Every Breath – Nicholas Sparks ~ Blog Tour.

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Back of the Book :

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. After six years with her boyfriend, she is no longer sure what she wants, and when her father becomes ill she heads to her family’s cottage at Sunset Beach in North Carolina to make some difficult decisions.

Tru Walls has been summoned across an ocean from where he was born and raised in Zimbabwe by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. In journeying to Sunset Beach, Tru hopes to unravel the mystery surrounding his mother’s life, but the letter will lead him in an unexpected direction.

When these two strangers’ paths cross, their chance encounter sets in motion a heart-breaking story – one that will transcend decades, continents and the workings of fate.

What I think : 

I would like to start by saying that I have only read one other of Nicholas Sparks books and that of course is ‘The Notebook’ (I Have also watched the film and cried buckets ! ) So I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, to be truthful I’m not really a fan of romance books (crime thrillers are more my bag !) however I’m so glad I read this little gem of a book. From the note at the start of the book by Nick himself, right through to the last page of the epilogue, this book is truly wonderful.

This novel is a beautifully woven love story that makes to you smile and cry in equal measure. There isn’t enough of these timelessly classical love stories out there.

I really loved this beautiful (True?) story and would recommend that if you only buy one Nick Sparks book then please let it be this one.

I give it a well-earned 8/10

5 gold stars

Published by Little Brown (Sphere) on 16/10/18

A huge Thank you to Eleanor Hemming at Midas for the review copy of the book.

The Promise – Katerina Diamond ~Blog Tour.

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Back of the book :

No one can protect you from your past…

When a young woman is found strangled in her own bedroom, DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are plunged into an investigation to find a twisted serial killer who likes to date his victims before he kills them.

Determined to stop the horrific deaths, Imogen is forced to act as bait – but will she get caught in her own trap? As the search for the killer ramps up, attention falls on the strange new boy in town. Why does he watch his neighbours through the windows? And could the truth be closer to home than any of them realise?

What I think : 

Firstly,  can we just take a moment to appreciate the beautiful cover of this book …

Ok then, that done, Imogen and Adrian are back again.

What a corker of a book !

This is a fabulous story with such fabulous characters. It’s the type of book that from the minute you pick it up it drags you in right from the first word to the last.

This one has three storylines running.

We meet Connor who has moved from America to Exeter after some big trouble at his last school – He was involved in a shooting. All he wants to do is make a new start and settle in and just be ‘one of the guys’ but, sadly that isn’t going to be the case, because the kids at his new school have other ideas for him. It’s a good job he has someone to help in the shape of his uncle Joel. We also have Adrian and Imogen investigating a series of murders, the killer is dating his victims before murdering them. Also in amongst all of this we have some diary entries from someone called Victoria, just who she ? How does she fit into the story ?

All in all this is an excellent thriller with loads of twists and turns. If you buy only one thriller this autumn, this is the one you really need to go out and buy. I really enjoyed it, I have read all of Katerina’s other novel’s and I think that this one may be her best yet 🙂

I give this brilliant book a very well-earned 9/10.

5 gold stars

Published on 20/09/18 by Avon books.

A huge Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for the review copy of the book and the gorgeous necklace.

Here for your reading pleasure is an extract from the book.

Extract : 

Erica’s heart fluttered as she saw him in the corner, sipping his wine and looking at his phone. She thought how strange it was that they were only just meeting and yet they had already seen each other naked. As though sensing her arrival, he looked up, and the biggest grin spread across his face. Relieved to see that he wasn’t disappointed, Erica walked over. He stood up and held his hand out to shake hers. She placed her hand in his, all the while looking at his knuckles, his fingers, his skin tone. She was trying to commit this moment to memory because she knew it was important. This was the beginning of the rest of her life.

‘Warren?’ she said, knowing the answer. The smile on her face was beginning to ache. This already felt too good to be true. He leaned across and kissed her on the cheek. He smelled of expensive aftershave, something understated and slightly feminine, with a little spice to it.

‘It’s good to finally meet you, Erica,’ he said shyly.

‘How is your hotel?’ she asked but regretted it instantly, hoping he wouldn’t think she was alluding to anything.

‘Pretty basic, the bed is quite lumpy and hard. I probably should have forked out for something a little less franchise-y.’

‘Lesson learned for next time, eh?’ She smiled again.

He was even better looking in the flesh. His blond surfer hair hung to his shoulders; he looked like something from Sons of Anarchy or a nineties Seattle rock band. His skin was weather-beaten but still somehow perfect. Everything about him was perfect.

Why was he looking online for a girlfriend?

Why was he interested in her?

She could barely understand it but what the hell, this was happening and she was going to enjoy it. As they both sat down, the waiter came over and took their order. The conversation flowed with such ease that Erica had to warn herself to calm down. Nothing worked out for her, certainly not men, certainly no one as handsome as Warren. She could hear her sister’s voice in her head, telling her to be careful, not to fall too fast – something she had told her a million times. Now that Erica was sitting here face-to-face with Warren, her sister’s words were the furthest things from her mind.

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The House Across the Street – Lesley Pearse ~ Blog Tour.

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Back of the book :

Twenty-three-year-old Katy Speed has always been fascinated by the house across the street . . .

The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, and other times the women come with children.

Hilda, Katy’s mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders where these mysterious visitors have come from, and what they want. Does Gloria have sinister reasons for secretly bringing strangers into the heart of the community?

Then one night, the house burns down. In the wreckage, the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found. Katy is sure the unexplained strangers must be responsible, until her father is arrested and charged with murder.

Surely the police have arrested the wrong person?

Is the rest of the street safe?

Can Katy find the truth before it’s too late?

What I think : 

Bexhill-on-Sea 1960’s

Katy loves watching the house across the street.

She spends a lot of time in the front guest bedroom (her bedroom is at the back, overlooking the garden – nothing to see there !) Katy’s brother Rob just calls her plain nosy !

Gloria Reynolds lives in the house across the street, she seems very glamorous. She owns a posh little dress shop in town, she’s very popular. She has people visiting all of the time, mostly women, of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they seem to be injured and have bedraggled looking children with them. They always seem to be dropped off by a middle aged woman in a big, dark car.

Katy’s mother, Hilda is the only person in the street that isn’t interested in Gloria and her visitors, she didn’t think that Gloria was anything special, in fact she was always saying that she was “no better than she ought to be” But the Hilda wasn’t a very nice woman anyway, Katy said that her mother was ‘all full of sharp edges’ and never had anything nice to say about anyone. Katy can never work out why her mother is like this, maybe something bad happened to her when she was younger . Or why her dad stays with her mother as she’s so nasty to him most of the time.

One very cold night, just after Christmas, Katy was woken by her mother shouting “FIRE’. Gloria’s house across the street is completely a blaze and nobody can find her. Then in the morning the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found by the fire brigade. The police also find out that the fire was started on purpose, somebody murdered Gloria.

But who would want to kill Gloria ?

She was well liked in the town. Maybe it had something to do with the frequent  visitors.

A week or so later, Katy and her friend Jilly Decide to go to London to find jobs. The trip goes well and they both end up with good jobs, and a place to live. Jilly at London Zoo as a veterinarian nurse and Katy as a legal secretary in a big firm of solicitors. However on their return Katy discovers that her father has been arrested for the murders of Gloria and her daughter. Katy’s is in shock as she knows her father would never do anything like this.  Her plans are then thrown into chaos as she sets about trying to find out the truth of what really happened that night, who really started the fire and also more importantly clearing her fathers name.

Can Katy find out the truth without putting herself in danger ?

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This is another excellent read from Lesley, her 25th no less !!

I always really look forward to Lesley’s books being published, her writing is always very down to earth, very gritty and her brilliant characters are very true to life.

Her books are nearly always set in a time gone by, in this case in the 1960’s, so you can really imagine what it would have been like in that particular time period. Lesley’s research is always impeccable.

As always this book had me gripped right from the beginning, with plenty of twists and a little bit of added tension thrown in for good measure.

Lesley does cover some really difficult subjects in this case its domestic violence, but she writes it in such a way that it makes you feel as if you are right there in the room involved in the story.

This certainly isn’t your average chick-lit book, all I can say is that if you’ve not read this book yet, go and buy it now, it’s excellent !!

A big Congratulations to Lesley on her 25th book !! 

I give this brilliant read 10/10 !

A huge Thank you to Sian Heap at Penguin for the review copy of the book.

5 gold stars

The House Across The Street by Lesley Pearse is published on 6th September in hardback by Michael Joseph priced £20.00. This year is Lesley’s 25th anniversary year in publishing.

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Perfect Silence – Helen Fields ~ Blog Tour.

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Back of the book :

When silence falls, who will hear their cries?

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.

After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

What I think : 

Zoey is dying ….

She has been Murdered, these are her final minutes in this world.

She has been butchered and tortured then dumped on the roadside in the middle of nowhere in the wilds of rural Scotland.

Her body is found a few hours later by a farmer checking his fields before he starts work for the day. What the pathologist finds is grizzly. A perfect outline of a person has been cut into Zoey’s stomach and on her back. Then on both, the skin has been peeled away, with the killer taking the skin with them.

At the same time in the city, a homeless person, high on drugs is slashed in the face leaving a perfect Z shape. Then later that same afternoon another girl goes missing, this time her young baby is left behind unharmed. Inside the babies pram is a little doll made from human skin … Zoey’s skin …

Can DCI Ava Turner and DC Luc Callanach save the girl ? Are the two cases connected ?

Ava and Luc are back for the fourth helping in the series.

All the old gang are with them, my favourites being DS Lively and his cheekiness and DC Salter and not forgetting the very grumpy but fair Superintendent Overbeck.  We are also treated to a new character DS Pax Graham, who makes a bit of an entrance !

There are plenty of twists and turns in this excellent thriller, Luc as always is struggling with is past and personal life. I don’t think he’ll ever be at peace and Ava is getting into her stride as the boss.

This is a gruesome as the other three books, but as ever a really fabulous read.

I always look forward to Helen’s books and can’t wait until number 5 !

I give this marvellous thriller a well deserved 9/10.

5 gold stars

Published by Avon on 23/08/18.

A huge Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon for the review copy of the book.

Here for your reading pleasure is an extract from the book.

Extract : 

Zoey had lain for days on a cold, hard table in low light. The cruel joke was that she had been kept fed and watered, relatively unharmed until the end. The sickness was that she had allowed herself to believe she might survive. Years of watching horror movies, of smugly knowing which victim would die and which would live, and still she had fallen into the age-old trap. She had allowed herself to believe what she was told in order to get through the next second, the next minute, the next hour without terror consuming her.

Zoey had a new perspective on fear. There was plenty she could teach the other women at the domestic abuse centre now, not that she would ever get the chance. A bolt of pain shot from her spine through to her stomach, as if her body had been pierced by a spear. The scream she let out sounded more animal than human as it bounced off the asphalt and echoed down the country road. No one was coming. With that thought came a new clarity. She hadn’t been dumped at the roadside in the middle of the night to give her a chance for survival. This was her final punishment. It was her grand humbling.

Her decision wasn’t hard to make.

Zoey put her face to the pillow of road and allowed one leg after the other to slide downwards until she was laid out flat. With the last of her strength she pushed herself onto her side, rolling further into the road, then gravity completed the manoeuvre onto her back, away from the trees at the verge. It didn’t hurt. The good news – and the bad news, she supposed – was that all the pain had gone. All sense that her body had been torn in two had dissolved into the cool October air. If there was nothing else left, she could stare at the moon one last time. Complete dark. She wasn’t within the boundaries of the city, then. No light spilled to dampen the shine of the stars. Scotland’s skies were like nothing else on earth. Zoey might not have travelled much, but she never underestimated the blinding beauty of her homeland, never tired of the landscapes and architecture that had birthed endless folklore and song.

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You Let Me In – Lucy Clarke.

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Back of the book : 

Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house . . .

I’M IN YOUR HOUSE

There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows.

I’M IN YOUR HEAD

Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night.

AND NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRET

As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key…

What I think :

Elle is a newly published writer, her book was an overnight sensation, she has been published in many countries. She Is now writing her second novel and finding it hard. She and her husband Flynn are getting divorced and she has just moved into the newly refurbished Fishermans cottage on the top of the cliffs over looking the Cornish coast.

She is having trouble making ends meet until the next part of her advance arrives, so she decides to put her house on AirBNB, the rental service, as she has to go abroad for a couple of weeks. A family rent it from her and her sister Fiona helps out with the arrangements. The rental goes as planned.

However, when she returns from her trip, something in the house doesn’t seem quite right, she’s started seeing things and she sometimes feels like she’s not quite alone.

Also her neighbours son, the same neighbours who weren’t very pleased about her refurbishments to the house and have since stopped speaking to her, has started hanging around. It seems everywhere she goes he’s there.

Soon the house that she loved so much, seems a bit sinister. She’s started finding excuses not to spend time there on her own. Her lovely clifftop house is creepy.

Is it all in her head or is someone trying to harm her …?

Wow! I read this book in one big sitting ! Its excellent !

Loads of twists and turns that grab you and pull you in, I was gripped from the Start. Its quite eerie and claustrophobic in places.  A fabulous ending with a brilliant twist, one that I would have never guessed in a million years. I have read all of Lucy’s other novels and loved them all but I think that this is her best one yet !

I give this novel a really well-earned 10/10 !

5 gold stars

Published by Harper Collins on 06/09/18.

I got my copy from Waterstones for £9.99

Kiss of Death – Paul Finch ~ Blog Tour.

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Back of the Book : 

Don’t let them catch you…

A Deadly Hunt
DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg has been tasked with retrieving one of the UK’s most wanted men. But the trail runs cold when Heck discovers a video tape showing the fugitive in a fight for his life. A fight he has no chance of winning.

A Dangerous Game
Heck realises that there’s another player in this game of cat and mouse, and this time, they’ve not just caught the prize: they’ve made sure no one else ever does.

A Man Who Plays With Fire
How far will Heck and his team go to protect some of the UK’s most brutal killers? And what price is he willing to pay?

What I think : 

This is the first in the series of currently seven books that have been written about ‘Heck”, Detective Mark Heckenburg, that I’ve read.

I don’t know if they’re all stand alone books or they all interlink. But I quite liked this book, it had plenty of twists and turns and some pretty good characters. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and it was pretty fast moving.

There is a bit of uncertainty in the main characters life, he seems to be a a bit of a crossroads in his life. Should he move to a different squad to be a DI or stay where he is ? Things are pretty bad in his present squad what with budget cuts and he has a bit of a past with his boss, DSU Gemma Piper. With all this going on he still has a job to do …

I have read quite a few thrillers with a police officer as the main character and I did think that Paul Finch had written “Heck” pretty well. He seems to be pretty good at his job as well as being human too !

And the ending ! well, what can I say ? Go and buy this book if its only for the ending alone !

I give this quite gripping police thriller a week-earned 8/10

5 gold stars

Published on 09/08/18 by Avon Books.

A huge Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon for the review copy of the book.

Extract : 

Here for your reading pleasure is a extract from the book …

The man came down the step from the door and approached, axe held loosely at his side. The vicar stood his ground and spoke boldly.

‘What are you doing here? Why are you damaging church property?’

‘You know what we’re doing here, shaman!’ a voice said from his right.

He glanced sideways: three more figures had risen into view, each from behind a different headstone. They too largely wore green; he saw old ragged jumpers, ex-military combat jackets. They too were masked: a toad, a boar, a rabbit, each one decked with additional monstrous features, and each with the same hate-filled eyes glaring out.

The vicar kept his voice steady. ‘I asked what you are doing here?’

‘You know the answer, you holier-than-thou prick!’ said a voice from behind.

When the vicar spun backwards, a fifth figure had emerged around the corner of the church. This one also wore green, but with brown leather over the top. His wooden mask depicted a wolf, and as he advanced, he drew a heavy blade from a scabbard at his belt; a hunting knife honed to lethal sharpness.

The vicar looked again at the threesome in the graveyard; Toad now smacked a knotty club into his gloved left palm; Rabbit unhooked a coil of rope from his shoulder; Boar hefted a canister of petrol.

‘In the name of God,’ the vicar said, ‘don’t do this.’

‘We don’t recognise your god,’ Wolf replied.

‘Look . . . you don’t know what you’re doing.’

‘Oh, very good,’ Wolf sniggered, as they closed in. ‘Very fucking saintly.’

‘This is sanctified ground,’ the vicar advised them. ‘Use more blasphemies here, and I’ll be forced to chastise you.’

‘Really?’ Wolf was so surprised by that, that he almost came to a halt. ‘I can’t wait to see how you do it.’

‘I warn you, friends . . .’ The vicar pivoted around. ‘I’m no martyr.’

‘Funnily enough,’ Wolf sneered, ‘the ones before you didn’t go willingly to it, either.’

‘Ah, now I know who you are,’ the vicar said.

‘Always a good thing to know thine enemies.’

‘You’re on your final warning.’

‘Perhaps your god will strike us down?’ Wolf was only five or so yards away. ‘Maybe throw a thunderbolt this fine summer evening.’

The vicar nodded solemnly. ‘I fear one’s coming right now.’

A rasping chuckle sounded behind the lupine mask. ‘You’ve got balls, I’ll give you that.’

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The Liars Room – Simon Lelic ~ Blog Tour

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Back of the book :

ONE ROOM. TWO LIARS. NO WAY OUT…

Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?

Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.

And Susanna realises she was wrong.
She doesn’t know him.
BUT HE KNOWS HER.
AND THE GIRL HE PLANS TO HURT IS HER DAUGHTER…

What I think : 

What an excellent second book from this fab author !

I absolutely loved this book ! It kept me on on the edge of my seat and guessing throughout.

Set in the consulting room of Susanna, a councillor who has a past of her own. When Adam walks into her office so begins a game of “cat and mouse”

Who’s lying ?

Who has something to hide ?

What exactly is going on ?

Where is Emily, Susanna’s Daughter ?

Why is she not answering her phone ?

It’s a race against time, who will be the winner ?

As I said at the start of this review, I loved this book and I would recommend that you go out and buy it now !

I give this fab thriller 9/10.

5 gold stars

Published on 09/08/18 by Penguin books.

A huge Thank you to Hannah Ludbrooke for the review copy of the book.

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