#BlogTour! #Extract from ‘A Cruel Deception’ by Kim Booth (@K_B_Author) @BOTBSPublicity

Many thanks to Sarah for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘A Cruel Deception’ by Kim Booth. Here is an extract from the book, as well as the blurb and the all important ‘buy’ link:

For Joan and Ted Warner, an innocent and trusting couple, a chance encounter with Barbara Hendry, a cunning con-woman who turned their settled lives into a living nightmare

The Warners were not victims of a remote scam, carried out over the internet by fraudsters from afar. For six years, faking a friendship face-to-face, this plausible woman carried off the impersonation of a member of the nobility fallen on hard times, manipulating the emotions of her victims, deceitfully draining them of every penny they had set aside for their retirement, and plunging them into debt.

Hendrys intention was to slip away, having sucked the Warners dry of all their hard-earned savings. But for some dogged investigative work by a determined detective she would have succeeded- and remained free to prey on other vulnerable victims.

Follow this journey of fraud and depravity in the company of the one man who knows the full story – the British detective who cracked the case and brought Barbara Hendry to justice.

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Extract.

During the following months and after having spent a large amount away on the fraud enquiry it was time to return to getting on with my local work and wait for justice to take its course. I had left requests for statements to be recorded from witnesses that I had been unable to see and was waiting for any replies. In my absence there had been a number of burglaries at large houses on the patch that needed looking into, I still had the enquiry to pursue where an “additional” grave had been discovered by a gardener in a local graveyard and I had also been given an enquiry to look into about some very suspicious “goings-on” and a very large country house in the north of the patch. Gossip was rife about women being chased around the very large gardens of the premises scantily clad, chauffer driven cars arriving at all hours of the day and night being let into the premises which were guarded by very large metal gates. I decided to go and take a look to see what was going on, and when I approached the gate was met by a very large male with no neck who when I enquired as to who lived there was told in no uncertain terms to “Piss off!” not a good move really by the man on the gate it only served to feed my appetite as to what was going on.

I had not introduced myself for fear of compromising any future enquiries but as it turned out the premises were owned and being used by a multi-national company as a “knocking shop” where executives would no doubt take advantage of the pleasures on offer to ease the process of any business negotiations! The premises later featured in a national corruption enquiry involving a well-known national company.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #Control by Hugh Montgomery (@hugh_montgomery) @ZaffreBooks

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Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Control’ by Hugh Montgomery, and thank you to Zaffre Books for the ARC via Netgalley. I am delighted to be reviewing this book for my stop on the tour today. Enjoy!

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Renowned surgeon Michael Trenchard locks his office door and prepares for a relaxing evening. But what follows is a living nightmare when later he is discovered in a locked-in coma, the victim of an auto-erotic asphyxiation.

It is left to Doctor Kash Devan, Trenchard’s young protégé, to uncover the truth. And what he discovers is chilling . . .

In his ruthless pursuit of wealth and success, Trenchard has left a trail of wrecked lives, and angry people, behind him. Which of Trenchard’s victims hated him so much that they wanted to ruin not only his reputation, but his life as well?

Not all doctors are heroes . . .

What does TWG think?

Goodness me – I have never, EVER read a book like this before! A book which was so gripping, yet mindblowingly farfetched at times, I just simply couldn’t tear my eyes away.

I didn’t dislike the book, in fact, I really did enjoy it. However, certain eventualities within the storyline were a bit too unbelievable at times, and my enjoyment dipped ever so slightly because of that. I am fully aware that ‘Control’ is the work of fiction and the author is well within their right to overuse their imagination wherever they see fit and, seeing as I have my own overactive imagination at times, I don’t mind when situations go off on their own little tangent. To a point. There’s always that fine line, isn’t there?

Kash Devan is fresh meat, so to speak, and he finds himself under the wing of an exceptionally well known surgeon, Michael Trenchard. As far as Kash is concerned, as soon as he steps foot onto the various wards, the life and health of his patients take precedence over everything else. Did I mention he was under the wing of a well known surgeon? I never stated whether Trenchard was well known due to his positive actions, or whether he was well known because more people seemed to dislike him than genuinely like him…..

Let’s just say that Kash Devan’s mind was elsewhere due to the Chinese whispers around the hospital. Were they true, or were they purely fiction?

What I enjoyed most about ‘Control’ was how the author incorporates the reader into the storyline which enables them to form their own opinion of certain characters, as well as trying to work out who should be in the firing line, if anyone at all. It was as though Hugh Montgomery refused to steer his readers down his thought path in an obvious manner, even though deep down I knew that that was going to happen, simply because he knew what was going to happen and us readers could only attempt to guess.

The medical side of the book were incredibly eye-opening and very, very dark. Some of the descriptions are a teeny bit graphic, however the book isn’t full of scenes which would make you chuck up your previous meal. At times I thought that there was a lot of medical jargon which flew over my head, but I just went with the flow as ‘Control’ is centred around medicine due to it being predominantly set in a hospital. That said, if you’re wanting to feel as though you could go on and become a doctor right after finishing read this, kudos to the medical jargon!

‘Control’ is a compulsive, complex and psychologically twisted novel which kept on surprising me and left me in a false sense of security. I thought that the characters were brilliantly written, each adding their own dynamics to the overall vibe of the book.

I really do recommend picking up ‘Control’ if you’re a fan of dark, medical reads – just not straight after eating food….

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#BlogTour! #Review – Her Silent Cry by Lisa Regan (@LisalRegan) @Bookouture

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First of three blog tours today is my review of ‘Her Silent Cry’ by Lisa Regan. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC – I adore this series!

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Round and round she goes, blonde pigtails flying, her high-pitched giggle catching on the wind. But as the ride slows to a stop, her seat is suddenly empty. Little Lucy is gone…

When seven-year-old Lucy Ross is snatched from the carousel in Denton city park, Detective Josie Quinn joins the frantic search. She’s the one who finds Lucy’s sparkly butterfly backpack abandoned by the ticket booth, a note with a devastating message stuffed inside: answer your phone, or your sweet little darling will die…

The next day, Lucy’s parents are filled with hope when they pick up a call which they think is from their babysitter – but instead it’s a chilling male voice on the line. Josie races to the babysitter’s small apartment only to find her lifeless body in a tangle of sheets on her bed.

Josie is faced with the most high-stakes case of her career as each new phone call from someone connected to the family ends with the shocking discovery of another body. This twisted killer wants revenge, and he won’t stop until the Ross family are in pieces…

Something is telling Josie that Lucy’s parents aren’t giving her the whole truth, but digging deeper into their lives will force her to confront a life-changing secret of her own. Does Josie have what it takes to crack this case? She has no choice if she’s going to bring Lucy home alive…

What does TWG think?

Josie Quinn is back, ladies and gentleman! I cannot believe that we are on book six of the series already, I really hope there are plenty more of these books to come. If you haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, don’t starting panicking as each book can read perfectly well as a standalone. That said (as always), if you like to know more of the backstory of the characters you’re reading about, I would advise reading the books in order, especially as ‘Her Silent Cry’ doesn’t really show as much of Josie Quinn’s personality or history, like the other books do.

Now you see her, now you don’t. Literally. Seven year old Lucy was on a carousel one moment, and then the next it was as though she had disappeared into thin air. Detective Josie Quinn has seen more than her fair share of child disappearances, so she is well aware of the importance of time and getting the child back home sooner rather than later.

If only it was that easy….! There are a lot of dots to try and connect in this storyline, and I have to say that the author was exceptionally clever at not tripping up! I didn’t guess the outcome before it happened, instead I managed to scare the AHEM out of myself when I went downstairs and thought someone was behind me when in fact, it was just my hair and the kitchen light making it appear different. So yeah, the storyline is pretty atmospheric and realistic!

I was bowled over by the intensity of the book and the uncertainty of Lucy’s future. The not knowing is what made my blood run cold as I had everything crossed that she would go back home unharmed. Even though I admitted above that ‘Her Silent Cry’ doesn’t show much of Josie’s personality, I still felt as though we were able to see a different side of her than in previous books. I’m not saying that she never had a heart, however she did come across a lot more human than before, and the disappearance of Lucy really made Josie Quinn seem approachable and less like a Rottweiler.

‘Her Silent Cry’ is such an unsettling, uncertain, and brilliant novel which really tunes into the psyche of the characters and the outcomes of the choices they make in life. This series is one of the best series I think I have ever read, so more please!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheJulyGirls by Phoebe Locke (@phoebe_locke) @HeadlinePG @AnneCater

Its TWG’s turn on the blog tour for ‘The July Girls’ by Phoebe Locke, author of ‘The Tall Man’. Huge thanks to Anne Cater and Headline for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost.

Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks – but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman’s purse hidden in his room.

Jessie says they mustn’t tell. She says there’s nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman’s baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn’t always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they’re keeping may start costing lives . . .

What does TWG think?

-claps- YASSSSSS!!!!!! What a book!!!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes! Everything I thought was true, wasn’t, and everything I thought was a lie, was the truth. ‘The July Girls’ is brilliant at taking you under its wing very early on in the book. I actually struggled to put the book down, and before I knew it it was 1am and I had a mere 100 pages left to read!

The author, Phoebe Locke, very cleverly honed in on what a magpie does, yet it didn’t seem to hit home until the book nearly came to an end as all of the puzzle pieces leading up to the conclusion weren’t all there yet.

This book follows the life of Addie, Jessie, and a magpie. What do the three of them have in common? That is the big question. I chose to look past what was right in front of me the whole time, over complicating the storyline for myself. Was there a need to do that? Not in the slightest. Don’t overthink ‘The July Girls’ and just go with the flow, you’ll thank me later!!

I loved the chilling vibe to the book, and I thought that everything was combined brilliantly over the course of the books timeline. Honestly, this is a bloody brilliant book and I was hooked. Addie’s naivety gave the storyline a pinch of innocence, whilst also making all of the suspenseful situations all the more darker. The subject of ‘trust’ is prominent throughout the book, and I must say that that definitely made me think about family ties and whether you can trust those you are actually meant to trust because of who they are.

‘The July Girls’ is dark, devious, and darn right gripping. Whilst I enjoyed Phoebe Locke’s previous novel, the author has come up trumps with this book and has delivered an absolute blinder. I want to read it all over again!

‘The July Girls’ will be published in hardcover by Headline on the 25th July. Pre-order now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #QandA with author of #MissingInWales, Jenny O’Brien (@Scribblerjb) @RaRaResources

Last but not least is an interview with author of brand new detective series, ‘Missing in Wales, Jenny O’Brien! Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the author for taking the time to answer TWG’s questions. Before that, here is a little bit more information out ‘Missing In Wales’, as well as the purchase links. Enjoy!

Missing in Wales, the first in an exciting new Welsh-set crime series by Jenny O’Brien, author of The Stepsister. The next in series, Stabbed in Wales, will be available soon.

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Izzy Grant is haunted by the abduction of her newborn daughter five-years ago. When a postcard arrives from her missing partner, the man she believes is responsible, saying they’re fine and asking her not to try to find them, she knows she can’t give up hoping. Then she sees a face from her past. Grace Madden. Just where did she disappear to all those years ago? And is there a connection between her disappearance and that of her child?

DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Swansea, is brash, bolshie and dedicated. Something doesn’t fit with the case and she’s determined to find out just what happened all those years ago.

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Q and A.

Could you tell us a bit about you and your background before you began writing?
Firstly, thank you for inviting me on your blog. I was born in Dublin, moved to Wales and now live and work in Guernsey as a registered nurse.

Have you always wanted to become a published writer?

I’d always hoped I had a book in me but never dreamt that I’d ever actually knuckle down to write it.

What made you decide to write your new novel?

I think it would have been hard not to. Writing has become a bit of an obsession. I finish one book – have a few days break and start on the next.

How hard was it to find the inspiration for your book?

With MISSING IN WALES the inspiration for the core plot, a missing baby, came from a dream so not hard at all.

If you could pick a favourite character from your novel, who would it be and why?

I like the DC, Gabriella Darin because, like all of us, she’s flawed. She’s not glamorous and she suffers the same minor daily setbacks that turn an average day into a disastrous one.

Did you ever regret writing a character into your story after it was published?

Not that I can think of. I don’t tend to stuff my pages with lots of characters, rather I like to plump out what I’ve got into a more well-rounded portrayal.

Did you find yourself under any personal pressure for your debut novel to succeed and be liked by many?

That’s an interesting question. The first novel I published was Boy Brainy and, at the time I didn’t really think in terms of success. It’s about a couple of boys that are being bullied. When a bullying related incident happened with one of my children, I just wanted it out there, only that. I pressed the KDP (Amazon) button that night.

Time for a tough one, if you could choose any book that has already been published to be the author of, which one would you choose and why?

It would have to be my favourite book. I am David by Anne Holm – purely because of the subject matter and writing style, both of which are superb.

What does your ‘writing space’ look like?

It’s a chair, quite a large one with notebooks on the arms and space for a mug of tea. There’s no room for a desk but I do have the most amazing view, which makes up for the lack of space somewhat.

Were there any authors you wanted to be like, when you were a child?

Enid Blyton was a firm favourite.

If you had to sum up your book to a stranger in five words, what would they be and why?

‘Why steal my baby, Charlie?’

What’s coming up next for you? Any exclusives?

I have two books coming up in the same series, both featuring DC Gabriella Darin. The first STABBED IN WALES finds a woman waking up beside the body of a dead woman when she’s pretty sure she went to bed with a bloke. The second, as yet untitled, is about dead bodies turning up on a beach

One final question. What advice would you give to a writer that wants to be published? Any words of wisdom?

Read. Read and read some more. Read out of genre where possible as well as in and read the books published by the agents you’d like to represent you. Also know your market but write what you enjoy. A book invariably takes months to write. If you want to stick with it, you must be able to invest in the story.

Thanks so much, Jenny! If you haven’t read Jenny’s first thriller, The Stepsister, it is available FREE on Amazon from the 22nd July until the 26th, so get in quick!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheEscapeRoom by Megan Goldin (@megangoldin) @orionbooks @orion_crime @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Omg this book! Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC of ‘The Escape Room’ by Megan Goldin. I am delighted to be today’s stop on the tour. Hope you enjoy my review!

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead.

When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive.

Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one more final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?

What does TWG think?

Wow! I am so glad that I don’t read blurbs of books as I don’t think the book would have had the same effect otherwise! I fully suggest you ignore the blurb on this and read ‘The Escape Room’ blind. Don’t worry, my review won’t contain spoilers either!

I really wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first, I’ll be honest. There seemed to be a lot of storyline up in the air, with nothing connecting the individual situations to the overall novel. That said, I was so glad that I kept on reading as oh.my.goodness.me it delivered!! I have never read such a unsettling, uncertain, and chilling read as this one. If you find yourself teetering with uncertainty after the first few chapters, please trust me when I say stick with it! It’s worth it, honestly!!

As I’m sure you can guess by the cover, ‘The Escape Room’ has a large part of the storyline set in a lift. Now usually that sort of thing wouldn’t bother me, that was until I walked into Tesco yesterday to find that someone was in the lift shaft fixing it! I hadn’t long finished reading the book! My legs turned to jelly, I was freaked out!

Many times whilst reading Megan Goldin’s novel, the words ‘what the…..’ fluttered around in my mind. My eyes couldn’t believe what I was reading, and my brain could not understand the lengths which people went to for an extra buck. The whole ‘do you know who you can trust’ vibe is very eye-opening and had me wondering which of the characters I could trust. In all honesty, every single one of them gave me the impression that i couldn’t trust a single word they came out with. It was such a weird predicament to be in as usually there is at least one character you can keep in your corner. Not this time!

I was hooked by ‘The Escape Room’ and its addictive storyline. I have no idea how Megan Goldin managed to weave all of the intricate details of the characters lives together, but she did and I have to say that it was very cleverly done.

For a book which had me perching on the fence to begin with, i can hand on heart say that i bloody enjoyed it! Such a compelling and complex read which continued to surprise me with every new page. I am so excited to read more from Megan Goldin – what a cracking start!

‘The Escape Room’ will be published on the 25th July. Pre-order your copy now from Amazon.

#BlogTour! #Extract from #CallMeALiar by @ColetteMcbeth @HeadlinePG @AnneCater

‘Call Me A Liar’ is on my TBR and I hope I can get round to it soon, however I am delighted to be hosting an extract of the book for my stop on the blog tour today. Thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite. Before we get to the extract, here is a bit more about ‘Call Me A Liar’:

You could say it started with vanity. We believed we were special. But the truth is we were simply vulnerable.

Months after landing their dream job, five brilliant young minds are sent on a remote retreat.

But when one of them disappears, they’re forced to question why they were brought there in the first place.

And for the first time in their lives, they realise too much knowledge can be deadly . . .

One of them is lying.
One of them is guilty.
No one is safe.

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Extract.

Joe

Lewes Police Station

October 2017

Let me say this: cracking Libby’s skull was not part of the plan. I can’t even remember hitting her; it was more of a violent push in the deep heat of an argument and before I could do anything to change the outcome, she was flying backwards, her head making a strange metallic sound as it connected with the stone floor. Ting! That’s the only way I can describe it, like one of those instrumental triangles we used to play in school. It was a shame about the floor too – if it had been a shag pile carpet rather than porcelain, Libby might not be unconscious in hospital. But I’m certain safety was not uppermost in their minds when they were designing that house. It was all sharp angles and hard surfaces and glinting, gleaming glass that allowed your own reflection to stalk you.

I don’t mention any of these misgivings to the police, though. My solicitor has advised me it’s not a good line of defence. They’re hardly going to charge a floor covering with a violent crime, he says.

It’s me they have in their sights, at any rate. Every question is angled towards my guilt. What I did. What I failed to do. My shortcomings – of which there are many – have been itemised and catalogued, and while individually they appear harmless enough, their combined effect in the harsh light of the interview room creates an unsettling picture. I don’t doubt this is the ploy, the web the officers are spinning around me. But it is an effective one nevertheless. Having listened to their accusations and character assassinations for the best part of eight hours, I’m beginning to scare myself.

The main issue appears to be my scant adherence to the rules. Yes, it’s true, there are rules of engagement when you find your self in such situations. Say your wife or child goes missing, say you stumble across a body, or in my case, you happen to knock out a loved one, there are set procedures and scripts to follow. Firstly, you raise the alarm. You call 999. You attempt to help the victim. You account for every second spent before help arrives. Officer, I passed wind at 2.02 p.m. You display the correct mixture of horror, fear and sadness. You cry the requisite amount of tears. Basically, you’re aiming for high levels of authenticity in every single action. Anything too forced or overly dramatic will arouse suspicion. Anything too casual and you are cold and callous. It’s a balancing act and I’m no circus entertainer. I’m failing spectacularly.

I did nothing. Try explaining that one away. I tell them I panicked but even that’s not true. I wasted precious minutes standing over Libby unable to compute what had happened. There was nothing left inside me, no nerves or sensory receptors to send messages to my brain. Even when finally I leant over her to assess the level of damage, I became instead mesmerised by my own face, gawping at me from the polished brilliance of the porcelain floor.

Well, look what you’ve done.

You thought you were special.

Turns out you’re every bit as bad as the rest.

The officers say they want to know everything, but this is a lie. They want to know everything around the narrow field of their investigation, scavenging for morsels of extraneous information that will get us nowhere while blocking out the bigger picture. I have no intention of pandering to them. I could tell them Amy Winehouse was playing on the karaoke system at the party downstairs, not Amy herself, obviously, but Will’s brutal destruction of ‘I’m No Good’, but that would be pointless scene­setting, nothing more. I could make a stab at describing the hurt Libby inflicted upon me. Her revelation chiselling into my bones. I don’t love you, I never did. How she stood in front of me and delivered this nugget of truth. I could tell them how it burnt through the epidermis right down to the subcutis, how I thought the pain might send me mad with grief, but this would provide them with a motive, allow them to craft a neat narrative around revenge.

And this is not a story about revenge.

It’s about ambition and greed, and love, I suppose, and what we do in the name of them.

I tell the officers I looked out of the window and saw the car and the two men getting into it and driving off. I tell them I ran into the hallway and that’s when I saw the smoke and felt the blistering heat.

Have I mentioned the fire?

It has been suggested several times that I started it deliberately to cover up my crime, as if an assault wasn’t enough for one evening and I decided to go the whole hog and burn the place down.

Let me say this clearly: I did not start the fire but someone else did.

Everyone invited to the party was meant to die in that fire.

And just because we survived doesn’t mean we’re safe.

Not even Libby, if she ever wakes up.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Dead Wife by Sue Fortin (@SueFortin1) @0neMoreChapter_ @RaRaResources

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Late posts this evening, apologies, major chronic illness flare and nausea. Anyway, I am delighted to welcome back to TWG, Sue Fortin and her new novel, ‘The Dead Wife’. Many thanks to Rachel for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

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Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances in the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Sinclair, wife of charismatic entrepreneur Harry Sinclair, found drowned in the lake of the family’s holiday park.

It’s been two years since the Sinclair case closed but when reporter Steph Durham receives a tipoff that could give her the scoop of the year, she’s drawn deeper and deeper into the secretive Sinclair family.

Elizabeth’s death wasn’t a tragic accident. And the truth will come at a deadly price…

What does TWG think?

Holy Thelma and Louise! This book is BRILLIANT!!!!!!

Sue Fortin has really upped her game with the publication of her latest thrill, ‘The Dead Wife’. I mean, Fortin was an incredible author beforehand but now? She has knocked the ball so far out of the court, I’m expecting it to hit Australia or something!

A lot of families have skeletons in their closet or have family members who should never be brought up in conversation. The Sinclair’s however, have a graveyard full of goodness knows what, and it seems as though the entire family need to keep their own mouths shut in case they drop themselves in it.

I was hooked by the first couple of pages of the book where we met Elizabeth, the wife of Harry Sinclair. Elizabeth’s life halted far too soon or, as some of the Sinclair’s may think, not soon enough. But why? Was the fact that she never came out of the lake alive an accident? Or did someone actually want her dead?

Like I say, ‘The Dead Wife’ is a phenomenal book! I was transfixed by the secrets and the attempt to unearth the truth, whatever that may have been, and I loved how intensely complex the entire storyline was as it made me think outside of the box. The Sinclair’s are a very clever family, however a lot of them are cactuses, if not all of them. Of course Harry, the husband of Elizabeth, was in the firing line regarding her death, but as the storyline progressed I had my own thoughts about who I felt was involved.

As always, those thoughts changed as, the person who I originally thought was involved, actually wasn’t! I won’t name names. Let’s just say that this person should have been behind bars anyway. What an absolute BLEEP! Now, before the truth was revealed, a different character (again I won’t name names due to spoilers) spoke to Steph and it was then I realised that they were my new suspect. I can’t even clarify what they said, yet I had a lightbulb moment and a chill decided to travel up my back at the same time. Weird, I know.

I thought Steph was rather brave for sticking her neck out for someone she didn’t know, just so she could unearth the truth. I also thought she was pretty stupid considering the amount of warnings she had, but what do I know!

‘The Dead Wife’ was such an addictive read, I thoroughly enjoyed the dark and twisted nature of the storyline and the characters involved. Yes, there were many red herrings, but they were flawlessly placed throughout the book and gave the novel depth as opposed to just being put there for the sake of it. I honestly cannot recommend Sue Fortin’s new book enough, although I now feel sorry for her as I am wondering how on Earth she is going to beat this beaut of a book!

Suspenseful, chilling, addictive, and utterly brilliant – ‘The Dead Wife’ gave me a new lease of life!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen (@MsTamarCohen) @TransworldBooks @AnneCater

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TWG is delighted to be hosting day three of the ‘Stop At Nothing’ by Tammy Cohen, blog tour. Huge thanks to Anne Cater and TransworldBooks for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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A mother’s job is to keep her children safe.

Tess has always tried to be a good mother. Of course, there are things she wishes she’d done differently, but doesn’t everyone feel that way?

Then Emma, her youngest, is attacked on her way home from a party, plunging them into a living nightmare which only gets worse when the man responsible is set free. But what if she fails?

So when Tess sees the attacker in the street near their home, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. But blinded by her need to protect her daughter at any cost, might she end up putting her family in even greater danger?

There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to make it right . . .

What does TWG think?

Ooooooooooo, this one is juicy!!!

Tess gets the fright of a lifetime when she finds out that her sixteen year old daughter, Emma, was attacked. She can’t help feeling guilty and laying the blame on herself, and many others are quick to point the finger at Tess for not picking up her daughter, instead letting her find her own way back after a party. But Tess didn’t attack her own daughter, so why is SHE in the firing line for it?

I reallyyyyyy didn’t like Tess at first. I actually found her quite annoying and, as harsh as this may sound; incredibly selfish. As a parent its only natural that we feel guilty whenever our children are hurt, wondering what we could have done to stop it from happening, however Tess seemed to take that to a whole new level. It was Emma who was attacked, not her. I couldn’t quite understand why Tess was making it all about her, when her main focus should have been on her daughter.

I was quite surprised to find that my opinion of Tess did change throughout the course of the book and, even though I didn’t end up absolutely adoring her character, I was able to understand her personality a little bit better. Tess’ heart was in the right place and her actions were laced with love for her daughters, she just went about it all in completely the wrong way. That said, who I am to judge on how someone else deals with particular situations.

I much preferred the second half of Tammy Cohen’s book as I felt that the intensity behind the repercussion of the attack had amplified. There seemed to be a lot more grit to sink my teeth in at that stage, especially as I was trying to work out why a certain character (naming no names due to potential spoilers) popped up here, there and everywhere at such ‘convenient’ times.

I really did enjoy reading ‘Stop At Nothing’, the psychological elements of the storyline made for such twisted and toe curling reading – I loved them. Top marks to Cohen for the way she crafted those parts! My head couldn’t keep up! Bloomin’ brilliant!

The whole Emma, nameless character, and Tess situation certainly opened my eyes to how differently we deal with things, and how much our paranoia intensifies when faced with a potentially dangerous situation. Do I think that Tess went overboard? A little bit. Would I have done the same thing? I honestly cannot say what I would have done in the same situation, all I know is that I wouldn’t have been sat around doing nothing.

‘Stop At Nothing’ is a captivating, addictive novel which had me speeding through the pages faster than Lewis Hamilton in a race! Such a clever and thought-provoking novel, Tammy Cohen has done her characters justice.

‘Stop At Nothing’ by Tammy Cohen, will be published on the 18th July by TransworldBooks Books. You can pre-order your copy here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does TWG think?

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

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

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

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

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

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