Balkan noir, blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

One Step Behind by Lauren North – Book Review

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Jenna is a wife, a mother, a doctor. She’s also the victim of a stalker.

Every time she leaves her house, she sees him. Disturbing gifts are left at her door. Cruel emails are sent to her colleagues. She has no idea who this man is but she feels powerless against him.

Until the day he is brought into her hospital after a serious accident, and Jenna is given the chance to find out once and for all why this man is tormenting her. Now, the power is all hers.

But how many lines is she willing to cross to take back control of her life? *****

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MY REVIEW 

Jenna is a hard working doctor in a busy A&E department, she also has two children and a husband, so a busy, busy life.

But, she is living in fear due to a stalker, sending her bizarre gifts and constant emails, so she can never relax.

At work one day, the victim of an accident is brought in and it’s her stalker, she has to decide whether to save his life…….

Jenna decides to find out more about this man and just why he chose her to terrify.

One Step Behind is full of a tension that makes you look over your shoulder with some really creepy moments. A clever, twisty plot with well developed characters (not all of them exactly likeable) makes this one to read with the doors locked and the lights on. Brilliant.

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

 

Purchase Link : https://amzn.to/32TF1qV

 

READERS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF ONE STEP BEHIND:

 

‘A gripping psychological thriller that pulls the reader through the story at a terrific pace, not giving them a moment to draw breath’ – Nikki Smith, author of All in Her Head.

 

‘A really gripping rollercoaster of a read – I absolutely loved it, and read it in one sitting’ – Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me

 

‘I absolutely adored this disturbingly twisty tale of stalking, obsession and control’ – Emma Curtis, author of The Night You Left

 

‘Twisty and addictive – I loved One Step Behind’ – Louise Beech, author of I Am Dust

 

‘Wow oh wow! There is nothing negative I can say about this book’

 

‘Twisty and compelling . . . One Step Behind is actually one step forward in psychological thrillers’ ‘So many twists and turns and OMG moments!’

 

‘A thrilling read that will leave you breathless’

 

‘Lauren North is really developing into a must-read author for me’

‘This book is deserving of more than five stars’

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Lauren North writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and from her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation. Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. Readers can follow Lauren on Twitter @Lauren_C _North and Facebook @LaurenNorthAuthor 

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Family drama, humour

The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

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Haunted by their past, the Skelf women are hoping for a quieter life. But running both a funeral directors’ and a private investigation business means trouble is never far away, and when a car crashes into the open grave at a funeral Dorothy is conducting, she can’t help looking into the dead driver’s shadowy life.

While Dorothy uncovers a dark truth at the heart of Edinburgh society, her daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah have their own struggles. Jenny’s ex-husband Craig is making plans that could shatter the Skelf women’s lives, and the increasingly obsessive Hannah has formed a friendship with an elderly professor that is fast turning deadly.

But something even more sinister emerges when a drumming student of Dorothy’s disappears, and suspicion falls on her parents. The Skelf women find themselves immersed in an unbearable darkness – but could the real threat be to themselves?

Fast-paced, darkly funny, yet touching and tender, the Skelf family series is a welcome reboot to the classic PI novel, whilst also asking deeper questions about family, society and grief.

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MY REVIEW 

#2 in the Skelf series…..it can be read as a stand-alone as events from book #1 A Dark Matter are mentioned as background to this story.

Dorothy, Jenny and Hannah are still trying to come to terms with events in A Dark Matter, as they try to carry on their lives as funeral directors and private investigators.

Dorothy is attending a funeral when a car crashes into an open grave, narrowly missing her. 

Jenny visits her ex-husband, Craig in prison and ends up on a charge of assault.

Hannah is seeing a therapist, due to the murder of her friend (by her dad) and is struggling, shutting out her partner, Indy.

But, they are still working and they try to find more about the unidentified driver killed in the car crash, there’s a missing drummer and a suspicious death to investigate.

This is the tale of the lives of the three Skelf women, their chaotic, troubled and sometimes dangerous lives. It deals with death, grief and fear, but also with love, acceptance and the importance of family. All told with a clear love of Edinburgh and a marvellous dark humour,

Full of realistic and relatable characters with all their quirks, a few mysteries and a compelling plot make this an emotion packed thriller. I was hooked from the very start and loved every minute.

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

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/30BtKst

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Doug Johnstone is the author of more than ten novels, most recently Breakers (2019), which has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and A Dark Matter (2020), which launched the Skelfs series. Several of his books have been bestsellers and award winners, and his work has been praised by the likes of Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. He’s taught creative writing and been a writer in residence at various institutions – including a funeral home, which he drew on to write A Dark Matter – and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh. 

Book reviews

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of The Year 2020 Winner Announced……..Congratulations to Adrian McKinty for The Chain.

I am delighted to share the news that uber driver turned best-selling sensation Adrian McKinty has won the UK’s most prestigious crime novel award, Theakston Old Peculier, for his page-turning thriller The Chain.

The Chain was chosen by public vote and the prize Judges, triumphing against a tremendously strong shortlist – including books from Oyinkan Braithwaite, Helen Fitzgerald, Jane Harper, Mick Herron and Abir Mukherjee – at a time when the UK is experiencing a boom in crime fiction. Adrian’s hit thriller marks the turning point in his life that has led him to a series of success, as he became a bestseller in 20 countries and had Universal snap up the film rights in a seven-figure deal.

Adrian McKinty said: “I am gobsmacked and delighted to in this award. Two years ago, I had given up on writing altogether and was working in a bar and driving an uber, and so to go from that to this is just amazing. People think that you write a book and it will be an immediate bestseller. For twelve books, my experience was quite the opposite, but then I started this one. It was deliberately high concept, deliberately different to everything else I had written – and I was still convinced it wouldn’t go anywhere… but now look at this. It has been completely life changing.”

 

 

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Harrogate, Thursday 23 July: Belfast born Adrian McKinty has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious accolade in crime writing, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, for his best-selling thriller,The Chain, that sees parents forced to abduct children to save the lives of their own.

 

This phenomenal success comes after Adrian’s family were evicted from their home, forcing him to put down his pen and find work as an Uber driver and bar tender to make ends meet. Persuaded to give his dream one last go, Adrian began writing what would become his smash hit sensation The Chain, now a bestseller in over 20 countries with move rights snapped up by Universal in a seven figure deal to bring this chilling masterpiece to life on screen.

 

Described by Don Winslow as ‘nothing short of Jaws for parents’, The Chain was chosen by public vote and the prize Judges, triumphing against a tremendously strong shortlist – including books from Oyinkan Braithwaite, Helen Fitzgerald, Jane Harper, Mick Herron and Abir Mukherjee – at a time when the UK is experiencing a boom in crime fiction, with the genre exploding in popularity during lockdown and sales soaring since bookshops have reopened.

 

The news was revealed in a virtual awards ceremony on what would have been the opening night of Harrogate’s legendary Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. Instead, the announcement of this coveted trophy has marked the launch of the HIF Weekender, Harrogate International Festival’s free virtual festival bringing world-class culture to everyone at home, featuring performances and interviews with internationally acclaimed musicians, best-selling authors and innovative thinkers.

 

 

Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: Looking at the titles in contention for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020, it is clear to see why crime fiction remains the UK’s genre of choice. Adrian McKinty is a writer of astonishing talent and tenacity, and we could not be more grateful that he was persuaded to give his literary career one last shot because The Chain is a truly deserving winner. Whilst we might be awarding this year’s trophy in slightly different, digital circumstances, we raise a virtual glass of Theakston Old Peculier to Adrian’s success – with the hope that we can do so in person before too long, and welcome everyone back to Harrogate next year for a crime writing celebration like no other.”

 

 

About Harrogate International Festivals

 

Harrogate International Festivals’ is a charitable organisation with a mission to present a diverse year-long programme of live events that bring immersive and moving cultural experiences to as many people as possible. Delivering artistic work of national importance, the Festival curates and produces over 300 unique and surprising performances each year, celebrating world-renowned artists and championing new and up-coming talent across music, literature, science, philosophy and psychology. The HIF+ ongoing education outreach programme engages schools, young people and the local community with workshops, talks, projects and inspiring activities, ensuring everyone can experience the Festival’s world class programme and the transformative power of the arts.

 

Established in 1966, Harrogate International Festivals are an artistic force to be reckoned with and a key cultural provider for the North of England.

 

Find out more at:

–          Website: www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

–          Facebook: @HarrogateInternationalFestivals

–          Twitter: @HarrogateFest

–          Instagram: @harrogatefestivals

 

About Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

 

Launched in 2005, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award is the most prestigious crime novel prize in the country and is a much-coveted accolade recognising the very best crime writing of the year. Previous winners include Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Belinda Bauer, Denise Mina, Lee Child, Clare Mackintosh and last year’s champion Steve Cavanagh, who was awarded the trophy for the fifth book in his Eddie Flynn crime thriller series, Thirteen.

 

The award forms part of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, staged by Harrogate International Festivals in the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, and is traditionally awarded on the opening evening of the festival.

 

The 2020 award is run by Harrogate International Festivals in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith and the Express. It is open to full length crime novels published in paperback from 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020 by UK and Irish authors.

 

The longlist of 18 titles was selected by an academy of crime writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers, members of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Programming Committee, and representatives from T&R Theakston Ltd, the Express, and WHSmith, with the shortlist and winner selected the academy, alongside a public vote and the winner receiving £3,000, and a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.

 

About The Chain by Adrian McKinty (Orion Publishing Group, Orion Fiction)

 

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s. His father was a boilermaker and ship’s engineer and his mother a secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy before emigrating to the United States to become a high school English teacher. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award and have been translated into over 20 languages. Adrian is a reviewer and critic for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Irish Times and The Guardian. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

 

YOUR PHONE RINGS.  A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.  TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.  YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.  IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN: YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.  VICTIM. SURVIVOR. ABDUCTOR. CRIMINAL. YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.  YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN.

 

‘You have never read anything quite like The Chain and you will never be able to forget it. Brilliant. Beautifully written. A masterpiece of tension. It scared the hell out of me but I could not put it down! The Chain belongs in the elite company of world-class thrillers like Gone Girl and The Silence of the Lambs. This is nothing short of Jaws for parents’ – Don Winslow

 

‘A masterpiece. The Chain is one of the finest novels ever produced in the genre – up there with Marathon Man and Red Dragon. It just doesn’t get any better than this. I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime’ –Steve Cavanagh

 

‘McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don’t give in: this writing — sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor — should be savored’ – Tana French

 

‘The Chain is diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘relentless.’ McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He writes with confidence, heart, and style to spare. He’s the real deal’ – Dennis Lehane

  

Crime thriller

The Knock by Jessie Keane – Book Review

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Dora O’Brien had a good start in life, but things went bad when she began to mix with the wrong company. Pregnant by her gangster lover, she found herself on the streets and then in the grips of a bent copper called Donny Maguire.

When her daughter Angel is born, Dora is already under the influence of drink and drugs, and handed around to Donny’s mates. Growing up in the shadow of her mother’s abusive relationship, Angel is nothing like her mother, but when matters turn murderous, Angel is forced to grow up fast and survival becomes the name of the game.

For some, being on the wrong side of the law is the safest place to be . . .

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MY REVIEW 

The Knock is a gritty crime thriller set in the gangland world. It tells the story of Dora, the girlfriend of a gang ‘boss’. She’s pregnant, but the baby isn’t his……

When Angel is born, she grows to see her mum, now a mess due to booze and violence. Will Angel be another victim?

This is a pulse racing thriller, it’s dark and violent with great characters, some of which are truly reprehensible. You are willing Angel on, with the hope she will escape. A character driven tale that’s a real page turner……

Thank you to Emma at Busy Bee PR for an ARC of The Knock. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Now in paperback 

 

Purchase Link:   https://amzn.to/3fRyOPS

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Book reviews, humour, Science fiction

Set My Heart To Five by Simon Stephenson – Book Review

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A story of loneliness, love and loose connections, Set My Heart to Five is a hilarious, touching, dazzlingly perceptive debut novel, and a profound exploration of what it truly means to be human.

10/10 Jared does not have friends.

Because friends are a function of feelings.

Therefore friends are just one more human obligation that Jared never has to worry about.

But Jared is worrying. Which is worrying. He’s also started watching old films. And inexplicably crying in them. And even his Feelings Wheel (given to him by Dr Glundenstein, who definitely is not a friend) cannot guide him through the emotional minefield he now finds himself in.

Soon his feelings will send him fleeing across the country, pursued by a man who wants to destroy him and driven by an illogical desire to share pathogens with the woman who bamboozles him the most.

And Jared cannot!

Because feelings will ruin your life, especially if you aren’t supposed to have them…

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MY REVIEW 

Jared is a dentist, he’s also a bot. 

Set in a time where the jobs humans no longer want to do are now done by androids.

But, Jared is different, he is interested in humans and their emotions, so with help from a friend, Jared begins to experience feelings himself…..(a little reminiscent of iRobot).

Told by Jared this unique tale is part narration and part movie script….he loves movies. It shows how odd human emotions appear when viewed from the outside.

It’s full of dry humour with a wry look at the definition of being human…

Very funny, clever and certainly thought provoking.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Set My Heart To Five. This is my honest and unbiased review. 

Book reviews

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce – Book Review

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It is 1950, two unlikely women set off on a hare-brained adventure to the other side of the world to try and find a beetle, and in doing so discover friendship and how to be their best of themselves. This is quintessential Joyce: at once poignant and playful, with huge heart and the same resonance, truth and lightness of touch as her phenomenally successful debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Britain, post Second World War. In a moment of madness Margery Benson abandons her sensible job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist.

Enid Pretty, in pink hat and pompom sandals, is not the companion she had in mind. But together they will find themselves drawn into an ad- venture that exceeds all expectations. They must risk everything, break all the rules, but at the top of a red mountain they will discover who they truly are, and how to be the best of themselves.

This is a novel that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries.

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MY REVIEW 

Miss Margery Benson is single and alone, she’s a domestic science teacher, but one day a classroom drawing of her is the last straw. Distraught she leaves, taking with her the deputy’s new boots.

She decides it’s time to fulfill her dream of travelling to New Caledonia to find the elusive Gold Flower Beetle.she advertises for an assistant.  Being let down by her chosen applicant she offers the position to Enid.

They spend weeks on about to Australia as the first leg of the journey….with sea sickness and other mishaps and drama the two women get to know each other….a little…

Oh my heart…l. truly love this book…from the slightly staid Margery to the brash Enid and their slowly building friendship. It’s a tale of following your dreams regardless of the cost and the beauty of true friendship. There’s a real sense of adventure in the search for a golden gem of a beetle. It has a sense of wonder and danger, it’s heartbreaking and yet wondrous too. I loved every single second. My favourite novel of the year. 

While I had an ecopy of this beautiful tale for the blog tour, I have also preordered a hardback copy too as this really is a book to keep and treasure.

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

 

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2CpUrs7

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The Music Shop and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have been translated into thirty -six languages and two are in development for film.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the CommonwealthBook prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. 

Rachel was awarded the Specsaver National Book Awards New Writer Of The Year in December 2012 and shortlisted for the UK Author of the Year 2014.

She has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl. She lives with her family in Gloucestershire. 

Book reviews, Memoir, Non fiction

Starchild: A Memoir of Adoption, Race and Family – Book Review

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Michaela Foster Marsh and her brother Frankie grew up as “twins” in Glasgow, Scotland in the sixties. Born only weeks apart, Michaela was white and Frankie was black, and they were an unusual sight in their dual pram. Despite the love from his adopted family Frankie’s life was rarely easy, and it ended far too soon when a fire took him when he was only twenty-six. But for a devastated Michaela, Frankie’s effect on her life was only beginning. She embarks on a search to learn what she can about Frankie’s birth family, a journey that takes her to Uganda, to a culture and a family she never knew, through twists and turns and remarkable coincidences – and to a mission and to a connection with her African brethren she never could have imagined.

STARCHILD is a remarkably candid memoir that plays out on both a personal and global scale. It is the story of the intimacies of siblinghood and the complexities of multi-racial adoption. It is the story of the unique connection of extended family and the unique commitment to an adopted homeland. It is the story of long-held secrets revealed and long-maintained barriers broken. And it is ultimately the story of a sibling relationship that transcends borders, time, and life itself.

Starchild is an odyssey; a spiritual voyage of self-discovery. Michaela Foster Marsh, through sheer – obsessive even – dedication, illuminates and highlights a path, no matter how jaggedly rocky, that can help lead towards emotional fulfilment.

 

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MY REVIEW 

Michaela and her brother, Frankie, were very close, but a tragic fire took Frankie before his time. Grief stricken, Michaela decides to trace Frankie’s birth family.

This is a memoir full of love. It’s also an adventure as Michaela travels to Uganda, a country with its issues and problems but also so colourful and lively.

Starchild is beautifully written with real emotion and the love Michaela feels for her adopted brother is clear throughout. It has tragedy, but also hope and love and makes for a truly wonderful and memorable read. 

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

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Dystopian fiction

The Third Magpie by M.S. Clements – Book Review

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Caring teacher and loving husband, Finn tolerates daily humiliation to be with Sophie, the woman he loves. Fragile & naturally compliant he must summon all his courage to survive the system. Despite the injustice, they dream of a normal life, where liberty and identity are not subverted by ever tightening restrictions.

When a powerful politician requests that Finn tutor his daughter, it seems like a change of fortune. Soon Finn’s new found optimism is crushed by manipulative abuse, and a flu-like epidemic that threatens his life. It is left to Sophie to pick up the pieces and save her husband. In New Albany, every opportunity comes at price.

How far must Sophie go to save the man she loves?

For fans of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘VOX’, 1984, and other speculative fiction, ‘The Third Magpie’ takes the reader into a terrifyingly plausible world where a wristband restricts your job, your movement, and even who you can marry. It is a society where propaganda masks extremism that threatens your very existence.

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MY REVIEW 

The Third Magpie is a dystopian romance that’s terrifying in its plausibility.

Finn is a teacher and a loving husband, but in the eyes of the government he is a foreigner (He’s Irish) and as such his freedom is severely restricted. His wife,Sophie’s father is high up in the government so that helps, but human rights are almost non-existent for the ‘tagged’ and free speech is a thing of the past.

This is a tale of power, of oppression and love.

The horrifying part of this tale is that it feels like we are only a small step away from this possible future.

It is a character driven story of romance, but it’s a dystopian chiller at heart.  I found it moving and terrifying at the same time. A thoroughly engrossing read.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Of Anglo-Spanish heritage, M.S. Clements grew up in Exeter, Devon. After gaining a degree in Economics and Spanish, Clements moved to London and trained for a PGCE at The Institute of Education. In the late 1990’s Clements worked as a Spanish teacher at all boys’ comprehensive in Surrey, leaving full time teaching in 2000. Clements continues to run a Spanish club for primary aged girls at a local school and tutors privately.

M.S. Clements has published short stories and poetry both online and in print, and is a founding member of @Virtwriting, an online writers’ group

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Lost by Leona Deakin – Book Review

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HOW CAN YOU SOLVE A CRIME IF YOU CAN’T REMEMBER THE CLUES?

In the second compelling thriller from Leona Deakin, Dr Bloom returns to solve another mystery.

But how can she solve the crime when the victim can’t remember anything?

There is an explosion at a military ball. The casualties are rushed to hospital in eight ambulances, but only seven vehicles arrive. Captain Harry Peterson is missing.

His girlfriend calls upon her old friend Dr Augusta Bloom, who rushes to support the investigation. But no one can work out what connects the bomb and the disappearance. When Harry is eventually discovered three days later, they hope he holds the answers to their questions.

But he can’t remember a single thing.

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MY REVIEW 

#2 in the Dr Bloom series, but can also be read as a stand-alone.


Lost begins with Captain Harry Peterson attending a military ball with his partner, Karene. But he is called away urgently into the building and then a bomb explodes.

Karene rushes to find Harry, she finds him unconscious but breathing so he is taken away by ambulance.

He doesn’t arrive at a hospital for three days but he has no memory of any events for the past 4 years, including his relationship with Karene. 

She asks her friend, Dr Augusta Bloom, for help. Dr Bloom enlists the very reluctant help of her business partner, Marcus. He’s still wary about her motives after the events in the previous book, Gone.

They soon find much more than a terrorist attack, something that puts them all in danger.

Lost is full of tension, with a few shocks and surprises on the way. A fast paced, utterly compelling thriller, with great characters, that will have you hooked from the very start.

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

 

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2ZGlGr1

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Leona draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police and her successful work in psychology since. Leona was part of a team responsible for designing methods of selection for recruiting and promoting officers from PC to Chief Superintendent. Her role was to create realistic policing scenarios – from personnel issues to large scale incidents (plane crash, terrorist bomb etc) – that could be used to test leadership skills. To do this she spent a great deal of time interviewing and observing officers at various ranks and reviewing cases. This gave Leona an insight into the police culture that helps her to write authentic character interactions in her novels. Leona is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds. 

Book reviews, Contemporary fiction, Womens fiction

Tennis Lessons by Susannah Dickey – Book Review

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You never say the right thing. You’re a disappointment to everyone. You’re a far cry from beautiful – and your thoughts are ugly too.

You seem bound to fail, bound to break.

But you know what it is to laugh with your best friend, to feel the first tentative tingles of attraction, to take exquisite pleasure in the affront of your unruly body.

You just need to find your place.

Acutely observed and achingly honest, this is the story of a girl becoming a woman and striving to find a place in a world that appears not to have one for her. From disastrous dates to dead pets, from crashed cars to ingrowing toenails, TENNIS LESSONS is an unflinching and compassionate portrait of a spirited misfit and her rocky route to something like happiness.
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MY REVIEW 

Tennis Lessons is a coming of age tale with a difference. Told by the main character from a young child through to adulthood and all the dramas she experiences.

To me, it felt like I was listening to her inner thoughts, her internal commentary of daily life from her periods, body hair and odour, Body image, an ingrowing toenail and to the one friend who gets her and her weird humour. 

It’s heartbreaking at times and heartwarming as she gradually accepts herself and finds her place in the world. It touches on difficult subjects such as bullying and sexual experiences, good and horrific, living with trauma and death.

I loved every minute of Tennis Lessons, it’s beautifully written, brutally honest and packed with so many relatable moments that made it an emotional read. A must read.

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

 

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3euJDpu 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Susannah Dickey is from Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets, I had some very slight concerns (2017) and genuine human values (2018). Her poetry has been published in Ambit, The White Review, Poetry Ireland Review and Magma, amongst others. In 2018 she was shortlisted for The White Review short story prize, and in 2017 she was the winner of the inaugural Verve Poetry Festival competition.

 

Crime thriller

Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver – Book Review

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It’s a small story. A small town with small lives that you would never have heard about if none of this had happened.

Hinton Hollow. Population 5,120.

Little Henry Wallace was eight years old and one hundred miles from home before anyone talked to him. His mother placed him on a train with a label around his neck, asking for him to be kept safe for a week, kept away from Hinton Hollow.

Because something was coming.

Narrated by Evil itself, Hinton Hollow Death Trip recounts five days in the history of this small rural town, when darkness paid a visit and infected its residents. A visit that made them act in unnatural ways. Prodding at their insecurities. Nudging at their secrets and desires. Coaxing out the malevolence suppressed within them. Showing their true selves.

 

Making them cheat.

Making them steal.

Making them kill.

 

Detective Sergeant Pace had returned to his childhood home. To escape the things he had done in the city. To go back to something simple. But he was not alone. Evil had a plan.

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MY REVIEW 

Oh my god…where do I start?

Well, this is #3 in the Detective Sergeant Pace series. It can be read as a stand-alone (but you are missing out on a fantastic series.)

Pace is back, but after the events of his last case, he has run away to his home town of Hinton Hollow, a small town with a population of 5000 people. 

But something dark is lurking……

An ordinary man is responsible for shooting a young boy….

But he’d given his mother a choice.

As further murders take place, Pace is again investigating horrific deaths.

This is a tale told by evil itself, the insidious evil that exists as a result of people’s apathy, of casual cruelty, the lack of empathy and compassion which gives evil a foot in the door…just a little nudge of spite and malevolence blossoms.

The characters feel so real, the troubled detective, the abattoir slaughterer….(particularly horrific….) there’s also the exhausted new mum and the bitchy mums at the school gate…..we’ve all known them.

Hinton Hollow Death Trip is an incredible read, it’s anger inducing, frustrating, heartbreaking and thought provoking too. Another marvellously dark and unique read from Will Carver and I loved every black flamed second of it.

If you like your crime thrillers on the dark side then this is a definite must read.

(*a note….Liv Dunham…is that a Fringe reference? Or is that just the geek in me?)

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

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2OrLlNH

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts. 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda – Book Review

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick—comes a riveting new novel of psychological suspense about a young woman plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma who wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet.

Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda.

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MY REVIEW 

Olivia had a traumatic experience in her childhood that meant she was famous as the girl from Widow Hills, so she moved away, changed her name and made a new life.

She works in a hospital’s admin department and has friends in Bennett, Elyse and her neighbour, Rick who look out for her.

One day she receives a box of her deceased mother’s belongings and these start to bring back some memory of her childhood. She then wakes up outside, in the dark after tripping over a body. Rick finds her, calls the police and so the story takes off.

This is such a clever tale, so well paced as it slowly gathers speed towards a truly nerve shredding end. A stunning psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Brilliant.

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

 

Purchase Link : https://amzn.to/3efmd7m

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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August 2019 Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine pick. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. 

 

Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, or

@AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook.

 

Book reviews, Cosy mystery, Murder mystery

The Last Lemming by Chris Chalmers – Book Review

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TV naturalist ‘Prof Leo’ Sanders makes it to his deathbed without a whiff of scandal — then confesses his career-defining wildlife discovery was a hoax.

A National Treasure shattering his own reputation on YouTube is enough to spark a media frenzy, and the curiosity of part-time journalism student Claire Webster who makes him the subject of her dissertation.

Her investigations lead to Prof Leo’s estranged family, and a high-flying advertising guru he also slandered in the video. Ultimately Claire uncovers the truth behind the discovery of the Potley Hill Lemming — the first new species of British mammal in a century.

It’s a mystery spanning four decades; a tale of greed, obsession and long-forgotten murder at a lonely beauty spot.’

A revered TV naturalist with a guilty secret, a cute critter, a brand of stout and a lovelorn personal trainer all collide with tragi- comic results in this witty whydunnit. The Last Lemming combines pathos, humour and mystery to irresistible effect.’ Suzi Feay, literary critic

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MY REVIEW 

Professor Leo Sanders, an amateur ‘monster’ hunter, found fame in the 80’s after discovering The Potley Lemming.

Now in the present day, as he is dying of cancer he announces to the world, via YouTube, the Potley Lemming was a hoax…….oh and he claims an advertising exec ‘has blood on his hands’.

Claire, a personal trainer in a gym and a journalism student decides to investigate Prof. Sanders claims to use her findings as a basis for her dissertation. So the investigation begins.

The Last Lemming is a cosy mystery with great, well rounded characters who really lead this story of obsession, greed and murder. It’s full of humour and has a fun, engaging plot. I found this to be a thoroughly entertaining read. 

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

 

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/3gJlBZu 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Chris Chalmers was born in Lancashire and lives in south-west London. He’s been the understudy on Mastermind, visited 40 countries and swum with marine iguanas. His first novel, ‘Five To One’, was winner of a debut novel competition and nominated for the Polari First Book Prize; his latest, ‘The Last Lemming’, is out now in paperback and ebook. He has written a diary for 42 years and never missed a night.

Click on a reading from ‘The Last Lemming’, or a Five-To-ONE-MINUTE-MOVIE for a 60-second intro to the main characters and themes of ‘Five To One’. Or search ‘chris chalmers novelist’ on YouTube, for clips of Chris reading from his other books, poems about Christmas Eve and butcher’s shops, and fox cubs dancing to ABBA. (Yep, it’s as high-brow as that.)

 

Blog, news and more about his books at http://www.chrischalmers.net/ Twitter @CCsw19 

Book reviews, Cover reveal

*COVER REVEAL* for Buried Treasure by Gilli Allan

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Welcome to the COVER REVEAL for Buried Treasure by Gili Allen….
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But, first a little about the book……

 

Jane thinks he sees her as shallow and ill-educated. Theo thinks she sees him as a snob, stuffy and out of touch.

Within the ancient precincts of the university the first encounter between the conference planner and the academic is accidental and unpromising. Just as well there’s no reason for them ever to meet again. But behind the armour they’ve each constructed from old scars, they’ve more in common than divides them. Both have an archaeological puzzle they are driven to solve. As their stories intertwine, their quest to uncover the past unearths more than expected.

Treasure is not always what it seems.

 

And a little about the author……

 

Author Infomation:

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Gilli Allan began to write in childhood – a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Writing was only abandoned when she left home, and real life supplanted the imaginary kind.  

After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as an illustrator in advertising and only began writing again when she became a mother. 

 

Living in Gloucestershire with her husband Geoff, Gilli is still a keen artist. She draws and paints and has now moved into book illustration.

 

All of her recent books TORN, LIFE CLASS, FLY or FALL and BURIED TREASURE have gained ‘Chill with a Book’ awards.

 

Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is now also a writer.

 

FINALLY HERE IT IS……the gorgeous cover

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Book reviews

NEON by G.S. Locke – Book Review

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A detective desperate for revenge. A hitwoman with one last job. A killer with both on his list.

Detective Matt Jackson has reached the end. His beloved wife, Polly, is the latest victim of ‘NEON’ – a serial killer who displays his victims in snaking neon lights – and he can’t go on without her. Unable to take his life, Jackson hires a hitwoman to finish the job. But on the night of his own murder, he makes a breakthrough in the case, and at the last minute his hitwoman, Iris, is offered an irresistible alternative: help Jackson find and kill NEON in return for the detective’s entire estate.

What follows is a game of cat and mouse between detective, hitwoman and serial killer. And when Jackson discovers it’s not a coincidence that all their paths have crossed, he begins to question who the real target has been all along…

Neon is not just a rip-roaring serial killer thriller, but one that is properly character-led and contemporary. Here’s a flavour of what early readers having been saying:

MY REVIEW

Set in Birmingham, there is a serial killer who leaves his victims in a neon tableau, so the killer is known as Neon.

DCI Matt Jackson is on compassionate leave as his beloved wife was one of Neon’s  victims. Grief stricken he has hired a hitman to kill him….but when he finds a new lead he changes his mind…..for now.

He makes a deal with the hired killer, Iris, and together they begin an off the books investigation, getting closer to Neon’s real identity…..putting themselves in real danger.

I found Neon to be a unique, hugely entertaining thriller…it’s dark, gritty and violent with a twisted serial killer too. A clever plot will keep you hooked from start to gasp inducing finish. Brilliant.

Thank you to Kate at Orion Books for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of Neon. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/2Cmd8w7

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith – Book Review

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Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable: a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed ‘The Waiting Rooms.’ Hospitals where no one ever gets well.

Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother’s past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything.

Because Kate is not the only secret that her birth mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too. 

Sweeping from an all-too-real modern world to a pre-crisis South Africa, The Waiting Rooms is epic in scope, richly populated with unforgettable characters, and a tense, haunting vision of a future that is only a few mutations away

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MY REVIEW

The Waiting Rooms is about a pandemic that is antibiotic and treatment resistant, it has and is killing millions. Life revolves around avoiding any infection. It’s not just about the illness, but the lives of three women…….

Lily is close to 70 years old, the age when you become ineligible for any treatment, a small scratch or UTI quickly become deadly. You are then sent to a hospital, basically to die…..they are known as The Waiting Rooms.

Kate’s adoptive mother, Pen, has just died and with her blessing, Kate begins a search for her birth mother….riddled with doubt she wonders if this is the right thing to do……she’s also a nurse and helps with assisted dying.

Mary, a botanist, tells the story of her past in South Africa where research is being carried out on plants that could be used in the fight against antibiotic resistant infections. Here the descriptions of the country and its wildlife are just stunning. There’s also a troubled romance here too.

 

How are these women linked?

 

The Waiting Rooms is utterly terrifying in its sheer plausibility, a world where assisted dying is commonplace if you have signed the directive……the elderly are expendable.

All due to the crisis and antibiotic resistance due to their overuse……I had no idea that even Oranges are sprayed with antibiotics in the US! (Antibiotic resistance is real and accounts for many thousands of deaths a year now…..).

Beautifully written with great, believable characters and a clever, horrifyingly topical, plot that leaves you with goosebumps and a few tears. Brilliant and griping from start to finish. I loved it.

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

 

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/3ea332T

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Eve Smith’s debut novel The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize First Novel Award. Eve writes speculative fiction, mainly about the things that scare her. She attributes her love of all things dark and dystopian to a childhood watching Tales of the Unexpected and black-and-white Edgar Allen Poe double bills. 

Eve’s flash fiction has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and highly commended for The Brighton Prize. In this world of questionable facts, stats and news, she believes storytelling is more important than ever to engage people in real life issues. 

Eve recently contributed a piece of flash fiction, Belting Up, to an anthology of crime shorts called Noir From the Bar. The collection of stories has been launched to raise money for the NHS.

Eve’s previous job as COO of an environmental charity took her to research projects across Asia, Africa and the Americas, and she has an ongoing passion for wild creatures, wild science and far-flung places. A Modern Languages graduate from Oxford, she returned to Oxfordshire fifteen years ago to set up home with her husband. 

When she’s not writing, she’s racing across fields after her dog, attempting to organise herself and her family or off exploring somewhere new.

 

Follow Eve: @evecsmith on Twitter & http://www.evesmithauthor.com

Instagram: evesmithauthor

Facebook: EveSmithAuthor

 

Book reviews

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld – Book Review

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Awfully opinionated for a girl’ is what they call Hillary as she grows up in her Chicago suburb. Smart, diligent, and a bit plain, that’s the general consensus. Then Hillary goes to college, and her star rises. At Yale Law School, she continues to be a leader— and catches the eye of driven, handsome and charismatic Bill. But when he asks her to marry him, Hillary gives him a firm ‘No’.

The rest, as they say, isn’t history. How might things have turned out for them, for America, for the world itself, if Hillary Rodham had really turned down Bill Clinton?

With her sharp but always compassionate eye, Sittenfeld explores the loneliness, moral ambivalence and iron determination that characterise the quest for high office, as well as the painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world ruled by men. Uncannily astute and witty in the telling, RODHAM is a brilliant reimagining – an unmissable literary landmark and truly a novel of our times.

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MY REVIEW 

“You are awfully opinionated for a girl”

Rodham is a work of fiction, a what-if Hillary Rodham had not married Bill Clinton tale. An alternate reality.

It details their meeting and romance, but Hillary moves on. She had a life before Bill and this novel makes you wonder how different life would have been for her without Bill’s influence (damaging as it may have been at times).

There are plenty of humorous moments, such as Hillary’s cooking and I’ll never be able to look at Bill again without seeing the largest watermelon. It also tells of the drudgery of politics, the sheer determination it takes to carry on when all seem against you. 

A clever mix of facts, politics and fiction make this an engaging and entertaining read.

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

 

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/2ZG8KQT

 

About the Author:
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In addition to Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller American Wife, in which she painted a picture of an ordinary American girl – a thinly-disguised Laura Bush – who found herself married to a President. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize, as was her debut novel Prep.

Her other books are Man of My Dreams, Sisterland (a Richard & Judy Book Club pick), Eligible, and the acclaimed short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It.

Her books are translated into 30 languages.

She lives with her family in the American Mid-West. 

Book reviews, Contemporary fiction, Crime thriller

Three-Fifths by John Vercher – Book Review


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Pittsburgh, 1995. Twenty-two year old Bobby Saraceno is a biracial black man, passing for white. Bobby has hidden his identity from everyone, even his best friend and fellow comic-book geek, Aaron, who has just returned from prison a newly radicalized white supremacist.

During the night of their reunion, Bobby witnesses Aaron mercilessly assault a young black man with a brick. In the wake of this horrifying act of violence, Bobby must conceal his unwitting involvement in the crime from the police, as well as battle with his own personal demons. A harrowing story about racism and brutality that is more urgent now than ever.

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MY REVIEW 

Firstly, Three-Fifths is a must read, it’s a timely tale of race, identity and fear.

Bobby is a young man who works hard in a restaurant, bussing tables to help his alcoholic mother meet the rent payments on time. He is biracial with pale skin, so everyone treats him as a white man……he doesn’t put them right as he knows he would be treated very differently.

His best friend Aaron has just been released from prison, he’s now covered in tattoos, a swastika and cobwebs and is a member of the brotherhood, a white supremacist…..

When Aaron sees a couple of young black men, a confrontation takes place, ending with Aaron beating one of them in the face with a brick…..Bobby, in shock and terror, drives Aaron away from the scene.

When his mother, Isobel tells him the truth about his father Robert, Bobby is at odds with himself….he has decisions to make.

What follows is a mix of crime fiction and a heartbreaking tale of Bobby’s life and fears. It also tells of the inherent racism in society, from the police, the white supremacists and gang culture to the everyday casual racism people of colour experience every single day……

John Vercher has written an honest, thought provoking and absolutely heartbreaking story that’s a read in one sitting book…..I literally couldn’t put it down and was left in tears more than once. Eye opening and a must read. 

Thank you to Poppy at Pushkin Press for my copy of Three-Fifths. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Three-Fifths is available from Pushkin Press from October 2020…..PREORDER it now:    https://amzn.to/2ZHwRP6

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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John Vercher is a writer currently living in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons. He holds a Bachelors in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountainview Master Of Fine Arts program.

His fiction has appeared on Akashic Books’ Monday’s are Murder and Fri-Sci-Fi and he is a contributing writer for Cognoscenti, the thoughts and opinion page of WBUR Boston. Two of his essays published there on race, identity and parenting were picked up by NPR, and he has appeared on WBUR’s Weekend Edition. His non-fiction has also appeared in Entropy Magazine.

 

Book reviews, Court room drama, Thriller

The Curious Case Of Faith & Grace by David B. Lyons – Book Review

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Pretty… or pretty twisted?

ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO FAITH AND GRACE TIDDLE ARRIVED HOME FROM THEIR USUAL SATURDAY MORNING DANCE CLASS TO FIND BOTH OF THEIR PARENTS FACE DOWN IN POOLS OF BLOOD.

Five days later, the twins — only nine years old at the time — were arrested for the double homicide.

And now, twenty months on, the entire country awaits with bated breath as the jury are dismissed to deliberate their verdict on a case that has become a national phenomenon.

But if Lead Detective Denis Quayle — the man who knows the case better than anybody else — isn’t fully convinced of the twins’ guilt…

Can a twelve-person jury be?

GET READY TO EXPLORE…

 


THE CURIOUS CASE OF FAITH & GRACE

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MY REVIEW 

The Curious Case Of Faith & Grace is the trial of twins Faith and Grace Tiddle. The girls look the picture of innocence……but are they?

The twins have been accused of the murder of their parents….

It tells of the twins early life, a quite strict life with a lot of religion and prayer…..and poor Grebit the frog gives a little idea of something dark…..

It also tells of the murder trial and the jury……one of whom is being blackmailed, all adding to the gloriously creepy tale. Guilty? Or Not Guilty?……….

Thank you to Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

About David B. Lyons:

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David B. Lyons is an international bestselling author — a writer of psychological thrillers.

He has reached No.1 in charts in Ireland, the UK, Canada and Australia.

David grew up in Dublin – the city his novels are set – but currently spends his time between Birmingham in the UK and the Irish capital. David is married to a Brummie, Kerry, and they have one daughter, Lola.

He has lectured in Creative Writing in colleges and universities in both Ireland and in the UK and coaches people how to write with free tutorials at TheOpenAuthor.com.

 

You can connect with David here:

 

Website: TheOpenAuthor.com

Twitter: @TheOpenAuthor

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorDavidBLyons

 

Social Media:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheOpenAuthor

 

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

 

Website: http://theopenauthor.com/

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon UK:   https://amzn.to/30ZMCDh 

Amazon US:   https://amzn.to/2YRbhHj

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller

Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A witness with no victim. A crime with no crime scene…

When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career. But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she’s fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts – until a sinister call suggests that she’s not the only one interested in the crime.

Michael Stringer deals in information – and doesn’t care which side of the law he finds himself on. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what Lydia knows.

When their paths collide, Lydia finds the story leads through a nightmare world, where money, power and politics intersect … and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet.

A nerve-shattering and brutally realistic thriller, Blood Red City bursts with energy and grit from the opening page, twisting and feinting to a superb, unexpected ending that will leave you breathless.

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MY REVIEW 

Set in London, Lydia is a journalist, bored with the showbiz gossip she’s currently working on, when a friend sends her a video clip showing a man being attacked and possibly murdered on a tube train…..she needs to know more.

As a result she meets Michael Springer, a ‘fixer’ with dubious methods of getting what is needed for his clients. Together they uncover far reaching financial wrongdoings involving some very nasty people. (I really can’t say much more for fear of spoiling the marvellously complex plot)……violent, tense and twisty.

Blood Red City is a fast paced gritty thriller with some great characters and a plot that really keeps you gripped from start to finish…..and that end…Brilliant.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase links : http://orendabooks.co.uk/ebookstore/?/Blood+Red+City/&bid=9781913193256

 

https://amzn.to/38oTdsz 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Rod Reynolds was born in London and, after a successful career in advertising, working as a media buyer, he decided to get serious about writing. He recently completed City University’s two-year Crime Writing Masters course and THE DARK INSIDE is his first novel. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.