Book Review – The Quiet Space Between US by N.A. Cooper.

Product details

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BS67GD54

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloodhound Books (8 Feb. 2023)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Print length ‏ : ‎ 243 pages

Genre: Psychological Fiction


Can anyone really stay hidden from the world? A powerful novel of solitude, survival, and psychological suspense from the author of Unravelling Alice . . .

For three years, Ida has been living in the remote Welsh countryside to stay safe from a world ravaged by illness. The only person she has contact with is Cal, her fiancé, who brings supplies and news about their crumbling society before returning to his military work.

When she wakes up in a stranger’s hut after being injured in a fall, Ida panics about possible exposure to the virus. But she soon learns that the occupant, a mysterious man who is a recluse, is unlikely to be infected.

As the pair strike up a friendship, a series of shocking revelations will test Ida’s trust. Will she have to take her survival into her own hands?

My thoughts…

The Quiet Space Between Us is a tale of survival told from the viewpoint of the main character Ida.  Ida is living in a rural part of Wales in a place of safety away from a pandemic that has spread around the world.

It is a bit of a slow burner but is well worth persevering with, you feel you are going on the journey with Ida, and the latter half of the book is full of action, twists and turns and suspense. It has a great storyline and is very topical for todays reading.  It is very well written and flows well and has strong and interesting characters.  The tension builds nicely and I found it gripping, quite haunting and all consuming.

The Quiet Space Between Us is a really good read with a twist you will not see coming.  It is both tense and enjoyable but the ending is a bit abrupt.  It leaves you with a few loose ends and questions?

Overall I did enjoy reading this tense Psychological thriller and would like to thank Bloodhound Books for the free eARC and opportunity to read it 😊

My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About the Author –

N.A. Cooper

N A Cooper is the author of RIPPLE EFFECT (31/01/22) and UNRAVELLING ALICE (10/10/22).


Book Review – The Keeper by Nina Black.

Book Details


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloodhound Books (31 Jan. 2023)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Print length ‏ : ‎ 260 pages

Book Synopsis:

A series of bizarre and brutal murders is about to push a London police detective to her limit . . .

When a Jamaican bus driver is garrotted in the middle of the night, there is speculation that racism is the motive. But when the same grisly fate befalls an Asian man and then a white man, it becomes clear that a female serial killer with a different obsession is at work.

Still mourning her mother’s recent violent death, DCI Jo Pollitt of the Southwark London Metropolitan Police must now focus on this high-priority case. Even with the help of a pathologist, a profiler and publicity from a true-crime TV show, the culprit remains elusive. Pollitt takes emotional refuge in her relationship with Cilla, whom she’s known since childhood, but the stress, both personal and professional, keeps building.

However, when Pollitt learns a civilian has captured a video of the most recent murder, it reveals the police might be on the wrong track. As the case begins to unravel, Pollitt realises that everything she believed is now in jeopardy and time is ticking before the killer strikes again. . .

My thoughts…

The Keeper is set in the 90s and follows DI Jo Pollitt a senior investigating officer who is called in to investigate the death of a bus driver.  She is an interesting lead character, experienced and respected by colleagues 

The story is told from various viewpoints but mainly from the POV of DI Jo Pollitt and we follow her as she tries to find out who the killer is which turns out to be not at all easy as there are lots of twists and turns and possible red herrings along the way.

The Keeper is page turning from start to finish.  It will keep you gripped and keeps you guessing to the end.  The story flows really well, is well written and has great characters.  I feel the author has fully researched her topic.  The crimes are gruesome so if you are squeamish it might not be your kind of read.

Having said that I really enjoyed this book, it hooked me in from the start and kept me guessing until the end.  Several times I thought I had guessed who the killer was but each time it took another turn and I was back to guessing again.

I definitely recommend this book.  It is a great read and well worth reading.

I would like to thank Bloodhound Books for providing me with a free eArc of this book 🙂

My Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About the Author

Nina Black


NINA BLACK is the pen name of Florrie Palmer. THE KEEPER is the first of a police detective series set in London during the 1990s and early 2000s 

One of the first British female singer-songwriters, Florrie’s songs have been recorded by many that include Abba blonde Agnetha Faltskog, Manfred Mann, Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Elaine Paige, for whom she co-wrote a couple of songs with Sir Tim Rice. 

Her biggest hits were recorded by Sheena Easton, who hit the number one spot in America for 6 weeks with 9-5 (Morning Train) which was also number one in fifteen other countries worldwide including Australia and Canada. 

This resulted in a platinum record, followed by a number 12 with When He Shines sung by Sheena. 

In 1994, Florrie wrote a comic novel based on her experiences in the music business called NEVER FINAL TILL ITS VINYL, 

THE MADERIA EFFECT followed, a short entertaining history of her eccentric family that is half American and half English with tales of pioneers in uncharted Colorado intermarrying with native Americans as well as English ancestors with more money than sense.

THE DECOY was her first venture into crime fiction, the highly praised CLIFF EDGE followed and she is currently writing the third.

Having lived in various English counties as well as the south of France and Italy, Florrie now lives in Cambridge.