Looking for something to read over the weekend ?
Nothing on your book radar that is screaming ‘read me’?
Take a look at my Friday Favorite. It may be new. It may be old. It may be written by a famous author, or by someone you have never heard of. But wherever in the spectrum it falls, it will be a book that is special to me, one that has captured both my imagination and my heart.
Last week I featured See How They Run by Tom Bale and remarked that this blog is an excellent means of rediscovering authors I have loved that have somehow slipped from my radar. I know that I have another of Tom Bale’s books, unread, in one of my packing cases which I will be relieved to let see the light of day after we move house next weekend, but I was also excited to be approved on Netgalley for an ARC of his latest book One Dark Night, due for publication in October.
This week brings me to another author who has also slipped from my radar, J. M. Peace .
Love the cover! So atmospheric.
EXCERPT: She ignored it the first time. Pretending she couldn’t hear it, she continued to play jacks in the dirt. Though it was a warm spring day, she shivered. Goosebumps prickled her arms. She hugged herself briefly trying to keep her focus on the game.
She froze. He was looking for her already. It felt like they’d only arrived a few minutes ago. She’d been so pleased when he’d given her the jacks and shown her how to play. But now it felt like her tummy had dropped right out of her body.
She looked down at her new t-shirt. It had a picture of a ballerina on it. There were real diamonds stuck onto the tiara on the ballerina’s head. Well, maybe not real diamonds, but they sparkled and twinkled anyway.
She hesitated, her heart pounding as she considered what she was about to do. Then she ran like they had learned in ballet class. Tippy-toe steps with skips in between, her bare feet making only the softest scratching noise on the dirt. The old ute was parked at the back of the shed. She climbed inside and pulled slowly at the door so that it latched withoutmaking much noise. She curled up in the footwell with the noisy thump of her heart keeping her company. She wasn’tentirely sure hiding was a good idea. He would be angry when he found her. And she wasn’tsure she could hide until it was time to go home again.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: A marked man. A damaged cop. A town full of secrets.
After her abduction and near death at the hands of a sadistic killer, Constable Samantha Willis is back in the uniform. Despite being on desk duty, rumours reach Sammi that someone in Angel’s Crossing has been hurting little girls, and before long a mob is gathering to make sure justice is served.
So when a man is found hanging in his shed, the locals assume the pedophile has finally given into his guilt. That is, until Sammi delves further into the death and uncovers a dark family secret, an unsolved crime and a town desperate for vengeance.
MY THOUGHTS: The Twisted Knot: Constable Sammi Willis #2 is the second book I have read by talented Australian author J.M. Peace. I started it immediately after finishing the first book in the series, A Time to Run: Constable Sammi Willis #1, skipping some 170 other books in order to do so.
This is a thrilling, gripping read; a don’t disturb me, I don’t want to know anything other than what happens in this book read.
The first book was good; this one is excellent. What’s next JM Peace? I am waiting eagerly…..
THE AUTHOR: An avid reader and writer from an early age, JM Peace wanted to be a writer. So she studied journalism figuring this would be a way of turning a passion into a job. Her career as a print journalist failed after a single year, and the experience completely sucked the joy out of writing for her. So she took a complete change of direction and became a police officer. Over the past sixteen years, she has served throughout south-east Queensland in a variety of different capacities, including Intelligence and CIB.
After her children were born, the dangers and stresses of the job made it unappealing. In the search for a new career path, she returned to her childhood dream. Carving a spare hour out of every day, she wrote the manuscript for A Time To Run whilst juggling her family commitments, police work and running a household.
A Time To Run was published by Pan Macmillan Australia on July 1, 2015. The rights to the book have been sold in Germany and there is interest from an Australian production company in turning it into a movie. The sequel, The Twisted Knot was released on July 1, 2016.
Jay currently lives on the Sunshine Coast with her partner, wrangling her two cheeky children, a badly behaved dog and an anti-social cockatiel. Although she travelled extensively when she was younger, these days she is just happy if she makes it as far as the beach on the weekend. Her current goals are trying to teach her children to surf and finishing the next book in the ‘Constable Sammi Willis’ series.
Jay is astounded and delighted in equal parts by words of encouragement from strangers. You can connect with her at on Facebook at JM Peace Author, Twitter at @jmpeaceauthor and Goodreads at JM Peace.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan Australia for providing a digital ARC of The Twisted Knot by J. M. Peace for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1674597472