The Night Whispers By Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes @emblabooks #TheNightWhispers #bookreview

The Night Whispers By Caroline Mitchell

About the Book 

(A Slayton Thriller Book 2)

A gripping thriller with Detective Sarah Noble.

It began with the whispers. In the woods, in the park, and always at night. Then they came into town, down dark alleys, and in the shadows. Before long, the black-eyed children were moving closer, until finally there was a knock on the door.

When the couple were found dead with their faces frozen in horror, the children were nowhere to be seen. Until it happened again.

Join Detective Sarah Noble as she investigates another dark case in the town of Slayton.

Perfect for fans of Alex North, Cara Hunter and Stephen King.

My Thoughts

What a fabulously creepy book in true Caroline Mitchell style, complete with birds!

The black-eyed children, the whispers, the knock at the door…argh she gets me every time.

The people of Slayton have had some strange goings-on for the last twenty or so years.

There is a back story relating to some children from the travelling community who went missing. And there seems a cover-up going on, with locals staying tight-lipped over what happened.

The recent murder scenes were horrific.

I liked young Elliot and his personality. He really connected with Detective Sarah Noble, who was a friend of his mother, Maggie.

I thoroughly recommend this book, it is part of the Slayton series but definitely can be read as a standalone. In fact all books by this author are brilliant, great writing and fab characters.

Certainly a book to keep you turning the pages, giving you chills down your spine.

Many thanks to the author, NetGalley and the publisher for the early copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 28th July 2022

Publisher: Embla Books

Buy your copy here:-

Amazon UK: The Night Whispers

Meet the Author 

New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post and International #1 Bestselling Author. Shortlisted by the International Thriller Awards for best ebook 2017 and the Killer Nashville Best Police Procedural 2018. Over 1.3 million books sold.

Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family in a village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, she has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time.

Caroline writes psychological and crime thrillers. Her stand alone thriller Silent Victim reached No.1 in the Amazon charts in the UK, USA and Australia and was the winner of the Reader’s Favourite Awards in the psychological thriller category. It has been described as ‘brilliantly gripping and deliciously creepy’.

The first in her Amy Winter series, Truth And Lies, has been optioned for TV.

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The Wisteria Tree Cottage by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #bookreview #TheWisteriaTreeCottage

The Wisteria Tree Cottage by Holly Martin

My Thoughts

This one made me smile so much. Such a fabulous story.

It is the second standalone story in a series, set in the beautiful Wishing Wood on the south coast of Wales, a place where guests can stay in treehouses for a special kind of glamping holiday. The wood is owned by the three Brookfield brothers, River, Heath and Bear and they will each have their own story.

This one is Bear Brookfield’s story. It is also Meadow’s story.

The magic of living in a fairy-tale wood, next to the sea sounds just perfect.

Meadow tries her hand at internet dating. The ‘mix and match’ events were hilarious, but very interesting, especially how the readings from interactions showed up on the smart watch monitor. Bear attends these events too, as a bit of a ‘friend challenge’.

I fell a little bit in love with Bear. The Brookfield lads are such lovely people.

I’m looking forward to following Heath’s story in the next book which is out later in 2022.

If you’ve not read any books by this author I do recommend you pick one up.

Many thanks to the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 8th July 2022.

Get you copy on Amazon here: The Wisteria Tree Cottage

About the Book

Get swept away to the sparkling Welsh coast this summer, where the sea glitters in the sunshine and love is in the air. From the bestselling author of The Blossom Tree of Dreams, this is the perfect romantic treat to escape with this summer

Meadow has only ever loved one man – the very gorgeous Bear Brookfield. Ever since they were children she’s dreamed of marrying him under the green canopy of Wishing Wood. But when a teenage kiss that held such promise was followed by a series of misunderstandings, Meadow lost all hope of a future with Bear. Years later, Meadow and Bear remain best friends, despite Meadow marrying and divorcing Bear’s brother Heath. Yet she’s sure there’s no chance they’ll be anything more.

What Meadow doesn’t know is that Bear has only ever loved one woman too. He was heartbroken when Meadow married Heath, certain she chose his brother over him. But there’s more to Meadow and Heath’s marriage than anyone knows…

With both Meadow and Bear convinced they can only ever be friends they set one another a dating challenge – will they meet their perfect match online, as Bear thinks, or in person at a dating event, like Meadow believes? Or will they finally discover that their soul mate has been right there in front of them, secretly loving them, all along?

Once you’ve arrived in Wishing Wood you’ll never want to leave! Treat yourself to a summer of love with this feel-good, heartwarming and deliciously romantic tale. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jill Mansell and Sue Moorcroft.

About the Author

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.
Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 26 books.

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Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza #ErikaFosterReturns @RobertBryndza #Crime #Thriller #FatalWitness #RavenStreetPublishing #brilliant #bookreview

Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza

(Erika Foster Book 7)

My Thoughts

Erika Foster is back!!

I really couldn’t wait to get started with this one.

What a great plot. Very clever, easy to read and a true page-turner.

Right from the off the tension was there for me and I was hooked in again by this fab author. The opening chapter was Oh. My. Gosh!

Erika has literally just moved to a new area and still hasn’t unpacked anything. She chooses to have a takeaway from the chippy round the corner, and when walking home she hears a sickening scream from nearby. Of course, she checks it out and comes across an awful scene. The scream came from a woman who had called to see her sister and found a body.

Erika Foster. I love this woman. She never gives up does she?

It was good to reacquaint with Peterson, Moss and Isaac.

A brilliant story, gripping and thrilling. Some unexpected twists and turns, and some unsavoury and questionable characters. I had suspicions and was wrong at every turn.

I couldn’t stop reading, it’s packed with action.

I’ve recommended Robert Bryndza’s books to everyone. He’s a global superstar!! He’s also very down to earth and always has time to reply to a message.

If you’ve never read any books by Robert Bryndza….why not?!

Start now! Start with the ‘Girl in the Ice’…go on, do it, do it now!! 

Here’s the Amazon link The Girl in the Ice to get you started 😊

Thanks to Raven Street Publishing and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

About the Book

Detective Erika Foster is back in FATAL WITNESS – with a chilling new serial killer case in Robert Bryndza’s multi-million bestselling crime thriller series!

How do you find a killer who has destroyed all the evidence?

Detective Erika Foster is on a late-night walk near her new house in Blackheath when she stumbles upon the brutal murder of Vicky Clarke, a true-crime podcaster.

Erika is assigned to the case and discovers that Vicky had been working on a new podcast episode about a sexual predator who preys on young female students around South London, staking out his victims in their halls of residence before breaking in at the dead of night.
When Erika discovers that Vicky’s notes and sound recordings were stolen from her flat at the time of her murder, it leads her to believe that Vicky was close to unmasking the attacker, and she was killed to guarantee her silence.

The case takes on a disturbing twist when the body of a young Bulgarian student doctor is discovered in the same building, and this makes Erika question everything she thought she knew about Vicky. With very little evidence, the clock is ticking to find the killer before he strikes again.

Publisher: Raven Street Publishing

Publication Date: 7th July 2022

Amazon Link:  Fatal Witness

Meet the Author

Robert Bryndza is best known for his page-turning crime and thriller novels, which have sold over five million copies. His crime debut, The Girl in the Ice, was released in February 2016, introducing Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster. Within five months, it sold one million copies, reaching number one on the Amazon UK, USA, and Australian charts. The Girl in the Ice has sold over 1.5 million copies in the English language, and it has been sold into translation in 30 countries. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller (2016), the Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle in France (2018), and it won two reader-voted awards, The Thrillzone Awards for best debut thriller in The Netherlands (2018) and The Dead Good Papercut Award for best page-turner at the Harrogate Crime Festival (2016).Robert has released five more novels in the Erika Foster series, The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath, Cold Blood and Deadly Secrets, which have all been global bestsellers. In 2017 Last Breath was a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Mystery and Thriller. Most recently, Robert created a new crime thriller series based around the central character Kate Marshall, a police officer turned private detective. The first book, Nine Elms, was an Amazon USA #1 bestseller and an Amazon UK top five bestseller, and the series has been sold into translation in 18 countries. The second book in the series is the global bestselling Shadow Sands, and the third book is Darkness Falls. Robert was born in Lowestoft, on the east coast of England. He studied at Aberystwyth University and the Guildford School of Acting and was an actor for several years but didn’t find success until he took a play he’d written to the Edinburgh Festival. This led to the decision to change career and start writing. Before switching to writing crime, he self-published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. Robert lives with his husband in Slovakia and is lucky enough to write full-time.

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A Home at Cornflower Cottage by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #AHomeatCornflowerCottage

A Home at Cornflower Cottage by Tilly Tennant

About the book

Escape to the flower-filled fields and hedgerows of the Cotswold countryside, to a tiny cottage and a summer that could change everything….

Amelie has lived in Cornflower Cottage since she was born. She did her homework at the scrubbed kitchen table and helped her mum hang washing from the line on the old oak tree in the garden. And when her beloved parents died, Cornflower Cottage became Amelie’s armour against the world.

The trouble is that Cornflower Cottage is too big for just her. With a broken boiler and a leaking roof, Amelie knows she must do something to make ends meet. When she meets Xander, a scruffy, brown-eyed nature documentary maker living out of his backpack in a nearby hotel, Amelie rents him a room, hoping a lodger will solve her problems.

She soon realises that her troubles are only just beginning. Xander’s muddy clothes all over the cottage and early morning jaunts to photograph otters are going to take some getting used to. But when an argument turns into a heart-to-heart, she finds herself confessing how lonely she has been.

Before long, laughter echoes round the cosy farmhouse kitchen once more and sparks begin to fly. But when a face from Xander’s past appears at Cornflower Cottage Amelie’s happy home is shaken once more. Xander has changed Amelie’s quiet country life forever. Should she open her heart to someone who has hidden things from her? Or let him leave, and lose the love that makes her house a home?

A completely beautiful romantic comedy about being brave, following your heart and moving on. Fans of Holly Martin, Jessica Redland and Nicola May will be swept away by A Home at Cornflower Cottage.

My Thoughts

A really lovely book. Easy to read

Still grieving from the loss of her parents, Amelie has no nearby relatives and her inherited cottage is starting to cost her dearly in repairs. The cottage sounded gorgeous and I’d love to live there even though it was a bit remote.

The surrounding countryside and walks by the river sounded idyllic.

Amelie works at a nearby hotel, officially as a chambermaid but in reality, is an employee that does a bit of everything.

There is a long term occupant, Xander, at the hotel who is working on an environmental project nearby. To help him and his partner out, and to help her own money situation, she offers them a room to rent at her cottage.

Amelie’s boyfriend Decker is a bit put out about this as you might expect, but she goes ahead with the agreement anyway.

You’ll need to read it to find out what happens. It really is a heartwarming story, with lots of humour thrown in too.

I thoroughly recommend it.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 1st July 2022

Get your copy here:-  A Home at Cornflower Cottage

Meet the Author

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage. Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

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The Sinner by Caroline England @PiatkusBooks @CazEngland @BethWright26 @TheCrimeVault #TheSinner #bookreview #blogtour

The Sinner by Caroline England

Blog Tour 17th June 2022

I’m delighted to take part in the blog tour for this fabulous author.

About the Book


To the unsuspecting eye Dee Stephens has a perfect life as the vicar’s wife: a devoted marriage to her charismatic husband Reverend Vincent, an adoring congregation and a beautiful daughter.


But beneath the surface, Dee is suffocating. Vincent is in control, and he knows her every sin. Desperate, Dee escapes into a heady affair with Cal, an old schoolmate. 


But is Cal the saviour she thinks he is? What dark secrets does he harbour? And to what lengths will Vincent go to when he uncovers the truth? 

My Thoughts

Everyone has something to confess…

They definitely do!!

A fantastic story, full of twists and turns. And not at all predictable.

Told from three points of view. Dee and her sister Mari, and Cal from her old school.

From the outside, Dee seems to have a perfect life. Married to Rev Vincent, and teenage daughter. She feels suffocated. Her husband is adored by his congregation, and her mother-in-law Harriet, who lives with them, is always putting her down. Even her own daughter Abbey doesn’t seem to like her. She’s not really living her own life.

Her only ally is sister Mari, who has issues of her own. Dee is estranged from the rest of her family.

To escape the vicarage Dee has taken to running. Following an encounter one evening with Cal, she embarks on an affair. Things are not always as they seem and Cal has secrets of his own.

This author certainly has the talent to hook me in instantly.

The story totally engrossed me, moving along at a steady pace, reeling me in chapter after chapter. Easy to read and well written, the characters were likeable and some were very unlikeable!

A suspenseful plot with some dark secrets, making me hold my breath as some things were revealed. I’d definitely recommend it.

Thanks to Piatkus Books, Little, Brown Book Group UK, and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publisher: Piatkus Books

Publication date: 16th June 2022

Get your copy here:- The Sinner

About the Author

Caroline is the author of psychological thrillers Beneath The Skin, My Husband’s Lies, Betray Her and Truth Games. She has also penned gothic-tinged psychological thrillers The House Of Hidden Secrets and The House On The Water’s Edge as CE Rose. She writes multi-layered, dark and edgy ‘domestic suspense’ stories that delve into complicated relationships, secrets and the moral grey area.

Drawing on her days as a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer, she loves to create ordinary, relatable characters who get caught up in extraordinary situations, pressures, dilemmas or crime. She admits to a slight obsession with the human psyche, what goes on behind closed doors and beneath people’s façades. She also enjoys performing a literary sleight of hand in her novels and hopefully surprising her readers!

‘Watching Horsepats Feed The Roses’ and ‘Hanged By The Neck’ are her dark, twisty short story collections.

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Book review for The Only Exception by Claire Huston @ClaraVal #goldcrestbooks #sharethebooklove #bookreview #TheOnlyException

The Only Exception by Claire Huston

About the book

(Love in the Comptons Book 2)

Lucinda Green knows something is missing from her life. But what? Her catering business is enjoying modest success and she loves her cosy house, even if she does have to share it with her irritating ex-fiancé.
Whatever’s making her unsettled and edgy, Lucinda’s certain that a lack of romance isn’t the problem. How could it be when she doesn’t believe in true love?
But Lucinda’s beliefs are shaken by a series of electric encounters with Alex Fraser, a newly notorious actor who gradually proves himself to be infuriatingly funny and smart, as well as handsome.
Not that any of that matters. Because Lucinda doesn’t believe in all that ‘The One’ nonsense. That’s the rule.
But doesn’t every rule have an exception?

This uplifting grumpy-meets-sunshine romance is perfect for fans of Phillipa Ashley, Katie Fforde and Trisha Ashley.

Book Two in the Love in the Comptons series. These are standalone stories and can be read in any order.

1. Art and Soul (Becky and Charlie)

2. The Only Exception (Lucinda and Alex)

Publisher: Goldcrest Books International Ltd

Publication date: 7th June 2022

Amazon UK link: The Only Exception

My Thoughts

This is a must-read book if you like a modern love story.

A fabulous story that makes you feel good inside.

The author sure knows how to hook you in, and I couldn’t stop reading.

I love Lucinda’s character. She has a mixed family life and a busy working life with some good friends and excellent cooking skills.

She comes across Alex in a lift after a business meeting which doesn’t go to plan. Alex is an actor, also with a tense, mixed home life.

What happens in that lift paves the way to some fab future encounters. When their paths cross they certainly are on the same wavelength. I could feel the chemistry sizzling, but through phone messages they didn’t always get their thoughts across as they meant to.

A great cast of characters which include Alex’s girlfriend Nicole, obsessed with how she looks on social media.

It’s truly a lovely story which I enjoyed immensely.

I thoroughly recommend this book, it’s fabulous.

Many thanks to the author for letting me read an early copy, in which I give my honest opinion.

About the author

Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two children. She writes uplifting modern love stories about characters who are meant for each other but need a little help to realise it.

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, her first novel’ at along with over 150 other recipes. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.

As well as her website, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Goodreads: All her links can be found here:

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The New Doctor at Peony Practice by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_ @HarperCollinsUK #TheNewDoctoratPeonyPractice #bookreview Fab-u-lous!

The New Doctor at Peony Practice by Christie Barlow

About the book

(Love Heart Lane Series, Book 8)

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.

All’s fair in love and…medicine?

Dr Katie O’Neil has only been in Heartcross a few hours when she finds herself already ruffling feathers – not least with medical school nemesis and new colleague Ben Sanders.

Katie’s the woman Ben loves to hate and until now he’d hoped he’d never set eyes on her again but now she’s back – and living next door!

When a charity boat race down the River Heart puts the two in direct competition, sparks fly. The winner takes it all, but who will it be? And will their prize be far more than they were expecting…

My Thoughts

What can I say? Apart from I absolutely loved this. The Love Heart Lane Series is very special.

These books make me feel so good!

Fabulous setting, great characters and that brilliant community spirit again.

A perfect book.

It definitely is a place you don’t want to leave. A place I now know so well that I feel like I’m living in the book. I know the people and all the places.

This is book 8 in the series. I recommend reading Love Heart Lane, Foxglove Farm, Clover Cottage, Starcross Manor, The Lake House, Primrose Park and Heartcross Castle (which were equally fabulous!) as it would give you the full back story of the people in the small village of Heartcross. They can all be read as stand-alone as each book focuses on a different character, with villagers popping up from the other books, but why miss out on enjoying them all. Once you read one you’ll be hooked.

I am so happy to shout about Christie Barlow books to everyone.

Thanks to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date:- 30th May 2022

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK: The New Doctor at Peony Practice

About the Author

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.

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Hidden Secrets by Mel Sherratt @writermels #review #HiddenSecrets #TeamSherratt #Stoke #Staffordshire

Hidden Secrets by Mel Sherratt

About the book

A gripping detective crime thriller (Detective Allie Shenton Series Book 5)

One of them lied. One of them died. One of them is next.

Could you stay quiet about a murder? Killed on his way home from a night out, Kit Harper had lots of secrets. At the opposite end of the city, another man is found smothered in his bed. Jack Fletcher had secrets too.

A photo of a young woman reveals a clue and with dual cases to run, Detective Allie Shenton and her team are pushed to their limits. As attacks on a close group of friends continue, a link to a cold case twenty years ago is unveiled.

Can Allie figure out who is telling the truth about what happened on that fateful night? And who is lying through their teeth, to get away with murder?

Set within the gritty streets of Stoke-on-Trent, this fast-paced British detective novel is a dark murder mystery with an emotional pull.

Hidden Secrets is the fifth novel in the Allie Shenton series of crime thrillers from the million selling British author, Mel Sherratt, and perfect for fans of Helen Durrant, DS Butler, LJ Ross, Angela Marsons, Joy Ellis, Rachel McClean, Caroline Mitchell and Meg Jolly.

Publisher: Blood Red Books.

Publication Date: 27th May 2022.

Get your copy on Amazon UK here: Hidden Secrets

My Thoughts

The fifth in the Allie Shenton series, can be read as a stand-alone.

I love this series. A close-knit team of Allie, Perry, Frankie and Sam set in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.

A group of friends who had links going back to their school days. Couples Kit and Nicky, Aaron and Tasha, Scott and Leanne, and Ben and Gemma. Ben and Tasha are new to the group but the others had been friends since school. They’d remained close into their thirties and the lads still went out to the pub every week.

Kit was found murdered after walking home on one such night out.

This shocked the group to the core, but there were many secrets that were being kept from their partners and friends.

Another murder in a different part of the city on the same day kept Allie and her team on their toes. With lots of people to interview this was quite a task, as differences between people’s statements came out.

Kit and Scott worked at Car Wash City, a chain of local car washes. This made the police suspicious because of prior run ins with the dodgy owner.

A brilliant insight into the character of the group of friends and the way they interacted.

A fast-paced story which I couldn’t put down, with twists and turns that I definitely didn’t see coming. I thoroughly recommend this book.

I love Mel Sherratt’s style of writing, gritty and straight to the point.

Many thanks to the author for the advanced copy. I will always be #TeamSherratt

About the author

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.

To date, she’s sold over 1.8 million books. All sixteen 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.

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.

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One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke #bookreview #OneoftheGirls @lucyclarkebooks @HarperFiction @HarperCollinsUK

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke

About the Book





We were dying for a holiday . . .

The six of us arrived on that beautiful Greek island dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and blood orange sunsets, ready to lose ourselves in the wild freedom of a weekend away with friends.

On the first night we swam under a blanket of stars.

On the second night the games began on our clifftop terrace.

On the third night the idyll cracked, secrets and lies whispering on the breeze.

And by the final night there was a body on the rocks below . . .

Who would kill for it?

My Thoughts

My first by Lucy Clarke, and I loved it and I thoroughly recommend it.

This is a perfect read for any season, but it got me in the mood for a holiday.

The setting was a beautiful villa in a remote location on a Greek island.

Sounds idyllic right? It mostly was.

It was a brilliant plot that drew me in and I couldn’t put it down.

All the girls had some link to the ‘hen’, Lexi Lowe, which included old school friends Bella and Robyn.

I found the group relationships fascinating. The secrets, both old and new, that as a reader we knew about. I like the chapters told by different characters.

Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 26th May 2022

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK: One of the Girls

Six Graves by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #SixGraves #KimStone

Six Graves by Angela Marsons

My Review – All the stars!

Oh my gosh, what a brilliant story. Angie Marsons, what are you doing to me?! You had me worried! And with Symes, a character I absolutely love to hate (urgh *shudders*) featuring in this book, it added a ridiculous amount of tension for me.

Totally unputdownable.

Go on everybody, read the whole series!

Love Angie Marsons, she always delivers.

I actually can’t say anything new other than ‘just read it!’

The 16th in the D.I. Kim Stone series, and it is brilliant.

I eagerly await every book as they come out, and read them right away…..I just can’t wait.

The plot was fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down, reading at every opportunity. The short chapters are perfect for that. The quality truly blows me away with each book. The books are just so effortless to read. I love them.

Fabulous as always, I love Kim Stone and her team.

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 opinion.

Publication Date: 12th May 2022

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK: Six Graves

About the book

It’s a typical teenage bedroom with posters covering the walls and clothes littering the floor. But the girl lying on her bed, wearing a delicate chain around her neck, is lifeless. A circle of red stains her white vest top. How had the girl’s mother looked down at her sleeping child and pulled the trigger?

When Detective Kim Stone rushes to the scene of a house fire, she’s shocked to discover it’s claimed the lives of two teenage children and their parents. But this tragedy is not quite as it seems. Each body is marked by a gunshot wound and the mother, Helen Daynes, is holding the gun.

The case sparks painful childhood memories for Kim who suffered at the hands of her own abusive mother, but it just makes her more determined to uncover the truth. As Kim untangles Helen’s past, she finds a history of clinical depression. But did it drive Helen to murder her loved ones?

Then Kim uncovers a tiny, vital clue in Helen’s bedroom that throws the investigation wide open. Could someone else have killed the Daynes family?

Just as Kim feels she’s making progress, a deadly threat is made to her own life by a dangerous psychopath from her past. Biting back her fear, she keeps digging. And when Kim hits upon a shocking secret that changes everything she thought she knew about Helen, she realises that the remaining family members are in grave danger.

Kim is under pressure like never before, and the monster circling her is getting ever closer. Four bodies already. Four graves fresh in the ground. Who will be next? Can Kim find the killer and save herself before it’s too late?

An absolutely nail-biting mystery thriller that will have you gasping out loud. You won’t come up for air until you’ve reached the breathtaking final twist. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Mark Billingham and Robert Dugoni will love Six Graves.

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 5 million in 7 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 for a total of 28 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 and the translation of Dead Souls, La Verita Sepolte, recently won the prestigious Primo Bancarella award.

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