#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.

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#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

Weekly Wrap Up! (1)
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

#BlogTour! #Review – #SomeKindOfWonderful by Giovanna Fletcher (@MrsGiFletcher) @MichaelJBooks @BTUKatie

It is a pleasure to be involved in the blog tour for ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ by Giovanna Fletcher. Many thanks to Katie from Michael Joseph for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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Happiness can be found where you least expect it . . .
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When the love of your life says you’re not The One, what next?

After celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks Lizzy and Ian are about to get engaged.

Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ‘better half’.

But how much has Ian changed her, and who is she without him?

Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

What does TWG think?

There are times in life when you just need to read an uplifting, awe-inspiring, heartfelt novel,. Before I read ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’, I was definitely in the mindset of ‘omg can someone take me away from all this shizzle….’. I needed to read a book that allowed me to escape, give me hope and try to defrost the several layers around my heart.

Did it work?

At first I thought the storyline was a bit too sickly sweet, however, within a couple of chapters Lizzy’s world began to overshadow my grumpy mood and I ended up losing myself in hers and Connie’s lives.

Lizzy has been with her boyfriend for over ten years. They live together. Their lives are merged, yet for Lizzy, something is missing. I say something like it’s a very small thing, but it’s not. It’s something that Lizzy has been waiting for. It’s something that Lizzy’s friends and family have been waiting for. That said, it’s NOT something that Ian, her boyfriend, has been waiting for. All I will say here is that if Ian deserved extremely colourful language, and I may….just MAY have accidentally, probably, purposely…….called him a c-bomb out loud whilst my daughter was asleep (thankfully). Don’t look at me like that, he deserved it! Look, I have nothing against his choice as such because if he chooses that something isn’t for him, then who is anyone to judge? What I was miffed about was the way in which he conducted his twat-ism, because lets face it, he was very twattish.

I loved how we got to watch Lizzy blossom again, as she tried to find the confidence to spread her wings and live life selfishly. It’s clear that the last ten years of her life had been exciting, but it was also clear that those ten years ended up changing Lizzy. I know, I know – time does change people, it’s when you end up losing sight of yourself that you have a problem. Luckily Lizzy realised that, but it came with a price.

Even though I did think that the storyline was a bit too sickly to begin with (I blame my foul mood), I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book as the uplifting theme was very contagious. I’ll admit that I wasn’t in the frame of mind to suddenly make over my life, yet ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ made me want to do that. I adore Giovanna Fletcher’s heartfelt writing style as I could tell that the author believed in everything she was writing, even the uncertain parts in the book. I also loved how colourful all of the characters were – take a look at Connie for example. A woman who considered swiping left or right a pastime, yet Tinder ended up becoming an after thought. The personalities of the characters in this book could not be more different and whilst I thought that was a brilliant move, I found it to be brave as I’m sure a lot of readers may find some of their personality traits a little….shall we say, questionable? I didn’t…FYI. I laughed out loud and rubbed my genie lamp (no…that’s not a euphemism….I’m not Lizzy’s sister!) as I wanted a best friend like Connie!

Speaking of Lizzy’s sister. Hahahaha omg, Michelle is a hoot and again, even if you weren’t aware of Giovanna’s background from the media, you can definitely tell that the author has children because half of the things that were written involving Michelle just couldn’t have been Googled. High five sister!

All in all, ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ truly is, some kind of wonderful. I mean, it doesn’t matter whether you are in the most rubbish mood ever to begin with, or whether you’re sitting on your bed naked singing ‘All By Myself’ before starting this book, as I can guarantee that this book will end up making you laugh out loud, sigh with hope, and think about your own life whilst dusting off your SClub7 cd’s.

Giovanna Fletcher has a magical way of writing, and ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ is proof of that. An all round, gem of a book which made me feel rather cosy. ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ indeed!

Buy now!

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


I am beyond delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘The Light Between Us’ by Katie Khan. Big thank you to Anne Cater and #RandomThingsTours for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Transworld Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

Thea and Isaac first met at University. Theirs was an instant connection but it never went further than friendship.

Because, then and now, Thea only has eyes for her work. Not just her course, but also a private project – Thea is determined to prove that time travel is not just the stuff of science fiction. And she has never told anyone the reason why.

When one of their friends goes missing in an experiment, Isaac and Thea must work together to find her – forcing them to re-examine their own friendship.

Is it really as platonic as they used to think?

The Light Between Us is a story of unrequited love and second chances. It begs the dangerous question that we all ask ourselves – what could have been?

What does TWG think?

Look I’ll be honest – if I was watching TV and a film about time travelling came on, I would instantly switch over. For me personally, the whole science fiction, portal, time travelling sorta stuff has never been my cup of tea. Until now. Yes, yes, I know. I am as surprised as you are. However, my feelings on the theme of the book have changed due to Katie Khan. Whether I would find another fictional novel containing science fiction, as outstanding as this one, I’m not too sure. All I know is, is that Katie Khan has completely and utterly blown me away. What a beautifully written, engaging, mind-blowing and thought-provoking read this is. I have honestly never read anything like it, but if Katie Khan’s future releases are going to be anything like this one, I think I have now found my go-to author for science fiction and the like.

It is incredibly difficult to write this review without giving away spoilers, so I am hoping my vagueness will intrigue you enough to buy yourself a copy.

That said, have you ever believed in something so much, you couldn’t think about anything else except that one thing? Have you ever felt so determined to prove people wrong, you end up doing things out of character? Some might say that that is going overboard. Others might say that being passionate isn’t a bad thing. But, if you end up being close to losing people you love because your mind is heading down one path, and one path only, sometimes the only question you need to ask yourself is, ‘Is this all really worth it?’.

How many of you have sat thinking about your past, wondering what situations would have been like if….oh I don’t know, Santa Claus wore green and Christmas Day was in July? Or what would have happened if you chose not to hold a grudge because your best friend borrowed your pencil and never returned it? Or even, what things would have been like if you were brought up differently, your parents chose different paths for you, and the decisions you made weren’t the ones you actually wanted to make? We all have done something like that, I’m sure. Granted the grudges and Christmas Day ideologies may be slightly different, but I had to throw them in there just in case.

Thea, like us, has sat pondering about her life and wondered ‘what if’. Two short ones, yet they’re full of copious amounts of uncertainty. Unlike us, Thea has science at her fingertips, and boy does she know how to use it. I’m no science buff at all yet I believed I could turn into a physicist after reading this book! Not going to happen, obviously, but Thea made me believe! Whilst I didn’t understand the scientific experiment completely, I still managed to get bowled over by the intelligence within, including the outstanding historical facts that feature later on in the book. People say that you don’t learn anything from fictional books, and I can say that that is a load of tosh as Katie Khan and ‘The Light Between Us’ taught me multiple things!

The only way I can describe my true feelings of this book is if I told you to sit and imagine a dark sky, splattered with millions of twinkly stars, no background noise except the sound of your own breathing, feeling content with every minor detail of your current life. So much so, that quiet night sky has turned into a rainbow of colour as fireworks light up the sky….just because. When I closed the book early hours of this morning, I felt like anything was possible. I felt the frisson of excitement thanks to Thea’s enthusiasm. But, most importantly, my heart was beating like fireworks, with a massive grin plastered on my face. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but that is how I felt.

I wish I could give this more than five stars, I really do. I just hope that when the author looks up at the night sky tonight to see the stars, she realises that the millions of twinkly stars in the sky still is nowhere near the amount of stars this books deserves, yet its close enough.

Katie Khan, you lit up my world for the duration of the book and for that, I thank you. What a powerful, powerful read – I urge you all to get yourself a copy and ignore everyone and everything whilst you read it.

‘The Light Between Us’ will be available to buy on the 9th August, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon

#CoverReveal!! #MyNameIs @ByLizzyBarber @Arrowpublishing


There is nothing more exciting than to receive an e-mail from a publisher asking you to take part in a very special cover reveal -jumps up and down-. YES, I got asked! Today I have the honour of helping to reveal the cover of an upcoming release which is being dubbed Arrow Publishing’s ‘biggest release for Spring 2019’. How exciting!

So, before I reveal the rather fetching cover, here is a little bit more about the book itself, as well as a bit more about the author who put pen to paper:

Two sisters desperate to unlock the truth. But how much will they sacrifice to lay the past to rest?

Anna is eighteen today. She has been taught by her Mamma that cleanliness and purity are the path to God. But Anna is rebelling. She’s waited her whole life to visit Florida’s biggest theme park and now she’s going against her Mamma’s wishes. So why, when Anna arrives, is she so certain she’s been there before?

Rosie has grown up in the shadow of a missing sister she barely remembers. Her parents’ relationship has been fractured by fifteen years of searching for their daughter. Now Rosie is determined to uncover the truth, however painful, before it tears her family apart…

An enthralling debut thriller about a young woman’s quest to uncover her identity. Published by Century, Penguin Random House in e-book on 6th November 2018, and in hardback on 10th January 2019.

Put those dates in your diaries folks, because if the synopsis is anything to go by, this book is going to be an absolute belter!

#MyNameIs was written by author, Lizzy Barber, and here is some more information about her:

Lizzy Barber studied English at Cambridge University and works as the head of brand and marketing for a restaurant group. Her debut novel, My Name is Anna, was the winner of the Daily Mail crime writing competition and she is currently hard at work on her next thriller. Lizzy lives in London with her husband.

You can follow Lizzy on Twitter @ByLizzyBarber #MyNameIs.

After teasing you for quite enough time, are you guys ready to see this cover?!

I can’t hear youuuuu!

I said, ARE YOU GUYS READY?!

#MyNameIs wha?
#MyNameIs wha?
#MyNameIs…….


An enthralling debut thriller about a young woman’s quest to uncover her identity. Published by Century, Penguin Random House in e-book on 6th November 2018, and in hardback on 10th January 2019.

#BlogTour! #Review – Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys (@MsTamarCohen) @AnneCater @TransworldBooks @alisonbarrow


Today I am delighted to be reviewing ‘Fatal Inheritance’ by Rachel Rhys. Big thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Transworld Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

London 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey suburb.
Out of the blue, she receives a solicitor’s letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.

Eve discovers her legacy is an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous.

Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest – before events turn deadly…

Reminiscent of a Golden Age mystery, Fatal Inheritance is an intoxicating story of dysfunctional families and long-hidden secrets, set against the razzle-dazzle and decadence of the French Riviera.

What does TWG think?

As I think most of you are aware of by now, I am quite partial to a historical fiction novel…or two, and Rachel Rhys seems to have this genre absolutely nailed. Set in the late 1940’s London, Eve is at the end of her tether. Her marriage isn’t relighting her fire anymore, and her life is just shouting out for more colour and more excitement. Thankfully someone must have heard her calling, as Eve randomly receives a letter, telling her that the dazzling, French Riviera, requires her presence sooner rather than later. Of course Eve jumps at the chance, who wouldn’t? But why has she been summoned there of all places? A mysterious legacy in a glamorous setting, what’s not to like? Call me a cynic, but there must be some sort of catch….right?

Rachel Rhys is brilliant at setting the scene in her stories, and ‘Fatal Inheritance’ is no different. There was an incredible air of mystery from the very beginning which, when more characters came into the spotlight, brought the tension of the overall storyline, up several notches. Personally, whilst the tension was brilliant and the mystery had made itself known, there were moments where I felt as though the storyline was a little bit too slow-paced for my liking. Yes, there were times where the pace was on point and I was kept on the edge of my seat, but it did dip the odd time. However, Rachel Rhys is an enchanting author who makes her stories jump off the page so I put the difference in pace down to my own personal tastes.

I loved how old-school, cluedo-esque ‘Fatal Inheritance’ came across, as it made me more excited to delve into the rest of the book. I was rather impressed by how glamorous yet highly suspenseful, every inch of this book appeared to be.

Another delectable read from the very talented, Rachel Rhys.

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About the author.

RACHEL RHYS is the pen-name of a much-loved psychological suspense
author. Fatal Inheritance is her second novel under this name. Her debut
Dangerous Crossing a Richard and Judy bookclub pick, was published
around the world. Rachel Rhys lives in North London with her family.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen (@wordsofhelen) @penguinukbooks


Today is my turn on the blog tour for ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ by Helen Cullen. Huge thanks to Katie Ashworth for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . .

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning.

Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn’t know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

William must follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.

What does TWG think?

Can I just say how amazing the cover of this book is?! Look at it! I choose books to read based on the cover/title/author, and I have to say that this is one of the best covers I have had the pleasure of holding in my hands so far this year!

‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ had me feeling intrigued from the very beginning as I had no idea where the storyline was going to lead, and what with such colourful and diverse main characters, I couldn’t help but feel that I was going to be in for a bumpy ride.

I don’t know what I expected to happen in ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’, but what actually happened couldn’t have been further from my mind. The overall premise was enchanting and delightful, and I really did appreciate what the author was trying to convey with her words that were clearly written from the heart, however I didn’t quite get…..IT. It’s probably just me, but I seemed to miss the hook in the book as I couldn’t quite work out what William and Clare were trying to achieve. Well, I understood that they were trying to patch up their relationship, but as both of them seemed to make decisions which made that patching up incredibly slow, I had to have more of an open mind to try to understand why William took the route that he did.

Maybe it’s because a lot of the storyline was written from the characters sub conscience as opposed to mainly communication between them both, I don’t know, but even though my mind took a  while to work out the storyline, there was still a part of me that ended up being swept up in the moment of ‘what ifs’, ‘could be’s’ and true love.

Helen Cullen is an exceptionally talented author who, even though I struggled to understand the novel, still allowed me to grasp the emotions of the characters with her enchanting and delightful way of writing. Yes, ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ is a completely different style of book that I would usually read, I am so pleased that I was able to get to know William, Clare, and the writers of such tender letters. Unique, emotive, and highly enchanting, understand it or not, ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ will get under your skin.

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


It isn’t often that I agree with publicity tag lines for books, but I am 100% agreeing with this one! I could NOT put it down! I am so, so excited to be kicking off the blog tour for #NowYouSeeHer by Heidi Perks, ahead of publication of the hardback on the 26th July (e-book is available now, with the paperback to follow in 2019). Huge thanks, as always, to Rachel Kennedy and the team at ArrowPublishing, for asking me to be involved in the tour and for the ARC of the book. Here is my review, I hope I do the book justice!


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!

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