Tuesday, 23 October 2018

My sweet friend

My Sweet FriendMy Sweet Friend by H.A. Leuschel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

92 pages of pure thrilling excitement.
Alexa and Rosie. Each tells they’re tale through their own interpretation, lies (maybe) and deceit.

The manipulation in this is next to none.

The characters were well rounded and stood out. Loathe them or hate them, you won’t put this down.

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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Anonymity by John Nicholl

Anonymity (DI Gravel, #4)Anonymity by John Nicholl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I sat and started this book one early evening with the full complete knowledge that I would enjoy my read. I wasn’t wrong. I stayed up until the early hours until my eyes were sore and tired. I then picked it up again with anticipation the following day as soon as I had free time to read further.

I went in blind with the subject matter of this read. I love this authors mind and what topic, plots and characters he comes up with next.

The one solid character is Grav. From the time I met him I thought him rough and uncouth, now I find him a delight. Poor Grav has had a hard time. He’s unwell, he’s unfit and terribly unhealthy. He also lost his beloved wife to cancer.

He thinks he may be able to return to work at some stage soon and eager to do so. There’s a lot at the Station that love Grav but some upper management that doesn’t. His old ways are not always acceptable.

In this book we meet Mia. Mia has a young daughter. Sometimes Mia struck me as a tad naive towards the end and too quick to trust others. Not very worldly wise.
She also is addicted to painkillers which were given her once to relieve pain, now they seem to be used by herself for an emotional crutch since receiving a very worrying and troubling email.

Threats, taunts, playing on her weaknesses and her daughter as a target she is worried what to do.

Ella is the closest to her. She confides in her.

Ella’s engaged to Adam.

The reader learns early on who the culprit is. There is indeed a reason for this and it didn’t mar the story.

Bits of gory bluntness in the pages but vital the reader fully understands the impact on Mia and what would your reaction be to certain things if it were you?

I felt really transported into this story.

There’s a sad bit in here. I felt it part of an era terminated.

Fabulous read for me.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

In Harms Way

In Harms Way

Book Description:

What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?
What if you were abducted in broad daylight?
What if you were chained to a bed and held captive in a cellar? What would you do?
Mackenzie Crawford screamed.

What if your wife went out at night and wouldn’t say where she was going?
What if she admitted she had a lover?
What if you came home one day and discovered she’d left?
What would you do?
Derek Crawford went to pieces.

What if a woman with an alcohol problem disappeared?
What if there was no evidence of a crime?
What if her brother asked you to help?
What would you do?
In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes put the case to the top of his list.

What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?

This was a very promising book I thought when reading the synopsis, lots of questions that were poised to be answered.

I wouldn’t class it as a psychological thriller though as it didn’t have that “feel” to it for me.

The writing is good and it took me on a journey that was quite intense as to the answers to all the questions that flowed from the blurb, so I was satisfied to find out the answers.

I wasn’t sat on the edge of my seat biting me nails but it did hold my interest to carry on and finish it.

I think I read such a lot of thrillers and even though I mix my genres at times I love it when a book blows me away. Sadly this one just didn’t quite make it. But it was good, it was a read that flowed well. It wasn’t one I’d steer clear of, but, just didn’t land me quite where I wanted to be.

Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
Games People Play will be translated for the German market. 
And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick.

Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a  rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where both the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series' were created. His latest novel In Harm's Way is a  psychological thriller set in Scotland. 


Friday, 12 October 2018

Speak of the devil

Speak of the DevilSpeak of the Devil by Britney King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My introduction to this author was the start of this series.
Title: Speak of the Devil: A Psychological Thriller
Author: Britney King
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release: October 4, 2018
Speak of the Devil is a captivating, darkly satiric psychological thriller which offers readers another savage look into a utopian cultish society where beauty and perfection are valued at all costs and it’s best to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. 
In the upscale suburb where Vanessa Bolton lives, she’s your average suburban housewife.
She does her grocery shopping on Tuesday, Thursday mornings are reserved for Pilates, Sundays for church. At home, she’s an impeccable housekeeper and a mother with a mediocre track record.
But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the city, she can be whatever you want her to be—provided you can afford the hourly fee.
In the rapidly expanding cult to which she belongs, Vanessa has been assigned the role of a “Siren”—a recruiter trained to use seduction to elicit compliance from her marks.
Vanessa’s latest assignment—an unsuspecting chemist merely looking for something without strings—proves to be her toughest yet. Unwilling to neatly slide into the roles society has prescribed for them, the two collide in a sensual and savage affair that threatens not only their own lives but also those they seek to protect most.
Featuring “tantalizing suspense, pulse-pounding danger, sex, and double-dealing,” Speak of the Devil is a timely and riveting psychological thriller that is impossible to put down.
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It’s about a cult, not just any cult it’s conniving it’s deadly.
The first book gave us an insight to leaders and the turning of wheels in this cult.

The following book was more intense and got into the evilness and workings of this cult.

This latest book was mind blowing. I just love how this author defined Vanessa, the “siren” the “seducer “.
Men are in charge of women, they own them.

The way Vanessa was written made me believe she was actually living through this nightmare. And me along with her.

This was an intense dark read that did keep me flicking page after page.

I’m so glad I’ve been following this series. Great penmanship.

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlaine

The Dream DaughterThe Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve always loved Diane Chamberlains books. Been reading them for many a year and always know I’m in for a good solid read each time I pick up her newest book.

When I began reading this I have to be honest that I said to my daughter, I’m not sure about this storyline. If I didn’t know better I would think I’m reading a different authors work.

But low and behold all of a sudden this took hold of me and I literally couldn’t put the book downl I was totally in awe of this author taking a path that she had never taken before and wowing me.

I didn’t have any problems being invested in the time travel aspect. At first I was “hmmmmm” but then the plot just took over, overwhelming me and my thoughts and emotions that I was gob smacked into actually believing this to be a natural way of travel.

The tension within these pages made me break out in a tense sweat. I was urging it all to work out to get things right that everything will come together and be fine.

God the tension in this made my head whirl.
It was so cleverly crafted, researched and thought out.

Such a wonderful all consuming read.

Thank you St Martin press via Net Galley for my copy.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

The Cornish Retribution by Amanda James blog blitz

The Cornish Retribution by Amanda James blog blitz

Book Description:

After a tragic car accident, Samantha is left widowed and bereft.  Her husband Adam was everything to her. But at least the home they shared together in Cornwall provides her with some security. Or does it?

Upon returning from a school reunion in Sheffield, where Sam met her old friend, Penny, and an old flame from her school days, Dan, she discovers that Adam had invested money unwisely and she is now penniless.

When Penny and Dan, who are now married, arrive in Cornwall to visit Sam, Dan comes up with a way in which Sam can keep the house. He suggests she turns it into a writing retreat. And he is willing to invest.

Despite his wife’s reservations, Dan gets his way but at what price?

Why is Dan so keen to help? Has Sam put herself in harm’s way?

Some relationships are built to last. Others are deadly.

Author Bio:

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

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Four of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel, Behind the Lie and Rip Current. The Cornish Retribution is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in October 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.


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Ideas and Inspiration

As a writer I pick up ideas for new stories almost daily, but of course most of them are snippets, and ‘what ifs’. By this I mean I might overhear part of a conversation in a cafĂ© or supermarket and make up a little scenario about the people having that conversation. For example, I might hear two women talking and one says – ‘But don’t tell him, I want it to be a surprise.’ Then my mind goes into overdrive. What if she’s just organised a special night in a hotel or something to re-kindle her marriage? Or she’s pregnant? Nice yeah? BUT what if the husband is having an affair with the second woman? That would put a whole new slant on proceedings!

Other times I might see something on the news or read something online which sparks a story in my head. When I wrote A Stitch in Time, which is a time travel novel, it all came from the title. I was trying to think of a catchy title and the whole story just unfolded from that. I was really excited by it and got the whole thing down in about six weeks. I was a history teacher at the time and was thrilled that I could incorporate many favourite historical periods into the book too.

Sometimes I have no idea where my ideas come from. I’m just glad they keep coming! The Cornish Retribution came to me in part one day while I was watching the waves on Mawgan Porth Beach. It was a winter’s day like it is at the start of the story and I was looking at the houses dotting the cliffs and wishing I could live in one! Then I imagined what it would be like to live there and who lived in the houses. The seeds of a story planted themselves in my brain and started to sprout. I’d already got an idea about a reunion as I’d seen someone talking about theirs on Facebook. As I continued to watch the waves, other bits of the story popped into my mind. When I got home I jotted the title down and the bare bones of The Cornish retribution. It’s set in Cornwall obviously, as are many of my more recent books as we moved her about five-years ago. I adore Cornwall and am inspired by the rugged north coast around where I live. We are only about twenty-minutes away from at least six beaches and I feel at my happiest when I’m walking next to the Atlantic. Something about the salt air and sound of the waves calms my spirit but sends many story ideas to my head too.

Back to The Cornish Retribution. It’s about Samantha Lane, a recent widow living in a big house overlooking the beach at Mawgan Porth. She’s a writer and had two books published, and until her husband was killed, she thought she’d make a proper go of it. She’d quit her library job to write full time.  After her husband’s death everything changed, and her comfortable financial bubble is popped by something her husband did. Samantha returns from a school reunion in Sheffield where she grew up to be faced with this new financial situation and has to come up with some ideas to make ends meet. One of her old boyfriends and his wife, with whom she’s now reacquainted, come to visit, and Dan, the boyfriend proposes a business investment. Sam is extremely reluctant to accept, as he cheated on her many years ago, but in the end sees no way out. The fallout from her decision has severe consequences for everyone concerned, as we follow Sam in her struggle to keep her head above water and out of danger.

When Samantha is widowed, after the tragic death of her husband, Adam, in a car accident, she is left bereft. But at least the home they shared together in Cornwall provides her with some security. Or does it?

Upon her return from a school reunion in Sheffield, where Sam met her old friend, Penny, and an old flame from her school days, Dan, she discovers that Adam had invested money unwisely and she is now penniless.

When Penny and Dan, who are now married, arrive in Cornwall to visit Sam, Dan comes up with a way in which Sam can keep the house. He suggests she turns it into a writing retreat. And he is willing to invest.

Despite his wife’s reservations, Dan gets his way but at what price?

Why is Dan so keen to help? Has Sam put herself in harm’s way?

Some relationships are built to last. Others are deadly.

I hope you enjoy the journey with Sam as much as I did. I often think about her and hope she’s still writing and enjoying life. I’d like to catch up with her again one day. Who knows, I might just do that.

Monday, 1 October 2018

The wife before me by Laura Elliot

The Wife Before MeThe Wife Before Me by Laura Elliot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A dark and very disturbing physiological drama at its best.

The last book I read by this author didn’t grab me so well, and I’ve loved her previous books. This book sure made up for it.

There are varied reviews on this one and I’ve been hesitant to read it, no, scared to because I love this authors style of writing and how she breathes life into her many characters, and after her last book and a few trusted friends not enjoying it so much I was holding back.

I wish I had read this sooner.

Twists, turns, biting nails, unlikeable characters, dark tunnels of thrillerhood! I loved it.

My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy

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Sleep sister by Laura Elliot

Sleep SisterSleep Sister by Laura Elliot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I’ve read a few books by this author and enjoyed them.

This one took me by surprise as I found it so easy to get into, the subject matter isn’t entertaining as it’s about child abuse, but, I “enjoyed “ if that’s the right word for it, the way it was handled.

The differing ways that these sisters were handled by their mother was disturbing too.
Not much paternal love lost there!

I found the middle of the story dragged, I’m not sure how to explain it, maybe the repetitive referrals to “Charlie” the “monster” which I had already as a reader digested that long before I got the middle section.

The ending redeemed itself though.

Not the best book I’ve enjoyed by this author.

I did think this more of a domestic drama than a thriller though.

My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy

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Only a mother by Elisabeth Carpenter

Only a MotherOnly a Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an absolutely amazing read. I’ve been glued reading this.

The rounded out characters were so in your face and believable.

Erica the Mother of Craig who was convicted of a crime has always said her son was innocent. Let’s face it, we all would be the same, a friendly lad, a good son, who could imagine such a thing.

Was she right? Or was she wrong to trust her Mothers instincts?

She fell out with her long time best friend over an interview she gave to the papers about her son.

Erica stayed put in the home she raised her son for all kinds of reasons. The abuse and harm always being taken out on her. So much so that it appeared to me she accepted it as the price she had to pay.

I grew to adore Erica.

Her son Craig appeared to be a hardened criminal.

The plot was so thick you couldn’t see your way out at times as a reader. It took you in and overtook all you’re logical thinking. My confusion was like smog.
Towards the end the fog starts to clear as more and more comes to light peeking through.

I have the authors other two books on my kindle. I desperately need to get to them because I so thoroughly enjoyed this.

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