well, I really like to analyse their actions and why they are so messed up. And the murderer in this book is an extremely damaged person.
The narrative of this novel keeps constantly changing depending on perspective, and such a narrative always keeps me hooked and entertained. The plot is pretty dark and messed up and has quite a lot of triggers to be aware of. I really liked all the twists and turns in this book, as well as the way the author was trying to manipulate the reader. My mind was constantly confused when it came to who the killer was. 😀 The topics discussed in this book were bullying, abusive father, children kidnapping, controlling behaviour, guilt, child-parent relationships, violence and many many more.
I really liked the writing style of this book, it is creatively written but at the same time, it is easy flowing and enjoyable. The chapters have a medium length and they are divided into smaller parts, so it was easy to read on my train journeys to work. 🙂 I have to warn you that this book has a lot of violence towards young children and it might upset some readers. I really liked the ending of this book, it left me very satisfied with the outcome as well as very intrigued to read the next book in the series.
So, to conclude, I really enjoyed this thriller, it has a great cast of characters and the plot is full of surprises. I think the main topic in this book was the stranger-danger aspect, I would like to remind all parents to teach their children about strangers constantly, my mother’s constant teaching and reminders actually saved me from a tragedy that could have happened. When the situation happened, I remembered my mother’s words and ran. If you are looking to support an indie author, Michelle Kidd is the one. 😉 She has the knowledge and the skill. 😉 Enjoy! 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Michelle Kidd practiced law for 10 years, specialising in criminal and civil litigation. A career change in 2008 took her to work for the NHS where she still works today. Interests are varied but are mostly reading, wine and cats -not necessarily in that order! The Phoenix Project is her first published novel featuring the character Detective Inspector Jack MacIntosh, published in 2018. This was followed in January 2020 by the second book in the series, ‘Seven Days’. The third in the series ‘The Fifteen’ was published in August 2020, with the fourth ‘The Bishop’ following in early 2021.The fifth DI Jack MacIntosh novel is expected in January 2022.
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