#BlogTour! #GuestPost from author of #TheLastDay, Claire Dyer – ‘If Tomorrow Were My Last Day’ @ClaireDyer1 @DomePress

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What would you do if you knew your last day was imminent? Would you spend the day with your loved ones? Eat all of your favourite food until the point of being sick? Binge watch all the DVD’s you’ve been meaning to watch for goodness knows how long? For my stop on the blog tour today, I had asked author of ‘The Last Day’, Claire Dyer, what she would do if tomorrow was her ‘last day’ and thankfully, the author took the theme and has written such an emotive piece for us here at TWG. Just to make you aware, I have actually read the book, but my review will follow later on so please do keep your eyes peeled for that. In the mean time, grab a Kleenex and sit back to read Claire Dyer’s ‘Last Day’.

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Claire Dyer, author of ‘The Last Day’.

I’m assuming if I was facing my last day I would have made peace both with myself and with those I love and so would be free to spend the day how I wished.

I’ve thought about this a lot since being asked to write this blog and send my thoughts and prayers to all those who are really facing heartbreak of this sort.

However, when thinking about my novel and what happens to my characters in it I think, if I knew I could never do it again, I would like to go to Kalkan in Turkey and watch the sun track its path across the bay one last time.

According to one website Kalkan is ‘an enchanting place and one of the most beautiful
locations along Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian Coast. With the absence of mass tourism, Kalkan remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.’
I have spent fifteen happy holidays in Kalkan and can say that every statement of this quote is true. But what is more significant for me is the fact that when I’m there I can live a simple life, can sit and watch the boats in the bay, watch the sun sparkle on the water, eat delicious fresh food, swim and breathe a type of air I just can’t find in England.

What I’ve also done is track the sun’s path across the sky on each and every last day I’ve
been there; I’ve watched the sun set and turn the sky peach and pink and orange. I’ve heard the cicadas thrum their legs and seen bats flitter in and out of the eaves.
And then, after the sunset, come the stars – brilliant and sharp in amongst the black.
Another website tells me that ‘Herodotus: the best of the Greek historians said, ‘Kalkan is the closest place on Earth to the stars’. So, if you want to touch the stars, Kalkan is the best place you have even seen.’ Therefore, I’ve sat on the roof terrace of the villa where we stay and have stared in awe at the ever-changing night.

So far there has always been a next day when I’ve got up, packed my bag and started the
journey home, looking over my shoulder at the bay as the car climbs the hill out of town and turns the corner, leaving Kalkan behind me for a time.

I hope I am never faced with a final goodbye, I hope like in The Last Day, there will be a next day but if I am and there isn’t then this is where I would like to spend my last day.

For those of you who have already read Claire Dyer’s novel, a lump will probably be forming in your throat whilst you read the last sentence of the authors guest post – it did mine! Huge thanks to Claire Dyer for agreeing to write such a beautifully written guest post, and a big thank you to Dome Press for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Don’t forget that my review WILL follow at a later day – I’m not missing the chance to share my views on this thought-provoking novel.

For those of you who haven’t read the book and wish to find out more, and maybe even grab yourself a copy, here are all of the details of ‘The Last Day’:

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They say three’s a crowd but when Boyd moves back into the family home with his now amicably estranged wife, Vita, accompanied by his impossibly beautiful twenty-seven-year-old girlfriend, Honey, it seems the perfect solution: Boyd can get his finances back on track while he deals with his difficult, ailing mother; Honey can keep herself safe from her secret, troubled past; and Vita can carry on painting portraits of the pets she dislikes and telling herself she no longer minds her marriage is over. But the house in Albert Terrace is small and full of memories, and living together is unsettling. For Vita, Boyd and Honey love proves to be a surprising, dangerous thing and, one year on, their lives are changed forever.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Broken by Casey Kelleher (@CaseyKelleher) @Bookouture

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Happy publication day, Casey Kelleher!! I am so excited to be bringing you my review of Casey’s brand new novel, ‘The Broken’, as part of her blog blitz today. Big thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.

Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood – and Nancy vows to avenge his death.

She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together while her beloved grandma falls apart and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up – fast.

But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail – and will stop at nothing to shut her up.

Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can’t trust anyone. Not even her own family.

Especially her own family.

What does TWG think?

What I want to know is how an author so innocent looking, can write such jaw-droppingly twisted novels?! Personally, I would hate to get on the wrong side of Casey Kelleher, because I have no doubts in my mind that she would put me in her book, not letting me get away with murder…and then some.

‘The Broken’, thankfully, didn’t break me but I did spend time wondering if my jaw was going to ever pick itself up off the floor, or whether I was going to have to get used to walking around with my gob wide open and my jaw hanging low. Seriously.

I am in awe at Casey Kelleher’s talents. Yes her storylines are gritty and highly chilling, but she writes them in such a way which makes you become addicted to the intense gore and the twisted characters. Many times whilst reading ‘The Broken’, I found myself thinking ‘holy shizzle that’s ugh –  WHAT HAPPENS NOW?!?’. I was quite shocked with my own response to this book, that’s for sure. I’m certainly not complaining though – this book is brilliant!!

The entire storyline was full of grit, with the characters each digging themselves much larger holes as the story progresses. I didn’t have a clue who was going to be in the firing line, and because I was so fixated on the overall book, I didn’t want to spend time trying to find out as I was happy to let the story take its own course.

Nancy, despite often being an absolute female dog, was such a vibrant character to read about. I loved how determined she came across, refusing to let the ‘issue’ of her gender stop her from doing her job. She took no prisoners and she let everyone know who was boss. I also think the author wrote Nancy’s personality really well because we were able to see a different side of her to the one she showed at work.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Broken’! It took me a little while to come down off the high from the intense and chilling storyline I had just been reading. Again, I’m not complaining – the entire novel was worth the goosebumps, slight nausea and raised heart rate!

Fast paced, addictive, and most definitely one to read – ‘The Broken’ will test your reactions in a way you never thought possible. Brilliant!

Buy now!

About the author.

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole. 

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time. 

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise, The Betrayed and her latest release The Broken is due for publication on the 22nd February 2018.

www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

#BlogTour! #Review – Perfect Death by Helen Fields (@Helen_Fields) @AvonBooksUK

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It may be sunny outside, but that doesn’t stop Helen Fields thinking about the ‘Perfect Death’. It gives me great pleasure to host Helen Fields on TWG today, as I review her latest book for the blog tour. Thank you to AvonBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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There’s no easy way to die…

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.

But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…

What does TWG think?

Is there such a thing as the ‘perfect death’? After all, it’s not like doctors and nurses sit at the end of a bed, or police and strangers stand near a dead body, all holding up score cards to rate the death. Now you mention it…maybe there should be something like ‘Strictly Come Death’….I could make a killing…

For all of us ‘non-murderers’ in the world, thinking about the possibility of a ‘perfect death’, doesn’t really enter our minds. On the other hand, if you’re a calculated, twisted serial killer – the chances are, you would probably have a spreadsheet open on Word with the details of how to execute a perfect death (god I’m good with the puns today, eh?!). But, when the murder ‘weapon’ is in fact drugs, how can one determine the perfect death, and how would the local Detectives be able to stop the serial killer before he pumps his unknowing victims with yet another connection, unlikely to have been purchased from a pharmacy in nearby Fort Kinnaird?

‘Perfect Death’ is the third book in the series, but do not fret. I haven’t read all of the books and quite frankly, I didn’t think that I needed to as I was able to follow the storyline well enough. That said, I doubt it would do you any harm if you chose to read the books in order. It is completely up to you!

Helen Fields has grabbed the ‘serial killer’ theme by the youknowwhat’s, and ran with it – this author hasn’t scrimped and scraped when it comes to one of the main concepts in her storyline, and why should she? Even though said serial killer made my blood run cold, I loved how calculated, twisted and evil they turned out to be. It really did make for such excellent, realistic, and highly addictive reading.

As for the Detectives, Callanach and Turner are a bit like chalk and cheese, maybe that’s why I thought they worked well together, I don’t know. But they work – even if Turner did find herself in the deep end with this case!

Alongside the serial killer aspect, I found myself being pulled in the direction of Callanach’s family drama. So, if you think this book is all about cold-blooded killing, think again. There really is more to ‘Perfect Death’ that meets the eye, which really did surprise me as I thought the storyline would be overrun with the information of the killings.

‘Perfect Death’ is such a jaw-dropping, fast paced, and chilling read which made me feel as though I was unwrapping a present – the storyline certainly kept on giving. What I loved most about this book was its uniqueness. Helen Field is a very, very clever writer and the fact she has included such intricate details alongside some rather hard-hitting ones, absolutely blew me away. This author certainly knows her stuff – I really wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of her, that’s for sure!

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#Blogblitz! #Review – The Scent of Guilt by Tony J Forder (@TonyJForder) @Bloodhoundbook

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Another late one for the BloodHoundBooks gang! Delighted to welcome back Tony.J.Forder to TWG, as I review his latest novel, ‘The Scent of Guilt’.

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Twelve years after he left Peterborough under a cloud, DI Bliss returns to the city and the major crimes team. Having spent years policing organised crime, Bliss is plunged straight into the heart of a serial murder investigation.

 Meanwhile, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and has been working in London on the Met’s sexual crimes team. But when two rapes are reported on her old patch in Peterborough, Chandler volunteers to interview the victims.

 Chandler joins the hunt for the attacker and soon notices a possible link between the rapes and Bliss’s murder investigation. Could the same man be responsible?

 Just as both cases seem to stall, a call comes in from an ex-policeman who knows of unsolved cases in the USA with a similar MO. Bliss finds himself travelling to California to hunt for a killer whose reach may have stretched further than anyone could possibly imagine.

 But in order to catch the murderer, Bliss must discover the killer’s motive. A motive which should have remained buried in the past…

What does TWG think?

Having read (and loved) Tony.J.Forder’s ‘Scream Blue Murder’, I nearly bit BloodHoundBooks’ hand off when the e-mail came through regarding this tour. Of course having read a book which made it into my ‘Top Books of 2017’, meant that ‘The Scent of Guilt’ had a lot to live up to. Now, I haven’t read the first book in the series, but whilst I was able to follow the storyline fine, I would recommend reading the series in order as I did feel like I had missed out on vital pieces of information about the characters themselves.

‘The Scent of Guilt’ is a cleverly written novel which chilled me to the bone. With a storyline full of hard-hitting themes, hard to digest situations, and eye-opening events which you thought only belonged in the movies – Forder manages to reel his readers into his literary web, ensuring that everyone stayed for the duration of the book. I have to say that I was unsure whether I was going to last until the very last page, purely because one or two themes were a little close to home and, whilst I am fully aware that ‘The Scent of Guilt’ is a fictional piece of writing, it just goes to show how real the author made the events stand out if they managed to hit me on a personal level.

I was quite taken aback with how much I enjoyed this book given the circumstances! This book certainly kept my attention, with the storyline having my reactions in the palm of its hands. A cleverly woven, complex, and highly intense novel which will leave you with your eyes prised open and your jaw drooping low.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Mother’s Secret by Clare Swatman (@ClareSwatman) @Panmacmillan @Rosiewilsreads

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Having fallen head over heels in love with Clare Swatman’s debut novel, ‘Before You Go’, I am delighted to be sharing my review of the authors much awaited second novel, ‘The Mother’s Secret’, which will be published by PanMacmillan on the 22nd February. Huge thanks to the publisher for the blog tour invite as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review as part of the blog tour:

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The Mother’s Secret is a powerful story about family, secrets and devastating lies

Love keeps us together

Sisters Kate and Georgie have always shared a close bond. While Kate enjoyed the freedoms of youth, Georgie remained at home. But now Georgie is grown up, it’s time she started exploring.

Love can tear us apart

Their mother Jan loves her daughters with all her heart. So what if she kept them out of sight when they were young? She just cared for them so much. She wanted to protect them.

What if your life was based on a lie?

Maybe there was another reason for Jan’s protective behaviour? If they ventured too far afield, it might destroy the facade of their childhood. This family’s about to discover that while lies can cause pain, the truth could destroy them all.

What does TWG think?

We all expect our mothers to tell us the truth no matter what, right? We also put our faith into them from the moment we entered this world, relying on them to guide us and help us blossom as we grow up. But what if you found out that your entire life had been a lie? What if you found out that your mother had been keeping a secret from you all of your life? What if everything you’ve always known, ends up revealing that in actual fact, you’ve known absolutely nothing?

It doesn’t bear thinking about really, does it? I mean, our mothers wouldn’t do that to us….would they?

It feels like I’ve been waiting AGES for Clare Swatman to release her second novel, especially seeing as her debut was one of my top reads of 2017 – how was she going to top that?! Reader, she topped it in a completely different way. Whilst both books are exceptional stories, they are also written completely differently which means that comparing them would be highly unfair. I have fallen in love with both books for various reasons, and by golly Clare Swatman certainly does NOT disappoint with her highly anticipated second novel.

I am genuinely surprised that my heart is now in one piece, given the amount of times it broke in two whilst reading this book! Even though it was pretty clear from the onset where the storyline was heading, including what the big ‘dun dun dun’ moment was that was going to be revealed in due course, it didn’t change my opinion of the book at all. It soon became clear that whilst the heartbreak was made clear early on, the author wrote the book in such a way which was guaranteed to make the reader wish the heartbreak wasn’t true at all. It was as though the entire situation had a big question mark looming overhead – was it true? Or was one of the sisters making a mountain out of a molehill?

I had no idea what to think or what to believe. If the situation ended up being true after all, why did it happen? What reason did they have to go to such lengths to cause long-lasting devastation? I was surprised at a couple of the character’s reactions when the truth came out because of how lenient their response appeared. I even asked myself whether I would respond in the same way if I were in their shoes and, to be perfectly honest, whilst my gut and heart says ‘no’, my mind is saying something completely different.

‘The Mother’s Secret’ has such a high level of complexity throughout the entire storyline, lasting until the very last page. Each individual character had its place within the book, adding another dimension to an already colourful storyline with their vivacious personalities. Unfortunately, those vivacious personalities didn’t last long, though I saw it as a positive as I was able to see an alternative side to the character, finding out a little bit more about what made them tick. For me, the change in the characters meant that I was able to see them as realistic, two-dimensional characters instead of one with a chip on their shoulder. I knew Clare Swatman could write her characters well, but goodness me – this author has really outdone herself.

I absolutely loved this book, even with its shocking, devastating and emotional scenes, it still managed to warm my heart in a way I had never thought possible. ‘The Mother’s Secret’ may be based around one big event, but it also contains a lot of themes which I believe multiple readers will be able to relate to and find comfort in. I really don’t wish to divulge what those themes are in fear of spoilers, so please do trust me.

‘The Mother’s Secret’ opened my eyes to a world of endless possibilities, showing me how to get to the sunshine through the rain. My emotions were tested, my strength was challenged, yet my trust in Clare Swatman’s writing grew even more.

This author can write that’s for sure; she certainly proves that with this heart-wrenching, beautifully written, thought-provoking and absolutely stunning novel about life, loss, lies, trust, and forgiveness, teaching her readers that whilst not everything is ever as it seems, a flower can blossom even during a storm.

Probably one of the best books I have read so far this year, I am in awe at Clare Swatman’s literary skills and the way in which she not only writes to feed the mind, she also writes to feed the soul.

Devastatingly beautiful – I urge each and every one of you to read this book.

Pre-order now.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Stateline by Dave Stanton (@Danrenonovels) @BloodHoundBook

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Tonight on TWG I have review of Dave Stanton’s, ‘Stateline’, to close the blog blitz organised by BloodHoundBooks! ‘Stateline’ is book one in the ‘Dan Reno’ series. Thank you to Sarah Hardy from BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book.

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Cancel the wedding. The groom is dead.

When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the grief-stricken father offers private detective Dan Reno a life-changing bounty to find the killer.

Reno, who is nearly broke, decides he’s finally found himself in the right place at the right time. But when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any?

Haunted by his murdered father and a violent past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA.

Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead.

What does TWG think?

I don’t know what is wrong with me lately – I must be getting fussy in my old age as ‘Stateline’ was yet another book which I couldn’t seem to gel with at first. Notice the all important words there; AT FIRST! Don’t get me wrong, there’s A LOT of grit in the book, but it took me a while to work out whether it was going anywhere.

However, just like Dan Reno, perseverance paid off and I found myself getting lost in amongst the events which the private detective found himself caught up in. Yes, there were moments where I was reading the book through slitted eyes, glad that I had had a few hours without any food in my stomach. And yes, there were moments where I wondered what on Earth I was reading. But you know what? ‘Stateline’ made me react in a multitude of ways and, as far as I am concerned, I couldn’t really have asked for more from one single book.

Dan Reno is no stranger to murder, violence and crooks, so when he gets asked to find the man who killed a rich mans son, he soon sees dollar signs and agrees. Dan Reno may have been aware of the fact that the job may be slightly difficult, but I don’t think he realised just how difficult it was going to be.

The police are meant to be there for you, right?

Even though my new pal, Reno and I, got off to a rocky start, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this chilling, gripping and highly intense read. At times I felt like my head was going to explode with all of the ‘whodunnit’s’ and my lousy attempts at keeping up with the rollercoaster ride of situations! It didn’t though, obviously! Weirdly enough I actually loved how the storyline made me feel like that – it just goes to show how well the author has written his storyline, seeing as it was able to convert me to trials and tribulations of the man, Dan Reno.

I am rather looking forward to reading the next book in the series as I cannot wait to find out what Dan Reno and Cody get up to next. I am hoping it will be a bumpy ride just like this one.

A highly recommended, fast paced and gripping start to a very promising new serial.

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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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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Next To Die by T.J.Brearton (@breartontj) @Bookouture

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It’s a #BlogBlitz kinda day today, so if you have been sitting there wondering who will be ‘Next To Die’, carry on reading! Well, I won’t tell you the answer to that, obviously, but hopefully I might be able to persuade you to find out for yourself. Here is my review of ‘Next To Die’ by T.J.Brearton. Big thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book.

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Bobbi caught a glimpse of the car, saw the blood splashed across the front seats, and felt the nausea rise up. It should have been her who was working last night, not Harriet. It should have been her.

When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

What does TWG think?

How intriguing is this book title! Of course every reader will be wondering who is the next one to die and why. I mean, I wondered that AND who was the first one to die. How could I not?

To begin with, me and T.J.Brearton’s novel weren’t exactly BFF’s as, despite the chilling start, I couldn’t help but feel a bit deflated at the lack of pace. However, once the book had reached the halfway point, I found myself drawn into the complex and secretive storyline like there’s no tomorrow. Yes, ‘Next To Die’ and I may have gotten off on the wrong foot, but boy did we have a firework finish!

There’s been a murder. The first murder Lake Haven had seen in eighteen years – is anyone safe? The social work community are scared out of their wits, wondering if anyone else from their line of work will be targeted, but, if they are – WHY?! Who are they? Why did they choose to kill a social worker and leave the body in full view of colleagues? Something extremely fishy is going on – thank goodness for Mike Nelson and Lena Overton….I think.

I think I may have giggled at the unlikely pairing of the two detectives as they really are chalk and cheese! One of them seems to enjoy passing the buck and leaving the hard graft to the other one, yet one of them seems to be working at 60MPH and moving nowhere. Lena Overton was my favourite! Her confident and hard-nosed persona made for fine reading, yet she still came across as such a relatable and likeable character. Mike Nelson however, well, I’m still on the fence with that one!!

Overall, I really did enjoy reading ‘Next To Die’, the storyline kept on shocking me with every page I turned, delivering the gritty situations with such ease and unexpectedness. I am very glad I preserved with this book as it ended up ticking a lot of my boxes.

Unexpectedly thrilling, ‘Next To Die’ kept me on my toes until the very end.

Buy now from Amazon

Author Bio:

 T.J. Brearton is the author of thirteen published novels of crime fiction, including detective thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, and one paranormal crime story. His eBooks have been best-sellers on the Amazon kindle fiction Top 100 list. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children where he writes full time.

 Author Social Media Links

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BreartonTJ

WEBSITE: http://tjbrearton.net/

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

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Apologies for how late in the day this is, BUT, I am super excited to be closing Luke Allnutt’s blog tour for ‘We Own The Sky’ today. Here is my review:

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A story about love, loss and finding hope – against all odds.

Rob Coates can’t believe his luck. There is Anna, his incredible wife, and most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. Rob feels like he’s won the lottery of life. Or rather – he did. Until the day it all changes when Anna becomes convinced there is something wrong with Jack.

Now Rob sleepwalks through his days, unable to bridge the gulf that separates him from his wife, his son and the business of living. But he’s determined to come to terms with what’s happened-and find a way back to life, and forgiveness.

We Own the Sky will resonate with anyone who has ever suffered loss or experienced great love. Luke Allnutt shows that the journey from hope to despair and back is never as simple as we think, and that even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again

What does TWG think?

How far would you go to save the one you love?
What if there was no guarantee of anyone being saved, how far would you go then?
Now, if you were told that a situation was out of your hands, would you try to find an alternative route, or would you accept the inevitable?

Three rather easy questions….but are they really that easy?

Rob and his wife, Anna, have had their lives turned upside down. Both handling the situation in completely different ways, and both having different opinions on which route should be taken. But is there a correct route to go down in circumstances like these? To be perfectly honest, it doesn’t bear thinking about, yet families DO have to think about it as it’s real life. People like Rob and Anna are all over the world, trying to come to terms with circumstances which you always think would never happen to you, and why wouldn’t you think that?

It’s quite clear that the storyline is incredibly complex, seeing as my review is incredible vague and so is the blurb. Even though I had an inkling where the storyline was heading, I crossed my fingers in hope that I was wrong. I had been told before reading ‘We Own The Sky’, that there would be truck loads of tears shed – did I believe them? No, I didn’t. In actual fact I started thinking that nothing in this book would make me cry. Boy how wrong was I….

There was a point during the book where, after reading one particular sentence, my heart broke in two and the flood gates opened. I have never, EVER cried at a book like I cried at this one. It wasn’t your usual ugly crying, or snot induced crying (lovely). No. I was absolutely heartbroken which made the tears just fall out of my eyes like a waterfall. Having become invested in the storyline and its powerful characters, I found the emotion a lot harder to absorb as I felt like part of me had been lost. Never mind the fact that I was in no way involved in the storyline – I still felt like a close friend. I know that sounds daft, but once you read this book you might understand where I was coming from.

‘We Own The Sky’ describes every loved ones nightmare….and then some. There were times where I felt like I couldn’t carry on reading, that it was too hard to bear, but if I had done that, I probably would have felt like I had let down the characters. I mean, if you’re in that situation yourself you can’t really sit there and say ‘SOZ, I can’t cope, I’m giving up. Call me when it’s all done’. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people will think that I’m sure!

Not only was the storyline heartbreakingly beautiful, the information I read about the author was heartbreaking in itself. I have absolutely no idea how the author managed to write this book considering the theme was incredibly close to Luke Allnutt personally, but he did and I am in awe. What an absolute superstar this author is, and what a phenomenal author he is as well.

‘We Own The Sky’ absolutely blew me away and became the shining star in my own sky at night. This book reminded me that even when times are hard and you have no idea where to turn, there is always, ALWAYS someone willing to be your shoulder to cry on. Whether that is in human contact, or online forums – it doesn’t matter. All that matters is someone being present. This book also highlighted the lengths in which people would go to if someone they love were in danger, even if some of those lengths were incredibly stupid…

‘We Own The Sky’ reminded me that in difficult situations, we often become someone we don’t like due to defence mechanisms and, no matter how much you try to fight it, you’re always going to do something you would rather forget. Luke Allnutt showed the importance of going through the motions because, if you can’t go through the grief, guilt, depressive state, alcoholic tendencies etc, you won’t be able to come out the other side with your heart covered in Elastoplast. Those steps are vital and it isn’t until they’re told to you in black and white, that that message is drummed into your mind.

A heartbreakingly beautiful, well written, emotional, delicate, and highly poignant novel from an author whose own life was in somebody else’s hands, and yet he owned it. Just like he, you, I, and we….own the sky.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman (@LucyColemanAuth) @Aria_Fiction @BrookCottageBKS

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Bit late to the party tonight, but it’s here now! I am super excited to be sharing my review of Lucy Coleman’s ‘The French Adventure’. Big thanks to BrookCottageBks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC. Here is my review:

The French Adventure
Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents’ beautiful house in France for a much-needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window.

Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents’ adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn’t expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist…

What does TWG think?

Right, I pride myself on being honest, so I need to lay my cards out on the table right here, right now. Personally, the beginning of this book grated on me, coming across as a bit too ‘Dear Diary’ for my liking. Now I’m not too sure whether that was the storyline, or whether it was the way the main character, Anna, came across, but it did make it a lot harder for me to completely gel with the storyline.

HOWEVER, at around the halfway mark, the authors writing style became more prominent, showcasing her true talent in all its glory. It was from that moment when I started to gel with the storyline and its characters, looking forward to what was coming up next. The ‘Dear Diary’ feeling had gone, and Anna came across as being more defined as a character. Please don’t think I’m being harsh by what I said above, I’m not at all. All of my comments in this review are solely based on my opinion and are in no way personally directed at the author…..and breathe!

When the storyline changed its location to France, I found myself becoming a lot more empathic to Anna and the situation she had found herself in. Of course I had a few choice words to say about the other ‘person’ in the equation, but I’ll let you find that out for yourself when you read it! I was so pleased to see her personality grow as the storyline went on, as it blossomed her confidence with made her seem a lot more likeable and a lot more ‘you know what, I see myself in her’.

Even though ‘The French Adventure’ does contain a romantic element, the story itself is a mixture of thought-provoking situations, dramatic scenes, and a good daffy of mystery. The romance didn’t overpower the gritty parts of the storyline, and the gritty parts didn’t overpower the romance. All in all, for me, I found the storyline to be rather well-balanced – I mean, it had everything you could want!

Despite not getting off to a good start with ‘The French Adventure’, I am so, SO glad that I listened to my gut an persevered with the book as I ended up thoroughly enjoying it, with my cheeks hurting due to a big beamer I had on my face. I loved how different the vibe of the story was, especially the uniqueness of the characters themselves and what the author got them doing. It wasn’t samey, it was completely refreshing.

Such a delightful, magnetic, enchanting and smile inducing read from the fabulously talented, Lucy Coleman. If you’re fed up with seeing snow every time you open the curtains in the morning, what better way to escape all of that than by going on ‘The French Adventure’ of a lifetime.

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Excerpt.

The L Word
Two weeks today will be the first anniversary of our first real date. Being wined and
dined in a chic little French restaurant was a gigantic step forward; it signalled the
beginning of a new era in my relationship with Karl. Even though at least half of the
meal was spent talking about work, his intentions were clear – we were no longer
simply colleagues and romance was in the air.
Since then, Karl must have told me that he loves me more than a thousand times.
You might think I’m exaggerating, but I can assure you that’s not the case. He
usually manages to slip it into the conversation at least three times a day. The first
time he said the L word to me, it slid off his tongue so easily I could almost have
missed it. It wasn’t a staring into each other’s eyes moment of discovery, just a
casual ‘love you, babe’.
As the months rolled by, I pushed aside my growing fear that it was only a word to
him. Because it means so much more to me, I freeze whenever he tacks it onto a
sentence.
And, yes, I’m very aware that my air of disapproval does make me sound ungrateful
and undeserving. But it’s all about self-preservation, you see. I’ll never utter that
word again until I’m one hundred per cent certain that the man I’m saying it to
believes I’m their soul mate too – the perfect fit.
The last time I uttered the L word, was six years ago. It was to a guy I’d known since
childhood and the man I genuinely believed I would marry when the time was right.
He was handsome in a rugged way, fired up with ambition and exciting to be around.
Sadly, everyone we knew thought we were the perfect couple too, except the guy in
question, as it turned out…

About the author.

Lucy Coleman always knew that one day she would write, but first life took her on a
wonderful journey of self-discovery for which she is very grateful. Family life and two very diverse careers later she now spends most days glued to a keyboard, which she refers to as her personal quality time.

‘It’s only when you know who you are that you truly understand what makes you
happy – and writing about love, life and relationships makes me leap out of bed
every morning!’

If she isn’t online she’s either playing with the kids, whose imaginations seem to
know no bounds, or painting something. As a serial house mover together with her
lovely husband, there is always a new challenge to keep her occupied!
Lucy also writes under the name Linn B. Halton.

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Competition!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Locked In by GB Williams (@GailBWilliams) @Bloodhoundbook

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What a way to kick off a brand new week here on TWG!! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, ‘Locked Up’, so I could not wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! Big thank you to Sarah Hardy and BloodHoundBooks for the ARC and the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day. Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards.
Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.
Can they all escape unharmed?
And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

What does TWG think?

Goodness me, Ariadne doesn’t have much luck, does she?! ‘Locked In’ is the second book in the series and whilst it can be read as a standalone, I would advise that you read the books in order to fully appreciate the characters relationships. Plus, the first book (Locked Up) is bloomin’ brilliant so it won’t exactly be a hardship to start that before this one!

I apologise for my extreme vagueness where this review is concerned, but a lot of the events are linked to situations which could end up giving the game away for many readers. I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, and I don’t intend on starting now. Of course I’m going to advise you to purchase this book as it is absolutely brilliant, plus, my review will make a lot more sense once you have read it! Win win!

Prison officer, Aridane Teddington has found herself caught up in a bank robbery. Is she actually involved? Or is she actually a victim and is being held hostage? Teddington realises that her identity needs to be kept quiet due to the media attention surrounding her name and what she is linked to, and the fact that she is a prison officer who may have put the robbers in prison in the past. Like I say, she realises that it NEEDS to be kept quiet. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen. Unfortunately (or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it), Aridane isn’t the only person being held hostage in the bank. There is a child involved too. Will everyone make it out alive? Who are the robbers and why are they targeting this bank? So many questions, so little time..

If anyone doesn’t find themselves teetering on the edge of their seats whilst reading this book, then I’m sorry to say, but what the hell is wrong with you?! I had to remember that it wasn’t me being held hostage in the bank (even though the Minnie Mouse dressing gown I was wearing whilst reading this book, and view of my bedroom didn’t state the obvious) – my breathing was erratic and I was so glad I went to the loo before I started. I honestly thought my guts were going to fall out of me!

I didn’t think I would say this, but in my opinion, ‘Locked In’ is even better than the first book, ‘Locked Up’. Even though the differences between the storylines are quite large, I found myself becoming a lot more irate due to the high level of intensity with this book, than I did the previous novel. Having followed Ariadne’s story, I knew what she was capable of and, whilst I crossed my fingers for a happy ending, I couldn’t help but let the fear rise up me due to uncertainty of the situation. I had absolutely no idea if she was going to make it out alive. I had absolutely no idea if ANY of the hostages would make it out alive and, to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t hopeful in the slightest.

What a fantastic, chilling, intense, and highly driven novel which had me hooked from the very beginning. I cannot fault this storyline or the way the author has written it, at all. Well, apart from the fact it had to end! With a cleverly written plot and a pace with the speed to rival a Formula 1 driver, ‘Locked In’ is an outstanding read.

With the ability to leave me gasping in shock at the end, I cannot recommend ‘Locked In’ enough. Just make sure you are in fact, Locked In, before you start reading it. You know, just in case…

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About the author.

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction. 

 With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read,always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

Links:

Twitter:       @GailBWilliams

Facebook:  @GBWilliamsCrimeWriter

Blog:           thewriteroute.wordpress.com

Website:     www.gailbwilliams.co.uk