#BlogTour! #Review – #BelieveInMe by Susan Lewis (@susandlewis) @arrowpublishing

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Please note that my twitter handle is actually @Kaishajayneh.

‘Believe in Me’ by Susan Lewis is due to be published on the 25th January.

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Leanne and her teenage daughter Abby have recently been forced to move from London back to Kesterley-on-Sea, to Ash Morley Farm where Leanne grew up. Leanne’s husband Jack, Abby’s father, killed himself over a year ago, and the pair is still reeling from the shock waves caused by the tragedy.

Also living at Ash Morley farm is Leanne’s mother Wilkie, who is a rock for everyone, and family friend Klaudia and her two children. Klaudia has to face the backlash of the xenophobic feeling post the Brexit vote and is on tenterhooks to hear whether she and her children will be sent home to Poland.

Hoping to move forward and mend the wounds her family has suffered, Leanne decides to foster a child. And when she’s told that Daniel’s father is in prison for murder, she hardly bats an eyelid. But as Daniel becomes integrated into the family, Leanne starts asking herself questions about his father’s conviction. Is he really guilty? With the help of friend and ex-detective Andee Lawrence, Leanne sets out to right the wrongs of the past.

What does TWG think?

Have you ever sat and watched a soap on T.V, wondering what it would be like if it got made into a book? Or even a movie? As weird as this might sound, I have and, funnily enough, ‘Believe in Me’ really is the book version of a soap opera. By the way – I mean that in a good way!

This book has a storyline which is jam-packed with drama, politics, family issues, secrets….you name it, it has it. Due to the fact ‘Believe in Me’ contains the topic of ‘Brexit’,   it makes the overall storyline extremely current. Not only that, ‘seeing’ people go through the aftermath of the Brexit vote is incredibly eye-opening and rather emotional. Even if you aren’t clued up on politics or are one of those people who doesn’t actually care, the strength of emotions carried by the characters in this book, really is enough to move mountains. If Sky News doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, Klaudia certainly will.

Despite the emotive and harsh reality type themes, I loved how complex and more-ish ‘Believe in Me’ was to read. I couldn’t help but gel with the majority of the characters as, even though they have personalities which are extremely colourful, each character comes across real and relatable.

I did find some parts of the book to be a little long-winded and quite heavy but, apart from that, I really did enjoy this book and I am looking forward to reading more from Susan Lewis in the future.

Thanks Penguin Random House.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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#CoverReveal! #DeadlySecrets by Robert Bryndza (@RobertBryndza) @Bookouture #Comingsoon

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Another cover reveal for you today! If you’re a fan of Robert Bryndza, you will love this! Just remember to breathe between now and the end of this post….I really don’t want any lawsuits on my hands!

Ready?

Steady?

Go……!!!

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To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask. 

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman. 

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…

Oh doesn’t this sound good!! ‘Deadly Secrets’ is set to be published in April but it can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.

About the author: 
 
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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#BlogTour! #Review – #Appetite by Anita Cassidy (@AnitaCassidy76) @RedDoorBooks

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How’s your appetite this morning?

It’s TWG’s turn on Anita Cassidy’s blog tour for ‘Appetite’, a novel which highlights the fact that every single person as an appetite for something. Thank you to RedDoorBooks for the blog tour invite, and for sending an ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Because everyone hungers for something…

Food and Sex: two appetites the modern world stimulates, but also the ones we are expected to keep under control. But what happens when we don’t?

Embarking on an affair, lonely wife and mother Naomi blossoms sexually in a false spring while David, the fattest boy at the local comprehensive and best friend of her son, struggles to overcome bullying and the apathy of his divorced mother.

David finally starts to learn about the mechanisms of appetite through a science project set by his intelligent but jaded teacher, Matthew. David’s brave efforts to change himself open Matthew’s eyes to his activist girlfriend’s dangerous plans to blow up VitSip, a local energy-drink company where Naomi works.

At the mercy of their appetites, this exciting debut novel shows that some hungers can never be satisfied…

What does TWG think?

When you have a book cover with a bright pink lolly on the front alongside the words, ‘Appetite’, I dare any one of you not to be intrigued by it. Those two reasons alone made me want to read this book something chronic. I wanted to sink my teeth into Anita Cassidy’s debut novel. Did Anita Cassidy’s ‘Appetite’ fulfil MY appetite? To be perfectly honest, I’m still sitting on the fence with my answer. That said, the very important themes which the author discusses throughout the entire novel certainly gave me a lot of food for thought…

Food, bullying, divorce, sexual needs…..what more could you want from a book? ‘Appetite’ reminded me of a three course meal; the slow burning starter, just enough to tickle your fancy, the deep and meaningful main course which keeps you wanting more yet satisfies a certain amount of that ravishing hunger, and lastly, the tantalising dessert which is often a guilty pleasure and full of things you wouldn’t normally eat and/or enjoy. Catch my drift?

Even though there were parts of this novel which made me go ‘errrrrrrr, what?!’, I was able to relate to the storyline surrounding the topics of bullying and self-awareness. I am so glad that the author included such complex topics into her storyline, exploring them in such a black and white manner like the harsh reality that they are.

Whilst I still felt a bit hungry after reading ‘Appetite’, I still was able to appreciate exactly what the author was trying to do with her characters and the parts they played in tell the story of hunger, and how every single person yearns for something in one way or another. As the story is told via three different viewpoints, I found myself enjoying certain characters stories as opposed to all of them. In all honesty, I didn’t seem to gel with them all together as one complete story because they were all so different and in my opinion, quite mismatched in terms of the flow.

That said, I was thoroughly entertained with ‘Appetite’ as, even though it didn’t whet my appetite as much as I would have liked, I was still incredibly impressed with the authors ‘ballsy’ writing and the fact that she has thought ‘stuff it’ to society.

A very cleverly written, eye-opening novel which will either satisfy your hunger or give you food for thought with this unique portrayal of everything society isn’t.

‘Appetite’ can be bought now from Amazon

#CoverReveal! #TheChildNextDoor by Shalini Boland (@ShaliniBoland) @Bookouture

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Wahey! Another cover reveal today and this one is for Shalini Boland’s upcoming novel, ‘The Child Next Door’ which is due for publication at the end of March. I am rather eager to read this one!

Ready to see the cover?

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‘Don’t take my baby.’

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing up the stairs to check on her new-born, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare.

She hears an unknown male voice in the baby monitor. Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. But the voice must be coming from a nearby house. And there aren’t any other children living on her quiet country road…

The police don’t believe her. And neither does her husband.

Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours, now she isn’t sure. As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother, this completely gripping psychological thriller will make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors.

Oh my god – how thrilling does this sound? I don’t usually read blurbs but I couldn’t help it after seeing the first line of it! ‘The Child Next Door’ sounds like it is going to be an absolute belter of a read!

If you think so too, you can pre-order your copy of ‘The Child Next Door’ right now from Amazon.

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#CoverReveal!! #OneSummerInRome by Samantha Tonge (@SamTongeWriter) @rararesources @HQDigitalUK

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I do like a cover reveal, especially when the cover is as gorgeous as the one I am about to show you!! Samantha Tonge is back (well, in May), with a brand new book and I for one CANNOT wait.

Need a change of scenery?
Need to go somewhere where the temperature is a lot higher than the -1 we are relishing in just now?

If you answered ‘YES’ to the above questions, you’re in for a treat!! You ready?

Of course you are!!

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To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a
one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.
Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the
utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love
with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems
displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for
long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer.
Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.

Oh, doesn’t that cover bring an instant smile to your face? Such a summery, colourful cover.

‘One Summer in Rome’ is due to be published by HQDigital in May, but you can pre-order your copy of the book right now from Amazon

Bio

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat who
thinks it’s a dog. When not writing she spends her days cycling, willing
cakes to rise and avoiding housework. She has sold over 80 short
stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting
Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook
award in 2014. Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won
the Best Romantic Ebook category at the 2015 Love Stories Awards.

Links

Twitter // Facebook // Website

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Cargo by J.C. Macek lll (@kneumsi) @Bloodhoundbook @SarahHardy681

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Today it’s TWG’s turn to host J.C.Macek III and ‘Cargo’. Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Over the years Anthony Peterson has amassed a fortune, numerous properties, a trophy wife and a reputation for ruthless business dealings. He is a man who is used to getting his own way.

But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container, with only a cell phone and twenty-four hours of air left, he begins to unravel.
Desperate to escape Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised. And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars, while threatening to murder and rape his beautiful wife if he doesn’t comply, Peterson must fight to meet their impossible terms or face being left to die alone in the darkness.
Why has Peterson been targeted?
Who are those responsible for his kidnap?
And will Peterson make out of the container alive?
Cargo is an edge of your seat thriller about the choices we make.
What does TWG think?

Sheeeeeeesh!!!! I am SO glad I didn’t decide to get some snacks to munch on whilst I was reading this book!! Don’t get me wrong, I like the graphic details in books now that I’m not so much of a wimp, BUT I think eating whilst reading the hardcore, graphic details of  said events in this storyline would be a little TOO much on my part!

Anthony Peterson likes to think of himself as a highly regarded businessman with a trophy wife to boot. Of course it doesn’t seem to matter to Anthony whether his business dealings are above board, or whether those dealings have a high chance of coming back too bite him on the backside. Since when has a businessman not thought of every angle? Surely people like Anthony would have put a plan in place to cover his backside should anything not go the way he had arranged? WELL, the moment Anthony Peterson woke up to find that his bed has been swapped with something metal, a lightbulb would have gone off in his head…..or so you would have thought…

At first, I felt so sorry for Anthony has I had no idea why he was trapped. What did he get so wrong? Who did he annoy so badly? But then, as the story progressed, my opinion of Anthony changed drastically. I started to see him in a completely different light as his life unraveled before his very eyes. The choices he had to make to keep his heart beating weren’t made the same good intentions as if someone like us had to make those decisions. Was Anthony thinking with his heart? Or was he thinking with his business mind? Either way Anthony was stuffed. Watching him realise that ever so slowly however, made for an exceptionally entertaining read.

Without giving too much away, there is more to this storyline than whether Peterson works out why he is being held hostage. All of the other characters involved in this story play their parts very cleverly as they, once again, show Anthony in yet another light. If you still feel empathy towards Peterson after the other characters have made themselves known, then I am impressed.

I found ‘Cargo’ to be a cleverly written, intense, dark, and highly graphic read which kept me hanging until the very last page. It’s not often I read a book which, once finished, has me staring at it thinking ‘what the falalala did I just read?!’ (and no, not in a bad way either). If you’re needing a bit of excitement in your life and don’t wish to get out of your PJS, then ‘Cargo’ is the perfect read for you!

Highly recommended.

Buy now from Amazon UK
Buy from Amazon US

About the author.

He began writing at a very young age and launched his professional writing career after graduating from Louisiana State University with a BA in English Literature.

His first noteworthy professional writing was in the world of entertainment journalism. He became a movie, TV, book and music reviewer which soon expanded to film history columns and celebrity interviews. Over the years, J.C. has become known in his professional life for interviewing bands such as The Cult, Judas Priest, Faith No More, The Zombies, Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry,  Queens of the Stone Age’s Nick Oliveri and KMFDM.

After writing literally thousands of articles, columns, reviews and interviews for multiple print and online magazines, J.C. published his first novel Seven Days to Die: A Jake Slater Mystery in 2016. He followed this success in 2017 with a collection of short stories and novellas entitled The Pretty Good and Pretty Representative Stories of J.C. Maçek III. This collection continues the hardboiled detective saga of Jake Slater with the new novella The Pestilence of Spring: A Jake Slater Mystery.

J.C. is also an actor, musician, director and film producer. His most recent film is [Cargo], produced by J.C. and written and directed by James Dylan. As producer, J.C. also took the commission to write the novelization to [Cargo] which will be published by Bloodhound Books in early 2018.

J.C. lives in Southern California with his wife, daughters and a veritable zoo full of pets. He is currently working on more Jake Slater crime novels starting with the thriller Hard Core and is looking to expand the mythos of [Cargo].

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#BlogTour! #Review – Hydra by Matt Wesolowski (@ConcreteKraken) @OrendaBooks @AnneCater

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One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.” Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.

What does TWG think?

Having not read the authors previous novel, ‘Six Stories’, I had absolutely no idea what I was letting myself in for regarding ‘Hydra’. Obviously I had seen the social media posts about this book and, due to the high level of those posts, I was a little bit concerned that it was all hype. To be perfectly honest, after reading ‘Hydra’, I do feel that the book is a little over hyped, but seeing as this book has an average of 4.63/5 on Goodreads, I think it’s just me and not the author!

If you know me well, you’ll know that I rather enjoy stepping outside of my comfort zone where new books are concerned. ‘Hydra’ was no different. In fact, rather than ‘step’ out of my comfort zone, I pretty much took a plane to a different time zone out of my comfort zone! This book could not have been more different from my usual reads if it came and gave itself a paper cut.

‘Hydra’ is an exceptionally creepy, twisted, and dark read which seemed to enjoy filling my skin with a truck load of goosebumps. I found the way in which the author told the story highly unusual, allowing me to engage in the storyline and the characters on a much deeper level than I had originally anticipated.

Despite ‘Hydra’ not being 100% my cup of tea, I still could full appreciate the literary craftsmanship from Matt Wesolowski. It’s not his fault I was a scared cat where his book is concerned – at least the storyline was still able to create a reaction.

I’ve always admitted that I am not a massive fan of supernatural themes, but I must confess that Matt Wesolowski actually managed to get me enjoying those parts of the book (even though they were creepy as hell). It’s funny how books surprise you, isn’t it?

I am impressed by the authors well though out storytelling, especially the way in which he brought death to life (if you catch my drift). ‘Hydra’ is by far the most unusual book I have ever read and, despite not being totally convinced by the hype surrounding this book (my issue), I really surprised myself by enjoying a lot of this book thanks to Matt Wesolowski’s intense words.

Buy now from Amazon UK

The blog tour isn’t over yet! You can find out who is next on the graphic below:

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheInnocentWife by Amy Lloyd (@AmyLloydWrites) @PenguinUKBooks @AnneCater

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Yet another thrilling blog tour this month! The tour bus has stopped with me, TWG, today as I share my review of debut author, Amy Lloyd’s novel – The Innocent Wife. Big thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and a huge thank you to Cornerstone (Penguin Books) for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all …

What does TWG think?

I could have sworn I was reading about a real life situation – a lot of the storyline felt extremely real and fresh, as though I had just been watching a documentary on television about something similar. I hadn’t, but that’s what it felt like. Take Samantha writing to an inmate and falling in love, for example. Predictable may be, but believe it or not, that type of thing happens a lot more than people realise. Was I able to relate to that part of the book? No! After all, I have never contacted an inmate, nor have I fallen in love with them via their literary skills. For that reason alone, I found Samantha’s character (to begin with), a little farfetched. Maybe that was because I couldn’t really understand her actions, or maybe it was because I found them to be absolutely bonkers. Either way, Samantha’s action and the notion of finding out whether Dennis was innocent or not, made my curiosity soar. Did he murder that girl? What on Earth possessed Samantha to write and fall in love with a man convicted of murder?

Predictable or not, nothing can fault the authors’ clever way of pulling in her readers with this sort of storyline.

From the get go, Dennis’ character unnerved me – not because of the fact he was convicted of murder, although that didn’t really help, but because there was something about the man who made me want to shout out ‘SAMANTHA, NO!!!!!’. I had absolutely no idea whether he was innocent or not, but due to the way in which the storyline gets going, readers are pointed down the ‘innocent’ route. ‘The Innocent Wife’ has such a complex and dark theme to it, a lot of readers may come up with their own interpretation of certain events. I know I did. Some readers may also find themselves going against the authors’ storyline in favour of what they think happened. Amy Lloyd has given readers the opportunity to read between the lines and see parts of the storyline in a completely different way to what she had originally intended – and probably without realising it. Personally, I loved how the bare bones of the story were crafted, yet the in-depth situations were sporadic with information, allowing readers minds to fill the gaps with their subconscious. How clever is that?

The further I got into the book, the more I became hooked on Samantha’s situation. My opinion of her did end up changing, but not by much. I couldn’t empathise with her a lot due to the choices she voluntarily made (not that I believed she deserved certain things of course), but because it became crystal clear that she hadn’t thought about her decision properly and now she was paying the price.

Being totally honest, there were parts of the storyline which made me roll my eyes because of how farfetched it was. However, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I was going to at the start. I was pleasantly surprised by the dark and psychologically twisted themes throughout the entire book, as they made for such interesting and intense reading.

A cleverly written, dark and twisted tale which will leave you questioning your abilities to think logically.

Buy now from Amazon UK 

#Review – How to be Happy by Eva Woods (@inkstainsclaire) @littlebookcafe

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The smallest things can make the biggest difference.

Annie has been sad for so long that she’s forgotten how to be any other way. Until she meets Polly.

Polly is everything that Annie is not. She’s colourful, joyful, happy. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it’s that your time is too short to waste a single day.

Polly has one hundred days to help Annie find happiness. Annie’s convinced it’s impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey, Annie begins to realise that maybe, just maybe, there’s still colour to be found in the world.

But then it becomes clear that Polly’s about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.

What does TWG think?

Oh for goodness sake! Does anyone know a plumber…for eyes, as my eyes seem to have sprung a leak. No, I’m being serious. If you’re needing proof just take a look at my pillow!   It’s still damp (yes, it was a big leak, ahem).

Polly, Polly Polly – whatever will we do with you!

I bet my very last chocolate chip cookie (brave!) that there will be a lot of readers relating to Annie and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be singing ‘Annie are you okay, are you okay Annie?’.

Poor Annie has had a heart-breaking time of it, but the nitty-gritty details don’t start becoming clear until further on in the book. Of course we get to know a little bit about what has happened to Annie and, to be perfectly honest, you probably could work out the rest of it yourself. Regardless of how Annie’s past becomes clear to you, it doesn’t make it any less heart-breaking. If anything, it probably made my heart break all over again, each time Annie delved into her past. You can’t forget things like this in a hurry.

On the off-chance, Annie meets a lady who seems to be determined to show people how to wear orange, red, bright purple….and cowboy boots, ALL at the same time. I know, I know – aren’t you jealous?! In all seriousness, Polly does a little bit more than that. ‘Little’ being a huge understatement. Polly turns out to be a lady whose shoes nobody will ever fill.

You’ve probably heard of the ‘100 Happy days’ tag on social media, yes? Well author, Eva Woods, has incorporated that hashtag into her storyline, giving it the attention it deserves in one small swoop. We all get days where being happy ends up being such a mammoth task. We all go through things which make us think ‘will I ever be happy again’ and, you know what? That is life and that is totally fine. However, whats special about this storyline and the characters in it, is how every chapter shows you how the little things in life really do make a difference. Obviously it won’t fix the problem, but for those ten minutes (or however long it takes to do something that makes you happy), you get to find the true meaning of happiness in such a simple task. If you’re all for spring cleaning and decide that cleaning your windows will make you happy – who is anyone to judge? If you think that laying on the sofa reading a book will make you happy – GO FOR IT! Everyone finds happiness in different things and ‘How to be Happy’ highlights that in such a beautiful, beautiful manner.

Not only that, this book highlights how important it is to just ‘be’, that it is perfectly okay to feel sad and feel like you can’t go on. For one an author has written a storyline which hasn’t made ‘sadness’ into a ‘must not do’ kind of thing, and for that I take my hat off to her.

There was nothing about this book I didn’t like, but Polly stole the show ten times over. I have never met a character with such presence, colourful nature, and a heart of gold  like Polly. I don’t think I will be forgetting this character in a hurry either. Why would I want to?

Yes, this book is extremely emotional and yes, the storyline covers topics which are very, very difficult to read. But you know what? Eva Woods hasn’t written anything in her book which life itself doesn’t cover. Can you close your life? No. Can you forget about a situation in the blink of an eye? No. You have to keep moving whether you like it or not, just like Annie and Polly. Through the tears, through the laughter, and through the endless nights of pain, these two characters found the type of strength that can only be found from deep within, but they never knew it existed if it wasn’t for what they had to go through beforehand.

I related to Annie a lot, even if I hadn’t gone through the same things as her. She has the type of personality which will become a voice for readers who are too afraid, too ashamed, or even too scared to speak up about certain things. That in itself is like MasterCard – PRICELESS.

‘How to be Happy’ is a book which just keeps on giving, every time you turn the page. It’s a book which is guaranteed to make you laugh, make you cry, probably make you think ‘you’re talking rubbish’, whilst also making you think ‘hang on, you might be onto something here’. A little bit of everything in one place; and they say the little things in life are the most important.

There is a lot of this storyline that I will be taking away with me and using to give the well needed kick up the youknowwhat. There is also a lot of this book which will forever be held in my heart.

‘How to be Happy’ is one of the most beautiful books I think I have ever read as it has taught me a very important lesson – to live.

From the bottom of my heart I thank the author for writing such an enchanting, beautiful and mesmerising read. A read which has become one of my most favourite books of all time. A book which made my eyes spring a leak. A book which I will remember for a long time to come. A book which teaches you life lessons in the most jaw-droppingly beautiful way.

Absolutely beautiful, I cannot recommend this book enough. You just have to go and grab yourself a copy right now.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheConfession by Jo Spain (@spainjoanne) @QuercusFiction @AnneCater @QuercusBooks

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I am SO, SO, SO excited to be sharing my review of Jo Spain’s highly anticipated novel, ‘The Confession’ (out in e-book now, hardcover 25/01, paperback 9/08), as part of the blog tour! I hope you enjoy reading my review as much as I enjoyed reading the book. Huge thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and a huge thank you to Quercus books for the ARC. Here is my review:

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SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE NOT ALL THEY SEEM…
SOMETIMES THE TRUTH HIDES A SECRET…
SOMETIMES A CONFESSION IS THE BEGINNING… NOT THE END

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. It looks like Harry’s many sins – corruption, greed, betrayal – have finally caught up with him.

An hour later the intruder, JP Carney, hands himself in, confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody and an eye-witness account, but Julie remains troubled.

Has Carney’s surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience or is this confession the first calculated move in a deadly game?

What does TWG think?

Can I get away with just writing ‘OMG JUST GO AND BUY THIS BOOK LIKE, RIGHT NOW!’ as my review?

No?

Such a spoilsport!

Fine!

If you have ever sat there questioning prologues, or thinking that they’re a waste of time, then you clearly haven’t read this type of prologue! ‘The Confession’ has one of the most powerful prologues I think I have ever read, as it pulls readers into the storyline by telling them what happened, right at the very start. Now you’re probably thinking ‘what’s the point in telling us the ‘ending’ before we have even begun the beginning?’. Of course that is a good question, but what if I told you that the beginning to an end wasn’t even the end? What if I told you that there is always more to a situation that meets the eye. Sounds self-explanatory really, doesn’t it? Trust me, I thought that too, but that was before I had even scratched the surface of ‘The Confession’.

Highly publicised businessman, Harry McNamara, finds himself watching his life flash before his eyes after a man casually enters his home one evening, laughing himself on a man who has always deemed himself to be ‘untouchable’. Who is this man? What need did he have to enter a strangers house and beat them to a pulp in front of his wife? I confess, I didn’t have the answers to those questions either, yet all I knew was that the truth wasn’t going to be pretty…

If I were to tell you that I was on the edge of my seat whilst reading this book, it would be the truth but highly predictable. If I were to tell you that my heart decided to go on an early camping trip in my mouth, that would also be the truth and also predictable of me to say so.

I have to confess something else though, seeing as this book is about confessions…..

I have never, ever read a book which was able to charge my brain with excitement, whilst also making me feel as though I was mentally and physically involved in the fictional situation. I have never read a book which, if anyone dared to disturb me whilst reading it, made me feel as though I could turn into a serial killer at any moment (book lovers, you’ll know what I mean when I say that…I wouldn’t really but y’know).

Cliche but true; I was hooked line and sinker by every single page of ‘The Confession’, thus making me mentally unprepared for the book to end. There were moments where I felt like I knew what had happened, but then as soon as the character viewpoint changed and the story was told via a different character, it didn’t take me long to completely change my mind. When the truth finally came out my jaw dropped. I had led myself to believe certain things due to how they were told in the story, yet I hadn’t begun to think about any of the other ‘what if’s’ because they weren’t made out to be a ‘big deal’ so to speak (well, from my eyes anyway).

Another confession…but I didn’t feel sorry for Harry at all, for reason which will become evident the further you read. That said, everyone will interpret ‘The Confession’ differently. Who knows, you might find yourself sympathising with Harry’s situation. You might also find yourself reaching the truth before other people, and that doesn’t matter. You want to know why? Because the truth has already been told…

‘The Confession’ is a phenomenal, powerful and highly addictive read – I honestly have never read a book like this and if I’m being perfectly honest, I don’t think I ever will again. Jo Spain has written such a complex, dark and severely questionable storyline which will leave you questioning absolutely anything. If you thought a toddler asked a lot of questions, you just wait! You’ll find yourself asking so many questions that a toddler’s list of daily ‘why’s? will be nothing compared to yours.

This book has taken a high jump into the list my most favourite books ever and, despite still only being January, ‘The Confession’ is a top contender for my most favourite books of 2018. Jo Spain has blown me away and I am absolutely devastated that ‘The Confession’ had to come to an end.

I cannot recommend this book enough, you really will not be disappointed. THIS is the sort of book which I have been waiting for an author to write.

Absolutely outstanding.

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