2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

Heartlands by Kerry Watts (@Denmanisfab) @bookouture #Review

It’s a great pleasure today to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for book one in the Detective Jessie Blake series Heartland by Kerry Watts. My thanks as always got to Noelle at Bookouture for the invite and the copy via NetGalley.

About the book


Call it mother’s intuition, but I knew she was dead the moment she was late home. As I listened to her phone ring and ring, that’s when I knew for sure. My little girl was gone. 

Twenty years ago, Sophie Nicoll never came home from school. Days later her body was found in a shallow grave on a remote farm a few miles from her hometown. Two boys from her school were found guilty. The press called the boys evil. Sophie’s family wanted them dead. The judge promised they’d never walk free.

Two decades later and schoolgirl Shannon Ross has vanished from a small town in the Scottish Highlands.

It’s Detective Jessie Blake’s first big case since she joined Perthshire Police. Having recently arrived from London, Jessie lives in fear of people finding out about her past and her reasons for moving north.

When Shannon’s body is found in the river on the outskirts of Inverlochty, Jessie discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide. As the small community begins to crack under pressure, people begin to point fingers. And soon, the big secrets hidden within the small town are revealed – with devastating consequences.

This shocking crime thriller set in the dramatic Scottish Highlands will have you reading well into the night. If you like LJ Ross, Cara Hunter or Robert Bryndza, you will absolutely love this.

Heartlands is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

Oocha boy, what a brilliant start to a new series, I’ve not long since finished reading the book and I’ve already told two people they need to go buy it.

First thing I have to say is omg, what a prologue to start the book off with, I’m not telling you anything about it apart from it tells a story from 1996 and it’s a jaw dropper and gripping. Totally gripping.

We’re then onto present day and I will admit i was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of characters we’re introduced to right off. It had me a bit confused to start with but once I got the hang of who was who and who was with who it made the story even more intriguing.

You’ll know from the description that in the past there was a murder and also in the present another has been committed but I really don’t want to go into it too much, this is a jam packed story and I don’t want to spoil it in the slightest, it’s such a good read.

The chapters are quite short and flit from past to present. You get to the end of a chapter and you’re desperate to find out what happens next and it goes back in time. You read that chapter or two and are desperate to find out what happens next and it goes forward in time, honestly Kerry Watts is such a tease but I loved it, it’s written in such a good way that you have to keep reading and if you don’t you won’t stop thinking about it.

The characters are all very intriguing, from Detective Jessie Blake to Shannon’s parents and beyond, each of them have secrets and aren’t all you think they are. We slowly find out more about each character as the story progresses and I loved trying to figure out the link between the present time and what happened in 1996.

This book had me all over the place, it has red hearings thrown in, it was emotional at times and it’s just down right gripping and it’s left me wanting more so I hope we don’t have long to wait for the next book. I’m cracking the whip!

So if you like fast paced stories that keep you on your toes, stories that are real sleep stealers and stay in your head then Heartlands won’t have you disappointed in the slightest. I definitely recommend.

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