Blog Tour: Sleep Tight – C S Green

Blog Tour: Sleep Tight – C S Green

DC Rose Gifford #1
Release Date: March 4th 2021
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 320
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
Rating: 4.25/5 stars


Even in your dreams you’re not safe…

The nightmare is only just beginning…

When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the crime than meets the eye.

It looks like a straightforward crime scene – but the police can’t find the killer. Enter DS Moody – an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes. Moody wants Rose to help her out – but Rose doesn’t believe in any of that.

Does she?

As the killer prepares to strike again, Rose must pick a side – before a second woman dies.

Book Review

Sleep Tight is the first in an all new thriller series – but with a supernatural twist. The story follows DC Rose Gifford as she investigates the death of a woman who dies in her bed. The cause of death is suffocation, but Rose is determined there is more going on than a typical crime scene. When Rose meets DS Moody – a detective from UCIT who solves supernatural crimes – he offers to help with the case, but does Rose even believe any of that stuff is possible? Rose has to everything she can to find the killer, before they strike again.

This was such an addictive read! I’m normally pretty much a sci-fi/fantasy reader but lately I’ve been reading quite a lot of thrillers and this felt like the perfect mix of the two genres. This is my first time reading a paranormal thriller, but it definitely won’t be the last. The pacing of the plot was excellent – the story had me hooked in right from the very beginning and it had plenty of twists I didn’t see coming. The ending also wasn’t what I expected either, which was great because I don’t think I put the book down during the last hundred pages.

I thought the story was really well executed – especially given the mix of supernatural elements. I was really intrigued by the sleep paralysis aspects of the story and it definitely made for some unsettling moments in the book. Even with the supernatural parts the story felt very believable. It felt like an incredibly unique read and one I did not want to end.

Rose makes for a really interesting protagonist and it was fascinating seeing her trying to uncover the killer and also deal with her personal life. I really liked her and I look forward to seeing what happens to her in future books. The story is a pretty fast paced one, but it has brilliant writing and a compelling plot. If you love police procedurals with a bit of a twist, this is absolutely going to be one for you.

Blog Tour: A Shadow on the Lens – Sam Hurcom

Blog Tour: A Shadow on the Lens – Sam Hurcom

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Release Date:
September 5th 2019
Publisher: Orion Books
Pages: 288
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
Rating: 4/5 stars


The Postmaster looked over my shoulder. As I turned to look I saw a flicker of movement from across the street. I felt unseen eyes peer at me.
He walked away without another word. I watched as he climbed onto his bicycle and sped away down the street. I turned back and looked over my shoulder.
Someone had been watching us.

1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl by the name of Betsan Tilny has been found murdered in the woodland – her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help.

As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering around the body of the dead girl – the face of Betsan Tilny.


Copy of book cover (55)This is the dark and creepy tale of Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers who is sent to Dinas Powys in Wales after the body of a young woman is discovered in the woods. Her body is found bound, mutilated and burnt, so the police turn to Bexley to solve the case. As Thomas begins to uncover the case, he finds the locals reluctant to help and a growing sense of unease in the village – could there be more to this brutal murder than Thomas first thought?

This is quite a short book, but it absolutely packs a punch. It’s really dark and eerie, a murder mystery with just that hint of the supernatural. If I hadn’t read this already I would definitely have read this on Halloween because it’s that perfect spooky story. I loved the setting of this story. This sleepy little village where everyone knows each other. As Bexley tries to uncover the secrets behind the murder I loved the way the tension climbed as that feeling of unease grew and grew.

Thomas was a really interesting character and I found the Victorian forensic photography so interesting. It was something I didn’t know much about so I really liked seeing him carry out his work. The author has a gorgeous writing style and some of the scenes (particularly the one in the basement!) really sent a shiver up my spine.

There are plenty of twists in this that I didn’t see coming, and a fair few scary moments. It’s a quick read because it’s so easy to fall into the story and I am really looking forward to reading more from this author. A Shadow on the Lens is a fantastic debut, a chilling read that fans of Gothic horror will absolutely adore!
4 stars