#BlogTour! #Review – My Mother, The Liar by Ann Troup (@TroupAnn) @HQDigitalUK

Despite the blog tour banner saying otherwise, today it is my turn to host Ann Troup and ‘My Mother, The Liar’, as I close the blog tour organised by HQDigitalUK. Thank you to the team for my ARC of the book, as well as the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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Every family has a secret…

When Rachel Porter’s estranged mother dies, she returns to her family home filled with dread about having to face her past, and the people who populated it.

Little does she know that there are dead bodies waiting to be discovered, and a lifetime of secrets are about to unravel.

Secrets kept by her mother, the liar.

What does TWG think?

I don’t even know where to begin with this review! There is so much of the storyline which I could comment on, but due to the fact I may end dropping a spoiler, I am having to contain myself!

Let me just get this out of the way first – I struggled with the first part of the story. Yes there was a lot of ‘dundundun‘ moments, but it seemed to take a little while for the storyline to actually go anywhere with the information. So, for that reason, I really do think that the pace of the book could have been a lot faster. I wasn’t too keen on the hanging around waiting for things to happen, even though it was quite clear that the characters had already made things happen – I had to stop myself from saying ‘get on with it!’.

However, when the pace finally picked up, I found myself enjoying the nitty-gritty moments A LOT more! The entire storyline was laced with secrets, drama, psychological issues – you name it, it had it. And, weirdly enough, despite the being more jam-packed than a jam and cream scone, I wasn’t at all confused and relished the busy story as there was just so much for me to sink my teeth into.

Of course, like usual, there were a couple of characters who tugged on my heart-strings a little (naming no names!) – I wanted the truth to come out for their piece of mind, even though by the time it came to the book finishing, I was a little bit confused as to what the truth actually was. Part of me thought that the ending was a left a little open, and part of me felt like something was missing. Had something happened in the storyline which I had missed? I had gone back several pages to check, but I did still feel like there was a little gap in the storyline itself. 

Personally, ‘My Mother, The Liar’ held a lot of promise. The storyline has everything there to reel its readers in and keep them guessing; I just felt that the delivery could have done with a little more tweaking. I am sitting on the fence where this book is concerned because, whilst I was gripped by all of the eventualities, something for me was still missing.

Overall, I was impressed by the content and how the author had thought about each individual character, crafting them into someone you wouldn’t really want to come across down a dark alley (not all of them, just some). It is such a promising book, and an addictive one at that! I’m looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Broken by Casey Kelleher (@CaseyKelleher) @Bookouture

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Happy publication day, Casey Kelleher!! I am so excited to be bringing you my review of Casey’s brand new novel, ‘The Broken’, as part of her blog blitz today. Big 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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They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.

Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood – and Nancy vows to avenge his death.

She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together while her beloved grandma falls apart and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up – fast.

But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail – and will stop at nothing to shut her up.

Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can’t trust anyone. Not even her own family.

Especially her own family.

What does TWG think?

What I want to know is how an author so innocent looking, can write such jaw-droppingly twisted novels?! Personally, I would hate to get on the wrong side of Casey Kelleher, because I have no doubts in my mind that she would put me in her book, not letting me get away with murder…and then some.

‘The Broken’, thankfully, didn’t break me but I did spend time wondering if my jaw was going to ever pick itself up off the floor, or whether I was going to have to get used to walking around with my gob wide open and my jaw hanging low. Seriously.

I am in awe at Casey Kelleher’s talents. Yes her storylines are gritty and highly chilling, but she writes them in such a way which makes you become addicted to the intense gore and the twisted characters. Many times whilst reading ‘The Broken’, I found myself thinking ‘holy shizzle that’s ugh –  WHAT HAPPENS NOW?!?’. I was quite shocked with my own response to this book, that’s for sure. I’m certainly not complaining though – this book is brilliant!!

The entire storyline was full of grit, with the characters each digging themselves much larger holes as the story progresses. I didn’t have a clue who was going to be in the firing line, and because I was so fixated on the overall book, I didn’t want to spend time trying to find out as I was happy to let the story take its own course.

Nancy, despite often being an absolute female dog, was such a vibrant character to read about. I loved how determined she came across, refusing to let the ‘issue’ of her gender stop her from doing her job. She took no prisoners and she let everyone know who was boss. I also think the author wrote Nancy’s personality really well because we were able to see a different side of her to the one she showed at work.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Broken’! It took me a little while to come down off the high from the intense and chilling storyline I had just been reading. Again, I’m not complaining – the entire novel was worth the goosebumps, slight nausea and raised heart rate!

Fast paced, addictive, and most definitely one to read – ‘The Broken’ will test your reactions in a way you never thought possible. Brilliant!

Buy now!

About the author.

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole. 

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time. 

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise, The Betrayed and her latest release The Broken is due for publication on the 22nd February 2018.

www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

#BlogTour! #Review – Perfect Death by Helen Fields (@Helen_Fields) @AvonBooksUK

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It may be sunny outside, but that doesn’t stop Helen Fields thinking about the ‘Perfect Death’. It gives me great pleasure to host Helen Fields on TWG today, as I review her latest book for the blog tour. Thank you to AvonBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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There’s no easy way to die…

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.

But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…

What does TWG think?

Is there such a thing as the ‘perfect death’? After all, it’s not like doctors and nurses sit at the end of a bed, or police and strangers stand near a dead body, all holding up score cards to rate the death. Now you mention it…maybe there should be something like ‘Strictly Come Death’….I could make a killing…

For all of us ‘non-murderers’ in the world, thinking about the possibility of a ‘perfect death’, doesn’t really enter our minds. On the other hand, if you’re a calculated, twisted serial killer – the chances are, you would probably have a spreadsheet open on Word with the details of how to execute a perfect death (god I’m good with the puns today, eh?!). But, when the murder ‘weapon’ is in fact drugs, how can one determine the perfect death, and how would the local Detectives be able to stop the serial killer before he pumps his unknowing victims with yet another connection, unlikely to have been purchased from a pharmacy in nearby Fort Kinnaird?

‘Perfect Death’ is the third book in the series, but do not fret. I haven’t read all of the books and quite frankly, I didn’t think that I needed to as I was able to follow the storyline well enough. That said, I doubt it would do you any harm if you chose to read the books in order. It is completely up to you!

Helen Fields has grabbed the ‘serial killer’ theme by the youknowwhat’s, and ran with it – this author hasn’t scrimped and scraped when it comes to one of the main concepts in her storyline, and why should she? Even though said serial killer made my blood run cold, I loved how calculated, twisted and evil they turned out to be. It really did make for such excellent, realistic, and highly addictive reading.

As for the Detectives, Callanach and Turner are a bit like chalk and cheese, maybe that’s why I thought they worked well together, I don’t know. But they work – even if Turner did find herself in the deep end with this case!

Alongside the serial killer aspect, I found myself being pulled in the direction of Callanach’s family drama. So, if you think this book is all about cold-blooded killing, think again. There really is more to ‘Perfect Death’ that meets the eye, which really did surprise me as I thought the storyline would be overrun with the information of the killings.

‘Perfect Death’ is such a jaw-dropping, fast paced, and chilling read which made me feel as though I was unwrapping a present – the storyline certainly kept on giving. What I loved most about this book was its uniqueness. Helen Field is a very, very clever writer and the fact she has included such intricate details alongside some rather hard-hitting ones, absolutely blew me away. This author certainly knows her stuff – I really wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of her, that’s for sure!

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#Blogblitz! #Review – The Scent of Guilt by Tony J Forder (@TonyJForder) @Bloodhoundbook

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Another late one for the BloodHoundBooks gang! Delighted to welcome back Tony.J.Forder to TWG, as I review his latest novel, ‘The Scent of Guilt’.

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Twelve years after he left Peterborough under a cloud, DI Bliss returns to the city and the major crimes team. Having spent years policing organised crime, Bliss is plunged straight into the heart of a serial murder investigation.

 Meanwhile, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and has been working in London on the Met’s sexual crimes team. But when two rapes are reported on her old patch in Peterborough, Chandler volunteers to interview the victims.

 Chandler joins the hunt for the attacker and soon notices a possible link between the rapes and Bliss’s murder investigation. Could the same man be responsible?

 Just as both cases seem to stall, a call comes in from an ex-policeman who knows of unsolved cases in the USA with a similar MO. Bliss finds himself travelling to California to hunt for a killer whose reach may have stretched further than anyone could possibly imagine.

 But in order to catch the murderer, Bliss must discover the killer’s motive. A motive which should have remained buried in the past…

What does TWG think?

Having read (and loved) Tony.J.Forder’s ‘Scream Blue Murder’, I nearly bit BloodHoundBooks’ hand off when the e-mail came through regarding this tour. Of course having read a book which made it into my ‘Top Books of 2017’, meant that ‘The Scent of Guilt’ had a lot to live up to. Now, I haven’t read the first book in the series, but whilst I was able to follow the storyline fine, I would recommend reading the series in order as I did feel like I had missed out on vital pieces of information about the characters themselves.

‘The Scent of Guilt’ is a cleverly written novel which chilled me to the bone. With a storyline full of hard-hitting themes, hard to digest situations, and eye-opening events which you thought only belonged in the movies – Forder manages to reel his readers into his literary web, ensuring that everyone stayed for the duration of the book. I have to say that I was unsure whether I was going to last until the very last page, purely because one or two themes were a little close to home and, whilst I am fully aware that ‘The Scent of Guilt’ is a fictional piece of writing, it just goes to show how real the author made the events stand out if they managed to hit me on a personal level.

I was quite taken aback with how much I enjoyed this book given the circumstances! This book certainly kept my attention, with the storyline having my reactions in the palm of its hands. A cleverly woven, complex, and highly intense novel which will leave you with your eyes prised open and your jaw drooping low.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Stateline by Dave Stanton (@Danrenonovels) @BloodHoundBook

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Tonight on TWG I have review of Dave Stanton’s, ‘Stateline’, to close the blog blitz organised by BloodHoundBooks! ‘Stateline’ is book one in the ‘Dan Reno’ series. Thank you to Sarah Hardy from BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book.

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Cancel the wedding. The groom is dead.

When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the grief-stricken father offers private detective Dan Reno a life-changing bounty to find the killer.

Reno, who is nearly broke, decides he’s finally found himself in the right place at the right time. But when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any?

Haunted by his murdered father and a violent past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA.

Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead.

What does TWG think?

I don’t know what is wrong with me lately – I must be getting fussy in my old age as ‘Stateline’ was yet another book which I couldn’t seem to gel with at first. Notice the all important words there; AT FIRST! Don’t get me wrong, there’s A LOT of grit in the book, but it took me a while to work out whether it was going anywhere.

However, just like Dan Reno, perseverance paid off and I found myself getting lost in amongst the events which the private detective found himself caught up in. Yes, there were moments where I was reading the book through slitted eyes, glad that I had had a few hours without any food in my stomach. And yes, there were moments where I wondered what on Earth I was reading. But you know what? ‘Stateline’ made me react in a multitude of ways and, as far as I am concerned, I couldn’t really have asked for more from one single book.

Dan Reno is no stranger to murder, violence and crooks, so when he gets asked to find the man who killed a rich mans son, he soon sees dollar signs and agrees. Dan Reno may have been aware of the fact that the job may be slightly difficult, but I don’t think he realised just how difficult it was going to be.

The police are meant to be there for you, right?

Even though my new pal, Reno and I, got off to a rocky start, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this chilling, gripping and highly intense read. At times I felt like my head was going to explode with all of the ‘whodunnit’s’ and my lousy attempts at keeping up with the rollercoaster ride of situations! It didn’t though, obviously! Weirdly enough I actually loved how the storyline made me feel like that – it just goes to show how well the author has written his storyline, seeing as it was able to convert me to trials and tribulations of the man, Dan Reno.

I am rather looking forward to reading the next book in the series as I cannot wait to find out what Dan Reno and Cody get up to next. I am hoping it will be a bumpy ride just like this one.

A highly recommended, fast paced and gripping start to a very promising new serial.

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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:

www.facebook.com/DanRenoNovels

Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Next To Die by T.J.Brearton (@breartontj) @Bookouture

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It’s a #BlogBlitz kinda day today, so if you have been sitting there wondering who will be ‘Next To Die’, carry on reading! Well, I won’t tell you the answer to that, obviously, but hopefully I might be able to persuade you to find out for yourself. Here is my review of ‘Next To Die’ by T.J.Brearton. Big thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book.

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Bobbi caught a glimpse of the car, saw the blood splashed across the front seats, and felt the nausea rise up. It should have been her who was working last night, not Harriet. It should have been her.

When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

What does TWG think?

How intriguing is this book title! Of course every reader will be wondering who is the next one to die and why. I mean, I wondered that AND who was the first one to die. How could I not?

To begin with, me and T.J.Brearton’s novel weren’t exactly BFF’s as, despite the chilling start, I couldn’t help but feel a bit deflated at the lack of pace. However, once the book had reached the halfway point, I found myself drawn into the complex and secretive storyline like there’s no tomorrow. Yes, ‘Next To Die’ and I may have gotten off on the wrong foot, but boy did we have a firework finish!

There’s been a murder. The first murder Lake Haven had seen in eighteen years – is anyone safe? The social work community are scared out of their wits, wondering if anyone else from their line of work will be targeted, but, if they are – WHY?! Who are they? Why did they choose to kill a social worker and leave the body in full view of colleagues? Something extremely fishy is going on – thank goodness for Mike Nelson and Lena Overton….I think.

I think I may have giggled at the unlikely pairing of the two detectives as they really are chalk and cheese! One of them seems to enjoy passing the buck and leaving the hard graft to the other one, yet one of them seems to be working at 60MPH and moving nowhere. Lena Overton was my favourite! Her confident and hard-nosed persona made for fine reading, yet she still came across as such a relatable and likeable character. Mike Nelson however, well, I’m still on the fence with that one!!

Overall, I really did enjoy reading ‘Next To Die’, the storyline kept on shocking me with every page I turned, delivering the gritty situations with such ease and unexpectedness. I am very glad I preserved with this book as it ended up ticking a lot of my boxes.

Unexpectedly thrilling, ‘Next To Die’ kept me on my toes until the very end.

Buy now from Amazon

Author Bio:

 T.J. Brearton is the author of thirteen published novels of crime fiction, including detective thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, and one paranormal crime story. His eBooks have been best-sellers on the Amazon kindle fiction Top 100 list. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children where he writes full time.

 Author Social Media Links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/tjbreartonauthor/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BreartonTJ

WEBSITE: http://tjbrearton.net/

#BlogTour! #Review – Locked In by GB Williams (@GailBWilliams) @Bloodhoundbook

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What a way to kick off a brand new week here on TWG!! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, ‘Locked Up’, so I could not wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! Big thank you to Sarah Hardy and BloodHoundBooks for the ARC and the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day. Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards.
Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.
Can they all escape unharmed?
And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

What does TWG think?

Goodness me, Ariadne doesn’t have much luck, does she?! ‘Locked In’ is the second book in the series and whilst it can be read as a standalone, I would advise that you read the books in order to fully appreciate the characters relationships. Plus, the first book (Locked Up) is bloomin’ brilliant so it won’t exactly be a hardship to start that before this one!

I apologise for my extreme vagueness where this review is concerned, but a lot of the events are linked to situations which could end up giving the game away for many readers. I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, and I don’t intend on starting now. Of course I’m going to advise you to purchase this book as it is absolutely brilliant, plus, my review will make a lot more sense once you have read it! Win win!

Prison officer, Aridane Teddington has found herself caught up in a bank robbery. Is she actually involved? Or is she actually a victim and is being held hostage? Teddington realises that her identity needs to be kept quiet due to the media attention surrounding her name and what she is linked to, and the fact that she is a prison officer who may have put the robbers in prison in the past. Like I say, she realises that it NEEDS to be kept quiet. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen. Unfortunately (or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it), Aridane isn’t the only person being held hostage in the bank. There is a child involved too. Will everyone make it out alive? Who are the robbers and why are they targeting this bank? So many questions, so little time..

If anyone doesn’t find themselves teetering on the edge of their seats whilst reading this book, then I’m sorry to say, but what the hell is wrong with you?! I had to remember that it wasn’t me being held hostage in the bank (even though the Minnie Mouse dressing gown I was wearing whilst reading this book, and view of my bedroom didn’t state the obvious) – my breathing was erratic and I was so glad I went to the loo before I started. I honestly thought my guts were going to fall out of me!

I didn’t think I would say this, but in my opinion, ‘Locked In’ is even better than the first book, ‘Locked Up’. Even though the differences between the storylines are quite large, I found myself becoming a lot more irate due to the high level of intensity with this book, than I did the previous novel. Having followed Ariadne’s story, I knew what she was capable of and, whilst I crossed my fingers for a happy ending, I couldn’t help but let the fear rise up me due to uncertainty of the situation. I had absolutely no idea if she was going to make it out alive. I had absolutely no idea if ANY of the hostages would make it out alive and, to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t hopeful in the slightest.

What a fantastic, chilling, intense, and highly driven novel which had me hooked from the very beginning. I cannot fault this storyline or the way the author has written it, at all. Well, apart from the fact it had to end! With a cleverly written plot and a pace with the speed to rival a Formula 1 driver, ‘Locked In’ is an outstanding read.

With the ability to leave me gasping in shock at the end, I cannot recommend ‘Locked In’ enough. Just make sure you are in fact, Locked In, before you start reading it. You know, just in case…

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About the author.

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction. 

 With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read,always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

Links:

Twitter:       @GailBWilliams

Facebook:  @GBWilliamsCrimeWriter

Blog:           thewriteroute.wordpress.com

Website:     www.gailbwilliams.co.uk

#BlogTour! #Review – The Reunion by Samantha Hayes (@SamHayes) @Bookouture

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to be sharing my review of ‘The Reunion’ by Samantha Hayes, today!! Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review, squeal!!!

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THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.

Eleanor never came back.

NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.

When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…

What does TWG think?

Oh how I am glad that I didn’t read the blurb of this book beforehand!! If I could get away with it, my review for this book would be:

‘OH MY BLEEPING GOODNESS THIS BOOK IS BLEEPING GOOD. BLEEP ME I HAVE NEVER READ ANYTHING LIKE IT.’

But, whilst I think the above sentence is worthy of literary awards everywhere (cough), it does not do the book justice at all.

Hand on heart, I absolutely fluffing loved this book!!! From the very beginning I was absolutely hooked, even though I had no idea what was going to come next. I had no inkling apart from what I was being told in black and white.

Where did Eleanor go? Why is her case now a cold case?

Believe me, there will be a lot more questions needing answered along the way! Claire’s family have been through the ringer where Eleanor is concerned, and due to an idea set to help her dad with his health, the past is about to come back and haunt the family. Every time Claire looks at her brother, or one of her friends, her mind can’t help wandering back to the day of Eleanor’s (her sister) disappearance. Why didn’t she go with her to get the ice-cream? What else could Claire have done differently to ensure Eleanor would still be with them today? So much guilt for one person to harbour, and even more questions remaining unanswered.

I really do wish that I could find the right words to do this book justice, but I just can’t. I really have no read anything like this before – my legs turned to jelly! I was a quivering mess!! I formed opinions of the characters rather quickly (when do I not), with one coming under my radar (in a bad way) far too quickly. I won’t say who that person was because it’s connected to a major part of the book, but all I will say is that this person is an absolute fudgemuffin. At the time I couldn’t work out what it was that I disliked about them. They hadn’t done anything major, yet the vibe they gave off was enough to make my hackles rise. As far as I was concerned, this character’s cards were marked.

Whilst reading ‘The Reunion’, there were many moments where I thought I knew what was going to happen and who I thought was guaranteed to be involved. I hold my hands up now – I was wrong on both accounts, so not only does the author pull you into the storyline with a minimal amount of effort; she also has the talent of drip feeding you clues about who could be involved, before taking the storyline in a completely different direction. Yes, it screwed with my head, but oh my goodness Samantha Hayes can screw with my head anytime because by golly can this woman write!!!

I cannot recommend this book enough! The pace was absolutely spot-on, the characters were extremely well developed and in tune with the storyline, the plot was very well crafted and thought out, and the entire storyline was phenomenally written. I mean, how could you NOT like this book? I loved how the entire story was laced with grit, intensity and extremely high levels of shock – Samantha Hayes really has done no wrong with ‘The Reunion’, that’s for sure!

I struggle to choose what a want for breakfast most days, but I am certain about one thing – ‘The Reunion’ is a book which needs to be read pronto! The whole thing blew me away and left me wanting more, so much so, I actually want to read it again!

‘The Reunion’ is definitely one of my top reads of 2018 so far, thanks to its powerful and addictive storyline. Samantha Hayes is certainly an author to watch, and ‘The Reunion’ is certainly a book to be read – you will NOT be disappointed!!

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About the author: 

Samantha Hayes grew up in a creative family where her love of writing began as a child. Samantha has written eight thrillers in total, including the bestselling Until You’re Mine. The Independent said “fantastically written and very tense” while Good Housekeeping said “Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping.” Samantha’s books are published in 22 languages at the last count.

When not writing, Samantha loves to cook, go to the gym, see friends and drink nice wine. She is also studying for a degree in psychotherapy. She has three grown-up children and lives in Warwickshire.

www.samanthahayes.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaHayesAuthor/

#BlogTour! #Review – The Lying Kind by Alison James (@AlisonJBooks) @Bookouture

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Day two of ‘The Lying Kind’ blog tour and the tour bus stops with me, TWG! Please note that this book was previously titled ‘The Missing Child’. Thank you to Bookouture for the tour invite and the ARC.

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The little girl stirred and opened her eyes. A light from the landing played a shadow across her toy cupboard. It was then she realised… There was someone else in the room. 

Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper has gone missing from her bedroom on a safe, suburban street. 

Her mother says her ex-husband has stolen their daughter. Lola’s father denies it was him.

Family, friends and neighbours all say they didn’t see a thing. But someone must know where the little girl is. Who is lying? And who is telling the truth?

Detective Rachel Prince knows the longer a child is unaccounted for, the less likely they are to be found alive. 

The clock is ticking. It’s up to Rachel to find Lola Jade, before it’s too late.

And then another little girl is taken…

What does TWG think?

Have you ever had the urge to read a book which makes you feel as though you are actually in amongst the hubbub?

Have you ever read a book which makes you feel as though your hair is standing on end like you have just had an electric shock?

Have you ever been so engrossed in a story that the chances of you becoming a killer should anyone even dare to disturb you, went from 0-60 in the matter of seconds?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, hold on tight folks because OHMYGOD you’re in for the ride of lifetime. I have been waiting for a police procedural just like this one, which focused on the investigation side more than the gore of the crime – ‘The Lying Kind’ did not disappoint.

What an intense, rollercoaster ride of a read this is! If there were prizes for the amount of times you said the same word whilst reading a book, I would probably win hands down for my multiple use of ‘OHMYGOD’. As soon as something happened, a rather loud ‘OHMYGOD’ followed shortly after – I’m not even joking!

‘The Lying Kind’ is phenomenal, and I don’t use that word often!!! The only thing I could fault about the book was the fact that it had ended. The theme itself was brilliantly written, psychologically twisting, with a perfect pace which kept its momentum for the duration of the novel.

Each character, in my eyes, was well thought out as they all had a part to play in the book without coming across like they were just filling empty spaces (if that makes sense). I thought Detective Rachel Prince was incredibly ballsy and, even though she did come across as a bit of a wet blanket sometimes, her personality was more realistic because of it.

I honestly felt as though I was involved in a high-speed chase every time I turned the page of ‘The Lying Kind’ – I kept waiting with bated breath every time I thought the investigation was going to be concluded! In my head I was shouting ‘HURRY UP!!!!’ because I was just so gripped by what I was reading.

Can you tell that I loved this book? I cannot stress it enough – you HAVE to go and read Alison James’ novel as it blew me away at the speed of lightning.
Such a fast paced, gripping, highly detailed read which left me begging for more. Oh I am so glad that this is the start of a brand new series otherwise you guys would be needing to peel me off the floor and stop me crying. I need more….now!!

Fluffing, fluffing brilliant. Seriously. What a corker!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Promise by Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenkinsuk) @RaRaResources

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Today on TWG, I have the pleasure of reviewing Sally Jenkins’ ‘The Promise’ as part of the blog tour organised by RaRaResources. Big thank you for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

The Promise by Sally Jenkins
A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.

Ex-convict, Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.

Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat.

The Promise is a fast-paced psychological thriller told from several third person viewpoints. The novel explores the lengths to which people are prepared go in order to protect those they love and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our past actions.

What does TWG think?

Cor blimey – this book is intense!!

Not that I should feel sorry for a couple of the main characters in this book, but they are a bunch which seem to attract a lot of negativity. I mean, how many bad things can one person endure?

Olivia is such a one tracked minded type of character, often coming across as quite self obsessed. Tina, well, it’s hard NOT to feel sympathetic to her….well, that is until you get to know her character then any sort of empathy goes out of the window. And then there’s Wayne, Tina’s brother. I really don’t think it would be useful to you if I gave my opinion on this character, as there is a high chance I may end up giving something away. Who knows, other readers may view his character in a completely different way as I did, but a lot of my opinions were formed on his actions throughout the novel. Intrigued? Understandable!

Whilst ‘The Promise’ gripped me as much as I would grip someone if I saw cookies, I have to be honest and say that the last portion of the book really didn’t do it for me as there was far too many loose ends still loose. I really do think that ‘The Promise’ has room for a sequel and, due to the extremely open ending, I would welcome another book  just so that I could get answers.

All in all, I did enjoy the storyline and the way in which the chilling themes engulfed me right from the very beginning. The author has cleverly entwined several devastating events with the minimal amount of effort, resulting in such a shocking reaction from myself. Like I said at the beginning of this review – this book is extremely intense, make sure you remember to breathe!!

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Author Bio –
Sally Jenkins lives in the West Midlands. She is a member of a Speakers’ Club, a volunteer library reading group coordinator and a church bell ringer. Sally’s first psychological thriller, Bedsit Three won the Ian Govan Award.

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