#BlogTour! #Review – Whisper in the Night by D.K.Hood (@DKHood_author) @Bookouture

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!

Yes, can you tell I am excited to be sharing my review today? Huge thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in D.K.Hood’s blog tour for ‘Whisper in the Night, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

She opens her eyes and struggles to make out the dark room around her. One thing she knows instantly – her wrists are bound and she’s tied to a chair, unable to move. As she screams for help, she hears footsteps outside. He’s coming…

Fifteen-year-old Lindy Rosen has been having nightmares for weeks, waking in a panic, screaming that there’s a man in her room watching her sleep. Her parents assumed it was her overactive imagination, but when one morning they find Lindy missing from her bedroom, they’re not so sure. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate.

Within hours of the schoolgirl going missing, the kidnapper reaches out to Jenna with a video of Lindy bound and tied to a chair, crying to be set free. And a simple message – you’ve got 24 hours to find her or I kill her.

Jenna’s team work around the clock to try to find Lindy before the deadline, but time runs out, and Jenna receives a devastating message. The killer has made good on his promise. He’s playing a dangerous game. And no one knows what his next move will be.

But just two days later, one of Lindy’s school friends is taken in the middle of the night and the countdown begins again.

**Each Kane and Alton book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**

What does TWG think?

Bookouture have rightly said above that the ‘Kane and Alton’ books can be read as a standalone or as a series. I do agree, however if you aren’t binge reading this series at every opportunity, what the hell is wrong with you!!! I say that with love and affection, obviously, because you are totally missing out on one stinking reads if you’re only dabbling in just one or two of the books.

So yes, Kane and Alton, and Black Rock Falls are back with yet another chillingly fabulous read. Honestly, D.K.Hood does not disappoint where this series is concerned, although remind me to never, EVER visit Black Rock Falls. The little place doesn’t have much luck when it comes to people being murdered, that’s for sure!!

Just when things were starting to quieten down for Jenna and her team, some idiot decided to steal a person or two because they were excited by it. Selfish much?! Surely if they were bored they could have found a nicer hobby to take up instead of murder? Just a thought…

With a murderer on the loose, Kane and Alton are struggling to stop them before they kill anyone else, especially when the problem of not being able to hunt them down is incredibly evident. I’ll give the numpty their due, they were very clever!!

I tried to workout who the culprit was and, despite being right there in front of me, I still managed to get it well and truly wrong. I discounted the character originally because i thought they were too obvious, instead choosing a character who seemed a bit more secretive than others. I can see that that worked very well for me!!!

I don’t know how many times I can say it, but this was such a fast paced, high energy read which was full of spine tingling, cover the mouth type scenarios. I loved everything about it, and the anticipation for the next book in the series is uber high already.

One thing is for certain, you won’t be whispering whilst reading ‘Whisper in the Night’, not a chance! If anything you’ll be forgetting how to breathe as you devour the shockingly addictive storytelling from the brilliant, D.K.Hood. Did I tell you I loved it?!

Buy now

About the author.

I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.

My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine-tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheFriendWhoLied by Rachel Amphlett (@RachelAmphlett) @BOTBSPublicity

Last but not least, another BOTBSPublicity blog tour to end the day, this time for Rachel Amphlett and ‘The Friend Who Lied’. Many thanks to Sarah for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

What she doesn’t know might kill her…

Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life.
As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a terrible secret.
Because five of them entered the escape room that day, and only four got out alive.
And someone is determined to cover their tracks before she can find out the truth.

Can Lisa find the killer before someone else dies?

What does TWG think?

Wowza!! Nothing like coming back to reality with a bang! Why did the book have to end! Rudeness!!

‘The Friend Who Lied’ reminded me of Cleudo…in book form! Obviously not the whole candlestick and all that jazz, but the overall premise of the story if that makes sense. Such an incredibly clever way of putting a story together, and so very well thought out.

Lisa’s life has been saved. Just. However someone she knows was killed, therefore saving her. But how did they die? Lisa wants to get to the bottom of what had happened and, even though she is over the moon that her life was saved, the relief is tainted due to the loss of her friend.

This was such a thrilling, cat and mouse type of read. There was danger, suspense, shocking discoveries, and the added bonus of feeling like a detective. Honestly, Rachel Amphlett made the chase thrilling, and the pace rocket like. I genuinely was gutted that the book had come to an end because I had found myself so invested in trying to work out who killed Simon, as well as unearthing some of the other characters secrets.

A chilling, unnerving, cleverly crafted novel – I would have hated being the ‘mouse’ in this book, that’s for sure!!

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Before turning to writing, USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor and English Spy Mysteries espionage novels and theDetective Kay Hunter British police procedural series.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

#BlogTour! #Review – Dead Inside by Noelle Holten (@nholten40) @KillerReads @BOTBSPublicity

#DeadInside B L O G T O U R
Have you ever heard of CrimeBookJunkie? The name sure sounds familiar doesn’t it. I just can’t place where I have heard it before!

Jokes. Everyone has heard of CrimeBookJunkie, and if you haven’t heard the news already, where the hell have you been – she’s only gone and written a book! I have the pleasure of closing Noelle’s blog tour for her debut novel, ‘Dead Inside’. Thank you to Sarah for the blog tour invite, I am delighted to be involved. Also, many thanks to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:

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The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?

What does TWG think?

That’s the million dollar question, what DOES TWG think? I’d be lying if I said that ‘Dead Inside’ took me ages to read, because it didn’t. Far from it actually. I think I demolished the entire story in a couple of hours! One minute I was at 18%, and then the next I was updating my Goodreads to show that I had completed it! What a read! I have never, ever read anything like it before.

If you’ve been following this authors blog before she became an author, you’d know that she used to work in Probation. Her knowledge in that topic is extremely evident throughout the entire storyline, and I thought that that gave the story the edge that maybe some other books in this genre would be missing out on.

‘Dead Inside’ is entered around domestic abuse, a topic which is very hard-hitting to read on its own, let alone being the main premise of a crime novel. Noelle Holten hasn’t just dumped the topic in her book and went on her merry way, she pulled the topic to shreds and highlighted the impact that domestic abuse has on the victim, as well as the people around them. She has also laid it bare as to how manipulative abusers can be, and how they can get what they want at the click of their fingers. On a personal level, Holten nailed the emotional devastation and, whilst it took me back to a dark time in my past, I appreciated the realism. There’s nothing worse than reading about a topic in a book, only to find it isn’t realistic at all, and unfortunately or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it, in this instance it is highly realistic and brilliantly done.

Now, I like a jam-packed novel as much as the next person, but for me, I felt that there was too much going on at times. Not only did the storyline cover abuse, it also covered murder, psychological issues, coercive control, blended families, drugs and alcohol abuse. I couldn’t keep up at times with the to-ing and fro-ing between each situation, as well as the snippets from different points of view, and so forth. I can appreciate that all of the topics were related to the storyline and what the author was trying to achieve, but I think I would have been less dizzy if there were a few less things to focus on, instead putting more detail into the other sections. But that’s just me.

Overall, I was very impressed by the strength of Noelle Holten’s debut novel – she clearly has the talent there to hook her readers and leave them wanting more, and I think that her background has helped to put her novel a cut above the rest. ‘Dead Inside’ is such an intense, fast paced, gripping read which left me really annoyed when it had finished – I wanted more! Looks like Noelle Holten is now an author to watch!!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle‘s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the book love via her blog. 

Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

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

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IT’S COVER REVEAL TIME!!!!!!!!

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

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

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

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

Are you ready to see this cover?!

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

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

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

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

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

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

#BlogTour! #Extract from #Stolen by Paul Finch (@paulfinchauthor) @AvonBooksUK

I am a huuuuuuge fan of Paul Finch and, whilst I’m absolutely gutted that I couldn’t get round to reading ‘Stolen’, I am still delighted to be hosting this magnificent author on my blog today. Don’t fret though, I will be reading and reviewing as soon as I can. Thank you to Avon Books for inviting me to take part in the tour, and for the ARC. Enjoy the extract!

How do you find the missing when there’s no trail to follow?

DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West’s toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life.

Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they’re going about their every day lives. But no bodies are appearing – it’s almost as if the victims never existed.

Lucy must chase a trail of dead ends and false starts as the disappearances mount up. But when her father gets caught in the crossfire, the investigation suddenly becomes a whole lot more bloody…

Buy now from Amazon

Extract.

An increasingly excited canine yelping drew Lucy’s atten¬tion back to the cottage, where the rear doors to vehicles were now being opened and muzzled dogs brought out on chain leashes. Even through the zoom-lens of her scope, and with the whole of the farmyard area lit up, many of them were already so horribly scarred from battles past that their breeds were unidentifiable, but by their lean, squat, muscular frames she reckoned they’d be fighting species of old: pit bulls, Staffies and the like, an impression enhanced by the thick muzzles they wore, and their steel-studded leather harnesses.

Lucy shook her head.

Mahoney now walked across the farmyard, his guests following, though they kept their four-footed charges well apart from each other. As most of these animals, if not all, had been trained through years of brutal abuse to despise other dogs on sight, they were already snarling and rearing, having to be forcibly restrained.

Geraldson watched through a pair of binoculars.

‘Savages,’ he whispered.

‘Yeah, well, don’t worry,’ Lucy replied. ‘Tonight, they’re going to learn what it means to be chained and caged.’

At the other side of the farmyard, perhaps fifty yards from the cottage, there was another clutch of outbuildings, all in a similarly dilapidated condition to the main house. The largest had clearly once been a barn of some sort; it was an ugly brick and concrete structure, but its roof had evidently caved in some time ago, because while the rest of it was rotted and flimsy, that was relatively new, made from sturdy sheets of corrugated steel.

Mustn’t have the guests getting wet if it rains, Lucy thought.

Mahoney went into the barn first, through a side-door. Lights came on within, and then he re-emerged on the east-facing side, pushing open a large pair of timber doors, through which the men and dogs now trooped. It was difficult to be sure what went on after that, because once the majority were in there, all Lucy could see through the open doors was a chaos of bodies milling about, the dogs still grizzling and snarling at each other.

#BlogTour! #Review – #Breakers by Doug Johnstone (@doug_johnstone) @OrendaBooks @AnneCater

Another RandomThingsTour for you all this afternoon! It is a pleasure to be reviewing ‘Breakers’ by Doug Johnstone for the blog tour today, many thanks to Anne Cater for having me involved. Also, many thanks to Anne and Orenda for the ARC, here is my review:

Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum.
On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt.
With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation … unless he drags her down too.

What does TWG think?

I have no idea where to begin with this review. I mean, ‘Breakers’ is like nothing I have ever read before, I’m not entirely sure I have the right words to convey my thoughts properly! I’ll given it a damn good go though!

Set in an area of Edinburgh which makes a lot of people wince should they hear the name, ‘Breakers’ tells the story of a young lad called, Tyler, who isn’t your typical 17 year old. Seriously. Someone of his age should be hanging out with his mates, not looking after his little sister and a mum who likes to collect empty alcohol bottles…after emptying them herself, obviously. Not only that, Tyler is stuck between obeying the law, and being on the wrong side of his half brother, Barry.

If I could guarantee that my review would be allowed on Amazon with many expletives, I would happily share my unedited opinion of Barry. However, because I know that the computer will say no, you’ll have to make do with this; Barry is a cactus. A cactus who deserves to be castrated and given a taste of his own medicine. I really dislike him….like properly dislike him. If he was on fire or had a jellyfish sting, well, I wouldn’t be urinating on him to help, that’s for sure!

Because of Barry’s stupidity and Tyler’s fear of getting on the wrong side of ol’ Bazza, the brothers end up looking over their shoulders in fear of crime big man, Deke, getting a hold of them. What would you do in Tyler’s position? Hes got to look after his little sister, keep his mum in check, and run the house so that social services doesn’t come and split him and his sister up. He needs quick money, is burglary the way to do it? Honestly? We all know that it’s illegal and immoral, yet it’s also something that some people wouldn’t do unless they absolutely had to. I can’t judge a situation I have never been in, but I will admit that I did look at both sides of the coin.

I can get quite emotional about things if young children are involved, and this book was no different. At times I felt that I couldn’t continue due to my own fear about what would happen to his little sister, but on the other hand, I was unable to put the book down because I was absolutely hooked by the compelling storyline.

‘Breakers’ is an incredibly dark, eye opening novel which highlights the lengths which people can go if they are forced, or if they have no other option. I was scared for Tyler, I won’t lie, but I had everything crossed that he would do the right thing and finally protect himself in the long run.

This is such an addictive, heartwrenching, dark and poignant read which held me hostage from the get go. A very, very impressive read – I won’t be forgetting this storyline in a hurry!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary (@sarah_hilary) @AnneCater @headlinepg

I am absolutely delighted to be hosting Sarah Hilary and her outstanding new novel, ‘Never Be Broken’, here on TWG today! Many thanks to Anne for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Headline for the ARC. Here is my review:

Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London’s lost.

Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She’s thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of town. And she’s white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice.
DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.

What does TWG think?

Flipping ‘eck!!! What a book!!! I really didn’t want to put this novel down, even at 2.30am when I should have been attempting to sleep! If you’re after an addictive, fast paced, chilling novel to cool you down this summer, then ‘Never Be Broken’ will definitely do the trick.

Gang trouble is rife in London, and unfortunately for Marnie Rome and her team, they end up getting stuck in the middle of it, all because of Noah’s background and the way that he looks. With children dropping like flies, and murders being committed, Marnie Rome needs to get the culprits off the street before yet another child is killed. But is it that simple?

I won’t go into details regarding Noah’s looks, especially if this is a new series for you, however it was a shame that people were focusing too much on the way a police officer looked, instead of trusting him to do his job.

As I said before, gangs are thing, but until reading ‘Never Be Broken’, I had absolutely no idea about the lengths the gang members went to. It opened my eyes big time!

Sarah Hilary blew my mind with this compulsive, atmospheric read which, I have no idea how, just kept on getting better and better everytime I turned the page. I was hooked, completely hooked. Yeah, some of the content is pretty savage due to the theme of the book, but it gave the overall storyline a realistic feel to it.

‘Never Be Broken’ is, without a doubt, one of my top reads of 2019, simply because it is absolutely outstanding. I loved every single thing about the book and, whilst there were a lot of unsavoury characters, they all kept me on my toes with the brilliant psychological element of the book. Honestly, I cannot recommend this enough.

Buy now.

#BloggerBlast! #Review – #TheNightBefore by Wendy Walker (@Wendy_Walker) @AlainnaGeorgiou @OrionBooks

Another Orion blogger blast coming to you this evening, this time it’s for ‘The Night Before’ by Wendy Walker. Once again I want to say a massive thank you to Alainna and Team Orion for asking me to be involved in these blasts. It has been such an honour and I hope you enjoy reading my review!

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Rosie Ferro and Laura Heart are sisters, but as different as it is possible to be. One is lucky in love and has a conventional family: a husband, and a small son. The other has a troubled past she is still struggling to break free from.

When Laura disappears after going on a date with a stranger she met online, Rosie, her protector since they were young, springs into action to look for her. But as she slowly uncovers more about the situation, Rosie begins to fear that her sister might have been more of a danger than the man she went out with.

Told in duel timelines – the night of and the night before, Wendy Walker’s new novel is a riveting examination of family loyalty, obsession, and how just how far we will go for love.

What does TWG think?

Well, well, well! What an interesting read!! I wasn’t too taken with the storyline at first as I just couldn’t sink my teeth into the book deep enough to fall under its spell. The thing about ‘The Night Before’, in my opinion, is that it’s a very slow burning novel which increases its levels of suspense ever so slightly with each turn of the page. Do not, under any circumstance, let the fact that the book starts off exceptionally slow whilst also setting the scene in a dot the i’s, cross the t’s sort of way, put you off. I am so glad that I kept an open mind with Wendy Walker’s new book as my goodness, the wait is definitely worth it!

I kept looking at Rosie’s surname wondering why I was always hungry every time it caught my eye – I stupidly thought it said Ferrero…..after the chocolate! What a numpty! Anyway, back to the book….

Laura is an intriguing character. She is often treated with kid gloves by her sister, Rosie, as its like Laura cannot be trusted to live life on her own terms. Obviously I had no idea whether that actually was the case or not, as it took a little while for Laura’s past to become apparent, but even then, there were quite a few gaps in the story. Don’t fret though, those gaps are filled by the end of the book. Now, whether they will be filled in the way that you think they should be, remains to be seen. Did I see it coming? No. I genuinely didn’t. It wasn’t until I had reached 80% of the book that the puzzle pieces started to fit together, but even then I wasn’t sure what to believe knowing just how brilliant Wendy Walker was at leading her readers into a false sense of security.

‘The Night Before’ is a dual timeline read of the night before, and the night after, whilst also switching between both Laura’s and Rosie’s lives. It works. It really does. Yes, the thing about different timelines is that they can end up making readers confused, but I found that this book did the complete opposite. Instead of being confused by the to-ing and fro-ing, I felt invigorated by the snippets of new information that were being dropped by the author each time. It was very cleverly done and, unfortunately for me, enabled my mind to switch camps like nobodies business. Whose camp do you think you’ll be in? Rosie’s? Laura’s? Neither?

I was absolutely hooked by Wendy Walker’s atmospheric storytelling! At times nothing seemed to make sense, and then all of a sudden, everything made complete sense. ‘The Night Before’ is a novel which changes its stance, so to speak. You might feel that you know where the book is heading at the beginning, yet before you can say ‘omg!’, the author changes the direction of the storyline and leaves you wondering what on earth to believe next.

Slow burning it may be, but boring and predictable it definitely is NOT! A psychologically twisted, complex and sinister novel – I can guarantee that, the morning after you will be thinking about ‘The Night Before’.

Buy now!

#BloggerBlast! #DegreesOfGuilt by HS Chandler (@HSCInkpen) @AlainnaGeorgiou @OrionBooks

It has been a huge honour to be involved in the blogger blast for Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler, thank you so much to Alainna and Orion for asking me to take part, as well as allowing me to receive one of the very rare proofs of the book. Without further ado, here is my review:

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When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.

She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.

What does TWG think?

Er HELLO MIND FUNK!!! Gee whizz and all that jazz – the last two lines of the blurb are absolutely bang on. I read through ‘Degrees of Guilt’ feeling all smug with myself that I knew who did what, who would end up in trouble and so forth, but I could not have been more wrong if I tried.

Apologies for the incredibly vague review, but it is needed as I would hate to give anything about this book away to any of you!

Maria is on trial for the attempted murder of her husband. A man who has a large following. A man who is incredibly respected due to the work he does. So, why did Maria want him dead? Unfortunately, whilst there is two sides to every story, the fact that only one of those sides can be vocalised personally adds insult to injury. Pardon the pun.

Whilst Maria’s fate looks as though it has been sealed, Lottie (a person who is on the jury) is about to see her own future flash before her eyes. Why? Well, that would be telling but again, there are two sides to every story.

I throughly enjoyed every aspect of this book. It made such a nice change to have a storyline predominantly set in a courtroom instead of just dabbling in that setting for several chapters. At the start of this review I stated that this book was a mind funk, and I completely stand by that as it completely blew my mind from all different angles. Not only does the story focus on the accused, Maria, it also focuses on the actions of the jury both inside of the courtroom, and outside of it. People take things at face value in life. If they can see something, then they believe it. If they cannot see something with their own two eyes yet someone is adamant a situation or a feeling is happening, nobody believes it. Well, some might, but disbelief is what comes first. Physical abuse is just that; physical. You can see it. You can touch the outcome. Emotional abuse, again, is just that; emotional. You can’t physically see the scars. You can’t physically see someone’s life being torn about from the inside. However, why is it that, even though abuse is abuse in every sense of the word, people only believe it when it’s staring them in the face?

‘Degrees of Guilt’ has ‘abuse’ at its core and I’ll be totally honest, the theme of the book definitely gave me food for thought and made me look at things differently. Hell, and that’s even coming from someone who has been on the receiving end of both physical AND emotional abuse. No two situations are the same.

HS Chandler delivers suspense and intensity throughout this book like rockets. Every inch of the book was laced with psychological brilliance and jaw dropping situations – honestly, I’ve said it once and I’ll happily say it again – it blew my mind.

‘Degrees of Guilt’ is a brilliant, brilliant, novel which puts simple ideologies to the test and will have readers questioning every inch of their judgement. You may find that you read this book on the side of one of the characters, yet end the book being on the oppositions side.

I honestly cannot recommend this author, and this book, enough. A psychologically brilliant, highly atmospheric, and addictive read which left my jaw unhinged until the very last page.

Buy now from Amazon (E-book)

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Butcher’s Daughter by Jane.E.James (@jane_e_james) @BloodHoundBook

Many thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite and ARC for ‘The Butcher’s Daughter’ by Jane E James. It’s a pleasure to be hosting the author today with a review.

Trust no one. Not even yourself.

When Natalie Powers returns home for the first time in thirteen years, she must convince everyone she has fully recovered from the mental illness, which has seen her institutionalised for most of her young life.

But instead of being welcomed back, Natalie enters a baffling world of deception. She must fight her way through the lies in order to discover the truth about her mother’s sudden disappearance sixteen years earlier. To do this, Natalie must also try to make sense of the hazy memories from the past that continue to haunt her.

In the village of Little Downey, everybody appears to harbour a mysterious secret, including her father, Frank, the village butcher, who refuses to discuss the circumstances surrounding Natalie’s mother’s disappearance, but who can Natalie trust if not her own father? Especially when it becomes clear her protector and confidante, Dr Moses, is not all he appears.

Meanwhile, a spate of unexplained clifftop suicides has seen the seaside resort go into decline. Are the villagers somehow involved or is something more sinister at work?

Determined to find out what happened to her mother, Natalie must make sure her own frailty and self-doubt does not catapult her back to the mental institution before she can uncover the truth…

What does TWG think?

If you’re finding the weather a little too hot and are needing to be cooled down, you definitely won’t go wrong with this chilling, chilling read.

The topic of mental health is incredibly rife throughout the book, yet its written with such realism and sensitivity that would make the bigots of the world feel very ashamed with themselves.

Jane.E.James transported me to a very dark and sinister place which had me hooked until the very end. I was very impressed by how much detail the author incorporated into each event within the book as it made the story come to life. Granted, at times when uncomfortable things happened, I didn’t really want to feel as though I was seeing the sinister moments with my very own eyes Haha.

All in all, ‘The Butcher’s Daughter’ is a very intense, chilling and brilliant book which highlights just how talented Jane.E.James is.

Buy now.