Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

In The Wake by Helen Trevorrow – Book Review


In the Wake is a crime thriller set in contemporary London with dark ‘me too’ themes and a distorted vision of who is good and who is bad. Kay Christie, a successful career woman, navigates a professional catastrophe under the shadow of an old traumatic event that resurfaces violently and refuses to leave. When a body is found in the Royal Albert Dock, Kay is sent to quiet the media, but things get complicated when it emerges that she knew the victim.

As events spiral out of control, Kay discovers that those close to her may be harbouring another secret – the story of a missing girl. Kay needs to discover the truth before her life unravels and she loses everything. It questions whether we can ever truly leave our pasts behind and explores the lengths that we will go to please the people that we love.



This is a thriller, but not just a thriller. The writing is so descriptive at times you really can picture the scene and feel the chaos that surrounds Kay. 

Told in the present, with some chapters that look to the past, to build the overall picture.

There has been a murder and Kay knows the victim and she decides to discover why they’ve ended up dead. But at what cost? As events start to affect her own life, should she leave this well alone.?

I found this to be a slow burn of a read, one to take your time over as you enjoy the murder mystery, tension, secrets and lots of intrigue to make this an engaging and entertaining read.

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



Helen Trevorrow is a graduate of the 2016 Faber Academy creative writing programme. She studied at Leeds University and has worked in marketing and public relations in London. She is a specialist food and drink PR.

Helen’s debut novel IN THE WAKE is a feminist crime thriller about family, unrealised trauma and alcoholism. Helen has ghost-written many articles for newspapers, magazines and websites. She lives in Brighton, Sussex with her wife and child.


Book reviews, Thriller

An Air That Kills by Christine Poulson – Book Review


The atmosphere in the lab is toxic. It is only a matter of time before there is a flu pandemic with the potential to kill billions. Or so wealthy entrepreneur Lyle Lynstrum believes. That is why he is funding research into transgenics – the mechanism by which viruses can jump the species barrier – at a high security lab on a tidal island off the North Devon coast.

A suspiciously rapid turnover of staff has him worried. He sends in scientist Katie Flanagan as an undercover lab technician. Something is clearly very wrong, but before Katie can get to the bottom of what is going on, a colleague is struck down by a mysterious illness. Has the safety of the facility been compromised, allowing a deadly virus to escape? Katie begins to suspect that the scientists are as deadly as the diseases – and that her cover has been blown. Then the island is cut off by high seas and a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse begins.



Katie has returned to the UK after many months on a project in Antarctica. She is looking for a job, when a friend mentions problems at a research facility, Debussy Point. So she goes to work there under a new identity to see what she can find out.

But then a colleague contracts ‘flu……or is it something else?

There’s a lot of details into how a research facility operates, which I found fascinating and disturbing at the same time…..just what is floating around in these places?

This is a thriller, but that really doesn’t give it credit. This is the tale of what could happen, if something escaped or was purposely let out…a potential pandemic? Or just a clever murder?

Can Katie find the culprit?

Gripping and scarily realistic…..I read this in one sitting. Great characters and a clever, believable plot, what more could you ask for. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.




Christine Poulson was born and brought up in North Yorkshire, England. She is now a research fellow at the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Sheffield University and chair of the William Morris Society. She has written widely on 19th-century art and literature, and her most recent work of non-fiction was a book on Arthurian legend in British art from 1840 to 1920. She lives with her family in a water mill in Derbyshire, England.