Today I am taking part in the books on tour and sharing my review for The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold. This was released on the 11th of January, published by Bookouture.
The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold
Release Date: 11th of January 2021
Print Length: 339 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave…
It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case.
Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.
But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter…
A gripping, page-turning thriller full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni.
The Little Grave is a book that immediately appealed to me based on its author, Carolyn Arnold. A best selling and award winning author, I hadn’t read any of her books before, so when I was given the opportunity to read The Little Grave, I jumped at the chance.
After the tragedy that forever changed Detective Amanda Steele’s life, when she lost her daughter and husband at the hands of a drunk driver, Amanda becomes faced with a case five years later when the body of the man responsible for the death of her family is found, appeared to have been murdered.
Carolyn Arnold has put together a chilling tale that had me on the edge of my seat. It is gripping, intense and had me invested into its story and lead character straight off the bat. I was taken on such an emotional journey, I was exhausted when it was over. For me to feel like that, is a sign of a great book.
I really enjoyed Amanda Steele’s character. She has been through so much and it is a wonder that she is able to put one foot in front of the other. She presents a hard front on the outside but, inside she is so broken. My heart went out to her. She is very complex and I look forward to more layers being peeled back as the series progresses.
The Little Grave is a promising start to a new series. It is fast paced and so actioned packed, the pages just turned themselves in the lead up to the very unexpected conclusion. If you are a fan of crime thriller and police procedurals, you will want to give this one a read.
Thank you to Carolyn Arnold, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Little Grave, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
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Let’s get to Know Carolyn Arnold
CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has nearly thirty published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.
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