#MorcambeandVice #BlogTour! #Review – #WhatLiesBuried by Margaret Kirk (@HighlandWriter) @BOTBSPublicity @MorecambeVice

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Many thanks to Sarah at BOTBSPublicity for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Morcambe and Vice’, where I will be reviewing ‘What Lies Buried’ from one of the attendees to the festival, Margaret Kirk. Thanks go to the author for the copy to read also. Before I begin my review, here is a link to the Morecambe and Vice website, where you’ll be able to find out more about the crime writing festival, as well as the details about tickets and such:

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A missing child. A seventy-year-old murder. And a killer who’s still on the loose.

Ten year-old Erin is missing; taken in broad daylight during a friend’s birthday party. With no witnesses and no leads, DI Lukas Mahler races against time to find her. But is it already too late for Erin – and will her abductor stop at one stolen child?

And the discovery of human remains on a construction site near Inverness confronts Mahler’s team with a cold case from the 1940s. Was Aeneas Grant’s murder linked to a nearby POW camp, or is there an even darker story to be uncovered?

With his team stretched to the limit, Mahler’s hunt for Erin’s abductor takes him from Inverness to the Lake District. And decades-old family secrets link both cases in a shocking final twist.

What does TWG think?

‘What Lies Buried’ is the second instalment in the DI Lukas Mahler series. I haven’t read the first book, ‘Shadow Man’, but I found this book alright to read as a standalone. That said, I think I probably would have benefited from knowing more of the backstory of the characters before reading the second book.

With the storyline being centred around the disappearance of a young child, the entire book has such a dark and uncertain vibe to it which made me both uncomfortable and weirdly addicted. It’s always difficult to read storylines where young children go missing or are murdered, I’m not going to lie!

‘What Lies Buried’ is my first book by Margaret Kirk and I have to say that I was very impressed by the authors attention to detail when it came to describing the case, as well as the emotions of all of those involved.

I thoroughly enjoyed following the police procedural side of the book, and I found the characters to be such a colourful and gregarious bunch. This isn’t a fast paced novel at all due to the content of the book, however the slow and steady pace works.

Definitely an intriguing and dark Scottish thriller!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #BloodSong by Johana Gustawsson (@jogustawsson) @OrendaBooks @AnneCater

Happy paperback publication day to Johana Gustawsson and ‘Blood Song’, I am so pleased to be today’s stop on the blog tour! Many thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda for both the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

The action swings from London to Sweden, and then back into the past, to Franco’s Spain, as Roy & Castells hunt a monstrous killer … in the lastest instalment of Johana Gustawsson’s award-winning series

Spain, 1938:

The country is wracked by civil war, and as Valencia falls to Franco’s brutal dictatorship, Republican Therese witnesses the murders of her family. Captured and sent to the notorious Las Ventas women’s prison, Therese gives birth to a daughter who is forcibly taken from her.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2016: A wealthy family is found savagely murdered in their luxurious home. Discovering that her parents have been slaughtered, Aliénor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK’s Scotland Yard, rushes back to Sweden and finds her hometown rocked by the massacre.

Profiler Emily Roy joins forces with Aliénor and soon finds herself on the trail of a monstrous and prolific killer. Little does she realise that this killer is about to change the life of her colleague, true-crime writer Alexis Castells. Joining forces once again, Roy and Castells’ investigation takes them from the Swedish fertility clinics of the present day back to the terror of Franco’s rule, and the horrifying events that took place in Spanish orphanages under its rule.

What does TWG think?

As ignorant as this may sound, I wasn’t aware of the atrocities that Spain dealt with in the late 1930’s….I am now though! I have absolutely no words! My heart broke for all of the people involved, for all of the people who lost their lives, and for those who lost their life and were forced to continue as a shell. ‘Blood Song’ isn’t a comfortable read at all, in fact I would go as far to say that it is a deeply uncomfortable and unsettling read, however my reaction was nothing compared to the pain of those living in Spain during Franco’s dictatorship.

‘Blood Song’ is a dual timeline novel as it switches between Spain in the past, and Sweden in the ‘present’ where Emily Roy and Alexis Castells find themselves with the task of finding the cold hearted culprit who murdered three people in their own home. Why were they killed? What secrets, if any, were they hiding?

The murder investigation angle of ‘Blood Song’ was so addictive! I loved being able to follow Emily Roy as she attempted to create a profile of the killer, or killers, based on the evidence left and they way they chose to murder. A profiler is such an underrated part of a police investgation, however I thought it was one of the most fascinating.

Emily Roy is an intriguing character, her personal guard is so far up, anyone would need a ladder should they attempt to get past it!

I really did enjoy the complexity of the storyline – I found the uncertainty incredibly intriguing whilst it also kept me on my toes. I did find the storyline to be a little confusing at times due to the way certain situations flitted from one another, making me concerned that I had missed something along the way. A little bit too staggered for me at times!

That said, I thought that Gustawsson dealt with the topics in the storyline phenomenally. The historical nature of the book, whilst being very dark, was written beautifully and I found myself becoming emotional at the fact that stories were being told and voices were being heard, even if the original victim wasn’t telling the story themselves.

A heartbreaking, suspenseful novel which combines historical fiction and crime in the most unique and eye-opening manner, ‘Blood Song’ is a truly unforgettable read.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #LiesLiesLies by Adele Parks (@adeleparks) @HQStories

Please do excuse the lateness of this post, I’m not at all well! Thank you to HQ for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Lies Lies Lies’ by Adele Parks, and for sending me an ARC. It is an honour to be reviewing it as part of the blog tour today.

Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it?

After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three.

And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

What does TWG think?

With a title such as ‘Lies Lies Lies’, I was expecting the whole secrecy and lack of honesty thing, however I was not expecting Adele Parks to take those themes and up the ante on them tenfold. This book is classed as a ‘domestic thriller’, and I have to say that it is certainly a thrilling read!

Daisy and Simon’s relationship, to the outside world, may seem typical. The couple argue, they’re stressed after a hard days work, they’re trying to do right by their daughter. Instead of communicating to each other, Simon has his own recreational way of putting his issues on the back burner and, funnily enough, Simon doesn’t think that he has an issue when he clearly does.

I have never really understood the fixation with alcohol myself. Yes, I’ve had a few drinks, gone out clubbing and what not, but I just don’t get what it is that people grab a hold of and rely on. I know alcoholism is an addiction, I’m not disputing that at all, its just I’ve lived in a house with an alcoholic who not only drank himself into oblivion, he also used his fists.

Alcohol is actually quite an important stepping stone of this book actually, and watching how much it affected the lives of Daisy, Simon, Millie, and everyone else around them, really gave me food for thought when it comes to personality changes and honesty.

‘Lies Lies Lies’ covers several important topics, most of which reader will be relating to directly or indirectly. I found several chapters towards the end of the book, to be quite uncomfortable to read. Dylan was such an unsettling force of nature, and I could see just where Daisy’s fear came from.

The topic of honesty and secrets is the big thing throughout the storyline as things aren’t always as they seem. I mean, how often do we take part in an activity whilst there is something completely unrelated on our minds, only to then create our own blinkered version of that activity afterwards? Sometimes we only see what we want to see, and sometimes we only hear what we want to hear. We even refuse to believe what is in front of us at times as we just want to ourselves from the uncertainty.

Adele Parks has done her themes justice and gave her characters the voice that they so desperately needed. I really enjoyed the psychological aspects of the storyline most, as I felt more in tune with Daisy and Simon’s psyche as things began to progress. Okay, it was an uncomfortable read at times, but the things discussed in this book aren’t meant to be comfortable.

A raw, thrilling and psychologically talented novel – I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #Endgame by Daniel Cole (@Daniel_P_Cole) @OrionCrime @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Thanks so much to Tracy Fenton and Orion for the blog tour invite (and the ARC), I am delighted to share my review of ‘Endgame’ by Daniel Cole!

A locked room. A dead body. A secret that went to the grave.

When retired police officer Finlay Shaw is found dead in a locked room, everyone thinks it’s suicide. But disgraced detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes isn’t so sure.

Together with his former partner Detective Emily Baxter and private detective Edmunds, Wolf’s team begin to dig into Shaw’s early days on the beat. Was Shaw as innocent as he seemed? Or is there more to his past than he’d ever let on?

But not everyone wants Wolf back – and as his investigation draws him ever deeper into police corruption, it will not only be his career on the line – but the lives of those he holds closest as well…

What does TWG think?

If you aren’t already aware, ‘Endgame’ is the third installment in the ‘Ragdoll’ series. The author does state at the beginning of this book that it would be highly advantageous if you read the books in order, however i did not do that despite having the previous books ready to read! Whoops! Having said that, I didn’t find the story any less enjoyable not having the in depth backstory of each of the characters. In all honesty, I fluffing loved it!!!!

How amazing is Wolf!!! I was in hysterics at pretty much ALL of the things that came out of his mouth, and at times I felt a teeny bit guilty at laughing given the nature of the circumstances at the time.

‘Endgame’ is SO addictive! Retired police officer, Finlay, is found dead in his own home. Officers investigating the death class it as suicide, however Wolf isn’t convinced that Finlay would go to such lengths. Given Wolf’s unruly personality and ability to annoy everyone around him without even doing anything, Wolf’s idea didn’t go down well with his ‘colleagues’. Would it be in their best interests to trust his instincts, or would they be better off agreeing with the verdict of ‘suicide’ where Finlay is concerned?

Wolf doesnt exactly make it easy for himself, does he? Even though I wasn’t aware of what he had done to annoy his colleagues in the previous books, I got the jist after his personality shone through rather quickly.

As I said above, I fluffing love this book. I adored every single thing about it, from the flawed characters to the frayed relationships, to the thrilling events and the fast paced storline. Honestly, Daniel Cole is an incredible, incredible author – why I haven’t delved into his books before now is beyond me!

I thought this was such a cleverly written novel with outstanding humour running throughout. I wouldn’t expect a thriller to be laced with hilarity, yet Daniel Cole, and Wolf, made it work.

What a phenomenally twisted, thrilling, humourous and addictive read which, if reading this caused speeding tickets, I would be severely bankrupt now! What a book!!!!

Buy now in e-book from Amazon UK.

#BlogTour! Is the #DeathOfJustice, a case of murder or suicide? #Guestpost by @TonyJForder @BloodhoundBook

Many thanks to BloodHoundBooks for inviting me to take part in Tony J Forder’s blog tour for ‘The Death Of Justice’. For my stop today, I have a guest post from the author himself. Before I share that however, is a little bit more about the book and the purchase link. Enjoy!

One night. Two shootings. Two victims.

When DI Bliss arrives at the scene of the second murder, he recognises the same three-shot pattern as the first. But there is one major difference: the second victim has been decapitated, the head nowhere to be found. When a second headless corpse is discovered the following day, Bliss and his team realise the killer is on a spree – and he’s not done yet.

After Bliss links the killings and forms a task force with officers from Lincolnshire, they uncover further disturbing news: the murders are not the first in the series – there are four more headless victims, and the Lincolnshire team believe they know why. Not only that, they are also convinced that more potential victims are on the killer’s list.

In a race against time to save further loss of life, Bliss constantly finds himself one step behind and chasing shadows. In order to flush out the hired assassin, he and his team have no choice but to put their own lives at risk. But will everyone survive?

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IS THE DEATH OF JUSTICE A CASE OF MURDER OR SUICIDE?

When you’re writing a series book, you have to keep in mind both the past and future while you’re relating the present. It’s a weird kind of omniscience, because as the author you’re able to see the entire cast of characters, everything they do, everything they think, plus everything they are going to do and think. And not just in the book you’re writing at the time. Okay, I’m going to say it – we get to play God (if you happen to believe in that sort of thing).

A lot of decisions need to be made, especially in terms of story and character development. With The Death of Justice I was extremely aware that in the previous book, The Reach of Shadows, I had pulled together multiple strands extending from the very first book and tied them off, a deliberate decision designed to stabilise the main character, DI Jimmy Bliss, and to reset his foundations so that he could continue on into the final stretch of his police career. I was conscious, too, that the first four books weaved complex investigative webs, and that a change of gear might be needed all round.

I think The Death of Justice achieves that, but without tearing down every structure my loyal readers have come to expect from a DI Bliss novel. So, whilst there is only a single case for him and his team to focus on this time, and the pace is stepped up by a couple of gears, the storyline is a bit like an onion in that beneath it there are connected layers of mystery for Bliss to peel away and wrap his head around. I think it both moves on from the previous book and cements the overall theme.

New characters from the neighbouring county of Lincolnshire are introduced, one of whom becomes Bliss’s investigative partner on a couple of occasions. Although she is a rank above him, he is in command on his own patch and it allows them to operate together effectively without egos getting in the way. This was something I had wanted to do anyway, and DCI Diane Warburton became the ideal role for the winner of a charity donation to have a character named after her. I hope she will prove popular.

When I came up with the idea for this book, I was aware that the previous four had relied on the investigative skills and dedication of Bliss and his team in solving those cases, and that police work doesn’t always follow such a steady path. There are times when circumstances change so regularly that the operation mounted veers off course and the team are constantly being caught out and challenged by events overtaking them. I thought the time was right for Jimmy and his colleagues to endure just such a case, and for the reader to hopefully feel their frustrations as things don’t go quite according to plan.

For Jimmy Bliss, this chapter in his life represents a period of stability. Undergoing mandatory therapy in the wake of the circumstances that led him almost to the point of destruction, Bliss reluctantly accepts his treatment – though Bliss being Bliss he regards it as more of a punishment. But clearly the time is right for him to tread water a little, to focus his mind on the job and the job alone. He has accepted his place in the world and is no longer entirely unhappy with his lot. That said, by the end of this book he has cause to question the wisdom of change and the impact it has on him and those around him.

In my notes at the end of The Death of Justice I point out that the idea for the story began when I read an article about an unsolved case in the US. I was fascinated by it, but knew I couldn’t actually write my book about it in fictional terms. Instead, I asked myself what might have triggered the unusual events, as well as what the aftermath could have looked like. It was while I was considering the latter that the storyline fell into place. Rarely – for me at least – the entire story came to me almost at once, including a beginning, middle, and end. Well… almost. It soon became clear to me that the opening chapter would work better as the final chapter, and I am so glad I changed my mind about that, especially given what immediately precedes it.

As for the overall theme of justice, I think it can be viewed in many ways throughout this book, and I leave it to the reader to take from it what they find. To me, there is a related thread running along the spine of the story, one which might prompt people to question the very notion of justice and what it means to individuals.

I’m guessing that the final few chapters are going to provoke the majority of comments. No spoilers, but they are extremely emotional, and I have no idea how people might react to them. I don’t think I’m cutting my own throat, but you never can tell. If I have learned anything over the course of my eight published books, it is that you cannot please everybody.

About the author.

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler from the Major Crimes unit in Peterborough. The first four books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, If Fear Wins, and The Reach of Shadows, will soon be joined by The Death of Justice, which will be published on 9 September 2019.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone serial-killer novel. Another book that was written as a stand-alone was Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. Before it had even been published, Tony had decided to write a sequel, and Cold Winter Sun was published in November 2018.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author. He is currently working on a new novel, and has also begun writing Bliss #6.

#BlogTour! #Review – #The Nursery by Asia Mackay (@abmackster) @ZaffreBooks @MidasPR

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Huge thanks to MidasPR for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘The Nursery’ by Asia Mackay, as well as the ARC. I am so excited to be sharing my review today – enjoy!

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Lex Tyler is trying to have it all, but being a working mother is so much more difficult when you’re a secret agent for an underground branch of the security services.

Platform Eight have been tasked with tracking down and eliminating the traitor in MI6 who has been selling information to the highest bidder through a headhunting website for the criminal underworld that connects intelligence operatives with all manner of bad people with a simple right swipe.

Deals get made. Secrets get sold. Missions fail. Agents die.

It’s down to Lex and her team to identify and eliminate the traitor before they assassinate China’s Minister of Commerce and ruin relations between the UK and China forever. But when your husband doesn’t know exactly what your job entails and the future of the intelligence services rests on your shoulders, can one working mother save the day?

This is one mission that Lex cannot afford to fail.

What does TWG think?

Right, I didn’t realise this until afterwards, BUT, ‘The Nursery’ is the second ‘Lex Tyler’ novel, with ‘Killing It’ being the first. Do you need to read the previous book in order to enjoy the second? Well, seeing as I had absolutely no idea that this was a series, I can hand on heart say that, no, you do not need to read the books in order. That said, if you’re anything like me once you’ve read books out of order’ you will no doubt go and hunt the other books in the series….

Anyway, back to ‘The Nursery’. If you’re a fan of undercover, spy type thrilling read, then you would just LOVE this one. I didn’t know what to expect at first, I mean, would the characters be an updated version of the program ‘Rugrats’ what with the title being ‘The Nursery’? I had hoped not, simply because I wouldn’t be able to stand Angelica all over again….

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Lex Tyler’s escapades and learning about where she keeps her weapons! As well as being a cut throat and dark novel, ‘The Nursery’ was laced with such on point, slapstick humour that you wouldn’t usually find in a novel full of assassins. I think the fact that Lex has a young daughter blindsided me at times, because one minute Lex is hunting the bad guys down by chucking glitter in their face, and then the next she is picking up her little girl from nursery as though she was on route to do that all along. I thought it was absolutely brilliant and such an unexpected storyline which paved the way for much hilarity, many ‘what the…..’ moments, as well as brilliant tips for a bag of teddy bear crisps. And no, I don’t mean eating them…

Asia Mackay has such a unique and memorable talent which has made, for me, ‘The Nursery’ a serial to keep in my eye line. I hope there will be many more Lex Tyler novels to come, as I am certain that her story is nowhere near finished.

Honestly, I really do recommend reading this book if you’re fancying something a little bit different. I absolutely loved every iota of ‘The Nursery’, and Asia Mackay is a talent worth celebrating for sure.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheSleepover by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @Bookouture

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Oh I do love a Carol Wyer novel, and I am delighted to be reviewing her latest one, ‘The Sleepover’, as part of the blog tour organised by Bookouture. Many thanks to the publisher for inviting me to take part, and for the ARC as well. Here is my review:

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She said she’d gone to a sleepover. But she never made it. Someone must know why…

When Detective Natalie Ward is called to the home of fourteen-year-old Roxy Curtis she can’t help but empathise with Roxy’s distraught mother Cathy. Roxy hasn’t come home, last seen heading next door for a sleepover with her best friend Ellie. As the mother of two teenagers herself, Natalie knows that this is every parent’s worst nightmare.

But when Roxy’s body is found in the basement of a beautiful Victorian mansion on the other side of town, Natalie’s darkest fears are confirmed. What was Roxy doing there? The people who knew her best should know – but Cathy seems evasive, and Ellie refuses to talk. Natalie is determined to find out what secrets they are keeping…

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears. 

When her body is found two days later, Natalie is forced to face the fact that Roxy’s loved ones are in real danger. Things take a more sinister turn when Ellie vanishes, her mobile phone switched off. Is Ellie hiding something about the night Roxy died that could put her in terrible danger? And can Natalie work it out before another innocent life is taken?

What does TWG think?

OH MY GOOD GOD! WHAT THE FRIED EGGS DID I JUST READ?!?!?!

Can I just tell you all to go and buy ‘The Sleepover’ like, right this second? Just when I thought that Carol Wyer couldn’t get any better, she goes and knocks the ball WAY out of the park by writing a novel which made me want to go and hide out on a cloud with Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony! Honestly! If you’re after suspense, this book has it. If you’re after a twisted read that is full of red herrings, dead ends, and uncertainty – this book has it. If you’re after a main character who knows how to kick ass whilst still being a well respected Detective, then Natalie Ward is your gal. If you’re after a book which leaves you wanting more and shouting ‘NOOOO’ when the book ends, then ‘The Sleepover’ should definitely be your next read.

Roxy told her mum that she was going for a sleepover; a sleepover which her friend knew nothing about. Why did Roxy lie? Where did she go? When the police are called to a situation over the other side of town, Roxy’s whereabouts are confirmed, however not in a good way. Detective Natalie Ward and her team are on the case, but if they thought that it would just stop with Roxy, they are about to be seriously mistaken.

There are quite a few cactus characters in this book! The type of characters who, if they were on Tinder, would even have rats swiping left instead of right. Why couldn’t they just do as they’re bloody told?!

As I’ve already said, I thought ‘The Sleepover’ was a bloody awesome read. I had an inkling who was ‘it’ so to speak, but seeing as the author likes to stick red herrings in her books and make her readers feel as though they’re losing the plot, I wasn’t entirely convinced by my train of thought.

Yes, I kicked myself when I appeared to be right! That never happens! Seriously though, the entire book was very cleverly thought out, and as much as I jest about losing the plot, the psychological side to the storyline was brilliant! Somewhat unnerving mind!

Natalie Ward has come up trumps once again and I cannot WAIT to see what is in store for her next! Carol Wyer is an absolute genius who has a mind I can only guess as to what the heck goes on in it – holy cheeseballs my nerves are fried!

An outstanding, twisted novel that had me shouting ‘OH MY FUDGING GOODNESS’ more times than I could count.

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#Review – #ElevatorPitch by Linwood Barclay (@linwood_barclay) @HQStories

(Many thanks to HQStories for the ARC).

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world – and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment – is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

What does TWG think?

I never, ever, EVER want to go in a lift again!!! Plus, how the fudge have I not read a Linwood Barclay novel before? I am disgusted with myself, and I want to apologise to my bank balance in advance for when I do binge buy sevral of his novels.

As I’m sure you can tell from the title, ‘Elevator Pitch’ is centred around elevators, or lifts as we call them in the UK. With that little snippet of information, you’re probably wondering why anyone would want to read a book about lifts, right? Understandable! But what if I told you that Linwood Barclay’s novel is a psychlogically twisted, fraught, and unique read that just happens to have elevator problems?

I say elevator problems like I’m describing a nuisance spot; they are indeed way more than being a little problematic, sometimes a teeny bit gruesome! I never knew just how lethal elevators and elevators shafts were!

Linwood Barclay is a force to be reckoned with. His talent at creating such a rollercoaster, chilling and intense read, seriously blew my mind. There were so many fingers pointing towards various characters, and I had marked the one I thought was ‘it’ early on, however I changed my mind multiple times throughout the book because of certain events, certain actions of the characters, and because of my own uncertainty. I wont say which particular character that was as I don’t wish to influence anyone if they haven’t read the book yet.

I really wasnt expecting ‘Elevator Pitch’ to conclude the way it did but oh my goodness, my heart was in my mouth! This book has given me a brand new author to stick on my to be read pile, and it’s a book that I will be shouting about big time!

Just a word of warning though; #takethestairs.

An insanely dark, spine tingling and bloody fantastic book. I honestly couldn’t have wished for anything more.

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#BlogTour! #Review #DegreesOfGuilt by HS Chandler (@HSCInkpen) @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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I am so excited to be on the paperback blog tour for ‘Degrees of Guilt’ by HS Chandler! I reviewed this book for the e-book publication, so it is an honour to be able to share my review again for this tour as I LOVED it! Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite – here is my review:

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When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.

She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.

What does TWG think?

Er HELLO MIND FUNK!!! Gee whizz and all that jazz – the last two lines of the blurb are absolutely bang on. I read through ‘Degrees of Guilt’ feeling all smug with myself that I knew who did what, who would end up in trouble and so forth, but I could not have been more wrong if I tried.

Apologies for the incredibly vague review, but it is needed as I would hate to give anything about this book away to any of you!

Maria is on trial for the attempted murder of her husband. A man who has a large following. A man who is incredibly respected due to the work he does. So, why did Maria want him dead? Unfortunately, whilst there is two sides to every story, the fact that only one of those sides can be vocalised personally adds insult to injury. Pardon the pun.

Whilst Maria’s fate looks as though it has been sealed, Lottie (a person who is on the jury) is about to see her own future flash before her eyes. Why? Well, that would be telling but again, there are two sides to every story.

I throughly enjoyed every aspect of this book. It made such a nice change to have a storyline predominantly set in a courtroom instead of just dabbling in that setting for several chapters. At the start of this review I stated that this book was a mind funk, and I completely stand by that as it completely blew my mind from all different angles. Not only does the story focus on the accused, Maria, it also focuses on the actions of the jury both inside of the courtroom, and outside of it. People take things at face value in life. If they can see something, then they believe it. If they cannot see something with their own two eyes yet someone is adamant a situation or a feeling is happening, nobody believes it. Well, some might, but disbelief is what comes first. Physical abuse is just that; physical. You can see it. You can touch the outcome. Emotional abuse, again, is just that; emotional. You can’t physically see the scars. You can’t physically see someone’s life being torn about from the inside. However, why is it that, even though abuse is abuse in every sense of the word, people only believe it when it’s staring them in the face?

‘Degrees of Guilt’ has ‘abuse’ at its core and I’ll be totally honest, the theme of the book definitely gave me food for thought and made me look at things differently. Hell, and that’s even coming from someone who has been on the receiving end of both physical AND emotional abuse. No two situations are the same.

HS Chandler delivers suspense and intensity throughout this book like rockets. Every inch of the book was laced with psychological brilliance and jaw dropping situations – honestly, I’ve said it once and I’ll happily say it again – it blew my mind.

‘Degrees of Guilt’ is a brilliant, brilliant, novel which puts simple ideologies to the test and will have readers questioning every inch of their judgement. You may find that you read this book on the side of one of the characters, yet end the book being on the oppositions side.

I honestly cannot recommend this author, and this book, enough. A psychologically brilliant, highly atmospheric, and addictive read which left my jaw unhinged until the very last page.

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‘Degrees of Guilt’ will be published in paperback on the 5th September and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon UK.

#BlogTour! #Review – #DeadGuilty by Michelle Davies (@M_DaviesWrites) @panmacmillan @annecater

Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take in Michelle Davies’ blog tour for ‘Dead Guilty’, and of course thank you to Panmacmillan for the ARC. Here is my review:

Has the killer in DC Maggie Neville’s cold case returned after a decade of silence?

Katy Pope was seventeen when she was brutally murdered on a family holiday in Majorca. Despite her mother’s high rank in the Met and the joint major investigation between the British and Spanish police, Katy’s killer was never caught.

Ten years later, Katy’s family return to the Spanish island to launch a fresh appeal for information, taking with them the now skeletal team of investigating Met detectives, and newly seconded Maggie as the family liaison officer.

But Maggie’s first international investigation quickly goes from being more than just a press conference when another British girl there on holiday goes missing, and Katy’s killer announces that it’s time for an encore . . .

What does TWG think?

Having not read the previous three books in the series, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the storyline due to not having all the backstories of the characters. However, I needn’t have worried – I was able to slot into the series as though I had been following it all along!

‘Dead Guilty’ was absolutely brilliant. The intensity was through the roof, and the honesty of every single character was brought into question multiple times. I loved the uncertainty of not knowing who to trust, and the fact that the ‘whodunnit’ could have been anyone because of them each harbouring some sort of guilt, was so gripping.

Not only did Michelle Davies’ novel focus on a disappearance that was now ten years on, it also tuned into the characters psyches, highlighting the lengths in which people go when grieving or feeling pressured. The psychological element to the story, for me, was outstanding and gave the book such a complex and addictive vibe.

I may have not read the other books in the series, however my bank is about to take a beating as I aim to get those beauties in my hands sooner rather than later.

If you’re after a novel which delivers in both suspense and psychological brilliance, I honestly cannot recommend ‘Dead Guilty’ enough.

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