#IWillMakeYouPay. Well, I won’t but @teresadriscoll might! @amazonpub @ed_pr

Apologies for how late in the day this is, but massive thank you to EdPr for the blog tour invite and ARC of Teresa Driscoll’s ‘I Will Make You Pay’. Here is my review:

Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every passing Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

What does TWG think?

Goodness me – what a shocker!! I stayed up until 1.47am (to be precise) to finish reading this book. At first I was a bit ‘uhhhhhh another typical psychological thriller’, however once I got into the story, I soon realised that ‘I Will Make You Pay’ wasn’t typical at all. In fact, I was gobsmacked by how evil people could be! To some, Alice may come across as a bit of a doormat, to me I thought that she was just rather unlucky. She wanted to see the best in people and refused to see how conniving some people could actually be. A little naive, perhaps, espcially given the fact that she was a journalist, but she didn’t exactly ask to be treated like dirt by people. I mean, why would anyone do that?

I loved how devious and addictive the storyline was, with dark events and shocking characters making the storyline even more disturbing than I originally anticipated.

Of course I felt sorry for Alice – her life was in turmoil and her mother was terminally ill. The fact that a human would use that against another human is sickening. It did make for a bloody good read though!!

‘I Will Make You Pay’ has revenge at the core of its storyline, as well as multiple shocking undertones. Teresa Driscoll wrote the story in such a way, it felt as though it was happening in real life. The devastation that Alice felt was so powerful, I couldn’t help but be moved by what she had endured in such a short space of time.

If you’re after a shocking, multi layered and devious read, I cannot recommend this enough. A cracking read!

‘I Will Make You Pay’ by Teresa Driscoll is out now, published by Thomas & Mercer, priced £8.99 in paperback original

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Kate Bradley wants ‘To Keep You Safe’, how nice is that! #review @kate_bradley @Tr4cyF3nt0n @ZaffreBooks #blogtour

Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC.

You don’t know who they are. You don’t know why they’re hunting her. But you know she’s in danger.

What do you do?

When teacher Jenni Wales sees 15-year-old Destiny’s black eye, she’s immediately worried. Destiny isn’t your average student: she’s smart, genius IQ smart, and she’s in care. But concern turns to fear when Jenni witnesses an attempt to abduct Jenni from school.

Who are these men and what can Destiny know to make them hunt her?

With those around her not taking the threat seriously, Jenni does the only thing she can think of to keep Destiny safe: she takes her.

What does TWG think?

What on Earth did I just read?!? ‘To Keep You Safe’ is the perfect example of how people see things in their own way, regardless of what the truth is. The main characters, Jenni and Destiny, find themselves tangled in something very dark, and very sinister. But who is being truthful?

As a teacher, Jenni has her students best interests at heart, and is required, by law, to protect the children in her care and raise any concerns. Obviously that would be a lot easier if honesty was the name of the game.

This storyline is such a unique and psychologically twisted read that often put my head in a spin. Who did I believe? Who did I WANT to believe? As the storyline progressed, my empathy towards the characters kept cchanging – one minute I felt sorry for Jenni, and then the next I felt sorry for Destiny. What I thought was so clever about the book was the way the author made her readers think. She wrote the storyline in such a way that most readers, ie me, would end up not seeing what was directly in front of them. Then again, was that all part of the game too?

The thoughts of ‘what on earth did I just read’, visited my mind multiple times. I couldn’t get my head around the purpose of various characters actions, nor could I work out the intent of the storyline itself. Either way, I flew through this book because i was so addicted to its compelling vibe and uncertain futures for the characters. This may have been my first Kate Bradley book, but I don’t think that it would be my last, either!

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Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games…SORRY! Wrong one – #WelcomeToTheFamily @fab_fiction @HQStories #Review

Many thanks to HQ for the ARC of ‘The Family’ by Louise Jensen – I am excited to be kicking off the blog tour today.

ONCE YOU’RE IN, THEY’LL NEVER LET YOU LEAVE.

Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home.

But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.

Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…

What does TWG think?

You know when you’re caught up in a bad nightmare, feeling as though you cannot escape from the terror that’s pulsing through your veins due to your own subconscious? Imagine that but in book form…the telling of a similar thing mind, not YOUR actual nightmare or that would put you off reading it now wouldn’t it?

‘The Family’ is one of those types of reads which ends up getting right under your skin and, even though the storyline was brilliant at making me feel uncomfortable and quite nervous, it also had me at its beck and call. A bit like pringles – once you pop open the book, you literally cannot stop reading!

Laura has her daughters best interests at heart and would do ANYTHING to protect her, however I dont think she knew that her mummabear instincts would end up kicking in sooner than she thought. A fight for survival if you will.

The twisted nature of the storyline kept me hooked until the very last page. I felt that the uncertainty of the characters actions were brilliantly written and allowed the reader to carve their own picture in their minds about what might happen, and when. There were a lot of things in the book which left me reeling (in a good way), and I absolutely loved the sinister, secretive elements which left me in a total head funk!

Louise Jensen is an author who is outstanding at what she does, and is certainly one to watch in the genre she writes.

Such a compelling, addictive and sinister read – brilliant! Although, please don’t take offence when I say that I would rather not be welcomed into this family….if you don’t mind!

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#AskMeNoQuestions…..and I’ll tell you no lies as I review Louisa De Lange’s new book! @paperclipgirl @OrionBooks @AlainnaGeorgiou

Ask Me No Questions Blog Asset
Huge thanks, as always, to Alainna and Team Orion for the blog tour invite (and ARC) – I am delighted to be today’s stop on the ‘Ask Me No Questions’ blog tour!

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TWINS HAVE A SPECIAL BOND SOMEONE WILL KILL TO BREAK . . .

As children, Gabi and Thea were like most identical twin sisters: inseparable.

Now adults, Gabi is in a coma following a vicious attack and Thea claims that, until last week, the twins hadn’t spoken in fifteen years. But what caused such a significant separation? And what brought them back together so suddenly?

Digging into the case, DS Kate Munro is convinced the crime was personal. Now she must separate the truth from the lies and find the dangerous assailant – before any more blood is spilled . . .

What does TWG think?

Bloody hell woman!! Louisa De Lange certainly knows how to kick off a series!!! I honestly think that my brain is still fried from reading ‘Ask Me No Questions’ – it is an absolute head funk of a novel that hooked me from the get go. I didn’t know who to believe, what to believe….nothing.

Kate Munro wasn’t like any other DS I had read about, in fact she seemed to be so far away from the type of DS she should be, I was surprised that she was running the show so to speak. No offence to her, of course. She was just incredibly aloof and un-DS like and, weirdly enough, it made me more intrigued about what will happen next in the series. Would Kate end up being stronger on her feet? Or would her own personal issues end up causing her even more trouble than before?

In ‘Ask Me No Questions’, Kate Munro wasn’t the only character to watch, in fact there were several characters who needed to have eyes constantly on them due to their sporadic behaviours and lack of honesty. The two characters who were at the forefront of the storyline were identical twin sisters, Gabi and Thea. Despite being identical twins and being close as children, their relationship as adults ended up being incredibly tense so, when Gabi ends up in the hospital after being attacked, Thea finds herself in DS Kate Munro’s eye line. Naturally.

Imagine the T.V show, Jeremy Kyle, and then put that next to ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ and you STILL wouldn’t be close to the level of secrets that were in this book. Like I said above, I really didn’t know what to believe. I think it was because I ended up becoming so invested in the storyline, in the characters, and in the investigation itself, I think I ended up blindsided and perhaps refused to see things that were right under my nose. I’m not sure. All I know is that Louisa De Lange has written a belter of a novel that ended up getting right under my skin. It was such a cleverly crafted novel! I have no idea how the author managed to entwine so many different versions of events without messing up, but she did and she did it brilliantly.

The intensity of ‘Ask Me No Questions’ was a perfect match to the vibe of the story as well – I really enjoyed this book and I cannot WAIT to find out what is next in store for Kate Munro, and how much trouble she lands herself in this time!

Intense, twisted, secretive and full of surprises – an incredible start to a new series!

Buy now!

Stepping back in time now with a #review of #ARationBookChildhood by Jean Fullerton (@JeanFullerton_) @RaRaResources

Congratulations to Jean Fullerton on the publication of ‘A Ration Book Childhood’! I am excited to be kicking off the blog tour today with a review – many thanks to RaRaResources for the tour invite and ARC.

In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.

With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.

When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick and in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens not only Ida’s marriage, but the entire foundation of the Brogan family. Can Ida let go of the past and see a way to forgive her friend? And can she overcome her sadness to find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?

What does TWG think?

I may have mentioned this once or twice, but I am in my element when I read books with the topic of rationing. There is just something so powerful about those days in history and the steps people took when it came to celebratory events and what not.

One of my go to authors in this genre is Jean Fullerton, and once again she delivers a brilliantly written, fascinating story about life in London during the war. Not only does Fullerton indulge all history fanatics out there with her attention to detail, she also incorporates the strength of the community in her story too.

Ida and Ellen’s lives are about to get a whole lot more difficult, especially as Ida needs to drum up some inner strength to be able to get through the new lot of challenges she has to face. As the storyline progresses, the emotion behind Ida and Ellen’s friendship becomes a lot more raw and fragile. Tears did prick my eyes once or twice, however due to the nature of the circumstances, I couldn’t help but enable my motherly instinct as I was reading.

Just like many other historical fiction novels, the bare bones of the storyline is a tough pill to swallow, however due to the authors insightly way with words, the storyline gave me hope. I really enjoyed reading ‘A Ration Book Childhood’, and I urge you all to devour it like I did.

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Fiona Valpy is back with a fab new #book, #TheDressmakersGift..and #TWG #reviews it for the #blogtour! @AmazonPub @ed_pr @FionaValpy

Many thanks to EdPr for inviting me to take in the blog tour for Fiona Valpy’s STUNNING novel, ‘The Dressmaker’s Gift’, and for the ARC. I am delighted to be reviewing the book as part of the blog tour today!

From the bestselling author of The Beekeeper’s Promise comes a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices. How will history – and their families – judge them?

Paris, 1940. With the city occupied by the Nazis, three young seamstresses go about their normal lives as best they can. But all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne’s involvement is something she can’t reveal to either of them.

Two generations later, Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past. Living and working in the same building on the Rue Cardinale, she learns the truth about her grandmother – and herself – and unravels a family history that is darker and more painful than she ever imagined.

In wartime, the three seamstresses face impossible choices when their secret activities put them in grave danger. Brought together by loyalty, threatened by betrayal, can they survive history’s darkest era without being torn apart?

What does TWG think?

Ever since I finished reading this book the other morning (early hours to be exact), I knew that I was going to struggle writing my review. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the book, it was the fact that I was so emotionally invested in Harriett’s story, both past and present.

I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and after reading ‘The Dressmaker’s Gift’, my love for the genre was cemented even more. Set in Paris in 1940 and then in Germany several years later, Valpy’s novel tells the story of Harriett’s ancestor, Claire, and her friends as they’re faced with living life during the war. As well as being set in the past, the story is also set in the ‘present day’ of 2017, making it a dual timeline and quite complex read.

Harriett hasn’t had it easy after losing her mum to suicide. She has never felt as though she belonged anywhere and, after finding a photograph from 1940, she was determined to find out more about where she came from. The truth becomes clear over the duration of the book, something I certainly wasn’t ready for let alone Harriett!

I’m sure a lot of you are aware of concentration camp, Auschwitz, but are you aware of the other camps? I knew of some, but nothing in depth, however that definitely changed as I learnt about Flossenburg. My goodness, my blood ran cold. The events that were described in this book about that camp were chilling, didistressing and incredibly heartbreaking. I had no idea that the Gustapo went to such lengths, and my heart broke for Claire, Vivi, and everyone else involved.

History and family ties is what makes ‘The Dressmaker’s Gift’ what it is, yet Fiona Valpy’s fragile storytelling is what gave me a body covered in goosebumps and a heart haphazardly put back together with sellotape.

Witnessing the events from 1940 through the eyes of Claire and friends, was something I will never be able to forget. The things those women endured is what people actually went through, all because of one selfish and evil individual. Its disgraceful, disgusting, diabolical, but from the bottom of my heart (not that anyone involved would be able to read this), I want to say thank you to all the soldiers who fought for the good of the people, and thank you to everyone who lost their lives for our freedom today. I wish they hadn’t.

Sorry, went off on a tangent there but it needed to be said.

I absolutely adored ‘The Dressmaker’s Gift’ for both its beauty and its emotive undertone. Fiona Valpy is an exceptional author who has given those who can no longer speak, a voice and the ability to share the power of their wisdom.

I won’t lie, this book broke me and left me utterly speechless, yet I cannot recommend it enough. This is power at its finest, poignancy in all its beauty, and the history which makes time stand still all over again. A beautiful, powerful and emotive read – one of the best books I have ever read.

The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy is out now, published by Lake Union in paperback original and e-Book.

Buy now.

Day #2 of the #ThisLittleDarkPlace #blogtour – author A.S.Hatch (@andrewshatch) gets interrogated by #TWG! @serpentstail

Thank you so much to SerpentsTail for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘This Little Dark Place’ by A.S.Hatch. For my stop on the tour today, I have been given the opportunity to interrogate.. ahem, interview A.S.Hatch. Before you get yourself comfortable, here is a little bit more about the book, as well as the all important purchase link. Enjoy!

How well do you know your girlfriend?

How well do you know your lover?

How well do you know yourself?

Daniel and Victoria are together. They’re trying for a baby. Ruby is in prison, convicted of assault on an abusive partner.

But when Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners, he and Ruby make contact. At first the messages are polite, neutral – but soon they find themselves revealing more and more about themselves. Their deepest fears, their darkest desires.

And then, one day, Ruby comes to find Daniel. And now he must decide who to choose – and who to trust.

This Little Dark Place will be published on the 10th October and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.

TWG talks to author A.S.Hatch.

TWG – Could you tell us a bit about you and your background before you began writing?

I grew up on the Fylde coast in Lancashire. My dad was a joiner and my mum was a civil servant. We weren’t a bookish family. I spent my childhood playing football and rollerblading in the street, and playing on my SNES (and later my N64). The first book I ever read was a collection of football themed short stories called See You at the Match by Margaret Joy. I remember falling in love with books before I fell in love with the stuff inside them, as in, the physical objects themselves. There was a book fair at my primary school one year. They transformed our assembly hall into a pop-up book shop (before pop-up shops were a thing) and I remember loving the smell of them, and the feel of their glossy covers and their heft. I bought Don’t Be Silly Mr Twiddle by Enid Blyton and didn’t read it for weeks. I just held it, looked at it.

TWG – Have you always wanted to become a published writer?

God no. I wanted to play right wing for United (don’t ask which United, there’s only one). And after that I wanted to be a newsreader. After that I wanted to be a frontman in a rock and roll band. After that I wanted to be a published writer. That particular epiphany arrived when I was 19 and so I’ve been trying to make it happen ever since. And here I am.

(TWG – from newsreader to frontman of a rock and roll band! You would have been good on Blue Peter!)

TWG – What made you decide to write your new novel?

Writing is a way of facing one’s fears. When you write a story, create a world, an alternate reality, you gain power over everything. You can obliterate things that scare you. I’m terrified of ending up in prison. I don’t have a criminal bone in my body, the fear is irrational, but it’s there. This novel enabled me to ‘tackle’ prison, sort of like when someone who’s afraid of snakes holds one in her hands to overcome her aversion. Beyond that, I’ve always been interested in writing an epistolary novel. I love the immediacy of the first-person voice. It provides a shortcut to emotion.

TWG – How hard was it to find the inspiration for your book?

I’m inspired by setting as much as plot. Like a dramatist, I think about the space in which a story can take place in, how to use it, how to maximise it for tension. So it wasn’t hard at all to find the inspiration for the book. Once I had the central relationships sketched out I simply pictured the streets, houses, beaches and woods of my childhood and allowed my mind to be carried through them. Then the plot just kind of revealed itself to me. This Little Dark Place could be talking about the central relationship or it could be talking about the literal place in which the story unfolds. Or it could be talking about a place in someone’s mind.

TWG – If you could pick a favourite character from your novel, who would it be and why?

That’s Easy. Ruby. She is the star of the book. The catalyst, the spur. Female characters, to me, are just far more interesting. In life too. Inscrutable is a better word. Perhaps that’s just because I’m a man. Do female authors feel the opposite? I’d wager not. The best people I know are all women. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

TWG – Did you ever regret writing a character into your story after it was published?

This is my debut novel so not yet. There aren’t any characters in This Little Dark Place that I’d like to go back and change. There aren’t any purely good or purely bad characters in any of my novels, because such people don’t exist in real life. Each character in TLDP is uniquely fallible. I’ve tried to make at least something about each of them – about their defects – relatable. I think everyone will find at least one character in the book that will make them reflect; that’s me!

TWG – Did you find yourself under any personal pressure for your debut novel to succeed and be liked by many?

Only insofar as I would like it to not be my last, as I have a lot of stories to tell. When I set out on this journey my sole aim was to be regarded by someone in the industry as talented. When the amazing Eve White signed me to her agency in 2016 I received that vindication. Everything that has come since almost feels like a bonus.

TWG – Time for a tough one, if you could choose any book that has already been published to be the author of, which one would you choose and why?

I think you’re asking which book would I have like to have written? The answer to that is Infinite Jest by David Foster-Wallace. A near thousand page epic about addiction and the pressure of talent and family and post-modern life that’s as tight and muscular in its prose as a ten page short story. An astonishing achievement. It’s also terribly moving. If a book is all brains and no heart I ain’t buying it.

TWG – What does your ‘writing space’ look like?

I have a £65 desk from Argos with barely enough space for my laptop and a little lamp tucked in the corner of the living room of my little flat in south east London, which I share with my fiancé. It’s quite challenging trying to write when the hairdryer’s going of a morning let me tell you.

TWG – Were there any authors you wanted to be like, when you were a child?

When I was a child I read people like Dick King-Smith and Roald Dahl and they seemed like old men to me. The fact that the books about which I was so mad were written by people barely registered. I just wanted to be Ryan Giggs.

(TWG – didn’t we all!!)

TWG – If you had to sum up your book to a stranger in five words, what would they be and why?

Dark, twisty tale of betrayal.
Why? Because I’m no good at describing my own work and I’m fairly confident that the hundreds of people who have read advance copies would describe it kind of like this.

TWG – What’s coming up next for you? Any exclusives?

I’ve just finished writing the follow up (not a sequel) to TLDP. Eve has read it and loved it (what a relief!) and I think people who like TLDP will get a real kick out of my new one. Watch this space.

TWG – One final question. What advice would you give to a writer that wants to be published? Any words of wisdom?

A slight variation on don’t stop believing…don’t stop writing. Practice really is everything. I don’t believe in innate ability, I believe in practice, whittling your stake into a sharp point. I believe in being humble about your work, accepting that there are some incredibly smart people out there whose ideas are worth listening to. When (not if) you get a rejection, keep writing. And when that gets rejected too, keep writing. Learn to recognise your shortcomings as a writer, and move on. Don’t flog a dead horse.
That’s quite a lot isn’t it? Ha.

(TWG – anyone else now have Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ in their head?!? Wise words though, Andrew, thank you!)

Many thanks to A.S.Hatch for stopping by and answering my questions! Don’t forget that his debut novel, ‘This Little Dark Place’ will be published on the 10th October by SerpentsTail. Preorder your copy now!

#CoverReveal! #IDareYou by Sam Carrington (@sam_carrington1) @AvonBooksUK

Are you a fan of the ‘Bad Sister’ that is, Sam Carrington? Of course you are!! ‘I Dare You’ to read her books….

Especially as her newest one is called ‘I Dare You’, and I am delighted to be helping Sam and Avon to reveal the cover this afternoon!

Take a look at this!!!

AN INNOCENT GAME. A SHOCKING CRIME. A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS.

Mapledon, 1989
Two little girls were out playing a game of dares. Only one returned home.
The ten-year-old told police what she saw: village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley dragged her friend into his truck and disappeared.
No body was found, but her testimony sent Cawley to prison for murder. An open and shut case, the right man behind bars.
The village could sleep safe once again.

Now…
Anna thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call brings her back to face her past.
30 years ago, someone lied. 30 years ago, the man convicted wasn’t the only guilty party.
Now he’s out of prison and looking for revenge. The question is, who will he start with?

Geez!! Anyone else get goosebumps on their arms after this?! You can pre-order your copy right now from Amazon! Publication date is the 12th December!

#BlogTour! #Review – #IntimateStrangers by Lasairiona McMaster (@QueenOfFireLas) @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Intimate Strangers’, as well as the ARC. I am delighted to be kicking off the tour with a review.

Is there such a thing as too perfect?

Lisa Millar wasn’t supposed to fall in love with a guy on the Internet. But she did.

Other than living over five thousand miles away in America, AJ Williams is seemingly her perfect match. Strikingly handsome, musically talented, plays hockey and has a typical college-guy life.

In a moment of carpe diem, Lisa flies from Ireland to Alabama to surprise her internet-beau and finds herself face to face with an inconceivable reality that she couldn’t possibly have prepared for.

How well can you truly know someone you meet online?

Will true love win out, or will AJ’s secret life be too much for Lisa to bear?

What does TWG think?

I don’t quite know what I was expecting with ‘Intimate Strangers’, but what I got certainly wasn’t it, and no I don’t mean that negatively! This isn’t your ‘typical’ romance novel by any means, yet it has a lot of lovey dovey situations throughout the book which again, completely surprised me by the route they took.

‘Intimate Strangers’ has that YA vibe about it due to the ages of the main characters and where they are in their lives, ie college and what not. With that in mind, I was a little bit confused by how the storyline went from having a YA vibe, to having the adult vibe with a lot more mature decisions being made. Now I’m not saying that young adults are immature, not at all. In fact, some can actually be more mature than a lot of adults. What I’m meaning is that the intended audience varied instead of staying consistent with the characters. This meant that at times I felt that the main characters were coming across rather immature with the way that they presented themselves and their choices. If the storyline had remained a bit consistent, I dont think I would have thought that.

As I said before, there is a lot of love in this story! Long distance love and one that is found online of all places. Lisa plucks up the courage to travel to the other side of the world to meet a guy she has only spoken to online, never met. She put her trust in what AJ said, hoping that he was indeed telling the truth, and he had put his trust in Lisa. What happens next is a journey of life discovery, self discovery, and finding out just how deep their love for one another is.

I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed reading ‘Intimate Strangers’! Despite feeling as though several parts of the story were a bit top far fetched, I ended up becoming hooked on Lisa and AJ’s story, especially when their new relationship went through something no-one should ever have to witness, or go through themselves. The friendship groups both Lisa and AJ had were simply wonderful to see so, whilst the storyline had romance in it, the author was also telling the story of another kind of love, the type you only find in friendships.

‘Intimate Strangers’ has such a hilarious vibe to it and, all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed walking alongside Lisa and AJ on their various journeys. Im so looking forward to seeing what else is in store for this couple!

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#MorcambeandVice #BlogTour! #Review – #WhatLiesBuried by Margaret Kirk (@HighlandWriter) @BOTBSPublicity @MorecambeVice

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Many thanks to Sarah at BOTBSPublicity for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Morcambe and Vice’, where I will be reviewing ‘What Lies Buried’ from one of the attendees to the festival, Margaret Kirk. Thanks go to the author for the copy to read also. Before I begin my review, here is a link to the Morecambe and Vice website, where you’ll be able to find out more about the crime writing festival, as well as the details about tickets and such:

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A missing child. A seventy-year-old murder. And a killer who’s still on the loose.

Ten year-old Erin is missing; taken in broad daylight during a friend’s birthday party. With no witnesses and no leads, DI Lukas Mahler races against time to find her. But is it already too late for Erin – and will her abductor stop at one stolen child?

And the discovery of human remains on a construction site near Inverness confronts Mahler’s team with a cold case from the 1940s. Was Aeneas Grant’s murder linked to a nearby POW camp, or is there an even darker story to be uncovered?

With his team stretched to the limit, Mahler’s hunt for Erin’s abductor takes him from Inverness to the Lake District. And decades-old family secrets link both cases in a shocking final twist.

What does TWG think?

‘What Lies Buried’ is the second instalment in the DI Lukas Mahler series. I haven’t read the first book, ‘Shadow Man’, but I found this book alright to read as a standalone. That said, I think I probably would have benefited from knowing more of the backstory of the characters before reading the second book.

With the storyline being centred around the disappearance of a young child, the entire book has such a dark and uncertain vibe to it which made me both uncomfortable and weirdly addicted. It’s always difficult to read storylines where young children go missing or are murdered, I’m not going to lie!

‘What Lies Buried’ is my first book by Margaret Kirk and I have to say that I was very impressed by the authors attention to detail when it came to describing the case, as well as the emotions of all of those involved.

I thoroughly enjoyed following the police procedural side of the book, and I found the characters to be such a colourful and gregarious bunch. This isn’t a fast paced novel at all due to the content of the book, however the slow and steady pace works.

Definitely an intriguing and dark Scottish thriller!

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