18.4.19

BOOK REVIEW - The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister


Isabelle English's father Gabriel has been in prison for seventeen years after being tried and convicted for the murder of Izzy's mother Alexandra. Gabe has always claimed that he is innocent but according to Izzy's police analysis husband Nick, that's what all convinced criminals say and anyway,all the evidence pointed towards him being guilty.

But now Gabe has been released on license and has sent Izzy a letter, he wants to talk, to defend himself against every piece of evidence from his trial. Izzy is torn between loyalty to Nick and the father who gave her a childhood of happy memories.

But should Izzy give her father the benefit of the doubt? Or is Gabe guilty as charged and luring Izzy into a trap?

Throughout this riveting,thought provoking thriller,the chapters that are set in the present day are told from only Izzy's perspective but the chapters set in the past,before and after Alex's murder are told from the duel perspectives of Izzy and Gabe. It's amazing how two people can be present at the same event but their memories of that time be completely different, or is it just a case of,we construct our memories to suit the picture that we want to see. Like all of us, Izzy wanted to believe that her parents were a happy couple but were they? Was Gabe the violent,control freak that the police and prosecution made him out to be or was he just,like he insists a caring,loving husband who adored his wife? Izzy was a complex character who I felt a myriad of emotions for as the story unfolded. I admired her courage and determination to uncover the truth despite almost everyone around her,including her husband Nick insisting that Gabe was guilty. Her battles with her conscience as she was torn between the two men in her life were realistic and it was hard not to feel sympathy for her as she struggled with her conflicting emotions. Gabe was a charming,likeable character but was he a killer? after all, as all readers who enjoy a good psychological thriller know,many psychopaths can appear charming until they reveal their true character. The other secondary characters in this book were a mixed bag of vivid personalities,many of whom had hidden secrets but who killed Alex and why?

Wow,I can't think of a better way to start a brand new year than with the brilliant new psychological thriller written by the exceedingly talented Gillian McAllister. The Evidence Against You is a intricately plotted,twisty,page turner. A gripping tale of manipulation,families,secrets,deception and relashionships. It keeps the reader guessing from the first page,right through to the bitter sweet,heart breaking conclusion. I love Gillian McAllister's books and The Evidence Against You was no exception. Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended by little old me.

                                                           ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham where she now writes full-time. She is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything but the Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions and The Evidence Against You.

PUBLICATION DATE: 18th April 2019
PRINT LENGTH 448 pages
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House UK/ Michael Joseph
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

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15.4.19

BLOG TOUR,BOOK REVIEW - I Know You by Erik Therme


Siblings Bree,Alissa and Tyler Walker had a terrible upbringing. Life was tough,living in poverty on a run down trailer park with a mother who was always at work and a drunken,abusive father. Bree has always felt that it was her responsibility to take care of her siblings and keep them safe from harm.

Then one night after Bree and Alissa have a massive argument,Alissa runs away. Bree just assumes that Alissa has gone to her best friend Liz's house and she will return home once she has calmed down. But two days later,Bree returns home and discovers Alissa's backpack on the porch but there is no sign of Alissa and she is not answering her phone.

Then Bree receives a terrifying text message,someone has abducted Alissa and if Bree wants to see her beloved sister again,then she has until midnight to comply to the kidnappers demands.

As Bree begins a desperate search for her sister,she discovers that the person who has kidnapped Alisss knows a lot about the dark truths within this Walker family and is prepared to go to any lengths to get their revenge.

I Know You is a fast paced tale of revenge,forgiveness,strength of character,secrets and the bonds that hold families together. It had some wonderful,diverse,vivid characters,some likeable,some not so likeable. The characters who stood out for me were Bree and my absolute favourite character Liz. I loved Liz's guts and feisty determination to help Bree find Alissa and the way she stubbornly followed Bree wherever she went,despite being constantly told to go home. My favourite setting in the story was isolated,deserted Camp Menapace,what a wonderful setting to use in a thriller. I just wish the author had utilised the setting more and had the characters find themselves in more danger there than they did. But that's just my humble opinion being the adrenaline junkie that I am.

It's not a very long book but the author has certainly packed a lot into the 217 pages. There was a number of unexpected twists and turns,I suspected more than one person of being behind Alissa's disappearance and the identity of her abductor wasn't revealed until towards the end of the story. There was some threads that were left unresolved but as in real life,you can't always expect answers to every question to be delivered,packaged up in ribbons and bows. I really enjoyed this well written,enthralling thriller and look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

                                            ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

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PUBLICATION DATE: 12 April 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 217 pages
PUBLISHER: Bookouture
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

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12.4.19

BLOG TOUR,BOOK REVIEW - I Want You Gone by Miranda Rijks


Laura Swallow is certain that the death notice is a sick joke. She's fairly certain she would know if she was dead or not. And Estate Agent Laura is 100% certain that she is alive and well.

But multiple announcements of her death are followed by increasingly sinister real-life events. Laura,who is already fragile,struggling to recover from a recent divorce,finds herself plunged into a living nightmare.

As Laura's life falls apart,she struggles to figure out who is terrorising her,who she can trust and why all her present troubles seem to tie up with her sisters death all those years ago.

But one thing Laura is sure of,someone wants her to suffer.
Someone wants her gone
Forever.

Like many readers,I like to feel some sort of connection to the main character/characters of the book that I am reading.I like to be able to root for them throughout their quest for the truth. I like to feel that heart pounding,adrenaline rush when they find themselves in dangerous situations. Throughout most of I Want You Gone,I just thought that Laura was irritating,she didn't seem to know how to make a decision for herself and she was judgemental and jumped to conclusions far too quickly. There was a number of times as the story unfolded that I felt like reaching into my kindle and giving her a good shaking and telling her to wake up and stop being so gullible and stubborn. I didn't really blame her ex husband for leaving her,I think if she had had a cat (she didn't) it would have packed up its little handkerchief, Dick Whittington style and wandered off to pastures new.

There was not many players in this character driven thriller but which one of them was terrorising Laura and why? Was it her ex husband and his new wife? Was it one of Laura's work mates or her best friend Anne? Was it her new lover or the boy she was mean too at school who has suddenly reappeared on the scene. Or maybe it was her own daughter,could she be unhappy that her parents divorced and secretly blame her mother.

I Want You Gone is a well written,fast paced thriller that does have some unexpected twists and turns. I did figure out quite early in the book who was behind everything that was happening to Laura but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of this enthralling story. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I would quite happily read more books written by her in the future.


                                                           ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Miranda Rijks is a writer of suspense novels. I WANT YOU GONE is her first psychological thriller.   Miranda has an eclectic background ranging from law to running a garden centre. She’s been writing all of her life and has a Masters in writing. A couple of years ago she decided to ditch the business plans and press releases and now she’s living the dream, writing suspense novels full time. She lives in Sussex, England with her Dutch husband, musician daughter and black Labrador.  Up next is FATAL FORTUNE, the first of three books in a mystery romance series that will be published in May 2019. They feature Dr Pippa Durrant, a psychologist and specialist in lie detection, who works alongside Sussex police getting embroiled in some scary stuff!  Miranda loves connecting with her readers, so you can reach out to her at www.mirandarijks.com


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PUBLICATION DATE: 13th April 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 299 pages
PUBLISHER: Inkubator Books
GENRE: Psychological Thriller


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6.4.19

BLOG TOUR - Book Review : Turn The Other Way by Stuart James


OMG, Turn The Other Way is one hell of a roller coaster ride from beginning to end.It's a gripping,chilling thriller/horror that holds the reader captive in a vice like grip that's so tight you sometimes find yourself struggling to breath.That's when you actually get an opportunity to remember to breath which is not very often due to the frantic pace,twists and turns and non stop action.

The story flips back and forth between the past and the present and is voiced by a multitude of diverse characters. There's respected surgeon Simon Bairstow whose life falls apart after the death of one of his young patients. Jess and Noah,whose journey home from Jess's parents turns into a living nightmare and Chloe's desperate search for her missing parents.There was characters I liked,disliked,rooted for,changed my mind about and just plain gave me the creeps. There was characters who were not who they appeared to be,betrayals,lies,secrets,decept,gory murders,heart pounding action. This reader's anxiety levels went through the roof a number of times as this edge of your seat story unfolded before my captivated eyes. The horror settings are perfect but not overly described,there's just enough descriptions to set the scene. The too terrified to speak out villagers,dark,sinister country roads,the derelict,secluded farmhouse,oh and the evil,twisted,sinister bad guys and believe me,they are nasty,vicious killers.

This is a well written,absolutely AMAZING book that gives the reader a very bad case of just one more chapter syndrome. I was hooked in from the first page,frantically turning the pages,totally enthralled by the author`s mesmerising storytelling. And that ending,so many books promise twists that you won't see coming and don't deliver on their promise but the ending twist in this one was most definitely shocking and unexpected. I honestly didn't want to put this book down. I would love to watch a film version of this book. How have I not heard about this author before,i can't believe this is his second book and I will definitely be getting hold of a copy of his previous book The House On Rectory Lane.I think Turn The Other Way is worth far more than five stars. I would gladly recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading books written Richard Parker,Mark Edwards,Dean Koontz or Stephen King Very,very good book and highly recommended by little old me.

                                                          ABOUT THE AUTHOR


I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing.

I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.

WEBSITE: stuartjamesthrillers.com

TWITTER: @StuartJames73

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/stuartjamesauthor/


PUBLICATION DATE: 9th February 2019

PRINT LENGTH: 419 pages

PUBLISHER: BOTBSPublicity

GENRE: Horror Thriller

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5.4.19

BOOK REVIEW : Have You Seen Her by Lisa Hall


Anna only looked away for one tiny second but that second was all it took for little Laurel to vanish, without a trace.

Now Anna and Laurel's parents Fran and Dominic find themselves trapped in every parents worst nightmare.

As time passes and there is no trace of Laurel, suspicion grows and secrets and lies begin to surface.

Someone knows what happened to Laurel and they are not telling.

This enthralling story is told from the perspective of the nanny Anna. It is obvious that Anna adores young Laurel and is prepared to do everything in her power to uncover what has happened to her. But Anna also has a secret from her past that she is terrified will be uncovered once the police start digging into their lives.

Fran and Dominic were a materialistic,selfish couple who I found very unlikable and struggled to feel any sympathy for despite the nightmare that they were going through.

So many of the vivid,realistic characters were not who they appeared to be,came across as very sinister, untrustworthy and had hidden secrets. I suspected almost all of them as the story unfolded of having something to do with Laurel's disappearance.

Have You Seen Her is a mesmerising,gripping thriller that had me hooked in from very first page. I genuinely didn't want to put this fast paced,page turner down. After drawing you in with a Intreguing prologue,the story then hits the ground running at break neck speed. The reader is hardly given any chance to breath as you are launched from one twist to another until you get to the jaw dropping epilogue. Where you are left breathless and exhausted but very very disappointed that the thrill ride is over. I loved this well written thriller and would love to watch a film adaptation of this book. Worth far more than five stars and will definitely be one of my favourite reads of this year.

                                                           ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian - and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it). Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.
Readers can follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaHallAuthor

AUDIO BOOK PUBLICATION DATE: 4th April 2019

E-BOOK PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd May 2019

PRINT LENGTH: 384 Pages

PUBLISHER: HQ Digital

GENRE: Police Procedural

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  When Billy reaches out to help, her kindness brings many changes which threaten hopes, homes, and even the people she loves the most.

Who is the Culmfield Cuckoo? Will they help Billy get her life back? Or is the Cuckoo the cause of everything that is going wrong? Who is telling the truth?



   “… Jessie helped me in silence to make up a bed, then I showed them the bathroom and left.
  There were no explanations, other than they were both tired and we could talk this morning.
  ‘I found her in her bedroom yesterday, packing a suitcase.’ Jessie’s bottom lip quivers so much, I struggle to hear.
  ‘Sorry?’ I ask.
  ‘Mary, she’d booked a taxi and she was about to run away from home, so I made her agree I could go with her. She won’t tell me what’s wrong.’ Jessie stops.
  Minutes seem to pass.
  Our Border terrier, Crinkle, is sitting by Jessie’s feet and the dog starts scratching under her chin, so violently and noisily, that I wonder if she is feeling uncomfortable too.
  ‘What about your sons, Jessie? What about Arthur, Mikey and little Max?’ I ask.
  She looks up at me, fixing her eyes on mine. ‘I couldn’t let Mary go on her own. She was mad as hell.’
  ‘But she won’t tell you why she wanted to leave?’
  ‘No.’
  ‘Where was Michael when you left?’ I check quickly, reluctant to mention his name, assuming he must be on a business trip, but then I reconsider. Was he out riding? I know he is a man of routine; when I lived at Culmfield, he and I used to ride every Saturday morning, taking our horses around the boundary of the six-thousand-acre estate, always the same route. For a moment, the memory makes me feel peaceful; I used to look forward to our rides. Back then there was nothing between us, just friendly companions relishing the ever-changing seasons and the beauty of the place; the fallow deer herd and the River Culm that meandered through the grounds.
  ‘Paintball,’ she coughs.
  ‘Paintball?’
  ‘Yes.’ Jessie scoops up Wallace, the fat ginger cat, holding on to him like a comfort cushion. ‘Michael and the boys were at a paintball birthday party, so I left a note, saying we will be back tomorrow night.’
  I picture him screwing up her note in his fist. ‘Jessie, did you say where you were going?’
  She shakes her head.
  ‘Do you want to ring him?’ I ask.
  ‘No, he’ll fetch us back!’ Her eyes widen.
  ‘Okay, okay.’ I try to sound soothing.
  Jessie doesn’t seem reassured. She tells me, ‘I have to find out why Mary was running away. I am worried it’s something he’s done.’
  ‘He would never hurt Mary?’ I frown.
  ‘No, I don’t think he has.’ Jessie lifts her shoulders. ‘Mary says he hasn’t hurt her, but I’m unsure. Michael may have caused her to leave. I really don’t know.’
  I reach out to touch her hand, and she doesn’t pull away. As she stares into my eyes, a tiny spark ignites inside me; a small hope that we might be friends again one day…”

                                                         ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Celia Moore (1967-now) grew up on a small farm near Exeter. She had a successful career as a Chartered Surveyor working in the City of London before working her way back to Devon. In 2000, she left the office to start a new adventure as an outdoor instructor, teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. Today she gardens for a few lovely customers, runs and writes (accompanied at all times by a border terrier x jack russell called Tizzy). She is running the London Marathon in April 2019 for three cancer charities.

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PUBLICATION DATE: 20th March 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 371 Pages
PUBLISHER: Celia Moore Books
GENRE: Cosy Mystery/Romance Saga

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1.4.19

MINI BLOG BLITZ, BOOK REVIEW - The Plastic Seed by Maisie Porter


They say that revenge is a dish best served cold,well Jean Hima doesn't give a damn what temperature her revenge is,just as long as her plot to get back at the woman she preserves to have ruined her life goes to plan. Jean was/is an alcoholic whose husband left her and then she lost her job as a midwife at the local hospital. But as far as she is concerned,none of that was her fault, oh no, as far as,she is concerned,it was all because of the snooty,real estate agent who lived next door.

Move forward five years later,Jean's ex neighbour Carlana is now married to Evan,affluent and is a health and mindness coach and a motivational speaker. But Jean has proof that Carlana is not the caring person that she pretends to be,so she sets her plan for revenge into action.

A plan that starts off with a bit of blackmail and culminates in cold blooded murder.

The Plastic Seed is a,short novella that is voiced from the perspective of numerous characters including Jean,Carlana and Evan. I wouldn't say any of the main characters were very likeable for various reasons although Jean did go up a bit in my estimation when the content of her blackmail material was revealed. I felt so much sympathy for Jean's daughter Amy and Carlana and Evan's young daughter Maia who were both lumbered with selfish parents. Although Jean was putting her plan into action to improve life for her daughter,it could be said that it was a case of too little,too late.

This story is a strangely entertaining mix of thriller,mystery and sci-fi with an added dash of satire. The characters were vivid and diverse, there was a number of unexpected twists and turns and the story had a satisfactory conclusion. Although I wouldn't say I enjoyed this book as much as I loved Maisie Potter's previous book No Reception,I did enjoy it enough to finish it and look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

                                                             ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Maisie works as a wedding photographer in Australia, though she has neither abducted nor been abducted by any competitors. Author at Crooked Cat Books.

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PUBLICATION DATE: 19th December 2018
PRINT LENGTH: 123 pages
PUBLISHER: Crooked Cat Books
GENRE: Satire Fiction


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