13.2.19

Book Review : Finding Grace by K.L.Slater



Lucie and Blake have suddenly found themselves living every parents worst nightmare. The day after their beloved daughter Grace's ninth birthday,they agreed to let her walk home from her best friend Olivia's house. It was only a five minute walk and they had a plan in place so they could observe her along the way. But despite all their careful planning,somewhere between the two houses, Grace completely vanished into thin air.

As the frantic search for Grace begins,we learn that many of the people in the families lives are hiding secrets including Lucie and Blake. Blake's is a present day secret but Lucie has been keeping hers since she ran away from university sixteen years ago. The story is voiced almost entirely by Lucie and flips back and forth between the present and the past. As I frantically turned the pages of this gripping,intense thriller,the author cleverly drew me into a false sense of security. I really thought I had it all worked out and then BLAM, she threw in a twist that took everything that I thought I knew,screwed those thoughts into a tiny ball and chucked them out of the window.

I love a book that plays with my emotions,I want to feel something about the characters and that is definitely what happened whilst I was reading this fast paced thriller. There was characters I liked,disliked,empathised with,changed my mind about and just plain gave me the creeps. Once I started reading this book,I didn't want to put it down,I was 100% hooked in from the first page right through to the breath taking,heart pounding conclusion. This is K.L.Slater at her best,her words flow with ease,drawing the reader into Lucie and Blake's world and living every minute of their nightmare and fear as time passed and there was still no trace of their beloved daughter. Absolutely amazing book,worth far more than five stars and definitely going to be one of my favourite reads of this year. Very very highly recommended.

                                                           ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of seven psychological crime thrillers. Her eighth thriller, FINDING GRACE, will be published 14th February 2019 and is now available for pre-order.

Kim's titles are also published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, ‘it was a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham and Yorkshire.

SOCIAL MEDIA...

Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Twitter: @KimLSlater
Facebook: KLSlaterAuthor
Instagram: KLSlaterAuthor

PUBLICATION DATE: 14th February 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 342 pages
PUBLISHER: Bookouture
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

Pre-Order/Purchase link...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Grace-unputdownable-psychological-breathtaking-ebook/dp/B07L5G4M5R/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550075150&sr=1-11


12.2.19

Blog Tour - Excerpt : The Hunter by Andrew Reid




                                                                THE BLURB

 A troubled genius who vanishes in a mysterious car crash.

A disillusioned cop sensing conspiracy in the corridors of power.

A ruthless team of mercenaries operating in the shadows.

A billion-dollar business that wants the world in its grip.

One link connects them all.

A champion fighter. Betrayed and searching for the truth.

CAMERON KING IS THE HUNTER.

***

A nerve-shredding, breathless ride, THE HUNTER is perfect for fans of Mark Dawson, David Baldacci, Stephen Leather, Tom Wood, Tom Marcus' CAPTURE OR KILL, Jason Matthews' RED SPARROW and Luke Jennings' KILLING EVE.

'AN EXHILARATING, ACTION-PACKED, GRIPPING TALE...A REAL PAGE TURNER THAT THRILLS AND ENTERTAINS FROM START TO FINISH.' Adam Hamdy, author of the PENDULUM series.

'I LOVED THE HUNTER AND READ IT IN ONE SITTING...FAST PACED ACTION TEMPERED WITH INTELLIGENT PLOTTING' LizLovesBooks



     Time goes slower when you're upside-down. Cameron sees the snow spiraling through the windshield,like it's the whole world turning and not her, and she has more than enough time to recognize that queasy lurch of shock, the dawning awareness that you're no longer in control of the fight. That what comes next is a world of hurt, and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it.
   When the car lands on its roof, it's like being hit with a sledgehammer. Cameron sees nothing but sparks, like purple snow swirling across her vision; feels nothing but the impact, a bone-deep jolt that shakes every single joint in her body loose. She's never been hit so hard in her life and then she's weightless again as the car bounces and makes another three-sixty turn about on its axis.
   They tumble twice more, or fifty times - she can't keep track of how many it really is - and at the last something in the roof gives way with a shriek and some fucker chooses that exact moment to kick her in the head.

   Cameron is eight years old again, and she's just lost her first fight. In fairness, nobody ever wins when they fight gravity. She lay for a long time on the asphalt not daring to move, because moving made her leg hurt more than anything had hurt before.
   It was Nate who came looking for her, eleven years old and not quite strong enough to carry Cameron's weight but he did it anyway, hauling her crying on to his back and walking her home, step by heavy step. Cameron's crying from the pain and doesn't hear him wheezing, struggling for every breath, doesn't realize what's happening until they get home and the ambulance comes and its not for her.
   She asks her mum why he did it, lying in bed with her bandaged ankle like a hot coal at the end of her leg. She asks why he carried her all that way when he knew it was hurting him.
   "Because he's your brother," she says, always scolding her, as though she's shocked it needs to be said at all.

   Cameron wakes up to blinding lights, red and blue flicker; the crunch of boots on fresh snow; the buzz of radio static and the ticks and creaks of metal under stress. There's a hiss of hydraulic pressure, loud enough to startle her fully awake, and she realizes that she's upside down in the wreckage, halfway out of her seat belt, pinned in place between the buckled seat back and what's left of the glove compartment. She's not sure if there's no pain at all, or just too much of it to process.
   "Nate?"
   It comes out as a whisper. She tries to take a deeper breath, but there's not enough room for her chest to expand. A couple more inches and she wouldn't be breathing at all. She'll take the whisper.
   "Nate?"
   There's a wedge of fresh air down by her right arm, cubes of safety glass crusted round the edge of what once was a window like salt round the rim of a cocktail glass. A pair of boots appear, turn into gloved hands as whoever's out there gets down on their knees, and finally a face. Cameron can't make out much of his face - he's nothing more than a pink blur right now - but she knows it's not Nate.
   "Ho-ho-holy shit," he says, and Cameron tries not to panic, tries to keep her shit together enough that she doesn't hyper-ventilate. Control your breathing when you're in a tight spot: that's what she knows, what she clings to. Make the best of the air you've got. He's looking away now, fumbling for something and Cameron thinks of the hydraulic hiss she heard. The jaws of life. They're going to cut her out of the car. She's going to live.
   The man grunts, sliding down on to his side so he can get an arm inside the car. His forearm presses up against Cameron's, and the contact sends pain coursing through her. Every last scrap of self-control she had is taken from her by it, and she twitches and shrieks in her panic as his arm move further into the car. He's holding something up by her face, and Cameron turns towards it. Whatever it is - water, painkillers, a bandage to stem some of the bleeding she hasn't noticed - it has to be important enough that he'd ram his arm into a car wreck to get it to her.
   The flash goes off right in her face, and the reflex jerk of her body sends a fresh wave of pain through her. His arm snakes back out of the wreck and Cameron is dimly aware of the sound of him checking the photo and laughing to himself.
   "Can't believe he did it," he says. He's got a deep voice. Not local. "He actually fucking did it."
   More footsteps, and conversation that Cameron is just to angry to follow. She breaths slow through her nose, brings it all back under control. She's going to live. She's going to live, even if it's only just long enough to take that phone and feed it to its owner.
   Time passes, and another face appears at the broken window. She didn't hear them coming, and she can't be sure she was conscious the whole time.
   "Miss? Can you hear me?"
   Cameron takes as deep a breath as her situation will allow. "Yeah."
   "Great. That's great." He sounds like a trainer complimenting her on a good combination. "My name's Mike. Can you tell me yours?"
   "Cameron."
   "Cameron. Okay. This is going to sound real funny, but don't try to move. We're going to get you out of there."
   "What about my brother?"
   "Your brother?"
   "My brother." The confusion in his voice throws her. "The - the driver. Is he alive?"
   "Miss, you're the only person in the car"
   Cameron has questions - was he thrown clear? Have they started a search? - but something tightens in her chest and all she can do is gasp, her hands scrabbling against plastic and metal as though to somehow make up for the fact she can't breathe by grabbing hold of the air. She hears Mike swearing, and a flurry of movement, and with one final thought - I'm tapping, you bastard, I'm tapping - she sinks into darkness.

                                                       ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Born in Scotland, Andrew Reid worked as a research scientist for almost a decade, on projects including DNA synthesis, forensics, and drug development. He now lives in Stockholm.

His short fiction has featured in several anthologies and his fantasy novel serial has amassed almost 200,000 reads. THE HUNTER is his debut novel.

PUBLICATION DATE: 12th July 2018
Print Length: 352 pages
PUBLISHER: Headline
GENRE: Action&Adventure

PURCHASE LINK....

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0791HSX5B?pf_rd_p=71cb17e9-f468-4d3f-94d5-a0de44c50a7e&pf_rd_r=ABCTD15WERKTJJPYCBQ3

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9.2.19

Mini Blog Blitz - Karma Never Loses An Address by K.J.McGillick



Marley Bennington had brutally murdered her older sister Samantha and sucessfully framed Samantha's husband Alex Clarke for the crime. With Alex now safely tucked away in prison, Marley was set to inherit millions of dollars tainted with her sisters blood. But suddenly two obstacles stood in her way,one was her brother and the other was a feisty,old woman.

Mary wasn't happy about Alex's conviction and when Mary gets a bee in her bonnet about something,nothing and no one will stop her getting to the truth. Ok, Alex might be an obnoxious,sleezebag but that didn't mean that her deserved to be locked up for a crime that he didn't commit.

But Mary is pitting herself against a deadly,twisted psychopath who has killed before and is prepared to kill anyone who stands in the way of her obtaining the reward for her well executed plan.

If you have read the previous book Facing A Twisted Judgment then you are already aware that Marley is more than one sandwich short of a picnic. We get to spend a lot of time inside Marley's head throughout this book and she is definitely a very twisted,opinionated and not very likeable character. Neither Jackson,Cillian or Dalia appeared in this story instead the main character was attorney Tallulah West (love that name) who was best friends with Jackson's wife Eloise and was hired by Mary to help her prove her case against Marley. Tallulah had her doubts about becoming involved in the investigation especially considering Alex had confessed to Samantha's murder. But the more they uncovered, the more she began to realise just how deadly and devious Marley really was. Interspersed throughout the book were chapters that were voiced by a young artist called Marin who had been tasked with reproducing replicas of Samantha Bennington's collection of paintings. Unfortunately none of the chapters were voiced by Mary which was a shame because she is a wonderful,vivid character. I think almost everyone would love to be as active and feisty as she is when they get to ninety.

The Italian Mafia,abusive husbands,unscrupulous art dealers and a unstable,crazy woman all combine together in a deception filled game of cat and mouse. There was twists and turns and a couple of intense heroine in danger moments. It's a well written thriller,it's obvious that the author has done a lot of research into the subjects covered in this book. An enjoyable read and I hope the author is planning to write more books featuring Mary in the future.

                                                         ABOUT THE AUTHOR


 K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that's what New Yorker's do. Right?  As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

Social Media Links –

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17359169.K_J_McGillick

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KJMcGillickauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KJMcGillickAuth @KJMcGillickAuth

Website: http://www.kjmcgillick.com/


PUBLISHER: KJRM Publishing LLC
GENRE: Private Investigators,Legal

PURCHASE LINK....

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karma-Never-Loses-Address-Misdirection-ebook/dp/B07MLYZC4L/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1549724029&sr=1-1&keywords=Karma+never+loses+a

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8.2.19

Book Review: My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

My Sister is Missing My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Emily hadn't been back to her home town of Bear Border since her sister's wedding nine years ago,she hadn't even gone back for her father's funeral. The town and especially her childhood home Bear Border Inn held too many painful memories. Something bad happened to Emily in the thick woods that surrounded two sides of the inn when she was younger. She couldn't fully recall what had happened,the details of that day were all sketchy,she just knew that she hated those woods. She didn't want to be here but her older sister Madeline had insisted that she come and stay for a while. Her sister had something that she wanted to talk about but she refused to reveal what it was over the phone.

Only the morning after Emily's return,she gets up and discovers that Madeline has mysteriously disappeared. At first she thinks that Madeline has gone shopping but as more time passes and there is no sign of her sister,Emily's initial anger turns into concern. Madeline might like playing pranks but she would never abandon her beloved young children especially her autistic son Ben.

When Emily starts a desperate search to find her sister,she finds herself caught up in a complex mystery that has fingers that reach back into the past.

A horrific crime was committed twenty years ago and almost everyone has something to hide.

Emily has to find out the truth. But was her sister a victim or the one to blame.

My Sister Is Missing is a riveting,gripping mystery that is told entirely from Emily's point of view in chapters that are set in the present day. Throughout the book,Emily takes us into the past where we learn about her school days and her relashionship with her sister when they were younger. We also witness the bullying of a young girl who had learning disabilities,a story that had parallels with young Ben being bullied in the present day because of his autism. I have a son who was bullied at school because of his autism,I think it's really sad that although modern society pretends to be more understanding there is still a lot of stigma and ignorance about people who have certain disabilities. I really liked Emily,I loved her patience with Ben when he was having difficulty coping with everyday life and no knowing where his mum was. I loved her feisty, no nonsense attitude and her fierce determination to find out what had happened to Madeline. Bear Border was the typical small town where everyone knew everyone else's business but some of the small cast of realistic characters in this book had some shocking hidden secrets and were definitely untrustworthy. I loved the author's intense,vivid portrayal of Emily's fear and terror when she was in the woods. Deep forests always seem to have a otherworldly atmosphere even in broad daylight it's easy to get spooked whilst walking through them.

This is not a very long book but the author has certainly managed to pack a lot into the 197 pages. It's a well written,fast paced thriller that is packed full of twists and turns,mystery and suspense. I was hooked in from the very first page and was very disappointed when I finished the book because I didn't want the story to end. Worth far more than five stars and highly recommended by little old me.

                                                          ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Besides my family, my greatest love in life is books. Reading them, writing them, holding them, smelling them…well, you get the idea. I’ve always loved to read, and some of my earliest childhood memories are me, tucked away in my room, lost in a good book. I received a five dollar allowance each week, and I always — always — spent it on books. My love affair with writing started early, but it mostly involved journaling and writing silly poems. Several years ago, I didn’t have a book to read so I decided on a whim to write my own story, something I’d like to read. It turned out to be harder than I thought, but from that point on I was hooked. My first and second books were released by Sarah Book Publishing: This Is Not About Love and Grayson’s Ridge. I’m a total genre-hopper. Basically, I like to write what I like to read: a little bit of everything! I reside in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with my husband, three children, and massive collection of books. I have a degree in psychology and worked as a counselor

Social Media Links...

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11204582.Carissa_Ann_Lynch
TWITTER: @CarissaAnnLynch

E-Book Publication date: 8th February 2019
PaperBack Publication date: 18th April 2019
Publisher: Harper Impulse/Killer Reads
Genre: Psychological Thriller

PURCHASE LINK...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Sister-Missing-fast-paced-gripping-ebook/dp/B07J3923B1/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1549630711&sr=1-2




6.2.19

Blog Blast, Book Review - Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain




It wasn't the smell that alerted the privileged residents of the gated community of Withered Vale to the fact that something was amiss at number four.It was the black,menacing,humming mass of bluebottles rising out of Olive Collin's chimney.

The neighbours insist that they are shocked when it transpires that Olive's body has been rotting in her home for three months. And yet none of them had thought to check up on her when she vanished from sight.

When Detective Frank Brazil and his young colleague Emma Child start to ask questions, they discover that the neighbours lives are not as flawless as they seem. In fact, the people living in Withered Vale have more issues and secrets than you would see on a whole series of Jeremy Kyle. It seems that everyone of them has something to hide,someone to lose and everything to gain from her death.


Dirty Little Secrets is a enthralling,character driven who did or didn't do it that is voiced by numerous,realistic characters including Frank,Emma and lonely,manipulative,interfering Olive. All the vivid characters had flaws,issues and secrets ranging from porn addiction,affairs,denial to mental and physical abuse,greed and jealousy. My favourite characters were Emma,Matt,Alison,Holly and young Wolf, the rest of the characters were not very likeable although I did change my opinion on a couple of them by the time I finished the book.

I loved Dirty Little Secrets,just as much as I loved The Confession which was one of my favourite reads of last year. I was totally enthralled by every character's part of the story and loved that most of the chapters ended on a cliff hanger,giving the reader a very bad case of Just one more chapter syndrome. Although the story is narrated by numerous characters,the chapters are clearly annotated and the writers words flow with ease drawing you into her characters fictional world. I liked how some of the characters changed as the story unfolded and they realised that the way they were living their lives had to change. I was hooked in from the very first page and genuinely didn't want to put this gripping thriller down. Absolutely amazing book,worth far more than five stars and very highly recommended by little old me.

                                                          ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jo Spain's first novel, top ten bestseller With our Blessing, was one of seven finalists in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition. It was named as an Irish Times crime fiction book of the year by Declan Burke. Beneath the Surface (2016) and Sleeping Beauties (2017), the second and third in the DI Tom Reynolds series followed, to further critical acclaim. Her standalone thriller, The Confession, released in January 2018, became a number one bestseller and sold in multiple territories. Jo is releasing the fourth Tom Reynolds, The Darkest Place, in 2018 and a new standalone Dirty Little Secrets in 2019.

Jo also writes for TV and is the co-writer of new series Taken Down.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children. Jo previously worked as a policy advisor in the Irish parliament and as vice-chair of the business body InterTrade Ireland.

Jo’s debut novel is set against a background of the infamous Irish Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby homes. The author’s own father was born in one such home in Dublin and the novel’s backdrop was constructed based on the in-depth research she undertook while attempting to trace her family roots.

Her favourite writers include Pierre LeMaitre, Fred Vargas, Louise Penny, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, B.A. Paris, Elizabeth Haynes and Agatha Christie.

PUBLICATION DATE: 7th February 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 418 pages
PUBLISHER: Quercus
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

PRE-Order/Purchase Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dirty-Little-Secrets-Jo-Spain-ebook/dp/B078YZQJ9X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1549451708&sr=1-1&keywords=dirty+little+secrets+jo+spain

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2.2.19

Blog Tour, Book Excerpt - The Boy At The Door by Alex Dahl



                                                                BOOK BLURB

THE BOY AT THE DOOR:

Everyone has secrets. Even those who seem to be perfect...

On a rainy October evening, Cecilia Wilborg – loving wife, devoted mother, tennis club regular – is waiting for her kids to finish their swimming lesson. It's been a long day. She can almost taste the crisp, cold glass of Chablis she'll pour for herself once the girls are tucked up in bed.

But what Cecilia doesn't know, is that this is the last time life will feel normal. Tonight she'll be asked to drop a little boy home, a simple favour that will threaten to expose her deepest, darkest secret...

PRAISE FOR THE BOY AT THE DOOR:

"Unsettling, layered, bold, unpredictable, dark. EXCELLENT." Will Dean, author of Dark Pines

"Remarkable... Dahl is able to ring satisfying changes on the familiar ingredients, and her heroine Cecilia, in particular, is one of the most distinctive that readers will have encountered in recent years." Crime Time

"Stunning... an extraordinary plot; intricate and twisted with dark secrets emerging at every turn. An engaging mystery with an ending you won't see coming." Alexandra Burt

“Heartbreaking and HEAD-SPINNING." Mary Torjussen, author of Gone Without a Trace



Johan is waiting for me in the parking lot of the police station. He looks old, suddenly; his handsome face drawn and pale, new wrinkles carved on his forehead. He keeps running a hand through his hair, which I realize has thinned substantially over the last year, and I take his hand away and hold it in my own as we walk inside. We are met by Laila Engebretsen, Thor Ellefsen and a female officer introduced as Camilla Stensland. This Camilla character looks at me in the strangest of ways, and I’m not sure whether this is because she’s very obviously a lesbian with her short hair and masculine air, or whether she has some kind of reason to suspect me of something. What, I can’t imagine, but her gaze makes me uncomfortable.
   ‘We had the identity of the dead woman confirmed this morning. She’s Annika Lucasson, previously known to the police for some drug offenses, as well as a few break-ins over the past six months.’
   I nod gravely, keeping my face completely blank, as though I were listening to the weather report.
   ‘Are you at all familiar with this name?’ asks Camilla Stensland.
   ‘Annika Lucasson... No,’ says Johan. ‘I’ve never heard of her.’
   ‘Cecilia?’ Stensland’s small blue eyes, trained on me again.
   ‘No,’ I say. ‘No. I’ve never heard that name before either. Is she from Sandefjord?’
   ‘No, she’s originally Swedish, but she’s been here for the past six months or so. She’s received methadone here in Sandefjord since Easter, so we do have some records of her.’
   ‘I see,’ I say, keeping my eyes on Ellefsen’s chubby fingers held together in a tight clasp, his wedding ring snug in swollen flesh like a string tied hard around the middle of a sausage.
   ‘Did she drown?’ asks Johan.
   ‘While she was found in water, we are unable to divulge the cause of death at this time, but I will say the deceased bore some signs of violence. We have not yet found any possible murder weapon.’
   I try to take a deep breath, but again, that wall of resistance seems to shut the air out from my lungs and I’m forced to take several noticeably short, strained breaths. Beady blue eyes staring. It might be even worse than I imagined – maybe she met a crazed stranger that dark night and was bludgeoned by a blunt object. Face cracked, bones glinting from underneath red and purple mangled flesh. I try to think if I’d ever imagined Anni’s death like that, but I can’t remember – I’ve imagined it in so many ways.
   ‘Excuse me, could you please explain what this unfortunate woman’s murder has to do with us, or Tobias?’ I ask.
   ‘We believe Annika Lucasson was Tobias’s mother.’
   ‘Why do you believe that?’ I ask.
   ‘There have been a couple of sightings of her with the boy in the last few days before Tobias was left at the pool,’ says Thor Ellefsen. ‘It is our theory that she may have hidden him during the time she spent in Norway.’
   ‘But why would she do that?’ asks Johan.
   ‘She may have been hiding from a violent ex-partner, or been afraid that social services would take the child due to her drug addiction.’
   ‘Which you would have done, and rightfully so,’ Johan says. Laila Engebretsen nods. ‘But why would anyone want to kill her?’
   ‘Well, that’s what we need to find out. Annika was believed to be in a relationship with a Polish man named Krysztof Mazur, also well known to the police for several counts of theft as well as drug-dealing offenses.’
   ‘And have you arrested him?’ I ask.
   ‘It would seem that Mr Mazur left the country from Larvik on the Denmark-bound ferry on October twenty-first, four days after Tobias was left at the pool,’ says Camilla Stensland. ‘We’ve found CCTV footage showing his car. We do not believe that’s a coincidence.’
   ‘For... for how long has Annika Lucasson been dead?’ I ask, my voice shaking now.
‘We believe she has been dead and in the water for several days, judging by the state of her body when she was found last night.’
   ‘So...’
   ‘So, Krysztof Mazur may have dumped her there, and then left the country. Or he might have worked with an accomplice who placed her in the water after Mazur fled,’ says Camilla Stensland. Beady blue eyes, hard on me.
   ‘Which leads us to why it was so important that we could speak with you two as soon as possible,’ says Laila Engebretsen, smiling her sad, pedagogical smile again. I want to hit her, and run out of this stuffy room, out into the fine drizzle sweeping across Sandefjord like a cool curtain of ash. ‘From our conversations in the last week, it seems that Tobias is doing as well as can be expected and has settled well into your family, which is a most reassuring thing. Before the new developments with Annika Lucasson, it was our intention to just leave him be as much as possible, while we work behind the scenes, trying to uncover what his circumstances actually are, but now we will of course have to assist the police investigation, and that will mean speaking with Tobias.’
   ‘Yes, of course,’ says Johan.
   ‘You know what? I just don’t think that is a good idea,’ I blurt out, and everyone turns to look at me. ‘I mean... sure, eventually. But right away? This child is severely traumatized, barely speaks a word to Johan or me, and I just don’t think that he should be subjected to intensive questioning at this time...’
   Camilla Stensland interrupts me gently. ‘We appreciate your concern for Tobias, but you can rest assured that any conversation with the child will be conducted with a child psychiatrist and a representative from social services present.’
   ‘Strangers.’
   ‘Excuse me?’
   ‘Strangers to Tobias.’
   ‘Tobias is the only person who can give us some information about Annika Lucasson and Krysztof Mazur. He would know who they know, and give us invaluable information about what has happened here,’ continues Stensland. Johan nods, and takes my hand beneath the table. I remove it.
   ‘First of all, we need to establish whether the child really is related to Lucasson. Today, after school, we need you to take Tobias to the doctor. He will take a blood sample so that we can run a DNA profile, as well as give him a general examination, something we would have scheduled for him anyway,’ says Laila Engebretsen.
   ‘What if he isn’t Lucasson’s child?’ I ask.
   ‘We are, due to a couple of very reliable sources, fairly certain he is.’
   ‘But if he isn’t?’ Laila Engebretsen and Camilla Stensland exchange a fleeting glance here.
   ‘There is, of course, the possibility that Tobias was in the care of Annika Lucasson without being biologically related to her,’ says Thor Ellefsen, running a large finger across his russet mustache. ‘He could have been snatched by her and Mazur. Or they could have been looking after him for someone, for whatever reason.’
   ‘But who would leave their child in the care of a couple of criminal heroin addicts?’ asks Johan, the telltale red splotches of indignation flaring up on his neck and face.
   ‘Exactly,’ says Stensland. We all sit in silence for a moment, pondering the implications of Anni’s death and her possible connection to Tobias.
   ‘Fuck,’ says Johan, and everyone nods seriously. Finally we stand when Ellefsen stands, and make final arrangements for a doctor’s visit this afternoon, and a meeting with Laila Engebretsen tomorrow afternoon, followed by police and the child psychiatrist. We walk back outside to the parking lot, and the drizzle has momentarily let up, exposing a small section of pale blue sky among bulbous, fast-moving black clouds. I look at Johan, who wears the stunned expression of someone who has just been woken up in the middle of the night. He shakes his head slowly, running a hand through his hair again, and this time I can’t be bothered to stop him.
   ‘Fuck,’ he whispers, twice.

                                                         ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Half-American, half-Norwegian, Alex Dahl was born in Oslo. She graduated with a B.A. in Russian and German linguistics with international studies and went on to complete an M.A. in creative writing at Bath Spa University, followed by an M.S. in business management at Bath University. Alex has published short stories in the U.K. and the U.S. She is a serious Francophile and currently lives in both London and Sandefjord. The Boy at the Door is her first novel.

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PUBLICATION DATE: 1st May 2018
PUBLISHER: Head Of Zeus @HoZ_Books
GENRE: Thriller

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Blog Blitz, Book Review : Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell

 
     

    
Spare Room is a sinister,enthralling thriller about a very troubled young woman named Lisa. Haunted by terrifying nightmares about a horrific event that happened in her past,an occurrence that left her mentally and physically scarred. Lisa can't believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to let in a large house. The live in owners Martha and Jack are kind and welcoming and Lisa swiftly moves into their attic room. But sinister things start happening after Lisa finds a suicide note in her room and feels compelled to uncover the secrets of the man who was the room's previous tenant. A person who Martha and Jack insist never existed.  

As the four walls of the house and its secrets begin to close in on her. Lisa begins to struggle deciphering what is real and what isn't as she claws her way towards the truth.

A devastating secret that someone is prepared to go to any lengths to stop Lisa uncovering.   


Lisa was a likeable protagonist who I couldn't help rooting for as the story unfolded and she struggled with her doubts and anxieties. She really did have some major mental issues but didn't let them or the danger that she knew she was putting herself in stop her in her almost obsessive quest to uncover the truth. It appeared that almost every person in her life seemed to go out of their way to obstruct her search for answers. Sometimes using very devious and unethical methods to stop her. Interspersed throughout the book were chapters that were voiced by the man who was previously in Lisa's room but who was he? And why was Lisa so obsessed with uncovering his identity? My favourite characters were Lisa's ex boyfriend Alex and Patsy,the stubborn but loveable elderly neighbour who.lived next door to Martha and Jack. Many of the vivid characters in this book were untrustworthy,a couple were definitely not who they appeared to be. I was also surprised to find that by the end of the book,I ended up liking a character who I had previously disliked.

Spare Room is a well written,twist packed,page turner,a chilling tale of secrets,lies,deceptions and manipulation that had me hooked in from the very first page,totally enthralled by Lisa's chilling story. There was a genuine jaw dropping,omg moment that almost made me drop my kindle in shock.This is the first book that I have read by this author and it most definitely will not be my last. Very highly recommended by little old me.                        

                                                         About the Author:

Dreda Say Mitchell is an award-winning, bestselling crime writer, broadcaster, campaigner, and journalist. Since her sixth book she has been co-writing with Tony Mason. She is the author of eleven novels, with her debut awarded The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger. She has been a frequent guest on television and radio including Question Time, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, The Stephen Nolan Show, Front Row and Woman’s Hour and numerous others. She has presented Radio 4’s Open Book. Dreda was named one of Britain’s 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia. She was the 2011 chair of the Harrogate Crime Fiction Festival. Dreda and Tony’s work is currently in development for TV. She was born and raised in the East End of London where she continues to live.

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PUBLICATION DATE: 29th January 2019
PUBLISHER: BloodHound Books
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

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