Sunday, 18 June 2017

Review: The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well well well. Should I be surprised that this author Mark Edwards has left me gasping for breath at the end of this read? Definitely not! Compared to other books written by Mark Edwards I should have known that I'd be left with the thought "What a fabulous enjoyable read that was!"

Do not read the Letter from Author at the back of the book until you've read the full story. It might give away details that may spoil your enjoyment.

I personally look forward to reading The letter at the back from Mark as he intrigues me on how he comes up with his subject matter.
This sounded like a challenge to him at times working on themes and intricately adding data and making it as factual (even though it's fiction) as possible.

The plot is water tight.
The book is long with short snappy chapters that lead us awe inspiringly into another.

It's told in two parts. It's been very cleverly knitted together where the seams are invisible.

I was glued to this book. And I love how some authors make areas of known parts that are real come to life.
This author does that.

He clearly makes each person in his story become reality to us readers, breathing life bit by bit. I imagine them as empty shells and as we read air gets pumped into them bit by bit as we learn and understand the characters he's created.

A couple of reviewers who have knowledge of certain factual within this book have pointed out some "mistakes" for the majority of us who just enjoy a good plot, excitement and ignore some mistakes will find this an acceptable in the degree of the brilliance of this authors work.

The DI female is a formidable woman.
She's come from a big town to a small village/town that has never seen the likes of what has been happening here, and maybe, will never see again....
But who knows.

We are thrown off the scent a few times and I have to humbly admit to being fooled, I was held out on the climax big time with this one for sure.

The attention to detail was a delight to read and some amusing sentences believe it or not.

Ben was such a lovely person trying to raise Ollie his son the best way he could since his marriage split up.
Not always did it go to plan.

There were several characters in their happy places within this thrilling thriller that gripped me by the throat as much as the Villian gripped Ben by the balls.

An absolutely superb read.

Thank you to Thomas & Mercer, Mark Edwards and the Publicist for my copy.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Review: Fell

Fell Fell by Jenn Ashworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a book that dropped through my letterbox from Sceptre. I read the blurb and the premises seemed fine to me, captured my interest even though this is not my usual taste of books. I really find things spirits and ghosts a bit of a turn off.

The plus sides are that it is very atmospheric and very well written to get you believing in what is being narrated here.

When the "speaking from husband and wife" who are no longer alive but seen to be taking care of their daughter from they're graves is quite haunting to read [to say that least]

The aim of their protection for they're daughter from beyound the grave and to correct a wrong is quite enthralling.

There is definitely a chase on to believe in miracles within this read.

I can understand that readers who like this kind of 'ghosty' tales are hooked, they will be more than satisfied with this story, alas for me, it didn't 'float my boat'.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Review: Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface Beneath the Surface by Sibel Hodge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sibel Hodge is an author that I can't but eagerly await her "latest book" I just know I'm in for a fabulous read, I can always be assured of this. She's one of my top psychological thriller writers.

From the very first book I read written by this author I was hooked.

I find her books well worth waiting for.

I'm surprised at each different plot, different theme, realistic characters in her book, how she feeds life, breath and emotion into each.

When I started this book I knew I wouldn't be able to do much else. I'd want to sit and read it all.

The female lead is a strong woman, the author also lets her readers in to her vulnerability too to make her more human. Emotional. So we can find sympathy.

The way the story starts grabs you in its net and that's where you wriggle around in your seat reading this.
Enjoying the plot.

There are deaths, unexplained suicides. She has a lead, like a hunter, she goes after her prey.

I loved the topical theme within this plot. It gave me something to think about in reality too.
This is newsworthy stuff!


Who is to be trusted.

The families who suffered in this domino effect I really felt for.

My review will become clearer once you've read the book.

I thank the author. I thank Thomas & Mercer via Net Galley for my copy.

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Review: Liar

Liar Liar by K.L. Slater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this author has done it again, shes written unputdownable psychological thriller that has kept me on tender hooks all the way through and although I got a whiff of dirty misdemeanours, some were never confirmed by the author leaving [me] the reader totally in awe and captivated long after I read the last page.

Judi was a likeable person. I admired how close her grown son Ben was to her, and of course, she helped him look after his two sons after his wife died. Cleaned house, did the washing and ironing and fed them.

Ben meets Amber. Its never easy for us Mums when children fall in love and meet someone. But Ben had been married and Judi got along with her previous daughter-in-law so seeing that she wants her son to be happy then she would befriend Amber. But the author lead us down another route which I didn't expect or see coming.

Then there is her husband.
Then there are Ambers secrets and past.
Judi's other son had died but we don't know how. But Judi's grief is very much at the forfront within these pages.

Judi is also going through the menopause and gets hot flushes. I know first hand how that can affect a woman, sleepless nights, mood swings, forgetfulness and sometimes being just darnright unreasonable. So most times she just came across as a middle aged woman who adored her son, grandkids and just resented having to take a back seat now that Amber was on the scene.

Is that the reason why Judi dislikes Ben's new girlfriend?
Maybe her grief has got her to the point of focusing on Ben and her grandsons, after all, apart from her job, who else needs her.

There are rapid movements within this tale that will get your stomach twisted in knots, you won't know if you are coming or going.

I took one evening to get to 90% and finished it off the following morning whilst eating my breakfast, this was definitely a book I personally couldn't put down.

I loved this authors previous psychological thrillers, her last one BLINK had me on the edge of my seat.

I shout yeahhhhhhh when I see she has another book, so I'm sure to do the same on her next published book.

I was chatting to my husband about this book this morning, eventhough I have started another book this one will stay with you.

THANK YOU bookoutour and NET GALLEY for my copy

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Review: Watching Edie

Watching Edie Watching Edie by Camilla Way
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't know why I didn't get to this book sooner. I certainly wish I had of done. It's a great premise, fabulous plot and twists that kept me spinning.

The thing is, the author drips enough that you need to keep reading and sniffing where the final trail leads you. It's a guessing game what "happened" so you're shouting " come on, what was it".

Edie is new in the area. Happy in her own skin. A social kind of person, fits in with anyone, pretty too and attracts attention although she's not aware of this and neither does she use it to her advantage.

Opposites attract.

Heather is the first friend she makes.
Not very social, doesn't mix easy. Over weight and she has some background.

Edie is happy with her new friend.
Heather is too.

It's a dark complex read for many reasons. It certainly kept me awake reading into the early hours when I should have been asleep.

I'm trying very hard to not give spoilers away. Once you have read this you will understand why.

The last book I read by this author I loved. I wondered if she could at least nail it again for me.
Yes! She did.
She can't write fast enough for me. I just loved it.

My thanks to the Harper Collins UK via Net Galley for my copy and also to Goodreads for my paperback copy which I shall treasure.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Review: What Goes Around

What Goes Around What Goes Around by Julie Corbin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is told in two fold.
One by the betrayed.
The other, by the betrayer which makes for fantastic writing.

It's dark, its obsessive, it's compelling.

There's a secret that hangs in the air throughout this book that once revealed made me think twice about this particular female. It altered my perception and brought a lot of what I thought, into question.

As per, this author really knows how to work her audience "us readers" giving us enough tit bits we beg for more salivating.

My sincere thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for my copy.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

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Review: Come Sundown

Come Sundown Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read Nora Roberts books before and enjoyed them.
I never find them too demanding but with the best concoction of spices to get your mouth watering to read more.

This one was with no exception.

We have back and forward events which are not difficult to keep abreast of.

Nora Roberts once again shows us the ability of human nature.
Love, patience and healing despite the hurt, pain and sadistic happenings.

This is told over four generations so quite an expanse of time.

It's a wonderfully captivating read.

Thank you to Little brown book group via Net Galley

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Review: Secrets of Southern Girls

Secrets of Southern Girls Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very powerful story that captivates you with every page you turn.

Ten years ago Julie accidentally kills her best friend. There was no punishment by law for her, she's punished herself.

She left her hometown determined that nothing and no one would bring her back.

She was wrong.

Her marriage falls apart, she just surviving with her daughter Beck.
Reb is always breaking through the surface of her mind although at times she's been busy and distracted but things have a way of surfacing. Resurfacing. And people.

August who was Rebs fella came to seek Julie out as he believes she has a diary left from Reb.
She doesn't.

Of course now she wonders what's in this diary and what will be revealed.

Augusts words play on Julie's mind.

"if you don't have it, who in the hell does"

I was really eager by that time to find out myself!!

So carrying on reading I was hastily turning pages.

This is a knockout of a read. I so thoroughly enjoyed it.

My thanks to SOURCEBOOKS landmark via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Cutaway

The Cutaway The Cutaway by Christina Kovac
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Power, greed and unethical filthy dirty politics.

At first I wasn't so sure of this book, it took me a few chapters to get into it as it's told by the first person, who I don't always find easy to follow. It's like someone sitting by me telling me a story.
Nothing wrong in that, especially in this book The Cutaway.

It's lead by a strong journalist woman who knows what she wants and gets it. A very powerful influential female who would stand her ground and stand up for what she believes in.
Which she proves many times over and over in her role.

When a story of a woman going missing goes acrosss her desk, she is struck by something she remembers.

As the plot thickens and she investigates further she finds walls going up, doors being closed and excuses being made.

Something is going on, but what is it?

As with the hustle and bustle of a newsroom you get caught up with it all.

This is a superb debut novel from this new author. Writing on a theme of what she knows well.
I can't wait for her next book.

My thanks to the author.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Review: When I Wake Up

When I Wake Up When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book that I would encourage everyone who knows me about my love for books, should read. It's had me glued. When I had to put it down I couldn't stop thinking about what I was reading.

Anna is a teacher, she's a committed teacher who goes that extra mile for her pupils.
There is one pupil who has "issues" that Anna gets involved in. But this pupil has other ideas.
He wants more than Anna can give, but, does she know that?

The other couple in this story has an unconventional lifestyle. Sooner or later they get tangled up and interwoven in each other.

I found this a compulsive read, an eerie read. I also didn't have a hunge who was the culprit although some seemed a little too obvious. The author took me on a guessing game, a thrill of a ride that I thoroughly enjoyed and was reluctant to get off.

I can't wait for more.

My thanks to Aria for the chance to read this.
And via Net Galley.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Review: Baby dear

Baby dear Baby dear by Linda Huber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I took just two days to read this. Picking it up with every free available chance I got.
It's compulsive reading at its best. A topic that is clear and defined here when a couple tests come back who are trying for a baby and it's not happening.

Caro and Jeff.
Caro is aching for a baby of her own to love.
Jeff finds out his sperm count is almost non existent.

We oftentimes think of the women's Point of view, emotions and longings but hardly ever think of the mans.
This made me think.

It was a very unusual take on a man taking a child because of his shock into not being able to fulfil his 'duty' for his wife to become pregnant.

My take was how he become quite mentally unstable with his emotional justified thoughts only to himself.

Of course parenting and producing babies do not just lay with the woman and this portrays how a man could actually feel as unbalanced as any female finding she could not become a mother naturally

How I loved max
And Julie was the sweetest person while Caro.,,, well.., love or money vs life style. Caro was her own worst enemy.

I loved this book SO much
And have been your constant stalker since reading The cold cold sea.

I'm looking forward to my part in the blog tour

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy and to Linda Huber giving me such an outstanding read again.

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Review: Allie and Bea

Allie and Bea Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Catherine Ryan Hydes books, I find morals behind most of her stories or they leave me with something to think about once I've read the last page.

Bea is an older woman, she's kind of lead a sheltered life in some respects. Her husband dies and she's found herself very short of money. Her husband didn't plan for the future.

The little bit of money she had in the bank is no longer there. She's been caught up in a telephone scam.

Bea has no option but to take some precious belongings to a friends house, keep some for her needs and give up her home. Traveling as a homeless person in a van.

There begins an unusual relationship with Allie.
Bea is forced to stop for this 15 year old who is hitch hiking.

Allie herself has a story.

I just loved this story a great deal.
What kept going through my mind was " you can't teach an old dog new tricks" .....oh yes you can!

I would highly recommend this book if you love this authors previous books, you are going to be heartwarned by this one.

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Net Galley for my copy.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Review: One Mother's Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization

One Mother's Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization One Mother's Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization by Jennifer Prudenti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful aide to anyone going through, thinking of starting or friends and family who want to support a couple going through IVF treatment.

The minute details from the glossary that this couple learnt and researched that the hospitals don't inform you about.

The emotional stress and damage when you pay and it fails only for your need of paying for yet another round of treatment to reach your desire. Your need.

It's told openly and honestly.

There is nothing worse for a couple who want a baby to be told there is something wrong with the anatomy of one of the partners.

We sometimes fail to see that the urge to have a family is something males feel too. Focusing mostly on the female.

I saw a friend go through IVF so when I read the chapter on The Wait. The words I remembered echoed what this lady Prudenti started to explain.

Retrieving the nine eggs does not promise that all will be able to be fertilized. This is AFTER the numerous injections she had to go through even leading up to the retrieval.
Prudenti thought it was, so, she went to the beach with her friend feeling quite composed and hopeful. Whilst there she receives a call. They informed her of how many of the eggs had been fertilized. Only four.
Having assumed that all the eggs would fertilize it came as a huge eye opener to her.
Then she was told that there was no guarantee that they would make it to the transitional stage.

In writing the honest and informative account with no stone unturned makes this a vital asset to anyone considering IVF.
The hopes, the realities, the pitfalls the burdens.
And your relationship needs to survive the journey as do your strength, finance and commitment.

I was glad to receive this book in my post mail.

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Review: Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery

Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery by Antonia Löschner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was asked if I would read these short stories and poems about self discovery. I was apprehensive as I usual read fiction apart from the odd books based on true stories and the odd autobiography.

In our busy lives nowadays and the hustle and bustle stressful lives we lead there is never enough time in a day to think about our own needs and we might get "lost" along the way.

The author is a DR. In sociology-cultural anthropology and a certified mediator who also works as a life coach for people who face difficulties in life changing transitions of any kind. She sure knows what she's talking about.

I loved the short stories the best.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Review: Should You Ask Me

Should You Ask Me Should You Ask Me by Marianne Kavanagh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this is a slow moving story, it has to be this way due to the lovely Mary Holmes tale. A powerfully well written book that needs to be savoured.

It's 1944 on the Isle of Purbeck.
Human remains were found nearby which Mary has information of.

She wanders into the Police Station to tell her tale and to inform them of what she know.

The Officer left to write down her information is William.
William is suffering from his injuries that ended his army career.

This is not just about the mystery of the remains, although there is a huge story behind this of lies, deception and betrayal.
It's also about how Mary's revelations draw out Williams past.

At the end of it all, William needs to decide something vitally important. And Mary's past secrets are revealed.

This is such an evocative read I had to finish this in one sitting.

Mary's past and Williams present.
History and future.
What will William do.

My thanks to the publishers Hodder & Stoughton plus Rebecca Mundy for my copy.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Review: Leopard at the Door

Leopard at the Door Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rachel is returning home to Kenya after being away for six years.
Her Mother died and she was sent to England.
She is 21 now.

Returning to Kenya was going to be exciting for Rachel, but, she soon learns that things have changed.
Kenya is now not a safe place.

We learn plenty about Rachel, her past, her present.
And we learn about Kenya.

There were many animal scenes that were quite graphic which I had to skip over as they were a little stomach churning for me.

A well told story.

My thanks to Penguin books UK via Net Galley for m copy and PA

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Review: The Girl Who Was Taken

The Girl Who Was Taken The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is written from the Medical POV within the Police force which makes this read outstanding.

From this authors book last year which I thoroughly enjoyed I made a note to watch for any subsequent books he may write this year of 2017.

This book has simply ingrained in me that I need to follow this author. The writing is superb.
It made me turn page after page working along to discover more and more about this plot.

I'm going to hold back rigidly in not portraying to anyone any more than what other reviewers have written or what's in the blurb because, quite simply, this is a book you need to pick up and devour yourself.

The fast pace this takes never dips. For me there was always something new being discovered.

For those who love this genre (and maybe for those that just enjoy a " good book") will love this authors style.

It wasn't until the very last chapter a light bulb went on in my head as to who the villain was, the one responsible.

I got to know Megan well, at first she was a complete stranger, but, when she started to recall things I endeared to her maturity in coping with what she learnt through hypnosis and at one time I thought the therapist wouldn't be able to bring her back to the preset time. That was unnerving.

I was so in a slump of reading before reading this book, it's really been a turning point for me.

An author to keep your eye on for sure.

My thanks to Kensington books via Net Galley for my copy

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Review: The Other Side

The Other Side The Other Side by Kaylor Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This deep and powerful story is told from two sides.

This couple have been married before. Both have hangups and baggage plus scars from their previous relationships.

One of the partners husband had an affair. This has left trust, emotional damage on the person left who was the victim, not to mention damage to someone's esteem.

The other partner was ate up over the not seeing his kids from his previous relationship.

Now these two unite and are a unite themselves. Will cracks appear?

They begin to live and start a new life. Nice quaint little place neighbours move in then this plot speeds up no end.

The climax of this well written story sure is the apex. I was excited and startled at the end with m jaw dropping.

I can't wait to read more from this new author.

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Review: The Lies Within

The Lies Within The Lies Within by Jane Isaac
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series. And I love Will Jackman.
He's not your usual run of the mill hard cop. I've got to know him quite well.

He's trying to solve this particular case when there are 9 years separating this particular case that seems to have a connection with the past one.

It's a snappy fast paced read which I thoroughly took to heart and enjoyed.

I would like to thank Lucy PA for sending me an advanced copy as a gift. She knows I'm a huge fan of this authors books.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Review: Petals

Petals Petals by Laurisa White Reyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book far exceeded my expectations in as much as I didn't think it would hook me as much as it did.
Having never read any of this authors books before (and I usually read over 200+ per year) I think I will be continuing to look more into any other books she's published.

Here is a young woman that comes from parents who are of different race.
The father comes from Guatemalan and mum is white.
Her mother is dead and she's trying hard to come to terms with this.
I liked how the author moved us to and fro with the girls thoughts.

Her father wants to introduce her to his family so decides a trip is needed.

She has to meet the extended family who she is reluctant to meet but not only that, why were they not close when her mother was alive?

Bit by bit her healing starts to happen.

It's beautifully woven that will suck you in with emotion.

I really enjoyed reading this.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Review: The Alcoholic's Daughter

The Alcoholic's Daughter The Alcoholic's Daughter by David Sherman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really tried with these one.
I don't hardly ever give up on a book because many times I've been proved wrong. But not this time.

There was repetitive narration. Really off putting.
The writing needed some attention to give some umph to this plot.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me a widget to read this though

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Review: Last Witness

Last Witness Last Witness by Carys Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm on the book tour for this one and I'm thrilled.
I read book 1 which was really good, so was happy to pick up book 2 and dive into it right away.

The first book was fast paced and kept my attention and juices going, I had high hopes for this one too.
I can honestly say that I throughly enjoyed getting into this one too.

It was great to catch up with the next revelation in this plot. The characters were the same and because of what I'd previously read it was easy to get engrossed.

Once you start this book, be prepared to get nothing else done.

My thanks to Aria via Net Galley for my early copy.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Review: Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I look forward to each and every book this author writes with anticipation as she never lets me down. I know I am in for a good read, a bumpy ride and a full head on collision.

This book in the series was of no exception for me.

One by one women are being taken. Who is this person who is using these girls to fulfill his fantasies?
We learn quite early on, however, it doesn't take anything from the storyline, infact, it enhances it.

Nathan is the father of Detective Ruby Preston child. There is still love and attraction there but Nathan is on the wrong side of the tracks.
Now he is the suspect in this crime.

Ruby is a detective who breaks rules and you see this many times, but she has huge respect from not only her team but her superior.

Not saying any more!

Its one that needs to be read and savoured.

My thanks to Bookoutour and Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Dead Letters

Dead Letters Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is marketed in the thriller genre, so I was expecting more excitement thank what I got.

It kicked off well enough with the twin girls and how they were named.
Then an email arriving to one of the twins informing the other twin that her sister was dead, so that got me interested.

But I have to be honest in saying that the book was a roller coaster ride for me in between loving it, then it dipping to where I lost a bit of interest
The book is written very well .

There was an element of 'thriller and intrigue' to it, but I did struggle in places but I kept with it, and I am so glad I did as the 'thriller' elements did released itself within the letters left behind by the dead twin sister.

Its a cat and mouse tale which does have a very good edge to it.

I would definitely read more by this author.

My thanks to Corvus for my copy

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Review: Before the Fall

Before the Fall Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a stunning read this was, and, to think this is going to become a film, I'll be first in line to watch it.

This is full of suspense, intrigue and full on the edge of your seat stuff. This book makes your heart pound and really gets your brain thinking.

You know those books that you don't want to finish?
You know those books that you don't know what to read next because that one was so dam good?
The ones that long after you put it down, you remember it?

Yep, this is one of them.

When the private jet plunges into the sea with only two survivors, that is the time to realize you will not be leaving your seat until you have this read.
It really was a captivating read.

It gave me goosebumps on some occasions whether that was through shock or anticipation I am not sure, maybe both.


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Review: The Summer House Party

The Summer House Party

The Summer House Party by Caro Fraser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You get real good value for money with this book, its a heaping 512 pages thick full of goodness, drama, intrigue and mystery.

I was very lucky to receive a proof copy from Head of Zeus which I will forever treasure.

Its the summer of 1936 and a group of people meet up at the Summer House. Its 'party' time. Champagne is flowing nicely, chit chatter being had and flowing nicely and what would a party be without a little bit of flirting. Dan had a 'thing' for Meg and she was in his thoughts as he was getting ready for the summer party.

A fight breaks out on the lawn between Latimer and Asher. Dan ran down the stairs needing to separate the pair of them. It turns out the fight was over a game of cards.
A few rows, bickerings follow including some loving behind closed doors.

A death suddenly occurs that put a stop to all the high adventure and revelry which now suddenly alters the entire meet up at the Summer House party.

Its a fabulously written book which will have you turning page after page. The conversations that go on and the intrigue of 'oh what is going to happen next' is well on the agenda as you flip the pages.

Within 3 years war will break out.

For anyone who loves to read books such as this, its a "must" read.

The Summer House Party Caro Fraser

The Summer House Party by Caro Fraser  which we are publishing on 6th April.  Set during the two
 World Wars,
 in the gloriously hot summer of 1936. a group of people meet at a country house party..
.none has an inkling that the choices they will make will have fateful consequences lasting 
through the War and beyond.

The Summer 
Caro Fraser

Publication Date: 6th April 2017
Price: £18.99

"Fraser writes with fluent flair. Her irony is light but merciless,
benefiting from a good ear for dialogue."
The Daily Telegraph

"Fraser engages her readers quickly and never lets go."

In the gloriously hot summer of 1936, a group of people meet at a country house
 Within three years, the country will be engulfed in war, but for now time 
stands still as they sip champagne on the lawn, engaging in casual flirtations 
and carefree conversation. Then a shocking death puts an end to their revelry, 
changing everything in an instant.

For all of them, that summer house party will be a turning point.

 The mistakes made during that fateful weekend will change their lives forever.

Caro Fraser is the author of the bestselling Caper Court novels, based on 
her own experiences as a lawyer. She is the daughter of bestselling Flashman author
 George MacDonald Fraser.

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Review: The Girlfriend

The Girlfriend The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh I so count myself lucky I got on with my Mother-in-law and that I am grounded.

This is a book you will start and be prepared you won't want to drag yourself away from. I stayed with it until I finished it the early hours of this morning.


Yes, they are the hardest to keep, the hardest to keep steady but throw in an unsteady person, jealousy and then things crack.

Daniel and Cherry. The Girlfriend.

Daniel was raised in a well to do family his aim was to become a Doctor.
Cherry never had those kind of roots but she wants to become an Estate Agent.
They meet, they fall in love.

Things go well...
At the start.
Laura, the Mother-in-law likes Cherry......
Then believes that Cherry is only with her one and only son for his money.
So now the dynamics change.

Both become vindictive, controlling and darn right nasty women.
Here comes a train wreck.
But who is going to survive?

Things happen to both women. I took some glee from some consequences as both females were so unlikeable you just couldn't help yourself.

There are some really good, nail biting, on the edge of your seat mind blowing tummy churning moments in this read. I was absolutely hooked!

Hold on to your seat belt.

This is a debut.
Yes, the authors very first book.
If this is anything to go by, I cannot wait for future books from her.

What a journey!

Thank you Pan Macmillan via Netgalley for my copy

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Review: The Obsession

The Obsession The Obsession by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Nora Roberts books. But not this one.
It was like someone else had written it. Not up to her high standard that kept me gripped before in her books.

The start.

The beginning was good, that got my initial interest peaked so I was ready to delve in.

But then it took some nose dives for me personal. The fact that she was young from the start of the book to a great big giant leap to her being grown was a shock to my brain. It was asking " what happened in between?" But of course, there was no satisfying my major brain cells that kept ticking away at me whilst I continued to read.

There were another two instances it dive bombed for me. But if I write more I'll just be seeming to be a spiteful critic, which I'm not as I usually enjoy this authors books.

My thanks to Berkley Publishing group for my copy via Net Galley

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Review: The Missing Witness

The Missing Witness The Missing Witness by Jo Smedley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars from me.
Although I enjoyed reading this, I found it more on the lines of Murder She Wrote and I'm not that keen on that series.
I find it slow moving and sometimes not worrying about missing some of it while I go into the kitchen to make a cup of tea.

It's enjoyable enough to want to watch it, but not gripping me to my seat.

The same for this read.

It plods along quite nicely. The two females are not detectives and they are completely different, however, they form a team by circumstances.

The dialogue that takes place between them I liked.

Towards the end a secret is revealed. Now that got me sitting up straight and wanting more, except it was almost the end of my read.

I thank Endeavour press for providing me with a copy.

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Review: The Crying Boy

The Crying Boy

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The synopsis:

Clayton and Avril Shaw have lost their little boy and are still grieving when they move into Swallow's Nest on the Yorkshire moors. In their new house Avril discovers a painting and is intrigued by the history surrounding it. When she learns that the boy in the painting was deaf, like her dead son, she starts to try and communicate with his ghost. Meanwhile, Clayton finds himself entangled in an equally undesirable friendship with a retired fire chief who knows more about the painting than he is prepared to let on. Is The Crying Boy painting cursed and can numerous house fires be linked to it? Struggling with their unstable marriage, the couple find themselves in further danger as an increasingly disturbing bond develops between Avril and The Crying Boy. In a twist of events Avril's irrational behaviour is brought to a dramatic halt when she discovers she is pregnant. With her affections once again restored for Clayton, she decides to dispose of the sinister portrait. But the cast off painting wants revenge and its anger towards Avril's unborn child might just prove immeasurable. Can Avril and Clayton live happily ever after or does The Crying Boy have other plans?

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The Crying Boy The Crying Boy by Jane E. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is by far the creepiest, chilling reads I have read this year to date.

Its sadness surrounds Clayton and Avril who sadly lost their little boy. They are still grieving when they decide to move house.
They take up residence in the Yorkshire moors in a home called Swallows nest.

But in the house Avril discovers a painting. This has captured her curiosity, so she explores further only to find the painting is of a boy not disimilar to her child she is grieving for and once more, the boy in the painting was deaf just like her son.

Her grief takes her on a journey including the atmospheric and chilling complex history relating to the painting that hit the papers THE CRYING BOY.

I think I have been hiding under a rock as until now, this is the first I hear of this painting which took me on a Google search.

I love this authors books, she 'does it for me everytime' keeps my intrigued, interested and alert despite having supernatural overtures in this one, which I usually steer clear of as I am easily disturbed. I was totally hooked.

Chills ran down my spine plenty of times and the hairs on the back of my neck stood out.

Fab read which I would highly recommend.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

About the book

Gavin Law was a whistleblower.

Now he’s missing.
Just another case for Glasgow PI, Charlie Cameron, until he discovers there is more to Law and his disappearance than anyone imagined.
Wallace Maitland, the surgeon responsible for leaving a woman brain-damaged may have abandoned his sacred oath and become a killer. Did the hospital which refused to accept responsibility for the tragedy have Law silenced permanently? Or, with his wife little more than a vegetable, has David Cooper, believing he has been betrayed yet again, taken justice into his own hands?
Charlie comes to realise the world of medicine can be a dangerous place.
Across the city, East End gangster, Sean Rafferty is preparing to exploit the already corrupt city council in a multi-million pound leisure development known as Riverside. The project will be good for Glasgow. But not everybody is keen to work with Rafferty.  
With more than money at stake, Sean will do anything to get his way. His motto, borrowed from his old man, is simple. Never take a no from somebody who can give you a yes.
If that means murder, then so be it.
Charlie has crossed Rafferty’s path before and lived to tell the tale.
He may not be so lucky a second time.

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead Before The Devil Knows You're Dead by Owen Mullen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The immediate start to this story was really gripping. How I love when an author grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you in, that's what the first chapter did to me.

I hadn't read his previous books, but, it didn't seem to matter I was well into the story, the plot.
I found this author to be clear in his writing, easy to follow and for some reason because its set in Scotland everyone of course had a scottish accent in my head as I read the dialogue.

Nice snappy kind of read, keeps you on your toes, guessing, and in some places quite a twink of fun with the warped dry sense of humour popping up here and there, but it certainly has a serious side to this.

The plot is tight, its very enjoyable and I loved the little bit of romance that Charlie could enjoy.

I will need to catch up on his previous book.

My thanks to Bloodhounds for my copy.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Review: In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight In Plain Sight by M.A. Comley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read a few of this authors books. But not this series so this one I jumped right into.

Apart from maybe more background as regards Hero I didn't feel that lost within the story.

Hero seems a sensitive soul who has a big heart, but, he's also a determined man when needs are a must.

When there's a killer on the loose and his men are going down it's a heartbreaking harrowing time for the Police force.
Colleagues are dead.
Time is running out.

What is going to be the conclusion to this? Are more officers going to die?

Hero by name, Hero by nature. But he doesn't work alone.

Having to tell loved ones that their partner son or daughter is dead is an heartbreaking thing to do.
I felt every single emotion.

This author writes with sensitivity and style.

My thanks to Bloodhound books in providing me with my copy.

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Review: Death Falls

Death Falls Death Falls by Todd Ritter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so behind getting to this one. It rigged down my kindle and I've just come across it from netfally, the publishers are Harper Collins Maxe. Thank you.

This book had my attention right from the start, it's written with such feeling, such emotion that you can't break yourself away from it. So I didn't. I did nothing except read.

Imagine yourself a Mother of a child that has gone, yes gone. All that's left is his bycycle. It's by water so looks likely that her son got washed away.

Let's jump a few years now. Her other son who is now an adult is asked to carry out his Moms last wish. Find him. Find my son.

What would you do?
I know I would have to try.

My heart broke for this mother.

Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and her child along with other cases went missing.

You just need to stay with this. It's an easy 5 stars for me as it's one that kept me hooked.

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Review: Wrong Number

Wrong Number Wrong Number by Carys Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book that came out months ago. I've been trying to get around to reading it as book 2 is out now which I'm planning on reading ASAP as this one was very good.
It didn't blow my socks off, not quite but I would certainly recommend it to all that love a good twist in its tail thriller.

When Amanda met and married Will he didn't have family attend the wedding.
But you understand his reasons when they are touched on slightly at an early stage into the story. Amanda was fine with it.

Her mother wasn't a huge fan of Will though as she loved Shane who was Amanda's previous love, they grew up together.

Amanda seems to have it all. Good husband, nice house, great job.

Then the phone rings......
That changes the dynamics of the entire secure relationship and family she's secured with Will.

She later has to call on her ex. Shane. He's the best Detective there is in the town.

The story takes on the search for the missing husband in such a great imaginative way that you'll be shocked, I know I was.

Can't wait to read book 2

My thanks to Aria for my copy

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Book Blitz: Tsunami by J.O Mantel

Title: Tsunami
Author: J.O Mantel
Genre: Suspense/Drama
Release Date: January 30, 2017 

December 26, 2004.
It's just another day in paradise. Mitch and Amber couldn't be happier. They are newlyweds, expecting their first child and honeymooning in Thailand.
As they enjoy their romantic getaway on the peaceful island, plans are made for their future together. 
But on the morning of Boxing Day, December 26, 2004, tragedy strikes. The remote and peaceful island is struck with one of the worlds largest and deadliest earthquakes which triggers a devastating Tsunami.
Amber is trapped in her hotel room and is unable to contact Mitch. She slowly starts to panic, causing stress to her unborn child. 
As the Tsunami causes mass destruction across the island, Amber finds herself going into premature labor. Suddenly, the newlywed's romantic honeymoon, becomes an emotionally gripping race for survival. 

“It is only a short novella, but Mr Mantel has been able to put so much into it that you will be emotionally exhausted once it has finished. BRILLIANT is the only way to describe this story.” - Reading is Our Satisfaction

“What a wonderful quick read. This author puts you right in the middle of the action.” - Amazon Review
“One word for this short story – WOW.” - Amazon Review

Tsunami Tsunami by J.O. Mantel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very short story that is only 43 pages, but, don't be mistaken as there is a lot in this that pulls a punch.

Amber and her husband are enjoying a well enough break over the Christmas holidays in Thailand. Amber is 6 months pregnant. Spending time together before their child is born and the commitments to child rearing start.

But things turn in such a way that their life will never be the same again.

This story is taken from inspired by the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 which left so much devastation and lives lost. THIS IS, HOWEVER A FICTIONAL story but with the actual awful historical event surrounding it.

Very moving, very heartbreaking.

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