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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Review: The Good Mother

The Good Mother The Good Mother by Karen Osman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have no option but to give this the 5 stars I personally feel it deserves as it kept me from thinking of anything else, anyone else and focused completely on what was happening within these pages. I needed nothing else but to finish this and boy oh boy what a finish.
My jaw literally dropped to the floor, it was an unexpected ending that brought me out in a cold sweat, I really wasn't expecting that at all.

To think this all starts with a completely innocent 'pen letter' to a prisoner. The letter writing is controlled its all part of a project to help those in prison, and when Catherine agreed to volunteer for the programme it was something she hesitated to go full into the first time she wrote the prisoner she choose.
Michael, that is who she chooses to write to, a man who has been in prison for a decade.

Through the letter writing you can see that Michael doesn't seem to have an regrets, he even puts himself aloft of the other inmates.
Its quite clear he doesn't hold himself into any conflict over what he 'did'.
So does he deserve a secound chance?
Does he deserve forgiveness?


Catherine seems to give him an insight to the world outside, but is this an altogether good thing I questioned myself.
There are two ways of looking at this:

1. Does he DESERVE to know and have any insight into the outside world, afterall, he is in prison for a reason....right?

2. Or would Catherine sharing this make him think about what he is missing on the inside?

Catherine has a family, her husband she decides he doesn't need to know about her letter writing project to a man in prison. So when letters come through for her, she is on the watch, good or bad?

Then there is her daughter Alison is off to university, where she learns to be an adult, but this doesn't have altogether good aspects surrounding this at all.

I found this story full on, made me think as well, yes its fiction, but it brought up some thinking matter and I so enjoyed the story telling of this.

The writing is strong, concise, easy to follow, the characters are strong and oh so well to easily understand and read between the lines, but that ending, oh boy, that ending.

My huge thanks to Aria for my copy of this wonderful read.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

LONELY HEARTS

LONELY HEARTS
BY GWYN GB
Series: DI Falle
Genre: crime thriller
Release Date: 15th July 2017
Publisher: Chalky Dog Publishing
Brings a whole new meaning to killing with kindness.
Meet Rachel. She loves animals and works at a dating agency bringing lonely people together – only somebody is watching her every move and she’s scared…
Neil didn’t see who killed him – but his murder brings DI Claire Falle on the case. What she uncovers leads her to discover that a serial killer is preying on the clients of the dating agency where Rachel works.
Can Claire work out the connection between all the deaths before Rachel becomes the next victim?
And what is it in Rachel’s past that haunts her?
As DI Claire Falle investigates the lives of the dating agency staff and clients, she is pulled into a tangled web of loneliness and deceit which will have devastating consequences for someone.
ABOUT GWYN GB
Gwyn GB is a writer living in Jersey, Channel Islands. A native of the UK she moved to the island with her Jersey-born husband, geriatric dog, two boys and goldfish. 

Gwyn is a former national and international newsreader for BBC TV and ITN in London and Jersey. She's also freelanced for national newspapers and magazines in the UK, once had her own magazine publishing business and has a PR diploma. She is currently working in the digital industry while writing in her spare time.

Gwyn is also the author of 'Islands'.



This has been a blurb invite to me, I read the blurb and got curious, and I am so glad I did because I would have missed out on a very good read.

I love the female DI Claire Falle, quite a ballsy woman but with a heart of gold. She has her fair share of problems. She felt real to me so that was a plus.

The other characters in this story are well woven in with a personality of their own. 

I loved the red herrings thrown in all around the place leading me to some 'dead' herrings that went nowhere! So when the climax came it was well worth the wait. 


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Monday, 18 September 2017

The House blog tour








THE HOUSE
The new novel from the
award-winning thriller writer
Simon Lelic


Publishing 2nd November 2017
Original paperback · £7.99


STEP INSIDE. IF YOU DARE.


Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. 

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. But that was a mistake.

Because a body has been discovered. 
Right outside their back door. 

And now the police are watching them...


Advance praise for The House


Hugely gripping and spooky as hell'
Mark Billlingham


‘Taught, tense and terrifying, I loved it’
Sharon Bolton


‘An intricate and deeply unsettling book. I really enjoyed it.’
Tana French


‘Really creepy and clever. I loved it.’
Julia Crouch


‘An intriguing and suspenseful read’
Cath Staincliffe
P.T.O
‘Brilliantly dark and gripping ... Plays on the fundamental fear that the building blocks of our existence - home, relationships, family - may not be as secure as we like to think’
Thomas Mogford


‘Lelic is brilliant at ratcheting up the tension. I love it’
David Headley, Goldsboro Books


‘Creepy and totally gripping. A real page-turner. I loved it’
Claire McGowan


‘This terrifying thriller sent shivers through me!’
Jane Corry


‘A brilliantly tense and shocking thriller. I literally couldn’t put it down!’
Nuala Ellwood


‘One of the genre's rising stars’ 
Metro


‘Confident and accomplished . . . a writer to watch’
Spectator on The Child Who


About the author


Simon Lelic is the author of three previous novels: Rupture (winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the John Creasy Debut Dagger), The Facility and The Child Who (longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012). The House is his first psychological thriller, inspired by a love of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King.
















My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The House




Every time someone asked me if I was enjoying the book I either said "Not much" or "Not really". Mostly they were avid reader friends like myself who already were part way through the book.
I love keeping folk guessing, sometime it makes them relook at the book or if they haven't read it, they go find out more about it. OK I'm a tease!!

At the beginning of the book though, I was getting into it fine. Where Jack and Syd are viewing this house with the aim to buy, Syd really loves it.

Then a little way through I struggled a little bit, that's when friends were asking me if I was enjoying it, I wasn't that sure at that stage, then it picked up for me with enough twists to grab my attention again.

Its really well written.

Although this is titled "The House" there are no real overly substance to that, for example, supernatural or anything like that, its more a character driven novel for me.

The previous owner has left lots of objects from his past that Jack and Syd gradually discover and some needed to remain lost and buried.

Then along comes a stranger in the mix.
This could easily unarm Syd and her marriage.

The chapters were unique in which they were narrated from either Jack's memoir or Syd's oftentimes talking to each other via the memoirs which was a great angle on this story for me.

There is so much within the pages of this novel that I urge you to take a chance on it.

My thanks to Penguin House for my copy.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Missing Girls Author: Carol Wyer BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW

The Missing Girls  Author: Carol Wyer BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW




BLURB

One girl found dead. Another girl gone...

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever...

When a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial-killer. 

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart. 

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending




5/5
The opening of the book, we are introduced to Amber.
Amber can hear some sort o drumming sound, but, she doesn't know where its coming from as she is wrapped in complete darkness, wrapped in a thick blanket.
She knew she had been doped. But, had she been raped?
She is not the only girl that goes missing; the connection through each girl later becomes apparent and the author makes us aware of this at the time.
The pacing of this thriller is at the correct pace for a story like this at it allows the reader to digest the full impact of each event, each sentence and each chapter.
Robyn who take the lead role in the detective side is a passionate woman on a mission.
I thought at times she had a witty way about her when speaking about things other than #the case#
The investigation side of it was very informative, I could see how the author had done lots of research the make this fictional story stand out and believed.
I really enjoyed the book, I also enjoyed reading the information from the author at the back of the book explaining how she came by the subject matter.
It was definitely full of anticipation and had me fixed and foxed right until the end which left my jaw dropping with mixed emotions toward the reasons for these crimes.
Fabulous read. Gave me palpitations!

As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.  
Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

Little Girl Lost, the first book in the Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series came out in January 2017.
Author Social Media Links:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolwyer/





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THE LOST SISTERS by author LINDSEY HUTCHINSON Blog Tour















About the book


A heart-wrenching saga of two girls, forced to survive without a mother's love. Bestselling Lindsey Hutchinson returns to her beloved Black Country, with a novel perfect for all fans of Josephine Cox and Lyn Andrews.


Orpha Buchanan and Peg Meriweather had a very different start in life. Orpha surrounded by wealth and riches, Peg dumped on a doorstep as a baby with nothing to her name but a scruffy blanket and tatty clothes. But one thing they had in common from their very first day, was a mother who despised them and wished them gone.


Hortense Buchanan wasn't made to be a mother. Bullied herself when she was a child, she continues the tradition with her own children, loving money and finery more than her own flesh and blood. When her daughter Orpha runs away from home, Hortense celebrates, never once worrying for her safety.


Circumstances bring Orpha and Peg together, and before long they're as close as family, making their way in the hustle and bustle of a booming Birmingham and the smoke-filled Black Country. But before long, Hortense realises that her daughter stands in the way of the one thing she really cares about, and the bitter legacy of the Buchanans looks set to destroy them all...



Abel, Hortense, Orpha and Peg.

Then later comes Ashley.

Hortense married Abel for his money that's for sure. She didn't want children to complicate things and inherit any of his wealth. She had her firstborn daughter, she got rid of her in usual circumstances. 
The author really teases you to what may happen with those circumstance later down the line.

Then there is her other daughter who she treats terrible, but Abel dotes on her. 
He obviously is going to dote on her after all, his first daughter was taken by gypsy's. 

Hortense is really nasty to Orpha, near to abuse, she makes her leave the house and says she will kill her if she returns.
What will Abel do now.

His wife just wants to inherit the wealth and doesn't want anyone to get in the way no matter what she has to do or crime she has to commit along the way.

This is a powerful read which I wasn't expecting going from the cover, it was a really good surprise to me as this has everything in it, mystery, crime, secrets and lies.

My thanks to aria for my copy



About the author


Lindsey lives in Shropshire with her husband. She has a son and a daughter and three beautiful grandchildren. She is the daughter of million-copy bestselling author Meg Hutchinson.


Follow Lindsey


Twitter: @LHutchAuthor
Facebook: Lindsey Hutchinson





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