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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

Deadly Game by Matt Johnson **Blog Tour Review**

    I am delighted to be the next stop on Orenda's Blog Tour to celebrate the publication of Deadly Game by Matt Johnson. 


Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed. Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered, Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK. On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all … Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate.  

 Deadly Game is a stunning, terrifying and eye-opening thriller from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

My Thoughts 

Deadly Game is packed full of action and intrigue and it certainly kept me on my toes. Who to trust? It follows on from the first book, Wicked Game and although I haven't read that, I was soon able to pick up on the pace. Robert Finlay returns to police duty and is caught up in a maelstrom of international crime, sex trafficking, political intrigue and espionage. Never a dull moment! Matt Johnson controls the action with a masterful touch. 

    In Robert Finlay, we have a vulnerable central character who is suffering from the effects of terrorism. I was able to absolutely believe in the character as it rang out with authenticity, reflecting Matt's own experiences. His years in the Police Force and his experience in dealing with terrorism and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome feed into the portrayal of Robert and give real depth to the character. 

    I particularly enjoyed some of the women characters, notably, his partner, Nina and the MI5 liaison officer, Toni. There is a real spark about them. My favourite though has to be Robert's wife Jenny, so aware of her situation and so concerned for Robert. She sees the effects of PTSD on her husband and in a way, becomes our eyes. Never dull and full of tension, I'm looking forward to the next instalment of Robert's story. 

In short: a nail-biting thriller and some great characters and serious issues.

About the Author

Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for 25 years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition. His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result. Deadly Game once again draws on Matt’s experiences and drips with the same raw authenticity of its predecessor.

You can connect with Matt on his Website    |   Twitter  |  and on Facebook. 

Thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for a copy of the book and a place on the Blog Tour.

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