#BlogTour! #Review – It’s Not You It’s Him by Sophie Ranald (@SophieRanald) @Bookouture

Next up on TWG is a review of Sophie Ranald’s, ‘It’s Not You It’s Him’. Many thanks to Bookouture for having me on board.

New Year’s Eve. The most overrated night of the year, right? I have to get through a night of enforced fun, drink all the prosecco and talk about new beginnings. But I don’t want new beginnings. I want my old beginning back.

It’s been ten days, two hours and forty-three minutes since Tansy got dumped. Two heartbreaking weeks since Renzo, who made her weak at the knees and dizzy with excitement, found out Tansy’s secret – and ended it on the spot.

Since then, she’s spent every evening scrolling through their old photos, drunk texted him twenty-six times (he stopped reading after five), and lost count of how many packets of Kleenex she’s cried her way through.

That’s where Operation Get Renzo Back comes in. She ropes in a new wing-woman, maxes out her credit card and accidentally-on-purpose bumps into him at every opportunity. Oh, and she finds a fake boyfriend, as you do…

But while she’s busy pretending, Tansy’s plan is thrown a major curveball. She has to learn the hard way that it’s not her, it’s him – and that sometimes, a break-up can end up being the making of you.

What does TWG think?

Oh this is mega LOL, and yes, I did just say that!!!

Despite being slow to really get going, ‘It’s Not You It’s Him’ had me giggling into my cuppa. Now, Tansy had got her priorities royally screwed up and that made her a bit like nails on a chalkboard at times. Yes, she annoyed me at first! I did warm to her though as the story progressed and I actually ended up finding her quite endearing. I know. I know. Who would have thought it?

I really enjoyed the uplifting a girl poweresque type storyline – this is definitely a read that will put a smile on your face for many different reasons.

Sophie Ranald had me feeling the lurve and wanting a complete fashion overhaul one minute, to then having me giggling at the brilliantly poised humour.

A cracking read!

Buy now!

About the author.

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited.

In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.

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

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Dream House by Jess Ryder (@JessRyderAuthor) @Bookouture

Day two of the blog tour for Jess Ryder’s, ‘The Dream House’, is upon us, with the tour bus stopping here at TWG. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

It’s everything she’s ever wanted…
When I first set eyes on Westhill House with its breath-taking views of the sea I knew Jack and I could make this our forever home.
It may be falling apart with an overgrown garden, but with some tender loving care, we can repair this beautiful building and perhaps our relationship too…
But the more time I spend renovating our new house, the more time Jack is spending at work.
At least Lori is here to keep me company.
She has her own troubles yet she always listens to mine.
She’s helping to restore the house, uncovering its secrets one by one.
Like the children’s drawings under the wallpaper in the back bedroom.
The hidden papers underneath the floorboards in the turret room.
And the fact that Westhill House is a place women used to go to feel safe…
Lori seems to know a lot about Westhill House.
The question is, why?

What does TWG think?

Jess Ryder’s new novel is aptly called, ‘The Dream House’, and I say that because I felt like I was in a dream when I was reading it!

Stella has, in her eyes, found her dream house. The house where she envisions growing old in with a husband and children. However, Stella’s boyfriend isn’t as taken with the house as she is, and when a random person turns up on their doorstop late at night covered in blood, Jack seems to dislike the house even more.

Stella is a very trusting person – would you honestly let a stranger into your home late at night, seeing them beaten and bloodied and not call the police? I could see where Jack was coming from there. Just because Stella had been brought up by parents who took in people who needed help, it didn’t mean that Stella do the exact same. And anyway, fostering children and taking a bloodied woman into your home late at night are two completely different things.

I thought the storyline contained well incorporated suspense, and I felt that the intrigue behind the characters lifestyles were very well thought out. I will say that I wasn’t too taken with the story in it’s entirety though, as I felt that things were verging on unbelievable at times. I loved Stella’s warm personality, but i found that her naivety riled me up more often than not.

‘The Dream House’ is a very interesting and dark read, especially if you like books which extend the boundaries a lot. One thing is for certain though, Jess Ryder certainly knows how to make her readers think!!

Buy now.

About the author.

Jess Ryder is the author of three psychological thrillers – ‘Lie to Me’ (April 2017) and ‘The Good Sister’ (August 2017), and The Ex-Wife (June 2018) -all published by Bookouture. She also writes books for children, teens and young adults as Jan Page, with many titles published including ‘Selina Penaluna’. With many years’ experience as a scriptwriter, she loves watching television crime drama. Jess is a passionate reader and particularly enjoys thrillers. She blogs about writing, reviews books and interviews writers at www.jessryder.co.uk andwww.janpagewriter.com.

Jess lives with her partner in London, UK and has four grown-up children.

#BlogTour! #Review – 99 Days With You by Catherine Miller (@Katylittlelady) @Bookouture

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Second Bookouture blog tour post of the day is for ’99 Days With You’ by Catherine Miller – congratulations on your publication day! Many thanks, once again, to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and chance to read. Here is my review:

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Sometimes the end is the start of forever…

Emma and Nathan couldn’t be more different. But when they meet in a hospital waiting room, to the sound of a ticking clock and surrounded by faded magazines, they are both terrified, nervous and alone. And they have one fatal thing in common…

Emma lives a quiet life. She looks after her disabled mother. She lives vicariously through the well-thumbed pages and cracked spines of her beloved books.

Nathan spends his days fifteen thousand feet above the ground, soaring through the air, stomach somersaulting, as a sky diving instructor. After a lifetime of having a recurring dream that he would die at twenty-seven, he treats every day like it’s his last.

As fate throws Emma and Nathan together, everything is about to change.

Emma has never been kissed, or tasted champagne, or travelled abroad. Nathan has never fallen in love, worn odd socks, or grown a sunflower from a seed.

Emma and Nathan vow never to waste an hour, knowing that goodbye could come all too soon. But as they lose their hearts to one another against all the odds, have they found each other too late?

What does TWG think?

It’s the little things in life which count the most, aren’t they? Feeling the sand between your toes for the very first time. A bar of chocolate being bought for you just because. A little note left on your pillow. Spending 5 minutes outside just dancing in the rain. Little things to one person can end up being massive things for others, and the two people who cement that fact sublimely are Emma and Nathan.

Emma and Nathan meet by chance. An unfortunate, heart-breaking chance which involves an illness which many of us know the devastation of. Cancer. Love has no limit, yet for these two characters, everything now has a limit. I couldn’t get over Emma and Nathan’s approach to their emotional news. Both people handled it in completely different ways, highlighting the differences between how things can be perceived from one person to another. They may have one thing in common, yet the way it affects each of them couldn’t be more different.

Watching the relationship blossom between Emma and Nathan was simply breathtaking. It was intimate. Profound. And of course, incredibly emotional as I ‘watched’ their lives come together from diagnosis.

’99 Days With You’ has a very important message attached to it about living life to the full, to the best of our abilities, and making every little moment in our lives count. Including those all important little ones.

Catherine Miller, in my opinion, takes a subject which a lot of people are weary of, pulls it back to its bare bones and rebuilds it with her incredible storytelling, and eyeopening emotion a way that leaves me lost for words and breathless. I was spellbound by the sheer beauty of ’99 Days With You’ and the atmospheric portrayal of life itself.

Go and hug your loved ones. Hug yourself. Buy that pair of shoes. Buy this book – nobody wants to be the most rich bitch in the cemetery who regrets a single thing.

Buy now!

About the author.

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016.

Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons (Uveitis and Sarcoidosis) she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn’t do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine’s writing competition. Soon afterwards she signed with Carina. Soon after that, she collapsed in a heap and was eventually revived by chocolate.

Since then she’s had four novels published and hasn’t found a week that didn’t require revival by chocolate. She is one eighth of The Romaniacs – a group of writing friends who’ve supported each other since meeting through The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme.

#BlogTour! #Review – Summer at Firefly Beach by Jenny Hale (@jhaleauthor) @Bookouture

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It’s a Bookouture kind of day on the blog today! First up is my review of ‘Summer at Firefly Beach’ by Jenny Hale. Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and thank you for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Hallie Flynn’s favourite place in the world is her great Aunt Clara’s beautiful beachside house, with its inviting wraparound porch and enchanting views across the sparkling turquoise ocean. For Hallie, going to Firefly Beach, filled with magical childhood memories, feels like coming home. But all that is about to change…

In one moment Hallie’s world is turned upside down. She’s left broken-hearted when her adored Aunt Clara passes away.

As always, Aunt Clara has thought of everything. In her last letter she included the bucket list Hallie wrote when she was twelve-years-old—and Clara’s final wish is for her to complete it. For once, Hallie decides not to hesitate. Stepping away from her dead-end job and predictable schedule, she embraces Aunt Clara’s words.

Spending the summer at Firefly Beach, Hallie encounters old friends and begins to remember the things that matter most to her. All the time her childhood friend Ben Murray is there, supporting her every step of the way. But following the bucket list isn’t an easy journey. And if that wasn’t all, a run in with wealthy Gavin Wilson, a newcomer to Firefly Beach, leaves her questioning her future, and facing something buried deep in her heart which she’d rather not admit to.

Will Hallie be able to complete the list and change her life? Or will the secret she’s been keeping destroy her new beginning—and the chance to fall in love?

What does TWG think?

I am a massive fan of Jenny Hale’s novels – just look at the absolutely STUNNING cover of this book? How could you not be a massive fan? With Jenny Hale’s novels, you know exactly what you’re going to get; a story full of heart and promise from beginning to end, and ‘Summer at Firefly Beach’ ticked those boxes.

Personally, I did find the storyline a little bit samey in terms of the bucket list and completing it for someone who had passed away. I appreciated the warmth behind the premise, and I thought the way that the author told Clara’s and Hallie’s stories was incredibly tender to read, I just didn’t feel that excitement which surrounded something new.

That said, ‘Summer at Firefly Beach’ is loaded with romance and tender notions between several characters. At times I felt like I just wanted to give Hallie a huge hug as her grief for her Aunt Clara was so, so emotional. Beautiful emotional if that makes sense and doesn’t make me sound like a complete weirdo!

So, did I enjoy it despite several reservations? Yes. Yes I definitely did, and it was the feel-good, uplifting factor which turned it around for me. ‘Summer at Firefly Beach’ is a spirited, warm novel which really hugged me from the inside out and made me feel as though I was able to escape into the lives of the characters in the book. For me, I may have found that the book had a similar premise to other books I have read, however none of those books had had a Jenny Hale spin put on them in the only way that she knows how. A beautiful, enchanting read.

Buy now!

About the author.

When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about the magic of love at Christmas, and 2017 TV movie on The Hallmark Channel. 

The rest is history. 

When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.

 

 Author Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.itsjennyhale.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jhaleauthor

#BlogTour! #Review – The Mother’s Mistake by Ruth Heald (@RJ_Heald) @Bookouture

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Day two of the blog tour for ‘The Mother’s Mistake’ by Ruth Heald, and the glittery, Bookouture tour bus stops with me, TWG! Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC – here is my review:
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Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven?

She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, feet stinging, she reaches the riverbank, her breath catching in her throat. And then she sees…

Three years later.

Claire has everything she’s always wanted. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side. A picturesque home in the countryside.

But behind closed doors, Claire’s life is falling apart. Her husband is barely ever home, she’s struggling to bond with her baby girl, and she swears that she is being watched in the remote, lonely cottage.

And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about the terrible mistake that Claire made – someone won’t let her forget it. Three years ago, she would have known who to turn to. But now she no longer recognises those closest to her, or the person she’s become. Who can she trust?
What does TWG think?

Forgiveness is a tough one, isn’t it? People usually say that, to move on from something, you have to learn to forgive the person involved. But what happens if that person involved is…yourself? How can you forgive yourself for something when guilt overrides any logical thinking? Like I say, it’s a tough one and unfortunately for Claire, that was exactly the situation she found herself in.

Moving to the countryside was supposed to be a fresh start for them all. A new home, a new baby, a new life – what’s not to like? Claire’s relationship with her mother in law is hanging by a thread, and it doesn’t help that Claire cannot get one minutes’ peace from her sticking her nose in as the mother in law lives next door!

‘The Mother’s Mistake’ is such a satisfying and gripping novel – I wasn’t expecting the storyline to be what it was at all! Ruth Heald nails the psychological element of the book, and at times I felt like my head was spinning out of control due to not knowing which way to turn. Who do I believe? What do I believe? I really didn’t know.

This story is told via different points of view which, in my opinion, increases the depth of the novel as I felt I got to see different sides to each of the characters. I would say that, at times, the pace was a little bit too slow and unforgiving, however when the storyline peaked it blew the slowness out of the water.

‘The Mother’s Mistake’ is a very, very impressive read which kept me on my toes until the very end. It’s clear that Ruth Heald is a talented writer who knows which buttons of her readers she needs to push in order to get a reaction. This book was definitely one of those buttons!

Buy now from Amazon
About the author.

Ruth Heald is a psychological thriller writer from a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting.

Seeking a more creative environment, she found a role at the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with one daughter and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.

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#CoverReveal!! #SilentNight by Geraldine Hogan (@GerHogan) @Bookouture #ComingSoon

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IT’S COVER REVEAL TIME!!!!!!!!

It feels like it’s been AGES since I last took part in a cover reveal! I am pretty much peeing my pants*** in excitement for this one, that’s for sure!!!

(***not literally, but I am SO excited!).

Some of you eagle eyed readers may be thinking ‘I know Ger Hogan!!!!’, and you would be correct, however this ‘Ger Hogan’ has turned to the dark side, favouring Geraldine Hogan for the release of her new crime series with Bookouture! How exciting is that!

Today I have the pleasure of helping Bookouture and Geraldine, reveal the cover of ‘Silent Night’, which is due to be published on 23rd August 2019 – not TOO long!

Are you ready to see this cover?!

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A baby is snatched from her pram in the garden. She’s never found. Thirty years later her sister, now a mother herself, is brutally killed.

 When Anna Crowe is killed in her sleep alongside her children, the quiet local community of Corbally is shocked. It’s also a chilling reminder of  when her sister, Janey, disappeared as a baby, twenty nine years ago, never to be seen again.

 Detective Iris Locke is assigned to the case and, after a year undercover which ended in failure when her cover got blown, she’s desperate to make her mark – and to live up to the reputation of her ex-cop father, the former head of the Limerick Murder Squad.

 Jack Locke ran the investigation into the disappearance of baby Janey. But by reopening the old case, Iris is also reopening old wounds for the team. Can she untangle the dark secrets that lead to one sister vanishing and the other’s death – even if it means digging into the past of someone very close to her?

Ohhhhh my word!! Chilling? Er, hell yeah!!! If you want to get your copy pre-ordered right now, you can do so via this little link here, for a steal at 99p!
(Price correct at the time of posting. Any price increase isn’t controlled by TWG and can change at any time.)

I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on this!!!

#BlogTour! #Review – The House at Hope Corner by Emma Davies (@EmDaviesAuthor) @Bookouture

We all need a bit of hope sometimes, and who better to bring us that than Emma Davies and ‘The House at Hope Corner’. I am delighted to be reviewing Emma’s new book for my stop on the blog tour today, many thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC.

The view across the valley takes her breath away; everywhere she looks tiny patches of colour – ochre, chestnut, lime and purple. The farmhouse behind her glows pink in the morning sun. It’s like stepping into a postcard, except that this magical place is real. It’s her new home.
With her beloved shop in danger of shutting down, meeting Ned, a gorgeous farmer with an irresistible twinkle in his eye, couldn’t have come at a better moment for free-spirited florist, Flora Dunbar. But no one is more surprised than her when their whirlwind romance leads to the offer of a new life on Ned’s farm.
Arriving at Hope Corner, Flora sets about becoming the perfect farmer’s wife, but her creative, alternative thinking falls flat in a household built on tradition and strict routine. Even Ned is becoming more distant by the day…
Pulling up her signature striped socks and throwing herself into her chores, little by little Flora learns to love the order and patterns of life on the land. But the more she learns about her new home, the more she suspects it’s under threat, and worse, that Ned is hiding a heartbreaking secret from her.
But this time, Flora’s not going to run from her problems.

Do Ned and his family trust her enough to let her stay and fight for love and the first house she’s ever truly called home? Does she trust herself?

What does TWG think?

Let me get this out the way first – I wasn’t feeling hopeful about the story at first. I found Flora to be a little bit of a doormat, and Ned got on my nerves. I mean, stand up for your fiance for goodness sake!

Then, all of a sudden, the storyline seemed to click and the characters seemed to have a bit of a personality change! So, despite my unhopeful opinion at the beginning, I ended up absolutely adoring ‘The House at Hope Corner’, especially Flora and Ned’s dad. He really wasn’t a character who I thought i would end up liking due to the way he came across in the first few chapters. However after reading the rest of the book, good ol’ Ferg actually became one of my favourites.

I loved the ‘be who you want to be, don’t change for anyone’ premise, it is such an important message for people to keep in mind. Easier said than done, of course, but it did give me that hope that, not actually being like anyone else, is such a good thing because you’re being true to yourself. I thought that Flora brought that message home brilliantly, and as someone with extremely low confidence and not one who fits in, that message resonated with me deep within. I guess I became quite emotional by it all.

Having fallen head over heels with ‘The House at Hope Corner’ and being hugged by characters like Grace, I feel bad that my opinion of the book wasn’t so great at the start. There was clearly a lot more to the storyline and the characters that met the eye – I understand that now.

I finished Emma Davies book with a ginormous smile on my face abd bucketfuls of hope in my heart. This really is a book which kept on giving.

A heartwarming, joyful, thought provoking read which made me want to spread my wings like the butterfly I am.

Buy now!

About the author.

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.

#BlogTour! #Review – What She Saw by Wendy Clarke (@WendyClarke99) @Bookouture

Next up on TWG is my blog tour review for, ‘What She Saw’ by Wendy Clarke. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC.

Everyone knows Leona would do anything for her daughter Beth: she moved to Church Langdon to send Beth to the best school, worked hard to build a successful business to support them and found them the perfect little cottage to call home. Leona and Beth hike together, shop together, share their hopes and fears with one another. People say they’re more like best friends than mother and daughter.
It’s the relationship every mother dreams of.
But their closeness means that Beth struggles to make friends. Her mother has kept her sheltered from the world. She’s more reliant on her mother’s love. More vulnerable.
When Beth finds an envelope hidden under the floorboards of their home, the contents make her heart stop. Everything she thought she knew about her mother is a lie. And she realises there is no one she can turn to for help.
What if you’ve been protected from strangers your whole life, but the one person you can’t trust is the person closest to home?

What does TWG think?

‘What She Saw’ is definitely a nail biting read, my nerves were shot to youknowwhat by the time I reached the end.

Now, my opinion of Wendy Clarke’s novel kept changing throughout, I’ll be honest. There was a lot of promise, but at times it felt as though the storyline didn’t go further than that.

This novel isn’t a wham, bam, thank you mam, kind of storyline, so don’t expect fireworks instantly. It does, in my opinion, take quite a while to get momentum, but when it does it was like a rocket.

The slow burning storyline does work in regards to the shock factor and the way the book concludes, and I am very glad that I listened to my gut regarding the promising themes as it definitely paid off.

Leona is a very well crafted character. I couldn’t help but feel empathy towards her situation, and I knew her heart was in the right place when things didn’t go to plan.

Wendy Clarke took me on journey with shocking results, thanks to this twisted and gritty novel. I’m so looking forward to reading more from this author.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Dare by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @Bookouture

I think Carol Wyer has her own chair here at TWG, I feature her books that much! Anyway, today i am delighted to be closing the blog tour for #TheDare. Thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Jane’s daughter is a good girl. But what is she hiding?

When thirteen-year-old Savannah Hopkins doesn’t come straight home from school as she always does, her mother Jane immediately raises the alarm. With her blonde ponytail and red school jumper, someone must have spotted Savannah.

Detective Natalie Ward is determined to help the distraught mother – her own daughter is the same age as Savannah. But before Natalie and her team can get started, their worst fears are confirmed when the teenager’s broken body is found in nearby shrubland.

Evidence points towards a local recluse, but just as Natalie closes the net around him, one of Savannah’s friends, Harriet, is reported missing. Harriet might look grown up and sophisticated but she is only fourteen…

As Natalie delves into the lives of both girls, she soon discovers a sinister video on both their phones, daring the girls to disappear from their families for 48 hours. She’s sure this is the key to the case, but before she can act, Harriet’s body is found discarded on a roadside.

Natalie’s superiors don’t have to put any extra pressure on Natalie. Devastated, she and her team work without sleep, watching that video over and over. But just as she thinks they’re getting close, the person Natalie loves more than anything goes missing.

Natalie is no stranger to loss. She is terrified and the clock is ticking. Can she push through her fear to catch this depraved killer, before her loved one becomes the next victim?

What does TWG think?

How are we on book number three in this series already? It’s gone so quickly!!! Do I think you should read the books in order? That’s a tough one to answer because, whilst the main storyline itself can be read as a standalone, there are a lot of hidden agendas between some of the characters which would have been discussed in previous books. It all depends on whether you like to know the history of the characters.

Back to this book – I flew through it like a dog on heat! Plus, considering that there was a certain reptile mentioned once or twice, I managed to not soil my pants in fear. Proud moment? I certainly think so!!! If it was any other author, I would have been all ‘nah thanks’ but, seeing as this author is one of my top favourites, I tried to ignore the fact that she included one of my ultimate fears in her book. Big of me, I know ;).

#TheDare is brilliant at highlighting the pressures behind, you guessed it, peer pressure between youngsters, and the devastating repercussions which could happen as a result of a bad decision.

Natalie, once again, has her stress levels raised and her patience regarding trust, pushed to the limit. At times I thought she was going to collapse because of everything, yet she showed what a strong and highly stubborn woman she is.

This book had my pulse raising, and the uncertainty of the conclusion left me extremely nervous. I wasn’t expecting the path the storyline took, and I thought the teasers and red herrings were brilliantly placed, upping the intensity several notches.

A sublime, atmospheric, twisted novel which gave me ‘the fear’ and left me wanting more….just without a reptile next time!

Buy now.

#BlogTour! #Review – Two Little Girls by Frances Vick (@franvicksays) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of ‘Two Little Girls’ by Frances Vick.

An innocent girl is taken. The killer confesses.
But that’s not the whole story. That’s not even the beginning…

It’s 1985 and the disappearance of ten-year-old Lisa Cook shocks the nation. Her best friend, Kirsty, traumatised and fearful, gives evidence that helps to put the Cook family’s lodger behind bars.
…But what if Kirsty made a mistake?
Now, decades later, Kirsty leaves a life she loves to move back to the hometown she hates – tortured by her memories, she’s determined to finally uncover the truth about what happened to Lisa that day. But someone is waiting for her there, someone close to her family. Someone who is hoping to finish off a job that was started years ago…

What does TWG think?

You can’t fault Frances Vick on her insightly way of getting into her characters minds. I mean, just look at Kirsty for example. She, alongside her best friend, Lisa, were at the heart of a devastating event which changed the lives of those around them forever, and still the author got into their minds and transferred their thoughts onto paper in a really clever and chilling way.

However, I am on the fence about the book in its entirety. The twisted element to the storyline definitely kept me hooked, but the fact the storyline didn’t seem to go anywhere in the latter half of the book was a bit of a ‘huh’ moment.

‘Two Little Girls’ is a devious read, and it contains topics which will get the readers talking, such as autism and vaccines. A sore spot for some (the vaccine thing), yet it’s one which will give the book it’s time in the spotlight.

This isn’t my most favourite of books by Frances Vick, but I still enjoyed the complex relationships between the characters in this read. Very impressive.

Buy now!