#BlogTour! #Review – #Dark Game by Rachel Lynch (@r_lynchcrime) @canelo_co

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Oh my goodness, isn’t it cold?!

Of course it is, just look at the chilling read I have for you this evening!! I am thrilled to share my review of ‘Dark Game’ by Rachel Lynch as part of the blog tour. What a book!! Big thank you to Canelo for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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After a scandal forces DI Kelly Porter out of the Met, she returns to her home turf in the Lake District. Crimes in the Cumbrian constabulary tend to be of the minor sort, but Kelly begins work on a cold case that shocked the local community – the abduction and brutal murder of ten-year-old Lottie Davies.

Meanwhile, Kelly is also investigating two seemingly straightforward crimes: a case involving an illegal immigrant, and a robbery following the death of local businessman Colin Day. But evidence comes to light that reveals a web of criminal activity beyond anything Kelly imagined. Behind the veneer of sleepy, touristy towns lies a dark and dangerous underworld. As Kelly threatens to expose those with much to lose, she risks paying the ultimate price to get to the truth…

What does TWG think?

I have been waiting to read a book which not only contains crime, but is predominantly police procedural based – I’m sure you can guess how excited I was to read ‘Dark Game’! Rachel Lynch’s book really does live up to it’s not so bright title as yes, the storyline is exceptionally dark. If you’re easily offended, then I suggest not reading this book as the author has incorporated a lot of shocking events into a relatively small space and, whilst I was absolutely hooked from the get go, some readers may find the theme a bit too twisted.

Not me, obviously! That said, if you had mentioned this book to me a couple of years ago –  I would have raised my eyebrow at you and told you not to be so daft (I was a wuss!). Now when I get asked to read dark, crime books such as this one, I jump at the chance whilst also holding on tight as I know it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Kelly is determined to do her best in her new role in the Lake District. After working in the busy Met, Kelly is used to fast paced, tough criminal activity and, even though she has adjusted her mindset to accommodate the pace change, Kelly has no option but to give it her best shot. Oh, she certainly does that alright!!

Clearly I do not want to give anything away as that would be just pointless, so, all I will say is that this storyline is one that just keeps on giving, even when you think everything has slowed down. It hasn’t; the story is just taking a couple of second breather. Basically, keep your attention on the events in this book otherwise you literally will blink and miss something vital. I know I did….once or twice!

I did find some of the themes covered in ‘Dark Game’ exceptionally hard to read, but, it is what it is and unfortunately things like this happen in real life. Even though there were times where I thought to myself ‘what on Earth was that?!’, I refused to put the book down as I was enthralled by Kelly’s confident persona, as well as the gritty and chilling storyline. As far as I was concerned it was a winning combination – I fluffing loved this book (yes that sounds weird considering what it contains, but y’know!!).

‘Dark Game’ is dark, twisted, shocking, chilling, gritty, and exceptionally fast paced. I would love to give this book more than five stars, however, I am not magic by any means but at least the thought was there!

Absolutely brilliant and very, very cleverly written, ‘Dark Game’ will knock your socks off time and time again!

Buy now from Amazon

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#BlogTour! #Review – Little Liar by Clare Boyd (@ClareBoydClark) @Bookouture

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Are you a ‘little liar’? Today I am not lying at all when I say that it is mine turn to host Clare Boyd and ‘Little Liar’, as part of the blog tour for Bookouture! Big thanks to the publisher for the tour invite as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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The perfect family… or the perfect lie?

To the outside world, Gemma Bradley has it all – a doting husband, high-flying career and two delightful kids – but inside the four walls of her tastefully renovated home, she is a mother at her wits’ end who has given too many last warnings and counted to ten too many times.

When a child’s scream pierces the night, Gemma’s neighbour does what anyone would do: she calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe.

Gemma knows she hasn’t done anything wrong, but the more she fights to defend the family she loves, the more her flawless life begins to crumble around her. Is the carefully guarded secret she’s been keeping suddenly in danger of breaking free?

When Rosie disappears, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame. That is, until she discovers that Rosie has been keeping dark secrets of her own in a pink plastic diary.

Distraught and terrified, Gemma doesn’t know where to turn.
The only thing she knows is that her daughter’s life is in danger…

What does TWG think?

Don’t you just HATE interfering people? Of course there are times where people interfere out of the goodness of their own hearts, and in a completely unobtrusive manner. Those times are rare, but let’s be positive here.

All children scream, cry and have tantrums, don’t they? Is a child’s scream really worth calling the police for? How do you know where the fine line between child tantrum and child abuse begin? You don’t. Do you take the chance and call the police based on your own anxieties regarding the situation, even if you haven’t got all of the facts? Well, Gemma’s neighbour decided that that route was the right one to go down. I however, have my own opinion on certain events in this book, and I am sure you will too when you read it.

Nobody really knows what happens behind closed doors, because if you did, you’d be considered a stalker and seeing as Gemma’s life is about to be turned upside down, I really don’t think a stalker would help her out much, do you?

The plot behind ‘Little Liar’ had me gripped as I wanted to find out what the truth was. I wanted to find out what was running through Gemma’s mind and to be frank, I just HAD to know what was going through Gemma’s neighbours’ mind. There is so much information to sink your teeth into where this book is concerned, and the author maintains that gripping storyline with a brilliantly paced plot, leaving room for reader interpretation and vivid imaginations. In theory, the truth behind the matter is actually right in front of our eyes, but due to the hint of psychologically challenged situations, us readers are led to believe that the colour red isn’t in fact red at all.

‘Little Liar’ had me hooked, leaving me with bated breath every time I turned the page. For that reason alone, I found myself feeling a little disappointed with the last portion of the story, as I felt that the book came to an end with a huge question mark looming over its chapters. I was incredibly impressed by this strong, cleverly written storyline which is what made my disappoint even more evident in my eyes.

That said, that’s just me and everyone is different, but all in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Don’t get me wrong, my nerves were shot to shizzle, but what more could you ask for where a psychological thriller is concerned?!

Buy now.

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

 

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Camera Lies by AB Morgan (@AliMorgan2304) @BloodHoundBook

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Delighted to be kicking off AB Morgan’s blog blitz today for her chilling new novel, The Camera Lies. Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Konrad Neale is a television presenter. His waning career has been given a new lease of life since he took on a series of hard-hitting documentaries that investigate miscarriages of justice.
Matthew Hawley has been convicted of the brutal murder of his wealthy attractive wife Helena. However, he has no memory of the events and insists he is not responsible for willingly killing her. 
When Konrad interviews Matthew in prison, he explores the details of the murder and the possible motives behind it. But all is not as it seems.
Did Matthew murder his wife? 
Soon the search is on to identify who else might be involved in the murder of Helena and Konrad is about to learn that sometimes the camera lies.

What does TWG think?

If you think you know what’s going to happen in this book – think again!!

Yes, the start of this book is a little bit slow and took a while to get into, BUT those few chapters were vital in setting the scene for each individual character. It didn’t take long for the storyline to cement the fact that something had gone incredibly wrong. What that was, however, remained under lock and key for multiple chapters. Fingers were pointing  at certain characters from all different directions, yet there was still a massive question mark looming over the certainty of their actions. Why did he commit a murder? Why doesn’t he remember it, surely someone would remember actively murdering another human being…right?

Once the pace of the storyline picked up a little bit, I was absolutely hooked by the gripping events which occurred rather frequently. I couldn’t get my head round why Matthew didn’t remember murdering his wife! There must be a logical reason but, seeing as I am not educated in that way, I had absolutely no idea which made this storyline even more chilling.

I love AB Morgan’s writing as she tells the story for what it is, rather than making it socially acceptable and keeping things covered. When events happened, AB Morgan made them very clear, leaving room for the reader to interpret the order of events in their own mind, before revealing the truth later on in the book. Despite being gruesome, I appreciated the black and white attention to detail, as it made the plot all the more realistic.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading such a chilling, addictive, and highly jaw dropping novel. What a book! Highly recommended.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#QuickReads! #LaunchDay2018 – #Review – Cut Off by @MarkBillingham and Clean Break by @MsTamarCohen @readingagency @ed_pr

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Quick Reads – the books which may be small, yet they pack a punch at only £1. So, what’s the catch? There isn’t one. Aside from the fact Quick Reads are that; quick, they actually serve an important purpose.

Here is some more information about Quick Reads and how they could help someone you know.
(Information taken from Quick Reads Press Release with permission)

Quick Reads was founded by Baroness Gail Rebuck DBE in 2006 to provide shorter, easier to read, accessible fiction for less confident adult readers. Now in its 12 th year, the programme has distributed over 4.8 million books since it was launched and introduced hundreds of thousands of new readers each year to the joys and benefits of reading.

One in six adults in the UK struggles with reading, whilst one in three does not read for
pleasure; Quick Reads are designed to break down the barriers that prevent people from picking up a book. 95% of literacy practitioners report that using Quick Reads has been effective at raising learners’ confidence in reading, whilst 91% say that the books have been effective at improving readers’ literacy skills.

Isn’t it amazing what just £1 can do? 2018 sees the release of six new Quick Reads written by; Dorothy Koomson, Tammy Cohen, Kit De Waal, Vaseem Khan, Mark Billingham, and last but not leas, Fern Britton. When the ReadingAgency got in touch asking me to promote these books on their publication day (today woo!!), I jumped at the chance. I think these books are absolutely fantastic, especially if they can help someone read, or even fall in love with reading. Despite being an avid reader myself, I sat and read two of these books and I absolutely loved them. So you see, whilst they play a vital role in helping adults read, they also are the light-bites of the book world. What more could you ask for?

Today I am sharing my reviews of two Quick Reads titles; Clean Break by Tammy Cohen, and Cut Off by Mark Billingham. Don’t fret though, I don’t do spoilers in my other reviews, so I won’t start now.

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Step into a thrilling Quick Read from number one bestselling crime fiction author Mark Billingham.

It’s the moment we all fear: losing our phone, leaving us cut off from family and friends. But, for Louise, losing hers in a local café takes her somewhere much darker.

After many hours of panic, Louise is relieved when someone gets in touch offering to return the phone. From then on she is impatient to get back to normal life.

But when they meet on the beach, Louise realises you should be careful what you wish for…

If you enjoyed Cut Off, try Love Like Blood, the latest novel in the series starring Mark Billingham’s detective hero, DI Tom Thorne.

What does TWG think?

What an absolute rollercoaster ride! ‘Cut Off’ grabbed my attention straight away with its focus on mobile phones. You know, the item that nobody leaves a room without, heaven forbid even leaving their home without it. I admit, I am glued to my phone, and the way in which Mark Billingham told his story sent shivers down my spine. Imagine if what happened to Louise, happened to you? How freaky!

For such a compact story, ‘Cut Off’ really does pack a punch, keeping the high level of intensity until the very last page. I was slightly disappointed with the ending as I was so hooked on the storyline, I felt that there were still some loose ends needing tied up. However, I would certainly recommend this if you enjoy your intense and chilling reads, or if you just want to try something new.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Mark Billingham (Cut Off, Little Brown):
Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won the Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. All of his novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne have been Sunday Times bestsellers. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne. A new series based on the novels In The Dark and Time Of Death was broadcast on BBC 1 in 2017. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.

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Marriage is complicated, especially for Kate. Her husband Jack has a temper on him, and has been an absent father for years. Kate knows it’s time for a divorce. The trouble is, Jack refuses. And now that he has found out Kate has met another man, his jealous rages escalate. Can Kate rid herself of her jealous husband before it’s too late?

What does TWG think?

Right, I know people say that nobody knows what happens behind closed doors, or don’t judge someone’s story until you know all of the facts, BUT, whilst they are extremely valid points, I am about to go against one because I am a reviewer (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

What planet is Kate on? You either want something or you don’t. You don’t dangle the carrot in front of the horse and then moan because he grabs it! I mean, come on! Kate obviously had her reasons as to why she reached the decision she did, which of course is fair enough. On the other side of the coin, I can see WHY she reached that decision to a point (all becomes clear as the story goes on) and, whilst I don’t condone Jack’s behaviour, I did feel a teeny bit sorry for him.

My opinion did change though, as I’m sure you’ll find out when you read it. ‘Clean Break’ had my jaw dropping to the floor on multiple occasions, as well as ensuring every single hair on my arms stood to attention for the duration of the book. It’s not that this book is chilling as such, it is incredibly intense and psychologically shocking. I am extremely impressed at how much the author has made this book deliver in such a small amount of pages. Amazing story telling once again from Tammy Cohen. Highly recommend.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Tammy Cohen (Clean Break, Transworld):
Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote under her formal name Tamar Cohen) has a growing backlist of acclaimed novels of domestic noir including: The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else’s Wedding. Her break-out psychological suspense thriller was The Broken, followed by Dying for Christmas, First One Missing and When She Was Bad. She lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog.

About The Reading Agency:
The Reading Agency is the leading charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with our partners, our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.  www.readingagency.org.uk

For more information on all of the other titles in the Quick Reads 2018 collection, titles are available from today on Amazon and all good bookshops.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Daughter by Lucy Dawson (@LucyDawsonBooks) @Bookouture

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Super excited to be hosting Lucy Dawson alongside my lovely blogger friend, Chocolate ‘N’Waffles! ‘The Daughter’ is such a nail-biting read, and I thrilled to be sharing my review with you all today as part of the blog tour. As always, huge thanks to Bookouture for the ARC and the tour invite. Here is my review:

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You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. Now someone’s determined to make you pay…

Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

What does TWG think?

Oooooohhhhh my goodness me. Let me just get this bit out of the way first – I found a portion of ‘The Daughter’ exceptionally difficult to read as my own daughter is a similar age to one of the characters in the book. I’m not going to lie, it even brought tears to my eyes. How daft is that?

Right, now I have admitted that let’s get to the good bits!

Once I overcame my little wobble at the beginning, it didn’t take me long to fall under Lucy Dawson’s spell. Jess has had an incredibly tough time where her daughter, Beth, is concerned, but whoever said time is a healer was a liar. Poor Jess will pay for that for the rest of her life and, just when she thought she was able to move on with her life, her past comes back to haunt her. It seems as though other people haven’t quite forgotten that one memorable day, either!

I felt so, so sorry for Jess and everything she had to go through. Of course there were times where I thought she was bringing a little bit of it on herself, especially as she just couldn’t seem to let go of a certain person and its situation. I had to stop myself from shouting at the book ‘walk away you dozy mare!!’, but I don’t think my daughter would have appreciated being woken up by my shouts.

Did I have an inkling about where the storyline was heading?

Did I hell!! Even though I had a bit of scepticism towards one character in particular, I still couldn’t decide who was the culprit and why. There was so much pointing in one direction, with still so much pointing in another direction – I couldn’t have called it even if I wanted to! Everything was just so close the entire way through. I loved how Lucy Dawson was able to keep me guessing until the very end, teasing me with little things to try to change the direction of my thoughts. Very, very cleverly done.

In all honesty, I am quite surprised to find that I am still breathing, as there were moments where I was holding my breath, unsure of what lay ahead when I turned the page.

‘The Daughter’ is an incredibly gripping and intense read, full of hard to swallow scenarios, and cleverly woven situations. I really did enjoy this one!

Buy now from Amazon UK
Buy now from Amazon US

About the author
Bestselling author Lucy Dawson has had six books published, and her work has been translated into numerous languages. Lucy read Psychology at Warwick University before working as a magazine editor. She now writes full time and lives in Devon with her husband and children.

#BlogTour! #Review – Liars by Frances Vick (@FranVicksays) @Bookouture

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Are we all ‘Liars’? Seeing as this is a blog tour and I am about to share my honest opinion of Frances Vick’s new release, ‘Liars’, I can safely say that I am no liar. But who is? 😉

Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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He loves you. He’d do anything for you. But you don’t even know his name.

Jenny hasn’t had an easy life – no job and no money, with a sick mother and an abusive ex-stepfather. Not that anybody cares, she’s from the wrong side of town.

David has taken care of Jenny ever since they were at school together. He knows how special she is, how much she needs his support. David has a lot of love to give.

Jenny and David aren’t in a relationship. They aren’t even friends.

Jenny thinks she’s free to do what she wants, see who she likes. What does David think? Well, you’ll have to find out.

What does TWG think?

Good golly Miss Molly! This book completely funked over my brain! There I was, minding my own business, when all of a sudden everything I thought about the storyline was no longer…..true. Hell, I’m surprised the characters names were correct! Yes, yes, there were moments after the book played with my head something chronic, that I was just waiting for the characters names to end up being a lie.

Isn’t it crazy what one storyline can do to your mind?

I am being extremely careful with my review as I really don’t want to give anything anyway, especially as every little detail plays a huge part in the overall vibe of the book.

I am genuinely surprised that I managed to put my jaw back in its correct place! It seem to spend a lot of the duration of the novel, hanging down in shock! Every time I turned the page, there was yet another thing waiting to shock me or funk my head up in even more. I really didn’t know who to believe. The character who I ended up showing more empathy towards, ended up being extremely colourful and weirdly so, I felt a bit betrayed. How daft does that sound?

‘Liars’ kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I did find the first part a little on the slow side, but after finishing the book, I can see why the author has written it that way as it’s a bit like ‘the calm before the storm’. Plus, setting the scene where this book is concerned, is extremely important because as readers, we need to create a picture in our own minds about what might happen. Without Frances Vick spoon-feeding parts of the storyline to begin with, I really don’t think that the book would have gripped me as much as it did.

Incredibly clever, highly gripping and incredibly intense, ‘Liars’ will leave you thinking that every single person is a liar….including yourself. Fabulous.

Buy now from Amazon

Author Bio:

The only child of parents who worked at a top security psychiatric hospital, Frances Vick grew up receiving disquieting notes and presents from the patients. Expelled from school, she spent the next few years on the dole, augmenting her income by providing security and crewing for gigs, and being a medical experiment guinea pig. Later jobs included working in a theatre in Manhattan, teaching English in Japanese Junior High Schools, and being a life model in Italy, before coming back to London and working with young offenders and refugees. Her first novel ‘Chinaski’ was published in 2014, her second, bestselling novel ‘Bad Little Girl’ came out in February 2017. Liars is out now.

 Author Social Media Links:

TWITTER: @franvicksays

WEBSITE: www.francesvick.co.

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

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9843604.Frances_Vick

 

#BlogBlitz! #Review – No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine (@CherylElaine15) @Rararesources

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It’s my turn on the third, and final day of the ‘No Ordinary Girl, blog blitz. Big thanks to RaRaResources for the invite, as well as an ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound. The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.

Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?

Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?

This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.

Warning – contains extremely graphic content which may be upsetting to some readers.

What does TWG think?

Oh my (*insert swear word here*) goodness!!!!! Before I go any further, please be aware that this book contains extremely graphic, violent and sadistic scenes. If you’re not a fan of highly graphic, non-consensual sexual violence, then this book is 100% not for you.

Right, now the warnings are out of the way, let’s talk about my thoughts of the book!

The fact that I don’t read blurbs, really did come back to bite me on my behind when I started to read ‘No Ordinary Girl’. I had seen people talking about it on social media, saying how it was certainly a different type of thriller to what they have read before. I didn’t take their views on board as I naively thought to myself, ‘nahhhh, it can’t be that bad!’. Do I wish I had paid attention to what other people were saying about the book? No, because my thoughts were right – the book wasn’t THAT BAD at all. Not in that sense anyway!

The characters were worse than bad – they were evil (well, most of them!). Despite being severely unsure of the book the more of it I read, I couldn’t even put it down. There were times where I thought I was going to be physically sick due to the disgusting actions of multiple characters, yet in a weird sort of way, that spurred me on to get through the book to find out what happened. Part of head kept shouting ‘put the book down, this is sick!!’, yet the another part of my head went; ‘OMG what happens next? Is everyone safe?’. I was torn, yet there was just something so disgustingly gripping about ‘No Ordinary Girl’, I had to see it through to the end.

I cannot believe how much attention to detail the author included in this storyline. I have to admit, I did question the authors’ sanity (no offence haha) as everything seemed so vivid. What on Earth was going through the author’s mind to write such vile scenarios? How the heck did she know about these sorts of things?! I am actually meaning all of this in a good way, just to clarify! Cheryl Elaine quite clearly has an incredible talent for writing – she certainly knows how to pull her readers in and never let them go! Bit like several of her characters as well!

Whilst ‘No Ordinary Girl’ repulsed me on various levels, it also took me prisoner with its clever, enigmatic and severely chilling storyline. Yes this book is the most graphic book I think I have ever read, but good golly Miss Molly – Cheryl Elaine has managed to pull it off one hundred percent.

‘No Ordinary Girl’ is one of those books where you feel like you should hate it due to what the storyline contains, yet you can’t help being gripped by it, bringing the book into multiple conversations afterwards (yes, I have done that!).

I am extremely impressed by Cheryl Elaine’s skills! This book went so far over the line it disappeared but, I have to admit, it was very cleverly executed (pardon the pun) and highly chilling. Am I weird for saying I really enjoyed this one?

Buy now from Amazon

Author bio

Cheryl Elaine was born in Germany but moved to Northern Ireland as a young child. She then moved to Yorkshire where she spent most of her childhood and this is where she currently resides with her husband and 3 daughters. 

Cheryl Elaine is an avid reader and enjoys watching horror movies – the more gruesome the better! She enjoys travelling and socialising but also loves spending time at home with her family and her ever expanding menagerie which currently includes 2 dogs, a budgie, 2 fish and a rat called Rocky!

Website – http://www.cherylelaine.co.uk
Twitter – @CherylElaine15
Insta – cherylelaine15

Giveaway!

To be in with the chance of winning 1 of 3 signed copies of ‘No Ordinary Girl’ by Cheryl Elaine, all you need to do is enter the giveaway here. Good luck!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Abandoned by Sharon Thompson (@SharontWriter) @BloodHoundBook

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Delighted to be kicking off Sharon Thompson’s blog tour today, alongside many other bloggers! Big thanks to Sarah Hardy for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of ‘The Abandoned’. Here is my review:

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Peggy Bowden has not had an easy life. As a teenager her mother was committed to an asylum and then a local priest forced her into an abusive marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident Peggy sees an opportunity to start again and trains as a midwife.

 In 1950s Dublin it is not easy for a woman to make a living and Peggy sees a chance to start a business and soon a lucrative maternity home is up and running. But when Peggy realizes that the lack of birth control is an issue for women, she uses their plight as a way to make more money. Very soon Peggy is on the wrong side of the law.

 What makes a woman decide to walk down a dark path? Can Peggy ever get back on the straight and narrow? Or will she have to pay for her crimes?

 

Set against the backdrop of Ireland in the 1950’s The Abandoned tells the story of one woman’s fight for survival and her journey into the underbelly of a dangerous criminal world.

What does TWG think?

Oh my flipping goodness!!!!! They weren’t wrong when they called this book a ‘thriller’, were they?!

I have to admit – I struggled with ‘The Abandoned’ to begin with. I spent several chapters thinking ‘what the flip flop am I reading?’, yet I was far too intrigued to stop reading! I know, I know – I don’t understand myself either! When you read this book you might understand where I am coming from.

‘The Abandoned’ is rather dark and quite often disturbing. Well, I thought so anyway! The more of the storyline I read, the more in tune I became with the characters way of life, and the outcomes of the situations in which they found themselves in (even though most of it was their own doing but let’s not split hairs!!!).

I cannot believe I am about to say this, but several times throughout the book I actually found myself feeling sorry for Peggy. She had the vibe of a very lost soul who can no longer find her way in life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning the things she got up to at all – they were horrendous, I just felt sorry for her and the fact she was incredibly lonely.

However, my empathy for such a character only went so far! Just when I thought we were seeing a different side to Peggy, she stuck two fingers up at the law and carried on the only way she knew how – the wrong way.

I loved how fast paced and chilling every part of this novel was, as it certainly kept me on my toes from start to finish, keeping my level of intrigued peaked until the very last second.

Dark, disturbing, dangerous, and quite weirdly fabulous, the chances of you abandoning ‘The Abandoned’ are quote slim to nil – it really is THAT addictive!

‘The Abandoned’ is available to buy right NOW from Amazon.

About the author.

Sharon Thompson lives in Donegal, Ireland. She is a member of Imagine, Write, Inspire. This is a writing group, under the mentorship of HarperCollins author Carmel Harrington. Sharon’s short stories have been published in various literary magazines and websites. #WritersWise is her collaboration with writer, Dr Liam Farrell. This is a trending, fortnightly, promotional tweet-chat with corresponding Facebook page and website (www.writerswise1.wordpress.com). Its mission is to encourage and support writers to reach as wide an audience as possible. Although she mostly writes crime fiction, Sharon does have a fun-side and she writes the quirky Woman’s Words column for the Donegal Woman wesbiteSharon Thompson. Writing Fun is her writing page on Facebook and she tweets @sharontwriter.
Links:
 Website // Twitter //  Facebook

 

#CoverReveal! #DeadlySecrets by Robert Bryndza (@RobertBryndza) @Bookouture #Comingsoon

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Another cover reveal for you today! If you’re a fan of Robert Bryndza, you will love this! Just remember to breathe between now and the end of this post….I really don’t want any lawsuits on my hands!

Ready?

Steady?

Go……!!!

DEADLY SECRETS FINAL

To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask. 

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman. 

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…

Oh doesn’t this sound good!! ‘Deadly Secrets’ is set to be published in April but it can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.

About the author: 
 
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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#CoverReveal! #TheChildNextDoor by Shalini Boland (@ShaliniBoland) @Bookouture

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Wahey! Another cover reveal today and this one is for Shalini Boland’s upcoming novel, ‘The Child Next Door’ which is due for publication at the end of March. I am rather eager to read this one!

Ready to see the cover?

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‘Don’t take my baby.’

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing up the stairs to check on her new-born, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare.

She hears an unknown male voice in the baby monitor. Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

In the bedroom, her daughter is safe asleep in her cot. But the voice must be coming from a nearby house. And there aren’t any other children living on her quiet country road…

The police don’t believe her. And neither does her husband.

Kirstie knows something isn’t right. She thought she could trust her neighbours, now she isn’t sure. As she unravels the secrets of the people living on her street, Kirstie’s perfect life begins to fall apart.

Because someone is hiding a terrible lie. And they will do anything to stop Kirstie uncovering the truth. But is the danger closer to home than she thinks?

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother, this completely gripping psychological thriller will make you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors.

Oh my god – how thrilling does this sound? I don’t usually read blurbs but I couldn’t help it after seeing the first line of it! ‘The Child Next Door’ sounds like it is going to be an absolute belter of a read!

If you think so too, you can pre-order your copy of ‘The Child Next Door’ right now from Amazon.

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