The Garden of Lost Memories by Ruby Hummingbird @HummingbirdRuby @bookouture #BlogTour #Extract #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Garden of Lost Memories by Ruby Hummingbird.

The Garden of Lost Memories: A heartbreaking page turner about learning to love and remembering to live by [Hummingbird, Ruby]


Just because you feel ordinary doesn’t mean you aren’t extraordinary to someone else.

Sixty-two-year-old Elsie knows what she likes. Custard creams at four o’clock, jigsaw puzzles with a thousand pieces, her ivy-covered, lavender-scented garden.

Ten-year-old Billy would rather spend his Saturdays kicking a ball, or watching TV, or anything really, other than being babysat by his grumpy neighbour Elsie and being force fed custard creams.

If it was up to them, they’d have nothing to do with each other. Unfortunately, you can’t choose who you live next door to.

But there is always more to people than meets the eye…

Elsie doesn’t know that Billy’s afraid to go to school now, or why his mother woke him up in the middle of the night with an urgent shake, bags already packed, ready to flee their home.

Billy doesn’t know that the rusting red tin he finds buried in Elsie’s treasured garden is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode her carefully organised life. And that when he digs it up, he is unearthing a secret that has lain dormant for twenty-eight years…

This moving tale is for anyone who has ever felt the pang of loneliness, or worried that their broken heart might never be the same again. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Keeper of Lost Things and The Library of Lost and Found will fall head over heels for this life-affirming novel that shows us that if you’re willing to take a risk, happiness is only ever a heartbeat away.


The Garden of Lost Memories: A heartbreaking page turner about learning to love and remembering to live




The hole wasn’t deep, the mud sticking to her hands as she fumbled in the soil. The damp smell of rotting leaves cloyed her nostrils. A fox shrieked and her chest leapt in response. It had started to rain, a light sheen on her skin as she worked, fine droplets mingling with the sweat beading at her hairline. She looked down at the hole, the outline barely visible in the dark.

She filled in the space, worked quickly, goosebumps breaking out on her skin as she knelt on the wet grass. Empty, square glass windows overlooked the spot and she couldn’t stop craning her neck up at them, frightened that someone might hear something, turn a light on, appear in one of them. What would they see as they looked down? She felt her heart race, her breath loud in her ears. Surely she would wake up the neighbourhood?

Work faster.

Her fingers brushed against it, and she snatched her hand back in response, gritted her teeth. Don’t think about it. Then she remembered: she had meant to keep one bit of it. Closing her eyes, she searched with her fingers, located it, drew it out slowly before secreting it in the waistband of her trousers. She felt it close to her flesh, lying on her skin, and her muscles recoiled in disgust.

She was soaked through now, rain dripping from the ends of her short brown hair onto her collar, trailing down her neck like a chilly fingertip. She shivered, teeth chattering. She hadn’t thought to bring a coat; she’d had only one thing on her mind. Now, she knew she had to do it in that moment, didn’t want to wait, to be discovered.

A rustle nearby; she looked over her shoulder. An animal? A person? Familiar shapes no more at night, now indistinct, threatening. She returned to the soil, faster and faster, filling in the gaps, finishing the job, patting down the soil, smoothing it over.

Mud on her palms, under her nails. She would scrub at them with a stiff nailbrush for days, long after it had gone.

Another noise: she must leave. She stood, backed away, eyes not leaving the spot. It was done.

It was buried.

It was over.



Ruby Hummingbird is a novelist based in the English countryside. She loves nothing more than writing uplifting and heartwarming fiction that gets her
readers reaching for the tissues. When she isn’t storytelling, she can be found tending to her beloved sunflowers or sipping on hazelnut lattes.


Twitter: @HummingbirdRuby


Buried by Lynda La Plante @LaPlanteLynda @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #PromotionalPost

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog tour for Buried by Lynda La Plante. This is just a promotional post today due to work commitments during the Corona Virus Outbreak. A review will follow in time when times are more normal. Gutted!

Buried: The thrilling new crime series introducing Detective Jack Warr by [Plante, Lynda La]



The gripping first book in a brand new thriller series by the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante.

DC Jack Warr and his girlfriend Maggie have just moved to London to start a new life together. Though charming, Jack can’t seem to find his place in the world – until he’s drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.

In the aftermath of a fire at an isolated cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remains of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes.

Jack’s search leads him deep into a murky criminal underworld – a world he finds himself surprisingly good at navigating. But as the line of the law becomes blurred, how far will Jack go to find the answers – and what will it cost him?

In BURIED, it’s time to meet DC Jack Warr as he digs up the deadly secrets of the past . . .


Buried: The thrilling new crime series introducing Detective Jack Warr


I was so looking forward to reading this book, especially with it being the first in a new series. DC Jack Warr sounds like a man with determination, someone that won’t give up or just can’t. I know I will have a real late night with Jack as I face everything that he does.

Lynda La Plante is an amazing author that doesn’t fluff a story, it will feel like live-action all the way.

I will, of course, let you know my thoughts on this book as soon as I can. So looking forward to reading the other bloggers take on this story. This is an amazing tour.

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Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RDC before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing – and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series WIDOWS.

Her novels have all been international bestsellers. Her original script for the much-acclaimed PRIME SUSPECT won awards from BAFTA, Emmys, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Writer’s Award.

Since 1993 Lynda has spearheaded La Plante Productions. In that time the company has produced a stunning slate of innovative dramas with proven success and enduring international appeal.

Based on Lynda’s best selling series of Anna Travis novels, Above Suspicion, Silent Scream, Deadly Intent and Silent Scream have all adapted into TV scripts and received impressive viewing figures.

Lynda has been made honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Writer’s Award 2000.

On 14th June 2008 Lynda was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (Writer and Producer for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity).

On 3rd October 2009, Lynda was honoured at the Cologne Conference International Film and Television Festival with the prestigious TV Spielfilm Award for her television adaptation of her novel, Above Suspicion.

Books penned by Lynda La Plante include: The Legacy, The Talisman, Bella Mafia, Entwined, Cold Shoulder, Cold Blood, Cold Heart, Sleeping Cruelty, Royal Flush, Above Suspicion, The Red Dahlia, Clean Cut, Deadly Intent and Silent Scream, Blind Fury (this entered the UK Sunday Times Bestsellers List at number 1 having sold 9,500 copies in its first two weeks), Blood Line, Backlash, Wrongful Death, and Twisted, which have all been international best-sellers.

In Feb 2012 Lynda’s chilling tale of THE LITTLE ONE was published in conjunction with Quick Reads through Simon & Schuster UK.

Lynda’s latest book, Tennison, was published on 24th September 2015 and is the prequel the highly acclaimed Prime Suspect. The story charts Jane Tennison’s entry into the police force as a 22 year old Probationary Officer at Hackney Police Station in 1973.

Lynda La Plante is published in the UK by Simon & Schuster.
Lynda La Plante is published in the US by HarperCollins Publishers.


Twitter: @LaPlanteLynda


Mine by Clare Empson @ClareEmpson2 @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #Mine #NetGalley #BlogTour #NewRelease #CompulsiveReaders

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Mine by Clare Empson

Mine by [Empson, Clare]


‘A beautifully told stroy about the raw pain and ecstasy of motherhood. I loved it.’ Jane Corry

‘I adored this powerful, emotive and sensitively written story about love and loss/’ Louise Jensen

‘Haunting and heart-rending … a beautifully told story’ Victoria Selman


‘Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?’

On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He’s an A&R man, she’s an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their new-born son Samuel.

But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he finds his birth mother Alice, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love.

When Hannah goes back to work, Luke asks Alice to look after their son. But Alice – fuelled with grief from when her baby was taken from her 27 years ago – starts to fall in love with Samuel. And Luke won’t settle for his mother pushing him aside once again…




I think that there is a need in all of us to know about our parents and their parents before them. It gives us stability. This was brought home even more to Luke when he and his girlfriend Hannah have a son themselves. Luke had been adopted as a baby and always felt out of sorts with it. Now knowing how strong his own feelings were for his son he needed to find out how his own mother could have given him up.

Luke now 28 years old finds his beautiful 47-year-old mother Alice and a sort of relationship begins to develop between her and Luke, Hannah and baby Samuel. The connection between Alice and Samuel is instant so when Hannah has to return to work it is Alice that takes on the role of carer. Luke also meets his father but there are more secrets and lies to uncover yet.

The story bounces between Alice’s story of her home life to having her baby and the constant churning and changing feelings that Luke is experiencing. There are so many underlining stories that just made me read the last quarter of the book with pure dread. This is an absolute belting story that covers so many issues. Something happened in the book that I knew would be a game-changer and it put tension into every single page that came after it. This story will simply rip you apart and stay with you. I won’t ever forget.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Clare Empson

Clare Empson is a journalist with a background in national newspapers and has worked as a small business editor, finance correspondent and fashion at the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Express. Clare freelances for The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and Tatler amongst others. She currently works as editor/founder of experiential lifestyle website Him is her debut novel. Her second novel Mine is an exploration of the fraught relationship between a birth mother and her adopted son set against a backdrop of a passionate love affair in the 70s. Mine will be available August 2019.


Twitter: @ClareEmpson2





Keep Him Close by Emily Koch @EmilyKoch @randomhouse #FamilyLifeFiction #keephimclose #NetGalley #NewRelease

Keep Him Close by [Koch, Emily]


‘A magnetic, all consuming read. A heart-breaking suspense which deals with love in all its forms.’
Gytha Lodge, author of She Lies in Wait

‘Intriguing, heart-breaking…a mystery novel with a beautiful character study at its heart.’
Melanie Golding, author of Little Darlings


Alice’s son is dead. Indigo’s son is accused of murder.

Indigo is determined to prove her beloved Kane is innocent. Searching for evidence, she is helped by a kind stranger who takes an interest in her situation. Little does she know that her new friend has her own agenda.

Alice can’t tell Indigo who she really is. She wants to understand why her son was killed – and she needs to make sure that Indigo’s efforts to free Kane don’t put her remaining family at risk. But how long will it take for Indigo to discover her identity? And what other secrets will come out as she digs deeper?

No one knows a son like his mother. But neither Alice nor Indigo know the whole truth about their boys, and what happened between them on that fateful night.

Keep Him Close is a dark domestic drama from an award-winning writer.


Keep Him Close


When a young man dies in suspicious circumstances two mothers are thrown into turmoil. Alice’s two sons went out together but the morning after the police are knocking on her door to tell her that the youngest, Lou won’t be coming home and his brother Benny is answering some questions at the station. When an appeal is put out from the police for two men to come forward, who has been captured on CCTV, Kane tells his mum that they must go to the police station to tell them that one of the men is him. Indigo waits for him but eventually finds out what he has told them. He admits having pushed Lou from a multi-storey car park, so he has been arrested for his murder.

The story follows the two mums of the young men, their different reactions to events and how they both deal with it. Both women are single parents but have brought up their children very differently. Both Benny and Kane are very tight-lipped about what happened that night. Indigo knows that the only way to find the truth is to find out herself. As far as the police see things, it is an open and shut case as Kane admitted to killing Lou.

We all like to think that we know our children but there is such a lot of other things and people that we don’t have control of. I really felt like I was side by side with these two mothers and so confused to want justice for one for the death of her boy and yet protective for the other. One thing for sure was that it is heartbreaking no matter which side you are on.

To begin with I couldn’t gell with Alice but as the pages turned I felt that I understood her more and felt so very sorry for her. This is a great story which I had all the pieces for, except for the final one that completed the whole picture. A very intriguing story very well written.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Emily Koch

Emily Koch is an award-winning journalist and writer living in the UK. Her debut novel – If I Die Before I Wake – is out now. It was was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award, longlisted for Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, selected as a Waterstones Thriller of the Month and as one of Waterstones’ top paperbacks of 2019. Her second novel – Keep Him Close – is out in 2020.


Twitter: @EmilyKoch

Keep Him Close by [Koch, Emily]

Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree by David Ahern #WomenSleuths #MysteryThriller #KindleUnlimited @daveahernwriter

Madam Tulip and the Serpent's Tree: (A Madam Tulip mystery - Book 4) by [Ahern, David]


Actress Derry O’Donnell, moonlighting as fortune-teller Madam Tulip, finds herself in a famous pop singer’s entourage. But at the star’s glittering birthday party in the Dublin mountains, Derry finds a band riven by rivalries and feuds. Behind the trouble is a mysterious Russian guru, a shaman hated by everyone but the singer whose life she dominates.

When the shaman mysteriously disappears, suspicion threatens to tear the band apart. Was she victim or poisoner? Guilty or innocent? Dead or alive?

Two brilliant and beautiful musicians; an ambitious band manager with a shady past; a sax player entranced by Vikings–each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.


Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree: (A Madam Tulip mystery – Book 4)


Derry O’Donnell returns for her fourth outing as fortune-teller Madam Tulip as part of the evening entertainment for the birthday of Mia the lead singer in a very successful Irish band. Everyone is eager to talk to Madam Tulip especially Mia. The singer relies heavily on the words of a Russian guru, a shaman who seems to have gone missing. She wants Madam Tulip to find her as it seems that every decision that she makes is run through her. Now she is a bag of nerves and very distressed. When the singer suddenly becomes ill during the reading, foul play is soon found to be the cause and the obvious suspicions fall on the guru.

When Derry is offered a contract to be on call at any time for the band she simply cannot turn down the extra cash. This puts Derry in the heart of finding out what has happened to the missing guru. The story really takes off and I absolutely loved it even more. The characters in this story held so many surprises and shocks for me giving me heart in my mouth moments. This is one super read, the best in the series so far.

These books are of the cosy mystery variety and make brilliant entertaining reading. Madam Tulip is a superb character that is finding her confidence more in each of the books. The humour is delightful and light, that brought a smile and at times made me chuckle. Derry doesn’t just have her clients problems to contend with but also that of her estrange parents that still work together through their careers. They are not your standard mum and dad which makes them very entertaining.

A super addition to this winning series of cosy all-round entertaining mysteries. Love Madam Tulip!


David Ahern

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madam Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.





Madam Tulip

Madam Tulip


Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance: (A Madam Tulip mystery - Book 3) Kindle Edition

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance: (A Madam Tulip mystery – Book 3)

The Madam Tulip Collection, Books 1-3: (Cozy Mystery Box Set) Kindle Edition

The Madam Tulip Collection, Books 1-3: (Cozy Mystery Box Set)

Madam Tulip and the Serpent's Tree: (A Madam Tulip mystery - Book 4) by [Ahern, David]


Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior @HazelPriorBooks @TransworldBooks #NetGalley #BookReview #NewRelease #Penguins

Away with the Penguins by [Prior, Hazel]


‘I love this gorgeous book. Unflinching, stubborn, funny and moving, Veronica is an unlikely heroine who will sneak in and capture your heart’ Trisha Ashley

Veronica McCreedy is about to have the journey of a lifetime . . .

Veronica McCreedy lives in a mansion by the sea. She loves a nice cup of Darjeeling tea whilst watching a good wildlife documentary. And she’s never seen without her ruby-red lipstick.

Although these days Veronica is rarely seen by anyone because, at 85, her days are spent mostly at home, alone.

She can be found either collecting litter from the beach (‘people who litter the countryside should be shot’), trying to locate her glasses (‘someone must have moved them’) or shouting
instructions to her assistant, Eileen (‘Eileen, door!’).

Veronica doesn’t have family or friends nearby. Not that she knows about, anyway . . . And she has no idea where she’s going to leave her considerable wealth when she dies.

But today . . . today Veronica is going to make a decision that will change all of this.


Away with the Penguins


Veronica’s mind, at nearly 86, isn’t what it use to be but she constantly assures herself that it is as sharp as it ever was. She lives in a rambling mansion and is extremely comfortable but she knows that she must start to make provisions of what will happen to her fortune after she dies. When she sees a random message on her mirror made with the colour of lipstick that she always carries with her, it intrigues her. Just one-word, Penguins. Then seeing a documentary with the renowned Robert Saddleworth about the demise of the penguins in Antarctica she feels she must do something about it. Of course, it isn’t the first time she has had this thought.

Veronica asks her assistant Eileen to look into how to find long lost family members in a last attempt to discover if she has any living relatives anywhere to leave her fortune to and a door opens for her that she had never thought possible.

Oh wow! just wow! I have been blown away with this story, from first meeting grumpy old Veronica to the gutsy lady that I found out about through the pages. Her past, her family and tragic war years, the terrible things that were taken from her control and the love she had known. Veronica’s life had been moulded from a young girl with cruelness but this lady would melt faster than any global warming could produce while she was away with the penguins.

There aren’t many characters in the story to remember, each group belonging to a certain era. There is one thing for sure, it is never too late to change. I laughed at so many chapters with a lady that knew all the tricks in the book of how to get her own way. Being old does have its benefits when you know how to play a situation. I am bursting with the characters and story that I really hope you go on to read as it gave me that feeling in my tummy of going over a bridge. I have whooped and cheered. Just fabulous!

I wish to thank the publisher for inviting me to read and review this book through NetGalley via an e-copy, which I have reviewed honestly.


Hazel Prior is the author of ELLIE AND THE HARP MAKER and (coming soon) AWAY WITH THE PENGUINS (UK title)/HOW THE PENGUINS SAVED VERONICA (US title). She is also a freelance harpist. She lives in Exmoor, in England, with her husband and a huge, ginger cat.


Twitter: @HazelPriorBooks

Away with the Penguins by [Prior, Hazel]


A Year in the Château by Sarah Long @Tr4cyF3nt0n @ZaffreBooks #CompulsiveReads #BlogTour #ContemporaryFiction #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A Year in the Chateau by Sarah Long.


The new sharp, irreverent and hilarious book from Sarah Long. If you love Dawn French, Sue Townsend and Veronica Henry, this book is for you!

When Nicola’s husband, Dominic, retires they decide not to spend their days finding hobbies to fill the time until Countdown is on. Instead, they fulfil their life-long fantasy of buying a country house and filling it with their dearest friends. Reliving their youth and spending their children’s inheritance.

Joined by seven of their friends they club together to invest in a château in Normandy. Group dinners, fine wine, beautiful scenery – they’re living the dream!

But la vie en rose is harder than it first appears. Is there a reason why only teenagers take gap years?


A Year in the Château: Perfect for fans of Fanny Blake, Katie Fforde and Dawn French


It all begins with Nicola and Dominic when they take the plunge to retire with a life plan rather than waiting around passing days and just getting old. They are both still very much full of life. They live in a rather influential area just outside London with their two grown-up children who have no intention of moving out and moving on. I mean why would they, they live rent-free with mum doing everything for them. Time to grow up kids.

Nicola and Dominic come up with a plan to ask their close friends if they would like to buy a property together with separate living areas for each couple and a single friend, with shared communal areas where they can enjoy each others company. They are all pretty well off so when they can’t find just the right place in Britain, they look over the Channel in Normandy. The rose-coloured spectacles come out and they buy with their hearts, not common sense, a chateau which an old lady owned and passed on like a hot potato.

The nine friends soon became fixed firmly in my mind as they faced the reality of the true cost to make the place liveable. The plans of grandeur having to take second place to leaking roofs and plumbing issues. Sarah Long’s writing conjuring images of the views from the house and the transformations that were taking place not just with the chateau but with the friends too. I loved getting to know them. Adored Fizz and her Insta posts and blog, smiled at pictures they created and laughed at some of the situations they found themselves in and how they overcome them.

It isn’t all perfect but you need it to read it not be told. There are some fabulous French characters too, which I let myself swoon over a couple of times. I really wanted to be one of this tight group (sighs). I loved how at even their age they still matured and changed, found what was important and took their chances for themselves.

A brilliant book, one that I feel I will read again.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Sarah Long worked in publishing before giving it all up to move to Paris with her husband and three children. She is the author of And What Do You Do? and The Next Best Thing. Following several years of the Parisian experience, she now lives in London.




Coming Up For Air by Sarah Leipciger @SarahLeipciger @annecater @DoubledayUK ⁩#BlogTour #NetGalley #ComingUpForAir #RandomThingTours

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Coming Up For Air by Sarah Leipciger


‘An extraordinary, three-century braid of air and water: the way we float, the way we drown, the way we surface again against the odds.’ Francis Spufford

Three extraordinary lives intertwine across oceans and time

On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to 1950s Norway, where a grieving toy-maker is on the cusp of a transformative invention, all the way to present-day Canada where a journalist, battling a terrible disease, risks everything for one last chance to live.

Taking inspiration from a remarkable true story, Coming Up for Air is a bold, richly imagined novel about the transcendent power of storytelling and the immeasurable impact of every human life. The legacy of the woman at its heart touches the lives of us all today, and this book reveals just how.


Coming Up for Air


Three lives of three people that never knew each other but are still connected with a theme. The story spans a hundred years and tragically begins in 1899 as a young woman plunges into the icy water of the River Seine to take her own life. She didn’t know of course how famous her face would become. In real life, the identity of the young woman was never discovered but the author gives her a fictional life of what could have lead to her being unable to carry on. Her drowning is intimately described and will touch the hardest of hearts. Even though her mind is made up that she has no other way out her body’s primal instincts battle to keep her alive, unfortunately, her mind wins.

Even in death, there was something very special about this mysterious woman whose body for some reason had not perished or bloated before she was found. Her face was serene and captured in a death mask that artists would be drawn to and over fifty years later would become known to millions and still is even today.

The second story set in the 1950s in Norway where a toymaker lives on the riverside with his wife and young family. He loves to fish and his young son loves to go with him. When a terrible tragedy strikes it sets in motion events that will go on to save millions of lives the world over.

The third story, a third drowning, only this one is an internal defect on a chromosome that causes cystic fibrosis in a young girl that grows up to become a courageous woman. Her daily battle just to breathe as her lungs worsen, waiting desperately for a match of a pair of healthy lungs from someone that will die tragically for her to live a few good years.

Beautifully written with each page I fell deeper into this story and each of their lives, their personal struggles and the people around them that it affected. The connection between the three just made me tingle. It isn’t just the stories that make this book brilliant it is that way that every detail matters. The feel of the icy water, the emptiness left in a mother and father and the determination to fight back and know what it is really like to breath for others.

Highly recommended.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Born and raised in Canada, Sarah Leipciger lives in London with her three children, and teaches creative writing to prisoners. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Asham Award, the Fish Prize and the Bridport Prize. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed THE MOUNTAIN CAN WAIT, was published in 2015. COMING UP FOR AIR is her second novel.


Twitter: @SarahLeipciger


Black River by Will Dean @willrdean @oneworldnews #NetGalley #ScandinavianNoir #NewRelease

Black River by [Dean, Will]


Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow.


Tuva’s been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim has gone missing.


Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammy’s life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town search efforts?


Surrounded by dark pine forest, the sinister residents of Snake River are suspicious of outsiders. Unfortunately, they also hold all the answers. On the shortest night of the year, Tuva must fight to save her friend. The only question is who will be there to save Tuva?


Black River


This is the third book in the Tuva Moodyson series as she is again pulled back to Gavrik when she hears that her best friend Tammy Yamnim has gone missing. The place doesn’t have good memories for her but the loyalty she has to her friend make her overcome her fears. The sweltering heat and holiday season work against Tuva as the investigation seems to be quite low key with little urgency about it until a second young woman disappears. A young woman with celebrity status and a family with money to fund publicity. With Tammy always seeming like an afterthought, Tuva presses on with her own searches.

Tuva knows that no-one will look for Tammy as keenly as her. Now I had already met some of the residents of Gavrik in a previous book, with some of them more than a little strange, well that was just the tip of the iceberg. The search reached out through the insect-infested woods and Snake River. Boy did I feel like I was there and the people who lived out there was a breed on their own. It was quite hypnotic, with the snakes and relationships that felt far from normal.

Tuva is deaf without her hearing aids which can be greatly affected by the environments that she goes in but her mind stays as sharp as ever. There were so many suspects that I kept jumping to conclusions on. A brilliant edgy storyline that ensured that I read the book in one sitting. Very highly recommended.

I wish to thank Aimee Oliver-Powell of Oneworld Publications for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. He was a bookish, daydreaming kid who found comfort in stories and nature (and he still does). After studying Law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden. He built a wooden house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. He is the author of Dark Pines.


Twitter: @willrdean

Black River by [Dean, Will]

The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel @stephwrobel @MichaelJBooks #NewRelease #BookReview #NetGalley #TheRecoveryOfRoseGold

The Recovery of Rose Gold by [Wrobel, Stephanie]


A chilling exploration into obsession, reconciliation and revenge in 2020’s must-read novel.

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years.

She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair . . .

Turns out her mum, Patty, is a really good liar.

After five years in prison Patty Watts is finally free. All she wants is to put old grievances behind her, reconcile with her daughter – and care for her new infant grandson. When Rose Gold agrees to have Patty move in, it seems their relationship is truly on the mend.

But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty won’t rest until she has her daughter back under her thumb. Which is inconvenient because Rose Gold wants to be free of Patty. Forever.

Only one Watts will get what she wants.

Will it be Patty or Rose Gold?

Mother, or daughter?

‘One of the most captivating and disturbing thrillers I’ve read this year. An astonishing debut’ Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife

‘This book has it all – a killer premise, twisty plotting, crisp writing, and compelling characters. Dazzling, dark and utterly delicious’ J P Delaney, bestselling author of The Girl Before


The Recovery of Rose Gold


The story begins when the five-year sentence for a crime has come to an end and Patty Watts is being released back into society to rebuild her life. Her victim had been her daughter Rose Gold, who for 18 years had suffered at the hands of her mother who had Munchausen by proxy syndrome.

Rose Gold had spent all her childhood and teenage years in and out of hospitals as her mother, a former nurse, convinced doctor after doctor of illnesses that her daughter didn’t really have. Rose Gold had, a couple of years before, mended bridges between them and was now willing for her mum to move into the house she was buying. Rose Gold also had a baby boy herself now.

The story is told by both Patty and Rose Gold as it drops back to the past while moving forward into new territory too. What comes across straight away is the twisted mind of Patty who is like a cat ready to pounce on the mouse and put it back in its place again but in the meantime is content to toy with her. But Rose Gold isn’t a child anymore.

The actual story of Rose Gold growing up is extremely similar to the real-life case of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose, which I watched as a series on NetFlix’s true-life drama in 2018.  The ending to that story is very different though.

The story really began to get under my skin, with many OMG moments that made me look at everything differently. The more I read the more I wanted to keep the book at arm’s length but I couldn’t put it down.

I really loved the character development of both mother and daughter in the book, in a twisted entertaining way, which grows darker on every page. I could feel myself pulling away from these characters, but I was mesmerised with them like a rabbit caught in headlights unable to see what was coming at me. Oh, boy, was this just brilliant. What a trump card to play!!!! A cracking read.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Stephanie Wrobel

Stephanie Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has been living in the UK for the last three years with her husband and dog, Moose Barkwinkle. She has an MFA from Emerson College and has had short fiction published in Bellevue Literary Review. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a creative copywriter at various advertising agencies.

Darling Rose Gold (US)/The Recovery of Rose Gold (UK) is her first novel, coming March 17, 2020.


Twitter: @stephwrobel

The Recovery of Rose Gold by [Wrobel, Stephanie]