#Review – #GallowsTreeLane by Kate London (@kate_katelondon) @CorvusBooks @AnneCater

Seeing as I screwed up my blog tour dates, I am delighted to post my review of ‘Gallowstree Lane’ on my blog tour. Apologies to the author, Corvus Books and RandomThingsTours for my genuine error.

Please don’t let me die. Please don’t. The final words of teenager Spencer Cardoso as he bleeds out on a London street, his life cut short in a single moment of rage.

 

When a teenage boy steps out of the shadows of GallowstreeLane and asks a passer-by for help, it’s already too late. His life is bleeding out on the London street. 

The murder threatens to derail Operation Perseus, a cover police investigation into the Eardsley Bluds, an organised criminal network. Detective Kieran Shaw can’t and won’t allow that to happen. But fifteen-year-old Ryan has other ideas. He’s witnessed the death of his best friend, and now he wants someone to pay…

As loyalties collide, a chain of events is triggered that threatens everyone with a connection to Gallowstree Lane. 

 

What does TWG think?

I have been wanting to read a Kate London novel for AGES! ‘Gallowstree Lane’ is the third book in series, so do bear that in mind before you read it as, in my opinion, it would be beneficial to read the previous two books first. I didn’t and I found that I missed out on information regarding the characters, which would have come in useful had I already known it. That said, others may find it perfectly fine to read without the background information of previous books.

‘Gallowstree Lane’ is very ‘in’ with the times so to speak. The main theme of the book is gangs and crime on the London scene. It’s one thing reading about stabbings and such in the media, but it’s another thing being in amongst the criminal activity yourself, even on a fictional basis. Kate London clearly has experience in that environment as her descriptions were too intricately written for someone not in the know! I loved the intense storyline and in depth detail where the crimes were concerned – even if it was quite unsettling at times!!

I wouldn’t say that ‘Gallowstree Lane’ is speedy read, because it isn’t. It’s one of those reads which has the storyline stewing for a little while, sparks as the story progressed, and then explodes when you are least expecting it.

Overall I was rather impressed by Kate London’s engaging and addictive writing style, and I look forward to re-reading this book once I have read the previous books in the series.

Buy now.

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#BirthdayBlitz! #Review – The Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver (@sweavermph) @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blitz invite and review copy, here is my review:

The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health

In The Migraine Relief Plan, certified health and wellness coach Stephanie Weaver outlines a new, step-by-step lifestyle approach to reducing migraine frequency and severity.

Using the latest research, her own migraine diagnosis, and extensive testing, Weaver has designed an accessible plan to help those living with migraine, headaches, or Meniere’s disease. Over the course of eight weeks, the plan gradually transitions readers into a healthier lifestyle, including key behaviors such as regular sleep, trigger-free eating, gentle exercise, and relaxation techniques. The book also collects resources—shopping lists, meal plans, symptom tracking charts, and kitchen-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—to provide readers with the tools they need to be successful.

The Migraine Relief Plan encourages readers to eat within the guidelines while still helping them follow personal dietary choices, like vegan or Paleo, and navigate challenges, such as parties, work, and travel. A must-have resource for anyone who lives with head pain, this book will inspire you to rethink your attitude toward health and wellness.

What does TWG think?

I, as well as thousands of other people, suffer with migraines on a regular basis. They’re often quite debilitating and, seeing as I suffer them alongside many other illnesses and symptoms, it can all get a bit too much to bear.

‘The Migraine Relief Plan’ is such a colourful and easy to follow book for those who wish to change their diet to see if it helps their head pain. I have been meaning to try the recipes in this book, but fatigue has run away with me. However there are a lot of recipes in this book which has given me much food for thought (pardon the pun), and I’m looking forward to trying a different route to reducing, and hopefully diminishing, my head pain.

Buy now

About the author.

Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego, CA. 

Social Media Links – 

https://www.facebook.com/stephanieweavermph

Twitter.com/sweavermph

Instagram.com/sweavermph

#BlogTour! #Review – Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald (@SophieRanald) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

What does TWG think?

Geeez, poor Charlotte!! I felt so sorry for her throughout the book as she always seemed to draw the short straw in life. It was as though her friends saw her as the butt of all jokes and her work saw her as a skivvy who would pick up the pieces anytime things went wrong. How much could one character endure?!

I didn’t find this book to be as laugh out loud as I would have expected, given that it’s in the tag line on the front cover. However I did snigger at some of the colourful personalities which make themselves known as the storyline progresses.

I honestly expected a proper light hearted read and, whilst there were moments where I felt as though the storyline was on cloud nine, it was quite deep and serious.

I loved getting to know Xander – he was so fun and made Charlotte’s personality shine like it was meant to all along.

I did enjoy ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, what with the unique characters and unpredictable storyline, and I think that this is a read which is perfect for reading by the side of a pool. Sassy, colourful and unique – I am SOOO not sorry that I read this one!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

To find out about Sophie’s forthcoming releases and get access to free books and special offers, sign up to her newsletter at sophieranald.com

#TWGPresents – How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by…Books! With author Lynne Shelby (@LynneB1) #letstalkbooks #thewritinggarnet

How sweet it is to be loved by.. Books!!
I am absolutely delighted to welcome you all to TWG’s brand NEW feature, ‘How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By….Books!’ Sometimes life can get so busy, we often forget about books which have stayed with us through thick and thin, which is exactly why I wanted to do this feature. Over the next few weeks (hopefully longer if anyone else wants to take part), both authors and bloggers will be sharing their top two reads from the past and the present, as well as two books they’re eager to read in the future, and two books that they would read again no questions asked.

Kicking off TWG’s new feature is contemporary fiction author, Lynne Shelby. Here is a little bit more about her and how she got into reading:

Lynne Shelby writes contemporary women’s fiction/romance. Her debut novel, ‘French Kissing’ won the Accent Press and Woman magazine Writing Competition, and her latest novel, ‘The One That I Want,’ is the first of a series of stand-alone books set in the world of showbusiness. When not writing or reading, Lynne can usually be found at the theatre or exploring a foreign city, with a writer’s notebook, camera and sketchbook in hand. She lives in London with her husband, and has three adult children who live nearby.

How I Got Into Reading:

As a child, I only learnt to read fluently after I went to school, but once I could read, I always had my head in a book. My parents were great readers and my childhood home was lined with bookcases full of novels – as is my house now – and I read my way along the shelves. I also remember visits to the local library, and the thrill of choosing a new book. The books that captured my imagination as a child – I still have some of them – led to the love of reading that I still have today.

 

To keep up to date with Lynne on social media, you can follow her via the links below:

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Lynne Shelby’s Amazon

Top two favourite reads from the past:

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Top two favourite reads from the present:

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

Two Books I’m eager to read in the future:

Still Me by JoJo Moyes

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Two Books I’ll read more than once with no questions asked:

Second Nature by Alice Hoffman

Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand


Have you read any of the books Lynne has listed, or are you now venturing onto your favourite bookselling website to find a copy for yourself? Let me know in the comments! Huge thanks to Lynne for kicking off this feature, and thank you to you all for reading it!

If you wish to take part please send an email to kaishajayneh@gmail.com with the subject ‘Feature’, along with:

Your bio, including how you started reading and any links you wish to include.
Your top two favourite reads from the past.
Your top two favourite reads from the present.
Your top two books you’re eager to read in the future.
And lastly, two books you’ll read more than once with no questions asked.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Until next time,

TWG
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#BlogTour! #Review – Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon (@mscanlonauthor) @Bookouture

I am super excited to be on the blog tour for ‘Where She Lies’ by Michael Scanlon today. Many thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

When Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, he predicts boredom will be his biggest threat.

But then a beautiful, local teenage girl is found strangled in the cold, dark woods a mile from town. The prime suspect is the seemingly-gentle drifter who found Tanya’s body.

Beck seems to be the only person who can’t escape the feeling that Tanya wasn’t killed at random. As he digs deeper into the shadows of Cross Beg, he begins to realise it isn’t the sleepy backwater he’d first believed. Everyone here has something to hide. Tanya had a boyfriend, whose name no one knew. A best friend with a loose relationship with the truth. And a habit she thought she’d kept hidden from everyone.

But, just as Beck believes he is making progress, the body of one of the suspects is found drowned in the river. Is the killer just getting started?

Everyone in the town seems to have something they would die to protect. But who has a secret they’d kill for?

Why does TWG think?

Ooooooo what a nifty little read this is!! I am genuinely surprised that ‘Where She Lies’ is a debut novel – the strength of the storyline was so intense and so impressive for an author’s first book. I mean, if this is the calibre of Michael Scanlon’s first book, I cannot wait to see what he comes up with next!

The beauty of this book is that, not only is it a debut novel, it’s also the start of a new series featuring Detective Finnegan Beck, an Irish officer who seems to have his own story to tell. The backstory of Beck is quite intriguing and we don’t get the finer details of his situation straight away. All we know is that he has been demoted and that he’s good at getting people’s backs up.

Like I said above, I was very impressed by the storyline and I loved how the gritty events exacerbated the intensity of the novel. I did find several of the characters to be a little flat, and I couldn’t help but wonder what they were actually bringing to the overall storyline. I would be intrigued to see which characters come back in book two (hence why I’m not naming any names haha).

All in all, ‘Where She Lies’ is a gritty, addictive debut novel which shows such promise for future books in the series – I’m excited!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Michael Scanlon is a civilian employee of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force), but a life threatening undiagnosed illness that struck while travelling in Spain in 2014 has rendered him on long term sick leave. He is married to Eileen and has a daughter, Sarah. He lives in the countryside outside the town of Ballina in County Mayo. The town has arguably the best salmon river in Europe, called the Moy.

#Blogtour! #Review – The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper (@toodletinkbaby) @AnneCater @tesshenderson1 @EburyPublishing

Finally! It’s my turn on the blog tour for Roxie Cooper and her phenomenal new book, ‘The Day We Met’. Many thanks to Tess Henderson for the ARC, and thanks to Anne for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. 

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story

What does TWG think?

Stop everything, unplug the phones, grab all of the tissues from your local supermarket, and get ready to go on the journey of a lifetime. Hell, I don’t even know how much you can prepare yourself for this book because I thought I was mentally prepared, but I was far from it.

Steph and Jamie meet each other by chance, and end up with a connection even BT would be proud of. So what is the problem? Well, the two characters may have found themselves getting on very well with each other, and they may understand each other on all sorts of levels, but the thing is – there can’t be no ‘thing’ between them as one is married and one is engaged.

Steph thought she had everything. She thought she was with a man who understood her little quirks, accepted her flaws, and loved her for who she was. And Jamie, he really had really found the love of his life. The yin to his yang. Hence why he married her, so why was he willing to risk everything for a stranger?

Without divulging too much, ‘The Day We Met’ is a very unique, yet very realistic portrayal of romance and the ups and downs of relationships. Roxie Cooper has created characters which are flawed, and have deep routed issues. She has also created characters who are sure of themselves and have their own five year plan, planned to perfection. The beauty of the contrasting characters in this book is that they work so well together and make the storyline come alive absolutely brilliantly.

Now, I was lucky enough to read this book last year and I am not ashamed to admit that I ugly cried to the point my body felt as though it had run out of water. I’m not even being dramatic as I instagrammed the fetching picture!

As the storyline progresses, the author drops hints about what lay ahead. If you’re anything like me, you would ignore those hints and pretend that the author has no idea what she is talking about. Yes, I refused to accept the possibility of an event. And yes, it did come back to bite me on the booty but only because I had fallen head over heels in love with both of the main characters and their journeys. I wanted them to celebrate, to be happy in each of their newfound situations, but life isn’t like that, is it?

I was utterly devastated by the turn of events later on in the story, but I couldn’t help but but be mesmerised by the beauty of how everything came together.

Yes, ‘One Day We Met’ is extremely emotional, but it is, beyond belief, the most beautifully written, heart wrenching, touching, and poignant novel I have ever read.

Roxie Cooper has written a movie worthy, highly enchanting, wonderfully crafted novel which has taken my heart hostage forever. Such a phenomenal, phenomenal read – I loved it!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – #OnlyWhenItsLove by Olivia Spring (@ospringauthor)

I am sooooo excited to be today’s stop on Olivia Spring’s blog tour for her latest release, ‘Only When it’s love’. Huge thanks to the author for the blog tour invite and ARC – here is my review:

Alex’s love life is a disaster. Will accepting a crazy seven-step dating challenge lead to more heartbreak or help her find Mr Right? 

Alex is tired of getting ghosted. After years of disastrous hook-ups and relationships that lead to the bedroom but nowhere else, Alex is convinced she’s destined to be eternally single. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends what worked for her: a self-help book that guarantees Alex will find true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right? 

Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last, and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her. 

Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?

Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.

What does TWG think?

Snigger. Laurie Love. Snigger. What a name!! No, I haven’t just decided to pluck names out of thin air. Laurie Love is the author of a self-help book which Alex’s work colleague, Stacey, recommended to her due to her amazing luck with guys.

I jest.

Alex’s track record is shocking when it comes to the opposite gender. Obviously I’m not laying all of the blame at her door, she must have met some right shockers! Anyway, to help her find the man of her dreams, she attempts to follow the rules that Laurie Love has set.

I thought that the concept of this book was brilliant fun! When Alex was ‘interviewing’ potential partners, I ended up holding up a scoreboard in my mind, a bit like Strictly Come Dancing for dates except they don’t voluntarily shout, ‘omg what a cactus!’.

Alex is such a relatable and down to Earth character – her personality had me in hysterics because she just didn’t give a monkeys whilst also trying too hard. She was brilliant. Randy. But brilliant!

I really felt that Olivia Spring’s writing style had relaxed in this book, meaning that everything just seemed to flow so naturally, I ended up forgetting that I was actually reading a book because I was so engrossed in whether Alex’s interviewees would be ends of a bell, a spikey cactus or a part of a males anatomy. Or all three. Of course I was hoping that she would find the man of her dreams who would treat her properly both inside of the bedroom, and out.

The humour is absolutely brilliant and the overall vibe is so unique an addictive – I really did enjoy ‘Only When It’s Love’!

Such a uniquely told, laugh out loud, dirty and flirty, addictive novel which puts romance on the map in the least slushy way possible, in the most brilliant of ways.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Happiness Project by Pippa James (@PippaJamesBooks)

Many congratulations to Pippa James on the publication of ‘The Happiness Project’. Today is the first day of the tour and I am delighted to be kicking it off with a review. Thank you to Bookouture for both the tour invite and ARC.

Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.

But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?

What does TWG think?

We are back with Frankie, Alison and Kate for another relatable tale about motherhood and regaining your confidence after a baby. ‘The Happiness Project’ is the second book in the series and, if you haven’t read the first book, ‘I Will Survive’, don’t worry too much as each one can be read as a stand-alone.

Out of the two books I think this one has to be my favourite because the vibe was more relaxed and less forced. I will admit that I wasn’t too sure of the storyline to begin with as I couldn’t work out what was happening in amongst the whinging between characters, however as the story progressed the main characters seemed to relax a bit more and I found myself giggling at the one liners more often than not.

It was great to see a different side to Alison, especially as she was thought of as the ‘up her own backside’ one who was ‘practically perfect in every way’. Of course that wasn’t the case as she was just organised and thought a lot about what people thought of her and her choices.

All in all, ‘The Happiness Project’ left me with a big smile on my face. The way in which certain characters came together at the end just made me feel as though I was on a cloud. Sometimes, even though you may be annoyed at something someone has done or what they’ve said, you end up realising that being the bigger person is more advantageous to your own mental health. I thought the way in which Kate stood up for her choices whilst pregnant (finally) was brilliant and it just highlighted how different everyone is, which of course isn’t bad at all.

An uplifting, sitting on a cloud read which made me giggle many times.

Buy now!

About the author.

Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.

You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or Facebook.com/PippaJamesAuthor 

#BlogTour! #Review – The Talisman – Molly’s Story by Eliza Scott (@elizajscott1) @RaRaResources

We have reached the final day on the blog tour for ‘The Talisman – Molly’s Story’ by Eliza Scott. Many thanks, as always, to Rachel from RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.
But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.


Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…

Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.

What does TWG think?

Molly’s Story is book number 2 in Eliza Scott’s ‘Life on the Moors’ series and, while I would usually say about reading books in order, these are perfectly fine to read any way you wish.

Now, because I have followed the series from book one, I had gotten to know some of the characters beforehand (Molly included).

I couldn’t stop snorting with laughter! The humour that was in this book was brilliant. I adored the sarcasm and banter between each of the characters – they really did make the story to be what it was.

Heck it, I’m just going to just come out and say it – at one point in the story I ended up disliking the author because I just wanted to shout ‘OMG HOW COULD YOU!!!!!’. I was utterly devastated by what I read and I am sure I heard my heart breaking into millions of pieces!!!! Obviously I can’t divulge what point in the book that was due to spoilers, but for those who have already read this book I am sure you are aware of what part I’m referring to!

I don’t mean it nastily that I disliked the author for a little bit, so nobody come at me with spikes or anything! I really wasn’t expecting those turn of events and it did take me several chapters before the author made it up to me for what she ‘did’ haha. Yes, my heart was fixed by the end of the book and Eliza Scott came back smelling of roses.

This book is such an emotionally intense, thunderstorm of a read which showed me rainbows as well as rain. Yes, my heart broke but it was written in such a poignant and realistic manner, it was as though the events were happening before my very eyes.

I thoroughly enjoyed being back on the moors with Molly, Kitty and the rest of the gang – my most favourite book of the series yet.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Buy now from Amazon US

About the author.

 Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.

 

Social Media Links –

Blog: elizajscott.com

Twitter: @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: @elizajscott

Facebook: @elizajscottauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/ElizaJScott

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/eliza-j-scott

#BlogTour! #Review – Inborn by Thomas Enger (@EngerThomas) @AnneCater @OrendaBooks

I need to start this post today with an apology as I had managed to put my tour stop on the wrong day in my diary, meaning that I was meant to have posted yesterday. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the patience with my error.

I am excited to be reviewing ‘Inborn’ by Thomas Enger today – huge thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

What turns a boy into a killer?

When the high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as being in the dock … for murder?

Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously … and secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community.  As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has a relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect?

It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust.

But can we trust him?

What does TWG think?

OMG this book was addictive!!!!! If you exclude the times where I had to put the book down to feed the mini human and pets (how rude!), I can safely say that I devoured ‘Inborn’ in a matter of hours. Such a clever, clever novel which highlights the fact that nothing is ever as it seems.

The prologue to ‘Inborn’ was absolutely cracking and set the wheels in most for the rest of the book. Who was the person there? Why were they there? Who else was in the vicinity at the same time? Something bad had happened, but the reasoning as to why was nowhere to be seen. Well, not for a while anyway.

‘Inborn’ is a strong case of mistaken identity in the sense that even individual characters were left questioning themselves, even though they knew the truth. But did they really? The fact that I was left questioning every little detail in the book was strong proof that Thomas Enger is incredible at keeping his readers on their toes. I could not believe just how complex each scenario in the storyline was written, whilst also being woven into various other situations seamlessly and flawlessly.

‘Inborn’ kept me face muscles working until the very last page as my expressions switched between shocked, uncertainty and disbelief, time and time again – I couldn’t believe what my eyes were digesting and, to be brutally honest, I still can’t!

As I said at the start of the review, I thought this book was so very clever and I loved every single minute of it. From psychologically damaging relationships to uncertain answers, and from complex thoughts to twisted judgements, ‘Inborn’ is one of the most psychologically twisted books I have read so far this year.

Utterly, utterly brilliant – I urge you all to grab yourselves a copy to be put under Thomas Enger’s spell. Looooooved it!!

Buy now!