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

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

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His perfect woman will be his forever.

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

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

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

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

What does TWG think?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy now!

About the author.

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

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

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

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

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#BlogTour! #Review – Three Secrets by Clare Boyd (@clareboydclark) @Bookouture

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Another Bookouture related review for you all today, this time it is for Clare Boyd and ‘Three Secrets’. Once again, thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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A terrible secret killed your husband… but which one?

Robert kisses his wife on the head before heading out to the shop for more wine; he walks up the hill, takes a left across the footbridge and jumps to his death on the busy motorway below.

Two years later, Francesca and her young daughter are leaving London for a fresh start, money is tight and Robert’s mother has found them a little cottage in her village. Francesca is grateful for the help, but why does Robert’s mother want to keep them so close? Does she know about what Francesca did in the hour before Robert’s death?

Soon Francesca begins to suspect there was more to her husband’s death than she realised, that there might be even darker secrets hiding in his past than her own…

The closer gets to uncovering the truth, the more she asks: is her own life in danger now too?

What does TWG think?

What an intriguing novel! On one hand I was all ‘the pace is slow, I’m not too sure…’, yet on the other hand I couldn’t help but think ‘I have to find out more. I have to find out the reasons behind Francesca’s guilt’. So, whilst there was part of me that was battling with the slow burning storyline, the other part of me was too nosy NOT to find out the truth.

The more of the storyline I read, the more intrigued I became. Even though truths were coming out regarding a couple of the characters secrets, there seemed to be a lot of information still being withheld by Francesca, John and even Robert and John’s mum. As for Dilys, well, the less said about her the better!!

Personally, I didn’t feel that the pace picked up all that much, yet the strength of the storyline itself seemed to mature over the duration of the book. The characters seemed to come into their own, and the dynamics within the storyline increased in-depth. Therefore, even though I would have enjoyed the book more if the pace had been slightly faster, the fact that the author had written such an intense and gratifying read meant that I wasn’t as bothered by the pace to the level I usually am.

I loved how busy the storyline was, as it meant that I was able to sink my teeth into so many things without being bored or the story becoming stagnant. Clare Boyd made every little piece of information flow incredibly well, alongside the larger and more intrusive moments.

The conclusion was a shocker and a half, even though I did feel like it ended far too abruptly for my liking, I could easily have read more of the book without any issues! Hooked? I think so!

‘Three Secrets’ made me doubt every truth I had been told, every lie, and every single person for the duration of the novel. Clare Boyd, unknowingly made me prisoner of her characters secrets and I couldn’t have been happier and no, that isn’t a secret!

Buy now!

About the author.

Clare lives with her husband and their two daughters in Surrey, where her little green shed at the bottom of the garden provides a haven for her writing life. Before becoming a writer, she enjoyed a career in television, as a researcher in documentaries and then as a script editor in drama at the BBC and Channel Four, where her love of storytelling took hold.

Clare’s debut novel, Little Liar​, is published by Bookouture and is available to buy now.

Three Secrets, will be available to buy on May 17th 2018

 Author Social Media Links:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/clareboydclark

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Last Goodbye by Arlene Hunt (@arlenehunt) @Bookouture

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Happy publication day to Arlene Hunt and ‘Last Goodbye’. Huge thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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You’re young. You’re in love. You’re in terrible danger …

‘The woman’s body lay on the bed, hair fanned out in a golden halo, blue eyes open. On the table stood an unmistakable sign: a bouquet of bright yellow roses…’

On a freezing January morning, a young couple is found dead in their cottage in the quiet Dublin suburbs. When Detective Eli Quinn arrives at the scene his stomach drops. It’s the second double homicide in as many months where the killer has left a bunch of yellow roses.

Tucked between the thorns is a little card, with an image of a broken heart. There’s no doubt the killer is trying to send a message, but what do the flowers mean? And can Eli figure out the killer’s motive, before they strike again?

What does TWG think?

Wow, wow, wow, wow, and WOW! ‘Last Goodbye’ had me in its clutches from the very first page, drawing me in like a cold drink on a summer’s day before I even had time to think. I didn’t just read Arlene Hunt’s novel, I devoured it (I think reading 37% of the novel in less than an hour is testament to that, don’t you think?).

There was just something rather special about this book and, despite finishing it 24 hours ago, I still haven’t been able to put my finger on what that is. It just is an exceptionally special novel which made me feel as though I was under investigation, never mind the fact that a killer was at large of course! My hands felt obstructed, my forehead was damp, and my arms were covered in goosebumps – if that is not proof of a brilliant read, I have no idea what is.

Thank goodness for being single is all I can say after reading this! A killer was drawn to couples in ‘love’. They were drawn to females, and they were drawn to killing for their own personal gain. Well, the dead person ended up being given flowers but I don’t suppose that counts seeing as they’re dead, but y’know!

I could tell straight away that Detective Quinn was a man to watch. Not because he was underhanded, but because he seemed to know a lot more than he was willing to divulge. Intrigued? I was! Having taken the newest recruit, Malloy, under his wing, Quinn is determined to show Malloy a few tricks of the trade. However, seeing as Malloy is a force to be reckoned with herself, personalities looked like they were going to clash sooner rather than later.

I would love to be able to talk about the part that shocked me the most, but seeing as it would be a humongous spoiler, I will refrain from doing so. All I will say is, once you begin this book, do not stop reading as the best is yet to come. Seriously! ‘Last Goodbye’ started with a bite, yet finished with a gash.

For me, Arlene Hunt ticked every single box and I have a feeling that this book is just the start of a fantastic series. I cannot WAIT to sink my teeth into book two if it’s anything as brilliant as this one is.

Shocking, thrilling, fast paced, and extremely addictive, ‘Last Goodbye’ will leave you wishing you had to do anything else but say goodbye.

Buy now!

About the author.

Arlene spent her childhood with ‘my nose buried in a book’.  She was a fierce debate-captain in school and her love of language was bound to lead her to writing. Alongside being an author, she writes, edits and reviews briefs for radio.

Arlene is married with one daughter and lives with a crotchety one-eyed cat named Binkley and a German Shepherd named Archer, who is not at all crotchety.

 Author Social Media Links:

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/arlenehunt

Website: http://arlenehunt.com/

#Review – The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland (@ShaliniBoland) @Bookouture

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Everyone has their secrets. But this one could destroy your marriage.

When Anna Blackwell opens an email from an unknown sender, the shocking image attached shatters her perfect world. A woman has been killed. And Anna knows who did it. The past is catching up with her.

Is it her turn next?

To protect herself and her husband Will, she must tell him the terrible truth about her first love. But as the secrets of her life unravel, Anna begins to realise that she is not the only one who has been living a lie.

Anna doesn’t know who to turn to: her best friend, her parents, her husband. But she knows that her ex-lover is dangerous and she must stop him, before it’s too late…

What does TWG think?

Happy publication day, Shalini Boland and ‘The Millionaire’s Wife’. Big thank you to Bookouture for being the book fairy godmother and granting my wish so that I could read the book in time for publication day!

I’m not too sure whether I’m becoming pickier regarding the books I now read, or whether I need to regroup where psychological thrillers are concerned, because I seem to be sitting on the fence for a lot of them to begin with. Now, seeing as it takes a little while for my mind to conjure up an opinion of the storyline, I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing when I do find myself lagging behind on the fence, waiting for the pace to pick up. ‘The Millionaire’s Wife’ was no exception as, to begin with, I was rather unsure on what I was reading. However, after a couple of chapters of too-ing and fro-ing with my opinion, all of a sudden the storyline catapulted into grit and my eyes were glued to the page.

Anna Blackwell is holding on to multiple skeletons in her closet, whilst trying to move on with her life with her husband Will. As far as she is concerned, the past is gone and is no longer a threat to Anna’s new life. Unfortunately for Anna, her past is certainly not forgotten and, with one small detail brought to Anna’s attention, that fact was cemented straight away. Should she tell Will what is going on? Or should she wait to see whether the past goes through with the threat?

Oh my gosh! I am so glad that I continued to read ‘The Millionaire’s Wife’ as it just kept on delivering shock after shock every time I turned the page. One moment life was all rosy for Anna and Will, the next moment their lives are hanging by a thread. Literally. When the truth came out and Anna was made aware of just who was involved in certain events, it sent multiple shivers up my spine. It just goes to show that sometimes people really can be wolves in sheep clothing.

The energy felt throughout this book was like a lightening bolt. I couldn’t keep up with the shocks the author was intent on delivering, nor could I keep up on the attacks that were flying in Anna’s direction.

What started off, in my opinion, as a slow burning read, ending up being an absolute firecracker of a book which gripped me from head to toe. Never mind this book being about a millionaire’s wife, I feel like a millionaire just by being able to read it!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

THE SILENT SISTER is now available to preorder!

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Be the first to hear about her new releases here: http://eepurl.com/b4vb45

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Dying Truth by Angela Marsons (@WriteAngie) @Bookouture

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Today is the third and final day of the ‘Dying Truth’ blog blitz, and I am delighted to be able to share my review. Big thank you to Kim Nash for the blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead. 

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim. 

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

What does TWG think?

Finally!! After seeing a lot of posts on social media regarding the contents of ‘Dying Truth’, I FINALLY was able to read it. Of course, with some of those social media posts stating how the book made people cry, I was a little bit apprehensive as to whether the book was going to come across as being hyped up because of that, or whether I was going to end up like other readers with a muckle book hangover at the end of it.

‘Dying Truth’ started very cleverly, with part of the ending being brought to the beginning, adding the all important hook straight from the get go. I was intrigued big time, wanting to find out exactly how Kim Stone ended up in the predicament we find her in at the start of the book, which was actually part of the ending.

Set predominantly in a high-end boarding school, Kim Stone and her team are faced with multiple deaths of children from said school. Kim’s gut instinct says that they’re all linked, but some members of her team aren’t quite so convinced. Is there a child killer on the loose? Or has someone ruffled other people’s feathers by shuffling their deck of cards?

For me, the boarding school situation went on a little bit too long. I can see why it did need to be the focus of the storyline to an extent and I would agree with the majority of that, however, it was as though the storyline was being padded out by the too-ing and fro-ing, making the conclusion longer to reach. Well, either that or I am incredibly impatient!

Because I had seen so many readers say that they were in floods of tears and distraught at certain events in the book, it was in the back of my mind and I was trying not to let it interfere with my own views of the book. I couldn’t help but sit and wait for the emotional parts, therefore, I didn’t end up reacting the same as others. Yes, it was shocking, and yes my hand connected with my mouth more times than I can remember. But I didn’t cry, nor was I distraught. I was more shocked than anything else, truth be told!

‘Dying Truth’ certainly had the shock factor which gripped me from start to finish, like I was trapped in chains with no means of getting released until I had reached the end of the story. The dynamics of the storyline were brilliantly written and very well executed, and even though I did feel certain parts were padded out, I did enjoy the cat and mouse chase regarding the school. I did try to work out who the culprit was, and the fact that I caught onto the red herrings meant that I was 100% wrong when it came to the ‘whodunnit’ parts. I didn’t see it coming at all – I was just glad that I was sitting down when I reached the conclusion!

Another high energy, shocking and gripping read from Angela Marsons. Impressive from start to finish, this author never fails to deliver.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Angela Marsons is the author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.

Her last three books – Blood Lines, Dead Souls and Broken Bones – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes the truth stinks.

What does TWG think?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy now!

About the author.

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

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

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

Links:

Email: alison@abmorgan.co.uk

www.abmorgan.co.uk

Facebook: @ABMorganwriter

Twitter: @AliMorgan2304

LinkedIn: Ali Morgan

#BlogTour! #Extract – In The Blood by Ruth Mancini (@RuthMancini1) @HoZ_Books

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The ‘In The Blood’ blog tour kicks off today, and I have the pleasure of hosting the very first stop on the tour! Whoop! To help whet your appetite for Ruth Mancini’s novel, I have an extract to share with you. Enjoy!

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In southeast London, a young mother has been accused of an unthinkable crime: poisoning her own child and then leaving him to die. The mother, Ellie, is secretive and challenging she’s had a troubled upbringing but does that mean she’s capable of murder?

Balancing the case with raising her disabled five-year-old son, criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman sets out in desperate pursuit of the truth. But when her own child becomes unwell, Sarah realises she’s been drawn into a dangerous game.

Unsettling and compulsive, In the Blood is a chilling study of class, motherhood and power from a new star in crime fiction.

Extract.

It is. I had forgotten how much I liked Annalise, or Anna as I’ve always known her at work. She’s a family lawyer. She gets called a divorce lawyer but that ’s not really what she does. She deals with child custody, mostly, specifically public law cases, the ones where there are child protection issues and the local authority want to take the child away. We used to see each other at the local magistrates’ court sometimes when we both worked at Cartwright & Taylor, and when we were both t here late, as we often were, we would stop off for a drink on the way home.

Of course, that was before Ben. I don’t get to do things like that very much these days, but I’m happy to hear a friendly voice on the phone, the voice of someone with whom on a day like today, when I’m feeling at my very most mortal I don’t have to pretend to be the sort of professional superwoman that I’m always reading about in the Law Society Gazette.

‘I’d love to chat,’ Anna says, ‘but, listen, I’ve got a case for you.’ Her voice echoes a little down the receiver. I’m guessing I’m on speakerphone.

‘It’s serious. It’s an attempted murder. Of a child.’ And then she’s off, talking rapidly, and I’m missing what she’s said. I reach for a pen, grabbing the notebook that’s on the desk in front of me and finding a fresh page. As I do so I nudge my coffee cup and a stream of light brown liquid leaps over the rim and across the desk. I’m instantly overwhelmed with the urge to either punch somebody or throw myself out of the window, the small puddle of coffee in front of me magnified by lack of sleep into Atlantic proportions. Instead I tuck the phone under my chin, pull a pack of baby wipes out of my handbag, take out a handful and drop them, one by one, onto the desk.

‘You’re really the best person I can think of for this,’ Anna is saying. ‘I’m really sorry, Anna,’ I interrupt her. ‘I didn’t catch all of that. Would you mind starting again?’

‘Oh. No. Of course not.’ She picks up the phone, and her voice comes into focus.

‘It’s one of my clients. She’s accused of trying to kill her eleven-month-old baby. Her name’s Ellie. She’s a young mum – twenty years old. Cut a long story short, she’s poisoned him. Then, while he’s in hospital recovering, she’s gone onto the ward and tried to kill him again.’

‘Jesus. How?’

If ‘In The Blood’ sounds right up your street, you can grab your copy right now from Amazon!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does TWG think?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the author.

Author of  The Quiet OnesThe Optician’s Wife,  Frailty, CarrionBeneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle

Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.  As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.  She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer. 

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.

You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does TWG think?

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

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

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

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

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About the author.

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

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

Links:

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Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

#BlogTour! #Review – If He Wakes by Zoe Lea (@zoeleawriter) @canelo_co

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Ohhhhhhhhhhh my goodness! I apologise for yet another late post but I am so excited to be sharing my review of Zoe Lea’s ‘If He Wakes’ as part of the blog tour. Huge thanks to Canelo for the blog tour invite and the ARC.

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You can always trust your best friend… can’t you?

When Rachel discovers a Twitter message arranging a romantic liaison she assumes her
husband is having an affair, and follows him. What she witnesses is so much worse: a hit
and run using his car.

Meanwhile, Rachel’s friend and business partner Suzie is increasingly worried about her
fiance, who’s not been in touch for days. When Suzie learns of huge debts racked up in her name she fears he has run out on her, but then the threatening calls start and she thinks something terrible has happened.

Rachel and Suzie are both about to learn shocking things about the men they love, worse
than they could ever imagine… Can their friendship survive?

What does TWG think?

It isn’t often the I read a book, get to 36% of the way in and think to myself, ‘this book has 5 stars written all over it’. But, I did and IT did! Of course it meant that the rest of the book had a lot to live up to, to match with the strong 36% I had already read. And you know what? Reader, it did!

Oh my goodness me! Rachel thought everything in her life was going swimmingly. She had started a new business with a new friend, her family seemed happy enough, with nothing that she couldn’t fix if she needed to. However, Rachel’s bubble burst far too quickly when she found some messages that weren’t for her own eyes. Was her husband having an affair? It was time for Rachel to go incognito…

Not that she could go incognito when she ended up unintentionally witnessing something that she rather wished she didn’t! Something that was going to change her life , and the lives of her loved ones…

‘If He Wakes’ blew my mind! What a fantastic, high energy, demanding, and twisted read which kept my eyes glued to the pages until the very end. I didn’t want to pull my eyes away, even if I could have done, I wouldn’t have! The storyline had me hooked straight away, especially as everything wasn’t what it seemed, yet due to the way Rachel was reacting, even I started to question what I had read. Did I misinterpret what had happened? Did I miss a bit out? Did my imagination get the better of me and add additional words to Zoe Lea’s storyline?

It wasn’t only Rachel who seemed to draw the short straw in the ‘see who’s life sucks the most’, her friend Suzie even got in on the action! I have to admit that the parts of the storyline which had Suzie are the forefront, were incredibly hard to read due to the theme they contained. That said, it was eye-opening because things like that do actually happen in real life. Shamefully. I thought the way the author incorporated it all into one big storyline was impressive, intense and extremely hard-hitting. There were moments where I did feel slightly uncomfortable, but I felt that I had to continue in the hope that who deserved it, got their comeuppance by the end of the book.

Zoe Lea has written an outstanding novel which is guaranteed to squeeze every breath out of your body like a popped balloon. With dark themes throughout, the storyline gripped hold of my wrists for the entire duration, glueing my eyes to each and every page the author had written. I cannot believe that this is Zoe Lea’s debut novel!!

I really cannot recommend this book enough and I cannot WAIT to read more from this author if ‘If He Wakes’ is anything to go by!

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About the author.

Zoe Lea lives in the Lake District with her husband, their two children, three dogs and
peregrine falcons. She has previously worked as a teacher, photographer and freelance
journalist and is a writer in the day and a reader by night. If He Wakes is her debut novel.