#BlogTour! #Review – Kiss of Death by Paul Finch (@paulfinchauthor) @AvonBooksUK #KissOfDeath

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Excuse my lateness with my review of Paul Finch’s ‘Kiss Of Death’, but I literally have just finished reading it! Big thank you to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book – here is my review:

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Don’t let them catch you…

A Deadly Hunt
DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg has been tasked with retrieving one of the UK’s most wanted men. But the trail runs cold when Heck discovers a video tape showing the fugitive in a fight for his life. A fight he has no chance of winning.

A Dangerous Game
Heck realises that there’s another player in this game of cat and mouse, and this time, they’ve not just caught the prize: they’ve made sure no one else ever does.

A Man Who Plays With Fire
How far will Heck and his team go to protect some of the UK’s most brutal killers? And what price is he willing to pay?

What does TWG think?

I don’t usually do this, and I one who dislikes reviews with swearing in, but I have to break my rule just this once as I don’t think a measly ‘oh my goodness!’ will cut the mustard this time around.

Fucking hell! I mean….fuuuuuucking hell! What an ending!!!!!! I have never read anything like it, and I am also extremely gutted that the next book in the series is not available right this second (there had better be another book in the series!). There’s nothing like leaving your readers hanging is there? Usually I dislike endings where I find myself with multiple questions instead of getting things resolved, yet this just….works. No, wait, it doesn’t just work, it’s absolutely genius.

I must admit that I haven’t read many of the ‘Detective Mark Heckenburg’ series, nor have I read them in order. However, ‘Kiss Of Death’ was a belter of a read as a standalone. Of course I must have missed out on the basic background of good ol’ Heck and Gemma, but seeing as my knuckles went white as I gripped the kindle whilst I was reading ‘Kiss Of Death’, I have a slight feeling that I will be going back to book one and binge reading them all. In fact, that is exactly what I am going to do – how can I not?! Paul Finch is a genius!!!!

Heck seems to have his own set of rules where his job is concerned, especially if it means him being smack bang in the firing line despite being told to step away by his superiors. Heck’s colleagues all know that they have to follow procedures and do things by the book, however Heck’s memo with that on seems to have been mislaid….every time. I found his bulshyness quite arrogant yet it ended up being quite endearing as his passion pushed aside the arrogance like no tomorrow.

If you’re after a story which raises your heart rate, keeps you glued to your seat, makes your jaw hang open like you’re pretending to be a fish, as well as gripping hold of things like you’re about to fall off, then ‘Kiss Of Death’ is PERFECT for you. Don’t shoot me here, but I wasn’t overly keen on the book when I first started reading it. It took me at least 30 odd percent before I was able to lose myself in Heck’s powerful persuasion’s and Paul Finch’s gripping storyline – I felt that the pace was too slow to begin with which ended up making the hook a lot slower to do its job. However, once the book surpassed the 30 odd percent mark, I became gripped by what my eyes were reading. It’s gruesome, I won’t lie, but yet again Paul Finch makes it work!

The more of ‘Kiss Of Death’ I read, the faster the pace became and the more intense the situations within the storyline became. There was so much to keep focused on, I couldn’t help but feel as though my head was turning in every direction to keep up with Heck and the gang as they attempt to take on another, well, gang. No, I’m not complaining either!

Despite my earlier reservations, ‘Kiss Of Death’ ended up surpassing all of my expectations, making this one of the best books I have read so far this year! I am so pleased I ignored my earlier thoughts as what a cracking (literally), spine tingling, chilling, and utterly, utterly suspenseful read this turned out to be. I’ve said it once but I will say it again – that ending!!!!! Paul Finch has certainly got his readers where he wants them, and given the outstanding strength of his latest novel, I will be standing here with bells on waiting for the next book in the series!!!

Out-flipping-standing – give this man an award! Brilliant. Intense. Absolute GENIUS!

Buy now!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Never Say Goodbye by Richard Parker (@BookWalter) @Bookouture


Super excited to be shouting about Richard Parker’s new novel, ‘Never Say Goodbye’, for my stop on the blog tour. Big thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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Somewhere in this city… she’s waiting to be found.

When the body of an innocent woman is found stabbed in her otherwise pristine bedroom, Detective Tom Fabian is called in to lead the investigation. It’s the latest in a series of seemingly random murders all over London, which Tom suspects might be linked… but how?

Just when Tom feels all his leads have run dry, he discovers a startling connection between the victims. The killer is tracing a sinister web of murder through the capital – but where does it lead, and who is next?

But then another victim is found, just as Tom’s wife and teenage daughter find themselves in grave danger. Is it a coincidence, or has his job put his family at risk? Has Tom unknowingly sacrificed those he loves most to the darkest case of his career… and can he catch the killer before he strikes again?

What does TWG think?

Richard Parker is back, baby!! I was wondering how the author was going to outdo himself on his previous series (if you haven’t read it, you must – just don’t eat whilst you read!), but I have to say folks – I am very, very impressed.

‘Never Say Goodbye’ is the first novel in Parker’s new series, and if the rest of the series is anything like this one, I will be one very happy reader.

Detective Tom Fabian has a task and a half in front of him as he tries to reach the bottom of several recent stabbings. Are they all linked? Was the culprit the same for all of the stabbings? Why were the victims targeted? So many questions for Tom to try to get the answers for, yet the amount of time he has to answer them is diminishing far too quickly.

From the very beginning, Parker pulled me into his storyline like a puppet on a string. He had me hooked. He had me intrigued. And he even had me going nowhere. Sorry child and dog, fend for yourselves! Even though ‘Never Say Goodbye’ is the beginning of a new series, the plot and the characters were extremely well established – I have no idea how Richard Parker does it but it just goes to show that this author is an incredibly talented man if he can make me feel as though I was reading a novel in an already established series, never mind being the FIRST one! I mean, amazing….really.

The pace is absolutely spot on. The grit is overflowing. What more could you want? I know I am being incredibly vague with my review, but due to the authors complex storyline, I don’t wish to accidentally give anything away. You really do need to read ‘Never Say Goodbye’ with no interruptions and an empty bladder,  whilst also knowing a minimal amount of information regarding this book beforehand.

Just trust me when I say this – Richard Parker has written such an addictive, fast paced, intense novel which left me gagging for more. What an incredible start to a very, very promising new series.

Buy now!

About the author.

Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted stand alone thrillers.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook // Twitter // Website // Instagram

#BlogTour! #Review – Strangers On A Bridge by Louise Mangos (@LouiseMangos) @HQDigitalUK

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Second blog tour for HQ today, this time I have the pleasure of closing the blog tour for Louise Mangos and ‘Strangers On A Bridge’. Big thanks to the team at HQ for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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She should never have saved him.

When Alice Reed goes on her regular morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she doesn’t expect to save a man from suicide. But she does. And it is her first mistake.

Adamant they have an instant connection, Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker and his obsession with Alice grows stronger.

In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.

To what lengths will Alice go to protect herself and her family?

What does TWG think?

I really didn’t know what to think of the storyline at first. My opinion about Alice’s actions was surrounded by a big question mark as, whilst I thought it was admirable, I couldn’t help but wonder why she did it. Maybe it was her job which gave her the nudge to take that step towards a stranger? Maybe it was her own conscience which enable her to put one foot in front of the other towards a stranger? I don’t know. Personally, the concept of suicide is extremely cut throat due to my own dad committing suicide two years ago, and the fact that someone got saved from that was pretty surreal.  But honestly, how many of us would do that for a stranger? Our first instincts may be to say a big, fat yes, but would that outcome change if we were faced with that choice one day whilst we were minding our own business?

I expected the stranger’s reaction to be what it was, and I also had an inkling that they thought they were going to find their new BFF in Alice. However, what I didn’t foresee was the extent of the stranger’s actions – they seemed to go from nought to one hundred in the blink of an eye! I was very impressed by the intricate details that were woven flawlessly into the storyline, there were times where I even found myself thinking ‘errrrrrr come again?’. Unfortunately the stranger did in fact, come again, but the longer he had Alice in sight, the more determined the stranger seemed to become.

I probably shouldn’t say this, but the stranger’s personality intrigued me greatly as I just wanted to delve into his psyche to find out the root of his actions, that’s even if he knew them himself.

The more the story progressed, the more I became accustom to the rollercoaster ride that was Alice’s life. She became so…what’s the word…obsessed with the stranger, her logical thinking was well and truly clouded. Did she bring on the family rift herself? Or did she end up unknowingly becoming the person she tries to stop her clients from becoming?

I loved the psychological aspect to ‘Strangers On The Bridge’ as it is a subject that greatly interests me, so I was very engrossed in how the author managed to make that theme the forefront of her storyline as though she woke up one day and decided to have a blueberry muffin instead of a chocolate one. It was made out not to be a big deal, even though it most definitely WAS a big deal and for that, Louise Mangos’ goes up in my estimations dramatically.

Overall I thought that ‘Strangers On A Bridge’ was a gritty, engaging, and psychologically addictive debut novel, which was written in a way that made me sit up and take notice. Very, very promising – I am rather intrigued to see what Louise Mangos’ brings out next!

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – In Bloom by C.J.Skuse (@CJSkuse) @HQStories

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It may be raining in places but, thanks to C.J.Skuse, something is definitely ‘In Bloom’! Maybe a few sweet pea’s or something, I don’t know! Anyway, I am delighted to be reviewing ‘In Bloom’ as part of the blog tour organised by HQStories. Big thanks to the team for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free.

Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

But can a killer’s urges ever really be curbed?

What does TWG think?

Don’t shout at me, but I read ‘In Bloom’ without reading the prequel to this, ‘Sweetpea’. I know, I know – I’m bad!  Thankfully I was able to read ‘In Bloom’ perfectly fine without reading the previous novel, however, I would recommend reading ‘Sweetpea’ as there were references to the flower in this book and I had no idea how or why Rhiannon was associated to them.

Having heard so much about ‘Sweetpea’, I was so excited to delve into C.J.Skuse’s latest novel. I didn’t really have any expectations in mind before I started reading, but even if I did, they would have been completely blown out of the water anyway!

I couldn’t help laughing out loud throughout the entire novel, and I couldn’t help feeling quite bad about my laughter considering the nature of the storyline! Please note – I wasn’t laughing at the theme’s, I was laughing at how Rhiannon was portrayed, her actions, as well as the stuff that flew out of her mouth. I would say that I have found a new favourite line, but I think that may be a spoiler. It does contain several ‘fs’, so I will leave it up to you to find that line in the book yourself. Put it this way, I was glad I put my cup of tea down before I turned the page otherwise I would have spat it out laughing!

‘In Bloom’ is blooming hilarious and it really shouldn’t be, but it is, and it works! Don’t get me wrong, the antics of several of the characters was very cut throat, gruesome, and rather, ermm……twisted, but the way in which C.J.Skuse delivered those actions in such a hilariously dark, gritty and fiery manner, made me feel less guilty for laughing at axe’s and things….

Like I said above, I had no expectations regarding ‘In Bloom’ at all. I had a feeling that I would need to read the book with an open mind after what I had seen on social media, so I did and, because of that, I was able to appreciate the storyline in its entirety without any preconceptions of the contents.

There were moments whilst reading this novel where I felt like I shouldn’t be liking it as it is everything that I’m not, however, that is also the reason why I really did enjoy ‘In Bloom’ as it IS unique. It IS memorable. It IS one of those books that you will either love or hate, bit like marmite and seeing as I love marmite, I am so thrilled that I ended up loving this book.

‘In Bloom’ is a novel that, if you had given it to me several years back, I would have said that it was completely out of my comfort zone. But now? I can honestly say that this is an outrageously hilarious, twisted, dark, shocking novel which left my sides aching with laughter and my mind going ‘what the begonia did I just read?!’.

I have everything crossed that Rhiannon comes back again as I have a feeling that her story is far from over!! What a book!

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#BlogTour! #Extract – 11 Missed Calls by Elisabeth Carpenter (@LibbyCPT) @AvonBooksUK

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Today for my stop on the ’11 Missed Calls’ blog tour, I will be sharing an extract from Elisabeth Carpenter’s new book. Enjoy!

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Here are two things I know about my mother:
1. She had dark hair, like mine.
2. She wasn’t very happy at the end.

Anna has always believed that her mother, Debbie, died 30 years ago on the night she disappeared.

But when her father gets a strange note, she realises that she’s never been told the full story of what happened that night on the cliff.

Confused and upset, Anna turns to her husband Jack – but when she finds a love letter from another woman in his wallet, she realises there’s no-one left to help her, least of all her family.

And then a body is found…

Extract.

I grab my laptop and take it into the living room. I still don’t know what to say in my reply to Debbie. It is too important to just fire off a few words when I have a whole lifetime to write about. She won’t be expecting a message from me, but I doubt Monica or Dad have replied yet. They would have told me if they had, though I’m not sure of anything these days.

‘Just ask to meet,’ says Jack, reading my mind. ‘You don’t have to write an essay. If she is who she says she is, then you’ll find out soon enough.’

Perhaps it is as simple as that. There is a tiny part of me – self-preservation, again – that tells me not to give too much away in an email. She must earn the right to hear my news. The least she could do is meet me.

I click on the email forwarded by Dad. I already know her words off by heart, but I still read it. ‘The memories of shells and sweet things …’ No one else could know about that.

I type out the reply before I can think about it, and press send.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Affair by Sheryl Browne (@SherylBrowne) @Bookouture


Day two of Sheryl Browne’s blog blitz is here!! I am trying my hardest not to pee in excitement as I get to share my review of ‘The Affair’. What an absolute BELTER of a book this is. Honestly, you won’t be disappointed! If you don’t believe me with that alone, you can read my review below. Big thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC.


The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.

You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.

You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.

You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.

You will judge her, just like everyone else.

You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.

What does TWG think?

Seriously folks, what the FUDGE! Oh….my…actual…flipping…goodness! I just….HAH. Apologies, I will try to fill this review with proper sentences, honestly. I’m just struggling to get my head around what I have recently read. ‘The Affair’ isn’t a novel that will give you a bit of a headfunk then leave you to finish your cornflakes in peace. No. Completely the opposite in fact! Not only did my head seem content with going at the speed of light, every time I turned the page of the book, the storyline decided to take over my thoughts and if I didn’t sleep properly before now, I certainly didn’t last night!

Straight away the author drops a metaphoric bomb on the book. No joke. There’s no easing in the storyline, no holding your hand and preparing you for situations later on down the line. None of that. If you’re wanting a read which keeps you on the edge of your seat from the word ‘go’, turns your spine into a tingling mess, and completely rips your emotions apart, you certainly won’t go wrong with ‘The Affair’.

I was aware that Sheryl Browne was good at tearing me apart after reading her previous novel, but this one is a whole new ball game. It didn’t just tear me apart, it hung me out to dry and left me completely and utterly broken. I wish I was being overdramatic but I’m actually not. Browne has outdone herself with the intense depth, cleverly crafted storyline, and copious amounts of ‘what ifs’, ‘whodunit’, ‘whys’ and goodness knows what else. Having read a lot of psychological thrillers already this year, it is taking a lot to impress me. That said, Browne clearly had no problem whatsoever in impressing me with ‘The Affair’, and I am still blown away by the hard-hitting words my mind digested.

The only thing I would say as a slight irk, is that I found Alicia an extremely weak character, even when she was thrown into situations which required copious amounts of strength personally, as well as a lot of strength involving her family. However, it certainly helped matters that her character was supported by a very three dimensional, secretive and uncertain man, aka her husband. I say secretive not because of the fact he was hiding things, but more to do with the fact his emotions were kept under lock and key. Well, sometimes it felt as though his emotions were triple locked but lets not be pedantic!

It is abundantly clear that I absolutely loved ‘The Affair’ and, given the nature of the storyline itself, I probably shouldn’t have as it completely broke my heart as well – clearly the signs of a very, very, VERY good novel.

A twisty, dark, emotive, addictive, and utterly brilliant novel from Sheryl Browne. This author is one to watch and I intend to stalk her and her books in the nicest way possible….

Buy now!

About the author.

Sheryl Browne brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE AFFAIR – the second of a three-book deal – comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. 

To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Forgotten by Casey Kelleher (@caseykelleher) @Bookouture


Late in the day this may be, but I hadn’t forgotten to post! (See what I did there?!) I’ll see myself out….
Anyway, second and final day of the blog blitz for Casey Kelleher and ‘The Forgotten’, and I am delighted to be sharing my review as part of it. Big thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


The more people you love, the more you have to lose…

Nancy Byrne might be the head of the notorious Byrne crime family, but she’s determined to give her little daughter, Scarlett, the best start possible.

After the death of her beloved father, the notorious gangster Jimmy Byrne, nothing’s stopping Nancy from making money on her own terms – even if she has to combine motherhood with providing for her entire family. But with enemies at their door, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her loved ones.

But then comes the day when Scarlett goes missing, snatched by a stranger during a trip to the local park, and Nancy’s world is torn apart. Amidst the terror of losing her precious daughter, Nancy is sure of only two things. Someone has taken her daughter … and when she finds them, there’s going to be hell to pay.

Can she find Scarlett – before it’s too late? Or will Nancy’s life of crime come back to haunt her in the worst way possible?

What does TWG think?

If I didn’t wonder what went through the author’s head before now, I certainly do now!! What an explosive, heart in mouth, gut wrenching novel this is! ‘The Forgotten’ may be the third and final book in the ‘Byrne Family’ trilogy, but it certainly packs a punch!

I don’t want to reveal too much in case I accidentally give anything away, however I do urge you to switch off/unplug any phone before you begin Casey Kelleher’s latest release as it requires your undivided attention and, if you’re anything like me, you would be incredibly annoyed if you were to get to the nitty gritty parts of the book and get disturbed by someone telling you that you have had an accident. Y’know, THOSE calls.

There are a lot of unlikeable characters in this book, yet weirdly enough, there are also a few characters who you just can’t help but like. Even if they are amongst the ‘bad guys’. I love Nancy’s persona and her fiery attitude – she certainly knows how to put people in their place! Okay her actions are somewhat questionable, yet she is a character who I just love. She’s one hell of a b…..ch, I love it!

Despite Nancy’s frosty exterior, her softer side was awakened when she had her daughter, Scarlett. However, things don’t always go to plan and when Scarlett went missing, I felt physically sick. I had no idea what was going to happen, but based on the outcomes for other characters in the book, I didn’t hold out much hope. You would need to be made of stone for that part of the storyline not to affect you in some way!

Casey Kelleher never fails to deliver on suspense, grit, powerful situations, and thrilling circumstances. ‘The Forgotten’ is one book that you won’t be forgetting in a hurry what with its cut throat storyline, its rollercoaster themes, and enough grit to cover the length of the M25….twice.

Buy now!

About the author.

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

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

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise, The Betrayed, The Broken and her latest release The Forgotten is due for publication on the 7thAugust 2018.

For all news and updates:

www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

#BlogTour! #Review – Murder at the Book Club by Betsy Reavley (@BetsyReavley) @BloodHoundBook


Day two of the blog tour for ‘Murder at the Book Club’, and the tour bus stops with me, TWG. Big thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


Imagine nine women meeting. Tea and cake are on the coffee table. They’ve come together to share their love of books. They are friends. They trust each other. It’s a happy gathering. What could be more harmless?

Then scratch the surface and look closer.

One is lonely. One is desperate and one of them is a killer.

When the body of a woman is discovered on a Cambridge common, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called in to investigate. But the motive behind the crime isn’t clear… And it all leads back to a book club.

As the lies, volatile friendships and tension among the group rise to the surface, DCI Barrett and DI Palmer must work out the motive and track down a cold-blooded killer. But just when they think they are on the right track, a twist in the case throws them off course…

What does TWG think?

When I think of novels by Betsy Reavley, I think of stories that are very, very cut throat. So, I am sure you could guess my surprise after reading her latest novel, ‘Murder at the Book Club’! No, I don’t mean that in a bad way either. I am awfully surprised at the change in direction Reavley has taken, yet it is a change that most certainly has paid off.

I couldn’t help but feel like I was reading a more intense version of ‘Cluedo’ when it came to the characters! I thought it was very clever using a book club as the setting, especially as people who go to a book club are only usually there for one thing (well, except the cake of course). I loved the ‘whodunnit’ vibe as the author had me engaged with the goings on from the very beginning. ‘Murder at the Book Club’ is a very witty, cunning, and twisty read which will definitely keep you on your toes. I did enjoy the fact that it was slightly less cut throat than Reavley’s previous novels as I got to see another side to the author that I hadn’t seen before.

If you’re in the mood for a book with colourful characters, lies and deceit, and a proper game of ‘guess who’, then this book will be right up your street. I wasn’t sure what to expect before I began reading ‘Murder at the Book Club’, but I have to say that I am rather impressed by the overall result.

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About the author.

Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman (@RebeccaMuddiman) @BloodHoundBook


Today I am joining in with yet another BloodHoundBooks blog blitz, but this time it’s for ‘No Place Like Home’ by Rebecca Muddiman. Big thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

What would you do if you came home to find someone in your house?
This is the predicament Polly Cooke faces when she returns to her new home.The first weeks in the house had been idyllic, but soon Jacob, a local man, is watching her.
What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly?
In a situation where nothing is what it seems, you might end up regretting letting some people in.

What does TWG think?

Holy cheeseballs, this book!!!!

Gripping – TICK
Addictive – TICK
Complete and utter head funk – TICK, TICK, TICK!

‘No Place Like Home’ is proof that nothing is ever as it seems. It is also proof that readers automatically side with the person who they deem the weakest leak, or the person who they feel is the ‘victim’. Well, it’s proof that I did, anyway. The author tells the story of Polly, a woman who, as far as we are made aware, has had a turbulent life so far. Her trust in people is non-existent, and she is fearing for her life due to an unsavoury character from her past reappearing. Polly has tried to rebuild her life and start anew in a new house which she can now call her own. Who wouldn’t feel sorry for Polly?

Again, nothing is ever as it seems and Rebecca Muddiman cements that fact time and time again in ‘No Place Like Home’.

There were a a couple things in the book which shocked me and made me feel pretty uncomfortable, yet they weirdly tied in with the overall storyline brilliantly – even if my mouth did resemble a desert….

I am very impressed by Muddiman’s cleverly crafted storyline, as well as her ability to dangle pieces of information in front of her readers, only to change her mind and the situation rather suddenly. Anytime I thought that I could understand Polly’s character, it didn’t take long for it to become clear that I actually didn’t understand Polly, and to be honest, I don’t think I ever would be able to. I’m not complaining either, in fact it raised my curiosity tenfold.

‘No Place Like Home’ completely funked over my mind. It really did. From start to finish the author had a hold over me, with the only way out being the end of the book. If you’re after a book which keeps you guessing, takes you on a rollercoaster ride, AND completely stuffs up your way of logical thinking, then this book is definitely for you. Rebecca Muddiman is a new author for me, but after reading this comprehensive, gripping, and uncomfortable addictive storyline, I can guarantee that this won’t be the last book I read of hers either.

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About the author.

Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published four crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, and Murder in Slow Motion. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.
Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Stranger Within by Tara Lyons (@taralyonsauthor) @BloodHoundBook


Third and final day of the blog blitz for ‘The Stranger Within’ by Tara Lyons, and I am very honoured to be one of the bloggers closing the tour. Huge thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite. Here is my review:


Dealing with everyday crime in London, DI Denis Hamilton is urgently called into a briefing in the early hours of his weekend off. Torn away from his family life, he must unravel an investigation he thought had long closed.

Putting his personal worries to one side, Hamilton and his Murder Investigation Team come up against a patient with a mental disorder hell-bent on revenge.
Comparing the present day with memories of his tragic past, can Hamilton open his mind to the difficulties of mental illness in order to catch a murderer?
And when a colleague’s life is threatened, can Hamilton unlock the truth of the stranger within before it’s too late?

What does TWG think?

I am a huge fan of psychology and trying to work out someone’s psyche, so the fact that ‘The Strangers Within’ had that down to a fine art, I was completely in my element and the ability to ignore everything around me was….surprisingly easy. Don’t give me that look, we’ve all done it!

Because Tara Lyons at put mental health and the forefront of her storyline, a lot of readers may find themselves empathising with the characters, or relating to them in some way. Well, aside from the illegal stuff, obviously. Lyons doesn’t just create characters and let them fend for themselves, she gives each individual character their own spotlight and their own vocation within the storyline, making their journeys stand out in such a realistic and in-depth manner.

‘The Stranger Within’ is book four in the DI Denis Hamilton series, and seeing as I haven’t read the books in order myself, I can safely say that you will be fine starting the series half way through.

I love how Hamilton grows with every book, and I love how Lyons tests her main character to the max, probably preparing him for anything else she intends on throwing his way later on in the series.

Even though I was hooked by ‘The Strangers Within’, I struggled a little bit with the pace, but, seeing as the book was very cleverly written and oozed intensity, even I can cope with a little dip in the pace.

Another intriguing, highly suspenseful and gripping novel from the über talented, Tara Lyons!

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About the author.

Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She studied English Literature at Brunel University and was an Assistant Editor for an in-house magazine for eight years. 

In the Shadows is the author’s solo debut novel published in March 2016, which later went on to be republished by Bloodhound Books after signing a contract with them in 2017. She has also co-written with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley – The Caller and Web of Deceit.

When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local soft-play activity centre, bowling alley, trampoline park or cinema with her young, energetic son. 

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