19.9.21

BLOGTOUR, BOOK REVIEW - The Perfect Daughter by Kerry Wilkinson

 

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One wet evening in early December whilst she is making her way along a isolated, winding country road that she knows like the back of her hand, our main character Jennifer is distracted for a couple of seconds and hits something on the dark road. When she gets out of the car and sees what she has hit, she knows deep down that she should help but she is also torn due to her feelings of fear and anxiety over what the consequences of her actions will be for both herself and her teenage daughter Katie. Jennifer had been on route to pick Katie up from football practice and she was already running late....

That same night whilst they are at home, Jennifer receives a text from a anonymous number containing the terrifying words, I know what you did and now you will do something for me....

If, Jennifer wants to keep her daughter safe then she has no choice but to obey. So she drives where they tell her, does what they say, sends the photo evidence they want. But when they ask her to cause someone harm,it becomes clear that they know everything about their lives. Jennifer thought she was keeping a secret to keep her daughter safe. But had she actually put her in even more danger?

An absolutely addictive thriller about how far a mother would go for her child, with a twist that will leave you gasping. Fans of Shari Lapena, Lisa Jewell and The Girl on the Train won’t be able to put this down.

The entire story is voiced from the perspective of Jennifer, a divorced, private tutor and not very likeable individual for various reasons. Actually, the vast majority of the characters were unlikable and untrustworthy from Gary, the apparently creepy, policeman,Josh,the local bully to Jennifer's ex husband Bryan and his bride to be Dawn. The problem was that,we only saw the various characters from Jennifer's perspective and there was the possibility that her views could have been influenced by her feelings of fear and paranoia. I can imagine that quite a few readers will be quick to label Katie a brat but I could fully understand her attitude and behaviour. She was seventeen years old and in the limbo period between being a child and a woman, studying for her exams and coping with the separation of her parents. We only learn about life through our mistakes and everyone makes them no matter what age they are, I know I have.

The question was, Who was terrorising Jennifer and why? What was their end game? How far will Jennifer be prepared to go to protect her secrets?

The Perfect Daughter is written in Kerry Wilkinson's trademark short,snappy chapters, many of which end in a way that causes the reader to have a very bad case of just one more chapter syndrome. It's a fast paced, gripping page turner that hooks you in from.quite early in the story, keeps you guessing and glued to your kindle. I love this author's thrillers and this latest addition to his catalogue was no exception. A captivating read and very highly recommended.

                                                                               Author Bio:


Kerry Wilkinson is from the English county of Somerset but has spent far too long living in the north. It’s there that he’s picked up possibly made-up regional words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’. He pretends to know what they mean.


He’s also been busy since turning thirty: his Jessica Daniel crime series has sold more than a million copies in the UK; he has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults; a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter and the standalone thriller, Down Among The Dead Men.


https://kerrywilkinson.com/

https://www.facebook.com/KerryWilkinsonBooks/

https://twitter.com/kerrywk


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18.9.21

BLOGTOUR, BOOK REVIEW - The Couple Upstairs by Shalini Boland

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Our new home was supposed to be a chance to leave our past behind. But was moving here the worst mistake of our lives?

All our friends and family were gathered, glasses raised to toast our fresh start. It should have been a night for happiness and celebration. Zac and I had worked so hard for this: our first home together, just minutes from the sea. But the dream quickly turned into a nightmare…

We’d invited our neighbours too. I wanted to make a good impression – to show them we’re exactly the sort of people they want living on their street.

I hadn’t thought about who they might be, the strangers I was letting in.

It was going so well. There was laughter in the air and the wine was flowing. But then I noticed the narrowed eyes, the whispers.

And then the lights went out.

As my heart thumped in my chest, all the little things that had been going wrong since we moved here flashed through my mind: the food poisoning, the arguments, the flood of nasty reviews shaking my business.

Am I going crazy? Or is someone trying to destroy us?

From the USA Today bestselling author Shalini Boland comes an absolutely heart-thumping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the TrainGone Girl and The Wife Between Us.

The chapters of this domestic drama/ thriller are predominantly voiced from the perspective of thirty one year old Nina who runs her own business called Mistletoe Lane. When we first meet Nina, she and her boyfriend Zac are in the process of moving into their new flat which is situated in a big house that had been converted into two apartments. Nina was so excited about the move, this was the fulfilment of her dreams, a home near the coast and a new chapter in their lives. Zac had been harbouring doubts about the move, he had wanted to move somewhere closer to the town centre but Nina had sweet talked him into getting her own way. But almost from the moment that they had moved into their new home, things started to go wrong, they were both hit by a crippling stomach bug, there was a mysterious power cut and people started posting nasty comments online about her business and the quality of the products she was selling. As time passed a atmosphere developed between Nina and Zac that was so thick, you could cut it with a knife and they were either constantly arguing or not talking.

Nina's dream had turned into a living nightmare but why? Was everything that was happening just down to bad luck and coincidence? Was she blowing things out of proportion or was Nina the pawn in a unknown enemy's twisted game of bullying, intimidation and manipulation?

As with all Shalini Boland's thrillers, The Couple Upstairs has a fast of realistic individuals, people who could be living in any street, in any town or city, maybe on the same street as any one of the many readers who love her books. There was the grumpy old lady, the two faced neighbour who turns nasty for no apparent reason, Nina's bitchy mother and sister in law and the neighbours upstairs Vanessa and Chris. I loved Nina's dad, her brother's and her friends Ben, Kit, Cali and Amy but I can't say that I liked Zac very much even after I learned the reason behind his behaviour. As for Nina herself, like many readers, I like to feel some type of connection with the main character of a story but I can't say that I felt any with Nina as the story unfolded. I wouldn't say that she was unlikable, she was just a character whose life was falling apart around her but the question was why? 

Scattered throughout the book was chapters that were set in the past, written in italics and voiced from the perspective of a mystery character who was the blacksheep of their family and was struggling to make friends at school until a bit called Alex walked into their life. But who was this person and how did their story for into events that were unfolding in the present day?

As readers have come to expect from this talented author's books, The Couple Upstairs is a extremely well written domestic drama/thriller that has some unexpected twists and turns and a truly chilling conclusion. I will admit that it did take a while for the story to draw me in but once it captured my attention, I couldn't put it down and wanted to know who was messing with Nina's life and why? A enjoyable, entertaining read and another brilliant addition to Shalini Boland's catalogue of thrillers.

                                                                              Author Bio:


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

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BLOGTOUR, BOOK REVIEW - The Babysitter by Gemma Rogers


 

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It’s every mother’s worst nightmare…All NEW from Gemma Rogers 

Ali and Christopher Tolfrey's one year old daughter Eden is abducted whilst in the care of Ali’s best-friend. 

Snatched in broad daylight from Bushy Park on a trip to the swings, Eden disappears without a trace. 

Brooke Simmons , regains consciousness, dazed from a blow to the head, to find Eden, her bestfriends’ child is missing. 

Someone has taken Eden and Brooke knows who. 

But it's a secret she can't share with Ali or the Police without revealing the web of deceit she's spun. 

Can Brooke get Eden home before her lies come back to haunt her? Or is the net closing in on her? 


The chapters of this gritty, intense thriller are voiced from the perspectives of Brooke (The babysitter) Ali (The mother of one year old Eden and a character called Jimmy who is the individual who had kidnapped little Eden. We know from early in the story that Brooke and Jimmy had a history together and that he is behind Eden's disappearance but the question is why had he kidnapped a innocent baby? Was it a kidnap for ransom? Was Eden kidnapped on demand or was there more personal reasons behind Jimmy's actions? Brooke knew that Jimmy had taken Eden and why but would she be able to get the baby back before the police uncovered the truth and the all lies that she had concocted?

Meanwhile, Eden's parents Ali and Christopher find themselves caught up in every parent's worst nightmare, their beloved baby daughter is missing,the police are digging into every corner of their lives,asking endless questions but never appearing to uncover any useful leads despite the couple being trust into the media limelight during a press conference. Like many parents, I have experienced the heart stopping moment when you lose sight of your child and the massive rush of relief when you catch sight of them again. It's absolutely terrifying when it happens for a short time so I hate to imagine the terror and fear that a parent must experience when their child completely disappears. I really liked Ali and I thought that the author's portrayals of her fear and the roller coaster of emotions that she experienced were realistic and relatable. There was a number of times when I wanted to reach into my kindle, pat her on the back and say, 'yay, you tell them, girl'. I can't say that I thought that Christopher was a very likeable individual for various reasons.

The chapters that featured James were uncomfortable to read at times, his behaviour and actions becoming more unpredictable as the story unfolded. He was the soul carer for a innocent baby and even Brooke wasn't sure if little Eden was safe with him or not. James wasn't a very likeable individual whose actions were most definitely wrong but once the whole truth was revealed, I couldn't help feeling a tiny bit of sympathy for him.

The Babysitter is a extremely well written, gripping, addictive thriller that hooks the reader in from the first page and has a plot that keeps you captivated and glued to your kindle. The cast of characters were vivid and realistic and the fast paced plot contained some unexpected twists, turns and a touch of poetic justice that would raise some interesting questions during a book group discussion. This is the first book that I have read that was written by this author and it most definitely will not be my last. A very enjoyable, entertaining read and very very highly recommended.

                                                                          Author Bio 

Gemma Rogers was inspired to write gritty thrillers by a traumatic event in her own life nearly twenty years ago. Her debut novel Stalker was published in September 2019 and marked the beginning of a new writing career. Gemma lives in West Sussex with her husband, two daughters and bulldog, Buster. 

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PUBLICATION DATE: 14th September 2021

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Babysitter-Gemma-Rogers-ebook/dp/B08WZ98143/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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15.9.21

BOOK COVER REVEAL - Dead Mercy (DI Maggie Jameson #5) by Noelle Holten


                                                                     BOOK SYNOPSIS

A brutal murder…

When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.

A dark history…

As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.

A terrible secret…

In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late.

                                                                          AUTHOR BIO



Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog. 

Dead Inside – her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK is an international kindle bestseller and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

PUBLICATION DATE: 19th November 2021

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The DC Maggie Jameson series

1: Dead Inside
2: Dead Wrong
3: Dead Perfect
4: Dead Secret
5: Dead Mercy

















BLOGTOUR,BOOK REVIEW - The New Home by Chris Merritt

                                                                     BOOK SYNOPSIS

You never know what’s happening behind closed doors…

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…

Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!



The chapters of this addictive psychological thriller are written predominantly from the perspective of our main character Faye who at the start of the book was moving into a new house with her fiance Jack who was a doctor. On the first day in their new house their beautiful new Emily came over to introduce herself and they learnt that she had a young daughter called Thea and her husband Michael. Later on the same day Faye and Jack went to introduce themselves to their neighbour who lived on the opposite side of their house and learnt that she was a elderly woman called Cathy, someone who Jack, rather unkindly wrote off as a crazy cat lady. As time passed, Faye found herself building friendships with the two women but she was especially close to Emily although her husband Michael continued to be rude and unfriendly. Then one day Emily and young Thea mysteriously disappeared and Faye couldn't ignore the feeling that Michael was somehow involved although Jack and the police refused to take her concerns seriously. Determined to prove that her suspicions were correct, Faye started channelling her inner Nancy Drew and started her own investigation into her new friend's disappearance without stopping to think that in doing so, she might have been placing her own life in danger.


Where were Emily and her young daughter? Was Michael involved in their disappearance? Why did Faye feel that Jack was keeping secrets from her and that he was constantly dismissing everything that she tried to tell him? Was Cathy the confused old lady that she appeared to be or was there more truth in her apparent ramblings that Faye realised? 


Faye was a multi layered, complex character who definitely allowed her emotions to rule her her and actions and she was absolutely determined to uncover the truth behind Emily's disappearance despite how dismissive Jack and DI Henderson were of her concerns. I couldn't help admiring her stubborn determination but you also had to stop and wonder what was behind her obsession to uncover the truth, after all, she hardly knew Emily and why was she so certain that Michael was somehow involved? Emily could have just got fed up with her marriage to Michael and simply taken her young daughter and ran away to start a new life somewhere that they couldn't be found. Faye and Jack had moved because of Jack's new job, taking her away from all her friends and with Jack spending all his time at the hospital where he worked, maybe Faye was just bored and needed something to occupy her time? Or maybe she was harbouring secrets and had her own personal reasons for pointing the finger in Michael's direction? 


I can't say that I thought Michael was a very likeable individual and I had mixed feelings about Jack, was he genuinely concerned about Faye's mental health and wellbeing of was there a more sinister motive behind his action? I thought that Cathy was a fantastic, realistic character but could she be trusted or was she also harbouring secrets?


Interspersed throughout the book was chapters that were written from the perspective of a unknown character who had been obsessed with another character for a long time and was waiting for the perfect opportunity to carry out their twisted plan. But who was this mystery character and how did they fit into the story?


Wow.....just wow, I love this very talented author's addictive stories, you can always rely on them being extremely well written, gripping,addictive reads and The New House is no exception. The story hooks you in and keeps you guessing as the author skilfully pulls together the various threads of his story that culminates in a shocking and unexpected conclusion. The intricate plot had numerous twists and turns and the small cast of characters were vivid and relatable. This is another fantastic addition to one of my favourite author's catalogue of brilliant thrillers. Very very highly recommended



                                                                                     AUTHOR BIO




Chris Merritt is a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.

All his novels are set in London, where he lives. He began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. He specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked his interest

Chris Merritt is a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.

All his novels are set in London, where he lives. He began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. He specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked his interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.

Now, he spends most of his time writing novels and drinking coffee while *thinking* about writing novels. When he's not writing, he loves climbing and playing basketball.

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Pub Day: Sept 7th 2021

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14.9.21

BLOGTOUR, BOOK REVIEW - Broken Wand by Denise Tyler

 


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Broken Wand is a story of families, friendships, treachery and bravery. Mike and Angelique meet by chance and form an unlikely friendship that others struggle to understand and strive to destroy. They persevere with their plans despite the obstacles but have they staked everything on an illusion of success

The chapters of this captivating story alternative between the perspectives of Mike, a man who has just celebrated his fortieth birthday and aspires to be a famous magician like his hero Paul Daniel's and Angelique who is in her late twenties and has a condition that had caused her to work harder to achieve her goals in life. The two characters were like chalk and cheese and from completely different backgrounds but after Angelique saw one of Mike's magic shows and managed to convince him that she could make him famous, a unlikely bond began to develop between the couple.

The people in both of their lives were not very happy about their partnership for various reasons and tried everything in their power to derail their friendship. Then Angelique is violently assaulted on a train and after she makes a spontaneous speech at the trial, she becomes a media sensation in her own right.

While Angelique's star was on the rise, Mike's was in freefall,his life was swiftly unravelling and he finds himself plunged into a world of paranoia and depression. Had he staked everything on a illusion? Had Angelique only been using him as a fun side project that she could work with and drop when she got bored or when something better came along? She the curtain came down on the final act, would they be planning their lives together or going their separate ways?

I felt quite a lot of empathy for poor Mike as the story unfolded, he had my kind of luck in life as in, none whatsoever, his mum was constantly on at him about wasting his time in magic and why hasn't he got married and given her grandchildren yet. He worked in a coffee shop where he was expected to just smile and not react to the abuse that he received from the obnoxious customers. The only not that he had in his life was performing his magic tricks but he was even contemplating giving that up before Angelique walked into his life. He was a man who was driven by his emotions and it appeared to me that he never fully knew what he really wanted out of life. Even after he and Angelique started to attract media attention, he still wasn't completely happy and had doubts about the situation. I had mixed feelings about Mike,I really liked his dad and spent most of the book not liking his mum very much although I did find myself altering my opinion a little towards the end of the story.

Angelique was a feisty, strong willed character who had probably had to have built up some kind of wall of protection due to the disadvantages that she had had to deal with throughout her life. Despite the fact that we now live in the 21st century and in so called enlightened times, people can still be judgemental and make cruel comments about people they view differently. After the trial, Angelique had been given the impression that being thrust into the spotlight would give he the opportunity to enlighten people About the condition that she lived with but she would swiftly learn that people couldn't be trusted. Both she and Mike had been lied to and manipulated by different people for different reasons and would both learn that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

This is a very well written, mesmerising read that zips along due to the short ,snappy chapters. The plot covers a wide range of relatable issues, keeps the reader guessing and wondering how the story is going to end. The small cast of characters were vivid and realistic, a couple of whom were not very likeable. I thought this was a very  enjoyable, enthralling, entertaining read. Very very highly recommended.

                                                                       AUTHOR BIO


Brighton based Denise Tyler is a journalist, award winning Public Relations expert and author of debut novel ‘Broken Wand.’  She was also commissioned to write ‘Working Mothers: The Essential Guide’ on the basis of editing website Mother@Work for ten years. Having enjoyed a 25 year international career in PR and journalism attending major events around the world, Denise has gathered much experience and insight which she is now bringing to her writing. 

A creative writer all her life, Denise studied English Literature with Public Media at Leeds University where she enjoyed tutorials with Booker Prize shortlisted Anita Mason as well as taking a Masters in Text and Performance Studies at King’s College, London and RADA. 

When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, Denise enjoys attending literary events, spending time with family and friends and striding purposefully across the Sussex Downs with her dog, Bob, in search of a pub lunch.

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13.9.21

BLOGTOUR, BOOK PROMO - Whisper Cottage by Anne Wyn Clark

 




                                                                     BOOK SYNOPSIS

How well do you know the woman next door? 

When Stina and Jack move to an old rural cottage, they’re hoping for a fresh start. Their new home is run-down compared to their neighbour’s, but generous Mrs Barley quickly becomes a friend. 

Until Stina sees a mysterious figure in the widow’s garden, and her happy new life begins to unravel. And when she hears strange noises in the night, she is forced to question if Mrs Barley is what she seems. 

Why do the other villagers whisper about her? Why is she so eager to help the couple? And what is she hiding in her picture-perfect home? 

                                                                       AUTHOR BIO

Anne Wyn Clark lives in the UK, in the Midlands, with her husband, son and a feisty chinchilla. She has three (now grown-up) children and five grandchildren. She is particularly partial to Italian food, decent red wine (or any coloured wine come to that...) and cake - and has been known to over-indulge in each on occasions. She is passionate about animals and their welfare. Whilst she has enjoyed writing for many years, a love of all things gothic inspired her to try her hand at producing something dark and twisty, culminating in the haunting Whisper Cottage. 

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Twitter: https:// twitter.com/ EAClarkAuthor

PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd September 2021

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