Kati Barr-Taylor


Books reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Room by the Lake

Caitlin leaves behind her life in London and heads for New York in search of a new start. Instead of a job in a coffee shop and a cheap apartment, she finds herself drawn to the simplicity of life in a cult.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Breakdown

Cass Anderson didn’t want to get out of her car that night in the storm. Now the woman she saw is dead.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Sweet After Death

Detective Alice Madison is out of her comfort zone investigating a murder in an isolated town in midwinter.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Lost Girls

Two young girls are missing. And a depraved auction is about to begin – one which will destroy two families.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Don't Let Go

Martial Bellion’s wife is missing and even his daughter thinks he has killed her.

Reviewed on 28 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Good Daughter

Dahlia came home to uncover the truth about her childhood, but wasn’t expecting to find a woman buried in the woods.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Shimmering Road

Charlie Cates’ mother and sister have been murdered, leaving a legacy she cannot ignore.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Killer on the Wall

The three villagers leaning up against Hadrian’s wall could have been asleep, but even from a distance, 15-year-old Isla Bell knew they were dead.

Reviewed on 10 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Walk Away

Camaro answers her sister’s cry for help, not knowing that it will end in murder.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Caller

The first question is a breeze and Tanya thinks the sick game is nearly over. But the second one she will never get right, and her punishment is to watch her best friend die.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Lovemurder

A brutal murder, a note on the body, and the last six years melt away as homicide detective Valerie Hart remembers one name – Katherine Glass.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Trap

Reclusive famous writer Linda Conrad has seen the reporter’s face once before – the night he killed her sister.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Fierce Kingdom

A family trip to the zoo turns into a fight for survival – but it is not the animals Joan must fear.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Trophy Child

Karen Bloom’s family is cracking under her demands for perfection. Then her daughter Bronte goes missing, and the cracks become gaping chasms.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Crimson Lake

He was in prison for 241 days, she for ten years. But which side of the law are they on?

Reviewed on 14 July 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Love Me Not

Invisible killers, a legacy of suspicion, and time running out will all help to push DI Helen Grace and those around her beyond the limits. 

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Sacrifice

When Lena Peters is called in to profile a serial killer in Berlin, the resentment is palpable – both from the police on the team and the killer.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Lying Game

Four women are reunited after 17 years in hiding. And if they don’t get their stories straight, it is the end of the lying game – and maybe even their lives.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Rooted in Dishonour

When an 18-year old girl disappears days after she meets her husband-to-be, DI Tim Yates is convinced this is his first encounter with an honour killing.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Sweetpea

Rhiannon is an editorial assistant on a provincial newspaper, and despises her invisibility – except when her lofty morals drive her to kill.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Beautiful Dead

Eve Singer, crime correspondent for iWitness News, needs murder: it pays the bills. For the killer who stabbed Layla Martin to death behind a glass door, murder is his art. Eve would say they are worlds apart. The killer wouldn’t.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Tattletale

Mags Mackenzie hasn’t spoken to her brother Abe for years, but she flies to his bedside after he fell down four flights of stairs. It looks like suicide, but something doesn’t ring true.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Stolen Child

Evie is the stolen child, the little girl artist Zoe Morley and her husband Ollie adopted. The little girl whose father wants her back.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Darkness

Gina watches in horror as a plane explodes and debris crashes into the icy water around her. But her nightmare has only just begun.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Black Panther

January 1975. A girl is missing. But this is no teenage prank, as her mother and the whole of Britain is about to find out.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Under the Harrow

Nora is expecting a home-cooked dinner with her sister. That will never happen again.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Siren

After 25 years in America, Roisin Burns is coming home to Ireland. And she’s planning to take down the man who dragged her down a dark path of death and destruction.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Boar Island

National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon must solve a crime that’s too close to home when her friend’s daughter becomes victim to a cyberbully-turned-stalker.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Medea's Curse

When Natalie receives the first note, she drops it in the bin. But with each new increasingly threatening message, she starts to fear for her safety.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Cast Iron

Forensic expert,Enzo Macleod is reviewing the murder of a 20-year old girl, another French cold case that stretches back half a lifetime.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Hidden Killers

Jane Tennison, newly promoted to DC, is about to earn a reputation as either a young, tenacious detective or a thorn in the Met’s side when she digs her claws in to two seemingly open-and-shut cases.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Sometimes I Lie

She can hear every word. She knows she is in danger. There is nothing she can do.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Don't Turn Out The Lights

When Christine Steinmeyer finds a suicide note in her mailbox, her busy life begins to unravel.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Fellside

Jess doesn’t know who she is or why she is in hospital until she hears the word murder.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Baby Doll

Lily escapes with her daughter after eight years in captivity, to find her fight for survival has only just begun.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Secret

The hunt is on for DS Bridget Reid, who has been working as an undercover prostitute in Exeter.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

What You Don't Know

Denver, 2008. Two detectives discover the bodies of 33 murder victims. Seven years later, their killer is on death row, but the body-count is just about to go up.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Before I Let You In

Even though Karen is an experienced psychiatrist, nothing could prepare her for the day she opens her door to Jessica.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Killing Kate

Kate is away on holiday when the first woman is killed. But the second victim is too close for comfort, in every way.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Blood Torment

DCI Andy Gilchrist and his team are on the case of a missing three-year-old girl. But is this abduction a kidnapping or murder? And how involved is the girl’s mother?

Reviewed on 01 March 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Ragdoll

Detective Sergeant Fawkes is called to a horrific crime scene where there is only one body, but clearly six victims.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Girl Before

Like Emma had before, Jane can’t turn down the offer of the minimalistic house, despite the rules that go with renting it. But who was Emma, and how did she die?

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Mercy Killing

The murder of a sex offender could be seen as a mercy killing, but the East Rise police must put their sentiments behind them and treat this like any other crime.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Her Husband's Lover

Louise is trying to move on from the horrific car accident that took her husband, Sam, and her children. But Sophie, Sam’s lover, is out to destroy Louise’s future.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Then She Was Gone

When DI Murphy and DS Rossi arrive at the scene of a brutal murder, they have no idea the slaying is connected to the disappearance of a baby girl a year before.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Penance

Rosalie cannot watch her daughter, Maddie, spin any further out of control. She takes her to bereavement counselling, not realising her nightmare has only just begun.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Hide and Seek

DI Helen Grace, disgraced, despised, and a Holloway inmate, could not be in a worse place to find a ruthless serial killer.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Between the Crosses

DC Joseph Stark, war-hero-turned-copper, is unconvinced a double murder is a botched up burglary.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Kati Barr-Taylor