Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #backablogger #bloggersblast #FatalPromise

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(Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 9)

Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident.

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.

From multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons comes another absolutely nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.

My Review – 5 stars

The ninth in the D.I. Kim Stone series, continuing in the same way….brilliant and gripping.

I read at every opportunity, the short chapters were perfect to sneak in when I could and also gave a good pace to the book…..another chapter, just one more etc.

Kim is still suffering from the leg injury picked up in the previous book, obviously this doesn’t stop her as she is as stubborn and headstrong as usual!

There is a new member of Kim’s team. It’s a bit awkward as the previous gang were so close-knit. They have a little move about with the desks and Stacey moves to a new spot. This seems to comfort her a bit. The newbie, Penn, will have a tough time fitting in. He does his best, bless him, and brings in cakes and biscuits. He’s very good at his job so this goes a long way in calming the waves.

Kim and her team struggle to get a firm lead in the tangled web of information they have.

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 brutality and shocking scenes. The car crash creeped me out!

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series.

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

Publication Date 19th October 2018

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Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor @bookouture #bookreview

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Christmas has arrived at Hope Island, promising snowflakes, surprises and plenty of seasonal joy. So snuggle up and fall in love at Mistletoe Cove …

Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea.

When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true…

This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after…

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The Warning by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture #TheWarning #review

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My little boy’s room was empty, his bed neatly made. Alarm bells should have rung immediately. Then the knock on the door came. All I remember is a thick fog wrapping itself tightly around me. This couldn’t be happening to us.

Three years ago, nurse Zoe’s son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident.

Heartbroken, Zoe and her family, move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality, when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email:

You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie.

Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth. But why is her husband so reluctant to help?
And why is Josh’s mother so determined not to believe her?

My Thoughts

A fast-paced story, kept me turning the pages.

A mother’s worst nightmare, the death of a child.

Three years had passed since the tragic accident in the river that took her son Ethan, and his best friend Josh. Out of the blue Zoe receives an email, and then text messages. Who is sending these, and why? Of course she can’t let it pass her by, and she embarks on a quest to find out who, what, why. Her husband Jake, and Josh’s mother Roberta don’t seem as anxious to follow it up which made me more suspicious of all the other cast members.

The characters are very believable and the story was pretty gripping!

I definitely recommend this one if you like a psychological thriller.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

Publication date 12th October 2018

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5* for Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #ComingHomeToMapleCottage

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This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance…

Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.

Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.

As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.

But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?

A glorious, feel-good romance that will make you want to snuggle up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and the one you love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

My Thoughts

An utterly gorgeous book.

This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel, it gets a bit steamy at times too!

A picture-perfect setting, the small English seaside town called Sandcastle Bay.

The story isn’t just about Isla and Leo, but also her friends and family, his family and some of the villagers. Aunt Agatha was making me chuckle again. Some of the things Elliot came out with made me laugh, especially in front of Aunt Agatha or one of her friends. I was definitely cringeing along with Isla. Most of the cast were in ‘The Holiday Cottage by the Sea’ and ‘The Cottage at Sunshine Beach’, which I also adored. This can easily be read as a standalone though.

I thoroughly recommend this book, a perfect light-hearted getaway.

Funny, touching, steamy. It ticks all the boxes for me.

Thanks to Holly Martin for another great book.

Escape to Sandcastle Bay in your imagination, like I did. It was nice to catch up with the area and with the people I feel like I know!

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

Publication date 28th September 2018

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Amazon UK  Coming Home to Maple Cottage

 

The Birthday by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #blogtour #bookreview #TheBirthday

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Blog Tour 27th September 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Birthday. Thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop.

My Thoughts

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side!

It’s a cleverly told story, very intriguing. Quite complex with lots of characters….first time I’ve ever made character notes!

It’s nice to have a new series, getting to know a new team is always fun. Finding out who gets along with who, little secrets between team members, even down to what snacks people like. Finding out about their home life too, and how work impacts upon it.

There are two stories being told. One in the present day and one in the past. Trying to work out who was involved in the “past” storyline really kept me guessing.

When another body confirms Natalie’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. Can Natalie uncover the truth before another life is lost?

A real web of loose ends is what Natalie and her team are dealing with. So many leads to nowhere, and people who I thought were suspects had cast iron alibis. It was so frustrating, the killer was very clever. I can’t say anything about the plot without giving any spoilers.

A good time to start reading Carol Wyer’s books if you haven’t already.

Well-paced and great writing. Extremely tense and a pleasure to read.

I look forward to the next one!

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

Publication date 27th September 2018

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(Detective Natalie Ward Book 1)

One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home…

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night…

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night

Meet the Author  Carol author pic Sept 2018

Carol Wyer garnered a loyal following as an author of romantic comedies, and won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015). In 2017 she stepped from comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, featuring the popular DI Robyn Carter, which earned her recognition as a crime writer.

The Staffordshire-based writer now has more crime novels in the pipeline, although she can still sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

Carol blogs at www.grumpyoldmenopause.com which featured in The Mail on Sunday

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Jessica’s Promise By Jill Childs @author_jill #jessicaspromise @bookouture #blogblitz #bookreview

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Blog Blitz 14th September 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Jessica’s Promise, the new release from Jill Childs. Thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me to take part. I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

My first by Jill Childs and I knew nothing about her as an author. I hadn’t read the blurb when I started reading, I just saw the cover. I like that it was a stand-alone, and described as an emotional story. Seemed perfect to me.

A story about normal lives, home life and work life, with a few twists and turns to make you suspicious about a few of the characters. The book focuses on Angie, and her new neighbours Teresa, Craig and their daughters.

I liked Angie. She really knew how to entertain the kids next door, especially little Jessica. Even though her own house was dated and a little shabby compared to their ultra-modern décor it rightfully made no difference to the children. Her playroom sounded such fun with the puppets and chiffon scarves. Her outside play days on the fields and playgrounds were full of make-believe, which is really lacking in today’s inside-the-house society.

Obviously reading the book description makes you think and wonder if there is something more sinister with her intentions.

Teresa has just taken over a hair salon as manager. There are a few staffing problems to contend with, and lots of issues with stock and appointments. As in many salons there is a gossipy undercurrent, and this makes it difficult for Teresa to get to the bottom of it. Teresa is often held up at work and the children start to spend more time with Angie next door.

Craig, Teresa’s husband, seems to be working ever increasing hours, causing their family time together to be virtually non-existent.

Text messages and a note pushed through the door intended for Craig cause Teresa’s mind to go into overdrive. And when Jessica goes missing and the police descend on the house, Teresa starts to fall apart.

It really drew me in and I was keen to get to the bottom of it all.

I thoroughly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by Jill Childs.

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

Publication date 12th September 2018

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‘You wouldn’t trust a stranger with your wallet. Or your house keys. So why your little girl, the most precious thing you have?’

Teresa’s heart stops when she enters her daughter’s bedroom to find that her sweet, trusting little girl is gone.
Teresa can’t bear to think who would snatch a terrified three-year-old from her mother in the middle of the night, but all the signs point to someone close to home. Hasn’t Jessica’s stepfather been acting a little oddly? Or is it, as Teresa is beginning to fear, something to do with Angie, her daughter’s babysitter who lives next door…?
Gentle, retired Angie – she must be lonely, with only her memories to keep her company in that big, old house. And she’s always had a special connection with Jessica… was trusting Angie with her precious daughter the biggest mistake of Teresa’s life?

What do we really know about those who watch our children? Jessica’s Promise is a compelling domestic drama for fans of Jodi Picoult, Lisa Wingate and Kerry Fisher.

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Jill has always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.
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Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes #ThomasAndMercer @AmazonPub #TruthAndLies #blogtour

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Blog Tour 1st September 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Caroline Mitchell’s new release, Truth and Lies. Thank you to Midas PR for the invitation to take part, I’m delighted to do so.

 

Truth and Lies (A DI Amy Winter Thriller) By Caroline Mitchell

My Review – I loved it

Great writing, her plots always impress me!

Caroline Mitchell is one of those authors that goes to the top of my reading pile. Always fast-paced and very, very clever. She creates some seriously dark and scary stuff. I found it exciting in a dark way, I couldn’t stop reading.

The end of chapter five, goosebumps! The last chapter, double goosebumps!! Oh my word, it’s going to be a great series, getting to know a new team is always enjoyable too.

Amy’s background is very interesting indeed, and I liked how her thoughts and dreams became more meaningful as more about her past was revealed.

I liked Paddy and his side-story. And how his story fitted in as a piece of the jigsaw totally caught me out…brilliant.

Loved Dotty the Pug.

I cannot recommend all her work enough.

Thanks to Amazon Publishing UK, Thomas & Mercer and Caroline Mitchell for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 30th August 2018

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The adopted daughter of a highly respected police officer, DI Amy Winter, is keen to follow in her father’s footsteps. But when she receives a letter from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, Amy finds out something that sends her whole world into disarray.

Responsible for a string of killings decades ago, Lillian is nothing short of a psychopathic murderer. And also Amy’s biological mother. She tells Amy that she is ready to unveil the location of three of her victims, but only if Amy plays along with her sinister game.

While her fellow detectives frantically search for a young girl taken from her mother’s doorstep, Amy must confront her own dark past. Remembering an older sister who sacrificed herself to save her, Amy faces a race against time to uncover the missing bodies. But what if Grimes has been pulling the strings even tighter than Amy thought from behind bars? And can she overcome her demons to prevent another murder?

Research and the ideas behind ‘Truth and Lies’

When writing ‘Truth & Lies’ Caroline wanted to challenge her main protagonist, Amy Winter. Amy is a successful DI who wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps. What was the worst thing she could be put through?  The idea of a letter from prison formed. A traumatic past buried deep in Amy’s psyche from the age of four. Discovering her parents were Britain’s worst serial killers would shake Amy to the core.

Caroline took inspiration from real-life killers Fred and Rosemary West. She saw there was no shortage of material on the couple and the horrors of their past. She tried to imagine what it would have been like growing up in such a household, using her own police experience in interviewing traumatised and vulnerable children as they struggled to cope.

Caroline also recalled the people she dealt with in her own career whose troubled upbringings drew them to a life of violence and crime. And so the idea of ‘nurture versus nature’ was born. Amy was the youngest of several siblings, afforded a pampered life by her adoptive police officer parents who took her in. Would her biological brother and sisters have fared as well?

So why wouldn’t Amy Winter just walk away when her mother, Lillian Grimes, wrote to her from the confines of her cell? Because there were three more bodies yet to be found. Yet again, Caroline took inspiration from another true-life case. Myra Hindley and Ian Brady took the secret of the burial site of their twelve year old victim Keith Bennett to the grave. Who could forget the heart-rending pleas of his mother before she died?

Truth and Lies is the first in a new series featuring Amy Winter which explores the darkness behind such crimes.

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Shortlisted for a number of awards both in the US and in the UK, a USA Today bestseller and no 1 on Amazon in the US, Australia & the UK with over 30k followers on Twitter, a former police detective, Caroline Mitchell uses her in-depth knowledge of police procedures to create complex and suspenseful psychological thrillers. Caroline worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes was a constant source of inspiration. A working mother of four, Caroline started writing due to the stress of dealing with such serious incidents and a way of processing the crimes she witnessed. Born and brought up in Ireland, she is happily married with four children and lives in Essex.

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