#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Murder List by Chris Merritt (@DrCJMerritt) @Bookouture

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Are you on ‘The Murder List’? I’m on the blogger list! I am thrilled to be taking part in the second, and final day of Chris Merritt’s blog blitz for ‘The Murder List’. Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite!

The lifeless body sat, hands bound, silver tape over his mouth. Patches of blood had soaked into the cheap carpet around him. Zac had spent years gaining scientific insight into the mind: human motivation and behaviour. And this scene wasn’t right…

It’s been five years since Detective Zac Boateng’s daughter was murdered and her killer was never found. Now Zac is back working for the Metropolitan Police and is more determined than ever to bring the city’s killers to justice.

When a man is found brutally murdered in a rundown south London shop, all fingers point to the highly intelligent and manipulative Darian Wallace. Two years ago, the victim helped send him to prison. And he’s just been released.

Still grieving, Zac knows it will take everything he’s got to catch this dangerously clever killer. But just as he feels he’s getting closer, he realises all is not quite as it seems and he makes a devastating personal discovery.

Zac has a choice to make – risk letting this killer escape or watch his daughter’s murderer get away again…

What does TWG think?

When Zac Boateng’s daughter took her last breath right in front of his very own eyes, the Detective’s life changed. How can you move on from losing your child? How can you move on from the death of your child if the murderer hadn’t been caught? Zac wants justice for his daughter but, seeing as he has the investigations file at his fingertips, Zac is very close to playing with fire. Does he take a closer look into the unsolved murder of his daughter? Or does he accept the fact that it has been five years and the chances of catching the killer now, would be rather slim?

This is a debut novel. I repeat, this is a debut novel! I want to know why Chris Merritt hasn’t written a book before now! ‘The Murder List’ is the first part in a brand new series, and already I am having withdrawal symptoms. I want the next book now!!

I will admit that this storyline gave me the heebie jeebies, but oh my gosh was it a belter! Incredibly dark, intense, and full of spine tingling moments, ‘The Murder List’ held me hostage from the very first page until the last. Even if I wanted to move my eyes away, I couldn’t. As soon as I had read the prologue, I knew that I was in this for long haul.

What I loved about Zac’s character was how real he came across. Yes he was a detective, but he still showed that he had feelings and that he wasn’t afraid to display them. It was quite refreshing, especially as some of the other characters were rather unhinged and weirdly addictive. Nobody can sit there and say that the author hasn’t incorporated all walks of life into his storyline, that’s for sure!!

‘The Murder List’ is definitely a rollercoaster of a read, having the ability to leave me breathless on more than one occasion. I cannot get over the strength of this storyline and the way in which the author executed it. If this is how Chris Merritt writes his DEBUT novel, we are going to be in for a treat with the other books in the series!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Chris Merritt is a Clinical Psychologist and former diplomat based in London, who has been writing on psychology since 2010. In 2014 he decided to combine his passion for writing with his love of crime fiction, and eventually came up with The Murder List, his debut novel. He currently works on a mental health research project at King’s College London, and part-time as a psychologist in the NHS. When not working or writing, he loves climbing and basketball, and dreams of one day being able to work from home enough to own a whippet.

 Author Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCJMerritt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17558172.Chris_Merritt



#BlogBlitz! #Review – Midday by David Lyons (@MrDBLyons) @BloodHoundBook

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Happy publication day to David Lyons and ‘Midday’! I am thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog today – huge thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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When his alarm goes off at 7am, successful bank manager Vincent assumes he is waking up to an ordinary working day. He couldn’t be more wrong. Darragh, a young man with aspirations to become a gangster, forces his way into the Dublin penthouse Vincent shares with his lover Ryan, telling Vincent he has until midday to steal eight million euros from the banks he manages. If he doesn’t return by the deadline, his boyfriend will receive a bullet to the head.
But all is not as it seems.
When the clock strikes midday, will they all be alive?
And who is really in danger?

What does TWG think?

Vincent is a sucker for routine. Every day his alarm goes off at the same time, and every day his routine includes some sort of music while he is in the shower (much to his partners annoyance). However, one man decides to change his routine and soon the life that Vincent knew, is about to disappear from sight. Well, at midday give or take…

I really wasn’t sure about this book at first, so many questions were rolling around my mind. Why did that man target Vincent’s house? How did he know Vincent’s routine? Why was Vincent’s partner in the hot seat to be killed? Even though I knew that the more of the book I read the more answers I would get to my questions, I still couldn’t help feeling rather impatient as I worried that I wouldn’t be able to make sense of the storyline.

Sure enough, the further into the storyline I got, the more information I found out about the situation. That said, I didn’t find out everything but, due to the way the author wrote the book, I knew that this storyline had me hooked line and sinker. It didn’t take me long to realise that ‘Midday’ is an extremely addictive read, whether I completely followed the storyline or not, my eyes just couldn’t look away from the book.

Seeing as Vincent’s deadline was midday, the closer it got to that time, the more on edge I felt. I didn’t know what was going to happen. Would he make it? Would his partner get killed? Would the bad guys take off with the money? It was so intense!

Oh my god….that conclusion! What a clever, clever outcome! I really had no idea! I am so impressed at how flawlessly the author delivered the change of direction without giving away any hints or by making his characters appear weak. I was teetering on the edge of my sofa the entire time, I am genuinely surprised that I didn’t fall off in surprise! Instead, my jaw had dropped so much, I am surprised a train didn’t assume it was a tunnel!

Despite my earlier reservations, David Lyons and ‘Midday’ turned it around completely! What a fantastic, intense, addictive, and incredibly clever read which definitely left me guessing until the very last page. I really do think that David Lyons has a very bright future ahead of him and I for one cannot wait to see what this author produces next.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Dublin-born author David B. Lyons has a new twist on the psychological thriller. His debut, Midday, will be released on March 22nd and promises readers a thrilling ride. It’s the story of the same extraordinary morning, told from the perspective of four different characters.

David comes from a journalistic background. He worked, mainly, in the areas of football and music reporting for over 12-years, notching a few awards along the way. He tried to write creatively in his spare time, but found the formulaic writing nature of his day job a hindrance. He met with producers about both a play and a TV pilot he had written, but both fell short of being green lit, much to his disappointed. However, it gave him the opportunity to fulfil a life-log dream of finally penning a novel. He completed a BA Hons Degree in Creative Writing and soon after, completed Midday. Three months later, that debut was picked up by Bloodhound Books and early buzz suggests a promising writing career lies ahead for the thirty-nine-year-old.

He now lives in Birmingham, UK with his wife Kerry and daughter Lola. He has read fiction all of his life and notes Dean Koontz as a real inspiration. He is also a big fan of Gillian Flynn as well as rising star Liz Nugent.

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Are you one of ‘The Chosen Ones’? Or are you just a ‘Little Girl Lost’ with ‘Secrets of the Dead’? This isn’t a ‘Life Swap’, it’s a #CoverReveal! @carolewyer @bookouture

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-bounces- Carol Wyer is back with the FIFTH book in the ‘Detective Robyn Carter’ series. Fifth!! I am impressed! With the publication day looming…..in 2 months, I am beyond excited to be helping to reveal the cover of Carol’s upcoming novel, ‘The Chosen Ones’!

But, before I do that, here is a little bit more about the book just to whet your appetite:

The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer

Out on 24th May

They had not been forgiven. And they would never be forgotten ….

When a doting young father is murdered and his body discovered in a cornfield for his family to see, it’s a harrowing new case for Detective Robyn Carter.  But just as Robyn starts to investigate, a popular local doctor and young mother, is found dead outside her surgery.

As Robyn tries to find the link between the victims, she uncovers a dark web of secrets.  Were these much-loved members of the community as innocent as they seemed? 

The killer has a message for Robyn and the carefully chosen victims.  Can Robyn get to the truth before she becomes the next target?

Doesn’t that just sound fab? I cannot wait to read it!! Right, cover time! You ready?


Ta-daaaa!!! Definitely catches your eye, eh?! If you wish to pre-order your copy of ‘The Chosen Ones’ so it can ping onto your kindle at just gone midnight on the 24th May, you can do so right now via Amazon!! Roll on May is what I say!!

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Are e-books stupid? Should e-books be classed as ‘real books’? Director of @BloodHoundBook @BetsyReavley is in the hot seat with #TWG

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Last month, the head of one of the world’s biggest publishers, spoke to the media about e-books. Whilst I would usually celebrate anything from the book world making the media, I remember being quite flabbergasted by what I had read in said article. I am sure a lot of people read the article in question – it had quite a lot of shares on social media at the time! The comment which left a lot of people, including myself, reeling, was the quote ‘e-books are stupid’. Pardon? I am fully aware that people prefer one format over another, after all, we cannot all like the same things. Some readers may prefer to read hardbacks or paperbacks instead of reading e-books, or visa versa. Personally, I don’t see the problem with that, I am just thankful that we actually have a choice. Think about it – many years ago, the only type of book which could be purchased was a tree book. Digital books weren’t around then, nor were a lot of authors many people have come to love. Fast forward to now, there are a lot of authors being published by digital only publishers,  giving readers a lot more choice when it comes to choosing their next book. There are also a lot of books being published in multiple formats, sometimes all three (hardback, paperback and e-book)!

So, what is the problem? That’s a good question. In the article published by the Guardian, the head of a publishing company stated that he wasn’t against e-books, but believes that publishers and editors aren’t making the most of 3D and digitalisation, despite claiming that ‘ebooks are stupid’. The article rubbed several people up the wrong way, including Publishing Director of BloodHound Books, Betsy Reavley. I sat down with Betsy to find out why the article left a horrible taste in her mouth;

TWG – Hi Betsy! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few of my questions. I understand you’re exceptionally busy! Before we get to the nitty gritty reason as to why you’re joining me today, could you please introduce yourself, what it is you do, as well as how long you’ve been involved in the sector for?
I started my journey as a writer. Twelve years ago I began writing my first novel. Six years later, when I finally completed it, I was lucky enough to have picked up by an Independent publisher. At the time I had an eighteen-month- old daughter. I knew then that I wanted to be involved with the industry. In 2013 eBooks were still quite a new phenomenon and my husband and I saw an opportunity to start a business we both felt passionate about.

TWG – If I said the word, ‘e-book’ to you, what does that word mean for you on a personal level, not on a professional level?
EBook to me means career. Without eBooks, and the independent publisher who signed my first novel, I would never have ended up on this path. I love my job and the people I work with. I am grateful for this every single day.

TWG – It has been very well documented that a chief executive from one of the world’s largest publishing companies, has stated; ’e-books are stupid’. In his discussion that has recently been published on The Guardian website, the chief executive also states that ‘e-books have no creativity’ and ‘no real digital experience’. As the head of a publishing company, which focuses on e-book sales, could you tell me what you thought of those comments? What would you respond to the claims which he has made?
Having read the article you are referring to, I can just about see the point he was trying to make. Yes, eBooks could be more interactive but I personally don’t see the benefit or need for this. An eBook is just the same as a print book but in digital form. My feeling is that there is room in this world for both and it is no bad thing that they are similar.

The ease of access and pricing of eBooks has made reading much more accessible for many readers who, otherwise, might not be reading at all. This is something that should be celebrated. I get sick and tired of the ‘us and them’ attitude that exists between traditional and indie publishers. As far as I am concerned, neither of these formats undermines the other, so I cannot see where the issue lies. Not only that, but Independent publishers, such as Bloodhound, have sprung up as a result of this revolution, which means more authors are getting published and writers have the opportunity to publish themselves if they wish.

TWG – Further down the discussion with The Guardian, said chief executive goes on to explain how publishing companies don’t have the skills to create 3D, digital content regarding manuscripts. On a professional level, how important is ‘3D’ content when it comes to the e-books you publish?
At the moment, 3D content is not a priority for us but as a young company that has benefited from new technology, we will certainly try and keep up with the trends as and when they change.

TWG – If books became more enhanced and digital on e-readers, do you think the format may end up suffering overall?
It is difficult to say. As a business, if Bloodhound Books wants to survive, we will need to keep up with the latest in technology. There is no point fighting progress. It makes far more sense to embrace it. In my opinion, this is something some traditional publishers are failing to do.

TWG – More often than none, I see a lot of discussions on social media regarding e-books versus paperback, with some readers feeling as though ‘e-books are not real books’. Even though everyone is entitled to their opinion, what is your response to those beliefs? Are e-books any less real compared to a ‘tree book’?
I am going to answer this question as a writer, rather than a publisher, if that’s ok! As a writer I wanted nothing more than to hold a copy of my book in my hands. However, I also wanted to make a living and put food on the table. EBooks have allowed me to do this. The money that goes into my bank account is the same currency whether I sell a paperback or an eBook and I make far more from eBook sales than paper books. If someone gave you ten pounds cash or transferred ten pounds into your bank account, what is the difference? I apply this logic to the argument that eBooks are not real. They are as real as the money that shows up in your bank account. Having said that, there is nothing wrong with people having a preference of one over the other. Each to their own.

TWG – Could you give us a bit more information regarding e-books and how they’re published, in comparison to tree books? For example, the costs involved in producing both, the time frame, how it is done, and so on.
With print on demand it is as easy to produce paperbacks, as it is eBooks, especially for Indie publishers. Not having to pay out for large print runs means that as a company we are taking less risk with our spending and have extra cash to inject into marketing, which is vital to our growth and survival.

TWG – Another big issue regarding e-books and paperbacks is the price. Whilst I personally appreciate that cost is a big issue for a lot of readers, do you feel that e-books and paperbacks are vastly overpriced?
This is a tricky one. Big name authors, who have publishing deals with one of the big five
publishers, will always be able to sell their books at a higher price because they know the fans will pay. Having said that I do think most eBook readers have an issue with expensive eBooks, no matter who the author is. At the same time, unknown authors stand a chance of being read because they charge less for their books, which means readers are more likely to give them a shot. Readers feel less cheated if
they have tried a new author and paid only 99p. It is common sense.

TWG – As an executive of a publishing company yourself, how does the pricing affect your company? I know that sounds like an extremely simple question, but do you find that 99p books sell easier than say, an e-book, which is priced at 1.99? Which do you sell more of?
The vast majority of our books are launched at 99p, whether the author is a debut or has had previous titles published. In our experience, this allows the book to climb the charts and gain exposure as a result. The majority of our profit is made when the price of the book goes up to £1.99, even though the novel may sell fewer copies at this price.

TWG – Do you believe, on a personal AND a professional level, that the book industry is moving with the times, accommodating all different types of readers and their needs? Or do you feel, just like said chief executive on The Guardian, that e-books are limited and lacking?
If eBooks are lacking in some way then so are their predecessors, paper books. Since eBooks are digital copies of paper books it seems ludicrous to suggest one is a lesser version. I think the introduction of eBooks has proved that the industry is able to change and move with the times, even though some may disagree. The Internet has revolutionized how we do so much, from watching films to looking at maps. No doubt the industry will change again at some stage and we will all need to adapt when that happens. I believe the key is to go with the tide and not against it if you have the best intentions for your authors and want to sustain a successful business.

I would like to thank owner of BloodHound Books, Betsy Reavley, for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions from a digital publisher point of view. The e-book VS paperback debate will no doubt continue, with a lot of readers being adamant that e-books are not ‘real books’. Yes, people have a preference over the format of books they read, but should we be insulting other people over the format which they choose to read? No, we shouldn’t. In my eyes, as long as people are reading, I couldn’t give a monkeys which format it is in. Would I say that one format is stupid? No, no I wouldn’t.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the above, so please do get in touch.

You can find BloodHound Books on Twitter here.
You can also get in touch with Betsy and the BloodHound Books team via their website here

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Cold Heart by Stephen Edger (@StephenEdger) @Bookouture


I am so, SO excited to share my review of Stephen Edger’s ‘Cold Heart’, today! Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Squeal! Here is my review:

It has been a week since anyone last saw fifteen-year-old Daisy, after she left her best friend’s house and started her short walk home. Detective Kate Matthews and her team have been looking for her ever since.

When a tip-off leads Kate to a disused gymnasium at Daisy’s school, she is shocked to find evidence linking to the murder of a different girl. 

Working the two cases side by side, Kate’s blood runs cold when a gift-wrapped box containing a human heart is delivered to her at the station. The heart belongs to yet another unknown victim, but the message is clear: there will be more, and Daisy could be one of them. 

When activity on Daisy’s Facebook account indicates she is still alive, the race is on for Kate and her team.

Will Daisy be the killer’s next victim? Is Kate prepared to risk everything to stop another innocent life from being taken?

What does TWG think?

I’m just going to get straight to the point – THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY FLUFFING BRILLIANT!!!! Omg!

Never in a million years did I think that I would EVER be sitting with a grin on my face after reading a police procedural/thriller type novel. Never. Years ago I thought that it was a little bit strange if people sat with a grin after reading about murders, dismembered body parts, you name it! But now, after doing exactly that, I feel like I’m now a true member of the dark side (and yes, I have cookies).

I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again – what an absolute belter of a book. For me, Stephen Edger’s ‘Cold Heart’ ticked every single box, including ticking boxes which I never knew were even on my list. I loved the pace of the storyline and how it fit in with the overall theme and Kate Matthews reactions! I didn’t feel that the pace was slow, nor did I think that it was fact. It was…just right.

I also thought the author was incredibly clever to incorporate multiple red herrings into the storyline, thus making me change my opinion of where the storyline was heading on multiple occasions. Detective Kate Matthews is definitely in her element with this book, and I feel that she has settled into her role in the station a lot better this time round, as opposed to the previous book, ‘Dying Day’.

I thought the relationship between Kate and her colleagues was brilliant written, often making me laugh out loud due to the sarcasm and one liners. Kate certainly knows how to stand her own, that’s for sure!

‘Cold Heart’ is yet another book where all I want to do is shout, ‘OMG DID YOU READ THE BIT WHERE…..’ – I just want to sit and talk about this book until I’m blue in the face. Trust me, you would not regret picking up ‘Cold Heart’ to read. Yeah, it is the third book in the series, but i think that it can be read perfectly fine as a standalone. That said, all the books in the series so far are incredible, so you won’t really be losing anything if you were to read the books in order. No. In fact, you’ll actually be gaining a brand new series to binge read. as well as having to wait impatiently for the next book.

Stephen Edger has outdone himself with ‘Cold Heart’, I really cannot recommend this book enough. From the first page to the last, Edger had my attention, taking me on a rollercoaster ride of surprises, whilst also leaving me wanting more.

A fantastically written, chilling, gripping, and suspenseful read which highlights the authors outstanding story telling, as well as his ability to engage his readers with such complex and addictive characters.

I have to say that, in my opinion, ‘Cold Heart’ is Stephen Edger’s best book yet! It certainly is one of my all-time favourite reads, that’s for sure!

Buy now!

About the author.

Stephen Edger is a British crime writer, who has been writing since 2010. In that time he has written and published eleven novels, and five short stories. He writes mysteries and thrillers focused on crime.

Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen works in the financial industry, and uses his insider knowledge to create the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.

Stephen is married, and has two children, and two dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing, and cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #ThePerfectGirlfriend by Karen Hamilton (@KJHauthor) @headlinepg @wildfirebks @Bookish_becky @annecater

The TWG flight to #ThePerfectGirlfriend is due for take off any moment now. Please put your seatbelts on ready for take off – this could be a bumpy ride!!

Big thanks to HeadlinePG for the ARC of ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’! Delighted to be taking part in the blog tour organised by Anne Cater. Here is my review:

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Juliette loves Nate.
She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight
attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.
The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she’ll make sure no one stops her from
getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

What does TWG think?

I could not WAIT to begin reading ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ as there had been so much hype surrounding the publication of it, with not a lot of information about the storyline being given in the process. Nothing like intriguing your readers, is there!

I’m just going to get straight to the point – Juliette is severely unhinged. She seems to think that if someone breaks up with you, it means that they ‘made a mistake’ and still want you back (whether they actually know that or not, remains to be seen). With those delusional thoughts in mind, Juliette makes it her mission to win her ex-boyfriend back both legally AND illegally. I have no idea why she seems to think that being a stalker may turn on the ex-boyfriend of hers, but there we go!

Juliette knows where Nate is, who he is texting, and when he will be returning from his flights. The problem with that is (well, ONE of them) that Nate has absolutely NO idea about what Juliette is doing. None whatsoever. A far as he is concerned, that chapter is closed and his relationship with Juliette is no more. But, as far as SHE is concerned, their relationship is only just beginning and she will do anything to get Nate back. Seriously, anything.

Surely obsessing over someone like this isn’t healthy? I know that some readers have found Juliette’s actions endearing, especially as they were rooting for her, but I found her to be incredibly weird. Her obsessive nature freaked me out, especially as she couldn’t seem to see what she was doing was wrong, whilst also believing that she was in fact ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’. I mean, if she thinks that she is a perfect girlfriend, it makes those who aren’t obsessive and stalkers, out to be the worlds worst partners!

Despite my incredibly black and white opinion of Juliette, I couldn’t help but become addicted to the storyline. I had to find out what stupid thing she embarked on next, and I was curious to see just how low she would stoop where Nate was concerned. How anyone around her didn’t see through her facade, is quite remarkable. I give her 10/10 for being able to fool people!

I really enjoyed reading ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ as it was such a unique, twisted tale which ended up becoming a highly addictive read. Unfortunately, the downside for me was the ending. I was a little bit disappointed by the way in which I was left hanging, with no loose ends tied up or any explanations as to why Juliette embarked on her ‘get Nate back’ mission. I know that we were made aware of her reasonings early on in the book, but because the entire storyline was told via Juliette’s point of view with no input from any other character, it was as though I only had her word against everyone else’s. I would have liked the book even more if the carrot wasn’t left dangling, that’s for sure.

However, due to the wide open ending, I haven’t been able to get this book out of my head from the moment I finished it two days ago! I can’t really fault the book now, can I?

I am extremely impressed with Karen Hamilton’s debut novel, and the way in which she delivered on intensity and addictiveness, with characters who will bring out the best and worst in yourself as you read the book. If this is what her debut novel is like, I am excited to see what is in store for her second book!

Yes this book had its minor faults, but with unhinged, bonkers yet weirdly addictive characters such as Juliette, I cannot help but like this authors work of art. Juliette is definitely a character to remember, that’s for sure!

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell (@Caroline_writes) @ThomasMercerUK @MidasPR

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I am so excited to be one of today’s stops on Caroline Mitchell’s blog tour for #SilentVictim. Big thank you to MidasPR for asking me to be involved in the blog tour. Such an honour! Here is my review:


Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.

It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…

Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.

What does TWG think?

What would you do if you found out that the person you married, wasn’t who you thought they were? What if your trust for your spouse became so jaded due to everyone else’s input, you find yourself losing sight of who they actually are? What if your spouse needs you more than ever and yet, due to your lack of trust, you are further away from them than ever before?

Emma has a massive secret, but, due to the situation she found herself in years prior, the chances of anyone believing her side of the story are slim to nil. As far as anyone else is concerned, Emma is losing her marbles – especially is there is no proof her version of events ever existed…

What a belter of a book! The storyline behind #SilentVictim is very cleverly written, told from different viewpoints with differing opinions on events each time. Who do you believe? Do you believe the person involved? Do you believe the OTHER person involved? Or do you believe the person who has been a sounding board for one of the characters for many years – their sister? I had no idea where to turn. At first I couldn’t help but empathise with Emma’s story, but, when the story was told from a different characters viewpoint, therefore graying what I thought was the truth thanks to Emma, my opinion of everything changed once again. Now, whilst I didn’t get as far as sympathising with the other person involved in Emma’s situation, there was part of me wondering whether he was actually telling the truth to a certain degree. Obviously I do no condone his actions at all, but I did find him extremely conniving, I’m not going to lie.

What I loved most about this book was how intricately woven into the rest of the storyline, every little detail was. Every thing seemed important, even little details about where items were placed by Emma. The authors attention to detail on every page was mind-blowing, especially as it made the story come to life on a whole different level.

From the word go, I was hooked on this book and everything it stood for, as it kept my attention and left me wanting more. I couldn’t foresee how the book was going to end, but when it did, oh my actual goodness – what a finale! If I didn’t know any better, I would be going to the doctors to check about the fact I keep forgetting to breathe, but luckily I know that its novels like these which are the culprit as once again, Caroline Mitchell has made me forget how to do the most basic of tasks.

‘Silent Victim’ is a jaw-dropping, highly charged, compelling, and extremely addictive read which will keep you on your toes until the very last page. An absolute page turner of a novel, written by an author who knows how to hold her readers hostage with her phenomenal writing. I certainly don’t feel like a victim after reading this book, that’s for sure!

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – The Woman Before Me by Rith Dugdall (@RuthDugdall) @Legend_Press

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Thank you to Legend Press for the blog tour invite, as well as a copy of Ruth’s book. Here is my review:

They came for me, just like I knew they would. Luke had been dead for just three days.
Rose Wilks life is shattered when her newborn baby Joel is admitted to intensive care. Emma Hatcher has all that Rose lacks. Beauty. A loving husband. A healthy son. Until tragedy strikes and Rose is the only suspect.

Now, having spent nearly five years behind bars, Rose is just weeks away from freedom. Her probation officer Cate must decide whether Rose is remorseful for Luke s death, or whether she remains a threat to society. As Cate is drawn in, she begins to doubt her own judgement.

Where is the line between love and obsession, can justice be served and, if so… by what means?

What does TWG think?

I have to admit that, although whilst hearing of this author before now, I had never sat down with one of her books. Trust me to choose my first one with an extremely hard theme!!

Despite the fact that ‘The Woman Before Me’ contains themes which could distress some readers, I thought that the entire storyline was approached in such a realistic, relatable, and extremely powerful manner. Hats off to Ruth Dugdall for writing such an emotive storyline and keeping it real. Whilst I understand that readers who have dealt with loss like Rose, may feel that this storyline is too close to home, I appreciate how realistic the author has kept the subject, despite the fact that I found myself struggling to read certain parts. People seem to forget that storylines in books are often based on real life events and, if an author can’t project a little piece of reality into her characters, there really is no point in continuing, is there?

For me, the pace of this book was absolutely spot on. There were no pregnant pauses, or chapters where I felt like I was twiddling my thumbs waiting for the storyline to pick up again. Every page just seemed to flow in such a flawless manner and, as weird as this sounds, it made it such a joy to read as I found myself becoming incredibly invested in Rose’s situation and her life. If there book was a slow burner, I really don’t think I would have lost myself in the storyline.

Overall, I found ‘The Woman Before Me’ to be such an addictive, intense and highly compelling read which not only kept me guessing, it also allowed to me ignore everything around me. Yes, the storyline has multiple dark themes, and yes, they do make for an uncomfortable read. That said, I cannot fault the way in which the author has executed the storyline at all.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Bring Me Back by B.A.Paris (@BAParisAuthor) @HQStories #ForgetSleep

Not so long ago, I was incredibly lucky to win a proof of B.A.Paris’ new book from HQStories – thank you! I am delighted to be sharing my review with you all today as part of the blog tour:

Bring me back

The Disappearance
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…

What does TWG think?

Holy cheeseballs!!!! I don’t think I put this book down from the moment I picked it up! Such an intense, complex read which left me in an absolute tizz – what a book!!

Finn’s girlfriend disappeared twelve years ago. One minute she was in the car, the next minute she was gone. Where did she go? With no body being found in those twelve years, Finn assumes she is dead. But is she? Seeing as that particular chapter hasn’t been properly closed, the uncertainty of her whereabouts is always at the back of Finn’s mind. If she is alive, why did she tell him? Why didn’t she come back? Did she love him as much as she said she did?

So many questions, so little answers. Despite having such a dark cloud hanging over his life, Finn has been able to find a new love in his life, but of course he can’t help thinking about his previous love. The one who disappeared into thin air….

The phrase ‘nothing is ever as it seems’ could not be more apt where this book is concerned. Whilst the storyline makes it clear at the beginning that Finn’s girlfriend disappeared, the author also made it clear that there was more to that disappearance. But what? Did Finn know more than he let on? My opinion of Finn kept changing. One minute I felt so sorry for him, the next I found myself becoming increasingly annoyed with his actions. I couldn’t stand the constant hot and cold that he was blowing, yet I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the bigger picture. I had to find out what happened to his girlfriend, even though I had absolutely no idea where to begin.

I have to keep this review incredibly vague as the storyline is such a complex, and highly entwined read which means that the slightest piece of information I could drop in this review, may end up being an unintentional spoiler.

‘Bring Me Back’ had me on the edge of my seat from the very first page. Not only was I able to lose myself in the fast paced storyline, I also ended up booming extremely invested in Finn’s personal life. My gut was telling me that there was more to him that meets the eye, what that was however, I had absolutely no idea until the truth literally made my jaw drop when I least expected it.

Such a rollercoaster ride of a read, ‘Bring Me Back’ is a book which needs to be devoured in one sitting, whilst everything around you is being ignored. I cannot fault this book at all – B.A.Paris is such a fantastic story teller, I cannot wait to read more from this author. But let me tell you now, she certainly has raised the bar extremely high for herself where this book is concerned! Fantastic!

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – I Know Where You Live by Pat Young (@py321_young) @BloodHoundBook

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I am excited to be hosting Pat Young today as part of the blog blitz, with my review of her second novel, ‘I Know Where You Live”. Big thanks to Sarah from BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Penny believes she’s being watched. Yet no one should know where she lives.

Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe.

At the airport, they meet charming Sophie, fluent in French and looking for work as an au pair. Penny, struggling to cope in France, offers Sophie a job and she soon becomes an important part of the family’s life. But Sophie is hiding something.

Then Penny’s toddler son, Ethan, is abducted and an international hunt for the child begins. The police beg Penny and her husband to take part in a television appeal but the couple refuse. Unknown to the police, Penny and Seth have new identities and are determined to lay low and protect them. But it may be too late for that.

Who has taken Ethan and why?

Are the couple’s true identities linked to the abduction?

And who has been watching them?

What does TWG think?

Apparently this book is the sequel to Pat Young’s debut novel, ‘Till the Dust Settles’, but, having read and loved that novel, I personally cannot see the link between the two books. Maybe it’s just me being incredibly stupid, but it did confuse me a tad, I’m not going to lie!

‘I know Where You Live’ is an extremely hard book to read, as the storyline has a theme which will put the fear of Christ up every single parent out there. Whilst I fully appreciate the importance of writing about such a hard-hitting subject, it did catch me a lot more than I thought it would.

I enjoyed how complex the storyline was, as it meant that I had to think outside the box where a couple of the characters were concerned. That said, I couldn’t seem to gel with the overall storyline as much as I had Pat Young’s previous novel. Don’t get me wrong, the storyline was very well written, intense and very gritty – it’s clear that this author knows how to write!

‘I Know Where You Live’ is every parent’s nightmare and, whilst the subject itself is incredibly emotional, it’s something which happens in day-to-day life. Unfortunately. Whether this book was for me in general, I am still undecided about. I do however, applaud the author for writing about such devastating and hard subject.

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About the author.

Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.

Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.

Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last. 

Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.

Pat writes psychological thrillers. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July
2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.

Published by Bloodhound Books, I Know Where You Live is the much-anticipated sequel to Pat’s gripping and unmissable debut thriller, Till the Dust Settles. It too is a psychological thriller with a skilfully told story that makes for an enjoyable stand alone read. It will hook you from the start.