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Release by Karen Moore

I enjoyed Karen Moore's debut novel Torn so much that when I was given the opportunity to read the sequel, Release, early, I jumped at the chance and I was not disappointed. I am delighted to be part of the tour for this darkstroke book arranged by Reading Between the Lines and the Lovely Lynsey Adams. You can catch the rest of the tour on the websites below.

The Blurb

A threat returns. An attack with fatal consequences. A life lived in fear.

When Hanna’s estranged mafioso husband, Luciano, is released early from a Sicilian prison, she fears he will come after her and her young daughter, Eva.

The revelation leaves her with a dilemma. Invited to Sicily to attend her best friend’s wedding, can she really take the risk?

But even staying at home in North Wales may not be safe. Something strange is going on at her old cottage in the hills. As the lines between Sicily and North Wales blur, Hanna uncovers a criminal operation that leads her to fear for Eva’s life all over again.

Will Hanna ever be able to release herself from Luciano’s grip? Or will her discovery lead her into even deeper danger?

The Review

Often in a series it really doesn't matter in which order you read the books, however in this case it does. Release truly is a sequel to Moore's debut novel, Torn, so do read Torn first: you will be in for a double treat.

Release starts with a happy family scene where Hanna, Eva and Rhys are in North Wales, but it is not long before the author pulls her readers out of their comfort zone and into a heart-stopping event when little Eva goes missing.

The story then jumps between Wales and Sicily and the characters are so beautifully drawn that the reader feels themselves right by Hanna's side every step of the way. Praying for her daughter's safe return and for the kidnappers to get their just desserts.

I won't give any spoilers, but suffice to say that Release is a thrilling novel. While the action travels from Wales to Sicily, the readers stays firmly in Hanna's corner. What a page-turner Release is!

It also deals with important topics throughout the gripping story. It is well worth reading this fast-paced story of family, loss, friendship and revenge. I enjoyed Release thoroughly and highly recommend it.

The Author

Karen Moore is passionate about all things noir – crime, mystery, thrillers – and writes in that genre.

She has been writing all her life, mostly for work purposes, and is now delighted to be able to spend more time developing her own creative work.

Her debut novel, Torn, is a dark tale of intrigue and betrayal set in Sicily and North Wales. Release is the sequel, although it is written as a standalone novel for people who may not have read Torn.

Karen worked as a tour guide across Europe, North America and Canada, followed by a career in PR and marketing. She has lived in France and Italy, and is now based in Cheshire, England. Her cat, Lexi, often appears in her social media feeds.

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