Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Review: The Day I Lost You by Alex Sinclair

The Day I Lost You The Day I Lost You by Alex Sinclair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG,wow just wow,talk about a fast paced,breath taking,roller coaster ride.And that twist,to quote Blackadder it was so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. I was so shocked I found myself spending at least five minutes sat in my comfy chair doing a very bad impersonation of OMG cat.And then I had to go on Twitter and post a OMG cat gif because....well why not,it's OMG cat and he's just so damn cute. Anyway back to my book review.

Throughout most of this breath taking thriller that is told in chapters that alternate between then and now,we follow Erika Rice`s desperate search for her four year old daughter Alice (bunny). They had been in a elevator on their way to Erika`s ex husband Michael's apartment when the lights suddenly went out. The elevator jerked to a stop on a floor of mainly empty apartments. Alice panicked and ran into the corridor but before Erika could follow her,the doors slammed shut trapping Erika inside the elevator. By the time Erika managed to get free and return to where she had last seen her daughter,Alice was gone. Where was she? Is she hiding or has someone abducted her? Is she lying injured somewhere in one of the empty stairwells and apartments that make up the huge complex. Throughout Erika`s frantic search she encounters a mixed bag of diverse characters,some who are sympathetic and willing to help Erika,some who are sinister and untrustworthy.Losing a child is every parents worst nightmare and the authors portrayal of Erika`s fear and frustration was realistic and believable. To be honest I struggled to feel any empathy towards Erika and found her rather unlikable in both the present day chapters and the chapters set in the past that covered her marriage to high flying lawyer Michael. Because we only get the story from Erika`s point of view,we are never actually sure wether Michael is the bullying control freak that Erika made him out to be or was he just a loving father who was doing everything in his power to give his child the best start in life.

My favourite parts of this story were the fast paced,action packed,intense chapters set in the present day that had me hooked in,devouring every word and wondering what the next revelation was going to be. I would love to watch a film adaptation of this book. This is the first book that I have read by this author and it most definitely will not be my last.

                                                              AUTHOR BIO

Alex Sinclair is a psychological thriller author from a quiet country town outside of Melbourne, Australia.

When he's not spending time with his wife and daughter, Alex can be found obsessing over his fiction. He loves to write fast-paced, gripping stories with killer twists. Alex is an avid reader of psychological thrillers and has a passion for good storytelling.

Alex’s novel, The Last Thing I Saw (available now), is the first of three gripping psychological thrillers he is publishing with Bookouture in 2018. His second psychological thriller with Bookouture, The Day I Lost You,is currently on pre-order and will be released on the 13th of July, 2018.

PUBLICATION DATE : 13th July 2018

PUBLISHER : Bookouture

GENRE : Psychological Thriller


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Review: The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland

The Silent Sister The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow and wow again. The Silent Sister is a nail biting,fast paced roller coaster ride that is packed full of so many twists and turns that by the time you reach the jaw dropping final twist,you are feeling so dizzy that all you want to do is lie down in a dark room for a few hours or until your head stops spinning.

Lizzy Beresford lives in a quaint cottage in Malmesbury with her boyfriend Joe and her cat Frank (The cat is named after Aretha Franklin but everytime Frank Or Joe was mentioned I couldn't help thinking about The Hardy Boys especially everytime Frank went missing) Anyway Lizzy starts receiving unsettling letters at her home and the shop that she manages. The mysterious sender seems to know everything about Lizzy and as the threats and intimidation intensify Lizzy begins to doubt and suspect everyone around her including her sister Emma even though they haven't spoken in years.

This gripping thriller is mainly voiced by Lizzy,I honesty found her indecisivness very frustrating and therefore struggled to feel any sympathy towards her character. I also don't like female characters who every male character fancies and wants to date.The other characters were a mixed bunch of vivid,realistic personalities,my favourite being colourful,vibrant Pippa who worked in the shop with Lizzy.Interspersed throughout the story were short snippets voiced by Lizzy`s mysterious tormentor but who is it that is hell bent on destroying Lizzy`s perfect life and why?

I loved this twisty,riveting tale of secrets,lies,manipulation and deceit,it's worth far more than five stars and highly recommended by little old me.I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

                                                                   AUTHOR BIO

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers 'THE GIRL FROM THE SEA' (No 1, US Audible charts), 'THE BEST FRIEND' (No 2, US Audible charts), 'THE MILLIONAIRE'S WIFE' (No 9, UK Kindle charts), 'THE SECRET MOTHER' (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

THE SILENT SISTER is now available to preorder!

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

PUBLICATION DATE : 16th July 2018

PUBLISHER : Bookouture

GENRE : Psychological Thriller


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Review: Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Watching You Watching You by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Omg,Lisa Jewell has totally blown me away again.Watching You is a mesmerizing,twist packed,gripping tale of secrets,obsessions,stalking,misconceptions,friendships and deception that hooks the reader in from the very first page right through to the jaw dropping final twist

The reader has to get to quite a large number of diverse characters as this enthralling thriller unfolds.But the story is largely voiced by Joey who is newly married to Alfie, they are both staying in one of the stunning houses on Melville Heights with Joey`s brother Jack and his heavily pregnant wife Rebecca.Then there's Freddie Fitzwilliam who lives two doors away with his parents Tom and Nicola.And finally there is fourteen year old Jenna Tripp who lives down in lower Melville with her mum Francis.We know from the beginning of the story that a violent crime as been committed and scattered throughout the book are police interviews with some of the characters.The behaviour and actions of a couple of the characters at times gave me the creeps because they came across as sinister and inappropriate but as happens in real life,not everything is what it appears to be.Sometimes a person's actions can be misinterpreted and misconstrued,making that person appear creepy and unlikable.By the end of the story I had completely changed my mind about a couple of characters,my thoughts and misconceptions turning out to be totally wrong.

No pages of this intricately plotted story comes across as unnecessary padding,The author's words flow from the page with ease drawing the reader into the world and lives of her vivid realistic characters.Worth far more than five stars and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a seriously well written thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat and definitely messes with your head,leaving you feeling very dizzy but not wanting the story to end.

                                                               AUTHOR BIO

Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job as a secretary. Inspired by Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, a book about young people just like her who lived in London, she wrote the first three chapters of what was to become her first novel, Ralph’s Party. It went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 1998.

Fifteen bestselling novels later, she lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Lisa writes every day in a local café where she can drink coffee, people-watch and, without access to the internet, actually get some work done . . .

Keep in touch with Lisa:
@lisajewelluk on Twitter



PUBLISHER : Penguin Random House UK / Cornerstone

GENER : Psychological Thriller


Review: The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite

The Perfect Friend The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG,this enthralling thriller has more twists and turns than the tropical ice lollies that I can't stop devouring at the moment.This is a mesmerizing tale of manipulation,secrets,lies,denial,anorexia,abuse and deception.These are so many twists and turns in this story that by the time you get to the end you are left feeling positively dizzy. There was one twist that caused me to almost drop my kindle in shock. I had to take my glasses off,give them a good clean and then 're-read that part to double check that I had read it correctly.

This is the story of two women who meet at a support group.Alex is anorexic and blames herself for the death of her husband and two children. Carrie has aggressive breast cancer and has just been told that it is terminal.Despite Alex being a lot older that Carrie they have become very good friends so when Carrie starts receiving threatening letters and her car windshield is smashed up Alex vows to do everything in her power to help her young friend. The problem is,the more Alex starts to uncover,the more she begins to suspect that Carrie is keeping secrets from her just like Alex is keeping secrets from Carrie. Her mental state isn't helped by the anorexia that is constantly trying to break out of the box that she has locked it in inside her head. Lack of food and over exercising yourself mentally and physically can cause paranoia,doubts and hallucinations,not a good place to be mentally when you are convinced that your life is in danger. I honestly didn't think either Alex or Carrie were very likeable characters. Alex`s behaviour towards Carrie bordered on obsessive and overbearing at times and as for Carrie,I'm going to be very mysterious and keep my thoughts about her to myself. Scattered throughout the book are chapters set in the past about a young girl`s nightmare life with her alcoholic bully of a father who loved to use her mother as his punch bag at every opportunity.Domestic violence is a highly emotional subject that I have my own (some may say) controversial opinions on so I think i will keep my opinions on that subject to myself. But are these chapters about Alex or Carrie and are the events of the past a contributing factor towards their issues as adults?.

This is a well written,gripping,fast paced thriller that had me hooked in from the first page right through to the unexpected twist ending.I love how Barbara Copperthwaite`s words flow with ease,drawing the reader into her realistic,vivid characters fictional world,holding you captive as the story unfolds before your eyes.Worth far more than five stars and highly recommended by little old me.

                                                                AUTHOR BIO

Barbara is the Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE, FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD, THE DARKEST LIES, and HER LAST SECRET. Her latest book is THE PERFECT FRIEND.

More importantly, she loves cakes, wildlife photography and, last but definitely not least, her two dogs, Scamp and Buddy (who force her to throw tennis balls for them for hours).
Having spent over twenty years as a national newspaper and magazine journalist, Barbara has interviewed the real victims of crime - and also those who have carried those crimes out. She is fascinated by creating realistic, complex characters, and taking them apart before the readers' eyes in order to discover just how much it takes to push a person over a line.

When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs.

To find out more about Barbara's novels, go to or follow @BCopperthwait on Twitter. To find out more about Barbara go to

PUBLICATION DATE : 5th July 2018

PUBLISHER : Bookouture

GENRE : Psychological Thriller


Thursday, 5 July 2018

Cover Reveal : Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray

                                                                 THE BLURB

When there's more than secrets buried,where do you start digging?

When Brooke Adams if found battered,bleeding,and barely conscious,the police are at a loss as to who her attacker is or why she was targeted.

Then, PI Rod Morgan turns up convinced that Brooke`s attack is the latest in a string of unsolved disappearances dating back twenty-five years.

The police,however,aren't convinced,so Brooke and Rod must investigate the cases themselves.

As secrets from the past start unravelling,will they find Brooke`s attacker before he strikes again,or is that one secret that will stay buried forever?

                                                              AUTHOR BIO

I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.


PUBLICATION DATE : 10th August 2018

PUBLISHER : Undertow

GENRE : Crime,Thriller & Mystery


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Blog Tour - Book Extract : The Red Hand Of Fury by R.N.Morris

                                                                THE BLURB

A series of bizarre suicides leads Detective Inspector Silas Quinn to revisit his own troubled past …

June, 1914. A young man is mauled to death by a polar bear at London Zoo. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from a notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths – and yet there are similarities.

Following a third attempted suicide, DI Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims’ possession, depicting a crudely-drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process?


Quinn ran out on to Lower Clapton Road.The faces of the living that he now confronted were sullen and bewildered.They shied away from him as the dead never did.A running man,a man out of breath,a man exerting himself in the commission of some urgent act,was no doubt a object of suspicion on these parts,if not fear.Either he was a villain running from a crime or a Policeman in hot pursuit.Both were equally to be shunned.
The traffic was thin.A horse-drawn Collier`s cart on its rounds headed away from.him into Mare Street.A delivery van passed it moving in the opposite direction.It's engine strained noisily against unseen forces intent on holding it back.There was something plucky about its determined progress,which seemed against all the odds somehow.Quinn was hypnotized by its approach.It was only when it had passed him that he thought perhaps he should have flagged it down and requisitioned it.The next vehicle he saw,he would.
But the road was now empty.He regretted not keeping the taxi waiting on the meter.But even though it was not his money that he would be spending,he baulked at the extravagance of it.
The Georgian facades of the houses around Clapton Square enticed him with their air of village England.If only one could live in a house like that,on good terms with one's neighbours,terms of understanding and tact,where nothing was said because nothing needed to be said.Quinn felt a pang of nostalgia for a life he had never lived.A life of pipes and slippers and well-set fires.Where the hardest puzzle he had to solve was The Times crossword.And the greatest drama was someone's leaving the lid off the butter dish.He might indulge his fancy by imagining himself a wife! How about that! A wife for Quinn! He couldn't picture her face.Conveniently for his poor imagination she was in the next room,busy with....whatever it was that wives did.Her perfume wafted to him,chorused by her contented trilling.She had a good singing voice,it seems-that was an unexpected delight.And although he couldn't see her,he knew she was pretty without being threateningly so,and comfortably proportioned.
Most of all,she put up with him.
There might even be a couple of children,one boy,one girl,though the girl was rather tomboyish,which he approved of enormously.They were pestering him to put down his pipe and paper,to exchange his slippers for shoes,take them out into the square to sail their model yacht on the pond.But Quinn could see that in reality there was no pond on Clapton Square.So wherever this fantasy life was located,it was not here.
The steady rumble of a motor drew his gaze,again in the Mare Street direction,A long black vehicle was speeding towards him.It was larger than a car,but not as big as a van.Quinn ran out into the road and stop facing it with his hands raised above his head.He crossed and uncrossed his arms slowly several times.For a long time,it seemed the driver hadn't seen him,because he showed no sign of slowing down.Then,eventually,he gave several angry honks on the horn.At the last moment,when he was less than twenty yards from Quinn,he slammed on the brakes and skidded to a halt,spinning the vehicle forty degrees.
The driver leapt out,his face ashen.
"Are you mad?"
Quinn produced his warrant card."I am Detective Inspector Quinn of the Special Crimes Department.I need you to drive me to Guy`s Hospital.If you refuse to do so,I am empowered to arrest you for obstructing the course of justice."
The driver held up two black-gloved hands in a placatory manner."All right,all right.There's no need for that.It's just I've got to get her back to the shop for a bit of a polish.I've got another funeral at twelve."
It was only now that Quinn took in that the vehicle was a motorized hearse.He also.appreciated the driver`s formal mourning attire,though his black swallow-tale jacket was oddly set off by a tweed flat cap.Another man sat in the passenger seat with two black top hats dressed with black crepe ribbon on his lap.
"It won't take long.Guy`s isn't far from here and the traffic is light.
Quinn went round to the passenger side.The other undertaker glowered back at him resentfully.
"He'll have to get out."

In the event,the other man lay down in the back.of the hearse,in the space reserved for the coffin.It was left to Quinn to sit with the toppers on his lap.
The driver seemed to relish the licence to speed that Quinn`s presence legitimized.He no doubt chafed at the necessity to drive at funeral pace for at least half of every journey.The man in the back slid from side to side as they took the corners.He grumbled"Have a care!"everytime he collided with the interior,and "Have a blinking care" whenever he was made to bump over one of the brackets designed for holding the coffin in place.
Quinn touched the mahogany detailing on the dashboard."I haven't seen many of these motor hearses."
"We still have the horse-drawn variety.Naturally some of our clients prefer those."
Quinn wondered how a dead man could prefer anything.

                                                                AUTHOR BIO

R. N. Morris is the author of eight historical crime novels. 

His first, A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (as the CWA Gold Dagger was briefly known). A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger.

The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace and now The Red Hand of Fury, published on 31 March, 2018.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris.

He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

PUBLICATION DATE : 30th March 2018

PUBLISHER : Severn House Publishers Ltd

GENRE : Historical Police Procedural


Monday, 2 July 2018

Review: Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Last Time I Lied Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As most readers know,when you start reading the second book by a author who's debut book totally blew you away,there is always that fear at the back of your mind that their second book won't be as good.Well I thought Last Time I Lied was just as jaw droppingly brilliant,gripping and intense as Final Girls.

Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

Emma has. Her first summer away from home, she learned how to play the game. And she learned how to lie.

Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned . . .

Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.

Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all

This gripping mystery flips back and forth between Emma`s first stay at Camp Nightingale,fifteen years ago when she was thirteen and her return in the present day.Emma was a wonderful,fleshed out character who carried around a lot of guilt over events that happened in the past.She was feisty but also had a vulnerable side to her character.It was hard not to rout for her even though at times due to the authors wonderful storytelling you were made to question Emma`s innocence and the reliability of her narrative.I loved the descriptions of the Adirondack forest that surrounded Camp Nightingale,how dark and sinister trees can seem at night and the breath taking descriptions of the stunningly gorgeous,tranquil but also very deadly Lake Midnight.

I absolutely loved this unputdownable,gripping,at times very intense mystery,packed full of well thoughtout characters,red herrings,misdirections,and a couple of jaw dropping,omg twists.Even my all time favourite fictional detective Nancy Drew gets a mention.I enjoyed Last Time I Lied just as much as I enjoyed Final Girls,this is worth far more than five stars and is definitely going to be one of my favourite books of this year.

                                                                 AUTHOR BIO

Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.

Now a full-time author, Riley's first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called "the first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries and a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures.

Riley's next book, THE LAST TIME I LIED, will be published in July. It was inspired by the classic novel and film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and one horrible week Riley spent at summer camp when he was ten.

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he's not working on his next novel, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is "Rear Window." Or maybe "Jaws." But probably, if he's being honest, "Mary Poppins."

Twitter: @Riley_Sager.


PUBLISHER : Penguin Random House Uk,Ebury publishing

GENRE : Psychological Thriller