Book reviews, Thriller

Stolen Sister by Linda Huber – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

What happens when a baby goes missing?

Twenty-two years ago, Erin and Vicky’s parents were killed in an explosion.

Now grown up, Erin and Vicky – who have been separated – are unaware they are siblings. But when Vicky is called to her great-aunt’s deathbed, she learns that she isn’t alone after all.

But where is Erin? Vicky’s search begins…

Elsewhere, Christine has problems of her own. In the first week of her new job, she makes a disturbing discovery, and is struggling to come to terms with impending motherhood.

Vicky is almost ready to give up her search when an old foster mother calls with shocking news.

What links Vicky and Christine?

Will Vicky ever find her sister?

And can Christine’s baby escape the past that befell her mother?

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MY REVIEW 

The book starts 22 years ago…Paula and Joe have gone away for a weekend to a reunion, with Sylvia…….they’ve taken tiny baby Erin, but left their other two children, Vicky and Jamie with the elderly Auntie Maisie…..Jamie has some special needs, but she can cope for a couple days…can’t she?

Then a horrific tragedy occurs…….But baby Erin survives….thanks to Sylvie….she takes her home and bonds with her…she doesn’t want to let anyone else have her. She does speak to Maisie and as Maisie is now struggling with poor Vicky and Jamie, she is grateful Sylvie is caring for Erin….but it’s a temporary measure….?

We then jump 22 years to the present day and Vicky is grown up, Jamie is being cared for in a special facility and Maisie is unwell…..on her death bed she tells Vicky about her sister, the sister she never knew about and is determined to find her.

Erin, now called Christine…..has just found out she is pregnant….her Mum seems over the moon…..but she then disappears…….where has Sylvie gone ?

This is a family drama, with an emotional depth I’ve not come across for a while….there’s tragedy and death, childhood bereavement, the difficulty caring for a child with some special needs and feeling helpless, there’s love and mental health issues too. A moving, emotive and sometimes tense read…..remarkable writing and I can recommend this without reservation.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook and this is my honest, unbiased review. 

Buy a copy here…….

Amazon UK

https://amzn.to/2TPf4p3

Amazon USA

https://amzn.to/2TYFRy

 

About the Author

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Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of goldfish and guinea pigs.

Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty feel-good short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her first novel was published in 2013, and was followed by eight others. Under her feel-good pen name Melinda Huber, she has also published a charity collection of romantic short stories and a series of feel-good novellas.

After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, Linda has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, and is working on another suspense novel.

 

Links:

Website: https://lindahuber.net/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19

FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlindahuber/

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean – Book Review

 

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

He abducted her. He fell in love with her. He helped her escape. Can she trust him?

Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men.

With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.

Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?

Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.

A standalone sequel to Thicker Than Water

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MY REVIEW 

“Dawn pulled Sarah into the house and closed the door behind them. She was like a startled animal, breathing in sharp bursts and looking around her with small, quick movements.”

Sea of Lies is the sequel to Rachel McLean’s Thicker than Water. It is easily read as a stand-alone, but for a bit more background to the characters it is worth reading book one….

Sea of Lies continues where Thicker Than Water left off and is the continuing tale of the refugee village community when the kidnapped women return after their ordeal.

They also bring back, Martin….one of those responsible for the kidnapping and this causes a lot of bad feelings within the small community.

We follow the relationship between Martin and the village residents…the police also appear after a murder (or murders ?)….as if they haven’t enough to deal with! 

It has some great characters, Sarah and Ruth, the vet turned doctor, it also has domestic violence and fear. It’s a story of relationships, trust and betrayals in this gripping psychological thriller.

I really enjoyed how we get to know more about the village and its inhabitants, but it’s a miserable existence at times with such a shortage of just about everything…

I really want to know more about how the flooding started and why…but I understand there will be a prequel and I’ll be looking out for that for sure….brilliantly creative and atmospheric writing by Rachel McLean and if you like dystopian fiction, you’ll enjoy this….especially those of us in the U.K.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

 

Author Bio

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My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachelmcwrites

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelmcwrites/

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Lies-chilling-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B07N5Z7F5R

US – https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Lies-chilling-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B07N5Z7F5R

Book reviews

Heart of Glass by Ivy Ngeow – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Chicago 1980. Li-an Donohue’s luck changes the instant she meets a mysterious Italian businessman, he offers her a job in Macau on the spot. From a drab Chicago winter to swimming pools, Semillon Blanc and lobster. It seems perfect. But easy livin’ is harder than she thought. She’s homesick. And beginning to think it might not be all it seems.

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MY REVIEW 

“At 23, I was too old to be naive and too young to be retired to a grey-haired playground “

Initially set in Chicago, 1980 and Li-an is a hustler, she drugs men so her friend, Dallas can empty their pockets….

But then one night she meets Paolo, who, after hearing her play the piano, offers her a job in Macau..after a few too many drinks, she agrees. Li-an is whisked off and lives in own villa on Paolo’s estate but she’s bored, lonely and homesick…she ends up meeting Ben, a musician and they plot a robbery…..what could go wrong?

Well….pretty much everything and more escapades rush past in a heady mix of 80’s music, pop culture and many drugs and dubious people…

Ivy Ngeow herself is a musician and there are many music references which are fun to pick out. ( I’ve seen her piano playing video’s on Twitter ).

Heart of Glass by Ivy Ngeow is a wonder of language…it’s fast, staccato sentences from Li-an’s perspective, her internal thoughts feel real….how our thoughts jump, our emotions, those thoughts we keep to ourselves…..this is such a unique piece of writing and I can’t get it out of my head …..one of my favourites for 2019 and is going to be a must read !

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here

Amazon UK

https://amzn.to/2Wh0C5X

Amazon USA

https://amzn.to/2CvC01Q

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Ivy Ngeow was born and raised in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. A graduate of the Middlesex University Writing MA programme, Ivy won the 2005 Middlesex University Literary Prize out of almost 1500 entrants worldwide. She has written non-fiction for Marie Claire, The Star, The New Straits Times, South London Society of Architects’ Newsletter and Wimbledon magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Silverfish New Writing anthologies twice, The New Writer and on the BBC World Service. Most recently, her story was published by Fixi Novo in an anthology.

Ivy won first prize in the Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition 1994, first prize in the Barnes and Noble Career Essay Writing competition 1998 and was shortlisted for the David T K Wong Fellowship 1998 and the Ian St James Award 1999.

Ivy has been a highly-accomplished multi-instrumental musician since childhood and won fifth prize (out of 850 entrants) in the 2006 1-MIC (Music Industry Charts) UK Award for her original song – Celebrity, when she formed her own band, Satsuma (2005-07). Her songs are funky, modern and eclectic, with strong urban grooves and lyrics. Satsuma has played headlining gigs at top London venues such as: The Marquee Club, The Troubadour Club, The Water Rats, The Betsey Trotwood, Plan B and Clockwork.

Website : http://www.writengeow.com/

Twitter: @ivyngeow

Author page on Facebook

 

Paperback: 240 pages

• Publisher: Unbound Digital (30 Jun. 2018)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 1911586645

• ISBN-13: 978-1911586647

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Glass-Ivy-Ngeow/dp/1911586645/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551112411&sr=8-1&keywords=heart+of+glass+ivy+ngeow