Waiting On Wednesday #21 – Legion by Julie Kagawa

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.

A few weeks ago I posted here the WoW for the German edition of Rogue and today I am looking forward to the release of the fourth book in this series Legion.

Wonderland by Christina Stein

This thriller started so well and I had my fun reading it. At least during the first 80 pages, after that, my feelings about it turned. But more to that a bit later on; so keep reading *smile*

Author Christina Stein
Publisher Fischer TB on August 25, 2016
Genre Thriller
Pages 382
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

Thailand. Sun, Palm trees, and a mansion at the beach. The perfect holiday! But when Lizzy wakes up the morning after a beach party, she is trapped. Amidst the jungle with her best friends – and with Jacob. Jacob, who none of them knows really, and whom invited them to that damn beach party. Only because of him they have landed in a reality game, in which there is only black or white, win or lose, sacrifice or be sacrificed.
Who are the players in this game? What have they planned? And what role plays Jacob? Lizzy doesn´t know. She also has no clue how long she´ll survive without her heart medicines. She only knows one thing: the group must decide tomorrow, who will be the next victim of them …


Today I am celebrating a premier! I wrote for this title not only an English review but a guest review in the German language as well. 

2016 New Release Challenge – Update – Achieved Goal Of 15

Monday, September 26, 2016
After I´ve read already quite a number of books so far, I thought I had to check how my status was with this challenge.

To my utter surprise, I found out, that I had already achieved my set goal of 15, which makes me a

New Release Newbie *YAY*

Okay, I admit, I found out about those exciting news a few weeks ago, but I wanted to wait until I had posted them all, and then - well you probably guessed it - life got in the way.

I made a short Woot Woot on Facebook within the New Release Challenge Group.

The Believer by Joakim Zander

When I read the first book written by the author, I wasn´t aware, that it was the first of a new series. So when I recently got asked if I wanted to read this new one I wanted to see how things went with the main figure and said yes.

The Believer*
Author Joakim Zander
Klara Walldéen #2
Publisher Harper Collins on January 17, 2017
Genre Thriller
Pages 384
Format Hardcover
Source Library

Yasmine Ajam fled her past in the rough Stockholm borough Bergort, reinventing herself as a trendspotter in New York City. One day she receives a startling message: there are riots erupting on the streets of Stockholm and they appear to be connected with the disappearance of her brother, Fadi.
Following rumors that Fadi was radicalized and died fighting for ISIS in Syria, Yasmine returns to Stockholm to discover what really happened to her brother. There she becomes entangled in a dangerous web of allegiances and violence that stretches far beyond the gangs on her childhood streets.
Meanwhile, in London, Klara Walldéen has landed a job at a human rights research institute working on a report to predict the effects of privatizing police forces. When Klara travels to Stockholm to present her findings to European Union policymakers, her laptop is stolen and one of her colleagues is pushed in front of an oncoming subway train. As her path collides with Yasmine´s, Klara begins to realize that she may unwittingly be contributing to the sinister agendas of powerful interests who will stop at nothing to attain their goals.


In this second Klara Walldéen book, the story is quite different. The main figure is not present from the beginning. 

Stacking The Shelves #23 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #7

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

Thief´ s Magic by Trudi Canavan

With this book, I´ve read something by the author for the very first time. And I have to admit, I needed to get used to her style, her way of thinking and her fantasy.

Thief´s Magic*
Author Trudi Canavan
Millennium´s Rule Series #1
Publisher Orbit/Little Brown on May 13, 2014
Genre Fantasy
Pages 553
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

When the young student Tyen unearths an ancient book, it opens the door to a realm of mystery and danger. For it contains a clue to a disaster threatening world. Elsewhere, in a land ruled by priests, Rielle has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet, she has a talent for it, and desperate times may force her to risk the Angel´s wrath. But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic – and not even the people they trust.


I fell in love with the cover of the German edition, which you can see at the end of this review. 

Blog Ahead October 2016 – Sign-Up Post

Thursday, September 22, 2016

This challenge is hosted by Anna over at Herding Cats & Burning Soup and is all about getting some posts done and scheduled in advance, about getting a bit of a buffer for your blog and yourself, ´cause sometimes blogging can become a bit overwhelming and stressful.

So having some posts already done can give you space you probably need for things that come up out of the blue. And with the support of other bloggers it promises some fun along the way.

I found this challenge a few weeks ago on a blog I am following with great interest when Anna announced the start of this October challenge and thought since that moment about whether to participate or not.

Waiting On Wednesday #20 – Disruptor by Arwen Elys Dayton

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.

So after reading the first two books, I will certainly know how things end with Quin and Shinobu.

Especially after what Shinobu did to her at the end of book two.

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander

Until I´ve read this thriller, I had not known the author or read anything by him. Though the German edition looks a bit more intriguing, I couldn´t convince myself to read it right away. Not that I wasn´t interested in, no, it was more a time problem. So I let it pass by and when I found it a few months later at my library, I read it.

The Swimmer*
Author Joakim Zander
Klara Walldéen #1
Publisher Head of Zeus on January 29, 2015
Genre Thriller
Pages 417
Format Paperback
Source Library

Guilt. Atonement. Revenge.
On a remote Swedish island, a little girl, Klara, grows up without a father. Now, twenty years later, she discovers a secret: a secret that powerful men will kill to keep hidden. On the other side of the world, an old spy hides from his past. He used to be the best agent in the field. These days the only thing he lives for is swimming in the local pool. Then, on Christmas eve, Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out …


The Swimmer is a thriller with the guarantee of reading pleasure. And is a lot of other things. There is a certain kind of edge in it. 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Monday, September 19, 2016
The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful cover. The German edition has a light blue and shows the main figure in a gorgeous way. At that point, I hadn´t heard or seen anything about the original edition. But since I read it, I am hooked and became a huge ToG-fan.

Throne Of Glass
Author Sarah J. Maas
Throne Of Glass Series #1
Publisher Bloomsbury on August 7, 2012
Genre Fantasy
Pages 416
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the king´s champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing she never thought she´d have again: a friend. But something evil dwells in the castle – and it´s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena´s first fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.


Throne of Glass is a novel you can read separately. But I advise you if you haven´t read any of those books at all, to read them chronologically.

News – Liebster Award Nomination

Sunday, September 18, 2016
My dear blogger friend and reviewer colleague Patricia at FiktiveWelten has nominated me for the Liebster Award – my first nomination at all!

My blog is only a few months old, and now look what great news I can share *happy dance*
I am super excited, thrilled beyond words and kind of speechless.

Well, not literally *laugh* since I am writing this post to answer the questions Patricia has asked me to and to come up with some new ones for the bloggers/blogs I want to nominate and all the other things that come along with such a fantastic nomination.

Stacking The Shelves #22 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #6

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Over this book, I literally stumbled across it on a website where my eye got caught by its cover. On one hand a very elegant and classy cover with all the white flowers and the girl looking kind of arrogant at the viewer. On the other, it was the composition of it.

The Glittering Court
Author Richelle Mead
The Glittering Court #1
Publisher Razorbill on April 5, 2016
Genre Young Adult
Pages 416
Format Hardcover
Source Giveaway

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they´ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.
After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper-class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself – even though she´s falling in love with him. Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide´s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn´t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else´s property. But nothing is as daunting – or as wonderful – as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.


This must have been my first book by the author. At least I can´t remember having read her before. 

Schutzlos Am Red Mountain-Alaska Wilderness by Christopher Ross

Friday, September 16, 2016
Christopher Ross knows Alaska from many tours he´s done in the US and his fascination for the country, the people, and its wildlife comes through with every word he´s writing in this series. The English title would be Defenseless on Red Mountain should this title ever be published in this language.

Schutzlos Am Red Mountain*
Author Christopher Ross
Alaska Wilderness Series #4
Publisher Ueberreuter on July 15, 2015
Genre Children 12+
Pages 230
Format Hardcover
Source Library

Jimmy Archer and his sister Holly are well-established wildlife filmmakers. They are known for their breathtaking recordings, as well as for their passion and adventurous spirits. For their current film project “Family of Bears” Julie assists them as overseer and guide because nobody knows more about handling wild animals than the young ranger. The story becomes problematic, however, when the young photographer Terry secretly follows the group and runs into danger …


With this book, the author is back to his entertaining and thrilling way of telling a story. 

Waiting On Wednesday #19 – Talon-Drachennacht (Soldier) by Julie Kagawa

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.

Usually, I am posting here original titles, but this time, I wanna do it a bit different.

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

This is a novel I read because I got asked if I wanted to read something from the German publisher´s current program. I wanted, and The Last One was among those titles. The blurb had made me curious.

The Last One*
Author Alexandra Oliva
Publisher Ballantine Books on July 12, 2016
Genre Thriller
Pages 304
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.
It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens – but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them – a young woman the show´s producer call Zoo – stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game. Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life – and husband – she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills – and learn new ones as she goes. But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways –and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.


The Last One is a great book or at least good entertainment – for all those, who love to watch survival shows on TV. 

Stacking The Shelves #21 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #5

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

The Wrath And The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

A novel I was very eager to read. After that summary, I was kind of curious to see if it really was a modern version of the story thousand and one Night.

The Wrath And The Dawn*
Author Renée Ahdieh
The Wrath And The Dawn #1
Publisher G.P. Putnam´s Sons on May 12, 2015 
Genre Novel
Pages 416
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi´s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch … she´s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not at all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.


To be honest, it didn´t quite fulfill my expectations. Yes, I somehow enjoyed reading it and yes, I see the beautiful language the author has used. 

Allein Am Stony Creek-Alaska Wilderness by Christopher Ross

Friday, September 09, 2016
This book is the third in the Alaska Wilderness series by the author. A few years back I found the first book by accident in my town library and the cover was so nice to look at and the back text sounded so promising that I couldn´t resist. Christopher Ross is a German author who is kind of fascinated by the USA and Alaska and so most of his novels are about that fascination.

Allein Am Stony Creek*
Author Christopher Ross
Alaska Wilderness Series #3
Publisher Ueberreuter on September 12, 2014
Genre Children 12+
Pages 256
Format Hardcover
Source Library

When Julie Wilson is on one of her inspection rounds with her dog sled, one of her dogs suddenly collapses. The vet finds out that it has been poisoned. Who is responsible for this? On a trip to Fairbanks the case takes an unexpected turn: Julie realizes that she is being followed by a young man. He´s friendly at first, but soon she feels uncomfortable. When he kidnaps the young puppy and escapes into the wilderness of Mount McKinley, the situation takes a dramatic turn ….


All of those books are about Julie Wilson and her dream to become a Ranger at the Denali National Park. 

Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg

Thursday, September 08, 2016
This is an adorable series, where you can simply turn off your head and just enjoy the story. If you are in for a relaxing read, a bit fun, a bit tragedy and all mixed up with some British humor and wit, and you don´t expect something very profound, then this is your book, for sure.

Girl Online On Tour*
Author Zoe Sugg
Girl Online #2
Publisher Atria Keywords on October 20, 2015
Genre Children 12+
Pages 352
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

When Noah invites Penny on his first-ever European tour, she can´t wait to spend the summer with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend- But between Noah´s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming band mates, and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she´s really cut out for life on tour. She can´t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot, and her blog, “Girl Online.” Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?


I read the first book Girl Online because I got asked if I´d be interested. The cover wasn´t really my thing, but it sounded like a fun read and it turned out to be one. 

Waiting On Wednesday #18 – King ´ s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Wednesday, September 07, 2016
is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.

The first book was a nice read for me and I can´t wait to read the second one.

Okay, I am not really happy with the design the German edition has, but I am looking forward to reading the second book anyway and to get it onto my shelves.

The Reef by Nora Roberts

One of the books that had the pleasure that I took at some point the time to re-read it. Usually, I don´t have the time to do that, but Nora Roberts is one of the few authors – if not the only one – I am willing to do so from time to time.

The Reef*
Author Nora Roberts
Publisher Berkley on September 1, 2009
Genre Novel
Pages 384
Format Paperback
Source Publisher*

Marine archeologist Tate Beaumont has a passion for treasure-hunting. Over the years, she and her father have uncovered many fabulous riches, but one treasure has always eluded them: Angelique´s Curse – a jeweled amulet heavy with history, dark with legend, and tainted with blood. In order to find this precious artifact, the Beaumont´s reluctantly form a partnership with salvagers Buck and Matthew Lassiter. Having to share this dream is more than Tate can bear, but she has little choice. As the Beaumont´s and Lassiter´s pool their resources to locate Angelique´s Curse, the Caribbean waters darken with shadowy deceptions and hidden threats. Their partnership is placed in Jeopardy when Matthew refuses to share information – including the truth behind his father´s mysterious death several years earlier. For now, Tate and Matthew continue their uneasy alliance – until danger and desire begin to rise to the surface …


It is not only because of the style most of her older novels are written in, but some of them are now reissued and if it is a title I read many years ago, I simply can´t resist to get it now and read it again.

Die Wölfe Vom Rock Creek-Alaska Wilderness by Christopher Ross

Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Again the author tells a wonderful story set in the fascinating landscape of Alaska. What it means to protect nature, wild animals, as well as human beings tells the author in a very entertaining way.

Die Wölfe Vom Rock Creek*
Author Christopher Ross
Alaska Wilderness Series #2
Publisher Ueberreuter on September 9, 2013
Genre Children 12+
Pages 240
Format Hardcover
Source Library

Julie takes part in a scientific program, in which the behavior of wolf pack in and around the Denali National Park shall be examined. One wolf pack at Rock Creek Julie is very taken by since this pack survives under heavy natural conditions. But the local trappers look at it very suspiciously because it endangers their business. Soon Julie finds herself in a feud between trapper and animal rights activists.


Okay, it may seem awkward that a grown-up is reading a children´s book with such pleasure and joy, but why not? 

Windfire by Lynn Raven

Monday, September 05, 2016
Friendly Aladin was yesterday. Easygoing Djinns who only seek fun in life is from yesterday as well. In this novel, the worries and needs from a present world and one human being, in particular, are what this is all about: love. And with that, I mean the one and only true love. The one that makes you want to do everything to keep your love alive, happy and save.

Author Lynn Raven
Publisher cbt on December 14, 2015
Genre Children 14+
Pages 464
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

“You have the Heart of the Simurgh. Give it to me!”
Jessica DeLaney has not the slightest clue, what this damn good looking stranger with the name Shane Hayden wants from her when he rumbles into the coffee shop in Las Vegas, where she works as a waitress. Soon it begins to dawn on her that behind the amulet, she recently pawned, lays a secret. And that she has maybe more links with the mysterious Shane than the missing heirloom.


In the middle of Las Vegas you would expect pretty much everything, but certainly not the arrival of a half Djinn or anything that comes along with him. 

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Sunday, September 04, 2016
I never thought that after the first two beautiful books it could get any better. But it did. The third and last of the Ruby Red trilogy is full of answers, entertainment, romance, loyalty, friendship and the perfect story to make a rainy day bright and sunny.

Emerald Green
Author Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red Trilogy #3
Publisher Macmillan on August 10, 2013
Genre Young Adult
Pages 464
Format Hardcover
Source Library

Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She´s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she´s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. And finally, Gwen uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.


The time-traveling between the present and the past combined with some fantastic fantasy elements set in London is again well done by the author. 

Stacking The Shelves #20 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #4

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The beautiful cover was the first thing, I fell in Love with. Blue, Silver, and that motive were just the perfect combinations. I hadn´t read back then a single line of this series, but I bought it anyway. And it was totally worth it, ´cause this series turned out to be one of the most intriguing I´ve ever read.

The Raven King
Author Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle #4
Publisher Scholastic Press on April 26, 2016
Genre Mystery
Pages 438
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted. For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he´s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a life; and Blue, who loves Gansey … and is certain she is destined to kill him.
Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.


I don´t know why I haven´t read this series earlier. All I know is that the author has a very unique writing style and a gorgeous fantasy. 

Follow Friday #4 – When Do I Read More Books; In Summer Or In Winter?

Friday, September 02, 2016

is a Friday meme hosted by Sonia at A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine. Every week Sonia asks a question (or two) that you can answer. Everyone who would like to participate can do so if he has told her so by Thursday 3 pm European time the same week in a comment on her blog. The rules you can find here.

This week she wants to know when I do read more books; in summer or in winter?

Unrivaled by Alyson Noël

Vanity, hate, envy and a game not everyone is able to play or to understand – that´s what Unrivaled is about.

Author Alyson Noël
Beautiful Idols #1
Publisher HarperCollins on May 10, 2016
Genre Young Adult
Pages 432
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

Everyone wants to be someone. Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter´s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic”. Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad´s life. But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago. She´s Hollywood´s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone´s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel. That is, until Layla, Aster and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles´s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing … And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.


A novel with a lot of unexpected twists and turns and characters who are as naïve as they are smart. 

In The Dark by Mark Billingham

Thursday, September 01, 2016
I took this book with me because I was bored and needed something to read. The cover of the German edition looked so weird that it made me curious enough to take it out of the shelf and read the back text. And that text sounded so interesting, that I couldn´t resist. Well, it didn´t turn out to be as interesting as the back text promised, but it was a nice read and I had my fun with it.

In The Dark
Author Mark Billingham
Publisher Little Brown London on August 7, 2008
Genre Thriller
Pages 384
Format Hardcover
Source Library

A rainy night in London. Shots are fired into a car which swerves on to the pavement, ploughing into a bus stop. It seems that a chilling gang initiation has cost an innocent victim their life. But the reality is far more sinister … One life is wiped out and three more are changed forever: the young man whose finger was on the trigger; an aging gangster planning a deadly revenge, and the pregnant woman who struggles desperately to uncover the truth. Two weeks away from giving birth, how will she deal with a world where death is an occupational hazard? In a city where violence can be random or meticulously planned, where teenage gangs clash with career criminals and where loyalty is paid for in blood, anything is possible. Secrets are uncovered as fast as bodies, and the story´s final twist is a breathtakingly surprising as they come.


I never read anything by the author. And within the first few pages, I had to look when Mark Billingham wrote it because it sounded a bit strange. 
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