#BookReview – Rip Current by Amanda James @akjames61 @Bloodhoundbook
Rip Current by Amanda James
Published by Bloodhound Books on 27th June 2018
Genres: Thriller, Crime, Suspense
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Who can you really trust?
DI Bryony Marshall has been on the tail of Kenny Ransom for two years. He’s involved in prostitution and trafficking, but there’s never been any real proof. To complicate matters further, Bryony’s best friend from childhood is his daughter Imogen.
Bryony worries about admitting the fact that she is trying to put Imogen’s dad away, but unexpectedly, Imogen turns on her father and helps the police. Kenny finds out and swears he’ll get his revenge.
Sick of being in the police force, Bryony visits her mother in Cornwall and considers starting a new life.
While in Cornwall, Bryony saves the life of a man caught up in a rip current in the sea.
But who is this stranger? And is Kenny really bent on revenge?
Rip Current explores the relationships between families and friends and asks who can you ever really trust.
*Thank you so much to Sarah at Bloodhound Books and the author Amanda James for a copy of this book*
Can I breathe yet? Seriously can I? I really feel that I have held my breath the whole time I read this book. Always wondering what was going to happen Bryony and Immi and the stranger on the beach! I was gripping the kindle so tightly as I was dragged rapidly down the rabbit hole wondering if I would ever find the light out!
DI Bryony Masters youngest DI, caught a huge break putting Kenny Ransom finally behind bars. Her best friend Immi is his daughter who helps Bryony. The story doesn’t end there…not when Kenny wants revenge
We shift from seeing Bryony in a strong position at work, taking the limelight she feels is underserved and has a crisis of faith in her job. She takes time off to rethink and travels to her mum in Cornwall. Here we meet the handsome stranger, sent to on a mission and ends up being on a completely mission. I found a small tear leave my eye (strange in this book) when Bryony and the stranger find their connection to each other, the common ground they have. Parallel to this is Immi story, how she is playing two people, one to her dad and the other to Bryony, and her own suffering and worries from the trial. I am being really vague because any detail given could ruin this book.
I have not read anything by Amanda before but I’m so glad I got to take part in this tour and I have found another author who I love and need to read more of their books! (My TBR list is ridiculous!) At times this story was dark and gritty which I loved! It added to the suspense of the story, especially as the focus shifted from the crime drama to the romance, but never fully indulging it. We are constantly reminded of the danger that Bryony is in. You suspect everyone is working from Ransom, even the old boy in the pub having a quiet drink on a Sunday, he seems suspicious right?!
I could not press the button on my kindle to turn the pages quick enough to see the outcome! I can not recommend this book highly enough!!
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About Amanda James
Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.
Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.
Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.
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