#BlogTour! #Review – Trading Down by @StephenNorman49 @EndeavourPress

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This evening on TWG I have a review of Stephen Norman’s ‘Trading Down’ which was published on the 9th November by Endeavour Press. Huge thank you to Midas PR and Endeavour Press for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, as well as an ARC of the book. ‘Trading Down’ is out to buy now. Here is my review:

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London – Chris Peters loves his work: the excitement of the trading floor, the impossible deadlines and the constant challenge of the superfast computers in his care. But the dream turns sour as mysterious meltdowns begin to hit datacentres across the grid and a true banking collapse threatens. Desperately trying to hold his marriage together as systems crash and traders turn on him, Chris must uncover the sinister truth before chaos is unleashed…

 Yemen – When Zahra’s father fails to return from a work trip to Dubai, she is sure there is a simple explanation… until gruesome warnings arrive on the doorstep. As the threats become more violent Zahra’s family are thrown into a desperate race to pay off their father’s captors. But how far will her family go to meet the abductors’ demands?

What does TWG think?

This book couldn’t have been further from my comfort zone if it tried! The only reason which me and financial services have come into contact is because I have walked into my own bank and spoken to an advisor. Apart from that, I couldn’t tell you anything else at all about investment back and financial services. Honestly, it goes right over my head and, you know what? Weirdly enough that actually gave me more reason to want to read this book. Why? Because I had absolutely no idea about the overall theme of the book and that really intrigued me. I know, I’m odd.

As for including the topic of financial terrorism – what an extremely clever move. It was yet another thing I didn’t have a clue about yet Stephen Norman pulled me in hook line and sinker. I really didn’t want to put the book down at all!

Just to add yet another dimension to the storyline, the author has split the storyline into two settings – London and Yemen. We get to ‘see’ a lot of chaos being caused in Chris Peters’ line of work, as well as finding out exactly how far Peters would go to protect everyone’s investments before it’s too late.

Fitting in with modern-day technology with the emphasis of the cyber world, Stephen Norman has written a very well thought out, exciting and fast paced novel. Yes okay, I didn’t understand a lot of the things to do with the overall topic, especially when the storyline included several words which only people in the know would truly understand, I still managed to enjoy the thrilling side of the book and would definitely recommend ‘Trading Down’ to my friends. A realistic portrayal of such devastating circumstances. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

Thanks Midas Pr & Endeavour Press.

Trading Down by Stephen Norman, published by Endeavour Press, is available to buy now from Amazon UK

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Gone Missing by T.J.Brearton (@BreartonTJ) @Bookouture

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Next on the blog is my review of T.J.Brearton’s ‘Gone Missing’ as part of the blog blitz for Bookouture. What a book! I hope you enjoy reading my review as much as I enjoyed reading this book. Thanks Bookouture for the ARC of the book.

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As she reached the park, she heard a baby crying. She stopped. She couldn’t see anybody around. “Hello?” She raised her voice an octave. “Anybody there?”

Katie Calumet is on an early-morning run when she hears a baby crying. The park is deserted, and there’s no one in the street. She follows the cries, but then everything goes black. When Katie wakes up, she’s blindfolded and her hands and feet are bound.

Detective Justin Cross takes on the case, but with the trail leading into endless dense forest, and a failing marriage weighing on his mind, finding Katie is his most challenging case yet – not least because the Calumet family are keeping secrets of their own.

Justin and Katie face a race against time that will push them both to their very limits. As Justin works day and night to discover who took her and why, Katie fights desperately to escape from her kidnappers and the forest that surrounds her…

Can Justin find her before it’s too late?

What does TWG think?

jfbiebkejngkeng!!!!! Where the hell do I begin? Not only did the storyline pull me in straight away, I had no time to regulate my heart-rate due to the fast paced, jam-packed storyline! I have no idea how I am going to do this book justice with my review, but I shall give it my best go.

Once again, ‘Gone Missing’ is yet another book which makes me want to grab everybody and go ‘did you read the part where….? or ‘OMG what about when Katie….’. But I can’t! If any book clubs are needing a new book to discuss, I really do recommend this one. I’m half tempted to make my own book club just so that I can talk about this ‘Gone Missing’ until I’m blue in the face. Seriously!!

Katie heard a baby crying on her early morning run and she did what anyone with a heart would have done – went to check it out. Unfortunately, Katie’s decision wasn’t the best one, but she couldn’t have foreseen what was going to happen. Would I have done the same as Katie? Possibly.

Naturally, Katie’s husband is beside himself that his wife has gone missing, yet he didn’t seem to want to tell Detective Cross everything. I couldn’t put my finger on the vibe I was getting from the husband, but I know for sure that it wasn’t a good one. Well, the same goes for Katie’s family actually. There really was a lot more to them that meets the eye. But what WERE they hiding? Or was I just pointing my finger in their direction just because? Something wasn’t right, well, aside from the fact that Katie was missing obviously.

The storyline switches between the investigate led by Justin Cross and Katie’s time away from her loved ones. Reading Katie’s story was very gritty, intense, and very descriptive when it came to her injuries and other circumstances. Put it this way, I really was glad that I chose not to eat whilst reading ‘Gone Missing’. I’m really not convinced that I would have kept my food down. Of course I’m not complaining as the storyline required that level of description to make Katie’s story come to light in the way that it did. Without it, I don’t think that it would have packed as much punch as it did.

Comparing the two viewpoints, weirdly enough I actually preferred reading about Katie’s situation than reading the investigation side of things. I think that was because I felt that the situation with Katie’s family was just going round and round in circles. That said, I was completely engrossed when Detective Cross and his team involved maps and other forms of transport. Ahem – vague much? I really don’t want to give anything away but, that change in direction with the investigation had me on the edge of my seat as all I could hear subconsciously was the tick tocking of a clock. Would they get to Katie in time? Would Katie survive everything she endured?

I did feel that the story concluded rather abruptly though. One minute everything was fast paced and my heart was in my mouth, and the next minute everything just stopped and that was that. I’m not saying that the book should have dragged on – of course not, I just felt that the conclusion didn’t really match with the rest of the storyline.

However, I really did enjoy ‘Gone Missing’. It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time, and I loved reading a storyline which had a completely different setting from the usual thrillers. It made a change to exercise my brain in different circumstances and I cannot wait to read another of T.J. Brearton’s books.

Thanks Bookouture.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Snow Light by Danielle Zinn (@DanielleZinn4) @BloodHoundBook

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Busy day on TWG today! First up is my review of Danielle Zinn’s ‘Snow Light’ as part of the Blog Blitz arranged by BloodHoundBooks. Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for the invite as well as the ARC.

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When Detective Inspector Nathaniel Thomas encounters a man attacking a young woman in a local park, the DI is unable to save her. Out of guilt, Thomas quits his job at Homicide Headquarters and relocates to the tiny village of Turtleville, where he regains control of himself and begins to enjoy life again. However, a year later, all the guilt and shame of the park murder re-emerges when a local hermit, Ethan Wright, is murdered with an unusual weapon and left on display in the centre of the village. For Thomas the situation gets worse when DS Ann Collins, a colleague from his past, appears to help with the case. But things become complicated when the victim’s identity is put into question. Who is the victim? And why was he murdered? Thomas and Collins will find themselves trying to solve a highly unusual case and both may have more in common than they could have ever imagined.

What does TWG think?

One thing I love about reading books published by BloodHoundBooks is the fact I am able to read so many new authors, a lot of them producing books I probably wouldn’t have picked out for myself on Amazon. Why? Because I never really knew these types of books existed and you can’t really type random words into the Amazon search bar, hoping that you’ll be given a new style of book. I love that I am able to step out of my comfort zone by reading a lot of different genres. Especially this book.

DI Nathaniel Thomas is living in the past. After a previous case didn’t go to plan, Nathaniel was left feeling extremely guilty and in need of a fresh start. Whilst the idea of a fresh start was all well and good, it didn’t exactly turn out that way a year down the line. Faced with another murder and a case of mistaken identity, Nathaniel is thrown head first into the snow as he attempts to find the culprit. If DI Thomas thought that his fresh start was going to be easy, he was completely mistaken.

My first thought of DI Thomas and the murder was ‘WAHEYYYY welcome back!’! What a corker of a case to get stuck into eh! Of course DI Thomas attempts to be as professional as possible without bringing his past back into future, but when he gets told that a colleague from his past will be assisting him on the case, I really do think that he would have made yellow snow right there and then if he could have done.

I found myself rather engrossed in the developing storyline, especially when fingers seemed to be pointing to everyone in the village! How on Earth could I begin to narrow it down? I had absolutely no idea who the culprit was yet several characters seemed to be showing a lot more signs of guilt than others.

Whilst I was hooked on ‘Snow Light’, I did find some parts of the storyline to be a little slow. For me, I would have preferred it to be a little more fast paced as I felt that there were too many pregnant pauses. That said, ‘Snow Light’ did keep me guessing until the very end, with the conclusion stealing the show. Definitely a heart in mouth moment!

Thanks BloodHoundBooks.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The First One to Die by Victoria Jenkins @vicwritescrime @Bookouture

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Happy publication day to Victoria Jenkins and ‘The First One to Die’! Super excited to be taking part in the blog blitz today – thank you to Bookouture for the invite as well as the ARC. Here is my review:

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Four friends. A house full of secrets. And a killer picking them off one by one…

She tried to break her fall, twisting desperately, but there was nothing to catch hold of, nothing with which she could stop herself. Her single scream cut through the night air.

Keira North falls to her death at a party. It initially seems like an accident, but Detectives Alex King and Chloe Lane suspect foul play: they are convinced they are dealing with a murder.

When the detectives start to investigate, they soon find that all of Keira’s closest friends have secrets that someone might kill to keep.

And as Alex and Chloe are fighting their own demons and struggling to stay on top of the case, Keira’s killer is circling the group of friends, who one by one find that their lives are in danger…

What does TWG think?

I have to be honest – the cover of this book pulled me in something chronic. I mean, just look at it! How can you NOT be intrigued by it? I crossed every part of my body in hope that the contents of the book would be as much of a belter as the cover was.

My goodness, I never expected what I read, that’s for sure! What a book! Victoria Jenkins is a new author for me so I was looking forward to finally reading one of her books. It’s safe to say that I devoured the book in a mere few hours. Usually I update my Goodreads status as I go, but because my nose was stuck in the storyline just like my hand in a packet of cookies, I only had chance to update it the once and that was it.

Er hello, I wasn’t lifting my head for nobody!

‘The First One to Die’ reminded me of the game Cluedo…except more twisted and a slim chance of a candlestick being used as a weapon in the drawing room. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen, but y’know.

A girl has died at a house party. Some say that it was an accident yet the DI’s seem to think otherwise. Only the people at the party knew what had happened yet they seem to be withholding vital information from the police which could land one of them, if not more, in severe hot water. How did she die? Was it actually an accident or did someone push her?

Without coming across cheesy, this book really does have the ‘DUN DUN DUNN’ effect. I was on the edge of my seat whilst trying to work out what the truth was behind Keira’s death, especially as a lot of people seemed to know something but weren’t saying anything. Even though it was like getting blood out of a stone with several of the characters, I couldn’t help being hooked on the overall situation. It really was a storyline that I was able to sink my teeth into without coming up for air.

As the storyline progressed and another case came in for Alex and Chloe, I weirdly found myself becoming extremely excited about what that meant for the storyline overall. Were the two cases linked? Did others know things but not saying anything, just like the first case? I couldn’t help feeling intrigued once again.

Victoria Jenkins is a severely addictive author. In a minimal amount of time the author seemed to know exactly what her readers wanted – suspense, intense and grit, and Jenkins delivered. Boy she delivered.

‘The First One to Die’ is a brilliant, fast paced storyline which is guaranteed to increase your heart rate tenfold. Addictive, thrilling and severely intense – Victoria Jenkins really is an author to watch.

Wow!

Thanks Bookouture.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland (@ShaliniBoland) @Bookouture

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Today I am thrilled to share with you my review of Shalini Boland’s novel, The Secret Mother’, alongside fellow blogger Novel Gossip! Huge thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the tour as well as the ARC of Shalini’s novel. Here is my review:

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‘Are you my mummy?’


Tessa Markham returns home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children. 

Not anymore.

She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there. 

After contacting the police, Tessa is suspected of taking the mystery child. Her whole life is turned upside down. And then her husband reveals a secret of his own…

Tessa isn’t sure what to believe or who to trust. Because someone is lying. To find out who, she must confront her painful past. But is the truth more dangerous than Tessa realises?

What does TWG think?

Wowza, what a corker of an opening to this book! Straight away Shalini Boland puts the suspense wheels in motion when the main character, Tessa, comes face to face with a child in her kitchen. ‘Are you my mummy?’ the child asks, but Tessa doesn’t have any children and even if she did, she wouldn’t have left a child all alone in her kitchen whilst she went off to work. Is the child a figment of Tessa’s imagination like everyone seems to believe? Or is there a genuine reason as to why the child ended up being all alone in her kitchen…?

Nion straight away my heart was in my mouth and my motherly instincts kicked in. Of course they would have been no use as it’s fictional, but still. They were there. Where did the random child come from? How on Earth did someone manage to get into Tessa’s house to put him there? WHY did they put him there? So many questions and not a lot of answers – no wonder Tessa was getting frustrated with not being believed. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances surrounding the child, Tessa’s past got brought back up and the media went to town. It didn’t matter how many times Tessa said she was innocent, everyone seemed to disbelieve her, which in turn made her start doubting herself.

Now, whilst the storyline completely and utterly funked over my head, making me unsure as to what to believe, a certain part of the storyline gave me a hunch and I was convinced I knew where the book was heading. It’s rare that I’m right so I didn’t think too much of it.

As the storyline progressed my hunch started to make even more sense. I was adamant I knew what had happened and, for the first time ever, I was right. Because I had worked out the outcome of the book a while before the storyline actually properly concluded, I did feel a little disheartened as I really was hoping I was wrong, purely so I could enjoy the rest of the book unawares. I thoroughly enjoyed the way in which the author put her storyline together along with multiple red herrings, bucketfuls of emotion and never-ending psychological battles, as it meant the book came across as an addictive, easy read which I flew through in a couple of hours.

Personally, the only downside to the storyline was that the conclusion was easy to work out. I didn’t have the shock factor like I had hoped I would which was a shame. I don’t usually work out a conclusion before the end!

That said, I still enjoyed Shalini Boland’s novel overall. The level of suspense at the beginning was second to none and due to the constant unanswered questions throughout the book, the intensity of the storyline made it a highly addictive read.

Thanks Bookouture.

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About the author:

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

Shalini’s debut psychological thriller THE GIRL FROM THE SEA reached No 1 in the US Audible charts and No 7 in the UK Kindle charts. Her second thriller THE BEST FRIEND reached no 2 in the US Audible charts and No 10 in the Amazon UK Kindle charts. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories and was a Kindle All Star title for several months in a row. Shalini’s recent release THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE reached No 9 in the Kindle UK charts.

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

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Scream Blue Murder by @TonyJForder @BloodHoundBook

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Huge thanks to Sarah from BloodHoundBooks for inviting me to take part in the blog blitz for ‘Scream Blue Murder’. I am delighted to be able to share my review with you all this evening.

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Mike Lynch is going through hard times. But things get much worse when he witnesses a murder in a lay-by. Snatching the victim’s car in order to get away, Mike soon makes a shocking discovery – the victim’s young daughter and her nanny are hiding in the rear footwell. This is when the real trouble begins.

 Mike wants to go to the police, but the nanny, Melissa, wants to delay until the daughter, Charlie, is somewhere safe. Mike agrees to this request before finding out the seriousness of the situation, and just how much danger they are really in.

 Who exactly was the man he saw murdered? And who is the man he saw pulling the trigger?

 In a situation where nothing is what it seems, Mike will have to fight for his life to protect a woman and a child he doesn’t know. And when the death count rises, he will discover what kind of man he really is.

What does TWG think?

Oh.my.god!!! What a book! The idiot that I am forgot to write this blitz in my diary which, thanks to the publishers incredible organisational skills, I was prompted on social media last night. Cue having my nose in ‘Scream Blue Murder’ all of last night. Am I complaining though? Am I heck! Whether I am a fast reader or not is irrelevant as I just could not put this book down, therefore I was speeding through it like goodness knows what!

The story begins with a teaser prologue – it certainly kept me guessing that’s for sure! Between that and the end of the first chapter, it felt as though I had a constant frown on my face. It seemed like such a big jump between the prologue and the ‘now’, I honestly thought I had missed a few pages!

I kept turning the pages thinking ‘what the hell is going on?’. Even though I couldn’t seem to work out what was happening, what the motive was, who exactly was in the firing line even though there were people after Lynch, I was 110% engrossed in the intensity of the storyline. The jam-packed, high intensity storyline kept me on the edge of my seat whilst also managing to fray my nerves. Clueless yet completely addicted.

About 60 or so percent in, the storyline cranked up yet another notch. Something was about to go down with Lynch and Melissa, but what, I had no idea. The author described certain goings on around and due to the way in which the author fed those descriptions to his readers, my heart rate shot up in anticipation. I have no idea why I was feeling apprehensive as I wasn’t even in the firing line yet the author made me feel as though I was slap bang in the centre of all the action! Genius!

From that moment, whenever I had to go outside to let my dog out for a tinkle, I began jumping at the slightest noise. Looking left and right in the garden to make sure that there was nobody about to shoot me. Yes, you may laugh as whilst it is hilarious now, I forgot to switch off from the book before I went outside so as far as I was concerned, any movement I made was still part of the storyline. If that makes any sense at all!

‘Scream Blue Murder’ kept me in suspense until the very last page. I’m not going to lie, I had my suspicions about several of the characters involved in the book as there had to be a lot more to the story. It was clear that someone was lying but I couldn’t for definite say who. I had a hunch who it might be and due to the risk of spoilers I shan’t tell you who I thought it might be, but oh my gosh!

A fantastic, well written, suspenseful and spine tingling novel, which left me finishing the book with my hand over my mouth in shock. Absolutely brilliant.

Thanks BloodHoundBooks.

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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 second book in the series will be released in 2018, with a third currently in progress.

On 19 September 2017, 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.

On 8 November, Bloodhound Books will publish Tony’s new fast-paced action thriller, Scream Blue Murder. This is the first novel in an intended series, and has received praise from both 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.

Tony is signed to Bloodhound Books for a minimum of four books, but believes there is much more to come.

#BlogTour! #Review – Don’t Tell A Soul by DK Hood (@DKHood_Author) @Bookouture

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Day four of the blog tour stops here with me, TWG! Big thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite as well as the ARC for ‘Don’t Tell A Soul’. Here is my review:

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The floor was stone cold on her bare skin. Her heart pounded in her chest. ‘Not a soul knows where I am,’ she thought as she took in the darkness around her. And then she heard his footsteps…

When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at a garbage dump, covered in long red cuts, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene.

Nothing ever happens in the small American town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other.

Both were strangers to the town, but there’s nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one’s talking; how well does she really know the people around her?

Then a disturbing clue makes Jenna suspect a connection with other disappearances in the town’s history. Just when she begins asking the right questions, she realises she’s being followed. Is she next on the killer’s list?

In a race against time, Jenna and David must unlock the dark secret at the heart of the town, before it’s too late… 

A completely addictive detective thriller that will have you guessing right to the end. Perfect for readers of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott.

What does TWG think?

New author and a new series, what’s not to like – especially with a title such as this one! My first impression of the book was intrigue. Lots of. Along with an automatic question of ‘who can’t tell a soul?’.

Annoyingly it took me a little while to warm up to this storyline. I couldn’t seem to connect with the characters or the setting. It was as though I was a long way away from the contents of the storyline, looking down on it from above. For me, there was no instant connection. No hook. Despite that, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

Thankfully around the 40/50% mark my interest was piqued and I was starting to warm to the Sheriff and her deputies (aside from one incredibly arrogant deputy). Jenna’s guard started to come down a little which meant I was able to gel with her a little more than before.

Despite taking a while to warm to the storyline, there was something I couldn’t put my finger on which kept me from closing the book and giving up. Even now, after finishing the book, I can’t tell you what that thing was, but I am incredibly glad it stopped me. The latter half of ‘Don’t Tell A Soul’ kept my on my toes and in a state of shock until the very end. Seriously, I wouldn’t advise eating whilst reading this novel unless you have a cast iron stomach. Whilst I did feel nauseous once or twice, I am incredibly impressed at how the author went from taking her characters to the local cafe for a coffee and a bite to eat, to then being face to face with the contents of someone’s body, almost seamlessly. I guess the pessimist in me thought that the coffee stops were filling gaps in the storyline, but as a coffee lover myself, I’m not exactly going to complain about them! Speaking of which, where’s mine?!

I mentioned above that there was a particular deputy whose arrogance rubbed me up the wrong way, unfortunately that didn’t change but I marked his cards almost straight away. There was something about him which bugged me! Apart from him, I have to say that Kane is my favourite character at the moment. I’m curious to see what we will find out about his background the further we get into the series.

Even though I had a rocky start with ‘Don’t Tell A Soul’, my opinion changed and I ended up being rather addicted to this gruesome and intense storyline. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series and what Jenna and Kane get up to next!

Thanks Bookouture.

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Author Bio:

 Born in London, D.K. traveled extensively before settling in sunny Australia. Her interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. She is an avid reader of crime, mystery and thrillers. Writing in this genre has been an exciting adventure for her but nothing could top the thrill of receiving a proposal for her first submission,  ‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ from commissioning editor Helen Jenner at Bookouture. D.K. looks forward to sharing her spine tingling stories with you.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell (@Caroline_writes) @Bookouture

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Super excited to be one of the blogs hosting Caroline Mitchell’s ‘Murder Game’ today! I am so thrilled that I am able to share my review with you all. Thank you to Bookouture for the blog blitz invite as well as the ARC of ‘Murder Game’. Enjoy!

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A serial killer is playing a terrifying game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.

In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the twisted killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die…

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby persuades her boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to use his criminal connections to set up a dangerous meeting. Because to catch this killer, she needs to think like one…

But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team become. Is Mason really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining Ruby up to be his next victim?

Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James will be hooked by this dark and utterly disturbing thriller, packed with twists until the final page.

What does TWG think?

How on EARTH do I write a review to do this book any sort of justice?!

We are back joining Detective Ruby Preston as she investigates the murders of multiple women. All the murders seem to have something in common and, according to one of Ruby’s colleagues, the current investigation is sounding all too familiar. Given that the previous killer is growing old disgracefully behind bars, there is a slim chance of him committing the murders himself. But, as the clock starts ticking even loudly, even more lives are in the balance.

Is it weird of me to say that the further into the investigation details I got, the more engrossed I became? It felt like the more gross the image was painted, the quicker I seemed to turn the page. I was hooked on absolutely everything from Ruby’s personal life to her relationship with her colleague, to the murder investigation to the man in prison. Of course certain parts of the book did ignite slight nausea but my curiosity got the better of me, naturally.

As always, I tried to piece the jigsaw pieces together to come up with my own conclusion as to who the murderer was and, up until three-quarters of the way through, I was absolutely convinced I had nailed it. Well, if I was in the police force right now, i would have nicked the wrong person. As for who the finger was pointed to in the end made me drop my jaw in shock. Was I expecting it? Was I heck!! I was pretty much looking everywhere but.

I really don’t want to give anything away so I’m trying to keep this brief! All I want to do is go ‘OMG YOU JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU READ THE PART WHERE…..’, but I don’t want Bookouture to put me on the naughty step or ruin the authors hard work. And by golly has Caroline Mitchell worked hard with this book! The entire storyline is so cleverly written! Not only did the story contain (in my eyes) multiple red herrings, every situation, circumstance and new pieces of information just flowed like a waterfall. There were no stagnant pauses, no creating characters just to fill up space, no slow areas for me to sit and twiddle my thumbs. Nothing like that at all. Instead the storyline was fast paced, full of grit, full of suspense and multiple shocking moments.

If someone asked me to find something about ‘Murder Game’ that I disliked – hand on heart I would reply with ‘absolutely nothing’. Honestly. Caroline Mitchell has written an explosive, highly intense, addictive and utterly shocking novel which kept me on my toes from the very first page. THIS is the type of novel which ticks every single one of boxes, including boxes I never knew existed.

A mind-blowing, ‘where the hell did that come from’ type of read, guaranteed to make you question everything…
Highly recommended. This author is an absolute genius.

Thanks Bookouture.

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Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.

Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.

Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”. 

 Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.

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https://www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/

 

#BlogBlitz! #Review – London Noir by Ann Girdharry (@GirdharryAnn) @Rararesources

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Super excited to be taking part in Ann Girdharry’s ‘One Day Blog Blitz’ today, courtesy of RaRaresources. Having stepped out of my comfort zone big time with Ann’s previous novel, ‘Good Girl Bad Girl’ and finding myself hooked beyond belief, it really was a no brainer when it came to agreeing to take part in today’s blitz. Ann Girdharry is back with book two from the ‘Kal Medi’ series with her latest release; ‘London Noir’. Here is my review, enjoy!

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Memory loss, nightmares, the urge to kill – Sophie has it all.
Is it really Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Or something more sinister? Kal is about to find out…

After a near-fatal road accident, Kal helps Sophie, a young girl in trouble.

The girl’s friends are being murdered one by one. Why? And who by?
Kal must kick start herself out of her downward spiral to save the young stranger.
But Kal is in the grip of the London Cartel, and is someone after the girl, or is the girl after someone?

What does TWG think?

Having read the first book in the Kal Medi series a while ago, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t be able to follow all of the events in the latest book. I needn’t have worried however, as despite ‘London Noir’ being part of a series, the storyline was written so that it could be read as a standalone perfectly fine. You don’t HAVE to read the first book in the series as it does read fine on its own. However, I think that to understand Kal’s personality one hundred percent, as well as being able understand hers and Marty’s friendship better, I would advise you read ‘Good Girl Bad Girl’ first.

Let’s get straight to the point – I was absolutely gripped by the latest Kal Medi instalment! So much so I was able to read the book with no interruptions in 2.5 hours. It’s safe to say that I didn’t put the book down! If you’ve read Ann Girdharry’s books, you’ll no doubt agree that once you pop, you just can’t stop. It certainly was the case where this book was concerned, that’s for sure!

It was interesting to see a different side to Kal as in the previous book emotion didn’t seemed to be part of her vocabulary, yet in this book she seemed to think with her heart – much to Marty’s concern! The only real irk i had about this book was the situation with Raphael. I could understand the need for it in the storyline as a distraction, but I couldn’t seem to work out the point of Raphael being part of the storyline overall. Personally, I felt that everything would have still worked if that part was no longer included in the story. I really couldn’t see the point. It felt as though Raphael was just there to fill up some word space. Don’t get me wrong, his character annoyed me something chronic and I understood the need for debt repayment but apart from that…

I enjoyed the thrill and suspenseful nature of the storyline, it did keep me guessing and when the loose ends started to get tied up, i had several ‘ooooohhh yeah!!’ moments. Up until that moment, however, I couldn’t pinpoint ‘whodunnit’ if it stared me in the face. Well….it did kinda, didn’t it!

In all honesty, I found ‘Good Girl Bad Girl’ to be a lot more gut wrenchingly intense than this book, however, I still thoroughly enjoyed ‘London Noir’ and I would recommend this book and the entire series in a heartbeat.

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Author Bio – 

Ann Girdharry is a British crime suspense thriller author.

A trained psychotherapist, she worked for many years as a manager in the not-for-profit sector, for agencies working with carers, vulnerable older people, survivors of abuse, and victims of racial attacks.

She currently lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children.

Her debut novel, GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL, is an ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD Finalist 2017.

Her second crime suspense thriller, LONDON NOIR, will be published October 2017.

She is also author of Chilling Tales of the Unexpected Short Reads.

Author Links

Website www.girdharry.com

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Goodreads www.goodreads.com/AnnGirdharry

Twitter www.twitter.com/GirdharryAnn

#BlogTour! #Extract from ‘Shadows’ by Paul Finch (@paulfinchauthor) @AvonBooksUK

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Thrilled to be taking part in Paul Finch’s blog tour today! I am delighted to be able to share with you an extract from his new novel; ‘Shadows’. Enjoy!

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[Extract 7 from Chapter 8, pp.66-67]

‘He attacks late at night, and not many people are likely to go out to a cashpoint late at night unless they feel relatively safe. These particular cashpoints, because they’re out in the open, will probably be deemed safer than most.’
‘So, if he hangs around these, there’s basically more chance he’ll get lucky,’ Blake said.
‘That’s my reading of it, ma’am, yes.’ Lucy’s finger roved further across the street map. ‘These points also benefit from having getaway routes everywhere. A side passage through to a pedestrianised shopping mall, from where there are half a dozen other points of egress. A subway . . . An overpass that leads to a housing estate. Plus, and this could be very important, they’re all in close proximity to free on-street parking.’
‘You think he’s mobile?’ Blake said.
Lucy shook her head. ‘I don’t know, ma’am. You dress up like a lunatic, pick someone at random, cut them down with a sword and just run off into the night, in most cases leaving them alive to shout for help. . . you’d normally be asking for trouble. I mean that wouldn’t just draw attention to the scene of the
crime, but to you and to whichever route you’ve used to get away. That would normally be the trademark of a disorganised attacker who’s doomed to get nicked pretty quickly. Unless, as we’ve already said, it’s a part of an act, the purpose of which is to conceal the fact he’s actually a very organised offender indeed. I mean, while the cops are running around looking for a grinning maniac, he’s removed his disguise and miraculously become an ordinary citizen again, happily driving home to his house in the
suburbs . . . or something like that.’
Blake contemplated this.
‘Of course, he’s not going to leave his motor on an actual car park,’ Lucy added. ‘I mean, they’re covered much more intensively by security cameras than on-street, and that would reveal his VRM.’
‘You’ve really done your homework on this, haven’t you?’

‘Shadows’ by Paul Finch is available to buy now from Amazon UK