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There’s a letter on the floor covered with blood next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The note says: ‘My beautiful darling, I’m sorry, please forgive me.’When the body of a man is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears at first to be a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye and the pathoThere’s a letter on the floor covered with blood next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The note says: ‘My beautiful darling, I’m sorry, please forgive me.’When the body of a man is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears at first to be a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye and the pathology report confirms his worst fears – the victim was poisoned and suddenly Dan is dealing with a murder inquiry. Then he makes a disturbing discovery, uncovering links between the victim and a woman calling herself Goldilocks on an online dating site. Is she seeking revenge or something more? Still grieving the devastating loss of his girlfriend and unborn child in a car accident two years ago, Dan throws everything he has into the investigation. Yet just as Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, the body of a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. Dan is on the trail of a twisted individual who is much closer than he realises. Can he overcome his own demons and stop the killer before it’s too late? An all-consuming and totally unputdownable read that will have you holding your breath to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza and Karin Slaughter. Previously called Last Cry...

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Black Heart Reviews

  • Kaceey
    2019-04-22 10:23

    4.5*What an unexpected surprise!!Detective inspector Dan Riley is trying to get his life in order after the sudden loss of his girlfriend and unborn baby. He’s drawn to a new case that looks to have some real meat on the bone. The death of a wealthy family man found in a luxury hotel. At first appearance it looks like a suicide. But not everything is as it looks…As he digs into this new case, Dan is also attempting to dip a toe back in the always daunting dating game. And he may just get more than he bargained for. (Who hasn’t been there before?!)I absolutely devoured this book in one day! I wasn’t sure what to expect (I’ve stopped reading the blurbs lately) and all I can say is wow! That was really good!I have been reading quite a few detective novels lately and have to say this one was so refreshing! The main character felt very real, with a great balance between his personal and professional life. The storyline hit some tough subjects but all were well handled. This was my first book by Anna-Lou Weatherley. It is also presented as book one to a brand new series! (Yeah!) I can’t wait for book two! A traveling sister read with Brenda and Susanne!:)For this review and our full Traveling Sister review please visit Brenda and Norma’s fantastic book blog: http://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Anna-Lou Weatherley for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.

  • Meredith
    2019-04-25 13:56

    This was an addictive read! Love Detective Dan!Deliciously twisted read about a serial killer named “Goldilocks” and the heartbroken detective who is trying to track her down. A female serial killer is on the loose. She stages murders to look like suicides and leaves her calling card at the scene of the crime in the form of a teddy bear. She goes by Goldilocks and she has plans to kill Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear, so that she can be reborn. Once she is reborn, she can live happily ever after. It’s all rather twisted! Detective Dan Riley is investigating the Goldilocks murders. Detective Dan has still not come to terms with the death of his girlfriend and their unborn baby Two years have passed since they died, and even though he is still deeply in love with his deceased girlfriend, he is feeling quite lonely and decides to get back into the dating world. He tries online dating and doesn’t fare too well until he meets Florence Williams, an intriguing woman keeping secrets. When his personal life crosses into his professional life, Dan must do all that it takes to catch Goldilocks, even if it means risking his entire career.I really enjoyed Black Heart! I got sucked in immediately and couldn’t put it down! Both Goldilocks and Dan’s characters drew me in, but for very different reasons. This is a dark and fast-paced read with a swoon worthy lead detective. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and BookOuture in exchange for an honest review.

  • Louise Wilson
    2019-03-30 10:18

    When the body of a wealthy banker is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears to be a suicide. Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye. The pathology report confirms the victim was poisoned and Dan is now dealing with a murder enquiry. As Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. Dan is now on the trail of a twisted serial killer.It is not often we get a woman serial killer. Detective Dan Riley is still a bit broken after loosing his girlfriend and their unborn baby to a drunk driving incident 2 years ago. If I have one criticism of this storyline it's that Dan seemed to be entirely consumed by her death, but hopefully we won't hear so much about it in the next book. Apart from that Dan is a really good character. This is a well written, tense, fast paced page turning read. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in this series.I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Anna-Lou Weatherley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-22 10:20

    Last Cry by Anna-Lou Weatherley is the first book in the new Detective Dan Riley police procedural thriller series. But the first thing I want to mention is this one may be undergoing a title change before it’s release as my copy from Netgalley and the Goodreads listing of this one has it titled as Last Cry but the Amazon page is listing it as Black Heart, same book but conflicting titles on this one just yet.Anyway, on to the story within this first installment of the series… The book is one that alternates the point of view between the killer in the story and our Detective Dan Riley. What is noticeable right away is this one goes for being different in the fact the killer is a female serial killer so that immediately had my attention and pulled me into the story. Her murders can be a bit on the graphic side and there is also a bit of animal cruelty so just a warning on both of those counts.Dan was a likable character that I think readers will enjoy. He’s getting over the death of his long time girlfriend Rachel during the book so that gave him a personable side along with the tough detective side as the investigation goes on. Perhaps he does seem a bit obsessive over the loss of his ex but I think that will be toned down a bit as the books move on. In this one though it was nice getting to know him and his past as he took on this case.By the time I was done reading this first installment I found myself looking forward to not only seeing what Dan’s next case would bring since this one had a unique quality to it but also where he will head in his personal life. A solid opener for this series that I think readers will enjoy.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Susanne Strong
    2019-03-29 07:56

    4 Stars.Something wicked this way comes and in “Black Heart,” it’s up to Detective Dan Riley to stop it, before all hope is lost.When a wealthy man is found in the bathtub of a hotel room, Riley is called to the scene. Immediately, he knows that all is not as it seems. There is something in the air, and then, there is the teddy bear. Whatever does it mean? Could a killer be on the loose? Leave it to Riley to find out.Flo is a chameleon, a shapeshifter. Dangerous, dynamic and gorgeous. Men and women alike are drawn to her. There is just something mysterious about her, even cops agree.This is a book one in the new Detective Dan Riley series from Anna-Lou Weatherley. From what I can see, she has a winner on her hands. Riley is quite the copper and he’s unabashedly romantic to boot. All I can say is, sign me up!“Black Heart” is both a chilling and fear-inducing thriller. It is dark, romantic, sinister and utterly suspenseful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Though this novel is a mystery, it is also thought-provoking and delves into serious subjects for which I must provide a caution to the readers.For Full Traveling Sister Group Reviews, please see Brenda and Norma’s Amazing Blog:https://twogirlslostinacouleereading.... Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Anna-Lou Weatherley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter on 2/7/18.

  • Mandy White
    2019-04-26 07:55

    A new male detective series! Seems ages since I read one that wasn't a female. Detective Dan Riley is called to the scene of a suspected suicide at a top London hotel. It is not long before it becomes obvious that the victim was murdered. Dan and his team work to piece the clues together to try to stop this killer before they strike again.I really enjoyed this book. The main character Detective Dan Riley is likeable and vulnerable. He is still in mourning 2 years after he lost the love of his life. He is sensitive to the victims families feelings and a dedicated cop. I can't wait to read more in this series.Thanks o Bookotoure via NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book to read in exchange for my honest opinions

  • Monnie
    2019-04-11 15:03

    4.5 stars, actually.Getting in at the beginning of a new series always makes me happy and yes, optimistic. And when it turns out that it's a winner in my book (pun intended), I'm ecstatic. Already, I'm looking forward to reading the next book featuring London Detective Dan Riley. For openers, he's an intriguing character. Two years before the book begins, his much-loved girlfriend and their unborn baby are killed in a car-motorcycle accident. He's back at work and functioning fairly well, although it's clear he's not even close to coming to terms with her loss (truthfully, he wallows in his grief a little more often than I'd have liked). But he's making progress, and when a man is found dead in the bathtub of a posh hotel room with his wrists cut, Dan goes in for a closer look and determines that the manner of death probably isn't suicide. When the subsequent pathology reports bear out his suspicion, Dan finds himself in the throes of a murder investigation.Early clues, including a note signed "Daddy Bear" and a relatively expensive stuffed teddy bear suggest a sex-for-hire gone horribly wrong, but something makes Dan's nose start to twitch and think something even more evil may be at play. When another body is discovered - with the same M.O. right down to another teddy bear - it brings to Dan's mind the old fairy tale, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." That, in turn, presents a problem that puts an even greater rush on finding the killer: If both Daddy Bear and Mama Bear are down for the count, can Baby Bear be far behind?So, the race is on to keep that from happening. Chapters switch from Dan's perspective to that of the killer (readers learn the identity of the woman, who's known by multiple names including - surprise! - Goldilocks, early on). What she's doing is clear from the start; why she's doing it - and whether she'll be caught before she can add her intended finish to the fairy tale - help build suspense and tension right up to the end.Overall, though, this is a very enjoyable, fast-paced book, and I applaud the author for creating an intriguing character who shows much promise for many more to come. For the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review, I heartily thank the publisher (via NetGalley).

  • Denise
    2019-04-22 07:22

    "Fear is the most debilitating of all the emotions. It paralyses you, governs your every waking moment and thought. It conditions you. And I lived in fear."When a wealthy older man is found with his wrists slit, bled out in a bathtub at an expensive hotel, DI Daniel Riley is called to the scene. It becomes immediately apparent that this was only made to look like a suicide. Something more sinister is going on here. As he and his team investigate and find ties to "Goldilocks" and "Daddy Bear", they are quite certain that another murder will soon take place as the killer completes the story. But what is the reason for The Three Bears theme and the deaths? "Sometimes there is no why." NO SPOILERS. You must get this immediately and read it to find out!This was a very fast paced and extremely well written thriller with some interesting characters -- in fact, I can't wait for #2 so that I can get to know DI Riley better. I really empathized with him, (but can we give the whole Rachel thing a rest now - it was a little much) and he seems to be a good, decent man who likely will get his head back in the game shortly. The other members of his team aren't that known to us yet, but very curious about them as well. I see a lot of potential for developing this series.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the e-book ARC to read and review. I definitely recommend it as one of the best detective novels I've read lately. It was very hard to put down! SO, Anna-Lou Weatherley, a new author to me, where is your second book -- please don't make me beg or wait too long!ARC title was LAST CRY

  • Kavita Kumar-Karthik
    2019-04-12 13:53

    3.5 stars !!Before I begin I would like to state that I really wanted to like this book more, simply because it's been a long time I've not read a female serial killer plot. The book began well, and we got a pretty good viewing of the murder in progress and how psychotic the killer actually is. The murder was pretty gruesome, although she took efforts for the man to not feel the pain while life ebbed out of him. When she left the Teddy Bear in his hotel room, I was intrigued. I thought we had a good premise for an amazing plot. Then, we saw that the killer was a frequent visitor on online dating sites, which made me think maybe the killer was dishing out revenge to the cheaters and she is going to give Dan a run for his money. I was let down when she chose her next victim, who could be easily linked to her. A smart girl, our killer wasn't !! She was least calculative and not at all ruthless, if you know what I mean, when it comes to serial killers. In fact, sometimes, I felt just because she was planning to kill 3, as a part of a story, did not make her a serial killer. She lacked the calculative, mean and smart streak most serial killers have. Our killer had a very disturbing childhood, and she has gone cra-cra. That's the best I could come up with.And our boy, Dan Riley, was altogether a let down. The book had a lot about his personal life and less of investigation. In fact, they were able to identify the killer only when she made a stupid stupid amateur mistake. Like I said, the investigation was a let down, hardly any sleuthing. What also pissed me off, was the lack of cop instincts in Dan.The last thing which totally turned me off was the killer's motive behind following "Goldilocks and the Three bears" in her kills. Normally, in serial killers, we see the killers trying to take revenge on someone from their past. There is a definite trend or logic, and this story seemed most illogical to me. The only explanation I could come up with is, that she just lost her mind and wanted to self-destruct. Now, I am a super-obsessed fan of the 'In Death' series by JD Robb, which kind of sets the benchmark for serial killer plots for me, so consider me biased. And this plot, was a far far cry from what it could have been. Ha ! You see what I did there ?? No ? Yes ? Not funny ?? Whatever !! Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for generously providing me an ARC in exchange of honest reviews

  • Marialyce
    2019-03-30 12:21

    One would imagine that working in law enforcement can make a person immune to how awful humanity can sometimes be. You would imagine that every horrible crime you see hits up against your store of empathy, making you become hardened to the world and the work you do.In the first of a new series, we are introduced to Detective Dan Riley, a man who two years ago through a drunk driving incident, had lost his girlfriend and their unborn child. Dan tries hard to forget but the love he had for this woman was all encompassing and he is left adrift in a sea of emotions. However, Dan is a cop and emotions are something of a luxury to what a policeman does.There has been a death of a middle aged man in a hotel room. It is later discovered that it was a murder due to poisoning and wrists being slashed. Dan discovers links to a person named Goldilocks and the hunt is on. Is this person acting out of revenge or is there something else going on? Recalling the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, which the murderer seems to be emulating, Dan knows there will be other deaths. Before long he is right as another body, that of a woman turns up. Now all that is left is the baby bear in this macabre retelling of the story. Will Dan be able to find Goldilocks? Does he realize how close he is to the murderer? I so liked the character Dan Riley that Ms Weatherley has created. He was complex but filled with empathy showing just how much he cared for those left after a crime was committed. He was not a hardened policeman, but one that seemed to be involved in the suffering of those that were left behind. He recalled so much of his time with his girlfriend, so much so that he was able to share the grief of those who loved the victims. I am glad that the author has decided that Dan will be back in the next book of the series.Thank you to the author, the publisher and netgalley for an advanced copy of this book. I am hoping that the next one will be as addictive as this book was.

  • Brenda
    2019-04-12 11:10

    I was lost in the dark, grim Barren Coulee with Kaceey and Susanne reading Black Heart. Black Heart is a fast-paced, engaging, interesting and original dark story. At first, we were a little unsure about how we felt about this one and at times the story made us feel a little uncomfortable when some dark clouds closed in on us. Instead of running for cover in our Coulee we continued on and were rewarded with a very well layered complex story here. Anna-Lou Weatherley does a really good job creating such a likable and caring main character here with Detective Dan Riley. After reading a few female leads we enjoyed our lead here being a male detective. Dan is cynical, yet kind-hearted and struggles with his own personal demons. Anna-Lou Weatherley also does a fantastic job drawing us into the mind of Goldilocks, allowing us to be quite surprised with how we felt about this character. We found the story to be thought-provoking and that inspired a very interesting discussion between us. In the end, we were left amazed at how we felt towards Goldilocks and our psychopath to this story and were left thinking now that was just brilliant. We are left wanting more from Detective Dan and we look forward to book two. We highly recommend but with caution. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Anna-Lou Weatherley for a copy to read and review.Published January 31, 2018Traveling Sisters Review also can be found on our sister blog:https://twogirlslostinacouleereading....

  • Kristy K
    2019-04-26 08:54

    3.25 StarsThis mystery novel starts out strong but then slowly wanes. We open to a scene of an unknown woman murdering the man she's sleeping with. Then we cut to the detective on the case and continue going back and forth between the two.I liked the idea of a female serial killer and that she used a fairy tale in a messed up way to choose her victims. While we always know who she is, Det. Dan Riley does not and I liked seeing him try to solve the case knowing how far or close he was getting.For the most part, Det. Riley is a decent character. He's had tragedy in his life and has become a bit of a cynic because of his job, but he is a largely likeable character. The thing that bothered me is how obsessively he thought about his deceased fiance. I understand that this impacted and changed his life significantly, however it got to the point where I started skimming the parts where he reminiscences or thinks of what she'd do or say, because it seemed so repetitive and not always in line with the main story line (the murders).Weatherley does a good job writing this mystery that will be perfect for fans of Lisa Gardner. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  • Book Addict Shaun
    2019-04-04 14:21

    I loved this book. I have enjoyed Anna-Lou's previous books and was excited to read something a little different from her with this new series focusing on Detective Dan Riley. Last Cry wasn't a perfect read and, actually, it took me longer than I would have liked to get into the story but once I was hooked there was no putting my Kindle down until I reached the end. Anna-Lou has created an incredibly thought-provoking book with Last Cry. I'm not sure 'enjoy' would be the right word to describe how I felt following the Goldilocks killer, but there was something so addictive about this character that she has created that I couldn't read quick enough trying to work her out and understand her mind. At first I wanted to roll my eyes at how things developed between her and Dan Riley, but as the book then progressed I really enjoyed that part of the story and actually, it helped me to understand the characters more and it helped Dan's character become in my mind someone that I actually cared about and left me wanting to read more about him personally, which is always the sign of a good series as the main character is just as important as the storyline. Dan grew on me as the story progressed, in the beginning he just felt like another bog-standard detective but by the end of the story he was definitely his own character. I was impressed towards the end with the scenes focusing on the psychopathy of the Goldilocks killer and what had made her into the woman she had become when the story began. Anna-Lou goes into great detail and whilst this woman is clearly a cold-blooded killer, at the same time the book, as I said earlier is incredibly thought-provoking because it isn't as clear as that and it really makes you think about why this woman became the way she did and it really made me think about how different her life could have been, and how her past had played a huge part in the person that she became when she was older. Certainly the closing scenes left a lasting impression on me and they played out quite vividly in my mind and those last scenes in particular were probably some of my favourite in the whole story. I have read a few duds from Bookouture recently which isn't like them at all but I absolutely loved Last Cry and will not be using any of the usual cliches of how you will love this story if you enjoyed this or that book, or comparing some popular author who because they write thrillers must mean you will enjoy this book. Quite simply, you'll enjoy this book if you are a fan of crime fiction, specifically crime fiction which has you thinking as you read and crime fiction with strong characters and a gripping storyline. I hope the wait for the next Dan Riley book isn't too far away.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-23 12:05

    Serial killers are something I have always been fascinated by. Even more so when it’s a woman. So I was very intrigued to workout what made her tick.The story flicks between the female serial killer, of who we don’t know exactly who she is, she is as much a mystery to us as she is to the police and Dan, who is the detective working on the case.Dan I was instantly drawn to. He is troubled as a lot of these crime fiction detectives seem to be yet he is still very likeable. Even though he is trying his best to start moving on with his life he doesn’t seem to be able to let the past go. His dead girlfriend never seems to be far from his thoughts.I know I’m supposed to dislike the serial killer and in a way I did. I think because we tend not to see many female serial killers, she really stood out to me and I just found her fascinating. What she is doing is very wrong yet as a reader it thrilled me as well as chilling me to the very core.Black Heart is a thrilling start to what looks set to be a criminally good crime series! A chilling case that had me pounding through the pages. Can’t wait to read more.My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  • Eva
    2019-04-26 10:15

    Bloody hell! Give me a minute to pick my jaw up off the floor and figure out how to write coherent sentences.When the body of a wealthy man is found in a hotel bathtub with his wrists slashed, it seems this case is nothing more than a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley isn’t convinced and it soon becomes apparent the man was poisoned. Who would want to hurt this man and why?The who is fairly obvious from the start. The why leads to a an utterly heartbreaking story and despite the horrible acts this serial killer is committing, you can’t help but feel sorry for them. I found these parts to be brilliantly written and an interesting character study. This serial killer is on a mission, which results in a race against the clock to make sure they won’t succeed in their plan.And then there’s our main character, Dan. He’s so different from the average detective I tend to read about. A copper with a heart of gold, who’s able to sympathise on various levels because of his own personal loss. He knows what it’s like to receive that particular bad news, the shock of it all, the grief and how hard it is to move on. He’s one of those characters you can’t help but gravitate towards and you’re rooting for him in every way. In my head, I’ve even already fixed him up with another character. That’s how much I want him to be happy! 😄This is an absolutely amazing start to the Dan Riley series. Black Heart has everything. The original premise had me hooked from start to finish and this sordid tale is incredibly gripping, compelling and addictive. Quite frankly, I’m a little unsure as to how Anna-Lou Weatherley can top this (no pressure!) but I’ll be using my elbows to make sure I’m first in line when book two in the series hits the shelves.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-18 09:12

    I was given an ecopy of this book by Kim Nash at Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. This is something I am more than happy to do.This is first book in a new detective series by Anna-Lou Wetherley an author I haven't previously read although I believe this is a new genre for her. Anna - Lou Weatherley packed so much into the opening chapter of this book I couldn't help but be engrossed. What is quite obviously an elicit, steamy meeting in the penthouse suite of a luxury hotel is turned on its head as 'Goldilocks' as we come to know her commits a murder that had me is nauseatingly transfixed. I couldn't stomach to read as the story unfolded and yet I couldn't not turn the pages. I got to the end of the chapter and had to take stock. Asking myself the question - could I actually read this book, yet even as I thought it my fingers were turning the page. Chapter two and we are introduced to Detective Dan Riley, I really liked him, he had a dogged determination, attention to detail and that good old hunch that is often found in detective novels. He was sent to the hotel to investigate an apparent suicide and almost instantly he picks up details that are so subtle they are almost invisible. Anna - Lou's descriptions of both people and scenario's was superb. The characters both complex and haunting. Dan is almost a shell of a person, he clearly has a bleeding heart, we are privy to his inner voice and thoughts and it's clear he hasn't got over a tragic death that was close to home. He needs something/someone to drag him out of the abyss and has turned to on-line dating and buried himself in his work. It takes longer to un-ravel the character of Goldilocks - she is beyond cold and calculating and as the story went and her actions played like a cinema reel across my eyes I just wanted to get to the end of the book - he crimes so horrific and pre-meditated my stomach churned constantly. Black Heart is told from both the killer and the investigative points of view and also from the inner turmoil and voices of the central characters, it is a shockingly brilliant book that I highly recommend. It's one of the fastest reads I have read in a long time, not because the plot moved quickly - that was expertly drawn out to induce panic and fear into the reader. But, because I wanted the book to end before the most horrific crime of all could be enacted.Huge thanks once again to Kim at Bookouture for her on the mark recommendation.

  • Maranda
    2019-04-22 15:15

    I love a good crime drama and of course the challenge of who is behind the killings and why. Big part of these novels is the forensic and the investigative skill that the detectives use to save the day. Although "Last Cry" had some exciting moments and well rounded characters; the read made me cringe at the graphic murder sequence taken by our killer. Knowing who the killer is from the start the only suspense is catching her and what has led her to these actions. Detective Dan Riley works the case but seems unable to move smoothly through the clues because of the prior death of his girl friend. Weatherley had some interesting secondary characters that with more inclusion in the story could have made this more enjoyable. "A copy of this book was provided by Bookouture via NetGalley with not requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

  • Renita D'Silva
    2019-04-13 07:00

    Brilliant! From the electrifying first chapter, this book had me hooked and I could not put it down until I had got to the end. This writer is assured and delivers a perfect mystery. Original and compelling, this story stands out, in a league of its own. I loved this book from beginning to end and cannot wait for her next. SO thrilled I discovered this author. Another one to watch out for.

  • 3 no 7
    2019-03-27 13:23

    “The Last Cry” by Anna-Lou Weatherly starts with a graphic descriptions of the violent killing of a man in an expensive hotel and the twisted, psychotic woman who committed the murder. London Detective Dan Riley is assigned to solve the case. Riley is a multifaceted character with a complex backstory that includes a girlfriend and unborn child who were killed in an accident. Although the initial cause of death is suspected to be suicide or sex-for-hire gone wrong, Riley thinks the teddy bear left as a calling card hints that this might not be the case. Things get problematical when another body is discovered with the same teddy bear; the investigation team knows that something or someone very cruel is at work. The story continues at a fast pace in narratives alternating between the killer’s point of view and that of Riley who is trying to find the killer before the body count rises again. This allows the reader to evaluate the events and the aftermath of the events from various points of viewThe Last Cry” is a fast-paced book, with unusual and intriguing characters. I received a copy of “The Last Cry” from Anna-Lou Weatherly, Bookcouture, and NetGalley. I recommend it, with the caveat that it contains some graphic and violent content. This is the first book in the “Dan Riley” series, and I look forward to reading the next installment.

  • Leslynn
    2019-03-26 14:19

    Could have been a 4-star book as it has a good story line, and the characters are well-developed. But, the protagonist's constant reminiscence of the (view spoiler)[ dead girlfriend is annoying and detracts from the story. (hide spoiler)]

  • Rachel Gilbey
    2019-04-23 07:07

    It is always tough when an author you love decides to start writing in a different genre, do you stay with them and trust that once a good writer always a good writer, or do you not take the risk even though you do like the new genre, and move on. Well with Anna-Lou Weatherley has switched genres and its a very good effort, there are elements of this book that I absolutely loved while other sections that just frustrated me. I loved the first couple of chapters, I was thinking, ok its a change of genre but this has a touch of the familiar about it, in terms of style etc.. The woman in the first chapter is a bit of an enigma and you learn quite quickly that she is key to the story and we keep getting insights into her every few chapters, which is a nice touch. In the mean time we have Detective Dan Riley, who is clearly a detective who cares about justice and getting the right result, and finding the killer. In fact he has a fabulous intuition that makes him realise things about the case a lot quicker than other cops would have done. However as much as I was interested in the solving of the crimes, and the motivation behind them, Dan on another level completely bugged me. Yes he was grieving but there seemed to be almost continual mentions of his "perfect" dead girlfriend, and the love they had, the relationship etc, that I think I sort of tuned those bits out in the end. I found Last Cry to be interesting, and its certainly a promising first book in the series. For section of the book I was hooked but then, I found the story went a bit flat before picking up again. It just didn't grab me quite as much as I would have liked. That being said its clearly got good writing, and I loved the villain's storyline and found that great. There were also some bad attempts at humour that did have me smiling, only because the jokes were that bad. I would definitely be interested in the next book of the series, as I think that as this author gets into her stride as a crime writer that she will be fabulous. Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  • Philomena Callan Cheekypee
    2019-04-22 11:07

    This is the first book in the Detective Dan Riley series. Detective Dan Riley is still coming to terms with the death of his girlfriend and unborn baby in an accident two years ago. When Dan is called to a posh hotel a suspected suicide ends up as a murder which Dan investigates. The race is on to find the murderer when a similar murder leaves clues that there will be another murder. This is told through two points of view- Detective Dan Riley and the killer. This is a well written fast paced thriller that I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.

  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    2019-04-09 11:01

    Finished reading: February 6th 2018"They say you dig two graves when you seek revenge and for the most part of my life I have agreed with this statement."*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***(view spoiler)[I couldn’t resist requesting a copy of Black Heart after certain bloggers (hint hint) kept going on about how great this detective thriller was… And I definitely agree for the most part. It’s refreshing to follow a male detective again for a change, even though he has the ‘usual’ complicated past baggage with him… And I do have a weak spot for a serial killer thriller. The writing draws you right in and it was without doubt a lightning-speed fast thriller ride… Just the way I like them. The plot was a bit predictable though and it was quite clear early on who the killer really was. There just weren’t all that many plot twists and surprises? There is more focus on the development of the serial killer and her background as well as some fleshing out of our new star detective... The ending didn't came as such a big surprise either, although if you somehow manage to not see the clues you will be in for a good twist. Black Heart was without doubt a very entertaining read and has a healthy dose of creepy and disturbing serial killer. The writing is great and I'll be looking forward to find out what will happen next... Detective Dan Riley's personal life surely raised some questions. And while Black Heart wasn't that intense and didn't have the expected plot twists and suspense of a typical serial killer, it shows that the characters were the main focus of this story and fans of more character-driven thrillers will have a blast reading this one.When the body of a wealthy banker is found in an expensive London hotel room, it appears to be a suicide. His wrists are slashed and there is a note, but detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to the case than just a 'simple' suicide. His instincts are right as the pathology report confirms the victim was first poisoned... And the crime scene evidence didn't add up either. Dan Riley and his team has to deal with a murder case that is getting more complex as they find new clues... And things will escalate when the body of a woman is found in a similar way.Black Heart is fast-paced and reads like a train. The plot and case are interesting, although I do feel it lacked the tension and suspense serial killer thrillers tend to have. It shows the focus was more on the characters rather than on the plot twists and the creating of false clues and a highly suspenseful read... But there is no doubt Anna-Lou Weatherley was able to great a creepy and intriguing serial killer in this first detective thriller of a new series. I will be looking forward to see more of Detective Dan Riley in the future! (hide spoiler)]P.S. Find more of my reviews here.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Julie Lacey
    2019-03-29 12:23

    This is a great start to a new series and I look forward to the next DI Dan Riley book. Dan is struggling to cope with life following the death of his fiancé but a murder soon has him focusing on finding the killer. The murders are made to look like suicide but Dan and his colleagues soon realise it’s actually murder. The killer is not what you’d expect and as you get an insight into their mind you realise their life has been very troubled. I really like Dan and really felt for him at times when the loss of his fiancé gets too much for him. I’d recommend this book to all crime thriller fans. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

  • Rosa
    2019-04-04 11:18

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to give this book in trade for an honest review.Review also published on my blog : Last Cry (Detective Dan Riley #1)Story and plotThis is a fast pacing story with 2 points of view : killer and detective. For the most part, the story seemed to be narrated by Dan Riley (the detective). Not until the middle of the book that we know that killer has a name, Rebecca Harper. This is quite interesting to expect because I’ve been waiting to know the background and of the killer. Because at times, she seems crazy but also she shows compassion to her victim. It’s a weird combination come to think of it. Usually when I read stories about serial killer, they were usually just mad, crazy, uncontrolled. Not this one.All the murders look like suicide. At first glance, it does looks like it. But as the story goes, the murder is connected to the story of Goldilocks and the three bears: Daddy bear, Mummy bear and Baby bear. A calling card of teddy bear being left at the scene is what opens the clue. But not the killer. The plot is so twisted that it is very unusual. Throughout the story, we were introduced to a kind of sadness that shrouds both the detective and the killer. Each has their own reason to be what they are now. It’s an interesting read when they actually met and connected with each other without really know who the other person is. I kept wondering during the entire book, until in the end they realize who they were in real life.What I like from this story is the killer has good reason to kill all her victims. She just wanted to absolve her past. The killing is like repeating her past and it’s a very sad life. Reading her story makes me reflect to become a better parent. Although it’s just a story, but there’s a true ring in there.The charactersDaniel Riley as the main detective character has an issue of moving on. He’s shrouded in sadness since his girlfriend is killed and he’s trying to continue on living (without much success). It’s quite cute actually to see a male character that is not all about testosterone. So…yeah…this guy might be too overly sensitive, but he got the job done. Rebecca Harper, as the killer appears to be a tougher character here, judged by her messed up past. She was falsely accused, put in an asylum, stamped crazy and yet she survived.The interesting part is when they both met on a date and doesn’t have a clue on what’s really going on! It’s so exciting to read it. The relationship between the characters is also entwined quite nice. Not too much drama apart from Daniel who seemed to be very blue during the whole story until the end.The endIt’s not what I expected…but yes…it has an end for everybody. I just want to quote the last excerpt from the book that touches my heart. It would apply to everybody. A very interesting quote to end the story and makes me wonder how’s the life of Detective Dan Riley on the next book. Can’t wait to read the next story in the series (if there’s one).万事开头难 (wàn shì kāi tóu nán ) All things are difficult before they are easy.Recommended for those who likes fast reading mystery & crime story with a very interesting plot twist, strong female character, unusual background story and killer

  • Dee-CeeIt's all about the books
    2019-04-22 12:56

    This is the second book I have read by Anna-Lou Weatherley and having previously loved Pleasure Island i was really looking forward to reading Black Heart.The description had me totally intrigued and the cover is fabulous, it really stands out.Two years ago Detective Dan Riley lost his girlfriend and unborn child in a terrible accident, he’s still mourning the loss but trying to also move on. He’s called to the scene of an apparent suicide but he’s not convinced all is as it seems and his instincts are telling him to dig deeper.Dan’s a cracking character, he’s still quite vulnerable after the loss of his girlfriend and is struggling to let go but he’s a determined detective and a blooming good one at that. I really took to Dan, he’s quite a different character to the usual detectives and I can’t quite put my finger on why. Maybe it’s because he has a sympathy that really shows for the victims and their families, an understanding of sorts. Or maybe it’s the love he still shows for his girlfriend, it was a true love and one that will stay deep in his heart. Either way I’m really excited to see where Anna-Lou Weatherley takes Dan in the future.The story is a wee bit gory in parts but I loved that, it’s maybe not for the faint hearted and at some points throughout the book I could feel me toes curling and the images that were created in my head will stay for a while. That’s the sign of a good book though in my opinion. The story is very engrossing and is told from the point of view of Dan and Goldilocks. I was racing through the pages desperate to get to the next chapter and I have to say it’s quite edge of your seat stuff. It’s not a story you can say you’ll just read one more chapter because on quite a few occasions it’s left on a cliff hanger so you have to read on. I ended up reading it all in one sitting.So without giving anything away I’ll just say that Black Heart is an edge of your seat, toe curling thriller that will have you totally engrossed, one I will be highly recommending and a cracking start to a new series.

  • Donna Maguire
    2019-03-31 07:07

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...Black Heart is the first book in the series introducing Detective Dan Riley. I love trying out new crime series so I was really keen to get stuck in to this one especially after reading that blurb!I thought that Dan was a really good character, he is struggling with personal grief as well as trying to crack his current cases and this for me made him a more rounded individual that I really sympathised with, his grief is quite evident at times in the book. I enjoyed that we were thrown straight in to the story and the investigation and I loved the short punchy chapters - these are always a hit with me and I love the pace that they create to make sure you stay engaged.Four stars from me for this one, I really enjoyed the plot, pace and the characters and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

  • Colette Lamberth
    2019-04-26 09:23

    I always have slightly higher expectations of any book that is badged as the first in a series as I’m hoping it will be good enough that I will want to read the rest of the series. My verdict here is that yes I want to see what the author does with Detective Inspector Dan Riley next. It was clear from the blurb that he is still grieving and at times it did feel like that would overwhelm the story however the author did a good job of balancing it out with the murder enquiry. The Goldilocks and the 3 bears theme gave this a unique twist certainly caused me some concern in respect of Baby Bear. No spoilers, so if you want to know the outcome you will need to read it.I received an ARC of Last Cry via NetGalley and my thanks to Bookouture for that.

  • Clair
    2019-04-25 13:00

    Black Heart is Anna-Lou Weatherley’s first outing into crime books, she already has a number of contemporary romances under her belt however she’s swapped genre for this book – and what a fabulous job she has done…so much so that I am already looking forward to the next one in the series!Black Heart introduces the reader to Daniel Riley, a successful detective inspector who is morning the loss of his girlfriend, Rachel, who was killed in a motorcycle accident a couple of years prior. Whilst Dan had justice in the sense that the other driving has served time for his crime – there is still a gaping hole in Dan’s life that he cannot/will not fill.With the opening chapter, we are thrown into the investigation. A wealthy banker is found dead in his hotel room (and in the opening chapter we are privy to the events that led to his demise) in an apparent suicide however DI Riley’s intuition is in overdrive and is not convinced it is that straight forward. His hunch is proven right when the pathology reports come back confirming that he was poisoned. When another body is found, again an apparent suicide, Dan and his team are thrown into a murder investigation with a sadistic serial killer who needs to be stopped.There are two things that really stood out for me in Black Heart, firstly was the telling of the murders from both sides, the good guys as well as the murderer. Weatherley really gets us into their head, understanding their motives and almost as a passive accomplice as we could see what was coming. The second stand out thing for me was the personal side of Dan, his grief is very real and at times uncomfortable to read – he is trying so hard to move on with his life but is struggling immensely as he feels that he is tarnishing Rachel’s memory.Black Heart is well written and plotted out, I liked the pacing, short snappy chapters and also the fact that I could pick it up and put it down again – although I loved the fact that I could also get completely lost in the narrative when time allowed!Black Heart is both a brilliant book in its own right and a great solid start to a new series!

  • Sharon
    2019-04-13 06:55

    review to follow as part of blog tour on 3rd February 2018