🏔🧖‍♀️🩸The Retreat by Sarah Pearse… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🏔 🧖‍♀️ 🩸

Thrilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £5.99

Publisher: Bantam Press

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours for organising another fantastic book tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Bantam Press for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this marvellous book. And finally a huge thank you to the creative talent, Sarah Pearse, for creating such a thrilling, creepy and atmospheric novel, where all the suspects are in place and it’s a race against time to try and stop further murderous chaos. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Most are here to recharge and refresh.

But someone’s here for revenge…..

This is a warning for all our guests at the wellness retreat.

A woman’s body has been found at the bottom of the cliff beneath the yoga pavilion.

We believe her death was a tragic accident, though DS Elin Warner has arrived on the island to investigate.

A storm has been forcast, but do not panic. Stick together and please ignore any rumours you might have heard about the island and it’s history.

As soon as the weather clears, we will arrange boats to take you back to the mainland.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy your stay.

What can I say about this book. In one word…. FANTASTIC!!!! Ok maybe another THRILLING!!! I absolutely loved this book. It had everything you wanted and needed from a crime/mystery thriller. Set on an Agatha Christie-esque island where people can feel both pampered and isolated but when danger comes calling it becomes much more sinister and threatening, especially when the island’s past rises to the surface.

I loved also how we see Elin back at work and rather than off in another country is back in England and trying to get back to some sort of normality (whatever that is). But as with most people it’s never that simple or easy to over come past traumas or even recent history. We watch and follow a few characters perspective of events and how each person has some connection to the victim, and then another incident happens and soon it’s a race against time for Elin to track a killer before they kill again.

This is such a brilliantly twisted and creepy setting where you are not sure who the killer is but you know they must be on the island itself, this has the mysterious elements of ‘And Then There Were None’ by Agatha Christie with an added menace of Stephen King shrouding it. I loved getting to know each character and trying to work out the who, the what and the why. It’s just fantastic.

I cannot wait for more from this author, and I would highly recommend this amazing book to anyone looking for a creepy, atmospheric and chilling thriller.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Author’s Blurb:

Sarah Pearse

Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the university of Warwick, and worked in Brand PR for a variety of household brands. After moving to Switzerland in her twenties, she spent every spare moment exploring the mountains in the Swiss alpine town of Crans Montana, the dramatic setting that inspired her first novel The Sanitarium. Sarah has always been drawn to the dark and creepy – remote spaces and abandoned places – so when she read an article in a local Swiss magazine about the history of sanatoriums in the area, she knew she’d found the spark of an idea for her debut novel. Her short fiction has been published in a wide variety of magazines and has been shortlisted for several prizes.

I hope you have enjoyed this dark, creepy and atmospheric journey into a Retreat that’s idyllic and at the same time deadly. If you are wanting to read a copy, you can find this in Waterstones and any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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💃 🐶 All About Evie…. A SquadPod Book Review!!! 💃 🐶

Wonderful cover!!!

Publication Date: Out Today!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £8.99

Publisher: Scribner Uk

I would like to say a huge thank you to Matson Taylor for being an absolute sweetheart and congratulations for another brilliant book that will brighten up anyone’s day. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Scribner U.K. for allowing me to read and review a physical proof copy of this fun and charming book, and lastly but by no means least, thank you to SquadPod for just being you and for being able to organise such a special blog shout out. This is the second book featuring the lovely and charming Evie Hepworth (if you haven’t read the first book…. Go out and get it The Misecucation of Evie Epworth). Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out what’s happened to Evie since last we saw her.

Ten years on from the events of The Miseducation of Evie Epworth, Evie is settled in London and working as a production assistant for the BBC. She has everything she ever dreamed of (a career, a leatherette briefcase, an Ossie Clark poncho) but, following an unfortunate incident involving a Hornsea Pottery mug and Princess Anne, she finds herself having to rethink her future. What can she do? Is she too old to do it? And will it involve cork-soled sandals?

As if this isn’t complicated enough, her disastrous love life leaves her worrying that she may be destined for eternal spinsterdom, concerned as she is, that ‘even Paul had married Linda by the time he was 26’. Through it all, Evie is left wondering whether a 60s miseducation really is the best preparation to glide into womanhood and face the new challenges (strikes, power cuts, Edward Heath’s teeth) thrown up by the growing pains of the 70s?

This is such a delightful, charming and heartwarming book. It’s about changes and working out what to do next when the road you are on doesn’t pan out the way you expect. As well as that age old question…. Will I ever find someone who gets me? But that’s misleading as it’s not really about the romance, yes of course there is some, but it focuses on how we deal with change, whether it’s getting fired from a job and then having to work out what you really want to do and how to get there.

We also meet up again with Evie and her friends and family, and it feels like taking a warm bath or being hugged by people you haven’t seen in awhile but feel that warm special glow. This book made me laugh, cry and smile with delight. I loved meeting up with Evie again and wondering what chaos she will provide us with. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I can highly recommend this fantastic book.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Author’s Blurb:

Matron Taylor grew up in Yorkshire but now lives in London. He is a design historian and works at the V&A museum, where he teaches on the History of Design programme and spends a lot of time trying to convince people that the luxury goods industry helped win the Second World War. He wrote a chapter on Edward Molyneux, inventor of the flapper dress, for the V&A’s London Couture book and has helped develop a number of projects for TV and radio. He also works at Imperial College, helping scientists communicate very complicated things in a reasonably simple way.

As well as working at various universities and museums around the world, Matson has worked on Camden Market, appeared in an Italian TV commercial, and been a pronunciation coach for Catalan opera singers. Mayson completed the Faber writing course, during which he wroteThe Miseducation of Evie Epworth. All About Evie is his second novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this warm, funny and charming novel about confidence in yourself, adapting to big changes and having fun along the way. If you are wanting a copy of this wonderful book you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

🥶 🥶 🦴 💀 Cold, Cold Bones by Kathy Reichs…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🥶 🥶 🦴 💀

Chilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out Today!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £20.00/ Ebook £9.99

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) with a little help from the lovely Tracy Fenton too for organising this wonderful and thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to say a special thank you to Simon and Schuster for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the Queen of Thrills and chills, Kathy Reichs for another outstanding and brilliant Tempe Brennan book and one that is more personal to the character than any other. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb to find out a bit more.

In a profession like this, you’re bound to make enemies…..

An eye…..

It all starts when Dr Temperance Brennan finds a box on her porch. Inside is a fresh human eyeball with GPS coordinates etched into it. They lead her to a macabre discovery in a Benedictine Monastery, and soon after she discovers a mummified corpse in a state park.

For an eye…..

There seems to be no pattern to these killings, except that each mimics a killing connected to something a younger Tempe experienced, or barely escaped. Someone is targeting her, and she needs to figure out why before they strike again.

And then her daughter Katy disappears….

Someone is playing a dangerous game with Tempe. And they won’t stop until they have taken everything from her…..

I was instantly hooked and mesmerised by the latest instalment from the Queen of thrillers and her determined forensic anthropologist alter ego, Temperance Brennan (Dr). As I have mentioned before I am a huge fan of this series and have never been disappointed by any of the stories which come out from the mind of this devious author. And this one is no exception, in fact this one feels more thrilling and more fresh, as we see a vulnerable side to Tempe (it has been shown before and mentioned in one of her earlier novels where a killer tries to get inside her head by threatening her daughter) but this time will the threat actually become a reality and will Tempe find the clues to work out why or will it end in a personal tragedy?…. Don’t worry there will be no spoilers.

(Sorry if you are hoping for one, I don’t do that on here). I absolutely loved getting back with Tempe and her friends, colleagues and of course (lover boy Andy Ryan) and how it’s not always the strangers you have to worry about. What I also loved about this book, was how it looked at how veterans of the army are treated when they come back from war and how their mental health is treated or not. How as a society we treat them when we have no idea what they have seen or dealt with. This really looks at the issues of depression, PTSD and many other diagnoses that lead these men and women to fall through the cracks in society and which can make them become invisible to us. It’s not just looking at the usual serial killer versus the hounds of justice but how as a society we are also to blame for not caring for our destitute and homeless.

This is an excellent and twisted book, I would highly recommend this and the rest of the series if you haven’t already read the series.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (this book will have you hooked, I warn you, you won’t be able to put it down).

Author’s Blurb:

Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs’s first novel Deja Dead, published in 1997, won the Ellis Award for Beat First Novel and was an international bestseller. Cold, Cold Bones is Kathy’s twenty-first entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of Fox Television’s longest running scripted drama, Bones, which was based on her work and her novels. One of the very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Kathy divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, Quebec.

I hope you have enjoyed this fantastic, gripping and thrilling journey into the dark heart of revenge, obsession and mental health. If you are wanting to grab a copy for yourself, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🔑❤️The Key To My Heart by Lia Louis… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🔑 ❤️

Lovely cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £2.99

Publisher: Orion

I would like to say a huge thank you to Tracy Fenton for organising this wonderful book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Orion for not only this tour but also allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this heartwarming book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Lia Louis for creating such a heartbreaking and also uplifting and heartwarming book, about grief, healing and second chances, it’s a romance with heart and raw emotion. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Can you ever really find the one after ‘the one’?

Some people spend their whole lives trying to find the one. But Natalie found him – and married him. And then Russ died.

Two years ago, her whole world was shattered. Still now, she feels like she’s trying to piece her broken heart back together, one day at a time.

But then she finds a sheet of music – one that only Russ would know – in the piano stool in St. Pancras Station where she’s secretly been playing for the last few months.

For the first time, Natalie realises that maybe life does still hold a little magic. And with every note she plays, she feels as if she’s unlocking another fragment of her heart….

But will she ever truly find love again after she’d already found forever?

As I started to read the first page, I was hooked, mesmerised and just spell bound by the story, of a woman called Natalie who has found that rare breed, “The One”!!!. You know, that person who knows you inside and out, accepts you for who you are, sees your strengths but also sees your weaknesses and can also make you laugh and smile. But then he dies, leaving her in a turmoil of grief, that leaves her struggling to find her balance in everyday life.

Until she finds a piece of music which speaks to her and only her, and as these pieces of music keep coming (or found) she realises quite how special they are, as they all have meaning to her and her lost beloved. This story really hits you hard and doesn’t let up at all, as she reels from her grief that yes can tale however long (two years, in the grand scheme of things that’s way too short) I found her trying to appear normal (as she can be) both heartbreaking and inspiring. As she doesn’t realise that her doing something so spontaneous and reactionary leads her to finally heal (slowly) but also allow other people to come in.

I don’t want to spoil any more of this beautiful and poignant book, but it really moved me to tears and hit me quite hard emotionally (all in a good way) I found the characters believable and relatable. There is so much love and compassion within this story it’s just magnificent.

I would urge you to grab a copy for yourself right now or ASAP. I cannot highly recommend this book enough.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰.

Author’s Blurb:

Lia Louis is a writer from Hertfordshire where she lives with her partner and three young children. In 2015, she won ELLE’ magazine’s annual talent competition with her contemporary love letter, #RelationshipGoals. Lia’s fascination with letters doesn’t stop with her writing: she also has a varied collection of old letters which are a source of inspiration to her. Somewhere Close To Happy is her first novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this lovely and heartwarming story and I also hope you find yourself buying this book, as it will touch you and won’t leave your mind. You can find this book in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🏠🧍‍♂️🧍‍♂️🏠The Daves Next Door by Will Carver…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🏠🧍‍♂️🧍‍♂️🏠

Intriguing cover!!!

Publication Date: 21st July (pre-order now!!!)

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £4.27

Publisher: Orenda Books

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours for organising this strange, mind-blowing book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Orenda books for allowing me to read a digital copy of this fascinating book. I would like to say thank you to the creative genius, Will Carver, for once again, creating such a gripping, tense and one that made you think about us and how we see the world around us and how the world views us. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

A disillusioned nurse suddenly learns how to care.

An injured young sportsman wakes up to find he can only see in black and white.

A desperate old widower takes too many pills and believes that two angels have arrived to usher him through purgatory.

Two agoraphobic men called Dave share the symptoms of a brain tumour, and frequently wake their neighbour with their ongoing rows.

Separate lives, running in parallel, destined to collide and then explode.

Like the suicide bomber, riding the Circle Line, say after day, waiting for the right time to detonate, waiting for the answers to his questions: Am I God? Am I Dead? Will I Blow Up This Train?

Just to warn you all, I am not quite sure I can put it into words or even formulate any coherent message… apart from GODDAMIT WILL…. You have done it again!!! Why? How? What?…. (Seriously my thought processes whilst reading this went along those lines). If you have not read any of this virtuoso’s work, seriously do though there should be a warning, he grabs you by the throat, shakes your head around until you are dazed and somewhat bruised and battered and yet… yet you come back for more.

This book is another classic, devious, twisted and yet also human, there is a lot of characters which are flawed and broken and yet you also recognise bits of them in you or know someone who has a similar trait. The other really annoying yet utterly heart wrenching part of this book is how he makes your heart bleed and hurt for a grieving old man who’s being abused by some devils, but because of pills he took and which didn’t actually take him where he wanted to be he thinks they are angels waiting to transform him from his purgatory life, but in actual fact are liars and psychopaths. For me this character is the one that squeezed my heart and didn’t let go, whereas all the other characters to me felt insubstantial, not that their badly written, good god no, it’s just the lonely old man character really got me and just blinded me to any of the others.

Honestly if you are looking for a book that will bash you around the head, wrong your heart and make you think… very hard. This is one for you and even if you are not looking for it please please grab it up when it’s out or make a pre order, because I tell you now you will be left spellbound and gobsmacked.

Ratings: 5 🌟s (what do you want me to say!!! Ok 10 🌟 s happy now 😂) with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰…. Ok fine the whole 🎂 just because you won’t be able to put it down.

Author’s Blurb:

Will Carver (the master of deviously plotted crime)

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the U.K. at age 11, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books (please check them out and their website you can find his books along with many other goodies too) The Beresford came out in July 2021. His previous title Hinton Hollow Deatb Trip was longlisted for the Not The Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of The Year. Good Samaritans was book of the year in the Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into a devious, dark and sinister tunnel filled with Machiavellian characters and thoughtful commentary on our own lives and how we view others and how others view us. If you are wanting to grab a copy for yourself, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent stores and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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💫 🔭Stargazer by Laurie Petrou… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 💫🔭

Intriguing cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £9.99/ Ebook £4.99

Publisher: Verve Books

I would like to say a huge thank you to Verve Books for inviting me onto this tense, and intriguing book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this fantastic book. I would also like to say thank you to the creative talent, Laurie Petrou, in creating such a brilliant and evocative cast of characters, especially the two girls, one wanting and obsessing over the others life and will do anything to achieve it even if it means destroying them and the family in the process and the other knowing that the grass isn’t always greener from the inside and yet finding this other, stronger more alluring girl fascinating. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

It’s a fine line between admiration and envy.

Diana Martin has lived her life in the shadow of her sadistic older brother. She quietly watches the family next door, enthralled by celebrity fashion designer Marianne Taylor and her feted daughter Aurelle.

She wishes she was a “Taylor girl”.

By the summer of 1995, the two girls are at university together, bonded by a mutual desire to escape their wealthy families and personal tragedies and forge new identities.

They are closer than lovers, intoxicated by their own bond, falling into the hedonistic seduction of the woods and the water at a remote university that is more summer camp than campus.

But when burgeoning artist Diana has a chance at fame, cracks start to appear in their friendship. To what lengths is Diana willing to go to secure her own stardom?

As soon as I turned the first page of this compelling and intoxicating book, I found myself hooked on a story of obsession, envy and a powerful need to be wanted and seen and also loved for who they are. These two girls, Diana and Aurelle, are both from wealthy and privileged families, but one of them has what the other desires, a family that is loving and looks supportive and also has a famous gloss that glows and beckons out. Whereas the other family has an ignored and mistreated daughter who constantly has to make sure her older brother is always in the spotlight or made happy so that they are not abused (mentally) by him.

I find their relationship with each other slightly disturbing as it’s not that equal, we have Diana who is more out going and more determined to get what she wants and we have Aurelle who’s more quieter and shy until she almost becomes invisible to everyone. I won’t go any further and spoil what is a fantastic and compelling story.

If you love an in depth look at how friendships can both be good for one another but at the same can also be used as a weapon to destroy. I find myself not liking Diana and just wish she could just leave Aurelle and her family alone. This is a marvellous book and one that I would highly recommend to anyone.

Ratings: 4 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Author’s Blurb:

Laurie Petrou is an award winning author, and Associate Professor at the RTA School of Media at Toronto Metropolitan University. She lives in Niagara with her family. Stargazer is her fourth book.

I hope you have enjoyed this fascinating and intriguing novel about relationships and how easy it is to use someone for your own ends. If you are wanting your own copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🌊🏄‍♀️🏄🏄‍♂️🌊The Bay by Allie Reynolds… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🌊🏄‍♀️🏄🏄‍♂️🌊

Gorgeous cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £4.99

Publisher: Headline

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours and also the lovely Tracy Fenton for helping out with organising this thrilling and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Headline for allowing me to read and review a copy of this brilliant book. I would also like to say thank you to the creative talent, Allie Reynolds for once again creating a fantastic and suspenseful thriller in another dangerous sport, Surfing and this time in Australia where the danger may not be in the water but on land and most especially who you end up with. Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

The waves are to die for. It’s a paradise they’d kill to keep.

There’s a darkness inside all of us and The Bay has a way of bringing it out. Everyone here has their secrets but we don’t go looking for them. Because sometimes it’s better not to know.

Kenna arrives in Sydney to surprise her best friend, shocked to hear she’s going to marry a guy she’s only just met. But Mikki and her fiancé Jack are about to head away on a trip, so Kenna finds herself tagging along for the ride.

Sorrow Bay is beautiful, wild and dangerous. A remote surfing spot with waves to die for, cut off from the rest of the world. Here Kenna meets the mysterious group of people who will do anything to keep their paradise a secret. Sky, Ryan, Clemente and Victor have come to ride the waves and disappear from life. How will they feel about Kenna turning up unannounced?

As Kenna gets drawn into their world, she sees the extremes they are prepared to go to for the next thrill. And everyone seems to be hiding something. What has her best friend got involved in and how can she get her away? but one thing is rapidly becoming clear about The Bay: nobody ever leaves.

As soon as I picked up this book and read the first chapter I was entranced and gripped by the story that unravelled page by page. This doesn’t start off with a bang, but quite slowly and each page the tension mounts as we realise how many secrets each of these disparate characters are keeping from each other and how determined Kenna is to try and get her friend away from these people that have somehow captivated her. We follow these two characters mainly from Kenna’s POV (Point Of View) and how she observes her friend’s relationship with her (new) fiancé and what hold he might have over her. It soon becomes clear it’s not just Jack she has to keep an eye on but a group of people with secrets, scars that are both visible and not. As the story progresses the tension rises between all the characters and Kenna fears not only for herself but also for her friend and wonders what the hell she has got herself into.

I really found myself mesmerised and gripped by this fiendish and twisted story, and loved how we the observers get to know everyone’s (as in the characters) feelings and views of the situations that develop during the book. We find ourselves a bit more ahead of the main character and we try to anticipate when she will discover something disturbing or new about these people she has been thrust in the middle of. Obviously at first it’s just a group of extreme surfers wanting to find a bit of peace and quiet from the main touristy hot spots that are usually clogged up with amateurs and families. Sorrow Bay is their haven and Eden, which they are willing to do anything to keep it that way. And in which Kenna starts to wonder what else is lurking within this group and whether she and her friend can get out alive… I won’t go any further and spoil this brilliant thriller for you, just expect so many twists and turns that you also feel like you are cresting the wave with them.

I cannot highly recommend this book enough along with her previous book, Shiver, this will leave you gasping and just wanting to know what will happen next.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large slice of cake…. Or just a strong 🍹 😉.

Author’s Blurb:

Allie Reynolds

Allie Reynolds is a former freestyle snowboarder who spent five winters in the mountains of France, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. Her short fiction has been published in women’s magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden and South Africa. She lives by the beach in Queensland, Australia.

I hope you have enjoyed this dark, disturbing story of a sport that is both mesmeric to watch but also incredibly dangerous, especially if you take it to the extreme. It’s also how the people we think we know so much about may not be who we think they are at all and that if a place looks too good to be true, what is it actually hiding. If you love the sound of this thriller, you can find a copy in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🎊 🍾 Just For Today by Nell Hudson… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🍾 🎊

Intriguing cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £18.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: Tinder Press

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours for organising this wonderful, gripping, heartbreaking book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Tinder Press for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this book. I would also like to say thank you to the creative talent, Nell Hudson, for a sharp and unapologetic look at the lifestyle of young people trying to live, laugh and party hard within a fast-paced city and how sometimes silly mistakes can lead to tragic consequences. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

The party has to end sometime.

It all starts on New Year’s Eve. A night that has to be a success, whatever the cost. For Joni and her friends, it’ll be a party that promises all the high stakes and glamour of any other, but by sunrise they’ll be dealing with something darker than the usual post-party come down.

Not that they will let this stand in their way. For this is their year to revel in all that the playground of London has to offer: sneaking into places they shouldn’t, breaking every rule, falling in love with the wrong people. All the while avoiding one undeniable truth: it’s not if the party ends, it’s how.

From the moment I turned that first page, I was hooked by this story. It’s both intoxicating and a real heartbreaker of a read. By the end of the book I was a sobbing mess because of the way the characters are portrayed and their story which is brought to life. We follow the life of Joni and her friends who’s main goal in life is to enjoy everything as much as possible. Party hard and live wild and free. They all feel quite young, and though Joni is the only one of her friends that doesn’t have a job and seems to live vicariously through them, she feels there’s no pressure as yet to do so.

Instead, through all the parties they have she becomes obsessed with the idea of being her target’s girlfriend, to the point that she doesn’t see what it does to her and how her friends see her. All she knows is that her life is better with this guy in it, his wealth and how he at first looks after her. Throughout this we follow her friends too as their parties become much more hedonistic and wilder as though they know this lifestyle cannot go on for much longer. When there is a tragedy it does make Joni and some of her friends pause but not in a way that really calls a halt to how they have gone before.

But after this incident there is a definite spiral and things become more chaotic and Joni realises (maybe too late) who her real friends are. This novel really looks at our heavy partying, out of control youth and focuses on the relationships between them all and how some are true and how some get twisted and bent out of shape. It’s also not when the party ends but how does it end? You also feel for the characters and there are so many moments that make you cry. I loved this book and would highly recommend this to anyone.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Author’s Blurb:

Nell Hudson

Nell Hudson grew up in a farm in Worcestershire. She graduated from the Oxford School of Drama in 2012 and has been working as a professional actor ever since. Just For Today is her first novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into a glittery, wild, carefree and hedonistic party lifestyle where relationships are forged and dreams can be true for one night… but what happens after the party has ended? If you want to get your hands on this brilliant book, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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The SetUp by Lizzy Dent…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!!

Glorious cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £4.99

Publisher: Viking (Penguin)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Ellie Hudson and Viking team for inviting me onto this wonderful book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Viking for allowing me to read and review a copy of this fantastic book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Lizzy Dent, for creating another heartwarming, funny and charming book about believing in yourself and that love doesn’t actually have to be that complicated or dramatic it can actually just be warm and comfortable. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

She has a plan….

Fate has other ideas….

There are two men in my life. But this is not a love triangle.

Mara Williams reads her horoscope every day – but she wasn’t expecting to be in a whole other country when destiny finally found her. Just as the fortune teller reveals that her true love is about to arrive, a gorgeous stranger literally walks into her life. And now Mara is determined to bring them together again…. Surely even fate needs a nudge in the right direction sometimes?

But while Mara is getting ready for “the One”, the universe intervenes. Her new flat mate Ash is funny and kind, and sexy as hell….There was no predicting this; it’s as if her destiny just arrived on her doorstep.

So will Mara put her destiny in fate’s hands? – or finally trust herself to reach for the stars.

Wow, this book really held my heart in its hands. We follow the main character Mara, as she tries to find meaning through her horoscopes and also through what a psychic in Budapest, Hungary told her (as the psychic was pregnant all I can see is that she was telling poor Mara anything to get her to leave) which then leads onto her obsession with a complete stranger, who seems to answer the psychics predictions (well let’s make this a bit more clearer, what Mara really paid more attention to and filled in what she didn’t understand). I loved Mara as a character but you also get frustrated with her as she follows these predictions as fact rather than what we know as being just a bland words put together that could potentially happen to people or not. For Mara she strives to get that sign or message and whatever it is that happens it was meant to be or was written that day.

Obviously this story is never going to be a simple you meet someone band that’s it happy ever after… as we realise that maybe what Mara has been seeking is actually the person that’s her flatmate, walk-in Ash, who’s by far drawn to be what should be the love interest, but as we continue on reading it becomes clear that Mara is her own worst enemy, she doesn’t see what everyone else sees that her blindness in following advice from horoscopes and psychics might be just a tad unhealthy and a bit obsessive. That what she doesn’t realise is that love is a give – give transaction and that to ignore your own instinct could hurt not only you but other people.

What makes me love Mara, is that she feels she has to control every aspect of her life and her love life through these little guidances and advice from the stars, as her life has been one of chaos and she feels underachieving and that to have someone or something tell her what to do is freeing and just makes sense. When in actual fact it’s burying your head in the sand and not listening to what you want or need to do. I have never really taken any of these snipets as facts and most of the time find them hilarious and a bit silly, but wanting to make sense out chaos that’s happening to you or in the world is an understandable thing and makes me want to give her a hug and say it’s ok to make mistakes in both love and life, you will learn, but maybe just really listen to yourself first before turning to the stars.

I really loved Ash, as a man to have that kindness and understanding, wow what a treasure. To also have that amount of patience when dealing with all of Mara’s silliness and naivety in what she does and tries to do for her plan to date this guy who she’s never really spoken to or known is one that leaves you groaning and slapping your head saying “Mara!!! They guy you need is right there in front of you!!!!”. This book is one that you need to just sit in the sun and just dream away with.

I would highly recommend this one to anyone who loves a bit of rom-com with a dash of horoscopes and magic.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 ( or a large 🍹 with 🍨 if it’s a sunny day 😉)

Author’s Blurb:

Lizzy Dent (mis)spent her early twenties working in a hotel not unlike the one in her first novel The Summer Job. Soon to be a TV series! She somehow ended up in a glamorous job travelling the world creating content for various TV companies such as MTV, Channel 4, Cartoon Network, The BBC and ITV. She writes about women who don’t always know where they are going in life, but who always have fun doing it. The Setup is her second novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this charming, lovely and wonderful book and dare I say it what a second book!!! I mean I loved The Summer Job but this is just what is needed after that first hit, another one to give you a gentle hug, laugh and an ahhhh moment. Seriously this author is one I will be buying as soon as the next one is announced. If you are wanting a copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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The Loyal Friend by A.A. Chaudhuri… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!

Intriguing cover!!!

Publication Date: Out today!!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £1.99

Publisher: Hera Books

I would like to say a huge thank you to Danielle for organising and inviting me onto this thrilling and brilliant book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Hera Books for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, A A Chaudhuri, for creating another gripping, and twisted and dark novel about friendships, abuses and how everyone holds secrets that (in this books world) touches everyone and that revenge can get a bit out of hand. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

She has your back.

And May stab you in it.

Wealthy pampered Susan, is living the perfect life in leafy Kingston. She’ll never let anyone see the darkness she’s concealing behind the diamonds and rosé.

Grace is new to the group, seemingly the perfect wife and mum. Yet no one knows the truth of what’s happening behind closed doors.

Loner Natalie, hides the pain of her childhood behind a carefully ordered life. But how long can the past stay hidden?

Three unlikely friends, brought together for a weekly class run by beautiful, friendly, instructor Jade.

But when Jade goes missing in mysterious circumstances, the group starts to unravel. And as their darkest secrets come to light, it seems that no one can be trusted. Even their closest friends….

As soon as I picked my kindle up and started reading this novel, I was hooked. The story grips you straight away and never lets you go. As you go through the story you are lead down many paths that twist and turn as you approach until you are not sure what the outcome will be. This is a fantastic thriller and one that leaves you just gasping at every new puzzle which slots into place.

The characters are again, exquisitely and brilliantly complicated, with all their flaws and foibles showing like scars on the surface. Most of the characters I just couldn’t like or just felt I wanted to slap (the only one I felt a much deeper and empathetic feeling for was Natalie). Some of the twists I have to admit here and now, were a bit unbelievable and some of the way the plots are involved felt too coincidental to be believed, I know it’s fiction but I just can’t believe that they are all apparently living together and seeing each other without realising (but that’s my opinion and please don’t let that stop you reading this fantastic book).

I definitely enjoyed this book, but I am not sure I liked this better than She’s Mine, the authors previous book. I felt I had more sympathy for a lot more characters and there was more complexity in how the plot developed and connected. I think if you love a good, dark and disturbing and twisted thriller this should definitely be in your hands right now!!!.

Ratings: 4 ⭐️s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰.

Author’s Blurb:

A A Chaudhuri is a former City Lawyer. After gaining a degree in History at University College London, she later trained as a solicitor and worked for several major London law firms before leaving law to pursue her passion for writing. She lives in Surrey with her family, and loves films, all things Italian, and a good margarita!.

I hope you have enjoyed delving into the darkness of friendships and whether you should put your trust in people who you think have your back…. Or they might be the ones to stab you!. If you are wanting to get your hands on a copy you can find it in Waterstones and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🏚Wake by Shelley Burr…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🏚

Stunning Cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

I would like to say a huge thank you to Steven Cooper for inviting me on to this fantastic and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for allowing me to read and review a finished copy of this brilliant book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Shelley Burr, for creating such a visceral, tense and gripping crime novel, about girls who go missing, and how families break apart and also struggle to come to terms with their loved ones gone or just absent. There’s also a real hard life of towns that have seen better days, with communities becoming more and more fragmented and distant, this is all set in the out back of Australia which gives an almost noir like feel. Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Everybody thinks they know Mina McCreery.

Everyone has a theory on what happened to her sister.

Now it‘s time to find out the truth……

Mina McCreey’s sister Evelyn disappeared nineteen years ago. Her life has been defined by the intense public interest in the case. Now an anxious and reclusive adult, she lives alone on her family’s destocked sheep farm.

When Lane, a private investigator, approaches her with an offer to reinvestigate the case, she rejects him. The attention has had nothing but negative consequences for her and her family, and never brought them closer to an answer. Lane wins her trust when his unconventional methods show promise, but he has his own motivations for wanting to solve the case, and his obsession with the answer will ultimately risk both their lives.

I was gripped right from the start, and could not put this wonderful and thrilling book down. the characters are all complex and flawed each with their own secrets and pain which manifests into their own lives. With Lane seeking to find answers that will eventually lead him to seek revenge on the one person he feels is responsible to all the cases he is trying to solve. We also have Mina, who’s sister disappeared and which left their family shattered and broken. And which has left her feeling anxious and isolated within a community that should be wanting to help her but with which she can never let her pride down to allow. There are also other characters which appear and have their own scars to share, and through all these stories of loss and no knowing what has happened is a trail that could lead to answers but also could lead to imprisonment or death.

We see how her implacable distrust in Lane becomes softened to the point that her inner self who wants to know the answers and a hope that she can then move on and live her life, becomes amenable to helping find answers to what happened to her sister, as long as he does something for her in return. I won’t go into much more detail than that but wow, this book is such a gripping read you will definitely want to keep on reading this till you turn the last page. There are so many moments of twists and turns and red herrings, that will leave you spinning. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I want more.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Shelley Burr is the winner of the CWA Debut Dagger award with Wake, an alumni of the ACT Writer’s Centre HardCopy program (2018) and a Varuna fellow. When not writing she works at the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. She lives in Canberra, but grew up splitting her time between Newcastle and Glenrowan, where her father’s family are all sheep farmers. WAKE is Shelley’s first novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this dark, sinister and gripping outback noir novel, where the heroes and heroines are not as clean or straight as you would think and that everyone hides a secret, it’s whether you are brave enough to find out the truth or let it lie. If you want to grab hold of a copy for yourself, you can find a copy at Waterstones, any independent store or of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👨‍👩‍👦🏚Still Lives by Reshma Ruia…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 👨‍👩‍👦🏚

A simple yet stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: 29th June

Format: Paperback

Price: Pb £10.00

Publisher: Renard Press

I would like to apologise profusely for my late posting of my review of this, searing and heartbreaking look at a family falling apart at the seams without the two adults really noticing. I would like to say a huge thank you to Will of Renard Press for inviting me on to this hard looking book’s tour and for gifting a copy of this book too. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Reshma Ruia for creating such an intriguing and hard hitting and wince inducing main character’s POV (Point Of View), If you love shows such as Peep Show, this book is one for you, it mainly looks into a family man’s life and how he feels he is owed more than what his family provides until an incident happens to draw him back to where he really should be, but is it too late? Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Young, handsome and contemptuous of his father’s traditional ways, PK Malik leaves Bombay to start a new life in America. Stopping in Manchester to visit an old friend, he thinks he sees a business opportunity, and decides to stay on. Now fifty-five, PK has fallen out of love with life. His business is struggling and his wife Geeta is lonely, pining for the India she’s left behind. One day PK crosses the path of Esther, the wife of his business competitor, and they launch into an affair conducted in shabby hotel rooms, with the fear of discovery forever hanging in the air.

As soon as I started to read this fascinating and intriguing book, which looks at family and how dysfunctional over time can cause cracks to appear in the surface of a marriage that on the outside looks normal and charming. A father who owns a business (it might be failing but he still has it… just) a wife who’s there to keep the whole family together and whole ( though from what PK thinks of her is a bit unjust and quite cruel) and their only child their son, who is quiet and keeps his head down (or does he feel the emotions swirling between his mother and father a bit too much and does he feel totally alone and not considered at all which can cause anxiety and depression).

With all these complex characters, comes into the mix the marital affair which threatens the life of the mother and son and also to some extent PK himself as he tries to keep both sides of his life separate and secret. For me reading this from the POV of PK the father it at times was incredibly cruel and wince inducing. I almost at times felt frustrated with the main character and at times intensely disliked him, he’s arrogant, cruel and callous and cannot see that his mistakes and decisions will cost him his family’s security and life. This is almost like a King Lear-esque tale of hubris and folly. I found that my sympathies lay with Geeta and his son, and that they all are caught up within his selfishness and casual gas lighting. This is a hard hitting read and might cause a few people to discuss this book quite strongly. I won’t go into more just in case I spoil this strong viewed novel. All I will say is that this will make you think about family dynamics and how pride always comes before a fall and that you are never too old to take a lesson from life.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 .

Authors Blurb:

Reshma Ruia

Reshma Ruia is an award-winning author and poet. She has a PhD and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Manchester University, as well as a Bachelor and Master’s from the London School of Economics. Her first novel, Something Black in the Lentil Soup, was described in the Sunday Times as ‘a gem of straight-faced comedy’. She has published a poetry collection, A Dinner Party in the Home Counties, and a short story collection, Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness; her work has appeared in international anthologies and journals, and she has had work commissioned by the BBC. She is the co-founder of the Whole Kahani – a writers collective of British and South Asian writers. Born in India and brought up in Rome, her writing explores the preoccupations of those who possess a multiple sense of belonging.

I hope you have enjoyed this at times, hard hitting and heart wrenching novel of family, sense of identity and how our actions can affect others around us, that there is always consequences to our mistakes. If you are intrigued by this book and would like to purchase it, I would urge you to get hold of a copy from Renard Press itself as it helps an independent and you might find some other goodies too, or you can always buy from Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👧🏼Young Women by Jessica Moor…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!!👧🏼

Gorgeous cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £7.19

Publisher: Manilla Press

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) for inviting me onto this wonderful book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Manilla Press for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this tense and compelling book. I would also like to say thank you to the creative talent, Jessica Moor, for once again creating such a brilliant, moving and compelling novel about women, abuses both physical and mental from men who feel they need to make a strong woman weak, but also create in some women a sense of disquiet and a few an obsession into how to help and be like them. Intrigued let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

When Emily meets enigmatic and dazzling actress Tamsin, her life changes. Drawn into Tamsin’s world of Soho living, boozy dinners, cocktails at impossibly expensive bars, Emily’s life shifts from black and white to technicolour and the two women become inseparable.

Tamsin is the friend Emily has always longed for; beautiful, fun, intelligent and mysterious and soon Emily is neglecting her previous life – her work assisting vulnerable women, her old friend Lucy – to bask in her glow. But when a bombshell news article about a decades old sexual assault case breaks, Emily realised that Tamsin has been hiding a secret about her own past. A secret that threatens to unravel everything…..

I was instantly hooked as soon as I read the first page, this is not just about the usual women from different sides of life meet and exchange pleasantries and then they drift away, there’s more to this story. It’s at once about obsession and wanting more out of life as well as being intoxicated and compelled by a much stronger and at the same time vulnerable rich person which then becomes an almost drug like addiction. We watch two women who are not equals come together and have fun, one who’s never had someone quite like Tamsin before and the other (I think using this friendship as a way to gain more emotion for future films… basically she’s an actress and will use anything for work)

But obviously there’s another layer to this story, as we follow them through the journey of fun and carefree days there is a huge outcry in the news channels about a certain famous person who is being accused of sexual abuse and is being hunted and shunned by both press and public alike on social media platforms everywhere, of course there are sides taken and it causes people to think and act certain ways. For the main character and Tamsin this sets off a rapid cooling in the relationship as both see different sides to their arguments as well as both seeing each other for who they actually are.

I loved this book, and the characters just zing from the pages and seem to have life and breath ( this isn’t due to any massive splash of cases in the news recently of course not….) these two women come from different places on the side of these two arguments, one starts obsessing about finding men that prove her point that all men are horrible (which in itself is a horrible self fulfilling prophecy) whilst the other doesn’t want to know or even want to get involved, and this is how society sees these cases instead of blaming the and user we always look to blame the victim and this book makes you look at this long and hard and asks you whether this is right?

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, it’s marvellously written and is filled with plenty of laughter both dark and joyful and also moments of unendurable heartache. A fabulous book to read this summer!!!

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰.

Authors Blurb:

Jessica Moor

Jessica Moor studied English at Cambridge before completing a Creative Writing MA at Manchester University. Moor was selected as one of the Observer’s debut novelists of 2020, and her first novel, Keeper, was chosen by the Sunday Times, Independent and Cosmopolitan as one of their top debuts of the year. Keeper was nominated for the Desmond Elliot prize and an Edgar Award. Young Women is her second novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this fantastic novel about the power of women and also about the powers that are held by a misogynistic society and also how glamorous the lifestyle of someone with a bit of money can seem from the outside and how easy it is to be sucked in and get obsessed by them. If you are wanting to grab your self a copy you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🧑‍🎤🥃🍊That Green Eyed Girl by Julia Owen Moylan…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🧑‍🎤🥃🍊

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: Michael Joseph (Penguin)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Kallie Townsend and the team at Penguin Michael Joseph for inviting me onto this wonderful, moving and heartbreaking book’s tour. Also thank you to PMJ for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Julia Owen Moylan, for creating such an atmospheric, heartbreaking and poignant book about love between two women set in a time where it was considered illegal, and how it only takes one look or touch for something to happen. This isn’t about two women it’s about three and how they are all connected in a tragic yet moving portrait of love, jealousy and an uninformed bias against the LGBTQ+ community. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

1955

In an apartment in on the Lower East Side, school teachers Dovie and Gillian live as lodgers. Dancing behind closed curtains, mixing cocktails for two, they guard their private lives fiercely. Until someone guess the truth…..

1975

Twenty years later in the same apartment, Ava Winters is keeping her own secret. Her mother has become erratic, haunted by something Ava doesn’t understand – until one sweltering July morning, she disappears.

Soon after her mother’s departure, Ava receives a parcel. Addressed simply to ‘Apartment 3B’, it contains a photo of a woman with the word LIAR scrawled across it.

Ava does not know what it means or who sent it.

But if she can find out then perhaps she’ll discover the answers she is seeking – and meet the woman at the heart of it all…..

As soon as I read the first page…. Actually the first line, I was hooked and could not put this fantastic book down. You are transported to a time in America where the lives of those who love the same sex are considered wrong and need “fixing” there are all sorts of laws against them so when two school teachers live in the same block and the same apartment no eye brow is (yet) raised. These two women, Dovie and Gillian, work at the same school and when they get home, that is where they truly feel safe, it’s just them and no one else as long as the curtains are closed.

But if course, this lovely and wonderful period is soon put to an end or in danger of it, as someone close to them starts to suspect what is truly going on with them. And very soon these two women and the third have to come to a decision about what to do. Do they separate? And go their separate ways, one back to a staid and respectable marriage to a man that will always love this woman? Or try to stay together even if it means they could get ripped apart anyway but by forces of the law and have their livelihoods and freedoms demolished? It’s a hard decision and I really felt for these two women. I found the third woman a vile and quite a pitying sort of character as she uses her sly interest and jealousies into a weapon that will tear these woman apart without a qualm.

I also felt for Ava, who seeks to find answers to her question of her mum and what happened to the previous tenants to her flat. These stories converge and flow together and then come together quite masterfully at the end. It’s a bittersweet ending but one that leaves you feeling hopeful for Ava. This book really tore right into me and made me think about what happened to all those people who were considered “wrong, abnormal” and needed “fixing” it just turned my stomach that they were sent to institutions to be “turned” into what society expected them to be…. That to me is wrong and disgusting and truly terrifying. I won’t go into too much detail about this heartbreaking book as I don’t want to spoil any more of this story for you, but info urge you to buy this book. It’s powerful and moving.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 ( with maybe a 🍸 or two 😉)

Authors Blurb:

Julia Owen Moylan was born in Cardiff and has worked in a variety of jobs, from trainee hairdresser and chip shop attendant at sixteen to business management consultant and college lecturer in her thirties.

She then returned to education to complete her Master’s degree in Film before going on to further complete a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Julia is an Alumna of the Faber’s Academy’s Writing a Novel course. She lives in Cardiff with her husband and two cats.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful and brilliant and moving book. This is one that will leave you with tears in your eyes at the end and wanting a negroni too. If you haven’t got this book yet, you can get this from Waterstones, any independent stores and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🌌Aurora by David Koepp… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🌌

Thrilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out Now!!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

I would like to say a huge thank you to HQstories for inviting me onto this fascinating, thrilling and scarily, terrifyingly close near future reality book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this book. I would also like to say thank you to the creative genius, David Koepp, for creating a world in which a catastrophic event such as electromagnetic solar storm from the sun which basically fries anything that is run on electricity which means total blackout, what does this mean for humanity? How will we cope without electricity to help fuel, feed and keep us warm? And what does it mean to society when things go dark? Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb to find out a bit more.

When the lights go out no one is safe…..

A planet without power.

When a solar storm hits the earth, the lights go out across the planet. But this time the blackout won’t be over soon – it could last for years. Aubrey and her stepson now face the biggest challenge of their lives.

A society without rules.

Soon they hear rumours of riots, the struggle for food becomes real, and even within their small communities, the rule of law is collapsing. Aubrey’s estranged brother, Thom, a self-made billionaire who abandoned her years ago, retreats to a gilded desert bunker where he can ride out the crisis in perfect luxury.

A race to build a better world.

But the complicated history between the two siblings is far from over, and what feels like the end of the world is just beginning of a personal reckoning long overdue….

Wow, I am not sure how I can find the words to describe this utterly brilliant and thrilling book. I guess I could start there… but wow. The story is based around an actual event that happened in 1850, back when electricity was in its infant stages and there wasn’t a lot of technology for it to make any difference to how the world progressed and worked, apart from maybe a few natural phenomena and some brighter days. But for an event like that to happen now or in the near future, it’s terrifying to think about as we all of us rely nearly solely on electricity to help feed, clothe and just rely on.

This does make you think about what would happen and how quickly everything would fall apart, I would hope it wouldn’t be as drastic as what happens within the book, but am not sure about the possibility of it not happening that way. What I did find interesting is that with all the first world being huge in technology and how this would affect the whole global economy, would it change the dynamic of power and where would the new power be… I loved the idea that it would shift to the smaller third world countries to me it would just feel right and also interesting how the big countries suddenly relying on handouts from the smaller and more easier adaptable countries.

I found plot regarding the characters that are caught up in this event, an interesting cast, we have a strong independent woman of middling years with her ex’s son, the ex himself who is a bit of a swindler and cad, an old professor who find this event interesting and exciting scientifically, also a paranoid billionaire who has planned this day to a t for his family and those who work for him, all in their own ways preparing for the worst amongst the common people panicking and just basically creating chaos as food starts to run out and democracy and governance starts to fall apart.

You really do feel for all the characters, though the billionaire and his sisters relationship just feel a bit too forced and a tad stagy. I really didn’t warm to many of the characters, I found some intriguing and fascinating and others a tad ugly but there wasn’t one I felt much for. If you love your catastrophic and disaster style movies, this book is one that you should snap up now!!! It has everything, drama, tension and a gripping will they won’t they survive question. It also asks what would we do? And how would each of us cope? I hope I would be like an Aubrey but I fear I wouldn’t be quite as brave or stubborn if I had a brother such as she has.

Ratings: 4 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰… just be warned this book is addictive.

Authors Blurb:

David Koepp is a celebrated American screenwriter and director best known for his work on, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War Of The Worlds and Mission: Impossible. His work on screen has grossed over $6 billion worldwide.

I hope you have enjoyed this thrilling, brilliant and terrifying look at the future and what might occur when the lights go out…. If you are intrigued and want to grab a copy for yourself, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🪟🩸The Knock-Knock Man by Russell Mardell…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🪟🩸

Thrilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £9.99/ Ebook £2.99

Publisher: RedDoor Press

I would like to say a huge thank you to RedDoor press for organising this creepy, terrifying and thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to thank them for allowing me to read a physical copy of this spine tingling book. I would also like to say thank you to the creative genius, Russell Mardell, for creating such a chilling, creepy and terrifying novel. “If you hear a knocking at the window or even turn around and see him…. It may already be too late”. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Who is the Knock Knock man? A ghost? a killer? , or the figment of a frightened boy’s imagination.

It is a question that continues to haunt disgraced New Salstone police officer, Ali Davenport, fifteen months after the devastating case that changed the course of her life. Now, after the death of her former colleague, Ernie, Ali has returned home to face a past that won’t stay buried.

Found in the disused office building where he worked as night security, Ernie’s death has been ruled as suicide. But not everyone is convinced. Wild stories circulating about a supernatural presence in the building, an entity that might have attacked Ernie that fateful night. With the sale of the building about to go through, Ali is hired by its owner to work Ernie’s remaining night shifts and debunk the potentially damaging story. An easy enough job, if you don’t believe in ghosts. But then Ali meets Wil, a teenage ghost hunter who claims to have evidence on film.

Forming an unlikely partnership, Ali and Wil soon fall headlong into a mystery that takes them through New Salstone’s macabre history and into Ali’s own dark past. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, Ali is forced to faced the question of the Knock-Knock Man one last time. But what Ali doesn’t know is the Knock-Knock Man has already been watching her for a very long time…..

This is a chilling and thrilling read and one that will keep you up at night not only because it’s so compelling you have to finish that chapter…. And then the next, but because of how absolutely terrifying it is. The sort of superstitious dread that creeps up on you as you hear noises that could potentially be something spooky trying to get in or get your attention. Most houses creak and move due to settling in its foundations but when our imagination is at its peak any noise forms the vision of a potential threat. And this is where this book is just so clever and brilliant at showing us our worst fears.

I found the mystery and the plot exceptional, it had all the elements to make a very good thriller. I did find Ali herself a bit confusing, her naivety and some of how she reacted and responded to people felt to me someone younger than she was. I also found sympathy for her as not only was she struggling with her own dark past but also with the death of a friend and colleague who held a connection to a case which ended in a mess for both their professional careers in the police force. I loved the sort of fact finding mission both Ali and Wil set themselves, it feels very much of know your history before you can find a way to stop or destroy whatever this man or thing is.

If you love your thrillers spiced with a bit of horror and things that (might) go bump in the night, this book is definitely a treat and one that you need to buy ASAP!!!.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Russell Mardell is a novelist, playwright and producer based in the South West of England. He is the author of the novels, Stone Bleeding, Bleeker Hill, Darkshines Seven and Cold Calling. And the short story collection, Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass. Having studied film production in London he has also worked on various short films and is an associate producer on the award-winning documentary Rise: The Story of Augustines. He works at the Rocketship Bookshop on Salisbury, an independent book store for children and young people, and is also one of the founders of The Salisbury Literary Festival.

I hope you have enjoyed this trip into a chilling, haunting and terrifying journey that though may seem modern and normal holds a dark, twisted and frightening supernatural element that holds a village hostage and takes delight in tormenting people to death. I would recommend that you buy this brilliant book from RedDoor Press on their site as it will help them with their costs or you can also find this in Waterstones and on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

🪞 👨 🩸 The Mirror Man by Lars Keplar… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🪞 👨 🩸

Chilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £7.19

Publisher: Zaffre

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Thing Tours (Anne Cater) for organising this thrilling and terrifying book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Zaffre for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this marvellous book. I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative team, Lars Keplar for creating such a horrifying and yet compulsive and enthralling thriller. This is a book that will make you want to carry on reading with the lights on…. Oh and make sure someone is with you it can get a bit jumpy at times. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

If you see his reflection…..

It’s already too late……

Five years ago Jenny Lind was abducted on her way home from school.

Now her lifeless body is found hanging in a playground. But there is no evidence and only one witness – a man who cannot remember what he saw.

With Detective Joona Lina and the police scrambling to find a lead, another girl goes missing. And as they close in on the killer, they discover that the Mirror Man’s crimes are more shocking than they ever could have imagined…..

As soon as I picked up this book, I was hooked, gripped and enthralled by the story. It really grabs you by the throat and doesn’t at any moment loosen its hold. I gasped and shuddered in all the right places and I will say it… there are plenty of twists and turns to keep any lover of thrillers happy. Also just a warning if you haven’t read this particular series I would recommend you read the first one, it’s not a, if you read it out of order you won’t understand, no I felt I understood each character and knew there were past cases that held a key to a more in depth feel but it doesn’t detract from the story. What I mean is that if you are uncomfortable about certain scenes you might need to read the first book and see how you feel about the series. There are one or two scenes which made me wince in sympathy.

To me that’s a mark of a great book, especially a thriller, if it evokes in me a response such as chills, a wince or empathy or any type of emotion with a character(s) then yes sign me upto the world now. And this one is excellent in that it slowly but surely builds in tension and suspense with a few gasps to keep you unprepared and held in a state of heightened tension. If you love thrillers/chillers and a terrifying serial killer then this is a book for you, and if you haven’t already check out the rest of the series too.

I have to admit that I probably should have read the first book as most of my small concerns with the book are most likely because I don’t have knowledge of the previous cases and so don’t have a connection with the characters , but that’s minor in relation to how brilliant this book is as I didn’t let that stop me from immersing myself into the story.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰… with a few 🍪s or two. Warning you might find that you are left with crumbs and half filled mugs 😂.

Author’s Blurb:

Lars Keplar

Lars Keplar is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coehlo Ahndoril, and Alexander Ahndoril, authors of the No.1 international bestselling Joona Lin series.

With seven (now eight) instalments to date, the series has sold 15 million copies in 40 languages. The Ahndoril’s were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Keplar, and have each published several acclaimed novels.

I hope you have enjoyed this dark, disturbing, terrifying glimpse into a truly chilling mind, also don’t look in the mirror… you never know who’s looking back and if you do… it might be your last. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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📞The Call by P.D.Viner…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!!📞

Thrilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £1.99

Publisher: Hera

I would like to say a huge thank you to Danielle (squadpodder and wonderful friend) for organising this thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Hera for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this tense book. I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, P.D.Viner for creating such a disturbing, gripping and thrilling novel. I am not sure if I can describe it without messing it up, it’s a unique and darkly comedic twist of a partners in crime style book… but with more twists and gasps aplenty. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

‘Ben,I need you. Help me’.

‘PLEASE HELP ME!’

‘It was an accident…..but there’s so much blood…..’

In a frantic late night phone call, Ben, learns that his wife, Mia, has killed a man, and she needs his help. When Ben arrives at Mia’s hotel room, the scene is horrific – but over the course of the night it will get much worse.

All their secrets will be uncovered, and they will discover how far they will go to protect themselves and each other…..Will they kill for love? Or will they die for it?

One phone call. Twelve hours to save their marriage. And their lives.

Wow, I don’t know where to start, but wow. This book just grips you the moment that you read the first page. I was hooked right from the start and couldn’t put it down, I had to carry on reading this fantastic and thrilling book. I found the whole situation just bizarre and disturbing and also quite comedic in a dark way.

These two people, Ben and Mia are both complex and fascinating characters. On the one hand you have Mia, strong, determined and quite cold as a human being and you would think much stronger in personality than Ben. And then there’s Ben, a steadfast, kind, caring husband who will it seems to do anything for Mia, or is he hiding something and has a lot more depth than Mia knows.

I found myself being quite disturbed by Mia’s personality and her view point, which of course leads back to her past. I found myself hoping and praying that Ben would just walk away but at the same time, like him drawn to discover how much he is willing and able to help her out. There are so many dark and disturbingly hilarious moments (well I found it so) that it felt at times like a darker version of only fools and horses but with trying to get away with a murder. There are also moments where your heart races as each time they come close to being found out or caught and yet either luck or chance helps them to escape.

I would highly recommend this brilliant, ingenious and disturbing crime/thriller to anyone who loves a bit of high tension and suspense.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a a large 🍰 with a few 🍪s or two…. Be warned book is addictive and you may find that at the end you are surrounded by crumbs and half full mugs 😂.

Authors Blurb:

P. D Viner

P.D.Viner is an award-winning filmmaker and playwright who has studied and worked in the United States, New Zealand, Russia and his native UK. The Call is his first standalone thriller.

I hope you have enjoyed this remarkable, gripping and dark journey into the meaning of relationships and how well we actually know our respective partners in marriage and of course in crime. If you are looking for grabbing yourself a copy you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store, and of course online. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👩‍⚕️🔪🩸💉🫀Do No Harm by Jack Jordan… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!💉🩸🔪👩‍⚕️🫀

Chilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £12.99/ Ebook £4.99

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) for organising this thrilling, gripping and brilliant book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this disturbing book. I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Jack Jordan for creating such a tense and disturbing novel about how we would do anything for saving the ones we love whether it be killing another person to save your own. Also how terrible do we have to become if your job is to save and preserve life not to take it away especially if you are a top surgeon…. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb to find out more.

My child has been taken.

And I’ve been given a choice…..

Kill a patient on the operating table

Or lose my son forever….

The man lies on the table in front of me.

As a surgeon, it is my job to save him.

As a mother, I know I must kill him.

You might think that I am a monster.

But there is really only one choice.

I just getaway with murder.

Or I will never see my son again.

I’ve saved many lives.

Would you trust me with yours?

Oh boy aren’t you all in for a treat with this, disturbing, compelling and utterly enthralling book. If you love your psychological thrillers with “heart-stopping”twists (ahem get it…. Yeah I will leave now) you have to get hold of this book by any means necessary…. Well within reason of course hehe, what I mean is go out and give money to the independent book stores, Waterstones and of course Amazon or your local supermarket and get a copy for yourself. Honestly you will not regret the purchase.

So why am I raving about this book? And why do I think you need to freak yourself out about maniacal, murderous surgeons? Because it’s not just about the terror of realising who might be behind that silent and austere mask, but all the little incidents that make up someone’s life and the events that lead upto it. Jordan brings to life the demanding and and at times emotionally tiring and stressful life of a surgeon who holds the power of life and death over his/her patients as well as the patients loved ones, but the twist of this novel is that she has to kill one of her patients in order for her to see, and save her son. In other words she has to betray her vocation and her oath in order for her child to be safe and in her sight. What would you do?

Personally, I would disagree with the whole assumption of following whoever has set this morally heinous task, I would try to save both, yes I know that she does sort of try and realises it’s futile so just follows the orders, but personally I don’t think this would actually happen and it wouldn’t turn out the way it would, it all depends on luck of the kidnappers and luck on her getting away with it. I loved this book don’t get me wrong and I found it absolutely gripping but… I did find that the plot could be a bit unrealistic at times. I won’t spoil any more of this for you. But that there are so many moments within the story that left me gasping for breath and wanting to know what would happen next (I may have stayed up till 1:00am to get to the finish line, all I will say is that it left me with my mouth open…

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 with maybe a few 🍪s or two… maybe more depending 😂.

Author’s Blurb:

Jack Jordan

Jack Jordan is the global number one bestselling author of Anything For Her (2015), My Girl (2016), A Woman Scorned (2018), Before Her Eyes (2018) and Night By Night (2019).

His latest thriller Do No Harm, has been coined the thriller of the summer (and I can definitely say oh boy yes!!!) for 2022, described as “relentlessly tense” by Sunday Times bestseller, Lesley Kara, and “Chilling and perfectly paced” by New York Times bestseller, Sarah Pearce. The idea for Do No Harm came to Jack after undergoing a minor medical procedure where he had to be sedated and trust strangers with his welfare. After the anaesthesia wore off, Jack began scribbling his notes, wondering to himself just how iron-clad a surgeon’s oath is, and what it would take to break it…

I hope you have enjoyed this dark, disturbing journey into the heart of what might be lurking behind the mask and knives of the surgeon you put your life into… and it asks that fundamental of questions they save thousands of lives but do you trust them to save your own? I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🏝The Island by Adrian McKinty…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🏝

Thrilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out today!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £12.99/ Ebook £6.99

Publisher: Orion

I would like to say a huge thank you to Tracy Fenton (Compulsive Reads) for organising this thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Orion for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this book. I would like to say thank you to the creative genius, Adrian McKinty, for creating such a gripping and thrilling novel. It all started with kids wanting to see Australia’s animals and then finding themselves on an island with inhabitants hostile with their arrival and wanting their deaths, it all depends on their survival. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

It was just supposed to be a family vacation.

A terrible accident changed everything.

You don’t know what you’re capable of until they come for your family.

After moving from a small country town to Seattle, Heather Baxter marries Tom, a widowed doctor with a young son and teenage daughter. A working vacation overseas seems like the perfect way to bring the new family together, but once they’re deep in the Australian outback, the jet lagged exhausted kids are so over their new mom.

When they discover a remote Dutch Island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family talks their way onto the ferry, taking a chance on an adventure far from the reach of IPhones and Instagram.

But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. Then a shocking accident propels the Baxter’s from an unsettling situation into an absolute nightmare.

When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds only ahead of their pursuers. Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even though they don’t trust her, the harsh bush land is filled with danger, and the locals want them dead.

Heather has been underestimated for her entire life, but she knows that only she can bring her family home again and become the mother the children desperately need, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.

This book had me hooked right from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. Not even to go to sleep!!! I was gripped by the heightened tension that got turned up by degrees as you get closer to the climax or denouement of the tale. It’s every parents nightmare to find themselves in a situation where their own family is at risk of death either in front of them or just casually used as a threat. And for a very wealthy family to suddenly come across people who don’t really appreciate modern transactions that well it can make dealing with the situation particularly difficult.

I found myself whilst reading this, that Heather, Tom and children were all a bit naive, sheltered spoilt and a bit selfish. They expected things to just happen and appear and when that didn’t happen tempers fray and sulking commences. I also found Heathers attitude a bit cold and at times self centred, but even during the discussion of whether they could go on the Island there was this expectation of money can get us anywhere regardless of the warning given off by the men. And the kids were the worst, I know that I should feel at least some sympathy or warmth towards them but I just couldn’t…. Even when things became a nightmare for them, I just knew that they would get through ok maybe scarred and potentially turned into little psychopaths but hey it’s fine they have money right!!!

I found the concept intriguing and thrilling, and there were moments of will they get away, but at the same time they did take a life and try to hide it… regardless of whether it was the right or wrong thing to do, they tried to lie and was all instigated by Heather. This youngish woman has some messed up backstory and it does help her and the kids to some extent in foiling the murderous inhabitants in finding them. She also comes across as being a bit odd. But the whole story is just remarkable and I defy anyone to not read it all in one go and just have their mind blown.

I won’t spoil it but if you are looking for a unique thriller set in the outback of Australia and on. An island where it’s them or your family… well the game is on. I would urge you to buy this book now and can assure you, that you won’t regret it.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s. His father was a boilermaker and ship’s engineer and his mother a secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy before emigrating to the United States to become a high school English teacher. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly award, the Anthony award, the Barry award and have been translated into over 20 languages. Adrian is a reviewer and critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Irish Times and The Gaurdian. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

I hope you have enjoyed this dark , twisted and dangerous journey into parts of Australia that are or could be just as wild as the Wild West in the US. If you are wanting to grab yourself a copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🖼The Birdcage by Eve Chase… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🖼

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: Michael Joseph (Penguin)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Kallie Townsend of Michael Joseph (Penguin) for inviting me onto this thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you for my gifted physical copy which will definitely become part of my library of rereads ( I have not just hinted at how much I love this book… nope definitely not) I would also like to say a huge thank you to the masterful storyteller, Eve Chase, for creating such a gripping, haunting and atmospheric read, of lies, guilt and a sense of a reckoning and redemption. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Lauren, Kat and Flora are half-sisters who share a famous artist father – and a terrible secret.

After years of drifting apart, they are unexpectedly summoned to Rock Point, the cliff house where they once sat for their father’s most celebrated painting, Girls and Birdcage.

Rock Point is a beautiful, windswept place, thick with secrets and electrically charged with the catastrophic events of a summer twenty years before. The day of the total solar eclipse.

It’s the first time they’ve dared return.

When the sisters arrive, it is clear that someone is determined not to let the past lie. Someone who is watching their every move. Who remembers the girls in the painting, and what they did……

Wow, what a book. This has everything a slightly dysfunctional family, with a famous artist father, a painting of the sisters which has become a legend and of considerable merit and a tragic secret which lies in a place they once felt happy, comfortable and memorable moments. Now the sisters or shall I say half sisters have come back to face their past and their fears and at the same time unearth more disquieting secrets then they ever knew.

I fell head over heels in love with this story, I was mesmerised, captivated and enthralled by a sort of gothic, creepiness not of murder exactly but of a tragic event which has shaped and changed their lives until they are forced back to face not only their disturbing secrets but also another secret which could tear or mend them back together. As children we each know the potential to do harm, and sometimes we try to cover up our misdeeds this is about not only how children can be quite cruel but they can also be melodramatic and exaggerators.

This deals with a lot of issues, mental health, depression, abuse, neglect, bullying, psychological trauma and grief. All set in a stunning, and beautiful part of the world in Cornwall, where many other writers of mysteries and haunting novels have been placed, such as Daphne Du Maurier. This novel has a haunting, chilling atmosphere even when set against a stunning back drop of sea, sun, beach and cliffs there is a sense of menace, and a foreshadowing of gloom, even though for the children all it sparks is a sense of fun, glorious freedom in a wonderful house with a father who they each try to impress upon.

I won’t go into too much detail as I really don’t want to spoil this fantastic book. But if there’s ever a book that I would recommend you read right now!!! It’s this one. It fits a holiday read, beach read or even curled up by the fire as it lashes down with rain type read. I love this book and am sure you will too.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 with a few 🍪s or two.

Authors Blurb:

Eve Chase writes rich, page-turning mysteries set in beautiful places, thick with secrets. The Glass House was a Sunday Times bestseller, Richard and Judy Book Club pick and word-of-mouth lockdown hit. Longlisted for the HWA Gold Crown Award 2018, The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde went on to become an Amazon bestseller. In 2019, Black Rabbit Hall won the Saint-Maur en Poche Prize in Paris for Best Foreign Fiction and also went onto become an Amazon bestseller. Before writing novels, Eve worked as a journalist in magazines and newspapers. She is married with three children and a rather hairy golden retriever called Harry. She lives in Oxford.

I hope you have enjoyed this bewitching, haunting and chilling tale of childhood, memories, love, hatred, envy, grief and redemption and forgiveness. If you love the sound of this book you can find this in Waterstones and in any independent stores and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🐺 🌕Throw Me To The Wolves by Lindy Ryan and Christopher Brookes…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🌕🐺

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Publication Date: Out today!!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £14.37/ Ebook £3.69

Publisher: Black Spot Books

I would like to say a huge thank you to Jamie and Stephen at Black Crow PR for inviting me on to this chilling, creepy and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Netgalley and Black Spot Books for allowing me to read and review a digital copy. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talents in Lindy Ryan and Christopher Brooks for creating such a haunting, gripping and thrilling novel of murder, lies and betrayal as well as deep seated old lousiana superstition and myth. There is a lot of old, dark and brooding magic, especially with werewolves and witches but more like voodoo queens with more menace and mystique. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Some evil wants to live forever. Ten years ago a witch sacrificed Britta Orchid’s family and turned her into a werewolf. Selena Stone’s spell failed, and she was never seen again. Until now. Officer Aaron Labaye has discovered Selena’s remains in the house where Britta’s family died, and dragged Britta back to Louisiana to aid the investigation, hoping her past will break the case. Britta has a hard time resisting the handsome rookie, especially when he shows her a new drawing by her murdered little brother: Britta in her wolf form. As an unseen hand sets events in motion, Britta has to help Labaye dig into the murders old and new. The bloodthirsty ghost of her brother, a jealous member from her pack, and a former friend with a serious prejudice against wolves all stand to stop Britta as she fights to finally get the truth about that night ten years ago. But, as she looks harder than ever into her own dark past, Britta will confront more than just her own demons as she fights for peace for herself and for her family. She can’t hide anymore, but must find her place in a world she’s avoided, and discover what it truly means to be a wolf.

Wow, this book has me hooked, gripped and mesmerised from the first page all the way through to the last sentence. I found this dark and disturbing tale of murder, satanic sacrifice, myths and legends with a modern overlay of ritualised murders incredibly compelling. The idea to base this plot in the setting of Louisana is just genius and inspiring to have set around the bayoux superstition, myths and legends just adds that touch of glamour (think the fey but not the cutesy kind the tricksy and devilish kind) then you will have a feeling of the atmosphere in this book.

I loved the character of Britta, and how strong yet vulnerable she is, even though she is an immortal, dead yet undead and can transform into a wolf, she feels burdened by it and a guilt that she wasn’t able to save her brother from the machinations of a witch but also her mother and step father’s culpability even though she blames herself for not doing enough. I found her attitude both empathising and also hilarious when it came to try to interact with people especially the handsome officer in Aron Labaye, if you love a dark and grim and gritty supernatural crime mystery this is one for you. It put me in mind of Patricia Brigg’s heroine, Mercy Thompson, the attitude of I don’t give a *** what you think of me and a do or die way of life that leaves a hardened surface of their skin.

The only one issue I found with this is, that it felt a bit too gritty and grim, as though the stereotype of lone wolf, with no friends or anything to call home (yes she has a pack but is reluctant to call it home) I did find it a bit too cliched, I get it that she has a somewhat tragic past but…. Seriously just one person she counts as a friend is a reluctant one at best and then another who now she knows is a wolf hates her guts… sorry but I did feel that was a bit too ott. But overall this is a brilliant and thrilling tale filled with enough dark and horrific scenes to leave you wanting more and shivering under the covers.

I absolutely loved this book, and I cannot wait for more and what Britta gets up to next. I would urge you to get a copy for yourself and make sure you leave a light on…. It will help chase those dark shadows away 😉.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 with a few 🍪s or two…be warned the book is addictive.

Author’s Blurbs:

Lindy Ryan is a bestselling and multi-award winning author and editor with numerous titles in development for film/tv adaptation, including an upcoming animated short based on her Halloween picture book, Trick or Treat, Alistair Grey. An award winning professor, Lindy has published two textbooks on data visualisation and analytics as well as numerous papers and chapters. She also writes seasonal romance as Lindy Millar and is the author of the books-to-film Renovate My Heart and The Magic Ingredient.

Christopher Brooks juggles writing and editing with a healthy dose of manual labour around the Pacific Northwest, where he lives with his wife and children. This is his first novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this dark, disturbing and supernatural crime thriller. If you want to grab a copy you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👩 🌚🩸The Dark by Sharon Bolton…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!!👩🌚🩸

Chilling cover!!!

Publication Date: 26th May

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £4.99

Publisher: Orion

I would like to say a huge thank you to Tracy Fenton (Compulsive Readers) for organising and inviting me onto this, disturbing and dark book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Netgalley and Orion for allowing me to read a digital copy of this wonderful book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Sharon Bolton for creating such a thrilling, dark and disturbing novel, about extremism, hate, terrorism and how dangerous beliefs that can and are fed onto the dark web, invade the lives of so many and influence them to the point that they can do something so horrific and drastic but to them it makes perfect sense in the injustice that they feel is inflicted on them or the idea of themselves. This is a book that perfectly captures some of the mood that is and has found its way onto the news as well as how social media helps play its part in the prevention and allowing these views access to open minds. Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

When a baby is snatched from its pram and cast into the river Thames, off-duty police officer Lacey Flint is there to prevent disaster. But who would want to hurt a child?

DCI Mark Joesbury has been expecting this. Monitoring a complex network of dark web sites, Joesbury and his team have spotted a new terrorist threat from the extremist, women-hating, group known as ‘incels’ or ‘involuntary celibates’. Joesbury’s team are trying to infiltrate the ring of power at its core, but the dark web is built for anonymity, and the Incel army is vast.

Pressure builds when the team learn the snatched child was just the first in a series of violent attacks designed to terrorise women. Worse, the leaders of the movement seem to have singled out Lacey as the embodiment of everything they hate, placing her in terrible danger……

There is no other words to describe this book, apart from thrilling and disturbing. I was hooked as soon as I picked this up on my kindle, the story just gripped me and never let me go till I had finished the last sentence on the final page. I will warn you now that this will take you down a dark, twisted and skewed path of hatred so vile and ideologies so twisted it will make you look at certain stories in the news in a whole different way. I knew about how certain groups of men have a twisted and warped view of women, but this story is something else, and yet we see a lot of it in the news, yes mainly from different cultures which also have an intolerance for freedom for women to dress, act and be seen in the public eye and also how their behaviour is viewed. Lets not forget how even us in the west look at women in society today see domestic violence, the tragic death of the woman by a police officer and the shameful aggressive behaviour of the police in the way they acted to a peaceful demonstration by women in remembering her and other women. All of this makes you think and wonder about these groups and how they could come together to create havoc, fear and chaos in a time where we are more fragmented than ever.

I found myself reading this with a mixture of fear and despair as I could easily envisage this to be true (this quite frankly terrifies me). I found the main thrust of the plot absolutely brilliant and gripping, the characters are complex and flawed, especially Lacey and how believable their relationships with one another is. I have to admit that at certain points the main villain or criminal could be a bit over the top and melodramatic, but that’s just me being picky. The other characters are just as brilliant as the two I have described here, we also have a love interest in the form of DCI Mark Joesbury, as well as the friend’s of Lacey who are also colleagues within the police force, married and with a child. This heightened tension of the actions of some warped and brainwashed men who feel they are on a crusade against women, brings it home to all these characters as more and more plots start to pile up and as each news of widespread fear starts to spread around London and elsewhere it feels like there is a huge reckoning for all women and the police who are trying to track down and destroy these groups of men before they cause any more harm.

I found it intriguing to see how the men in the police, hunting these other men would feel about a group targeting women in such a way, scaring them by intruding on their spaces whilst alone, targeting them online watching and staring at them in an obvious way to make the women feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Then more drastic and terrifying acts start to escalate and it becomes clear to Lacey, Joesbury and others that they need to fight them from within. I won’t go into too much detail otherwise I might spoil this thrilling book, but there is also a personal element too and it strikes closer to Lacey until the threat lies at her door…. What will she do?

I honestly cannot highly recommend this book enough, and would urge anyone to pre order it asap! If you love gripping, psychological, cat and mouse, thrillers you will definitely love this. It has come at the right time where we are all seeing disturbing stuff in the news and how due to Covid we have seen a rise in domestic violence, this turbulent time is reflected within this book and it just begs us a question of how can we solve this and whether we can do anything to try and prevent more tragedy.

Ratings: 5 🌟 with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 and maybe a few 🍪s too.

Authors Blurb:

Sharon Bolton (formerly S J) grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career in marketing and public relations. She gave it up in 2000 to become a mother and a writer. Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second novel, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark Award (part of the prestigious Edgars) in the US. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston’s Prize for Best Thriller, the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Novel award, the Prix Du Polar in France and the Martin Beck award in Sweden.

I hope you have enjoyed this, deeply disturbing and dark journey into the minds of men who find us women hateful and to be put in our place and to do that they need to act in such a way to create terror and destabilise the government and bring their full plan to fruition. Can they achieve this or will a few police officers (including women) bring them to justice and stop their plan. You will need to buy this book to find out, if you want a copy, you can find this in Waterstones (online till it’s due out), any independent online book stores and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👻 💬 U Up? by Catie Disabato…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 💬 👻

Eye catching cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £12.99/ Ebook £12.34

Publisher: Melville House

Firstly I would like to say congratulations to the wonderful and intriguing Melville House for 20 yrs of being an independent publisher (which quite frankly is a super achievement for any publishing house let alone a small independent) I would also like to say thank you for allowing me to take part in their celebrations by posting a review of this fascinating and gripping read, a blog tour that showcases the wide variety of books which they have provided us readers with. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Catie Disabato for creating such a brilliant and unique blend of modern with that age old ghost story, witches and magic which are used in a fresh way. How running away from our pain and troubles can cause more damage to ourselves and others than we let on and to really heal we need to face our fears and that parts of ourselves we despise. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Eve has a carefully curated online life, works occasionally, and texts constantly with her best friend, Ezra. Basically, she is an archetypal L.A. Millennial. She also has been carrying-on a year long conversation with her deceased friend Miggy over text. But when Ezra goes missing on the anniversary weekend of Miggy’s death, Eve feels like her world is shattering. Over a frantic weekend Eve investigates Ezra’s disappearance, scouring social media for clues, while drowning her anger and anxiety in drinks, drugs and spiritual cleansing. Eve starts to spiral as her friends try to convince her that she’s overreacting and ghosts – both real and metaphorical – continue to haunt her. When she uncovers clues to a life Ezra kept hidden, Eve starts to question how much she really knows about her best friend…. And herself.

Wow, this book is incredible, it hooked me on right from the first page and never let me go till I have finished the last one. I found myself immersed in the life of a Los Angelease millennial, girl, who can also see ghosts and believes in her witchy vibes. Yet also is obsessed with her phone, mainly texting her friends for drinks, drugs and nights out having fun. If this sounds typical just you wait, it not only talks about how we are constantly on our phones (shhh just because I am on my phone now doesn’t mean I cannot live without it…. Yep I can put it down…. Anytime 😂) without really seeing and experiencing what is on offer around us. There is also the theme of death, with her closest friend having gone from this world, only for her to be able to text them…. Weird but oddly intriguing and compelling right?

This book is just a fantastic and engaging read, yes the characters a mess and it can at times make you want to go into the story and hug her and shake some sense into her, but like with most things you cannot actually get into the story… I know right so disappointing… imagine if you could. Anyway this book held me in it’s palm and to be perfectly honest with you it also made me look at how much I use my phone and other technology. And how toxic being completely reliant on our devices and social media can be.

What I love about this book as well is that you get a sense of the lush, expensive and luxurious LA but you also see the seedier, dark and dingy and dirty side that most LA people try to ignore or just don’t look at too long. I loved that it also felt a bit magical and had elements of the fantastical even if it’s all symbolic of how we never really pay attention to what’s around us without being hooked to our phones or our technology. This is a book that has to be read, shared and discussed. I loved it and I can assure you if you get a copy you won’t regret it either.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰.

Authors Blurb:

Catie Disabato’s first novel The Ghost Network, was deemed “a smart and thorny debut” that “reveals treasures”to readers, according to the New York Times. Disabato has written essays and criticism for outlets including the LAist, Buzzfeed, and LA Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful, poignant and disturbing yet heartwarming tale of finding out what happened to your friend but along the way working out and finding yourself and how others perceive you, and how grief affects us all differently. If you want to get yourself a copy you can find this on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🕛🌚After Dark by Jayne Cowie… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🕛🌚

Chilling cover!!!

Publication Date: out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £7.99/ Ebook £3.99

Publisher: Penguin

I would like to say a huge thank you to Laura O’Donnell at Penguin Random House for inviting me onto this disturbing, thrilling and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you for my gifted copy of this book to read and review. I would also like to say thank you to the creative genius, Jayne Cowie for creating a world where the men are now having to answer for their past behaviour, they now have to deal with curfews and their freedoms removed with a tagging device that allows the authorities to know where they are and whether they are out during their curfew. The tags are put on when they reach a certain age as a boy and will be with them until they die. Until a shocking discovery of a woman murdered puts paid to any idea that the use of tagging and curfews can keep anyone safe. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Welcome to a world where Women hold the power.

They dominate workplaces, public spaces, and government.

They are no longer afraid to cross a dark car park, catch the last train, or walk home alone.

With the Curfew law in place, all men are electronically tagged and must stay at home after 7pm.

It changed things for the better. Until now.

A woman is murdered late at night and evidence suggests she knew her attacker.

It couldn’t have been a man because a Curfew tag is a solid alibi…. Isn’t it?

As soon as I read the first page I was hooked, mesmerised and just enthralled. I wanted to know and understand this strange and disturbing world. Yes this world is better for woman and how peaceful and safe it makes us, but at the same time it’s still a form of abuse and a form of tyranny which inflicts damage on a group of humanity. Due to an awakening and a revolt in politics, women now have the power to make the rules and govern. They can do things which in the past was either controlled by men or were never even thought to be in the hands of women. Now women can use their power to force the men to obey them, women now have the freedoms and jobs which the men were entitled to because of a society believing in a patriarchal society.

But now due to Curfew and tags, women feel safe and secure to be out after dark if need be and just feel safe. But is this paradise or utopia, because paradise was breached by a snake and an apple and a women fell to temptation, so is Curfew the answer? And is it safe and secure? And does the idea of this actually work, or is the fact that men are now caged still women not being free from fear and a way to pull the blanket up and hide from unpleasantness. I love how this book asks these questions even though it follows a simple crime/thriller code of a murder has happened, police investigate said death or deaths, incidents happen till it’s mostly all wrapped up. But the themes of suppression, misogyny, feminism, matriarchal society and all of the old fears that come back to haunt certain women.

I loved all the characters and how each has a different view of the way things are. I love also how complicated each of the characters lives are and how I wavered back and forth with sympathy and sense of unease at how mad and extreme this one character’s view is. I found it gripped me and made me look at how we all behave towards each other, men and women, and that if this is where some people want to be in this dark world, I want no part in it. I say this from someone who has never felt threatened or feared about my safety, which I grant you is a privilege, though it do fear being out after dark, but does that stop me no am I more wary maybe.

What this book shows us is our desires for a better world, but like most things we want and desire it usually ends up being a lot worse and more catastrophic then we think. I love this book but it also makes me shudder and hope we never have this as a reality. I urge you to read this sinister and disturbing tale of a future that is ruled by women. And get hold of this book ASAP!!!

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Jayne Cowie is an avid reader and life-long writer, who also enjoys digging in her garden and makes an excellent Devil’s Food Cake. She lives near London with her family.

I hope you have enjoyed this dark, disturbing and sinister female led world, where boys as young as ten are tagged and where men are put on a Curfew where they can be sentenced strictly, though there are a few complaints it seems to be working until a murder happens which causes a ripple of fear and that it cannot have been done by a man? Surely not. If you are wanting to grab a copy for yourself, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

🔥 ❓The Burning Question by Linda Regan… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🔥❓

Thrilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £9.99/ Ebook £5.49

Publisher: Headline Accent

I would like to say a huge thank you to FMcM for inviting me onto this intriguing and thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to thank Accent Press for allowing me to read and review a gifted physical copy. I would also like to say thank you to the creative talent, Linda Regan, for creating such a thrilling and gripping book, where the past comes back to haunt someone and fire can be warming but is also chaotic and needs to be treated with care or it can hurt people. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

When an arson attack strikes in South London, leaving three people dead, it quickly becomes clear that the youngest victim, Danielle Low, was the intended target.

With no clear motive, and the killer at large, DCI Banham must act fast. But working with his partner, DI Alison Grainger, has it’s own challenges that threaten to stall the investigation. Then another body is found in similar circumstances and he knows that there is someone far more sinister at work.

As they begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, the case unexpectedly leads close to home and with time of the essence, and the killer always one step ahead, can DCI Banham and his team work together to put a stop to the depravity before another life is lost?

I was instantly hooked into the story as soon as I read the first page. Now some of you are wondering but this isn’t the first book in the series, and no it isn’t but it reads like a standalone and though maybe you would get a more thorough understanding of the two main characters, Alison and Paul, it doesn’t come with full expectation that you should know what went on before or even give anything away from past books.

I loved how the case or cases are intriguing and unique in how the murders are done. As in it’s so unique that it leaves the investigators puzzled and pretty much stumped to find anything that resembles a motive. Burning, fire destroys evidence that would prove useful to help them, though with deaths of three what at first seems random, soon will give them plenty of information to get the case moving.

This is a gripping story with plenty of views and incidents going on that all seem to flow apart then suddenly all comes together at the end that makes you wonder where the clues were to begin with. I would highly recommend this book and the rest of the series to anyone looking for a thrilling crime series to get their teeth into.

Ratings: 4 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Linda Regan

Linda Regan is a successful actress having worked in all media from television to film, radio, and theatre. She had published eight crime novels, all critically acclaimed.

Her books are set in London, where she was born and brought up. She had shadowed the police and seen, first hand, crime being committed. Her books have been described as “strong crime. She writes about what is happening currently and weaves her stories around that. Some have a theatrical flavour too, because this is another area she knows well.

She believes books should be entertaining, truthful, and page turning. Reviewers often mention how well her characters are drawn. Characters take the story along, and, with her acting experience, she has spent her life inventing them.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into the dark and deadly streets of London, but I also hope that when you read this you will be comforted by the presence of Alison and Paul. If you want to grab yourself a copy you can get it from Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🧒👩🏻‍🦰🩸Little Sister by Gytha Lodge… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!👩🏻‍🦰🧒🩸

Haunting cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £12.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: Michael Joseph Books (Penguin)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Michael Joseph Penguin (Katya Ellis) for inviting me onto this thrilling book’s tour and for allowing me to read and review a proof copy (the err other gifts were eaten before reading…ahem) I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Gytha Lodge, for creating such a believable, chilling and thrilling tale of abuse, betrayals and sisterly love. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

A teenaged girl wanders out of the woods.

She’s striking, with flame-red hair and a pale complexion. She’s also covered in blood.

Detective Jonah Sheens quickly discovers that Keely, and her sister Nina, disappeared from a children’s home a week ago. Now, Keely is here – but Nina is still missing.

Keely knows where her sister is – but before she tells, she wants Jonah’s full attention…..

Is she killer, witness or victim?

As soon as I picked this up and turned that page I was hooked, I could not put this down. I wanted to just sit somewhere comfortable and just read. Sadly I have work (which pays for things such as food, house and water… books you know the essentials) and well I had to put it down. But once work was done… off I would go into this dark, chilling tale. We meet up with Jonah and the team and it seems it’s just another day until a teenage girl walks out from the wood and sparks concern…. As she appears to have blood all over herself.

What is absolutely clever about this novel, is that instead of focusing on the police and how they solve this, it looks at the character Keely and her and her sister’s background which also sets up the plot of the book. I loved how twisted and gripping the mystery of what happened and where is Nina, Keely’s sister.

You are at first thinking how manipulative and without any emotions or empathy Keely is…. But gradually over the course of the book, you suddenly shift and are left in awe of her and and just want her to be loved for who she is (not in that way but with the love of two people who care for her and her sister) I know I said before that the focus shifts a bit from the police perspective… well there of course how they go about working out what Keely is saying holds water. We also get back into knowing how Jonah’s life is going and this is where I feel a bit like telling him to just stop being whiny and “oh woe is me” feel and just forget the person who he was dating and abandoned… yes for his ex who has had a child. But luckily we don’t get too much of that as he focuses on the case.

I won’t go further into this as it’s a fantastic crime/thriller and do not want to ruin anything for you. What I will say is that this series just gets better and this really is a fabulous read.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Gytha Lodge is a Sunday Times bestselling writer and multi-award-winning playwright who lives in Cambridge. After studying creative writing at UEA, she was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Arts’ Council England fiction awards, and developed a large online following for her young adult and children’s writing, with over seven million reads accrued on platform WattPad.

She Lies In Wait, her debut novel, was a Richard & Judy Book Club Pick. With mail biting cases that hook you in, and which keeps you going back for more. Lodge’s highly acclaimed Jonah Sheens series, which also includes Watching From The Dark and Lie Beside Me – has kept readers gripped from beginning to end. Lodge has also been acclaimed as “ a gifted writer” by Daily Mail!!!

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into the darker side of childhood trauma, foster and the care system as well as how would you approach the police if all you have is hear say and your voice is frowned out by other louder and a sanitised version to appeal to the law enforcers? If you want to grab yourself a copy (as well as the rest of the series) you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🏛 🇮🇹Six Days In Rome by Francesca Giacco…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🇮🇹🏛

Pretty cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!! (In Ebook) Paperback out 18th August.

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £14.99/ Ebook £4.99

Publisher: Headline

I would like to say a huge apology and a massive thank you to Headline for one not only organising this fantastic book’s blog tour, and also not only for allowing me to read and review this copy of this book, but I am also sorry for not posting this review on time so incredibly sorry. I would also like to say thank you to the incredibly talented, Francesca Giacco, for creating such a seductive, slow burner with gorgeous attention to detail and how moving on from someone (an obsession) can take a while to heal and grow on from. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Emilia, an artist, arrives in Rome alone. What was supposed to be a romantic trip has, with the sudden end of her relationship, become a solitary one.

Six days lie ahead. She wanders the streets, surrendering herself to the music, food and beauty of the city.

But when she meets John, an American living out a seemingly idyllic existence in Rome, their instant connection challenges how she sees her past, her family, and herself. As their intimacy deepens, can Emilia begin to imagine life anew?

I read this book as soon as I had it in my hands and was instantly swept away into this glorious, moving and heartwarming novel. It’s about finding out what you thought you felt in a relationship and what might actually have happened for it to end and also how freeing it is to just simply be. We follow Emilia discovering not only this but also memories of her own parents marriage and holidays in Rome that make her pause and think about all relationships not only the ones we try to hide from ourselves but also how those we think are our idols or people we want to emulate can also be flawed and not without faults of their own.

I loved how evocative and descriptive Rome is captured within this story, and how each winding alley is filled with life, colour, drama or just simple everyday living that gives a peace and serenity to the scene. Reading this book makes me want to visit Rome and soak it’s atmosphere both historic and modern in. Watching Emilia take a deep long look at her life and how she may or may not have lived the way she thought she has lived is suddenly transformed when she meets unexpectedly another person seeking a place to heal, John an expat American finding his feet in the old Italian soil of Rome. As their relationship blossoms into something more we see her dare to hope and believe that sometimes we all get our second chance at happiness and that we can all learn from our previous mistakes.

I loved this wonderful book and I would highly recommend you pick this up ASAP!!!

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰… sit back and relax with this excellent book.

Authors Blurb:

Francesca Giacco is a graduate of Barnard College, and the MFA program at Columbia University. She lives in New York. Six Days in Rome, is her first novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful, moving and quietly uplifting novel about our choices, regrets and decisions which ultimately lead us to where we feel encouraged to try, hope and get what we really want. If you want a copy for yourself, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🗝♥️♦️♠️♣️🃏The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🗝♥️♦️♠️♣️🃏

Intriguing cover!!!

Publication Date: 7th June

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: Solaris (Rebellion)

I would like to say a huge apology and thank you to The Write Reads for organising this book’s wonderful tour and I am so sorry that my post has been delayed (mainly due to my bad organising and also a holiday which basically meant no WiFi at all). I would also like to say a huge thank you to Solaris (Rebellion) for allowing me to read and review a physical proof copy, so honoured and thank you. Thank you so much to the creative talent that is, Alex Livingston for creating such a tricksy, fun, gambling and dangerous filled world, that feels familiar and yet little differences that make it strange and fascinating. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Never stake more than you can afford to lose.

When failed magician turned card sharp, Valen Quinol is given the chance to to play in the Forbearance Games – the invitation – only tournament where players gamble with secrets – can’t resist. Or refuse, for that matter, according to the petty gangster sponsoring his seat at the table. Valen beats the man he was sent to play, and wins the most valuable secret ever staked in the history of the tournament. Now Valen and his motley crew are being hunted by thieves, gangsters, spies and wizards, all with their own reasons for wanting what’s in that envelope. It’s a game of nations where Valen doesn’t know all the rules or who all the players are, and can’t see all the moves. But he does know that if the secret falls into the wrong hands, it could plunge the whole world into war….

Wow, what – fun, and packed full of adventure, intrigues and daring escapades and hustling of gambling with deadly secrets where one secret could cause chaos and havoc to nations. I loved Valen and his rag tag crew (well wife and two friends) and how each in their different ways compliment each other and yet there’s still a air of desperation and betrayal fluttering in the wind.

I also loved getting to know the other characters who are just as important as our daring heros (or anti heros… take your pick) and how each of these people of power have a reason to go to any lengths to acquire this secret that has quite literally fallen into Valen’s hands. If you love House of Cards tv show and any hustling movies as well as Lies of Locklamore, you will love this fantastic book. It just left me wanting more.

I don’t think I can go on any further as anything I will say might spoil the affect of reading it for the first time without any prejudices or knowledge of what might happen. But what I will say is you will have one of hell of a ride!!!

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Alex Livingston

Alex Livingston grew up in various quiet New England towns before moving to Buffalo, NY to study English at Canisius College. He writes SFF prose and interactive fiction. Alex is married and lives in an old house with his brilliant wife and a pile of aged video game systems.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into a marvellously devious, fun and action packed adventure filled with chaos, moments of pure brilliance and sleight of hand moves. If you are wanting to get yourself a copy you will have to wait a bit longer but please pre order your copy from Rebellion Publishing and of course from Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👩‍⚖️👩🏻‍🦰👠Guilty Women by Melanie Blake… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 👩‍⚖️👩🏻‍🦰👠

Scintillating cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £12.99/ Ebook £5.99

Publisher: HarperCollins

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) for organising this fantastic and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to HarperCollins for allowing me to read and review this sizzling book. A huge thank you goes to the creative genius, Melanie Blake for creating these absolute powerhouse fictional woman who are both independent, strong yet also extremely vulnerable and show their flaws like scars and yet will fight as dirty as the men if not dirtier. I have been so hooked into these extraordinary women and the life of living, working on a soap opera set. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more. (If you are wondering why I have changed my font colour to Hot Pink… well all I can say is… why not!!!)

Can They Get Away With Murder?

On a beautiful island off the English coast, four TV actresses gather.

Their fifth member is missing – and only they know why she was killed. As the secret between them threatens to come out, tensions on set run high.

The women are determined that the show must go on – no matter what the costs. But one of them is on the edge of telling the truth – and no show in the world could survive this scandal…..

All of the women have something to hide – but the question is, are they all guilty?

Wow, this is such a brilliant book, I was hooked right from the first page. If you haven’t read Ruthless Women I do think you need to read that book first before you read this one, just because you will gain a lot more from the story and understand all the politics, the back stabbing and just down right dirty playing behind the scenes. You will also get a more rounded view of the main characters and why there’s a lot at stake in this book.

I found myself pulled in different ways at certain points of the story I would empathise with certain characters and their reasons for doing what they think is right and at others just banging my head off the desk in frustration because what they have done is either really stupid or risky. But I loved that about them and this story, the women feel so alive and real and all of them having to survive in a world, especially in the eye of the public as soap operas are, and to constantly try and keep that attention on them and the soap (I don’t mean the washing your hands kind of soap hehe). But most of all having to work with or under men that are really um well horrendous, misogynistic and just awful. To see these women carve a niche out of this life and fight tooth and nail to keep their perch is thrilling and I can respect it if I don’t entirely agree with how they do it.

I do have particular favourite characters, and that’s Amanda who feels more grounded and a bit more moral than the others, yes she can be ruthless but it’s in a more stable way, but at the same she isn’t as innocent as any of the others are guilty. There are a lot of themes in this book, not only that there’s a women vs men situation but also women vs women vibe going on and with a spectral, devastating secret which they are trying to keep from ever getting out all of this bubbles up into the perfect mix for a thrilling and gripping read.

There’s also abuses of trust and blackmail of the most horrific kind which made me feel so much sympathy for a certain character (I won’t spoil this but wow that moment… I had to put the book down as I felt my rage for a certain man simmering in my hands for a slap). I am in awe of how the author has managed to pull you into a world of glamour, fame and also greed, lies, deceit, betrayals and murderous intentions as well as revenge. This is a simmering bubbling cauldron of a novel and one that you should definitely read ASAP!!!!

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large 🍸 and maybe some 🥂 and of course 💄 😉

Authors Blurb:

Melanie Blake

Melanie Blake is the bestselling author of Ruthless Women, which became a Number 4 Sunday Times hardback bestseller and an ebook bestseller in 2021, selling over 100, 000 copies. Guilty Women is her second novel about the cast of Falcon Bay, and her first with HarperFiction. Melanie has her own Rags to Riches story, just like that of her characters – at 15, she was told by her school career advisors that her decision to work at a record shop was a ‘clear example that she wouldn’t go far in her career’. They were wrong. By 21 she was working at the BBC’s iconic Top of The Pops show and by 27 she had built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading music and entertainment managers. She also built up an acting agency which became the most successful independent boutique agency in the U.K. Melanie still represents a high profile stable of actresses, but is also now enjoying success in her own right as a producer, author and playwright.

I hope you have enjoyed this scintillating, sizzling and masterful journey into the darker side of our soaps and what might be going on behind the scenes in Eastenders, Coronation Street Emmerdale etc. Honestly it makes you wonder whether some of these little snippets might not hold a grain of truth or some tiny little nugget of it at least. If you want to get yourself a copy you can find this in Waterstones, any independent, Amazon and in your local supermarket. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🪞🎣Mirror Lake ( A Shady Hollow novel) by Juneau Black… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🪞🎣

Stunning cover!!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £4.99

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

I would like to say a huge thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for inviting me on this marvellous book’s tour and for also allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this book. I would also like to say thank you to the creative talent, Juneau Black, for creating such a wonderful, brilliant and creative cast of characters which are both similar to us humans and yet different as each character are animals and so they each have their own animalistic characterisations. In this series you will find a bear holding office as a policeman, a raven as a bookseller and a Vixen as a sharp eyed and eared reporter with a whole range of a cast of characters set within a woodland town. So intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb of this particular book and find out more.

A Murder to solve. A reporter on the trail. Is this a case of mistaken identity?

Welcome dear reader! You have happened upon the delightful village of Shady Hollow, a place where rabbits and raptors, squirrels and snakes live together in civilised accord…. With only the occasional murder to mar the peace of daily life.

Keen journalist Vera Vixen is recovering from the Harvest Festival (and it’s bounty of local cheeses, cider and pies) when the calm is shattered by a scream from one of the small town’s grandest houses. Dorothy Springfield, a rat with a reputation for eccentricity, claims her husband – who is standing right next to her – has been murdered. Has Dorothy finally lost her grip on reality? Or is the rat who claims to be Edward an imposter? Vera’s fox nose scents a story. And it’s not long before the discovery of a body, minus the head, complicates things further…..

Oh wow, where do I begin!!. This book is an absolute belter!!. It really had everything that I have loved about the last two books in the series (check back to previous posts) and more. I was hooked, gripped and ensnared by all the twists and turns that really make this story just spark. I have loved coming back to this wonderful little woodland village with all its fantastic cast of characters that bring to life all the stereotypes in our own communities.

We meet new faces amongst the old crowd that we have loved and also reminisced about all the old characters which have sadly passed on due to unfortunate incidents which have rendered them no more. This book just really pulls all the best bits and brings everything together. There are more thrills and chills to make my inner crime/ mystery fan grin with glee.

My favourite characters have to be Vera and Orville, a bear and a fox, two animals that shouldn’t ever mix but within this wonderful and magical world works. I love their relationship and sparring ways and I also love both the moose, Joe and Leonore the raven who brings sharp relief and friendship as well. Throughout most of the books I have read I really wish I could sample Joe’s coffee and cakes, also eat at the panda’s restaurant and visit that wonderful bookshop Nevermore and be lost within it’s sanctuary. These books are like my friends or a warm hug. I would urge you if you haven’t already to buy these books now including this one. You will not regret your purchase at all.

Ratings: 5 🌟 with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (sadly not from Joe’s mug If only… sighs)

Authors Blurb:

Juneau Black is the pen name of authors Jocelyn Cole and Sharon Nagel. They share a love of excellent bookshops, fine cheeses and a good murder (in fictional form only). Though they are two separate people, if you ask either of them a question about their childhood, you are likely to get the same answer. This is a little unnerving for any number of reasons.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into a charming, lovely and welcoming village in the woods, where the community is welcoming and lovely and it feels peaceful…. That is when murders don’t take place. If you want to grab your own copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent book store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👻 💀 Begars Abbey by V. L. Valentine… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 👻 💀

Haunting cover!!!

Publication Date: Out Today!!!

Format: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £12.99/ Ebook £4.74

Publisher: Viper

I would like to say a huge thank you to Viper Books for inviting me onto this haunting and chilling book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this gripping book. I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, V L Valentine for creating such an atmospheric, eerie and sinister tale about long lost fortunes which holds a disturbing past and in which guilt, abuses and madness can create a toxic mix of ghostly happenings. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

A dark house, filled with dark secrets…..

Winter 1954, and in a dilapidated apartment in Brooklyn, Sam Cooper realises that she has nothing left. Her mother is dead, she has no prospects, and she cannot afford the rent. But as she goes through her mother’s things, Sam finds a stack of hidden letters that reveal a family and a inheritance that she never knew she had, three thousand miles away in Yorkshire.

Begars Abbey is a crumbling pile, inhabited by Lady Cooper, Sam’s ailing grandmother, and a handful of servants. Sam cannot understand why her mother kept its very existence a secret, but her newly discovered diaries offer a glimpse of a young girl growing increasingly terrified. As Sam is herself.

Built on the foundations of an old convent, Begars moves and sings with the biting wind. Her grandmother cannot speak, and a shadowy woman moves along the corridors at night. There are dark places in the hidden tunnels beneath Begars. And they will not give up their secrets easily….

I just have to give a bit of a warning to you dear readers…. This book will haunt you long after you turn that last page!!!. As soon as I read the first page I was sucked straight into the story and could not put it down, even if I wanted to (which I didn’t). There are so many twists and turns that leave you wondering if the main character is sane and then whether you too are sane… I loved it.

This book has everything to recommend it to those of you who love that creepy, hair-on-end feeling that leaves you watching the shadows in your room at night and also that disturbing sense of someone watching you who isn’t seen. I loved the main character and found her tough, stubborn and though is absolutely petrified, realises that only she can get her out of this predicament no one else, which in anyone else would make them give up and hide under blankets, but not Sam she’s a fighter and damn any ghosts that try to spook her.

I also found the sense of an inheritance which for her meant a chance to live and eat whereas for others it was seen as a threat and so madness, obsession and revenge sets in with poor Sam caught in the middle. I won’t go into too much detail as I really don’t want to spoil this marvellous book, but seriously this is one book to snuggle up by a roaring fire with a hot beverage and maybe something sweet , as you get lost inside a tale of a haunting, sinister tale.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

V L Valentine is a senior science editor at National Public Radio in Washington DC, where she has led award-winning coverage of global disease outbreaks including Ebola, and the Zika virus. She has a Master’s in the history of medicine from the University College London and her non-fiction work has been published by NPR, The New York Times, The Smithsonian Channel, and Science Magazine. The Plague Letters was her first novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into a haunting, sinister and disturbing tale of inheritance, revenge, abuse and spooky goings on. If you want to grab hold of a copy you can find this in Waterstones, any independent stores and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🎭🔥The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🎭🔥

Wonderful cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: Solaris (Rebellion publishing)

I would like to say a huge thank you to The Writes Reads Tour for organising this fantastic, gripping and magical book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Rebellion Publishing for allowing me to read and review a proof copy of this marvellous book. A huge thank you to the creative talent, Tom Beckerlegge, for creating such an atmospheric, rich in historical detail and yet also a fantastical tale that delves into the magic of words and books in a (made up but feels so real and lifelike) Italian city during what feels like the Renaissance period. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, it’s skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, it’s heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrived at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether……

As soon as I picked up this compelling and thrilling intriguing book, I got swept away by the story and couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down neither did I want to finish this beguiling novel. I mean the story speaks for itself and one that any lover of books, words, libraries and history will appreciate and savour. I was left stunned and dazzled by this book, it has everything you need, comedy (sharp wit that can cut like swords or pack a punch), tragedy, love and list and yet throughout the story you get a sense of impending doom and catastrophe as we observe what was once a great and powerful city, starts to decay and wither from within as intrigues and plots start to gather pace and cause havoc.

We are introduced to a cast of characters that seem to ebb and flow within the story that just make you want to find out more about them. And though it’s feels like it’s set in a real city (am sure it is based on a few Italian ones) there’s a sense of a magical element to it which isn’t at all obvious or in your face but yet enchants and ensnares you to read.

I fell in love with this “pride cometh before a fall” type tale which instead of it being a person it’s a whole city. I also found it telling that it feels like an observation on our society today and how we view and are viewed by other people. I would urge anyone to read this magical and bewitching book.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 with one or two 🍪 s to chase those hunger pangs away as you are absorbed in reading this mesmeric book.

Authors Blurb:

Tom Beckerlegge

Tom Beckerlegge grew up in the northwest of England in a house filled with books. He decided that he wanted to be a writer at the age of 4, and is yet to have a better idea. Writing as Tom Becker, he won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with his debut novel; The Carnival of Ash is his first adult book. He currently lives in England with his wife and young son.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful, engrossing and compelling book which takes you into a world filled with words, both incendiary and flowery descriptions of love and yet also full of intrigue, betrayal and hatred. If you are wanting to grab a copy for yourself, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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❓👩‍⚖️A Question of Guilt by Jørn Lier Horst… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! ❓👩‍⚖️

Atmospheric cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £5.99

Publisher: Penguin

I would like to say a huge thank you to Kallie Townsend at Penguin for inviting me to take part in this chilling, thrilling and atmospheric book’s blog tour. I would also like to say thank you to Penguin for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this brilliant book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Jørn Lier Horst, for creating such a wonderful, thrilling and utterly engrossing mystery which has captured my interest and yes want to continue to read this series (you can also watch it too). A crime from the past is questioned in the present and yet questions surrounding this seem to be innumerable. Can Wisting find the answers? Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out more.

A chilling letter. A wrong conviction. One last chance to find the real killer…..

In 1999, seventeen- year-old Tone Vaterland was killed on her way home from work.

Desperate for a conviction the police deemed the investigation an open-and-shut case and sent her spurned boyfriend, Danny Momrak, down for murder.

But twenty years later William Wisting receives a puzzling letter. It suggests the wrong man was convicted for Tone’s death.

And the real murderer is still out there.

Wishing is quickly thrown into a terrifying race against time where he must find the sender, decipher this mysterious letter and catch the real killer…. Before they strike again…..

Wow, you are in for a treat if you haven’t so far got hold of not only this series of Wisting (what I call his later years) but his earlier cases too are of some worthy note (and which the TV show is currently based on). This book is so far the 4th in a series and oh boy it’s an absolute joy (well atmospheric and serious) read.

I loved how Wisting (who really should be on holiday) but is drawn back into working (poor man) by a puzzling letter which tells him that there’s been a travesty of justice in the past which needs to be sorted (um well it’s a lot less clear than that but he does research of why and what is going on).

Though it is a series, I don’t feel you need to read them to fully enjoy this book, it feels separate and yet you also get an understanding of the characters without feeling left out or lost. Jørn has created such a clever and twisty story one which slowly builds as all the clues come together bit by bit. It’s also very atmospheric, I say this about Nordic crime, because there’s this sense of a cold, precise and sharp killer that commits acts in a beautiful, cold and chilling landscape there is something so austere and compelling and also a bit cozy. Because though you know the case gets more awful and dramatic as it is set somewhere else and someone else has to deal with the chaos you feel weirdly comforted that you won’t ever have to be in that situation…. (Unless it’s your job so um yeah).

But seriously this is a cracking read and though I would love to go into all the nitty gritty details, I feel that it would spoil the moments of suspense and tension that builds up to the climax. All I will say is that you have to get hold of this series and watch the TV show.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (probably a few more just to keep you warm and content… you might find that you cannot keep the book down)

Authors Blurb:

Jørn Lier Horst worked as a police officer and head of investigations before becoming a full-time writer and has established himself as one of the most successful authors to come out of Scandinavia. His books have sold over two million copies in his native Norway alone and he’s published in twenty-six languages.

The Wisting series, produced by the team behind Wallander and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was a hit BBC series in 2019, with a second series due to air soon.

Translator Blurb:

Anne Bruce studied Norwegian and English at the University of Glasgow and now lives on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. She has translated a number of crime novels by Anne Holt and Jørn Lier Horst, including the Petrona-Prize winning The Caveman and When It Grows Dark, which was long listed for the CWA International Dagger in 2017.

I hope you have enjoyed this mysterious, atmospheric and wonderful crime novel and that if this has tempted you to grab yourself a copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👥👧🏼👧🏼Shadow Girls by Carol Birch… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 👥👧🏼👧🏼

Intriguing cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Pb £16.99/ Ebook £5.79

Publisher: Apollo (Head Of Zeus)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Head of Zeus for not only inviting me onto this book’s wonderful tour but also for allowing me to read and review a physical proof copy. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Carol Birch, for creating such an atmospheric, eerie and haunting novel about teenage girls in a private school setting where all our doubts, fears and envy are magnified to huge proportions as well as the huge pressure of fulfilling a good education. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Manchester, 1960’s

Sally, a cynical fifteen-year-old schoolgirl, is much too clever for her own good. When partnered with her best friend, Pamela, – a mouthy girl who no-one else much likes – Sally finds herself unable to resist the temptation of rebellion. The pair play truant, explore forbidden areas of the old school and – their favouritetorment posh Sylvia Rose, with her pristine uniform and her beautiful voice that wins every singing prize.

One day Sally ventures (unauthorised of course) up to the greenhouse on the roof alone. Or at least she thinks she’s alone, until she sees Sylvia on the roof too. Sally hurried downstairs, afraid of Sylvia snitching, but Sylvia appears to be there as well.

Amidst the resurgence of ghost stories and superstition amongst the girls, a tragedy is about to occur, one that will send Sally further and further down an uncanny rabbit hole…..

Wow, this book had me hooked right from the start. It’s setting is hauntingly familiar, filled with all the angst, rage, jealousies and envy, fear, despair and hurts (that only girls seem able to do, as in find that one weak point and just stab and stab at it). I loved how all the girls felt real and alive with all their suppressed emotions which as teenagers come bubbling out due to pressures from both peers, teachers and parents.

I found that my sympathies were not towards the main character as such, due to how she acts and behaves towards others that are not in her friend and her side. But I do feel that Sally and her friend Pamela are the mirrors to all girls that feel that peer pressure to impress each other which if they were left to their own devices would not think to do any such things such as bullying, which can be physical but mainly mental as that’s where the hurts linger.

I have never really liked All girls schools and having been in one for only a short time I can definitely say it was the worst part of my school life, there was so much rivalry, backstabbing and just made me feel not who I felt I had been up to that point (even my parents noticed I had changed in my attitude and were concerned) luckily I wasn’t there long (so all good) but I definitely felt that atmosphere of proving your worth to others (not in a healthy, good way) and also feeling myself being ripped in two by the mental instability of the friendships that were offered. So in effect I felt sorry for all the characters that were in this school. I do understand that some people would say all girls school are not as bad as any other school but you won’t convince me.

If you love sinister atmospheric schools, with a hint of a ghostly superstition and of course teenage angst, rebellion and how friendships can be good but also can be bad.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (perfect accompaniment for this brilliant book)

Authors Blurb:

Carol Birch is the award winning writer of twelve novels including Jamrach’s Menargerie, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011. Her first novel Life in The Palace, won the David Higham Award for Fiction ( Best First Novel of The Year), and her second novel The Fog Line, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Born in Manchester, she now lives in Lancaster.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful, atmospheric and haunting novel, about teenage girls and their pressures and how strange it can be to be young and yet not a child. If you are wanting to grab yourself a copy you can get it from Waterstones, any independent and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🚤🩸The Lake Vyrnwy Killings by Simon McCleave… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🚤🩸

Gorgeous cover!!!

Publication Date: 22nd March

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £9.99/ Ebook £2.99

Publisher: Independently published

I would like to say a huge thank you to Ed PR for inviting me onto this book’s thrilling and gripping tour. I would also like to say thank you for allowing me to read and review a physical copy too. I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Simon McCleave for creating such gripping, intriguing and atmospheric novel (I know its a series but this feels like you don’t need to read the rest… though obviously I will) set in the picturesque and brooding surroundings of Snowdonia this series has really hooked me in… and yes I know I have started a series well in to it’s 11th book, what is wrong with me? well let’s head to the blurb and find out what has got me so excited and entranced enough to overcome my OCD levels of starting a series from the first book.

A Missing husband. A gruesome discovery. DI Ruth Hunter and her partner, DS Nick Evans, must decide if the two are linked and if a local man is the victim of a Liverpool gangland hit.

Ruth and Nick are called to a gruesome discovery at the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy but have little to go on to identify the grisly remains. When a local man is reported missing, it seems that his links to a Merseyside gang might explain his disappearance. However closer scrutiny seems to suggest that is might also be a domestic dispute that simply got out of hand.

When the man is spotted at various locations, Ruth and Nick must discover if he is on the run and hiding, or if there is a darker manipulation that could explain the sightings.

I know, what possessed me to pick up a book well not midway through, but near enough, a series, you are desperate to know?. Well all I can say I am glad I did, why you ask? because this to me doesn’t feel like a series book. (I am not sure you know what I mean when I say that so here’s a little explanation, so if you think of a popular series say Harry Potter, now imagine you started reading the 5th book…. yeah you can’t because the story wouldn’t make sense and you wouldn’t understand why certain characters act they way they do, whereas there are some books that are in a series which you could quite happily start anywhere and still not feel lost or overwhelmed by too much information). What I loved about this book is, that I was instantly hooked by the story and the characters all felt vital and alive and just vivid, as though all their little flaws and characteristics have been fully developed through all the rest of the books and in this one it’s definitely perfect.

I really love Ruth Hunter and her partner in (fighting) crime Nick Evans and their interactions with each other and how fluid and solid it is. I also love the camaraderie between the rest of the team and how it fits seamlessly together throughout the development of the case. This is also set in one of the worlds most beautiful landscapes, Snowdonia in Wales, and how evocative the descriptions of place is, it’s almost as though the landscape is another character in these novels too, one that emphasises the crime and brings it home than say in a city would do.

From reading this, I am now convinced I have to read the rest just because it so well written and that I love the characters. Ruth herself is a strong, determined woman who’s past has been quite tough, I won’t go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil this for you, but let’s just say its the most real relationship I have ever read and felt some affection for. So I urge you to go and buy this book and the series if you haven’t already. I absolutely loved this book and I can see this being a TV series it just has that feeling.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 and maybe a 🍪 or two… just be warned the book is addictive 😉.

Authors blurb:

Simon McCleave

Simon McCleave is a million selling crime novelist. His first book The Snowdonia Killings, was released in January 2020 and soon became an Amazon bestseller, reaching No 1 in the Amazon UK Chart and selling over 250,000 copies. His ten (now 11) subsequent novels in the DI Ruth Hunter Crime Thriller Series have all ranked in the Amazon Top 20 and are Amazon Bestsellers. He has sold over a million books since 2020.

Simon is currently in negotiations to make the Ruth Hunter series into a television series (aha I was wondering). Simon McCleave was originally born in South London. When leaving University, he worked in television and film development. He was a Script Editor at the BBC, a producer at Channel 4 before working as a Story Analyst in Los Angles. He worked on films such as The Full Monty, and television series such as the BBC Crime Drama Between The Lines.

Simon then became a script writer for television and film. He wrote on series such as Silent Witness, Murder in Suburbia, Teachers, Attachments, The Bill, Eastenders and many many more. His film, Out of The Game, for Channel 4 was critically acclaimed – ‘An unflinching portrayal of male friendship’ (Time Out)

Simon lives in North Wales with wife and two children.

I hope you have enjoyed this thrilling, gripping and utterly compelling novel about fiendish crimes, domestic disputes, marriages of love/hate and how some people don’t see the danger before it is too late. If you love the sound of this wonderful book and series, you can find this on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!. (please check out the other lovely bloggers too).

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🟣👤The Purple Shadow by Christopher Bowden… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🟣👤

Atmospheric cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/Ebook £3.93

Publisher: Langton & Wood

I would like to say a huge thank you to Zoë of ZoeloosBookTours for organising and inviting me on to this intriguing and mysterious book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Langton & Wood for allowing me to read and review a physical copy. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Christopher Bowden for creating such a haunting, intriguing and mysterious novel on the question whether our eyes can deceive us or is there more to something within a picture or painting that seems to have a supernatural element. Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

In the years before the war, Sylvie Charlot was a leading light in Paris fashion with many friends among musicians, artists and writers. Now she is largely forgotten. Spending time in Paris during a break in his acting career, Colin Mallory sees a striking portrait of Sylvie. Some think it is a late work by Edouard Vuillard but there is no signature or documentary evidence to support this view. The picture has some unusual qualities, not least the presence of a shadow of something that cannot be seen. Perhaps the picture was once larger. Colin feels an odd sense of connection with Sylvie, who seems to be looking at him, appealing to him, wanting to tell him something. Despite a warning not to pursue his interest in her portrait, he is determined to find out more about the painting, who painted it, and why it was hidden for many years. Colin’s search takes him back to the film and theatre worlds of Paris and London in the 1930s – and to a house in present day Sussex. As he uncovers the secrets of Sylvie’s past, her portrait seems to take on a life of it’s own.

As soon as I picked up this book and turned the pages I was hooked right into the story, I found myself captivated by the atmospheric and haunting tale of a painting that has more to it than any normal painting, not just because of it’s subject matter, but because of an unexplainable shadow that seems to change every time you glance at it. This intrigues the main character Colin to the point of obsession and we follow in his footsteps as we see him search and draw closer to understanding the mystery. We also get to see the full picture too with us being able to traverse both the past and present.

I felt drawn into the mystery and wanting to know what would happen and what it would all mean for not only Colin but also Sylvie too. If you love knowing about the artistic world amongst the beautiful and fashionable Paris as well as London and also how paintings can inspire obsession, love, hatred and feelings of intense feelings… that the idea of a painting with some strange and haunting elements is not actually quite surreal as this would at first seem. I loved how both the past and the present stories seem to mesh together so that you have the whole picture of what is going on. I don’t want to spoil any more of this wonderful story, but I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a gentle, mysterious and haunting tale.

Ratings: 4 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large slice 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Christopher Bowden

Christopher Bowden lives in South London. He is the author of six novels, each with a colour theme. His books have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi and Shena Mackay. Of his third novel, The Red House, Sir Derek said ‘Very entertaining, cleverly constructed and expertly paced. I thoroughly enjoyed it’.

I hope you have enjoyed this intriguing, atmospheric, haunting and mysterious novel of paintings that reach out to us and ensnare us with its mysteries and its past. If you are wanting a copy for yourself, you can find this on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🦖 ☣️The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🦖☣️

Omg!!! How rawesome (yes I went there 😂)is this cover!!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £6.99

Publisher: Tor

I would like to say a huge thank you to Black Crow PR for inviting me on this truly adventurous and one hell of a ride book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Tor (UK publisher) for allowing me to read and review a physical proof copy of this marvellous and exciting book. I would also like to say thank you to the creative genius, John Scalzi, for creating such a hilarious, brilliant, fantastic, gripping and just wowee moments (I am sorry if I am not making any sense but just to let you know why I am so excited and raving about this novel, its basically Jurassic Park crossed with Godzilla and you get the picture…. ALL HELL BREAKS LOSE) Right so are you intrigued? let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit (maybe a lot) more.

They’re big, They’re bad and they are about to become extinct….

Jamie’s dream was to hit the big time at a New York start-up. Jamie’s reality was a humiliating lay-off, then a low wage job as a take-away delivery driver. During a pandemic too. Things look beyond grim, until a chance delivery to an old acquaintance. Tom has an urgent vacancy on his team: the pay is great and Jamie has debts – it’s a no-brainer choice. Yet, once again, reality fails to match expectations. Only this time it could be fatal.

It seems Tom’s ‘animal rights organisation’ is way more than it appears. The animals aren’t even on Earth – or not our Earth, anyway. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures roam a tropical, human-free world. And although Kaiju are their universe’s largest and most dangerous animal, they need support to survive.

Tom’s ‘Kaiju Preservation Society’ wants to help. However, others want to profit. Unless they’re stopped, the walls between our worlds could fall – and the consequences would be devastating.

Oh My God!!!! I cannot tell you how awesome this book is, without me just saying random words and you (my dear readers) backing away slowly but surely wondering what is wrong with me… (lol). Honestly there is nothing wrong with me, this book had me in stitches, made me want to continue reading this and forget that 1. I have work and 2. I have a husband that needs love and affection… I may have reluctantly remembered one and been a bit bad with the other (I leave it to your imagination which one lol).All joking aside this is a fantastic and thrilling novel… about Kaiju….and nuclear destruction…. Kaiju and well some snappy crab-like monsters.

I don’t want to spoil any of this wondrous novel as you have to read this to appreciate the hilarious sarcastic wit that drips through the pages, and of course the amount of nostalgic references that are scattered throughout this book. There is one standout moment within this book, that (if I was on a train)would have turned heads or have given me tutting noises in my direction, as I would have been cracking up with laughter, at this point.

Basically, there is a moment where they are watching from an aeroplane/helicopter thing (I won’t spoil it for you as it’s just awesomely nerdy) two huge, behemoth’s (The Kaiju) face off against each other and start to well, literally scream at one another and go all hell for blazes at each other, someone I think Jamie wonders what the Kaiju is called and Tom answers with ‘Kevin’ and someone practically shouts “You Named a Kaiju Kevin!!!!”….. I was practically laughing with tears streaming down my face… obviously out of context it just looks weird and boring, but please please please I urge you to pick up this book and ignore my rather gushing review.

I found the whole plot gripping and hooks you in, making you want to know what’s going on and what will happen next… if you have ever seen the movies you know that if you have an alternate world filled with huge Godzilla-type monsters that could in a certain place thin the layer between our world and theirs well that’s a recipe for disaster and of course for greedy men looking to cash a quick buck. I was floored by how utterly believable each character felt and behaved, I loved Jamie and his interactions with the people he becomes close to.

All I want to know is (and I am looking at the author here) will there be more?… because I will not accept that this is a one-off (well unless it actually is lol). I am sorry if this seems all confusing and not really making much sense but Kaiju….. this has Kaiju. I don’t think I could manage to make more sense even if I tried, But just so you all know, even though by now you should. I was blown away and just found myself entering another world that isn’t reality for a few precious hours. I highly recommend this brilliant book to anyone who loves Godzilla, Pacific Rim and Jurassic Park, because buckle up guys you will be in for one hell of a ride!!!

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (you might find that you are way too focused on the book to notice your sustenance 😉 😂)

Authors Blurb:

John Scalzi is one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His debut, Old Man’s War, won him science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include, The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, Lock In and also, Redshirts, which won 2013’s Hugo Award for Best Novel. Material from his widely read blog Whatever has also earned him two other Hugo Awards . He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

I hope you have enjoyed this huge, monstrous and adventurous and fun hilarious and truly wonderful book.It’s about monsters but it’s also more than that, It’s about the impacts of humans on earth, how we can try to help rather than hunt and try to learn from them. If you are wanting to get a hold of your own copy, You can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon.

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💗💔A Life For A Life by Carol Wyer… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 💗💔

Chilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out today!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £3.99

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

I would like to say a huge thank you to Zoë of ZoeloosBookTours for inviting me onto this thrilling and intriguing crime/thriller book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this gripping book. I would also like to say thank you to the creative genius, Carol Wyer, for creating such a unique and fascinating crime/thriller series with a strong, determined female lead, who is also slightly broken and vulnerable due to death of husband, and with which still conflicts her throughout the three books including this one. Intrigued? let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Nobody can get into the mind of an erratic killer – except an unpredictable detective.

When a young man is found lying on a station platform with a hole in his head, DI Kate Young is called into investigate the grisly murder. But the killing is not a one-off. As the bodies start to pile up, she is faced with what might be an impossible task – to hunt down a ruthless killer on a seemingly random rampage.

Meanwhile, Kate has her own demons to battle as she struggles to come to terms with her husband’s death. And she is hell bent on exposing corruption within the force and bringing Superintendent John Dickson to justice. But with the trail of deception running deeper – and closer to home – than she could ever have imagined, she no longer knows who she can trust.

With her grip on reality slipping, Kate realises that maybe she and the killer are not so different after all. But time is running out and Kate is low on options. Can she catch the killer before she loses everything?

I have been hooked on this series since the first book came out (An Eye For An Eye) and it has steadily grown in its dark, twisted and disturbing path. And it just keeps getting better and better. In this book, we see a much more angry, obsessive to the point of madness and a all hells-bent and damn with the rules in her quest to bring down her arch nemesis and the guy who may have ordered her husband to be killed. But there is also her day job to consider, which also brings more chaos and headache for her and her team.

We follow not only Kate’s descent into a frenzied, revenge obsessed heroine, but also how her team are trying to come up with answers to who is doing these random killings and how, but also why?. The first starts with a guy shot in the head at a remote train station, all signs seem to indicate this is a one-off but with some questions as to why and with no clue in which direction to ask the most pertinent questions. When more bodies start to turn up with similar deaths, this starts to become absolutely critical to solve before more deaths can occur. But how can they solve and arrest the person when they have no idea what is motivating the killer to orchestrate his killings in such a way and with Kate being distracted by her ongoing revenge quest, will this have consequences for her and her team.

I found this story gripping, and intriguing. And enjoyed how both cases (one being more secretive than the other) seem to have more hurdles and obstacles which ratchet the tension in the book to the highest levels. I did find myself in a moral quandary and was quite disturbed by the main character’s descent into obsessive madness quite hard to like or even agree with at times. I know that this is one of those unanswerable questions and one in which I (thankfully and hopefully) will never have to face, but to me there is only one option that I could understand and would support and that is just to walk away and try to grieve in a healthy way. but of course this is a crime/thriller novel and to be honest with you, I love the rebellious, revenge obsessed detective story arc more than what I would do if it was based in reality. I just found myself asking deep moral questions whilst reading this brilliant book.

I don’t want to spoil any more of this fascinating book, but there are huge parallels with the killer and Kate, and which makes her wake up to reality and also makes her think about reacting now then leaving it later. And she also realises that maybe she can find this killer due to how both are thinking and feeling at this moment. I loved this book and cannot recommend this highly enough. If you love your crime/thrillers to be dark, intense and with some amazing, strong and brilliantly crafted characters then please go and find this and buy it.

Ratings: 4 ⭐️s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Carol Wyer

Carol Wyer is a USA Today and bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol’s crime novels have sold over one million copies and have been translated into nine languages.

A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost and proved that Carol had found her true niche. February 2021 saw the release of the first in the much-anticipated new series, featuring DI Kate Young. An Eye For An Eye was chosen as a Kindle First Reads and became #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia.

Carol has had articles published in national magazines ‘Women’s Weekly’, featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Women’s Own’ magazines and The Huffington Post. She’s also been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television.

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy…. who is very, very grumpy. When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.

Links to buy:

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Detective-Kate-Young-Book-ebook/dp/B09BCPR894

Amazon US : https://www.amazon.com/Life-Detective-Kate-Young-Book-ebook/dp/B09BCPR894

I hope you have enjoyed this, thrilling, gripping and dark journey into the hard and brutal life of police work as well as the shocking depravity that they have to face day in and day out, but what if you cannot trust the people above you to do the best and also to protect people in their care. And what if you knew what they had done? what would you do to exact your revenge and get vengeance on those they have destroyed in their wake. If you are wanting a copy for yourself you can check the link above or if you want a physical copy, you can also check out Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👩‍🎨🎨Karitas Untitled by Kristin Marja Baldursdottir… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!👩‍🎨🎨

Beautiful cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £19.07/Ebook £2.99

Publisher: Amazon Crossing

I would like to say a huge thank you to FMcM associates for inviting me to take part on this intriguing, atmospheric and poignant book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Amazon Crossing for allowing me to read and review a copy of this fantastic book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir, for creating such a beautiful sweeping and majestic read about a family and women struggling to survive in Iceland and also still trying to juggle both being, mother, sister, daughters and still have control on their lives even if it is through painting or education. Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb to find out a bit more.

A portrait of an artist trapped by convention and expectations but longing for the chaos that can set her free.

Growing up on a farm in early twentieth century rural Iceland, Karitas Jónsdóttir, one of six siblings, yearns for a new life. An artist, Karitas has a powerful calling and is determined to never let go of her true being, one unsuited for the conventional. But she is powerless against the fateful turns of real life and all its expectations of women. Pulled back time and again by design and by chance to the Icelandic countryside – as dutiful daughter, loving mother, and fisherman’s wife – she struggles to thrive, to be what she was meant to be.

Spanning decades and set against a breathtaking historical canvas, Karitas Untitled, an award winning classic of Icelandic literature, is a complex and immersive portrait of an artist’s conflict with love, family, nature and a country unaccustomed to an untraditional woman – but most of all, with herself and the creative instincts she has no choice but to follow.

As soon as I picked up and read the first page, I felt swept away into a hard, rural and beautiful Icelandic landscape and how societies outdated expectations can rub up against an artistic and free-spirited young woman. This is not just a tale about early twentieth century Iceland nor is it about the hardships and how life living in rural and coastal areas of this mysterious and cold and harsh island. It’s about the women, children and men of this land that tries to make a living from this unyielding and tough habitat, how women are thought of as wives and mothers to stay at home and help out with either the farm or helping in gutting and salting fish. It’s about the expectations of the older generations versus the younger generations (especially amongst the young women) to be free from their restricted lives and be able to realise their potential in their own dreams that don’t have to be the staid old jobs.

I found myself observing Karista’s life from a young girl to womanhood, and how her life and dreams are on different trajectories both fighting to be prevalent, and how this also splits her in half too. Wanting and yearning to be a painter and yet societies hold on her life mean that she’s constricted to be a wife and mother, and its how she finds ways to breathe life into her creative side and for her to have some peace for just herself away from her demands as a mother and wife. This tale is both mesmeric, and heartbreaking on how mothers perceive daughters and sisters perceive each other. It’s also how the harsh and brutal landscape in which Krista and her family live in mean that things that cities and towns have had for awhile, such as cars, phones and other modern inventions that turned up at that time, how it would seem alien and surreal to people who are not used to such sights or sounds.

It has a unique style of storytelling and it ebbs and flows as the pace picks up and then slows down. There were moments I wasn’t sure I quite understood where the plot was going or the tone of voice that a character used. But overall it’s a magnificent, beautiful and atmospheric novel, about family, choices, love and dreams. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique and truly wonderful novel.

Ratings: 4 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Kristin Marja Baldursdottir

Kristin Marja Baldursdottir is one of Iceland’s most acclaimed writers and the internationally bestselling author of numerous novels, including Karitas, Untitled. a Nordic Council Literature Prize nominee; Street of the Mothers; Chaos on Canvas; and Seagull’s Laughter, which was adapted for the stage and also into an award-winning film. She received her degree in 1991 from the University of Iceland and has also worked as a teacher and a journalist. Among Kristin Marja’s many honours are the Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon for her achievements in writing and her contributions Icelandic literature, the Jonas Hallgrimssons Prize, and the Fjoruverdlaun Women’s Literature Prize. Kristen Marja lives in Reykjavik.

Philip Roughton is an award winning translator of many of Iceland’s best-known authors, including Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness, Jon Kalman Stefansson, porarinn Eldjarn, Bergsvienn Birgisson, and Steinunn Sigurdardottir.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful, atmospheric and poetical novel that sweeps through the life of a family living in a beautiful and dramatic landscape that is Iceland. If you are intrigued by this book and would like to get your hands on a copy, you can find this on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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✨ 🗡 👁 The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! ✨🗡👁

Beautiful cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/Ebook £4.99

Publisher: Tor

I would like to say a huge thank you to Black Crow PR for inviting me onto this darkly devious and magical book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you Tor for allowing me to read and review a copy of this captivating and gripping book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative( medeian) talent, Olivie Blake for creating such a powerful, intriguing and utterly entrancing world, where magic is down to both your family or to what you are born with, and how their are a few who are more powerful than the average people. Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Secrets. Betrayals. Seduction.

Welcome to the Alexandrian Society.

When the world’s best magicians are offered an extraordinary opportunity, saying yes is easy. Each could join the secretive Alexandrian Society, whose custodians guard lost knowledge from ancient civilisations. Their members enjoy a lifetime of power and prestige. Yet each decade, only six practicioners are invited – to fill five places.

Contenders Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona, are inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds. Parisa Kamali is a telepath, who sees the mind’s deepest secrets. Reina Mori is a naturalist who can perceive and understand the flow of life itself. And Callum Nova is an empath, who can manipulate the desires of others. Finally there’s Tristan Caine, whose powers mystify even himself.

Following recruitment by the mysterious Atlas Blakeley, they travel to the Society’s London headquarters. Here, each must study and innovate within esoteric subject areas. And if they can prove themselves, over the course of a year, they’ll survive. Most of them….

No 1!!!!

I have eagerly awaited this enchanting and seductive book ever since I first became aware of this via social media. Secrets. Betrayals. Seduction and magic… It ticked all the boxes that I love about dark academia especially if it involves magic. As soon as I read the first page I was instantly transported to another world, the characters just seep with secrets, antagonism and distrust not only between each other but also are highly sceptical about the whole invitation and what it offers to them, even if they are also highly seduced by the thought of power and prestige and vast amounts of knowledge.

I found myself not wanting to put this book down, even for sleep or food (and for me food is just as important as reading). The characters are just brilliantly written and I feel there’s more going on underneath the service between two of them, Libby and Nico, (frenemies to lovers maybe?) I have to admit I loved these two immeasurably their sarcastic wit used at each other like weapons is just brilliant to watch. I also loved how cool, seductive and utterly enthralling Parisa is and also depending on the view point of the character, annoying too. There is also the enigmatic and disturbing Callum, who can interfere with your emotions and make you do things without you realising (definitely not someone to be around lol) and,Tristan who can see through illusions but also has so much potential that even he is not sure what his limits are. Finally there is Reina Mori, who. These characters are all competing for a chance to be the five to be inducted into this prestigious and secretive Society.

All I will say is, that if you are not used to academia style magical world storytelling, you might find this a bit too much, it can get a bit heavy in describing the magic talents that these medeians (magicians) have. But this is essential to understanding this world and for the plot to flow. If on the other hand you love delving into the workings of magic and how it can twist your brain like in the film Inception, just that you won’t realise it until it’s too late then well that’s you gone. There is also so much going on beneath the surface, there are sides which start to form between each character and of course all the antagonism and distrust that ensue. There’s also a lot of secrets which they all try to hide from each other, though with a telepath and an empath that is going to be incredibly hard to hide.

I also love how there is not just magicians but also magical creatures who adapt to their surroundings due to changing landscapes and natural habitats. I really loved this fantastic book, it gripped me and sucked me into another world that is at once familiar but at the same time with subtle “magical” differences that just colour the story with surprise and delight. Yes some of the characters if not all are quite prickly, but what I love about them is that they are complex and oh so very much alive and vivid. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I also cannot recommend this book highly enough it deserves all the accolades it has received and it has also just got to the number one slot!!! so huge congratulations. The only part I have to complain about is… Damn TikTok you have done it again!!! this is absolutely brilliant.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (just to warn you that you might find after finishing this book you will see the remnants of crumbs and empty mugs 😂) it’s addictive.

Authors Blurb:

Olivie Blake is a lover and writer of stories, and is the pen name of Alexene Farol Follmuth. Many of Olivie’s stories involve the fantastic, the paranormal, or the supernatural, but not always. More often, her works revolve around our collective experience of what it means to be human (or not), and the endlessly interesting complexities of life and love. Alexene tripped and fell into writing after abandoning her long-premeditated track for Optimum Life Achievement while attending law school. She now focuses primarily on the craft and occasional headache of creating fiction.

As Olivie, she has been published as the featured contributor for Witch Way Magazine, as well as the writer for the self-published graphic series Alpha and a variety of other titles, including The Atlas Six.

Alexene lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is generally tolerated by her rescue pit bull. She can be loosely defined as the sort of person who picked up sparring to help her write fight scenes.

I hope you have enjoyed this enchanting, mesmeric, devious and magical story, that has elements of The Secret History by Donna Tart, mixed with a dollop of A Deadly Education by Naomi Novak. This is a book you just have to get hold of, and if you are intrigued and want to get your own copy, You can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🇫🇷🗝🩸The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🇫🇷🗝🩸

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/Ebook £8.99

Publisher: Harper Collins

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours for inviting me on this creepy, thrilling and modern style gothic book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Harper Collins for allowing me to read and review a digital copy. I would also like to say thank you to the creative talent, Lucy Foley for creating another atmospheric, haunting, thrilling and disturbing novel. Which has the feeling of a modern gothic thriller set in Paris (which to me elevates it to a chic style). Intrigued? let’s head to the blurb and find out more.

Welcome to No.12 rue des Amants.

A beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine. Where nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a story to unlock.

The watchful concierge.

The scorned lover.

The prying journalist.

The naive student.

The unwanted guest.

There was a murder here last night.

A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three.

Who holds the key?

As soon as I read the first page I was drawn into the story and really never looked back till I had finished the book. This is such a gripping and intriguing plot you just have to read on to find out, a) what the hell is going on? and b) Seriously what the hell!! and oooo. Honestly that was my reaction throughout the entire book, as well as gasps and wide eyed moments. This has all the elements that for me make a fantastic thriller.. a secluded and elite apartment block, some rather strange and sinister characters who observe and are faintly disturbed by the arrival of the main character on the scene.

We follow not only this main character but the other residents of the block and how they view this… cuckoo that has suddenly arrived into their nest and how this threatens the already precarious atmosphere within the building. I loved the tension as it slowly builds and builds as the characters try to stomp out the inquisitiveness of their forced upon them resident. This may at first sound like we should be sympathetic to their plight, but as we know from the first that something is up with the fact that the new resident’s brother has recently just vanished and had said she could come over for few days until she can find another place to land in. It seems all too suspicious that no-one seems bothered by his absence only watchful and tense when she starts to ask questions.

We see how her search for her brother draws the others to find out what she knows and how to stop her. We are inexorably wondering what has happened and what actions these desperate and strange people will take to try and put a stop to her endless searchings. There is the concierge who seems to be more witch-like and reluctant to help out, the young obsessed artist who struggles with her temper issues and is afraid of what said temper could lead to, there is a wealthy, carefree man who seems laid back but is also highly strung about something and then there is a rather angry, rude and drunk man who seems to be going through a tough time with his marriage. And finally we come to an older, glamorous lady of the house who seems to exert a stranglehold on all the residents, apart from the brother and the latest resident his sister.

All of these characters mix and intertwine with one another either with benign feelings or with a complex mixture of fear and suspicion. I found myself pulled in many different ways and also stunned by all the many twists and turns the plot takes. I won’t spoil any of the book for you, but wow this is an absolute delight for anyone who loves secrets, hurts, betrayals and secrets worth killing for. All within the splendid backdrop of Paris.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Agatha Christie, Edgar Allen Poe among many others. I say it reminds me of one of those classic gothic thrillers, as it has elements of it within the tale, there’s the old apartment with its secret hidden doors and passageways and an attic room that is locked and no one can go in, there’s also the mysterious disappearance of the brother and a strange disturbance in the garden… but what do all these little clues portend… and is it dire or will there be time to remedy this?

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Lucy Foley

Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities. She then worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry – during which time she also wrote her debut, The Book Of The Lost and Found. Lucy now writes full time, and is busy travelling (for research, naturally!!!) and working on her next novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this thrilling, dark and twisted journey into a glamorous city of light, which also hides dark, twisted and murky secrets which someone would kill to keep hidden. If you love the sound of this gripping novel, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store, and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🏫💣⚰️The Choice by S J Ford… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🏫💣⚰️

Amazing cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/Ebook £0.99 (get it whilst you can!!!)

Publisher: Aries (Head of Zeus)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Head of Zeus for inviting me onto this thrilling and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you for allowing me to read and review a copy of this book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius and mastermind, S.J.Ford for creating such a suspenseful and the most profound crime thriller I have read in awhile, it made me think of what Justice means to me and also that million dollar question…. Would you choose one life to save hundreds? Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Jane Bell is a murderer.

At 4:55pm on 15th January, Jane Bell hit a man with her car, killing him instantly. With witnesses, CCTV footage and a signed confession, her guilt is is never in doubt.

Jane Bell is a hero.

But she doesn’t feel guilty. Because James Foster was about to blow up a primary school. He was planning on killing hundreds of children. He was going to kill her children.

What would you have done?

As soon as I read that tagline on the cover, I knew this book would be a good thriller. But what I wasn’t expecting was how brilliant this book would turn out to be. It follows what happens when a mother decides enough is enough and finds a perfect opportunity (one that is serendipitous not looked for) and kills the man that threatens to harm hundreds of children including her own. We watch the aftermath of the killing, and follow the officer in charge as he tries to come to terms with what has occurred and the reasons why. Throughout the novel we read the thoughts and feelings of not only Jane herself but her husband, the officer, her defence lawyer and from certain jurors perceptions of her through the trial.

This feels incredibly close to recent happenings in the news, but instead of certain individuals being stopped before what they plan to do, we usually see the tragic aftermath. This novel delves into whether Jane is an outright murderer and could she potentially be a danger to society or is she just a person who was constantly ignored for doing the right thing by trying to alert the proper authorities into the actions of her neighbour?. This question among others is repeated throughout the novel by various characters and it is absolutely fascinating to observe the trial through the eyes of the defence and the jurors eyes as well as the defence lawyer too.

I won’t spoil much more than this, only to say how much I absolutely loved this unique and thrilling book. I really felt for all the characters and even felt some sympathy towards the person (James Foster) who intended to do harm towards hundreds of innocent children. There is a lot more within this novel that is going on and its not just about terrorism or murder, but all the little incidents that lead or led towards this final decision.

What would we do in Jane’s place, would we be brave enough to try and stop what she could see in the future of not just her children’s short life but other families lives hung in the balance too. Would we carry on even though all of our observations and notices have been either ignored or just not even glanced at due to restrictions of the local police force. Would we even dare to kill one person to save hundreds? that is the question that the trial tries to answer not only for the defence but for the prosecution. For me personally, I believe that she isn’t a murderer but neither should she be looked at as a saviour or hero, she killed someone…. and killing will always leave a mark on you no matter who it is that you have killed. Was it the only way? yes I believe so and would she kill anyone else? and that is another question you would have to think long and hard about.

I would highly recommend this brilliant and intriguing book to anyone looking for a new thriller to escape into. This really pulls you in and never lets you go till the last page.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

S J Ford is twenty-six years old and lives in the Cheshire countryside. She currently works in online marketing and writes part-time – gathering the quirky, emotional and problematic to feed her imagination and unleash her pen. She has a Golden Retriever that she relishes going on adventures with, a horse that lets her fly, and her favourite place is Cemaes Bay on Anglesey. The Choice is SJ’s debut novel in this genre.

I hope you have enjoyed this emotional, powerful, hard-hitting and thinking, thrilling novel, that raises difficult questions and makes you really think about who you live near to and what would you do in similar circumstances. If you love the sound of this and would like to know where to grab a copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🥃River Clyde by Simone Buchholz…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🥃🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: 17th March (out in ebook now!!!)

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £4.27

Publisher: Orenda Books

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) for inviting me onto this intriguing, fascinating and moving book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Orenda Books for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this poignant novel. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Simone Buchholz who has created a masterful and emotional crime novel/series, but this particular book focuses on each character’s grief and how they process their guilt and try to move on from it or as in the case of the main character to go as far away as she can. Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Chastity Riley travels to Scotland to face the demons of her past, as Hamburg is hit by a major arson attack.

Mired in grief after tragic recent events, state prosecutor Chastity Riley escapes to Scotland, lured to the birthplace of her great-great-grandfather by a mysterious letter suggesting she has inherited a house.

In Glasgow, she meets Tom, the ex-lover of Chastity’s great aunt, who holds the keys to her own family secrets – painful stories of unexpected cruelty and loss that she’s never dared to confront.

In Hamburg, Stepanovic and Calabretta investigate a major arson attack, while a group of property investors kicks off an explosion of violence that threatens everyone.

As events in these two countries collide, Chastity prepares to face the inevitable, battling the ghosts of her past and the lost souls that could be her future and, perhaps, finally finding redemption for them all.

I have read this series of Chastity Riley, state prosecutor, with her rag tag band of broken friends in both the police and friends outside of her work place life. This series has always felt slightly off kilter, a bit drunk and on the edge and yet it always seems to feel like a community of lost souls who have managed to form a somewhat close bond with each other. After the last book I read all I can say is this one had a lot of questions to answer and how they all have to deal with the aftermath of what happened (if you are interested it’s called Hotel Cartagena). As soon as I read the first page I knew I was in for whole heap of trouble, this book made me walk down an emotional tunnel, through the characters recent grief all the way through to her troubled past. Which though she tries still conflict and haunt her today.

This also doesn’t just focus on Chastity and her past but on her friends who she left behind in Hamburg, still reeling and hurt after what happened in the previous book, but also hurt and wounded at why she left them so suddenly, their broken ring leader. We follow them as they investigate a huge arson attack and how a group of property investors are also building up to set out to create more violence and chaos. I loved how each side is told and how with both her story of trying to reconcile her past and how they are too trying to find redemption from their own guilt at their shared experience of death and grief. It almost feels like they are ghosts haunting each other in different cities but without each other knowing.

I have to admit at times I was a bit confused by certain scenes and characters such as the River Clyde, which links both what is going on in Glasgow and in Hamburg together. Also this book is not for the faint hearted, especially when it comes to drinking (I am talking about the alcoholic kind), there are times where the main character doesn’t really eat that much and just ends up drinking from morning all the way round to morning again. For me being not much of a drinker, I do occasionally drink but it hasn’t sunk its teeth deep into me, I find her lack of control and obvious alcoholism upsetting and disquieting and I find myself hoping that she can come back to her (relatively) normal self again.

Though there are moments of investigations and cleaning up of cases, the main force of this novel is not actually about crime or whatever is going on in Hamburg, its about redemption, forgiveness and moving on from trying to forget the past and also trying to cling to a self-indulgent grief, that this all happened to me so I am broken and will stay this way, it’s only until Chastity loses her friend, mentor and father figure that she finds herself having to face her fears, her own past.

I won’t go into too much detail, as I really don’t want to spoil this for you, it’s a beautifully written, heart breaking read and one that will stay in your mind for a long long time. It also deals with grief, guilt, fear, hurt and betrayal and also how much you run you can never run away from your friends people who love you, the broken, the weak and yes the strong parts of you that make you who you are. I highly recommend that you go out for your way to grab this remarkable book and also series.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 or maybe something stronger like 🥃 😉

Authors Blurb:

Simone Buchholz

Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz, was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as runner up in the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the krimiZEIT Best Of Crime List for months. The critically acclaimed Baton Rouge, Mexico Street and Hotel Cartagena all followed in the Chastity Riley series, with River Clyde out in 2022. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

Rachel Ward is a freelance translator of literary and creative texts from German and French to English. Having always been an avid reader and enjoyed word games and puzzles, she discovered a flair for languages at school and went on to study modern languages at the University of East Anglia. She spent the third year working as a language assistant at two grammar schools in Saaebrücken, Germany. During her final year, she realised that she wanted to put these skills and passions to use professionally and applied for UEA’s MA in Literary Translation, which she completed in 2002. Her published translations include, Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang, Red Rage by Brigitte Blobel, and she is a member of the Institute of Translation and interpretation.

I hope you have enjoyed this hard hitting, emotional and moving tale of how grief and guilt can consume you, and also how the past can never stay buried for long and that to move on is to let it wash over you and for the redemption to begin. If you love the sound of this brilliant book or have read the series and are desiring to get your hand on this, you can find this on Orenda’s Book site (please do so as this is a brilliant and wonderful independent that keeps churning out some absolute gems in crime fiction) Waterstones, and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🦊🐻🐼🐰🐹🦉🦫🦨🦝🐍Cold Clay (Shady Hollow book 2) by Juneau Black… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🦊🐻🐼🐰🐹🦉🦫🦨🦝🐍

Gorgeous cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £1.99

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

I would like to say a huge thank you to Ollie Martin at Hodder & Stoughton for inviting me to take part on this wonderful, charming and brilliant series of a woodland murder mystery. I would also like to say a huge thank you for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this fantastic book. I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Juneau Black for creating this mysterious, fun and charming tale of woodland creatures humanised in a country town, with all the ingredients that make a small, gossipy community whenever murder comes to call. I also love following in the (paw steps?) footsteps of Vera Vixen and Orville the bear as well as Lenore the Raven among a whole heap of critters in Shady Hollow. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

A Murder to solve. A reporter on the case. Crime of the past won’t stay buried…..

In the woodland community of Shady Hollow, you’ll discover a secret. Moose and mice, owls and bears live side by side in civilised harmony. The town has a coffee shop and a bookshop, a haberdasher and a bank. Life is peaceful, until a skeleton is found buried deep under an apple tree. Danger has returned to Shady Hollow….

Ace reporter, Vera Vixen only wants a good news story, as harvest time arrives with the promise of glorious feasts ahead. But the discovery of the body casts a darker shadow. Soon enough, the coffee shop’s owner is being dragged down to the police station. Vera can’t believe gentle Joe the moose is a killer. To get to the bottom of the matter, she will have to dig into the secrets her neighbours would rather leave buried forever……

I fell in love with the first book of this incredibly charming series (which you can see in my later posts) and this one Cold Clay, has not disappointed, in fact it just keeps getting better and better. As soon as I started the first page I was hooked back into this charming, lovely and wonderful little woodland town with its bustling village life (yes I did say town and village in one sentence) but that’s because it has this busy vibe and also terribly gossipy and secluded lifestyle.

You have all the wonderful characters that you love, such as Vera Vixen the reporter, her friend Lenore, the Raven, there’s also the dapper and handsome Orville, bear police officer-cum-sheriff as well as an owl, countless rabbits, mice, beavers, a panda, ferrets a raccoon a snake, Joe the moose who owns and runs the coffee shop. All of these creatures have their own characteristics and careers that suit them and their natural animal identity.

We also get introduced to new characters, such as a badger and a mink… I won’t go any further about this rather enigmatic mink but they are essential to the story. Anyway I loved stepping back into the goings on of this rather lovely and wonderful village. For me I really loved this story, I grew to love all the characters all over again and find out a bit more about each characters past especially Joe’s. If you love Agatha Christie and Beatrix Potter… this book is one for you. I cannot highly recommend this enough. In fact I have to say this series is starting to be in my top book series ever.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (as long as it’s Joe’s coffee and maybe a slice of his pumpkin pie 😋)

Authors Blurb:

Juneau Black is the pen name of authors Jocelyn Cole and Sharon Nagel. They share a love of excellent bookshops, fine cheeses and good murders ( in fictional form only!). Though they are two separate people, if you ask either of them a question about their childhood, you are likely to get the same answer. This is a little unnerving for a number of reasons.

I hope you have enjoyed this, warm, witty, fun and charming woodland tale of mayhem and murder in Shady Hollow, a village of peace and calm filled with wonderful critters and characters that just make you feel all gooey about it. If you are desperate to get your hands on a copy, you can find this in Waterstones and on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🏚👻The Marsh House by Zoe Somerville…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🏚👻

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £18.99/ Ebook £5.79

Publisher: Apollo (Head Of Zeus)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Head Of Zeus for all inviting me to take part on this haunting and atmospheric novel, about the ghosts of the past waiting for the present and how people are intricately linked within this story. I would also like to say thank you to Head Of Zeus for allowing me to read and review a copy of this fabulous book. A huge thank you to the creative talent, Zoe Somerville for creating such a haunting, chilling and beautiful and poignant novel that really seeps into you and takes you away into a world that is thin between our world and the superstitious and magical past. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out more.

December 1962. Desperate to create a happy Christmas for her young daughter, Franny, after a disastrous year, Malorie rents a remote house on the Norfolk coast. But once there, the strained silence between them feels louder than ever. As Malorie digs for decorations in the attic, she comes across the notebooks of the teenaged Rosemary, who lived in the house thirty years before. Trapped inside by a blizzard, and with long days and nights ahead of her, Malorie begins to read. Though she knows she needs to focus on the present, she finds herself inexorably drawn into the past…..

July, 1931. Rosemary lives in the Marsh House with her austere father, surrounded by unspoken truths and rumours. So when the glamorous Lafferty family moves to the village, she succumbs easily to their charm. Dazzled by the beautiful Hilda and her dashing brother, Franklin, Rosemary fails to see the danger that lurks beneath their facades….

As Malorie reads Rosemary’s diary, past and present begin to merge in this moving story of mothers and daughters, family obligations and deeply buried secrets….

Wow, as soon as I started the first page, I knew I was in for a chilling treat of a tale. The mood is incredibly atmospheric and haunting. And you are never entirely sure whether what the main character is experiencing is true or her mental anguish and strain giving life to her fears. We follow a youngish mother and her daughter make a somewhat dreary and cold home amongst the Norfolk coast and observe a cold and some strange occurrences which seem to haunt the mother.

Plagued by her thoughts of a wrecked marriage and how she will cope looking after her somewhat truculent and silent child, she tries to make this Christmas cozy and warm. What she actually discovers is a past that will seep into the present and give her some answers to her own.

I won’t go any further than that, as I really don’t want to spoil this haunting, eerie and chilling book. I found myself wanting to know what was going on with Rosemary and also why it affected Malorie so much. This is a beautiful and brilliantly crafted and twisted novel. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!!! If you love Kate Moss’s books then this one is just as perfect.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Zoë Somerville is a writer and an English teacher. Born and raised in Norfolk, she has lived all over the world – Japan, France, Washington – and now lives in Bath with her family. Her debut novel, The Night Of The Flood, was inspired by the devastating North Sea flood of the 1950s and is also published by Head of Zeus.

I hope you have enjoyed this, haunting, chilling and atmospheric novel that transports you to a two different periods of time 1930’s and the 1960’s and how the past can seep into the present with tragic consequences. If you would like to get yourself a copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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✍️📇 🩸 The Interview by C.M.Ewan… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! ✍️📇🩸

Thrilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £2.99

Publisher: Macmillan

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) for organising this thrilling and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Macmillan for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this chilling book. Lastly but by no means least thank you so much to the creative talent, C.M.Ewan, for creating such a chilling and creepy story, I might never see interviews the same way again (basically I can handle the interview, normal and standard, not whatever happens in this one lol). Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

It’s 5 pm. On a Friday.

You have been called to an interview for your dream job.

In a stunning office thirteen floors above the city below, you are all alone with the man interviewing you.

Everyone else has gone home for the weekend.

The Interview gets more and more disturbing.

You’re feeling scared.

Your only way out is to answer a seemingly impossible question.

If you can’t…… what happens next?

As soon as I started reading this book, I was hooked and wasn’t able to put it down, I did eventually, but ooo it was hard to resist it’s lure. The storyline was absolutely fantastic. You are lead along thinking ok this seems normal a bit odd but ok… Then gradually you start to feel uneasy with the character’s situation and you are urging her to just run or do something.

What is so clever about this one plot point, is how normal and everyday it is. That is what is so terrifying about the situation. As we go along with the story, we realise there is more to how the interview was arranged and why the character is where they are and how personal it all seems to get.

I don’t want to spoil anything for you, as the plot twists and turns are so beautifully crafted you just have to read it yourself to feel the full impact and the terror that the character goes through. This book held me In it’s grasp and would not let me go. I urge you to grab this book and read it from cover to cover.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (just be warned you might find you are left with crumbs and empty mugs by the end of the book)

Authors Blurb:

C.M.Ewan

C.M.Ewan (Chris Ewan) is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of many mystery and thriller novels. Chris’s first standalone thriller, Safe House, was a number one bestseller in the U.K. and was shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of The Year Award. He is also the author of the thrillers A Window Breaks, Dead Line and Dark Tides and the Kindle Single Short Story, Scarlett Point. He is the author of The Good Thief’s Guide to….. a series of mystery novels. The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and is published in thirteen countries.

Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in American studies with a minor in Canadian Literature, and later trained as a lawyer. After eleven years living on the Isle of Man, he recently returned home to Somerset, with his wife, their daughter and family Labrador, where he writes full time.

I hope you have enjoyed this, thrilling, terrifying and gripping journey into the darker side of The Interview process. But I think we can all agree it’s not your usual interview. If you are wanting to get your own copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🦅👩‍⚖️Crow Court by Andy Charman…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🦅 👩‍⚖️

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: 3rd February (Paperback)

Formats: Hardback, Paperback and Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Pb £9.99/ Ebook £5.03

Publisher: Unbound

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) for organising such a wonderful tour for this moving and atmospheric and beautiful book. I would also like to say thank you to unbound for gifting me a copy to read and review. I would also like to say thank you to the creative talent, Andy Charman for creating such a haunting, moving and beautiful book about a country town/village where the old ways still lie unchallenged even in the early days of Victoria’s reign and how each passing year sees a different life to most of the characters that play within this stage in Wimborne Minster. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb to find out a bit more.

Spring, 1840. In the Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster, a young choirboy drowns himself. Soon after, the choirmaster- a belligerent man with a vicious reputation – is found murdered, in a discovery tainted as much by relief as it is by suspicion. The gaze of the magistrates falls on four local men, whose decisions will reverberate in the community for years to come.

So begins the chronicle of Crow Court, unravelling over fourteen delicately interwoven episodes, the town of Wimborne their backdrop: a young gentleman and his groom run off to join the army, a sleepwalking cordwainer wakes on wife’s grave; desperate farmhands emigrate. We meet the composer with writer’s block; the smuggler, a troupe of actors down from London, and old Art Pugh, whose impoverished life has made him hard to amuse….

Meanwhile justice waits……

As soon as I started reading this fantastic and atmospheric book, I knew I was in for a treat. The way the story flows from one scene to another and how all these snippets of life in a market town are all connected really brings the story to life. I loved reading about all the characters and how some are more moving, poignant and tragic than others. Which all stems from a vicious and cruel choirmaster and his treatment of one particular boy, who takes his own life due to last resort.

This tragedy plays out in parts as we observe how people react both to the news of the tragic death and then to the disappearance of the main person to blame and how this tragic tale then affects the people throughout the years. I fell in love with all these little stories that paint a picture of hardship, suffering and yet at times little glimmers of joy, light and peace. I found myself thinking of Thomas Hardy within the context of this landscape and I feel that the way this book is written has a similar feel to one of Hardy’s many tales of Dorset life.

For me this, brought Victorian Dorset to life, having lived in and around the area of Wimborne Minster most of my life, I can visualise it within my mind and his given me a yearning to be back and visit my old haunts once again. The author has managed to give Wimborne its own character with it’s crows and church so that in effect you have more than one character in which to get view points of.

This book is a haunting portrayal of times past and yet can still be glimpsed even today, though of course the people are long gone and most of their way of life, you can still see their legacy within the houses they lived in and the landscape they would have tended to. I fell head over heels in love with this book, and I urge you to grab a copy.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰

Authors Blurb:

Andy Charman

Andy Charman was born in Dorset and grew up near Wimborne Minster, where Crow Court is set. He has had short stories published in anthologies and journals. He now lives in Surrey. He writes in the corners and the edges of the day, in evenings and mornings, and while commuting by train.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful, enchanting and beautifully written glimpse of Dorset life captured in a few years and how justice though can grind slowly does get what it deserves. if you are wanting to know where to grab a copy, you can find this in Waterstones, any independent and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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⚠️🕵️‍♀️A Very Dangerous Woman by Deborah McDonald and Jeremy Dronfield ⚠️🕵️‍♀️

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: 7th May 2015

Formats: Hardback, Paperback and Ebook

Price: Hb £9.99/ Pb £9.62/ Ebook £4.99

Publisher: OneWorld

I would like to say a huge thank you to my loving, caring and wonderful dad, who recommended me to read this fascinating and intriguing book. Yes I will embarrass him by saying that hehe. I would also like to say thank you to Deborah McDonald for signing this wonderful book and for writing this true story of a compelling and fascinating woman. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Moura Budberg: spy, adventurer, charismatic seductress, and mistress of two of the century’s greatest writers, the Russian aristocrat Baroness Moura Budberg was born in 1892 to indulgence, pleasure and selfishness. But after she met the British diplomat and secret agent, Robert Bruce Lockhart, she sacrificed everything for love, only to be betrayed.

When Lockhart arrived in Revolutionary Russia in 1918, his official mission was Britain’s envoy to the new Bolshevik government, yet his real assignment was to create a network of agents and plot the downfall of Lenin. Lockhart soon got to know Moura and they began a passionate affair, even though Moura was spying on him for the Bolsheviks. But when Lockhart’s plot unravelled, she would forsake everything in an attempt to protect him from Lenin’s secret police.

Fleeing to a life of exile in England and taking a string of new lovers, including Maxim Gorky and H. G. Wells, Moura later spied for Stalin and for Britain amidst the web of scandal surrounding the Cambridge spies. Through all this she clung to the hope that Lockhart would finally return to her.

As I have mentioned above, this was a recommendation from my Dad (who hasn’t been much of a reader until fairly recently) and for me this really meant a lot. I read this book, and was hooked right from the first page till the last page was turned. This has the feel of a thrilling, moving novel…. But it’s all true. There is this rather intriguing and multi-faceted woman, with whom at once looks like any other, a mother, a daughter and quite high in Russian society due to her (unloved) husband. But there is more behind this rather staid facade…. She also was a spy but not only spying for Russia, but also for Britain too for both Revolutionary government to Stalin and during the Second World War.

This incredible and marvellous woman, lived and survived through some exciting and major historical events. I was spellbound by her history and life and I can see how much she also enchanted and yet mysteriously cloaked herself from other people even friends, lovers and enemies never really knew the real person behind all the masks she wore.

This book is a genuinely fascinating and compelling read, and one everyone should take a moment to devour. It’s about how one woman took hold of her destiny and made sure she was always involved and present and managed to enchant the men that were genius’s in their fields, such as Maxim Gorky and H.G.Wells. There is also a touch of dated lovers, Robert Bruce Lockhart being her forever love, I found myself seeing him as a James Bond type before James Bond was even thought of.

The writing and how it’s laid out is just riveting and wonderful. It feels personal and incredibly moving. I love the fact that Moura was such a character and such a mysterious lady that even though we have her history… do we really know her? Or are we as much enthralled by the stories she weaved to help her survive and make her more than she was? I would say yes to both, but that’s what makes her so unique and special she survived so much and was able to keep her part and spy without anyone really knowing what she was doing and even if they thought they knew, she charmed them so much that they ignored their own warning. What a woman!!!.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ or 🥃if you prefer stronger stuff, and a large 🍰 .

Authors Blurbs:

Deborah McDonald is the author of Clara Collet 1860-1948: An Educated Working Woman and The Prince, His Tutor, and the Ripper: The evidence linking James Kenneth Stephen to the Whitechapel Murders. She lives on the Isle of Wight.

James Dronfield is a writer, biographer and novelist.

I hope you have enjoyed this fascinating and intriguing true tale, of bravery, love and adventure during Russia’s most Revolutionary period of it’s history. A woman who at times you feel close to and yet still feel like she’s hiding from you and winks from behind a veil, that only she can pull away if needed but which she never will. I would urge you to get a hold of this book as soon as you can. If you want to grab a copy you can find a copy from Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon.

💄 🩸🕷The Dictators Wife by Freya Berry… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 💄🩸🕷

Gorgeous book stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: 17th February

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: Headline Review

I would like to say a huge thank you to Jessica Farrugia and Headline for inviting me on this compelling and fascinating book’s tour, and thank you for my gifted copy to read and review. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Freya Berry, for creating such an evocative, gripping and harrowing read of lies, greed, betrayal and of course the psychotic and fascinating glimpse into a (fictional) dictator’s life and what happens after the dictator dies, who gets the blame? Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Woman

I learned early in life how to survive. A skill that became vital in my position.

Wife

I was given no power, yet I was expected to hold my own with the most powerful man in the country.

Mother of the Nation

My people were my children. I stood between him and them.

I am not the person they say I am.

I am not my husband.

I am innocent.

Do you believe me?

As soon as I started to read this brilliant book, I was hooked and intoxicated by the story that unravels before you. This is about a trial of a Dictator’s wife, for all the crimes that were committed under her husbands rule. We follow the defence team trying to prove her innocence… if they can.

I fell head over heels in love with this tale of scandal, lies, hurts, revenge and obsession with power and how that power can corrupt. I was also mesmerised and captivated by how believable the main character, who is the Dictator’s wife, and who she might be based on, mainly Caucescau’s wife there’s just that Romanian flavour as well as other quite infamous ladies. It’s so cleverly done that you almost believe you are a reading an actual account of the last days of a dictatorship and how people need to know that someone is to blame for what happens and yet her power also allures people to her so there’s this to and fro of lustful wanting and a disturbing influence, a pulling away from that power.

I won’t go into too much detail but this book is just simply wonderful, brilliant, compelling and thrilling.if you love fiction that asks the question of should we try to forgive and let live rather than look to cast the first stone? And did the Dictator’s wife know of the abuses of power and whether she was actually the one to orchestrate it?.

All the characters are immensely complicated and intricate and have either allegiances to her or want to be. I really did love and sympathies with one of the main characters as her decision to help with the defence causes ructions within her family, but she feels she needs the answers to understand her own past and why her family have been broken ever since they escaped.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (with maybe a few 🍪s or two).

Authors Blurb:

Freya Berry was born in 1991, studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, and worked for several years as a financial and political journalist at Reuters and then the Daily Mail. Freya splits her time between London and the Welsh Coast. The Dictators Wife is her debut novel, inspired by the close observation of the wives of some of the worlds most powerful leaders.

I hope you have enjoyed this fascinating, compelling novel about the power of leading a country, how that power then corrupts and what happens afterwards to someone who experienced it and was beside the man that determined their lives and that of many others. If you love the sounds of this remarkable book (and I urge you to buy it asap) you can find this in Waterstones, any independent store and of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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