Hello, Sunshines, I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday. I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; Guilt by Michelle Kidd. I am super excited to be sharing my review of this gritty and thrilling book with you all.
Firstly, thank you to Zoe at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
Guilt by Michelle Kidd.
Series: DI Nicki Hardcastle Series #1
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime Fiction
Release Date: 10th October, 2021
Is a killer born…. or created?
A missing child.
A killer on the loose.
A past that refuses to die.
When a six-year-old boy disappears from a local fair, every parent’s worst nightmare is about to come true.
And for Detective Inspector Nicki Hardcastle, twenty-two years after her own nightmare began, the past she thought was buried starts catching up with her – and fast.
Leading the hunt for the missing child, Nicki soon finds the chase takes on a personal twist, with her own memories haunting her every move.
With time set against them, and a killer following his own chilling agenda, can Nicki and her team stop history from repeating itself?
Only time will tell.
But it’s time they don’t have.
Pre Order Links:
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B099FMGZ16
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099FMGZ16
My goodness, this is quite something!!
The opening grasps you, it chilling in a very simplistic way it made me think that this could happen to anyone of us – and certainly made me check the door was properly locked before going to bed – yes, I know it’s only a fictional book but while reading all the nitty-gritty which is so mysteriously entwined within the plot you get a sense of unease and high emotion.
I haven’t read any of Michelle Kidd’s work before, and I am so pleased that I was able to be introduced to her books at the start of a whole series – which makes a nice change for me as I have this awful habit of discovering new to authors by reading from the middle of a series. I will certainly be reading more from Ms Kidd, and I can’t wait to see where this series goes.
Guilt is so easy to read, you instantly fall into the twisty and compelling plot. Nicki is a very likeable character, she has been through her ordeals during her life, which has impacted her immensely and has had a hand in making her the resilient woman she is, she is a woman who carries guilt on her back like a bag of coal, she has tried to put her demons to rest and push bad memories, guilt and history to the back of her mind. But, when a child goes missing past shadows start merging into her present and what unfolds is emotional and shocking.
Guilt isn’t one for the faint-hearted, there particular moments that were difficult to read, especially when the crimes are being told through the eyes of the victim and when that is a child it was quite unnerving, yet I couldn’t put it down I was hooked and avidly following the case through every twist and wrong turn. I loved that the case wasn’t a simple whodunnit there are false turns, red-herrings you never know where the case is going, and I have to say that it’s so thrilling following the story to unfold.
The writing is brilliantly engaging, I felt as though I was right in the thick of the case along with Nicki and her team. As for Nicki and her wonderful team, I liked how they worked together to solve the case, I thought Nicki was a brilliant leader she reminded me a little of Jane Tennison (played by the magnificent Helen Mirren), Nicki is a strong woman in what is still very much a man’s world she treats her team well she doesn’t scream and shout and degrade those who are in the wrong, she is firm but very fair, they know she is the boss she has an aura of authority but she doesn’t throw her weight around. I liked how she didn’t take credit for the breakthrough to the case, she doesn’t want glory she just wants to do her job and bring those in the wrong to justice – which is something I respect about her.
Guilt is an amazing book, I enjoyed the fast-paced thrilling ride we are all taken on throughout the case to find the culprit. It’s Shocking, thrilling, exciting, eye-opening, gripping full of Guilt is compulsive reading, you want to hide behind the cushions and yet you can’t peel your eyes away from what is happening on the page, it’s quite addictive, I found myself reading pages at every opportunity unable to walk away for even a moment.
Highly recommended, if you love strong female-led police procedurals.
About the Author
Michelle Kidd is a self-published author best known for the Detective Inspector Jack MacIntosh series of novels set in London. She has also recently begun a new series which is set in her home town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk – starring Detective Inspector Nicki Hardcastle.
Michelle qualified as a lawyer in the early 1990s and spent the best part of ten years practising civil and criminal litigation.
But the dream to write books was never far from her mind and in 2008 she began writing the manuscript that would become the first DI Jack MacIntosh novel – The Phoenix Project. The book took eighteen months to write, but spent the next eight years gathering dust underneath the bed.
In 2018 Michelle self-published The Phoenix Project and has not looked back since. There are currently four DI Jack MacIntosh novels, with a fifth in progress, and the first DI Nicki Hardcastle novel is due for release in August 2021.
Michelle now works full time for the NHS and lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. She enjoys reading, wine and cats – not necessarily in that order
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Website : www.michellekiddauthor.com