Deadly Secrets by OMJ Ryan

I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the Deadly Secrets book tour! Thank you so much to Emma Welton of Damppebbles blog tours for letting me be a part of this. Although this review of Deadly Secrets is as part of the tour the thoughts are my own. 

Synopsis

Millionaire Marty Michaels had the perfect life — until he found a dead girl in his bathroom.

For twenty years, superstar radio host Marty Michaels has used his vast fame and power to make or break the careers of celebrities and politicians.

But Marty discovers that power comes at a price when he wakes in a strange hotel room and finds a murdered girl in the bathroom. He’s been setup. Someone wants to destroy him.

Desperate to clear his name, Marty is propelled into a dark world of danger, corruption and depravity, and with the media world he once ruled now baying for his blood — the hunter has become the hunted.

Not knowing who to trust, or where to turn, Marty fights alone against a powerful criminal network as he tries to save his reputation, his job…and his life.

My review of Deadly Secrets

This is a very fast paced book focusing on the famous Radio DJ Marty, famed for his ability run trials by media on his show. Suddenly his world comes crashing down around him and his life’s work is only making his fall from grace harder.

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. At all times the book kept me guessing, when I was correct the plot point turned out to be minor and I completely didn’t see the bigger ones coming. Some points it was like you were Marty, not knowing who to trust and where to go, it certainly kept me on my toes.

Deadly Secrets in set in Manchester which I have spent a great deal of my time so hearing about familiar streets made the story feel so real. Ryan used a mixture of real and fictional places for the story, this didn’t change the impact of the plot.

Ryan included a real depth to the characters, including the lead, Marty. This didn’t mean that I particularly liked the characters. I found Marty to be very self centered, demanding and entitled but I think that this helped develop the character arc.  

If you like a good, fast paced crime book I think this is the one for you. Especially if you have links to Manchester, it really does make the story come to life. I will be definitely recommending this one.

About OMJ Ryan:

Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards. In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.

 

Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/OMJRYAN1 @OMJRYAN1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OMJ-Ryan-2449880305025779/ Website: https://www.omjryan.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/omjryan/

 

Purchase Links: Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Secrets-gripping-crime-thriller-ebook/dp/B07R766J9L/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1556530739&refinements=p_27%3AOMJ+Ryan&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&text=OMJ+Ryan Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Secrets-gripping-crime-thriller-ebook/dp/B07R766J9L/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=deadly+secrets+OMJ+ryan&qid=1556530793&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell 

 

Please let me know if you have read it and what your favourite crime book is!

I was sent Deadly Secrets to review as part of the book tour, my comments are my own.  

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – Review

I was lucky enough to be given this book by Hannah from Quercus Books, this has not changed my opinion of the book and I was sent this book for an honest review. I had heard so much about this book and it sounded like I could relate to the story in so many different ways. I couldn’t put this book down, I had to stay up reading because I needed to know what happend, and I’ve not done this since the Harry Potter books!

The Flat Share is Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, written on her commute to work. The starting plot is about a flat/bed share where you never see the other person who lives there. O’Leary experienced a version of this when her and her boyfriend moved in together but worked opposite shift patterns.

Synopsis

Tiffy and Leon share a flat

Tiffy and Leon share a bed

Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

My review of The Flat Share

How is this O’Leary’s debut? The story is incredible. I have experienced the joy of trying to find a half decent flat/house-share that is not insanely priced, and I’m in the North where it is cheaper. I have also experienced some of the other themes in this book such as gaslighting. Even with some of the negative themes in the book, such as family members being in prison, obsessive exes and Leon being a palliative care nurse, the plot still remains uplifting. In an odd way, Tiffy’s character gave me hope that there is a life outside of negative relationships and headspaces, and that with the support of friends and therapy you can get through it.

O’Leary’s way of writing characters blew me away, the attention for the secondary characters like Richie, Mo and Gerty makes the story believable and ensured that I couldn’t put the book down. You learn about the positives and negatives of each of these characters in a way which makes them so real and relatable such as Mo’s ability to somehow know exactly what Tiffy is thinking and how much it annoys her.

The attention to detail O’Leary writes about builds the flat to life. It’s incredibly easy to visualise every small detail, and this is part of the reason that I found the book so compelling.

The audiobook for The Flat Share is narrated by Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune who sound exactly how I thought Tiffy and Leon would sound when I was reading the physical book which made me fall in love with it more.

I am so excited to see the next thing from O’Leary! With The Flat Share being her debut it makes me wonder what she will write next.

Book Review: The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp – Sarra Manning (Realise date: 6th September)

The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp – Sarra Manning (Realise date: 6th September)

I was lucky enough to be sent this book as a preview version. 
 
“Becky Sharp has big dreams and no connections. Determined to swap the gutters of Soho for the glamorous, exclusive world behind the velvet rope, Becky will do anything to achieve fame, riches and status. 
Whether it’s seducing society’s most eligible bachelors, or befriending silly debutantes and rich old ladies, Becky Sharp is destined for great things. Because it might be tough at the top but it’s worse at the bottom. 
From London to Paris and beyond, Becky Sharp is going places – so get the hell out of her way…” 
An interesting, modern take on Vanity Fair, surrounded by the latest trends of Instagram Influencers and reality TV game shows, namely Big Brother. You follow the life of the unlikeable but mesmerising Becky Sharp- always cunning, sometimes cruel, but always keeps you on your toes. This book shows the whirlwind of a girl who knows what she wants and almost always gets it no matter who gets hurt in the process. Author Sarra Manning writes beautifully in this well-paced novel with twists and turns that will keep you guessing. 

With The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp, I enjoyed reading about characters’ that in real life I would hate and friendship groups which are clearly there for the status. Amelia’s ongoing heartbreak over her turbulent relationship status provides engrossing detail to a plot driven by Becky’s ruthlessness and determination. Sarra’s character development shines through the writing.  
I did enjoy this novel, however, I did find there to be a big build up which then fizzled out into nothing. I give this 3.5/5. It was a fab holiday read which was easy to dip in and out of.  

I was sent the book without the need for a review. The review is my own words, thoughts and feelings.