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Book Review: CRY BABY by Mark Billingham

It’s 1996. Detective Sergeant Tom Thorne is a haunted man. Haunted by the moment he ignored his instinct about a suspect, by the horrific crime that followed and by the memories that come day and night, in sunshine and shadow.

So when seven-year-old Kieron Coyne goes missing while playing in the woods with his best friend, Thorne vows he will not make the same mistake again. Cannot.

The solitary witness. The strange neighbour. The friendly teacher. All are in Thorne’s sights.

This case will be the making of him . . . or the breaking.

The gripping prequel to Mark Billingham’s acclaimed debut, Sleepyhead, Cry Baby is the shocking first case for one of British crime fiction’s most iconic detectives.

My Review:

Trigger Warnings: missing children and abuse.

I couldn’t put this book down. It kept me guessing from the beginning. Mark Billingham knows how to keep the reader turning the page.

It’s a story of a boy who goes missing while playing with his best friend under the watchful eye of his best-friend’s mom. The story takes you into the mind of the investigating officer Tom Thorne, who is picked on for a mistake made 15 years before this case. Tom trusts his gut this time and does what needs to be done to find the boy.

The plot twist close to the end is what got to me and how it came about.

A really good read and a book I’d recommend.

Book Review: HONEST ILLUSIONS by Nora Roberts

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Disclaimer:  I received this book from Jonathan Ball Publishers for an honest review


Roxy Nouvelle understands the art of deception.  The daughter of a world-renowned magician, Roxy has inherited her father’s talents – and his secret life as a jewel thief.  She loves the thrill of the game and can take care of herself.

Roxy is smart and resilient, but she has one weakness:  Luke Callahan, a sexy escape artist with a roguish reputation.  Five years ago they fell into a passionate affair – but then, true to his art – he disappeared, leaving Roxy broken hearted and furious.

Now Luke is back, trailing secrets and danger in his wake.  Why did he run out on Roxy all thos years ago?  And can she trust him again?



Love and magic have a great deal in common.  They enrich the soul, delight the heart.  And they both take unrelenting and unabating practice. – Maximillian Nouvelle – Honest Illusions

I was transported to a carnival and lived in New Orleans while reading this book.  Roxy and Luke, two very stubborn, very charismatic characters.  Loved it.

As usual, Nora Roberts did not disappoint.  The book was easy to follow, the writing great.  I enjoyed reading it.  The further into the book, the more I couldn’t put it down.

We follow the lives of our two lead characters Roxanne and Luke.  They grow up together.  The book also speaks a great deal of Maximillian Nouvelle, Roxy’s father, who, has a knack for taking in strays.  A story of love of family, friendship and magic.

A slow burn romance, friends-to-lovers trope has you routing for these two.  A love that blossomed like magic and as Max advised Luke – both magic & love take unrelenting and unabating practice.

Nora Roberts is a fantastic author that can transport you into another life while reading her stories.  Brilliant!

I rated this book 4 1/2 stars