If anyone asks me to go with them to #ColdHeartCreek – I ain’t going!! @lisalregan @bookouture #blogtour #review

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite.

In the stark light of dawn, the young couple are laid out on their backs by the dying campfire, their hands clasped between them. Their eyes are open, but their hearts are cold…

When a park ranger stumbles across the bodies of Valerie and Tyler Yates by a creek in the small town of Denton, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. Still reeling from the news that her abusive mother is dying, Josie suspects this is more than just accidental poisoning, and she’s right: someone jammed a crudely carved pendant necklace down Valerie’s throat before she died.
Combing the area, Josie’s team discover a third sleeping bag indicating there could have been an extra guest around the fire that night.

A lucky escape? A missing victim? Or a suspect on the run? Finding this person is the key to the entire investigation…

Trawling the couple’s photo albums for clues, Josie can’t imagine why anyone might want to harm these smiling, carefree young lovers. Until a face in one of the pictures stops her in her tracks and leads her to a farmhouse hidden deep within the forest – a special place where people go to escape, and to hide. There they meet a young girl with frightened eyes and bandaged wrists who knows more than she is saying. But the next day she’s found dead, choked with a matching necklace…

With her mother’s life hanging by a thread, Josie has an impossible decision to make. But first she must find the meaning of the pendant and catch this twisted killer before another innocent life is taken. Is she already too late?

What does TWG think?

This is, without a doubt, one of my favourite books of the series so far. Lisa Regan has gone above and beyond with this storyline, and without sounding macabre, the chilling theme of the book was outstanding. I mean, this was chilling and then some!

Josie Quinn has a job and a half on her hands when she ends up being faced with an investigation cold enough to make her own toes curl! But, just like Josie Quinn is known to do, she gets to the root cause of the problem. Well, not before a load of other rubbish falls down around her of course!

I will admit that I refused to venture outside in the dark right after reading this, yet I bloody loved it! What a belter of a book that just kept on delivering the more of it I read.

If you’re wanting a series that fills your skin with goosebumps, your mind with fear, and leaves you extremely unsure, then I urge you all to pick up the Josie Quinn series – you will not regret it!!

Purchase now.

I’m #Single, right now, that’s where I want to beeeee #Review #BlogTour @Bookouture @KimLSlater

Huge apologies for being several days late with my blog post for this tour. I have had a horrendous migraine and it’s set me back quite a bit. I am trying to catch up with any posts missed so do bear with me!

Thank you to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Single’ by K.L.Slater, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

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‘I keep feeling like I’m being watched – dropping the boys off at school, choosing wine at the supermarket – but when I turn around there’s nobody there…’

When single mother Darcy’s son falls from a rope bridge at a local playground, life stands still. She clutches his small, limp body, frozen, until a pair of strong hands push her aside, and she watches as George, a local doctor, saves her son’s life.

George is a single parent too, and with his twinkling hazel eyes, easy charm, and lack of wedding band is almost too good to be true, but coffee becomes lunch, lunch becomes dinner, and soon they can’t go an evening without seeing each other. When he invites her to move into his beautiful home with its sprawling garden for her boys, Darcy doesn’t hesitate.

But as Darcy is settling in, she receives a bunch of flowers with a chilling message. George says they’re from an obsessed ex-girlfriend, Opal, and days later Opal turns up at Darcy’s son’s football match. She claims to have shocking information that could threaten George’s custody of his daughter.

Darcy doesn’t know who to trust, but she’s starting to suspect that, whatever the truth, she might have put her beloved boys into terrible danger …

What does TWG think?

It’s books like this which make me feel grateful that I am nowhere near the dating scene!!

Darcy hasn’t had it easy at all. She admits that she has made many mistakes, yet she is determined to stay on the strait and narrow for her two little boys. However, what should have been a straight forward task ends up becoming something which snowballs out of control. Are Darcy’s boys in danger again?

I thought the premise of this book was rather chilling and highly promising. The character development, especially Darcy’s, was very intriguing and held that all important hook one needs when reading a book.

That said, I couldn’t help but feel that the delivery of the suspense and intensity was a bit stilted. There were times when new characters were introduced as though we were seeing them again in the book, even though we weren’t. On it’s own, something like that isn’t problematic, but because of the way these characters appeared out of nowhere, or an event was brought up as though the readers should have known about it, made me feel very confused as it felt like I had missed several pages of the book. I didn’t find the overall storyline to be as consistent as other K.L.Slater books I have read, which is a shame.

I am a huge fan of K.L.Slater’s novels, and I was impressed by how complex she made the family dynamics within the story. A definite talking point, and something which stirred up mixed emotions while I was reading it!

All in all I found this to be an on the fence type of read, but I thought the character’s were brilliantly thought out, even the horrible ones!

Buy now from Amazon UK.

The Mother I Could Have Been, or the mother I want to be? #TheMotherICouldHaveBeen @KerryFSwayne #KerryFisher @Bookouture #blogger

Thanks so much to Bookouture for the ARC and tour invite for Kerry Fisher and ‘The Mother I Could Have Been’. Here is my review:

Why would you walk away from the one person you can’t live without?

As a child, Vicky Hall never had the sort of family she wanted. The least important person in her new step-family, ignored by her mother in favour of her two younger half-siblings, Vicky was always an afterthought. Sitting alone at her graduation ceremony at the age of twenty-one, she vows to create her own family and her own life, one which is full of the love and attention she has always craved.

When Vicky meets William and falls pregnant in Greece that summer, it isn’t planned. But the two of them believe they can make it work, showering their child with the love which they believe should be enough.

But when her son Theo is two, Vicky leaves him in the care of her mother-in-law, walks out of her front door and drives to a hotel where she takes a room for the night. She doesn’t return.

It’s unthinkable.

What kind of mother does that?

The kind who is hiding a story you can never imagine.

What does TWG think?

Please say that I wasnt the only one to read this thinking, ‘how could anyone walk away from their own child?’

Now before anyone reading this thinks I’m judging, I’m not because, even though the above thought kept going through my mind as though stuck on repeat, there are times where we have no idea what goes through someone else’s mind in one particular moment. Naturally, as the story progressed, the reasons behind Vicky’s departure became clear. But, just like Caro, another character who appears later in the book, thought, were those reasons a justifiable reason overall?

I could see where Vicky was coming from. Her sons grandmother even got my back up and yes, I had the urge to shout at the interfering witch through my kindle. Vicky had next to no confidence. She couldn’t even trust herself to make the right decision because she didn’t believe that those decisions were right. She doubted every move she made, every thought that crossed her mind – everything. I did feel for her as I could see that she was battling against her own mind and herself. In all honesty, I found it quite heartbreaking that Vicky felt so lost, like she couldnt reach out to her family in fear of judgement. Scary how powerful fear can be, isnt it?

I mentioned Caro further up in my review and, just like Vicky, she was also battling with herself because of the mislaid communication with her family, especially daughter, India. Again, it would be quick of us, as readers, to judge the situations in this book, and it would be so easy for us to sit and shout about how we would do things differently. Would we though? India was such an immature character who seriously needed to grow up and, even though I wanted to shout that, I was also able to see that the character had her own demons to deal with.

Kerry Fisher, as I’m sure you can tell, gave me a lot of food for thought with her latest book. It also goes to show that, whilst our eyes want to see one thing, our minds want to believe something completely different. Fisher highlighted how life isn’t always plain sailing and that people find themselves making decisions which will change their life, and the lives of others, for a good long while.

I’m going round the houses here, apologies. I appreciated the strength of the storyline and the sheer power and determination of every single character mentioned. Yes, they all had their flaws, but to them they were doing the best that they possibly could.

I thought Kerry Fisher absolutely nailed this book. It was suspenseful, relatable, emotional, intense, yet still an unbreakable novel which had the power of the entire world in its hands. I loved it.

Buy now.

What’s this about? Her Dark Heart, that’s what it’s about!! @CKovachAuthor @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Her Dark Heart’ by Carla Kovach.

Rory is waiting at the door of the pre-school – a painted picture of his mother Susan in his small hand. But Susan isn’t going to see the picture, because she has vanished.

Susan Wheeler is a devoted mother. She would do anything for her three children. She drops them off and picks them up every single day. Until one day when Susan kisses them goodbye and then never comes to pick them up.

Susan’s mother Mary is worried. Susan is recently divorced and has been finding things hard recently, but she loves her kids – she’d never leave them.

Susan’s sister Clare is furious. It’s just like her to go missing. It’s not the first time, either. Susan has always been a troublemaker. Always seeking attention. She knows Susan has been lying to the family for years. And she knows that Susan has been sneaking out of her family home for weeks…

As the hours turn into days, even Clare becomes fearful for Susan. And, when Mary discovers Susan’s diary, she begins to uncover a dark secret from her childhood. Something no one in the family knew. When the final diary entry leads the police to a man who is discovered dead in a local park, they’re left wondering whether Susan has vanished because she is a victim. Or because she is a suspect…

What does TWG think?

Bloody hell, for a crime thriller this book certainly pulls at the heart strings!!!

Book five it may be, however each book can be read as a standalone should you wish to read them out order. Like I seem to be saying about most series just now though, I do advise that you start with book one as this series is awesome! Just my opinion of course!

Susan has gone missing, although those around her arent too bothered. ‘Its not the first time’, they say. Can anyone really be nonchalant about a missing person though, even if they have disappeared before?

Susan would do anything for her children, yet leaving them theough choice isnt one of them…or is it? I didn’t know what to believe!

The real victims in the whole situation were the children! They wanted their mummy!

Gina Harte is back doing what she knows best, yet even SHE couldn’t have foreseen just how turbulent the investigation was going to be. I, on the other hand, loved the intensity. Of course I was frustrated at the carrot dangling throughout, who wouldn’t be? It worked though, and it did its job by keeping me hooked like a pair of pants on a washing line!

This series keeps on delivering, and Carla Kovach’s talents just keep on skyrocketing. ‘Her Dark Heart’ is a brilliant, brilliant read. Everything, for me, was on point and made my mind work overtime. The title is right; this is an incredibly dark read, however Carla Kovach proves that sometimes dark things are the best, and you know what? After this book, I wholeheartedly agree!

Buy now.

How many things have been ticked off ‘The Wish List of Albie Young’? @HummingbirdRuby @Bookouture #blogtour #review

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Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite for ‘The Wish List of Albie Young’ by Ruby Hummingbird, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can float to the top.

Maria Birch is seventy years old and, for her, every week is the same.

On Monday, she does her weekly shop. On Tuesday, she goes for a blow-dry. On Wednesday, she visits the laundrette. But Thursday is her favourite day of all – everything hurts less on a Thursday.

Every Thursday Maria walks to her local café. Waiting for her at one of the red gingham-topped tables is Albie Young, a charming man with a twinkle in his eye and an impressive collection of tweed flat caps. Every week, the pair share a slice of marble cake and a pot of tea.

Except, one week, Albie doesn’t turn up.

When Maria finds out what has happened, her perfectly ordered life is ripped apart at the seams. Suddenly, she is very lonely. Without her Thursday friend – her only friend – she no longer has the energy to circle the weekly TV listings, she has no reason to leave her apartment, no reason to laugh.

Then she discovers that Albie isn’t who she thought he was, and she’s left wondering if she knew her friend at all. But Albie has left behind a legacy – a handwritten list of wishes he never got the chance to complete.

Maria is resigned to facing the rest of her days heartbroken and alone. But fulfilling Albie’s wishes could hold the key to her happiness – if only she’s able to look past his secret…

What does TWG think?

Oh, Albie Young, you little heartbreaker, you! Well, and Ruby Hummingbird, you’ve certainly set a bar for yourself, haven’t you?

Maria is a character I wish I could just hug. It’s pretty clear that she doesn’t exactly ooze happiness, nor does she seem to have a reason to get up and go….until Albie Young. Maria loved getting prepped for her Thursday jaunt to the local cafe with Albie, until one day she turned up but he didn’t. At the time, Maria had absolutely no idea as to why he never showed up, so she tried again the following week. Again, the same thing happened, and once again she was clueless as to why he didn’t show up. Could something have happened to him? Or did he just not want to join Maria for a pot of tea on a Thursday, and wasn’t entirely sure on how to break it to her?

All becomes clear as the storyline goes on, so I won’t spoil it for you all, however the story highlighted just how deceiving appearances can be, and how strangers are so quick to judge someone based on a two second meeting or a two second glance. I mean come on, surely everyone is entitled to a bit more than that?

For me, Rosie is such an understated, shining star of a character who acted like Maria’s fairy godmother, despite being 54 years her junior. Like they say though; age is merely a number. The unexpected friendship was so heartwarming, but I do think that Rosie deserves a huge mention in my review for simply being such a wonderful, wonderful human.

There is a lot to ‘The Wish List of Albie Young’ that will bring emotions of any sort, to the surface for anyone who reads the book and, whilst I didn’t find the storyline to be a tearjerker, I was still able to appreciate the warmth and the determination behind the authors creation.

This is a storyline that is full of hope, second chances, and unexpected emotions; a story that is beautifully written and one that captures the true essence of friendship, happiness, and finding the courage to take that all important step into the unknown.

If this is the strength of books to come from Ruby Hummingbird, then we are all in for an absolute treat! Such a genuine, humbling, poignant read – I don’t envy the author now as for a debut novel, she has set the bar incredibly high!

Buy now.

‘A Christmas Wish and a Cranberry Kiss at the Cosy Kettle’ – can’t say fairer than that really, can you? @Bookouture @LizEelesAuthor

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I adore this series! Thank you so much to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Liz Eeles’ latest book, and for the ARC! Here is my review:

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Running from heartbreak, twenty-five-year-old Becca has moved to the cosy village of Honeyford. Living with her best friend Zac in a little stone cottage and serving mince pies and steaming gingerbread lattes at the Cosy Kettle, is the perfect escape from her past.

But starting over isn’t always plain sailing, and Becca’s shyness is holding her back from making her mark on the café. To make matters worse, her crush on blond-haired, blue-eyed local heartthrob Logan gets stronger by the day – but he can barely remember her name. So as the snow starts to fall in Honeyford, Becca has one big Christmas wish: to completely reinvent herself. Becca dreams of bringing the Cosy Kettle success and finding romance with Logan under the mistletoe.

As she gets a makeover, cosies up to Logan over mulled wine and plans the most festive celebration the café has ever seen, Becca wonders why she waited so long to step out of her comfort zone… Zac, on the other hand, thought she was perfect before – always caring for others – and he misses the quirky girl with the bright blue hair.

When Logan turns out to not be all he seems, Becca is left wondering if he’s really the one for her. With her party plans also going awry, can Becca save her beloved Cosy Kettle in time for Christmas? And has the key to her happiness been in front of her all along?

What does TWG think?

Third instalment of the ‘Cosy Kettle’ reads is here, and goodness me, it certainly lives up to its Christmas-esque vibes of the cover! If you have yet to read this series, each book can be read as a standalone and don’t really need to be read in order. That said, if you’re a reader who prefers to know the in-depth details of characters friendships and how they got to the place they are in this book, then I wholeheartedly suggest that you start with book one. Just my opinion of course!

In previous books, Becca has taken more of a backseat and, whilst we do get to know her a bit, this is the first time that we get to really get to know her and what makes her tick. The Cosy Kettle book group are also back again, with Stanley shocking people with his youthful decisions. Ahem. I say youthful…it’s Stanley…enough said!

The premise of this book is super lovely, and it made such a change to have Becca at the heart of the story for once. I enjoyed catching up with all of the characters again, and I especially enjoyed to see a different side to Millicent. For once she came across a bit more human than merely showing her Maleficent tendencies.

Becca doesn’t have much confidence and constantly compares herself to her twin sister, Jasmine. To try and do something about her confidence, Becca makes a Christmas wish list for herself in the attempt to reinvent herself and make her personality more….Jasmine. Now, I’m sure a lot of us have wished that we were someone else, or wished that we were a bit more assertive and what not. I certainly have…until I realised that changing myself because other people had an issue, was actually a lot more problematic than I had originally thought. I found the whole situation to do with Becca, a little disheartening because it came across that her personality traits were not good ones to have. I couldn’t help but feel that, in order to be happy, one had to change themselves and that left me with a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth.

However, I was very pleased that the storyline took the route that I thought it would, and I was very happy that Becca was able to see herself in a light that was right for her and nobody else.

I enjoyed the festivities of this Cosy Kettle read and, despite my slight irks, I found the book to be a very thought-provoking and cosy read. I now have a massive craving for mince pies though….I wonder why!

Cosy, hopeful, and full of Christmas hope (and mince pies) – a lovely little series!

Buy now.

Stepping back in time now with #TheChildOfAuschwitz @lilygrahambooks @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, I am delighted to be hosting Lily Graham on her publication day today.

It is 1942 and Eva Adami has boarded a train to Auschwitz. Barely able to breathe due to the press of bodies and exhausted from standing up for two days, she can think only of her longed-for reunion with her husband Michal, who was sent there six months earlier.

But when Eva arrives at Auschwitz, there is no sign of Michal and the stark reality of the camp comes crashing down upon her. As she lies heartbroken and shivering on a thin mattress, her head shaved by rough hands, she hears a whisper. Her bunkmate, Sofie, is reaching out her hand…

As the days pass, the two women learn each other’s hopes and dreams – Eva’s is that she will find Michal alive in this terrible place, and Sofie’s is that she will be reunited with her son Tomas, over the border in an orphanage in Austria. Sofie sees the chance to engineer one last meeting between Eva and Michal and knows she must take it even if means befriending the enemy…

But when Eva realises she is pregnant she fears she has endangered both their lives. The women promise to protect each other’s children, should the worst occur. For they are determined to hold on to the last flower of hope in the shadows and degradation: their precious children, who they pray will live to tell their story when they no longer can.

What does TWG think?

Just like any book which contains the topic of Auschwitz, Lily Graham’s new novel is a story that attempts to put you in the mindset of those who were involved in such a historically devastating event, whilst also keeping the readers entertained due to the fictional elements.

I love the way that Lily Graham’s writing style has taken more of a historical turn, and I am in awe of the fact that the author has chosen such an iconic topic to write about.

The dynamics between the women in this book, namely Eva and Sofie, were both heartwarming and emotive. Their relationship was incredibly iconic in terms of creating memories, and I feel that the author did an incredible job at allowing her readers to have a voice.

The historical elements of the book, in my opinion, were highly captivating and kept me hooked. As someone who is incredibly interested in the topic of Auschwitz, I thought that the author delivered in all aspects of the story and more.

A thoroughly enjoyable, if somewhat emotional, historically insightful and poignant read.

Buy now.

Anyone going to be brave and #BreakTheSilence? @DKHood_Author @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in D.K.Hood’s blog tour for ‘Break The Silence’, and for the ARC. I am so excited to be sharing my review with you all today!

Her head throbbed as she stumbled up the stairs. Music vibrating and the sound of partygoers fill her head as she walks into one of the dark, empty rooms. As she sits on the bed, she hears the unmistakable sound of the door locking behind her. She is not alone.

The body of college student Chrissie Lowe lies curled into a ball – long red cuts along her arms suggesting how she had met her death. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate.
Purplish bruising on Chrissie’s upper arms and thighs make Jenna believe there is more to Chrissie’s death than others suspected, and she soon finds herself following the trail of the student’s last few moments, leading her to the scene of a party that had ended just hours before Chrissie’s body was found.
When Jenna hears reports that Chrissie was seen going into the bedroom of a college football star, she knows that finding out what went on behind that closed door could be the key to finding out how Chrissie ended up dead. But then another partygoer dies in an apparent accident at the campus gym just hours later, and Jenna is convinced the deaths are connected.
Facing a wall of silence from the student population, Jenna has to act fast to find the killer, but soon another student is found dead on the campus. As Jenna sends in one of her deputies undercover, she prays that she hasn’t just sealed his fate. Can she find the killer before any more lives are taken?

What does TWG think?

Book 7 already, how did that happen?? If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you will already know that I am a massive fan of D.K.Hood’s Kane and Alton series, losing myself in every book to date. If you havent come across these books before, I would highly suggest starting with book one, otherwise Kane and Alton’s connection wouldn’t really make much sense otherwise. The books can be read on their own no problem, I just feel that readers would benefit from knowing more about the two main characters and what they have been through to get where they are now.

‘Break the silence’, for me, was a little bit different to D.K.Hood’s other reads as the main culprit of certain events had more of a justifiable reason behind their actions instead of simply doing things because they could and/or were bored.

The thing about this book is that there is more than one person causing trouble, with one of those people being in the group of ‘I can see why they did that’, and that’s a route which hasn’t really been taken before in this series. I mean, people are constantly causing trouble, however many of them weren’t doing in memory of someone who could no longer get revenge themselves. I understand I am being very vague here, and some of this might make you think ‘whaaaaaa???’, but I’m trying not to give too much away so if you are confused, just go and read it and it will make sense!

Like previous books, it didn’t take me long at all to fly through this story! I was utterly disgusted by the actions of some lads who thought they were the bees youknowwhat, and didn’t seem to care about what they were doing or what harm that they were causing. That particular topic certainly gave me food for thought.

My only issue with this book was that I felt like the loose ends weren’t entirely tied up in the conclusion. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the dark vibe of the storyline and the authors attention to detail – how she manages to link each book in the series flawlessly, is beyond me and something that really does impress me!

‘Break the Silence’ is a read that will no doubt keep you on your toes, and will ignite the burning anger which usually comes from the bottom of your gut! It’s pretty difficult to read this book without going through a range of emotions – I was hooked! Yet another belter of a book in a fabulous series! More please!

Buy now.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, ‘Single All The Way’… @karen_king @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘Single All The Way’ by Karen King.

Single together for the first time, 34-year-old Meg and her warm-hearted, long-suffering mother Sally are cancelling Christmas, and running away to a tiny cottage on the Cornish coast. For Meg, it is the perfect place to heal, away from all the mistletoe, while for her mother it has a special, and secret, place in her heart – from a love story that seems a lifetime ago…

Meg and Sally find they’re getting to know themselves, and each other, better than ever before. But as they are unable to resist getting involved in the village Christmas celebrations, they encounter two handsome local strangers.

Sometimes, it’s being away from home that helps you realise where your heart is. What neither woman knows is that, by the time the new year rolls around, one woman will have fallen in love with her husband all over again, and one marriage will be over for good…

What does TWG think?

There are moments in life where we just need to take a step back to be able to see things clearly. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Thankfully for Meg, she has her mother beside her to support her during her time of wanting clarity. Funnily enough though, Sally, Meg’s mother, is in the same position as her daughter. Would Sally be able to be a shoulder for Meg to cry on, despite going through something similar? Or would her own opinion on the subject mean that her views are tainted?

The title of this book is such a clever play on words and, as a single person myself, I just happened to be curious about the storyline!

Before I go any further, I just want to say that I am a huge fan of Karen King, and i think that she is exceptionally talent. I am however, on the fence where this book is concerned because it was nice enough. There was a lot of warmth in the book, and the overall premise was quite fun, i just wasnt blown away by what i read. I’m not saying that i didn’t like it, because i did. It was nice! Meg was such an intriguing character, and was definitely one who steered the vibe of the book. I found Sally’s character to be a little bit flat at times, and I couldnt help but wonder whether she was really a fundamental character in the book. Like I say, I’m on the fence because I know Karen King is brilliant at bringing the electricity to her books – is it wrong of me to want more?

‘Single All The Way’ is a pleasant, warm read which tells the story of letting love evolve in it’s own time, without forcing the situation. A fun, festive treat.

Buy now.

We’ve all got ‘Broken Souls’, just take a look at #LottieParker! @trisha460 @Bookouture

Thank you, Bookouture, for inviting me to take part in Patricia Gibney’s blog tour, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

What does TWG think?

Poor Lottie Parker can’t catch a break, can she! I’m genuinely surprised that, seeing as we are on book seven in the series, Lottie Parker isn’t spending her time rocking backwards and forwards in the corner! One person can only handle so much! As selfish as this sounds, I’m glad that she is having a lot of rubbish dumped on her because it means that we will get more books! Of course I don’t wish her harm, I just don’t want this series to end.

Like most psychological thrillers, ‘Broken Souls’ spends a lot of time creeping around building a picture, and setting the scene. This isn’t a storyline that can be rushed, simply because the author incorporates a lot of complexities around her characters, and that in turn, means that the tension needs to be built slowly to enable the realism to fly. If you’re anything like me and want to get to the crux of a storyline pronto, a slow starting novel can be quite frustrating. Thankfully, Patricia Gibney knows her craft and her readers, and makes the wait certainly worthwhile.

If you haven’t picked up a Lottie Parker novel yet, where have you been?! Don’t worry if you’re wanting to read ‘Broken Souls’ first as each book is fine to read as a standalone. However, if you like to follow characters journeys in order, then I highly suggest you start at book one so that you can make sense of Lottie’s personal timeline and why she is the way she is.

I really enjoyed this book! There was a lot of guessing who was in the firing line and, even though I did work it out before it was written in black and white, it didn’t stop me from enjoying it at all. You never know with Patricia Gibney, which way her books are going to head, and I have to say that the tension of this instalment was severely chilling and very realistic. I also thought it was great to see yet another side to Lottie, even if she doesnt exactly do herself many favours with the way she projects herself at times. I mean, shes a brilliant, brilliant character, but I will admit to wanting to grab her shoulders and shake her, just to make her see sense!!

Now, ‘Broken Souls’ ended in a way that irked me and excited me in equal measures. It irked me because of the mini cliffhanger, yet it excited me because I am so eager to find out what happens next! I dislike the waiting though, but I just know that it will be worth it!

Patricia Gibney is one of my go to authors, one that never fails to put goosebumps on my arms and a chill in the air. ‘Broken Souls’ is an addictive, brilliantly written addition to the Lottie Parker series – I loved it!

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