16.4.21

BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW - The Boy In The Well by Dan Clark

 



                                                                 BOOK DESCRIPTION

A time to mourn. A gruesome find. A race for the truth.

After her husband and son are killed in a tragic car accident, Carolyn goes to stay with her mother in a quiet, rural town. She hopes the break will help her cope with her loss.

Soon, Carolyn discovers that the small town holds unforgivable secrets. One she stumbles upon when she discovers the body of a young boy down a well – only to find he has disappeared when she returns with the police.

The local residents, including Carolyn’s mother, doubt her discovery and blame it on her current state of mind. 

Rumours begin to spread.

With somebody determined to stop Carolyn uncovering the truth, she knows she needs to prove what she saw. Not just for the boy and his family but also for herself.

Will Carolyn be able to find the proof she needs? Or will her life be in danger if she continues her search?

This gripping thriller is voiced predominantly from the perspective of our main character,bumbling amateur sleuth Carolyn, a individual who I thought was a wonderful character, a realistic blend of self doubt, grief and stubborn determination. Despite everyone, including her own mother and the chief inspector of the local police insisting that her grief and the antidepressants that she was taking had caused her to imagine that she had seen the boy of a young boy in the well. Carolyn was determined to prove that she hadn't been hallucinating and uncover what had happened to the poor little bit and who was behind such a sickening act. 

The reader knows from parts of the story which are written in italics and scattered throughout the book that Carolyn hadn't been hallucinating and that this person had removed the body from the well before Carolyn got back to the scene with the emergency services. Who was this person? Had they killed the boy or was more than one resident of the small town of Llanbedr involved in the horrific crime?

Carolyn swiftly discovers that the residents are very pleased that a outsider has suddenly appeared in their town and started digging into events from the past and stirring up old rumours. Some residents have been harbouring secrets for years and are prepared to do whatever it takes to stop those secrets from being uncovered.....including committing murder.

Containing a cast of wonderful, diverse, vivid individuals,some of whom turned out to be not who they appeared to be, this is a very well written,addictive classic mystery/thriller. It has a very likeable heroine who worms her way into your heart and has you routing for her Anne feeling anxious whenever she finds herself in a life threatening situation. The plot keeps you guessing, has some unexpected twists and turns and the story keeps you captivated and glued to your kindle. I thought this was a very enjoyable,entertaining debut and I look forward to reading many more of this author's books in the future.

                                                                         Author Bio – 


Dan was born in the North West of England. He started reading Stephen King from an early age and is still a committed fan today, believing this is what inspired him to start writing.

After leaving school, he studied Accounting before realising working with numbers wasn’t for him. He has done numerous jobs which include, working in retail, in busy restaurants as a Chef, driving a taxi and moving on to driving lorries.

Dan lives with his fiancé, Rachel, and easily annoyed cat, Burt. In his free time he loves to find a comfortable chair with a large cup of tea and read thriller and horror novels. He enjoys walking and being out in the countryside and devotes most of his time to his passion: writing his own stories.

Social Media Links – 

Twitter: @DanielRClark3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanClarkAuthor/?viewas=100000686899395

Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/DanClarkbooks/
Instagram: @dan_clark100

PUBLICATION DATE: 16th April 2021

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COVER REVEAL - The Idea Of You by Robinne Lee

 




                                                               BOOK DESCRIPTION


EVERYONE IN THE WORLD KNOWS HIS NAME.
BUT IT'S YOU HE WANTS.


At thirty-nine, Solène Marchand is a devoted mother, a dedicated colleague and a considerate ex-wife.

But it's a long time since she's felt like herself.

So when someone comes along who seems to see her - to want her - for who she really is, the attraction is instant. And so begins a jet-setting, earth-shattering secret love affair.

But what if that someone is world-famous sex symbol Hayes Campbell? Captivating frontman of boy band of the moment August Moon - whose face is everywhere. Including Solène's teenage daughter's bedroom wall.

Can Solène allow herself to fall for the boy the whole world wants?

OR WILL SHE HAVE TO MAKE A DEVASTATING CHOICE..?

                                                                      AUTHOR BIO

Robinne Lee is an actor, writer, and producer. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, she was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. Robinne has numerous acting credits in both television and film, most notably opposite Will Smith in both Hitch and Seven Pounds. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

PUBLICATION DATE: 16th April 2021
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15.4.21

BLOG TOUR, BOOK SPOTLIGHT - Abberton House by Debbie Ioanna

 



                                                                 BOOK DESCRIPTION

Two families. 100 years apart. A sinister haunting...  

It was supposed to be the dream house for Adam, Catherine, and their daughter, Bella. But dream houses can hold secrets. 

Settling in to their new home, the family realise they are not the only inhabitants of Abberton House.  

A dark past continues to haunt the idyllic Yorkshire home, and those who remain want Adam and Catherine to know the truth. 

Frightened, Adam and Catherine begin to piece together what really happened at this once perfect abode.  

A missing family, an elderly man searching for the truth, and secrets waiting to be revealed, moving in to Abberton House could be the worst decision the family made.


                                                                About Debbie Ioanna:


Debbie is a multi-genre indie author and blogger who was born in Bradford and lives there with her husband, two-year-old daughter and anti-social cat Cleo. When she isn’t busy being a Mum, working for her local council or studying towards her Open University degree, she is busy focusing on her writing career.              

Debbie doesn’t write to just one genre as she likes to write about anything. She is currently working on a romantic-comedy series but who knows what she will be working on in the future. As well as writing novels, short stories and blogs for her website, she is also reviewing other works by indie authors. She is passionate about helping other indie authors as she knows it is a hard world to master and getting reviews is a challenge on its own.              
Debbie has been a regular attending author at the UK Indie Lit Fest in Bradford for the last few years and will be returning in 2020, as well as attending events in Shipley and Liverpool for the first time.              

Debbie began studying with the Open University in 2015, aiming towards a BA Honours in Humanities, focusing on History and Creative Writing which are her two greatest passions. It is a part-time course, due to end in 2021 which Debbie is hoping means she will have more time to write.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Debbie_Cleo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbieioannaauthor/
Website: https://debbie-ioanna-author.blog/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/debbieioannaauthor/

Publishing Information:
Published by Panther Publishing on 1st September 2020

Purchase Links:

Panther Publishing: http://bit.ly/38Ho0C3 
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BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW - Somebody Out There by Kevin Lynch

 


                                                                BOOK DESCRIPTION

Be careful what you wish for…


When Ben and Deborah leave the city to start a new life in the beautiful Irish countryside, they can almost taste their perfect future – growing their own food, the kids running free, peace and silence.


But as soon as they arrive in their new home bad things start to happen. And it becomes clear that somebody out there wants them gone.


But ex-crime reporter Deborah doesn’t scare easily. This is the life she’s dreamed of for her family and she’s not giving up on it without a fight.


As the campaign against the family intensifies and becomes truly terrifying, Deborah is determined to unmask whoever is trying to hurt them and starts to dig for the truth.


What she finds is more twisted and horrifying than she could ever have imagined.


Somebody Out There – the stunning psychological thriller perfect for fans of K.L Slater, Miranda Rijks, Teresa Driscoll.


Ben had relocated his family to a isolated house in the Irish countryside, far away from Dublin and the horrific events of their past. He had hoped that the move would be the start of his family's own version of The Good Life but instead they ended up featuring in their own personal Hammer Horror.

The story is told almost entirely from the perspective of Ben,a individual who I had mixed feelings about, I thought his determination to stick to the plan for their new home was admirable. But, when you took into consideration the bad things that had happened since they had moved into their new home and the high probability of something terrible happening to one of more member of his family, his actions and behaviour also came across as selfish and stubborn. I can't say that I liked his wife Deborah very much for various reasons. Despite the family being terrorised by possibly more than one person, Ben and Deborah continued to constantly go out,leaving their two children Jack and Molly on their own in the house. Jack was a really sweet individual and Molly was a typical mix of teenage mood swings and sarcasm. As if having two children who's lives could have been in danger isn't bad enough for the anxiety levels of some readers, the family also had a dog called Harry which caused me to feel doubly anxious and concerned as the story unfolded.

You can't have a isolated setting without having a isolated village with its mixed bag of mysterious and mostly not very welcoming residents. Moving to a new area is very often daunting in itself but it can sometimes be made more difficult when you move somewhere small and you find yourself being treated like a outsider. People can very often be very judgemental with their opinions on outsiders and also,as in this story with their opinions on people who are different and suffer from issues. My heart went out to a poor character called Jeremiah who was not only judged by some of the residents of the village but also by both Ben and Deborah. I thought Jeremiah's caring attitude and interactions with young Jack were really sweet. But,was Jeremiah really the vulnerable individual he appeared to be or was he a master manipulator and behind the campaign against them?

This is a addictive blend of domestic drama, mystery & thriller with a added dash of horror that keeps the reader guessing and builds in intensity as the twists and turns of the story unfolded. I thought this was a very well written, entertaining,enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more of this author's books in the future

                                                                 About Kevin Lynch:


Kevin is a Guidance Counselor by day and a thriller author during his off hours. He puts an original slant on some common experiences and creates engaging stories with a personal twist. Kevin lives in Ireland with three great kids and a wife who makes him laugh, which is really all he could ask for. 

Publishing Information:

Published by Inkubator Books on 11th April 2021

Purchase Links:

 Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3s6g3gZ

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3sXZZid




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14.4.21

BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW - The Matchmaker by Helene Fermont

 


                                                                 BOOK DESCRIPTION

Perfect Lives Don’t Come Cheap

Marcia Bailey has it all: a passionate marriage to a rich and handsome man who is utterly devoted to her; fame and success as London’s premier matchmaker; a beautiful home in a posh neighbourhood, and fabulous holidays in exotic places.

But her perfect life turns into a nightmare overnight when a mysterious caller suddenly threatens to reveal secrets from her past she thought she had left behind forever. Who is he and what does he really want? He says he wants three million pounds to keep quiet, and she’s willing to pay. After all, she has already sacrificed so much, and perfect lives don’t come cheap.

But Marcia has a hunch her caller wants more than money from her. He wants to hurt and humiliate her. But why?

As police investigate a brutal murder in a wealthy London neighborhood, they untangle a web of lies, violence, sex and jealousy surrounding Marcia Bailey and the group of wealthy and powerful men who have secrets of their own to keep.

The Matchmaker is filled with unexpected twists and turns — and characters that will haunt you long after you’ve read the last page.


This complex thriller is written from the perspectives of various vivid, diverse individuals and has a plot that is set predominantly in the present day. But,there was also instances when various characters took the reader back into their past lives to when they were younger and lived in Brighton. It's a story that covers a wide range of issues, themes and emotions including families, relationships, infidelity, mental health, secrets, obsession, denial, judgement and manipulation. 

The cast of characters were a mixed bag of personalities, some likeable,some not so likeable, some were definitely not who they appeared to be and were about as trustworthy as any member of Parliament. I really liked Tom, his wife Luella, Rachel, Madison and Marcia but my absolute favourite characters were the two detectives Terry and Stanley. I loved the closeness of their working relationship and the banter and camaraderie that they shared during their interactions throughout the book.

The Matchmaker is a very well written, tightly plotted, complex, captivating, story that keeps the reader guessing and has a number of unexpected twists, turns and revelations. The story has a cast of vivid, well rounded and realistic characters and has a very satisfactory conclusion. I really really enjoyed this enthralling story and look forward to reading many more of this author's books in the future

 About Hélene Fermont:


Hélene is an Anglo-Swedish fiction author currently residing in her home town of Malmo, Sweden, after relocating back from London after 20 years.


Her thrilling character-driven psychological fiction novels are known for their explosive, pacy narrative and storylines.


Hélene is the proud author of five novels – The Matchmaker, One Fatal Night, Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret.

Social Media:


Twitter: https://twitter.com/helenefermont 

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

Website: https://www.helenefermont.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helenefermont/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15484308.Helene_Fermont 


Publishing Information:

Published by West Harbour Books on 14th April 2021


Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3dczgI2 

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3cmLw9K 


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BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW - I Am Here To Kill You by Chris Westlake

 


                                                                 BOOK DESCRIPTION

Charming. Charismatic. Beautiful.
And deadly?

The members of a local support group in a sleepy welsh town are captivated by the new arrival, Sheena Strachan. Each member of the group has a reason for attending. Some hide dark, sinister secrets, and for others it is the highlight of their week.

But what are Sheena's motives for attending?

The group's leader, Rose, unexpectedly stops attending meetings. She goes into hiding, and quickly becomes an outcast. And then she is arrested for her estranged husband's murder.

Did Sheena really have no involvement in his killing?

With Sheena at the helm, the group goes from strength to strength, both in numbers and commitment. But their behaviour is changing. No story is to leave the room. They trust nobody. Men are the enemy. The residents of the previously peaceful town start turning against each other.

Was this Sheena's plan all along?

One mystery, however, stands out more than all the others.

Who is here to kill who…?

I AM HERE TO KILL YOU is a compelling psychological thriller that explores the potential power and manipulation.

The power of suggestion, which describes how people make realities out of the ideas that are presented to them, is a function of their suggestibility and the vividness and salience of the suggestion.

The chapters of this gripping thriller were voiced from the perspectives of various vivid residents of the sleepy Welsh town of Pontbach including Katherine and her husband Ray, Rose and seriously unlikable, master manipulator Sheena. It's the story of how a beautiful stranger,appears out of nowhere and starts tearing the community apart from the inside by driving a wedge between the residents using the power of suggestion, manipulation and their own secrets against them. I suppose, to a certain extent it is also a story whose plot contains elements of the topical issue of radicalisation. After forcing Rose out and taking control of the women's support group that Rose and Katherine had founded together, Sheena started working her mind games and manipulating her chosen victims,Katherine, Ray and another main couple, Apinya and her husband Bernard into their various positions on her chess board. As time passed and the two women fell deeper under Sheena's alluring spell, their personalities began to change as did Katherine's appearance and their individual senses of morality. As the story unfolded, we discovered that Sheena wasn't the only character who had secrets and knew how to manipulate people. The question was, what was Sheena's end game? Was she the puppet master or the puppet? In the ultimate battle of wits, who, if anyone would be left standing once the smoke had cleared?  

Apart from Rose, I can't say that I liked any of the main female characters for various reasons. I loved brilliant, realistic Detective Inspector Hunter who was introduced into the story towards the end of the book. I thought Ray was a really likeable,adorable individual and felt a lot of sympathy for both him and poor Bernard. Yes, some of their actions were morally wrong but after everything that they had been through, who could honestly say that they wouldn't react in the same way if they found themselves faced with the same situations?

This is a extremely well written, tightly plotted, character driven psychological thriller that had me hooked in from the shocking opening chapter and glued to my kindle. Sheena was so unlikable that I spent the whole time it took me to read the book in a heightened sense of anticipation and fighting the urge to quickly flip to the end of the story to see wether she got her comeuppance or not. It's a captivating, addictive read that has a cast of vivid, diverse, realistic characters and some unexpected twists, turns and revelations. I really enjoyed this enthralling thriller and would happily read more of this author's books in the future.

                                                                 About Chris Westlake:


After completing a Creative Writing course in 2010, Chris Westlake's short story, Welsh Lessons, was awarded 1st place in the Global Short Story Award (not bad for the first writing competition he had entered). He followed this up with 1st place in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award and 2nd place in the HASSRA Literary Award.  Chris has written three novels. 30 DAYS IN JUNE is his first crime thriller. He is currently writing his second thriller, on schedule to be completed in 2020. He is determined to write many, many more - his main regret is that he didn't start writing earlier.  Chris considers himself to be a developing author. He is always looking to improve, to make his next novel even better than the last. He is continuously experimenting with different styles, different genres.  You can contact Chris at chriswestlakeauthor@hotmail.co.uk . He would love to hear from you.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisWestlake2

Website: www.chriswestlakeauthor.co.uk


Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and digital formats on 31st December 2020

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3s506Ix

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2PgQLi8


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13.4.21

BLOG TOUR,BOOK REVIEW - The Silent Girl by Kelly Heard

 


                                                                BOOK DESCRIPTION

Sophie wakes in a cold hospital bed with no memory of her life before. She isn’t even sure if Sophie is her real name…

 

The police tell Sophie she was found alone, unconscious and surrounded by blood-red flower petals, on a remote stretch of highway. She had no I.D., no phone, and no one had reported her missing. But while Sophie’s identity is a mystery, one thing is clear: someone tried to kill her and they almost succeeded.

 

While she’s recovering, Sophie can’t shake the feeling someone is watching her. When a bouquet of red roses is sent to her room without a note, she is convinced they’re from the same people who left her for dead with crimson flowers woven through her hair…

 

With no one to turn to, Sophie takes a job working high in the mountains, miles from the nearest town, where she feels she might finally be safe. Until more red flowers begin appearing on the front step of her secluded cottage.

 

Every cell in Sophie’s body is telling her to run. But she is also desperate to know the truth about who she is. If she lets these people catch up with her, she could finally uncover her past… Or once again place her life in terrible danger…

 

A totally gripping psychological suspense novel that you won’t be able to put down and will keep you turning the pages late into the night. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the TrainThe Woman in the Window and The Silent Patient.



Our memories are a integral part of our DNA, they are a important part of our identities and help create who we are. Now imagine if something terrible happened to you,something that wiped away all of your memories and left you with just a blank page. No memories of your life before the incident, the people that you had known,the people you had loved,the people that you had lost,your entire life just completely wiped clean.


This gripping thriller is narrated entirely from the perspective of our main character Jane Doe or Sophie as she decides to call herself. She was a really likeable individual and I thought that the author's portrayals of Sophie's conflicting emotions,fear and confusion were very realistic and believable. I liked how the author used the medium of Sophie's drawings as a way to depict her returning memories as well parts of the story being written in italics. The only memory that Sophie had managed to retain was that she had a older brother called Miles and that she had to find him. As the story unfolded,we learned that the siblings had grown up in the care system and that Miles had been very protective of his younger sister. 


I loved Dovemorn Estate where Sophie ended up staying after she ran away from the hospital and where she met Nathaniel and his young son Lincoln. I am a massive Nancy Drew fan and the estate reminded me of the settings in which some of her mysteries have been set.The majestic but crumbling marble house with its beautiful but overgrown gardens. The fountain that was covered in vines, the lake that was in the centre of a circle of willow trees. The massive stained glass window that depicted a image of Zenaida Atwood and how the colours  changed when the sun went down. A beautiful place that also had a eerie atmosphere especially at night and where Sophie kept getting the uncanny feeling that she was being watched. And then, there was also the mystery of the mysterious disappearance of Zenaida Atwood, who,one day,walked into the woods and was never seen again. Sophie's feelings of fear escalate when mysterious things start happening at her secluded hideaway but how does she know who to trust when she can't remember who is her friend and who is her enemy?


This is a very well written, slow burning, mystery/thriller that builds in intensity towards the second half of the book.The story has some stunningly described settings,unexpected plot twists and turns and some dark,shocking revelations. Sophie,Nathaniel and Lincoln were well rounded,wonderful,vivid individuals who worked their way into your heart and caused you to feel very anxious about their safety and well being. I really enjoyed this enthralling,captivating story and would happily read more of this author's books in the future.


                                                        Author Bio:



Kelly Heard is a novelist from Afton, Virginia. She published poetry in literary magazines before signing her debut novel, Before You Go, with Bookouture.

Kelly prefers writing to most other pastimes, but you'll occasionally find her in the garden, hiking, or exploring antique shops.

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

Twitter:  (@KHeardBooks) https://twitter.com/KHeardBooks

 

Website: www.kellyheardbooks.com

 

Publication Day: April 9th 2021

 

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