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Today is my stop on the blog tour for My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland and I'm so excited to be part of it! Thanks to Alex for the invite to the tour.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the stops!
Can a group of true crime addicts take on the police to catch a serial killer?
A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals - the latest victim of 'The Lover'. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.
As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in to their own hands - to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.
As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they're being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim - Clementine - firmly in his sights.
As someone who has a great interest in true crime and the way people can change their identity online, this book really intrigued me. It has aspects of a police procedural but with a highly original concept behind it involving the exploration of 'crowd-sourced crime solving'. So if you enjoy true crime shows on TV, you'll love this even more.
The insight into the world of true crime investigators and 'armchair detectives' was so clever and compelling and I really enjoyed the online conversations between the members of the true crime group. They were so mysterious yet I still felt as though I gradually got a sense of each person.
I found Clementine fascinating and her point of view was my favourite to read as she's a really interesting character. Her perspective is addictive and intriguing and this intrigue is constantly maintained as her past is slowly revealed.
The plot is extremely gripping and did a really good job of keeping me guessing. To me, something about the writing style just felt fresh and different which was really nice. The pace is perfect and I found the exploration of identity on the internet and 'armchair detectives' really thought provoking. It's such a current theme and the fact that it could so easily be a reality made the book all the more dark and tense.
Overall, I'm giving My Little Eye 5 out of 5 and adding it to my five star favourites shelf! It's unique, intriguing and impossible to put down. I love everything about this book and I'm so excited that this is part of a new series. I can't wait to read the rest in the future!
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About the Author
Stephanie Marland has worked in the University sector for over ten years and published research on how people interact and learn together in virtual environments online. She's an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and an avid reader of all things crime fiction, blogging about books at www.crimethrillergirl.com. Steph also writes the Lori Anderson action thriller series (as Steph Broadribb) for Orenda Books, the first book Deep Down Dead is out now.
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