Archive | August 2021

Louise Candlish – The Heights ~ Blog Tour.

Back of the book :

He thinks he’s safe up there. But he’ll never be safe from you. 

The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Tower Bridge, its roof terrace so discreet you wouldn’t know it existed if you weren’t standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that’s when you see a man up there – a man you’d recognize anywhere. He’s older now and his appearance has subtly changed, but it’s definitely him. 

Which makes no sense at all since you know he has been dead for over two years.  You know this for a fact.  

Because you’re the one who killed him.  

It’s time to confess what we did up there.

What I Think :

Ellen Saint’s Son Lucas was only 17 when he was killed by Kieran Watts.

Ellen wants revenge …

Kieran Watts had been dead for over two years when I see him standing on the roof of a building in Shad Thames”

This is the opening line of a story entitled ‘Saint or Sinner’ that Ellen Saint has written for her writing class. Ellen is a member of the ‘Victims of violent crimes’ creative writing group. The only difference is that this that Ellen’s story is true. Its the true story of how her son was befriended, lead astray and then killed by Seventeen year old Kieran. It’s how it all began …

Ellen thought that Kieran was dead.

She was sure that she’d killed him over two years ago, so how can he be standing there, on the roof of one of the tallest buildings in London. Looking to all the world like he’s going to jump. He doesn’t of course, Ellen couldn’t be that lucky.

Ellen thought he was gone forever, so how can he be there …. ?

This story is told in parts. Part one is the story of how her son met Kieran and how things went terribly wrong. Part two is her ex-husband, Vic’s story and how he saw it all. It is slightly different in places from Ellen’s account of things, Part three is how it ended and the last part is what really happened on that terrible night of December 19, the night that Lucas died.

Along the way we also have extracts from a newspaper article entitled “Killing Time” that was written about Ellen and her story by a Sunday times reporter called Michaela Ross.

As with all this authors books, this is a brilliantly written psychological thriller that makes you sit back and think. Its very much a slow burner of a tale that builds up and builds up until it’s explosive ending. It covers a lot of current topics including, Drug taking and underage drinking. As a mother you always will want, no, need to protect your children at all costs, so my heart really went out to the main character Ellen quite a few times. However, I did think that a couple of times she could have handled things a little bit differently.

I really enjoyed this slightly different, tense and dark thriller and give it a really well-earned 9/10.

Published by Simon & Schuster on 05/08/21.

The biggest Thank you to Jess Barratt at Simon & Schuster for the fabulous review copy of the book in return for an honest review.

A Good Liar – Amanda Brooke ~ Blog Tour.

Back of the book :

When a fire destroys the Empress Theatre, a devastating tragedy unfolds.

Amelia’s mother lost her piece of mind forever when she left her daughter alone for a few life-changing moments.

The dance school lost their beloved teacher, Hilary, who died saving the lives of her young pupils.

Karin lost her memory, and the answers she desperately craves.

Claudia lost the one thing that would have made her perfect life complete.

As local reporter Leanne picks over the embers of that night, what seemed like a straightforward case of negligence becomes something else entirely: somebody is lying – each person has lost something, but one of them has sold their soul…

What I think :

After the local ‘Empress Theatre’ has been restored it sadly burns down on opening night, killing 12 people. Amongst those 12 that died is the dance teacher Hilary Clarke, who died trying to save a young child’s life, she was due to retire very soon and this was to be her last show.

The locals are suspicious, fingers are being pointed, what actually happened that night ?

Socialite Phillipa Montgomery lead the proposal to restore the ‘Empress’ so its the obvious choice that she and her electrician Declan Gallagher, who also died in the fire, are to blame. They obviously cut corners in some way.

However an inquest, just over a year later finds that it wasn’t Phillipa or Declan to blame, as health and safety measures were in place, but the electricity panel and the company that supplied it were found to be at fault.

Leanne a reporter at the local paper, who lost her best friend, Lois that night, is writing a story on the fire and needs to find out what happened, she wants answers.

But someone is lying.

What really happened that night … ?

Was it really just an awful accident or something more sinister .. ?

The story is told mainly from Leanne’s point of view as she tries to discover what really happened. However I’ve got to say that she really does get it very wrong at times !!

The story flips back and fourth from now and to the night of the fire and it tells us the stories of the people that were involved and the people that died.

I have always enjoyed this author’s books. My first book was her debut novel, “Yesterdays Sun” which I couldn’t stop thinking about for days after. I always really look forward to her novels being published.

I can honestly say that I really loved this book, I read it in a couple of sittings, its quite a slow burner but it does keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the end. It made a really lovely change from the ‘Classic’ crime thriller that I usually read.

I give this brilliant book a really well earned 8/10 ( 5 Stars )

Published by Harper Collins on 05/08/21

The biggest Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the review copy in return for an honest review.

The Perfect Life – Nuala Ellwood ~ Blog Tour.

Back of the book :

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE SOMEONE ELSE?

Vanessa has always found it easy to pretend to be somebody different, somebody better. When things get tough in her real life, all she has to do is throw on some nicer clothes, adopt a new accent and she can escape.

That’s how it started: looking round houses she couldn’t possibly afford.

Harmless fun really.

Until it wasn’t.

Because a man who lived in one of those houses is dead.

And everyone thinks Vanessa killed him…

What I think :

All Vanessa has wanted since being a small child is to be happy.

Her sister Georgie has done all she can for her, she has always been there for her and only wants her to be happy.

Then Vanessa meets Connor, she thinks; this is it, I’ve finally found happiness. But is he too good to be true … ?

She can finally have the life she’s always wanted ….

But Vanessa also has a slightly strange hobby, she likes to pretend to be different people to view homes that she could never afford.

What at first started out as a fun thing to do has suddenly taken a turn for the worst when one of the owners of the properties is found dead and Vanessa is the suspect.

I really enjoyed this book, I read it in a couple of sittings.

This book is a dark and psychological read and quite twisted in places.

As many crime thrillers are these days, it’s told in a ‘Then’ and ‘Now scenario which lays the ground work for us to find out exactly why ‘Nessa’ has turned out the way she has. I really felt for her if I’m honest.

I always try to work out who-dun-it as I read a crime thriller, however this book had me stumped and the ending, when it arrived wasn’t what I was expecting at all !!

All in all a really thrilling, twisty book that I give 9/10 (5 stars)

Published by Penguin Random House on 05/08/21

As always the biggest Thank you to Ellie Hudson at penguin for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.