11.9.19

BOOK REVIEW - The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason


Wow....just wow and wow again. I really really loved this beautifully written,haunting but also quite tragic tale. Once I started reading it,I didn't want to put it down and when I had too because of the inconveniences of every day life, I couldn't get the story out of my head. It was like it was calling me,enticing me back to carry on reading.

1976

Sister's Lucia (Loo) and Bianca (Bee) finds themselves the subjects of a paranormal investigation by Professor Michael Warren and his colleague Simon Leigh after stories appear in the national press reporting instances of possible paranormal activity at the isolated farmhouse that Loo and Bee share with their three brothers, mother Cathy and their father Joe.

NOW

Loo,who is now known as Lucy isn't very impressed when a young woman called Nina Marshall contacts Cathy who is now in a residential home suffering from dementia,enquiring if it would be possible if she could interview Cathy and her children about events that happened at the farm. Nina and her colleagues Lewis and Hal have set themselves up at the farm because Nina is determined to complete the unfinished original investigation.

Cathy wants to know the truth about what happened all those years ago but Lucy and her brother Dan are not interested in digging up the past and would prefer it if everything was left well alone. Things and people were not what they appeared to be,both in the present and the past. Secrets,lies,manipulations and deceptions are revealed culminating in a breath taking conclusion where the past and the present merge together in a shocking confrontation.

The chapters of this totally mesmerising story flip.back and forth between then and now,there is also.some chapters towards the end of the book that are set in both time frames. The chapters are narrated by numerous characters including Loo,Bee,Nina and Michael. The author cleverly manipulates the reader,making you trust the characters one minute and then doubt them the next. I was constantly changing my mind about wether I liked or disliked the main characters as I frantically turned the pages. I definitely didn't like Bee for various reasons nor the judgemental people who lived in the village that was near the farm. I loved the isolated ramshackle farm were the girls lived when they were younger. I also.loved the supernatural elements to this story,some of them were truly intense and spine chilling.

I genuinely cannot believe that this brilliant book is a debut novel,
it's extremely well written,the characters were vivid and realistic. The truth is gradually revealed,the author gradually feeding the reader tantalising clues,keeping you guessing and completely invested in her characters fictional worlds. The best way to truly enjoy this book is to keep a completely open mind,settle back in your comfy chair and enjoy. I would have given this book far more than five stars if I could and I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future. Very very highly recommended.

                                                            AUTHOR BIO

Amanda Mason was born and brought up in Whitby, North Yorks. She studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, where she began writing by devising and directing plays. After a few years of earning a very irregular living in lots of odd jobs, including performing in a comedy street magic act, she became a teacher and has worked in the UK, Italy, Spain, and Germany. She now lives in York and has given up teaching for writing. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. The Wayward Girls, her debut novel, was longlisted for the Deborah Rogers prize.

PUBLICATION DATE: 5th September 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 448 pages
PUBLISHER: Bonnier Books UK/ Zaffre Books
GENRE: Ghost Thriller

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9.9.19

BOOK REVIEW - Someone We Know by Shari Lapena


Everybody needs good neighbours....right, well I wouldn't say that any one of these neighbours will be winning a good neighbour award..EVER. Actually I would rather live next door to Norman Bates than any of this lot.

Suspicion and mistrust swiftly spreads throughout a quiet,leafy suburb of uptown New York after the body of Amanda,one of the neighbours is found in the boot of her car. Anonymous letters informing some residents that someone's son has broken into their homes plus the police constantly breathing down their necks pushes the neighbours to breaking point. Who killed Amanda? Who knows more than they are saying? And how far will these nice people go to protect their secrets?

There was more indiscretions,lying for self preservation and to protect others in this thriller than you would find in a whole weeks worth of Eastenders. The chapters were voiced by various characters and I didn't think any one of them or any of the other characters was very likeable although as a parent myself,I did understand why the mother who wrote the anonymous notes was doing all she could to protect her son. I'm not saying what she did was right,but who knows how they would react if they found themselves in similar circumstances. When each character was taken in for questioning by the police more secrets and lies were revealed and another twist would be thrown into the mix giving the reader a very bad case of Just one more chapter syndrome.

This is a gripping,multi layered who-done-it that had me hooked in from the first page. There was quite a number of suspects for Amanda's murder and the twisty,turny story definitely kept the reader guessing and frantically turning the pages. The ending was quite chilling and sinister and left an opening for a possible sequel or maybe just left us readers figuring out our own ending. I love Shari Lapena's books and Someone We Know was no exception. Very highly recommended

                                                                 AUTHOR BIO


Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before writing fiction. Her debut thriller, The Couple Next Door, was a global bestseller, the bestselling fiction title in the UK in 2017 and has been optioned for television. Her second thriller, A Stranger in the House and third, An Unwanted Guest, were both Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers. Her fourth thriller is out in 2019.



PUBLICATION DATE: 25th July 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 320 pages
PUBLISHER: Bantam Press
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

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5.9.19

BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW - The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant


Omg, this is a totally and utterly AMAZING book. It's an intense tale of manipulation,lies,suspicion,deception and secrets that poses the question. Is it always best to do the right thing?

From the moment that her new neighbours,the Cushing's moved in next door,Taylor had a feeling that something about them didn't quite fit. That things in their quiet cul de sac were never going to be the same again. Her suspicions seemed to be proven correct when as time passed,the new family didn't seem interested in interacting with the other residents.

Then one night Taylor is woken by someone banging frantically on her front door. It's a frantic and hysterical Moira Cushing who insists that her daughter Brittany has been snatched from her bed. Where is the mysterious young girl? Has she been kidnapped or ran away? Is she alive or dead? Taylor see's the young girl's disappearance as an opportunity to get the neighbourhood working together,the chance for some proper community interaction and maybe,just maybe they might find the missing girl. Only the more time that passes,the more obsessed Taylor becomes with being involved with the search for Brittany,little realising that not everything is what it seems. And the truth may be far more shocking than anything she could have imagined even in her worst nightmares.

This totally gripping thriller is voiced by various vivid characters including Taylor and Moira. Some of the characters were likeable,some of then not so. Some caused me to have conflicting emotions and a couple I felt a lot of sympathy for. A couple of them needed to spend some serious time on a psychiatrist's couch and maybe a bit of time in a padded cell actually make that a lot of time in a padded cell. The characters were so believable that they could be any one of our neighbours,after all,no one ever knows what goes on behind closed doors. Although this is a story about a missing girl and the police do feature at times throughout the book,this is not a police procedural. You don't get any insight into the police investigation,this is a story about families,community,obsession,suspicion and paranoia. Interspersed throughout the story were chapters voiced by Brittany that give the reader a insight into her life,thoughts and upbringing.

The Good Neighbour is a fast paced,tightly plotted,twist packed,mesmerising thriller that had me hooked in from the first page. I didn't want to put this book down but on the other hand,I didn't want the exhilarating,thrilling ride to end. There was times when this story was very chilling and shocking.This is the first book that I have read by this obviously talented author and it definitely will not be my last. Worth far more than five stars, Very very highly recommended.

                                                                   AUTHOR BIO


Cathryn's fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, The Shroud Quarterly Journal, and The Best of Every Day Fiction. Her story "I Was Young Once" received an honorable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope Fiction contest.  She's the author of the Alexandra Mallory Psychological Suspense series, Psychological Thrillers, Suburban Noir novels, The Haunted Ship Trilogy, and the Madison Keith Ghost Story series.

When she's not writing, Cathryn reads fiction, eavesdrops, and tries to play golf without hitting her ball into the sand or the water. She lives on the Central California coast with her husband and two cats.

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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cathryn-Grant/e/B004G1I484?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1566901527&sr=8-3

PUBLICATION DATE: 8th September 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 307 Pages
PUBLISHER: Inkubator Books
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

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2.9.19

BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW - Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid


A whirlwind romance,a swift proposal and quiet,private wedding are very often (but not always) the prelude to a abusive relashionship, both in reality and the fictional world. Not in this book though, this is not the story of a abusive relashionship, it's the story of a apparently loving relashionship between husband and wife,Drew and Poppy who are both harbouring a secret from their pasts. By mutual agreement they have promised each other that they are not going to discuss anything that happened in their lives before they met. They have moved into house that Drew has bought them in the English countryside and are settling into their lives as a married couple. Poppy has everything she ever wanted and should be happy but as time passes she starts to feel lonely and isolated. Strange incidents start occurring when she is alone in the house and their promise not to discuss their pasts begins to appear rather one sided. Poppy begins to have doubts about her adoring husband, what is he hiding? What might he be capable of?

What is more dangerous, a secret or a lie?

Truth Hurts fits into multiple genres,it's a romance, a thriller,has a dash of mystery and a possible touch of the supernatural. The story is predominantly narrated by Poppy,a character who caused me to have mixed feelings and conflicting emotions as the story unfolded. Interspersed throughout Poppy and Drew's story are chapters that slip back in time to when Poppy was a nanny to a couple named Caroline and Jim, the layers are gradually peeled back and Poppy's secret is revealed. But was her secret? and what was Drew hiding? Was he really the gentle,caring individual that he appeared to be? I also had conflicting feelings about Poppy's best friend Gina, was she the caring friend that she appeared to be or was she also harbouring a secret. I loved the isolated setting for most of this book,the descriptions of the house,the strange incidents that plagued Poppy. The mystery of why Drew and Poppy were treated with contempt by the residents of the nearby village and local tradesmen.

This is a tightly plotted,well written,Intreguing page turner that has a number of surprising twists and turns,has a shocking conclusion and holds the readers attention throughout. The story keeps you guessing and trying to figure out what Poppy and Drew's secrets were. Truth Hurts is a very enjoyable book from a obviously very talented author and I look forward to reading more books written by this author in the future.

                                                                  AUTHOR BIO


Rebecca is a freelance journalist. She is a columnist for the Telegraph Women’s section, works for Metro Online and has written for Marie Claire, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, the Independent, Stylist, Glamour, the iPaper, the Guardian, Indy100, LOOK and the New Statesmen amongst others.

Rebecca is a regular contributor to Sky News and ITV’s This Morning as well as appearing on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, LBC, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service to discuss her work.

She graduated from Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing MA in 2015 and Perfect Liars is her debut novel.

Rebecca lives in North London with her husband.

PUBLICATION DATE: 27th August 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 352 pages
PUBLISHER: Transworld
GENRE: Crime & Mystery

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30.8.19

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Duality by K.J.McGillick





Mary,Dalia,Jackson and the rest of their crack team of investigators return in the fifth instalment of the gripping Lies and Misdirection series. Only this case becomes very personal when it appears that their very own Mr Martin could be responsible for the murder of two women,one of whom just happens to be his ex wife and the disappearance of a painting which is apparently very valuable and sought after by quite a few art collectors including the Vatican.

Could they have possibly spent the last year working alongside a dangerous criminal or has Mr Martin been framed by a very cunning,ruthless enemy. Mary and Dalia don't want to believe that their quiet,gruff friend is really a wanted criminal but when all the evidence appears to point towards Mr Martin's guilt,they begin to wonder if he is not the kindly person he appears to be.

The chapters of this story alternate between Mary and Dalia's perspectives who due to Mary's stubbornness (and her infamous handbag) find themselves in Rome and butting heads with a very arrogant police chief. Mary is normally one of my favourite fictional characters but to be honest,during this story,I found myself agreeing with Jackson's opinion of her. She did at times come across as frustrating and annoying. And why was there so much attitude between Mary and Dalia throughout this book.? I haven't read the previous title in this series so maybe something happened between them previously that wasn't mentioned in this book. Interspersed throughout the story was chapters that were voiced by a mysterious woman but who was she and how did she fit into the story? As with the other titles that I have read in this series,the author has included some fascinating insights into the history of painting and the art world. Just enough background information to keep the reader informed but not so much that it bogs down the story and causes the reader to lose interest.

This is a enthralling,enjoyable addition to a well written,gripping series. Despite it being part of a series this as well as all the other books can be read and enjoyed as standalones. The story keeps you guessing,has twists,turns and danger moments and the reader is totally captivated by the thrilling mystery that is unfolding before you eyes. A very enjoyable read and I can't wait to find out what the author has planned for this wonderful cast of characters in book six.                                                 


                                                          ABOUT THE AUTHOR


K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. Butthat's what New Yorker's do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spentmany years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students shetaught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent thelast twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legalsystem. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hopingthey are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing


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29.8.19

COVER REVEAL - Weave Of Love by Rachel. J. Bonner




                                                              Weave of Love
                                       
                                             Choices and Consequences Book 3


What if the ethical choice has devastating consequences for others?
How can anyone know the right thing to do?

LEONIE chose to sacrifice everything to save other people. Now those around her have to face the consequences – and those consequences are not what they expected.

PROSPERO must deal with his own guilt. He was the one who gave Leonie the tools she needed – her life was in his hands. To make the most of what she did, he will have to face up to all the family issues he has avoided for so long. Whatever he chooses to do, someone he loves will be hurt. For Leonie’s sake, is he now strong enough to make the choice he couldn’t make before?

The crisis predicted by Lord Gabriel has come and gone. But his task isn’t over. Leonie’s very existence may be out in the open but Gabriel discovers that the past is never what it seems – and nor is the present. How can he use what he now knows to bring together those who have been enemies for as long as anyone can remember? If he fails in this, everything he’s had to do so far will be in vain.

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Price : £2.99

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                                                               Thread of Hope

                                               Choices and Consequences Book 2


What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love? Is honesty always the best policy?


What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?  Is honesty always the best policy? 


Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may... 

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only… 


Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NBH7J2T

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Price : £2.99



                                                              Strand of Faith

                                               Choices and Consequences Book 1


A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can one decide?


In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world. 

After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him? 

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged? 

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GKZT8LF

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Price : Normally £2.99, 99p/99c to end of August

                                                                     Author Bio



Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, of which Weave of Love is the third book.  The first, Strand of Faith, was released in November 2018, with Thread of Hope published in May 2019. The final book, Cloth of Grace will be out early in 2020.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Shooting targets only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

You can find out more about her books and sign up for Rachel’s newsletters at www.racheljbonner.co.uk

Website: https://www.racheljbonner.co.uk

Twitter : @racheljbonner1

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28.8.19

BLOG TOUR,BOOK REVIEW - Hidden by Lisa Sell



Hidden is a astonishingly good,twisty tale of secrets,families,lies,manipulation,friendships,community,
control,abuse,denial and one determined mother's need to discover the truth behind her daughter Kelly's death. Doreen didn't believe that her daughter committed suicide back in the eighties and in the present day has asked Ellen and Claire Woods and Kelly's friend Jen to help her uncover the truth.

But Jen is very reluctant to start digging into the past because she has a secret,a secret that if it was uncovered would destroy many lives including her own.

This enthralling thriller is predominantly voiced by Jen although we do get the opportunity to read the thoughts of other characters as the story that flips back and forth in time unfolds. There was references to the pop culture of the early eighties scattered throughout the chapters set in the past. Mentions of Duran Duran (my favourite group) and Band Aid invoked memories of my younger years. The author's descriptions of Rembrandt Estate where Jen and Claire grew up were so realistic,you could actually imagine it being a real life estate some where in the UK. The mixed bag of vivid believable residents could be any one of our neighbours. The queen bee who everyone seemed happy to let control the neighbourhood (and yes,I have been unfortunate enough to have known one of these people in my lifetime) or were just to scared to stand up to in case they ended up being ostracized. The neighbourhood bullies,cheating spouses,family who are looked down in and ridiculed,abusive parents,false friendships and loveable old lady and her dog. Every household was harbouring some sort of secret,some of the characters were likeable and some were not so likeable. I think I suspected every character (apart from Scruff the dog) at one point as I frantically turned the pages of this gripping thriller. But what happened to poor Holly on that fateful day on the train tracks?

Hidden is a exceedingly well written,debut thriller that builds in intensity as the story unfolds,the layers are peeled away and the shocking,heart breaking truth is revealed. There was quite a few suspects,twists and turns and the story keeps the reader guessing. I really enjoyed this debut thriller,this author has talent and I look forward to reading more books written by this author in the future.
                                                                 
                                                            ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lisa Sell is a thriller, crime, and mystery writer who also scribbles short stories. Throughout her writing career she’s blogged about the twists and turns on her site:www.lisasell.co.uk 
To combat writer's bum and keep mentally fit, Lisa is a runner. The consequence is she’s now a running bore but is proud of her achievements.

When she’s reading, Lisa practically hoovers up books. The to-be-read pile has become a tower, threatening to topple on her when she’s sleeping.

Music rocks Lisa’s world too, particularly a good eighties tune. If lost, you’ll find Lisa in a DeLorean, headed for her favourite decade.

Lisa’s cats, Feegle and Wullie, try to help her write but often fail. The furry pests demand attention and desk space. Lisa is currently applying for cat wrangling to be recognised as an Olympic sport.

Lisa is a happy pup to be part of the Bloodhound Books team. Just don’t tell the cats.

If you’d like to visit Lisa’s website/blog, click here: www.lisasell.co.uk or find out more by following her on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lisasellwriter
Twitter: @LisaLisax31
Instagram: www.instagram.com/lisasellwriter/

PUBLICATION DATE: 20 August 2019
PRINT LENGTH: 320 pages
PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books
GENRE: Psychological Thriller

PURCHASE LINK....

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