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I finished Cruel Justice in one night as it was so good I couldn't stop reading - I blame you Mel for why I was so tired at work on Monday! It was well worth it though. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
August 30, 2007
The pain intensified from the welts on her naked back. The woman had no concept of time, no idea how long she’d been tied up. Her hands, tightly bound to an old wooden chair, had lost all feeling.
Was this how her life would end?
She had finally grown used to the vile stench permeating her temporary cell.
Time, all she had was time. Time to think, time to ask herself the same questions, over and over. Who was her captor? And why was he holding her captive? What unspeakable thing had she done in her life to make a complete stranger treat her that way? I’m a kind and caring person, aren’t I?
What type of person keeps a woman locked up in a hellhole like this?
He tortured her with silence when he brought her food, if she could call week-old bread food. She had tried different ways to get a reaction out of him, shouting, reasoning—even her pitiful attempt at begging had fallen on deaf ears. His sneer, and the way his dark eyes roamed her naked body, made her skin crawl.
Her own thoughts had started torturing her. Her aching limbs cried out for warm lavender oil–filled baths, if only to wash away the urine stinging her legs and the faeces clinging to her behind. She felt utterly degraded, a far cry from her usual opulent lifestyle.
Every waking minute dragged into agonisingly long hours. Please, when will this nightmare end? How will this nightmare end? she repeatedly asked her Maker.
Water dripped constantly in the corner, adding to her torment. She blocked out the noise by reminiscing about happier moments, hoping the memories would help drive away the insanity threatening to seep into her mind. Fearing her life would soon come to an end, she prayed endlessly that her dead husband would be there to greet her when she finally passed over. How wonderful it would be to feel his arms comforting me now.
Her heart leapt into her throat when the hatch door swung open. The sudden rush of daylight hurt her eyes, causing them to water. She winced and was swiftly reminded that her right eye had doubled in size from the beating received a few days earlier.
The man gingerly made his way down the precarious ladder, followed by another person.
Her pulse accelerated, furiously gathering momentum. The man crossed the stone floor and stopped in front of her, while the other person disappeared into the shadows to her side.
“Please, please let me go,” she pleaded.
The man stared at her for a moment before the vilest of laughs escaped his lips. “Why? Tell me why I should let you go?”
“I beg of you, please, tell me what I have done?”
He smirked and circled her chair. “Ah, ignorance is a blissful thing.”
Bile rose in her throat, and she swallowed it back down. “Please, I’m begging you. Please tell me what I’ve done wrong?”
Through clenched teeth, he said, “If only you had done something, helped in some way; but you didn’t, did you? It was far easier to just leave us there, to let us rot in that shithole for years. Well, now you know how it feels.”
The venom in his voice made her flinch. “I’m sorry, but I have no idea what you mean. Do I know you?”
“You’re all the same. You avoid helping those who cry for help. Your kind makes me sick.” He jerked his head and spat on her face. “You and your ilk think you’re all so mighty. But you’re no better than the shite you’re sitting on. You’re all full of it!”
She cried as he ranted at her.
“You’re a filthy, whimpering bitch! What are you?”
She bowed her head.
“Look at me when I’m talking to you.”
She picked up her head.
“Now what are you?”
“I’m a filthy…”
“Yes? You’re a filthy what?”
Snot ran into her mouth as she said, “I…I’m a filthy…whimpering, bitch…” Her throat tightened.
His laughter filled the room.
“Please, could I have a drink of water?”
“Oh, madam would like to quench her thirst?”
“And how about something to eat? You must be hungry. No?”
The man pulled a pair of rubber gloves from his jacket pocket and slipped his hands into them. He then moved to the back of the chair.
She couldn’t figure out what he was doing, but when he came to stand in front of her again, he smiled. She gulped at what he had in his hand. Her heart pounded.
“Open your mouth.”
“But you’re hungry. Right? You said you were hungry. Now open your mouth. Wide.”
Eyes stinging, she opened her mouth, and the wider she did, the more her already-chapped lips cracked.
“Yes, your kind are full of it.” He moved closer and shoved a handful of faeces into her mouth. “Now chew and swallow it!”
Between gagging and sobbing, she consumed her own filth.
He looked down towards her pubic area. “You really are a filthy bitch.” He removed the gloves and tossed them on the floor.
Between bouts of hysterical laughter, he continued shouting obscenities, but his words seemed jumbled to her already confused mind.
Still very much amused, he turned and walked towards the ladder.
Oh, thank God, they’re leaving. She closed her tired eyes for a second, but when she opened them, he was on his way back. Then she noticed the metal bar in his right hand.
Oh, God. Is this the end?
He shuffled closer. “You disgust me!”
Covered in goose bumps, and teeth chattering, she peered up into the evil black eyes angrily eating through her flesh.
“Did you hear me?”
“I—I don’t understand. What have I done to deserve this?” she mumbled.
“I have had enough, you stuttering, smelly bitch.” He raised the bar.
The woman’s terrified scream pierced the tiny room, but her terror was lost in his madness. The bar crashed down, and in one blow, he smashed her skull wide open. Her life’s blood ebbed away.
He continued hitting her as images of his childhood ran through his crazed mind. Strike after strike, he punished her, unaware that her last breath had left her body five minutes before.
Satisfaction overwhelmed him.
A large saw lay in the cellar corner, and as though about to reach an orgasm, he grabbed it and positioned it on the woman’s lifeless neck. Back and forth, back and forth, he pushed it—faster, faster—and as he cut through the tendons and bones, he clenched his teeth until her head fell onto the floor.
The other person stepped out from the shadows from whence she’d silently observed the proceedings.
He turned to face her. He could tell, by the way her face lit up, she was pleased with the precision and the eagerness of his actions.
“The first part of the puzzle is now in place,” said the man.
“Yes, and we both know there’s no turning back, now.”
“Yes. This is just the beginning…”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
This review is from: Cruel Justice (Justice series (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)Loved this book, can't wait to read the rest. I read a lot and won't finish a book if it doesn't hold my interest. This book did, from the first word to the last.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read,
This review is from: Cruel Justice (Justice series (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)Very good storyline! Couldn't put the book down! I'm looking forward to the next one! Really kept my interest throughout the whole thing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series.,
January 4, 2013
This review is from: Cruel Justice (Justice series (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)This was the third book in the series and all 3 books were excellent. I would recommend this author to anyone. They really kept you interested and could hardly wait for the next book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Justice,
January 3, 2013
This review is from: Cruel Justice (Justice series (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)Interesting plot. I had not read a British based cop story before and found it refreshingly different. It was suspenseful and well done.
2 Oct 2011
This review is from: Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy) (Kindle Edition)Cruel Justice
I was very lucky that Mel Comley let me read this before it was releases .
I was not always on Lorna Simpkins side, but after reading this I'm her second biggest cheerleader she feisty and not worried about what she does to get the bad guys, Pete her partner does have his work cut out keeping up with her, but she never backs down from a fight!
I'm now awaiting book four no pressure Mel:)
I will recommend this to everyone who like a good thriller
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Oct 02, 11
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Read from July 14 to August 03, 2011 — I own a copy
Cruel justice is as good as Impeding Justice and Final Justice. This is becoming a gripping series to read it keeps you on the edge of your seat every button press to turn the page on your kindle. What is it with Lorne and French speaking men Hehe!
Mel you are writing and creating a good series that is keeping people wanting to keep reading and getting on the started blocks to rush out to get the next book, because they have bitten their nails down to their elbows wondering what is going to happen to Lorne Simpkins next.
October 9, 2011
This review is from: Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy) (Kindle Edition)Someone is killing women, decapitating them, and leaving them in the woods to be discovered by hikers and furtive lovers. DI Lorne Simpkins gets the case, and like her other two, dives in with her trademark energy and tenaciousness. In CRUEL JUSTICE, her third book, (which is actually a prequel) Mel Comley has become quite the storyteller. Her pacing is sharp, and there is not a wasted page. In other words, things happen, often at breakneck speed. But we also learn much more about Lorne's personal life and the people around her. Rather than simply portraying a superwoman police officer, the author lets us see Lorne's vulnerable side, and we understand better her mixed feelings about her rocky marriage, her new boss, and her partner. This is a terrific story, and one not to be missed.
A fantastic start to the series,
October 10, 2011
This review is from: Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy) (Kindle Edition)This is where Final Justice and Impeding Justice began. Bodies are piling up and Lorne thinks she has a serial killer on her hands, someone with a personal vendetta against her.
This takes us right back to the beginning. We begin to understand the reasons between the different relationships in Lorne's life. The characters are fleshed out a bit more in this and as ever it was a complete page turner. I read it very quickly as it was so hard to put down. It was nice to be taken back so we could see the relationships unfolding, somehow it made the other two books make a lot more sense!
I can recommend this as an opener to the series. If you have read the other books, its a must read. if you haven't then it is an excellent place to start in a series of thrillers that are utterly impossible to put down!
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Justice,
November 11, 2011
This review is from: Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)The first book in the DI Lorne Simpkins set of books. It was a page turner, I read it in two nights as I just wanted to keep going. Even though the murders were gruesome, Mel doesn't go into gory detail like some authors do which, in my opinion, made for better reading.
I look forward to reading more of Lorne's cases, but I hope she gets a few days off as even I was getting tired by her hard work and long hours.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!,
November 13, 2011
This review is from: Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)Such a gripping read! I read it in a day because I had to know what was going to happen next!
There were so many twists and turns. Mel Comley is an amazing person and writes in such a way that it can only be described as breathtaking! She never fails to have me gripped from the first page.
I would definitely recommend this book! It's beautifully written, the characters are really believable and the crimes were so gruesome! The relationship between Lorne and
4.0 out of 5 stars BOOK REVIEW Cruel Justice,
This review is from: Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)This exciting thriller moves forward at quite a pace. The characters come to life on the page, and the tension never fails to drive the story forward. Lorne, the heroine is a Police Inspector with a true to life character. She has tension in her caseload, tension at work and tension at home; all of them absorbing, making this novel a page turner of high order.
A very enjoyable and highly recommended read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy!,
November 14, 2011
This review is from: Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)This is chronologically the first part of Mel Comley's Lorne Simpkins trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lorne as a strong female lead character and look forward to reading the next two books. I found the plot to be gripping with tantalising hints that much more is in store. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tension in all Directions,
November 18, 2011
This review is from: Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)Just how does one handle being a detective on a case which takes up most of your time while maintaining a relationship with a husband and preteen? Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins hasn't figured that out and it's placing a severe strain on her relationship with her husband Tom and daughter.
I pretty much like everything about DI Simpkins and her partner DS Pete Childs. As DI Simpkins tries to solve this case of a serial killer, she struggles for semblance of a family life. She means well but it's not working out well. There is tension in her marriage, tension between herself and a coworker, tension in tracking down this ruthless killer, and tension of another sort.
A real page turner,
29 Nov 2011
This review is from: Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins (Book one)) (Kindle Edition)This book easily gets a 5-star from me. I was totally engrossed in it, and was so very quickly at the beginning of the book, quickly being pulled into the life of Lorne Simpkins, and it's very few ups and lots of downs. The story is well written, cleverly covering the various aspects of Lorne's life and tying it with the murder plot without making it difficult for the reader to follow.
DI Simpkins is one seriously awesome copper, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, even if I'm a bit sad already that her partner is going to die (no spoiler, it's in the blurb). Really liked DS Pete Childs and they made a fab team. But I know already that the next books are going to keep me entertained anyway :)
A recommended read. And do get it in paperback if you don't have a kindle :)