The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #bookreview #bloggersblast

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My Review – loved it!

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side.

It’s a cleverly told story, and the suspense was delivered perfectly along the way.

The pieces of the jigsaw puzzle weren’t coming together, there were gaps and pieces missing. It was frustrating for Robyn as she felt the cases were connected but just needed that missing jigsaw piece.

I thought I had it sussed at one point, but I didn’t!

Well-paced and exceptional writing. A pleasure to read. It had me gripped and I had to read just one more chapter, and another one….

Thank you Carol! After getting to the end of this one I really, really can’t wait for the next one!

Thanks to the publishers, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in return for an honest review.

Publication date 14th September 2017

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Description

(Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 3)

One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

 

About the Author

As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

Carol can be contacted on the links below:-

http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer

https://twitter.com/carolewyer

The Lost Wife by @AnnaMansell @bookouture #bookreview #5* #lovedit

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Description

Fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Amanda Prowse and Kelly Rimmer will love The Lost Wife, the compelling story of a woman’s deepest secrets, and the friends and family who must learn to live without her.

‘An incredible, beautiful story of loss, love, forgiveness, moving on, overcoming grief, redemption and above all, hope.’ Renita D’Silva

When Ellie Moran passes away, she leaves her newborn son and husband Ed behind her. Their marriage was perfect, their lives everything they had hoped for. So why was Ellie keeping secrets from Ed?

Knowing he can never ask his wife the truth, Ed is struggling to cope. When the secrets threaten to tear his whole family apart, Ed turns to Rachel, the one person who sees him as more than just Ellie’s widower.

But then Rachel discovers something Ellie was hiding, something that would break Ed’s heart. Can Rachel help Ed to find peace without the wife he lost – and a second chance at happiness?

 

My Review – 5 stars

This a wonderful, deep story taking in some very serious topics. Relationships, death, accidents, children, thinking you are doing the right thing, wanting to do the right thing. All tackled perfectly by the author.

Some very thought provoking situations, especially between Ed and his brother Simon. I liked the pace of the story and the chapters told from the perspective of each of the main characters, I was able to pick it up whenever and not lose my way.

The characters were really likeable and had good depth. I liked Ed and just couldn’t imagine what he was going through. Rachel was so lovely too. I loved Mo and her Dad.

What the author gives is a story of real emotions, I had goosebumps many times, even tears which for me is quite rare when reading.

It’s another lovely story by this author after really enjoying ‘How to Mend a Broken Heart’.

I look forward to the next one!

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy.

Publication date 28th July 2017

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Single for the Summer by @mandybaggot @EburyPublishing #beach #bookreview #5*

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Description

Tess Parks has made up her mind: love isn’t for her.

When it comes to dating she has one rule: after six weeks with a guy, she ends it. So when her heartbroken best friend invites her for a girly getaway in Corfu, Tess is sure she can stick to their pact to stay single for the summer.

But then she meets the gorgeous restaurateur Andras…

To keep his overbearing mother off his back, Tess agrees to pretend to date him. But as the two spend time together, Tess begins to realise that this fake relationship is starting to feel like the best one she’s ever had…

A feel-good escapist beach read set against a beautiful Greek island backdrop. From the award-winning author of Truly, Madly Greekly and Those Summer Nights.

 

My Review – 5 stars

Mandy Baggot has got to be one of my favourite authors. I always totally immerse myself in her fabulous stories.

I absolutely loved this book.

It was lovely to escape to Corfu for some sun, and what a fantastic time I had.

I really felt I was there, the descriptions were so real. I lost myself in the gorgeous Corfu sunshine.

I’ve got to mention Andras, a swoon-worthy Greek god. You will fall in love with him!

You can tell Mandy Baggot is smitten with the place, she writes about it with such love.

This is a perfect summer read, it is also a perfect anytime read and it will stay with me forever.

Thanks to Mandy Baggot, Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and NetGalley for the early review copy.

Publication date 27th July 2017

Get your copy on Amazon UK here Single for the Summer

The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig #bookreview @LittleBrownUK

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Description

Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can’t afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can’t afford to go on living in London; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can’t understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded.

Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing – but why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side involving poverty, revenge, abuse and violence which will rise up to threaten them.

Sally Verity, happily married but unhappily childless knows a different side to country life, as both a Health Visitor and a sheep farmer’s wife; and when Lottie’s innocent teenage son Xan gets a zero-hours contract at a local pie factory, he sees yet another. At the end of their year, the lives of all will be changed for ever.

A suspenseful black comedy, this is a rich, compassionate and enthralling novel in its depiction of the English countryside, and the potentially lethal interplay between money and marriage.

 

My Thoughts

For me this was a slow-burner

I was putting it down and not picking it back up. I read 3 other books that I whizzed through.

But I kept coming back to this book, it was nice, it was interesting. I thought about giving up on it, even at 50%, but I persevered and I’m so glad I did. The second half of the book is so much more gripping.

The writing is excellent, and the descriptions of the Devon countryside made me think about past holidays in cottages down narrow country lanes. Looking at the beautiful nature of the area, the trees, the birds, the dark night sky.

I liked getting to know all the residents, the locals.

Learning about the different trades was really interesting, architect, journalist, sheep farmer, health visitor etc. And even the workings of a pie factory.

The loose ends tied together beautifully, and in the end it was a pleasure to read.

Thank you to the publishers Little, Brown for the early copy of this book.

Publication day 15th June 2017

Get your copy here The Lie of the Land

Excess All Areas and Public Property (Freya Johnson Books 1 and 2) by @mandybaggot #lovethese x

I love Mandy Baggot books!
How have I only just discovered the Freya Johnson books?
Book 1 is set in Corfu as many of Mandy’s books are. Book 2 is set in the US.
Fab heartwarming stories.
I thoroughly recommend these books, as I do with all the books I’ve read from this author.

Both 5 stars from me.

These are perfect summer reads, in fact, perfect for any time.

Get you copies here on Amazon UK    Excess All Areas  and  Public Property

 

Excess All Areas (Freya Johnson #1) by Mandy Baggot

Description

When the going gets tough Freya Johnson gets going! Humiliated by her boyfriend the day she turns thirty, Freya boards a last minute flight to Corfu to visit her best friend Emma. Little does she know – this holiday will change her life forever.

Enter Hollywood film star Nicholas Kaden whose entourage is stirring up the village of Kassiopi while filming his new movie. He’s hot, he’s unexpectedly different, but is he for real?

Caught up in a media frenzy, feeling unwelcome and uncomfortable in Nicholas’ movie world, Freya battles with the ghosts of her past and the uncertainty of her future. Can she help Emma, keep her own big secret and find out what Nicholas is hiding, before she feels the urge to run away again?

 

Public Property (Freya Johnson #2) by Mandy Baggot

Description

A cozy romantic feel-good read with a dash of mystery and a hot hero!

From award-winning author Mandy Baggot comes the sequel to her first novel, Excess All Areas!

Freya Johnson is back and life is good!

Having sold her photography studio in the UK, she’s now living the American dream, engaged to Hollywood film star, Nicholas Kaden. Finally her past is behind her and the only way is up – as long as she’s regularly fed takeaway food!

But with a wedding to plan and a whole heap of charity work to organise, she could do without the reappearance of her childhood sweetheart, Jonny Sanders. He’s rich, he’s better looking than she remembers and he reminds her of all those times she’d rather forget.

When a flippant comment made during a hospital visit ends up as headline news, suddenly everything is in turmoil and Freya’s life is in danger!

Could her past be coming back to haunt her?

Who is sending her hate mail?

And where the hell are her ‘Wild Wednesday’ pants?

#blogtour Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer #bookreview @carolewyer @bookouture

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Blog Tour 1st June 2017

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, Secrets of the Dead. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow blogger on today’s stop, Kaisha at The Writing Garnet

My Review – 5 stars

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side, the story is so well crafted.

I think it flowed better than Little Girl Lost, the first outing of DI Robyn Carter.

This could actually be read as a stand-alone, but knowing a bit about her life from before is better, how and why she is tough and strong-willed.

Robyn’s instinct is telling her something isn’t so cut & dried about a seemingly natural death in a sauna at a posh countryside spa.

Then another death is discovered, with a strange receipt. She feels there could be a link, but can’t find one. When yet another body is found, again with a receipt, she knows she has a serial killer in her midst. But how are these deaths linked? This is what she needs to suss out.

It was nice to see her cousin Ross again. He is a private investigator, and an ex-copper. She calls on him to help her out when her boss tells her to butt out of the original death at the spa. She promptly sends him and his wife for a couple of days of pampering….and snooping of course.

It’s a cleverly told story, and the suspense was delivered perfectly along the way.

I enjoyed it as the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle came together as there seemed no obvious link between the victims at first.

I felt I was working on the case myself!

Well-paced and exceptional writing. A pleasure to read. It had me gripped and I took every opportunity to read just one more chapter.

I was even checking out silver Fiat 500’s for back window stickers….that’s when I knew it was getting inside my head!!

Thanks to the publishers, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the copy in return for an honest review.

A big thank you to Kim Nash for inviting me along on this blog tour x

Publication date 30th May 2017

Secrets of the Dead – Amazon links

UK 🇬🇧 http://amzn.to/2pAm1cU

US 🇺🇸 http://amzn.to/2q17Df2

About the book

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(Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 2)

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Meet the Author

Secrets photoAs a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

 

http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

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Taking time out

At the moment I am taking time out of blogging. I have a couple of blog tours and a few upcoming books I’ve promised reviews for, and of course I will be honouring these. I will still be reviewing the books I do read, on Amazon and Goodreads, but just small reviews. I have so many old books on my Kindle that need to be read. I will still be catching up on the latest books from my favourite authors. I’m finding the social media side overwhelming, and my Twitter feed is far too full of books. I need to step back from it all and get back to just reading xx