#Tour! What Alice Knew By T.A.Cotterell (@TACotterell1) @penguinrandom @beckyh1712

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Day 6 sees the  blog tour bus for ‘What Alice Knew’ by T.A.Cotterell, stop here; TWG! As soon as this book came through my letterbox, my curiosity went through the roof. At that time, I couldn’t read the book straight away and had to make do with reading the very first page until I could wangle it into my list. Big mistake! Luckily I am sharing my review with you so you can find out why ;).

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Blurb.

Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.

What does TWG think?

Why was it a big mistake to read the first page, even though I knew I couldn’t read the book until I could wangle it on my list? Because, all I did after reading that very first page was think about the book, despite being occupied with others! It was a big mistake of mine because I wanted to keep on reading but I had to put it down! That’s all it took to hold my attention; one little page..

This review will probably be one of THE hardest reviews that I have ever had to write. Not because I don’t know what to write, I do;  but due to the complexity of the storyline, as well as interlaced circumstances, I need to be really careful not to give anything away. For me, ‘What Alice Knew’ has a pretty spot on blurb as it tells you a hint of information and that’s it. Nothing else. Not even any little pieces of information that might have you trying to work things out. All blurbs should be like this one because it allows you to find every vital thing out for yourself as you read.

As readers, we follow Alice’s life. As far as she was aware, her marriage and her lifestyle were perfect. Alice believed she knew her husband inside and out, and was even telling those close to her, how their relationship was solid and built on honesty. But is it? Is it really?

I’m going to be honest, ‘What Alice Knew’ had me rather frustrated! Just as I was trying to work out what Alice knew and where the story might be heading, the storyline got whacked with a curveball and I was left thinking ‘what the hell happened there?!’. Not a negative comment in the slightest as the author has obviously set out to make his readers think and question everything. That most definitely was the case with myself.

One piece of advice before you begin reading, switch off phones or put them to mute and make sure you do not have anything distracting you from reading. You will need to focus solely on T.A.Cotterell’s gritty writing. If you don’t, you might miss the slightest piece of information that may be needed later on the storyline. Plus, it’s a fantastic book so I don’t see why you wouldn’t focus your attention on it!

‘What Alice Knew’ had me hooked, completely gripped! The power and intensity of T.A.Cotterell’s words do not let up until you reach the end of the book. With such consistent writing, a gritty storyline and characters whose personalities change far quicker than a chameleon’s skin, you’re quite likely to end up under T.A.Cotterell’s spell. Incredibly clever, ‘What Alice Knew’ does not shout a debut novel. But guess what folks, it is. I am rather looking forward to what the author comes up with next!
A nail-biting, gripping page turner that will have you questioning everything you’ve ever known. Brilliant!

Huge thanks to Becky Hunter and Penguin Random House.

‘What Alice Knew’ by T.A.Cotterell will be released on Kindle on the 1st December 2016. You can pre-order it from Amazon UK | Amazon US
The paperback version will be published in April 2017 and is available to pre-order right NOW from Amazon UK

 

#Review! A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom (@Isabelle_Broom) @MichaelJBooks

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Blurb.

Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere

For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she’s determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything – and she won’t let that happen again . . .

For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she knows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it’s all her fault . . .

For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can’t stop counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her. But in historic Prague you can never escape the past . . .

What does TWG think?

Ollie is a teacher and he has asked his photography minded friend, Megan, to accompany him on a trip to Prague. It’s a win-win situation really, Ollie wants to take historical findings back to his students, and Megan gets to take photographs for her upcoming exhibition. The thing is, despite Megan and Ollie being really good friends, Megan is unable to let her guard down and shed light on what has been eating her up inside for many years. On their trip they end up getting involved with three other people and their lives. Little do Megan and Ollie know, how involved that they will end up becoming in those strangers lives..

Oh my goodness..what a book! The first third of the book seems to be focused on Megan and Ollie’s lives before switching between the other characters in the story. Everything in the story at that moment felt calm, light, enjoyable and just going with the flow, little did I know what was ahead.

I rather enjoyed taking a little holiday in Prague, via the book. I have never ventured outside of the UK so to read a book set in a different country, which was written so beautifully, made me feel as though I was right there, soaking up the history and phenomenal views. Even though I haven’t seen the city for myself, I did feel as though Isabelle’s description of the city was extremely detailed, vivid and undeniably…stunning. She captured by heart from the very moment I ‘stepped’ off of the plane.

As I became more invested in the storyline, I noticed how intense it became, ever so quickly. The characters became even stronger, the storyline became bolder and I no longer plodded along with the book. Not in a bad way either. I couldn’t do anything else except focus on the book; even my galaxy chocolate wasn’t grabbing my attention as I continued to read. I was utterly mesmerised.

The mood turned sombre, my emotions were on high alert; yet I had absolutely no idea what the overall outcome of the storyline would be. I had a few guesses along the way, but I wasn’t a hundred percent sure. All I knew was that the book wouldn’t be leaving my hands until the very end.

Ever felt as though your heart was going to beat out of your chest? Ever felt so anxious about a situation, but you were far too involved to let go? Ever read a storyline where everything was transferred to your mind in slow motion, as if you were in the moment with the other characters? I’ll admit, I hadn’t had all of the above happen to me whilst reading one book…until now. ‘A Year and a Day’ made me feel that way, and more.

The entire book took me on an emotional journey to the historic city of Prague. I started the book completely unaware, with no expectations and in my own world. I ended the book with tears rolling down my cheeks.

‘A Year and a Day’ is such a beautiful, intense and highly charged storyline which highlights the true meaning of love and loss. A truly magnificent, breath-taking read which has left its marks deep within my soul. One of my top books for 2016 by miles.

Thank you Netgalley & MJ!

A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom, published by MichaelJBooks, is available to buy from TODAY (17th November 2016) from Amazon