#BlogTour! #Review – Whisper in the Night by D.K.Hood (@DKHood_author) @Bookouture

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!

Yes, can you tell I am excited to be sharing my review today? Huge thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in D.K.Hood’s blog tour for ‘Whisper in the Night, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

She opens her eyes and struggles to make out the dark room around her. One thing she knows instantly – her wrists are bound and she’s tied to a chair, unable to move. As she screams for help, she hears footsteps outside. He’s coming…

Fifteen-year-old Lindy Rosen has been having nightmares for weeks, waking in a panic, screaming that there’s a man in her room watching her sleep. Her parents assumed it was her overactive imagination, but when one morning they find Lindy missing from her bedroom, they’re not so sure. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate.

Within hours of the schoolgirl going missing, the kidnapper reaches out to Jenna with a video of Lindy bound and tied to a chair, crying to be set free. And a simple message – you’ve got 24 hours to find her or I kill her.

Jenna’s team work around the clock to try to find Lindy before the deadline, but time runs out, and Jenna receives a devastating message. The killer has made good on his promise. He’s playing a dangerous game. And no one knows what his next move will be.

But just two days later, one of Lindy’s school friends is taken in the middle of the night and the countdown begins again.

**Each Kane and Alton book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**

What does TWG think?

Bookouture have rightly said above that the ‘Kane and Alton’ books can be read as a standalone or as a series. I do agree, however if you aren’t binge reading this series at every opportunity, what the hell is wrong with you!!! I say that with love and affection, obviously, because you are totally missing out on one stinking reads if you’re only dabbling in just one or two of the books.

So yes, Kane and Alton, and Black Rock Falls are back with yet another chillingly fabulous read. Honestly, D.K.Hood does not disappoint where this series is concerned, although remind me to never, EVER visit Black Rock Falls. The little place doesn’t have much luck when it comes to people being murdered, that’s for sure!!

Just when things were starting to quieten down for Jenna and her team, some idiot decided to steal a person or two because they were excited by it. Selfish much?! Surely if they were bored they could have found a nicer hobby to take up instead of murder? Just a thought…

With a murderer on the loose, Kane and Alton are struggling to stop them before they kill anyone else, especially when the problem of not being able to hunt them down is incredibly evident. I’ll give the numpty their due, they were very clever!!

I tried to workout who the culprit was and, despite being right there in front of me, I still managed to get it well and truly wrong. I discounted the character originally because i thought they were too obvious, instead choosing a character who seemed a bit more secretive than others. I can see that that worked very well for me!!!

I don’t know how many times I can say it, but this was such a fast paced, high energy read which was full of spine tingling, cover the mouth type scenarios. I loved everything about it, and the anticipation for the next book in the series is uber high already.

One thing is for certain, you won’t be whispering whilst reading ‘Whisper in the Night’, not a chance! If anything you’ll be forgetting how to breathe as you devour the shockingly addictive storytelling from the brilliant, D.K.Hood. Did I tell you I loved it?!

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About the author.

I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.

My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine-tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Dream House by Jess Ryder (@JessRyderAuthor) @Bookouture

Day two of the blog tour for Jess Ryder’s, ‘The Dream House’, is upon us, with the tour bus stopping here at TWG. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

It’s everything she’s ever wanted…
When I first set eyes on Westhill House with its breath-taking views of the sea I knew Jack and I could make this our forever home.
It may be falling apart with an overgrown garden, but with some tender loving care, we can repair this beautiful building and perhaps our relationship too…
But the more time I spend renovating our new house, the more time Jack is spending at work.
At least Lori is here to keep me company.
She has her own troubles yet she always listens to mine.
She’s helping to restore the house, uncovering its secrets one by one.
Like the children’s drawings under the wallpaper in the back bedroom.
The hidden papers underneath the floorboards in the turret room.
And the fact that Westhill House is a place women used to go to feel safe…
Lori seems to know a lot about Westhill House.
The question is, why?

What does TWG think?

Jess Ryder’s new novel is aptly called, ‘The Dream House’, and I say that because I felt like I was in a dream when I was reading it!

Stella has, in her eyes, found her dream house. The house where she envisions growing old in with a husband and children. However, Stella’s boyfriend isn’t as taken with the house as she is, and when a random person turns up on their doorstop late at night covered in blood, Jack seems to dislike the house even more.

Stella is a very trusting person – would you honestly let a stranger into your home late at night, seeing them beaten and bloodied and not call the police? I could see where Jack was coming from there. Just because Stella had been brought up by parents who took in people who needed help, it didn’t mean that Stella do the exact same. And anyway, fostering children and taking a bloodied woman into your home late at night are two completely different things.

I thought the storyline contained well incorporated suspense, and I felt that the intrigue behind the characters lifestyles were very well thought out. I will say that I wasn’t too taken with the story in it’s entirety though, as I felt that things were verging on unbelievable at times. I loved Stella’s warm personality, but i found that her naivety riled me up more often than not.

‘The Dream House’ is a very interesting and dark read, especially if you like books which extend the boundaries a lot. One thing is for certain though, Jess Ryder certainly knows how to make her readers think!!

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 andwww.janpagewriter.com.

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

#BlogTour! #Review – 99 Days With You by Catherine Miller (@Katylittlelady) @Bookouture

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Second Bookouture blog tour post of the day is for ’99 Days With You’ by Catherine Miller – congratulations on your publication day! Many thanks, once again, to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and chance to read. Here is my review:

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Sometimes the end is the start of forever…

Emma and Nathan couldn’t be more different. But when they meet in a hospital waiting room, to the sound of a ticking clock and surrounded by faded magazines, they are both terrified, nervous and alone. And they have one fatal thing in common…

Emma lives a quiet life. She looks after her disabled mother. She lives vicariously through the well-thumbed pages and cracked spines of her beloved books.

Nathan spends his days fifteen thousand feet above the ground, soaring through the air, stomach somersaulting, as a sky diving instructor. After a lifetime of having a recurring dream that he would die at twenty-seven, he treats every day like it’s his last.

As fate throws Emma and Nathan together, everything is about to change.

Emma has never been kissed, or tasted champagne, or travelled abroad. Nathan has never fallen in love, worn odd socks, or grown a sunflower from a seed.

Emma and Nathan vow never to waste an hour, knowing that goodbye could come all too soon. But as they lose their hearts to one another against all the odds, have they found each other too late?

What does TWG think?

It’s the little things in life which count the most, aren’t they? Feeling the sand between your toes for the very first time. A bar of chocolate being bought for you just because. A little note left on your pillow. Spending 5 minutes outside just dancing in the rain. Little things to one person can end up being massive things for others, and the two people who cement that fact sublimely are Emma and Nathan.

Emma and Nathan meet by chance. An unfortunate, heart-breaking chance which involves an illness which many of us know the devastation of. Cancer. Love has no limit, yet for these two characters, everything now has a limit. I couldn’t get over Emma and Nathan’s approach to their emotional news. Both people handled it in completely different ways, highlighting the differences between how things can be perceived from one person to another. They may have one thing in common, yet the way it affects each of them couldn’t be more different.

Watching the relationship blossom between Emma and Nathan was simply breathtaking. It was intimate. Profound. And of course, incredibly emotional as I ‘watched’ their lives come together from diagnosis.

’99 Days With You’ has a very important message attached to it about living life to the full, to the best of our abilities, and making every little moment in our lives count. Including those all important little ones.

Catherine Miller, in my opinion, takes a subject which a lot of people are weary of, pulls it back to its bare bones and rebuilds it with her incredible storytelling, and eyeopening emotion a way that leaves me lost for words and breathless. I was spellbound by the sheer beauty of ’99 Days With You’ and the atmospheric portrayal of life itself.

Go and hug your loved ones. Hug yourself. Buy that pair of shoes. Buy this book – nobody wants to be the most rich bitch in the cemetery who regrets a single thing.

Buy now!

About the author.

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016.

Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons (Uveitis and Sarcoidosis) she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn’t do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine’s writing competition. Soon afterwards she signed with Carina. Soon after that, she collapsed in a heap and was eventually revived by chocolate.

Since then she’s had four novels published and hasn’t found a week that didn’t require revival by chocolate. She is one eighth of The Romaniacs – a group of writing friends who’ve supported each other since meeting through The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme.

#BlogTour! #Review – To the Stars and Back by Camilla Isley (@CamillaIsley) @RaRaResources

Second RaRaResources blog tour of the day is for a review of ‘To the Stars and Back’ by Camilla Isley. Many thanks to Rachel for the blog tour invite and ARC.

When Hollywood’s sexiest bachelor meets the girl next door their relationship doesn’t follow the script…

On-screen, Christian Slade is America’s favorite heartthrob. Off-screen, letting romance into his life isn’t as easy. The women he dates all seem to want a piece of his glamorous life rather than his heart, and trust doesn’t come easy for him.

Then along comes Lana. A beautiful rocket scientist who’s also sweet, smart, sexy, and has absolutely no idea who he is. But what will happen when she finds out?

Will their worlds prove too far apart or could love really be like in the movies?

What does TWG think?

What would you do if the guy you started dating was in fact a top Hollywood actor, but he didn’t tell you? Would you be mad? Would you feel deceived? Lana, after being betrayed by her best friend, found herself in that exact position and she doesn’t quite know how she feels about it.

Like, Lana is an engineer, not someone who spends her time keeping up to date with the latest fashion trends, or has money to burn like Christian Slade does. Two people, two completely different lifestyles. Chalk and cheese or a match made in heaven?

This was such a fun story to read, and one I was able to lose myself in very quickly. The premise of the book isn’t too taxing, and the pace is ideal if you’re just wanting a book to cruise along with, without the addition of too emotional events and what not.

I love how Camilla Isley has included characters from other books in the series so seamlessly, as if they were meant to be there all along. Don’t be panicking though – this book is part of a series but each book can be read as a standalone with no issues.

If you’re into highly romantic, boy meets girl type of novels, ‘To the Stars and Back’ would be right up your street. I’m not a romantic, yet I could still appreciate the attention to detail in the characters relationships and how their lives came together throughout the book.

Another fun, humourous, and enjoyable read from the very more-ish, Camilla Isley.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheFriendWhoLied by Rachel Amphlett (@RachelAmphlett) @BOTBSPublicity

Last but not least, another BOTBSPublicity blog tour to end the day, this time for Rachel Amphlett and ‘The Friend Who Lied’. Many thanks to Sarah for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

What she doesn’t know might kill her…

Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life.
As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a terrible secret.
Because five of them entered the escape room that day, and only four got out alive.
And someone is determined to cover their tracks before she can find out the truth.

Can Lisa find the killer before someone else dies?

What does TWG think?

Wowza!! Nothing like coming back to reality with a bang! Why did the book have to end! Rudeness!!

‘The Friend Who Lied’ reminded me of Cleudo…in book form! Obviously not the whole candlestick and all that jazz, but the overall premise of the story if that makes sense. Such an incredibly clever way of putting a story together, and so very well thought out.

Lisa’s life has been saved. Just. However someone she knows was killed, therefore saving her. But how did they die? Lisa wants to get to the bottom of what had happened and, even though she is over the moon that her life was saved, the relief is tainted due to the loss of her friend.

This was such a thrilling, cat and mouse type of read. There was danger, suspense, shocking discoveries, and the added bonus of feeling like a detective. Honestly, Rachel Amphlett made the chase thrilling, and the pace rocket like. I genuinely was gutted that the book had come to an end because I had found myself so invested in trying to work out who killed Simon, as well as unearthing some of the other characters secrets.

A chilling, unnerving, cleverly crafted novel – I would have hated being the ‘mouse’ in this book, that’s for sure!!

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Before turning to writing, USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor and English Spy Mysteries espionage novels and theDetective Kay Hunter British police procedural series.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

#BlogTour! #Review – Dead Inside by Noelle Holten (@nholten40) @KillerReads @BOTBSPublicity

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Have you ever heard of CrimeBookJunkie? The name sure sounds familiar doesn’t it. I just can’t place where I have heard it before!

Jokes. Everyone has heard of CrimeBookJunkie, and if you haven’t heard the news already, where the hell have you been – she’s only gone and written a book! I have the pleasure of closing Noelle’s blog tour for her debut novel, ‘Dead Inside’. Thank you to Sarah for the blog tour invite, I am delighted to be involved. Also, many thanks to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:

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The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?

What does TWG think?

That’s the million dollar question, what DOES TWG think? I’d be lying if I said that ‘Dead Inside’ took me ages to read, because it didn’t. Far from it actually. I think I demolished the entire story in a couple of hours! One minute I was at 18%, and then the next I was updating my Goodreads to show that I had completed it! What a read! I have never, ever read anything like it before.

If you’ve been following this authors blog before she became an author, you’d know that she used to work in Probation. Her knowledge in that topic is extremely evident throughout the entire storyline, and I thought that that gave the story the edge that maybe some other books in this genre would be missing out on.

‘Dead Inside’ is entered around domestic abuse, a topic which is very hard-hitting to read on its own, let alone being the main premise of a crime novel. Noelle Holten hasn’t just dumped the topic in her book and went on her merry way, she pulled the topic to shreds and highlighted the impact that domestic abuse has on the victim, as well as the people around them. She has also laid it bare as to how manipulative abusers can be, and how they can get what they want at the click of their fingers. On a personal level, Holten nailed the emotional devastation and, whilst it took me back to a dark time in my past, I appreciated the realism. There’s nothing worse than reading about a topic in a book, only to find it isn’t realistic at all, and unfortunately or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it, in this instance it is highly realistic and brilliantly done.

Now, I like a jam-packed novel as much as the next person, but for me, I felt that there was too much going on at times. Not only did the storyline cover abuse, it also covered murder, psychological issues, coercive control, blended families, drugs and alcohol abuse. I couldn’t keep up at times with the to-ing and fro-ing between each situation, as well as the snippets from different points of view, and so forth. I can appreciate that all of the topics were related to the storyline and what the author was trying to achieve, but I think I would have been less dizzy if there were a few less things to focus on, instead putting more detail into the other sections. But that’s just me.

Overall, I was very impressed by the strength of Noelle Holten’s debut novel – she clearly has the talent there to hook her readers and leave them wanting more, and I think that her background has helped to put her novel a cut above the rest. ‘Dead Inside’ is such an intense, fast paced, gripping read which left me really annoyed when it had finished – I wanted more! Looks like Noelle Holten is now an author to watch!!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle‘s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the book love via her blog. 

Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Mother’s Mistake by Ruth Heald (@RJ_Heald) @Bookouture

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Day two of the blog tour for ‘The Mother’s Mistake’ by Ruth Heald, and the glittery, Bookouture tour bus stops with me, TWG! Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC – here is my review:
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Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven?

She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, feet stinging, she reaches the riverbank, her breath catching in her throat. And then she sees…

Three years later.

Claire has everything she’s always wanted. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side. A picturesque home in the countryside.

But behind closed doors, Claire’s life is falling apart. Her husband is barely ever home, she’s struggling to bond with her baby girl, and she swears that she is being watched in the remote, lonely cottage.

And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about the terrible mistake that Claire made – someone won’t let her forget it. Three years ago, she would have known who to turn to. But now she no longer recognises those closest to her, or the person she’s become. Who can she trust?
What does TWG think?

Forgiveness is a tough one, isn’t it? People usually say that, to move on from something, you have to learn to forgive the person involved. But what happens if that person involved is…yourself? How can you forgive yourself for something when guilt overrides any logical thinking? Like I say, it’s a tough one and unfortunately for Claire, that was exactly the situation she found herself in.

Moving to the countryside was supposed to be a fresh start for them all. A new home, a new baby, a new life – what’s not to like? Claire’s relationship with her mother in law is hanging by a thread, and it doesn’t help that Claire cannot get one minutes’ peace from her sticking her nose in as the mother in law lives next door!

‘The Mother’s Mistake’ is such a satisfying and gripping novel – I wasn’t expecting the storyline to be what it was at all! Ruth Heald nails the psychological element of the book, and at times I felt like my head was spinning out of control due to not knowing which way to turn. Who do I believe? What do I believe? I really didn’t know.

This story is told via different points of view which, in my opinion, increases the depth of the novel as I felt I got to see different sides to each of the characters. I would say that, at times, the pace was a little bit too slow and unforgiving, however when the storyline peaked it blew the slowness out of the water.

‘The Mother’s Mistake’ is a very, very impressive read which kept me on my toes until the very end. It’s clear that Ruth Heald is a talented writer who knows which buttons of her readers she needs to push in order to get a reaction. This book was definitely one of those buttons!

Buy now from Amazon
About the author.

Ruth Heald is a psychological thriller writer from a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting.

Seeking a more creative environment, she found a role at the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with one daughter and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheSundayGirl by #PipDrysdale @SimonschusterUK @AnneCater

Last up on the blog today is something a bit dark and devious, my review of ‘The Sunday Girl’ by Pip Drysdale. Many thanks to Anne for the blog tour invite, also thank you to Jess and the Simon & Schuster team for the ARC.

Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And it’s not always north.’

Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge.
Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: ‘Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle he’d slowly dissembled … stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again.’
So Taylor consults The Art of War and makes a plan. Then she takes the next irrevocable step – one that will change her life forever.

What does TWG think?

‘The Sunday Girl’ has a very dark premise to it, one which some may find quite unbelievable. However, the topic of revenge via social media in regards to personal videos etc, is actually a lot more ‘popular’ than people realise. I don’t mean ‘popular’ in the sense that it’s going to the new craze, I just mean that it happens a lot more than people realise.

Taylor is broken hearted. She has split up with her boyfriend Angus, and doesn’t quite know what to do with herself. Angus on the other hand, has many ideas of his own, one of which he has turned into a reality rather quickly. Once Taylor realises what her ex-boyfriend has done, revenge seems to be the only comeuppance she can think of. But if a person is capable to stoop so low as to try and ruin another person’s life, is it wise to try and give them a taste of their own medicine yourself?

Taylor is a unique character, one I didn’t really warm to as her personality made me eyeroll more often than not. That said, I did feel for her due to the situation she found herself in. Angus really didn’t do himself any favours!

I thought ‘The Sunday Girl’ was such an addictive, compulsive, and gritty read which had narcissism at its core in a relatable manner. The pace was on par with the vibe of the book, and the level of suspense, alongside the dark notions of revenge, was just bang on. Pip Drysdale’s book may not have been what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it and cannot wait to see what else Drysdale has to offer!

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#BlogTour! #Review – A Summer Reunion by Fanny Blake (@FannyBlake1) @AlainnaGeorgiou

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome Fanny Blake to TWG today as part of the ‘A Summer Reunion’ blog tour! Huge thanks to Alainna and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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One perfect villa, four old friends, and a holiday that will change everything…

Amy, Linda, Kate and Jane were best friends at school. Now, years later, they have grown apart. When Amy discovers her husband has been stealing from her successful interiors business, and with a milestone birthday looming, she decides it is the time to reach out to her old friends once again.

So, she decides to invite the other three to her beautiful villa in Mallorca for a reunion weekend. As the four friends gather, secrets are unearthed, old scores settled and new friendships forged. Will this holiday bring them together or tear them apart? And will each of them grasp their second chance for happiness…?

What does TWG think?

Oh I thoroughly enjoyed this!! If you’re sitting there thinking that ‘A Summer Reunion’ is going to be all sunshine and relaxation, you have another thing coming. I, like you no doubt, thought the same when I first saw the cover of Fanny Blake’s new novel. So, the more of the book I read, the more surprised I was to find that ‘A Summer Reunion’ has a lot more to it than I originally thought.

As the title suggests, the book is about a reunion which happens in the summer. However, what the cover doesn’t state is just how stressful that particular reunion is. Firstly, the four women involved; Amy, Jane, Linda and Kate, haven’t seen each other for many years. The last time they were in close proximity of each other ended up severing ties for them. Aside from Jane and Kate though, they’re the only two who have had any involvement in the years that have passed since their school days.

What on Earth could have caused such a ruckus? I know that not everyone stays friends with who they went to school with, but seeing as their friendship group is the reason that Amy’s life didn’t quite go to plan, it must have been something major for them to part ways.

I’m not going to go into detail as to what the ruckus ended up being, and even though the author hints at issues throughout the book, the truth doesn’t get revealed properly until nearer the end. What an absolute bombshell. I mean, considering the extremity of said situation, I was very impressed by the way in which Fanny Blake handled the finer details surrounding it. It is an incredibly difficult thing to talk about and, as weird as this sounds, I just loved the way the author approached it as she did the characters, and anyone else who had been in a similar situation, very proud.

I flew through the pages of ‘A Summer Reunion’, and I lapped up the storyline like the four women lapped up the sunshine in Mallorca. It made a nice change to read about characters who were at a later stage in their life, instead of reading about characters who were merely starting theirs and didn’t know much. The wisdom of the four women enlightened me and got completely under my skin – I loved it!

‘A Summer Reunion’ is an uplifting tale of true friendships, emotional hardships, and uncertain futures. Fanny Blake has written such a heartwarming, atmospheric storyline which allows the reader to be captivated by the trials and tribulations of each individual character. It’s deep, it’s moving, it’s detailed, and it’s empathetic. It has everything I could have wanted from a book, and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to lose myself in Amy, and her friends lives.

‘A Summer Reunion’ is published on the 13th June. Pre-order now.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Girl Before You by Nicola Rayner (@Nico1aRayner) @AvonBooksUK

Many thanks to Avon for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘The Girl Before You’ by Nicola Rayner.

Alice has always been haunted by the women from her husband’s past. As an MP and now a TV personality, George Bell’s reputation as a ladies’ man precedes him. But when Alice falls pregnant, her unease becomes an obsession.

And there’s one ex in particular she can’t get out of her head: a beautiful student George dated in his first year, who went missing before they finished university. Ruth.

When Alice sees a woman who looks just like Ruth, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to her disappearance than George has been telling her. But does she really want to know what her husband has been getting up to behind her back all these years?

What does TWG think?

This was an intriguing read! Despite having a considerably slow start to it, ‘The Girl Before You’ soon had the suspense shouting its mouth off as though it had been there all along. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure of the storyline, however due to the intriguing levels of suspense, I just couldn’t put the book down.

Written from the viewpoints of multiple characters set in various years, ‘The Girl Before You’ is centred around missing red head, Ruth. Now you see her, now you don’t. Literally. As the story progresses, Ruth’s character during uni is put under the spotlight many times, as are the characters of resident lothario’s, George and Dan, with most of their antics being fuelled by alcohol. Lots of alcohol.

I disliked George instantly. His arrogant and cock sure personality got my back up, and the fact that he was a super large cactus in uni, really turned my stomach. How he couldn’t see that what he did was wrong was beyond me.

As I said before, I wasn’t sure of the storyline because, whilst the suspense was very well thought out, I found the book to be exceptionally vague. I had gotten excited by the tension building, expecting a firework conclusion, yet instead the one that I got was a bit of an anti climax. I would have liked the book to have tied its loose ends up before it concluded, but for me that just wasn’t the case.

However, the overall premise of the book was such a clever idea, alongside the addition of such dynamic and highly flawed characters. There is a lot in the story to keep your mind occupied, definitely ideal if you enjoy reading jam packed novels.

I was gripped by what I read, even though I wasn’t entirely confused, so it just goes to show that Nicola Rayner has the talent to hold her readers hostage. A very full, complex and suspenseful storyline – I am looking to reading more from this author!

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