The Couple on Maple Drive by Sam Carrington @sam_carrington1 @AvonBooksUK #TheCoupleonMapleDrive #bookreview

The Couple on Maple Drive by Sam Carrington

About the book

Have you heard about the couple on Maple Drive?

Isla barely leaves the house after her brutal mugging.

Her boyfriend Zach moved in with her after the attack. To look after her.

But something else has happened now. Right on their doorstep.

I don’t want to say that someone’s out to get her…

I just hope they find out the truth before it’s too late.

Or at least before the secrets they’re hiding from each other surface.

Because those could be even deadlier…

My Thoughts

I love a book that keeps me guessing and takes me by surprise. This is definitely one of those books.

My first by this author and I loved it!

It certainly had me on the edge of my seat and got my brain in gear.

Full of intrigue and suspense, it gripped me and I couldn’t put it down. It had my heart racing, I just didn’t know who to trust.

Give this one a read, you won’t be disappointed!

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

Publication date: 9th December 2021

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK:- The Couple on Maple Drive

About the Author

Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband, two border terriers and a cat. She has three adult children and a new grandson! She worked for the NHS for fifteen years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing. She left the service to spend time with her family and to follow her dream of being a novelist.

Follow Sam

Website: https://samcarringtonauthor.com

Facebook: samcarringtonauthor

Twitter: sam_carrington1

The House on the Water’s Edge by C E Rose. I loved this! @CazEngland @CERoseAuthor @HeraBooks #TheHouseontheWatersEdge #bookreview #paperbackpublicationday

The House on the Water’s Edge by C E Rose

My Thoughts

In her last phone call with her mother Ali was busy and dismissive of her. Her mum’s last words to her were “I have something I need to tell you”. Her Mum, Eve, was due to visit Ali at the weekend but that never happened after a tragic accident.

What was her mother wanting to tell her?

Her sister Laura lives in Canada and comes over to attend the funeral. They play on the swings and reminisce about their childhood.

Ali takes baby Joe and goes to her mum’s house in Norfolk to sort things out after her death. Her dad had died a long time ago, and this visit brought back memories from his last summer. Her memories are triggered by old photos and letters, where she finds some things confusing and not as she remembered. Her mum had had some help around the property, looking after cleaning and gardening. And some of her parent’s old friends rally round her.

The setting on the Norfolk Broads was lovely, I’ve been there once, and it was nice to revisit it in this book.

I thought her husband Miles was a dodgy character, he wasn’t supportive in her new parent role. Her mother-in-law Madeleine was an interesting character. It must have been difficult for Ali to pause her career and dealing with the grief along with motherhood added extra hardship.

Perfectly-paced, full of suspense and twists that I wasn’t expecting.

It certainly had me gripped!

The notion of ‘respectable hair’ made me laugh and reminded me of my own mother.

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

Description

Sometimes the past is best left buried

Since the birth of baby Joe five weeks ago, Ali Baker has been struggling to cope. Starved of sleep and haunted by painful memories from the past, she’s a million miles away from the polished, professional barrister she has worked so hard to become.

Then her mother tragically and unexpectedly dies, leaving Ali an orphan. Haunted by her loss, Ali can’t forget her mother’s last words to her: There is something I really need to tell you…

Heading back to the Norfolk Broads to sort her mother’s things, Ali is plunged into memories of her family’s picture-perfect summers on the river.

But as she starts to uncover secrets hidden within the isolated house, Ali is drawn into a dark web that threatens to destroy everything she believed about her childhood – and her very sanity.

Ali may finally discover her mother’s secrets… but at what cost?

A twisty psychological thriller that will have you gripped.

Publisher: Hera Books

ebook publication date: 11th August 2021

Paperback publication date: 9th December 2021

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK:  The House on the Water’s Edge

Amazon.com: The House on the Water’s Edge

About the Author

Caroline is a psychological thriller writer living in Manchester. She likes to write multi-layered, dark and edgy domestic suspense stories that delve into complicated relationships, secrets, lies, loves and the moral grey area. 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.

Author Contact Details

Facebook: Caroline England Author

Twitter: CazEngland

Instagram: cazengland1

Amazon author page: Caroline England

Author website: carolineenglandauthor.co.uk

Publisher

Twitter: @HeraBooks

The Life She Wants by Mel Sherratt @writermels @bookouture #review #TheLifeSheWants #TeamSherratt

The Life She Wants by Mel Sherratt

About the Book

From behind the curtains, Sarah spotted the man coming out of the house, followed by the woman. It would be strange seeing people in the property. She wondered how much it would change their lives. For now, she would bide her time and hopefully get to know them better. She needed to gain their trust.

When I met Richard, I fell for him instantly. He was able to give me everything I had always wanted, the dream house, security and above all, love like I’d never known. We lived a quiet life in the middle of nowhere; we didn’t need anyone else.

So, when the empty house next door is sold, I am wary. Will our neighbours invade the perfect life Richard has built for us? As soon as I meet Juliette and Danny, I am reassured. Overwhelmed by grief after the death of their young daughter, they have moved in search of a quiet life and a chance to start again. Over dinner one evening, we hit it off instantly and I know they are just the neighbours we need.

All is well until Juliette spots a young girl in our garden. Richard convinces her that she is seeing things, that it’s the grief taking over. But Juliette won’t let it go. She is sure she saw a child. She believes that Richard is threatening her. She starts to think that I’m not safe.

I need to convince Juliette that she’s imagining it. I need to keep Richard happy. If I am to protect everything I have built for myself, she must never find out the truth.

That my perfect life is built on the deadliest lie.

A heart-stopping psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and K.L. Slater.

My Thoughts

Oh my gosh. What a fabulous book. This had my heart racing.

I loved Juliette, I felt like we could be friends in real life being so down to earth, but I was so worried for her with the things she saw. Richard totally freaked me out and I was dying to find out what was going on. The cottages were lovely, the setting perfect and I almost wanted to live there!

I totally recommend this super suspenseful book.

Due to illness my reviews are very short at the moment, but I want to say ‘just buy it!’

Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors, I just love her writing style and thoroughly recommend her books.

#TeamSherratt

Thanks to publishers Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an early copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date: 29th November 2021

Get your copy here…

Amazon UK: The Life She Wants

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.

Website www.melsherratt.co.uk

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/writermels

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MelSherrattauthor/

Ten Days by Mel Sherratt @writermels @bookouture #blogtour #BooksOnTour #review #TenDays #localandproud #Stoke #Staffordshire #TeamSherratt

Books on Tour 3rd July 2021

Today I’m sharing my review of Ten Days by Mel Sherratt as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Noelle Holten from Bookouture for inviting me to take part.

My Thoughts

Eva Farmer, a journalist at Stoke News, is covering stories where women disappear and turn up again ten days later with no knowledge of who the person is who held them or where they’ve been held. She’s interviewed the women and the stories of their time held are virtually the same, small room, no conversation and little food. Eva’s husband Nick is a police officer and is working on the investigation.

When Eva wakes up in a room that is eerily the same as described by the three women, she knows she is the next victim. She has no memory of how she got there.

As the story is told over the next ten days we are treated to a nerve wracking and tense thriller. The abductor stays quiet for a long time, but then we learn more about their background. And we also learn about Eva’s background, in which she didn’t have an easy childhood.

Told in alternating chapters between Eva and the abductor, it is a real page-turner that I didn’t want to put down. It got my heart racing. There were some emotional parts, with the subjects of domestic abuse and child neglect covered.

Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors, I just love her writing style and thoroughly recommend her books.

#TeamSherratt #TenDays

Thanks to publishers Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an early copy in which I give my honest opinion.Publication Date 28th June 2021

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About the Book

Can her own dark secret set her free?

Day one. As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I slowly start to recognise my surroundings: the small hole in the door and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. The jewellery given to me by my loving husband is gone and I am wearing someone else’s clothes. The room is exactly as the first woman described. And the second. And the third… It’s then I know, I am the fifth woman to be taken.

Just days before, I had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. Her story was the same as those before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation, and nothing – nothing she could think of – to link her to the others. Throughout the ordeal, her abductor stayed eerily silent.

I tell myself I’ll be safe; that I can brave the loneliness and survive just like the others. But as the days pass, I can’t help thinking of the fourth victim who is still missing.

And then I hear the voice coming through the door. ‘You said everything would be fine. But it wasn’t was it?’ It is then that I realise. If I am to make it out alive, I need to revisit a dark secret of my own that I have spent a lifetime trying to forget.

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and C.L. Taylor.

This book was previously titled Invisible Victim.

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 1.7 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.

Social Media Links

Website www.melsherratt.co.uk

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/writermels

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MelSherrattauthor/

The Devil’s Dice by Roz Watkins @RozWatkins @HQStories @harpercollins #TheDevilsDice

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Description

A SHOCKING DEATH

A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches.

A SINISTER MESSAGE

Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There’s just one catch – chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man’s initials, and it’s been there for over a century.

A DEADLY GAME

As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it’s clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg – and the dice are loaded…

A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley.

My Thoughts

I met Roz Watkins when she came along to the regular Stoke Author/Blogger meet up which me and Kerry Parsons host two or three times a year. She is fairly local to me, living in Derbyshire. I had a paperbook copy from Roz, I’d not read anything by her before.

It’s always so good to find a new author, especially one who’s work is so easy to read. It flowed so well and was perfectly crafted.

I loved it, different from other female coppers I’ve read.

DI Meg Dalton moves to Derbyshire to take on a new job and be nearer to her Mum and Grandmother. Something happened in Meg’s past that still affects her, we find out later in the story what this is.

Meg is called to a crime scene where a body is found in a cave. One of the first officers on scene mentions a local urban legend. When Meg looks into this it seems there is rumours of a spooky curse on the house where the victim lives.

I don’t know if this network of caves really does exist in The Peak District, but it is very convincing. I felt like I really got to know the area and all the little nooks and crannies. It was very atmospheric.

There were many secrets within the families, and between the partners of the patent lawyers business.

As far as suspects go there were an array, with so many who fell under suspicion at some stage.

The twists and turns, and red herrings thrown in made for a fascinating read.

A real sense of tension and it kept me hooked.

I felt that I really got to know the characters. I enjoyed the banter between the police colleagues especially Meg and Jai.

I certainly look forward to catching up with DI Meg Dalton in the future.

Thanks to Roz Watkins for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 8th March 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK The Devil’s Dice

About the author

Roz Watkins is the author of the DI Meg Dalton crime series, which is set in The Peak District where Roz lives with her partner and a menagerie of demanding animals.

Her first book, The Devil’s Dice, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award, was the Times crime book of the month, and has been optioned for TV. Her second book, Dead Man’s Daughter was also a Times top pick.

Roz studied engineering at Cambridge University, before training in patent law. She was a partner in a firm of patent attorneys in Derby, but this has absolutely nothing to do with there being a dead one in her first novel.

In her spare time, Roz likes to walk in the Peak District, scouting out murder locations.

Find out more at http://www.rozwatkins.co.uk – there’s a newsletter which includes regular giveaways (as well as gratuitous animal photos) and you get a free short story when you sign up.

Social Media

Twitter – @RozWatkins
Facebook.com/RozWatkinsAuthor/

The Secret Admirer by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #TheSecretAdmirer #booksontour #blogtour #bookreview

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Books on Tour 2nd April 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Secret Admirer. Thanks to Kim Nash for inviting me to take part, I’m delighted to do so.

My Thoughts

I loved this book, a real tangled web of jealousy and deceit.

Set in a student house, with shared facilities, it was good to learn about each of the housemates. One of them is found dead in very grisly circumstances. I certainly had my suspicions about everyone as the story progressed.

A modern day story with modern problems. Dating apps and social media play a part and I love the digital forensic side of the book. Being a lab technician myself I enjoyed the scientific side with the chemistry aspect and was searching the internet myself when certain chemicals and acids were brought into the story. There really are some deadly substances out there if you so wished to dispose of someone!!

Natalie’s estranged husband David was dragged into the enquiry in a strange twist and I was annoyed at myself at feeling sympathy for him because in the past I’ve really disliked him!

It’s nice to see Natalie’s relationship with Mike Sullivan, head of Forensics at Samford HQ, moving forward. It’s been quite awkward at times being David’s best friend.

I feel there are further tough times to come for Natalie after what goes on in this book…no spoilers here.

Carol sure knows how to write a good page-turner. I was racing through this, desperate to find out the answers. Yet again I will be waiting for the next in the series!

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

About the Book 6 The Secret Admirer

The Secret Admirer is Book 6 in the Detective Natalie Ward gripping crime thriller series by Carol Wyer.

 ‘I tried to talk to you today but you snubbed me and walked away. It wasn’t wise to give me the brush-off, Gemma. I can be a truly good friend but I also make the perfect enemy.’

Sasha’s eighteen-year-old daughter Gemma was all she had in the world. Sasha fell pregnant with Gemma when she was still at school, and the two are as close as sisters. So when Gemma’s burned and broken body is found, Sasha’s world ends. What kind of person would want her beautiful daughter dead?

Leading the case is Detective Natalie Ward, scarred by her own recent tragedy. When she finds a note in Gemma’s diary from a ‘secret admirer’, she moves quickly, determined to un-mask them. But interviews with Gemma’s devastated ex-boyfriend, and her charismatic teacher, who has been seen embracing his student far away from the classroom, don’t give Natalie the answers she’d hoped for…

And then the case takes a devastating, personal twist. CCTV footage reveals Natalie’s estranged husband David followed Gemma home every evening the week before she died.

Natalie is forced to put personal feelings aside and follow procedure, even though she can’t believe David could be guilty. But when Gemma’s housemate is found murdered, Natalie thinks the killer could still be at large. Is she right to trust her instincts about David and can she discover the truth before another precious life is taken?

Grippingly fast and nail-bitingly tense, The Secret Admirer will have you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Publication Date: 2nd April 2020

Amazon UK:  The Secret Admirer

About the Author Carol Wyer Author pic for The Sleepover

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.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.
Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com

Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten #bookreview #DeadWrong @nholten40 @KillerReads @HarperCollinsUK

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Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten

About the Book

Dead Wrong: A completely addictive and gripping serial killer thriller (Maggie Jamieson thriller, Book 2)

The serial killer is behind bars. But the murders are just beginning…

DC Maggie Jamieson’s past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller.

Three missing women running out of time…

They were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life.

The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was…

But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town.

Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find.

Because even if the other missing women are still alive, one thing’s for certain: they don’t have long left to live…

My Review

I like the different angle with this crime series, not a straight police procedural but it looks at all aspects of different agencies involved with the police force. Some real sick characters and awful scenes that I visualised only too well! Raven totally creeped me out with his behaviour.

Perfectly paced with the second half of the book being totally unputdownable.

And that ending!

Loved it and totally recommend this to any crime lover. It’s a sure fire winner and I look forward to the next in the series.

As a book blogger at Crime Book Junkie, Noelle Holten writes a fantastic blog. She definitely knows the secrets of a good story. Being a former probation officer the author has real life knowledge.

Some of the scenes are very gritty, so well described that I was cowering away.

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

Publication date 14th March 2020

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK Dead Wrong

Contact Noelle

Website: https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/

Twitter: @nholten40

Facebook: @noelleholtenauthor

Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt #blogtour #review @writermels #LiarLiar #localandproud #Stoke #Staffordshire @AvonBooksUK #TeamSherratt

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Blog Tour 11th March 2020

Today I’m sharing my review of Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Sanjana Cunniah from Avon Books for inviting me to take part.

My Review – I loved it!

Being a Stokie myself, Mel Sherratt’s books really hit home with me more than any other author. The story criss-crosses my city, even driving up my street. 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. I even put faces to the local newshounds!

DS Grace Allendale was born in Stoke but moved away when she was a child. She returned to the Stoke area fairly recently after working in Manchester.

This book can be read as a stand-alone. For more understanding of Grace and her estranged Stoke family you could read Hush Hush first. (link to my Hush Hush review here). Grace is related to the Steeles, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped, and they are very well known to the police in Stoke-on-Trent.

I like the relationship with her journalist boyfriend Simon and it gives added tension to their working relationship. Grace has a nice connection with Simon’s teenage daughter, which is growing book by book.

DS Grace Allendale and her colleague DC Frankie Higgins were at Harrison House on their last call of the day as part of the community intelligence team. Harrison House is a three-storey block of flats, home to an array of people but there was a good community feeling about the place despite lots of tenants coming and going. Its past reputation of being a troublesome area had been improved since the housing association had a grant to renovate it.

While they were there a commotion occurred and Grace found a young boy lying on the ground, seemingly fallen from one of the walkways.

Grace had a knack of getting to know the residents and people tended to trust her and would talk to her. Not this time though, nobody saw anything. Or did they? There was some reason why they all were tight lipped.

There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, many suspicions, making it a real page-turner.

Touchy subjects too, gambling, drugs, exploitation, domestic violence. All tackled perfectly.

Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors, I just love her writing style and thoroughly recommend her books.

#TeamSherratt #LiarLiar

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

Publication Date 10th Feb 2020

Get your copy from Amazon UK here Liar Liar

About the Book Liar Liar cover

The truth can be a dangerous thing…

When a young boy falls from a balcony in a block of flats, DS Grace Allendale witnesses the shocking aftermath of the tragic event. But strangely, no one will admit to seeing anything – and the parents will only tell the police that it was an accident.

Determined to sort the truth from the lies, Grace is thrown into a case that takes her to the darkest corners of the criminal world – and strikes closer to home than she could have ever imagined…

A gripping and pacey thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the moment you turn the first page. The perfect read for fans of Martina Cole.

About the Author Mel picture from Amazon

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, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, she’s sold over one million books. All eleven 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. In 2017, she was named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people.

Contact Mel: http://www.melsherratt.co.uk or Twitter at @writermels

The Sleepover by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #booksontour #blogtour #bookreview #TheSleepover

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Blog Tour 5th September 2019

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

My Thoughts – OMG I loved it!

Carol Wyer’s dark side just keeps getting better and better! I’m a big fan of this author.

It was certainly a busy night for crime, but who was responsible?

There were too many secrets and so many lies among the people known to the victims and their families. A real tangled mess for Natalie’s team need to trawl through, and it was so frustrating for them all.

From a beautiful big house on the nice side of town, to the run-down tower blocks on the other side. Some very seedy and unsettling scenes that I visualised only too well.

I loved this story, and it all wrapped up neatly in the end.

Talking of the very end….yes! I cannot wait for the next one!

A good time to start reading Carol Wyer’s books if you haven’t already, starting with The Birthday.

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

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

 

About the Book 4 The-Sleepover cover

(Detective Natalie Ward Book 4)

Roxy had a secret. Now she’s gone.

When fourteen-year-old Roxy says she’s going for a sleepover at her best friend’s house, Cathy sees no reason to check her daughter’s story. The two families are so close, and the girls are in and out of each other’s homes every day.

It turns out to be a decision she will regret. A day later, Roxy is found murdered in exclusive Linnet Lane. Detective Natalie Ward, called in to lead the investigation, is struck by the contrast between the house Roxy grew up in, and the one where her life ended.

As Natalie begins to look closely at Roxy’s family and friends, she soon discovers that this isn’t the first time Roxy has gone missing. All the signs point to an unhappy teenager who was hiding a great deal from her family.

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears.

When Cathy’s body is discovered close to Linnet Lane, Roxy’s toy cat clutched in her arms, Natalie is forced to face the grim fact that they are dealing with a killer with a twisted plan.
Struggling to join the dots, Natalie wonders if she’s missed a vital clue when one of Roxy’s classmates is also found murdered.

Natalie’s not frightened of anyone, but the latest victim reminds her of her own son Josh, who is edging towards the wrong side of the tracks. With teenagers like her boy dying, can Natalie solve the case in time to keep Josh safe? Or is he about to make a dangerous new friend?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Publication date:-5th September 2019

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK   The Sleepover

Amazon.com The Sleepover

About the Author Carol Wyer Author pic for The Sleepover

Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
The DI Robyn Carter series has earned her acclaim as a crime writer and the first book in the series, Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.
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.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.
Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com

The Girl Unknown by Nigel May @Nigel_May @AustinMacauley #psychologicalthriller #TheGirlUnknown

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How Do You Rebuild a Life You’ve Never Understood?

Luck has never been on Lucie Palmer’s side. She feels her life is a cursed one, full of loneliness and cruel blows. How else can she explain being removed from the family she loved as a child? Or being imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit as a young woman? Her life isn’t fair…

But now it’s time to rebuild her life, to start afresh. Lucie attempts to learn the secrets of her family’s past, about the people she was never allowed to love. But does a curse shadow her existence even now? A curse ready to strike again? Maybe even destroy her for good? Can she finally piece together the emptiness in her life before it’s too late, to no longer be the girl unknown…?

With gripping twists, turns and a shocking ending, The Girl Unknown is unputdownable thriller fiction at its most electrifying.

MyThoughtsa big 5 stars!

It’s been a while since Nigel May’s last book, but this one is definitely worth waiting for. He’s moved effortlessly from glam fiction to the darker side of things with this gripping psychological thriller.

Lucie Palmer is 25 and in her life so far she’s been through a lot of bad stuff. She almost feels cursed as if bad follows her around. But her experiences have made her strong, tough, wise and damaged. And most of all she feels alone.

The story moves back and forth between her as an eleven year old to the present day. It takes in some very dark moments when she was a child. Things she shouldn’t be seeing or hearing in her own home. Her Mum, Ruby, is a troubled soul and a crap mother. Not taking any notice of Lucie at times. The piled up ashtrays in their flat made me cringe and I could feel the smell and taste in the back of my throat. 

Lucie is taken away from Ruby and placed with a foster family. Things couldn’t be more different and they truly loved her and wanted what was best for her. She lived in their beautiful home and wanted for nothing. When the chance arose for Lucie to spend the summer season in Peru her foster family gave their blessing, they wanted her to spread her wings a little. 

She loved it at Paradise Cove in Peru, it was one of the finest beaches in the country. She landed a job at Bar Dynasty right on the beach where her boss, Connor, and her co-workers, Tina and Kara, were such fun. Even a couple of Aussie lads, Logan and Billy, who’d been on holiday there for weeks were so funny with their awful chat up lines.

But it seems the good times couldn’t continue and Lucie is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. Some of the prison scenes were horrific…the fights, the attacks, the food. Lucie was a loner here, the safest way to be, and when she had served her sentence and released she looked forward to getting back to the UK.

There were things to sort out when she got home, and she wanted to start anew. Finding out about her family wasn’t an easy task. Her Mum Ruby wasn’t very forthcoming even though she’d inherited a lovely country cottage from an ‘uncle’. This cottage was gorgeous with a beautiful garden, but a few strange things were going on and she felt uneasy.

Lots of twists and turns in this country village here in the present day and a very clever ending that I didn’t see coming.

Very clever, and very satisfying too!

Thoroughly recommended by me.

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

Publication Day 29th August 2019

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About the author Nigel May author pic

He regularly presents on UK television where he has built up a substantial following. He has also featured on Channel 4, C5, ITV and broadcast live from America. He is also one of the UK’s most popular craft personalities, having launched his own successful range, A-May-Zing.

As a writer he has written for many of the UK’s most successful magazines and newspapers, specialising in showbiz and celebrity, as well as writing on subjects ranging from relationships through to exotic travel.

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