🚘 🏡Homecoming by Isabel Ashdown… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🏡🚘

Compelling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out in ebook now (paperback set for release in June 2023)

Format: Ebook

Price: Ebook £0.99p (on offer on Amazon)

Publisher: Orion

I would like to say a huge thank you to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers, for organising this gripping and thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you for Orion for allowing me to read and a review a physical copy of this book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Isabel Ashdown for creating such an atmospheric and tense build up with a cast of characters you are a bit repulsed by and yet also compelled to find out what happens next. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Welcome to The Starlings….sun, sea and neighbours to die for.

Security, a sparkling sea view and the best kind of neighbours, The Starlings gated community has it all. Here, doors are left open, children run free, and at the heart of it all is the entrepreneurial Gold family, who first dreamed up this aspirational vision of ‘Dorset’s safest community’’. To the outside world the popular family appears glitteringly blessed….. until an idyllic party takes a dark turn and one of their number is found slumped at the foot of of the clock tower. Who knows what really happened? And what answers are harboured within the old building, the former high cap Mother and Baby home?…..

I found myself being caught up in this world that looks glamorous and sparkling and yet underneath the cracks and grime are starting to show and soon secrets start to spill out some are shocking and some are devastating to certain characters until one evening at a party it all comes out and a dark twist to the end leaves all the residences feeling lost, confused and afraid.

There are so many plots and twists that will grip you as you read and as the story progresses you find yourself gradually getting a clear picture to what happened and why it came to be. The setting is just superb for a tense and gripping drama, Dorset is where I grew up for most of my life and though I could t place exactly where this community would have been, I have a hodgepodge of areas where it could most likely be set. Some of the characters I found it hard to like and some I instantly liked due to one having the same name as my mum (though the character is completely different the name brought a smile each time). This is a good, thrilling and gripping novel. With plenty of background stories that don’t upset the flow of the story but adds to it bit by bit.

I would definitely urge anyone to get hold of this book (ebook if you have one, or wait for the paperback release if you don’t).

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

Author’s Blurb:

Isabel Ashdown has several critically acclaimed novels already to her name, Isabel Ashdown first burst onto the thriller scene in 2017 with her Amazon bestseller LITTLE SISTER. She has since seen two of her thrillers shortlisted in the prestigious Dead Good Reader Awards, and her dark family dramas continue to hook readers across the globe.

I hope you have enjoyed this tense, gripping and brilliant journey into what lies behind those gleaming and barred gates and what secrets do they hide. If you want to get hold of this you can find it on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you soon!!!

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💀🐍⭕️The Vicious Circle by Katherine St. John…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 💀🐍⭕️

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Format: Hardback

Price: Hb £20.00

Publisher: WilliamMr

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) for organising this intriguing and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to WilliamMr 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, Katherine St John, for creating such an atmospheric and intriguing tale of lies, deception, betrayal and obsession and a cult influence that makes the story that much more threatening. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

A perfect paradise? Or a perfect nightmare?

On a river deep in the Mexican jungle stands the colossal villa Xanadu, a wellness centre that’s home to an ardent spiritual group devoted to self-help guru Paul Bentsen and his enigmatic wife Kali. But when Paul mysteriously dies, his entire estate – including Xanadu – is left not to Kali, but to his estranged niece Sveta.

Shocked and confused, Sveta travels from New York City to Mexico to pay her respects. At first Xanadu seems like a secluded paradise with its tumbling gardens, beautiful people, and transcendent vibe. But soon the mystical facade wears thin, revealing a group of brainwashed members drunk on promises of of an impossible utopia, guided by a disturbing belief system and a charismatic, dangerously capable leader.

As the sinister forces surrounding Sveta become apparent, she realises too late, she can’t escape. Frantic and terrified, she discovers her only chance of survival is to put her confidence in the very person she trusts the least.

This book grips you from the very page and takes you on a journey into a dark, disturbing and sinister world. One that should be filled with peace, love and finding your inner joy and contentment, but what if there’s another side to these spiritual retreats, one where with a charismatic and charming group leader and where like sheep you follow, even if some of the rites and rituals are dangerous and disturbing. We follow Sveta into the Mexican jungle after she learns she’s inherited this retreat, Xanadu, from her estranged Uncle. And at first there’s nothing sinister at all just a lovely secluded bit of paradise and beautiful people strolling around, until gradually odd moments and suspicions start to form a disturbing picture, and that’s when it’s too late to escape.

I have to admit I wasn’t expecting where the story was going, so was a bit surprised by some of the plot, but once I got over that it really did just rattle off from there. I liked the darkness and suspense of what would happen next, and with a touch of romance it really did make your heart pump with excitement. The only things I wasn’t too enamoured about where mentions of Hindu, and other Asian religions that seemed to have got twisted, which granted Cults tend to do, twist things to suit their purpose. But I do admit that the name Kali is an interesting choice for a cult leader, though the Hindu goddess the name is taken from is a much more complex and grey being than just a use for thuggish behaviour, she’s the goddess of destruction,and death she’s considered to be Mother Nature in some respects. So I felt the name was a bit jarring, but that’s my own opinion and it doesn’t take away from the novels gripping and thrilling tale.

I would urge you to read this as soon as you can get hold of it. It’s definitely unique and I had to get to the end to find out what happens next. And no I won’t spoil that for you (wink).

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

Author’s Blurb:

Katherine St John is a native of Mississippi, graduate of the University of Southern California, and author of The Lion’s Den and The Siren. When she’s not writing, she can be found hiking or on the beach with a good book. Katherine lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two children.

I hope you have enjoyed this sinister and dark journey into the heart of cults and what makes them tic and how easy it is to be caught up in that wave of euphoria and not knowing that sometimes it can be too much like a good thing. If you are wanting a copy for yourself, you can find this 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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☠️⚙️The Poison Machine by Robert J Lloyd… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! ☠️⚙️

Stunning cover!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Format: Hardback

Price: Hb £20.00

Publisher: Melville House Publishing

I would like to say a huge thank you to Nikki Griffiths and Melville House for allowing me take part on this fascinating and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Melville for gifting me a physical proof copy of this wondrous book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Robert J Lloyd for creating such an atmospheric, gripping and historically fascinating story, set in a time of great scientific experiments and surrounded by political upheaval and intrigues. Intrigued yourself? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

The Blurb:

1679. A year has passed since the sensational attempt to murder King Charles II. Harry Hunt – estranged from his mentor Robert Hooke and no longer employed by the Royal Society – meets Sir Jonas Moore, the King s Surveyor-General of the Board of Ordnance, in the remote and windswept marshes of Norfolk. There, workers draining the fenland have uncovered a skeleton. Accompanied by his friend Colonel Fields, an old soldier for Parliament, and Hooke’s niece, Grace, Harry confirms Sir Jonas’s suspicion: the body is that of a dwarf, Captain Jeffrey Hudson, once famously given to Queen Henrietta Maria in a pie.

During the Civil Wars, Hudson accompanied the Queen to France to sell the Royal Jewels to fund her husband s army. He was sent home in disgrace after shooting a man in a duel. But nobody knew Hudson was dead. Another man, working as a spy, has lived as him since his murder. Now, this imposter has disappeared, taking vital information with him. Sir Jonas orders Harry to find him. Harry’s search takes him to Paris, another city bedevilled by conspiracies and intrigues. He navigates its salons and libraries, and learns of a terrible plot against the current Queen of England, Catherine of Bragança, and her gathering of Catholics in London. Assassins plan to poison them all…

After reading the first book in this series, I was looking forward to diving back in and being swept away characters who have become like good ol friends. I was not disappointed, in fact I was enthralled by the latest adventure of Hunter’s this time instead of being under his master? Friend? Colleague? Tutor’s? guidance he’s off on his own with a few companions… an old soldier recently feeling young again due to a romantic tangle with Hunter’s landlady, and a dashing young “man” who isn’t what they appear to be. There is as always a death or a discovery of one, and this one seems to be laden with hidden intrigued and political conniving with a treasonous plot thrown in for good measure.

I loved it, and you are instantly captivated and swept away to the marshes of Norfolk, to the grand vistas and darkly devious streets of Paris to the chaotic noise and rumble of London. This also travels back to a time of war, heroics and legends of what happened to such characters as the small man who was held in high esteem with Queen Henrietta during the Civil War and how all these stories and deceptions have come back to lay havoc to the governing body and the royal family. You find yourself drawn into the story and just as the characters themselves you are not sure who to trust and who is lying to deceive. There are so many twists and turns which lead you down paths and then divert you on to another. This is an exceptional novel and it just keeps getting better and better.

If you haven’t read the first book I would urge you to buy both and read them asap!!

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

Author’s Blurb:

Robert J Lloyd, the son of parents who worked in the British Foreign Office, grew up in South London, Innsbruck, and Kinshasa. He studied for a Fine Art degree, starting as a landscape painter, but it was while studying for his MA degree in The History of Ideas that he first read Robert Hooke’s diary, detailing the life and experiments of this extraordinary man. After a 20-year career as a secondary school teacher, he has now returned to painting and writing. He is the author of The Bloodless Boy, which was selected by Publishers Weekly as a Mystery Book of the Year and The New York Times as a Best New Historical Novel of 2021.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful, atmospheric and thrilling historical mystery, if you are wanting 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 Prisoner by B A Paris…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🏚️🔒

Chilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £6.99

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

I would like to say a huge thank you to Steve Cooper for organising this gripping and thrilling 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 marvellous book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, B. A. Paris for creating such a tense and gripping novel about Stockholm Syndrome and the relationship you feel with your captors and how that can change you in many ways. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Then.

Amelie has always been a survivor, from losing her parents as a child in Paris to making it on her own in London. As she builds a career for herself in the magazine industry, she meets, and agrees to marry, Ned Hawthorne.

Now.

Amelie wakes up in a pitch-black room, not knowing where she is. Why has she been taken? Who are her mysterious captors? And why does she soon feel safer here, imprisoned, than she had begun to feel with her husband Ned?….

As soon as I turned the first page I was hooked, there is something in us that finds characters misfortunes tense yet also gripping and how they try to find ways to escape. We follow Amelie who’s childhood was hard and quite lonely. How she then tries to find work and friends only to find herself also married to an heir of a vast fortune. This is where things start to get interesting and messy for our heroine. I found myself wondering whether Amelie is innocent as she tries to appear to be or whether she didn’t really know what she was getting into when marrying her psycho husband, who seems to have power to be able to murder her friends, two of whom I grant you were trying to open her eyes but at the same time it does seem a bit ott to send someone to get rid of them. (Granted I have never been in a relationship with a wealthy man so I can’t say whether this would happen or not). But I do feel she was given plenty of warning and opportunities to just say no sorry I’ll get there on my own initiative. But that’s only one part of the story it’s not just about a manipulative, narcissistic and selfish person, it’s about the consequences that come and who else gets swept up in their own demise.

I found the hostage situation incredibly interesting and how she feels strangely safer with her captors than her own husband. I won’t go further and spoil this brilliant and thrilling book, but I would urge you to grab a copy of this story and just sit and be captivated.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 ( warning addictive book reading may cause half filled mugs and crumbs)

Author’s Blurb:

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back, The Dilemma and The Therapist. Having sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide, she is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her novels have been translated into 40 languages, and Film and TV rights to Behind Closed Doors have been optioned. She is currently based in the UK.

I hope you have enjoyed this dark, disturbing and gripping journey into the kidnapper and their victims and how bonds are somehow forged. If you are interested in getting 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 soon!!!

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⛵️ 🌊 Blue Water by Leonora Nattrass… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! ⛵️🌊

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: 20th October!!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £5.69

Publisher: Viper

I would like to say a huge thank you to Viper for inviting me onto this thrilling and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you for allowing me to read and review a physical proof copy which I could not put down. I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Leonora Nattrass for creating another atmospheric and swashbuckling tale on the high seas. Where we find ourselves wondering who could be the murderer and what will happen next!!! Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Death came aboard with the Cormorant. It arrived on the seventh day of our voyage…..

This is the secret report of disgraced former Foreign Office clerk Laurence Jago, written on the mail ship Tankerville en route to Philadelphia. His mission is to aid the civil servant charged with carrying a vital treaty to Congress that will prevent the Americans from joining with the French in their war against Britain.

When the civil servant meets an unfortunate “accidental” end, Laurence becomes the one person standing between Britain and disaster. It is his great chance to redeem himself at Whitehall – except that his predecessor has taken the secret of the treaty’s hiding place to his watery grave.

As the ship is searched, Laurence quickly discovers that his fellow passengers – among them fugitive French aristocrats, an American plantation owner, an Irish actress and her performing bear – all have their own motives to find the treaty for themselves. And as a second death follows the first, Laurence must turn sleuth in order to find the killer before he has an “accident” of his own.

Avast you reading land lubbers!!! Ok I will calm down and will never try talking like that again (hehe). This book has everything you need adventure, pirates, murderers, shenanigans a plenty and a lot of tension and a group of fascinating cast of characters which are heaped together in one place, and where someone has murderous and devious intentions on board. I loved being back with Laurence and his American friend, though at times I still found Laurence a little bit simple and too trusting with others, also how he didn’t realise where his colleague kept the treaty I honestly don’t know!!! But I love how the plot unfolds and you either sympathise or feel a burning desire to shout at each character either “stop!!!, Don’t do it!!! or “don’t trust them!!” You become if not part of the story but involved with each character and their fates.

With it continuing on from where we left Laurence in the previous book (Black Drop, I would honestly urge you to read if you haven’t) it felt like there hadn’t been a break, from the first page you are gripped right up to the last and I really want to know more about what happens to Laurence next…

I won’t spoil any more of this wonderful book, as it is not yet out but I can assure you it’s a pleasure to read and really gives you a sense of life on the high seas and how people in a tight space can come together and make it an enjoyable voyage but where there is danger, tension and suspicion it can create an atmosphere of fear and betrayal that can quickly ignite into something quite violent. Leonora has done it again and I am left with wanting more….

I would highly recommend this superb novel for anyone who loves espionage and historical fiction.

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

Author’s Blurb:

Leonora Nattrass studied eighteenth-century literature and politics, and spent ten years lecturing in English and publishing works on William Cobbett. She then moved to Cornwall, where she lives in a seventeenth-century house with seventeenth-century draughts, and spins the fleeces of her traditional Ryeland sheep into yarn. Black Drop is her first novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this brilliant and evocative account of murder, secrets and espionage on the high seas and if you are wanting a copy for yourself you can preorder a copy from 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 Gifts by Liz Hyder… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🪶

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Prices: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £4.28

Publisher: Manilla Press

I would like to say a huge thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this wonderful and enchanting book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to both Rachel and Manilla Press for allowing me to read and review a digital copy for celebrating the release of the Paperback copy. I would also like to say thank you to the creative genius, Liz Hayder for creating such an enchanting, wonderful, heartbreaking and beautiful book about women finding the courage to be heard and to fight for themselves even if there are people who would abuse and denigrate us. It’s powerful and emotive and yet also gentle too. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

It will take something extraordinary to show four women who they truly are……

October 1840. A young woman staggers through a forest in Shropshire as a huge pair of impossible wings rip themselves from her shoulders.

Meanwhile, when rumours of a ‘fallen angel’ causes a frenzy across London, a surgeon desperate for fame and fortune finds himself in the grips of a dangerous obsession, one that will place the woman he seeks in the most terrible danger…..

How do I start off my review on this wonderful, enchanting and fascinating tale, begin at the beginning I hear you say. Well I could and most likely should, but honestly if you have read this I hope you get the same sort of wonder and see after you had read this book. I found myself engrossed in these four women’s stories which are both saddening, maddening and yet with one an awakening of who she wants to be and luckily has the support from some good and helpful allies.

Each character has a particular passion which is either being ignored by society in which they live or else due to circumstances of marriage have left it gather dust, or have let others get away with accolades for their own works or should I say words. I love this characters tale as she is part of a family of newspapermen, I love how she’s been brought up by two men (who secretly love each other but because of society and how they perceive people of this way have to hide their own desires) and due to grief has to try to rally her remaining “uncle” into getting back to work by helping him write out his columns.

There’s also a much darker and gothic tale to this as well with a surgeon who’s desperate to do anything for fame and fortune and having come across a ‘fallen angel’ he becomes dangerously obsessed with his finds, where he loses sight of what actually might be more important if he would only listen to his heart and not his cunning mind. His wife finds out that his obsession of whatever it is, is driving a wedge between them and sees her beloved slowly but surely disappearing beneath the onslaught of a terrible monster, that is feeding off of his obsession.

There is also the tale of a woman who comes to London to seek help from a long lost cousin only to find that he’s been dead and gone awhile and that what she thought would be an easier and hard working life turns into a nightmare of despair and misery as she dwells in the half light of the down trodden and poor.

And another of a woman who’s family do not acknowledge her and have sidelined her to a cottage where she feels safe and can focus her passion on the life that surrounds her, mainly the natural world and how each question makes her doubt that there is this higher being. In each case apart from one there is a rising sense of anger and frustration at how unfair society views them and their way they want to live their life which doesn’t conform to societies expectations.

I won’t go further than that, but I fell in love with the story and how throughout the whole plot, there’s a sense of love, hope and that the people who denigrate us and try to make us feel bad are In themselves sad and lonely and probably even more fearful of themselves. This is such a beautiful and moving book and I found myself captivated and swept away by each tale of strong and determined women battling against society’s expectations and their own beliefs in themselves. I urge you to grab a copy for yourself and lose yourself in a dark, disturbing and yet also loving world.

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

Author’s Blurb:

Liz Hayder

Liz Hayder has been making up stories for
as long she can remember. She has a BA
in drama from the University of Bristol
and, in early 2018, won the Bridge Award/
Moniack Mhor Emerging Writer Award.
Bearmouth, her debut young adult novel,
won a Waterstones Children’s Book Prize,
the Branford Boase Award and was chosen
as the Children’s Book of the Year by The
Times. Originally from London, she now
lives in South Shropshire. The Gifts is her
debut adult novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this little insight into a compelling, engrossing tale about women who feel that the world is too small to take them and their anger and desire to make the world their own. And out their wings a gift? Or a curse? If you are wanting a copy for yourself you can find this in Waterstones, 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 Maids of Biddenden by GD Harper… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!👧🏼👧🏼

Stunning Cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £9.99/ Ebook £1.99

Publisher: Ginger Cat

I would like to say a huge thank you to Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) for organising such a brilliant and wonderful tour for this fascinating and gripping book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Ginger Cat the publishers for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this intriguing tale. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, G D Harper for finding a historical account and turning it into a tale of the bonds of sisterly love, the hardship of being conjoined in a world where anything strange or odd and unusual could be seen as a sign of divine intervention or devilish manipulation. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

‘There is no me; There is no you. There is only us’.

The Maids of Biddenden is inspired by real-life story of conjoined twins Mary and Eliza Chulkhurst, born in 1100 into a wealthy family from a small Kent village.

Joined at the hip, the sisters overcome fear and hostility to grow into gifted and much-loved women – one a talented musician and song-writer, the other a caring healer and grower of medicinal plants. Entangled in the struggles for power and influence of the great Kent nobles of the time, they achieve much in their lifetimes and leave behind a legacy in Biddenden that still survives today.

I find myself trying to think of words to best describe how wonderfully captivating this book is and it’s very hard, not because it’s not but because it’s incredibly brilliant and gripping that words cannot do it justice. As soon as I picked the book up I was entranced in the story both the fictionalised account as well as the true tale (which granted can also have fiction meandering it’s way through like most urban/folk tales do). I found myself following the lives of two remarkable women both in their own right but also in their circumstances which would have been tough and hard, if they hadn’t been born into wealth and privilege in the first place.

Due to this, we get to see a rare glimpse into life in the medieval times from the perspective of someone who could have easily been shunned and exiled due to their condition because of fear and superstition. But simply due to who they were born into and their class I feel that they were able to somewhat survive because of that privilege, but whether they also survived the slings and casual cruelty thrown at them, well that’s another matter entirely. This tale of extraordinary women who fought to gain people’s love and acceptance meant that even today people still remember them (even today!!!). But as you can see I am more interested in the actual life than maybe the intriguing and beautiful tale. I found that I wasn’t able to like the sisters particularly, it’s not the writing that had me gripped from the start to the finish. I just felt there was something cold about them, I think it’s how Eliza acts towards her sister (which granted is understandable) but it shows throughout the whole story, I guess they would have disagreed at some point in their life and who wouldn’t, I just couldn’t get to grips with them.

This story is just brilliantly and evocatively compelling, I urge you to at least buy this and read it for yourself it’s both a bardic tale and also a historical account of sisters trying to find their place in the world which differed from each other and a world where they can find love for each other.

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

Author’s Blurb:

GD Harper

GD Harper is a past winner of a Wishing Shelf Red Ribbon Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Lightship Prize for first-time authors and longlisted for the Page Turner Book Award and the UK Novel Writing Award.

His first historical novel, ‘The Maids of Biddenden’, has already been shortlisted for the 2021 Impress Award, longlisted for the 2021 Exeter Novel Prize, the 2021 Cheshire Novel Prize and the Flash 500 Novel Award, and was a 2021 Page Turner Writer Award finalist.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderfully atmospheric and brilliant story. 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 soon!!!

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👤🪟😱The Creeper by A.M.Shine… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 👤🪟😱

Chilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £0.99p

Publisher: Aries (Head Of Zeus)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Head Of Zeus for inviting me to take part on this creepy, chilling and thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you for allowing me to read and review a digital copy. A huge thank you once again to the chillingly talented A.M. Shine, who has created another terrifying, haunting tale of people’s fear of nature, being isolated and also the fear of themselves. Which may have manifested into a mythic tale of “the creeper”. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Renowned academic Dr Sparling seeks help with his project on a remote Irish village. Historical researches Ben and Chloe are thrilled to be chosen – until they arrive.

The village is isolated and forgotten. There is no record of its history, it’s stories. There is no friendliness from the locals, only wary looks and whispers. The villagers lock down their homes at sundown.

It seems a nameless fear stalks the streets, but nobody will talk – nobody except one little girl. Her words strike dread into the hearts of the newcomers. ‘Three times you see him. Each night he comes closer”….

That night, Ben and Chloe, see a sinister figure watching them. He is The Creeper. He is the nameless fear in the night. Stories keep him alive. And nothing will keep him away…..

It’s that time of year when the darkness starts to encroach, the leaves fall and turn a russet red and there’s a little chill in the air. We also get warm comfort style foods and sometimes get tempted to turn up the heater (which we always deny we do). This book is perfect for an autumnal read and especially for a spooky and haunting night. Although I should warn you that if you do read it before bed and sleep, make sure your curtains are drawn or blinds down, you might freak yourself out if you don’t.

I was hooked straight into the story from the very first page and found myself on a dark and twisted journey where legends and myths might not all be a fairytale to frighten kids… what if our nightmares became real? This has elements of the slenderman, bogeyman among other similar folktales and ghostly happenings. The only thing I have a problem with is that I felt no sympathy for any of the characters Ben just came across as down right rude, snarky and not charming. Chloe just was there as the fall guy(girl). The rather sinister older professed guy was I have to admit a brilliant character to add to the sense of creepiness, but the victims? (No spoilers don’t worry) I just couldn’t like them.

Having said that it’s still creepy, eerie, haunting and terrifying. There’s the menace of the natural world vs human presence and also how our modern way of thinking can easily head back to the past and our time of fear of the unknown and that no matter if we are students, professors or village inhabitants we are all still connected back to a time when everything could kill, harm or injure us. I would highly recommend this wonderfully atmospheric book to anyone who loves a good thrill and chill.

Ratings: 4 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (you might find due to how engrossed you are in the book that you will be left with crumbs and empty mugs)

Author’s Blurb:

A.M.Shine

A.M.Shine writes in the Gothic horror tradition. Born in Galway, Ireland, he received his Master’s Degree in History there before sharpening his quill and pursuing all things literary and macabre. His stories have won the Word Hut and Bookers Corner prizes and he is a member of the Irish Writers Centre. His debut novel, The Watchers, has been critically acclaimed. The Creeper is his second full-length novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this creepy, dark, disturbing and unsettling journey into a tale of nightmares, and an unsettling presence which if you see once he is far away, the second time you see him, he’s nearer…. The third time… well that’s when you have to be afraid!!! If you are looking for 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 Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! ❤️ 💀 🌹

Charming cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £0.99p (at the moment)

Publisher: HQ

I would like to say a huge thank you to HQ for allowing me to take part on this wonderful and heartwarming book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to HQ 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, Ashley Poston for creating such a fun, unique and wonderful rom com that I am still thinking about it even now. A mixture of arrogant man with a kind and caring woman, with a unique twist of ghosts, undertaking and a little bit of magic. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb to find out more.

Florence Day is a ghost-writer with one big problem. She’s supposed to be penning swoon worthy novels for a famous romance author, but after a bad break-up, Florence no longer believes in love. And when her strict (but undeniably hot) new editor, Benji Andor, won’t give her an extension on her new deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye.

Although when tragedy strikes and Florence has to head home, the last thing she expects to see is a ghost at her front door. Not just any ghost, however, but the stern form of her still very hot – yet now unquestionably dead – new editor.

As sparks start to fly between them, Florence tells herself she can’t be falling for a ghost – even an infuriatingly sexy one. But can Benji help Florence to realise love isn’t dead, after all?

Wow, I knew this one would be good but I didn’t know how amazing and just heartwarming it would be. This book isn’t just about love it’s about understanding death and grief and that sometimes it’s ok to ask for help. The characters are just absolutely superb and brilliantly drawn, we have Florence who feels desperate and numb about a work that used to give her life and happiness until heartache makes her not in touch with her romantic side and fears will she ever again?…. We also have Benji, her extremely hot new editor who is also intimidating and stern and gives her an ultimatum that makes her feel more lost than ever. Then disaster strikes and she heads home, to a place that used to be comforting and unchangeable suddenly she finds herself like a stranger and finds that having to interact with her family again and trying to build the bonds may take her mind off her own troubles.

Obviously the romance isn’t left hanging and soon it feels like fate is trying to draw two, what would seem unlikely, people together.I won’t spoil anymore of this wonderful book, but I loved this brilliant, movingly enchanting tale, that not only show’s relationships flaws and weaknesses, but also how shared grief and a ghost stubborn enough to care and help out can bring about positive change and of course that extra magic… romance. This is an emotional and endearing book and one that has captured my heart. If you are looking for a new take on the Rom-Com trope then look no further than this beauty. I would urge you to grab this copy and read it straightaway.

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

Author’s Blurb:

Ashley Poston writes stories about love and friendship and ever afters. A native to South Carolina, she now lives in a small grey house with her sassy cat and too many books (heaven to me!!!). You can find her on the internet, somewhere, watching cat videos and reading fan-fiction.

I hope you have enjoyed this charming, moving and warm-hearted book, about love, death, grief and finding out that sometimes magic can happen it might be slow and it might be small but sometimes love does prevail. If you are wanting 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 Butcher and The Wren by Alaina Urquhart… A Book Blog Tour Review!!!🐦🔪

Chilling cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £18.99/ Ebook £9.99

Publisher: Penguin (Michael Joseph)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Sriya Varadharajan at Penguin Michael Joseph for inviting me onto this thrilling book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Penguin Michael Joseph for allowing me to read and review a physical proof copy. Lastly I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Alaina Urquhart, for creating such a disturbing, dark and twisted tale that takes elements from infamous serial killers to create a truly chilling monster. Intrigued? Let’s head to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Wren was never afraid of the dark. Until she learned that some Monsters are real…..

In deep Louisiana, a serial killer with a taste for medical experimentation is completing his most ambitious project yet. The media call him “The Butcher” – and so far, he’s proved impossible to catch.

With her encyclopaedic knowledge for humanities darkest minds, and years of experience in examining their victims, forensic pathologist, Dr Wren Muller, is the best there is. The longer the Butcher’s killing spree continues, the more determined she is to bring him to justice.

And yet, he continues to elude her.

As body after body piles up on Wren’s examination table, her obsession grows. Pressure to put an end to the slaughter mounts. And her enemy becomes more brazen.

How far is Wren willing to go to draw the Butcher into the light?……

This is an exceptional, thrilling and gripping book. I found myself captivated by the story and couldn’t put it down till I had finished the whole book. What a page turner!!! If you are looking for a catch me if you can style thriller this is one for all you crime fiction lovers to enjoy. It has everything to get your teeth into. Set in luscious, deep Louisiana (which for me makes the whole setting truly terrifying and unique) amidst the swamps and the whole myths and legends that have sprung up in the part of America. With characters that are both flawed and also shine with their honesty and stubbornness and determination to never give up even if it looks bleak. We have Dr Wren Muller, who’s the forensic medical examiner, who’s commitment to her bodies (or victims she dissects to help police) is second to none. There’s also the detective who’s sole purpose it seems is to catch this man the media dub the Butcher, so that everyone is safe from him.

There are also the victims that are given voice too and of course the killer and his warped mind. But this isn’t really about him as such it’s how an investigation into these killings can stall or pick up speed which can all hinge on one tiny mistake on the killers part and it doesn’t have to be a big thing it can be something so small that even the killer cannot think what it could be. And that can make the difference in this cat and mouse game. I loved how real and tense it got the more you get into the story. I won’t go further and spoil this brilliant book, but I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves Kathy Reichs, Hannibal Lecter, Chris Carter and many more authors and their creations. I am desperate for more by this author.

Ratings: 5 🌟 with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 (just to warn you, that on finishing this book, you might find you are left with crumbs and empty mugs)

Author’s Blurb:

Alaina Urquhart is the science-loving co-host of the chart-topping show Morbid: A True Crime Podcast. As an autopsy technician by trade, she offers a unique perspective from deep inside the morgue. Alaina hails from Boston, where she lives with her wonderful husband, John, their three amazing daughters, and a ghost Puggle named Bailey. She is about 75 percent coffee, and truly believes she and Agent Clarice Starling could be friends.

Before writing her first psychological horror novel, she received degrees in criminal justice, psychology, and biology. When she isn’t hosting Morbid, she hosts the Parcast original show Crime Countdown, and a horror movie podcast called Scream!. Her days are usually spent either recording or eviscerating. The way she sees it, when she hangs up her microphone for the day, it’s time to let the dead speak.

I hope you have enjoyed this dark, disturbing and thrilling journey into the darkest minds imaginable. If you are desperate to read 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!!!

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👑 🪦 🌏Kings of A Dead World by Jamie Mollart… A Sandtember review and Q&A!!! 👑🪦🌏

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £8.99/ Ebook £3.59

Publisher: Sandstone Press

I would like to say a huge thank you to SquadPod for organising this Sandtember month of bookish delights and authors who are published by the wonderful Sandstone Press with the hope that one, a few or all will grab your interest and treat yourself to one of these gems. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Sandstone Press for allowing us to basically sing their praises and inundate them with orders (I hope). Here’s one such brilliant jewell which you can find in their catalogue. So this last thank you is to the creative talent, Jamie Mollart, for creating a disturbing, surreal and strange world that seems familiar but is also dying and has changed due to climate change among other things too. Intrigued? Well we will head to the blurb, and there will be a bit of a review but I am keeping it short as there’s an extra treat in store… there’s a Q&A!!! How I do spoil you. Anyway let’s get cracking.

The Earth’s resources are dwindling. The solution is the Sleep.

Inside a hibernating city, Ben struggles with his limited waking time, and the disease stealing his wife from him. Watching over the sleepers, lonely Peruzzi craves the family he never knew.

Everywhere dissatisfaction is growing

The City is about to wake.

This is a fantastic, gripping, disturbing and incredibly emotive book, it’s about a world that dramatically lost most of its landmass and so to reduce this loss and the fact us humans have caused this mess there is a system being imposed called the Sleepers where for three or four months some people (not sure how many) are put to sleep and then at a certain time they are then awoken till they are then put to sleep again and so on. There are also the people who look out for them called the Janitors, they supervise their I guess block of peoples health and well being and also their wealth. Sounds simple and quite idyllic you might say, but as in most sci fi dystopian novels there is also a negative to this way of life.

We follow and observe a few characters from both sides of the sleepers and janitors and watch as their actions cause chaos on this fragile system. But also there is no healthcare with this way of life and Ben and Rosie have to struggle with this horrific disease that wipes the ones we love and replaces it with a shell of that person, Ben finds himself having to care for her and also be the sole person to do everything to make sure they can live as comfortably as they can. But again there is another twist and the secrets and lies he has been holding on to start to unravel.

We also follow a Janitor and see how his friend lures him away from what would have been a fault cushy job, only to find that he has been waiting for an opportunity to find out who he is and where his family are… these two souls are desperate in their own way and there is a thread that connects them… but I won’t spoil anything. This book has it all a gripping and page turning story and one that really tugs at your heart, I have to admit I couldn’t read Ben scenes caring for his wife without trying to hold back tears as (in my personal life it’s also happening not to me but family). Those scenes were hard to read but they also gave a human element to the scene that’s poignant as there is no medical care for her so she’s left to just disappear in her mind. Whilst their partner have to see their loved one vanish bit by bit… if that doesn’t get you…

Anyway now on to the exciting bit…. The part we have all been waiting for… Q&A time!!!!

Q1: Without giving too much away, could you tell us a bit about your new novel, Kings of a Dead World?

A: In a world without resources people are put to sleep for 3 months and awake for 1, while Janitors watch over them. Things start to go wrong. It’s about culpability on a personal and global level, a study of toxic male relationships, a love story and a thriller.

Q2: You weave multiple points of view and timelines together in Kings of a Dead World – could you tell us about how you made each of those threads feel unique, but still very much part of the same story?

A: I actually wrote them as standalone stories so they maintained their individual voices. I’d extensively planned the overall narrative so I knew what I wanted to happen overall and in each. Then I went away and crafted each one.

Q3: Could you tell us a bit about Ben and Peruzzi, the two main characters in Kings of a Dead World?

A: They represent the two sides of the Sleep. Ben is one of the Sleepers so his time is very precious, especially as his wife is ill. Peruzzi is a Janitor who looks over them. He lives a life where time is meaningless, but he is lonely and lost.

Q4: Now for a really big question: Do you think sci-fi predicts or informs the future? (Neither is also an acceptable answer!)

A: Ooosh, that is a big question. Can I say both? JG Ballard was really good at predicting the future. In many ways sci-fi is more a reflection of the times in which it is written. It gives you an intellectual distance to study things from.

Q5: You’ve written about the role and roots of dystopian fiction for @Climate_Writers – I wondered if you could give us a snapshot of what you think dystopian fiction is ‘for,’ and tell us a bit about how you see Kings of a Dead World fitting in with that?

A: People like to psychologically prepare for real disasters by taking a dry run. Dystopia plays into this & acts as a dress rehearsal. Its a way of jumping to the end of the story & considering consequences without having to live through what gets us there.

Q6: While we’re on the subject of dystopia, why do stories about the end of the world appeal to you?

A: I think there’s a bit of schadenfreude in there, but I’m a kid of the 70s and grew up on movies like Planet of the Apes and The Omega Man – absolute classics. Which is also why I love Heike’s cover so much, she captured the spirit of this era of films perfectly.

Q7: The world building in Kings of a Dead World is exceptional – you’ve written a very interesting piece for the Sandstone Press blog (https://sandstonepress.com/blog/2021/6/3/pinterest-world-building) about using Pinterest in the world building process, but could you tell us a bit more about creating the setting?

A: World building is about knowing what you don’t show. It took me 5 years to write this book and a lot of it was spent creating the mythology of the world in my head. I wrote 100000 words which aren’t in the novel, so I know it inside out & backwards. That’s key.

Q8: The environment is clearly something you’re concerned about – I wondered how much that concern fed into Kingsof a Dead World, and how much it came from research for the book?

A: The concern came before the research. It’s where the ideas and the themes came from. I took the idea of humans trying to solve the mess we’re making ourselves to the furthest point I could think which seemed plausible and then researched how to get there.

Q9: What inspired and influenced you in writing this book? Were there particular films, novels, or even scientific papers that you drew on?

A: I hardly dare say it, but the idea came to me in a dream, so the biggest influence is my weird subconscious. Obviously appropriate, but a wee bit naff! And that’s been influenced by JG Ballard, China Mieville, Cormac McCarthy and the aforementioned 70s movies.

Ratings: 5 🌟s (for the book) with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 with a few 🍪 or two because dear god is this addictive to read.

Author’s Blurb:

Jamie Mollart’s first novel, The Zoo, was published in 2015 and he was made an Amazon Rising Star. He is a long running guest on Litopia, and has taught novel writing for Writing School Leicester. Jamie has won awards for his work in marketing, and is director of a creative advertising agency.

I hope you have enjoyed this marvellous and disturbing book and also got a little hint into the devious mind of the book’s creator. You can find this in all bookstores as well as on Amazon, but I would urge you most strenuously to buy from Sandstone Press as they are a small independent publisher and are just wonderful, this is but one of the many many many gems which they have published. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

Celebrating a wonderful indie!!!

🪺Caged Little Birds by Lucy Banks… a SquadPod Book Review!!!🪺

Pretty cover!!!

Publication Date: Out Today!!!!

Formats: Paperback & Ebook

Price: Pb £9.99/ Ebook £4.74

Publisher: Sandstone Press

I would like to say a huge thank you to my blogger friends in SquadPod for organising this wonderful blogging extravaganza for helping promote a brilliant independent, Sandstone Press that has some truly unique array of gems it produces. There is not one but two of these gems I will be helping shout about and this one Caged Little Birds is one of them. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Sandstone Press for allowing me to read and review this thrilling copy. I would also like to say thank you to the creative genius, Lucy Banks for creating such a complex, intriguing and hard hitting subjects that really make you think about our choices and what it means to other people. This book highlights the many issues of how people from prison who have done their time find it hard to get back into society in which they have been exiled from and it also asks whether people can change or do they fall back into bad habits. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

The public think Ava’s a monster. Ava thinks she’s blameless.

In prison, they called her Butcher Bird – but Ava’s not in prison anymore. Released after 25 years to a new identity and a new home, Ava finally has the quiet life she’s always wanted.

But someone knows who she is. The lies she told are about to unravel…..

As soon as this book fell into my hands, I think it was the day I opened up the parcel, I was hooked. This is more than just about redemption, suspense and thriller, it’s also about mental health and how we as a society treat others especially those who have done wrong. With Ava we assume (at first) has been misaligned, but throughout the book we get this creeping sensation that she doesn’t see what she did wrong and why her actions have led her to change her name.

I found myself feeling some sympathy for her but gradually I found myself wondering whether she is also lying to herself about her actions. I also wanted to try and stop that lovely man she befriends that no don’t go there with her, she’s not well, but ofc this is a novel and the tension has to rise. I loved how real and just how difficult it is for people from prison to adapt to life outside and how easy it is to fall back on bad ways because it’s all they know or they feel that people won’t accept them because of their pasts. I am not saying that everyone’s past is easy to forget but if you have been given a new identity you should at least be given a chance to be redeemed.

This is a book that makes you think about the hard issues and that nothing is ever black or white but shades of grey. I would highly recommend this brilliant book.

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

Author’s Blurb:

Lucy Banks Originally from Hertfordshire, moved to Devon, where she promptly fell in love with the landscape and lifestyle. Author of the Dr Ribero’s Agency of the Supernatural series, and winner of several literary awards and competitions, she lives with her husband, two children, and extremely boisterous cat.

I hope you have enjoyed this fascinating and compelling book about mental health and life after commuting a crime and what happens when you breach the rules on your release. If you want to grab a copy I would highly recommend you buy from Sandstone Press, they are a small independent and need as much of our help as possible. You can also buy it in the usual places. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🩸The Bleeding by Johanna Gustawsson… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🩸

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: 15th September

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £4.27

Publisher: Orenda Books

I would like to say a huge thank you to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me onto this creepy, chilling and wonderfully crafted book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Orenda Books (Karen Sullivan) for allowing me to read a digital copy of this marvellously gripping book and damnit you got me again!!! If I could I would sell my soul to Orenda just to acquire these wonderful books. Lastly and by no means least I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius or mastermind, Johanna Gustawsson in creating such a chilling, creepy and thrilling book which deals with bullying, sexual assault, psychosis and grief and loss. This is not just about witches, cults or ghouls.. it’s about loss of control and wanting more than they have. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Three women

Three eras

One extraordinary mystery…..

1899. Belle Époque Paris.

Lucienne’s two daughters are believed dead when her mansion burns to the ground, but she is certain that her girls are still alive and embarks on a journey into the depths of the spiritualist community to find them.

1949. Post-War Quebec.

Teenager Lina’s father has died in the French Resistance, and as she struggles to fit in at school, her mother introduces her to an elderly woman at the asylum where she works, changing Lina’s life in the darkest way imaginable.

2002. Quebec.

A former school teacher is accused of brutally stabbing her husband – a famous university professor – to death. Detective Maxine Grant, who has recently lost her own husband and is parenting a teenager and a new baby single-handedly, takes on the investigation.

Under enormous personal pressure, Maxine makes a series of macabre discoveries that link directly to historical cases involving black magic and murder, secret societies and spiritism…. and women at breaking point, who will stop at nothing to protect the ones they love….

As soon as I (digitally) turned the pages, I knew I was in for one creepy, chilling and enthralling ride. I found the tale of three generations of women are connected by a feeling of loss, anger and either protecting themselves from others hurt or ones they love. We follow a mothers uncontrollable grief in losing her children and believing that they are alive somewhere and using the new fad at the time… spiritualism to help her find them.

We then have a young girl, a teenager who has been bullied for her different ways until she meets another of the older residences who shows her a secret and which takes her on a disturbing and dark path. Then we follow a police officer who’s family life has been thrown into turmoil, grieving for the death of her husband and having to single handedly look after a teenager and a young baby, then a case appears that focuses her on path that could be redemption or find out all their secrets.

This was such a masterpiece of a story, I was hooked line and sinker into working out how and why all these people were connected and I gradually felt a dawning sense of horror as I realised why. Seriously it was like getting goosebumps downs your arm it was that gradual and creepy. I loved the tense atmosphere in each little snippet of time as you the reader see it all laid out for you to follow like crumbs to mark your way out from a dark wood. I found the characters both disturbing and yet also human, they are women feeling abused, unloved and shunned by the people that should be loving them and showing them sympathy and understanding. This was such a brilliant read and perfect for anyone who loves a creepy, tense and atmospheric thriller that also has a witchy vibe to it.

Though I won’t spoil any part of this twisted and disturbing book, I just have to mention that the ending is one which leaves you feeling awe at the way the author has managed to tidy everything together and how you as the reader are only aware near the end you never really get it all but you see the whole picture and it just blows your mind. I would highly recommend you get hold of this beautiful and spooky book.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 ( a perfect accompaniment to this book… and one where you might find yourself surrounded by empty mugs and crumbs of devastation after you have finished this book)

Author’s Blurb:

Johanna Gustawsson

Johanna Gustawsson Born in Marseille, France, and with a degree in Political Science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French and Spanish press and television. Her critically acclaimed Roy & Castells series, including Block 46, Keeper and Blood Song, has won the Plume d’Argent, Balai de la découverte, Balai d’Or and Prix Marseillais du Polar awards, and is now published in nineteen countries. A TV adaptation is currently underway in a French, Swedish and UK co-production. The Bleeding – a number one bestseller in France and the first in a new series – will be published in 2022. Johana lives in London with her Swedish husband and their three sons.

I will also introduce the translator too, as their hard work has meant we get to read these gems.

David Warner translates from French and nurtures a healthy passion for Franco, Nordic and British crime fiction. Growing up in deepest Yorkshire, he developed incurable Francophilia at an early age. Emerging from Oxford with a Modern Languages degree he narrowly escaped the graduate rat race by hopping on a plane to Canada – and never looked back. More than a decade into a high-powered commercial translation career, he listened to his heart and turned his hand to the delicate art of literary translation. David has lived in France and Quebec, and now calls beautiful British Columbia home.

I hope you have enjoyed this haunting, chilling, creepy, dark and disturbing look into people’s madness of grief, anger and a desperation to be noticed. If you are wanting to grab a copy for yourself you can pre-order now or you can wait till publication and grab a copy 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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⚔️ 🛡Essex Dogs by Dan Jones…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! ⚔️ 🛡

Stunning Cover!!!

Publication Date: 15th September

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £5.79

Publisher: Aries Book (Head of Zeus)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Aries Fiction (Head of Zeus) for allowing me to read and review a copy of this marvellous book and to take part on this fantastic tour. I would also like to say thank you to the historic genius, Dan Jones, for what I can only describe as a mad, bad and adventurous and fantastic novel on a group of mercenaries during the 100 years war and how each of these men are given voice and a life in which for these men they are just men used like pawns in a game between warring neighbours or kingdoms. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

July 1346

The Hundred Years War has begun, and King Edward and his lords are on the march through France. But this war belongs to the men on the ground.

Swept up in the bloody chaos, a tight-knit company from Essex must stay alive long enough to see their home again. With sword, axe and longbow, the Essex dogs will fight, from the landing beaches of Normandy to the blood soaked field of Crécy.

There’s Pismire, small enough to infiltrate enemy camps. Scotsman, strong enough to tear down a wall. Millstone, a stonemason who’ll do anything to protect his men. Father, a priest turned devilish by the horrors of war. Romford, a talented young archer on the run from his past. And Loveday FitzTalbot, their battle-scarred captain, who just wants to get his boys home safe.

Some men fight for glory. Others fight for coin. The Essex Dogs? They fight for each other.

This is a searing and gripping read, one in which that will leave you hanging on your seat, bellowing with laughter and gasping in disbelief and also at times filled with emotion as you follow these bands of brothers fighting, dying and also trying to live to see another day. Dan makes a compelling storyteller and his characters are full to life and breathing curses like smoke. This is a book that puts hair on your chest and makes you want to drink loads of beer and get into brawls (please don’t actually do this).

I loved how evocative and slow, laborious and often a little bit boring a campaign into enemy territory a war march can be. And then when the fighting starts it’s quick, brutal and messy, there is no finesse just brutal savagery and a desire or madness to live and kill. I loved how each men get their own backstory and how each are connected and strengthened by their bonds to one another. This is more than just a good ol men fighting and bashing each other, it’s about the differences between the lords and aristocracy compared with the harsh, brutal and at times frugal existence with which the common man or battle-hardened mercenaries have to survive.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history and how messy, boring, tedious and yet also exciting and tense battles could be. I should warn you this isn’t a pretty, rose tinted book, it’s brutal, savage and furiously messy and bloody but it’s also emotional and just brilliant.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with 🍻 and 🍖 (sorry ☕️ and 🍰 just doesn’t quite cut it with this book 😉)

Author’s Blurb:

Dan Jones

Dan Jones is the Sunday Times and the New York Times bestselling author of ten non-fiction books, including The Templars, The Colour of Time and Powers and Thrones. He is a renowned writer, broadcaster and journalist, and has for many years wanted to write authentic but action-packed historical fiction (which I can honestly say he has achieved). His debut novel Essex Dogs, is the first in a planned trilogy following the fortunes of ten ordinary soldiers in the early years of the Hundred Years’ War. He lives in London with his family.

I hope you have enjoyed this brilliantly written, action-packed, brutal and gripping read. If you are desperate for a copy I would urge you to pre order, or if not to go into Waterstones, or any independent store or even go onto Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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🪙The Accidental Detectorist by Nigel Richardson… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🪙

Intriguing cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £20.00/ Ebook £9.99

Publisher: Cassell

I would like to take this moment to say Thank you and goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday, my thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family, she has been the rock throughout all my life and now it’s an end of an era and the beginning of a new one. I would like to say thank you to Anne Cater (Random Things Tours) for inviting me onto this charming and cozy book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Cassell for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this fascinating book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the author, Nigel Richardson for sharing his love and passion for old things (or bits of junk from the ground) and how these little bits of history can help bring the past back to life in a snapshot of time. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Each new field is hope, each old one reality.

There are things below the surface that pull people together in a shared love of history, landscape and the hope that this time, something incredible will be unearthed.

When a travel writer is stuck on home soil in the middle of a pandemic he tried his hand at metal detecting – and is instantly addicted. This all-consuming hobby takes around the country, back through history and deep into the psyches (his own included) of those hooked on ‘happy bleeps’.

I know that we are going through a historic, and saddening end of the second Elizabethan age and that all our thoughts and feelings are on the memories of our late Queen who rules longer than any monarch. But if you can there is a lovely, charming and intriguing book which I think is perfect for this time, it will comfort you and make you chuckle and for a little while make you realise that though it will be odd for a bit we will find ourselves getting back into a rhythm again.

I found this book absolutely entertaining and joyful, also incredibly funny as we observe the author constantly coming up with nothing until he finds his own goal, that of finding a coin. There’s also the delicate matter of archaeologists vs metal detectorists where there’s a highly contentious issue of placement of finds and how hard it is for amateurs to understand the process of what happens if you do find a hoard or something of historical value? This book does give out information to anyone who’s interested and who’s just begun to dive into this addictive hobby.

I also loved the connection of place ( as in the landscape) to the finds and also the historical context too. This is a gem of a book for little information that you otherwise wouldn’t have know was in your garden or even out in the countryside.

If you love history, and the connection of the landscape this is one book you need to read right now.

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

Author’s Blurb:

Nigel Richardson

Nigel Richardson is a British journalist and author of five previous books who has worked at the top level for more than 25 years (13 of them on the staff of the Daily Telegraph in London). He writes about history, archaeology, landscapes, culture and wildlife conservation and has won numerous awards and commendations (UK Travel Journalist of the Year, Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week etc). Previous books include the travelogues Breakfast in Brighton: Adventures on the Edge of Britain and (with the actor Richard Wilson) Britain’s Best Drives: Journeys Back to the Golden Age of Motoring.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful journey into local and National historical past. If you are wanting 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 Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🌊

Stunning cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £20/ Ebook £9.99

Publisher: Macmillan

I would like to say a huge thank you Anne Cater of Random Things Tours (also a little thank you to Tracy Fenton for helping out too) for allowing me to take part on this fantastic book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Macmillan for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this wonderful book. I would like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Ann Cleaves for creating such a brilliant, unique and lovable character in Vera Stanhope. This one has all the hallmarks that make this series so beloved of all crime/thriller fans everywhere. Intrigue, secrets, betrayals and of course death and where there’s suspicion of murder it affects not just the victim but everyone who knows them like a ripple affect in a pond from a stone. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Fifty years ago, a group of teenagers spent a weekend on Holy Island, forging a bond that has lasted a lifetime. Now, they still return every five years to celebrate their friendship, and remember the friend they lost to the rising waters of the causeway at the first reunion.

Now, when one of them is found hanged, Vera is called in. Learning that the dead man had recently been fired after misconduct allegations, Vera knows she must discover what the friends are hiding, and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now……

But with the tide rising, secrets long-hidden are finding their way to the surface , and Vera and the team may find themselves in more danger than they could have believed possible….

I have loved Vera, mainly due to watching Brenda Blethyn warm our hearts and our TV with her stubborn and unusual ways that at least a few times (if not more) annoy her first in command and a few other colleagues and yet there is something about her that you just want to impress and get that cheeky wink and praise from her. Which a few people tend to find annoying when her favourite seems to be Joe Ashworth (in the books). I fell in love with the stories as soon as I realised they were based on a series of books and my avid collecting has not abated.

Vera to me is as much a legend and a Queen of crime in her own right as say… Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot to name but a few of classic detecting novels (even if not truly part of a police force) the only fair comparison would be Inspector Morse, though I feel she’s a bit more warmer to work with. These books are all set in the glorious, dramatic and grim landscape up north in Northumberland and Newcastle and this is where Ann and her creation Vera come into their own. Because most of these stories are not the usual serial killer Vs the police, it’s more human faults such as greed, revenge and jealousy that swirl in these stories. Which don’t just affect the victim but also the killer and the killers family there are no innocents or even any observer that is not affected by the crime and this is where Vera to me stands out.

This book is just as brilliant, intriguing and gripping as the rest in the series. Set on Holy Island or Lindisfarne (as it is known) we follow a group of friends who have been celebrating their special bond for a long time and which every five years they come to celebrate that trust. But there are secrets in which each of them hold and a night long ago in which one of their number never made it back… alive, and during their time on the island another death occurs only this time there is no other idea apart from murder.

Soon Vera and her team are dragged out to solve a complicated and twisty tale of betrayal, lies and deceit which could go back decades but do they have time to crack the case? Or will it end in more deaths including their own.

I loved loved loved this book and urge you and everyone else to sit down and read it, you don’t have to read them in order it could be this book is your first Vera, but if you are like me and love reading them in order that’s also fine. I would highly recommend this superb book to anyone.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰 ( with maybe a 🥃 to swish it down with)

Author’s Blurb:

Ann Cleaves

Ann Cleaves is the author of more than thirty-five critically acclaimed novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope, Jimmy Perez and Matthew Venn, who can be found on television in ITV’s Vera, BBC One’s Shetlandand ITV’s The Long Call respectively. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide.

Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. Ann also spends her time advocating for reading to improve health and wellbeing and supporting access to books. In 2021 her Reading for Wellbeing project launched with local authorities across the North East. She lives in North Tyneside where the Vera books are set.

I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful, deadly and yet gripping and thrilling journey into the darkest part of normal everyday life that can occasionally throw murders at you. If you are desperate for a copy of this amazing novel 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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🏰🪦Blackstone Fell by Martin Edwards… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🪦🏰

Gorgeous cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £20.00/ Ebook £5.99

Publisher: Head of Zeus ( Aries book)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Sophie Ransom for inviting me to take part on this gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you to Head of Zeus for allowing me to read and review a physical copy of this intriguing tale. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Martin Edwards, for crafting a splendid “Golden Age Crime Fiction” homage. Just with more darkness and sinister aspects. Intrigued? Let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

Yorkshire 1606. A man vanishes from a locked gatehouse in a remote village. 300 years later, it happens again.

Autumn 1930. Journalist Nell Fagan knows there’s only one person who can get to the bottom of this mystery: Rachel Savernake. But someone wants Nell dead, and soon, while investigating a series of recent deaths at Blackstone Sanatorium, she’s missing entirely.

Looking for answers, Rachel travels to lonely Blackstone Fell, with its eerie moor, deadly waters and sinister tower. With help from Jacob Flint – who’s determined to expose a fraudulent medium at a séance – Rachel will risk her life to bring an end to the disappearances….

I was instantly gripped as soon as I read the first page, this had me guessing right from the very first mystery until the very end, and no I didn’t see the big reveal and yes I did miss all of the clues, I was too hooked into the story to see them. This is the third book in the Rachel Savernake series and it’s one that speaks to every Golden Age Crime lover it has everything within this book to make locked room mystery fans salivate to try and solve this insidious puzzle.

I feel that you don’t need to entirely read the first two books to understand what is going on or to even feel connected with the characters. But for me (as I am obsessive about reading books in sequence, I have to read the first book and so on) I found myself not liking the main character, Rachel there’s something a bit dubious about her, I also wasn’t entirely sure about most of the characters tbh in the first two books. But in this one it’s definitely a bit more rounded and a lot more of the characters are starting to develop quirks that connect with you on a personal level.

I found the mystery incredibly intriguing and mesmerising and I just had to read to the end to find out how and why it happened. If you love Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Margery Allingham then this book and series will be right up your alley. This is a much darker and vivid portrayal of life in 1930s Britain and it’s glorious.

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

Author’s Blurb:

Martin Edwards has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating, Macavity, Poirot and Dagger awards as well as being shortlisted for the Theakston’s Prize. He is president of the Detection Club, a former Chair of the Crime Writer’s Association and consultant to the British Library’s bestselling crime classics series. In 2020 he was awarded the Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to crime fiction.

I hope you have enjoyed this wickedly, gripping, thrilling and puzzling little mysteries. If you are wanting to get hold of 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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❤️ 🫀🤖🛑Love & Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift… A Book Blog Tour Review!!! ❤️ 🫀🤖🛑

Gorgeous cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £16.99/ Ebook £6.99

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

I would like to say a huge thank you to Steven Cooper and Hodder & Stoughton for organising such a fantastic blog tour for this wonderful book, I would also like to say thank you for my proof copy of this fabulous book it’s an absolute privilege to be able to read and review books so thank you. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Bethany Clift, for creating such a fantastic and unique love(ish) story and one that is completely different to her first book but I think just as good if not slightly better ( who doesn’t love a robot spiderish style pet?) oh and there’s a lovable dog too. Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.

A book synopsis is fundamentally ridiculous. How can I possibly convey, in only 100 words, the events of the past year and their impact on my perfectly ordered existence?

It is insufficient space to accurately detail how I was blackmailed into demonstrating my flawless algorithm to find a soulmate, despite having no desire for one.

In my former life I avoided trivial human connections. I was alone, accomplished and brilliant.

Unfortunately, that solitary and driven woman no longer exists.

My name is Indiana Dylan and this extraordinary account of how I fell in love.

There: 100 words exactly.

And there you have one of the most intriguing, lovable, hilarious and empathetic character within this brilliant book. Which is good, because that’s the main character, you get to meet a wide range of people some who are best friends to this rather lonely person, that start to become friends and maybe something a bit more. There’s also one of the most unlikeable character I have come across in awhile, but that’s due to how relatable this particular character is as you can see this person in nearly every high powered job where they feel unreachable and have an ego the size of a small planet (only kidding am sure there are lovely CEO’s…. yep definitely)

But it’s the interactions between Indiana and those she meets as she traverses a path where she has to face her fears of talking to people and trying to be nice, which for her is a challenge as she prefers her own company thank you very much… though as you will see (when you read this amazing book) her actually stepping out of her comfort zone and having human contact and conversations makes her see how her whole view point is not as complete as she once thought and that actually having other people to talk to and bounce ideas off might not be such a bad idea at all.

I loved Indiana, though you do warm up to her and by the end you are really gunning for her and hoping that everything turns out ok. I don’t want to spoil anything about this marvellous book, but there are so many questions that are raised and some are morally and really quite hard to define what the correct answer would be, such as is an AI human? and what constitutes illegality when it comes to software and ideas? It also talks about trust, patience and mental health as well as homelessness and the value of treating others with respect and love. In the beginning Indiana comes across as cold, unemotional to the point where I felt she may be a bit psychotic in her not understanding emotions (don’t worry this is not a thriller lol). But gradually you warm to her as the story progresses and she realises it’s ok to have these feelings and it’s ok to ask for help and have friends who can support her and pick her up when she feels down.

There is so much to get into in this book, so many issues and subjects that would have us here discussing the book until next year. I would highly recommend this book to you and would urge you to buy a copy asap!!.

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

Author’s Blurb:

Bethany Clift is a graduate of the Northern Film School and the director of her own production company, Saber Productions. Her debut novel, Last One At The Party , was published in 2021 and the television rights have been optioned by Scott Free Films.

I hope you have enjoyed this, wonderful tale of love, friendships and not giving up and finding that it is ok to make mistakes and it is ok to ask for help when you do fall. 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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🍊 🪰 Bad Fruit by Ella King… a SquadPod Book Review!!! 🪰 🍊

A Tantalising cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £8.99

Publisher: HarperCollins

I would like to say a huge thank you to HarperCollins for allowing not just me but, a wonderful, lovely and dear friends (The Squadpod) for allowing us to read and review this marvellous and disturbing book about familial obedience and what that might cost the person, their own sense of self or a way to survive in a home that shouldn’t ever be about survival. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful ladies that I have come to love like family you are all wonderful, amazing, talented and gorgeous women and I am so thankful and humbled to be considered a friend and a fellow book blogger. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the brilliant, creative genius, Ella King for creating such a dark, disturbing and gripping novel. intrigued to find out more? let’s head over to the blurb to get a little taste of what this book is about before we dive into my thoughts and feelings of this book.

Lily is a good daughter.

Every evening she pours Mama a glass of perfectly spoilt orange juice. She arranges the teddy bears on Mama’s quilt, she puts on her matching pink clothes. Anything to help put out the fire in Mama’s rage.

Mama is a good liar.

But Mama is becoming unpredictable, dangerous. And as she starts to unravel, so do the memories that Lily has kept locked away for so long.

She only wanted to be a good, to help piece Mama back together. But as home truths creep out of the shadows, Lily must recast everything: what if her house isn’t a home – but a prison? What if Mama isn’t a protector – but a monster…….

As soon as I turned the first page, I was sucked into the story and could not escape not even for a moment. The characters just sing out from the pages with both rage, fear, hatred, despair and also hope that there is something better than the current place that they (the main character Lily) is in. I found myself at times with my mouth open in horror, empathy and pain for how much Lily has gone through and how her home, instead of being a sanctuary or a place of love and light, is something dark, disturbing and ominous. We have the central figure I guess the main villain or villainess of the piece, the mother who seems to dominate her family and how they should live their lives. We see that though at times Lily is on her own, she does have siblings though they are older and seem to have been able to escape (sort of) though even they cannot help but be drawn back into their mother’s orbit.

This is such a complex mix of a family that is being controlled and governed by a complicated and devious character. I won’t spoil any more for you only to say that I have never felt myself yearning for a character in such a way that this book has made me feel. You feel for her situation but also feel compelled into wanting to know why her mother acts this way and whether Lily will ever find the courage to leave the house of fear and pain.

I was hooked by this book, and though you at times feel a horror and disgust at the mother you also get to understand her demons that made her this way and which also makes it absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. But it’s this that makes her become the abuser as it gives her a sense of power, even over her own family, which she felt she lost when terrible things were done to her. This hindsight is a gradual thing, and we see many tales from all members of the family and how each person has twisted some of the truth to their own thinking. I cannot highly recommend this book enough.

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

Author’s Blurb:

Ella King is a Singaporean novelist living in London. She read Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University and is a corporate lawyer. A graduate of Faber Academy’s novel-writing programme, she won the Blue Pencil Pitch Prize 2019 and came third in the Aurora Prize for Short Fiction 2019. She was inspired to write Bad Fruit by the stories her grandmother told her and her volunteer work with anti-human trafficking and domestic violence charities.

I hope you have enjoyed this little detour into the dark hearts and souls of a home that should be brighter and filled with warmth and of course love. Rather through acts of the past which affect the future, we see the lies that form a shield over the wounds of a woman who is or has broken and will control everyone in her family, until her mind starts to slip and escape seems possible. If you are eager to get hold of 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 Change by Kirsten Miller…. A Book Blog Tour Review!!! 🌕🦸‍♀️

Intriguing cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!!

Formats: Hardback & Ebook

Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £7.99

Publisher: HQ

I would like to say a huge thank you to HQ for inviting me to take part on this intriguing and enchanting book’s tour. I would also like to say thank you for HQ for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative talent, Kirsten Miller for creating such strong, determined women with whom society don’t recognise or even pay attention to the cares, stresses and woes of the middle aged women. This gives them powers in which they can use it to fight back against the patriarchy and men who seem to think women should know their place. Intrigued? Let’s find out a bit more in the blurb.

Nessa: The Seeker

Jo: The Protector

Harriett: The Punisher

With newfound powers the time has come to take matters into their own hands…..

After Nessa is widowed and her daughters leave for college, she’s left alone in her house near the ocean. In the quiet hours, she hears voices belonging to the dead – who will only speak to her.

On the cusp of fifty Harriet’s marriage and career imploded, and she hasn’t left her house in months. But her life is is far from over – in fact, she’s undergone a stunning metamorphosis.

Jo spent thirty years at war with her body. The rage that arrived with menopause felt like the last straw – until she discovers she’s able to channel it.

Guided by voices only Nessa can hear, the trio discover the abandoned body of a teenage girl. The police have written off the victim. But the women have not. Their own investigations lead them to more bodies and a world of wealth where the rules don’t apply – and the realisation that laws are designed to protect villains, not the vulnerable.

So it’s up to these three women to avenge the innocent, and punish the guilty……

This book changes everything!!!, it brings out the hidden and ignored women who reach a certain age where they feel used up by their life such as family, their body is also undergoing changes which makes them feel less in control then they used to. But these women find that their change gives them powers which can help the status quo of being lied to, ignored or threatened by men. We have Nessa, who sees or is haunted by the dead that come to her to seek them being found and made to rest, there’s also Jo, the protector who uses her rage to either help with torn muscles or to force someone (men) to stop being idiots. Then there is Harriet, who uses her knowledge of plants and gardening to create her own version of revenge on people who abuse and violate moral code.

This is a powerful and intriguing book about women and our power and how we can use it to affect change in how men and women deal with each other. This is a highly feministic novel and I do say that it’s great reading about women getting back at men who are well awful, but there is a lot of anger in this and though I can understand it I did find it hard to engage with certain characters.

But this isn’t to say it’s not good, because it’s not it’s a thrilling and gripping book, with strong women who find their power and use it to help the vulnerable and victims of a poisonous and misogynistic society. I can guarantee that this is the book you need to read.

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

Author’s Blurb:

Kirsten Miller is an outstanding feminist author in the YA and children’s space, who spent twenty-five years as a strategist in the advertising industry. During that time, she worked for some of the largest agencies in the world – including J Walter Thompson, DDB, Lowe and Ogilvy & Mather, as well as boutique agencies and an eight-person start-up. She’s proud to have quit a senior job at one of the most famous agencies in America over an ad that’s described in The Change. The Change is her first adult novel.

I hope you have enjoyed this powerful, strong story about women getting fed up with men and their antics and getting a chance to overturn the balance of power and letting it become level rather than one sided. If you are eager to get your hands on this, 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 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!!!🌕🐺

Thrilling cover!!!

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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