Book reviews, Thriller

The Vault by Mark Dawson – Book Review

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In the dying days of the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall still casts a long and deadly shadow.

1989, MI6 agent Harry Mackintosh embarks on an audacious plan to exfiltrate a valuable asset through a tunnel under the Berlin Wall. But things go badly wrong and what could have been a brilliant coup ends in a bloody failure, with Mackintosh only just escaping with his life. Now he wants revenge.

Mackintosh returns to London for help. He asks for seasoned professionals but gets Jimmy Walker, a bank robber blackmailed into working with British intelligence. Walker has been given a stark choice: a long stretch in prison or a trip behind the Iron Curtain. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the resourceful robber – desperate to keep his liberty and lured by tales of Stasi gold – might just be the right man for the job after all.
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MY REVIEW 

The Vault set during the time of the Iron Curtain and Harry Mackintosh is trying to get PICASSO otherwise known as Gunther Schmidt out of East Berlin. 

But, it ends in disaster and now Mackintosh wants revenge,

This is a cold war thriller from a time the Berlin Wall was still standing. It has intelligence agencies plotting against each other, with spies, moles and double crosses aplenty,

Great characters and a clever, twisty plot make this an immensely enjoyable and intrigue packed thriller. If you like a classic Cold War thriller then you’ll love this.

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

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/36uVIXK

 

THE BERLIN WALL

9 November 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the 20th Century’s most notorious structures. Built in 1961 to divide East and West Germany, by the late 80s it was 156 km long with a 15m ‘death strip’ guarded by 11,500 border guards under shoot-to-kill orders. At least 140 people lost their lives at the Wall. The last in 1989 just months before it fell.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Mark Dawson is an award-nominated, USA Today bestseller, with more than 20 books published and over 2 million books downloaded in multiple countries and languages. Mark was born in Lowestoft, in the UK. He has worked as a DJ, a door-to-door ice cream seller, factory hand and club promoter. He eventually trained as a lawyer and worked for ten years in the City of London and Soho, firstly pursuing money launderers and then acting for A-list celebrities suing newspapers for libel. 

Book reviews, Noir, Psychlogical thriller

The Home by Sarah Stovell – Book Review

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A dark and emotive thriller which shines a light on the troubling issue of children in care, The Home marks the return of Sarah Stovell, author of the 2017 international bestseller Exquisite.

When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away.

As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations … and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge.

A dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also a heartbreaking and insightful portrayal of the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live … if they are allowed to live at all.

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MY REVIEW

On Christmas morning the staff at Hillfoot House, The Home, find two girls are missing. They report this to the police and are told they’ve been found, but one girl has been murdered. 

This is the tale of Hope, Annie and Lara. All three girls have had unimaginable trauma in their short lives, they’ve seen, heard and done more than any child ever should.

There’s the mystery of the murder, but also the events that have lead to this. A look into the lives of these three girls and their pasts and the care system too.  It’s not an easy read by any means as it deals with child prostitution, abuse, violence and murder. All told in such a way it’s so believable and utterly tragic. All credit to Sarah Stovell’s incredible writing.

It’s such a harrowing tale, full of emotions, love, anger, fear and utter despair at times and makes for an uncomfortable read. Beautifully written and so utterly compelling. It will grab you by the heartstrings and not let go. Heartbreaking and unforgettable. A 5* must read.

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

 

You can buy a copy here:   https://amzn.to/36EEerU

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, was called ‘the book of the summer’ by Sunday Times. 

Book reviews, Dystopian fiction, Science fiction

Rain God by Ian Dowson – Book Review


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Every second, every minute, every hour for five years: the incessant rat a tat-tat of rain.The rain has come and so has the killing. Rain and death in a city where madness is winning : it infects the sewers, lives in pipes, has a hook for a hand, no eyes and filed teeth. Insanity has swallowed the city, washed it down with rain and now there will be Payne.
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MY REVIEW

Rain God is a novella of 99 pages, but don’t let that fool you. This is packed with an incredible, action packed story.

Five years ago Kate Payne’s sister, Grace was murdered and her mutilated body left in a graveyard. Then it started raining and it hasn’t stopped since…..

The city is depressed and violent with people seeking drugs and alcohol to escape the miserable lives they lead. The Postcode Gangs run riot with death everywhere.

Payne and her colleague, Johnson,  are police officers, just as violent and unpredictable as the rest…..but Payne is on a mission to find the Rain God. He’s responsible for the murder of Grace and so much more.

This is a fast paced and so gritty you’ll get road rash, it’s a tale of the incessant rat a tat-tat rain and the madness that brings, a tale of grief and anger…..oh and a damaged killer is roaming underground…..

Dystopian fiction, beautifully written and even poetic at times, but also utterly terrifying. I loved every violent, gore filled minute. 

Thank you to Yinka Olainyan at Holland House Books for the opportunity to read this dystopian wonder for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here:   https://amzn.to/38RATaF 

Book reviews, Children’s fiction, Home

The Cockatoo From Timbuktu by William A E Ford – Children’s Book Review

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Join Kian the cockatoo on his adventures around the world! 

Can a childhood song about a shining star help him find his way home? 

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China to New York City wonders of the world are explored delightfully in this epic journey!
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MY REVIEW 

Kian is a little Cockatoo, he’s in a Zoo but he wants to go home to his parents. So he escapes and this is the story of his journey. 

Told in rhyme, we travel with Kian across oceans, mountains, cities and jungles meeting many different countries and animals….but can he find his way home? Then he remembers, follow the star!….. and he finally gets home….

This is such a charming book and so beautifully illustrated, with Kian and his little ladybird companion there is so much to enjoy. A little treasure of a book.

Thank you to the author, William A E Ford,  for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/30XY1Bx 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Fantasy, Science fiction

Spirit Of Prophecy by Jill Hughes – Book Review

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A fast-paced mystery featuring psychic detective Rosetta Barrett, as she unpicks the clues of the crime, a deeper prophecy emerges dating back to an atrocity which happened on Apache lands some time ago, and the race to solve more than one karmic mystery begins.

A gifted psychic but an emotional wreck, Rosetta Barrett is much more than a Criminal Investigation Detective seconded to a sleepy, rural English constabulary. She’s also a high-ranking member of EPIS (Elite Paranormal Intelligence Services) a super-secret, Inter-Governmental, global organization.

When Juliet Jermaine’s Olympic Champion horse, Gothic, and his teenage stable-hand rider, are callously murdered in what appears to be a terrorist-inspired incident, Detective Barrett immediately knows there is more to this than meets the eye.

 Juliet, and Rosetta must unravel the karmic connection to an unknown past to catch the present-day criminals before another cycle of revenge and retribution is unleashed. Can they stop the death count inexorably rising?

 

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MY REVIEW 

Spirit Of Prophecy is an unusual mix of sci-fi, crime thriller and the paranormal.

Rosetta is a psychic detective, she has a nightmare that she feels is a message, a puzzle to solve. But the reader is privy to information she doesn’t have so you can start to solve the mystery as you read.

Rosetta is determined to solve a recent hit and run incident that may have been murder. Can she put an end to the relentless cycle of revenge?

She is a complex character with her personal life a mess, which makes her more relatable and likeable.

An interesting and twisty plot that makes this an engaging and entertaining read.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Jill Hughes was born in Cottingley, West Yorkshire, home of the famous Cottingley Fairies. She studied English/American Literature with Film Studies at the University of East Anglia, before becoming an investment banker. After leaving banking she trained as a Life Coach, and went on to co-author the No 1 Best Selling Spiritual self-help book, Inspired by the Passion Test.

She has also successfully campaigned for a reprieve for historical heritage site The Red House, the 2nd most famous Bronte site in the country, which was up for imminent sale by auction. Benefactors and patrons needed to ensure an asset tranfer from Kirklees Council back to benefit the community!

Jill Hughes is a bestselling Author-preneur. She is passionate about horses, the paranormal, New Thought spirituality, self-help, self-development and is available for interview.

A wonderful gift for any reader who is interested in horses and equestrian sports, crime, retribution, aliens and UFOs, ancient mysteries and spiritual development.

 

Spirit of Prophecy is available at all good bookshops and online outlets in paperback (978-1999586799, £9.99) and eBook (£3.25). More information can be found at: https://www.moneymagnet.global/jillhughes

 

Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Her Daughter’s Cry by M.M. Chouinard – Book Review

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Someone wants her dead, and she can’t remember why.

Zoe is a wife and a mother. Or so she’s been told. Ask her for more than that and she couldn’t tell you. The blow to her head wiped her memory clean.

Zoe knows the blood on her shirt isn’t just her own. After she was found stumbling out of the woods, the police ran tests. They say it belongs to her missing daughter.

Zoe is trying to piece together what her daughter’s face looks like, but all she can conjure up is a white-hot panic. A fear that her child is in desperate need of her help.

When a man claiming to be her husband turns up looking for her, she knows she can’t trust him. Until she gets her memories back, she can’t trust anyone. Not the stranger, not the police investigating, not even herself…

A completely addictive thriller that will keep you guessing into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for fans of The Silent Patient, Lisa Regan and Gregg Olsen.

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MY REVIEW 

#3 in the Detective Jo Fournier series but can easily be read as a stand-alone. But you will be missing out on a fantastic series…(I know because I’ve read the previous two).

This starts with a woman being found covered in blood. She’d been running through the woods, but from what?

Due to some unknown trauma, the woman has no memory of events or even her own name.

Jo and her colleague, Bob, are investigating the case. Just whose blood is all over the woman’s clothes if it’s not all her own?

The woman takes the name Zoe and is sent to a secure hospital for her recovery and safety. But then one night she disappears….

Can Jo find out Zoe’s true identity and just what traumatised her so much?

Jo is a great character, independent and pretty tough, but has her own personal problems to deal with too….and even a potential romance. 

A clever, twisty plot to keep you guessing from start to finish. Completely engrossing and I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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

 

Buy  Links:      

 

Amazon: https://geni.us/B081RQX56RSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/338xC3h

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2KHLATk

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2s7LSfW

 

Readers are loving Her Daughter’s Cry:

 

“Just WOW!! The twists I just didn’t see coming… The story was crazy SO CRAZY!!! That if you think you can guess what is going to happen you will be sadly mistaken!! The characters in this one were great… I loved every second of it.” Crossroad Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

“Wow. This book gripped me from the very first page until the very last page. I just couldn’t put it down and when I had to put it down I couldn’t wait to pick it up again! I would most definitely recommend this book to lovers of thrillers!” Goodreads Reviewer

 

“GREAT story… a must-read… A “”stay up and finish book””. MM Chouinard has created another fantastic thriller!… A fabulous read! Looking forward to the next.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

“I am now off to read the previous book, which means my ironing will have to wait!” NetGalley Reviewer

 

“This book is a must-read… Very gripping.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

“The writing is fantastic… easy to follow and hard to put down.” Ludwig’s Thrillers

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millennium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them. She’s currently at work on her seventh novel.

 

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.mmchouinard.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/m_m_chouinard

 

Book reviews, Womens fiction

Horseshoes And Hand Grenades by S.M. Stevens – Book Review

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After suffering harassment and abuse at the hands of others, two women fight to reclaim their careers, romances, and lives.

Fragile but practical Shelby Stewart and ambitious, confident Astrid Ericcson just want to start their PR careers in 1980s Boston and maybe find a nice guy to hang out with. But long-buried memories of incest at the hands of her local hero stepfather keep interrupting Shelby’s plans, affecting her health one way after another. And when will she actually date someone her friends think is good enough for her?

Astrid thinks she wrote the book on How to Get Ahead by Flirting but is forced to re-visit her career advancement strategy when her boss Brad takes the innuendos to a whole new, scary level, threatening her job and her safety.

Suddenly, instead of taking charge of their lives, both women find themselves spinning out of control.

In this fast-paced story for the #metoo generation, the women reach new highs and lows in life, work and romance, while struggling to make sense of the abusive relationships that haunt them.
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MY REVIEW

Set in the 1980’s, this is a tale of abuse, including child abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace, on the streets and in women’s daily lives.

Told from the perspective of two women, Shelby and Astrid, as these two become friends and who have more in common than they think.

This deals with the trauma of abuse and how it affects lives daily and for many years after the event, affecting relationships and interactions with others. 

I found this to be a beautifully written tale of a difficult and uncomfortable subject, told sympathetically and honestly and all too common. A timely must read with a satisfying ending too. 

Thank you to S.M. Stevens for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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S.M. Stevens began writing fiction during back-to-back health crises. First, she broke her pelvis in three places in a horseback riding fall, and used the recuperation period to write Shannon’s Odyssey, a middle-grade novel for animal-lovers. Soon after, Stevens was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. During her five months of treatment and subsequent recovery spell, she wrote Bit Players, Has-Been Actors and Other Posers for musical theatre-loving teens. Two additional Bit Players novels followed. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is her first adult book. After watching reactions to the #MeToo movement, she decided it was time for a novel that takes people into the minds of victims so they can understand why many women don’t speak up about their harassment or assault, and why some do. When not writing, she provides marketing and public relations services to solar energy companies. She is from Gorham, Maine, and now lives in Clinton, Mass., and Washington, N.H. She has also lived in Italy and in the U.K., where she was Group Public Affairs Director for National Grid. 

 

 

 

Website & Social Media Links:

 

Website: https://www.AuthorSMStevens.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SMStevens17 (@SMStevens17)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s.m.stevens/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/s-m-stevens-303623180/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6642891.S_M_Stevens

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/S.M.-Stevens/e/B006E548JO

 

 

Where to Buy Links: 

 

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781946920713

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2QPKR6s

Amazon (US): https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946920711

Amazon (UK): https://amzn.to/33oQ5Zz

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Two: Mind Games And Murder by K.J. McGillick – Book Review

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Two: Mind Games and Murder

Her husband wants her locked away in a psychiatric facility. His business partner wants her dead. Trust. Who do we place our trust in every day? Family members, friends and people who we turn to for help, doctors. But what if the doctor you placed your trust in had secrets? Dark secrets. 

So many secrets.

Isabella Armond is an ordinary Parisian woman with a comfortable life — until a shocking discovery shatters her perfect world. As her husband’s behaviour becomes increasingly unstable, Isabella slowly realizes all the signs point to the fact he is not who he appears to be. Is he a respected Cardio-thoracic surgeon with a thriving Paris medical practice helping people? Or is he leading a double life which involves the international trafficking of black market organs? Greed, blood money, and psychopath are the terms she learns are associated with a man she thought she knew.

Forced to delve deeper into her husband’s secret life, she makes discoveries that will make her question everything she believed forcing her to face an impossible decision. She is desperate to uncover the truth, but once you know something, it can’t be unknown. The more she learns, the more she wishes she knew nothing at all.

When the sun dims, your second self shall disappear. Consequences not of her making were nipping at her heels. Tick. Tock.

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MY REVIEW 

This is an action packed, psychological thriller at its best.

Isabella’s husband, Adrien, is a renowned surgeon and together they have a luxurious lifestyle. But, when Isabella finds some irregularities in her Gallery’s paperwork she wonders what’s going on. Adrien tells her she’s imagining things and has clearly got it all wrong….to the point she begins to doubt her own sanity. But what if she’s right?

As the story unfolds, it turns into a tale of black market organ harvesting and sale, where Adrien is laundering his ill gotten gains through Isabella’s gallery.

An intelligent thriller that makes you think and is a real nail biter. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Games-Murder-Deception-Betrayal-ebook/dp/B079Z4BRHN

US – https://www.amazon.com/Two-Games-Murder-Deception-Betrayal-ebook/dp/B079Z4BRHN

 

Author Bio –

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K.J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author. As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

 

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/KJMcGillickauthor/

Kathleen McGillick

@KJMcGillickAuth

 

http://www.kjmcgillick.com/

https://twitter.com/KJMcGillickAuth

https://www.goodreads.com/Kmcgillick

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Book reviews, Fantasy

The Unlikely Escape Of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry – Book Review

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For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob – a young lawyer with an utterly normal life – hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other.

But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world, and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing. There’s someone else out there who shares his powers and it’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them – before anyone gets to The End.

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MY REVIEW 

Charley was a gifted child,  talking at 8 months old and reading soon after. When his mother found him sat with Dr Seuss’ Cat In The Hat, they realise he has a talent. A talent that enables him to bring characters from literature alive and into the real world….

At 26 years old, he has moved to New Zealand and lives close to his brother Rob. One night Rob receives a call…..Uriah Heep has escaped.

Uriah is eventually returned to David Copperfield, but he had been talking of a New World…..and so the adventure begins.

Someone else has Charley’s talent and Rob and Charley need to put an end to nefarious plans and get various characters back in their books…

Along the way we meet Dorian Grey, Sherlock and so many more characters from classic literature. I loved their interactions and it really appealed to the book nerd in me.

This is a fun romp through literature, a real boys own adventure. At its heart is a tale of two brothers and their relationship in a totally unique and so thoroughly entertaining read. I love it.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

H.G. Parry has a PhD in English literature and teaches at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has published a number of short stories; The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is her debut novel.

 

Book reviews

The Introvert Confounds Innocence by Michael P Michaud – *EXTRACT*

 

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I’m so happy to be able to share an extract of the marvellously unique tale that is The Introvert Confounds Innocence by Michael P Michaud…..

 

Here’s a little about the book first….

 

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The Introvert, our unnamed protagonist is now living with Donna and his 4 year old son, Toby and of course his dog Molly. 

He’s got a subscription to a child psychology magazine that is helping him to try and make sense of children’s minds, but he also uses it when thinking of people and how they behave, or how he thinks they behave. The introvert, thinks a lot!

He and Donna have a neighbour, Hayley who has a dog called Mr Muggles. When he sees her being rough with the dog, his thoughts turn dark…..he really is strong on animal rights.

When Hayley’s boyfriend abuses her, and comes to the introverts home to wait for her to come home….there is an altercation and some cleaning up to do….

When Josh is reported missing, an English detective begins investigating, with an odd accent and way of speaking, confusing the introvert at times. Is he under suspicion?

With young Toby being bullied at school, the introverts thoughts begin to get dark ….but can he resist making Timmy red and open? 

This is a dark, bizarre and humorous tale,  that will make you cringe but laugh at the same time….totally unique and I can’t wait to find out what happens next….

 

And without further ado…..Here’s the extract……

 

This is an extract from The Introvert Confounds Innocence when the introvert first meets his new coworker, a legally-blind little person named Gordon.

 

“So you can see, after all?” I said.

 

“Not very well, but I have these to tell me what’s on the screen.” Gordon motioned to his earphones, and while I had originally thought that maybe he just had those to listen to music, it turns out that he’d installed a special program into his computer that helped him navigate through its contents. He also had a special braille keyboard and I could see that he was already typing information into some sort of spreadsheet. I started thinking that in many ways Gordon was like a bat because he was able to rely on his other senses and get the job done just as well as the rest of us. I was thinking this about the bat, and then I decided to share it with him because I thought he might be interested in the comparison, but in- stead he just stared back at me with a funny look in his face.

 

“A bat?” he asked, turning in my direction. “You fuck- ing serious?”

 

“Yes,” I said.

 

“That because I’m black?”

 

“No,” I said.

 

Then I saw him shake his head for the second time and he started clicking a few things on his keyboard and then he picked up the phone and made a call. The next thing I heard he was on the phone with someone named Mrs. Bennett, and I could hear him talking about the benefits of our new, healthy, vacuum technology which he must have learned at orientation, and he was on the phone for an awfully long time and he was even laughing and talking about Europe, which had no connection to vacuums at all, and soon after that I heard him taking down her order.

 

“Congratulations,” I said, after he’d hung up the phone.

 

“Thanks.”

 

“If you sell vacuums that easily, then you will surely make the bosses happy, and that usually makes for easier days at work.”

 

“Oh, it does, does it?”

 

“Yes,” I said. “Also, we run contests sometimes and you may be able to earn extra money or prizes if you win one of the contests.”

 

“Thanks,” he said, only he was still looking at me strangely, so I tried to think about some of the things I’d said and if anything was odd, but nothing came to mind.

 

Only then I started thinking about the bat comment, and it occurred to me in that moment that most bats are black, or at least that’s how they’re depicted in cartoons and on Halloween decorations, so I thought that maybe somehow this had offended him, even though I hadn’t actually considered the color of his skin at all, but I was thinking about how bats have heightened sensory perception which allows them to hone in on bugs for food and to fly quickly around stalagmites and other obstacles, and I figured that if bats could do that with bugs and stalagmites that maybe Gordon could do the same sort of thing with special phones and keypads. Then I thought about the January issue of The Child Psychology Magazine about being sufficiently happy, and I thought that maybe he wasn’t even sufficiently black to consider himself black, and that perhaps that was why he was offended. I was thinking of all of this in my mind and then I said it, hoping Gordon might better understand my earlier bat comment. Instead he just looked at me in the same way that he’d done before.

 

“Sufficiently black?” he said.

 

“Yes,” I said.

 

Still he just stared at me. “You fucking with me?”

 

“No,” I said.

 

He stared at me for a while longer. “You eat a lot of paste as a kid?”

 

“No,” I said.

 

“You sure?”

 

“Yes,” I said.

 

After this we didn’t speak anymore, and Gordon went back to pushing buttons on his specially designed devices.

 

I had often found it difficult communicating with my colleagues, and this seemed to be another one of those times. And while I thought that it might be different with Gordon, it turns out that people were all very much the same, even little people who might be dwarfs, and those who were sufficiently blind and sufficiently black.

 

Thank you to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the opportunity to share this extract. 

 

 

Book reviews, Horror

We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.

“A stark and frightening novel. Horror fans should definitely seek this one out.” – Booklist.

When a troubled psychiatrist loses funding to perform clinical trials on an experimental cure for schizophrenia, he begins testing it on his asylum’s criminally insane, triggering a series of side effects that opens the mind of his hospital’s most dangerous patient, setting his inner demons free.

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MY REVIEW

Set in Sugar Hill hospital, a facility for the treatment of various mental illnesses,

Dr Alex Drexler is working on a cure for schizophrenia, by injecting a drug into the pineal gland, it seems to be working and just needs refining…..but funding is a problem.

So, when his boss Eli is deemed responsible for an employee murdering Alex’s brother and his treatment of patients is questioned and certainly questionable, immersion tanks for one.. The powers that be give Alex the job and they want him to use his ‘cure’ on patients, against all protocols…..he agrees!

Now, one of the patients is Crosby Nelson, known as the Apocalypse Killer who sees demons and so Alex decides to test his drug on him….all seems to go well and Crosby reacts well. But then all hell breaks out.

“Not all the voices we hear are imaginary”

Crosby’s inner demons have been released and they have brought darkness with them.  Just what is real? And who are the ream monsters?

The back stories for each of the characters really helps build the picture, each of them have their own problems and a darkness in their lives…..a fine line of being a carer or a patient themselves….

A creepy supernatural horror with some truly menacing moments…..full of menace and crackles with atmospheric tension. 

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Brian Kirk is an author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense. His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was released in July 2015 and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.

His short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies. Most recently, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, where his work appears alongside multiple New York Times bestselling authors, and received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year compilation.

During the day, Brian works as a freelance marketing and creative consultant. His experience working on large, integrated advertising campaigns for international companies has helped him build an effective author platform, and makes him a strong marketing ally for his publishing partners. In addition, Brian has an eye for emerging media trends and an ability to integrate storytelling into new technologies and platforms.

 

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched recently in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

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Book reviews, Fantasy, Psychlogical thriller, Science fiction

A User’s Guide To Make-Believe by Jane Alexander – Book Review

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A compelling read with an engaging but flawed heroine, exploring a near future with an all-too-plausible Black Mirror slant on reality and fantasy. Taps into cautionary tale fiction or ‘near dystopias’ in the wake of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Whatever your fantasy, live it with Make-BelieveTM. The only limit is you.

Cassie worked at Imagen, the tech giant behind the cutting-edge virtual reality Make- BelieveTM, and she got to know the product well. Too well. But Cassie has been barred from her escape from the real world, and legally gagged by the company.

Her dream job now seems to be part of a larger nightmare, and Imagen is not done with her yet.

With Imagen holding all the cards, and personal and publicity freedoms at stake, how far will Cassie go to end the deception?

Immerse yourself in a near-future world with an all-too-plausible slant on reality and fantasy for our ‘connected’ times.

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MY REVIEW 

Imagine a day dream brought to life. A fantasy VR world that feels real. That’s what Make-Believe offers…but at what cost?

Cassie is an ex-employee of Imagen, the developers of Make-Believe, she found a glitch that allowed her to stay in Make-Believe beyond the 2 hour limit. When Imagen found out she was dismissed and barred from Make-Believe…

As she investigates further she finds disturbing information and plans to fight….but can she win?

This is set in the near future and is so very scary in its plausibility. In this troubled world who wouldn’t want to escape into a fantasy world of your own building? 

A mix of San Junipero (Black Mirror) and Total Recall, the lines blur between dreams and reality. A thought provoking and utterly terrifying thriller. Just fantastic.

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

 

You can buy a copy here:  https://amzn.to/2TX9Iad

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Jane Alexander has completed a PhD in creative writing and teaches at the University of Edinburgh and the Open University. For several years she ran creative writing workshops for people in recovery from substance abuse. Her first novel was The Last Treasure Hunt (Saraband 2015).

 

 Twitter: @DrJaneAlexander

Book reviews, Family drama, Womens fiction

The Hopes And Triumphs Of The Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain – Book Review

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Mae has watched as her three older sisters have gone through the process of finding their place in the world and faced the challenges of parenthood head on. Now ready to spread her wings beyond her close-knit family, Mae is ready to take the world by storm.

But a series of events will shake the strong self-belief Mae has always had in herself and will leave her questioning where it is she really fits in.

The Amir sisters will need to draw on all the love they have for each other, if they are going to navigate the challenges life has to throw at them and help Mae along the path to self-discovery.

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MY REVIEW 

This is not the usual genre I read, but every now and then I do like something other than a thriller. I have to say this is such a charming tale of family and love.

Mae is 19 and in her first year at uni, she’s lonely and feeling a bit lost. She has a really bad day and heads for a bar….now this girl doesn’t touch alcohol normally, but ends up just a bit worse for wear and a guy tries to take advantage of her. She is rescued and taken home by Ji Su…..

Mae and Ji Su become close friends, but one night a shared kiss changes things. They stop speaking and then Mae fails her first year and heads home.

Here, family chaos with babies and sisters, she feels invisible. 

She gets a summer job and meets a lovely, kind man, Abdul-Raheem….a possible relationship her family would just not understand or accept.

Will Mae make the right decision for herself? 

A beautifully written tale of family, sexuality, faith, acceptance and growing up.. A funny, warm hug of a read. I loved every minute. 

Thank you to Jess at HQ for the opportunity to read this lovely book for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here:       https://amzn.to/36j8qZv

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Nadiya Hussain is a British baker, columnist, author and television presenter. The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters was her debut novel.

Hussain was born to a British Bangladeshi family in Luton, where she grew up. She developed her interest in cooking while at school and largely self-educated herself in cooking by reading recipe books and watching instructional videos on YouTube. She married and moved to Leeds, where she began studying for an Open University degree. In 2015 she appeared on the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off and won the contest. She was subsequently invited to produce a cake for the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II and to present her own BBC documentary, The Chronicles of Nadiya.

Hussain is a columnist for The Times Magazine and Essentials magazine, has signed publishing deals with Penguin Random House, Hodder Children’s Books, and Harlequin. She is also a regular reporter for The One Show and a guest panellist on Loose Women. Hussain was named by Debrett’s as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK in 2016. Hussain was on BBC News’ 100 Women list in 2016(courtesy of Goodreads) 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Beach House by PR Black – Book Review


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This vacation is about to turn deadly…

Cora’s on the island vacation of her dreams: a private beach in paradise, a romantic proposal, and an eight-figure cheque following the sale of her new fiancé’s business.

When their island turns out to be not so private after all, Cora tries to make the best of a bad situation by inviting their strangely friendly neighbours to celebrate with them. But it doesn’t take long for her once-in-a-lifetime holiday to take a very sinister turn…

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MY REVIEW 

Cora and Jonathan plan the perfect holiday to celebrate their engagement and the selling of Jonathan’s business.

On their perfect, idyllic island they come across Hazel and Dylan…..the island was not as private as they believed…

They soon become friendly, but Cora is a little uneasy as she notices just how much the couple resemble her and Jonathan……and then events turn sinister. With flashbacks to Cora’s past…….the tension builds.

This is a slow burn of a psychological thriller with a feeling of unease and an ever building sense of tension…..

With a marvellously complex plot, with plenty of surprises, adding to  the suspense from start to the exciting and ultimately satisfying ending. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thank you to Vicky Joss at Aria Fiction for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

About the author

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Author and journalist PR Black lives in Yorkshire, although he was born and brought up in Glasgow. When he’s not driving his wife and two children to distraction with all the typing, he enjoys hillwalking, fresh air and the natural world, and can often be found asking the way to the nearest pub in the Lake District. His short stories have been published in several books including the Daily Telegraph’s Ghost Stories and the Northern Crime One anthology. His Glasgow detective, Inspector Lomond, is appearing in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. He took the runner-up spot in the 2014 Bloody Scotland crime-writing competition with “Ghostie Men”. His work has also been performed on stage in London by Liars’ League. He has also been shortlisted for the Red Cross International Prize, the William Hazlitt essay prize and the Bridport Prize. 

 

Follow P.R. Black: 

Twitter: @PatBlack9

Facebook: @PRBlackAuthor

 

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iBooks: https://apple.co/34LkbIa

 

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Book reviews, Historical fiction

Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau – Book Review

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The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground. 

The invitation to Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling family. 

But soon it transpires that the hedonism of Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it’s not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier-side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of. 

Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal, and deadly secrets. And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamor of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything… even murder. 

Extravagant, intoxicating, and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau’s magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class, and dangerous obsession.
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MY REVIEW 

Peggy works in the Moonrise Bookstore, that is until her Uncle arrives and tells her she is needed at home. It turns out Peggy is a member of the wealthiest families in America, the Batternbergs. It’s 1911 and Peggy is a new woman, independent and knows her own mind.

She has been told she must spend the summer with the family at the Oriental Hotel. Her father had died in debt and the Batternberg family had been paying all expenses since, but when her mother finds out she decides to sell their home, downsize and live off the proceeds….Peggy is dubious as this doesn’t sound like her mother.

At the hotel, there’s Peggy, her mother, sister Lydia and brother, Lawrence. There is also Henry, Lydia’s fiancé, plus cousin Ben.

Dealing with the stifling atmosphere, Peggy escapes and meets, artist Stefan in Dreamland on Coney Island…….but then a woman’s body is found, Stefan is suspected due to his background but she knows he’s innocent and sets out to prove it putting herself in danger at times too. 

This is just a perfect read, historical fiction at its finest, with a strong female character, a murder mystery and a little love too. It highlights the vast difference between the wealthy, the less fortunate and those from a different country or culture, not only in monetary terms but in attitudes and behaviour.  The writing is so descriptive, you can feel the sweltering heatwave and the family tensions are palpable….I love it and is a must read for anyone who enjoys engrossing historical fiction. Gloriously entertaining.

Thank you to Hannah at Endeavour Books for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review. My thanks also to Pigeonhole, for the daily staves of Dreamland…..

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/36fud4i

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Nancy is a writer and magazine editor who has worked as an editor at “Rolling Stone,” “InStyle,” and “Good Housekeeping.” 

Her new historical novel is “Dreamland,” set in 1911 New York City and telling the story of a rebellious heiress who escapes from her over protective family to experience the delights of Coney IIsland–but there are dangers too.

In December 2019 Nancy published a novella set in old New York: “The Ghost of Madison Avenue,” telling a mystery set in the private library of JP Morgan,

Nancy is the author of “The Blue,” a novel of suspense set in the art and porcelain worlds of 18th century Europe featuring a young female artist turned spy, and a trilogy of award-winning Tudor mysteries, published in 9 countries: “The Crown,” “The Chalice,” and “The Tapestry.” 

Nancy’s mind is usually in past centuries, but she lives with her family in the Queens borough of New York City.

Visit Nancy’s website at http://www.nancybilyeau.com, and follow her on Twitter @tudorscribe (courtesy of Goodreads)

 

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Book reviews, Promo

Rocks And Flowers In A Box by Cynthia Hilston – Promo Post

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Rocks and Flowers in a Box (Lorna & Tristan Series #2)
The wedding bells for Lorna and Tristan Blake toll doom right as the honeymoon begins with an unexpected turn in Tristan’s health. While World War II winds down, Lorna receives a letter from the War Department informing her that the brother she thought killed in action is still alive. She is overjoyed, but his return will dredge up a devastating secret about their parents’ tragic death –a secret that could destroy her new marriage and threaten her husband’s physical and mental well-being.

What unfolds is balancing act of keeping the faith and shattering the pieces of the life she’s worked so hard to put back together.

 
Purchase Links
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y7N9G5N/
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Y7N9G5N/

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cynthia Hilston is a thirty-something-year-old stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she finally stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction.

Visit her website at http://www.cynthiahilston.com for more information.

In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

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Book reviews, Crime thriller, post-apocalyptic, Psychlogical thriller

Addressed To Kill by Keith Wright – Book Review

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Christmas is Murder!

It is 1987. A perverted criminal sociopath is on the loose. An innocent young woman is murdered in horrific circumstances.

DI Stark announces, ‘Christmas is cancelled,’ and his team investigate; aware that every second the maniac is on the loose, moves him closer to his next victim.

A second woman is raped and brutalised.

How is the killer discovering intimate secrets about his victims? Why does he insist on terrifying them on the lead up to the attacks? What is driving this depravity? Who will the next victim be?

In his attempts to protect the public, DI Stark makes a huge error of judgement, which will have appalling consequences.

Critically acclaimed author, Keith Wright is a former CID Detective. His professional knowledge of police investigations, coupled with a formidable talent for storytelling, combine to make his third novel a must for all crime fiction enthusiasts and thriller readers alike.  

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MY REVIEW 

Set over the Christmas period in 1987, Nottingham.

This is a tale of misogyny.

A young woman receives an odd phone call, she believes it to be her ex, Patrick, as he used a pet name and personal detail…but she thought he sounded odd. Mandy is then brutally raped and murdered. When Patrick is exonerated….the search begins for the killer.

The maniac is watching.

This was not his first attack, but his first murder and he wants more.

Can DI David Stark and his team identify him before anyone else is killed…or has he set his sights on someone close to home?

I found this a particularly unsettling read, the hatred for women by the maniac is horrific. The language used causes a visceral reaction, which is all credit to the authors creative writing and sense of atmosphere. The chapters from the maniacs perspective are so chilling…I had to stop reading at times to catch my breath..there are also some racist terms used, adding to the sense of unease.

It is graphic at times in its description of the rape and assaults which were hard to read, but it really brought the state of mind of this maniac to life….so scary. Not one for the faint hearted.

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Keith is re-mastering his murder/mystery novels, first published in the early 1990’s and set in the late 1980’s; introducing new characters and additional scenes and has decided to open them up to a new readership on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and Paperback available on Amazon.  It is remarkable how much life has changed in the last thirty years and the novels are now period pieces and an insight into what life (and death) was really like before mobile phones and the internet!

Keith was brought up on a council estate in a rough area of Nottingham and attended the local comprehensive school.  His father was an alcoholic and left when he was ten. His mother; Marie, brought him, and his four siblings up on her own, whilst balancing a full-time job.  His mother loved reading and he too became interested. His mother would usually be later home from work than school finishing time, so he would call into the local library on his walk home.  Whilst at the time this seemed inconvenient, (although it was a good place to get warm and dry in winter), it was, of course a blessing, as it enabled him to evolve his own love of books. 

 After being told by his careers officer at school that he had no chance whatsoever of getting into the police force, he decided to try himself, and wandered into the local police station at the age of fifteen to enquire what he must do.  By some fluke he managed to pass the entrance exam and interviews and he was accepted into the police force. He worked the area where he had grown up, and this meant that everyone knew him, and so he was trusted, and was able to understand what was going on in the area.  He also, occasionally had to arrest some of his old school friends for various crimes. It was always good to catch up with these mini- re-unions!

Keith spent 25 years in the police service retiring in 2005 as a Detective Sergeant.  He then began working for a global business, leading investigations and up until recently Headed the Serious and Corporate Investigations Team dealing with bribery and blackmail within the corporate world.

He still lives in Nottingham and is engaged to Jackie.  He has four wonderful children, twins, Chris and Andy, and Andy’s. fiancée Katie, who is an operatic singer. Chris and Andy are also writers and have done some amazing bodies of work.  His son, Harry is at university, doing a degree in Computer Science but has discovered a love of acting and has performed in various productions. ‘Follow your heart, son’. Then there is the lovely chatterbox, Lily, who is 9 years old and without knowing inspires Keith to keep on going.  There is a lot of creativity in the Wright family!

Keith has a great relationship with Jackie’s grown up children, Aron and his partner Ayla, Ashley and his wife, April, and Callum.  With all the family interaction it is a wonder any writing gets done at all!

Keith’s novels are set in the 1980’s and involve the investigations of DI Stark and his team of detectives in Nottingham CID.  It is no coincidence that the author was a Detective in Nottinghamshire CID in the 1980’s!

Keith ‘For his sins’ (obligatory comment) is a lifelong supporter of Nottingham Forest Football Club and played for the youth team with Steve Hodge, when Brian Clough was manager and League and European Champions.

His books, first published in the early 1990’s as contemporary fiction, achieved critical acclaim and his first novel One Oblique One was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Award for the best debut crime novel of the year in 1991.  This was the first year that the award was opened up to global competition and Keith was pipped to the award by the fabulous Walter Moseley’s ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’.

Keith was asked to contribute to a short story anthology for the Crime Writers Association called Perfectly Criminal published by Seven House, among such luminaries as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and HRF Keating.  He wrote ‘The Missing Link’ for inclusion in the book.He was also asked to contribute to a short story anthology called City of Crime published by Five Leaves Publications, alongside great authors, Alan Sillitoe, John Harvey and David Belbin.  Keith’s contribution was ‘From the Cradle’.

 

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

 

Twitter: @Keithwwright

 

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19351123.Keith_Wright

 

Amazon Author Central Page: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile

 

Blog: https://www.keithwrightauthor.co.uk/blog-1

 

Website: https://www.keithwrightauthor.co.uk/

 

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/keith-wright

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Audiobook, Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields – Audiobook Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The first in a nail-shredding new crime series. Fans of M.J. Arlidge will be gripped from start to finish.

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.

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MY REVIEW 

#1 in a new series that features DI Luc Callanach. He’d been born in Scotland but spent much of his life in France, so is seen as a bit of an outsider….the accent doesn’t help.

He’s brusque at times but a committed and determined detective.

He starts work on a murder case. Elaine had been abducted and her body found burned, and now another woman has gone missing. Abducted from her home.

The descriptions of the abduction and the ‘procedures’ the victim is put through are truly horrific. I cannot imagine the fear and pain she endures, but the excellent reading by Robin Laing, really brings it to life. You can feel the tension.

Can Luc and his colleague DI Ava Turner find the killer before anyone else dies?

If you like your thrillers on the dark side, then you’ll love this. Great characters, a wonderfully dark plot, perfectly read by Robin Laing. An atmospheric and nerve wracking thriller. Perfect.

Thank you to Sanjana at Avon Books for the opportunity to take part in this audio book blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the audiobook. This is my honest and unbiased review.

You can read a copy at Audiobooks.com

 

https://www.audiobooks.co.uk/audiobook/perfect-remains/408105