#BlogTour! #Review – The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North (@Lauren_C_North) @TransworldBooks @AnneCater

It gives me great pleasure to host Lauren North and ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Transworld for the ARC, and thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

‘I thought she was our friend. I thought she was trying to help us.’

After the sudden death of her husband, Tess is drowning in grief. All she has left is her son, Jamie, and she’ll do anything to protect him – but she’s struggling to cope. When grief counsellor Shelley knocks on their door, everything changes. Shelley is beautiful, confident and takes control when Tess can’t bear to face the outside world. She is the perfect friend to Tess and Jamie, but when Jamie’s behaviour starts to change, and Tess starts to forget things, she begins to suspect that Shelley might not be the answer to their problems afterall. When questions arise over her husband’s death and strange things start to happen, Tess begins to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. Tess knows she must do everything she can to keep Jamie safe – but who can she trust?

What does TWG think?

  • ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ was NOT what I expected AT ALL, yet it was utterly perfect!!! It sounds weird to say that a complex, emotional novel such as this one was perfect, but it really was. Lauren North delivered on intensity, complexity, and suspense, absolutely nailing the psychologically sinister element in one of the most cleverly crafted and memorable ways I think I have ever read.
  • Now obviously I don’t wish to give anything from the storyline away and, as much as I would love to sit here and talk about the parts of the book which had my jaw dropping quicker than a Kardashian’s underwear, the element of surprise is what makes ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ such an outstanding read.

    Tess is struggling – her life is no longer what it used to be and whilst she’s not just having to deal with the obvious and physical changes in her life, poor Tess is having to succumb to the emotional truth of the matter which can often be a lot harder to come to terms with.

    The conclusion of ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ seemed to come out of nowhere – maybe I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t and I loved that I didn’t. Lauren North is an exceptionally talented author who made Tess’ life stand out from the rest in more ways than one. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t moved by certain situations in the story, because I was – in all honesty, I would have been very surprised at myself if I hadn’t felt some sort of emotional reaction to the truth behind Tess’ life.

    ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ is a novel which just keeps on giving. A novel which puts emotional, gritty, psychological suspense in the spotlight in a jaw dropping manner. I LOVED this book and if this is the calibre of what’s to come from Lauren North, I cannot wait to read more.

    Absolutely brilliant, a gritty gem of a book which blew my mind ten times over. Top book of 2019? It’s a contender, that’s for sure!! I cannot recommend this enough!

    Pre-order now – published 14th March

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    Happy paperback publication day to #NowYouSeeHer by Heidi Perks (@HeidiPerksbooks) @arrowpublishing

    I originally posted this review as part of the blog tour last year, but to celebrate the paperback release of ‘Now You See Her’, I have been asked to share it again. So I thought I would do a whole new post! Heidi Perks’ novel made my ‘Top Books of 2018’ list – carry on reading to find out why!!

    Huge thanks to Rachel Kennedy and Arrow Publishing for the advance copy in 2018 – hope you enjoy my review:


    Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.

    Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.

    Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
    Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.

    Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.

    What does TWG think?

    Helloooooooo biggest book hangover of the year! I finished reading #NowYouSeeHer in the early hours of Sunday morning, and since then I have tried (and failed) to get into several books because I am suffering with not only my biggest book hangover of the year, but my biggest book hangover EVER! I mean, come on, have you read this book yet? You must rectify that pronto as ooooohhhhhh my goodness me, what a phenomenal, hair-raising, spine tingling, and energetic read this is. I probably shouldn’t be saying this given the theme of the book, but I fluffing loved it! Obviously I didn’t love the theme, because that would be weird, BUT, I thought the way that Heidi Perks delivered it in her storyline was mind-blowing.

    ‘Now You See Her’ switches between the past and the present, and between the two main characters, Charlotte and Harriet. For the first time ever, Harriet is leaving her daughter with another person, so she asks her only friend, Charlotte, to babysit Alice alongside her own children. Simple enough, right? Wrong. One minute Alice was there, and then the next moment she was……nowhere to be seen. With guilt eating away at Charlotte from the inside out, she struggles to comprehend what has happened, especially when Alice’s disappearance hits the news and Charlotte finds herself in the firing line.

    Understandable, right? I mean, you asked your best friend to babysit your daughter, hoping that they would look after her and return her safely at the arranged time. Therefore, you would expect that to happen, you wouldn’t expect to be told that your daughter was now missing. Well, I wouldn’t.

    Obviously, the police get involved and Charlotte finds herself growing accustom to the decor in the local police station as they try to get to the bottom of Alice’s disappearance. However, due to Charlotte being unable to give the police the answers they require, will it mean that her cards are now marked?

    With the publicity of ‘Now You See Her’, the publishers have hashtags with #TeamCharlotte and #TeamHarriet on them, but to be perfectly honest, I still can’t say which team I am on! Can’t I say that I am on #TeamCharriet? There is so much to this storyline aside from the missing child. I would love to be able to go into detail, but I can’t due to spoilers. I just want to talk about this book!!!! Someone? Anyone?!

    Just like most psychological thrillers/crime/suspense novels I read, I attempt to work out whodunnit before I reach the end of the book. Let’s just say that I won’t be making Detective anytime soon! Although, giving myself a teeny bit of credit, I was pretty adamant that I had the culprit by halfway through this book, but I quickly found myself questioning my own decision the more the storyline progressed.

    Heidi Perks is an exceptional writer – not only has she written about the lives of multiple characters, she has written them in such a way that makes the reader question every conceivable thing. The weird thing about that though, is the fact that the words are written just like any other book, in black and white. Perks may have just been describing the events of what happened the day Alice went missing, yet there was definitely more to those words that meets the eye.

    ‘Now You See Her’ is a very, very cleverly written novel which had me on high alert from the first page, until the very last. I am utterly flabbergasted by the strength behind the authors words, and how my mind was able to convey them due to the snippets of doubt which Heidi Perks laced her words with. At the very beginning, my mind was strong and things made perfect sense. But, by the time I had reached the end of the book, I was unable to trust anything. Hell, I didn’t even believe it when the clock said that it was 1.45am!

    I am envious of every reader who gets to read ‘Now You See Her’ for the very first time – you are in for an absolute treat! Heidi Perks has written a truly phenomenal book and I, hand on heart, cannot find fault with a single thing. My first thought as I finished this book, was ‘one of the best books I have ever read’, but now, I have to say that that has changed now that I have had the time to digest Perks’ outstanding talent. ‘Now You See Her’ is my most favourite book of all time, my most favourite book of 2018, and Heidi Perks has very quickly become one of my all time favourite authors. This is a book to lose yourself in, and Heidi Perks should be incredibly proud of what she has achieved! I know I am, and I didn’t even write it! I cannot WAIT to read more from this author, that’s for sure, even if she has set the bar incredibly high!

    Highly recommended, ‘Now You See Her’ is THE book to read without any disturbance, and Heidi Perks is definitely THE author to watch in the future. Bloomin’ brilliant!

    Buy now from Amazon

    #BlogTour! #Review – #TheScentOfDeath by Simon Beckett (@BeckettSimon) @HJ_Barnes @TransworldBooks

    Fifth and final blog tour of the day is for yet another suspenseful read; ‘The Scent of Death’ by Simon Beckett. Many thanks to Hayley Barnes for the blog tour invite and ARC. Please do excuse my late posting – I was fighting with my daughters pet bunny (don’t worry, no bunnies were harmed!!). Here is my review:

    It’s been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well and he’s in demand again as a police consultant. Life is good.

    Then a call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and she’d like Hunter to take a look.

    The empty shell of St Jude’s Hospital now stands awaiting demolition, its only visitors society’s outcasts, addicts and dealers. A partially mummified corpse has been discovered in the hospital’s cavernous loft, but not even Hunter can say how long it’s been there. All he knows for sure is that it’s the body of a young woman. And that she was pregnant.

    But the collapse of the loft floor reveals another of the hospital’s secrets. A sealed-off chamber, still with beds inside. Some of them occupied…

    For Hunter, what began as a straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare that threatens everyone around him. And as the investigation springs more surprises, one thing is certain.

    St Jude’s hasn’t claimed its last victim . . .

    What does TWG think?

    My poor bank account! I think I’ve found another series I need to stock up on! I cannot believe I have never read a Simon Beckett novel before. I am pleased to say that, despite ‘The Scent of Death’ being the sixth book in the series, it works well as a stand-alone. Obviously if you wanted to know more about the history of the characters, reading previous books would be advantageous I assume….seeing as I haven’t done that. Sniff.

    If it were anything other than fiction, dead bodies wouldn’t really be something I would lean towards, however when Simon Beckett makes his readers aware of a dead body or two at the very beginning, I was gripped right there and then.

    I thought that the storyline was very well thought out and clearly meticulous planned, especially as there was a lot going on and a lot of events seemed to interlink with each other. The main character, David Hunter, is a tough personality to gauge. He is admirable what with his job and what not, but there were several kinks in his personality which left me a little bit unsure about him overall. Not complaining though!

    ‘The Scent of Death’ is definitely a story which takes the readers on a journey. I loved witnessing things from David Hunter’s point of view as and when he found them, as it added to the suspense and kept my attention focused on the storyline for the duration.

    I am gutted that I didn’t find this series sooner, but I cannot wait to binge read from book one. Simon Beckett is such a captivating storyteller who delivers grit and intensity in a way which makes my toes tingle – an author who is now high on my radar!

    Buy now!

    #BlogTour! #Review – #Home by Amanda Berriman (@MandyBerriman) @PenguinRHUK @AnneCater

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    It’s a very busy day here at TWG, and I am delighted to be kicking the day off with my review of ‘Home’ by Amanda Berriman. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Penguin Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

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    Jesika is four and a half.

    She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window.

    And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.

    She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.

    What does TWG think?

    Does anyone know if double-sided tape will fix a broken heart? Asking for a friend….

    Actually no, I’m not asking for a friend. I’m asking for myself because I still have absolutely no idea how to piece my heart back together after reading ‘Home’. Now I’m not too sure whether my heart broke because the narrative was the voice of a four-year old girl, Jesika, or whether it was because the theme of the book is one that hit home (pardon the pun) rather drastically. Maybe it’s both, I really have no idea. I just know that my heart shattered…

    As I’ve just said, ‘Home’ is told by four-year old girl, Jesika. Yep, that’s right – the entire story is written from a four year olds perspective, including the language that a young girl like Jesika may use. Little Jesika doesn’t understand why a man is shouting at her mummy, or why her little brother and mummy are constantly coughing and crying. She also doesn’t understand why the floor is wet in their bedroom or why the big box in the kitchen stops working and makes the house cold.

    Whilst Jesika’s situation is heartbreaking in itself and her innocence to the entire situation is enough to make the strongest person melt into a puddle, the storyline became even more heartbreaking as it progressed. I don’t want to give too much away, but a new girl has appeared at Jesika’s playgroup, little Paige, and, whilst Jesika wants to try to take her under her wing as much as a four-year can, there is a lot more to Paige that meets the eye. Way, way more.

    I said at the start of this review that the theme of ‘Home’ hit home drastically, and I still stand by that fact because, if you have already read this book, you will understand what I’m about to say and the meaning behind it. However, if you haven’t yet read this book, I urge you to stock up on tissues and all will become clear once you digest the words for yourself…..

    I was Paige.

    No, I don’t mean that I am actually Paige in this book, I mean that at one point in my life, I was ‘a Paige’. I had endured a situation very similar to hers and I just wanted to reach into the book and protect her from it. But I couldn’t and, as weird as this sounds, I actually felt as though I was letting her down because I couldn’t protect her. Daft eh?

    Many readers will be able to relate to ‘Home’ on various different levels. In an ideal world, nobody would be able to relate to the situations covered in the book, but the big wide world isn’t perfect. What I loved most about this book was the way in which Amanda Berriman captured my heart from the very beginning by telling her story via Jesika. I have never read a book which was told from a person as young as Jesika before and I thought it was such a clever way of bringing the heartbreak home. I mean, people need to sit up and take notice of children, don’t they?

    I thought the themes were written realistically yet sensitively, keeping the impact of the devastating circumstances as real as possible as though the events were actually unfolding before your eyes. It was hard to read, but then storylines like this shouldn’t be easy to read, should they?

    Amanda Berriman is a phenomenal, phenomenal storyteller who has created a suspenseful, heartbreaking novel in the most beautiful way possible. It was flawless and highly emotional, and probably one of the most outstanding books I think I have ever read.

    I’m not ashamed to admit that my eyes leaked a bit at the end of the book, nor am I ashamed to admit that my body was exhausted from the emotional rollercoaster I had just read. But, hand on heart, I think that everyone needs to be put under Jesika’s spell as she tells the story of her life in the way that she sees it – innocently.

    A stunning portrayal of heartbreak, innocence, and the power of friendship – ‘Home’ is the book of all books to make you feel like you truly are, at home.

    Buy now!

    #Blogtour! #Review – The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper (@toodletinkbaby) @AnneCater @tesshenderson1 @EburyPublishing

    Finally! It’s my turn on the blog tour for Roxie Cooper and her phenomenal new book, ‘The Day We Met’. Many thanks to Tess Henderson for the ARC, and thanks to Anne for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

    Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. 

    Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

    When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

    Ten years. Two people. One epic love story

    What does TWG think?

    Stop everything, unplug the phones, grab all of the tissues from your local supermarket, and get ready to go on the journey of a lifetime. Hell, I don’t even know how much you can prepare yourself for this book because I thought I was mentally prepared, but I was far from it.

    Steph and Jamie meet each other by chance, and end up with a connection even BT would be proud of. So what is the problem? Well, the two characters may have found themselves getting on very well with each other, and they may understand each other on all sorts of levels, but the thing is – there can’t be no ‘thing’ between them as one is married and one is engaged.

    Steph thought she had everything. She thought she was with a man who understood her little quirks, accepted her flaws, and loved her for who she was. And Jamie, he really had really found the love of his life. The yin to his yang. Hence why he married her, so why was he willing to risk everything for a stranger?

    Without divulging too much, ‘The Day We Met’ is a very unique, yet very realistic portrayal of romance and the ups and downs of relationships. Roxie Cooper has created characters which are flawed, and have deep routed issues. She has also created characters who are sure of themselves and have their own five year plan, planned to perfection. The beauty of the contrasting characters in this book is that they work so well together and make the storyline come alive absolutely brilliantly.

    Now, I was lucky enough to read this book last year and I am not ashamed to admit that I ugly cried to the point my body felt as though it had run out of water. I’m not even being dramatic as I instagrammed the fetching picture!

    As the storyline progresses, the author drops hints about what lay ahead. If you’re anything like me, you would ignore those hints and pretend that the author has no idea what she is talking about. Yes, I refused to accept the possibility of an event. And yes, it did come back to bite me on the booty but only because I had fallen head over heels in love with both of the main characters and their journeys. I wanted them to celebrate, to be happy in each of their newfound situations, but life isn’t like that, is it?

    I was utterly devastated by the turn of events later on in the story, but I couldn’t help but but be mesmerised by the beauty of how everything came together.

    Yes, ‘One Day We Met’ is extremely emotional, but it is, beyond belief, the most beautifully written, heart wrenching, touching, and poignant novel I have ever read.

    Roxie Cooper has written a movie worthy, highly enchanting, wonderfully crafted novel which has taken my heart hostage forever. Such a phenomenal, phenomenal read – I loved it!

    Buy now!

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Suspect by Fiona Barton (@figbarton) @TransworldBooks @AnneCater #TheSuspect


    It’s TWG’s turn to host today’s stop on Fiona Barton’s blog tour and no, I’m not ‘The Suspect’, honest!! Many thanks to Transworld Books for the ARC, and huge thanks as always, to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite. Here is my review of ‘The Suspect’:

    The new must-read thriller from the author of Sunday Times bestseller, THE WIDOW, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, THE CHILD.

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    ‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’

    When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

    Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.

    And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

    What does TWG think?

    Oh this was clever. This was very, very clever!!

    What would you do if you found yourself being on the receiving end of a journalists questions, instead of being the one asking them? Would you be annoyed? Happy that they’re just doing their job? Or would you feel betrayed by the people you call friends? The people who, up until recently, were working alongside you, trying to find the latest showstopper piece to put in the newspaper. I would feel a tad betrayed although I could appreciate that they were just doing their job…..to a point. That said, it would all depend on the reason why they were hounding you in the first place, wouldn’t it?

    Two missing girls, two frantic families, and nobody wanting to give out straight answers – sounds a tad stressful! Kate, forever being a journalist, is determined to find out information about the mission girls before the rivals. However, due to the fact that her own son hasn’t been in contact much as he decided to venture to a different country to ‘clear his head’, trying to get the exclusive without turning it personal is quite testing for Kate.

    Obviously I won’t spill spoilers here, but whilst ‘The Suspect’ does start off slow and steady, the storyline gradually picks up speed as the storyline progresses, before concluding with an absolute firework of a closing chapter. Put it this way – if the storyline had teeth, it would have bitten me. I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase before, and it’s oh so relevant here. Knowing what I know now, I SHOULD have seen it coming, but because the author was very clever with the way she wrote each eventuality and the characters reactions, I ended up not seeing it coming at all and it left me with a jaw nearly reaching the floor in shock. And no, I’m not even being over dramatic either!

    ‘The Suspect’ is written from different points of views and, whilst that can often be confusing for some, Fiona Barton made it perfectly clear whose point of view was in the spotlight each time, upping the grit with such short and sharp chapters. Patience is a virtue where this book is concerned, yet on the other side of the coin my lack of patience and constant urge to find out what happened, enabled me to fly through the book like no tomorrow. I just couldn’t help myself!

    Fiona Barton is, and I’ll say it again, a very clever writer who certainly knows how to make her readers think. I was so impressed by what I read, and I cannot wait to read more from this author.

    A brilliantly written, jaw dropping novel which left me gasping in shock – what more could you want?!

    Buy now from Amazon

    #BlogTour! #Review – My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber (@byLizzyBarber) @arrowpublishing @Rachel90Kennedy #MyNameIsAnna

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    I feel as though I’ve been waiting 475859483 days for my tour stop to finally be here (might be a SLIGHT exaggeration)! Can you tell I’m eager to share my review? Damn right I am, and I get to do that today! Many thanks to Rachel for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for the ARC. Here is my review of ‘My Name is Anna’ by Lizzy Barber:

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    Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
    How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

    ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.

    She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?

    ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.

    But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?

    What does TWG think?

    ‘My name is ANNA!’ Is it? Is it really?

    Wow, this storyline did not disappoint at all! I won’t delve too much into how I digested the storyline so to speak, as I may end up giving something away unintentionally.

    Reading about Anna’s life made my spine tingle as it was quite scary. It’s crazy to think that stuff like this actually happens in real life. I’m not saying that I will be rolling my daughter up in bubblewrap and fitting her with enough lights to rival the Christmas tree in New York, just so that I can see her, due to the contents of this story. No..its just every parents worry though, isn’t it?

    ‘My Name is Anna’ follows the journey of Anna, a young girl who is living the only life she has ever known, until one day something triggers her memory and snippets of 15 years ago come back to her. Why? Why now?

    The book also follows the journey of another young girl, Rosie, and her family as they deal with the aftermath of their loved one disappearing off the face of the Earth. Surely someone must have seen them? Surely someone must know SOMETHING?!

    It was quite hard to separate my emotions when the storyline switched between Anna and Rosie, especially as their situations couldn’t seem further apart if they tried. I mean, Anna didn’t know Rosie. She didn’t even know that Rosie’s sister was missing – it’s not like she was allowed to sit in front of the T.V. every day….her mother had very strict boundaries!

    I loved how fast paced the storyline was – it kept me on my toes even when the storyline came across a little predictable. By the way, I don’t mean that the predictability was a negative thing as usually I would say that it would be, however Lizzy Barber made it seem intentional because the truth became clear early on in the book, yet it was as though us readers were the only one in on the secret. If that makes any sense!!

    The conclusion of ‘My Name is Anna’ was very well carved out and fitted in with the aftermath very nicely. It was realistic, in keeping with the overall theme, and highlighted the fact that biology, in the grand scheme of things, means nada if the nurturing side is completely different. How could someone change everything that they believed in, just because that was intended?

    Lizzy Barber has written a brilliant, brilliant novel which had me hooked from start to finish. If this is the strength of Barber’s debut novel, I eagerly await her second novel! A chilling, realistic, and addictive novel which gripped me tightly than ever before!

    Buy now!

    About the author.

    Lizzy Barber studied English at Corpus Christ College, Cambridge University. After ‘previous lives’ acting and working in film development, she is now the Head of Brand and Marketing for a restaurant group, working with her brother, a restaurateur.
    Her debut novel, MY NAME IS ANNA, was the winner of the Daily Mail crime writing competition, and will be published in hardbook in January 2019 by Century, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The North American edition, retitled ANNA IN THE DARK will be published in December 2019.

    She is currently hard at work on her next thriller. Lizzy lives in London with her husband, George, food writer and strategy consultant. They are expecting their first child in January 2019.

    #BlogTour! #Review – #TheChestnutMan by Søren Sveistrup #SørenSveistrup @JennyPlatt90 @MichaelJBooks

    Excuse my 1.5hr lateness, I have literally just finished reading it! I am very excited to be sharing my review of ‘The Chestnut Man’ by the writer of ‘The Killing’, Søren Sveistrup. Many thanks to Jenny Platt and Michael Joseph for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

    THE DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE CREATOR AND WRITER OF THE KILLING

    One blustery October morning in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts. 

    Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who’s just been kicked out of Europol. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead – the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. 

    The man who confessed to her murder is behind bars and the case is long since closed. 

    Soon afterwards, another woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case, the murdered women and a killer who is spreading fear throughout the country. But what is it?

    Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it’s clear that the murderer is on a mission that is far from over . . .

    What does TWG think?

    If you had said to me before I started blogging, that I would be reading a book about brutal killings, gruesome discoveries, and thrilling content which will make you hope that anything from your stomach stayed there, I would have burst out laughing. Seriously. I wouldn’t have wanted to read it, let alone enjoy it. It’s funny how things change though, isn’t it!! Fast forward nearly three years and I have read and enjoyed the exact book I said I wouldn’t read. Why? Because I like stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to books, and ‘The Chestnut Man’ certainly didn’t disappoint!

    At just shy of 500 pages, ‘The Chestnut Man’ is quite a gutsy novel and, due to the intricate and detailed content throughout, the storyline does require a bit of brainpower and concentration. People usually associate chestnuts with Christmas time or as a snack in chocolate, whereas this author does not.

    Chestnuts are heavily involved in this story (not just in the title), due to multiple killings where chestnuts are left at the scene of the crime in the form of a Chestnut man. Whilst it’s clear that no killing is a ‘usual’ killing, the fact that the sadistic ahem behind these killings enjoys amputating his victims, highlights the fact that they clearly aren’t textbook events. If there is such a thing, but I’m sure you know what I mean!

    The details of the amputations are described very vividly early on in the book, as are the gruesome murders, both of which caused my face to contort in a very ugly manner. Usually said gruesome descriptions would have had me running for the hills, yet weirdly I couldn’t help but find myself gripping hold of the book even tighter. I was absolutely hooked. Who was ‘The Chestnut Man’? Why did he set his sights on particular people? Why were chestnuts even involved? Would Thulin and Hess ever reach the bottom of a case that just kept getting more and more complicated?

    There are a lot of characters to keep tabs on in this book, and sometimes the too-ing and fro-ing between them all, as well as trying to remember who was who and who worked where, did end up making me a bit confused on more than one occasion. It took me a little while to slot all the characters into place in my mind, but once I did I found the storyline much smoother on that front.

    I did struggle to gel with Thulin and Hess at times, but the fact that they were so different created fireworks in the story which were brilliant to read. I could understand their frustration though, as the case kept expanding quicker than they were solving it.

    ‘The Chestnut Man’ is a very in depth novel, but it is one that has been written in a way that made my jaw drop. The intensity through this book was out of this world, and the descriptions were brutal yet highly gripping. I couldn’t tear my eyes away even if I wanted to.

    I had no idea what to expect from this book, however I have come away with a new author to watch and a storyline which I reckon I will be thinking about for a long time to come. Gruesomely thrilling – I’ll never look at a Chestnut in the same way ever again!!

    ‘The Chestnut Man’ will be published on the 10th January but is available to pre-order now from Amazon.

    TWG’s #TopBooksOf2018! (@Bookouture @littlebookcafe @PanMacmillan @HarperImpulse @Headlinepg @TeamBATC @bwpublishing @MichaelJBooks @TransworldBooks @OrionBooks @AvonBooksUK @QuercusBooks @Aria_fiction) & more!

    Oh my goodness me, what a PHENOMENAL year its been for books! I have had the pleasure of reading some truly amazing books this year, and whittling my 368 reads down to a selection of my favourites was incredibly difficult.

    2018 has seen the growth of debut authors with debut novels, brilliant additions to intense series, and authors bringing out standalone novels which made me laugh out loud and my toes curl (clearly I mean two different genre’s…obviously!). Before I start sharing my favourite reads of 2018 with you all, let me just take this moment to say a MASSIVE thank you to all of the publishers who have sent me ARC’s in the post, approved me on Netgalley, asked me to be on blog tours – I am so honoured to work with every single one of you! Huge thank you to the publicists and blog tour organisers who also invite me to take part in some rather fabulous blog tours and who share my posts left right and centre, it is an absolute pleasure to work alongside you. Lastly, thank you SO much to all of the authors who continue to give me the escape and distraction I need from my everyday life with their incredible words – I am so excited to see what the new year brings for all of you. You are all amazing.

    Actually, one last thing; thank you to all of my fellow bloggers for just being you and for supporting my posts, especially when I end up being on 6 blog tours in one day. Your support means the world to me and I cannot wait to follow your blogs again next year to see what fabulous reads have tickled your fancy.

    So, let’s get to this list shall we? I’m cheating a little bit in my list as I have combined series as I couldn’t pick just one book from the series…so I chose them all. You’ll see what I mean when I get to it. This list is in no particular order, however when I get nearer the end, I will put a couple of the books in order to share my top read of 2018.

    Ready? Let’s go!

    #Review – The Endless Beach by @JennyColgan @littlebookcafe #TheEndlessBeach #publicationday

    #BlogTour! #Review – #WeOwnTheSky by Luke Allnutt (@lukeallnutt) @TrapezeBooks

    #BlogTour! #Review – #OnlyChild by Rhiannon Navin (@RhiannonNavin) @JessDuffyy @Panmacmillan

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans (@Be_the_spark) @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @RaRaResources @HarperImpulse

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans (@HarrietEvans) @headlinepg @Annecater @Bookish_becky

    #BlogBlitz! #Review – The Next Girl by Carla Kovach (@CKovachAuthor) @Bookouture

    #Review – You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac (@CatherineIsaac_) @TeamBATC @SimonSchusterUK @BookMinxSJV

    #BlogTour! #Review – #LittleBigMan by Katy Regan (@katyreganwrites) @panmacmillan @MantleBooks @ChablisPoulet

    #BlogBlitz! #Review – One Way or Another by Colleen Coleman (@CollColemanAuth) @Bookouture

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison (@NoelleHarrison) @bwpublishing

    #BlogBlitz! #Review – The Almost Wife by Jade Beer (@JadeBRIDES) @Bookouture

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Island Villa by Lily Graham (@LilyGrahamBooks) @Bookouture

    #BlogTour! #Review – No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister (@GillianMAuthor) @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90

    #BlogTour! #Review – #NowYouSeeHer by Heidi Perks (@HeidiPerksBooks) @arrowpublishing

    #BlogTour! #Review – Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman (@KathrynFreeman1) @ChocLitUK @RaRaResources

    #BlogTour! #Review – #TheLightBetweenUs by Katie Khan (@Katie_Khan) @TransworldBooks @hannahlbright29 @AnneCater #RandomThingsTours

    #BlogTour! #Review -Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas (@jo_thomas1) @AnneCater @HeadlinePG @Bookish_Becky @DavidHHeadley

    #Review – My Mad Dad by Robyn Hollingworth (@MyMadDadStory) @trapezebooks @orionbooks

    #BlogTour! #Review – In Bloom by C.J.Skuse (@CJSkuse) @HQStories

    #BlogTour! #Review – Kiss of Death by Paul Finch (@paulfinchauthor) @AvonBooksUK #KissOfDeath

    #BlogTour! #MiniReview – #WhileIWasSleeping by Dani Atkins (@AtkinsDani) @simonschusteruk @TeamBATC

    #BlogTour! #Review – Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne (@Raeannethayne) @MillsandBoon

    #BlogTour! #Extract – Perfect Silence by Helen Fields (@Helen_Fields) @AvonBooksUK

    I’ve popped one book here for Lisa Regan and D.K.Hood, but for me the entire series are absolutely brilliant and I urge you to buy them all!

    #BlogTour! #Review – Her Final Confession by Lisa Regan (@lisalregan) @Bookouture

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Crying Season by D.K.Hood (@dkhood_author) @Bookouture

    #BlogTour! #Review -Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer (@kelrimmerwrites) @headlinepg @phoebe_swinburn @annecater

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

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul (@GillPaulauthor) @Headlinepg @annecater

    Right, we are nearing the end now so here are my favourite reads of 2018 numbers 11-2 (in no order)

    #BlogBlitz! #Review – Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood (@lwestwoodwriter) @aria_fiction @rararesources

    #BlogTour! #Review – I Wanted To Tell You By Anna Mansell (@AnnaMansell) @Bookouture

    #Review – How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (@katherinecenter) @Panmacmillan @EllisKeene

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper (@ItsEmmaCooper) @HeadlinePG @AnneCater

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis (@EmilyGunnis) @HeadlinePG @AnneCater @Phoebe_Swinburn

    #BlogTour! #Review – This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell (@JillMansell) @Headlinepg @AnneCater

    #BlogTour! #Review – The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave (@HollyACave) @QuercusBooks #MemoryChamber

    #BlogTour! #Review – #TheConfession by Jo Spain (@spainjoanne) @QuercusFiction @AnneCater @QuercusBooks

    #BlogTour! #Review – I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford (@sjfordauthor) @RaRaResources

    #BlogTour! #Review – #MakeOrBreak by Catherine Bennetto (@cathbennetto) @Simonschusteruk @TeamBATC

    I just want to say a special mention to Sarah Vaughan’s ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ – I read that book this time last year before it was released early 2018, and it’s a book I will forever be shouting about until I am blue in the face. I’ll even go as far to say that it is still a top book of mine a year after reading it. You can read my review here:

    #BlogTour! #Review – #AnatomyofaScandal by Sarah Vaughan (@Svaughanauthor) @simonschusterUK

    We have reached TWG’s Top Book of 2018!!!! I may be slightly cheating here as this book isn’t out until 1st February 2019, but due to the fact that I actually read this book this year, I felt that I was able to include it in my favourite reads of this year. I’m sure you’re wondering what that is……

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    I haven’t written a review of this book yet as I am on the blog tour for it next year. However, ‘The Day We Met’ by Roxie Cooper completely blew my mind and left tears rolling down my cheeks like a homemade waterfall. Stephanie and Jamie are two, highly complex, emotional and brilliantly written characters, I cannot see how anyone wouldn’t fall in love with them like I did. For me this book was everything I could have hoped for and more.

    I will do a full review on the blog tour next year, but if you fancy pre-ordering your copy now based on my views above, you can do so now here!

    That’s it folks! TWG’s Top Books of 2018! How many have you read? How many are you going to read? Let me know in the comments and keep me posted! Thank you all so much for sticking with me for another year, here’s to yet another fantastic year for books.

    See you next year, folks!!

    Kaisha x

    #CoverReveal! ‘The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North (@Lauren_C_North) @TransworldBooks

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    Cover reveal time!!!!!

    I just love cover reveals, do you? I already know that the author of this book has already revealed the cover on her social media channels, so if you have already seen it just pretend that you haven’t ;).

    It gives me great pleasure to be revealing the cover for Lauren North’s upcoming debut novel, ‘The Perfect Betrayal’ which will be published by Transworld Books in March 2019 – how exciting!!

    Are you ready for this?

    No, I mean REALLYYYYY ready?!

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    ‘I thought she was our friend. I thought she was trying to help us.’

    After the sudden death of her husband, Tess Clarke is drowning in grief. All she has left is
    her son, Jamie, and she’ll do anything to protect him – but she’s struggling to cope.

    When grief counsellor Shelley knocks on their door, everything changes. Shelley is beautiful, confident and takes control when Tess can’t bear to face the outside world.

    But when questions arise over her husband’s death and strange things start to happen, Tess begins to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. Tess knows she must do
    everything she can to keep Jamie safe – but who can she trust?

    I don’t often read blurbs before I read a book, but seeing as I will be a whole year older when this book is released (haha), I thought one wouldn’t hurt. OMG it sounds fabulous! I cannot wait to read it.

    What do you guys think?
    Will you be pre-ordering it?

    Let me know in the comments!

    If you do wish to pre-order Lauren North’s upcoming novel, you can do so now via Amazon.

    Roll on March 2019!

    About the author.

    Lauren writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the
    darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation. 

    Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside.

    Readers can follow Lauren on
    Twitter @Lauren_C_North and Facebook @LaurenNorthAuthor