#BlogBlitz! #GuestPost from #author of #TheHandOfAnAngel, Mark Brownless (@MarkBrownless) @SamAtLounge

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I am delighted to welcome to TWG, the author of ‘The Hand Of An Angel’, Mark Brownless. Thank you to Sam Missingham, founder of Lounge Books, for asking me to be involved in this blog blitz.

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Whilst reading science fiction novels isn’t really my ‘thing’, I couldn’t help but be curious about the thought behind this particular medical thriller. So, just because my nosiness got the better of me, I asked Mark Brownless to tell me how he researched his novel. Here’s what he had to say:

Thanks very much, Kaisha, for asking me to write a blog post on how I went about researching my debut novel, The Hand of an Angel, a medical thriller about near death experience. The story revolves around a cardiologist who becomes so obsessed with seeing what’s on the other side that he has his heart stopped and re-started again a short time later. But when he is brought back, he isn’t the same person and believes he may have brought something back with him.

The first thing is to say is that no matter how fantastical your premise, it must be grounded in reality. For me, some science fiction and fantasy can fall down if it isn’t eminently believable. It has to feel familiar, and therefore real, so your audience will allow you artistic license and not think too hard about how plausible what you’re saying is. I’m thinking here of Bruce Willis falling down a lift shaft in Die Hard and stopping himself with one hand, when the fall would quite happily have torn his arm off.

Before I go any further, I should just put my hands up and say that the research process for me was more straight-forward because I’m a clinician in my ‘day job.’ So I was sticking to what I know and a lot of the anatomy and physiology was fairly common knowledge. That said, I still needed to make sure I got everything right.

One of the pivotal scenes in the book is where the main character has his heart stopped in the ‘near death experience’ experiment. Typically, when the heart stops, there are only minutes before major organs like the brain will start to suffer from a lack of oxygen and become damaged. There are reports, however, of people being successfully resuscitated after much longer if they are cooled – such as being immersed in a body of very cold water. Needing to design something different, I took some of the latest cooling technology used in sports injuries, where cold water is pumped around a joint like the knee, for example, and upscaled it to the whole body. I called this the ‘cold suit’. In contrast to the move, Flatliners, where there is a lot of shiny technology, the experiment is set in the research wing of a newly built hospital that is running out of money, and so a lot of equipment is second hand, borrowed, or in this case home-made by students at the university. The cold suit was therefore very Heath Robinson, made up from plastic heating pipes attached to mesh from a garden centre. In the subsequent resuscitation scene, the protocols used are standard ones used by the ambulance service. A good friend of mine is a senior paramedic and we went through the protocols, defibrillator settings and drugs used, to ensure the accuracy of the story.

Early on in the story, a character is developing a new drug, ‘Zol’, that would boost the likelihood of a patient being resuscitated successfully. It’s perhaps no surprise that the drug becomes quite pivotal later on. In this day and age, with sophisticated, knowledgeable audiences, you can’t just make up a drug that does this or that. That would get a collective ‘really?’ from your readers, and lose a lot credibility. So I looked at the biochemical structure of adrenalin, a common drug used in emergency medicine, and will be familiar to anyone who’s seen a medical drama on TV. I theorised that it would be possible to ‘bolt on’ another chemical to the structure, and, in the book at least, it is this that turbocharges Zol. At the time of writing, some genuine research was published casting doubt on the efficacy of adrenalin. This was incredibly timely for the book, because it would add further justification to the development and use of Zol, despite it being untested (and made up!). Would it be possible to strap this additional part to the adrenaline molecule, and would it actually change how the drug worked? I don’t know – probably not – but it doesn’t matter, because there’s enough plausibility in the science to make it believable.

In doing the research, I used a lot of internet searching and reading through medical journals from numerous disciplines, which was fine, but you can’t beat talking to experts. For a scene involving a character who has a strange fracture, and an even stranger way in which his body heals afterwards, I turned to an orthopaedic surgeon friend. We discussed normal fracture healing at a cellular level, but also what the response might be if the body healed itself in a different way. Speculative medical research you might call it! Sorry I can’t reveal more, but, you know, spoilers.

So, The Hand of an Angel has a basis in research, is plausible but speculative, is grounded in reality but is… and I want to say science fiction, but then you’ll think of space ships and Iain M Banks, and it’s a million miles away from that. Let’s just call it fictional science then!

Is it just me who now wants to read ‘The Hand of an Angel’ after reading Mark’s guest post? I don’t usually like those sorts of books! I may need to give it a go. If you’re anything like me and want to grab a copy, you can do so via this little link here! Don’t forget to leave a review if you do grab a copy, I’m eager to find out what you guys think!

Thank you to, Mark Brownless, for the informative guest post!

About the author.

Mark Brownless lives and works in Carmarthen, West Wales. He has been putting ideas on paper for some years now but only when the idea for The Hand of an Angel came to him in the autumn of 2015 did he know he might be able to write a book. Mark likes to write about ordinary people being placed in extraordinary circumstances, is fascinated by unexplained phenomena, and enjoys merging thriller, science fiction and horror.
Mark is also fascinated by myths and legends such as those of Robin Hood and King Arthur. This has culminated in the release of his short story series, Locksley, a Robin Hood story, which will have new volumes added each month.

Book links:

http://hyperurl.co/handofanangel

http://smarturl.it/locksley1

Social medial links

https://www.facebook.com/markbrownlessauthor/

https://twitter.com/MarkBrownless

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#BlogTour! #Review – Nobody’s Child by Victoria Jenkins (@vicwritescrime) @Bookouture

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Another busy evening here on TWG! First up is my review for a cracking read, ‘Nobody’s Child’ by Victoria Jenkins! Big thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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On a damp October day, a body is found in an abandoned hospital, too burnt to be identified, but Detective Alex King knows that every victim is someone’s daughter or son.

Pushing aside her own troubles, Alex puts everything into finding the killer, but when someone else is found dead, she begins to suspect that the body in the hospital was just the first of many.

Just as Alex uncovers a heartbreaking link between the victims, she finds her own safety under threat. Is this a figure from her past hell-bent on revenge, or could the murderer be even nearer than she thinks? 

Alex is running out of time. Can she catch the killer before they take another life, or will they get to her first?

What does TWG think?

Wow – this is a cracking novel! I have read Victoria Jenkins’ previous novels and even though they contained a high level of suspense, I think that the author has totally blown the suspense level out of the window with her latest read. Personally, ‘Nobody’s Child’ is the best book of the series so far.

Without giving too much away, this storyline is jam packed with intense moments, chilling characters, and an overall theme which will have you checking every single lock in your house, time and time again. And yes, I did do that! The slightest noise in my house made me jump out of my skin!

As weird as this sounds, the content of ‘Nobody’s Child’ made me stop and think about how the youth of today have pretty much anything at their fingertips due to the growth in technology. Whatever they wish to know, Google will tell them the answers. Unfortunately that also means that people can become victims after being groomed via computer games they thought were safe, when in fact talking to like minded folk isn’t always as it seems. It is incredibly scary as the adults using such technology for possible illegal activities, should know better. I thought that the author wrote about that particular topic incredibly well, even if it did put the fear of christ up me!

‘Nobody’s Child’ is a fast paced, highly suspenseful read which made my jaw drop in shock. There were moments whilst reading this book where I found myself frozen to the spot, unable to digest the words that were jumping out at me, creating scary and vivid imagery in my mind. This is definitely an intense read, and you are in for a rollercoaster of a ride with every single page that you turn. Very well thought out, I hope we see more From Alex and Chloe!

Buy now!

About the author.

Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband and daughter in South Wales, where her series of crime novels featuring Detectives King and Lane is based. Her debut novel The Girls in the Water is an Amazon UK top 30 bestseller, and top 5 bestseller in the Amazon US chart. 

The third book in the King and Lane series, Nobody’s Child, is out now!

 Author Links: 

twitter @vicwritescrime
facebook.com/victoriajenkinsautho

 

 

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheTallMan by Phoebe Locke (@phoebe_locke) @Wildfirebks @AnneCater

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Second blog tour for you this evening, but this time we are getting very dark with my review of ‘The Tall Man’ by Phoebe Locke. Big thank you to Anne Cater from #RandomThingsTours for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Headline for the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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A SENSELESS MURDER. A TERRIFYING LEGEND. A FAMILY HAUNTED.

1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.

2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.

2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.

Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.

He is the Tall Man. He can make you special…

What does TWG think?

As I am sure most of you are aware of by now, I do not read the blurb of the book I choose to read, until AFTER I read the book. Therefore, I choose my books based on the cover/title/author. If you look at the cover for ‘The Tall Man’, you can see why I chose to read this book. It intrigued me. It left me wanting to know more. Who on Earth was the tall man? Was he a 7ft man who lived in a village? Was he the ‘World’s Tallest Man’ as seen on the TV show? I did not know, but I ensured I found out the answers to those questions.

The reason why I mentioned the whole blurb thing again, was because it ties to my next point very nicely. ‘The Tall Man’ has a supernatural element to it and, if I had known that beforehand, I wouldn’t have picked it up as I am not a huge fan of those types of books. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline and I felt that the supernatural vibe made the story that little bit more chilling. If that is at all possible by the way, this is one creepy read. I don’t mean creepy as in don’t walk down a dark alley by yourself, I mean psychologically creepy where your mind is put into a total head funk, and your arms have become the new home to a truck load of goosebumps.

I am trying to keep this review vague as I feel that ‘The Tall Man’ needs to be devoured with as little information beforehand as possible!

‘The Tall Man’ is told from different character viewpoints, switching between the past and present day. There is a lot of attention surrounding ‘The Tall Man’, who ‘he’ is and what he wants, especially when the author focuses on events in the past. What comes to light is incredibly unsettling, yet it lays the stepping-stones for events as the storyline progresses. For someone who raises my eyebrows at anything supernatural, Phoebe Locke completely put me under her spell, leaving me questioning the idea of the tall man as well as the truth. It was so scary to see how people can be easily manipulated and the lengths that they will go to when their mind is occupied with an obsession that not only takes over their life, it also terrifies them.

Phoebe Locke is an insanely clever writer, creating vivid and severely sinister imagery with her highly atmospheric descriptions, and her flawless way of combining multiple events through multiple timelines. I am incredibly impressed by what I read, and I am so glad that I unknowingly took the chance with the supernatural vibe.

Buy now!

About the author.

PHOEBE LOCKE is the pseudonym of full-time writer Nicci Cloke. She previously
worked at the Faber Academy, and hosted London literary salon Speakeasy.
Nicci has had two literary novels published by Fourth Estate and Cape, and
also writes YA for Hot Key Books. She lives and writes in London. THE TALL MAN
is Phoebe Locke’s debut thriller.

Find Phoebe on Twitter on @phoebe_locke

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Ex-Wife by Jess Ryder (@JessRyderauthor) @Bookouture

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Today is the third and final day of ‘The Ex-Wife’ blog blitz, and I am absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review with you today. Huge thanks to Bookouture for having me on the blog blitz, and for the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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You’ve got everything she wants …

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone …

Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

But can she trust her? And do either of them really know the man they married?

What does TWG think?

Oh my bleeping goodness! THIS BOOK!!!! My nerves are still frayed and my heart rate has only just returned to normal – I’m still struggling to digest what I read!!

So, Natasha feels that she has landed on her feet with her husband, daughter, pre-made house, and pretty much a bottomless pit of money. How does the saying go? ‘If it seems too good to be true then it usually is’. Whilst there are people around Natasha who have taken their rose tinted glasses off and can see the situation for what it is, Natasha hasn’t gotten round to taking hers off yet. That’s if she even does, of course. Even though Natasha believes that her life is perfect, she still can’t get rid of the itch that has been with her from the moment she married her husband; his ex-wife, Jen.

A woman scorned perhaps? Jealousy? Whatever it is, Jen refuses to be forgotten, doing anything she can to keep her foot in the door of her ex-marital home. Literally.

Whose side do you go on? The scorned ex-wife, or the new wife who is living in the shadow of the ex-wife who is well and truly alive? Of course we’re going to pick sides as readers, we’re only human! At first I sided with Natasha. Then, as soon as more information came to light, I ended up switching sides and pretty much kept doing that until the very last page. Whilst the author, Jess Ryder, has put a lot of the focus onto the women, the husband doesn’t get as much airtime because, conveniently, he is always out of town on business.

I am trying to be so careful and not give anything away, but it is so hard to keep quiet about a ticking time bomb such as this one.

If I had to sum up ‘The Ex-wife’ in one word it would be – compelling. Everything about this storyline seized me from the get go, as though I was getting arrested. Some parts were heart-breaking to read I’m not going to lie, but, whilst I struggled to swallow the lump in my throat as I read them, the depth of the storyline increased dramatically and I was blown away by the magnetism of the intensity that followed. Jess Ryder hasn’t just written a story, she has written a two tiered,  highly charged, addictive, compelling, and severely shocking story which took me prisoner until the very last page.

‘The Ex-wife’ is such a dark and dramatic read, with multiple hard-hitting moments making my toes curl and my spine tingle. Hard to read in terms of the theme, but oh so brilliantly executed – I didn’t see it coming at all.

Buy now!

About the author.

Jess Ryder is the author of three psychological thrillers – ‘Lie to Me’ (April 2017) and ‘The Good Sister’ (August 2017), and The Ex-Wife (June 2018) -all published by Bookouture. She also writes books for children, teens and young adults as Jan Page, with many titles published including ‘Selina Penaluna’. With many years’ experience as a scriptwriter, she loves watching television crime drama. Jess is a passionate reader and particularly enjoys thrillers. She blogs about writing, reviews books and interviews writers at www.jessryder.co.uk and www.janpagewriter.com

Jess lives with her partner in London, UK and has four grown-up children.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://jessryder.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessRyderAuthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jessryderauthor

 

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Doomsday Girl by Dave Stanton (@DanRenoNovels) @BloodHoundBook

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Once again I am taking part in a blog blitz for Dave Stanton and one of his ‘Dan Reno’ novels – have you guess that I’m a huge fan yet? This time however, I am reviewing his latest offerings called, ‘The Doomsday Girl’. Thank you to BloodhoundBooks for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Melanie Jordan’s life seemed perfect. Until masked intruders arrive at her house, demanding gold she doesn’t have. A savage blow to the head puts her in a coma and when Melanie regains consciousness, she learns her husband has been murdered and her ten-year-old daughter is missing.
Private Eye Dan Reno begins investigating, but nothing about the case makes sense. Was there gold at the house or wasn’t there? Was Melanie’s husband hiding something? And what happened to Melanie’s daughter?  
To complicate things, the case leads to Las Vegas, where Reno’s loose-cannon friend, Cody Gibbons, is trying to repair his relationship with his college-aged daughter, an intern with Las Vegas P.D.  
When clues implicate Russian mobsters and a mysterious African illegal, Reno tries to stay in the shadows, but once the criminals feel the noose tightening, they raise the stakes to a deadly level.

What does TWG think?

I don’t think that I’ll ever get bored with reading about what Dan Reno gets up to! I have everything crossed that he makes another appearance in yet another book. He is far too addictive.

Personally, I think that ‘The Doomsday Girl’ is the best book in the ‘Dan Reno’ series so far. Whilst all of the previous novels have been extremely gritty, I think that Dave Stanton has pushed the grit to another level where his latest novel is concerned, that’s for sure.

Dan Reno gets called to a job to investigate the whereabouts of the daughter of recently widowed woman, Melanie. According to Melanie, two males got access to her home, murdered her husband, kidnapped her daughter, and left Melanie herself unconscious. Why did the thugs choose Melanie’s house to rob? What Melanie’s husband hiding something illegal? And why did they feel the need to kidnap a ten year old girl? With a difficult case to crack, a young girl to find, and a woman who claims she knows nothing about her husband’s illegal activity, Dan Reno has his work cut out. To top it all off, the woman who hired him to do the job, seems to have a tongue much sharper than a knife. With time not on his side to find the young girl alive, Dan Reno is adamant that he won’t let Melanie’s mother get to him…..we all know that she will!

Look, I’ve never been married and right at this moment in time, I don’t see it ever happening, so do excuse my naive question here, but how on Earth does a husband keep so many things from his wife, and why on Earth does she think that his issue to tell her things is normal? Surely you’re supposed to trust your spouse with your life, not involve them in anything that will kill them, yet have no secrets from them at all? Am I being daft here or what?

I did think that Melanie was just playing dumb, coming across as a weak and feeble woman to distract any males from doing their job. Pardon my blunt analysis there, but I got the feeling that she knew a lot more than she was letting on. Either that of she is just severely gullible, I’m not too sure.

Of course Cody is back on the scene, why wouldn’t he be! This time around though, we see a very laid back Cody as he attempts to rebuild his relationship with his daughter, Abbey. If Dan Reno though that dealing with Cody on his own was hard enough, try dealing with him AND female version of him. I loved Abbey’s bluntness, but her arrogance left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Definitely Cody’s daughter then!

I was very impressed at how intricately detailed the entire storyline was, keeping me interested with the snippets of information along the way. It was fab to see a PI work from the inside because I had absolutely no idea how much their job is like finding a needle in a haystack. Well, I probably did but I didn’t really pay much attention to the logistics until they were laid out in front of me, just like they were in ‘The Doomsday Girl’.

What a highly charged, gritty, fast paced, and detailed read this is! I loved everything about the storyline, especially the pace – I couldn’t put the book down at all, I just had to find out the truth about Melanie’s husband and whether Dan Reno found her daughter or not. Finding out more information than I bargained for however, wasn’t in the plan nor was I complaining at all because wow, the suspense level increased drastically!

Definitely his best book yet, ‘The Doomsday Girl’ is such an addictive read and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be begging for another book before too long. What a cracking novel!

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Links:

www.facebook.com/DanRenoNovels

Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

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www.amazon.co.uk/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

#BlogTour! #Review – Pretty Little Things by T.M.E.Walsh (@tmewalsh) @HQDigitalUK

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Woot – kicking off another blog tour this afternoon, but this time it’s for ‘Pretty Little Things’ by T.M.E.Walsh! Thank you to HQDigital UK for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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It’s bad when the girls go missing.

It’s worse when the girls are found.

Six months ago, Charlotte almost lost everything. Now, she’s determined to keep her daughter, Elle, safe. So when local girls close to Elle in age and appearance begin to go missing, it’s her worst nightmare.

Charlotte’s fears are confirmed when a frantic search becomes a shocking murder investigation. The girls’ bodies have been found – half-buried, and with traces of mud and wildflowers under their fingernails.

As Charlotte’s obsession with keeping her daughter close pushes her marriage to the brink, local DI Madeleine Wood embarks on a gruelling search for the killer. And, as they dig deeper into the lives of the people they call friends and neighbours, they uncover secrets more terrible than they ever imagined…

What does TWG think?

Ohhhhhh my word! I’m not afraid of gruesome novels by any means, but this one is Gruesome with a capital G! Four young girls went missing, and now four young girls have been found. Dead. With the formal identification of the bodies taking place, locals (as well as the Police) have their fingers crossed that they aren’t the bodies of the missing girls. But they are. Who in their right mind would kill four young girls, then put them in a place where the killer knows that they will be found sooner rather than later?

Local parents are keeping their daughters close to them after recent events, but with the teenagers not taking the situation seriously, the safety of their daughters become an obsession rather than a necessity. Can the police find out the truth? Will the police find the killer before they find another body? Time is of the essence…

I am so, so, so glad that I wasn’t eating whilst reading this book as oh em gee, the storyline is severely dark and twisted! The killer wanted to describe how he murdered the girls as they were proud of their ‘achievement’ as it were. I on the other hand, would have felt a lot less nauseous if the descriptions didn’t then turn into such vivid imagery in my head! I’m not complaining, obviously, but it is very gruesome.

It has been a while since I have read a novel which completely funked over my head, so when ‘Pretty Little Things’ completely funked over my head more than once, I was over the moon in such a weird, weird way. The psychological element of this book was on point! So many dead ends leading to unanswered questions, with the author dropping red herrings left right and centre to keep the readers on their toes; I felt like I was constantly going round in circles! I had no idea who or what to believe, all I wanted to know was who killed those girls.

I felt sorry for Charlotte several times as her life recently hadn’t exactly been plain sailing. To be honest, her life had actually been wobbling on the edge – she nearly lost everything and the aftermath was still causing her multiple problems in her every day life, as well as her relationships with her husband and daughter. It must have been tough for Charlotte, that’s for sure!

Reading ‘Pretty Little Things’ was like being on a roundabout from start to finish. The theme of the book may have been highly disturbing and very graphic, yet it worked incredibly well with the high level of intensity. Without giving anything away, there was a part of T.M.E.Walsh’s novel which BLEW MY MIND! Totally unexpected. Extremely shocking. And by golly was it addictive. That part came out of nowhere, taking the shock value of the storyline away above the clouds. I would love to write ‘OMGGGGGGG YOU MUST READ THE PART WHEREEEEE’ but I can’t, so please do trust me when I say that you need to expect the unexpected with ‘Pretty Little Things’ as there are tons of discoveries to be made along the way.

Jaw-dropping, spine tingling, disturbingly graphic yet unbelievably addictive, ‘Pretty Little Things’ will make you dizzy with excitement, whilst also keeping you on your toes until the very end. I may have been way out of my comfort zone with this book, but I can assure you that T.M.E.Walsh has now found another fan and I cannot wait to read more from this author if ‘Pretty Little Things’ is anything to go by!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – #LoveWillTearUsApart by Holly Seddon (@HollySeddon) @CorvusBooks @AnneCater

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This afternoon I have the pleasure of kicking off Holly Seddon’s blog tour for ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’! Big thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Corvus Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Sometimes a promise becomes a prison.

Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don’t find love by thirty, they will marry each other.

Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that’s enough to make a marriage?

Now, on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary, they will discover that love between men and women is more complex, and more precarious, than they could ever have imagined. As Kate struggles with a secret that reaches far into their past, will the couple’s vow become the very thing that threatens their future?

Love Will Tear Us Apart is a moving and heart-breaking exploration of modern love and friendship, from the bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe

What does TWG think?

I really didn’t know what to expect from ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, especially seeing as the authors previous novel is STILL on my TBR pile, but I was very eager to find out what was in store for me beneath the outer cover.

Kate and Paul have been best friends since childhood, with his family looking after Kate like one of their own when they had no obligation to do so. Even though Kate lived in a larger than necessary house and had a maid, she ensured that she tried to keep herself grounded throughout her childhood, especially as her parents weren’t exactly the accommodating type. Paul’s lifestyle was very different to Kate’s – hell, he even  knew what red bills were, something which Kate never really understood until she was around Paul and his family. One stormy night, the pair make a vow to marry each other if they hadn’t found love by the age of thirty. Could their strong friendship, be strong enough to stand the test of marriage?

It did take me a while to get into the swing of the storyline because I couldn’t quite work out what the hook of the book was. I found the pace to be quite slow, but seeing as my intrigue level was quite high, I just knew that I had to keep reading to see if the pace picked up and whether I became hooked.

Thankfully my patience paid off and my jaw began to drop in shock. Despite Kate and Paul being such good friends, it’s amazing just how many skeletons in their closets they have. They may be best friends, but do they actually KNOW each other? I wasn’t convinced that they did.

I thought that the varying timeline of the storyline was very well executed as it kept me interested and eager to find out me. Plus, with the storyline jumping between different years, it meant that I was able to see different sides to the characters, watching them grow (or fall) through different situations. I must admit that reading some of those situations made me quite emotional, especially where Kate was concerned.

Even though I wasn’t sure of the hook at first, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ has such a strong and powerful storyline, that that itself is enough to give the story the depth that is required to maintain that high level of entertainment readers need.

Overall, I really did enjoy what I read as it was completely different to anything else I had ever read before now. Holly Seddon has done a smashing job in creating her multi dimensional characters, whilst also making them stronger as the story progressed. I have to say that, for me, the star of the show was the way in which the storyline was wrapped up. I guess a part of me expected something along those lines, but obviously nothing was guaranteed and Holly Seddon tied up those loose ends in such a jaw dropping, eye-opening manner which will stay with me for a very long time.

‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ will be published on the 7th June. You can pre-order now from Amazon

About the author.

Holly Seddon is a full time writer, living slap bang in the middle of
Amsterdam with her husband James and a house full of children and pets. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books.
Her first novel TRY NOT TO BREATHE was published worldwide in 2016 and became a national and international bestseller.
Her second novel DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES was published in July 2017.

Twitter @hollyseddon
Website: http://www.hollyseddon.com/
Facebook Author Page : https://www.facebook.com/hollyseddonauthor

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley (@hhammersley66) @BloodHoundBook

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Third and final day of the blog blitz, and I have the honour of closing the blitz with my review. Thank you to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Two murders. One missing girl.  
DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock. With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life. 
In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father. She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims? 
As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier. 
Then the main suspect vanishes…. 
Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?

What does TWG think?

DI Kate Fletcher is baaacccckkkkk! And boy did she make an entrance! It didn’t take me long at all to devour the second instalment in the ‘Kate Fletcher’ series, what with the incredibly intense plot and the high energy situations which Kate Fletcher and her team came across.

With a murder confession on their hands which was intent on raising several eyebrows, it doesn’t take too long for Kate Fletcher and her team to find themselves tangled in a spider’s web, when they realise that there is a lot more to that ‘confession’ than they first thought.

‘Merciless’ is a story that switches between past events and the ‘now’. Even though us readers have more insight to the truth than Kate Fletcher does, Heleyne Hammersley has ensured that her readers are still kept in the dark regarding the pieces of information that will really allow faeces to hit the fan.

I have to say that, even though I had roughly worked out what I had thought had happened, it didn’t stop me from enjoying the storyline as, whilst I had become aware of the minor details, the true grit and shocking moments were kept under lock and key until the very last knocking.

‘Merciless’ kept my attention from start to finish, raising my heart rate with every turn of the page. I thought that the tension in the book was fantastically written, and the addition of the author drip feeding her readers shocking information was very, very clever.

I cannot fault this book at all! I know I have been vague with my review, but ‘Merciless’ is the type of book which the less you know about beforehand, the more blunt your reactions will be.

A cracking, fast paced read which kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way through.

Buy now!

About the author.

Heleyne Hammersley is a British writer based in Cumbria. She writes psychological suspense thrillers and crime novels.

Heleyne has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called ‘Give Them the Works’ when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool. 

When she’s not writing, Heleyne can often be found wandering on the fells or in the local park with her dog.

Links: 

Website: www.heleynehammersley.com

Twitter: @hhammersley66

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Faceless by Rob Ashman (@RobAshmanAuthor) @BloodHoundBook

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Happy 1st June everyone! Cannot believe we are in June already, where is this year going! As you all know, I can talk the face off anyone, but today it’s actually Rob Ashman’s turn as I review his latest novel, ‘Faceless’ (see what I did there?). Thank you to BloodHoundBook for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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After surviving a vicious knife attack, which left her husband dead, DI Rosalind Kray returns to work and is handed a serial killer investigation.

 This killer is different, he doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random but the killer selects his quarry with meticulous care.

 While fighting her superiors Kray must conquer her own demons, which are tearing her apart.

 Kray has the ability to think like a killer and her skills lead to a series of horrifying revelations that turn the case on its head. She believes she is getting close, then her world comes crashing down with devastating consequences.

 Will Kray find the murderer and escape with her own life in tact?

 The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…

What does TWG think?

If you had told me two years ago that I would be reading severely dark and twisted novels such as this one, I would have laughed in your face and would have thought you were talking out of your ‘youknowwhat’. Believe me, I am as surprised by my reading choices as a lot of people are. ‘Faceless’ couldn’t be further away from my comfort zone if it tried, it really couldn’t. This book is everything I would have wanted to stay away from two years ago, but now? I say keep books like this coming because I aim to be the first in the queue for many more of Rob Ashman’s novels!

I wouldn’t advise eating whilst you read ‘Faceless’ as the content is enough to turn stomachs more than once. Although, I would love to know if anyone has read this book before bed and whether they ended up being scared faceless? I had to ensure that I had reached the end of the book before I went up to the land of nod, purely because I didn’t fancy seeing the images that I managed to conjure up thanks to Rob Ashman, replayed in my head when I tried to sleep. I’m stupid, but not that stupid haha.

Rosalind Kray is back to work after falling victim to an attacker who wished to skin her like a chicken. Unfortunately for her attacker, she got away, but, unfortunately for Roz, her husband died because of it. With an extremely famous surname such as ‘Kray’, I was half expecting the main character to have a twin who worked alongside her in the force. She didn’t though!

I am trying to be exceptionally vague with this review as I don’t wish to slip up and give anything away. However, I can tell you that ‘Faceless’ is severely twisted. I am actually quite proud of myself seeing as this storyline contained references to two things I am extremely scared of; maggots and snakes. But I read it!! I didn’t like those parts, but I read them haha.

Whilst themes like the one used in Rob Ashman’s novel are ones I would usually steer myself away from, I couldn’t help but be hooked on what I was reading. Yes, this book is twisted beyond belief, and yes it is extremely dark, but the way in which the author brought everything together to form the conclusion he did, was incredibly gripping and very well written. The graphic nature of ‘Faceless’ adds intense depth to an otherwise already highly charged read, which allowed me to visualise every eventuality in the story a lot clearer than I usually would have done. I’m not too sure whether that is 100% a good thing as I did feel slightly sick, but it most certainly wasn’t a bad thing as it worked. I honestly don’t think that the storyline would have been able to carry itself at such a level if the author hadn’t included graphic scenes.

All in all, ‘Faceless’ is, once again, TWISTED but oh so addictive. I am so glad that I had the chance to hop, skip and jump out of my comfort zone with this read. Saying that, I don’t think I will be looking at tools in the same away ever again.

Dark, nauseating, intense, destructive, yet incredibly written – I am more than happy to be ‘Faceless’ if this is the outcome!*

*not literally….

Buy now!

About the author.

Rob
is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

Links:
 
Twitter: @RobAshmanAuthor

 
 

#BlogTour! #Review – Tell Me A Secret by Samantha Hayes (@samhayes) @Bookouture

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Happy publication day to Samantha Hayes and ‘Tell Me A Secret’! It’s no secret that I am one of the bloggers who have the pleasure of kicking off the blog tour today, and it’s also not a secret that I am reviewing the book! Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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Tell her all your secrets and she’ll tell you all her lies…

Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her 6 a.m. morning run to the strict 60-minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries.

When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. It’s Andrew, the man she’s spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he can’t forget her either…

Against her better judgement she anonymously contacts him on a dating site. Messaging him could mean the end of her marriage and her career, but she needs to know if his motives are genuine.

When Andrew is found dead in his home, grief quickly turns to fear when messages from him continue to arrive on Lorna’s phone. Somebody knows her secret and wants to use it to destroy everything she has.

Will she risk her family and her sanity to keep her secret? Will she risk her life…?

What does TWG think?

Having loved Samantha Hayes’ previous novel, ‘The Reunion’, I nearly wet my pants in excitement when I found out about her new release, ‘Tell Me A Secret’.

Let me just get this out of the way first – I wasn’t taken with the first half of the book as, for me personally, I struggled to grab hold of the grit and the oomph despite the author writing a storyline with a lot of rollercoasters in it. I appreciated the red herrings, the uncertain characters with their uncertain personalities, but for a while I did find myself waiting for things to start happening.

However, and yes, that is a big HOWEVER; just a little way after the halfway point things started to take off. ‘Tell Me A Secret’ seemed to go from 0-100 in a matter of seconds, making me react with an almighty gasp. I didn’t see THAT coming but by golly was it welcomed!

‘Tell Me A Secret’ is a book which is best to be read with your head in the sand. The author drip feeds her readers vital pieces of information as the storyline progresses, whilst also throwing in a bucketful of red herrings to keep her readers on their toes as well. Lorna is such a firecracker of a character – I honestly couldn’t keep up with her multiple personalities, but they did make for excellent reading in the latter half of the book.

I thought the suspense was written well with the author whacking it up a notch further into the book. For me, the last half of the book was outstanding as the pace was on point, the grit was overflowing, and the intense nature of the storyline was through the roof. Samantha Hayes is exceptional at writing complex, and intrusive characters who make their marks on readers in the most colourful of ways.

‘Tell Me A Secret’ and I may not have gotten off to the best of starts, but I am so pleased that I persevered as I ended up thoroughly enjoying this twister of a novel. It’s shocking, it’s memorable, it’s addictive – but shhhh, I’ve just told you a secret ;).

Buy now!

About the author.

Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003 and her ninth novel, THE REUNION, was published in February 2018. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’ 

Tell Me A Secret is out now!

To find out more, visit her website www.samanthahayes.co.uk
Or connect with Samantha on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaHayesAuthor
And she’s on Twitter @samhayes