๐Ÿ™The Octopus by Tess little… A Review๐Ÿ™

Isnโ€™t this cover gorgeous!!!!

I just want to say a massive thank you to the wonderful and lovely Karen, from twitter and from my WhatsApp squad…. ( you know who you are ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) for sending me this gorgeous and highly intriguing copy. So lets get on to the blurb.

There’s more than one way to capture a life…….

When Elspeth arrives at her ex-husband’s LA mansion for his 50th birthday party, she’s expecting a crowd for the British film director. Instead, there are just seven other guests and Richard’s pet octopus, Persephone, watching over them from her tank.

Come morning Richard is dead!!!!

In the weeks that follow, each guest is investigated for his murder, and as stories of Richard’s past surface, Elspeth begins to question not just who killed Richard, but why these eight guests were invited, and what sort of man would want to trap this mysterious, intelligent creature.

From the LA hills to the Norfolk marshes, The Octopus is a stylish exploration of power.

Well, intrigued yet? I certainly was and couldn’t wait to get sucked into the story. From the outset we are introduced to all the characters, including Elspeth, Richard and the other cast of characters that make the story twist and turn. I have to say that all the characters were despicable and nasty, I was left afterwards with the thought that of all the characters I sympathised with it was the Octopus herself, Persephone, no one else. The narrator, Elspeth I really disliked, she did not like her husband, for various reasons which I will not divulge here (spoiler free blog guys!!!) and also had a love and slightly bizarre relationship with her daughter almost love/hate but then again thats too simple to describe their bond. There is at times a selfishness that makes her quite cold and calculating and slightly odd, you kind of feel that you need another persons view point to balance her views, ( I was hoping she would get framed for the murder, really thats how much I disliked her character)

There were other characters that were equally as awful ( not written badly I might add) just written I think for you to also thoroughly dislike, here are all these stinking rich people moaning and basically getting high and drunk in LA. I am sure things like that went on and still go on, but because I felt no sympathy or empathy for any of the characters it just made the whole story feel like you were constantly tripping. The only niggle I had about the whole novel was the character of the daughter, I couldn’t quite see her or even feel anything for her, maybe this story is not aimed at me, but I was mainly off put by most of the characters antics and the narrator being well quite horrible.

I don’t mean to suggest do not buy it, no no no you really need to read this to understand the whole situation, it also highlights what is wrong within the film industry and how toxic life within ( I will say it ) the cult of Hollywood has become. It does have a flavour of the old Agatha Christie style murder where everyone is suspected at a party of the deceased and who will it be?!!! but only slightly and then it just goes off into its own unique murder mystery.

For me I think this is good, bizarre, but good and I hope there is more to come from this author, because although this story was a bit odd, I really liked her writing style, it really flowed and gripped you that you had to carry on reading it even though you had no idea where it would lead you.

Ratings: 4 ๐ŸŒŸs with a cup of tea…. no sweet distractions (sorry run out and itโ€™s not one of those that require it…. maybe a glass of ๐Ÿท or ๐Ÿน)

So yes please grab yourself a copy of this weird and intriguing tale, and I grant you, you will be taken on a ride. You can get this from Waterstones, Amazon or all independent book stores that are near to you, the majority of independents will do delivery so if you don’t live near one don’t fear you can get hold of it.

Thank you for following me this far, I hope you like this little review, I really don’t want to give too much away and yet sometimes I feel there’s not enough information for you to get your teeth into? please feel free to leave comments on how you think of my blogs (please be polite in your criticisms if you have any lol) or you can just like it and that too is fine. So I hope you day has been good I am now going to head off and read….. how inspiring of me hehe. See you all soon.

๐Ÿงก๐ŸŠ Love Orange Review ๐Ÿงก๐ŸŠ

Look at this delicious cover isn’t it gorgeous!!!!

Love Orange…. What a title, what does it conjure up for you in your mind? an orange farmer? someone who loves oranges? Not sure? ok I will let you off the hook (considering this is a debut book) What you find here is my honest opinion and that I have not been coerced by anyone to write this review. I was able to and was kindly given by Elizabeth Ana at Quercus Publishing House a copy of this lovely wicked and seductive book by Natasha Randall, so any faults in my review on the story are mine and mine alone. I hope to do justice to this wonderful book and be able to help this brilliant author get the notice she definitely deserves. So lets get started, with the blurb….

While Hank struggles with his lack of professional success, his wife Jenny, feeling stuck and beset by an urge to do good, becomes ensnared in a dangerous correspondence with a prison inmate called John. Letter by letter, John pinches Jenny awake from the “marshmallow numbness” of her life. The children, meanwhile, unwittingly disturb the foundations of their home life with forays into the dark net and strange geological experiments. Jenny’s bid for freedom takes a sour turn when she becomes the go-between for John and his wife, and develops an unnatural obsession for the orange glue that seals his letters….

This is what caught my interest, the whole modern family (though this is set in America I can see this sort of thing happening here in the UK) idea and how toxic and destructive some of the thoughts that swirl around in the heads of the parents. The kids on the other hand are relatively ok, they are normal (whatever that word means) and are happy in their own ways. Though I feel this story is not solely focused on them, they hold the family together and I feel, help to try to bind them together. I am not going to spoil this marvellous and beautiful book. It has lots of themes to get your teeth into, some of it is quite shocking and at others you definitely sympathise with certain characters. All I will say is this is a great exploration into how, if you feel that, living in a predictable lifestyle, like being a housewife and how all the little niggles can make you feel that life outside is greener and freer, that actually it might not be as green or free as it might be.

I find Jenny very sympathetic, the fact that she was a working woman, who then had to give that up to look after her kids, is something that a lot of families go through. It cause a lot of frictions between the two who should be close and supportive to one another, which can be seen through her thought processes, it’s also the same for Hank, he is the man, needs to provide for the family, has to support them financially and for safety, and that is a weighty load to bear for anyone let alone a man. Yes there are moments you do feel he is a bit of a jerk, but there are moments when you feel that its not him that is a jerk its societies pressures that make him who he is, which is quite sad.

I love this book and cannot rate this highly enough, I was gripped from the first page to the last. It feels so well written that I am surprised to discover that the Author is new and this book is her first. I am so happy and excited what Natasha Randall can do next, if this is her first well her next is going to be glorious ( sorry Natasha don’t mean to pile on the pressure but you have written a good one with this) for those people who are looking for as close to now as possible, please don’t not with this, this has dates and times but it doesn’t feel that it should be set definitely in that time, I feel it can be a bit loose its definitely around 2015 but thats really the only date you get. So please no, where is coronavirus? where are the lockdowns? restrictions? that is not what this book is about and it shouldn’t be held up to that either. This book is looking and delving into the Idea of a modern American family and how the threads that connect each family member to each other are relatively thin and can snap at any moment. I also love the nod to the Simpsons, I won’t spoil anything but look out for an even more lil Easter egg for them too.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. I love love love this.

Ratings: 5 stars with a mug of โ˜•๏ธ and 3 ๐Ÿช( possibly more)

This book and many more are out on the 3rd of September so please I beg you grab yourself a copy of this gorgeous, beautiful and enthralling book. You will not regret it I promise you. You can I am sure get a copy from Waterstones, Amazon and all independent stores around the UK or wherever you are in the world (sorry if I don’t know worldwide publication dates). I hope you enjoyed this review and when it comes out your more than welcome to leave a comment or like it, I will respond ( don’t worry you won’t be talking to a computer I can promise that) Thank you so much.

Love the spine ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ‘ผ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Fallen Angels by Gunnar Staalesen… A Blog Tour Review!! ๐Ÿ‘ผ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Isnโ€™t the cover gorgeous!!!

Publication Date: 12th November 2020

Price: ยฃ8.99

ISBN 13: 9781913193065

EPUB: 9781913193072

Category: Crime/Thriller

Publisher: Orenda Books Ltd

Praise:

‘Staalesen does a masterful job of exposing the worst of Norwegian society in this highly disturbing entry’ Publishers Weekly

‘Gunnar Staalesen is one of my very favourite Scandinavian authors. Operating out of Bergen in Norway, his private eye, Varg Veum, is a complex but engaging anti-hero. Varg means ‘wolf’ in Norwegian, and this is a series with very sharp teeth’ Ian Rankin

‘A Norwegian Chandler’ Jo Nesbo

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Anne Cater for organising such a brilliant book blog tour, I would also like to thank Orenda books for allowing access to the book, and last but by no means least to the Author himself Gunnar Staalesen for creating such an atmospheric, darkly disturbing, bubbling undercurrents of scandal, deceit and lies. So without further ado, I will now give you a bit to whet your appetite lets head to the blurb.

When Bergen PI Varg Verum finds himself at the funeral of a former classmate on a sleet-grey December afternoon, he’s unexpectedly reunited with his old friend Jakob – guitarist of the once-famous 1960’s rock band The Harpers – and his estranged wife, Rebecca, Verum’s first love.

Their rekindled friendship is thrown into jeopardy by the discovery of a horrific murder, and Verum is forced to dig deep into his own adolescence and his darkest memories, to find a motive….. and a killer. Tense, vivid and deeply unsettling, Fallen Angels is the spellbinding, award-winning thriller that secured Gunnar Staalesen’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost crime writers.

This had me intrigued from the start, a different country, different landscape and settings, different language, but what is similar is the sense of dread, tension, the lies, deceits and betrayal between old school friends and acquaintances. The characters were so complex, filled with grit and intensity, there was also a layer of sordidness within a society that tries to ignore that side of life. The amount of times there was a bar, club or even something to do with drugs, drinks and everything in between, I was surprised our main character was alive by the end. I did love the women characters too, just how they used one particular event and place in the story to relieve their youth and to escape their life of house work and family life.

Some of the scenes and comments did come across as being misogynistic but I think thats the point, your supposed to be a tad uneasy and have a main character having faults shown in black and white right in front of you, and then at the same time feeling immense sympathy for them all because they cannot seem to escape their past with each other. As it is set in Bergen, Norway, the landscape brings its own character, a dark and brooding atmosphere that seeps into the background of the story, I am sorry to say that the colours that I form in my head for this novel would be grey, black and bleak with some hints of whiteness that blinds you. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this, but it is a bleak portrait of a town in the midst of winter and there’s this sense of isolation from each other even when they are together.

This is not a light read, I think there must be some humour, but I found it a dark humour and one that I am afraid may have passed me by. The whole story is a slow and steady build up of tensions, suspicions and little betrayals that gradually build up to the final confrontation. I did find moments where it got a bit too descriptive, but overall the whole novel captivated me and I was lost in a dark and unsettling, cold country.

This book has a Norwegian Maltease Falcon feel, in the way the characters are described and how Varg Verum’s office is portrayed, this is definitely reminiscent of the hard-boiled American PI and like Maltease Falcon it definitely holds back no punches. I have to admit I am not a huge fan of these sorts of novels, but this book has definitely struck a chord with me, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Noir/Thriller and crime. I can also see this as a TV show or even a film, it has all the elements for a gripping drama.

This book has recently been published and so I beg you go off, hopefully after you have read my blog (also any of the other lovely people who are also on this tour) and buy yourself a copy I can guarantee that you will not regret this. It is beautifully written and evokes that brooding, cold and chilling Norwegian atmosphere, that seems to pervade the area in winter. And now onto the ratings!!!!

Ratings: 4 โญ๏ธs with a big mug of โ˜•๏ธ and a lovely slice of ๐Ÿฐ (this can be chocolate, vanilla or even coffee of your choice) if you donโ€™t know what my rating system is or why? Basically I love coffee/tea/any hot beverage and I love cake (any apart from fruitcake) and biscuits (yes that includes cookies) because I feel stars are quite a cold rating system and being up in the sky quite out of reach so my โ€œalternativeโ€ system is here.

Author’s blurb:

I love a moody author photo!!!

One of the Father’s of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Verum series. He is the author of over twenty titles, which have been published in twenty-four countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Verum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim. Staalesen has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and Where Roses Never Die won the 2017 Petrona Award for Nordic Crime Fiction, and Big Sister was shortlisted in 2019. He lives with his wife in Bergen.

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I hope you have enjoyed coming along on this rather, chilly, dark yet strangely beautifully unsettling novel by the Master of Nordic Noir Thrillers. Please buy this book from either Waterstones or from an independent online or even from Amazon (if you have to lol) This is one hell of a page turner definitely one to read on those long cold nights. So all that leaves me to say is Happy Reading!!!!

๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ Music to Eat Cake by… by Lev Parikian… A Blog Tour Review!!! ๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ

Just look at this cover, I love how quirky it is!!

Hardback

978-1-78352-874-5

368 pages

12th November 2020

ยฃ16.99

Ebook

978-178352-875-2

12th November 2020

ยฃ4.99/$5.99

Market

General/Trade

Subject

Humour/Essays

I would like to take this opportunity, before we head off on a wonderful, hilarious, magical mystery tour through all sorts of essays on, music, wombles (yes you heard right) chocolate and Cricket (for me would normally bore me senseless if this came up in conversation, but with Lev on hand, had me in stiches on the floor with tears coming out of my eyes… still hasn’t convinced me of understanding or even liking it sadly). To thank Anne Cater for organising this wonderful blog tour, and to Unbound the publishers for this wonderful book that was kindly gifted to me, and last but by no means least to Lev Parikian for creating such a wonderful idea and then having to sit down and actually write it, honestly I have never laughed so hard or so long than I did with this book, wonderful. Anyway before I start to waffle on about how much I really loved this book, lets cut to the chase and get to the blurb so you know what the hell I am on about.

What if readers had the power to choose what their favourite author writes about?

Today’s readers has choices: books about love, about life, about death – and everything in between. The variety is overwhelming, bewildering. But what if the reader could play a part in producing something different, something about everything, about nothing, about everything and nothing at the same time? what if the reader could tell the writer what to write about?

Lev Parikian asked his readers those very questions, gathered their responses and then set out to write that book. Music to Eat Cake by is the result, a collection of essays exploring everything from the art of the sandwich and space travel to how not to cure hiccups and, of course, his beloved birdsong. Lev considers each subject with his signature wit and warmth, inviting the reader to wonder: what might we ask him to write about next?

Honestly I could stop here and now, but I won’t because one, I just can’t do that to you and two how rude!! because all of the above is so true. This collection of essays is filled with wit, humour, sarcasm and asides that even a comedian would envy. If you are looking for something to get you out of the doldrums and to make your lockdown a much more happier and sunnier outlook, then please take or buy this book. It has everything you need, a brilliant narrator, fascinating facts and insights as well as yes filler stuff.. he even admits this too with all the dry wit and sarcasm, aimed mainly at himself, but put there for you to laugh at and make you chuckle whilst reading and drinking your tea with the radio on in the background (I will not say what station, I do not want to discriminate, so insert station choice here).

I also love the title, whoever came up with that is an absolute genius, I love a bit of cake (well apart from fruitcake) and something with cake in the title will always grab my attention ( please do not get any ideas family I do not want cake books for Christmas.. ahem anyway). what was my favourite essay? I hear you ask… oo thats a toughie. I have to admit they are all equally as good and as hilariously witty throughout, but the one I enjoyed more because it is set on the Isle Of White, around cowes (I am sure it was mentioned) and Yarmouth (How Not to Cure Hiccups at Midnight on Ryde Esplanade) just because my sister lives there, on Isle of Wight, (sorry I will not divulge where you nosy lot).

The one topic that surprised me by how engaged I was, are the many topics on Cricket, yes for me its the one topic that would usually turn me into a comatose zombie (one that doesn’t move to eat brains… just has no motivation to do anything because all its energies has been bored out of it) but with these little snippets of information, with witty asides and humourous anecdotes I found myself captivated by his childlike delight in the game that basically involves you to stand, hit a ball thats bowled to you at speed, with a piece of wood called a bat (not the cute fluffy animal, that would be cruel) then run a bit and make sure your other person doesn’t run you out or get both of you out ( I am guessing this bit) and then pretty much stand around saying “jolly good show what what!!” (ok that was a bit naughty of me, but I do not understand the lure of Cricket and I probably never will, but reading Lev’s delight and reminisces about the game, makes it more enjoyable and fascinating… just don’t please tell me that I have to watch it…. ohhh god!!!.

And lastly what is the connection or link between Chocolate, The Wombles, and Musical Theatre in Post-Millenial Britain?….. well you have to read this book to find that little nugget of information for yourself, all I can say about that is, I applaud you Lev bravo!!! that was a decidedly nasty topic to write and whoever did that am sure is in admiration of your triumph (hehe) or on the floor in hysterics. There are some poignant moments though that makes me want to hug him, the way he talks about his father…. ooo sorry the feels ( also yes never try to run up to your dad who is practising on not just any violin but THE violin, a Stradivarius, and shout boo!! I will leave that there and see what you make of that) but all these little jewels are scattered throughout the book and its only when you come across them do you feel connected with the author in some way. I also love his topic on Music and one that makes me think about my own personal taste, for me Music is a way to connect to my memories, it either brings a place, a time or even people who I never thought of to mind.

For me music is not just something I dance to and sing, it takes me on a journey of emotions and sensations. Just like reading, once you have been taken on a journey through music it can take awhile for you to float back to reality. So overall, I really loved this book and cannot recommend this highly enough. Its one that you can dip in and out of without feeling the need to read through and I can see this being a good book club book with all the topics to discuss.

Ratings: 5 โญ๏ธs with a โ˜•๏ธ a ๐Ÿฐ maybe a ๐Ÿง too and possibly a ๐Ÿช… just because ๐Ÿ˜‰. (If you are new to my blog, this is my alternative rating system to the star system, so there should be no crying or tearing of hair out (by authors) all is nice here….. I hope.

Authors blurb:

Lev Parikian

Lev Parikian is a writer, conductor and hopeless birdwatcher. His first book, Waving, Not Drowning, was published in 2013, and his second, Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? followed in 2018. his numerous conducting credits include the re-recording of the theme tune for Hancock’s Half Hour for Radio 4.

Now I don’t know about you but thats a bit thin for an author’s blurb…. so I will make it up… no don’t worry I won’t, but will give you a bit from the flap of the cover. He lives in South London with his family, who are getting used to his increasing enthusiasm for nature. As a birdwatcher, his most prized sightings are a Golden Oriole in the Alpujarras and a Black Redstart at Dungeness Power Station.

That’s better, so I hope you have enjoyed reading my humble little blog, and I hope you are intrigued by this book, It would definitely make a very good Christmas present… hint hint hint.. or you just want it for yourself ( here is no judging here). I would recommend you to go to either Waterstones or even better go to your local independent book store, yes I know its difficult right now, but you still have a plethora of independents that are online and would be delighted to receive your custom and order. I can recommend Berts Books ( don’t worry I don’t get commission for this…. I just think its nice to recommend an independent) who personalise your order all gift wrapped with a gorgeous ribbon… if that doesn’t tempt you I don’t know what will. So I leave you with my usual send off…. Happy Reading!!!

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๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒซ The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson.. A Blog Tour Review..๐ŸŒซ ๐ŸŒฒ

Gorgeous cover!!!

Format: Paperback

Translation: Victoria Cribb

Publication Date: 12th November

Price: ยฃ8.99

Praise: ‘A world-class crime writer, One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction’ Sunday Times

‘It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction’ The Times

‘This is Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jonasson’s atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine’s unerring humanity shining from every page’ Daily Mail

‘Triumphant conclusion. Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense’ Ian Rankin

‘This is such a tense, gripping read’ Anthony Horowitz

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sriya Varadharajan for accepting me on to this brilliant book blog tour and for sending me this gifted copy of this book I am extremely grateful. I would also like to thank the Author Ragnar Jonasson for creating such hauntingly, beautiful and creepy novels, which time and again we all pick up and know we are in for a wonderful adventure, scary, and horrific yes, but thrilling nevertheless. Whats this book about I can hear some people say… don’t worry I will furnish the blurb if you don’t already know of it.

1987. An isolated farm house in the east of Iceland.

The snowstorm should have shut everybody out. But it didn’t.

The couple should never have let him in. But they did.

An unexpected guest, a liar, a killer. Not all will survive the night.

And Detective Hulda Hermannsdottir will be haunted forever.

Brrrrr!!! don’t you get that chill running up and down your spine, tingling in anticipation or fear. This is the kind of book you need, to have a good fire going on in the background, snow falling down outside like icing sugar, and maybe a mug of (hot beverage of your choice insert here) in your hand and a blanket wrapped round you whilst you are engrossed in the chilling world of The Mist.

I have to admit now that I haven’t read the rest of this particular series… yes I know I haven’t learned from my last post. I am sorry, but I have heard that this series is intentionally done in reverse order, so the one I have currently read is the first and so on and so on. So should this be read in order or not? I usually get very twitchy and fidgety about having to read the first book, so did this turn me into a raving and twitchy person… No because it feels so unique and you don’t actually feel like you have missed anything from the previous books, there are links I am sure, but they are so subtly done you could be mistaken it to be a standalone.

Reading this book I felt swept away into another country and world, one filled with menace, suspense, and lots and lots of snow. The characters are so tense with each other and so tight that any little noise, threat or raised voices could break the palpable tension in the air. throughout the book you are taken to the aftermath of the incident and to what happened, so you are always feeling a bit off kilter. There’s a horrible similarity in the tragic scene being played out in both the past ( for the main character) and the present (the recent scene), we feel for the detective as we witness her life in turmoil after a personal tragedy, that has laid bare a fragile marriage. I will not spoil this beautiful yet poignant book, I was gripped and hooked from the first page to the last.

I loved the feeling of a homage to all great mystery/thrillers in the style of an Agatha Christie novel… The question the detectives are left with are who are the victims? and who is the killer or killers? this theme continually runs through the narrative even with Huldar’s own past history. This book also builds in intensity until the very end where it just leaves you feeling breathless and yes wide mouthed in astonishment.

I did have some issues, but these are minor as I feel I need to read the other books to really understand. So lets not dwell on that, This book is one that will definitely haunt, chill and make you want to snuggle with a blanket and also a little niggle of not opening your door to strangers….don’t worry its probably just me wanting to know what you thought of this…. or is it? ( btw if the doorbell does ring while you read this… I am not to blame if you jump out of your skin..hehe honest)

You can get hold of this book online via the usual links such as Amazon and Waterstones, but I would like you to please support Independents as much as you can, There is The Hive, Bookshop.org.uk and Berts books and many more where you can find this book and buy it during this turbulent time.

Ratings: 5 โญ๏ธs with a โ˜•๏ธ a big ๐Ÿฐ…. maybe a ๐Ÿช or two…also wrapped up in a blanket (the blanket is just an added layer of cozy feeling)

Author’s blurb:

Ragnar Jonasson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University, and has worked as a TV news reporter for Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. He is the author of the Dark Iceland series ( Snowblind, Nightblind, Blackout, Rupture and Whiteout with Winterkill coming in December) and the Hidden Iceland series (The Darkness, The Island). Ragnar is also the co-founder of Iceland Noir, Iceland’s first Crime Fiction Festival. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic; a practice that has inspired his own writing.

So thank you everyone for coming on this Wild, creepy and slightly chilly ride with me… I hope you enjoyed being taken to another world one that is much darker and snowier. I hope that you are inspired to go online and buy this and his other books ( I would normally say go out, but seeing as we are in Lockdown… that might be tricky) I honestly cannot recommend this highly enough. I too will also read his other works because I am captivated by his style and how it gets under my skin. Ragnar is a master at suspense, so I will leave you in this snowy, cold wonderland…lets just hope no one else is out there too!!!! Happy Reading….

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I am in love with this cover!!! So bright and so eye catching!!!

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS AN IMPOSSIBLE CRIME…..

New York, 1946

Lillian Pentecost and Willowjean Parker are the best private detectives in the city, but their latest case seems like an impossible crime…..

Abigail Collins was found bludgeoned to death with a crystal ball during a Halloween party at her mansion. Her body was slumped in the same chair where her husband shot himself the year before. The problem is, the door was locked from the inside, and the room appeared otherwise empty. The police are stumped, and the family want answers.

Thats easier said than done in a case that involves messages from the dead, a seductive spiritualist, and Becca Collins – beautiful daughter of the deceased, who knows more than she’s letting on.

I would just like to say before I start raving about this glorious book, thank you so much to Caitlin Raynor at Headline Publishers and to Wildfire (part of Headline) for this wonderful book and to be able to review it, I am incredibly grateful and that these are my honest opinions but also respectful too. So lets get on to why I love it so much….

Wow as soon as I saw this, and read about it, I was excited to receive it ( you should have seen me dance around my flat in alt… my poor hubby kept glancing at the door to escape this mad woman he seemed to have married… aw bless him) it has everything to recommend it, a pair of crime fighting duo ( both female which I love) in the style of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, Poirot and Hastings etc etc. I also love the nod to Agatha Christie I won’t spoil it but there’s a definite wink to her. It has all the ingredients I love in a good murder mystery novel, crime, mystery, a dash of romance and a spice of intrigue and seduction. I also love how true to the setting of America in the 40’s it is, I never for one moment felt I was in London or anywhere else.

So the characters, Lillian ( I guess you could call her Sherlock… but is she?) and her amanuensis Willowjean (Will for short) is her Watson? but is that true too? basically to answer both I would say yes and no, Will is not a Watson, she has more savviness and a little bit of criminality cunning to get her through tight corners, whereas Lillian has the brains and the passion for what she loves solving crimes which would either go unnoticed or ignored by the police, she also has one major issue (which I don’t want to spoil for you as it makes her character more real and warm) she’s just as grumpy and stubborn as Sherlock, but also perceptive and observant like Poirot ( and like poirot more human) they both depend on each other and support each other as good friends and colleagues do.

There are also some quite interesting characters too, such as the Lestrade type policeman and his cohorts as well as the sinister, beguiling and mysterious psychic and of course the family of the victim. I also love this book for its way of dealing and exploring a lesbian relationship and how it would have been perceived at that time, for anyone who loves mystery’s and looking for new adventures with diverse romance and characters this book is the one for you. Its not light or skims over the surface of their desires, I think this is honest and true to how both same sexes would have felt at that time and also how difficult and extremely hard to go about and ‘date’ as it were together without being abused or even arrested.

The crime is also brilliant, and if you love locked room mysteries this is the book for you, I cannot recommend this highly enough, it has all my favourite crime types that I always look out for and revel in, good mystery, engaging characters, good pace and the story flows naturally and how it all wraps up at the end. I am for definite going to be splurging on this book when it arrives in stores, I am that in love with it.

So to clarify, yes I LOVE!!! this amazing, breathtaking, fun, glorious, adventurous, hard boiled romp of a novel and would definitely shout to you my dear readers…. get hold of this book!!!

So that you know when it is out, This delightful book is out in Hardback on 12th November for ยฃ16.99 and you will be able to get it in audio and on ebooks.

Ratings: 5 ๐ŸŒŸs with a mug of steaming โ˜•๏ธ a slab of ๐Ÿฐ and maybe a few ๐Ÿช s to tide you over (my rating style is based on my favourite beverage with my favourite cakes and biscuits soo you can already tell this is a good one)

So excited by this yet… if you could help out independent book stores that would be brilliant due to this weird and uncertain future, independents are struggling and need all the help that you can. You can also go to Waterstones and Blackwells and of course Amazon. I fell in love with this book and its characters and I cannot wait what this author has in store for these gorgeous creations. Damn it Stephen I now have to put you on my favourite authors list. If you want to know a bit more about the author and obviously who has written this wonderful book just take a glance down below.

About the Author: Stephen Spotswood is an award-winning playwright, journalist, and theatre educator. He makes his home in Washington, DC with his wife, young adult author Jessica Spotswood, their cat, and an ever-growing collection of books..( I love this guy already)

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๐Ÿ’€ ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Whispers in The Dark…. A DI Erika Piper(2) by Chris McDonald.. A Blog Tour Review.. ๐Ÿ’€ ๐Ÿ‘ฎ

I Really love the cover!!!!

Where to buy?!!!

Red Dog Press: https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/whispers-in-the-dark

Amazon: http://my book.to/WITD

Genre: Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Crime & Mystery

Format: Hardback, Paperback, Ebook

Publication Date: 14th November

Who will head the call when Death comes whispering?

Small time drug dealer, Marcus Stone and DCI Clive Burston had never met until one night in August. By the end of that night, both had been shot dead in a small bedroom in the heart of gang territory. DI Erika Piper is called to the scene but is at a loss to explain what’s happened. How did these two even meet, let alone end up dead in what appears to be a strange murder-suicide?

As Erika leads the investigation, another two bodies are found, killed in a similar fashion. One murder, one suicide. But who is controlling this macabre puppet show? As Erika delves deeper into the lives of the dead, the pieces begin to fit together and a number of nefarious characters crawl out of the woodwork – one of whom is almost certainly pulling the strings.

A catastrophic event and a personal miracle threaten to derail the investigation. Erika must find the strength to continue, before the whispers catch up with her too….

Where do I start!!! ( I can hear you shout at the beginning) and yes maybe I should. I do have to admit something here and it comes as a bit of an embarrassment on my part…. here goes. I have not read the first book ( gasps… shock…. horrified faces) yes I know terrible. But and I am not trying to defend myself.. well maybe, shhh.. but in this way I get to see this book with fresh eyes, I know there are some characters I won’t know or have a connection with, but the way this book is written I feel that is not an issue and also from the very first page I fell in love with all the characters. The good and the bad.

This book takes you on a dark and twisted journey in the murky side of Manchester, I found the whole plot incredibly page turning and gripping, the way he leads you up paths where you think (AH HA!! Its you!!!) only to find that no…. it couldn’t be either because they themselves are victims or due to how life has treated them, they have become tired of living in the shadows and wanting to grab a bit of peace and I guess normality. We come across the dredges of society and how their lives are and will always be due to societies prejudices and their own weaknesses. This isn’t just the usual crime/thriller novel this is one that has heart and looks deeper into areas that we are surrounded by, as individuals, but try not to notice them, because of ‘them’ the others.

I love all these characters, and how the author gives them voices to make us, the reader, sit up and take notice as well as to shame us in our prejudice. The story is also sharp, pacy and grips you by the throat from the first page, I literally had to finish the book as soon as possible because I could not put this down… my house work suffered as a result (oh dear)

There are moments where you are laughing and then moments where you are screaming in horror and gasping at the twists and turns, I won’t say why (because SPOILERS) I at one point shouted out loud NO!!!!! and started crying… (I do not have tears in my eyes.. its only a a bit of dust not a tear nope). All I will say is this book literally hits you in the stomach and grabs you by the throat I have never felt so tired after reading a book, I felt like I had been on a ride of my life.

If you are looking for a crime/thriller series… can it be a series with just two?… don’t know but if you are pick up this series because it’s just absolutely brilliant, and if this one is brilliant am sure the previous, A Wash of Black is even better.

Ratings: 5 ๐ŸŒŸs a nice glug of ๐Ÿท or ๐Ÿฅƒ if you prefer, maybe with some ๐Ÿฟ or crisps (coffee and tea and cake is not an option with this one)

Author’s Blurb

Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime. A Wash of Black is his first attempt at writing a book. He came up with the initial idea whilst feeding his baby in the middle of the night, which may not be the best thing to admit, considering the content. He is a fan of 5-a-side football, heavy metal and dogs.Whispers in the Dark is the second installment in the DI Erika Piper series, and Chris is currently working on his latest series, The Stonebridge Mysteries, to be published by Red Dog Press in 2021.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Meggy at Red Dog Press for allowing me on to this exciting blog tour and for sending me this wonderful and brilliant book. I would also like to thank the Author too, Chris McDonald, for writing this incredible story that brings Manchester and her seedy and somewhat dangerous side to life. I hope you too, who have read this blog have also enjoyed it and will go out and buy this because I can guarantee you will not regret it…. and so I’ll leave you and hope you have many days of happy reading ahead of you…

Check out these lovely blogs too!!!

๐Ÿฉธ ๐Ÿ’ฃ Bloodstock by Rod Humphris…. A Review…๐Ÿฉธ๐Ÿ’ฃ

Simple yet draws you in!!!

Format: Paperback

RRP: ยฃ9.99

Pub date: 2 November 2020

ISBN: 9781999651725

Illustrations: full colour cover with flaps

In-text illustrations: 40 Black &White illustrations

After what feels like a lifetime of mayhem, Simon Ellice returns to the Hampshire village where he grew up. He enjoys the solace and tranquility of rural life, working on a farm and getting to know the lively locals, but suddenly Si walks right into a deadly mystery.

Old friends are going missing and then turning up dead. Someone from the City is spreading their evil tentacles and Si dives into London’s underworld to uncover a conspiracy of poisoning, murder and pagan ritual that threatens those closest to him.

Charismatic, bold and a ruthless warrior, Simon Ellice slinks through the world like a shark in a limpid pool.

Known simply as Si to his friends and enemies, he doesn’t dwell on past traumas, passing through life with a dry sense of humour and a death wish.

Wow!!!! thats my reaction to this series so far, Bloodstock is the latest in this gripping, nail biting series. Do not worry I will put the list of books down at the end of this blog for you to check out and buy of course. Anyway lets get on to what I am here to talk about.

We find Simon, after a tumultuous and death defying adventures which I think Bond would be proud of, back in good ol England (London) and yes as these books go it tends to go off slowly, gradually increasing the pace, suspense and tension until you are as taught as a bow string. I have to admit I was really enjoying the sense of Simon ‘coming home’ as it were, like a soldier returning from a long battle and finding his home has not changed apart from one or two small details.

I personally have found this whole series following Simon and his antics a bit odd, because on the one hand I find it hilarious and gripping, also wanting to know more, but on the other hand I really dislike him. Not the writing definitely not, just how the character is portrayed and how he is, I just didn’t really like him. I am not sure if it is because I am not a James Bond fan ( yes there are people who find James Bond an arse and a horrible human being sorry but when you have a hero who is just as bad as the villain…. well I will just leave that there) or whether I am just not a big boom boom bang bang blockbuster spy thriller person ( thats my description of films such as Mission Impossible, Bourne Identity and yes James Bond)

So I have found myself stuck on the horns of a dilemma, because whilst I am not a fan of these types of genre, I have found myself being swept away into another world, full of adventure, chaos and mayhem and yes a dash of sex and romance thrown in. And do you know what? I have grown to like the ol devil Simon, there is something refreshing and charming about a character who has so many flaws and yet is just awesome at the same time.

I do also enjoy the illustrations and just how simple they are and yet they create a message for what the story may involve. I did find that though I enjoyed the plot and the setting, some of the characters didn’t quite flow well with me, Simons mother for example and his relations with his father ( I will not spoil anything in this blog, but read Go Fast, the book before this one) just didn’t seem to gel with me.

What I did enjoy about this series and in this book too, is that the strongest characters and sometimes the maddest are the females, they are not just whimpering cowering idiots, most of the time they have more guts and even, in one character I can think of, more psychotic tendencies than him, and thats saying something. I can highly recommend this for anyone who loves a really good, gripping, high octane thriller with a dash of romance and hilariously dry quips which I can guarantee will make your sides split in laughter.

what with the news being somewhat doom and gloom, these books and especially this latest one will take you away and take you on a mad, dangerous and highly exciting ride.

Simon Ellice series

  1. Deadground ยฃ7.50
  2. Go Fast ยฃ9.75
  3. Starlight ยฃ7.50
  4. Bloodstock! (see above)

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Anne Cater and RandomTTours for allowing me to be on this book blog tour and for sending me not one not two but all the books for me to read ( yes I did manage to read them all) I would also like to thank Ratstales publishing for these gorgeous books, the way they are put together and the stunning illustrations are absolutely beautiful, also last but by no means least, thank you to Rod Humphris for writing these amazing nail biting novels and congratulations for getting your 4th book published.

This book is out now so please go and grab a copy from your local independent or here at: http://www.ratstales.co.uk .


The Author

Rod Humphris

Rod Humphris is the author of a number of acclaimed thrillers. He is the happiest and most productive when travelling about in his battered old truck with a canoe in top and a dog in the back. He currently lives in Bath.

Rod Humphris is the winner of N. N. Light Best Fiction Award 2016.

I know what you are waiting for and thats for my ratings…. shall I leave you in suspense… no don’t worry I would never even dream of doing that.. well maybe if I am feeling particularly evil. Just not today.. so here it is.

Ratings: 5 ๐ŸŒŸs with a โ˜•๏ธ, ๐Ÿฅƒ, ๐Ÿท, ๐Ÿป or two and ๐Ÿพ with some ๐Ÿ’ƒ…. (no cake this time I couldnโ€™t think that cake would go with Simon somehow)

So I hope you have enjoyed my blog and please if this is what you love, go out and buy this book it is damn good fun!!! so I hope this has brightened your days and all I will do now is say Happy Reading and hope to entertain you all very soon with another lil post from here….

๐Ÿˆ ๐ŸŽท Street Cat Blues by Alison O’Leary…. A Review ๐Ÿˆ ๐ŸŽท

Love the cat image on the front!!!

This is a revised 2nd Edition, which Red Dog Press is re-releasing ahead of the rest of the series… yes you heard that there is more… I am smiling maniacally and chuckling to myself.

Buying links:

Direct from Red Dog Press: https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/street-cat-blues

Amazon: http://mybook.to/StreetCatBlues

Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about?id=c4sFEAAAQBAJ

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/street-cat-blues

Ok now we have got those bits out of the way, we can now get on with getting into the meat of this delightful and charming book and one that will leave you purring with joy…. yes I am sorry I just had to put a cat joke in I can’t help it and its my blog so nerrr!!. ahem. Anyway lets get onto the blurb and you’ll see why I love it so.

A quiet life for Aubrey?

After spending several months banged up in Surrey Banks rescue centre, Aubrey, a large tabby cat, has finally found his forever home with Molly and Jeremy Goodman, and life is looking good.

However, all that changes when a serial killer begins to target elderly victims in the neighbourhood.

Aubrey wasn’t particularly upset by the death of some of the previous victims, including Miss Jenkins whom Aubrey recalls as a vinegar-lipped bitch of an old woman who enjoyed throwing stones at cats, but Mr Telling was different.

Mr Telling was a mate……

I have to admit the cover is a bit misleading, with a big black cat rather than a tabby, but still it is a cat and it is big, I am sure Aubrey wouldn’t mind, so please do not be fooled by how simple the cover is, because I can assure you this is one book you will not want to miss out on. Cozy crime… tick…. murder mystery… tick….intriguing characters…. tick…. narrated by a cat…ti… hang on a minute what? you might ask… is this a joke? nope the narrator is a big cat called Aubrey and you follow the story through his view point….ok carry on I am interested and somewhat intrigued by this bizarre set up…

This is what I think you are asking me right now. What in all thats sane possessed you to read this? well the publishers needed my help and I accepted, but I was also intrigued by the scenario of a being taken on a journey through the eyes of a cat and how yes the cat and his feline friends manages to save the day. I have been feeling a bit down lately due to a sort of malaise with most crime/thrillers, I don’t know about you but there seems a lot of books that follow a set pattern… a detective (woman or man) with a horrendous past (childhood trauma, drinks, drugs and everything in between) trying to battle their daemons whilst also facing down real life daemons (murderers) and usually there’s a lot of nail biting and fighting and just when you think the detective has had it they are saved either with the death of the murderer or they are saved by their plucky sidekick.. etc you get the gist right? am sure you can think of a number of authors which have the same plot and also covers.

I am not saying this is bad, I am just trying to let you know my feelings of looking for something new to entice me out of my gloom. And this excellent little book has definitely done that. I loved it, I found the idea of viewing a world through a cats eyes incredibly appealing and how the human world is intrinsically linked to the cats in this tale.

What I adored about this book is the group or gang of cats which Aubrey is part of, due to where he lives. Vince a sleek and well groomed cat is the one that I feel is Aubreys close friend, then of course theirs the dim sidekick Moses, a small slow and easily lost, distracted cat who also seems Never to be satisfied (as in always hungry) there’s also the twins (Siamese) who are portrayed as the slightly psychotic instigators of the group with a slimy sidekick called lupin who Aubrey does not like. I just love and adore all these characters that form the bedrock for Aubrey and his daily life away from his owners/friends/carers? home.

We now come to the other characters involved, the humans, and they are just as brilliant as the cats themselves as they are described by Aubrey so we see, Molly and Jeremy through Aubreys thoughts and feelings of them, plus as he is a cat they can talk about anything with him there without feeling self-concious about it. Then there is Calvin and Rachel… these are the sorts of people, who feel they are lovely and nice, but are really just vain, selfish and quite old fashioned in their views of the world… lets just say they would probably be the ones to vote for Brexit because of the “immigrant population” you probably know who I am talking about and can see them in your minds eye, also Rachel doesn’t like Aubrey and vice versa ( clever cat).

There are also the victims ofc who feature heavily in this story, the good ones and the bad ones, and because we are seeing their life through a cats eyes and experience of them it gives us a fascinating insight into these peoples lives, one in which if this had been a normal story we would probably miss this glorious view point. Now I don’t want to spoil anything of the story for you because its just soo wonderful. Its like a warm comfy hug or a nice hot beverage (of your choice) in a big mug which you can wrap your cold fingers around, and the world out side is cold, grey, gloomy possibly raining and you have that comfortable smile… this is what that book gives to me. This is definitely a cozy warm mystery. There are some hard, tough subjects it discusses, but the overall feeling from this book is one of love, hope and care. Also love of cats.

If you are like me and looking for something new, cozy and warm and something to take you away from this mad world, look no further than this book. I highly recommend this book as well to cat lovers because I am sure you will find certain quirky characteristics of certain cats being mentioned similar to your own. So please read this delightful book.

Ratings: 5 โญ๏ธs with a โ˜•๏ธ a large ๐Ÿฐ maybe a ๐Ÿช too (honestly this deserves that and more one of my favourite new books I have come across this year…. I now cannot wait for more!!)

Author’s little bit

I was born in London and spent my teenage years in Hertfordshire where I spent large amounts of time reading novels, watching daytime television and avoiding school. Failing to gain any qualifications in science whatsoever, the dream of being a forensic scientist collided with reality when a careers teacher suggested that I might like to work in a shop. I donโ€™t think she meant Harrods. Later studying law, I decided to teach rather than go into practice and have spent many years teaching mainly criminal law and criminology to young people and adults.I enjoy reading crime novels, doing crosswords, and drinking wine. Not necessarily in that order.

But if you thought that was all….. sorry but there’s something extra special coming up so ears up and look alert!!

Do you have a cat? Do you love cats? Tweet a picture of your baby cat to @RedDogTweets with the hashtag #MyCatSolvesMysteries and you will be entered in the cat hat to win a signed paperback copy of Street Cat Blues! UK only (sorry to say). Ends at Midnight

I love this!!!!

I would like to say thank you to Meggie at Red Dog Press for sending me this amazing arc of this book, I am so tempted to buy this for myself ( a physical copy I might add) I am not hinting at them for the rest in the series to help promote… nope definitely not hinting…wink… wink!! I would also like to thank the Author too Alison O’Leary for creating such a brilliant character in Aubrey and tale, I cannot wait for the rest…. which leaves me to say Happy reading and hope to blog at you again soon!!!

๐ŸŒˆThe Existence Of Amy by Lana Grace Riva…. A Review๐ŸŒˆ

I love a simple cover

Amy has a normal life. That is, if you were to go by the definition of ‘no obvious indicators of peculiarity’ , and you didn’t know her very well. She has good friends, a good job, a nice enough home. This normality, however, is precariously plastered on top of a different life. A life that is Amy’s real life. The only one her brain will let her lead.

I just want to say a massive thank you to the author Lana Grace Riva for gifting me this copy to review, This was a marvellous read and one that is on par with Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. Feel the cover does not do this book justice and don’t please judge this one by its simple facade. Once you delve into its pages, you will find brilliant and warm characters, as well as Amy, the main star, who shines brightly especially in certain moments where you are rooting for her and also laughing at some of her views on the world around her (I definitely had moments of laughing out loud… luckily I was at home so no odd looks)

This is one that also tackles hard issues, such as societies views on people with mental health issues, or anyone who is considered slightly off ‘normal’, which for the person can be a hard balancing act of trying to act ‘normal’ and also trying to find time for themselves. This story shines a light on these difficulties as well as how relationships can help but also be a factor in contributing to our wellbeing, or Amy’s well being in this case. This was quite personal for me, as someone who lives with anxiety, Dryspraxia and other issues, this story really touched me and I just fell for and loved the character of Amy. Whereas in Eleanor Oliphant I felt put off by her attitude and yes kooky nature in the Existence of Amy, you feel welcomed and warmed by her personality which shines through the pages.

Yes the issues that Amy deals with are more exaggerated and different to what I deal with but that fear of what other people might think of you, what should you say or not say to other people, is a daily issue that faces people who struggle in society where anything not ‘normal’ is considered weird or strange.

For me the ending was brilliant, and incredibly touching. If you ae looking for a feel good, heartwarming and endearing novel this one will be the one for you, and if you loved Eleanor Oliphant, this is just as good if not better.

This is quite a short review because I don’t want to spoil anything about this book, it needs to be read with a clear mind and fresh new eyes. But this is wonderful and Amy is a delight.

Ratings: 5 ๐ŸŒŸs with a โ˜•๏ธ and a ๐Ÿง maybe a ๐Ÿช too (if you donโ€™t know me or this blog by now I have an alternative to ratings for books and this is my rating system books, coffee/tea/hot choc and any sweet thing should be a rating system used more often ๐Ÿ˜‰ itโ€™s definitely one I use)

I am afraid my usual go to independents won’t work with this glorious book, this is an amazon publishing book so please go and check this book out and buy it, because you will be helping an author and also even though it is amazon, they do help authors get published.

๐Ÿฆ‹ ๐Ÿ’Once Again by Catherine Wallace Hope blog tour review๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿฆ‹

This is quite a stunning cover!!!

Publisher : Crooked Lane Books (8 Oct. 2020) in Hardback. You can find the link below to buy your copy.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Once-Again-Catherine-Wallace-Hope/dp/164385481X

What if you had the chance to save someone you lost? Isolated in the aftermath of tragedy, Erin Fullarton has felt barely alive since the loss of her young daughter, Korrie. She tries to mark the milestones her therapist suggests – like this day: the five hundredth – but moving through grief is like swimming against a dark current. Her estranged husband, Zac, a brilliant astrophysicist, seems to be coping better. Lost in his work, he’s perfecting his model of a stunning cosmological phenomenon, one he predicts will occur on this same day – an event so rare, it keeps him from being able to acknowledge this milestone alongside Erin. But when Erin receives a phone call from her daughter’s school, the same call she received five hundred days earlier when Korrie was still alive, Erin realises something is happening. Or happening again. Struggling to understand the sudden shifts in time, she pieces together that the phenomenon Zac is tracking may have presented her with the gift of a lifetime: the chance to save her daughter. As Erin is swept through time, she’s unable to reach Zac or convince the authorities of what is happening. Forced to find the answer on her own, Erin must battle to keep the past from repeating – or risk losing her daughter for good.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much to Anne Carter for my first ever blog tour!!! and I would also like to thank Crooked Lane books for allowing me to read the PDF, yes I know very scary. I hope to let you know that these are my honest opinions and that I am not out to hurt anyone or be rude either. These are my own thoughts and I hope that I can show my love of reading and especially the love of reading this wonderful and intriguing book.

What can I say about this book, it really grips you from the first page you want to know why she is so numb, out of sorts and why is she going through life robotically, also there are moments within the story where it was particularly heartbreaking and poignant. You really feel for Erin and Zac, but mainly Erin as her life is on hold from the moment of the tragic and horrific death. I don’t want to spoil this for you, but there is also a what if? as well… what if time could be twisted to stop or even to help you get your most fervent desires and what if that desire is to stop death from taking a loved one? I was literally blown away by how marvellous and incredibly real this felt. At first on hearing about this, I have to admit I was a bit wary anything that is set in a realistic frame but with a twist, I feel can not be what the author intended. But not with this, we get Zac, who’s an astrophysicist and who comes up with a way that seems to cause a disturbance in time for his wife.

I love how we get both sides of their lives and how one of them has work to get them through with a neglect of the other, and one has to struggle on with their own thoughts and memories, and sometimes not even living, more like a zombie. This book really portrays depression extraordinarily well, and that it never really lessens or goes with time.

If you love crime/thrillers and after something a little bit different, this book is one for you. Also just look at that cover, isn’t it gorgeous. I only had a few niggles, that sometimes you didn’t feel connected with the characters and sometimes they came across as cold, I am pretty sure for Zac you are supposed to feel a bit like wanting him to take notice of his wife rather than him staying at work all the time. Now I have to admit that I don’t have a child nor do I know what feelings get unleashed when you lose someone to something so awful, but I did feel at times a bit weirded out with some of Erins actions and thoughts ( but please these are my own opinions and not to be seen as judging or anything like that)

I feel that this book is one that you should definitely pick up and read, it is one that grips you and haunts you long after you have put it down. I would highly recommend this book.

Ratings: 5 โญ๏ธs with a โ˜•๏ธ and a ๐Ÿฐ ( honestly you will need all the sugar and caffeine that you can get)

This gorgeous and delightful book is already out so please go out and grab your copy and read it!! As this is my first book blog tour I would like to apologise if this comes across as amateurish (which I am) and quite scrappy. I hope you have enjoyed this review and would dearly love it and welcome any comments or feedback of it and yes any criticism would be appreciated so I know what I need to improve on and whether I am doing ok. So thank you for allowing me to waffle on, I hope when you read this you are relaxing with a nice mug of coffee and you have a good book near by. So I will only say Happy Reading!!!!

Glimpse of Author: Catherine Wallace Hope

Catherine Wallace Hope

Award-winner Catherine Wallace Hope grew up in Colorado, the setting for her thriller Once Again. She earned her degree in creative writing at the University of Colorado. She also delved into dance in New York and art and psychology in California. When she returned to Colorado, she became an instructor at the renowned Lighthouse Writers Workshop, offering creativity workshops for writers. Currently, she and her family are living on an island in the Pacific Northwest where they serve at the pleasure of two astonishingly spoiled dogs. If you would like to get in touch or just to see what sheโ€™s up to follow her on these social media links down below.

www.catherinewallacehope.com

Twitter @catwallacehope

Instagram @catwallacehope

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