#BlogTour! #Review – The Cleansing by J.A.Baker (@thewriterjude) @BloodHoundBook

Next up is something a bit darker, a review of ‘The Cleansing’ by J.A.Baker. Many thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite and ARC.

When Ray moves to a new house in the village of Whitchurch, he leaves behind a relationship and a luxury apartment in search of a better life in the countryside.

However, he soon realises that sleepy Whitchurch also has its own fair share of problems. Last year, a woman’s body was discovered in the woods nearby. The killer was never caught.

Soon suspicious things start to happen. Threatening letters are sent, cars are vandalised and headstones are desecrated. But who is responsible for these acts and why?

As the tension in the village builds, Ray begins to feel the pressure. Someone is out to cause trouble and that someone might be closer to Ray than he ever imagined.

What does TWG think?

I’ve heard a lot about Whitchurch and have envisioned myself visiting there one day, however after reading ‘The Cleansing’, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little apprehensive. Hah!

The main question that will no doubt cross the threshold of your brain whilst reading this book, would be ‘whodunnit??’. I would genuinely surprised if that question didn’t cross your mind at least once, because it crossed my mind like a little convoy of ducks crossing the road.

Ray has reached a time in his life where he wants peace. But at what price? With a new house and a fresh start paving the way for a new life for Ray, he can’t wait to start enjoying life. Like I said; at what price?

So many sinister and unexplained things happen throughout the book, some minor and some not, and all fingers seem to be pointing at the newcomer. Things aren’t as simple as they seem in ‘The Cleansing’, and I thought that J.A.Baker is extraordinary at creating a nail biting tension which kept me guessing until the very end.

The pace isn’t all that fast and be prepared to be drip fed snippets of information throughout the book but, most importantly, be prepared to be hooked.

Dark, dangerous, and damn right devious; ‘The Cleansing’ is even twister than a bottle of domestos with a child lock on it!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

J.A.BAKER was born and brought up in North East England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.

She enjoys reading many genres of books but especially enjoys psychological thrillers. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found trying to keep on top of her high maintenance garden!

In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published Undercurrent.

Her second novel, Her Dark Retreat was published in October 2017. Since then she has written four other novels – The Other Mother, Finding Eva, The Uninvited and The Cleansing which is her latest release.

J.A. Baker has four grown-up children and a grandchild and lives in a village near Darlington with her husband and madcap dog.

You find out more about J.A.Baker by visiting her website at

http://www.jabakerauthor.co.uk/

www.facebook.com/thewriterjude

www.twitter.com/thewriterjude

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#BlogTour! #Review – Paper Dolls by Emma Pullar (@EmmaStoryteller) @BloodhoundBook

Happy publication day, Emma Pullar! I am delighted to be kicking off the ‘Paper Dolls’ blog tour today, many thanks to Heather and BloodHoundBooks for the tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

When a bizarre set of murders take place in London, three flatmates become embroiled in the terrifying mystery.

Mike, Beatrice and Kerri all share a flat and a passion to move their careers forward. When Mike, a frustrated mime in Trafalgar Square, lays eyes on performance artist Princess, his world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, Kerri is struggling to hold onto her job as a journalist, when she stumbles across a body, which turns out to be the third victim of the Paper Doll Killer. Beatrice, who was once a bestselling author, looks to the series of murders for inspiration but finds a lot more than she bargained for.

As the three flatmates discover they each have links to the killer they start to turn on one another. Who might be next? Why does the killer paint the victim’s cheeks and lips with blood? What purpose do the paper dolls serve?

As the deranged Paper Doll Killer continues to stalk the streets of London there’s only one question that needs to be answered … is anyone safe?

What does TWG think?

Whatever you do, don’t judge this book by the opening chapter. Hear me out a second; the opening chapter isn’t bad at all, it is just extremely dark and circumstantially graphic. I have seen on social media that people struggled with the graphic nature of the beginning of the book, but in all honesty, when a subject contains a theme which goes on in the outside world, wouldn’t you rather the author be realistic? It’s a theme which can devastate lives, or warrant copious amounts of therapy. It isn’t a theme which can be glossed off with rainbows and glitter. So yes, be prepared to have your eyes opened, but don’t judge the entire book on it because, if you were in the position of the characters the author was describing at the start, you would feel a lot worse than discomfort at the black and white descriptions. Again, yes, I am speaking from experience.

‘Paper Dolls’ is very, very clever. The storyline is very dark and mysterious, yet its evident that the author did her research when it came to the main themes of book. I had no idea of the complexity behind certain situations and without sounding like a wuss, they unnerved me at times because I had no idea what the characters were capable of. Hell, I don’t think they even knew what they were capable of.

Mike, Kerri and Bea are so very different, and it was interesting watching their journeys unfold as the storyline progressed. I thought that the split narrative was very in keeping with the nature of the book, and I thought that it allowed the suspense to grow with every new chapter. Personally, I wasn’t too keen on the ending as I felt as though I finished the book with a massive question mark looming over my head.

Emma Pullar has written a very intriguing, well thought out, dark and vice like novel – I thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness of the book. If you’re looking for something different and intense, I cannot recommend ‘Paper Dolls’ enough.

Buy now!

About the author.

Emma Pullar is an award-winning and bestselling writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Her second picture book, Kitty Stuck, was illustrated by her talented daughter who was just twelve-years-old at the time. Four of Emma’s short stories have been published. Her dystopian duology, Skeletal and Avian, are popular with fans of the genre and Emma’s crime debut is out March 2019. She also writes articles for Bang2write and dabbles in screenwriting. Find her on Twitter @EmmaStoryteller or Instagram @emmapullar_storyteller or http://www.emmapullar,com.

#BlogTour! #Extract from #BadSeed by Heleyne Hammersley (@hhammersley66) @BloodHoundBook @LifeBookish

Stepping in last minute to take part in the Bloodhound Books blog tour for ‘Bad Seed’ by Heleyne Hammersley. Before I share an extract, here is a little bit more about the and the all important ‘buy’ link:

When the body of a woman is discovered near Doncaster’s red light district, DI Kate Fletcher is called to the scene. 

The victim has an abdominal wound that looks like a Caesarean incision, leading the police to believe she may have been pregnant.

Kate’s team establish the woman’s identity but it soon becomes clear that those close to her have something to hide.

The post-mortem reveals the victim wasn’t pregnant and, when a second body is discovered with similar wounds, the police realise they are hunting for a serial killer with a sinister fixation.

Can Kate solve the case before another woman dies?

And can a ruthless, methodical killer be brought to justice?

Buy now from Amazon UK

Extract.

DI Kate Fletcher unbuttoned her jacket, breathing heavily in the humid air as she studied the scene in front of her. The body of a woman was lying on her back amid the lush vegetation which bounded much of Doncaster’s Town Fields like the hair around a monk’s tonsure. The body was surrounded by crimescene technicians who continued their work as Kate approached. She kept back beyond the blue-and-white crimescene tape and followed the step plates with her eyes, knowing that she wouldn’t be welcome to approach until she’d donned protective clothing.

She could make out dark hair and pale limbs but little else from where she was standing, as the body had been dumped amongst nettles and cow parsley that were as high as Kate’s waist in full June growth.

‘What have we got?’ she asked the nearest overall-clad figure. He turned to face her and she recognised her colleague, DC Barratt. He took a couple of steps towards her and lowered the hood of his overalls, messing up his hair and revealing patches of pink scalp through the thinning strands.

‘Body of a woman. Looks like she’s about thirty or so. Undressed from the waist down so possible sexual assault, but obviously we won’t know until the test results are back.’

‘Cause of death?’ Kate asked.

Barratt glanced round at the other people attending and then lowered his voice. ‘They haven’t been able to establish that yet but there’s a whacking great wound in her abdomen. They were just debating whether it was pre- or post-mortem when you arrived. There’s also bruising round her neck and throat so strangulation’s another possibility.’

Kate nodded and glanced again at the body. She was tempted to find a set of overalls and get a closer look but she didn’t want to undermine Barratt. She knew that there would be photographs and notes and she also knew that Barratt’s report would be fastidiously detailed.

‘Who found her?’

Barratt gestured to a support van parked on the running track that went around the top section of the field. A man in sports clothes was sitting on the back step, nursing a cardboard cup of something that Kate hoped was hot and sweet. Another of her DCs, Hollis, was standing next to the van but he didn’t appear to be talking to the man.

‘Bloke over there with Hollis. He was setting up a football training session for a team of pre-teens. Does it at weekends and in the school holidays. Thankfully he found the body before the kids arrived.’

Kate thanked Barratt and crossed the grass to the van where the man had stopped studying his drink and was looking up at her expectantly.

‘DI Fletcher,’ Kate introduced herself. ‘I understand that you found the body?’

He nodded and stood up, holding out his hand, which Kate ignored. ‘Duncan Cawthorne.’

‘Okay, Duncan. I want you to tell me what happened this morning. My colleague, DC Hollis, will make notes if that’s all right with you?’

Cawthorne watched as Hollis took a notebook and pencil from the inside breast pocket of his suit jacket. ‘I get down here early on a Sunday,’ he began. ‘Have a bit of a run and then set up for the kids.’

Kate appraised him as she listened to his account of arriving at the car park, jogging for half an hour and then retrieving the cones and balls from his car so he could set up a course for ‘the kids’. He was probably in his early thirties, well built and tall. He was wearing baggy grey tracksuit bottoms and a zip-up red hoody with a Doncaster Rovers badge below the left shoulder. His hair was hidden under a tight-fitting grey beanie hat with DRFC emblazoned across the front. He’d obviously dressed for his role as a football coach. His broad face was clean-shaven and tanned – Kate suspected a sunbed or a spray considering the grey cloud that seemed to have enveloped Doncaster for much of the spring and early summer.

‘And then I saw her,’ Cawthorne was saying. ‘Just lying on her back in the bushes.’

Kate glanced across to the police tape. It was a few hundred yards away from the neat row of miniature traffic cones that had been set up next to the running track. She looked at Hollis. He’d stopped making notes and was looking at where the body lay. He’d also spotted the anomaly.

About the author.

Heleyne Hammersley is a British writer based in Cumbria. She writes psychological suspense thrillers and crime novels.

Heleyne has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called ‘Give Them the Works’ when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool. 

When she’s not writing, Heleyne can often be found wandering on the fells or in the local park with her dog.

 

 

#BlogTour! #Review – Lost in the Lake by A.J.Waines (@AJWaines) @Bloodhoundbook

She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends a group of musicians plunging into a lake. Convinced the accident was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby. 

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? 


When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally emerges. Now Sam is the one seriously out of her depth…

What does TWG think?

Oh this is clever. This is very clever!

We have all done something and remembered not doing it, right? Like putting the washing on and not remembering that you did it….minor things like that. But here is the burning question; what would you do if you find out that something devastating happening while YOU were there, yet you cannot remember a single detail? What if you find out that you have no recollection at all? Nada. Zilch.

Wouldn’t you be scared? I would be petrified, especially as there is a chance that you would end up being one of the main focuses in the investigation.

A.J.Waines has done an impeccable job at creating some rather cracking tension. The entires storyline was laced with it – I feel as though I need a holiday to recover! Alarm bells were ringing for me where Rosie was concerned, not that I’m saying I thought she was lying (although there was a great possibility that she may have been), it’s just I had a strong feeling that she was keeping a lot under her hat. I don’t know, I couldn’t put my finger on what it was about that character exactly, but something was off, that’s for sure!

I thought the storyline was a bit of a slow burner in places, but due to the high levels of suspense, grit, red herrings and everything else, I wasn’t as bothered by the pace as much as I usually would be.

‘Lost in the Lake’ is a very cleverly written, highly suspenseful, intriguing read which left me feeling as though I couldn’t even trust myself. I cannot wait to read more in this series if the books are as good as this one!!

Buy now!

About the author.

AJ Waines is a number one bestselling author, topping the entire UK and Australian Kindle Charts in two consecutive years, with Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, the author has sold nearly half a million copies of her books, with publishing deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and Canada (audio books). 

Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and has been ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). 

She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. Find her books here and visit her website and blog, or join her on Twitter, Facebook or on her Newsletter. 

#BlogTour! #Review – Inside the Whispers by A.J.Waines (@AJWaines) @Bloodhoundbook

The most dangerous place is inside your own head…

Dr Samantha Willerby, a specialist in Post Traumatic Stress, has never seen anything like this before. Following a fire on the London Underground, three survivors seek her help – but although unmistakably traumatised, their stories don’t match the facts. Are they ‘faking it’? Sam’s confusion turns to horror when one by one, instead of recovering, they are driven to suicide.

When her lover, Conrad, begins to suffer the same terrifying flashbacks, Sam is desperate to find out what’s causing them. As a mysterious and chilling conspiracy begins to unravel the nightmares begin for Sam…

What does TWG think?

A.J.Waines is a new author for me, so I was very intrigued to read ‘Inside the Whispers’ as I hadn’t really heard anything about the author until now! ‘Inside the Whispers’ is the first book in the ‘Dr Samantha Willerby’ series, and I have to say that it was quite a promising start.

I will admit that I have been sat staring at my computer screen for ages, trying to work out how the heck I was going to review this book without dropping spoilers like the Kardashians drop bf’s – it’s hard!!

Samantha’s character was very intriguing as it seemed like her personality was drip fed to the readers throughout the storyline. It wasn’t a case of being able to warm up to her straight away and hope for the best, it was as though the character had to trust the people reading about her before she let her guard down. Quite ironic though for someone who tries to get information out of other people, don’t you think?

For me personally, ‘Inside the Whispers’ was a very slow burner which kept me interested by the little teasers as opposed to the fast paced hook. I’m not saying that the book didn’t have that bite, because it did, I just found the hook a little bit difficult to get hold of until later on in the book.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the psychological aspect to the story – if you aren’t the type of person to become paranoid, you might find that changing whilst you read this! Even though the author had told me a piece of information at one point, it felt like I was doubting that a mere several lines later. A.J.Waines is very clever at manipulating her storyline to her advantage. by keeping the readers right where she wants them, and why not? It worked!

Overall, ‘Inside the Whispers’ was a very cleverly written and intriguing read – a promising first book in a series, I’m looking forward to reading more!

Buy now!

About the author.

AJ Waines is a number one bestselling author, topping the entire UK and Australian Kindle Charts in two consecutive years, with Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, the author is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and Canada (audio books).

Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and has been ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).

She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. Find her books here and visit her website and blog, or join her on Twitter, Facebook or on her Newsletter.

Her next thriller, Lost in the Lake, will be re-released by Bloodhound Books on 24 October 2018.

Author Social Media Links:

Find AJ Waines books at: http://viewauthor.at/AJWaines

Website    www.ajwaines.co.uk

Newsletter     http://eepurl.com/bamGuL

Blog:     www.awaines.blogspot.co.uk

Facebook:      www.facebook.com/AJWaines

Twitter:     www.twitter.com/AJWaines  @AJWaines

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – One Perfect Witness by Pat Young (@py321_young) @BloodHoundBook

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Last blog post of the day is for Pat Young’s ‘One Perfect Witness’. Many thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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On a remote Scottish hillside, three paths meet. On each path, a boy, one carrying a gun.
When their paths cross, a shot is fired and a boy dies.
That leaves two – one killer and one perfect witness.
This killer will stop at nothing to make sure the witness says nothing. Difficult for most people, even for someone who’s been guarding a secret of his own for five years.
What if the witness decides he’s been silent too long? Sometimes even the unspeakable must be spoken, if we can find the words.

What does TWG think?

I am in awe at how Pat Young grips her readers almost instantaneously. What a gripping start to the book!

Thankfully the rest of the story lived up to the gripping start, and I found myself racing through the pages like a Formula One racer. Now I wouldn’t say that the pace of this book is fast, nor would I say that it is able to put your head into a spin. However, even though the pace was steady, the strength of the storyline and the attention to detail made the book what it was. Yes, I know, I’m always one who goes on about a decently paced book, yet Pat Young delivers with her well thought out hook and cleverly written characters. Who needs a 100mph pace when you have a Pat Young book?

Whilst it is often quite difficult for me to read a book with bullies at the heart of it, I am always secretly glad because storylines like these need to be put out there so that readers can see just what bullies are capable of doing. I felt for Charlie a lot of the time and I had everything crossed that things worked in his favour.

Overall, ‘One Perfect Witness’ kept me throughly enthralled by Charlie’s story, with Pat Young’s brilliant descriptions becoming a winner in my eyes.

A surprisingly gripping and highly detailed read which had Pat Young’s unique writing style shining like a diamond.

Buy now!

About the author.

Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.
Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.
Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last.
Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.
Pat writes psychological thrillers. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July
2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.
Published by Bloodhound Books, I Know Where You Live is the much-anticipated sequel to Pat’s gripping and unmissable debut thriller, Till the Dust Settles. It too is a psychological thriller with a skilfully told story that makes for an enjoyable stand alone read. It will hook you from the start.
One Perfect Witness, Pat’s third novel to be published, tells a completely new story. If, like Pat, you’re fascinated by what happens when someone disappears, you’ll enjoy this book of secrets, lies and deception.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Suspended Retribution by Rob Ashman (@RobAshmanAuthor) @BloodHoundBook

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Third and final post of the day is for Rob Ashman and ‘Suspended Retribution’. Many thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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Alex Jarrod is a war veteran. When a flesh-eating parasite destroys his face, he returns from Afghanistan with a head full of nightmares. His world crumbles around him until he realises there is work to be done. Another war to fight.

DI Rosalind Kray has her hopes pinned on becoming the new DCI after tracking down another serial killer, but those in charge have other ideas.

After a small-time crook is killed in a hit and run and a serial burglar is brutally murdered, Kray suspects a vigilante is at work. But her bosses disregard her theory – until they discover a third victim.

Once again Kray finds herself on the trail of a serial killer but this one is different. This one lives in his own private war zone.

With her bosses on her heels Kray has her work cut out and the body count is rising. 

But he’s not going to stop until the mission is complete … and Kray’s not going to stop until she finds him.

What does TWG think?

I’m pretty sure I may have said this already where Rob Ashman was concerned, so I will say it again – what the HECK is in his mind?!?! Seriously! Look, I’m not knocking it at all because, lets face it, Ashman can definitely write!!

I have only read the first book in this series, so don’t fret if you haven’t read the previous book as ‘Suspended Retribution’ can be read very well as a standalone. If you’re a fan of highly graphic, intense novels then Rob Ashman is the author for you.

I loved being able to get to know DI Rosalind Kray even more as this storyline progresses. The character has come on in leaps and bounds since where I left her in the first installment, which in itself proves how the depth of Rob Ashman’s writing style has increased throughout the series.

I found the parts of the book set in Afghanistan very humbling as we were able to see just how raw death can be when it’s not in a murder sense. Of course Rob Ashman makes up for the murders though! Honestly, the pace seems to be on fast forward from start to finish!!

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Suspended Retribution’, even if it wasn’t has hard-hitting as the previous book I had read. Rob Ashman never fails to deliver with his unique, ‘omg what did I just read?!’ type of writing. I cannot wait to read more of this author as he has swiftly become one of my top authors of 2018!

Buy now!

About the author.

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

 
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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Guilty…until proven innocent by Conrad Jones (@ConradJones) @BloodHoundBook

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Fourth and last blog tour of the day is for ‘Guilty…until proven innocent’ by Conrad Jones. Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite. Here is my review:

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Following a storm, a body is washed up on a beach, intricately wrapped in wire mesh. DS Marcus Braddick is struck by the similarities to a triple murder case from 7 years before – A case that eluded his predecessor, Alec Ramsay.

Across the city, a teacher is accused online by a Predator hunting group. As his life unravels, a killer stalks the hunters.

Braddick and Ramsay have to work out how the two worlds are entwined and discover who are the innocent and who are the guilty before it’s too late…

What does TWG think?

Ahhhhh social media – can be a trippy little bleeder at times, can’t it? We all know social media. We all use social media. But how can we trust a concept which allows lives to be put on show? Why do people always seem to believe what is written on social media instead of going to the horse’s mouth, so to speak? The use of language can be a powerful tool if used correctly, however, it can also be an extremely detrimental tool if used dishonestly. Just like the characters in Conrad Jones’ latest novel found out.

When a teacher gets accused online, his life ends up in turmoil as everyone instantly turns against him, believing everything that is written about him online. It doesn’t seem to matter how much Richard attempts to clear his name, everyone assumes that he is guilty. Is he? Is he really? Surely his family know him better than that, or are they too afraid to reach out in case the accusation is indeed true?

‘Guilty….until proven innocent’ is a severely twisted, highly suspenseful novel which highlights the detrimental effects of the popular phenomenal – social media. If you’re on the good side of things socially, social media can be a wonderful thing to be a part of. However, if you find yourself being in the spotlight and not in a good way (and unfortunately I have), social media can be an extremely lonely place as, once those words are out there, they cannot be taken away quick enough. Plus, seeing as it is supposed to be a ‘social’ thing, it isn’t half a lonely place to be and contrary to popular belief, your face still has to fit, even though your face is probably covered in the latest Snapchat filter. Just saying.

Conrad Jones has, once again, written a very clever, very dark, and very intense novel which kept my eyes glued to the page the entire way through. ‘Guilty…until proven innocent’ is a book that is guaranteed to put the fear of christ up you, covering your body in goosebumps, whilst also making you unable to detach yourself from Richard and his current predicament.

Chilling, fast paced, and brilliantly written, Conrad Jones’ latest novel gives you food for thought in the most darkest of ways.

Buy now!

About the author.

Conrad
Jones is a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. He spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which he classes as his home. He worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working his way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

On March 20th 1993 he was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day he was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. He began to read anything crime related that he could get his hands on and links this experience with the desire to write books on the subject.

He signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The Alec Ramsey series is now 7 books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. Conrad has also written The Soft Target series, which has received critical acclaim.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/conradjonesauthorpage/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ConradJones/e/B002BOBGRE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1493730391&sr=8-1

https://twitter.com/ConradJones

#BlogBlitz! #Review – In The Silence by M R Mackenzie (@landofwhimsy) @Bloodhoundbook


Today I am on the blog blitz for debut novel ‘In The Silence’, by M R Mackenzie. Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite. Here is my review:

Anna hasn’t set foot in Glasgow for ten years. And for very good reasons…

Anna, a criminology lecturer, returns to Glasgow from Rome during the coldest winter in memory. While out with her best friend from school, Anna has a chance encounter with a former flame, Andrew. Tragedy strikes later that night when Anna discovers Andrew stabbed and dying on a blanket of snow.

Soon Anna finds herself at the centre of the investigation as the star witness for the police, and embarks on investigating the case herself. But Anna doesn’t realise the danger she is in and soon finds herself in trouble.

When another body shows up, who has links to the first victim, it appears that the motive may lie buried in the past.

As Anna gets closer to the truth, the killer starts closing in.

But can she solve the gruesome mystery before the killer strikes again?

What does TWG think?

What an intriguing debut this is! I was really impressed by the way the author described the setting, as well as the way that he had the suspense of the ‘whodunnit’ nailed almost straight away. Don’t panic, the hook isn’t given away right at the beginning, it was only cemented which meant that I couldn’t help but want to know the ins and outs of the situation.

Whilst I was impressed by a lot of ‘In the Silence’, I found myself sitting on the fence a lot throughout, as I felt like something was missing from the overall storyline. Even now, I’m not too sure what that may have been, all I know is that Anna’s character seemed to require a lot of ‘padding’ as she didn’t seem to make much of an impression on her own. By ‘padding’ I mean that I felt as though there was a lot of additional storyline added to certain sections where it wasn’t a make or break situation. Like I say, that’s only my opinion.

However, I did really enjoy the mystery elements of the book as they managed to keep me on the edge of my seat with the carefully thought out suspense. Even though I had a few reservations about the novel as a whole, I must say that M.R.Mackenzie has such a unique writing style which made me laugh as well as make my jaw drop. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

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About the author.

M. R. Mackenzie was born and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow University and has a PhD in Film Studies. In 2016, he contributed a chapter on the Italian giallo film to Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion.

In addition to writing, he works as an independent Blu-ray/DVD producer and has overseen releases of films by a number of acclaimed directors, among them Dario Argento, Joe Dante and Seijun Suzuki.

When he’s not doing any of the above, he works in a library, which tests his sanity and keeps him in touch with the great unwashed.

In The Silence is his first novel.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Murder at the Book Club by Betsy Reavley (@BetsyReavley) @BloodHoundBook


Day two of the blog tour for ‘Murder at the Book Club’, and the tour bus stops with me, TWG. Big thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


Imagine nine women meeting. Tea and cake are on the coffee table. They’ve come together to share their love of books. They are friends. They trust each other. It’s a happy gathering. What could be more harmless?

Then scratch the surface and look closer.

One is lonely. One is desperate and one of them is a killer.

When the body of a woman is discovered on a Cambridge common, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called in to investigate. But the motive behind the crime isn’t clear… And it all leads back to a book club.

As the lies, volatile friendships and tension among the group rise to the surface, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer must work out the motive and track down a cold-blooded killer. But just when they think they are on the right track, a twist in the case throws them off course…

What does TWG think?

When I think of novels by Betsy Reavley, I think of stories that are very, very cut throat. So, I am sure you could guess my surprise after reading her latest novel, ‘Murder at the Book Club’! No, I don’t mean that in a bad way either. I am awfully surprised at the change in direction Reavley has taken, yet it is a change that most certainly has paid off.

I couldn’t help but feel like I was reading a more intense version of ‘Cluedo’ when it came to the characters! I thought it was very clever using a book club as the setting, especially as people who go to a book club are only usually there for one thing (well, except the cake of course). I loved the ‘whodunnit’ vibe as the author had me engaged with the goings on from the very beginning. ‘Murder at the Book Club’ is a very witty, cunning, and twisty read which will definitely keep you on your toes. I did enjoy the fact that it was slightly less cut throat than Reavley’s previous novels as I got to see another side to the author that I hadn’t seen before.

If you’re in the mood for a book with colourful characters, lies and deceit, and a proper game of ‘guess who’, then this book will be right up your street. I wasn’t sure what to expect before I began reading ‘Murder at the Book Club’, but I have to say that I am rather impressed by the overall result.

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About the author.

Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.