Book reviews

Radioactive Evolution by Richard Hummel – Book Review

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How far would you go to change humanity’s fate?

Jared Cartwright has spent the last two years delving into the twisted, scarred wastelands of an earth ravaged by nuclear war. The rich and powerful have taken to the oceans and skies on floating utopias, escaping destruction and leaving the rest of humanity to fend off the mutated creatures that roam the earth.

To face his new reality, Jared must become an apex predator if he hopes to survive. He must unlock his true potential to confront those that left mankind to die. With deadly adversaries above and below, Jared must evolve beyond mere human limitations to defeat the powerful rulers of the cities and the rabid beasts lurking in the shadows.

Jared’s quest takes a new turn when he discovers dragons are real.
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MY REVIEW

Set in a future post apocalyptic Earth, with many people and animals mutated by nuclear radiation….the remaining people use nanites in their bodies as a matter of course to make them stronger, quicker and heal faster…(reminded me a little of Piers Platt’s Rath novels)…

The main character is Jared, he roams around scavenging what he can to survive and top up his nanites….levelling up!

He finds and steals an egg from a nest……and mummy dragon is not pleased….yes I did say DRAGON….but as the egg hatches Jared bonds with Scarlet, he is in the dark, but she speaks to him……and she finds him a worthy man and while he recovers, he is upgraded. Then Scarlet becomes the matriarchal dragon and together they travel on a quest to free the remaining dragons, imprisoned underground by tyrannical humans !

I adore Scarlet, powerful, smart and with a dry wit, their squabbles are so much fun. Jared, is a conflicted soul, he’s a good man and hates to hurt anything but circumstances mean it can’t be avoided as they fight for their lives against many mutated creatures…including bunnies and believe me they are not cuddly…(no Xenomorph’s luckily!)

Richard Hummel’s writing is detailed, exciting, fun and fast paced, the world building is incredible and I can’t wait for the next adventure……

My many thanks to Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services for a free copy of this ebook, as I may not have discovered this marvellous novel otherwise. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Book reviews

Justice Gone by N Lombardi Jr – Book Review

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A beaten homeless vet. Three cops gunned down. A multistate manhunt. The trial of the decade. A new kind of legal thriller.

When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.
A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.


Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?


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MY REVIEW

A bar owner sees a homeless man on the street, he worries it will affect trade, so he tells the barman to call the police and tell them he was trying to steal cars….

Two cops show up and are aggressive from the off and start to beat him, back up arrives and they too start hitting the guy….in the end 6 of them best and taser the man until he is unresponsive ….and dead. He was a decorated war vet
and treated as nothing…..all to common unfortunately.

The men involved are put on administrative leave…..some are killed though..

There are protest marches and the media want answers….and demands for justice for this poor man.

“A person’s behavior can be considered a result of all the experiences he or she has had up to that point, continually evolving as one grows older.”

Dr. Tessa Thorpe is a counsellor. She was Jay Felsom’s counsellor and she’s also the counselor for his best friend, Donald Darfield, who has taken his own revenge for the death of his friend.

This book takes  an emotive look at the current situation in the US…where cops seem a law unto themselves and a little too quick on the trigger when dealing with anyone with a possible psychological issue…..not much empathy!!! How can the disadvantaged get justice?

Justice Gone is a psychological thriller with Dr Tessa Thorpe, and situations all too common. Great emotive and empathetic writing in this clever psychological drama by N Lombardi Jr.

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. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Author Bio –

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Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).


In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years. Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net.

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.


His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.

Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Social Media Links –

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6982373.N_Lombardi_Jr_
http://www.author-n-lombardi-jr.com/

 

Purchase Links
Amazon UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Justice-Gone-N-Lombardi-Jr/dp/1785358766
Amazon US
https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Gone-N-Lombardi-Jr/dp/1785358766
Barnes and Noble
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/justice-gone-n-lombardi-jr/1128875661?ean=9781785358760
Book Depository
https://www.bookdepository.com/Justice-Gone-N-Lombardi-Jr/9781785358760?ref=grid-
view&qid=1544400889897&sr=1-1
Waterstones
https://www.waterstones.com/book/justice-gone/n-lombardi-jr/9781785358760
Kobo
https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/justice-gone

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Thriller

Cruel Acts by Jane Casey – Book Review

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How can you spot a murderer?

Leo Stone is a ruthless killer – or the victim of a miscarriage of justice. A year ago, he was convicted of the murder of two women and sentenced to life in prison. But now he’s free and, according to him, he’s innocent.

DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars, but the more Maeve finds out, the less convinced she is of his guilt. Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?

From award-winning author Jane Casey comes a powerful Maeve Kerrigan crime thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page!

 

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MY REVIEW

This is number 8 in the DS Maeve Kerrigan series, but can very easily be read as a stand-alone….you may just miss out a little on her background.

DS Maeve Kerrigan and her boss DI Josh Derwent are re-investigating the Leo Stone case, he has been released after being granted an appeal. Stone  is one creepy individual, but was he guilty?

Maeve is certain, a 3rd missing girl is somehow related to the case….

This has a gripping and detailed plot with many twists and surprises along the way and will keep you on tenterhooks throughout….

There are great characters, so well written by Jane Casey, you will feel the tension with them. The relationships between the characters have a reality about them and that between Kerrigan and Derwent is funny and moving at times too.

A brilliant, dramatic and tension filled ending to this menace filled thriller…I love it and can thoroughly recommend it to lovers of crime fiction.

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole and the author for the opportunity to read this book for free and this is my honest and unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (just click on the image)

About the Author

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Jane Casey is no stranger to the crime world. Married to a criminal barrister, she’s got the inside track on some of the country’s most dangerous offenders, giving her writing an unsettlingly realistic feel. This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. They have been nominated for several awards and in 2015 Jane won both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for The Stranger You Know and After the Fire, respectively. She is also an active member of Killer Women, a London-based group of crime writers. Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in southwest London with her husband and two children.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Final Betrayal by Patricia Gibney – Book Review

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FINAL BETRAYAL by Patricia Gibney

‘She lifted the flap of the envelope and pulled out the single white page. As she opened it up she stared, open mouthed. Four words were typed on the page. I am watching you.’

When Amy Whyte and Penny Brogan leave a local nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning and don’t arrive home, their families are beside themselves with worry. Conor Dowling has just been released from prison, a man full of hatred for Amy, the girl who put him behind bars in the first place.

The case is given to Detective Lottie Parker, when the girls’ blood-soaked bodies are found, days later, in a derelict squat. Chillingly, both girls are clutching silver coins in their hands – what message is this killer leaving behind? All the signs point to Conor but his alibi is water tight.

As Lottie examines Penny and Amy’s final days alive in a desperate search for clues, two more girls are found stabbed to death in a luxury apartment complex. Caught up in what is fast becoming her toughest case yet, Lottie is unaware that somebody is watching her every move.

Then Lottie’s two daughters, Katie and Chloe suddenly disappear from the town centre. Terrified that the killer has her girls, the stakes have never been higher for Lottie.

But as Lottie puts everything on the line to find her daughters and solve the case, she’s about to find herself in terrible danger – someone has a personal axe to grind with her and they know the best way to get to her is to hurt the ones she loves the most.

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Abbott, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Final Betrayal will keep you guessing until the very last page.

 

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MY REVIEW

“The body was heavier than he’d thought it would be. How could one so young and thin weigh so much?”

Well I was hooked from that first line…..Lottie Parker has just moved into her new home with her son Sean, daughters Katie and Chloe and her grandson, Louis….a fresh start for them all….

Then two young women go missing…..their bodies are found and an investigation begins…what is the significance of the silver coins?……Conor Dowling is just one of the suspects, newly out of prison and holding a grudge….

Then Lottie’s half sister, Bernie fails to return to the secure hospital she has been sentenced too…..she is also holding a grudge and feels Lottie needs to pay…

There are many dark, heart stopping moments in this wonderfully twisty thriller…and it keeps you guessing right to the end…an absolute marvel of thriller writing by Patricia Gibney.

Thank you to Bookouture 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 review.

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)


About the author:

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Patricia lives in the midlands of Ireland. She is an avid crime reader so naturally she found herself writing in the crime genre. To date, (July 2018) Patricia has sold over ONE MILLION COPIES in the LOTTIE PARKER series.

A life changing experience in 2009, with the death of her 49 year old husband, meant she had to give up her career, and over the following few years, she rekindled her love of art and writing.


Initially Patricia wrote and illustrated a children’s book, but her real ambition was to write a novel. And she did!

In January 2016, she joined with Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau Literary Agency. In July 2016, Patricia signed with Bookouture for four DI Lottie Parker crime novels.
The Missing Ones (Book 1) published in March 2017 and to date has reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories. It is a bestseller in UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Trust Me by K J McGillick – Book Review

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Sex. Power. Murder.


Dr. Gabriel Blackwell and his wife Sandra Blake have it all. He’s a brilliant thoracic surgeon. She’s a high-powered attorney with family money. Their lives are as loving as they are glamorous. Or are they?


When a nurse Dr. Blackwell works with is brutally murdered, the questions fly. Who would want to kill this woman and why? When an autopsy reveals the woman was pregnant, all signs point to Dr. Blackwell. Just what was her relationship with him?
Whispers about a scandalous sex club surface. How many other lovers are there? Are any of them safe?

How far would he go to protect his reputation?


Tragedy strikes again as Sandra Blake is found dead floating in their pool. Dr. Blackwell now finds himself on trial for two murders. Facing life in prison, Dr. Blackwell will grasp at any straw to preserve his freedom.

Is anyone innocent? Is anyone safe?

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MY REVIEW

Poppy joins the law firm and straight away is working on the Blackwell case, with other more experienced colleagues, in this taut thriller. I love Mary…..with her bottomless handbag and weapons, it made a change to have a strong mature woman character. Mr Martin, not sure if I like him or not…..but still a great believable character too.

This is a fine plotted courtroom drama, with some lovely twisty revelations amongst the dark of the murders and Dr Blackwell’s narcissistic psychopathic behaviour…is he innocent ?…..marvellous writing by K J McGillick…, I loved every minute…..

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. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase Links:
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/TRUST-ME-Lies-Misdirection-Book-
ebook/dp/B07NYT2RQ4/
US https://www.amazon.com/TRUST-ME-Lies-Misdirection-Book-
ebook/dp/B07NYT2RQ4/

 

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

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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

I Know You by Erik Therme – Book Review

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‘I can help you save your sister. But I need something from you …’

Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.

Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?

It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home …

A gripping and addictive thriller about family secrets and lies and the lengths people will go to protect them. Perfect for fans of Teresa Driscoll and Louise Jensen.
       

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MY REVIEW

Bree is the strong one in the Walker family….

The Walker family live on a trailer park, Cassie, the mother works two jobs to keep them. Jack, the father is a violent, unpredictable drunk who can’t keep a job for long. Bree is the eldest daughter and she and her brother Tyler look out for younger sister Alissa.

As usual, Cassie has kicked out Jack, Bree works at a grocery store to help bring money home, Tyler has moved out and Alissa is a hormonal teenager…..but then Alissa doesn’t come home….and Bree receives anonymous text messages…If you tell anyone she dies!!!

Bree is frantic and the abductor says she must find Tyler to swap for Alissa….

What follows is a tense and frantic search for Tyler and Alissa…..why has Alissa been taken? What has Tyler done to cause this? Just who will come out of this alive?……

This is a relatively short novel, but it packs a punch…..it’s non stop panic and you can feel the tension seeping off the pages….

Ultimately, this is about family and the lengths we would go to protect that…..just how far would you go? …..if you like a fast, gripping thriller, this is for you. I really enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.

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

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)

Author Bio:

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Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

 


Author Social Media Links:
Website: http://www.eriktherme.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ErikTherme
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7831573.Erik_Therme
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/erik.thermetle:       

I KNOW YOU    

Author:     ERIK THERME

PUB DATE: 12/04/2019

BUY LINKS
Amazon: https://geni.us/B07NCYMZSFSocial
Apple Books:  https://apple.co/2TtfXPM
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2MQZdzE
Googleplay: http://ow.ly/uX3W30nA9OJ

Book reviews

Hate Bale by Stephanie Dagg – Book Review

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Grumbling guests and escaping piglets are precisely what Martha doesn’t need. She’s already struggling to run a holiday cottage and a rather large smallholding single-handedly. Since her husband Mark died, three years ago, her rural property in France, beautiful as it is, has become an increasingly heavy millstone around her neck.


So whilst she’s horrified to stumble across a corpse at the local farm supplies shop, it does at least distract her from her own woes. Best friend Lottie, the cheese to Martha’s chalk, swoops in to offer moral support, and encourages Martha to join her in some unofficial sleuthing. Meanwhile, police officer Philippe Prudhomme, a former fellow chess-player of Mark’s, undertakes a rather more
professional investigation.


However, despite everyone’s efforts the killer remains at large. And when more bodies (one and a bit, to be precise) come Martha’s way, it definitely feels like he’s closing in on her…


There’s suspense, humour and excitement in this entertaining cosy mystery set in the French countryside.

 

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MY REVIEW

Hate Bale by Stephanie Dagg is a cozy mystery, set on a farm full of various animals, idyllic if not a little chaotic at times.

But  then Martha discovers a couple of dead bodies and body parts! so she and her friend Lottie start some amateur detective work of their own…in a humorous double act…that will definitely make you smile…even though the subject is quite grim….I love the relationship between these two friends….and the lovely descriptions of rural France….a lovely cozy mystery…I hope there are more adventures for these two.

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. This is my honest, unbiased review.

Purchase Link – getbook.at/HateBale



Author Bio –

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I’m an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie of animals, has made for exciting times.

The current array of creatures ranges from alpacas to zebra finches, with pretty much everything in-between! Before we came to France all we had was a dog and two chickens, so it’s been a steep learning curve.


I’m married to Chris and we have three bilingual TCKs (third culture kids) who are resilient and resourceful and generally wonderful.
I’m a traditionally-published author of many children’s books, and am now self-publishing too. As well as being an author, I’m also a part-time editor and, with Chris, manager of three carp fishing lakes. My hobbies are cycling, geocaching, knitting and sewing.


Social Media Links – @llamamum
http://www.facebook.com/StephanieDaggBooks/
http://www.bloginfrance.com

Book reviews

The Detective, The Woman and the Pirates Bounty by Amy Thomas – Book Review

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Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler retrace the steps of pirates as they uncover a conspiracy at the heart of Florida’s islands. Death threats and gangsters are not enough to stop the pair as they meet new friends and enemies while seeking pirate treasure and preserving law and order.
Amy Thomas is one of the Baker Street Babes, the world’s most popular Sherlock Holmes podcast. The Detective, The Woman and The Pirate’s Bounty is Amy’s fourth Holmes and Adler novel – The Detective and The Woman, and The Detective and The Woman and the Winking Tree, and The Detective and The Woman and The Silent Hive have sold worldwide with wonderful reviews with the first book available in audio format as well.

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MY REVIEW

Sherlock Holmes is travelling to Florida, to find or disprove the existence of pirate treasure. He’s in the company of The Woman, Irene Adler…..who is assisting him and honing her observation skills…

Dr Watson, is left in London, courting Holmes’ ex-housekeeper….

Written in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, this is a new adventure with the associated perils and deductions…just who is the Baron? And will they both survive?

A lovely, well written return to a classic, much loved, detective in a new tale by Amy Thomas. An immensely enjoyable read….

My thanks to Caroline Vincent at Bits about Books for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my free ebook which I received in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

About the author

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Amy Thomas is a freelance writer, editor, and podcaster from south Florida.
In addition to her Sherlock Holmes novels, her nonfiction essays have been published in About Sixty: Why Every Holmes Story is the Best, Femme Friday: Celebrating Women in Sherlock Holmes Canon and Transformative Works, and other anthologies. Additionally, her short fiction and poetry have been featured in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.


As a member of the Baker Street Babes Podcast, an all-female group of Sherlock Holmes fans, dedicated to approach the fandom from a feminine point of view, Amy has served as a panellist for 221b Con and had the honour of being a finalist in the Podcaster category of the Shorty Awards.


She hones her crime writing acumen as a legal proofreader and connects with her readers via her blog, Girl Meets Sherlock.

Amy Thomas on Social Media

Author Website: ​https://girlmeetssherlock.wordpress.com/
GoodReads:               www.goodreads.com/author/show/5762940.Amy_Thomas
Twitter:                     https://twitter.com/Pickwick12
Twitter  Baker Street Babes:  https://twitter.com/BakerStBabes
FB Page Baker Street Babes:  https://www.facebook.com/TheBakerStreetBabes/

Book Info
ISBN 9781787054141
16th April 2019
MX Publishing
Price £9.99, €12.99, $14.95
Pages 176

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Searching For Sylvia by Joanna Stephen-Ward – COVER REVEAL

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I’m very pleased and excited to show the COVER of Joanna Stephen Ward’s new novel – Searching For Sylvia….but first a little info…..

 

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Sylvia has been missing for thirty years. Will her daughters ever find her?
Tordorrach is 70,000 acres of drought stricken land in the Australian outback. Why do a group of wealthy people from London want to buy it?


Shamus, the owner of Tordorrach, lives in poverty. His homestead is derelict and he is heavily in debt. The new owners run Outback Experience holidays on Tordorrach. Shamus becomes one of the gardeners, and he and his wife Mary move to a comfortable cabin on the property. Why does he hate the new owners so much that he plans to murder one of them?

 

The idyllic life of the new owners is shattered when the body of a woman is found buried on Tordorrach. Forensics find a bullet in her body. Who was she? And who murdered her?

 

NEARLY THERE……

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Joanna Stephen-Ward was born in the Australian outback, and grew up in Melbourne. Her school days were spent dreaming about being an opera singer or a writer. To the exasperation of her parents and teachers she spent her final year sitting at the back of the classroom writing a novel set in WW2.

When she left school she went to an opera school where she was taught drama, movement and language pronunciation and had small roles in the workshop productions. She was not good enough to become a professional opera singer, but the seeds of her novel Vissi d’arte were sown.

She left Australia and spent a year travelling around Europe and the UK. While working in outpatients for the NHS she met Peter and they married in 1985. They lived in Richmond Surrey and she worked at The National Archives, an enthralling place for anyone interested in history or crime.

Having been brought up as a lonely only child, she was astonished to discover in 2010 that she was one of eight children. She and her sister had last been together on a verandah in the outback when they were babies. They had a joyous reunion in Cornwall in 2012.

Joanna has written seven novels and is working on her eighth.

 

AND FINALLY…..HERE IT IS IN ALL ITS GLORY ……

91633198-35B9-481E-BCD9-DC6EBE0C0F9AAuthor Links :

https://www.facebook.com/joanna.stephenward


https://twitter.com/OperaLover12


https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/28527503


https://outbackwriter.blogspot.com

Book reviews, Historical fiction, Womens fiction

Between the Regions of Kindness by Alice Jolly – Book Review

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An exquisite and original take on the family saga, from the PEN Ackerley Prize-winning Alice Jolly


Coventry, 1941. The morning after one of the worst nights of the Blitz. Twenty-two-year-old Rose enters the remains of a bombed house to find her best friend dead. Shocked and confused, she makes a split-second decision that will reverberate for generations to come.

More than fifty years later, in modern-day Brighton, Rose’s granddaughter Lara waits for the return of her eighteen-year-old son Jay. Reckless and idealistic, he has gone to Iraq to stand on a conflict line as an unarmed witness to peace.

Lara holds her parents, Mollie and Rufus, partly responsible for Jay’s departure. But in her attempts to explain their thwarted passions, she finds all her assumptions about her own life are called into question.

Then into this damaged family come two strangers – Oliver, a former faith healer, and Jemmy, a young woman devastated by the loss of a baby. Together they help to establish a partial peace – but at what cost?

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MY REVIEW

This starts with the aftermath of a bombing raid on Coventry in April 1941….Rose is bewildered and traumatised by the devastation around her, she’s carrying her daughter Mollie, barely able to take it all in. She is trying to get to her friend Violet and her daughter, also called Mollie…..she then makes a decision which will affect the rest of her life…

Told from the different perspectives of several characters over 4 decades, easy to follow and builds a fascinating insight to all of them and their lives.

“Jay made his choices, they all did and what’s happened is due to the squalid little mistakes and petty grievances of their lives”

Alice Jolly has written a hypnotic, beautiful tale of family and the consequences of our actions on ourselves and those close to us. There are some of the most honest, brutal and emotional moments that will make you gasp, cry and want to hug those close to you….a masterpiece of writing and a modern classic in the making……I’m certain book clubs everywhere will love it as much as I do.

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 ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

YOU CAN BUY A COPY HERE…..(click on the image)

About the author

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Alice Jolly is a novelist and playwright. Her memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns won the PEN Ackerley Prize 2016. She also won the V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize awarded by the Royal Society of Literature in 2014 for one of her short stories, ‘Ray the Rottweiler’. She has published three novels previously, What the Eye Doesn’t
See, If Only You Knew and Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile. She has also written for the Guardian, Mail on Sunday and the Independent, and broadcast for Radio 4. She lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
@jollyalice

Alice Jolly is the PEN Ackerley Prize-winning author of the memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns.

Alice’s remarkable 2018 novel Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile was described by Sally Bayley as ‘an exquisite piece of craft … I would place it among the classics of this century and the last’.

For fans of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Cazalet Chronicles, Rose Tremain, Helen Dunmore, Shirley Hazzard, Pat Barker.

REVIEW QUOTES, PREVIOUS BOOKS
For Dead Babies and Seaside Towns:
‘Her account is astonishingly moving and her prose nothing short of hypnotic’ Independent ‘Beautifully written and brutally honest’ Sunday Times

‘The miracle is that this powerfully written book is not only bearable but compulsively readable’ Financial Times
     

Book details
18 APRIL 2019
PRICE: £8.99
ISBN: 978-1-78352-499-0 FORMAT: Paperback
BINDING: B Format PB EXTENT: 496 pages SIZE: 198 × 129 mm CATEGORY BIC: FA

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

Deadly Secrets by Gordon Bickerstaff – Book Review

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Conspiracy. Serial Killers. Thriller.

The truth will out…

Gavin’s life will be turned upside down. He joins a company to work on a product that will revolutionise the food industry. His initial gut instinct is to walk away until he discovers one of the company directors is the former love of his teenage life.

The financial implications are global and incredible. Powerful individuals and countries are prepared to kill as they compete to seize control of the company. Corruption at high levels, a deadly flaw in the product, and the stakes jump higher and higher.

Against overwhelming odds, Gavin must rescue his former love from the hands of an evil cult as they prepare her for a living nightmare.   

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MY REVIEW

DEADLY SECRETS is the Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1 by Gordon Bickerstaff.

This stunningly crafted thriller has an intricate plot, with plenty of twisty surprises.

Gavin Shawlens is an enzymologist, He is also part of a top secret British organization, The Lambeth Group that monitors various research scientists and their discoveries.

Gavin has been asked by SeaPro to test a new food additive derived from the black fiddle fish, that could revolutionize the entire food industry. He’s  not sure it will work, but when he finds the wife of the company owner is an ex-girlfriend…..he takes the job.

There’s also an anti-aging cream that’s quite miraculous but at what cost…..and as for the  Rehab AVC programme….horrific.

Then all hell breaks out……there is the shady Gyge’s ring…a group capable of murder to get and keep secrets…..Russian’s trying to steal the details of the food additive…
Just when you think everything one is safe and it’s all peaceful…no, there are more twists and heartbreak…is the additive safe, what is the link to poor Boggin…?

I really enjoyed this fast, ingenious and twisty thriller, yes there’s a lot of science, but it’s not overwhelming and really adds to the atmosphere of the tale. Brilliant, engaging and exciting writing by Gordon Bickerstaff….

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

 

Author Bio:

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I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. I studied biochemistry, and I’ve worked in several Scottish Universities where I did research on enzymes and taught biochemistry. After thirty years of teaching and research I retired my academic pen and took of a fiction pen.

I write medical-themed thrillers. Deadly Secrets was published in 2013, and was followed by Everything To Lose in 2014, The Black Fox in 2015, Toxic Minds in 2016, Tabula Rasa in 2017 and Tears of Fire in 2018. I live in central Scotland with my wife and we enjoy reading, writing, and walking in the hills.

Links:

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gordon-bickerstaff     

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012357701552     

Twitter: @ADPase

Goodreads Author Page:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5776209.Gordon_BickerstaffWebsite: http://bit.ly/1g4gEoa

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Feud by Amanda James – Book Review

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Matthew Trevelyar leaves his job in London to return to his Cornish roots in the village of St Agnes. After losing his wife to leukaemia, he wants to make a fresh start.

His new life is going well until Matt returns to his cottage to discover a grim warning on his doorstop. The message is clear – Leave now and go back to London.

Not wanting to give up his new life, Matt eventually discovers that there has been a 200-year-old feud between his family, the Trevelyars, and another local family, the Penhallows.

When Matt learns that one of his ancestors burned down a barn belonging to the Penhallows, and that a child died in the fire, he understands why his family name is mud. But why is Matt paying for the sins of his ancestors now? And is there more to the feud than meets the eye?


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MY REVIEW

The Feud starts with a fire many years ago, that resulted in the death of a young boy…..Kenver believes he knows who’s responsible…..

Then we are taken to the present day and Matt Trevelyar has left London to move to Cornwall and a new job as a teacher. A new start, a new life….

He arrives at his rented home, Badgers Holt, only to find a badgers head on a pole and a written warning…to F*** off back to London. Unsettled he calls the local police, but feels a waste of time…

He then meets the beautiful Lavender and is smitten….but is she interested ? Or is there something odd in the way she looks at him….her Grandmother, Morvoren believes he is an evil Trevelyar…..and plots to make him leave the village….anyway she can…

This is an easy read, with some nice twists and a clever plot…I enjoyed the relationship between Matt and Lavender, the doubts and secrets. It shows how perceived hurts can fester over years, all that emotional baggage and hate bring nothing but sadness, loneliness and pain…a very engrossing read….

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  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Author Bio

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Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.
Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Amanda’s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @akjames61

Facebook mandy.james.33

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

Catch Your Death by Kierney Scott – Book Review

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The scene played over and over in his mind. He only had one choice left. He had to die.

Behind the high and imposing gates of a prestigious college, five students have taken their lives. All of them friends, all of them good kids, all of them dead within months of each other. When FBI Agent Jess Bishop is called in to investigate, what she discovers will make her just as vulnerable as the students she’s trying to protect.

As Jess begins to unravel the secrets behind the deaths, she uncovers something much more sinister at the school and she is determined to find out who is at the centre of it.

Though her team think they’re closing in on the ringleader, Jess becomes convinced they’re going after the wrong person, forcing her to investigate on her own. Desperate to stop any more deaths, she risks everything by putting herself in the firing line. But just how far would she go to save the lives of those around her?

An absolutely gripping thriller that will have your pulse racing. Catch Your Death is perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner.

 

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MY REVIEW

This is the 3rd in the series featuring the FBI’s Special Agent Jess Bishop, but can easily be read as a Stand-alone.

Jess is heading home, late one night, when she receives a call from her supervisor, Jeanie…..she’s worried about her nephew, Levi, as she’s been unable to get hold of him by phone and feels something is wrong.

Jess heads straight way to Levi’s rather exclusive school, the Gracemount Academy, but tragically she is too late and finds his body hanging in a bathroom….apparently suicide and she learns this is not the first boy this year….

So Jess starts investigating and finds a darker conspiracy than she expected, leading her and her team into danger, just who can she trust?

Jess Bishop is a bit of a troubled woman (understandable for someone whose dad is a serial killer (albeit in jail))..and looks for peace with some dubious ‘encounters’…but she’s dedicated to her job and her team….to a fault at times…I really felt for Jamison…he tries so hard and he loves her.

I really enjoyed Catch Your Death, it’s an easy read, but has so much going on to keep you hooked, with some great, likeable characters and the impulsive and sometimes reckless Jess, real escapism and a great read. I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thank you to Bookouture 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 review. 

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)

Author Bio:

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Originally from California, Kierney Scott lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband and their daughter.

In her spare time she likes to read and invent new recipes. Her stuffed peppers are particularly popular with her family, as are her grain-free chocolate chip cookies. In an effort to convert her family to the joys of pumpkin, she created the Great Pumpkin Challenge. For the ten weeks before Thanksgiving, they tried a new pumpkin recipe every week. Pumpkin arancini and pumpkin queso were a big hit. She has promised her daughter to never again roast pumpkin and call them chips.

She loves hearing from readers. If you would like to get in touch, you can email her at KierneyScott@gmail.com or follow her on twitter @Kierney_S

Author Social Media Links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kierney.scott
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Author:           Kierney Scott
Book:              Catch Your Death

Publication Day:  April 15th 2019

Buy LINK
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Book reviews, Historical fiction

Legends of Persia by Jennifer Macaire – Book Review and #Giveaway

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When Ashley Riveraine jumped at the chance to travel back in time to meet her hero Alexander the Great, she never thought she would end up staying there…


Following Alexander the Great’s army on its journey across Persia, Ashley is walking the knife edge of history. As a presumed goddess, Ashley is expected to bless crops, make sure battles are won and somehow keep herself out of the history books.


Can Ashley avoid the wrath of the Time Institute while keeping the man she loves alive?

 

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MY REVIEW

Ashley Riveraine, is a present day woman who travelled back in time to 330 BC. Meeting Alexander the Great, she decided to stay and make a life with him.

She travels with him, during his battles, all of which are as factual as they can be….and tells of daily life, the food, religion and the culture of the time, all told in such interesting and immersive writing…..you can almost smell it.

This is nicely paced with plenty of descriptive, evocative writing and you will become part of the tale, the search for Ashley and Alexander’s lost son….

The story is written in Ashley’s 21st century language somits easy to follow with some humour and insights into this ancient world….a stunning and bewitching read.

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. This is my honest, unbiased review.
Purchase Link – mybook.to/LegendsofPersia

 

Author Bio

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Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school
in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

Social Media Links –
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twitter @jennifermacaire
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Book reviews

Death Before Coffee by Desmond P Ryan – Book Review

 

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By 2:27 on a Thursday afternoon, the one-legged man from Room 8 at 147 Loxitor Avenue has been beaten to death with a lead pipe. Twenty-eight minutes later, Detective Mike O’Shea is testifying in a stuffy courtroom, unaware that, within an hour, he will be standing in an alleyway littered with beer cans and condoms while his new partner—the man who saved his life thirteen years ago—flicks bugs off of a battered corpse with a ballpoint pen.

When a rogue undercover copper prematurely hauls in the prime suspect, Mike blows a fuse, resulting in an unlikely rapport developing between him and the lead homicide detective sergeant, a woman known for her stilettos and razor sharp investigative skills. At the end of his seventy-two-hour shift, three men are dead and Mike O’Shea is floating in and out of consciousness in an emergency room hallway, two women by his side.

Death Before Coffee, the second book in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, weaves a homicide investigation through the life of an inner-city police detective intent on balancing his responsibilities as a son, brother, and newly single father with his sworn oath of duty. When faced with death, Mike is forced to make decisions that stir up old memories, compelling him to confront his demons while fighting the good fight.

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MY REVIEW

This is the 2nd book in the Mike O’Shea series by Desmond Ryan, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Detective Mike O’Shea is haunted by the death of his partner, Sal who died in arms, his marriage to Carman is troubled to say the least, she is staying out all night working late…!

As a result he is drinking too much and ends up turning up at work, tired and hungover and just a little jaded. He just wants a hot cup of coffee. While his world is in turmoil, he still goes home to his mother’s every Sunday for a family dinner, he’s not alone in the world.

He is partnered with Ron, a fedora wearing, by the book cop, a stickler for the rules….and they are sent to the homicide of a one-legged man….and so the investigation begins…

Ryan tells a realistic and believable tale, with the humour and camaraderie between colleagues in difficult and sometimes dangerous situations…..this has a totally absorbing and compelling plot….gradually all coming together in this clever crime thriller.

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

 

About Desmond P. Ryan:

B9D394A7-7E94-46CB-80FD-712004A0D9DEFor almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan worked as a cop in the back alleys, poorly-lit laneways, and forgotten neighbourhoods in Toronto, the city where he grew up. Murder often most unkind, assaults on a level that defied humanity, and sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the victims were all in a day’s work. Days, evenings, midnights–all the same. Crime knows no time.

Whether as a beat cop or a plainclothes detective, Desmond dealt with good people who did bad things and bad people who followed their instincts. And now, as a retired detective, he writes crime fiction.

Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.


Social Media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealDesmondRyan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesmondPRyan/
Website: https://realdesmondryan.com/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B07H9MMV81?_encoding=UTF8&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&ref_=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true


Purchase Links:
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Before-Coffee-OShea-Fiction-ebook/dp/B07NJNYGP3/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Before-Coffee-OShea-Fiction-ebook/dp/B07NJNYGP3/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=death+before+coffee&qid=1552730233&s=gateway&sr=8-7
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/death-before-coffee-1


Publishing Information:
Published in eBook and paperback on 8th February 2019.

Book reviews, Historical fiction

Green Gold by Gabriel Hemery – Book Review

 

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In 1850, young Scottish plant hunter John Jeffrey was despatched by an elite group of Victorian subscribers to seek highly-prized exotic trees in North America. An early letter home told of a 1,200-mile transcontinental journey by small boat and on foot.

Later, tantalising collections of seeds and plants arrived from British Columbia, Oregon and California, yet early promise soon withered. Four years after setting out, John Jeffrey, and his journals, disappeared without a trace.

Was he lost to love, violence or the Gold Rush? In this biography, Gabriel Hemery combines meticulous research with a fictional narrative in Jeffrey’s lost journals, revealing an extraordinary adventure

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MY REVIEW

This is a slow burn of a read, something to take your time over and enjoy.

Told by using the journal (fictional) and letters to and from the explorer John Jeffrey, the author Gabriel Hemery takes you back to a time when botany explorers searched for natural plant treasures that the wealthy would flock to see, plants and seeds from distant lands.

These journals and letters were found by a woman during her internship and she realised the interest and importance of the documents and this is where the story begins, as she starts to read and piece together the life of John Jeffrey.

I loved the descriptive writing, bring the wildness of the environment to life, along with the love and tragedy that befell Mr Jeffrey. A real adventure in the written form. Marvellous.

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole and the author for the opportunity to read this book for free and this is my honest and unbiased review

 

Published by Unbound 18 April 2019

Book reviews

I Want You Gone by Miranda Rijks – Book Review

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The only obituary you never want to read – is your own.

Laura Swallow is dead. A life cut tragically short, says the newspaper obituary. But that’s a lie.

Estate agent Laura did not die in a car accident. She is alive and well.
At first, Laura thinks it’s a sick joke.

But multiple announcements of her death are followed by increasingly sinister real-life events. Already fragile, struggling to recover from a recent divorce, Laura is plunged into a living nightmare.

Who can she trust? Her new lover? Her clients and work colleagues? What about her ex-husband and his smug fiancée? Can Laura even rely on her best friends? And why is it that Laura’s present troubles are so tied up with her sister’s sudden death all those years ago?

But one thing Laura is sure of – someone out there wants her to suffer. Wants her gone.

Forever.

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MY REVIEW

Laura works as an Estate Agent and has been nominated for an award….but then her daughter, Mel, calls, upset as an obituary for Laura has been
posted on Facebook….

Reassured, Laura carries on……but then she meets the handsome Dr Ben Logan, he seems charming but her friend Anna tells her he’s no good, a womaniser and cheat. She also meets an old school mate, Eddy, at a house viewing and he makes a pass at her.

But then everything goes wrong, her boss receives a claim Laura was inappropriate at a viewing, intimate photo’s of her are sent to her boss, a death certificate for her is found and she suspects she may have been raped or assaulted by Ben, as she cannot remember anything after their date and she is suspended from work.

Anna is there to help support her, so is her friend Jenny…trying to make sense of everything, all while Laura is slowly falling apart…..then Mel goes missing!

Who has taken her? Who is trying to ruin Laura’s life and how is this linked to her sister Becky?

The writing is so good it keeps you wondering….to say I was on tenterhooks is an understatement in this marvellously fast paced, twisty and unsettling psychological thriller.

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

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About the author

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Miranda Rijks is a writer of suspense novels. I WANT YOU GONE is her first psychological thriller.

Miranda has an eclectic background ranging from law to running a garden centre. She’s been writing all of her life and has a Masters in writing. A couple of years ago she decided to ditch the business plans and press releases and now she’s living the dream, writing suspense novels full time. She lives in Sussex, England with her Dutch husband, musician daughter and black Labrador.

Up next is FATAL FORTUNE, the first of three books in a mystery romance series that will be published in May 2019. They feature Dr Pippa Durrant, a psychologist and specialist in lie detection, who works alongside Sussex police getting embroiled in some scary stuff!

Miranda loves connecting with her readers, so you can reach out to her at http://www.mirandarijks.com


Social Media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MirandaRijks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MirandaRijksAuthor/
Website: http://www.mirandarijks.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mirandarijksauthor/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?i=digital-text&rh=p_27%3AMiranda+Rijks&s=relevancerank&text=Miranda+Rijks&ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1


Purchase Links:
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Want-You-Gone-psychological-nerve-shredding-ebook/dp/B07PZ8Q3LT/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1554150319&refinements=p_27%3AMiranda+Rijks&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&text=Miranda+Rijks
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Want-You-Gone-psychological-nerve-shredding-ebook/dp/B07PZ8Q3LT/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=6Y50902MLSJC&keywords=i+want+you+gone+by+miranda+rijks&qid=1554150429&s=gateway&sprefix=I+want+you+gone+miranda+rijk%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-1-fkmrnull


Publishing Information:
Published by Inkubator Books on 13th April 2019.

 

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Book reviews, Womens fiction

The Girl in The Painting by Renita D’Silva – Book Review

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Discover the secret of the girl in the painting today.

India, 1926: English Margaret arrives with her new husband Suraj at his family home, set amidst beautiful rolling hills, the air filled with the soft scent of spices and hibiscus flowers. Margaret is unwelcome, homesick and lonely, but her maid Archana, a young woman from an impoverished family, reminds her of her long-lost sister, a tiny glimpse of home in a faraway place.

As Margaret and Archana spend more time together, an unexpected friendship blooms. But in British India the divide between rich and poor, English and Indian, is wide, and the clash between Margaret’s modern views and the weight of tradition on Archana will lead to devastating results…

England, 2000: When Emma’s grandmother gives her a mysterious painting, and asks her to take a message of forgiveness to an old friend in India, Emma is relieved to have some time and space to make a decision about her future. But as she fulfils her grandmother’s wish, a secret kept for over seventy years is finally revealed – the story of a day spent painting by a stream full of water lilies, where a betrayal tore three lives apart forever…

Perfect for fans of Kathryn Hughes, Lucinda Riley and The Storyteller’s Secret, Renita D’Silva’s exquisite novel explores the strength it takes to do what is right, no matter the cost.

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MY REVIEW

Margaret grows up in England around the time World War One began, her father joins up to fight, leaving her and her mother to cope alone.

Knowing it unsafe to stay in the family home they are determined not to leave, but then tragedy strikes when the house is destroyed in a bombing raid and only Margaret and her Sister, Winnie survive. They move to their Uncles farm, but feel in the way and unwanted.

But, Winnie then finds love and marries and Margaret decides to leave the farm and study in London….where she meets Suraj….they eventually fall in love and move to India.

More tragedy, when Suraj’s parents die in an accident and life in India is so different to that back home, the poverty, the caste system and other traditions, such as Sati, where a widow will throw herself on the funeral pyre of her husband to die….

The Girl In The Painting is a marvellous, well written and compelling book, a story of many facets, local customs, many secrets and so much tragedy and sadness. A tale of consequences and doing the right thing. Stunning.

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


Author Bio:

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Renita D’Silva loves stories, both reading and creating them. Her short stories have been published in ‘The View from Here’, ‘Bartleby Snopes’, ‘this zine’, ‘Platinum Page’, ‘Paragraph Planet’ among others and have been nominated for the ‘Pushcart’ prize and the ‘Best of the Net’ anthology. She is the author of ‘Monsoon Memories’,’The Forgotten Daughter’, ‘The Stolen Girl’, ‘A Sister’s Promise’, ‘A Mother’s Secret’, ‘A Daughter’s Courage’, ‘Beneath An Indian Sky’.


Author Social Media Links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RenitaDSilvaBooks
TWITTER: @RenitaDSilva
WEBSITE: http://renitadsilva.com/
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Publication Day:  April 11th 2019

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Pilgrim by Louise Hall – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

In Dublin, fourteen-year-old Jen and her father, Charlie, are struggling to cope with the death of their mother/wife.

Charlie, in particular, seems to have given up on life.

When Jen’s aunt, Suzanne, convinces them to go on a pilgrimage to a strange village in Yugoslavia, there is hope that some solace or healing may be brought to their broken lives.

On their arrival, however, they find a village in upheaval. An influx of pilgrims have swarmed into the village, each looking for their own miracle. Then there are the local police, who aim to suppress this so-called `revolution’.

Amid all this, Jen makes a friend, Iva – one of the children who claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. Told with a deep humanity and grace, Pilgrim is a story about a man who feels he has nothing to live for, and a daughter who is determined to prove him wrong.

A nuanced and moving exploration of grief and faith. Unique subject matter based around the famed Medjugorje apparitions. The author already has a dedicated readership built up from her two non-fiction books on Medjugorje. This is her first fictional take on the story.


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MY REVIEW

Pilgrim by Louise Hall is a tale about hope, faith and love.

It’s tells of Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, where some young children saw a woman carrying the baby Jesus, she had a message…She came to tell the world God exists.

As a result many many travellers visited the small village on a pilgrimage…

The story is of a few of these, Charlie and Jen from Dublin, struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of wife and mother, Sarah. The Franciscan and Iva, the young girl who sees the Gospa….it also touches on the military and political situation in the former Yugoslavia, but the ultimate message is one of love and family…

This is a very moving and emotional read, it will touch your soul a little and leave some of itself with you for a long time. Wonderfully emotive writing by Louise Hall.

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 ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Louise Hall is from Malahide, Co. Dublin. She has previously published two works of non-fiction, Medjugorje: What it Means to Me and Medjugorje and Me: A Collection of Stories from Across the World. Her fiction has been published in The Irish Times and been shortlisted for numerous competitions, such as the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Short Story Award, the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Competition and the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards. Pilgrim is her debut novel.

Website: http://www.louisehall.ie

Twitter: @LouHallWriter

Instagram: @louisehallwriter

 

Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd (14 Sept. 2018)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1781176167
• ISBN-13: 978-1781176160

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