Book reviews

Boss Girl – by Emma Tallon – Book Review. #blogtour #bookreview #crimethriller

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If you love Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, Casey Kelleher and Jessie Keane, you’ll love Boss Girl.

You’ll do anything to save your family, even kill for them… 

Anna Davis is under pressure. With her West End nightclub packed full every night and the opening of another club just around the corner, she knows she can’t take her eye off the ball. 

Her boyfriend Freddie Tyler practically owns London’s West End and he’s got a big deal on – one that could make the Tylers the most powerful family in London. He’s going into business with crime boss Frank Gambino. But visiting Anna at work one night, Gambino tells her he’ll only sign the deal with Freddie on one condition – that she hands over Club Anya to him. 

With tension growing between Anna and Freddie, her mind is on other things. She doesn’t notice that someone is watching her every move. She doesn’t realise just how much danger she’s in. 

When one night she doesn’t return home, Freddie is beside himself with worry. And as he races to save Anna, one thing is for sure – he’ll get back the girl he loves. Even if it means taking down the whole of the London underworld to find her…

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MY REVIEW

Anna and Tanya run a couple of clubs in London, but someone feels one of the clubs should be theirs, due to an ‘administration’ error at the time of the original sale……this is where things get nasty !

Freddie, Anna’s boyfriend, is a well known London gangster, violent and not above murder and so much more!!!

Anna goes missing and Freddie will do anything to get her back….I won’t go into details as it would really spoil this and that just wouldn’t be fair.

While I appreciate this is part of a series, it really can be read as a stand-alone, but you will want to read the others afterwards, I’m certain…..

This is a fast paced, dark, violent insight into the seedy underworld of London or any major city really. I can’t say any of the characters are the nicest of people, but I did care what happened to them and this reflects the marvellous writing of Emma Tallon. I can thoroughly recommend it.

You can buy a copy here at Amazon

 

 

 

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Author Bio:

Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a three book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With two more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.

Social Media Links:

For more information on Emma or to join her mailing list, please go to: www.emmatallon.com or alternatively, follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/emmatallonofficial or on Twitter: @EmmaEsj

Author:          Emma Tallon

Book:               BOSS GIRL

Publication Day:  Feb 1st 2019

Buy Link:

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

Book reviews

A Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie – Book Review #blogtour #bookreview

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When someone is out to get you, is there anywhere you can hide?

From the outside, Olivia seems to lead an idyllic existence with her husband and children. But when she starts receiving notes, she knows her perfect life is under threat.

She thought she’d managed to put the past behind her, but someone seems determined to reveal her secret.

Meanwhile girls are vanishing in the area and Olivia fears for her family’s safety.

Has someone discovered the real reason she left Scotland all those years ago?

And does her secret have links to the recent disappearances?

When someone is out to get you, is there anywhere you can hide?

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MY REVIEW

Olivia and her husband Christian live in Switzerland, with children Julian, Marc and Lara.

All is peaceful and happy until Olivia finds an anonymous note left for her. Someone knows her secret!

Then, Sandra, a local child and one of Lara’s friends goes missing after school. They are all distraught, but this affects Olivia badly and she worries about the safety of her own children, almost obsessively.

The story, flips back to Scarborough in 1984 and Marie is a sad little girl, with no friends and a volatile relationship with her father, due to his moods, her mother tries to keep the peace but life is fraught.

She’s an intelligent girl though and decides to go to university and when she plans to go overseas, her parents show her her birth certificate and her already fragile relationship with her parents is nearly broken.

We then travel to 1998 in Edinburgh and Lucy is attending university, but a little naive and a bit needy, Lucy finds herself pregnant after just one date. What links these girls?

Back to 2016, Switzerland and Olivia meets Aurelia, who is renovating the nearby Grand Wildenbach Hotel, Olivia is drawn to Aurelia and the hotel and the motherly comfort she receives.

But, always wondering what happened to little Sandra, Olivia begins to suspect everyone around her, becoming more and more tense and unhappy. 

Alison Baillie has written a marvellously descriptive tale with details of the Swiss culture, food and the landscape which helps add to the atmosphere and then to Olivia’s believable emotional tension.

I felt it showed how feelings of guilt and low self esteem can affect a persons life and the decisions they make and giving me, as the reader, a slightly unsettled feeling, which is a credit to Alison Baillie’s very clever writing.

There are a few ‘suspicious’ characters, and the creepiness is high right to the very end…. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a psychological thriller. A creepy, moody and atmospheric read.

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About the Author

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Alison Baillie was born in Scarborough of Scottish parents and lived in County Durham, Somerset and the Yorkshire Dales before going to university in Scotland. She then taught English in several Edinburgh secondary schools before moving to Switzerland where she still lives now. She’s taught English as a Foreign Language in Finland and Switzerland.

When she stopped teaching full-time, she fulfilled a life-time ambition and wrote Sewing the Shadows Together, a psychological suspense novel inspired in part by events when she was teaching in Scotland. 

She is fascinated by the way we are influenced by the events of our past and has now written a second novel, A Fractured Winter, set in Switzerland, Scotland and Yorkshire.  

She has two sons and three grandchildren and is proud of their international roots, having a mixture of Scottish, Swiss, Polish and Finnish heritage. As well as spending time with them, she loves travelling, walking in the mountains and by the sea, reading and writing.

Social Media Links:

Website:  https://alisonbaillie.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisonbaillieauthor & https://www.facebook.com/alison.taylor.796774

Twitter: https://twitter.com/

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

 

Book reviews

Intention by C S Barnes – Book Review.

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When twenty-two year old Gillian Thompson returns from university for the summer, it is apparent there is tension at home. An irritant to her father and a concern to her mother, Gillian’s home life is less than ideal.

Geraldine, Gillian’s mother, has suffered abuse from Joe for years. 

However, it is not until Joe dies that the family dynamic shifts and Gillian starts out on her own dark journey…

When Gillian meets Paul and Daniel she starts to become the person she always knew she was. And as people around her start dying Gillian faces scrutiny from her mother.

But are the deaths accidents or is something more sinister at work?

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MY REVIEW

Well where do I start? What a disturbing, brilliant read that grabs you with both hands and won’t let go…..

Gillian’s father, Joe, is a brutal drunk, who regularly beats her mother. These injuries are hidden but Gillian is aware from a young age what is going on. While life plods along, Gillian is experimenting, putting bleach in the fish pond, breaking cats bones and more…this is the most disturbing part to me, a fledgling psychopath that no one seems to notice……….but do they?

Joe has a fatal accident, a fall down the stairs, ably assisted by Gillian, but her mother takes the blame as she ‘can’t lose both of you’. Due to his past brutality there is no prison sentence but she goes to visit her sister for a while, leaving Gillian at home alone with her box……!

There is a stint at university, where she carries on with experiments but while at home for the holidays she meets Daniel and his sick Aunt Emily. She has a relationship with Daniel and is upset when Emily dies peacefully…

Gillian is very clever at hiding her lack of social skills and learns what is acceptable and expected of her…..but someone is killing young men in her area. Her mother knows what and who Gillian is………..does Daniel?

This is an extraordinary book by C S Barnes, that shows the inner mind of a psychopath and the relationship she has with others close to her. 

It has some disturbing moments like….. “For my own curiosity then, tell me: what shocked you more, the animal with the broken neck or the patricide? Really take some time to consider that, and then tell me why I’m the only monster”…. 

My intention is making sure my windows are all shut tight !!! If you like a dark thriller then you’ll love this, it doesn’t come much darker. 

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

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About the Author:

C.S. Barnes (Charley to her long-time pals) is a Worcestershire-based writer and poet who has recently achieved her Doctorate degree in Creative Writing, and now spends a lot of her time wondering what to do with it. She is a lecturer, content writer, tea-drinker and book-reader with a passion for psychological thrillers that shines through her own work.

Barnes is the Managing Director of Sabotage Reviews and she also runs her own monthly open mic/spoken word event in Worcester City Centre, titled Dear Listener.

She published her debut short story collection in May 2017, titled The Women You Were Warned About (Black Pear Press), and her debut poetry pamphlet, A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache, was published be in July 2018 (V. Press). Intention is Barnes’ debut novel.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charleyblogs @charleyblogs

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charleyblogs/ @charleyblogs

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

Blog: http://charleyistyping.blogspot.com/

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Book reviews

I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler – Book Review. #bookreview #bookblogger #thriller

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Chilling and unrelentingly gripping, I’LL FIND YOU is the terrifying new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of DON’T WAKE UP. Perfect for fans of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough and C.L. Taylor’s, The Fear.

Emily Jacobs, a nurse, is in hospital for a minor operation. When she wakes in the night, woozy with anaesthetic, she sees the doctor frantically trying to resuscitate the woman in the bed next to her. In the morning, she is told that she must have had a nightmare. The bed has been empty all along . . .

When Emily returns to work she discovers a bracelet that she believes belonged to the missing woman. Soon, she becomes convinced that her colleagues at the hospital are hiding a terrible secret. 

What if she’s wrong? What if her own troubled past has affected her more than she knows?

But what if she’s right? 

What else could they be capable of?

(From Goodreads)

MY REVIEW 

Emily Jacobs’ sister, Zoe, had disappeared some months before and Emily has been searching relentlessly ever since. This had affected her mental health and her therapist is trying to help her recover fully. As a result she is to return to work as a Nurse, after a small operation to remove a lump in her breast.

While she is recovering from her op, she witnesses a young girl ‘dying’ in her room, but nurses and doctors convince her this was just a dream, the result of anaesthetic, but Emily is not so sure.

Here begins Liz Lawler’s marvellously tense, gripping and twisty tale that will keep you guessing and on edge as the tension builds. Is Emily hallucinating, is her mental health declining again, is Zoe still alive, or is something more unbelievably tragic happening ?…Thank goodness for Geraldine, the detective that just doesn’t give up. The ending will leave you broken…..

Thank you to The Pigeonhole and the author, Liz Lawler for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest review and all opinions my own.

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Book reviews

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger – Book Review

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An utterly gripping thriller perfect for fans of Dan Brown, Michael Crichton and Stephen King. The Anomaly will leave you breathless until the final page has been turned . . .

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A team of explorers seek ancient treasures, hidden in a secret cave.

At first it seems they will return empty handed. Then their luck turns.

THEY FOUND A NIGHTMARE 

But the team’s elation is short-lived as they become trapped there in the dark, with little possibility of escape.

Then events take an even more terrifying turn.

For not all secrets are meant to be found . 

MY REVIEW

Nolan Moore is the ‘Star’ of The Anomaly Files, a YouTube documentary show that investigates various myths and legends, and they are on a quest to find Kincaid’s Cavern in the Grand Canyon. They only have vague directions and descriptions of the area…..so off they go !.

There is Ken, a smoking, drinking, old hand producer, he of the witty one liners, such as “Let it be known that I can wave my own penis around, should the need arise.”

Pierre, the handsome cameraman.

Gemma, a journalist along to document the journey in writing.

Feather, the ever cheerful tag along from the investors and Dylan the tour guide.

A rag tag group, with some great characters and the sarcastic wit between them gives some laugh out loud moments at times.

The story is, do they find Kincaid’s Cavern ? Is there a Cradle of Life ?? and are there monsters ? Oh indeed there are ……!

This is a great read, with some nice pop culture references and it feels like a mix of X-Files, Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider….it’s truly gripping with some great humour, tension, excitement and some surprises along the dark and scary way. I loved this and can thoroughly recommend it.

Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for a free copy for an honest review

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Book reviews

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts – Book Review

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YOU’LL NEVER FORGET THE FLOWER GIRLS

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose. 

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

(taken from Goodreads)

MY REVIEW 

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts is a dark, disturbing psychological thriller that deals with a difficult subject, child murder.

It tells of the brutal murder of two-year-old Kirstie Swann, that shocked the country, especially as the suspects were only children themselves.

Laurel and Rosie (Primrose) Bowman, named,  ‘The Flower Girls’ by the media, were only ten and six years old. 

Laurel, the elder girl, is put on trial and found guilty of murder, and has remained in prison since, but her case is now up for a judicial review.

Rosie, who was too young to be prosecuted, moved away with her parents and they were given new identities to protect them from the public or media.

Many years later, Hazel (as Rosie is now known) is staying at a Devon hotel with her partner, Jonny and his daughter, Evie, when another young girl, Georgie goes missing. Hazel is so worried she will be blamed due to her past.

The story is told from a few different perspectives and you get a feel for how this old case affected all those involved, from the ‘perpetrators’, the victims family and the police.

The police are also investigating the disappearance of Georgie and want to get to the truth before it’s too late. Hillier is a great character and I’d like to read more about her. 

Some of this is a difficult read at times due to the sheer horror of the subject matter, but it’s not a ‘sensational’ read, it’s very calmly and sensitively done. It makes you think about the idea of guilt, how responsible a child can be for their actions, and of course retribution and revenge, but then in the story itself Alice Clark-Platts has the tension building slowly, gradually, more and more,  until the marvellously, surprising and startling end. I loved this and can thoroughly recommend it….read it now before the spoilers !!!!!

My thanks to The Pigeonhole and the author, Alice Clark-Platts for the opportunity to read this.

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