Book reviews, Crime thriller, Murder mystery, Mystery

No One Home by Tim Weaver – Book Review

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF YOU WERE GONE

‘THE TENTH IN THE TERRIFIC DAVID RAKER SERIES – BLISS!’ LEE CHILD

One night, the residents of Black Gale gather for a dinner party. As the only nine people living there, they’ve become close friends as well as neighbours.

They eat, drink and laugh. They play games and take photographs. But those photographs will be the last record of any of them.

Because by the next morning, the whole village has vanished.

With no bodies, no evidence and no clues, the mystery of what happened at Black Gale remains unsolved two and a half years on. But then the families of the missing turn to investigator David Raker – and their obsession becomes his.

What secrets were the neighbours keeping from their families – and from each other?

Were they really everything they seemed to be?

And is Raker looking for nine missing people – or nine dead bodies?

MY REVIEW

#10 in the David Raker series. It can be read as a stand-alone. I hadn’t read any of the previous novels in this series and that’s something I am now going to rectify.

No One Home is a crime thriller. David Raker is an investigator who specialises in missing person cases. He is approached by some of the relatives of nine people who had gone missing from the same village a couple of years previously. All nine just disappeared one night. 

There is also a second story run set 30 years ago, in the US, Jo is a member of the LA Sheriff’s Department and in hunting a murderer……gradually it becomes clear these cases are connected.

This is so well written with a superbly twisty plot and a great, likeable main character. With an ending that will leave you gasping this is a compelling and utterly engrossing read.

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an eARC of No One Home.

blog tour, Book reviews, Murder mystery, Mystery

No Love Lost by Robert Crouch – Book Review

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How can a simple job interview end in complete carnage?

When Mandy Paige seeks Kent Fisher’s help to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby, he has no idea of the mayhem his investigation will unleash. With only a photograph of a woman he once knew, he discovers she left her office one Friday afternoon twenty years ago and never returned.

Did Helen Cassidy escape an abusive husband or was she abducted and murdered?

People connected to Helen begin to die in mysterious circumstances. An old foe returns, leaving cryptic messages on the windscreen of Kent’s car. He seems to know Kent’s every move, hounding and taunting the sleuth, attacking those who can help him solve the mystery.

When the main suspect dies, Kent’s investigation lies in tatters – until he realises he’s not the one pursuing the killer. The killer’s pursuing him.

MY REVIEW 

No Love Lost is #6 in the Kent Fisher series, it can also be read as a stand-alone.

Kent is an environmental health officer, an animal sanctuary owner and amateur detective. His personal life is an integral part of the stories and in this one, he’s single again and something from his past back has come to bite him.

He begins investigating an old mystery and what he finds has repercussions for many people’s lives. The body count begins to rise. Can he solve this mystery without any more deaths?

Kent is a marvellously complex, likeable character with an engaging humour and slight eccentricity about him. The plot has twists, turns and some shocks and heartbreaking moments too. It really has it all. Such a brilliant series, so well written it is completely engrossing from start to finish. 

Thank you to the author, Robert Crouch for the opportunity to be part of this book launch, for the promotional material and an eARC of No Love Lost. This is my honest and unbiased review review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Robert Crouch is the author of the Kent Fisher murder mystery series. Set in today’s world, the books pay homage to the traditional murder mystery and classic whodunit.

Based on his career as an environmental health officer, Kent Fisher is a different kind of detective, described as ‘unique in crime fiction’ by one reviewer.

Having left environmental health, Robert now writes full time from his home on the East Sussex coast. He loves walking on the South Downs with his wife, Carol, and their Westie, Harvey, reading crime fiction and photography.

To find out more, you can visit his

website at https://robertcrouch.co.uk

Amazon page at https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01HFPCYOM

Facebook Author page at https://www.facebook.com/robertcrouchauthor

blog tour, Book reviews, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp – Book Review

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

FIVE friends go to a cabin.

FOUR of them are hiding secrets.

THREE years of history bind them.

TWO are doomed from the start.

ONE person wants to end this.

NO ONE IS SAFE.

Are you ready to play?

MY REVIEW 

Even If We Break is a slow burn of a suspense filled thriller. Five friends have always spent their summers together in a family cabin (sound familiar? Well it’s not!)

They all love to play role playing games, but when events start to mirror their game their already tenuous friendships start to crumble….

This is told from the five perspectives, we learn of their background, their thoughts and the recent events that have caused such distrust and suspicion. 

So, the five friends are not that close anymore and so as events turn nasty, it’s each to their own…….

The isolated cabin adds a creepiness to the already tense atmosphere.

I found this to be a very clever, mystery and suspenseful thriller with great, diverse characters that has some dark and creepy moments. Not one to read at night! A thoroughly entertaining read.

Thank you to Amber at Midas PR for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of Even If We Break. This is my honest and unbiased review.

blog tour, Book reviews, humour, Mental Health, Mystery

Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing by Billy Moran – Book Review

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Chris Pringle: simpleton, casualty or local hero?

Propped up by friends, benefits and a baffling faith in his plan, he lives in 

a world where every day is obsessively the same: wedged in his recliner, 

watching murder mysteries, taking notes. Until the day a serious and peculiar 

crime stumps the local police – and Chris announces he can solve it.

Accompanied by a loyal crew of chancers, committed to making 

amends, and pursued by a depressed Detective Inspector, trying to join the dots, Chris heads back to the raves of his past, where a heartbreaking personal tragedy lies abandoned.

But what exactly is Chris Pringle looking for? 

Has he really worked out the way to find it? 

And what will happen if he does?

MY REVIEW 

Don’t Worry is a mystery story with a difference. Told in two timelines, the 90’s, a time of raves, drugs and mayhem, and the present day.

Now, Chris Pringle is a unique character, who everyone thinks is a bit of an idiot, but he manages to solve the whodunnit, somehow! This is a tale of friendship, mental health and lots of chaos and laughter.

It has fantastic and likeable characters and a wild, chaotic plot that will have you laughing out loud, as the mystery draws you in. A marvellously bizarre and totally gripping read.

Thank you to Howard at Sauce Materials Books for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Billy Moran is an award-winning television writer for shows including Horrible Histories.

Billy grew up in the West Country, where his teenage years were rudely interrupted

by the Second Summer of Love. Since then he has been embracing chaos, craving order, and watching whodunnits to find out who’s responsible. 

Billy lives in London and has two children, two cats, one football team and several favourite detectives. Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing is Billy’s debut novel, and the first in a series of FRIENDS ON BENEFITS MYSTERIES.

blog tour, Book reviews, Mystery, Supernatural

Sight Unseen by Sandra Ireland – Book Review

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  1. Alie Gowdie marries Richard Webster during a turbulent time in Scotland’s history. Charles I is about to lose his head, and little does Alie know that she too will meet a grisly end within the year.
  2. Sarah Sutherland is struggling to cope with the demands of her day job, caring for her elderly father and keeping tabs on her backpacking daughter. She wanted to be an archaeologist, but now in her forties, she is divorced, alone, and there seems to be no respite, no glimmer of excitement on the horizon. However, she does have a special affinity with the Kilgour Witch, Alie Gowdie, who lived in Sarah’s cottage until her execution in 1648, and Sarah likes nothing better than to retreat into a world of sorcery, spells and religious fanaticism. Her stories delight tourists as she leads them along the cobbled streets of her home town, but what really lies behind the tale of Alie Gowdie, the Kilgour Witch? Can Sarah uncover the truth in order to right a centuries-old wrong? And what else might modern-day Kilgour be hiding, just out of sight?

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MY REVIEW 

Sight Unseen is #1 in the Sarah Sutherland series.

Sarah has a dull job, she’s also caring for her father and she’s lonely.

But she has an escape, she loves the local witch tours where she gets to dress up and share the history and her stories with others. . She is intrigued by one witch in particular and who she feels she has an affinity with, Alie, so she starts investigating her story.

This is a mystery tale with a supernatural edge. It’s a slow burn as you learn more about Sarah and Alie, the traumatic life of a woman accused of witchcraft in the past. It slowly builds to a real cliffhanger of an ending too. A clever mix of history and mystery.

Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Group for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Sight Unseen. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Sandra Ireland was awarded a Carnegie-Cameron scholarship to study for an MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, graduating with a distinction in 2014. Her work has appeared in various publications and women’s magazines. She is the author of Beneath the Skin (2016), Bone Deep (2018) and The Unmaking of Ellie Rook (2019). She lives in Carnoustie, Scotland.

 

 

Purchase Link: 

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sight-Unseen-Sarah-Sutherland-Thriller/dp/184697528X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=sandra+Ireland+sight+unseen&qid=1592154528&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-catcorr 

blog tour, Book reviews, Family drama, Mystery

The Last To Know by Jo Furniss – Book Review

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A family’s past pursues them like a shadow in this riveting and emotional novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of All the Little Children.

American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, and the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore and present dangers.

Then there are the unwelcoming villagers, who only whisper the name Kynaston—like some dreadful secret, a curse. Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past.

When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades.

As Ellie works to separate rumor from fact, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?

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MY REVIEW 

Rose, her husband Dylan and their young son, Aled are moving to Dylan’s childhood home in an English village.

Rose and Dylan met while they were journalists in Africa and Rose is already finding it hard to be excited about the move.

Then there is Ellie, a local police sergeant, who is investigating the human remains found in an archaeological dig.

Village rumours run riot and the mystery of Dylan’s father’s whereabouts rears its head again too.

The Last To Know is part family drama and part mystery, it also deals with the emotive subject of dementia (a truly horrific and heartbreaking condition), as well as village life and how a rumour can cause terrible damage.

There are well developed characters, a thoughtful and deliberate pace with beautifully descriptive writing. Definitely a book to take your time over and enjoy.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Last To Know. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

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

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.

As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.

Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller.

Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor) and Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or through her website: http://www.jofurniss.com/

 

Book reviews, Mystery

Gaijin by Sarah Z. Sleeper – Book Review


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The Japanese word gaijin means “unwelcome foreigner.” It’s not profanity, but is sometimes a slur directed at non-Japanese people in Japan. My novel is called Gaijin…

Lucy is a budding journalist at Northwestern University and she’s obsessed with an exotic new student, Owen Ota, who becomes her lover and her sensei. When he disappears without explanation, she’s devastated and sets out to find him. On her three-month quest across Japan she finds only snippets of the elegant culture Owen had described. Instead she faces anti-U.S. protests, menacing street thugs and sexist treatment, and she winds up at the base of Mt. Fuji, in the terrifying Suicide Forest. Will she ever find Owen? Will she be driven back to the U.S.? Gaijin is a coming-of-age story about a woman who solves a heartbreaking mystery that alters the trajectory of her life.

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MY REVIEW 

Lucy meets a Japanese student, Owen Ota while studying journalism. Their relationship grows until one day, Owen just disappears.

So, Lucy is determined to find him and travels to Japan. She finds a job in Okinawa and begins her search.

It’s here she finds the real Japan and its culture but she is a gaijin, a foreigner.

Gaijin is a beautifully written tale of cultural and racial differences, but it’s also about acceptance and history (sometimes brutal) it also tells of violence and protests against the US too. In Japan, Lucy grows, she finds who she really is. It’s full of emotion and stunning descriptions of Japan itself. A thoughtful and thought provoking read.

Thank you to Anna at FSB Associates for an eARC of Gaijin. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Sarah Z. Sleeper is an ex-journalist with an MFA in creative writing. Gaijin is her first novel. Her short story, “A Few Innocuous Lines,” won an award from Writer’s Digest. Her non-fiction essay, “On Getting Vivian,” was published in The Shanghai Literary Review. Her poetry was published in A Year in Ink, San Diego Poetry Annual and Painters & Poets, and exhibited at the Bellarmine Museum. In the recent past she was an editor at New Rivers Press, and editor-in-chief of the literary journal Mason’s Road. She completed her MFA at Fairfield University in 2012. Prior to that she had a twenty-five-year career as a business writer and technology reporter and won three journalism awards and a fellowship at the National Press Foundation

 

Book reviews, Mystery

The Mystery Of Henri Pick by David Foenkinos – Book Review

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The delightful first title in a new collaboration with Channel 4’s Walter Presents: a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books.

In the small town of Crozon in Brittany, a library houses manuscripts that were rejected for publication: the faded dreams of aspiring writers. Visiting while on holiday, young editor Delphine Despero is thrilled to discover a novel so powerful that she feels compelled to bring it back to Paris to publish it.

The book is a sensation, prompting fevered interest in the identity of its author – apparently one Henri Pick, a now-deceased pizza chef from Crozon. Sceptics cry that the whole thing is a hoax: how could this man have written such a masterpiece? An obstinate journalist, Jean-Michel Rouche, heads to Brittany to investigate.

The Mystery of Henri Pick is a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books – and of the authors who write them.

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MY REVIEW 

The Mystery Of Henri Pick is a gentle novel, no violence or fanged, just the mystery of who has written an unpublished literary masterpiece,   ‘The Last Hours of a Love Affair’,  that has been found in a local library.

It exudes a deep love of books and of the process of writing with the emotional toll it takes on authors. It’s also about love, life and finding happiness, all set in a small town in France.

An absolutely charming read with a little twisty mystery too, perfect escapism and a warm hug of a read. 

Thank you to Poppy at Pushkin Press for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2Zhgp9G or https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/David-Foenkinos/The-Mystery-of-Henri-Pick/24707984 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Novelist, screenwriter and musician David Foenkinos was born in 1974. He is the author of fourteen novels that have been translated into forty languages. Several of his works have been adapted for film, including Delicacy (2011). The Mystery of Henri Pick is the first title in a new collaboration with Channel 4’s Walter Presents.

‘It has always been a dream for French writers to be translated into the English language. I am especially happy that The Mystery of Henri Pick has been selected by the ‘Walter Presents’ program because it is as much literary as it is entertaining. I wanted my book to be a playful reflection of the literary world – filled with suspense and false leads. First and foremost – it’s a tribute to books and literature and to the writers that have long been heroes of mine.’ – DAVID FOENKINOS

 

ABOUT WALTER PRESENTS:

Walter Presents is a global streaming service

dedicated to showcasing award-winning

foreign-language drama. First launched in

the UK in 2016 the service is named after its curator, Walter Iuzzolino and is now available in the US, Australia and a number of European countries. You can watch world drama box sets from Walter Presents for free in the UK on all4.com/walterpresents 

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Book reviews, Mystery, Thriller

Overboard by Ivy Ngeow – Book Review

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Thailand. An epic storm. A shipwreck. A white man has been found alive.

But who is he? Suffering horrific injuries and burns, he is taken to a local hospital. He is mute. Everything is a blank. They tell him his name. That is all he knows. When his Chinese wife arrives, he has no choice but to return to London to her family. He starts getting better with care and more surgery until one day… he’s assaulted. And he knows why.

The blow brings back a dangerous memory. But he’s crippled, disfigured and penniless… and he’s living the life of the man they think he is. What will he risk to uncover the truth?

If you like a compelling, suspenseful thriller with witty dialogue and taut, dark storytelling, you’ll love Ivy Ngeow’s Overboard. Discover today what it means to go Overboard… jump off and start your adventure now.

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MY REVIEW 

Overboard starts with a shipwreck and there’s only one survivor. A man with amnesia.

Phoebe is told her husband is alive, but horrifically injured and disfigured.

Dominique is told her husband died in a boating accident.

Przemek is working for both women.

and then there is You…telling their side of the story.

I can’t say much more for fear of spoilers, but I can say this is a compelling thriller, told from four very different characters and their perspectives. It builds gradually as it all starts to link together towards the final reveal.

Overboard is a masterpiece of character building and plotting. It’s sharp, witty dialogue mixed with a tension filled tale makes this a stunning, almost poetic thriller. I love Ivy Ngeow’s writing and her use of language just sparkles. 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 a special thank you to Ivy Ngeow for a copy of the book (and the sparkly cloud!). This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Overboard-compelling-modern- suspense-novel/dp/1913584003

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Ivy Ngeow was born and raised in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. A graduate of the Middlesex University Writing MA programme, Ivy won the 2005 Middlesex University Literary Prize out of almost 1500 entrants worldwide. 

She has written non-fiction for Marie Claire, The Star, The New Straits Times, South London Society of Architects’ Newsletter and Wimbledon magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Silverfish New Writing anthologies twice, The New Writer and on the BBC World Service. Most recently, her story was published by Fixi Novo in an anthology.

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

Ivy has been a highly-accomplished multi-instrumental musician since childhood and won fifth prize (out of 850 entrants) in the 2006 1-MIC (Music Industry Charts) UK Award for her original song – Celebrity, when she formed her own band, Satsuma (2005-07). Her songs are funky, modern and eclectic, with strong urban grooves and

lyrics. Satsuma has played headlining gigs at top London venues such as: The Marquee Club, The Troubadour Club, The Water Rats, The Betsey Trotwood, Plan B and Clockwork.

 

Website : http://www.writengeow.com/ Twitter: @ivyngeow
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Paperback: 388 pages

  • Publisher: Leopard Print Publishing (24 Jan. 2020) • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1913584003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1913584009

 

Book reviews, Cyberpunk, Dystopian fiction, Mystery, Noir

Auxiliary: London 2039 by Jon Richter – Book Review

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The silicon revolution left Dremmler behind, but a good detective is never obsolete.

London is quiet in 2039—thanks to the machines. People stay indoors, communicating through high-tech glasses and gorging on simulated reality while 3D printers and scuttling robots cater to their every whim. Mammoth corporations wage war for dominance in a world where human augmentation blurs the line between flesh and steel.

And at the center of it all lurks The Imagination Machine: the hyper-advanced, omnipresent AI that drives our cars, flies our planes, cooks our food, and plans our lives. Servile, patient, tireless … TIM has everything humanity requires. Everything except a soul.

Through this silicon jungle prowls Carl Dremmler, police detective—one of the few professions better suited to meat than machine. His latest case: a grisly murder seemingly perpetrated by the victim’s boyfriend. Dremmler’s boss wants a quick end to the case, but the tech-wary detective can’t help but believe the accused’s bizarre story: that his robotic arm committed the heinous crime, not him. An advanced prosthetic, controlled by a chip in his skull. 

A chip controlled by TIM.

Dremmler smells blood: the seeds of a conspiracy that could burn London to ash unless he exposes the truth. His investigation pits him against desperate criminals, scheming businesswomen, deadly automatons—and the nightmares of his own past. And when Dremmler finds himself questioning even TIM’s inscrutable motives, he’s forced to stare into the blank soul of the machine. 

Auxiliary is gripping, unpredictable, and bleakly atmospheric—ideal for fans of cyberpunk classics like the Blade Runner movies, Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and the Netflix original series Black Mirror

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MY REVIEW 

Auxiliary is set in London in the not so distant 2039.

Carl Dremmler is a jaded detective sent to the scene of a death …..seeming just a man plugged in to Alt-World and had forgotten to live in the real world.

This is a world connected to technology, from driverless cars, robot surgeons and arachnoid posties……all with a single operating system known as TIM….’Alexa on steroids’. Robots are everywhere in the workplace and even the bedroom….

Dremmler is then sent to a murder case….the suspect says he prosthetic arm killed his girlfriend….it was out of control. Dremmler’s boss, Maggie, wants this investigated quietly so as to prevent any panic.  But when his partner, T, is murdered things get dark.

This is cyberpunk Noir…..a tale of robots, cybernetics, tech and the loss of society. It’s also a murder mystery, a thriller with some truly horrific moments and so terrifying in its plausibility. I’ll never look at a wireless printer the same way again. A compelling, heart pounding read. Unputdownable!!

Thank you to Heather Fitt at Overview Media for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Book reviews, Family drama, Mystery

The Girl In The White Dress by Paul Barrell – Book Review

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The Girl in the White Dress is quite simply unforgettable and unputdownable. It is based on a true story . Every Family has secrets. Imagine discovering you were guilty of something you can’t remember. 

1974 A family from London take a trip of a lifetime to the Caribbean aboard the cruise liner Oriana. 2005 The Peak District. Following the death of his wife , Paul finds a menu card from the Oriana covered in personal messages from the ghosts of his childhood.

One particular address catches his eye , and memories are stirred as he begins to dream about a girl in a white dress.Gradually with his mothers help he starts to unravel the identity of a long forgotten childhood sweetheart, and the disturbing truth about an incident that took place in their cabin.Something that would implicate his whole family, a Pandoras box of lies and deceit. Paul never saw the girl again after the cruise.

Their shared guilt had remained hidden for 30 years. That was until today… It is a remarkable true story about loss and grief, and one person’s quest for the truth. 

Sometimes in life things happen to us that are beyond our control; you don’t need to believe in ghosts or the supernatural, just believe in the Universe and the threads of random chance that link us all together.

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MY REVIEW

The Girl In The White Dress is a tale of guilt.

Paul had been on a cruise with his family when he was 13 years old, he remembers very little about the trip though, until he finds an old signed dinner menu from the ship, The Oriana.

He begins to have nightmares about a young woman and water, and with his mother’s help he decides to try to find one of the guests.

Here secrets long forgotten are unearthed. Can Paul make amends and put things right?

A well written, fast paced tale that keeps you engrossed from start to finish. Beautifully descriptive and has a real sense of time and place too. An entertaining read.

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Paul Barrell is a keen sportsman and has skied all over the world. He is a serial entrepreneur and has owned restaurants, wine companies and is passionate about food and wine. He came to writing later than most and writes about people and events that have shaped his life. 

His first book, Postcards From Pimlico is currently being turned into a screenplay for TV. He now lives in the Surrey Hills with his wife and rescue dog, Lottie.

 

Twitter @paulbarrell

 

Book reviews, Mystery, Short story

Five Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes by Maurice Barkley – Book Review

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MY REVIEW

This is a collection of five new stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

I am a big fan of Conan-Doyle’s Creation and found these stories by Maurice Barkley capture the essence of the Sherlock Holmes original tales.

The atmosphere and characters are truly spot on and the tales of mystery are well plotted and engaging. They also have some unique and refreshing tweaks too, all of which make this collection thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to The Write Reads for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Maurice Barkley lives with his wife Marie in a suburb of Rochester, New York. Retired from a career as a commercial artist and builder of tree houses, he is WRITING and busy reinforcing the stereotype of a pesky househusband. Favorite relaxation is throwing peanuts to squirrels, blue jays, cardinals and chipmunks from his porch. Once he built a doll hair-making machine using an old sewing machine. It worked, but his wife got tired of making Raggedy Ann dolls, so it sits in the garage.

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/ADVENTURES-SHERLOCK-HOLMES-Maurice-Barkley-ebook/dp/B079YX6KD2/ref=sr_1_5 keywords=maurice+barkley&qid=1576672024&sr=8-5

 

@MauriceBarkley