#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Warning by Kathryn Croft (@katcroft) @Bookouture

The only warning I would give you for this book is ‘the warning’ that is is highly addictive! I am super excited to be sharing my review of Kathryn Croft’s latest novel today as part of the blog blitz. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC.

My little boy’s room was empty, his bed neatly made. Alarm bells should have rung immediately. Then the knock on the door came. All I remember is a thick fog wrapping itself tightly around me. This couldn’t be happening to us.

Three years ago, nurse Zoe’s son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident.

Heartbroken, Zoe and her family, move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality, when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email: 

You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie.

Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth. But why is her husband so reluctant to help?
And why is Josh’s mother so determined not to believe her?

What does TWG think?

Oh my bleeping goodness!!! I have waiting for a psychological thriller like this to come along!!

Addictive – check.

Intense – check.

Twisted – check.

Thrilling – check.

Absolutely brilliant? Triple check!!!

The more of ‘The Warning’ I read, the more the storyline filtered under my skin, bringing my mind to a standstill thanks to the head funk of brilliance.

Three years ago, Zoe and Jake’s lives were turned upside down when their youngest son died. Three years later and someone seems to want to stir up the devastation the family have tried hard to move on from. Who would want to cause the family more upset? Why are they coming forward now and not when it happened? With so many questions running through Zoe’s mind, she has to choose whether to go with her gut instinct and get to the bottom of that night, or to do what everyone keeps telling her to do and leave it alone. What would you do if that was your son?

I have no idea what I would do, but I would like to think I would follow Zoe’s example to find out the truth, even if it does end up a dead end. I mean, isn’t that the chance you take?

Kathryn Croft’s storytelling went above and beyond in this book, and the entire novel blew me away with its addictive tension and rollercoaster ride of suspense. If you like reading novels where you end up questioning the slightest detail, you will adore this book!

I had no idea how everything was going to conclude, and I thought that the way in which the author kept me guessing was fantastic as, even though it made my mind turn in circles many times, the thrill of the unknown had me flying through the pages like a young child on Christmas morning.

A unique, heart in mouth novel which ticked every single box for me and more – I have been waiting for a novel like this to come along and boy, it certainly didn’t disappoint!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers, and to date has sold over one million copies of her books. The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and her other novels, Behind Closed Doors, The Stranger Within and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her seventh psychological thriller is due to be released in October 2018. 

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband and young family.  

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!



#BlogTour! #Review – Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green (@Rosie_Green1988) @RaRaResources

I am delighted to welcome Rosie Green back to TWG as I review the latest book in the ‘Little Duck Pond Cafe’ series, ‘Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.

She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.

But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league. 
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

What does TWG think?

Oh my, what an understated little character, Fen, is! She reminded me of the type of person who comes across as very guarded, yet they have a heart of gold and the power to do anything that they put their mind to. Well, as long as they believed in themselves first.

Fen is more of a ‘behind the scenes’ gal and would do anything to keep herself behind the curtain instead of in front of it. However, when a certain head turning man walked into her life and persuaded her to join the local play group, Fen completely underestimated quite what she was letting herself in for. The thing is, so was everyone else.

I loved catching up with the gang in the latest instalment! What a drama filled, romantic read this was. Let’s just say that Fen isn’t the only one having issues in this book!! Whilst it was a shame to see good friendships being tested, it brought me a lot of joy to watch the characters realise how much they mean to each other. It’s things like that which make me feel hopeful!

‘Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ is a mouthwatering, festive delight which I absolutely flew through. I didn’t want to put it down! It was great to see that the author put a lot of festivities into the storyline, as some Christmas books I’ve read have been a bit stingy on the decorations and Christmas spirit. Definitely made a change. I mean, what’s a Christmas book without…Christmas?

Yet another joyful, cosy read from an author who knows how to keep her readers interested like fairy lights on a Christmas tree.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Buy now from Amazon US

About the author.

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Our Little Lies by Sue Watson (@suewatsonwriter) @Bookouture

Sue Watson has turned to the dark side! Today I have the pleasure of reviewing Sue’s first novel in the dark world, Our Little Lies. Many thanks to Bookouture for both the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother, growing up in foster care. But her husband Simon is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France – nothing is too good for his family.

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.

It’s almost by accident that Marianne begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop. Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared’?

What does TWG think?

I have been a fan of Sue Watson for a long time, so when it became public knowledge that the author would be taking a walk on the dark side by releasing a ‘psychological thriller’, I was a little bit apprehensive. Not because I didn’t think the author could do it, just to clarify, but because I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to read the novel without thinking of her previous books in a different genre.

As soon as I started ‘Our Little Lies’, i could tell straight away that the authors trademark, cleverly written characters with their detailed personalities and lives would be evident for the duration of the book. Sue Watson doesn’t just write the basic information for her characters, instead writing them as though their information is the most important piece to know at that very moment.

Marianne has a lifestyle which many people would love – a wonderful home, the life of Riley, anything and everything at her fingertips, children, and a husband who thinks the sun shines out of her youknowwhat…..or does he? Marianne’s husband, Simon, thinks that her mentality is verging on worrying, and he continues to ensure that she knows his concerns. By that I mean he constantly pick holes and gives Marianne reason to feel slightly off kilter.

I have seen the theme of this book in several other books before, so the skeleton of the storyline was a bit predictable, however, the way in which Sue Watson combined her characters flaws into the dark theme of the book was extremely well done! I didn’t know what to believe at times, I even thought I was going stir crazy!

I thought the grit was on point and brilliantly executed, making Marianne’s issue have more sides to it than a rubix cube. Impressive, there is no doubt about that.

Now, I thought that ‘Our Little Lies’ was more domestic noir with a brilliant psychological element to it. I have to say that whilst I am very used to this author producing contemporary fiction/romantic comedies, I was impressed by her change in direction with this book. That said, I will need to hold my hands up and say that this isn’t my favourite book from the author, but I do admire her just going for it.

‘Our Little Lies’ is a gritty, psychologically twisted novel where the flaws of the characters steal the show.

Buy now!

About the author.

Sue Watson was a journalist then TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked. 

She’s now written thirteen novels – many involving cake – and her books have been translated into Italian, German and Portuguese. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating while eating cake (for research purposes), and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.

Sue explored the darker side of life for her latest book ‘Our Little Lies,’ a dark, psychological thriller completely devoid of cake. She’s hoping this change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.

For more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

Sue would love to meet you on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

#BlogTour! #Review – In Her Bones by Kate Moretti (@katemoretti1) @titanbooks

It’s my turn on the #InHerBones blog tour! Many thanks to Titan Books for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction and media frenzy, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie is a recovering alcoholic with a deadend city job, just trying to survive out of the spotlight.

Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to discover how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on, and whether they’ve fared better than her. She’s been careful to keep her distance, until the day one of them is found murdered and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Edie remembers nothing of the night of the death, and must get to the truth before the police—or the real killer—find her.

What does TWG think?

I really wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first. Had I missed something? Was there a book before this one? It honestly felt like I had stepped into a storyline halfway through, despite having only read a few pages. Not one to give up however, I kept reading to see how everything would pan out.

Thank goodness I listened to my gut! Yes the storyline takes a while to warm up, and yes the content requires readers to pay attention (in my eyes anyway), but once I became accustomed to the main event in the book, I was eager to read more.

With a storyline centred around the actions of a serial killer, ‘In Her Bones’ tells the story of the aftermath and how someone ends up finding themselves in the firing line for a crime linked to the serial killer. Obviously I won’t go into detail, but I would advise you to read this book with an open mind because it is incredibly complex which sometimes came across a little bit confusing. Don’t let that put you off though as the intensity written by Kate Moretti is second to none, especially as the author gets into the minds of her characters in a very clever way, meaning that her readers get to work out what makes them tick.

Overall I was impressed by the authors cleverly woven and highly complex storyline, although I did find the storyline hard to follow in parts. A very dark, twisted and intense read! This may have been my first read by this author, but I reckon it won’t be the last either.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards (@MrEdwards) @AmazonPub @midaspr

I have never read a Mark Edwards’ novel before, so when I got asked to take part in the blog tour for his new release, #InHerShadow, I jumped at the chance. Big thanks to MidasPr for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:


Isabel’s life seemed perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead.

For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy.

As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.

Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?

What does TWG think?

Can I just state that I have never really been a fan of paranormal/spiritual novels as I have always found them a bit too farfetched. However, and I cannot believe I am about to say this, ‘In Her Shadow’ had me leaning more towards the ‘ooooooo what if?!’ than the ‘errrrr how about nah?’. Honestly, I was genuinely surprised by my own reaction to the book! It just goes to show that stepping out of your comfort zone, even if its unintentional, can often be a brilliant experience. This, I am very glad to say, was one of those brilliant experiences. Although I now feel sorry for the author as he has now set the bar incredibly high for himself!!

Jessica is still grieving for her sister, Isabel, who passed away several years prior. According to the paperwork, her death was ruled accidental but Jessica’s mother isn’t so sure. Is it fair to re-open the case despite the official ruling? Is it fair on the family to bring the devastating event to the surface again? Unfortunately for Jessica and her mother, the day that they lost their beloved sister and daughter comes back to haunt them, and this time it’s getting personal….

I need to be very careful with what I say here as I don’t want to give anything away – yes, vague, I know! The storyline switches between the past and present, as well as different points of view, one being Isabel’s. I was impressed that the different viewpoints on their own didn’t complete the puzzle, even though it frustrated me in a good way because I just wanted to find out the truth. ‘In Her Shadow’ requires you to be patient!

In a roundabout way, I found a few of the situations in the book rather emotional because they involved Jessica’s daughter who is very close in age to my own daughter. It was weird as on one hand I was like ‘woaahhhhhhhh’ to certain things, yet on the other hand I felt my heart-break for the little girl.

For me, the storyline kept getting better and better as it progressed, with the level of suspense going through the roof. I could have sworn I had just eaten a bunch of sawdust – my mouth was that dry from it dropping open!!

I am so, so, SO glad that I was given the chance to read a book out of my comfort zone, one which I may not have picked on my own. Mark Edwards is such a brilliant, gripping author who seems to be in tune with his readers and what it takes to keep them on the edge of their seats. His descriptive, intense, and highly believable writing took me so far out of my comfort zone, it was as though I was in a completely different time-zone – and no, I certainly am NOT complaining!! My only regret where ‘In Her Shadow’ is concerned, is why I haven’t picked up this authors books before now!

A ‘OMG!!!’ read which kept my jaw unhinged for a large portion of the book. I am so impressed by what I have read and I absolutely cannot wait to read more from this author, especially now that I have had such a brilliant introduction to his books!!

Buy now!

#BlogBlitz! #Review – One Perfect Witness by Pat Young (@py321_young) @BloodHoundBook

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Last blog post of the day is for Pat Young’s ‘One Perfect Witness’. Many thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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On a remote Scottish hillside, three paths meet. On each path, a boy, one carrying a gun.
When their paths cross, a shot is fired and a boy dies.
That leaves two – one killer and one perfect witness.
This killer will stop at nothing to make sure the witness says nothing. Difficult for most people, even for someone who’s been guarding a secret of his own for five years.
What if the witness decides he’s been silent too long? Sometimes even the unspeakable must be spoken, if we can find the words.

What does TWG think?

I am in awe at how Pat Young grips her readers almost instantaneously. What a gripping start to the book!

Thankfully the rest of the story lived up to the gripping start, and I found myself racing through the pages like a Formula One racer. Now I wouldn’t say that the pace of this book is fast, nor would I say that it is able to put your head into a spin. However, even though the pace was steady, the strength of the storyline and the attention to detail made the book what it was. Yes, I know, I’m always one who goes on about a decently paced book, yet Pat Young delivers with her well thought out hook and cleverly written characters. Who needs a 100mph pace when you have a Pat Young book?

Whilst it is often quite difficult for me to read a book with bullies at the heart of it, I am always secretly glad because storylines like these need to be put out there so that readers can see just what bullies are capable of doing. I felt for Charlie a lot of the time and I had everything crossed that things worked in his favour.

Overall, ‘One Perfect Witness’ kept me throughly enthralled by Charlie’s story, with Pat Young’s brilliant descriptions becoming a winner in my eyes.

A surprisingly gripping and highly detailed read which had Pat Young’s unique writing style shining like a diamond.

Buy now!

About the author.

Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.
Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.
Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last.
Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.
Pat writes psychological thrillers. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July
2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.
Published by Bloodhound Books, I Know Where You Live is the much-anticipated sequel to Pat’s gripping and unmissable debut thriller, Till the Dust Settles. It too is a psychological thriller with a skilfully told story that makes for an enjoyable stand alone read. It will hook you from the start.
One Perfect Witness, Pat’s third novel to be published, tells a completely new story. If, like Pat, you’re fascinated by what happens when someone disappears, you’ll enjoy this book of secrets, lies and deception.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Tell Nobody by Patricia Gibney (@Trisha460) @Bookouture

I would like to wish Patricia Gibney a happy publication day as her latest novel, ‘Tell Nobody’ is published today! Many congratulations! This is the fifth book in the ‘D.I. Lottie Parker’ series, and what a belter it is. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog blitz invite and ARC. Here is my review:

The boy’s body was so white it was almost transparent. But that’s not what caused the nausea to rise up her throat. He was so young. His body was unmarked, surrounded by a halo of plucked wildflowers.

One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers.

The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her…

Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to beautiful Ladystown Lake.

On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is hiding something but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger…

What does TWG think?

Geezus!!!!!!! I don’t even know where to begin! Wow…I mean, wow – the D.I. Lottie Parker series just keeps getting better and better!

‘Tell Nobody’ has a theme which is extremely dark, with the overall vibe of the book becoming quite uncomfortable as the storyline progressed. Now usually, if a storyline made me feel extremely uncomfortable, I would give it a thumbs down and cut my losses, but, because ‘Tell Nobody’ is a thriller, the book has got to make readers feel discomfort otherwise it wouldn’t be doing its job properly now would it?

Patricia Gibney had me hooked from the get go, keep me hostage until the very last page. I really don’t know how this author manages to keep this series on the rise with every single book, but she does, and my goodness she does it well. Honestly, each book gets better and better, and the strength of the authors writing becomes apparent with each new book as well.

In this instalment, I felt that Lottie Parker was flagging because of how much rubbish she has had land on her in previous books. The character didn’t seem herself at all and weirdly, I found that endearing as it made her come across as more of a relatable and ‘real’ character. I can’t stick her boss though! He really needs to remove that stick from his youknowwhat!

I won’t delve into the ‘omg I loved the part when…’ as Gibney has written an incredibly complex and detailed storyline which involves every nook and cranny of every situation with the book, therefore me writing spoilers unintentionally would be likely and I don’t wish to ruin the book for anyone.

Like I said at the beginning, the content within the storyline makes for highly uncomfortable reading which often made my stomach turn. That said, I thought that the author delivered it very sensitively whilst also keeping the suspense there the whole time.

‘Tell Nobody’ is a truly fantastic, insanely gripping, dark as the night sky type of read which in my eyes, just screams ‘WINNER!!!’. I sped through the pages of this book and I think you will too. I genuinely cannot recommend this book enough! More Lottie Parker please!!!!

Buy now!

About the author.

Patricia lives in the midlands of Ireland. She is an avid crime reader so naturally she found herself writing in the crime genre. To date, (July 2018) Patricia has sold over ONE MILLION COPIES in the LOTTIE PARKER series.

A life changing experience in 2009, with the death of her 49 year old husband, meant she had to give up her career, and over the following few years, she rekindled her love of art and writing.

Initially Patricia wrote and illustrated a children’s book, but her real ambition was to write a novel. And she did!

In January 2016, she joined with Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau Literary Agency. In July 2016, Patricia signed with Bookouture for four DI Lottie Parker crime novels.

The Missing Ones (Book 1) published in March 2017 and to date has reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories. It is a bestseller in UK, US, Canada and Australia.
Book 2 in the series, The Stolen Girls, published on July 6th, 2017.
Book 3, The Lost Child, is on pre-order and is published on October 27th, 2017.
Book 4, NO SAFE PLACE was published in March 2018
Book 5, TELL NOBODY is published on 3rd October 2018 

#BlogTour! #Review – Palm Beach, Finland by Antti Tuomainen (@antti_tuomainen) @OrendaBooks @AnneCater

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Apologies for the late post, but day two of the blog tour is here and I am delighted to be sharing my review of Antti Tuomainen’s new novel, ‘Palm Beach, Finland’. Thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Sex, lies and ill-fitting swimwear … Sun Protection Factor 100

Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’. The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary.

With a nod to Fargo, and dark noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies regardless of reason.

What does TWG think?

Seeing as Antti Tuomainen’s previous novel, ‘The Man Who Died’, found itself in my ‘Top Books of 2017’ list, I had high hopes for his latest novel, ‘Palm Beach, Finland’.

So, the burning question is; did it live up to my expectations?

Short answer: yessssssss, I think.

Long answer: I have no idea what to make of this book! I can’t put my finger on what made it for me, but it did live up to my expectations in its own unique and brilliant way. Just like the authors previous book, I found myself wondering ‘whaaaaa?’ many times throughout the story, yet I ended up becoming even more intrigued the more of the book I read. Now, I am still unsure as to whether that is intrigue as in the ‘dun dun dunnnn’ sense, or whether it was because of how utterly bonkers (in a good way) it was.

The setting was described beautifully, which was a massive thumbs up for me as I have never been to Finland, and the storyline contained multiple criminals and a lot of criminal activity. That said, it wasn’t done in a taxing manner, nor did it scare the flamingos out of me either – it was just a perfect balance of people getting above their station, along with multiple characters who didn’t know their backsides from their elbows, making me giggle along the way.

Even though this book is written with the truth at the start, I was excited about connecting the dots to said event, wondering which character fell into the path along the way and why. The to-ing and fro-ing between the characters was very cleverly written, as was entire vibe of the novel.

Like I said before, I really don’t know what to make of this book, but rest assured, it isn’t anything negative. I adore Tuomainen’s unique writing style which combines criminal activity with comedic activity, a combination I never knew was possible until I read this author. I may always find myself thinking ‘what the heck?!’ every time I read his novels, but I promise you it is definitely thought with a smile on my face as I sped through the pages not wanting this book to end.

Buy now!

About the author.

Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary
debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was
published two years later. In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. Two years later, in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of
Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards.

#BlogTour! #Review – I Invited Her In by Adele Parks (@adeleparks) HQStories

Second tour of the day is for the incredible, Adele Parks, and ‘I Invited Her In’. Massive thank you to the HQStories team for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

I invited her in… and she took everything.’

When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies.

Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children.

Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel’s house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband…

What does TWG think?

At the end of the day, we are all human; we see someone with a different life to our own with the chances of us turning a rather fetching shade of green is quite high. Of course we are the ones who hold the key to our destinies and such, but isn’t it only natural to feel slightly envious of different lifestyles? Notice the ‘slightly’ envious. Abi obviously didn’t get that memo!

I absolutely loved the drama that was rife in this book! I’m not usually one to plonk myself in the middle of other people’s dramas, yet I decided to sit amongst Mel and Abi’s with my legs crossed and a picnic! ‘I Invited Her In’ has friendship drama down to a fine art, whilst also encouraging readers to ponder about who they can trust in their own lives. Just because you were best friends with someone when you were the age of throwing worms at other children, does it mean that you’re automatically still their best friend years down the line? Could you still trust someone who dropped everything they knew to follow their dreams, yet come back to you with their tail between their legs and jealously stamped on their forehead?

Mel and Abi really are marmite characters; you either love them or you hate them. I won’t divulge where my opinion lie, but I have to say that these two made the storyline what it was. Yeah, maybe the whole putting women against each other was a bit too predictable, yet in a weird and roundabout way, it worked because of who they were and what their lives entailed.

I think Adele Parks has written her best book with ‘I Invited Her In’, as the suspense, twisty, rollercoaster ride of a storyline ticked a lot of my boxes and kept me holding onto the book for dear life.

A gripping, addictive, and incredibly realistic and relatable novel which will leave you questioning all of your friendships both past AND present!

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Birthday by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @Bookouture

Happy publication day to a woman who never fails to amaze me, the rather lovely Carol Wyer! Many congratulations!! I am absolutely delighted to be kicking off the blog blitz for Carol’s brand new novel, ‘The Birthday’. I started and finished this book last night (nothing like cutting it fine), and I have to say that you’re all in for a treat! Huge thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home… 

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night…

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?

What does TWG think?

With a five year old daughter of my own, the theme of ‘The Birthday’ felt very close to home in terms of the children and their ages. But, without sounding too weird, it was also that theme which made me dig my nails into the book to ensure that my hands never let go. How did I end up finding myself gripped by a devastating situation? It wasn’t as though I found the fact that a little girl went missing, highly entertaining, it was more to do with wanting answers for the missing girl and staying right to the end to get those answers so that her family and loved ones (and I), could let the girl rest in peace without any question marks looming overhead.

‘The Birthday’ is the first book in a brand new series, with Detective Natalie Ward as the ‘go to’ person. I thought she was absolutely brilliant. She refused to take any rubbish from her team, nor did she allow her superior to ignore her gut instinct regarding the investigation. Maybe it was a mother’s intuition, but Natalie Ward knew that something wasn’t quite right when the first body was found, and she knew that things were about to blow when another little girl ends up being put onto the police radar. Either way, Natalie refused to give up.

The storyline switches between the present, the past involving the person behind the first disappearance, as well as the ‘voices’ if you will, of the girls involved in the situation. It isn’t confusing at all, in fact it adds another thrilling dimension to an already highly intense read.

I did end up working out who was involved before it was known and revealed by Natalie and her team, but due to the fast paced, twisty nature of the storyline, it didn’t frustrate me as much as it usually would. Put it this way, I was obviously highly invested in the storyline because when I reached the end of the book, I hadn’t prepared myself and felt like there should have been more. I wanted more!

‘The Birthday’ is an incredible, incredible start to a series I cannot wait to read more of. Carol Wyer has raised the bar once again with this book and, whilst I do have faith in her to raise it again with the next book, I have absolutely no idea how she is going to beat this book.

A jaw dropping, highly anticipated, thrilling, addictive, and incredibly dark novel which left my body covered in goosebumps – fantastic, fantastic read!

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About the author.

Carol Wyer garnered a loyal following as an author of romantic comedies, and won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015). In 2017 she stepped from comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, featuring the popular DI Robyn Carter, which earned her recognition as a crime writer.

The Staffordshire-based writer now has more crime novels in the pipeline, although she can still sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.