#BlogTour! #Review – #HushHush by Mel Sherratt (@writermels) @AvonBooksUK

Apologies for the late post, spent the day with mumma TWG for her birthday! Tonight I am very pleased to be hosting Mel Sherratt’s new novel, Hush Hush. Many thanks to Avon for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

What does TWG think?

If you ever needed a reason to start a new series then you needn’t look any further! What a cracking first book!

DS Grace Allendale is back on her home turf, Stoke, once again. Having lived in Manchester for many years, Grace decides to return to her roots after life chose to throw her a few curveballs. However, if Grace thought that moving back to Stoke was going to be plain sailing and calm, she should think again as things are about to get personal.

What I loved most about ‘Hush Hush’ was the way the author created such an atmospheric presence throughout the entire book. One minute I was starting the book, unaware of the characters I may come up against, and then the next minute I had reached the end with a ‘what the….’ look on my face!

‘Hush Hush’ has the perfect amount of suspense, grit, and rollercoaster ride tendencies, holding my attention hostage until the very last page. If this is the strength of the first book in the series, I cannot wait to see what’s coming next!

A belter of a book which has been very well thought out – a job very well done in my opinion!!

Buy now!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheLineWeLeaveBehind by Eliza Graham (@eliza_graham) @ed_pr @AmazonPub

Apologies for my slight delay with this blog post, however I am delighted to share my review of Eliza Graham’s, ‘The Lines We Leave Behind’. Many thanks to EdPr for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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England, 1947: A young woman finds herself under close observation in an insane asylum, charged with a violent crime she has no memory of committing. As she tries to make sense of her recent past, she recalls very little.

But she still remembers wartime in Yugoslavia. There she and her lover risked everything to carry out dangerous work resisting the Germans—a heroic campaign in which many brave comrades were lost. After that, the trail disappears into confusion. How did she come to be trapped in a living nightmare?

As she struggles to piece together the missing years of her life, she will have to confront the harrowing experiences of her special-operations work and peacetime marriage. Only then can she hope to regain the vital memories that will uncover the truth: is she really a violent criminal…or was she betrayed?

What does TWG think?

I am going to put my hands up and say that, at first, I really didn’t think that I would like this book. I know that sounds slightly negative, but hear me out. I am a massive fan of WWII novels, but my experience of reading wartime novels set anywhere other than Britain is very limited. Would I struggle to understand the crimes which happened in other places during the war? Would I be able to keep up with the storyline in a country I have had pretty much nothing to do with in real life, let alone fiction? I couldn’t help but ask myself those questions as I read the first few chapters of ‘The Lines We Leave Behind’. So, going back to my earlier comment, I didn’t think that I would like this book at first because I guess I didn’t feel intelligent enough to read it. Every page of ‘The Lines We Leave Behind’ is full of in-depth situations, detailed discussions, and quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing between the main character’s past and present.

After attempting to dismiss my earlier thoughts, I got stuck into Maud’s life and the awful predicament she has unfortunately found herself in. How did she end up living in an asylum? Why can she remember some parts of her life, yet draws a blank when she attempts to think of other events?

Once again I am holding my hands up to say that, after several chapters of eye-opening material, I ended up surrounding to the book in its entirety. Wow – yes, this book is very, very deep and often dark, but oh my goodness me, what a brilliant, brilliant novel this is. I cannot believe I even thought that I wouldn’t like it at first! It was certainly hard-hitting to read what Maud’s life was like during the war and the devastating things she came across. I had absolutely no idea that times in Yugoslavia were so devastating, but I am so very glad that Eliza Graham has written the theme into her storyline to educate people on wartime events outside of Britain.

‘The Lines We Leave Behind’ blew me away from the attention to detail whilst Maud was in service, to the psychologically damaging events later on down the line which I couldn’t help but feel emotional about. Poor Maud had lost years and years of her life due to somebody else’s actions, or did she? The text may be black and white (literally), yet the author has given her readers free reign to interpret Maud’s situation in the latter half of the book. Well, at least that’s what I felt that I was able to do!

I am so pleased that I didn’t pay too much attention to my first impression of ‘The Lines We Leave Behind’ as it has turned into one of my all-time favourite books of 2018 due to its incredible level of intensity, magnetic storytelling by Eliza Graham, as well as its poignant and highly emotive attention to detail. I cannot recommend it enough.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Lost in the Lake by A.J.Waines (@AJWaines) @Bloodhoundbook

She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends a group of musicians plunging into a lake. Convinced the accident was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby. 

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? 


When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally emerges. Now Sam is the one seriously out of her depth…

What does TWG think?

Oh this is clever. This is very clever!

We have all done something and remembered not doing it, right? Like putting the washing on and not remembering that you did it….minor things like that. But here is the burning question; what would you do if you find out that something devastating happening while YOU were there, yet you cannot remember a single detail? What if you find out that you have no recollection at all? Nada. Zilch.

Wouldn’t you be scared? I would be petrified, especially as there is a chance that you would end up being one of the main focuses in the investigation.

A.J.Waines has done an impeccable job at creating some rather cracking tension. The entires storyline was laced with it – I feel as though I need a holiday to recover! Alarm bells were ringing for me where Rosie was concerned, not that I’m saying I thought she was lying (although there was a great possibility that she may have been), it’s just I had a strong feeling that she was keeping a lot under her hat. I don’t know, I couldn’t put my finger on what it was about that character exactly, but something was off, that’s for sure!

I thought the storyline was a bit of a slow burner in places, but due to the high levels of suspense, grit, red herrings and everything else, I wasn’t as bothered by the pace as much as I usually would be.

‘Lost in the Lake’ is a very cleverly written, highly suspenseful, intriguing read which left me feeling as though I couldn’t even trust myself. I cannot wait to read more in this series if the books are as good as this one!!

Buy now!

About the author.

AJ Waines is a number one bestselling author, topping the entire UK and Australian Kindle Charts in two consecutive years, with Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, the author has sold nearly half a million copies of her books, with publishing deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and Canada (audio books). 

Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and has been ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). 

She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. Find her books here and visit her website and blog, or join her on Twitter, Facebook or on her Newsletter. 

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Tell Me No Lies by Alex Sinclair (@ASinclairAuthor) @Bookouture

Whilst my mint aero traybake sets in the fridge, I’m making good use of my time by sharing my review of Alex Sinclair’s, ‘Tell Me No Lies’. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and ARC. Here is my review:

How well do you really know your husband?


Grace Dalton is trying to put her life back together after her husband John died suddenly in a hit and run. Her perfect world is collapsing around her, the home she hoped to fill with children is huge and empty, and she’s paralysed with grief.

But as Grace sorts through her husband’s belongings, she realises the man she loved was lying to her. There’s a mysterious list of names hidden among his things, a secret bank account, and a shocking revelation about his family that he kept from her since the day they met.

Who was John Dalton?

As Grace tries to identify the names on the list she realises something is wrong. She’s imagining things: seeing John in the faces of strangers and finding things in an entirely different place to where she’d swear she left them.

Is Grace losing her grasp on reality, or is someone trying to stop her finding out the truth about her husband?

What does TWG think?

In the blink of an eye, Grace’s life changed forever. One moment she was celebrating her anniversary with her husband, then the next moment she was trying to work out how she was going to get through the rest of her life as a widow.

It was hard not to empathise with Grace as the situation she had been forced into, wasn’t exactly one she wanted to be in. She had just lost her husband, the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with, the man she thought she knew inside out…

I had an inkling where the storyline was heading once it became clear that Grace’s husband wasn’t who she thought he was, and I have to say that I did find that a little predictable so the surprise element wasn’t as strong as I would have liked it to be. However, there were a few surprises where Grace’s character was concerned which I was thankful for.

For me personally, ‘Tell Me No Lies’ is an incredibly promising read. The author has a unique voice when it comes to telling a story and I truly believe that, if all of the elements in the book came together in a stronger manner, my rating for this book would be higher. It had everything there to make a belter of a read, but i was just waiting for that bit extra.

Nonetheless, ‘Tell Me No Lies’ has grit needed for this type of book, and I was thoroughly impressed by the overall vibe of the book and the author’s unique story telling.

A pleasant, highly promising read.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Alex Sinclair is a psychological thriller author from a quiet country town outside of Melbourne, Australia.

When he’s not spending time with his wife and daughter, Alex can be found obsessing over his fiction. He loves to write fast-paced, gripping stories with killer twists. Alex is an avid reader of psychological thrillers and has a passion for good storytelling.

Alex’s novel, The Last Thing I Saw (available now), is the first of three gripping psychological thrillers he is publishing with Bookouture in 2018. His second psychological thriller, The Day I Lost Her, was released on the 13th of July, 2018. Tell Me No Lies is out now!

 

Author Social Media Links: 

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ASinclairAuthor/?ref=br_rs

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ASinclairAuthor

WEBSITE: www.alexsinclairwrites.com

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Closer by K.L.Slater (@kimlslater) @Bookouture

Many congratulations to K.L.Slater on the publication of ‘Closer’! I am delighted to be sharing my review with you all today. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC:

I know my daughter better than I know myself and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment: it’s that Maisie is not ok.

My ex-husband Shaun and I are still friends.

We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie.

But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne and suddenly, Maisie has a brand new family.

And there’s something not quite right about it…I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen.

I need to discover what she’s hiding.
Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger.

What does TWG think?

Goodness gracious me, what a disturbing read! This may sound weird but there are times in life when you need to read a book which is far worse than your own life, right? Not that I’m saying I got enjoyment out of Emma’s misfortunes, however, it kept my mind occupied with the events which made my own life seem like a fairground!

‘Closer’ isn’t as fast paced as the author’s other reads, nevertheless it still packs a punch in its own unique way. I did find Emma’s character to be a little bit questionable for the majority of the book, as I couldn’t seem to work out the hows and wherefores where she was concerned. Some may say that I found her to be a little unnerving and untrustworthy, yet those feelings added a whole new depth to the overall vibe of the storyline.

I thoroughly enjoyed the strong, dark levels of suspense which laced the novel from start to finish, keeping me on tenterhooks. Yes, i found this book rather disturbing but it was still an absolute belter of a read.

K.L.Slater does not disappoint where ‘ Closer’ is concerned that’s for sure, even if I have to admit that it isn’t my most favourite book the author has written (hello, Blink!)! I just love how dark K.L.Slater is becoming and I cannot wait to see where she takes us next.

A twisted, multi-layered, and deeply dark read which showcases some of the most flawed and unlikeable (in a fabulous way) characters I have ever read. What a book!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Kim is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers ‘Safe With Me,’ ‘Blink,’ ‘Liar,’ ‘The Mistake’ and ‘The Visitor.’ Her latest thriller, ‘The Secret’ was published by Bookouture on 27th July 2018 and her new thriller CLOSER will be published 24th October 2018 and is now available for pre-order. 

Kim’s titles are soon to be published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer, has one grown-up daughter, Francesca, and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac. 

She also writes award-winning YA fiction for Macmillan Children’s Books, writing as Kim Slater.

Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Twitter: @KimLSlater
Facebook: KL Slater Author

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Warning by Kathryn Croft (@katcroft) @Bookouture

The only warning I would give you for this book is ‘the warning’ that is is highly addictive! I am super excited to be sharing my review of Kathryn Croft’s latest novel today as part of the blog blitz. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC.

My little boy’s room was empty, his bed neatly made. Alarm bells should have rung immediately. Then the knock on the door came. All I remember is a thick fog wrapping itself tightly around me. This couldn’t be happening to us.

Three years ago, nurse Zoe’s son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident.

Heartbroken, Zoe and her family, move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality, when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email: 

You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie.

Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth. But why is her husband so reluctant to help?
And why is Josh’s mother so determined not to believe her?

What does TWG think?

Oh my bleeping goodness!!! I have waiting for a psychological thriller like this to come along!!

Addictive – check.

Intense – check.

Twisted – check.

Thrilling – check.

Absolutely brilliant? Triple check!!!

The more of ‘The Warning’ I read, the more the storyline filtered under my skin, bringing my mind to a standstill thanks to the head funk of brilliance.

Three years ago, Zoe and Jake’s lives were turned upside down when their youngest son died. Three years later and someone seems to want to stir up the devastation the family have tried hard to move on from. Who would want to cause the family more upset? Why are they coming forward now and not when it happened? With so many questions running through Zoe’s mind, she has to choose whether to go with her gut instinct and get to the bottom of that night, or to do what everyone keeps telling her to do and leave it alone. What would you do if that was your son?

I have no idea what I would do, but I would like to think I would follow Zoe’s example to find out the truth, even if it does end up a dead end. I mean, isn’t that the chance you take?

Kathryn Croft’s storytelling went above and beyond in this book, and the entire novel blew me away with its addictive tension and rollercoaster ride of suspense. If you like reading novels where you end up questioning the slightest detail, you will adore this book!

I had no idea how everything was going to conclude, and I thought that the way in which the author kept me guessing was fantastic as, even though it made my mind turn in circles many times, the thrill of the unknown had me flying through the pages like a young child on Christmas morning.

A unique, heart in mouth novel which ticked every single box for me and more – I have been waiting for a novel like this to come along and boy, it certainly didn’t disappoint!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers, and to date has sold over one million copies of her books. The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and her other novels, Behind Closed Doors, The Stranger Within and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her seventh psychological thriller is due to be released in October 2018. 

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband and young family.  

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

www.kathryncroft.com

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Our Little Lies by Sue Watson (@suewatsonwriter) @Bookouture

Sue Watson has turned to the dark side! Today I have the pleasure of reviewing Sue’s first novel in the dark world, Our Little Lies. Many thanks to Bookouture for both the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother, growing up in foster care. But her husband Simon is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France – nothing is too good for his family.

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.

It’s almost by accident that Marianne begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop. Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared’?

What does TWG think?

I have been a fan of Sue Watson for a long time, so when it became public knowledge that the author would be taking a walk on the dark side by releasing a ‘psychological thriller’, I was a little bit apprehensive. Not because I didn’t think the author could do it, just to clarify, but because I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to read the novel without thinking of her previous books in a different genre.

As soon as I started ‘Our Little Lies’, i could tell straight away that the authors trademark, cleverly written characters with their detailed personalities and lives would be evident for the duration of the book. Sue Watson doesn’t just write the basic information for her characters, instead writing them as though their information is the most important piece to know at that very moment.

Marianne has a lifestyle which many people would love – a wonderful home, the life of Riley, anything and everything at her fingertips, children, and a husband who thinks the sun shines out of her youknowwhat…..or does he? Marianne’s husband, Simon, thinks that her mentality is verging on worrying, and he continues to ensure that she knows his concerns. By that I mean he constantly pick holes and gives Marianne reason to feel slightly off kilter.

I have seen the theme of this book in several other books before, so the skeleton of the storyline was a bit predictable, however, the way in which Sue Watson combined her characters flaws into the dark theme of the book was extremely well done! I didn’t know what to believe at times, I even thought I was going stir crazy!

I thought the grit was on point and brilliantly executed, making Marianne’s issue have more sides to it than a rubix cube. Impressive, there is no doubt about that.

Now, I thought that ‘Our Little Lies’ was more domestic noir with a brilliant psychological element to it. I have to say that whilst I am very used to this author producing contemporary fiction/romantic comedies, I was impressed by her change in direction with this book. That said, I will need to hold my hands up and say that this isn’t my favourite book from the author, but I do admire her just going for it.

‘Our Little Lies’ is a gritty, psychologically twisted novel where the flaws of the characters steal the show.

Buy now!

About the author.

Sue Watson was a journalist then TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked. 

She’s now written thirteen novels – many involving cake – and her books have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating while eating cake (for research purposes), and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.

Sue explored the darker side of life for her latest book ‘Our Little Lies,’ a dark, psychological thriller completely devoid of cake. She’s hoping this change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.

For more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

Sue would love to meet you on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

#BlogTour! #Review – In Her Bones by Kate Moretti (@katemoretti1) @titanbooks

It’s my turn on the #InHerBones blog tour! Many thanks to Titan Books for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction and media frenzy, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie is a recovering alcoholic with a deadend city job, just trying to survive out of the spotlight.


Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to discover how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on, and whether they’ve fared better than her. She’s been careful to keep her distance, until the day one of them is found murdered and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Edie remembers nothing of the night of the death, and must get to the truth before the police—or the real killer—find her.

What does TWG think?

I really wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first. Had I missed something? Was there a book before this one? It honestly felt like I had stepped into a storyline halfway through, despite having only read a few pages. Not one to give up however, I kept reading to see how everything would pan out.

Thank goodness I listened to my gut! Yes the storyline takes a while to warm up, and yes the content requires readers to pay attention (in my eyes anyway), but once I became accustomed to the main event in the book, I was eager to read more.

With a storyline centred around the actions of a serial killer, ‘In Her Bones’ tells the story of the aftermath and how someone ends up finding themselves in the firing line for a crime linked to the serial killer. Obviously I won’t go into detail, but I would advise you to read this book with an open mind because it is incredibly complex which sometimes came across a little bit confusing. Don’t let that put you off though as the intensity written by Kate Moretti is second to none, especially as the author gets into the minds of her characters in a very clever way, meaning that her readers get to work out what makes them tick.

Overall I was impressed by the authors cleverly woven and highly complex storyline, although I did find the storyline hard to follow in parts. A very dark, twisted and intense read! This may have been my first read by this author, but I reckon it won’t be the last either.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner (@ronnie__turner) @HQDigitalUK

Apologies for the late one this evening, however, I am absolutely DELIGHTED to be welcoming blogger turned debut author, Ronnie Turner to TWG tonight as I review her debut novel!!! I am so, so proud of her! Many thanks to HQ for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of ‘Lies Between Us’:

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together  with devastating consequences . . .

 John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

 Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

 Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he cant have.

 They all have something in common, though none of them know it  and the truth wont stay hidden for long . . .

What does TWG think?

I cannot believe that I am reviewing Ronnie Turner’s debut novel! How exciting!!

I couldn’t help but be highly impressed by the complex intensity of this storyline. From the very beginning, Ronnie Turner created an element of suspense which was incredibly intense and very gritty.

For me personally, I ended up becoming very confused by all of the different characters, the different names, and the multiple throwbacks to the past. Usually I am okay with storylines which contain multiple characters, yet I felt as though I was missing something. It was as though there should have been another book before this one. Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m just easily confused (which wouldn’t surprise me!) as I ended up losing track of the storyline which made me struggle a bit.

However, I would say that the multiple characters weren’t so overwhelming in the last third of book and I pretty much had a lightbulb moment when things started to come together! I was so pleased that I was able to get into the swing of things, it made the whole thing even more enjoyable!

Despite my confusion, I cannot fault Ronnie Turner on her dark and twisted concept! I had tingles up and down my spine all the way through, and I would definitely say that this author has the skeleton of darkness and grit at the end of her fingertips, ready for another book.

A heart in mouth, chilling, pitch black read which made me severely nervous. A very promising debut novel – I’m really looking forward to reading that Ronnie Turner comes up with next.

Buy from Amazon UK

About the author.

Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.

Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.

 

Twitter:@Ronnie_ _Turner

Facebook: @RonnieTurnerAuthor

Instagram: @ronnieturner8702

Website: www.ronnieturner.wordpress.com

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RonnieT

#BlogTour! #Review – In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards (@MrEdwards) @AmazonPub @midaspr

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I have never read a Mark Edwards’ novel before, so when I got asked to take part in the blog tour for his new release, #InHerShadow, I jumped at the chance. Big thanks to MidasPr for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Isabel’s life seemed perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead.

For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy.

As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.

Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?

What does TWG think?

Can I just state that I have never really been a fan of paranormal/spiritual novels as I have always found them a bit too farfetched. However, and I cannot believe I am about to say this, ‘In Her Shadow’ had me leaning more towards the ‘ooooooo what if?!’ than the ‘errrrr how about nah?’. Honestly, I was genuinely surprised by my own reaction to the book! It just goes to show that stepping out of your comfort zone, even if its unintentional, can often be a brilliant experience. This, I am very glad to say, was one of those brilliant experiences. Although I now feel sorry for the author as he has now set the bar incredibly high for himself!!

Jessica is still grieving for her sister, Isabel, who passed away several years prior. According to the paperwork, her death was ruled accidental but Jessica’s mother isn’t so sure. Is it fair to re-open the case despite the official ruling? Is it fair on the family to bring the devastating event to the surface again? Unfortunately for Jessica and her mother, the day that they lost their beloved sister and daughter comes back to haunt them, and this time it’s getting personal….

I need to be very careful with what I say here as I don’t want to give anything away – yes, vague, I know! The storyline switches between the past and present, as well as different points of view, one being Isabel’s. I was impressed that the different viewpoints on their own didn’t complete the puzzle, even though it frustrated me in a good way because I just wanted to find out the truth. ‘In Her Shadow’ requires you to be patient!

In a roundabout way, I found a few of the situations in the book rather emotional because they involved Jessica’s daughter who is very close in age to my own daughter. It was weird as on one hand I was like ‘woaahhhhhhhh’ to certain things, yet on the other hand I felt my heart-break for the little girl.

For me, the storyline kept getting better and better as it progressed, with the level of suspense going through the roof. I could have sworn I had just eaten a bunch of sawdust – my mouth was that dry from it dropping open!!

I am so, so, SO glad that I was given the chance to read a book out of my comfort zone, one which I may not have picked on my own. Mark Edwards is such a brilliant, gripping author who seems to be in tune with his readers and what it takes to keep them on the edge of their seats. His descriptive, intense, and highly believable writing took me so far out of my comfort zone, it was as though I was in a completely different time-zone – and no, I certainly am NOT complaining!! My only regret where ‘In Her Shadow’ is concerned, is why I haven’t picked up this authors books before now!

A ‘OMG!!!’ read which kept my jaw unhinged for a large portion of the book. I am so impressed by what I have read and I absolutely cannot wait to read more from this author, especially now that I have had such a brilliant introduction to his books!!

Buy now!