So, I was scrolling through Twitter one day (as you do when you’re blog procrastinating) and this tweet got my attention, it was asking for book bloggers to read proofs of Lisa Cutts newest crime thriller novel ‘Lost Lives’. If there’s anything I love, it’s crime thrillers! Anyways, I messaged the wonderful senior press officer at Simon & Schuster UK, Becky McCarthy. After agreeing to send me a review copy, I was also asked to take part in the blog tour. I pretty much happy danced and said yes. So… here I am on my day of the blog tour! (Now how I got here is cleared up, lets get down to bookish business!)
Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts was published in paperback yesterday making it now available in both e-book and paperback format. What better way to begin 2019 but with this epic, nail-biting police detective thriller.
About The Author
Lisa Cutts is a full – time murder investigating police detective, in fewer words; she is the ultimate superhero! She has written several detective novels, including ‘Remember, Remember’ and ‘Buried Secrets’ when she is out of the incident room. Her inside knowledge helps to produce authentic crime thrillers, which include true police and crime protocols. All read and said, Lisa Cutts is one of my new favourite crime writers!
“SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER LIFE
When Anna arrives in the UK, she believes it’s the start of a better life for her and her daughter. But what awaits her is more shocking than anything she could have ever imagined . . .
SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER DAUGHTER
DI Harry Powell is investigating a shooting, but the victim has been scared into silence. As Harry struggles to piece together what little information he has, he stumbles upon an operation that may put countless lives across the country at risk.
SHE WAS WRONG
As Anna’s situation grows more dangerous by the day, Harry is forced to push his overstretched team to the limits to find answers. But for one of them, will it already be too late?“
Anna is travelling from her home and family in Hungary to England with a man that she doesn’t know, and most definitely doesn’t trust. Anna can’t change her mind now she’s halfway there, her parents owe the person who has sorted her travel hundreds of euros, if she turns back now her family will be in soul destroying debt and danger.
What are my thoughts?
The one thing that stands out to me in this book is that not all female characters are sweet and innocent. The two most evil characters in this storyline are female and it’s so refreshing, for two completely different reasons. At the beginning, you come to learn that a resident sex offender and a crime boss are female, which never usually happens! The bad guys are almost always, well guys; so it’s fantastic that Lisa Cutts has made the most disgusting of criminals strong, evil women. Which leads me on to another reason why bad female characters are refreshing; they tend to be oozing strength and power, that’s a win over being fragile and powerless!
I also love that Lisa uses her everyday knowledge within police investigation to write her novels, there is nothing worse for me than diabolically incorrect information (that’s my forensic science student mind coming through), so it’s fantastic to see the criminal world through the eyes of an actual investigator.
This book had me hooked from the get go, with its well written, short chapters (that you can squeeze into your free five minutes). I started it as soon as I opened the package, I couldn’t wait and I devoured it that day, I can’t fault anything; the writing or the storyline. Also, I loved Harry! He is definitely in my top 10 favourite police detective list, hard exterior on the outside but a big softie on the inside, wonder what household gift he’ll get next?!
For me, the storyline was completely eye opening, I wasn’t aware how people trafficking works and how easy it is to be overpowered by fear and violence. I sat cwtched up, chewing my nails and getting so angry at the going ons in the book. The storyline will forever stay with me for that main reason. The book keeps you on tender-hooks, and gasping for breath after the huge winding twists!
I was completely unaware that Lost Lives was part of a police procedural series, this didn’t affect my read and review at all; so read this as a stand alone or read from the beginning of the series but you will not be disappointed. Also, just wanted to note, the extensive planning, researching and details that has gone into this book shows that Lisa is passionate about her job, both as a police detective and author. Her ability to produce characters with layering personalities, who you both love and hate is excellent. You can certainly judge how fabulous a book is by the emotions it makes you feel, and oh does this book make you feel and array of emotions.
Lost Lives is a must read of 2019, you will not regret reading it but you will regret not reading it when everyone is talking about it!
I’m not the only blog stop on this tour, so if I haven’t completely convinced you to purchase Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts, take a look at the previous and the following days posts by some amazing bloggers!
Social Media Links
Lisa Cutts Twitter @lisacuttsauthor
Thank-you so much Becky McCarthy for having me on-board this blog tour for such an amazing book! I hope that you have enjoyed reading my review, please feel free to comment any thoughts, follow and like!