Thursday, 26 September 2019

BLOG TOUR ##########Nothing Else Remains: The compulsive read (Porter and Styles Book 2)####


##########Nothing Else Remains: 

The compulsive read (Porter and Styles Book 2)####

Book 3 Coming soon...

For the book 3, All That Is Buried, cover reveal and snippets, it’s preordering on Amazon here:

1.. During writing your 2nd book, how did you handle your time seeing baby number 2 was on its way.

Just between you, I and the people reading your site, I felt like I cheated in a roundabout way. Nothing Else Remains was actually written before What Falls Between The Cracks, albeit under a different title at the time, but long before baby number two was on the way. It got some interest but ultimately didn’t get me an agent at the time. Wind forward around a year to when I signed with A&B, they asked what ideas I had for book 2, and I already had it done. I naively thought I;d get away with tweaking a few things, changing dates to make it a sequel rather than prequel, etc. When I actually started re-reading though, I was cringing by the end of the first chapter, and knew there was no way I could submit as it stood. It was just daft things like using ten words when five would do, and just over-doing it in places. I decided to re-do the whole thing from scratch using the original manuscript as my outline - not as painful as it sounds! Definitely the right call though - the original version should never see the light of day! Once I’ve got a deadline in general though, I’m fairly disciplined, and stuck to my minimum 1,000 words per day, mainly early mornings and late evenings around the day job.

2. I see plenty of readers reading and enjoying book 1 & 2. But if you get a review not so flavoursome, how do you react.

I started off reading every single review, but struggle for time nowadays. There weren’t that many, how shall we put it, “uncomplimentary” ones to be honest. The way I look at it, is that not every book will hit the mark for every reader, and people are entitled to their opinions. I have seen some that get rather personal though, instead of any kind of constructive criticism, and there’s no need for that if you ask me. I did get one email from a reader regarding book 2, as opposed to a review, that was quite scathing about a particular aspect (can’t reveal which as it’d be a spoiler). I wrote back and explained why I’d chosen things to play out as they had though, what research I’d done, and with genuine reasons why I’d written what I had that had nothing to do with the theme they’d taken offence to, and they were fine with it after that.

3. Allison & Busby seem a great publishing house and keep me updated. Is the first publishers you’ve worked with.

Yep, at the risk of sounding like a line from a Chesney Hawkes song, they are the one and only I’ve worked with. I’m still quite new to the whole writing gig, and they were the ones to take a chance on me with my debut. I have a few ideas outside of crime as well though, so depends if they’re interested in those as well, as and when I get round to writing them versus looking elsewhere. 

4. Having 2 little ones take up lots of time, how do you fit in your writing between family time

In a bizarre way, it’s gotten easier now we’ve got the two little ones to keep us busy. Book 3 (All That Is Buried - out in January) was the quickest first draft I’ve ever written. From start to finish it took 57 days, and a lot of that was down to a sense of “quick, they’re asleep - must get a few hundred words done!” I found myself writing in more short bursts, but getting a higher daily work count. It was also the first genuine deadline I’ve had in the sense of starting from absolute scratch, and I tend to work better when my back’s against the wall. Whether that was a one off remains to be seen! The non-writing part of being an author has been challenging this year though. What Falls Between the Cracks was part of a Libraries programme earlier this year, that saw me drive around 3,500 miles for 15 events not long after my daughter was born. That’s on top of a full-time day job too, so needless to say my wife deserves a medal for holding the fort at home while I zipped around talking in libraries about people I made up in my head :-)

'Intricately plotted and expertly paced, Nothing Else Remains is British crime writing at its finest' M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show
When Max Brennan’s estranged father and then his own girlfriend go missing in quick succession, he turns to his old friend Detective Jake Porter for help. As Max is then attacked in his own home, Porter and his partner Nick Styles waste no time in investigating. But when their main suspect turns up dead, alongside a list of other targets, it seems the case is much bigger than it first appeared. With events spiraling, can Porter and Styles catch the killer before another victim is claimed?

After discovering this author Robert Scragg through the publishers sending me his debut thriller I was amazed that the debut was so good, it was high standard and sure was like a best selling author.

So receiving his 2nd book in the series I was overjoyed.

Max Brennan hasn’t had life easy. And he’s still not finding life straightforward.
People in his life are going missing. 

He goes to DI Jake Porter for assistance, but then Max is in his home one time and gets attacked. 

Jake is on it with Nick Sykes his partner but things take a turn for the worse when a body turns up, the very person they suspected was now dead. What now?

Then Max thinks they’ve caught the person, but he’s told “no, they may come after you again”

This is very much an Whodunnit and Cat & Mouse chase. But you get so caught up in this you find yourself getting breathless keeping up with it.

Fast paced
Top notch in the writing field
Excellent 3D characters

One I couldn’t stop reading until I finished.

I’m so happy the publisher Allison & Busby sent me his debut. 
I’ve discovered a great author!


Robert Scragg had a random mix of jobs before taking the dive into crime writing; he's been a bookseller, pizza deliverer, Karate instructor and Football coach. He lives in Tyne & Wear, is a founding member of the North East Noir crime writers group and is currently writing the second Porter and Styles novel.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Review: Reagandoodle and Little Buddy Find a Forever Family: Things That Are True Because Someone Chose You

Reagandoodle and Little Buddy Find a Forever Family: Things That Are True Because Someone Chose You Reagandoodle and Little Buddy Find a Forever Family: Things That Are True Because Someone Chose You by Sandi Swiridoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely illustrated book with detailed pictures. Nice and loving vibes from them while it tells a tale of a little boy and his dog being adopted into a family.

It’s such a positive book that a parent can use to open up a conversation with the adopted child.

I loved how it was done.
The dog was special to him and it was such a well thought out story.

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Sunday, 22 September 2019

Review: Lacey's House

Lacey's House Lacey's House by Joanne Graham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m quite behind in some of my Netgalley books. When I first joined I was requesting all the time. Now I’m more sensible.

So this one I purchased through audible so that I could listen on the go.

This was mesmerisingly beautiful and sad.

No one knows what the future holds do they. And I’m wondering if I thought this fleetingly through my mind when my kids were little. I can’t recall I did.

This tales a poignant tale and decisions of, if anything happened to you, who would be the best to rear your children.

Quite a subject matter that this author took on and I absolutely loved it!

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Review: Dying Breath

Dying Breath Dying Breath by Helen Phifer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another edge of your seat thriller.
A fabulous series.

I was caught up in this no end!

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Review: The Lost Children

The Lost Children The Lost Children by Helen Phifer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book from my backlist challenge this year. Personal goal.

Oh boy what can I say. This book is creepy, it’s age of your seat amazing work.

I’m onto book 2

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Review: Bring Me Flowers

Bring Me Flowers Bring Me Flowers by D.K. Hood
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I went on from book 1 to book 2.

I’m not sure if it’s me or what, but, I’m finding this a very good promising plot but it just doesn’t deliver to me as a reader (personally) what I would expect from a story like this.

The dialogue is stilted.
The characters wooden.

The great thing I found in this was the putting of good use technology in finding someone.
It’s not all bad this technology thing.

I’m peeved I’ve not enjoyed book 1 &2 because I really wanted to.

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Review: Don't Tell A Soul

Don't Tell A Soul Don't Tell A Soul by D.K. Hood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was eager to start a new series.
This authors books I’ve read before so I settled down to start.

The plot is exceedingly written well, however I did guess beforehand but still enjoyed reading until the end.

There were a few things in here that didn’t logically compute in my brain.

I thought and thought, just who was the grown up here at times. Jenna seemed a bit immature.
And then some other thoughts regarding the young folk in the bars.

On the whole it was an ok read.
I’m hoping the series gets stronger.

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Review: The Wild Girl

The Wild Girl The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised to receive this in the post from Allison & Busby publishers.

My first thoughts were, what a stunning cover.
I’d never seen this book or heard of it before, probably because it was not in my mainstream reading genre.

When I investigated this book a little more it intrigued me.

Loosely based around the Brothers Grimm.
I remember that story from my younger days. And I remembered I loved it.

This is the first “retelling” I have read. I see lots of my friends on Goodreads & Book Tube Reading “Retellings” but I’ve been afraid to read them.
Not anymore!

There are six sisters, each broken down into descriptions of:
The pretty one
The musical one
The clever and knowledgeable one
The helpful one
The young one
The wild one.

The fairytale aspect of this lovely story was captured within its exquisite wording. I loved it.
The secret romance Dortchen and Wilhelm had, they loved each other from a very young age.
Her father forbade it, but alas they met in secret.

I enjoyed this so much.
So I’m so glad that the publishers sent me this, it gave me an opportunity to explore my reading further.

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Saturday, 21 September 2019

Review: Finding Stevie

Finding Stevie Finding Stevie by Cathy Glass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love all of Cathy Glass books, all of them have a very different story about the child she has fostered. I remember them all.

This one impacted on my right away when Stevie came to stay with her 2 grown children and herself.

Stevie is known to be gender fluid. I have learnt a lot through this book. Stevie is 14 years old but appears to me in some ways more grown up than in others but he does has a huge sense of right from wrong. Some choices he makes are from him being innocent in the world and from lack of an upbringing of being no so knowledgeable around certain issues. Him and his two siblings were being raised by their grandparents. The grandfather is “old school” and not accepting of his Grandsons way of life in the gender fluid aspect so it’s a struggle.

I Twitted that I was reading / listening to this book and tagged in Cathy. She said it had been a learning curve for her too.

I love how her adult children take more of a part too. After all, it’s not easy and it was good to hear them concerned about their mum and her stress level and exhaustion at times.

I could have reached out and hugged Stevie. Such a loveable boy.

I had no animosity toward his grandfather as most of his actions were due to ignorance.

I enjoyed listening to this on audio. What I love about audio is that it’s transportable whilst your driving or doing chores around the home or garden. I listen to them on speed too.

The voice was just right for this story to be told.

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Friday, 20 September 2019


I truly found this book hard to put down.

Pick this book up in a quiet place and I dare you to get to chapter 5 and say it’s confusing because I thought so too until then.....
I HAD to keep reading, I needed to know things. I wanted answers, I needed clarity.

Was this person mad, where her parents mad, this just wasn’t making sense, why is she locked in the attic.
She asked that herself! And it made sense until.........
Then I’m WHAT, jaw dropping on floor screaming in my in my head “what’s going on”?

Talk about tense.

I’m on a complete roll of superb books at the moment. This ones definitely in my top 10 this year in this genre. 

Twists! Twists? You’ll get twisted in knots!


You trust your family. They love you. Don't they?
When 17-year-old Eva Olsen awakes after a horrific accident that has left her bedbound, her parents are right by her side. Devoted, they watch over her night and day in the attic room of their family home in the forests of Norway.
But the accident has left Eva without her most recent memories, and not everything is as it seems. As secrets from the night of the accident begin to surface, Eva realises - she has to escape her parents' house and discover the truth. But what if someone doesn't want her to find it?

Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the Sussex coast. Her writing career first took off ten years ago when an extract of her debut novel GLASSHOPPER won a national writing competition and was twice named among the Best Books of the Year. Today she is the author of seven books, a Royal Literary Fund Lector, and a regular creative writing host at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. She lives and writes in West Sussex with her family and their two dogs.

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Review: The Testaments

The Testaments The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, it’s written by Margaret Atwood who pens a very good read in all her books, so I added another *. Or it would have been 2.75*

The book itself in MHO is that it should have been left as it was.
So why did I buy it?
Because I was hoping it lead on from the previous book The Handmaids Tale.

For over 60% of this read it focused on the children. Nothing wrong with that, it was written really well.
On the whole I enjoyed it but it was slow moving, tedious at times.

Lydia is still around and as in the last book she’s still a force to be reckoned with.

For me, this could have spoilt my enjoyment of the Vintage Classic if The Handmaids Tale. It didn’t because it IS a pure classic.

I can’t help thinking as other reviewers, did the publishers and author actually see an avenue to make money? Of course they did. But readers were excited, eager to get their hands on this hyped up book. I was!

It’s GREAT writing. It’s what you’d expect from this author.
She tells the tale so well that you have to continue to read it.

I notice there are some sitting on the fence to read this. Some really loving it and others knowing and realising it’s not what we were expecting although, still good in its own right.

The children were of course important. The emphasis just a little too much drawn out.

It’s Margaret Atwood though, so what can you say? You just have to read it. Hype or no hype.

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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Review: The Patient

The Patient The Patient by Steena Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

๐“˜ ๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“พ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต๐”‚ ๐“ฏ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ซ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ญ๐“ช๐”‚

But I just had to pick my jaw up from the floor, put my eyes ๐Ÿ‘€ back in my head ๐Ÿ…ฑ๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ต๐Ÿ…พ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…ด I could write this review.
I wasn’t expecting that ending. Not until the last two chapters did it ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ฒ go through my mind.

I was totally engrossed with Danielle who was new in town and only had a handful of clients/patients.
Most of them were oddballs in my opinion and all suspect.
As a therapist I thought she came across pretty good and experienced.

I ๐“›๐“ธ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ this authors works and she never ceases to amaze me with her storylines.

A very enjoyable read, rounded characters and some pretty mixed up and weird which made it very interesting.

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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Review: It Was Her

It Was Her It Was Her by Mark Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky to get a copy of this authors book that starts off his new series.

I then realised...hey, he’s the author that wrote The two O’clock boy that I’ve still got the proof copy of on my shelf.

I didn’t realise it was book 1, so then, ding ding.....I discovered I had book 2 on my kindle.
So guess what! I read this and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’m only one YEAR late in reading this ! Yikes.

But again this plot and style of writing shows me the remarkable talent this author has in glueing me, yes, glueing me to his books.

If you’ve not discovered this author yet, try one of his books.

But start the beginning of his series

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Review: His First Lie

His First Lie His First Lie by Mark Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this when it was called The two O’clock boy

I even have the proof lol
But my reviews lost ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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Review: Broken Dolls

Broken Dolls Broken Dolls by Sarah Flint
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great book in this awesome series.
I finally got to this one.

This is cringeworthy in the aspect it’s upsetting.
It looks like a prostitute has given birth and her pimp is disposing of the baby. Horrendous and upsetting. She’s not allowed to see her child and he dumps it in a dumpster.

The Police are called and DC Charlotte is now worried. They need to move fast and find the mother.
I can’t imagine the emotions in finding a dead premature baby. And Charlotte shows her emotions which was real.

There’s violence, trafficking etc in this book that doesn’t make for an easy read, but a compulsive read for sure.

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Review: Presumed Guilty

Presumed Guilty Presumed Guilty by Jane Isaac
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 2 in the DC Beth Chamberlain series.

I’m very familiar with this authors writing so I knew I was in for a read that’s going to be enjoyable.

Bk 1- After he’s gone.

I know some say that this can be read without a need for reading book 1. But my experiences of reading the same detective in a book is that, although it’s a different case they may be working on, the regular characters grow. And I’ve missed out on that in some series. But it’s entirely your choice.

There is a killer at large.
And he’s a loose cannon. He needs to be stopped......caught and brought to justice.

But now he’s got Beth in his sight.....

I love gutsy Beth and learning more about her is a pleasure.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Review: Trust Me

Trust Me Trust Me by Angela Clarke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hang on
Let me breathe


After not liking book 1
Then enjoying book 2

This final book (bk 3) has brought me to my knees (reading knees)

Imagine if you switched on your PC and in live stream you saw someone being raped.

I kid you not.

What ensues after this is remarkable.

I’ll never be the same on social media again!

What a fabulous end

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Review: Watch Me

Watch Me Watch Me by Angela Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After my review of book one, I didn’t realise how much I would LOVE this one.
That’s why I never give up on an author (usually) after reading at least a few of their books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this authors other series

Bk 1 The wicked girls
Bk 2 The killer next door
Bk 3 The darkest secret

So this series I anticipated.


Bk 1 Follow me
Bk 2 Watch Me
Bk 3 Trust me

This is an exciting fast past read which takes place in all of 24 hours, and guess what! I read it within 24 hours as it was so compelling.


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Review: Follow Me

Follow Me Follow Me by Angela Clarke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another series from my backlist.

If I hadn’t have had the other 2 on my list I may not have chosen to read them.

I say “may” because, although it’s a 2.75 star for me, rounded up there is actually something here.

It’s a topic up to date in this world....which was a plus side.

Not likeable characters ....but....I don’t care as I thought that added to it in my attitude of reading this book.

Downside, I just didn’t get excited or thrilled by it.

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Review: A Steep Price

A Steep Price A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s been really good fun reading this series and all of this authors books are great.
Plots fab etc

But I’m burnt out of the sameness.

Intriguing plots, not straightforward as in all this series. So I was expecting this.

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Review: Close to Home

Close to Home Close to Home by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

๐”ธ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•™๐•’๐•ฃ๐••๐•”๐• ๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•ž๐•ช๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ช ๐•ก๐• ๐•๐•š๐•”๐•– ๐•ก๐•ฃ๐• ๐•”๐•–๐••๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•—๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ž ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•š๐•ค ๐•’๐•ฆ๐•ฅ๐•™๐• ๐•ฃ. ๐•‹๐•™๐•– ๐”ป๐•€ ๐•‹๐•ฃ๐•’๐•”๐•ช ๐•š๐•ค ๐• ๐•Ÿ ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•”๐•’๐•ค๐•– ๐•จ๐•™๐•š๐•”๐•™ ๐•š๐•ค๐•Ÿ’๐•ฅ ๐•’๐•ค ๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•’๐•š๐•˜๐•™๐•ฅ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ๐•จ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•• ๐•’๐•ค ๐•š๐•ฅ ๐•ค๐•–๐•–๐•ž๐•–๐•• ๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•—๐•š๐•ฃ๐•ค๐•ฅ.

๐•‹๐•™๐•š๐•ค ๐•š๐•ค ๐•’ ๐•”๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ž๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ ๐••๐•–๐•๐•ง๐•–๐•ค ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•ฅ ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•๐•ช ๐•’ ๐••๐•–๐•’๐•ฅ๐•™, ๐•“๐•ฆ๐•ฅ ๐•”๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•ค๐•ก๐•š๐•ฃ๐•’๐•”๐•ช ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•„๐•š๐•๐•š๐•ฅ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ช.

๐•€๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•’ ๐•ง๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ช ๐•—๐•’๐•ค๐•ฅ ๐•ก๐•’๐•”๐•–๐•• ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•• ๐•จ๐•™๐•š๐•”๐•™ ๐•“๐•ฃ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•ค ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐••๐•–๐•ฃ ๐•ก๐•๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•ช ๐• ๐•— ๐•—๐• ๐• ๐•• ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐• ๐•ฆ๐•˜๐•™๐•ฅ.

๐•Ž๐•– ๐•˜๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐• ๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•‹๐•ฃ๐•’๐•”๐•ช’๐•ค ๐•๐•š๐•—๐•– ๐•จ๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•ค๐•™๐•–’๐•ค ๐•’๐•๐•ค๐•  ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ช๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•˜๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ก๐•ฃ๐•–๐•˜๐•Ÿ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•• ๐•’๐•๐• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•–๐•ž๐• ๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐• ๐•™๐•’๐•ง๐• ๐•” ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•“๐•ฃ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•ค....

A well plotted and researched plot.

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Review: The Trapped Girl

The Trapped Girl The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Police procedure driven mystery.

A young person finds a body in the water where he’s fishing. But not is all as it seems.

On further investigation they find that this woman had gone to great lengths to disguise herself, but why?

I found the story enthralling and captivating. What urges me on to continue to read we’re finding answers to my ever piling of questing sin my mind.

Yet again, this is not an easy case for the DI as it floods back the death of her sister. Her emotional turmoil can be felt through the pages.

Yet another great read from this author in this pounding series.

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Sunday, 8 September 2019

Review: Through the Wall

Through the Wall Through the Wall by Caroline Corcoran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have so many annotation sticky notes in my book it’s unreal.
I really loved the compulsive creepiness of this book.

My husband always says “there’s nothing new under the sun that hasn’t been done before”. He watches films! I read books!

And partly he may be right. But it’s also ๐“—๐“ธ๐”€ you do it that matters don’t you think?

“๐•ด ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–“ ๐–๐–Š๐–†๐–— ๐–๐–Š๐–—.
๐•ฟ๐–๐–—๐–”๐–š๐–Œ๐– ๐–™๐–๐–Š ๐–œ๐–†๐–‘๐–‘.

๐•พ๐–๐–Š ๐–๐–†๐–˜ ๐–“๐–” ๐–Ž๐–‰๐–Š๐–† ๐–œ๐–๐–†๐–™ ๐•ด ๐–‰๐–Ž๐–‰.

๐•น๐–” ๐–Ž๐–‰๐–Š๐–† ๐–œ๐–๐–†๐–™ ๐•ด’๐–’ ๐–ˆ๐–†๐–•๐–†๐–‡๐–‘๐–Š ๐–”๐–‹...”

Normally I don’t heed any of the publishers “thrills” but this happened to be true!

The chapters lead us from Lexie to Harriet.
They are not alternating chapters between them, and months are next to their names.

For the chapters, they are short and snappy so you soon follow along just nicely.

Lexie & Tom

Lexie and Tom are close. Married. Wanting to have a baby. We have the emotional turmoil that IVF brings.

Harriet and Luke ( but not for long their engagement doesn’t last)

These live side by side in an apartment.
They can hear each other.
No one knows each other.
Never spoken, only heard, watched, observed.
London’s busy city.

This book holds a lot of mystery and creepy unsettling events.

Luke dumps Harriet.
You know right away that Harriet had been in a psychiatric hospital a year ago, but you don’t know why or what she did.

Things start happening in Lexie & Toms flat that makes Lexie not trust her husband.
She tries to confront it.

Poor Lexie, everywhere she looks someone is pregnant. Even her best friend. To deal with it she pulls away.
Even Lexie’s Counsellor is pregnant.

Harriet can hear ๏ผฅ๏ฝ–๏ฝ…๏ฝ’๏ฝ™๏ฝ”๏ฝˆ๏ฝ‰๏ฝŽ๏ฝ‡ through the wall. The tears, the upsets, the raised voices.
But Lexie has ๏ผฅ๏ฝ–๏ฝ…๏ฝ’๏ฝ™๏ฝ”๏ฝˆ๏ฝ‰๏ฝŽ๏ฝ‡ she has Tom.

Something happens where Harriet can stalk Luke on social media.....even he’s having a great time, and he’s met someone else only three months after their breakup.

Yes, you can see that the neighbours lives are crossing over, merging.

But what did Harriet do?
Is she mentally unwell?
Is her stalking and obsessions mixed up with her illness?

There is a vulnerability in ๏ผฅ๏ฝ๏ฝƒ๏ฝˆ of these women but for different reasons.


Weird, lonely, disturbing disillusioned.


Emotional, thoughtful, worrier, determined to get pregnant.

3/4 of the way through I learnt what Harriet had done and what lead up to this and I was “oh no”
My jaw dropped but my heart also ached for her.

My heart broke for Lexie.

I hated Luke and I thought Tom just a little naive in some respects.

Lexie gets pregnant from her 2nd IVF treatment and........l

There is ๐“ข๐“ธ much more to this great chilling, addictive, compulsive book than I can ๐Ÿ„ด๐Ÿ……๐Ÿ„ด๐Ÿ… write here.

I thought the ending jaw dropping and I’m just wondering if it ends here.......l

I looked at my husband as I closed the book and said (wide eyed in amazement) WHAT?!

This is out October

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Review: The Long Call

The Long Call The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž!
๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ˆ ๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ. ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ “๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ” ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ.

๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ƒ๐ˆ ๐Œ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฐ ๐•๐ž๐ง๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.
๐ˆ ๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐จ๐ฒ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ’๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ง ๐œ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก, ๐œ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ. Now his Father has died and he needs to return for the funeral.

แด…๊œฑ แดŠแด‡ษด ส€แด€๊œฐ๊œฐแด‡ส€แด›ส แดกสœแด แดกแดส€แด‹๊œฑ แด€สŸแดษดษข๊œฑษชแด…แด‡ สœษชแด, ษช แด…แด สœแดแด˜แด‡ ๊œฑสœแด‡ ๊œฐษชษขแดœส€แด‡๊œฑ ษชษด ๊œฑแดœส™๊œฑแด‡Qแดœแด‡ษดแด› ส™แดแดแด‹๊œฑ แด๊œฐ แด›สœษช๊œฑ ๊œฑแด‡ส€ษชแด‡๊œฑ แด€๊œฑ ษช สŸแดแด แด‡แด… สœแด‡ส€. ๊œฑสœแด‡’๊œฑ สœแด€แด… แดแด€ษดส แด€ แด›ส€แดแดœส™สŸแด‡๊œฑ ส™แดœแด› ๊œฑสœแด‡’๊œฑ แด แด‡ส€ส “แดกษชแด›สœ ษชแด›” แด€ษดแด… แด€แดกแด€ส€แด‡.

ษชแด›’๊œฑ แด€ แด›แดกษช๊œฑแด›ส แด›แด€สŸแด‡.
แด€ แดส๊œฑแด›แด‡ส€ส สแดแดœ แด„แด€ษด ษขแด‡แด› แด€ สœแด€ษดแด…สŸแด‡ แดษด ส™แดœแด› สแดแดœ แดกแดษด’แด› ๊œฑแดสŸแด แด‡ ษชแด› แดกษชแด›สœแดแดœแด› แดแด€แด›แด›สœแด‡แดก๊œฑ สœแด‡สŸแด˜. สœษช๊œฑ ส™ส€แด€ษชษด แด›ษชแด„แด‹๊œฑ ๊œฑแด แด„สŸแด‡แด แด‡ส€สŸส.

แดแด€แด›สœแด‡แดก ษช๊œฑ แดแด€ส€ส€ษชแด‡แด… แด›แด แดŠแดษดแด€แด›สœแด€ษด. ษชษด แด›สœแด‡ ๊œฑแดแด€สŸสŸ แด›แดแดกษด แด›สœแด‡ส€แด‡ แด€ส€แด‡ ๊œฑแด›ษชษขแดแด€๊œฑ แด€ษดแด… ษช สŸแดแด แด‡แด… สœแดแดก แด›สœแด‡ แด€แดœแด›สœแดส€ สœแด€ษดแด…สŸแด‡แด… แด›สœแด€แด›.
แด€ษดแด… แดแด›สœแด‡ส€ แด…ษชแด แด‡ส€๊œฑษชแด›ษชแด‡๊œฑ แดกษชแด›สœษชษด แด›สœษช๊œฑ ส™แดแดแด‹.

แด›สœษช๊œฑ สœแด€๊œฑ ส™แด‡แด‡ษด แด€ แด…แด‡สŸษชษขสœแด› แด›แด ส€แด‡แด€แด… แด€ษดแด… ส™แดแดแด‹ 2 แดกษชสŸสŸ ส™แด‡ แด‡แด€ษขแด‡ส€สŸส แด€ษดแด›ษชแด„ษชแด˜แด€แด›แด‡แด….

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Review: The Girl

The Girl The Girl by Catherine Cookson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For the Goodreads Summer challenge of Read a book from your younger days
I chose this to reread.
And it’s still as excellent as ever!

I was 16 when I read this! Where has the time gone๐Ÿ˜ณ

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The Postmaster looked over my shoulder. As I turned to look I saw a flicker of movement from across the street. I felt unseen eyes peer at me.
He walked away without another word. I watched as he climbed onto his bicycle and sped away down the street. I turned back and looked over my shoulder.
Someone had been watching us.

1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl by the name of Betsan Tilny has been found murdered in the woodland - her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help.

As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering around the body of the dead girl - the face of Betsan Tilny

Sam Hurcom was born in Dinas Powys, South Wales in 1991. He studied Philosophy at Cardiff University, attaining both an undergraduate and master's degree. He has since had several short stories published, and has written and illustrated a number of children's books. Sam currently lives in the village he was raised in, close to the woodlands that have always inspired his writing. 
A SHADOW ON THE LENS is Sam's debut novel.

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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Review: My Sister

My Sister My Sister by Michelle Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another one from my personal back list challenge shelf for 2019.

This is a creepy challenging eerie read.
The two sisters who appeared to me to be very different in make up and character although one not being raised by the mother has turned out to not be so different to me after all.

I should have read this sooner! I’m not sure why I didn’t, I had a cooy from Netgalley, a paperback Copy and now I got the set!
Because I’ve been listening to this on audio the last few days whilst journeying, doing chores etc

I’m so glad I got to read this.

I’ve now pre ordered her next book and have her other one to read.

Very talented.

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Review: Watching Edie

Watching Edie Watching Edie by Camilla Way
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't know why I didn't get to this book sooner. I certainly wish I had of done. It's a great premise, fabulous plot and twists that kept me spinning.

The thing is, the author drips enough that you need to keep reading and sniffing where the final trail leads you. It's a guessing game what "happened" so you're shouting " come on, what was it".

Edie is new in the area. Happy in her own skin. A social kind of person, fits in with anyone, pretty too and attracts attention although she's not aware of this and neither does she use it to her advantage.

Opposites attract.

Heather is the first friend she makes.
Not very social, doesn't mix easy. Over weight and she has some background.

Edie is happy with her new friend.
Heather is too.

It's a dark complex read for many reasons. It certainly kept me awake reading into the early hours when I should have been asleep.

I'm trying very hard to not give spoilers away. Once you have read this you will understand why.

The last book I read by this author I loved. I wondered if she could at least nail it again for me.
Yes! She did.
She can't write fast enough for me. I just loved it.

My thanks to the Harper Collins UK via Net Galley for my copy and also to Goodreads for my paperback copy which I shall treasure.

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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Review: Broken Bones

Broken Bones Broken Bones by Angela Marsons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh no! Why hadn’t I read this before.

I do have a legit reason. Honest I do.
I received this from Netgalley and wanted to complete at least book 5,6 and this one together.
But alas, I’d lost them on my kindle. I looked to make sure I’d downloaded them before archive and NG says I did.
I went to my Amazon documents but am still unable to locate them.

I meant to purchase them but thought I’d do that at a later date....
And here we are.

This is such an exciting read. I enjoyed every moment of it.
The plot was good and strong. I so enjoyed the flow of the writing.

The blurb gives exactly the amount of detail to get you intrigued.

I need go backwards on this series.

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