Friday, 10 March 2017

Book Review - Dead Hope by Nicky Wells - #AroundTheUKIn144Books #EastYorkshire - Blog Tour

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Title: Dead Hope
Author: Nicky Wells
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 23rd February 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

**A thrilling fusion of crime, suspense, and a touch of romance**

Cat Hope doesn’t want to go to prison. She needs a job, and she needs it fast: judge’s orders.

Kay Mahon, office worker by day and hacker by night, is on the run from a past life that he’d rather not remember.

When their paths cross, they begin to investigate the truth behind the deaths of Cat’s parents, the successful rock star couple Jackie and Adam Hope. Little do they know that their quest is putting Cat in grave danger.

If you asked me to suggest a genre for this book there is no way I would be able to pin point it. There are elements of romance, suspense, women's fiction, thriller, crime and mystery in it, it is some of all of those and yet not one part really takes over. 

This is a story that is so well put together it keeps you reading, from the time Cat Hope receives her rather unusual sentencing at the start of the book, to the investigation she carries out into her parents deaths almost 20 years on, when she is finally able to start questioning things. 

There is are romantic elements with Kay, who is a top notch computer hacker who works at the company that Cat is working for her in her first ever job. There are also sorts of bits of high action and ways to get adrenalin pumping as everything comes together. 

I'll admit I did have a fairly strong inkling for a lot of the book as to some of what the outcome would be, but actually some of my theories were more wild than what actually occurred. Regardless I really enjoyed the journey and all of the story telling and description. 

I found that Dead Hope was a book that intrigued me from the opening and as it proceeded I became more and more gripped, until I could barely put it down. 

This is to my knowledge Nicky Well's first book that deals with more thriller like elements, and it has been written really well. It won't necessarily appeal to die hard crime/thriller fans, but for those that like those harder hitting elements in with their story, you have come to the right book. 

It starts off not sedately, but by appearing to be a completely different sort of story to what it turns into. From a book about two people that are both hiding things, but have realised they may have some sort of connection, and happen to work together, into something that had my heart racing, as the danger level ramps up. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Hope from start to finish, and found it was just the book I needed to get myself out of a slightly reading slump, that I was falling into. It has completely revitalised my enjoyment of reading, and I can only thank Nicky Wells for that. 

Thank you so much to Nicky Well for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

About Nicky Wells: Love & Thrills

Nicky Wells writes captivating romance and breathtaking thrillers featuring famous (or infamous!) feisty heroes and extraordinary villains. DEAD HOPE is her eighth book and the first published novel in her “Wake Up Dead” themed thriller series, with the next two books scheduled for release through the course of 2017 and 2018. Nicky has previously published seven works of romantic fiction both with US publishing house, Sapphire Star Publishing, and independently.

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. She loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s hopelessly addicted to reading crime novels by the truck load.

Prize 1: £10.00 Amazon voucher and 1 signed bookmark
Prize 2: £5.00 Amazon voucher and 1 pen
Prize 3: 1 mug, 1 signed bookmark, 1 pen
Prize 4: 1 mug

5 runner up prizes: signed bookmarks


  1. Good morning, Rachel! I feel privileged to be back on your blog again only a few short weeks since my little fictional memory of Rome! Thank you so much for sharing your review of DEAD HOPE. I'm simply thrilled (!) that you enjoyed it, and your thoughts mean the world to me. Hooray!

    Happy reading to everyone who picks up a copy of Dead Hope, and good luck to all giveaway entrants. Have a great Friday!

    Nicky :-) x

  2. If you need getting out of a slump, Nicky's your girl! FAB review. Well done, Nicky. Thanks for sharing, Rachel. :) xx


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