#BlogTour! #Review – Only Daughter by Sarah Denzil (@sarahdenzil) @Bookouture

Second Bookouture blog tour and I have the pleasure of being one of the bloggers closing the tour for ‘Only Daughter’ by Sarah Denzil. Many thanks, once again, to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

‘Your daughter is dead.’

When Kat Cavanaugh hears the words every mother dreads, her perfect world shatters. She takes in the beautiful long blonde hair, torn yellow dress and chipped blue nail-varnish. It can’t be real.

And then the police add the word ‘suicide’. But Kat refuses to believe them. 

Even when they show her the familiar looping handwriting and smudged ink on the note her little girl left behind. She knows her bubbly, vivacious daughter would never take her own life.

As she searches Grace’s perfume-scented room, filled with smiling photos, she uncovers secrets her little girl had been hiding. Secrets that could put her in terrible danger too.

But Kat’s determined to find out what really happened to Grace on the night she died, whatever it takes…

What does TWG think?

If anyone thinks that it’s a wise move to question the gut instinct of a mumma, then you are very mistaken!

Kat has had to do something no parent should ever do – identify her dead daughter for the police. Her little girl is dead. The police believe that Grace committed suicide, but Kat thinks that’s a load of nonsense. Does she know everything about her daughter?

‘Only Daughter’ is a book which, for the most part, leaves you with way more questions than answers. Was it suicide? If not, how did Grace end up dead? Should Kat be able to trust those around her, or are they waiting to watch her fall?

It was gripping. It was gritty. It was jam packed with suspense. However, I couldn’t help but feel that the certain events dragged on a little bit too long.

Kat is definitely a marmite character – her heart is in the right place but I couldn’t work her out at times! There seemed to be a lot more to her personality than what the author allowed us to see, yet in a frustratingly fab sense, it worked.

Despite being on the fence at times, I enjoyed the author’s attention to detail and the way in which she carved the suspense for her storyline. ‘Only Daughter’ did keep me guessing and I thought that the level of grit was very well incorporated into the actions of the individual characters.

Buy now!

About the author.

Sarah A. Denzil is a British suspense writer from Derbyshire. In her alternative life–AKA Sarah Dalton–she writes speculative fiction for teenagers, including The Blemished, Mary Hades and White Hart.

Sarah lives in Yorkshire with her partner, enjoying the scenic countryside and rather unpredictable weather. 

Saving April, Sarah’s debut suspense thriller, is a psychological look into the minds of the people around us who we rarely even consider – our neighbours. What do we really know about them, and what goes on when the doors are closed?


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#BlogTour! #Review – Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson (@PeterSwanson3) @FaberBooks

I am delighted to be hosting Peter Swanson and ‘Before She Knew Him’ today as part of the blog tour. Huge thank to Faber for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

‘They had a secret, the two of them, and there was no better way to start a friendship than with a secret.’

When Hen and Lloyd move into their new house in West Dartford, Mass., they’re relieved to meet, at their first block party, the only other seemingly-childless couple in their neighborhood, Matthew and Mira Dolamore. Turns out they live in the Dutch Colonial immediately next door. 

When they’re invited over for dinner, however, things take a sinister turn when Hen thinks she sees something suspicious in Matthew’s study. Could this charming, mild-mannered College Professor really be hiding a dark secret, one that only Hen, whose been battling her own problems with depression and medication, could know about? Lloyd certainly doesn’t seem to believe her, and so, forced together, Hen and Matthew start to form an unlikely bond. But who, if anyone, is really in danger?

What does TWG think?

My mind is still reeling from this book!! ‘Before She Knew Him’ is a slow burner where the characters personalities don’t come into their own until the story becomes stronger the further it progressed. That’s not a bad thing at all, in fact it was a wise move from the author because we got to know more about the characters on an intimate basis, one by one, highlighting their flaws alongside the wonders of their personalities.

I will admit that I wasn’t too taken on the overall storyline to begin with as there seemed to be a lot of bouts of ‘nothing’ with limited amounts of ‘something’, and I struggled to see just what the hook was. However, due to my sheer nosiness, my intrigue overtook everything else and I persevered. Boy I’m glad I did! Once I stopped looking for the big thing in the book, I was able to relax and just go with the flow which meant that I was able to enjoy the cleverly written psychological elements of the book.

Mental health is the main theme of the book, but the way in which the author incorporated the theme into his storyline caught me completely off guard. Before I knew it, there were shocking situations and jaw dropping admissions shooting off from all angles – it’s safe to say that I raced through the final part of the book!

Peter Swanson is such a clever author who has written a blinder of a novel which kept on surprising me until the very last page. I am so glad that I persevered with ‘Before She Knew Him’ – i highly recommend this gritfest!!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North (@Lauren_C_North) @TransworldBooks @AnneCater

It gives me great pleasure to host Lauren North and ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Transworld for the ARC, and thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

‘I thought she was our friend. I thought she was trying to help us.’

After the sudden death of her husband, Tess is drowning in grief. All she has left is her son, Jamie, and she’ll do anything to protect him – but she’s struggling to cope. When grief counsellor Shelley knocks on their door, everything changes. Shelley is beautiful, confident and takes control when Tess can’t bear to face the outside world. She is the perfect friend to Tess and Jamie, but when Jamie’s behaviour starts to change, and Tess starts to forget things, she begins to suspect that Shelley might not be the answer to their problems afterall. When questions arise over her husband’s death and strange things start to happen, Tess begins to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. Tess knows she must do everything she can to keep Jamie safe – but who can she trust?

What does TWG think?

  • ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ was NOT what I expected AT ALL, yet it was utterly perfect!!! It sounds weird to say that a complex, emotional novel such as this one was perfect, but it really was. Lauren North delivered on intensity, complexity, and suspense, absolutely nailing the psychologically sinister element in one of the most cleverly crafted and memorable ways I think I have ever read.
  • Now obviously I don’t wish to give anything from the storyline away and, as much as I would love to sit here and talk about the parts of the book which had my jaw dropping quicker than a Kardashian’s underwear, the element of surprise is what makes ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ such an outstanding read.

    Tess is struggling – her life is no longer what it used to be and whilst she’s not just having to deal with the obvious and physical changes in her life, poor Tess is having to succumb to the emotional truth of the matter which can often be a lot harder to come to terms with.

    The conclusion of ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ seemed to come out of nowhere – maybe I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t and I loved that I didn’t. Lauren North is an exceptionally talented author who made Tess’ life stand out from the rest in more ways than one. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t moved by certain situations in the story, because I was – in all honesty, I would have been very surprised at myself if I hadn’t felt some sort of emotional reaction to the truth behind Tess’ life.

    ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ is a novel which just keeps on giving. A novel which puts emotional, gritty, psychological suspense in the spotlight in a jaw dropping manner. I LOVED this book and if this is the calibre of what’s to come from Lauren North, I cannot wait to read more.

    Absolutely brilliant, a gritty gem of a book which blew my mind ten times over. Top book of 2019? It’s a contender, that’s for sure!! I cannot recommend this enough!

    Pre-order now – published 14th March

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Girl Across the Street by Vikki Patis (@PatisVikki) @Bookouture

    Happy publication day, Vikki Patis! It gives me great pleasure to kick off the blog tour today with a review of Vikki’s new book, ‘The Girl Across the Street’. Many thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC.

    You’re hiding a secret that only she can see.

     

    Her name is Beth. She came into my life when I needed her the most. We lead very different lives, but she’s the only person who understands me.

     

    She was the only other witness to the terrible accident on the street between our homes. The only person who saw the cracks in my perfect life before I had the chance to cover them up.

     

    It’s been so long since I’ve had a friend. Someone to talk to, to listen to, to laugh and dream with.

     

    Beth would never do anything to hurt me.

     

    She only wants what’s best for me, for my marriage.

     

    Doesn’t she?

    What does TWG think?

    How did they…

    Why did she….

    Where did the…

    AHHHHHH!!!!

    This book!!!!!!! I’m not usually one to struggle with typing my thoughts, but I can’t help but be lost for words!

    Isla doesn’t have it easy. Hell, Beth doesn’t have it easy, which is probably why they end up getting on so well. I mean, honesty is the best policy when it comes to carving new friendships, right?

    You would have thought so!

    My jaw literally hit the floor when I reached the end of the book. I nearly found myself recreating Eastenders actors with their tendency to go ‘omg NOOOOOOOO!!!!!’, but at least I knew I would be genuine! I couldn’t believe how the book concluded, nor could I quite believe just how the storyline got there.

    In case you’re wondering – I am not meaning this in a bad way at all, quite the opposite in fact! I thought it was absolutely brilliant! The emotionally twisted elements to the story were cleverly written and left me questioning everything. As for the characters, well, there are several which could easily win awards for being the most cactus type characters ever….naming no names, obviously, yet I couldn’t help but be gripped by their dislikable personalities. Perhaps I couldn’t wait to see karma come back and bite them on their backsides, maybe that’s why I was on the edge of my seat watching their every move!

    Vikki Patis has written one hell of a psychological rollercoaster ride of a novel. I was hooked and left wanting more – a surefire BELTER of a read!

    Buy now!

    About the author.

    Vikki Patis is an author and blogger, as well as an avid reader and book reviewer. When she isn’t working as a Regulatory Affairs Manager, she can usually be found drinking tea, baking cakes, or taking walks in the Hertfordshire countryside. She lives with her partner and two cats.

     

    Social Media Links:

    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/vikkipatis/

    TWITTER: https://twitter.com/PatisVikki

    WEBSITE: https://vikkipatis.com/

    Happy paperback publication day to #NowYouSeeHer by Heidi Perks (@HeidiPerksbooks) @arrowpublishing

    I originally posted this review as part of the blog tour last year, but to celebrate the paperback release of ‘Now You See Her’, I have been asked to share it again. So I thought I would do a whole new post! Heidi Perks’ novel made my ‘Top Books of 2018’ list – carry on reading to find out why!!

    Huge thanks to Rachel Kennedy and Arrow Publishing for the advance copy in 2018 – hope you enjoy my review:


    Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.

    Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.

    Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
    Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.

    Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.

    What does TWG think?

    Helloooooooo biggest book hangover of the year! I finished reading #NowYouSeeHer in the early hours of Sunday morning, and since then I have tried (and failed) to get into several books because I am suffering with not only my biggest book hangover of the year, but my biggest book hangover EVER! I mean, come on, have you read this book yet? You must rectify that pronto as ooooohhhhhh my goodness me, what a phenomenal, hair-raising, spine tingling, and energetic read this is. I probably shouldn’t be saying this given the theme of the book, but I fluffing loved it! Obviously I didn’t love the theme, because that would be weird, BUT, I thought the way that Heidi Perks delivered it in her storyline was mind-blowing.

    ‘Now You See Her’ switches between the past and the present, and between the two main characters, Charlotte and Harriet. For the first time ever, Harriet is leaving her daughter with another person, so she asks her only friend, Charlotte, to babysit Alice alongside her own children. Simple enough, right? Wrong. One minute Alice was there, and then the next moment she was……nowhere to be seen. With guilt eating away at Charlotte from the inside out, she struggles to comprehend what has happened, especially when Alice’s disappearance hits the news and Charlotte finds herself in the firing line.

    Understandable, right? I mean, you asked your best friend to babysit your daughter, hoping that they would look after her and return her safely at the arranged time. Therefore, you would expect that to happen, you wouldn’t expect to be told that your daughter was now missing. Well, I wouldn’t.

    Obviously, the police get involved and Charlotte finds herself growing accustom to the decor in the local police station as they try to get to the bottom of Alice’s disappearance. However, due to Charlotte being unable to give the police the answers they require, will it mean that her cards are now marked?

    With the publicity of ‘Now You See Her’, the publishers have hashtags with #TeamCharlotte and #TeamHarriet on them, but to be perfectly honest, I still can’t say which team I am on! Can’t I say that I am on #TeamCharriet? There is so much to this storyline aside from the missing child. I would love to be able to go into detail, but I can’t due to spoilers. I just want to talk about this book!!!! Someone? Anyone?!

    Just like most psychological thrillers/crime/suspense novels I read, I attempt to work out whodunnit before I reach the end of the book. Let’s just say that I won’t be making Detective anytime soon! Although, giving myself a teeny bit of credit, I was pretty adamant that I had the culprit by halfway through this book, but I quickly found myself questioning my own decision the more the storyline progressed.

    Heidi Perks is an exceptional writer – not only has she written about the lives of multiple characters, she has written them in such a way that makes the reader question every conceivable thing. The weird thing about that though, is the fact that the words are written just like any other book, in black and white. Perks may have just been describing the events of what happened the day Alice went missing, yet there was definitely more to those words that meets the eye.

    ‘Now You See Her’ is a very, very cleverly written novel which had me on high alert from the first page, until the very last. I am utterly flabbergasted by the strength behind the authors words, and how my mind was able to convey them due to the snippets of doubt which Heidi Perks laced her words with. At the very beginning, my mind was strong and things made perfect sense. But, by the time I had reached the end of the book, I was unable to trust anything. Hell, I didn’t even believe it when the clock said that it was 1.45am!

    I am envious of every reader who gets to read ‘Now You See Her’ for the very first time – you are in for an absolute treat! Heidi Perks has written a truly phenomenal book and I, hand on heart, cannot find fault with a single thing. My first thought as I finished this book, was ‘one of the best books I have ever read’, but now, I have to say that that has changed now that I have had the time to digest Perks’ outstanding talent. ‘Now You See Her’ is my most favourite book of all time, my most favourite book of 2018, and Heidi Perks has very quickly become one of my all time favourite authors. This is a book to lose yourself in, and Heidi Perks should be incredibly proud of what she has achieved! I know I am, and I didn’t even write it! I cannot WAIT to read more from this author, that’s for sure, even if she has set the bar incredibly high!

    Highly recommended, ‘Now You See Her’ is THE book to read without any disturbance, and Heidi Perks is definitely THE author to watch in the future. Bloomin’ brilliant!

    Buy now from Amazon

    #BlogTour! #Review – #TheScandal by Mari Hannah (@MariWriter) @AlainnaGeorgiou @orionbooks @orion_crime

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    You’ll have to excuse how close to the bone I am with posting my review this afternoon, it’s just that I am not at all well. However, I am unbelievably excited to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘The Scandal’ by Mari Hannah. Many thanks to Alainna and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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    When an young man is found stabbed to death in a side street in Newcastle city centre in the run up to Christmas, it looks like a botched robbery to DCI David Stone. But when DS Frankie Oliver arrives at the crime scene, she gets more than she bargained for.

    She IDs the victim as Herald court reporter, thirty-two-year old Chris Adams she’s known since they were kids. With no eyewitnesses, the MIT are stumped. They discover that when Adams went out, never to return, he was working on a scoop that would make his name. But what was the story he was investigating? And who was trying to cover it up?

    As detectives battle to solve the case, they uncover a link to a missing woman that turns the investigation on its head. The exposé has put more than Adams’ life in danger. And it’s not over yet.

    What does TWG think?

    ‘The Scandal’ fits the definition of the word ‘fabulous’ to a T! That said, given the theme of the book it’s probably surprising that it does – but I loved it! Mari Hannah’s new book is the third book in the ‘Stone and Oliver’ series. Personally, I think that they work perfectly well as standalone, but if you’re wanting to know more about the relationship and history between the two main characters, you might find that you would benefit from reading the books in order – entirely your choice.

    ‘The Scandal’ does what it says on the tin – it really is a scandal. In fact, I would go as far to say that the entire storyline is like one of those double-sided puzzles; complex, uncertain and insanely addictive. I thought it was brilliant how the author slowly reels in her readers with a hint of what’s to come, and then takes it away again only to make the reader ‘work’ for it. To put it simply, the storyline is slow and steady, but due to the complexity of ‘the scandal’ and the intricate details which the main characters unearth, it needs to be like that otherwise I don’t think it would pack the same amount of punch that it did.

    I will fully admit that I spent a bit of time with my eyebrow raised, unsure of where the storyline was going. It’s not that I was confused, it’s more that the puzzle pieces I was trying to fit together, won’t doing as they were told. I’ve said it once before, and I’ll happily say it again – I would make a diabolical detective!

    I thought this book was bloomin’ clever, highly gripping and left me wanting to lose myself in yet another Mari Hannah novel. I adore this authors unique and complex writing style – she always has me on the edge of my seat with every book I read.

    I highly recommend ‘The Scandal’ as it really is such a detailed, gripping, and very clever piece of writing – especially as Frankie’s fiery personality had its own pedestal throughout the novel!

    Pre-order now! Published 7th March

    #BlogTour! #Review – #TheScentOfDeath by Simon Beckett (@BeckettSimon) @HJ_Barnes @TransworldBooks

    Fifth and final blog tour of the day is for yet another suspenseful read; ‘The Scent of Death’ by Simon Beckett. Many thanks to Hayley Barnes for the blog tour invite and ARC. Please do excuse my late posting – I was fighting with my daughters pet bunny (don’t worry, no bunnies were harmed!!). Here is my review:

    It’s been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well and he’s in demand again as a police consultant. Life is good.

    Then a call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and she’d like Hunter to take a look.

    The empty shell of St Jude’s Hospital now stands awaiting demolition, its only visitors society’s outcasts, addicts and dealers. A partially mummified corpse has been discovered in the hospital’s cavernous loft, but not even Hunter can say how long it’s been there. All he knows for sure is that it’s the body of a young woman. And that she was pregnant.

    But the collapse of the loft floor reveals another of the hospital’s secrets. A sealed-off chamber, still with beds inside. Some of them occupied…

    For Hunter, what began as a straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare that threatens everyone around him. And as the investigation springs more surprises, one thing is certain.

    St Jude’s hasn’t claimed its last victim . . .

    What does TWG think?

    My poor bank account! I think I’ve found another series I need to stock up on! I cannot believe I have never read a Simon Beckett novel before. I am pleased to say that, despite ‘The Scent of Death’ being the sixth book in the series, it works well as a stand-alone. Obviously if you wanted to know more about the history of the characters, reading previous books would be advantageous I assume….seeing as I haven’t done that. Sniff.

    If it were anything other than fiction, dead bodies wouldn’t really be something I would lean towards, however when Simon Beckett makes his readers aware of a dead body or two at the very beginning, I was gripped right there and then.

    I thought that the storyline was very well thought out and clearly meticulous planned, especially as there was a lot going on and a lot of events seemed to interlink with each other. The main character, David Hunter, is a tough personality to gauge. He is admirable what with his job and what not, but there were several kinks in his personality which left me a little bit unsure about him overall. Not complaining though!

    ‘The Scent of Death’ is definitely a story which takes the readers on a journey. I loved witnessing things from David Hunter’s point of view as and when he found them, as it added to the suspense and kept my attention focused on the storyline for the duration.

    I am gutted that I didn’t find this series sooner, but I cannot wait to binge read from book one. Simon Beckett is such a captivating storyteller who delivers grit and intensity in a way which makes my toes tingle – an author who is now high on my radar!

    Buy now!

    #BlogTour! #Review – #AsSickAsOurSecrets by A.B.Whelan (@AuthorABWhelan) @AnneCater

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    Fourth blog tour of the day, and second one for RandomThingsTours, is my review of A.B.Whelan’s ‘As Sick As Our Secrets’. Many thanks once again to Anne for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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    What would you do if you found out your husband was a serial killer?

    Olivia Campbell has the life most women want. A respected husband, beautiful home, and the freedom that only financial security can provide.

    But not all is as it appears…

    Olivia has secrets, and after discovering a hidden journal in her husband’s study, she realizes that she’s not the only one.

    As her picture perfect world starts to fall apart around her, Olivia wonders just how deep the secrets run as she finds herself immersed in the investigation of a young missing girl.

    Some coincidences are just too hard to ignore, but how far is she willing to go to discover the truth?

    What does TWG think?

    Oh bloomin’ eck – I cannot fault this book for its intensity, suspense, and mind-blowing level of grit, but sheeeeeesh it really is like the title suggests; sick!! Of course I don’t mean that rudely, I mean that in the ‘sick and twisted’ sense, because it really is!!

    ‘As Sick As Our Secrets’ isn’t the type of thriller which describes the characters actions and leaves a little bit of mystery for the readers to decipher in their own mind. Instead it’s the type of thriller which describes actions in such intense and chilling detail, explaining the twisted event in such a manner which creates a picture in the reader’s mind which includes feelings of nausea and thoughts such as; ‘WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!?’. To be brutally honest, my mind couldn’t decipher the storyline any other way than what the author wrote! Again, no, I’m not saying that as though it’s a bad thing, it was just difficult for me to digest at times because I couldn’t get over just how ‘what the f…..’ the characters in this book could be.

    A.B.Whelan is a very clever and dynamic author who certainly knows how to grab her readers by their anatomy! Even if I wanted to put this book down, I don’t think I would have been able to, purely down to my level of intrigue. This book may be very twisted and a bit nauseating, but it works in a way I never, ever imagined myself saying.

    A magnetic, stomach churning, twisted read which took over my mind, body and soul. I was certainly put under A.B.Whelan’s spell…will you be?

    Buy now from Amazon UK
    Buy from Amazon US

    #BlogTour! #Review – Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose (@KarenRoseBooks) @Headlinepg @AnneCater

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    Halfway now! Third blog tour of the day is for ‘Say You’re Sorry’ by Karen Rose. Many thanks, as always, to RandomThingsTours for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Headline Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

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    Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad.

    Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too – but she’s done being a victim. Daisy’s determined to explore every new experience she can – including getting to know the dark and serious FBI investigator she meets when she fights off a masked attacker one night.

    It soon becomes clear that Daisy’s attack was just the beginning. Now the bloodied bodies of young women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it’s clear that Daisy is in more danger than they ever realised…

    What does TWG think?

    Not only is ‘Say You’re Sorry’ a brand new series, it is the very first book written by Karen Rose that I have ever read. Not bad for one book!

    Oh I was hooked straight away!! Gideon didn’t strike me as your ‘typical’ agent and I felt that that added to his charm and likability factor a lot more. Don’t get me wrong, his character seemed to be a tough nut to crack at times, but again that added another dimension to the novel which gripped me even more. Why wasn’t he so forthcoming? What was he trying to ‘run’ from?

    There is a lot more to this storyline that meets the eye, a lot of which takes a while to become clear to the readers. I loved the intense level of suspense and the feeling of not knowing was around the corner. I felt that the characters were brilliantly crafted and absolutely perfect for the overall vibe of the book as their uncertainty allowed goosebumps to fill my body.

    I am being intentionally vague with my review as ‘Say You’re Sorry’ is a very complex and interlinked storyline, so I don’t want to give anything away to jeopardise anyone else’s opinions of the book.

    What I will say, however, is that I am shocked at myself for not picking up a Karen Rose novel until now, and I am very looking forward to delving further into this new series.

    A complex, crafty, and highly suspenseful novel – a fantastic start to a new series!

    Buy now!

    #BlogTour! #Review – #MyLastLie by Ella Drummond (@DrummondElla1) @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity

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    Second blog tour of the day is for ‘My Last Lie’ by Ella Drummond. Many thanks to BOTBSPublicity for the blog tour invite, and many thanks to Hera Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

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    New beginnings. Old secrets.
    Theo and Pilar. The perfect couple.

    Successful, beautiful and very much in love.
    Until a year ago – and the tragedy that nearly tore them apart.
    When their baby died, a part of them died with him.
    Now they’re trying to rebuild themselves, moving to a stunning house in rural Cornwall.
    But someone knows all their secrets – and will stop at nothing to disturb their fragile peace.

    Theo and Pilar are about to learn that you can try to hide – but you can never outrun your past

    What does TWG think?

    At the very start of the book we are introduced to a very happy and loved up couple, Theo and Pilar. I couldn’t help but feel happy for the couple I had only just met – they were going to have a baby and their family was going to go from two, to three. So, when tragedy struck, I felt devastated for them both and the journey they were about to endure. How could they come back from the death of their child? How can ANYONE move on from that? Theo and Pilar tried their best to move forward by moving house and starting again, but, with the feeling of constantly looking over her shoulder weighing on Pilar’s mind, the storyline of ‘My Last Lie’ didn’t take long to turn sinister.

    If you enjoy stories which contain a truck load of characters and a toppling mountain of red herrings, all wrapped up in highly suspenseful wrapping paper, then you will absolutely adore ‘My Last Lie’. There is a lot going on throughout the book, and there are a lot of characters coming and going who do their own fair share of making the tension between Theo and Pilar mount. It’s safe to say that poor Pilar hadn’t gotten over their tragedy, nor has she managed to put her faith back in her husband after what he did. However I could see that she was trying – I really did feel for her, I must admit.

    Ella Drummond’s novel isn’t one which screams ‘ROLLERCOASTERRRRRR’ from the onset, it’s more of a story which drip feeds readers snippets of information, upping the level of suspense with each new chapter. Yes, it is a slow burner but given the nature of the storyline and the main characters lives, I don’t think it would have worked if it was anything but. I’m not saying that the story doesn’t pick up speed as it progresses, because it does, but it’s very subtle and cleverly done which, in all honesty, knocked me sideways as I wasn’t expecting it to happen.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of things mucking with my head and being unsure of whom to believe in the storyline, and I adored just how engaging Ella Drummond’s storytelling was – this author certainly knows how to set the scene and get her readers on side. Well, we’re led to believe that!

    A gritty, psychologically twisted novel which left me trusting nobody, not even myself. I cannot WAIT to read more from this author if this ‘debut’ is anything to go by. Such a cracking read.

    Buy now!

    About the author.

    Ella Drummond recently signed a two-book deal with Hera Books. Her first psychological thriller, My Last Lie will be published in February 2019 and is available for pre-order now.

    She lives with her husband on the island of Jersey and you can follow her on Twitter @drummondella1 and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EllaDrummondWrites/