#BlogTour! #Review – Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald (@SophieRanald) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

What does TWG think?

Geeez, poor Charlotte!! I felt so sorry for her throughout the book as she always seemed to draw the short straw in life. It was as though her friends saw her as the butt of all jokes and her work saw her as a skivvy who would pick up the pieces anytime things went wrong. How much could one character endure?!

I didn’t find this book to be as laugh out loud as I would have expected, given that it’s in the tag line on the front cover. However I did snigger at some of the colourful personalities which make themselves known as the storyline progresses.

I honestly expected a proper light hearted read and, whilst there were moments where I felt as though the storyline was on cloud nine, it was quite deep and serious.

I loved getting to know Xander – he was so fun and made Charlotte’s personality shine like it was meant to all along.

I did enjoy ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, what with the unique characters and unpredictable storyline, and I think that this is a read which is perfect for reading by the side of a pool. Sassy, colourful and unique – I am SOOO not sorry that I read this one!!

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 – Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon (@mscanlonauthor) @Bookouture

I am super excited to be on the blog tour for ‘Where She Lies’ by Michael Scanlon today. Many thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

When Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted from his high-powered job in Dublin and relocated in disgrace to the small Irish town of Cross Beg, he predicts boredom will be his biggest threat.

But then a beautiful, local teenage girl is found strangled in the cold, dark woods a mile from town. The prime suspect is the seemingly-gentle drifter who found Tanya’s body.

Beck seems to be the only person who can’t escape the feeling that Tanya wasn’t killed at random. As he digs deeper into the shadows of Cross Beg, he begins to realise it isn’t the sleepy backwater he’d first believed. Everyone here has something to hide. Tanya had a boyfriend, whose name no one knew. A best friend with a loose relationship with the truth. And a habit she thought she’d kept hidden from everyone.

But, just as Beck believes he is making progress, the body of one of the suspects is found drowned in the river. Is the killer just getting started?

Everyone in the town seems to have something they would die to protect. But who has a secret they’d kill for?

Why does TWG think?

Ooooooo what a nifty little read this is!! I am genuinely surprised that ‘Where She Lies’ is a debut novel – the strength of the storyline was so intense and so impressive for an author’s first book. I mean, if this is the calibre of Michael Scanlon’s first book, I cannot wait to see what he comes up with next!

The beauty of this book is that, not only is it a debut novel, it’s also the start of a new series featuring Detective Finnegan Beck, an Irish officer who seems to have his own story to tell. The backstory of Beck is quite intriguing and we don’t get the finer details of his situation straight away. All we know is that he has been demoted and that he’s good at getting people’s backs up.

Like I said above, I was very impressed by the storyline and I loved how the gritty events exacerbated the intensity of the novel. I did find several of the characters to be a little flat, and I couldn’t help but wonder what they were actually bringing to the overall storyline. I would be intrigued to see which characters come back in book two (hence why I’m not naming any names haha).

All in all, ‘Where She Lies’ is a gritty, addictive debut novel which shows such promise for future books in the series – I’m excited!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Michael Scanlon is a civilian employee of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish police force), but a life threatening undiagnosed illness that struck while travelling in Spain in 2014 has rendered him on long term sick leave. He is married to Eileen and has a daughter, Sarah. He lives in the countryside outside the town of Ballina in County Mayo. The town has arguably the best salmon river in Europe, called the Moy.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Happiness Project by Pippa James (@PippaJamesBooks)

Many congratulations to Pippa James on the publication of ‘The Happiness Project’. Today is the first day of the tour and I am delighted to be kicking it off with a review. Thank you to Bookouture for both the tour invite and ARC.

Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.

But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?

What does TWG think?

We are back with Frankie, Alison and Kate for another relatable tale about motherhood and regaining your confidence after a baby. ‘The Happiness Project’ is the second book in the series and, if you haven’t read the first book, ‘I Will Survive’, don’t worry too much as each one can be read as a stand-alone.

Out of the two books I think this one has to be my favourite because the vibe was more relaxed and less forced. I will admit that I wasn’t too sure of the storyline to begin with as I couldn’t work out what was happening in amongst the whinging between characters, however as the story progressed the main characters seemed to relax a bit more and I found myself giggling at the one liners more often than not.

It was great to see a different side to Alison, especially as she was thought of as the ‘up her own backside’ one who was ‘practically perfect in every way’. Of course that wasn’t the case as she was just organised and thought a lot about what people thought of her and her choices.

All in all, ‘The Happiness Project’ left me with a big smile on my face. The way in which certain characters came together at the end just made me feel as though I was on a cloud. Sometimes, even though you may be annoyed at something someone has done or what they’ve said, you end up realising that being the bigger person is more advantageous to your own mental health. I thought the way in which Kate stood up for her choices whilst pregnant (finally) was brilliant and it just highlighted how different everyone is, which of course isn’t bad at all.

An uplifting, sitting on a cloud read which made me giggle many times.

Buy now!

About the author.

Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.

You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or Facebook.com/PippaJamesAuthor 

#BlogTour! #Review – If You’re Not the One by Laura Briggs (@PaperDollWrites) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, as I close the blog tour for Laura Briggs and ‘If You’re Not the One’ with a review.

Natalie isn’t a romantic. She doesn’t believe in true love, or destiny. She thinks that people are just plain lucky if they happen to find someone. It’s coincidence and nothing more.

As a wedding dress designer though, she knows she has to keep these feelings under wraps. Even if she’s suspicious that Harper, the bride she’s working with, might secretly agree with her. Because if Harper admitted she wasn’t sure about love, it might also mean giving up on a millionaire husband-to-be and the lavish island wedding of her dreams.

But, for Natalie, as her feelings develop for both her on-off boyfriend Chad, and for the boy-next-door Brayden, she starts to fear that her heart might not be as immune to love as she claims…

Could love have been there all along? And as the wedding approaches, who will find a happy-ever-after, who will find their way to themselves, and who will get left behind?

 What does TWG think?

‘If You’re Not the One then why does my soul feel Glad today?’

Anyone else think of Daniel Bedingfield’s song when they saw the title? Probably showing my age now haha.

We are back with the gang Natalie, Tessa, Ama, and of course Blake, where the Wedding Belles are doing what they do best. Of course things are still rocky for them where relationships are concerned, but they’re trying their best to do what’s right for their own lives, instead of what’s right for those around them.

I cannot fault Laura Briggs’ level of romance at all. This author certainly knows how to get her characters thinking with their hearts, be unlucky in love, as well as being able to bring romance to the forefront of the storyline in a way that allows readers to relate to their choices.

I did enjoy catching up with the gang again, and I loved having my tastebuds tickled by the scrumptious descriptions of mouthwatering delights. Yes. My stomach rumbled….more than once. However I did feel as though the storyline was unnecessarily padded out at times which meant that I probably wasn’t as enthralled as I would have hoped.

All in all, ‘If You’re Not the One’ is an ideal read for romantics everywhere and what perfect story to pick up this Valentines.

Buy now!

About the author.

Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots) and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

  

Author Social Media Links: 

Website: https://paperdollwrites.blogspot.com/

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

 

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

 

Goodreads: 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/230209.Laura_Briggs?from_search=true

#BlogTour! #Review – The Year of Starting Over by Karen King (@karen_king) @Bookouture #publicationday

Massive congratulations to Karen King on the publication of ‘The Year of Starting Over’! I am absolutely delighted to be kicking off the blog tour today with a review – many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Last year was meant to be when Holly got her happy-ever-after. But stuck in a job that’s going nowhere, and a relationship that feels more like it’s going backwards… thisyear Holly hasdecided it’s time to change her life. She just has to:

– End the relationship with the commitment-phobic boyfriend
– Go on a proper adventure
– Learn to be herself again
– Definitely, categorically not fall in love.

Cramming her belongings into her little yellow Mini, Holly drives on to a ferry bound to Spain, to stay at a remote farmhouse near a beautiful village in the Andalusian hills.

But the day she arrives she nearly crashes her car into a gorgeous guy on a motorbike. He’s called Matias and their paths keep crossing, much to Holly’s irritation. Because as she learns to speak Spanish from the locals, finally starts laying out plans for her own design business, and sips sangria in the sunlit village square, Holly is beginning to remember who she is and what she wants.

So she won’t allow herself be distracted by Matias. Because this year – for Holly – there are more important things in life than love. And she won’t let yet another bad relationship ruin everything… will she?

What does TWG think?

Sometimes when things happen in our lives, we have to decide between fighting….or flighting. Not everyone has the luxury over going to a different country to think things over, so a lot of us only have the option to flee to the toilet to contemplate our lives whilst inhaling the new, seasonal toilet duck smell, as though cinnamon and spice will make us see things much clearer than good ol’ pine. Thankfully Holly had the option to think things through in Spain….

Poor Holly has lost sight of herself and what she wants from life. Instead of doing things or wearing things that SHE wants, she has been making choices based on what other people want, in fear that they won’t like her for who she really is. It’s a sad state of affairs when people feel the need to do that, isn’t it?

‘The Year of Starting Over’ really is a book which makes you think about the bare bones of your own life and everything you wish to achieve in the not too distant future. It wouldn’t be a Karen King novel if there wasn’t a man involved, so of course the storyline contains multiple eligible bachelors for Holly to think about….even though she has sworn off men due to the actions of snakey Scott.

I loved how tender and uplifting the novel was, and I absolutely fell in love with little Luna. What a character!! It was wonderful how we got to see Holly start the story as a little bud who got weathered along the way, finally flourishing in a way that she should have all along. It was a beautiful sight to see and Karen King has done an exceptional job of bringing Holly’s story to life in such a natural and humorous manner, whilst also ensuring that her readers took a step back to think about their own lives.

A cosy, fun filled and poignant novel that will highlight just how ‘okay’ it is to not be okay in life. Such a wonderful little book.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Boss Girl by Emma Tallon (@EmmaEsj) @Bookouture

Happy publication day, Emma Tallon and ‘Boss Girl’! I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour with a review – thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

You’ll do anything to save your family, even kill for them…

Anna Davis is under pressure. With her West End nightclub packed full every night and the opening of another club just around the corner, she knows she can’t take her eye off the ball.

Her boyfriend Freddie Tyler practically owns London’s West End and he’s got a big deal on – one that could make the Tylers the most powerful family in London. He’s going into business with crime boss Frank Gambino. But visiting Anna at work one night, Gambino tells her he’ll only sign the deal with Freddie on one condition – that she hands over Club Anya to him.

With tension growing between Anna and Freddie, her mind is on other things. She doesn’t notice that someone is watching her every move. She doesn’t realise just how much danger she’s in.

When one night she doesn’t return home, Freddie is beside himself with worry. And as he races to save Anna, one thing is for sure – he’ll get back the girl he loves. Even if it means taking down the whole of the London underworld to find her…

What does TWG think?

Oh this is proper gangsta!!!! I must say, I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of Freddie, that’s for sure! Hell, even Anna is one to watch!

I need to be vague with this review as there is a lot of the storyline which is closely linked to other parts! I loved the bulshy and gritty nature of the storyline – i was certainly kept on my toes until the very end, that’s for sure!

At times I felt as though the storyline was a bit padded out with things that didn’t really do much to the overall vibe of the book. That said, I was very glad that the book had some very likeable, and highly dislikable characters – I sure as hell won’t be forgetting them in a hurry!!

All in all I really enjoyed ‘Boss Girl’ and felt that the ‘dun dun dun’ moments were executed very well, surprising me at the very last moment with an absolute belter of a shocker.

Buy now!

About the author.

Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a three book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With two more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.

Social Media Links:

For more information on Emma or to join her mailing list, please go to: www.emmatallon.com or alternatively, follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/emmatallonofficial or on Twitter: @EmmaEsj

 

#BlogTour! #Review – The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne (@SherylBrowne) @Bookouture

She made her bed. You’ll lie in it.

Rebecca only wanted to help out – to be kind. Richard seemed so alone after his wife, Nicole, died, and Rebecca wanted to make sure he knew he had someone to rely on.

But now she’s in Nicole’s immaculate house. Drinking from her favourite crystal wine glass. Keeping shoes in her orderly closet. Comforting her sweet and grieving step-daughter. It feels like Rebecca is living another woman’s life.

And as she gets to know the neighbours, Rebecca hears stories that make her wonder: was free-spirited Nicole happy in this perfect life, or did she feel trapped? Did she feel, as Rebecca is beginning to, that something wasn’t quite right?

What does TWG think?

You can definitely tell that Sheryl Browne has a history in writing contemporary/romantic fiction as well as books like this! That’s totally not a negative at all by the way, it’s just that if I didn’t know any better, I would have put a large section of this book under that genre heading and not the psychological one.

Three women, two of them being puppets….figuratively speaking, but who is holding the strings?

‘The Second Wife’ switches between the narratives of each main character, telling the story through their own eyes. But whose story do we pay attention to? Do we believe a story which can no longer be challenged? This book highlights the fact that nothing is ever at it seems, and the lengths which people can go to for their own personal gain, regardless of who they knock down on the way.

I did say at the beginning of this review that a large portion of the storyline was a bit split genre, and I do stand by that. However, the psychological element of the storyline kicked in over halfway through and when it did kick in, boy did it kick in! I thought the relaxed-ish vibe was very cleverly done as it led me into a complete false sense of security – was a happily ever after possible? Or were the characters just as twisted as each other?

‘The Second Wife’ is a gritty, twisted novel which has so many hidden agendas that I felt like I was on a ride I would never get off of. The way that Sheryl Browne was able to genre split throughout the novel was very impressive and i felt that it worked with the overall vibe of the book.

The only irk for me was that I felt the storyline was a little predictable, but nonetheless I did enjoy reading about some incredibly deranged characters!

A psychologically twisted novel with a romantic notion to make you feel that a happily ever after is near, ‘The Second Wife’ is a highly enjoyable, twisted and intense read.

Buy now!

About the author.

Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction.  A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. 


To find out more about Sheryl’s novels, go to www.facebook.com/SherylBrowne.Author/ or follow @SherylBrowne on Twitter. 
To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com

#BlogTour! #Review – Life or Death by Chris Merritt (@DrCJMerritt) #ZacIsBack @Bookouture


This isn’t a ‘Life or Death’ situation, however I am delighted to be sharing my review of Chris Merritt’s latest novel today, as part of the blog tour! Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:


Never forget. Never forgive.

As a detective in the Metropolitan police, Zac is no stranger to murder cases, but this one is different. This is his daughter’s murder. 

Years after Amelia died, Zac is still trying to trace the police office involved in his daughter’s death.

And whilst Zac is prepared to break every rule to find the man responsible, his young and ambitious deputy, Kat, is working on a high profile case of her own. But she knows Zac is keeping secrets from his team so she’s following his every move.

When one of Zac’s informants is killed, he knows he’s close to catching his man, but before he can act, he receives a call about his son which blows his world apart… And this time, he knows he’ll stop at nothing to save his family.

What does TWG think?

What the f…….!!!!!!!!! How on Earth am I meant to review this?! Geeeeeezo my poor heart! Zac always seems to grab the short straw really, doesn’t he? He certainly doesn’t get much luck heading his way, that’s for sure!

If you haven’t read any of Chris Merritt’s previous novels; don’t fret. Whilst ‘Life or Death’ is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. That said, each book has information in the storyline referencing a previous book, so if you don’t mind only having the basic information about past events, then yes, these books are fine to read on their own. I, having read all three books, fully recommend all of them to be shunted to the top of your TBR piles, like yesterday. They are THAT good!

So yes, once again Zac finds himself in the firing line. It doesn’t seem to matter that his daughter was murdered – someone still wants to make Zac and what’s left of his family, to suffer. What a lovely person they must be!

I jest. They aren’t. They are a womble of the cockerel variety!

This book is very, very dark and severely intense. I mean, it has to be given the nature of the storyline and what Zac finds himself up against! Chris Merritt certainly has upped the ante where this storyline is concerned – I am genuinely surprised my heart didn’t fall out of my mouth (not possible I know but it felt like it might!!). Even though parts of the storyline made me feel incredibly uncomfortable, the author was very clever in creating a storyline which was so addictive, it didn’t seem to matter how uncomfortable or nervous I became, I wasn’t able to tear my eyes away until the book had finished. Seriously, I even read some of the chapters through squinted eyes as I was afraid that the inevitable was going to happen! You never know with Chris Merritt – he loves to keep his readers on their toes and raise their heartbeats a tad!!

‘Life or Death’ had me on tenterhooks the entire way through and, whilst a large portion of the storyline made for quite uncomfortable reading, I couldn’t help but be addicted with the phenomenal storyline my eyes were digesting. The characters were utterly brilliant, even the ones which had huge question marks looming over their heads – they helped make the story what it was! Don’t get me wrong, I wanted them to get their comeuppance in the most inhumane way possible, but still – beggars can’t be choosers…..right? ;).

I cannot recommend ‘Life or Death’ even more if I tried! Chris Merritt has completely outdone himself with his exceptionally crafted, wonderfully gritted, severely intense, and extremely gratifying novel which, I have to say, is wayyyyyyy more addictive than coffee. This is the book of all books and I for one cannot WAIT to read more from this author!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Chris Merritt is a Clinical Psychologist and former diplomat based in London, who has been writing on psychology since 2010. In 2014 he decided to combine his Bring Her Back, his debut novel. He currently works on a mental health research project at King’s College London, and part-time as a psychologist in the NHS. When not working or writing, he loves climbing and basketball, and dreams of one day being able to work from home enough to own a whippet.

 

 Author Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCJMerritt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17558172.Chris_Merritt

#Review -Her Final Hour by Carla Kovach (@CKovachAuthor) @Bookouture

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Melissa Sanderson is the perfect wife and mother. She dotes on her daughter, and lives in her dream home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs.

But looks can be deceiving.

Something is amiss in that house – all the neighbours think so. Some say Melissa is having an affair. Others say she’s been drinking too much.

Then one night, sirens wake up the whole neighbourhood.

Melissa Sanderson is dead.

What does TWG think?

‘Her Final Hour’ is book 2 in the ‘Detective Gina Harte’ series and, whilst it’s clear that I am ok to review books out of order (check out my review for the third book in the series, #BlogTour! #Review – Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach (@CKovachAuthor) @Bookouture), I actually have read the books in order. It isn’t completely necessary to read the books in the correct order, but be prepared for latter storylines to include snippets from earlier books, if you choose to read them in an order that suits you.

Gina Harte seemed to be the main focus of ‘Her Final Hour’ for multiple reasons, all which become clear at the storyline progresses. That said, there are plenty of other characters who make themselves known for their diabolical choices.

I have got to say that the prologue of ‘Her Final Hour’ is one of the most gripping and chilling prologues I think I have ever read! If I hadn’t already been hooked by the first book in the series, I can guarantee that I would have been gripped to choking point after reading the first chapter of this book. Seriously. Carla Kovach has such a unique writing style which she showcases phenomenally throughout this entire book.

There was a lot of this storyline which left my mouth as dry as the Sahara desert and as though my stomach was full of rocks – but as weird as this sounds, I welcomed my uncertain reaction to it because after all, I am human!

I thought the fact that Gina Harte’s personal life gets put under the spotlight in regards to the teams latest case, was very cleverly done as it allowed readers an insight to the Detective which we may not have seen otherwise. I won’t lie and say that the contents were easy to read, because they weren’t, yet it worked because its life and things like the events in this book, happen in everyday life.

If my heart rate was being measured whilst I was reading ‘Her Final Hour’, I reckon there would have been a high chance of me going overboard – I’m genuinely surprised that I remembered to breathe! Just….

‘Her Final Hour’ is a dark, spine tingling read which kept me prisoner from start to finish. A truly outstanding addition to a belter of a series.

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach (@CKovachAuthor) @Bookouture

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Eeek!!!! It’s TWG’s turn on the ‘Her Pretty Bones’ blog tour, and I am absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of Carla Kovach’s latest release with you all. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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She’s just the girl he’s looking for…

A young woman falls from a van speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close.

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl.

What does TWG think?

DI Gina Harte is back, ladies and gentleman!! One of my all-time favourite detectives with her fiery personality and fierce determination to get results. Plus, she also wears her heart on her sleeve which, as she has found out on more than one occasion, it’s something she shouldn’t really make public knowledge incase anyone abuses it. Surely a detective in the police force shouldn’t be admitting they have a heart….right?

‘Her Pretty Bones’ is a firecracker of a read, with a prologue guaranteed to set your pulse racing before anything has really begun. How did the young girl fall from a van? Why was she in there to begin with? Who is she? DI Harte has her work cut out trying to find the answers to such simple yet in this instance, very complex, questions. Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing and as the storyline progresses, it soon becomes clear that DI Harte wishes she only had the question of ‘who is she?’ to answer, and not everything else.

I certainly did find this book to be a rollercoaster ride of a read as there were moments where the storyline calmed down a little, then went off on a tangent at rocket speed the next. I didn’t find the pace constantly speedy as they were some slow parts (in no way a negative at all as it worked), but it was certainly bumpy which really heightened the urge to know more.

The storyline switches between different points of view which I thought was very cleverly done as I had absolutely no idea who the other point of view was, nor did I have any idea as to how they played a part in the book. Well, I did to a point, but I couldn’t connect the dots…if that makes sense? It’s safe to say that I was hooked on every single event the storyline had to offer, even if they were a tad disturbing!!

Carla Kovach is a genius at creating intense and spine tingling moments in her storylines, leaving me reeling by every eventuality! I love how the author doesn’t just write characters to fill a space, she creates characters who she knows will add another dimension to an already complex storyline, even if its only for one chapter.

‘Her Pretty Bones’ left my pulse racing and my brain on high alert – it seemed to take ages for my breathing to regulate once I had finished the book. I could NOT have seen the conclusion coming if I tried and wow, what a brilliantly written lead up to a firework of an ending.

Chilling, complex, and off the Richter scale in intensity, ‘Her Pretty Bones’ is a beautiful book to look at and a phenomenal one to read. What a series!!!! More please?!

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About the author.

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Final Hour, has been published by Bookouture. It is the second in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

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