Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant – Book Review



Sometimes the past just won’t stay buried.

When 14 year old Brittany Cushing disappears one night, her parents are devastated, certain she has been taken.

They can’t bear to think about who has done this and why, about what might be happening to their precious daughter. 

Their neighbor, Taylor, is a rock, doing everything she can to help – organizing search parties and setting up a Facebook page.

As this affluent California community becomes focused on the hunt for the missing girl, it slowly becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to terrible secrets from the past.

Secrets that must be kept hidden at all costs….



14 year old Brittany disappeared during the night, her parents believe she has been abducted….they’re only thoughts are for her safety, is she being hurt and why was she taken?

Taylor, their neighbour, is their lifeline….in her element, doing everything to help with search parties to find missing Brittany. The neighbourhood all rally round on the hunt for her, but there are secrets from the past that rear their head……is there a link to current events?

I found this to be an engrossing and chilling read, with well developed characters and a marvellously tense and twisty plot to keep you guessing. I can recommend this for anyone who loves a psychological thriller.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 


About Cathryn Grant:


Cathryn’s fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, The Shroud Quarterly Journal, and The Best of Every Day Fiction. Her story “I Was Young Once” received an honorable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope Fiction contest.

She’s the author of the Alexandra Mallory Psychological Suspense series, Psychological Thrillers, Suburban Noir novels, The Haunted Ship Trilogy, and the Madison Keith Ghost Story series.

When she’s not writing, Cathryn reads fiction, eavesdrops, and tries to play golf without hitting her ball into the sand or the water. She lives on the Central California coast with her husband and two cats. 

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Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

The Widow by Will Patching – Book Review



A brutally murdered husband. An abused wife who wanted him gone for good… Did the wealthy widow arrange his death—and can a disgraced detective discover the truth?


“Your husband is dead.”


Lorraine Rowe receives the news from an anonymous killer threatening her too—unless she pays an inflated fee for her estranged partner’s murder. Overwhelmed by fear and indecision, Lorraine struggles to survive as her carefully constructed life of lies begins to unravel.

Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding is fighting for her future after allowing her violent temper to jeopardise her career. Is it karma that dumps a man’s badly tortured corpse on her doorstep—or something more sinister? And will the ensuing investigation enable Fiona to redeem herself?

Both women have lived through traumatic events and have much in common, but when the truth-seeker meets the accomplished dissembler, events spiral inexorably towards a deadly climax.

This hard-hitting, twisted thriller weaves deception, misdirection and psychological torment into a page-turning tale of murder and mayhem that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Not for the faint of heart…

The Widow is the first standalone novel in a loosely linked series inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins.


Deadly Inspirations – Book one ‘GREED’


A British Police Thriller featuring Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding. If you like complex plots, strong female characters, and high-stakes murder mysteries with plenty of suspense, you’ll love Will Patching’s latest gripping novel.



This starts with Lorraine receiving a phone call saying ‘Your husband is dead’… does he know? Well because he killed him …They demand £2 million to keep it quiet….she wanted him dead, didn’t she?

Wheeler, her husband,  the man she once loved had changed, becoming violent and unpredictable…so she’s not exactly heartbroken and he was not exactly the law abiding citizen.

DS Fiona Fielding or Fifi as she’s known (really? I have to admit the name Fifi grated somewhat, however, the Author has explained – ‘ it’s a police and military favourite to tack abbreviated first and last names together, so Fiona Fielding becomes Fifi to her colleagues as a bit of a joke. Rather like Boris Johnson is known as Bojo‘ – so I take my comment back as it now makes more sense –   )….is seeing a psychiatrist, due to her late onset PTSD, after she had been abducted and now has nightmares and anger management issues,,,,

But then she finds a body. It’s the tortured body of Wheeler….coincidence?

She becomes involved in the investigation and feels Lorraine knows more than she is letting on. There is also a nosy reporter, Annemarie, another strong female character..

With Irish and Albanian ‘mafia’, drug dealing, torture and murder, this is a dark and gritty thriller with strong female characters and enough twists and tension to keep you hooked from start to finish…..thoroughly recommended.

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.


Author Bio:


Will Patching was born and raised in ‘Sarf Lunnon’, Engerland, or at least, that’s how he pronounces it! Hence, many scenes from his novels are situated in London, the surrounding suburbs and other parts of southeast England, though they also span as far afield as Thailand and the USA.

His approach to writing is to hit the reader with hard truths about the world we live in, and his mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels are designed to get your pulse pounding. One male reader decided he needed to check his door locks late one night while reading Remorseless and subsequently commented on social media: 


‘Seriously scary!’ 


Will’s eclectic professional experience – from his teenage role as a ‘gardener’ weeding sewage treatment filter beds, through flying a Hawk jet very fast, very low and very dangerously before the RAF realised and booted him out, then attending Harvard on a course for potential CEOs, largely thanks to the Peter Principle of promotion, and more recently, to building his dream, a charter yacht that sank in SE Asian waters – all have led to a rich and varied life, often reflected in his writing.




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