#BlogTour! #Review – Cold Blood by Robert Brynzda (@RobertBryndza) @Bookouture

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She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and
sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would
find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. 
As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. 
Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and
holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.

What does TWG think?

Despite only finding Robert Bryndza’s ‘Detective Erika Foster’ novels rather recently, I could not wait to get stuck into the latest from Detective Foster. Even though I was pretty shocked by the graphic nature of Bryndza’s previous novel, ‘Last Breath’, nothing could have prepared me for what lay behind the cover of ‘Cold Blood’…

People usually associate suitcases with going on holiday, moving home, or storing seasonal clothes up in the loft. Not many people would associate a suitcase with a dismembered body, let’s be honest! However, coming across situations like that are all in a days work for Detective Erika Foster. After all, she is used to seeing multiple dead bodies. Whilst it’s still incredibly shocking, adult dead bodies Erika can cope with but, as soon as a child becomes involved in a life or death situation, that’s when Erika Foster realises she is in fact human after all.

I’m not going to lie, I was on edge for the duration of this novel. I honestly thought my heart was going to force through my chest wall with the way it was pounding. One dead body is gritty enough, but more than one? Geeeez!!! There was so much meat on the bones of the storyline, I was able to sink my teeth into it straight away. I didn’t have time to go ‘ew’ when certain situations arose as I was far too occupied with the killer, as well as everything else that surrounded the investigation.

I’ve said this before and I have no qualms saying it again; Detective Erika Foster is by far one of my most favourite Detectives to read about. Her sassy, fiery and black and white nature is perfect for the storylines in which Robert Brynzda creates.

I wish I could sit here and go ‘OMG LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE PART WHERE…..’, but I can’t. All I will say is make sure you aren’t eating or drinking whilst reading this book, because your attention is guaranteed to be on the storyline and NOT you drink. Don’t do what I did….please; I ended up not paying attention to my cup of tea, it fell and it looked like I had wet myself. Now if a book can stop me paying attention to my nightly cup of tea, it MUST be doing something right.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Robert Bryndza’s latest offering, and the pace was absolutely spot on considering how full the storyline actually was. However, there was a part of the book which I found rather uncomfortable to read as it involved children of a similar age to my daughter. Don’t get me wrong, the premise worked with the rest of the storyline for sure, I just personally found it a teeny bit hard to read.

That said, I didn’t need to come off the rollercoaster ride I was on from the start of the book because of it, I held on for dear life until the very end. And yes folks….what a conclusion.

Fast paced, thrilling and totally jaw dropping; Robert Bryndza has written yet another spine tingling novel which will leave your blood running cold for a very long time. Intense, uncomfortable, yet absolutely spot on; ‘Cold Blood’ is such a fantastic read, and so not perfect for reading before a blood pressure test. Seriously; it’s that good.

Thanks Bookouture.

Happy publication day Robert!

Amazon UK
Amazon US

Author Bio:

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The
Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first book in the Detective Erika
Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in
the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood is now available to pre-order.
Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies, and have been translated into 27
languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic
comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

Author Social Media Links:

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @Bookouture

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One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial-killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

What does TWG think?

Usually my reviews consist of my interpretation of the storyline, whether I disliked any of the characters, which character(s) I adored…and so on. However, I am not going to do it that way today. Nope! I could spend ages doing a very detailed review, end up repeating myself, as well as trying my hardest not to give any of Carol Wyer’s hard work away. Not that I usually do, granted – but still.

So, what IS TWG going to say about ‘The Missing Girls’?

Easy;

THIS BOOK IS CAROL WYER’S BEST YET!!!! I have no idea how she does it, but she does and she completely nails it every single time. ‘The Missing Girls’ has such a gripping, intense, and highly shockable storyline which is set you make the hairs on your arms stand to attention for the entire duration. And yes, I am speaking from experience! Detective Robyn Carter has got to be one of my all-time favourite fictional Detectives because of her fiestiness obviously, but also the fact that she is relatable and, funnily enough, human!

Even though several parts of the storyline made me wish I hadn’t eaten my lunch beforehand, I JUST managed to keep my food where it belonged (safely in my stomach) whilst the storyline’s incredibility factor went up a notch because of that! Yes folks, the fact I felt incredibly nauseous made me enjoy the novel even more. I’m weird, I know.

This, ladies and gents, is how a book should be written. This, is exactly the type of book you should read when you want to feel so many things in such a space of time. Granted fear, nausea and shock aren’t the best feelings to have, but when you’re faced with a storyline as complex and gritty as Carol Wyer’s ‘The Missing Girls’, it is EXACTLY the reaction you need to have.

Carol Wyer is a phenomenal writer. If you don’t know that already, you are seriously missing out on some fantastic novels. I admit I was a bit apprehensive of the authors genre move to start with, but I really do think it’s the best move she could have made.

Absolutely flipping genius.

Thanks Bookouture

Buy now from Amazon UK

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#BlogTour! #Review – Waking by Helen Richardson (@helen_r_writes) @AccentPress

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There are dark corners in your mind that even you can’t get to. 

Anna Caldwell is terrified of falling asleep. A nightmare, her very own, will be there waiting for her. After sharing her bed with the same vision for fifteen years, she’s desperate to shake it. But it only holds on tighter.

Then Anna meets Jack. She’s drawn to the strange, alluring tension that she feels when she’s around him. It’s as though it’s meant to be. But creeping beneath the roots of their intimacy is darkness.

If you knew your dreams were trying to tell you something terrible, would you listen?

Waking is a dark and addictive read that will stay with you long after the final page. 

What does TWG think?

Hellooooooo intriguing cover!

Everyone at some point in their lives will say that they have had at least one nightmare. Just one. Can you imagine it? Waking up in a sweat, possibly screaming out loud. Feeling as though your nightmares are happening in real life. But, can you imagine that ONE nightmare turning into one every single night for over ten years? It sounds like a nightmare in itself! Unfortunately for Anna Caldwell, that is exactly what happens. She believes that her night visions are warning her of something. When she sees people in the street, it’s as though she has met them before yet she cannot remember where….or when.

I enjoyed the overall concept of Helen Richardson’s novel. The vivid nightmares and severe recognition of strangers is enough to make anyone question every day life. Based on that, I was extremely eager to find out what Anna’s nightmares meant. Why did she recognise Jack? What caused the nightmares? So many questions in such a short space of time. My fingers were crossed, hoping that the storyline would give me the answers my mind craved.

The way in which Anna’s dreams are pushed into the spotlight via her art gallery work, is quite clever. Unfortunately, as a person who sees art as being my daughters painted footprint on a piece of paper, those parts of the storyline went right over my head. I felt as though you were required to have some sort of interest in art to be able to relate and devour those parts of the storyline. For me, it didn’t really work. That said, I did feel that the author incorporated Anna’s nightmares into the storyline exceptionally well, even if I didn’t gel with the means of how it was written, I could still appreciate the way in which the author tied the events together.

I found it really interesting how deeply entwined our subconsciousness can be with our every day lives, and how our minds have the ability to protect ourselves from remembering certain things time and time again. I throughly enjoyed reading ‘Waking’ for that deeply insightful reason.

Even though I personally don’t see this novel as a ‘psychological thriller’ but more of a suspenseful romance, I fully appreciated the depth the author went to create such a suspenseful and intense novel. I was rather hooked on Anna Caldwell’s life and the lengths the character went to dissect her nightmares to get to the root cause. Personally, that was the highlight of the novel for me. I loved how raw certain parts of the storyline became and, for that reason alone, it is exactly why ‘Waking’ will be etched into my own subconscious for a very long time to come.

Thanks Accent Press.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#CoverReveal! #ThePerfectGirlfriend by Karen Hamilton @KJHauthor @headlinepg @wildfirebks

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You should all know by now that TWG LOVES a cover reveal! Well, aside from the waiting for the book to be published once revealed, naturally. Small price to pay though, right? -bites nails and paces around house-. See, I can be patient! -paces the floor-. Can you do a better job of being patient than TWG?

Yes?

HA! You might be saying that now. You just wait until I show you this UH-MAZING book cover! Not only does the cover excite me in the only way books can, it also sounds like an ‘OMG I NEED TO READ THIS NOW’ kinda book.

Still think you that you can be patient?

I am over the moon that Becky from Headline Books asked me to help with the cover reveal today, thank you!

It’s time folks….

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Karen Hamilton’s THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND is a frightening depiction of unbridled obsession, where love and pure hatred grapple on a knife edge. The perfect new psychological thriller for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

Juliette loves Nate.
She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight
attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.
The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she’ll make sure no one stops her from
getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

If you cannot wait until March 2018 to read this bad boy, the extremely generous team over at Headline Books have kindly allowed me to let you have a sneak peek at an extract of The Perfect Girlfriend!

Read an extract from ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ now!

Pre-order ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ from Amazon UK – now!
Pre-order ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ from Amazon US – now!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #MariaInTheMoon by Louise Beech @Louisewriter @OrendaBooks

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A stunning, beautifully written dark drama by the critically acclaimed author of How To Be Braveand The Mountain in My Shoe.

Thirty-two-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria.

With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the devastating deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges… and changes everything.

Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…

What does TWG think?

Huge thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to be part of Louise Beech’s blog tour for her new release, Maria in the Moon!

Reading a book that everyone has been raving about on social media, can sometimes be quite difficult because as a reader, it’s only natural to be extremely hopeful that the book will live up to the hype. As I hadn’t yet read any of Louise Beech’s previous novels, I began reading ‘Maria in the Moon’ with the hype in mind, as opposed to any personal expectations of the novel. I had no idea what the authors writing style would be like or anything. All I was aware of was how many people ended up being full of emotion after reading ‘Maria in the Moon’, and as I was afraid of being the only one to dislike the book, I started reading it with oodles amount of pressure. Not reallllyyyyy the best way to start a new book, I’ll be honest. But, seeing as I write my reviews from the heart; I need to be honest.

Set around the time of the real life Hull floods, Maria in the Moon’s storyline focuses on the devastation aftermath of the flood, including a raw insight into how lives were affected during that time. Catherine-Maria Hope lost her home due to the flood. She knew how it felt to see everything you’ve worked hard for, washed away in the blink of an eye. There’s one thing starting again materialistically, but there’s another thing trying to heal your emotional wounds because of it.

Personally, it took me an awfully long time to get into the storyline and gel with it. I couldn’t seem to find a connection with the main character; Catherine, yet she came across as such an emotionally charged character. Why wasn’t I connecting with the characters level of emotion? The more I found myself WANTING to gel with the book, the further I became from actually doing that. Frustrated? Extremely. Was I going to give up? Was I heck. This is exactly what happens when you put too much pressure on yourself to listen to other people’s views, before you’ve had chance to work out your own.

After putting the book down for a while and reading another book; I tried to rid my mind of said pressure whilst also trying to make sure that I re-started the book with more of an open mind. Once I stopped forcing myself to click with the storyline, the easier it became to read. It happened naturally. Whilst I had to admit defeat with several parts of the storyline, the real highlight of the book for me was Catherine-Maria and the emotional treasures that the storyline contained. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the overall storyline at all; it just didn’t flick my switch as much as the main character and the emotional values did. Learning about Catherine’s past made me crumble. I could see how her influential her past had been as she grew up, yet I could also see how guarded she had become because of it. It was as though she HAD to go through life protecting every inch of her mind and soul, in fear of becoming attached to something (or someone) that she might end up losing once again. I found that quite heart-wrenching if I’m honest.

The way that author, Louise Beech, engages her readers with her words, is exceptional. It was though each and every word was laced with magic. The kind of magic you have to open your heart to. The kind of magic you have to allow in, before you’re able to believe it. The way in which the author brought the Hull floods to the forefront of my mind was dark yet eye-opening. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what those people went through, yet thanks to ‘Maria in the Moon’, I had more of an insight due to the authors descriptive writing and the addition of the ‘Flood Crisis’ parts of the storyline.

I honestly described how much I struggled with the book at the beginning of this review, but what did I feel about the book overall? Well, let’s just say that I’m still trying to repair my ice queen exterior after Louise Beech made a severe dent in it, allowing moisture to escape. Did I gel with the overall storyline? No, I did not. Did I need to? Honestly, no, I don’t think that I did. Did I gel with the characters? YES! Yes, I did and, in my eyes, having such a strong, ballsy main character such as Catherine, is enough to carry the storyline without feeling as though you’re missing out on anything. I’m not saying I didn’t love the way in which the author wrote the overall storyline, because I did, it’s clear that the lady has an incredible talent – just to make that clear! ‘Maria in the Moon’ for me, wasn’t tear inducing emotional. It was emotional in the sense where you end up emotionally exhausted, heart-broken, powerless; all without shedding a tear. There has only ever been one other book which has emotionally destroyed me in this way before, but now I can safely say that it is now two books that have done this. In my eyes, being emotionally destroyed by a book in the way I described above, is far more heart-wrenching than tears. With tears you know that they will eventually dry up. Without tears, it’s harder (in a phenomenal way) as you have to wait for your mind to fix itself, and your heart to piece itself back together.

Raw, poignant and beautifully delivered, Maria in the Moon will emotionally destroy you in a way that you never thought possible. Allow yourself to feel the storyline. Allow yourself time to digest the emotion. ‘Maria in the Moon’ deserves patience and love, just like Catherine-Maria.

Thanks Orenda Books.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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

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Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy from BloodHoundBooks for inviting me to be part of the ‘Locked Up’ blog tour for author, GB Williams. I am delighted to be sharing my review today!

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A prison officer and a convicted killer must work together to solve a brutal murder and expose conspiracy inside a prison.

Ariadne Teddington is surrounded by people who lie but that is to be expected when you work in prison where every man claims to be innocent.

Charlie Bell, an ex Detective, now finds himself in that prison serving time formurder after having taken the law into his own hands.

When a fellow inmate is killed Charlie is asked to investigate the case from theinside. Soon Charlie finds himself working with Ariande but she is a guard, he is an inmate and some lines should never be crossed…

Can two people on different sides of the law come together to solve the case?

And do the answers lie closer to home than anyone ever imagined?

What does TWG think?

Bloody hell! If being pulled into this storyline hook line and sinker was a crime, I most definitely should be LOCKED UP right about now! Straight away the storyline dropped an absolute bombshell which mean I just HAD to continue reading to find out what happened. Naturally. Saying that, if anyone read the first few pages and chose not to carry on reading, I want to know what’s wrong with them!

Set in a prison, ‘Locked Up’ tells the tale of what life ‘inside’ is like for not only the convicts, but the prison officers as well. Especially if one of those prison officers ended up being a female, just like Officer Teddington. I have to be really careful with my review today as every situation in the storyline is closely linked to another one. I wouldn’t want to accidentally give anything away!

Several parts of the storyline were quite cut-throat and difficult to read, yet despite the fact I wasn’t all too comfortable with those parts, I ended up becoming even more hooked on the storyline. Strange, eh? Even though ‘Locked Up’ has a lot of characters involved in its storyline, the main focus is on inmate, Charlie Bell, and prison officer, Teddington. Most of the circumstances inside the prison either have one of those characters involved, or both. If they’re not directly involved, there is a high chance that they’re involved in it some way or another.

As my uncle used to work in a London prison years ago, I have always had a slight inkling to the basics involved a prison (obviously not in-depth), however, even having that slight awareness of the system itself, nothing could have prepared me for what I read in black and white with my very own eyes. Wowza.

‘Locked Up’ is an ingenious, fast paced novel which takes you on a high-speed chase for the entire duration of the novel. It kept my attention, made my heart camp out in my mouth, and make beads of sweat line dance across my forehead in anticipation. Being an adult whilst I was reading this book was not an option. Putting down the book to go to the toilet whilst I was reading this book was not an option. I had one focus, and one focus only; finishing ‘Locked Up’ to find out what the hell happened.

For me, the only thing that made me go ‘eeeeeeesssshhhhhh!’, were a couple of the situations which unfolded during the storyline. I am aware that that may happen in a real life prison, but considering the way it just came out of nowhere, I stunned me and made me slightly uncomfortable. That said, the rest of the book ticked my boxes whilst increasing my heart-rate.

A cut-throat, spine tingling, hair-raising and severely eye-opening novel; Locked Up is THE perfect book for losing yourself in – just as long as you can handle the pace. Trust me when I say this; you will MAKE yourself handle the pace. This is too good to miss.

Thanks BloodhoundBooks.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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, she started writing the Locked Series in 2014, and has been working to polish and perfect since – not to mention – sell.

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 comic book reviewer on www.warpedfactor.com. 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).

#BlogTour! #Review – Hide and Seek by Richard Parker (@BookWalter) @Bookouture

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Huge thanks to Bookouture for asking me to be involved in Richard Parker’s blog tour for  his new release, ‘Hide and Seek’. It’s a shame that the blog tour has now come to and end, however, I am honoured to be one of the bloggers closing the tour with my review!

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The sun is out. Your little boy is smiling. The next time you look… he’s gone. 

When Lana and Todd win a trip to Blue Crest Adventure Park, their four-year-old Cooper is ecstatic, but when Lana goes to meet them, Todd is out cold, and Cooper is missing.

No one stopped the man carrying the sleeping boy. The cameras don’t show where he went. Then Lana receives an anonymous message, telling her to visit a local school with a horrifying history…

This is no random attack. Whoever took Cooper is playing a twisted game, and if Lana wants to find him, she must participate.

What is the link between the school and her missing son? Can Lana uncover the kidnapper’s identity and save Cooper before it’s too late?

A dark, heart-in-mouth thriller that will keep you reading long into the night. Fans of James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, and Tess Gerritsen will be absolutely hooked.

What does TWG think?

After reading Richard Parker’s previous novel, ‘Follow You’, and being completely and utterly hooked on every single page, my expectations for the authors new book, ‘Hide and Seek’, were exceptionally high. At least I admit it though, right?

I’m a bit of a cover lover, which means that with every book I read, I end up giving the cover some serious attention. When it came to the cover of ‘Hide and Seek’, I could not seem to work out what on EARTH the image on the front meant. Yes folks, my major ‘DUH’ moment. Of course I’m not going to know what the image on the front means until I read the book! It’s safe to say that the part of the storyline which the image resonates with, will forever be imprinted in my mind. Something so simple, yet something unbelievably spine tingling.

Lana and Todd are about to embark on a well deserved break with their little boy, Cooper. Up until now, their lives have been filled with copious amounts of stress, as well as having to constantly look over their shoulders in fear. Why are they scared? As ‘Hide and Seek’ unfolds, Lana and Todd’s situation becomes all too clear – a parent’s worst nightmare. Pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are missing, and it seems as though time isn’t on Lana and Todd’s side. If you thought that hide and seek only involved counting to ten, then you’re completely mistaken. If you’re anything like me, the game of hide and seek will never feel the same again.

In terms of graphic situations, I have to say that Richard Parker’s previous novel was A LOT more graphic than this one, yet this book seemed to affect me a lot more. I’m not sure whether that was because the storyline involved a young child, or whether the lack of gruesome anecdotes made the storyline appear raw. Thinking about it now, I would have to say that it would be both. Whilst this storyline did contain some rather cut throat (pardon the pun) material, it didn’t seem to be the storylines main focus. Instead, the damage was done to the characters emotionally to begin with, putting them in a complete and utter head funkydunk. Despite Lana being scared and severely worried, she ended up becoming the lion and going straight into the fire to protect what was rightfully hers. Did I think her husband, Todd, should have protected his family? Yes, damn right I did. But, whilst Lana ended up skating on thin ice multiple times through her own doing, I still thought that she was such a ballsy character. Good on her!

There were moments whilst reading ‘Hide and Seek’, where I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest! I had absolutely no idea what the outcome was going to be and, despite the fact I was on edge the whole time, I was glad that I hadn’t a clue about what was going to happen! I say that now, granted. Obviously at the time I was watching my daughter like a hawk, despite us being in the house with both doors locked. Precautionary measures and all that jazz…ahem.

Did Richard Parker’s ‘Hide and Seek’ live up to my expectations? Well, whilst it took me a little while to get into the swing of things where the storyline was concerned, ‘Hide and Seek’ surpassed my expectations. I mentioned the authors previous novel at the start of this review, and how my expectations for his new novel were high because of that. I need to be honest; both books may have been written by the same author, but they are in no way comparable as my expectations for one of them, cannot be used as a starting block for the other. Why? Because the storylines are completely different, not only because they’re about different things, they’re also written from a totally different angle. Yes, ‘Hide and Seek’ for me, was a slow burner, BUT, once that flame started burning it didn’t seem to stop. The author grabbed my attention big time, making my eyes follow the storyline until the very end, regardless of how uncomfortable the overall topic had me feeling. I just could not stop reading.

I really enjoyed ‘Hide and Seek’ as it was full of enough gritty and twisty moments to keep my attention for the foreseeable future. Richard Parker is a brilliant author who in both novels I have read of his, has managed to keep me guessing until the very last-minute. I most certainly can’t complain at that!

Cut throat, spine tingling, heart-wrenching, and chillingly addictive; ‘Hide and Seek’ will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation.
Roll on the next book!

Thanks Bookouture.

Buy: Amazon UK // Amazon US

About the author.

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

HIDE AND SEEK is his fifth book and is published August 2017.

FOLLOW YOU was his fourth psychological thriller. Reviewers are saying it’s Bookouture’s darkest crime novel to date.

STALK ME was his third and rode high in the UK and US charts.

SCARE ME was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by major US studio, Relativity Media. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation.

STOP ME, Richard’s darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

Author links: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Website

#CoverReveal! @SherylBrowne – Deadly Intent @Brookcottagebks @ChocLitUK

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At TWG, we are quite partial to a cover reveal. Although, the temptation of a cover reveal is as excruciating as seeing a lemon meringue pie on the side which cannot be eaten yet due to it being STILL FROZEN. Trust me, the struggle is real. I am delighted to be taking part in today’s Cover Reveal Blitz Day for author, Sheryl Browne, and her brand new book; Deadly Intent, which is published today! Exciting! I hope you will all join me in wishing Sheryl Browne a happy publication day.

Keep scrolling after the cover reveal though, as a little birdy told me that there may be an extract for you to read….but you didn’t hear that from me!

Deadly Intent

Series: A DI Matthew Adams Thriller – Book #3 (can be read as a standalone)
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: September 6 2017
Publisher: Death by Choc Lit
18+ (some violence and language)

What if you and your family were at the mercy of a psychopath/a man with no conscience? Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family.
Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence. Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?

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Daniel’s eyes flickered away from Charlie for a second. ‘Come on, baby, come out,’ he said
to the daughter, who was standing hesitantly on the top step. ‘It’s safe now.’
‘Yeah, come on, baby,’ Charlie mimicked. ‘Come and join the party.’
Charlie stepped sideways, allowing the girl to exit, her eyes like a terrified Bambi’s and
shaking as much as Danny boy, poor cow. Must be hereditary.
‘Give me a shout if you fancy another quick shag, sweetheart,’ Charlie called as she stepped onto the towpath.
A tic went at the side of Daniel’s mouth. He walked calmly over to Charlie and smiled, which had Charlie momentarily flummoxed, then pulled back the gun and rammed it hard into his stomach.

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Matthew flinched as Charlie doubled up. ‘Ouch,’ he said under his breath. ‘Okay, Daniel,’ he said carefully. ‘I know how you must be feeling but you need to let him go now. He’ll get what’s—’
‘You have no fucking idea how I feel,’ Daniel shouted, glancing quickly at Jo. ‘The only way that bastard goes anywhere is feet first.’ He raked a hand angrily though his hair. ‘Got that, Charlie? Now, get down on your knees.’
Charlie looked up, astonished. ‘You must be joking. I ain’t—’
‘Do I look as if I’m joking?’ Daniel asked, his eyes burning with hatred.
‘For fuck’s sake,’ Charlie uttered, turning to Matthew, his hands nursing his stomach.
‘On your knees, Charlie,’ Daniel repeated. ‘Now!’
Matthew dearly wished he could turn a blind eye as Roberts blinked at him beseechingly,
and scared witless, satisfyingly. Unfortunately, as much as he would relish seeing the
abusive piece of scum get a taste of his own, he couldn’t.
‘You need to drop the gun, Daniel,’ he said, moving cautiously towards the boat. ‘Leave him to me and get your wife and child—’
‘Don’t,’ Daniel warned, his eyes and the gun still fixed on Roberts. ‘Back off.’
Matthew hesitated, uncertain. God knows, the man had every reason to … But was Conner actually going to shoot Roberts?
‘I can’t do that, Daniel.’ Matthew stepped closer. ‘You know I can’t.’
‘Stay!’ Daniel shouted, swinging the gun around, then fast back to Charlie. ‘And you,’ he
grated, ‘down on your knees, while you still can.’ He aimed the gun lower, which had Charlie dropping to his knees, fast.

‘Get them out of here,’ Matthew shouted, indicating Jo and Kayla over his shoulder. Roberts had pushed Conner right over the edge. He bloody well was going to shoot him. Christ, hadn’t this family already been through enough?
‘Daniel …’ Warning himself to tread carefully, empathising with the man more than he could possibly know, Matthew tried again. ‘You can’t take the law into your own hands.’ He stopped and waited, wondering whether Daniel, who was now swaying on his feet, could even hear him. ‘You have to do this the legal way. Please, give me the gun, Daniel.’
‘Can’t.’ Daniel closed one eye.
Matthew took a breath and stepped closer. ‘Why can’t you, Daniel?’ he asked quietly.
‘Three, two, one,’ Daniel replied, nonsensically.
‘Right.’ Matthew was scared for him now. If he used that gun with police marksmen aiming right at him … ‘Which means what, exactly, Daniel?’
Daniel shrugged. ‘Bang.’ He concentrated his aim.
‘Fuck,’ said Charlie, turning a pale shade of white. ‘Don’t, Danny,’ he pleaded.
Daniel cocked the gun.
‘Look, I didn’t touch your daughter—’
‘Shut the fuck up!’ Daniel yelled.
‘I didn’t. I swear I didn’t.’ Perspiration broke out on Charlie’s forehead. ‘Danny, please. I’m sorry. Okay? I—’
‘The name’s Daniel, not Danny. Not fucking Danny boy. Daniel! Got it?’
‘Yeah,’ Charlie nodded quickly. ‘Daniel. Whatever. Just put the gun down.’
Daniel continued to stare at him.
‘Shit. This is nuts.’ Charlie looked desperately to Matthew. ‘Do something! Don’t let them
go!’ He nodded past him, to where the man’s wife and daughter weren’t being persuaded to leave. ‘He won’t do anything in front of them.’
That’s probably the first, and might well be the last, time you’ve said anything sensible in
your entire life, you piece of shit. Matthew looked him over derisively. Conner cared about his family. They’d endured too much to go through any more. He must know it.
Matthew drew in a breath and then took a gamble. ‘Okay, Daniel. Fine. Do it,’ he said.
Charlie gawked.
‘Go ahead. Blow his brains all over the boat if it will make you feel better.’ Matthew paused for an instant. ‘And leave your wife wondering why you did it in front of your daughter. Whether to visit you in prison, when you didn’t care enough about her, or Kayla, not to.’ Daniel tightened his grip on the gun.

His hands were shaking, Matthew noticed. Shaking badly.
‘I have kids of my own, Daniel,’ he said softly, taking another careful step towards him.
Daniel’s shoulders stiffened.
‘I know you lost your little girl, Daniel.’ Seeing Daniel reel on his feet, Matthew pushed on and prayed. He needed to get through to him. Had to.
‘You think I can’t know how you feel, but … I lost my little girl too, Daniel,’ he confided,
though it almost choked him to say it. ‘I do know at least some of how you feel.’
Still Daniel didn’t move, but Matthew saw a swallow slide down his throat.
‘That bastard has piled pain on top of pain, hasn’t he?’ Matthew kept going, touching raw
nerves, he was well aware of that, but what other choice did he have? ‘Persecuted Kayla
and Joanne? Taunted them. Touched them, Daniel?’
Daniel’s jaw tightened.
‘Dared you to do anything about it, so he could revel in his pathetic power and beat you
senseless? I know him,’ Matthew said forcefully. ‘He’ll get what’s coming to him. But you
have to stop this. Now, Daniel. For the sake of your wife and daughter. Show them you care enough not to put them through this.’
‘Jesus!’ Daniel leaned to wipe his perspiring face against his shoulder. ‘Of course I care!’ he raged frustrated, and obviously confused. ‘But he’ll get out, won’t he?’
A sharp cough rattled his chest.
‘Jo and my kids are my life. Jo and Kayla … Were my … I …’ Trailing off, Daniel closed his
eyes. And lowered the gun.
‘Hah.’ Charlie levered himself to his feet. ‘No bottle. Knew it. I’ll catch up with you when I’m out, Danny boy.’ He smirked, as Matthew climbed on board. ‘Keep that pretty wife of yours warm for me, won’t you?’
Daniel brought the gun back up sharp. ‘Say your fucking prayers, freak,’ he hissed.

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Heartache, humour, love, loss &amp; betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, heart-wrenching fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

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#BlogTour! #Extract – 99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter (@LibbyCPT) @AvonBooksUK

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It’s TWG’s turn on Elisabeth Carpenter’s blog tour today, and I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from Elisabeth’s debut novel, 99 Red Balloons! Before I do that, here are the all important details and ‘to buy’ link for the book itself. Enjoy!

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Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?

When eight-year-old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school, her mother Emma is plunged into a nightmare. Her family rallies around, but as the police hunt begins, cracks begin to emerge.

What are the secret emails sent between Emma’s husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is Emma really as innocent as she seems?

Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Taylor sees Grace’s picture in the newspaper. It’s a photograph that jolts her from the pain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with another girl – the first girl who disappeared…

This is a gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist that will take your breath away.

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Extract.
Chapter 10 p.44-45

Jim smiles at me kindly, like most people used to when I dared to believe Zoe was still alive. He looks up at the television.
‘It’s the appeal.’
A policeman in a suit is reading from a piece of paper. Next to him are, I presume, Grace’s parents. The mother has her head in her hands; the father comforts her, his arm around her shoulders. My heart beats too fast, I wrap my arms around myself – I’m so cold, I’m always cold.
‘They look young,’ says Jim.
‘People do these days. Must be in their early thirties, I imagine. Though I can’t see her face properly.My mother looked fifty when she was thirty.’ My mouth is talking without my mind thinking.
‘Those poor people.’
It cuts to a photograph of a school uniform laid out on a table.
‘These are the clothes Grace was wearing, although if someone has taken her, she might not be wearing the same ones.’
Jim tuts. ‘Course she wouldn’t be wearing the same clothes. But you know, Maggie, I know I shouldn’t say this, but what if someone’s taken her, and just killed the poor little mite?’
I sigh loudly in the hope it’ll shut him up. Even though I’ve thought the same thing myself.
The appeal must have been taped earlier as the news article cuts to a shot outside: a village hall or a community centre. I see the mother’s face for the first time – her friend, or perhaps her sister, holding her by the elbow.
I get up slowly and walk to the television. ‘She’s a bonny one, isn’t she?’
He doesn’t answer.
‘Would you pause it, Jim?’
He presses the button several times.
‘Come on!’
‘I’m bloody pressing it.’
He did it. The picture’s frozen. I get closer to the screen, bending down to look at her face. My knees go weak. I drop to the carpet.
I can’t breathe properly.
Jim’s at my side.
‘Have you had a turn? Shall I fetch the doctor?’
I take several breaths before I can speak and shake my head.
‘I’m fine. Pass me that picture.’ I point to the mantelpiece, but he picks up the one facing the wall – the one I rarely look at. ‘Not that one, the one on the right.’
He grabs it and hands it to me. I hold it next to the pretty face on the television.
‘Look.’
He squints.
‘Put the glasses on your face, man.’
As he does, he brings his head next to mine, just a few feet from the television.
‘Well, would you look at that,’ he says. ‘She’s the double of your Sarah. But that’s impossible, she’s—’
‘I know, I know. But it could be . . .’
Jim frowns. ‘What are the chances of that? It can’t be.’
My shoulders slump. ‘I know. But it might. It might be Zoe.’

#BlogTour! #Review – Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul (@gillpaulAUTHOR) @headlinepg

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I am absolutely delighted to be today’s stop on Gill Paul’s blog tour for, ‘Another Woman’s Husband’. Huge thank you to Phoebe Swinburn for accommodating me on the tour! If you can’t tell already, I am so very excited to be reviewing ‘Another Woman’s Husband’ on my blog today. Keep on reading and you’ll find out what got me so excited. Enjoy!

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From the #1 bestselling author of The Secret Wife comes a gripping novel that commences with the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and journeys back to the fascinating world of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. ‘A triumph’ Dinah Jefferies on The Secret Wife by Gill Paul

Two women who challenged the Crown.
Divided by time. Bound by a secret…

1911
At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.

1997
Rachel’s romantic break in Paris with her fiancé ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world…

Richly imagined and beautifully written, ANOTHER WOMAN’S HUSBAND is a gripping, moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, followed by scandal, touched by loss.

What does TWG think?

As a huge history fan, I struggled to contain my excitement when the opportunity arose to read Gill Paul’s new novel. Even if you’re not a complete history buff, there is a high chance you’ll have heard of the name, ‘Wallis Simpson’. Also, if you remember a certain date in 1997 when ‘The People’s Princess’ lost her life, you may already find yourself knowing several of the key points of the storyline without even realising it.

Told from two different viewpoints – 86 years apart, ‘Another Woman’s Husband’ shines the spotlight on the two women whose names, and lives, will forever be imprinted in our historical timeline; Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana. Both women found themselves hugely popular with the media, with Princess Diana even being dubbed as ‘The People’s Princess’. Let’s be honest, we all know how Wallis Simpson managed to create a media frenzy, even in those days!

Whilst ‘Another Woman’s Husband’ is a work of fiction, the storyline IS supported by factual information surrounding Princess Diana and Wallis Simpson, as well as several other historical figures/socialites from 1911 onwards. Before I started Gill Paul’s novel, I was aware of Wallis Simpson and her not so glowing reputation in the world of history. I’m not going to lie, I did have Google handy on my phone so that I could double-check some of the storyline as I went along. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe the author’s research, it was because I became so invested in every word of the storyline, I ended up not knowing the difference between the facts, and the author’s fictional additions.  Everything just flowed seamlessly. Even though the story is told by Rachel in 1997, the time of Diana’s death, the years didn’t move forward which meant that particular part of the storyline was easier to dip in and out of, ideal for when the viewpoint changed to Mary Kirk’s from 1911 onwards.

What I found clever was how the book began in 1997, was set in Paris at first with Princess Diana being the main topic of conversation, in a book that is being published during the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death – when the topic of ‘The People’s Princess’ will be back in the media once again. Of course it’s going to be a subject at the forefront of royalists and Princess Diana fans all over the world, at this moment in time. So, to read the devastating event in black and white sent shivers up and down my spine. There’s one thing hearing the about it on the news or watching it on T.V, but then there’s another thing reading it in a book and letting your subconscious take heed of that piece of information, whilst mulling it over and digesting it in the only way your clever mind can; dramatically.

Don’t get me wrong, I was engrossed in the 1997 parts of the storyline but, for me, my most favourite parts were from 1911 onwards which were written with Wallis Simpson’s best friend in mind, Mary Kirk. I knew Ms.Simpson was scandalous, but eeeeesh! I loved being able to read the story as though I was back in 1911, watching the drama unfold with my very own eyes. Obviously, being predominately a work of fiction it can be quite difficult to differentiate between the fictional points of view and the facts, but luckily the author was one step ahead and included which parts were facts, right at the end of the book. I was incredibly intrigued by how one woman managed to make such a mark on history, yet she seemed to manage it as though it was the norm. I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t blunt, so I will admit that Wallis did get my back up on a number of occasions. It just goes to show how different society and ethics were back in those days with the way people responded to Wallis’ misdemeanours. Although, back then it was the case of ‘it’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know’, which is also true for today’s society unfortunately. Maybe it was Wallis Simpson who coined that particular viewpoint? Who knows.

There were times where I was quite glad to have google at hand, such as when a certain event shocked me to the core and I had to google it to see whether it was indeed fact, or whether the author had written it in herself. The author really is THAT good at combining all viewpoints and timelines flawlessly.

As weird as this sounds, I wasn’t emotionally ready to say goodbye to those moments in time which have put us on this path today. It’s crazy how one person’s choices can create such a damaging ripple for anyone or anything that ends up in its path. The thing about history is that people will remember it as it’s documented a million times over. Granted a lot of the people involved will no longer be alive, but their distant relatives might be. Can you imagine?

‘Another Woman’s Husband’ has given me the biggest book hangover I think I have ever had. I became annoyed when I had to stop reading due to having to embark on adult things, and I was absolutely devastated when the book came to end. Gill Paul’s storytelling was beautifully engaging, often leaving me in a state of trepidation as I became incredibly invested in several characters and their lives. Gill Paul invited me on a historical journey with ‘Another Woman’s Husband’ – a journey which made me feel as though I was constantly being fed such rich and succulent knowledge, changing my viewpoint of the world without me even knowing it at the time. I was hypnotised by the authors wonderful writing skills, her magnificent story-telling, and her second to none research skills.

I adored everything about this book. Utterly, utterly brilliant.
After reading 193 books already this year, I can say that ‘Another Woman’s Husband’ has managed to become my most favourite book of the year so far, whilst also being in my top three most favourite books of all time.

This my friends, is a work of art. Any reader (and non reader!) should be proud and fulfilled to have ‘Another Woman’s Husband’ on their bookshelf.

Phenomenal.

Thank you SO much Headline Books.

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