Book Reviews for February 2012

The Unseen
By Katherine Webb
Published by Orion
£7.99
England, 1911. The Reverend Albert Canning, a vicar with a passion for spiritualism, leads a happy existence with his naive wife Hester in a sleepy Berkshire village. As summer dawns, their quiet lives are changed for ever by two new arrivals. First comes Cat, the new maid: a free-spirited and disaffected young woman sent down from London after entanglements with the law. Cat quickly finds a place for herself in the secret underbelly of local society as she plots her escape. Then comes Robin Durrant, a leading expert in the occult, enticed by tales of elemental beings in the water meadows nearby. During a long spell of oppressive summer heat, the rectory at Cold Ash Holt becomes charged with ambition, love and jealousy; a mixture of emotions so powerful that it leads, ultimately, to murder.

Dead Mans Grip
By Peter James
Published by Pan
£7.99
Carly Mallory is driving; she’s tired and just a little distracted. She doesn’t see the boy on a bike until it’s too late. Three people caught up in a violent accident, one dead body lying cold in the morgue. Now, someone is taking revenge for the boy’s death. When the other drivers are found brutally murdered, Roy Grace and his team are called in to investigate; two gruesome deaths, with Carly clearly marked as the final target. Now, Grace must guard her from a killer blinded by revenge and psychotic rage. He wants to make her sorry, to make her pay, and he wont stop until the final splash of blood in the jigsaw has been spilled…

A Fathers Revenge
By Kitty Neale
Published by Avon
£7.99
A mother must fight to protect all she holds dear! A bad man can never come good! Thirteen years have passed since Kevin Dolby was sent to prison for robbery with violence. In the meantime, his ex wife Pearl Button has divorced him and remarried, determined to protect her son from knowing who his real father is. Then she hears two pieces of terrifying news – Kevin Dolby is up for parole and that her dear friend Bessie is gravely ill. Bessie has taken on Nora Dobbs, a young woman and she asks Pearl to take over her care when she dies. Pearl, thinking that Bessie will recover from her illness and live for many more years, agrees, but less than a week later, Bessie passes away. Pearl will now have to take over Nora’s care and plans to take her to Winchester. However, when Bessie’s will is read, she has left the shop and premises to Pearl, yet with a proviso. Pearl not only has to take over Nora’s care, she must do it in Battersea, moving into the shop and premises and living there for the rest of Nora’s natural life. Then, and only then, can she sell up. While Pearl is persuaded to move back to Battersea, Kevin is granted parole but desperate for money, approaches his parents. Once he gets what he wants Kevin intends to see his son, and nothing is going to stand in his way.

I Heart Vegas
By Lindsey Kelk
Published by Harper
£7.99
Angela Clark loves her life in New York. She a Brit who’s conquered the Big Apple. Unfortunately, she’s also a Brit who’s lost her job, and when, just a couple of weeks before Christmas, the immigration department gets wind of this, Angela needs to find a new job urgently, or a husband. She doesn’t think her boyfriend Alex will be keen. A girls’ weekend in Vegas with her best friend Jenny seems the perfect way to forget her troubles. From the minute they arrive Angela is swept up in a whirl of cocktails, outrageous outfits, late nights and brushes with the chapel of love. Rather than escaping trouble, Angela is up to her neck in it!. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — right? With a bonus Angela’s Guide to Vegas – the ultimate city break guide!