Review: Pieces of a Lie – Rowena Holloway

Pieces of a Lie

Rowena Holloway

Rowena Holloway–Fractured Press

ISBN: 9780994168818


One dark secret. Two troubled souls. The lie that brings them together could tear them apart.


Mina Everton’s search for the criminal father who deserted her years ago draws her into the sinister underbelly of the Australian suburbs and a lie twelve years in the making. Detective Lincoln Drummond is investigating a series of robberies. Simple. Until he meets Mina, who gets to him in ways he’s never faced before, and it soon becomes clear the truth behind the robberies is far from simple. Despite Mina’s growing feelings for Drummond, she can’t bring herself to trust him. And the closer she gets to her father, the more she looks, and acts, like a suspect. To expose the truth she must choose – destroy herself … or the only man who believes in her.

Sometimes love isn’t enough…


Intoxicating suspense that will grip you from the start.


My View:

This is a gritty, tension filled mystery that had me flying through the pages.

Rowena Holloway has created the prefect villain in this stunning debut, you too will abhor him as you cheer on the fierce, intelligent female protagonist.

This is an engaging narrative that has a cast of relatable, well developed characters that played out their story in glorious colour as I raced towards the twisty ending. This would make the perfect start to a series – book or tv.

Thanks for breaking my drought of 5 star crime fiction/mystery reads. I look forward to reading more by this author. Add her to your “Authors I Must Read” list.



Post Script: Thirst – Thierry Sagnier

Book Cover Thirst Thierry Sagnier


Thierry Sagnier

Pigasus Books

ISBN: 9781508805441



 A fortune in drugs is missing. Finding them starts with finding her.

Colin isn’t a cop. Joe is, but isn’t up for this. Mamadou was an excellent police officer back in Senegal, but in Washington DC he drives a limo. Josie’s just a girl—a recovering crack addict fed up with her parents and with Herbie, her boyfriend. She’s planning on giving him a piece of her mind. Trouble is, Herbie stole a shipment of drugs, and now he’s dead. And let’s not forget Mollie Catfish

Now the Zulu wants his drugs, Mamadou wants revenge, Joe just wants to do his job for once, and Colin wants to save his girlfriend’s daughter. All Josie wants is to remember what Herbie might have told her, what the Zulu insists she knows. If she doesn’t—she’s dead too.

Mollie? She wants it all.

Behind the polished marble of Washington DC, lies dark alleys where everyone thirsts for something.



My View:

When is a detective not a detective? When he is a ten years sober recovering alcoholic researcher. 🙂


The pages will simply fly by as you devour this fast paced, hard boiled modern detective novel, the first in the Colin Marsh series. But when is a detective story not really a detective story? When the detective is a ten years sober recovering alcoholic researcher who suddenly finds himself obligated to help out his married lover in her search for her missing daughter. Colin Marsh experiences research of a different kind – the practical, nose to the grindstone, talk to your sources, search the internet, and trace leads kind of research that sees him morph into a modern day hero. A hero – of sorts  – Colin would not refer to himself in this way – he is flawed, he is human and he is just doing the best he can, one day at a time.

Speaking of heroes, when you have read this book – tell me what you think of the character Mamadou? Hero or anti- hero? I really liked this character- his polite ways, his insights, his sense of responsibility and his determination to avenge the death of his sister. But look past the surface, Mamadou has hidden strengths; guile, patience, discretion, a fantastic memory and the ability to manipulate those around him for his own purposes, a great friend but look out if you are an enemy. This character has a few secrets I want to discover.

This is a fast paced, action packed thriller that delights with language that flows, is conversational, realistic and not at all verbose, in fact Sagneir keeps a very tight reign on his use of words, this is pared back, minimalist kind of work – not a word is wasted, not a word is over used or spoken just for the sake of it yet the plot is well developed as are the characters and the settings come alive on the page. Sagnier can write!