I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for chilling thriller 17 Church Row by James Carol. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fabulous book.
About the book:
For fans of J. P. Delaney’s The Girl Before comes a thriller that makes us question the lengths we would go to, to keep our family safe.
Three years ago, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes suffered a devastating loss when their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed in a road accident. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, leaving Nikki to care for their remaining child, Bella, who hasn’t spoken since that day.
Seeking a fresh start, the family moves into a revolutionary new house designed by renowned architect, Catriona Fisher. The house features a state-of-the-art security system, along with every amenity you could dream of.
For the Rhodes’ this is a chance to finally pick up the pieces and get on with their lives in a place where they feel totally safe.
But what if 17 Church Row isn’t the safe haven that they think it is?
About the author:
James Carol is the bestselling author of BROKEN DOLLS, the first in a series featuring former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter. The novel was released in the UK in January 2014 to rave reviews and reached number 1 on the Amazon fiction and thriller charts. In addition James is writing a series of eBooks set during Winter’s FBI days. PRESUMED GUILTY is the first of these. Under the pseudonym J.S. Carol, he has also written a number of standalones. KISS ME KILL ME is the latest.
‘BROKEN DOLLS has it all. Horrifying evil, a brilliant, conflicted profiler and cracking pace and tension. I read it in what seemed like two trembling gulps.’ (Stephen Fry)
‘Strikingly well-researched and written with a real swagger, it leaves you desperate for more.’ (The Mail)
Praise for WATCH ME:
‘James Carol is a non-American who has mastered the idiom of the US thriller … Carol is no [Lee] Child clone, and carves out his own menacing canvas with real panache. (Barry Foreshaw, The Independent)
James was born in Scotland and moved to England in the early-eighties. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor. When he’s not writing, James can usually be found in a pair of headphones writing and recording music. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.
For more information go to: http://www.james-carol.com
17 Church Row by James Carol is a chilling and thought provoking psychological thriller that is all too believable. Nikki, Ethan and their seven year old daughter, Bella, are struggling to overcome the devastating trauma of losing Bella’s twin, Grace, in an accident some time previously. Seeking a fresh start, the family move into a revolutionary new house that features a state of the art security system, as well as every amenity you could possibly dream of. For Nikki and Ethan, this feels like the new beginning they’ve been looking for. Somewhere they can finally begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and move forward with their lives.
But is 17 Church Row really the safe haven it appears to be? It appears to have everything, from automated doors to Katy, a sophisticated AI that is intuitive, intelligent and before too long, completely irreplaceable. Most of us are familiar with Alexa, Siri or some other type of virtual assistant, and find them an invaluable source of help and information, even relying on them to dim the lights or to play our favourite music. But Katy takes this concept to a whole new level, with the family soon beginning to rely on her for everything.
But then things start to take a dark turn and that’s when this novel really begins to take off. It definitely made me think twice about how much I rely on my own version of Katy! And as these intuitive virtual assistants become more and more intelligent, seemingly doing more for us every day, what happens in this book is all too believable, chilling me to the bone as the tension increases with every page.
An exciting and intense read, with a well plotted storyline that kept me turning pages long into the night, 17 Church Lane is a book that will make you think. James Carol is in his element with this dark and twisty thriller and I can’t wait to see what this talented author comes up with next!
A fabulous read that I would recommend.
17 Church Row by James Carol is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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