#BlogTour! #Review – #TheEscapeRoom by Megan Goldin (@megangoldin) @orionbooks @orion_crime @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Omg this book! Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC of ‘The Escape Room’ by Megan Goldin. I am delighted to be today’s stop on the tour. Hope you enjoy my review!

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead.

When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive.

Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one more final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?

What does TWG think?

Wow! I am so glad that I don’t read blurbs of books as I don’t think the book would have had the same effect otherwise! I fully suggest you ignore the blurb on this and read ‘The Escape Room’ blind. Don’t worry, my review won’t contain spoilers either!

I really wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first, I’ll be honest. There seemed to be a lot of storyline up in the air, with nothing connecting the individual situations to the overall novel. That said, I was so glad that I kept on reading as oh.my.goodness.me it delivered!! I have never read such a unsettling, uncertain, and chilling read as this one. If you find yourself teetering with uncertainty after the first few chapters, please trust me when I say stick with it! It’s worth it, honestly!!

As I’m sure you can guess by the cover, ‘The Escape Room’ has a large part of the storyline set in a lift. Now usually that sort of thing wouldn’t bother me, that was until I walked into Tesco yesterday to find that someone was in the lift shaft fixing it! I hadn’t long finished reading the book! My legs turned to jelly, I was freaked out!

Many times whilst reading Megan Goldin’s novel, the words ‘what the…..’ fluttered around in my mind. My eyes couldn’t believe what I was reading, and my brain could not understand the lengths which people went to for an extra buck. The whole ‘do you know who you can trust’ vibe is very eye-opening and had me wondering which of the characters I could trust. In all honesty, every single one of them gave me the impression that i couldn’t trust a single word they came out with. It was such a weird predicament to be in as usually there is at least one character you can keep in your corner. Not this time!

I was hooked by ‘The Escape Room’ and its addictive storyline. I have no idea how Megan Goldin managed to weave all of the intricate details of the characters lives together, but she did and I have to say that it was very cleverly done.

For a book which had me perching on the fence to begin with, i can hand on heart say that i bloody enjoyed it! Such a compelling and complex read which continued to surprise me with every new page. I am so excited to read more from Megan Goldin – what a cracking start!

‘The Escape Room’ will be published on the 25th July. Pre-order your copy now from Amazon.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Dead Wife by Sue Fortin (@SueFortin1) @0neMoreChapter_ @RaRaResources

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Late posts this evening, apologies, major chronic illness flare and nausea. Anyway, I am delighted to welcome back to TWG, Sue Fortin and her new novel, ‘The Dead Wife’. Many thanks to Rachel for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

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Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances in the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Sinclair, wife of charismatic entrepreneur Harry Sinclair, found drowned in the lake of the family’s holiday park.

It’s been two years since the Sinclair case closed but when reporter Steph Durham receives a tipoff that could give her the scoop of the year, she’s drawn deeper and deeper into the secretive Sinclair family.

Elizabeth’s death wasn’t a tragic accident. And the truth will come at a deadly price…

What does TWG think?

Holy Thelma and Louise! This book is BRILLIANT!!!!!!

Sue Fortin has really upped her game with the publication of her latest thrill, ‘The Dead Wife’. I mean, Fortin was an incredible author beforehand but now? She has knocked the ball so far out of the court, I’m expecting it to hit Australia or something!

A lot of families have skeletons in their closet or have family members who should never be brought up in conversation. The Sinclair’s however, have a graveyard full of goodness knows what, and it seems as though the entire family need to keep their own mouths shut in case they drop themselves in it.

I was hooked by the first couple of pages of the book where we met Elizabeth, the wife of Harry Sinclair. Elizabeth’s life halted far too soon or, as some of the Sinclair’s may think, not soon enough. But why? Was the fact that she never came out of the lake alive an accident? Or did someone actually want her dead?

Like I say, ‘The Dead Wife’ is a phenomenal book! I was transfixed by the secrets and the attempt to unearth the truth, whatever that may have been, and I loved how intensely complex the entire storyline was as it made me think outside of the box. The Sinclair’s are a very clever family, however a lot of them are cactuses, if not all of them. Of course Harry, the husband of Elizabeth, was in the firing line regarding her death, but as the storyline progressed I had my own thoughts about who I felt was involved.

As always, those thoughts changed as, the person who I originally thought was involved, actually wasn’t! I won’t name names. Let’s just say that this person should have been behind bars anyway. What an absolute BLEEP! Now, before the truth was revealed, a different character (again I won’t name names due to spoilers) spoke to Steph and it was then I realised that they were my new suspect. I can’t even clarify what they said, yet I had a lightbulb moment and a chill decided to travel up my back at the same time. Weird, I know.

I thought Steph was rather brave for sticking her neck out for someone she didn’t know, just so she could unearth the truth. I also thought she was pretty stupid considering the amount of warnings she had, but what do I know!

‘The Dead Wife’ was such an addictive read, I thoroughly enjoyed the dark and twisted nature of the storyline and the characters involved. Yes, there were many red herrings, but they were flawlessly placed throughout the book and gave the novel depth as opposed to just being put there for the sake of it. I honestly cannot recommend Sue Fortin’s new book enough, although I now feel sorry for her as I am wondering how on Earth she is going to beat this beaut of a book!

Suspenseful, chilling, addictive, and utterly brilliant – ‘The Dead Wife’ gave me a new lease of life!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen (@MsTamarCohen) @TransworldBooks @AnneCater

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TWG is delighted to be hosting day three of the ‘Stop At Nothing’ by Tammy Cohen, blog tour. Huge thanks to Anne Cater and TransworldBooks for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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A mother’s job is to keep her children safe.

Tess has always tried to be a good mother. Of course, there are things she wishes she’d done differently, but doesn’t everyone feel that way?

Then Emma, her youngest, is attacked on her way home from a party, plunging them into a living nightmare which only gets worse when the man responsible is set free. But what if she fails?

So when Tess sees the attacker in the street near their home, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. But blinded by her need to protect her daughter at any cost, might she end up putting her family in even greater danger?

There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to make it right . . .

What does TWG think?

Ooooooooooo, this one is juicy!!!

Tess gets the fright of a lifetime when she finds out that her sixteen year old daughter, Emma, was attacked. She can’t help feeling guilty and laying the blame on herself, and many others are quick to point the finger at Tess for not picking up her daughter, instead letting her find her own way back after a party. But Tess didn’t attack her own daughter, so why is SHE in the firing line for it?

I reallyyyyyy didn’t like Tess at first. I actually found her quite annoying and, as harsh as this may sound; incredibly selfish. As a parent its only natural that we feel guilty whenever our children are hurt, wondering what we could have done to stop it from happening, however Tess seemed to take that to a whole new level. It was Emma who was attacked, not her. I couldn’t quite understand why Tess was making it all about her, when her main focus should have been on her daughter.

I was quite surprised to find that my opinion of Tess did change throughout the course of the book and, even though I didn’t end up absolutely adoring her character, I was able to understand her personality a little bit better. Tess’ heart was in the right place and her actions were laced with love for her daughters, she just went about it all in completely the wrong way. That said, who I am to judge on how someone else deals with particular situations.

I much preferred the second half of Tammy Cohen’s book as I felt that the intensity behind the repercussion of the attack had amplified. There seemed to be a lot more grit to sink my teeth in at that stage, especially as I was trying to work out why a certain character (naming no names due to potential spoilers) popped up here, there and everywhere at such ‘convenient’ times.

I really did enjoy reading ‘Stop At Nothing’, the psychological elements of the storyline made for such twisted and toe curling reading – I loved them. Top marks to Cohen for the way she crafted those parts! My head couldn’t keep up! Bloomin’ brilliant!

The whole Emma, nameless character, and Tess situation certainly opened my eyes to how differently we deal with things, and how much our paranoia intensifies when faced with a potentially dangerous situation. Do I think that Tess went overboard? A little bit. Would I have done the same thing? I honestly cannot say what I would have done in the same situation, all I know is that I wouldn’t have been sat around doing nothing.

‘Stop At Nothing’ is a captivating, addictive novel which had me speeding through the pages faster than Lewis Hamilton in a race! Such a clever and thought-provoking novel, Tammy Cohen has done her characters justice.

‘Stop At Nothing’ by Tammy Cohen, will be published on the 18th July by TransworldBooks Books. You can pre-order your copy here.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Girl in the Grave by Helen Phifer (@HelenPhifer1) @Bookouture

I am absolutely mortified that I missed my stop for this book yesterday! Huge apologies again to Bookouture and Helen Phifer for the error and for the 24 hour delay in posting. However, I am very excited to be sharing my review with you all today!

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At least they’d found her. Once the site was processed and the girl’s body removed, they’d be able to identify her so that her family could give her the burial she deserved. This innocent girl was far too young to be lying in a grave, crushed under the weight of someone else’s coffin…

When the body of a teenage girl is found hidden inside a stranger’s grave in a small-town cemetery in the Lake District, an urgent call is made to Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams. One look at the beautiful girl’s broken body is enough to bring Beth out of hiding for the first time since an attempt on her own life…

Beth doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence that the victim was found the same day a threatening gift was left on the doorstep of her secluded home. Her instincts are telling her that it’s a trap, that she should run for safety. But she knows she’s the only one with the expertise to help her trusted friend, Detective Josh Walker, crack the most shocking case of his career.

The tiny traces of material Beth finds beneath the victim’s fingernails is the break in the case the team need to chase down this twisted killer. But this critical lead comes at a dangerous price, exposing Beth’s whereabouts and dragging her back into the line of fire once again.

With Beth’s own life on the line, the investigation is already cracking under the pressure. Then another local girl goes missing… Can Beth stay alive long enough to catch the killer before he claims his next victim?

What does TWG think?

What an incredible start to a brand new series! I loved the different spin on the storyline as, instead of the events being centred around the police, the spotlight is given to the forensic pathologist, Beth Adams. I don’t know what it is about forensics lately, but I hoover up any books with that topic in. Never in a million years did I think I would come out with that!

Beth Adams may be the professional to have been called to the scene, yet the gruesome discovery ends up opening a huge can of worms in Beth’s personal life. Whilst she knows that its required of her to keep her professional and personal life separate, the lines become unintentionally blurred when Beth ends up in the firing line while she tries to ensure the killer of the body gets their comeuppance.

I was really taken in by Beth and the predicament which she unknowingly found herself in, and I thought that Helen Phifer did a brilliant job at capturing the intensity of the situation and amplifying it as the storyline progressed.

I did feel as though there were a lot of characters in the book without a purpose, however in the grand scheme of things, that was just a minor irk of mine overall.

‘The Girl in the Grave’ is an incredibly dark and twisted novel which had red herrings oozing out of it like nobodies business! I enjoyed being kept on my toes and, even though the overall book was a bit rough around the edges, I still thought it to be an addictive and very intense book. I’m so looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series pans out!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Fear in the Lakes by Graham Smith (@GrahamSmith1972) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘Fear in the Lakes’ by Graham Smith:

When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.

But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.

But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?

Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?

Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…

What does TWG think?

What an opening!!! I think anyone would be as shocked as Laura was, if they found their partner with a pulse pretty much giving up the ghost, and injuries which would make anyone wince. Who did it though, and why? Laura claims that her husband has no enemies and hasn’t upset anyone enough to warrant this sort of comeuppance. But could there be more to the situation?

For sure!!! Detective Beth Young is back and, whilst shes good at reading between the lines and thinking things through a lot differently to her colleagues, by golly shes a bit on the irritating side! I often wondered where her ‘oooomph’ was as she seemed to go about things at a day to day speed instead of a sense of urgency.

The premise of this book is very intriguing and left me wanting more. I definitely think that Graham Smith delivered the suspense of James Sinclair’s situation very well, and I was impressed by the journey he took his characters on.

Even though I wasn’t a fan of the characters in ‘Fear in the Lakes’, I still enjoyed the gritty storyline and uncertainty the author filled his words with.

Buy now.

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheChain by Adrian McKinty (@AdrianMckinty) @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #DontBreakTheChain

Are you afraid of The Chain?

No?

Well you should be….

I am delighted to be reviewing ‘The Chain’ by Adrian McKinty today, for my stop on the blog tour. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite and ARC.

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN

What does TWG think?

‘The Chain’ has been one of the most talked about books on social media in recent weeks. There was so much hype surrounding it, I was both excited and apprehensive. Excited because of the fact the book sounded AWESOME, and apprehensive because I wanted to love it as much as everyone else did. I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype! However, I needn’t have worried one iota. Why? Because ‘The Chain’ blew my mind and held me hostage! I mean, if I didn’t know any better, I could have easily been mistaken for being part of the chain myself!!!

What would you do if someone phoned you to tell you that they had kidnapped your child? Anyones first instinct would be to call the police, wouldn’t it? You’d want the geezers caught pronto!! But what if those same people told you that you weren’t allowed to contact the police because if you did, your child would end up dead?

In situations like these, it’s a bit difficult to surmise what you would do unless you were actually in a situation like it. Heaven forbid nobody is!

I went through a range of emotions very quickly whilst reading this. I was angry with The Chain, emotional because of the poor innocent children, worried, shocked, anxious….you name it. I just wanted to go to sleep once I put the book down, I was exhausted!!

I have never, EVER read a book as twisted and as complex as ‘The Chain’. It was eye opening seeing how the characters dealt with the predicament they found themselves in, especially as their actions were governed by extreme emotion to begin with which actually hindered their rational thinking.

Not stereotyping anyone, but I also thought that the Male, burly characters would end up being the ones to be afraid of but, whilst they were indeed macho, I couldn’t help but feel more weary of the females in each pairing.

Honestly, this was an outstanding, chilling and severely mind blowing read. My nerves were shot to smithereens by the end and I had everything crossed that my phone wasn’t going to ring!

Adrian McKinty is a very, VERY talented man, and definitely an author to stalk…I mean, watch.

I know I keep saying it, but wow, ‘The Chain’ was bloody brilliant and by far one of the best books I think I have ever read.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Chloe: Never Forget by Dan Laughey (@danlaughey) @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part (and for the ARC) in the blog tour for the next installment of the ‘Carl Sant’ series, ‘Chloe: Never Forget’. Here is my review:

An off-duty detective gunned down. A dead woman. A student missing, feared dead. And now, aformer policeman in search of his past. All these people, dead or alive, have one thing in common. D.I. Carl Sant must discoverwhat it is.Aseries of cold-case enquiries leads D.I. Sant and his colleagues to investigate a botchedassassination plot dating back to the 1980s. The deeper they dig into the case, the more secrets arerevealed, including shocking connections to the infamous NationalFront.Meanwhile, the memory of former P.C.

Tanner,survivor ofthe assassination horror, is beginning torecover. Sant must find Tanner, and find out who is behind it all-before his superiors lose their rag and more lives are lost…

What does TWG think?

‘Chloe: Never Forget’ picks up where the author left off in ‘Chloe: Lost Girl’, so I highly recommend reading the books in order otherwise this book won’t make much sense.

Again, this is yet another dark and gritty read where we try to reach the truth behind Chloe’s disappearance and the various deaths. There is a lot of to-ing and fro-ing from D.I Carl Sant and his team, and cold cases are being brought back into the spotlight in case they end up being related to the new investigation.

I found that the storyline contained a lot of politics which, even though certain events in the book governed the topic, I felt that the subject went on a bit too long for my liking.

I enjoyed the intensity of the book and the not knowing whodunnit or the motives of various characters, even if I did end up finishing the book with more questions than when I started! The ending did confuse me, and I’m still not entirely sure who ended up being ‘the one’ so to speak. I can only hope that the author produces a third book in the series, I feel that there is a lot more to say!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox (@josephknox_) @TransworldBooks @AnneCater

Day two of ‘The Sleepwalker’ blog tour is here, and I am UBER excited to share my review today. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Transworld Books for the ARC.

‘He said he didn’t remember killing them…’

As a series of rolling blackouts plunge the city into darkness, Detective Aidan Waits sits on an abandoned hospital ward, watching a mass murderer slowly die. Transferred from his usual night shift duties and onto protective custody, he has just one job…

To extract the location of Martin Wick’s final victim before the notorious mass murderer passes away.

Wick has spent over a decade in prison, in near-total silence, having confessed to an unspeakable crime that shocked the nation and earned him the nickname of TheSleepwalker.

But when a daring premeditated attack leaves one police officer dead and another one fighting for his life, Wick’s whispered last words will send Waits on a journey into the heart of darkness…

Manipulated by a reticent psychopath from his past, and under investigation from his new partner, Detective Constable Naomi Black, Waits realises too late that a remorseless contract killer is at work.

Can Aidan Waits solve his last case before fleeing justice? Or will his name be next on the hit list?

What does TWG think?

Ahhhhhhh why did I not know about these books until now! Yes, that’s right, I’m holding my hands up and saying that I popped my Joseph Knox cherry with ‘The Sleepwalker’. However, I didn’t quite realise how important it would be to read the previous books beforehand. I mean, some people might be okay reading this as a standalone, but I struggled not knowing much about Aidan Waits and his journey up until now.

The fact that I didn’t know to read the previous books isn’t anyones fault, I just wanted to mention it in case anyone else was popping their Joseph Knox cherry.

Ignoring the above, holy cheeseballs Joseph Knox knows how to write!!!!! What a sublimely intense, chilling and fast paced read that left me breathless more often than not.

I loved the fact that the storyline was jam packed with adventure that meant my head was spinning with the knowledge of Wicks, a murderer dubbed as ‘The Sleepwalker’, and trying to work out whether anyone wanted Aidan dead, and why? Was he a threat? Did he know to much? Was someone jealous?

‘The Sleepwalker’ is a fantastically written, thrill inducing novel. I finished the book watching my own back, never mind Aidan’s! The concept of the story was very, very clever – I had no idea something like that was possible! I am looking forward to binge reading the other books in the series now!

‘The Sleepwalker’ will be published by Transworld on the 11th July but can be pre-ordered now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Extract from #Tightrope by Marnie Riches (@Marnie_Riches) @OrionBooks

I am so excited to be taking part in Marnie Riches’ blog tour today for ‘Tightrope’, many thanks to Orion for my invite. I was hoping to review the book today, however I didn’t receive a copy until too late so I will be sharing an extract from the book inside. I will be reading and reviewing as soon as i can though!

What happens when a private investigator ends up being the one uncovered?

Having lost everything after a failed marriage, Beverley Saunders now lodges in the basement flat of a house owned by her best friend Sophie and her husband, Tim. With Bev’s former glittering marketing career in the gutter, she begins to do investigative work for other wronged women, gathering dirt on philanderers, bosses and exes.

But when Beverley takes on the case of Sophie’s friend Angela, who is seeking to uncover grounds for divorce from her controlling husband, Jerry, the shadow Science Minister, she soon discovers that she isn’t the only one doing the investigating…

Beverley has a secret history she doesn’t want coming out – but will she manage to stay hidden long enough to give Angela the freedom she deserves?

‘Tightrope’ will be published by Orion on the 11th July and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon

Extract.

CHAPTER 1
Bev

‘Balls to Dr Mo and his group-therapy cobblers,’ she said, savouring the sight of the object of her desire. Endorphins

fizzed in her bloodstream. The rush of a conquest was always a narcotic, numbing the jab, jab, jab of her conscience that insisted she was derailing her own fasttrain back to a future worth having. With a quick glance up the double-parked street of elegant Edwardian brick terraces, she negotiated a traffic hump. The car shuddered and her teeth clacked. OK, perhaps she was going a little too fast. Eyes back on the prize. ‘Oh, Mama. I cannot wait to get you home and rip off your—’

When the 4×4 ploughed into her at speed, Beverley Saunders’ little VW Polo lurched improbably to the right, missing the parked Audi on the opposite side of the road by only inches. Her airbag inflated immediately.

‘Jesuf pft.’ A muffled outcry was all she could manage until the bag deflated, leaving her gripping the steering wheel with white-knuckled, shaking hands. Stunned, she stared at the bag that now looked like an oversized, spent johnny. ‘What bastard . . . ?’

Flushed through with adrenaline, she applied her handbrake, punched her hazard warning lights into life and

stepped out of the car. The culprit was looking down at her from the elevated vantage point of an Overfinch Range

Rover. Staring directly at Bev open-mouthed as though she

couldn’t quite believe what had just come to pass.

Bev took in the devastation wrought on her beloved little VW by the unforgiving bulk of this pimped-up Chelsea Tractor – or rather, Hale Tractor in this overpriced pocket of Cheshire. Enraged, she marched up to the driver’s side window of the 4×4, expecting to find some washed up soap

actress or footballer’s wife.

‘Get out of the fucking car, lady !’ she yelled.

The woman raised her hand to her mouth, but otherwise didn’t move.

She didn’t seem to be a celebrity, but Bev knew her type well. High blonde ponytail. Pearl earrings. Expensive looking fur gilet that showed off the owner’s reed-like arms, accented with a shitty taupe silk scarf that chimed

in perfect harmony with the Farrow and Ball-painted doors and window frames of the surrounding houses. Rocks on those bony fingers that could fund a developing country.

That much she could see through the glass.

‘Entitled shitbag. I’m talking to you !’

Bev eyed the stoved-in passenger side of her Polo, noticing how the tyre was facing inwards at an untenable angle. A flicker of guilt strobed at the back of her mind, telling her that a crash was karmic payback for being weak. But that didn’t excuse this stupid cow. She thumped the bonnet of the Range Rover.

‘You killed my car !’

Shutters were twitching either side of the street. Cleaners and nannies peered out at the scene, no doubt making

morality judgements as Bev cursed and the blonde finally emerged, tugging at the ties of her gilet.

‘I’m so, so sorry. My foot slipped and I just shot out.’

The blonde looked back regretfully at the give-way markings on the road.

‘I take it you’re not hurt.’ Bev eyed the pristine white Range Rover. It didn’t have a single dent in it. Naturally.

And those gleaming black alloys were intact. Naturally. Only the Polo looked like it had been in a fight with

Godzilla. ‘Details !’ Her heartbeat was thunderous as she proffered the brown envelope from a recent, terrifying

HMRC communiqué and a pencil she’d stolen from IKEA.

‘I think we’ve got to call the police, get a reference number or something, but first, we exchange details.’

‘Yes. Of course.’ The blonde dithered, clearly looking for something to lean on. Opted for her bonnet. She wrote,

‘Angela Fitzwilliam’ in a shaky hand.

The crash threatened to send Bev careening to the rock bottom of a cliff face she had already been struggling to cling to, let alone scale. She was just about to subject the woman to another tirade of expletives, when the guilt flickered on again ; brighter and steadier, this time, like a searchlight

shining on her shortcomings. She privately acknowledged that she hadn’t really been paying attention either. Too busy staring at the extremely rare, mint origami kit she’d bought off the old guy in Rusholme. A moment of eBay madness, indulging in the very compulsion she had sworn she would eschew. Dr Mo would remind her that she had taken four steps backwards in the board game of her life, sliding down yet another damned snake at a point where she’d hoped to climb the next ladder. Well, the self-appointed saviour of the obsessive, the compulsive and the habitually disorderly would have to damn well find out first.

Maybe she was equally to blame for being unobservant. But this woman looked loaded. She could almost certainly afford to lose her no claims bonus and pay the excess. Bev, on the other hand, had a stack of unopened bills waiting on the side in her crappy flat, not to mention the tax demand. Screw it.

‘So, you admit, it was your fault ?’

The woman closed her large, deep-set eyes and held up hands that were beautifully manicured. ‘Oh, absolutely.

Mine entirely.’

A fixed-up car, a month or two of lovely physio, being pummelled with warm oils by some beefcake – the nearest Bev would get to a massage now that she was permanently broke. A couple of grand in damages would clear some of those debts. Bish, bash, bosh. Bev mentally rubbed her hands together and thanked God for silver linings.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Liar’s House by Carla Kovach (@ckovachauthor) @Bookouture

Huge thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in Carla Kovach’s blog tour for ‘The Liar’s House’, and for the ARC. I’m very pleased to be today’s stop on the tour where I have the pleasure of sharing my review:

Samantha stumbled out of the party and on to a busy street only ten minutes away from her home. But she never made it home…
Seven years after Samantha’s disappearance, on what would have been her thirty-fifth birthday, her best friend Diane is shocked to find a letter addressed to Samantha on her doorstep.
Opening the envelope, Diane pulls out a birthday card and a finger nail painted in dusky pink nail polish. The same shade Samantha always wore. The same shade she was wearing the night she went missing.
When police analyse the nail, they don’t get the result they expected. Instead of linking them to Samantha, the nail belongs to another woman, Jade Ashmore. And Jade was murdered the night before the envelope was delivered….
What does TWG think?

I do love a DI Gina Harte novel, her character gets more feisty with every new book, yet she seems more human with every new installment. ‘The Liar’s House’ is part of a series and, whilst they will be ok to be read as a stadnalone, I highly recommend reading the books in order so that you’ll have more of an understanding regarding Gina’s past and her issues with Briggs. That woman does not catch a break!

Diane still can’t get over the disappearance of her friend, Samantha, who seemed to disappear into thin air seven years ago. Her gut instinct tells her that her friend is dead, but she remains forever hopeful. It is just a shame that Diane gets caught up in another disappearence…

There are a lot of characters to keep tabs on, some of which will no doubt leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. No pun intended! Whilst Samantha’s disappearance plays a part in the structure of certain events in the book, there are a lot of gritty situations and red herrings which really kept me on my toes.

My gut instinct told me that the ‘whodunnit’ was one character, and I was absolutely convinced that I was right! I was wrong! So very wrong, and yes, because of that, I was extremely shocked as they were right under my nose the entire time!!!!

I raced through Carla Kovach’s new book, demolishing 64% in one go, but thanks to my body being an -insert bad word here-, I had to put the book down! I didn’t want to -stomps foot-. Anyway, Carla Kovach is such an incredible author. ‘The Liar’s House’ was FULL of addictive suspense, rollercoaster moments, psychological uncertainty, and a level of intensity that went through the roof. I loved every minute of this book and I am eager to find out what is next in store of DI Gina Harte and the gang – this is a series that just keeps on getting better and better!!!!

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