Heads or Tails by Rob Ashman

5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely loved Killing Pretties and so leapt at the chance to review Heads or Tails. My thanks to the author for an ARC in return for an honest review.

Valerie is superb, I adore her quirkiness and her conviction. Love the coin toss and her solid commitment to the outcome. There is a complexity too as although she comes across as utterly cold and devoid of empathy, her love for Gretta seems real and deep. As does the jealousy that runs along with it.

On equal footing with Valerie – in terms of who is the star of the show – for me is Malice. He is FABULOUS character. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot that I enjoy about Pietersen too but DS Khenan ‘Mally’ Malice is sublime.

I greatly enjoy the interactions between Malice and Pietersen – I feel their viewpoints on police may be all too real and that makes it so easy to like them and root for them. Although, something about Valerie makes me want her to get away with it! too!

Heads or Tails reads at a lightning fast pace and I highly recommend that you pick it up when you have a free day and can commit to finishing it – you won’t want to put it down.

Oh, I nearly forgot, the game! There is a game in this book that Valerie plays – if this isn’t already an existing game then I think the author should be out there working with a creator to get it made! It would be SO popular!

Ouch, one heck of an ending! Looking forward to seeing how that pans out…

Oh, and if you are anything like me you will end up with ‘A Town Called Malice’ stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.

I’ve also realised that somehow I have missed reading book 2 in the Malice series, Twinkle Twinkle Little Lies, so I am off to buy that one now and will be back to review it soon.

Blurb: Valerie Riggs lets the coin rule her life. Every decision is based upon a game of chance, even the decision to kill. She trusts the coin to keep her safe… it’s never let her down.

DS Khenan Malice is called to attend a clear case of suicide. But all is not what it seems. Then his world is turned upside down by a casual remark. The worst thing is … the remark comes from his seven-year-old daughter.

DC Kelly Pietersen is close to breaking point. The ghosts of recent events won’t leave her alone. She’s about to snap and someone is going to get hurt.

Valerie is always one step ahead… the coin knows best.


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