The Man in the Wall by Emma Ångström #BlogBlitz #TheManInTheWall #ScandinavianNoir @BloodhoundBook

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books  for inviting me on this Blog Tour for THE MAN IN THE WALL by Emma Ångström

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Do you love gripping psychological thrillers full of suspense? Then discover the best-selling The Man in the Wall today, a stunning and disturbing thriller Scandi thriller you won’t be able to put down.

Alva is a sad and lonely child. With her father locked up in prison, she moves with her mother and two older sisters to an apartment building in town. She does not like her new home. Her room is small and her sisters continue to exclude Alva from their games.

Soon a bizarre murder takes place in the building. A husband discovers his wife dead in the hall of their apartment, two weeks after she disappeared from their home.

Where had the body been hidden for two weeks? And how could the perpetrator get in and out of the apartment?

As more disturbing things start to take place, Alva is drawn into a sick and twisted game by a killer who is hiding in plain sight. But Alva is just a child and has no idea just how deadly her new friend might be…

The Man in the Wall is a thrilling and stylish Scandinavian thriller.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

If I had known nothing about this book I would read it just because of the cover, there was just something about the little girl who intrigued me and oh boy she certainly doesn’t disappoint in the story.

If there was ever a child that needed loving it was Alva, she was like a square peg in a round hole trying to fit into her family. Well the family she was left with anyway, her mum and two older sisters. She didn’t even look like them and none of them seemed to miss her daddy like she did and it was all mum’s fault! She much preferred her own company to theirs and would spend hours on her own, where she would hear noises and longed for it to be her dead grandma trying to make contact. She would do anything too to make it happen.

To say she is weird would be understating the facts. She had some rather unusual games that she played with friends, that only ever came over to her house once. Alva is a feisty little girl who finds a playmate that is in need of a friend and soul mate just as much as she is. Someone else that no one really sees. W

This has to be one of the most bizarre relationships that I have come across, terrifying and tender at the same time. An incredible story, that planted some pretty twisted thoughts in my mind that came back to haunt me after I finished reading. Those ones my own imagination continued to develop especially in the night when my own house found its voice.

It is such a dark and disturbing story which I read with my jaw permanently dropped. I mean how far would author Emma Ångström take this, well lets say I needed a drool bib because I am still on a high! A brilliant book, just awesome!

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Emma Ångström is an author and architect. She has a Master’s degree in architecture from the Royal Technical University in Stockholm and from Parsons in New York. Besides her writing she currently works as head of communications at an architectural firm in Stockholm, Sweden.

She was born in 1982 in Västerås, Sweden, and started her writing career as a journalist at the age of 17. Since then, she has also worked as a lighting designer, and written non-fiction books about lighting design and architecture.

Ångström made her debut in 2009 with the novel AND ALL IS DISTORTED (Och allt är förvridet). In 2016 THE MAN IN THE WALL was released, a remarkable and nerve-wracking thriller with a ”monster” it is hard not to feel certain sympathy with. Condensed writing shaping characters of real flesh and blood, a steady hand’s brushwork forming each piece of the portrait’s originality to a whole, stylistically assured.

Links:

My website: www.emmaangstrom.se
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Beneath the Skin by Caroline England @CazEngland #BeneathTheSkin

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The Amazon link is: amzn.to/2v1IlQO 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

No-one remembers your past. But you do.

‘Antonia, Antonia. My name is Antonia.’

It’s been her name for many years. But sometimes, like tonight, she forgets.

Antonia has a secret. A secret so dark and so deep that she can barely admit it to herself. Instead, she treats herself to Friday night sessions of self-harm while her husband David is at the pub, and her best friend Sophie is drinking too much wine a few doors down.

Nobody close to her knows the truth about what the teenage Antonia saw all those years ago. No-one, that is, except her mother. But Candy is in a care home now, her mind too addled to remember the truth. Antonia is safe. Isn’t she?

The lies start small. They always do. But when the tightly woven story you’ve told yourself begins to unravel, the truth threatens to come to the surface. And then what’s going to happen?

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

It is strange that extreme opposites are like walking on a tight rope and it just depends on which side you fall off as to how your life pans out. It is like that for Antonia when I first met her in the story as she was self harming. The pain and the pleasure, extremes but she has to have one to get the other. The whole story is like that really. I met 4 couples, all very different people, all connected, all individual people the world sees them as but it really isn’t who they are.  What you see isn’t what you get.

To be honest this story really got Beneath my Skin as it made me look at people close to me and wonder if I really ever know anyone and my conclusion was I really don’t think we do. It is just that some people have darker secrets than others. Loved this story because it opened up the real them and the other side they showed others. It made me shiver inside at how easy it is to deceive and be deceived.

There are very different relationships between them, some way back to school days while others have come into this tangled web through relationships and marriage. I was like a moth with this book, I didn’t really like any of these characters but I couldn’t stop reading about them. There were shocks and revelations that just threw me and I had to catch my breath. It is about how they live with the choices they make too. Through a bottle or been seen as an Ice Queen with little emotions, it makes for a fascinating read.

This is the debut novel of Caroline England and it is so beautifully written it just flows effortlessly with each of the characters being very distinctive and memorable. Looking forward to more from her in the future.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caroline England

Born Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline became a partner in a Solicitors’ practice and started writing when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. In addition to the publication of her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses by ACHUKAbooks, Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel, Beneath the Skin, was published by Avon HarperCollins on 5 October 2017. My Husband’s Lies will be published by Avon HarperCollins on 3 May 2018

AUTHOR LINKS;

Website

 

Twitter

 

 

A Death in the Night (Hampstead Murders 4) by Guy Fraser-Sampson @GuyFSAuthor @urbanebooks #HampsteadMurders

A Death in the Night: Book 4 in the bestselling Hampstead Murders series by [Fraser-Sampson, Guy]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘Mr Fraser-Sampson has presented readers with a neatly lacquered puzzle-box filled with golden-age trickery, as warm and timeless as crumpets and honey; a murder to curl up by the fire with on a winter’s night.’ –Christopher Fowler, bestselling author of the Bryant and May series

When a woman identified as the wife of a prominent lawyer dies at an exclusive women’s club, the team from Hampstead police station find themselves thrown into a baffling investigation with very little evidence to offer any guidance.

By coincidence,  were all attending a vintage dinner dance at the club at the estimated time of death. Can they remember anything between them which might indicate a solution?

Set against a background of professors, barristers, and serial adultery, the fourth in the Hampstead Murders series continues the pattern set by its predecessors: strong, character-driven contemporary narrative written in the spirit of the Golden Age of detective writing. Praised by leading crime-writers, and garnering rave reviews from book bloggers, the books have been described as elegant, intelligent, quirky and ‘a love letter to the detective novel’. All agree they are very ‘different’ from the standard fare of modern crime fiction.

‘Great characters and a gripping story – a modern take on the classic mystery story, this is the Golden Age in the 21st Century.’ – Dolores Gordon Smith, bestselling crime author

‘Engaging from start to finish, Guy Fraser-Sampson has penned another gem.’ – Leigh Russell, bestselling author of the Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel series

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Well this is now the fourth Hampstead murder mystery book in the series and I was so very excited to be reading it. I love the olde world feel from this top-notch team of Detectives that appear in all of the books but is set firmly in present day. This is investigating with modern technology and old school thinking and it works so perfectly.

When the body of a woman is found in a hotel room at an exclusive women’s club she is thought to have died of natural causes by a Doctor also staying in the same hotel.  The authorities are informed and the body quickly despatched, much to the relief of the busy hotel that need to clean the room ready for the next guest. A further more detailed examination on the lady results in the police being called and a subsequent investigation into the mystery that now surrounds this lady’s death. The only thing is what potential evidence that could have been left behind has now been cleaned up and destroyed.

Oh my the team were certainly going to have their work cut out for them with this case, especially as a couple of rather large bloomers had already happened before they were even called in!  It really is a sharpen your pencils kind of investigation as the only way it can be solved now is by comparing the mountain of statements that are being taken, including those of Metcalfe, Collins and Willis who had been at a function at the club at the same time of the murder. So is a policeman ever off duty or will their sharp eyes and wit be the seal that solves the case?

As the investigation unfolds it leaves behind a debris of destroyed reputations from some of the highest respected offices of the Law. Plus a puzzle left in the room, where the lady was found. A real how? why? and who? murder mystery. A fascinating case for one of my favourite teams of Detectives. This is a time capsule of pure joy!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Guy Fraser-Sampson

 

Guy Fraser-Sampson is an established writer, having published not only fiction but also books on a diverse range of subjects including finance, investment, economics and cricket. His darkly disturbing economic history The Mess We’re In was nominated for the Orwell Prize.
His Mapp & Lucia novels have all been optioned by BBC TV, and have won high praise from other authors including Alexander McCall Smith, Gyles Brandreth and Tom Holt. The second was featured in an exclusive interview with Mariella Forstrup on Radio 4, and Guy’s entertaining talks on the series have been heard at a number of literary events including the Sunday Times Festival in Oxford and the Daily Telegraph Festival in Dartington.

HERE ARE THE REST OF THE HAMPSTEAD MURDER SERIES

 

AUTHOR LINKS

Twitter : twitter.com/GuyFSAuthor

https://www.facebook.com/GuyFSauthor/

A Death in the Night: Book 4 in the bestselling Hampstead Murders series by [Fraser-Sampson, Guy]

 

Dark Chapter By Winnie M Li #BlogTour @winniemli @Legend_press #DarkChapter #NotTheBooker

Firstly I wish to thank Imogen Harris of Legend Press for inviting on the Blog Tour for DARKER CHAPTER by Winnie M Li

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel. Johnny is a 15-year-old Irish teenager, living a neglected life on the margins of society.

On a bright spring afternoon in West Belfast, their paths collide during a horrifying act of violence.

In the aftermath, each is forced to confront the chain of events that led to the attack.

Inspired by true events, this is a story of the dark chapters and chance encounters that can irrevocably determine the shape of our lives.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The title of this book is so very perfect and although to the reader it represent the very horrific and brutal facts of the story, for the author and assailant it is the dark chapters in their lives following the thirty minutes that they actual knew each other. It is a courageous story told by the author, herself the victim. The thing that I admire greatly about her is being able to not only tell her side of the story but also that of the young teenager that violated and raped her.

There is a back drop of both characters from when they were growing up, where their childhood years couldn’t have been more different. Vivian confidant, educated and in a successful career loved walking and exploring, at times, in more remote areas. Johnny was a travellers son, being dragged up, for lack of a better word, by his abusive father. His world was one of violence which he had witnessed between his father and mother. The stories from other lads about taking ‘what they wanted’ from girls as a right were regularly told to him. Then one day Johnny sees Vivian walking and both of their lives would be destroyed by what followed.

Winnie M Li, the author describes every frightening and terrifying action and thought that she experienced, her desperate pleas, her bargaining and quick thinking to ensure her survival. Then the thoughts of Johnny, how he sees the events, his right to do what he is doing and how he knows this is ‘what she wants too’.  There was such an helplessness that I felt when I was reading this, a boy so damaged by how he was brought up actually  thinking that this was normal, to the woman who I knew would never forget this day.
The court case that followed was just as horrific. The story though goes much further and describes how it affected the relationships of both Vivian and Johnny with their families and friends.
I truly admire this author that has had the courage to write about this terrible time in her life but the ability to look into the mind of this young man was remarkable. There is nothing tacky about this story, this is a detailed account of what happened. Truly courageous.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Winnie M. Li is a writer and producer, who has worked in the creative industries on three continents. A Harvard graduate, she has written for travel guide books, produced independent feature films, programmed for film festivals, and developed eco-tourism projects. After graduating with Distinction in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths (where she was shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Prize 2015), she now currently writes across a range of media (including a column for The Huffington Post), runs arts festivals, and is a PhD researcher in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. She was Highly Commended for the CWA Debut Dagger 2015 and also shortlisted for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize. She lives in London yet is somewhat addicted to travel.

Dark Chapter is her debut novel, published in June 2017 by Legend Press, and is inspired by her own sexual assault in 2008. It takes the unique perspective of both the survivor and the perpetrator and explores how the assault effects the lives of both.

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Dreams of a Broken Man by Roger Bray @rogerbray22

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

ALICE’s brother, ALEX, is convicted and imprisoned for the murder of his wife, HAZEL. Through the trial and failed appeals she stands by him as her own life spirals out of control. Finally, reaching the end of the last appeal, ALEX is still in jail with no hope left and ALICE is in a jail of her own. Depression and helplessness over her inability to help ALEX, and alone, because the process broke her marriage apart.

As the reality of her life closes in around her a chance meeting gives her a glimmer of hope as a new ally, STEVE, helps her peel away the fragile lies and hidden truths holding the prosecution case together as they try to find out what happened to HAZEL.

But the truth only reveals a deeper mystery and uncovers something more sinister than they first realised.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What I love about reading is finding that author now and again that just makes your heart race that little bit more, because the story and the way it is told just has that something extra special about it, well this is one of those. I believe that this is Roger Bray’s second novel but you really wouldn’t know it, it is so darn good.

Oh boy this is a little belter. When Hazel disappeared her husband, Alex, was accused and found guilty of her murder although her body had never been found. A couple of years down the line and all the avenues of appeals have now been used so he was resigned to life in prison. Alex’s sister, Alice had never given up fighting his corner, it though it had cost her everything. When Alice met Steve there was something about him that made her do something she never did, she told him about her brother and OMG this story just exploded with everything thing I want in a thriller.

This is more than just proving that someone is innocent, this is also an investigation into what really happened because the trail has now gone well and truly cold surrounding the events the night that Hazel disappeared. There is of course a romance sparking in the midst of the story too. This isn’t heavy stuff, the case of Hazel is the core of the book but I really wanted Alice to find happiness as well as her brother finding justice.

It is so difficult sometimes to review because I am bursting with what happens. Roger Bray took me to some pretty dark places and some pretty terrifying moments that I know would drive me insane. There is deception and lies, there is facing lose and keeping hope. I love this book and I am sure that I have developed a crush on Steve myself, what a man!

Roger Bray gives you all the known facts before grabbing you and bang! You really won’t know what has hit you and won’t be able to stop until you know the truth. Loved the characters, especially Alice and Steve. The story is easy to follow because what is happening is so gripping. A huge must read book!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roger Bray

I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

Personal fun facts:

I am married with three grown children and one grand daughter. I live with the love of my life, my wife of thirty years and her overly cute cat who, maybe unknowingly but I doubt it, saved my life by, for the one and only time, jumping on my lap and purring his head off when I was at my lowest and the depression almost got me.

I do enjoy hearing from my readers so please, drop me an email.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: www.rogerbraybooks.com

https://www.facebook.com/rogerbraybooks/

E-mail: rogerbray@rogerbraybooks.com

Roger Bray
Roger Bray

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Sweet William by Iain Maitland #BlogTour #sweetwilliam @iainmaitland @RKbookpublicist

Firstly I wish to thank Diana Morgan of  Ruth Killick Publicity for inviting me on the Blog Tour for SWEET WILLIAM by Iain Maitland

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

“Extremely well written and very frightening”–Barbara Nadel. Life and death played out over 48 hours. A father intent on being with his young son escapes from a secure psychiatric hospital, knowing he has just one chance for the two of them to start a new life together. Sweet William is a breathtakingly dark thriller that spans forty-eight hours in the life of a desperate father and a three-year-old child in peril. Brilliant and terrifying, this is a debut novel that will stay with its readers long after they finish turning the pages.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I think my heart broke a little more with each chapter that I read about William. William is only 3 years old and already his mummy has been murdered and his daddy is in a secure mental institution. Now William is being cared for by his adoptive parents, his mum’s sister and her husband and he is very excited because they are going to Granny’s and Grandpa’s at Aldeburgh to celebrate Halloween at the Fair. His mummy and daddy sometimes hurt him but at 3 he doesn’t understand that the needles they use on him and not being allowed nice things to eat are because he is a type 1 diabetic.

Raymond Orrey is determined to escape and reclaim his son. He knows the family traditions of how they celebrate Halloween, this year he will be making it one that they will never forget. He is one hell of a cunning and crazy guy that has played the system and people who call all the shots until he has been moved into a more lax ‘secure’ unit. One that he is going to escape from.

What an edgy and ultimately terrifying read. When I opened this book I moved into the mind of Raymond and boy is this bloke needed locking up. Raymond has one goal to take his son back and make a new life for them and no one will stop him. The story is violent but seen through Raymond’s eyes Iain Maitland pulls off and captures the whole thing through Raymond’s flippant reasoning. It makes petrifying reading.

Raymond is so focused that he can only see the end game not what is right under his nose. William I just wanted to pick up and hug. This is innocence at its purest, being in his mind too and hearing his reasoning to the situation he was in and how he felt. A little boy who never lost hope. It all becomes a race against time before more lives are lost and tragedy occurs.

This is an edge of your seat, nail-biting read that will haunt you way after you finish reading.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Iain Maitland is the author of Dear Michael, Love Dad (Hodder, 2016), a moving book of letters written to his son, who suffered from depression and anorexia. Iain is an ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity, and gives regular talks about mental health issues in the workplace. A writer since 1987, he is a journalist and has written more than 50 books, mainly on business, which have been published around the world.

AUTHOR LINKS:

https://www.iainmaitland.net

Twitter @iainmaitland

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Sweet William by Iain Maitland #BlogTour #sweetwilliam @iainmaitland @RKbookpublicist

Firstly I wish to thank Diana Morgan of  Ruth Killick Publicity for inviting me on the Blog Tour for SWEET WILLIAM by Iain Maitland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          36437024                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BOOK DESCRIPTION

“Extremely well written and very frightening”–Barbara Nadel. Life and death played out over 48 hours. A father intent on being with his young son escapes from a secure psychiatric hospital, knowing he has just one chance for the two of them to start a new life together. Sweet William is a breathtakingly dark thriller that spans forty-eight hours in the life of a desperate father and a three-year-old child in peril. Brilliant and terrifying, this is a debut novel that will stay with its readers long after they finish turning the pages.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I think my heart broke a little more with each chapter that I read about William. William is only 3 years old and already his mummy has been murdered and his daddy is in a secure mental institution. Now William is being cared for by his adoptive parents, his mum’s sister and her husband and he is very excited because they are going to Granny’s and Grandpa’s at Aldeburgh to celebrate Halloween at the Fair. His mummy and daddy sometimes hurt him but at 3 he doesn’t understand that the needles they use on him and not being allowed nice things to eat are because he is a type 1 diabetic.

Raymond Orrey is determined to escape and reclaim his son. He knows the family traditions of how they celebrate Halloween, this year he will be making it one that they will never forget. He is one hell of a cunning and crazy guy that has played the system and people who call all the shots until he has been moved into a more lax ‘secure’ unit. One that he is going to escape from.

What an edgy and ultimately terrifying read. When I opened this book I moved into the mind of Raymond and boy is this bloke needed locking up. Raymond has one goal to take his son back and make a new life for them and no one will stop him. The story is violent but seen through Raymond’s eyes Iain Maitland pulls off and captures the whole thing through Raymond’s flippant reasoning. It makes petrifying reading.

Raymond is so focused that he can only see the end game not what is right under his nose. William I just wanted to pick up and hug. This is innocence at its purest, being in his mind too and hearing his reasoning to the situation he was in and how he felt. A little boy who never lost hope. It all becomes a race against time before more lives are lost and tragedy occurs.

This is an edge of your seat, nail-biting read that will haunt you way after you finish reading.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Iain Maitland is the author of Dear Michael, Love Dad (Hodder, 2016), a moving book of letters written to his son, who suffered from depression and anorexia. Iain is an ambassador for Stem4, the teenage mental health charity, and gives regular talks about mental health issues in the workplace. A writer since 1987, he is a journalist and has written more than 50 books, mainly on business, which have been published around the world.

AUTHOR LINKS:

https://www.iainmaitland.net

Twitter @iainmaitland

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