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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – Book Review



From Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the authors of the top ten bestseller The Wife Between Us, comes An Anonymous Girl – an electrifying novel about doubt, passion and deadly obsession . . .

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money and leave.

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive, and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr Shields may know what she’s thinking . . . and what she’s hiding.

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what is real in her life, and what is one of Dr Shields’s manipulative experiments.

Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.



Jessica Farris is 28 and a make up artist, she hears a couple of her clients Taylor and Mandy discussing a survey that you can earn $500 to just answer a few questions. So she makes a note of the details and decides to learn more and maybe take part as she could really do with the money.

As a result Jessica then takes part in the Morality & Ethics research project, she is subject 52 and the questions seem harmless, but she is soon telling her secrets….. !

Dr Shields who is running the survey, asks to meet Jessica as she wants to carry on the surgery, with further face to face questions and ‘assignments’ where her life is basically under control of Dr Shields. A story about the trust we place in so called professionals, with some thought provoking questions on morality and what trouble a lie can cause…..some creepy moments too.

I was totally engrossed and while I have read many psychological thrillers this was certainly original and downright unsettling….a definite must read and one of my favourites this year.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ebook for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

you can buy a copy here (Amazon affiliate link)

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My Name is Monster by Katie Hale – Book Review.


After the Sickness has killed off her parents, and the bombs have fallen on the last safe cities, Monster emerges from the arctic vault which has kept her alive. When she washes up on the coast of Scotland, everyone she knows is dead, and she believes she is alone in an empty world.

Monster begins the long walk south, scavenging and learning the contours of this familiar land made new. Slowly, piece by piece, she begins to rebuild a life. Until, one day, she finds a girl: feral, and ready to be taught all that Monster knows. Changing her own name to Mother, Monster names the child after herself. As young Monster learns from Mother, she also discovers her own desires, realising that she wants very different things to the woman who made, but did not create, her.

Inspired by Robinson Crusoe and Frankenstein, My Name is Monster is a novel about power, about the things that society leaves imprinted on us when the rules no longer apply, and about the strength and the danger of a mother’s love..



This is Katie Hale’s debut novel and I was so intrigued by the post apocalyptic premise and an original sounding blurb. I was not disappointed.

I found this to be a wonderfully well written book. The descriptive language drew me in to this emotional, cold and dark world.

This is a post apocalyptic story of a young woman who believes she is the only person left alive after The Sickness. Her name is Monster, a nickname given to her by her parents when she was younger and is a bit of a loner.

Monster manages to survive by making a life for herself, away from a nearby city, but close enough to visit it to scavenge. On one of these trips she finds a young girl, who like her is practically feral. She takes her home and gives her the name Monster……and she renames herself Mother.

The book is told from two perspectives, firstly from Mother, then from Monster. It shows how they both see things differently and how Monster grows with her own thoughts and descriptive language.

I didn’t feel there was any particular plot to follow, just a story of life, nature and nurture in a decimated world, beautifully told. I can thoroughly recommend it…

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

you can preorder a copy here (Amazon affiliate link)

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COVER REVEAL for the new…….. Rachel J Bonner novel………………….Thread Of Hope

Thread Of Hope

Honesty is the best policy. Isn’t it?

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

 Prospero is prepared to tell Leonie most of his past – if he can find her – but one of his secrets could send her running again. Another could destroy any future they might have. And one could kill her. Dare he risk it?

 Leonie is terrified of the consequences of sharing any of her past with anyone. But not even Leonie knows the secrets that her very existence contains.

 Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie and they could tear the world apart. Who does he turn to, and who should he share them with? If he tells the wrong personhe could seal not just Leonie’s death warrant but those of millions more.

 And no one has told Leonie the mystery of her necklace. When she discovers that, will she sacrifice everything and risk all that Gabriel has been working for?








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In addition, book 1 Strand of Faith is on special offer for a limited time at 99p for the ebook,

A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice. When the choice is between life and love, who can possibly decide? And who can be trusted for advice?

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Author Bio

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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The Rumour by Lesley Kara – Book Review. #bookreview





When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?



This is Lesley Kara’s debut novel and is so intense, a well written and skilfully plotted psychological thriller. 

Set in a small town, single mother, Joanna Critchley has recently moved here with her son.  Trying to fit in the community, Joanna chats and shares gossip and tittle tattle she has heard. She had heard a rumour, that a child killer lives in the area and with no thought to the consequences, Joanna shares it and it just flies, spreading round the area, where everyone then sees the  perpetrator everywhere they look, regardless of any possible facts or innocence.

There are many potential culprits, and Lesley Kara’s creative writing shows the power of unsubstantiated rumour and the awful damage they can cause.

This is a fast paced twisty tale, with high tension and a sheer atmosphere of foreboding throughout. A fascinating dark and chilling story.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

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The Hourglass by Liz Heron #BlogTour #Review #RandomThingsTours @annecater

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Welcome to Mixing Reality With Fiction Book Blog


Spring 2000. Paul Geddes visits Venice to research the fin-de-siècle opera singer, Esme Maguire, seeking out a cache of papers held by Eva Forrest, the widow of a collector. What he reads begins in the 1680s, moving through the city s later history of Enlightenment and Revolution, describing a life stretched beyond human possibilities.

She travels across Europe to sing in Regency London and Edinburgh, then BelleEpoqueParis, always returning to Venice, its shadows and its luminosity, its changes and its permanence.

What would it be like to live for nearly 300 years, as an exceptional being who must renew herself time after time, as those she has loved age and die? Could this story be grounded in reality or be merely the product of an ageing woman s delusion, as Paul suspects.

Warily, Eva and Paul fall in love, their tentative emotions bringing them closer until, on…

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Gap Years by Dave Holwill – Book Review. #bookreview #blogtour



19 year old Sean hasn’t seen his father since he was twelve. His mother has never really explained why. An argument with her leads to his moving to the other side of the country.

Martin, his father, has his life thrown into turmoil when the son he hasn’t seen in nearly eight years strolls back into his life immediately killing his dog and hospitalising his step-daughter.

The one thing they have in common is the friendship of a girl called Rhiannon.

Over the course of one summer Sean experiences sexual awakenings from all angles, discovers the fleeting nature of friendship and learns to cope with rejection.

Martin, meanwhile, struggles to reconnect with Sean while trying to delicately turn down the increasingly inappropriate advances of a girl he sees as a surrogate daughter and keep a struggling marriage alive.

Gap Years is an exploration of what it means to be a man in the 21st Century seen from two very different perspectives – neatly hidden inside a funny story about bicycles, guitars and unrequited love.



Sean has a big row with his mum about university, as he has decided not to go and to concentrate on a cycling career. As a result, he leaves to go and live with Dad in Devon.

His Dad, Martin, is not sure as he feels he has nothing in common with Sean after not seeing him for the past 8 years, but his wife, Alison and daughter Melody welcome him with open arms.

There are accidents, betrayals and love in this tale of coming of age and a shy, slightly naive young man trying to find himself and his awakening sexuality.  There is humour and some dodgy singing all a credit to Dave Holwill’s engaging writing.

It covers the emotions of Martin, Sean and the mixed up, messed up and inappropriate Rhiannon, the tribulations of growing up in this turbulent 21st century….oh and there is The Wiz…..a great character with mysticism and home brew. A fun, touching and emotional read.

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


You can buy a copy here (Amazon)



Author Bio –

Dave Holwill was born in Guildford in 1977 and quickly decided that he preferred the Westcountry – moving to Devon in 1983 (with some input from his parents).
After an expensive (and possibly wasted) education there, he has worked variously as a postman, a framer, and a print department manager (though if you are the only person in the department then can you really be called a manager?) all whilst continuing to play in every kind of band imaginable on most instruments you can think of.
Gap Years is his third novel – following on the heels of Weekend Rockstars and The Craft Room, and he is currently working on the fourth (a folk horror set in his native mid-Devon) and a sequel to Weekend Rockstars.

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The Happiness Project by Pippa James – Book Review. #blogtour #bookreview



Prepare to be captivated by one of the most poignant and uplifting books you will read this year, perfect for readers who loved One Day in December and The Keeper of Lost Things. 

1) Exercise more 

2) Eat healthily 

3) Learn how to live again… 

Forty-year-old Alison Lund has always carefully planned everything in her well-ordered life, from colour co-ordinating her beautiful house to persuading her excitable son Alexander that sticker charts are more fun than misbehaving. But Alison’s perfect world has just fallen apart… 

Her head is left spinning when her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, passes away and Alison is left heartbroken. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea, she was the glue that kept Alison together through the first few tough years of motherhood. And now Alison is trying to figure out a future without her. 

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to be more Maggie. After an emotional New Year’s Eve get together, the three women create a happiness project, challenging themselves to step outside their comfort zones and make the most of every single day. 

Daring to do things differently, can Alison learn to live more spontaneously and find happiness along the way? Or will letting go be harder than she ever imagined? 



Frankie and Kate arrive at Alison’s home on New Year’s Eve bearing wine. Alison convinces them to make New Years Resolutions and so they plan the changes they want to make for the coming year. 

Alison wants to exercise more to get back her fitness. Kate wants to find more zen during her third pregnancy, to just enjoy it this time round. Frankie just wants a job and not the multi-drop parcel delivery she has just quit…

Each of these women must make their way with the various parenting problems, some relationship issues and past friends all trying to fulfil their happiness project.

The three friends are very different, ‘scary’ Alison is the ultimate organiser and part earth mother. Kate is quite shy and generally stressed by life…Frankie flits about, moody, scatty and lovable.

I love Pippa James’ writing, the way the three friends interact, with their relatable problems and insecurities feels so real. The question I’m sure every mother has asked, am I doing this right ? What makes a good mother? And the pressure women feel to be able to do it all is immense and this is reflected  in this tale wonderfully.

This is not all airy and light, the friends do have arguments and issues are serious but it’s also got its light times with some laugh out loud moments to break the tension.

Pippa James has written a completely relatable, funny, heartwarming novel about being a mother, a friend and ultimately happiness…..wonderful.

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. 

Buy a copy here (Amazon affiliate link)



Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.

You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or 

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The Songbird Girls by Robert Parker – Book Review.


Her eyes were closed. From a distance the blood around her neck might have looked like a necklace, but up close her body told a different tale. She had been murdered. A tiny songbird lay beside her, its neck broken… 

Detective Tom Fabian’s past is catching up with him. It has been years since the most famous case of his career – when his evidence put infamous serial killer Christopher Wisher behind bars forever. But when Wisher summons a reluctant Fabian to his prison cell to hand over a diary, he realises that Wisher’s twisted games are far from over.

Shortly after Fabian’s visit, Wisher is found dead in his cell. And a few days later, the police find a woman’s body bearing Wisher’s signature, a dead songbird. But the police never released this detail to the public … so who has Wisher been talking to?

Fabian is desperate to find the killer before another innocent life is taken. But as more bodies turn up, Fabian begins to realise that Wisher may have handed him the clues before he died. Is the twisted serial killer still pulling the strings from beyond the grave…?

(Taken from Goodreads)




Tom Fabian receives a request from convicted serial killer, Christopher Wisher to visit him in jail…..reluctantly he visits and Wisher gives him a diary. It doesn’t seem to make much sense….but then a body is found with a dead songbird left next to the body….is this a copy cat ? 

Wisher is then found dead in his cell and Fabian feels Wisher is still playing mind games, and the diary is more than the ramblings of a damaged mind. More bodies are found and Fabian is left a dead songbird at his home….who is playing games?

This is so cleverly written, with unbelievable tension and the glimpses into the mind of a serial killer are just unnerving. I was turning the pages as fast as my heart was beating, a credit to Robert Parker’s excellent writing. I can’t say much more as I wouldn’t want to spoil any moment……The final chapters were just so fraught with tension and fear and I loved every minute. 

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. (I also have a paperback copy purchased by me

You can buy a copy here (Amazon)

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Murder Unexpected by Anita Waller – Book Review. #blogtour #bookreview


Book blurb:

Kat and Mouse are back.

Church Deacon Kat and her friend Beth, known as Mouse, have started a private investigation business in the sleepy village of Eyam.

Kat, whose estranged criminal husband, Leon, is on the run, has a lot on her plate running the new business whilst heavily pregnant.

When a widow asks the sleuths for help, Kat and Mouse find themselves searching for the birth mother of the widow’s husband. But when it becomes clear that the widow isn’t telling the whole truth, Kat and Mouse are drawn into a deadly chase where nothing is what it seems.

Meanwhile, Kat’s husband has come back to Eyam and has Kat in his sights.

Can Kat and Mouse solve the case and escape the dangerous Leon?

This time they might just be out of their depth…

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Murder Unexpected is the second in the Kat and Mouse murder mystery series, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, some of the background to the relationships between Nan, Kat and Mouse would be clearer if you’d read the previous novel (but not much as it’s pretty clear how close they all are, a real family).

I adored the characters of Kat and Mouse and Nan is so great, just don’t swear around her !

Leon, Kat’s murderous ex-husband makes an appearance and I did think this is where the story was going, but there is so much more. The women’s PI business, Connection is thriving and their new client a recently widowed woman takes their investigation into a riveting, violent and sometimes emotional direction. There are crimes, various deaths, some violent and some very sad and moving. Murder Unexpected is an immensely enjoyable novel, with strong female characters and some real emotional twists and turns right to the very end. A credit to the very clever writing by Anita Waller. I loved it and can thoroughly recommend it. 

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for a free advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own, honest and unbiased. 

You can buy a copy here (from Amazon)

About the Author :




Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.

She has written and taught creative writing for most of her life, and at the age of sixty nine sent a manuscript to Bloodhound Books which was immediately accepted.

In total she has written seven psychological thrillers and one supernatural novel, and uses the areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire as her preferred locations in her books. Sheffield features prominently.

And now Anita is working on her first series, the Kat and Mouse trilogy, set in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Eyam. The first in the series, Murder Undeniable, launched 10 December 2018, and the second in the series, Murder Unexpected, launches 11 February 2019.

The trilogy has now been promoted to a quartet following the success of the first book; she is currently working on book three, Murder Unearthed. Book four doesn’t have a title, a plot, a first sentence… but she remains convinced it will have!

She is now seventy-three years of age, happily writing most days and would dearly love to plan a novel, but has accepted that isn’t the way of her mind. Every novel starts with a sentence and she waits to see where that sentence will take her, and her characters.

In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed, and they provided it.

Her genre is murder – necessary murder.

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Tainted by David Evans @DavidEwriter @CarolineBookBit

Great review by Sarah…I also enjoyed the two storylines….very clever


Book Description:

A botched attempt to extort money has tragic consequences.
An embarrassing DNA match to an unsolved rape and murder twenty years before means DI Colin Strong has to use his best diplomatic tactics.
Simultaneously, journalist Bob Souter is tasked with writing about that same case to re-focus public attention. Will the newspaper’s actions help or hinder the police?
Meanwhile, Strong’s team has two separate murder enquiries to run.
With their friendship under duress, will Souter and Strong be able to work together?

My Thoughts:

Tainted is the fourth book in the Wakefield Series. Whilst it isn’t essential to have read the others in the series, I would recommend it to get the most out of this book with there being references to previous events.

There is quite a lot going on in this novel with two murder cases on the go. I didn’t envy Strong and his team…

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#BirthdayBlitz! #Review – The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke (@VictoriaCooke10) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

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The Secret to Falling In Love (1)
Second blog post of the day is for a book birthday for Victoria Cooke and ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’. Happy book birthday!! I am delighted to be reviewing the book on such a special day. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but…

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The Couple by Sarah Mitchell #BlogTour #Review @bookouture @SarahM_writer

It's all about the books

It’s a pleasure today to be part of the blog tour for The Couple by Sarah Mitchell and I’ll be sharing my review further on, but first I’d like to thank Bookouture for the ecopy I received via NetGalley and share a bit about the book.

About the book

The-Couple-KindleWhatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire…

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Gallowstree Lane by Kate London – Book Review. #bookreview



Please don’t let me die. Please don’t. The final words of teenager Spencer Cardoso as he bleeds out on a London street, his life cut short in a single moment of rage.

Detective Inspector Kieran Shaw’s not interested in the infantry. Shaw likes the proper criminals, the ones who can plan things.

For two years he’s been painstakingly building evidence against an organized network, the Eardsley Bluds. Operation Perseus is about to make its arrests.

So when a low-level Bluds member is stabbed to death on Gallowstree Lane, Shaw’s priority is to protect his operation. An investigation into one of London’s tit for tat killings can’t be allowed to derail Perseus and let the master criminals go free.

But there’s a witness to the murder, fifteen-year-old Ryan Kennedy. Already caught up in Perseus and with the Bluds, Ryan’s got his own demons and his own ideas about what’s important.

As loyalties collide and priorities clash, a chain of events is triggered that draws in Shaw’s old adversary DI Sarah Collins and threatens everyone with a connection to Gallowstree Lane…

(taken from Goodreads)



This is number 3 in the Collins and Griffiths series by Kate London, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

It’s set in 2016 London and covers gang culture, crime and the knife crime prevalent at the moment amongst young men. Gallowstree Lane is a grim place, which just bristles with unseen tensions…..not a place to walk alone.

One evening 15 year old Spencer is fatally stabbed, his friend, Ryan is distraught and turns to The Bluds leader, Shakiel for help. Shaks is an old family friend as he knew Ryan’s dad before his untimely death and exacted revenge on the person responsible. Ryan wants him to do the same for Spence……he’s told it will happen but there’s other things to do first…..and here’s where the tension begins.

DI Kieran Shaw is part of Operation Perseus, undercover to finally get the evidence needed to arrest and charge Shakiel, to bring an end to his reign and stop guns getting on the streets. Not a particularly nice guy, but good at the job he does.

Lizzie is a likeable young cop, she has a son, Connor after an affair with Kieran and she is assigned to Perseus and is integral to the investigation due to her ability to link different pieces of intelligence together.

DI Sarah Collins, is investigating Ryan’s murder and while doing this her operation mixes with the undercover Perseus and there is further tension as neither want the others to jeopardise either investigation. 

Kate London has written a police procedural but with a difference, it has a realistic feel, totally believable with a human touch. It shows the emotional pressures and stress the police officers are under all the time, the mention of dealing with a rail crash is so real…..I know from experience, the ringing of unanswered mobile phones amidst the devastation brought many officers nightmares. This also has the story of the young men involved in these gang and knife crimes, and while I appreciate they are violent and lawless, I felt such sympathy for the clearly troubled Ryan and this is a credit to Kate London’s brilliant, creative, and emotional writing. I loved every heart thumping moment…..

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole,  Kate London and the Publisher, and netgalley for the opportunity to read this ebook for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. (I do also have a hardback copy of my own).

Buy a copy here….do it…do it…..

(from Amazon)

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9 Books with Autism Representation

Great post…..

9 books with autism representation

9 Books Monday is a feature here on Bookish Wanderess, where I talk about 9 books that have positive representation of diverse experiences including the experiences of people of the LGBTQIA community, Native people, people of color, people with physical and cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

In the past, I have done posts about 9 book with: Bisexual female mcLatinx mcBlack mcMuslim mc, Lesbian mcAsian mc, Trans mc, and Anxiety rep. (mc=main characters).

This time I’m doing 9 books with Autism Representation:

3 Books I Read and Loved

The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The autistic rep in this is #ownvoices and it’s insightful and touching. Stella is succeseful and caring, she fixates on routines and obsesses over things and sometimes misses some social cues and she is wonderful and I loved getting to read…

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Pinborough’s heart shows the Unexpected


In preparation for Sarah Pinborough’s appearance at Nottingham Waterstones on the 20th of this month where she is due to talk about her latest book, Cross her Heart; I obtained a copy of the book from the library. However, the library copy did cause some issues when reviewing it. Around cd7 the copy began to jump to the point where I was unable to hear the narrator’s voice with any confidence, so I gave up and resorted to reading chapters 57 and 58 through an ebook copy for the first time – also obtained through the library. This was a relief as it reduced the possibility of not obtaining a copy in time if I had had to wait for it in paperback.

Given the style in which Sarah wrote the earlier part of the book, I naïvely assumed that my vast reading knowledge had allowed me to guess where…

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Night Theatre by Vikram Paralkar – Book Review. #bookreview


As dusk approaches, a former surgeon goes about closing up his dilapidated clinic in rural India. His day, like all his days, has been long and hard. His medical supplies arrive late if at all, the electrics in the clinic threaten to burn out at any minute, and his overseer, a corrupt government official, blackmails and extorts him.

It is thankless work, but the surgeon has long given up any hope of reward in this life. That night, as the surgeon completes his paperwork, he is visited by a family – a teacher, his heavily pregnant wife and their young son. 

Victims of a senseless attack, they reveal to the surgeon wounds that they could not possibly have survived. And so the surgeon finds himself faced with a preposterous task: to mend the wounds of the dead family before sunrise so that they may return to life. But this is not the only challenge laid before the surgeon, and as the night unfolds he realises his future is tied more closely to that of the dead family than he could have imagined. At once dustily realist and magically unreal, Night Theatre is a powerful fable about the miracles we ask of doctors, and the fine line they negotiate between life and death.




”The day the dead visited the surgeon, the air in his clinic was laced with formaldehyde. His pharmacist had poured some into a beaker in the operating room and given it a night to scour every corner.”

The surgeon, Doctor Saheb, is a general Doctor in a small rural village in India. The surgery struggles for supplies but he does his absolute best for his patients. 

He often uses his own money to pay for supplies which have have disappeared, taken by the corrupt and only returned on payment of a fee.

One night he is visited by a family, a man, his pregnant wife and their son, they have terrible wounds, but no bleeding as they are already dead.

Their story is incredible and their need for help obvious and so urgent. The surgeon spends many hours trying to mend these broken people and he listens to tale of an angel and hope.

This feels like a supernatural gothic ghost tale, but its not really as its so down to earth with the descriptions of surgery and the wounds, but then has the dead, walking and talking.

However, the family and their wounds are not all that they seem, but I won’t say anymore as I wouldn’t want to spoil this wonderfully odd tale.

This is a cleverly written book with a lot of surgery details that are not for the squeamish, I think it shows the pressures doctors and surgeons are under and how we expect miracles of them every day. A thought provoking read…

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Tainted by David Evans – Book Review. #blogtour #bookreview



The Wakefield Series #4

A botched attempt to extort money has tragic consequences.

An embarrassing DNA match to an unsolved rape and murder twenty years before means DI Colin Strong has to use his best diplomatic tactics.

Simultaneously, journalist Bob Souter is tasked with writing about that same case to re-focus public attention. Will the newspaper’s actions help or hinder the police?

Meanwhile, Strong’s team has two separate murder enquiries to run.

With their friendship under duress, will Souter and Strong be able to work together? Find out in TAINTED – book 4 in the acclaimed Wakefield Series!



Set in Yorkshire, well Leeds and Wakefield in 2002, Detective Inspector Colin Strong, his Detective Sargent Kelly Stainmore and his team investigate a murder after a man’s body is found in a public toilet by a local dog walker.

They are also looking into a cold case, from 20 years previously, which is the murder of a 14 year old girl, Claire Hobson. DNA that had been found on her body has a link to a new PC in the station.

Then a second body is found, and yet another investigation is underway.

Bob Souter, a journalist and friend of DI Strong is also looking into the old murder for a 20th anniversary story. I found it very clever of David Evans to have this parallel investigation, to show a different side to the story and how differently people react to the police or the press.

This really details the way a police investigation works and its way of finding a small detail, which leads to more and more revealing moments. Very cleverly written with great, likeable and believable characters. 

The ending is nail bitingly tense and ties up all the loose ends. While this is one of a series, it’s still easy to follow as a stand-alone, but I will be looking out for the next one for sure.

If you like a police procedural then this is a must read and I can recommend it without reservation.

Thank you to Caroline Vincent at Bits About 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 and unbiased review. 

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David Evans is a Scots-born writer who found his true love as well as his inspiration for his detective series, in Wakefield. Having written all his life, in 2012 he decided to go for it – successfully as the next year, in 2013, he was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

The Wakefield Series became an International Bestseller in June 2017 with success in Canada and Australia as well as the UK.

Early 2018 Disposal was published, the first book in the Tendring Series, a new detective series, set in north Essex in the 1970s.

Now, the first three books in the Wakefield series have been republished by Orchard View Publications with brand new covers – Orchard View Publications also publishes the fourth book in the series, TAINTED.

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The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict – Book Review. #bookreview


Kimber Hannon’s belief that she has complete control over her life is shattered the night that she comes home from a trip to find her key no longer opens her front door. There is a stranger living in her house. A stranger who claims he has every right to be there, with the paperwork to prove it. When she confronts the man, he lets her get close enough to whisper, “I was there. I saw what you did.”

She doesn’t know how he knows her, but with those words Kimber knows this stranger isn’t after anything as simple as her money or artwork or charming Craftsman bungalow. She has to find out exactly what he wants and get him out of her carefully orchestrated life before he ruins it.

There are plenty of people in her life who might help, but should Kimber trust any of them? Her lawyer, Gabriel, is also her ex-lover; Diana, her best friend, doesn’t know Kimber slept with her husband; her ex-husband has a new, happier life since leaving her; and her co-workers know she’ll do anything to get her next sale. And no one can know the real reason this man is in her house. Without trust, everyone’s a stranger…



“Now most of those old trees were gone, long ago sacrificed to logging, and the rock was little wider than Michelle’s hunched and broken body was tall.”

The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict is a great read. It’s not particularly fast paced, but there’s a lot going on in Kimber Hannon’s life. I didn’t find her to be the nicest of people but I felt that this is the point and this is a credit to Laura Benedict’s writing.

Kimber returns home from a long weekend at a retreat, to find that her keys do not work in her front door. She tries every key but nothing works, she then she sees the shadow of somebody inside. 

She calls the police and is told the man has a rental lease for 6 months, signed by her, to say she is shocked is an understatement.

Who is this man and how did he get keys to her home and then during a slight altercation, he whispers in her ear ” I was there, I know what you did”, she panics, what does he know about her past and what happened, as she believes she was the only one there!

This switches between two timelines, Kimber’s past and the present, we learn of secrets and lies.

An intriguing read even if you don’t really care for Kimber, you’ll still need to know the secrets….

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

You can buy a copy here (from Amazon) only 99p for ebook at the moment

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Blog Tour: The Taking of Annie Thorne by C. J. Tudor

Reviews by Chloé

Hellllllooooooo there. Today is finally the day that I can share my thoughts on this book! I know a lot of you are already dying to read this book, so I hope this review gets you even more excited for it! And for those who haven’t heard of C. J. Tudor’s latest because you’ve been hiding in a cave or something, no worries – I got you, I’ll get you up to speed on its brilliance in this review and have you excited too!

The prologue sucks you in and sets the tone for what lies ahead in this plot: darkness, suspicion and violence; all pieced together with sharp edged twists that leave you wanting more, but also scared of what will happen next. My heart was racing and I finished this is in one long, satisfying sitting – Tudor’s writing took my breath away.

So how do I write…

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