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‘Keep Her Close’ by M. J. Ford (Part One)

My blog post for my stop on the blog tour for ‘Keep Her Close’ is slightly different to the majority of my blog tour posts in that it comes in two parts.  The first part (this part) contains my review and the second part contains an extract from the book to give you a taster of what to expect when you pick the book up for yourselves.  I hope you enjoy reading it just as much as I did.

 

Synopsis

Someone is playing a deadly game…

When a young woman goes missing from Jesus College, Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast – and when two more students disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message in a cruel game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal – but who is the perpetrator?

In a desperate race against the clock, Josie hunts for the kidnapper, and soon discovers he could be a lot closer to home than she’d ever thought…

 

My Review

I read, reviewed and absolutely loved the first book in the series to feature DS Josie Masters.  I couldn’t wait to get hold of a copy of the second book and the wait is finally over as the second book in the series called ‘Keep Her Close’ was released in 7th March 2019.

I couldn’t help but take to DS Josie Masters from the start and I even felt protective of her at times.  The start of the book sees her in therapy following the tragic events of a previous case.  The events have affected Josie more than she cares to admit and in a way she doesn’t want to admit that she needs help because that could be construed as a sign of weakness.  I could totally get where she was coming from with that attitude but at the same time I actually think that it is a sign of strength to admit that you need help.  Josie is feisty, determined, stubborn, hard working, loyal and strong all at the same time.  She often acts like a hard nut but underneath her hard exterior she is kind, compassionate and sympathetic.  Josie kicks ass when she has to and I certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of her.  Can Josie solve this latest case?  Well for the answers to that question and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.

Oh my goodness, it didn’t take me long at all to get into this book and become addicted to reading it.  Pretty much by the time I got to the end of the first paragraph I just knew that this was one of those books that would be impossible to put down and so it proved.  I binge read this book over the course of a day, which really gave me a sense of the intensity and urgency of a police investigation.  The writer has one of those writing styles that draws you in and keeps you and your attention all the way through.  That’s what happened to me anyway.  I usually have the attention span of a gnat but not in this case as I was able to focus solely on this book.  I was able to shut out all other distractions and just concentrated on the book.  I seemed to lose all sense of time whilst reading this book and in fact the world could have ended whilst I was reading this book and I wouldn’t have noticed.

Reading this book was much like being on a very scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with no idea in which direction the story is going to take you next.  There were more twists and turns to this story that you would find in a bag of aniseed twists.  There was one huge twist that I so didn’t see coming.  This book certainly kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat throughout the book.

I apologise for the slightly rude language, but bloody hell ‘Keep Her Close’ was one hell of a read and then some.  I thought that ‘Hold My Hand’ was good but in my opinion ‘Keep Her Close’ blows the previous book out of the water.  I strongly feel that this is one of those series’ that will just get better and better.  I would definitely recommend this author, this book and this series to other readers.  I can’t wait to read what M. J. Ford comes up with next.  Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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