#BlogTour! #Extract from ‘Spiral into Darkness’ by Joseph Lewis (@jrlewisauthor) @rararesources

Today as part of the ‘Spiral into Darkness’ blog tour, I will be sharing an extract from the book. Many thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. Before we get to the extract, however, here is a little bit more about the book:

He blends in. He is successful, intelligent and methodical. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind. Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spiral-Into-Darkness-Joseph-Lewis-ebook/dp/B07L15328K

US – https://www.amazon.com/Spiral-Into-Darkness-Joseph-Lewis-ebook/dp/B07L15328K

Author Bio 

Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.

Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.

Social Media Links – 

Twitter at @jrlewisauthor

Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Lewis.Author

Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Lewis/e/B01FWB9AOI /

Extract.

Introduction of a Main Character

Brian is one of my favorite characters because he has heart and depth.

 

 

As he did most often, Brian sat cross-legged on the floor, leaning against both the couch and Jeremy’s leg. As much as Jeremy and Vicky could tell, Brian never strayed too far from either of them in the two months he had lived with them. Yes, he got along just fine with the five other boys. They were best friends. He had known them long before he had moved in after his parents’ death. He would go hunting and fishing with Brett and George, and work the horses and shovel the driveway with George. He started and played on the same basketball team as Brett, Billy, and Randy, and he shared a room with Bobby by mutual choice. Still, where Jeremy or Vicky was, he was not too far away. And where Brian was, Bobby could be found.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Her Pretty Bones by Carla Kovach (@CKovachAuthor) @Bookouture

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Eeek!!!! It’s TWG’s turn on the ‘Her Pretty Bones’ blog tour, and I am absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of Carla Kovach’s latest release with you all. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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She’s just the girl he’s looking for…

A young woman falls from a van speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close.

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl.

What does TWG think?

DI Gina Harte is back, ladies and gentleman!! One of my all-time favourite detectives with her fiery personality and fierce determination to get results. Plus, she also wears her heart on her sleeve which, as she has found out on more than one occasion, it’s something she shouldn’t really make public knowledge incase anyone abuses it. Surely a detective in the police force shouldn’t be admitting they have a heart….right?

‘Her Pretty Bones’ is a firecracker of a read, with a prologue guaranteed to set your pulse racing before anything has really begun. How did the young girl fall from a van? Why was she in there to begin with? Who is she? DI Harte has her work cut out trying to find the answers to such simple yet in this instance, very complex, questions. Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing and as the storyline progresses, it soon becomes clear that DI Harte wishes she only had the question of ‘who is she?’ to answer, and not everything else.

I certainly did find this book to be a rollercoaster ride of a read as there were moments where the storyline calmed down a little, then went off on a tangent at rocket speed the next. I didn’t find the pace constantly speedy as they were some slow parts (in no way a negative at all as it worked), but it was certainly bumpy which really heightened the urge to know more.

The storyline switches between different points of view which I thought was very cleverly done as I had absolutely no idea who the other point of view was, nor did I have any idea as to how they played a part in the book. Well, I did to a point, but I couldn’t connect the dots…if that makes sense? It’s safe to say that I was hooked on every single event the storyline had to offer, even if they were a tad disturbing!!

Carla Kovach is a genius at creating intense and spine tingling moments in her storylines, leaving me reeling by every eventuality! I love how the author doesn’t just write characters to fill a space, she creates characters who she knows will add another dimension to an already complex storyline, even if its only for one chapter.

‘Her Pretty Bones’ left my pulse racing and my brain on high alert – it seemed to take ages for my breathing to regulate once I had finished the book. I could NOT have seen the conclusion coming if I tried and wow, what a brilliantly written lead up to a firework of an ending.

Chilling, complex, and off the Richter scale in intensity, ‘Her Pretty Bones’ is a beautiful book to look at and a phenomenal one to read. What a series!!!! More please?!

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About the author.

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines,’ and holiday comedy, ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screenplays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area. Her feature film ‘Penny for the Guy’ is being made and is set for release in 2019.

Her latest book, Her Final Hour, has been published by Bookouture. It is the second in the DI Gina Harte crime series.

 Author Social Media Links:

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#BlogTour! #Review – Fat Chance by A.B.Morgan (@AliMorgan2304) @books_n_all

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Day two of the ‘Fat Chance’ blog tour, and I have a review of the book to share with you all. Many thanks to Juliet for the blog tour invite and review copy.

A missing barrister, a severed thumb and fat chance of finding out the truth.

Ella Fitzwilliam’s world is about to spiral out of control. She’s not cut out to be a private investigator. With little or no aptitude for the job, she’s been sent undercover to expose the hidden lives of two men who meet nearly every week at Buxham’s – a private members’ club where portions are large and secrets are held in strictest confidence. 

One of those men is Harry Drysdale, a defence barrister, and the other is Marcus Carver, an eminent surgeon with a tarnished past and much to lose. Ella knows he has unhealthy appetites, she’s sure he’s feeding his perverted habits and putting his female patients at risk but she has to prove it. 

When Harry Drysdale goes missing, Konrad Neale TV journalist tries to reveal the truth behind the lies, but some of the secrets start to reveal themselves… and they are big.

What does TWG think?

This really is no like any other psychological suspense I have read before. ‘Fat Chance’ is packed full with bonkers circumstances, intense situations, emotionally based friendships, fetishes, as well as the end of a life. Or two.

There is a lot of to-ing and fro-ing going on, and I did get a little bit confused and ended up losing track of the story at times because of it. Storylines written in that way don’t usually bug me, but I think that due to the complexity of the relationships between the characters, confusion set in a lot quicker than normal. Now that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book because, despite having moments of ‘what on earth….’, I actually quite enjoyed what I was reading.

I couldn’t take Ella seriously at all, and the reasoning behind her colourful personality did become clear later on in the book which allowed me to give her the benefit of the doubt a tad.

I thought that ‘Fat Chance’ was a very, very different read which left me highly entertained in a weird and wonderful way. Even though I found the storyline intense at times, I didn’t think it had high levels of suspense. That said, it did grip me due to the eyebrow theme, and for entertainment value alone – I thought that AB Morgan did a sterling job.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheStoryKeeper by Anna Mazzola (@Anna_Mazz) @TinderPress @AnneCater

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It’s TWG’s turn on #TheStoryKeeper blog tour, courtesy of RandomThingsTours! Many thanks to Anne for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and many thanks to the publisher Tinder Press for the review copy. I am delighted to be able to share my review with you all today!

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Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the folk and fairy tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857 and the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and a community riven by fear. The crofters are suspicious and hostile to a stranger, claiming they no longer know their fireside stories.

Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up on the beach and the crofters reveal that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl disappeared. They believe the girls are the victims of the restless dead: spirits who take the form of birds.

Initially, Audrey is sure the girls are being abducted, but as events accumulate she begins to wonder if something else is at work. Something which may be linked to the death of her own mother, many years before.

What does TWG think?

Where on EARTH do I begin? I apologise in advance if this review ends up being a load of old gobbledegook – I’ll try my best to write sentences that actually make sense. Can’t promise anything though!!

‘The Story Keeper’ has intrigued me since I saw the cover of it on social media last year. I knew straight away that I wanted to delve into the darkness, yet I couldn’t really explain why. I mean, the cover gives nothing away and it is exceptionally dark, a world away from a lot of the other books I read. Maybe, thinking about it now, that was why I wanted to read it? Maybe the darkness of the cover piqued my interest? Maybe it was because it was so different, that I knew I just had to read it?

I didn’t know what to expect from Anna Mazzola’s novel before I started reading it so, because I don’t read blurbs, I read the book ‘blind’ so to speak, and wow, what a book this was!

Yes, the storyline is from a land far, far away (pardon the pun), and yes, the storyline is extremely dark with many chilling moments. However, none of that is a negative in the slightest! Set in Scotland in the mid 1800’s, ‘The Story Keeper’ follows Audrey’s journey in a place she holds dear due to the emotional ties with her late mother. Just like the title of the book suggests, it does contain ‘stories’. Not just any type of ‘story’ though – fairy tales and folklore. We have all heard of fairy tales and folk tales, but did you know about the secrets hidden beneath the words? I had no idea just how magical those stories could be perceived and, despite sitting on the fence in terms of belief, I couldn’t help myself becoming washed away with the rest of the believers every time a story was told.

Don’t fret though – ‘The Story Keeper’ isn’t merely fairy tales and magic, it also has a very creep undertone to it due to the death of a local girl and the fact that nobody knows the how’s, why’s, and wherefore’s behind the particular death. Some of the characters, the believers in the fairytales, were adamant that spirits were involved, yet the non believer type characters refused to belief that something untoward was going on. Why would they believe a young girl who was with child, when in those days that sort of thing was incredibly frowned upon and went against the grain of the religion?

It’s not that I didn’t think that I would enjoy this book, it’s that I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did, because I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed the thrilling and highly suspenseful antics of the characters. I was gripped by the feeling of the unknown due to the spirits and strong belief where the fairy tales were concerned. I even adored the fact that I was able to lose myself in the chilling elements of the book, wrapping myself up in the darkness of the tale as the storyline progressed.

‘The Story Keeper’ is an outstanding, powerfully written novel which completely took my breath away. I thought Anna Mazzola’s writing style made the story come alive from all directions, and this author, in my eyes, has now become one to watch for me. I cannot wait to lose myself in more of her future novels if ‘The Story Keeper’ is anything to go about. What a phenomenal, phenomenal read!

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#BlogTour! #Review – My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber (@byLizzyBarber) @arrowpublishing @Rachel90Kennedy #MyNameIsAnna

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I feel as though I’ve been waiting 475859483 days for my tour stop to finally be here (might be a SLIGHT exaggeration)! Can you tell I’m eager to share my review? Damn right I am, and I get to do that today! Many thanks to Rachel for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for the ARC. Here is my review of ‘My Name is Anna’ by Lizzy Barber:

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Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.

She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?

ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.

But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?

What does TWG think?

‘My name is ANNA!’ Is it? Is it really?

Wow, this storyline did not disappoint at all! I won’t delve too much into how I digested the storyline so to speak, as I may end up giving something away unintentionally.

Reading about Anna’s life made my spine tingle as it was quite scary. It’s crazy to think that stuff like this actually happens in real life. I’m not saying that I will be rolling my daughter up in bubblewrap and fitting her with enough lights to rival the Christmas tree in New York, just so that I can see her, due to the contents of this story. No..its just every parents worry though, isn’t it?

‘My Name is Anna’ follows the journey of Anna, a young girl who is living the only life she has ever known, until one day something triggers her memory and snippets of 15 years ago come back to her. Why? Why now?

The book also follows the journey of another young girl, Rosie, and her family as they deal with the aftermath of their loved one disappearing off the face of the Earth. Surely someone must have seen them? Surely someone must know SOMETHING?!

It was quite hard to separate my emotions when the storyline switched between Anna and Rosie, especially as their situations couldn’t seem further apart if they tried. I mean, Anna didn’t know Rosie. She didn’t even know that Rosie’s sister was missing – it’s not like she was allowed to sit in front of the T.V. every day….her mother had very strict boundaries!

I loved how fast paced the storyline was – it kept me on my toes even when the storyline came across a little predictable. By the way, I don’t mean that the predictability was a negative thing as usually I would say that it would be, however Lizzy Barber made it seem intentional because the truth became clear early on in the book, yet it was as though us readers were the only one in on the secret. If that makes any sense!!

The conclusion of ‘My Name is Anna’ was very well carved out and fitted in with the aftermath very nicely. It was realistic, in keeping with the overall theme, and highlighted the fact that biology, in the grand scheme of things, means nada if the nurturing side is completely different. How could someone change everything that they believed in, just because that was intended?

Lizzy Barber has written a brilliant, brilliant novel which had me hooked from start to finish. If this is the strength of Barber’s debut novel, I eagerly await her second novel! A chilling, realistic, and addictive novel which gripped me tightly than ever before!

Buy now!

About the author.

Lizzy Barber studied English at Corpus Christ College, Cambridge University. After ‘previous lives’ acting and working in film development, she is now the Head of Brand and Marketing for a restaurant group, working with her brother, a restaurateur.
Her debut novel, MY NAME IS ANNA, was the winner of the Daily Mail crime writing competition, and will be published in hardbook in January 2019 by Century, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The North American edition, retitled ANNA IN THE DARK will be published in December 2019.

She is currently hard at work on her next thriller. Lizzy lives in London with her husband, George, food writer and strategy consultant. They are expecting their first child in January 2019.

TWG’s #TopBooksOf2018! (@Bookouture @littlebookcafe @PanMacmillan @HarperImpulse @Headlinepg @TeamBATC @bwpublishing @MichaelJBooks @TransworldBooks @OrionBooks @AvonBooksUK @QuercusBooks @Aria_fiction) & more!

Oh my goodness me, what a PHENOMENAL year its been for books! I have had the pleasure of reading some truly amazing books this year, and whittling my 368 reads down to a selection of my favourites was incredibly difficult.

2018 has seen the growth of debut authors with debut novels, brilliant additions to intense series, and authors bringing out standalone novels which made me laugh out loud and my toes curl (clearly I mean two different genre’s…obviously!). Before I start sharing my favourite reads of 2018 with you all, let me just take this moment to say a MASSIVE thank you to all of the publishers who have sent me ARC’s in the post, approved me on Netgalley, asked me to be on blog tours – I am so honoured to work with every single one of you! Huge thank you to the publicists and blog tour organisers who also invite me to take part in some rather fabulous blog tours and who share my posts left right and centre, it is an absolute pleasure to work alongside you. Lastly, thank you SO much to all of the authors who continue to give me the escape and distraction I need from my everyday life with their incredible words – I am so excited to see what the new year brings for all of you. You are all amazing.

Actually, one last thing; thank you to all of my fellow bloggers for just being you and for supporting my posts, especially when I end up being on 6 blog tours in one day. Your support means the world to me and I cannot wait to follow your blogs again next year to see what fabulous reads have tickled your fancy.

So, let’s get to this list shall we? I’m cheating a little bit in my list as I have combined series as I couldn’t pick just one book from the series…so I chose them all. You’ll see what I mean when I get to it. This list is in no particular order, however when I get nearer the end, I will put a couple of the books in order to share my top read of 2018.

Ready? Let’s go!

#Review – The Endless Beach by @JennyColgan @littlebookcafe #TheEndlessBeach #publicationday

#BlogTour! #Review – #WeOwnTheSky by Luke Allnutt (@lukeallnutt) @TrapezeBooks

#BlogTour! #Review – #OnlyChild by Rhiannon Navin (@RhiannonNavin) @JessDuffyy @Panmacmillan

#BlogTour! #Review – The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans (@Be_the_spark) @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

#BlogTour! #Review – The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @RaRaResources @HarperImpulse

#BlogTour! #Review – The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans (@HarrietEvans) @headlinepg @Annecater @Bookish_becky

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Next Girl by Carla Kovach (@CKovachAuthor) @Bookouture

#Review – You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac (@CatherineIsaac_) @TeamBATC @SimonSchusterUK @BookMinxSJV

#BlogTour! #Review – #LittleBigMan by Katy Regan (@katyreganwrites) @panmacmillan @MantleBooks @ChablisPoulet

#BlogBlitz! #Review – One Way or Another by Colleen Coleman (@CollColemanAuth) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison (@NoelleHarrison) @bwpublishing

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Almost Wife by Jade Beer (@JadeBRIDES) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – The Island Villa by Lily Graham (@LilyGrahamBooks) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister (@GillianMAuthor) @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90

#BlogTour! #Review – #NowYouSeeHer by Heidi Perks (@HeidiPerksBooks) @arrowpublishing

#BlogTour! #Review – Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman (@KathrynFreeman1) @ChocLitUK @RaRaResources

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheLightBetweenUs by Katie Khan (@Katie_Khan) @TransworldBooks @hannahlbright29 @AnneCater #RandomThingsTours

#BlogTour! #Review -Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas (@jo_thomas1) @AnneCater @HeadlinePG @Bookish_Becky @DavidHHeadley

#Review – My Mad Dad by Robyn Hollingworth (@MyMadDadStory) @trapezebooks @orionbooks

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

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

#BlogTour! #MiniReview – #WhileIWasSleeping by Dani Atkins (@AtkinsDani) @simonschusteruk @TeamBATC

#BlogTour! #Review – Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne (@Raeannethayne) @MillsandBoon

#BlogTour! #Extract – Perfect Silence by Helen Fields (@Helen_Fields) @AvonBooksUK

I’ve popped one book here for Lisa Regan and D.K.Hood, but for me the entire series are absolutely brilliant and I urge you to buy them all!

#BlogTour! #Review – Her Final Confession by Lisa Regan (@lisalregan) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – The Crying Season by D.K.Hood (@dkhood_author) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review -Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer (@kelrimmerwrites) @headlinepg @phoebe_swinburn @annecater

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul (@GillPaulauthor) @Headlinepg @annecater

Right, we are nearing the end now so here are my favourite reads of 2018 numbers 11-2 (in no order)

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood (@lwestwoodwriter) @aria_fiction @rararesources

#BlogTour! #Review – I Wanted To Tell You By Anna Mansell (@AnnaMansell) @Bookouture

#Review – How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (@katherinecenter) @Panmacmillan @EllisKeene

#BlogTour! #Review – The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper (@ItsEmmaCooper) @HeadlinePG @AnneCater

#BlogTour! #Review – The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis (@EmilyGunnis) @HeadlinePG @AnneCater @Phoebe_Swinburn

#BlogTour! #Review – This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell (@JillMansell) @Headlinepg @AnneCater

#BlogTour! #Review – The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave (@HollyACave) @QuercusBooks #MemoryChamber

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheConfession by Jo Spain (@spainjoanne) @QuercusFiction @AnneCater @QuercusBooks

#BlogTour! #Review – I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford (@sjfordauthor) @RaRaResources

#BlogTour! #Review – #MakeOrBreak by Catherine Bennetto (@cathbennetto) @Simonschusteruk @TeamBATC

I just want to say a special mention to Sarah Vaughan’s ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ – I read that book this time last year before it was released early 2018, and it’s a book I will forever be shouting about until I am blue in the face. I’ll even go as far to say that it is still a top book of mine a year after reading it. You can read my review here:

#BlogTour! #Review – #AnatomyofaScandal by Sarah Vaughan (@Svaughanauthor) @simonschusterUK

We have reached TWG’s Top Book of 2018!!!! I may be slightly cheating here as this book isn’t out until 1st February 2019, but due to the fact that I actually read this book this year, I felt that I was able to include it in my favourite reads of this year. I’m sure you’re wondering what that is……

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I haven’t written a review of this book yet as I am on the blog tour for it next year. However, ‘The Day We Met’ by Roxie Cooper completely blew my mind and left tears rolling down my cheeks like a homemade waterfall. Stephanie and Jamie are two, highly complex, emotional and brilliantly written characters, I cannot see how anyone wouldn’t fall in love with them like I did. For me this book was everything I could have hoped for and more.

I will do a full review on the blog tour next year, but if you fancy pre-ordering your copy now based on my views above, you can do so now here!

That’s it folks! TWG’s Top Books of 2018! How many have you read? How many are you going to read? Let me know in the comments and keep me posted! Thank you all so much for sticking with me for another year, here’s to yet another fantastic year for books.

See you next year, folks!!

Kaisha x

#BlogTour! #Review – The Songbird Girls by Richard Parker (@Bookwalter) @Bookouture

I am super excited to be sharing my review of ‘The Songbird Girls’ by Richard Parker. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Her eyes were closed. From a distance the blood around her neck might have looked like a necklace, but up close her body told a different tale. She had been murdered. A tiny songbird lay beside her, its neck broken… 

 

Detective Tom Fabian’s past is catching up with him. It has been years since the most high-profile case of his career – when his evidence put infamous serial killer Christopher Wisher behind bars forever. But when Wisher summons a reluctant Fabian to his prison cell to hand over a diary, he realises that Wisher’s twisted games are far from over.

 

Shortly after Fabian’s visit, Wisher is found dead in his cell. And a few days later, the police find a woman’s body bearing Wisher’s signature, a dead songbird. But the police never released this detail to the public… so who has Wisher been talking to?

 

Fabian is desperate to find the killer before another innocent life is taken. But as more bodies turn up, Fabian begins to realise that Wisher may have handed him the clues before he died. Is the twisted serial killer still pulling the strings from beyond the grave…?

 

What does TWG think?

It feels as though it’s been ages since I’ve sat down and lost myself in a Richard Parker novel! ‘The Songbird Girls’ did not disappoint at all, and I am so pleased to see the author sticking to his guns when it comes to his twisted mind in this storyline. Twisted his mind may be, but bloomin’ ‘eck he can write!!

‘The Songbird Girls’ starts off slowly as it eases readers into a false sense of security with what’s about to come – it was as though one moment we were reading about Fabian having a natter with an inmate, and then the next minute everything had kicked off. I loved the slow, teasing beginning of the book as it ensured that the shocking scenes later on in the book were indeed that; shocking.

Richard Parker has written a brilliantly intense and clever storyline which kept me guessing. Fabian sometimes came across as a bit of a marmite character, but given the nature of this particular storyline, I felt that he had every write to be a bit cautious in the way he presented himself.

I loved how each individual event was cleverly linked to the one that followed – I can’t even begin to think about how much working out that must have taken to ensure the timeline was bang on.

As for the rest of the characters, there were a few which had me rolling my eyes in despair, yet they all added something vital to the overall vibe of the story which I thought was very important, especially as their likability factor doesn’t really need to come into it.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Songbird Girls’ from the dark moments to the psychologically damaging aspects, and everything in between. Such an intense and twisted read which I most definitely recommend.

Buy now!

Author Bio:

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

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @Bookouture

Third and final day of Carol Wyer’s blog blitz is upon us, and I am delighted to be one of the three bloggers closing the blitz. Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood. 

As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.

Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’ scrawled on the wall next to her. 

All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.

When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

What does TWG think?

Oh my -insert expletive beginning with F here- goodness!!!!!! What a book! OMG! I finished reading Carol Wyer’s latest literary brilliance in the early hours of the morning, and can I just say that I am extremely glad that I do not read blurbs! I only read the blurb after I had read the book and the things which had my jaw dropping, were written in it. Not all of them mind. So, if you trust my judgement on books, read this novel without reading the blurb.

Anyway, that’s my insight on that and is in no way a reflection of my opinion on the book at all.

I do say this a lot where Wyer’s books are concerned, but ‘The Last Lullaby’ is by far her best book yet. The intensity of the storyline was impeccable, along with the calculated brilliance of each individual character. If I know that there is a possibility of children being part of a thriller storyline, I am always filled with dread until I know that they’re not in the firing line so to speak – ‘The Last Lullaby’ was no different. My heart was in mouth from the onset. That sounds like I didn’t care about the victims in the book even though I did, but it’s children….you know?

I couldn’t get over how cleverly written the storyline was from start to finish – it was as though the book kept on giving shocking moments with every new chapter. Just like most police procedurals/thrillers, there is usually a few characters with fingers being pointed at them from the start, and the same happened here. I tried to look at the bigger picture but I couldn’t help but lean towards one character already in the firing line. Everything just seemed….convincing, if you catch my drift. They certainly didn’t help themselves against Natalie award though, that’s for sure!

I won’t say who I thought was ‘the one’ due to spoilers, but let’s just say that Wyer had me utterly convinced I was bang on the money…..until the moment I wasn’t. Geeeeez – did I see that coming? Did I fudge!!!! There was a point in the book where my heart rate quickened and my mouth became dry. Would they reach the bastard in time? Time wasn’t on Natalie Ward and her teams side and my legs were wiggling, urging them to move their backsides! It’s easy for me to say that, obviously, I’m not a police officer who has to follow procedure!

‘The Last Lullaby’ was absolutely brilliant – an ice cold, cut throat, highly intense read which made me lose my own capability of thinking clearly. The characters were chilling yet perfectly crafted and, whilst it feels weird to say this, even the ‘whodunnit dude’ was outstanding! Their actions weren’t, obviously, but the way Wyer created their mindset and thought process was incredible. I can’t even begin to imagine the extent of the research that went into creating that character and the situation they found themselves in.

What an absolute belter of a read this is – could someone point me in the direction of Carol Wyer Anonymous please as I’m addicted!!

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About the author.

Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

The DI Robyn Carter series has earned her acclaim as a crime writer and the first book in the series, Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

#BlogTour! #Review – Cuckoo by Sophie Draper (@sophiedraper9) @AvonBooksUK #canyoukeepasecret

Apologies for how late in the day this post is, but I have literally just finished reading it thanks to internet issues! However, I am rather excited to be sharing my review of Sophie Draper’s ‘Cuckoo’ as part of the blog tour. Many thanks, as always, to Sabah and Avon for the blog tour invite and ARC.

There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

What does TWG think?

Let me just get this bit out of the way first – ‘Cuckoo’ was so far out of my comfort zone that it needed its own nest. But you know what? What a creepy and addictive read it was! I love being able to step outside of my comfort zone with my reading choices, especially when I end up rather enjoying the novel.

Ten out of ten to the prologue – it had me on tenterhooks straight away and I couldn’t wait to uncover the nitty gritty details behind it!

Caroline has gone back to the ‘family home’ after the death of her stepmother, Elizabeth. Her own personal life hasn’t taken the path she would have liked, and she welcomed being able to relieve the stress from her finances until she got back on her feet. Or so she thought. Being back in the place she once called home, ended up stirring up a lot of the past which Caroline thought had long been buried. No pun intended. You know how it is though. You end up forgetting things yet once you’re in the vicinity of the memory, everything comes flooding back…

I wasn’t too sure on the first few chapters after the prologue, as I was rather confused by all of the information given which didn’t seem to lead to anything in particular. I know that books like this need to start off slow, so that wasn’t my issue at all. It was simply the information overload in a short space of time before things started happening. Having said that, once the storyline did get rolling and things began to get twisty, snippets of the information previously given allowed me to have multiple lightbulb moments where things made sense. I just didn’t make sense of it at the time it was given.

‘Cuckoo’ is such an complex novel with a lot of mini storylines coming together to create one, big firebomb of a storyline. I have to say – it was cleverly done and certainly kept me on my toes. I genuinely didn’t see the conclusion coming at all and, like most readers, I had formed my own ending in my head because of the way I reacted to every situation in the book. I had my suspicions about some things, but the rest had my jaw dropping!

Sophie Draper has written such an atmospheric, twisted, and addictively intense novel which left me reeling in every sense of the word. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Cuckoo’, and I am so pleased that I decided to spread my wings and venture out of the nest!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Her Final Confession by Lisa Regan (@lisalregan) @Bookouture

It’s TWG’s turn to host ‘Her Final Confession’ by Lisa Regan today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Watching her friend dragged away in handcuffs, Josie couldn’t believe for one second that Gretchen had killed that poor boy. Confession or not, someone else was involved. She would find out who…

When the body of a young student is found on the driveway of a local Denton home, a photograph pinned to his collar, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. The house belongs to Gretchen Palmer, a dedicated member of Josie’s team, missing for the last twenty-four hours.

Working around the clock, Josie is stopped in her tracks when Gretchen hands herself in to the police. She knows that there’s no way Gretchen could ever be a killer, so why would she confess to a murder she didn’t commit? 

Digging deep into Gretchen’s secretive life, Josie uncovers a link between the boy, the photograph and a devastating case in Gretchen’s past. But just when Josie thinks she has it all figured out, the bodies of a young couple surface on the other side of town. Can Josie get to the truth in time to save her friend from a life in prison or certain death? 

What does TWG think?

I’m not going to even attempt to beat around the bush here – what an absolutely twisted, cutthroat and severely intense novel! I LOVED it!!! I am thankful that my doctors appointment was before finishing this book, because I certainly wouldn’t have been able to explain the high blood pressure – they probably wouldn’t have believed me either!

I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous novels in the ‘Josie Quinn’ series, but I have to say that ‘Her Final Confession’ is soaring above the rest!

There are unexplained deaths, multiple questions awaiting answers, guilty consciences, gut instincts waiting to be believed, as well as truck loads of lies and truths fighting to become the ‘one and only’. Gretchen is at the heart of Lisa Regan’s latest storyline, and not in a good way. If you’ve read the previous books you’ll know just how black and white Gretchen’s character is. However, her personality and traits certainly get tested in this book! Facts obviously play a large part in the way the story is processed, yet the author leaves room for the readers to interpret their own version of events. Who do you believe? Who do you want to believe?

Yes, ‘Her Final Confession’ is part of a series, but I believe that each book can be read as a stand-alone. That said, because I loved the books, I wholeheartedly recommend that you read the books in order so that you can enjoy the series from the very beginning.

I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again – what a bloody brilliant book this is. My heart was in my mouth, my jaw was mopping the floor, and my legs were like jelly as though I had just stepped off a rollercoaster ride!

It’s gripping. It’s dark. It’s twisted. It’s addictive. It’s everything I could have wanted one book to contain. Lisa Regan has outdone herself – I cannot recommend ‘Her Final Confession’ enough!

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About the author.

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com