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Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani

 Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani Twelve powerful people are kidnapped and imprisoned in an empty hotel. Each one of them has three choices: Live out the rest of their days peacefully in the hotel, Die by suicide so the rest of their companions can go free, Or murder one of their companions so they alone can go free. The Only Way Out is Death follows the story of these twelve people from the perspective of a young lawyer, Kiriaki, told as the events unfold. She has to forge messy alliances, navigate complex relationships and feuds, and, above all, try to stay alive. Meanwhile, the mastermind of this death game is lurking just out of view, watching them closely, making sure they are primed for murder. Will Kiriaki find the mastermind before it's too late for her? Will she outmanoeuvre the cutthroats before they cut her throat? There are twelve selfish lives in the hotel. Will it end in twelve selfish deaths? The Only Way Out is Death is a fascinating nov

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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