Valda is on trial for murder and it’s the biggest scandal since Profumo.
Murdered singer Renee Porter is the link between a Russian oligarch and a key political player – what she knew was dynamite. Can Valda work out what it is before she pays the ultimate price?
Lawyer Jack Lauder is in Belfast dealing with the case of a young well-heeled Russian woman at the special request of up and coming Labour MP Dustin Stanhope acting on behalf of his ‘friend’ oligarch, Oleg Lagunov.
Valda and her band, The G-String Girls, are performing in Belfast as part of a UK tour. Was it the hand of fate that led her to Jack that night or does she have another agenda? Can Jack ever be entirely sure that Stanhope wasn’t behind this coincidence? Although he does not yet know it Valda and her band mate, Renee, are also tied up with Stanhope and Lagunov, two of the London high society power brokers who quaff Moet in their clubs whilst they decide the fate of others.
When Renee is found dead in the bath, Valda is branded the “jealous femme fatale” and charged with her murder. Jack puts his reputation and his life on the line to defend her; he is fast falling for this enigmatic singer even though he knows she is not always 100% honest with him.
Meanwhile the Fleet Street hacks salivate at the prospect of the Trial of the Century. Valda and Jack have little time to gather the evidence which will save her whilst carefully watching their backs as Oleg Lagunov plays only for the highest stakes.
Readers who enjoy John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon will find this book right up their street.
A series of supposed drownings all bear an eerie hallmark and young lawyer Gaby is the first to link them as the handiwork of a ruthless and conniving serial killer; a killer with a mask of respectability and success, a killer she knows only too well.
Recently married and on the brink of partnership at her firm, Gaby should be on top of the world, but she has stumbled upon something which will make her enemies in high places and will tear her personal life to threads. Who will believe her? Who can she trust?
Gaby joins forces with former detective, Robbie Baggio and they race to gather the evidence and bring down the web of evil protecting this serial killer. However the killer’s instincts alert him to danger and when those closest to the Gaby start turning up dead, she must rely on both her legal skills and grim determination to ensure justice is served.
Conspiracy at the top levels of the judiciary and corruption weaving its way right to the heart of family life; there is more to Gaby’s mission than unmasking the murderer.
A thriller that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again and the safe answer…..is NO.
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George, the part-owner of an investment bank funded by black money, is on his way to the former Soviet Republic of Lithuania to conclude what his Lithuanian contacts think is a big deal but which he knows is a scam. His Armani suit, Gucci cufflinks and Prada shoes disguise a man who is losing his touch. It is his ex-wife? Is it his boss? Is it his bank? He is not sure, but he can sense the knives are out.
George thinks he is going to line his banks pockets at the expense of his Lithuanian victims saving face in the process, but the Baltic crew prove to be much more savvy than he had thought.
George, a firm believer in mixing business with pleasure, goes in search of female company in Vilnius. He finds more than he bargained for at a local nightclub in the shape of the magnificent Zoya, who wrecks both his bed and his head before taking off into the dark, Baltic night, leaving George with a monumental hangover or something worse.
He suspects he has been on the wrong side of a Mickey Fin, but there is no apparent reason, because nothing seems to be missing, not least the bank codes which are the key to his scam.
Feeling rough, he attends the hospital where another surprise awaits him, he encounters the night doctor….Zoya. Is there a connection between this apparent angel of the former KGB wards and the woman of the night who left him with such a devastating headache? Is he imagining things?
Obsessed now with what happened to him and why, George gets back to business only to find that his lost evening was a warning and the doctor doesn’t prescribe twice.
Since 2008 bankers have been persona non grata and so many of you may enjoy the fact that George, a banker who is arrogant and pompous gets a taste of his own medicine quite literally.
The author tells the story though George’s eyes: we know how he feels about himself, we know about his mid-life crisis and eagerness to re-prove himself we know his perceptions of others, we know his quirks and limitations and we know how reacts to circumstances. Because we are so in his head, we are just as confused as him about what is actually going on and about who is who in the zoo as it were. This really is a clever way of telling the story and makes for great interest and suspense.
Is George losing mind or is has the self styled Artful Dodger of the banking world finally waded out of his depth.
George is in Lithuania, but the former Soviet State has changed and George hasn’t.
George considers himself the Artful Dodger of the Investment Banking world and he is pretty sure he can pull the wool over the Capitalism Freshers who are bounded to be steeped in tin pot Soviet ideas.
When he meets Tomas the representative of his Lithuanian target, he thinks, “make the baboons do the work and trap the prey and then you amble up at your leisure and take the kill off them while they stand screeching at you from a safe distance.” But has he underestimated Tomas?
While George mentally dismisses the male comrades he is more than happy to keep a female comrade warm and it is with this purpose that he heads off into the night eventually landing up at the Indigo Bar where he meets the mysterious Zoya.
He wakes up the next day wondering what hit him and instead of being at an important meeting, he is laid up in hospital where he experiences a take two with a woman he is certain is Zoya, The Night Doctor.
Although George is more Delboy that the Wolf of Wall St, you grow to like him and to fear for him – is he being set up as a fall guy? As the reader you see the plot unfolding through George’s eyes and you are just as confused as him about who to trust and who or what to believe.
A book that not only keeps you guessing, but which presents both a bizarre and confusing bunch of characters who will entertain you with their banter and enthral you from the get go.
Excellent novel that mixes the elements of both suspense and mystery. George, a part-owner of an investment bank that is funded by black money, gets more than he bargained for throughout his venture. He is losing his touch, but who is he losing it to? He gets into a bit of trouble in Vilnius, when he meets a woman who injures him. Who is this woman, and why did she target him? He is now wondering who exactly that woman is, what ties she has to him, and why they are after him.
Cule Hinder wrote a true page turner with The Night Doctor. It includes every element you would want, and expect, from a good novel. It is nicely written, and reads very smoothly. At no point during the novel was I bored or anxious to put it down. I stayed up a couple of nights just to finish.
Highly recommend, it will keep you at the edge of your seat.
This review is from: Next of Sin: A psychological thriller (Kindle Edition)
As her buried memories come to the surface, Gabrielle realizes she’s the sole witness to a murder and she alone is the only person with the information to take down a serial killer. As she struggles to put the pieces together, the person responsible is someone she knows well. What happens next puts Gaby and everyone close to her in grave danger.
Lisa Gordon’s Next of Sin delivers big time. This psychological thriller is fast paced with twists and turns right until the very end. It’s a thrilling read. Rather long, at 600+ pages, but well work it. Highly recommend!
This review is from: Next of Sin: A psychological thriller (Kindle Edition)
The story begins with the unfortunate murder by drowning of a 12 year old girl in 1987. The drowning, unintended, starts a 14 year old on a path as a serial murderer. Only one witness, Gaby, exists in the 20 years that had passed, and she could only recall the memories she’s repressed as a result of bad dreams and therapy. The killer, who’s well connected with resources at his disposal, is motivated to snuff Gaby out.
Next of Sin is an exciting thriller sure to keep you at the edge of your seat. From the opening moments, it will draw you in and make your hair stand straight up. 5 stars!
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent murder mystery., October 20, 2014
This review is from: Next of Sin: A psychological thriller (Kindle Edition)
Lisa Gordon is fast becoming a favorite author of mine after reading this (and another of her books) and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery well written.
The book opens with two teenagers in holiday mood swimming in the canal on the Norfolk Broads, but the atmosphere quickly becomes sinister as ‘the boy’ , not getting his own way ends up drowning the girl he’s with to keep her quiet – the scary thing is, he’s terrified by what he’s done, but also exhilarated and enjoys the feeling of sexual arousal and power it gives him. He plans carefully how he can dispose of her body in a cold and systematic way and then carries on with his life, lying to cover up what happened. We know this will not end here. She is only the first.
The story switches to Gaby on her wedding day – it’s amazing and a happy moment with her sister and brother and her father, though tinged with memories of a family tragedy decades earlier. If you want to know more, please just read it, it’s great and what I really liked about this book is the intricacy of the plot and the level of detail and the fact that it unfolds slowly but surely – sometimes this makes it agonizing but it sure keeps you turning those pages. The story becomes Gaby’s and we see her develop through her determination to find out what happened in her life and she becomes a stronger and more self-aware individual because of it – this transformation is extremely well managed and gives a strong core to the novel. There are also some secondary characters to enjoy – Gaby’s sister Meghan, Robbie the PI, the streetwise Chantelle are my favourites. I don’t know if Lisa Gordon has any plans to develop these characters further, but I hope she does as I’d love to read more about them!
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I have looked out for Lisa Gordon’s books since I read her debut novel A Sealed Fate because I felt then she had a gift for quirky but credible plots and I wondered how that would develop. Next of Sin is her second offering in a similar genre, which I would place really as a fusion of the crime (serial murder) novel, the thriller / adventure novel with a fair bit of Chick-lit interest also thrown in. Once again she doesn’t disappoint with the quirky plot. It’s another serial murder plot with a twist; there are echoes of Enderby in that it’s not so much a whodunnit as a case of the lead character (Gaby) having the dilemma of how does she expose the murderer to an incredulous world before he gets to her first?
Gaby is a great heroine but there again I like Gordon’s heroines. I loved Valda in her first book and I love Gaby in this one. They are probably chalk and cheese. Valda is the tough cookie with the soft centre and Gaby is soft on the outside but with a quartzite core, which comes out in her determination. She is also very spiritual, which isn’t a surprise with Gordon novels as she likes to introduce an element of astrology or the occult. Gaby would be a candidate for the examination room marked Canonization except you are willing her to go through the door of the next one. This, by the way, is marked Carnalization. She’s a bit of both but shouldn’t all nice girls have that in their locker? You will be only too willing to kneel down to prayers with her, if that’s what she wants, but you can’t but hope that the missionary position will figure somewhere.
It’s a fast-paced symphony: there’s the first movement where it hits you in the solar plexus to start with as the villain gets off on a rampage; and then the slower movement where the author brings you back into the world of weddings and honeymoons and girls with top jobs thinking about their own empowerment and only secondarily about their men. The blokes are certainly not at the centre of their universe; they are satellites there for their interest and sporadic devotion. It is the kind of role-reversal you would expect from a woman writer who knows her own mind and prizes her own individuality above all other things and looks on men in the fond but slightly dismissive way that men have traditionally looked upon women. Then there’s the third movement, an endgame, a race against time, particularly from the moment that the villain begins to understand that Gaby and others are on the case. They are eliminated one by one.
You will know what I mean by quirky when you discover Gaby’s family are actually rooting for the villain. A weird and wonderful tapestry of human emotions, which definitely gets my vote and I can see how her writing has developed too. She has a much more assured touch now as if she has found her voice.
What do you do if you discover that someone very close to you is a killer? That’s what this book is all about. Lisa describes the doubts, the conflicts of emotion and the raw feelings of reality as the story unfolds. The protagonist, Gaby, and her friends come across with consummate reality, and before the end of the book, you come to know them very well. Lisa has either travelled widely, or really knows how to use Google Earth. No matter, the descriptions of the many international venues come across vividly, and you feel yourself transported to each of them. I think I would have given this book a five star rating were it not for the number of typos. It is only because of that that I have awarded four stars.
FAST PACED PAGE TURNER
It says a lot when you read a new book by a new-to-you author, and immediately start searching for what else she has written.
Next Of Sin is a fast paced, well written page turner. Beautifully structured in as much as you start off witnessing a murder from the point of view of the murderer, without knowing which character’s head you are inside. This is slowly revealed along with the trail of destruction this character has left behind him. And is done in such a way that the book is full of the type of surprises that make perfect sense as soon as they are revealed, even though you didn’t see them coming.
The author cleverly weaves the different aspects of the story together, throwing in lots of twists and turns and plenty of nail biting conflict. The main female characters are feisty and likable, though as someone recently said to me about ‘Game of Thrones’, don’t get too attached to any of the characters. You really don’t know who will still be alive on the last page.
A great read and one I’d recommend to anyone who likes crime fiction, thrillers or just well-written, edge-of-your-seat drama.