Free E-Books: 02.10.21

This is a weekly post that I am going to post a bit about the books I have sourced for free.

I usually find out about these E-Books through social media and through emails I receive from Hello Books. This week I also picked two E-books from Amazon prime first reads.

I have been a bit nervous about this post as I’m not sure how people feel about getting E-Books for free, but in my eyes I could find a new author I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of and I will be posting reviews for them all.

In this weekly post, I would like to mention the books I have found and downloaded, so that others may have a chance to be introduced to new authors and the books are promoted before I get a around to reading them.

Prime First Reads – Amazon:

Her Perfect Family – Teresa Driscoll

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of I Am Watching You. The perfect family? Or the perfect lie?

It’s their daughter’s graduation and Rachel and Ed Hartley are expecting it to be one of their family’s happiest days. But when she stumbles and falls on stage during the ceremony, a beautiful moment turns to chaos: Gemma has been shot, and just like that, she’s fighting for her life.

PI Matthew Hill is one of the first on the scene. A cryptic message Gemma received earlier in the day suggests someone close to her was about to be exposed. But who? As Matthew starts to investigate, he finds more and more layers obscuring the truth. He even begins to suspect the Hartleys are hiding something big—from him and from each other.

While Gemma lies in hospital in a coma, her would-be killer is still out there. Can Matthew unravel the family’s secrets before the attacker strikes again?

Rating from Goodreads: 4.67 (3 ratings)

Parting the Veil – Paulette Kennedy

Genre: Historical fiction/Gothic thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Some houses hold secrets that are meant to be kept forever…

When Eliza Sullivan inherits an estate from a recently deceased aunt, she leaves behind a grievous and guilt-ridden past in New Orleans for rural England and a fresh start. Eliza arrives at her new home and finds herself falling for the mysterious lord of Havenwood, Malcolm Winfield. Despite the sinister rumors that surround him, Eliza is drawn to his melancholy charm and his crumbling, once-beautiful mansion. With enough love, she thinks, both man and manor could be repaired.

Not long into their marriage, Eliza fears that she should have listened to the locals. There’s something terribly wrong at Havenwood Manor: Forbidden rooms. Ghostly whispers in the shadows. Strangely guarded servants. And Malcolm’s threatening moods, as changeable as night and day.

As Eliza delves deeper into Malcolm’s troubling history, the dark secrets she unearths gain a frightening power. Has she married a man or a monster? For Eliza, uncovering the truth will either save her or destroy her.

Rating from Goodreads: 4.84

Hello Books – Amazon:

These books were sourced through emails I received by Hello Books and were purchased for free on Amazon. There are a number of genres to choose through this email service, and I pick the ones which sound like the type of books I would like to read. Please note these were free at the time of this posting on 02.10.21 and in the UK region.

A Life for a Life – Lynda McDaniel

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Laurel Falls, NC 1985 The past is the past, right? Not for Della Kincaid. After decades as a crime reporter in Washington, DC, Della thinks she’s settling in a quiet, idyllic town in the NC mountains … but a walk in the wilderness—and what she finds—change everything.

When the sheriff takes the easy way out and declares the death a suicide, Della teams up with her new friends and neighbors to get at the truth. As they travel through Western North Carolina, they encounter a fascinating cast of characters, including the best one of all—the lush natural setting of the mountains.

Will they find the killer before they become the next victims?

Can Della make peace with her past?

Rating on Goodreads: 4.37

Death by Dissertation – Kelly Brakenhoff

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Goodbye Hawai’i, hello dream job . . . in Nebraska??

Ambitious Cassandra Sato traded her life in Hawai’i for a dream position at Morton College in rural Nebraska. She expected the Midwestern church casseroles, land-locked cornfields, and face-freezing winters would be her biggest challenges, but it’s her job that’s rapidly becoming a nightmare.

A deaf student is dead and the investigation reveals a complicated trail of connections between campus food service, a local farmer’s beef, and the science lab’s cancer research.

Dealing with homesickness, vandalism, and a stalker, Cassandra is trapped in a public relations disaster that could cost her job, or more. No one said college was easy. 

Rating on Goodreads: 4.02

Social Media finds:

When scrolling through Facebook & Twitter sometimes I find out about free E-books available. Sometimes these are through Amazon other times they are through newsletter sign ups. Please note again these were available free at the time I obtained them, they may not be free now.

Games People Play – Owen Mullen

Source: Boldwood Books Email – Amazon purchase

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When a baby is stolen from a Scottish beach, private investigator Charlie Cameron reluctantly agrees to take the case.
While her parents are just yards away, thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland. Three days later, her distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has taken his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgment, Charlie takes the case—and when bodies are discovered, he suspects this may not be an isolated crime. Is there a serial killer whose work has gone undetected for decades? Is baby Lily his latest victim? Charlie won’t be able to give up on this case. Memories and guilt from his childhood won’t let him…

Owen Mullen is a best-selling author of psychological and gangland thrillers. His fast-paced, twist-aplenty stories are perfect for all fans of Robert Galbraith, Ian Rankin and Ann Cleeves.

Goodreads Rating: 4.13

Scratch Deeper – Chris Simms

Source: Author Facebook Post – Amazon

Genre: Mystery/Crime

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Introducing feisty Detective Constable Iona Khan – the first in a thrilling new crime series. In sun-soaked Mauritius, a retired Law Lord is brutally murdered, while in rain-sodden Manchester, the Labour Party conference is beginning.
Promoted to Greater Manchester Police’s Counter Terrorism Unit, Detective Constable Iona Khan’s first case appears to be a trivial use of false identity regarding a Sri Lankan student asking suspicious questions about Manchester’s tunnel system. But when she learns the identity of the conference’s guest speaker, Iona realises it may not be so trivial after all, and she must enter the dark world beneath the city to prevent a possible catastrophe.

Goodreads Rating: 4.08

Something Dead – Mark Yarwood

Source: Authors Newsletter – Bookfunnel download

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Synopsis from Newsletter:

When the Edmonton team discover the body of a slaughtered and crucified woman in an abandoned church, it falls to DI Jairus to investigate the case. Just back from gardening leave after the sudden death of his girlfriend, the volatile detective finds himself tracking a ruthless serial killer with an obsession for wedding dresses.


But as the case goes on, Jairus realises that the killer might not be acting alone, and that he might have to risk his own neck to catch the killer before he kills more innocent brides…

Goodreads Rating: N/A

Thrown Away – Glynn James

Source: Authors Newsletter – Purchase Amazon

(Currently 91p to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Dystopia/Post Apocalyptic

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The first part in a post-apocalyptic saga.
This isn’t a Young Adult Dystopian tale. It’s not romance. It’s not cuddly.

No one knows how the world died.
They only know that it happened centuries ago.
Among the remnants of mankind – the people that live and die scavenging in the ruins – it is thought that the strangers who live behind the barrier, inside their protected city, may still hold that secret.

But no one taken by the hunters from the city ever comes back.

For Jack Avery, living among the ruins of the outer zone and scavenging to survive is not the worst of nightmares. Something haunts him far more than any hunter patrol. In one short moment, two years before, something happened that changed him. This story is about his journey through the apocalypse, but also through his own regrets and doubts.
Are there second chances?
Can Jack find the answer to his torment among the shattered ruins of the past?

Goodreads Rating: 3.73

Nightmare Tenant – Richard Holliday

Source: Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Horror

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For years, Chivron Tower was abandoned and left to rot as the world turned. It loomed in the skyline a desolate, abhorred ruin; a forgotten relic of the past. That was how it should have stayed.

But now, the Tower has been resurrected and shown a renewed lease of life, ready for a new generation of families to move in. Everyone in the community is celebrating this achievement. Councillors, developers, residents all applaud the regeneration of this unloved eyesore.

Except for one member of the community.

The one who still lives in Chivron Tower, unknown to all. The one who never left.

The lone occupant’s way of life is under threat by these new invaders with their new ideas – sullying their idea of urban perfection cast in steel and concrete.

Great hope for this restoration is soon to be extinguished. The mysterious tenant is angry, is without mercy and is hungry. It feeds on suffering, making things go bump in the night. It brings more victims to its lair. The warnings it gives turn to torment it revels in. Joel Barton and his family find they are trapped, with the last remaining residents, good and bad, as they realise escape means confronting a… NIGHTMARE TENANT

Goodreads Rating: 4.92

Bellingwood Series (Books 1-3) – Diane Greenwood Muir

Source: Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

(Currently £5.60 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

All Roads Leads Home: Polly Giller returns to small-town Iowa from Boston ready to start a new life. She is renovating an old school building and while getting to know new friends, two sets of bones fall out of the ceiling. Don’t miss this heartwarming first story in a series that makes you want to move to Bellingwood and get to know Polly and her friends. Before you know it, you’ll be part of the community.

Polly’s First Christmas in Bellingwood: This first short story in the series occurs a few months after the end of “All Roads Lead Home.” While preparing for Sycamore House’s first big Christmas party, an old friend shows up needing help when he gets in trouble with the sheriff.

A Big Life in a Small Town: Bellingwood’s first barn-raising is coming up and to celebrate, Sycamore House is planning a hoe-down. The idea of a dance makes Polly nervous, but the gorgeous veterinarian is ready to step in and teach her a few moves, much to the chagrin of Henry Sturtz. A close friend of Lydia Merritt left a cryptic message as she died, asking her family to take care of … what? The ‘what’ brings new excitement to Polly’s life.

Treasure Uncovered: Sycamore House is having difficulty finding a good custodian and when the latest man doesn’t show up for work, Polly checks on him, only to find that he has been killed. The Sheriff is beginning to worry every time her number shows up on his phone. Does it mean another dead body? Thefts happening around the community are connected to Polly and her friends, but who would do this?

Goodreads Rating: 4.37

Cruelty’s Daughter – Anna Willett

Source: Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For years, Chivron Tower was abandoned and left to

When a young girl is abducted by a notorious serial killer, a woman risks her own life trying to save her.

Mina is struggling to come to terms with her past. Having led a reclusive life, shunning human contact, she decides to take on a local college course to help get her life back on track.

However, when a young girl who tries to befriend her is abducted by a serial killer, Mina feels responsible. She refused to wait with the girl for her mother to pick her up. And she shrugged off the youngster’s fears.

Now Mina cannot rest until she finds out what happened. But as she probes into the events of that evening, her own nightmares start to return. She has put herself in danger, one that leads to an increasingly tense standoff with a cruel and vicious man who will stop at nothing.

Can she find the strength to stand up to her demons, past and present? And will she do so, even if it means risking everything?

Goodreads Rating: 4.34

I hope you find something that takes your fancy 😊

I only download books that I like the look of the synopsis, and once I have cleared down some of the NetGalley books I am going to be adding 1 or 2 of my E-Books to my TBR each month.

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