#BlogBlitz! #Review – Lead Me Home by CS Savage (@sarahsavage26) @BloodhoundBook

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Today I am reviewing CS Savage’s new novel, Lead Me Home’ as part of the blog blitz. Thank you to Sarah from Bloodhoundbooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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His perfect woman will be his forever.

As an overworked NHS psychiatrist, Dr Clancy Mclean is used to dealing with mental illness.  But she is stressed –  trying to balance her career and the needs of her only child, Rowan.  And she has her work cut out trying to keep her patients well. She knows two of them are psychotic, and becoming overwhelmed by their voices. If they act on them it could prove disastrous.

Rowan is troubled. Her boyfriend is abusive but she doesn’t want to end the relationship – she’s too scared of being lonely. Can she find someone else to keep her company?

And, as if Clancy doesn’t have enough to worry about, another of her patients is paranoid and convinced she is being stalked. Is it just a symptom of her mental illness?

Because there is a stalker on the prowl and he is getting closer to his victim with each passing day.

What does TWG think?

Can I come out yet? My mind has been in hiding ever since I finished reading ‘Lead Me Home’ last night. For a book that made me rather uncomfortable and a little bit nauseous, I wasn’t able to tear my eyes away from the chilling storyline of ‘Lead Me Home’. There were, I’m not going to lie, moments whilst reading the novel where I had to put it down for a few minutes to compose myself before picking it up again, with parts of my brain telling me to stop reading. I couldn’t stop, that was the weird thing. However, what was even weirder, was the fact that I don’t think I actually wanted to stop reading, regardless of how uncomfortable the storyline was making me.

I am really glad that my decision not to read blurbs pays off because, if I read the blurb of ‘Lead Me Home’ beforehand, I don’t think my reaction to the chilling events would have been so dramatic.

Clancy works as a psychiatrist, coming face to face with patients who think they’re hearing voices, threatening to harm themselves and other people, or anything else under the Mental Health umbrella. What Clancy doesn’t realise, however, is that due to her going with her gut instincts where one patient is concerned, she has unknowingly put her daughter at risk. But will Rowan see that? And will Clancy open her eyes to goings on outside of her works four walls?

I really couldn’t work Clancy out at all and, if truth be told, she actually got on my nerves a lot of the time. When Rowan made it clear that she thought her mother was spending too much time thinking about work and not enough time thinking about her own daughter, I thought Rowan was just being a spoiled brat. But, after delving into the situation a little bit more, I hold my hands up and say that I was wrong, and Rowan was right. Yes, Clancy’s job is demanding and life consuming – but so is being there for her daughter which in my eyes, should have been her priority.

Considering Rowan is an 18 year old female, I am surprised at just how naive she was. I mean, really? Who does what she did without even thinking about the consequences behind her actions? It’s not as though she’s a young girl – she’s pretty much an adult! I think I’m starting to show my age now….

There were several situations described in the novel which brought shivers up my spine and made my heartbeat turn irregular. Honestly? I was a little bit unnerved by what I was reading. Personally, I don’t see my reactions to those situations as a negative thing, because I would probably count myself as weird if I turned around and said that I loved them ;).

The fact that my reactions to ‘Lead Me Home’ were incredibly strong, just goes to show just how well CS Savage has written the book. I was addicted to the twisted scenarios. I was chilled to the bone. I became nauseous in reaction to certain characters actions. Yet, hand on heart, I can honestly say that ‘Lead Me Home’ is definitely a heart in mouth, jaw dropping, high energy, and severely thrilling read which managed to leave me feeling highly uncomfortable, scared, yet weirdly content.

‘Lead Me Home’ is a twisted tale about trust, battling against your own mind, and dealing with your own conscience. Whilst CS Savage didn’t exactly ‘lead me home’ as I don’t fancy living with Clancy and co, the author managed to lead me somewhere and I am in awe at where she managed to take me. What a belter of a book.

Buy now!

About the author.

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Savage is a psychiatrist, and a life long fan of mystery/suspense and crime fiction.

She works and lives in South London with her family and two dogs, but spends as much time as she can in her Lake District retreat.

She followed her life long ambition to write two years ago, and is an alumni of the Faber academy.

Lead Me Home is her debut novel, and she is currently working on the sequel.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Last Goodbye by Arlene Hunt (@arlenehunt) @Bookouture

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Happy publication day to Arlene Hunt and ‘Last Goodbye’. Huge thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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You’re young. You’re in love. You’re in terrible danger …

‘The woman’s body lay on the bed, hair fanned out in a golden halo, blue eyes open. On the table stood an unmistakable sign: a bouquet of bright yellow roses…’

On a freezing January morning, a young couple is found dead in their cottage in the quiet Dublin suburbs. When Detective Eli Quinn arrives at the scene his stomach drops. It’s the second double homicide in as many months where the killer has left a bunch of yellow roses.

Tucked between the thorns is a little card, with an image of a broken heart. There’s no doubt the killer is trying to send a message, but what do the flowers mean? And can Eli figure out the killer’s motive, before they strike again?

What does TWG think?

Wow, wow, wow, wow, and WOW! ‘Last Goodbye’ had me in its clutches from the very first page, drawing me in like a cold drink on a summer’s day before I even had time to think. I didn’t just read Arlene Hunt’s novel, I devoured it (I think reading 37% of the novel in less than an hour is testament to that, don’t you think?).

There was just something rather special about this book and, despite finishing it 24 hours ago, I still haven’t been able to put my finger on what that is. It just is an exceptionally special novel which made me feel as though I was under investigation, never mind the fact that a killer was at large of course! My hands felt obstructed, my forehead was damp, and my arms were covered in goosebumps – if that is not proof of a brilliant read, I have no idea what is.

Thank goodness for being single is all I can say after reading this! A killer was drawn to couples in ‘love’. They were drawn to females, and they were drawn to killing for their own personal gain. Well, the dead person ended up being given flowers but I don’t suppose that counts seeing as they’re dead, but y’know!

I could tell straight away that Detective Quinn was a man to watch. Not because he was underhanded, but because he seemed to know a lot more than he was willing to divulge. Intrigued? I was! Having taken the newest recruit, Malloy, under his wing, Quinn is determined to show Malloy a few tricks of the trade. However, seeing as Malloy is a force to be reckoned with herself, personalities looked like they were going to clash sooner rather than later.

I would love to be able to talk about the part that shocked me the most, but seeing as it would be a humongous spoiler, I will refrain from doing so. All I will say is, once you begin this book, do not stop reading as the best is yet to come. Seriously! ‘Last Goodbye’ started with a bite, yet finished with a gash.

For me, Arlene Hunt ticked every single box and I have a feeling that this book is just the start of a fantastic series. I cannot WAIT to sink my teeth into book two if it’s anything as brilliant as this one is.

Shocking, thrilling, fast paced, and extremely addictive, ‘Last Goodbye’ will leave you wishing you had to do anything else but say goodbye.

Buy now!

About the author.

Arlene spent her childhood with ‘my nose buried in a book’.  She was a fierce debate-captain in school and her love of language was bound to lead her to writing. Alongside being an author, she writes, edits and reviews briefs for radio.

Arlene is married with one daughter and lives with a crotchety one-eyed cat named Binkley and a German Shepherd named Archer, who is not at all crotchety.

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/arlenehunt

Website: http://arlenehunt.com/

#Review – The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland (@ShaliniBoland) @Bookouture

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Everyone has their secrets. But this one could destroy your marriage.

When Anna Blackwell opens an email from an unknown sender, the shocking image attached shatters her perfect world. A woman has been killed. And Anna knows who did it. The past is catching up with her.

Is it her turn next?

To protect herself and her husband Will, she must tell him the terrible truth about her first love. But as the secrets of her life unravel, Anna begins to realise that she is not the only one who has been living a lie.

Anna doesn’t know who to turn to: her best friend, her parents, her husband. But she knows that her ex-lover is dangerous and she must stop him, before it’s too late…

What does TWG think?

Happy publication day, Shalini Boland and ‘The Millionaire’s Wife’. Big thank you to Bookouture for being the book fairy godmother and granting my wish so that I could read the book in time for publication day!

I’m not too sure whether I’m becoming pickier regarding the books I now read, or whether I need to regroup where psychological thrillers are concerned, because I seem to be sitting on the fence for a lot of them to begin with. Now, seeing as it takes a little while for my mind to conjure up an opinion of the storyline, I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing when I do find myself lagging behind on the fence, waiting for the pace to pick up. ‘The Millionaire’s Wife’ was no exception as, to begin with, I was rather unsure on what I was reading. However, after a couple of chapters of too-ing and fro-ing with my opinion, all of a sudden the storyline catapulted into grit and my eyes were glued to the page.

Anna Blackwell is holding on to multiple skeletons in her closet, whilst trying to move on with her life with her husband Will. As far as she is concerned, the past is gone and is no longer a threat to Anna’s new life. Unfortunately for Anna, her past is certainly not forgotten and, with one small detail brought to Anna’s attention, that fact was cemented straight away. Should she tell Will what is going on? Or should she wait to see whether the past goes through with the threat?

Oh my gosh! I am so glad that I continued to read ‘The Millionaire’s Wife’ as it just kept on delivering shock after shock every time I turned the page. One moment life was all rosy for Anna and Will, the next moment their lives are hanging by a thread. Literally. When the truth came out and Anna was made aware of just who was involved in certain events, it sent multiple shivers up my spine. It just goes to show that sometimes people really can be wolves in sheep clothing.

The energy felt throughout this book was like a lightening bolt. I couldn’t keep up with the shocks the author was intent on delivering, nor could I keep up on the attacks that were flying in Anna’s direction.

What started off, in my opinion, as a slow burning read, ending up being an absolute firecracker of a book which gripped me from head to toe. Never mind this book being about a millionaire’s wife, I feel like a millionaire just by being able to read it!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

THE SILENT SISTER is now available to preorder!

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Be the first to hear about her new releases here: http://eepurl.com/b4vb45

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Dying Truth by Angela Marsons (@WriteAngie) @Bookouture

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Today is the third and final day of the ‘Dying Truth’ blog blitz, and I am delighted to be able to share my review. Big thank you to Kim Nash for the blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead. 

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim. 

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

What does TWG think?

Finally!! After seeing a lot of posts on social media regarding the contents of ‘Dying Truth’, I FINALLY was able to read it. Of course, with some of those social media posts stating how the book made people cry, I was a little bit apprehensive as to whether the book was going to come across as being hyped up because of that, or whether I was going to end up like other readers with a muckle book hangover at the end of it.

‘Dying Truth’ started very cleverly, with part of the ending being brought to the beginning, adding the all important hook straight from the get go. I was intrigued big time, wanting to find out exactly how Kim Stone ended up in the predicament we find her in at the start of the book, which was actually part of the ending.

Set predominantly in a high-end boarding school, Kim Stone and her team are faced with multiple deaths of children from said school. Kim’s gut instinct says that they’re all linked, but some members of her team aren’t quite so convinced. Is there a child killer on the loose? Or has someone ruffled other people’s feathers by shuffling their deck of cards?

For me, the boarding school situation went on a little bit too long. I can see why it did need to be the focus of the storyline to an extent and I would agree with the majority of that, however, it was as though the storyline was being padded out by the too-ing and fro-ing, making the conclusion longer to reach. Well, either that or I am incredibly impatient!

Because I had seen so many readers say that they were in floods of tears and distraught at certain events in the book, it was in the back of my mind and I was trying not to let it interfere with my own views of the book. I couldn’t help but sit and wait for the emotional parts, therefore, I didn’t end up reacting the same as others. Yes, it was shocking, and yes my hand connected with my mouth more times than I can remember. But I didn’t cry, nor was I distraught. I was more shocked than anything else, truth be told!

‘Dying Truth’ certainly had the shock factor which gripped me from start to finish, like I was trapped in chains with no means of getting released until I had reached the end of the story. The dynamics of the storyline were brilliantly written and very well executed, and even though I did feel certain parts were padded out, I did enjoy the cat and mouse chase regarding the school. I did try to work out who the culprit was, and the fact that I caught onto the red herrings meant that I was 100% wrong when it came to the ‘whodunnit’ parts. I didn’t see it coming at all – I was just glad that I was sitting down when I reached the conclusion!

Another high energy, shocking and gripping read from Angela Marsons. Impressive from start to finish, this author never fails to deliver.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Angela Marsons is the author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.

Her last three books – Blood Lines, Dead Souls and Broken Bones – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.

#BlogTour! #Extract – My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England (@CazEngland) @AvonBooksUK

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Thrilled to be taking part in Caroline England’s blog tour today for ‘My Husband’s Lies’. I am gutted that I haven’t quite had the chance to read this book yet, but I am determined to rectify that as soon as I can. In the meantime, here is an extract from the book:

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Do you really know your friends?

On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump.

As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think.

And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything.

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Extract.

Will Taylor opens his window and grins. ‘Careful, Danny Boy, might get a few drops of rain on your head and spoil the lovely locks. Then you’ll be banned from the wedding photographs, leaving just handsome me.’

Dan laughs. ‘Good try, William, but no contest. I’m so the best man,’ he replies.
Inhaling the briny tang in the air, Dan links arms with Geri and they slowly negotiate the gritty puddles in the car park. They are overtaken by Will and Penny and another man in a suit, his face hidden by a black umbrella. Dan steps into the dimly lit porch. The fusty smell strikes like a familiar soft slap. A blend of incense and aged parchment, taking him back. ‘Reminds me of when I was an altar boy. Every bloody time.’

Will shakes his umbrella and grins. ‘You were an altar boy? You’re joking, Dan. What about the opium of the masses? And the bloody rest. Think you owe me a few pints for all those pub rants I had to endure.’
Dan wonders why he mentioned it. ‘Strange but true. At primary school. Before we went to St Mark’s.’
‘Pretty boy with dark curls in a cassock? Yup, I can picture that.’ Will stretches his wide shoulders and wipes the drops of rain from his close-cropped brown hair. ‘It’s bloody freezing in here. Think we’re the first to arrive. Where the hell is Nick? His brother’s old Merc was right behind us when we left the hotel.’

Geri tucks a soft afro curl behind her ear and steps towards Penny. ‘Hi, Penny,’ she says, kissing her cheek. ‘You look nice; red is definitely your colour. Love the dress coat, bet it’s silk. I had intended to take off this ugly old thing, but …’
Penny blinks and shakes her head almost imperceptibly. ‘Maybe it’ll be warmer inside.’ Then after a moment, ‘Great hat; it suits you.’

Geri rubs her stomach. ‘Thanks, thought it would distract from, well, this,’ she replies with a happy grin.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Journey by Conrad Jones (@ConradJones) @Bloodhoundbook

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A late one for you all tonight! TWG is going on a journey, not just any journey, but ‘The Journey’, courtesy of Conrad Jones. Here is my review as part of the blog blitz organised by BloodHoundBooks:

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The gripping story of a young boy and his family, driven from their home by war and indiscriminate violence. Like millions of others, they attempt the treacherous journey across their war-torn continent, trying to reach the safety of Europe.

The truth is, Europe doesn’t want them and thousands die every month at the hands of thieves and profiteering men to whom life is cheap. Kalu believes that he can lead his family to safety, he has planned for this. They have money, a plan and Kalu is, after all, the smartest man in Monguno.

The story is fast-paced, at times funny, at times heart-breaking but it will pull you along at 100 miles an hour. It will make you think, it will make you question your perceptions. Most of all it will make you ask, if your family was in peril, what would you do?

What does TWG think?

What an incredibly apt title this book has! Conrad Jones does indeed, take you on ‘The Journey’. A journey of self discovery. A journey of learning how to be empathetic to society. A journey where people’s lives are on the line and you have to decide whether to try to save them, or save yourself first.

I found this a really, really hard book to read. Not in terms of language usage or storyline structure, but due to the severe intensity of the storyline itself and what the underlying theme was. Conrad Jones hasn’t written a ‘typical’ thriller, yet he has written a thriller which is likely to chill you to the bones a lot quicker, due to how ‘on point’ the scenes within his book are. For Jones’ characters, life isn’t all cosy houses, plenty of food and security from the government like we have here. Instead, Jones’ characters stand in the path of death and destruction. They stand in the place where they played with a friend not long ago, who had just been shot in the head while they looked on, frozen to the floor.

For people in Nigeria, where the book is set, things like that happening are not rare. But for people like us who don’t witness devastation like that that often, it can be quite difficult to digest the barbaric events which Conrad Jones explores in his novel.

Even though I found the content incredibly harrowing, the way in which the author told the story was pragmatic and powerful, switching between both heart-wrenching emotion and heart-warming situations absolutely flawlessly.

I think that ‘The Journey’ was the first book I have read by Conrad Jones, and I have to say that I am incredibly impressed by the way he tells the story and the way that he brings his characters to life. It’s as though he turns his 2D thoughts of a character into a 3D, page jumping character who becomes your visual experience whilst you read the rest of the book.

I’ll admit that, whilst the content wasn’t really my cup of tea, the true star of the show was the author himself. Such an intense, chilling and eye-opening novel which is guaranteed to leave you utterly speechless.

Buy now!

About the author.

Conrad Jones is a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. He spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which he classes as his home. He worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working his way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

On March 20th 1993 he was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day he was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. He began to read anything crime related that he could get his hands on and links this experience with the desire to write books on the subject.

He signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The Alec Ramsey series is now 7 books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. Conrad has also written The Soft Target series, which has received critical acclaim. 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/conradjonesauthorpage/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conrad-Jones/e/B002BOBGRE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1493730391&sr=8-1

https://twitter.com/ConradJones

#BlogBlitz! #Review – My Sweet Friend by H.A.Leuschel (@HALeuschel) @RaRaResources

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Today is the third and final day of H.A.Leuschel’s blog blitz for ‘My Sweet Friend’, and I have the pleasure of sharing my review of the book. Big thanks, as always, to RaRaResources for the blog blitz invite and the ARC.

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A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives

A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR
company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-
needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.  

But is Alexa all she claims to be?

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

What does TWG think?

I do like a novella I must admit. I like the fact that I am able to dip my toes into a story without having to commit myself to a full length novel, especially if I’m not in the mood for anything heavy. However, I am not liking that this was a novella because I was so engrossed in the storyline, that when it ended I was gutted because I could have quite happily read more!

Alexa is the type of colleague that everyone looks up to. She has the energy, the drive, the poise, and the look for people to try to follow in her footsteps without even realising. Or so she likes to think. Whilst two of Alexa’s new colleagues are in awe of their new member of staff, one colleague has had card marked already. But why? She hasn’t done anything wrong, has she?

Looks can be deceiving for sure. With the right outfit and look, people are given instant confidence they never realised they had, allowing them to pretend to be someone who they’re not. If you look the part, you’re bound to feel the part. Whilst Alexa certainly has the looks and the gift of the gab, her work ethic leaves a lot to be desired, especially when she knows how to spin things in her favour.

Like Rosie, I was taken in by Alexa at first but, as more of the pages were turned, it didn’t take long for the light to shine differently on Alexa. Obviously I won’t say too much about what happened in the story, but I can say that it is so gritty and gripping, I hope Alexa’s story gets extended as I feel that she has so much more up her sleeve and, whilst she annoyed me something chronic, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from her personality.

I would love to find out more about Rosie as well and whether things with her mother became easier to handle.

‘My Sweet Friend’ is such an intriguing, mind twisting, and gripping read which highlighted just how much hold appearances have over friends or foe. A highly recommended, brilliant read.

Buy now!

About the author.

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in
Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Little Teashop of Horrors by Jane Lovering (@janelovering) @ChocLitUK @RaRaResources

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Next up we are off for a visit to the ‘Little Teashop of Horrors’ as I review Jane Lovering’s novel for day three of the blog tour! As always, thank you to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to ChocLitUK for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Secrets, lies, carrot cake and an owl called Skrillex!

Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it’s obvious where the male attention is concentrated – and it’s not just on the cakes!

There is one man who notices Amy. Joshua Wilson also works at Monkpark, where he flies his birds of prey for visitor entertainment. He lives a lonely existence but he has reasons for choosing isolation – and, in Amy, he may have found somebody who understands.

Then a management change brings slick and well-spoken Edmund Evershott to Monkpark. He’s interested in Amy too, but for what reason? Josh suspects the new manager is up to no good – but will Amy? Because Edmund could leave her with much worse than a broken heart…

What does TWG think?

If you’ve been reading a lot of dark and deep novels lately and fancy s change of ‘scenery’ so to speak, I highly recommend putting ‘Little Teashop of Horrors’ on your TBR! Well, let’s be honest – I highly recommend putting this book on your TBR anyway! Don’t be fooled by the ‘horror’ in the title – it isn’t scary, although a couple of the characters leave a lot to be desired…

Amy works with her best friend, Julia, in the cafe at Monkpark Hall. In Amy’s eyes, Julia is the ‘pretty one’, the ‘popular one’, the one who everyone remembers. Even though Amy doesn’t want to be ‘memorable’, she would love to be noticed – surely that isn’t too much to ask? Amy has the type of personality which draws people in, but often her personality can come back to bite her on the backside – especially when she allows people to walk all over her. Julia included.

Whilst Amy works in the cafe, other members of staff at Monkpark Hall seem to catch her eye, yet none of them catch her eye quite like Josh. Josh, like Amy, tries to stay in the background, only coming up for fresh air when his birds need him. Amy notices Josh and she wants to know what makes him so different. But will he let her get close enough?

Despite being very slow to begin with, the storyline packed more of a punch the further into the story I read. At first it was a case of finding out about the characters, the hall and the new boss. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to set the scene and find out more about the characters – the ‘bite’ was just slow in coming. When it did, the pace picked up and multiple characters began to show their true colours (especially Josh). ‘Little Teashop of Horrors’ is a light-hearted and fun read, yet there are moments where characters pasts are brought to life, making for quite an emotional couple of chapters. Not teary emotional, more empathy emotional…if that makes sense. Heart-warming if you will.

In the end, ‘Little Teashop of Horrors’ completely surprised me and kept me thoroughly entertained. The storyline was a breath of fresh air in the fact it was different to what I have been reading recently – I’m certainly not complaining though, I needed the change.

Jane Lovering entertained me with her laugh out loud, bonkers and brilliant storyline – I welcomed the distraction which this storyline brought to me!

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About the author.

Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, three cats and two dogs! Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first-class honours degree in creative writing. Jane writes comedies which are often described as ‘quirky’. Her debut Please Don’t Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her Christmas novella, Christmas at the Little Village School, was the winner of the RONA Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2018.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Stench by A B Morgan (@AliMorgan2304) @Bloodhoundbook

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Happy publication day to A B Morgan and ‘Stench’! I literally only finished reading this last night which means that everything is still uber fresh in my mind for this review. Huge thanks, as always, to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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Rory Norton didn’t always make his living as a motorbike instructor and he went to great lengths to leave his past life behind, to start again.

He thought he had succeeded, until the body of a missing woman is discovered under the floor of his cottage. Only then do the guilt and shame of his wife’s mysterious, untimely death and the accusations about his connection to the missing woman combine to break him.

The question is not how the missing woman died but why, and who is responsible?

Sometimes the truth stinks.

What does TWG think?

I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan of ‘Stench’ to begin with as I felt that the pace was a bit too slow for me to sink my teeth into. However, the more of the book I read, the more addicted I became, turning my opinion of ‘Stench’ from a ‘hmmmm’ to a ‘omg this book!’.

From a motorbike instructor to a petrol garage clerk, from a neighbour with questionable morals to a woman with a vivid mindset – ‘Stench’ really does have a character for everyone. If you’re looking to read a story that is likely to keep you on your toes, gripping the book until your knuckles go white, whilst also making every strand of hair on your body stand to attention, then I can safely say that A B Morgan’s novel is for you.

Pardon my vagueness, but those who have already read this book will understand how difficult it is to review without accidentally giving anything away. I’m not one for dropping spoilers in reviews, and I don’t intend on starting now, hence my being vague! Plus, ‘Stench’ has the type of storyline where pieces of information is drip fed to you for the duration of the book, and if you were to find pieces of the puzzle beforehand, your reaction to the events described in the story will most probably be completely different.

Even though my earlier opinion of the novel was uncertain, I couldn’t quite believe the difference in my opinion by the end of the book. I was flabbergasted beyond belief, with an unhinged jaw to boot! I seriously wasn’t expecting the change in direction, but it was brilliantly executed and upped the ante of the overall storyline.

I loved how the author managed to keep my attention despite the slow pace and drip feeding of information – I was a little bit concerned that the pace might make me feel a little bit bored, but due to the authors fantastic storytelling, it wasn’t an issue at all. I was far from bored.

‘Stench’ is a very, very cleverly written, addictive, shocking and highly thrilling novel which nearly made me cause a fire by how fast I was turning the pages of the book (even though it was a kindle, but you catch my drift!). An outstanding and witty novel with one of the most jaw dropping conclusions I have read in a while. What a belter of a book!

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About the author.

Married to an overgrown child with a beard and too many motorbikes, Alison Morgan lives in a corner of a field in North Bedfordshire and is making the most of a mid-life crisis. The Morgans are determined not to grow old gracefully or to be seen wearing beige and can be found exploring life through a love of live music, anything with an engine, the sea, mountains, rugby, proper pubs and fascinating people.

Alison worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years, twenty of those within mental health services, at the front line. She eventually became the manager of a countywide community service for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Much to her frustration, her heart decided to develop an electrical fault, which forced her to sit down for more than five minutes and her career juddered to a halt. Not one for thumb twiddling, she took up position in front of a computer with a plan to write a set of clinical guidelines for assessment of psychosis but instead a story, which had been lurking in her mind for several years, came tumbling out.

Her first two novels, A Justifiable Madness and Divine Poison, were inspired by her career as a psychiatric nurse and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour. Then she stepped sideways and wrote a gritty psychological thriller, The Camera Lies. All published by Bloodhound Books, Alison’s novels have received excellent reviews and inspired many an interesting debate. Above all, they are entertaining reads and, despite dark subjects, will raise a smile.

Links:

Email: alison@abmorgan.co.uk

www.abmorgan.co.uk

Facebook: @ABMorganwriter

Twitter: @AliMorgan2304

LinkedIn: Ali Morgan

#BlogTour! #Review – #AFamilyRecipe by Veronica Henry (@veronica_henry) @orionbooks @Lauren_booksPR

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I am so excited to be hosting day two of the #AFamilyRecipe blog tour! Veronica Henry is one of my all-time favourite authors and it is such an honour to be involved in this blog tour. Huge thanks to the team at OrionBooks for the blog tour invite, and my ARC of the novel. Here is my review:

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What’s the secret ingredient to your happiness?

Laura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest. The thought of Number 11 Lark Hill falling silent – a home usually bustling with noise, people and the fragrant smells of something cooking on the Aga – seems impossible. Laura hopes it will mean more time for herself, and more time with her husband, Dom.

But when an exposed secret shakes their marriage, Laura suddenly feels as though her family is shrinking around her. Feeling lost, she turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother’s recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War. Everyone has always adored Laura’s jams and chutneys, piled their sandwiches high with her pickles . . . Inspired by a bit of the old Blitz spirit, Laura has an idea that gives her a fresh sense of purpose.

Full of fierce determination, Laura starts carving her own path. But even the bravest woman needs the people who love her. And now, they need her in return . . .

What does TWG think?

You know the feelings you get after eating your most favourite meal; contentment, cosy, happiness – I’m sure you know the ones I’m on about, and I’m sure many of you have felt like that in the past. Imagine those feelings for a moment, just so that they come to the forefront of your mind, now imagine reading a book which allowed you to feel those feelings all over again. What would you say to that?

‘A Family Recipe’ made me feel as though I had just eaten my most favourite meal in the entire world. I felt content. Delirious. Pretty much as though I was walking on cloud nine. Yet I also felt devastated because the book had ended and I didn’t want those feelings to disappear. Veronica Henry is an author who never fails to disappoint me and, after reading her previous novel, I genuinely though that she had written her best book yet, then. But now, after reading ‘A Family Recipe’, I’m not so sure.

Why?

Because ladies and gents, THIS book is Veronica Henry’s best book yet as it made me feel things I had never felt before. Set in the family home of Number 11 Lark Hill, ‘A Family Recipe’ switches between the present day and 1942 as the author takes us back to how it all began. I absolutely adored the historical feel to the story as I was able to resonate with the characters a lot more in the present day, having known their back story and how they became who they are today. I found the ‘stepping back in time’ moments rather emotional and severely eye-opening. I won’t go into detail as for why, but trust me when I say that those parts of the book were a little slice of heaven.

In the present day, main character, Laura, has reached a point in her life where uncertainty seems to be her main emotion. Her daughters are off living their lives and the ’empty nest’ feeling couldn’t be more strong. What does she do with her life now? Having not worked for a while, Laura’s options are slimmer than most but, after delving into the family recipe box, Laura finds herself baking an idea in her head.

Of course life isn’t that simple and, despite Laura working out what she could do with her children at university, her life took a dramatic turn. I just wanted to step into the book and give her a big hug when I read what had happened. Veronica Henry wrote that part brilliantly as we were able to see both sides of the story, even though a lot of readers (if you’re anything like me) will forge their own opinion on said events and might refuse to see the situation from both sides. I know at first I did!

‘A Family Recipe’ tickled my taste buds in more ways than I could ever imagine. The strong, addictive theme was an incredible basis for the storyline itself, pulling me further in with every turn of the page. I loved every single word, every single page, and absolutely every little thing about this book! Veronica Henry has delivered an outstanding and thought-provoking novel in such a flawless manner – I really do wish I could bottle the feelings this book gave me as I never want to let them go.

A vibrant, emotive, appetising, and joyous read from the incredibly talented, Veronica Henry. I couldn’t love this book even more if I tried and it is definitely the authors best book yet, and my most favourite book of all time. ‘A Family Recipe’ is everything I could have ever dreamed of for a book, and it has been an incredible honour to read. I cannot recommend this book enough.

‘A Family Recipe’ by Veronica Henry is due to be published on the 17th May and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon