#QuickReads! #LaunchDay2018 – #Review – Cut Off by @MarkBillingham and Clean Break by @MsTamarCohen @readingagency @ed_pr

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Quick Reads – the books which may be small, yet they pack a punch at only £1. So, what’s the catch? There isn’t one. Aside from the fact Quick Reads are that; quick, they actually serve an important purpose.

Here is some more information about Quick Reads and how they could help someone you know.
(Information taken from Quick Reads Press Release with permission)

Quick Reads was founded by Baroness Gail Rebuck DBE in 2006 to provide shorter, easier to read, accessible fiction for less confident adult readers. Now in its 12 th year, the programme has distributed over 4.8 million books since it was launched and introduced hundreds of thousands of new readers each year to the joys and benefits of reading.

One in six adults in the UK struggles with reading, whilst one in three does not read for
pleasure; Quick Reads are designed to break down the barriers that prevent people from picking up a book. 95% of literacy practitioners report that using Quick Reads has been effective at raising learners’ confidence in reading, whilst 91% say that the books have been effective at improving readers’ literacy skills.

Isn’t it amazing what just £1 can do? 2018 sees the release of six new Quick Reads written by; Dorothy Koomson, Tammy Cohen, Kit De Waal, Vaseem Khan, Mark Billingham, and last but not leas, Fern Britton. When the ReadingAgency got in touch asking me to promote these books on their publication day (today woo!!), I jumped at the chance. I think these books are absolutely fantastic, especially if they can help someone read, or even fall in love with reading. Despite being an avid reader myself, I sat and read two of these books and I absolutely loved them. So you see, whilst they play a vital role in helping adults read, they also are the light-bites of the book world. What more could you ask for?

Today I am sharing my reviews of two Quick Reads titles; Clean Break by Tammy Cohen, and Cut Off by Mark Billingham. Don’t fret though, I don’t do spoilers in my other reviews, so I won’t start now.

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Step into a thrilling Quick Read from number one bestselling crime fiction author Mark Billingham.

It’s the moment we all fear: losing our phone, leaving us cut off from family and friends. But, for Louise, losing hers in a local café takes her somewhere much darker.

After many hours of panic, Louise is relieved when someone gets in touch offering to return the phone. From then on she is impatient to get back to normal life.

But when they meet on the beach, Louise realises you should be careful what you wish for…

If you enjoyed Cut Off, try Love Like Blood, the latest novel in the series starring Mark Billingham’s detective hero, DI Tom Thorne.

What does TWG think?

What an absolute rollercoaster ride! ‘Cut Off’ grabbed my attention straight away with its focus on mobile phones. You know, the item that nobody leaves a room without, heaven forbid even leaving their home without it. I admit, I am glued to my phone, and the way in which Mark Billingham told his story sent shivers down my spine. Imagine if what happened to Louise, happened to you? How freaky!

For such a compact story, ‘Cut Off’ really does pack a punch, keeping the high level of intensity until the very last page. I was slightly disappointed with the ending as I was so hooked on the storyline, I felt that there were still some loose ends needing tied up. However, I would certainly recommend this if you enjoy your intense and chilling reads, or if you just want to try something new.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Mark Billingham (Cut Off, Little Brown):
Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won the Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. All of his novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne have been Sunday Times bestsellers. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne. A new series based on the novels In The Dark and Time Of Death was broadcast on BBC 1 in 2017. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.

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Marriage is complicated, especially for Kate. Her husband Jack has a temper on him, and has been an absent father for years. Kate knows it’s time for a divorce. The trouble is, Jack refuses. And now that he has found out Kate has met another man, his jealous rages escalate. Can Kate rid herself of her jealous husband before it’s too late?

What does TWG think?

Right, I know people say that nobody knows what happens behind closed doors, or don’t judge someone’s story until you know all of the facts, BUT, whilst they are extremely valid points, I am about to go against one because I am a reviewer (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

What planet is Kate on? You either want something or you don’t. You don’t dangle the carrot in front of the horse and then moan because he grabs it! I mean, come on! Kate obviously had her reasons as to why she reached the decision she did, which of course is fair enough. On the other side of the coin, I can see WHY she reached that decision to a point (all becomes clear as the story goes on) and, whilst I don’t condone Jack’s behaviour, I did feel a teeny bit sorry for him.

My opinion did change though, as I’m sure you’ll find out when you read it. ‘Clean Break’ had my jaw dropping to the floor on multiple occasions, as well as ensuring every single hair on my arms stood to attention for the duration of the book. It’s not that this book is chilling as such, it is incredibly intense and psychologically shocking. I am extremely impressed at how much the author has made this book deliver in such a small amount of pages. Amazing story telling once again from Tammy Cohen. Highly recommend.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Tammy Cohen (Clean Break, Transworld):
Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote under her formal name Tamar Cohen) has a growing backlist of acclaimed novels of domestic noir including: The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else’s Wedding. Her break-out psychological suspense thriller was The Broken, followed by Dying for Christmas, First One Missing and When She Was Bad. She lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog.

About The Reading Agency:
The Reading Agency is the leading charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with our partners, our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.  www.readingagency.org.uk

For more information on all of the other titles in the Quick Reads 2018 collection, titles are available from today on Amazon and all good bookshops.

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