COVER REVEAL - The Family by Louise Jensen

                                                                 THE FAMILY
                                                               LOUISE JENSEN

                                                                  THE BLURB

The latest psychological thriller from master storyteller, Louise Jensen, will leave you breathless.

Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home.

But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.

Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…

                                                            ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Louise Jensen has sold over a million English language copies of her International No. 1 psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift, The Surrogate and The Date. Her novels have also been translated into twenty-five languages, as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. Louise's fifth thriller, The Family, will be published in Autumn 2019 by Harper Collins.

The Sister was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award. The Date was nominated for The Guardian's 'Not The Booker' Prize 2018. The Surrogate has been nominated for the best Polish thriller of 2018. The Gift has been optioned for a TV film.

Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers.

PUBLICATION DATE: 3rd October 2019
GENRE: Psychological Thriller



Ok,That's all the blurb out of the way and now for the bit that you have been waiting for..

Don't you just loved that cover,it's so atmospheric


BOOK REVIEW - Date Night by Samantha Hayes

Omg,I honestly didn't see that ending coming,that was one hell of a totally,unexpected,jaw dropping twist. I was so shocked,I ended up sitting in my comfy chair,doing a very good impression of omg cat for at least five minutes.

Libby hadn't thought that her day could get any worse,first she had found a note on the front windscreen of her car,informing her that her husband Sean was cheating on her. Then a date night that Sean had organised ended up being a unmitigated disaster. Instead of repairing their relashionship,they had ended up having a massive argument and returning home in stony silence. Only when they got back to their cottage,they had discovered that their four year old daughter Alice was all alone and their babysitter Sasha had disappeared.

Days later,Libby is arrested for Sasha's murder. She insists that she is innocent but does she know more than she is letting on?

Where is Sasha? What really happened that night?

In this twisty tale of secrets,lies,families,control and manipulation,nothing is what is appears to be and when the truth is revealed it is shocking,chilling and heart breaking.

We witness events from Libby's perspective as she takes us through her life before,during and after the disastrous date night and her interviews with the police. Libby was a complex character who had some major issues due to events in her past. These issues caused her to be anxious and lack trust in Sean,so obviously she would have been very upset after receiving the note. Adding to Libby's problems was the constant interference from Sean's perfect ex wife and his domineering mother. But because we only see everything from Libby's  perspective,the reader is never sure wether Libby's versions of events and her interactions with other characters are reliable of if she is cleverly manipulating the police and the reader. Many of the vivid,realistic characters were not very likeable but was there underlying reasons behind their behaviour and actions.? I loved Chestnut Cottage where Libby and Sean lived,the thatched roof,the old key that opened the front door,Libby's kitchen in the converted barn.

I love Samantha Hayes thrillers,they are always exceedingly well written,packed full of unexpected twists and turns gripping and enthralling and Date Night is no exception. The truth of what happened that fateful night is revealed gradually,the reader being drip Fed little hints and clues as the story unfolded before your captivated eyes. Another amazing,brilliant thriller from a very talented author who doesn't get the recognition that she deserves. Worth far more than five stars. Very Very highly recommended.

                                                          ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003 and her ninth novel, THE REUNION, will be published February 2018. You can pre-order now! Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on 'real life fiction'. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, 'What if this happened to me or my family?'

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING says "We’re big fans of Samantha Hayes. Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping..."

To find out more, visit her website www.samanthahayes.co.uk
Or connect with Samantha on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaHayesAuthor
And she's on Twitter @samhayes

PUBLICATION DATE: 20th August 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 380 pages
PUBLISHER: Bookouture
GENRE: Psychological Thriller





Your 21st birthday is meant to be a memorable day,a landmark in everyone's lives. Sarah's 21st is definitely going to be memorable but for all the wrong reasons. After yet another argument with her abusive,bully of a boyfriend Matt,she storms off into the night and is picked up by a good Samaritan who says that his name is Kevin. But is Kevin the nice guy that he appears to be or has Sarah escaped one dangerous situation and walked right into another one.

Meanwhile,Matt is lurking in the background,fuming,plotting and waiting for the opportunity to enact his revenge.

This riveting thriller is split into three sections and voiced from the perspectives of Sarah,Kevin and a character named Scott. I really liked Sarah and enjoyed witnessing the relashionship between her and Kevin develop and grow as the story unfolded. And Sarah slowly realising just how much she had lost and sacrificed due to Matt's  controlling behaviour. Elements of Kevin's behaviour cast doubt on the validity of his character and caused me to have mixed feelings about him for quite a large portion of the book. Scott was a complex character who had some serious issues but were does he fit into this captivating thriller. Well you will just have to get hold of a copy of this book and find out for yourselves.

There is a intensity to this story that holds the readers attention and keeps you frantically turning the pages. The tension builds as all the well rounded characters are manoeuvred into position for the inevitable final showdown.A very entertaining,well written,enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

                                                         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 on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa–one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErikTherme.writer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErikTherme
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7831573.Erik_Therm
Blog: NAWebsite: https://eriktherme.com

PUBLICATION DATE: 21st February 2017
PRINT LENGTH: 245 pages
PUBLISHER: Thecker Books
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

Purchase Links.....

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Roam-Erik-Therme-ebook/dp/B01MSAA345
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roam-Erik-Therme-ebook/dp/B01MSAA345
Audible US: https://www.amazon.com/Roam/dp/B0722RN6WD/
Audible UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roam/dp/B071DXVC73/

Erik is also running a give away for readers to win either a digital copy of Roam which is open world wide or an audio copy of the book of which is only open to UK & US readers.  The giveaway will run during the whole of the blog tour.

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/791a8c8f5/?



BOOK REVIEW: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs is a mesmerising,enthralling domestic drama/thriller about brother and sister Henry and Lucy Lamb and how swiftly their young lived descended into a living nightmare after two strangers moved into the opulent home in Chelsea that Henry and Lucy shared with their socialite mother and father. A nightmare that culminated with the death of three people and the discovery of a abandoned ten month old baby in the almost empty shell of a once loving family home.

It's also the story of Libby Jones and journalist Miller Roe's investigation into the people who lived at 16 Cheyne Walk after Libby is shocked when she receives a letter informing her that she has inherited the house. The story that they uncover is shocking,twisted and heart breaking and will change Libby's life forever.

The chapters flip back and forth in time and are voiced by Libby,Lucy and Henry in the present day and Henry in the past. The chapters covering Henry and Lucy's younger years were very dark at times and pulled at my heart strings more than once as the story unfolded. It was frighteningly scary how quickly their parents were coerced and manipulated by their sinister,twisted house guests. The characters were well rounded,vivid and diverse,many of them were flawed,some were likeable but quite a number of them were not so likeable for various reasons.

I love Lisa Jewell's books and The Family Upstairs is no exception. It is exceedingly well written,her words flow with ease,drawing the reader into her enthralling story and holding you captive throughout. Once I started this book,I honestly couldn't put it down,I was hooked in from the first page,totally captivated by the twists and turns as the story unfolded before my captivated eyes. It also raises the moral question,are a person's actions excusable depending on the circumstances?. Very,very highly recommended by little old me.

                                                           ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I've been here in one form or another for A Very Long Time Indeed. My first book, Ralph's Party, came out in 1998, when I was still a young person and when some of you may not yet have been born. Since then I have written and published another fourteen books, from the 'curry and flatmates' novels of the nineties and noughties like Thirtynothing, One Hit Wonder, A Friend of the Family and Vince & Joy, to more serious 'themed' novels like After The Party (marriage), The Making of Us (sperm donation) and The House We Grew Up In (hoarding) to my more recent domestic thrillers, like The Third Wife, The Girls, I Found You and Then She Was Gone.

I live in London with my husband, two daughters, two hairy cats, two nervous guinea pigs and a very lovely auburn dog. I write every day, a minimum of one thousand words, in a cafe, with no access to the internet, in two to three hour sessions. It's a very good life.

PUBLICATION DATE: 8th August 2019
GENRE: Mystery/Thriller




BLOG TOUR BOOK REVIEW - Manipulated Lives by H.A.Leuschel

Manipulator - A person who controls or influences others in a clever or unscrupulous way.

Manipulated Lives consists of five,fictional,true to life short stories about different individuals from different walks of life who have been manipulated by others yet have eventually found the strength to move on.

Manipulators are clever,devious,calculating individuals who often are able to control their true nature,often for quite a few years until they have their victims complete trust. Then,like a switch has been flicked inside the manipulator's head,their true controlling and angry nature is revealed although the manipulator is always kind and loving in public.The swift changes in behaviour can cause the victim to doubt themselves and for others not to believe the victim if and when they speak out about what happens behind closed doors.

The five stories in this book are....

Tess and Tattoos
The Spell
Runaway Girl
The Narcissist
The Perfect Child

Three of these stories are voiced by the victim of a manipulator. In three the reader gets to read the egotistical,twisted thoughts of the manipulator. In one story you witness it slowly dawning on a mother that maybe her son is not the perfect child that she believes he is. That story raises the old nurture v nature debate. One of the stories was quite heart warming but also very sad.I did enjoy witnessing one particular nasty piece of work getting their comeuppance. Ain't Karma a hitch...lol

Books about manipulators and abuse are very often very hard to read especially ones where you get to read the actual thoughts of the manipulator themselves. It's even more thought provoking when you stop and think about the many many men,women and children who spend every day of their lives living in fear and walking on egg shells because someone they know is a manipulator. Each one of these realistic stories was well written and some were actually quite chilling. The author has definitely done a lot of research into both manipulators and how their behaviour affects the lives of their victims. Very,very good book,highly recommended by little old me.

                                                                        ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate inJournalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London andEdinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired aMaster of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is notwriting, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

Social Media Links –

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15337013.H_A_Leuschel .            FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/HALeuschel/
TWITTER: twitter.com/HALeuschel
PINTEREST: www.pinterest.pt/heleneleuschel/                        
LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heleneleuschel/

PUBLICATION DATE: 28th June 2016
PRINT LENGTH: 271 pages
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independant Publishing Platform
GENRE: Psychological Thriller





BLOG TOUR BOOK REVIEW - Clear My Name by Paula Daly

Carrie has always denied that she brutally murdered her husband's lover Ella. She denied it when they arrested her,when they put her in front of a jury,and when they sent her to prison.

She is now three years into a fifteen year sentence and she is still insisting that she is innocent.

Then suddenly Carrie is given hope when her case is taken on by Innocence UK,a charity that takes on alleged miscarriages of justice.

Tess Gilroy is asked to take on Carrie's case but as Tess digs deeper,she begins to realise that if she is going to help this woman,then Tess must risk uncovering the secrets that she has struggled a lifetime to hide.

Clear My Name is set in Morecambe,Lancashire,a place that I have not personally ever visited. The chapters alternate between Tess and Carrie and are set in the present day and 4 and 5 years previously.

At the beginning of the case,Tess is not very pleased when she is told that she will be being shadowed by a new member of the team Avril Hughes. Tess normally likes to work alone and therefore for a while she is not very nice to quiet,inexperienced Avril but as time passes it is lovely to witness their relationship develop into a close friendship . Tess is feisty,stubborn and very dedicated to her job but why does this case affect her more than all her previous cases. Why is she prepared to take more risks than she normally does,risks that end up endangering both Tess's and Avril's lives. And why does Tess keep getting the feeling that she is being followed.

During Carrie's chapters,as well as following her story in the present day,we are also taken into the past and given a insight into her relashionship with her obnoxious husband Pete and their daughter Mia and into the events leading up to Ella's murder. The way that Carrie was treated by the police,especially during her panic attack was disturbing,chilling and frankly rather scary. But was she innocent as she claimed or was she a cunning,manipulative killer?

Paula Dayl's books are always extremely well written and Clear My Name is no exception. It has twists and turns,believable,vivid characters and a tight plot that keeps the reader guessing and frantically turning the pages. I would love to read more miscarriages of justice thrillers featuring Tess and Avril. Enthralling,thought-provoking and gripping. Very highly recommended.
                                                         ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paula Daly is the critically acclaimed author of six novels. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books have been developed for the new ITV television series, Deep Water, starring Anna Friel. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaulaDalyAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paula-Daly-490968164379299

PUBLICATION DATE: 8th August 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 304 pages
PUBLISHER: Bantam Press/ Transworld Digital
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clear-My-Name-Paula-Daly/dp/1787632105/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1563271672&sr=8-1

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/clear-my-name/paula-daly/9781787632103

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Clear-My-Name-Paula-Daly/9781787630628

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Paula-Daly/Clear-My-Name/23808117

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/clear-my-name,paula-daly-9781787632103



BOOK COVER REVEAL - The Seagull's Laughter by Holly Bidgood

                                                                BOOK BLURB

Born in 1973 to a Greenlandic mother and an English-Explorer father, Malik has always been something of a misfit. He has one black eye and one blue. As a child his mother’s people refused to touch him and now his own baby daughter’s family feel the same way.

On his own now, Malik’s only companion is a guiding spirit no-one else can see, but one day a white man with a nose like a beak and a shadow like a seagull appears on his doorstep and invites him to England.

Martha has had enough of living with domestic abuse. She compares bruises with her friend Neil, who regularly suffers homophobic attacks. With Martha’s baby, they go on the run to Shetland, where Martha has happy childhood memories of summers spent with her aunt.

On their way up north in a camper van, they come across a dejected Malik, alone again after a brief reconciliation with his father’s family.

They arrive safely together in the Shetland Isles, but Malik still needs answers to the identity of the beak-nosed man who casts a shadow over his life, and must now embark on a further journey of his own.

The Seagull’s Laughter is an immersive read, intertwined with nature and the magic of Greenlandic folk tales.

                                                           ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Holly grew up in Derbyshire but has always been drawn to the sea. She has written from a young age. Her love affair with island landscapes was kick-started on a brief visit to the Faroe Islands at the age of eighteen, en route to Iceland. She was immediately captivated by the landscape, weather, and way of life and it was here that she conceived the idea for her first novel, The Eagle and The Oystercatcher.
Holly studied Icelandic, Norwegian and Old Norse at University College London. She also studied as an exchange student at The University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) and spent a memorable summer working in a museum in South Greenland.
She decided to start a family young, and now has three small children. Holly helps run Life & Loom, a social and therapeutic weaving studio in Hull.  She likes to escape from the busyness of her life by working on her novels and knitting Icelandic wool jumpers.

The Seagull’s Laughter will be published by Wild Pressed Books in November 2019.


Twitter Handles: @HollyBidgood @Wildpressed