Come and check out the fantasy world of Yuki Onna, Nakano, Kintaro and Issun Boshi. Four elephants, each with their own unique power.
What the reviews are saying:-
‘If you are looking to escape to a world of superhero elephants, then this is the book for you!’
‘As well as being immersed in a world of superhero’s the book also has educational elements which adds to make it even more engaging.’
‘What an enchanting read. Beautifully created characters on a journey to help show the importance of saving the planet.’
About the book
The Tamonten Tusks are four very special elephants who have been granted specific powers by Narok, one of the gods of the savanna. The story tells of how our superheroes discovered their gifts, how they meet each other, and how they use their powers to complete a quest and fulfil their destiny — to help fight for the survival of endangered animals in Africa. The journey takes many twists and turns and each chapter is an action-filled adventure, introducing many enemies who are committed to preventing the Four Heavenly Kings from completing their quest. The inspiration for the story comes from Japanese folklore and fairy tales, and the book contains many humorous moments.
Ivan Wain is the author of his first novel Tamonten Tusks. He was born in Stoke on Trent in 1962 and to quote his mother, always had a vivid imagination.
His career to date has been centered around a sales environment and the so-called ability to influence others. He has maybe acquired his writing skills from his father who used to write love letters home for his fellow soldiers posted abroad during National Service. The inspiration for the book came during a summer holiday in 2018 with his wife Emma in Kefalonia, when a discussion about movies, moved towards imagining the pitch the creators of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had with Hollywood Executives about a concept centered around Turtles dressed as Ninja warriors, eating Pizza and fighting crime in New York.
Ivan has always loved animals, adores his two dogs Harvey and Wilson who give them unconditional love, and cares deeply about the plight of endangered species.
One of the people he admires the most is Sir David Attenborough, whose life, his work, his passion, his voice makes him a british national treasure, and If Ivan can help influence people in a very small way to appreciate and listen to Sir David, that would be amazing.
Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.
There’s a newcomer to the village of Heartcross and she’s never been more in need of a friend.
As the new manager of local bistro, The Lake House, Ella is ready to start afresh ––and that could mean there’s love on the horizon in the form of the gorgeous Roman, the local water taxi driver. Every day Roman is there to ferry Ella to the restaurant on the other side of the lake and every night he makes sure she gets home safe. But Roman has secrets of his own…
Can the Love Heart Lane community offer Ella a chance of a new life? Or will the ghosts of her past catch up with her?
I loved this book and it’s the third Christie Barlow book to go on my ‘Favourites of the Year’ list for 2020, along with Starcross Manor and Clover Cottage. The Love Heart Lane Series really is a special series.
I get so swept up with the story that I feel like it’s about my life too and I’m there in the book as one of the characters wondering why my name isn’t mentioned.
This is book 5 in the series. I also recommend reading Love Heart Lane, Foxglove Farm, Clover Cottage and Starcross Manor (which were equally fabulous!) as it would give you the full back story of the people in the small village of Heartcross. They can be read as stand-alone as each book focuses on a different character, with villagers popping up from the other books.
After a bad year, broken-hearted Ella is rescued from her home in Chester by best friend Callie and whisked off to Scotland, to the beautiful village of Heartcross. Ella has nothing to her name, and the villagers always look out for each other. As they all say, once you go there you never want to leave. Callie lives in a flat above Hamish’s shop and lets Ella stay in her spare room and sorts her out with a waitressing job at the Lake House restaurant where she works. In the same building lives Hamish’s mother Dolores Henderson, who is in her nineties and wakes up the ladies every morning with her fabulous singing.
The Lake House is an old restaurant which has a glamorous past. It’s been owned by the Carter family forever and now Flynn Carter has renovated it and is trying to recreate the atmosphere from days gone by. It’s a tough time to be promoting somewhere, especially one that can only be reached by water taxi. However the water taxi really adds to the story, especially when it’s been driven by Roman.
No spoilers from me, please just read it and find out for yourself. It’s got everything you could want from a book, the community spirit, family and love.
I absolutely loved it.
Thanks to Christie Barlow for creating this story. How she keeps writing these beautiful stories is astonishing. Can you tell that I love them? I am so happy to shout about her fabulous books to everyone.
Thanks to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.
Christie Barlow is the number 1 international bestselling author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.
It’s been a tough choice but I’ve narrowed down my 10 favourite reads of the year.
I have a spreadsheet for the books I read so I don’t miss a publication date when I’m reading an early copy. I highlight my favourites in a different colour and I was quite shocked to see they were mostly women’s fiction. And one author appeared three times.
I’m usually a big crime fiction reader, but women’s fiction has been my ‘go to’ this year. I hold chick lit dear in my heart.
I did read a lot during the first national lockdown. I immersed myself in books, cracking on with reading but for some reason not being able to blog. Of course I still left reviews in all the right places. I caught up with blog posts for early copies, but generally I went through my kindle reading all those books I’d bought and never got around to. I still have lots on my reading pile and I’m hoping to get through many more of them next year. The problem with books is they are just so appealing, I read a review and think ‘I’ll buy that’.
This year I’ve missed our author/blogger meet-ups in Stoke. We only managed to have one meet, very early in the year before covid-19 struck the country. And thank goodness for social media, keeping in touch with bookish friends.
Thank you to all the bloggers and authors I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with and supporting this year, it really is a fabulous community.
In the order I read them, here they are:-
I Am Dust by Louise Beech. Published by Orenda Books.
A haunted theatre A murdered actress Three cursed teenagers A secret that devastates them all… The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer… Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room? Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games? Is the role of Esme Black cursed? Could witchcraft be at the heart of the tragedy? And are dark deeds from Chloe’s past about to catch up with her? Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything. And Chloe has been watching…
It’s like nothing I’ve read before and I loved it.
Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow. Published by One More Chapter.
Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what. When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves – it’s her dream come true! Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow – to live and work in Africa. Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer… Allie can’t imagine life without Rory, but she loves him too much to hold him back. And as he embarks on his adventure, Allie begins to rethink her own plans. She loves Rory and knows she wants him in her life, but maybe she can follow her own dreams too? And always there, nestled in the beautiful village of Heartcross, surrounded by the people she loves, will be the place that will always bring them back to each other. Their forever home, Clover Cottage.
Liv wants her friends to think she has the perfect life. But honestly? She’s running on empty. Desperate for a break from her needy family, Liv is determined that as she and her three life-long friends turn fifty they will honour their promise to each other – made on a beach at sunrise twenty-nine years before – to celebrate this milestone together. And what better place to celebrate than a gorgeous villa in the Algarve? They’ll enjoy the stunning beaches, picturesque fishing towns and glorious climate, and maybe be spoiled by the gorgeous Eduardo, who’s making one particular heart unexpectedly flutter… Liv’s friends can’t wait to escape with her: Debs is newly single, Fiona is caring for her mum, and Samantha is grieving. But does time away make the heart grow fonder? Is the thought of returning to reality too hard to bear? Is what they have really all there is to life? It begins as a reunion in the sunshine, but little do the four friends know what life-changing decisions they’ll all be making before their flight home…
A heartwarming tale of a young woman with learning difficulties and her quest to find love.
Life as the single mum of a child with learning difficulties is tough. But it gets so much harder when puberty hits. To single mum Izzie’s alarm, all her 18-year-old daughter, Jaya, wants from life is to get married and have babies. This creates a moral dilemma for Izzie. How can she continue to protect her daughter whilst at the same time letting her go? In the small Midlands town where they live, there is little prospect of meaningful employment or continuing education for Jaya. So, Izzie wonders, would finding a ‘suitable husband’ via an arranged marriage for half-Indian Jaya be so crazy? But when Jaya falls head over heels for a teaching assistant in her college’s Special Educational Needs department, a disastrous sequence of events is set in motion. Life for Jaya and Izzie is turned around in ways that nobody could ever have foreseen.
You won’t want to miss the next spellbinding chapter in the Love Heart Lane series – where friends are there for you no matter what. When Julia Coleman meets Flynn Carter again in the cosy village of Heartcross it can only mean trouble. Flynn might be rich, brooding and sexy, but Julia knows first-hand he’s ruthless and she plans to watch his every move. When Julia discovers Flynn’s plans for beautiful Starcross Manor her greatest fears come true. Because Flynn’s dreams of turning Starcross into a luxury hotel could ruin Julia’s dreams…and finish off the community of Heartcross for good. Flynn makes it clear he doesn’t want trouble, and he’s not the man Julia thinks he is. As he sets about convincing the community he’s changed, he hopes he can convince Julia to give him another chance too…
Get swept away to the sparkling Cornish coast with the stunning new novel from the international million selling author Holly Martin. Autumn Skies Over Ruby Falls is the perfect romantic treat to snuggle up with this autumn. Clover Philips is exactly where she’s meant to be – back home on Jewel Island teaching dance to the guests at the beautiful Sapphire Bay Hotel that she co-owns with her sisters Skye and Aria. Her life is complete, except for one thing… When Clover left London she also left behind a devastating betrayal. She hasn’t been able to date anyone since, let alone allow herself to fall in love. What she needs is a casual fling to ease herself back into romance. And as luck would have it, the very handsome Angel Mazzeo is back in town. The chemistry between Clover and Angel has been undeniable ever since Angel first arrived on Jewel Island six months ago. And though content to be her friend till now, Angel is more than willing to help Clover find her dating feet again. It should be easy to keep things carefree when love is off the table, but when every moment is magical what started as casual soon becomes something much deeper. Will Clover and Angel find the courage to tell each other how they really feel? And is Clover ready to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again, fall in love?
Step across the cobblestones, pull back the curtains and peek behind the doors in the second instalment of The Hope Street Series. Catch up with old friends and fall in love with new ones in a story of friendship, second chances and new beginnings. Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister. Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now? It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together. But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book? Marcie Steele is the alter ego of Mel Sherratt.
The old police station’s deep basement holds many secrets. Ghosts lurk among the cold case files down there – victims whose stories have never reached their ending – silent screams waiting to penetrate the mind of a lone visitor and invade the imagination. When teenager Poppy Hunt disappeared on her way home from school in the summer of 2008 detectives were left baffled, the girl had vanished into thin air. Missing Persons cases are never closed, but after several months with no new leads the enquiry team was disbanded. Ultimately, the file made its way down to the lower levels and became yet another cold case. Annie Shephard, Poppy’s favourite classmate, now herself a teacher, never forgot her special pal, but memories of those fun filled days were slowly fading. Almost eleven years had gone by when a young face in the midst of her new pupils stopped her in her tracks and threw her back in time. Livewire private genealogy specialist and self-professed DNA detective, Madeleine Scott, didn’t want to step on detectives’ toes, but knew she’d hit on a clue to the girl’s disappearance. Detective Sergeant Eve Brenan’s scepticism about Scott turns into jaw-dropping incredulity as the pieces of a terrifying jigsaw slot into place. The spotlight is swung back onto the Poppy Hunt case after eleven long years and it’s soon clear that there’s more than one awful puzzle to investigate. The world of family tree research joins forces with high-tech forensics and good old-fashioned detective work in an investigation which becomes more chilling with each day. Stress and anger levels peak as police infighting and ego trips threaten to destroy progress. True to life characters act out their parts as edge of the seat action combines with humour and the possibility of a romance. An accumulation of horrendous facts bring the story to an action packed and mind jarring conclusion.
When Kate Marshall finds the body of a young man floating in the Shadow Sands reservoir, the authorities label it a tragic accident. But the details don’t add up: why was he there in the middle of the night? If he was such a strong swimmer, how did he drown? As Kate and her assistant Tristan Harper follow the evidence, they make a far darker discovery . . . This is only the latest victim in a series of bloody murders dating back decades. A mythic serial killer is said to hide in the rolling fog, abducting his victims like a phantom. And when another woman is taken, Kate and Tristan have a matter of days to save her from meeting the same fate.
Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.
There’s a newcomer to the village of Heartcross and she’s never been more in need of a friend. As the new manager of local bistro, The Lake House, Ella is ready to start afresh ––and that could mean there’s love on the horizon in the form of the gorgeous Roman, the local water taxi driver. Every day Roman is there to ferry Ella to the restaurant on the other side of the lake and every night he makes sure she gets home safe. But Roman has secrets of his own… Can the Love Heart Lane community offer Ella a chance of a new life? Or will the ghosts of her past catch up with her?
I haven’t posted my review yet as it’s not out until 31st December, but I absolutely adored it!
Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series. The end.
Just to make it clear, this isn’t a stand-alone book.
ENDGAME isn’t going to be sold or be a stand-alone read. Readers will get it as a ‘BONUS STORY’ at the back of THE CHOSEN ONES. Readers won’t have to purchase another copy of the book to get the story – they can watch Carol read it a chapter at a time for a week, starting on December 15th (link below) on her YouTube channel.
It is hard to promote a book that isn’t a book but is really a final chapter to a whole series. All through the Robyn Carter series there has been an unanswered question that I think all readers have had. We get to meet Robyn’s cousin Ross again. He is a private investigator, and an ex-copper. I’ve always had a soft spot for him. This bonus story wraps everything up nicely and makes me happy. It’s also set on my home turf of Stoke-on-Trent, so I can picture where things are taking place.
The Robyn Carter Series. (In order with Amazon UK links)
Winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction.
A move to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST, the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today best-seller.
A second series featuring DI Natalie Ward quickly followed and to date her crime novels have sold over 600,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech and Polish.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.
She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.
When sixteen-year-old Erin Ellis is attacked, she dies in the arms of her best friend Molly, just metres from her home. Molly is the surviving girl but says she easily could have been the victim – it was a random mugging gone wrong.
With inconclusive evidence, DS Grace Allendale must dig deep within the tight-knit Stoke community for leads. And she soon finds that someone had a motive to kill Erin.
As the investigation unfolds, Grace is reminded of a horrifying case she worked on earlier in her career.
Is the past coming back to haunt her? And can she push through her fear to catch Erin’s killer before it’s too late?
Erin and Molly were best friends, living in the same street. They always hung out together at the local chippy café. Their mothers were also best friends since school days. The death of Molly was a massive shock within the close-knit community.
What appeared to be a random mugging took a much more sinister turn.
As Grace and her team investigated, they dug deep. So many things were unearthed, many secrets. Erin and Molly were up to things that their families knew nothing about. It broke my heart at times. Feeling the despair of Erin’s family and the way it affected them, especially her little brother.
An old case seemed to be linked, one that Grace thought had been solved.
Grace is related to the Steele brothers who are very well known to the police in the area. Connected by their violent father, Grace and her mother escaped when she was young. There is always an underlying feeling of tension between her and the brothers when they creep into an investigation. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, many suspicions, making it a real page-turner.
I like the way the story moved from present to past, so we could get an insight into what was really going on with Erin.
This was a brilliant ending to a fantastic, gritty series which I highly recommend.
Being a Stokie myself, Mel Sherratt’s books really hit home with me more than any other author. The story criss-crosses my city. It seriously creeps me out, even when I’m driving around I think about the author’s books. I just know where it’s all happening even if some of the place names are slightly different. It was lovely to see a local community champion get a mention in this book, Jason at his tattooists.
Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors and I have to read her latest book the instant I get my hands on it. She always goes straight to the top of my reading pile. I love her books more than she’ll ever know!
Thanks to NetGalley and the Avon Books family for my review copy in which I give my honest opinion.
Mel Sherratt novels take you to the heart of the crime. She writes psychological suspense, police procedurals and crime dramas – fiction with a punch. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lisa Jewell, Mandasue Heller and Clare Mackintosh. Since 2012, she’s sold over 1.5 million books. All fourteen of her crime novels have been bestsellers, each one climbing into the kindle UK top 10 and several number ones. She’s also had numerous Kindle All-star awards, for best read author and best titles.
Her latest series features DS Grace Allendale, HUSH HUSH being the first one, TICK TOCK the second and LIAR LIAR the third. The fourth in the series, GOOD GIRL, will be out in December 2020 in ebook and February 2021 in paperback.
Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.
There’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life…
Struggling single mother Becky Watson longs to revive her career as a life-fixer, working miracles to solve her clients’ problems, no matter how big or small. Since the birth of her two-year-old son she has been stuck preventing wedding fiascos for the richest and rudest residents of the Comptons, a charming, leafy area of southern England known for its artistic heritage.
So when semi-reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires Becky to fix his six-year creative slump, she’s delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel Stone, the woman of his dreams.
Though they get off to a rocky start, Becky and Charlie soon become close. But as the beautiful Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean giving up her own happily ever after?
A heart-warming romance about second chances perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Phillipa Ashley and Cathy Kelly.
Becky is a life-fixer and is convinced to help get artist Charlie Handren’s career back on track by his sister Lauren.
Becky has a busy life as a single mum to Dylan, along with her job of keeping client’s wedding plans on the straight and narrow. She is a bossy boots and usually gets things sorted, but Charlie is stubborn and he needs to find his painting mojo sharpish because Becky wants to relaunch him with an exhibition of his art at a local gallery.
It’s truly a lovely story which I enjoyed immensely. The characters were so likeable, apart from Rachel who was not so. Phoebe, Charlie’s daughter was so helpful. Ronnie was the cake queen. Virgil was a smooth operator, along with the adorable Lloyd who I thought was fabulous.
The descriptions made me feel like I was there, looking at the paintings, admiring the clothes and eating the cakes.
I loved the New Year Ball, it gave me goosebumps.
I thoroughly recommend this book, it really is fabulous.
About the author
Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two children. Art and Soul is her first novel.
A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for all the cakes mentioned in Art and Soul at http://www.clairehuston.co.uk along with over 100 other recipes. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.
The old police station’s deep basement holds many secrets. Ghosts lurk among the cold case files down there – victims whose stories have never reached their ending – silent screams waiting to penetrate the mind of a lone visitor and invade the imagination.
When teenager Poppy Hunt disappeared on her way home from school in the summer of 2008 detectives were left baffled, the girl had vanished into thin air.
Missing Persons cases are never closed, but after several months with no new leads the enquiry team was disbanded. Ultimately, the file made its way down to the lower levels and became yet another cold case.
Annie Shephard, Poppy’s favourite classmate, now herself a teacher, never forgot her special pal, but memories of those fun filled days were slowly fading. Almost eleven years had gone by when a young face in the midst of her new pupils stopped her in her tracks and threw her back in time.
Livewire private genealogy specialist and self-professed DNA detective, Madeleine Scott, didn’t want to step on detectives’ toes, but knew she’d hit on a clue to the girl’s disappearance.
Detective Sergeant Eve Brenan’s scepticism about Scott turns into jaw-dropping incredulity as the pieces of a terrifying jigsaw slot into place. The spotlight is swung back onto the Poppy Hunt case after eleven long years and it’s soon clear that there’s more than one awful puzzle to investigate.
The world of family tree research joins forces with high-tech forensics and good old-fashioned detective work in an investigation which becomes more chilling with each day.
Stress and anger levels peak as police infighting and ego trips threaten to destroy progress. True to life characters act out their parts as edge of the seat action combines with humour and the possibility of a romance.
An accumulation of horrendous facts bring the story to an action packed and mind jarring conclusion.
Read the blurb and if you like a crime novel it will surely pique your interest.
This is the first book I’ve read by John Pye. What have I been missing! If you’re a Stokie you’ll recognise many of the places with a slight change in name.
This is in my top 10 of the year, more people need to find out about indie authors like this. In my eyes he is up there with the big names.
What a fabulous plot, expertly crafted and easy to read. A strong cast of characters who I really got to know. DS Eve Brenan, such a strong and efficient officer. I liked the relationship between the team members and the banter was very funny too. I found the work of Madeleine Scott, the genealogy specialist, truly fascinating.
I just couldn’t wait to get to the end.
I can’t recommend it enough.
I’m going to be reading his others now, that is certain.
A few words from the author
I’m John Pye, a retired UK Detective born in 1950. Writing has been both my passion and my hobby since retirement and my career as a police officer was without doubt the motivating force behind this. Little did I realise when I joined the force just how much written work was involved and as an eleven plus failure it was a big learning curve.
It wasn’t until I finally came to hang up my handcuffs some 27 years later that I realised that I’d become quite adept at writing and actually enjoyed it. I’ve always had a passion for history and so initially I completed a few articles for a local newspaper supplement – these were published and I realised that I had been bitten by the writing bug!
My latest book ‘Where the Silent Screams are Loudest’ came out in October 2020 and was complete change for me. Whilst the genre, again is crime fiction this story is set in 2019. It required a huge amount of research to get up to speed in areas of modern day policing and I remain stunned at the help that I received from some of the country’s top experts who happily gave me some time from their busy schedules. I am a big fan of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus and readily identify with the reality he creates. I also love Frederick Forsyth and Joanne Harris as great authors.
Family is everything to Ellie Wilson. She tries hard to be the perfect mother, the perfect partner, the perfect daughter – but she can’t always seem to get it right. When an old friend from university re-enters their lives, dark memories from Ellie’s past begin to resurface. Memories that have been buried for a long time. As Ellie starts to unravel some shocking and sinister realities, she realises that she must choose between keeping the family she loves – and facing the truth.
From the Top Ten ebook bestselling author, this twisty psychological thriller will have you hooked from the first page to the last jaw-dropping twist.
Born in Sheffield, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer. She turned to writing when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary publications and anthologies.
Caroline writes domestic psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, BENEATH THE SKIN, known also as THE WIFE’S SECRET in eBook, was published by Avon HarperCollins in October 2017. Her second novel, MY HUSBAND’S LIES, followed in May 2018 and became a Kindle top ten bestseller. Her latest novel, BETRAY HER, published by Piatkus of Little, Brown Book Group, is now available as an eBook, audiobook and paperback.
Caroline has two dark, twisty short story collections available on Amazon, both in eBook and paperback, WATCHING HORSEPATS FEED THE ROSES and HANGED BY THE NECK.
Caroline also writes under the pen name Caro Land. Her first Natalie Bach legal suspense, CONVICTIONS, was published by Bloodhound Books in January 2020. The follow up, CONFESSIONS, published in June 2020
Another brilliant storyline that had me guessing. Love Angie Marsons, she always delivers.
This author never fails to impress me……outstanding!
The thirteenth in the D.I. Kim Stone series, and itcontinues in the same way….just brilliant! I eagerly await every book as they come out, and read them right away…..I just can’t wait.
Another masterpiece of writing. The plot was fast paced and I couldn’t put it down. I read at every opportunity, the short chapters were perfect to sneak in when I could. The quality is always there, truly blows me away with each book. The books are just so effortless to read. I love them.
I love the team of Kim, Bryant, Stacey and Penn. They complement each other perfectly.
How the author keeps coming up with these fab books just astonishes me, the content is amazing. It wouldn’t be an Angie Marsons without some shocking scenes.
I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series. Please read them all!
Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic and I can’t wait for the next one.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest review.
(Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 13)
You have to stop me from hurting anyone else. I don’t want to do these horrible things. Help me before I’m forced to do it again. And I will do it again because I have no choice. I’ve never had a choice.
In a busy shopping centre, a little girl clutches a teddy bear, clinging to it in the absence of her mother, Katrina. Hours later, Katrina’s body is discovered in an abandoned building. For Detective Kim Stone, it looks like a quick, functional kill. But Kim’s instincts tell her there’s more to this senseless murder than meets the eye. What was the motive for killing a young mother out shopping with her child?
Days later, a second victim is found in a local park, her neck broken just like Katrina’s and her six-year-old son missing.
With her colleague, Detective Stacey Wood, working on another unsolved crime and a member of the team grieving the loss of a close relative, Kim is struggling to make inroads on what is fast becoming a complex case. And when a handwritten letter from the killer lands on Kim’s desk addressed to her, and pleading for help, she knows time is running out to bring the little boy home alive.
With the support of a handwriting analyst and profiler, Kim and the team begin to get inside the mind of the killer and make a shocking discovery.
Some of the victims have scratch marks on their wrists.
But these are no random scratches. The killer is using them to communicate with someone. The question is… with whom?
And if Kim doesn’t find them soon, another innocent soul will die.
The multi-million-copy bestselling Detective Kim Stone series is every bit as addictive, original and exciting as readers say and you’ll be hooked from the very first page. Nobody does it better than the Queen of Crime, Angela Marsons.
About the author
Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 3 million in 3 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, and their cheeky Golden Retrievers.
She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.
After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise and Dead Memories reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.
Robert Bryndza is ready to take the world by bestselling storm again with the second in the Kate Marshall Series, a woman with a dark secret and a powerful sense of justice.
When Kate Marshall finds the bloated body of a young man floating in the Shadow Sands reservoir, the authorities label it a tragic accident.
But the details don’t add up: why was he there, in the middle of the night? If he was such a strong swimmer, how did he drown? As Kate and her assistant Tristan Harper follow the evidence, they make a far darker discovery . . .
This is only the latest victim in a series of bloody murders dating back decades. A mythic serial killer is said to hide in the rolling fog, abducting his victims like a phantom. And when another woman is taken, Kate and Tristan have a matter of days to save her from meeting the same fate.
My Review – 5 stars
Omg, I love this author. What a fabulous story, so cleverly crafted. I raced through it.
I am a Robert Bryndza addict and he certainly knows it!!
Such a great plot, an unsettling and thrilling ride.
Robert Bryndza has the ability to hook me in straight away, and I just sat, read and indulged myself.
I like the fact that it isn’t actually a police procedural, rather more of a private investigation from characters who just couldn’t let it lie.
Kate Marshall was a rising star in the London Metropolitan police force. Young, ambitious and with a keen sense of justice, she solved several high-profile murder cases. She would stop at nothing….until a killer stopped her in her tracks. Since her days in the force are behind her she’s tried live a peaceful life.
Kate lectures in Criminology at a University on the South Coast. She has an assistant, Tristan Harper. I like Tristan, early 20’s, tall, cropped hair, tattoos.
Kate is on a scuba diving outing with her son when they make a shocking discovery of the body of a teenage boy entangled below the surface of the Shadow Sands reservoir.
The victim is the latest in a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances linked to the area—and a mythic phantom said to hide in the rolling fog. When a researcher of urban legends vanishes without a trace, Kate and Tristan must act fast and look deep if they hope to find her alive.
The detective chief inspector’s too-quick narrative of a tragic drowning doesn’t add up, and when Kate follows the evidence, it leads to a darker discovery.
The elusive serial killer they’re hunting isn’t the only one a step ahead of Kate and Tristan. Someone else is making dead certain that the secrets of Shadow Sands stay buried.
The relationship between Kate and Tristan is a special one, and I look forward to more from the intrepid two in the next book.
If you’ve never read any books by Robert Bryndza….why not?!
I’ve recommended Robert Bryndza’s books to people all over the world and everyone loves them, he’s a global superstar!!
Thanks to Sphere and NetGalley for the review copy of this this fabulous book in which I give my honest opinion.