#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Note by Andrew Barrett (@AndrewBarrettUK) @BloodHoundBook

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Second and final blog tour of the day is for Andrew Barrett and ‘The Note’. Thank you, as always, to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Have you ever had that feeling of being watched but when you turn around no one’s there?

I have.

It was raining, and I was working a murder scene around midnight when that prickle ran up my spine. If I’d listened to that feeling, if I’d thought back to my past, maybe I could have prevented the terror that was to come.

Back at the office, I found a death threat on my desk.

I had no idea who sent it or why they wanted to kill me.

But I was about to find out.

I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI and this is my story.

What does TWG think?

Not having read any of Andrew Barrett’s work before now, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I had heard of him and seen his books on social media, obviously!

What I liked most about ‘The Note’ was that it was the perfect length for anyone who wants to ‘try out’ Andrew Barrett’s novels, so to speak. ‘The Note’ is a novella length, yet it still packed the well needed punch whilst also giving me an insight to the authors writing style. And yes, I’ll hold my hands up and say that, thanks to ‘The Note’, I now want to read more from Andrew Barrett!

I can’t say too much about this book as I could end up giving spoilers away due to how short of a read it is, however, I will say that this is such a dark, gritty and highly addictive read which will be guaranteed to leave you wanting more. If Andrew Barrett’s other books are as strong as this one, I am in for a treat!

Amazon UK // Amazon US

About the author.

Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

Links:

Contact: andrew@andrewbarrett.co.uk

Website: http://www.andrewbarrett.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndrewBarrettUK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AndrewBarrett.author

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewbarrettauthor/

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Doomsday Girl by Dave Stanton (@DanRenoNovels) @BloodHoundBook

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Once again I am taking part in a blog blitz for Dave Stanton and one of his ‘Dan Reno’ novels – have you guess that I’m a huge fan yet? This time however, I am reviewing his latest offerings called, ‘The Doomsday Girl’. Thank you to BloodhoundBooks for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Melanie Jordan’s life seemed perfect. Until masked intruders arrive at her house, demanding gold she doesn’t have. A savage blow to the head puts her in a coma and when Melanie regains consciousness, she learns her husband has been murdered and her ten-year-old daughter is missing.
Private Eye Dan Reno begins investigating, but nothing about the case makes sense. Was there gold at the house or wasn’t there? Was Melanie’s husband hiding something? And what happened to Melanie’s daughter?  
To complicate things, the case leads to Las Vegas, where Reno’s loose-cannon friend, Cody Gibbons, is trying to repair his relationship with his college-aged daughter, an intern with Las Vegas P.D.  
When clues implicate Russian mobsters and a mysterious African illegal, Reno tries to stay in the shadows, but once the criminals feel the noose tightening, they raise the stakes to a deadly level.

What does TWG think?

I don’t think that I’ll ever get bored with reading about what Dan Reno gets up to! I have everything crossed that he makes another appearance in yet another book. He is far too addictive.

Personally, I think that ‘The Doomsday Girl’ is the best book in the ‘Dan Reno’ series so far. Whilst all of the previous novels have been extremely gritty, I think that Dave Stanton has pushed the grit to another level where his latest novel is concerned, that’s for sure.

Dan Reno gets called to a job to investigate the whereabouts of the daughter of recently widowed woman, Melanie. According to Melanie, two males got access to her home, murdered her husband, kidnapped her daughter, and left Melanie herself unconscious. Why did the thugs choose Melanie’s house to rob? What Melanie’s husband hiding something illegal? And why did they feel the need to kidnap a ten year old girl? With a difficult case to crack, a young girl to find, and a woman who claims she knows nothing about her husband’s illegal activity, Dan Reno has his work cut out. To top it all off, the woman who hired him to do the job, seems to have a tongue much sharper than a knife. With time not on his side to find the young girl alive, Dan Reno is adamant that he won’t let Melanie’s mother get to him…..we all know that she will!

Look, I’ve never been married and right at this moment in time, I don’t see it ever happening, so do excuse my naive question here, but how on Earth does a husband keep so many things from his wife, and why on Earth does she think that his issue to tell her things is normal? Surely you’re supposed to trust your spouse with your life, not involve them in anything that will kill them, yet have no secrets from them at all? Am I being daft here or what?

I did think that Melanie was just playing dumb, coming across as a weak and feeble woman to distract any males from doing their job. Pardon my blunt analysis there, but I got the feeling that she knew a lot more than she was letting on. Either that of she is just severely gullible, I’m not too sure.

Of course Cody is back on the scene, why wouldn’t he be! This time around though, we see a very laid back Cody as he attempts to rebuild his relationship with his daughter, Abbey. If Dan Reno though that dealing with Cody on his own was hard enough, try dealing with him AND female version of him. I loved Abbey’s bluntness, but her arrogance left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Definitely Cody’s daughter then!

I was very impressed at how intricately detailed the entire storyline was, keeping me interested with the snippets of information along the way. It was fab to see a PI work from the inside because I had absolutely no idea how much their job is like finding a needle in a haystack. Well, I probably did but I didn’t really pay much attention to the logistics until they were laid out in front of me, just like they were in ‘The Doomsday Girl’.

What a highly charged, gritty, fast paced, and detailed read this is! I loved everything about the storyline, especially the pace – I couldn’t put the book down at all, I just had to find out the truth about Melanie’s husband and whether Dan Reno found her daughter or not. Finding out more information than I bargained for however, wasn’t in the plan nor was I complaining at all because wow, the suspense level increased drastically!

Definitely his best book yet, ‘The Doomsday Girl’ is such an addictive read and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be begging for another book before too long. What a cracking novel!

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Links:

www.facebook.com/DanRenoNovels

Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

danrenonovels.com/

www.amazon.co.uk/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley (@hhammersley66) @BloodHoundBook

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Third and final day of the blog blitz, and I have the honour of closing the blitz with my review. Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Two murders. One missing girl.  
DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock. With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life. 
In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father. She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims? 
As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier. 
Then the main suspect vanishes…. 
Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?

What does TWG think?

DI Kate Fletcher is baaacccckkkkk! And boy did she make an entrance! It didn’t take me long at all to devour the second instalment in the ‘Kate Fletcher’ series, what with the incredibly intense plot and the high energy situations which Kate Fletcher and her team came across.

With a murder confession on their hands which was intent on raising several eyebrows, it doesn’t take too long for Kate Fletcher and her team to find themselves tangled in a spider’s web, when they realise that there is a lot more to that ‘confession’ than they first thought.

‘Merciless’ is a story that switches between past events and the ‘now’. Even though us readers have more insight to the truth than Kate Fletcher does, Heleyne Hammersley has ensured that her readers are still kept in the dark regarding the pieces of information that will really allow faeces to hit the fan.

I have to say that, even though I had roughly worked out what I had thought had happened, it didn’t stop me from enjoying the storyline as, whilst I had become aware of the minor details, the true grit and shocking moments were kept under lock and key until the very last knocking.

‘Merciless’ kept my attention from start to finish, raising my heart rate with every turn of the page. I thought that the tension in the book was fantastically written, and the addition of the author drip feeding her readers shocking information was very, very clever.

I cannot fault this book at all! I know I have been vague with my review, but ‘Merciless’ is the type of book which the less you know about beforehand, the more blunt your reactions will be.

A cracking, fast paced read which kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way through.

Buy now!

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.

Links: 

Website: www.heleynehammersley.com

Twitter: @hhammersley66

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

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Happy 1st June everyone! Cannot believe we are in June already, where is this year going! As you all know, I can talk the face off anyone, but today it’s actually Rob Ashman’s turn as I review his latest novel, ‘Faceless’ (see what I did there?). Thank you to BloodHoundBook for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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After surviving a vicious knife attack, which left her husband dead, DI Rosalind Kray returns to work and is handed a serial killer investigation.

 This killer is different, he doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random but the killer selects his quarry with meticulous care.

 While fighting her superiors Kray must conquer her own demons, which are tearing her apart.

 Kray has the ability to think like a killer and her skills lead to a series of horrifying revelations that turn the case on its head. She believes she is getting close, then her world comes crashing down with devastating consequences.

 Will Kray find the murderer and escape with her own life in tact?

 The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…

What does TWG think?

If you had told me two years ago that I would be reading severely dark and twisted novels such as this one, I would have laughed in your face and would have thought you were talking out of your ‘youknowwhat’. Believe me, I am as surprised by my reading choices as a lot of people are. ‘Faceless’ couldn’t be further away from my comfort zone if it tried, it really couldn’t. This book is everything I would have wanted to stay away from two years ago, but now? I say keep books like this coming because I aim to be the first in the queue for many more of Rob Ashman’s novels!

I wouldn’t advise eating whilst you read ‘Faceless’ as the content is enough to turn stomachs more than once. Although, I would love to know if anyone has read this book before bed and whether they ended up being scared faceless? I had to ensure that I had reached the end of the book before I went up to the land of nod, purely because I didn’t fancy seeing the images that I managed to conjure up thanks to Rob Ashman, replayed in my head when I tried to sleep. I’m stupid, but not that stupid haha.

Rosalind Kray is back to work after falling victim to an attacker who wished to skin her like a chicken. Unfortunately for her attacker, she got away, but, unfortunately for Roz, her husband died because of it. With an extremely famous surname such as ‘Kray’, I was half expecting the main character to have a twin who worked alongside her in the force. She didn’t though!

I am trying to be exceptionally vague with this review as I don’t wish to slip up and give anything away. However, I can tell you that ‘Faceless’ is severely twisted. I am actually quite proud of myself seeing as this storyline contained references to two things I am extremely scared of; maggots and snakes. But I read it!! I didn’t like those parts, but I read them haha.

Whilst themes like the one used in Rob Ashman’s novel are ones I would usually steer myself away from, I couldn’t help but be hooked on what I was reading. Yes, this book is twisted beyond belief, and yes it is extremely dark, but the way in which the author brought everything together to form the conclusion he did, was incredibly gripping and very well written. The graphic nature of ‘Faceless’ adds intense depth to an otherwise already highly charged read, which allowed me to visualise every eventuality in the story a lot clearer than I usually would have done. I’m not too sure whether that is 100% a good thing as I did feel slightly sick, but it most certainly wasn’t a bad thing as it worked. I honestly don’t think that the storyline would have been able to carry itself at such a level if the author hadn’t included graphic scenes.

All in all, ‘Faceless’ is, once again, TWISTED but oh so addictive. I am so glad that I had the chance to hop, skip and jump out of my comfort zone with this read. Saying that, I don’t think I will be looking at tools in the same away ever again.

Dark, nauseating, intense, destructive, yet incredibly written – I am more than happy to be ‘Faceless’ if this is the outcome!*

*not literally….

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.

Links:
 
Twitter: @RobAshmanAuthor

 
 

#BlogBlitz! #Review – If Fear Wins by Tony J Forder (@TonyJForder) @BloodHoundBook

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It’s my turn to host Tony.J.Forder today TWG as I review his latest novel, ‘If Fear Win’s. Thank you to Sarah from BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.

 The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports, and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which, and fears the outcome if he is proven right.

 Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.

 Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’s past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. But are they on the right track?

 Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet…

What does TWG think?

Oh how Detective Bliss makes me laugh! To be honest with you, I probably shouldn’t say that because he deals with a lot of things that us civilians would run away from, but it’s the way he presents himself when dealing with the murders or colleagues he would love to murder himself, that is when I can’t help but laugh.

‘If Fear Wins’ is an incredibly intense read, especially seeing as it starts off with the discovery of a burnt body. Who wanted someone dead so badly that they chose to douse them in petrol and set them alight? What on Earth did the victim do to deserve that? I was flabbergasted by the incident and due to the authors rather descriptive writing, I felt as though I was seeing the burnt body with my own eyes. An image I have struggled to forget, that’s for sure!

Personally, I felt that there was a chunk of storyline in the middle which was incredibly slow to read. Bliss and his team were going round the houses with their investigation, using ‘could be’ scenarios as their way forward. Unfortunately that did make me struggle reading the book at times, because I felt that certain parts dragged on a little bit too much for my liking. That said, the majority of the storyline was very well written and full of oomph, making the slow parts not seem that much of a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

At one point, the MI5 and the Counter Terrorist Unit were involved in the investigation, there was a lot of complex material to try to get my head around. Yes, it was slightly confusing at times but it was so interesting. Tony J Forder could have easily taken on a lot more jargon than he did, yet he wrote the complex and intense scenes in such a way that even I could get the gist of the processes.

Whilst I do admit that ‘If Fear Wins’ had its ups and downs, I can honestly say that I did enjoy the novel, finding myself getting sucked into the investigation quicker than I can say ‘I love books’. Tony J Forder is an excellent story teller, executing his tales with precision, intensity and a lot of suspense.

This book cements my love of police procedurals – so much grit, intrigue, and roller coaster situations, how could I not like it?

Buy now!

About the author.

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first two books, Bad to the Bone and The Scent of Guilt, will be joined in the series on 29 May 2018 by If Fear Wins.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK.

 Links

Website: https://www.tonyjforder.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyjforder/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TonyJForder @TonyJForder

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16166122.Tony_J_Forder

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/tony+j+forder?_requestid=248936

Bloodhound Books: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/tony-forder

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Lead Me Home by CS Savage (@sarahsavage26) @BloodhoundBook

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Today I am reviewing CS Savage’s new novel, Lead Me Home’ as part of the blog blitz. Thank you to Sarah from Bloodhoundbooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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His perfect woman will be his forever.

As an overworked NHS psychiatrist, Dr Clancy Mclean is used to dealing with mental illness.  But she is stressed –  trying to balance her career and the needs of her only child, Rowan.  And she has her work cut out trying to keep her patients well. She knows two of them are psychotic, and becoming overwhelmed by their voices. If they act on them it could prove disastrous.

Rowan is troubled. Her boyfriend is abusive but she doesn’t want to end the relationship – she’s too scared of being lonely. Can she find someone else to keep her company?

And, as if Clancy doesn’t have enough to worry about, another of her patients is paranoid and convinced she is being stalked. Is it just a symptom of her mental illness?

Because there is a stalker on the prowl and he is getting closer to his victim with each passing day.

What does TWG think?

Can I come out yet? My mind has been in hiding ever since I finished reading ‘Lead Me Home’ last night. For a book that made me rather uncomfortable and a little bit nauseous, I wasn’t able to tear my eyes away from the chilling storyline of ‘Lead Me Home’. There were, I’m not going to lie, moments whilst reading the novel where I had to put it down for a few minutes to compose myself before picking it up again, with parts of my brain telling me to stop reading. I couldn’t stop, that was the weird thing. However, what was even weirder, was the fact that I don’t think I actually wanted to stop reading, regardless of how uncomfortable the storyline was making me.

I am really glad that my decision not to read blurbs pays off because, if I read the blurb of ‘Lead Me Home’ beforehand, I don’t think my reaction to the chilling events would have been so dramatic.

Clancy works as a psychiatrist, coming face to face with patients who think they’re hearing voices, threatening to harm themselves and other people, or anything else under the Mental Health umbrella. What Clancy doesn’t realise, however, is that due to her going with her gut instincts where one patient is concerned, she has unknowingly put her daughter at risk. But will Rowan see that? And will Clancy open her eyes to goings on outside of her works four walls?

I really couldn’t work Clancy out at all and, if truth be told, she actually got on my nerves a lot of the time. When Rowan made it clear that she thought her mother was spending too much time thinking about work and not enough time thinking about her own daughter, I thought Rowan was just being a spoiled brat. But, after delving into the situation a little bit more, I hold my hands up and say that I was wrong, and Rowan was right. Yes, Clancy’s job is demanding and life consuming – but so is being there for her daughter which in my eyes, should have been her priority.

Considering Rowan is an 18 year old female, I am surprised at just how naive she was. I mean, really? Who does what she did without even thinking about the consequences behind her actions? It’s not as though she’s a young girl – she’s pretty much an adult! I think I’m starting to show my age now….

There were several situations described in the novel which brought shivers up my spine and made my heartbeat turn irregular. Honestly? I was a little bit unnerved by what I was reading. Personally, I don’t see my reactions to those situations as a negative thing, because I would probably count myself as weird if I turned around and said that I loved them ;).

The fact that my reactions to ‘Lead Me Home’ were incredibly strong, just goes to show just how well CS Savage has written the book. I was addicted to the twisted scenarios. I was chilled to the bone. I became nauseous in reaction to certain characters actions. Yet, hand on heart, I can honestly say that ‘Lead Me Home’ is definitely a heart in mouth, jaw dropping, high energy, and severely thrilling read which managed to leave me feeling highly uncomfortable, scared, yet weirdly content.

‘Lead Me Home’ is a twisted tale about trust, battling against your own mind, and dealing with your own conscience. Whilst CS Savage didn’t exactly ‘lead me home’ as I don’t fancy living with Clancy and co, the author managed to lead me somewhere and I am in awe at where she managed to take me. What a belter of a book.

Buy now!

About the author.

CS
Savage is a psychiatrist, and a life long fan of mystery/suspense and crime fiction.

She works and lives in South London with her family and two dogs, but spends as much time as she can in her Lake District retreat.

She followed her life long ambition to write two years ago, and is an alumni of the Faber academy.

Lead Me Home is her debut novel, and she is currently working on the sequel.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Journey by Conrad Jones (@ConradJones) @Bloodhoundbook

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A late one for you all tonight! TWG is going on a journey, not just any journey, but ‘The Journey’, courtesy of Conrad Jones. Here is my review as part of the blog blitz organised by BloodHoundBooks:

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The gripping story of a young boy and his family, driven from their home by war and indiscriminate violence. Like millions of others, they attempt the treacherous journey across their war-torn continent, trying to reach the safety of Europe.

The truth is, Europe doesn’t want them and thousands die every month at the hands of thieves and profiteering men to whom life is cheap. Kalu believes that he can lead his family to safety, he has planned for this. They have money, a plan and Kalu is, after all, the smartest man in Monguno.

The story is fast-paced, at times funny, at times heart-breaking but it will pull you along at 100 miles an hour. It will make you think, it will make you question your perceptions. Most of all it will make you ask, if your family was in peril, what would you do?

What does TWG think?

What an incredibly apt title this book has! Conrad Jones does indeed, take you on ‘The Journey’. A journey of self discovery. A journey of learning how to be empathetic to society. A journey where people’s lives are on the line and you have to decide whether to try to save them, or save yourself first.

I found this a really, really hard book to read. Not in terms of language usage or storyline structure, but due to the severe intensity of the storyline itself and what the underlying theme was. Conrad Jones hasn’t written a ‘typical’ thriller, yet he has written a thriller which is likely to chill you to the bones a lot quicker, due to how ‘on point’ the scenes within his book are. For Jones’ characters, life isn’t all cosy houses, plenty of food and security from the government like we have here. Instead, Jones’ characters stand in the path of death and destruction. They stand in the place where they played with a friend not long ago, who had just been shot in the head while they looked on, frozen to the floor.

For people in Nigeria, where the book is set, things like that happening are not rare. But for people like us who don’t witness devastation like that that often, it can be quite difficult to digest the barbaric events which Conrad Jones explores in his novel.

Even though I found the content incredibly harrowing, the way in which the author told the story was pragmatic and powerful, switching between both heart-wrenching emotion and heart-warming situations absolutely flawlessly.

I think that ‘The Journey’ was the first book I have read by Conrad Jones, and I have to say that I am incredibly impressed by the way he tells the story and the way that he brings his characters to life. It’s as though he turns his 2D thoughts of a character into a 3D, page jumping character who becomes your visual experience whilst you read the rest of the book.

I’ll admit that, whilst the content wasn’t really my cup of tea, the true star of the show was the author himself. Such an intense, chilling and eye-opening novel which is guaranteed to leave you utterly speechless.

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/Conrad-Jones/e/B002BOBGRE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1493730391&sr=8-1

https://twitter.com/ConradJones

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Stench by A B Morgan (@AliMorgan2304) @Bloodhoundbook

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Happy publication day to A B Morgan and ‘Stench’! I literally only finished reading this last night which means that everything is still uber fresh in my mind for this review. Huge thanks, as always, to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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Rory Norton didn’t always make his living as a motorbike instructor and he went to great lengths to leave his past life behind, to start again.

He thought he had succeeded, until the body of a missing woman is discovered under the floor of his cottage. Only then do the guilt and shame of his wife’s mysterious, untimely death and the accusations about his connection to the missing woman combine to break him.

The question is not how the missing woman died but why, and who is responsible?

Sometimes the truth stinks.

What does TWG think?

I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan of ‘Stench’ to begin with as I felt that the pace was a bit too slow for me to sink my teeth into. However, the more of the book I read, the more addicted I became, turning my opinion of ‘Stench’ from a ‘hmmmm’ to a ‘omg this book!’.

From a motorbike instructor to a petrol garage clerk, from a neighbour with questionable morals to a woman with a vivid mindset – ‘Stench’ really does have a character for everyone. If you’re looking to read a story that is likely to keep you on your toes, gripping the book until your knuckles go white, whilst also making every strand of hair on your body stand to attention, then I can safely say that A B Morgan’s novel is for you.

Pardon my vagueness, but those who have already read this book will understand how difficult it is to review without accidentally giving anything away. I’m not one for dropping spoilers in reviews, and I don’t intend on starting now, hence my being vague! Plus, ‘Stench’ has the type of storyline where pieces of information is drip fed to you for the duration of the book, and if you were to find pieces of the puzzle beforehand, your reaction to the events described in the story will most probably be completely different.

Even though my earlier opinion of the novel was uncertain, I couldn’t quite believe the difference in my opinion by the end of the book. I was flabbergasted beyond belief, with an unhinged jaw to boot! I seriously wasn’t expecting the change in direction, but it was brilliantly executed and upped the ante of the overall storyline.

I loved how the author managed to keep my attention despite the slow pace and drip feeding of information – I was a little bit concerned that the pace might make me feel a little bit bored, but due to the authors fantastic storytelling, it wasn’t an issue at all. I was far from bored.

‘Stench’ is a very, very cleverly written, addictive, shocking and highly thrilling novel which nearly made me cause a fire by how fast I was turning the pages of the book (even though it was a kindle, but you catch my drift!). An outstanding and witty novel with one of the most jaw dropping conclusions I have read in a while. What a belter of a book!

Buy now!

About the author.

Married to an overgrown child with a beard and too many motorbikes, Alison Morgan lives in a corner of a field in North Bedfordshire and is making the most of a mid-life crisis. The Morgans are determined not to grow old gracefully or to be seen wearing beige and can be found exploring life through a love of live music, anything with an engine, the sea, mountains, rugby, proper pubs and fascinating people.

Alison worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years, twenty of those within mental health services, at the front line. She eventually became the manager of a countywide community service for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Much to her frustration, her heart decided to develop an electrical fault, which forced her to sit down for more than five minutes and her career juddered to a halt. Not one for thumb twiddling, she took up position in front of a computer with a plan to write a set of clinical guidelines for assessment of psychosis but instead a story, which had been lurking in her mind for several years, came tumbling out.

Her first two novels, A Justifiable Madness and Divine Poison, were inspired by her career as a psychiatric nurse and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour. Then she stepped sideways and wrote a gritty psychological thriller, The Camera Lies. All published by Bloodhound Books, Alison’s novels have received excellent reviews and inspired many an interesting debate. Above all, they are entertaining reads and, despite dark subjects, will raise a smile.

Links:

Email: alison@abmorgan.co.uk

www.abmorgan.co.uk

Facebook: @ABMorganwriter

Twitter: @AliMorgan2304

LinkedIn: Ali Morgan

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Pressure by Betsy Reavley (@BetsyReavley) @BloodHoundBook

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome back, Betsy Reavley, to TWG today, but this time in an author capacity! ‘Pressure’ was published on the 4th May, and I am delighted to be sharing my review of it on day three of the blog blitz. Big thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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When the submarine departed, none of the ten people on board knew it would turn into a nightmare.

Trapped on the sunken vessel on the bottom of the ocean and unable to escape, one of them is discovered dead. The tension escalates as the survivors realise there is a murderer among them, who is preparing to strike again and again…

With mounting desperation, people begin to turn on each other. While they struggle to identify who is responsible, each must contend with their own past, the claustrophobia and the secrets they are hiding.

 But who is who?  And which of them will be next to die?

 Below the surface, the pressure is building and time is running out…

What does TWG think?

Well, well, well!! I don’t think the author could have picked a better title for her latest novel! One hundred percent apt, ‘Pressure’ is full to the brim of exactly that; pressure.

Told from multiple viewpoints, some more clear than others, ‘Pressure’ tells the story of a group of people who have been led to a submarine on a mission to produce a film. Simple enough? Far from it. Each passenger on board the submarine has their own story to tell, but they all have one thing in common; they know next to nothing about the film they have been asked to work on. All they know is the rumours about the man producing it, with some characters knowing him better than others.

As the story progresses, we get to find out about each of the characters in turn, whilst also reading a viewpoint from a character who remains nameless with no clues as to who they truly are. Are they on board the submarine? For me it was like a process of elimination, which was helped along by the fact that there was a killer on board. Is the secret character now alive, or dead? Who is the killer, and why are they going around killing everybody?

I had my own opinion about who I thought the killer was. I also tried to work out the identity of the secret character but, just when I thought I had cracked it, another piece of information came to light and threw me a massive curveball. I was half tempted to choose by ‘eeny meeny miny mo’, but even my indecisive nature would have had a problem with that!

What I loved most about this book was the fact that we were drip fed shocks in between calm moments, making the twists even more powerful when they landed. I knew that they were going to come eventually, but I just didn’t know when, why or how. The pressure was certainly building from the reader point of view, that’s for sure!

Despite finding myself frowning during multiple scenes, my eyes were glued to every inch of the storyline yet I still couldn’t work out who the culprit was – Betsy Reavley certainly made sure of that and what a cracking job she has done!

This really was one of the most disturbing and chilling thrillers I think I have ever read, yet it was also one of the best. Intense, toe curling, action packed, spine tingling, and absolutely brilliant. The ‘Pressure’ is about to come down on you like a ton of bricks! Even if you think that you’re prepared, you’ll never be prepared for what your eyes are about to see – I cannot recommend this book enough. Devious, dark, but DAMN it’s fab!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Author of  The Quiet OnesThe Optician’s Wife,  Frailty, CarrionBeneath 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.

You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Hard Prejudice by Dave Stanton (@DanRenoNovels) @Bloodhoundbook

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I am delighted to be closing the blog blitz today for ‘Hard Prejudice’ by Dave Stanton. As always, big thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite. Here is my review:

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After evidence disappears from a police locker, a man who is accused of brutally raping a popular actor’s daughter, walks free.

Hired by the actor, private detective Dan Reno’s job seemed simple enough: discover who took the DNA, and why. Problem is, from the beginning of the investigation, neither Reno, the South Lake Tahoe police, nor anyone else have any idea what the motivation could be that see the thug, Duante Tucker, get away with the crime. Not even Reno’s best friend, fellow investigator Cody Gibbons, has a clue.

When Reno and Gibbons tail Tucker, they learn the rapist is linked to various criminals and a deserter from the U.S. Marine Corps. But they still can’t tell who would want him set free, and for what reason.

Things get murkier when Tucker visits an Arabic restaurant whose owners are suspected terrorists. Then Cody’s ex-boss, a San Jose police captain, is found to with Tucker’s sister. 

The clues continue to build until Reno and Cody find themselves targeted, which tells Reno he’s getting close.

The forces of evil are running out of time, and the action reaches a boiling point before an explosive conclusion that reveals a sinister plot and motivations that Reno could never have imagined.

What does TWG think?

Just like the other books in the ‘Dan Reno’ series, ‘Hard Prejudice’ can be read as a standalone so there is no need to feel guilty for reading them out of order! One thing that impresses me most about this author is the fact that he is consistent, and this book was no different.

The tension throughout the storyline could easily have been cut with a knife due to the content of the theme itself. It isn’t a theme which anyone would find ‘enjoyable’ as it is rape, but the rest of the book keeps the entertainment level going without any qualms. I did find this really hard to read, and I have to admit that some parts made me feel most uncomfortable, however, the action packed storyline kept me on the edge of my seat and was an intense distraction from the hard-hitting theme.

I felt that I got to see a different side to Dan Reno and Cody throughout the book, enabling my opinion to change of them once again, and not in a bad way. It was clear that the pair were out for blood and I had everything crossed that they would get it, purely for the victims sake.

Yet another turbulent read from action man, Dave Stanton. I love reading about Dan Reno and Cody’s adventures – surely they must be on par to become an avenger now?

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About the author.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Links:

www.facebook.com/DanRenoNovels

Twitter: @DanRenoNovels