Evening lovelies.  A late one from me but my review of Guilt by Michelle Kidd is ready, and just in time for the closing of the blog tour!  This is a brilliant, gripping crime thriller and as it’s the first in the series, I can’t wait to read more!

about the book

Title: Guilt
Author: Michelle Kidd
Genre: Crime Thriller
Series/Standalone: First in the DI Nicki Hardcastle series
Estimated page count: 330
Formats available: Paperback, Hardback and eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tour organised by: Zooloo’s Book Tours

Is a killer born…. or created?

A missing child.

A killer on the loose.

A past that refuses to die.

When a six-year-old boy disappears from a local fair, every parent’s worst nightmare is about to come true.

And for Detective Inspector Nicki Hardcastle, twenty-two years after her own nightmare began, the past she thought was buried starts catching up with her – and fast.

Leading the hunt for the missing child, Nicki soon finds the chase takes on a personal twist, with her own memories haunting her every move.

With time set against them, and a killer following his own chilling agenda, can Nicki and her team stop history from repeating itself?

Only time will tell.

But it’s time they don’t have.

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

When a six year old goes missing from a local fair, DI Nicki Hardcastle and her team set out to find him.  But the case is a bit too close to home for Nicki and she struggles with her past, whilst keeping it secret from everyone around her…..

As the case appears to link with some other local child abduction and murders, Nicki and her team must solve the case before they run out of time.  But will they find Lucas before it’s too late? And will Nicki be able to put the past behind her?

This is a fantastic start to a new series.  DI Nicki Hardcastle is a fantastic character – kind, caring and not your typical DI.  She cares about her team and gives them credit for their hard work – she’d be a brilliant boss! But she does have her own past that’s haunting her which, as you learn about it, makes you invest in her as a character.  Her team are also brilliant – they really are a lovely bunch and were a pleasure to read about and go on the investigation with.  I’m looking forward to learning more about each of them as the series progresses.

The storyline was fantastic.  I was convinced I had a good idea of who the abductor was early on, but I was completely wrong! There are some brilliant twists in this that will keep you on your toes.  And not only do you get to know the main police characters in this, but you get to flip back to the past of the abductor and learn about how and why they’ve ended up the way they are – which I really enjoyed.

The setting was actually a little creepy!  The things the perpetrator got up to would give anyone the chills!  The writing style was easy and enjoyable to read and follow, and it was really clear when dates were different, and when switching between character viewpoints.

So overall, a fantastic crime thriller with a superb cast of characters and a brilliant storyline.  I’m definitely looking forward to reading more in this series, and will definitely be checking out Michelle’s other series too!  Highly recommended by me if you’re a crime thriller fan.

about the author

Michelle Kidd is a self-published author best known for the Detective Inspector Jack MacIntosh series of novels set in London. She has also recently begun a new series which is set in her home town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk – starring Detective Inspector Nicki Hardcastle.

Michelle qualified as a lawyer in the early 1990s and spent the best part of ten years practising civil and criminal litigation.

But the dream to write books was never far from her mind and in 2008 she began writing the manuscript that would become the first DI Jack MacIntosh novel – The Phoenix Project. The book took eighteen months to write, but spent the next eight years gathering dust underneath the bed.

In 2018 Michelle self-published The Phoenix Project and has not looked back since. There are currently four DI Jack MacIntosh novels, with a fifth in progress, and the first DI Nicki Hardcastle novel is due for release in August 2021.

Michelle now works full time for the NHS and lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. She enjoys reading, wine and cats – not necessarily in that order…

Where to find Michelle online: Facebook | michellekiddauthor ~ Instagram | @michellekiddauthor ~ Twitter | @AuthorKidd ~ Website

follow the tour

Thanks to Zoe for inviting me on to the tour, and to Michelle for a copy of the book.

Hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend and have a good week ahead lovelies.  I’ll be back in a few days.

Chelle x

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