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Truth or Die – Katerina Diamond – Blog Tour.

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Back of the book :

Their darkest secrets won’t stay buried forever…

The butchered body of a professor is found in a private office of Exeter University. It is the first in a spate of horrific murders that shakes the city to its core.

Who would target a seemingly innocent man, and why? DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles turn to his students for answers, but their investigation turns up no leads. Someone must know more than they’re letting on…

As the body count rises, the police have to look into the past to uncover the person responsible before it’s too late.

But are they brave enough to face up to the truth?

What I think :

DS Adrian Miles and DS Imogen Grey are still nursing broken hearts. Adrian’s girlfriend Lucy, was brutally murdered and he hasn’t quite come to terms with it and Imogen has just split up with her ex-con boyfriend Dean. She hasn’t really got over him yet. Add to the mix that her mum has just died and her father, who she’s never had a relationship with has turned up again bringing with him a whole new family. So it isn’t all that surprising that over the last six months or so that Imogen and Adrian have become quite close.

So when a student up at Exeter University supposedly commits suicide and then a university professor is brutally murdered in his own office, Adrian and Imogen are called in. Then it turns out that the professor was sponsoring the boy that killed himself and its uncovered that there have also been a few other odd deaths at the Uni. Could all these things be connected ?

Could there be a serial killer at large .. ?

It’s up to Imogen and Adrian solve it before someone else dies …

This is the fifth book that Katerina has written about the trusty duo Imogen and Adrian and I for one can’t get enough !

I loved it from the very first page and I must admit I didn’t guess who-dun-it, which is a first for me ! I usually get it straight away. There are many, many twists and turns, its very fast paced and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough !

What I really liked though is the way that Imogen and Adrian’s relationship is always changing, this time stepping over that imaginary line into a whole new mine field from professional to personal. I cant’ wait for the next one.

I thought that this dark, pacy thriller was brilliant and give it a really well-earned 9/10. (five stars)

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Published on 11/07/19 by Avon Books

As always the biggest thank you to the wonderful Sabah Khan for the review copy of the book in return for a honest review 🙂 🙂

Here for your reading pleasure is a small extract from the book.
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Toby had hardly broken a sweat by the time he reached the end of the first part of the challenge and grabbed hold of the crenelated wall at the top of the figures. He slipped through the gap in the wall and turned around, making sure the GoPro on his chest was pointing forwards. He leaned over and waved at his own phone. He didn’t want to waste any more time and so he turned back around and looked up at the rose window.

The rose window itself was the easiest part to climb; it was practically a ladder once you got past the long slim windows into the actual rose. He got to the top of the structure in no time. He made sure to look down, so that he could get a shot of the ornate window directly beneath him with the camera strapped to his head. He wondered how many viewers he had now. No sirens yet.

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Then She Vanishes – Claire Douglas – Blog Tour.

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Everything changed the night Flora Powell disappeared.

Heather and Jess were best friends – until the night Heather’s sister vanished.

Jess has never forgiven herself for the lie she told that night. Nor has Heather.

But now Heather is accused of an awful crime.

And Jess is forced to return to the sleepy seaside town where they grew up, to ask the question she’s avoided for so long:

What really happened the night Flora disappeared ?

 

What I think : 

Jessica and Heather were best friends at school, they had one perfect summer. They both lived in the seaside town of Tilby in somerset. They had the best of times until something happened and they never really spoke again. That was eighteen years ago.

Jessica is now a reporter in a nearby town, she doesn’t get back to her home town much. However, she’s been asked to report on a double murder and an attempted suicide. It’s then she realises that it’s her friend from years ago. Heather. It turns out that Heather has shot two people in cold blood, then returned to the caravan park that her family owns and tried to kill herself. She is still alive though, but unconscious, so Jessica can’t ask any questions.

But just what has driven Heather to do this awful thing ?

Maybe it has something to do with the disappearance of Flora, Heather’s older sister …?

She went missing that summer that the girls were best friends. Jessica knows something about what happened then but she promised she’d NEVER tell …

So now Jessica feels compelled to investigate this crime. But in doing so will she have to tell … ?

Another fab book from this brilliant author of suspense.

I really like how her books are always fast-paced with plenty going on. It really kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more, there’s plenty of twists and turns and I also liked the way that each chapter was dedicated to the different characters so you could really get into their minds and find out what was really happening. We also get to go back to when Flora, Heather’s older sister went missing and find out what actually happened.

And OMG ! what a brilliant ending !!

I give this brilliant thriller 9/10 (five stars)

5 gold stars

Published By Penguin (Random House) : ebook 27/06/19 and Paperback 08/08/19.

A huge thank you to Sriya Varadharajan at Penguin for the review copy of the book in return for a honest review.

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I looked Away _ Jane Corry – Blog Tour.

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Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anyone else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband’s affair. But he swears it’s over now, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she’s got.

Then one day, while she’s looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And just for a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. What happens next will change her life forever.

Because Ellie is hiding something in her past.

And what looks like an accident could start to look like murder…

What I think :

Ellie is in prison. we don’t know why. She is married to Roger, who isn’t very nice to Ellie. He’s been having an affair, he’s had many affairs actually. He has only stayed with her because Ellie self-harms. He has promised Ellie and their marriage therapist that he is no longer seeing his other woman.

One day however, whilst she is looking after her four-year-old Grandson Josh, she overhears Roger talking to the woman he promised her he was no longer seeing. It turns out he lied, he is still seeing her. They end up having a huge row. Ellie only took her eyes off Josh for five minutes, but in that time something happens that will change their lives forever …

Jo is a older homeless person, who sold ‘The big issue’ on the streets to get some cash, but she had to move on suddenly so she can’t do that anymore. She’s begging to get by. Both Ellie and Jo have had really hard times and have a connection …

When I first started this novel I wasn’t quite sure about it as it covers plenty of serious subjects, such as homelessness, mental health and child abuse. However, after starting to read I realized that it wasn’t how I expected at all.

The story is told from Ellie and Jo’s perspectives, and tells of Ellie’s awful childhood after her mum dies and her dad gets a new wife. This book is quite difficult to read in places, but that said I couldn’t put it down. I especially wanted to find out what Ellie and Jo’s connection was. I wasn’t disappointed.

I have really enjoyed some of Jane’s other books, such as ‘My Husbands wife’and also ‘The Dead Ex’ and this book is up there with them. I wouldn’t have called it a thriller though, I would probably say if anyone asked me what genre his book was that it was about ‘real life’.

Another brilliant book from Jane Corry.

8/10 (five stars)

5 gold stars

Published on 27/06/19 by Penguin Random House.

A big thank you to Ellie Hudson at Penguin for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Come Back For Me – Heidi Perks – Blog Tour.

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Back of the book :

A SHOCKING DISCOVERY.
A COMMUNITY WRAPPED IN SECRETS.

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home – the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.

One thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.

What I think :

Stella used to live on the beautiful, but isolated island of Evergreen. She loved everything about the island, but her sister Bonnie didn’t. They were only a children when her and her family left one stormy night. They were never told by their parents why they had to leave so quickly. But a while later the girls teenage brother Danny left home, never to return. Stella and Bonnie’s parents split up too.

Now twenty five years later, a body has been found close the garden of their old house. Stella is left with questions that she needs answering :

W¹ho is has been murdered and buried there ?

Was the body there when they lived in the house ?

Stella knows she needs to go back to Evergreen, but Bonnie warns her not to go back, she worried for Stella. But she goes anyway.

However when Stella gets to the island things don’t seem right, nothing is the same.

Stella has always wondered why her best friend Jill never wrote back to the many letters that Stella sent to her after she left. People don’t seem to want to welcome her. Nobody seems pleased to see her, even the locals that lived there when she was little.

Then Stella finds out the identity of the murdered girl, and she knows that she must leave the island …

Is stella safe … ?

Will she ever find out the secrets of evergreen … ?

This is the first of this authors books that I’ve read and I thought it was quite brilliant. I always think that a book with a map at the front has got to be good ! The story is told and the present (now) and the past (The summer of 1993 – the summer before Stella left the island) Starting off slowly, building up the suspense slowly, telling the islands hidden secrets. There are plenty of really well-formed characters that you can relate to.

It takes you on a bit of a ride with plenty of twists and turns and one hell of a brilliant ending.

I really liked this twisty thriller and give it 9/10 (5 Stars)

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Published on 11/07/19 in hardback by Century (Penguin Random House)

A huge thanks to Rachel Kennedy at Century for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review 🙂

You can buy the book here : amazon.co.uk/…898851/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0

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The Missing Wife – Sam Carrington – Blog Tour.

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Back of the book :

You think you know those closest to you. You are wrong…

A sleep-deprived new mother approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing Louisa wants to do is celebrate.

But when her friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Louisa’s Facebook friends, Louisa is faced with a room full of people she hasn’t spoken to in years – including someone she never expected to see again: her ex-boyfriend, Oliver Dunmore.

When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers the night differently. Someone knows what happened to Melissa, and Louisa is determined to find them. But the truth could be closer, and the deception more devastating, than she’d ever imagined…

What I think :

Louisa is finding life tough at the moment. She is an older mother with a three month old baby boy called Noah, He was a bit of a surprise. She is also mum to Emily, who is a teenager. In her sleep deprived mind she thinks that her husband Roger is having an affair with her best friend Tiff. He’s not … It turns out that Tiff was organising a surprise party for Louisa’s fortieth. The only problem is that Tiff has invited everybody on Louisa’s Facebook friends list, even the ones that she hasn’t seen and doesn’t want to see for over twenty years ! She has also invited Oliver Dunmore. The very person that broke Louisa’s heart when they were in college. It took her a very long time to get over him, so needless to say she doesn’t really want to see him, let alone at a party she didn’t really want. \But there he is, large as life, with his brand new shiny wife Melissa.

Louisa who hasn’t had much sleep lately really lets go that night and drinks way to much. so much so that in the morning she can’t remember anything about the night before. She then discovers that Oliver’s wife has gone missing and the last time she was seem was at Louisa’s party …

What has happened to Melissa .. ?

Someone must know what happened, Louisa knows she needs to find out, but at what cost … ?

I really enjoyed the authors last book so I was really happy to be asked on the blog tour for this book.

I did find it a bit slow going to start with, but I guess that was just the author laying out the ground work. After a while it does get going, there are plenty of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.

I was a bit disappointed to find though, that for the first time ever, that I really didn’t like any of the characters. Tiff seemed to only think of herself and how everything she did would benefit her. She was very spoilt. I also couldn’t help but think that, having been a mother before that Louisa would know what having a newborn child would be like and she would also know that drinking (In my opinion, she drank far too much) isn’t really going to solve anything.

That being said though I did find it quite a pleasing thriller, the ending was quite a surprise !

I give it 8/10.

5 gold stars

Published on 27/06/19 by Avon Books.

A Huge Thank you to the lovely Sabah Khan for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Here for your reading pleasure is a small extract from the book 🙂

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She wondered if Emily had been like this, but Emily’s early years were a blur now. The teenage issues had long replaced any other bad memories of her infancy. Louisa shouldn’t be dealing with a baby. In just over two weeks she was going to be forty. As far as she’d been concerned, Emily was their one and only. Becoming pregnant was neither planned, nor particularly welcomed.

Ultimately, Noah was a mistake. Perhaps that explained why she was struggling.

Louisa lowered her chin and nestled against Noah’s soft, creamy skin, breathing in the distinct smell of baby, blocking his cries from her tired mind. Even contemplating him as a mistake sent a stabbing pain through her womb. Of course she shouldn’t think that way. He was perfect, beautiful – there were women who’d kill to have what she did.

It was because she was almost forty. The thought of reaching the milestone was an overwhelming one. Her mind flooded with anxiety. She was too old to be doing all this again. Sleepless nights, endless days. Nursery, pre-school, junior school, comprehensive, college.

 

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You’ll Never See Me Again – Lesley Pearse – Blog Tour.

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Betty is running for her life . . . 

Young Betty dreams of settling down to an ordinary life with her husband. But when he returns broken and haunted from the Great War, she finds herself persecuted by his distraught mother – and yearns to escape.

It is only when a storm devastates the village that Betty sees her chance. Fleeing to Bristol and changing her name to Mabel Brook, she seeks a new life – only to discover destiny has other plans.

Penniless and alone, Mabel suffers a brutal attack before being rescued by a psychic named Nora Nightingale. She gets her first taste of those who receive messages from the dead and realizes she may have this power herself.

But Mabel fears her gift may be a terrible curse as it becomes ever harder to hide from the truth about who she once was – and the tragic life she left behind.

Soon Mabel receives her own message and is forced back to the very place she has escaped. A place of heartbreak and perhaps even murder – but to secure her future Mabel must confront her past one last time.

 

What I think :

1917.

Betty lives in a small fishing town in Devon. She’s 22 and married to Martin. They lead a very simple life. Martin went out on the fishing boat with Betty’s father to make a living and Betty kept house and helped out if needed on the boat too. Then her father died in a freak accident, he was swept overboard in a storm, they didn’t find his body till three weeks later.  Martin went off to enlist and when he came back from the war he wasn’t the same, in either mind or body.  So now Betty’s life is awful, she’s left with a husband that doesn’t even know she’s there and a mother-in-law that really hates her, she resents her for taking her son away from her.

So one day when a really bad storm visits the village Betty knows this is her only chance to get away and change her life. She lets people think that she was swept away by the sea whilst trying to save her belonging’s from her and Martins beach side cottage.

Betty becomes Mabel Brook, war widow. She runs to Bristol, but when she gets there things go really wrong and something really bad happens to her. Luckily she’s saved by Nora a medium. Could Betty/Mabel have the gift too ?

Sooner or later Betty/Mabel realizes that she has to return to her previous life. Is is able to go back ?

You always know your on to a winner when you’ve got a Lesley Pearse book in our hands. I have read all of her books and really enjoyed them. Lesley always writes about life, good and bad. Her characters are really well-formed and relatable. With her books being nearly always set in the past you can get a sense of what things were like then. Beautifully researched and wonderfully descriptive it makes you feel as if you’re there in the thick of things. 

This is a easy read, that keeps you absorbed until the last page. Sometimes awfully sad but in others really uplifting. I loved it and look forward to the next one !

I give brilliant novel 10/10 ! (5 Stars)

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Published by Penguin, Micheal Joseph on 27/06/19.

A big thanks to Ellen Casey at Penguin for the review copy of the book in return for a honest review.

You’ll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse is out now, published by Michael Joseph, priced £20 in hardback.

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A Cornish Summer – Catherine Alliott – Blog Tour.

 

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Back of the book :

Flora’s been in love with her husband for twenty years. The trouble is, he’s been married to someone else for the past fifteen . . .

Now she’s been invited to spend the summer in the shady lanes and sandy coves of Cornwall. It should be blissful.

There’s just one small snag: she’ll be staying with her former mother-in-law, Belinda.

And Flora discovers she’s not the only one invited when her ex-husband shows up out of the blue, complete with his new wife. So now there are two small snags.

Can Flora spend the summer playing happy families with the woman who stole her husband’s heart, and the mother-in-law who might have had a hand in it?

Or will stumbling on the family secret change her mind about them all?

 

What I think :

Flora loves her husband, the only problem is that they have been divorced for fifteen years ! Her husband Hugo has remarried and has 2 more children (Flora and Hugo have a son Peter together) Flora cant seem to to be able to get over Hugo and move on. So maybe it wasn’t such a good idea for her to spend the whole summer at her ex in-laws house in Cornwall. Her ex mother in-law, Belinda has asked her to paint a portrait of Hugo’s father Roger.

She has her best friend Celia with her and they’re not going to to be staying at the main house ,but in a little holiday let down the road so it wont be too bad … Also Hugo and his new wife Christina are sailing aboard for the summer, so there’s no chance of bumping into them … what can go wrong?

A lot it would seem, as when they arrive Tommy Rochester and his latest squeeze is there (Hugo’s best friend and Flora secretly blames Tommy in part for her and Hugo’s break-up.) And then her worst nightmare happens, Hugo and his wife and two shiny new children are at the house also.

Will Flora be able to be around the man she has loved for so long unrequitedly for the whole summer ?

Then a family secret is exposed, can she finally use this time to move on from him … ?

Its seems like forever since Catherine’s last novel, but in my opinion it was really worth the wait.

This is an epic of a family saga, with loads of brilliant characters. I especially liked Flora and also Babs who I really loved. even although I  wasn’t very struck on Belinda she was marvelously written and she reminded me of a few people I’ve met over the years !

I did think however, that it wasn’t quite as the back of the book describes, hilarious wouldn’t be a word that I would choose to describe it. I found it quite serious in places if  I’m honest. But that said, I thought it was a good novel, just not something that I’d take to the beach for an easy read.

With a quite brilliant twist quite close to the end, which was something I wasn’t expecting. I give this book a 9\10 (5 Stars)

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Published on 13\06\19 by Michael Joseph (Penguin random House)

A big thank you to Sriya Varadharajan at Penguin for the review copy of the book in return for a honest review 🙂

 

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