Anyone want to join Tilly Tennant and I, as we visit ‘The Garden on Sparrow Street’? @TillyTenWriter @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in Tilly Tennant’s blog tour, and for the ARC. I am delighted to be sharing my review.

As the cold winter nights draw in, escape to the sleepy town of Wrenwick, where the streets sparkle with snow and a lonely young widow is about to find that true love really can strike twice…

As Christmas cheer fills Sparrow Street with excitement, grieving widow Nina is having a hard time. December is always a difficult month to face without her beloved husband Gray, the days feel long and bleak, and to cap it all, she’s just lost her job.

So when Nina hears that Sparrow Street’s Community Garden, one of Gray’s favourite places, is to be put up for sale she knows she must do something. Filled with purpose, she gathers the residents of Sparrow Street around her to turn the neglected patch of land into a Garden of Memories.

Working with her neighbours, single mum Kelly and eighty-year-old Ada, Nina soon finds that she’s not the only lonely soul on Sparrow Street. And as the community comes together and the garden flourishes, Nina can’t help but be drawn to Irish gardener Colm with his sparkling blue eyes and kind heart, finding herself confiding in him about all her recent troubles.

But just as Colm and Nina grow closer and he opens up to her about his own secret loss, Colm’s estranged wife returns from Scotland, wanting to try again. Nina knows she should let the man she’s falling for go – it’s the right thing to do. But what if fate has other plans in store? Will the beautiful garden on Sparrow Street have brought two people together only for Nina’s cautious heart to push them apart?

What does TWG think?

Now THIS is what I was waiting for!! Emotion, heartwarming events, colourful characters, uncertain romances, and the right amount of humour to even out the tender times. THIS is Tilly Tennant at her finest.

The concept of rebuilding a garden for the local community, isn’t one that i found to be unique. I have read several books which have centred around that particular thing and, in all honesty, I was a bit unsure as to how Tilly Tennant would make it her own. I know that there isnt really much that can be done to make the idea of a garden something to remember, but I must say that Tilly Tennant DID make the idea her own and I thoroughly enjoyed the way she made the community come to life.

Nina and Robyn have both suffered losses that have torn their lives apart. Whilst Robyn has more of an outgoing personality in terms of grabbing another romance by the begonias, Nina is more of an introvert and someone who cant help but worry about every little thing. I found Robyn a little much at times, often a little bit arrogant. I know that she was a bubbly person, however that seemed to make her think that she could walk into any situation like a bull in a china shop. I guess you could say that i related more to Nina due to her type of personality.

What I loved most about the book was that a group of people from all walks of life, came together to support one another, regardless of the issues that they were facing in their personal lives. On the outside, the residents of Sparrow Street seemed to have their stuff together, yet once the walls were brought down, they all ended up showing a different side to their personalities. Nobody judged each other for their issues, their worries and what not. They just helped in their own little ways and I loved that! It was such a heartwarming thing to see and I actually felt a little bit of hope, something which I’ve not genuinely felt in a while.

‘The Garden on Sparrow Street’ is more than just a garden, it’s about journies through life after loss, life after heartache, and living life before it ends up being a loss. I loved the amount of heart that the author invested in the storyline, and I loved being able to watch various characters feel confident enough to spread their wings, even whilst feeling uncertain. A genuinely touching, hopeful, and tender novel – I loved it.

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We’re leaving together, but it’s still farewell; its.. #TheChristmasCountdown! Ready Donna Ashcroft? @Donnashc @Bookouture

Delighted to be closing Donna Ashcroft’s blogtour today for ‘The Christmas Countdown’ – many thanks to Bookouture for having me on the tour and for the ARC. Here is my review:

It’s that time of year again, snowflakes are fluttering and the countdown to Christmas has begun! Holly Devine is returning to the only place that feels like home, hoping that some festive magic will help to turn her life around…

Twenty-seven-year-old Holly Devine has just had her heart well and truly broken. Hurt by the two people she loves the most, she flees to her eccentric Aunt Clara’s cosy cottage to hide away over the winter season. But kind, impulsive Aunt Clara has other ideas… She’s not about to see her favourite niece wallowing in sadness during the most wonderful time of the year. So, with the help of her close circle of friends and plenty of gin, she creates a handmade advent calendar for Holly.

Every day in December, Holly opens a new door and has a different task to complete. She soon finds herself asking out a complete stranger – gorgeous, cheeky pub landlord, Finn Jackson. But as handsome Finn gets involved in her festive challenges, Holly’s determination to avoid romance is put to the test. Still, Finn’s far too carefree and single for true love, isn’t he?

As Holly begins to embrace each day – a complete makeover, building the biggest snowman she’s ever seen, singing in a karaoke contest – Finn is there adding fun and laughter to every moment. Holly starts to realise that she can become the person she’s always wanted to be…

But a secret from Finn’s past threatens to turn Holly’s Christmas upside down and makes her question everything she has experienced in the last few weeks. Will Finn open up to Holly in time to show her how he really feels? And will she complete the advent calendar challenges and fall in love this Christmas?

What does TWG think?

Mrs Christmas has done it again!!!! Omg I LOVED it! What a festive, flirty, fun, and utterly fabulous read this is. I knew that Donna Ashcroft was talented, but honestly, she has exceeded my expectations with ‘The Christmas Countdown’.

I’m not sure if this was done on purpose or not, but the fact that the author set the book around Christmas was genius. I mean, at one point in the story I got a little bit hot under the collar and was thankful for cooler temperatures. Phwoar!

I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to Holly and her lack of self confidence, something which I am sure a lot of us have dealt with at some point. I am struggling with my own mental health at the moment, so i found myself becoming emotional at Holly’s situation. I wanted to tell her that I understood y’know?

Holly went on various journeys throughout the book, and watching her grow into her wings and flourish was definitely a highlight of mine.

I also thought Finn was one of those ‘perfectly flawed’ types, another character who had a lot to offer but was lacking in the confidence to be able to offer himself the vital gift of moving on.

You know, I try to savour every word of Donna Ashcroft’s novels and, as weird as this sounds, I sometimes dread reading them too because I know that they will come to an end – I hate it when that happens! As Jane Austen said, ‘if a book is well written, i always find it too short’. The same applies with ‘The Christmas Countdown – I really didn’t want it to end.

It may be beginning to look a lot like Christmas, however Donna Ashcroft has written the best gift of all in the shape of a book that just kept on giving. Mrs Christmas by name, Mrs Christmas by nature – a heartwarming, humourous, poignant, rromantic and beautifully written nove. Donna Ashcroft has kept her title of ‘Mrs Christmas of fiction’ for the second year running – LOVED IT!

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

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Oh I do love a Carol Wyer novel, and I am delighted to be reviewing her latest one, ‘The Sleepover’, as part of the blog tour organised by Bookouture. Many thanks to the publisher for inviting me to take part, and for the ARC as well. Here is my review:

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She said she’d gone to a sleepover. But she never made it. Someone must know why…

When Detective Natalie Ward is called to the home of fourteen-year-old Roxy Curtis she can’t help but empathise with Roxy’s distraught mother Cathy. Roxy hasn’t come home, last seen heading next door for a sleepover with her best friend Ellie. As the mother of two teenagers herself, Natalie knows that this is every parent’s worst nightmare.

But when Roxy’s body is found in the basement of a beautiful Victorian mansion on the other side of town, Natalie’s darkest fears are confirmed. What was Roxy doing there? The people who knew her best should know – but Cathy seems evasive, and Ellie refuses to talk. Natalie is determined to find out what secrets they are keeping…

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears. 

When her body is found two days later, Natalie is forced to face the fact that Roxy’s loved ones are in real danger. Things take a more sinister turn when Ellie vanishes, her mobile phone switched off. Is Ellie hiding something about the night Roxy died that could put her in terrible danger? And can Natalie work it out before another innocent life is taken?

What does TWG think?

OH MY GOOD GOD! WHAT THE FRIED EGGS DID I JUST READ?!?!?!

Can I just tell you all to go and buy ‘The Sleepover’ like, right this second? Just when I thought that Carol Wyer couldn’t get any better, she goes and knocks the ball WAY out of the park by writing a novel which made me want to go and hide out on a cloud with Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony! Honestly! If you’re after suspense, this book has it. If you’re after a twisted read that is full of red herrings, dead ends, and uncertainty – this book has it. If you’re after a main character who knows how to kick ass whilst still being a well respected Detective, then Natalie Ward is your gal. If you’re after a book which leaves you wanting more and shouting ‘NOOOO’ when the book ends, then ‘The Sleepover’ should definitely be your next read.

Roxy told her mum that she was going for a sleepover; a sleepover which her friend knew nothing about. Why did Roxy lie? Where did she go? When the police are called to a situation over the other side of town, Roxy’s whereabouts are confirmed, however not in a good way. Detective Natalie Ward and her team are on the case, but if they thought that it would just stop with Roxy, they are about to be seriously mistaken.

There are quite a few cactus characters in this book! The type of characters who, if they were on Tinder, would even have rats swiping left instead of right. Why couldn’t they just do as they’re bloody told?!

As I’ve already said, I thought ‘The Sleepover’ was a bloody awesome read. I had an inkling who was ‘it’ so to speak, but seeing as the author likes to stick red herrings in her books and make her readers feel as though they’re losing the plot, I wasn’t entirely convinced by my train of thought.

Yes, I kicked myself when I appeared to be right! That never happens! Seriously though, the entire book was very cleverly thought out, and as much as I jest about losing the plot, the psychological side to the storyline was brilliant! Somewhat unnerving mind!

Natalie Ward has come up trumps once again and I cannot WAIT to see what is in store for her next! Carol Wyer is an absolute genius who has a mind I can only guess as to what the heck goes on in it – holy cheeseballs my nerves are fried!

An outstanding, twisted novel that had me shouting ‘OH MY FUDGING GOODNESS’ more times than I could count.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Silent Night by Geraldine Hogan (@gerhogan) @Bookouture

Thank you to Geraldine Hogan and Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Silent Night’, and for the ARC. It’s an honour to be closing the blog tour today – hope you enjoy my review:

‘She reached into the pram and placed her hands on the cotton blanket. It was still warm. But her smiling, new baby sister, with her wide blue-grey eyes, was gone…’

Twenty five years later, three bodies are found at a ramshackle cottage in the Irish countryside, and Detective Iris Locke is sick to her stomach. The victims are Anna Crowe and her two young children.

Iris has only recently joined the Limerick Murder Squad. Against her father’s advice, she’s working the narrow lanes and green hills of her childhood. Iris still remembers Anna, who was just a small girl when her baby sister was snatched, never to be seen again. It was the one case Iris’ own father never solved, and Iris can’t help but wonder if the two crimes are connected.

She’ll stop at nothing to find Anna justice, but a fire has destroyed almost all the physical evidence, and Limerick is the same small town she remembers: everybody protects their neighbours, and Iris has been away for too long.

Can Iris unpick the lies beneath the surface of her pretty hometown, and catch the most twisted individual of her career, when reopening the old case means reopening old wounds for her team, the rest of the community, and her own father?

What does TWG think?

You may be sitting there thinking to yourself, ‘this name sounds familiar’, and you would be right. Geraldine Hogan, as a lot of you may already know, has written contemporary novels under the name of Faith Hogan. When I found out that she would be writing a crime novel, I was a little apprehensive as her other books are deeply moving, emotive, dynamic reads, and I just wasn’t sure.

‘Silent Night’ is the first book in a brand new series which follows Detective Iris Locke’s policing journey into the Murder team, and she is certainly thrown into the deep end with her first investigation!

I wasn’t taken by the storyline at first, I’ll be honest. There was a lot of information up in the air, with the storyline to-ing and fro-ing between the characters without first making sense of what had already been written. I didn’t really like the feeling of mismatch, but I tried to keep an open mind.

Thankfully the last 40 percent of the book completely turned my opinion around. I was shocked by the difference as it felt like I was reading a completely different story than the one I had started with. Perhaps Geraldine Hogan grew in confidence towards the end of the book, who knows, but I was so pleased by the strength of the latter chapters.

Iris Locke is such an intriguing character, and I can just tell that there is a lot more to her colleagues that meets the eye. I am rather looking forward to finding all of that out, that’s for sure.

The concept of missing child, devastating secrets, and murder, was such a compulsive and gripping mixture which, by the end of the book, had my pulse racing. I did not expect the turn of events, and I certainly did not expect my opinion of the book to change so drastically, but it did.

Geraldine Hogan has taken a promising step into the crime fiction genre, and I am looking forward to see where it takes her next.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Beekeepers Cottage by Emma Davies (@EmDaviesAuthor) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, I am delighted to be one of the bloggers closing the tour for Emma Davies and ‘The Beekeepers Cottage’. Here is my review:

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping her beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all…

Fleeing to her best friend at the farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor with a twinkle in his eye. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping.

As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…

Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to?

What does TWG think?

Ooooo it’s not everyday you read a book with a beekeeper in it! I must admit that I did enjoy finding out about Grace’s life and how she tends to the bees. They are such understated yet incredibly important species, so it was nice to see the bees get their time in the spotlight as it were.

Now, onto Amos; that man could have invented the word ‘intriguing’, it oozed out of him big time! I’m I’m complaining by the way, I enjoyed getting to know him and working out what made him tick, especially where Grace was concerned. The fact that the characters had similarities with their lost soul type personalities, was very endearing. That said, it was very clear that both characters had suffered pain in one form or another. Like I’ve admitted once or twice before, I’m not a sucker for romance, yet I really wanted Grace and Amos to have their moment, whether it was with each other or separately.

Emma Davies has an incredible talent at making her stories come alive as though you’ve known the characters your entire life. The way she told Amos’ story had such an enchanting and flawless feel to it, the entire book was such a pleasure and a joy to read. Emma Davies just keeps on getting better and better.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Forever Gift by Brooke Harris (@Janelle_Brooke) @Bookouture

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My heart…my poor little heart! Many thanks to Kim Nash for the blog tour invite and the ARC, here is my review of ‘The Forever Gift’ by Brooke Harris.

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I remember you learning to ride a bike, the first time you shot a goal with a basketball… and the first time I realised something was wrong. I look at you, my daughter, my beautiful sparky daughter. I would do anything to keep you safe.

Heather’s beloved daughter, Kayla, is her world. She is fifteen, a brilliant basketball player and a fierce friend.

Heather and Kayla have always had a special relationship. For so many years it was just the two of them, watching Friends, baking cupcakes and laughing together. But now Kayla knows her time is short, and she wants to give something back to the mother she loves more than anyone else in the world. A gift that will change Heather’s life.

With just a handful of days left, Kayla will need help from everyone around her to make this last surprise happen. Along the way, the people whose lives have been touched by Kayla’s light will be changed by her loss, and by her plan for Heather. And as Heather’s whole world threatens to fall apart, could Kayla’s forever gift be the key to piecing her life back together?

What does TWG think?

Omg, Brooke Harris, what the HELL have you done to me?! I wasn’t expecting this at all, even more so because I don’t read blurbs, so you know, I went in completely blind. I wasn’t expecting to bawl my eyes out for 10 solid minutes…..twice. Nor was I expecting to feel as though I had gone through a loss as well, as though Kayla was my own flesh and blood. To say that my heart was broken would be an understatement. I felt like someone had ripped it out and stomped on it. Dramatic maybe, but as I’ve already said, I felt as though I was grieving and I was absolutely broken.

With that in mind, please don’t think that I am trying to put you off the book, because it couldn’t be further from the truth. I want you all to read ‘The Forever Gift’ and cry like I did. If you don’t cry, or at least feel emotional towards the storyline, I really want to know why. I’m not a crier (no really, I’m not), so it takes a lot for me to actually break down to the point I cannot breathe…..just like I did with this book.

Wow….wow. Yes, my eyes were stinging and I was exhausted after finishing it, but I can honestly say that ‘The Forever Gift’ is one of, if not THE most moving, emotional, tender novel I think I have ever, ever read. It’s very clear that Brooke Harris put her all into the storyline and the characters, believing in their emotions and their individual journeys. I have no idea how she managed to connect the blended family alongside cancer, with family relationships of different levels, as well as including a four year girl into the situation. Kayla may have been the one in the spotlight so to speak, yet all of her loved ones were showing their pain a lot more than she. Now, that’s not because she wasn’t in pain, because it was abundantly clear that she was, it was just that Kayla’s parents were watching their little girl fight a battle no-one should ever have to battle. Not only that, her little sister couldn’t understand why her big sister was in the hospital. And still, despite ALLLLLL of that, Kayla still left her mark in such a beautiful and selfless manner. Yes, I cried at that as well.

You’re probably thinking how on earth did I manage to love a book which reduced me to sobbing, and I don’t blame you at all because I often wonder that myself in the grand scheme of things. However, it’s not the devastation which allowed me to love the storyline, it was the way in which Brooke Harris delivered the mind-blowing storyline, the powerful characters, and deeply moving premise – without all of that, I don’t think I would have felt the way I did. I mean, anyone could say that they want to write a book about cancer, but there’s one thing writing that book, and then there’s another thing writing the book and being able to connect with the characters and the readers own multiple levels, whilst also bringing the characters stories to life as though the readers are involved in reality. Brooke Harris did just that and I am in awe at this authors incredible, incredible talent.

I grieved for Kayla. I grieved for Heather. I grieved for Molly….oh Molly! I didn’t realise just how invested in the storyline I was, until I saw an advert on Facebook for ‘Friends’ Lego Mini-figures and thought to myself, ‘Kayla would LOVE those!’.

‘The Forever Gift’ may be an earth shattering and heartbreaking read, but it is also a read which gives you hope and the kick up the backside to be thankful for all of the little things in life, you know, like breathing. Sometimes in life we are too focused on how things SHOULD be, instead missing out on things just simply being. Instead of thinking about your lunch while you’re eating your breakfast, enjoy your breakfast for what it is. Probably daft thing to use as an example given the nature of the book, although I hope you get what I mean!

Stock up on the Kleenex (man size, trust me), unplug the phone and allow yourself to become invested in the most harrowing, yet beautiful story, of life vs loss, happiness vs sadness, and the all important gift of being. I can honestly see this as a movie, and I would even go as far to say that Brooke Harris is the female version of Nicholas Sparks.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Girl in the Grave by Helen Phifer (@HelenPhifer1) @Bookouture

I am absolutely mortified that I missed my stop for this book yesterday! Huge apologies again to Bookouture and Helen Phifer for the error and for the 24 hour delay in posting. However, I am very excited to be sharing my review with you all today!

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At least they’d found her. Once the site was processed and the girl’s body removed, they’d be able to identify her so that her family could give her the burial she deserved. This innocent girl was far too young to be lying in a grave, crushed under the weight of someone else’s coffin…

When the body of a teenage girl is found hidden inside a stranger’s grave in a small-town cemetery in the Lake District, an urgent call is made to Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams. One look at the beautiful girl’s broken body is enough to bring Beth out of hiding for the first time since an attempt on her own life…

Beth doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence that the victim was found the same day a threatening gift was left on the doorstep of her secluded home. Her instincts are telling her that it’s a trap, that she should run for safety. But she knows she’s the only one with the expertise to help her trusted friend, Detective Josh Walker, crack the most shocking case of his career.

The tiny traces of material Beth finds beneath the victim’s fingernails is the break in the case the team need to chase down this twisted killer. But this critical lead comes at a dangerous price, exposing Beth’s whereabouts and dragging her back into the line of fire once again.

With Beth’s own life on the line, the investigation is already cracking under the pressure. Then another local girl goes missing… Can Beth stay alive long enough to catch the killer before he claims his next victim?

What does TWG think?

What an incredible start to a brand new series! I loved the different spin on the storyline as, instead of the events being centred around the police, the spotlight is given to the forensic pathologist, Beth Adams. I don’t know what it is about forensics lately, but I hoover up any books with that topic in. Never in a million years did I think I would come out with that!

Beth Adams may be the professional to have been called to the scene, yet the gruesome discovery ends up opening a huge can of worms in Beth’s personal life. Whilst she knows that its required of her to keep her professional and personal life separate, the lines become unintentionally blurred when Beth ends up in the firing line while she tries to ensure the killer of the body gets their comeuppance.

I was really taken in by Beth and the predicament which she unknowingly found herself in, and I thought that Helen Phifer did a brilliant job at capturing the intensity of the situation and amplifying it as the storyline progressed.

I did feel as though there were a lot of characters in the book without a purpose, however in the grand scheme of things, that was just a minor irk of mine overall.

‘The Girl in the Grave’ is an incredibly dark and twisted novel which had red herrings oozing out of it like nobodies business! I enjoyed being kept on my toes and, even though the overall book was a bit rough around the edges, I still thought it to be an addictive and very intense book. I’m so looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series pans out!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Fear in the Lakes by Graham Smith (@GrahamSmith1972) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘Fear in the Lakes’ by Graham Smith:

When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.

But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.

But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?

Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?

Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…

What does TWG think?

What an opening!!! I think anyone would be as shocked as Laura was, if they found their partner with a pulse pretty much giving up the ghost, and injuries which would make anyone wince. Who did it though, and why? Laura claims that her husband has no enemies and hasn’t upset anyone enough to warrant this sort of comeuppance. But could there be more to the situation?

For sure!!! Detective Beth Young is back and, whilst shes good at reading between the lines and thinking things through a lot differently to her colleagues, by golly shes a bit on the irritating side! I often wondered where her ‘oooomph’ was as she seemed to go about things at a day to day speed instead of a sense of urgency.

The premise of this book is very intriguing and left me wanting more. I definitely think that Graham Smith delivered the suspense of James Sinclair’s situation very well, and I was impressed by the journey he took his characters on.

Even though I wasn’t a fan of the characters in ‘Fear in the Lakes’, I still enjoyed the gritty storyline and uncertainty the author filled his words with.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Marriage Betrayal by Shalini Boland (@ShaliniBoland) @Bookouture

Last but not least, TWG is on the blog tour for ‘The Marriage Betrayal’ by Shalini Boland – many thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

‘Daddy has been lying.’

Faye Townsend has planned the perfect summer trip for her family. But returning to the small seaside town her husband grew up in does not go to plan, the rain pours and the long days become stifling. And then the unthinkable happens…

Her husband Jake and her six-year-old son Dylan go for an early morning walk along the beautiful, windswept clifftops. They don’t come back.

As the hours tick by, Dylan’s red baseball cap is found on the beach and Faye finds herself being questioned by the police. They want to know everything about the man she married – is Faye ready to face her husband’s dark past? Or will she have to confront her own secrets first?

And just how far will a mother go to save her only child?

What does TWG think?

What I love most amount Shalini Boland’s novels is her ability to make the smallest of situations, incredibly intense. Not that I’m saying that ‘The Marriage Betrayal’ was centred around something small, because it wasn’t. What I am saying is that Boland is the type of author who, if she were in sales, would be the type to sell ice to an eskimo. It’s an incredible talent, that’s for sure.

So yeah, the suspense behind the storyline did not falter one iota. It was very difficult to read at times, what with the focus being on a disappearing child and as a parent myself, things like that make my nerves stand to attention. That said, the event was delivered realistically to the point it took my breath away. Everything was just so vivid as though I could step into the book and find myself face to face with the characters.

I thought the psychological nature of the book was twisted yet wowza! It certainly had me hooked as I was so eager to find out the truth.

A dark, sinister and highly addictive read from the queen of suspense herself. Loved it? You bet!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Liar’s House by Carla Kovach (@ckovachauthor) @Bookouture

Huge thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in Carla Kovach’s blog tour for ‘The Liar’s House’, and for the ARC. I’m very pleased to be today’s stop on the tour where I have the pleasure of sharing my review:

Samantha stumbled out of the party and on to a busy street only ten minutes away from her home. But she never made it home…
Seven years after Samantha’s disappearance, on what would have been her thirty-fifth birthday, her best friend Diane is shocked to find a letter addressed to Samantha on her doorstep.
Opening the envelope, Diane pulls out a birthday card and a finger nail painted in dusky pink nail polish. The same shade Samantha always wore. The same shade she was wearing the night she went missing.
When police analyse the nail, they don’t get the result they expected. Instead of linking them to Samantha, the nail belongs to another woman, Jade Ashmore. And Jade was murdered the night before the envelope was delivered….
What does TWG think?

I do love a DI Gina Harte novel, her character gets more feisty with every new book, yet she seems more human with every new installment. ‘The Liar’s House’ is part of a series and, whilst they will be ok to be read as a stadnalone, I highly recommend reading the books in order so that you’ll have more of an understanding regarding Gina’s past and her issues with Briggs. That woman does not catch a break!

Diane still can’t get over the disappearance of her friend, Samantha, who seemed to disappear into thin air seven years ago. Her gut instinct tells her that her friend is dead, but she remains forever hopeful. It is just a shame that Diane gets caught up in another disappearence…

There are a lot of characters to keep tabs on, some of which will no doubt leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. No pun intended! Whilst Samantha’s disappearance plays a part in the structure of certain events in the book, there are a lot of gritty situations and red herrings which really kept me on my toes.

My gut instinct told me that the ‘whodunnit’ was one character, and I was absolutely convinced that I was right! I was wrong! So very wrong, and yes, because of that, I was extremely shocked as they were right under my nose the entire time!!!!

I raced through Carla Kovach’s new book, demolishing 64% in one go, but thanks to my body being an -insert bad word here-, I had to put the book down! I didn’t want to -stomps foot-. Anyway, Carla Kovach is such an incredible author. ‘The Liar’s House’ was FULL of addictive suspense, rollercoaster moments, psychological uncertainty, and a level of intensity that went through the roof. I loved every minute of this book and I am eager to find out what is next in store of DI Gina Harte and the gang – this is a series that just keeps on getting better and better!!!!

Buy now!