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 Blog Tour Review - A Power Unbound by Freya Marske Secrets! Magic! Enemies to. . .something more? Jack Alston, Lord Hawthorn, would love a nice, safe, comfortable life. After the death of his twin sister, he thought he was done with magic for good. But with the threat of a dangerous ritual hanging over every magician in Britain, he’s drawn reluctantly back into that world. Now Jack is living in a bizarre puzzle-box of a magical London townhouse, helping an unlikely group of friends track down the final piece of the Last Contract before their enemies can do the same. And to make matters worse, they need the help of writer and thief Alan Ross. Cagey and argumentative, Alan is only in this for the money. The aristocratic Lord Hawthorn, with all his unearned power, is everything that Alan hates. And unfortunately, Alan happens to be everything that Jack wants in one gorgeous, infuriating package. When a plot to seize unimaginable power comes to a head at Cheetham Hall―Jack’s ancestral fam

Review - Strangers by C L Taylor

 Review - Strangers by C L Taylor

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.

Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.

And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

 Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

An excellent book. Really taut plotting, clever twists and I loved the three main characters, their flaws and failings and seeing how strangers came together in a crisis. 

It's a masterclass in slow burn tension. There are just so many little moments, incidents, that kept me on edge while I was reading it. 

There were so many sinister threads that I really couldn't tell which one was going to lead me to three strangers standing over a body, yet I knew that was where we were headed.

It's so unusual to read a crime novel where the inciting incident pretty much closes the book out, and I really enjoyed this interesting take on it.

All of the characters felt very complex and real. There were no perfect heroes, and very few villains, but each one was a flawed individual who just seemed to be trying to do their best in a tough world. This made it a very grounded book for me. And I loved seeing how their paths intertwined, and how they saw each other, something that just added more depth.

Very cleverly put together and expertly pulled off.


Strangers by C L Taylor is out now, published by Avon Books

I was given a review copy in return for an honest review.


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