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Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes To Ashes Series) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Sunday Barnaby

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense by Rowena Holloway
Four Stars

Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series by Rowena Holloway. This mystery/thriller is the first book I have read by Rowena Holloway, but definitely won’t be the last. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. This book had me hooked from the very first page and I just couldn’t put it down until the last. Charlotte Ashe is a local weather babe, trying to rise up in ranks to investigative reporter. Joey Baptist’s is a on the rise soccer player, who ran into some trouble. When Joey contacts Charlotte with a scoop and things start happening, Charlotte doesn’t know who she can trust as she investigates what really happened to Joey. This book had me on the edge of my seat with all the twists and turns. If you love a great mystery, I highly recommend this book.

Reviewed by @sunbarn

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Emily Walsh

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen
ByRowena Holloway
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes #1) by Rowena Holloway was a suspense thriller that had me holding my breath.

My first read by this author, I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I took that chance and man did it ever pay off. A dark look into London’s football, drugs, secrets and a deadly tip that puts our MC in danger, this read hooked me, and pulled me into the game.

As much as I was absorbed into this book, I will say that the start was a little too info-dumpy. I get that a setting needs to be set, but sometimes holding info back will add to the story instead of just unloading and hoping the reader will stay with you. Also with all that info, I had a time sifting through it, and keeping the facts straight. But once I got pass that, this story dug it’s dark claws in and I got lost in this thriller.

Overall this book is an engaging, entertaining read that will have you guessing, lead astray, and wondering what’s up and what’s down. Paired with an multi layered plot and complex well rounded characters, this book will take you on a dark ride, have you on the edge of your seat and leave you shocked.

So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval that you will not be able to put this book down.

Happy Reading

-Review by @eawalsh

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Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Heather Bahm

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rowena Holloway’s Bad Things Happen is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series. This gripping psychological suspense was a thrilling page-turning read. The element of suspense was expertly timed keeping me fully engaged within the story. The details that were embedded into the story were rich and well thought through. Charlotte’s character shone in this story with her ambitions to move out of where she was presently in life. However, things don’t always play out the way you would anticipate and that is absolutely the case for Charlotte when Joey comes into her life and changes everything. The unknown was riveting to read in this story and seeing where it took the characters within the story.

Reviewed by @hbahm

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Michelle Austin

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen was a great 5 star read and book one in the Ashes to Ashes series.

This is Charlotte and Joey’s story and it was a thrilling, mystery about a secret that Joey, a football player shares with Charlotte. Charlotte is a reporter looking for her big break and when Joey took a chance on her she knows she is on the verge of getting what she wants.

Loyalty and truth? No freaking way. There is no loyalty. And in this life there is only one truth. Everybody lies.

Charlotte is determined to get that secret from Joey, but things take a very dangerous twist. Now that Joey is gone, will Charlotte solve the mystery behind Joey’s death before anyone else gets hurt? Who can she trust?

The story is told in alternating POV going from past to present which helped with understanding the story and being pulled right in. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was coming next. I really liked the secondary characters. The author does a great job with her writing and pulls you right in. If you’re looking for a good suspense with mystery, twists and turns this is a read for you.

Reviewed by @mab54615
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Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway – Review by Kerry Baker

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series. It is an intriguing and exciting book that will keep you on your toes.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I loved how she developed the story all the way along. She wasn’t scared to twist the story round in a direction you wouldn’t necessarily see coming.
I loved that the story jumped back and forth in time. It added to the suspense of what was happening
This book is a great way to start a new series and for me was a brilliant introduction to a talented new author.

Reviewed by @kerry

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, what a story!! Rowena Holloway has woven an intricate and fascinating thriller in “Bad Things Happen!” Charlotte Ashe is a determined woman, she came to London to make her big break and has been stuck as a weather girl for too long. So when she meets local footballer Joey Baptiste, she jumps at the chance to tell his story. Like Charlotte, just when I thought I had this story figured out, I was thrown for a loop and oh boy was it a good one! This story was by no means predictable, which I love! Sometimes, I read a mystery/thriller and can figure out the bad guy in no time, but this story really keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very end! There was a quality to the story I didn’t love and it has to do with Joey. However, overall this was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to dig into the sequel “Less You Know!” So, I give “Bad Things Happen” five stars!

Reviewed by @emilybee430

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Naomi McDonald

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen is the first book in the Ashes to Ashes series. This story is left open to pick up in book two.

I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of sports so I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t like this book, but it actually had me sucked in from the beginning. It isn’t sports heavy and focuses more on the mystery and intrigue aspects. I found the first-person story line for Joey an interesting choice considering what happens to him. One thing I found interesting is that a lot of the characters you kind of have a love/hate relationship with. They’ve all got something that makes you cringe a little bit, but also parts of them that make you love them in some way or other, at least most of them. There were a couple characters that were just…evil. I am interested to see how things play out in the next book.

Reviewed by @valkyrie

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Erin Davidson

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense is the first book in Rowena Holloway’s Ashes to Ashes series. Charlotte never thought she’d be willing to kill someone for a story, but when her informant ends up dead under mysterious circumstances, Charlotte might just end up doing that or end up dead herself.
The book definitely took its time to ease you into the suspense, but once it had you in its clutches it did not let go. I found the start of the novel to be a little clunky; it dumped a lot of information and some of it was poorly explained. I spent a lot of time trying to understand the relevance of certain side plots and characters. As well as the various characters and their motivations. Eventually it did all make sense, and I found myself enjoying the book a lot more. But it took a hot minute to get there.
This book will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat, and have you reeling after all the twists and turns. Overall I gave this book 3/5 stars and look forward to reading the second book Less you Know, in Holloway’s Ashes to Ashes series.

Reviewed by @erin-davidson

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Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) ​by Rowena Holloway – Review by Jenni Bishop

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bad Things Happen: Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 1) ​by Rowena Holloway is full of dark secrets and fraught with danger. This psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your seat while the suspense keeps you on your toes. The story often goes back in time but does so little by little just giving you a hint of a little bit more until the whole truth is revealed and boy does it have some twists.

Charlotte Ashe is a weather girl working in London. When a hint of a story is thrown her way, little did she know that it would come with deadly consequences, secrets and lies, painful truths and so many cover ups that she would never be the same. With so many players uncovering the truth from the lies, before it’s too late may just be her undoing.

I look forward to see where the story goes next.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes #1) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Katie Matthews

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Bad Things Happen was such a gripping read and one that I really found difficult to put down, this is also the first book that I have read by this author. I was really taken with her writing style, she kept the book exciting and gripping the whole way through and she definitely threw in some great twists and turns too. The characters were complex and had a great depth to them. The storyline was well thought out and had a great pace to it. I loved the way the author chose to write the story and it was not confusing at all, it made the story interesting and unique to read.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series – I hope it is as exciting, gripping and dark as this one was!!!

@katiem
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